Insights from Traveling South-East Asia & Japan

While watching the hustle and bustle of fishmongers from a little coffee shop in the biggest fish market in the world in Tokyo, I'm taking this opportunity to reflect on my latest insights I have gathered from my travels so far.

I was so thrilled to be wearing a kimono!!!

I was so thrilled to be wearing a kimono!!!

 

 

Dancing the Bon Odori, a traditional Japanese dance, among locals while wearing a beautiful kimono taught me that you don't have to cut yourself off from History and traditions to remain relevant in todays's world.

 

 

 

We also probably had one sake too many ;)

We also probably had one sake too many ;)

 

 

 

Laughing until you can no longer breathe with newly acquainted fellow designers, taught me that the bond between creatives runs much deeper than Apple computers and Adobe software (what a relief!)

 

 

Hojo garden: a stunning zen garden from the Edo period (1600s!) A part of Nanzenji temple

Hojo garden: a stunning zen garden from the Edo period (1600s!) A part of Nanzenji temple

 

 

Walking a zen garden that was conceived in the 1600s in Kyoto, taught me the timeless awe thoughtful design can generate. (If you look closely and with a bit of imagination, you can see that the rocks embody a tiger with her 2 cubs leaping across a river...)

 

 

Gained some great design and business insights from meeting Mr. Fumi Sasada. Very grateful for the opportunity! 

Gained some great design and business insights from meeting Mr. Fumi Sasada. Very grateful for the opportunity! 

 

 

 

Discussing the business of running a successful design studio with veteran Japanese Creative Director, Fumi Sasada, taught me that there is more than one way to approach team dynamics to achieve great results.

 

 

 

That would be my initials spotted at BKK airport, my pad for the night while waiting for my Tokyo flight.

That would be my initials spotted at BKK airport, my pad for the night while waiting for my Tokyo flight.

 

 

 

 

Having a client meeting from the departure hall of Bangkok airport taught me that location or attire doesn't make someone a "professional", but integrity and commitment does.

 

 

 

 

On another note, I'm excited to announce that I've started working with new and inspiring people! First, as the Branding & Packaging team member of The Science Kitchen in Berlin, Germany; second, as the Art Director of Danielle LaPorte Inc. in Vancouver, Canada (a couple of years ago, Danielle's book, The Fire Starter Sessions, ignited a new, bolder, part of me, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be part of the team!).

And now I'm curious: what are the discoveries or lessons you have learned of late?

Looking forward to hear back from you!

Cultivate Curiosity

and good things will start happening

I love getting lost on purpose... It's a good thing too, since it tends to happen a lot when travelling around the world!

A couple of days ago, I set camp on the Thai island of Phuket which seems incredibly quaint after 2 months spent in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Right away, I would start wandering the streets, trying to take it all in. I walk slowly, stay in the shade and try to keep in mind that traffic here is on the "wrong" side of the road... 

Add to that no access to Google Maps (I haven't had a smartphone in 5 months and counting!) and you have the recipe to a perfect afternoon in town! I would smile and greet locals, discover delicious little food stands tucked in alleys or negotiate bus rides to the nearby beach.

I find joy in deliberately discovering new ways of life around our small planet.
In return, this quest incredibly enriches my own life.  

This insatiable curiosity makes me a better creative, the very skill clients hire me for, and, hopefully, a better, more open-minded person

Curiosity is a key driver of a life well-lived.
— Jonathan Fields, author of the Good Life Project
Illustration by Chris Corsi for Poolga

Illustration by Chris Corsi for Poolga

Now, I'm not saying that you must travel the world like I do to experience such rewards! That works for me, for you it may be something entirely different.

Remember: the point here is to enjoy more of life by having an inquisitive mindset.

Jonathan Fields, from the Good Life Project, has an excellent podcast on the subject: "Is curiosity the secret to an extraordinary life?". Give it a listen and observe how you can be more curious starting today!


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When Submarines, Spies or Sharks Get in the Way…

a Vietnamese experiment on how to cope with totally unreliable internet

When a 4.7 mo picture takes 20 minutes to download, you know you are in trouble.

The culprit: AAG (Asia-America Getaway), the main underwater cable connecting Vietnam to Hong-Kong. Without it, a nation of 90 million people is more or less cut out from the rest of the world.

Internet was reduced to snail pace using backup lines for 3 weeks last April. Then without warning in June, more repairs were conducted: Internet access would become more or less inexistent for the following 10 days!!!

