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Tough Titties Author Laura Belgray Returns for More Juicy Stories and Tips for Non Sucky Copy
41:15We are thrilled to share part 2 of our podcast with Tough Titties author Laura Belgray. If you have years of your life you would prefer to forget, relationships or lifestyle choices that make you cringe when you look back at them, Laura will empower you to reframe your life story, and possibly share it with others. Tough Tittie is the stealth self-help book you didn't konw you needed. As Laura says, what is the fun in reading about other people’s success, when you can read about the juicy details of their struggles before they finally made it. After laughing your way through the chapters of Laura’s life, go to Talkingshrimp.com, where Laura will teach you how to write copy that people actually want to read. Laura has classes and online materials that teach you how to write email lines that people want to open, and how to stop boring people with your writing. If your writing is already dazzling and witty, then you will still appreciate reading a memoir from someone who is truly a master at sharing just about everything. Discussion Topics: Laura's ability to reframe embarrassing stories (00:25-1:20) - Laura's skill in turning embarrassing stories into something hilarious - The value of reframing personal history Laura's book as stealth self-help (1:20-7:22) - The impact of Laura's book on personal development - Laura's intention to write a non-traditional personal development book - Strategies for promoting the book and building an audience Laura's journey as a writer and her voice (08:09-19:36) - Laura's transition from writing in television to creating her own courses - Finding and utilizing one's unique voice in writing - Importance of using contractions to write conversationally Writing the tough chapters (20:05-21:28) - Challenges faced while writing certain chapters - Personal growth and self-reflection through writing Laura's measurement of success (26:08-27:33) - Rethinking success beyond measurable factors - The significance of personality and individuality Tips for writing engaging email subject lines (27:33 - 33:51) Part 1 of our conversation with Laura Laura’s website Buy Toughtitties A few of our favorite quotes from Laura in this episode: "Don't we all find ourselves saying, "I'm sorry, I'm the worst," like five times a day?" "Most people I know who are successful are also a mess in some way or another." "I can't imagine writing a book that's not honest. It feels like no fun at all to try to be perfect in your writing." "I've always felt like a late bloomer and taken a long time to do things." If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with a friend and follow us wherever you get your podcasts. We are on Instagram @meantforit Reach out to us anytime: [email protected] to say hello or recommend someone for a future episode. We would seriously love to hear from you! Go to our website www.meantforit.com for past episodes. If you leave us a review on itunes we'l do a little happy dance
Dr. Ramani on Dealing With the Narcissists in Your Life
1:09:38Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist, Founder and CEO of LUNA Education and author of several books, joins us to share her wisdom and expertise on the topic of narcissism. You may not know it, but chances are high that there is a narcissistic personality somewhere in your life. In our conversation, we discuss ways to identify narcissists, common personality traits and the need to accept that narcisists don't change. We also delve into discussing the ideas that society benefits from narcissists that drive innovation, and the emotional pain that is highly likely in close relationships with narcissists. Dr. Ramani has millions of followers on social media and her work has been featured at SXSW, TEDx, The Today Show, and Investigation Discovery. On YouTube, Dr. Ramani's short and informative videos have millions of views . The focus of Dr. Ramani's clinical, academic and consultative work is the impact of narcissism and high-conflict, entitled personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. Get Dr. Ramani's new Book: It's Not You Follow Dr. Ramani here: Instragram Youtube If you enjoyed this podcast, please share it with a friend! Follow us @meantforit, leave us a review, email us: [email protected] Topics Discussed: Does society need narcissists? Advantages and disadvantages. Understanding, naming,and addressing narcisstic behavior, toxic relationships, and healing from narcisstic abuse. Challenges faced by individuals dealing with narcissistic parents or partners in family court systems that may not prioritize child welfare over parental rights. Dr.Ramani recommends support groups as well as self-education through reading books about the subject. Making excuses for toxic behavior. Being careful about to to share your experiences because others may not believe them or undermine your feelings. Teaching children and adults about unhealthy behaviors and giving them permission to step away from uncomfortable situations. How empathy can sometimes enable toxic behavior. Integrating naricissim education into curricula and in gender-based violence, domestic abuse, etc. education.
