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153: 6-Year Anniversary Episode I Podcast Takeover with Rona Graf

Today, we welcome Rona Graf of Grace Blu Interior Design as our PODCAST TAKEOVER host! In this episode, Rona puts Rick in the hot seat and asks him her burning questions about life, business, and community. We discuss Rick’s recovering interior design status and what prompted the pivot into podcasting and coaching. Rick also shares a few of his biggest ah-ha moments from the podcast, who’s on his interview bucket list, and what the next five years looks like for Design Biz Survival Guide.


Show Highlights:

  • Rick’s pivot from interior design to podcasting and coaching
  • Finding fulfillment through helping and connecting with other people
  • The highs and lows of Rick’s business model
  • Gaining clarity on your personal definition of success and making sure it aligns with how you want to build your business
  • Dealing with the pressure of comparing himself to others
  • Whether formal education is necessary for success in the design industry
  • Advice to designers who feel they need to know everything before starting their own business
  • Book recommendations that will help you with running a successful design business


Notable Quotes:

“You don’t have to know everything. You learn things as you go. If you’re waiting to know it all before you start, you’re never going to start.” – Rick

“Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. That’s how you learn. That’s how you grow.” – Rick

“Validation – a lot of times you don’t know that you need it until you experience it.” – Rick


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Supporting Resources:

Grace Blu Interior Design Website –

Rona Graf on Instagram –


Buy the Books:

Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara

Start with WHY by Simon Sinek

Believe IT by Jamie Kern Lima 

The 6 Types of Working Genius by Patrick M Lencioni 

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek


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