Since this is Vietnam, controlled medias don't say much on why this crucial cable keeps snapping, but explanations abound:

So while some people say that I am “living the dream,” traveling the world while working, lately it feels more like I am living inside a Jason Bourne novel!

Joke aside, and while not trying to sound like an internet diva: 

Can I just say that modern life without Internet is hard.

Running a creative business with clients from every corner of the world
without it is even harder.

The first stage was anger.

I just got so fed up with the recurring situation! I considered leaving the country here and then. Not being able to even load airline websites ruined that escape plan pretty fast.

Then came despair.

I’m well aware that being on the other side of the planet place a barrier of entry to clients who want to hire my services. Being totally unaccessible is exactly their worse suspicion turned true. What’s more, my already existing clients had projects on a tight timeline with hefty economical repercussions would I not be able to deliver on time. 

It felt like my professional credibility was on the line.

But I underestimated two things:

  1. the power of empathy
  2. the strength of my professional connections

That's also when reason and acceptance came in. 

Illustration by Menú familiar for Poolga

Illustration by Menú familiar for Poolga

Once I got basic HTML Gmail to load, I sent a sincere email to my clients explaining the situation I was in without sugarcoating it. I asked to reschedule Skype meetings and deliverables until further notice.

Within hours and on a Sunday, clients wrote back mentioning how they appreciated the heads up while also sympathizing with my situation, literally putting themselves in my shoes...

I experienced the power of strong professional relationships focused on a human scale.

At the end of the day, of course not having access to internet isn't life threatening. It is however incredibly stressful.

But it allowed me to build resistance.

This nationwide situation involving high-tech material resting on the seabed of the South-China was, and will always be, outside my scope of control.

The only relevant thing was: how do I react, and more importantly ACT, within these constraints.

Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow internet to see who they really are.
— Will Ferrell, American actor

I can’t tell you the relief I felt once I stated this words out loud. I got clear on what to do next rather than stay paralyzed.

Something tells me this may come handy again when pursuing my worldwide journey...

... bring it on: I'm ready!

Oh and in the end, I did manage to deliver everything I promised to my clients!


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Know Your Roots & Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon

Elisa Vendramin's Flight-of-Insight

Tindersticks - Buried Bones, 2:56-4:00 (Illustration: Elisa Vendramin)

Tindersticks - Buried Bones, 2:56-4:00 (Illustration: Elisa Vendramin)

In this interview, Italian illustrator Elisa Vendramin shares her discoveries when it comes to travel and creative endeavours. She explains what pushed her to get outside of her comfort zone.

Know Your Roots & Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon is her Flight-of-Insight.

Checkout Elisa's powerful insights. Read the full interview.

Boost of Energy!

when clients rave about you on social media

How does it feel when a professional presentation goes well?

Great.

And what if the client raves about it on social media?

It feels AMAZING. It really does. 

Danielle LaPorte is an inspirational speaker, poet, former think tank exec & business strategist. She also is a new client of mine.

Years ago I read her book: The Firestarter Sessions which lit a fire in me: I want to do more of what energize me in my life. (You could say this was an awakening to my love of adventure and travel.)

When presenting my concepts for her new line of planners on Skype while sharing my screen (the sheer power of internet on display: Danielle being in Vancouver, Canada and me in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), she took a snap of it with her phone.

A little while later, she shared with her 48.5k followers on Instagram the positive outcome !

Positive feedback came flowing in while generating awareness for both her new products launching this Fall and my design services.

The whole thing also gave me an incredible boost of energy!

I didn't even know it was possible, but I now desire to even go further with this professional collaboration and truly give my ultimate best!

Stay tuned for more upcoming projects!

Do you want others to do the talking for you?

What if your network spreads the word about you and your service instead of you doing all the talking. How would you feel?

Do You Sometimes Feel like Stretching Yourself Too Thin?

Thoughts on what to do
when we are running out of creativity

My Number 1 comfort food!

My Number 1 comfort food!

We love tackling new exciting and challenging projects! They get the best creative solutions out of us and truthfully this is why we do what we do.

Next, we need to follow through. Deliver the files on the realistic due date we set, be prepared for a presentation and be highly responsive to our client’s concerns and questions.

This is how you build a strong work ethic without realizing it. Clients come back and recommend us because not only we are good at what I do, we also deliver on time and on budget.

The danger though is to stretch ourselves too thin.

The way I see it:

I don’t want to run out of Nutella when making my goûter *.

*after-school French snack

I don’t want to be sapped of my creative energy when I need it the most.

