thumb Brand Anatomy 101: Soul, Mind, & Body

At Godzspeed, we spend every day transforming the anatomy of business from institution to individual. It’s our mission statement, so there’s a ton of meaning packed into each and every syllable. We’ve decided to unpack some of that meaning and teach everyone a little bit more about the core philosophies that drive us. It’s time for a crash course on brand anatomy, Godzspeed style. 

A brand anatomy is made up of three parts: soul, mind, and body. Let’s break down each of those before explaining how all three must work together as one in order to craft soulful brands that create meaningful impact.



Conceptually, the soul is the transcendental fire and driving force that fuels a brand’s purpose. It is the spark that ignites the love affair between you and your community, and it is the glue that binds you together forever. It’s excitement, energy, and emotion. It’s your most authentic identity — who you truly are at the very core of your being.

Anatomically, the soul is the brand’s central nervous system. It’s the inspiration delivery service for every aspect of the business. It provides the fuel and direction to find your biggest impact. Your soul must be at the heart of everything. Every great brand needs to both inspire and be inspired. And that starts in the soul.



The mind is where emotion and thought converse. It takes the fiery passion and purpose of the soul and creates a meaningful and coherent strategy for living it out. This fusion creates the razor-sharp clarity needed to find inspiration, deliver solutions, and create impact. The mind lays the foundation for expressing your soul in ways that engage, inspire, and connect with your people. 

Practically, the mind is where the ideas, design, tactics, approaches, and structural processes  of the business are developed. The mind lays out the plan to make sure that the soul is being integrated into every aspect of the business: sales processes, internal operations, culture strategies, and everything else. Top to bottom, internal and external. The mind finds the best ways to share your soul with the world.



The body is the vehicle for pursuing passion, living purpose, and creating impact in the real world. It’s where the passion of the soul and the strategy of the mind are animated. It is the medium through which the soul is physically expressed. The soul inspires the mind, the mind creates a strategic plan, and the body executes that plan.

Basically, the body is how and where the brand experience is delivered to your staff, customers, and communities. The body produces your product, delivers your service, communicates your ethos, and transforms the people around you. It’s how you engage your community and deliver on your promise. The body is what people see, hear, and feel about your brand.


The soul, mind, and body come together to create the brand anatomy. At Godzspeed, we partner with businesses to unleash the power of their soul, find real purpose, and forge deeper connections. We make businesses more human by transforming them from institutions to individuals. We ignite the soul to ignite the mind to ignite the body. That’s what a soulful brand is all about.

thumb The Anatomy of Business Needs Change

For years, institutions around the world have been teaching us that businesses are simply vehicles for profit. Our popular business culture proclaims that profit should not only be at the top of our priority list, but that we need to see profit as the pinnacle of our achievement in business. Why are the majority of business stories speaking to skyrocketing material gain, ruthless market share capture, and territorial expansion? The answer: read the title of this article.

Imagine what the world would look like if the status quo in business shifted to a model that was intentional about considering the impact that business left on the planet as a result of their influence and resources. This intentionality breeds something we like to call legacy. Impact on our natural environment and in the lives of fellow human beings is legacy building and allows business leaders to etch their significance into the foundations of our world story — FOREVER. Yes, I shouted that out because I want the earth to shake.

At Godzspeed, we don’t just see this as a dream. There are strategies and worldviews that allow for this type of impact to be ingrained into the fabric of a brand and its business model. A brand isn’t a logo or colours. A brand is the way that you do business, in every facet of your business. A brand is an individual not an institution, and as individuals have souls and a body, so do brands. The human soul is nourished and fulfilled by healthy doses of purpose and overall good. The body is engineered to communicate the intentions and mission of the soul. Uncover the need for change in the anatomy of business below.

Your Brand’s Got Soul.



thumb How to Turn Your Creative Passion into a Business

Art and creativity are vital to our identity as cultural beings. We’re able to identify the ethos of eras by examining people’s inspirations in art and creativity. Art and creativity will always be influential in shaping the thoughts, opinions, and behaviours of people in society. Entrepreneurship is equally vital to our advancement as a society, and cultural shifts often occur when the collision between creativity and business is executed masterfully.

