The High Cost of Shortsighted Frugality

When an Obsession with Paying Less Can Cost You More

Evernote upped its prices last month. The Premium package, which is what I use, jumped from $50 a year to $70.

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That’s a big hike, and people are complaining like crazy. I can’t tell you how many Twitter and Facebook rants I’ve seen about this.

I won’t join the chorus. To me it represents a real-life example of shortsighted frugality.

So You’re Crazy-Busy [Podcast S08E06]

6 Ways to Reclaim Your Free Time

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to reclaim much-needed free time when you feel like you have none.

Episode 6

In his excellent book on margin, Richard Swenson, M.D. describes margin like this: “Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating.” In today’s episode, we give you 6 ways to build more margin into your life.

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"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." -Norman Vincent Peale

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How Our Words Impact Others

Harnessing the Power of the Tongue

Our words carry enormous weight. More than we sometimes think. They often impact people for decades, providing the courage to press on or one more reason to give up.

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When I was fourteen, my family moved from Nebraska to Texas. It was the middle of my ninth-grade year. Junior high is always an awkward time, but the move during this critical year made it even more difficult.

The 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership

Influence Matters, but It's Not the Whole Package

Countless people have written on what it means to be a leader. And almost everyone identifies influence as the primary characteristic.

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By definition, this means that leadership and position are two different things. Holding a title and a high rung on the company org chart doesn’t mean you’re a leader. Even people without these things can exert influence and thus leadership.

But leadership is more than influence.

How to Conquer Your Email Inbox [Podcast S08E05]

(In 4 Easy Steps)

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss a proven process for conquering your email inbox.

Episode 5

Every day we’re bombarded with emails from friends, family, co-workers, employers, customers, companies, schools, potential clients, credit card companies, etc. It can be overwhelming and seemingly impossible to stay on top of. Email can either be a total nightmare or a indispensable productivity tool. In today’s episode, we give you the proper steps to take control of it.

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"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." -Jim Rohn

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5 Steps to Developing More Discipline

How to Remove the Obstacles to Your Success

I have been thinking a lot about discipline lately. Everyone knows you can’t succeed without it, yet few people seem to possess it.

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“Can you make yourself do something you don’t want to do in order to get a result you really want?” That’s a question my friend Andy Andrews likes to ask. And if you can answer yes, then you are disciplined—at least in that area. But what’s the key?

8 Reasons You’re Exhausted, Overwhelmed, and Unproductive

A Simple Diagnostic Checklist to Get Back on Your Feet at Work

I don’t have to go to the doctor very often. But when I do go, I notice they follow the same routine. It only takes a few minutes, but they start by checking my weight, pulse, blood pressure, and other vitals.

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The idea is to get a quick read on my overall health. Getting a baseline enables the physician to know what’s going on and make helpful recommendations. The same basic routine can help with workplace stress and burnout.

How to Be a Storm-Proof Leader [Podcast S08E04]

5 Survival Secrets for Tough Times

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can become a storm-proof leader.

Episode 4

Change and conflict aren’t new. Tough times WILL come—it’s a guarantee. For that reason, you and I need to learn how we’re going to respond before the storm happens. In this episode, we give you 5 survival secrets for leading in turbulent times.

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"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -Walt Disney

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