Bookfluencer, Writer and Entrepreneur Zibby Owens on Connection Through Books and Creation of the “Zibbyverse”
50:06The Zibbyverse, founded by Zibby Owens, includes the podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, and Zibby Media, which includes a publishing house, online magazine, Zibby’s Bookshop in Santa Monica, CA, retreats, classes, and events. As a lifelong book lover who dreamed of becoming a writer, Zibby was over the moon excited when she was dubbed “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer”. In our conversation, Zibby shares why she believes books have the to power to connect us and why Zibby fell in love with writing and publishing. We discuss events from Zibby’s life that are shared in Zibby’s memoir, Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature, and we hear about Zibby’s debut novel “Blank” that comes out in March of 2024. And if all that is not enough, Zibby is also the mom of 4! How did she do it? Listen in to hear how not having time to read led to everything else in the Zibbyverse.
Sally Wolf's Path From Corporate Star to Stage IV Cancer Thriver and Spreader of Gratitude
1:03:01Sally Wolf is one of the most inspiring people we have talked to. If you don’t believe us you can ask her classmates from her Stanford MBA program who voted her the "most inspiring" member of their class or her nephew who said she was the most positive person he knows. Sally spent two decades rising in the corporate sector in the media industry working at NBCUniversal and Time Warner before a series of cancer diagnoses changed her life and career focus. Today, Sally is the Founder and CEO of LightWorks, and a stage IV cancer thriver providing wellbeing consulting to corporate clients. After listening to this conversation, we think you will agree that Sally excels at positive psychology and making people feel like they can overcome all their challenges. We are in awe of Sally’s ability to live with tremendous gratitude, to make meaning of her cancer struggle and to live with an abundance of joy and determination to help others. In addition to everything above, Sally is also an expert pole dancer. Bet you didn’t expect that to be Sally’s hobby. Sally's Career Milestones 04:07-07:19 Positive Psychology and Gratitude 10:30-13:34 Connecting Dots and Finding Meaning 13:42-15:08 Embracing Emotions and Storytelling 22:04-25:28 Amplifying Messages and Writing a Book 40:58-46:20 Navigating Obstacles and Gratitude Journaling : 53:47-59:20 Conclusion and Reflection 59:21-1:01:37 Don’t miss this unforgettable conversation with a beautiful woman. If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with a friend and follow us on Instagram @meantforit Reach out to us anytime: [email protected] to say hello or recommend somone for a future episode. We would really, really love to hear from you. Sign up for our monthly newsletter with a curated list of our recommendations on what to read, watch, listen to and more. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and share it with a friend. On your iPhone select episode, click “details,” click on the 3 dots to the right of play, and text or email it to a friend. To write a review on your iphone, after selecting the podcast, scroll down till you see "Write a Review" and tap.
How Scheduling Adventure Can Change Everything With Shelby Stanger
41:51Shelby Stanger’s formula is living life with adventure. When Shelby realized that adventure gave her energy, joy and confidence, she intentionally scheduled and prioritized adventure into her life. By choosing adventure, Shelby found love, a career she loved and a way to bring other people the same gifts. Shelby’s book, Will to Wild, Adventures Great and Small to Change Your Life, shares what she has learned in her years covering adventurers. Shelby reveals the stories of adventure seekers such as hikers, surfers, runners, on how they faced their fears, got unstuck and found meaning and life guidance through their adventures. What we love about Shelby’s story is how her life transformed and her life path emerged with each leap and decision Shelby made to choose authenticity and happiness. Shelby’s advice for those who want to have their own adventure is to put down the deposit, and get ready for your world to expand.
