Season 4, Episode 4: The Secret Power of Smiling [Podcast]

5 Reasons it Matters—for You and for Others

Welcome to Season 4, 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 the secret power of smiling.


When I was CEO of Thomas Nelson, a consultant called me out for how little I smiled. I didn’t know I was scowling, but I was setting the wrong mood for my team. After that I not only learned to smile, I learned five reasons it matters—for you and others.

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Which Veterans Would You Like to Thank?

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. For many, this simply means an opportunity to take the day off, relaxing with family and friends. But there’s more to it than that.


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Memorial Day is a day we set aside to commemorate those veterans who have died in the service of our country. It was first enacted to honor those in the Union Army who died in the American Civil War. After the first World War, it was expanded to include American casualties of any war or military action.

"Balance: Never let success go to your head. Never let failure go to your heart." -Unknown

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Why You Don’t Need to Be Involved in Every Social Media Channel

3 Simple Steps to Get Traction and Build Your Following

I get asked a lot, “How do you find time to do it all? If I participate in every social media channel, I don’t have time to do anything else!” Exactly.


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The reality is that I don’t do it all. You can’t be everywhere in social media—and you won’t be effective trying. But the good news is that if you narrow your focus, you can get serious traction and build your following.

Season 4, Episode 3: Why Learning to Lead Means Learning to Follow [Podcast]

5 Characteristics All Great Followers Have in Common

Welcome to Season 4, 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 why learning to lead means learning to follow.


If you want to be an effective leader, it’s critical that you first learn to be an effective follower. It sounds counterintuitive, but without the character and skill formation that comes from learning to follow, you’re almost guaranteed to be a poor leader.

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How to Build a Profitable Social Media Sales Funnel [Free Webinar]

Create a Foolproof Facebook Marketing System, Find Your Best Customers, and Skyrocket Your Sales

I’d like to invite you to join me for a free, live Webinar with my friend, Amy Porterfield, on Tuesday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Central, 11 a.m. Pacific).


Amy is not only one of the best presenters I know, she’s also the world’s leading expert on Facebook marketing. In this webinar she explains why you have to go outside Facebook to get the most from Facebook.

She shares a foolproof method to create a social media sales funnel, find your target market, and increase your revenue.

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When You’re Just Too Tired to Make the Right Call

4 Ways to Beat Decision Fatigue before It Beats You

When do you make your best decisions, at the end of a day crammed with meetings and calls? Or early in the morning after a day of rest?


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My Twitter stream was filled last week with teachers and professors grading papers—and by that I mean teachers and professors complaining about grading papers.

It’s hard work, and I don’t mean to slight anyone, but I feel sorry for the students whose papers were last in the stack. Making call after call is bound to affect the quality of their teachers’ decisions. It’s true for all of us.

The most dangerous risk of all; the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy the freedom to do it later. -Anonymous

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Help Us Choose a Book Cover

Daniel Harkavy and I have written a new book about life planning called, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. Baker Books will be publishing it in the Spring of 2016. We need your help in choosing a cover.

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Contrary to the popular exhortation, people do judge books by their covers. That’s why it’s important we select the right one for this book.

That’s where you come in. Would you please take this short survey and tell us which option you prefer? It will take you less than one minute. I value your input and would be grateful for your help!

If you want to read more about the book—or be notified when it is available—click here.

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Season 4, Episode 2: Setting Up Camp in the Discomfort Zone [Podcast]

7 Strategies for Making the Most of Challenging Situations

Welcome to Season 4, 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 importance of setting up camp in the discomfort zone.


If you’re an entrepreneur or leader of any kind you’re going to face discomfort and difficulty. But here’s the good news: These are the times we most grow and make progress towards our goals—especially if we follow seven strategies for making the most of challenging situations.

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Why The Best Reading App Available Today Is Not What You Think

4 Scientific Reasons Paper Is Still Superior to the Screen

This is going to sound crazy. After all, I run an online content business. But the best reading app for comprehension, emotional engagement, and more is … paper.


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Whether we go back to the ancient Egyptians or the Chinese, there’s nothing new about paper. What is new is the understanding that reading on paper is superior in many ways to reading on screens.