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#79) Leah Kingsbury: New Mom in a New City | Putting Yourself Out There For the Win | Making Friends Online

Season 1, Ep. 79

We spoke with Leah Kingsbury about the challenges of applying for jobs as a new mom -- and how to make friends online. Today's theme is putting yourself out there and meeting the right people to orchestrate your dream life. How about that?

  • Did you just move to a new city?
  • Is your life going through a period of intense transition? 
  • Maybe you’re a new mother who is just returning back to the workforce after your entire life has been uprooted by the birth of a child. 

My next guest, Leah Kingsbury, is a single mom here in Austin who has really nailed this “putting yourself out there” thing. I met Leah when I was her Uber driver -- back in 2017 when I was using rideshare to supplement my income. I instantly noticed something about Leah when I met her. She was magnetic, kind, social, and had just got done meeting up with a brand new friend-- someone she had just met on online! My mind was blown. She was doing everything that I wanted to as a new Austinite - but never had the time or courage to do.  

And with nearly 13 thousand Instagram followers, she has her own tribe of warriors who are bought in to her message, resilience, and unwavering positivity. No matter if you’re a mom or not, you can benefit from hearing Leah speak her on this platform. 

Here's what we cover:

  • What are some of the biggest challenges in reentering the workforce as a new mom?
  • Putting yourself out there: How do I take that first step to meeting people if I’m in a new city?
  • What are some good practical strategies for meeting people online? How can we play it safe when online?
  • How do you combat our protective egos who don't want to stretch outside our comfort zones?
  • How have you internally dealt with adversity as someone who puts themselves out there?

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#78) Are You Taking Enough Action to Succeed?

Season 1, Ep. 78

Today, we're talking all about your ACTION plan to accomplish the goals you want to nail. Because it's not just about self-improvement. It takes action to propel your life forward, and tha'ts what we cover today.

Summary of the Steps Mentioned in The Episode:

#1) Set your goals first.

This is for your own motivation and clarity. Don’t just make it outcome dependent, get one growth factor in there (one is way more in your control and rewarding in the long run). 

#2) Create your action plan. 

What do you think is going to work for you? Search your heart first and don’t necessary go with what books tell you to do. You’re much more likely to stick with this. 

The more actionable you can make your action plan the better. Use the invasive power of technology to get into your life. 

  • If your eyeballs are always on your calendar, get recurring calendar events on that calendar so you know it’s time for you to take action. 
  • If you spend a lot of time in your commute, take that time to review your upcoming calendar. 
  • If you’re always on your iPhone, get the Counter App to count how many times a week you do something. (This has been really effective for me).

#3) Take ACTION and make progress on your action plan. 

  • Remember: Ready, Fire, Aim is a much better strategy than ready, aim for a long time, and then kind of fire.
  • Set your plan and take action. For that first month of consistent action, don’t deviate. Hit your action based quotas every single time, just to see what happens. 
  • Support systems and accountability can help - people who share common goals, your team, your tribe. 
  • Your reset and reassess button is when? A month from now?  
  • Are you burning out? Is it too much? 
  • Are you not getting anywhere? Or are you focusing on the wrong thing?
  • Are you attracting the wrong people?
  • FINE. NOW you actually know!

A note on setbacks, discouragement, lack of results. There is no failing if you focus on the self-improvement aspect.

#4) Be at Peace. You’re never going to be fully satisfied alone. So stop obsessing over the outcome alone and look at the big picture. Find peace.

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#76) Mastering Your Job Search Through Psychology | Dr. Art Markman

Season 1, Ep. 76

Today, we’re going to talk about how to maximize the effectiveness of your job search -- guiding you toward a more fulfilling career.

Art Markman is today's guest and the author of Bring Your Brain to Work: Using Cognitive Science to Get a Job, Do It Well, and Advance Your Career. He’s also a professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin.

Here's what we cover:

  • What are the signs it’s time to plan our next career move? 
  • Where the heck should I apply for jobs (i.e. what companies?)
  • How can land more interviews with companies I actually care about?
  • What are some cognitive science principles that job seekers can use today to improve their game?
  • What’s one big mistake you see job seekers making in their job searches?
  • If you [Art Markman] could give every job seeker out there one superpower, what would it be?

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#74) Should You Really Follow Your Heart? | Sujit Lalwani on Deciding What to Do and How to Get There

Season 1, Ep. 74

Today, we are going to discuss a better way to figure out the next step in your career. We also discuss the best way to get in touch with the right people, including some networking strategies.

I sat down virtually with Sujit Lalwani, international speaker and author, about the best way to determine the answer to the question: "What the heck should I do with my life." Sujit is also the Founder and Director of Inspiration Unlimited eMagazine (iU eMagazine).

Here's what we cover:

Let’s talk about “following your heart.”

  • Where did this idea come from?
  • Why is it not such an easy answer?
  • What should people do instead to gain clarity in their lives?

Let's get practical and discuss how to manifest yourself into the right positions (i.e. networking)

  • What is the best way to actually pick and choose what jobs to apply for?
  • What is the best way to meet the right people?
  • What’s my action plan?

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