A Conversation with Dmitriy Kozlov, Serial Entrepreneur, Artist, and Poet
This is their conversation…
Dusty: Thank you so much for talking with me today Dmitriy. Could you tell our readers a bit about you, your work, and service in the world?
Dmitriy: I am a serial entrepreneurial-artist. Creating new companies and doing it as an artist in both what and how I do it. What I actually do at the moment is a creative design business that generates the back end for many growing companies. We also build personal brand sites to drive an entrepreneur’s business while also expressing who they are in the world.
In addition to this I cofounded a group called Maverick X. It is an organization helping those who have accomplished something already, created a business, to step up to a higher level of contribution in the world. Finally, but not last, I am a poet creating most of it on FB or on my personal website.
Dusty: What is your relationship with Courage and why does it matter in your life and work?
Dmitriy: Your book, The 7 Acts of Courage really inspired me when I was 20. In fact, as we are talking I am looking at a beautiful piece of art in front of me. It appears to be a dragon at first glance, but as you look closer you see that the dragon is all made out of Monarch butterflies.
This is a powerful image and insight. All of my biggest, darkest fears are made out of butterflies, like those in my stomach when I am facing my fear. Seeing the fear not as a dragon but a collection of butterflies helps me to step into greater grace and power in life.
In my life and work I like to explore the greatest depths of what is needed in order to be in alignment with my Purpose in living.
That means having the Courage to Learn and Grow, of being willing to step into the unknown. I believe it takes courage for any of us to really claim, discover and share our gifts with the world. The fuel to take those steps is courage.
Whether in relationships to tell the uncomfortable but authentic truth or in business to take a strategic risk, courage becomes the fuel, the key to all gifts that lay on the other side of that apparent dragon blocking the path.
Dusty: Where have you most needed to develop Courage in your life and in your work?
Dmitriy: There is a distinction between the two, and yet as my life is integrated, one flows into the other in many ways. I mostly needed to develop courage in using my voice–speaking my truth when it doesn’t feel comfortable or I know it is the right thing to do even when it does not match the pulse of the environment.
It goes into my business: challenging the status quo, the business frame, stepping up and out. Another major area where I have most needed to develop courage has been in the journey of decision-making. Many times choices have been made from my head (logical process short term, weighing pros and cons).
Those do not require courage as it is just the game of the mind making choices. When it comes to stepping into what my heart wants me to do, then it doesn’t always match what my head has come up with. Making those choices has required the most courage in my life and my work.
An example of this: This past year I went to Burning Man for the first time. This was right after launching a new major product and service. I was also moving from one place to another. My mind was saying, “You need to stay home and handle everything.”