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STP 032: Barrett Brooks asks, “Has your career given you a case of the Mondays?”

September 11th, 20134 Comments »


Are you living someone else’s dream?

This is the question Barrett asks his  recent student & young professional clients when they can’t figure out how to find a career that fulfills them.  Have you ever felt like you want to hit the re-start button?  Did you come out of college pumped to make a huge impact with your new career??  And now…??  Barrett’s mission is to cure what ails ya.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore R.

Barrett has started Living for Mondays to help those souls find purpose & meaning in their career, and to balance that with the other areas of their life.

In addition he recently worked closely (Like Seth made him breakfast in the morning close – right?) with Seth Godin on a project that was announced the same day this post went live.  If you feel you have been collateral damage from the “Educational Industrial Complex”  you will definitely enjoy what Barrett has to say.  Be sure to check out some of the linked articles below from his website.


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Shark chum for you to chew on:

  • Barrett’s expectations of being a consultant were sexy, fun, and exciting.  Reality, not so much.  (Sound familiar?)
  • Too many people spend several years and thousands of dollars to begin living someone else’s dream – but what do you do if you feel stuck?
  • The 3 ways “Living For Monday” helps people find fulfillment & balance in their careers.
  • How young entrepreneurs can overcome the spike sticks of youth and perceived inexperience.
  • The “Educational Industrial Complex”   This is where we need some boots on the ground.
  • How falling on his face showed Barrett he was focused on the wrong market (Failing can be a crystal ball)
  • Barrett is working on a project with Seth Godin, but the takeaway is why Seth chose him* (Takeaway)
  • Barrett’s 2 steps for people looking to pivot in a new direction
  • The 5 major drivers of our sense of wellbeing
  • Is it selfish to save money??
  • Plus a whole lot more…

Advice for entrepreneurs who haven’t made it over the hump just yet:

  •  Avoid SELF SABOTAGE – Get feedback from your target market & be willing to hear the hard news early

Barrett’s favorite shark:

  • Daymond John

Items we talked about during the session:

Career Kickstarter

14 lessons from Seth Godin’s mystery project team (You must check out this link!)

Super Secret Seth Godin project released the SAME DAY AS THIS POST (How cool is that!)

The 5 major drivers of our sense of well-being

36 things Barrett shouldn’t tell you – I liked this post on his blog

How to Make $5,000 in 5 Days without Spending a Dime

Nathan Barry (He is so hot right now *In my M)

Success books that Barrett recommends:

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Tech that Barrett could not survive without:

  • Commit  (Jerry Seinfeld set a goal to write a joke every day & look what happened)

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  • BarrettBrooks

    Thanks so much for having me on the show, TJ. I had a blast and I hope your audience enjoys.

    • TJ

      Well Barrett you were excellent, and perhaps too well prepared :)

      Great session – Looking forward to seeing big things from you.

    • TJ Hale

      The pleasure was all mine Barrett. My only complaint was that you may have been a little too well prepared and composed as a guest thereby diminishing my ‘street cred’. Lesson learned!

      Thanks for sharing great content with the “Sharks In Training”

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