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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Nov 29, 2016

What if your next 90 days were THE BEST 90 days you've ever had in business?

What if they were better than you even thought possible?!
{hint: they CAN be -- start here with this FREE series:}

► What if you knew exactly how to make more money, be more productive, and become a more powerful and influential leader over the next 90?

There's a huge gap between setting goals and achieving them, and there's a ton of flawed teachings around both concepts.

I talk a lot about productivity and efficiency in my own business…it's my background in LEAN Six Sigma that drives my own expertise...

But no one is more of an expert on this topic than my mentor and friend, Todd Herman.

Todd is THE BEST high performance coach/advisor you'll ever meet, hence why I hired him.

Todd's been working in the 'field of play' as he calls it for over 20 years...coaching professional athletes, Olympians, Fortune 100 CEOs and high level entrepreneurs on how to perform when the stakes are high.

*And his systems are independently validated by third-party Harvard researchers...and that means they'll work for you regardless of what type of business you run or goals you're trying to achieve.

Traditional goal setting tactics are archaic, ineffective...and they're definitely not S.M.A.R.T.

This is likely why both you and I have felt there was something MISSING in our goal process in the past...but could never seem to figure out what or WHY.

ENTER: Todd Herman.

Once I started approaching my goals in the way Todd was teaching approached my goals in this way, not only did I start achieving MORE in FAR less time…
… but I've done so with more clarity, predictability and less leaked energy {so clutch}.

Todd's just released his powerful free training video, where he talks about:

  • The 3 reasons why setting the WRONG goals are a surefire way to sabotage your success in 2017(ever notice how millions of business owners set them, yet only a handful ever achieve something on a large scale?).
  • The hidden "leak" in your day-to-day routine that may be robbing you of up to 80% of your productive efficiency... and how to instantly patch it up for good.
  • The "Nike Paradox" and why it can be so disastrous for your long term achievement.
  • The subtle differences between the OW and WOW mindsets, and how with just a few simple tweaks you can move from a self-sabotaging, anxiety-driven entrepreneur caught in the constant comparison trap… to a confident, motivated, constantly-improving high performer.
  • Why setting goals beyond 90 days sucks all the air out of your motivation, leads to crippling procrastination, and goes against the way your brain is naturally wired.

With 2016 coming to a close, what Todd teaches is more important than ever.

Every time Todd opens up this free video series, I watch them all again and learn something new and valuable each time. New aha moments, shifts, transformation, and I cannot wait to hear yours. 

I want to invite you along for this free series, because even if you decide to NEVER work with Todd like I have, you WILL get huge value from going through this free content with us.

Listen in to this interview where Todd will share the big differences between goal setters and goal achievers, and how you can be in that second group of humans sooner than later! 


Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

This episode is a REWIND from 2015 when I took an entire week to interview my family members for's one of my all time favorite dad.

But don't tune out now because you think this is just some sappy family dad is a serious and serial entrepreneur who is going to teach you some big lessons in this episode! 

Lee is my incredible Dad, who is a graduate of Johns Hopkins (BS in Engineering) and Wharton Graduate (MBA). He has held numerous senior level executive positions with firms such as W.R. Grace, Right Management Consultants and Borman Gray International. He is currently Managing Partner of CRC Search, a virtual financial services recruiting firm. He lives in Chenequa, WI with his partner Dwyn von Bereghy and their dog Gisela. He is the proud father of Adrienne, Mark and Matthew. He enjoys fishing, hunting, scuba diving and boating. He is a cancer survivor.

Nov 22, 2016

How do you create so much content?

How do you create content that is so honest and direct and uninhibited? 

These were two questions that I received this week from a listener, and in this episode I'm sharing why these questions are actually one in the same. Oh, and I'll answer them both. 

Because if you're struggling with content creation, feeling like it takes FOREVER...or just feeling boring and vanilla with anything you create...then you definitely need to listen in.   

If YOU have a question...join my FREE community and ask and maybe yours will be next on the show! 

Nov 17, 2016


Want to know what I really think about the online entrepreneurship world?!

There's a ton of good...tons of freedom, flexibility, creative spirit, profit potential, growth and leadership experience...the list goes on. #amiright?!

Preaching to the choir, I'm sure...but I think there's also a HUGE problem.
HOUSTON, we have a problem!

And it could be the thing that's actually holding you back from getting bigger and faster results...ya know...the ones you're wondering why you're not currently getting?!  

The online entrepreneurship world is missing one of the critical elements that supports our success...accountability.

You remember what that is, right?

The participation grade you received in college for showing up to all your classes.

The mid-term date that you couldn't push back.

The manager that you said hello to at the coffee pot every morning before the team meeting.

