“Never place your value as a human being on achievement. Why? For two reasons, one, you do not control all the outcomes and, two, how much lasting satisfaction does it bring anyway?”

In this episode, I talk to Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. Marshall Goldsmith has been ranked as the #1 Executive Coach in the world as well as the #1 Leadership Thinker in the world.

This lesson-packed conversation will not only help you become a better leader, but also help you have a better life. You’ll hear Dr. Goldsmith share some of the lessons he learned from working with some of the world’s top CEO’s as well as the best leadership and life advice he has to offer.

In this episode:

  • The Achievement Trap and the secret way out of it
  • Why you should not compare yourself to the people ahead of you
  • What he learned about life writing his new book
  • Lessons for leaders moving up the ladder
  • A simple tool that takes 3 minutes a day, costs nothing, and helps you get better at anything
  • Dr. Marshall’s best coaching advice to all leaders
  • And more!

Power Presence Academy: Practical Wisdom for Leaders is the go-to podcast for anyone who leads. Your host is Janet Ioli, leadership and human development expert, sought-after coach and advisor to global executives, and former executive with experience in four Fortune 100 companies. She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and learn to lead with Less Ego, More Soul.


Noteworthy Quotes from This Episode

“I used to believe that happiness was dependent upon achievement. I finally realized that happiness and achievement are independent variables. Be happy to be happy and achieve to achieve, but never believe achievement is going to make you happy because it won’t.

“If you get rid of the mistake, you get rid of everything you learned from the mistake.”

“Great achievement may be all about me, but great leadership is all about them.”

“Our mission in life is to make a positive difference, not to prove how smart or right we are. We get lost in proving we’re smart. We get lost in proving we’re right. We’re not here on earth to prove a right or how smart we are. We’re here to make a difference.”

“Life is incredibly easy to talk and is incredibly difficult to live.”


Resource Links:

From today’s conversation:

Check out Dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, one of the top 10 business books ever written.

Dr. Goldsmith’s new book,  The Earned Life, focuses on helping people have a better life.

From Janet Ioli:

If you want to become more grounded, confident, and aligned with your deeper values in just 21 days. Check out my book Less Ego, More Soul: A Modern Reinvention Guide for Women.

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Connect with today’s guest on his website: marshallgoldsmith.com


Connect with Janet Ioli:

Linkedin: Janet Ioli

Instagram: @janetioli

Website: janetioli.com

Janet is the founder of Power Presence Academy.  She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and lead with Less Ego, More Soul.