In my new bestselling book, Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Life Your Best Life, I implore readers to stop giving votes to those people in their lives who shouldn’t even have voices. In fact, I believe in this so strongly that it’s literally the very first part of the subtitle of
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.
I'm often asked in the book signing line after I get off stage how I got so comfortable speaking in front of thousands of people, especially when the fear of public speaking surpasses a fear of dying for many. "Speaking in public terrifies me," they'll admit. I would argue that it doesn't. If we speak
It was first obvious during the 2018 Super Bowl when viewers saw something surprising aside from the Eagles beating the Patriots, the ads were different. Normally funny (and even raunchy) bits made to promote products like beers and cars, the ads in 2018 featured a significant shift to storytelling arcs about ethos for the companies
It's Independence Day weekend. That means freedom. And, yet, tyranny abounds. No hats, no sunglasses, no fun. It's time to break some rules. I grew up understanding that there are hard rules and soft rules. Hard rules: don't cross the street without looking both ways, don't steal, don't kill people. Soft rules: the broken cookies
I've been thinking a lot about our country lately. I'm a democracy nerd of the highest order. I once thought I'd be the first female US Senator from the Great State of Florida. (That title is still open, btw. Get your shit together Florida!). The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States starts as
"Do your job, make your money, and volunteer on the side," they advised. "Get your purpose outside of work," they counseled. Once we’ve gotten out of the passion trap, we muck about in the other long-held college career center trope, where one conflates consonance with purpose, having a higher calling, of doing service, of prioritizing
“What Did You Do for Fun Today?” Ten years ago, I picked my son up from preschool and, per usual, asked him about his day. Normally, a happy, chatty kid, he didn’t hesitate to regale me with tales of story time, snack time, painting time, pee-in-your pants time. But then, suddenly, he stopped in his
There are two types of people in the world: those who keep score, and those who don’t. I’m not a scorekeeper. Never have been. That doesn’t mean I’m not hella competitive. Trust me, if you’re on a rowing machine, treadmill, or spin bike next to me, I’m racing you… even if you aren’t
If the “who” you are doesn’t match the “what” you do, regardless of how it manifests, it’s time to figure out why. We suffer a consonance crisis when we know when things aren’t right; we just don’t quite know what’s wrong, and so solving for the void becomes difficult. Not sure if this is you?
Sitting at my niece’s high school graduation, and listening to the speeches about their potential and the wonderment that is to come for these fresh-faced, young vessels of promise. There is nothing but open road for these graduates. It is a sheer delight. And yet, I can’t help but wonder if the assignment of potential,