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266 - The Value of Positivity - (Industry Insights)

MAKE IT Podcast, Nicholas Buggs, Industry Insights

In this edition of Industry Insights, Nick borrows wisdom from Writer and Director, Kali Bailey to deep dive into the mindset of positivity. Enjoy!

“Never underestimate the importance of a good attitude, it’s part of a skill set that’s really important.”

- Kali Bailey


About Kali Bailey

Kali Bailey is a commercial and feature writer/director based in Nashville, TN. With a background as a First A.D. and Editor, Kali brings both pre and post production skills to the table. She has worked in the film industry since she was 14 years old, driven by a passion for authentic storytelling.`

She directed Disney’s internal Women’s Day video, directed a fantasy short film with nearly 6 million views and co-wrote a feature film called “A Week Away” currently streaming on Netflix.


Listener Reflections

  • Think about a person in your life whose positivity you admire. What can you learn from their approach to life?

  • Take a moment to think about your own attitude. Do you embrace the positive or do you wallow in the negative?


Actionable Advice

Choose the Right Mindset

There are two primary types of mindsets: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is set in what is. It's set in a illustration of reality drawn by past successes and past failures. It believes that there can be nothing more than what already is. A growth mindset, on the other hand, believes in the possible. It believes that there is more to do, more to learn, and more to accomplish. In believing that there is more, a growth mindset strives for more. This mindset sets the foundation for a good attitude because it embodies the spirit of hope and, where there is hope, there is happiness.

Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is thankful appreciation for what you have and for what you receive. It is the practice of finding and expressing fulfillment in your daily life despite whatever it is you may lack. When you practice gratitude, your focus remains on how to get the best out of what you have thereby enabling you to make the most of any situation. To practice gratitude, you can simply say out loud what you are grateful for. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive list, but it does have to be a meaningful one.

Craft a Positive Self-Image

Robert Kiyosaki (of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame) was quoted as saying, "It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life; it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!" Your self-talk is like the soundtrack to your life. It echoes how you feel about yourself and how you expect others to feel about you as well. If that self-talk is negative, you'll feel as if you're undeserving. This will keep you from asking for or receiving the help you need to be successful. If your self-talk is positive, you'll know that you are deserving of any and every positive thing that comes your way. You'll ask for help when needed and take it when offered. Crafting a positive self-image is all about giving yourself positive affirmation. This means openly acknowledging your strengths as well as your worth.

Now, when it comes to making a name for yourself in this industry, you'll have to be sure to follow up that good attitude with a great work ethic and talent to match. But, as Kali says, "Never underestimate the importance of a good attitude" because it may be all you need to get your foot in the door.


Continued Learning

World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls "the upward spiral."

You’ll discover:

• What positivity is, and why it needs to be heartfelt to be effective

• The ten sometimes surprising forms of positivity

• Why positivity is more important than happiness

• That your own sources of positivity are unique and how to tap into them

• How to calculate your current positivity ratio, track it, and improve it

Stop Overthinking is a book that understands where you’ve been through,the exhausting situation you’ve put yourself into, and how you lose your mind in the trap of anxiety and stress. Acclaimed author Nick Trenton will walk you through the obstacles with detailed and proven techniques to help you rewire your brain, control your thoughts, and change your mental habits.What’s more, the book will provide you scientific approaches to completely change the way you think and feel about yourself by ending the vicious thought patterns.

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving - every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.


About Nick

Nicholas Buggs is a filmmaker, advisor, content creator, and advocate of the filmmaking community. As co-host of the MAKE IT podcast and co-founder of Bonsai Creative, Nick works alongside his co-host and co-founder Christopher Barkley to produce multi-media educational and inspirational content. Nick is a firm believer in harnessing the collective power of the community to give each of its members a better chance at success.


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