Saturday, December 7, 2019 — Greetings from a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet above Central Pennsylvania, As I write this, I’m aboard a flight from Ithaca, New York headed back to Washington, D.C.
Earlier today, at my Alma Mater, Ithaca College, I discussed my [four-act] meaningful work journey with about 100 attendees of the IC Student Leadership Conference. I’m so impressed by IC’s thoughtfully envisioned leadership program, and just blown away by my audience members’ passion for doing well, but also doing good in the world as new members of the American workforce. Our future is in very good hands, indeed.
Two days ago, I completed production of the The Tightrope Podcast’s Fall 2019 season. We interviewed:
- My lifelong friends Billy Jacobs and Stu Katz about Billy’s success as a Chicago food scene disruptor;
- Frequent Tightrope Podcast guest and Emotional Intelligence expert Edythe Richards who explains my personal EQ assessment;
- Nature lover turned benefit-driven entrepreneur Jen Boynton who describes her success supporting “B Corporations” and socially conscious brands;
- Armed Forces Arts Partnership Executive Director Brian Jenkins who let us in how ASAP’s comedy program helps military veterans, family members, and caregivers become successful stand-up comedians;
- The “Queen of the Millennials” Nicole Rousseau to discover her meaningful work story of helping America’s largest workforce cohort thrive on the job;
- Attorney-turned-filmmaker Matthew Weiss who shares the compelling backstory about his acclaimed 9/11 documentary “Man in Red Bandana,” and;
- Public relations executive Aimee Stern who shares how “bravery” can guide us all to meaningful lives and careers.
Concluding the season, on Friday December 27, 2019, a truly inspiring episode of The Tightrope, with attorney turned “ending student lunch debt” nonprofit founder Adelle Settle. You don’t want to miss it!
The effort that we invest into producing these highly curated episodes is resource-intensive and often physically and emotionally punishing. Such is the price we pay to bring you a great and unique podcasting experience. With Fall 2019 season production now complete, we have begun producing new episodes to stream in early March 2020. And, we’re aiming high!
Looking back, we recognized that our Fall 2018 season was equally ambitious and at the end left us with “nothing in the tank.” To produce new episodes for 2019, we went “radio-silent” between late December 2018 and the beginning of our current season in early October 2019. And when that happened, we lost touch with you, our audience.
We won’t make that mistake, again.
After our current season concludes, we will introduce Tightrope Between the Seasons. The format will be, well, a tad less formal and structured than you have experienced in past episodes. And where our seasonal content is typically “evergreen” or timeless, our Tightrope Between the Seasons episodes—beginning on Friday, January 3, 2020—will offer real-time perspectives and insight designed to help you get more out of The Dan Smolen Experience and your personal journey to meaningful work. We encourage you to join us, then. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
My work to help you do the meaningful work of your dreams is my passion. Like all passions, they tend to propel us past our physical and emotional tolerances. But, what hasn’t killed me has made me stronger. Together, let’s turn work meaningful, for meaningful work is the future of work. And let’s make sure to connect up on the Tightrope podcast, each and every week.
When that happens our best days lie ahead.
DAN SMOLEN is founder of The Dan Smolen Experience, LLC. He is also the executive producer and host of The Tightrope Meaningful Work Podcast. Please comment here to let us know how we are doing, and, to offer suggestions for future guests and topics.
Photo credits: 10,000 feet above Watkins Glen, New York, Dan Smolen; IC Student Leadership Conference, Dan Smolen.