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Meet Grant Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Grant Smith. 

Hi Grant, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I moved to Denver, Colorado on a whim five years ago, shortly after graduating from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. After working a few different jobs, I landed an internship at iHeartRadio Denver, and after a year of hard work was promoted to a full-time position. Within the next year, I was promoted to Executive Producer, but I still wasn’t feeling fulfilled. One of the hosts at the station suggested a start a podcast to start finding “my voice,” and the process got started. I knew I wanted to try to tell people’s stories and help others find happiness, but I was still trying to find my own as well. I share my journey to happiness and joy with my amazing guests and listeners and hope it helps them on their path as well. That’s how the Taking it for Granted podcast was born. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
At first, it seemed like the most daunting task in the world. All the behind-the-scenes aspects of putting a podcast together, getting it up on different platforms, and staying consistent with releases seemed like too much with a more than full-time job at the radio station. However, it is now part of my weekly routine, and every time I publish an episode, I feel so rewarded. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
What sets me apart from other happiness podcasts is I am not preaching a path to happiness. I get guests that I feel have something to share within their life story that everyone can take something away from. I tell everyone I talk to that each episode and interview is like a therapy session for me. I try to take little nuggets of information from each person I talk to and put them into place in my life, and hope the listeners do as well. A running theme of the podcast is that no matter how different you are, there is always so much more that we have in common than what separates us. 

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Always say yes to opportunities that will progress you to where you want to go. If you meet someone who you think has something to offer you or you can learn from, ask them for their help. It is scary to reach out and ask for help, make yourself vulnerable to their response, but the worst thing they can say is no. 

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