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.

Creating a Legacy with Katherine Paterson

My guest today is literally a living legend — one of a small handful of people selected by the Library of Congress for their contributions to society. She’s the author of many books, a few of which have also become movies. One of the many is the beloved novel, Bridge to Terabithia read in 4th through 6th-grade schools around the world.

I am so grateful to have a chance to interview Katherine. Her wisdom and presence were so refreshing and fun pattern interrupt to the typical guest demographic.

We talked about career, writing, balancing family and work goals, loss and how she got started as a writer later in life than many (which I found to be very encouraging).

Also, I ask all of my guests if there’s anything they’d like to invite listeners to do. Her response is stopped me in my tracks. Make sure to listen through to it.
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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 your 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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