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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.

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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.

1:04:57 - Where can people find Kim (https://hatchone.com) // Eric (https://thumos.io/) // Sol Cates (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sol-cates-649736/)