When we explored the launch of our new podcast, Grit Meets Growth, there were so many places to go for advice and success tips. We spent time watching videos on YouTube, reading blog posts and articles on Medium, and digging deep into the podcasting subreddits. We live in an exciting time when we have all of this information at our fingertips for free, where we can get mentored digitally by experts who have already traveled these paths.

Of all the lessons and recommendations we found, here’s the best piece of advice we received. …

“Quit” has become a dirty word. None of us wants to be labeled a “quitter.” I’m a loud supporter of not quitting myself. But let’s turn the tables for a minute. What if quitting is exactly what we need to achieve what we want? Maybe quitting isn’t so bad. Perhaps we just need to reframe it a bit…

Let’s start here. The act of quitting is not positive or negative on its own. What defines whether quitting is good or bad is WHY we’re stopping. It’s all about context. The reasons behind our quitting are what really matter.

You might…

I’ve written in the past about the art and power of active listening. It’s one of those practices, especially when you pair it with some natural curiosity, that opens doors to so many opportunities. But what happens when, as you’re listening, someone shares with you an area where you need to do some work? What if all that listening leads down a path to a place where you have a weakness?

This happened to me twice yesterday. As serendipity would have it, I had two separate conversations that led to the exact same fork in the road — to that…

Years ago, we got acquainted with the book FISH! Based on filmmaker John Christensen’s encounters at the Seattle Fish Market, the book unpacks how the hard work of packing and throwing fish became a successful business and a great workplace culture. Through his visits to the market and interviews with the team, Christensen unlocked four simple (powerful) practices that impact culture creation…

Be There
Show up and be emotionally present for the people you work with, whether they are clients, customers, or coworkers. Too often, it’s easy to become robotic in our work. We show up, focus on our to-do lists…

“Our purpose is to impact the world by guiding others to unleash their potential with a servant approach.”

This is our mission. It’s what gets us out of bed each morning, guides how we show up, and is our measuring stick for success. If we’ve done this for our clients at the day’s end, then we’ve accomplished our greatest goal. Today, we want to dive deeper into one specific part of that statement, the “unleash their potential” part.

We all have potential, both personally and within our businesses and organizations. But, somedays, when we’re spending our time down in the…

When I was training for my first marathon, one of the things I had to focus on to prepare my body for success was my nutrition. During my training, I became hyper-aware of what I was feeding myself. To optimize my physical strength and stamina, I had to control what I was allowing into my body. Not everything was good for me or would contribute toward me finishing strong.

Today, I understand that training my mind is no different.

I realized about a year ago that I was consuming a lot of negativity in my media diet. Based on the…

I’ve heard this from clients, friends, and family so many times. Surprisingly, I’ve found that entrepreneurs and business leaders share this most often, but it applies to all of us. In each conversation, the person sharing thought they were the only one struggling with _____ . Fill in that blank however you like. You know you’ve got something that fits in there…

  • “I’m struggling with fear, uncertainty, and doubt.”
  • “I’m struggling to lead well.”
  • “I’m struggling in my relationship.”
  • “I’m struggling to get my health in the right place.”
  • “I’m struggling with anxiety.”
  • “I’m struggling financially.”
  • “I’m struggling to keep…

When they pour thick slabs of concrete, they use rebar to help make it stronger. The tensile strength is significantly increased by inserting carbon steel bars or mesh steel wires into the concrete during construction. The rebar helps resist cracking and breakage, and it absorbs stress and the other forces that will try to destroy the concrete over time.

Imagine your life as that concrete for a moment… What kinds of rebar can we insert into our own lives to provide extra strength and help us resist cracking, breakage, and stress?

We’ve all been there. Life takes us right to…

I was watching a documentary the other day on the meteoric rise of an entertainer we all know. Who it is doesn’t matter. What matters is this single line from the documentary that set the trajectory for every bit of success they enjoyed…

“He was bold enough to bet on himself.”

Before we go any further, ask yourself this question. Would you be bold enough to bet on you?

Notice that the word “bold” is included in there. I’m not asking if you’d bet on yourself. I want to know if you’d be BOLD enough to bet on yourself. Would…

Too often, that’s how we make our decisions in life. We’ll only start something when all the stars are perfectly aligned (which rarely happens) — and when things get challenging, we’re quick to surrender. In both instances, whether we start too late and quit too fast, we miss opportunities.

Taking advantage of life’s opportunities begins with how we start — or, too often, how we don’t. Often, we stay stuck in wait mode. We wait for all the conditions to be perfect before we leap or take the first step. We wait for our plan to be bullet-proof before we…

John Gamades

Creative, entrepreneur, blogger, husband, and dad — focused on cutting through the negative noise with a message of positivity and growth.

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