1 Simple Thing Podcast | Build a Better Business by Building a Better You!
Welcome to the 1 Simple Thing Podcast, where we help you "build a better business by building a better you." 5 days a week we feature guests who are experts in life...marriage and family, health and fitness, emotional spiritual and mental health. You know...the things that we often overlook, but can have a dramatic impact on our quality of life. Each day you’ll get 1 Simple Thing you can do to start down the road to change. No big list, no unattainable goals. Just 1 Simple Thing.

When you hear the word retirement, you probably don't imagine yourself scrambling to pay your bills in your golden years. But for too many Americans, that's the fate that awaits unless they take steps now to plan for the future. Whether you’re twenty-five and starting your first job or fifty-five and watching the career clock start to wind down, today is the day to get serious about your retirement.

On this episode, Dave recaps episodes 386-389 where Chris Hogan shares some financial and retirement advice from his book, “Retire Inspired: It's Not an Age, It's a Financial Number”

Direct download: Episode_390_-_Chris_Hogan.mp3
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Chris Hogan says, when you start to realize the importance of your financial future, you begin to understand who’s an ally and what’s an enemy. Debt is not an ally. Debt takes away from your income. It demands a payment each and every month. Chris wants us to see debt for what it is, and be smart by intentionally getting rid of debt and keeping it out of your life.

Direct download: Episode_389_-_Chris_Hogan.mp3
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Chris Hogan talks about how obstacles are not stopping points; rather they are proving grounds. It’s important to acknowledge that the obstacle is there, but you can overcome it if you have a plan on how you are going to defeat it. What are you going to do to overcome those obstacles so you can move forward for yourself and your family?

Direct download: Episode_388_-_Chris_Hogan.mp3
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Chris Hogan wants us to understand one key fact: retirement has nothing to do with your age, it has everything to do with a financial number. So it’s not about 65, 62, 70, it’s more about how much money we’re going to need to be able to live the lifestyle we want to live in the future.

Direct download: Episode_387_-_Chris_Hogan.mp3
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Chris Hogan says it’s important for all of us to understand the power of our dreams. We all have things we want to do, and it’s important to tap into them because dreams are a better motivator than fear. Fear will motivate you for a little while, but it doesn’t last. Why? Because it’s a negative drag on us. But our dreams are an encouraging kind of motivation, so we’re willing to strive and sacrifice for them because we know deep inside what we want to do.

Direct download: Episode_386_-_Chris_Hogan.mp3
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Have you ever admired those successful, confident, motivated, and charismatic people who seem to have it all? They've climbed the corporate ladder quickly or started a great business. Their love life is amazing and they have fantastic friends. They've made all the right connections. They've mastered networking and how to build relationships. On this episode, Dave recaps episodes 381-384 where Jason Treu shares practical lessons from his book, “Social Wealth: How to Build Extraordinary Relationships By Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Lead and Network”

Direct download: Episode_385_-_Jason_Treu.mp3
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Author Jason Treu talks about how going to the right places is the key to building the relationships you want, both personally and professionally. Use Google and Facebook or Meetup.com to find events in your local community. You can also volunteer to help work the event you are going to attend. Keep asking people where they’re going and what they’re doing, because then you can build a list for yourself.

Direct download: Episode_384_-_Jason_Treu.mp3
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Author Jason Treu says you can build relationships much faster than you think if you connect with people emotionally. People have had tons of bad interactions, and typically those interactions have consisted of the same old boring questions. If you meet someone in a professional setting people always ask you, “What do you do?” and it’s boring. Instead, ask people about what they love and what they are emotionally connected to, because everyone is emotional. Lead with emotional questions because when you get down to what someone cares about, you get to know them a lot better than you normally would.

Direct download: Episode_383_-_Jason_Treu.mp3
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Author Jason Treu says the fear of failure, rejection, and uncertainty are often significant problems for entrepreneurs, especially when we’re treading into new territory. Successful entrepreneurs fall on their face at least once, often many times, when doing anything new. But when we embrace the fear and let it guide us, fear can be the compass that gets us to our destination.

Direct download: Episode_382_-_Jason_Treu.mp3
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Author Jason Treu says understanding that connection is why we’re here, and belonging is in our DNA. We all need to focus on how do we build extraordinary relationships both in our professional and personal lives. You can’t get there by yourself. We all need people to help us, from marketing to customers, to being an advocate for you and your business. Plus, we all want to create profound and lasting connections with people in our lives. On today’s show, Jason will teach us how to go about the process of building extraordinary relationships.

