After having my life melt down this spring, I decided to issue myself a challenge to go on a pilgrimage, a spiritual journey, to clear my head.  I thought a moving meditation, and a long one at that, would be a great way to proceed.  The result was three months of which the first half was spent walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the second half was spent driving across North America.

When I stopped in Plattsville, WI to meet with my dear friend Joe Stauffacher,  my marketing guide, we discussed how I didn’t want to repeat the same marketing efforts of the last ten years. They didn’t work great then, why would they work now? That is when Joe issued the challenge.

The 30 day Facebook  Live Challenge

The idea is to tell stories: Camino, Punk Rock, Gurus, Business, life, love and pain and to start a conversation with you about subjects that we find interesting.  I wrote a book, produced over 200 videos and wrote twice as many blog posts and articles. I’ve been publicly speaking, teaching and training for over 10 years.  I have a lot of content that I feel strongly about. Maybe you do too. I’m not sure what the result will be or if anyone gives a damn. But…

Challenge Accepted

After Day 2 I was asked to produce a list of perspective topics. Good idea. Here is my brain dump:

  • Where ever you are, you are there
  • Working with Anxiety
  • Attachment: You own your emotions
  • Walking your path
  • Minimalism – Less is More
  • Creating simplicity in your life
  • Life is the people you meet
  • Slow travel
  • Meditation, mindfulness and the art of not thinking
  • Leaders ask questions not have answers
  • 7 rules of alignment
  • How to have difficult conversations
  • How to have great meetings
  • Behaviors Styles
  • 12 Drivers
  • Living your Strengths
  • Building trust
  • Do you need a system
  • Job profiling
  • How to screen for job candidates
  • How to use assessments for hirings
  • Trimetrix: DISC, Drivers, Accumen assessments
  • Open Book Management
  • On boarding new hires
  • Are you a leadership jerk?
  • Risk taking in business and life
  • Tribal Leadership
  • 5 stages of Tribe
  • Triads
  • Building a Value Based organization
  • Energy Management
  • 4 key energy needs
  • Pulses
  • Routines
  • 3 high payoff business activities
  • Unique Ability- How to have others help you find your authentic self
  • Dan Sulllivan: Free days, focus days, buffer days
  • The E Myth- Do you own job or a business ?
  • The Challenger Sale
  • Make the Noise go Away- How to have or be a #2
  • How to complement your strengths
  • Anti Guruism
  • What is High Performance?
  • The Lean Startup
  • Neurolingistic levels (NLP)
  • Vulnerability
  • Finding life purpose
  • Designing Your Life
  • Passion and its place in business
  • Business valuation and building value
  • Sales funnels
  • SWOT assessments
  • To sell or not to sell your business
  • Turn it Up – The Movie
  • The music industry
  • The Key to the Golden Handcuffs – The Book
  • Making a business work without you
  • The residual income myth
  • Generations – especially IGen
  • Public Speaking
  • I love Hot Springs

Pick anything. Add to it. Make requests and suggestions. Let’s do this. And don’t forget to send some love, tune in, follow, subscribe and most importantly join in.



Ruth Schwartz

Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .