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The Action Catalyst

Summary: The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of The Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts sharing meaningful tips and advice. Please subscribe below, leave a rating and write a review! You can also get more free insights and inspiration at www.SouthwesternConsulting.com.

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 How to Balance Work and Creativity with Andy Gutman: Episode 305 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Andrew (Andy) L. Gutman, President and Chief Financial Officer of Farbman Group and related companies, oversees the myriad of Farbman companies, its >25,000,000 rsf of commercial real estate and its 200+ employees. Andy worked for much of his career in the arenas of accounting, finance, and asset management. He has spent over 27 years of commercial real estate working for international and family-owned, multi-generational commercial real estate companies. Andy has financed and overseen assets with values in excess of $1 billion and has been an active part of the structuring of the ownership and financing of these assets. With a focus on client service, customer satisfaction, and maximizing asset value, he derives pleasure from problem-solving and finding opportunities that provide appreciated value, additional revenue and cost savings for the organization and its client. Andy Gutman cares about people, processes, community, and is committed to the corporate vision of operating with ethics and integrity. Show Highlights: * I didn't do well with a set future that's limited in increments. I like to work hard and crush learning curves. I learned I needed to be with a company that had an entrepreneurial spirit and allowed their employees to have that as well. —Andy Gutman* The books help kids think about what they want to be when they grow up. —Andy Gutman* If you want to accomplish everything you want to, it's tough to balance everything. But we're living on borrowed time and every minute is precious to me to do what we want to do. —Andy Gutman* I'm not a big believer in retirement. I think if you retire and you have nothing to do, find something you love so you don't fade away. —Andy Gutman* Mistakes lead you to where you're supposed to be. —Andy Gutman* Sometimes you don't get the promotion, because it's not your time to get the promotion. —Andy Gutman* There's no setback that's permanent for you unless you let it be permanent. —Andy Gutman* If you're doing something that brings you enjoyment every day, you're going to be successful at it. —Andy Gutman Andy's final thoughts: I think any time people make decisions that are ego-based, they're setting themselves up for failure. The best decisions are made in a humble, leader-servant capacity. It's best to do not what's just for me, but what's best for everyone.  The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 The Proximity Principle with Ken Coleman—Episode 304 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ken Coleman is a number-one national best-selling author, career expert, and nationally syndicated radio host of The Ken Coleman Show. Pulling from his own personal struggles, missed opportunities and career successes, Coleman helps people discover what they were born to do and provides practical steps to make their dream job a reality. The Ken Coleman Show is a caller-driven career show that helps listeners who are stuck in a job they hate or searching for something more out of their career. His second book, The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead To The Career You Love, released in May 2019. Connect with Ken on Twitter and Instagram at @KenColeman and online at kencoleman.com or facebook.com/kenColemanShow. Show Highlights: There are two types of pivots I think everyone faces: the ones that are forced on you and the ones that you choose. —Ken Coleman If you're living on purpose and working on purpose, you'll have to do some self-imposed pivots. —Ken Coleman The Proximity Principle says that in order to do what I want to do, I have to be around people who are doing it and in places where it is happening. —Ken Coleman If you want to get in and move up in your career, it's always going to be about the intentionality to surround yourself with the right people in the right places. —Ken Coleman You want to find the person who is going to teach you how to be qualified for the job. They don't have to be the best but they have to have actual experience. —Ken Coleman Where you are is so important because this is where you start. It's simply acting on that first decision to do something right where you are. —Ken Coleman It never requires a change of zip code to get started. —Ken Coleman There is no "next" if you don't do something in the "now." Most people stay in the starting blocks of life. —Ken Coleman Ken's final thoughts: The Proximity mindset is: know your role, accept your role, maximize your role. That's the formula for progress. