#022 Act II: Existential Angst and Career Change

Monica’s college production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Pepperdine University

Monica’s college production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Pepperdine University

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

What happens when your dream career is no longer the dream? How much of what we do is who we are? In this bonus episode, Monica shares the secrets for successful career change that she learned from interviewing actors who left acting behind, and successfully pivoted into completely different careers. Whatever change you might be considering, this episode is for the existential crisis in all of us. #thehappierhour


Episode 020 featured Chris Guillebeau, bestselling author, entrepreneur, world traveler, and host of the podcast Side Hustle School. We also talked about the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus and his unconventional take on living the good life.

Episode 021 featured Dr Jennifer Morton, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center-CUNY and author of the forthcoming book about the ethical challenges faced by students from low-income and/or minority backgrounds on the path of upward mobility. We also learned what Adam Smith, considered to be the Father Of Modern Economics had to advise about the role of the individual in the economic system.

Episode 004 featured Monica’s story about how a dinner party can change your life, and why we need better conversations in real life.


Laura Simms

Laura is an expert in meaningful work who challenges conventional wisdom by asking people to ditch their passions and start with purpose. She’s the creator of Your Career Homecoming, a celebrated career change program that helps people discover the meaningful work that’s right for them. Her work has been featured by The US News & World Report, Business Insider, and Psychology Today. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.


A Love To Letter To The Education I’ve “Wasted”

Michael Parish DuDell

Michael Parrish DuDell is an entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, and the bestselling author of Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business and Shark Tank Secrets to Success—the official books from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. Ranked as one of the “most popular business authors” by Amazon.com and named “one of nation’s leading Millennial voices” by IBM, Michael is a recognized industry expert and television commentator who is regularly featured across numerous media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, NBC News, and many more.


Shark Tank Book

Hilary Rushford

Hilary is a style expert exploring what makes women feel beautiful. She is the founder and creative mastermind behind Dean Street Society, where she has grown a 7-figure business with her crazy popular online style and business classes. One of those classes is about growing your Instagram following and I believe hers now has over 200k followers. But as most fans of Hilary know, she didn’t get a degree in business. She was a musical theater performer, specifically a dancer, and often a dance captain. She tapped her way through the national Tour of 42nd Street and in numerous regional theater productions across the country. And she performed in the ensemble along with the Radio City Rockets.  But the in-between times of catering and temping began outweighing the highs of performing.


Lara Casey

Marie Forleo