Category Archives: Reinvention

VICTORIA REDSTALL ON DESIGN YOU

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
The show about people pursuing their passions.

 victoria-redstall-2Garrison’s guest in this segment is diversely talented, immensely successful and incontrovertibility outspoken Victoria Redstall. She is a true crime author, producer,  public speaker, investigative journalist and print and spokesmodel for many of the world’s leading brands.

Victoria has a knack for understanding people from all walks of life and wants to bring back the ‘human connection” to this world. She is also a mentor for young girls teaching them to have high morals, values and self respect which Victoria underscores as being out of fashion in the world today.

s_img02-204x300Her latest book on her ‘exclusive interviews’ with the ‘alleged’ Grim Sleeper including the coverage of the Trial, will be released this year. Although Victoria has been commissioned to write 4 books on serial killers, she also works ‘under the radar’ with the opposite kinds of inmates and helps in freeing the ‘wrongly convicted’ who have been victims of a corrupt American Justice System.

 

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serialkillersand pick up a copy of Serial Killers Up Close and Very Personal: My Death Row Interviews with the Most Dangerous Men on the Planet by Victoria Redstall who has spent years visiting high-security prisons getting to know sadistic killers like Gary Ray Bowles and Keith Hunter Jesperson, “The Happy Face Killer.” These hardened killers have opened up to her in a way that they would never do to psychiatrists, prosecutors, or other authority figures, and have revealed terrifying chapters of their lives that might otherwise have stayed hidden forever. In this chilling book, Victoria shares every detail and insight, bringing the reader up close and very personal with some of the most dangerous and disturbed serial killers that the world has ever seen.

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Bob Dylan on Success

bob-dylan-1961I grew up learning the guitar and being inspired by American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer Robert Allen Zimmerman, aka, Bob Dylan. Dylan is the reason I played the coffee house circuit during college and found my way into the musical venues of Greenwich Village, such as The Gaslight Café (which on some nights was locked down because a young and reclusive Bob Dylan was in attendance), The Bitter End (where Dylan performed with Patti Smith) and the Village Gate (Dylan wrote “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” in 1962 in Chip Monck’s apartment in the basement of this building).

Dylan has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades with his most celebrated works coming out of the 1960s with such social unrest anthems as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin.'”

bob-dylan-3Bob Dylan’s musical legacy includes selling more than 100 million records, 11 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dylan was awarded a Pulitzer Prize special citation for his “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”  Among his other notable honors are the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Dylan’s lyrics defined a generation and musically crossed all generations. He speaks to the hearts of everyone who yearns to pursue his or her destiny:

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” —Bob Dylan

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Carrie McNally Living Her Law Enforcement Dream

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
The show about people pursuing their passions.

carrie-mcnallyGarrison’s guest in this segment is Carrie McNally who knew from the early age of 6 that she wanted to be a police officer. As soon as she was old enough, she joined the Seattle Police Department where for the past 25-years she’s created and led innovative programs that benefit the community, the agency and the law enforcement profession. In 2014, she helped lead the first of its kind Refugee Women’s Institute to build relationships between refugee communities and the Seattle Police Department.  She also led a Women in Law Enforcement Career Fair in 2016 and is planning the next event in 2017.  One of Carrie’s upcoming projects will be the Future Women in Law Enforcement week-long program to bring 40 young women together with officers to provide leadership and career development. Detective McNally is also a member of the Line of Duty Death Response Team with the Behind the Badge Foundation to help assist families and agencies after a law enforcement line of duty death.  She also leads a public safety and military appreciation annual event called Stand With Those Who Serve.

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Football Legend’s Spin on Work

george-halas-1George Stanley Halas, Sr., nicknamed “Papa Bear” and “Mr. Everything”, was a player, coach, owner, and pioneer in professional American football. Founder of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League as well as the NFL itself,  Halas was also an inventor, radio producer, philanthropist, philatelist and professional major league baseball player. He became one of the first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

George Halas’ spin on work is a powerfully simple qualifier:

“Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.”

