How to work at home with kids and not be a sucky parent or lousy employee

The answers are surprising. I asked my followers: ‘How are you and your family doing during the COVID 19 lockdown? What do you need most right now?' Almost everybody kept a positive attitude. But when it came to their kids: not so much. A barrage of counter-questions followed: 'How can we work from home with a three-year-old running around?' 'What can we do without them distracting us from working?' 'What if they bomb the video call with my client?'

Easy answers for me. My wife, Ann, and I have worked from home for eleven years, side-by-side, while raising our now 9-year old son. Here is what we learned.

Kill the 9-to-5

Let’s face it. Working with kids at home requires a lot of flexibility. The 9-to-5 mentality will no longer do. And that is a good thing because it is an outdated model from the last century. The 9-to-5 workday was invented by American labor unions in the 1800s and went mainstream courtesy of Henry Ford in the 1920s to streamline factory shifts....

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Bring certainty where there is not any

This is the time to skill up, level up, and serve. In two years from now, we will look back at this time and be proud of how we carried ourselves. That’s why I am on fire today.
I am working hard on coaching my clients through hard questions:
'How do I lead my team through this crisis?'
'How can I virtualize more?'
'How can I be a good caretaker when I cannot visit the hospital?'
'How can I be productive with the kids running around?'
'How do I give birth now?'
'How do I hold a virtual funeral?'
And - this is a true question I heard: 'How do I have sex with my partner now that I have no more excuses?'
My focus is shifting.
Surrounding ourselves with the right people is vital right now. So I also put together a Mastermind Group of like-minded people.
We need to plant the seeds now so that we can rise above when this is over.
Yes, we can...
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Skill up, level up, and lead to protect your future

This picture was taken five years ago at the Beijing International Trade Fair. I may not ever again fly to China in a world that has completely gone virtual in just a few weeks.

Since the COVID-19 began, I have spoken with business leaders from all around the world from billionaires to small business owners and thriving solopreneurs.

None of them have experienced any drop in income since the global shutdown. Most have grown their mailing lists, sold more products or services. And they all agreed on the one thing that we all now need to implement in our companies and lives.

This is an urgent time to SKILL UP and ADD VALUE to others virtually right now.

What we have learned from the global financial crisis in 2008/9 and the burst of the dotcom bubble in the late 90s is: Companies and people who withdrew and contracted took longer to recover and experienced a much slower rise when the crisis was over than they could have.

I'm worried about people who are going to get left behind if...

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How to be a Rolemodel in the Coronavirus Shutdown

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How will I make it through? 3 Top Strategies for volatile times.


How will I survive in this new reality? That's the one question I find myself answering these days. Some people struggle with balancing work with kids. Others adjust hard to working virtual. And then, some miss human connection and interaction. Everybody's challenge is different.

This is a must-watch for everybody who finds themselves not just socially distant, but also at risk of being socially isolated when living, eating and working from home are the only options.

Here are three strategies that I give every single of my clients right now. This is the basecamp you need to build to stay string and your best for the next few weeks or even months. These success strategies will make sure that you thrive in the long run - past all of the current upheavals.

Watch it. Share it. Help your colleagues and peer to get into the right mindset, health habits and office practices that help all of us push through.

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6 New Ideas for Finally Getting Results with Daily Affirmation


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Are your daily affirmations working? If they don't, why not? And if they do, why haven't you progressed faster yet? My name is Andrew Lawless. I'm the best selling author and certified high-performance coach and know how much I honor and respect you for saying your daily affirmations. This is amazing. Because what that means is that you are absolutely committed to excellence. That you know that there's a higher level for yourself and that you need to have certain beliefs about yourself that get you there. Amazing. So by all means, do them every day.


The problem with most affirmations, though, is they are selfish, right? They sound like this. I have the courage. I am strong enough. I will be able to do that. I can do anything I put my mind to. It's all about the person. The most effective and impactful affirmations, though, are the ones that are directed at others. They serve a purpose. They serve other people. They...

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3 Strategies to Stop Negative Thinking


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Andrew Lawless (00:00):

Do you ever have thoughts that you do not like? Easy fix, right? Then just switch them off and replace them with ones that you do. Like if only it was that easy. I wanted to know how to do that all of my life.

My name is Andrew Lawless. I'm a bestselling author and certified high performance coach. And I asked that question for so many years. If I were in control of my own thoughts, why is it so difficult to switch them off? Especially when I do not like them. And what I've learned is that that's not how our brains work. Because the human brain is made to help us survive. It is wired to detect any kind of change in our environment that can potentially harm us.

May I give an example? If there was a lioness- right here a few meters away from me behind the bush - that wanted to eat me, I would not be able to outfight or to outrun her. Because you know, as a species, we are not the...

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5 Questions to Find Your Best Answers to Your Toughest Life Problems


Have you ever scratched your head or pushed your fingertips into the creases of your forehead and thought to yourself: 'I need to figure out? How can I get out of this mess?' 

When that happened did you ever come up with the best solution? Or just 'a' solution that would kind of do?

If you experienced more like the latter, then you have already learned that you cannot come up with the best answers in a stressed state of mind. We come up with the best solutions when we are at our best.

Here are five questions that you can ask yourself, your friends, clients, kids, partners, or stakeholders at any time to use the power of a positively charged mindset and turn around any situation.

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4 Habits of High Performing Sales People


Let's face it. When you start and have your own business, you will need to learn how to sell. So sales = no income.

But have you ever taken a sales course or even hired someone to do the sales for - and it did not work out? The leads and sales just did not come in?

Then maybe it is not about what you have learned, but how intentional you are about your social environment, how you condition yourself for success, what motivates you and which actions you take and won't.

Sales legend Greg Rosner, CEO of and I share strategies to overcome daily struggles in growing our businesses and how to develop a winning mindset.

Enjoy the show and stay amazing.

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Five mistakes in hiring a life and business coach

When it comes to coaching, I feel we are reliving the yoga-story all over again. Fifteen years ago, most people did not know what yoga was. It was hard to find. Most towns did not have a yoga studio. Today people now spend over $38 billion per year on yoga in the U.S. alone.

Like yoga, life and business coaching are going from obscure and complicated to something everybody wants. People are recognizing that they crave meaningful results in their life. Most, however, do not know how to find the right coach.

I, therefore, put together the top five mistakes – and how to avoid them when looking for a coach.

Hiring a coach to give your life and career a boost is a lot like dating. At first, you and your prospect coach both appear to be a whole lot nicer than you really are. Then one question makes it to the forefront of your mind: What’s the impact on my life? My personal growth? My career? My finances? My future?

It is scary, fun, revealing and exciting, and all at the...

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