When it comes to turning the ordinary into extraordinary, are you able to truly, really bet on yourself? If you’re not sure… good news, because you’re about to uncover all kinds of confidence-inspiring nuggets from today’s guest, Ann Hiatt.
Ann is a Silicon Valley veteran with 15 years of experience, as the executive business partner for the one and only Jeff Bezos. She was there back in the day before he was the big famous space cowboy of Amazon, helping him to scale and grow the world’s largest online company.
She also was the right-hand gal for Eric Schmidt, who is the CEO and Executive Chairman of Google. She worked with Marissa Meyer and was really on the ground floor of big tech 20 years ago when all these tech legends were just figuring things out one day at a time.
For Ann, growing up in Seattle and being in the original dot com boom environment, surrounded by companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks was a masterclass in innovation. And it truly changed the course of her life.
Ann now consults with executives and companies across the globe to reverse engineer their moonshot goals and get real results. She is a sought-after international speaker, angel investor, and is the author of Bet On Yourself. And she recently relocated from Silicon Valley to Europe in a very romcom-esque whirlwind story she shares with Erin. All the goods are in here and Ann Hiatt brings the heat.
In this episode you’ll learn how to:
- Recognize, Own, and Implement (ROI) your own breakthrough opportunities
- Maintain authenticity by embodying a chameleon within your current environment
- Seek out education and experience in every situation
- Battle imposter syndrome and reframe what it actually means
- Set true success goals that actually *feel* like success
- Navigate through the burnout season you’re already in
- Identify and go after goals that you are passionately aligned with
- Proactively disrupt yourself to stay one step ahead
- Craft your individual mission statement (and why it’s crucial to have one!!)
- Harness your sense of purpose to make a bigger impact
Even though I learned these lessons multiple times across my 15-year career in Silicon Valley, the moment I became an entrepreneur myself, I felt rudderless, like I had no idea where I was going. — @AnnRHiatt on Twitter [0:28:44]
I’ve found that if you proactively disrupt yourself, that is the best way to future-proof your career. Because you’re going to be one step ahead of what your manager or your company has asked of you. And you’re going to be able to show up in a way that no one else can. — @AnnRHiatt on Twitter [0:28:26]
I had to level myself up proactively. No boss of mine came to me and said, ‘Ann, I’ve seen this untapped talent of yours and I’ve been thinking about how to apply it.’ That’s my responsibility. No one else is ever going to do that for you. — @AnnRHiatt on Twitter [0:26:13]
You need 80% fueling your 20% efforts. I realized that 80% of my time actually needs to be filling myself back up. So much of what we do is give. What I had to do was protect 80% of my time taking care of myself, physically, mentally, and spiritually connecting with people. — @AnnRHiatt on Twitter [0:23:07]
You can very much be an entrepreneur working in a large corporation or in a small company if what that really means is just you’re putting yourself in the driver’s seat and you know exactly what you want in exchange for your hard work. — @AnnRHiatt on Twitter [0:32:44]
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