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Hey everyone. Stay tuned to the end of the interview where I’ll give you some actionable insights that I learned from my guest. These insights are also in the show notes. As always, thanks for listening.
Now, on to my guest for today, Janet Luongo, an artist, educator, speaker, and author of a book on creativity and most recently a memoir, Rebellion, 1967.
Janet grew up with a love for art as well as writing; her mother was an artist. Her father, a New York City police officer, instilled in her a sense of justice cultivated in response to the prejudice he grew up with and saw around him. These three interests - art, writing, and racial justice - form the backbone of Janet’s creative journey.
Janet first found success as an artist after moving to Europe with her husband; at the same time she started her memoir about a seminal year of her life as a young art student, a memoir she would return to again and again. Most of her career has been devoted to teaching and working in museums, but she eventually decided to try speaking, and wrote a book on creativity. Since then she’s focused on writing, publishing, and promoting her memoir. While her journey is not one of a typical entrepreneur, there is much that entrepreneurs can learn from her story about how to create a life from following your passion.
Now, let’s get better together.
- While Janet doesn’t fit the conventional stereotype of entrepreneur, she exhibits many of the qualities necessary for entrepreneurial - and creative - success. She gets a clear idea of what she wants and takes action toward it, trusting that everything else will fall into place while accepting and learning from any failures along the way.
- Janet suggests aspiring entrepreneurs ask why: why do I want to do this? Why am I the person to do it? And also, how will it help the world?
- Learn from the lessons but also enjoy the journey - enjoy the successes, the people you meet and the experiences you have.