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Timothy Paulson is a renowned speaker, author, artist, and the Founder of Paulson Creativity Studio, where he shares success principles with some of the top leaders in the world. Timothy specializes in bringing audiences to their feet and has spoken at seminars across the globe. He is also the Director of Totality Ministries, where he works to create unity, friendship, and love between all faith groups and races, and the Author of TotalityX: The Art of Becoming All God Created You to Be.

Timothy has a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University’s School of Divinity and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Timothy Paulson discusses his 40 years of business experience and shares his plans for the next 40 years
  • Why it’s important to say “no” as you build your business and pursue your mission
  • How the “Go to the Master” principle can help you achieve success faster
  • The most valuable lesson Timothy learned from Joe Polish
  • Timothy discusses his father’s journey as an artist and how that influenced his own career
  • How Timothy’s principle can transform every aspect of your life, from your business to your health
  • The powerful mindset that leads to greatness

In this episode…

For many business leaders, success is a long journey. But, what if there was a way to shortcut the path to greatness and start achieving your goals as soon as possible?

With 40 years of business experience, Timothy Paulson is no stranger to success. As he says, the key to his greatness came from watching the other leaders in his life — and, ultimately, working with them to skyrocket his growth. This is what Timothy calls the “Go to the Master” principle. By reaching out to top experts in his field, he was able to focus on his passions, build his business, and reach his goals. Now, he’s here to share the transformative mindset and techniques behind his success.

Timothy Paulson, renowned author, artist, and speaker, joins Dan Kuschell on this episode of Growth to Freedom to discuss the valuable wisdom he learned from top experts and industry leaders. Timothy also discusses the best mindset for success, why he decided to transition from business to ministry, and how his “Go to the Master” principle can transform your life. You don’t want to miss this!

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Episode Transcript

Dan Kuschell 0:03

Welcome to, the show that brings you inspiration, transformation and leadership. We’re helping you connect the dots, see the blind spots, and get unstuck. So you can go out and generate more leads, more sales, more profits. More importantly, so you can go out and have a bigger reach, a bigger impact, and make a bigger contribution. Welcome to today’s show, we ask you, are you looking for a strategy or a series of strategies that can collapse your timeframes? In other words, you get a place where you can do more, with a lot less, or maybe get what some would call a shortcut, but in a healthy way, right? Well, if so, you are going to love today’s segment, today’s episode, today’s guest expert, why we are going to talk about the shortcut to massive success, how to go to the master, principal, and a whole lot more. Now my guest is a good friend of mine that I’ve known for the better part of 20 years. His name is Timothy Paulson. We of course, Timothy, we got a chance to meet through Joe Polish. Of course, all roads lead through Joe and his community, ultimately Genius Network, although it was called something else at the time, right. And through our process of you know what Joe calls genius networking, we’ve stayed connected, stayed friends. And now you are on a new journey, or a continued journey I should say, related to you know, your passion, your excitement. And if you’re new and you don’t know who Timothy Paulson is, he’s had a chance to work with some of the top experts in the world like Joe Polish, like a lot of people who have had a desire to go out and grow their business with a lot less stress, which as you know, is what our programme is all about. So Timothy Paulson is a as an artist, number one amazing art, you’re going to get a taste of that today, you’re going to get a great taste of that today. He’s an author, he’s a speaker. He’s the founder of Paulson Creativity Studios, and Totality Ministries, which is a nonprofit and the creator of the new art movement, Totalityism, as I I can’t handle those 10 cent words or those $10 words there, Timothy. Anyway, we’re good friends. There’s so much we can talk about. But I want to focus on you, Timothy and your new journey, your new book called TotalityX some of the principles and also talk about the go to the master principle. But before we get to that, why don’t we bring our viewers up to speed? You know, I’d love to just ask you, you know, you’ve been on this journey 20 plus years, like, why are you doing what you’re doing today? There’s a significant date coming up. Maybe you can speak to that a little bit? Sure.

Timothy Paulson 2:56

Well, you you cut the time by 20 years. So for I’ve been in the business world for 40 years. And in the last 2021 I’ve had the fortune to work with Joe Polish, who’s absolutely brilliant to you and I, as you mentioned dan met through him. So I’ve been closely aligned with Joe prior to that. I was vice president of Hair Club for Men. Some of you may remember sigh Sperling, he did these commercials. I’m not only the Hair Club president, am famous, famous guy. But anyway, so So for 40 years, I’ve been in the business world self employed for a significant number of years. Working and helping others of you, as you mentioned, Dan, so 40 years now, 40 is a significant number. And it’s like the next 40 years are going to be different. So on to 2/22/22. That is my 65th birthday. So that’s when I am retiring from the business world as we know it. Yes. I am pursuing for the next 40 years and somebody might laugh and say I’d put you to 100 I’m not laughing the next 40 years are going to be my best years. And that’s art and ministry. Now of course Dan taking everything that I’ve learned in business, you know, the business success principles, and you know, including marketing and so forth. You know, if you have this incredibly important message, a lot of people watching this, you probably have some sort of a passion project or you want to get your message out, even your businesses your passion project, you want to get the message out, you know, when we are effective at marketing was so if we have the greatest message in the world, we have the greatest product in the world. We have the greatest service in the world, but people don’t know about it. We nothing happens.

