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Embrace the Ugly: How to Break Through What’s Holding You Back in Business

with Kim Werker

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About The Class

transform negative thoughts into creative catalysts.

You’ve got a problem. We all do. Every single one of us is walking around certain that if other people knew about shortcoming X, Y, or Z, they’d think less of us. And that negative thinking is a major hurdle on the road to real success in business.

Kim Werker wants to change that. Embrace the Ugly: How to Break Through What’s Holding You Back in Business is all about shedding light on the stuff you don’t want to say out loud and transforming your negative thoughts into creative catalysts that benefit your business.

In this class you’ll learn about the concept of Mighty Ugly, a framework that celebrates the benefits of failure. Through interactive lessons, Kim will help you identify and embrace the ugly parts of your business – you’ll get help addressing what holds you back so you can shift “the problem”, and resolve it. You’ll learn tools that will help you:

  • Overcome self-doubt as an entrepreneur
  • Abolish professional perfectionism
  • Dismiss your fear of failure
  • Eliminate irksome business blocks
  • Conquer procrastination

Kim will teach you exercises that will keep you creative even as you struggle with balancing your books, promoting your work, managing social media, or whatever else holds you back.

Embrace the Ugly: How to Break Through What’s Holding You Back in Business will empower you to confront the most personally challenging aspects of being a working creative. You’ll surface the problems that are unique to you and learn universal skills you can use to embrace and, ultimately, overcome them.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    How Does Mighty Ugly Relate to My Business?

    17:41
  2. 02

    Identify Your Hero Qualities

    15:11
  3. 03

    Free Preview: Make a Mighty Ugly Creature

    The Ugly Voice is the inner critic that drags you down – Kim helps you face it and creatively deal with it.

    26:05
  4. 04

    Show and Tell Your Mighty Ugly Creature

    24:52
  5. 05

    What Does Your Ugly Voice Say to You?

    10:28
  6. 06

    Sharing Mighty Ugly Creatures Stories

    27:36
  7. 07

    What Are the Stories You Tell Yourself?

    16:00
  8. 08

    What Keeps You Up at Night?

    17:38
  9. 09

    Share Your Personal Narrative

    27:46
  10. 10

    Name Your Shame - Diminish Its Power

    27:13
  11. 11

    Answer Your Ugly Voice Back

    16:50
  12. 12

    Identify & Address the Feeling

    10:44
  13. 13

    Make Your To-Do List

    24:21
  14. 14

    Move Your Business Forward

    11:51

Meet Your Expert

Kim Werker

Kim Werker is a writer, speaker, podcaster, and freelance editor who makes something – anything – every day as part of an ongoing project called #yearofmaking. A fierce proponent of looking closely at the parts of creative life that terrify ... read more

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  • pdf Year of Making - E Book
  • pdf Workshop Supply List
  • pdf Embrace the Ugly Syllabus
  • pdf Mighty Ugly Course Workbook

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  • Creativelive Student

    February 2015

    I listened to the entire course. I think that Kim is very inspiring and that she uses stories effectively. I do think that she needs to have the audience wear name tags and use their names when she is talking to them. It helps me the viewer feel a connection with the studio audience. I made my ugly creature. I am a graphic/interior designer. I know that ugly items are needed at times to make things beautiful, so my creature actually looks cute to me. I wished that less time was used on the ugly creature discussions and more time getting to the core of what is holding us back. Designers are visual producers so our work is always under scrutiny, and it is good to see what other designers are fearing, but solutions is what I wanted to get to rather than trying to identify what is holding me back. I hope that future videos by Kim will address the solutions and use less of the ugly theme so as to work on gaining insight as to how to overcome negativity about growing our businesses.

  • Nicola

    February 2015

    Amazing course, so good that I had to purchase it for further referral. With thanks to Kim Werker and also to the facilitator.

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