The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk Episode #304: Laura Gassner Otting – How To Carve Your Own Path Full show notes can be found at www.LearningLeader.com The Learning Leader Show “It starts young.  We have a world where we are given an identity. We need to think, ‘is that really what I want?” Show Notes: Sustaining excellence: Live on the edge of your incompetence — “The more you talk, the less you listen.”  Need to be asking questions and listening. Tenacity, grit Put yourself in uncomfortable situations Be in a position to learn something new from your failures… “That is delightful.” “Looking into someone and seeing their greatness.” Running coach — “Calm, confident, reflect back to the dream  Compete. Issues with execution… Why? “We get stuck chasing someone else’s dream.” How do we know? “It starts young.  We have a world where we are given an identity. We need to think, ‘is that really what I want?” The four parts of consonace: Calling — It’s bigger than you Connection – The work actually matters Contribution – It contributes to the life you actually want Control – How much do I have? “My mother told me I needed to be a lawyer.” — “I wanted to run for office.” How did Laura end up in the Clinton Whitehouse? “I learned how to show up for others… And be dedicated to excellence” “I was a great leader, but a terrible manager.”  You need to be self-aware Advice to new managers: “People want feedback.  Ask them if that project reflected their understanding of the assignment or their ability?” Laura’s TEDx Talk: Stop asking, ‘how can I help?’ Think, ‘what needs to happen?’ Her fight with Ann Coulter Must be willing to change your mind as a leader — “Our stories are our connections.” Becoming an athlete — Laura ran the first mile of her life nine years ago.  Now, she’s a competitive rower.  And she ran in the Boston marathon. Confidence is built through doing.  Continue to push the boundaries of our own competence.