Mar 30, 2018
Scott Stratten hated
work. It was broken. So he decided to burn it all down and build it
back up. How did he do it? By becoming unemployable. Join Laurie
and Scott as they talk through his experience before and after
burning down his career (multiple times) and what he did to make
life and work better for himself. What can YOU do to burn down your
- Scott knew he wanted to be a speaker at age 12. For his 16th
birthday, he asked for a textbook on HR standards because he
realized that he could stand up for people through human resources.
Pretty nerdy, right? Scott shares the story of when he was in HR
for Goodwill and the ridiculous situation that made him realize he
couldn’t do the job any more. It started with an employee stealing
from Goodwill. That’s bad enough. But then she was given $5,000 to
drop her grievance. Would you have done with Scott did?
- He went on to find another job training employees to sell
bubble wrap, constant travel and ridiculous hours, which he quit
with only 64 cents in the bank and a son on the way. His next job
as an independent trainer didn’t go much better, but something
happened that turned it all around for him. He created some viral
content in the HR circle.
- Laurie makes a surprising observation about the American
economy; the rug’s going to get pulled out from under us at any
time. She asks Scott how he’s future-proofing himself and his
business. Normally, business owners want to grow their businesses,
but Scott’s answer will shock you. He’s willing to take a 50% cut
- Not everyone wants to be a keynote speaker or online
leviathan. Some people want to open frozen yogurt shops. Scott
shares some sage advice on how to burn it down, or how NOT, to burn
it down. The first piece of advice? Start building your other thing
before you burn your current thing down. He even throws some ‘dad’
advice in there.
You can find Scott
just about everywhere; just search the term ‘unmarketing.’ You’ll
also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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