Direct download: Episode_381_-_Jason_Treu.mp3
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Your success might come down to a simple word…NO. Do you hear it enough? Do you realize the number of times you hear NO is directly related to how many times you hear YES? On today’s Dave is joined by author Andrea Waltz as we recap our conversations based on her book, “Go for No. Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There.”

Direct download: Episode_380_-_Andrea_Waltz.mp3
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Author Andrea Waltz talks about staying persistent in embracing and even pursuing “no.” Successful people fail eagerly while failures avoid failing. There seems to be a stigma about failure that makes us feel bad and even want to quit. We think, “I’m probably going to fail, so why even try?” That attitude holds us back from some amazing opportunities because being willing to fail is what creates the chance for success.

Direct download: Episode_379_-_Andrea_Waltz.mp3
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Author Andrea Waltz encourages us to track our failure rate. She wants us to be aware of how many times we get a “no,” and even set goals and celebrate how many times we will hear “no.” Tracking your frequency of “no” gives you an awareness of how you are doing and enables you to make adjustments in your message. And celebrating them is a way to make it fun. Remember, the more times you hear “no,” the more times you’ll hear “yes.”

Direct download: Episode_378_-_Andrea_Waltz.mp3
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Author Andrea Waltz encourages us to intentionally increase our failure rate, go out and hear “no” more often. When we overcome our fear of hearing “no,” things happen, and opportunities fall into our lap that might never have happened otherwise. Establishing “no goals” tends to drive our activity up, which creates more opportunities for us to hear a “yes.”

Direct download: Episode_377_-_Andrea_Waltz.mp3
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Andrea Waltz encourages us to give ourselves permission to fail. When you change your mental model of how you view failure, seeing it as a stepping stone between you and success, it changes what is possible. Usually, we equate hearing the word “no” with a failure, so it’s about seeing the word “no” as a space between you and the “yes.” Instead of giving up when you hear “no,” just increase your “no’s,” and when you do the “yes’” will come.

Direct download: Episode_376_-_Andrea_Waltz.mp3
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Your brain is like a computer. It’s like the central processing unit for your body, mind, emotions…everything you are and do. And just like a computer, sometimes we need to change the programming to get the results we’re looking for. On today’s show, Dave recaps episodes 371-374 where Sir John Hargrave shares proven hacks that can help you change the way you think and make you more productive, positive, and happier.

Direct download: Episode_375_-_Sir_John_Hargrave.mp3
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Sir John Hargrave walks us through the process of setting and achieving compelling goals. It’s about imagining what you want to do with your life. Think about how important it is to figure out for yourself where you want to end up. It’s amazing how little time we all spend doing that. Instead, we just float wherever the tides of life take us. But when you start to become the master of your ship there’s no limit to what you can do.

Direct download: Episode_374_-_Sir_John_Hargrave.mp3
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Sir John Hargrave says we have what he calls “loops,” or ongoing, habitual messages we tell ourselves. Usually, they’re just below the level of conscious awareness, embedded in our operating system. He shares a trick to help us develop more awareness of those loops, helping us find the ones that are preventing us from getting where we want to go. We can then reprogram those loops with their more positive alternative.

Direct download: Episode_373_-_Sir_John_Hargrave.mp3
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There’s no end to the digital distractions that surround us. And research shows that the more distracted you are and the more you try to multitask, the less you get done. If you want to be effective and live up to your full potential, get rid of those distractions. Turn it all off and you’ll be more focused and happier.

Direct download: Episode_372_-_Sir_John_Hargrave.mp3
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Studies show that meditation makes you healthier, makes your relationships better, and makes you calmer and more focused. Sir John Hargrave teaches a concentration hack to strengthen that “top-down” attention to make ourselves better able to stay focused on the things we want, like our tasks at work. It also helps us resist those “bottom-up” interruptions like random thoughts and text messages that jump out at us constantly.

Direct download: Episode_371_-_Sir_John_Hargrave.mp3
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"Leading with Intention" with Dr. Mindy Hall

Dave shares his thoughts based on his conversation this week with Dr. Mindy Hall. Leadership doesn’t happen by accident; it happens because you take the time to know who you are and how you want to lead. Others won’t just “get it,” you have to present who you are and lead with intention.

