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The Lion's Den For Business Men

The Lion's Den for Businessmen gives high-achieving men in their prime, or "Lions," tips, strategies and stories to inspire and encourage them toward a more extraordinary life. It also acts as a gathering point for The Lions Pride. The Lions Pride is a company and movement uniting high achievers seeking a life where success means more than making tons of money. To a world where family, business, health, hobbies and time freedom can coexist. You can have it all!Join the Pride!

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234: How to say no at work nicely (and be more respected for it)

When the possibilities are endless, it’s hard for a hungry man to say “no.” That’s why men who go to an all-you-can-eat buffet often walk out in major physical discomfort. It’s also the reason high-achieving men end up working ridiculous hours and have no idea how to say no at work. Hungry men in particular—achievers—don’t know how to say no at work when it matters. So many kinds of work seem interesting and fulfilling to a high achiever, so you say “yes” to project after project. Soon, you’ve piled your tiny buffet plate high with all sorts of crap you should never eat. And you still go back for seconds. And maybe thirds and fourths. You want all the work you can get your hands on because you want everything you see that comes with it. Respect, knowledge, money, clients, revenue and cool stuff in your garage. In this episode we guide you through bad reasons you say “yes,” tell you when you should say no and give you an awesome framework for how to say no at work that will help people respect you more for it. If you’ve piled your work plate too high and don’t know how to restore your life to a manageable level, this episode’s for you. If you’ve ever said “yes” to a project that made you cringe, you need to hear what we have to say. And if you simply have a hard time saying no to a work project, click play in the bar above to start improving your mindset. Click play to find out how to say no at work nicely and more: Why you’re always overloaded at work. How hunger drives you to say yes when you should be learning how to say no at work. Why Bill said “no” to running a growing international non-profit he found interesting. A simple practice to cut down your to-do list. The one guy you’re a jerk to when you don’t know how to say no at work. (Hint: Look in the mirror.) How to get past nice-guy syndrome to say “no” when it matters. How to overcome FOMO or “fear of missing out” by redirecting the fear. Six reasons you should always say “no.” A nice, gentle way to say “no” that others will respect you more for using. Books mentioned in this episode: “The 4-Hour Workweek,” by Tim Ferriss “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” by Greg McKeown “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results,” by Gary Keller


7 Aug 2017

Rank #1

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225: Swimming in a sea of sharks morally with Robert Klinck

Do you ever feel like greater success is locked behind a slightly immoral decision? My guest today is Robert Klinck, an intellectual property attorney from Washington DC, and CEO of the game-changing legal advice company Klinck LLC. He knows how to find success and hold onto his morals. Growing up in McAllen, Texas, Robert always knew he was the brightest of the bright and things always came easily to him. However, when he arrived at Harvard Law School, he had to face his reality: He was just a small fish in a big sea of sharks. Once he graduated from Harvard, Robert worked for a large law firm and then as a prosecutor in Fort Worth, Texas. While working his first job, Robert was mentored by now Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who taught him that a lawyer can be both good at their job and a good person. Robert watched his colleagues and friends chase prestige and glamour, and wasn't interested. He wanted to be a good lawyer, but he wanted to be an even better man. Throughout his career, Robert has faced situations where he had to choose between perfect and good. Slight moral compromise and easy trial wins or do the right thing and have to fight harder? Robert speaks in this episode about how his decisions to do the right thing improved his life. Specifically, he has more peaces of mind and a comfortable lifestyle, all without compromising his morals. If you’ve faced a choice between what’s right and hard and what's slightly immoral but easier, this conversation is for you. If you want to be simultaneously a good man and successful, take the time to learn from Robert's mistakes. And if you're a hard worker, but feel that you lack the decisiveness to make real progress, hit play in the bar above. Listen to this episode to hear from law expert Robert Klinck on how to find success and stay honest, and much more: Why you can't even trust your best friends when setting up agreements The emotion you should learn to control to be more successful (and a nicer guy) Why courage is as important as hard work The one attribute that Robert craves for more productivity A superior method for stress relief Why anger is a ‘peacock’ emotion How to correctly view and manage profit for your business The perfect ratio of family happiness and career success Books and Resources mentioned in this episode: "Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine," by Mike Michalowicz "The Entrepreneur's IP Planning Playbook: A Strategy Guide To Help Solopreneurs, Startup Founders, and Entrepreneurs Harness Their Intellectual Capital," by Robert Klinck "Patent Litigation Primer: A Guide For Inventors And Business Owners," by Robert Klinck How to contact Robert Klinck: Visit his website.


