The Impact Entrepreneur | How Modern Entrepreneurs Are Making An Impact In the Lives of Othersactive
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Podcast Masters
Your host Mike Flynn takes you behind closed doors and invites you into his conversations with game changing entrepreneurs. These conversations go beyond success and failure, beyond product or service or platform, to uncover what is really behind the decisions these entrepreneurs make and what IMPACT they hope to have in the world.
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2016-04-11
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The creative mindset is powerful – and guess what? We all possess it.   Those who have tapped it may sometimes seem as if they possess superpowers but they don’t; they are just normal people like you and me. The creative mind is simply a way off seeing and engaging in the world around us.   Put another way, the creative mindset is a powerful thought process that can open doors and enable us to see opportunity where it seemingly did not exist before. In some cases, it can even make the impossible possible.   Think for a moment about all the lessons that Rebecca Jackson, the Juilliard-trained violist, learned during her journey and imparted to us through the stories she told back in episode 87. Rebecca has used music to honor Holocaust survivors, unite refugees, and empower children. She’s very much creating a positive Sound Impact in communities all around the world.   Learning to play music taught Rebecca many valuable lessons as a child, all of which helped her get to where she is today. Regardless of our skill, abilities, knowledge, or education, there is always room for growth and we always have something more to learn.   Who can you learn from? Well, in Rebecca’s case, in addition to learning from her immediate family, her fellow musicians, and the incredible teachers and mentors she encounters along the way, she is also able to learn from the stories of others: the stories told through voice, through music, and through community.     We have to learn to play together to create a collective, beautiful sound, beautiful product, or beautiful community. This requires an important degree of humility and open-mindedness to hear and see other people’s vision.   The incredible artist, Blake Jamieson, shared with us in episode 88 that despite growing up in a creative household, the idea of being a successful professional artist seemed outside the realm of possibility. So he pursued a degree in economics and ended up as a digital marketer helping make other people’s dreams a reality.   But that voice inside of him, the seed that was planted in him on the day he was born, kept nagging and he knew he needed to make change. The only thing he knew for certain was that his relationships would be a critical element to his success as an entrepreneur.   None of us have to follow the paths forged by others – we can all take action, make ourselves more accountable, and treat our ventures as art so that we can achieve the impact we want to have in the world.

   The eclectic and talented Lauren Mayhew joined us in episode 89. As an actress and performer, Lauren encounters and manages changing environments on a regular, sometimes moment-by-moment, basis. She shared a ton of insight about developing the ability to be fully present in any situation, making your own opportunity, dealing with rejection, managing her own expectations, and much more.   These are not just skills for performers; they are life skill that we all need to develop and hone – not just so we can survive, but so that we can THRIVE.   Perhaps the most important insight Lauren shared is the importance of following direction. In her case, she receives a script and reads the script based on her interpretation of the character, the environment, the time, the place, her emotional state, etc. Her ability to adapt to the change, to be flexible to those guiding her, can be the difference between landing the role or not. The same is true for all of us.   Whether it is a relationship, a business deal, or any other kind of venture, life will throw us curve balls, deals will fall apart, and relationships will change. If we are too rigid, it can prevent us from adapting and ultimately succeeding in life.   This is not to say that you should simply toss in the towel if something falls apart. We should pause, listen, learn, and then respond.   This is the perfect time to slow down.   As many of you know, I am a Christian, and one of the reasons I launched this show is because I want you and I to realize our God-given potential. It is the season of advent in the Christian tradition. This is a period of time when we wait in hope of the birth of our savior, Jesus.   But it is not a time for being idle; it is a time of preparation. Prepare your heart, prepare your mind, till the soil, pick the weeds, and remove the rocks in your heart, mind, and soul to make way for new seeds that will bear great fruit.   This is not an easy task because it requires us to become quiet in a very noisy world, and reflect on the rocks and weeds that are preventing the seeds God has planted in us from realizing their full potential, from fully blossoming, from bearing the fruit they are intended to.   Regardless of your faith, I invite you to examine your heart and mind, and identify the things that are holding you back or preventing the seeds in your heart from bearing the fruit they are intended to.   Until next time, go make an impact!   Resources: Learn more about Rebecca Jackson & Sound Impact: SoundImpact.org | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Connect with Blake Jamieson: BlakeJamieson.com | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Connect with Lauren Mayhew: LaurenMayhew.com | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube --   We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs.   Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. --   Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Lauren Mayhew is a powerfully positive person with an eclectic background. She is an actress, a former member of a girl band (that performed with the likes of NSYNC and Destiny’s Child), a TV host, and an EDM performer.   Even with all of those notches in her belt, there’s still so much more that Lauren wants to do – “There’s still so much more to accomplish.”   Sometimes moving forward means looking back. There’s a reason why cars have a rearview mirror that is smaller than the windshield: it’s important to reflect on the past and see what’s behind you because that informs where you’re going.   People like to try to bury the past, but reflecting on both successes and failures can help you in the future – even rejection can be an opportunity.   As you move forward, it’s important to stay positive, strive for improvement, and be consistent... although it’s not always easy.   Start by identifying the things that will make you more successful, or more well-rounded as a person, and then act on that.   “You have to keep driving at it, and that’s what makes the difference. You may not be where you want to be in six months, but you’ll definitely be substantially farther than you were when you started.” --     Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Learn more at LaurenMayhew.com Connect with Lauren: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube --   We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs.   Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. --   Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Blake Jamieson grew up in a creative and artistic household, but he had convinced himself that art wasn’t a viable career path. He worked as a digital marketer for eight years until, just a few years ago, he quit to follow his passion – and stop using his skills to build other people’s dreams.   Now Blake is an entrepreneur and an artist. He didn’t have a plan, but he needed a change.   During the transition, relationships were everything. “I think the way I was able to transition from a digital marketing nerd to an artist has all just been because of the relationships that I’ve built,” whether those are relationships with other creatives, entrepreneurs, or patrons.   Blake’s relationship with himself has also changed dramatically. “I’ve gotten a lot better at self-talk, getting myself ready for the day, and keeping myself accountable (because no one else is doing it).”   I believe that we are the ones who are accountable for our choices, and one of the most powerful choices that an entrepreneur, artist, or parent can make is how they talk to themselves about what they are capable of achieving.   “I do not have to follow a traditional artist’s path to be a successful artist.”   For Blake to achieve his desired reality, painting every day, he had to forge a new path – one that strayed from the traditional artist’s path.   Blake’s unique path is creating art for businesses, and he promotes himself through social media, primarily LinkedIn. And, really, LinkedIn is about as unconventional as it gets in the art world.   None of us have to follow the paths forged by others – we can all take action, make ourselves more accountable, and treat our ventures as art so that we can achieve the impact we want to have in the world. --     Resources: Check out Blake’s art: BlakeJamieson.com Connect with Blake: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook --   We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs.   Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Rebecca Jackson grew up in a family of self-taught artists, with diverse backgrounds – the intersection of Midwestern fiddle jams and South Korean karaoke.   Music has given Rebecca a lot over the years, and now she is using music as a tool to give back as Co-Founder of Sound Impact, a collective of musicians dedicated to serving communities and igniting positive change in the U.S. and abroad through live performances, educational programs, and creative collaborations.   Rebecca is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Music in May, an annual festival serving the Santa Cruz community with chamber music, and a violinist with the Ensemble in San Francisco, a collective of talented Bay Area musicians who make chamber music hip again.   Learning to play music taught Rebecca many valuable lessons as a child, all of which helped her get to where she is today:   Humility. “You never stop growing. You always have something more to learn.” Teamwork. “You’re not the only voice and you have to learn to play together to create a collective, beautiful sound.” Perseverance. “Because some days are tough and you just have to keep on going, and trust the process and your teacher.” Communication. Learning to have a stage presence teaches both verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Mentorship. The student-teacher relationship is really important in learning music, and it’s a good introduction to the idea that there’s always someone to learn more from.   Sound Impact   Rebecca Co-Founded Sound Impact because she believes music is an incredibly powerful tool for changing, healing, and uniting communities. It’s so much more than notes on a page – it’s capable of bridging nationalities, religions, and ideologies.   Rebecca has used music to honor Holocaust survivors, unite refugees, and empower children. She’s very much creating a positive Sound Impact in communities all around the world.   Below you can watch a video of Sound Impact playing “Haim” by Polina Nazaykinskaya. Rebecca commissioned this piece to remember the incredible life of David Arden, the sole survivor of his family during the holocaust and one of Rebecca’s mentors. --     Resources: Sound Impact: SoundImpact.org | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube MusicInMay.org Ensemble San Francisco --   We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs.   Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. --   Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked to some incredible warriors with powerful stories and huge hearts. I’ve come up with three things that I’m going to do to help me develop a warrior’s heart, and I hope you’ll join me.   I’m also going to challenge all of you to share how these Warriors have encouraged you: Create an Instagram story sharing how any of the guests I’ve had on my show have impacted you. Tag me: @theimpactmike   Find mentors – Each of our guests developed strong relationships with mentors from an early age, and continue to cultivate those kinds of relationships to this very day. Mentors matter because they can accelerate your success, and they can do that in three ways: Showing you the path. Helping you understand and adapt to the environment. Quickly identifying opportunities and threats.   Don’t fall victim to the “comparison conundrum” – Each of our journeys is intensely personal, and it’s because of that very fact that we need to fight the tendency to compare ourselves or our experiences to others. Comparison will do nothing but steal our joy. Here’s how we can kick that habit to the curb: Choose to – because our choices are incredibly powerful. Develop greater self-awareness so we can easily identify situations that may cause us to compare ourselves or our experiences to others. Practice gratitude, because it kills negativity. Begin taking inventory of our skills. We all possess talents and strengths, and they don’t have to be huge things. Embrace imperfection. Enjoy the journey! When you’re fully present in the moment, you’re able to enjoy the process of growth.   Say NO to the comfort zone – You don’t have to be the biggest person or the smartest person, but you do have to have what Jason Redman calls a “No Quit Attitude.” You must drive forward, find a way to accomplish your mission, reach your goal, and never quit. We all want to be confident, but the only way we can develop our confidence and grow is if we take action, try new things, embrace failure, and learn from it. It’s only in the possibility for failure that you’ll find the possibility for incredible amounts of success, growth, and development.   In the next episode, we’ll be starting The Creative Mindset Series, which will feature some incredibly talented artists and musicians from a variety of mediums. You’ll learn a tremendous amount about entrepreneurship by hearing how they approach and deploy their craft on a daily basis. --     Previous episodes in The Warrior’s Heart series: Ep. 82 – Revealing the Beauty of a Darker Soul – with Josh Mantz Ep. 83 – Overcoming Trauma & Finding Meaning in Suffering – with Josh Mantz Ep. 84 – A Warrior’s Grit: Forging (and Reforging) a Navy SEAL Leader – with Jason Redman Ep. 85 – Lessons Learned at 45,000 Feet: The 1st Female F-14 Fighter Pilot – with Carey Lohrenz --   We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs.   Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. --   Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Carey Lohrenz grew up in a high-performing military family. Her dad was a former United States Marine Corps aviator, and she grew up hoping to be an “awesome warrior aviator just like him.”   When Carey grew up, she achieved her dream – she became the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy.   Today, Carey is a speaker and author who inspires others to do more by sharing the fundamentals that helped her achieve success in the cockpit at Mach 2.   Carey never accepted the notion that she wasn’t capable of anything, although people didn’t expect much from her. Her family was told, repeatedly, that she would live a very limited life because she was born without fully-formed hips.   Carey spent the first two years of her life in a plaster cast, but her family persisted until, against the odds, she was able to walk.   “When you’re growing up and you see pictures of yourself and hear stories of how many people said you weren’t ever going to be capable of anything, it’s going to do one of two things: it’ll either break you or light a fire under your tail.” –Carey Lohrenz   In Carey’s book, Fearless Leadership: High Performance Lessons From the Flight Deck, she she walks readers through the three fundamentals a leader must possess to exhibit real fearlessness: courage, tenacity, and integrity.   Developing those fundamentals requires action. High achievers aren’t just lucky – they try and try again, even when they’re stuck. Simply stated, “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” --     Resources: Learn more at CareyLohrenz.com Connect with Carey: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Fearless Leadership: High Performance Lessons From the Flight Deck --   We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs.   Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. --   Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Jason Redman is a retired naval officer and U.S. Navy SEAL, and author of The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader. He shares the leadership and life lessons he learned in his business, SOF Spoken, and inspires wounded warriors to overcome with his nonprofit, Wounded Wear. The process of becoming a SEAL has changed over the years, but the ingredients that make up a good candidate remain the same. During that time, the military has spent a lot of time and money trying to figure out the difference between an individual who completes training and an individual who doesn’t. Despite all that money, the attrition rate has stayed about the same since SEAL training started – about 75%. So why don’t more people pass SEAL training? There’s no one answer, but Jason believes it’s a cultural problem – “As a nation, we are not allowing America’s youth to grow up and encounter failure, and navigate their way through adversity on their own … that cultural shift is having a direct impact on the grit of this current generation.” Jason credits his own success to grit and tenacity. “I’m definitely not the smartest guy, the biggest guy, or the strongest guy … but I will drive forward, and I will never quit. It doesn’t matter what you tell me – I will figure out a way to get there, and I think that is truly the key to success.” Jason sees people quitting way too easily in today’s society, and that’s a big problem because you don’t grow when you’re in your comfort zone. The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader In his book, Jason is extremely vulnerable and brutally honest about his journey – from not being accepted into the SEALs or Army on his first attempt to his first mistake as a military leader to getting struck by machine-gun fire at point-blank range – and how overcoming those challenges allowed him to grow into a more effective leader. SOF Spoken Jason founded SOF Spoken after retiring so that he could share the lessons and abilities learned by Special Operations Forces with leaders, entrepreneurs, and communicators, and the company is built on the idea that leadership is forged by experience in the most difficult moments. How can entrepreneurs apply these lessons? Tenacity is required – You have to believe in yourself and what you’re doing. Sometimes this means understanding the difference between quitting and falling back. Communication is key – If everybody you work with is informed about what’s going on, you foster better relationships and invite potentially critical feedback. Develop an overcome mindset – “Leaders figure out what they need to do, and they get it done … they evaluate what needs to get done, and then they put the steps in place and discipline themselves to accomplish it.” --     Resources: Learn more about Jason at SOFspoken.com Connect with Jason: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram Pick up a signed copy of Jason’s book: The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader Do you want to give back and sponsor a Wounded Warrior? Check out the Combat Wounded Coalition --   We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. --   Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Josh Mantz returns for part two of our conversation in this series about the Warrior’s Heart. Last week, we discussed why Josh became a soldier, the day he died, and the decade-long emotional struggle that inspired his mission to help veterans and non-veterans alike recover from the emotional wounds that severe trauma can cause. Today, we dig into Josh’s imminent book: The Beauty of a Darker Soul: Overcoming Trauma Through the Power of Human Connection. Josh wrote this book to help others uncover and validate the true source of their pain, and to give them a shared language they can use to express that pain productively. How Josh Found Meaning in the Suffering 1. Trauma is complex, cumulative, and personal. That’s why we need to fight our natural tendency to compare ourselves to others. Your experiences are unique and powerful, and you shouldn’t invalidate your trauma by telling yourself the story that it’s less than someone else’s experience. 2. Trauma isn’t always what it seems. The experience of dying isn’t what caused Josh’s decade of trauma, and it wasn’t the most difficult part for him – it was living with the incurable immune disorder Crohn’s Disease, going through a divorce, and other failed relationships. That’s why it’s important that you do the deep (and, yes, difficult) forensic work necessary to uncover the root of your trauma, because it may have started 10 years ago and you didn’t notice (because, as we’ve mentioned, it’s also cumulative). 3. Suffer productively Although trauma is a very personal experience, you don’t need to go on the journey to overcome it alone. If you try to suffer alone, the paths you take can be dangerous, and even irreversible at times. “Every moment of my life, even times when I adamantly believed that no one could possibly understand the depths of what I was experiencing, there was always someone in my life who proved me wrong. There’s always someone who had the courage and strength to plant healing seeds inside my mind that would eventually start to grow. They had the strength to be vulnerable, and I really believe that that vulnerability is what binds us together at the core of the human experience.” There’s nothing more powerful in the resolution of trauma than the power of human connection. --     Resources: Learn more at DarkerSouls.com --   We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. --   Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This week we kick off our series about The Warrior’s Heart with Josh Mantz, who was shot and killed in Iraq but came back to life – now he’s on a mission to help veterans and non-veterans alike recover from the emotional wounds that severe trauma can cause. Two mentors and role models had a significant influence on Josh’s life, and his decision to be a soldier. The first was his stepfather, a police officer and former infantry officer who brought Josh into a military and police family. He had an incredible positive influence on Josh’s life, and got him thinking about the military as a possibility. Second was a gentleman named Sergeant Major Doug Van Der Pool. After retiring from the special forces, where he ran anti-drug operations in South America, he took over the Junior ROTC program at a small high school in Pennsylvania. SGM Van Der Pool and Josh’s stepfather drove home the importance of appreciating foreign cultures, appreciating the capacity of human beings wherever they come from, learning language, understanding cultural norms, and understanding empathy. Josh entered West Point in 2001 and graduated in 2005. His class is considered “the class of 9/11” because they were freshman on that fateful day, and four years later there was no doubt that they would be sent to fight. Josh and the other cadets wanted to quit the academy – not to leave the fight, but to enlist and ship off immediately – but, for the most part, they waited and graduated. The Day Josh Died Because Josh majored in Arabic, his unit was partnered with the local Iraqi police force and tasked with training them. One day, they were on a humanitarian mission to deliver school supplies. The operation went off without a hitch, and the Iraqi police did a great job. On the way back, a RPG was fired at an American unit. While investigating, they noticed a suspicious vehicle driving in the area. They stopped the car, and then they were engaged by an enemy sniper. A bullet ripped through the aorta of the Staff Sergeant and then severed Josh’s femoral artery. At first, Josh didn’t know he was shot. Time and sound were distorted. “I could only hear the muted sound of the sniper shot and my own voice calling for a medic.” Despite a brilliant evacuation effort, Josh started to die. “I consciously knew that was it. I took my last breath, said my last thought, and I died.” His last thought was, “Please take care of them.” Two days later, Josh woke up in the green zone. He had flatlined for 15 minutes straight and, while he survived, his Staff Sergeant did not. “I would soon come to learn that the experience of dying would pale in comparison to the decade-long emotional struggle that I’d go through as I sought to find meaning in a second life.” The Beauty of a Darker Soul: Overcoming Trauma Through the Power of Human Connection Trauma isn’t always what it seems. It took almost a decade of struggle for Josh to uncover the meaning in his second life – and to admit that the experience of dying wasn’t the source of his trauma… It was the guilt in his ability to heal when so many others in the hospital couldn’t. This may seem like an unimportant distinction, but when it comes to the resolution of trauma, it’s incredibly important to do the forensic investigation and piece the sequence of events back together, in context. Josh wrote his upcoming book, The Beauty of a Darker Soul, to help others uncover and validate the true source of their pain, too, and to give them a shared language they can use to express that pain productively. You can join the Darker Souls community and get news about the release of the book at DarkerSouls.com. --     Resources: Learn more at DarkerSouls.com Watch: “Overcoming Moral Injuries | Joshua Mantz | TEDxSantoDomingo” Watch: “My Second Life -- Joshua Mantz” On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman --   We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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For the last several weeks, we’ve been studying the power of belief, how we can develop it, and what is required of us. We’ve talked about how small shifts can lead to massive change in our lives.   It's been said that if the Earth shifted its Axis by even 1°, it would alter the landscape and environment permanently. Fortunately, the Earth sits perfectly on its axis… But what if we could tilt the landscape of our mind, our beliefs, and our actions by 1 degree? What would your life look like? Who would you be surrounded by? What kind of impact would you have? How fulfilled would you be? What choices would you make? We kicked off the Belief series with the incredible Tom Bilyeu, Co-Founder of Quest Nutrition, which he helped grow to a BILLION dollars in revenue over the course of 2 years.   He was called to do more, so he started an internet TV show called Impact Theory about mindset, peak performance, and fulfillment. This was my second conversation with Tom and it was just as powerful and inspirational as the first interview. There were two key moments that stood out in my mind. If you want to take advantage of your latent potential, it’s important to shift your beliefs. You can’t necessarily do everything – but you can learn how to do anything, if you put in the effort. Far too many gifted people quit just because someone is better. How bad do you want it? If you’re willing to put yourself on the path and do the hard work for years (or even decades), you can achieve the most extraordinary results. Most people are too afraid to suffer, give things up, and accept that long period of hard work.   Dr. Colby Jubenville, co-author of the book Me: How to Sell Who You Are, What You Do, and Why You Matter to the World, joined us to address how he is working with college students and executives across America to bring an end to this self-belief crisis.   Dr. Jubenville had his share of adversity from the time he was born; He had a vision problem and was essentially blind, but through continuous support, improvement, and struggle, Colby taught himself to see through the cobwebs in his eyes. Colby said we live in a society where belief isn’t appreciated, intentional, or taught, but Colby believes that the two greatest opportunities we have in life are: Helping people find their voice (and voice is the intersection of talent, passion, conscience, and need in the world)
 After they find their voice, teaching them to develop, protect, and maintain their confidence.
