Making Mischief, Navigating Self-Doubt & Cultivating Leadership with Andy Sparks
"Here’s what I do know. I want to build a business that does some goddam good in the world. I want that more than anything in the world. I want to prove that people can organize to Get Something Done That Matters. What capital M Matters? Giving people tools to turn their brains on instead of off. That’s something I love. I know I’m not alone in doubting myself. I know it’s a journey." – Andy Sparks
Andy shares really dark moments early on in his career when he was trying to figure out where your sense of self comes from as a young person and figure out his place in the world.
In this episode we also dive into:
😦 What it was like making the decision to close his company (and how he navigated a deep depression that followed)
🤣 The fun story behind his Calvin Hobbes tattoo
👨🏭 Why getting an executive coach has been one of the most important things in his professional career
🧰 Some powerful advice he received on how to build a support network from the founder of Masterclass
👐 How he now aims to navigate conflict with his cofounder at Holloway
🙋♂️ Taking responsibility for what we feel and why you don't have a choice about bring your kookiness and trauma to work
🤓 We also nerd out on some of his leadership mental models and frameworks that he has gathered over the years of being a founder and CEO
📚 Follow Andy's musings on Twitter @Sparkszilla // read his Medium essay on confidence or check Holloway (especially if you're a non-fiction writer).
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👨🎓 If our conversation resonates with you, I'm also running a masterclass with Studio D. in San Francisco on March 27—so if that sounds interesting check them out here: https://studiodradiodurans.com/products/emotional-resillience-masterclass