Last week for example was pretty intense, I had a LOT of projects on the go and by mid-week I felt totally drained and empty… I couldn’t come up with any original solutions and was worried I couldn’t deliver for the following week.

I was frustrated at myself which of course made me even less creative in return…

No Leonardo Da Vinci work, but still so critical when it comes to creative direction

No Leonardo Da Vinci work, but still so critical when it comes to creative direction

So on Saturday morning I went for a walk to my favourite local coffee shop here in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. As I was walking across swarms of scooters, smiling to the old grandma at the corner, politely declining motorcycle rides and smelling amazing food cooking right on the sidewalk, I experienced the moment where suddenly everything clicked!

I felt like running to the coffee shop to put down on paper the free flow of ideas. Within the next half-hour, not even caring to place my order, I penned two creative directions that have been elusive to me the whole week. A big weight off my shoulders came off.

The next time we feel stretched too thin and don’t have what it takes to follow trough, we can make the conscious decision not to waste energy into panicking.

Instead, we can take another approach to our seemingly empty Nutella jar… and notice how, at the very bottom, there is some more of the yummy chocolate-y stuff. We just had to step back to discover it. 


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The Best Part of Being a Creative Director

Have you ever considered the creative potential of living in an hyper-connected world?

My all-time favourite part as a Creative Director is to come up with creative solutions for my clients' problems and to team up with other individuals to materialize my vision.

I get to work with top-notch illustrators, talented lettering artists, clever copywriters and so much more.

I absolutely don’t care where they happen to be in the world.

Geographical limitation is becoming less and less relevant these days.

To illustrate my point, let me tell the behind-the-scenes story of Steamworks brewery, a project realized while being the Creative Director at Brandever, Vancouver, Canada.

Blue print of the flying steam clock with keg attached by James Ng for Steamworks Pale Ale.

Blue print of the flying steam clock with keg attached by James Ng for Steamworks Pale Ale.

The client agreed on my favourite direction: we were to create a unique steampunk world where local Vancouver landmarks would mashup with brewing equipment in a fantasy world where everything is powered by steam instead of electricity.

It became obvious pretty fast if I wanted authenticity I would need to collaborate with a creative deeply involved into this sub-culture phenomenon. Someone who truly lives and breathes steam (-punk).

This is why I approached James Ng, an illustrator and fine artist specialized in anything steampunk. He would become my engineer-in-chief of sorts: drawing the detailed blueprints of the brass contraptions I had in mind with his unique flair. Now, I should point out that James lives in Hong-Kong… not exactly next door when you are on the Pacific coast (a 15-hour time difference to be precise!). I didn’t let it hold me back: he was the right guy for the job! Little did I know that James grew up in Vancouver and ended up to be truly be the perfect person to work with!

Etched illustration of the flying steam clock with keg attached by Michael Halbert for Steamworks Pale Ale.

Etched illustration of the flying steam clock with keg attached by Michael Halbert for Steamworks Pale Ale.

The next step was to bring these machines to life and make them ready for production. It would need to take into consideration the limited printing capabilities (paint will be applied directly on the bottle). That’s when Michael Halbert stepped in. He is an incredible engraving illustrator based in Saint-Paul, Missouri (a mere 2-hour time difference with Vancouver).

The final black and white illustrations were emailed back to me and I would put together all the final touches to make it work (colour, layout, mandatory info, etc.) The bottles were then printed and hit the shelves.

There was one last thing we needed to get done: product shots to share with medias and stores. Since silk printed bottles are hard to photograph, we opted for 3D renders instead. I hired Paul Sherstobitoff, a talented Canadian 3D artist who happened to be enjoying the warmer weather of Florida (a 3-hour time difference). As I trust you understand by now, it really didn’t matter!

Final product and 3D render by Paul Sherstobitoff for Steamworks Pale Ale.

Final product and 3D render by Paul Sherstobitoff for Steamworks Pale Ale.

Let me ask you: who is to say the next person I want to collaborate with isn’t you? Which brings me me to my next question:

How would I, or any potential client for that matter, be able to find you?

You must make yourself visible, or to borrow Austin Kleon’s words you must “Show Your Work!” (Having a peek at the Takeoff Manual section on Flights-of-Insight is a good start!)

Remember: by putting yourself out there, you are actually making somebody else’s work that much easier: everybody benefits! 


