What Are Your Options When You Are About to Miss a Big Goal?

We’re about 50 percent short of our goal, Dad.” My oldest daughter, Megan, had just called to brief me on our recent new membership campaign for Platform University. It was day four of an eight-day promotion. My heart sank.

Daily Sales Chart

Number of New Memberships by Day

I don’t like missing goals. Our campaign target was to add one thousand new members to the site. Based on previous experience, we should have added five hundred members by the end of the fourth day. We were at 256.

Stop Trying to Be a Superhero and Find Virtual Freedom (in 3 Steps)

This is a guest post by Chris Ducker, who is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, blogger, and podcaster. I also highly recommend you pick up a copy of his new book, Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business. You can follow him on Twitter.

In late 2009 I hit burnout. I’d been working sixteen-hour days, six days a week. I was spending hardly anytime with my beautiful wife, or our three children, whom I love more than anything in the world.

I was desperately unfit, unhappy, and becoming unappreciative of the success I had amassed thus far. I realized there and then something had to change.

I am looking forward to speaking at Dan Miller’s Innovate event again. These are always so intimate and powerful. It’s one of my favorite events of the year.

Date: September 19, 2014
Time: 11:00-12:00 a.m.
Event: Innovate 2014 September
Topic: 5 Elements of a Powerful, Personal Brand
Sponsor: 48 Days
Venue: The Sanctuary
Location: Franklin, Tennessee 37064
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

#089: 4 Difficult Sentences for Leaders (And Why You Must Get Good at Saying Them) [Podcast]

Many words in the English language are difficult. In fact, there’s even a Dictionary of Difficult Words, but none are more difficult than the ones in the four sentences I share in this episode.

Apologize in the Dictionary

If you are going to lead well, you have to get proficient in the use of these sentences. And, I’ll tell you a little secret: most leaders aren’t good at these, and it’s costing them—big time!

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Why You Need a Community to Successfully Build Your Platform

When I was young, a boy could get a copy of D.C. Beard’s American Boy’s Handy Book, and girls could get The American Girl’s Handy Book (though I knew less about that one for obvious reasons).

Platform University Members Home Page

Platform University Members Home Page

Books like these and many others, including the more recent Dangerous Book for Boys, provide tons of information on all sorts of projects.

5 Reasons You Can Build a Platform Faster, Easier, and Bigger Than Ever Before

A little over a year ago, we launched Platform University. Since that time, it has been fascinating to watch how the world of platform-building has changed.

Michael Hyatt Working at His Desk

Working at the Desk in My Library

If you want the short version, it is this: platform building is getting easier every year. For the first time in history, ordinary people can build a real business or take their existing business to a new level.

Which of These 5 Platform-Building Stages Are You In Now?

If there is one frustration that I hear more than any other from people working on their platform, it’s that they’re not going far enough fast enough. They get stuck on being stuck and discouraged whenever someone goes flying by.

Jonah on His Bicycle

My grandson, Jonah, age three

If you’re one of these people, you’re in luck. My grandson Jonah has the answer.

He’s only three years old but zooms past older kids at the park on his little two-wheeler. Unlike a lot of those older kids, he doesn’t have training wheels on his bike. They’re astonished when he zips by, peddling like he’s going to win the Tour de France.

#088: What CEOs and Other Leaders Must Do to Create a Values-Driven Organization [Podcast]

My first big corporate job came with lots of perks. But after just a few weeks, I noticed some disturbing behavior among my peers and the company’s leadership.

Core Values Are the Foundation of Every Great Organization

Core Values Are the Foundation of Every Great Organization

I eventually came to the conclusion that my values just didn’t sync with the company’s. We were on a collision course. I knew I had to find a company that shared my values—or start one.

Building a values-based organization is critical if you want to create a culture that achieves lasting impact. But values have to be more than platitudes. You have to translate them into behaviors. And to do that, you have to drive them deep into the organization.

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How I Increased My Income by 250% While Spending More Time with Family and Friends

When I left the corporate suite at Thomas Nelson I planned to write and speak full time. And that’s exactly what I did at first. One year in fact I gave over 40 keynotes. It felt great! It also felt totally, utterly, completely exhausting.

Me with My Wife, Gail, and Five Daughters

Six Reasons to Stay Home More—My Wife, Gail, and Five Daughters

I had come to the realization that, even as an executive in a major corporation, ultimately all of us are freelancers. Some just have more customers than others. And the more customers you have the better chance you have at thriving in uncertain times.