6 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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228: 7 Habits of Highly Patient Fathers

Is your patience on a hair trigger with your kids? You’re not alone, Lion, so happy Parents’ Day (July 23.) In this episode, Bill and I confess to situations when we lost our cool with our kids. But we also look at all the factors that went in to our impatience. And we’ll guide you to correct for the kinds of factors that are likely to affect you as a driven businessman. See, men who are in control of their patience at work often lose their patience at home. Especially when something at work is bothering them. In this episode, we talk about the link between patience at work and impatience at home. And we give you tons of strategies to improve your patience where it matters most. If you are like an impatience sponge (you’re around it and you soak it up to become impatient yourself,) you owe it to yourself to listen to this episode. If you feel like your kids have ever felt unloved because of your impatience with them, this episode offers some solid steps you can take to improve that. And if you want to learn about seven habits you can develop to be more patient at home and work, click play in the bar above to get started. Listen to this episode to learn how to become more patient and more: Why what works in business won’t work well at home from a patience standpoint. How your children interpret your impatience. 7 habits of highly patient fathers The surprising way you use your brain different than your kids use theirs. How to stop being an “impatience sponge.” The mindset your kids need you to have (and how that differs from work mindsets). Why your Daddy-daughter dates might be counterproductive. The boundary-setting method that will up your patience. The one attribute that makes the world go ‘round (Hint: it’s not love, but it’s tied to it.) Books and resources mentioned in this episode: My awesome restaurant list! “If I Have to Tell You One More Time...: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling,” by Amy McReady What Makes Teens Tick? Article from Time. Kids interpret impatience as a lack of love. Are you bringing home impatience from work? Impatient? Impatience is often a sign that you’re not getting enough done. That’s partly why we launched the Accelerate Your Productivity Challenge. This 4-week challenge will push you to get more done in less time, which will help improve your patience at work and at home. Learn more


17 Jul 2017

Rank #3

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231: Values-based leadership with Richard Christiansen

In business, it may not be the people you like most who will help your business most. That’s a lesson that my guest today learned the hard way. Richard Christiansen has founded or cofounded 49 businesses, of which 16 became multimillion-dollar successes. He’s also the national bestselling author of “The Zigzag Principle: The Goal Setting Strategy that will Revolutionize Your Business and Your Life.” But in his first truly successful business, he made the mistake of partnering with someone who didn’t share one of his core values of business leadership. In 2006 and 2007, Richard cofounded one of the largest business blog networks with a partner who he got along with great on a personal level. But when the New York Times started to flex its muscle to acquire the growing business, his partnership broke down in horrific fashion and he found himself the victim of a hostile takeover. All of this because of a single key difference of opinion. That experience sent him into a “cocoon” for a while.  But when he finally emerged, he applied the lessons he learned to pioneer values-based leadership that helps him avoid a similar fate in any other business. The lessons have also extended to the way he treats his family. He applies the same lesson of value-based leadership to his family and has seen amazing results. So amazing, in fact, that his three sons have all started million-dollar businesses. And the youngest one is still in high school. If you have ever partnered with or hired someone because you liked them, only to find out later that your key values are disastrously misaligned, this episode is for you. If you have ever started working with a client who wants you to do things you don’t feel comfortable with, listen to what Richard has to say. And if you want to know the secrets of making your kids into successful entrepreneurs at an early age, click play in the bar above to get started. Listen to this episode to hear Rich Christiansen tell me about values-based leadership and more: The secret of making your children self-made millionaires at a young age. Why Rich quit a cushy job at Mitsubishi Electric. How 45 hours of travel for a five-minute tongue-lashing changed the course of Rich’s life. Raising children who don’t have an entitlement attitude. How confidence and competence show themselves, even in a grieving man. The “hat trick” you can pull off: taking $5,000 and building a $1 million business. How value-based leadership has prevented “brain damage” for Rich. Trick questions you can use to hire the best fit for your teams. Why being Mr. Incredible hurts your credibility. The three things you can never replace that need your attention now. Why Rich’s family has its own coat of arms. Books and resources mentioned in this episode: “The Zigzag Principle: The Goal Setting Strategy that will Revolutionize Your Business and Your Life,” by Rich Christiansen “Bootstrap Business,” by Rich Christiansen and Ron Porter “Even If Your Toes Turn Purple: Raising Teenagers That Are Confident, Happy, and Stand Out,” by Rich Christiansen and Tim Christiansen “Man of Steel and Velvet,” by Aubrey Andelin Rich and his son’s website for their joint book. Know your values: Values should direct everything that you do in business, but too many men cast them aside or forget about them in the heat of business. If you want to better align with your own values so you can accelerate your life in the right direction, we’ve created a challenge that will up your productivity, creativity and bolster your relationships. All while you build a thriving values-based business. Learn more


27 Jul 2017

Rank #4

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236: How to rid yourself of businessmen’s top regret

