How to overcome resistance and get out of your own way [Leader Reader]

The Leader Reader is a video series where each month I feature a book that can transform your life. I love to read. I firmly believe that leaders are reader and that a book can impact you life.

This month’s featured book is a little one that packs and impressive punch. It’s a book that I have been resisting reading for awhile now. Several people have told me that I need to read this book, but I never did. In February I attended a conference with Michael Hyatt and he gave me a copy. I finally read it and was kicking myself for not reading it sooner.



Don’t Break the Chain!!!

Having trouble sticking to a habit? Learn the importance of not breaking the chain.

Today’s, Ninja Tactic is the Take Action Tally strategy.


Stop making excuses with a simple mindset shift

We talk ourselves out of action. We can rationalize almost anything. And when you are trying to create a new habit, that excusizing can kill your habit before it gets off the ground.



Have massive personal growth by taking small steps

Why one tactic a day?

It’s important not to focus on making huge improvements every once in a while but to continually make small steps. That is what leads to The Snowball Effect…

Stay consistent and stay committed 


How to stand out and make ripples of change [Podcast]

What is it that makes you stand out? Focusing on and developing your unique abilities will not only increase your life enjoyment but can help create a change that ripples out into the world.

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That is only the tip of the iceberg of what we talk about on the podcast this week. Paul Wesselmann is my guest. Each week Paul is responsible for inspiring tens of thousands of people as the creator of The Ripples Project and as a leadership trainer. He has a great personality and delivers some knock out, actionable content. Take a listen.


In this interview we cover some extremely important topics to growing as a student leader including:

  • How to take responsibility for your energy?
  • The two types of listeners. Do you know which you are?
  • The difference between success in high school and success in the rest of your life. A MUST KNOW!!
  • The one skill that will help propel you to your goals, AND how to develop it.

Every day advice for increasing your productivity

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Are you looking for real life, practical, every day advice for making your life more productive?

Check out this brand new training series, Ninja Tactics live. Every day (Monday through Friday) at 1 pm CST I will be delivering an immediately implementable Ninja Tactic. These will be two to five minute trainings that you can join in on over google+ hangout.

After I go through the training content I will be sticking around to answer questions that people have. Once, the hangout is over the videos will be sent to YouTube, posted here, and an email sent out to Ninja Tactic subscribers. You can find past videos, access the hangout, and see the schedule for the week by visiting Ninja Tactics live

Learn more by watching the introduction video below.

#010: Andy Traub interview [Podcast]

Early To Rise makes a student leader healthy, wealthy, and…awesome! In this podcast episode I interview Andy Traub about his new book Early to Rise. Andy gives us straight talk about the why and how of not only getting out of bed in the morning, but of taking permission in your life.


Andy’s book is the action oriented handbook on how to learn to rise early in just 30 days. It’s not about getting up early for getting up early’s sake, it’s about making the most of your day and intentionally living your life.


Success Quote

“If you don’t want a normal life, don’t do normal stuff.” Andy Andrews

Key Take-aways

If you are going with the flow, the flow is in control and not you.

008: Hoan Do interview – Ninja Leaders Podcast

Today’s guest on the Ninja Leaders Podcastis recognized as America’s #1 College Success Coach. Hoan Do inspires students worldwide through speaking engagements, coaching programs and his books. His mission is to equip young adults with practical and straight-forward advice and knowledge that will help them to succeed in and out of school.

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For the last five years, Hoan has been fiercely committed to helping students succeed in and out of school. In this interview he lays out some very actionable advice on how to make the most out of the remainder of the school year.

Success quote: 

“You should risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” –  Cadet Maxim 

Key Take-aways

Be generous and invested in other people.

We talk about phone books. You do remember what those are right?

Ways to build accountability in your life and the importance of coaches and mentors.

The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform your Life Before 8am [Leader Reader]

The Miracle Morning journal is this week’s featured Leader Reader book. The author Hal Elrod lays out a structure for creating a morning routine.

Why should you care?

Having a morning routine that focuses on your growth is a great way to energize you, make you more productive, and lead to you creating a Level 10 life.

Hal was a guest on the Ninja Leaders Podcast a few weeks ago and we walked through the The Miracle Morning book. But I just went through this journal for the first time, it is a great tool for starting your year off on the right foot.

The first part of the journal breaks down the main concepts of The Miracle Morning, the Life SAVERS:

S – Silence Take ten minutes first thing in the morning to sit quietly. Meditate, pray, or I prefer to simply sit, sipping my coffee, doing my best to clear my mind of any thoughts. It sounds silly but it has been the best thing I’ve added to my routine in a long time.

Resolutions to Results [Podcast]

We are a week into the new year, how are those resolutions going? This episodes is all about turning those resolutions into results. Going from hoping and wishing for something different to actually creating a change in your life.

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If you’re like me, you have already been tested, and you might even be thinking about giving up. STOP!! Don’t wave the white flag just yet. I have some practical advice on how to turn those resolutions into results in six specific steps.



“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to success is found in your daily routine.” John Maxwell