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Khe Hy was one of the youngest Managing Directors at BlackRock before he took the plunge into deep, uncomfortable self-exploration. Bloomberg called him “The Wall Street Guru” and CNN “Oprah for Millennials” and he is the creator of the Rad Reads newsletter and Quartz’s First Entrepreneur in Residence. The Rad Awakenings podcast tells the stories of individuals who are stuck, undergoing transitions, or embarking on new adventures. These authentic and vulnerable conversations will teach us about power of emotional self-regulation, introspection, and growth mindsets. Find out more at http://radreads.co

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Khe Hy was one of the youngest Managing Directors at BlackRock before he took the plunge into deep, uncomfortable self-exploration. Bloomberg called him “The Wall Street Guru” and CNN “Oprah for Millennials” and he is the creator of the Rad Reads newsletter and Quartz’s First Entrepreneur in Residence. The Rad Awakenings podcast tells the stories of individuals who are stuck, undergoing transitions, or embarking on new adventures. These authentic and vulnerable conversations will teach us about power of emotional self-regulation, introspection, and growth mindsets. Find out more at http://radreads.co

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AWESOME Podcast

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This podcast is ABSOLUTELY an awesome podcast!! Khe perfectly interviews his guest and always make sure that his questions comes from a novice perspective( if you ask me). This podcast helps me along my journey and keeps me going everyday! Learning new things all the time!

Worth your time!

By rprp42 - Oct 26 2017
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Aspirational and existential, but down-to-earth. An awesome podcast!

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160 Ratings
Average Ratings
157
2
0
1
0

AWESOME Podcast

By TeresaNun - Aug 29 2018
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This podcast is ABSOLUTELY an awesome podcast!! Khe perfectly interviews his guest and always make sure that his questions comes from a novice perspective( if you ask me). This podcast helps me along my journey and keeps me going everyday! Learning new things all the time!

Worth your time!

By rprp42 - Oct 26 2017
Read more
Aspirational and existential, but down-to-earth. An awesome podcast!
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Rad Awakenings with Khe Hy

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Khe Hy was one of the youngest Managing Directors at BlackRock before he took the plunge into deep, uncomfortable self-exploration. Bloomberg called him “The Wall Street Guru” and CNN “Oprah for Millennials” and he is the creator of the Rad Reads newsletter and Quartz’s First Entrepreneur in Residence. The Rad Awakenings podcast tells the stories of individuals who are stuck, undergoing transitions, or embarking on new adventures. These authentic and vulnerable conversations will teach us about power of emotional self-regulation, introspection, and growth mindsets. Find out more at http://radreads.co

Rank #1: Fred Ehrsam (Ep. 4): Why leaving with no plan, is the best plan

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Fred Ehrsam is an “OG” in the crypto world. But we barely talk crypto – instead, we talk about his journey. Fred joined Goldman as an FX Trader because it was “the cool kids” job, only to find an industry suffering from the classic Innovator’s Dilemma  — one focused on extracting rents, instead of innovation. Fred’s such a crisp and honest thinker and we discuss chasing objective achievement to define self-worth, the power of executive coaching (“I thought it as armchair therapy for the weak”), the naïve algorithm of life (“getting stuck at local maximums of happiness”), and how we humans are wired to be pleasure seeking, pain avoidant.

Jun 14 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #2: Jeff Warren (Ep.36): You are what you repeatedly do

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My happy place is interviewing a high energy meditator who curses like a sailor. Jeff Warren is a meditation teacher and the co-author of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (alongside Good Morning America’s Dan Harris). We talk a lot about mental health and Jeff’s longtime struggle with ADD, which to this day impacts his sense of acceptance and belonging. This conversation is nothing like what you’d expect from two meditators – it’s high energy, very personal, and pragmatic. We cover the daunting long game (i.e. lifetime) of meditation, how the stories around us can shape our reality (à la Sapiens), and how meditation is one of those small habits that unquestionably improves our happiness AND stops the endless and draining mental chatter.

LOOKING FOR A COACH? Whether you need to get unstuck or are committed to uncomfortable introspection but don’t know how to begin, the #radfam has got you covered. We’ve handpicked a group of talented coaches over at http://rad.family/coaching.

Feb 22 2018
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Rank #3: Kate Bednarski (Ep.7): Is This All There Is?

