EP 19: Lisa Lord on Leading a Life of Inspiration

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Lisa Lord is a dynamic and inspirational speaker and executive coach who developed her point of view initially as an executive in Human Resources working for Fortune 500 corporations.

After decades of experience on the inside of corporations, Lisa chose to launch a unique coaching and consulting service to share her wisdom and help individuals advance their careers.  She is frequently engaged to help businesses re-humanize their employment practices, remembering that people are more than just assets. Lisa’s unique approach and passion helps individuals and leaders to make a meaningful connection with one another.

Lisa has helped clients to address disconnects due to generational differences, changes in employment practices, and a lack of self-awareness.  When individuals discover how to let their strengths shine, amazing transitions occur.

Key quotes and takeaways from this awesome interview: 

  • "I've really learned to pay attention to what inspires me."
  • "I'm the kind of person who was always comfortable making changes."
  • "As you're discovering what you do, you end up learning a lot about yourself."
  • After she left corporate life, Lisa started having lunches and coffees with everyone she knew.
  • Finally she got the advice to just start doing a thing she thought she might love, and do it for free, while paying attention to how it made her feel. 
  • She tried to do more things that she found inspiring. 
  • She's a huge fan of Audible.com.
  • When your brain is engaged in something creative and inspirational, the rest of your brain lights up. 
  • Cynthia's big positive shift happened when she realized corporate life wasn't her "everything."
  • How it's totally normal to not know what your passion is.  
  • What does a good life look like? What would it feel like?
  • Key question to ask: What it something you did that made you feel really, really proud?
  • Just because you're good at something, doesn't mean you love it. 
  • Telling people that they can do anything, DOES add a lot of pressure to someone. 
  • If you have a bunch of side hustles, you don't necessarily need to pick just one. 
  • Look for a "money job" that will give you the flexibility to find your dream job. 
  • Try the Gallup Strength Finder
  • What to tell people who might not understand your quest for an inspiring career. 
  • What we should tell our kids instead of "you can do anything."
  • Book Recommendations: Brene Brown's Daring Greatly and Amy Cuddy's Presence
  • The key to inspiration is that you'll know if it's working in the first thirty seconds. 

Connect with Lisa: 

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

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EP 18: How Alexis Siemons Turned her Love of Tea into a Fulfilling Career

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I'm so happy to share this interview with my friend Alexis Siemons. As a tea enthusiast, Alexis writes about her steeped adventures on her website and blog, Teaspoons & Petals. She also teaches a series of culinary tea classes, and develops tea-infused recipes for restaurants.

Alexis is currently a tea consultant for La Colombe, which is one of my favorite cafes and also the place where Cynthia and I came up with the idea for GOAL MAGIC. Alexis’ recipes and stories have been published in Women’s Health, Grid Magazine and Design*Sponge… among many other publications. But above all else, Alexis is a positive and fearless entrepreneur who has turned her passion into her life’s work, and that is why she’s on the show!

Key quotes and discussion topics:

  • The very first post on Teaspoons & Petals
  • Why it's important to take time to appreciate beauty
  • The power of designing your own major 
  • The pitfalls of the advertising industry for creative people
  • Why short-form writing is taking over the Internet
  • "Tea is like traveling through your taste buds."
  • Alexis recommends oolong tea as a good place to start learning about tea flavors
  • How drinking tea can help manage stress
  • If you're succeeding at everything, then you're probably not doing things to their fullest
  • Why we should celebrate failures
  • "I want to hear no a lot because that means I'm reaching out and trying to create something unique and when that yes comes along, it's going to be a great fit."
  • The value in nurturing a community
  • How to find your "tribe"
  • What to do when you hit a dry spot in your business
  • Why if it's not 100% a yes, it's a NO
  • "My definition of success is waking up every morning and wanting to jump out of bed to go pursue your career."
  • Don't let fear stop you

Contact Alexis:
Email: alexis AT teaspoonsandpetals.com
Instagram
Teaspoons & Petals

