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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. 

628 - Redneck Wisdom with Jeral Tidwell

David Defeo

Jeral Tidwell returns to the AID Airwaves on the cusp of becoming a father to share some much needed redneck wisdom that everyone needs to hear. If you've heard Mark and Jeral together before you know what you're in for, and if this is your first dose of advice from the taint of this great country then get ready for some harsh truths that will get your head on straight. From airbrushing anything at a mall kiosk to becoming a world renowned pinstriper to his current project of converting two abandoned commercial buildings into a dream home and workspace, Jeral's can do attitude and unfaltering determination has led him across the ever changing landscape of following your dreams. He's been chewed up and spit out by a world that doesn't care about his plans so many times that some may assume he's too stupid to know how hard life is, but we know it's an unbreakable determination to achieve happiness in any form he imagines it. Strap in for another inspirational joyride through the mind of Jeral Tidwell that will take you closer to being done, but never perfect.

Talking Points

  • The evolving plan to revitalize two abandoned commercial buildings in Kentucky. 
  • Zoning laws and never taking no for an answer. 
  • Playing hard enough to bleed, doubt, and being led by your obsessions. 
  • A fight to get back to zero so you can finally start and the guy who comes out of the clouds with thunderbolts when you're already down. 
  • Restarting your ship when it's dead in the water and the delicate momentum of a career. 
  • Will becoming a dad affect Jeral's next artistic adventure?
  • Waiting for a mini male Tidwell looming on the horizon. 
  • A simple survival tool for every step in the evolution of your career. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • The difference between done and perfect. 
  • Getting there is the biggest part of your personal and professional growth. 
  • Proving yourself... to yourself.
  • Raising a good human, being yourself, and hoping your kids dream up ways of killing you. 

Jeral sits down with Mark to talk about how he built a creative career that allowed him to say "no." Who doesn't want an art career built around following their passions instead of drawing cats on surfboards to pay the bills.

Adaptation is crucial when you live a life like Jeral's. He has fearlessly taken on a monumental task to convert two commercial buildings into his living space and an art studio to share with his wife and friends. This was the beginning of that undertaking.

Let go of money and say "hello" top happiness in this seminal AID episode where Jeral let us behind the scenes of how he built his career. AID 181 is another healthy dose of inspiration from Uncle Jeral that will help you take on the world.