April 27, 2021 Cory Carlson

Are you running from something? Fear, Pain and Identity | Podcast Interview with Justin Ricklefs

I enjoy leaders who are vulnerable. Justin shares some low times he has had, but also shares what he has learned from them. He has worked some cool jobs, such as with the Kansas City Chiefs, and now he is founder and CEO of Guild Content. When we have cool jobs and fancy titles, if we are not careful, we can take our identity to work.

If that doesn’t work, then we may find ourselves looking in other places such as approval of others or spending money on appearance and status.

As Justin shares, taking our questions to anyplace other than God leads to a bad outcome.

Justin is also an Enneagram #7, the Visionary, and when they are in an unhealthy state, they are notorious for running from pain. So if you have any Enneagram #7 in you, then take note of this episode as we discuss the root of us running to or from something.

We also discuss the fear of failure of launching your own company, as well as fear of letting your family down when you are the provider.

This podcast will get you thinking about how you handle your fear, pain, and identity.

In this episode, you’ll discover… 

  • Why your “Emotional Intelligence” is the key to winning at home and work (and 2 ways to boost your Emotional Intelligence today) ([2:43]
  • How appearing weak is actually the best way to signify strength ([6:41]
  • Why apologizing when it’s not your fault instantly defuses tension and helps you become a fun family again ([8:04]
  • The “Right or Free Question” that nukes your stubborn ego and makes it easy to apologize for your mistakes ([8:33]
  • Do you avoid pain? Here’s a morning mantra that helps you welcome and transform pain into an opportunity ([11:10]9) 
  • Why you’ll never achieve work-life balance (and why striving for harmony instead brings you closer to your family) ([29:33]

Justin Ricklef’s bio:

Justin is the Founder and CEO of Guild Content. A Kansas City based marketing agency focused on creating content that connects and building brands that can be trusted. His love of writing and connecting to the emotions of audiences led him to leave his front-office role in the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 to start his agency. He and his wife, Brooke, have five children ranging from 9-17 years old, and live in Liberty, MO.

Connect with Justin: 

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