|Your Network is About Friendship
On this bonus episode to conclude Season One of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben (longtime friends themselves) dig into the many nuances of friendship: the different meanings of “I love you,” why the idea of having a single Best Friend is shortsighted, and how to explicitly talk with friends about the state of the relationship and how to improve it.
|September 8, 2022
|Is a Portfolio Career Right for You?
On this episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben explain what a portfolio career looks like in action, why and when Reid has run a portfolio career vs. a focused career, and why letting too much optionality into your life at the wrong time can be a liability.
|September 1, 2022
|Sorry But Status Matters
On this episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben get honest about the role of status in careers. They explain how to show you value a higher-status person’s time; they discuss why interactions with peers require a different kind of finesse than interactions with superiors; and they tell the story of how The 48 Laws of Power author Robert Greene lost a power battle early in his career, and what we can learn from him.
|August 25, 2022
|Success is About Breakout Opportunities
On this episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben explain the concept of “growth loops,” reveal features of breakout opportunities (hint: risk is usually involved), and share lessons from when George Clooney landed his breakout role on the show ER. They also answer a question from a listener.
|August 18, 2022
|You Are What People Say About You
On this episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben discuss how to construct your personal career brand and leverage it to fulfill your aspirations: choosing the right LinkedIn profile headline (Reid shares that he recently updated his!), asserting your value without bragging or distorting the truth, and supporting the brands of your allies.
|August 11, 2022
|If You Don’t Find Risk, Risk Will Find You
On this episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben share tips and frameworks for taking smart risks in your career, including how to: overcome your natural bias to avoid risks, know whether you’re walking through a “one-way door” or a “two-way door” when making a crucial decision at work, and look for hidden opportunities in environments where others feel fear and uncertainty.
|August 4, 2022
|Don’t Make Decisions Alone
On this episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben get into the skills and techniques needed to harness the “network intelligence” that already surrounds you: asking the right questions, identifying different types of expertise in other people, and developing the finesse required for reference checks.
|July 28, 2022
|The Art of the Hustle
On this episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben share lessons from Airbnb, Chris Sacca, and other companies and careers to show how to be stubbornly persistent, how to get creative when necessary, and how to cultivate serendipity.
|July 21, 2022
|Networking Is About Helping
On this episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben break down three common misconceptions about how professional networks function, while also deep-diving on two types of relationships that are essential for success: “Allies” (close collaborators) and “Friendlies” (acquaintances).
|July 14, 2022
|Develop Your Competitive Edge
On this episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben explain the “three gears” that underlie every world-class career: Assets, Aspirations, and Market Realities. When these three elements click together and turn in unison, you will unlock success.
|July 14, 2022
|Planning to Adapt
On this episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Reid and Ben unpack the ins and outs of their “ABZ Planning” framework: How to approach your Plan A, how to conceptualize your Plan B(s) and when to pivot, and why having a backup Plan Z is a must.
|July 14, 2022