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We're Only Human
48 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Tim Jahn: I Just Want To Pause
A few weeks ago, I texted my friend (and previous guest) Tracy Samantha Goodheart with a thought that had been swirling in my head recently: I think it's time to hit pause on the podcast. The problem is, I'm not sure what comes next and if I stop, doesn't that mean I've failed?I felt a fitting way to bring this chapter of We're Only Human to a close would be to have somebody interview me. So I invited Tracy back on the podcast to do just that.In this episode, Tracy and I chat about: The power of magic even when we need objective data to make decisionsHow creators don’t always know the effect they’re having on peoples livesKnowing you're good at something deep down without feeling like you’re braggingTracy discovers Facebook Messenger for KidsTracy explains Clubhouse to TimIf the We're Only Human podcast has made an impact on you, I'd love to hear how! Send me a note via the contact form.
44 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
David Armano: They Want To See Your Humanity
David Armano experienced a major shock to his system in 2020 when he was unexpectedly laid off from his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That was on top of postponing a wedding and navigating family life post-divorce.As someone who isn’t afraid of leaning into a bit of discomfort, David decided to get vulnerable and open up about what was happening in his life with others. He quickly learned that people connect with vulnerability, and they wanted to know that side of him.In this episode, David Armano and I discuss:How we both got married before our brains were fully developedHow David’s getting laid off was a positive shock to his systemWhy it felt uncomfortable for him at first to be honest about getting laid offWhy his parents marriage isn’t a model for what he wants out of a relationshipHis North Star and guiding principles for living lifeThe importance of being vulnerable no matter how uncomfortable it feels
39 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Angelica Patlán: Is This Who I Am Or Who I Thought I Had To Be?
One day, Angelica Patlán asked herself: is this who I am or who I thought I was supposed to be?She realized who she thought she was supposed to be is completely different from who she really is. That realization changed everything for her. In this episode, Angelica Patlán and I discuss:How the lack of closure while working as a 911 dispatcher affected herThe ways in which she re-found herself by getting lost and intentionally feeling uncomfortableWhen she realized she wasn't happy following the prescribed pathDealing with self doubt and fearWhy perfection is often stemming from self doubt
53 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Jessica Williams: It’s Important To Make Time To Recharge
Jessica Williams is the founder of Tech Biz Gurl. She also has a day job and is a caregiver. Like many of us, she's juggling a lot of plates in the air. She has recently realized the importance of pausing and recharging in her life.In this episode, Jessica Williams and I discuss:Why she isn’t trying to escape her day jobHow being laid off from her job helped herHow her day job helps build her side hustle Why comparison engine is the worst and how it's affecting you too! The impact she wants to make on the worldWhat she learned about herself from The Fear ExperimentHer experience being a caregiverHer techniques for focusing
55 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Marsha Shandur: It’s Okay To Be Who You Are
Marsha Shandur has a beast who whispers in her ear every day. She used to try to quiet the voice but the voice kept coming back. She also realized she wasn't the only one with this beast whispering. Many of us have this little voice in our head, trying to convince us that we aren't good enough.Marsha is on a mission to show us how to tame this voice and successfully co-exist with it. We're then able to be who we are without fear of the voice tearing us down.In this episode, Marsha Shandur and I discuss:Why she believes there’s a beast whispering in our earsHer preference for a flip phone rather than a smartphoneHer passion for making the world more accessible Why she write herself notes on her Christmas tree every yearHer favorite Christmas memory that she's never told anyone about beforeThe strength of being alone
56 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Bridget Poetker: I'm So Proud Of Myself