The quarterly goal setting that your company VP would approve.

It also looked like this...

The friend that texted you when you didn't show up for said class.

The classmate that dragged you to go study before said mid-term.

The office bestie that ran into your office to let you know your boss was in a mood today.

The mentor that helped you identify what you needed to work on if you wanted to advance.

And guess even looked like this...

The deadline for your thesis paper.

The project timeline that couldn't be delayed without another budget approval.

The end of year review that let us know if we were meeting, exceeding or falling short of the expectations.

The very thing that we despised and dreaded about our previous roles is also thing that allowed us to BE the achievers that we are.

Without deadlines or grades there is no OVER-ACHIEVING.

Without milestones and recognition there is no BEST IN CLASS.

Without accountability or support there is no SENSE OF URGENCY.

I'm not just going to leave you hanging though...there are some ways to insert some accountability back into your business with love, not bitterness.

The big difference though?

YOU have to make the effort.

No one else can decide this for you.

You have to ask for it. Or create it. Or raise your hand.'s some great ways to build some accountability back into your ways that won't feel like you're being strangled or back in corporate.
  1. Find a business bestie.

Not your college roommate bestie...that won't work here, unless they're also an entrepreneur. You need someone WHO GETS IT. And NOT someone who is going to let you off the hook every time things get tough...that's not a true business bestie. Business besties listen, love and then require each other to execute at their highest potential.

Where to find one?

Reach out to someone that you resonate with in some FB groups or at a local networking event. Don't be shy...

I met mine in a FB group in early 2015, we had a coffee chat and the rest is history! We now meet every Friday morning for a 5am accountability call and catch up sesh.

We've even collaborated on events, webinars, and retreats!
  1. Join a mastermind.

Masterminds are one of the BEST additions I've made to my business {both being in one and running them}.

By definition, a mastermind is a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting designed to sharpen your business and personal skills. It's build to help you and your mastermind counterparts achieve success.

You challenge each other to set powerful goals, and more importantly, to accomplish them. The group requires commitment, confidentiality, willingness to both give and receive advice and ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion.

Your mastermind partners are catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues.
I've seen the great power these groups can have from both participating and running them and recommend them to anyone who is at the Momentum or Leader phase of business.
Where to find one?
Some of your mentors may also facilitate masterminds OR you can create one on your own.

I facilitate 2 different masterminds and we're enrolling new members now if this is something you've been seeking. You can apply here.

  1. Hire support.

Now, support comes in many shapes and forms, so interpret this in whatever way is going to best serve you, but I'll give you a few examples.

MENTOR -- support might be a mentor or coach that you meet with regularly to ensure you're challenging yourself enough and consistently moving towards your goals {and actually hitting them}. It's much easier to fall off the wagon when no one knows there was a wagon. This is an incredible layer of support to have if you want it.

TEAM -- support might also come in the form of team members. When you have a team, you want to inform them of your goals and deadlines so that they can help keep you accountable to staying on track.

While I don't think this is AS powerful as a mentor or coach {because essentially YOU are the boss, and can end up pushing back deadlines again...}, but it's still a great extra layer versus being alone in your own business vortex.

Where to find one?

Right here of course.

Enrollment is officially open for my 2017 one on one program -- the Leader Track Experience, so in all seriousness...if you're interested, apply here. 

And if you know I'm not the mentor for you, I know a ton of other great peeps I can refer you to.

You can also ask your business besties for referrals, reach out to people you admire in your industry, or even come ask for some recommendations inside my free FB group here.

Wherever you find this mentor -- just do your homework and make sure you're a good fit for each other.

We need discipline to create freedom.

For me personally, I EXCEL when I share my goals, have support, and surround myself with humans that will keep me accountable to my timely growth and success.

I've done SCARY things to make sure that I've got all that setup in my life and business, scary things like:

>> investing lots of money into the right mentor,

>> sending messages to people who didn't know me from Adam asking them if they wanted to be accountability buddies,

>> and my most recent scary move...asking some of my busiest, most inspiring, and most influential friends if they would join me for a peer retreat here in Florida.  

By NOT having these things in your life, you're NOT setting yourself up for success. You're not allowing yourself to excel.

We are human...

When left to our own devices, we procrastinate, we make excuses, we get distracted, we spin, we question ourselves, we lose perspective, we get overwhelmed...the list goes on.
Accountability IS the backbone of your success. It's the thing that ties it all together.
So, however you add some to your it sooner than later.

I'd love to know how YOU are currently adding accountability to your business.

And if you're ready to raise your hand for more support and accountability -- apply here for Leader Track. 


