624 episodes

John Garrett’s research involves talking with professionals who realize that who you are is so much more than what you do. Accountants, consultants, lawyers, engineers, and other professionals everywhere are doing hobbies and passions after they leave the office. We discuss why these outside-of-work interests matter and how they've impacted their career.

What's Your "And"‪?‬ John Garrett

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

John Garrett’s research involves talking with professionals who realize that who you are is so much more than what you do. Accountants, consultants, lawyers, engineers, and other professionals everywhere are doing hobbies and passions after they leave the office. We discuss why these outside-of-work interests matter and how they've impacted their career.

    625: Sugey PIedra is an Enrolled Agent & Cigar Enthusiast & Traveler [podcast]

    625: Sugey PIedra is an Enrolled Agent & Cigar Enthusiast & Traveler [podcast]

    This week's guest is Sugey Piedra, an enrolled agent at Prominence Business and Wealth Management and host of the Tax Talk with Hey Hey podcast. Sugey shares her passion for smoking cigars while traveling, revealing how it has allowed her to meet fascinating people worldwide. She talks about her childhood restrictions that ignited her love for travel and her many adventures, including trips to Africa and Puerto Rico. Sugey emphasizes the importance of connecting personally with clients, which has improved her relationships and her business. She also discusses designing her office with personal photos to create a welcoming environment. Lastly, Sugey touches on her evolving perspectives on travel and encourages maintaining the human connection in professional settings.
     
    Episode Highlights
    · Sugey emphasizes the importance of connecting on a personal level with clients to build better relationships and trust
    · She highlights the significance of showcasing one's personal side through things like personal photos in the office to create a welcoming environment for clients
    · There is a need to change the perception that professionals, such as accountants, are boring and grumpy by showcasing their diverse personalities and interests
    · Sugey shares her love for traveling, exploring new places, and meeting new people, often through visiting cigar lounges
    · Focusing on the human connection as much as professional aspects

    • 28 min
    623: Chris Fuller-Wigg is a Sales Executive & Animal Rescue Founder [podcast]

    623: Chris Fuller-Wigg is a Sales Executive & Animal Rescue Founder [podcast]

    Chris Fuller-Wigg, Vice President of Sales at Motiv and advocate for rescuing farmed animals, shares his passion for creating the Austin Farm Sanctuary. He reflects on rescuing two goats and a pig that sparked the sanctuary's growth from a half-acre property in 2016 to 95 acres housing over 215 animals by 2021. Chris emphasizes the importance of being true to oneself in the workplace and praises Motiv for nurturing his ideas and allowing him to develop the sanctuary. His story highlights how integrating personal passions into one's life can lead to unexpected and fulfilling outcomes. Chris encourages listeners to pursue their passions, noting the positive impact on personal identity and professional performance. Throughout the episode, Chris's journey demonstrates the power of authenticity and the infectious nature of passion.
     
    Episode Highlights
    · the importance of integrating passions into daily life for a fulfilling professional and personal experience.
    · the role of organizations in fostering environments where employees can be authentic and not feel constrained.
    · the journey and growth of Austin Farm Sanctuary from rescuing a few animals to housing over 215 animals.
    · supportive work environments, like at Motiv, provided Chris the skills and stability to effectively manage his animal sanctuary and pursue his passion.

    • 33 min
    621: Rory Henry is a Holistic Financial Planner & Improv Comedy Performer & UCLA / Rams Football Fan [podcast]

    621: Rory Henry is a Holistic Financial Planner & Improv Comedy Performer & UCLA / Rams Football Fan [podcast]

