Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress and businesswoman. She’s an Academy Award winner, Golden Globe winner, and the recipient of a Primetime Emmy Award. Paltrow’s early work includes films such as Seven (1995), Emma (1996), and A Perfect Murder (1998). She garnered wider acclaim for her performance as Viola de Lesseps in the romantic historical fiction film Shakespeare in Love (1998) which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. This performance was followed by roles in movies such as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), and Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe(2008 to 2019). Paltrow is also the author of a children’s book and several cookbooks. She’s the founder and owner of Goop, a wellness and lifestyle brand and company. Oh yeah, she sings too.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling board game Kittycorn.
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Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Gwyneth Paltrow
[1:54] Tip #1
“I took a crazy risk, you know, I really did have a perfectly good day job and that scared but I had self-belief. And that’s what I think, you know, ultimately, because people knock you down all the time, and they poke holes, and they don’t like this about your business model, and they don’t believe in you. And you just have to keep getting back up and getting back up and getting back up. And I think what got me through was this, I’ve never let go of my vision, it’s like, I just see a bull’s eye. And it might be really, really far away. But I’m like going straight for it.”
[2:47] Tip #2
“You know, they’re more interpersonal skills, like, when you’re acting with somebody, you know, like listening, respect, kind of being a container, I think, you know, establishing that kind of rapport and respect for people and listening kindly and openly those sorts of skills that help you be a good actress, I think to help you in business, because in my experience, you know, they create more points of connection. And when you work with people, and you have the capacity to listen, and you have the respect back and forth, you know, the best of that person starts to emerge. And it’s been amazing, you know, I have like my girls that I love so much and to see them, you know, grow and create roles for themselves and then fill the roles in the business. It’s, it’s amazing. And I think, I do think that comes from a very specific type of listening that you learn from acting.”
[4:23] Tip #3
“So I think by pattern recognition I’ve seen like I, if I follow my instinct, even if it’s potentially incendiary, or if somebody’s never heard of it, people, you know, people tend to follow along. And so I think it’s really for me just about maintaining the connection between my instinct and you know, an executing on it’s definitely something that all entrepreneurs deal with, I think, you know, essentially it’s really the hero’s journey, right? Like, how much can you hold your values true to your heart and persevere no matter what happens, no matter One obstacle no matter, you know how you’re humiliated, or no matter what happens, how can every friction point bring you closer to yourself?”
[5:54] Tip #4
“You know, we’ve had mostly organic growth, we’re, you know, we have we do some performance marketing, but I think, you know, how do you continue to create an incredibly meaningful relationship with your customer that’s additive to their life and create a customer through that, as opposed to through the more kind of standard channels, and maybe that means you grow, you know, 33% instead of 40%. But, you know, and then you have to manage expectations over here. But, you know, to me, it’s so important, it’s so important that you know, you’re not making mistakes, because you’re being pushed to hit some kind of arbitrary metric that they’ve assigned. And, and that’s, you know, that’s hard. But it’s also I think it’s a fantastic challenge, you know, to every single day to think about, like, how am I creating a relationship that’s meaningful? What am I not doing? You know, how can I double down on this connection that I’ve made with this customer and, you know, understand what she’s gonna want and continue to surprise her.”
[7:20] Tip #5
“You know, I would say, I would say maybe two things, I would say, first of all, do not be afraid to ask questions. And to appear ignorant. Like I, when I started, I, I had so much shame around not knowing certain things. And I would be in meetings, and I would be like, Googling, like, what is a SaaS business, you know, under the table? Or like, what is the difference between a yo V and a EUR? And like, what Oh, yeah. You know? And then I was like, You know what, this is ridiculous. Like, I don’t know the answer time, I can’t be expected to know the answers. I’m a first-time founder. And I think when I gave myself permission to feel kind of vulnerable, and work through that initial embarrassment, I ended up learning so quickly. And I think I also garnered respect from people who are like, wow, you’re not afraid to ask questions. Like there’s all this weird feeling around us asking questions. And I really want I made the decision to dispel that.”
[9:06] Tip #6
“You know, recently, since I can’t interact with everybody every day anymore, I think it’s so important for an organization to understand that they are responsible for the culture and like, What are you saying, What are you not saying what is your body language? Like? Are you backchanneling? Are you brave enough to speak straight to somebody and have that conversation and take care of it there and I think it’s super important that you know, everybody who’s coming into the company understands that their response, here’s what we’re aspiring to, and you are as responsible for it as I am.”
[10:00] Tip #7
“I think at a certain point I learned that how you relate to what’s in front of you is the issue. There’s no issue. It’s how you’re relating to it and that we all have the power to relate to something in a way where we can actively change it and transmute it and it can become a lesson or it can become a learning opportunity.
Please, you go to heal you. It’s an alternative shell.”
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