Ep 3 - Tara McMullin: Capitalism, Curiosity, and Making the Hidden Visible

Speaking Human-First

29-06-2023 • 49 mins

Why is it that when we introduce ourselves we lead with what we DO instead of who we are?

I dig into that question and others with Tara McMullin – a writer, podcaster, and business owner who is also a wife, mother, feminist, and so much more.

In her book and on her podcast, both titled What Works, Tara regularly delves into the hidden systems and structures at play in our daily lives with uncanny insight.

The result? An opportunity to move through life with eyes wide open.

Today, we’re peeling back the layers of capitalism and how it informs every part of our 21st-century lives.

We also talk about how recognition for her ideas has built slowly, why she's changed communication tactics over the years, and why it’s critical to choose a medium that fuels your creativity.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • The fundamental questions that drive Tara’s work and how she’s come to contextualize that motivating force with learning she is autistic
  • How neoliberal capitalism has become the “air we breathe” economically, politically, socially, and culturally
  • How our relationship to the market and labor informs how we see ourselves and why it’s so important to expand our identities beyond work
  • Why a healthier, more whole life is not an endpoint, but a constant process of noticing and making more intentional choices
  • The power of iteration and cumulative recognition in Tara’s career
  • How What Works has evolved over the years and why Tara made the shift to a narrative format

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