 If you can help someone do both of those things, there’s nothing they can’t do.   Kevin Hall, author of Aspire: Discover Your Life Purpose Through the Power of Words, joined us to talk about… well, words. It may sound simple, but this is one of the most powerful episodes I have done on this show. His work literally changed my life 6 years ago, and I continue to talk about it on a daily basis.   Our words – internal or external – precede our action, so first it starts with understanding the power of the words we use when we are speaking to ourselves or others.   One of the most powerful words Kevin has encountered is the word GENSHAI, which means never treat another person in a manner that will make them feel small, including yourself.   I think this world could use a lot more of that, but here’s the thing: it starts with yourself. In other words, I am not going to wait around for someone else to treat me with dignity before I begin treating others with dignity.   Doing so leads directly into the power of the word BELIEVE, which means to Be Love. When you believe in yourself, you love yourself. When you believe in others, you love others.   I know some of you might think that is corny, but why? Why do we think that way? In order to break the cycle of limiting belief that we’ve been living in, we must start loving ourselves and others. Now you might be feeling overwhelmed or thinking to yourself that there is a bunch of stuff you need to do. Don’t I need a vision? Don’t I need a mission? Don’t I need a purpose? No!   You just need to start taking action.   As Dr. Albert Bandura says in his Self Efficacy Theory, the fastest way to build self confidence is to move from ‘I think I can,’ to ‘I know I can,’ to ‘I can.’ And the only way to do that is by taking action.   Once you get comfortable taking action, then you will have developed the fundamentals to being to build a vision, a mission and a purpose.   Mel Robbins, author of The 5 Second Rule, ties TNT to the common motivational content ubiquitous in the entrepreneurial world and detonates it. Mel is trying to rid the world of the notion that one can just sit around and wait for some fairy godmother to do the work for them.   Too often, we allow ourselves to get stuck, but Mel’s 5 Second Rule is so simple and powerful there is no way to really argue against it: “Either you’re somebody who wants to change, or you’re someone who wants to bitch about it. “ Which one are you?   Finally, once we get comfortable with taking action and begin to build a vision and discover our purpose, the fastest way to accelerate achievement is to understand how we are wired or manufactured. Gary Vee talks about this, Mike Dillard talked about this back in January, Dr. Jubenville talked about it a few weeks ago, and he specifically mentioned the power of the Harrison Assessment.   I am a huge fan of assessments because they use innovative processes to ask you questions you might otherwise not ask yourself, and the answers uncover your key strengths and areas you might need to examine.   In my episode with Julie Scher, managing partner of Harrison Assessments and Co-Founder of Peak Focus Coaching, you were able to listen into a private conversation where she picked apart an assessment I took analyzing my key strengths and areas of growth. What have you done to assess your innate skills, gifts and talents? Next week, we’re starting a new series on The Warrior’s Heart. Our guests will include: Josh Mantz, who was shot and killed in Iraq but came back to life and is now on a mission to help veterans and non-veterans alike recover the emotional wounds severe trauma can cause. Jason Redman is a NAVY SEAL and author of The Trident, where he shares the dangerous effects of ego and the leadership lessons he learned after nearly losing his Trident, and how those lessons ultimately helped him regain the respect of his brothers, become a leader in the team, and aided in his recovery after nearly dying from a gunshot wound to the face. Carey Lohrenz is the US NAVY’s first female F14 Tomcat Fighter pilot, and we will discuss the lessons she learned to become a Fearless Leader while in the midst of a great many obstacles. If you want to join the movement to have a game changing impact in the lives of others, head over to theimpactentreprenuer.net/join to learn more. --   Resources: Tom Bilyeu: Connect with Tom: YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn Learn more about Impact Theory Dr. Colby Jubenville: Connect with Dr. Colby: DrJubenville.com | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn Me: How to Sell Who You Are, What You Do, and Why You Matter to the World Kevin Hall: Connect with Kevin: Facebook | Twitter | kevin@powerofwords.com Learn more at PowerOfWords.com Watch Kevin discuss Genshai at TEDxBountiful Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words Mel Robbins: Connect with Mel: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube Learn more at MelRobbins.com Watch Mel’s TEDxSF talk: “How to stop screwing yourself over” The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage Stop Saying You’re Fine: The No-BS Guide to Getting What You Want Julie Scher: Connect with Julie: PeakFocusCoach.com | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook Learn more about Harrison Assessments -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. 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One of the quickest ways to accelerate achievement and progress in your own personal development is to understand how you are manufactured. We touched on this idea in Episode 77 when Dr. Colby Jubenville discussed his experience with the Harrison Assessment. Today we’re diving deeper into the power of self-awareness, and Harrison Assessments specifically, with Julie Scher, a die-hard entrepreneur and a Founder of Peak Focus, a business coaching and consulting company. Julie’s first experience with Harrison Assessments was about 15 years ago, when she was a shareholder in a startup company. There was a major internal management conflict, so they brought in a Harrison expert. It was an extremely painful experience for everybody involved, but the assessment helped them resolve the conflict. “At that point, I was just sold on Harrison. It was an amazing tool. It not only helped us all understand ourselves – it helped the team understand how our behavior impacted ourselves and impacted others.” After the conflict was resolved, Julie left the startup, pulled her father out of retirement, and started Peak Focus. They became managing partners of Harrison Assessments so that they could help others resolve similar conflicts. It all comes down to developing self-awareness around how your behavior impacts other people, and understanding that behavior is a choice. We can choose to adapt and behave differently, if we are aware and willing. So what exactly is the Harrison Assessment? The Harrison Assessment helps you understand your strengths, challenges, enjoyments, and interest levels – and it provides a roadmap of the next steps you can take to get where you want to be. Specifically, it gathers data to measure the strength of behavioral tendencies, which is your preference level for specific behavioral traits. From one assessment, a Harrison expert can generate multiple reports that will enable you to explore your successes and challenges, and the reports describe your likely behavior based on your answers to a questionnaire. This will give you insight into specific, actionable behaviors that you can use to further your personal development; an opportunity for self-awareness. There are two theories behind Harrison Assessments: Enjoyment-Performance Theory – When we enjoy a task, we do it more often, and when we repeat a behavior, we tend to get better at doing it. This results is positive recognition and feedback, which further increases our enjoyment of the behavior. On the flip side, we tend to avoid the things we don’t enjoy, and we don’t usually do them enough to get better or improve. Paradox Theory – Paradoxical traits are those that may seem to be contradictory, but in fact are complementary and synergistic. According to this theory, a trait can either be constructive or destructive, depending on other complementary traits. For example, when frankness is complimented by diplomacy, it takes the constructive form of being forthright and truthful… however, without the complementary trait of diplomacy, frankness can become bluntness. There are 12 sets of paradoxical behaviors, and each of these pairs consists of a dynamic trait and a gentle trait. What’s wrong with Mike Flynn (AKA Mike’s Development Report for the Analyzes Pitfalls trait)? If you want a better idea of how these assessments work, here you can view a report analyzing the development area of Analyzes Pitfalls, or Mike’s tendency to scrutinize potential difficulties related to a plan or strategy. The first part of the report is an assessment that concludes, “If you keep a balance of optimism and scrutinizing potential pitfalls, you are much more likely to achieve your goals at work and in your personal life. Although strategic decision-making is usually only important in the workplace for management positions, each of us could benefit from better strategic decisions in our personal lives.” Following the assessment is an exercise Mike can use to analyze the potential pitfalls of a plan or strategy. If you are interested in working with Julie for personal or professional development, head over to PeakFocusCoach.com. --   Resources: Connect with Julie: PeakFocusCoach.com | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook Learn more about Harrison Assessments -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Mel Robbins is an expert on leadership and defeating doubt, a motivational powerhouse, and the best-selling author of Stop Saying You’re Fine and The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. Nine years ago, things weren’t going quite as well for Mel. She lost her job, and she was on the verge of divorce and bankruptcy. As things started to go off the rails financially, her attitude, habits, and ability to cope followed. “It was a major crisis of confidence, of belonging, of career, of marriage… of everything.” When we experience adversity, the problems can feel so overwhelming that we don’t know how to solve them… and, in those moments, we will fall back on our habits, good or bad. If Mel had discovered The Five Second Rule earlier in life, she would have been equipped to respond to that adversity a little differently. So how can we use The Five Second Rule to get past setbacks or disappointments? The first thing you have to understand is that your whole life happens in five second windows. Throughout your day, whether you’re flying high or down in the dumps, you’re making decisions… and when you’re not paying attention, you make decisions based on self-doubt, procrastination, fears, excuses, and feelings. However, within any five second window, you have the choice to ether let self-doubt pull you back down the path or beat the habit of self doubt and take a step forward. “Once you understand the power to these five second decisions, you have the secret to changing absolutely everything.” How does The Five Second Rule work? It’s incredibly simple: the moment you are facing a decision and you are beginning to doubt yourself, count 5-4-3-2-1 in your head. Don’t count up, because you can keep going – when you count backwards, your brain is allowed to shift gears; you can turn off the interior region of the brain where habits are encoded and self-doubt lives, and turn on your prefrontal cortex. By counting, which is an action, you are already making a different decision than listening to self-doubt, and by counting you are moving in a direction that is opposite of self-doubt. As dumb as it may sound, the actual act of counting is incredibly powerful. After Mel started implementing the five second rule, everything in her life changed. She was changing your decisions, five seconds at a time. Nine years later, she and her husband have gone from facing divorce and bankruptcy to celebrating 21 years of marriage and launching two multi-million dollar companies together. -- Resources: Learn more at MelRobbins.com Connect with Mel: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube Watch Mel’s TEDxSF talk: “How to stop screwing yourself over” Read Mel’s books: The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage Stop Saying You’re Fine: The No-BS Guide to Getting What You Want -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Kevin Hall’s book, Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words, changed my life… and I don’t use those words lightly. There are very few events or books that have impacted my life in such a profound way. When I was gifted a copy of Aspire, I was intending to leave the financial services industry – however, I devoured the book, and I came away re-committed and re-engaged. The book taught me just how powerful our words are, and how they can change the way we believe about ourselves and impact the world. Embark on a Journey To Fulfill Who You Are Meant to Be In Aspire, Kevin writes, “Understanding, as well as appreciating, our unique calling is critical. The two most important days of our life are the day we are born and the day we discover what we were born to do. That’s the day we catch the vision of who we are meant to be.” There are two words that helped guide Kevin to his unique calling: Genshai - Originating in India, Genshai means that you will never treat another person in a manner that will make them feel small – including yourself. “When I believe in myself I love myself, and when I love myself I treat myself with respect.” Inspire - The earliest origin to ‘-spire’ is breath, and inspiration is a way to breathe life into someone else and their dreams.   3 Questions That Will Guide You How can I bring more joy into my life each day? How can I become greater at what I’m greatest at? How can I best serve others? Five Affirmations to Get Ollin Ollin is a word from the Aztec calendar that means you have to move and act with all your heart. It engages your heart, and the more senses you can get engaged with an intention, goal, or dream, the more likely you are to achieve it. I am worthy. I am capable and grateful. I forgive (myself and others). I am abundant. I trust myself. As you embark on your journey, remember these eight words: Act as if it is impossible to fail. Do you want to help this podcast make an even greater impact? Click here to go to patreon.com/theimpactmike and show your support. -- Resources: Learn more at PowerOfWords.com Connect with Kevin: Facebook | Twitter | kevin@powerofwords.com Watch Kevin discuss Genshai at TEDxBountiful Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall Release Your Brakes by James Newman -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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We’re suffering from a crisis of self-belief in which people limit themselves and what they’re capable of achieving. The entrepreneurial world focuses heavily on casting a vision, as if your vision is the #1 reason you’re either going to succeed or fail. That vision is certainly important, but before you can have a vision, you need to believe you’re capable of achieving something. Growing up, Dr. Colby Jubenville could barely see and he didn’t think he was enough. However, a support system that instilled resilience and perseverance helped him work through the adversity and restore his self-belief. In this conversation, we explore how he was able to make such a powerful transformation, adversity’s role in change, and why self-belief is so vital. Colby is an accomplished author, international speaker, professor, business advisor, entrepreneur, and inventor. He holds an academic appointment at Middle Tennessee State University as Special Assistant to the Dean for Student Success and Strategic Partnerships in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences. When Colby was born with an eye condition, the doctors told his parents that he was technically blind and the best he could achieve was functional literacy. Colby’s parents never believed that. Through continuous support, improvement, and struggle, Colby taught himself to see through the cobwebs in his eyes. Colby’s coaches, teachers, and parents did three extremely important things to help restore his self-belief: They made him have conversations he didn’t want to have They made him do things he did not want to do. They believed Colby could be something greater than he thought was possible, and they reinforced that belief. We live in a society where belief isn’t appreciated, intentional, or taught… but Colby believes that the two greatest opportunities we have in life are: Helping people find their voice (and voice is the intersection of talent, passion, conscience, and need in the world) After they find their voice, teaching them to develop, protect, and maintain their confidence. If you can help someone do both of those things, there’s nothing they can’t do. People want personal change, and they’re not necessarily afraid of change – but they are afraid of the transition between their current reality and their desired reality. People tend to make that transition bigger in their head than it actually is, so how can we make that transition feel smaller? Colby says changes comes from “Do. Feel. Think.” Colby changed what he did in the weight room and in practice. That changed the way he felt about himself and what he could become. Eventually, that changed the way he thought about what the future could look like. “To really be an entrepreneur, you have learn how to use adversity to accelerate growth.” --   Resources: Learn more about Colby: DrJubenville.com | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn Grind Your BE: The Quest for Purpose by Jimmy Hensel Managing the Dynamics of Change by Jerald M. Jellison -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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There are some people who say you’re either born an entrepreneur or you’re not – we reject that theory entirely here at The Impact Entrepreneur Show, and so does our returning guest, Tom Bilyeu, CEO of Impact Theory and Co-Founder of QuestNutrition. Tom is passionate about pulling people out of “The Matrix” by helping them overcome the limiting beliefs that hold them back from expressing their true potential. And the belief that you are born one way, or not, is one of the most fundamentally limiting beliefs that you can have. If you want to take advantage of your latent potential, it’s important to shift your beliefs. You can’t necessarily do everything – but you can learn how to do anything, if you put in the effort. “I believe that humans are this big bundle of latent potential, and the meaning of life is to see how much of that potential you can actually transform into action and accomplishment.” A Healthy Growth Mindset Tom also experienced an important mindset shift related to money and growth. As a kid, Tom promised himself he would be ripped and rich. He ultimately succeeded, but he realized that money wasn’t really what he wanted. Money can’t affect the way you feel about yourself. “The moment of generating wealth in your life is like having the greatest bowl of ice cream you’ve ever had. It’s awesome… and then it will wear off more rapidly than you can imagine.” However, money is still an incredibly powerful tool and its ability to facilitate is unparalleled. Bill Gates may actually cure malaria, but he’ll only be able to do it because he has access to massive resources. By itself, money is inert... But once you have a mission, and build a business around that, the money becomes an incredibly empowering force. The most important thing you can do before launching a new business or platform is finding your mission – your Why – so that you can use it as a filter to guide your strategy. Conquering Your Fear Many people don’t achieve their true potential, or even try, because they’re afraid. So many of us look up to high achievers and make excuses about why we’re not able to do as much. But if you’re willing to put yourself on the path and do the hard work for years (or even decades), you can achieve the most extraordinary results. Most people are too afraid to suffer, give things up, and accept that long period of hard work. Will you let fear prevent you from creating a massive impact? -- Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Tom: YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn Learn more about Impact Theory Read: “Albert Bandura: Self Efficacy for Agentic Positive Psychology” Pick up your copy of Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs.   Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Our lives have meaning. We are called to do something. We can do more than we can possibly ask, think, or imagine. And if you even hope that last statement is true… why wouldn’t you choose to lean into that belief? This is the last episode in the Find Your Purpose series, in which we reflect on the most important lessons that our guests shared. This series is meant to stoke your thinking, inspire you to ask questions, and show you that it is possible to be an entrepreneur driven by a strong purpose and mission, while serving others and living the life that you want. The major thread tying all of these episodes together is that aligning your goals with a purpose greater than yourself, what you are creating, or the amount of money you have in the bank can give you the perspective and mindset necessary to achieve success in almost any environment. The other thing that sets high achievers apart is that they know what they stand for – they have a set of core values that drive them, and that they can refer back to when they are going astray or times get tough. Create your own list and ask yourself: Am I living these values right now? -- Did you miss an episodes in the Find Your Purpose series? Click the links below to listen on TheImpactEntrepreneur.net, or subscribe to the show on iTunes or Google Play so you never miss an episode. Ep. 69 – Why Peak Performers are Driven by Purpose – with Brad Stulberg Ep. 70 – Giving, Purpose, and Fulfillment – with Dr. John Berardi Ep. 71 – Mastering Behavior Change: Tap into Your Purpose & Potential – with John Berardi Ep. 72 – Living Life Curious, Fulfilled, & with Purpose – with Marie Forleo Ep. 73 – The Origins of Saddleback Leather: Saying Yes & Giving with Purpose – with Dave Munson Ep. 74 – How Entrepreneurs Can Thrive Together & Make Money Matter – with Cole Hatter -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Cole Hatter is an entrepreneur and the creator of Thrive: Make Money Matter, the conference for entrepreneurs and business professionals who want to discover practical income-growing business strategies, create a positive impact in the world, and leave a lasting legacy. We explore Cole’s story, what you can expect from Thrive 2017, and how he uses his platform to have a game-changing impact in the lives of others. Finding Your Community & Making an Impact At a young age, Cole’s family and community exposed him to a life of giving, making an impact, and living a life of purpose. This made a big imprint on his life, and it’s guided his career course. Even if you didn’t grow up in a supporting community or don’t have one now, it’s not too late to find a group of people that share your core values and wants to make a difference in the world. It’s just a matter of plugging in and finding those communities. We all have habits, hobbies, passions, and careers, so it’s just a matter of identifying what those things are and finding people to share them with you. You have to take a quick survey of who you are to find connecting points. Turning Adversity into Impact When Cole was young, he had two car accidents in two months that left him physically broken, and he was emotionally broken after losing two friends. Cole knew he couldn’t waste the rest of his life feeling sorry for surviving, so now he lives life big enough to honor all three of them. Thrive: Make Money Matter Cole’s life is dedicated to changing the world, and he saw that there were a lot of other people who also wanted to own businesses that do the same. So he decided to start an event, called it Thrive, and tried to fill a room with entrepreneurs who want to make money AND make their money matter. Cole started the first Thrive because he wanted to share this message with the world, and he put $500,000 of his own money on the line to make it happen. The event gets awesome speakers – previous speakers include Gary Vaynerchuk, Jack Canfield, John Lee Dumas, Grant Cardone, Lewis Howes, and more  – but, surprisingly (and appropriately), attendees say that their favorite part is the community of like-minded individuals who want to change the world. If you want to attend Thrive 2017 from September 29th to October 1st in Las Vegas, head over to AttendThrive.com to reserve your spot! --   Resources: Reserve your spot for Thrive 2017 Connect with Cole: ColeHatter.com | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Watch Cole’s touching video about giving a great gift to his father Little Voice Mastery: How to Win the War Between Your Ears in 30 Seconds or Less and Have an Extraordinary Life! by Blair Singer Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini
