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Stever's Inspirational Story

by Stever Robbins

Stever from SteverRobbins.com shares his journey from being a child of a traveling New Age commune to a graduate of Harvard Business School who, guess what!, didn't fit in, to his present 'occupation' as newly published author (amongst many other things).

It's taken Stever several years to finally accept that it's up to him to choose the direction of his life, and now he really is an example to us all what amazing things can be achieved in a short space of time.

This is Stever Robbin's inspirational story...

1) Tell us a bit about yourself, and how you got to where you are today.

I'm a child of a traveling New Age commune who somehow ended up at MIT and Harvard Business School. My biggest struggle was spending most of my life trying to fit in and be accepted by the business world. I wanted to live up to my degrees and the things that someone with that background "should" be achieving. Since graduating from HBS, I've been trying to find ways to be myself and make peace with a culture that wants me to fit into a single, simple box, when I simply don't.

I'm making more headway than ever before, but I'm still far from finding my place. Byron Katie's book "Loving What Is" gave me the tools to stop feeling the need to fit in. Now I'm simply following my passion, a huge change after a lifetime of doing what's logical and makes sense. Three years ago, I was in my eighth years as an executive coach. I was good at it, but getting tired.

I decided to throw caution to the wind and do what seemed like fun, even if it didn't make sense. I started a podcast. It hit #1 in the Business section of iTunes. Last year, I was seized by an unexpected desire to do musical theater and debuted earlier this year as a dancing tree in Evil Dead: The Musical.

My new book Get-it-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More was just published by St. Martins Press. Based on my podcast, it's done very well in its two weeks on the street.

Now I'm co-writing and will be performing a one-man musical about personal productivity, based on the book. I'm an adjunct professor at Babson College, teaching a class in Building Social Capital, which I co-created with Professors Sal Parise and Tom Davenport.

I'm also working on my tenth startup, a system for helping job-seekers stay motivated and productive as they search for a job.

In short, I'm following my passion in a big way. Nothing currently on my plate was even on my radar screen three years ago; how could I predict the next five years?

Personally, I hope to find or build a close-knit tribe; community is very important to me.

Professionally, I'd love my new startup to go so well I could create my own TV show. I'm funny, I'm smart, and seem to have the magic power of helping other people learn stuff and have fun at the same time. I used to say I'd like to be the Oprah of Business. Now, I'm thinking more like the Stephen Colbert or John Stewart.

2) What is happiness to you?

Happiness is getting up every morning and enjoying wherever I am, whatever I'm doing. Since I began reorienting my life from achievement to passion, most days are really happy. I'm happiest when working with other people on a shared goal. Right now I've got that in business and in theater, keeping both my rational and artistic sides very happy.

3) Share with us a favourite inspirational life quote.

Am I really this trite? Yeah, I am:

"Life is a Grand Banquet and Most Poor Sons of Bitches are Starving to Death"
-- Auntie Mame.

Why does this move me? Look around your office. Look around your cubicle. Look around your WalMart, your McDonald's, your SubWay, your khakis (beige never offended anyone), your DVR with 500 channels, and your strip malls. We live in the most abundant, rich, amazing time in human history, and this is the bland, vanilla, boring world we've created, apparently for the purpose of overworking ourselves.

Punt that! Imagine you've died and are talking to the deity of your choice. Your deity asks, "Did you live the one life I gave you to its fullest, whatever that means to you?" If you can't answer "Yes" to that, it's time for a change. I don't care if you're 16 or 60 (or 90!), if you're not living your life, it's never too late to start!

4) Share a favourite website with us (not your own) that you visit regularly or that you find inspiring.

I love Michael Neill's GeniusCatalyst.com, because Michael always has a different, eye-opening approach to the topics he addresses.

I love his work and have been a big fan of his (as well as friend of his) for the last 20 years.

5) Tell us about your website - why you created it!

My website is http://www.SteverRobbins.com, and my podcast website is http://getitdone.quickanddirtytips.com.

Though my personal website is currently oriented around my book launch, I created it to publish my thoughts on business and entrepreneurship.

My podcast website (owned by my publisher) is a blog of transcripts of my Get-it-Done Guy podcast. Right now, the podcast is the center of my attention, as it's a small example of the kind of funny, entertaining, highly educational media I want to create.


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Oct 11, 2010
Thanks for the positive vibes, Stever...
by: Steve

Thanks so much for sharing where you're at right now!

I am impressed and inspired by your journey, especially all the interesting things you manage to occupy your time with.

Yes, I hope to inspire myself to similar heights - thanks for showing us what is (and always has been) possible, Stever

Cheers, and good luck with the book launch

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