Everyone does something extraordinarily well. The Secret to My Success interviews authors, entrepreneurs, celebrities and business professionals to find that special "secret" and share it with you. Each episode will feature in-depth conversations that highlight the success of the guest, go deep into the 'how' of their accomplishments, and explore the various skills and self-improvement tactics that lead to success. Hosted by journalist Shelby Skrhak
The Cure for the Side Hustle Blues
Sometimes you need a pep talk. Sometimes you need a kick in the butt. This is a little bit of both, for me, at least. When you work for yourself, it seems like the work is often feast or famine. But it’s not just the work itself, it’s the intrinsic motivation and energy needed, too. In this episode of the Secret to My Success, Shelby Skrhak sits down with author Danny Rubin to discuss the ups and downs of working for yourself and how to keep going when it seems like nothing is happening. Shelby reveals her own shortcomings and shares how this interview got her going again.
How to Eliminate Fear and Elevate Human Energy
There's a fundamental difference between joy and happiness and it starts with purpose, says Menlo CEO Rich Sheridan. He is author of Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear. His first book is Joy, Inc. about building Ann Arbor-based Menlo Innovations.
A Frank Conversation About Death with Barbara Karnes
Here’s what I don’t understand. Why is it that something we will all go through, and experience is so taboo to talk about and so foreign to us: death. In today's episode, we sit down with noted death and hospice author Barbara Karnes to discuss why we're so uncomfortable with the topic, misconceptions about hospice, and what happens in the months, weeks, days, and hours before death. Plus I share my experience helping take care of my grandmother, who passed away recently.
Preview: A Prayer for the Dying
The Secret to My Success is back next week with new episodes, but here's a small taste of what's to come. Host Shelby Skrhak discusses why she's been absent on the podcast and shares her grandmother's eulogy, explaining how caretaking has opened her eyes to something new. Then on Feb. 26, hear her interview with prolific author on death and dying Barbara Karnes.
Four Essential Lessons for Overcoming Tough Times
When things are going well, we have full faith in our ability to thrive—to kick ass and take names, so to speak. But when things are bad, when every turn it seems like there’s some new obstacle to punch us in the gut, that’s when we have to rely on mental strength, literally mental muscle, to get us through hard times.
Here are 4 of the best takeaways or lessons I’ve learned from my guests on The Secret to My Success.
Lesson #1: You have the incredible power to help others, even when you think you can barely help yourself.
Lesson #2: When you go through difficult times, you have the unique ability to come out better from it.
Lesson #3: The most successful people aren’t Type A personalities—they’re Type R.
Lesson #4: We have to practice mindful self-mastery. Basically, how to take control of that powerful mind of ours.
The Power of Neutral Thinking
You've probably heard of the 1950's classic self-help book The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, but Dr. Lindsey Mitchell, founder of Houston-based The Pave Group says a different take on the classic is a better fit for today’s top athletes and performers. In this episode, we discuss the concept of neutral thinking or fact-based thinking to frame both high-stress and everyday situations.