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Success Principles of Modern-Day Heroes

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Members of our military’s special forces are tough, disciplined, and they embody the heroic instincts and learned skills that keep the rest of us safe.

The Navy SEALs are a major part of these elite teams and have much to teach regarding leadership, teamwork, smarts, and a ton of bravery and guts.

Recent books such as such as Lone Survivor and American Sniper have communicated these lessons well. Even the film versions have earned acclaim for telling the story in a heartfelt way without over-the-top and cringe-worthy caricatures of SEALs often featured in war movies.

John David MannA newly-released book, coauthored by former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb and our own John David Mann, AMONG HEROES: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s True Story of Friendship, Heroism, And the Ultimate Sacrifice shared some deeply personal stories based on Webb’s relationships with a number of his fellow SEALs who’ve all had their lives cut tragically short.

Webb and Mann already wrote one New York Times bestselling book together regarding the world’s most elite sniper corps. The Red Circle explored how Webb, after serving in the first SEAL team to hit the ground in Afghanistan following 9/11, went on to become Course Master of the legendary SEAL sniper school that trained Marcus Luttrell, Chris Kyle, and many others.

Brandon Webb - Among HeroesYou’ll recognize a number of names of Brandon Webb’s heroic friends in the book, such as his best friend, Glen Dougherty who, along with Ty Woods were killed while attempting to rescue Ambassador Chris Stevens and others at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in 2012.

There’s Matt “Axe” Axelson, from the ill-fated Lone Survivor mission; several members of the famous SEAL Team Six who died tragically in the August 2011 crash of a helicopter in Afghanistan, and of course Chris Kyle, outsized Texan and author of American Sniper.

You’ll also meet and learn of a number of others; all different in shape, size, natural ability and more, but all very much the same when it came to those attributes which make for a very special brand of mastery and achievement.

In this chat with coauthor John David Mann we’ll look at some of the powerful lessons he learned about about life, excellence, and genuine success from Brandon and the SEALs including…

  • Why mental toughness is even more important for a Navy SEAL than physical toughness
  • Why Special Ops forces such as the SEALS are the entrepreneurs of an otherwise very corporate-culture military, and what that means
  • How the Navy SEALs define Wolves, Sheep, and Sheepdogs
  • Surprising insights from the family members of the loved ones they lost

Also, and I found this to be especially interesting…

  • What it’s like being in business with a Navy SEAL — what John learned by watching how Brandon thinks, makes decisions, takes risks, and conducts himself on the sometimes-hazardous field of business.

Enjoy our chat!

Among Heroes

If you think the discussion with John was fascinating, just wait until you read the book. AMONG HEROES is available online and at bookstores nationwide.

To donate to Brandon’s Red Circle Foundation, which he started to assist the families of fallen heroes, visit RedCircleFoundation.org

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You Can…Thrive – A Chat with Arianna Huffington

Friday, March 27th, 2015

In her 30-plus years in the U.S., Arianna Huffington reached the pinnacle of success; truly the embodiment of the American Dream.

Wealthy, famous, powerful, respected and influential, and in huge amounts. In 2009, Forbes named her as the 12th Most Influential Woman in Media. Later, they ranked her 52nd Most Powerful Woman in the World.

TIME chose her as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People.

Arianna HuffingtonOh, and, after having founded The Huffington Post in 2005, she sold it in 2011 to AOL for $315 million, becoming Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. In 2012, the digital media enterprise became the first of it’s kind to win a Pulitzer prize.

She had it all.

But along the way, something happened. And it caused her to think that perhaps she didn’t…totally have it all. The big Aha! we often hear about.

That Aha moment would cause her not only to take stock of her success (“is this really what success feels like?“); it would result in a mega-bestselling book that would help her readers do the same. More than that, it would begin a movement where people re-connected with what was truly important to them.

Thrive paperback cover - Arianna HuffingtonThrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success And Creating A Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, And Wonder was published in hardcover in 2014 (just re-released in paperback) and it took the world by storm. Its major purpose: To change the definition of success.

Perhaps it was about a shift in understanding. As she wrote, “Money and power by themselves are like a two-legged stool — you can balance on them for a while, but eventually you’re going to topple over. And more and more people — very successful people — are toppling over.”  She continued by saying, “We need a third leg — a Third Metric for defining success — in order to live a healthy, balanced, and meaningful life.”

But please don’t confuse this with being anti-free market or contra entrepreneurship in any way. She’s proven to be a most valuable creator in that regard.

However, she is advocating the above-mentioned Third Metric as being, “Our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for giving.”

In this brief chat with Arianna, we’ll discover…

  • the very dramatic “wake-up call”
  • a decision that — while it seems simple — will make a huge difference in your happiness and personal effectiveness (I can vouch for that firsthand)
  • wisdom from her Mother regarding a modern-day trap that snares so many of us

And more. Enjoy the discussion!

Check out the new paperback version of Thrive and the fantastic bonuses you’ll receive when you order now.

