What is the meaning of life? It’s an age-old question that has no answer, but one Lynne Golodner is compelled to keep asking through her writing, her podcast and her work as a marketing and public relations entrepreneur. As host of the Make Meaning Podcast, Lynne is driven by finding answers to existential questions.
What is the state of higher education today? Do today’s college students have the luxury to study life’s meaning and purpose? Or, are universities and institutes of higher education focusing more on professional skills and salary potential? Molly Worthen, associate professor of history at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, thinks there is a problem with our current higher educational system. She believes that in recent years, universities have not been able to properly guide students to ask and answer the big questions. Molly believes that they’ve lost their original mission. Her article, The Anti-College Is on the Rise, breaks […]
In order to find meaning in your work and purpose in your life, you must first pinpoint what you are most passionate about, then commit to pursuing it. Make Meaning Podcast host Lynne Golodner recently interviewed author Patrick Hicks about how important it is to identify your calling, then strive to incorporate your purpose into your life in ways large and small. Patrick says writing grounds him. On Episode 102 of the Make Meaning Podcast, he tells Lynne about his love not just for putting words to paper but everything around the process of writing – from research and connecting with readers […]
Jim Reese believes writing helps people process who they are and what they’ve done. Whether he’s working with prison inmates or college students, he finds everyone has a story to tell – and that story can be the key to unlock the person they are meant to be. The author and college professor was interviewed by Lynne Golodner on Episode 73 of the Make Meaning Podcast. In the conversation, Lynne and Jim discussed his work teaching creative writing in federal prison as well as his tenure as a professor at Mount Marty University in Yankton, South Dakota.
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.
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?
There is power in your voice. There is meaning in your story. This is something that Barbara Jones understands. As Executive Editor at Henry Holt Publishers in New York and a decades-long friend and mentor to Lynne Golodner, Barbara has infused her professional career with meaning and purpose by sharing one story at a time. This line of work is “inherently meaningful,” Barbara said, as a guest on the second ever episode of the Make Meaning Podcast. A Story Can Change The World Stories can transcend time, space and emotion. They can help us learn fundamental truths about ourselves and […]
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.