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We’re all in a moment. And, we’re asking the big questions. Especially about work. Should I join The Great Resignation? Should I stay and just keep on, keeping on. Or, reimagine, reinvent, maybe even start my own thing? Can I really expect more than just a paycheck and stability from work? How do I navigate the overwhelm, burnout, and work-life-bleed that’s turned work-from-home into never-stop-working? What about purpose, joy, excitement, time to breathe, and live? What about that nagging tension between money and meaning, the desire to feel secure and the quest to do something that makes you come alive - that sparks you?
These are the questions we’ll be diving into on the SPARKED podcast. Every week, we invite a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question. Then, our host, award-winning author, advisor, and founder, Jonathan Fields, and a rotating lineup of wise mentors from the SPARKED Braintrust will share insights, ideas, strategies, resources and tips to help us all better align what we do with who we are, so we can find and do more of what makes us come alive.

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We’re all in a moment. And, we’re asking the big questions. Especially about work. Should I join The Great Resignation? Should I stay and just keep on, keeping on. Or, reimagine, reinvent, maybe even start my own thing? Can I really expect more than just a paycheck and stability from work? How do I navigate the overwhelm, burnout, and work-life-bleed that’s turned work-from-home into never-stop-working? What about purpose, joy, excitement, time to breathe, and live? What about that nagging tension between money and meaning, the desire to feel secure and the quest to do something that makes you come alive - that sparks you?
These are the questions we’ll be diving into on the SPARKED podcast. Every week, we invite a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question. Then, our host, award-winning author, advisor, and founder, Jonathan Fields, and a rotating lineup of wise mentors from the SPARKED Braintrust will share insights, ideas, strategies, resources and tips to help us all better align what we do with who we are, so we can find and do more of what makes us come alive.

    Dan Pink | How to Harness Regret's Hidden Power

    Dan Pink | How to Harness Regret's Hidden Power

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    What if our biggest regrets secretly held the keys to unlocking our greatest potential in work and life? What if it was the path to self-improvement, clarified priorities, and more courageous living?
    That's what we’re exploring in this episode of Sparked, with my guest, bestselling author Daniel Pink. This conversation originally aired as a LinkedIn Live so after we teased out the topic, we were able to take some listener questions live and answer in real-time.
    And we’re in conversation with:
    SPARKED HOT TAKE WITH: Daniel Pink | Website
    Dan is the author of several influential books on business, work, and human behavior, including Drive, A Whole New Mind, and To Sell is Human. His latest work, The Power of Regret, offers a fascinating look at the psychology and potential benefits of one of life’s most common yet overlooked emotions.
    YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover You Sparketype | The Book | The Website
    Find an Certified Sparketype Advisor: CSA Directory
    Presented by LinkedIn.

    • 50 min
    How Business Can Change the World, One Life at a Time

    How Business Can Change the World, One Life at a Time

    Imagine, being in your 20s, fresh out of washing dishes at a local restaurant, borrowing just enough money to open a tiny, local deli with a friend who shared your passion for food, community, and business? Now, imagine that, decades later, that single decision would profoundly change the lives of not just thousands of regular customers, but millions of people, around the world? 
    What my guest today, Ari Weinzwieg, didn’t realize, when starting Zingerman’s Deli with a $20,000 loan from the bank, and a degree in Russian History from the University of Michigan, was that he was seeding a revolution. Actually, in hindsight, maybe he did. Now 17 companies later and sitting as the CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Ari sees commerce as an engine of impact, expression and service that changes people’s lives. 
    Ari and his ideas have set off a global ripple of compassion, dignity, imagination, and aliveness in the world of business, inviting people to reimagine a profoundly different, radically expansive and inclusive way of defining success. 
    Named by Inc Magazine as one of “The World’s 10 Top CEOs,” he’s forging a new way in business that rejects the norm and is grounded in purposeful vision, passion, and anarchy theory. He’s written extensively about the values and beliefs that have kept the now iconic Zingerman’s Delicatessen, his first business venture, afloat and successful for over 40 years in weekly newsletters and the numerous books he’s authored, such as A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs and A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves. 
    You can find Ari at: Website | Instagram
    HOSTED BY: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover Your Sparketype | The Book | The Website
    Find a Certified Sparketype Advisor: CSA Directory

    Coaches & Leaders: Tap a Game-Changing Credential - The Certified Sparketype® Advisor Training. This powerful training and certification is designed to help you:⁣

    Deliver more outstanding service while helping your clients and/or team members live a more-fulfilling life, and craft a more purpose-led, meaningful, and alive career path. ⁣

    Better understand how to powerfully motivate and inspire employees or teams to perform at the highest levels, so that they generate exceptional results and do more of what makes them come alive.⁣

    AND… get there much faster with next-gen tools that do what no others can⁣. 


