How to Maximize a Windfall

4 Ways to Profit from the Happy Accidents of Life

Sometimes the best things that happen to us come totally out of the blue. We don’t plan them, seek them, or try to make them happen. They just show up. So how do we make the most of these happy accidents?


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One of my team members was telling me about a biography of the essayist Montaigne. It’s called How to Live by Sarah Bakewell, and it was a big bestseller a few years ago. But here’s what’s amazing. It all started as a fluke.

In the back of the book, Bakewell says she discovered Montaigne because she was traveling in Europe and the only thing she could find on the train in English was a copy of his Essays. This is going to be terrible, she thought. But no. Not only was the book highly entertaining, it also created the possibility for a whole new direction in her life.

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Don’t Let the Value Gap Sabotage Your Message [Free Video Series]

Discover the Tweaks That Will Skyrocket Your Traffic, Influence, and Impact

If you’re looking to skyrocket your impact, it’s imperative to identify your Value Gap and close it fast. And here’s the good news: My free new video series will show you exactly how.


Communication is simple: There’s what you say and what others hear. But they don’t always sync up, do they? The Value Gap is what exists when your audience fails to “get” the value you think you’re providing. And it happens to all of us.

The good news is that there are eight simple tweaks you can make that will close this gap, allow you to be heard, and create the impact your message deserves.

My new three-part video series Skyrocket Your Impact will help you create momentum for your message—whether you’re just starting or you want to grow your existing following into a full-­time business. Registration is free, and Video 2 goes live today. Click here to find out more and get instant access.

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Season 5, Episode 10: How to Safeguard Your Most Important Asset [Podcast]

4 Heart-Defending Disciplines

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the most important asset for leaders and how to safeguard it.

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It affects our perspective and purpose. It impacts how we interact with our teams, potential clients, and customers. What is this critical leadership asset? It’s our heart. Today I’m sharing four disciplines to keep it in shape.

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How to Skyrocket Your Impact [Free New Video Series]

Narrow Your Focus, Create Momentum for Your Message, and Reach Thousands

We all like options, but when it comes to making an impact in the world today, the number of choices can be paralyzing.

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If you’ve got something to say or sell, you’ve probably thought about launching a blog or podcast, advertising on Facebook or Twitter, and investigating marketing and email strategies.

Or maybe you’re further along and weighing even bigger investments of time and money, but you’re unsure about how to proceed and in what direction.

My new three-part video series, Skyrocket Your Impact: A Proven Plan for Reaching Thousands with Your Message, will help you create momentum for your message—whether you’re just getting started or you already have a large following but want to grow it into a full-­time business. Registration is free. Click here to find out more and get instant access to Video No. 1.

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Why Sometimes You Need to Fire Your Customers

What It’s Costing You to Serve Everyone as if There’s No Limit

If you’ve ever worked in retail—and even if you haven’t—you’ve probably heard the phrase, “the customer is always right.” But just because you’ve heard it doesn’t make it true.

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My daughter Megan enjoys the BBC show, Mr. Selfridge, about pioneering retailer Jeremy Selfridge. Supposedly, he was one of the people to popularize the phrase that still rings in our ears all these years later in just about every sphere of business.

Why You’re Unhealthy, Stuck, and Miserable

One Trick Anyone Can Use to Improve Their Circumstances Starting Today

I hear from people all the time who feel stuck in bad jobs, bad habits, and bad relationships. And when it comes down to it, I have one single piece of advice.

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It’s pretty simple, actually. Ready? Here it goes: Stop thinking about it. No, I don’t mean live in denial. What I do mean is shift your focus.

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.

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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.