Scott Barlow struggled to land on a major that fit in college. He just never felt like he knew what he wanted to do. It wasn’t until he was fired from his first job, which he hated, that he really began trying to find something that was a good fit for him. Scott found his way into HR and eventually discovered both a knack for and interest in helping people answer the same kinds of questions that he struggled with back in college.
Tom Froese didn’t pass art class his Senior Year. He went on to study computer networking and engineering.
After graduation, he began pursuing his art on the side. Over time he found ways to make more opportunities for himself. Today he is a Commercial Artist and Illustrator.
In this episode, Tom shares why he believes it’s important to take the longer view and have a strategic approach because it takes time to become a full-time artist. These days he appreciates all the twists and turns on the journey and says the path took him exactly where he needed to go to get to where he is today.
In story form, the main character or hero wants something and embarks on a quest to achieve it. That quest is riddled with challenges and obstacles, which is what makes the story fun and entertaining.
But in our lives and careers, we tend to think of obstacles differently. Host, Dan Cumberland invites you to reframe everything you thought you knew about failure, obstacles, and hope.
If you’re thinking about 2016, New Years Resolutions, and how to make the year great, I’ve got some news for you:
Doing the same thing won’t produce different results.
Every year it’s the same. We set resolutions. We break resolutions. We get to the end of the year and wonder what has happened.
And then we do it again.
Well, it’s time to break the cycle. It’s time to kick 2016 where it hurts.
Here are a handful of ways that I’ve created to help:
You know the saying about the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s used when things add up to more than a person can take. It often refers to negative events stacking up; inevitably there’s one that pushes things beyond capacity— “the straw”.
It’s when you reach the tipping point and just cannot take it any more.
Things fall apart.
I recently read about how our breaking point is further away than we usually predict. A helpful measure of your capacity for hard things is to know that when you reach the moment when you feel like you can’t take it any more, you’re only 40% done.
So when you feel like you can’t run another mile, you may have a few miles left. Or when life falls apart and you think you can’t go on, you likely have a lot more to give.
Here’s what this means: when things get tough, there’s a time to stay the course and there’s a time to quit.