What Gets Us Through Tough Times: Talking with Diane Hessan, Mom, Entrepreneur, and Columnist | Podcast Episode 246

Diane Hessan always knew she wanted to work full-time, while raising her daughters. Today she shares what that was really like, and how her life’s work prepared her to fulfill a super important role in today’s frightening and demoralizing political climate.

Nowadays, Diane speaks daily with 500 American voters. These are people from every area of the country, every walk of life, every creed, every color. And as she connects with them Diane is learning important lessons that she takes into her own life.

Listen to our conversation today to discover what these lessons are, so you can enjoy your life, and be helpful to those around you at the same time!

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Here is what Diane wants you to know as you raise your young children and live in these frightening times

1) Relying on friends is key. So is being a good friend to those you are close with.

2) Parents must model the search for happiness and creative fulfillment. Searching for these elements in our own lives is the only way to help our kids, down the road, as they search for these elements in their lives.

3) We need to use the word “and,” instead of the word “or.”
There are a lot of wonderful ideas between the two poles of either/or; we can solve lots of problems and create lots of happiness by substituting the word and in, to our speech and our thinking.


Key Links

Click here for the initial column Diane wrote, published just before Thanksgiving 2016, called Understanding the Undecided Voter. The column went viral, and when you read it you will see why.

Click here to read a recent column of Diane’s, entitled “The problem isn’t how we feel about Trump – it’s how we feel about each other”.

During this episode I reference a book about understanding the importance of moving away from an “either/or” mentality; click here to listen to Episode 228, in which I discuss 4 key parenting books (that are not necessarily about parenting). This book, Tim Arnold’s The Power of Healthy Tension, made that list.

Click here to check out Pepperlane, the website created by Diane’s friend Sharon Kan.


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