One Christmas a young Dr. Mike Woo-Ming was on call in the ER and encountered a doc who looked much older than him…but wasn’t. That doctor said after years of practice he still had to work holidays to be able to support his family.
When Mike realized this could be his future if he continued practicing medicine as he had been, he went to work changing his present. He started companies, left clinical medicine for a time, and has been wildly successful as an entrepreneur. He now aims to pass on what he learned to other physicians who want to take control of their financial futures.
This week's Quit of the week is Quitting Holiday Dread!
This one goes out to those who have to face the holidays alone. I'm right there with you, and we'll make it through...together:)
Is running around trying to get everything ready and perfect for your holiday celebrations turning you into the grinch?
I've got some tips for bringing a little space and calm back into your life, and a reminder that no one is expecting perfection in presents, they're just happy to have your presence:)
Think about how many times we are disappointed with ourselves because we feel we are not yet a ‘success,’ or worse, that something we tried to do was a ‘failure.’
This week’s guest, Solonia Tedros, suggests we take a look at success and failure not as these giants in our head to be achieved or feared, but rather all parts of the journey of self-discovery. She defines success as being able to arrive at your purpose, and recommends that instead of evaluating every move as a success or failure, we instead check in with ourselves and our growth.
Have you ever worked for years to achieve your dream job, only to realize that it wasn’t nearly as dreamy as it may have seemed?
Author, founder, and coach extraordinaire Ajit Nawalkha experienced just that feeling after working years to become the CEO of Mindvalley. At which point he came to the realization that you can earn a living without sacrificing your quality of life. His story is a true inspiration to those whose dream big, for it shows you can not only achieve those dreams, but you can also strategically walk away if and when those achievements no longer serve you.
“There’s more to life than this.”
That ONE thought sent Wellness Force founder and host Josh Trent on a journey of self-exploration and creation that has allowed him to grow through the discomfort of the changes life has thrown his way. He has learned that the only way he can heal and evolve and expand his consciousness is simply to tell the truth until it’s no longer uncomfortable.
Thanks to the multitude of experiences along his journey, including the many quits he’s faced along the way, Josh is now able to speak and share from a place he’s been, which is evident in the wisdom he shares as one of today’s strongest voices in the movement of emotional and physical intelligence.
Often the transitions in life, and the quitting that comes along with them, can seem very heavy. The weight of concerns about everything from finances to loss of identity can intensify a trying time.
Enter Jason Goldberg. This speaker, author, transformational coach and self-proclaimed edu-tainer is here to inject a spirit of play into those times. He suggests that the more we can have a casual relationship with our psychology, the more we can relax enough to see possibilities and solutions that may have eluded us before.
I am forever grateful to this week’s guest, Well Woman Show host Giovanna Rossi, for being the first to discuss how quitting a mindset led to her quitting SMOKING! Because behind most bad habits is a limiting belief or out-of-alignment situation that needs to go that’s leading to reaching for something unhealthy, be it cigarettes, too much alcohol, gambling, or junk food.
Giovanna found that getting real with herself and getting clear on her true identity helped her quit an identity she’d been protecting, and the smoking that came along with it. Once she started peeling the layers away, it because easy to keep going and keep the quits flowing.
There is no single quitting topic I've had more requests for than quitting your family.
Today I tackle just one part of it: quitting your parents.
Sometimes podcast guests come along and they drop so much knowledge about so many quitting topics that I don’t even know where to start for the show description.
This is one of those shows.
Conner Moore, host of the Realness Podcast, talks quitting small towns and small-town mindsets, quitting cities he’d just moved to, quitting owning a crossfit gym, quitting working for Onnit, quitting deep loving relationships, and basically anything else that was no longer serving him…even if he still really liked it.
The big takeaway is that once you do the work to know who you truly are, sometimes you have to quit things, even though you like them, if they’re not serving your highest good.
Many of us have wanted to quit our job at some point, because we knew something surrounding work wasn’t right. But sometimes it isn’t the job that’s not working, it’s something within us.
This week’s guest, transformational leadership coach Lindsay Sukornyk, has helped many people quit the mindsets and limiting beliefs that were leading to their perceived discontentment at work. That internal growth allowed them to stay in what they previously viewed as a toxic environment and led to them becoming agents of change in their original companies. Lindsay often advises that before you quit your job, see if you can start again at the same job with a fresh new outlook and mindset.
What do a police officer, a law student, and a Hollywood filmmaker have in common? This week’s guest, Jay Menez, has been all three…among other things!
Some of the careers he quit because he grew restless, but others he was forced to quit due to economic factors, and in those situations, he learned, through both in-person and virtual mentors, how adopting a growth mindset can change how you see what others may consider ‘failures.’
I'm trying out putting my facebook live Quit of the Week series out as podcast episodes. Here's the first of those episodes: Quit feeling as though you have to do ALL the things!
Have you ever called and thanked your parents for being quitters?
Do I now have your attention?
Well this week’s guest, filmmaker Skip Kelly, certainly had mine when he told the story of how he realized that his parents’ willingness to divorce, in the face of the numerous difficulties that came with separating his family, had set the best example for him as a child of how to not settle and how to persevere until you find what truly fits for you.
