Leaders' Call to Adventure

EP8: Slade Roberson, Part 1 - The Frankenstein Approach to Career Creation

Episode Summary

In 2002, Slade Roberson had a stroke. Four years later he started the wildly successful blog Shift Your Spirits. We talk about the hole in Slade's resumé and how he came to Frankenstein a job out of doing what he loves.

Episode Notes

In 2002, Slade Roberson had a stroke. Four years later, he started the wildly successful blog Shift Your Spirits. We talk about the hole in Slade's resumé and how he came to Frankenstein a job out of doing what he loves.

Slade Roberson is a professional intuitive counselor, author and podcaster of Shift Your Spirits, where he tries to write and speak about spirituality with fewer hearts and flowers than most New Age blather. He also mentors emerging intuitives, psychics, and healers in a program called Automatic Intuition.

I came across Slade's Shift Your Spirits blog about 7 years ago, drawn in by his paranormal memoirs which were released weekly, like much-awaited episodes in the golden age of radio. I sank into them like one would reading a good book on an overstuffed chair by the fire. Slade has a no nonsense approach to storytelling, yet there's a richness in his language, like weaving together the strands of a beautiful tapestry. You really feel like you are in the room with him and experiencing whatever he is real-time. He has a rare ability to capture the mystery and power of the invisible world and making it unfold into a practical and grounded reality.

So, you can imagine my delight when I discovered he was starting the Shift Your Spirits podcast and would be telling those stories I loved and more in a new format. He describes the podcast as sharing his brand of spiritual edification, paranormal experiences, personal development, and interviews with others who write and teach about these subjects. I was honored to be one of those "others" who were first interviewed.

Slade's interview with me: Spirituality, Leadership and Adventure with Lori Ference

​Slade is incredibly prolific. Even though he only started the podcast in March this year, he has already completed three seasons. I especially enjoy tuning into those which feature his personal stories and reflections, much like how I connected with his work in the first place. A couple weeks ago, I was headed out the door for a run and looked on my podcast playlist to choose something to listen to for the duration I was out. I chose Slade's 5 Self-help Books I don't Hate. As I listened, I had an a ha moment and reached out to Slade to request an interview.

The backstory to the a ha moment and reaching out to Slade: Questioning Burnout, Part 2

We talk about a lot of things in the show that those who've followed Slade for awhile might be wondering. And, if you are new to Slade's work, this show provides an excellent introduction.

How exactly does one come to be a professional intuitive counselor, author and podcaster??!

As Slade notes, I am pretty good at getting people to talk about things they may not have talked about in other interviews.

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SHIFT YOUR SPIRITS EPISODES MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

SELF-HELP BOOKS SLADE DOESN'T HATE

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