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878: Cara Brookins – Getting Unstuck: The Psychology of How-To Videos

I think there are times in life when we're stuck and we don’t even know it, and of course, there are times in life we know we're stuck. How did we get stuck in the first place? And what do we do to get ourselves out? Today I speak with Cara Brookins about how to end procrastination using her proven system to work with your brain to actually do the work. Cara shares her inspiring experience of building a house through how-to videos and explains the psychology behind how they helped her get unstuck. Cara also explains how we can get stuck in life due to either a "sneak attack" or a "lightning strike," and how modern problems don't always fit into our primitive brain wiring. She encourages us to recognize our physiological behaviors and use them to reach our goals using her “Press Your Own Play Button Strategy.” If you've ever felt restless, uncertain, or unable to move forward, my conversation today with Cara Brookins is certain to motivate you, inspire you, and get you going.

Cara Brookins is best known as the woman who built a house with her four kids using YouTube tutorials. After sharing her story in a best-selling memoir, it became an overnight viral media sensation. Now Brookins is a sought-after keynote speaker trusted by global brands to deliver unconventional advice that inspires action and leadership in even the most challenging circumstances. You can find her latest strategies to master productivity, stop procrastinating, and reach your biggest goals at

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Cara Brookins, thank you so much for being here!

Remember, you might be in business FOR yourself but you are not in business BY yourself.

Be your best self. Be proud and keep changing the world.

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