From Sharon Kan, CEO and Co-Founder of Pepperlane…
Today I am excited to share with all of you my new podcast Step Out Of Line! This podcast stems from my curiosity about why people take turns in their lives, and how they think about following their own path rather than the path everyone expects of them.
Most of us can remember a time in our lives when we were told not to “rock the boat,” to “stay in line,” and “keep your head down.” There is always immense pressure to stick to the status quo and follow societal and familial expectations. In return for staying in line we are promised comfort, predictability, and regularity in life. You can have a family, a house, and a stable job if you just keep your head down.
I cannot deny the temptation of following this advice; all of these benefits and rewards are things everyone needs in their life. However—I am forced to ask—what do we give up by staying in line? How do we change our communities, our lives, and what is known to be possible by following the path already walked by others?
Charging down an unmapped path can be frightening. Right now, we are all living our lives against the backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak and the fear of not knowing what our world will look like when this is all over. My favorite president, FDR, said in his first inaugural address that it was his “firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” To step out of line is to step out of the confines of fear. To knowingly and willingly face fear, and reject it’s paralysis, in the pursuit of the new and the unknown—that takes courage. To step out of line and continue the advance of yourself, your community, and your dreams—that takes bravery.
As my head was swirling with these thoughts, I committed to start this new podcast: Step Out Of Line! I will be interviewing guests who do not follow the status quo, who have made the decision to chase the new and unknown, who stepped out of line. I want to dive deep with my guests, starting at the beginning of their journey and asking the difficult questions to uncover what made them take these turns, and how they got to where they are today.
The first three episodes are available now on iTunes and Google Play. In the first episode my daughter Leia interviews me about the power of dreams and possibilities. In Episode Two, I talk with HeatherJean McNeil, Co-Founder of the WIN Lab at Babson, about raising her children communally with other families. Episode Three is the first part of a discussion with the Founder of Happier, Nataly Kogan. We talk about the power of gratitude, kindness, and mindfulness in everyday life. I hope you all enjoy listening to Step Out Of Line!