DiscoverPlaymakers: On PurposeComplacency = Death (ft. Kara Goldin, Founder, Hint Water + Bestselling Author, 'Undaunted')
Complacency = Death (ft. Kara Goldin, Founder, Hint Water + Bestselling Author, 'Undaunted')

Complacency = Death (ft. Kara Goldin, Founder, Hint Water + Bestselling Author, 'Undaunted')

Update: 2022-03-09


Complacency = Death (ft. Kara Goldin)

The power of momentum on the path to purpose


“So often people sort of get stuck, I guess it's the goal. Go find your purpose, go find your mission. But sometimes in order to find that purpose and mission, you just have to start with not staying complacent.”

—Kara Goldin


Kara Goldin is the founder of Hint, best known for its award-winning and industry-leading Hint Water. She’s also the bestselling author of Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters. She’s been named to InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California and one of the Huffington Post’s six disruptors in business alongside the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.



[4:32 ] - What’s the Worst that Can Happen?

A simple question with powerful implications

To become undaunted, you have to boldly confront the worst-case scenario and determine that it’s not enough to derail you from your path. If you ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen, then when the worst happens you are entirely unphased. 

[11:27 ] - Turning Setbacks Into Momentum

How Kara turned a devastating blow into renewed focus

When Hint water was dropped from Starbucks stores after a new buyer switched up their strategy, Kara was devastated. But instead of languishing in frustration, she listened. She networked. She didn’t stay complacent, and she kept moving forward. Then she got an email from Amazon about a grocery business they were starting…

[33:54 ] - Sometimes Purpose Begins with Fun

Can’t find what you love? Start with what you enjoy

Not everyone gets a bolt-of-lightning flash of insight about their purpose when they’re still a teenager. For many, the only place to begin is with the things you enjoy. Love playing music? Follow that. Love being an entrepreneur? Go that way. You can’t know your direction until you set off toward some goal, even if it doesn’t ultimately become your destination.

[44:37 ] - Misery Loves Company

Feeling lost? Consider the greats

Steve Jobs felt lost. Da Vinci felt lost. Throughout history, some of the great geniuses and innovators experienced stumbles and roadblocks. When you’re feeling stuck, look to them for inspiration— not to revel in their wins, but to see that even the most worthwhile ideas and innovators have experienced bumps (or massive, inescapable craters) on their road to success.


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The Playmakers: ON PURPOSE podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. 

From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader, advisor to PurposePoint and The Why Institute, and Success Magazine's Top Global Thought Leader, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. 

From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. 

It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.

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Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.

Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.

He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.

Now, as a global keynote speaker, recognized by Success Magazine as a Top Global Thought Leader, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.

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Complacency = Death (ft. Kara Goldin, Founder, Hint Water + Bestselling Author, 'Undaunted')

Complacency = Death (ft. Kara Goldin, Founder, Hint Water + Bestselling Author, 'Undaunted')

Kara Goldin, Connor Trombley, Detroit Podcast Studios, Paul Epstein