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 The Proximity Principle with Ken Coleman: Episode 304 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ken Coleman is a #1 national best-selling author, career expert and nationally syndicated radio host of The Ken Coleman Show. Pulling from his own personal struggles, missed opportunities and career successes, Coleman helps people discover what they were born to do and provides practical steps to make their dream job a reality. The Ken Coleman Show is a caller-driven career show that helps listeners who are stuck in a job they hate or searching for something more out of their career. His second book, The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead To The Career You Love, released May 2019. Connect with Ken on Twitter and Instagram at @KenColeman and online at kencoleman.com or facebook.com/kenColemanShow. Show Highlights: * There are two types of pivots I think everyone faces: the ones that are forced on you and the ones that you choose. —Ken Coleman* If you're living on purpose and working on purpose, you'll have to do some self-imposed pivots. —Ken Coleman* The Proximity Principle says that in order to do what I want to do, I have to be around people who are doing it and in places where it is happening. —Ken Coleman* If you want to get in and move up in your career, it's always going to be about the intentionality to surround yourself with the right people in the right places. —Ken Coleman* You want to find the person who is going to teach you how to be qualified for the job. They don't have to be the best but they have to have actual experience. —Ken Coleman* Where you are is so important because this is where you start. It's simply acting on that first decision to do something right where you are. —Ken Coleman* It never requires a change of zip code to get started. —Ken Coleman* There is no "next" if you don't do something in the "now." Most people stay in the starting blocks of life. —Ken Coleman Ken's final thoughts: The Proximity mindset is know your role, accept your role, maximize your role. That's the formula for progress. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Finding Fulfillment Among Success with Arman Sadeghi—Episode 303 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Arman Sadeghi is a published author, speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. As the author of The Business Bible, CEO of six companies, a business coach, motivational speaker, husband, and father, he enjoys working hard to help everyone around him better. His passion is to educate and to help individuals and companies reach their full potential. He currently spends half of his time pursuing his passion of changing people’s lives and helping companies reach their full potential and the other half of his time growing the various businesses he has developed in the last 10 or more years. His education includes attending the University of California at Berkeley and earning a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology as well as attending Harvard Medical School. He is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company in his parents’ garage at the age of 15 by teaching himself how to set up and maximize computer networks in the early ’90s. Currently, Arman Sadeghi owns and operates six different companies in various industries including IT, data security, business consulting, marketing, photography, and more. He founded All Green Electronics Recycling in 2008 after watching a “60 Minutes” expose on the current state of electronics recycling in the United States and the lack of focus on data security and environmental stewardship. All Green was named the 366th fastest-growing private company in the United States by Inc. magazine. Arman Sadeghi’s broad knowledge of business, technology, human behavior, and personal development has allowed him to coach some of the most successful executives in the world to reach even higher levels of success while also ensuring that they thrive in all areas of life. He is a regular contributor to some of the largest business publications in the US, including Forbes magazine. Show Highlights: I thought I had figured life out—go out and make a bunch of money, and you'll be happy. I very quickly realized that having money didn't give me all the happiness I wanted. —Arman Sadeghi The people I sometimes feel the sorriest for are those who are successful in business and in life, and who are supposed to be the happiest, but they're not. And they don't have any hope left. I really enjoy working with those people to attain the level of fulfillment that they deserve. —Arman Sadeghi If you study the life of any successful person, my experience has been that you find a lot more failure than success. We have to realize that failure is part of the process of getting to greatness. —Arman Sadeghi Once you become stagnant, very quickly things start to fall apart because as human beings, we're designed to grow. If you're not growing, you're going backward. —Arman Sadeghi When I get up early, I like to make sure no time is wasted in those early morning hours. Those first two hours are critical to me. —Arman Sadeghi Ending my day with gratitude is really important to me. We have a tendency to take important things for granted. —Arman Sadeghi The same is true for your business. You have to be grateful for the businesses you have and your employees. —Arman Sadeghi When you're out of aces, the first thing is to believe that you're gonna get out of this one too. You're gonna get through this. The second thing is at the end of the day, as long as I believe I'm willing to work as hard as it takes, I will come through and get the results. —Arman Sadeghi If you're parked, nothing is going to happen. You have to have movement and effort. With business owners, I'd rather see someone taking action and turn out to be wrong, versus not taking action at all. —Arman Sadeghi Arman's final thoughts: To me, there's nothing more powerful than hard work. When you feel like you're all out of aces, just remind yourself—I'm willing to work as hard as it takes to get through this.

