Garrison Linn: Authentic Explorer, Physics Grad Student


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Garrison Linn is a graduate student in physics at UAB. He recently delivered a talk at TEDxBirmingham about the importance of an explorer mindset and embracing exploration in the pursuit of goals. He used the analogy of soccer to illustrate that the best path to a desired outcome isn't always the fastest or most direct.

In this conversation, I asked Garrison to elaborate on the philosophy of embracing an explorer mindset.

We also talked about Garrison's insight that it's better to embrace authenticity and be true to oneself than to craft a persona to fit in with what is a perceived "cool" crowd. His insights:

  • There is no one "cool" crowd.
  • You must love yourself first so you can then love others.
  • If you don't love yourself, you'll be critical of others because you're always in comparison mode.

We end the show, of course, with the question of what makes someone shine.

Just because you haven't heard of Garrison Linn today, don't skip this episode!

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10 episodes available. A new episode about every 25 days averaging 35 mins duration .