Is not closing that one deal your biggest regret as a businessman? Or do your regrets tend to be a little more…personal? Well, if you’re a driven businessman and a father, it’s a pretty sure thing I know what your top regret is likely to be. And it’s not going to be about what you did or didn’t do at work. It’s going to be about what you didn’t do at home. One study found that 63 percent of parents regretted not doing more activities with their children, and 7 of 10 felt they took their children’s childhood for granted.   That is what will haunt you from your work life right now. You worked too much and didn’t make enough time for the most important relationships in your life. In this episode, we confront the regret of not spending enough time with your kids when they’re young because you’re so busy at work. This is one of the biggest regrets that businessmen face in life, and we don’t want you to be one of those men. If you find yourself telling your kids you’re too busy to spend time with them, even after work, listen to this episode. If you already regret not spending more time with your kids, it’s not too late to change that regret into something you’re proud of. And if you want to hear seven effective strategies for spending more time with your kids, hit play in the bar above to get started. Listen in to start freeing yourself from a top life regret and more: Why it’s so easy to say “no” to your kids to spend time with them. How to make “maybe later” into “yes.” Seven tools for more one-on-one time with your kids. Why your agenda isn’t good enough to play with kids. Why Robert was playing like a 4-year-old last weekend. How “stacking” can improve your relationships with kids. A habit you should form at bedtime to create cherished memories with kids. Why Bill’s servers knew he always wanted clown pancakes at IHOP. Resources mentioned in this episode: The Huddle Bill’s family meeting agenda: Call to order, everyone present? Family prayer. How did your week go? Gripes, complaints, suggestions for improvement or change and any other less-than-positive things to say? (1 per person permitted, $5 penalty for multiple mentions to same person!!) Apologies, thank yous, praise, acknowledgements, “bear-hugs” and any other very-positive things to say? (No limit/unlimited mentions allowed to same person!!) What does your next week’s schedule look like including work, school, trips, activities etc.? Assign and confirm next week’s chores. Determine if any chores warrant special payment or privileges. Receive family game sheets (weekly) and pay chore allowance (first of month only). Open discussion. Prayer requests. OPTIONAL: Review Family Vision, Code of Conduct and Annual Goals (first of month only). Closing prayer.


14 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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229: Secrets of a successful marriage with Jackie Bledsoe

Do you ever feel like you’re growing apart from your wife instead of growing together? Couples that know the secrets of happy marriages come together through life’s troubles instead of drifting apart. My guest today is Jackie Bledsoe, the bestselling author of “The Seven Rings of Marriage: Your Model for a Lasting and Fulfilling Marriage.” As a man who once ended up homeless with his wife and three kids, Jackie knows that it’s not perfect circumstances that dictate a happy marriage. Jackie tells me that even in his darkest moments that seemed like part of a drama movie, he never doubted that his wife would stay with him. In this episode Jackie shares some of the secrets that got his marriage strong enough to withstand losing a job, homelessness, massive business failure twice over and a career pivot to writing he couldn’t have seen coming. You’ll hear the story of a man who felt like he had failed his wife and kids, but found out that was exactly where he needed to be to start moving up. If you want to know the secrets of a successful marriage from a man who has one despite the odds, you’ll want to listen to this episode. If you feel a need to change careers but find it hard to pivot, Jackie’s got some killer words of wisdom for you. And if you want to hear the real, raw story of a successful man who once struggled to make ends meet, click play in the bar above to get started. Listen to this episode to hear author Jackie Bledsoe talk about secrets of a happy marriage and more: How knowing the seven stages of marriage can help you in each stage The surprising practice Jackie has used to keep trouble out of his marriage as he learns from people doing it better. What it felt like to become homeless while the rain literally poured down on Jackie, his wife and three kids. What it took for Jackie to get noticed as a writer. The message that Jackie has that 100 million men need to hear. How Jackie’s best business accomplishment relates to his three kids. Being grateful for what you have—before you’re homeless. Why your deepest failures may just be setting you up for your greatest successes. The thing more men should do that comes easy to women. Books and resources mentioned in this episode: The Ziglar Show No More Socks: The Christmas List Genius “The Seven Rings of Marriage: Your Model for a Lasting and Fulfilling Marriage,” by Jackie Bledsoe How to contact Jackie Bledsoe and download a free chapter of his book: Go to his website


20 Jul 2017

Rank #6

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230: Darwin's Secret of Productivity and Creativity

Charles Darwin is well-known as one of the most creative and highly productive scientists in the last 200 years. He penned 19 complex books in his lifetime and came up with the Theory of Evolution. But his work life wasn’t what you might expect for a man of such accomplishment. In this episode, I’ll tell you about Darwin’s secret work life and what it was that made him so creative and productive. I’ll also give you a series of tips for you to replicate Darwin’s productivity and creativity in your own work life today. This isn’t an episode you’ll want to miss, Lions. If you find yourself banging your head against the wall at the end of your workdays just trying to keep momentum alive through sheer willpower, this episode is for you. If you have been struggling to find creative solutions to the problems your business faces, you’ll want to hear this episode. And if you want to know what makes the difference between a CEO who scrapes by and one who thrives, click play in the player above to get started. Listen to this episode to hear me talk about Charles Darwin’s secret of productivity and creativity and more: The crazy amount of time Darwin worked (I bet you can’t guess this.) The countercurrent secret to getting the most out of your workdays. Why you should value creativity more (and how to get it.) How to make your time off a “10” so you can work at an “11” when you’re in the office. The surprising reason you should give your wife and/or assistant the keys to your email/social media. 9 tips for blocking time for creativity in the most productive way. A mindset shift that will put your mind at ease about work. Books and resources mentioned in this episode: “Falling Awake: Creating the Life of Your Dreams,” by Dave Ellis and illustrated by Bill Fleming


24 Jul 2017

Rank #7

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235: Quit playing it safe with Bubba Albrecht of Give’r

