As the current situation extends and the economic issues deepen, more and more of us are going to consider alternate sources of income. You may feel the urge to finally do that side project we’ve always wanted to do. This raises that question, is it a good time to start a business? When we hear of small businesses closing shop and the economy’s collapse, how sane is it to consider going into business? These are the questions at the heart of this episode. And to dig into this question, I’m joined by business coach, Michelle Ward.
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Lots of people across different industries and professions are being forced to — or are choosing to — look at their current career path and ask themselves “What else can I do?” For some, this may be a time to reposition themselves within their current field of work. For others, this may be time for a pivot or a career change. In this episode, we explore life coaching as a possible career path with Lee Chaix McDonough. We dig into what this work is all about, who would be ideal for this kind of role, the good and the bad, and what it would take for you to become a life coach if this is a field you’d like to pursue.
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We explore those inconvenient thoughts and feelings that come up just as you’re feeling motivated to act, step up to the plate, and do something out of your comfort zone. “Well, who the heck do you think you are to think that you can do XYZ?” These thoughts make you doubt yourself, your abilities, or whether you should even attempt the things you want to do. We dig into why these thoughts come up and what to do about them so we can move forward with our plans.

Everyone agrees that it’s not going to be business as usual when this current crisis is all over, hence the phrase ‘new normal’ that we keep hearing nowadays. I find it helpful to read about or listen to stories of people who overcame seemingly impossible situations, people who figured out a way not just to adapt to a new normal but to thrive even as a result of it.

What’s Stoicism? Does it make you cold and unfeeling? How can its teachings help us during hard times? Brendan Hufford joins Lou Blaser to talk about Amor Fati, and Memento Mori, and Amelia Earhart, and Thomas Edison and the big fire. We also talk about this terrible diagnosis that Brendan and his wife learned about their son when he was just 2 years old, which made Brendan really embrace the idea of Amor Fati. And because this is STILL a career podcast, we also talk about what Brendan actually does for a living toward the end.
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As much as the world seems intent on disrupting everything these days, there are a few things we count on to help us stay grounded. Two of those things are our personal values and our natural preferences — basically what makes us who we are. Co-Creating Inclusion Founder, Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick joins Lou Blaser to discuss how being self-aware and understanding of our natural preferences can help us manage our frustrations and anxiety level. We also talk about how we can lean on our personal values, particularly for those in supervisory or managerial roles, to help manage our team sand community during this disruptive time.
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Learning about what our mentors or people we admire are doing – how they are processing this moment, and how they’re going about things during these uncertain times – is instructive and motivating. Tara McMullin is a business owner, employer and a leader in the small business community. Lou Blaser chatted with her to find out how she’s approaching planning when things are so uncertain, and what leading and showing up means and looks like for her these days.
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The world of work is intense and filled with uncertainty at the moment. What should we be doing? Are there steps we can take to position us in the best way possible? And what if you’ve already been affected by the lay-offs and furloughs? What to do then? Dr. Nayla Bahri discusses resilient habits to practice during uncertain times, leveraging her research of the 2008 recession.