[5Q] Happiness is being free of the Ego

Season #1 Episode #91

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In this episode, I talk with Bea Boccalandro. Bea is the author of Do Good At Work: How Simple Acts of Social Purpose Drive Success and Wellbeing, which was selected by three-time New York Times bestselling author Adam Grant as a top-30 new book. She is also president of VeraWorks, a global consulting firm specializing in workplace purpose. She’s helped dozens of large and small businesses—including IBM, Disney, FedEx, PwC, Toyota, and QVC—ignite purpose in the workplace. Her presentations across over 100 countries and teaching at Georgetown University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have inspired tens of thousands of people to make their work more meaningful.

5 Questions Segment

Q1. We know that the most successful and happy people have a morning routine, what do you do each morning or evening that sets your day up for success? I prepare a cup of tea and that ritual works beautifully because I recognize the marvel of it. Soon, I’m holding that warm cup of good fortune.

Q2. What's your definition of Success? Is that you are missed when you are not with people who know you because your presence is a bright and noticeable warm light.

Q3. What's your definition of Happiness? Being free of the ego, it’s the part of us that is self-serving.

Q4. What do you know now that you wish you would have known 10 years ago? It took me 10 years to write my book. I really made myself miserable for not making fast enough progress. I wish I would have known that a deadline is irrelevant just keep showing up for the work, that’s what’s important.

Once it’s out there it’s not even really your book anymore, it belongs to the world.

Q5. What do you think is the biggest issue facing busy professionals today? Workday sleepwalking. A lot of us go through our emails and do our life’s work, half asleep.



Bea’s Harvard Business Review Article  https://hbr.org/2021/01/why-your-values-belong-at-work

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