When I started down the entrepreneurial path, one of the first books I turned to was Pamela Slim’s “Escape from Cubicle Nation.” I wasn’t necessarily escaping from a cubicle; rather, the book captured the spirit of adventure I was feeling and provided a roadmap for action in those early days.
While Pamela is a self-proclaimed extrovert, she has insights and wisdom that will give even the most introverted among us food for thought. Pamela is an award-winning author, business coach and speaker. In 2005, she started the Escape from Cubicle Nation blog, which is now one of the top career and business blogs on the web.
Pamela’s first book, “Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur” was released in Spring, 2009 and won Best Small Business/Entrepreneur Book of 2009 by 800 CEO Read. Her new book, “Body of Work,” gives a fresh perspective on the skills required in the new world of work for people in all work modes, from corporate to non-profit to small business.
In our wide-ranging conversation, we discuss what we introverts need to know about our essential selves and social selves; how a niche leads to sustainability; how to ask for support; and what we can do if we suffer from success dysmorphia.
Websites: http://pamelaslim.com/ and http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com/
Amazon.com Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Slim/e/B001N27YW6/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Kirsten OMalley says
Loved this podcast! So many takeaways, but I scrambled for a pen when Pamela said “It’s not WHAT you put on the list, but WHY.” About five years ago I wrote out a list of values that I felt were important to me, my clients, my team, and my business. I’m going to re-examine that list, as well as my list of business goals, to really think about the “why” of every point.
Great podcast, Beth!
@Kirsten OMalley Thanks for listening and commenting, Kirsten! I agree, that was a powerful reminder to get in touch with our “why.” So glad you culled that piece of wisdom out to highlight 🙂
Great podcast. Big fan of Pam’s new book Body of Work. I thought her point about viability being important was well made. Passion is great, and get’s a lot of air-time, but it’s important to have a reality check around viable markets!
@claire Yes, such an excellent point! I think of Casey Kasem’s sign-off, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.” It’s important to balance of passion and dreaming with pragmatism and down-to-earth action. Thanks for listening and commenting, Claire 🙂