Are you giving it your all in business or are you holding back to stay on the safe road? It may be time to quit playing it safe. My guest today is Bubba Albrecht, the founder of Give’r. His company is an outdoor-lifestyle clothing and gear company from outdoor paradise Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Bubba’s gear has appeared in the pages of Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine and more. But not before Bubba made a decision to quit playing it safe. At one point, Bubba was working two jobs besides running Give’r to pay the bills. In Bubba’s own lingo, he wasn’t “given’r” at Give’r. In case you’re not familiar with Canadian slang, “give’r” means “to give it your all or go for it.” But it wasn’t until he quit his bill-paying job that Give’r really picked up momentum. He launched a Kickstarter project that earned almost 10 times more than his goal and found more success than he imagined possible. If you dilute your success by not taking chances, this episode is for you. If you can’t quit playing it safe to do what you really want to do, Bubba has a message for you. And if you feel like you need to listen more to your gut, click play in the player above to get started. Listen in to learn how to quit playing it safe and more: Removing barriers you place on yourself. How to 10X a Kickstarter goal. Why you need to commit to your special sauce. How you’re diluting your success. What you should know if you’re starting a business with friends. How to get two hours of work done in 45 minutes. A meeting strategy that will get your employees fired up. Books mentioned in this episode: “The Big Leap,” by Gaye Hendricks How to contact Bubba Albrecht, founder of Give’r Website Facebook Instagram


10 Aug 2017

Rank #8

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233: Climbing your personal Mt. Everest with Jim Williams

If business success is your personal Mt. Everest, how do you make that climb? After all, Everest is 29,029 feet tall, and climbing isn’t easy at that altitude. My guest today has an answer, and it just so happens he’s summited Mt. Everest multiple times. Jim Williams is the owner of exploration travel company Exploradus. Jim was the first person to successfully guide expeditions to the “Seven Summits,” the tallest mountains on each continent, in less than a year. That included, of course, Mt. Everest. He was also one of the leaders who made the first overland crossing to the South Pole from the South American side. (He tells in this episode about how his group disappeared on him, leaving him lost in Antarctica!) Despite conquering the world’s biggest mountains, Jim doesn’t recommend starting with a Mt. Everest-sized goal. “Set smaller goals and enlarge them as you move forward,” he tells me in this episode. In other words, you might need to manage your expectations at a realistic level. If you want to hear some crazy survival stories, including how Jim walked in on his own funeral after people thought he had died, you need to listen to this episode. If you want to know how to harness fear to drive results, this episode’s for you. And if you want to know how to remove obstacles on your personal Mt. Everest climb, click play in the bar above to get started. Episode highlights; climb your personal Mt. Everest and more: Why a businessman counseled Jim NOT to buy his climbing business. How to separate fear from results. Leading an expedition to an unclimbed peak in China. The creative key to opening any door and building relationships of trust in business. How Jim walked in on his own funeral. Getting lost in Antarctica. Why the journey matters more than the destination. The surprising reason you might not want to climb your personal Mt. Everest. Books and resources mentioned in this episode: “Everest, the West Ridge,”by Thomas Hornbein “Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage,” by Alfred Lansing How to contact Jim Williams: Website Email


3 Aug 2017

Rank #9

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227: Steviva founder Thom King explains how to live strong and eat clean

Do you face challenges head on or search for the easy way around? My guest today, Thom King, is the founder and CEO of Steviva Brand Sweeteners. He's also a ketogenic lifestyle expert and author of the book "Guy Gone Keto," which will be out in September 2017. Thom believes that Lions thrive in adversity. His story reflects that. In 1999, he ran into an old friend who had just brought back some stevia leaves from Paraguay. While tasting the sweet leaves, Thom could almost taste entrepreneurial success. The kind of success that can also help change people's lives for the better. But on his way to success, he tripped over his own ambition and ran out of money.  In this episode, he tells me the seriously humbling act he had to go through with to get his act together and take his business to the next level. He also tells me of the personal paradigm shift in his own lifestyle he made before he finally started to make money.  [rla-tweet] This is a conversation you don’t want to miss. If you need the motivation to make a hard decision or the confidence to jump into the breach, my conversation with Thom will inspire you. If you feel sluggish, tired all the time, or just aren’t happy with your diet, my conversation today has valuable advice from a clean-eating industry expert. And if you just need to hear an inspiring success story to help pick you up, hit play in the bar above. Listen to this episode to learn from entrepreneur Thom King on how to face adversity and much more: The link between diet practices and mental energy How to turn your morning coffee into a natural energy boost Why intermittent fasting is actually healthy for you Why you need to eat more ribeye steaks How to productively view pain and suffering The daily practice that took Thom's business to the next level How to take pride in the success of others Books and Resources mentioned in this episode: "Mindset," by Carol Dwick "Between the World and Me,"  by Ta-Nehshi Coates "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown “Guy Gone Keto,” by Thom King - available late September 2017 How to contact Thom King: thom.king@steviva.com


13 Jul 2017

Rank #10

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226: Are you addicted to chaos?

