Many of you know I have five daughters. I like to joke that I live in an estrogen-rich environment.
Like any group of siblings, they all have ways in which they’re very different and ways in which they’re very similar. One way my daughters are all alike is that they’re very entrepreneurial. Is that a case of nature or nurture?
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If people know you’re thinking about their lives, they’re more likely to want to do business. Here’s a quick story of how I personally created a wow experience that might set the stage for how to pull this off in your practice.
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Recently, I took a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, to meet with Michael’s Inner Circle Mastermind Group. A few hours into the meeting, some comments were made by the group about my socks and those of another member, and how cool they were.
How many hours a week do you work? I know there are times when you’ve got to crush it, but I’m talking about regularly. Forty, fifty, sixty hours?
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One study I’ve seen says that most professionals actually work more than seventy, given how much time they address business communication on their smart phones. As far as I’m concerned, anything over 55 hours a week is too much.
When I say that, I’m surprised at how many people object and say they don’t have a choice. Their boss demands it, or the kind of work they do (corporate leadership, retail, or the restaurant business) requires it. They feel like they’re held hostage. And they are, but to what?
This Is Your Life: What Was Big in Season 4 and What’s Coming for Season 5
Thanks for helping to make Season 4 of This Is Your Life a rousing success. We’re taking a breather this week, but Stu McLaren and I will be back next week with Season 5.
Since I started podcasting, This Is Your Life has experienced over 10 million total downloads. And last month was our biggest month ever with 313,720 downloads. That’s a 5 percent gain on June with 297,594 downloads. There’s no way we could have done it without your ongoing interest and enthusiastic support.
Since we’re on hiatus this week, I thought you might enjoy a recap of Season 4’s most-downloaded episodes. Here are the top-five episodes:
- Season 4, Episode 6: “Watch Your Mouth”
- Season 4, Episode 7: “How to Achieve More by Sleeping More”
- Season 4, Episode 5: “Getting the Most Out of Evernote”
- Season 4, Episode 10: “The Hidden Dangers of Sitting”
- Season 4, Episode 11: “Escape Perfectionism Once and for All”
And what about Season 5? I’ve got some great shows lined up for you. Here’s just a sample of what’s coming up in the weeks ahead:
- 3 Life-Changing Benefits You’ll Gain by Getting Outdoors
- Why a Pessimism Addiction Will Wreck Your Future
- How to Finally Achieve Work-Life Balance
- One Simple Change that Will Make You an Awesome Leader
- 4 Reasons You Should Never Feel Guilty About Making Money
Check back next Wednesday, August 12, when Season 5 gets underway.
Some leaders believe that customers are their most important priority. Others believe their boss, their board, or their investors are their most important priority.
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I’ve worked in companies where these philosophies were the cultural norm. But I don’t agree with them. I believe your teammates are your most important priority. If you take care of them, they will take care of everything else.
When I left the corporate suite at Thomas Nelson a few years back I wanted to settle into the life of a solopreneur—writing, speaking, and coaching. Instead I built a lean, rapidly expanding multimillion dollar company.
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What I found early on was that as my message resonated, my need for a team grew. There was only one of me, but there were also too many opportunities I couldn’t pass up. Soon a new strategy emerged, I set new goals, and formed a new company.
Now I lead an ambitious team of sixteen people. We’re creating products, launching courses, and business is exceptionally good. We’ve actually doubled our sales every year since I started the company. And that means I need to add another team member—a chief financial officer.
When I conducted my most recent reader survey, almost half of you said that you one day hoped to write a book. So let me ask you a question: When will that day come?
Whether you’re a business leader, speaker, blogger, pastor, or podcaster, if you’ve got a book in you, there’s never been a better time to turn that dream into a deal than right now. Why? The tools are now tilted in your favor. But you have to know how to use them.
I reveal exactly how in my Get Published Training Course, but registration is only open for another day. After tonight at 11:59 p.m. Pacific, the offer ends.
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we answer your questions about boundaries, bad bosses, and what’s essential in business and life.
We love fielding listener questions on This Is Your Life. Today we’re talking about technology, parenting, effective newsletters, Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, how to get a nap to stay fresh at work, and more.
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Let’s say you’ve always wanted to write a book. What would you do if a publisher made you an offer today? What if a deal was waiting in your inbox right now?
The truth is you’ll probably have an agent who can help walk you through all the fine points. But with or without an agent, every author should know the broad strokes of a book deal—what’s usually negotiable, what’s not, what to avoid, and what to celebrate.
There are a lot of details to know: rights, subrights, obligations, determinations, and so on. To help demystify the process, I’ve written a quick-and-easy ebook that breaks it all down to just six key factors.
Will you be ready when your book goes from dream to deal? Register for my Get Published Training Course
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The hardest thing about writing a book is writing a book. I bet you know what I’m talking about. A 500-word blog post is one thing, but a 50,000-word manuscript?
Writing a book can feel like a daunting task. I once heard an author compare it to an ant crossing the interstate. It can be so daunting you never get started. In fact, I know people with life-changing messages to share but feel like they just don’t have the time to get it down.
But what if I told you there’s a proven process to write a book faster than you ever thought possible? There is, and I’m sharing it in my free, upcoming webinar, The Busy Person’s Guide to Writing a Book: 12 Easy Steps for Completing Your Book Twice as Fast with Half The Effort.
Feel like you don’t have enough time to write the book inside you? Register today for my free webinar, The Busy Person’s Guide to Writing a Book
and learn the twelve easy steps that can help you finish your book faster than you ever thought possible. Registration is open, but seats are limited. It’s first come, first serve. Sign up before we fill up!
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If you’ve always dreamed of writing a book, I have good news. You’re living at the very best moment in history to have the impact your message deserves. But you have your doubts, right?
Maybe you’ve heard the statistics on how many books get automatically rejected by agents and publishers. Maybe you’ve already been rejected.
You know you have an important message to share, but let’s face it: We pour so much of ourselves into a book that rejection is beyond demoralizing. Besides, publishing is so complex, it feels like its rigged against first-time authors. It’s not, if you know how the system works—and how you can work it.