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What is a life coach? What does life coaching consist of? Does it work?

In this episode, we’ll meet my coach, Kate Bednarski, one of the most impactful people in my life. I’ve asked Kate to throw out all patient confidentiality constraints and crack open all of her notes from our two years of working together.

We start with our first meeting, where I showed up “jacked up on caffeine” a 34 year old guy rife with many tensions. I had a messed up relationship with time – there was never enough, yet I wanted to accomplish so much that it was affecting my marriage and relationship with my daughter. I was also in the midst of a successful career in hedge funds, yet my “money madness” as Kate calls it made me constantly second guess myself, as I was anchored to the belief that things couldn’t be savored without delayed gratification and that it was a proxy for success. At the end, as many of our listeners will know, most of these anxieties emanated from a deep rooted fear of my own mortality. Kate coaches many hard-charging high achievers, many of whom reach inflection points in their career and find themselves asking “Is this all there is?

Full Show Notes:
http://bit.ly/radpod7

Kate’s Website:
http://www.5steppingstones.com/

Jul 11 2017
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #4: Dan Shipper (Ep. 3): The Scorecard is Learning

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Dan is a Wunderkid entrepreneur who has been building web apps since he was a kid. He went to Penn as a Philosophy major and bootstrapped his startup Firefly which he sold the same month as his graduation. So what happens to your internal monologue when you sell your company at a time when most grads are starting their first jobs? There’s the common story that says “When X happens, my life will begin.” But you wouldn’t say “I’ll start exercising once I get promoted to Managing Director?” Dan vulnerably shares deeper insecurities of social rejection, the emotional drain of self talk, and how a relentless drive to improve can be destructive. We riff on writing (how it’s like compound interest and creates serendipity), the dangers of putting off working on yourself, not doing “half a push-up” (when it comes to experimentation), and the lumpy nature of progress. And together we have a good laugh comparing how Dan and I, both nerdy, skinny and insecure teenagers hatched up detailed plans for social acceptance.

See the full show notes at bit.ly/radpod3

Jun 01 2017
54 mins
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Rank #5: Anastasia Alt (Ep. 5): The Business School of the World

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Anastasia was destined to be an options trader since she was a little kid: she loved finishing at the top of the leader board during elementary school games and came up with her own brute-force approach multiplication tables. She then had her first shift, joining McKinsey and 18 months later found herself at a crossroads: Get her MBA or commit the money she would’ve spent and start building stuff. She chose the latter — “The business school of the world” as she calls it. Her thinking is crystal clear — on Love/dating/and relationships, the difference between aggressive and assertive, managing cash flow burn, and how much of our identity, for better or worse, is buried in the question “What do you do?”

Jun 29 2017
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #6: Sam Polk (Ep. 10): I am Enough

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Imagine getting a $3.6 million bonus at age 30? The dream scenario, right? This episode’s guest, Sam Polk made more money in that a single bonus than his parents had earned over their entire lives. Yet he still needed to repeat the mantra “I am Enough” to reaffirm his own self-worth. Sam was a senior trader at King Street, one of the most successful hedge funds in the world. But behind his rocket-ship trajectory was a story of rage, addiction, arrests, and loneliness – the result of a strained relationship with his parents, especially his dad.

Sam began his healing through regular therapy beginning at age 22 (over 400 sessions) to which he attributes some of his Wall Street success. Today, he’s a social entrepreneur and founder of Everytable, a mission-driven company delivering healthy meals affordable to everyone. Sam is truly an open book and we discuss masculinity, “the Number,” what he’d tell his 20 year old self, fatherhood, and how to forgive.

This Week’s Sponsor: Skillshare

Join the online learning community with 16,000+ classes in business, design and more. Get one free month of unlimited access. http://skillshare.com/rad

Full Show Notes:
bit.ly/radpod10_

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Aug 11 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #7: Caroline Webb (Ep.22): Behavioral science and your best self

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I often get listener pushback when we discuss happiness and introspection – this skepticism comes from the fact that the learnings aren’t grounded in data and they lack the pragmatism and relevance to our daily jobs. Today’s guest, Caroline Webb bridges that gap. She’s a former McKinsey partner, leadership coach, and economist and is used to C-Suiters pushing back on topics that are too “woo-woo.” She’s the founder of SevenShift, where she uses insights from behavioral science to help executives improve their working life. We discuss humans’ natural tendency to scan our environments for threats and how this impacts our brains. Are these threats real? How do we stop negative thought spirals? Is technology a source of threats? And a reader favorite, is fear a good motivator?

+ SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod22

+ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: bit.ly/RadReads

Nov 10 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #8: Venkatesh Rao (Ep.27): The stress that makes you come alive

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Venkatesh Rao defies labels – he’s a blogger, thinker, consultant whose ideas span the digital economy, science, philosophy, and the zeitgeist. Rao is the creator of Ribbonfarm and Breaking Smart and we discuss “paycheck addictions” and the wave of transformation that’s going to hit the economy. Is becoming a free-agent a way to stay ahead of the curve? How should a mid-career executive prepare? An immersion in the technology conversation is a must – but so is the ability to emotionally self-regulate.

+ SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod27

+ JOIN THE COMMUNITY: radreads.email

Dec 14 2017
56 mins
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Rank #9: Eugene Wei (Ep.38): Be a novice

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Eugene Wei’s career cannot be described succinctly or linearly. He worked as an analyst at Amazon in the late 90s, went to film school, worked as a product manager at startups including Hulu and Flipboard and most recently was head of video for Facebook’s Oculus VR. Eugene always “seeks to be a novice” and eschews traditional “career rules.” I was drawn to Eugene’s blog by his grasp of the written word and the fluidity of his interests, ranging from tech, sports, culture, psychology, media, and storytelling. We talk a lot about reading, writing and communicating – why it’s important for product managers to read fiction and how great leaders create leverage through compression – tiny, repeatable and memorable messages. We also discuss what makes Jeff Bezos a unique leader, how to use data to become an “expert” and what he’s learned by studying high performance athletes.

LOOKING FOR A COACH? Need to get unstuck? Ready to take a risk? Or are you committed to self-inquiry but don’t know how to begin? Look no further than the #RadFam. We’ve curated a group of talented coaches over at bit.ly/radcoaching.

Mar 08 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #10: Tiago Forte (Ep.17): First principles of workflow design (part 1/2)

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Tiago Forte is our resident productivity and workflow guru and the founder of Forte Labs. This is part 1 (of our 2 part series) in which we geek out on our First Principles (i.e. building blocks) of workflow, productivity, and personal knowledge management. Tiago approaches these questions through the lens of design thinking and also reflects on some of the blind spots in his system.

+ SPONSOR: Join Skillshare the online learning community with 17,000+ classes in business, design and more. Get one free month of unlimited access. http://skillshare.com/rad

+ SIGN UP FOR TIAGO’S CLASS: bit.ly/radbrain

+ SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod17

Oct 06 2017
38 mins
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Rank #11: Ted Seides (Ep.25): Money makes you more of what you already are

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Let’s talk Hedge Funds! Ted Seides is a long time hedge fund investor and the host of the Capital Allocators Podcast. He’s a kindred spirit and we overlapped during the go-go days of the hedge fund industry. While this industry has some of the smartest and hardest working individuals, it’s also got some perverse incentives, outright greed, and is a breeding ground for the Three Es (Ego, Envy, Entitlement – all of which I experienced). The industry is undergoing tremendous change and we discuss sussing out internally motivated individuals, the keys to growing wealth, and how money makes you more… of what you already are.

+ SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod25

+ JOIN THE RAD COMMUNITY: http://radreads.email

+ SUPPORT THE POD: patreon.com/radreads

Dec 01 2017
53 mins
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Rank #12: Holly Rogers (Ep.26): The tiny compounding adjustments of mindfulness

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Today’s episode should be called mindfulness for hyper-driven skeptics with no time. Holly Rogers is a psychiatrist at the student counseling center at Duke University and the co-founder of the center for Koru Mindfulness. Holly’s training as a psychiatrist provides a repertoire of research for the benefits of mindfulness, such as improving cardiovascular health, building a tolerance for discomfort, and my personal favorite: noticing tiny pain points with clarity and making adjustments that compound over time. We also discuss the “lowest effective dose” (10 minutes for 4 weeks), why today’s college students are way more anxious than in the past, and why mid-life crisis seem to be starting earlier.

+ SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod26

+ JOIN THE COMMUNITY: http://radreads.email

+ SUPPORT THE PODCAST: patreon.com/radreads

Dec 08 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #13: Mike Lewis (Ep.29): The unsexy steps to chasing your dreams

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At age 22, Mike Lewis had his dream job as a young venture capitalist at Bain Capital Ventures, moving up the ranks all while having fun and learning. But there was a little nagging voice reminding him of a dream – to play squash on the pro tour, even if it meant couch surfing and eating into his savings to do so. Mike did it, peaked at 112 and went on to write When to Jump: If the job you have isn’t the life you want. We’re bombarded by sexy stories about people who made the jump, but this obfuscates the planning, safety nets, and ways in which you can practice your own “jump.”

This week’s sponsor: Looking to elevate your workflow? Join host Khe Hy for a free class on the GTD methodology and how to use the productivity app Omnifocus at http://omnifocus.guru .

Mike Lewis and the When to Jump Community

Jan 05 2018
48 mins
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Rank #14: Adam Schwartz (Ep. 44): Navigating fatherhood and entrepreneurship

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Adam Schwartz is the co-founder and COO of TeePublic an e-commerce platform for independent creators. TeePublic is a high growth company with 50+ employees yet is completely self-funded. Is it a lifestyle business? We explore the negative connotation of the term and how it translates into constraints, profitability, and the “life” part of lifestyle. One thing’s for sure, irrespective of the name, entrepreneurs have very little mindspace for anything but their companies. And therein lies some of Adam’s anxiety around becoming a new father. How does one make room for a new person, when life and work are already all consuming? And consistent with the RadReads ethos, it comes down to the repeated topics of time scarcity, financial security, achievement and how this all ties into our sense of self worth.

+ SHOWNOTES: http://rad.family/adam-schwartz

+ LOOKING FOR A COACH? Whether you need to get unstuck or are committed to self-exploration but don’t know how to begin, the Rad Family has got you covered. We’ve handpicked a group of talented coaches over at http://rad.family/coaching.

Apr 19 2018
58 mins
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Rank #15: Tiffany Zhong (Ep. 42): Your unique perspective

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The Wall Street Journal called Tiffany Zhong Venture Capital’s Teenage Analyst.  At 21, she’s worked at Product Hunt, sourced consumer investments, and is the founder of Zebra Intelligence, a consulting firm for brands trying to understand Gen Z. Her journey starts on Twitter where as a teenager she engaged prominent VCs and tech founders, asking them about their businesses and sharing her views on apps and products. Tiffany gives us both a networking and Twitter 101 as she shares the importance of (digital) emotional intelligence, leading with the question “how can I be helpful” and how, irrespective of your age, everyone has at least one thing they can bring to a conversation: Perspective. Tiffany dropped out of Berkeley after a year and we discuss different learning methods, the importance of college, and how she feels about the lack of a safety net in a degree. Tiffany discusses college students and teens – the “side hustle generation,” deft at building e-commerce companies and leveraging their social followings to make money. We also discuss the Gen Z stereotypes of attention, entitlement, and anxiety – and how Gen X’ers should not call Lil Pump, Little Pump.

+ SHOWNOTES: http://rad.family/tiffany-zhong/

+ LOOKING FOR A COACH? Whether you need to get unstuck or are committed to self-exploration but don’t know how to begin, the Rad Family has got you covered. We’ve handpicked a group of talented coaches over at http://rad.family/coaching.

Apr 05 2018
57 mins
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Rank #16: Scott Norton (Ep.48): Contentment is so damn elusive

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Scott Norton is your prototypical millennial – a tinkerer with a creative and entrepreneurial streak . There’s a narrative that the financial crisis crushed economic mobility for an entire generation of Millennials – in fact, Scott’s first job was at Lehman Brothers in 2008. Yet for Scott, the crisis catalyzed a trip around Asia on a foldable bike spanning 23 countries and 100 cities. Upon his return he co-founded Sir Kensington’s, challenging the consumer goods “complex” of ketchup and mayonnaise. We explore mission-driven businesses – are they marketing hype or changing the world? Regardless, big business has taken to the idea; last year Unilever acquired them for a pretty penny. Scott’s got the belt notches: he’s a touch above 30 with a spectacular exit.  How does this change someone? For sure, it takes failure off the table. But contentment, being present with loved ones, a quiet mind, and yes – even freedom – don’t appear overnight and can remain viscerally elusive.

