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At the age of 30, Erik Wahl lost everything. Forced to reinvent himself, instead of returning to the corporate world he became a graffiti artist. His speeches have received over 1000 standing ovations and he's the author of the best-selling business book, Unthink. Here are some highlights from our conversation:

  • A Look at What It Takes to Create Breakthrough Results 
  • How Erik's World Was Impacted By the Dot-Com Bust
  • Some Keys to Dealing with Loss So You Can Benefit
  • Why Erik Abandoned Security and Money as Life Goals
  • How Changing Your Definition of Success Changes Your Life
  • Why the System is Set Up to Cause Resistance and Rationality
  • The Reasons Erik Explores Art Forms Outside His Interests
  • Cultivating Fanaticism within a Tribe or Audience
  • Why Erik Has Never Hired a Speaking Coach 
  • The Power of Exploring Different Art Forms for R&D
  • How Your Extracurricular Activities Impact Your Business Abilities
  • Why Breakthrough Thinking Requires a Blank Canvas
  • The Keys to Leaving Your Heart on Stage with Every Speech You Give

Tweetable Insights Include:

  • I had to lose everything to gain my life back (Click to Tweet)
  • It's in unlocking our mind that we're able to break outside of the lockstep of conformity(Click to Tweet)
  • Living is getting out there where things aren't that comfortable(Click to Tweet)
  • Everything that I do is centered towards creating epic audience experiences(Click to Tweet)
  • If you're pushed into something you weren't expecting you might find something new(Click to Tweet)
  • To me, art is verb, it's not a noun(Click to Tweet)
  • Unthinking is more important than thinking(Click to Tweet)
  • The marketplace on mediocre has been cornered(Click to Tweet)

Erik Wahl is an artist, author, and performer. You can follow him on twitter @ErikWahl. If you liked this article, would you share it with your friends? Just click here to post it to Twitter. Oh, and we’d be really grateful if you write us a review in iTunes.

Originally aired almost 4 years ago.

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