Season 01, Episode 16
Podcast Episode Title
From TV Screens to Business Strategies: The Last of Us Effect
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Welcome to the School of Moxie, where business meets entertainment in unexpected ways! In this episode, host Mary Williams takes you on a journey through the first season, drawing insights from the HBO series, The Last of Us. Discover the power of analogical thinking as Mary and her guests unravel entrepreneurial secrets using TV show narratives. Explore the theme of completion and its parallels in entrepreneurship.
Reflect on the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone, especially for neurodivergent entrepreneurs, and the need for a human touch in the business world. Dive into the world of shadow qualities, individual perspectives, and the evolving nature of businesses, much like TV series storylines.
Join Mary in a personal reflection on the season, recognizing the bravery of her guests and the transformative impact on both herself and listeners. As the season concludes, anticipate sneak peeks into Season 2. If you’re an entrepreneur seeking inspiration, authenticity, and practical insights, this episode is your guide to rewiring your business brain and embracing the moxie mindset. Tune in for an engaging blend of entertainment and entrepreneurship wisdom.
Quote from the episode
Some episodes are quieter. Some set you up a bigger storyline in a future episode. That’s kind of the point of storytelling… and I would advocate it’s also kind of the rhythm of your own business journey with your offers. Not every offer and every year in business is a winner. It can’t be. If they were all the same, you’d never know the difference between things.
~ Mary Williams, host of The School of Moxie Podcast
Discussed in this episode
- Analogical Thinking: How using analogies, especially from media and entertainment, can enhance business communication and problem-solving.
- Completion & Entrepreneurship: Drawing parallels between finishing a TV series and completing business goals, emphasizing the importance of setting deadlines.
- Stepping Outside Comfort Zones: Discussing the role of low-stakes endeavors in overcoming fears and starting, especially for neurodivergent entrepreneurs.
- Humanity in Business: Reflecting on the collective need for a human touch in business, especially in the post-pandemic era.
- Reflection & Integration: Encouraging listeners to take moments for reflection in the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship for better information integration.
- Shadow Qualities: Exploring the importance of engaging with the shadow side of oneself, delving into discomfort and addressing jealousy or criticism.
- Individual Perspectives: Recognizing that different guests resonate differently, prompting listeners to reflect on their own feelings and reactions.
- Business Evolution: Discussing how businesses, like TV series, go through quieter phases and big storylines, urging entrepreneurs to embrace the rhythm.
- Authenticity & Visibility: Encouraging entrepreneurs to show up authentically, even when it’s uncomfortable, and using discomfort as a guide for business evolution.
- Seasonal Reflections: The host’s personal reflections on the season, gratitude for brave guests, and a sneak peek into Season 2.
- The Last of Us video game created by Naughty Dog
- The Last of Us television series on HBO
- Bittersweet by Susan Cain
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Host & Guest information
Mary is the CEO and founder of Sensible Woo, home of The School of Moxie Podcast. A librarian by trade, who established herself in the entertainment industry as the digital archivist for a major animation production studio, she has consulted for not only entertainment companies, but also marketing agencies, tech start-ups, and non-profit fundraising organizations. For the last eight years, she’s been a business coach for highly-sensitive, neuro-divergent business owners, championing the focus on systems and data management as a solid foundation for sustainable businesses that scale. The motto at Sensible Woo is that you are always your best system, which means embracing the magic of your intuitive side is just as important as the data your business produces. Mary has been an online content creator since 2010, which makes her a tough old bird in the online entrepreneurship community and you should definitely ask her about all the crazy shit she’s seen people do online over the years. You can travel with Mary as she records guests in studios through her weekly emails, YouTube, Instagram, and Threads.