342: (UN)closeting Confidence & Your Personal Freak – Laura Gassner Otting

We’ve all struggled with confidence and being who we are. Shame, guilt, comparisons all get in the way of our happiness. Then one day we discover we’ve been sucked into success as for of happiness, rather than letting our own unique freak guide us to living our passionate lives and purpose on this earth. There we sit, limited by our own doing. It’s time to call in a kick in the pants to get you unstuck and back on track.

Laura Gassner Otting is that kick in the pants. She’s helped entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and even Bill Clinton, become change agents to produce extraordinary results. Which sounds great, but what Laura really does is encourage people to find the way to let their Freak Flap fly and be who they are meant to be – themselves – so that they can kick ass, take names, and have the best damn life possible – whatever that looks like for them.

Show Highlights

  • Her goal is to reflect this back to people so they can see it. What could it be?
  • We each have this flag to fly and need to do it proudly
  • Big Question – If you could fuck it up, what would you learn?
  • Learn Laura’s 4-Step Process for finding your way, and becoming who you are meant to be – limitless
  • Quote: You can only see the next dream based upon where you are now

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 Forthcoming Book

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.

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