The Lesson: When we think about starting our professional career, we typically find the most successful companies in the field and then scheme up ways to work for them; however, many incredibly successful producers, artists, engineers, and writers started doing their work simply for the pure fun of it – and then they got their first paid gigs from friends, peers, and acquaintances.

Notable Excerpt: “…a friend of mine loved making videos. Because she found it so fun, she volunteered to make a video for the end-of-year party for her son’s kindergarten class. A fellow parent was so impressed, that he hired her to do a trailer for his book – and that became her first gig in professional video production.

The Host: Dubbed a “Happiness Guru”, best-selling author Gretchen Rubin started her career in law and was clerking at the Supreme Court when she realized she wanted to be a writer. To date, the Manhattan-based speaker has written several biographies, self-help guides, and indexes on the happiest places and practices in the world.

Podcast: Her top-ranking, award-winning podcast, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” which discusses happiness and good habits.

Books: Rubin is the author of “The Happiness Project”, which spent two years on the New York Times bestsellers list. Her books, including “The Four Tendencies”, “Happier at Home”, and “Better Than Before”, have sold almost three million copies worldwide in more than thirty languages. Additionally, Rob Lowe has published an autobiography called “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” and a collection of romantic memoirs called “Love Life”.

(LISTEN to the inspiring talk below) – Feature photo by Bryan Van Wagner

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