When I started down the path as a consultant combining my 15+ year history in tech and innovation with my deep desire to see individuals and organizations thrive in creating new opportunities for themselves and others, I didn’t realize how lonely of a path consulting really is. It’s without question the hardest (and riskiest) career move I’ve ever made, often putting you through a roller coaster of highs and lows. But consulting also gives me the chance to see what other consultants are doing and what I call “job hackers” who thrive in the same space of consulting, side projects, volunteer work, and the gig economy.
The truth is, there are many people out there doing really fascinating things that we never hear about. Reading through Fast Company, your alumni newsletter, or your LinkedIn timeline sometimes can make you feel either quite small and isolated or it can make you wonder what else is happening that we don’t hear about. But it all points to one important truth: There’s no question that storytelling might be the single most important action that human beings can partake in. And I’m not talking about ego-inflated bragging, but real storytelling.
Storytelling builds empathy. Storytelling heals broken lives. Storytelling lifts up the human spirit. And storytelling can unite people once divided.
So I’m launching an experiment called the SC Interview Series.
The SC Interview Series is an effort to highlight the work creative professionals are doing that “move the needle” in how we work and perceive the world around us. It’s an opportunity to tell the stories of others I’m connected to that I think you should know. Not everyone I interview fits into the description of a “job hacker,” but they are all contributing to changing the way we not only approach work, but also the world around us.
The more people I talk to, the more I want to tell their stories because I find them utterly fascinating and relevant to everyday life. Telling other people’s stories is in a sense therapeutic, but it’s also a great way to give back as a consultant to the many people that continue to inspire me in my work. Many of these people have contributed to my life in ways I can never repay; others are people I only recently met. But telling their stories encourages me to keep moving forward with my own goals no matter how crazy they may seem and I hope it does the same for you on whatever path you might be on.
Starting next week I will begin posting the first round of interviews I’ve already conducted (most likely 1-2 interviews per week will go live). The format is short, generally 8-10 questions, but I guarantee you will find my subjects and the work they are doing as interesting as I have.
But wait, there’s more. I’m looking for new subjects to interview.
If this experiment sounds interesting to you and you’re doing work that “moves the needle” in an area that others should know about, particularly in building opportunity for others, we need to talk. If that description fits you, reach out to me via email, contact form, or LinkedIn. Express your interest and I’ll give you the details.