Episode 088

What Happens When We Stop Fixating on the Drama

Interview with Janet Durgin

Janet Durgin is currently Head of School at Sonoma Academy, a private prep school she helped found over 20 years ago. Throughout Sonoma Academy’s development, she has been a stalwart proponent of an educational environment and methodology that maximizes the transformative time of adolescence.

Today I’m joined by Janet Durgin, Head of School at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, California. It wasn’t long after Janet helped found the Academy that she came across an understanding of the mind that personally impacted her. Janet used to find herself fixated on “the drama” without understanding the fleeting and compelling nature of thought. Gaining this understanding played a major role in navigating the growth, change and sometimes tough terrain that comes with creating, running and growing a school. Janet shares how she continues to adapt and maintain perspective, no matter the circumstance.


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Barbara Patterson is the owner of a global coaching and consulting company bringing the insights of performance and fulfillment to clients around the world. She helps organizations, leaders, entrepreneurs and coaches access more clarity, creativity, have greater impact and higher levels of performance in work and life. Barb is the Founder of Beyond Limits in Business, a global platform and community designed to point people to the source of human potential.

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