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EP. 74 How being a people-pleaser keeps…

Hi, my name is Goli and I'm a life-long people-pleaser.⁠ ⁠ I have a feeling a lot of you are too. Because we're trained from childhood to just do what we're told and not make waves.⁠ And wh


EP. 75 Modeling Greatness In Everything You…

  • In 75 episodes, I think the recurring lesson that comes up in almost every single episode is that you can't think your way to the end goal. It just doesn't w


EP. 73 Finding Creativity in the Chaos:…

  • One of the biggest lessons that I've learned from my own quitting journey is that our paths do not have to look the same. 

EP. 72 From Accountant to Wedding Photographer…

  • So often we hold on to what we know so tightly that we give up the opportunity of having something so much better. Kim Le Pham is on the podcast today and he


EP. 71 From Pastor to Athiest: Changing…

    It's important to pay attention to what you build your identity around. A common mistake that people make is to believe that what they do equates to who they are. This misconception can create a g


Ep. 70 How Jenna Irvin became a…

    Even though this week's guest isn't a traditional quitter like our previous guests, she has dealt with the same limiting beliefs and fears we all deal with when starting something new. Right out o


Ep. 69 How Julian Mather Perfected The…

    One of the biggest benefits that come from pivoting a career is that it shows you the freedom you truly have to reinvent yourself. The fear of starting over lessens with each jump and that's why s


Ep. 68 How Luke Tonge went from…

    We typically have stories of people who have become successful in one type of career and then quit to start over in a completely unrelated field. However, there are people who enjoy the field that


EP. 67 How Kayse Morris, a former…

    Sometimes we aren't fully aware of the hidden skills and interests that reside inside us. And if we don't follow those little sparks of curiosity, we'll never uncover them. That's exactly what hap


EP. 66 Live Podcast Recording With Laurie…

    This week's episode is so special to me. It's a replay of the live podcast episode we recorded at the live event we had back in August. That event was such a surreal and amazing moment for me. It


EP. 65 How Tara Laferrara followed her…

    It's not uncommon for people to stick with careers they hate because they have no idea what else they'd do. But what if you know what you're passionate about but you're still unsure about taking t


EP. 64 You’re never too old to…

 

    If you've ever told yourself that it's too late to start over, be prepared to face the truth: you're just making an excuse. After spending 40 years climbing the ladder in corporate America


EP. 63 How Kelsey Murphy walked away…

    How would you feel about leaving a job that took you to places like Italy and let you work with well-known people like Bono? Most people would have a really hard time walking way from something ev


Ep. 62 How AI is changing work…

    In honor of Labor Day, I invited Neil Sahota on the show to talk about the AI revolution and how it will affect the working landscape. Technology is developing at such a rapid pace and it is reall


Ep. 61 How Lindsey Schwartz quit the…

    Lindsey started out like many people pursuing a career in the corporate world. Even though she was doing great at her job, it was during the 2008 recession that she realized this wasn't a stable p


EP. 60 How Peter Glatz Quit His…

    How many times have you wanted to start over? How many times have you started thinking about the possibilities only to follow them up with the thought, "but it's too late in my life to do this"? I


Ep. 59: How Kelsey Chapman Built a…

    A common theme we've seen is that a lot of new career paths evolve out of the need to create a hobby or some kind of outlet. Kelsey Chapman's story begins in a similar place. She started blogging


Ep. 57: How Steve Trang Quit Engineering…

We're continuing our series of throwing back to some of our favorite episodes from the first year of the podcast! While Steve's original episode was full of wisdom and inspiration, the real reason


Ep. 56: Why you don’t need passion…

    Since we've recently gained so many new listeners, we wanted to throw it back to one of our favorite episodes!
    I love this conversation with Pye! It was such a raw and in-depth conversat


Ep. 55: 10 lessons I’ve learned from…

    Happy one year anniversary! It has officially been a year since I started this podcast and I've learned so much both through doing the podcast and from the conversations I've had with guests. I fi