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How does a volunteer english teacher from Oregon end up starting one of the world’s most premium leather bag companies, in Mexico of all places? It all starts with the spirit of adventure and optimism that was instilled in our guest, Dave Munson, CEO of Saddleback Leather Co., at a young age. You’ll notice throughout this conversation that Dave raises his hand and says “Yes!” a lot. Dave’s first introduction to tough leather was on the back of a bull, during a bullfight… while he was fighting the bull. Then he relocated to be closer to his fledgling bag business, and soon found himself in an encounter with a corrupt Federale, who quickly became a friendly (but still corrupt) Federale. At every step of his incredible journey, Dave’s confidence and willingness to accept new challenges led him to new opportunities. He believes that trying new and unfamiliar things is one of the keys to success in every area of life. “It’s kinda weird when I see someone being self-centered. You’re really missing out, buddy!” Saddleback Leather started as just Dave and his dad fulfilling orders together, but now it’s a thriving company with 70 employees and a factory in Mexico. Of course, he can’t pilot that ship alone. Dave understands the value of keeping wise counsel, asking great questions, and letting the sailors sail the ship. Following his passion for producing the perfect leather bag did come at a cost – he had to stop working directly with youths, and he felt like helping children was his mission in life. As it turns out, Saddleback Leather supports a much larger ministry than Dave was ever able to alone. Instead of Dave around a campfire with 30 kids, he can financially support dozens of campfires surrounded by kids. On top of that, he’s able to provide free daycare for employees in his factory, offer classes to employees internationally, and support a vocational training program in Rwanda. “The more you step out and try things, the easier it is to say yes.” -- Resources: Learn more: SaddlebackLeather.com | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Marie Forleo’s is a wildly successful coach with the mission to live a full life as a multi-passionate entrepreneur, and help others do the same. She didn’t get there overnight, though. The journey took years, an incredible amount of hard work, and humility. Her entrepreneurial journey started in a flurry on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, when Marie realized that she was not being the person she wanted to be. Marie had to quit her job on the floor of the NYSE and pursue her purpose. She then went from the trading floor to bartending to Condé Nast to choreographing hip hop for MTV to being one of the world’s first Nike Elite Dance Athletes – then she went on to write an international bestseller and launch a digital education company that caused Oprah Winfrey to dub Marie as “a thought leader for the next generation.” Curiosity is Essential “You have to be curious and you have to stay curious, if you want to continue learning and growing and, most importantly, innovating.” Curiosity is one of the keys to long-term success, and Marie’s multi-passionate career is driven by an insatiable curiosity. If you believe you already know everything, you’re going to fail. You may fail in six months or six years, but you’re going to fall on your face. The Future of Entrepreneurship Soon, more and more people will have to behave in an entrepreneurial manner, even if they’re not necessarily founding a company. There are more freelancers than there have ever been, more people working with flexible schedules, and intrapreneurs are becoming increasingly valuable within organizations. --   Resources: Learn more at MarieForleo.com Watch MarieTV Ready to grow your dream business? Check out B-School -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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John Berardi, PhD, CSCS, Co-Founder of Precision Nutrition, is back for round 2! In the last episode, we discussed the importance of mentorship and how John uses Precision Nutrition as a vehicle to help others find the relationships they need to make meaningful changes in their lives. This week we’re digging into what John and his team have learned about mastering behavior change, and applying that to industries outside of the fitness and nutrition space. You Can Lead a Horse to Water... When John is talking about behavior change, he likes to use the old adage, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Essentially, that adage means that, unless someone wants to drink the water, unless they want to change, nothing else can have an impact. But John disagrees. You can’t make the horse drink – but you can make it very, very thirsty. That’s what coaching behavior change is: you can’t force or trick anyone to change, but you can put them in a position where they decide to change themselves; you can make them thirsty. Coaching with Psychology Most fitness and coaching programs are very prescriptive: eat this, don’t eat that, do these exercises, and do this number of reps. The coach positions themselves as an expert who tells the person being coached what to do. It’s the easiest possible way to coach, but it’s not effective. People join programs, lose focus from other parts of their life, “fall off the wagon,” then go back to the gym... But now they’re less fit, more dejected, and their behavior hasn’t changed. It’s a vicious yo-yo. Precision Nutrition does things differently, and they incorporate change psychology: building practices and habits that integrate with your life as it is today to develop skills that you can take with you into the future. They want to engage with the client in a way that recognizes the realities of their life and helps them make changes that are lifestyle-based, instead of project-based. Practice > Skills > Goals Practice leads to skills, and skills lead to goals. You can use Precision Nutrition’s style of coaching to achieve any goal, not just fitness goals. First you develop skills or habits, then those skills help you achieve your goals. But the development of those skills doesn’t come naturally. It comes through daily practice. Willpower is Irrelevant in Real Behavior Change John says that willpower is irrelevant in real behavior change because it speaks to the very thing that he wants to avoid when trying to coach change. He doesn’t want you to white knuckle your way to any lifestyle change – he wants it to feel like a natural part of your existence. -- Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Learn more at Precision Nutrition: Free Articles   Join the Precision Nutrition Newsletter The Precision Nutrition System -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today’s guest, John Berardi, PhD, CSCS, is Co-Founder of Precision Nutrition. His purpose is making health and fitness something that's achievable and attainable for every type of person, from every walk of life. Mentors helped John completely change his life and start his path in nutrition, so the company is his vehicle to pay that forward and help others find the relationships they need to make meaningful changes in their lives. Give, Give, Give, Give, Ask Precision Nutrition’s marketing has a specific cadence and ratio for how much they want to give before they ask for anything in return. It can be summed up simply as Give, Give, Give, Give, Ask. It’s strategic, but it also reflects the idea of giving without expectation of return on a huge scale. This changes the business at its core, and it impacts how other people perceive the business. Be a Mentor and a Mentee The mentor-mentee relationship is extremely important for personal and career development. Mentors have something valuable to offer people who are trying to follow a similar path, and it’s only good to share that. Mentors also get a lot of value in seeing their mentee implement the teachings and grow, so it becomes a mutually rewarding relationship. However, even after you have a lot of value to offer, it’s still important to look at the people farther on the path than you and find your own mentors. This will help you continue to grow, and it will help you offer the most to your own mentees. Precision Nutrition: Give Yourself an Opportunity to Continue The precursor to Precision Nutrition was a dial-up era website, Science Link, attempting to link regular people with the helpful information discussed in scientific research. They weren’t selling anything but, two years later, they had 40,000 people subscribed to their newsletter, and they were building a reputation in the industry. Precision Nutrition officially launched in late 2006. They consolidated their teachings into the Precision Nutrition System, created an online support community, and created a series of books. Their greatest success – a huge sale – quickly became their greatest weakness. Because the fitness industry is known for scams and there are frequent chargebacks, the sudden success got flagged as a scam and their merchant company held the money. Over the course of the sale, which went on for a few months, they sold nearly half a million dollars in product without receiving a single dollar. This taught John an important lesson: the ability to keep doing what you love doing is fragile. Even a big success can topple it so, if you love what you’re doing, you have to give yourself the opportunity to continue. --   Resources: Learn more at Precision Nutrition: Coaching | Free Articles | Twitter | Facebook   Join the Precision Nutrition Newsletter The Precision Nutrition System   The Hero Handbook: A Crash-Course in Building a Badass Body, Getting Your Shit Together, and Living the Life of Your Dreams by Nate Green (free) -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Brad Stulberg researches, writes, speaks, and coaches on the science of human performance. He explores the principles of mastery that transcend capabilities and domains – the underlying practices that are necessary for sustainable success – and helps others implement those practices. Brad writes about performance in New York and Outside magazines and co-authored Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success. “It’s very, very hard to go full tilt without giving yourself time to rest and recover.” High performers are often driven or passionate, and we’ve discussed passion a lot on The Impact Entrepreneur Show, but we rarely discuss the dark side of passion. When we’re truly driven by a passion, we may not have the ability to turn it off or detach from it. This is dangerous because, inevitably, you will burn out and fall short of your peak. That’s why rest is a vital ingredient in sustainable success. In Peak Performance, Brad writes about The Growth Equation: Stress + Rest = Growth. (Stress, in this context, doesn’t mean something negative – in biological terms, it is any stimulus or challenge to an organism.) Balance doesn’t really exist, so we’re not going consider this equation in terms of balance. Instead, the challenge is finding just the right amount of friction to keep going without experiencing so much friction that you stop completely. All world-class performers are aware of this cycle. They understand that achieving a goal requires leaving their comfort zone (stress), but what separates the best performers from those that fall short is that the best performers also have the courage to rest. So how can individuals and organizations prevent their passion from turning into obsession and figure out The Growth Equation? Aligning your goals with a purpose greater than yourself, what you are creating, or the amount of money you have in the bank can give you the perspective and mindset necessary to achieve sustainable success. The first step is to reflect on what your core values are, or guiding principles for how you want to live your life and function as a person. Examples of common core values: Creativity, community, intellect, health, knowledge, power, humility, love, relationships. Reflect on one or two values that really resonate with you and what they mean to you, and put a personal spin on it. Then you can ask yourself, “Am I living these core values?” When we combine this sort of visualization and reflection with presence, powerful things can happen. “All great performers have figured out the value of single-tasking.” The key to maintaining presence, especially in today’s notification-heavy digital age, is single-tasking. Whether you’re having an important conversation with your romantic partner, writing a white paper, pitching a client, or building a financial model, if you are completely focused on what you are doing you tend to have significantly better results and output. One of the simplest tricks to make single-tasking easier is to simply remove temptation. Even when we’re not using our phones, for example, their presence has an effect on our brain and our focus. If we remove the possibility of distraction, and another decision, we don’t have to rely on our willpower to be productive. --   Resources: Connect with Brad: Website | Twitter | Facebook Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode marks the end of the Halftime Series. Mike reflects on the biggest lessons our guests taught us about not giving up, growth, and serving others. Halftime is over. Get ready for kick-off and remember to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission. You can start by heading over to The Impact Entrepreneur Show page on Facebook and sharing what you are going to do with the rest of your year.   --    We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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It’s the middle of the year… are you still on track to meet your goals? Many of us have gotten off track but now is the perfect time to determine how the rest of the year will go. It’s time to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission with the help of these inspiring guests. Get ready: this episode is part of the Halftime Series. Steve Sims is an international speaker and the visionary founder of Bluefish, the world’s first luxury concierge that delivers the highest level of personalized travel, transportation, and cutting-edge entertainment services to corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes, and other discerning individuals interested in living life to its fullest. What is cutting-edge entertainment with concierge service? Well how about a 16-day trip to the International Space Station, or a submarine trip to the wreck of the Titanic. Those are the types of experiences that members of Blue Fish can look forward to. “The perfection is in the imperfection.” Steve grew up in a modest family from East London, and three generations of his family worked in the family construction business… but that wasn’t enough for him, and he wasn’t going to let it hold him back. After a few stumbles, which led to Steve jobless in Hong Kong, he wanted to get a job at the bank (where the rich people were). To get that job, he started throwing exclusive parties for wealthy people – the seed that eventually grew into Bluefish. “If you want to kill passion, work out how you can make money out of that passion.” Steve continued to throw clandestine parties for much of the 90’s and 00’s before Bluefish was officially founded in 2008. Every time Steve started to change, or monetize his passion, he would stumble. When he listened to his gut and remained authentic, his ability to form relationships propelled him to great success. You have to own your story if you want other people to listen. Give them the real you – don’t give them the filter. “There’s been no thought or intelligence that’s gone into Bluefish in the past 50 years – it’s all been gut reaction, keeping things primitive, and doing s&!% you like doing.” -- Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Steve: UglySims.com | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook Learn more about Bluefish: TheBluefish.com | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.  Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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It’s the middle of the year… are you still on track to meet your goals? Many of us have gotten off track but now is the perfect time to determine how the rest of the year will go. It’s time to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission with the help of these inspiring guests. Get ready: this episode is part of the Halftime Series. Today our inspiration is Ken Kannappan, Executive Vice Chair of Plantronics. He is an incredibly thoughtful leader with a wealth of insight about humble leadership, generosity, and smart working philosophy. In a former life, Ken Kannappan was Senior Vice President of Kidder Peabody. He then took a massive pay cut and jumped into the entrepreneurial tech space. As President and CEO of Plantronics for nearly two decades, Ken helped transform the company from a manufacturer of contact center headsets with annual revenues just over $100M into a global audio communications leader with annual revenues of approximately $1B. As G.I. Joe very nearly said, understanding is half the battle. In every area of your life, you can make better decisions and communicate more effectively when you understand what other people are saying and what they want. If you want to understand, you have to listen – and it’s important to listen with your ears AND your eyes. People say more with nonverbal communication and tone than they do with their words. In the workplace, understanding what other people want is one of the most valuable skills you can have, which makes collaboration and communication with others imperative. The best developer can’t sell an app if it doesn’t appeal to others and the most creative person in the world can’t create something valuable in a vacuum. “In the real world, creativity that comes from understanding what people want is going to be very successful in the market” A sad truth of leadership is that, as people move up the ladder, their ability to listen and understand often diminishes. This is because understanding is heavily correlated with humility. Humble and open-minded leaders can simply do more. The more humble you are... the more open you are to what other people are telling you. the more you are listening and learning all the time. the more likely you are to notice when things are going off target. “Focus on your vision. Focus on what you want to accomplish. Focus on what makes you happy… then the fit’s going to become natural. You’ll wind up doing something you love and you’ll be very happy.” --  Resources: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is part of the Halftime Series. It’s the middle of the year… are you still on track to meet your goals? Many of us have gotten off track but now is the perfect time to determine how the rest of the year will go. It’s time to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission with the help of these inspiring guests. Todd Stottlemyre grew up around Yankee Stadium in “a school of champions." His teachers were legends like Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson, and his father, Mel Stottlemyre. Growing up in that environment inspired Todd to dream of following in his dad’s footsteps and playing in Major League Baseball, but things weren’t always easy for this high-performing family. When Todd was just 15-years-old, his brother died after an extended battle with leukemia. This devastated Todd, but his father’s leadership helped carry the family through that adversity and the community lifted him up. He credits the experience with helping him become the man he is today: a man who has spent 15 seasons in MLB and played on three World Series Championship teams. Todd learned some incredible lessons in the school of champions, especially from his dad, and he wants to pass them on to others. He wrote Relentless Success: 9-Point System for Major League Achievement so that other people can benefit from the school of champions and live their championship life. Everyone’s championship life looks different, but success is always built around these same core principles. In the spirit of Halftime, you should follow Todd on Facebook and check out his recent Facebook Live videos. He’s been talking about how 2017 is all about the endless pursuit for human potential, and the only way to discover what we can achieve as human beings is to fail miserably – you have to get out there and go for it. We have to learn in order to move forward. -- Resources: Connect with Todd: Website | Facebook Relentless Success: 9-Point System for Major League Achievement by Todd Stottlemyre Pride and Pinstripes: The Yankees, Mets, and Surviving Life's Challenges by Mel Stottlemyre & John Harper No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity by John C. Maxwell --  We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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  This episode is part of the Halftime Series. It’s the middle of the year… are you still on track to meet your goals? Many of us have gotten off track but now is the perfect time to determine how the rest of the year will go. It’s time to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission with the help of these inspiring guests. Today you will be inspired by former American college football coach and sports analyst Lou Holtz. For many years, Coach Holtz has been considered among the greatest speaking legends in America. He talks about overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting your own goals and working to achieve them – the perfect person to kick off the Halftime Series. Despite never inheriting a winning team, Coach Holtz compiled an impressive 249-132-7 career record and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is also the only coach in the history of college football to… Take six different teams to a bowl game. Win five bowl games with different teams. Have four different college teams ranked in the top 20 poll. Coach Holtz doesn’t claim to have achieved any of his accomplishments because he is above average – he is intensely motivated, constantly learning, and tries to help the people around him believe in themselves. Motivation is a critical factor for success. There’s really only two things a leader or coach can help you with: your belief in yourself and your skillset… but if you’re not motivated, nobody can help you with those two things. Everything, especially motivation, starts with a dream; a goal. Coach Holtz believes that only one thing determines whether you’re growing or you’re dying, and it’s not age... It’s whether you are trying to accomplish something. If you’re trying to accomplish something – if you have a goal – then you will have enthusiasm and excitement when you get up every day. “One thing determines whether you’re growing or you’re dying: are you trying to accomplish something?” This idea applies to any and every aspect of life. If you aren’t trying to figure out how to improve your marriage, the marriage is dying. If you aren’t trying to find new solutions for your business, your business is dying. Even when you’re moving forward with motivation, you will still have to make some tough decisions along your path. When Coach Holtz was the head of a team, he only had two mandates: graduate and win. Every decision he made had to help his team meet one of those two mandates. As a business leader, you also only have two mandates: satisfy the customer and make a profit. Once you understand what your mandates are and what you’re trying to accomplish, then the right thing will be more obvious and you will start making the changes that are necessary to do those two things. “There’s no right time to do the wrong thing and there’s no wrong time to do the right thing.”  --   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Get inspired with Coach Lou Holtz’s books:   Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success The Fighting Spirit: A Championship Season at Notre Dame -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is the conclusion to the Comeback Series, which featured Entrepreneurs who have experienced a major setback and then successfully pivoted to something different, bigger, and more impactful. There are few things in life that are universally true. However, regardless of race, religion, or nationality, we love to celebrate people overcoming adversity and shutting down the naysayers; we love to see people bounce back, crush obstacles, and face seemingly insurmountable obstacles head on. Don’t just celebrate – take action. Where is your comeback? Here’s my challenge to you: Take a moment over the next few days to reflect on your story. What has made you who you are? What are you proud of? What are you embarrassed by? What scares you? What gets you excited? Write those things down, own it, and visualize it. Share it with your friends, family, and me. Write about it on Instagram and tag me @TheImpactMike so that I can read, comment, and share it with my community. -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is part of the Comeback Series, which features Entrepreneurs who have experienced a major setback and then successfully pivoted to something different, bigger, and more impactful. Today’s guest is Adam Eidson, an entrepreneur who left his high-paying corporate and took a 50% pay cut to pursue a more purpose-driven life. He is driven by empowering others and making them feel better about themselves so he opened his own gym, RARE Crossfit, and started hosting The Mentee podcast. Growing up, Adam didn’t have the confidence or self-esteem he has today. There was no consistent father figure for much of his early childhood, being a smaller guy made school a challenge (he graduated high school at 118 pounds), and he was shrouded in limiting beliefs. Ultimately, it was support from his first mentor and father figure that helped Adam realize his own abilities and grow into a more confident human being. Later, mentorship from former guest Geoff Woods guided Adam on a transformative journey. He developed clarity about the incredible power of people, relationships, and action. To foster those relationships – and add more value to the people in his life – Adam started practicing greater transparency and vulnerability in every aspect of his life. Like crossfit, being open and vulnerable requires a lot of strength. But we have to acknowledge our weaknesses to grow beyond them, and we have to be honest to form real connections with other people. When we support each other, we are all capable of a major Comeback. --   Resources: Listen to The Mentee RARE Crossfit -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is part of the Comeback Series, which features Entrepreneurs who have experienced a major setback and then successfully pivoted to something different, bigger, and more impactful. Today’s guest, Cindi Busenhart, is the Founder & CEO of MERGE4, one of the most exciting action sports sock brands in the world. Before Founding MERGE4, she was President of Sessions and Este, one of the original snowboard brands on the market. Sessions went through a few difficulties in the ‘00s. The bulk of their snow wear started shipping on September 1st, and the events of 9/11 caused many stores to cancel their shipments. Nobody wanted to get on a plane and fly to a resort. A few years later, the global financial crisis took another toll. While weathering these challenges, community was hugely important for Cindi and the company. Community is important when we’re thriving, but it’s critical when we’re facing adversity. “Persistence trumps brilliance almost every time.” When we experience these moments of adversity, it’s also important to be persistent. Even in the most difficult times, there is opportunity if you’re willing to look for it. If, on top of that, you can continue to believe in yourself and your passion, your positive outlook will reap greater opportunity. Cindi tries to persistently keep a positive outlook because she believes that if you want to get something, you have to give it. This can be positivity, support, or even health. Cindi lives this belief. When her brother was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that shut down his kidneys, she persisted to jump through every hoop put in front of her so that she would be allowed to donate a kidney. “It was hard for us, but there was never a moment that I didn’t think I could do it.” Because of her extreme giving, Cindi got what she wanted: her brother’s health. Cindi applies this same giving philosophy to MERGE4. In addition to fostering a positive community, they are a B Corp, which means they are a for-profit company certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. They are dedicated to providing cool socks to children, teens, and those receiving extended treatment in hospitals. “If you want to get something, give it.” -- Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Cindi: LinkedIn Pick up some MERGE4 socks -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is part of the Comeback Series, which features Entrepreneurs who have experienced a major setback and then successfully pivoted to something different, bigger, and more impactful. Today’s guest, Nick DiNardo, had his whole world flipped upside down at age seven. Now he helps entrepreneurs perform at their very best and teaches them to overcome overwhelm… but he had to build resilience to get there. Nick’s mother experienced her second bipolar episode when he was seven, which led to some time in a hospital, his parent’s divorce, and his father’s bankruptcy. He felt angry, ashamed, misplaced, and like everyone else had a nuclear family that he could not have. These experiences allowed Nick to develop resilience, and he believes he has thrived off of the adversity he experienced. But how does someone build resilience if they experience success, instead of adversity? If Nick’s son grows up under better circumstances, how will he develop an awareness of struggle? “The difference between the high-performers and the average is the ability to identify and use adversity to your opportunity, rather than avoiding it or just letting it pass you by.” Nick’s book, The Game of Adversity, offers eight practices that will help anyone turn difficulty into opportunity, developed through his years of experience as a practitioner of resilience. Building a Growth Mindset is the keystone habit and foundational principle of his book. Process Over Outcome is about focusing on the daily habits and practices that we need, rather than being too overly-focused on goal-setting. We shouldn’t rely too much on goal-setting. Focus on Stoicism, or what we can control, and our relationship with failure.   