Encore Episode: How to Safeguard Your Most Important Asset [Podcast]

4 Heart-Defending Disciplines

We completed Season 8 of “This is Your Life” last week. The podcast is currently on hiatus while we design a new and improved show. We’ll be airing some fan favorites in the meantime and will debut the new format in the new year. So stay tuned! Today, we have one of our most popular episodes to share with you. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discussed the most important asset for leaders and how to safeguard it.

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It affects our perspective and purpose. It impacts how we interact with our teams, potential clients, and customers. What is this critical leadership asset? It’s our heart. Today I’m sharing four disciplines to keep it in shape.

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Why I Stopped Watching Television News

And Why the Future Will Be Far Better Than We’re Told

Along with more than 70 million of my fellow Americans, I watched the presidential debate Monday night. It’s hard to expect more from the context, but it was very negative.

Why I Stopped Watching Television News

It’s one of the reasons I almost never watch television news. You can make a good argument for viewing the debates. This is a historic election, and voters should stay informed. But in general watching TV news is a terrible way to do so.

What to Do with Difficult Clients [Podcast S08E13]

(And How to Attract Better Ones)

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss what to do with difficult clients.


If you’ve ever been in a service-oriented business, you have likely dealt with the “high-maintenance client.” This is the person who has unreasonable expectations and is often demanding, unrelenting, and never satisfied regardless of how hard you work to meet their expectations. In today’s podcast, I give you practical advice on how to handle these situations.

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“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek

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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.

Why It Pays to Invest in Greater Productivity

How to Flip Your Tasks to Accomplish More of What Creates Wealth and Drives Revenue

We all have things we do really well. In our businesses, these are usually the tasks that drive revenue. But if you’re like most entrepreneurs and executives, you probably only spend 20 percent of your time on these tasks.

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The rest goes to solving other people’s problems, wading through oceans of email, attending inefficient meetings, putting out countless fires, and addressing draining operational issues. Been there, done that.

Are You Falling for One of the Top 13 Productivity Myths?

Watch My Free Webinar Tomorrow and Discover How to Really Drive Results

There are a hundred different ways to approach our work, but some are less effective than others. Given the number of productivity myths out there, it’s easy to think we’re being productive when we’re really not.

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These productivity myths can actually waste our time and prevent us from focusing on high-leverage projects that drive revenue and results.

Ready to debunk the top 13 productivity myths and make time for what matters most? Sign up for my free new webinar and discover what’s holding you back and how to get better results right away. Click here to register.

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True Confessions of a Productivity Geek

Why I Deconstructed My Process and What it Means for You

I’ve been a serious student of productivity for a couple decades now. As the primary income earner in a family of seven, I had to be.

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When I first started in business, I lived in a constant state of feeling overwhelmed. Work took my best, and I struggled to find time for my family and my health.

I excelled at the office, but my pace was unsustainable. I was going to burn myself out or burn my family up—probably both. I had to find a better way.

If your success and productivity aren’t opening the door to more time spent with the people you love, you’re doing it wrong. Here’s a short video about what family means to me. Find out more here.

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.