Direct download: Episode_365_-_Mindy_Hall.mp3
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"Shaping a Culture or Letting Culture Shape You" with Dr. Mindy Hall

Dr. Mindy Hall talks about how an organization’s culture is one of the most powerful levers leaders have for impacting performance. Culture is the social energy built over time that can move people to act or impede them from acting. An organization’s culture is never neutral; it will develop by design or default. The question for leaders then is whether they will actively shape their organization’s culture, or allow themselves to be shaped by it. Culture is not a program that gets implemented; it is built through everyday actions and messaging.

Direct download: Episode_364_-_Mindy_Hall.mp3
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"Managing the Story of You" with Dr. Mindy Hall

Dr. Mindy Hall talks about what we all know, that perception is reality. Leaders often say, “I’ll let my hard work speak for itself.” That’s a nice sentiment, but the reality is that hard work often doesn’t speak for itself (or at least it doesn’t tell the whole story). You have to speak for your hard work. Hard work can never stand alone as the indicator of ability; to think otherwise is naïve and self-defeating. You must actively shape the perception others have of you and your abilities, not in a self-aggrandizing way, but in a way that does not leave the story of you to be shaped by others.

Direct download: Episode_363_-_Mindy_Hall.mp3
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"Choose Your Impact" with Dr. Mindy Hall

Dr. Mindy Hall talks about how every interaction is an opportunity. Every action has an impact. Every moment is a choice. Are you choosing the impact you want to have? Often, leaders are rushing from meeting to meeting with no real sense of what they’re walking into or the contribution they want to make. This leaves both the outcomes of the meeting and their own performance to chance. They miss the opportunity to lead from a conscious state and intentionally shape how others perceive them as a leader.

Direct download: Episode_362_-_Mindy_Hall.mp3
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"Notice Yourself" with Dr. Mindy Hall

Dr. Mindy Hall says from experience that nearly 80 percent of leaders do not lead intentionally. They are bright, capable leaders that operate out of intuition, pattern, and reaction. Some do so with very strong results, but those who make the decision to be more self-aware and intentional achieve higher-level results than those who continue to operate primarily from intuition. Developing this aptitude is possible and begins the moment you look in the mirror and begin the process of understanding how you show up, how you affect a room, and what environment you create. In short: notice yourself.

Direct download: Episode_361_-_Mindy_Hall.mp3
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"Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast" with Jeff Sanders

Dave recaps episodes 351-355 and highlights important productivity tips shared by guest Jeff Sanders from his book, “The 5 A.M. Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast”

Direct download: Episode_355_-_Jeff_Sanders.mp3
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"Rewind Your Week" with Jeff Sanders

Jeff Sanders talks about the importance of reviewing our productivity and schedule each week. You can structure the review however you want. The point is that you feel like you understand what you did and what you are going to do. By reviewing your week you will understand what went wrong, what went right, and how you are going to make the week coming up the best it can be.

Direct download: Episode_354_-_Jeff_Sanders.mp3
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"Equilibrium Zero" with Jeff Sanders

Author and podcaster Jeff Sanders shows us why it’s important to reach what he calls “equilibrium zero.” That’s a state where you are working from a very clean space. You want to achieve the simplicity of only working on one thing at a time, and that only happens when things are clean and organized. You then get to that state where you can say, “I have processed everything around me so now I can give all of myself to my next task.”

Direct download: Episode_353_-_Jeff_Sanders.mp3
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"The IDEAL Morning Routine" with Jeff Sanders

Author Jeff Sanders talks about how to structure our morning routine to help us dominate our day. The actual routine begins the night before. Decide what time you want to go to bed to wake up when you want. You can choose whatever focus you want with your early mornings but having a philosophy or a strategy is important because it helps to know what you want your mornings to mean to you. Knowing your morning objective is important so you can then plan the exact habits you need to accomplish your goals.

Direct download: Episode_352_-_Jeff_Sanders.mp3
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"Forget Annual Goal Setting" with Jeff Sanders

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to plan an entire 12-month period. However, it’s never really effective because most of those goals have been ditched completely by the end of January. By the end of the year, you have forgotten most of the goals you set at the beginning of the year, or you’re scrambling to get them done at the last minute. On this episode, Jeff Sanders gives us an alternative to annual goal setting that is much more effective.