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+ SHOW NOTES: http://rad.family/scott-norton

+ SUPPORT THE PODCAST: http://patreon.com/radreads

May 17 2018
57 mins
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Rank #17: Mark Pollard (Ep.14): Creativity is an act of rebellion

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Mark Pollard is a straight up OG: he created Australia’s first Hip Hop zine and designed web sites during the early days of Web 1.0. Mark is the founder of Mighty Jungle, where he helps founders make their brands make sense — through brand strategy and mental workouts. Mark’s fiercely analytical and left-brained, but also “rebelliously creative” with a strong understanding of human biases.

In this episode we reminisce about the 90s, chat about the chaos of his teenage years, which really influenced how he thinks about masculinity and its toxic elements. Mark’s got a phrase: “We know men through their deeds and ideas” which launches us into the challenge of separating achievement and identity. And finally, Mark shares the Mighty Jungle playbook, conducting a master class in storytelling, ideation, and writing. And for those building a personal brand, heed his advice on cliched buzzwords such as joy and empowered.

SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod14

SUBSCRIBE: bit.ly/RadReads

MORE ON MARK

+ Mighty Jungle Website

+ Mark’s Blog: Life. Then Strategy.

+ Social Media: Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn

Sep 15 2017
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #18: Molly Crockett (Ep. 45): The neuroscience of social media outrage

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What’s happening in our brains as we mindlessly scroll social media? Or worse, when we angrily retweet posts from our tribe. Molly Crockett is an assistant psychology professor at Yale University, where she integrates classic social psychology with neuroscience. She explains how our brain’s reward system works and how this ties to digital moral outrage. Does outrage serve an evolutionary purpose? What are the social costs and incentives to the outraged individual? And what about the opposite, humble bragging and virtue signaling? Molly also shares how she applies her insights to lead a more focused and productive life.

+ SHOWNOTES: http://rad.family/molly-crockett

+ LOOKING FOR A COACH? Whether you need to get unstuck or are committed to self-exploration but don’t know how to begin, the Rad Family has got you covered. We’ve handpicked a group of talented coaches over at http://rad.family/coaching.

Apr 26 2018
45 mins
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Rank #19: Cara Thomas (Ep. 13): From breakdown to breakthrough

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Today’s guest, Cara Thomas, dared me to buy a coffee for the person in line behind me. I was terrified of the awkwardness and possible rejection – yet once I did it, felt truly alive. Cara created Serenflipity to spark that feeling in each of us after a seven year career as an innovation consultant. The simple flip of a card throws you into wonder and serendipity, feelings that often vanish as we “grow up.” Cara’s journey into entrepreneurship has (literally) taken her around the world and in this episode we discuss the importance of experiencing both positive and negative emotions, how the body breaks down when the mind breaks down, and why entrepreneurship is not for the faint-hearted.

Skillshare is this week’s sponsor: Join the online learning community with 16,000+ classes in business, design and more. Get one free month of unlimited access. http://skillshare.com/rad

Show Notes: bit.ly/radpod13

Subscribe to RadReads: bit.ly/RadReads
Sep 08 2017
56 mins
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Rank #20: Abby Raphel (Ep.35): Stepping into your shadow

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Abby Raphel is the founder of the Redwoods Initiative, an investment education company for wealthy families and the creator of the Blank Canvas Method for self-discovery. Abby grew up in a two stoplight town rural Florida, where she raised hogs and swam competitively, and was exposed to leadership at a young age when she joined the Future Farmers of America. She started modeling in college and moved to New York with two bags and two phone numbers. But as a “broke and B-rate model,” she went on to teach young girls about self-esteem then founded Redwoods, where she helps the uber-wealthy navigate their money. And yes, just because you have money, it does not guarantee fulfillment and meaning. We also discuss self-improvement and privilege, the role of hyper-agents in effectuating change, and confronting your shadow.

WANT TO LEARN TO BLOG? Join us for a free, Rad webinar on the basics of blogging. Learn directly from Khe Hy about how to get started, what platforms to use, and how to share your writing on social media. Sign up at bit.ly/radblog

Feb 15 2018
57 mins
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