046: Breaking Free of the Golden Handcuffs

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Today, I’m sharing my story and journey from leaving the riches and glamour of Wall Street to choosing a simpler creative life as a professional artist.


In this podcast, you will discover…

  • Why I climbed up and back down 37 flights of stairs in a single afternoon, and what that taught me about the value of life.
  • How lessons of greed and hubris led me to break free of my golden handcuffs.
  • And most importantly, why you shouldn’t wait for a sign from the universe to reconnect to what matters most to you.

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About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m Miriam Schulman, Chief Inspiration Officer of The Inspiration Place. I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity, learn new skills and techniques, and profit from their art. After witnessing the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Rejecting the starving artist myth, my paintings have been seen on NBC, published in art magazines & home décor books, and collected worldwide. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies


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Listener shout out of the week!

“This podcast is so great! Thank you for having such great content. Somehow I have managed to say yes to painting a mural and teaching art classes….and I absolutely credit Miriam and this podcast for helping me to realize my own potential. Seriously, thank you. I loved the episode about alter egos and the tips on how to get collector’s on an email list…next thing on my to-do list.”

~@RuthieZArt, etsy.com/shop/RuthieZArt

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2 thoughts on “046: Breaking Free of the Golden Handcuffs”

  1. Listened to Breaking Free of the Golden Handcuffs. Very powerful! I too remained in a position far longer than I should have: it was not a high powered position but it was well paying. However, omg, it was soul sucking and excruciatingly boring and monotonous. It allowed me a lot of things I would not have had if I worked in an office, gave me the opportunity to travel, some nice jewelry;) It didn’t give satisfaction, though. Eventually I left, pursuing university education. That was considerably better but proved not to be exactly what was in my heart: there was always the desire for art in some form or other. Listening to the experts I sought more sensible solutions. Did this provide either security or financial rewards, no, not at all. Had I listened to what I always knew, go with my gut/intuition, I could have saved years of frustration. Now I am making some real progress in developing my art. It really is not too late:).


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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