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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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Career Change From Engineer to Artist with Tom Froese

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.
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When Injury Ends a Career with Matt McWilliams

After he was forced to give up his dream of being a professional golfer due to injury, Matt landed a job teaching golf in his Dad’s business. It was here that he first dabbled in the world of online marketing, back in 2002, and found he had a real knack for it.

Today, Matt is an affiliate marketer who works with some of the top online entrepreneurs, helping them run their affiliate programs. Matt has a blog, a recently launched podcast and a popular online course all geared towards teaching people how to make money through affiliate marketing like he has done and keep their dreams alive.
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Let’s Stop Feeling Ashamed About Our Jobs! (Here’s How)

It’s inevitable, isn’t it? When you meet someone, the conversation always makes a stop by your work.

You feel it coming from the moment you first learn someone’s name: “So, what do you do?”

A lot of us really hate this questions.  How do you feel about it?  If you have any ounce of struggle with your job or dissonance between what you do and who you are, you likely don’t care for that question.

When we do work that is congruent with our identity and values, it’s easy and fun to talk about. But if it’s not something we believe in 100%, there can be awkward feelings of shame or embarrassment around it.

If you’ve ever had a job that you weren’t in love with, I have something to say to you:

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