Stay Magical,
Brennen

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EP 17: Ruben Vergara Meersohn on Turning Entrepreneurial Passion into Massive Success

 Ruben Vergara Meersohn

Ruben Vergara Meersohn

I am delighted to share an interview I recorded with Ruben Vergara Meersohn. Ruben is a true multi-passionate entrepreneur who started out working multiple odd jobs in a pizzeria, making wine, welding steel, and also serving as a translator. Ruben eventually ventured into corporate work where he worked for a major bank. But after the suicide of his colleague while working at the bank, Ruben realized that he needed to proactively go after his dreams. He quit his banking job and pursued his passions and today he owns and runs multiple successful businesses.

Ruben is a super-talented and generous person and he had so much advice and wisdom to share in this episode, so I'm excited for you to check it out! 

Find a job you really hate, so that the next one will be one you really love.
— Ruben Vergara Meersohn

 

 

 

More about Ruben: 

Ruben Vergara Meersohn is a 26-year-old husband and father with a really cool day-job. He was raised in Italy and after dropping out of high-school, he kickstarted his career by working in Chianti wine production when he was fourteen years old. Early in his career, he started working for the second biggest translation company in the world, which led him to move to Australia. Later on moved to the United Kingdom to work for an Investment bank.

Ruben's entrepreneurial spirit emerged upon returning to Italy, where he launched his first business. In 2012, he decided to relocate all his businesses to Montenegro where he has been living for the past six years.

He launched Wall Street International Magazine in 2011, with two partners, as an educational hub that focused on tracking cultural content and creating a high-end multimedia tool. Under his leadership, WSI Magazine has grown to over 1,000 people worldwide and 10M yearly readers.

Ruben also serves on the boards of directors of several companies, including Villas Link, a luxury villas rental company, Admaiora Group, a firm that provides concierge services, and Cecchi de Rossi, a high-end fashion company that produces leather bags treated with wine. He is also the manager of a real estate investment fund.

In recent years, Ruben has ventured into business consulting and mentorship to promote positive entrepreneurship and inspire more people to seek their full potential.

Connect with Ruben:

email: info AT rubenvergaram.com

www.facebook.com/rubenvergaram
www.twitter.com/rubenvergaram
www.instagram.com/rubenvergaram
www.linkedin.com/in/rubenvergaram

www.rubenvergaram.com
www.wsimag.com
www.villaslink.com
www.admaioragroup.com
www.cecchiderossi.com

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

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EP 16: Anna Goldfarb on Charting Your Own Course

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Anna Goldfarb

Author Anna Goldfarb is one of my favorite creative people, and I'm so happy to have her as a guest on GOAL MAGIC! I first learned about Anna back when she was the writer behind the wildly popular (but now retired) dating blog Shmitten Kitten. Since then, we’ve built up a friendship based upon our shared love of writing goofy email newsletters. Just to let you know, Anna writes my favorite newsletter in the whole world and you should totally go subscribe to it at annagoldfarb.com.

Now happily married with Shmitten Kitten in her rearview mirror, Anna makes a living writing fearlessly about relationships, culture and food for publications like The New York Times, Vice and Thrillist. Anna writes with a bold and exuberant wit and she’s not afraid to offend people who might disagree with her. With titles like “What I wish I'd Known Before Moving in Together” “The Top 10 Worst Things I’ve Eaten at Trader Joe’s” and “What to Say When People Ask Why You’re Not Having Children” you can see why Anna’s articles get tons of impassioned comments from readers. 

Anna is also the author of the humor memoir, Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through: The Story of One Tall Girl’s Impulsive, Ill-Conceived, and Borderline Irresponsible Life Decisions. It’s a hilarious and heart-warming book. Oh and here are some bonus photos of Anna through the years: 

Here are two of the early music reviews that Anna describes in the interview:

Tied Up In Braid
Irony of Lightfoot Reminds Me Why I Listen to Music in the First Place

We discuss these topics (and many more) in the episode: 

  • Being intentional with your network
  • How a creative network is different from other social networks
  • How Anna knew her husband was "the one"
  • How to survive as an adult living in your parents' basement
  • The best locale for forcing yourself to write
  • How to deal with one-star reviews online
  • How we sometimes confuse our friends with our fans on social media
  • The pros and cons of freelance writing
  • The value of finding an "accountability buddy"
  • Remember: success is not a straight line!
  • How jealousy can lead to personal insight

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it! 

