Today I’ll be chatting with Dorie Clark. Yes, the Dorie Clark. She’s someone I truly admire and am honored to have her join us here at The Traveling Cup.

There are so many conversations I want to have with Dorie, and for this episode we focus on the golden nuggets from her book, Reinventing You. She even shares some of the most current finding in her soon to be released book: Stand Out. 

On the episode, we talk about:

  • The two types of reinventing yourself professionally
  • Expensive and inexpensive ways to get 360 degree feedback
  • How to build a stellar online presence
  • Dorie’s personal story of reinvention

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My favorite takeaway is how reinvention doesn’t need to be a major overhaul. Yes, there are certainly times when you need to make major change in your life. I hear these stories all the time and they typically involve someone in their 30s or 40s who work in a high-profile corporate setting and feel sucked dry of life. If that’s you, then you need to pick up Dorie’s book. She’ll guide you through your reinvention and then you can share your journey with us at The Traveling Cup. (Just checking in…are you in our virtual coffee club?)

Little “r” reinvention is what I do on a yearly, monthly, and daily basis. I’m a bit obsessed with personal growth. This may have something to do with all the video games I used to play as a kid. I always loved being able to level up a character and I sort of think of my life like that. Is it the healthiest state of mind? Well, like most things, it’s great in moderation. Too little and I do nothing and grow stale, too much and it’s way to easy to never be happy. And happiness is just a state of mind one finds internally.

I have to give a shout out to Michael Hyatt here for introducing me to life planning. I picked up his free life plan e-book a few years ago and have used it every year. It’s not as hard as you think. It involves sitting down and blocking out 2-3 days to work on your life plan. It only takes a few hours, but it is mentally taxing. It goes like this. I pull up my life plan from last year, read it over, review and make changes. The overarching question is, “What do you want people to be saying about you at your funeral?” It’s a big hairy and scary question, but one we need to ask ourselves. Once you find your answer, it’s all about charting out possible steps to get you there from far-away goals to simple daily routines. And I say possible steps because well, your body of work is beautiful, but definitely not something you can plan ahead of time. It often makes sense in reflection.

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