026 Overcoming Hardship to Create a Fulfilling Life – Alicia Johnson

Alicia Johnson should have a PhD in creating fulfillment from hardship! Today, she is a counselor working with those who want to conquer their greatest fears and take charge of the purpose laid out before them. Having faced immense hardship throughout her life, Alicia and her husband Steve now helps others understand and move beyond their own pain at Longevity Relationship Consulting. She firmly believes that we all have the ability to improve our lives as long as we are willing to take the necessary action.

In this episode, Alicia lays out her troubled early years as a single mother and addict, explains how she came to terms with the pain in her life without erasing it, and traces her remarkable path through academia and the professional world.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE:

(2:36) – Alicia recounts her earliest memories and formative financial experiences.

(4:46) – The traumas Alicia endured at young ages, how she turned to drugs for refuge, and becoming a mother.

(10:59) – Alicia’s repeated suicide attempts and why she didn’t have much in the way of a support system.”

(12:36) – Her fruitful time in a career skills program and the surprising jobs she took on as a result.

(16:20) – How Alicia’s emotional issues peaked, and her fortuitous experience with an evangelist.

(21:44) – How she was able to move through her pain by revisiting her trauma.

(26:20) – Getting her GED, working at IBM, and going to college in her 50s.

(36:40) – The experiences that led Alicia to seek work as a counselor.

(43:00) – Which figure from the Bible Alicia would share a drink with, as well as her parting piece of advice.

TWEETABLES:

“I was looking for love and I was looking for acceptance in all the wrong places.”

“[Our mother] taught us to walk with our heads up.”

“God changed my life in an instant, but He didn’t take away my experiences and He didn’t take away my pain.”

“I had to face those lies that were seeded at that moment.”

“The only way you can dismantle a lie, is with the truth.”

“Take it one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time, and before you know it you’re gonna be through.”

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Longevity Relationship Consulting – https://longevityrelationships.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LongevityRelationship/

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THE PERFORMANCE ZONE

Nicole Jansen is featured here on the Wealthy Speaker Podcast with Jane Atkinson, discussing authenticity and the keys to overcoming the impostor syndrome while growing your speaking business.

CONSCIOUS MILLIONAIRE PODCAST

Nicole Jansen is featured here on the Conscious Millionaire Podcast with J V Crum III, discussing entrepreneurship and how to build a mission-based business that leverages your strengths and passion.

THE WEALTHY SPEAKER PODCAST

Nicole Jansen is featured here on the Wealthy Speaker Podcast with Jane Atkinson, discussing authenticity and the keys to overcoming the impostor syndrome while growing your speaking business.

THE TALENT GROW SHOW

Host Halelly Azulay interviews Nicole Jansen on leadership, human behavior, and how to lead and understand different personality types.

025 How to Reverse Engineer a Life on Your Terms – Shinjini Das

Shinjini Das | Transform U Podcast with Nick J Murphy

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to reverse engineer a life on your terms, you’ll be thrilled to meet Shinjini Das, the founder and CEO of The Das Media Group, where she aims to close the gap between intellect and pop culture in the media by empowering others who want to grab the brass ring. A Georgia Tech engineering alumnus, Shinjini is a go-getter in spirit and in name—seriously, she’s known as the Go-Getter Girl. Shinjini Das | Transform U Podcast with Nick J Murphy

In this episode, Shinjini discusses how she’s made use of her engineering education without working in engineering, how to build and scale a sticky brand using social media, and she gives her advice for dealing with your most vocal online haters.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE:

(3:09) – Shinjini shares out her engineering background at Georgia Tech and explains how her career mission developed.

(8:15) – How did Shinjini use her engineering background to her advantage without actually becoming an engineer?

(10:37) – The difficulties Shinjini faced getting her degree and how she’s put her old fears and anxieties to work building her own company.

(12:51) – What does “digital entrepreneurship” mean?

(14:37) – Shinjini’s tips for creating a sticky brand via social media.

(17:48) – The importance of creating a “buyer avatar,” crafting a social media narrative, the importance of monetization, and the danger of “angry” personas.

(25:12) – Focusing on one platform vs. diversifying your online presence.

(30:19) – How to deal with haters and detractors on social media.”

(34:37) – Scaling your “sticky brand” into a “sticky business,” and delving into Shinjini’s “waterfall strategy.”

(39:58) – Rapid fire: breaking the establishment, Shinjini shares her greatest fear and her desire to have a meal with Barack Obama.

(43:10) – Shinjini’s parting piece of advice.

Tweetables:

“I had to really be confident because… I definitely, definitely had way more detractors than supporters.”

