Episode 128

How “Ordinary” Can Achieve the Extraordinary with Tim Carlin

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Tim Carlin is a retired military Colonel and a Certified Financial Planner at V Wealth Advisors. He is a West Point graduate who commanded at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade levels. Tim is a versatile leader with past responsibility at some of America's best companies including PepsiCo and Conoco Phillips 66 Company. In his book An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life, Tim shows you through his personal story how to continuously reinvent yourself through job loss, family hardship, and a cancer diagnosis to prosper and give back to others.



  • The sooner you go through a tougher time, the more prepared you are fore future difficulties.
  • Put yourself in situations where you will be uncomfortable as a way to improve yourself.
  • Put your ego on the shelf – especially when transitioning to something new.
  • Get yourself to the next level by pushing yourself just a little bit further than you think you need to go.
  • Tim’s Eight Principles for Life: 1. Be in service to others 2. Never stop learning 3. Punch above your weight 4. Never stand still 5. Think long term 6. Reinvent yourself 7. Don’t follow the crowd 8. Give in order to receive
  • 80/20 is OK. It’s hard to get to 100% in anything.



  • What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Knowing that there will be bumps in the road and that you will need to continually reinvent yourself.
  • Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Someone who reinvents themselves, someone in service others, and someone who never stops learning.
  • What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What are the unknown unknowns?
  • What book would you recommend to leaders? The Once and Future King by T. H. White
  • If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Never stand still. Always work to improve and learn new things.
  • As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because, on your death bed, you’ll regret the “why nots” a lot more than the “whys.”






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