Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is a New York Times #1 bestselling author, having sold over 2.5 million copies of his works worldwide. His books “Triggers” and “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” were recently recognized on Amazon’s list of the ‘100 Best Leadership & Success Books Ever Written.’ He’s also won the Harvard Institute of Coaching’s Lifetime Award for Leadership. Dr. Goldsmith joined Marcel to talk about leading a more fulfilling life. He talks about the importance of “The Earned Life” and gives us a preview of his next book in this episode.
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“So if you’ve ever been caught in a cycle of regret… and I think that’s most of us….Marshall is here to tell us how to remove the obstacles that prevent us from creating our own fulfilling lives. And who better to help us remove those obstacles than the #1 ranked executive coach in the world.” [2:25] Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is an expert in building a fulfilling life. He joined us on the podcast to have this all-too-important conversation.
“A lot of my life is just great mentors.”[4:30] Marshall took us through his story – how he got to where he is today, and what he learned along the way. It’s a true rags-to-riches story.
Marshall talks about how his book impacts already-successful people – and what that has taught him about life. “Part of the problem with goal achievement is that you can forget your aspiration” [9:00] As Marshall says, achieving goals is important, but it’s critical not to overvalue these goals. If you stumble into that pitfall, you’ll find that: “You can forget to enjoy the process of life.” [9:11]
“Never become attached to achievement. Never become attached to results. It’s a fools’ game for two reasons. One is, that you don’t have total control over the results. Two is, let’s say you achieve the results. How much satisfaction does that bring?” [11:45]
“An earned life makes only a few demands of us.” [16:29] Marshall points to the importance of living your own life – not living through social media or the internet.
Marshall discusses “the every breath paradigm.” [20:07] As a practicing Buddhist, Marshall holds the ‘every breath paradigm’ at the core of his day-to-day life. Every time you wake up, you get a fresh start. Life isn’t just a series of successes, but you constantly get chances to start over and turn over a new leaf.
Marshall and I agree: “We choose to become who we want, rather than holding on to our past.” [25:35]
At the end of the day, Marshall’s self-proclaimed mission is simple. “My bigger mission is to help people before I die and after I die.” [36:42]
We ended with some really profound advice from Marshall. “We’re going through hard times and it’s important to have a support group.” [40:10] The past couple of years have been tough on all of us. So it’s critical to have a support system around you for times like these.
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