As an entrepreneur or businessman, are you addicted to chaos? For men, this is the most socially acceptable addiction. That’s why when you see someone you haven’t in a while and they ask you how you’ve been, you might be tempted to say, “Aw, man, I’m just so busy!” Somehow, men equate a busy, frantic, confusing and even chaotic life with success. But what you’re really saying when you say, “Just been busy” is that you’re addicted to chaos. In this episode, we go over the signs that you might be addicted to chaos and give you four real, proven methods to move beyond a chaos addiction. If you ever procrastinate because you have so much to do you don’t know where to start, this episode is for you. If you can never seem to get beyond the most immediate, pressing deadline, we’ve got some systems for you to implement. And if you ever feel like you’re life is chaotic or frantic and that’s not part of your definition of successful, click play in the player above to start becoming a little less addicted to chaos. Listen to this episode to find out if you’re addicted to chaos and more: Why Angelina Jolie is addicted to chaos Two types of procrastination that both feed an addiction to chaos A bulletproof cure if you’re addicted to chaos The system that will lead you away from chaos, confusion and frenzy Why you might cycle through motivated times and ineffective periods The reason entrepreneurs almost always have this addiction How to treat your smartphone if you’re living a frantic life The one thing you shouldn’t be “strangely proud of,” even though you probably are A killer digital replacement for Franklin planners (Hint: This tool isn’t made by Franklin) What frog legs have to do with a chaotic life The scheduling trick that will make your life much more productive and effective Addicted to chaos? You’ve landed in the right place. Imagine that a ninja carrying a planner ran smack-dab into a man with tasks spilling off his overloaded plate. When the ninja’s through with that guy, his task plate is a nicely presented filet mignon: Fun to devour.   Don’t fear the ninja. Take a challenge that will make your to-do list more savory. Learn more


10 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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232: Big ideas not moving forward? The bulletproof process to make them a reality

Do you ever feel like you have more big ideas than you can ever make into reality? This is the entrepreneur’s blessing and curse, my friend. If you’re in business for yourself, you probably swim in a flood of big ideas. Ways to improve your bottom line. What you can do to open up new market segments. Product ideas that could be on the distant time horizon. Methods of improving your team. Systems to improve productivity. And many men just let these big ideas sit in their head, battling for attention with the tasks they have to be doing. The mind isn’t a perfect filing system, so many smart men jot some of their big ideas down on 3 x 5 cards, sticky notes or in a binder somewhere. But because of the nature of those systems, you don’t always have access to them and they’re easy to lose. In this episode, we explore a bulletproof system to make your ideas into reality in business or wherever else you want to chase big ideas. After all, everyone – especially businessmen – have ideas. The problem is executing on them to make them a reality. If you feel like you’re wasting your potential because of all the big ideas you’ve let slip away, you need to listen to this episode. If you aren’t organized in the way you capture your ideas or execute on them, this episode’s for you. And if you have so many ideas you don’t know which idea will be best to chase down first, click play on the player above to get your big ideas moving forward.   Listen to this episode to hear a discussion about big ideas, how to inspire them, how to execute them and more: How to fulfill your potential in four steps. Three digital tools you should use to help in organizing your big ideas and executing on them. Why the system you’re using for idea management may be outmoded. Breaking an idea into action items using the right tools for the job. The four steps of idea prioritization. (Where the rubber meets the road.) When to give up on an idea. Why working more won’t make more big ideas into realities. Books and resources mentioned in this episode: “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World,” by Cal Newport “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results,” by Gary Keller “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” by Greg McKeown Fatigue Science website


31 Jul 2017

Rank #12

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237: ‘If you can do it, do it now’ with Alan Worden

When are you going to tackle your bucket list? My guest today is Alan Worden, a serial entrepreneur focused on leisure-seeking Baby Boomers who founded Scout Real Estate Capital. For Alan, there came a time when he realized it may be now or never if he wanted to chase his dreams. In 1999, Alan asked 10 trusted friends and advisors for advice. He asked each if it was a good idea to drop prosperous careers and go sailing from the U.S. to New Zealand with his wife. Independently, each of them said “If you can do it, do it now. It’s never going to get any easier.” That was in 1999. Soon after that, Worden spent exactly 365 days sailing to New Zealand in an Everest-sized adventure you’ll love to hear about. (Including a brush with death I won’t spoil for you.) He spent all that time and most of his money to make it happen. For him, it was as much about conquering fear as it was about a bucket list item to cross off. See, Alan’s biggest fear is the ocean. And he crossed 18,000 miles of it in his “do it now” year. The lessons he learned on that sailboat have carried him to new heights in life and in this episode you’ll learn just what they are. If you think you could make your dreams happen and something is holding you back, this episode is for you. If you have trouble facing your fears but want to get better at it, listen to this conversation with Alan. And if you just want to hear about a real-life adventure that changed one life for the better, click play in the player above to get started. In this episode, hear from Alan Worden how to ‘do it now’ and more: Why the most influential family members aren’t who you think. The critical difference between research and “need-search” A stunning piece of advice that came from an unlikely source. What will make the world care about your business. The paradigm shift that put Alan’s life in high gear. Why you should be OK with sucking at some things. Meditation for cynics. The thing you might think that constitutes “the height of arrogance.” How to make your “worry quotient” go down—and fast. Why 95 percent of what you fear shouldn’t scare you. Giving yourself a superpower. Books and resources mentioned in this episode: “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” by Charles Duhigg “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” by Greg McKeown “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story,” by Dan Harris (And the app.) “The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level,” by Gay Hendricks “The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness,” by Jeff Olson and John David Mann How to contact Alan Worden: Email


