The Earned Life is a road map for ambitious people seeking a higher purpose. An earned life means living in a way where the choices, risks, and efforts we make moment to moment line up with our bigger purpose, regardless of the outcome. But for many of us, that pesky final phrase is a stumbling block: “regardless of the eventual outcome.” Not being attached to the outcome goes against everything we’re taught about achievement and fulfillment in modern society.
In this episode, Goldsmith shares a wealth of insights about how to live with purpose, joy, and freedom now while working for the difference you want to make in the world. We talk about how to overcome common barriers that keep us from being our full selves, how to build trust and credibility with other people as we grow and change, why being happy now is one of the most important choices you can make, and much more.
The Earned Life
02:30 Three key elements to having a great life:
- Our higher-level aspiration or purpose
- Our ambition, which is goal achievement
- Our day-to-day actions, our immediate activities now.
The key to having a great life is the alignment of these.
04:09 The great Western disease is “I’ll be happy when.”
05:45 We’re not who we used to be. We’re constantly changing as we go through life. The “me” at the end of our conversation is not the same me that was at the beginning of our conversation.
07:12 How do you recommend leaders and people navigate the change from the previous versions of ourselves?
09:12 In leadership, it doesn’t matter what we think we said, all that matters is what they heard.
09:44 Barriers to becoming our best self – how inertia gets in our way.
11:21 We’ve all been programmed to believe we are a certain person. And if we’re not careful, we just live out these programs in life.
13:10 Know when to leave. The reality is it’s your life and you need to make a choice.
18:04 What are the YCBM moments? (You Can Be More moments.)
20:03 Marshall’s practical advice for the younger generation to set themselves up for living an earned life.
21:08 Our mission in life is to make a positive difference, not to prove we’re smart and not to prove we’re right.
22:07 When is promoting myself the right thing to do? And when is promoting myself the wrong or dysfunctional thing to do?
27:35 Marshall’s final advice: Number one, three words. Be happy now, not next month, not next year.
28:48 We don’t regret the risk we take and fail. We regret the risk we fail to take.
Connect with Marshall
Get the Book