Top 100 Takeaways From “Game Changers with Molly Fletcher”

I launched my podcast, Game Changers with Molly Fletcher, in 2017 to take you behind the scenes with game changers from every walk of life. Now it’s something I look forward to and can’t wait to share with you. In celebration of passing the 100 episodes milestone, I thought it would be fun to share my 100 favorite takeaways from the amazing guests who’ve joined the show. I’m so grateful to every one of them for sharing their wisdom, lessons learned and personal journeys with us.

  1. Serve their heart, not their talent. – Dabo Swinney
  2. Be brave, not perfect. – Reshma Saujani
  3. Be the leader you wish you had. – Simon Sinek
  4. Care personally. Challenge directly. – Kim Scott
  5. Worrying is a down payment on a problem that you may never have. – Inky Johnson
  6. Don’t just look for silvering linings; create them. – David Fajgenbaum
  7. Be so great that no one can take you out of the game. – Maria Taylor
  8. Give yourself permission to change. – Beth Comstock
  9. Your failure is already guaranteed if you don’t go for it. – Jen Welter
  10. Never stop pursuing your curiosity. – Guy Raz
  11. Success doesn’t fuel happiness. Happiness fuels success. – Shawn Achor
  12. Surround yourself with people who tell you the truth. – Tony Gonzalez
  13. If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will. – Greg McKeown
  14. Hire tough so you can manage easy. – Ginger Hardage
  15. Empty the tank. Know you did everything you could do. – Carli Lloyd
  16. Love without an agenda. – Bob Goff
  17. When things are going great, it’s time to change. – Geno Auriemma
  18. Don’t take responsibility for other people’s behaviors. Boundaries are healthy. – Dr. Henry Cloud
  19. Stress can be good. – Kelly McGonigal
  20. Perseverance + passion = grit. – Angela Duckworth
  21. Don’t let success change you. – Bruce Pearl
  22. Hire people who are humble, hungry and smart. – Patrick Lencioni
  23. People don’t need feedback; they need attention. – Marcus Buckingham
  24. Fail fast. – Daymond John
  25. Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong. – Renee Montgomery
  26. Micromanagement doesn’t scale. – Ryan Hawk
  27. You don’t rise to the occasion; you reduce to your training. – Rorke Denver
  28. When you receive tough feedback, assume for a moment it’s true. – Kat Cole
  29. Protect time on your calendar for deep work. – Cal Newport
  30. Forgiveness is circular, not linear. – Glennon Doyle
  31. There’s a difference in being interested and being committed. Which are you? – Herm Edwards
  32. Every day, look at something you do that you’ve always done and ask yourself this question… Why? – Patty McCord
  33. Don’t underestimate the power of a napuccino. – Daniel Pink
  34. Say yes to life. – John O’Leary
  35. Just because you have a negative though, doesn’t mean you have to believe it. – Jon Gordon
  36. Don’t forget where you came from, but never let it define you. – Kat Cole
  37. Half of everything that bugs you at work is 50% your fault until you’ve asked for what you want. – Juliet Funt
  38. Don’t be bitter; be better. – John Smoltz
  39. ’Busy’ isn’t a badge. – Laura Vanderkam
  40. Be open-minded but skeptical. – Marc Randolph
  41. You are the narrator of your life. Pay attention to the story you are telling. – Lori Gottlieb
  42. Most distraction isn’t external. It begins within us. – Nir Eyal
  43. Find the joy in daily moments. Keep a “joy journal.” – Holly Rowe
  44. Leadership starts with self-awareness. – Ian Cron
  45. The best teams are player-led. – Tom Izzo
  46. Be attracted to challenges. Find a way. – Dawn Staley
  47. Want to give better feedback? Start with this phrase: I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectaitons and I know that you can reach them. Daniel Coyle
  48. Productivity is not about getting more stuff done; it’s about getting the right stuff done. – Michael Hyatt
  49. Bloom where you’re planted. Be great where you are. – Dabo Swinney
  50. What would you do with your life if money didn’t matter? – Jenn Lim
  51. Taking breaks increases Daniel Pink
  52. Find the intersectionality of what you love and what you’re good at. – Ally Love
  53. Fall in love with the process. – Joshua Medcalf
  54. Being present is the greatest gift we can give. – Jim Loehr
  55. Define work-life balance how you want to, with no judgment. – Amy Trask
  56. Take the job no one else wants. – Beth Comstock
  57. Don’t get caught in wins or losses, praise or criticism. – James Franklin
  58. It’s not whether you have good luck or bad luck—it’s what you do with it. – Verne Harnish
  59. Drop the ball. Let go of unrealistic expectations! – Tiffany Dufu
  60. Use the “Sesame Street” model for communication. Keep it short and invite them to interact. – Celeste Headlee
  61. Have no regrets. – Jimmie Johnson
  62. The most empowering thing you can say to your people as a leader is this phrase: You decide. Andy Stanley
  63. Don’t allow fear to keep you on the sidelines. – Isaac Lidsky
  64. Visibility matters. We need more women in leadership positions. – Muffet McGraw
  65. Position yourself as the guide. Never play the hero. – Donald Miller
  66. Focus on what counts and not what shouts loudest. – Chris Baréz-Brown
  67. The comfort zone is the most dangerous place. – Emily Giffin
  68. Visualize yourself going through adversity and coming out of it. – Billy Horschel
  69. Life isn’t always a straight line. Don’t be afraid to zig and zag. – Val Ackerman
  70. Value your dependable players, not just your stars. – Suzy Welch
  71. Sometimes the obstacle is the way. – Ryan Holiday
  72. Model the behaviors you want to see. – Nate Oats
  73. Be comfortable and confident in your own skin. – Elena Delle Donne
  74. Introversion and extraversion are about where you draw your energy. – Susan Cain
  75. Don’t let anybody outwork you. – Leonard Hamilton
  76. Ideas are like diapers. When they are full of crap, just throw them away. – Steve Koonin
  77. Live a life of beinginserted by doing. – Shawn Askinosie
  78. There is a myth of “charismatic leadership.” Introverted leaders often deliver better outcomes. – Susan Cain
  79. Have forgiveness in your life. – Jon Dorenbos
  80. Success leaves clues. Be curious. – Tony Gonzalez
  81. Think broadly and embrace diverse experiences. – David Epstein
  82. Joy is not frivolous. It’s a key part of building strength and resilience. – Adam Grant
  83. Let your kids fail. – Muffet McGraw
  84. Stop hiding and start sharing your gifts with the world. – Sam Acho
  85. Most great experiences are mostly forgettable and occasionally remarkable. We have to create those remarkable moments. – Dan Heath
  86. Just take one step. – Alison Levine
  87. Build a tolerance for failure and learn how to recover. – Chipper Jones
  88. The truth works. – Jan Smith
  89. Never be afraid to use your platform to create change. – Renee Montgomery
  90. Invest in your high performers and show them your appreciation. – Ron Clark
  91. Talent will only take you so far. – Tom Glavine
  92. Read your goals every night before you go to bed and again when you wake up. – Daymond John
  93. Stop placing your identity in your roles. – Glennon Doyle
  94. Instead of asking “why me?” Ask “Why not me?” – Inky Johnson
  95. Stop “scheduling” feedback. – Kim Scott
  96. Don’t do work for Do work for someone.Seth Godin
  97. Keep your goals and dreams in front of you on a daily basis. – Gus Malzahn
  98. How we feel affects how we think, and how we think affects how we feel. – Dan Quinn
  99. We are all in this together. – Scott Kelly
  100. Tune into the joy in your life. – Shabnam Mogharabi

Your Game Changer Takeaway

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