One of the hardest things to do in life is to stay true to your own personal style of working and creating, in the face of people and society trying to shape your activities and personality. In episode 4 of the Art of Adventure Podcast, Zio Ziegler weighs in on how to to succeed without compromising your values.
This is one of my favorite interviews, because Zio makes the case and is living proof that people crave authenticity. He has achieved his popularity as an artist, despite “the system’s” (art school) attempts at enforcing conformity.
I love this peek inside the way an artist’s mind works – Zio has the amazing ability to bring references into a conversation from a wide variety of literature and history – in this show alone, he references Marcus Aurelius, Zeno, Dickens, Sherlock Holmes, Cormac McCarthy, The Count of Monte Christo, Caesar’s commentaries, Herodotus, Xenophon, Plutarch, David Foster Wallace, Alan Watts, and Ayn Rand.
In this Episode, You Will Learn:
-How to go from being an artistic outcast to hugely popular
-The power of filling your mind with the right things: Zio listens to audiobooks while he is working and tries to read 2-3 books simultaneously
-Zio’s favorite quote: “Every person should have two pockets. In one should be a piece of paper on which is written: â€œI am but dust and ashes.â€ In the other: â€œFor my sake was the world created.â€
â€“ Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Pshishâ€™cha
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