If we have the greatest message in the world — we have the greatest product in the world, we have the greatest service in the world — but people don't know about it, nothing happens. - Timothy Paulson Click To Tweet

Dan Kuschell 5:04

That’s right. It’s like a tree in a forest that falls, but no one was around to see it.

Timothy Paulson 5:09

Did it make a noise or not? I don’t know. Right? So anyway, so that that’s what I’m really passionate about the next 40 years taking what the experience I’ve had moving forward as an artist, and in ministry moving forward and doing great things in the world to help people really the subtitle of my book, you mentioned, TotalityX, the subtitle is the art. And that’s not just a figurative something, it is the art specifically, and literally my art, the art of becoming all God created you to be 16 chapters 16 pieces of art, the art is illustrative of principles. And and so I use my art in a unique way where I use the art when I created the art lessons learned, what is this piece of art teaching me? And and then I share that, and, and it’s memorable. It’s impactful changes lives, the art of helping you become all you all God created you to be. So that’s kind of where where we’re from Dan, and where we’re headed.

Dan Kuschell 6:20

Now, now with that, Timothy, again, you’ve been doing this a long, long time. Yeah. Man, you hurt my feelings. No, just kidding. You know, doing this, as long as you have, there’s been a lot of changes over 40 years with, you know, all your old traditional ways of business, to the new ways of business, all this tech stuff. We were kind of goofing around before the show about the tech, you know, complexity it’s supposed to simplify, but in many ways it creates complexity. So as you view it, like for you, like what do you see some of the biggest mistakes that most people make, as they’re looking to build their business to build their mission? Like your mission is going to be ministry and art? What do you see are some of the big mistakes most people make?

Timothy Paulson 7:05

That’s a good question, Dan. And we could talk about that for a long time. But those that that come up first and foremost, are, we don’t know what to say no to. And there’s opportunity costs. And so everything that you say yes to means that you are saying no to other things, right? So there’s too many things where we say yes to it. And, and then it’s like, oh, my gosh, we it takes us down a particular path. And we don’t like the result of that. We don’t like where that path is led us to. So being very deliberate about what I say yes. to what I say no to, and really, Dan. Retiring on 2/22/22. I’m saying no to a lot of really good things. I’m saying no to Okay, Joe Polish, I’m not going to be working with you anymore. That’s a really good thing. Joe’s doing some wonderful things. And I’m saying no to that. So I can say yes to the next 40 years art and ministry. If an individual the again, the opportunity cost, what is it costing you in your health? What does it costing you in your relationships? So being in the business over 40 years, and hanging out with really successful, financially successful entrepreneurs? I see over and over and over again, Boy, I’ve got a lot of money, but my wife hates me. Well, I’ve got a lot of money, but my kids can’t stand me. Or I’m alienated from this or I’m alienated from that. I was listening to a Genius Network member Eelco DE BOER, a speak a couple of weeks ago. And he was saying most important to me is my family. My relationship with my mother who lives about an hour away he’s in Holland. Right. And, and he was saying and then I analysed how much time am I spending doing everything that I do. So x numbers sleeping, he told me the hours X number of hours a week sleeping are these two weeks that he kind of analyse this, this number in my business working in my business, this number doing this and that and this number with my family. And it’s like, you know what, there’s some inconsistency here. This is what’s most important to me. And I’m spending the least amount of time there. So I just I’ve seen it too often Dan, individuals in the business world they their priorities are not exactly right. So you know, there’s, there’s a tool I’ve seen it in Genius Network, you know, the the I think it is the what to say no to tool, something like that. And it’s a really good exercise anybody you can take a piece of paper put at the top and say what should I say no to so either eliminate or delegate, or do yourself. And so a lot of times, you know, Dan Sullivan, you know, Dan Sullivan, Dan, Dan, and and Ben Hardy. They wrote a book Who Not How, Who Not How it’s a great book. The premise is, you don’t learn how to do everything, you don’t do it all yourself, how do I learn how to do this? How do I do this? How do I do you find the who’s, who can do that for you? And when you think about that, from that perspective, it’s like nothing in the world is impossible. It’s like, if you want to go to the moon, who’s the who? Well, maybe Elon Musk is? I’m not saying that’s easy. But whatever it is, you find the who’s to do those things that you personally are saying no to, I’m not going to do that myself. I can delegate that out. So there’s there’s other things as well, but that one comes to mind. First, Dan, as he asked that question, be good at saying no, kindly. Don’t offend people, but be kind to be good at saying no to the wrong thing, saying yes to the right things. And knowing the difference.

