In the US, the classic depiction of The American Dream goes as follows: You can come into the country and, through your hard work, determination and resourcefulness, you can create a slice of nearly infinite success for yourself, your family, and your community.
It’s why America has claimed the moniker of “The Land of Opportunity” for so long.
But what if you couldn’t just pursue opportunities? What if your choices were limited, and in fact SO limited that you essentially only had one option and one opportunity.
How would you react if you’d identified amazing opportunities you were dying to pursue, but you weren’t allowed to?
What if you came into this country, and for almost 10 years you were told that you can’t pursue your ideas? Not only that, what if you were told that if you DID pursue your ideas that you would be forced to LEAVE the country?
This week on the podcast, you’ll get to hear a fun and wide-ranging conversation between me and someone who I honestly met completely by chance. He is the founder of marketing agency Parable Brand Stories Luke Frazier.
Luke and I met and hit it off almost immediately, and in hearing his story it started to become clear as to why.
This week in the #ProfessionWithPurpose movement, you’re in for a real treat.
My guest is more than a kindred spirit… you might call him my brother-in-arms, as we are both seeking to make ALL this time spent by billions of people WORTH something.
We both want to see as many people as possible find success, fulfillment, and yes MEANING in the way we make a living.
After meeting this gentleman a few short months ago, I couldn’t wait to sit down (or stand up, in my case) and have a chat with him. As expected, our conversation rocked, and it undoubtedly will be the first of many.
I present to you my fantastic conversation with Tim “Mr. Meaningful Work” Olaore.
How do you confidently sell your freelance graphic design services to an established business when you’re just a teenager?
What do you do when you’re 21 years old, and you find yourself repeatedly sitting across a conference room table from (now former) Disney CEO Bob Iger?
How is it possible to serve as CEO of a Management Consulting Firm (think “Professional Services SWAT Team“) AND serve on multiple city commissions AND co-found an organization dedicated to improving the quality of our political discourse?
If there was a common behavioral flaw that literally everyone makes, wouldn’t you want to know what it is? And if that mistake could actually prevent you from implementing behavioral changes and improvements that you want to make in your life, wouldn’t you really want to know how to avoid it?
Well, in this episode, you’re going to learn exactly what that mistake is and what you should do instead so that you can make any changes or improvements that you want in your life.
If you’ve ever felt helpless or like you don’t have total control over either
the direction of your career -OR-
the progression of your career
Then in this podcast episode, you’re going to learn how to make yourself bulletproof and infinitely employable, and keep yourself in a position where you can always have job security in an economy where no job is truly secure.
Have you achieved every single goal that you’ve ever set in your life, no matter what? Do you have a 100% success rate with goals or are there important areas in your career in your life where you feel like you’ve fallen short of the things you aspire to achieve?
Well, in this episode, I’m giving you my top takeaways on how to gain better clarity and better direction on your goals, PLUS how to take consistent action towards achieving them.
Welcome to the first ever Tactical Takeaways episode of the podcast. This is a new, experimental episode format that I am hoping will serve as an actionable supplement to the rest of the great conversations and content we’re bringing you every single week.
I say this is a supplementary format, because every full conversation we have on the podcast is always guaranteed to be chock full of entertaining stories, valuable tips, and amazing wisdom from outstanding people. So while I have no desire to ever stop having those conversations, I felt like there was something missing.
And I felt like what was missing — what I might hope to see from a show that publishes longer conversations that cover a TON of ground — is something that is
Curated: Not a comprehensive summary, rather just some of the most important points from the full conversation
A tight & compact format: Something I can listen to easily on a trip to the store, etc.
Highly actionable: When I listen to other shows, my brain immediately starts wondering “How could I easily put this into practice?” So I wanted to provide examples that you, the listener, could put into action right away.
In this podcast episode, you’re going to get an amazing conversation with a Director of the People and Experienced team over at VaynerMedia, not to mention someone who’s helped that company grow from a few dozen employees to over 900 employees in just 9 years. While VaynerMedia is not the only company with that kind of growth, it is one of the few to do so while still keeping its culture and the company’s “soul” in-tact and thriving.
We’ll dive into how they managed to go through massive growth as a company while maintaining a great culture, as well as how Shirlee’s unconventional career path can actually serve as a model and a great example if you feel like you’re not exactly on the career path you want to be, or if you’re second-guessing the path you’ve chosen.
As a senior leader in an outstanding company’s People organization, Shirlee is a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and perspective, and I just know you’re going to get a number of great takeaways from this conversation.
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