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Episode #11 | So Many Letters: Frank Hu on Being a Lawyer, Figuring Out Your Story, and Why Companies Love Data So Much

By |2021-04-07T20:58:18+00:00April 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Frank Hu is a corporate lawyer with a bunch of certifications and responsibilities, which is surprising because through high school and college he wasn’t really focused on any particular goal, and he wasn’t interested in much besides gaming and hanging out with his friends. But at the urging of his parents, he figured out what was important to him—and found a path to prosperity for himself, and help for others as well. Plus the brothers say some stuff too.


Episode #10 | Order After Chaos: Nesha Zackery on Permission, Funnels, Engineering, And That Time Maya Angelou Saw Into Her Soul

By |2021-03-23T14:32:09+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Nesha Zackery grew up around the Army Corps of Engineers, and was eager to enter FEMA so she could help out after disasters. But her negative experiences in the wake of Hurricane Katrina set her on a different path, allowing her to make an impact in ways she never foresaw. In this episode we talk about the Toastmasters, whether anyone is paying attention to you, and what Nesha advises students to do before they enter adulthood, among many other things.


Episode #9 | Good with Words: Kris Sharma on Screenwriting, Performing, Selling, Laughing, Crying, and Other Stuff

By |2021-03-23T14:27:24+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

As a student, Kris Sharma officially wanted to be an international lawyer, mostly because he thought it sounded good. But a passion for writing, performing, and improv led him to take his chances in LA. Along the way, he discovered a talent for sales, got into law school but decided not to go, joined the Peace Corps… well, it’s a long story, and stories are kind of his thing, so we’ll let him tell you the rest. You’ll learn about balancing passion with practicality, and you’ll hear about a film legend who inadvertently shifted Kris’s perspective on success. Plus: crying in Boise, the brothers wax philosophical on the default human state, and the heartbreak of moving.


Episode #8 | Schools Within Schools: Shirin Foroudi on Making a Career in Education, Finding Meaningful Work, and Becoming Who You Are

By |2021-02-23T15:43:20+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

After college, Shirin Foroudi became disillusioned with the legal field. Through a couple of chance encounters, she was inspired to change career paths and become an English teacher in New York City. She went on to work in different capacities in several different programs, including KIPP and The New York City Teaching Fellows. Along the way, she has coached other educators, counseled hundreds of students on their next moves, and learned a lot about what makes for a good fit in a career or a school. In this interview, she explains how she finds new jobs and why not going to her top-choice school was one of the best things that ever happened to her, among lots of other things. Plus one of the poorest intros we’ve ever done for this podcast, and a polite refusal to predict the future.


Episode #7 | Just the Facts: Reporter Breanne Williams Finds Her Calling in Journalism

By |2021-02-23T15:40:32+00:00February 8th, 2021|Podcast|

Breanne Williams wanted a way out of her small hometown that would also serve a greater purpose in helping other people. For a long time, she thought nursing was the only way to do that. After she realized she hated nursing, she didn’t know what to do—and then a barely-remembered meeting with a mysterious college adviser changed everything. Find out how Breanne discovered her passion for journalism, and what she’s doing with it.


Episode #6 | How Coding for Pizza Money Became a Career in WordPress Development: Mark Jaquith on Programming, Unorthodox Education, and More

By |2021-02-23T15:40:26+00:00January 26th, 2021|Podcast|

After finishing home school, Mark Jaquith went to college to study business. In his free time, he became absorbed in a brand new technology: weblogs, or “blogs.” Today, he’s a major figure in the WordPress community–and a self-taught developer and businessman with no degrees or diplomas. He talks to us about his career path, what he looks for in a new hire,  how to bootstrap your way into a technical field, an impromptu rodent dissection, and other interesting stuff.


Episode #5 | A NASA Engineer Becomes a Noise-proofing Entrepreneur–How Walker Peek Finally Built the Company He Always Wanted

By |2021-02-03T18:52:54+00:00January 12th, 2021|Podcast|

Walker Peek always knew he wanted to start his own business; he just didn’t what kind of business it would be. After engineering school, he worked for several years as a contractor for NASA, but it wasn’t quite the right fit for him. Find out how an unexpected twist in a business-idea brainstorming session turned into an engineering firm selling products like acoustic panels to customers all around the world.


Episode #4 | Sleeping Through the SATs and Dreaming of his Own Restaurant: Eric Bialik’s Life in the Food Service Industry

By |2021-02-03T18:52:35+00:00December 29th, 2020|Podcast|

Eric Bialik has been working in restaurants since he was 15, and throughout his life he always came back to jobs in the food service industry. His academic career went off the rails shortly after high school, but after years of managing other people’s restaurants, he finally teamed up with the right partners to open a restaurant of his own. In the process he’s learned quite a lot about starting and running a business, and keeping employees engaged, motivated, happy, and productive.


Episode #3 | From Overachiever to Dropout and Back Again: The Many Lives of Brianna Bond

By |2021-02-03T18:52:20+00:00December 15th, 2020|Podcast|

In Brianna’s junior year of high school, she got excellent grades in advanced classes and kept to herself. Then her family moved, and her whole life went off the rails. For years she worked extra hard doing anything she could to get by, and now she runs her own accounting agency, Ledger, for web-based businesses. She’s learned a lot along the way about business, hard work, and survival.


Episode #2 | Destined for Medicine: David Khosrowzadeh’s journey from Second-Grade Class Clown to “Dr. David.”

By |2021-02-03T18:52:01+00:00December 1st, 2020|Podcast|

David Khosrowzadeh thought he wanted to be a doctor from a young age, thanks to time spent around his physician grandfather, and gentle–or maybe not so gentle–pressure from his parents. Although most people don’t end up in the profession they imagined when they were children, David actually did. Find out how David confronted academic insecurities and managed family pressure to establish his career in medicine.


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