Be good at saying ‘no’ to the wrong things, saying ‘yes’ to the right things, and knowing the difference. - Timothy Paulson Click To Tweet

Dan Kuschell 11:13

And Timothy isn’t, you know, at the end of the day, isn’t ultimate self care about being kind to ourselves, so we can be selfless, to serve others to be kind to them. And as you’re watching, or you’re listening right now, you know, take a quick assessment. How good are you at saying no, yeah, you know, what, Timothy talked about this not to do list concept. Right? What are the things that you’re doing? That should be on your not to do list? Yep. You know, and you can have a not to do list. You can have a not now list. Yeah. And you can have a to do list. Right, three layers of this that Joe Joe Polish introduced many years ago, which is adapt ation, I believe from David Bach. Right. So are you being kind to yourself? Are you saying no to the things that you should be saying no to for the right reasons. Right. Now, you talked about this idea of who? Not how and I think this is a great bridge, Timothy, For, you know, what we prepped for today, which was this idea of the go to the master principle? Yeah, right. speak to why this is important. Now, probably more than ever, in the history of small business or even any success?

Timothy Paulson 12:31

Well, there’s, it’s, you can’t learn it all. You can’t. I mean, Dan, it’s kind of like mind boggling. For me, it’s like, okay, and you just introduced me to a new platform stream yard. Never heard of it before, right. So there’s all this type of stuff going on, right. And I just want to find the who’s, and if I can find a master, someone who’s a master at doing something already, that cuts the time of success, way down. Now. Now, the thing is, there are some things that we should learn how to do, we are the one who is doing that. It might be your unique ability. For example, I’m an artist, as you mentioned, I’m not going to delegate that hey, buddy. Now, some famous artists have done that and continue to do that today. Jeffrey Koons, he has a factory, they create art, he signs it. Okay, it’s a Jeffrey Koons piece. Over hundreds of 1000s of dollars. Andy Warhol did some of the same thing. But But I, I want to create the piece of art myself. So if I want to be an artist, and I, or whatever it is, let’s say marketing. So in the business world, is like, I don’t want to delegate my marketing, that’s too important. I want to learn marketing, I want to become a Master of Marketing. If you go to the Master of Marketing, or masters of marketing, so that you can gain their you basically get what they know, and understand what they understand. It cuts the time by years. So there’s a there’s a story, I would be delighted to share Dan you tell me when but it’s really illustrative of this principle.

If I can find a master — someone who's a master at doing something already — that cuts the time of success way down. - Timothy Paulson Click To Tweet

Dan Kuschell 14:19

And that’d be great. Timothy. And before we get to that, yeah, I want to throw a curveball at you here for a second and asked you, you know, again, all baseball Dan,

Timothy Paulson 14:28

so you’re throwing me a curveball. That’s right.

Dan Kuschell 14:32

Low and away by the way. You’ve been doing this 40 years, right. Well, you didn’t mention you you worked with Hair Club for Men. You are in a sea level role, President role you help them grow from like, I believe it was like 19 offices to 100 Yeah, I helped them grow to, you know, from small beginnings to about 100 million plus at the time you were on the clock with them. Right. So

Timothy Paulson 14:53

you want me to correct any of those numbers or should we just run with that?

Dan Kuschell 14:56

Yeah, if you want to correct them feel free. Like these are

Timothy Paulson 14:59

big That’s just for the record. Yes. So I worked with Hair Club for Men, I became vice president, and helped the company go from eight offices to 69. But $6 million to over $120 million. So, so yes, thank you.

Dan Kuschell 15:17

Absolutely. And now having worked, you know, behind the scenes, so you’ve had all kinds of success. You’re very active in your your church, your ministry, over the years, even prior to this next move to 20 to 22. For Tim Paulson for you, you and your your, your journey. What do you consider Timothy? If you had to pick something, especially recently, your greatest mistake or your greatest failure that you’ve experienced? So what it and what did you learn from it?

