How People Become Things

How People Become Things explores the relationship between people and the work they do. In each episode,, we meet someone — or sometimes some two — who share the story of how they came to do the work they do and what they think about that choice now. We discuss the ways in which the work they do works for them, how they knew that they’d made the right choice, and what kind of person they think would be a good fit for the job they have.
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Apr 25, 2016
Episode 1: Mike and Mary and Their Honky Tonk Dream

Here in this "modren" age, it's all about "going for it." Find your bliss and never look back! Don't let anyone tell you you can't have it all! Someone once said something very wise to me; you CAN have it all...just not all at once. 

That describes my first guests Mike and Mary Day aptly, I think. They've been moseying toward self-employment for the better part of their lifetimes, in one way and another (one way for him; another for her), picking up component skills sets that enable them to be very successful entrepreneurs. Hey, I'm not knocking anyone who makes a beeline toward career fulfillment. I'm just saying there's more than one way to...uh, own a business.

Find out more about them and what they do at

Since this is the first episode, I do spend a little time explaining the point of the podcast series, but only a little time; what I think this show is about and what you think this show is about and what this show ultimately ends up being about may be more than three different things. 

Apr 1, 2016

How People Become Things is a podcast that explores the relationship between people and the work they do. In it, people tell the stories of their careers. We reach into their pasts, to their first recollections of what "working" was, what their own early career aspirations were, and if they changed their minds, or became the very first thing they ever considered. 

We discuss what they do for a living now and the ways in which their personalities are reflected in their jobs, how their occupational goals and desires have changed over time, and how they've grown--maybe in unexpected ways--through their work. 

We look at the parts of their jobs they like the most and the least. And we ask who else is the job they do right for: what kind of person would enjoy the field they are in and who would be successful at it. 

Out of all the major decisions we'll make in our lifetimes, working is, for most of us, not optional. We have to work, so we have to choose what to work at. This podcast is about the journeys of people who work.