 Finding Fulfillment Among Success with Arman Sadeghi: Episode 303 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Arman Sadeghi is a published author, speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. As the author of The Business Bible, CEO of six companies, a business coach, motivational speaker, husband, and father, he enjoys working hard to help everyone around him better. His passion is to educate and to help individuals and companies reach their full potential. He currently spends half of his time pursuing his passion of changing people’s lives and helping companies reach their full potential and the other half of his time growing the various businesses he has developed in the last 10 or more years. His education includes attending the University of California at Berkeley and earning a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology as well as attending Harvard Medical School. He is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company in his parents’ garage at the age of 15 by teaching himself how to set up and maximize computer networks in the early ’90s. Currently, Arman Sadeghi owns and operates six different companies in various industries including IT, data security, business consulting, marketing, photography, and more. He founded All Green Electronics Recycling in 2008 after watching a “60 Minutes” expose on the current state of electronics recycling in the United States and the lack of focus on data security and environmental stewardship. All Green was named the 366th fastest-growing private company in the United States by Inc. magazine. Arman Sadeghi’s broad knowledge of business, technology, human behavior, and personal development has allowed him to coach some of the most successful executives in the world to reach even higher levels of success while also ensuring that they thrive in all areas of life. He is a regular contributor to some of the largest business publications in the US, including Forbes magazine. Show Highlights: * I thought I had figured life out—go out and make a bunch of money, and you'll be happy. I very quickly realized that having money didn't give me all the happiness I wanted. —Arman Sadeghi* The people I sometimes feel the sorriest for are those who are successful in business and in life, and who are supposed to be the happiest, but they're not. And they don't have any hope left. I really enjoy working with those people to attain the level of fulfillment that they deserve. —Arman Sadeghi* If you study the life of any successful person, my experience has been that you find a lot more failure than success. We have to realize that failure is part of the process of getting to greatness. —Arman Sadeghi* Once you become stagnant, very quickly things start to fall apart because as human beings, we're designed to grow. If you're not growing, you're going backward. —Arman Sadeghi* When I get up early, I like to make sure no time is wasted in those early morning hours. Those first two hours are critical to me. —Arman Sadeghi* Ending my day with gratitude is really important to me. We have a tendency to take important things for granted. —Arman Sadeghi* The same is true for your business. You have to be grateful for the businesses you have and your employees. —Arman Sadeghi* When you're out of aces, the first thing is to believe that you're gonna get out of this one too. You're gonna get through this.

 Discipline Strategy with Timothy L. Coomer—Episode 302 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Timothy L. Coomer is a serial entrepreneur with interest and experience in the creation of analytical-based business start-ups. But he also enjoys working as a business coach, mentor, and investor. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Dr. Coomer completed his PhD at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. His areas of interest are entrepreneurship, predictive modeling, risk financing, and the relationship between personality and sales performance. He is the CEO of SIGMA Actuarial Consulting which he co-founded in 1995, and he’s the author and founder of The Discipline Strategy. An avid pilot, Dr. Coomer travels extensively and enjoys combining his love of aviation and flying with the need to reach out to meet clients face-to-face. Learn more about Dr. Coomer and his upcoming book at disciplinestrategy.com. Show Highlights: "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment" is a quote that really stuck with me over the years. The question formed in my mind of what is discipline? I formed a concept for me where discipline is an acronym — decide, investigate, sort, conceive a plan, implementation, persevere, loop back, intensify,  notice, and enjoy. —Timothy L. Coomer People need to set aside time to have these experiences that take them away from the rest of the world's worries. For me, it's flying my airplane. That's my flow. —Timothy L. Coomer You need to be intentional about how you're balancing the parts of your life. There are strategies and good research that can back up a plan. —Timothy L. Coomer Don't be afraid to become your own guru, which is really to become an expert on the subject matter you have to deal with. Take time to learn and self-develop to get the skills and knowledge you need for the best chance of success. —Timothy L. Coomer Timothy's final thoughts: When someone has a roadblock, I think they should step back and change environments. Think and take stock of what resources you have—think a little broader. Gather the people who could help you around you and have a brainstorming session of unedited ideas. I think that stimulates thoughts and helps people change that worldview of what challenge you're facing. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Discipline Strategy with Timothy L. Coomer: Episode 302 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Timothy L. Coomer is a serial entrepreneur with interest and experience in the creation of analytical-based business start-ups. But he also enjoys working as a business coach, mentor, and investor. