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Obsessive Service

The problem with our thinking is that when we aren’t thinking about our thinking our thinking starts to think on it’s own. Which is why one key to a happy life is to always be intentional and mindful about directing your thoughts. So it begs the question, “what should you think about?” There are lots of healthy and inspiring things […]

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What Procrastination Can Teach You About Passion

Passion and procrastination cannot coexist. You’re either passionate and so you’re taking action and moving towards something. Or you’re procrastinating and you’re standing still. But true passion calls you forth, it fuels your fire, it ignites you to take action. So please don’t tell me you’re passionate about something… Or that you have a goal to accomplish something… Or you […]

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Building a Storybrand with Donald Miller – Episode 215 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Donald Miller is a student of story. He’s the author of New York Times Best Sellers: Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and his most recent book Building a Story Brand. He co-wrote the major motion picture “Blue Like Jazz” which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival and was listed as one of the top four movies to get […]

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Living By Faith

You’re either living by faith or you’re living by sight. If you’re living by faith then you’re believing in the possibility of a better future – which is empowering. If you’re living by sight then you’re only able to believe in what you see today – which is limiting. If you’re living by faith then you’re making choices in the […]

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Entitlement is a disgusting disease

Entitlement is a disgusting disease that destroys our ability to reach our dreams. You may not even realize it. None of us like to think of ourselves as entitled. Yet, we see all the time that when people don’t achieve their dreams it has nothing to do with not being smart enough or not having access to information or tools. […]

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Here’s What You Don’t Know About Sales

Everyone is in sales. Why? Not just because we’re almost all involved in some way at some point in our life actually increasing revenues, asking for a raise, gathering donations, helping to keep a customer, or literally calling on prospects and collecting payment. Sales is all that but sales is much more than that. Sales, the study of sales, and […]

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New Southwestern Consulting

Meet the New Southwestern Consulting

Over the years, we’ve learned from customers that there is a specific reason why they choose to do business with us instead of our competitors. They’ve helped us understand that while we do help them grow revenues, increase sales, recruit and build sales forces, and help them achieve their goals-there is also something else inherently unique and different about our […]

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One Negative Habit That is Keeping You Stuck

There is one consistent negative habit of people who remain stuck at their current level of performance. There is one common trait of people who never break through to the next level. It’s that they don’t measure their progress. They don’t track their performance. This one error in judgement can singlehandedly account for the failure of many people to grow […]

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Why Your Networking Isn’t Working

The idea of joining networking groups always has so much promise initially. But then people often get frustrated because they go to these events and they seem to get no business out of them. Yet others swear by the power of networking and even stake their entire business on it. How is it that two people can experience the same […]

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The Two Biggest Scheduling Mistakes That Ruin Productivity Part 2

He wasn’t setting aside time for ramping up or ramping down. Our brains like to do as little thinking as possible. When we make our brains do a lot of heavy thinking all day long, we find that we are typically EXHAUSTED at the end of every day. Ramp-up time is an amazing cure for exhaustion! It will also help […]

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How to Become a More Inspiring Person

The word inspire means, “to breathe life into.” So inspiring people around you means “breathing life into them.” And living inspired means doing things that “breathe life into you.” So the question is “are you life-giving?” Do you lift people up? Do they feel better when they’re around you? Do you make them feel good about who they are and […]

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The Answers Behind the Next Door

“The answer to every single problem you ever have is behind the next door.” That was one of the first principles I was taught as a 19 year old college student working to pay my way through school over the next 5 summers selling educational children’s reference materials door to door in The Southwestern Advantage Program. They would tell me… […]

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Letting Go of What Others Think

  So much of the pressure we feel, so much of our stress, is the result of trying to manicure the impression that other people have about us. We want them to like us. We want them to respect us. We want them to think that we are good looking, successful, or important. Whether it is bosses, friends, clients, and […]

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What is Your Inevitable Future Trajectory?

Here is the difference between successful investors (of time, money, energy) and everyone else… Most people look at the value of a company, a person, or an investment based on what it is today. But Multipliers do not. Instead, they look at the IFT. IFT stands for Inevitable Future Trajectory. IFT is where the magic happens. IFT is not thinking […]

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“Matt Curry: Problem Solving and Overcoming Excuses – Episode 148 of The Action Catalyst Podcast” is locked Matt Curry: Problem Solving and Overcoming Excuses – Episode 148 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Matt Curry, who is diagnosed with A.D.D., successfully built Curry’s Auto Service and ultimately became one of the largest independent auto repair chains in the Washington, D.C. area with annual sales close to $20 Million. In 2013, he sold Curry’s to a publicly traded $1 billion corporation. He has worked in the automotive aftermarket business for over 30 years. He started changing tires when he […]

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How I Found Jesus and What Christmas Means to Me – Episode 121 of the Daily Discipline Podcast

This week’s podcast is a Christmas special! Rory talks about how he found Jesus, why Rory almost didn’t believe in Him, 5 reasons why he believes, and who Jesus is for. Tune in to this amazing, eye opening podcast as Rory dives into his faith and what Christmas means to him. SPECIAL NOTE: This week’s podcast is very rare and […]

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Ron Friedman

Ron Friedman: Creating the Best Place to Work – Episode 119 of the Daily Discipline Podcast

Ron Friedman, Ph.D., is an award-winning social psychologist who specializes in human motivation. Ron is the author of The Best Place To Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace. He has served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and has consulted for some of the world’s most […]

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Delegation

Why You Are Terrible at Delegating

You brought me here because you recognized that I have some skill. You assigned me the task because you felt like I could do it. But if you’re going to ask me to do something for you, then I need you to give me full autonomy to let me do it. Don’t give it to me and then take it […]

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David Horsager: Finding Your Daily Edge – Episode 110 of the Daily Discipline Podcast with Rory Vaden

David Horsager – David Horsager, MA, CSP, is a business strategist, keynote speaker and author of the National Bestseller, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Through his graduate research, […]

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Customer Service

10 Customer Service Basics

The problem with “basics” is that we all think they are basic. To call something basic is uneventful and unexciting. And when we hear that something is basic we automatically default to assuming that we already do it because we’ve heard it so many times. But we give ourselves too much credit. While it may be true that we have […]

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