“I don’t think I ever wanted to work as an engineer, so I’m not gonna say that ‘Oh that was a failure’ because that was never my goal.”

“What I learned early on is that if you’re not making money from [followers], then what is the point?”

“For me, social media was not a way, it was the only way.”

“I think I’m a naturally strategic thinker, which I see missing in a lot of people.”

“Make the platform work for you as a go-getter, because I feel like too many are just working for the platform.”

“If you misunderstand me that deeply, it is not worth my time to fight back.”

“You have to have an extremely deep grip on your audience.”

“Be alone and reverberate in your own thoughts. That’s who matters.”

Guest Links:

Shinjini’s Website – http://www.shinjinidas.com/

Shinjini on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/shinjinidas

Shinjini on Twitter – https://twitter.com/SpeakerShinjini

Shinjini on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/speakershinjini/

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024 Welcome to Transform U – Nick J Murphy

Transform U Podcast with Nick J Murphy

If you’ve been missing The Job Lab, then we have some good news for you: it’s back! Though not quite as you remembered it. Nick has made more than a few changes in the meantime to ensure that you get the ideas, inspiration and tips to transform your life and your career to take back control and begin living life on your terms again. 

In this special minisode, Nick explains the reason for his sabbatical, what listeners can expect from the show going forward, and how the podcast’s newest form—Transform U—will benefit your life and career. School’s back in.Transform U Podcast with Nick J Murphy

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE:

(1:26) – How is The Job Lab changing?

(4:14) – What exactly is Transform U about?

(7:03) – Who is the ideal listener for this new show?

(8:09) – When does Transform U start and how will it release?

TWEETABLES:

“If you have a soul-sucking job five days a week, there’s no way that doesn’t impact and trickle into your personal life.”

“The way we used to go about our jobs, the way we used to work is completely different and that’s not going to change.”

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023 Why its Never Too Late to Start Over – Goli Kalkhoran

You earned a degree, checked off the internship box, found a good job in your new field and are busy living life in your career when suddenly it hits you! “This isn’t at all what I want to be doing for the rest of my career!” In today’s episode we discuss the sunken cost fallacy and why it’s never too late to start over.

Goli Kalkhoran attended Berkeley Law in hopes of advancing social change as a federal public defender. It wasn’t too long after realizing her lofty goal and earning her “dream job” that Goli realized that it wasn’t nearly as fulfilling a career as she had hoped. Instead of sticking with the vocation she had invested so much time, effort and money in, Goli left law, founded photo booth company Usie Booth, and now hosts the podcast “Lessons from a Quitter.”

In this episode, Goli discusses how she concluded law wasn’t a good fit for her, how she went about changing careers, and why you should push back against the fears and anxieties telling you to stay where you are.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE:

(2:40) – Goli explains what originally drew her to a career in law.

(4:46) – We get into why law school is so difficult compared to other academic paths.

(6:52) – Did taking law at Berkeley specifically put extra pressure on Goli?

(8:20) – What about law pushed Goli to find a different vocation?

(12:10) – Goli’s advice for those finding a law career to be a struggle.

(14:19) – Her theory as to why the vast majority of employed people feel unengaged by their work.

(16:42) – Goli explains the “sunken cost fallacy” and why it holds people back from making important changes in our careers and lives.

(19:20) – How to calculate “opportunity cost” in our careers, and comprehending the upper limit of happiness that money can bring to our lives.

(26:24) – How do we identify what kind of work engages us, and how to we proceed from there?

(29:54) – Goli opens up about the pushback she received from others when she announced she wanted to change careers, as well as how she dealt with it.

TWEETABLES:

“The problem with law school is that a lot of people just end up going because they have no idea what else to do.”

“And that’s the best description of what being a lawyer is: you’re just in a room by yourself reading and writing these very long and boring motions.”

“You need to be honest with yourself about what part of the job you don’t like.”

“A lot of times, we don’t tend to see our own superpowers.”

“The minute you actually start opening your eyes to other things and really admitting to yourself ‘I am unhappy and I want to try something else,’ you just start seeing opportunities.”

“When you start realizing the insanity behind these fears and what it keeps us doing, I think it gives you more courage to be like ‘You know what? I don’t care. I’m just gonna try something else and if I fail I fail’.”

Guest Links:

Goli’s Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lessons-from-a-quitter/id1412305413?mt=2

Goli on Twitter: https://twitter.com/quitterpodcast

Goli on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lessonsfromaquitter/

Resources:

Kahneman Happiness & Money – https://qz.com/1211957/how-much-money-do-people-need-to-be-happy/

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