John O’Leary welcomes Megan Hyatt Miller to the Live Inspired Podcast to share practical tips from her newest book Win at Work and Succeed at Life on breaking free from the cult of overwork.
Studies show that Americans work longer hours and have more stress-related illnesses than their European and Japanese counterparts.
Bucking this statistic Megan Hyatt Miller is chief executive officer at Michael Hyatt & Co., recently named a 2020 Best Workplace by Inc. Magazine, a ranking of American companies’employee engagement.
Megan and her father New York Times bestselling author + leadership expert Michael Hyatt wrote Win at Work and Succeed at Life to coach leaders through the principles that helped them rethink work and productivity to discover the “double win” —a perspective that sees work and life in partnership, not opposition.
Today’s conversation is full of practical tips that will help you break free from the cult of overwork. Join us to rebalance, reprioritize and reimagine what success looks like for you.
- “We either have regret or fear having regret.”
- “We cannot do it all and have it all. What we can have and do are the most important things.” To avoid being swept away by life’s opportunities and challenges, Megan identifies nonnegotiables in self-care, her relationships and professional results.
- Double Win: a perspective that sees work and life in partnership, not opposition; producing excellent professional results while achieving significance in the 10 domains of life.
- Hustle Fallacy: doubling down during a particular busy period of work, never to return to “normal”.
- Ambition Brake: Refrain from reaching full professional impact in fear of the Hustle Fallacy.
- “Breaking free from the cult of overwork requires interrupting the negative feedback loop with new and better ideas. That’s why we wrote Win at Work and Succeed at Life. We want to offer our fellow high achievers some of that hard-to-come-by common sense.”
- Constraints foster productivity, creativity and freedom. As the global pandemic struck, Megan’s team adopted a 6-hour work day. While reducing work time by about 25%, they’ve exceeded their profit goals by 50%.
- “Work is like water. It’s life-giving. It also flows wherever it can unless otherwise constrained. We need hard edges to access its life-giving properties.”
- How to develop constraints in your life: Schedule what matters, turn off notifications on devices, establish boundaries with others, and empower loved ones to remind you when you’re not living into your boundaries.
- Megan refers to the mission-critical balance top-performing athletes like Tom Brady + Serena Williams must exhibit, reminding us that proper work-life balance is proven to produce positive results in both aspects.
- Make room for a profitable pause: A fulfilling, non-achievement hobby rejuvenates the mind and body, producing more engird and better ideas.
- Get a copy of Megan Hyatt Miller’s Win at Work and Succeed at Life here.
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MEGAN HYATT MILLER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7
- Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
A. Radical Candor by Kim Scott. [Kim Scott was a guest on the Live Inspired Podcast! Listen to our conversation here.]
- Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
A. My artistic abilities.
- Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
A. Memories and pictures of my boys in Uganda before we adopted them.
- Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
A. Martin Luther King to ask his insight on the cultural moments after his death.
- Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
A. My dad, Micheal Hyatt says, "everything is figure-out-able."
- Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
A. I'd tell her to let go of the fear of public speaking because it's too small of a thing to let it control you and you'll actually succeed at it.
- Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
A. Everything I did was motivated by love.