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What Top Entrepreneurs Have in Common - Part 1

We can gain a lot from others. Top entrepreneurs' insights can be applied to our own practice, helping us facing our biggest obstacles in the path to a meaningful careerI read this great article on CreativeLive and thought it would be a perfect starting point.


Tim Ferris

Author (think the "The 4-hour workweek"), entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker.

Choose your friends wisely.
— Tim Ferriss

The people you surround yourself with define you. I know, I know it's a bit cliché but it's true. I don't have Facebook and for the last 2 months I don't even have a phone (!). Yet my friends are very much present in my everyday life despite the thousand kilometres distance. We are here for each other and it's so motivating.

Here is a practice of mine: I must connect deeply with at least 2 of my friends every week. It may mean a Skype call (with me staying up until 1am to align with a 14 hour time difference), or it may mean spending the time to craft a soulful email. Likes on Instagram or Snapshat don't count towards that goal!

The goal here is to keep the bonds of friendships alive and strong. You'll be surprised the boost you get out of it!


Sheryl Sandberg

Technology executive (think COO at Facebook), activist, and author (with one of my favourite book: "Lean In").

Seize incredible opportunities that come your way.
— Sheryl Sandberg

This is absolutely something I believe in. Heck! It's what Flights-of-Insight is all about! New opportunities are sometimes totally unexpected, but it doesn't mean that you are not ready. This is the perfect occasion to stretch yourself and discover resources you didn't know you had. 

As I'm learning how to run my own business as an independent creative director, I take every chance I meet to learn from others and try things out for myself. I start small, but all the little wins add up, and the next thing you know I'm running the show that not so long ago I thought would be close to impossible...

I often remind myself that not acting upon opportunities is a sure recipe for regrets. Don't let it happen to you!


Lewis Howes

Author, entrepreneur, and former professional Arena League football player.

Invest in yourself.
— Lewis Howes

We all too often gloss over that one. We are so busy trying to please and satisfy everybody, our clients, our family, our superiors, that we forget one of the most important piece of the puzzle: ourselves.

A couple of years ago, I decided to truly invest in myself and I can't tell you how much it made a difference in my life. I wouldn't be in this lovely coffee shop right now would I have not decided to concretely develop my skills and aptitudes.

  • I worked with a Life Coach for 3 months when I felt loss back in 2013
  • I watch TED talks on a weekly basis to keep myself curious and inspired
  • I registered to Skillshare and take classes on a monthly basis to develop my design knowledge
  • I subscribe to insightful newsletters (Fizzle, CopyBlogger, etc.)
  • I took an intense online class with an entrepreneur and personal finance advisor
  • I dedicate one afternoon a week for reading and learning

Yes, I still have a social life and I'm still traveling the world and eating delicious food in random places!!! I just made the conscious decision to invest in myself. It makes more confident, more inspired and more useful to others. 

Why don't you give it a shot?


Guy Kawasaki

Silicon Valley marketing executive (one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984).

Listen to your customers
(while you still have the chance).
— Guy Kawasaki

Ok, so this one at first seems more business oriented... What I take from it is the power of observing. Noticing what is happening around us, be it in a micro or macro level is what gives us the edge among others.

I affectionally call it "Connecting the Dots". It is now a service I supply to my clients who initially hire me for design skills. Vision and strategy are primordials. What's the big picture? What's at stake?

Paying attention to the world around us while keeping a curious mind is one of the biggest service you can do to yourself. It elevates you from the crowd.


Vanessa Van Edwards

Behavioral investigator, published author, public speaker and body language trainer specializing in science-based people skills.

Seek learning opportunities in everything.
— Vanessa Van Edwards

This lesson is very similar to what Sheryl Sandberg and Lewis Howes were mentioning above. Once again, it perfectly ties in with Flights-of-Insight!

Follow hunches. Pursue personal development. Stay curious.

Those are all conscious acts you must take in everyday life.


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The Key to Follow Up

You have to mean it

 

If you had once told me that sending Linkedin requests to perfect strangers would be the backbone of my business as an independent creative director, I wouldn't have believed you.

It seemed such a stretch!

Yet, this is exactly where I stand today.

Let's be clear, a connection on Linkedin is only a first step. A small one at that and if you leave it there, you won't get much else out of it. (I wrote a more in-depth article on the subject.)

The key lies in the second step:

Follow up! And then, follow up some more!
— One of my biggest insights to date

For example, I had no ways of predicting the course of actions after the creative director of one of my all-time favourite studio in Mexico accepted my request to connect on Linkedin. Quite frankly, I was just thrilled he accepted it to start with!!!

