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Apr 16, 2021

In order to achieve any goal you need to find a clear path to “how”, but if you want to get there faster, you will also need a “who”. Whether you are looking to uplevel your professional career or your personal life, you need to set long-term goals. Painful ones. The kind that will intimidate you enough to open yourself to failure.

Not all stress is negative. Positive stress will keep your mind and body sharp and will keep you young and vivacious. But how do you create positive stress instead of negative stress? By developing the right habits and surrounding yourself with the right people.

In this episode, Cate talks to Andy Stillman about leveraging your skills and the ones of people around you to achieve peak performance and personal success.

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

  • How positive stress creates growth and evolution
  • What being around the right people can do
  • How to connect with long-term desire

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Show Highlights:

  • Eustress creates new neural pathways
  • Utilizing SWOT in business and life
  • You are the average of the people around you


  •  “Knowledge or the lack of knowledge permeates all parts of life”


  • 1:29 Creating positive stress in order to grow
  • 6:04 The importance of investing time and energy in new things
  • 10:32 The ability to understand your long-term desires
  • 20:55 Who do you need to guide you where you want to go

Guest Bio:

Andy has over 30 years of experience successfully helping businesses improve by developing and executing meaningful strategies focused on the long-term success of the business. Andy has held senior roles in a number of large multinational corporations including E*Trade, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale, and Coopers & Lybrand (PWC) – often as a Chief Operating Officer or an in-house consultant.

As he was recently looking to pivot away from large companies and become more entrepreneurial, he has now partnered with his cousin, Cate Stillman, to help grow Yogahealer – leveraging his skills and experience. He is motivated by helping others and finds intrinsic value in solving complex issues large and small – putting the business in a better place and better positioned to grow.

He enjoys working across multiple levels of the organization. He approaches problems with no preconceived notions and relies on a data-driven approach. His orientation is towards simplification, transparency, holistic pragmatism, leveraging tools, and managing risk effectively.