You, Disrupted (Paperback)

Seizing the Life You Want by Shaking, Breaking, and Challenging Everything

By Todd Mitchem

Prometheus Books, 9781633882959, 272pp.

Publication Date: April 18, 2017

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Sticking to the same old routine may be comforting, but it gets most people nowhere. Inspirational speaker and recognized expert in leadership and government affairs, Todd Mitchem dares you to step outside your comfort zone to disrupt everything you take for granted. He calls this willingness to take a risk the "Disruption Effect." In this inspiring book, he shows you how to realize your full potential by intentionally disrupting yourself, no matter what career path or life journey you choose.
Using compelling stories from his own life, Todd vividly highlights the key lessons he has learned from both his successes and failures. He then demonstrates how you can apply these lessons to your own circumstances. A major learning experience in his life came in 2013, when he left an impressive career as a corporate executive and leadership expert to join the emerging marijuana industry. Though that single decision sent his life on a wild and disruptive journey, the experience taught him new skills as a leader along the way. Three years later he left the industry as a CEO, having succeeded at taking one brand to "Largest Brand" status and building the world's first social network for cannabis enthusiasts. He then created a government affairs consultancy focusing on disruptive yet collaborative solutions. The author shares other stories about situations in both his personal and business life that he found particularly challenging but that ultimately led to growth and successful outcomes.
Complete with exercises to help you master important lessons and stay on track to reach your goals, this motivating book has everything you need to become the owner of your own fulfillment. The message is clear: You, as an individual, have the power to break your paradigm in order to move into a new phase of your life. By disrupting your own way of being in the world, you become free to explore new ways of living and thriving.

About the Author

Todd Mitchem is the CEO and founder of Todd Mitchem Companies. He has worked with leaders in many industries helping them to overhaul their companies and lead their executive teams to success. These companies include Microsoft, Apple, Starbucks, Anheuser-Busch, H&R Block, Purina, Allergan, Yum Brands, and many others. He brings insightful and disruptive ideas and applies them to corporate structure, workplace culture, and message delivery. Todd has delivered more than 2,000 presentations globally, and has been featured on every major news outlet in the world. While being covered on CNN, CNBC, NBC, FOX News, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, Todd has leveraged his unique ability to deliver a clearly articulated message in a way that inspires and changes lives. Todd also works as a government affairs liaison between the marijuana industry and the attorneys general in each state and around the world. His previous positions include CEO and cofounder of High There!, the world's first social network for cannabis enthusiasts; Chief Revenue Officer of O.penVAPE, the largest brand in cannabis; and Senior Vice President of one of the world's most respected organizational change company, Eagle's Flight.

Praise For You, Disrupted: Seizing the Life You Want by Shaking, Breaking, and Challenging Everything

“Personal change is a messy process. It isn’t easy. Using deeply personal, often moving examples of successes and failures from his life, in You, Disrupted Todd Mitchem provides a framework for change that can immediately be put to use. After reading this book, I found myself looking at my own situation with fresh, renewed energy, ready to move ahead and put these ideas into practice!”

—Belinda Brin, senior manager of Organization Development, Nestlé Purina

"Throughout [this] book, using [Mitchem's] life experiences, there is all the ammunition a person needs to get past the ‘no-way-sayers,’ the ‘you-can’t-do-that’ and ‘it’ll-never-work’ people.  His concept of disruption is not destruction but construction. As he shows, we all have creativity; we all have ideas. The point of this book is to learn how to recognize and respect the creativity you have, and then how to find the courage to run with those ideas.”

—Barry Petersen, senior correspondent, CBS News