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Are Comfort Zones so Bad?

Best-Selling Author of Unfollow Your Passion, Terri Trespicio shares her opinion

This episode of She Built This, with guest Terri Trespicio, invites you to unfollow your passion and unsubscribe from conventional wisdom, advice,  beliefs, and assumptions.

We look into all sorts of phrases in the entrepreneurial space like “follow your passion”, “break out of your comfort zone” and “get inspired”. We examine how so much of what we’ve been fed, we take on in a way that we don’t need to and in this, She Built This podcast episode, Terri Trespicio, author of Unfollow Your Passion, shares her seemingly counterintuitive takes on career and life as she explains how (and why) to UNFOLLOW so much of what society and culture have taught us to believe.

In this episode of She Built This, featuring Terri Trespicio, we get into:

  • What passion really is vs. what we make it mean in our lives

  • Why we might give ourselves permission to unfollow our passion

  • Where all the pressure to “find your passion” comes from in the first place

  • Terri’s thoughts on comfort zones and whether or not they’re really the enemy we make them out to be in the entrepreneurial world?

  • What visibility means to Terri and how to get more of it, in a way that isn’t disingenuous

  • Advice for aspiring authors and writers

  • And more! 

About Terri 

Terri Trespicio is an award-winning writer, speaker, brand advisor, and author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life That Matters to You (Atria / Simon & Schuster, December 2021).

Her TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has more than 7 million views and Hubspot named her one of the “Top 18 female speakers who are killing it.”  A former magazine editor and radio host at Martha Stewart, she has appeared on the Today show, Dr. Oz, The Early Show, The Anderson Cooper Show—as well as Oprah magazine, Inc.com, and Business Insider.

A national conference speaker, Terri was rated #1 by attendees at Barron’s and How Design Live—and has performed stand-up all over New York City. A certified facilitator in the Gateless Writing Method, Terri leads workshops for helping people tap their best ideas. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, and won first place for creative nonfiction in the Baltimore Review’s 2016 literary contest. Terri lives in Manhattan.




Listen to Terri Trespicio’s Episode on She Built This

About the Host, Emily Aborn Content Writer, Podcaster, and Founder of She Built This 

Emily Aborn is a Content Writer for women entrepreneurs, Podcast Host of Content with Character, Podcast Host of the TOP Women Entrepreneur podcast She Built This, and Founder of She Built This, a community for women entrepreneurs and professionals. She’s been an entrepreneur since 2014 and has experience in running brick-and-mortar as well as online businesses. She’s worked with over 92 different industries and loves helping those with a big mission increase their visibility, connect with their clients, and bring their dreams and visions to life. For fun, Emily enjoys nerdy word games and puzzles, reading, listening to podcasts like they’re going outta’ style, and tromping about in the woods with her husband, Jason, and their dog, Clyde. 

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