Meaning at work, teens and the power of the underdog – Interview with author Josh Shipp

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I have always been a huge fan of underdogs.

Josh Shipp started his life without a safety net. Abandoned at birth by his mother, he spent most of his youth bouncing between foster homes, growing increasingly disillusioned and angry.

He finally landed in a home with a family who gave him the kind of support and encouragement he needed.

He then built an amazing speaking business, reaching more than 2 million teens with live presentations.

He created a television show called Jump Shipp where he pairs a person with a big dream with a mentor and a challenge to make it happen.

His latest book is called Jump Ship: Ditch Your Dead-End Job and Turn Your Passion into a Profession.

In this episode, Josh and I discuss:

  • His own journey, and how he turned a bleak childhood into a life of service and inspiration
  • Strategies for finding more meaning in your life and business
  • How to integrate all of your “ingredients” in your work – skills, strengths and scars

I was so inspired to talk to this young man who has done more with his short life than most people twice his age.

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3 Responses to “Meaning at work, teens and the power of the underdog – Interview with author Josh Shipp”

  1. Kate Watson says:

    Pam and Josh, thanks for this. Although I know Josh—haven’t seen him for a few years though—there are many elements of his story that I first heard here. Great message: “Our struggles/our challenges can truly give people hope… People learn so much more from our screw-ups and failures than they do from us bragging about our successes.”

  2. Great interview, Pam and Josh. I jumped ship 13 years ago and never looked back. It’s not for everyone, but if you have a passion for your work, and for helping other people, that makes it much easier.

  3. faisal says:

    First have a side hustle and then jump ship.