Oct 9, 2017
Mike Watson is an artist, educator, adviser and convener of
people and ideas. He is a fashion designer and visual
merchandiser. He teaches students about fashion design and fashion
marketing at the Art Institute of Charlotte, a branch of Miami
International University of Art & Design. He is the founder of
Heartful Apparel, a fashion brand that supports reshaping lives for
the better. Mike is also a leadership consultant. He is the
founder of Heart-Centric Leadership, a personal development
consultancy that advises clients on leading from the heart. He
is the host of TEDx Charlotte, presenting 'ideas worth sharing.'
Mike earned an undergraduate degree in fashion-textile design from
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master's degree in fashion
and consumer behavior from UNC Greensboro, and is a doctor of
education candidate at Argosy University.
IN THIS EPISODE
Mike talks about what is at the center of all of what he
- He explains what
he means by heart-centric and why it matters in our
- He answers whether our emotions get in the way of
- He discusses the difference between realizing ourselves
and transcending ourselves.
- He shares how he achieves balance and the value he
brings to time-tested wisdom.
- Mike defines what fashion is, what makes
something fashionable and what is driving change in fashion
- He talks about what fashion teaches us about
how to live our lives and the core values that current fashion is
- He considers how fashion 'makes belief' and
how it shifts perceptions of reality.
- He discusses the connection he sees between fashion and
- Mike talks about the fashioning of identity
and when he came into his own identity.
- He shares what began to happen in his life in his mid-thirties
and the shift in his life that occurred.
- He discusses who he was as a teenager and how his
professional life began.
- He reveals the choice he made that confused his
family for many years and the most the most
important career decision he made.
- Mike shares his purpose in life, why people
need to fail, and the importance of 'forest-bathing' in his
- He reveals what we would see if we could he where he
creates and what his culminating work of art would
After the conversation, host Mark Peres adds a personal word
that begins this way, "When Mike Watson talks about heart-centric
leadership, I think about what moral philosophers call the ethics
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