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May 31, 2016


In this episode, Dave interviews Mallie Rydzik, an academic and stormchaser who now runs a successful consulting business. Mallie’s a serial entrepreneur who also writes, coaches, and hosts the Offroad Millennial podcast. Listen as Mallie and Dave tackle topics including disruptive innovation; nailing social media; the future of education; and dealing with mental health issues -  always focusing on finding ways to be authentic.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:00 – Dave welcomes Mallie
  • 03:00 – Mallie’s background in academia and science
  • 03:30 – A host of blogs including Offroad Millennial and Systems Scientist
  • 03:50 – “The future of work is collaboration, innovation and remote teams”
  • 04:20 – Mallie delivers all-in-one strategy and operations consulting
  • 06:50 – Mallie’s vision is based on disruptive innovation theory
  • 07:20 – The Innovator’s Dilemma
  • 08:50 – Disruptive innovation comes from areas of markets that big companies don’t see
  • 10:00 – The lower end of the market is where changes happen
  • 10:40 – Big consultancies like SAP would make a loss engaging with small businesses
  • 09:37 – Don’t go past the point of boredom
  • 11:40 – What does disruption look like?
  • 12:20 – Blending of social media; importance of contractors; breaking into low-end markets
  • 14:15 – Tim Ferriss on the future of work
  • 15:50 – What’s a career path going to look like in the future?
  • 17:00 – Millennials are shaping the future of work whether they want to or not
  • 17:50 – Desire for authenticity
  • 18:30 – Entrepreneurship: you can have an entrepreneurial mindset within a corporation
  • 20:20 – People entering the workforce post-2008 had to find their own work
  • 21:15 – Is it stressful for people to have to continually sell themselves?
  • 22:30 – Entrepreneurship can be incredibly freeing
  • 23:20 – People do their best when they do what they love
  • 24:40 – “Authenticity” - having work that’s an extension of yourself
  • 25:40 – Social media: People don’t connect to companies, they connect to people
  • 26:40 – Twitter: Mallie has 35,000 posts
  • 27:12 – You have to be authentic on Twitter to make it work for you
  • 30:20 – Content marketing
  • 32:08 – Mallie’s challenges with mental health
  • 33:20 – Having to step back and deal with your brain and body can be grounding
  • 35:20 – It’s hard to not know if your brain is going to work against you
  • 37:00 – The solution is to get help, however that looks: family, therapy, medication
  • 39:35 – The legalization of marijuana as an entrepreneurial space
  • 40:28 – School system: what are the benefits of traditional education?
  • 41:40 – Are trade educations starting to drive people into white-collar careers?
  • 42:40 – In the current education system we’re taught to learn, not to do
  • 44:00 – Traditional education works for doctors, engineers, etc.
  • 45:00 – Issues with standardized testing
  • 47:00 – People are trained not to think big
  • 49:14 – Think critically about what makes you happy

3 Key Points:

  1. Think much bigger than you’ve ever been encouraged to.
  2. People connect with people, not with companies.
  3. The future of work is decentralized, collaborative, and project-based

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