The podcast about people who are reinventing themselves--their careers, their relationships, their creative and philanthropic lives--or their whole lives. Host Elaine Appleton Grant talks with career changers, entrepreneurs, authors, social changemakers, the newly single and newly married. Real, no-bs, in-depth conversations about the obstacles, the strategies, and the joys of the reinvention journey.
Vincent Pugliese: How to take control of your time, your money & your life
Vincent Pugliese knew what he wanted to do when he was a kid: He wanted to become a famous sports photographer. By the time he was in his early 30s, he was winning top awards for his shots of famous football and hockey players, living a life only a few people even dream of. But he and his wife, Elizabeth, also a photographer, were both making about $15 an hour, and they had a baby on the way. They both wanted her to stay home; he had to figure out a solution. In desperation, they started a wedding photography business on the side -- and used every cent they made to get out of $140,000 of debt, including paying off the mortgage on their house. Eventually, Vincent went from making $32,000 a year to $32,000 in a day.
I talk with Vincent (who is refreshingly down to earth) about doing what everyone told him was impossible: living debt free, choosing when and where he wants to work, and taking as much time as they choose to home school their kids and travel with them, sometimes for months at a time. In his new book, Freelance to Freedom, Vincent offers lessons for how to become an entrepreneur; how he lives by a growth mindset, and the one thing he does every day if he gets overwhelmed.
2:56: How Vincent talked his way into an interview with the AP, the pinnacle of organizations for photojournalists, with a combination of patience and persistence. Why patience and persistence are a winning combination but one without the other is a disaster.
25:22: How everyone he knew "told us we couldn't pay off det; everyone's going to have debt." They did it anyway.
25:50: How living debt-free gives Vincent and Elizabeth a competitive advantage in business. What Golden Days are and how they help freelancers increase their rates.
32:59: Vincent's diehard belief in a "growth mindset" and a lesson from his mentor: "What does this [negative circumstance] make possible?"
34:21: The hilarious and painful saga of the last night of Seinfeld and losing $13,000 worth of camera gear, and why Vincent can look back on this story happily.
36:21: How one of the biggest failures of Vincent's career landed him a feature in Sports Illustrated -- this photo.
Get Vincent's top ten tips for living a life of freedom.
I mentioned Denise Soler Cox and her struggle to become a beginner again. Here's a link to that conversation, which was Episode 5.
Is your New Year's Resolution to Give Back?
2017 has been a tough year -- from hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fires, to political news. If you've been watching and wanting to make a difference, but you live a busy life or you're just not sure how to get involved, this episode is for you. Sarah Davison-Tracy runs Seeds of Exchange, an organization that uses storytelling to make tangible change. Sarah gives advice for getting involved in service -- with small, doable steps. In this episode, she talks about helping the Lighthouse Foundation, which rescues Nepalese girls from a life of sex slavery. Bonus at the end: Hannah Badi, one of the first girls to be rescued from this life, tells her story.
- To live a life of meaning and purpose requires three components: destiny/superpower, tribe, and offering. Sarah defines each one.
- Without a tribe, service is unsustainable. We burn out. Grow a tribe or turn to your existing one to continue offering service (and to continue creating something new, which is hard).
- Raju Sundas began the Lighthouse Foundation because he watched a TV documentary about the Badi people, who live in a village 20 hours from his city of Kathmandu. At the time, nine years ago, he had no money himself, but he was moved by the plight of the villagers and felt he had to do something about it. The Lighthouse Foundation now houses, clothes, and educated more than 700 children.
Resources mentioned in the episode:
Seeds of Exchange
Lighthouse Foundation Nepal
Video of Hannah's story
Read about Hannah in an excerpt from Sarah Davison-Tracy's forthcoming book: Live Ablaze | And Light Up the World. (Click on the bonus content button for the .pdf)
Transcript of Hannah Badi's speech about being rescued and her ambition to become prime minister of Nepal:
Hannah Badi Tells Her Story
The following is a transcript of a short speech Hannah Badi gave at a Seeds of Exchange storytelling event in Denver in September, 2017. Raju Sundas, the founder of Lighthouse Foundation Nepal, translated for Hannah – until the very end of her talk, when she switched to English. To listen to her talk, go to the end of this One More Shot episode, following the credits.
Hannah: [00:39:00] Speaks in Nepalese.
Raju: [00:39:04] When I was nine years old I met Uncle Raju at my village.
Hannah: [00:39:24] Speaks.
Raju: [00:39:33] Being part of the Badi community. I have seen what is happening in Hannah’s village. And I myself went through that experience.
Hannah: [00:39:44] Speaks.
Raju: [00:39:52] If nine years ago if I was not rescued from that village I wouldn't be able to speak today.
