261: Stephen McGhee: Breakthrough Your Life’s Challenges and Upgrade Your Leadership

Stephen is at the forefront of mind-opening new directions in leadership. For the past 25 years, he has guided business executives and influential leaders across the globe, to go beyond self-imposed limitations to new levels of leadership.

An international keynote speaker and author of three books on leadership, Stephen has transformed accomplished individuals around the country and initiated cultural change with major corporations such as Microsoft, Merck, Georgia Pacific and Firestone.

He recently completed his first film, Climb For Freedom, a documentary about the transformation of seven men summiting one of the world’s highest peaks and the profound impact of that journey on their lives and relationships.

Favorite Success Quote

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Key Points

1. Learn to See Problems as Opportunities 

One of the most valuable skills that you can cultivate as a man and a leader is to control your perspective.

Look at everything in life as a spiritual experience that happens to you for a reason. This will allow you to see things that others would perceive as problems and you will be able to ask “What is the blessing?” “What is the lesson?”

This is easier said than done, but if you can shift your paradigm when the shit hits the fan, you will change your life in a radical way.

2. It is not the End

No matter what difficulty you are facing, whether a divorce, a bankruptcy, a loss of a loved one or any other tragic occurence, know that this is not the end.

It is simply the beginning of something new, you will survive and you will make it through, hold on.

3. Leadership is About Asking Questions

If you want to be a good leader, get really good at asking questions. That is what leadership boils down to is the art of being able to ask questions that bring about the best answers from those following you.

If you can become a master at asking the right question you will be a stronger leader than you ever imagined.

4. All Extrinsic Rewards come from Intrinsic Work

If you want more money, a beautiful wife, a million dollar business, a great body, or anything else, it all stems from internal work.

You have to put the work in on yourself and mold yourself into the person that you need to be before you can achieve the goals that you want to achieve.

5. Own Your Life and Change it

Quit whining, quit complaining, quit blaming others. End the victim mentality.

You are responsible for where you are in life, you and no one else. If you keep playing the blame game you will never be able to break free and live the life of your dreams. Only when you take 100% responsibility for your life are you able to take your life wherever you want it.

Influential Books

1. Authentic Success by Robert Holden

2. Bold by Stephen Diamandis


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