    Learn more HERE. Next Training starts March 2024
    Presented by LinkedIn.
    Please note this episode originally aired in December 2022 which will be relevant to some references about world news.

    • 47 min
    How to Blend Well-Paid Work & Engaging Side Passions

    How to Blend Well-Paid Work & Engaging Side Passions

    How do you blend a well-paying job and a side passion that lights you up?
    This week SPARKED podcast, we invited a listener to share what’s going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question to Jonathan Fields and a rotating lineup of wise and kind mentors - the SPARKED Braintrust. 
    In today’s episode we’re in conversation with:
    SPARKED BRAINTRUST ADVISOR: Deborah Owens | Website
    After a long career in leadership in some of the biggest companies in the world, Deborah founded her own consulting firm, Corporate Alley Cat, where she advises and coaches People of Color in all aspects of career visioning and development. She has this incredible ability to see what’s happening under the surface in any given situation, and ask questions that get to the heart of the matter and reveal possibilities that feel both empowering and expansive.
    LISTENER: Liana - Sparketype: Nurturer/Maven
    QUESTION: In today’s episode, listener Liana shares a conundrum that many of us have pondered. Do you stay in the well-paying job and build up your savings or do you go part-time in order to do more of what lights you up and as Liana puts it ‘live your best life sooner.’ The question being, what do you value more money or your time? And is that even a real dichotomy?
    YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover Your Sparketype | The Book | The Website
    Find a Certified Sparketype Advisor: CSA Directory

    Coaches & Leaders: Tap a Game-Changing Credential - The Certified Sparketype® Advisor Training. This powerful training and certification is designed to help you:⁣

    Deliver more outstanding service while helping your clients and/or team members live a more-fulfilling life, and craft a more purpose-led, meaningful, and alive career path. ⁣

    Better understand how to powerfully motivate and inspire employees or teams to perform at the highest levels, so that they generate exceptional results and do more of what makes them come alive.⁣

    AND… get there much faster with next-gen tools that do what no others can⁣. 


    Learn more HERE. Next Training starts March 2024
    Presented by LinkedIn.

    PLEASE NOTE: This episode of SPARKED originally aired in May of 2022.

    • 32 min
    How to Reset Your Stress Response and Rewire Your Brain for Resilience

    How to Reset Your Stress Response and Rewire Your Brain for Resilience

    Have you ever felt like you're drowning in stress, no matter what you try? That the weight of it all seems impossible to overcome? I've been there too. Today I'm speaking with Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, a Harvard stress expert on a mission to help us reframe and reset our relationship with stress.
    In my experience, we often feel alone when stressed, as if we're the only ones struggling. The truth is stress touches us all. As Aditi shares, stress is a natural and healthy human response, but in modern life it can become overactivated, leaving us burnt out and fatigued. The good news? There are simple, daily mindset shifts we can make to reboot our brains and bodies - no expensive spas or months in Bali required.
    Rather than preaching toxic resilience, she provides real-world solutions tailored to the realities of modern life - from the myth of multitasking to the vital role of social connections. She prescribes time-efficient, cost-free techniques accessible to anyone, helping us change our relationship with stress and find balance once more.

    SPARKED HOT TAKE WITH: Dr. Aditi Nerurkar | Website
    Dr. Aditi Nerurkar is a nationally sought-after speaker, television correspondent, and author of the new book The Five Resets: Rewire Your Brain and Body for Less Stress and More Resilience. With over two decades of clinical experience, she offers a reimagined approach to overcoming stress and burnout using five science-backed mindset shifts.
    HOSTED BY: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover Your Sparketype | The Book | The Website
    Find a Certified Sparketype Advisor: CSA Directory

    Coaches & Leaders: Tap a Game-Changing Credential - The Certified Sparketype® Advisor Training. This powerful training and certification is designed to help you:⁣

    Deliver more outstanding service while helping your clients and/or team members live a more-fulfilling life, and craft a more purpose-led, meaningful, and alive career path. ⁣

    Better understand how to powerfully motivate and inspire employees or teams to perform at the highest levels, so that they generate exceptional results and do more of what makes them come alive.⁣

    AND… get there much faster with next-gen tools that do what no others can⁣. 


    Learn more HERE. Next Training starts March 2024
    Presented by LinkedIn.

