Guest: Jake Ducey
Jake Ducey is a remarkable young man.
At just 23 years of age, he has published two books, built an orphanage in Guatemala, given a viral TedX talk, and spoken before tens of thousands of students and corporate employees.
His most recent book, The Purpose Principles: How to Draw More Meaning into Your Life, was a joy to read, deserving of a spot on my list of Top 10 personal development books.
So, how does a guy who never got better than a C in a writing course have the audacity to become a bestselling author in a category dominated by established writers decades his senior?
Hard work. Dedication. And knowing his purpose.
Guest: Marie Forleo
Marie Forleo — host of Marie TV and founder of B-School — returns to the podcast to reveal how to go from stuck to getting started.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
8:37 – The one question you MUST ask yourself before starting your own business.
10:55 – Small steps you can take to avoid sacrificing your sleep for success.
12:40 – The only way to turn yourself from an amateur into an expert.
15:44 – Why “someone else already doing it” is actually GOOD thing, and what Marie does to stand out in the crowd.
19:35 – The three most important letters for any entrepreneur.
20:45 – Dealing with “idea overload”: getting ideas out of your head and into the world.
24:26 – The best piece of advice Marie ever got.
25:12 – The truth about “success” and the power of entrepreneurship to change the world.
29:20 – All about B-School plus how you can get a free sneak peek.
30:00 – How to spend a weekend in San Diego with Sean and friends!
More Episodes with Marie
2/14/13: How to Get Paid to Do What You Love.
2/12/14: Make Money, Change the World
See you Friday with Jake Ducey, author of The Purpose Principles.
Quick story for ya.
It was the Spring of 1996 — freshman year of college.
I was hanging out in front of the dorm with my roommate and one of his fraternity brothers, complaining about about my professors and a brutal round of midterm exams coming up.
You see, exams were just two weeks away and according to my syllabi I had 4 (yes, four) midterms scheduled on one day.
Back to back to back to back.
I went on and on criticizing my professors, each of whom seemed to act like their class was the ONLY class I was taking.
They were setting me up to fail.
It wasn’t fair!
Then, when my 10-minute grumble finally came to an end, the frat bro looked at me and said this:
It was pretty much all I thought about.
All day. Every day.
I wanted more of it.
No, I needed more of it.
But my habitual daydreams of actually acquiring it typically ended in nothing other than consternation and incongruence, awakening to a reality that never seemed to change.
A bizarre feeling, it is. To want something, but to not want it. To convince myself that I didn’t really need it. To perpetually rationalize that I was somehow above it. And to despise those who had it.
To be a have-not.
I assume that my red badge of poverty was first pinned to my psyche sometime before my dirt bike lost its training wheels. When I began to wrap my impressionable brain around the concept of social strata.
We were us. They were them.
And to want what “they” had was to concede all loyalty to my side.
It took me over 30 years to finally understand that. That what lied at the root of my low credit score and umpteen overdraft charges was a set of limiting beliefs inherited from my upbringing.
This revelation didn’t happen overnight, however. The first chink in my poverty armor came from an unlikely source.
by Sean Croxton
“There is no reason in 2008 to do ((stuff)) you hate.”
Of all of the personal development and business talks I’ve ever watched, this simple and slightly-profane declaration from one Gary Vaynerchuk six years ago probably had the most lasting impact on the direction I would take in my life.
Because life is way too short to spend one-third of our waking hours doing intolerable ((stuff)) that numbs our spirit in exchange for “security”.
I know what you’re thinking: The economy isn’t what it used to be, Sean.
I couldn’t agree with you more. And that’s because the economy isn’t what it used to be.
We are no longer living in the days of our grandparents, when a high school diploma punched your ticket to a job at the factory.
Or the days when a college education imparted at least some assurance that a job was waiting on the other side of the commencement stage.
Nope, those factory jobs are on the other side of the ocean. And the college grad has been replaced by the electronic voice that asks me what I want but can’t understand me when I say it and then hangs up on me, but not without that aggravating “goodbye”.
The days we are living in today are the ones when a guy writes an e-book on teaching a parrot how to talk and becomes a millionaire.