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Learn how to get up on a big stage and talk about something important, through the lens of award winning director, and the executive producer of TEDxLincolnSquare, Tricia Brouk.

Tricia interviews people who talk for a living and gets them to reveal their secrets on how to become a successful public speaker.

Past guests have included Lolly Daskal, Dorie Clark, Bob Burg, Mark Sanborn, Petra Kolber, Jason Van Orden and Scott McKain.

Nov 29, 2022

How to Start Rethinking the American Dream

In today’s episode, I am so excited to introduce you to Monica Harris - an inspiring activist, author, and attorney.


Monica graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She was a business affairs executive in the entertainment industry, and enjoyed the money and perks that many think accompany “success.” Then, 12 years ago, she had an epiphany. 


She realized she was making more money each year, yet struggling to maintain her lifestyle. In 2011, she and her partner moved their family to Montana to pursue a more sustainable life. 


She still practices law, but when she looks up from her desk, she sees Douglas firs, white-tailed deer, and the occasional moose.  It took her nearly forty years to unplug, but she’s hoping that, together, we can do it a lot faster.


In this episode, we’ll explore:

  • Monica’s realization that she was chasing an American dream that no longer existed and the massive changes she made as a result
  • Letting go of illusions and what you think your life should look like
  • How to start rethinking the American dream and redefining what it means for you 
  • The way Monica is using her voice and living her life now
  • Monica’s current favorites: Book: The Celestine Prophecy, Speaker: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Podcast: Hidden Brain

More from Monica

Her book, The Illusion of Division 


More from Tricia 

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