Reboot Podcast Episode #158 – Show Up for Your Life – with Laurie Segall

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Laurie Segall

Laurie Segall

Founder of Dot Dot Dot and D3 Network

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Episode Description

Laurie Segall is an award-winning journalist, author, and the founder of Dot Dot Dot and D3 Network. In this episode, Laurie sits down with Jerry to chat about her tenure as CNN’s Senior Tech correspondent and gives insight into her experience navigating the world of big media. The pair discuss what it means to “show up” for your life and why slowing down can often be so scary. 

Laurie reveals how participating in a Reboot Bootcamp forced her to slow down, reflect, and confront some big questions in her life and directly supported her decision to transition away from her job at CNN. She describes what drove her to write her new book: Special Characters: My Adventures with Tech’s Titans and Misfits, and highlights the challenges of building a company as a global pandemic is taking hold.

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“Because I didn’t start out a normal TV reporter. I always felt like a fraud.” – Laurie Segall

“What does authenticity media mean and what kind of risk am I willing to take to go accomplish that?” – Laurie Segall

“It was my dream until it wasn’t. It was not for the faint of heart. I knocked on every door, and any time a door closed I would go to the next door.” – Laurie Segall

“I think I learned that I had not confronted a lot of stuff. That I channeled through storytelling and didn’t look at my own world. And I think there was a lot of pain there.” – Laurie Segall

“This being human is a hard thing. When you slow down and you show up, you run the risk of actually feeling all of it.” – Jerry Colonna

“The myth of slowing down and looking at your life is that somehow your life is going to be magically better.” – Jerry Colonna

“My whole life was my job to some degree and what I built there [CNN] and I kept thinking is, “Who am I without this?” But I really, really wanted to take the jump and start my own thing.” – Laurie Segall

“I also wanted to think about how I could confront some of my own stuff and be nicer to the little girl in me. And I think all of that happened at that tree.” – Laurie Segall

“I think sometimes I get stuck in the narrative. What is it that you actually are? What do you really mean and what do you really want?” – Laurie Segall

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