Ep. 53: How Elle Drouin quit the…

    How often do you stop yourself from doing something new because you don't feel prepared/good/experienced enough for it? While planning out your next step might help ease your nerves, sometimes the


Ep. 52: All your financial questions about…

    If financial worries are holding you back from pursuing a new path, this episode is for you. I've found that whether it's through Instagram DMs, Facebook polls, etc., the number one thing that kee


Ep. 54: How Josh Zloof quit the…

    What would you do if you started a company and it failed? What if you started multiple companies and they failed? Most people would stop. So many of us take those experiences personally and create


Ep. 58 How Michelle Schroeder-Gardner makes millions…

    You don't necessarily have to pursue a whole new path in order to make a career change. On today's episode, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner got her MBA in finance and then started working as a financia


Ep. 51: How Chef Jenny Dorsey quit…

    You can pursue a traditional career and yet still approach it in a unique way, making it your own, and that is the basis for today's interview.
    Prior to crafting her own career path, Jen


Ep. 50: How blogging helped Leslie Samuel…

 

    It's hard not to smile while listening to today's guest talk about his journey and you'll see why. Leslie's story is something we can all learn so much from. Through determination and a ge


Ep. 49: How Kevin Ha from the…

    Can you imagine being able to pay off almost 90k in student loans in only 2.5 years? It may seem impossible, but it can be done! On today's episode, I had the opportunity to speak with Kevin Ha fr


Ep. 48: How Dona Bumgarner designed a…

 

    Today's episode is a perfect example of how to be intentional in your career. So often we do what we think we should be doing: working insane hours, building the biggest business possible,


Ep. 45: How Dave Hollis quit a…

    Today I have the honor of talking to Dave Hollis, CEO of The Hollis Company. If you’re living under a rock and haven’t heard yet of Dave or, his wife, Rachel Hollis, just know that they are on


Ep. 47: You should never stop reevaluating…

    The path that many of us have been brought up to follow usually goes a little something like this: take the right classes, get the good grades, get into the prestigious school, graduate, and then


Ep. 46: How Steve Chou of My…

    One of the biggest excuses around starting a new venture is lack of time. We are obsessed with being busy (and telling everyone else how busy we are!). Well, on today's episode, Steve Chou debunks


Ep.44: How Annie Jensen Chapur quit law…

    We're usually sold on the idea that once we achieve x, y, or z then we'll finally be happy, but that isn't always the case. When Annie saw her mom's experience as a lawyer, it was cemented in her


Ep. 43: How Dawn Lewis followed her…

    I love Dawn’s story! Did you know that you could even be a professional crafter?! I didn’t. And, actually, neither did Dawn. She started out her career in the corporate world and ended up le


Ep. 42: How to go from employee…

    Typically, on this show, we feature stories of people who have quit their careers and started over in a completely different field. I’m so excited to have Nicole on the show to that you don’


Ep. 41: How Dr. John Pham focuses…

    One of Steve Jobs’ most popular quotes is “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect i


Ep. 40: Why we should stop focusing…

    The goal in life is to be happy, right? Well, maybe not. Today on the show, we have the incredible Dr. Zelana Montminy, a clinical psychologist and reformed happiness researcher. Dr. Zelana used


Ep. 39: How Allison Lancaster went from…

    So many mothers face the tough decision of how to balance their careers while raising kids. It is often the catalyst for big change whether that be a new business, deciding to quit and stay at h


Ep. 38: How a life coach can…

    Montine Blank has done it all. From the corporate world to entrepreneurship to transformational coaching, Montine has a vast array of expertise that she utilizes in helping her clients create a


Ep. 37: How Erin Hatzikostas walked away…

    Erin spent 22 years climbing the corporate ladder and climbed her way right up to the very top as CEO of PayFlex, Inc., a large healthcare financial company. As the CEO, Erin was in charge of ov


