“Life is too short to follow a set of rules that says your career should be like X”
Tess Vigeland is a veteran journalist and a well-known voice to millions of American radio listeners. She is the CEO of Tess Vigeland Productions, a Los Angeles based multi-media company. Her first book “LEAP: Leaving a Job With No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want”, was published by Random House in August 2015.
Tess is off on an adventure of indeterminate length. She has taken the leap, is in Southeast Asia at the moment. You can follow her adventures at www.tessuntethered.com.
Tess on the Womenpreneur Podcast:
How do you build a relationship with the listener?
-It’s all about being human and being vulnerable.
-You are purportedly the expert, but be very open and frank about who you are.
-People want to hear that other people are going through the hard stuff they are going through.
-They want to know that they are not alone.
-Human level versus expert level
How do you deal with people that don’t like you
You have to learn that everyone is entitled to their opinion
Negative feedback loops are more about them than me. You can’t worry about all the people that need different things.
Leap: The Book
-Following your passion is much harder than what it looks like.
-Prepare yourself emotionally, financially and psychologically.
-Have the head space to sit down and figure out what you want to do.
-Decompress and think about what’s coming next.
-Be prepared financially and then take some time off.
-Know that you can take the skills that you have developed over the career and, at least, get an irregular paycheck or go back a job.
-We all have skills, we don’t recognize these skills anymore. Take these skills somewhere else. Think about these skills before you take the leap.
What do you do when you are ready to take the leap but has no clue what to do?
-Show up and keep doing it.
-There is a process.
-Figure out how you are outside of what you do.
-Find out your identity.
-It will be a roller coaster and it is a process.
-Trust that you will be able to figure it out.
-You have to go through the process at your own time in your own way.
-If you are financially prepared, it will make it way easier.
-You have translatable skills and things will fall into a place.
How should you figure out where they should land?
-Write down the things that turned you on when you went to work.
-Write down things that you didn’t love
-What was important and loved about what you were doing.
-That will give you a clue if you should stay in the same profession or are you tired of what you are doing.
What is your success factor?
How to say yes to things that I really want to do and how to say no.
What trophy would you want on your mantle?
What is your guilty pleasure?
What are you currently reading?
Modern Love by Aziz Ansari
Pleasantville By Attica Locke
What is your productivity hack?
Work when it’s best for you
What is your personal motto?
Sow your parachute on your way down
What would do differently if you were given another chance?
Prepared more financially.