Episode #172: Achieve Focused Success in a Distracted World

Feat. Deep Work by Cal Newport

I read, like, a lot. And though many of the books I read (and the authors who write them) wind up being featured on the podcast, there are plenty that don’t (and not because they’re not worthy). 

Sometimes it just comes down to scheduling or any other number of issues. Suffice it to say there are plenty of authors I’d love to interview that haven’t yet made it on. But that shouldn’t mean we can’t dive into and discuss their latest book, right? 

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Deep Work by Cal Newport is just such a book. It was released in 2016. I finally got around to reading in March of this year. And, I loved it. It has revolutionized how I work. I think it can do the same for you.

In today’s episode, I share some of the key insights and main ideas from the book, as well as a couple of others that compliment Deep Work quite nicely (more on those in a moment).

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Episode #169: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

With Multipliers author Liz Wiseman

Only one guest has ever appeared on the show three times. Until today, that is. 

Guest Jeff Goins can no longer claim sole possession of “most visits on the Read to Lead Podcast” as Liz Wiseman returns to talk about her first book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

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It’s been revised an updated with a bunch of new content from Liz’s experiences and additional research over the years since first launching the book back in 2010.

I consider Liz’s book (co-written with another popular Read to Lead guest Greg McKeown) to be one of my favorite leadership books ever.

You’ll learn what a Multiplier-type leader looks like and, more importantly, how to become one if you’re not there already. Hint: most of us tend to overestimate our Multiplier skills.

Liz is always an engaging guest, and this visit is no exception. To dig in, just click the “play” button below.

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Episode #168: Tame Your Inner Critic and Conquer the Fears Holding You Back

With Make Your Mark author Margie Warrell

As a highly sought after keynote speaker, today’s guest is making an impact on people all around the world.

I am delighted to welcome back to the show a returning guest. Her name is Margie Warrell. Margie first visited the show back in Episode #091 as we discussed her then new book Brave

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This time she’s here to talk about her new book Make Your Mark: A Guidebook for the Brave Hearted.

The book is packed with practical advice, proven tools and (my favorite part) powerful questions. Reading it will give you the clarity, confidence and courage you need to enjoy what Margie calls soul-level success – in every area of life.

To discover your life’s highest purpose, rewrite your story and reset your compass on the bravest path to your biggest life, join in our conversation. Just click the “play button below.

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Episode #167: Why You Really SHOULD Sweat the Small Stuff

With New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews

When a New York Times bestselling author visits the podcast, I consider it a pretty big deal. When one agrees to do it a second time, I begin to wonder what’s wrong with them.

I’m kidding of course. And, I’m delighted that, nearly four years later, New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is back for another visit.

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This time he’s here to talk about his new book The Little Things: Why You Really SHOULD Sweat the Small Stuff.

Have you ever wondered why we spend so much time and energy thinking about the big challenges in our lives when all the evidence proves it’s actually the little things that change everything? As in…absolutely everything.

Andy shows us how we can succeed by actually going against the modern adage, “don’t sweat the small stuff.” In fact, he says NOT sweating the small stuff is pretty unproductive.

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Episode #165: Becoming a Pro at Live Video Streaming

With Live Video Expert Luria Petrucci

I can point to a couple of people who were super influential in my desire to launch this podcast. Today’s guest is one of those people. 

Luria Petrucci was making a splash and breaking new ground when she launched her own video podcast called GeekBeat.tv over 11 years ago back in late 2005. 

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Not long after that, I would receive, as an anniversary gift, a video iPod from my awesome wife. So, what did I do? I went out and found some awesome podcasts to listen to, and in Luria’s case, watch.

She was immediately engaging, and her episodes were infectious. As a self-professed early adopter, I so looked forward to what she had to say about the latest and greatest tech gadget.

If you had told me back then that one day I would be interviewing her on my very own show, I wouldn’t have believed it. Yet, here we are.

Because of the influence she’s had on me, and the wonderful work she’s doing helping to demystify live streaming video for the Average Joe like you and me, I decided to make, for the first time in the history of Read to Lead, an exception.

Luria hasn’t (yet) written a book. That’s right. She’s not officially an author. However, when it comes to demonstrating out-of-the-box leadership, not to mention overcoming life’s obstacles and living life outside your comfort zone, there are very few better real-life examples I could choose to highlight.

In short, she’s an inspiration. Click the play button below and let Luria inspire you.

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