Finding Your Vision and Purpose w/ Artist and Personal Coach Marc Scheff
Hey guys! Peter Shankman the host of Faster Than Normal here. I wanna invite you to something! I am hosting a Mastermind with 12 amazing speakers who are gonna be talking about everything from ADHD to mental health, from entrepreneurship, to just living your life better. It’s gonna be on November 10th, It’s gonna be virtual from anywhere in the world. Incredible, incredible speakers. The leading fitness trainer in Canada for all things. Me! A whole bunch of speakers- Scott Carney, who wrote the book which is to all about how he goes and takes ice showers every day. It’s gonna be 12 amazing speakers, the CBS Early Shows’ Jennifer Hartstein, really, really great people. And I’d like you to join us. Check out the link below in the show notes at ShankMinds 2022 and we will see you there. And a matter of fact, look for the discount code in the show notes as well, that’ll take a hundred bucks off the cost. We’ll see you soon! https://shankman.lpages.co/shankminds-virtual-2022/ DISCOUNT CODE: SMFriends22
Marc believes that finding your Vision and Purpose are the key to finding success, happiness, and fulfillment. Harvard-educated, he left a lucrative tech career for art school, founded the long-running online gallery Every Day Original, and has been mentoring and coaching creatives for over a decade. He now Coaches a wide variety of clients and helps them access their own creativity to fuel their next steps. He is now getting his Coaching certification and working one-on-one, in groups, and in his free online workshops to help people create a bigger vision for their life and career through Purpose-driven breakthroughs. He shares many of the how’s and why’s with us here today, enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Marc discuss:
01:20 – Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
01:39 – Intro and welcome Marc Scheff!
02:40 – Why did you give up a lucrative career in Technology to pursue a career in Art?
03:51 – So where did you study; how did it go?
05:10 – Why do you want to help people and how did you land on “vision and purpose”?
08:06 – Is it really as easy as “find what you love doing and the money will come eventually?”
09:37 – Freedom in work, can feel completely overwhelming
10:20 – How can people find more about you? Web: www.MarcScheffCoaching.com (or via www.CreativeAccelerationCoaching.com) and https://www.marcscheff.com. Socials: @MarcScheff on Twitter INSTA and LinkedIN
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12:16 – Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat:
Hey guys. Peter Shankman the host of Faster Than Normal here. I wanna invite you to something! I am hosting a Mastermind with 12 amazing speakers who are gonna be talking about everything from ADHD to mental health, from entrepreneurship, to just living your life better. It’s gonna be on November 10th, It’s gonna be virtual from anywhere in the world. Incredible, incredible speakers. The leading fitness trainer in Canada for all things. Me! A whole bunch of speakers- Scott Carney, who wrote the book which is to all about how he goes and takes ice showers every day. It’s gonna be 12 amazing speakers, the CBS Early Shows’ Jennifer Hartstein, really, really great people. And I’d like you to join us. Check out the link below in the show notes at ShankMinds 2022 and we will see you there. And a matter of fact, look for the discount code in the show notes as well, that’ll take a hundred bucks off the cost. We’ll see you soon! https://shankman.lpages.co/shankminds-virtual-2022/ DISCOUNT CODE: SMFriends22
—[00:01:26] Peter: Hey everyone. My name is Peter Shankman. This is Faster Than Normal. You knew that though, cuz you’re probably subscribed to this podcast and it doesn’t really make sense for me to keep saying that, but I do it on every episode cuz maybe there’ll be someone new today. Anyway, good to have you back for another week. Uh, we are going to start today’s podcast with an interesting guest who believes that vision, finding your vision and finding your purpose are the key to finding success, happiness, and fulfillment. I wouldn’t argue with that per se. He was Harvard educated and he left a lucrative tech for art school, unlike other famous people who have gone to art school, though he did not commit to, uh, doing bad things, he found the long running online gallery every day, original, and has been mentoring and coaching creatives for over a decade. I love that he focuses on creatives. He uses creativity to fuel their next steps. He’s now getting his coaching certificate and working one-on-one groups and his free online workshops to help people create bigger vision for their lives and career through purpose driven bake, uh, purpose driven ba. Well, my God, what is going on?
[00:02:24] Marc: You’re going faster than normal Peter!
[00:02:26] Peter: breakthroughs!! Geezus! Okay, that being said, say hi to Mark Scheff! Hi, Marc. Welcome!
[00:02:31] Marc: Thanks, Peter. Great to be here.
[00:02:33] Peter: Never interview someone. Friday at 5:00 PM this is what happened ! Nice to talk to you, so. What made you leave for, for Art school of all things. You just had this, this love and this passion for art, and you’re like, Screw it. I’m leaving Tech.
