Learn to Enjoy Your Work and Life Again with Tim Shurrer

October 18, 2022

A particular message is receiving a lot of play these days. The message is clear: if you want to make it in life, you need to put yourself front and center, make your way to the top, become the boss, or do whatever it takes to achieve the success set before you. But suppose there is a different approach. What if there is more to life than just the pursuit of notoriety, wealth, and influence? Tim Schurrer encourages listeners to rethink what it means to be successful and discover a more open approach to reaching our goals throughout today’s episode of the pursuit of learning podcast. 

Tim is the CEO of David Novak Leadership and the author of “The Secret Society of Success.” His book, The Secret Society of Success, is a how-to guide for the community of people to learn how to make an impact, whether or not they are in the spotlight. On the other hand, Tim has a keen understanding of what it takes to assemble a champion squad. As COO of two firms, StoryBrand and Business Made Simple; he spent nearly a decade of his career alongside New York Times bestselling author Donald Miller. Also, Tim previously worked at TOMS and Apple Inc. Moreover, he hosts the Build a Winning Team podcast, providing actionable advice to listeners while interviewing some of the most outstanding business leaders. 

During our discussion today, Tim discusses how to create your own personal definition of success and how to contribute to your team without worrying about who gets the credit. In addition to this, he emphasizes the ways in which one can have an effect that is felt far beyond themselves, notwithstanding the size of their platform. Moreover, we talk about how to handle living in the conflict that exists between being content and continuing to strive for more. Also, he stresses the importance of shifting from a state of feeling nervous, overwhelmed, and restless in your job to a state in which you are confident in the value you offer to the team and have found meaning and fulfillment in your work. 

[00:03] Motivation- Tim opens up about the concerns driving him in his life right now.

[03:54] The Spotlight – Tim explains why he thinks being in the spotlight is not the place we want to be and how it will be the thing that prevents us from reaching our goals. 

[12:19] Restless Pursuit – We talk about the battle that each of us must go through to find contentment in our lives and whether or not that struggle drives each of us to an insatiable quest for more.

[20:50] The Reason – What is the purpose of the action that you are taking right now? Do you offer to receive something in return, or are you willing to give regardless? 

[29:08] Shout-outs – Tim emphasizes the significance of shout-outs and recognition in his talk. 

[33:14] Culture of Recognition – Tim elaborates on the process through which we can foster a culture of recognition.

[39:40] The Joy – Tim expounds on the belief that the journey, not the destination, is where the delight lies. 

[47:42] Focus on the Process – Do not be concerned about the outcome; pay attention to the steps taken. 

[56:47] Journey is the joy – Mentioning that the pleasure is in the trip itself, Tim further stresses that journey itself is what brings the fun.


Connect with Tim:

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timschurrer/

Instagram: instagram.com/timschurrer/?hl=en

Twitter: twitter.com/timschurrer?lang=en

Mentioned in the episode:

The Secret Society of Success: Stop Chasing the Spotlight and Learn to Enjoy Your Work (and Life) Again: goodreads.com/en/book/show/58429326-the-secret-society-of-successSecret Society of Books: HOME: secretsocietyofbooks.com/

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