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The Circle of Trust Archive

The Circle of Trust is the paid subscriber content for listeners of the Adventures In Design podcast. Containing over 300+ episodes and 500 hours of design, illustration, printing and business tips n tricks. Hear every episode in it’s entirety! The Circle of Trust has the full Adventures In Design audio catalog, featuring every episode with bonus content added or you can choose to go straight to the bonus content. Every topic possible on following your creative passion as a hobby or career has been covered in this collection and we’re not even close to finishing the conversation adding another 200 episodes in 2016. 

381 - Biggie: From The Back of The Bus To Success.

David Defeo

Biggie is the embodiment of hard work, common sense, and humility. Through his life on the road, to his life as a manager, Biggie has become a master of developing effective systems that surround and guide him through life's challenges successfully. As we learn from and respect his achievements, it becomes clear that his accomplishments can also be ours if we apply the lessons shared throughout this in-depth, personal discussion about the business of management. You too can set up a way to get ahead and stay ahead once you hear it straight from the mouth of a real life American Dreamer, Biggie. 

Talking Points

  • The difference between artists and managers.
  • Focusing on one point and missing the whole scope of a project.
  • Is business common sense or talent?
  • The importance in promoting what you are doing.
  • Seeing your problems as finite to solve them one at a time.
  • Balancing between the budget and the art.
  • Planning for a feast and famine type income structure.
  • Making your choices building blocks instead of road blocks.
  • Why you should hide money form yourself.
  • The fallacy in feeling guilt for the success you've earned.
  • Finding a career with scalability.
  • Breaking even on one product to make millions on al the others that go through it.
  • How streaming music and 360° deals pay (or don't pay) artists.
  • Avoiding the common traps of success.
  • Taking a break to work harder and smarter.
  • Do the rules of business compare to the rules of politics?
  • Should you run your business with an iron fist or an open hand?
  • Tips to prepare for a negotiation.
  • How to ask for $300,000.
  • Managing expectations to get what you want.
  • The importance of a network of people with similar struggles.
  • Meeting a mentor who opens your eyes to self employment.
  • Building a solid home life with respect and happiness.
  • Save. Save. Save. Then keep saving.
  • Biggie's best things he did in his 20's, 30's, and 40's (or so he predicts).
  • How to treat your fanbase and why.