An Honest Conversation About Making a Career Change in Mid-Life

Episode 10 Facing Fear

On this summer day, my guest is Jamie Russo, Executive Director of the Global Workspace Association and the creator and host of the Everything Coworking Podcast. I met Jamie years ago when she was deciding to make the move from building someone else’s business to building her own. I am so happy to have her as my guest this week as she shares the moment she knew it was time for a career change, how she determined entrepreneurship was for her, and the road to becoming a leading expert in her industry today.

You can listen to the full podcast episode here, or continue reading below.

In this episode Jamie and I cover a wide range of topics including, why she left a large role as COO of a healthcare startup, how she figured out what she wanted next, walking into fear, and what business school doesn’t teach you. Plus, we talk about why you can’t talk your way to success and the dreaded “imposter syndrome.” This episode is NOT just for entreprenuers. If you’ve ever felt like making a change but can’t see the whole road map, you’ll get a lot out of this interview!

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Jamie’s pivot out of the healthcare industry and into her role asenrepreneur opening her first coworking space (6:15 seconds)
  • Why you can’t think your way to success (7:55)
  • Proven strategy when the next step appears daunting (14:20)
  • Top three career change fears and how to get through them to uplevel your life (15:30)
  • How to know if you should quit or keep going (16:55)
  • A new habit to take charge of your life (22:50)


Resources from this episode:
Jamie’s website
Playing Full Out Podcast: An Honest Conversation About Making a
Career Change in Mid-Life
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
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With over 20 years of experience as an executive and leadership coach, Rita helps leaders — emerging and established — excel in corporate and entrepreneurial environments.

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