Reinventing Yourself After Divorce: Let Yourself Be Afraid
FROM A CONVERSATION WITH ENTREPRENEUR SUSAN MCPHERSON ON THE REINVENT YOURSELF PODCAST
After her divorce, Susan McPherson moved herself from Seattle to New York, where she knew no one, and started her life all over. On this episode of the Reinvent Yourself podcast, Susan speaks with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour about how she created her own community and became a super-connector, running her own consulting business called McPherson Strategies, which helps corporations with social responsibility.
Susan’s Top Reinvention Tips
Let yourself be afraid.
It’s okay. I always go back to my late father’s advice, that nothing is a prison sentence. If it doesn’t work out, you can always go back. But if we just stay put, nothing new is gonna happen. It’s not like all of a sudden things are gonna change if you sit still.
2. Pull together that brain trust.
Find that group of people that you really believe in and know that they believe in you. When I first launched my business, one of the first things I did was I sent out an email to 150 of my closest professional and personal friends and said, “Okay, the shingle is hanging. I’m open for business.” And since that date, every single piece of business that has come to our firm has been from that.
Reading List for a Successful Reinvention
Drop the Ball, Tiffany Dufu
90s Bitch, Allison Yarrow
Give and Take, Adam Grant
The Power of Onlyness, Nilofer Merchant
4 Trends that Are Improving Sexuality at Midlife (TheCovey, October 2018 issue)
The Best and Worst Industries for Women in Leadership Roles
How Feminists Can Fight Ageism
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