Ciara Pressler

Ciara Pressler helps people turn goals into an action plan. She is the founder of Pregame and Pressler Collaborative, author of Game Plan and Exit Stage Right, and creator of The Audience webseries.

July 2019: Valuing Relationships

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Last month, reveling in business nerdiness, I took a workshop on Lean methodology. Popularized by companies like Toyota and books like The Lean Startup, Lean is an approach that optimizes systems to eliminate waste and optimize potential. Creating the conditions to help people reach their ultimate potential is what we’re all about at Pregame, so I’m continually learning new ways to improve the ways we do it. But rather than the lessons I expected from Lean, like streamlining the way we do things, what stuck with me most was the concept of ecosystems. In American culture, we’re socialized to prioritize […]

Me and My Miata

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We met long before I bought her. While living in New York, I’d visit Oregon and Avery, my friend since 7th grade, would generously lend me her aqua-blue Miata to drive around Portland. Originally her grandfather’s retirement purchase, he had left it to her, and it was perfect for solo commutes and weekend rock climbing excursions. When I finally decided to move back to the West Coast, she had inherited a van from her grandmother, and knew her future family plans would require a back seat. In her second most momentous act of motherhood, she sold the Miata to me. I hadn’t […]

June 2019: Journeys

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Pregame is all about goals, but lately, we’ve been talk about souls. The daily “workouts” at the Pregame Clubhouse focus on business: clarifying your goals, creating a game plan, staying accountable for your actions, and connecting with the people who will help move you forward. But why are we doing it? What is the point of building a business? For Pregame members, it’s about building an extraordinary and authentic life. In fact, that’s the primary goal. Business is but a platform to extend one’s larger mission and values to the place where we spend the majority of our time and […]

We Are All Entrepreneurs: Being the CEO of You, Inc.

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In today’s culture, entrepreneurship is glorified. But for all the wrong reasons. We elevate founders – well, the conventionally successful ones – to heights previously reserved only for rock bands and movie stars. Success, the ultimate American value, is exemplified by the narrative of the solo dreamer who had an idea and then through grit, determination, and deserved good fortune, achieved fame and material wealth within his lifetime. Of course, this story is a fabrication. No one achieves success alone. The road from idea to IPO is never a straight, ascending line. And the original seed was usually planted in […]

The Path Isn’t Straight

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Sure, yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. But did you know Saturday was World Labyrinth Day? Neither did I, nor did I see the point of labyrinths. Which is why I knew I had to try one. Ever the adventurer, I’m endlessly curious about ways the external world can heighten insights on our inner truths. I also know that the things I resist can be my best teachers. And I just happened to be at a place with a labyrinth. FINE. So I embarked on the labyrinth with equal parts skepticism and faith that the purpose would become clear. Part way through, I […]

Culture Feature: 50 Contemporary Women Artists

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50 Contemporary Women Artists is a one-of-a-kind compendium that features a selection of women artists and architects who have made groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art. Profiling an international cross-section of artists, 50 Contemporary Women Artists presents fresh perspectives on feminism and notions of cultural power. Using a variety of mediums, the artists in this book address themes of social, cultural, political, environmental, and psychological issues. Heather Zises, Pregame Magazine art editor, created this book with John Gosslee three years ago. The idea came from a special Women’s Edition that John’s magazine Fjords Review ran in 2014 where Heather served as guest curator. […]

May 2019: Arts & Culture

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I have a confession to make. I only read nonfiction. Seriously. Over the past five years, I can only recall one fiction book I’ve read, and that was on vacation. Even biographies seem laborious. I am so hungry to learn, so dedicated to continuous evolution, that time spent in a printed story seems wasted. (Somehow I forget to apply this logic to my Netflix queue.) Of course, I’m completely wrong. Stories are the language of our humanity. They communicate deeper meaning more effectively than any literal description ever could. Stories are how we persuade, how we remember valuable lessons, how […]

April 2019: Money Realness

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Money. Chances are, you have a visceral reaction to that word. There’s the word itself, and then the object… but the meaning it has in our lives can range from insignificant to (more often) make or break. In money, as in every area of aspiration, we benefit from keeping it real. In this month’s issue, our contributors strip away any pretense around money to share their true experience grappling with the meaning of money in their own lives and work. How does our family history play into our relationship with money? Can our relationship with money change? How important is […]

Unraveling Depression: How I Fight My Invisible Foe

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Since I was 17 years old, I’ve been prone to bouts of debilitating depression, particularly in March. By my mid-twenties, mid-August joined the annual mix. In my thirties, the holiday season became a danger zone. Over the past few years, late February started feeling left out and joined the gang. But even if you see the tsunami approaching, you can’t always outrun it. Depression is a chronic mental illness. Like a migraine, it can be brought on by a circumstance or simply appear out of nowhere. Its severity can range from dull malaise to life-threatening. It is often progressive, which means that […]

March 2019: Evaluating Wellness

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Fiona Aboud

Are you running on empty? If you’re constantly in growth mode, as goal-oriented people are prone to be, you may find your tank is constantly flirting with depletion. Overdoing it can lead to fatigue or even burnout before your goal has the chance to be realized. The metaphor of “putting your oxygen mask on first” before helping others is always useful, but difficult to practice if your M.O. is stretching yourself thin to support others. What happens if you expend more energy than you have to spare? Your “help” can actually become a burden on others or you resent the people you’re […]