Discover the One Amazing Thing You Were Born to Do

Steve Olsher shares tips from his book "What Is Your What?"

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    In Chapter 14 of 18 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, author and entrepreneur Nina Godiwalla answers "What Skills Are You Working on Right Now to Get Better at Your Job?" As a small business owner, Godiwalla realizes she can choose where she spends her time. She also realizes that in order to do what she enjoys doing most she also has to address how work she does not enjoy doing gets done. Figuring out whether to buckle down and handle that work or to hire staff to do that work.

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    In Chapter 4 of 19 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, New York City reporter Yoav Gonen answers "What Role Has Reflection Played in Shaping Your Personal Growth?" Over the years, Gonen has taken multiple approaches to facilitate reflection. In his twenties, Gonen found therapy a useful tool for reflection. In recent years he has kept a daily journal of his thoughts that allows him to revisit what he was thinking and how he reacted.

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