Timothy Paulson 15:48

So biggest mistakes, let me give kind of an historic perspective. So I met Joe Polish in 1996 1996. And he had a pony long hair ponytail, you know, and he was a carpet cleaner. But he was teaching other carpet cleaners, how to market and so forth. And he and I started travelling in the same groups. Dan Kennedy group is what it was. So Dan Kennedy, great marketer, he had these seminars, I’d go to these seminars, and Joe was there, we got to know each other. And then Joe and I were invited into Dan Kennedy’s inner circle, it was his first platinum group 1998 1999 There are 18 of us that were in Dan Kennedy centre serve as his first inner circle platinum group. And so I got to know Joe really well at that time. So anyway, I’ve watched Joe for 2526 2026 years now. But here’s what I’ve learned. So the mistake, Joe Polish has never, never been afraid to write the check. Yes. never afraid to write the check. So he wrote the check to to Gary Halbert. Gary Halbert was a great marketer, great copywriter, Joe paid him a lot of money to learn from the master Gary Halbert. He paid I don’t maybe millions to Dan Kennedy over the years because he hired him to write, copy, hire Dan to come speak at events and all sorts of stuff, right? Joe was not afraid to write the check. Dan Sullivan, Strategic Coach, Joe has been in strategic coach for probably about 2425 years, he’s paid Dan millions, millions of dollars over those years, Joe is not afraid to write the check. And I going back 25, 26 years, I was always afraid to write the check and make that investment, and others as well. So I remember, you know, we were all kind of on the same level, you know, Joe and me and a bunch of other information marketers in this group with Dan Kennedy. And Joe’s trajectory has been like this ever since. And a lot of these other information marketers, they they’re either out of business or they have because they were afraid of writing the check. So I’ve been afraid of hiring a team of staff because I didn’t want to write the check. I didn’t join certain groups that I should have, because I was afraid of writing the check are reluctant to write the check. And I looked at the checks as a cost, not as an investment. So Joe has spent millions of dollars going to these masters. How much has he returned received in return? Multiple, multiple, multiple, it’s like, you know, the there’s an old saying, you know, if you find something that’s working, put more money at it, keep keep adding do more of it, right? Hey, here’s an ad that worked really, really well. Great. Run it again, keep right? Keep throwing money after that. Keep putting the bucket down the well until the bucket comes up dry. Right. And so I I know, I don’t have regret, I look back and I say okay, my path Dan has been great. And I’ve been able to do some remarkable things. And my business has been successful. I’ve been able to help Joe for 20 years. And so, but it I wish that I would have or if I had to do it over again. I would be less reluctant to write the check. So Dan, you’re I know you’ve got things going on. You’re a coach you you got programmes, and so some people might be reluctant to write you the check. And it’s like that’s you asked me to question that’s my answer. And when you look at others who are highly successful, they’re not afraid of writing the check to the right places. You know, you don’t just arbitrarily just throw money anywhere but it’s like here is a good investment. Here’s something I’m going To the master, for example, I’m going to the master Dan Kuschell, or whomever it might be. And that is an investment that I expect to receive a multiple back in return.

When you look at others who are highly successful, they're not afraid of writing the check to the right places. - Timothy Paulson Click To Tweet

Dan Kuschell 20:12

That is so good Timothy. And, you know, thank you for just being vulnerable to be able to share that because that probably isn’t an easy one to be able to do. And, you know, like, it’s so amazing because like I’ve I’ve, you know, watched a lot of your journey, we’ve known each other a lot of your journey and to see, you know, your superpowers, your talents, and now this new focus on 2/22/22. And your focus on TotalityX and your new book at and all the other things you’re doing with art and ministry. Like I’m so I’m just so excited for you. Like, I just can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. And ideally, this will be a part of that journey as well. So let’s talk about this idea. You talked about the who, you talked about the the situation of a mistake, of not being willing to write the check, and you should look to go to the masters. Yep. Right. So speak to that go to the master principle.

Timothy Paulson 21:06

Oh, I love this. I was raised by a, a full time professional artist. And when he started taking art lessons in 1962, and his background wasn’t as a full time professional artist. So I’m going to tell you the story of my dad. And it’s so illustrative again, if we go to the master principals so that if we can maybe show that do I do I have control over this? I do don’t Yes, you do. Okay, so go to the master. So my dad has been on television. You’ve seen him son talking to you listeners viewers to dance programme here. You’ve seen my dad, you’re going through the channels on television and you there’s an artist on PBS you stop and you watch him for a while you say wow, that’s really cool. I wish I could do that. Well, that’s my dad. Well, I know what you’re thinking. Is he Bob Ross? The answer is no. That’s the other guy. My dad is Buck Paulson. Now Buck passer, he’s been on PBS since 1989. If you Google Buck Paulson, all sorts of stuff comes up on him. Right? So he’s a he’s a master artist. He’s just a fabulous artist. His pictures taken more recently. He’s probably you know, 85 there he’s 87 now still painting everyday beautifully. It’s amazing. But my an eye as a little boys. So here I am at the age of two. Painting with my dad, I wish I had that painting because it would be worth a lot of money. But anyway, so I was raised with a paintbrush in my hand, which which has been a great opportunity, a great blessing for me throughout my life. Now my dad didn’t start as a as an artist. He started as a baseball player. I don’t know if you know this, Dan or not. I maybe I’ve told you this before because yes. You have a background as a second baseman. I think you were is that right?

Dan Kuschell 23:16

Shortstop and then in ARM injuries led me to sacrifice. Okay, good.

