TAD #4 Unlocking the Ability To Be Yourself w/ Paul Ollinger


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Paul Ollinger is a nationally-touring stand-up comedian, podcaster, and former digital sales leader. He performs at comedy clubs, festivals and corporate events all over North America. He is also the author of You Should Totally Get an MBA: A Comedian’s Guide to Top U.S. Business Schools.

Paul was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Rhodes College and borrowed $100k to get an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School. During a business school talent show he performed stand-up for the first time and got bit by the comedy bug.

Even though comedy was his true passion, he took the safer path, and found a steady job to help pay back his student loans. Over the next 15 years, he worked in digital media for companies like LAUNCH.com, Yahoo!, and Facebook where he was VP of West Coast Sales and one of the first 250 employees.

But after four years in his Facebook office, staring at a poster that asked, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?,” Paul finally came up with an answer—"Comedy!” Paul realized he was never going to be truly fulfilled doing anything other than giving stand-up his full attention.

“There is no feeling in the world like offering your point of view to a crowd of strangers and hearing their laughter,” shares Paul, “Connecting with an audience lets me know I made them feel understood and appreciated.”

Today, Paul focuses on his comedy career, which has taken him all over North America, sharing the stage with top comics like Dave Attell, Norm Macdonald, Bill Burr, Marc Maron, and many more. Paul has also been an official selection of the Laughing Skull, Asheville, Cleveland, DC, and North Carolina Comedy Festivals, and has headlined clubs like the famous Caroline’s on Broadway and West Side Comedy Club in New York City.

When Paul isn’t telling jokes, he is hosting his podcast, Crazy Money, in which he interviews broadcasters, celebrities, journalists, and everyday folks with an honest perspective on money, wealth and careers. The show focuses on how we think about and live with money, as a society and as individuals. Previous guests include Nobel Prize, Heisman Trophy winners, and dozens of New York Times Best-selling authors.

In his free time, Paul can be found playing golf, binge watching Netflix or checking the “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” page on LinkedIn. He lives in Atlanta with his beautiful wife, two wonderful children and French bulldog, Colonel Tom Parker.

In today's episode, I talk to Paul about the moment he realized he could be himself and how it helped him dive into comedy and build the career he has today!

To learn more about Paul all of his endeavors, visit his website, paulollinger.com

Thank you for being with us.

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