Author of “#Girlboss” and “Nasty Galaxy”, Sophia Amoruso has created a wildly popular women centered podcast – Girlboss Radio. The episodes feature a diverse group of women from all walks of life with one thing in common…they’re the shit and they want to tell us how they became so. Anyone from media influencers, CEO’s, authors, executives and actresses are interviewed. This podcast is not only enjoyable but also particularly encouraging when going through a career change.
This past year I’ve found great inspiration through career podcasts. During my brief unemployment I listened to Sophia’s podcast almost daily. Hearing the stories of these amazingly brilliant women chasing their dreams gave me hope that I had the power to not only change my life but to create something truly great. Whether you’re unemployed, changing fields or embarking on a new business venture the five episodes below will give you that boost of courage we all need to start over.
Brit Morin’s interview was the first episode I listened to and the first to teach me that I can find abundance in doing what comes naturally. Though she had a successful career at Google Brit decided to walk away and search for what truly fulfilled her. Six months worth of savings and one creative awakening the Brit +Co lifestyle blog was born. Five years later Brit + Co is one of the leading media companies for women with over 100 million engaged viewers online. I love Brit’s story because it proves that if you don’t take the risk and jump you may never find the amazing opportunity waiting to catch you.
It’s safe to say no one associates Gwyneth Paltrow with Imposter Syndrome, identity crises or that general lost, floating into an abyss feeling we all get sometimes. Well that’s exactly what you should do because she experienced all of those things when creating her lifestyle company, Goop. Pseudoscience award aside Gwyneth’s story is one most women will relate too and find value in. This episode is perfect for those changing fields or starting a new business; Gwyneth is very honest about being completely clueless when she created goop and shares the importance of relying on those who are more knowledgeable. I love this interview because it proves that no matter what your background may be we all experience the same fears and insecurities. Also that you can find wealth in simply being creative but you have to be humble enough to ask for help when you have no idea what you are doing!
Amel Monsur’s story is one I connected with while looking for work as well. When feeling incredibly lost I was reminded that everyone has to start somewhere and most importantly that we really have no idea what life has in store for us. After diverting from a career in public health, Amel took a string of corporate analyst positions she hated only to start completely fresh with a personal stylist internship. Amel’s journey is basically a living Drake song; her internship led to solo styling gigs and then eventually a four year position as chief stylist for Prince! Networking got her an interview with VICE Media and now she is the flipping executive creative director!. I love Amel’s story because it proves that what we may think we want may not be what we’re meant for.
I recently listened to Yesi Ortiz’s interview and was struck with this surge of ‘ be all you can fucking be Chloe!’ Moral of Yesi’s story is basically just put in the fucking hard work cuz hard work pays off. Most importantly play the long game and keep that hustle when shit happens. In her early twenties Ortiz adopted her older sister’s six children – SIX KIDS. She went from single to single mother with six kids. Talk about cultivating inner strength and learning to rely on it! This episode will not only aid you in your next move but also guide you when you get that new job. She talks about feeling like a fraud and how important it is to not let fear of ‘being found out’ hold you back from success. She credits Spencer Johnson’s famous quote, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” for teaching her not to let let that fear hold her back from becoming her best self. I’ve been considering that quite a bit lately; I may have landed the job I’ve been searching for but how far could I go if I weren’t afraid?
Changing fields, starting a new job or new business can be terrifying; I know I was terrified going from an admin at a small company to a consultant for a major tech company. Relying on the wisdom of others is the best thing you can do to ebb the fear and make smart decisions. Let me know if you checkout the episodes above and what you think of the podcast. Like it? Love it? Hate it?