Building Self-Awareness Focus on Goals That are Bigger Than You   Standing on the Shoulders of Giants is about perspective, and understanding history and the challenges people have gone through before you.   Preparation   Gratitude, and appreciation over expectation. If you have faced adversity or struggle and you haven’t built your resiliency, where should you start? Nick suggests an exercise for identifying how you naturally react to adversity so that you can review the game tape and change your processes. Tim Kight, Founder of Focus3 Consulting, developed this heuristic: Event + Response = Outcome (E + R = O). You can’t control the event and you can’t control the outcome, but you can control your response. Brainstorm 10 specific tough times that you have experienced adversity (small to big). In each of those moments, what was the outcome and how did you respond? How would you respond now, knowing what you know now and what the optimal response would have been? I appreciate Nick coming on the show and sharing his vulnerability. People don’t think of vulnerability as a strength often enough, but it is incredibly powerful – and Nick is living proof. -- Resources: Connect with Nick: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram Listen to Nick’s podcast: The Sweet Adversity Podcast The Game of Adversity: 8 Practices To Turn Life's Toughest Moments Into Your Greatest Opportunities by Nick DiNardo Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor “Here’s The Strategy Elite Athletes Follow To Perform At The Highest Level” by Ryan Holiday -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is part of the Comeback Series, which will feature Entrepreneurs who have experienced a major setback and then successfully pivoted to something different, bigger, and more impactful. There is a narrative pervading our society that we have to be perfect, and we project perfection into the world – but we don’t relate to any single person through their success or their perfection. We relate to other people through their struggle. That’s why we’re talking to Geoff Woods, a man who has come up against adversity numerous times in his life only to overcome it, and grow stronger as a result. He’s Vice President of The ONE Thing, the company behind the best-selling book of the same name written by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan, and host of The ONE Thing podcast. As we discussed last time Geoff was on the show, his entrepreneurial journey began with a tragedy: in just one week, his pay was dramatically slashed and a co-worked died of a heart attack. He then went on a mission, inspired by Jim Rohn, to surround himself with new people and change his life, and he started The Mentee podcast as a vehicle for this journey. He discovered that people really connected with his struggle, “and it was at that moment that I realized the greatest power that I could possibly have, being the man behind the mic, was vulnerability.” But he’s not just vulnerable – he’s committed to change, and courageous enough to share it with us. You can hear more of Geoff’s vulnerability on The ONE Thing podcast. --   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Subscribe to The ONE Thing podcast the1thing.com -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This is the last episode in the Happiness Series. We have been taught to believe that we can not choose to be happy because happiness is something that can only be earned – that’s not true. We can take hold of happiness any time we choose. Happiness is an attitude, and attitude is a choice. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” –Viktor Frankl Over the past several weeks, we had leading experts from a wide array of industries share, confirm, and reiterate simple truths about happiness, fulfillment, and impact. Sheryl O'Loughlin had a phenomenal job, great career, and great potential – all of the success we might imagine for ourselves. However, it came at a great cost… one that nearly took her life. Sheryl taught us how truly powerful our choice to be happy can be. Ep. 53 – How Happiness & Love Help Entrepreneurs & Businesses Succeed – with Sheryl O’Loughlin. JP Sears joined us for two hilarious and ultra spiritual episodes. He helped us laugh, but he also offered insight about cultivating our greatness, belief, and rejoicing in small victories. Ep. 54 – Allow Yourself to Choose a Happier Mindset – with JP Sears Ep. 55 – How to Cultivate Your Greatness & Happiness – with JP Sears Doug Kisgen challenged us to rethink happiness, and in doing so accomplish great things by living a life of virtue (which means to do the common uncommonly well). He wasn’t talking about scaling, hustling, or grinding – he was talking about love, patience, prudence, and justice. Ep. 56 – Rethink Happiness & Live a Life of Authentic Joy – with Doug Kisgen Jason Kotecki revealed the epidemic of adultitis, and encouraged us to engage in our childlike nature from time to time. Children are creative, insightful, speak their minds, and love unconditionally… can we do that? Ep. 57 – Annihilating Adultitis – with Jason Kotecki --   Resources: Rethink Happy   Escape Adulthood   KILLING IT!: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart by Sheryl O'Loughlin Get a free excerpt from How To Be Ultra Spiritual: 12½ Steps to Spiritual Superiority by JP Sears -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is part of the Happiness Series. We have been taught to believe that we can not choose to be happy because happiness is something that can only be earned – that’s not true, and I hope these amazing entrepreneurs will help you choose to find happiness. Doing so will give you an advantage in business, relationships, and life in general. Jason Kotecki is an artist, author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur. He and his wife founded Escape Adulthood in 2000 (and later The Cure Adultitis Institute) with one goal: annihilate Adultitis. Jason and his wife envisioned an ideal version of adulthood, but the “real world” didn’t live up to it. Bitterness and cynicism are rampant – excitement and enthusiasm are elusive. Why? They realized that most of us lose something in the transition from childhood to adulthood: curiosity, delight, and the ability to dream big. However, the most successful entrepreneurs – the Musks and Jobs of the world – never lose these super powers. Escaping Adulthood isn’t about ditching responsibilities to rediscover fun. It’s about remembering what we once knew as kids so that we can improve our lives, our relationships, and our businesses. How do you bring more fun into the workplace in a productive way, without being branded the crazy misfit? How do you become a more fun parent and raise your children with discipline? How do you find time for yourself when you’re a caregiver? Don’t get caught living a paint-by-numbers life – we are made for more. The beauty of adulthood is freedom and choice, so live freely and make your own choices! If you want a crash course in productive fun, you can attend the 2017 Escape Adulthood Summit. You can also join their free community of insiders and find a ton of awesome escape tools, and so much more, over on EscapeAdulthood.com. --   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Jason: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Twitter YouTube Escape Adulthood: EscapeAdulthood.com FREE Insider Community Escape Tools 2017 Escape Adulthood Summit -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is part of the Happiness Series. We have been taught to believe that we can not choose to be happy because happiness is something that can only be earned – that’s not true, and I hope these amazing entrepreneurs will help you choose to find happiness. Doing so will give you an advantage in business, relationships, and life in general. Today’s guest, Doug Kisgen, is the author of Rethink Happy: An Entrepreneur’s Journey Toward Finding Authentic Joy. One of the key tenets in Rethink Happy is the importance of living a life of virtue. We often focus on the hustle, the monetary success, aesthetics, and independence… but we try to hide the adversity, the struggle, or the heartache we experience along the way. If we live a life of virtue – which doesn’t mean we have to stop hustling – we can fill the holes that we try to cover up. So what does living a life of virtue mean? Doug breaks it down to six parts… Love Wisdom Temperance Courage Justice Transcendence We can see these virtues brought up throughout history by great minds such as Aristotle and Benjamin Franklin, but we also seem to have forgotten them – and we aren’t actively or intentionally trying to bring them into our lives. If you want to challenge yourself to embrace these virtues, don’t take on too much at once. We often fail to create lasting change in ourselves because we try to make too many changes at one time. You have a finite amount of willpower, so don’t wear it out. You can start living a life of greater virtue and make the most out of your willpower by taking baby steps. Committing to small changes can lead to big results. Ask yourself: What’s a small win that I can get on a daily basis, and that I can keep track of? Learn more about living a life of virtue in Rethink Happy: An Entrepreneur’s Journey Toward Finding Authentic Joy. -- Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Rethink Happy Connect with Doug: Twitter | LinkedIn -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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JP Sears is back for round two! If you haven’t checked out last week’s interview with JP, you should go back and listen to it. It’s a fun conversation and he shares some wonderful stories. Today we really dig into what happiness is, why people tend to look for happiness in the wrong places, and how to cultivate your own greatness. This episode is part of the Happiness Series. We have been taught to believe that we can not choose to be happy because happiness is something that can only be earned – that’s not true, and I hope these amazing entrepreneurs will help you choose to find happiness. Doing so will give you an advantage in business, relationships, and life in general. JP’s entrepreneurial journey didn’t begin until he started believing in himself, and using that belief productively. There are millions of people who believe in themselves, but it’s much more difficult to cultivate that belief. Start by doing things you’ve never done before. Put yourself in a situation where you are required to give yourself more support and more belief than ever before. You won’t enhance your self-belief unless you give yourself a good reason. For a big wave surfer, the 30-foot wave is a good reason. It’s a high-pressure environment that allows the surfer to become extra present and enter a flow state, which they may not be able to access without that environment. You need to create a big wave for yourself – we are incredibly resourceful beings, but we can’t mine deeper resources unless we put ourselves in a situation where more resources are required. Similarly, you need to have the right mindset and set yourself up to find happiness. Too often, people look for happiness in all the wrong places: what we do, what we have, what we own, material possessions, status, etc. But happiness is found in what you are, not not what you do or what you have. If you cultivate your greatness, you will likely find happiness growing too. “Bet on your authenticity and risk discovering it.” -- Resources: Connect with JP: www.AwakenWithJP.com www.facebook.com/AwakenWithJP www.Instagram.com/AwakenWithJP www.twitter.com/AwakenWithJP Get a free excerpt from How To Be Ultra Spiritual: 12½ Steps to Spiritual Superiority -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today’s guest is JP Sears. You may be familiar with his Ultra Spiritual comedy series from YouTube or Facebook, but he is also an emotional healing coach and a curious student of life. We share powerful stories about our journey, explore the (often overlooked) importance of our feelings, and have a lot of fun. This episode is part of the Happiness Series. We have been taught to believe that we can not choose to be happy because happiness is something that can only be earned – that’s not true, and I hope these amazing entrepreneurs will help you choose to find happiness. Doing so will give you an advantage in business, relationships, and life in general. JP is known by many as his comedy persona, easily identified by the headband and flowers in his hair, but that doesn’t excite him anymore. The last time he donned the flowers was in January 2017, and he knew he needed to make a change. JP knew this because he listened to his feelings. Carl Jung once said that our feelings are the language of our soul, and JP adds that “if we pretend that we have even half a clue of what a soul is, then maybe we can pretend that our soul is a wiser source than our intellectual brain.” Our feelings are difficult to comprehend – they don’t seem to be communicated through a human language – but maybe that is because they contain so much wisdom. Did you enjoy this episode? Then you’re in luck! JP Sears will be back next week for Part 2 of this interview. In the meantime, you can get your fix at AwakenWithJP.com.     Resources: Connect with JP: www.AwakenWithJP.com www.facebook.com/AwakenWithJP www.Instagram.com/AwakenWithJP www.twitter.com/AwakenWithJP Get a free excerpt from How To Be Ultra Spiritual: 12½ Steps to Spiritual Superiority “What is Your Poop Saying About You?” by Inside Out Health -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Sheryl O’Loughlin is an eager entrepreneur who leverages passion and purpose to create a happy life and a huge impact. She is a huge proponent of bringing love and happiness into your work, and into your work culture. She previously served as the CEO of Clif Bar, where she introduced the world to Luna bars (and grew the bars into a $70M business in just three years); she was the cofounder and CEO of Plum Organics; and she is currently CEO of REBBL super herb beverages. Sheryl is also the author of KILLING IT!: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart. KILLING IT! was sparked by a study conducted by Dr. Michael A. Freeman, which found a correlation between entrepreneurs and illness such as ADHD, bipolar disease, depression, and drug abuse. He found these were present in about 72% of the entrepreneurial population, compared to about 40% of the general population. Sheryl was experiencing this dark side of entrepreneurship, and she realized the need for a change in entrepreneurial culture. We need to start talking about the the dark side of killing it every day, and how we can avoid the big pitfalls. “99% of business don’t make it, and entrepreneurs are going through this hardship alone because they think they’re the only ones. I want to change the culture of that so people don’t feel like they’re alone!” Love and time helped Sheryl out of the darkness. She fell in love with REBBL, a super herb elixir business created in collaboration with the nonprofit Not For Sale. The nonprofit’s goal is to stop human trafficking. REBBL helps them achieve that goal because they source ingredients from affected indigenous communities, and the income helps support their livelihood so that they are no longer vulnerable to trafficking. A portion of the net profits also helps fund Not For Sale’s rehabilitation efforts. “It’s a joy to go to work when you know you’re doing something with so much meaning.” Social Mission Companies like REBBL, companies that intentionally pursue a greater purpose than pure profit, are able to create a powerful and sustainable impact that other support organizations don’t have the resources to accomplish. As an added benefit, the social mission creates an environment where people love to work because something truly meaningful drives every individual's actions. Entrepreneurs, be wary of the hustle and the grind. Remember that the dark side is part of our nature, and that we can forge a path through the darkness and back to the light with support, love, and purpose. “People are talking about how they’re killing it, but it could be killing you.” -- Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Sheryl: Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Get your own copy of KILLING IT!: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart Learn more about REBBL Inc.: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode marks the one-year anniversary for The Impact Entrepreneur Show, and I want to thank you for tuning in every week and inviting me into your lives. It’s an awesome gift, and I take this privilege very seriously. Today I want to offer you a couple gifts… The Clarity of Purpose Scorecard will help you measure and guide your progress in 10 critical areas: developing your superpower, your spirituality, your emotional strength, your intellectual capacity, your physical strength, your recreational capacity, your ability to volunteer, your romantic strength, your social strength, and your professional strength. Click here to head over to TheImpactEntrepreneur.net/scorecard and get your copy for FREE. 6 Bridges to Wellbeing and Personal Growth is a bonus tool I will send you after you pick up your scorecard. This is based on a template that my wife and I have used for the last couple of years to help us focus in on our goals and objectives. -- This episode is part of the disruption series. We’re going to discover how incredible people disrupt their lives, their industries, and the world to create a powerful impact. We’re chatting with return guest Cameron Herold. He is a best-selling author, coach, and speaker who strives to simplify business problems and guide business leaders to previously unimagined success. Cameron also created the COO Alliance, an opportunity for second-in-command business leaders (or Chief Operating Officers) to connect and grow. These people are often left behind the curtains and don’t get any of the attention, events, or masterminds that CEOs and other leaders often get. “Perfect is the enemy of good.” Cameron has a unique (and potentially counter-intuitive) perspective on disruption: “It’s less about innovating, and it’s more about rip off and duplicate.” Momentum creates momentum, and far too often entrepreneurs try to find a newer, cooler, or better way to do something instead of taking the really great systems that already exist and just doing it. Sometimes disruption is the result of significant momentum, not significant innovation. To build momentum, your business needs more than just a Minimally Viable Product – it needs Minimally Viable Everything: emails, meetings, software, etc. Perfect is the enemy of good. How did Cameron train his teams to pursue momentum? It’s a simple process... Set goals Break the goals down into specific projects and tasks Declare when to work on each task (not when the task will be completed) Create time constraints for specific tasks You can use my new tools (detailed above) to help you identify goals, hold yourself accountable, and build some momentum. If you want to hear another conversation with Cameron Herold, check out Episode 6 – Cameron Herold on Supercharging Your Focus. -- Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: The Clarity of Purpose Scorecard is a free tool that will help you measure and guide your progress in 10 critical areas Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing Pick up one of Cameron’s books: Meetings Suck The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs   Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is part of the disruption series. We’re going to discover how incredible people disrupt their lives, their industries, and the world to create a powerful impact. Ryan Evans is the CEO & Co-Founder of Inboard Technologies, home of the M1 Electric Skateboard. He and his team were recently featured on Shark Tank and convinced Mr. Wonderful, AKA Kevin O’Leary, to partner with them in their mission to create a massive disruption in the transportation industry. Since then, the M1 Electric Skateboard has taken the world by storm and the company is growing at a blistering pace. “Lightweight, portable, electric transportation that you can take with you anywhere empowers everyone. We all need to move.” Ryan rejects the idea that things should be done one way because they’ve always been done that way. We are able to do incredible things when we think creatively about process. People often spend too much time focusing on an end goal, but real progress is made when iterating the process. Inboard’s end goal is to create lightweight transportation technology that flows, but Ryan understands that you’ll go out of business if you wait until a product is perfect before you launch it. They didn’t wait. They embrace an iterative product development process, and they are able to improve their products remotely. Inboard engineers are constantly working behind the scenes so that the customer experience is constantly improving. You have to constantly change and improve because there is no one big challenge to overcome – there are always challenges. The road to success is a constant struggle, so you need to come prepared. You need the right mindset and a support group. You won’t create a powerful impact if you go alone. --   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Inboard: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Pick up your own M1 Electric Skateboard “A Skateboard Startup’s Radical Ambition: Disrupting Urban Transit” on Fast Company Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition by Robert Cialdini -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is part of the disruption series. We’re going to discover how incredible people disrupt their lives, their industries, and the world to create a powerful impact. Don Wettrick is an Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School and author of Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level. He is disrupting the education system and teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs. Don teaches a class called Innovation and Open-Source Learning. They explore how to network, how to collaborate with intelligent people, how to market, and so much more. Businesses have been launched from his classroom. In one year, four patents were filed. The class has their own methodology. They call it R.O.T.H. I.R.A. Realization – Related to flow states, realization often comes about through movement. They start the school day by walking and talking. Open Discussion – The thoughts generated through realization will fade if they aren’t discussed. Tussling – “I love a good fight.” Debate challenges people to think. Homogeneous Grouping – Kids split off to collaborate on the same projects, but coming from different perspectives. Ideation & Prototyping – “We jokingly call this the difference between December 31st and January 15th.” It’s fun to brainstorm, but it’s hard to actually do it. Reflect – Every project is two weeks, because that gives you enough time to know whether or not you are interested in the subject. Adjustment – This loops back to the ROTH for Realization #2.   Don started the class because he didn’t see any passion for learning – or much of anything – in his students. They were being churned through a system that destroyed their interest in learning. Not only is the current educational paradigm passionless, it’s just old. As a culture and a society, we are moving exponentially faster outside of education. What did your phone look like five years ago? Vastly different. What did your public high school look like in 1980? Roughly the same.   “Here’s the cruel joke we’re playing on a lot of our students: we’re preparing you for a future that used to exist in 1970.”   Why is education innovating so slowly? We still measure success by test scores. You get into college largely based on your SAT score. They’re accepting the kids who are best at not taking risks. We reward memorization far more than creativity. Some teacher unions have pushed back (not all).   