But then I followed up.

And I meant it. No superfluous fluffy emails here. Just genuine curiosity and care in building a meaningful professional relationship half-way across the world.

Here is how I did it:

Illustration by Pawel Jonca for Poolga

Illustration by Pawel Jonca for Poolga

  1. I wrote a thank you note and mentioned how much the team's work inspired me. (Learn how to do just that by following the steps in the flowchart "Get More Connections on Linkedin.")
  2. After receiving a short answer back, I followed up with an email mentioning I was leaving Canada to move to Norway and experience Scandinavian design firsthand.
  3. A couple of months pass by before I send a short email update on both life in Oslo and my newly redesigned professional website.
  4. I receive a detailed email in return two weeks later with both feedback and questions, prompting me to respond.
  5. Again, a couple of months go by and I'm now living in Berlin. I stumble upon a German book featuring the studio's work. Without overthinking it, I share a couple of pictures on the spot. I promptly receive an excited thank you email while also asking me for news
  6. Another couple of weeks go by before I decide to travel the world. I'm now looking for office space and ways to expand my skills while on the road. I suggest by email the possibility of me working among the team in Mexico during the summer of 2015. I receive an outstanding "YES!" within hours!

It's not like I had a plan... some kind of well-marked itinerary.

Nope. 

I just kept on giving while expecting nothing in return.

So, to answer your potential questions:

Did it take some time and effort? Yes.

Was it fun and rewarding? You bet!

I hope that this personal story encourages you to start following up in meaningful way too. Don't wait, start today!


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Flights-of-Insight, The Story

What’s in a name?

Have you ever wondered what is the meaning of the word Flights-of-Insight?

Some readers have asked so I thought I would tell you the story behind the name.

Flight-of-Insight is of my making. I invented it in reference to an old English idiom: flight of fancy.

When I say old, I mean it. Its usage dates back from the mid-1600s!

By definition a flight of fancy is “an unrealistic idea or fantastic notion [also known as a] pipe dream”.

When my grasp of the English language had yet to improve, I was really at loss, wondering what on Earth this expression meant… I’m super visual as you know, so I pictured objects flying into the air (!) “Fancy” objects of course!!! But, unsurprisingly, the purpose remained elusive to me…

Inspiration by Dan Gneiding for Poolga

Inspiration by Dan Gneiding for Poolga

As it turns out, in this context, “flight” is used in the sense of “soaring" and "fancy" as of "imagination”.

Nooooow this makes much better sense!

As someone who has always been very imaginative (heck, this is how I make a living!) I fell in love with this old expression.

So, when I pictured creating a resourceful website catered to people with a creative mindset, it only seemed appropriate to play with it to some extent.

However, I made a point to twist its meaning. I genuinely believe in one’s power to create and notice opportunities to thrive: it is far from being an unrealistic idea or a fantastic notion!

The intent for this website is to become a useful collection of tips and advices, personal stories and interviews to help you build more freedom in your life… Some would call these “insights”.

And that's how "Flights-of-Insight" came to be!


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Aim High & Stay Inspired

Chí-An de Leo's Flight-of-Insight

Trade Card business cards for Clubhouse Films (Design: Rice Creative)

Trade Card business cards for Clubhouse Films (Design: Rice Creative)

With this interview, I exchange with Chí-An de Leo, co-founder of Rice Creative with Joshua Breidenbach. I love his mindful approach to design. He encourages us to take a step back and simply be grateful for being a designer, especially when confronted to a tough creative challenge

Aim High & Stay Inspired is his Flight-of-Insight.

Want to know more? Read the full interview.

Outplay "Resistance"

Cover of Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Cover of Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

In my post last week, I asked if we were all perfectionists in rehab. This reflection was prompted a by a Flights-of-Insight reader and really made me look into a subject I usually avoid laying eyes on...

I came to understand that I used to be hiding behind the unattainable goal of perfection. By aiming so big, I could only react by playing so small instead.

I do notice the irony...

I believe we have all experienced intrinsic fears when stretching (or simply thinking of stretching!) outside of our comfort zone. This dread is what author Steven Pressfield calls "Resistance".

In his short book Do the Work, Pressfield spends the first chapter placing words on what we have all too often such a hard time describing.

Just reading it makes you feel less alone in your fear. It really does!

Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.
— Steven Pressfield

Not only that, Pressfield reminds us that experiencing such Resistance is to be expected. It should even be encouraged (!)

It means that we are on the right path.

