Free Agent Podcast with Meg Schmitz


For my second appearance on Meg’s show, we talk more deeply about how to grapple with uncertainty in a volatile economy. Meg helps entrepreneurs connect with franchise opportunities and she shows prospective franchisees how to use best practices to make the best decisions about getting into a franchise.

We talk about resilience and the need to take managed risks to cope with uncertainty. My main message is, essentially: trust yourself. The future you want to manifest is something you already know on a certain level. Stop bouncing around between conflicting outside signals and directions and get used to taking your own counsel.

It’s all about: Who you are, why you do what you do, and where you want to go from here.

Top technique: journal every day!

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John Tarnoff is an executive and career transition coach, speaker, and author who supports mid and late-career professionals in defining, planning, and achieving more meaningful and sustainable careers.

Fired 39% during his 35 years as a film producer, studio executive and tech entrepreneur, he learned how to turn setbacks into successes in a volatile business. He reinvented his own career at 50, earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology to share his career lessons with others going through similar challenges.

Since leaving entertainment in 2010, John has coached individuals, groups, and led career workshops for university alumni, including for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Corporate coaching clients have included Bank of America, Bridgewater Assoc., Levi-Strauss, Softbank, TD Ameritrade, and Thrive Global.

He is the author of the best-selling Boomer Reinvention: How to Create your Dream Career Over 50 and has been named a Top Influencer in Aging by PBS/NextAvenue.


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