From moving in with a roommate for the first time in years to spending a weekend alone in a treehouse with a hot tub, Bridget Poetker experienced a lot of change in 2020.As hard as 2020 was, she has never been more proud of herself for how much she grew as a person that year.In this episode, Bridget Poetker and I discuss:Why she’s not inspired by people who have been in the same career for 30 yearsHow Bridget decides who she wants to be a part of her lifeHow she learned that being alone is good and okWhy she stayed in a treehouse with a hot tub by herself for a weekend after getting laid offThe various ways she grew as a person in 2020The importance of actions over words
57 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Angie Cole: I'm Living A Life Beyond My Wildest Imagination
When she was nine years old, Angie Cole wrote a letter to her pen pal expressing her fear that she would never leave her small hometown and never get to travel.Today, Angie travels the world living a nomadic life. She helps people who have been following the rules and realized that's not working for them. People who have always been told to live life a certain way to be successful.Angie discovered at an early age that the rules were never meant for her. That realization led her on a path to live a life beyond her wildest imagination. A life her nine year-old self could never have fathomed when she wrote that letter to her pen pal. In this episode, Angie Cole and I discuss:When she realized the rules aren’t meant for usHow she deals with the chaos in her lifeWhy we are all so desperately trying to achieve the hot tubHow she created conditions to hear herself and what she wanted her life to beThe ways in which fear and desire are two sides of the same coinHow she conquered the fear of never leaving her small town as a childWhat home looks like for her as she lives a nomadic lifestyle
55 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Emma Wolno: There's So Much To Learn In Just Slowing Down
2020 crushed Emma Wolno's plans of being a digital nomad who traveled the world while growing her business. Instead, she was grounded in her hometown and forced to stay put.That initial setback evolved into a year of life lessons that she never saw coming. She realized there is so much to learn from slowing down and immersing oneself in each day.In this episode, Emma Wolno and I discuss:The various lessons she learned from 2020The twists and turns her life took after graduating universityWhy she “did the whole move for love” thingHer guiding word for 2021 and why she picked itWhy she considers past relationships to still be successful relationshipsHer techniques for practicing self careWhy she prefers the process toward achieving goals over the goals themselvesWhat success in life means to her
54 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Shannon Downey: Changing The World Doesn't Have To Be Epic
In June 2020, Shannon Downey gave up her job, sold all of her possessions, bought an RV, and began traveling the United States as a nomadic craftivist.Shannon is here to remind us how simple it can be to change the world. It doesn't have to be epic. Changing the world can be as simple as a single moment or action.In this episode, Shannon Downey and I discuss:The money and power course she took with a dominatrix, and the clarity she derived from that classWhy she has a personal board of directors in her lifeHow she's been forced to pace her learning in this chapter of her lifeThe million lives she’s lived and how they’ve all shaped who she is todayWhy she moves on to the next thing once she feels like she's learned all she can from the current chapter of her lifeHow she saved the unfinished quilt from a 99 year-old quilter with the help of over 1,000 people around the world
57 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Bruce Ackerman: What Is The Impact You Want To Make?
Bruce Ackerman devoted six years of nights and weekends to building his software company Printavo before he began full time work on it. He's on a mission to push his industry forward and grow custom apparel shops along the way.He sometimes still can't believe he's living his passion every single day now, remembering how he ran his own custom apparel shop in college.Bruce isn't afraid to make significant sacrifices along his journey. He always thinks back to his guiding question: what is the impact you want to make?In this episode, Bruce Ackerman and I discuss:The anxiety that 2020 broughtWhy Bruce is okay chasing more, better, fasterHow working on Printavo nights and weekends for 6 years has shaped who he is as a personWhere he got the entrepreneurial bug fromHow being an entrepreneur affects his relationship with his wifeWhy he didn’t tell his parents about his business for the longest time
60 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Laura Peña: Is This It?
