The Success Myth has been selected by @applebooks as a best book of the month. I'm thrilled. Their review: "Emma Gannon may be a poster girl for millennial success–a clutch of well-received books, a long-running podcast, a large social media following–but here [she] takes an axe to the proverbial career ladder. And then lobs it onto a bonfire for good measure. Subtitled “Letting go of having it all”, this a thoughtful exploration of how to live a good life, as, entering her thirties, Gannon starts to clock that our work doesn’t have to define us. A warm, personable writer, she peppers her theories and advice with personal anecdotes–at one point, bursting into tears when a massage therapist asks her what hobbies she has. Answer: none, because she works all the time. It’s a topic that’ll resonate with many as we undergo a post-pandemic reset."
So pleased that OLIVE has been selected as one of Waterstones Paperbacks of the Year for 2021 ❤️ thank you @waterstones for your support of my debut novel. I am deep in the midst of my next one, so this is lovely motivation if anything!! link in my bio for the special Waterstones copy with an extra chapter. Thank you to my publishers at @harpercollinsuk for all your hard work on getting this book out there ✨
A year ago @georgiamaiaillustrations slid into my DMs, a multi-hyphen Etsy loving illustrator, and since then we've worked together on a few things including some fun things for The Hyphen, coming soon 🌞🌞🌞🌞 in the meantime, how cute is this? How lovely is discovering new artists, illustrators and designers on Instagram? Who are your faves?👇 I'm also loving @an_ordinary_seal@peopleiveloved@hallithbates@thepollycrane ✨
Today's guest on The Success Myth Diaries is with biodynamic psychologist @fiona_arrigo on how we can tap into our intuition during times of turbulence and change and push back on the culture at large. This episode blew my mind, it both galvanised me and calmed me. I really recommend a listen. Available only on The Hyphen (ad-free) right now, and later will be available on the Ctrl Alt Delete feed. ❤️ Thank you Fiona 🙏
I've had such a brilliant response to The Success Myth Diaries mini-series. The latest episode (over on Substack) is with Jeff Hamaoui from @modernelder - a retreat for those reframing success in mid-life. Shout to those in the soil 🌱 It's a brilliant conversation. I got so much from it. link in bio as usual!
This week's episode of Changes is all about our perceptions of success - it’s for anyone who has ever felt disillusioned, uninspired, overwhelmed, exhausted (the list goes on) when trying to follow the traditional societal rules of success and anyone who has ever wondered about living a different way.
My guest is @emmagannonuk , a best-selling author, broadcaster, writer, and a practising coach. She writes a very popular weekly newsletter on Substack called The Hyphen that is an exploration of ideas that have got her thinking in new ways. Her most recent book, The Success Myth, Letting Go Of Having It All - changed the way I think. I am now telling everyone I speak to to read it.
This episode was fascinating to me. In a word of wellness speak - Emma communicates in such a straight forward and accessible manner. You will gain some great advice and tips on how to change your perspective of success. Enjoy and please let me know how you go!
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When I read in the news @anniemacmanus was leaving Radio 1 in 2021 after 17 years I remember feeling so inspired. I love watching powerful women step away from things, jobs, commitments that no longer serve them as they enter into a new chapter of life. Quitting something can be really hard, but it's important to acknowledge these moments as being just as worthy of celebration as the classic achievements of life. Cut to a few years later: I'm sat opposite Annie chatting about my new book The Success Myth, a book about how more success/visibility/validation doesn't actually make you more happy, and how so many of us are waking up to a new way of living and enjoying more of the yummy smaller joyful moments instead. Annie said: "this book has changed how I think". It was a really enjoyable conversation live now on Annie's podcast "Changes" and if you're curious please do pick up a copy of the book - the full nuance is inside the pages itself. ❤️☀️
*competition closed* (UK only sorry!) I am so lucky that I often get sent books and I often end up with (accidentally) two copies of each. So I'm giving away some spare copies of the latest best hardbacks (yes I'm including The Success Myth 😆) to enter just drop the 📚 emoji below and share this image on your story. ❤️ (Also why not go enter the @womensprize comp while you're at it)
On today's @theipaper - a personal article to promote my new book, The Success Myth. In the book there is a chapter called "The You Are Your Job Myth" which I write about this in more detail. To quote the brilliant Toni Morrison: “You are not the work you do; you are the person you are.” ❤️ as always, there is way more nuance inside the actual book, outside of articles and headlines 🤪
It feels a bit scary and countercultural to be doing interviews about this book (and I write about my privilege in the book to have interviewed this many people on the topic & to have seen "the other side") but it also feels important to say it so I am. In a world of aggressive business bro-culture, scaling scaling, constant spam, people buying followers, PTs who tell you to "exercise til you're sick", rife burnout and how "success" is often glamourized as getting unwell / just making rich people richer....I'm just happy to be taking a pause and questioning some things. My book is all about learning to do less and say no and prioritize wellbeing/values during a time of great global change. People have said my book is "soothing" and the reviewer Suzy here said it made 'her shoulders drop'. That is why I wrote it. Thank you @iamsuzywalker ❤️
An extract of The Success Myth has been published on British Glamour @glamouruk today on productivity shame & how so many of us feel shame about our outputs whichever way we slice it. I used to feel shame/embarrassment when people asked me how I could write so much (am I *too* productive? "Too much"?) and I also felt it when I had zero ideas for months (am I productive enough?) My book is looking at this ridiculous culture we are in, how to stop cultural work shaming, how to break free and really enjoy the process and the ride.