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Expand your mission, vision, and purpose...
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Once you film your movie, you go into “post” - editing, then visual effects, sound, music, and color, all to get the film ready for distribution.

The French filmmaker Robert Bresson is credited with the idea that “A film is born three times. First in the writing of the script, once again in the shooting, and finally in the editing.”

The same is true with your creative business and the products you create. Just before writing this chapter, I was chatting with my wife about how I was nearly done, and how it’s only now that I understand what this book is - what it’s for, who it’s for, how it helps. The writing is a process of discovery more than it is a form of capturing ideas that are already solidified.

Your business will change over time. With the launch of this book, I’m marking a shift for Craftsman Creative. The MOVIE framework and BLOCKBUSTER title are very conscious - I’m leaning more into my role as a film producer, and focusing more on helping creators craft profitable businesses. I do that for my clients as a producer (and soon I’ll be doing it for my investors as a fund manager). I help business owners as a consultant and coach. And I create books and courses and a community to help creators wherever they are on their path.

I didn’t have any of that clarity until literally this week. The business I thought I would have in 2024 is now in the past, and there’s a new version - with similar structure and characters and desired outcome - but if you compared it to the “screenplay” or the business I’ve been “producing” over the last three years, you wouldn’t say it’s the same business.

How you do this for yourself is a tricky question. In my experience, it’s not a choice that you make whenever you want. There tend to be moments of reflection around the start of a new year, when you have a new week, new month, new quarter, and new year all starting on January 1. But depending on where you are in your business it may not be the right time to make such a big shift. You may still be in the middle of “writing your screenplay” or “shooting your movie”.

When you do find yourself ready for post-production - research shows that it can take anywhere from 2-5 years for a new creative business - then you can think about expanding your mission, your vision, and your purpose. I wrote about those topics in my last book.

You can develop your skills as a leader. Think about how you can remove yourself from the day-to-day artistic or technical work and focus on stepping into your role as a leader even further. Creating a business that can run without you becomes a new purpose and vision.

You can think about the bigger vision and mission of the business. Who is it for, who can you help, how many people can you serve?

And you can focus on the 20% of the Pareto principle. In their book, 10x is Easier Than 2x, Dr. Benjamin Hardy and Dan Sullivan make the argument that going all in on the 20% and leaving behind the 80% is what transforms individuals and businesses to where they can grow 10x. The focus makes it easier because it clarifies the path to get there, as well as the things that are holding you back.

Take our video production company CEO. The 20% for her and her business could be going all in on retainer clients. They only currently represent 20% of their business, and the 80% is all of the other projects they’ve said “Yes” to that are taking up their capacity and preventing their growth.

For a few months, they’ll need to stop saying yes to the smaller, less-profitable projects to make room for new retainer clients. The CEO needs to go sell (or hire and train someone to sell) new right-fit clients for this more profitable retainer offer.

Doing so means that they now have fewer clients, but much more profit and time. The profit gives them money to invest in growing their team, greenlighting new projects, and freeing up their time and energy so that they aren’t always burning out from 60+ hour weeks.

The shift from production to post is a moment of threshold. Either you’ve spent your budget for production and can’t afford to keep filming, or you have captured everything you need to tell the story and choose to move on. Either way, there’s no turning back. You have to boldly move into the final phase and get your movie ready for distribution.

If you feel like you’ve been treading water in your business for a year or more, it may be time to mentally cross that threshold and shift your business. Lean into the 20% that delivers 80% of the desired results, say no to the other 80%, and give your business that “rebirth” of going into this third stage.

Doing so is what unlocks growth in your business. A filmmaker making $100k/year can 10x by deciding to own their work instead of being a work-for-hire contractor. That unlocks the possibility of a big payout or building a library of work that continues to pay them over and over again. To go 10x again to $10m they have to let go of being just a director or producer and build a company that can produce more than what they can on their own. They might be able to direct one movie a year, but going 10x means building a company that can produce 5 movies a year. Those films could get them to $100m in value if they’re successful in the marketplace.

It’s a very different place than being a crew member on the same film. The movie is the same, but their relationship has changed by going 10x multiple times. From a crew member to a producer, to an executive producer, they can go from $100k/year trading time for dollars to getting a little bit of upside, to owning the whole process and expanding their vision and business to do $10m per year.

What that looks like for your business is up to you.

The goal isn’t more money more money more money, but to have the understanding of how to get the outcomes you want for your business that align with your core goals and the dream life you want your business to provide you. Just as you refine an edit from an assembly edit to a rough cut, to a fine cut, you’ll refine yourself from an artist to a business owner, to a blockbuster business owner.


If you’re ready to make the transition to post in your business, identify what threshold you’re crossing and make the decision to not turn back.

Identify how you want to grow - your mission, your vision, your values, your role as a leader.

Identify your next 10x shift (read 10x Is Easier Than 2x) and go all in on your 20% that will get you outsized results and help you create a Blockbuster of a business.

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Ah, distribution. The final phase. Where your final, finished business comes in contact with the marketplace. Where your MOVIE becomes a BLOCKBUSTER. Notice that you can’t have a blockbuster without a release. You do have to finally put your business out there. Too many creators get stuck in endless


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