It’s Wednesday, so Where’s the Podcast?

Thank you for following This Is Your Life! And thank you for making our last season such a success. To get ready for Season 4 we’re taking a short break. We’ll be back on May 6 with episodes you don’t want to miss:

  • The make-or-break trait you must develop if you want success in life.
  • An underestimated but powerful leadership tool possessed by all and used by few.
  • 12 unconventional ways you can use Evernote to save time.
  • One small change in your vocabulary that can make a huge impact on your attitude.

We’ve got these and nine more episodes to help you win at work and succeed at life. Stay tuned!

What to Do When There’s No Wind in Your Sails

The One Thing to Avoid When Your Business Lacks Momentum

Momentum is a beautiful thing when you’ve got it. But sometimes it can feel like we’re just sitting in the water going nowhere. I’ve certainly felt that.

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When I first started blogging, I was only drawing a few hundred visitors a month to my site. No matter what I tried it seemed like I couldn’t get any real momentum.

“Becalmed” is the word sailors use for this. Maybe there’s no wind on the water, or it’s blocked by land. Whatever the reason, our sails are slack and our boat just drifts along.

How to Sharpen Your Message and Increase Your Impact [Video Series]

Grow Your Influence with a Free Platform Makeover

Most of us possess a deep desire to have a lasting impact and make a positive contribution. But sometimes it feels like we just can’t get any traction, like our messages aren’t connecting, right?

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If you’re a blogger, podcaster, or online entrepreneur who feels like you’re spinning your wheels, you’re not alone. The good news is you can sharpen your message and significantly increase your impact with a simple but proven makeover process. My free, three-part video series, Your Platform Makeover, will show you exactly how it’s done.

To learn how a handful of simple but powerful changes can help you fine-tune your message and increase your impact, sign up for my video series, Your Platform Makeover. It’s free for a limited time. Click here to watch it now.

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Why Is Retirement a Terrible Idea? [Podcast S03E13]

And My Answers to 8 Other Listener Questions

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this final episode of the season, Michele Cushatt and I discuss why retirement is a terrible idea and answer eight questions from you, the listener.

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One of my favorite shows is our Q&A show. It’s a fun, off-the-cuff way to interact with the needs of my audience and share what insights I have. In this episode we talk about why I don’t believe in retirement, post-vacation email overload, the value of empathy, and more.

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Find out What the World’s Most Successful Bloggers Do to Drive Big Traffic

How to Leverage Social Media—Plus 8 More Top Growth Secrets

If there’s one question about platform building I hear more than any other, it’s this: “How can I drive more traffic?” We’re all asking it, right?

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We want to influence as many people as we can with our message, and that means connecting with as many readers as possible. But how?

I’m a firm believer in getting outside counsel when I want to grow beyond my current reality. So I asked twenty-six of the top bloggers and communicators what they do to drive traffic, people like Tim Ferriss, Glennon Doyle Melton, Jon Acuff, and John Maxwell.

Age isn't a disqualifier for entrepreneurs. It’s more like a prerequisite.

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How Entrepreneurs Can Succeed at Work Without Blowing Up Their Marriages

5 Gifts for Building a Great Relationship with Your Spouse

If I had a dollar for every time people asked my wife, Gail, how she lives with an entrepreneur, I wouldn’t have to be one. Scratch that. I would probably figure out how to get more people to ask the question. (Sorry, I can’t help myself!)

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Being an entrepreneur is part of who I am. And that creates some interesting challenges and opportunities in our marriage. If you are—or are married to—an entrepreneur, corporate executive, ministry leader, or any other kind of driven, “Type A” personality, you know what I mean.

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The Art of Work (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2015)

Today, unlike any previous time in history, we have options about the work we do and the role it plays in our lives. But it is precisely here that so many of us get stuck. With so many choices, we struggle to figure out what we really want or where to start once we do. In The Art of Work, Jeff Goins provides a clear framework for discerning our calling, developing our mastery, and maximizing our impact. This is the plan we’ve been waiting for—from a guide we can trust.

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less [Podcast S03E12]

An Interview with Greg McKeown, Author of ‘Essentialism’

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this twelfth episode, Michele Cushatt and I interview Greg McKeown, best-selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

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We live in a culture that drives us to do, produce, and consume more—constantly. As a result, our schedules are packed, while our lives seem empty. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, one of the best business books I’ve ever read, offers the perspective and tools we need to break free from this trap.

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The Secret Benefits of Standing While You Sleep

3 Ways You Can Get More from Your Night's Rest

I’ve been talking about the benefits of working at a standup desk for years now. Standing makes you feel happier and more energetic. It also burns more calories.

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I’ve also been a major advocate for getting enough sleep each night. Sleep keeps us sharp and improves our ability to remember, learn, and grow.

Now I’m going to let you in on how I’m taking these two practices to the next level. I recently started standing while sleeping, and the results have been phenomenal.

Who Makes the Best Entrepreneurs? It’s Not Who You Think

Why I’m Putting My Money on the Older Horse

When I think of an entrepreneur, I think of someone forward-thinking, creative, energetic, and relentless. I also think of someone forty and up.

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What? Our stereotypes don’t run that direction, do they? We’re more likely to think of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of college than someone who graduated twenty years before and who’s now starting a new venture. But that’s what the numbers say.