THE CHAT with Karen Hutton: Peter Giordano

Today’s Guest:

Tech exec, mentor, leader, innovator, photographer, dad Peter Giordano ( has such a refreshing view of life and career. One of the things I love most about talking business and career with him is how easily he takes complex ideas and shapes them into simple models that make wrapping my head around those tough, “too-many-options” decisions a cakewalk!

Speaking of Too Many Options… I had that problem in choosing our theme for this episode! Peter is so versatile and interesting to talk to, it was a challenge honing down my list! But what captured my attention for all of us artist/creative types, is his really simple system for defining the best place to focus our attention for the best possible outcome in our career path.

A Simple System

Most creatives I know are incredibly multi-talented. And we all want to build (or change) our career around something we’re good at, love to do and can make money at. We’d like some method to help us choose what things we’re going to do for our own satisfaction – and what we’ll do for money. We want to be sure we’re spending our time and resources on the right stuff and not spinning our wheels. And it changes over time! It’s a dilemma I hear over and over with my photographer, artist and musician friends. Well, Peter’s got SUCH a great approach to that whole conundrum… I decided to start there. It’s brilliant!

My Vision for The Chat

From the very beginning, I wanted “The Chat” to bring some of the most interesting, incredibly insightful people I’ve met to you. In my opinion, the benefit of their perspectives… whether they’re from your career field or not, can’t be overstated. I’ve learned so much from experts of all sorts in my life. And here’s what’s so interesting to me (I suspected it would be the case, and indeed it is): the more people I talk to about what they think “it all boils down to”… the more I hear the same core answers.

Core Truths & Values

In this episode, Peter talks about examining your core values in determining where to go next. He says: “If you know your values, you’ll know your value.” I love that… and if you heard my chat with Ron Clifford, he said much the same thing. As did Kalebra Kelby and Gordon Fowler, in different words.

A great teacher of mine once said: “You’ll know you’ve found a Truth, when it works everywhere it’s applied.”
Over the years, I’ve learned he was right.
So when I meet someone like Peter Giordano, who so easily creates career and life systems – that apply across the board AND who loves sharing and helping so much… I know I’ve found a true gem.

I’m so delighted to share him with YOU!


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2 thoughts on “THE CHAT with Karen Hutton: Peter Giordano

  1. This was a very insightful interview on how to examine your core values and how to make changes in your life; The circle is very inspirational and I never had somebody actually draw it out although it makes a lot of sense. I love and agree with Karen on the taking certain aspect of your passion and your business life (work) and combining them into a better life that fits. For me photography and all aspects of it just makes me happy and full-fills my life in ways I didn’t imagine even if it never turns into a paying gig. But because it’s my passion and I’m content I’m also open to opportunities that arise that I would have never thought about if I would have pursued it strictly as a business. At the end of the day for me it’s more about the quality and enrichment of my life than the dollar bills but having a few of them don’t hurt either… 🙂

    1. Yup, I”m SO on that page Angelika! What’s so interesting to me about this particular approach, is that it opened me up to possibilities that spring from photography, but aren’t necessarily ONLY photography. Like speaking, doing this show – and other stuff that I might have closed myself off to had I only been looking at a traditional photography business.

      In the end – and IMO – it’s all about how we wrap our heads around what makes us happy, how we want to earn a living, how we want to fulfill ourselves – and having a way to place all that in the big yummy pie of our lives! If that makes any sense… 😉

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