How To Kick Ass With Limitations: An Honest Journey To NYT Best Selling Author With Esmé Wang

Episode 137 · May 6th, 2019 · 54 mins 1 sec

About this Episode

If you’ve ever wondered if you “have what it takes” to be an entrepreneur - this episode is required listening.

Today’s guest, my friend and student Esmé Wang, is an author whose latest book Collected Schizophrenias debuted at #3 on the New York Times best sellers list. She’s also been featured in People magazine and the Today Show.

Her website Esméwang.com is an essential resource for ambitious people living with limitations such as chronic illness, mental health and caretaking responsibilities.

She’s proof that with quality work and perseverance, you can achieve great things in your life. I’m thrilled for you to hear her inspiring story.

Esmé’s story begins working in a tech startup in San Francisco. While also writing her first book she endured extremely hard times including health issues that went undiagnosed.

After writing a book she believed fully in, she faced 41 rejections from publishers. Imagine her devastation - the book took five years to write. Her high hopes were dashed.

With her health deteriorating requested more and more remote work at her startup. She slowly became curious about entrepreneurship, listening to podcasts like The Fizzle Show.

In 2013/2014 - her health plummeted and she had to leave her job. Without the security of that job, she started a small online copywriting and branding biz.

She never gave up on her love of writing and now, five years later she is celebrating great successes in her career.

There is SO much to take away from Esmé’s incredible story. In her Clarity episode you'll hear:

  • What an “Unexpected Shape” is (and why it will forever change your view on challenges)
  • How to reframe your limitations into boundaries
  • How to be creative and change your tools depending on your situation (friends, she wrote her bestselling book on an Iphone & Ipad Mini)
  • The value of persistence and taking matters into your own hands
  • Why giving yourself space and following your rhythms with work is essential
  • What “Phase Fog” is + why keeping records is so important