Stay Magical,
Brennen

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EP 15: MBA Consultant Ellin Lolis on Living Abroad and Loving Life

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Ellin Lolis

I'm happy to share this chat I recorded with entrepreneur Ellin Lolis. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Ellin found herself in Sao Paolo Brazil. Ellin and I discuss what it was like for her being an ex-pat in Brazil, the highs and lows that she experienced in acclimating personally and professionally to a different country, and how some of the cultural hurdles actually pushed Ellin to start her own successful consulting business.

We also touch on how Ellin uses her coaching for students considering an MBA, and why an MBA track isn’t always the next best step. There so much to learn from Ellin’s journey and her story may make you ask yourself your own WHY’s, so you won’t want to miss one second.

We discussed these topics and many more: 

  • The importance of delegating tasks as a business owner
  • How entrepreneurs (especially) need to be able to say no
  • How to respond when clients ask for a huge discount
  • You have to trust yourself and your ability to deliver value
  • How to convey credibility, even if you're just starting out
  • Why money isn't always the greatest motivator for everyone
  • Why it's critical to follow your own path and not someone else's

Connect with Ellin:
http://ellinlolis.com/ 
LinkedIn

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

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EP 14: Getting Unstuck With Life Coach Jennifer Blaine

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Jennifer Blaine

I am delighted to share an interview I recorded with my dear friend and life coach Jennifer Blaine. Jennifer and I had talked back in episode 3 of our podcast but in this one, Jennifer and I talk specifically about how you can start to get unstuck. We discuss how to figure out what moves you spiritually and emotionally, and how identifying that can help direct your energy towards getting unstuck. 

We covered the following topics:

  • We are always in transition
  • Most people are searching for their life's work, "the big thing"
  • The power of literally saying hmmmm when you feel stuck
  • How you can experiment in real-time to see what you like and what you don't like so you can do more of what's working 
  • Things take as long as they take when it comes to emotional healing or dealing with tragedy
  • It helps to write down the things you love so much that you wish they could be your job
  • Even before we know what "the big thing" is, we can still make an intention of some kind 
  • How we are when we're on the way to a goal is how we'll be when we reach the goal
  • Always be in gratitude or appreciation as you work toward goals
  • Make the intention to listen to yourself
  • You can get clues to your "big thing" by watching other people and getting inspired by them AND by noticing a rising energy in yourself when you think of a certain undertaking or path
If we’re living a life where we’re actually honoring our feelings and our integrity, then we become the space that we can actually hear those messages that come more like a feather and a whisper and then pursue them, take action on them and over time it builds so that over time we can create something that truly feels satisfying.
— Jennifer Blaine

 

 

 

 

 




www.jenniferblaine.com
www.blainecoaching.com

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

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EP 13: You Have to Love Yourself

 A photo taken by someone who loves me. 

A photo taken by someone who loves me. 

In this episode, Cynthia and I chatted about the idea of loving yourself in order to get unstuck. It sounds like a goofy idea, but if you think about it, self-love is the foundation of positive change.

This week, we shared stories of different friends who have been feeling stuck. Cynthia also opened up about how a cancer diagnosis back in her 20's made her slow down and take stock. Our chat was free-flowing and we touched on these main ideas:

  • The benefits of slowing down and not always striving for perfection
  • The power of yoga to heal the body and slow things down (Brennen recommends Blissology
  • Sometimes you have to start a project before you really know what it's going to feel like
  • The true cost of sticking with a toxic job
  • How out-of-control lifestyle expenses can chain you to a bad job
  • How loving yourself is totally different from having an inflated ego
  • Why it's ok (REALLY) to want a better life for yourself

We hope you enjoy this episode! If you have a free minute, please email goalmagicpodcast AT gmail.com and let us know YOUR biggest challenge in getting unstuck. Even one sentence would be awesome. It helps us develop new topics for the podcast!