17 Aug 2017

Rank #13

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224: Business health - What to do when business steals your health

If you stepped on a scale when you were 21 and saw your weight today, how would you feel? When life kicks up the pace for most businessmen, your metabolism simultaneously slows down. That makes for some—ahem—hefty weight gains for a lot of men as they cope with big demands on their time. Most businessmen slip into unhealthy eating habits and start to watch their weight ride a roller coaster that always ends a little higher than it started. My business partner Bill learned this the hard way when he jumped from Olympic shape to 60 pounds heavier in a few short years as he started his first business. In this episode, we talk about easy ways businessmen like you can boost a natural chemical in your body that fends off stress, makes you crave junk food less and will make you happier at the same time. And as a little preview to the episode, one of the things that release this chemical in your brain is massages. So yeah, you’re going to want to listen to this episode. If you don’t look like you want to in the mirror anymore, this episode will help you cut yourself back down to size. If your eating habits are inspired more by your need to eat quickly than your desire to eat healthy, this episode will give you some great ideas. And if you want to know about the naturally released chemical in your brain that will increase your productivity, make you happier, suppress your appetite and make you lose weight, click play in the player above to get started. Listen to this episode to learn how to get healthy when business has made it more difficult and more: The top thing you can do for your health (It’s not diet or exercise.) Why your brain doesn’t adjust to your changing metabolism fast enough. The reason football might make you fatter. (HINT: It’s not beer, though that will contribute too.) How productivity can make you healthier. (What???) The thing my wife constantly ODs on (that’s super healthy to OD on.) Why stress is bad for your eating and health habits (and how to avoid it.) The surprising reason that energy food will make you less energetic. The inexpensive power food that will make you happier and healthier with a forkful a day. 5 natural ways to easily boost a chemical in your body that will suppress your appetite and increase your energy.


3 Jul 2017

Rank #14

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223: Shadows of your purpose with Rusty Pang

Ever feel like you’re just not doing what you’re supposed to be doing with your life? My guest today felt that in a big way. As a young man, Rusty Pang had more jobs than most people will have in a lifetime. Within a relatively short 13 years, Rusty jumped through 26 jobs and owned seven businesses – four of which he resurrected from failure by their former owners. But in every position and every business, he got bored or hit an upper limit. Then he moved on. And through it all he felt a deep, residual pain. The pain pushed him to alcoholism, unhealthy weight gain and the nagging feeling that he was missing his purpose in life. But finally he reached a point where he embraced the pain. He sat in it. Lived with it. He wouldn’t let his natural fight or flight tendencies take over. And working through his emotions instead of working against them opened up his clarity. In one stunning moment (while eating a sandwich) his purpose came to him. Not fleeing from his pain allowed him to see the shadows his purpose had cast through all 26 jobs and seven businesses. “I believe in the power of pain,” Rusty tells me in this episode. In this podcast, you’ll hear Rusty Pang tell a powerful story of learning to live with pain to recognize the shadows of your purpose. And once you recognize the shadows, you can figure out the real thing. If you feel unfulfilled because of your work, Rusty’s story will speak to you. If you have a hard time making decisions, or if you make them too fast, this episode is for you. And if you want to know what Rusty’s mission is and how to find your own by changing your mindsets, click play in the player above to get started. Benefits and high points of this conversation with Rusty Pang, author of Entrepurpose: Learn how to escape from “Alcatraz” Discover the “not sexy” high-margin industry that Rusty respects Hear the purpose it took Rusty 13 years and a sandwich to discover Getting out of depressions by embracing pain Following the thread of your purpose Seeing shadows of things to come Why it should be easier for you to win seven lottery jackpots in a row than listen to this podcast Recognizing pain as the ultimate teacher Using a coin to help make tough choices, but not by flipping it Why you need to know yourself better Books and resources mentioned in this episode: Some of the following links are affiliate links. If you click through and purchase The Lions Pride may get a small commission. “Entrepurpose: Find the Single Thread Woven Through Your Past, Present, and Future,” by Rusty Pang and Brian Laprath Strengths Finder 2.0 Personality Hacker “Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time,” by Rory Varden How to contact Rusty Pang, author of Entrepurpose: Website Facebook Email


29 Jun 2017

Rank #15

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221: From dumpster diver to CEO - innovating in business with Bedros Keuilian

