An Interview With Phil La Duke

Take the first step. Rekindle an old friendship. Tackle a project you’ve had on the backburner. Learn a new skill or hobby. It can be daunting to get started, but you’ll have no regrets once the ball is rolling


An Interview With Phil La Duke

Don’t hold your ideas of “success” so tightly that you strangle opportunity. Pre-pandemic, my ideas of a thriving career included back-to-back bookings, appearances at new venues, expanding our audience size, and traveling all the time. But when none of those things were possible to achieve during the lockdown, it forced me to realize that I could open myself up to other ideas of success. It’s been tremendously rewarding to learn that success and fulfillment can be found without following the rules of one measuring stick. …


An Interview With Phil La Duke

I have within me a deep well of strength and resilience that I can draw from at any time. I believe this exists in each of us. This feels foundational to me. When life has rocked me to my core, every time I have found the strength to not just continue on but to grow and thrive. I often don’t know where that strength comes from, I only know it comes from a place within. Each of us has this. It’s unlimited, innate and we always have access to it. We only need to remember and trust that it’s there.


An Interview With Phil La Duke

Look for the one who you reach for in fear: We are so good at lying to ourselves until we are afraid. When we feel the world is ending or times are changing too rapidly, we can’t help but be honest. Remember the person you looked for when you were at the lowest, and hold on to them with all you’ve got.


An Interview With Phil LaDuke

Stress management is not just a good idea during a lockdown but essential to your mental health. I make sure to go jogging as much as possible to get out of the house and stay positive.


An Interview With Phil La Duke

Mental Health Matters — Before the pandemic, my mental health was something I never paid any attention to. I didn’t think it was that important or something I would ever have to address or deal with. During this pandemic though quite the opposite has happened. I’ve had to adjust my schedule to take tending to my mental health and the stress of the pandemic more seriously. During the pandemic, I’ve seen more people than ever address the mental health stigma and help normalize the issue.


An Interview With Phil La Duke

I learned that I was part of the entrepreneurial hustle culture. When everything and everyone was forced to stop, I literally felt my body exhale. I felt like I was given a permission slip to stop and breathe. There was nobody to keep up with or get ahead of. I learned that I only had to go at my own pace. Slowing down and being present was the greatest gift I was given and the greatest lesson learned.


An Interview With Phil La Duke

The choice is always ours. We didn’t get to choose the pandemic. We didn’t get to choose lockdowns or homeschooling or job loss or illness. But we always get to choose how we react. We choose how we will move forward. We choose what is best for our own family in the circumstances we have. We choose our attitude. I could have decided to whine and stay angry. I could have chosen to complain about every step of our homeschooling experience. I could have chosen any number of attitudes. I chose to focus on how I wanted to feel at…


An Interview With Phil La Duke

Use the extra time to your advantage. Because I was no longer traveling or spending time commuting to in-person meetings, I used my extra time to finally take my 500-hour yoga teacher training. It’s something I had always wanted to pursue, but never had the time to commit to it. Thanks to the pandemic, teacher training became available online, which is something I hope holds true even after we return to normal. I am now teaching accessible, trauma-informed yoga classes to the TBI community and anyone else who is looking for more wellness in their life. …


An Interview With Phil LaDuke

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The second thing I learned was that my mind craved, nay, ENJOYED, “me” time. The times that I found myself most creative, energetic, and fulfilled was during social isolation. I wrote a song that wasn’t half bad. I even stained my first piece of furniture ever! I felt so much more productive and effective when socially isolated than I ever had before in my adult life. The only other times I remembered being this productive and creative was when I was a child in Venezuela and kept a book of my songs and stories I wrote. Childhood was the only…

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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