Season 4, Episode 9: Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast]

4 Temptations Every Leader Faces

Welcome to Season 4, 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 four temptations every leader faces.

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Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly. That means leaders have to be on their guard about certain temptations. I don’t know a single leader who has not dealt with at least one of these four.

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Why the Place You Live Determines Your Success

3 Reasons You Should Call the Movers if You’re Serious about Following Your Dream

Everyone knows the old line from the real estate business, “Location, location, location!” But did you know it can have a direct impact on your professional success and satisfaction?

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I’ve lived just outside Nashville for almost thirty years. It’s been a major center for the music business for decades, but Nashville is now a major hub for mediapreneurs of all stripes.

Publishers, podcasters, bloggers, photographers, authors, agents, designers, marketers, musicians, filmmakers, speakers—you name it, and they’re here. So why aren’t you?

Why You Don’t Have to Be a Jerk to Win at Work

4 Ways Kindness Can Give You an Edge in Business

We sometimes think we have to be jerks to win at work. Standout leaders like Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos are famous for their tough approach. And we all know raging meaniacs set impossible standards and get amazing results, right?

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I spent most of my professional life in the publishing business. While I was president and CEO of Thomas Nelson there were a couple of executives working for another major publisher. These two were like blowtorches with business cards, they sometimes clashed, and they were legendary across the industry for their egos and attitudes.

Like Jobs and Bezos, they were also successful.

No, You Don’t Need to be Great at Everything—and Why You Shouldn’t Even Try

One Belief Holding You Back in Business and Life

If you’re an entrepreneur at heart like me, it’s tempting to wear every hat in the business. This is especially true if you’re cursed with being halfway good at all those jobs.

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That’s not a compliment, by the way. I should emphasize the word cursed. Think of it this way: Would you intentionally hire someone who was halfway good at their job? Of course not. You want people who are fully competent.

And yet it can be hard to let go of those hats, right? But here’s the reality. If you want to wear all the hats, you’ll have to pull out more than a rabbit to be successful.

The 10 Characteristics of a Rockstar Executive Assistant

What Every Leader Needs to Know about the Most Important Member of the Team

You can’t make it on your own, and that’s not a putdown. It’s reality. And the bigger your goals, the more help you’re going to need in reaching them.

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In the corporate world, I relied heavily on my executive assistants. When I struck out on my own, I thought I could manage without one. Crazy. I just couldn’t keep up.

It didn’t take long before I enrolled a virtual assistant. Now I have two and couldn’t run my business without them. But what makes a great assistant, whether virtual or in the office? If you’re a leader, you’d better know the answer to that question.

Why Going Outdoors Makes You Smarter, Stronger, and More Spiritual

3 Life-Changing Benefits of Nature You Can’t Afford to Miss

Whether we’re in our homes, in our cars, or in our offices, we spend most of our days removed from nature—and it’s not good for us.

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I just returned from a fishing trip on the Big Horn River in Montana, and I’m on sabbatical right now in Maine. I live outside Nashville, Tennessee, and one thing we have in abundance is trees. But Maine has us beat. There are 22 billion trees here—almost 17,000 per person.

We all know about the environmental benefits trees and other plants provide. But how often do you take advantage of the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits we get from nature?

How to Use the Gratitude Advantage at Work

6 Tactics for Powering Your Success by Expressing Thanks

Lona Collins is 107 years old. When a reporter asked what she does to stay young, she said gratitude. “Don’t go crabbin’,” she advised.

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Most of us know about the gratitude advantage. Research shows that expressing thanks leads to lower stress, better relationships, improved health, and more. But there’s one place we’re unlikely to express gratitude—work.

The Most Valuable Missing Ingredient in Your Fitness Routine

5 Reasons You Should Seriously Consider Adding Strength Training to Your Workout Today

I’ve been running for years now. It’s an essential part of my health and fitness—and even my business. But if you’re like me, there could be something missing from your workout routine.

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Almost two years ago I set some significant health-related goals, and I hired a personal trainer to help me reach them. He evaluated my routine and we agreed the main thing I needed to add was strength training.

"Balance: Never let success go to your head. Never let failure go to your heart." -Unknown

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How to Build a Profitable Social Media Sales Funnel [Free Webinar]

Create a Foolproof Facebook Marketing System, Find Your Best Customers, and Skyrocket Your Sales

I’d like to invite you to join me for a free, live Webinar with my friend, Amy Porterfield, on Tuesday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Central, 11 a.m. Pacific).

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Amy is not only one of the best presenters I know, she’s also the world’s leading expert on Facebook marketing. In this webinar she explains why you have to go outside Facebook to get the most from Facebook.

She shares a foolproof method to create a social media sales funnel, find your target market, and increase your revenue.

Register for This Free Facebook Webinar!

What Has Been Your Experience in Setting Goals? [Survey]

Almost 10,000 people have gone through my 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course. While I am thrilled with the results, I am not content.

Setting and Achieving Goals Survey

My team and I have already begun work on the 2016 edition of the course. We have discovered some ground-breaking new research that will be a game-changer for most people—especially those who have struggled to achieve their most important goals.

However, I am now at the place where I need your input. Could you do me a quick favor and take this brief survey? It will take less than two minutes. However, it will help me better connect my research with your exact needs.

Please click here to participate. Thanks in advance for your help.