3 Ways You’re Giving up Power with Your Words

How the Way You Speak Can Sabotage Your Success

Our words can be powerful tools to accomplish our goals. But sometimes the things we say can sabotage our success.

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I have led, counseled, and mentored people for decades now. One thing I’ve noticed time and again is how much power our words possess.

Whether we’re speaking, blogging, selling, or debating, we rely on our words to pave the way to success. But they can also block our path if we’re not careful.

The Top-10 Characteristics of Lousy Leaders [Podcast S03E05]

We Most Often Learn the Most from Those Who Lead the Worst

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the top-10 characteristics of lousy leaders.

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Follow the major news stories on crises in business, politics, diplomacy, whatever, and it’s impossible to miss that most are crises of leadership. Unsurprisingly, we see the same failures and mistakes over and over. Here are the ten I most often notice.

What I Learned from Donald Miller about Being Brave

3 Powerful Truths from His New Book ‘Scary Close’

Donald Miller’s newest book, Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy, is out and off to a great start. I can see why. It’s his best book so far.

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I’ve known Don for over a decade. He was one of our bestselling authors at Thomas Nelson, during the time I was publisher, president, and later CEO. But more than an author, over time he also became a friend—and a teacher.

Don told us about his relationship with God in Blue Like Jazz, which went on to become a huge success. Now, Don tells us about his relationship with relationships. And I hope it becomes a huge success too.

Please Take My 2015 Reader Survey

Help Me Create Content That Serves Your Needs

I want to ensure my platform does the best possible job of answering your needs and interests. And that means I need to know more about you. To do that, I’ve created my 2015 Reader Survey.

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Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey? By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will be helping me create content even more interesting and relevant to you.

Don’t Quit Before the Whistle Blows [Podcast S03E04]

3 Truths to Remember When You’re Not Sure You Can Finish

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fourth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss why we should play full out, especially when we feel like giving up.

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Anyone can start something. But after we begin a new project, goal, or relationship, a million things come up and it’s easy to drop out. Here are three truths to keep in mind when you’re not sure you can finish.

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3 Reasons You Should Monetize Your Platform

Why Making Money is Good for You, Your Audience, and the World

Some people are uneasy or even defensive about making money—as if doing so is an imposition on others, or worse. Because of that many are hesitant to monetize their platforms.

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When I first started blogging, monetization didn’t even occur to me. But I had expenses that began growing as my reach expanded. I joined the Amazon affiliate program to offset my costs, and eventually started selling space for select advertisers.

I felt odd about it at first, like I was somehow taking advantage.

The Surprising Success We Find in Failure

How Pivoting Can Snatch a Big Win from Near Defeat

This is a guest post by Jeff Goins, an award-winning blogger, entrepreneur, and author. His latest book, The Art of Work, is about finding your calling. And for a limited time, you can get a copy of it practically for free here.

We often look at successful people, hearing their stories of failure, and think they succeeded in spite of the fact that they failed. But that’s not true.

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Successful people and organizations don’t succeed despite failure. They succeed because of it.

How to Stay Relevant in a Constantly Changing Marketplace

7 Ways to Make Sure You’re Always in Demand

The recent recession taught us all an important lesson: Employment is not forever. Companies change. Jobs vanish. It might have already happened to you.

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Some don’t mind the churn. I don’t know one single person, Gen X or younger, who thinks employment is forever. In fact, they wouldn’t even want it. It’s too constricting.

Others take a job loss as an opportunity to change gears. They find more satisfaction in another company or industry, or even in starting their own business. They might be reluctant at first, but they move on with gusto. But not everyone.

The Right Way to Fire the Wrong Person [Podcast S03E03]

6 Steps for Resolving Poor Hiring Decisions

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the best way to handle the firing and layoff process.

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Letting someone go from your organization is hard. In fact, it should be. But sometimes it’s necessary, and it’s there a simple, six-step process for creating the best possible outcome.

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One Old-Tech Secret for High Achievers

Why Paper Plus Evernote Beats Pure Digital for Taking Notes

Everyone knows I geek out when it comes to new technology. But sometimes old tech is the best tech, and that goes for taking notes.

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Last fall information guru Clay Shirky banned the use of laptops and other digital devices in his NYU classroom. It remains a controversial move. Not only students, but even other professors have criticized him.

Not me. I think Shirky’s onto something.