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  • 🎻 Benito Realistic views on life

    We sat down with Benito (Tiktok Influencer) and talked about authenticity What 3 tips would you give to your young self? Benito TIP 1 Well, I feel like one tip that a lot of people would probably give their younger selves is to expand their way of thinking. Everyone naturally grows up in somewhat of a bubble. Less so now than before because of technology. The people around us, like the family and friends and school that we go to kind of reinforce that bubble. Then I think everyone kind of gets to the point where they start expanding upon how they think about it. TIP 2 I wish I could tell my younger self to value the parts of my identity, like mainly race. I think if you just don't think about it, you end up defaulting to society's worldview. You develop these inherent views of yourself and bring them into adulthood is kind of acknowledging those things and questioning them and seeing that they're wrong. I think that leads to better forms of self-empowerment. TIP 3 Then lastly, I would tell my younger self to focus on mental health more, that's definitely it. What are the three things you do to help develop who you are? The first thing that comes to mind is that I don't do this consistently, but every now and then I try to meditate. It stops the mind for a second and I think it's a skill to be able to observe one's thoughts and observe the world around them kind of like a third person. I think that's a skill that helps people look at to develop that skill through meditation. I also try to read or listen to audiobooks to get different perspectives from doing that on different things. That's right to do that pretty often. I work out as well. I try to do it consistently, but we fail, that's definitely something I tried to do. What are your thoughts on social media? My thoughts on social media are that it is just another form of technology. Let's say the internet is just another form of technology that's developed and then used by humans for good and bad. We invented planes and we use them for transportation to bomb the cities. The vehicle is invented and we see people use it for good and for bad and which in some ways is dangerous. Eventually, we get the rules and we wear seatbelts and we have all of these signs that we made up to. I think social media get's a lot of hate, and rightfully and I think it is equally as liberating as it is treacherous. I try to have somewhat of a balanced view on social media because I think it can be harmful to people's mental health. Cyberbullying and all these things, but at the same time, we get access to information. We get access to things going around the globe and different cultures and food. It connects everyone. I make content for social media. I keep in mind that it can be harmful, not only to other people but also to myself. Trying to take advantage to enjoy and participate in the ways that it's beneficial. You can follow Benito here Visual Smugglers is a boutique agency that is focused on helping brands connect with new customers on social media. This blog is about the minds that inspire us and teach us to banish the fears that stop us from being more authentic and growing to our fullest potential. This is the code we live by... 1. 🌱 GROWTH 2. 🧠#CRITICAL THINKING 3. 📲#COMMUNICATION 4. 🕸#INTENTION 5. 💪#DISCIPLINE 6. ⚖️#ACCOUNTABILITY 7. ⛏#AUTHENTICITY To book a call, view our reel and case studies, please visit the link