Timothy Paulson 23:20

So my dad was a pitcher he played on the Fargo Morehead twins baseball team. He was 17 years old when he signed his first professional contract. So it was a minor league team and the Cleveland Indians organisation. And for any of you baseball fans and you know history, Roger Maris played for the New York Yankees. He hit more home runs in a single season and Babe Ruth than more than anyone before steroids came along. Roger Mary’s remarkable baseball player and home run hitter. Well, my dad on the Fargo Moorhead twins, they were roommates together going to spring training one year so that’s kind of the connection with with fame there. But my dad played professional baseball. Then he went into the army. He served in the Army and then he went to school college. He graduated bachelor’s degree in physical education, minor in teaching. And so he got a job in Canada. He played some baseball but he was a teacher. He was a coach. And then him my mom in 1962. moved to Santa Barbara. That’s where my mom grew up. So they went back to Santa Barbara. And my dad got his dream job. It was recreation department supervisor, so recreation department supervisor. He got to play all day. impartially in charge of adult and youth sport programmes so My dad was out there just playing all the time because he’s a total jock. My dad just loves to play sports, football, basketball, baseball. So he’s got his dream job. But Dan, literally within just a couple of weeks of moving to Santa Barbara, my dad was walking down the sidewalk, he’s going to lunch, and he encountered an artist who had a painting setup on an easel on the street. The guy was painting. And my dad stopped and kind of admired him for and his work for a few minutes. Next day, same thing. My dad saw this guy’s work, he chatted with him kind of went into a studio. And then my dad went home to my mom one day and he said, tweet, that’s his, his name for my mom. It’s short for sweetheart tweet. I want to be an artist. Now think about this. He just started this really great new job. He’s got three young kids. What do you associate with artists? So well, starting artist? Sorry. I don’t know how excited my mom was at this news that my dad wanted to become an artist. But she said, she said Your birthday is in August. This was March of 1962. Your birthday is in August. And so I’ll get you an art kit for your birthday. Well, my dad, and this is a good important principle. He wasn’t going to wait around. He saw what he wanted to do. So he went bought the art kit. He got a paper towel at the kitchen table. And he drew his foot he calls it his first attempt. Now, a couple of things. My dad took one art class in junior high school in high school, just one art class. It was in junior high. And he got a D grade in the class. Dan, he was the most least let me put it this way. He was the least likely candidate to become an artist. There’s no way in the world he should have been an artist. Total jock, no interest in in an art at all. But something started moving within him. It was like I want to be an artist. So he painted this picture at the kitchen table. And here it is now. So it’s a tree. He’s got a little burnt umber there on the side. And And so years later, my older sister donde she’s probably eight at the time. She said, Daddy, how old were you when you painted the picture? And he asked, How old do you think I was? Three. But my dad was 28 years old when he painted this picture. So dad goes down to it. He starts going to art galleries, art studios visiting different artists. And he encountered someone named Kitty west. So Kitty had an art gallery. And my dad’s in there talking to her and he said, I want to go to I want to go to adult education classes. I want to be an I want to become a great artist. So adult education starts pretty soon. So I’m going to go there. And she said something that that totally changed his life. And I before I show you before I tell you know, let me show you this picture. There’s another painting that my dad did. He was into sports art, right? So he’s playing around, and he painted this picture of kind of a silhouette. I guess you’ve got the batter in the batter circle and also above. But anyway, he went to Kitty West and Kitty West. Hey, again, just to repeat, I want to become a great artist and go into adult adult education. She said, if you want to become a great artist, go to the master. She said adult education at that time in Santa Barbara. She said, you know they just sit around, you’re not going to make progress. You’re going to be there for years. Nothing’s gonna happen. You know, if you want to become a great artist, go to the master. So my dad said, Well, who’s the master? She said there’s a man named Claude Buck. This is a self portrait of Claude Buck. He was once recognised as one of the 100 greatest living artists United States. He had done nothing but paint. He had taught it. Art Institute’s he was a child prodigy. This guy was a remarkable artist. And as fate would have it, he moved to cities from New York and then Chicago then Santa Cruz, California, but a couple of years before that he moved to Santa Barbara kitty West knew of him Could he West actually took lessons from cod but so she said go see the master clock. So my dad gets the address. So I think this is instructive to Dan. My dad did not get the phone number and call a week later. He didn’t. He didn’t think about it for a while. he got in his car and drove right over to 512, North milpa Street in Santa Barbara. And he knocked on the door. He was directed Claude’s around back in the backyard, he’s painting back there. So my dad runs back there. And he meets this guy right here. So you can see this picture. This is my dad in Claude Buck some time later. And of course, wasn’t that first day, but you see clot on the left a master artist, 72 years old, my dad on the right 28 year old, who had never painted before. And so my dad says the Claude Buck Hi, my name is Don Paulson. And I want to become an artist. I want to learn to paint I don’t know if you’re giving lessons what the deal is, but I would like to learn how to paint. So Claude talked to my dad for a few minutes, and then said 15 words that changed everything for my dad again. And here they are 15 words from the master. Let’s see if we can make a great artist out of you in a year. And now think about this Dan, think of it. I mean, it’s, it’s crazy. Because Claude Buck. He had been an artist his whole life, he had taught people to paint his whole life. He knew what it took to become a great artist to do it in a year. Now, he did not ask my dad for his resume. He didn’t ask him for samples of his work. He didn’t ask him where he went to school. He didn’t ask him anything. What he saw in my dad was a burning desire. He just sensed it, he could see in my dad, what my dad needed. Now, again, you know, our class he ever took, you got to do. So how can how can Claude be so bold to say that masters know that they can shortcut your learning curve, and one year Dan, a guy he doesn’t paint at all, in one year, make them a great artist. So when you talk about, like, how to have massive success, quicker, go to the master who can help you get there. So my dad started taking lessons from Claude right away. And so I want to show you a contrast. So I’m going to show you in just a minute, the first painting my dad ever did entirely by himself, after taking lessons from Claude Buck. Okay, so I’m going to show you that painting in a minute. All the paintings before the painting I’m about to show you, you know, clotted helped my dad. And that’s what masters do, they kind of help you over your shoulder kind of help here and there. But it’s a first painting my dad ever did entirely on his own. Now, here’s the before. My dad likes sports art. The next painting I’m going to show you is sports art. But this is before getting lessons from the master before going to the master. And then after going. And let me just again, go back what a difference is there’s quite a contrast, isn’t there? Yes. When you go to the master, when you go to the master, you learn what you need to know. You get the guidance that you need, you get the encouragement that you need. That’s at least what my dad got from Cloudbook. Now, my dad’s name is Don Paulson, listen to this is such an interesting little side note. So my dad is finishing his first painting, not the one I just showed you. It was a really rough painting is a very first painting after getting some lessons with Claude. And my dad went to sign it. He’s got I’m signing a painting for the very first time. Oh my goodness. And he said, I didn’t want to sign it. Don Paulson, Claude Buck, my dad asked Claude, may I use your name? Buck, as my artists name Buck Paulson. And now think about that some young kid comes along. And he’s so he’s raw. I mean, this guy can’t he’s painted one painting with me so far. And he wants to use my name, cloud but might have thought you know, Claude’s response was, I would be honoured because why Claude Buck knew that he could make dot Buck Don Paulson, a great artist in a year. And my dad has always felt he said, I’ve always had this felt this responsibility. When I sign a painting, Buck Paulson, That better be my best in honour to the master to whom he went. So just a couple more slides here. Just want to show you my dad some of you Read. This is from 1986. This is a long time ago, but you can see the work, you know, the painting. He’s not he’s known as the king of the high seas, because he paints these incredible, these incredible seascapes. So anyway, that’s, that’s the story. So again, what does this illustrate? What it illustrates is the shortcut you can get, you can become great at marketing, you can become great at coaching, you can become great at copywriting, you can become great at running an operating a business, you can become great at whatever it is, quickly, when you go to the master or masters who can help you get there.