Do you feel like your innovative business isn’t getting the attention it should?  My guest today had to work hard for many years to find the perfect balance of work, innovation and humility to achieve what he always knew he wanted. Bedros Keuilian is the founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp, which struggled to gain traction before it took off. But things weren’t always so great for him. Growing up in California as the youngest member of a poor Armenian immigrant family, Bedros  helped his family survive by dumpster diving at age 6. At 17, Bedros realized he was unhappy with his body and self-image. So he decided to work hard and eat right to change that. When he succeeded, he decided he would spend his life helping others realize the same kind of transformation. He went from working in a big box gym to starting his own chain of gyms that a larger fitness chain eventually purchased from him. That’s when he moved into the internet age. But it wasn’t easy, and he soon owed $120,000 to a mentor who had helped him get off the ground. Seeing that Bedros was struggling, the mentor offered to buy the struggling company by forgiving his debt and hiring him as an employee for $10,000 per month. Security in one direction. Limitless possibility the other. Bedros ran away from the “opportunity” that would have shackled his potential. He now makes about four times what his mentor once offered him. If you’re facing a crossroads in your life, this story could improve the direction you take. If you want to learn how to manage work stress, family life and self-confidence, Bedros has meaningful advice for you. And if you feel like you innovate ahead of the curve, Bedros and his story will speak to you. “How a dumpster diving immigrant became a high-powered CEO.” Listen to this episode to hear from fitness guru Bedros Keuilian about his journey from “dumpster diving to riches” and much more: The secret to an extraordinary life. How much it costs to illegally cross into Italy from Armenia. How 10 minutes of sincere self-conversation quadrupled Bedros’s take-home. Why Bedros regrets not joining the military as an immigrant. Switching to ‘belly-up’ mode when at home with the family. How to sell what you love to others. How routines ensure quality time with family. How to innovate without going overboard. The best kept secret to true happiness. (Hint: It's the simple things.) Books and resources mentioned in this episode: "Man Up," by Bedros Keuilian coming August 2018 Elon Musk’s documentary


22 Jun 2017

Rank #16

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220: Skills for fathers who raise their kids right

220: Skills for fathers who raise their kids right As a father, you’re shaping the world. Sounds big, right? That’s why you often ask yourself if you’re doing enough as a father. But if you’re reading this, you’re probably doing better than you think as a father. Even if you think of yourself as a deadbeat dad. Maybe because you see other fathers who do more than you. And that makes you feel like a man who doesn’t give his children the time and attention they deserve. You’re more than a deadbeat dad, Lion. In this episode, we explore 7 habits of highly effective fathers that will take you farther in parenting than you knew you could go. (Hint: These are also effective for bosses or leaders.) You’ll see firsthand the dangers of being too busy for your children because of business. And you’ll experience with us the rare, but completely attainable experience of having your kids tell you that you raised them right. If you find yourself comparing your parenting abilities to other men, take some time out to listen to this episode. If you have children that talk back often, or worse, are headed off the deep end, listen to this episode to learn how to get it to stop. And if you just want a better, happier family, click play in the player above to get started. Listen to this episode to hear Bill and me talk about skills for raising your children right (or being a great boss) and more: The lightning-strike moment that changed Bill’s life as a father. Who to compete against in parenting. How to not feel like a deadbeat dad. Avoiding the awkwardness of feeling like your father. How fatherhood skills transfer to the workplace, but not always vice versa. Why you shouldn’t be your kids’ (or employees’) best friend. The best measuring stick for your parenting skills. My proudest parenting moment and the drastic measures it took to earn it. Why you shouldn’t try to make your kids into you (and what you should do instead.) Quitting a 25-year career because I had to miss one proud parenting moment. Books and resources mentioned in this episode: Some of the following links are affiliate links. If you click through and purchase The Lions Pride may get a small commission. “Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father's Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood,” by Robert Lewis You, but better: Being a better father is just one of many topics we improve with the Lions in the Pride. Our men take whatever they’re doing and ratchet it up a notch. Whatever your struggle, we can help you to see and achieve a greater version of you. For business, fatherhood or anything else. Let’s talk, it’s free!


19 Jun 2017

Rank #17

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219: From survival mode to thriving with Jonathan David Lewis

