EP. 73 Finding Creativity in the Chaos: How Will Day went from Wall Street to becoming a painter

  • One of the biggest lessons that I've learned from my own quitting journey is that our paths do not have to look the same. 

    What I see so many people doing is forcing the path that was laid out for them to work. 

    We're packed with guilt and shame that we can't be like everyone else.

    I constantly hear: "But I feel like I should just be grateful for this job because it provides a good life." Or "It's really not that bad. Maybe I should just suck it up and make the best of it." 

    But deep down you know that won't work. That's why you continue to have that nagging feeling. That there has to be something else for you. 

    Here's the thing: it's ok if your path looks different. 

    That is why I loved having Will Day on the podcast today to talk about this exact topic. 

    Will started out his career with a 2-year stint in the Peace Corps after college. He then went on to a successful career in the financial industry on Wall Street. But something felt like it was missing. In 2001, he enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at Pratt Institute and then went to work as an architect. But that also never felt right. He talks all about how he failed so many times on that traditional path because it just wasn't the right path for him.

  • It wasn't until he decided to finally follow his passions as a full-time artist that he realized that he had been trying to force a square peg into a round hole.⁠

    But the best part about this conversation is that it's not all about how everything worked out wonderfully. I love Will's honesty about the realities of creating a living through art, how to find creativity in the chaos, and so much more.⁠
Here is what we chat about in this episode:
  • How to find your creativity in the chaos.
  • How to learn to listen to your inner voice.
  • How to stop forcing something that isn't working.
  • How to apply business principles to an artistic career to set yourself up for success.
  • And so much more!
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