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What's Next! with Tiffani Bova

Mar 16, 2023

Welcome to the What's Next! Podcast with Tiffani Bova. 

This week I’m excited to bring you an episode of What’s Next! Podcast with a dear friend of mine, Laura Gassner Otting. For this episode, I’m sharing my February 22nd LinkedIn Live chat with Laura as we dive into the tricky territory that lies between success and happiness.

Laura Gassner Otting’s rebellious and entrepreneurial edge has been well-honed over a 25-year career that started when she dropped out of law school to join an unknown southern governor’s presidential campaign, and ended up as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, where she helped shape AmeriCorps.

She left a leadership role as the youngest Vice President at a nationally respected search firm when she realized that her boss’s definition of success didn’t align with hers and, instead, founded and ran one of the fastest-growing search firms in the country. In 2015, Laura sold that firm to the team who helped her build it and since that time, has appeared regularly on Good Morning America and the TODAY Show. Laura’s writing has been seen in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, HR Magazine. 

Laura is the author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life, Mission-Driven: Moving from Profit to Purpose, and is soon to release Wonderhell. 

THIS EPISODE IS PERFECT FOR… anybody trying to make sense of the emotion-filled limbo that lives between success and happiness. 

TODAY’S MAIN MESSAGE… success can bring complicated emotions. On the one hand, it’s exhilarating. On the other hand, we tend to quickly jump to the next goal and become overwhelmed or stressed about the rising challenge of the next steps. Laura explains how to navigate the “wonderhell” of this tension and find happiness in the process. 

WHAT  I  LOVE  MOST… the idea of being a student of the process. Approaching big moments with openness to learn gives us a great awareness of the wonder and possibilities around us. 

Running time: 29:00

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 Are You Pursuing Your Vision of Career Success — or Someone Else’s?