001: Transitioning from Day Job to Dream Job with Kary Oberbrunner

At the age of 35, Dr. Kary Oberbrunner left his day job at a nonprofit to pursue his dream job: igniting souls. Through writing, speaking, coaching, he helps individuals and organizations clarify who they are, why they are here, and how they should invest their time and energy.

Before this, Kary struggled with stuttering, depression, and had a history of self-injury. Today, as the founder of Redeem the Day and Igniting Souls, and the author of several books, including the new edition of Day Job to Dream Job, he helps individuals in both the business and the nonprofit worlds transition into lives that offer them the 3 Fs – Freedom, Finances, and Fulfillment – while addressing their major fears.

Today, Kary joins the podcast to talk about his own journey of self-recovery, how he helps people who say “I hate my job and I don’t know what to do” find purpose, and what he’s doing to make a difference. In a world where so many people who supposedly “have it all” are so unhappy, it’s a must-listen – and could very well help you change your life for the better.

In this Podcast Interview, You’ll Learn:

  • How The Shawshank Redemption inspired Kary’s book – and how it serves as a central metaphor for much of his work.
  • What it really means to be “trapped” – and why it is no way to live.
  • The single thing that is most damaging for children as they grow up – and what you can do about it.
  • Why the side hustle is becoming increasingly common in our society – and how to find and embrace yours.
  • The day Kary “woke up” – and how he became laser-focused as he transformed his life.
  • How to make a value proposition statement, attract buyers to you, and cut through confusion and ambiguity.
  • Why people aren’t toxic and trying to hold you down – but may tear you down because of their own fears, lack of action, or apathy.
  • What we can do to reclaim the clarity we had in youth that we often lose sight of in middle age.
  • When you should NOT run from your day job – and why the most unhappy retirees feel that way.

Inspiring Quote

When at least three people have asked you for advice in a certain area, you are a perceived expert in their mind.”  – Kary Oberbrunner

“It’s often less about dream discovery and it’s more about dream recovery.” – Kary Oberbrunner

Interview Resources

Day Job to Dream Job: Practical Steps for Turning Your Passion into a Full-Time Gig
Dream Job Bootcamp
The Shawshank Redemption (Movie)
Man’s Search for Meaning The Classic Tribute to Hope from the Holocaust
Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old

Listen to the Kary Oberbrunner Interview


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