Why did you choose to freelance? How did you get started?

I chose freelance/self-employment because I hate rules that aren’t explained in depth to me and creative limitations. So I chose to make my own rules. There’s also no limit to the amount of income you can get when being self-employed. The opportunity in creating and monetizing content that relates to your business is incredible and I wanted to take advantage of that.

Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration? How did you find out about them?

My entrepreneurial inspiration is Kimball Musk (yes, Elon’s brother). He’s working with squarerootsgrow.com in schools, parking lots, and restaurants across the country to create a more nutritious and equitable food system. I think found out about him I think through a Reddit post, but I’m not 100% sure.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is having a ton of creative energy and having no clue what to focus it towards. When I feel inspired to create something but have too many avenues to go down (podcast/music/hanging out with people/etc) I get distracted and waste that energy. Then I dislike myself for being unfocused and it’s not altogether productive for my well being.

What are you currently reading?

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. It inspired me to start my own design agency and rethink the way I lived my life. It’s an incredibly empowering book that I recommend to all people who want to live life by their own rules.

What’s your favorite holiday?

My favorite holiday… umm… I love food. So Thanksgiving?

What’s your top advice for freelancing/self-employment?

To speed up in the right direction, slow down first. 😉 Also, find the intersection of what you’re good at, what you like doing, and who you enjoy serving—you’ll find an abundance of opportunity this way.

adam french and his father jim on cronkite news desk

Adam French is the host of Applying Awareness, a podcast for expanding your awareness and applying it to your life to make it more purposeful and fulfilling. He’s also the founder of emote.design agency, and a volunteer mentor for GigLoft U students.