Is your business surviving or thriving? My guest today is brand survival expert Jonathan David Lewis, the author of “Brand Vs. Wild: Building Resilient Brands for Harsh Business Environments.” The marketing agency where Jonathan’s a partner, McKee Wallwork + Co., has been recognized by Advertising Age as a national leader in branding and marketing. Jonathan specializes in working with stalled, stuck or stale brands that have been living in survival mode. He works to break companies out of ambiguity to hit marketing with a clarity that helps them thrive. “So much of the way out [of survival mode] has to do with psychology and human nature and emotion far more than any of us would like to admit,” Jonathan tells me in this episode. Jonathan’s watched as the marketing realm has undergone a complete overhaul, with continuous and dramatic changes still filtering down. That uncertainty has left many stalled, stuck or stale brands that need to revamp their image and their strategies. And to develop a new breed of resilience. Using his background in psychology, Jonathan recognizes the predictable ways people react in survival mode and channels that for better marketing. And he’s done it all without sacrificing his integrity. If you’ve noticed that biographies of great people tend to be filled with a mess of a personal life, this episode’s for you. If you feel your business is stalled, stuck or stale, Jonathan’s story may help you get chugging again. And if you want to weatherproof your business for the ongoing marketing storms in today’s fast-changing world, click play in the player above to get started. Listen to this episode to hear Jonathan David Lewis discuss with me how to make your business thrive in the new marketing age and more: How to deal with lightning-fast changes in the marketing world. Knowing who to disappoint. The one attribute that will get you ahead farther than any other. Developing resilience in your business. Being comfortable in ambiguity. Why business leaders act the way they do in the face of disruptions or industry challenges. The one thing every successful strategy has behind it. Work-life balance while writing a book. Buckling down when things seem hardest to WIN! Why Jonathan’s company won’t service many big-money companies. Books and resources mentioned in this episode: Some of the following links are affiliate links. If you click through and purchase The Lions Pride may get a small commission. “The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level,” by Gay Hendricks “Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client,” by Patrick Lencioni “The Connected Company,” by Dave Gray and Thomas Vader Wal “Brand vs. Wild: Building Resilient Brands for Harsh Business Environments,” by Jonathan David Lewis How to contact Jonathan David Lewis: Website   Feeling stuck? You don’t have to feel stalled, stuck or stale in your business. As coaches leading a movement of businessmen, we walk beside you to bring your business and life to a higher plane. If you feel stuck at all, let’s talk about it. In your free video call, we’ll get you started back toward the freedom to grow and go BIG. Learn more


15 Jun 2017

Rank #18

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209: Hate your career? Get a better one with Mac Prichard

You don’t have to hate your career…if you play your networking cards right. Today’s guest, Mac Prichard, is president of Prichard Communications, and created Mac’s List, an online community for people looking to find more fulfilling work. Mac is also the author of “Land Your Dream Job Anywhere,” which walks people through a networking process that can get you further ahead faster. Many men, including a lot of Rusty Lion Academy clients, get to the point where they hate their career so much that they have a hard time working within it. This makes them work even longer hours and deepens the cycle. And without corrective action, the pain only deepens. After graduating from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Business with a master’s degree, Mac reached out to about 100 businesspeople in Portland, Oregon where he wanted to live and work. Each “infromation interviews” had a direct outcome goal and started to build a network for Mac. There’s a big difference between building a network and networking. Networking is casually passing out business cards to everyone you see at a business function, and is rarely effective. Creating a network constructs a two-way street of service, Mac tells me in this episode. Give without any expectation of receiving. When you do, it’s amazing what you get back. If you want a career you love and don’t know how to tackle the change, Mac’s got some great advice for you. If you think your past titles or accomplishments should guarantee your future success but aren’t, this episode is for you. And if you want to aim higher in your career than you’ve ever been, click play in the player above to get started. Listen to this episode to hear me talk with Mac Prichard about effective networking to build a better career and more: Becoming “an accidental entrepreneur.” What electoral politics, writing, and human rights advocacy have in common. The two things that got Mac into Harvard’s Master’s program despite a 3.0 average in college. Taking risks to grow. Making networking work better. An alternative to filling out job applications. Why service has resulted in the most career growth for Mac. What two long periods of unemployment taught Mac about finding the right career. Career wisdom from Intel’s public affairs director. What you should learn from comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Why you can’t afford to rest on your accolades. Overcoming procrastination. Get Mac Prichard’s book; the first chapter’s free for Lion’s Den listeners: “Land Your Dream Job Anywhere,” by Mac Prichard and other nationally known career experts Contact Mac Prichard, president of Prichard Communications: Website LinkedIn Twitter


11 May 2017

Rank #19

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202: A secret fat buster that may reverse cancer with Dr. Michael Vanderschelden

Did you know your body has programming in it that will burn fat, give you more mental clarity and even reverse cancer when activated? Today, I invited Dr. Michael Vanderschelden on the show to talk about ketogenic eating, a lifestyle that I’ve used on and off in the past few years to lose weight and feel great. He tells me that 25 peer-reviewed studies have shown ketogenic eating to improve health, dramatically reduce weight and reduce risk for chronic diseases. This episode will teach you what you need to know to get these benefits. But for now, the quick take is that it’s a low carbohydrate, high-fat and moderate protein diet that activates a response in your body to switch to fat as its primary fuel source. Sounds great, right? If you feel like your mind drifts too often at work, this episode will help you regain focus. If you need to get rid of a spare tire around your waist, take a listen. And if you want to enjoy better health while eating some fantastic foods, click play in the player above to get started. Listen to this episode to hear me discuss ketogenic eating with Dr. Michael Vanderschelden and more: The science that makes your body burn fat first instead of using it as a reserve. Injecting “biodiesel” into your body to run cleaner and more efficiently. The anti-inflammatory properties of a ketogenic diet. Getting your mind running in high gear with better fuel. Awesome foods you can eat within a ketosis lifestyle. Foods you’ll need to mostly avoid to live a ketogenic lifestyle. How and when you can cheat on a ketogenic diet. Why a McDonald’s at a cancer clinic should be considered malpractice. How often a ketogenic king stays on his ketogenic diet.


17 Apr 2017

Rank #20