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The Art Of Meaningful Work

The Art Of Meaningful Work is a bi-weekly podcast for Impact-Driven Entrepreneurs, Founders, Investors, and CEOs.We explore the unique challenges innovative leaders face, how to deal with setbacks, how to build resilient teams and attract top talent, how to manage your mindset, as well as how to rest and recover. 

To connect or learn more about our executive coaching work, visit:Website: https://ernestbarbaric.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ernestbarbaric/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ebarbaric/

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21. No growth strategy - a different take on entrepreneurship

Most companies aim to grow as much as possible, in as short time as possible. But when is it enough? Does your business have to grow at an exponential rate forever? What kind of growth is sustainable? And what if you didn't have to grow? In this episode, we talk about a few interesting movements - where entrepreneurs are taking back control of their companies and looking at new business strategies that don't include aggressive growth.

12mins

6 Jul 2016

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47. How To Get Unstuck & Find Your Calling With Shawn Askinosie - Criminal Lawyer Turned Chocolatier.

What’s next? It’s a question that many of us are asking. Trying to figure out the next career move, the next stage of your life. And we don’t want to make a move in the wrong direction. So, sometimes we get stuck, and other times it’s much more than that. For this show, I connected with Shawn Askinosie - the founder of Askinosie Chocolate, and author of "Meaningful Work". In this conversation you are going to learn: How to deal with uncertainty How to discover your calling or vocation How to get unstuck if you don't know where to go next Enjoy! Leave a review: http://ernestbarbaric.com/itunes/ — Hello, I’m Ernest. I'm an executive coach, and I focus on supporting innovative leaders. The work we do helps leaders confidently navigate uncertainty, clearly communicate their vision, lead with authenticity, and catalyze change. We use executive coaching and strategy facilitation to look at the impact you want to make and remove obstacles that are standing in your way.  Sounds interesting? Connect with me on LinkedIn, or get in touch via e-mail.

38mins

7 Apr 2018

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33. I Never Want To Get A Real Job - One Millennial Entrepreneur's Take On Work

This is the first of two interviews with millennial entrepreneurs who are building their own businesses, non-profit organizations, and eschewing a “real job” in favor of pursuing their passion. I was curious to speak with them because their generation is a big mystery to most companies, HR personnel, managers, and marketers. Everyone wants to “figure them out”. There are even studies that compared the work ethic between baby boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. As it turns out, there are no significant differences between them. So, next time someone tells you millennials are lazy, point them to this podcast. Today’s interview is with Martin Medina, an entrepreneurship student in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He already launched a series of YouTube channels, runs a digital agency, and a writes a business blog. We talk about “following your passion”, building a business, finding a community, and what stops people from trying. You can find Martin at: http://martinmedina.me/ And you can get in touch with me at: hello [at] ernestbarbaric.com or on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ebarbaric

42mins

17 Oct 2016

Rank #3

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28. Mike Vardy, productivity strategist, on how to quit your job, build a community, and start a business.

If you find this show valuable, I would really appreciate it if you would fill out a short listener survey at: http://ernestbarbaric.com/secret/ -- In this episode, we have Mike Vardy, The Productivityist, on deck. You will hear his story on how he quit his job, built a community, and became an entrepreneur. On top of that, we talk about parenting, productivity, wrestling, entrepreneurship challenges, and aeropress. If there was one episode that “had it all”, this one would be it! Enjoy! You can find Mike at: https://twitter.com/mikevardy and http://productivityist.com/start/ And you can let me know what you learned from the show at hello [at] ernestbarbaric.com

55mins

11 Sep 2016

Rank #4

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7. Side Projects, and why you should start your own today.

