Emotional Intelligence and Building Emotional Capital – BtR 029

Emotional Intelligence and Building Emotional Capital

Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence is the idea that we can be aware of our own emotions and attuned to the emotions of others. This includes the ability to build relationships and keep healthy relationships whether at home, school, or work. The better we can harness the power of relationships at work the more we can … Read more

When Do You Know It’s Time to Throw in the Towel? BtR 028

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It’s Time to Throw in the Towel, Jeb! We hear all kinds of messages and inspiration about never quitting, giving 110%, and many other cliches. The 2016 Presidential Primary Race has shown us that there is a time when it makes sense to just throw in the towel and call it quits. Maybe you have money … Read more

Just Take Action and Other Insights from Jody Maberry – BtR 027

Just Take Action

From Good Job to Boyhood Dream Come True Jody Maberry had a good job as a financial analyst for a commercial bank. One day, he made a decision to hang up that lucrative career to pursue his boyhood dream of working as a park ranger.   Maberry shares his struggle with a rut while working as … Read more

Takeaways from SimplySara – BtR 026

Takeaways from SimplySara

Brandon and Jerry discuss lessons learned, insights, and takeaways they gleaned from their interview with Sara McDaniel from SimplySara.com in episode 25 of Beyond the Rut Podcast (BtR 025.) Call in with a question for the show or share with us what you would have liked to have heard us cover in our interview with … Read more

A Simple Life is a Bigger Life – an Interview with Sara McDaniel BtR 025

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Brandon and Jerry interview Sara McDaniel from the blog SimplySara.com about simple living as bigger living, significance from service to others, getting out of our comfort zones, and lifting herself from the rut of divorce. How are you currently living to get out of your comfort zone? “A simple life is a bigger life.” – Brandon … Read more

Growth by Encouraging and Mentoring Others BtR 024

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Growth Mentoring Others You grow and succeed by helping other people grow and succeed. You can mentor someone right now with the skills, knowledge, and experience you currently possess. As you connect with others sharing that wealth of knowledge, you may find yourself growing as well. People can learn from you even if you do … Read more

Microfears, Overcoming Fear That Hits You for a Moment BtR 023

Overcoming Fear

Overcoming fear is a key part to pursuing your dream. Once in a while, even when things are going well, fear may creep up on you. Davidson Young left us with a term in BtR 022 that has had Brandon excited for many weeks, microfears. Shortly after leaving corporate life to pursue his passion as a … Read more

Leaving Corporate Life to Pursue a Dream: Davidson Young from The Leaders Foundry Podcast BtR 022

After a successful stint with Google, Davidson Young began a journey to live life as an entrepreneur for various reasons. Today, Davidson runs his own business as a leadership coach and consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also the host of The Leaders Foundry podcast where leaders are made not born. On a … Read more

From Ferris Bueller to Scheduling What Matters Most BtR 021

BtR 021 From Ferris Bueller to Scheduling What Matters Most

Ferris Bueller? Yes, there was a discussion about the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and some of the life lessons we drew from the movie about making your own path against what is normal in our society. While this episode is by no means an analysis of the movie, we gained some insights from how Ferris … Read more

How and Why to Get Out of the Victim Mentality Rut – BtR 020

How and Why to Get Out of the Victim Mentality Rut BtR 020

Victim Mentality – When Bad Things Happen to Good People It’s a fact of life. Bad things happen to good people. Bad things also happen to bad people. Bad things just happen. That fact of life does not matter as much as how we respond to it. The worse thing that can happen to any … Read more

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

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

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

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

BtR 005 – Overcoming Common Obstacles as You Pursue Your Dreams

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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

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