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What's Your And?

John Garrett’s research involves talking with rock star professionals who realize that who you are is much more than what you do. Accountants, consultants, lawyers and other professionals everywhere are doing some cool things after they leave the office. We discuss how these outside-of-work interests impact their career.
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Sep 26, 2018

Chris Meshginpoosh has maintained an actively physical routine outside of work after coming to the realization that his lifestyle was not necessarily the healthiest. A part of this physical lifestyle at one time was his passion for breakdancing. Although he does not do it as much as he did before, Chris will occasionally break into The Robot in the conference room to close out a meeting.

In this episode, Chris and I talk about how it is possible to apply skills from a passion or hobby into your regular work life. Chris’ passion in breakdancing taught him the importance of putting time into developing a skill, overcoming ‘stage fright’, from jumping on to the dance floor in front of a crowd to dressing up as Santa at the office Christmas party, and applying choreography into important business meetings. We also discuss on how the relationships you build through your passions can lead to opportunities in your career and help develop leaders of the future.

Episode Highlights
- The benefits of staying active in an office environment
- How breakdancing taught Chris the importance of choreography in developing client and colleague relationships
- Relationships are not formed solely on your professional skills
- “You do not have to create a different you to be successful in business”

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