Using Humor in the Workplace and Becoming Rare and Valuable, a Discussion with Cal Newport


Jason and Greg discuss why humor in the workplace can help you be more successful. Greg shares comedic theory and a little more of his journey with comedy. Then they have a discussion with author Cal Newport. They decide that passion is a bad word in the context of career advice because of its unclear definition. Cal says it is a slippery term. They discuss they usual way people grow to love their work, and it is not by following their passion.

Mentioned in the THRIVEcast:

Deeper Weekend

Barrett Young

10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work

Dan Pink on the Thrivecast

To Sell Is Human

The Accountant’s (Bad) Joke Book by Rick Telberg

Are Funny People More Successful In Business?

Pathways To Bliss

The Hero’s Journey

What Color Is Your Parachute?

Quarterlife Crisis


Audio Engineering by:
Shane McMullin of  Ninth Hour Productions

Produced by:
Jennifer Blumer

About our guest: Jennifer Lee Wilson

Geni Whitehouse is the Countess of Communication at Even a Nerd can be Heard. A CPA and CITP, she is a former partner in an Atlanta CPA firm and a former software executive. She believes everyone has something interesting to say and is on a personal mission to eliminate boring from the worlds of accounting and technology. She is the author of How to Make a Boring Subject Interesting: 52 Ways Even a Nerd Can Be Heard, which is available on

Geni is a LInkedIn Influencer, one of the Top 100 Most Influential People according to Accounting Today, one of the Most Powerful Women in Accounting, and an Accounting Industry Thought Leader.

Geni can be found on twitter at @evenanerd.

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