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How to Create a “When Life Works” List with Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish

December 20, 2019


How to Create a “When Life Works” List with Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish

Episode Summary

Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish teach that when we choose to change our focus and the way we perceive experiences, we can then grow and learn valuable lessons. So, too, did the great Sean Stephenson, our dear friend, author, motivational speaker and therapist who passed away in August. In this episode, we are revisiting the “When Life Works,” episode. Where Sean’s valuable wisdom was discussed.

Joe Polish and Dan Sullivan share Sean’s application of the “When Life Works” philosophy and how he inspired people to be intentional about their health, wealth, and happiness by focusing on the good things in life. They’ll also discuss Dan’s “Experience Transformer” tool and how to remove emotion and extract valuable lessons from difficult experiences. 

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Here’s a glance at what you’ll learn from Dan and Joe in this episode: 

    • How to put together your “When Life Works” list so you can make the most important parts of your life 10x bigger and better.
    • What Dan and Joe learned from Sean Stephenson.
    • What happy, successful people do differently than most other people.
    • The origin of a Strategic Coach mindset tool called “The Experience Transformer”.
    • How to set up your life in a way that gives you more advantage and a business that works.
    • One simple technique to make easier progress towards any goal.

Show Notes

  • Joe introduces Kolbe and Dan explains what Kathy Kolbe’s Profiling System does and what it means to be a high QuickStart.
  • Sean Stephenson and his application of the “When Life Works” philosophy.
  • The cure to insecurity is self-care, you crave what you give yourself most.
  • Joe shares Sean’s categories for when life works: health, wealth, and relationships.
  • When business works, certain things must be true to achieve momentum.
  • It doesn’t matter what the list is; the bigger conversation is that life and business either works or doesn’t work.
  • Life consists of two things: things that work, and things that don’t work.
  • Happiness and success are not accidental; utilizing mindset habits can make you happier and more successful.
  • Asking better questions can deliver better stories and experiences.
  • There’s a difference between being smart and acquiring wisdom; Sean made a conscious decision to grow despite obstacles.
  • Sean Stephenson gives a Ten Minute Talk ® The Cure to Insecurity.
  • Dan’s Notion of Free Days and why they’re a game-changer. 
  • Dan explains the origin of The Experience Transformer, how you can transform any experience into a positive and useful lesson.
  • Use The Experience Transformer to remove emotion from any situation by implementing muscle and mindset building.
  • The transformation process of taking a negative experience and gaining positive valuable experience.
  • If you fill your life with bad things, then you will crave them because you fall in love with anything that you give value to; fall in love with the good things!
  • Who you are at 30 could just be a result of how you were raised, and what kind of support you had, but at 40, and if you’re an individual at 40, you created that individual.
  • Addiction is not a problem, it is a solution. It is a solution to the pain.
  • If you tell someone, “Just say no,” it’s like saying no to breathing because, in their minds, they need that thing to relieve pain.
  • You want to set things up that give you an advantage, you’ll create what you call an unfair advantage.
  • You have to have a tangible physical change in your life. You have to change something on the outside before you can start changing things on the inside.
  • The key is to start the change with physical activity. Commit yourself to the actual physical action, not any result of the action.
  • Start incredibly small – and it must be physical – like burpees, as the movement does something for your brain.


  • “The cure to insecurity is self-care.” – Sean Stephenson
  • When you’re in the environment you become the environment.” – Sean Stephenson
  • “Business and life work when you take free days.” -Joe Polish


Do a new physical activity! 

Sean Stephenson Ten Minute Talk ®: The Cure to Insecurity:

  • Sean’s simple system for eliminating your insecurities
  • What successful people do increase their self-confidence
  • If you ever feel scared or afraid, do THIS…
  • 2 of the most important lists you can make in your business and life

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