Highlights of This Episode:
- What playing big really means and why it’s not always as big as you might think
- Why women sometimes resist stepping into and self-identifying with leadership roles
- How to understand and act upon your calling
- What two types of fear hold us back from playing big, and how to respond to each
- Why women often dumb down their competence to appear more likable
- The importance of communication and specific language, and the differences in perception between men and women in positions of power
- Why it’s okay to still be learning what you teach for yourself
- The challenges that come with sticking with one thing, and why sticking with one thing can be enough
- The antidote to self-doubt
“We teach what we need to learn. For those of us that are choosing our work, we’re choosing it because these are the questions that matter most deeply to us and we’re still grappling with them.” — Tara Sophia Mohr
A Note from Charlie:
Today’s episode is a great one. When I spoke with Tara, she was still in pre-release mode for her book. Fast-forward to today, and her book has been highly acclaimed, she has seen great success with it, and new opportunities are arising because of it. What I love about today’s interview is that Tara talks specifically about some of her own challenges with playing big now that she’s on a new national stage in front of more people than ever before. She still has an inner critic telling her she’s not enough. And she still has to remind herself to drink her own medicine to get through those moments of fear and self-doubt.
This episode is full of good nuggets, including a discussion about two types of fear and what has to be done to get past both. As many Creative Giants in our tribe are women, it’s great to have someone like Tara stand up and talk about women in leadership positions and what that means. I try to talk about it, but it’s harder for me to do it since, well, I’m not as familiar with the woman’s experience.
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About Tara Sophia Mohr:
Tara Sophia Mohr is an expert on women’s leadership and well-being. She is the author of Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message. She is the creator of the acclaimed Playing Big leadership program for women, which now has more than 1,000 graduates from around the world.
Tara writes a popular blog on women’s careers and well-being at www.taramohr.com. She has been featured on Today and in publications ranging from Huffington Post to Harvard Business Review to MariaShriver.com.
Tara received her MBA from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale. In 2010, Tara was named a Girl Champion by the Girl Effect organization, honoring her work on girls’ education in the developing world.
She is also a poet and the author of Your Other Names: Poems for Wise Living.
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