177: Unfollow Your Passion with Terri Trespicio and Miriam Schulman

with host artist Miriam Schulman

This episode is so much fun! Author and friend Terri Trespicio joins me to talk about passion, why it’s not what we’ve been taught and why you should unhook yourself from the “follow your passion” expectations.

Hear Terri explain why talent is over-rated. People who don’t consider themselves talented can be more successful because they invest in learning, executing, and developing their skills.

Have you even experienced the lure of the secret genius? Find out why it’s not always in our best interest.

In this podcast, hear how passion and genius aren’t always what they seem.

Genius? It’s sets us up expect things to come easily. Often when someone is passionate about something and they aren’t an expert right away, Terri explains that people give up sooner because of the genius myth. Why is it dangerous to get hung up on passion?

There is no supposed to. If pursuing your passion is no longer working for you, Terri explains that it’s time to give yourself permission to move on.

“There isn’t any one thing you are meant to do or follow or be.”

Artists I talk to run into this. They often ask “what should I paint?” What’s more important is making a choice. Doing the work and making the effort is what makes you an artist. Evolving over time is part of the journey.

Trust the work to lead you. What if we allowed passion to find us?

Passion is portable. Where are you missing an opportunity to find passion right now? Can we allow the luxury of passion showing up?

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About Terri

Terri Trespicio is an award-winning writer, speaker, brand advisor, and author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life that Matters to You (Atria/Simon & Schuster, December 2021). Her TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has surpassed 7 million views, and Hubspot named her one of the “Top 18 female speakers who are killing it.” A former magazine editor and radio host at Martha Stewart, she has appeared on the Today show, Dr. Oz, The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show and The Anderson Cooper Show and featured in Oprah magazine, Marie Claire, Prevention, Business Insider, Forbes.com, and Inc.com. A top-rated speaker, she has also performed stand-up all over New York City. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and lives in Manhattan. More at territrespicio.com.

Website: territrespicio.com
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Twitter @TerriT: https://twitter.com/territ
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/territrespicio/
TikTok @territrespicio: https://www.tiktok.com/@territrespicio
Instagram @ttrespicio https://www.instagram.com/ttrespicio/

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. 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!

“Kudos from Australia! Thanks so much Miriam for your wisdom, humour and authenticity! One of my favorite studio podcast buddies!”

~Tracy Verdugo


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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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