Doug Wilks – How to Focus on Your Strengths So Everything Falls Into Place BtR 087

Doug Wilks Strengths Launcher

Doug Wilks is a strengths coach. While that may sound like someone you’d find at a fitness center near you, it’s not. You may have heard of Clifton’s StrengthsFinder, and that is more along the lines of what we are discussing in this episode. Learn more about what Doug does at his website, StrengthsLauncher.com. Most … Read more

Drift Into a Rut or Row Out of It – The Choice is Yours BtR 084

BtR 084 Shawn Albright

This episode’s discussion is based on a blog post from Beyond the Rut alum, Shawn Albright. The post is titled Drift and Row (click the link to read this post.) We have our lives we dreamed of living. We also have the risk of drifting far from our destination when we are not paying attention to … Read more

Income with Impact. Success with Significance. The Stephen Dela Cruz Story.

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Stephen Dela Cruz faced an important choice when he was a teenager. He could continue life on its downhill slide or change direction. He chose to change direction. What a great decision! Dela Cruz became a millionaire by age 25. A stroke at age 28 forced another shift. If he had died, his life would … Read more

Energize Your Way Out of a Job Jail Rut with Dondi Scumaci – BtR 082

BtR 082 Dondi Scumaci

Dondi Scumaci is an international speaker and consultant who has worked with Fortune 50 companies. Her focus helps people energize their careers by combining their talents and passions with their work. Let’s Break You Out of That Job Jail Rut In this episode, we’ll chat with Dondi about how she got into a career in … Read more

I Almost Died in a Rut! The Kristi Miller Story – BtR 081

Kristi Miller was successful in her career. She climbed the corporate leadership ladder quickly. Glass ceilings were getting shattered. That came crashing down on her one day. The stress of her work, despite the six-figure income, took its toll on her health and her family. Listen to Brandon and Jerry talk with Kristi about how … Read more

Dr Phil Carson on His Dream Business Failing Then Unfailing, Naturally BtR 080

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The Phil Carson Story Phil Carson is a pharmacist who thinks outside of the box. His business, Carson Natural, helps people find natural solutions to their health problems. Phil Carson is living the dream, but it was not always the case. A few years ago, he had to close up his dream business. It failed. … Read more

Daring Ashley on Success Through Vulnerability – BtR 076

Daring Ashley BtR 076

Daring Ashley Taylor Yannello Ashley is the host of the daily podcast called Real Talk with Ashley. Her show is unapologetically honest, raw, and real where her aim is to leave everyone who listens feeling a bit better. She shares her vulnerability in each episode. Ashley’s listeners can connect with that vulnerability and have shared … Read more

Creating Career Magic with Lee Cockerell – BtR 072

Creating Career Magic with Lee Cockerell

Lee Cockerell Lee Cockerell has accomplished things you would not expect from someone born and raised in Ardmore, Oklahoma. It would seem like life was stacked against Lee. He was a college dropout, so that must be the end of the road, right? Not quite. Hard work and the willingness to learn new skills and … Read more

Wasting Time in Fear Achieves Nothing – BtR 044

Wasting Time in Fear Achieves Nothing

Fear Can Waste Our Time Many people waste their life and time in fear of failure or fear of success. The interview with Jamie Rodriguez in BtR 043 reminded us that life is too short to let fear keep us from doing something worthwhile. Yes, technically Darius Foroux mentioned it first in episode BtR 042 the … Read more

Retrain Your Mind to Stop Betraying You – BtR 042

Retrain Your Mind Our minds betray us. We wish to live a life of significance, but find ourselves putting off the steps that will get us where we want to be. We may be living in a state of learned helplessness after years of failure after failure. Fear holds some of us back before we ever give … Read more

It’s the Little Things – Follow Up to the Jared Easley Interview BtR 041

It's the Little Things BtR 041

A small drip of water, consistently hitting the same spot on a rock over and over, every day will eventually cut a deep channel into that rock. It’s the little things that make a big difference when we do them repeatedly over time. Brandon and Jerry take a few minutes to reflect on how their … Read more

Benjamin Hardy on Happiness, Reality, and Writing for Yourself – BtR 031

Benjamin Hardy BtR 031

Defining Your Own Reality to Find Happiness “If Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, and Gary Vaynerchuk had a man-child and unleashed him on Medium, he would be Benjamin Hardy.” – Quote from a hater Benjamin Hardy is a prolific writer and blogger, who at the time of this episode going live has over 31,000 Followers on Medium, … 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

Growth by Encouraging and Mentoring Others BtR 024

mentoring others

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

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

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 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 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

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