Dan Kuschell 35:47

That’s amazing. As you’re listening, or you’re watching right now, like, what is that one simple idea, worth to you? Right? You heard Timothy share his greatest mistake, in contrast to someone like Joe Polish, and others, and what he learned from it? And what would happen for you seriously, what would happen for you and collapsing timeframes by focusing on going to a master for whatever problem you want to have solved? It could be in your personal life, it could be in your family life, it could be in your business life, right? Like, what would it be worth to just simply apply the mat go to the master principle. Now, Timothy, as we wind this down today, I mean, there’s just so much insight and wisdom here. And like, literally, we could spend days or weeks together, unfolding unpacking everything you’ve learned, I want to give people a chance to learn more about how they can connect with you, if someone connects with your message, what you’re looking to do this new journey 2/22/22, right, where you’re going to combine art and ministry, your new mission, like where can they go to connect you? Where can they go to learn more about you?

Timothy Paulson 37:08

That’s an outstanding question. Well, let me hold up my book, because you can get this on Amazon directly. But it’s, you know, what amazes me, Dan, what amazes me is and there’s a website. So that’s So there’s three different paths there, get your copy of the book, watch the free gallery show. In the book, there’s 18 different paintings are full coloured, but if you want to see them, and really understand them, the gallery show is really cool, because you can listen to me talking about the painting and explaining it as well. And then claim your free art, I have a million dollar painting, so I give that away. But any one of those will eventually lead to the totality ministries where you can learn more about that. But the book, I was just gonna say, Dan, just amazing to me, it took me 16 years to have the experience that I needed to write the book took me over a decade to paint those paintings took me years to write the book, and you can get this for a few dollars. It’s amazing. So this that’s a way that’s a way to go to the Masters isn’t a damn one of the ways that you and I have gotten to the Masters is that we have purchased their books. And you talk about shortcuts, you know. So going back to the old marketing books, you know, by Claude Hopkins and Robert Collier and these great copywriters, and Dan Kennedy and Dan Sullivan and all these other books and Dan, you’ve written books, you know, cut the learning curve, I’ve written books cut the learning curve. So So anyway, that’s it is a is a really good place to engage.

Dan Kuschell 38:55

So I want to encourage you go to That’s you can see a sampling of it here on the screen right now. Get Tim’s book, check out his gallery. Timothy’s got a world of wisdom, a world of insights, strategies, and a whole lot more. And I have to tell you, if you go check out the free art, the many that he will give you, this painting is amazing. I’ve seen the painting. I was fortunate enough where it was hung up in a very special place for a long time where I got to, you know, be around it several times. I remember saying to Timothy, man, I would love that on my wall. And he said, Yeah, real simple. It’s a million dollar painting, right? And it’s worth it. It’s worth it like I know that the right person or the right group or the right gallery will find the value in that painting because there’s just a lot there anyway, go check out what Timothy is doing it Now Timothy, what is something you know? Yeah, news. There’s so much we can unpack here. And there’s only so much time to do it. But what’s something I should have asked you today that we didn’t cover yet?

Timothy Paulson 40:07

How my wife and kids and grandkids are going, and thank you, Dan. They’re doing fantastic.

