Reinventing Jobs: A 4-Step Approach for Applying Automation to Work
- The intent of automation should not be eliminating jobs, but achieving the optimum synergy of humans and automation.
- Return on Invested Performance is a critical metric for getting the best bang for your buck when choosing systems to automate
- Repetitiveness, human interaction, and cognitive load impact if automation is worthwhile
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days (Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz)
- Sprints help you fast forward to the future and see customers react sooner
- The longer you wait, it becomes increasingly harder to change products
- Your product is never “ready” - but a sprint-mindset helps you make time-based releases (instead of feature-based).
- To get into the habit zone, your product needs to be used frequently and provide great utility
- The time or money investment users make in services greatly impacts how hooked they are
- Changing someone’s motivation is challenging - scarcity and a sense of progress make a big difference
The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy that Will Lead to the Career You Love (Ken Coleman)
- Being intentional about who you surround yourself with is the key to a fulfilling future
- Every career stepping stone matters. It could become a long-term career cornerstone
- You don’t summit Mt. Everest all at once - success is a step-by-step process
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Gorilla Mindset: How to Dominate and Unleash the Animal Inside You (Mike Cernovich)
- To get more out of life, you must get more out of yourself.
- He who controls how something is framed controls the debate.
- Quick mental checklists can be powerful tools for focusing your attention
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The Simplicity Cycle: The Field Guide to Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse (Dan Ward)
- We tend to be drawn towards complexity, when deep down we yearn for simplicity
- Simplicity is a combination of complexity (features) and “goodness” (functionality)
- True productivity is maximizing the value of existing features
Andrew Smith: Founder of ProRustics Home & Furnishings
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Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service (Ken Blanchard)
- Satisfied customers aren’t enough. To thrive your business needs raving fans.
- Customers count on your consistency. After you disappoint them once it’s difficult to rebuild trust.
- Focus on improving just 1%. Tackle less of the problem, but be consistent with that “less”.
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Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Nassim Taleb)
- Antifragile systems improve in the face of chaos
- Efficient systems are at peak capacity and on the verge of collapse
- The barbell strategy (maximizing opposite extremes and avoiding the middle) helps you build an antifragile life
Guest: Mary Miller, Nuclear Engineer and Motivation Minute Listener
Extreme Ownership: How US Navy Seals Lead and Win (Jocko Willink and Leif Babin)
- Extreme Ownership is taking full responsibility for yourself.
- Learn to lead both down and up the chain. If you’re boss doesn’t get it, blame yourself first.
- The hardest part of taking responsibility is the hit to your ego. But this pulls your team together.
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The Greatest Salesman in the World (Og Mandino)
- True wealth is of the heart, not the purse
- Approach each day, each situation, and each person with genuine love in your heart
- Learn to see obstacles as just detours. Persisting in the key to success.
Guest: Japheth Mast, Founder of Japheth Mast Photo
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (Roger Fisher and William Ury)
- Never cave to pressure. Stick to your standards and persist to find a win-win.
- Having a solid BATNA (Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement) makes you a stronger negotiator
- Become an empathetic negotiator by listening more and putting yourself in other people’s shoes
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The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli)
- To understand the people, one needs to be a prince - to understand princes, one needs to be of the people
- Success isn’t a formula. Adapt your strategy based on the situation around you
- Listen to people who know what they’re talking about, who genuinely want to help you
Guest: Niels van den Kieboom, International Business Student
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Change Our Lives (Tim Harford)
- The random nature of messiness can lead to our greatest inspiration
- Improvisation is the ultimate intersection of structure and spontaneity
- Adding strategic elements of risk surprisingly can boost safety
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Friend of a Friend: Understanding the Hidden Networks that can Change Your Life and Career (David Burkus)
- Don’t fixate on building a network. Instead, learn to better navigate and leverage your current network
- Who you know and your conversations with them dramatically impact how you think
- Weak ties (friends you don’t talk with as often) have more opportunities and enlarge your perspective more than strong ties.
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Think And Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)
- Being intentional about how you think is a critical key to success
- Harness the power of autosuggestion to make your goal part of who you are
- Envision yourself with the money (or desired thing) ahead of time, especially the emotions and experience you will have with it
Guest: David Troyer
- Break every project down into bite-sized “next-moves”, and treat them as monkeys
- Don’t take on a problem that isn’t yours. That monkey doesn’t belong to you!
- Always ensure monkeys has a clear owner, next move, and follow-up time
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The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up To Win (Jeff Haden)
- Genuinely savor every small win, every day
- Motivation is an active choice where you step out first. It’s not passive.
- Success comes from the process. Not momentary achievements.
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Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending
- How, where, and why you spend are more critical than how much
- Buying experiences is far more fulfilling long-term than physical things
- “Name your money” based on your values for guilt-free spending
Guest: Graham Ewing, Financial Planner
- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/2CbOdZl
Way of the Wolf: Straight Line Selling: Master the Art of Persuasion, Influence, and Success
- Selling is everything in life. You’re either selling or you’re failing.
- Connecting with a buyer’s pain can be one of the most effective sales tools
- Building trust in you, your product, and your company is essential to winning customers
Guest: David Foote, Bodybuilder
- Instagram: @davidfoote_fitness
- YouTube: David Foote
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
- You don’t need a great idea to start a company. Establishing a core vision is far more critical
- Be intentional about pushing for “BHAG” - Big Hairy Audacious Goals
- Ongoing refinement of your idea is key, just like pruning to shape a tree
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Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused life in a Noisy World (Cal Newport)
- Digital minimalists focus on activities that directly add their core values
- Setting boundaries (like time/location/purpose) is key to taking control of your digital life
- Try out the 30-day challenge to declutter your digital life and establish new priorities
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The Compound Effect (Darren Hardy)
- Your little decisions every day add up faster than you realize long-term
- Rather than making dramatic life changes, you can get ahead with strategic, small changes to your routine
- Consistency with the small things is key. Otherwise you might lose their growth potential.
Guest: Warren Yutzy, Owner of Seamless Roofs
- Facebook: warren.yutzy.7
- Instagram: @seamless_roofs
High Performance Habits (Brendon Burchard)
- You’re achieving high performance when you’re fully immersed, enjoying your work, and confident you can problem solve.
- The biggest indicator of confidence is how curious you are. Not just passionate, but obsessed with what you’re learning
- Being enthusiastic is key to generating energy among the people around you
Guest: Bo Muchoki
- WhateverItTakesMotivation on YouTube
- Instagram: @bomuchoki
It Starts With You: Turn Your Goals Into Success (Fred Stuvek)
- Positive mindsets aren’t achieved serendipitously - it requires a very intentional decision
- The best way to approach obstacles is with an “I’ll figure this out” mindset
- You don’t always have control over your positional authority, but you can always grow personal authority
Guest: Fred Stuvek, Consultant and Author
- Twitter: @FStuvek
- Instagram: @fredstuvek