Author: Jason D. Bay

The GenY Success Show (Episode 10): James Norris – Building New Success Habits, Increasing Productivity and Finding Fulfillment In Your Work

James Norris is a social entrepreneur and professional lifehacker. He’s experienced and tracked over 1,500 life firsts. He’s a super interesting guy and he has a ton of knowledge on habits and productivity.

He’s also co-built 20+ organizations and was a triple major/quadruple major at the University of Texas at Austin. I had him on the show to share his tools and knowledge with us about how to build better habits, overcome bad ones and increase our productivity by limiting distractions.

What’s Holding You Back From Taking The Leap Into Entrepreneurship?

It took me over 7 years of working as an employee before I decided it was time to start a business.

I guess you could say I had a major fear of failure.

But what made me finally take the leap was looking at the potential upside of entrepreneurship. I didn’t realize that there was so much more to becoming an entrepreneur besides it being a way to make more money or to be your own boss.

The GenY Success Show (Episode 9): Vanessa Van Edwards – Using Human Behavioral Science To Become More Likeable

Vanessa Van Edwards is the CEO and Founder of Science of People, a Portland, OR based human behavior research lab. Vanessa has been featured in many publications including CNN, Forbes, NPR, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal, along with being a contributor to the Huffington Post.

The reason I had Vanessa on the GenY Success Show is that she applies her studies of human behavior to business. We talk all about how non-verbal communication affects successes and failures in the business world and she gives a ton of practical takeaways you can implement right away at work.

The GenY Success Show (Episode 8): Tamara Thorpe – Finding Great Mentors, Becoming A Great Leader, Effective Goal Setting

Tamara Thorpe helps equip millennials with the tools to succeed as a leader in today’s world. She loves helping young adults build a better version of themselves to realize their untapped potential. I dug in with Tamara to get her insight on finding mentors. She also talks about why it’s important to have a mentor to help you get ahead in your career. If you’re wondering how to show a potential mentor you’re worth their time, we answer that question for you in this episode.

We also dig into leadership and why it’s more than just a title: it’s a mindset and a lifestyle. You don’t have to be a “boss” to be a great leader. Tamara also helps millennials set life goals and, more importantly, helps them to achieve their goals. We talk about creative ways to hold yourself accountable to your goals to achieve as many of them as possible.

5 Ways To Increase Productivity In A World Full Of Distractions

When I get hired for my first real job at 18, my goal was to be the hardest worker. It was a commission-based sales job and I wasn’t compensated unless I made sales. I took a lot of pride in working long hours. And from what I could tell, all successful business people and entrepreneurs did worked grueling hours to achieve their success.

I hit a critical point in about a year. 80-100 hour weeks weren’t sustainable. I started to get pretty burnt out.

Multitasking seemed like the best answer. After all, isn’t that what being “productive” means?

That didn’t work either. I worked less hours, but the quality of my work sucked.

I decided to try a new approach: complete disregard for the number of hours and more focus on the results. Sometimes it took 6 hours to accomplish what I needed to that day, and sometimes it took 14 hours.

This approach helped, but it didn’t help me accomplish any more than I already was.

My next approach was to find as many books, articles and websites relating to productivity.

My findings went against every assumption I made about productivity. My research showed that highly productive people do not…

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