An interview with Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Wash Your Face, about how she has the courage to share her personal life publicly, how she lives fearlessly, how to take charge of your life, who motivates her and her best career advice.
Welcome to the seventeenth episode of 5 Questions with Dan Schawbel. As your host, my goal is to curate the best advice from the world’s smartest and most interesting people by asking them just 5 questions.
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This episodes guest:
Rachel Hollis was born in Weedpatch, California and after graduating high school, moved to LA where an obsession with Matt Damon led her to apply for (and get) a job at Miramax. While there, she met her husband and founded an event-planning company, Chic Events. Then in 2015, Rachel had her breakthrough moment on social media when an Instagram photo of her celebrating her stretch marks went viral to over 10 million views. In 2018, her book Girl, Wash Your Face deputed and went onto being a #1 New York Times bestseller for twelve weeks selling more than 880,000 copies in the United States alone. Since the success of her book, Hollis, her husband Dave and four children have moved outside of Austin, Texas. Her follow up book is called Girl, Stop Apologizing. With her husband she is the co-host of the RISE Together podcast and co-founders of The Hollis Company. The company has media, products, inspiration and community to arm people with the tools they need to make positive and lasting change in their lives. For her hard work, dedication and business success, Rachel was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30”. Both Rachel and I started out as bloggers before we were entrepreneurs and authors. I deeply respect her ability to talk about her biggest insecurities and flaws publicly.
The 5 questions questions I ask in this episode:
- How did you originally get the courage to share your personal life publicly?
- What does it mean to live fearlessly?
- How can people stop feeling shame and start taking charge of their lives?
- Who do you look to for inspiration, motivation and emotional support?
- What is your best piece of career advice?
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