May 22, 2024

Unlocking Personal Fulfillment in Professional Spaces with Todd Kashdan

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In this episode, we dive deep into the psychology of courage, the impact of dissent, and the art of value creation with Todd Kashdan.


Todd Kashdan is a professor of psychology at George Mason University and an expert on well-being, psychological strengths, and social relationships. He has authored five influential books, including “The Art of Insubordination,” and his research has been featured in top media outlets like The New York Times and Forbes. Todd’s practical approach to psychology helps individuals and organizations embrace curiosity, courage, and the complexities of human experience for greater fulfillment and impact.



• “I’m always skeptical of people who say I don’t care what people think. That tells me you’re not pro-social. You just gave me an indicator you’re not kind, you’re not generous, you’re not thoughtful.”

• “You want to acknowledge the seemingly irrelevant other sides of who you are before you enter into the arena. By doing so, you then feel psychologically that yourself is not at stake if you get a thumbs up or a thumbs down with this decision.”

• “Doing good is what leads you to feeling good, and the other way around is the wrong directional arrow to do so.”


Key Takeaways for Entrepreneurs:

• Value Diverse Perspectives: It’s crucial to appreciate dissenting voices, even when they challenge your ideas. They can liberate and stimulate more critical and innovative thinking within your team.


• Embrace Discomfort for Growth: Cultivating the ability to endure and reframe discomfort as a sign of excitement and opportunity can significantly enhance your resilience and effectiveness as a leader.

• Foster Genuine Connections: Building strong, meaningful relationships both within and outside your work environment is essential for emotional and psychological well-being, which in turn supports sustained business success.


• Todd Kashdan’s Website
• The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively


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