Ep. 36: How Jennifer Berson quit law…

    Jen is an all-around rockstar! She started her career as a lawyer and practiced civil litigation at a prestigious law firm. Then, she “saw the light” and left to start her own business and p


Ep. 35: From teacher to Pinterest manager:…

    Jena is a wife and mom who taught 5th grade for 6 years until she realized that her career as a teacher no longer fit with her life.  Without knowing what she wanted to do next, she just starte


Ep. 34: How Ali Boone quit the…

    Ali Boone is a lifestyle entrepreneur real estate investor, author and speaker. Ali has literally defined non-conformity when it comes to her career. Ali left her corporate 9-to-5 job as an Aero


Ep. 33: How to stop being nice…

    We all care what other people think, even if we pretend like we don’t. A healthy relationship with other people’s opinions is actually needed. It teaches us what works in communities and what


Ep. 32: How Elie Mystal quit practicing…

    You might already be familiar with Elie Mystal from his frequent appearances as a political analyst on major news shows or his considerable body of work on Above the Law and other news publicati


Ep. 31: How Shinah Chang quit the…

    Shinah is a whiskey-loving, curse-word slinging, Harvard-trained former corporate attorney who left everything behind to find her passion.
    Shinah spent her entire life on the st


Ep. 30: Dentist & Marketer: How Joanne…

    What stops a lot of people from quitting careers that they don’t like is that they don’t know what else they would do. Well, today’s guest, provides an excellent example in how to develop


Ep. 29: How Joe Hansen walked away…

    For most of us risk-averse, type-A personalities, walking away from a multiple 6-figure career to pursue an entirely different career is a HUGE, scary step. Most can’t muster up the courage to


Ep. 28: How to Gain Financial Independence…

    Well, there is nothing better to start the New Year off with than an episode all about how to get financially independent so that you can do what you want! I’m so excited to have the incredibl


Ep 27: How Anna Lundberg reimagined success…

    Anna Lundberg is the founder of One Step Outside, where she helps people around the world build businesses and create a lifestyle that allows them an unimagined sense of freedom, flexibility, an


Ep. 26: How to set goals you’ll…

    Merry Christmas!!! Happy Holidays friends!!
    Thank you so much for tuning in to the show. I can’t tell you how much it means to me! We’re almost at 6 months and already have


Ep. 25: How Daniel Prince quit his…

    At this point, we’ve all heard about digital nomads and remote living. There is a huge movement of people who are forgoing the traditional lifestyle in exchange for freedom and travel. But, be


Ep. 24: Lawyer to Actor/Comedian- How Kelly…

    If you’ve listened to the podcast, you’ve heard me say (a million times) that you can make a living doing what you want if you take the time to think outside of the box and take advantage of


Ep. 23: Corporate World to Author: How…

    Today we have our first novelist on the show!! Mamta Jain Valderrama received her bachelor's degree in journalism and worked as a healthcare reporter. She went on to get her MBA from USC where s


Ep. 22:  Lawyer & Interior Stylist- How…

    Have you ever felt like you want something more but you don’t know what you should do? Well, if so, this is the episode for you! Sara Rezvanpour Rose is a unicorn full of inspiration and provi


Ep.21: How gratitude can fundamentally change your…

    Happy Thanksgiving, folks!
    This week we're going to do something a little different and, instead of an interview, I'm doing a solo episode. We'll be back with another inspiring i


Ep. 20: How Drew Morgan went from…

    Drew Morgan is a stand-up comic, writer and actor. Drew and his two comedy partners, Trae Crowder and Corey Forrester, wrote the Liberal Redneck Manifesto and tour the country for their WellRED


Ep. 19: Actor, Lawyer, CEO and more:…

    As Inc. reported, “ISAAC  LIDSKY may possess the most eclectic resume in business.” Series regular “Weasel” on Saved by the Bell: The New Class, he graduated from Harvard College at 19


