Rusty Gaillard, How to Achieve Success That Matters Most to You – InnovaBuzz 411

Rusty Gaillard

Rusty Gaillard, Silicon Valley Dream Builders

In this episode, I’m really excited to have as my guest, Rusty Gaillard, a speaker, career coach, and life coach, who helps others achieve more freedom and balance in life.

A Stanford MBA and successful leader at Apple for over 13 years, Rusty is a certified Life Mastery Consultant.  Having navigated many of his own life transitions – promotion, demotion, starting a business, divorce, parenthood, Rusty has learned that how we react to life’s events matters more than the event itself.  He believes that each of us is far more powerful than any circumstance we are in.  By connecting with our unique strengths, we can grow in any experience and find the freedom to live our best life.

In our discussion, Rusty talked to me about:

  • Having courage to embrace our vision and that courage is taking action in the space of fear
  • How we can use the 15% more challenge
  • Trusting our unique strengths and connecting them to our vision and values

Jason Van Orden in episode 275  and Michael Roderick in episode 328 introduced us to Rusty.

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Show Notes from this episode with Rusty Gaillard of Silicon Valley Dream Builders

Key points and takeaways from this episode include:

  • It is always worth asking – what would a better life look like for you? That imagination process allows you to start getting curious and find something compelling enough to pull you forward and make those changes in your life.
  • Transformation means going from where you have been to a new level of happiness, fulfillment, and success in life.
  • Success is living the kind of life you want to. It is being with your family, pursuing the hobbies that you want, being in good physical shape, and having good relationships. All of those are part of the sphere of success.
  • We all have the opportunity to grow, learn, and expand the level of success that we have in our lives.
  • Our inner technology is the exact reflection of where we are today. Transformation is all about transforming yourself in the process of achieving this new level of success that you would love to have in your life.
  • Pausing to reflect is important. Take the time to reflect on what your life would like if you turn it up a few notches, even to the point of what you think is not possible, and deliberately let go of some of the constraints that you put on yourself.
  • Our limiting beliefs form our expectations of who we need to be. When you start to think about how you can change those beliefs, you can then start to change your behaviours and ultimately, become a different person.
  • Examine your assumptions between your work and home persona, and be willing to do some experiments that can close the gap between those two personas.
  • Define your vision of success and have the willingness to step forward and embrace that vision for your life. 
  • Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is action in the presence of fear. 
  • Fear is the boundary of your comfort zone, but your comfort zone is not necessarily comfortable. It is just familiar. It is your habits, patterns, and normal way of thinking and being. It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit of wobble if you’re doing the right thing when you try to go outside of your comfort zone, but it’s the willingness to step into that and make a decision to go forward that counts. 
  • If your definition of success does not make you nervous, it’s probably not big enough.
  • Let go of the assumption that you need to trade-off between two things whenever you find yourself in a situation where you have to choose. Ask yourself what if both things could be true. Be curious about how you can have both of them to open the door of creativity and possibility.
  • Limitations are not something that others impose on you. They are your own inherent limitations. When you can shift those and upgrade your way of thinking, and how you operate at a different level, you are going to create different results.
  • Try to stretch yourself 15% further than you might want otherwise. See yourself as a person who has already accomplished what it is that you want to do.
  • You can reduce the intensity of your emotions when you can name what those emotions are.
  • The words you use matter. Pay attention to the words you use and the way you talk about yourself and the world around you, because the words you use can influence yourself and the experience you have in the world.
  • The things that make you quiver the most, that are meaningful and head toward your vision, are the things where you will make the biggest impact.
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The Buzz – Our Innovation Round

Here are Rusty’s answers to the questions of our innovation round. Listen to the conversation to get the full scoop.

  1. #1 thing to be more innovative – Trust yourself and believe in yourself that if it’s important to you and you want to do it, you can get it done. Trust that you have something worthwhile to contribute and lean into that.
  2. Best thing for new ideas – Be quiet. Separate yourself from the noise and the busyness. Allow yourself some quiet time to percolate new ideas.
  3. Favourite tool for innovation – Closest support network.
  4. Keep project/client on track – Bring people back to their vision of success. Having a picture of success enables you to get clear on what it is that you want and it energises you.
  5. Differentiate – Be yourself. You are inherently differentiated. You are the best leader when you are most authentically yourself.

To Be a Leader

Give yourself a little chunk of time to think about where you are in your life and what your next level of success would look like. Instead of thinking about what you can have, think about what you would love to have. 

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank Rusty through his website.

Suggested Guest

Rusty suggested we have a conversation with Diana Gremillion, founder of Successful Life Strategies. So Diana, keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation from us to the InnovaBuzz Podcast, courtesy of Rusty Gaillard.


Cool Things About Rusty

  • He’s a Former Worldwide Director of Finance at Apple.
  • He studied Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering.
  • He holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
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