Nov 15, 2016

It’s your personal responsibility to use your voice.

Fear is strong, but your leadership needs to be bolder.

I was silent for so long...out of fear.

I had these thoughts...

What will they think of me, what if I don’t know the right things to say, what if someone hates me now or thinks I’m not as intelligent because I don’t know ALLLLL the facts, what if...what if...what if…

But what if I stay silent?
Who does that help? Who does that serve? How is that leadership?

What we tolerate, is perpetuated.

What are you tolerating by NOT speaking up? What are you staying too quiet about?

I want you to share with me over in my FB group here. 

Nov 10, 2016
An experienced mentor, online marketing expert for international brands, and former professor, Christine was inspired after the sudden loss of her daughter to teach women how to use their unique gifts AND challenges to create and lead the business and life of their dreams.

Christine's authenticity and background has inspired thousands around the world. An award-winning PBS documentarian, a 3-time Olympic Games freelancer, and founder of 2 6-figure businesses & a non-profit, her experience with telling compelling stories makes her a remarkable speaker and guest expert.

She's been featured on podcasts and international trainings, has appeared on news broadcasts and has led trainings across the country.
Christine has made it her personal mission to let others know that no matter what they've been through, it's possible to survive it, and not only survive, but to thrive.

In this episode we're talking about:

>> Why focus & self-belief are the most important keys to success

>> How to transmute tragedy (or struggle) into triumph

>> How to discover your unique gifts through your childhood experiences

You can connect with Christine over at
Nov 8, 2016


Had an insanely FUN day where my client and I mapped out her 2017 plans...including financial projections...

Super fun when you see the entire investment she made in you returned to her {and then some} in the first month of next year.

{note and tip: we'll be working together through December 2017, so her ROI will likely be 10-12x the investment -- this is always my target for pricing}.

This is the power of strategic planning and investments that help you remove the unnecessary and focus on bigger ROI.

The key to getting a big return on an investment is investing in the RIGHT THINGS.

When you're mapping out your own goals and projections, identify the GAP.

The GAP is the distance between your GOAL and the ACTION needed to make PROGRESS towards achieving it.

There are 3 areas you may have a GAP and need to fill -- know this BEFORE you make an investment.

1. Knowledge GAP {you don't know the techniques, strategies, tools, etc. at a knowledge level to be able to hit your goal}.

2. Action GAP {you know *what* to do, but aren't executing for one reason or another - lack of action can be related to needing accountability, support, or belief}.

3. Belief GAP {you don't believe your goal is possible...and therefore aren't executing or taking action}.

Some investments can meet multiple GAPS, some just meet one very specifically. There is nothing wrong with that.

There is nothing wrong with having a GAP - we actually ALL have one or multiples {otherwise we'd all have actualized all our goals already}.

The KEY is knowing where your GAP is and investing in something that will help you close that gap. The investment needs to provide the right progress so that your action allows you to achieve your goal.

Where is YOUR current GAP? And do you know how to close it?

Find out in this episode...

And if you're interested in working 1:1 with Adrienne to close your GAP -- you can apply here.  

Nov 3, 2016

Have you been overwhelmed, overworked, and still feeling it's never enough? 

Pushing yourself to be the best in ALL areas of your life and unsure when the payoff is finally going to happen?! 

Trying to be...Mom of the year, Business owner of the year, Crossfit athlete and marathon runner of the year...sound familiar? 

Jenny Shih and I sat down and had a real honest conversation about what success without sacrifice really is, if it's mythical and how she created this new revolution for women running around looking like chickens with their heads cut off. 

I'll be honest, I didn't think I was going to like what Jenny had to say...but I'll let you be the judge of whether or not this whole 'success without sacrifice' idea can work for you. 

Jenny Shih is an uncompromising business coach who works with smart entrepreneurs who are fiercely committed to their own success. Step by step, she show them how to create a successful online business without having to work long hours or make huge sacrifices. She believes that with the right systems and strategies, you can make money doing work you love and also live a life you love.

You can join her FREE 6 week class here to start your Success Without Sacrifice journey. 

Nov 1, 2016

50% of startups fail within their first year of business and 95% fail before they hit year 5. 

That is NOT good.

That is NOT okay. 

And the better news about all this? 

That statistic can be avoided. 

But you have to stop focusing on the WRONG things. 

In this episode I'm going to share some things I've never shared before...

  • how I FAILED miserably at starting up a business and how you can avoid that;
  • what you need to STOP working on immediately;
  • and my 5 tips for you to get started on the MOST important thing {at any stage of business}....relationship building.

 If you're unsure of what phase your business is at right now -- you need to join me for this FREE workshop -- Profit in 30.