Episode #116: My Experience with Anxiety

Encouragement, Hope and a Confession

Recently, I learned someone I know – and who is hugely successful – suffers from anxiety to the point it has necessitated him canceling as many as twelve upcoming speaking engagements.

His name is Lee Cockerell, a former Disney executive and a previous guest on Read to Lead where we talked about his book Time Management Magic. He shares his story of dealing with anxiety on a recent episode of his podcast called Creating Disney Magic.

Lee began experiencing anxiety attacks for the first time about a year ago. Lee is 72!

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Which brings me to my confession.

Though I’ve not been clinically diagnosed myself, over the last two years, I’ve had at least two instances where I was gripped with a what I would call a strong – but thankfully – brief moment of intense fear and dread.

Anxiety or panic attack? I’m not yet certain.

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Episode #115: Pat Flynn Helps You Validate Your Business Idea

From the New Book Will It Fly?

Pat FlynnPat Flynn calls himself the “crash-test dummy of online business.” He’s also extremely successful at it. But that wasn’t always the case.

After losing his job as an architect in 2008 as the U.S. economy struggled, Pat turned to the internet for a possible new career path. In the months and years that followed, learning all he could about being an online entrepreneur, Pat launched the Smart Passive Income blog and podcast as a way to teach and inspire others who craved the same freedoms he’d come to enjoy.

Those platforms have enabled him to do work he loves – helping other passionate entrepreneurs build and grow successful online businesses. Like me, Pat says that being let go was the best thing to ever happen to him.  

After first appearing on Episode #007 back in 2013, Pat returns to chat about his latest book, Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money.

To join my conversation with Pat, simply hit the play button below. You are sure to learn a lot.

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Episode #114: Repeating Success Through People, Products and Profits

With Ken Goldstein, author of Endless Encores

ken goldsteinEver wonder how some people seem to always hit it out of the park?

Sure, they may occasionally miss the mark but, more often than not, you can’t help but notice how those around you are having one success after another? So, what’s their secret? Why do they seem to have many more hits than misses?

That’s what we attempt to wrap our minds around today with the help of Ken Goldstein. Ken is author of Endless Encores: Repeating Success Through People, Products and Profits.

Ken is an advisor to a number of successful companies and has served as CEO and chairman of the board at SHOP.COM, and as executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online. He also speaks and teaches frequently on topics of leadership, executive management, and innovation.

To join my conversation with Ken, simply hit the play button below. You’re sure to learn a lot.

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Episode #113: How to Crush Your Next Media Interview

Based on Three Decades of Experience

There was a time when a stage or platform was strictly borrowed by the one with the talent.

To sing for a living meant you needed a record deal. To write for a living meant you needed a publishing contract. In my case, to talk into a microphone for a living meant you first had to “run the board” at odd hours and for minimum wage until the program director decided you were ready for more responsibility.  

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Those fortunate enough to be given a platform kept it on the condition they continued to make the gatekeepers money and/or look good. In the words of Janet Jackson, it was very much a “What have you done for me lately?” kind of world.

In many ways this model is still in play of course. But, as more solo entrepreneurs, freelancers, bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, and other content creators continue to spring up from what are arguably the ashes of the industrial age, the ability of the average person to leverage these larger, more traditional, platforms has been strengthened.

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Episode #112: How to Hug Your Haters with Jay Baer

Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers

Jay BaerIf you answer customer complaints at all, chances are you at least “pick your spots.”

In other words, you choose to engage your customers through only the handful platforms you prefer, whether that’s email, phone, social media, or something else.

Jay Baer, however, author of Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers insists that, to be effective, your organization needs to answer every complaint from every customer, regardless of platform, all the time!

Not only that, but Jay has the research to back up why this is so important. With it, he demonstrates that there are two types of complainers, each with very different motivations.

And, he includes a number of interviews, as well as case studies, from businesses who follow the Hug Your Haters formula and have transformed their business as a result.

To join my conversation with Jay, simply hit the play button below. You’re sure to learn a lot.

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