Todd Kuckkahn helps others discover their potential

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From Nov 18, 2022 Read the full story written by Greg Gerber at https://www.forwardfrom50.com/blog/todd-kuckkahn-helps-others-discover-their-potential Be sure to connect with Greg on Facebook & LinkedIn, too.

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Age discrimination is real

Todd is convinced age discrimination is real for people over 50, but he said it shouldn’t be.

“People may look at someone like me and think he’s too old to offer any practical value, but they forget about the value of experiences,” Todd explained. “I’ve had 15 jobs and I’ve been fired four times. But, in each of those cases, I didn’t burn bridges and I always left with valuable insight.”

That experience enabled Todd to develop a roadmap for others to follow to achieve career and personal success. He does that by focusing on five core values:

  • Optimism
  • Trust
  • Honesty
  • Enthusiasm
  • Teamwork

“That’s what I use to overcome any deficiencies I have because of my hair color or my age,” Todd said, noting his hair is almost completely white. “I know I’m not going to get every opportunity. But, I know there is a plan out there for me. If I just focus on my core values, so I know I’m going to get the right ones and the best ones.”

Five-step roadmap

Todd developed a five-step roadmap to help people shift their minds toward better opportunities.

“A lot of people talk about mindset, but I talk about mind shift because you really need to start from the inside out,” he explained. “First, just like with an airplane emergency, you need to put on your own oxygen mask, otherwise you won’t be able to help anyone else.”

That involves identifying your own core values, such as what’s important to your “who,” or the people who matter most in your life and those in your circles of influence. Then, Todd guides people into creating a wheel of life that focuses on nine key elements: career, finances, heath, family and friends, romance, personal development, recreation and their contribution to society.

Next, Todd explains how differences actually make people better because one person’s strengths can offset another person’s weaknesses. The fourth element challenges people to get out of their comfort zones so they can move forward. The key to doing that is to accept the possibility of failing.

“Thomas Edison reportedly failed 10,000 times in trying to invent the light bulb. Kobe Bryant, one of the best NBA players of all time, missed 14,481 shots, which is an NBA record,” said Todd. “Both men would never have enjoyed the level of success they did without breaking out of their comfort zone.”

The final step is a DISC assessment, which helps people see their strengths and weaknesses so they can pour more effort into doing what they do best, and either get training to improve deficiencies, if necessary, or outsource those things they struggle to do well...to be continued…

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