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Episode 163- Bozoma Saint John on Living Your Life to the Fullest

March 2, 2023 • Business Leaders
Bozoma Saint John

What does it mean to live an urgent life? Bozoma Saint John is a Hall of Fame inducted marketing executive whose career has included high-profile roles at Netflix, Uber, Apple Music, and Pepsi. She was named “The World’s Most Influential CMO” by Forbes. But there’s so much more to Boz’s story. When her husband Peter died of cancer, Boz made one big decision: to live life urgently. In her new memoir The Urgent Life, Boz shares her journey through heartbreak, loss and grief. On this episode, we talk about finding joy again and choosing to live your life to the fullest.

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Show Notes

  • What does it mean to live an urgent life? (1:42)
  • Why she wrote her book, The Urgent Life—and who she wrote it for (3:03)
  • Choosing joy, even when it’s hard (7:37)
  • How her pregnancy loss changed her, and how she found joy again (11:12)
  • Trusting your own intuition (19:14)
  • Finding confidence through her resilience (22:21)
  • How Bozoma’s intuition has helped her navigate her career (26:06)
  • You are already in a leadership position regardless of your title (28:44)
  • Burnout is about the expectations you’ve set for yourself (31:07)
  • The corporate performance review that unintentionally gave Boz the freedom to be herself (36:30)
  • How she knows when it’s time to leave a job (40:15)
  • You can be fulfilled and still have ambition (43:55)
  • “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman
  • Why she doesn’t do 5 or 10-year goals (46:00)
  • Bozoma’s message to her daughter (48:25)


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