Interview with Renata Giarola (@renatagiarola)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I’m the co-founder of The Learn2Love Club, a network and edutainment platform focused on empowering people to shift their mindset from wanting to “find” the right person to learn to *become* the right person. Through our network, we share entertaining, scientifically rigorous relationship content, democratizing access to the latest, most tactical insights from the fascinating world of love research.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Since I gave my first talk about love at Stanford University (link below), hundreds of people have reached to me wanting to learn more, e.g., asking for more book recommendations and requesting widely diverse kind of advice, which felt wild to me as someone who had spent years geeking out on the science of love. The talk ended up being discovered by the producers of TED, who asked me to re-deliver the talk to a global audience in September 2020–an insane opportunity to expand the reach of my mission, which I’m stoked about. In the meantime, we will continue to develop great content that is both entertaining and helpful for our club members. [Link to Stanford talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EewLLAkIn8c%5D

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

When things feel a lot, take a day to just read and write. I’m constantly shocked to realize that a lot of our problems, which feel so uniquely difficult to us, have been experienced by so many other people, sometimes over hundreds of years. My go-to read for that is Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations–it always blows my mind that his reflections circa 200 bC feel so timely, so relevant, and so helpful to whatever burn out a challenge I’m experiencing. It’s also in those moments, that I get even more motivated to write and share what I’m learning–in a humble attempt to mimic the generosity of humans like Marcus Aurelius and so many others who took the time to turn their struggle into generous insight for all of us.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Hands down Tom Bilyeu, founder of Quest Nutrition and Impact Theory. I had been a long time fan of his content while I was experiencing my darkest times through depression. His content helped me rise above those dark times and build enough motivation and momentum to get into the most competitive business school in the world, Stanford Graduate School Business. Before going to Stanford, I spent a few months working directly with Tom, his badass wife Lisa, and his rockstar team. I could not be more grateful for how much Tom has shaped my belief system, and my relentless drive to serve people through exceptional content. He’s the mentor and leader that I aspire to become.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I started Learn2Love as a response to the overwhelming response I received from hundreds of people seeking more science-backed content about relationship tools. Even though I’m still pursuing a ‘normal’ career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, I see Learn2Love as my way to serve the world in the same way that I feel like I’ve been served by so many legendary communicators, e.g., Tom Bilyeu, Jay Shetty, John Gottman and many, many more.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”–Viktor Frankel. I’ve written this quote in my journals, notebooks, napkins, and even skin more times than I can remember. It’s my constant reminder the only one of our true superpowers as humans: our ability to choose how to react, regardless of what the circumstances are.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

@renatagiarola on IG, @renatagiarola on Medium, my personal newsletter: http://www.renatagiarola.org, and Learn2Love.Club becoming available to the wider public soon.

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