On the first day of summer (June 20) I launched a new blog called Thrivers. I felt the need, not because a millisecond had gone by without some human launching a new blog and I wanted to plug that gaping hole, but because there was a crying need for a voice of optimism in this crazy world on which we all swirl.
My idea was to feature writing only by people I knew (thousands); only by those I felt were optimists (hundreds); only by those who truly loved what they do or were working hard and happily to find that professional joy (about 50); and only those who could write really well and tell a compelling, entertaining and informative story (about 25); only those who were wry, smart, insightful, quirky and candid (about 12); and only those who got the point and were incredibly excited to participate and eager to help others flourish (a handful). Yes, that is how I formed what I consider to be an incredible team of Thrivers.
The blog is self-hosted, meaning it has a cool url (thrivers.work) but as a self-hosted site, it’s not listed in the WordPress directory, and therefore not findable by someone looking for something fantastic to read on WordPress. I’m letting you know about it, because I’d love for you to take a moment to find it and see if it resonates with you. If it does, we’d love to have you reading, sharing your ideas, comments and insights, and telling us all how YOU thrive. I’ll be shifting most of my time and tips for thriving at work and life from Boostcamp Buzz to Thrivers.
Thriving is defined as “to grow or develop well, to flourish,” and one who does so is a thriver. As you might sense, this blog is all about thriving, both at work and in life, with greater emphasis on the former.
So, right, you may think “Oh goodie, the world needs yet another blog,” but I’m especially excited about this one because while roughly half the world population considers itself moderately happy overall, just 13% of people worldwide love what they do and truly thrive in their work. So, the topic is clearly crying out for ways to improve that sorry stat.
Here is a little bit about each of our contributing writers:
Hannah Goodwin graduated from Indiana University in May and this week started a full-time job in the office of Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor. I met Hannah a couple years of ago when she took my class Public Relations for Nonprofits. I liked Hannah right away. She’s sweet, incredibly sarcastic, self-deprecating, smart, inventive and determined. In her last semester, Hannah took my PR Career Success Preparation class, and she may not admit it, but given the plum job she’s just landed, apparently she learned a lot. 😉 Her first piece with Thrivers is called “It’s A Numbers Game,” which clearly demonstrates the qualities I’ve just ascribed her.
After 30+ years in fitness, Mary Yoke is pursuing her Ph.D. She is warm, lively, interested and downright sparkly. She knows more than almost anyone about fitness and is writing her dissertation on people’s attitudes toward physical activity. Mary’s also a fantastic yoga teacher, who loves music and plays the piano daily while overlooking a large, lush lake. Enjoy Mary’s first article here.
Kate Halliwell is an excellent writer who is enjoying a most enviable internship in LA at IndieWire, an online entertainment publication. She’s not exactly sitting around, filing or going on coffee runs there; she’s already garnered 45 bylines! Kate also is lively and witty, and she will be starting her senior year in less than two months. Kate’s prolific on Thrivers too! Check out her articles:
I’m also thrilled to have Kelly Bush on our team. Kelly is a 30-something enjoying a new, fabulous career in the New York art world after taking a less fitting path. I met Kelly years ago, when she worked as a Teaching Assistant for my father Tom Heslin, who was an IU Kelley School of Business professor. Kelly is brainy, clever, wise, sharp, tenacious and cultured. Enjoy her first Thrivers piece.
For the moment, our sole male contributing writer is Tibet Spencer. Like the others, he is incredibly likable, funny, focused, astute and positive. He is outdoorsy and athletic, and has a natural charm about him. Tibet graduated from IU in May and has just converted his summer internship into a full-time job with an advertising firm in Indianapolis. His two Thrivers posts have been particularly popular:
- How To Keep Learning When No One Is There To Fail You
- To The Recent College Grad Or Rising Senior: Go Get Some Skin In The Game!
And then there’s Olivia Humphreys, who was chosen by her classmates to be the one they’d most like to hire, given the opportunity. She’s awesome. Like Hannah, Olivia took both my PR for Nonprofits class and the Career class, and she’s such a positive force. She characterizes herself as a relaxed Type A personality and is really bright, creative, organized and well prepared. Olivia graduated in May and almost immediately began working for a nonprofit called Centerstone. She absolutely loves her job, and in her post, you can see why.
I round out the Thrivers team, and I’m a Mindful Career Coach, who helps people reach their professional mountaintop. I also teach at IU and love laughing, writing, traveling, animals and yoga. I’ll cover topics ranging from hot resume trends to mindful leadership, career success and workplace ins and outs.
We’ll cover jobs, internships, bosses, challenges, insights, career goals, job searches, travels, dreams, inspirations, motivations, doubts, fears, frustrations, fun, friendships, and of course, their particularly thriving places, projects, activities, things, strategies and moments.
So far, Thrivers is off to a flourishing start, with more than 1500 visitors in its first two weeks.
I launched Thrivers on the first day of summer because it’s a good time to remember that we, like the sun, contain the power to nurture and sustain, and that we have a responsibility (and opportunity) to burn as brightly as we can. This is the time to invite fire into our lives; fire to burn away all that we have outgrown and no longer serves us and fire to ignite our inspired creativity, excitement and passion, for which our inner selves so desire.