Great Apes And Grapes (EPS 406)

Frank Agin shares insights from a study involving primates and patience. And uses it to encourage you to strike a balance between playing the short-game with few opportunities and playing the long-game with lots of opportunities.

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375) Goal Sharing

Goal Sharing

There is little argument that goal setting is vital to success. It works in sports. It works in business. It works relative to personal finances. Goals are the road to achievement.

But often overlooked, and certainly underappreciated, is goal sharing. As sports psychologist Grant Parr shares in his book, The Next One Up Mindset:

“You need to be willing to share your goals with others. To tell your friends and family, coaches and bosses about them so that there will be someone else out there who will help hold you accountable. Without accountability, goals are meaningless.”

Parr offers sage advice. Having a goal is great. But its complete and total effectiveness only happens when you have the courage to let someone else know about it. With that simple act, you become vulnerable, to be sure. But it’s that vulnerability that will inspire you to press on when you otherwise might not.

You’ve got goals, right? Share them with someone.


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374) Build A Bridge

Build A Bridge

Where would the world be without bridges? You know, those wood or steel structures that serve to connect two things. Without bridges, on a distant shore there would be a great many strangers. Without bridges, lots of roads would dead end at the water’s edge. Without bridges, lives would be tethered to ferries bringing them to and fro.

But bridges are not just physical structures. Bridges are also connections. They are connections you create between yourself and another person. They are connections you create between two people that don’t know each other. They are connections you create between ideas or information and the need for insight.

And just as the world is better with physical bridges, it’s also better because of the bridges you create amongst people, information and opportunities. On the road to success, these bridges are everything. So, take a little time today to build a bridge. It’s the quickest path to lasting success.


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373) Keep Moving

Keep Moving

Why do you go to networking events? Simple. To meet new people and reconnect with those you already know. So, when you’re at these events, to maximize the effectiveness of your “meet and reconnect” mission, don’t stay too long in one place or with one person.

If you stay too long in one place, you’re at the mercy of the natural flow of the event. If you move about, you control where you are and when you get there.

If you linger too long with one person, you risk exhausting a relationship before it gets going. Plus, you lose out of the other potential relationships around the event.

So, here’s the plan. Meet someone. Strike up a good conversation. Exchange business cards. Then, after ten minutes or so, excuse yourself with a pleasantry such as, “It was nice meeting you … there are a couple other people I need to talk with today.” Then move on.


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372) Out Of The Mindset Slump

Out Of The Mindset Slump

Dr. Rob Bell, podcast host and sports psychologist offers three ways to upgrade your mindset and pull out of the funk of feeling bad about yourself.   

One, change your environment. Whether it’s a full-on vacation, a mini stay-cation or simply changing where you sit, altering your environment can serve to provide a mental health re-boot.

Two, evaluate your relationships. Actively build into your life relationships with people who “get you”; people who, no matter what, make you feel good about yourself. And,

Three, hang out with winners. Bell makes the point that in baseball dugouts those hitting well hang out with others who are hitting well. Metaphorically, who’s hitting well in your life? Get in their dugout. Remember, you are the average of the five people closest to you. So, make sure your environment breeds success and supports you!

Any (or all) of these tips will get you out of the mindset slump.


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371) The Power of Dreams

The Power of Dreams

Gold medal Olympian, hurdler and humanitarian, Wilma Rudolph, once remarked, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

What Rudolph was driving at is that no matter who you are, no matter where you came from, or no matter where you are right now, you have every ability to be something more.

She’s right. You have the potential to advance your life. You can be operating at a higher plateau. You can be that much closer to greatness. But it starts with your vision for yourself.

Don’t be afraid to dream. Don’t be afraid to long for something more. Don’t be afraid to close your eyes and envision what your potential can be. Yes, achieving things will involve much more, but you can’t get started without a dream.


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Tony Durso – VoiceAmerica Icon (EPS 405)

VoiceAmerica’s #1 talk show host, Tony D’Urso, shares how he embarked on a podcasting career and secured 500+ interview with some of the top business people in the world. Learn more at https://tonydurso.com/clicks/

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Craig Leonard – Career Wordsmith (EPS 404)

Host Frank Agin has communication expert Craig Leonard share best practices for communicating via LinkedIn, resumes, and cover letters. Learn more about Craig and his services at https://www.craigthoughts.com/

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The Charitable Roundtable (EPS 430)

Frank Agin shares about The Charitable Roundtable – an organization he created in 2015 to help not-for-profit organizations connect to the people, information and opportunities that help them become more successful.

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Effective Big Talk (EPS 403)

On Episode 400, Frank Agin shared about the notion of big talk conversations. In this one, he offers insights to ensure that you can consistently and effectively navigate communication when the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong.

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