The School of Self-Mastery: Business, Money, Life

The School of Self-Mastery podcast is all about business, money and life. I talk with guests who have created a RICH life for themselves, not because they’re bathing in money, (although they may be doing that too) but because they’ve defined and created success on their own terms, through their own personal successful habits. Habits are the root of simplifying your success I also appear solo two days a week to dive deeper into self-mastery topics and give actionable takeaways you can start applying today.
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Aug 30, 2016

When your audience is small it can feel like no one is watching.

You're spending countless hours trying to get your message out into the world only to be rewarded with a few 'likes', comments from your long lost high school best friend, and your dad's your only live viewer on your FB live did I know?

It happens to me too. 

And my dad is definitely my biggest livestream fan.

Which is super sweet, but it can also feel defeating at I right?! 

Here's the thing's not about you. It's not about who's watching you. It's not for you to decide. 

And truly, you NEVER KNOW who's watching. A potential client, a PR agent, a podcast host who needs new guests, a listener who NEEDED that message today. 

So, worry less about how many humans are clicking 'like' and worry more about getting your message out into the world every single day! 

You also don't get to decide what part of your message they needed to hear. I often find that the parts I thought would be most transformational aren't that way at all, and the parts that I don't even remember saying are the things that people hold onto and needed that day. 

Your job? Just show up. 

Aug 26, 2016

Switching things around today and letting some woman flip the script and interview ME! 

This was a super fun interview and we got super deep into things like:

  • my morning routine and why it works
  • the one thing I have been a bit fearful to talk about and why
  • what entrepreneurial skills my parents imparted onto me
  • what's my bigger vision and why don't I ever talk about it?! 

I definitely spilled it all here like I've never done before on an interview, so hopefully it's helpful in some way to all of you. 

If you want MORE of these kinds of interviews, send in your questions! I'm happy to do this again! 

Check out the video version here.

Aug 25, 2016

Julie Parker has almost 20 years experience in the world of personal development and coaching. Impressive. 

And as you can imagine, she's seen lots of changes over those 2 decades of this relatively new industry, and on this episode, Julie shares the good the bad and the ugly with us. 

Several takeaways from this conversation with Julie:

  • substance WILL win over style in the coaching world, but it takes time
  • niching is an evolution that she thinks is serving us all well
  • how she attracts people to her work and why she doesn't see the need to use podcasts to promote her business

Julie was truly one of my favorite guests for so many reasons; great conversation, huge heart of service, and direct honesty. 

Julie Parker is one of Australia’s foremost life and business coaches and trainers with more than a decade’s experience inspiring hundreds of clients and thousands of people to create beautiful lives and businesses.  The CEO and Founder of The Beautiful You Coaching Academy, Julie passionately trains and supports heart centered and gifted people to bring their talents and love of giving into the world as life coaches.

Julie is a published author and Tedx speaker and has shared a speaking stage with Clare Bowditch, Christina Re, Gretel Killeen, Carolyn Cresswell and Gala Darling.  She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Australia Day Citizenship Award and Business and Professional Women’s Woman of Achievement Award.  Julie appears regularly in the media including Today Tonight, A Current Affair, Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as publications such as Grazia, Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Fitness and Health and national newspapers.  She is also the Editor in Chief of inspired COACH Magazine.

Julie lives in Melbourne with her husband, stepdaughter and two much loved adopted cats.

You can connect with Julie Parker here on her website.

Aug 23, 2016

You need to keep the main thing, the main thing.

So often I see entrepreneurs getting fancy with their style, before they focus on their substance. 

We often use style to distract others from the main thing {our substance} or get distracted by others sharing fancy websites, photoshoots in Paris, and mouth watering copy selling their latest shiny thing. 

But what if you focused on the main thing first? The substance. The real valuable content and expertise that you have. What if you sharpened that skill set a bit more each day instead of fiddling with your canva images? 

What if you qualified the humans you hire based on THEIR substance instead of their new car or beautiful dress...seen with Eiffel Tower in background of course? What if you judged their goods based on the value and not *just* the shiny website? 

Wouldn't we all be better off? 

What are you focused on? Style or Substance?

