The Lunar Lab: My Secret Life As a Podcaster

Before recording, my podcasting partner often reads off the latest emails. This week we had one from a stay-at-home mom who quickly clarified that she didn’t run her own business but she still loved listening to our podcast. She said it helped her with the work of mothering!

We were floored.

But we shouldn’t have been: we’ve gotten email before from non-entrepreneurial folks who love The Lunar Lab’s raw, real, and nitty-gritty discussion of what it means to try to live life fully engaged and run a heart centered business.

For some reason this email finally drove it home: our podcast for entrepreneurs isn’t just for entrepreneurs.

This week’s episode is way more confessional than most… so much so I almost pulled it from the queue.

You know I write a lot about making your greatest weakness into your best super power. I love to talk about it ’cause I’ve done it, over and over, for most of my life.

It started in kindergarten when the teacher called my mom in for a conference, not because I’d done something wrong, but because I’d done something different. Something she hadn’t seen in all her twenty years of coaxing the ABCs out of five-year-olds. The class had been asked to draw a person’s face. Amidst the usual full-frontal smiley faces my drawing looked odd and flat: instead of the full-frontal face, I’d drawn a profile.

Seeing in profile has been a great metaphor for viewing the world slightly sideways of how others see it. At the time, no one was worried about this profile-drawing kindergartner (in fact, the teacher and my parents arranged for extra art classes). Back then, when there wasn’t a battery of tests given to us slow readers, my backward letters as I carefully penned my alphabet were just another sign of my creativity.

In many ways I was lucky. Despite early signs that math would be my personal purgatory, I was classified as gifted and given extra games to hone my deductive reasoning skills…

… which it turns out I was gonna need big-time to navigate life with a learning disability.

I didn’t get the diagnosis ’til I was working on my Masters degree in architecture. My self-image was firmly established as smarty-pants. Imagine my surprise when the counseling office at the University of Virginia, where I had a free ride, suggested I would never be able to complete the program.

On the one hand, I could easily explain how the French building was affected by the tax code in the Victorian era, on the other hand a white storm would blow through my brain as soon as I hit an engineering class and I’d spend the hour grabbing at the wind, trying to make it into something sensical.

Once I was diagnosed, I looked back at my life and realized how I had gotten incredibly adept at manipulating my world toward what I excelled at and away from the places my brain couldn’t go.

That ability to create a world I could live and thrive in was definitely a super power. Click To Tweet

But because I forget about this “disability” (as my husband says, How can someone as high-functioning as you be classified as severely learning disabled?) means I sometimes run headlong into it…

And I talk about that more in this Lunar Lab Podcast: Breaking Up with Normal.

Give a listen and let me know what you think below.

Big hugs—

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