Ep. 18: How Alli & Matt Owen…

    Matt & Alli were both working as engineers, hating their jobs, and yearning for more freedom when they learned about the FIRE community (Financial Independence Retire Early). The premise of FI


Ep. 17: How tragedy helped Christine McAlister…

    We’ve all heard various versions of the same story: Someone experiences a life-threatening illness or near-death experience which immediately puts into perspective what is actually important i


Ep.16: How Ann Masciarotte turned her passion…

    Today’s conversation with Ann Masciarotte is so important!! On this podcast, I’ve talked a lot about the fact that in today’s world, with the internet, you can really create a business out


Ep. 15: How Lauretta Ihonor quit numerous…

    So many of the people that I talk to that feel stuck and want to quit have the same fear: What if I quit this stable career and the next thing I try doesn’t work out? Or, even if it does work


Ep. 14: How David Lat went from…

    I cannot tell you guys how excited I am to have David Lat on the show! My lawyer friends will understand but to give my non-lawyer friends a bit more background, David is the editor at large and


Ep. 13: How to grow any business…

    I want this podcast to not just be inspirational stories about how people made the big leap (though I do love those episodes) but also practical resources to help you make the big leap too. And


Ep. 12: How Nick J. Murphy never…

    Today we had our first professional athlete! Nick J. Murphy started out his career as a punter in the NFL until 2005. After leaving the NFL and finding a void in the job application process, Nic


Ep. 11: How Pleasance Silicki navigated multiple…

    Pleasance Silicki has had 2 major career transitions. But as you’ll see from the interview today, each career she’s had has put her on the path to the next thing. So what was her journey? We


Ep. 10: How Steve McCready made the…

    Today we got to talk to Steve about how he made the jump from systems engineer in IT to being a therapist.
    Steve McCready got his BA from Brown University in American Studies.


Ep. 09: How Laurie Rowen Disrupted the…

 

    Laurie Rowen received her law degree from USD Law in 2004 and went on to have a successful career as a litigator at the prestigious firm of Snell & Wilmer. After having her first daugh


Ep. 08: How Maria Granovsky made the…

Maria Granovsky knows exactly what it takes to quit and start something new because she quit her profession not once but twice! Maria got her Ph.D. in medical and molecular genetics from the Universit


Ep. 07: How to create a business…

    Jenny Berk received her Master’s degree in Psychology and Education and is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Body Image Mentor, International Speaker, and best selling author of the new rel


Ep. 06: Why you don’t need passion…

    I love this conversation with Pye! It was such a raw and in-depth conversation about the illusion of stability, the origin of most people’s fears, and the importance of developing a learning m


Ep. 05: How Melissa Wolak made the…

We had such an interesting conversation with Melissa Wolak about how you can take all of the skills from your career and turn it into a business that you love. What is even more helpful is that Meliss


Ep. 04- How Sarah Williams went from…

We got the chance to talk to the inspiring Sarah Williams about her incredible journey and all the exciting things she is doing. After working in finance for 8 years, Sarah quit her city job and sp


Ep. 03- How being fired as a…

Erin received her law degree from UC Berkeley in 2008 and worked as a lawyer for one year before she was fired. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Erin decided to take a leap of faith and p


Ep. 02- How Steve Trang Quit Engineering…

Today, we get to talk to Steve Trang about how he made the (rather quick) jump from electrical engineer to real estate agent and how he’s grown in that role ever since. Steve started out his car


Ep. 01- How Kaveh Mostafavi went from…

Today we got to talk to Kaveh Mostafavi, the founder and CEO of EcoCare Supply, a wholesale distribution firm focused on sustainable products and systems. EcoCare is one of the nation’s fastest grow


Episode 00- Welcome! Get to know Goli…

Hi there!! Welcome to the first ever episode of Lessons from a Quitter. I’m so excited (and equally terrified) to put this out there. I hope you enjoy the show and stick around for all the exciting