Direct download: Episode_351_-_Jeff_Sanders.mp3
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"Vision to Reality" with Honoree Corder

Dave recaps episodes 346-349 where guest Honoree Corder shares lessons from her book, “Vision to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long Term Maximum Results”

Direct download: Episode_350_-_Honoree_Corder.mp3
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"Create an Inspiring Vision" with Honoree Corder

Honoree Corder gives us the first step to creating a compelling, inspiring vision. Your vision is the less concrete, less defined thing you want. Your vision is the energy and driving purpose behind your goals. When you set your intention, when you have a vision of how you want to feel some day, it can feel a little indefinable. But you still commit to moving in that direction the best you know how. You then identify the first goal you can see based on where you want to go.

Direct download: Episode_349_-_Honoree_Corder.mp3
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"Big Hairy Audacious Goals" with Honoree Corder

Honoree Corder talks about why we need to set big goals. Really big goals. She says you know you’ve set the right big hairy audacious goals when you feel a little nauseous. You’ve got a feeling in the pit of your stomach that says, “I REALLY want that. I have to work hard to make that happen.”

Direct download: Episode_348_-_Honoree_Corder.mp3
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"Plan A and ONLY Plan A" with Honoree Corder

Honoree Corder talks about committing ourselves to Plan A without a backup Plan B. A backup plan offers us another option when Plan A gets tough. But there is some providence that steps in that will help you to find your way when you unrelentingly commit to your goal. You will meet the right people. You will come across the right piece of information. When you trust the fact that you’ve made the right decision for yourself, and you’re moving forward, and you just keep walking. If you are 100 percent committed, then you will get where you want to go.

Direct download: Episode_347_-_Honoree_Corder.mp3
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"Short-Term Massive Action" with Honoree Corder

Honoree Corder talks about how short-term massive action can change our ability to reach our goals. The problem isn’t necessarily that we don’t know what to do, it’s that we want more of what we want RIGHT NOW. So we give up what we want later for what we want right now. We want instant gratification, yet real results don’t happen that way. They happen one day, one choice at a time.

Direct download: Episode_346_-_Honoree_Corder.mp3
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"Hit The Mark!" with Erik Fisher

We all want to be the best version of ourselves. We want sharper focus and more energy. We want to make the most of our time and productivity. On today’s episode Dave Kirby recaps and shares his thoughts on his conversations with Erik Fisher, based on his book; “Hit The Mark!: Improve Your Focus, Boost Your Energy and Make The Most of Your Time.”

Direct download: Episode_330_-_Erik_Fisher.mp3
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"Boost Your Energy TODAY" with Erik Fisher

Author and podcaster Erik Fisher talks about common energy drains, proper energy management, and being attuned to our natural rhythms. Eric shares some simple energy boosters to make you feel better and more productive today.

Direct download: Episode_329_-_Erik_Fisher.mp3
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"Learn to Set Boundaries" with Erik Fisher

Author and podcaster Erik Fisher talks about techniques to set boundaries without feeling like a robot. Boundaries can sound hard and restrictive, like a ball and chain. Erik shares that boundary management is really about choice management. To achieve our desired outcome, we must be intentional in making choices that help us produce our best work.

Direct download: Episode_328_-_Erik_Fisher.mp3
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"Become a Master of Time" with Erik Fisher

There are two types of time: clock time and relative time. Clock time is 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour. It doesn’t change. Relative time changes based on the amount of enjoyment we get. That’s why we say “time flies.” On this episode, author and podcaster Erik Fisher shares strategies to help you make the most of your time. It starts with finding the things that energize us so much that it’s easy to manage our time and be productive.

Direct download: Episode_327_-_Erik_Fisher.mp3
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"Sharpen Your Focus" with Erik Fisher

We often want to focus on certain changes in our lives, yet we end up somewhere completely different. On today’s episode author and podcaster Erik Fisher talks about focus being “the target.” And just like hitting a target, you must have a clear vision of what it looks like. Today Erik is showing us how to sharpen our focus so we can hit the target every time.

Direct download: Episode_326_-_Erik_Fisher.mp3
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"Start with Why" with Simon Sinek

Everything we want to accomplish in life begins with discovering our own “why.” It’s our burning reason and purpose for what we do. All the great leaders in history began with knowing why, and it’s the answer to that question that will lead us to greatness as well. On this episode, Dave Kirby his conversation with Simon Sinek shared from his book, “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action.”

Direct download: Episode_320_-_Simon_Sinek.mp3
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"Ask For Help" with Simon Sinek

Bestselling author Simon Sinek says we do not have to know all the answers, and we do not have to pretend we do. And when we are willing to admit we don’t know and ask for help, it’s amazing how many people will want to help us. When we give someone the opportunity to contribute to our lives, that also gives their lives purpose.

