Reboot Podcast Episode #22 – Does Anyone Really Know What They Are Doing? – with Sharon Salzberg

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.

Episode 22 // August 27, 2015

Life is to be felt, not just figured out.


Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg

Bestselling Author and Buddhist Meditation Teacher

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Episode Description

We’re often in (or feel we’re in) uncharted waters – a place where making things up as we go is a necessity. Feeling lost in those places can be anxiety-inducing. We feel incompetent. We feel shameful. We can end up feeling that everyone has figured it out but me. But how true is that, really? And perhaps the better question–how can owning my own anxiety in these areas help me step more fully into my authentic self and even increase my capacity for happiness?

We are honored to welcome one of our key teachers at Reboot, Sharon Salzberg, to the podcast.  In this conversation, Sharon and Jerry discuss Sharon’s own entrepreneurial path, a new definition of success (and failure), authenticity, loving kindness and the question:

Does anyone really know what they are doing?  

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Show Highlights

“You could argue that all of life is uncertain, because it is.” @jerrycolonna Click To Tweet 

“A lot of times people confuse authenticity with impulsiveness.” @SharonSalzberg Click To Tweet 

“Success is doing better than you did before.” @gtmumford Click To Tweet “Who here is brave enough to admit they haven’t a clue as to what they are doing?” @jerrycolonna Click To Tweet “Life is constantly changing. There is uncertainty and fear, but also endless possibility and movement.” Click To Tweet

“None of us knew what we were doing.” Sharon Salzberg

“We live in an environment where the explicit expectation is that you are supposed to know what they are doing.” Jerry Colonna

“Who here is brave enough to admit they haven’t a clue as to what they are doing?” –Jerry Colonna

“Something is considered wonderful, beautiful, and creative depending on what happened to the creator in the process.” – Dalai Lama

“It’s not about the dark stuff or the light stuff, as much as it’s the real stuff.” Jerry Colonna

“All you are going to do is create distrust and violence in the organization by pretending you are someone you’re not in the moment.” Jerry Colonna

“A lot of times people confuse authenticity with impulsiveness.” Sharon Salzberg

“Panic is usually an overreaction to the situation.” Jerry Colonna

“Around 70% of Americans are massively dissatisfied in their work.” Jerry Colonna

“I am capable of so much happiness at this point, which I never started with.” Sharon Salzberg

“Life is constantly changing. There is not only uncertainty and fear in that, but also endless possibility and movement.”Sharon Salzberg

“We need a reservoir of resilience within us or we can’t really care about others in a sustained way.” Sharon Salzberg