About the Episode
Today we have Jeff Leisawitz, who is a life coach for creative types, critically acclaimed author, instructor, speaker, and internationally distributed screenwriter, director, and producer. Having won the title, ‘The Best Independent Electronic Artist in the World’, having done over 5000 music placements in film and television, Jeff is also the author of the book, ‘Not F*ing Around’ – The No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground. Throughout the episode, we talk about several concepts Jeff covers in his book, including finding and understanding passion, how curiosity helps us grow, why we should not be afraid of failure and more.
Jeff Leisawitz burns with a mission to inspire and teach writers, artists, songwriters, musicians, filmmakers, solopreneurs, arts organizations, and every other human with a heartbeat to amp up their vision, tap into their potential and shine in the world. With the philosophy, “At its best, creativity is a way for us to be seen, expressed, and connected,” Jeff has helped empower countless people to tap deeply into their creative hearts to live richer, more fulfilling lives. By combining decades of street cred with personalized exercises, guided meditations, and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Re-Patterning) techniques, Jeff’s clients have overcome creative blocks including fear of failure, the inner critic, imposter syndrome, etc.
We start the discussion with Jeff’s philosophy behind his first critically acclaimed book, Not F*ing Around, and his perspective on the meaning of the concept of not f*cking around. He explains the importance of searching squashed passions, rekindling them by awakening the curiosity of wanting to know more about a certain subject matter, and figuring out the ‘Why’ behind a passion in order to ease the journey of personal growth and, achieving one’s goals and passions.
Another concept we discuss in detail is how to achieve a certain goal by remaining accountable. Jeff dives into some of the scientific research that shows why we’re more likely to be dedicated to working towards a goal when we have declared our goals to someone. Jeff also talks about the problems associated with the way most people understand failure and how we can grow and learn better by redefining failure as feedback.