Debbie Millman Ep.30 On Serendipity, Failure and Principles

Debbie Millman Ep.30 On Serendipity, Failure and Principles

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Debbie Millman Ep.30 On Serendipity, Failure and Principles

Debbie Millman Guest Overview

This week we go back to Episode 30 with Co-founder of the Masters in Branding program at New York’s School of Visual Arts and host of one of the most popular and longest-running podcasts, Design Matters, Debbie Millman.

We pick up the interview at 20 min where Debbie discusses the serendipitous events that have effects her path in life and we go from there.

If you missed this one last year, Debbie’s great strength is her candor and vulnerability. Be inspired by this short insight into the life design of Debbie Millman.

What We Discuss

Debbie’s innate curiosity

How she interviews for attitude

The transformative impact of coming out in her 50’s

Her perspective on courage

We discuss Debbie’s periods of depression and despair

We cover her principles

Her views on failure

The hard choices she has made

Her answer to our impossible question

Who we interview next


If you want to hear more and listen to the full interview you can here where we also  cover:

Her upbringing in New York

The emotional impact and stigma of her parent’s divorce aged eight

The impact of the abuse she experienced from her stepfather

A drawing she created as a child that became a visual representation her future life

Why Manhattan became what she called her ‘non-negotiable’

The impact and experience of 9/11

Her life-long struggle with a lack of self-belief

Resilience, hope, and shame

The validation she received from teachers for her

The empowering effect from one professor’s encouragement

Her creativity as a child

The liberating experience of being single in 2017

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Links In The Show 

Debbie Millman 

Milton Glaser 

School of Visual Arts 

One of Us movie 

SUNY Albany

Professor Helen Regueiro Elam 

Speak Up Blog 

Hacking the American Mind Robert Lustig


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