Don can’t disrupt the entire educational system on his own. If you are a parent, student, or teacher and you want to change something about your local school system, Don will help. You can head to StartEdUpInnovation.com for a podcast, consulting, teacher training, and all the core services necessary to start and strive with new educational initiatives. --   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Don & his class: Twitter | Facebook Learn more & Listen to the StartEdUp Podcast Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level by Don Wettrick TEDTalk - “The Puzzle of Motivation” by Dan Pink The Art of People by Dave Kerpen -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This episode is part of the disruption series. We’re going to discover how incredible people disrupt their lives, their industries, and the world to create a powerful impact. Stephan Aarstol is the Founder & CEO at Tower Paddle Boards, author of The Five Hour Workday, and one of the most unique success stories from ABC’s Shark Tank. Stephan didn’t have the most elegant pitch on Shark Tank, but he still secured investment from Mark Cuban. The show wasn’t his endgame – it was just the first stepping stone towards disrupting an industry. The five-hour workday was the second stepping stone. “You want to get your employees to where they’ll run through walls for you. To do that in the modern world with knowledge workers, you can’t whip them harder or give them a little bit more money. You have to do something that is meaningful to them.” Tower Paddle Boards was an attractive place to work, but they still lost some of their top talent. Stephan wanted to sweeten the pot. How does Stephan change his company to attract the best people? Transition from an e-commerce company to a brand Embrace a consistent company culture Shorten the workday (for the same compensation) Stephan wanted to attract efficient team members and repel slow workers; he wanted superstars. If you can adapt to a five-hour workday, you are rewarded with more control over your work life and personal life. If you can’t adapt, you’re fired. This strategy puts full autonomy and pressure on the employee to figure things out, and the end result is that they actually think and act a lot more like entrepreneurs. The friction helps them cut waste and identify better tools. “You turn everybody into their own little productivity expert.” Think about how you work – don’t be satisfied with just working. Head over to FiveHourWorkday.com to read the first 48 pages of the book, receive a subscription to Tower Magazine, and download a bonus list of 38 amazing productivity tools… all for free! “Work is not the point of life. The point of work is to finance this incredible life for us.” --   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Stephan: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn Read the first 48 pages of The Five Hour Workday by Stephan Aarstol & download a bonus list of 38 amazing productivity tools for FREE Read Tower Magazine -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This week we’re kicking off the disruption series. We’re going to discover how incredible people disrupt their lives, their industries, and the world to create a powerful impact.   Today’s guest, Steven Kotler, is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Co-Founder / Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project.   He is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance and he has spent his entire career exploring how people do the impossible.   Rise of Superman is about how action and adventure sports athletes reinvent kinesthetic possibility.   Abundance and Bold are about the entrepreneurs who have built the fastest and largest companies in the shortest amount of time.   Small Furry Prayer is about the cutting edge of empathy and altruism. Stealing Fire (Steven’s newest book) is about a $4 trillion underground movement to harness alternate states of consciousness to massively uplevel performance.     Through years of research, Steven has discovered that the secret to disrupting human performance is the same across the board: altered states of consciousness. This includes flow states, meditative states, psychedelic states, and more.   “One of the most well-established facts in the whole history of psychology is that altered states are incredibly good for us, and it’s not common knowledge.”   If you’re not familiar, altered states of consciousness can be defined as a specific bandwidth of non-ordinary states of consciousness where... our normal sense of self vanishes our normal sense of time disappears we are freed from the drudgery of daily life we get a sense of effortless motivation and we can tap into a level of inspiration information that is normally unavailable.   In Stealing Fire, Steven uses the Greek term ecstasis to refer to this phenomenon and bypass the negative stigma placed upon altered states of consciousness. He also discusses the four forces accelerating this movement towards the upper possibility space of human experience, which he calls the Four Forces for Ecstasy: Psychology Neurobiology Pharmacology Technology   Altered states of consciousness aren’t just for team building at Burning Man. They can be directly applied to your life and workspace. After rolling out mindfulness training at Aetna, they gained $3,000 per employee in productivity and saved $2,000 per employee in healthcare costs. At Patagonia, the Founder has a “let my people go surfing” policy to encourage flow. Standing in a power pose for a few minutes can change your physiology and empower you. We get more flow any time the challenge at hand slightly exceeds our skillset. Physical, emotional, psychological, and social risk can all focus our attention.   We are all created with the potential to do more than we could possibly ask for or possibly imagine. Steven’s research is a gift that will help us take a few steps towards disrupting what is possible. If you’re interested in exploring the fringes of human possibility, you can’t do better than Steven’s books.   These are a few of my favorites… BOLD – This book challenged me to have a bigger vision for my life and the impact I'm capable of having. I still don't believe I am thinking boldly enough. Abundance – Beyond loving the word, this book woke me up to the fact that NOW is the best time in human history to create and innovate amazing solutions to today's problems and tomorrow's challenges. Contrary to past experience or what one may have been led to believe, the resources are abundantly available. Rise of Superman – We all have the ability to perform at super optimized levels. We refer to it as being "in the zone." God created us with an amazing organ - the brain - and if we put ourselves in the right environment it is amazing what each of us is capable of doing. --   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Pre-Order Stealing Fire through StealingFireBook.com to receive some awesome bonuses Connect with Steven on Twitter @steven_kotler Discover your Flow Profile for free at FlowGenomeProject.com --   We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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The past couple episodes have focused on courage. In today’s episode I am going to highlight the key points from the conversations I had with Justin Constantine and Noah Galloway. I’ll also share some of my thoughts on courage and what it means to me. We all have the skills and ability to overcome the greatest adversity and most difficult challenges... if we choose to. You are stronger than you think you are. Depression has no reason, depression is real, and depression can strike anyone. You can be the most powerful person on the planet and depression can still affect you. It takes both strength and courage to overcome depression, but that process starts by acknowledging that you are vulnerable. When you allow yourself to be vulnerable, no one else can make you vulnerable. Sometimes being courageous simply means talking to someone or seeking help. You are special. You are created for greatness. You are courageous. Go out and make an impact by encouraging someone today – by adding to their heart – even if that someone happens to be you. Resources: If you or someone you know is depressed and considering taking their own life, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1.800.273.8255 (open 24/7) This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web.   We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today we’re learning more about courage with Noah Galloway, a former U.S. Army soldier, motivational speaker, and author of Living with No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier. Growing up, Noah’s father worked construction with only one hand. It was a powerful inspiration that ended up affecting him more than he ever expected. During the Iraq War, Noah lost his left arm and leg. “Someone is going to read Living With No Excuses and see that they are not alone. Whatever they are going through, they can get through it, get some help, and see there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” He struggled with depression and denial for a few years before embracing physical activity again. He started running marathons and, in 2014, he was named the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy. He spoke on The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Today Show, and came in 3rd place on Dancing With The Stars. Noah’s run on Dancing With The Stars highlights the power of mindset. You have the ability to overcome any obstacle that is presented to you. “I was glazing over the depression part. I felt like it was unrealistic to people to lose two limbs, have all those things happen to you, and then make it on the cover of the world’s largest men’s magazine and go on Dancing With The Stars. Not having that piece of the puzzle didn’t make sense with me and I wanted to share that.” War is full of obstacles, but writing Living With No Excuses was an obstacle too. Sharing your most difficult experiences and making yourself vulnerable requires incredible courage, but it is so important. In Living With No Excuses, Noah emphasizes that struggle is universal. No experience “earns you the right” to be depressed. Depression can happen to anyone. “Depression is real and can strike anyone. You can be the most powerful person on the planet but depression can still affect you.”   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Noah: Facebook | Twitter Living with No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier by Noah Galloway Watch Noah dance on Dancing With The Stars   -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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To kick off a short series about Courage, I’m speaking with Justin Constantine, an expert in overcoming adversity and leadership. He is a former Marine and attorney and is now an inspirational speaker and leadership consultant. Justin recently completed his first book, My Battlefield, Your Office: Leadership Lessons From the Front Lines. Justin draws on his experiences with the Marine Corps, the US Chamber of Commerce, and in the nonprofit sector and shares what it takes to be a good leader in any environment. On October 18, 2006, Justin was deployed in Iraq. He was on patrol when an enemy sniper shot him in the head, behind his left ear. Incredibly, the young Marine he was with performed an emergency tracheotomy and saved his life. Recovering from the experience was difficult. For a long time he was embarrassed, but then he saw the inspiration that his recovery gave others. The experience gave Justin a renewed sense of focus, optimism, and intention. “It wasn’t something to be embarrassed about. The bottom line was that I was so fortunate for surviving, but really I was so fortunate that so many people along the way had reached out to help me.” Justin’s definition of courage has changed since his recovery. Before he was shot, he would have given a pretty typical definition of courage: doing the right thing when no one is watching, or something along those lines. Now, Justin believes courage is choosing to persevere in the face of the toughest adversity – even if that means taking the tougher road sometimes. Life is about choices and sometimes choosing the tougher road leads to much greater results. “I think courage comes down to taking the time to understand what you believe in and what you stand for, and then taking that road.” Remember, you are stronger than you think you are. “Take the time. Be thoughtful about what you want to accomplish in life in life and you will do it.”   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Justin: Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Support Veterans by Purchasing a My Veteran Desktop Calendar My Battlefield, Your Office: Leadership Lessons From the Front Lines by Justin Constantine Justin’s TEDTalk: “You’re Stronger Than You Think You Are” Deep Work by Cal Newport   -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today’s episode is the final part of our Getting Started series. We’re talking to people who got off their butt and took action to accomplish the dream they have been sitting on for years. I can’t think of a better topic to end the series with than Your One Word. “I think everyone does have one core value that cuts to the root of who they are, and if you’re not happy with your life then it’s because your life is too incongruent with what your One Word core value is.” Evan Carmichael coaches entrepreneurs for peak performance, and he’s helping even more people reach their peak performance with his new book: Your One Word. Your One Word is a guide to greater self-awareness, because it’s easier to forge a path towards your ideal future when you are aware of your single most important core value. It provides a blueprint for a process that has helped entrepreneurs build multi-million dollar businesses. “A lot of people feel like they have potential, but they don’t know what to do.” Your Word is only for you. It’s a word or phrase that represents what you are about, at a core level. The process of picking Your One Word helps you reflect on your purpose and move forward with more intention. Evan’s word is Believe. Mine is Impact. “Having that self-awareness helps me create with more consistency, create with more intention and build a team around something super meaningful.” The exercises in the book will bring you through a process of self-reflection that starts by reinforcing the constant nature of Your One Word. It’s not who you want to be in 2017. It’s not your New Year’s Resolution. It’s who you’ve always been and always will be. It has to be a personal exercise. After you understand yourself, you can apply that to running a business. You can learn more about the book on Evan’s website and you can check out Evan’s YouTube channel to see how he’s incorporated Believe into his brand and business.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Learn More About Evan: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Your One Word: The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That Matter by Evan Carmichael   -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today’s episode is the second part of our Getting Started series. We’re talking to people who got off their butt and took action to accomplish the dream they have been sitting on for years. Michael Sacca is President of Crew, a service that matches skilled freelancers with project owners, and co-host of Rocketship.FM, a podcast that dives into funding, growth, culture, sales and everything in between. Michael expected he would be a developer forever – he never expected to be the chief sales person at a company. Yet, in the first half of 2016, he was responsible for 40% of Crew’s revenue. He succeeds as a marketer by building relationships with clients and former clients. Those relationships have allowed him to identify where Crew provides the most value and sell the product to higher-paying clients. Crew is a little different than your typical freelance economy business. They tried to solve many of the problems usually experienced by freelancers and project owners. For freelancers, things like sourcing work, vetting work, filling out RFPs and bidding on projects is time-consuming. Crew takes over business development tasks so that the freelancers can just focus on being creative. For project owners, there is a templated system that will help even first time project managers create milestones and schedule check-ins, plus it offers them extra protections. Of course, they are also paired with the most appropriate talent working with Crew. 99% of their projects have been completed on time, on budget and issue-free. You can learn more at Crew.co, follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelSacca or send him an email.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Michael: Facebook | Twitter | Michael.Sacca (at) gmail.com Crew.co Rocketship.FM   -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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As we kick off a new year, The Impact Entrepreneur Show is kicking off the Starting Up series. We’re talking to people who got off their butt and took action to accomplish the dream they have been sitting on for years.   Mike Dillard is Founder of SelfMadeMan.com and host of Self Made Man, the #1 self-help podcast on iTunes. The mentors in Mike’s life shaped his business destiny by giving him a wake-up call and encouraging him to invest in himself. He was told that, if he wanted to achieve his goal, he had to become someone who was capable of achieving that result and he had to stop looking for that to come from something or someone outside of himself.   The first step towards investing in yourself is knowing what you’re investing in. How were you manufactured? Find out. Take the Myers-Briggs test Take the Kolbe A Index Take the DiSC Test Figure out how you are built and then, once you have that information, you can apply it to whatever you’re passionate about and you can execute in a way that is aligned with how your brain is wired.   The second step towards investing in yourself is mastery. To develop a mastery of any skill: Put your devices away. Get deep into something. Read books for 2-3 hours a day & take an intensive course on the subject. Find the best practices of the best practitioners and create activities that will help you internalize their skills. Take action and see what happens. Do it over and over again, for a couple years.   “If you’re just sitting here in learning mode, you’re doing absolutely nothing. The biggest moment of learning or understanding you can have is by actually doing something and failing at it or succeeding.” If you want to be a self-made person, there’s no big secret. Stop waiting for something outside of yourself, put time into mastering a skill, take action and add value. I can’t wait to see what you do.     Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Self Made Man: Website | Podcast Magnetic Sponsoring: How To Attract Endless New Leads And Distributors To You Automatically by Mike Dillard Take the Myers-Briggs test Take the Kolbe A Index Take the DiSC Test -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Nicholas Kusmich is the world’s leading Facebook advertising strategist, Founder of H2H Media Group and the League Of Extraordinary Marketers and creator of The Art Of Lead Generation. Nicholas is using his unique ability to understand behavior to create advertising strategies that leverage social platforms. The most important question you should ask before advertising, but probably aren’t, is do I have a Predictable Profit Process in place that makes it worthy enough to go to Facebook and drive traffic? More eyes will not always equal more sales. Media platforms like Facebook are accelerators. In order for Facebook to be a game changer for you, you must know exactly what a lead is worth to you and how many web visitors become clients in a predictable fashion. Otherwise, Facebook ads will be your downfall.   “Facebook is the eyeball store.” How do you develop a Predictable Profit Process? Who are you trying to serve? The business should not revolve around you or your product, but rather the marketplace you are trying to serve. In order to build a sustainable system, you need to identify the specific steps that prospects take before they become an actual client or customer. Be very specific. Pareto had the 80/20 principle, but that doesn’t work in social media marketing. Nicholas takes it a step further with the 4 percent rule. Building on Pareto’s 80/20 rule, take 20 percent of the 20 percent, which represents 4 percent. The end result is the exact population of the marketplace you are attempting to serve. Get clear on their problems, needs and fears. Learn their four forces: Fears, Frustrations, Wants and Aspirations. Articulate how your product or service gets them closer to where they want to go or solves one of those four forces. Then ask what are the one, two or three conversion events you can put in front of them that will move them from prospect to client. Begin to drive a small number of people there to see if it converts. Track how many people convert for every 100 people who see it. If you know how much each visitor is worth to you, then you now have the magic metric and now have a Predictable Profit Process. Understand that Facebook is not a commerce-driven platform – it is a socially-driven platform. You can not sell directly on Facebook. There always needs to be an intermediary step. “The worst thing you can do on a social platform is bring commercial intent to it.” Nicholas doesn’t follow the rules of traditional advertising copy. The one thing that causes people to buy from you and not your competitors is resonance. They have to know, like and trust you. Good communication is when your ideal prospect or customer feels understood by you. If you are not connecting on an emotional level, your copy will not be well received. Nicholas developed the Look, Hook and Took approach to writing copy. Look. The most important step a marketer can take with their Facebook ad is with their image, especially in an attention deficit world. Find images that provoke an emotion through story. Hook. It is important is build rapport. A fundamental strategy to build rapport is a methodology called feel, felt, found: I understand where you are coming from. I have experienced this emotion too and I overcame it when I found _______. Took. In every ad, there must be a very clear Call to Action. The language used should be simple, but direct. For example, I want to give this to you. Click here to download, watch, etc. “In today’s world, the currency that creates transactions is connection.” If you want to take the next step towards building a marketing strategy that resonates with your audience and has a huge impact, then check out Nicholas’ Behind Closed Doors workshop.     Resources: Learn more about Nicholas: Website | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn Join the FB Marketing Mastery group Watch the Behind Closed Doors workshop What Made Me Who I Am by Bernie Swain   -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Over the past several months, we’ve had incredible conversations with New York Times best-selling authors, world champion athletes, award-winning entrepreneurs, Navy SEALs, leadership experts and a variety of other entrepreneurs. Each and every one of them has provided incredible takeaways and lessons that each and every one of us can apply to our mission to have a game-changing impact in the lives of others. I created a special episode that features the key lessons from the top 10 interviews and conversations from 2016.   Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #10 – The most important question you can ask Starts at 00:45 From Ep. 5 - 11 People Skill To Get Everything You Want - with Dave Kerpen   Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #9 – The importance of humility & not letting your career define you Starts at 3:10 From Ep. 12 - 7 Principles to Grow A Successful Company - with Ian Utile   Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #8 – The difference between those who succeed and those who don't Starts at 5:25 From Ep. 3 - The Evolution of Entrepreneurship - with Amy Cosper   Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #7 – Facing and overcoming challenges using the Champion’s Mindset Starts at 7:10 From Ep. 34 - Resilience, Adversity, Risk & the Champion’s Mindset - with Juliet Starrett   Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #6 – Steps to supercharge your Vision and Focus Starts at 13:55 From Ep. 6 - A Vivid Vision for Achieving Growth - with Cameron Herold   Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #5 – The favorite and most-used tool for getting unstuck Starts at 18:20 From Ep. 1 - Nancy Hawley & Sara Kalick of SY/Partners, Unstuck & Leadfully   Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #4 – Living Forward: The power and importance of a life plan Starts at 19:30 From Ep. 4 - Stop Drifting and Start Living Forward - with Daniel Harkavy   Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #3 – Set yourself up to learn from other industries’ best practices & how to apply them to have a game-changing impact in your business and life Starts at 24:25 From Ep. 13 - From Chiropractor to Beverage Game Changer - with Aaron Hinde   Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #2 – How to stay relevant in a crowded marketplace Starts at 29:55 From Ep. 24 - Movement In A Sedentary Society - with Kelly Starrett   Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #1 – Commander’s intent & the #1 tool needed to adapt to different personalities Starts at 32:05 From Ep. 25 - Taking Extreme Ownership - Navy SEAL & Leadership Expert Jocko Willink   Thank you all for being such an important part of The Impact Entrepreneur Show. Without each of you listeners, this show would not happen. I am incredibly grateful and humbled by your participation. I want to hear how this show and how my guests have impacted you, so please email me at info (at) theimpactentrepreneur.net to share with me your stories about the game-changing impact these guests have had in your life. Don’t forget: go make an impact!   -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.   Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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We’re changing things up in today’s episode. Justis Earle – innovator, entrepreneur and guest of Ep. 31 – is turning the microphone onto Mike “The Impact Entrepreneur” Flynn. “We all crave knowledge. We all recognize that we have greatness within us. We were born to do great things. We were not born to be mediocre people.” The core purpose of The Impact Entrepreneur show is to draw out why entrepreneurs are doing what they are doing and to find out how they are using their platform to have an impact on the world. Through the process of interviewing these entrepreneurs, Mike hopes that others are equipped with the knowledge to overcome struggle and take the next best step towards realizing their full potential. “When I have a goal, I’m a bulldog and I don’t stop.” Mike was inspired to have a greater impact years ago, but he didn’t do anything to pursue that until he participated in Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever program and started setting goals. After deciding on a goal and setting a deadline, Mike began taking action steps to make it happen. There were about 12 hours between when Mike said to his wife he wanted to try podcasting and when Mike said to his wife he was going to start podcasting – because he is a bulldog. Mike’s wife is a big fan of the show now, and listening to the podcast has actually helped them both learn and grow together. Mike craves vulnerable, authentic relationships because they allow you to have an impact on someone – and for someone to have an impact on you. Throughout the podcast, Mike has developed new relationships with guests, and with you listening. All of you have impacted him so much, and he’s learned a lot. He identifies with being an impatient optimist. We have to be oriented towards others because that’s where we’re going to have the biggest impact. Words have an incredible impact. People don’t always understand the power of the words they speak to others or the words they speak to themselves. We need to address our limiting beliefs. We can overcome our limiting beliefs by setting goals, taking small steps and building a tribe of trusted advisors. “The impact of your kind words today – you have no idea the butterfly effect they could have tomorrow.” If you’ve learned anything from the podcast or Mike has had an impact on your life over the past 39 episodes, then please share those stories on Facebook, on Twitter, on the website, or by leaving a review on iTunes.