The Most Important Life Lesson. Ever.

The Most Important Life Lesson. Ever.

What’s the most important life lesson you ever learned?

I love to ask this question when I meet amazing and inspirational people.

Women’s Leadership Coach Sally Helgesen tells me her most important life lesson was to claim her place in the presence of powerful men. And emergency room doctor Brian Goldman says an error early in his career taught him that mistakes in medicine can be deadly.

You can hear from Sally, Brian and eight more of the most inspirational people on the planet in episode 40 of the My Instruction Manual podcast.

Scroll down for complete show notes. After you listen, scroll down in the comments to share your most powerful life lesson.

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Episode 40 Show Notes: The Most Important Life Lesson. Ever.

[00:00] Welcome and Intro

[2:45] Sally Helgesen: “Claim Your Place”

Sally Helgesen | My Instruction Manual

Sally Helgesen is author of How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back From Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job. Sally is one of the world’s leading women’s leadership experts. She has developed and delivered leadership programs around the world for 30 years.

Sally first appeared in episode 27. Listen here.

[5:58] Jonathan Rauch: “There is no chance of success without the risk of failure.”

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Jonathan Rauch is author of several books including 2018’s The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50. He is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Sally first appeared in episode 33. Listen here.

[9:39] Jason Richardson: “Start Yesterday.”

Jason Richardson | My Instruction Manual

Twenty years ago, Jason Richardson was one of the world’s top BMX racers. Now a psychologist, he teaches people to live better lives. Jason is the author of It’s All BS: We’re all Wrong and You’re All Right and host of the Gold Medal Mindset podcast. Jason lives in California where he works as a sports and business psychologist and coach.

Sally first appeared in episode 29. Listen here.

[12:09] Alison Green: “You don’t have to be right.”

Alison Green | My Instruction Manual

Alison is author of Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-stealing Bosses and the Rest of Your Life at Work. Described as the “Dear Abbey of the workplace,” Alison has dishing out workplace advice for more than a decade at

Sally first appeared in episode 30. Listen here.

[13:33] Allison Task: “It’s okay to be your best.”

Alllison Task | My Instruction Manual

Allison Task is author of Personal (R)evolution: How to Be Happy, Change Your Life and Do That Thing You’ve Always Wanted. Allison has worked with dot-com startups, as a TV chef, and now as life and career coach.

Allison first appeared in episode 35. Listen here.

[16:29] Todd Davis: “Happiness is a choice.”

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Todd is author of Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. He is executive vice president and chief people officer of Franklin Covey Co., which bills itself as the world’s leading performance i mprovement firm.

Sally first appeared in episode 28. Listen here.

[20:04] Dr. Brian Goldman: “Mistakes can be deadly.”

Brian Goldman | My Instruction Manual

Dr. Brian Goldman is author of The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life. He’s an emergency room doctor and host of the radio program and podcast White Coat, Black Art.

Sally first appeared in episode 38. Listen here.

[27:44] Chantal Heide: “Meditation is the key.”

Chantal Heide | My Instruction Manual

Chantal Heide, a dating coach who has written several books on dating and relationships including No More Assholes: Your 7 Step Guide to Saying Goodbye to Guys and Finding the Real Man You’re Looking For. Chantal’s latest book — Dating 101: Understanding the Drives Behaviours and Emotions Behind Love — debuted last week.

Sally first appeared in episode 25. Listen here.

[31:04] Tara Mackey: “Hope is Everything.”

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Tara Mackey is author of WILD Habits: Unlock Your Mind, Improve Your Health, and Release Your True Power. Tara lives in San Diego. She is an author, singer, speaker, and entrepreneur behind organic skin care brand Genetix.

Sally first appeared in episode 39. Listen here.

[33:47] Stephanie McArthur: “Compassion and generosity — even to yourself.”

Stephanie McArthur | My Instruction Manual

Stephanie McArthur is my little sister and my personal hero. In 2017, she gave me a second chance at life by donating a kidney to me.

Sally first appeared in episode 26. Listen here.

[35:42] Closing words

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