How To Lead Even When You’re Scared

And Why Great Leaders Learn to Embrace Their Fear

We’ve all felt it. Right before you try a new idea for the first time, there’s always that moment of panic. Is this really going to work? Is it too late to back out?


I say “panic,” but let’s call it what it is: self-doubt. Deep down, whenever you put yourself out there, you secretly wonder … do I have what it takes?

Season 5, Episode 9: Banish the Guilt About Making Money [Podcast]

4 Reasons You Should Never Feel Conflicted

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss why making money is a good thing.

Episode 9

Everybody needs money to live, yet a lot of people feel guilty about making it. I want to turn that around. Today we’re talking about why you should never feel conflicted about doing it for the money.

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The Influence and Impact Summit Is Finally Here

For One Week Only Top Presenters Reveal How They Reach Millions

It’s finally here. If you have something to say or sell, you’re going to love my new Influence and Impact Summit. And it starts today.


What is it? Imagine more than twenty amazing presenters who have achieved tremendous results in business and life. Imagine they’re sharing their secrets, strategies, fears, insights, hacks, and victories. And imagine participation is both free and virtual—you can view wherever you are, whenever it fits your schedule.

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4 Stages for Creating Maximum Impact for Your Message

The Inside Scoop on My Content Strategy

I create a lot of content across my blog, podcast, online courses, books, and membership site. And sometimes readers and other content creators wonder about my strategy.


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The other day I heard from a reader who not only follows my blog and podcast, but is also a Platform University member and follows #VirtualMentor. When he heard about my new Influence and Impact Summit, he was shocked. “You produce so much great content that it’s becoming almost impossible to follow you fully,” he said. “What is your strategy?”

Well, I’ll tell you.

3 Winning Elements of Pope Francis’ Leadership Style

Understanding the Source of His Influence and Impact

During his recent trip to America, Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. And the truth is leaders of all kinds have a lot to learn from him.


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Francis is enormously popular. But whatever we personally think about this particular pope—pro or con—or the Catholic Church, it doesn’t change the fact that he has been a standout leader worth studying.

What makes his leadership style so effective? Based on what I’ve seen and heard, I’d say it comes down to three primary elements.

Season 5, Episode 8: Why It’s Time for You to Stop Trying [Podcast]

How to Achieve More in 3 Game-Changing Steps

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to get past trying and finally start achieving.

Episode 8

Sometimes our language, indecision, and lack of commitment can keep us from reaching our goals. But what if we could change our thinking and finally accomplish what matters most?

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The Fastest Way to Increase Your Influence and Impact

Discover How the World’s Top Leaders Reach Millions in My FREE Online Summit

We all have unique insights and solutions to offer. But how can we have the influence and impact we desire?


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It seems like there are a million obstacles to overcome, right? Everything from technical and tactical knowhow to inner fears and doubts.

We know we could improve the world with our message, but how do we get it out? It can feel like a tough and daunting climb. I know exactly how you feel because I’ve scaled that hill as well.

If you’re looking to go to the top with your platform, my new Influence and Impact Summit offers the map you need. You’ll learn in just days what it took me years to discover. It’s the biggest online teaching event I’ve ever hosted, and attendance is totally free.

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One Key Ingredient in a Team Worth Working For

And Here’s a Hint: It’s Not Talent, Skill, or Expertise

Is there anything more frustrating than trying to accomplish a big goal with someone who’s negative, unimaginative, and defensive?

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Thankfully, it’s been a while since I’ve tried. But I’ve had my share in the past, and I can tell you that nothing will kill an organization’s productivity and vision like a can’t-do person.

But if this kind of cynicism brings a team down, what can lift it up?

"It always seems impossible until it's done." -Nelson Mandela

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3 Powerful Habits Every Leader Needs to Excel

Plus 17 More That Will Give You a Significant Edge

When you think about leadership, what’s one word that matters more than almost any others? In his new book, H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle, Brad Lomenick says “habit” is the key.


More than 40 percent of the things we do throughout the day aren’t the result of decisions, he says. They’re habits. “When you rise in the morning, nearly half of your day will be determined by the pattern you’ve either intentionally created or passively allowed.”

That’s critically important for leaders. Why? “The path to being a better leader is paved with the asphalt of the habits we develop,” Brad explains. And as the longtime president of Catalyst, he can validate the observation. I’ve certainly seen that in my own life and leadership.