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What does it take to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted, only to lose it all, and what do you figure out in the climb back? Join Laura Gassner Otting as she hosts this episode of LGOtv with special guest, Scott Stratten – Disruptor, Jackass Whisperer, Defender of Man Buns

2:30 – “I asked my mom, ‘Wait, is that a job?  You can just yell at people and go home?!?'”
4:15 – “Potential means: You suck now, but one day you may suck less.”
6:50 – You think it’s hard to sell your product?  Scott sold air.
17:50 –  “I had always said, ‘Unsolicited feedback is worth what you pay for it.'”
19:43 – “The problem with polarizing so hard is that, in your mind, it’s black and white, and nothing is. When we start dealing with absolutes, that’s when we have a problem.”
21:20 – Any time your political stance hurts other people, it becomes a moral stance.
22:28 – “I want more grey in my life so I can give more stances to the black and white.”
25:40 – “I am a pro at doing nothing.”
32:05 – “I’m going to enjoy the schnitzel.”
34:28 – “One thing I never got upset at or anxious about was regret that I’m not on stage. And that was fascinating to me.”
37:05 – “I haven’t been home for a month straight, ever, since being an adult.”
37:48 – Getting time back before the children leave the nest.
57:06 – “I was always about, ‘outsourcing your weakness and accenting your strengths.’ But that’s a statement of privilege.”


Washington Post Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker, Laura Gassner Otting, inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief.

She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing, and mentoring others.