In this episode, we share how one business was saved by a last ditch side project, and why you should start one of your own. Side projects give us the ability to try new things in a low pressure, low risk environment. Some side projects can grow into profitable businesses, and others can help you build your skill sets for new employment or work opportunities. They can change the trajectory of your life and work — sometimes in ways you would never guess. Original post by Crew and their side project story: http://blog.crew.co/how-side-projects-saved-our-startup/ — Are you feeling stuck in your work? Join over 100 other professionals on a 7 week rut-busting course at http://projectunstuck.com

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5 Apr 2016

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11. Designing Your Top 5 Goals - Warren Buffet’s Focus Exercise

To generate amazing results within your lifetime, you have to focus your efforts. But it’s hard to let go of ideas, side projects and domain names. And how do you choose what to let go, and what to dedicate your life to? In this episode, I bring you into a conversation with a friend about the Top 5 Goals exercise, where we discuss the struggles, victories and insights from the process. This should be a helpful listen for creatives, entrepreneurs, and professionals who want to find focus in their work. -- You can find Calin at http://inboundinteractive.ca/ and https://twitter.com/calindaniel And you can get unstuck in your work at: http://projectunstuck.com

45mins

25 Apr 2016

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15. Why startups fail - 6 surefire ways to sink your next idea

This episode is all about failure, and the 6 common ways startups miss the mark - and some great resources that will help you navigate around pitfalls, and launch your next idea. We'll talk about cash, the two types of startup founders, teams and partnerships, as well as how marketing can sink or float your business.

19mins

23 May 2016

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37. How to Change Your Career & Become a Business Leader With Natalie Nahai

Wow! What an amazing interview. Nathalie Nahai is the author of Webs Of Influence, which is coming out with a second edition in April, 2017. We chatted about her transition from being a musician to becoming an author, speaking at Google and Moz, and running her own conferences — as well as what’s next for her career. You’ll hear: what do you when you feel stuck in your career, what stops people from taking action, and how to build a body of work you can be proud of. We talk about how to build trust, the difference between manipulation and persuasion, and women in business. There are too many takeaways to mention! This may be the one interview you re-listen a few times. ### Nathalie Nahai is a web psychologist, international speaker and consultant. Having worked with Fortune 500 companies including Unilever, Google and Harvard Business Review, she helps businesses apply scientific rigour to their website design, content marketing and products. Nathalie presents at conferences around the world on the science of online persuasion, and contributes to national publications, TV and radio on the subject. She also sits on the Social Media Week advisory board and Ogilvy Change experts’ panel. You can tweet to her @NathalieNahai and find out more at nathalienahai.com. And you can get a preview of her new book right here: http://bit.ly/NN-2  ### Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, please share it with your networks or give us a review or a rating! You can always reach me at https://twitter.com/ebarbaric, or read my articles at http://ernestbarbaric.com/.

1hr

21 Nov 2016

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6. The only currency that truly matters, one that you can never get enough of.

Find out how some of the most prominent thinkers, creatives, and entrepreneurs of our time think about their work, life, and time. Then ask yourself: What are you fired up about, to get out into the world?

7mins

1 Apr 2016

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34. Tired of Your 9-to-5? Build Your Own Dream Job - Founder of Chic Geek, Kylie Toh

In the second “talking to millennials” series, we have Kylie Toh on the other side of the microphone. She is the founder of The Chic Geek - a non-profit organization that helps women transition into technical careers, and learn to be more comfortable in the tech community. Kylie wanted a job that makes a difference. And she didn’t find it after university. A few jobs, and career changes later - she decided to make her passion project into her full time career. She now works with a small team of volunteers organizing events and workshops for women in tech and entrepreneurship. She is also a millennial. A driven, passionate, young woman who is clear on her values. This interview will give you another insight into a new generation of entrepreneurs. Young people who are pursuing their passions and building their own dream jobs. You can find Kylie at http://www.thechicgeek.ca/ or on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/kylietoh — I am also giving away a copy of “The Dip” by Seth Godin. I bought two copies by accident, and now someone gets to win one. It’s a book about becoming “best in the world” by quitting the wrong things at the right time, and sticking with the right things. To enter, just send me a tweet @ebarbaric - and let me know what you are up to. What projects are you working on, a great book you read recently, or if there was something that helped you from the podcast. You can find me at: https://twitter.com/ebarbaric Enjoy the show!

