The Art of Standing Out
Executive Coach – Blair Glaser, MA, LCAT, RDT – Interview Episode #004 - The Art of Standing Out
I truly enjoyed my conversation with my favorite executive coach, Blair Glaser. Why, because she has always willed solutions into the world that make meaning in the lives of others.
The template for our conversation was borrowed from a passage in a book BIG MAGIC written by Elizabeth Gilbert. In Big Magic. She wrote this book to address what she believes about the notion of finding ones passion in life.
Ms. Gilbert says she believes there are two paths people travel when finding their passion. She says some people are like jackhammers, it's as if they are born knowing what they will do with their life. Those jackhammer people are very clear, they decide what they will become, a doctor, teacher, fireman, or astronaut. Next and perhaps most importantly they do the work to bring their aspiration into reality. Jackhammer people focus in the way an arrow focus it's energy on it's flight to the target. Those jack hammer people travel swift and far arriving exactly where they had planned, on target.
Then there are those people whose life is lived like a bumble bee or butterfly They travel from one flower, then another, gathering knowledge, learning and growing with each and every flight. Their journey does not flow like the flight of the arrow, quite the contrary their journey zigs and zags. Their journey travels over different fields seeking flowers rich in nourishing pollen nectar. Collecting nectar for bees is like collecting ideas, experiences, and skills for us humans. Some of us travel on life's paths, collecting experiences until one day we take the sum total of our journey, on that day, is when we know we have found our passion.
Ms. Gilbert suggests we shouldn't value the jackhammers journey over the bumblebees and butterflies. The route of the journey takes is not important. So what may take the butterfly and bumblebee longer to discover their lives passion. We should honor both the jackhammer and bumblebee.
Big Magic offers deeper insights into finding your passion and so much more, Be sure to grab a copy then find a comfortable chair, because you won't be able to put it down.
This conversation tells the story of Blair Glaser's journey. Listen in, as we discover together if the trajectory of her journey, was more like the flight of the butterfly, or the bumblebee.
During our chat, Blair & I talk about:
Studying acting as a pre-teen in NYC
Studying Theatre Arts at Northwestern University
The Collective Dance
Overcoming Blocks and Obstacles
Love of Teaching
Being a Clinician
Workshops in the Woods - Nature as Teacher
Finding you power by embracing you story
Now it's time to go prepare your favorite cup of coffee, tea. If it's later in the day perhaps it's a perfect glass of red wine and tray meats and cheeses. Next, you'll want to find your favorite comfy sofa or chair and settle in.
Blair and I chat for about 40+ minutes. During our chat, she offers insights into her journey. When you listen closely you may pick up an idea or two for how to optimize your journey to maximize your value to the people in the markets you serve.
Let's get started!