The Uncomfortable Truth Podcast – Now Weekly!

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.

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 33: The Secret

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.

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 32: Presentism

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.

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 31: Vulgarity

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.

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 30: The Discipline of Learning

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?

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 29: Why Are We So Threatened?

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.

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 28: The Sublime Failure

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?