Dan Kuschell 40:14

All right, well, let me throw you another curveball. This one is like an over the top. Dwight Gooden curveball. Okay. So speaking of your wife, how long have you been married? Timothy?

Timothy Paulson 40:23

We’re in our 39th year.

Dan Kuschell 40:25

So what I love about Timothy why I asked him, I knew how long approximately how long he had been married. What I love about Timothy is not only has he had this amazing success in business, but he also has an amazing family life. He brought it up a little bit earlier, where he talked about essentially my paraphrase to it is, you know, are you giving your family? Your kids? leftovers? Yeah. Right. Are you giving your family leftovers? Are you giving yourself leftovers? Right? Be kind to yourself, be kind to your family first, right? Timothy has always prioritized his family up front and center first. And everything else has sprung off of that. So Timothy, weird question. If you’re going to turn to your wife, and you are going to thank her, which I’m sure you do 1000 times a week. But if you were going to thank her today, five minutes from now, what would you thank your wife for and how she has shown up for you, to support you to allow you to pursue your passion, your dreams, and more?

Timothy Paulson 41:40

Well, you kind of summarized it there, she has been supportive of everything that I’ve done. She’s really smart. She’s very talented. So she is a great person to speak about things with and she’ll express a different opinion on certain things. But boy, when I make the decision, so 2/22/22 Well, you know, what you’re saying no, now for the next 40 years to a lot of things that we’ve that have been very good for us. And you’re saying yes to some other things, right. And that’s a little makes her a little nervous all of a sudden, okay, so it’s art and ministry. And, but then she follows that up with, I believe in you, 100%, I support you, 100%. And whatever you decide, you know, we’re doing this together. So I do think her Dan, I think her all the time, I mean, she first of all, I thank her because she’s exceedingly attractive. I mean, that’s kind of helpful, you know, that is we have these five beautiful kids and 10 Incredibly beautiful grandkids, they all take after her, of course. But you know, I just thank her for her undying love and support. And, and, and her trust in her faith and confidence in me, despite my imperfections, despite my mistakes, I think she sees, okay, you’ve learned from the mistakes you you kind of can turn some of these imperfections into positives in life. So just the an unbelievable support, confidence, faith, trust, and love. And I think that those are all very appropriate to thank her for.

Dan Kuschell 43:31

Amazing, amazing, and thank you for, you know, giving us a glance into your, you know, your personal life, your business life, all all of these things. And as you’re listening, or you’re watching right now, you know, it’d be hard not to really connect with Timothy. Right, and he’s on a mission. And that mission, depending on when you’re seeing this began, or is beginning 2/22/22 or extending, I should say, beyond what he’d been doing to that next chapter that next that that, Timothy 4.0, if you will, right. So I encourage you go check out what Timothy is doing in totality. That’s get his book, check out his gallery, check out the mini painting that he will make available to you. There’s a lot of resources there. And I hope you connect with Timothy. And here’s a quick story. Our whole focus in this segment has been go to the master principal. So a damaging confession. You know, right around the end of the year, Timothy, I was sitting around looking at what I was going to do my vision for 2022 For this next 12 months and one of the things I realized is, you know, my health. I kind of let it go a little bit. And I got a little fluffy. I’ll just call it over the holidays. Right? And so speaking of going to this so we can you know, we always have choices, don’t we as you’re listening or watching you have a choice that you can You can go at it by yourself. And you know, go through the grind of it, you can, you know, you can go get a course online or whatever, which you know, is one level. Or you can do what Timothy has been talking about go to a master, go to the master. Inside member, I’ve got a good friend of mine, Timothy, Jason, who I watched his body transform. And I said, Hey, Jason, could you do me a favour? Could you send me the connection of that I can check it out. And so I went and checked out his site, you know, looked a little bit of his philosophy. And, you know, his philosophy was, you know, how to get fit, lean and trim, especially if you’re older, I’m in my 50s. Right, closing up, I’ll be closer to 55 in about two months, than I am 50. And so I’m, you know, older at this point. So, you know, doing like, super high level super, like, you know, high intensity interval type training, may or may not, and what I loved about what JT said, Timothy was, well, what if we could show you a way where literally, you can walk for 45 minutes, three times a week, you can eat five to six times a day. And you could let go of the weight that you don’t want. And I was like, Well, that sounds like a really good plan. And so we discussed it. And I also ultimately hire JT as my trainer, a nutritionist to help me through this process where we have one on one support four times a week, in this process, right? And already in two weeks, like this isn’t like a magic button. This is a lifestyle shift, where I’ve let go of eight pounds in just a couple weeks of working with JT right. So it’s, this is not only applies in business, it can apply to your personal life. Yeah. And I hope that as you’re watching or listening, that if you really do want to show a shortcut to success, like this isn’t really a tactic. It’s more of just leveraging other experts to save you time to save you frustration, right? What’s it costing you trying to do it on your own? Like, I know, I’ve done a lot of extra exercise programmes on my own, haven’t you? Right? I’ve met a lot of people who go, I’m just gonna go at it on my own to do my marketing, or I’m gonna go out on my own to learn all this stuff. I know, you’ve got like, 30 years of experience, but I’m gonna do I’ve not really invested more than two hours, but I’ll see what I could do. Like, just think about it. What Timothy has been sharing with you the wisdom, the insights, the strategy again, you can learn more about Timothy and what he’s up to at totality. as we wind this down, Timothy, what are 1 to 3 action steps you hope our viewers our listeners walk away with today?

