On this holiday episode of Unleashing YOUR Great Work, we are joined by Lyle Benjamin, an entrepreneur who is the founder of three (that’s right – THREE) non-profit organizations: 16 Things Kids Can Do, Planned Acts of Kindness, and One Planet, One People.

Leaving his life as a lawyer behind, Lyle found he always had a debt to repay for the kindness he had been shown since a young age, even if that meant repaying his debts by helping the community and our very own planet.

Lyle discovered his Great Work was in the world around him, and he believes that this decade alone is going to determine the quality of life for the people and the planet from here on out. But, much like all Great Work, our bodies, minds, and souls can take a harsh beating when pouring our full-forced energy into the world, and we find a lack of resilience and stamina once our energies have been depleted.

What does Lyle recommend?


Lyle trusts the saying “we can’t sweat the small stuff, “ and even though we may have many overwhelming things coming at us this holiday season, it’s important to think about perspective.

Remember, it’s not about how much money you have, how many toys you get, or even how many eggnogs you drink…It’s about the quality of your relationships with other people and your sense of community that help you rebuild your Great Work resilience.

Great work is exciting. 

Exhilarating, even! 

And– let’s be honest– sometimes it can be exhausting. While it’s crucial that take breaks and give ourselves the rest we need to recharge, when the exhaustion turns to the grind, one way to break free is to remember the why. Not the surface why, not the expectation-bound why… the deepest, biggest why. 

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.