Be Your Own Can, Not Can’t: Episode 281 of the Action Catalyst Podcast

Mary Anne Em Radmacher’s words are on walls around the world, used in speeches and newscasts, and featured in ceremonies that welcome life and celebrate all the occasions in between. Radmacher has designed thousands of products, written over a dozen books, curated the spoken word of a president, taught writing to populations from primary school to prison, and is walked daily by two fine dogs. She is in the Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations. Since 9/11, one of her poems has been featured on the engine doors of firehouses throughout the US.

Show Highlights:

  • Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Em Radmacher
  • Out of all of God’s creations, the only animals that can put things into perspective are humans. -Dan Moore
  • Every individual has the responsibility to be absolutely clear on their own talents, skills, and abilities. -Mary Anne Em Radmacher
  • There’s one person on the planet who can be an unfettered fan of your own work and it’s you. -Mary Anne Em Radmacher
  • You’re lucky if you have a group of people around you to lean into the can instead of the can’t, but at the end of the day, especially for an entrepreneur, it’s the person you look at in the mirror. -Mary Anne Em Radmacher
  • Every single setback has been the seed pot for a tree of success. -Mary Anne Em Radmacher
  • I try to be in failure enthusiastically. -Mary Anne Em Radmacher
  • Am I doing what matters? If so, am I getting ready to take an exit too soon? Or am I on the wrong road? -Mary Anne Em Radmacher
  • I divide my life’s purpose into four key categories and for each category, I identify three subsets. These are the measures by which I make decisions. -Mary Anne Em Radmacher
  • Saying yes to the wrong things means I’m stealing someone else’s opportunity. -Mary Anne Em Radmacher
  • [Every morning] I read a quote, I identify three things I’m grateful for and three things I want to accomplish in the course of my day, and then I study something. And I make my bed! -Mary Anne Em Radmacher
  • [Every night] I identify three things I’m grateful for and I say goodbye to something. -Mary Anne Em Radmacher

Mary Anne’s closing thoughts: If you’re grieving, you’re not out of aces. Your breath is a sure sign that there is opportunity waiting for you. Perhaps your skills have been under-assessed and it’s time for you to look more broadly. Get a bigger picture of the things you may be capable of with the skillset that you have.

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

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