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Put Yourself First + Take Control with Laurie Ruettimann (ep. 440)

Laurie Ruettimann

Top career advisor Laurie Ruettimann joins John O’Leary on the Live Inspired Podcast to share tactical advice for better job satisfaction.

Top career adviser Laurie Ruettimann has spent more than 20 years advocating for better employment experiences to increase retention rates and improve job satisfaction.

After a season as a young professional, Laurie was uninspired and blaming others for her unhappiness, until she decided to take hold of life—the good, the bad, and the downright ugly—in order to transform her future.

Today, Laurie shares the framework to approach work in a smart and healthy manner and the tactical advice to champion your interests and create a life you actually enjoy.

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  • We fix the world by fixing ourselves first. Growing up in chaos and turbulence, Laurie is proud of her 20-year marriage.
  • While attending Webster University in St. Louis, a professor encouraged Laurie to take a semester in London, taking her further away from her trauma.
  • Being able to feel the pain of others, Laurie says she was perfectly engineered for a career in Human Resources.
  • “Invest in yourself to become a far better leader for others.”
  • Self-leadership: Laurie shares how entrepreneurs like Michael Jordan and Sara Blakey are doing the work on themselves in order to do other things for other people.
  • “Wellness is a choice to be balanced in body, mind and spirit.”
  • “Practice boundaries in the small moments to nail it in the big moments.”
  • Until you chose to opt-in, no one can help guide you forward in the right direction.
  • Continual life-long learning. When you’re learning you’re growing. When you’re growing, you’re thriving.
  • Be curious: To find a mentor, identify someone you admire, watch their moves and copy a few of them.
  • Using Dr. Gary Klein’s psychology, Laurie tries to fail smarter by trying to predict how something is going to fail.
    • Apply this in real life: Before you do something important, sit down for 60 seconds, identify potential failures and use that list to improve your chance of success by over 30%.
  • The Arrival Fallacy: By getting caught up in future outcomes, we may attach to an unattainable illusion of perfection. Read the Forbes article Laurie mentioned here.
  • Great Resignation or the Great Talent Swap? Laurie fears people are expressing their dissatisfaction with an organization by leaving, causing the Great Resignation, instead of considering the positives of their job.
  • “You don’t have to quit your job to find satisfaction.”
  • In addition to finding a trusted confidant, Laurie recommends using the under-used benefit of the Employee Assistance Program to find out what you want to do in your career.
  • To relieve the angst and anxiety of this season, Laurie suggests being of service to others and finding a hobby to feel more fulfilled and create deliberate moments of joy.
  • Bet on yourself: Find peace and comfort knowing that the struggle they feel at work or in their careers is only temporary and it’s universal.
  • Work at the intersection of purpose and meaning.
  • Get a copy of Laurie Ruettiman’s book Betting on You here.

Laurie mentioned there isn’t a magic equation that will lead us to a happier, healthier life. This reminded me of my conversation with Fr. Tom Hoar and his poignant question “have you had enough?” Learn about this life-changing question that has brought others down a path of hope and healing on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 134.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. A little gritter and not so fancy sometimes.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. A photo from the local newspaper when my husband graduated college of his dad with a sign saying "Congratulations Kenny!". It reminds me of my late father-in-law and the beautiful bond they had.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. Gloria Steinem.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. "In this world, I don't expect anything and I'm never disappointed." - Walter Payton
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Take it easy.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. She tried.