Have you ever thought that it must be easier for other people to do their best work and rack up accomplishments OR that other people have it all figured out? Or that you’re missing some X factor that’s keeping you from playing your best game?
If so, check out the podcast that dives behind the scenes to talk about what it takes to thrive as a creative person who’s actually making a difference in the world. This podcast is a mix of interviews, jams, and riffs with leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs at varying levels of success.
I want you to hear that their challenges are very similar to your own so that you find inspiration to actively change your story about what you’re capable of. Think of the show as a loving and fun swift kick. (I’ll leave it to you to determine where the kick needs to land.)
One thing to note about the Productive Flourishing podcast: we go places other shows don’t, because I want us to see life as it is, not as it’s marketed. So we’ll occasionally go into topics like depression, suicide, divorce, death, bankruptcy, addictions, and whatever else comes up for people. Life is beautiful AND imperfect – appreciating the beauty while navigating the hard is the name of the game.
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Below are the last ten episodes of the Productive Flourishing podcast. Want to go deeper into the podcast? Click here to see the archives.
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The decision to go all in can be a big one. Today’s guest, Ronen Gafni, founder of FreshBiz and co-author of The New Entrepreneurz, joins me to discuss the importance of going all in and betting on yourself. In addition to discussing some misconceptions about what it means to go all in, we also talk about some of the counter-intuitive truths about entrepreneurship, especially how it relates to how you’re charging for your value.
Ishita Gupta is a leadership and business strategist who was the head of media of the Domino Project for two years, and is a sought-after speaker. After a confluence of major life transitions, Ishita went home to refortify herself with her parents, only to realize her parents were in a health and business crisis that she needed to attend to. She joins me today to talk about rebuilding her life and her business.
Best-selling author Vanessa Van Edwards joins me to talk about human interaction and succeeding with people. You might think that someone who writes about people is a raging extrovert, but that’s not always the case; Vanessa refers to herself as a “recovering awkward person.” In this episode, we talk about how much we actually prepare and set ourselves up to be comfortable in social settings, rather than leaving it to chance and charm.
In today’s episode, Angela joins me to talk about personal change. Most of the work that’s done at Productive Flourishing is around personal transformation and self-mastery. In Angela’s coaching role, she’s been doing more and more of this with others. Angela and I share some of the changes we’ve made in our personal lives over the last year, and how our relationship fits into how we’ve navigated these changes.
Michael “Gebbs” Gebben joins me on today’s episode. Michael founded Gebbs TV only to realize he was building something that was making him miserable. After reconfiguring his business to work for him, he realized that he had a major problem: his use of credit cards disguised his understanding of the success of his business and led to debt. The conversation today centers on the prisons we make for ourselves, how easy it is to build these prisons, and how hard it is to break free of them.
Jeffrey Davis is the founder of Tracking Wonder, a consultancy that mentors entrepreneurs, creatives, and brands to have influence with integrity. In his third appearance on the show, we discuss why it’s so hard for leaders to stand for something, even after they’ve figured out what it is they stand for. It’s not just the fear of failure or being wrong. This episode is a continuation of ideas presented in a previous episode — to hear more after this, check out Episode 64.
Michelle Jones, founder of Wayfinding Academy, joins me to talk about the college experience for students at Wayfinding Academy. Instead of spending two to four years taking classes and then figuring out who they want to be in the world, students learn to live life on purpose and then use that knowledge to sculpt their learning experience. One of the members of the first group of students, Austin Goldberg, also joins us to share what he’s learned.
Larry Robertson, author of two award-winning books, joins me on the show today to talk about growth, creative edges, play, uncertainty, and how our relationship with our work changes the longer we do it. This episode is a bit of an extension of a post Larry wrote for Productive Flourishing back in June.
In this episode, Angela joins me to discuss how we balance service work and volunteerism within our personal and professional lives. We’ve both taken on new commitments with various organizations, and have been examining how much time we’re giving to service and volunteerism, as well as making some important decisions about what those boundaries look like.
Patricia Bravo runs Bravo for You, a consultancy that accelerates leader capability through the use of empathetic leadership. She joins the show this week to discuss empathy and leadership, and to share why it can be so hard to weave the two together, even though it seems they should be natural partners.
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