Direct download: Episode_319_-_Simon_Sinek.mp3
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"Admit What You Don’t Know" with Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek talks about how most of us know what we do, but we don’t have a purpose, belief, or cause that’s driving that decision. When you have a sense of purpose - when you know why - everything begins to make sense. It’s amazing the clarity we get when we have a sense of why we do what we do.

Direct download: Episode_318_-_Simon_Sinek.mp3
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"Ask Questions" with Simon Sinek

Bestselling author Simon Sinek talks about the power of asking questions. We stop asking as many questions as we should and sometimes we just take things for granted. The great leaders are often like little kids in how they ask questions and consume information. They don’t always agree with everything, but they listen intently to see if there’s anything they can learn. They do less of the talking and more of the asking.

Direct download: Episode_317_-_Simon_Sinek.mp3
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"Discover Your Why" with Simon Sinek

Bestselling author Simon Sinek talks about discovering your own unique why. It’s your sense of purpose, sense of cause, or sense of belief. All the great leaders in the world - whether it’s Steve Jobs or Martin Luther King - had a crystal clear sense of purpose, cause, or belief. They understood their why, and that’s what drew us to them… and inspired us to follow them.

Direct download: Episode_316_-_Simon_Sinek.mp3
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"Start Making Meaningful Connections" with Derek Coburn

Most of us have only experienced the negative type of networking. Standing around at a party handing out business cards to people you don’t know, hoping to find a needle client in the haystack. On this episode, Dave highlights some of the un-networking strategies Derek Coburn shared in episodes 311-314 from his book, “Networking Is Not Working: Stop Collecting Business Cards and Start Making Meaningful Connections.”

Direct download: Episode_315_-_Derek_Coburn.mp3
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"Trigger Ongoing Reciprocation" with Derek Coburn

Derek Coburn shows us how to merge client appreciation with networking and, if done the right way, how it can be very beneficial to you and your business. By making existing clients happy, you increase the likelihood of them staying your clients. And through them you gain opportunities to meet more people than you would have met otherwise.

Direct download: Episode_314_-_Derek_Coburn.mp3
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"How To Build a Valuable Network" with Derek Coburn

Author Derek Coburn talks about how to build a valuable network without attending networking events. Derek’s method is to host an event comprised of a community of people who have a pay it forward mindset and genuinely want to add value for one another. After you have added tons of value for these individuals, after you have made really valuable connections, and after you have been the one who brought people together in a meaningful way, they are going to WANT to help you any way they can.

Direct download: Episode_313_-_Derek_Coburn.mp3
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"Networking 3.0" with Derek Coburn

Author Derek Coburn helps us upgrade our networking efforts to what he calls “Networking 3.0.” Instead of handing out business cards and looking to benefit yourself, Derek teaches a change of mindset constantly places the focus on your existing clients, and people in your network. In Networking 3.0 you are always mindful of and spotting those win-win connections that would benefit them, not you when you are meeting new people at events.

Direct download: Episode_312_-_Derek_Coburn.mp3
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"How to Stand apart from your competition" with Derek Coburn

Author Derek Coburn talks about how we often look at networking as a means to get new customers. But he says our biggest opportunity is to grow our network to better serve our existing clients. The key is to be mindful in helping your clients expand their horizons to help them grow their business.

Direct download: Episode_311_-_Derek_Coburn.mp3
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"Personal Productivity Secrets" with Maura Thomas

Modern life has given us so many distractions and interruptions that we have a lost our ability to focus and concentrate. The abundance of devices and notifications has robbed us of our attention span. On this episode, Dave Kirby recaps episodes 306-309 with thoughts on his conversations with guest Maura Thomas about her book, “Personal Productivity Secrets: Do what you never thought possible with your time and attention... and regain control of your life.”

Direct download: Episode_310_-_Maura_Thomas.mp3
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"Tools are only half of the solution" with Maura Thomas

Maura Thomas teaches that we need more than just a set of tools to be productive. We also need a workflow management process to understand how to use these tools and how are they going to serve us, rather than adapting to some tool somebody told us was useful.

Direct download: Episode_309_-_Maura_Thomas.mp3
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"Stop the mental chatter" with Maura Thomas

Author Maura Thomas gives some great advice on controlling the mental chatter in our heads that creates stress and distraction. Most people are not very good at keeping track of all of the details. We write stuff down, but we write it down in various places: a notebook, sticky notes, flagged in email, or on the dry erase board in the office. We end up having all these bits of information swirling around in our heads and scattered in a million different places all at the same time. It’s a system that feels productive, but it isn’t because when it’s time to retrieve or access the specific information we’re in a frenzy trying to figure out where to look.