When Laura Peña came home from her nine-to-five job one evening, she opened the door, saw her husband watching TV, and thought to herself: Is this it? Is this life? There must be more.She felt like she was on a train going a million miles an hour. And then suddenly, she stopped and thought to herself: Is this where I’m supposed to be?Today Laura is the founder of She Is The Universe, a global platform that inspires and empowers teenage girls around the world.In this episode, Laura Peña and I discuss:Why it’s ok to feel like there’s more to experience in your life than you have so farThe benefits of leaning into discomfortWays to step outside your comfort zoneWhat it’s like to live a nomadic lifeWhy our gifts don’t always need to make moneyThe inspiration behind She’s The UniverseHow her parents attempt at starting ideas has inspired herThe importance of sharing our own stories and acknowledging that other people do care about our stories
50 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
Kevin Raheja: We Miss What It Means To Be Human
After Kevin Raheja dropped out of the college his mother taught at, he went to Alaska in search of work on a commercial fishing boat.He was tired of the cubicle walls surrounding him at the job he worked to pay for college. He wanted to be free, challenging himself, doing the opposite of what he was doing.Kevin yearned to connect more with nature and experience more of what it means to be human. His journey working on the commercial fishing boat and his subsequent career managing partnerships at software companies have shown him what he's truly capable of.In this episode, Kevin Raheja and I discuss:Why a psychology class in college forced him to realize he didn't like the future he was heading intoThe reasons he escaped to Alaska to work on a commercial fishing boatWhy the physical demands of crab fishing wasn't actually the challenging partThe big lesson he learned from his crab fishing daysHow his dad’s sudden death affects him each dayThe effects living in a small village in India for 6 months during his childhood has on himWhat micro goals and macro goals areHow he balances his love for the software industry with his love for connecting with nature outdoors
60 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Shane Snow: We Get Better At This By Asking For Help
Late at night on the worst day of his life, Shane Snow found himself with nowhere to sleep. He was homeless.He had just gotten divorced, things were shaky financially, and he hadn’t asked anybody for help yet. He was still pretending that everything was fine.Everything changed after Shane finally asked his friends for help. He learned that he didn’t have to pretend anymore and there was no weakness in asking for help.Shane Snow is the author of multiple books, including Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart. In this episode, Shane and I discuss:What he learned about himself on the worst day of his lifeHis New Years resolution for getting better at sitting through discomfortHow growing up with a lot of siblings affected his view of teamworkWhat changed in his life that made him more comfortable asking for helpHow we can give others the gift of helping by asking for their helpThe enormous impact one memorable high school teacher had on Shane’s lifeWhy he chooses impact over power or moneyWhy he kept a journal chronicling the lies he found himself telling
59 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Amie Heeter: What Makes You Come Alive?
In 2017, Amie Heeter and her family embarked on a year long journey that she calls a radical sabbatical. They sold their house, quit their jobs, took their kids out of school, and hit the road in a camper trailer.They wanted to relieve burnout, evaluate if they wanted to move to the family farm, and reconnect with nature. Amie paused her life in a seemingly extreme way, but she reminds us that even the smallest intentional pause can help us feel more alive.In this episode, Amie Heeter and I chat about:The 3 main reasons she and her family took a radical sabbaticalThe lessons she learned in her time working at Isle Royale National ParkShowing her children the importance of being immersed in nature and connected to this planetReorienting her relationship with timeIntentionally leaning into discomfortThe various ways she has come alive in her lifeHow becoming a mother affected herWhat hanging out with people older than her has taught her The importance of fresh air baths
59 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Meg McKeen: Let’s Just Be In The Time We Have Together
Meg McKeen got married, bought the house, and secured the well paying job. She felt like she was living life the way she was supposed to.But when she turned 40, she took a deep breath and hit pause on her prescribed life. She quit her job and embarked on a journey to learn what the next chapter of her life should look like.The one thing she knew for sure is that she wanted to just be. Be in the moment, be in the present, be in this time we have together.It was time to be okay with uncertainty and the unknown.In this episode, Meg McKeen and I discuss:The ways Meg felt like she was living a prescribed lifeWhy she’s more comfortable building a business than a relationshipHow taking a year off was a massive investment in her lifeWhy the next chapter of her life is uncertain but she's totally ok with thatHow we often diminish our greatness because of who we think we’re supposed to beHer work on recognizing the control she has over certain things and letting go of what she doesn’t
56 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Caity Rose: If We Want Life To Be Different, We Have To Make Different Choices
Caity Rose and her husband were ready to purchase their first home in 2020. But when COVID-19 hit, she realized there was now an opportunity to be more intentional about how they lived the next chapter of their lives.One Sunday, her husband suggested they forgo buying a house and instead buy an Airstream trailer to travel the country in. Four days later, they signed the paperwork and were the proud new owners of an Airstream trailer.Caity and her husband packed their lives into the trailer, bought a truck to pull it, and hit the road two months later.In the time since, Caity has gained newfound perspectives on what really matters to her and how to truly be intentional about how she lives her life.In this episode, Caity Rose and I chat about:The inspiration for her and her husband buying an Airstream and traveling the countryWhy she felt it was time to be more intentional with choices in lifeHow this journey is going to change the direction of her life in the futureThe biggest obstacles she’s run into on this journey so farHow her perspective on sunrises and sunsets has changedWhat boondocking is and why Caity wants to do more of itHow being a problem solver makes this lifestyle suit Caity and her husband well
56 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Emily Drake: Who Am I?
