Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Episode 50 - GRIT to Great with Linda Kaplan Thaler

Episode 50 - GRIT to Great with Linda Kaplan Thaler

Linda Kaplan Thaler is an advertising luminary and author who is also the cofounder of the Kaplan Thaler Group and chairman of Publicis New York. She has created many iconic advertising campaigns such as Kodak Moments and the Aflac duck. She is a native New Yorker who has co-authored three bestselling books: Bang!: Getting Your Message Heard in a Noisy World, The Power of Nice, and The Power of Small. Her newest book is called Grit to Great, which she also co-authored with her business partner Robin Koval. The book takes readers back to the old-fashioned concept of it taking grit to make you successful, rather than relying on your talent, luck, or ability. Linda joins Charlie on the show to talk about that and much more.

Key Takeaways:

02:02 – How Linda met Robin Koval.

03:57 – The idea of having grit and getting the idea to write a book about it.

07:42 – Grit never expires and the idea of retirement.

12:34 – The “lure” of retirement and how retirement should really be doing a job that you love.

16:26 – The self-esteem movement.

20:06 – Grit can be found in anybody no matter the age.

22:58 – Learn to accept failure.

25:32 – “Comfort addiction” and how we are a culture that doesn’t know how to be bored.

28:50 – Which grit builder practice Linda feels is the hardest for her at this stage in her life.

32:02 – The power of habit.

38:50 – The most unanticipated challenge Linda is currently facing.

40:12 – Everybody can get to where they want to go. Grit is the formula that gets you there.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Kaplan Thaler Group

Publicis New York

Bang!: Getting Your Message Heard in a Noisy World

The Power of Nice

The Power of Small

Robin Koval

Grit to Great

Michael Bloomberg

Colin Powell

Steven Spielberg

Michael Jordan

Jack Ma, Alibaba

Sherry Lansing, Paramount Pictures

James Henry, In a Fisherman’s Language

James Dyson

Neil Postman, We’re Amusing Ourselves to Death

Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener, The Upside of Your Dark Side

Paula Radcliffe

James Patterson

Stephen King

Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing (formerly the Creative Giant Show) explores how to do the work that matters to become your best self in the world. Host Charlie Gilkey and occasional co-host Angela Wheeler take listeners on a deep dive into the lives of leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs who are thriving in life and business by doing work that matters. Listen in to see how they cultivate meaning, success, and happiness as well as their approach to productivity, business, health, and the challenges (yes, even the deep, dark ones) that show up in their lives.