It is a proof to ourselves that what we are doing matters.

Now, knowing that Resistance is a part of the process, we shouldn't let it stop us in our tracks. Quite the contrary, Resistance can then become a powerful motivator.

I know it will be hard... Knowing is not doing! But I'm convinced that by applying the right mindset I'm on the path to a more fulfilling life. Who said it should be easy anyway?!

Don’t think. Act

We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.
— Steven Pressfield

Are we all Perfectionists in Rehab?

a touchy subject worth confronting

A reader recently joined the Frequent Flyer Newsletter, and to the question What’s holding you back? she answered: “I’m a perfectionist in rehab ;)"

She was being funny of course but touched a sensitive concern that is affecting an awful lot of people, myself included:

We know that thriving for perfection is holding us back, yet we rarely move pass it…

When I first started with Flights-of-Insight, I wanted this website to be “perfect”. 

  • It would have great useful content
  • It would be engaging and accessible to those who don’t even read blogs
  • It would beautiful to look at 
  • It would become a reference with fantastic interviews of creative people
  • It would be… well, it would be perfect really.
Illustration by Luis Mendo for Poolga

Illustration by Luis Mendo for Poolga

I believed that not until all these conditions were met could I release Flights-of-Insight to the world.

So I went into “busy-mode”. I bought the domain name, customized a layout template on CargoCollective and scrambled some interviews with people I admired.

Deep down, I knew I was hiding behind others’ creative genius, but I thought I wasn’t ready. Surely, I wasn’t special enough to be worthy of anybody’s attention. Not surprisingly, the whole idea floundered in despair after a couple of months…

Fast forward two years, Flights-of-Insight is up and running. And while the number of readers is small, I’m ecstatic just by the sheer fact of having any! Turns out people don’t care if the website isn’t perfect, or if I make the occasional typo or grammatical mistake, or if I’m not always right… 

My readers find value in what I’m sharing with them and that means the world to me.

This is much more powerful than being perfect, I can tell you that much.

It means this is just the beginning... and I've never felt more alive.

"So I'm on Linkedin... Now what?"

Let me tell you a story.

The story of a young woman who doesn’t have Facebook, who still wonders what the fuss is all about with Twitter and who only very recently started dabbling with Instagram…

You could say she is not the most digital-social-savvy person out there.

She wouldn’t disagree.

Illustration by Amy Pasos for Poolga

Illustration by Amy Pasos for Poolga

Now, that woman has the travel bug in her. She loves meeting new people, discovering new cultures and eating new cuisines. Her precious MacBook Pro and reliable internet connection are all she needs to do her strategy and creative work.

She wants to call the planet her home and decides to travel the world for 9 months while keeping her business running.

Now... she is no super-woman.

She knows how to put on a brave face, but she is also deeply aware of the fear raging inside. A lot of anxiety is bound to come up when you decide to travel over 12 different countries on 3 different continents for a long period of time.

Rather than letting the fear dictate her decisions (and also because this woman is pretty stubborn once her mind is set), she reaches out

She carefully selects a handful of trusted connections that will help her make her dream if not a reality, at least way less scary.

She has never met these people in person, but after months of spontaneous emails and random little notes, they have developed a bond. A bond that in many ways surpasses the status of “connection”.

Here are the answers she received.

I think it’s a great idea! […]
I’ll check with Josh, but I’m pretty sure I can speak for the both of us & say yes!
This sounds amazing. […] It will be out pleasure to have you here with us.

Needless to say those answers boosted her confidence and and reassured her.

This young woman is now writing this story in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from the studio of the very first people who encouraged her in her unorthodox path.

Today, after being picked up by her colleague at the back of a scooter, she worked on projects with clients from 4 different time zones. She just got back from a delicious meal eaten on the sidewalk among friends and colleagues, belonging among locals.

I would be lying if I were to tell you that I no longer experience fear.
Of course I do.

But by opening up to others, fear lost a lot of its power. I’m more free to try things for myself.

ALL of these trusted relationships started the same way: by requesting to connect on Linkedin!

I’m not kidding!!!

It doesn’t happen overnight and it does require a minimum of efforts, but the rewards are absolutely priceless.

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In it, I reveal my hidden process behind building trusting and impactful relationships using the professional social platform. 

The hope in sharing my story with you is to help you understand the powerful positive influence of trusted people. Start building such relationships today!!! Remember the guide is here to show you the steps!

Proud of you for taking a step away from paralyzing fear, with love.

 
 

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