“What are we creating that is both highly exciting for us and also making the world a better place?” asks Pam Slim.
And there you have it. My Glambition Radio interview with Pam Slim brought me to tears, as she is so profound. (And all this truth is wrapped up in this humble ball of love of a woman who is also a mixed-martial arts master. I mean really.)
Pam’s first book, Escape from Cubicle Nation, rocked the house, but her newest book really speaks to what’s going on in our careers and hearts right now. It’s called Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together.
She reminds us that these days it’s increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more women are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of career—and explain it?
Pam talks about how to find the connections among your diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.
Our conversation was so insightful that I URGE you to listen to this episode of Glambition Radio by clicking the play button below.
Here are a few gems, in Pam’s words, that really resonated with me.
Tip #1: Pay Attention!
Pam says, “Start paying attention. Just write things down, notice flashes of inspiration. Seemingly bizarre, disconnected thoughts and ideas can actually have clues in terms of what it is that you want to do.”
Tip #2: Own Your Story
“Your story is being written by Google today. If you are not contributing to your own narrative and your own world and sharing your own ideas, somebody else is going to be doing it for you. If you are not contributing to the conversation, it is being written without you.” ~Pam Slim
Tip #3 Find Your ‘High Council of Jedi Knights’
Pam says, “Surround yourself with some amazing people who can help you reach your goals. That is the secret to anything significant that I have done. Be very strategic about who are your peer mentors —and I call them ‘High Council of Jedi Knight’ members —that you want to have around you. Who will hold your feet to the fire, who will check in with you and make sure that you are actually going to be accomplishing your goals?”
There are so many cool things Pam and I discussed, that I can’t list them all here. You definitely want to listen to this episode of Glambition Radio by clicking the play button below. And if you want to hear my most recent episodes head over to iTunes to listen or subscribe for automatic updates.
(Oh, and Pam, you are one of my High Council of Jedi Knight members, and I love you!)
Love and success,