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LYL #058 – Live Like a Cheetah – 3 Tips on How to Turn Your Passion Into a Career

Time is never on your side…you will never get more time in your life. On this episode of The Live Your List Show your hosts Jerrod and Ryan talk to Chad Cargill or Cargill Consulting about how to build your brand, how to become a professional speaker, and how to help students achieve their dreams. 

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Chad Cargill – CEO of Cargill Consulting

Chad Cargill

During high school Chad knew he needed to win scholarships in order to attend Oklahoma State University. Chad’s Freshman year in high school, he discovered that many scholarships were based on ACT scores and the journey was on.

He took the ACT a total of 18 times in high school raising his score from a 19 to a 32.

After graduating high school, Chad went back to his high school to tell some of the students what he learned from the test. When the results of those students’ tests were very positive, the counselor asked if he would come back to tell more students what he had learned. After a few cycles of helping students at his alma-mater, other schools began hearing about the workshop. Now Chad travels full-time across the country giving his workshop.

In the 2012-2013 school year alone, Chad gave his 3 hour Test Prep and Character Building Workshop 158 times to 10,648 high school students throughout the midwest.

You can find Chad on his website here or on Twitter here

Tips on How to Live Your Passion

1. Find ways to give back. Take what you love to do and find ways to give back to others. Life is much more fulfilling when you are sharing your passion. 

2. Be a cheetah and not a cow. Cows are just waiting around to die! Be a cheetah…someone who is prepared and ready to follow your passion to live a fulfilled life.  

3. Live a life that matters. Take what you love to do and find that passion to inspire, impact, or challenge others. 

The Successful Habits Formula

1. Clearly identify your bad or unproductive habits. When you consider your own bad habits, consider the long-term implications and be totally honest with yourself. If you need to have hard conversations with someone who is willing to give you criticism it is worth it.
2. Define your new successful habit. Usually this is just the opposite of your bad habit. In the smoker’s example it would be, “stop smoking.” What are you actually going to do? 
3. Create a 3-part action plan. Give yourself a plan. It might be a detailed plan, it might just be accountability. Give yourself an opportunity to create 3 new steps that you can take to have a new positive habit. 

Nick Collison Pick of the Day

1. The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield – Canfield and coauthors Mark Hansen and Les Hewitt recommend that we concentrate on our strengths, set goals, and focus on them. They detail 10 “focusing strategies” they say they used to get their first books published and to build on their success. 

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