Episode 108: Do Well To Do Good With Rana DiOrio

Welcome to the Loveworks dreamers and doers Podcast # 108. At Loveworks we believe you are NEVER too young to be a dreamer and NEVER too old to do your dream.

If this is your first time, thank you for joining us and giving us the thing that means the most to you – your time. If you’re returning, welcome back! We know you have lots of options out there in the Podcast universe.

Our hope with Dreamers & Doers podcast is that each week’s special guests will connect with you wherever you find yourself today and inspire you to become the best version of yourself for tomorrow.

Personal Growth with Michael and Carolyn

At Loveworks, we believe that one of the ways that you can become one of the best versions of yourself is to focus on personal growth. We love curating things like books, music, organizations, blogs, or resources that have encouraged your personal growth. 

Today we are going to tell you how to not have a summer vacation (or have a purposeful summer plan):

1. Assess yourself, consider exploring the things you couldn’t because of all the excuses during the school year.

2. Create a goal

3. Form a plan

4. Have fun! 

Rana DiOrio: Entrepreneur, Author, and Catalyst for Positive Change

Rana DiOrio is an intrepid force for empowerment and positive change. As a corporate and securities attorney, tech-sector investment banker, angel investor, and board and advisory board member, Rana has guided the development of strategy and catalyzed the financial, operational, and cultural growth of organizations for 30 years. As an award-winning author and children’s media entrepreneur, she has helped to define the current zeitgeist in children’s literature and has been on the vanguard of emerging technologies. She’s been featured in Duke Magazine, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, IBPA’s Independent, Publisher’s Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Vanderbilt Magazine, among others. She’s presented at industry conferences all over the world including The Next Web (Amsterdam), Tools of Change (Bologna), Publishing University, RightsTech, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, among others. She lives on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA with her three teenage children.

Rana’s ADVICE –

Happiness leads to success and not the other way around. There’s a commonly held belief that if I am successful, then I will be happy. But that’s not what the science says. Focus on what it is that makes you happy and success will follow. Look for the helpers. If you have a dream, you need help to achieve that dream. So look for those who can help you. We’ve been blessed with two ears and one mouth and we should use those gifts in that proportion. So listen, listen attentively, you know and while you’re listening, get shorter, listen to your inner voice. Trust your instincts. Adopt a growth mindset. Have a flexible brain, not a rock brain. Understand that mistakes are an essential part of learning. We learn more from our mistakes than we do from getting it right. Accept that’s part of the process.

Key Takeaways:

  • Perfectionism holds you back – throw it out the window!
  • Block and tackle your way to achieving your dreams
  • Nothing worth earning in this lifetime just drops in your lap
  • Start your day with a moment of calm meditation or prayer – be present, find clarity, and set intentions for the day
  • Keep a gratitude journal – if you enter your day with gratitude, good things will come!
  • Read to learn about what you want to do

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