BtR 009 How to Get Ready to Pursue Your Dream

How to Get Ready to Pursue Your Dream

One day you’re going to be ready to take the first step toward your dream, but are you ready? Rather than dealing with these issues after you’ve began your journey, wouldn’t it be wise to get things in order ahead of time?  We aren’t suggesting that you procrastinate your dream until everything is “perfect” but … Read more

Eight Characteristics of Effective Teams

Effective Teams

by Jerry Dugan “Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.” SEAL Team saying A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, goals, and approach where there is mutual accountability according to Katzenbach and Smith in their work titled The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the … Read more

BtR 008 – Difficult Conversations: Networking and Severing Toxic Relationships

Difficult Conversations

Striking up conversations with strangers and initiating conversations that end relationships are two of the most difficult and and awkward interactions that many people avoid. However, both of these are necessary and beneficial to anyone trying to pursue a goal. To most people, networking is about as exciting as getting a root canal.  They think … Read more

Perseverance and Starting Over Again…Again

Perseverance and Starting Over Again...Again

By Shawn Albright Start over, do-over, take a mulligan, a new beginning, it’s a new day, reset, reboot, a second chance…persevere! I’ve tried and failed the whole healthy thing so many times that I can pick what I plan to eat when I fall off the wagon before I actually get on the wagon. I’ve … Read more

BtR 007 – Tired of Being Tired (Physical Health)

Tired of Being Tired Physical Health

Tired of being tired?  So are we.  Your family and career will both benefit from you getting healthy.  Most of us have tried and failed a million times.  We fail, get depressed, eat terrible to comfort ourselves, get inspired, re-commit, try for a few days/weeks, then fail again. If you listen to everything the “experts” … Read more

Dare to Dream Bigger: Five Ways to Get There

think bigger

by Jerry Dugan I wrote an earlier post about my realization that I needed to think and dream bigger about my vision and my current perspective of the world around me. Here is a list of five practical things you can do to help you dream bigger and think bigger to achieve your own dreams … Read more

BtR 006 – Be Intentional: Never Leave Your Closest Relationships to Chance

Say Anything, Never Leave Your Closest Relationships to Chance

We plan for weddings, vacations, and hobbies, yet rarely plan to make our closest relationships better. We tend to think they will just work themselves out.  Is this a great approach for something so important? When it comes to marriage, we have to continue dating our spouse. This is not something that happens easily.  Life keeps … Read more

Is Ambition a Good or Bad Thing?

Ambition a good or bad thing

by Shawn Albright I frequently wonder “Is ambition a good or bad thing?” I’ve realized that ambition alone can be damaging, but paired with another characteristic, it can change the world. For simplicity, I believe ambition is about achieving or obtaining something. Good or bad, it is something you can check off your list.  It … Read more

BtR 005 – Overcoming Common Obstacles as You Pursue Your Dreams

Pursue Your Dreams BtR 005

You finally find the courage to do something out of the ordinary and pursue your dreams, the out of nowhere, obstacles seem to be everywhere. At first, they seem paralyzing. What if we told you that the vast majority of obstacles are only perceived, not real? Fear and doubt have robbed you of your future … Read more

You May Not Be Thinking Big Enough…This May Be Why

Thinking Big

by Jerry Dugan I had lunch with a friend about a year ago. We discussed what we did for a living, and at the time I worked for a non-profit organization earning what I thought was a whopping salary of $32,500 a year. We also shared our goals and the challenges we faced in getting … Read more

BtR 004 – Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Do you have that nagging feeling that there has to be more to life than what you are currently experiencing? When you hear a story of someone putting it on the line, do you secretly envy them? If so, you’re not weak or alone.  In fact, you are right where most people live their lives…in … Read more

The Skeptic’s Question

The Skeptic's Question

There is one common question that skeptics and haters will always ask when you think about stepping out and doing something new. The problem is, the skeptic and hater is usually your own brain. Seth Godin calls this Lizard Brain. The question comes in many forms, but it usually sounds something like, Who do you … Read more

BtR 003 – Reading Towards Your Success, Why What is on Your Bookshelf Influences Your Success

BtR 003 Reading

Why is reading so important to your success? What is on our reading list? How do you get the wisdom from successful people when they don’t have time to mentor or coach you? In this episode Shawn and Brandon discuss the benefits behind a good reading habit, share tips on when and where to read, … Read more

BtR 002 – How to Use Self Talk to Your Advantage

Self Talk

When you venture out you will hear the critic in your head, and you will always be your own most powerful critic. Brandon and Shawn discuss in this episode the powerful impact of self talk in our lives, pursuing our goals, and the success or failure of our relationships. It is vital we win the … Read more

BtR 001 – Introducing Beyond the Rut Podcast

Introducing Beyond the Rut Podcast Welcome to Beyond the Rut Podcast, a show about inspiring you to live the life you’ve always dreamed of. You may feel that you have shackled yourself to an average existence for way too long. If you have a desire and dream inside you that you’ve never acted upon, then listening … Read more

Coming Soon: Beyond the Rut Podcast

Drive your life beyond the rut. Listen to the Beyond the Rut Podcast coming soon.

The Beyond the Rut team has been working together to create a weekly podcast series, the Beyond the Rut Podcast, to inspire you to live the life you’ve always dreamed of living. You will be able to catch episodes here, iTunes, and Stitcher, and we will be sure to let you know when our launch date … Read more