This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
Skill Level Beginner
- [Interviewer] Well tell us about your most recent book, "Playing Big." What's the main idea here, and why is it important? - [Tara] Yeah. Well I found when I went into the working world, I had come out of graduate school, I had had the benefit of a good education, I was a academically-oriented and achievement-oriented person, and I was very surprised to find that I didn't feel confident in those first years in the working world. I didn't feel comfortable sharing my ideas or my voice. And I also wasn't really going for what I really wanted with my career. I was kind of in a job that was fine but not great but didn't really relate to the creative dreams or the entrepreneurial dreams that I had for myself. And I was really curious about why I was getting so stuck around that. And then I knew I wanted to do work in the personal growth world, partly informed by how I grew up, and I got trained as a coach and I started coaching people, just in the early mornings before I would go to work or sometimes in the evenings, on the weekends, around my regular job. And I saw again and again actually at all stages of career, my clients grappling with the same thing, self-doubt, not trusting their ideas and their voice, not really going for what they really wanted to do, and believing there was some reason they couldn't. And I got really interested in this question of why do we play small and how can we play bigger. And my definition of playing big is being more loyal to your dreams than your fears. So it's whatever that means to you. It's not necessarily anything that would look "big" in the eyes of the world, but you know it's the real challenge, the real work for you to live that life or do that work. It's an individual matter of discernment. And so I started to make that the focus of my coaching practice, how can people play bigger in that way, what are the tools and ideas that help us, and I found there really were a set of things that made a transformational impact.