Is it possible to turn artistic passion into a sustainable career? So many people say that when they turn their passion into the way they earn income, the passion becomes work. Artist, author and academic Aaron Dworkin believes it is possible to continue feeding one’s passion and also earn a living from it.
Katie Yamasaki is devoted to using art as a platform for dialogue building and storytelling. When Lynne Golodner interviewed Katie on Episode 103 of the Make Meaning Podcast, the muralist and children’s book artist opened up about using her artwork to give people — particularly vulnerable women — a platform.
At Make Meaning, we strive to find purpose in work and help others do the same. We learn through Lynne Golodner’s interviews with inspiring people on the Make Meaning Podcast, and helping our clients at Your People LLC market with mission and purpose. Ironically, the more meaning we find in our work, the more it grows, sometimes at the expense of personal goals and dreams. Responsibilities increase. Deadlines mount. Distractions multiply. Scope bleeds. Personal goals are pushed off and postponed. Which makes us wonder: Is Balance a Myth?
What does it mean to leave a legacy? When we are gone, how will we be remembered, and by whom? Merle Saferstein, the 61st guest on the Make Meaning Podcast, helps people create their life legacies through poignant workshops. These are some of the questions she routinely asks in her “Living and Leaving Your Legacy®” Class. She helps students with ethical wills, loving legacy letters, journals, memoirs, autobiographies, scrapbooks, and so much more. “When people think about legacy, they think about the financial piece,” Merle told Lynne Golodner on the Make Meaning Podcast. “For example, how much money they’re going to leave.
The Same Feelings from 2008 Resurface in 2020 – How to Move Forward with Meaning. While the economic recession of 2008 and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis have very different origins, the consequences are extremely similar. Loss of jobs, loss of livelihoods and loss of certainty. Lynne Golodner remembers this feeling well. Lynne became a single mother of three young children at the onset of one of the worst financial crises in modern history, generating extreme uncertainty and unbridled fear. It’s exactly how many millennials and Gen Z-ers feel today.
Is there a blueprint for meaningful success? Not exactly. Successful entrepreneurs like Lynne Golodner, the founder of Your People and host of the Make Meaning Podcast, and Paul Saginaw, the co-founder of Zingerman’s, did not follow a specific path to get to where they are today. However, both faced tough decisions and asked some important questions before even beginning their entrepreneurial journeys. If you want to create a successful and meaningful business, take some time to find answers to these questions… 1. What are you going to do, and why do you want to do it?
This week, Paul Saginaw opens Saginaw’s, a food venture in Las Vegas that has long been a dream of his. In honor of this momentous occasion, we launch the Make Meaning blog by sharing the story of one of the people who inspired the podcast, and one of our very first guests: Paul Saginaw. Listen to the original interview here. When Lynne Golodner invited Paul Saginaw to be one of her first guests on the Make Meaning Podcast, she did it for three reasons: She has long admired his unique entrepreneurial vision for business.