ICELANDIC OLYMPIAN RAGGA RAGNARS ON DESIGN YOU

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
The show about people pursuing their passions.

ragga-swimsuitGarrison’s guest in this segment is two-time Olympic swimmer for the Icelandic national team Ragga Ragnars. Ragga has over 20-years experience in competitive swimming and over 10-years as a professional swimmer. She is the current Icelandic record holder in several events as well as a successful actress, model and media manager dividing her time between Iceland and Los Angeles. 

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Graduating with a College Degree in Passion

now-whatCollege graduation is an event celebrating notable academic achievement fueled by that glorious ambition of young adults to go out and change the world. Unfortunately, diploma euphoria is short-lived.

That the average worker will hold 15 to 20 jobs over the course of his or her career reflects on one level the post-college plight of moving serpentine across a cloudy and hazardous economy with the hopes of ultimately landing in “ideal job” nirvana. The tragedy is particularly hard-felt by graduates who have earned their liberal arts default degree but have no clear idea of what they want to do with their lives. They are already doomed to take on the deeper murkiness of the college degree’d job market competing with the masses who are applying for the same generic jobs. Entering search terms on career sites becomes the knee-jerk strategy for “finding a job.” But, it doesn’t work long-term for finding fulfillment. Even cracking the code to get noticed on social media won’t bring true self-satisfaction if what you’re pursuing is anything but your passion.

Ambiguous or non-existent career goals predictably result in most Americans today hating their jobs and holding on by their existential fingertips trying to survive each day at the office. A recent Gallup poll produced the alarming statistic that almost 70% of those surveyed either hate their jobs or are completely disengaged from the work they do. Having hired hundreds of persons across my career, there is an inarguable case to be made for the benefits of having a college degree versus not. However, in today’s job market flooded with college degree’d individuals, there is a tendency to over-value a 3.8 versus a 2.5 as well as 4-years at a noted university versus someone who goes to community college for 2-years then matriculates.  Many of my best hires from a level college degree playing field were based on intangibles: great managers came from youth athletic coaches who had a passion for bringing out the best performance of others and notable salespersons had been performers in music and knew firsthand about engaging an audience. Many of these valued, high-performing colleagues continued to use their work to support their passion while others ultimately went on to pursue their passion full-time.

The multiplicity of trans-career positions sadly speaks to persons spending their entire lives in “the work they do” versus “the pursuit of their passion.” Along  the chain of life events, well-meaning mentors and surrogate superego figures direct young people toward careers they themselves believe would be best for their underlings; whether or not they align with the true passion of those they are meant to influence.

Graduating college students face immense new challenges that are in stark contrast to college life and further steer them away from docking with their life’s true directive:

  • Finding A Job: a down-turned economy coupled with rising unemployment rates send young people intensely networking to find “a job” consoled by confidantes to “keep your confidence up; “ that “You will find a ‘good job’ at some point.” Our pursuit in life must be to find and follow our true passion if happiness is to be genuine and long-term. Any job will pay the bills albeit at the cost of a meaningful and fulfilled life. We as parents along with teachers, coaches and school counselors must dedicate ourselves to helping young adults identify and pursue their life calling. The lives of our children are too important to be relegated to learning strategies for finding a job and then holding onto it because it pays the bills. We must be committed to helping them live a life worthy of the love we brought them into the world with.
  • Lack of Experience: early in the job search recent grads are challenged by their lack of relevant work experience so they compete for unpaid internships just to bulk up their resume until they can make their mark in the mainstream. Any experience that builds upon a disingenuous job choice puts the desired goal of pursuing one’s calling further out of reach until young people will predictably suffocate and be succumbed by an unfulfilled life. We need to be vigilant about identifying our children’s passion for play and how it evolves into viable career potentialities so that we can expose them to the experiences that are best-suited for their life and career choices.
  • Debt and Financial Pressure: the majority of baby boomer parents have not adequately prepared their children for the apocalyptic, financial wake-up call that accompanies college graduation. Focused on producing quick solutions to the daily dramas of everyday life, many parents do no financial guidance of their children to prepare them for adult financial realities. Neither do most schools. From freshman through senior undergraduate year the financial time bomb is ticking with the alarm going off right after graduation of student loan debt and cost of living expenses exacerbated by low starting salaries. The debt is compounded in certain cases by specialized career pursuits that require advanced degrees that tragically are still not what the compliant young adult is genuinely meant to do for the rest of his or her life. Financial urgencies send deer-in-the-headlights young adults competing for temp jobs that only fuel their pessimism and lead to depression and negative life resolve.
  • Social Transition: the physical stage of graduation ceremonies becomes a quick transition from college social life and a structured class schedule to independent living and new responsibilities. Returning home to live with their parents “for a while til I get on my feet” masks the loneliness, fear and terror of young adults unprepared to meet the necessities required to find a job, let alone their passion.

