The Art of Getting Things Done (Part 3) – Hour One

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During today’s broadcast of The Thrive Time Business Coach Radio Show, Clay Clark and Doctor Robert Zoellner break down the moves that they use to get more things done and to be the most productive entrepreneurs they can be. Specifically during today’s show they break down Moves #15 – 23 and they cover the following topics and more:


  • Is it possible to reverse Clay Clark’s vasectomy?
  • How to deal with email. Determine to get your action items done every day, no matter what.
  • Why you must fire unhappy people and contractors.
  • The importance of avoiding discussions pertaining to how people feel when possible.
  • The importance of creating a universal file naming system and not using acronyms.
  • Why you must set up call recording in your office.
  • Why you must put a GPS device on company vehicles.
  • Why you must install video cameras in your place of business.



Move #15
Create one email inbox


NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci (An Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He was dude that knew what to do to get things done.)


You will struggle to be productive if you have 3 different email inboxes to check everyday. For the sake of your time I am not going to belabor this point because I know that you know that I am correct on this idea. Just have one e-mail for your life and you will become more productive and your will get more things done. I would challenge you here and now to write out the answers to the following questions for your betterment:


  1. 1. What email address do you need to blow up? ____________________________
  2. 2. How many unread (un-deleted) emails do you have (Hint: I have zero after every morning)? ________________________________________________________________




Move #16
Determine to get your action items done every day, no matter what


NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “You either pay now or pay later with just about every decision you make about where and how you spend your time.” – Lee Cockerell (The partner and mentor who used to manage 40,000 cast members / employees as the former Executive Vice President of Walt Disney World Resorts)


Our world is filled with unproductive drifters who hide behind the statement, “To me relationships are what really matter the most.” These people will label productive people as “workaholics,” “OCD,” and “selfish,” but the reality is that these people are perpetually disorganized, distracted and they work work “Type-A Workaholics” like me. Bottom line if you want to be successful you must ordain your destiny by designing each day and committing to complete all of the action items on your list come hell or high water.


  1. 1. In what areas of your life are you drifting (not getting your to do list done)? ________________________________________________________________
  2. 2. What is preventing you from getting your daily action items done? ________________________________________________________________
  3. 3. What do you need to pull out of your daily schedule to get your daily action items done? ________________________________________________________________




Move #17
Fire unhappy people and contractors


I have had the opportunity to meet with multiple billionaires who have told me, “hire character and train skill.” At first I thought, how is this possible? Don’t they know I own and entertainment company? I thought, “yeah, but my business is different?” However, over time I began to realize that the billionaires were right. You can teach almost anyone any skill, but you can’t teach unhappy people to be happy. As a child Oprah was raped, yet she chooses to not be bitter and has chosen to become better, but that was her decision. If she decided to stay angry, she would be justified in doing that, but no one would watch her programming. However, because she chose to become better and not bitter, she is one of America’s favorite personalities and she is a billionaire.




Move #18
Avoid discussions pertaining about how people feel when possible.


NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “Optimism, pessimism, f$&% that; we’re going to make it happen.” – Elon Musk (A South African-born Canadian American business investor, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; a co-founder, Series A investor, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-chairman of OpenAI; and founder and CEO of Neuralink. Musk is also a co-founder and former chairman of SolarCity, co-founder of Zip2, and founder of, which merged with Confinity and took the name PayPal. He is a man who knows how to get things done.)


As a kid growing up, I stuttered constantly, so people always made fun of me and people bullied me. And by and large I grew up not caring about what people thought about me, because if I did value what they thought about me, I would have been chronically depressed because even my next door neighbors mercilessly mocked me and when they weren’t doing that I actually had an older neighbor kid that molested me (true story). I don’t know if I ever made a conscious decision to not care about the opinions of people or not, but I do know that as I grew up I sincerely did not and do not care about what people think about me or how they feel about my organizations making the correct decisions. All I care about is facts and what the proven or right thing is to do. I would challenge you here and now to write out the answers to the following questions for your betterment:


  1. 1. How much time did you waste this week debating with someone about how they feel? ____________________________________________________________
  2. 2. How often do you find yourself arguing with your people in your life about feelings? ________________________________________________________________



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