We’re taking a break from the podcast to celebrate July 4. We’ll be back on Wednesday & Friday with our regular blog posts, and next Monday the 11th with Season 8, Episode 4 of the podcast.

In the meantime, enjoy my favorite rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner by the Gaither Vocal Band.

"You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it." -Charles Buxton

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How to Hire Team Members that Never Disappoint

3 Nonnegotiable Qualities the Best Team Members Share

This is a guest post by Megan Hyatt Miller. Megan is the Chief Operating Officer of Michael Hyatt & Company. She is also Michael’s oldest daughter. Megan, her husband Joel, and their four children make their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

As leaders, we spend an enormous amount of time, energy, and money trying to recruit top talent. I know I do. That’s why it’s critical that each hire is the right one. But what’s the secret to guarantee success?

Welcome to our team

We’re in the midst of a season of intense hiring here at Michael Hyatt & Co. I always consider it a tremendous responsibility to add anyone to our team. The right hire can help us reach our goals. But the wrong hire can poison the team culture we’ve worked so hard to create.

The Difference Between a Sin and a Mistake

Do You Know the Difference?

In recent years, I have noticed an increasing tendency for people to confuse mistakes with sins. It happens at every level, whether someone is caught cheating on their spouse, filing false insurance claims, or shoplifting from a clothing store.

ashamed

Last week I read about the sex scandal that shipwrecked Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. Married for five decades, he threw it away for a female staffer thirty years his junior.

Bentley, now divorced, no longer talks with his family. He hasn’t even met his eighth grandchild, according to a well reported story in GQ. But what stood out for me is how the governor spoke about his affair.

Season 8, Episode 3: How to Vacation Like a Pro [Podcast]

7 Steps for Recharging with Intention

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of our best tips on getting the most out of your time away.

Episode 3

Taking a break and recharging is vital for your individual and family health. However, you’ve probably realized how much work goes into planning family vacations, everything from booking airfare and hotels to getting your business ready for your absence. In this episode, we give you practical steps to vacationing like a pro.

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The Difference Between Trying and Doing

​How to Turn Attempts Into Accomplishments

There’s an instructive scene in the Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back. Yoda is instructing Luke Skywalker in how to use the Force. He asks Luke to retrieve his disabled spaceship out of a bog where it has sunk, using only his mind.

there is no try

Luke, of course, thinks this is impossible. Sure, he has been able to move stones around this way. But a spaceship? That’s completely different. Or is it?

Why Leaders Can’t Over-Communicate

5 Reasons to Speak Up and Speak Often

Leaders face a lot of problems, but poor communication is one they often create for themselves. In fact, nine in ten employees say it sabotages the success of executives, according to one study.

Talking to colleague

The same study found the second biggest problem area for leaders was a lack of clear directions. I think this probably applies across the board—everything from mission and core values down to day-to-day operations.

I get it. Sometimes, as leaders, we think we’ve said what needs to be said. We’re actually worried about over-communicating. We don’t want to sound like a broken record.

Season 8, Episode 2: If You Want to Be Successful, Be Less Accessible [Podcast]

(7 Simple Steps)

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss 7 simple steps to being more intentional about how you spend your time.

Episode 2

If you are going to live according to a realistic schedule and maintain margin for your most important priorities, you must make some tough decisions about accessibility. The more successful we are, the less accessible we must become. Otherwise we’ll end up cheating those relationships and projects that matter most. In this podcast, we’ll help you avoid those mistakes.

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"For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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How to Become a Morning Person

(Even If You Don’t Think You Can)

A few years ago, someone listened to my podcast, “Become More Productive by Reengineering Your Morning Ritual.” They wrote to me and said, “I really would like to be a morning person. Do you have any advice for becoming one? Is that even possible?”

sunrise and coffee

First of all, yes. It is possible. This is not like trying to become a professional basketball player if you are only 5’6″ tall. This is more like trying to change a belief system and a set of habits. You can do it if you are intentional.

Yes, We Have No Office

Why Remote Working Is a Strategic Advantage for Now

I almost took a strategic misstep a few months back. Ever since I started my company, our team has worked remotely. We have twenty people in several different cities producing unparalleled results. But I wanted an office.

working outside

With the help of a great agent, we narrowed the search to 10,000 square feet in the perfect building. But everything comes down to tradeoffs. When I weighed the cost of the space against the benefits of working remotely, it didn’t add up.