There’s a sense of freedom in pursuing a creative career, and most creatives dream of the day where their creative passion can become their “work.” In order for that to happen, passionate creatives should consider these basic yet impactful principles.

1. Stay inspired and create quality work.

“Inspiration is the currency of creative thought.” This is my personal mantra, and it reminds me to regard inspiration as an essential component in the process of thinking creatively. Inspiration catalyzes unique ideas, out-of-the-box concepts, and high-quality work.

Creatives get inspired in a multiplicity of ways. What gets your mojo going? What wakes you up in the middle of the night and drives you to start sketching? Who do you listen to that makes you want to conquer the world? What problem has you searching deep within your soul for creative solutions? What is your inspiration? Inspiration propels people into a realm where creating remarkable, consistent work/strategies becomes a way of life. The best quality work that you produce will always be the work that you created after being inspired. If you want to grow a sustainable, consistent business rooted in creative passion, don’t let anything extinguish inspiration. Stay inspired.

2. Build a consistent brand.

There is a lot of clamour around the word “brand” these days. For the sake of clarity, we will be defining brand as the “guiding principles, identity, and promise that your company communicates to the masses in order to differentiate itself from others.”

It’s vitally important to uncover your “why”. When you discover the reason why you create and use it to articulate your value system and tone, your work will begin to feel unified. This unified feeling is the foundation of establishing of your brand. In order to build a sustainable business, your products, services, and overall identity nee]d to relate to a common identity that your customers are able to perceive and ultimately fall in love with. You’re not done yet, though. The key to making the entire branding process successful is to remain disciplined in maintaining your brand principles and ethos. This is important because it often takes time to develop a relationship and a long lasting “love affair” with your clientele. This relationship is vital to the success of your creative business. Establishing a well-defined and consistent brand will also help you to remain focused as you journey through the creative process. When you know “who” and “why” you are, it becomes much more enjoyable to create.

3. Showcase your work.

Passionate creatives often produce incredible work that nobody ever sees. Take the example of Vivian Maier, arguably the best street photographer in American history. She documented New York in the 1950s and 1960s in a way that seemed to peer intimately into the soul of an era. As a commercial portrait, product, and lifestyle photographer I examine her work and revel at her ability to capture the spirit and heart of her subjects. We know that Vivian probably didn’t want to build a business fueled by her creative passion, because she didn’t showcase her work. In 2007, a man bought a box of her negatives, ten thousand to be exact, and discovered her incredible work. Imagine what kind of business she would have been able to build had she showcased her art.

A great business offers products and/or services that either solve a client problem or furnishes a client’s wants or needs. With the incredible tools found in social media, it has become almost effortless to showcase our art, thoughts, and philosophies with the public. The key is to identify the people who want what you have to offer and then communicate with them consistently. If your creative passion produces products or solutions for a particular target market, it is imperative that you do your research, find them on or offline, and showcase your work to them. If people can’t see your work, they can’t buy your work.

So many of us are exactly like Vivian Maier. I, too, am guilty of hiding my work in the “closet” for the fear that it will be judged or thinking that it really isn’t that good. We all need to get over the nonsense of hiding from people if we have goals of turning our creative passion into a business.

4. Don’t be a diva; listen to your fans.

Once your product or service begins to gain traction and people begin to fall in love with your art, listen to your fans. So many creatives enter into this “diva-like” wannabe creative character that completely rejects criticism or client input. If you are going to turn your creative passion into a business, then you’ll need to know that your voice is not the most important one in all circumstances. The client voice is integral to the success of your business, and client opinions actually matter. If I hadn’t listened to my clients or critics my work would never have become more effective at solving their problems and satisfying their wants and needs. Developing a listening posture to the point where you perceive criticism from your fans as analytical data as opposed to an ego blow, your creative business will not only startup, but flourish and bring you great joy.

Love y’all.