Debbie Millman is a writer, educator, artist, brand consultant, and host of the radio show Design Matters (the world’s first podcast about design). In this episode, she shares her wisdom on dealing with criticism, what to do when you’re in an ‘inner critic storm’, and how to funnel your energy towards your one non-negotiable.
More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/27/creative-revival-with-debbie-millman
She and Majo also discuss Debbie’s darker childhood days, facing rejection in her twenties, and achieving great success in her thirties as a brand consultant. More recently, she realized a connection to her true creative spirit was missing and that she needed to circle back to it. As a creative woman now in her fifties, Debbie’s wisdom and words of encouragement strike a powerful chord.
-Debbie opens up about her difficult childhood, touches on her coming-of-age years, and shares how she was recently astounded by a picture of herself from when she was two. [5:01]
-The evolution of her creative expression: From making perfumes and writing bad poems as a girl to editing newspapers and magazines in college. Plus, how her twenties came to be dubbed “experiments in rejection and failure”. [10:45]
-On rejection and feedback, the idea of the “good girl myth”, and the parts of herself she disregarded in order to please her inner misogynist. [15:28]
-Debbie talks about her success as a branding consultant, circling back to her creative roots, and how it’s taken a long time to feel comfortable in her own skin. [20:56]
-On getting bullied by a design blog, taking responsibility for our choices, and achieving your one non-negotiable. [25:16]
-“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Debbie offers advice on making things happen for yourself. [32:27]
-How Debbie deals with criticism and feedback today. [37:08]
-Debbie and Majo discuss an issue many women grapple with, and how they each are working to overcome it. [43:11]
Majo's website – majomolfino.com
Debbie's website: http://debbiemillman.com/
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Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com