Finding purpose, embracing curiosity, and navigating career paths in the 2020s :: with Kim Porter, Eric Sullivan, and Sol Cates
In this episode of Ventures, my guests Kim Porter (https://hatchone.com), Eric Sullivan (https://thumos.io/), Sol Cates (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sol-cates-649736/) and I go “meta” and ask questions about questions. We discuss creatively in career paths, finding purpose, doing good, helping humans flourish, proving middle-schoolers with mentorship and encouragement, pursuing interesting professional questions, and connecting people.
In this episode we cover the following:
1:27 - Sol tee-up and introduction of Kim and Eric
2:54 - Kim introduction
4:52 - Eric introduction
8:24 - Sol introduction
10:53 - Creativity of the career path. What is your advice for college students today or those who are reinventing themselves right now? (Kim first)
16:38 - Eric’s thoughts on the above question.
23:30 - Recap on advice for life, Dharma, calling, purpose, what wakes you up… Sol’s thoughts on the above question.
29:40 - Purpose of life is to find your purpose. For Kim, where is she in this journey and what questions are coming to mind that she is pursuing?
32:40 - Clarity on doing good. Eric’s thoughts on the above question.
37:32 - Building on the foundation of purpose and personal questions, what professional questions are driving you? (Starting with Kim’s thoughts)
38:51 - Sol’s thoughts on the above question.
42:30 - Eric’s thoughts on the above question (“Am I asking the right questions” // “Do I have the right exposure I need in order to correlate the right data points in order to ask the right questions”?)
46:15 - The way to “tool up” getting exposure to the right things to ask the right questions.
49:32 - Origin of the “flywheel”. For Kim, she had someone who noticed her earlier in life. Human Flourishing. Question: how do we solve the problem of helping more people get noticed and have mentorship from other humans? (Sol’s thoughts re: an app)
54:14 - Kim’s thoughts on the above question.
56:52 - Eric’s thoughts on the above question.
58:35 - Creating the room to bring the right team around a person to notice them. “You can create leaders”.
1:00:13 - Sol’s special superpower to bring people together. He’s a super-connector. One of the most valuable superpowers in the history of the world.
1:01:10 - Final thoughts from the group. Reflections and questions for the future. (Kim’s thoughts regarding gratitude)
1:02:37 - Eric’s thoughts on the above. Optimism that human flourishing is possible. Advice for a young person: you can create your own reality. Don’t settle for what the world tells you to do.
1:03:55 - Sol’s advice: pay it forward. Be a good samaritan. Find a way to help others.