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Personal Interview for Huffington's ThriveGlobal

Updated: Jul 14, 2022

Fred Duku Silver interview with me. He says…Had an amazing time interviewing Jane Hundley and how she is helping individuals solve and resolve the infinite questions that haunt them unconsciously for Arianna Huffington’s new venture Thrive Global.

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test weakness can be your greatest strength, you just have to discover it. It is a unique learning for every single person — and you are worth the time, energy and investment to find it. As part of humanity, you count, and making your life count is even more important than being happy.” – Jane Hundley, M.A. Organizational Psychology

At the core, Jane Hundley is an existentialist and innovator of a method of applied psychology. It is designed to help people make sense of their life pertaining to their self-identity, life mission, and unique talents in leadership

. She thinks of everyone as a leader of their lives, and she loves helping them get down to the basic foundation of their being. Jane’s passion is maximizing leadership talent by getting people more connected to their core identity factors that operate their mindsets, self-awareness, and behaviors. Her work is focused as a high impact coach to executives, entrepreneurs, scientists, and all kinds of engineers (PE, software, electrical, mechanical, systems). For over 20 years, Jane provided custom-designed trans-formational mindfulness experiences wrapped in a management package — and for every age group. Clients know her as their secret weapon, insightful provocateur, and innovative strategist. She helps her clients gain skills in executive leadership presence, mindful management, communication and collaboration as applied to all aspects of their lives, especially their work life.

1. Humble Beginnings

Q: How did you get started and what or who inspired and empowered you to? I got started because I was in a job that just didn’t use all of my interests and strengths. Even though I was helping people solve problems, which I love to do, I felt an urge to expand. Working for a larger company as an image consultant just wasn’t deep enough for my inner well, which was longing for being tapped into. The turning point was a traumatic divorce in my personal life that sent me on a quest to reach outside standard therapy and find alternative methods to jump-start my confidence and accelerate my personal learning. I found traditional talk therapy slow and ineffective, and knew that just getting into a group of enthusiastic self- helpers could not help me get to the change in mindset that I needed to find my calling and carve it out of the air. What was God telling me to do? Then, one week of vacation changed my life. I was fly fishing on the Yellowstone River for a week. I spent literally 8 hours a day going downrive

r in catch/release style. By the 5th day, I became aware of presence very profoundly. My brain, mind and breath were interconnected at a deeper level of consciousness and I slipped into a deep state of dynamic relaxation. I could stop my mind chatter for long periods of time. From that point on, I kept meeting people who would help me pick myself up by the bootstraps. I met people in Seattle area who were world known in their fields — Sondra Ray (rebirthing), Peter Geiler (dance therapist), Lou Tice (Self Talk Expert), and Aadil Palkhivala (Purna Yoga master). Not any engineers there!

Q: What unique and creative strategies if any did you use when you were first getting started?

I drew upon inner strength and courage that I used in an international modell