Timothy Paulson 47:44

Well, I am going to talk about this painting that’s behind me. Amazing mentioned this, right. Muhammad Ali, when I was a kid, when I was a kid, growing up in the 60s and 70s. Muhammad Ali was the champ and then he became the champ again. And they became a champ again. But I used to see him interviewed. And he would say, I am the greatest. He would say that regularly, right? And it kind of bothered me a little bit. Man, he’s bragging, he’s always bragging. He’s always bragging that I painted this picture of Muhammad Ali, a couple of years ago, and I was looking at Muhammad, I was looking in his eyes. And I thought, You know what, I’m going to go search for quotes about Muhammad Ali just kind of inspired me to go to the internet. So I came across this one. I am the greatest. I heard that 1000 times. I said that before I knew I was. And I loved it so much that I added it to the painting, as you can see, right? So Muhammad Ali, it’s like, oh, my gosh, that that principle I think is really, really important. I cite Banksy as a street artist in Britain. Nobody knows who he is famous guy that nobody knows. But a painting he did. If you want to be great, stop asking for permission. And it’s like too often we’re just like, like when I when I paint a picture. And I could we could go on for days about this. But when I paint a picture, and when I started painting pictures years ago and pricing them it’s like, Dan, we’re talking about my million dollar painting, right? Who gave me permission to price a painting at a million dollars. It’s called rise from the dust as a really cool story too. It’s its own little gallery here in my art gallery. Who gave me permission? Nobody came along and said, Hey, Timothy, you said price it or I give you permission to price that for a million dollars. Who gave me or any other author permission. You’ve got permission to write this book. You’ve got permission to publish it. You’ve got permission to get the message out there. Baloney If you want to be great, don’t wait for people to give you permission. And that Muhammad Ali gave himself permission to become great. Nobody else was saying you’re the greatest. I’m the greatest. And I said before I knew I was. So it’s like the positivity of that, you know, I am a great husband. I said that before. I know it was, um, you know, whatever it is, you fill in the blank, you know, those of you who are watching this, you fill in? I am. What a great marketer. I’m a great businessman. I’m a successful business person, you know, there’s a power in that. And then don’t wait for someone to come along and anoint you. Boom. Nobody said, Hey, Timothy, you can start a ministry totality ministers. I’m not waiting for permission. Nobody said you can retire now at 222 22 years, 60 years, nobody said that. I gave myself permission. So give yourself permission, know what to say no to and say no to know there’s opportunity costs. Seek after the master really, Dan, it would be a master a matter of what do I want to accomplish? What do I want to become great? What do I want to be? What do I want to learn? Who are the masters? Don’t be afraid to write the check. Those would be some of the things I would add with that.

Dan Kuschell 51:18

That is amazing, Timothy. And again, as you’re watching or listening, go check out what Timothy is making available go to That’s To learn more about what Timothy’s doing what he’s up to. He’s Timothy Paulson. I’m Dan Kuschell. And by the way, as your as we close out the the episode, our segment today, I challenge you to take action with what Timothy has been sharing. There’s just there’s a lifetime of lessons here. Right? Stop asking to be great. Stop asking to be amazing. And if you want to be great, stop asking for permission. That’s the bottom line, right? If you want to be great, stop asking for permission, right? What do you want to be successful at? What do you want to learn? And if you want to shortcut all of that, to simplify it, to get on track much quicker, faster than you know, without the typical headaches without having to grind it all by yourself? Then what do you do? You go to the master principle, go to the master principle, which is everything we’ve shared. So Timothy, I’m so grateful for our friendship over all these years. I learned a lot from you as a husband, as a dad, also in business and I just can’t wait to see where, your book, your gallery, your your ministry, and our take you you know over the next 40 for you. I’m just so excited for you. So thank you for taking the time today.

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Timothy Paulson 52:49

Dan, my pleasure. I appreciate you my good friend. Thank you.

Dan Kuschell 52:53

So there you have it. He’s Timothy Paulson, I encourage you take action with what Timothy shared with you there’s a world of wisdom hear and come back to this episode. You can find it at that’s You can also check this out on our podcast at, that’s Seize the day, make it a great week. We’ll see you next time on Thanks for listening to this episode of Are you struggling to get a steady flow of new clients every day? Or maybe hit a plateau or hit a wall and growing your business? Well, let’s help you solve this problem today. Let’s review your business and have a conversation. Do that for free today at, that’s In addition, if you’re looking for a simple way to implement some of what we’ve been talking about in today’s episode, I want to encourage you to get our free Small Business toolkit. You get that at, that’s If you’d like access to the special resources and all the show notes for this special episode, make sure to visit




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