I want you to commit to substance, and in this episode, I'll share 4 ways you can start sharpening that substance skill set right now. 

Don't get me wrong, style is still important. But, your style should SERVE your substance, not distract from it. 

Too much to do and not enough hours in the day to get the big results you want? What if I told you you were focused on doing the WRONG things?

Take this quiz to find out exactly what you need to be doing in your business to profit more in the next 30 days. 

Aug 19, 2016

Let's talk EMAILS! 

Not the boring kind though...the ones that you love seeing land in your inbox. 

Does your list LOVE getting emails from you? Are they even opening them? Are your emails converting into actual sales? 

Have no fear...Lisa-May Huby is here and we're talking all about how to write an email that gets opened and converts in this Summer Friday episode! 

We're talking everything from how to write 'em, to subject lines, all the way to CTA's -- not sure what that even means? Listen in! 

Watch the video version here. 

Get Lisa-May's best email tips here.

10 Tips for Open-Worthy Subject Lines

4 Irresistible Subject Lines that Guarantee Opens

Lisa-May Huby's website.

Words + Money Mastery, 3 Tips for Powerfully Irresistible Copy that Sounds Like YOU

Aug 18, 2016

What is it that all successful leaders have? Do they know something that we don't? Do they have a secret that we can learn from...

Today's guest, Mo Fathelbab, believes they do...and he believes it's a little thing called FORUMS. 

Mo is author of Forum: The Secret Advantage of Successful Leaders and founder of Forum Resources Network, LLC (FRN) and Alumni Forum Services (AFS). FRN has provided Retreat facilitation and Forum training since 1997 through a network for experienced facilitators and its clients include the Young Presidents’ Organization, World Presidents’ Organization, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, CEO Resource Alliance, the Virginia Council of CEOs and numerous corporate clients. AFS was founded in 2010 to provide Alumni Forums to business school alumni. AFS clients include several Harvard Business School clubs and UC Berkeley.

With over 1900 programs in 32 countries under his belt, Mo has conducted more Forum programs than anyone and is a leading authority on the subject. He has educated trainers around the world to conduct Forum training and retreats.

Prior to starting FRN, Mo served as Executive Director of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) for 7 years.

Mo and/or Forum Resources Network have appeared on The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal online, CNBC, NPR, Investor’s Business Daily, The Montreal Gazette and monthly on CNN fn.

Mo loves cooking, yoga, and stand-up paddle boarding and triathlons. He completed the Switzerland Iron Man in just over 14 hours. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Maryland and lives in Alexandria, VA with his life partner Sally and their son Eli.

Today Mo and I chat about Forums and masterminds and how to make them work, specifically how to ensure there is trust, vulnerability, and avoidance of conflict.

Connect with Mo over at Forum Resources Network and grab a copy of his book, Forum: The Secret Advantage of Successful Leaders here

Aug 16, 2016

An argument for ‘work hours’

We like the idea of freedom, but does freedom really mean working all day every day? I don’t think so. But that’s what typically ends up happening when we become an entrepreneur -- we let the work creep into everything, because that’s easy when you love it.

But what if you’re actually being wayyyy less productive because of it?

The typical 9-5 makes us cringe because we sit there for hours doing shit we don’t care about, or sitting for hours doing nothing but need to be in our chairs to save face around the office. But not anymore...yet we end up working 6am-11pm instead, and most of the time don’t have much to show for it.

What if you implemented work hours?
They don’t have to be super rigid like a 9-5 per say -- but even just limits on how many hours you’re working ON your business each week and mapping them on to the calendar?

How much more productive are you when you know you only have 45 minutes to get something done? WAYYYY MORE PRODUCTIVE.

This is called Parkinson’s law -- we’ve talked about this in previous episodes too -- check out episode 67 here --

The more time you give yourself to do something, the more time it will if your work hours now are ALL THE TIME -- then you’ll fill that time.

I even hear people say {self-included} that oh I will have more free time when I outsource this stuff -- or when I quit my job -- or when I … when I … etc. It’s just not true -- and that’s not to say you shouldn’t start outsourcing, you should, but you are an entrepreneur, so you’ll end up filling that time with other THINGS to do, because that’s your default {it's mine judgement zone} -- just be conscious of it.

