Leslie Bradshaw is the proud descendant of six generations of Oregon trail pioneers and a family of farmers, so she knows intuitively how to make her own way. She also knows when to move on to new territory, and when it’s time to let the land lie fallow until the nutrients return to the soil. For Leslie, a now Managing Partner of Made by Many — a digital product and ventures company, that moment came after six grueling years of building a startup as co-founder with her then-boyfriend, working 100 hours a week, having her health deteriorate and enduring a toxic relationship. The burnout and fatigue led Leslie to Miami, where she made the brave decision to step away from it all, replenish and then re-entered the job market.
On the episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Leslie speaks candidly about that tumultuous time in her life and career, and about getting over her addiction to work, knowing when to step back to move forward, creating your “job/career universe” and why strong is the new sexy.
On this episode you’ll learn:
- Importance of curiosity and finding your tribe.
- The benefits approaching business like a team sport (especially softball).
- The value of the UNconference.
- Why you shouldn’t go straight from college to running your own biz.
- How a step back different than a set back.
- How to recognize a toxic business relationship.
- The dangers of the “personal brand.”
- The importance of doing the doing.
- How to create your ideal “job/career universe.”
- Why strong is the new sexy.
- Why, as a doer, you MUST get your voice out there.
- And a super cool way to pay it forward.
VISIT LESLIE at medium.com/@lesliebradshaw
FOLLOW LESLIE on…
VISIT MADE BY MANY at madebymany.com
RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Leslie’s framework to evaluate job opportunities and determine your next career move
“Do Leadership Is the New Thought Leadership” by Leslie Bradshaw
Gateway to the world
David Chang of Momofuku
Ando Food Delivery Service by David Chang
[Music: “Someone Else’s Memories” by Revolution Void]