Elon Musk (New York City: Ecco, 2015)

If you have a narrow definition of success, Elon Musk is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. However, I see this biography as more of a cautionary tale. In his drive to win, Musk sacrifices friends, business associates, and even his family to get what he wants. His life (so far) is a living example of what happens when you value projects more than people.

There’s No Present Like the Time

How Your ‘Why’ Helps You When Your Platform Makes You Wait

This is a guest post by Wayne Stiles. He serves as an executive vice president at Insight for Living Ministries. His newest book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing, released this week. If you get a copy before August 25, Wayne will send you some free resources.

Some days, I wish I’d never met Google Analytics. I mean, a couple of clicks shows me everything from my blog’s unique monthly visitors to what post a reader in Oslo is reading right now. It’s amazing! And honestly, it’s depressing.

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The metrics can get maddening—even addicting—when building a platform. After all, we’re building. And anything we pour our time, passions, and money into needs to prove its worth. We want to see progress. Daily.

"A year from now you may wish you had started today." -Karen Lamb

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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.

Nature’s Calling [Podcast S05E02]

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.

You can't steer a parked car.

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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.

Escape the Overwhelm [Podcast S05E01]

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.