TGM23: Stop Complaining and Set Bigger Goals with Chris Brogan

I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Brogan for a minutes several months ago while I was preparing for a new show that eventually evolved into The Gently Mad. 

It was great to talk to him and find out dive a little deeper into what he’s all about.

My favorite part of the discussion revolved around the idea of life/work balance and/or separation. It was great to hear Chris’ somewhat contrarian take on that (since I happen to agree with him). We also talked about failure, the importance of “mission” and lots of other great stuff.

Here are some of my favorite bits from the show:

On the Separation of Life and Work

“A lot of times people are under this weird pretense that they leave home at home when they head off to work and we all know that’s not true.”

“It’s interesting to me that we even try to separate [life and business], because even when I’ve been brought into really big companies, a lot of times it ends up feeling like a personal therapy session. To me it’s not that different.”

On Failure, Systems and Mission

“Don’t fear failure. We learn from failure. Everything we do that’s worth doing in life involves failure.”

“We don’t win all the time and the more we lose, the more we learn how to do better.”

“There are a lot of system’s that are there just because you had to have something. Those are the systems we can most work with.”

“There’s a difference between quitting and giving up.”

“There’s a difference between bering pretty good at guitar or writing fiction etc. and creating a business with mission.”

“Everything to do with being helpful usually is the best way to parse out if you’re doing what you should be doing.”

As always, I had a great time talking to Chris. Enjoy the show!

Show Notes

  • Min 18:14: Why work and life are inextricably connected.
  • Min 20:29: Fitting in vs blazing your own path.
  • Min 22:23: Why a sense of “mission” is so important.
  • Min 25:45: The difference between your “passion” and your “mission”.
  • Min 27:40: Why business are different than projects.
  • Min 30:34: The No. 1 thing to which Chris attributes his success.

Bits & Bytes Mentioned in the Show

More About Chris


Published by Adam Clark on January 28, 2015

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