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Dr. Coomer completed his PhD at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. His areas of interest are entrepreneurship, predictive modeling, risk financing, and the relationship between personality and sales performance. He is the CEO of SIGMA Actuarial Consulting which he co-founded in 1995, and he’s the author and founder of The Discipline Strategy. An avid pilot, Dr. Coomer travels extensively and enjoys combining his love of aviation and flying with the need to reach out to meet clients face-to-face. Learn more about Dr. Coomer and his upcoming book at disciplinestrategy.com. Show Highlights: * "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment" is a quote that really stuck with me over the years. The question formed in my mind of what is discipline? I formed a concept for me where discipline is an acronym — decide, investigate, sort, conceive a plan, implementation, persevere, loop back, intensify,  notice, and enjoy. —Timothy L. Coomer* People need to set aside time to have these experiences that take them away from the rest of the world's worries. For me, it's flying my airplane. That's my flow. —Timothy L. Coomer* You need to be intentional about how you're balancing the parts of your life. There are strategies and good research that can back up a plan. —Timothy L. Coomer* Don't be afraid to become your own guru, which is really to become an expert on the subject matter you have to deal with. Take time to learn and self-develop to get the skills and knowledge you need for the best chance of success. —Timothy L. Coomer Timothy's final thoughts: When someone has a roadblock, I think they should step back and change environments. Think and take stock of what resources you have—think a little broader. Gather the people who could help you around you and have a brainstorming session of unedited ideas. I think that stimulates thoughts and helps people change that worldview of what challenge you're facing. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Creative Calling with Chase Jarvis—Episode 301 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Chase Jarvis is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential photographers of the past decade. He has created campaigns for Apple, Nike, Red Bull, and others, and was a contributor to the Pulitzer-winning New York Times story Snowfall. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary, Portrait of a City. He created Best Camera—the first photo app to share images to social networks and is the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music, and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs. He’s a keynote speaker, an advisor to Fortune 100 brands, and has been a guest at the Obama White House, the United Nations, the Library of Congress, 10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, and the DIFC in Dubai. Show Highlights I started out living everybody else's plans for me. That's part of my story is acknowledging those and finding a way to break through a limiting set of beliefs on what's possible for our lives. —Chase Jarvis When you're doing things that you feel good doing, you are willing to put in the work. —Chase Jarvis Life requires us to occasionally disappoint people who love us the most. —Chase Jarvis The future is dynamic and more now than ever before, we're capable of writing our own script. —Chase Jarvis Creativity is so fundamental and we've been sold a lie that it's for the cherished few. It's the most practical thing and as fundamental as nutrition. —Chase Jarvis At the end of the day, regret is a very powerful thing. —Chase Jarvis The number one regret of the dying is that they listened too much to what everyone else wanted for their one precious life. That has been my chief motivator. —Chase Jarvis It's about how you gracefully disappoint the people in your life and bring them along. That flipping of the script will bring you closer. If you're questioning if it's for you, it's not. —Chase Jarvis We have this intuition of what we should and shouldn't be doing and we're taught to ignore it. —Chase Jarvis If you got up 20 minutes earlier, what affect could that have on your life? —Chase Jarvis There is no replacement for taking care of yourself. —Chase Jarvis Learn more about Chase's book at https://creativecalling.com/. Chase's final thoughts: How has it been when you've been doing the things you love with the people you love? It feels great. When we do that, I call it being on the path. The path isn't straight and there are no maps, but there's a compass, which is imperfect. It's a general direction of where you should be going. It's amazing how much personal power you get and how much the rest of your life is unlocked. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Creative Calling with Chase Jarvis: Episode 301 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Chase Jarvis is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential photographers of the past decade. He has created campaigns for Apple, Nike, Red Bull, and others, and was a contributor to the Pulitzer-winning New York Times story Snowfall. