Time To Wake Up: Inspirations from a Creative, Visionary Muse

It’s time for the next installment of my Creative Visionaries Interview Series.

This week we’ll talk to Giulietta Nardone, an Inspirational Rebel and Fearless Branding guide who helps people take back their lives and step into their greatness.

Her vision is to wake up the world, one person at a time.

Her mantra: “Wake up, you’re alive!”

Giulietta describes herself as a visionary and a muse: Someone who inspires people to have fun, be alive, and be human.

Spending time with Giulietta is like swimming in a sea of beautiful, inspirational ideas. Her vision is to wake up as many people as possible before she leaves the planet, with her musings sessions, her “life shops,” her fearless branding and graphic design work, and her local civics group.

She sees so many people around her who are asleep with their eyes wide open, and she’s determined to change that.

The way Giulietta characterizes the epidemic we face is this: We are sleepwalking through life. We’ve been socially anesthetized, buying junk, overspending — it’s like we’ve become “modern day indentured servants to credit card companies.”  We’re passionless drones going through the motions, not even remembering to care what we’re doing or why we’re doing it.

Giulietta woke up to her life when her local historic town hall was slated for demolition and she was the only one in opposition to the project. Her passion to preserve the building inspired an entire group to the project and the historic building has now become the gem of her town. Since then, she’s never stopped waking people up to their own lives.

Here are some tips I gleaned from my conversation with Giulietta about how to wake up to your own life and to your own greatness:

1. Be a “power participant” in your life. Stop sleepwalking. If you aren’t filled with enthusiasm and passion for something you’re considering, don’t do it. Immerse yourself in what you love.

2. Find your life purpose. Suffering and misery come from not knowing your purpose — mobilize yourself to find it, now. (If you need help with this, check out my upcoming workshop.)

3. Be who you are. Instead of having a “work” face and a “play” face, be who you are. Why would you bother doing anything different?

4. Get into uncharted territory so you can feel how alive and vital you really are. Giulietta loves the feeling that all her “senses are sparking” when she’s traveling.

5. Read.

6. Ask questions. Lots of them. Be curious. Follow your curiosity. Ask, “What can I learn today?” Ask the questions other people are afraid to ask.

7. Ignore the naysayers and keep going toward whatever holds your interest. It’s only because of their own fears that they want to hold you back. Don’t be willing to go along with other people’s programs. What do you want to do?

8. Think outside the “societal mindset” that if you just collect enough things you’ll finally achieve nirvana.

9. Get outside. We’ve become an artifical indoor society, which is dehumanizing. You need to be in nature to feel alive and connected and real.

10. Spark a movement. If people say no to something you’re passionate about, keep going until you find someone who says Yes.

11. Band together with others who are awake or waking up. You are not alone.

You can find Giulietta at http://giuliettathemuse.com and http://www.fearless-design.com.

Listen to our full interview here:


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6 Principles from a Creative Genius on Making Your Vision a Reality

I’ve recently been obsessed with George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga and other blockbuster films, which has led to all sorts of interesting reading and web exploration. Many people seem to believe Lucas has gone over to the “Dark Side” himself, only “in it for the money” with his projects (we’ll have to talk about that another time), but I’ve always found him to be an inspiring visionary.

Here’s why I’m interested: I believe that we can learn from successful, creative geniuses about how to bring our dreams to fruition.

I recently re-watched a documentary about the making of the original Star Wars trilogy. The insider’s look at the creation of a grand vision is utterly compelling.

What I love about watching George Lucas in action — particularly the George of the 1976 Star Wars production era — is seeing his absolute dedication and unshakable commitment to the creation of his art, his way.

Again and again, he steered clear of involvement with the Hollywood studios as much as he could (particularly later in the film series), and found ways to maintain his independence, like retaining merchandising rights (even when it wasn’t clear there would be a popular market for the merchandise).

He worked and reworked his script to be as precise as possible and checked and rechecked his story themes to make sure he was conveying the powerful mythological messages and meanings he wanted to convey.

He repeatedly overcame what looked like insurmountable odds to bring his vision to reality. With the first film, schedules were massively delayed, props were malfunctioning, costumes and sets weren’t living up to his vision, budgets were falling by the way side, and the studio was threatening to pull the plug, but still he kept on.

Clearly, Lucas experienced his own hero’s journey to create his films, along the lines of the story he tells of Luke Skywalker facing his own shadow and obstacles, reaching deep within himself to grow and expand into who he is meant to be and what he is meant to do in the world.

So what is it that enables one creative visionary to succeed, where another might fail? What can we learn from George Lucas about how to make our own visions real?

Here are 6 principles I’ve gleaned from my studies of him so far:

1. If you can see it, it must be possible. People around Lucas would tell him that something couldn’t be done, and he’d say, “Don’t worry about how we’re going to do it.”

I’ve always believed that if I can see something, there has to be a way to create it, even if I can’t see how yet. That’s how I’ve taught myself so much of what I’ve learned, and created so much of what I’ve created.

Interestingly, many technological advances are first devised in science fiction circles — and then the scientists figure out how to make it so.

If you have a creative vision, treat it with sacred respect, trust it, and get to work.

2. Stay true to your vision. Repeatedly, the people who worked with him would say that Lucas’ vision and passion for the idea were what made it all possible. They were obviously in awe of his ability to hold the vision, even when they couldn’t see it themselves.

Are you clear on the big idea of your vision and ready to see it through to the end, even if you don’t know exactly how you’re going to get there?

Find what you LOVE about it, remind yourself WHY you’re doing it, and go for it. Passion and perseverance will carry you through.

3. Delegate. A true visionary enlists other talented, dedicated, and creative supporters to help him or her make a vision real. George Lucas repeatedly hired other directors, screen writers, and editors, for instance, despite having those skills himself, because he knew he couldn’t be in the trenches and hold the big vision.

4. Be a strong leader. Although the pressure was intense, Lucas never seemed to waver or give up. Powerful leadership requires an unshakable faith in purpose and direction. Be clear on yours and retain your independence. It’s YOUR vision after all.

5. Be flexible. At the same time, be flexible, and allow your team to support you.

One of Lucas’ directors, Irvin Kershner, disagreed with him on a key line (where Han Solo says, “I know” in response to Leia’s “I love you” in the second film). Lucas thought it was a mistake, but went with it for an early screening. The audience loved it and talked about endlessly — so George left it as it was. He was flexible.

6. Trust your feelings. The concept of “The Force” in the Star Wars saga is the thread that weaves together both a teaching from the films and from Lucas’ creative legacy. Lucas knows the importance of developing and mastering our own emotional intelligence. Clearly he has followed his own, time and again, despite obviously massive outside pressure to conform to various norms and expectations.

From my perspective, this is all about trusting your own inner wisdom, even if it doesn’t make sense on the surface.

After all, every Jedi master knows that our eyes can deceive us.

I’d love to hear about how or if this article has impacted you. Thanks for sharing your comments here on the blog, below.

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