Chip Conley is an American hotelier, hospitality entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He is a head of global hospitality and strategy for airbnb and founded Fest300.
If you’ve ever wanted to develop a beginner’s mind, and reinvent your life, then do we have the Wisdom @ Work show for you! Today I’ll be talking with Chip Conley, a New York Times best-selling author, hospitality entrepreneur, the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, the strategic advisor for AirBNB, and the author of a sage and inspiring new book, Wisdom @ Work. And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about the making of a modern elder, and how we can reinvent ourselves at any age!!! WISDOM @ WORK Self Improvement & Self-Help Topics Include: How did Chip Conley start the boutique hotel company Joie de Vivre? What happened when he turned 50? What was his wake-up call from the Universe? Who is Brian Chesky of Air BnB and what happened when he reached out? What is wisdom in the workplace? What does it mean to redefine yourself? What does an elder refer to? Can anyone be an elder? What is a modern elder? What does it mean to speak your truth? What’s the importance of a role model? Who is Bill Campbell, the original “CEO whisperer”? What does this mean “What would Bill do”? What does it mean an elder is an editor? What can we learn from an age of longevity? What’s the importance of a new costume? What’s it mean to adopt a beginner’s mind? What’s the importance of asking great questions? Why don’t we want to work harder or smarter? What can we learn about work from Khalil Gibran? For more info visit: And for FREE guided meditations, plus weekly tips, stories and similar shows visit:    And to support the show and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access, visit:   And to follow Inspire Nation (and the lives of Michael and Jessica) on instagram, go to
"The question would be: 'What mastery can you offer?' So have a friend of yours ask that question of you five times, and you'll be sort of surprised at, by the fifth time you get asked that question, and you've had to come up with four other answers before that, what kind of revelation you may have in this archaeological dig." — Chip ConleyAt age 52, after selling the company he founded and ran as CEO for 24 years, rebel boutique hotelier Chip Conley (@chipconley) was looking for a new chapter in life. Then he received a call from the young founders of Airbnb, asking him to help grow their disruptive start-up into a global hospitality giant. He became their head of global hospitality and strategy.Chip is a leading authority at the intersection of psychology and business. He is a New York Times bestselling author, and his latest, Wisdom @ Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, inspired him to build the world's first midlife wisdom school. Located in Baja California Sur, the Modern Elder Academy provides the place and the tools to start reframing a lifetime of experience for what comes next.Click here for the show notes for this episode.***If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I also love reading the reviews!For show notes and past guests, please visit up for Tim’s email newsletter (“5-Bullet Friday”) at transcripts of episodes, go to Tim’s books: Tim:Twitter: Instagram: YouTube:
Chip Conley, entrepreneur and author of the book Wisdom @ Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, joins us to discuss how we can fight against ageism in the workplace by reconsidering what it means to be, or to work with, an “elder.” Chip tells us about how his time as a mentor/intern (or as he calls it, a “mentern”) at Airbnb shaped how he approaches his younger colleagues, and how embracing and celebrating the wisdom one gains with age is crucial for older workers in today’s workplace. Then, Liz and Rico help a listener who’s looking for a new job in their mid-60s, and we talk with Karen Whitehead, who went back to school in her mid-40s to facilitate a dramatic career change. And finally, a Safe For Work listener shares a very NOT safe for work story about changing in the first-floor bathroom.If you have a “not safe for work” story that you want to share (you know, something that you’ll never forget, and you still can’t believe it even happened at your office), then we want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail at 424-224-5711, or send us an email at And as always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work, and don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.
Chip Conley is the Head of Hospitality for Airbnb. He started working there at age 52. And quickly realized he was double the age of everyone in the room, didn’t understand the tech lingo, and was not there for the reasons he thought he was. “So I decided, ‘Gosh the only way I’m going to survive here is to be as much of a curious learner as the wise sage,” Chip said. And that’s what he did. Six and a half years later he’s still an advisor to the (now) billionaire founders of Airbnb. This podcast is perfect for anyone trying to find their calling. Or anyone trying to stay relevant in a quickly changing economic landscape. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at   Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram
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Oct 31st, 1960
San Francisco, California, USA
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5 hours, 29 minutes