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  • Laura Gassner Otting is an instigator, a motivator, and never met a revolution she didn't like. Her podcast goes one step further than interesting conversations with interesting people who do interesting things. LGO and her guests push listeners to the edge of discomfort with thought-provoking conversations everyone needs to hear. LGO spent 20 years interviewing people not just about what they do and how they do it, but why they do it. She is endlessly intrigued by the human story, by that moment where each of us discovers something more inside of us, the thing that sets us apart and sets us on our path. And, frankly, with all this social isolation, she's dying to talk to more people.What's going to be different about this? Laura doesn't mess around and doesn't make small talk. You will not be bored with rehearsed "bits" that come as answers to rote questions.Tune in and be prepared for LGO's kick-in-the-ass wrapped in a warm hug.
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  • S2E24: Shane Feldman - Showing Up as Your Truest Self

    Jul 22 2021

    Courage, community, and coming out over and over.

    Join Laura Gassner Otting as she hosts this episode of LGOtv with special guest, Shane Feldman. Shane Feldman believes community is the answer to every question, and the solution to every problem.

    Shane Feldman - Entrepreneur, Frequent Flyer, Gay Best Friend.

    Recognized by The White House, Prime Minister of Canada, and United Nations for his achievements in community leadership, Shane Feldman helps leading brands optimize team culture, leadership, engagement and retention.

    Shane is the founder of COUNT ME IN, the world-renowned social entrepreneurship incubator and community of 10.2M people across 104 countries. Started as a small project out of Shane’s high school locker, over the past 10 years COUNT ME IN has launched more than 30,000 ventures worldwide, contributing a value of over $2.6 billion to the global economy through service.
    Having researched community leadership and human behavior in 28+ countries, Shane has uncovered universal strategies that make teams click and businesses thrive.

    Shane has been featured by Larry King, Dr. Oz, Forbes, People Magazine, and is the subject of a TV series from A&E

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    1 hr and 2 mins
  • S2E23: Loren Ridinger What does it take to build one of the largest online retailers in the world, and what can we all learn from the woman who did?

    Jul 20 2021

    What does it take to build one of the largest online retailers in the world, and what can we all learn from the woman who did?

    Join Laura Gassner Otting as she hosts this episode of LGOtv with special guest, Loren Ridinger.

    Loren Ridinger is the Co-Founder & Senior Executive Vice President of internet retailing giant Market America | SHOP.COM. On her spare time, you can find her wherever her daughter and grandchildren are.

    Loren Ridinger - People Lover, Therapist, Motivator.

    0:00 Intro

    1:45 "But Dad....I'm afraid of flying"

    4:51 My first magic moment - I'm either going to authentically be me, or I'm going to become someone else that someone wants me to be

    6:15 I knew I wanted to break out and be different

    9:20 "Follow your passion" is the new "LIVE-LAUGH-LOVE"

    10:39 It's easier to succeed than people think it is

    11:10 Failure is not finale it's fulcrum

    13:42 It's not just about the hard work, it's about the sacrifice

    16:08 If I cut you out of my life, you've given me the scissors

    22:38 Don't make decisions based on your past

    24:00 I'll be happy when...

    26:41 " What do you mean people going to shop online someday??" - 1992

    30:30 The burden of your potential

    31:16 Don't escape your Wonderhell, embrace it!

    33:04 While we have momentum, we can't stop what we're doing

    36:11 Getting from 1 billion to 5 billion

    42:42 Get obsessed with the process

    46:02 How do you decide who to bring on the boat?

    55:53 I'm not your identity of who I am.

    58:58 Find their greatness, that's what makes you great.






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    1 hr and 3 mins
  • S2E22 Brandon Farbstein - How does a diagnosis of dwarfism lead to living Ten Feet Tall?

    Jul 15 2021

    How does a diagnosis of dwarfism lead to living Ten Feet Tall? 

    Join Laura Gassner Otting as she hosts this episode of LGOtv with special guest, Brandon Farbstein. 

    Brandon Farbstein - Anti-Bullying Advocate, Status Quo Challenger, Framework Builder.

    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.

    0:05 - Introductions
    3:10 - How an airport + a transformer + lamborgini changed my life
    4:53 - Meeting Haley Foster
    5:34 The start of the rest of my life started at age 15
    7:14 - No sense of self
    9:23 - The difference between being different and feeling special
    10:04 - Being loved vs. being seen
    16:37 - What would you tell your 21 year old self?
    20:37 - Brandon's next Wonderhell
    24:42 - Hurt people hurt people.
    26:21 - It's not about you, it's about them. 
    31:41 - Who do you surround yourself with?
    34:19 - When you show up for people but they don't show up for you.
    36:12 - It's not about being cold, it's about being choosy for self love.
    40:44 - How do you teach other people to have empathy?
    43:00 - Don't ask "how can I help?" ask "what needs to happen?"
    46:45 - Empathy starts and stops with us
    49:39 - We have more in common with people then what separates us. 
    51:36 - Inspiration vs. empowerment
    1:01 - Kind Cult


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    1 hr and 3 mins

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