    Rory Henry, director at Arrowroot Family Office and host of the AFO Wealth Management Forward podcast, shares how he's seen the What's Your "And"? message resonate with so many people in a short amount of time. He emphasizes the importance of saying "Yes, and" to opportunities, which can lead to serendipitous moments in life. Rory also touches on his passion for sports, recounting memorable experiences at football and basketball games. He discusses using improv comedy to overcome the fear of public speaking and how its principles can be applied in the workplace. In addition, Rory highlights the importance of organizations creating spaces for individuals to explore and share their passions, which can enhance overall well-being.
    Episode Highlights
    · He emphasizes the importance of saying “Yes, and” to opportunities as a way to lead to serendipitous moments and open doors for progress in life.
    · Rory talks about the connection and sense of community that sports can bring, highlighting the emotional rollercoaster and joy of attending live sports events.
    · He shares his experiences of using improv comedy to overcome fear of public speaking and its successful application in settings like wealth management conferences.
    · Rory underscores the significance of integrating passions and interests in the workplace to enhance overall well-being and unlock the human element within organizations.

    • 28 min
    619: Lindsey Kane Leaverton is a Wealth Manager & Writer & Musician [podcast]

    619: Lindsey Kane Leaverton is a Wealth Manager & Writer & Musician [podcast]

    Wealth Management Director and Author Lindsey Kane Leaverton joins host John Garrett to discuss the intersection of her financial expertise and her passion for creativity. Lindsey shares insights from her book "Not Another Self-Help Book," reflecting on the role of songwriting and writing in her personal healing journey. She delves into the unexpected positive impact her book has had on her clients, revealing the importance of authenticity in professional and personal spheres. Lindsey's love for Life cereal, dark chocolate-dipped waffle cones, and an out-of-tune green piano is also on full display. Through her candid conversation, she illustrates the enriching power of embracing one's creative side. The episode showcases Lindsey as a prime example of living the "What's Your 'And'?" philosophy, blending professional drive with personal passions.

    • 26 min
    617: Zane Stevens is a Chartered Accountant & Soccer Fan [podcast]

    617: Zane Stevens is a Chartered Accountant & Soccer Fan [podcast]

    Zane Stevens joins host John Garrett to share insights on his nontraditional approach to accountancy firm structure, prioritizing employee happiness for increased productivity. He delves into his personal passions, including his significant involvement in coaching soccer and managing a youth soccer league. Zane credits the skills he's developed through coaching, such as patience and recognizing individual motivations, as valuable lessons that translate to the corporate world.

    • 31 min
    615: Clint Padgett is a CEO & Vegan Foodie & Scuba Diver [podcast]

    615: Clint Padgett is a CEO & Vegan Foodie & Scuba Diver [podcast]

    Clint Padgett dives into his passion for scuba diving, recounting night dives with bioluminescent plankton and close encounters with marine wildlife, such as barracudas and hammerhead sharks. He shares the exhilaration of drift diving in destinations like Cozumel and relives a particularly nerve-wracking experience with an air supply issue in Curacao. Clint also opens up about his journey to veganism through his travels and the use of helpful apps like Happy Cow. He fondly recalls the adventure that led to him and his brother getting certified for scuba diving and speaks on the joy his company brings him in helping clients. Listeners get a glimpse of Clint's personal side as he answers rapid-fire questions, revealing his preferences and favorite memories. Throughout the episode, Clint emphasizes the importance of pursuing individual passions and how they can enrich one’s professional life.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Melissa TR ,

Come as we are!

ALL of us have an “and” and so many of us in our professional lives don’t even bring our “and” up! I love the conversations John has with his guests and I hope they give everyone the courage and inspiration to let their “and” shine in all aspects of their lives! Thank you John!

ChiTownMick ,

What You Do For The Profession

John’s contribution to our profession can’t be overstated. I completely refute the idea that our work defines us. From the partners at my firm giving me crap when I talked about my passions outside of work to the entire tax industry acting like 60+ hours of work a week during tax season is normal, I have known that I needed to change my work environment. I truly believe that pursuing our passions and scratching our creative itches bring lasting happiness. I love this podcast.

dodgeashley ,

Highly recommend

Love John’s podcast and book. Really enjoy asking people what their “And” is as well! This book has been eye opening as to what is professional.

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