It’s a touching and poignant story you have to hear.
We’re all familiar with the “we’ll be happy when” mindset. But what happens when you’ve got the job, the money, the condo, and you realize that all along you were living other people’s lives and not your own?
This week’s guest, Emilio Palafox, hit just that spot. At which point he strategically quit anything that wasn’t in line with who he knew he was, which required years of self-worth that led him to realize the importance of fostering resilience in being able to handle whatever life throws your way.
We know the drill all too well - you meet someone new and they ask you what you do, as if what you do gives them a great idea of who you are. The idea of equating job with identity is so pervasive that the fear of losing an identity can keep people stuck in jobs that aren’t right for them for years.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. This week’s guest, Kirsten Asher of the Feminine Embodiment Method, describes how part of the self-work she did through the course of several career transitions was to realize that who she was didn’t depend on what she did, it was instead a reflection of her morals and values.
Have you ever had that feeling that something was off? That somehow your thoughts and words and actions weren’t aligning with who you knew you were?
This week’s guest, Mike Sherbakov of the Greatness Foundation, calls that feeling “divine discomfort.” And he suggests that instead of suppressing that feeling, take note and ask what you could do to get more in alignment, which requires refining your ability to listen to your body and follow your intuition...and then quitting whatever isn't working for you!
The number of physicians reaching burnout is staggering, and it’s no surprise, as medical schools only recently began teaching students how to be well and take care of themselves. But another reason is that the pressure put on doctors to fulfill society’s expectations of why they *should* have gone into medicine is often a very heavy burden to bear.
This week’s guest, Dr. Kien Vuu, was headed down a less-than-healthy road himself when he realized part of why he went into medicine was to treat his “not enough-ness.” It took quitting that mindset and cultivating an attitude of success and gratitude to be able to turn his life around and become the true healer he knew he was inside.
Have you ever loved your job but been less than fond of the environment at your workplace? Sometimes it’s not the work we don’t love, it’s the culture that comes in that work.
This week’s guest, author Anshu Singh, loved her job in Silicon Valley - but after having her first child, she realized that the cutthroat, competitive environment there was no longer a good fit for the nurturing nature her new role as mother had uncovered.
What did she do? She packed up her entire family and created an entirely new life for herself in Bali where she helps people be more vital and healthy and connected with pleasure!
Right before my birthday every year there seems to be a huge revelation that leads to a quit, and I start my next year just a little bit freer and more in alignment with my purpose and passions. This year was no exception, in fact, this year’s quit was HUGE.
I quit Capoeira - something that was previously my passion (or so I thought) and a big chunk of my identity.
Listen to hear how after 7 years of training (Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art) I finally realized that something I thought I loved so much wasn't truly my passion...and how I made it through such a significant quit.
Imagine one day you wake up and the nearly hundred thousand dollars you previously had in your bank account were simply GONE.
This week’s guest, John Robinson, didn’t have to imagine it - he lived it. And that day he had a choice as to how to proceed with life, and he chose to quit all the possessions he’d accumulated with his wealth, and through that process, he learned invaluable lessons about mastering detachment and basing your self-esteem on what truly matters. He shares those lessons here to help us detach from whatever we may need to quit.
Do NOT miss this episode!
If you’re in the pre-quit phase of a job, where you’ve started a side gig but haven’t left your primary job, you may be feeling like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished.
But there are. This week’s guest, Tara Button, Founder and CEO of BuyMeOnce.com and author of ‘A Life Less Throwaway,’ talks about how she cut down her hours at her primary job and ensured that she worked only the hours she had promised so that she could fully dedicate the rest of her time to developing her passion project.
Many of us imagine that leaving the corporate world is akin to freeing yourself from cubicle prison. However, that world does come with some exciting benefits that those making the exit may fear they'll miss.
Such was the case with this week's guest April Shprintz. When making the quit from her sales job (in her most successful year!), she had to overcome both the fear of missing out and the fear of failure. However, April didn't just persist in the face of fear, she found a way to eliminate fear altogether, and she shares her process in this weeks episode.
All too often the one thing keeping people stuck in a job or career they don’t like is the fear that financially they won’t be able to survive if they quit, because so many of us have been raised with a mindset surrounding money that tells us we both have to continually chase it and that we’ll never have enough.
Initially, this week’s guest, entrepreneur, author, and founder/ host of the “Life by Design not by Default” Virtual Summit Darrah Brustein, had a similar mindset. However, in this episode she’ll tell you how mapping out the costs of your goals to can decrease the anxiety that stems from constantly chasing the dollar, and how to make other beneficial money mindset shifts to allow you to put some of those financial fears to bed and make whatever quits necessary to follow your calling.
They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Some of us spend all year doing financial tricks to ensure that we don’t have any regrets on tax day, but how many of us spend anywhere near that much time making sure we have no regrets on our deathbed?
That’s exactly what this week’s guest, coach to social enterprise entrepreneurs Daniel Pointer, suggests doing when we encounter fears about leaving one area of life and transitioning to another.
Take a listen to find out how reminders of your death can help you quit your way to your best (regret-minimized) life!