Did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up as a child?

This week’s guest, Dyan deNapoli, knew she wanted to be a marine biologist. From a young age, she knew that working with dolphins and penguins called to her… but she didn’t know how to begin.

At the age of 30, as she was working as a silversmith making jewelry, her parents gifted her a month-long EarthWatch Expedition working with Dolphins in Hawaii.

As she stood at the airport in Hawaii, waiting for her flight home, Dyan made an important decision: She didn’t know how and she didn’t know when but she WAS going to dedicate herself to working with marine animals.

It’s rare that someone makes me stop in my tracks and makes me wonder: “Am I doing enough to pursue my Great Work?”

And yet, that’s exactly what happened when I interviewed Dyan DeNapoli for my podcast.

I was amazed.



I think you will be, too.

Join us as we discuss:

  • How she found the courage to follow her dreams, despite a total lack of guarantees
  • What to do when you fail miserably at the job you’ve always wanted to do
  • Why she loves sharing her story and the story of the animals she cares for, whether that’s on a TedXStage, in an elementary school, or via her books.

About the Guest:

Dyan DeNapoli is a penguin expert, TED speaker, and award-winning author. Her first book, The Great Penguin Rescue, chronicles her experiences helping to manage the rescue of 40,000 penguins from an oil spill in South Africa. Dyan teaches audiences of all ages about penguin conservation, and about pursuing their wildest dreams. Her favorite gig is as a guest lecturer on National Geographic’s ships bringing adventure travelers to Antarctica!


On social media (FB, LinkedIn, and Twitter) as @ThePenguinLady

Dyan’s Two Books:

  • The Great Penguin Rescue: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Penguin-Rescue-Devastating-Inspiring/dp/143914818X
  • All About Penguins: https://amzn.to/34IiI6x

About the author

Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist and business coach who helps accidental entrepreneurs get more clients and have a bigger impact. She is the author of Great Work, the host of the Unleashing Your Great Work podcast, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda's TEDx talk has received almost two million views and has been featured on TED's Ideas blog and Ted Shorts. Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global.