Challenge Your Thinking with Dr. Linda Tucker

John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of Entrepreneur On Fire, a top ranked iTunes business Podcast.  After chasing fame and fortune and coming up short each time he finally figured out that providing value is the key to success.  He is here to share his ah ha moments, thinking, and keys to success that have enabled him to amass a small fortune.  I hope you will join us.

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Dorie Clark is an author (Stand Out, and Reinventing You), speaker, professor, award-winning journalist, and one of twenty-five professional networking experts chosen by Forbes Magazine to watch in 2015.  She discovered that "Standing Out" requires a three step process that she shares with us in this interview. For instance, the first step is to build your network. Next, build your audience, and third, build your community, and I’ll tell you what I mean by those things. The first step, building your network, is about connecting with a small group of trusted people around you. It’s essentially this important- but-often-overlooked step of building a personal board of directors, building your "kitchen" cabinet so that you have people whose opinions you trust who are willing and able to give you the kind of feedback you need in order to make your ideas better, people you know have your back and want to help you and support you. The second step is then the more public phase where you’re building your audience, and that involves content creation; sharing your ideas, whether it’s blogs or social media or lecturing; it’s about sharing your ideas and making yourself findable to other like-minded people. And then finally the third step is where it begins to take on a life of its own and you stop being the only person who is talking about your idea. Instead you’re building a community because the audience has become so excited about your idea and they see a value in it, they think it’s relevant to them, they start talking about it, and they become your evangelists and talk to each other.  If you are interested in "Standing Out" please tune in today for your free 42 page workbook.

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Judy Robinett is an author, speaker, consultant, CEO, and pundit who is focused on strategic planning, financial and product development, marketing, and distribution for startups and established enterprises. She has taken some of these experiences and turned them into a five-star book entitled How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule. Robinett is a business thought leader who is known as the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex. She has been profiled in Forbes, Inc., the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek as a sterling example of the new breed of super connectors who use their experience and networks to accelerate growth and enhance profitability.

Judy’s work is about empowering individuals.  She encourages us to be strategic, to gather our courage and to engage in the networks that surround us.  Judy shares her heart with us in this interview telling us that if she can learn to do this anyone can.  She was painfully shy growing up and will be the first one to tell you that putting herself out there didn’t come naturally. In other words, if Judy can do this you can, too.  Judy’s story demonstrates how hardship and insecurity can be fertile soil for strength, grit, and determination to bloom--if you're willing to do the work. Often our places of vulnerability and struggle go on to become our most powerful points of connection with others.  Tune in to this interview and see how. 

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Alicia Watkins is a retired Air Force staff sergeant and survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon who deployed to both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and now battles traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and post traumatic stress. Alicia was the principal guest on the twenty-fifth final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show in the episode “American War Heroes: Why Are These Women Homeless?” She now proudly serves as an ambassador for veterans, traveling the world to speak on behalf of the needs of wounded warriors, female veterans, and homeless veterans. She was nominated as L’Oreal’s 2013 Woman of Worth for her 9/11 empowerment drive foundation, which assists the survivors of 9/11 and wounded warriors as they recover from their injuries.  Her goal, is to prevent the financial loss and pay errors that occurred to her as warriors recover from their combat injuries. Alicia is currently a sophomore at Harvard University, with a goal to earn a doctorate in psychology and law. She is currently the reigning Ms. Maryland America, a certified volunteer docent for the 9/11 memorial in New York, who is mentored by famed horse whisperer and former guest of mine Mr. Monty Roberts, who developed equine therapy. Alicia has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Australia’s Seven Network, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Additionally, she has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Boston Globe, and Ebony magazine.  She has an amazing story to tell, an incredible amount of strength and dignity to share and I guarantee you will be inspired by listening to her.   

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Bonnie Bruckheimer began her cinematic career at Columbia Pictures and became known as one of Hollywood’s most successful producers. In 1985 she formed All Girl Productions, with partner Bette Midler, and made her debut as a film producer on Beaches. She is known for her work on Big Business, Hocus Pocus, Beaches, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, to name a few. She has worked with some of the best in Hollywood and has been nominated for two Emmys. She is currently an adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she teaches. She has also been a long-time volunteer and grief counselor at Our House and is the mother two.  When I asked Bonnie if it took luck to succeed in show business this is only a part of what she believes it takes..."there is definitely a bit of being in the right place at the right time, but it’s much more about hard work and determination and deciding it’s something you want to do and nothing’s going to be able to stop you, and I tell my students now that if you are not passionate and you don’t have the feeling that you’ll die if you don’t get to do this, you won’t get to do it. Success is about determination."  Bonnie is full of insight and wisdom.  I hope you will join us for this weeks interview.  

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Peter S. Cohan is a millionaire with poet’s heart.  He has very insightful ideas and is the kind of person who continues to question things.  For instance, he questions how money and the pursuit of money can be a futile kind of activity and that success may just be controlling how we spend our time.  In our interview Peter discusses what standing still will get you.  He says, “Don’t be afraid to act, because you’re not going to get it right the first time. Just make your best shot. Have enough confidence to accept the fact that your first try might not work. Your second try might not work. But also be intellectually curious enough to want to learn the lessons from what worked and what didn’t work and apply them and try again. And you’ll get closer and closer.”  Those insights and many more are a part of this interesting interview that will not only keep you thinking but encourage you to move forward.

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Dr. Jill Suttie is a writer, researcher, and book review editor for the Greater Good Science Center.  She writes about research on psychological and social wellbeing--in particular, research on altruism, compassion, resilience, happiness, awe and empathy.  In this episode we discuss her articles about the latest findings by neuroscientists and researchers that are "discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of it's real emotional and social power." "Music impacts us in ways that other sounds don't, and for years now, scientists have been wondering why."  Please join us for those answers and an interesting discussion about how and why music makes us feel better and even heal. 

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Joe Kowan believes that saving up "little pieces of advice" has helped him to not only help himself but many others.  He has learned that doing something unexpected with your life, staying off the beaten path or simply taking care of others have been only some of the nuggets worth saving.  Joe has some serious stage fright and still managed to complete a  TedTalk that has gone on to resonate with millions.  He has that innate ability to inspire others.  We hope you will tune in and see if Joe will inspire you to try something again that you may have otherwise given up on.  

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William D. Cohan does not take anything at face value.  If you have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes on Wall Street or in major Universities then you will want to listen to his interview.  Heis a business writer with a solid pedigree, and a former high-level investment banker on Wall Street who has written four New York Times best-selling nonfiction narratives about Wall Street. They are: Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street, The Last Tycoons and The Price of Silence.  He doesn't shy away from scandal and isn't afraid to speak up. He is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a columnist for the DealBook section of the New York Times. He writes for the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Atlantic, the Nation, and Fortune, to name a few. He also appears regularly on MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, and the BBC TV. He has been a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the NewsHour, The Charlie Rose Show, and too many numerous others to mention, and now he's here to join us.  

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Vanessa Van Edwards believes that the primary purpose of her business is to help people.  She runs an organization called the Science of People.  Their organization takes all of the latest research that has come out of academic institutions and peer-reviewed journals and turns it into applicable tips.  She calls it "science-based self-help."  Vanessa is the lead investigator at Science of People, a human-behavior research lab. She is a Huffington Post columnist and published author who wrote Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101.  Her innovative work has been featured on NPR, Business Week, and USA Today.  She has written for CNN, Fast Company, and Forbes.

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