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09. Q&A with Jamie: Career advice, life-changing books, goal-setting and more!

December 15, 2020

You asked, I answered!

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In today’s episode, we talk through your questions: What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? What skills are most important in today’s virtual world? What books have changed your life? And more! 

Tune in to hear all the details, and see below for each of the questions and some notes from my answers. 

If you have questions you’d like me to answer on another Q&A episode (or discuss privately!), send me a note at or a DM on Instagram @jamieonpurpose

Other resources mentioned in the show:

Core Values:
Virtual Meeting Etiquette:

  • What is the best advice you’ve been given in your career?
    • Always use a mouse in powerpoint, and never use a mouse in excel
    • No one will advocate for you more than you will; no one is as invested in your career as you are. You have to tell people what you’re interested in and what you want to do
  • How do I know what kind of job to pursue? I’m not sure what I want to do?
    • Follow curiosity; build your network
    • Know that it will likely not be perfect, so it’s all about being directionally correct
    • Jobs are constantly evolving
    • Build out your core values and think how those can apply in your career
  • What sort of skills are most important in today’s virtual world?
    • Self-awareness
    • Not being “too cool for school” 
    • Ask for help or time to talk 
  • What kind of gear are you using for your podcast and videos?
    • Canon R6 – big investment 
    • Yeti mic
    • Anchor to host & disseminate 
    • Still finding the best recording software
  • What’s the best way to connect with male co-workers?
    • Try to get to know them as people
    • You might not have anything in common with some, but you likely will have areas of overlap, especially if you’re working at the same place
  • What books have changed your life?
    • Mindset Carol Dweck
    • High Performance Habits Brendon Burchard
    • So Good They Can’t Ignore You Cal Newport
    • Girl Wash Your Face Rachel Hollis (*Note: this one comes with a caveat that I talk about in the episode!)
    • Big Magic Liz Gilbert
    • Mismatch Kat Holmes
    • Honorable Mentions: 
      • The Awakening Kate Chopin
      • Welcome to the Monkey House Kurt Vonnegut
  • Ted Talks:
    • Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
    • Simon Sinek: Start with Why
    • Sheryl Sandberg: Lean In
  • How do you approach goal setting?
    • Value lens
    • PERMA-V
    • Build off last year’s
    • 10 year vision; what’s the 1/10th slice of that? 
  • What’s your personal career plan and how did you create it? 
    • Bit of imposter syndrome
    • Work/life integration “my life’s work” 
    • Create content/thought leadership to help others gain clarity and to give them the tools the need to have happy and fulfilling lives 
    • Timeline is fuzzy, but I’d love to write a book and continue to grow this community in pursuit of creating the next generation of women leaders. 

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