35mins

24 Oct 2016

Rank #10

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43. Becoming Futureproof. 5 Vital Traits of Adaptable Professionals.

Industries will fold. Businesses will get more lean and agile. Economies will have to bend to the forces of innovation and necessity. You and I will have to make a decision. Try to prevent change, or embrace it and thrive. This show dissects the 5 vital traits of adaptable professionals with long, productive and meaningful careers. -- Notes: Article: http://ernestbarbaric.com/futureproof/ MindTools Values Exercise: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_85.htm Why You Should Start a Passion Project: http://ernestbarbaric.com/passion-project-now-time-start-one/ How Leaders Become Self-aware: https://hbr.org/2012/07/how-leaders-become-self-aware — Hello, I’m Ernest. I'm an executive coach, and I focus on supporting innovative leaders. The work we do helps leaders confidently navigate uncertainty, clearly communicate their vision, lead with authenticity, and catalyze change. We use executive coaching and strategy facilitation to look at the impact you want to make and remove obstacles that are standing in your way.  Sounds interesting? Connect with me on LinkedIn, or get in touch via e-mail.

14mins

26 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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46. ​ Make Your Next Move. 3 Ideas To Design Your Next Year.

In this episode you’ll learn three simple insights that will help you take control of your time, get more out of your waking hours, and do more meaningful work - in this year.   1) Learn to embrace your imperfections - they are what sets you apart from everyone else.   2) Prototype your way forward - rather than setting big goals for yourself and your business, and arrive dissapointed... make small tests and prototype instead. You'll enjoy the journey and arrive at a better destination.   3) Rocks. Pebbles. Sand - make time for the things that matter before your calendar gets filled up with meaningless and unproductive tasks. Book time off for family, unplugging, spending time in nature, working on your book, whatever. Make sure that 12 months from now you are not regretting how you spent your time.   -- Links: Gifts Of Imperfection - Brene Brown: http://amzn.to/2CxMNGM Designing Your Life - Bill Burnett: http://amzn.to/2CwSogE Leave a podcast review: http://ernestbarbaric.com/itunes/ Connect with me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ebarbaric

26mins

6 Jan 2018

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42. Guide To Finding Meaningful Work (Original Research & Findings)

Since 2012, I have been researching meaningful work. This investigation led me to interview over a hundred entrepreneurs, professionals, authors, and regular folks like you and me — about legacy, life, joy, and fulfilling work. This is the first set of findings from that original research. Meaningful work exists at the intersection of Values, Talent, and Service. -- Notes: Article: http://ernestbarbaric.com/meaningful-work/ MindTools Values Exercise: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_85.htm StrengthsFinder Test: https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/ DISC Test: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/disc/ Meaningfulness Research: https://www.fastcompany.com/3032126/how-to-find-meaning-during-your-pursuit-of-happiness-at-work Music by Little Glass Men: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Little_Glass_Men/ -- Connect with me on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ebarbaric

19mins

10 Jun 2017

Rank #13

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13. How to lose your competitive advantage

A competitive advantage allows you to disrupt an established market and grab your share of it. Apple was well known for taking over markets, and so is Uber and Google.  In this show, we talk about how a competitive advantage is made and eventually lost, and the choice you face every time an idea gets democratized. 

