3 Forces That Shape Character

How Media, Habits, and People Hold us Back or Drive us Forward

Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character.

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In helping people build their platforms, I frequently meet people whose public image is better developed than their personal character. They are one person on stage and another when the spotlight is off.

It is this fundamental lack of integrity that undermines their effectiveness and, left unchecked, can destroy their legacy.

Are Limiting Beliefs Keeping You Trapped at Work?

Why Some People Get Stuck—and How You Can Get Free

A year after the New York Times published a brutal exposé on Amazon’s 24/7, on-the-job culture, the retail giant announced it was experimenting with a thirty hour workweek for some of its employees.

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As far as I’m concerned, this is great news. When I talk with entrepreneurs, executives, and other leaders, I regularly hear they’re working fifty, sixty, even seventy hours a week. This level of overwork imposes huge costs on personal productivity, health, and more.

8 Secrets to Escape the Overwhelm [Podcast S08E10]

How to Reclaim Your Sanity

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to reclaim your sanity when you’re overwhelmed.

Episode 10

We all get overcommitted from time to time. It happens. Whether you find yourself in that place today or not, we have 8 secrets to help you better understand the dynamics that get us overwhelmed and what to do when it happens.

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"Four steps to achievement- Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently." - William A. Ward

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Their Success Doesn’t Threaten Ours

Why Competition Isn't Always Good

This is a guest post from my friend Lysa TerKeurst, a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author. Her most recent book is Uninvited. Find out more here.

Competition is good. Except when it isn’t. It’s good for board games and sports fields. But it can feel different when it comes to our most important work.

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Navigating the delicate art of comparison and unhealthy competition does not come naturally to me. I’ve wrestled through this. I’ve lost. I’ve won. And I’ve found it incredibly necessary to think about my pursuits in a better way.

Happy People Are More Magnetic [Podcast S08E09]

How to Become One in 7 Steps

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to become a happy, magnetic person.

Episode 9

I want to be a happy person that other people want to be around. But that doesn’t happen by accident—it’s intentional. In today’s episode, we give you 7 steps to develop the kind of magnetic presence driven by true happiness.

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“I don’t run from a challenge because I am afraid.  Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” – Nadia Comaneci

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"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein

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"When you learn, teach. When you get, give." -Maya Angelou

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What No One Ever Told You About Work-Life Balance

How We Got It Wrong and What to Do About It

When it comes to work and life, most of us know what it feels like to be out of balance. But do we know what it feels like to be in balance? It’s not a trick question—even if it seems so at first.

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A few years ago, I took my mentoring group on a ropes course. For one of the challenges, we walked a long stretch of rope that wound around several trees. We had to hold onto each other as we worked our way across the line.

Here’s what I remember most of all: When we were balanced, it never really felt like we were. Our legs constantly moved and wobbled, and we strained to grip each other and the nearest tree. But we stayed on that line a long time: making little corrections, adjusting our weight, and trying to stay upright.

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -Robert Louis Stevenson

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