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Rita Fields is the CEO of two companies: 313 Industries and Copper Phoenix Consulting. She spoke at TEDx with her talk "How Eating From The Garbage Can Taught Me How to Lead", which is based on her story of resilience and adversity.

Rita's childhood was very difficult due to her mother's mental illness. She ran away from home at age 17 to escape it all. Soon after she became pregnant and homeless.

Rita is one of the most resilient and humble people I've had the opportunity to chat with on the podcast. I learned so much from our conversation and I hope you do too.

In this episode, we chat about:

  • Why she assembled her son's crib so tight with a butter knife that it couldn't be taken apart
  • How growing up with a mentally ill mother shaped Rita's life
  • Her time living on the street and panhandling
  • Eating out of the garbage can while homeless
  • How life is a series of different trains transporting us from one station to the next 
  • Why she considered having her baby on the streets instead of going back home after living in a homeless shelter
  • Why she would sit in her driveway for hours, not wanting to go home to her falling apart marriage
  • How her whole had been working for one goal: don’t go back to the garbage can
  • Why she felt like she was living her life paying homage to fear
  • Our dislike for the standard greeting question “What do you do?” and how Ellen’s Game of Games plays a role
  • Why she sought to get unplugged from the matrix
  • Alternative ideas for measuring the impact of people

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