Episode #008: Richard Shell, author of Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success

g-richard-shellWhat is success to you? Where do your ideas and opinions on success come from? Are they your own, or are you striving to achieve someone else’s idea of what success is for you?

In today’s episode, we chat with author G. Richard Shell from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

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In his new book, Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success, he helps answer two key questions on success:

  1. What is success for you? (along with understanding how the expectations of others impact your assumptions on that question)
  2. How can you best go about achieving it?

In this conversation, Richard will help you understand how to:

  • Realize it’s not too late to launch your search for success
  • Determine what you can do better than most
  • Strike the balance between the two sides of success
  • Understand the positive value of negative emotions
  • Challenge your assumptions about success
  • Place equal importance on inner satisfaction and outer rewards
  • And much more

Resources Discussed

Richard mentioned his two favorite books. One of them is Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Collins Business Essentials) by Robert Cialdini. The other is The Bible written by, well, too many authors to mention.

You can find out more about Richard and his new book at his website. On his site, you can even take the Six Lives Exercise we talked about.

You can reach Richard via e-mail at shellric [at] wharton [dot] upenn [dot] edu. Feel free to let him know what you thought about the interview.

You can get Dr. Shell’s book for FREE with a free 30-day trial of audible. Just go to http://readtoleadpodcast.com/audible.

Upcoming Projects

Be on the lookout as Richard travels around the country over the next year sharing with various groups about how to determine what success means to them. He’s also working on his next book called Believing in Yourself: The Foundations of Confidence, a book on what it means to believe in yourself and what that entails.

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