Direct download: Episode_308_-_Maura_Thomas.mp3
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"Take control of your technology" with Maura Thomas

Author Maura Thomas talks about how, as a society, technology is there for our convenience, yet we let it interrupt us all the time and don’t control it. We need to control our technologies, so we’re not constantly interrupted, making it impossible to focus.

Direct download: Episode_307_-_Maura_Thomas.mp3
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"Stop Sabotaging Your Productivity" with Maura Thomas

Author Maura Thomas explains that focus is like a muscle; the more you work it, the stronger it becomes. The problem is our typical daily behavior weakens our focus muscle because we’re constantly distracted. And the more constantly distracted we are, the shorter our attention span and ability to focus becomes.

Direct download: Episode_306_-_Maura_Thomas.mp3
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“What Does it Take to Change?” with Kerry Patterson

If you’ve tried and failed to create lasting change in your life, it might be because you have relied primarily on willpower. And willpower will consistently let us down. Instead, Kerry Patterson has made a career of studying the science required to make lasting change. Today Dave Kirby recaps his conversations with Kerry on Episodes 301-304 and shares some thoughts about what he’s learned.

Direct download: Episode_305_-_Kerry_Paterson.mp3
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“How to Change Anything” with Kerry Patterson

Kerry Patterson shares practical applications on how skillful “changers” have created vital behaviors to dramatically improve results with colleagues, loved ones and in themselves. Learn how real people have integrated all of the strategies and tactics of the new science of personal success into an effective change plan, helping them find career success, weight loss, financial fitness, addiction recovery, or relationship renewal.

Direct download: Episode_304_-_Kerry_Paterson.mp3
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“Overcoming Bad Habits” with Kerry Patterson

Kerry Patterson teaches us to be mindful of our friends and the impact they have to either motivate and enable us to do the right thing, or motivate and enable us to do the wrong thing. Likewise, the physical world is acting upon you in ways you don’t even realize. And because we don’t intuitively look to the physical world we miss a great opportunity to create and maintain change.

Direct download: Episode_303_-_Kerry_Paterson.mp3
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“Creating Lasting Change” with Kerry Patterson

To create lasting change, we must have the motivation to change and also the ability to change. Kerry Patterson warns of what he calls "the willpower trap." It's the trap of thinking willpower alone is enough to create lasting change. At some level, you might succeed in the short term, but over the long run you won’t be able to keep it up. Instead, what we need is a desire to change, combined with a cohesive strategy to apply the proper skills required for long-term success.

Direct download: Episode_302_-_Kerry_Paterson.mp3
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“Willpower is Not Enough” with Kerry Patterson

Willpower is not the answer to creating change in your life. Kerry Patterson says when you have lasting problems and you’ve tried and tried, willpower is not enough. That’s where skill comes into play.  When you learn how to bring certain skills into play, depending on what challenges you are facing, you are 10x more likely to create lasting change.

Direct download: Episode_301_-_Kerry_Paterson.mp3
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“Launching Your Personal Search for Success” with Richard Shell

On episodes 296-299, author Richard Shell has shared insights and wisdom from his book, “Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success.” Today Dave Kirby recaps those conversations and offers his own thoughts about what our personal search for success feels and looks like.

Direct download: Episode_300_-_Richard_Shell.mp3
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“Job, Career, or Calling?” with Richard Shell

Author Richard Shell asks us an important question: Is what you do a job, a career, or a calling? All are respectable and valid, but a calling, or what Richard calls “meaningful work,” is the ultimate goal. It allows you to work in your area of genius while also gaining the inner satisfaction that comes from both excellence and totally enjoying what you do.

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“Are you at peace with your family?” with Richard Shell

Richard Shell talks about how our journey of success draws upon another journey, and that’s the journey to responsibility. It’s often the case that your dreams may lead you to want to draw pictures next to a pond,  but you’re responsible for family and have make a living to support your family. We must learn how to balance our duty to fulfill ourselves with our duty to be responsible for the welfare of those we love. How well you manage that will be part of your success.

Direct download: Episode_298_-_Richard_Shell.mp3
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“What is happiness?” with Richard Shell

Richard Shell helps us appreciate the different kinds of happiness. He reminds us to recognize that you’re likely to be somewhat mistaken about it sometimes, and just let life flow. Let the experience of your life guide you to what brings you the greatest sense of satisfaction and connection.

