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Podcast

Be Willing to Listen

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Today’s episode is the final episode of Season Three – so it’s going to be a little different in that there is no interview. Instead I will be closing out the season with some reflections and thoughts.

This is the 51st Chapter Be podcast episode. I like the idea of taking a pause on an uneven number like that. There is something hopeful about it. 50 seems more finite.

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Michelle Poler

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Michelle Poler grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, thinking that fear was normal because that is what she saw every day of her life. It was not until she was out on her own that she started to recognize all of the fears that were so deeply engrained in her. She eventually acknowledged that she was never going to be able to accomplish the things that she wanted to do with … CONTINUE READING

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Eddy Bowles

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Eddy Bowles knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a performer. He would lock himself in his parents’ basement to dance and choreograph moves without anyone knowing or seeing. But, by the time he was a senior in high school, he fully embraced his love for dance and outwardly proclaimed himself to be a dancer. Fast forward another 12 years to him making his Broadway debut at the age of 30 … CONTINUE READING

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Janis Wilson Hughes

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Janis Wilson Hughes found herself struggling to find fulfillment working in chemical engineering after working in the field for 11+ years. She had dreamed of being an engineer since she was a young woman and went through the rigorous training to get her to where she was – yet, she found herself extremely unhappy and not entirely sure why she was doing what she was doing.

After transferring, moving cities and trying out different roles … CONTINUE READING

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Chris Guillebeau

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Chris Guillebeau is best know for authoring four books, writing on his blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, traveling to every country in the world by the age of 35, and creating the World Domination Summit. He offers up wise advice on how you can live an unconventional, remarkable life through the theme of non-conformity – which he believes means that you don’t have to live your life the way other people expect. He does … CONTINUE READING

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Saira Rao

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Saira Rao grew up in Richmond, VA in the 70s-80s watching cartoons – and as many children of the 80s can attest to, there was nothing quite like waking up early on a Saturday morning to consume as many cartoons as possible. It was our entertainment, and we wanted to see ourselves in the stories. Fast forward 30 years, and Saira found herself watching cartoons again – this time with her young daughter. She was … CONTINUE READING

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Lisa Congdon

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When you look at Lisa Congdon’s artwork and illustrations or watch any of her Instagram time-lapse videos of her creating work, you are left with a feeling that this must be something that she has been doing since she was very young. She does it with such ease and her pieces leave you feeling both inspired and playful. Yet, Lisa is a self-taught artist who did not take her first official art class until she … CONTINUE READING

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Bobby Lefebre

Bobby LeFebre is a walking example that we do not have to pick one passion to follow in life – and that, in fact, we can live a life that honors all of our passions. It just takes a bit of dedication and an understanding that there are moments where one passion gets a little more attention then the other – but, in the end, it is about living with intention and allowing yourself to … CONTINUE READING

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Kayla Fruchtman

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Kayla Fruchtman was working on her graduate degree when she started to contemplate whether or not it was where she wanted to be. She was in a place of security – along a path to becoming a professor – but there was something that just did not feel right. She ultimately made the decision to leave the program, move across country and redirect her path.

She would eventually become the Director of Development and Marketing … CONTINUE READING

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Doug Reiser

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Doug Reiser is one of the three founders of Burial Beer Company in Asheville NC, which was launched from scratch in 2013 with his wife, Jess, and friend, Tim Gormley. All three had completely different jobs before making the decision to turn a love of all things beer into a full-fledged business. Jess worked in development for a non-profit, Tim was working in marketing and Doug was a lawyer – all in the Seattle area.… CONTINUE READING

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