Dorie Clark on Failure and the Entrepreneurial Journey

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Dorie Clark is a consultant and keynote speaker, and the author of the books Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, Dorie has been described by the New York Times as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.”

Dorie consults and speaks for a diverse range of clients, and teaches executive education. A former award-winning journalist, she directed the environmental documentary film, The Work of 1000, and was a producer for a multiple-Grammy-winning jazz album.

To read any of 500 free articles Dorie has written for publications such as Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, and Entrepreneur, visit https://dorieclark.com.

And if you’d like to build the career you want, you can download the free 88 question Entrepreneurial You self-assessment at https://dorieclark.com/entrepreneur.

In this episode Dorie and I discuss:

  • What Dorie learned from being laid off from her first newspaper job
  • Why a diversity of skills is crucial in the modern job market
  • What holds people back from diversifying themselves (and what you can do about it)
  • How being a freelance journalist helped Dorie prepare for the entrepreneurial life
  • Why learning how to run a business didn’t actually help Dorie launch her first business
  • The very first step all entrepreneurs must take
  • The “optimize for interesting” philosophy that Dorie lives by
  • The personal and professional failures Dorie values most

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