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The Outsider’s Edge (ft. Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan, Brene Brown's Handpicked Keynote Speaker & Facilitator)

The Outsider’s Edge (ft. Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan, Brene Brown's Handpicked Keynote Speaker & Facilitator)

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The Outsider’s Edge (ft. Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan)

The things that separate us can lead us to our dreams

OPENING QUOTE:

“What I realized is that if you actually explore what made you feel like an outsider, what are those things that made you feel like you're not part of the club, that could actually become your unique differentiator.”

—Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan

GUEST BIO:

Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan is a proven expert in speaking truth to power, delivering over 7,700 hours of professional coaching across 26 countries. She has 26 years of experience consulting leaders and teams at Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Hewlett Packard, the U.S. military, and more. Lakshmi was also handpicked by thought leader Brené Brown as a facilitator and speaker for her Dare to Lead program.

Learn more about Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan:

CORE TOPICS + DETAILS:

[5:56 ] – The Superpower Formula

Find your superpowers and turn them ‘on’

Try Lakshmi’s ‘superpower formula’ to identify the skills that can lead you to your goals. Start by looking at the experiences in your personal and professional life where you felt that every single part of you was firing, like you were being lit up. Your brain was stretched, your capacity was expanded. Then strip away the external details of those experiences— where you were, what role you were in— and identify the core of the experiences that made you feel like you were riding lightning. For Lakshmi, it was the concept of being a transformation agent. What will it be for you?

[14:45 ] – Superhero = Powers + Values

Once you know your skills, identify your values

Clarity of values is essential in identifying our path. What are those things that are most important to you? What are those non-negotiables that you view the world through? What drives my filter process of what's right, what's wrong, what's good, what's bad? Once you have those answers, you can begin putting your superpowers to work

[20:27 ] – Become Comfortable with “For Now”

You don’t have to see 10 years into the future

People often ask Lakshmi, “Do you see yourself doing this in five years?” Her answer: “I had no idea.” As long as you enjoy something, let it be the heart and soul of what you do. If that changes, change your path with it. 

[24:57 ] – When Being an Outsider is Your Superpower

How being on the ‘outside’ can be your greatest asset

Growing up in India before moving to America, Lakshmi often felt like an outsider. The feelings associated with that other-ness were negative, like she didn’t belong. Then she realized that the things that made her feel like an outsider were actually some of her most unique differentiators, the assets she had that no one else could match. What are your ‘outsider’ traits that could be your greatest assets?

[33:55 ] – The Four Skills

A system for armoring up

First, rumble with vulnerability. Put yourself in situations where you’re faced to confront the places where you’re most vulnerable. Second, live your values. Know what you stand for and stand for it. Third, embrace trust— in yourself and the people around you. Fourth, reset and recover. Give yourself the space to rest and recharge after challenging circumstances.

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ABOUT PLAYMAKERS: IMPACT UNLEASHED:

Playmakers: Impact Unleashed is an all-access pass to the game-changers of today and the history makers of tomorrow. The show looks past the trophy cabinet and features a no-BS, inside look into the world of comeback, transformation, and impact unearthing practical tools and mindsets that we can all leverage to make a play in our own lives and careers.

Take a seat at the table with leadership expert, sports industry veteran, bestselling author, personal transformation coach, purpose igniter, and your host Paul Epstein in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From stories of total defeat to the thrills of unimaginable achievement to the practices of mastering the inside game, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to unleash impact and drive success, significance, and purpose no matter your starting point.

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ABOUT THE HOST:

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’s 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 Founder of Purpose Labs, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the Playmakers: Impact Unleashed 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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The Outsider’s Edge (ft. Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan, Brene Brown's Handpicked Keynote Speaker & Facilitator)

The Outsider’s Edge (ft. Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan, Brene Brown's Handpicked Keynote Speaker & Facilitator)

Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan, Paul Epstein, Detroit Podcast Studios, Connor Trombley