Conversations make me come alive. Not the conversations I tend to have with myself all day long, but the conversations I get to engage in with all the interesting people I am meeting in my evolving work focus this year.
One such conversation took place thanks to Jackson Kerchis taking the initiative and reaching out to me on LinkedIn. He did not send one of those gosh-awful automated “I read your profile and want you to be part of my network” DMs. No, this was a sincere DM, that showed he clearly had read my profile, and knew what we had in common and that we had a shared experience (being a guest on one of my favorite podcasts – after Hey, Boss Lady! Podcast, of course – Live Happy Now).
I wanted to have a conversation with Jackson because after speaking with him on the phone, I could see he was living one of the promises of positive psychology. Jackson was experiencing the impact of being enlivened by his work because of the subject matter. He was not just excited to learn the research for himself, he wanted to learn the research well enough to teach others – and make that teaching in all its forms – his livelihood. That is the promise of the material, especially when you use your natural strengths to support your excitement.
Take a listen and see how your thinking about work and success compares to this Millennial. Please share your thoughts.