[00:02:49] Marc: Well, I mean, I always loved art. Like, like probably every artist says, but, you know, um, you know, I had a, I I grew up in a sort of, I don’t know what you wanna call, is sort of traditional, uh, productive, focused household and, uh, certainly not one that understood to things like ADHD and a, um, you know, so when I went to Harvard, you have to pick your major in your first year. And I thought, well, I’ll pick something that’ll make me money. Cuz you certainly can’t have a career as an artist. That’s crazy, right? Um, so I, I studied computer science and I went and I got a job and I, and I said, Okay, I’m gonna take the art classes that I said I was gonna take and I realized, Oh, I, I really like this. This is really great. Um, so I started taking more art classes and more art classes. And my manager at one point, this woman Amy, who I, I sent a thank you note recently, um, took me aside one day and kind of offered me a chance to be, it’s funny, offered me a chance to be a part of some secret upcoming layoffs. And I took it and I took a little severance and I put a down payment on my art, uh, my Art degree.
[00:03:44] Peter: Wow. Wow. That’s a, it’s, it’s always fascinating how those things happen because that’s exactly how it always happens, right? It’s always something out of the blue and random. Yeah. So where did you study? Where’d you study art?
[00:03:54] Marc: I studied art at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. That’s where I was listening and working in tech. Yep. Um, I had a, I studied illustration there. Um, I got my degree in the early 2000. Um, and you know, from there, and, and, and this is probably not unusual for your guests, I went on to do all kinds of things. I was a staff artist, I was a creative director, uh, you know, almost a founder of a startup. I, you know, I ran teams. I, I was on teams. I did a little bit of everything before moving to New York where I did a lot more, where I sort of discovered freelance and started doing more freelance stuff. And that’s when I started really getting into kind of coaching and mentoring Artists. Cuz I was learning so much and I think, I think I read your book, um, which by the way, everyone should absolutely go read this book. It’s, it, it, and you didn’t pay me to say that. It’s, it really was wonderful . I, uh, I got it and I, I actually listened to it and then I bought a copy and gave it to my wife and said, You have to read chapter six if you read nothing else. Um, you know, and, and so I, you know, when I go and I learn things, I, I get very excited about what I’ve learned and I wanna kind of pass it on. And that’s essentially how I got into all this.
[00:05:00] Peter: Very cool. Tell us about, So a lot of our guests come to me, you know, they say, I can’t find my passion. I have no idea what my vision is. I have no idea what my purpose is. What am I supposed to be doing? You know, they’re, they’re 30, they’re 40, and they’re like, you know, I’ve just been cruising along and I don’t know if it’s the right thing. So you seem to have it down where, you know, if, if you say believe, finding your vision and purpose like you to find success, you must have a way to help people do that.
[00:05:19] Marc: I have a few ways, uh, . That’s true.
[00:05:22] Peter: Well, let’s chat about that. Why, why, why vision and success versus anything else?
[00:05:26] Marc: Um, well, vision and purpose. I, you know, vision and purpose, right? . I’ve been working, I’ve been working with this concept of purpose from way back in San Francisco when I started going to a, a weekly men’s circle. And the purpose of the men’s circle was to support men in living their purpose. Now, this wasn’t some sort. You know, secret cabal. This was, this was really us all pushing each other to sort of bring our gifts to the world. And the way that we did that was we, we really worked hard to discover purpose, which we often boiled down to one or two words. What I’ve found, and in fact, I met with a client today who said, you know, who told me the, the work that we did, the work that we did, on discovering vision and purpose made all those other decisions that she was struggling with easier. Um, and as someone, you know, has someone who also manages, you know, ADHD or works with ADHD, you know, we have all these ideas. We have. We are like you say, faster than normal. Um, and sometimes it’s like, it’s like too much and it can feel overwhelming. So what vision and purpose does is it gets you down to really like the core of what you’re doing on this earth in this lifetime. And when you’re looking at, you know, literally what you should have for dinner, it can make that decision easier. Cuz you say, well, I’m the person. So, for example, my purpose currently is to unleash creativity. It’s what I do in my coaching, whether they’re an artist or a non-artist. I, I work with people to get creative around their, the solutions to, to their life. And so, uh, the, the way that. The way that I, the way that I work with people on that is I use various tools. I use various tools that, that probably a lot of different coaches know, but I focus in on that level of thinking because then when you come to these other decisions, you say, Well, what if my vision is this and my purpose is this? Am I really like a pizza guy or, or a fried chicken guy? I mean, it’s not always that easy, but, but it can be
[00:07:11] Peter: Very, very cool. You know, it’s interesting, the, the concept of purpose is something I don’t think people are taught right there. There’s, there’s, and I, I’ve talked to teachers about this because, you know, there’s this premise of you go to school and you learn what you’re supposed to learn, which is never the right thing. You don’t learn how to bounce a checkbook or, you know, how to do taxes, you know, But, but, and they always, they always, there’s that one joke where the, the guidance counselor says to you, you know, figure out you’d wanna do for free. And that’s what you should do for a. Like what you’d love to do. That’s what you should do for, you know, what you, what you wanna do, what you love. And it never seems to work out. I,
[00:07:41] Marc: I was, I have some, I have some issues with that.
