Living Intentionally with Sharon Rowe: Lead to Succeed 29

In this episode, Naphtali interviews Sharon Rowe, founder of EcoBags. Sharon urges listeners to build a business that is driven by more than profits by cultivating contentment. We discuss the importance of NOT falling prey to consumerism. Tune in and learn how you can build an intentional, socially responsible, and profitable business and career.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 01:15 – Naphtali introduces Sharon Rowe

  • 02:36 – Sharon explains the concept of an intentional business; aim for building business that is not driven solely by profit considerations

  • 05:48 – How can you be more mindful while managing your business?

  • 06:48 – Tips and tricks to achieve a great work life balance

  • 09:43 – Importance of articulating to yourself what you really want from life

  • 11:37 – Will achieving conventional success make you truly happy?

  • 13:13 – Sharon urges listeners to avoid going into a materialistic overdrive

  • 14:35 – Avoid falling prey to marketing strategies and making frivolous purchases

  • 18:05 – The origins of Sharon’s company; what is her business philosophy?

  • 20:00 – Balancing ambition with contentment is the true key to happiness

  • 23:04 – Sharon provides insights into her book, “The Magic of Tiny Business”

  • 26:27 – Learn how Sharon managed to overcome a major challenge in her life and what she learned from it

Rapid Fire:

  • 29:03 – On a scale of 1 to 10, how driven are you? Seven

  • 29:07 – One interesting thing from your daily routine Write and meditate

  • 29:22 – The one person in your life who helped you get to where you are today My mother

  • 29:29 – The best thing about living in New York that most folks don’t know Beautiful, culturally diverse with many artists

  • 29:00 – The most clever or humorous comic strip that you have read Peanuts

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  • 31:13 – One Final Life Lesson: Treat yourself well. Keep yourself healthy so that you can do what you want to do

Interesting fact:

In the US alone, more than 100 billion plastic bags are used each year – that's more than 300 bags per person.

Leadership quote:

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.
— Margaret Mead

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