#002 Beginnings with Plato and Dorie Clark

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

What can Plato teach us about making resolutions? Dorie Clark, our inagural guest, shares her tips for setting goals that set us up for success, and why Plato is totally not overrated. The Happier Hour explores a different topic every two weeks. This week: Resolutions

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Tips for Making Resolutions:

Tip 1: No more than two professional goals and one personal goal.

Tip 2: Make quarterly to six-month goals instead of annually

Tip 3: Make a conscious choice about the things you won't do

Tip 4: Turn down things you like to make room for things you love

Tip 5: Strategic use of jealousy


The End of Competitive Advantage by Rita Gunther McGrath

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One by Jenny Blake

By Plato:

The Symposium

The Republic

By Dorie Clark:

Entrepreneurial You by Dorie Clark

Reinventing You by Dorie Clark

Stand Out by Dorie Clark


What do you need to say “no” to in your life that you really like, in order to make room for something you really love?



Dorie Clark is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, she consults and speaks for clients including Google, Microsoft, and the World Bank. She is also a producer of a multiple Grammy-award-winning jazz album. You can download her free Entrepreneurial You self-assessment workbook and learn more at dorieclark.com/entrepreneur.

Photo by Kenny Lozyniak

Photo by Kenny Lozyniak