46 min

Success: what does it look like in the Instagram age‪?‬ Is This Working?

    • Society & Culture

On this week's episode, we ask what does success look like in the Instagram age? 
Anna shares her story about the early days of what is now her very successful newsletter, The Professional Freelancer. She talks about that moment when she almost gave up but tells us why she didn’t. 
We try to get to grips with why humans have always had the desire to be famous and how in modern culture success appears to happen overnight. We then ask how this drive for external validation in our society impacts normal working environments. 
In the last segment of the show, we share how we’ve redefined success so we hope you too can think about what success really means to you in today’s working world. 
Get in touch
We want to hear from you because this podcast is all about how we can improve your working lives. Get in touch with any questions you have about your working life. 
Email: isthisworkingshow@gmail.com
Tweet: @isthis_working
Links 
Have we hit peak podcast? By Jennifer Miller in The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/style/why-are-there-so-many-podcasts.html Arianna Huffington’s The Iceberg Illusion on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz_EHwyBkf9/Why The Rise Of 'Work Porn' Is Making Us Miserable, by Vicky Spratt in Grazia: https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/real-life/work-influencers-instagramOn the Origin of Celebrity, by Robert Sapolsky in Nautilus: http://nautil.us/issue/5/fame/on-the-origin-of-celebrity The Fame Motive by Benedict Carey in the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/22/health/psychology/22fame.html You Accomplished Something Great. So Now What? AC Shilton in the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/28/smarter-living/you-accomplished-something-great-so-now-what.htmlHappier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar Getting Fired At 29 Was The Best Thing To Happen To Me by Tiffany Philippou in Refinery29: https://www.refinery29.com/amp/en-gb/2019/07/237705/getting-fired-how-to-get-another-jobA kinder, gentler definition of success, TED talk about Alain de Botton: https://www.ted.com/talks/alain_de_botton_a_kinder_gentler_philosophy_of_success Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/s5-ep2-how-to-fail-fleabag-is-back/id1407451189?i=1000443506972Reid Hoffman Masters of Scale podcast, Make Everyone A Hero episode: https://mastersofscale.com/reid-hoffman-make-everyone-a-hero/ The Professional Freelancer, Anna’s newsletter on freelancing: https://theprofessionalfreelancer.substack.com/
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On this week's episode, we ask what does success look like in the Instagram age? 
Anna shares her story about the early days of what is now her very successful newsletter, The Professional Freelancer. She talks about that moment when she almost gave up but tells us why she didn’t. 
We try to get to grips with why humans have always had the desire to be famous and how in modern culture success appears to happen overnight. We then ask how this drive for external validation in our society impacts normal working environments. 
In the last segment of the show, we share how we’ve redefined success so we hope you too can think about what success really means to you in today’s working world. 
Get in touch
We want to hear from you because this podcast is all about how we can improve your working lives. Get in touch with any questions you have about your working life. 
Email: isthisworkingshow@gmail.com
Tweet: @isthis_working
Links 
Have we hit peak podcast? By Jennifer Miller in The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/style/why-are-there-so-many-podcasts.html Arianna Huffington’s The Iceberg Illusion on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz_EHwyBkf9/Why The Rise Of 'Work Porn' Is Making Us Miserable, by Vicky Spratt in Grazia: https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/real-life/work-influencers-instagramOn the Origin of Celebrity, by Robert Sapolsky in Nautilus: http://nautil.us/issue/5/fame/on-the-origin-of-celebrity The Fame Motive by Benedict Carey in the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/22/health/psychology/22fame.html You Accomplished Something Great. So Now What? AC Shilton in the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/28/smarter-living/you-accomplished-something-great-so-now-what.htmlHappier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar Getting Fired At 29 Was The Best Thing To Happen To Me by Tiffany Philippou in Refinery29: https://www.refinery29.com/amp/en-gb/2019/07/237705/getting-fired-how-to-get-another-jobA kinder, gentler definition of success, TED talk about Alain de Botton: https://www.ted.com/talks/alain_de_botton_a_kinder_gentler_philosophy_of_success Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/s5-ep2-how-to-fail-fleabag-is-back/id1407451189?i=1000443506972Reid Hoffman Masters of Scale podcast, Make Everyone A Hero episode: https://mastersofscale.com/reid-hoffman-make-everyone-a-hero/ The Professional Freelancer, Anna’s newsletter on freelancing: https://theprofessionalfreelancer.substack.com/
See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46 min

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