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: This Is Your Life™ Podcast with Michael Hyatt Learn more about Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever program The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann Drive by Daniel H. Pink The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor   This episode is brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Welcome to the last episode of the Champion’s Mindset series on The Impact Entrepreneur Show. Today’s guest, Dr. Jim Afremow, is a much sought-after mental game coach and the author of two great books about being a champion: The Champion’s Mind & The Champion’s Comeback. “No one is born with a Champion’s Mind gene, but there’s nothing preventing us from thinking, feeling and acting like them – to be our best, and I think that’s the ultimate gold medal.” Body language plays an important role in reaching peak performance and developing a champion’s mindset. Your body language affects your mood, so it’s not just fake it ‘til you make it – it’s also fake it ‘til you feel it. Changing your attitude and body language isn’t just for show. Your testosterone goes up and your stress hormones go down, so the result is that you will actually be more confident and more focused. “If you sit up straight and put a big smile on your face, it’s not going to make everything perfect – but it’s certainly going to help.” Socialization also has a significant effect on developing a champion’s mindset. We’re taught to be confident, but not cocky, and conflicting messages from society can negatively reinforce successful behaviors. In a team environment, the person with the best attitude who is working hardest might be negatively singled out. “When we start to change in different ways, or go outside the norm, and do things bigger and better than before, we get held back a little bit. Socialization really, really affects us much more than we think it does.” We start to separate ourselves from average when we work to master the things we are most passionate about. This can be in a sport, a business or something else entirely, but at the end of the day peak performance is peak performance. You’ll never maximize your potential by working for the weekend. When we’re pursuing peak performance, we don’t receive a lot of positive feedback. It’s important to realize that, when you are being tested a lot, you are on the right track. “Life is supposed to test you, it’s not supposed to praise you.” In The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Reignite, Jim explores the powerful experience of a comeback and how it relates to being reborn. Entertainment and social media can give us a skewed perspective on a champion’s peak performance, but this book reveals the disappointments and struggles that go along with achieving peak performance. You can be a champion in anything you are passionate about, but it requires effort. Start acting and thinking like a champion, don’t stop when you’re tested and work hard every day.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Learn more about Jim: Gold Medal Mind | Twitter | Facebook   The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive by Dr. Jim Afremow The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Reignite by Dr. Jim Afremow   The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor   This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web. -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.     Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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It’s week five of the Champion’s Mindset series and I am talking to Erin Cafaro MacKenzie. She is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing and she has podiumed at every World Championship rowing competition that she has competed in – a total of six World Championship Gold Medals and two Bronze Medals. Erin and her husband currently run Power Speed Endurance, a sports-specific training program dedicated to improving skill, performance, fitness and overall potential. Erin’s definition of the Champion’s Mindset has evolved over the years. At first, it was related to an indomitable spirit – the “X factor” of just going. While that may be a common definition, Erin believes the Champion’s Mindset is something that is more at peace, as opposed to forceful. “A champion is someone who is doing it not to beat someone else – it’s for them.” At Power Speed Endurance, Erin and her husband are trying to figure out an equation for each sport to use speed as a monitor for skill. In most monostructural (or endurance) sports – like running, rowing and even skateboarding – the athlete’s balance of friction and connection dictates the speed at which they can perform tasks, and the ability to perform those tasks relates directly to an athlete's skill. We’ve discussed Grit a lot during the Champion’s Mindset series, and it’s an idea that Erin has been exploring as well. Angela Duckworth has a fantastic TED Talk and book on the subject, but there is also a downside to Grit. Too much friction prevents us from realizing our fullest potential, but just the right amount of friction can propel us to amazing heights. It’s rare for someone to make the Olympics once, let alone twice, and it’s even more difficult than you might imagine when you consider the adversity and setbacks an intensive athlete can experience. In 2011, a month before the World Championships, Erin broke two ribs; one on the right and one on the left. It was hard for her to stay sane at the time, but, in hindsight, the break gave her perspective on what it means to be a champion. “If everything was going great and came easily, I probably wouldn’t take as much interest in it.” After the 2012 Olympics, Erin had to develop a different perspective on fulfillment. Her whole adult life leading up to that was devoted to training and pursuing the win, and then she thoroughly accomplished that. Experiencing depression after a period of great accomplishment or during a big transition is common, and this is a good time to turn to your tribe for support. “Pain is one of our greatest teachers” Erin’s ability to endure struggle actually became an obstacle at times, because having a high pain threshold also means having a low ability to evolve and to change. “When it comes to everyday life and you have painful thoughts, and you’re just sitting on them versus actually dealing with them or doing something different so that they don’t reoccur, then that’s when it’s pretty un-functional.” The greatest lesson that Erin has learned as an athlete is that being a champion is not about being the superstar – it’s about being able to get the best out of your teammates. She is trying to apply this lesson by creating a platform for Power Speed Endurance coaches to share their strengths, reach more athletes and thrive. I appreciate Erin’s vulnerability and authenticity on this week’s episode, because it shows that even the greatest champions experience struggle and need help picking themselves back up. Communities and adversity can be really powerful tools to help us grow.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Power Speed Endurance Watch Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk on Grit Tribe by Sebastian Junger Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday   -- This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web. -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.     Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This week’s episode is part four of the Champion’s Mindset series and I’m talking to Rachel Balkovec, the first female strength and conditioning coach in the history of professional baseball. She is also an entrepreneur and an international speaker. Rachel has worked as a strength and conditioning coach for organizations such as Arizona State University, Louisiana State University, Los Tigres Del Licey Beisbol and the St. Louis Cardinals. Most recently, she has joined the Houston Astros as their Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. “I was discriminated against. Was I bitter? Yes. Am I bitter? No. I just realized that it wasn’t ever me, it was just baseball being ready for it and them thinking that the players couldn’t handle it.” During Rachel’s first day at her first internship with a professional baseball organization, there was a staff member that singled her presence out. There were preconceived notions that players had to behave differently around her, or that they could not handle themselves around her, but she overcame those notions by showing up every day and doing her job well. “I wonder just how fast we would get to where we were going if we could just say what we mean instead of taking days, months, years, decades to say it.” Listeners of the podcast know that I have a love-hate relationship with the word passion, because people often use it incorrectly. To be passionate about something means that you are willing to suffer for it – and Rachel is truly passionate about coaching professional baseball. After graduating with a Master’s degree, she spent multiple baseball seasons working in retail and as an unpaid intern, as opposed to taking positions in college athletics. She had a goal, and she was going to do whatever she could do to achieve it. “I knew whatever I was doing was getting me closer. Even if it was an inch closer I was going to do it. I would crawl and scratch my way to get where I wanted to go, and I would say no to things that seemed like no-brainers. I knew it wasn’t getting me closer to my goal.” Rachel doesn’t call herself a public speaker, she calls herself a public empowerer. She loves her job and empowering the athletes, but right now there is nothing that fulfills her more than getting in front of a group of women and empowering them. Her business is not “successful” yet, in the traditional sense, but nothing else gives her the same high as seeing a group of newly-empowered young women. “How many times can you stand to fail and still continue down your path? That’s the Champion’s Mindset.” Rachel made history and set herself apart from other coaches by, she says, “being a little crazy.” People on the same path as her didn’t put the same amount of time, dedication or intention into getting things accomplished every single day. For example, she wakes up at 4:30 AM every morning and starts the day by immediately starting a podcast. Before most people are even awake, she spends over an hour learning. “I’ve just been devouring information to make myself better.” I really appreciate what Rachel is doing, accomplishing and building. I’m excited to see where her Champion’s Mindset takes her, because I see huge things ahead. You can learn more about Rachel on her website.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Reach out to Rachel: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Grit by Angela Duckworth   -- This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web. -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.     Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This week’s episode is part three of the Champion’s Mindset series and I’m talking to Tyler Fox, a professional big wave surfer, Titan of Mavericks, Founder and CEO of Santa Cruz Waves Inc, and Founder of Santa Cruz Waves Magazine. Big wave surfing, like many sports, requires diligent preparation. Surfers at Mavericks have to be ready to be jump out into an arena in front of hundreds of thousands of people watching when the right wave comes. Big wave surfers have to train their bodies, calm their minds, and know their equipment. Any error and you may find yourself being dragged 20 feet underwater. “There’s no room for hesitation. You have to give it your all.” Timing, commitment and endurance are all necessary to become a Titan of Mavericks, but these tenets will also help make you a titan of entrepreneurship. Timing – When are you starting this business? What is your competition doing? Do you need to stop doing something that is costing money? Timing is hugely important, but it’s also very difficult to master. Commitment – Entrepreneurs need to commit to their instinct and their decisions. If you think you have a good idea and the whole flock of sheep are walking the other way, don’t be discouraged. Endurance – Everyone runs into obstacles, but overcoming those obstacles is how we grow. It’s easy to quit when things are difficult, but anything worthwhile requires effort. We’re all fascinated by champions and we often see them at their peak, but people don’t often think about champion’s struggling. Tyler was having a great year when he was nominated for Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award and featured in magazines, but then his sponsor dropped him. Instead of quitting, which would have been easy, Tyler decided to take fate into his own hands and start his own business. “A lot of times I think champions are where they are because of perseverance. They didn’t let a setback hinder them from getting to their goals.” Tyler was an awesome guest. He gave us an idea of what it is like to experience some of the biggest waves on earth and went into detail on how the Champion’s Mindset has helped him succeed both in surfing and in his business. Check out Santa Cruz Waves to learn more about the area, check up on the surf and see some amazing surfing videos.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Reach out to Tyler: Instagram | Facebook Learn more about Santa Cruz Waves: Website | Facebook | Twitter Watch Pro Surfer Tyler Fox Surfing in Santa Cruz to see him in action Watch GoPro: Mavericks 2014 to see what it’s like at Mavericks Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler   -- This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web. -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.     Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This week’s episode is part two of the Champion’s Mindset series and I’m talking to Juliet Starrett, a lifelong athlete, attorney, entrepreneur, and Crossfit affiliate. Juliet rowed in high-school, joined the U.C. Berkeley crew team, and paddled for the US Women’s Extreme Whitewater Team from 1997-2000, winning two World Championships and five national titles. In episode 24 we spoke with Juliet’s husband, Kelly Starrett, about their entrepreneurial journey co-Founding MobiltyWOD.com – the ultimate guide to resolving pain, preventing injury, and optimizing athletic performance – and their endeavor to combat sedentary living. “People need to sweat the small stuff. They need to show up on time, they need to send professional emails, they need to be pro in everything.” Juliet’s freshman Crew coach, Jenny Hale, set an expectation that her rowers would show up, give their all on and off the water, be efficient, be prepared, and be professional. It didn’t matter that these college freshman were basically kids, they were expected to be pros – and the champions among them rose to that expectation. “To be a champion you have to be doing something that you’re interested in. Focus on it, cultivate it, because that’s what’s ultimately going to bring people joy.” Juliet believes that a lot of an individual’s mindset is mutable, or liable to change. It is possible to develop some aspects of a Champion’s Mindset, which Juliet says is composed of two parts: Someone who’s willing to take risks. Someone who responds well to adversity. Other aspects of a Champion’s Mindset are immutable, because not everybody is a born competitor. You can’t necessarily learn the drive to surpass the person in front of you. “Can you disassociate from your physical pain and strategize and say I now need to push myself even harder than the plan I had so that I can surpass this person? Not everybody has that.” Juliet has responded incredibly well to extreme adversity. In college she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and managing her thyroid levels is a lifelong challenge. Then, when she was pregnant with her second child, Juliet was diagnosed with placenta previa. She lost ¾ of the blood in her body and required nine blood transfusions. She was healthy and fit before going to the hospital, and then she was back at square one. “I went down to do a pushup and I just fell to the ground and I could not push myself back up, and I remember being like, ‘Oh my god, it’s on. Here we go. Have to start somewhere.’” Less than two years after her daughter was born Juliet competed in the CrossFit Games. Through grit and training, she went from not being able to do one pushup to competing in extreme fitness. “Resilience, the ability to deal with adversity, risk, having a growth mindset – I think all those things are so mission critical to being able to manage this entrepreneur life.” This is a very powerful conversation with a lot of very powerful advice, and I appreciate Juliet taking the time out of her day to be featured in the Champion’s Mindset series on The Impact Entrepreneur Show. You can learn more about resolving pain, preventing injury and optimizing athletic performance at MobiltyWOD.com; participate in programs at San Francisco CrossFit; or fight for children’s health at StartupKids.org.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Learn more about Juliet: MobilityWOD | San Francisco CrossFit | Startup Kids The Power of Community by Allison Wenglin Belger Grit by Angela Duckworth Mindset by Carol Dweck The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow: Book | Video     This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web. -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.     Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today we’re kicking off the Champion’s Mindset series by speaking with AJ Hawk, Super Bowl Champion and host of The HawkCast. He was a linebacker for Ohio State, the Green Bay Packers, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons. I also spoke with AJ’s brother, Ryan Hawk, on episode 23 of The Impact Entrepreneur Show. The HawkCast is a podcast in which AJ interviews rock stars, hall of fame broadcasters, world class athletes, war heroes, bestselling authors, philosophers, and even an astronaut. The podcast is his platform to share great stories and pursue a deeper understanding of what makes people tick. As an athlete, AJ was mentored by a number of great coaches. At Centerville High School, Bob Gregg and Ron Ullery were incredibly influential. “Those two guys shaped how I attack every single day. They taught me how to work, how to be open-minded, how to learn and how to just shut up and do it.” AJ’s other coaches – Jim Tressel, Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis – had every second of the day planned out. He knew they weren’t going to waste his time, and he respected that. Jim Tressel, AJ’s college coach, surprised him by how much he cared. He didn’t want to make them better athletes, he wanted to make them better people.   “In the meeting rooms with Coach Tressel it would always start out with things that had nothing to do with football. It was about your character and your integrity and how to be a good, moral person and how to treat the people around you.”   AJ developed a deep respect for process and consistency. If you’re an athlete, entrepreneur or parent, you need to find a way to live in the moment. It’s about the process and being consistent every day.   “If you stay the course and you stick with what you believe in, good things will happen eventually.”   It’s easy to work when you feel good, but what are you going to do when you have a moment of weakness and feel tired? Committing to the process can help you stay on track in difficult moments, and overcoming obstacles will help you grow as a person.   “When things are really tough I can actually grow as a person.”   As AJ transitions from the NFL to pursue a life in broadcasting, he is using the mindset and skills he developed as a champion athlete. He is doing his reps and being consistent by getting out there, getting on camera or on mic any chance he gets, and doing what he is passionate about. He’s just trying to get better every single day.   “If you just act like you know what you’re doing, chances are people are going to believe you. Just get started, and it’s amazing the momentum you can build through that.”   AJ is a tremendously humble and courageous champion, and I can’t thank him enough for coming on the show. Make sure you subscribe and listen to The HawkCast for more of AJ’s thoughts and insights, plus some incredible stories.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Listen to The HawkCast Follow AJ on Twitter Listen to my interview with AJ’s brother, Ryan Hawk   -- This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web. -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.     Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today’s guest, Greg Amundson, is a fitness expert, masterful storyteller and warrior with an extremely diverse set of experiences: college athlete, sheriff’s deputy, DEA agent, Army officer, author, and CrossFit affiliate. His focus is currently on speaking, writing, CrossFit and promoting Warrior Yoga.   “Mentors come in all different shapes and forms, so there’s an opportunity for God to bring people into our life on a regular basis. These seemingly fleeting and temporary relationships all serve a purpose in our growth, in our evolution, in our awareness, in our self-discovery.”   One of the most influential relationships Greg has is with Mark Divine, Founder and CEO of SEALFIT and Founder of Warrior Yoga. One of the key gifts that Mark gave Greg was awareness of breath. Mindful breathing is the basis of most forms of meditation, and the story of how Greg found his awareness of breath is quite exciting. It involves hanging from a cargo net in a steel compound, and even more about their powerful mentor-mentee relationship is explored in the upcoming book Firebreather Fitness. Firebreather Fitness is a profound book in that it is the first to fully integrate holistic fitness, which is simultaneously developing the mind, the body and the spirit. In the early days of CrossFit, Firebreather became a term of endearment based around physical accomplishment. Then Greg realized that there was more to a physical fitness program than physicality.   “There’s way more to a physical fitness program than physicality. There’s an opportunity to develop character, emotional resilience, discipline and spiritual awareness, and now we define a Firebreather as one who faces the trials and tribulations of great physical opposition with an indomitable spirit.”   A huge part of Greg and Mark’s lives are their morning rituals, and they are both passionate about instilling in people the warrior quality of the morning ritual. Every morning, Greg: Wakes up at four and becomes aware of the transition between the waking state and the sleeping state Remains silent Goes into the kitchen to pour a glass of water Introduces the feeling of gratitude as he drinks the water of immense gratitude Goes into the living room and goes through a series of breathing exercises that are designed to still the mind Meditates to achieve a transcendent state and Transitions to the warrior tradition of First Words, which is the practice of bringing awareness to the first offering of our spoken word   The First Word process creates a rippling effect from the beginning of our day throughout the rest of the day. Through breathing exercises and meditation you create a still body of water in your mind, and “the spoken word is like a pebble that you drop into stillness to create an even rippling effect touching the shore of our life on every corner.”   “Words are real.”   Greg is the last guest in our Small Town series, and he proves that you don’t need to be from a big town to have a big impact. God in Me is available now; Firebreather Fitness releases January 5th, 2017; and you can connect with Greg at www.GregoryAmundson.com.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Connect with Greg: Website | Facebook Crossfit Amundson Warrior Yoga God in Me by Greg Amundson Firebreather Fitness by Greg Amundson and T.J. Murphy (releases Jan. 5, 2017) SEALFIT Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl   -- This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web. -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.     Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today’s guest, Justis Earle, is a natural disruptor and innovator. He successfully Kickstarted HANSNAP, Inc., a mobile accessory design company focused on film stabilization for the active lifestyle. Their main product, the HANSNAP, is a hand-mounted smartphone filming system that folds neatly onto the back of your hand for quick access and hands-free filming. Before launching HANSNAP Justis was at Tigo Energy, a highly disruptive startup that was one of the first companies to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to the solar industry. He led the development of a mobile app-based IoT consumer solar system with three of the largest companies in the solar industry, founded the Product and Software Quality department, and designed the largest IoT solar system in Europe.   “I believe there’s a definite connection between entrepreneurship and the potential or risk factor of being a troublemaker.”   Justis sees a fine line between troublemakers and entrepreneurs. Some people are just natural disruptors, and unfortunately some disruptors don’t receive any guidance, mentorship or leadership. Ultimately, an entrepreneur is somebody who has to challenge the way other people do things.   “I look at crowdfunding as a microcosm of business.”   Justis actually launched two crowdfunding campaigns. The first attempt failed, but Justis learned a lot and still saw value in crowdfunding. He realized that the crowdfunding campaign had to be run like a microcosm of a business – accounting, engineering, development, photography, video, marketing and more need to be organized, started and completed in a very short period of time.   “A crowdfunding campaign is really a fantastic way to put all of those pieces together in a short amount of time and see if you even want to run your own business.”   If you want to disrupt a space with your own entrepreneurial vision, Justis has some awesome tips for small town entrepreneurs: One of the biggest mistakes you can make is telling the wrong people about your ideas. “An idea is like a seed. Seeds are pretty robust, but when a seed is cracked – when the idea is formed – it becomes very fragile, and it needs a nurturing environment to really grow and mature.” Do it. Just start doing it. There’s really no substitute for that. “It’s through doing that you understand whether you’re passionate enough about something to endure the hardship and the pain to get to where you want to go.” You have to have a regular influx of positive material in your life. You have to keep putting that stuff in to keep you motivated.   Keep your eyes locked to Justis Earle and HANSNAP to see some big announcements soon. I really appreciate his doer mentality, the fact that he doesn’t take no for an answer, and the example that he sets for other small town entrepreneurs.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: HANSNAP Blink by Malcolm Gladwell Flow Genome Project The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss   -- This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web. -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today’s guest, Matthew Swinnerton, has an eclectic background in Business Development, Event Planning, Public Speaking and Sales. He is currently the Owner, Creative Director and Magic Maker at Event Santa Cruz. Event Santa Cruz is a monthly speaker series in which entrepreneurs discuss why they do what they do and what motivates them to do what they do, and in between the community enjoys a festive atmosphere with craft beers, live music and fun people. It’s an inspiring night that brings the community together for a purpose.   “I like putting on shows. I like getting communities and people together to make something.”   If you are starting something and want to build a community, Matthew has one simple but effective piece of advice: “Respect your community.” It’s all about building relationships. Matthew was born with an entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic. There are very few entrepreneurs who have the same hustle. He gets things done, and through years of hard work he has learned he also needs to work smart.   “I hustle, but the next thing I need to do is work smart.”   Matthew works hard, but he still spent some time slogging through the corporate world before he found his passion. He shares three tips for exiting the corporate world and launching your own startup: Start Planning – Really plan it out. Write down in detail what you want to accomplish and by when, and hold yourself accountable. Try to find your passion and establish a business around it. Associate With Other Entrepreneurs – Whether it’s a mentor or a group, in every community there’s a group of entrepreneurs that can help you get into the spirit of doing. A Good Social Lubricant is Beer – “When I first started my events I didn’t have beer. After six months I brought in beer. People thought it was the best event ever … and not cheap beer. Like actually good, craft beer.” Of course, drink in moderation.   Matthew also shares a powerful story about persevering and adapting in a period of great adversity. His third child was born with health complications, and for nearly a year he basically lived and worked out of the hospital. He managed to give his family everything they needed in a trying time and still maintain enough momentum in the business for it to survive. Three years later, the business is making money and his daughter is doing great.   “Take the first step, then take the second step – and plan it out. Every single day do something that gets you to that goal.”   Matthew is a powerful inspiration for any entrepreneur, new or old. His work ethic, perseverance and purpose fuel an incredible passion. If you live near Santa Cruz or plan to travel there, I highly recommend checking out the upcoming events being planned by Event Santa Cruz.   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Learn more about Matthew: Event Santa Cruz | Twitter Attend an event by Event Santa Cruz Born For This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau   This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web.   We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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David Dennis is an incredibly interesting individual. He has a degree in sociology, a masters in political science, a career working with major tech companies such as Microsoft, and he is co-founder of a surfboard company focused on ocean conservation. Dennis is co-founder of Ventana Surfboards & Supplies. They produce hollow, reclaimed wooden surfboards; bodysurfing handplanes; and eco surf supplies. The boards are high performance, surfable works of art that jumpstart conversations in homes and wave lineups.   “I wanted to use my skills to give back in more a meaningful way to the community in the areas that I care most about: homelessness, ocean conservation and education.”   Ventana gained clarity of purpose through research and a simple vision of creating the most loved surf company in the world, “and sometimes we put surf in brackets because we want to be the most loved company in the world.” In an effort to create the most loved company in the world, Dennis focuses on three brand values: Craftsmanship Responsibility Adventure   “We vet everything we’re going to do against that vision and against those brand values and that’s helped us keep very focused.”   One way that Ventana maintains their values is the Ventana Upcycle Partner Program. The pitch is simple: Ventana allows companies and individuals to reduce the amount wood and other materials they send to the landfill; they market partners as environmentally responsible; and then they create beautiful, high-quality craftsman products as a result. Ventana uses upcycled wood from donors like Santa Cruz Guitars, a Czech Republic swamp, wine barrels from SoCal vineyards, offcuts from Knotty Hole Woodworks, wood from the boardwalk rollercoaster, old cedar benches from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and pieces of John Steinbeck’s original home.   “The short version of what we’re doing is we’re taking other people’s trash and we’re turning it into amazing products.”   For David and his co-founder to maintain focus on their brand values and mission, they have remained bootstrapped since the company launched – and they hope to continue to do that as long as possible.   “Find what you’re passionate about and see if you can amplify it for social good.”   David is a passionate and courageous entrepreneur endeavoring to make a positive difference in the world by doing what he’s good at, and what he loves. He’s an inspiring and impactful business leader, and I greatly appreciate him coming on the show. --   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Learn more about Ventana: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest Contact David at David@VentanaSurfboards.com   -- This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web.   We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today I’m speaking with Bernie Swain, co-founder and Chairman of the Washington Speakers Bureau and author of What Made Me Who I Am. Bernie fell into this career by accident, but he developed a passion for meeting new people and forming relationships.  Bernie was prepared to pursue a career in college athletics but, as his boss was ready to retire and promote him, Swain quit to join his wife Paula and his friend Harry Rhoads to start a lecture agency without experience, without a plan, and without a single client. “We started out not knowing anything.” The three co-founders started Washington Speakers Bureau from a supply closet belonging to Chuck Hagel, who would later become Secretary of Defense. After a rough year, when their savings were running out, Swain secured their first speaker: Steve Bell, then the anchorman for Good Morning America. Eight years later, WSB was established as the top lecture agency in the world.  “Your brand is trust and honesty: being able to deliver what you say you’re going to deliver, and deliver it well.” Over the last 35 years, WSB has represented three US Presidents, four prime ministers of Great Britain, countless American and world leaders, business and economic visionaries, journalists, authors, and sport legends. “The most important thing is relationships.” Bernie’s career is built on networking and good relationships. Steve Bell reached out because of a positive experience with Bernie at his previous career working in the athletics department of GWU, and then Bernie and Steve made their deal based on a handshake – a sign of trust. What could have been a huge mistake (not signing a contract) became a huge boon for WSB. “A surprising number of speakers gave us a chance knowing they could walk away from us at any time if we didn’t do a good job for them, or if they didn’t trust us they could walk away from us. On the other hand, we knew because they could walk away from us that we had to work hard to make them happy.” WSB continues to represent everyone on a handshake, because that’s the soul of their business. Good leaders build a strong foundation with solid character. With their solid foundation, WSB is still on top and they’ve made countless friends along the way. “No matter who you are, or what the decision is, you want to make decisions that you feel in your heart are the right things to do.” What Made Me Who I Am isn’t the story of how Bernie became successful, they’re the stories about how his life changed because of the relationships he has made. Bernie shares first-hand accounts of the powerful influences and defining moments from accomplished leaders like Doris Kearns Goodwin, Colin Powell and Terry Bradshaw. You can find an excerpt on Bernie’s site. I appreciate Bernie coming by and sharing his story. He is a passionate, risk-taking leader who sets a great example by building a business with a soul and serving his clients well. -- Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Learn more about Bernie: Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter What Made Me Who I Am by Bernie Swain Washington Speakers Bureau -- This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web. -- We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.   Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Aaron Walker is a businessman and life coach who has inspired many through his leadership, mentorship and consistent pursuit of excellence. 35 years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of valuable experience. Aaron is currently on his twelfth venture as an entrepreneur – that’s right, twelfth. He is the founder of View From the Top, a coaching service and community that aims to help men live a life of success and significance.   Aaron is an authority on leadership and what it takes to lead a holistic, successful life. In this interview, Aaron discusses how grit and determination have paid off, how he helps ordinary men become extraordinary, how to live a successful and significant life, and the power of Masterminds and community.   “I’m helping ordinary men become extraordinary, and we do it in a holistic fashion. We don’t do it just in business and we don’t do it just in life. We do it in both, because I think they’re inseparable.”   Retirement doesn’t agree with Aaron. He has retired three different times – sometimes because of success, sometimes because of traumatic events – but not working always makes him (and his wife) unhappy. After his most recent retirement, Aaron was invited by Dan Miller to speak at an Innov8 event.   “I’m having more fun today than I’ve ever had in my life.”   Before Aaron was in a car accident, he was very successful. However, the accident helped him realize that, while he had great success, he had no significance. Nobody cared about his success but him and his family, but he realized he wanted to leave a legacy of people happy to have known him.   “I don’t believe in failure. I believe you either succeed or you learn.”   For Aaron, success means: Choosing his schedule Having and engaging family and meaningful relationships Having a clear conscience with every transaction that he does   Aaron also believes that you can easily define significance: it is meeting the needs of others. Success has something to do with you, significance has something to mean for others.   “I want to learn to be content, but not complacent.”   Relationships are everything. Literally. For example, Aaron is in the construction business, and he formed an alliance of sorts with his competitors. By pooling resources, they all saved money – and in the process, they also support a number of local tradesmen. Now all of the people in the alliance are more successful, and they’re friends.   “When you start helping, you start sharing, then what it does is it drops the veil and everybody starts helping. There’s enough business for everybody, but we have this mentality that the pie is only so big, but there’s nothing further from the truth.”   Aaron brought a gift for the Impact Entrepreneur audience. It is a personal assessment that dives into your identity, ideals, relationship, career and faith. Answering the questions can help you think, and help you realize what it is that you want. Go to ViewFromTheTop.com/Impact to pick up your own copy of the personal assessment, and hopefully they will help you live more successfully and significantly.   I am extremely thankful to Aaron, or Big A as he is sometimes called, for sharing so much with us all. He is an incredibly generous person, and he has a lot of valuable lessons to teach the Impact Entrepreneur audience. --   This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society. To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web.   --   We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.   --   Don’t be a podcast junkie…   Resources: Learn more about Aaron: View From The Top | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | YouTube ViewFromTheTop.com/Impact to pick up a free personal assessment Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by George McKeown Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want by Dave Kerpen CommitTo3 Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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Today I have the 2nd episode in my interview series on leadership, and it’s a great one. AmyK Hutchens is an incredibly accomplished speaker, author, trainer and business strategist. Her latest book, The Secrets Leaders Keep, is an Amazon bestseller, and it resonates with me on a lot of levels.   AmyK is a catalyst for producing sustainable solutions to a leader’s most pressing challenges, and more than 45,000 executives in nine countries have benefited from her keen insight and intuitive understanding of the issues leaders face.   Before entering the corporate world, AmyK was an elementary school teacher. As a student and then as a teacher, she was inspired by a 5th grade teacher to be curious and love learning.   “For everything that I do, whether it’s a corporate job or going out on my own, she taught me to be curious, and then she taught me how to help other students be curious, and that stayed with me.”   When AmyK was 14, her 5th grade teacher taught her the concept of guided choices. “Guided choices was really about giving people the freedom to explore their own passions.” It taught AmyK to follow her passion, identify where there is a need in the world, and identify the point at which her passion and that need intersect with her skillset.   A couple months ago, when AmyK was giving a talk, she was approached and asked why she gives so many of her tools away. Her answer? “Because I have so many more.”   “I could train and I could speak every single day until the day that i die, and I would still probably touch a very small percentage of the population on this planet. So, I just believe in playing bigger and finding a bigger stage, and sharing it.”   In The Secrets Leaders Keep, AmyK shares many secrets from the perspective of 14 leaders. She shared some of the most common secrets that we can all relate to and learn from: “The most common thing I heard was, ‘Well, it’s lonely at the top.’” It wouldn’t be if the people at the top started talking to each other, because they all have the same issues. Imposter Syndrome is a common issue for entrepreneurs. “Imposter syndrome is when entrepreneurs experience feelings of inadequacy, or chronic self doubt, that persist even when results indicate that the opposite is true.” The Comparison Condition is one of the worst forms of self-abuse, especially for entrepreneurs, because people are constantly looking at the people around them, and thinking they should be there. Choosing to live a life in a state of self-doubt is really selfish, and prevents you from showing up in the world. Leave the ‘hood. “We have to let go of our neighbors, our initial community, to actually maximize and reach our potential.”   AmyK helps entrepreneurs overcome Imposter Syndrome and The Comparison Condition: “Stay focused on your journey. Stay on your path, and know that you’re going to make mistakes, and everybody else is making mistakes too.”   “Every single day you need to wake up and say, ‘There is room for me in this world.’ I don’t need to be competitive, I don’t need to hoard, I don’t need to be filled with fear. There is room for my gifts and talents for me to play today.”   AmyK is the Queen of Questions, and she invented a business adage: “Change your thinking, change your behavior, change your result.” You can’t get a different result if you’re thinking in the same way, so it starts with thinking, “and the very best way to raise the level of critical thinking in a dialog is to ask the bigger, better, bolder question.”   AmyK shared some of her favorite questions: How do we define an ideal client relationship? How do we define ideal performance and productivity? Or, what does an A Player look like for our organization?   AmyK discusses how, in 90 seconds, you can go from tight ass to triumphant. Start by taking a deep breath and honestly answering four questions: What would Calm do now? What would Grace do now? What would Wisdom do now? What’s the ideal response if my sincerest intent is to help, not hurt?   AmyK’s next writing project is The Secrets that He Keeps. It’s not a self-help book, but a collection of fictional stories, similar to the stories in The Secrets Leaders Keep. “What we’re hoping is that men will read it so that they’re not so hard on themselves, and that women will read it so that they will be more understanding and have a depth of compassion in a relationship with their guy.”   “Have compassion and start asking questions.”   I had a blast speaking with the Queen of Questions, AmyK Hutchens, about leadership, learning and success. I highly encourage everyone to go out and pick up a copy of her book, The Secrets Leaders Keep.   --    This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society.   To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web.   --   We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs.   Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.   --   Don’t be a podcast junkie… Resources: Learn more about AmyK: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Google+ The Secrets Leaders Keep by AmyK Hutchens What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith Production & Development for The Impact Entrepreneur Show by Podcast Masters
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This week I have a powerful conversation with Jocko Willink about ownership and leadership. Jocko is a retired Navy SEAL, extreme leadership expert and co-author of Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win.   Jocko retired from the United States Navy SEALs in 2010, with a Silver Star and Bronze Star, and formed the company Echelon Front with Leif Babin, who served under Jocko in the Battle of Ramadi. Echelon Front offers training services that help build, train and lead high-performance winning teams. Jocko and Leif also co-authored Extreme Ownership as a leadership manual.   Mentorship is important as a Navy SEAL and a business leader. Jocko embraces mentorship from anyone with something to teach him. He realized early on that he needed to understand something in order to make sense of it.   “When you’re working with businesses and working with leaders, you can’t just tell them, ‘here’s the problem and here’s the solution,’ because every problem is different. There’s going to be nuances in everything, and so you have to take these principles that you learn and apply those principles. But you have to apply them not as a mechanic, but as an artist.”   Jocko relates the process of reaching understanding to a concept called Commander’s Intent, which describes the overall goals, purpose, strategy, and desired end state. A German general once said that the Commander’s Intent should not be added on to the end of a briefing, but replace the briefing entirely.   “Knowing where you’re heading, and what the end state you’re looking for is, and what the intent of the operation or the mission is, it should certainly be enough.”   Jocko’s military career and his current entrepreneurial lifestyle requires constantly adapting to new and different people, with new and different personalities. He doesn’t have a very large tool kit for adapting to different personalities, but he has effective tools:   Listen. “Tool number two is what you’re going to take out of your box after you’ve listened.”     Jocko is a champion of Extreme Ownership, the central concept and title of his book, and he believes that it is the number one characteristic of a high performance individual or team. “The reason that extreme ownership is the most important characteristic is because, if you don’t take ownership over what’s happening in your world, how can you change any of it? ... If you face the reality that what’s going on in your world actually is your fault, and if anyone can fix it it’s you, then you can actually take action.”   There’s always other things in the world to blame, but there’s only one you can fix, and that’s you. Taking Extreme Ownership can be simple: Acknowledge that things aren’t going the way you want them to go Identify the elements that play into the way things are Take action to fix what you aren’t happy with   Ownership is integral to leadership, and to Jocko leadership is what makes or breaks a mission. Leadership isn’t just about taking orders – it’s about building a two-way relationship with trust and communication.   “My goal with every leader that I ever worked for, whether they were horrible or they were awesome, my goal was always the same: to develop a relationship with them where they trusted me and they let me do what I want.” If it’s en egomaniac, Jocko strokes their ego. If it’s a great leader, then out of the gate you are working with them, building a relationship and developing trust.   You don’t need to be in charge to take ownership. In most situations, whatever your boss is trying to make happen, you’re the one doing it. Do it the right way (or the wrong way), and you can have a massive amount of influence over it. “If my boss has a vision, I’m going to take ownership and make it happen, and I’m going to build trust. And when they tell me to do something that doesn’t make sense, I’m going to have the relationship to say, ‘Hey boss, this doesn’t make sense right here.’”   Jocko shares stories about some of the times things didn’t go well, but he always holds on to the will to win. “The will to win isn’t a short-term thing. The will to win is a deep-seated desire for a long-term end state. You have to recognize that, along the way, you’re going to take wins and you’re going to take losses.” What’s going to trip you up when you fail is when your ego doesn’t allow you to take ownership of the failure.   Success is often driven by ego, and Jocko embraces that. We should want to do well, and we should care how we perform. “Where it goes sideways is where the ego becomes so big that it no longer thinks it can do any better, no longer can you be corrected, no longer can you be coached, no longer can you change, no longer can you evolve, because your ego thinks you’re already there.”   To keep our egos in check, Jocko has a few simple tools: Keep an open mind Don’t believe your own hype Make an honest self-assessment. The way that you make an honest self-assessment is to detach from yourself and look at yourself from an exterior point of view.   I’m honored to have gotten to speak with Jocko about his book, his business and his past experiences. He is a powerful speaker, and he has a lot to share about leadership, ownership and success.   --   This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society.   To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web.   Download this Episode MP3. SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: What are some steps Jocko takes to bridge the gap between knowledge and understanding? Is it enough to simply begin with the end in mind in order to get to understanding? How does Jocko adapt to different personalities on the fly? Why is Extreme Ownership the number one characteristic of a high performance individual or team? How does the will to win aid in recovering from a situation that is in essence failure? How does Jocko use The Leader’s Checklist with his fellow SEALS, and how can entrepreneurs adapt this checklist in their businesses?   IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: Why extreme ownership is the number one characteristic of a high performance individual How to build relationships with the leaders around you How aspects of military strategy can improve business strategy How to use your ego as a driver, but keep it in check   DON’T BE A PODCAST JUNKIE… Learn more about Jocko: Echelon Front | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Listen to the Jocko Podcast Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win   ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Live to Tell, “Charlie Platoon & The Story of Marc Lee”
