Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Aliénor Salmon - How to Quit Your Job and Dance Around the World

April 23, 2022 Mo Gawdat and Aliénor Salmon Episode 190
Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Aliénor Salmon - How to Quit Your Job and Dance Around the World
Show Notes

Music and dance are a universal human language. I once used to dance, but that all paused semi-permanently when I became a "serious" businessman. I've been trying to get back in touch with that side of myself ever since. This week's guest is my hero in that regard.

Aliénor Salmon is a Franco-British author, speaker, and expert on happiness, education and socio-emotional development. After leaving her dream job as a happiness researcher at the UN to follow her dream of learning to dance around the world, she founded Bailando Journey to document her transformational journey and published her memoir Finding Rhythm in March 2021. Through her work, she seeks to help others incorporate happiness science into their daily life and work by exploring their values, habits and beliefs, and creating a roadmap to design a life of fulfillment, meaning and purpose.

Listen as we discuss:

  • How Aliénor's study of happiness at the UN led her to chase her own. 
  • What would you do if time and money were no issue?
  • Her journey from New York down to Argentina to learn 18 dances in 10 months.
  • Why dance is one of the greatest tools for happiness.
  • How I lost a lot of the "play" in my life after joining the corporate world.
  • Does she miss her job at the UN?
  • Her book, Finding Rhythm, and the merging of history and biography.
  • How pain and suffering spawned many dances that are now celebratory.
  • Anyone can dance, believe it or not.
  • Redefine your definition of happiness and success and embody it.

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