370: Be Bold. Be Limitless – Laura Gassner Otting

What if success doesn’t equal happiness? What if happiness doesn’t grow on trees? What if you live your life believing you can’t do, blah, blah, blah? What if the problem is you and not seeing that you are limitless?

Many of us spend our lives pursuing a singular idea of success, one that was created for us by someone else. We give votes to those who shouldn’t even have voices and strive to go faster and faster even as we find ourselves falling further and further behind. We chase gold stars, we check all the boxes, we lean in – and yet we still feel incomplete. When we don’t define success in our own terms, finding our purpose and carving our own path becomes impossible. So how do you break the cycle so that you can live your best life? You thrive in the land of possibilities and being LIMITLESS!

Back for a second time, kick ass Mom, awesome speaker, and that funny gal, Laura Gassner Otting comes bearing gifts in her just released, invigorating new book,  Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life [Ideapress, April 2, 2019]. Laura’s on a mission to help you discover the meaning of consonance —which simply put means aligning what do with who are — to achieve your own personal definition of limitless potential. She’s taken the lessons she’s learned over 20 years of interviewing hundreds of nonprofit, corporate, and government leaders, all of whom were in the midst of massive change in their lives, and through the magical powers of her own lens on the world and through her words, is helping you the reader discover your greatness and encourage you to forge ahead and become the best versions of yourself.

Show Highlights

  • You’ll learn to say this word and know what it means – CONSONANCE
  • Answer this question – What would be different if we learned to live on the edge of our incompetence?
  • Failure, Finality, and Fulcrum – What do they each have to do with being LIMITLESS?
  • Learn Laura’s 4-Step Process for finding your way, and becoming who you are meant to be when you are limitless
  • Confidence +Bold Competence lead her to this. What was it?

About Laura

Laura Gassner Otting helps people get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results.

Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.

Laura’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com; and founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. She is the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose, and the upcoming Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life (April 2019).

Through her own commitment to give back, Laura has helped build a local Montessori school, co-founded a women’s philanthropic initiative, advised a start-up national women’s PAC, grew a citizen-leadership development program, and completed three charity-inspired marathons—projects emblematic of her passions and values. She’s turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She’s an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like.

Laura’s Book – Limitless

Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life. Based on a 20-year career of interviewing leaders from nonprofits, corporations, and the public sector, I have learned that when we seek success, as traditionally defined, we fail.  It is only when we are in consonance, when the “what” we do matches the “who” we are that our work matters and we feel success.

The book is filled with examples of people, from Alison Levine, who left Goldman Sachs to mount the first American Women’s Expedition to Everest, former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew who left a plum role in energy law after a top job in Tip O’Neill’s office to come write the legislation that would become AmeriCorps (and introducing him to the Clintons and the Obamas in the process), and Army Captain Josh Mantz who died on the field in Iraq and was brought back to life only to be left to figure out why.

The elements of consonance are a calling (some form of a North Star, be it a cause or a company), connection to how your daily work serves that calling, an understanding of how your work contributes to the values and life you want to live, and some form of control and influence over all of it.  This book helps readers figure out what’s missing, and go about getting it by changing your career, your workplace, or yourself.

Enter to Win an Autographed Copy of Laura’s Book

All you have to do to enter to win, is send an email to rick@rickclemons.com and tell me you want a copy of Laura’s book. I will take emails until Friday, April 5th at Midnight. Your name will not added to any email list. This is a one time entry and there will only be two winners. No other purchases necessary.

Send your email to rick@rickclemons.com to be entered to win.

Connect With Laura

You’re invited to discover what you need to do to find your consonance and become limitless. Take the Limitless Assessment today at LimitlessAssessment.com.


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