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary, Portrait of a City. He also created Best Camera—the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music, and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs. He’s a keynote speaker, an advisor to Fortune 100 brands, and has been a guest at the Obama White House, the United Nations, the Library of Congress, 10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, and the DIFC in Dubai. Show Highlights * I started out living everybody else's plans for me. That's part of my story is acknowledging those and finding a way to break through a limiting set of beliefs on what's possible for our lives. —Chase Jarvis* When you're doing things that you feel good doing, you are willing to put in the work. —Chase Jarvis* Life requires us to occasionally disappoint people who love us the most. —Chase Jarvis* The future is dynamic and more now than ever before, we're capable of writing our own script. —Chase Jarvis* Creativity is so fundamental and we've been sold a lie that it's for the cherished few. It's the most practical thing and as fundamental as nutrition. —Chase Jarvis* At the end of the day, regret is a very powerful thing. —Chase Jarvis* The number one regret of the dying is that they listened too much to what everyone else wanted for their one precious life. That has been my chief motivator. —Chase Jarvis* It's about how you gracefully disappoint the people in your life and bring them along. That flipping of the script will bring you closer. If you're questioning if it's for you, it's not. —Chase Jarvis* We have this intuition of what we should and shouldn't be doing and we're taught to ignore it. —Chase Jarvis* If you got up 20 minutes earlier, what affect could that have on your life? —Chase Jarvis* There is no replacement for taking care of yourself. —Chase Jarvis* Learn more about Chase's book at https://creativecalling.com/ Chase's final thoughts: How has it been when you've been doing the things you love with the people you love? It feels great. When we do that, I call it being on the path. The path isn't straight and there are no maps, but there's a compass, which is imperfect. It's a general direction of where you should be going. It's amazing how much personal power you get and how much the rest of your life is unlocked.  The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Indistractable with Nir Eyal — Episode 300 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include Eventbrite (NYSE:EB), Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn), Worklife (acquired by Cisco), Product Hunt, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Kahoot!, Byte Foods, FocusMate, and Anchor.fm (acquired by Spotify). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. Show Highlights: I thought that technology was the problem, but it turns out that all distraction is the problem, and that's nothing new. —Nir Eyal Addiction denotes a pusher or a dealer—mind control—and that lets people off the hook. It's really overuse. Addiction is something you can't control and you need help with, but overuse is something you can control. It's a personal responsibility issue. —Nir Eyal If it's distraction you seek, distraction you will find. —Nir Eyal We need to realize the problem is much bigger than tech tools. Every generation has a panic around some mind-controlling device or technology. We'll do what we have always done—we adapt and adopt. —Nir Eyal All motivation is about the desire to escape discomfort. The same rule applies psychologically. When we're lonely, we check Facebook. When we're unsure, we Google. —Nir Eyal Time management is actually pain management. —Nir Eyal The opposite of distraction is not focus, it's traction. Traction is any action that pulls you toward what you want to do. —Nir Eyal You can't call something a distraction unless you know what it distracted you from. —Nir Eyal If you don't plan your day, someone or something else will. —Nir Eyal We want to make sure we spend our time according to our values. —Nir Eyal Distraction in the workplace is a symptom of cultural disfunction. —Nir Eyal Nir's final thoughts: If we don't have a plan, you don't have traction to get things done, and distraction is the default. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 Indistractable with Nir Eyal: Episode 300 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include Eventbrite (NYSE:EB), Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn), Worklife (acquired by Cisco), Product Hunt, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Kahoot!, Byte Foods, FocusMate, and Anchor.fm (acquired by Spotify). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. Show Highlights: * I thought that technology was the problem, but it turns out that all distraction is the problem, and that's nothing new. —Nir Eyal* Addiction denotes a pusher or a dealer—mind control—and that lets people off the hook. It's really overuse. Addiction is something you can't control and you need help with, but overuse is something you can control. It's a personal responsibility issue. —Nir Eyal* If it's distraction you seek, distraction you will find. —Nir Eyal* We need to realize the problem is much bigger than tech tools. Every generation has a panic around some mind-controlling device or technology. We'll do what we have always done—we adapt and adopt. —Nir Eyal* All motivation is about the desire to escape discomfort. The same rule applies psychologically. When we're lonely, we check Facebook. When we're unsure, we Google. —Nir Eyal* Time management is actually pain management. —Nir Eyal* The opposite of distraction is not focus, it's traction. Traction is any action that pulls you toward what you want to do. —Nir Eyal* You can't call something a distraction unless you know what it distracted you from. —Nir Eyal* If you don't plan your day, someone or something else will. —Nir Eyal* We want to make sure we spend our time according to our values. —Nir Eyal* Distraction in the workplace is a symptom of cultural disfunction. —Nir Eyal* Order your copy of Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life: NirAndFar.com/Indistractable The schedule maker tool: https://nirandfar.com/schedule-maker/ The distraction guide: https://www.nirandfar.com/distractions/ The Habits vs routines article: https://www.nirandfar.com/habits/ Nir's final thoughts: If we don't have a plan, you don't have traction to get things done, and distraction is the default. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice.

