Creating a Beautiful Future with Barrett Brooks

Barrett Brooks, former COO of ConvertKit and now an executive coach, shared his deep connection with nature and the significance of confronting past pain. He reflected on the complexities and rewards of executive coaching, the balance between coaching and personal creative work, and the necessity of personal growth and clear professional agreements.

Barrett discussed his own experience of leaving a company, highlighting the lessons learned about boundaries, contracts, and the challenges posed by conflicting desires for company growth. He stressed the importance of navigating company departures, processing grief, and understanding the interplay between grief and joy.

Additionally, he talked about his future plans, including writing a memoir and starting a podcast.

  • (00:00) - Introduction
  • (06:17) - The brokenness of the natural world and organizations
  • (12:22) - Finding inner and outer alignment
  • (16:05) - Patterns from childhood and their influence
  • (26:14) - Transitioning to coaching
  • (29:50) - Coaching's influence on writing
  • (33:13) - How would you coach yourself?
  • (35:53) - Navigating joining and leaving ConvertKit
  • (46:24) - The cost of joy is grief
  • (59:34) - Power of memoirs
  • (01:07:13) - A beautiful future

  • Nature can have a profound impact on our well-being and should be protected.
  • Acknowledging and integrating past pain is essential for personal growth and success.
  • Coaching can be a valuable tool for individuals to navigate their personal and professional challenges.
  • Creating space for personal growth and creative pursuits is crucial for maintaining balance and fulfillment. Having clear boundaries and a contract is essential when entering into agreements.
  • Incompatible desires for company growth can lead to conflict and ultimately the decision to part ways.
  • Navigating the complexity of leaving a company requires open communication and a willingness to process emotions.
  • Grief and joy are interconnected, and allowing oneself to fully experience grief can lead to a deeper appreciation of joy.
  • Writing and ritual can be powerful tools for processing grief and creating closure.
  • Storytelling and making meaning are important for personal growth and understanding.
  • Creating a beautiful future involves healing and integrating past pain.
  • Writing a memoir and starting a podcast can be powerful ways to share personal experiences and inspire others.

Creators and Guests

Benjamin Borowski
Benjamin Borowski
Notion warlock at, Systems at, volunteer firefighter, hacker, DJ
Marie Poulin
Marie Poulin
Taming work/life chaos with Notion • Leading • Online Courses • ADHD • Permaculture
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