And, Arianna has put together an online course in conjunction with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). With Arianna as your guide, her OCourse will give you practical steps to help you move from a life fueled by anxiety and burnout to one of feeling more whole and complete.

View her OCourse here: http://bit.ly/1EkNuMF

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Tribe-Building Wisdom from Randy Gage

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Randy Gage — like many of us — is a huge fan of Seth Godin’s New York Times bestseller, Tribes.

The book shows how those who desire to make a difference in their world can utilize online media in order to form connections toward a common purpose.

It’s hard to imagine many people who understand more about this than Randy. Through his blog posts, Prosperity TV episodes, bestselling books, and speaking in countless countries, he leads a worldwide tribe in the millions, helping people reach success and prosperity. And, whether you’d like your tribe to be 10 people, 10 thousand people, or even 10 million people, if you build it successfully, you can make a difference!

RandyIn this conversation, Randy provides fascinating insights into why tribes are so important for today’s leaders and potential leaders to embrace. He shows us that the top tribe-builders are masters at connecting, and explains how that all-important connection successfully occurs.


Great wisdom from Randy. And, if you’d like to learn more about building your tribe, check out TRIBAL 2015, taking place August 28-30 in San Diego, California. I’ll be one of the speakers, which I’m greatly looking forward to, and I hope to see you there!



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Who Is John Allison? A Principle-Based Leader

Friday, January 9th, 2015

When it comes right down to it, leadership is really a reflection of…who one is! It is about one’s character and principles. It is about one’s philosophy.

I posted about John Allison in “Those With High Character Take A Stand” and in reviewing his Number One New York Times Bestseller, The Financial Crisis And The Free Market Cure. That book was selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 5 books on the financial crisis.

Just a few weeks ago I posted a review of his newest book, The Leadership Crisis And The Free Market Cure. I gobble up books on leadership and have learned a ton from many of them. This one might be the most important one yet.

John Allison: The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market CureAfter all, there’s a lot to learn from someone who as Chairman and CEO led his company, BB&T, through 20 years of explosive growth (from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets during his tenure!). This while many of his competitors were failing left and right.

More importantly, he did it the right way; through creating value for everyone whose lives he and his bank touched. He refused to participate in sub-prime lending even though that would’ve been the easy, profitable and accepted way to do business at that time. In fact, he was — let’s say — strongly encouraged by government regulators to do so. However, because it was contrary to what he believed was right, he refused. Yet, his bank flourished.

Harvard Business Review named him one of the decades top 100 most successful CEOs!

And, this brings us to today’s conversation. You see, all the above was driven by his character, based on the values and principles he lives by, congruent with his life philosophy. And, as he discusses both in the book and in our chat, this influences all forms of leadership: personal, business, and societal.

The current CEO of the highly-regarded libertarian think tank, Cato Institute, he doesn’t pull any punches, and you’ll see he doesn’t here!

John Allison: The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market CureCato Institute


In this chat we discuss:

    • A nut-shell explanation of the cause of the financial crisis
    • Why leaders fail
    • That we all have, and live by, a philosophy…whether we realize it or not
    • The importance of training your emotions to support what you know is the right decision
    • The essence of self-esteem and why it is THE most important issue of all


To order Mr. Allison’s book click here. For more information on The Cato Institute, visit www.cato.org.

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How You Can Become a Time…Multiplier

Friday, December 26th, 2014

He earned over $250,000 while in college selling magazine subscriptions during his summer breaks. In his 20′s he co-founded Nashville, Tennessee- based Southwestern Consulting. And, again he’s done something special.

Yes, leave it to 30-something uber-successful Rory Vaden to take a subject like Time Management and turn it on its head. Actually, he equips even the most time-challenged person to have more confidence in their ability to get the significant things done, and done right. More so, without sacrificing peace of mind and happiness.

In today’s world of technology, we find ourselves being pulled in more and more directions with less and less time to do that which we need do and do well. That kind of thinking keeps us stuck. As Rory says, “Creating the next level of results requires the next level of thinking.”

In my chat with Rory earlier this year regarding his New York Times Bestseller, Take the Stairs, we learned his very effective principles for self-discipline.

His new book is Procrastinate on Purpose: Five Permissions to Multiply Your Time. While the title is obviously counter-intuitive, the methodology he espouses — and learned/systematized due to his own needs — is brilliant and right on the mark.

In this chat, Rory will share wisdom from his terrific new book, including:Take The Stairs

  • The main difference in thought processes between ultra-successful people… and everyone else.
  • The biggest killer of getting the right things done.
  • What you thought you knew about time that just isn’t so.
  • Multiplying your time.
  • The all-important Focus Funnel.
  • The 5 Permissions that will turn you into a master of time rather than a victim of it.

Rory Vaden

Yep, my inspiring young friend, Rory, did it again with this book and shares some terrific wisdom here. Enjoy!

Remember, the goal is not necessarily to fit more in! The goal is to produce more results.

Will you begin to take the steps toward becoming that Time Multiplier that you now know you can be?

Rory will help you get started via this special video at www.ProcrastinateOnPurpose.com

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