Here’s some things that you might want to do so that you can work less but still get the same, if not BETTER results:

1. Set real work hours {and stick to them}
2. If work hours aren’t your thing, set a cutoff time {and stick to it}
3. Decide HOW MANY hours per week you’re working on your business -- and then map it out on a calendar vs the stricter work hours idea
4. Do the reverse --- plan your off / rest time so that you actually do it !
5. Deadlines + Rewards
6. Work in 90 minute increments {One of the things most of us easily forget is that as humans, we are distinctly different from machines. At the core, this means that machines move linearly and humans move cyclically.

For an efficient work day, that truly respects our human nature, the first thing to focus on are ultradian cycles.

The basic understanding is that our human minds can focus on any given task for 90-120 minutes. Afterwards, a 20-30 minute break is required for us to get the renewal to achieve high performance for our next task again.

7. Stop multi-tasking -- working on too many things is keeping you from actually being PRODUCTIVE. multitasking may seem efficient on the surface but may actually take more time in the end and involve more error. Meyer has said that even brief mental blocks created by shifting between tasks can cost as much as 40 percent of someone's productive time.

American Psychological Association Article.

Which one are you going to try? I would love to hear from you over in my FREE FB community ->

Aug 11, 2016

Want to become a better speaker? 

Truth is...sometimes people are just plain boring...monotone...uninteresting. 

Why is that? 

And can it be a learned skill that you actually improve? 


Today's guest, Manny Wolfe, is going to share exactly how to improve your vocal tonality and become a better speaker, so that YOU can impact more people. 

Born in a hippy commune in Berkeley, California, during the notorious ‘Summer of Love’, Emmanuel Wolfe’s childhood, was marked by violence, brainwashing, drug abuse, and worst of all, no guidance.

Drifting from place to place and job to job, unable to settle, living a life steadily becoming utterly out of control, he ended up a hopeless, homeless deadbeat, addicted to drink and drugs, on a dizzying downward spiral, smashing down to rock bottom.

Emmanuel Wolfe was able to turn his life around. Now he works with people all over the world who want to transform their lives through communication mastery, mindset mastery and internal transformation. His story is nothing less than a testament to what we can achieve when we never give up belief in ourselves and our ability to create our reality.

You can get Manny's new book, The Tao of the Unbreakable Man, here on amazon now. 

Aug 9, 2016

Boundaries are hard for me...I'm seriously not great at them. 

I want to say yes to everything, to everyone, all the time. 

Can you relate? 

I don't want people to be upset or think I don't care about them. 

But, as your business grows it will be absolutely CRUCIAL that you get some boundaries in place. Otherwise, YOU are the one who will end up crushed. 

You'll disappoint people without trying, you'll resent people, you'll lash out at people that don't deserve it and you'll run yourself dry trying to keep up with it all. 

Today I want to share with you something that my mentor, Kendrick Shope, imparted on me and now I use my own twist on it for my own programs and clients. 

It's the quota, boundaries and expectations that I set for each program/product/relationship so that we're all set up better for success. 

If you don't have clear expectations and boundaries in your business {or your life} you'll exhaust yourself trying to keep up with all the unspoken ones anyway. 

Aug 5, 2016

We're talking about SEX today! 

Plus the 3 relationships to most likely to screw with your businesses (parents, significant others, and kids). These are the relationships where we make ourselves most vulnerable (so if we had negative experiences, those voices tend to replay in our heads) and also are the ones we tend to care about losing the most (so anything that we think could jeopardize a positive relationship, like business, can be a serious block to what we say we want). 

Jessica and I dive into:
- How to detach from parents' opinions (their criticism OR praise)
- How to pursue independent goals while being coupled to someone
- How to stop making business decisions based on "mom/parent guilt"

But even more specifically we'll talk about all the personal shit I never thought I'd share on the podcast...

like why my dad is still on my bank account, and the sex lives of women who make more than their men, and other taboo topics! 

You can check out Jessica's boundaries & commitments assistant here for FREE!

And if you'd rather watch us on video -- do that here.

