Is it time to write a better story for yourself? Adam Nugent and Kate Strong have a fantastic conversation with Emmy Award-winning motivational keynote speaker Clint Pulver. Together, they talk about the discovery of designing moments in your life, how to create significance, and striving to be the best for others! It’s all part of today’s inspiring podcast.
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In this podcast excerpt, Clint Pulver explains the difference between success and significance and emphasizes the importance of creating a work environment where employees feel a sense of purpose.
AN: One of the things I love is your mantra–it’s not about being the best in the world. It’s about being the best for the world. Talk about that a little bit.
CP: I think there’s just a big difference between success and significance. We strive to be the best in the world. We strive to make the most money or have a thriving business or just all the things that we’re trying to reach a level of success in our lives, which is a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with that. But again, it’s the significance. It’s the purpose. It’s doing something bigger than yourself. It’s those intangibles that we can’t always measure that really matter. I created at a whole movement, the undercover millennial program. For the last five and a half years, I’ve traveled the world going undercover into organizations as a millennial.
That’s the generation I fall under, and I would go into an organization like a Chick-fil-A or a Walmart or a Verizon store as someone who was looking for a job. I’d walk in undercover and ask, “What’s it like to work here?” And the employee always gets quiet. They look around because it feels like an illegal drug exchange. And then they tell me everything from the good to the bad, what they love, what they don’t love. I have never once had an employee tell me, “I love it here because we just run the best meetings.”
What they talk about are the moments. “Susie’s the person that just connects me to my dream. She cares. She’s the person that sat me down and said, where do you want to go in this company? What can I do to help you get there?”
Most people just exist. You do the nine to five, rinse and repeat. We hit that midlife crisis. “What am I doing with my life? Is this really where I want to be?” COVID really shed a lot of light on that, and people remember how they were treated. They’ve had time to think, “Is this really where I want to be for the rest of my life?”
We can create environments where people can do what they love and have a sense of purpose. You create significance you as an employer, as a boss, as a mother, a father, a spouse. You’re striving to be the best for others, not just trying to be the best company with the best benefits and the best logo and the best marketing strategy.
To learn more, visit clintpulver.com.
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