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Brennen

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EP 12: What to Do When Every Day Feels Like a Monday with Mike Neidert

 Mike Neidert

Mike Neidert

I am so excited to share an interview I recorded with my friend Mike Neidert. Mike started his career in corporate but slowly felt that sinking feeling that every day felt like a Monday. Maybe you can relate! That’s when Mike came across an article I published on LinkedIn that inspired him to reach out to me. My conversation with Mike changed his path forever so you will definitely want to listen in to hear what he’s up to. 

About Mike Neidert:

Mike is a career coach, sales consultant, marketer and copywriter who blends his unique experience from a career in advertising, recruiting and sales to do what he finds most rewarding: helping others.

After growing up in Northeast Ohio and attending Kent State University, Mike moved to New York City where he experienced his first taste of sales and recruiting. While working for the largest creative recruiting agency in the US, he honed his sales skills and developed a behind-the-scenes look at effective job hunting. Transitioning to business development roles at two NYC tech startups, Mike brought on new business from clients like CNN, BET, Dell, Oracle, Todd Snyder and JetBlue.

In May 2017, Mike left his SaaS sales job and chose to explore a new career direction on a new continent. Now a full-time freelancer based in Central Europe, he focuses on copywriting, marketing, sales consulting and career coaching, combining his experience in consultative sales, recruiting and advertising to help people and organizations.

Mike is a lifelong automotive enthusiast, watch collector, mountain biker, punk rock fan and traveler. He lives in Podgorica, Montenegro with his girlfriend.

Here to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

Connect With Mike:
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Instagram
Twitter
Mike's Blog

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EP 11: Michael Sussman on Switching Tracks to Make More Impact on the World

 Michael Sussman with his wife Jennifer Blaine

Michael Sussman with his wife Jennifer Blaine

I am pumped to share an interview I recorded with Michael Sussman, the owner and president of Strategic Rail Finance, a
North American rail industry consulting firm he started in 1994. He is actually the husband of my dear friend and life coach, Jennifer Blaine, whose interview you may have heard on EP 03.

Michael has a fascinating story. He was running a successful commercial refrigeration company when he realized that he wasn’t really doing anything to create positive change or making an impact in this world. He quit his job, got unstuck and shifted his path after his epiphany.

Michael became interested in the idea of fighting for systems that benefit everyone in society rather than just the bottom lines of powerful companies. That's why he has long been a champion for America's rail system, which he argues is far more efficient than most other modes of transportation. 

This episode is great for anyone with a strong desire to make the world a better place. It feels so much better when you truly believe in the work you're doing. 

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

http://www.ontracknorthamerica.org/
Email Michael: msussman AT ontracknorthamerica.org

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EP 10: From Former Wall Street Executive to Bestselling Author - Maureen Sherry on Following Your Life's Calling

 Bestselling Author Maureen Sherry

Bestselling Author Maureen Sherry

I am so excited to share an interview I recorded with bestselling author Maureen Sherry. I am a fan of Maureen's book, Opening Belle, which has been optioned to be a major motion picture set to star Reese Witherspoon. Opening Belle resonated with me for its honest yet funny take on sexism in American corporations, so I reached out to Maureen to express my gratitude for her book, which lead to this heartening interview.

Maureen has had a fascinating life and career, going from high-flying banking executive to successful writer. She’s also a happy mom. In this interview, we talk about the ups and downs of being a female executive in Wall Street (and in corporate, in general), the sneaky way mega corporations hide sexism and scandals and the reason why her novel Opening Belle almost never saw the light of day. There are lots of takeaways from this episode, so you’ll definitely want to give it a listen. 

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

http://maureensherry.com/
https://twitter.com/maureensherry

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