Repost With CNN Hero One Simple Wish Founder Danielle Gletow
1:04:50For Giving Tuesday we are reposting our podcast with the founder of One Simple Wish. After fostering and then adopting a newborn, Danielle found her life calling. A 2013 CNN Hero, Danielle has devoted herself to finding ways to help more than 400,000 children in foster care. Danielle founded One Simple Wish in 2008 with the goal of granting wishes to children in foster care across the country and those who've aged out of foster care. On One Simple Wish, people can view wishes from foster children and make contributions that make those wishes come true. Wishes range from toys to school supplies, music lessons or trips to a theater or pool. In our conversation, Danielle shares the deeply personal story that led her to foster care, her experiences with the foster system and why children in the foster system need our attention and support. If you have been thinking of ways to contribute and help others One Simple Wish was started with the goal of giving people an opportunity to connect with foster kids and easily make meaningful contributions. Danielle is asking us to go to One Simple Wish and read the stories. She says, “just by you acknowledging their existence and their journey and maybe sharing it with somebody else, or becoming more aware, you then become part of their village.” Research studies have shown a strong correlation between foster care and so many other critical issues in our society. Danielle’s vision is to connect people with foster kids while bringing light and awareness to the system, that in turn will hopefully lead to positive change. Danielle says, “We need more people recognizing that our foster system is incredibly broken and it is all of our problem.“ If you enjoy this conversation, please share it with a friend and help us share Danielle’s message and goal of helping kids in foster care. Topics Discussed: Danielle shares the story of how she started One Simple Wish, discussing the moment or series of events that led her to start the organization. She talks about the challenges faced and the goal of making a positive impact on the lives of children in foster care. 16:43 - 34:38: Danielle explains the importance of understanding the needs of foster children and young adults. She discusses the process of learning about their needs, collaborating with other agencies, and architecting the database to facilitate support and collaboration. 41:12 - 47:52 Danielle talks about the importance of creating personal connections with foster children and young adults. She discusses the organization's efforts to connect volunteers with young people in a deeper way through mentoring opportunities or advice and guidance. 52:52 - 56:47 Danielle encourages people to read the stories of the young people they support. She highlights the power of storytelling and invites people to ask questions and engage with the organization to become part of the community effort to help foster children. 56:53 - 1:04:38 Danielle shares insights into her day-to-day life running One Simple Wish. She discusses reading emails, granting wishes, and engaging in conversations with donors and young people. She emphasizes the importance of open communication and sharing her own story.
Marketing Expert Lindsay Pinchuk Shares Her Growth Formula
39:20Lindsay Pinchuk was meant to be a marketer and community builder. Listen to hear how Lindsay used her marketing experience to build her own 7-figure company, Bump Club and Beyond, that reached over 3 million users per month. Lindsay has experience working with and creating activations for brands such as Target, Nordstrom, The Honest Company, ULTA, Huggies, Unilever, and hundreds more. Today, Lindsay uses her 25 years of experience in creating and growing brands to help others. As the CEO of Lindsay Pinchuk Marketing + Consulting, Lindsay’s company offers consulting, coaching, and speaking services to businesses of all sizes and stages. Lindsay also started Dear FoundHer, a top 2% podcast that helps female entrepreneurs build, scale, and sell their businesses. In our conversation we discuss some of Lindsay’s signature marketing strategies, her startup story and why Lindsay is so committed to helping other businesses and entrepreneurs. What I love most about Lindsay is her authenticity. When you speak with Lindsay what you see and hear is what you get, and what are you are getting is decades of marketing experience and and a force energy for getting things fearlessly, https://www.lindsaypinchuk.com/ If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with a friend and follow us on Instagram @meantforit Reach out to us anytime: [email protected] to say hello or recommend somone for a future episode. We would really, really love to hear from you. Sign up for our monthly newsletter with a curated list of our recommendations on what to read, watch, listen to and more. Topics Discussed: Lindsay's approach to community building through events and speakers The importance of personal connection and building relationships with the community The significance of hosting events for marketing purposes Engaging the community through knowledge sharing and small group interactions Addressing Anti-Semitism Lindsay uses an email management system called Flow Desk for targeted communication. Lindsay cautions against relying too much on AI-generated content and encourages personalization.
