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Listen to Seth Godin, Dan Rust, Gretchen Rubin and Ken Blanchard

Listen to Seth Godin, Dan Rust, Gretchen Rubin and Ken Blanchard

William Arruda’s popular Reach Personal Branding interview series is a treasure trove of fantastic career advice. Listen to the audio recordings and you’ll find practical and proven wisdom from people like Seth Godin, Dan Rust, Gretchen Rubin and Ken Blanchard. Where else can you get this kind of solid advice, direct from the source, for free?

Arruda’s extended interview format allows his guest to go deep and share information you can apply right away. If you are committed to a high-trajectory career path, this is a great resource for you.

Click on the links below to listen to these four experts, then if you want more you can access the entire Reach Personal Branding interview series.


Seth Godin

Dan Rust

Gretchen Rubin

Ken Blanchard

Manage Your Career Like a Mercenary

Manage Your Career Like a Mercenary

There was a time when the key to career advancement was simply being great at your job, working harder than others, and waiting for the right opportunities to pop up. And while it is still important to do a great job and work hard, it just isn’t enough to ensure career advancement. Not if you want you to achieve “high trajectory” career progress and above average income.

In today’s world there are fewer advancement opportunities and more qualified people competing for every great job. Bonus dollars are limited so you have to “compete” with your peers to ensure that you maximize bonus income potential. Even survival is a competition – who gets laid off and who stays – is often determined by much more than just who is doing the best job. Read more

When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

Every so often an especially insightful book prompts me to reflect on or change my behavior, attitudes or both. Years ago, after reading “Type A Behavior and Your Heart” by two San Francisco cardiologists, Dr. Meyer Friedman and Dr. Ray H. Rosenman, I learned to reduce stress and hostility by cramming less into my days and allowing adequate time to accomplish whatever I had to do.

I just read another book, newly published, that could help many of us cope with life’s inevitable obstacles. It is “The Gift of Adversity,” by Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, 63, the psychiatrist who first described seasonal affective disorder and how to treat it with light. Read more

10 Things Emotionally Resilient People Don’t Do

Emotional resilience is trendy, so read on. Basically, this means that if you are emotionally resilient, you can bounce back from most setbacks that life can throw at you. In times of stress, failure or even a natural disaster, your emotional resilience will be put to the test. The word ‘resilience’ comes from the Latin word ‘resilio’ which means to bounce back. Business people, social workers and school children can all benefit from this emotional fitness.

So, how emotionally fit are you? Let us look at what these people never do because they have a natural talent to cope with the stress of everyday living.

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How Do You Explain Your Failures? It Matters More Than You Think

After her lack luster performance in the free skate four years ago in Vancouver, Carolina Kostner left the free ice with her head clutched between her arms. “I thought I would stop skating,” she said. “I thought that was my end.”

But it wasn’t. Despite her bitter disappointment at the time, she chose to press on. “The hard times make you understand what you really want,” she later said. and I’m really glad that I continued and am honored to have experienced everything that I have in the past years.” Read more

Quick Tips for Handling Failure

When we experience failure, the best way for us to conquer it is to find ways to turn that failure into a success.

  1. Acknowledge your mistakes – The best way to handle failure is to acknowledge your situation. Only when you accept the mistakes and errors in your actions will you be able to move forward and take the necessary steps to correct them.
  2. Evaluate your situation – By taking a step back and tracing your steps, you will you be able to correct the situation you are in. Evaluating what happened will allow you to see what went wrong. The best part of doing this is that it will allow you to see that things can be corrected, and that it’s not the end of the world for you.

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When Your Project Hits the Fan

Let’s face it. We all make mistakes.

Most of us know that failure is a reality of life, and at some level, we understand that it actually helps us grow. Intellectually, we even acknowledge that the greatest achievers — past and present — also routinely experienced colossal failures.

But still, we hate to fail. We fear it, we dread it, and when it does happen, we hold onto it. We give it power over our emotions, and sometimes we allow it to dictate our way forward (or backward). Some of us go to great lengths to avoid failure because of all the pain and shame associated with it. Read more

When an Important Project Fails

Projects fail at a spectacular rate. One reason is that too many people are reluctant to speak up about their reservations during the all-important planning phase. By making it safe for dissenters who are knowledgeable about the undertaking and worried about its weaknesses to speak up, you can improve a project’s chances of success.

Research conducted in 1989 by Deborah J. Mitchell, of the Wharton School; Jay Russo, of Cornell; and Nancy Pennington, of the University of Colorado, found that prospective hindsight—imagining that an event has already occurred—increases the ability to correctly identify reasons for future outcomes by 30%. We have used prospective hindsight to devise a method called a premortem, which helps project teams identify risks at the outset.

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