Aug 4, 2016

Got a podcast? Not seeing the traction you want?

This guy can help.

Joel Boggess is the go-to guy for clarity, confidence and direction. He’s the guy people call when they’re feeling stuck, under-challenged or overwhelmed.

As a syndicated radio host, bestselling author, and life coach, Joel teaches people how to relaunch their lives and start over with confidence.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Joel earned his undergraduate degree at Texas Tech University, an MBA from Amberton University, and a Master’s in Counseling.

His latest book, Finding your Voice, hit the #1 spot on Amazon for success, happiness, and in the self esteem categories. And his podcast, ReLaunch, was named by Podcasters’ Paradise as the “Most Inspirational” and “Best Overall” podcast of 2014, and has recently passed the one million listens mark.

Joel and his wife Pei live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and have two Golden Retriever, retired therapy dogs, Bubba and Jake.

Joel takes us through what he sees as the 7 mistakes most podcasters are making right now and how to avoid them. Don't be fooled if you don't have a podcast though, these tips can be used for other types of content sharing as well. 

You can find Joel over here:

Want to tune into the FREE Profit in 30 workshop? Sign up here. 

Aug 2, 2016

If you've been busy working on your business and are seriously taking action...but STILL not getting the results you want...*raise your hand*. {okay, bad idea through a podcast...just keep reading}.

There's so many entrepreneurs out there with this challenge, so 2 things...
1. you're not alone,
2. I know why you're *busy*, but still coming up flat.

Comparison is killing your business and it's not for the reason you think...

You're comparing yourself to humans in A DIFFERENT PHASE OF BUSINESS.

***what phase of business are you talking about Adrienne?!***

Well, I'm so glad you asked.

This is EXACTLY what I'm going to be covering this week on the  so make sure you're there live or sign up to get the replay {will be available for 48 hours}.

I'd like to argue that there are 3 phases of business that all businesses have the potential to achieve, but not all businesses will get to the 3rd phase, nor do they have to to be successful.

note: in theory, you could stay in phase 1 and still be a successful business.

But the biggest culprit of lots of work and lackluster results is working on activities and creating 'progress markers' {I'll share these with you too on the free workshop}that are NOT aligned with your current business phase. 

So...if you've ever said this...

"I'm doing all the right things!" or "I'm doing all the same things as so and so, why isn't it working?" or "I don't know what to focus on right now," or "why isn't this working?!"

You MIGHT be doing the *right* things...

...but you're working in the wrong phase, which will not be the quickest path to results!

When you start comparing yourself to other entrepreneurs, you're looking at humans that are potentially in these other phases of business.

And then you start thinking you need to be doing the things they're doing because it's working from what you see on the outside...but the truth is, they might be in a different phase of business, and therefore need different progress markers than you currently do!

So, this comparison becomes the very thing that's SLOWING down your own progress.

If you're in a different phase and you're focused on the wrong markers it's going to leave you defeated and deflated as you spend tons of time "doing the right things" and not getting the same big results.

Ever felt that way?

I know I have!

I put together the 3 business phase framework so that you would know EXACTLY where you're at now, know exactly what to focus on in each phase to get results, and know when you're ready to enter the next phase.

And I'm sharing it all with you this week FO' FREE inside this week's Profit in 30 workshop. RSVP for the PROFIT IN 30 workshop! 

Here's what I'll be sharing for the first time everrrr:
  • the 3 phases of businesses
  • how to find out which stage you're in right MEOW...and when you're moving up...
  • the progress markers and activities you need to focus on within each phase to get better results in your business
  • what you should TOTALLY avoid because it's not helping in your current phase
  • my own personal execution routines and processes to get better & more efficient results regardless of what phase you're in...

This is all happening on Wednesday {August 3rd} at 12pm EDT/9am PDT. 

So, regardless of what phase you're in now -- you're going to want to be there for this.

i.e. whether you feel like you've got things figured out, OR you're wondering what to focus on and why this isn't working for're going to want to save your seat for this one!

You need to know what business phase you're in, and what to be doing to maximize and optimize where you're at, efficiency baby.
Join this week's workshop to figure it all out!