Unleashing
Leadership

with Travis Maus

Origin Story!

This is how Unleashing Leadership began

What's this got to do with Your Money and Life??

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In 2007 I left a 6-figure job in the mortgage industry to start over in personal finance. Then 2008 happened. For those who are unaware, that was a very bad time economically speaking. I had been doing well, but in the dog-eat-dog world of finance I was not coming close to sustaining the lifestyle I had grown accustomed to. Then one day, I vividly remember sitting at the kitchen table, feeling sorry for myself. I was crying in my hands about how hard it was and how afraid I was.

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At the time my future wife, Lisa, worked for a medical practice in an office with no windows for a very small hourly wage. She did get a small periodic bonus, but often her boss would forget to pay it. There was no opportunity for advancement or more money. It was a dead-end job. She had worked two jobs for years before we moved in together, supporting herself and squireling away as much money as she could, some of which she was now spending as she disproportionately contributed to our household expenses. I was so self-absorbed with my own issues that I had no idea before that evening of the sacrifices that she was making for me. Her willingness to see the good in me and what I might one day become, is still a gift I may never be able to repay.

When I was crying in my hands and feeling helpless, Lisa gently took my arms and pulled my hands from my face. She then said something that changed the very core of my being. “You can get up every day and walk out that door and have an opportunity to change your life. Why are you crying.” Notice that this is a statement not a question.

She was so right that I don’t think I even replied.

And so, the next day I got out of bed, and I did as she told me.

Not too long after that, Lisa got me into crossword puzzles. Things were improving with my practice, but we still didn’t have much money and crossword puzzles were an interesting thing that we could do together during the long New York winter. From there she got me into books, and one of the first books I read was Own Your Dream, by John Maxwell. The book left an impression on me. I had been living someone else’s dream my whole life. From which I had inherited weaknesses, limitations, and insecurities.

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Listed below are sections with resources, highlights, and more for each book that we go dive into on the pod!

Episode Highlights

Top 5 Episode

What If

August 24, 2023
Top 5 Episode

Competition

August 24, 2023
Top 5 Episode

Waste

August 24, 2023
Top 5 Episode

Be Something Special

August 24, 2023
Top 5 Episode

Bad Management

August 24, 2023
Featured Episode

Incentives

September 12, 2023
Featured Episode

Team of Teams Recap

September 26, 2023

Series Resources

Simon Sinek's YouTube

Episode Highlights

Featured Episode

Ideal Team Player

September 28, 2023
Featured Episode

Hungry

October 3, 2023
Featured Episode

Humility

October 4, 2023
Featured Episode

Smart

October 5, 2023
Featured Episode

The Savage, Stoic, and Steward

October 6, 2023
Quote Day

Build the Boat

October 11, 2023
Quote Day

The Hurricane

October 18, 2023
Quote Day

Successful Fear

October 25, 2023
Guest Episode

Team Interview - Poking My Brain

October 26, 2023
Special Guest Episode

Team Interview - A Throat to Choke

October 30, 2023
Guest Episode

Team Interview - The Accountable

October 31, 2023
Quote Day

Time

November 1, 2023
Guest Episode

Team Interview - Learning "Smart"

November 2, 2023
Guest Episode

Team Interview - Living It

November 3, 2023
Guest Episode

Team Interview - The Importance of Leadership

November 6, 2023
Guest Episdoe

Team Interview - Where It Starts

November 7, 2023

Series Resources

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Episode Highlights

Quote Episode

Personal Choice

November 20, 2023
Featured Episode

I Make It Happen

November 22, 2023
Quote Episode

The Chef

November 24, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Who's Running This Place

December 8, 2023
Quote Day

The Gauntlet

December 7, 2023
Quote Day

Wake Up Call

December 11, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Pause Moments

December 12, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Crucial Conversations

December 13, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Preparation & Intent

December 14, 2023
Team Interview

Awareness

December 15, 2023
Quote Episode

Move The Goal Posts

December 18, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Look In The Mirror

December 19, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Hard Conversations

December 20, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Hiring Monsters

December 21, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Filling Each Others Cup

December 22, 2023
Quote Day

Preserverance

December 22, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - A Room Full Of Idiots

December 26, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Emmy's Lesson

December 27, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Mae's Lesson

December 28, 2023
Team Interview

Team Interview - Thank You For Your YES

December 29, 2023
Quote Day

Intent

January 1, 2024

Series Resources

Episode Highlights

Featured Episode

STFU Simon

January 3, 2023
Quote Day

Stupid Person

January 4, 2023
Featured Episode

Crash and Burn Simon

January 5, 2023
Featured Episode

Simon Is Full Of Hot Air

January 8, 2023
Quote Episode

Thank You Maya

January 11, 2024
Quote Episode

Eat Your Way To Success

January 18, 2024
Quote Episode

Hyper-Counterfeit world of social media, 24-hour news, & politics

January 25, 2024
Highlighted Episode

The Blame Speech

February 6, 2024
Quote Episode

Dealing with Personal Pity Parties

February 8, 2024
Quote Episode

You Won't Find Fulfillment Without a Purpose

February 15, 2024

Series Resources