While you are so busy trying to meet everyone else's expectations of you and how you should live your life, do you ever stop to think that you get to decide what happens next? When the millennium turned, my husband Jon and I were at a party in Greenwich, Connecticut. It was probably the fanciest
About Laura Gassner OttingLaura 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.
Today I had a rude awakening morning. You’ve had these mornings, too. They are the ones where you are thrashing about in one of those nightmares that hides as a dream, and then suddenly -- bam! -- you bolt upright in your bed, blinking away the sleep, trying to piece the whole storyline together, knowing
Ladies, I beg of you, stop being so nice. (Not a political post, just a political setting.) At the end of the Democratic debate last night, Judy Woodruff asked the candidates if there was a candidate on the stage to whom they'd give a gift, or from whom they'd ask forgiveness. The men talked about
I dedicated my book, Limitless, to one of my mentors, Arnie Miller, who taught me to bring everything I am to everything I do. Why? Because it’s not just about not getting it wrong. We have to make sure we are getting it right. He was the toughest boss I’m so
This past weekend I climbed Mt. Stratton 17 times to get to a total of 29,029 feet of accumulated elevation, the height of Mt. Everest. “What, LGO, that’s crazy! How did I not even know you were doing this? I’d think you’d be posting about training and preparation and such...” Don’t be offended; I told
It’s not the falling down that shows you who you are; it’s the getting up. This morning I woke to a Facebook memory that six years ago I ran a PR in a half marathon. I’d taken up running, did too much too soon, and got all kinds of injured. It became a huge frustration
The largest looming threat to the prickly relationship between my advancing dotage and my tenuous hold on good health happens almost daily. It is the moment when some young whippersnapper tells me about his hopes and dreams, and I come perilously close to having a heart attack whilst going into overdrive attempting to pull a
When I was pregnant with my first son, I had a birth plan. It was a beautiful birth plan. And, I was a fool. No, I wasn’t a fool for having a plan, for envisioning what would feel consonant to me, or for imagining that moment when I pushed out this little bundle of joy
About a month after my book, Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life came out — debuting at #2 on the Washington Post Bestseller list right behind Michelle Obama’s Becoming — I had a crushing realization: I wrote a self-help book. I thought I wrote a business
In 2013, I read Lean In. I wanted to love it. I knew I was supposed to love it. But I didn't. My issue with Lean In wasn't the enormous amounts of privilege that Sheryl Sandberg used to achieve success. Hell, I did the same thing, albeit with a few less zeroes on my paycheck.