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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What I Hate about Periscope

9 Features Developers Should Jump on Fast to Stay Ahead of the Competition

Periscope, Twitter’s new social media video app, has exploded. It only launched in March, but it already has over 10 million users who together watch over 350,000 hours of video every day.

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Right now, I serve up two and a half hours a week with my #DailyMentor show. I’ve been doing it for one week now, and the feedback has been phenomenal.

There are several reasons I think Periscope is an incredible medium. But it’s not perfect, not by a long shot. The more I use it, the more I find significants flaws. At least for me. But I bet my experience is not unique.

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What I Love About Periscope

9 Reasons Leaders Should Adopt Twitter’s Amazing New Video App ASAP

If I tweeted something about periscope four months ago, virtually everyone would think I was talking about submarines. But today over 10 million people know I’m talking about Twitter’s hottest new app, the social media video platform Periscope.

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Periscope got off the ground in March for iPhone and May for Android. There are always new developments in social media, and as a blogger, online entrepreneur, and the founder of Platform University, I keep tabs on what’s working and why.

Season 5, Episode 1: Escape the Overwhelm [Podcast]

How to Regain Momentum When You Feel Paralyzed

We’re back! Welcome to Season 5, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this first episode of our new season, we discuss what to do when you feel overwhelmed.


When we feel overwhelmed, the first thing we lose is our momentum. But that’s usually the worst time to stall out, right? The good news is that we don’t have stay stuck. Today we’re sharing three steps anybody can use to help escape the overwhelm and get moving again.

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How to Raise Kids Who Understand Wealth Building

4 Big Takeaways About What Works and Why

Many of you know I have five daughters. I like to joke that I live in an estrogen-rich environment.


Like any group of siblings, they all have ways in which they’re very different and ways in which they’re very similar. One way my daughters are all alike is that they’re very entrepreneurial. Is that a case of nature or nurture?

How to Use the Power of Surprise to Wow Your Clients

5 Unexpected Ways to ‘Outexperience’ Your Competition with a Well-Timed, Personal Gift

This is a guest post by my friend, Brad Johnson, a member of my Inner Circle Mastermind Group. Brad is vice president of marketing for Advisors Excel, works by referral only, and mentors a small group of the country’s most elite financial advisors. His thoughts on growing a successful financial advisory business have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Investment News, and Financial Planning, among other industry publications. You can find him online at, as well as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

If people know you’re thinking about their lives, they’re more likely to want to do business. Here’s a quick story of how I personally created a wow experience that might set the stage for how to pull this off in your practice.


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Recently, I took a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, to meet with Michael’s Inner Circle Mastermind Group. A few hours into the meeting, some comments were made by the group about my socks and those of another member, and how cool they were.

Are Limiting Beliefs Keeping You Trapped at Work?

Why Some People Get Stuck and How You Can Get Free

How many hours a week do you work? I know there are times when you’ve got to crush it, but I’m talking about regularly. Forty, fifty, sixty hours?

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One study I’ve seen says that most professionals actually work more than seventy, given how much time they address business communication on their smart phones. As far as I’m concerned, anything over 55 hours a week is too much.

When I say that, I’m surprised at how many people object and say they don’t have a choice. Their boss demands it, or the kind of work they do (corporate leadership, retail, or the restaurant business) requires it. They feel like they’re held hostage. And they are, but to what?

This Is Your Life: What Was Big in Season 4 and What’s Coming for Season 5

Thanks for helping to make Season 4 of This Is Your Life a rousing success. We’re taking a breather this week, but Stu McLaren and I will be back next week with Season 5.

Since I started podcasting, This Is Your Life has experienced over 10 million total downloads. And last month was our biggest month ever with 313,720 downloads. That’s a 5 percent gain on June with 297,594 downloads. There’s no way we could have done it without your ongoing interest and enthusiastic support.

Since we’re on hiatus this week, I thought you might enjoy a recap of Season 4’s most-downloaded episodes. Here are the top-five episodes:

  1. Season 4, Episode 6: “Watch Your Mouth
  2. Season 4, Episode 7: “How to Achieve More by Sleeping More
  3. Season 4, Episode 5: “Getting the Most Out of Evernote
  4. Season 4, Episode 10: “The Hidden Dangers of Sitting
  5. Season 4, Episode 11: “Escape Perfectionism Once and for All

And what about Season 5? I’ve got some great shows lined up for you. Here’s just a sample of what’s coming up in the weeks ahead:

  • 3 Life-Changing Benefits You’ll Gain by Getting Outdoors
  • Why a Pessimism Addiction Will Wreck Your Future
  • How to Finally Achieve Work-Life Balance
  • One Simple Change that Will Make You an Awesome Leader
  • 4 Reasons You Should Never Feel Guilty About Making Money

Check back next Wednesday, August 12, when Season 5 gets underway.

Why You Need to Take Care of the People Who Take Care of You

Customers, Bosses, Boards, and Investors Matter—But They Can’t Come First

Some leaders believe that customers are their most important priority. Others believe their boss, their board, or their investors are their most important priority.


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I’ve worked in companies where these philosophies were the cultural norm. But I don’t agree with them. I believe your teammates are your most important priority. If you take care of them, they will take care of everything else.