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Episode 41: Katie Wood & A Simple Seed of Growth, Gratitude & Giggles

  1. Episode 41: Katie Wood & A Simple Seed of Growth, Gratitude & Giggles John M Jaramillo 1:12:19

In most of the podcast episodes I’ve made mention about or been curious as to how the lessons of my guests, from the work they do, can be transferred and imparted on children. It’s a two-pronged approach: Beyond repairing what we need to as adults and building from there, how can we prepare the younger generations, providing them the right tools to make their arduous journey through life more efficient? Not easy, but more efficient. Not fewer obstacles or challenges, but smarter work and life habits to tackle them.

For this episode, Katie walks me through both her career and the drivers behind her book. As a student athlete and then teacher, she recognized the power of mindset – how you’re thinking about your thinking. It was one thing to teach kids what to think, quite another to teach them a mindset and approach with which to handle all of life’s challenges and bullshit.

I’ve begun this journey with my own son, working through the 100 tips Katie provides in the journal, each with its lessons, reflections, jokes, and question for  parents. And it makes sense that the exercises pull the parents in. For all the lessons we try to teach our kids, most of those we can stand to relearn ourselves.

Some highlights from this episode:

  • What the true deciding factor in a coin flip really is
  • Katie, on kids: Why are we not spending this critical time in life teaching them how to center themselves and attract more positive and change their mindset…to not be afraid of failure?
  • Regret is harder than failure, rejection, or anything else. It’s like the devil.
  • “A U-Haul doesn’t follow a hearse”

Mentioned or Applicable Books:

  • Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D
  • School of Grit: Unlock Your Potential Through Purposeful Adversity by Brad Ritter (Episode 37)

The MAIN QUESTION for you, which underlies my conversation with Katie, is how are you preparing your children (or yourself, for that matter) by picking when to do the hard things? Do you do them now, controlling what you can, or put them off and deal with the unknown consequences later?


Bio: Katie Wood is a thought leader, entrepreneur, and author of “A Simple Seed” journal of growth, gratitude & giggles. In 2014, she transitioned from a 10-year career in teaching special education to fully embracing entrepreneurial life.  Katie speaks frequently at training events, schools and is also developing several business ventures. ‘A Simple Seed’ has been ranked a best-seller on Amazon, #1 in All Children’s Books, #1 in Happiness Self-Help, and #5 in ALL BOOKS. The journal has been featured on The TODAY SHOW, NBC, Entrepreneur Magazine and podcasts such as “The Story Behind Her Success” with Candy O’Terry. Additionally Katie was invited to “Entrepreneurs on Fire,” an award winning podcast with over 100 million listens every month and has had guests such as Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, and Tim Ferriss. Among her successes, Katie credits her most rewarding role as that of mom to her 4 wild and fun-loving kids and fire-wife.

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John M. Jaramillo Leadership Performance Coach

John M. Jaramillo is founder and leadership performance coach and consultant at Coach It Out, LLC.

In that capacity he helps clients throughout the organizational hierarchy break through to their next level of leadership performance and effectiveness. Clients realize just how much more of their abilities, experiences, and goals they can bring to the table. His professional experience in the public and private, profit and non-profit sectors allows him to transfer lessons across business industries, organizational structures, and leadership needs.

In addition to coaching, he enjoys writing, presenting and speaking on leadership branding and design as well as hosting two podcasts -- The Book Leads: Impactful Books For Life & Leadership and Mindset Talks: Life Beyond The Checkboxes.

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