An Interview With Phil LaDuke

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I tell my son all the time that every person, regardless of who they are, can make a difference. I think that is something we don’t think about enough. We don’t take the opportunity to make a difference seriously enough at times. The simple act of getting groceries for a senior may seem a very small gesture to you, but to that senior, it makes a tremendous difference. The truth is that by helping even one or two neighbors, you are making a difference in someone’s life.


An Interview With Phil La Duke

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I would love to see everyone more tolerant and accepting of others, even if we don’t share the same views, opinions, and political parties. If everyone ate the same food and had the same opinions about everything, life would be pretty boring.


An interview with Phil La Duke

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Get ready to learn. You need to learn about everything and mostly stuff you have never heard before. Hardware manufacturing — check. Global logistics — check. Entertainment, fitness, climbing industries — check. Cloud services — check. Business habits of a random country — check. How to sell something that did not exist before, check. Taxes, legal bureaucracy — check, and check.


An Interview With Phil La Duke

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The main myth that I want to bust is that HSPs are weak and unable to cope in today’s society and workforce. NOPE! I’m here to say that’s not the case at all. You can absolutely thrive as a Highly Sensitive Person and be a productive, engaging, highly functioning member of society — all while honoring your gifts and respecting your sensitivity.


An Interview With Phil La Duke

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Do your own inner work. Get to know yourself. Cultivate self-acceptance, self-love. Learn and ground into your worthiness. I talked about the importance of this above. The more I got to know myself, the more I was able to be clear with my certainty and my boundaries while letting go of the need to make others feel better to determine my self-worth.


An Interview With Phil LaDuke

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People are resilient. We may be generally impatient and want to see the end yesterday, but we can persevere. It is a matter of time for all of us to make it past this worldwide challenge. Treatments will improve, a vaccine will come, and new diagnoses will decline. I have great faith that people will make it through COVID and be better prepared for future challenges should there be new infectious threats. We simply need to respect the situation and remain steadfast in preventing spread.


An Interview Phil La Duke

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Own your sensitivity: Entrepreneurship is inherently uncertain and can be a rollercoaster of emotions. For HSPs, who feel deeply, the entrepreneurial journey can feel even more intense! When you recognize and own that you are an HSP in business, you can give yourself permission to build your business differently than the other 80%.


An Interview Phil La Duke

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An executive needs to be agile. They need to be able to adapt to various situations, people, and they need to be in tune with what is going on in society. All of these elements impact the work of the organization. An executive needs to be a master of relationships. People are not cogs in a machine, and I believe the most productive companies stay in tune with their people.

A person who is rigid, who has unchecked biases, and is afraid of people should not aspire to be an executive. A person who has not addressed these issues will steer an organization into the ground. …


An Interview Phil La Duke

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There are tremendous advantages to being an HSP! So many of us crave a deeper connection to ourselves and HSPs are often gifted with an internal predilection for developing self-awareness. We can have a rich inner life, finding deep meaning in situations others might skim over. This means that we can often experience great adventure, inspiration or fulfillment in situations that others might perceive as mundane. …


An Interview With Phil LaDuke

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I hope we can use technology to celebrate people’s differences instead of “segmenting” society into buckets — a euphemism for data-driven segregation. My dream is to take the data we gather to advocate for policy change at the national level to make PPE equitable and accessible to all. Interestingly this isn’t just a COVID issue, it’s also an issue with CPAP masks for people who suffer from sleep apnea. This happens to be another area my company is focusing on. America is suffering from a sleep epidemic, and, like COVID, persons of color are disproportionately at risk. Sleep apnea is a rapidly growing medical condition, and many individuals who suffer from it are undiagnosed. …

About

Phil La Duke

Author of “I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business” and “Lone Gunman. Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention” and “Blood on my hands

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