Nilofer Merchant_The Power of Onlyness #61

“Onlyness is not about loneliness. As you find your purpose, you find your people. As you find your people, you find your power.”   ~ Nilofer Merchant

I first encountered Nilofer Merchant’s work through her 2013 TED talk, “Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation”. I then had the opportunity to meet her last year after her keynote presentation at the 3% Conference in which she laid out her passion for The Power of Onlyness, which happens to be the title of her most recent book. The sub-title of the book, “Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World”, is what we talk about in this episode.

Nilofer is personally responsible for launching more than 100 products, netting $18B in sales and has held executive positions at Fortune 500 companies including Apple and Autodesk as well as startups in the early days of the Web. She continues to serve as a consultant and advisor to numerous companies including Logitech, Symantec, HP, and Yahoo.

She is also an avid hiker and wilderness backpacker as well as a lover of all-things-bacon and of dark-chocolate-covered-orange-peels, especially when they’re eaten in France.

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Books/Resources/People that Nilofer mentions:

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

Poet David Whyte

Sociologist Marianne Cooper, a contributing writer at The Atlantic, a sociologist at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, and an affiliate of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. She is the author of Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times and was the lead researcher for Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.


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