Interview with Creative Rebel: Violeta Nedkova

Violeta’s tweets have been a source of many a frantic-head-nodding at all hours of the day for me over my many months perusing the Twitter feed.

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So naturally, I wanted to dig deeper into the mind that tweets up these little nuggets of digital brainfood.

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Interview with Creative Rebel: Violeta Nedkova

Q1: What was your first big break in your career/when did you feel ‘yes! this is working!’ first?

I guess my big break was a couple of years ago when I realised people really wanted to hear what I had to say, or rather read what I had to write. Two years ago I was blogging on Medium for a project called “betweet”, and not only did I love writing for myself, but I also felt so proud that my writing was resonating with so many people.

After that, I just knew I had to write for myself and that my writing could be a huge part of whatever project came next. Little did I know that project would be my own small business.

 

Q2: Do you have any morning routine you can share? (ie. wake up time etc)

Ha! So glad you asked.

My morning routine includes reading an inspirational quote – out of a colorful deck I “designed” – so that quote would be on top of my mind all day long. It’s great for decision-making too. In days when you’re tired or confused or just going on auto-pilot, it’s good to be reminded of what really matters.

 

Q3: Where do you look for inspiration?

Everywhere. On TED, on twitter, in books.

It’s my greatest pleasure to find a new “hero”. Usually it’s by stumbling across an article or a tweet. I go to their website or watch their talk, and that’s it, I’m hooked to their message and their personality. It’s amazing how many talented and original individuals we have in our generation. So what if the majority is consumers. We’re blessed to have these few sparkling creators, who make the world better and brighter.

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Q4: Who are your mentors?

My mentors are people who don’t know they’re my mentors. Right now my mentors are Caroline Winegeart, Jen Carrington, and Sian Richardson. I read everything they write, follow them on social, watch their videos and listen to their podcasts. Basically I see they are smart and authentic, and I just want to learn as much as I can from them.

Oh, and it’s not just ladies. I actually admire everything Jason Zook and Paul Jarvis do too.

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Q5: What books have made the biggest impact on you?

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It’s about habit-formation, the 3 elements of habits, and how to change your habit if it’s not serving you. It’s literally the one title I think of when I hear that question. Right now I am learning a lot about coaching, and I have always been interested in the impact of habits on everything – marketing, product building, and now forming habits for self-improvement. It’s a thrilling journey.

The other book that’s recently inspired me to be more playful and creative is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I just went through a period of watching every interview with her and listening to her magic podcast, just because she’s so poised and way too wise for her young age. She makes me see everything differently.

 

Q6: What advice would you give to yourself 5 years ago?

Stop doing things for free!!! I mean, it’s a part of my current strategy to give free value, and even a free guide for folks who want to start a business, but back then, I would do EVERYTHING for free. It was ridiculous. I had no focus, no direction, no long-term vision, and as a result, everything I did was scattered. I would just tell me:

Stop shaking it around, you have major potential, so now use it to make money for God’s sake! 😀

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So much HELL YAAAS! I can really relate to Violeta’s book choice – getting sh*t done for me, is ALL about habit formation.

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