    • 45 min
    How to Take Control of Your Career

    How to Take Control of Your Career

    When was the last time you asked yourself if your career is truly headed where you want to go? Do you feel like you’re just coasting along or following someone else’s script? 
    It’s tempting but playing it safe is no way to build a career that allows you to grow into your best self.
    In today’s conversation, Grace helps you grab the wheel and chart a course aligned with your true aspirations. 
    We’ll explore how to move past the myth of “work-life balance” and integrate your personal and professional lives in an intentional way. Grace shares how to define your unique “cardinal direction,” take control of your career GPS, and build “professional equity” as you move ahead.
    She also reveals how to course-correct when you veer off track so you can leave a legacy you’re proud of.
    SPARKED HOT TAKE WITH: Grace Puma | Book
    Grace Puma is the former executive vice president and COO of PepsiCo, and before that held senior positions with United Airlines, Kraft Foods, Motorola, and Gillette. A board member of both Organon & Co and Target, she has been ranked on the “Most Powerful Latina” list by Fortune magazine and recognized as the “Executive of the Year” by Latina Style magazine. Puma holds a BA in business administration and economics from Illinois Benedictine University. She lives in Tampa, Florida.
    HOSTED BY: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover Your Sparketype | The Book | The Website
    Find a Certified Sparketype Advisor: CSA Directory

    Coaches & Leaders: Tap a Game-Changing Credential - The Certified Sparketype® Advisor Training. This powerful training and certification is designed to help you:⁣

    Deliver more outstanding service while helping your clients and/or team members live a more-fulfilling life, and craft a more purpose-led, meaningful, and alive career path. ⁣

    Better understand how to powerfully motivate and inspire employees or teams to perform at the highest levels, so that they generate exceptional results and do more of what makes them come alive.⁣

    AND… get there much faster with next-gen tools that do what no others can⁣. 

    Learn more HERE. Next Training starts March 2024
    Presented by LinkedIn.

    • 34 min
    How To Unlock Creativity In All Parts of Work and Life

    How To Unlock Creativity In All Parts of Work and Life

    Have you ever felt like creativity is a gift only meant for others? Like you just weren’t born part of that illustrious and somewhat mysterious “creative class?” 
    Total bunk. Creativity lives inside all of us—and uncovering it could unlock meaning and joy in every aspect of your life?
    In this conversation, Cynthia and I explore the myths holding us back from full creative living. She reveals three brutally hard truths of innovation, and why the creative life isn't about chasing comfort. We discuss how to awaken your senses, see with new eyes, and understand your unique blend of creativity.
    In today’s episode we’re digging into:

    How do you know when you are being creative? What are the signs or feelings that indicate you have tapped into your own creativity?

    Where does the "muse" or creative inspiration come from - is it something within us or does it come from outside of us? 

    How can we challenge what we think we know and let ourselves be surprised in order to expand creativity in our work and relationships?

    How can we cultivate and tune our senses to see familiar things in new ways and spark creativity?


    SPARKED HOT TAKE WITH: Cynthia Morris | Website
    Cynthia is the founder of the Original Impulse creative studio and atelier and coaching program for writers, she’s also an author, workshop facilitator, trusted advisor and coach.
    HOSTED BY: Jonathan Fields
    Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.
    How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissions
    More on Sparketypes at: Discover Your Sparketype | The Book | The Website
    Find a Certified Sparketype Advisor: CSA Directory

    Coaches & Leaders: Tap a Game-Changing Credential - The Certified Sparketype® Advisor Training. This powerful training and certification is designed to help you:⁣

    Deliver more outstanding service while helping your clients and/or team members live a more-fulfilling life, and craft a more purpose-led, meaningful, and alive career path. ⁣

    Better understand how to powerfully motivate and inspire employees or teams to perform at the highest levels, so that they generate exceptional results and do more of what makes them come alive.⁣

    AND… get there much faster with next-gen tools that do what no others can⁣. 


    Learn more HERE. Next Training starts March 2024
    Presented by LinkedIn.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Rmfnc1969 ,

Insightful, Powerful, Moving & Useful

I have been a fan and follower of Jonathan Fields for quite some time. He always brings tremendous value. His “sparketypes” are an interesting way to filter for innate strengths & personal wiring, that enables you to lean into your gifts.

I think that the real magic here, though, is the Brain Trust of rotating folks, who bring unique and interesting perspectives to some of the dilemmas being presented by listeners. Debbie Owens is one of my favorites, always insightful at reading between and beyond each person’s issue, and asking questions that I hadn’t even considered. I learn something new about myself every time I listen — I LOVE this show!!!

Huskyduck ,

Jason Mendelson interview is profoundly inspirational!!

A friend sent me the link to this episode. I found the interview profoundly moving. My first identity in life was also as a drummer. I then dropped it for a new identity as a lawyer. Jason has inspired me to go back and retrieve my old identity that I said goodbye to 35 years ago. The lesson I took from this episode is - I don’t have to just be one thing. This may seem abundantly obvious to most out there but for a 61 year old like myself it has never been an option I ever considered even possible. I’m a product of being taught the pour yourself into just one thing era. Mr. Fields - Thank you for this episode. You have a new listener.

Kimyung Kim ,

Such important conversations!

The Sparketype test is great, the Sparked book is a guiding light and this podcast is super helpful as well!

I am a personality test nerd and thought I fully equipped with all I need to navigate through life, but I was wrong! I am a super fan of all things Jonathan creates and thank him for his great work!

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