5mins

9 May 2016

Rank #14

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38. How to build a personal brand from scratch, in less than a year. With Darius Foroux

Productivity and life strategies writer, Darius Foroux stops by for this episode. He’s built a subscriber base of close to 20,000 people in less than a year after starting his blog. In this show you’ll learn: How to identify your strengths, and build on them, What books to read if you want to build a business, and a business mindset that will help you succeed, How to build a personal brand in one year, How to battle distractions, and do work that actually matters, How to write for magazines like Fast Company, Huffington Post, and The New York Observer. You can find Darius at: http://dariusforoux.com/ and https://twitter.com/DariusForoux You can check out the 5 to read before starting a new side project here: http://ernestbarbaric.com/5-books-for-side-projects/ ###   Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, please share it with your networks or give us a review or a rating! You can always reach me at https://twitter.com/ebarbaric, or read my articles at http://ernestbarbaric.com

51mins

28 Nov 2016

Rank #15

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10. Are you worried if your work is making a difference? And how half a degree would have saved Titanic.

Do you ever wonder if your work is making a difference? Are your projects big enough to solve the world’s biggest problems? You are not alone. Most entrepreneurs and creators suffer from the same type of doubt. And in this episode, I share with you a simple anecdote a friend shared with me that changed the way I think about my work. And it just may do the same for you.

3mins

20 Apr 2016

Rank #16

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5. How to beat your worst creative nemesis, analysis paralysis.

Do you often get “stuck” in analysis mode? Trying to figure out all the possible details of a project, before you’re ready to launch it? Well, you are not alone. And in this episode, we talk about some ways to defeat this creative nemesis.

7mins

30 Mar 2016

Rank #17

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24. How to overcome anxiety for entrepreneurs and professionals: Solutions

Learn how to get stress, anxiety and depression under control with two simple techniques. In the final episode of the series, we go into how to stop anxiety before it gains momentum, and simple and effective long-term solution that can help you rebalance hormones while also growing your brain! The two resources I recommend in this show are: Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks: https://www.amazon.com/Dare-Anxiety-Stop-Panic-Attacks/dp/0956596258/ and 10% Happier: https://www.amazon.com/10%25-Happier-Self-Help-Actually-Works--/dp/0062265431/ And please join us for a 10 Day Meditation Challenge at: 10daymeditation.com

21mins

10 Aug 2016

Rank #18

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50. How To Build An Internal Locus of Control

Having an internal locus of control can change the trajectory of your day, your career, and your life to a significant degree. From reactive and uncertain to in-control and confident.   Your locus of control is somewhere on the spectrum between external (things happen to me) and internal (I make things happen).   Internal locus of control is realizing that you have choice, and then exercising the power to choose in any given moment.    Cultivating an internal locus of control is a process that requires time and practice until it becomes a habit, and eventually integrates into your personality.   In this episode, we'll explore five ways to build an internal locus of control.   --   Resources:   1) Top Executive Locus of Control and Its Relationship to Strategy-Making, Structure, and Environment   2) Develop An Internal Locus of Control   3) A Study on Locus of Control and its Impact on Employees’ Performance   4) Culture and Entrepreneurial Potential - A 9 Country Study of Locus Of Control And Innovativeness— Hello, I’m Ernest. I'm an executive coach, and I focus on supporting innovative leaders. The work we do helps leaders confidently navigate uncertainty, clearly communicate their vision, lead with authenticity, and catalyze change. We use executive coaching and strategy facilitation to look at the impact you want to make and remove obstacles that are standing in your way.  Sounds interesting? Connect with me on LinkedIn, or get in touch via e-mail.

26mins

24 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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49. 90 Days - An Exercise in Radical Prioritization ​

Sometimes we forget what’s really important and our priorities get out of sync. The way we spend our time doesn’t align with our values or the impact we hope to make. This exercise will help you create clarity and offer some new insights into decisions you may not have considered.   — Hello, I’m Ernest. I'm an executive coach, and I focus on supporting innovative leaders. The work we do helps leaders confidently navigate uncertainty, clearly communicate their vision, lead with authenticity, and catalyze change. We use executive coaching and strategy facilitation to look at the impact you want to make and remove obstacles that are standing in your way.  Sounds interesting? Connect with me on LinkedIn, or get in touch via e-mail.

9mins

12 Aug 2018

Rank #20