  • Be Your Own Guru with Gautam Narang

    We sat down with Gautam (Visual Smugglers CEO) and talked about authenticity What 4 tips would you give to your young self? Don’t only focus on your art, learn about other aspects of your craft. I see it all the time, you got to work on the business side as much as your craft. It’s not what you do when you’re busy, it’s what you do when you’re not busy. To me, when you’re not on a gig is just as important. When you're not working practising on your craft. How are you using your free time? Use it wisely. Get used to saying No. You give your time, energy and end up spending your own money, so make sure your investment is really pushing you in the direction of your goal. As artists, we tend to trust others and their vision, but if they can’t show you a process and only talk about vision. That’s a red flag. The first thing I do when working with a new client is to find their intention and goals. If you don’t do this, it can end up freestyle and you end up wasting your time. What are 3 things you to do help develop who you are? Self Reflection - The world will tell you what is wrong with you, but you got to block that noise. You have to not only be a critic but also objective. You are your own guru. Only you know what you need to do. So it’s important to expand your mind and go down the rabbit hole. Books and Ted talks, help me understand my own behaviour and then take appropriate actions. Knowledge - Knowledge is power, they can take away everything from you, but they can’t take away your knowledge. Everyday I push myself to learn a little more. If you don’t know, you don’t know what to look out for. Also, on the other hand, I’ve also found the more I learn, the more I learn I know nothing. Trial and error - It’s true, success comes through failure. You got to keep experimenting. When you're a kid. To walk, you fall down 1,00s of times and then you finally walk. That’s like life. I think we all overcomplicate things. What are your thoughts on social media? It’s a double edged sword. It’s definitely affected our behaviour. The great thing is, I’ve seen it change. It wasn’t really a problem when I first got exposed to it. Instagram used to just be art photography and I remember not spending much time on it. When it was opened to the masses and stories was introduced. It became really addictive. If we are what we eat, we are also what we consume. So now, I just end up following paintings and illustrations. I was noticing too much noise and don’t want to be bombarded by others. So I try and keep my feed evergreen and thus follow mainly painting accounts, photography and other agencies. We need to disconnect from machines. There is something so great about going to a music store and having an album catch your attention. It’s the magic, digital can’t bring that. I feel one day, my goal is to be off the grid. "If you had to summarize this whole interview in one sentence, what would be the main takeaway?” Be self-aware, is important for growth and you got to be your own delegator, critics, cheerleader and objective. Nobody is going to help you but yourself, so go on a journey and discover who you are. Go down the rabbit whole. Less talk more visuals Visual Smugglers is a boutique agency that is focused on helping brands connect with new customers on social media. This blog is about the minds that inspire us and teach us to banish the fears that stop us from being more authentic and growing to our fullest potential. This is the code we live by... 1. 🌱 GROWTH 2. 🧠#CRITICAL THINKING 3. 📲#COMMUNICATION 4. 🕸#INTENTION 5. 💪#DISCIPLINE 6. ⚖️#ACCOUNTABILITY 7. ⛏#AUTHENTICITY

  • The Importance of Self-Awareness and Discipline

    We sat down with Adom and talked about his secrets to consistency and discipline. What four tips would you give to your younger self? Adom: 1st get rid of your ego as soon as possible. Keep accountable, keep yourself and everyone else around you accountable. Stand by what you say 2nd, don't say something if you're not going to do it. 3rd Art is meaningless focus on getting money. What are the three things you do to help develop who you are? Adom: I have a fairly established and disciplined routine that keeps me consistent. Duolingo and fitness are the basis of my discipline right now. I’m committed to doing them every day. I also try to be as self-aware as possible, which is done through self auditing. Journaling is very helpful for that. You can actually look back on your previous self, you know, take notes. What are your thoughts on social media? It’s a gift and a curse, depending on how it's used. It's very easy to place too much importance on social media, which is what a lot of people do nowadays. So as with almost anything, it has its uses in moderation. In what we do, it's very beneficial for us. It's vital, for certain things, but I feel it's very easy for people to convince themselves that they are using social media to network and get jobs. When in reality, 80% of the time spent on social media platforms is actually just pointless. So it's just something that should be used with a lot of accountability, especially since a lot of these apps were specifically designed to keep people on the app and to draw us in. In summary if you are trying to establish a successful creative career; discipline and mindset are key. Art cannot be the sole focus of your endeavour. Being accountable for yourself and your team, practising consistency and becoming almost painfully self-aware are pivotal aspects of success. Visual Smugglers is a boutique agency that is focused on helping brands connect with new customers on social media. This blog is about the minds that inspire us and teach us to banish the fears that stop us from being more authentic and growing to our fullest potential. This is the code we live by... 1. 🌱 GROWTH 2. 🧠#CRITICAL THINKING 3. 📲#COMMUNICATION 4. 🕸#INTENTION 5. 💪#DISCIPLINE 6. ⚖️#ACCOUNTABILITY 7. ⛏#AUTHENTICITY To book a call, view our reel and case studies, please visit the link

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