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Is it possible to go for a crazy goal while actually enjoying the journey? 

Join entrepreneur Alison Cardy as she aims for a billion dollars and a great life in this weekly podcast.

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Episode 101: A Lost and Found Goal

My experience of goal slide How my coach caught me and helped me re-center My belief posse The lead domino that makes everything else more viable The brute force effort I’m embarking on What had me feeling tense and worried at soccer practice The necessary ingredients to help kids grow in confidence The habit that […]

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Episode 100: Three Months Into the Year, What Do I Have to Show for it?

Remembering my fun, crazy, ridiculous, stupid goal with affection The resource I’m having the best time reading The distinction I’m seeing between using business for personal growth vs. for business Bragging on my clients The difference between practitioner and promoter brain Grappling with some excellent advice What I’ve been doing with the …

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Episode 099: Life is a Lot More than Work

The office change I made that felt so good The note that made me happy Who Be the Beacon is for and the results people are getting Fresh insights around my role in the marketplace A re-frame around goals and growing and enjoying the journey What’s reducing my worry and reassuring me My hunch about […]

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Episode 098: Communicate with Your Spouse

My personal win for the week A financial lie I told unintentionally The conversation I survived The seat that I was thrilled to be in My frustration with being in ideation My directional questioning and stewing Quotables “I did not make a whole slew of money.” “Nobody’s perfect.” “I behaved out of alignment with my […]

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Episode 097: Don’t Fall in the Gap!

How it feels to be playing with ideas Where my sweet spot points me direction-wise What has me feeling uneasy What appears to me to be the highest value activity The benefits of detaching from my business My interest in good bones of a business My growing standards and aspirations Facing the gap! Why I’m […]

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Episode 096: Unresolved Problems

What created a feeling of bliss in my morning An attack of nervous, warbly voice! My bad night-time habit around unresolved problems What the heck is a problem box? My Zone of Competence Taking a dive down the YouTube rabbit hole The three structural buckets I’m looking at Why intel sucks at first and then […]

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Episode 095: Fresh Perspectives and Fun Ideas

Reports from two conferences Three people I met who made a big impression on me The responsibilities of a leader A great lesson about stability and experimentation The memo I totally missed with my first business Ideas and excitement all over the place! An interesting learning about spirituality Moving from limbo to action The sweetness […]

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Episode 094: What Do You Love?

Playing with food in social situations My (happy) hermetic, frumpy side Why I’m holding my breath around some events I’m attending My new year that is starting in March My stand-up memory that has me smiling Client wins that I am so proud to report on! My old curiosity about who people are “off stage” […]

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Episode 93: Super Vulnerable Sharing

What I let slide for about six or seven months The form of courage I needed to lean on What made me chuckle when I did a financial clean-up An expense breakdown for 2018 Why I am loving looking at a terrible financial situation My year end reflections on 2018 Things I learned this past […]

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Episode 92: Financial Hilarity and an Expense Breakdown

What I let slide for about six or seven months The form of courage I needed to lean on What made me chuckle when I did a financial clean-up An expense breakdown for 2018 Why I am loving looking at a terrible financial situation My year end reflections on 2018 Things I learned this past […]

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About Your Host

Alison Cardy is motivated by three main drivers: to be helpful to others, to personally grow and to have fun along the way. She’s a quiet rebel who pushes limits. She dreams big and executes regularly. And she has the dual capacities of creativity and systematic thinking.


On To a Billion with Joy Alison shares the ups and downs of her entrepreneurial endeavors, including how she built, grew and even tried to break one business that ran like a machine. Spoiler: it didn’t break.


Alison is a frequent speaker at universities and alumni groups, including Harvard, MIT, Georgetown and her alma mater, The University of Maryland. She is the author of the bestseller, Career Grease: How to Get Unstuck and Pivot Your Career. Her work has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider, and The Washington Post.


Her other business ventures can be found at cardycareercoaching.com and bethebeacon.com.

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