Hannah: [00:40:00] Speaks.
Raju: [00:40:45 All my friends, those who used to play with me, were being sold in brothels. I have seen everything with my own eyes.
Hannah: [00:40:57] Speaks.
Raju: [00:41:12] [In Badi villages], they celebrate the girls. Because they don't celebrate girls as girls but they celebrate as income source, of money.
Hannah: [00:41:20] Speaks.
Raju: [00:41:37] Mothers teach their daughters how to entertain or how to attract a man.
Hannah: [00:41:42] Speaks.
Raju: [00:41:55] Badi people, you know, is one of the people groups that are being treated as a lowest of the society. [In Nepal’s caste system, Badi people are the lowest caste – the “untouchables.”]
Hannah: [00:42:06] Speaks.
Raju: [00:42:14] In our society the dog has value. Dogs can go from one house to another house. But Badi people cannot go from one house to another house. They are “untouchable.”
Hannah: [00:42:28] Speaks.
Raju: [00:42:32] So since our lifestyle was like that, education was just a dream. No one can study.
Hannah: [00:42:41] Speaks.
Raju: [00:42:46] When they were nine to 10 years old, that is the time they had to start the business [of enforced prostitution].
Hannah: [00:42:54] Speaks.
Raju: [00:43:24] They are treated this way in public places like police stations, bus stations, hospitals, anyw
Dafna Michaelson Jenet: Losing and finding yourself
Author and Colorado State Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet on learning how to accept and grow from the grief of miscarriage. Her book, "Peanut's Legacy," releases this week. This interview was recorded live at Setting the Stage, a women's concert and networking event in Denver. Coach Christy Belz follows with strategies for recovering from grief and loss and reclaiming creativity and purpose.
Julie Geller's song, "Here I Am," which is excerpted in this episode, was filmed at a concert at Swallow Hill in Denver. Click here to see The Julie Geller Band in performance.
Tameka Montgomery on how to start over when your high-profile job ends
Tameka Montgomery tended to the needs of the nation's 28 million small businesses as one of the Small Business Administration's top executives in the Obama administration. Her job, as Obama's hand-picked leader of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, ended at noon on Inauguration Day 2017. It was a very public -- and classic -- One More Shot story: How would she decide what to do when her job ended, through forces beyond her control?
After a sabbatical, she decided to shift her focus from adult entrepreneurs to small ones. Today, she's on a mission to help parents learn how to raise entrepreneurial kids. She talks about how to transition after a high-profile career ends; how to stay open to opportunities; the role of persistence as the "difference-maker" between success and failure; and what even 5-year-olds can do to earn money and become empowered people.
This episode is for you if you've ever had a job end; if you're not sure what to do next; if you want to become an entrepreneur yourself or you're already on that path.
You Can No Longer Ignore Your Calling:
Denise Soler Cox seems like a force of nature -- bigger than life. But she hasn't always been this bold. More than 20 years ago, she had an idea to make a film about people like her -- the 16 million people in the U.S. who have at least one parent from a Spanish-speaking country. But like so many of us do, she kept on living her life, putting off her big idea from one year to the next, to the next -- living a "someday, one-day" life. Until she didn't any more. In this rollicking conversation, Denise describes how she finally decided to pursue her dream; the havoc it caused; how she had to confront being a beginner all over again; and how she knows it's all been worth it.
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Gone to the dogs? Why entrepreneur William Loopesko gave up everything
William Loopesko had a great-paying job, a house in trendy Denver, and a girlfriend: the perfect Facebook life. But he hated going to work. One day, hiking with his dog, Clovis, he got an idea for a new company. His new purpose changed everything. He gave it all up to found PuppTech (PuppTech.com) -- and he says this reinvention has made him happier than he's ever been. We talk about William's transformation from engineer to CEO and entrepreneur, and what it takes to live a good life with meaning and joy.
For anyone contemplating a change
I tried listening to podcasts for years and never got past a few minutes. One More Shot is the changed everything.
The thing I love most about One More Shot is that it helps reinforce that anyone is capable of reinventing themselves. I love that everyone featured on the show has as non-linear career trajectory, and how the narratives are continually evolving.
I'm officially hooked and can't wait for the next episodes to come out. Thank you for sharing these stories, Elaine.
This podcast is enjoyable to listen to becasue of the top-notch storytelling. These are stories of poeple finding their way in the world and not giving up on their deepest desires. I find this podcast to be very inspirational.
A must-listen to!
For those who want to be inspired by extraordinary-ordinary stories of those who are COURAGEously saying YES to their LIFE, this is for you. :) You will find more of your story here. Don't miss it - on your next jog, drive, to wrap up a day of hard work, listen. :) xo, -sdt