Nathaniel enlightens us about the steps he’s taken in life for him to become a jack of all trades.

Although he wouldn’t refer to himself as a genius, Nathaniel Salzman shares with us the path he took that would unknowingly lead him to a place in life where he is able to explore his many passions. He recalls how his unending curiosity and a commitment to reading and writing have propelled him to new places and helped him to overcome obstacles without fear. CreativeMornings/Chicago is hosted & organized by Jen Marquez Ginn and coordinated by Marlene Paez. Video by Alejandro Moore, Chris Mendoza, and Amy Ginn. Follow along with us at @Chicago_CM!

About the speaker

Nathaniel Salzman is a jack of all trades and master of some. He’s a UX designer, strategist, writer, photographer, journalist, filmmaker, podcaster, entrepreneur, drone pilot, maker, motorcycle builder, mechanic, and lapsed musician. Originally from NW Louisiana, this southern transplant has called Chicago home since 2012.

Nathaniel works as a mercenary UX designer and strategist where he specializes in commerce and digital community building. His clients in this space are typically digital marketing agencies who need a hand. His company, Salzmoto, is a content marketing agency specializing in the motorcycle industry. A third-generation inventor and tinkerer, Nathaniel can often be found building things in his home workshops. Yes, that’s workshops plural.

His recent published work includes Motorcycle Magazine, and Cycle World, where he has had both editorial credits and photography features. His 2015 essay on motorcycle custom culture entitled Why “Built not Bought” is Bullshit went viral, garnering more than 120,000+ organic reach on Facebook alone.

All this seemingly unrelated work is united by Nathaniel’s voracious curiosity and addiction to learning how to do new things.

“I am not a generalist. I am a serial specialist.”

He would also be the first to confirm that he is not, in fact, a genius.

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