 The Process of Thawing with Edie Allen (Part 2 of 2)—Episode 299 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Edie Allen has a stunning story of self-recreation. Physically and sexually abused from an early age, Edie ran away from home at 15, cycled in and out of foster care, leaned on alcohol and drugs, and then began to pull herself out of that life with the help of non-traditional healing modalities including Reiki, meditation, intuitive therapy, and every other method that resonated with her soul. With a heart devoted to helping others heal, Edie created a boutique healing practice in 1997 to assist people in a process she calls SHED, SHIFT & SHINE. "Nothing makes me happier than sharing the tools and methods I've learned in my healing journey to help others SHED what holds them back, SHIFT their energy and beliefs to enable them to SHINE like the lights we are all meant to be, which essentially makes the world a brighter place" Drawing from an expansive 30-year career in mental health, personal development, and wellness, as well as her own transformational experiences, Edie is a sought-after life coach, trainer, and educator, having spoken for Lululemon on Empowerment, as well as numerous health and business organizations. She recently joined with Hollywood’s elite and Rock Royalty to share her story on stage at Steven Tyler’s 2nd annual Grammy Viewing Party Gala for Janie’s Fund in Los Angeles, California, helping to raise more than $2.8 million for girls who’ve suffered from abuse and neglect. Edie is passionate about sharing her story with as many audiences as possible in hopes of letting those who still suffer know they matter, and to inspire them to use their voices as a way of empowering themselves. Using her story as a platform for change, she also hopes to educate and inspire groups, organizations, corporations, churches, and institutions who have an interest in the subjects she specializes in. A Professional Speaker listed with Southwestern Speakers Bureau as well as RAINN’s Speakers Bureau (the Tori Amos founded Rape Abuse Incest National Network), Allen is an expert in Personal Development, Empowerment, Transformation, Mindfulness, and Resilience. Show Highlights: I realized that my whole life, I had practiced being invisible and I got good at it. How am I going to make my dreams come true if I'm invisible? —Edie Allen If we can honor ourselves, we have the capacity to honor others. —Edie Allen I think forgiving is an act of giving love and giving the space to heal. —Edie Allen If I can feel, then I can deal. And if I can deal, then I can heal. —Edie Allen I love the thought of us being happy on purpose. I choose thoughts that feel a little bit better than the ones I'm having. —Edie Allen I think our greatest responsibility is to recognize that the choices that we make impact other humans. —Edie Allen Being the best of myself means being conscious with my choices and tapping into how that feels and how it might feel for others. —Edie Allen I believe if we give people the opportunity to heal, they will. —Edie Allen Remorse and shame are very different. Remorse gives me an opportunity to feel bad about what I've done and do something about it. Shame is crippling. There is no power in shame. —Edie Allen Edie's closing thoughts: For me, being whole was thawing out. It was allowing all these pieces of myself to be present and for me to polish them up like a diamond so that I can shine as bright as I can. I love helping people shed, shift, and shine. They can shed the old habits and limiting beliefs, and they can shift their energy and mindset so we can shine like the lights I believe we were all created to be. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting.