[00:07:43] Peter: can’t tell you how many things I was supposed to be doing. Uh, you know, but I think that, that, that for kids coming outta school, they don’t necessarily know. They’ve seen, especially kids today, they’ve, they’ve, they’ve watched, you know, uh, kids that of nowhere make millions on TikTok and, and, and create, you know, and they’re confused. Cause they know, in reality it’s, it’s very, very difficult to do that, but, Right. You know, they also haven’t been told anything else. Right. Right. And they don’t know what their purpose is. And I don’t necessarily know, you’re supposed to know what your purpose is in your twenties, but it, it does become that question of at what point should you say, Here’s what I love to do, here’s what I wanna do, here’s how I wanna change the world.
[00:08:16] Marc: Yeah. I mean, I think it is different for everybody. Um, you know, I have worked with people who have discovered that they actually wanna be doing something else for their work or something else with their free time or, or, or whatever. Um, I do think. And I’m in my mid forties. Um, and I do see a lot of people around this age starting to struggle with this question cuz we’re, you know, if, if it’s midlife, we’re supposedly sort of halfway there and you start to think about, okay, well at some point I’m leaving. What do I want my legacy to be? And that’s when I think a lot of people start thinking about purpose. I mean, some people come to it much, much earlier, but I have two, I have two kids, one’s seven, one’s 12. And you know, they don’t , they don’t grapple with that, you know, at all. So it’s, it’s quite. Thing to be dealing with at, I think at that, at that particular age. But at some point, like I said, you know, you, you know, you, you, you go so far and we don’t live in a wor like, you know, my dad’s generation and my dad included, you know, he, he, he’s a doctor. He got a job. Somewhere, and he stayed in that job. You know, he maybe had a couple of jobs over the course of his career and did different things, but he was always focused on that, that sort of purpose, which, whether or not that was his core purpose, that’s what he chose and that’s what he stuck to. We now live in a world with the internet, with, you know, you can do, you know, you can do anything and be doing TikTok and Instagram and, you know, skydiving, uh, for example, um, as, as a, as a random example. Um, you know, and so we, we have all this freedom, which can be completely overwhelming. And that’s where I think a lot of folks, at least in the communities where I work, we were start thinking about, okay, well if we can boil this down to something that is core to ourselves, and this is what I do in my workshops, it’s what I do in my one-on-one coaching. It’s what I’ll be doing in my group coaching because I really, I, I’ve seen it over and it’s not just a belief I’ve seen. The proof is is there, I’ve seen people and the people who do the work and, you know, do the writing and, and come and, and come up with something that is their purpose, that is their vision. They come back, you know, just really lit up and they say, I, I, I found focus, I found happiness. I’m like, you know, I’m like, I’m like dancing when I get up in the morning and I’m, you know, I didn’t do that for them. They did it, but I, but I provide these, you know, these various frameworks for them to think through these.
[00:10:20] Peter: No, I mean, it makes sense. Tell us, tell people how we can find you. You know how, if they want to, if they, if they like what they’re hearing, they say, Hey, this is something I’d like!
[00:10:28] Marc: Um, well, you can find me. Uh, I’m, I’m on the internet in most places as my name Marc Scheff . Um, I, I am also an artist, so if you can find, you know, you can find my portfolio at Marc Scheff , but my Marc Scheff coaching is my coaching website. If you can’t remember. Spell my name. You can just go to Creative Acceleration Coaching. And that just goes to my website. And there’s, um, there’s an opportunity there for a free coaching session. I, I like to do these free coaching sessions, um, because it’s actually a filter for them and for me, Uh, if someone, first of all doesn’t take the step to book the, the, the appointment, then you know, that’s probably a good sign that, that they’re not gonna, they’re not gonna do the work. Uh, but also when we meet, I actually, what I do is I just coach people for. 30 or 45 minutes and give them kind of an overview of some of the different tools that I use. So I’ve had people walk out of that and say things like, you know, there’s, you know, I, I got, I got great value out of that 30 or 40 minutes, and now I wanna know more. If, you know, if they walk away and it sort of fizzles out for them, then, then that’s, you know, that’s okay too. But it’s a great way for people to, you know, I don’t, I don’t push sales. I don’t, you know, at the end of the call I’m not like, Okay, you can commit now and there’s a special deal and all this stuff.
[00:11:31] Peter: Right, right, right.
[00:11:31] Marc: Yeah, I don’t do any of that stuff cuz I really, in fact, I’ve had people say, Send me a PayPal. I say, actually I want you to, if you, if you want, if you write me an email in a week and still want it, then I’ll do it. Exactly. Cause I want you to really like see if this lasts for you. If you’re really still making progress on the work that you did in that 30 minutes, then we should totally, we should totally keep going. Cause there, cuz you’re, I love that. Yeah. There’s a connection.
[00:11:53] Peter: I love that. Yeah. Very cool. Marc, thank you so much for taking the time. I really appreciate it, that it’s really kind of you.
[00:11:58] Marc: Thanks for having me. Big fan of your work and just really glad to be here. Thank you.
[00:12:02] Peter: Awesome. We’ll definitely have you back. Guys as always Faster Than Normal is for YOU! We wanna know what you wanna hear. Shoot us an email. If you have any guests you think would work for us, [email protected], let me know. We’d love to get ’em on the podcasts. We’ll see you next week. ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Stay safe.
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