Due to tremendous feedback and requests, Alan Weiss’s The Uncomfortable Truth Podcast is now weekly, appearing every Thursday on the Contrarian Consulting blog. In this podcast, Alan will continue to address the issues and challenges that we tend to avoid or duck. The first of the weekly podcasts will be Thursday, May 31st, and every Thursday thereafter.
The secret of success that is within us but is too often abused instead of used. This is “the secret” to success. No, it’s not that dreadful book. It’s something you use each day, but likely not effectively. Harness its power to influence and persuade people.
Why we shouldn’t be applying contemporary beliefs to historical events and we’d be a lot lighter if we put the stones down. Yesterday had its standards and beliefs. Today has its own. We could avoid a lot of the suffering and needless disputes in society if we stopped applying today’s standards to yesterday’s events.
How we are dulling our senses and ruining our meaning. WARNING: Profanity is used throughout for examples. Vulgarity causes a decline in society. There’s a difference between being bold and simply being crude. If you’re relying on vulgar phrases and words to produce shock value, you need to re-evaluate what you’re doing.
How we’re not preparing our kids for the basic learning that many of us were prepared for in simpler times. “How have you published so many books?” “How do you know that?” “How do you write so fast?” These are questions I get asked often. I have a simple secret. In grammar school, I paid attention. How do we expect to move forward as a society if we keep making learning an afterthought?
The reasons for and means to escape going through your life defensively and scared. We’re scared of the wrong things. We get threatened and give in to knee-jerk reactions. Taxi drivers, for example, protested and reacted completely the wrong way when Uber threatened their business. How far did that get them? Listen to this podcast, and discover how you could be reacting to things in a manner that is moving you away from your desired result.
Fear of failure is fear of living, so let’s come to grips with why we’ve failed and whether it matters or not. I didn’t get into Columbia University. I failed at writing a novel I told myself I’d write when I turned 50. I don’t have great hair either. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, I actually like to recount my failures. They’ve been great learning lessons and they haven’t stopped me from achieving phenomenal success in other areas of my life. Are you taking your failures too personally?
United may have been obvious, but you are being dragged up the aisle daily by a variety of public and private organizations. You’re being “dragged up the aisle” every day – it’s just not visual, so you don’t notice it. In today’s podcast, I shed some light on how everyone gets dragged around whether they know it or not. Yes, even you.
Don’t tell me you don’t have any faith when you drive on the highway with people all around you steering deadly weapons. I share my thoughts on the roads today. From bike riders, to people who text while driving, to people who absolutely refuse to change lanes even if they’re inconveniencing the cars behind them, there is no end to the idiocy out there. Let’s discuss some of it.
Why people see hidden dangers all around them, and why that’s crazy. Everything today seems to be a conspiracy. The government, major corporations, banks and the media are apparently all involved. If you walk around thinking people are out to get you all the time, you need to reassess your thinking. This edition of The Uncomfortable Truth is a good start.