Direct download: Episode_297_-_Richard_Shell.mp3
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“STOP living someone else’s dream!” with Richard Shell

Richard Shell shares that success is a journey of self-discovery first and then choosing the tools that will work for you. First get some idea of what the word success means to you. Don’t allow yourself to chase someone else’s dream, but find the thing that will give you true satisfaction. Then find how to advance toward your goal using your unique combination of talents.

Direct download: Episode_296_-_Richard_Shell.mp3
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“Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice” with Todd Henry

In a world that tempts us to be who others think we are or want us to be, how do you find your authentic voice? On this episode, Dave Kirby shares his thoughts and recaps what Todd Henry’s three elements of your personal voice engine from his book, “Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice.”

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“Develop True Mastery of Your Craft” with Todd Henry

Author Todd Henry talks about the third element of your personal “voice engine:” Mastery. Todd teaches that mastery is really about owning your platform. It’s about developing what you need to do to put your work in front of other people. Mastery is how people first experience us and our work. So what are the set of skills you need to practice on a daily basis so you can become a master of your craft and be able to deliver at a moment’s notice?

Direct download: Episode_294_-_Todd_Henry.mp3
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“Find your True Vision” with Todd Henry

Author Todd Henry talks about the second element of your personal “voice engine:” Vision. Identify and care deeply about the people you want to serve, and have a vision for where you can take them. Figure out how you can take what you care about and shape it so it overlaps with what your audience cares about. Then they can see your point of view and move with you.

Direct download: Episode_293_-_Todd_Henry.mp3
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“Find your true Identity” with Todd Henry

Author Todd Henry talks about the first element of your personal voice engine: Identity. Todd says It’s important to understand what you stand for. It’s important to understand what you care about, the battle lines you’ve drawn, and the principals that you’ll go to the mat for every time. And you should be known for those things over time.

Direct download: Episode_292_-_Todd_Henry.mp3
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“Find your authentic voice” with Todd Henry

Todd Henry talks about rooting your work in something that really matters to you. He offers advice on how to find ways to infuse that into your day-to-day activity, so it connects with other people in a deep and resonant way.

Direct download: Episode_291_-_Todd_Henry.mp3
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“Start Saying No” with Joe Calloway

Joe Calloway talks about what is often the most powerful step we can take in simplifying our lives: learning to let go and start saying "no." As a matter of fact saying “no” is the most important part of taking constructive action. Many people might think the opposite - if you are going to get a lot done you need to say “yes” to everything. But if you say “yes” to everything and put everything in the category of being of super-important, then you’ll not get anything done. You’ll flail around in a hundred different directions. Learn what to say “no” to. It frees you to do the most important things, which are the most satisfying, the most productive, and how you make the greatest contribution.

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“Simplify Your Purpose” with Joe Calloway

Joe Calloway talks about the importance of simplifying your purpose or mission. Define it clearly and use simple language. You don’t need a lofty mission or vision statement like what they teach in business schools. You can do it in any way that works for you. One of the first things to get clarity on is, “My purpose is MY purpose.” It’s not anybody else’s, so it must feel good to you, and it shouldn’t be what you think is “supposed to be.” It should be yours from your heart. Part of the power in your purpose is in the clarity and simplicity of the language you use. Disney Parks have always been driven by three words: Make People Happy. There’s tremendous power in the simplicity of our language.

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“Get Clarity on What Matters Most” with Joe Calloway

Joe Calloway says it’s crucial that we get clarity on what matters most. To get clarity on what is most important is not easy. A quote from Steve Jobs says, “Get your thinking clean enough.” What does that mean? It means to get down to what matters most. All of us can use this filter or lens for making choices and decisions: “Will it make the boat go faster?” When you do that, the most important things tend to rise to the top of the list and will clarify the things that will get you to your goal most effectively.

Direct download: Episode_617_-_Joe_Calloway.mp3
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“Stop Over-complicating Things” with Joe Calloway

Joe Calloway talks about how we often make things way more complicated than they need to be. One of the biggest reasons we over complicate is because it’s easier to make things complex than it is to make things simple. Anybody can make things complicated, and that’s where our natural tendency lies. It takes time and thought to edit your to-do list and your priorities down. But in the interest of getting the most out of your day, it’s essential to simplify. And this applies to people in their businesses, and it TRIPLE applies to those in leadership positions.

