The 5% solution with Scott Eblin

The 5% solution with Scott Eblin - Episode 52 of The Slow Home Podcast

A few months ago I received an email from a listener about her hectic work life. She had just listened to an episode of the pogpast where one of my guests suggested people who feel overworked should simply find a way to work fewer hours. And while she understood the meaning behind the advice, it didn’t apply to her life – at all.

She asked if there was a way she could use slow living to balance her full-time work with family and external commitments while still living an intentional life. After reading her email it became a goal of mine to find a guest who could talk about just that – finding mindfulness amidst a hectic workplace or demanding career. Enter, Scott Eblin.

Scott is a business and leadership coach who works with senior executives around the globe. He teaches them how to adopt mindfulness into their day-to-day work lives and why it will prove transformational not only in their work, but also their home and personal lives too.

I first discovered Scott on the shelves of my local library, where his book Overworked and Overwhelmed caught my eye. But once I started reading his story I knew I wanted to spend some time talking with him. Not only has he experienced the feeling of being overworked and overwhelmed himself, he has used mindfulness, yoga and meditation to turn his health around and manage a potentially debilitating neurological disease.

I loved this conversation so much and could very easily have spoken with Scott for hours. Even if you don’t find yourself struggling with a hectic workplace, there are so many gems in this chat that apply to all areas of life, and listening to Scott’s story is inspiration enough.

One of the biggest takeaways for me was Scott’s advice on how to deal with a stressful workplace:

  1. You needed to look after yourself – no-one else is going to do it.
  2. Don’t look for a 100% solution. Instead, go for a 5% solution.

We also speak about the beauty and importance of taking baby steps every day, the best place to begin and Scott’s ridiculously easy advice to help everyone slow down – right now.


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6 Responses to The 5% solution with Scott Eblin

  1. Wonderful & much needed podcast, thank you. Lots of useful ideas to put into place today.

    Well worth every moment of listening.

  2. I have just found your podcast and have listened to many, many hours worth over the week or so. I have really enjoyed them all – thank you SO much :). I just istened to this episode this morning and it has been my absolute favourite – full of such fantastic conversation and wisdom. So great – thanks again!

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