June 13, 2016

3 Ways to Gain the Influence You Need

What you want is influence. You may not know that, but you do. You want it and you need it. You want people to do something, say something, buy something, listen to something, share something, hire you, believe you, trust you, pay you, mentor you—you want some kind of influence over people, however subtle it may be. To put it bluntly: we need other people. We need things from them in order to function, grow, accomplish goals. Over the course of time, in every relationship, you slowly earn a position of influence. That’s how you go from, “Can I sit […]
March 23, 2016

How to Use Roles and Goals for ‘Lifestyle Design’

I wrote a blog recently about drifting toward bad and planning toward good—in other words, a life that you desire, a fulfilling life of purpose and meaning, doesn’t come about by accident. It doesn’t fall into your lap. You’re saying, “That’s all well and good, Brian, but your son Oliver is walking superhero proof that you can’t plan your life out.” I agree. He is, and you can’t. It’s a balance. I can’t plan my life out the way I might schedule a day or a week. Age 23 – Get a record deal. Age 25 – Get married and have […]
February 12, 2016

5 Powerful Benefits of the DISC Profile Test

When I am going through the process of hiring a new rock star to our team, the first thing I do is ask that person to complete a DISC Profile. (If you’re not familiar with this, I whole-heartedly encourage you to click on over and take advantage of this fantastic tool.) If you’re not sold, though, don’t worry. That doesn’t surprise me at all. I can frequently tell that people are thrown off when I ask for this during the hiring process. In fact, I was pretty reticent myself. “You can’t possibly think that you can get to know me […]
January 27, 2016

Why I’m Experimenting With Affirmations and Big Goals

I’m conducting a little experiment and I’d love for you to try it with me. I recruited my very amicable wife to join me as well. (She’s a really good sport and commendably open-minded.) I recently listened to one of my favorite podcast episodes in a long time. It was Tim Ferriss’ interview with Scott Adams of Dilbert fame. (He has a really cool blog of his own actually. Very sharp guy!) Now, I’ll begin by admitting that I went through a period of time where I read Dilbert avidly, and there’s certainly an element of fandom to my enjoyment, but […]