Getting unstuck and charting your own path, with Laura Gassner Otting

Episode 926

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Laura Gassner Otting speaks with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to get them past the doubt and indecision that consign their great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.

What you will learn from this episode:

  • Laura shares her fascinating career path and explains how she ended up working in the White House at age 21 helping to develop AmeriCorps
  • How Laura established her own firm, the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, and why she chose to exit the firm after nearly 15 years
  • Why exiting her firm was one of the greatest challenges of Laura’s life, and how she came up with an innovative exit strategy
  • Why everyone defines success differently, and why Laura defines her own success not by profitability but by happiness and free time
  • Why Laura decided to write her book Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life
  • Why Laura began to experience a lack of self-confidence, and how she wrote Limitless in just three weeks once inspiration struck
  • How Laura realized that putting clients’ problems first and offering clear solutions was the right path to take in her business
  • Laura shares a story of giving a signed copy of Limitless to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and then getting a booking on the show as a result
  • Why Laura believes that being authentic, offering value, and being open to possibility have been the keys to some of the incredible opportunities she has had


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