Nick Onken is a Creative Alchemist whose professional and commercial repertoire has no template or limits.

His photography portfolio includes personalities such as Tom Hanks and Usher, and he has shot for top-tier brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, and Marie Claire. As a taste-maker, Nick’s personal style guide has drawn the attention of many. Worn by artists, thought leaders, creatives, and personalities who are impacting the world, Onken Hats are made to be cherished and collected.
 Identity Alchemy, a concept coined by Nick, is a powerful mix of personal growth and personal branding; a refreshing framework on how brands can authentically grow through all lenses of life.


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Topics Explored: 

8:43 – Creative Alchemy and how Nick has alchemized his many creative pursuits

  • How emotional intelligence can help us shed our limiting beliefs
  • How Nick broke through his fear of public speaking to create a podcast and reach his growth zone

19:00 – Law of attraction and how to become aware of our thoughts 

  • Meditation and the connection between creativity and consciousness
  • Understanding our attachment styles and deciding which contracts we want to enter into

29:06 – Ayahuasca, mushrooms, and other plant medicine

  • Purging our feelings of not enoughness

36:56 – The recent passing of Nick’s mom and his healing journey in this time of transition and grief

  • Hallie’s current transition conscious uncoupling from her romantic partner and the ways in which she is choosing to view each moment as a new beginning rather than an ending

55:17 – How attaching to our judgments can create division

1:01:52 – Lessons in consciousness from The Matrix: Choosing the red pill 

  • Subconscious addictions to pain 
  • How to tap into conscious creation by releasing unhelpful patterns
  • Tuning into our heart as our intuition guide

1:22:00 – How Nick alchemized all his creative pursuits in his hat making 



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