 The Process of Thawing with Edie Allen (Part 2 of 2): Episode 299 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Edie Allen has a stunning story of self-recreation. Physically and sexually abused from an early age, Edie ran away from home at 15, cycled in and out of foster care, leaned on alcohol and drugs, and then began to pull herself out of that life with the help of non-traditional healing modalities including Reiki, meditation, intuitive therapy, and every other method that resonated with her soul. With a heart devoted to helping others heal, Edie created a boutique healing practice in 1997 to assist people in a process she calls SHED, SHIFT & SHINE. "Nothing makes me happier than sharing the tools and methods I've learned in my healing journey to help others SHED what holds them back, SHIFT their energy and beliefs to enable them to SHINE like the lights we are all meant to be, which essentially makes the world a brighter place" Drawing from an expansive 30-year career in mental health, personal development, and wellness, as well as her own transformational experiences, Edie is a sought-after life coach, trainer, and educator, having spoken for Lululemon on Empowerment, as well as numerous health and business organizations. She recently joined with Hollywood’s elite and Rock Royalty to share her story on stage at Steven Tyler’s 2nd annual Grammy Viewing Party Gala for Janie’s Fund in Los Angeles, California, helping to raise more than $2.8 million for girls who’ve suffered from abuse and neglect. Edie is passionate about sharing her story with as many audiences as possible in hopes of letting those who still suffer know they matter, and to inspire them to use their voices as a way of empowering themselves. Using her story as a platform for change, she also hopes to educate and inspire groups, organizations, corporations, churches, and institutions who have an interest in the subjects she specializes in. A Professional Speaker listed with Southwestern Speakers Bureau as well as RAINN’s Speakers Bureau (the Tori Amos founded Rape Abuse Incest National Network), Allen is an expert in Personal Development, Empowerment, Transformation, Mindfulness, and Resilience. Show Highlights: * I realized that my whole life, I had practiced being invisible and I got good at it. How am I going to make my dreams come true if I'm invisible? —Edie Allen* If we can honor ourselves, we have the capacity to honor others. —Edie Allen* I think forgiving is an act of giving love and giving the space to heal. —Edie Allen* If I can feel, then I can deal. And if I can deal, then I can heal. —Edie Allen* I love the thought of us being happy on purpose. I choose thoughts that feel a little bit better than the ones I'm having. —Edie Allen* I think our greatest responsibility is to recognize that the choices that we make impact other humans. —Edie Allen* Being the best of myself means being conscious with my choices and tapping into how that feels and how it might feel for others. —Edie Allen* I believe if we give people the opportunity to heal, they will. —Edie Allen* Remorse and shame are very different. Remorse gives me an opportunity to feel bad about what I've done and do something about it. Shame is crippling. There is no power in shame. —Edie Allen Edie's closing thoughts: For me, being whole was thawing out. It was allowing all these pieces of myself to be present and for me to polish them up like a diamond so that I can shine as bright as I can. I love helping people shed, shift, and shine. They can shed the old habits and limiting beliefs, and they can shift their energy and mindset so we can shine like the lights I believe we were all created to be.

