BtR 018 Organization is Not Enough to Succeed

BtR 018 Organization is not enough to succeed

If you want to look forward to a successful new year, you have to take a look back to see where you are now especially when you are in the middle of a long-term plan. In 2015, we discovered that organization is not enough to succeed. You’ll hear in this episode how Brandon and Jerry … Read more

BtR 017 Time Management, Tips and Tricks to Avoid the Time Traps in Your Life

BtR 017 Time Management, Tips and Tricks to Avoid the Time Traps in Your Life

Time management is what we will discuss in this episode of Beyond the Rut. There are time traps we all face that can sap us of the time we need to get things done for our dreams. You may find that you’re having a hard time balancing the act among working full-time, raising a family, and … Read more

BtR 016 – Go Pick a Fight, Why and How to Use Opposing Perspectives

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Why Opposing Perspectives? We’re not telling you to go pick a fight at a bar. In fact, we’re not telling you to do anything violent at all. Please, do not go out and physically fight someone and blame it on this podcast episode. We’re talking about the value of tapping into perspectives that are different, … Read more

BtR 015 – The Magic Ratio for Happy Healthy Relationships

The Magic Ratio for Happy Healthy Relationships

What is the Magic Ratio all about? Brandon and guest host, Jerry, talk about the magic ratio of positive to negative interactions that results in happy, healthy relationships. The Magic Ratio is based on work from Dr. John Gottman, an expert on communication in marriage. While this discussion is grounded in the context of happy, … Read more

BtR 014 – Tips on Guilt-Free Parenting While Pursuing Your Dreams

BtR 014 Tips for Guilt-Free Parenting

What is Guilt-Free Parenting? Pursuing a dream while also raising a family will sometimes seem to be in conflict. Guilt builds up as our work chips away at the attention we give to our families. Brandon and Shawn discuss four tips on how to have your cake and eat it, too. Guilt-free parenting is about … Read more

BtR 013 – Getting People on Board with Your Dream

Getting People on Board with Your Dream

In this episode Brandon and Shawn discuss when and how to share your dream with others. Sometimes, we come out of the gate too soon and are met with resistance from those we expected support us. Other times we hurt our long-term credibility, or build a reputation of having a new crazy dream every six … Read more

BtR 012 – The Power of Tribes and Getting Started

BtR 012 - The Power of Tribes and Getting Started

In today’s information economy, your success is propelled by your ability to add value and build relationships with a niche of people. Inspired by Seth Godin’s book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Brandon and Shawn tackle the topic of the power in tribes and just getting started. “Turn accomplices into friends and you … Read more

BtR 011 – Significance Versus Status: Finding Real Satisfaction in the Work You Do

BtR 011 Significance Versus Status

Where do you want to be in five years? Will you be making the change you wish to see in the world at that time? How do you find significance in the work you do now? These are just some of the questions Brandon and Shawn tackle in this episode of Beyond the Rut as … Read more

BtR 010 – Teach Your Children a Healthy View of Money

BtR 010 - Teach Your Children a Healthy View of Money

Your children are never too young to start learning about money. In this episode, Brandon and Shawn discuss the following: Allowances vs Wages If you don’t teach them, who will? AMEX? Savings, Spending, and Generosity Appropriate advice for your children as they grow into adulthood Just as it is never too early to teach your children about … Read more

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

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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