purpose-find-yoursOur commitment to every young person we are the parent of or teach or coach or work with or come into contact with should be our opportunity to influence and inspire and encourage him and her  to live their dream.  Each of us will benefit from every young adult in the world living their genuine life calling. Whether it’s listening to their music, having our car repaired by them, eating at their diner, reading their books, visiting their boutique, having our electricity repaired by them, referring people to their law practice, watching them dance, viewing the film they’ve directed, buying their products, having our lives made easier by their inventions, hanging one of their paintings in our office or home, our lives will be touched by every young person who is simply and grandly living their dream.

We have the responsibility as parents and life influencers to help our young adults define success on their own terms; free from career convention and societal expectations. We need to provide a sound knowledge of how to manage one’s money and guide them in being responsible for their independent living. We need to help them position “a job” as a potential passion supporter enabling them to go for their dreams while paying their bills versus a job being a roadblock to living life on their terms. As parents we learn early on that we were totally unprepared to being a parent but we figured things out with the help of people who have been parents and were willing to share their experiences and lessons learned. We must do the same for our children in teaching them how to find and engage mentors who can assist them in pursuing their passion.

We must be tenacious in not responding to our youth’s wildest career aspirations with “be realistic.” I value dreamers and visionaries over those who don’t see the possibilities. Across the growth and maturation of your son or daughter:

  • Watch for patterns and trends in their play and hobbies
  • Engage him or her in conversations about their activities and explore their interests with interest
  • Expose them to experiences that heighten the things they have an affinity for
  • Introduce them to people doing what they like as potential mentors and role-models
  • Build a career and education plan around their interests
  • Introduce financial contingencies to support the pursuit of their interests
  • Help them define success on their terms
  • ALWAYS BE SUPPORTIVE

Education should be the catalyst for persons to pursue their passion. We shouldn’t begin exploring who we are and what we are meant to do post-graduation by selecting from the drop-down menu of search term-driven job titles. Following one’s passion needs to be a seamless search pursued throughout our lives from young adulthood well-into our senior years.

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Watch for the forthcoming book DESIGN YOU by Garrison Leykam and Christopher Leykam

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Fathom’s Brent Robertson on Design You

fathom-logoFathom is a Connecticut-based creative consultancy that works with brand and business leaders to design futures worth fighting for. The promises Fathom delivers on:
• We help your leadership team connect with what they believe in and what they stand for.
• We tap into your entire organization’s desire and capacity to contribute to your company’s future.
• We tell the story of what makes you remarkable and the difference it makes to the people you serve.
• We create the tools and model the behaviors that produce relevant action and lasting change.

brent-robertson-fathom-headshot-dBrent Robertson works with leaders to design futures worth fighting for. A partner at Fathom, he champions an approach to strategic planning, employee engagement, leadership succession and market differentiation that prioritizes people and relationships. As a result, his clients don’t simply plan their futures, they bring them to life through the energy of organization-wide involvement in, and commitment to, generating valuable businesses that matter.

Check out the Fathom website and follow Brent and the folks at Fathom on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

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