Why No Failure is Truly Permanent

8 Lessons That Can Take You from Where You Are to Where You Want to Go

Do you remember what it was like in school to get your test back with a big, fat, red “F” written at the top? It was worse than flunking. It felt like an indictment, like a label. I’m a failure.

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Those feelings stick with us and come back later in life too, don’t they? We miss a big goal. Failure. Lose a client. Failure. Get fired. Failure. Pretty soon we feel like we can’t win.

I’ve been there. I can remember sitting in the floor of an empty office with my business partner. The only thing the bank didn’t take was our phone. And the only way I could have been any lower is if there were a basement.

Season 5, Episode 13: Trash Your To-Do List [Podcast]

How to Do Less and Achieve More

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt, who—get this—will be back with us next week. But we have a great show for you right now. In this episode, we discuss how you can achieve more by doing less.

Episode 13

Can you have too many opportunities? Ask an overburdened entrepreneur, executive, artist, or parent. Of course! An overabundance of opportunities create stress, burnout, and worse. What’s the solution? Trash your to-do list! Here’s how:

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“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.”

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What Robert De Niro Taught Me About Leadership

10 Traits of Highly Effective Mentors

I’m always surprised by what I learn at the movies. I go to be entertained. But many times I walk out of the theater with insights I can put to work in my life.

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Over the weekend Gail and I saw the new Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway comedy, The Intern. It was great.

10 Reasons You’re Hesitating About Platform University

And Why You Can’t Afford to Wait Any Longer

Twice a year I open registration to Platform University for one week and one week only. And today’s your last chance to join until next year. But you’re hesitating.

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Why? I can think of ten key reasons. All I’m asking is a chance to address these very common objections.

Season 5, Episode 12: 4 Easy Steps to Affair-Proof Your Marriage [Podcast]

How to Protect What Matters Most

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss proven strategies to protect your marriage.

Episode 12

Today’s world is full of crumbling marriages. I’m sure we’d all agree there are few things as important as rich, stable family life. But to protect what matters most, we have to be intentional. And the four steps we cover today are the best place to start.

But first, an announcement: Beginning today, I’m moving my podcast from Wednesdays to Mondays. Same great content, now just two days earlier.

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"Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings." -Unknown

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Everything You Fear About Platforms Is Wrong

How One Critic Got It 180-degrees Backward—and Why It Matters for the Rest of Us

Every now and then I read something so ridiculous I think, this must be a joke. But then I read deeper and realize, no, sadly, the writer is serious.

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That happened to me the other day when I read an article about why platform-building supposedly “threatens to throttle the church.”

5 Steps to Reach More People, Make More Money, and Create More Impact

Register for My Exclusive Free Webinar and Find out How

One of the hardest things in building an online brand is not knowing how to get from where you are right now to where you know you have the potential to go.

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If you’re like me, you’ve felt like this from time to time—maybe even right now. You’ve got something important to say or something useful to sell. You know you it could make a difference in people’s lives. But navigating the platform world can feel like driving without road signs.

Imagine if you had a guide—a roadmap that could help you get from here to there. Now you do, and it’s free.

If you’re looking for a guide to grow your online brand sign up now for my webinar, Your Platform Roadmap. Registration is free, but spots are limited.

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Season 5, Episode 11: The Treasure in the Trials [Podcast]

A Simple Question That Will Change Your Life

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 11 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 discover the treasures in the trials we all experience.

Episode 11

No one gets through life without setbacks, and most of us face some kind of trial on a regular basis. Here’s one question you can ask that can turn the experience from a negative to a positive.

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Get My ‘Evernote Hacks for Bloggers’: Free to Anyone Who Registers for Platform University Today

One of the biggest struggles I hear from platform builders is that they can’t find time to post consistently.

I’ve faced this myself, but I’ve also found the solution. I use Evernote to blog consistently, efficiently, and effectively. And now I’m making my personal workflows, tips, and workarounds available to you in my step-by-step screencast and ebook, Evernote Hacks for Bloggers.

This exclusive resource reveals how you can:

  • Save time with six of the most common blogging tasks.
  • Create a system that allows you to produce better, more effective content.
  • Do it all without tons of technical knowhow. Just about anyone can use this system.

Evernote Hacks for Bloggers not only pairs my step-by-step video instruction with downloadable guidebook, it also includes my personal Evernote blogging template I use for my own posts.

And it’s available free to anyone who registers for Platform University today, October 21. Act fast, because this offer goes away after 11:59 P.M. Pacific.

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