Career Contessa Founder Lauren McGoodwin on Entitlement, The Illusion of The Perfect Job and Managing Her Business
45:50Meet Lauren McGoodwin, the founder of Career Contessa. Lauren generously shares the story of how she started her business, her motivation and how she built Career Contessa from an idea to the leading career site for millennials offering career tips, career advice, job listings and career coaching. Lauren shares her story of how she struggled to find her place after graduating from college, and how a role in recruiting gave her the idea for Career Contessa. From day one, Lauren has been driven to help people find the opportunities she could not find and to have the career advice so many of us are missing. For those of us who lack connections or career mentorship, Career Contessa wants to be your trusted advisor. In our conversation we discuss topics ranging from Lauren’s book Power Moves, to common career mistakes, “watering your own grass”, entitlement, and how a false narrative of the perfect job can hurt your future. This is the advice we wish we had when we started our careers. https://www.careercontessa.com/ Power Moves by Lauren McGoodwin The Career Contessa Podcast If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with a friend and follow us on Instagram @meantforit Reach out to us anytime: [email protected] to say hello or recommend somone for a future episode. We would really, really love to hear from you. Sign up for our monthly newsletter with a curated list of our recommendations on what to read, watch, listen to and more. Topics Discussed: Lauren shares the story of how she started Career Contessa and its purpose as a leading career site for millennials, offering career advice, job listings, career coaching, and job resources. Lauren discusses her struggle to find a job after college and how her experience in recruiting gave her the idea for Career Contessa. She emphasizes her drive to help others find opportunities that she had difficulty finding herself. Lauren explains her motivation for writing the book, "Power Moves," which aims to help people build fulfilling careers. She describes it as a comprehensive guide to building a healthy, successful, and fulfilling career on one's own terms. Lauren discusses the importance of reframing our perception of our careers and provides examples from her book on how to do so. Lauren explores the concept of the ambition trap and the feeling of entitlement that can hinder progress and success in careers. She highlights the challenges millennials face in managing their expectations and adjusting their narratives. Lauren shares the timeline of how Career Contessa grew, from its start as a school project to offering career coaching, creating online courses, and expanding through various media platforms. Lauren discusses the challenges she faced in transitioning from a predictable work environment to running a startup. She also offers advice on staying organized, establishing processes, and maintaining consistency. Lauren envisions the future of Career Contessa, aiming to provide the best resources and adapt to changing trends and preferences, such as creating content in different formats to reach a wider audience. Lauren provides advice for individuals building their own businesses, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing an email list, marketing strategies, and consistency.
Andy Hunter’s Bookshop.org is Saving Independent Bookstores and You Can Also!
40:41As a lifelong book lover, author and book publisher, Andy Hunter knew he wanted to keep independent bookstores alive and thriving. Using his experience in the publishing industry, Andy had the audacity to come up with a successful idea for taking on Amazon. Andy’s idea was Bookshop.org, an online platform that gives independent bookstores an easy to use, full service platform for selling books online. Bookshop handles the distribution marketing, and shipping of online book sales, and doesn’t take a cut so bookstores keep all the profits. Since the majority of book stores cannot afford an online storefront, they can partner with Bookshop for online sales to add profits to their stores. Since independent bookstores already have small margins, being able to sell online can be the difference between staying open or shutting down. Independent bookstores add so much value to communities. Research shows bookstores attract more business to other commerce and the property values rise since bookstore are a community gathering spots that bring people together. In our conversation, Andy shares how the challenges and adversities of his childhood fostered his love for books, and how his career in publishing led him to the path he was meant to pursue. We hope you will be inspired to shop from Bookshop and to encourage your local bookstore to sign up for Bookshop.org. We wish for every community to have their own beloved local bookstore! https://bookshop.org/
Author, Screenwriter, Marvel Comics Wolverine and X-Force Writer Benjamin Percy
54:08Benjamin Percy is an author, screenwriter, and Marvel Comics writer for Wolverine and X-Force. Ben joins us to share his path to becoming a writer. We discuss how Ben's upbringing and work ethic led him to his dream job of spending the day with his imaginary friends. If you are curious about what it takes to be become a writer including the tradeoffs and work required to make it happen, you will love this conversation. Ben is currently working with Paramount Plus, where they are adapting Urban Cowboy into a series, Ben co-wrote the feature film, Summering, with director James Ponsoldt, has taught extensively, including at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, Aspen Summer Words, and the Paris Writing Workshop. Ben's class is on Skillshare at this link: http://skl.sh/benpercy If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with a friend and follow us on Instagram @meantforit Reach out to us anytime: [email protected] to say hello or recommend somone for a future episode. We would really, really love to hear from you. Go to our website www.meantforit.com for past episodes.