Go With What You’ve Got

Marc Maron is a comedian and new media superstar. He has managed to marry his comedic talents with technology to create a popular podcast and TV show on IFC. He does his podcast out of his garage.  Much of his TV show is set there too.

Check out these two videos if you want to know more about him. I think he is a pretty clever guy who has figured out how to use technology to create a successful and fulfilling career.



Here are his best three pieces of life and career success advice…

  • Learn how to best use the talent you have.
  • Get the nicest equipment available. It doesn’t have to cost a lot.
  • Just hang on man.

Marc has lived his third piece of advice. He got kicked out of prep school because he “had the wrong kind of leadership qualities.” He was involved with comedy (sometimes as a doorman at a comedy club) from 1986 to 2009. He had his ups and downs over those years.

In 2009 he created the WTF podcast that expanded into his IFC TV show. He hung on through good times (three or four appearances a year with Conan O’Brien – the good; got divorced, drank too much – the bad). He finally succeeded with a weird concept, a show about a guy whose career goes off the rails, so he starts doing a podcast out of his garage – a semiautobiographical tale.   That’s hanging on, man.

But I really like Marc’s first piece of advice best – “learn how to best use the talent you have.”

A long time ago I realized that I was blessed with these talents. I am a good listener, I am analytic, I can cut through bs, and I can come up with workable solutions to tough problems. I leveraged those talents and transferable skills into a successful career as a consultant and coach.

As we begin 2015, I urge you to think about your natural talents. What are you good at doing? What do you really enjoy doing? How can you leverage these talents into transferable skills that will lead you into a job and career that you will really love – and one in which you will be successful?

Making the most of the talents you’ve been given gives you a head start on creating a successful and fulfilling life and career.

Your career mentor,


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