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Dan Cumberland

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Dan Cumberland is on a mission to push you into the places meaning, life, & work intersect. He is the author of The Meaning Manifesto. Read more about him here, and connect with him on facebook and twitter.

Quitting a Dream Job with Elle Griffin

Elle Griffin set off to pursue her dream: a modern magazine focused on spirituality for women.  After growing it over time, the opportunity presented itself for her to go full time with it— she was going to live the dream!  A project she started, and grew, and now it’s a dream job!

And then… it turned out NOT to be what she wanted.

This raises the question: what happens when your dreams shift?  What happens when you get your dream job and do you dream work, but it isn’t what you thought it would be?

These are the questions the Elle faced.

We got to talk about her project: Over the Moon Magazine.  Why she ultimately pulled the plug on it.  And fun things she’s doing now
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The Power of Being Helpful with Jason Zook

In my opinion, Jason Zook is one of the most interesting people online.  I first became aware of him when he had a project called i wear your shirt, where he got sponsors to pay him to wear their t-shirts all month.

Later he wrote a book funded by sponsorships.

Still later he sold his last name — meaning he literally changed his legal name.  And then he did it again.

More recently he’s been selling his future.

As I said, he’s one of the most interesting people online.  Never a dull day with Jason.

I was interested to get a hold of him and ask him the big questions of why he does what he does, and how he’s found his way into the quirky and fun loving online presence that he creates for himself.

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The Benefits of Mindful Journaling with Marc Champagne

Is journaling helpful?  What is mindful journaling, what are it’s benefits, and how do you do it?

These are a few of the questions that I brought to Marc Champagne, the co-founder of Kyo—  a journalling app that seeks to help bring mindfulness to busy modern life.

Marc created Kyo out of his own need and desire.  As it grew, he was faced with a decision— should he risk big and quit a job he loved to pursue a passion project or play it safe?​

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Procrastination, Motivation, and Memory with Mary Lamia

Mary Lamia is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, professor, and author. Her work centers on helping people foster emotional awareness.

As a young girl she became curious about the mind and how it works and began learning anything she could. this set her on a lifelong journey to understand and help others understand the human experience.

We got to talk about her diverse work experience and how she found her way into what she does today. Including her recent book about accomplishment and procrastination and how to reframe those concepts.
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IDK What to Do with My Life: Student Edition

“IDK what to do with my life.”  It’s one of the most common phrases expressing the angst and struggle of purpose, vocation, and calling.  So common, in fact, that we usually laugh it off and change the subject.

Thankfully, there are some people out there who do take it seriously.  Not only that, but who are working on helping others make progress on the issue as well.

Today, a high school teacher wrote to me asking for advice on how to help his students gain some clarity on vocation, calling, and work.  I couldn’t be more thrilled!  It always makes me happy to find people doing good work around these ideas.  And it makes me even happier when they are teachers.

We all have “IDK What to Do with My Life” moments (for the non-millennial speakers in the room, IDK means “I Don’t Know”), so I thought I’d share my response (with a few minor edits for blog readability):

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