Jenny Blake is a blogger, life coach, public speaker and author of ‘Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want’. Jenny has been featured in the Wallstreet Journal, Forbes.com, and the US News and World Report (among other places) for her work that aims to help young people ‘wake up, live big and love the journey.’ In 2011, she decided to leave her job at Google after 5 years to move to New York City and pursue her passion of being an entrepreneur full-time.
In this episode of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, Jenny looks back on the hard work that led to her early professional success, her subsequent burnout in her mid-twenties, and ultimately the decision to leave Google and ‘go it alone’. Other topics of discussion include society’s obsession with wealth, the definition of success, and how college graduates can position themselves to pursue their true passion.
“Success to me is feeling engaged, [feeling] like I’m making an impact, and doing it in a way that resonates with my values.”
“It’s understandable why [society thinks that way]. Food, shelter, and clothing – these are our most basic needs, if you look as Maslow’s Hierarchy [of needs], so it really does incite this tremendous fear response, this primal fear. We fear that we won’t have money to pay for our most basic needs, and so I think that’s part of the reason why society becomes so obsessed with [wealth].”
“For me, burnout is when you’re so exhausted that you cannot even work on the things that you want to work on. It’s like hitting a wall, crashing, and having no energy to do anything. There’s a technical term [called] adrenal fatigue. Some people won’t get to that physical depletion where the adrenals are actually overworked, and are now turning of…but burnout is that sense that things just cannot continue the way they have been.”
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