The Self-Help Police Can Shove It: Uncommon Wisdom with Jenny Blake

The Self-Help Police Can Shove It: Uncommon Wisdom with Jenny Blake - The NextFem Podcast

In this candid interview Jenny Blake explains why the personal development police should “shove it” and why loving yourself completely is total B.S.

Plus, she explains how to make a major career “pivot”, what you need to know to avoid shiny object syndrome, and much more.

Jenny is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps smart people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. Jenny is the author of the forthcoming book, Pivot: Turn What’s Working for You Into What’s Next (Portfolio/Penguin), as well as her first book Life After College, based on her blog of the same name.

Episode Highlights

• 16:09 – Why a clear vision is essential to get your pivot right
• 18:52 – How changing this one small thing can make the difference between success and fear-stricken paralysis
• 20:26 – How Jenny coped when the sh*t hit the fan (and how to turn frustration into a solution).
• 25:26 – Jenny talks about “truth posts”. Or, how to keep it real with your audience, fans and followers when your life/work feels like it is falling apart and you would rather go dark.
• 32:58 – Why it is wrong to expect to live our lives at the same time we brand the shit out of it at the same time.
• 36:41 – Why you don’t need to plan as much as you think and what to do instead.
• 38:24 – The personal development police can shove it (Jenny shares why)
• 39:30 – Loving yourself completely is BS but if you want to develop courage, do this.
• 49:04 – How to deal with shiny object syndrome: “Am I pivoting too soon or not soon enough?”
• 50:14 – Are you experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out) or FONT (fear of not trying) and why you need to understand before you make a career pivot.
• Related: Download my free 22-page e-book, 9 Mistakes That Kill Your Love Life and Keep You Single

1. Favorite book for women?

2. Favorite self-care hack?

  • Sleep, meditation

3. A valuable mentor you’d like to acknowledge?

4. Female CEO or thought leader you’re into right now?

  • Martha Beck!

5. One thing you’d tell your 5 years younger self?

  • “You are doing great. This is a blessing in disguise.”

Resources Mentioned

Cal Newport – Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Martha Beck – Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
• Penney Pierce’s books: Leap of Perception: The Transforming Power of Your AttentionFrequency: The Power of Personal Vibration, and The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness
Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
• Related: Download my free e-book, 9 Mistakes That Kill Your Love Life and Keep You Single

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