This week on True Grit and Grace, I have my very first repeat guest! Not only did we get to catch up in person and in studio, it also gave us a chance to catch up on her new book. If you’re struggling to find happiness and peace amidst a stressful circumstance or huge growth chapter, this conversation is for you.
Author, Catalyst, and Executive Coach Laura Gassner Otting inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo by helping audiences think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their current, limited scope of belief. Laura’s rebellious and entrepreneurial edge has been well-honed over a 25-year career that started when she dropped out of law school to join an unknown southern governor’s presidential campaign, and ended up as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, where she helped shape AmeriCorps.
She left a leadership role as the youngest Vice President at a nationally respected search firm when she realized that her boss’s definition of success didn’t align with hers and, instead, founded and ran one of the fastest growing search firms in the country, partnering with the full gamut of mission-driven executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. In 2015, Laura sold that firm to the team who helped her build it, both because she was hungry for the next chapter and because she held an audacious dream of electing our nation’s first female president. (Whomp whomp.)
Since that time, Laura has appeared regularly on Good Morning America and the TODAY Show, and her writing has been seen in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, HR Magazine. Laura is the author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life (2019), which debuted at #2 on the Washington Post bestseller list (right behind Michelle Obama), has been translated into Arabic, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, and German, and which Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts chose as one of her Favorite Books of 2019, as well as Mission-Driven: Moving from Profit to Purpose (2015). Her forthcoming book, Wonderhell, is expected in April 2023.
In this episode, Laura teaches you how to manage success when you achieve it, how to stay healthy amidst a busy schedule, and how to understand your own potential in a way that nourishes happiness instead of anxiety.
Here’s what you will learn:
- How to find and release the burden of your potential (5:21)
- How to spot energy vampires and protect yourself from them (14:30)
- How to overcome your limits by casting out seeds of doubt (22:29)
- Why imperfection is part of our collective truth (33:27)
- How to understand seasons and when enough is enough (44:20)
- Discover the 4 building blocks of good health to help you to succeed (53:28)
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