Adam and Allie Lehman operate The Wonder Jam. Focused on helping small — even tiny — businesses with their branding, photography and web design, The Wonder Jam has helped 200+ brands. They love hosting workshops, traveling and drinking both too much La Croix and too much coffee. The Lehmans met in 2005 on Allie’s very first day at college, and they were married in 2009. They moved to Columbus, didn’t know anybody and jumped in headfirst to building a strong network of creative, ambitious people who are still the backbone of their business today. In helping brands and businesses much larger and more sophisticated than The Wonder Jam, the Lehmans have constantly wrestled the impostor syndrome and have some helpful tips they’ve learned to help them win and continue to step into new opportunities.
At Midwest Craft Con 2017, the Wonder Jam is teaching a session called Getting Rid of Impostor Syndrome.
How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?
A married couple that helps brands look and be better.
What is your earliest crafty memory?
Adam remembers playing in his dad’s workshop on their farm; taking random pieces of wood and connecting them with nails, glue and whatever. It was some very “abstract” art for sure!
Allie remembers gluing papers to the inside of her books just like the library so she could pretend to check them out.
What is your favorite thing about the Midwest?
We love the combination of kindness, blue-collar work ethic and affordable living. The Midwest has supported our business so well!
What would you be if you weren’t an artist/creative?
Adam: High school teacher/athletic coach
Allie: Health coach
What three things (books, podcasts, philosophers, tools, whatever) would you recommend to makers?
- The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
- The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
- Paying a coach to help you get better. We hire business coaches (Mike Albert, Chris McAlister & Matt Kimberley) and we hire experts to teach us particular skills (nutrition, photography lighting, cooking, etc). The best people continually invest in themselves!
What are your personal resolutions for 2017?
Adam’s going to roast more coffee, and Allie is going to read more books!
What are your 2017 resolutions for your business/professional life?