Nathaniel Salzman, enlightens us about what it took for him to become a genius in his many interests. Although he wouldn’t refer to himself as such, he shares with us the path he unknowingly took that led him to a career where he gets to indulge in his many passions.

CreativeMornings/Chicago is hosted & organized by Jen Marquez 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.

Favorite quotes from this talk

No quotes yet. Sign in to tag a quote!

*Crickets* Sign in to add a comment.