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If I had a dollar for every time people asked my wife, Gail, how she lives with an entrepreneur, I wouldn’t have to be one. Scratch that. I would probably figure out how to get more people to ask the question. (Sorry, I can’t help myself!)
Being an entrepreneur is part of who I am. And that creates some interesting challenges and opportunities in our marriage. If you are—or are married to—an entrepreneur, corporate executive, ministry leader, or any other kind of driven, “Type A” personality, you know what I mean.
The Art of Work (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2015)
Today, unlike any previous time in history, we have options about the work we do and the role it plays in our lives. But it is precisely here that so many of us get stuck. With so many choices, we struggle to figure out what we really want or where to start once we do. In The Art of Work, Jeff Goins provides a clear framework for discerning our calling, developing our mastery, and maximizing our impact. This is the plan we’ve been waiting for—from a guide we can trust.
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this twelfth episode, Michele Cushatt and I interview Greg McKeown, best-selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.
We live in a culture that drives us to do, produce, and consume more—constantly. As a result, our schedules are packed, while our lives seem empty. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, one of the best business books I’ve ever read, offers the perspective and tools we need to break free from this trap.
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I’ve been talking about the benefits of working at a standup desk for years now. Standing makes you feel happier and more energetic. It also burns more calories.
I’ve also been a major advocate for getting enough sleep each night. Sleep keeps us sharp and improves our ability to remember, learn, and grow.
Now I’m going to let you in on how I’m taking these two practices to the next level. I recently started standing while sleeping, and the results have been phenomenal.
When I think of an entrepreneur, I think of someone forward-thinking, creative, energetic, and relentless. I also think of someone forty and up.
What? Our stereotypes don’t run that direction, do they? We’re more likely to think of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of college than someone who graduated twenty years before and who’s now starting a new venture. But that’s what the numbers say.
I follow a lot of speakers, bloggers, and podcasters who swear on stage, on screen, and at the microphone. I’m no fan of profanity, but I’ll wade through it if there’s a payoff.
I’ve made huge gains in my personal and professional life from people who could make sailors blush. But here’s the thing: I don’t always feel comfortable directing my audience to do the same. It’s just not worth offending them.
A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the traditional model. But it’s not always intuitive and it takes some practice. Here are ten practical strategies you can use to gain greater influence.
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I sometimes talk with people who say they don’t have enough time to exercise. The older I get the more that reminds me of people who say they don’t have enough money to save for retirement.
I can relate. When I was younger and rising in my career, I rarely made time to exercise. I was too busy killing it to realize it was killing me. And it almost did.
I write about fear a lot. I write about more than just rational fears like when you go to Chipotle and try to order queso and they tell you, “We don’t have queso.” I write about irrational fears as well.
People often ask me, “Where do you get all these ideas about fear?” and they are always disappointed with my answer: “I’m afraid of a lot of things. And then I write them down.”
I wish it was fancier than that, but it’s not.
Have you had this experience? You’re traveling in a new city, using your GPS to find your destination. But the route doesn’t seem to match reality. Suddenly, you’re in a strange place with cars buzzing by and no clarity about where to turn next.
How do you get where you want to go? Maybe you’re unsure about your plan, you’re not sure what to do, and it looks like your competition is flying by, leaving you in the dust.