E130: How to find clarity and do what you love with Marc Gutman
Marc Gutman is a storyteller, entrepreneur, adventurer, and idealist. Marc has held several positions in the story business. He’s served as Story Editor for Oliver Stone’s Illusion Entertainment, and written stories and screenplays for Oliver Stone, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox. He has worked on movies with Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, the Farrelly Bros, Bill Murray, Chris Rock, Mark Whalberg, and Jennifer Aniston.
In addition to his time in Hollywood, Marc itched the entrepreneurial scratch by founding a multimillion-dollar tech company in Boulder, Colorado.
Today, Marc focuses his energy on Wildstory—a strategic brand story and content studio that helps the world see what their clients see. He’s passionate about helping visionary companies stand out from the crowd and harness their most valuable, ownable asset: their story.
- How Marc got clear on what he was meant to do.
- How accepting a “category” can bring peace and happiness.
- How narrowing your focus and developing constraints can help you grow.
- What happens when a client wants something outside your specialty.
- Run time: 38:57
- Best advice ever received: You can tell a lot about a person by the shoes that they wear and the bag that they carry.
- Habit that contributes to success: Desire for adventure.
- Recommended tools: Oura ring for sleep, iPad and apple pencil with Procreate app
- Recommended books: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Chip and Dan Heath’s Made to Stick, War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- Baby Got Backstory podcast
- War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- Chip and Dan Heath’s Made to Stick
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
- @MarcGutman on Instagram
- Wildstory.com – check out the case study on themselves
- Marc@wildstory.com – mention this show and get a discount!
- “I didn’t know what problem I was solving.”
- “You gotta have a really strong tummy.”
- “Once you have those answers, things get a lot easier.”
- “I was so resistant to being categorized…we all think we’re special.”
- “I’ve been accused of having Peter Pan syndrome.”
- “Where am I solving problems?”
- “I was my biggest conflict.”
- “Even when things are clicking…they’re still really hard, everybody.”
- “I love my stuff!”
- “Where do you draw the line?”
- Continue to narrow and define what it is you truly are meant to do. It’s okay to categorize yourself!