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226: Professional Victims


I wish I could answer no, but I can’t. Unfortunately, the truth is that there are many professional victims, and their club is growing exponentially in today’s world.

This episode explores the victim mindset that I have labelled Rearden Syndrome. The name refers to a principal character, Hank Rearden, in Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged. The book quickly became an entrepreneur’s manifesto, and it still is today.

Our podcast guest is Randy Gage, a mega-successful entrepreneur, multi-millionaire, international award winning speaker, and prosperity trainer and coach to people around the world who are committed to their personal and financial growth. Atlas Shrugged has been and still is a powerful inspirational book for Randy.

Here are a few of the life changing insights you’ll find in my conversation with Randy Gage:

  • The true nature of the professional victim
  • The personal and financial habits of a victim
  • How and why victims get addicted to blame
  • The shocking truth that we all teach people how to treat us.
  • Why you may let others decide what you are worth
  • The importance of value creation in the 21st century
  • Why you should face the fear of getting paid for your value rather than your time

You can listen to this episode passively or actively. By choosing the latter, you are choosing to live into a self-directed empowering narrative for a very fulfilling life.


Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Mad Genius by Randy Gage

Risky is the New Safe by Randy Gage

Radical Rebirth (available later this year) by Randy Gage


Randy Gage on Twitter

149: Storytelling Machine


Do you know why you can’t say, “I’m not a storyteller?” Because you are a storytelling machine. We all are.

Stories and storytelling is hardwired into our DNA. We create meaning and purpose in our lives by creating narratives. That’s how I work; that’s how you work. Each of us is a storytelling machine.

You might say, “I suck at storytelling.” That may very well be. But what does that really mean?

It means that you allow the random voices in your head to shape your life, moment to moment. That’s what most people do. They live in reaction to people and events.

Something unpleasant happens, and they feel bad. Someone criticizes them, and they feel blue. I know. I lived my life for a long time that way. It’s like being a feather in the wind. You are helplessly blown in any direction the wind chooses.

It doesn’t have to be that way. You can choose to take responsibility for the raging tide of inner voices and direct them wherever you wish. That choice, that decision, makes you a conscious storyteller. It empowers you. It gives you the ability to shape your destiny, impact the lives of others, and have a lot of fun living.

That’s my preamble. It lays the foundation for your mastery of storytelling to enrich your life, other’s lives, and your business.


Once you accept that you are a storyteller by default, you will get excited by things you can accomplish with authentic stories that are well told.

One of things you will discover in this episode is the science behind storytelling. You’ll see why teaching and selling with data alone is not effective. You’ll learn how the human responds to a good story, very much the way you did when you were a child and your parents said, “Let me tell you a story.”

This short episode will be an eyeopener and it can inspire you to fall in love with storytelling for a rich life and business.

147: Your Storytelling Mastery


Listen to Your Storytelling Mastery. It is you first step on an exciting journey toward your storytelling mastery.

This introductory episode tells you exactly what to expect from my weekly podcast series on the art of storytelling. This firstĀ  installment is my promise to you.

I will hold nothing back in this series. I will share everything I’ve learned through about storytelling through decades of experience.

You will learn powerful real world storytelling techniques that will transform you into a clear, confident, compelling communicator – if you apply them.

These storytelling skills will enrich you personal life, and they can explode your business. This is not a course in storytelling from the ivory tower of academia.

I will share the skills and secrets that I learned as an actor on stages around the world, in front of the camera in Hollywood movies and TV films, in the many classrooms where I taught acting, directing, and dramatic literature, and in my high profit communication seminars that I delivered to successful business people.

This is not fluff and theory. This is the stuff that great speakers, motivators, salespeople, and leaders are made of.

Enjoy the journey. Revel in your growth and expertise.

Let the story begin.

133: Speak On Stage


You can speak on stage. Anyone can. And, you definitely should.

That’s the main lesson you will learn in today’s podcast. Our guest is Pete Vargas, a man who helps people overcome their fear of public speaking and use their new power to rock audiences from the stage and explode their businesses.

Pete was not born a dynamic confident speaker. Far from it. He was a kid from a dysfunctional family with an abusive father. Fortunately, he discovered the healing power of public speaking. It changed his life; now he helps others change theirs.

You’ll gain many golden insights from today’s podcast. Here are just a few:

  • How Pete turned his greatest pain into his greatest gift
  • The far reaching power of inspirational speaking
  • Pete’s best speaking experience
  • His worst speaking experience
  • How one hour on stage can earn a million dollars or more
  • The simple steps you can use to confidently speak on stage
  • The difference between butts in seats & hearts in seats
  • How to harness the speaking power in Pete’s REACH formula
  • How to successfully launch your business in one hour
  • The STORY – STAGE – SCALE system that you can and should master
  • How to have Stages On Demand


The Bible


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
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