TJJS Ep 7: “Business is beautiful.”

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Business is beautiful? Whew, what a bold truth! I would expect nothing less from the sweet and stimulating Amanda Farough.


Show notes!

  • “When we embrace the beauty in our business, the striving goes away.”
  • Beauty an antidote to “Make more widgets, minion!”
  • Broadening our definitions to include everybody, ‘cos that’s how we roll
  • Everyone is an entrepreneur
  • Top-down mandated organisational beauty?
  • Our best Evil Overlord impersonations
  • The C-level execs, stamping out productivity widgets and adjusting their character sheets
  • “Pockets of beauty in a sea of mediocrity”
  • Mad props to the Ipswich City Library
  • “Librarians are the bomb diggity”
  • The slot machine theory of customer service experiences
  • All hail the bus driver man!
  • We expand the definition of business even further
  • “Having those little pockets of life where someone reaches out and metaphysically strokes you on the cheek to say, “I see you”, it’s world-changing.”
  • I write my epitaph
  • The opportunity to make beauty in this moment is almost always accessible. SCORE.
  • “The internet is a digital magic-making machine.”
  • Cultivating that opportunity in whatever it is we do
  • Not every widget is beautiful.
  • “Sometimes the sandwich is just a sandwich.”
  • The beauty in the challenge of showing up and not hating the widget
  • “Well, if it’s not always beautiful, then clearly I suck.”
  • “Acknowledging the suck is part of the beauty of it, though.”
  • The introspection required to recognise and articulate mid-suck
  • don Miguel Ruiz and The Four Agreements
  • “Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.”
  • Invader Zim and Adventure Time, both strong recommendations
  • “Being busy is for crazy people.”
  • Amanda no longer says she’s busy. She just says, “not interested.”
  • Not allowing brain-pickers, but being fine with question askers
  • Instead of vague questions as a source of gaining understanding, read and research.
  • Delight us and we shall drop knowledge vomit on you!
  • “Transformation is not a spectator sport.”
  • The addiction to busy-ness
  • Amanda’s fortuituously written article!
  • You get to determine what is beautiful
  • …and avoid playing The Comparisons Game, hopefully
  • Avoid the EnvyBot 5000!
  • Waiting until the widget is the only thing in frame before you judge its beauty
  • Betsey Johnson high heels beautiful versus Target flats beautiful
  • Every sammich is beautiful
  • Do not live in the space of “Nope”
  • Nope versus no, two very different places
  • Introducing Future Catherine (again?)
  • And an accidental brilliance: living in ALLIANCE with your values
  • No = disengage, nope = refusal to engage
  • We will never beat you up for not having the energy for anything but nope. That would be wrong.
  • Mic-dropping on everything but getting the eyeliner right
  • Transitioning from nope to no once you regain a few fucks
  • Start with no
  • The difference between being a person with anxiety who is productive and a person with anxiety who is not productive
  • Being ruthlessly compassionate with your to-do list
  • The accidentally beautiful sammich
  • “Beautiful opportunities require a certain amount of focus.”
  • “If you want whatever it is you to do be beautiful, prepare to give some things up.”
  • Upside: they’re rarely the things you really want to do.
  • Downside: prepare for discomfort and self-consciousness about your hairy legs.
  • “Wouldn’t it be easier if I shaved these?” “It’d be easier if I didn’t care.”
  • #nailedit
  • The amazingest pun I never meant to make: EnvyBot 5000 and his endless attachments
  • “You are beautiful and you make beautiful things, every single day.”
  • Amanda’s Instagram and my Instagram are both waiting!

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My epiphanies

Living in alliance with my values. It’s roughly one squillion times more powerful than alignment.

I’m still reeling from this idea, and will undoubtedly explore it further over time.

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  • Lori Paquette

    What a treat! Both of you on one podcast. So enjoyable. <3