Season 5, Episode 4: Permission to Turn the Page [Podcast]

5 Reasons Reading Will Make You an Awesome Leader

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss five reasons reading will make you an awesome leader.


I’m convinced that the reason I ascended the corporate ranks, became a CEO, and ended up writing about leadership is because I’m a reader. Here’s why it made the difference for me and how it can make the difference for you.

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The 2 Most Powerful Words for Reaching Your Goals

One Simple, Proven Trick that Will Set You up to Win Every Time

Tell me this hasn’t happened to you: You decide on a goal and you’re full of enthusiasm for the first week, maybe two. Then you slack off. Finally, months go by and you’ve made no real progress.


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When you remember your original goal, you either feel bad and quit, or feel bad and try again—only to experience the same dynamic again and again. But what if I told you two little words could enable you to break out of that cycle?

"Be fearless in the pusuit of what sets your soul on fire." -Unknown

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The Kind of People You Should NEVER Take Advice From

And What to Do Instead

I recently read a post about how to give advice. It had some good pointers. But do you know the one thing it didn’t say? That people giving advice should know what they’re talking about.


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I don’t know about you, but I get advice from people all the time. Some of it’s good, some of it’s terrible. So how can we know if the advice we get is worth following?

Season 5, Episode 3: How to Wreck Your Future [Podcast]

5 Hidden Dangers of a Pessimism Addiction

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the hidden dangers of pessimism.

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If you’re looking to wreck your future, especially your career, there’s nothing more effective than pessimism. Here’s why—and what you can do to stay positive.

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No, You Don’t Have to Work 24/7 to Succeed

What the Amazon Story Says About Our Always-on Business Culture

I love Amazon, but like many I was disturbed by what I read in the New York Timesrecent exposé. Still, I was actually more disturbed by what came next.


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I read defenses of Amazon from entrepreneurs, leaders, tech writers, and others. Some were easy to agree with. It’s a free country, after all. People can work where they want—even high-intensity, always-on companies like Amazon.

That wasn’t the problem.


Elon Musk (New York City: Ecco, 2015)

If you have a narrow definition of success, Elon Musk is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. However, I see this biography as more of a cautionary tale. In his drive to win, Musk sacrifices friends, business associates, and even his family to get what he wants. His life (so far) is a living example of what happens when you value projects more than people.

There’s No Present Like the Time

How Your ‘Why’ Helps You When Your Platform Makes You Wait

This is a guest post by Wayne Stiles. He serves as an executive vice president at Insight for Living Ministries. His newest book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing, released this week. If you get a copy before August 25, Wayne will send you some free resources.

Some days, I wish I’d never met Google Analytics. I mean, a couple of clicks shows me everything from my blog’s unique monthly visitors to what post a reader in Oslo is reading right now. It’s amazing! And honestly, it’s depressing.

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The metrics can get maddening—even addicting—when building a platform. After all, we’re building. And anything we pour our time, passions, and money into needs to prove its worth. We want to see progress. Daily.

"A year from now you may wish you had started today." -Karen Lamb

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How to Jumpstart a Stuck Project

The Hack I Use to Gain Traction and Get Moving

Have you ever been stuck on an important project? You have a big idea, you know it’ll be great for your business or personal life, but you can’t get moving? Yeah, happens to me all the time, too.


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So what do you do when your doing gets stuck? There are probably a million ways to gain traction and get moving, but here’s what works best for me. It’s a simple hack I use every time I start a major project.

Season 5, Episode 2: Nature’s Calling [Podcast]

Get Outdoors and Gain 3 Life-Changing Benefits

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the benefits of experiencing the great outdoors.

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I’ve never been outside more than I have this year. What I’ve noticed is that time in nature helps me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In fact, researchers have found all sort of ways going outdoors helps us function better when we’re indoors. Here are three life-changing benefits from spending time outside.

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