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Finding Your Way After College with Paul Girgis

Paul Girgis is an old and close friend.  Of all the guests on this podcast, I know him better and have shared more life with him.  He’s gone through a big shift in his career in the past few years.  I’ll let him tell the story, but it’s a really good one.

I think there’s a number of moments in his story that could be helpful for listeners.  How he’s moved from what he should do to what he wants to do.  How he continues to learn, grow, and pivot as he goes.  How he’s moves ahead with what he knows— knowing that he can’t have it all figured out and planned out.  And how he’s enjoying the process.

And so grateful for the chance to share this conversation with you.
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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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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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