As a continuation of the Credo Jobs meaningful work series, it was great interviewing Craig French. He and I met while selling software at a startup in LA. We had our own styles of selling, but bonded over our reverence for entrepreneurship, mindfulness and the natural world. While we wade through these turbulent times, Craig's message about mindfulness and spirituality is salient.
To inspire the sangha in our new center, Craig French gives a reading from Crooked Cucumber, the story of Sunryu Suzuki and San Francisco Zen Center. Craig and the sangha get cute as they discuss community, what it means to help out, the connection between different lineages of Zen, bringing Zen to the West, and whether the Ramones were trying to start British Punk Rock on purpose.
Today we welcome Craig French to the pod. Craig is a performance and mindset coach from Long Island, NY. His clients range from individuals, couples, corporate businesses and sports teams. Craig knew from a young age that he was drawn to spirituality. He was interested in what goes on beneath the surface, and understood that people were chasing more than money, fame, and success. Through his own self-exploration and commitment to a mindful routine, he is eager to share his insight with us today.
Craig shares about his corporate workshops where he brings mindfulness and meditation to the work setting. We talk about burnout and how to forgo your ego to see a new perspective on life. Craig offers thoughts on walking meditation, morning routines, and the importance of consistency. In a world that chases productivity and success, Craig’s message is to slow down and pay close attention to your energy.
Craig teaches mindset techniques and habits that allow individuals to access their potential, meet their goals, and create happiness. He helps people optimize their lives by increasing self-awareness, developing healthy routines, and teaching meditation. His clients range from individuals to couples, businesses to leaders, and sports teams.
In today’s episode, Craig and Kevin touch on a number of coaching topics, spending most of their time talking about the importance of how you handle rejection.
In sales especially, hearing “no” is a regular part of your business. With experience, this becomes easier to handle…though it’s never entirely easy. However, how do you learn to handle rejection early in your career, before developing the “thick skin” of a veteran salesperson?
Craig has a whole suite of tools and techniques to help you grow the skills you need to not only handle the weight of rejection but to thrive through it.
Craig's tells us about his journey to finding Zen meditation, and passion for sharing awareness practices with others.