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The Creator Mindset
"You can always learn something from someone"
This week, we interviewed Alivia D'Andrea on our podcast. She taught us the importance of having a growth mindset as a creator. Alivia is an expert at turning negative energy into positive outcomes. We could all learn a lot from her.
Alivia's story as a creator starts many years ago.
Growing up, I used to watch some beauty YouTubers and I think I really love the idea of essentially creating your own world ... it was instantly falling in love with the process of video creation.
Building an audience is a long and difficult road. If you don't love what you're doing, putting in the work becomes much harder. Talking to Alivia, you could tell that she really loves the process of making and editing videos. In order to create something magical, creators must love their craft. Alivia is no different.
The big drive for me to be vulnerable online and show myself in my worst states is to make someone out there feel less alone and realize, hey, we're all in this together.
Alivia showed us the power of being vulnerable. For her, vulnerability leads to a deeper connection and unity. It is truly amazing to see someone be so open and honest with their audience.
Mentally tough people love the difficult days. They actually look forward to the days that they don't want to get out of bed because it's that very moment that you don't want to do something and you do it - that's when you become more mentally tough.
Being a creator is not for the mentally weak. You have to put in the work every day to build an audience. Alivia is the perfect of example of mental toughness. But this is not something that you are born with. It's something you learn. Alivia has grown her mental toughness through experience and continually venturing beyond her comfort zone.
Alivia has faced her fair share of online hate and criticism. Still, through it all, she keeps a level head, learns from the criticism and approaches the hate with empathy.
If someone only ever told me the positives I would never become better and improve.
The quote below provides an amazing look into how Alivia approaches hate from an empathetic point of view.
People were sending me hate, direct messages on Instagram and Twitter, and I spent the whole night actually responding to them. I know they say don't listen to the hate don't pay attention to it but I felt like maybe there might be something I could learn. You can always learn something from someone ... I was trying to respond with empathy and kindness and I was very open, honest and vulnerable in the conversation. What ended up happening with the majority of those conversations was that these people started to say they were struggling in their own life and that's why they hated on me.
There are plenty more nuggets of wisdom from Alivia on the full episode, which you can listen to here.