Emily Drake left her career in public relations without a plan. She hit her bottom emotionally and professionally in the years that followed. Despite getting paid well to do work that exercised her strengths, she felt she was climbing a ladder she never meant to climb.She was working, but not doing her work. And she wondered…who am I?Emily embarked on a journey to answer that question, a journey that brought answers she wasn’t expecting.Today Emily is a licensed therapist and the owner/CEO of The Collective Academy.In this episode, Emily Drake and I discuss:Why Emily is a recovering perfectionistHow her family jumped in to support Emily when they saw how her job was negatively affecting her lifeThe inspiration her mom has beenWhy she has a huge care team surrounding her, sponsor, therapist, coachHow she views life as a spiral staircaseDealing with imposter syndromeHow what we know to be true might not always be what others know to be trueHer positive experience with divorce
59 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Srini Rao: We Don't Want 100% Authenticity
Srini Rao hit a major rough patch after the success of his bestseller book. His relationship came to an end, he had to cancel the conference he was organizing, and financial troubles arose.But he didn't want to publicly share any of these failures with the world. He was too well known to do that.Besides, did the world really want to know about his failures?In this episode, Srini Rao and I chat about:Why Srini believes being 100% authentic is inappropriateHow there’s a fine line between vulnerability and being a complete train wreckHow being in the public eye affects one’s ability to be authentic and vulnerable The ways we are using vulnerability as a marketing tacticThe perspective his younger sister’s wedding gave himWhat he learned from living with his parents for 8 years during his 30sWhy he doesn't like listening to podcastsWhy he made a documentary about the women in his familyThe dangers of using outliers as examples and inspiration for people
57 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Pek Pongpaet: Why Can't I Just Be Happy With This?
Pek Pongpaet didn't take the agency he was building seriously in the early days.The CEO felt the judging eyes of other entrepreneurs in the Bay Area."Oh that's cute! But what are you really working on?"There was something bigger he was supposed to be chasing after. Something more real.But his agency was attracting more clients and getting more work.It WAS bigger. It WAS real.Why couldn't he just be happy with that?In this episode, Impekable CEO Pek Pongpaet and I discuss:Why Pek felt like his business wasn’t serious compared to what other people were working onWhy he’s always chasing the next shiny thingThe importance of providing stability for his tribeHis techniques to do fewer things betterHow he got into the martial art Wushu and performing for the Mortal Kombat video gamesWhy he relates to the Regret Minimization Framework from Jeff BezosHow he thinks about work life integration
56 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Deborah Gilboa: Use The Change You Experience To Become The Person You Want To Be
Before Dr. Deborah Gilboa (aka, Dr. G) became a doctor, she was a performer and stage manager at world-renowned comedy institution Second City.But one day, she felt like she wasn’t earning her oxygen. She yearned to make a bigger contribution to solving the problems of the world.She thought she wanted to fix people.Today Dr. G is a practicing physician and sought after expert on resilience. Her journey is living proof of her belief that resilience isn’t about bouncing back: resilience is about incorporating the change you experience and using it to become the person you want to be.In this episode, Dr. G and I chat about:Why she didn’t feel like she was making a big contribution to solving the problems of the worldHer unconventional path to becoming a doctorWhat she learned about herself from going to summer campHow her parents inspired her to study resilienceThe dangers of labeling people as sensitiveWhy it takes 72 small disappointments build resilience Why she is less impressed with herself today
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