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Literary Writers and Tools for Collaboration: Tamela Rich’s Recommendations

In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, author and adventurer Tamela Rich discusses the balance between being prepared to face fears and obstacles with the right mindset, and adapting to what the world throws at you. Her influences—explored here—provide her with the tools to think positively, collaborate, communicate, and overcome challenges.

1. Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist; @paulcoelho

In her interview, Tamela discusses how setbacks she experienced to her business propelled her into a more satisfying future. Of The Alchemist. Tamela writes, “Using a simple fable and simple sentences, this book reminds me that every setback in life exists to propel me toward a more satisfying future than the one I had imagined. My job is to do the that work I can do, and ask the Universe to manage the big stuff.”

2. Lou Solomon’s Interact Studio; @InteractStudio

Tamela writes: “Lou’s practice is bringing the human element back into business. On the surface, her business is training people to speak in public. Look deeper and you’ll see that her work is really about showing up as our true selves in every facet of our lives.”

3. Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way gave me permission to be me. I encountered her book some 20 years ago and it changed my relationship with God and my work.

“This is my favorite quote: “God is an artist. So are we. And we can cooperate with each other. Our creative dreams and longings do come from a divine source, not from the human ego…”

“The backstory of Cameron’s book is fascinating. The book was originally turned

down by the William Morris literary agency, before being self-published. After the book began to sell widely, it was published by what is now The Penguin Group and became a Top 100 Best Self-Help Book of All Time.”

4. Unstuck Digital Coach (www.unstuck.com)

“This is a great tool for shaking off a fixed mindset.”

5. Roger von Oech’s Creative Whack Pack (www.creativethink.com)

Creative Whack Pack is a discussion tool for group or coaching settings. Tamela writes, “I’ve used the Creative Whack Pack with groups and coaching clients. Using a tool with a group gives people permission to say what needs to be said and creates a supportive environment for change.”


About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

David is the podcast host and community builder behind Smashing the Plateau, an online platform offering resources, accountability, and camaraderie to high-performing professionals who are making the leap from the corporate career track to entrepreneurial business ownership.

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