Complacency = Death (ft. Kara Goldin)

Episode Summary

In a world that values self-reflection, sometimes we undervalue the power of momentum. To find your direction, you have to start walking— and no one embodies that transformative mindset quite like this week’s guest, Kara Goldin.

Opening Quote

“So often people sort of get stuck, I guess it's the goal. Go find your purpose, go find your mission. But sometimes in order to find that purpose and mission, you just have to start with not staying complacent.”—Kara Goldin

Episode Notes

Kara Goldin is the founder of Hint, best known for its award-winning and industry-leading Hint Water. She’s also the bestselling author of Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters. She’s been named to InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California and one of the Huffington Post’s six disruptors in business alongside the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.

[4:32] - What’s the Worst that Can Happen?
A simple question with powerful implications
To become undaunted, you have to boldly confront the worst-case scenario and determine that it’s not enough to derail you from your path. If you ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen, then when the worst happens you are entirely unphased.

[11:27] - Turning Setbacks Into Momentum
How Kara turned a devastating blow into renewed focus
When Hint water was dropped from Starbucks stores after a new buyer switched up their strategy, Kara was devastated. But instead of languishing in frustration, she listened. She networked. She didn’t stay complacent, and she kept moving forward. Then she got an email from Amazon about a grocery business they were starting…

[33:54] - Sometimes Purpose Begins with Fun
Can’t find what you love? Start with what you enjoy
Not everyone gets a bolt-of-lightning flash of insight about their purpose when they’re still a teenager. For many, the only place to begin is with the things you enjoy. Love playing music? Follow that. Love being an entrepreneur? Go that way. You can’t know your direction until you set off toward some goal, even if it doesn’t ultimately become your destination.

[44:37] - Misery Loves Company
Feeling lost? Consider the greats
Steve Jobs felt lost. Da Vinci felt lost. Throughout history, some of the great geniuses and innovators experienced stumbles and roadblocks. When you’re feeling stuck, look to them for inspiration— not to revel in their wins, but to see that even the most worthwhile ideas and innovators have experienced bumps (or massive, inescapable craters) on their road to success.

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