Direct download: Episode_616_-_Joe_Calloway.mp3
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“Overcoming Stress and Adversity” with Kim Ades

Kim Ades asks, “Are you going to use stress and adversity as an excuse for your misery?” Sometimes bad things happen, and people in our lives do not behave the way we would like, giving us a good reason to feel stress and adversity. However, Kim says every “good reason” is just an excuse to tune in to what’s bad in the world, which depletes our life experience. Stress is very often induced by how we react to the reality around us. Events are events, and the meaning we assign to those events will determine whether or not we feel stressed.

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“Taming your Critical Inner Voice” with Kim Ades

Kim Ades talks about taming your critical inner voice, which never stops talking. The voice has an opinion about everything: who we are, others, weather, politics, etc. It’s a constant internal chatter. What’s important is to acknowledge your critical inner voice and recognize that you don’t have to obey it. The critical inner voice will have an opinion, just like anybody has an opinion, but we don’t have to listen to everyone’s opinion. When you tame your critical inner voice and understand its relationship and impact on you, you slowly start to make better choices and take full responsibility for your frame of mind.

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“Dealing with Challenges” with Kim Ades

Kim Ades talks about something we all must do: dealing with challenges. Sometimes we experience some adversity or challenge and just spin in the same place. We think about it and lose sleep at night because we are replaying the events in our mind. However, when something negative happens it’s okay to have a bad day, but it’s not okay to live in that bad day for days and years to come because it erodes your time and your sense of wellness. You can feel like a victim, or you can start to pivot and turn yourself toward potential solutions, being clear on what you would rather have and how to get there.

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“Where’s Your Mind?” with Kim Ades

Kim Ades says journaling allows you to put your thoughts on paper, remove yourself and see them from a third party perspective. They are no longer inside your brain, but they are outside of you. And when something is outside of you, you can assess it more critically and do something with it. You’ll begin to pick up patterns of thought, belief, or of behavior, and identify where your thinking is pushing you forward and where it is holding you back.

Direct download: Episode_611_-_Kim_Ades.mp3
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“Now or Never” with Alexi and Preston

If you want to lead an ideal life, you must become the best version of yourself. On today’s episode, Alexi Panos and Preston Smiles share exercises, insights, and challenges to help you attain the personal freedom you have always been seeking. Choose your life. It’s now or never. Dave recaps episodes 606-609 where Alexi and Preston share from their book, “Now or Never: Your Epic Life in 5 Steps.”

Direct download: Episode_610_-_Alexi_Preston.mp3
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“Own Who You Are” with Alexi and Preston

Alexi Panos and Preston Smiles talk about owning who you are and living in your truth. Unfortunately in this cookie-cutter world, many have forgotten the truth of who they are because they’ve said “yes” to all the boxes and labels others have placed on them. Living in your truth is about breaking and disassociating with those labels and asking, from a very clear space, “Who am I? What do I want to be in this moment? What do I want to be in this lifetime?” Then, "How do I want to go about doing that from a place of radical alignment and authenticity?"

Direct download: Episode_609_-_Alexi_Preston.mp3
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“Act Now - Break the Cycle” with Alexi and Preston

Alexi Panos and Preston Smiles say all the theory in the world doesn’t mean anything if you are not willing to put it into play. If you are not prepared to step out of your comfort zone and step into that space of the unknown, you will never have the life of your dreams. You may get knocked down, but you always have to get back up and just be in the game. We are all a product of our patterns and habits, and you get in life what you give to life.

Direct download: Episode_608_-_Alexi_Preston.mp3
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“Be Radically Responsible” with Alexi and Preston

Alexi Panos and Preston Smiles talks about our need to be radically responsible for our lives, which is a bridge to getting unstuck. A lot of people feel like they are stuck or feeling stagnant in their lives, or they don’t know that the next step is. But the truth of it is THEY are the only reason why things aren’t moving forward. And it’s because they are not willing to take radical responsibility for every single thing in their life. You are the space for everything that shows up, and if you are attracting circumstances, people and things that are not to your liking, the only thing that gets to shift is you. And once you change how you show up everything changes.

Direct download: Episode_607_-_Alexi_Preston.mp3
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“You always have a choice” with Alexi and Preston

Alexi Panos and Preston Smiles remind us that, no matter where you are, no matter how low, no matter how much pain you are experiencing, you always have a choice. As long as there’s breath in our bodies we always have a choice and that choice can be towards our empowerment or a choice towards our tombstone.

Direct download: Episode_606_-_Alexi_Preston.mp3
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