 A Brave Storyteller with Edie Allen (Part 1 of 2)—Episode 298 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:59

Edie Allen has a stunning story of self-recreation. Physically and sexually abused from an early age, Edie ran away from home at 15, cycled in and out of foster care, leaned on alcohol and drugs, and then began to pull herself out of that life with the help of non-traditional healing modalities including Reiki, meditation, intuitive therapy, and every other method that resonated with her soul. With a heart devoted to helping others heal, Edie created a boutique healing practice in 1997 to assist people in a process she calls SHED, SHIFT & SHINE. "Nothing makes me happier than sharing the tools and methods I've learned in my healing journey to help others SHED what holds them back, SHIFT their energy and beliefs to enable them to SHINE like the lights we are all meant to be, which essentially makes the world a brighter place" Drawing from an expansive 30-year career in mental health, personal development, and wellness, as well as her own transformational experiences, Edie is a sought-after life coach, trainer, and educator, having spoken for Lululemon on Empowerment, as well as numerous health and business organizations. She recently joined with Hollywood’s elite and Rock Royalty to share her story on stage at Steven Tyler’s 2nd annual Grammy Viewing Party Gala for Janie’s Fund in Los Angeles, California, helping to raise more than $2.8 million for girls who’ve suffered from abuse and neglect. Edie is passionate about sharing her story with as many audiences as possible in hopes of letting those who still suffer know they matter, and to inspire them to use their voices as a way of empowering themselves. Using her story as a platform for change, she also hopes to educate and inspire groups, organizations, corporations, churches, and institutions who have an interest in the subjects she specializes in. A Professional Speaker listed with Southwestern Speakers Bureau as well as RAINN’s Speakers Bureau (the Tori Amos founded Rape Abuse Incest National Network), Allen is an expert in Personal Development, Empowerment, Transformation, Mindfulness, and Resilience. Show Highlights: The things that happened to me in my childhood were horrible, but the things that I did to myself in my life were horrific as well. —Edie Allen It's so important to be conscious in the world. Conscious people don't others and they don't hurt themselves. —Edie Allen I went and learned how to turn my story into something beautiful and meaningful and helpful. —Edie Allen We can do better at talking to people about our secrets. —Edie Allen If we're not equipped, we need to do our best to help people find the resources to share their secrets. —Edie Allen Therapy in whatever form you feel connected with is the right form for you. —Edie Allen I love talking about hope. All of the little nudges I experienced were ways to stay connected to hope. —Edie Allen Edie's closing thoughts: I think prevention is about giving people safe platforms to unburden themselves for the things that are troubling them that become things they act out on society. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

 A Brave Storyteller with Edie Allen (Part 1 of 2): Episode 298 of The Action Catalyst Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:59

Edie Allen has a stunning story of self-recreation. Physically and sexually abused from an early age, Edie ran away from home at 15, cycled in and out of foster care, leaned on alcohol and drugs, and then began to pull herself out of that life with the help of non-traditional healing modalities including Reiki, meditation, intuitive therapy, and every other method that resonated with her soul. With a heart devoted to helping others heal, Edie created a boutique healing practice in 1997 to assist people in a process she calls SHED, SHIFT & SHINE. "Nothing makes me happier than sharing the tools and methods I've learned in my healing journey to help others SHED what holds them back, SHIFT their energy and beliefs to enable them to SHINE like the lights we are all meant to be, which essentially makes the world a brighter place" Drawing from an expansive 30-year career in mental health, personal development, and wellness, as well as her own transformational experiences, Edie is a sought-after life coach, trainer, and educator, having spoken for Lululemon on Empowerment, as well as numerous health and business organizations. She recently joined with Hollywood’s elite and Rock Royalty to share her story on stage at Steven Tyler’s 2nd annual Grammy Viewing Party Gala for Janie’s Fund in Los Angeles, California, helping to raise more than $2.8 million for girls who’ve suffered from abuse and neglect. Edie is passionate about sharing her story with as many audiences as possible in hopes of letting those who still suffer know they matter, and to inspire them to use their voices as a way of empowering themselves. Using her story as a platform for change, she also hopes to educate and inspire groups, organizations, corporations, churches, and institutions who have an interest in the subjects she specializes in. A Professional Speaker listed with Southwestern Speakers Bureau as well as RAINN’s Speakers Bureau (the Tori Amos founded Rape Abuse Incest National Network), Allen is an expert in Personal Development, Empowerment, Transformation, Mindfulness, and Resilience. Show Highlights: * The things that happened to me in my childhood were horrible, but the things that I did to myself in my life were horrific as well. —Edie Allen* It's so important to be conscious in the world. Conscious people don't others and they don't hurt themselves. —Edie Allen* I went and learned how to turn my story into something beautiful and meaningful and helpful. —Edie Allen* We can do better at talking to people about our secrets. —Edie Allen* If we're not equipped, we need to do our best to help people find the resources to share their secrets. —Edie Allen* Therapy in whatever form you feel connected with is the right form for you. —Edie Allen* I love talking about hope. All of the little nudges I experienced were ways to stay connected to hope. —Edie Allen Edie's closing thoughts: I think prevention is about giving people safe platforms to unburden themselves for the things that are troubling them that become things they act out on society. The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice.

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