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Today’s guest, Kelly Starrett, is a coach, physical therapist, speaker, co-creator of MobiltyWOD.com, and author of two NY Times Best Sellers: Becoming a Supple Leopard & Ready to Run. Kelly recently published his third book, Deskbound. Kelly started the 27th CrossFit gym in the country, with a private student loan from grad school. “It was a total calculated risk. No one knew this; they didn’t know what this was.“ Kelly thought it would be a great place for his friends to train, and he hoped to pick up skills that would make him a better physiotherapist. The gym evolved into a lot more. “Then we started solving a problem. We started to see the way people moved … Don’t set up a business, be useful.” Kelly didn’t have one distinct mentor, but he did have many talented colleagues and inspirations around him. “There’s this constant loop of creativity that doesn’t turn off.” “Process begets process. For us, the mentorship is that we all feed each other and draft off each other and push each other and nudge each other, and that really is sustainable.” Kelly’s third book, Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World, was released in April, and it is currently the #1 Best Seller in Exercise & Fitness Injury Prevention on Amazon. Deskbound is a blueprint for living pain free in a sedimentary society. It identifies the epigenetic implications of not moving (pelvic floor dysfunction, jaw clenching, shortened hips, insulin insensitivity) and seeks to structure a solution. “At some point, there’s going to have to be an intervention that actually works, and we think that this is one of those interventions that’s so simple – i.e. get human beings to be what human beings are, what they’re supposed to do, which is move.” The book opens with, “The human body is incredibly robust. This is a good thing, if you have a plan for getting organized.” Immediately, you can divide your life into opportunities where you can sit, and opportunities where you don’t have to sit. It becomes optional and non-optional sitting. The book is trying to encourage readers to adapt the environment around them to force more movement. For example, during this interview, Kelly and I are sitting on the floor. Because of this, we’re already in better metabolic positions. We’re not metabolically active, but we’re taking our hips through the full range of motion and we’re at least obeying the range of motion that the tissues are designed for. “What we’ve done is immediately program a whole bunch more movement in, and all we did was say, ‘Let’s not sit in a chair.’” If you do find yourself having to sit a lot, you have to have a plan to address the tissue restrictions. The second half of the book provides simple tools to open up tissues that are stiff, restore normal sliding surfaces and regain function. Kids who stand in school will burn an additional 15-30% more calories daily than kids who don’t, and they even focus better. Kelly’s partner at Texas A&M, Mark Benden, has research showing that kids are gaining about 2 percentage points on their body index every year they sit at school, and what Kelly’s seen is that in two years they’ve actually been able to reverse that trend. “We have to start playing the long game: just do the right thing, day after day, and pretty soon it really makes massive change.” Kelly is incredibly passionate about health and healing, and he’s doing great work with his wife at MobilityWOD.com. I’m grateful to Kelly for sharing his passion with the Impact Entrepreneur Show.     SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: What is the premise of Kelly’s new book, Deskbound? What are some consequences of not being organized? What are physical cues listeners can pay attention to as they’re listening to analyze what they’re doing right now to see if they’re helping or hindering themselves? What can parents do to improve movement in their children’s lives? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: The danger in sedimentary living How we can structure our lives and environments to involve more movement How standing can combat the trend of childhood obesity Why Kelly was drawn to CrossFit in its infancy DON’T BE A PODCAST JUNKIE… Learn more about Kelly: MobilityWOD | Facebook ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Deskbound Ready To Run Becoming A Supple Leopard
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This week I have a wonderful conversation with Ryan Hawk, host of The Learning Leader Show, Huffington Post contributor and executive at LexisNexis. Ryan truly has a passion for learning, and he shares that passion in this interview. Ryan was a decorated college football quarterback at Miami University and Ohio University. After college, he wanted to learn more about leadership. He launched The Learning Leader Show in an attempt to build the ultimate PhD curriculum on leadership. Ryan also writes on the topics of leading and empowering others for The Huffington Post. Ryan believes you learn a lot about someone by the questions they ask. One question that he likes to ask others, particularly deep thinkers, is, “What initial questions do you ask others to truly understand how they think?” Ryan has done thousands of interviews with professionals over the course of his career. “What really differentiates some of the great ones from some of the good ones [are] the questions that they ask. How curious are they? How thoughtful? How good of a listener are they?” Ryan suggests making a list of the people that you admire and believe are interesting – people you know or don’t know and people that are famous or not famous – and then ask if you can speak with them. It helps if you have a podcast or write for Forbes, but many people will be willing (and happy) to speak with you. You can also employ this exercise to seek mentorship and education within your business, community or organization. At the end of this process, the people you admire (and who may be in leadership positions) will like you even more, and you will learn a ton. It’s a simple and repeatable process: Make a list of the people who really impress you within the company, and then call them or send them a thoughtful e-mail asking if you can talk to them for an hour. By doing this, you are showing that you’re a curious and thoughtful person who likes to learn, and they will be flattered. Listen, ask good follow-up questions and take really detailed notes. When you are done with the meeting, send them a recap e-mail of everything you learned in that one-hour conversation. A key aspect of this exercise is to do it because you want to learn and improve. Most people are trying to find a short cut to a promotion. You want to develop relationships. “Relationships are what this world is made of. People who are not willing or are not willing to build relationships probably don’t do well, and the ones that can usually do quite well.” Ryan’s impact moment began during a dinner with Todd Wagner, one of Mark Cuban’s business partners. Later, after earning his MBA, Ryan was looking at PhD programs focusing on leadership. However, he did not see any curriculum that he enjoyed. “So I thought, why don’t I just create my own Leadership PhD?” By creating his own Leadership PhD, Ryan is able to seek out the people that he looks up to and admires, and ask to speak with them. “In addition to just learning for myself, I could release those conversations for potentially all of the world to be positively impacted at the same time. I thought that was a beautiful way to share what I was learning with others.” This project grew into The Learning Leader Show. There are a few things that happen when you give a speech, or record a podcast episode. “You can change the way people think, you can change the way people feel, and you can change the way people act. I want to do all three of those things for my listeners, and for anybody who comes to one of my talks in person.” Ryan’s original plan was professional football. He received a scholarship to the University of Miami to play as a quarterback, as was Ben Roethlisberger. Other schools tried to pull him away from Miami, so that he would not have to compete with the best. Ryan did the opposite. He moved to campus the day after graduating high school. “My goal was to show the guys that I was willing to outwork everybody. My goal also was to learn every single teammate’s name.” After two seasons at Miami, Ryan realized that it still wasn’t enough. “It was a great moment, for me, because it taught me that sometimes you can do everything within your power, everything, and you’re still going to lose.” It’s a powerful (and difficult) lesson to learn that helps Ryan overcome things that other people are unable to overcome. It was a delight speaking with Ryan today. He is one of the most effective and passionate learners in the entrepreneurial space, and I highly recommend checking out some of his interviews with the best leaders in the world.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: How have mentors impacted you directly? What are things that Ryan did to let go of one dream in order to move into a potentially greater opportunity? What does Ryan desire for his audience? What’s the most memorable experience that Ryan has had executing his process of requesting interviews from the people he admires? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: A process for seeking out knowledge and mentorship from the people that inspire you How pursuing knowledge from the people you admire can improve your life What the questions you ask (or don’t ask) may reveal about yourself How Ryan embraces being a lifelong learner in every aspect of his life How Ryan learned a huge life lesson after working to be a better quarterback than Ben Roethlisberger DON’T BE A PODCAST JUNKIE… Learn more about Ryan: Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter Listen to The Learning Leader Show Join the Learning Leader Facebook Group
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I’m excited to have Ryan Michler on the show today. His goal is to help men become better leaders through the Order of Man. Most entrepreneurs think about building a product, but Ryan is building a community. Ryan grew up without a significant father figure in his life. After getting married and having children, Ryan realized he needed to learn a few things. So, Ryan started the Order of Man: a podcast, blog and community. “I just had no idea how guys are supposed to do this thing, so I went on a journey for myself to figure this out.” Ryan realized that he couldn’t sit on the sidelines of this conversation. He had to be engaged and leading the discussion. Six years into working for someone else, Ryan made the decision to start his own practice. “But the reality is I just didn’t know how to do it.” So he hired a coach, a mentor, who helped Ryan wrap his head around why this change could be a good thing. “He also got me thinking on a different level, and I think that’s what mentors do. They help you see things you can’t see yourself.” Ryan has always been a structured, organized and deliberate person, and his experience in the military solidified that. There are other blogs like Order of Man, started at roughly the same time, but they aren’t all successful. Most of that is due to a lack of consistency. “If you want to have success: you gotta be disciplined, you gotta be committed, you gotta be consistent. Those are three things that you can do that you have complete control over.” Ryan doesn’t believe everyone needs to be organized, but they do need to have organization in their life. If it’s a weakness, you don’t necessarily need to make it your strength. Maybe you’re a visionary; maybe you’re the person who can launch that idea. That being said, Ryan has a lot of tools that are easy to use that can help bring more organization to your life. One of Ryan’s tools is his Weekly Battle Plan. He schedules everything out. “If you’re not going to schedule your day out, including the planning that you’re going to be doing every day, the likelihood of it actually getting done is very minimal.” Ryan goes through his list every morning, and there are certain things he does every day: exercise, meditate, read, journal, plan out his day. In addition to his everyday routine, Ryan writes down daily tasks and goals. “What do I actually want to get accomplished today? What is important to me when it comes to the relationships I have with my kid, or the relationships I have with my wife? What’s important with my health, with my money?” He makes this list every morning without fail, and then he also does an After Action Review at the end of the day. During the After Action Review, Ryan reflects on what he was able to get accomplished, and what he wasn’t, to help him plan the next day. Ryan’s goal is to be deliberate so that every step he makes is maximum efficiency. Ryan’s goal for his community is to help them become better leaders. That’s the overarching vision. “I want them to become better leaders of themselves. I want them to be able to lead and preside over their own families. I want them to be able to lead in their businesses and communities.” But in order to have that, Ryan believes you need to focus on three strengths: Physical Strength – Taking care of your mind and body Mental Fortitude – Mental toughness, resiliency and the ability to overcome obstacles Emotional Fortitude – Not being scattered or letting other people offend you. “If I can help guys in those three strengths, in order for them to be better leaders, they’re going to live more fulfilled lives.” They’re going to have deeper relationships, more wealth and be able to succeed in business. Whatever a man is trying to accomplish, Ryan believes they can do that by becoming a leader and focusing on physical strength, mental fortitude and emotional fortitude. Developing those strengths is a form of self-mastery; something that Ryan believes every man should strive for. Ryan refers to the natural man: a hypothetical man that tends to be lazy, unorganized, undisciplined. Self-mastery is about overcoming those things you have struggles with, and getting better in those key areas. You have to recognize that the natural man is actually there, and then realize you want to actually overcome it. “Stop sitting on the idea that you have … and start taking action on it.” I appreciate Ryan coming by to talk about how the Order of Man, the value of structure and his own life experiences.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: What is Ryan doing to get clarity every day? What was the impact moment that inspired Ryan to star the Order of Man podcast and community? Did Ryan’s experience in the military shape his outlet for the Order of Man? What are things that anybody can do to exercise their organization muscle? What does Ryan desire for the Order of Man community? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: How not having a father around in Ryan’s childhood drives him to become the best man he can be How the Order of Man helps men become better leaders How the structure instilled by the military has helped Ryan achieve success The three strengths that help men become better leaders of themselves The importance of self-mastery DON’T BE A PODCAST JUNKIE… Learn more about Ryan: Order of Man | Facebook | Twitter
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I have a lot of firsts for you in this week’s episode. Jason and Jodi Womack are my first married guests, my first live interview with two guests and my first co-author guests. We also have a lot of fun talking, as usual, and the result is a huge episode packed full of ways to make an impact and get momentum. The Womacks want entrepreneurs to Get Momentum, over and over again. Get Momentum is an executive coaching and development program that is designed for busy people who want to work smarter, think bigger, lead better and achieve more. Since launching their business in 2012, they have expanded to include the Get Momentum Leadership Academy and Get Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck. The Womacks are both big proponents of mentorship. “The purpose of a mentor is to have someone act as the visionary,” Jason said. “You’re looking at you right then, a mentor can look at you and see you months from now.” Jodi added that, “I love to think of mentors as someone I have a real relationship with … a real mentor cares about you the person, and the big vision of you that they can see.” Jason has a tactic he uses for clarifying, expanding or narrowing his vision. He looks at a subject as 100, 25 or 1. If you take 100 pennies, 4 quarters or 1 dollar, they all add up to the same amount. “There are some times you need to look at all 100 pieces of the problem, some times I just need to buck it into four quarters, and sometimes I just need to know what the problem is.” Mentors help you look at the problem from a different perspective. Jodi’s impact moment came while she was Director of Public Events at a training firm. One day, all of the public events were canceled. “I realized I wasn’t the director of anything, as long as I was an employee,” Jodi said. Jason felt he was always running out of goals to reach for. So, they left the firm and started their own coaching and development business. Eventually, customers were reaching out because they wanted more. They needed a continual refreshing of the content, so the Get Momentum Leadership Academy was born. “If you can get your clients to ask you for your next product before it is built, you are onto something,” Jason said. Their book, Get Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck, is another project that was started after customers expressed interest in a book based on the course. The book is about how you reverse engineer that feeling you wish you had more: momentum. Jason described momentum as “the feeling that you recognize after you’ve had it.” Being stuck sucks. “There’s no pretty way to dress that up. It is hard, it is lonely, it is depressing,” Jodi said. The other side of the coin is that, if you’re stuck, you’re trying to do something you’ve never done before. When are you at your best? Every question Jason asks comes down to this central idea. If people consider when they are at their best, they give themselves what he describes as “the gift of their own attention.” What do you want to be known for? The Womacks suggest you pick a role and pick a period of time. The answer is constantly changing. It’s a powerful perspective, because it makes the question actionable. The book does a wonderful job at providing actionable activities that reinforce the motivational message. “Get Momentum” is broken into the Five Stages of Momentum: Motivation – What did I do that motivated me? “The idea of catching someone doing something right is so bizarre, unusual and unique. If you try that for a couple days, you might just revolutionize what’s going on in your office. Since school and the red pen, we’ve been taught to find what’s wrong,” said Jodi. “People are starved for wins.” Mentors – Jason has two kinds of mentors: Mentors he knows and mentors he doesn’t know. Learn from anybody you can. Jason picks one person from history every month to learn from. Milestones – The Womacks take everything they are working on and break it out into 90-day chunks. People get overwhelmed with big projects, but this lets you focus on something you can complete – and completing builds momentum. Monitor – You will know what to look for if you have clear milestones. “What is noticed is repeated. What is negatively noticed is repeated.” Modify – A dictionary definition of modify is “to make a small change.” The Womacks are big fans of small things done incrementally and repeated. There are three changes you can make to gain or re-gain momentum: Automate Delegate Eliminate If you consider yourself a life long learner, head over to Get Momentum. I’m grateful that the Womacks took the time to sit down and talk. Their program, and their book, provide a lot of actionable strategies and motivational messages that will help entrepreneurs gain and re-gain momentum.     SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: Can the Womacks share a story where a mentor has impacted their outlook? What were the Womacks’ impact moments? Why do we constantly find ourselves getting stuck? What are the Five Stages of Momentum, and why are they important? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: Why a good mentor is a visionary, and how they can help you shift perspective How to reverse engineer the feeling of momentum The Five Stages of Momentum The value of catching someone who is doing something right, as opposed to something wrong The three modifications you can make to your life or business gain or re-gain momentum DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Jason and Jodi Womack: Get Momentum | Twitter | Email Get Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck If you want to get a cup of coffee with the Womacks during their travels, click here ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More by Jason Womack Mentor Cloud Rajeesh Setty – tell him the Womacks said, “Hello.” Tony Robbins
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This is an incredibly powerful and authentic episode of The Impact Entrepreneur Show. My guest, Chris Faddis, is an author, speaker and entrepreneur. He launched Bene Plates, a revolutionary food and nutrition company serving the chronically ill and the walking well, just a year ago. In 2011, Chris’ late wife was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Colon Cancer. Fighting that battle with his wife made Chris aware of the importance of nutrition for the terminally ill: 85% of cancer patients suffer from malnutrition, and 40% of cancer patients die from it. “Ultimately, it was food that kept her alive.” Bene Plates mission is to provide high quality, great tasting and nourishing meals for their clients, whether they are chronically ill or one of the walking well. Rather than going through institutions, which are always going to make decisions for other reasons, Bene Plates goes directly to the patients. “Our goal is to create the demand by proving to people – proving to doctors, proving to hospitals, proving to individuals – that, when they eat well while they’re in treatment, they will do better.” Chris launched Bene Plates about a year ago, and mind mapping tools have been helpful in the early stages of the business. Mapping his thoughts helps him articulate a clear vision, which in turn makes it easier to delegate tasks. Chris believes it’s really important to be able to articulate a vision to the people around you, and trust them to make decisions on how to build your vision. “I have to step back, and I have to let certain things go, because if I don’t just articulate the vision and trust the team around me that I put in place, then it’s always going to be me and it’s never going to grow.” If Chris could go back and launch again, there’s two things he would make sure to do: Don’t rush to launch. Take the time to read the market, make every small decision and fine-tune your processes. Don’t launch with debt. Mentorship helped Chris realize the value of authenticity. Chris has a background mixing corporate business, entrepreneurship and the church space. He used to segment himself between the different aspects of his life, mentally and as separate online brands. “Honestly what I’ve found is … people are more accepting.” Being authentic – being who you were made to be and living to your full potential – is a big hurdle for a lot of entrepreneurs. Chris believes a key to remaining authentic is having the right partner, whether that person is a spouse, mentor or business partner. “If you ever feel like you’re a wannabe fake when that person’s around, you’re not going to lie.” Chris overcomes the Fear of Feedback by maintaining authenticity online. “When you’re transparent in your business and who you are, as a company and as a person, all that stuff is accountability.” In one way, that’s where social media is a positive thing. The idea of the “Walking Well” was born out of Chris’ authenticity on social media – and an accidental reference to The Walking Dead. Delivering healthy food to healthy people is important to Chris too. “I think there’s something really important about us working with the walking well. It’s knowing that, when you buy a product from us, you’re helping us support more cancer patients.” If you feel stuck in your career and want to break away to start a business, Chris suggests you sit down and think through your intentions. Is it about making money, or is it about doing something good? You will know you are ready to break away from a stagnant career after you: Articulate in three sentences, very clearly, what you want to do Talk about it with other people Start writing it down Get advice Make a business plan (Chris used com) Chris Faddis is a born entrepreneur and an incredibly authentic human being. I’m so grateful that he came by to share his story and I’m excited to see how Bene Plates grows in the years to come.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: How important have mentors been in Chris’ life? What are some steps Chris is taking to make sure he is checking what he is doing against who he is authentically? If Chris was starting this company again today, what are 2-3 things he would do differently? What’s a step someone can take to break away from a career they feel stuck in? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: Why to be authentic online, in person and when running your company How to overcome the Fear of Feedback online The value of articulating a vision, then letting people help you build it Why it’s usually better to take your time and launch a new business patiently DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Chris: Website | Twitter | Instagram It Is Well: Life in the Storm by Chris Faddis Bene Plates ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: LivePlan
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Geoff Woods is full of great stories in today’s episode. Geoff is host of The Mentee Podcast and he came by to share how he went from employee to entrepreneur in just 10 months. Geoff Woods’ journey as an entrepreneur (and a self-described Super Connecter) began with tragedy, but a Jim Rohn quote helped Geoff shift his life course: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Geoff wanted to own his own business, wake up every day and feel like he was making an impact, but he didn’t have anyone in his life that. Geoff wanted to make an impact, followed by the money, and he’s able to do that with a knack for networking. “I try to find a way to add value to people.” He always asks, “What are you working on and how can I help?” Geoff didn’t just want to make an impact. He also had the courage to act. His first goal was in real estate, so his first step was connecting with people who owned property. “The very first time I opened my mouth, I had the opportunity to become the owner of a 10-story building on the water in North Carolina.” Things only got cooler from there. Jay Papasan and Gary Keller approached Geoff because they were looking for a new CEO for a publishing company. Geoff took the call because he had a couple names in mind, but ultimately he discovered they were looking for a CEO just like him. “Because I led with trying to be a super connecter, because I led trying to add value, I now have the opportunity to call a billionaire my partner.” Geoff’s success, and his constant endeavor to add value to other people’s lives, starts with overcoming the limiting beliefs that make us believe we don’t have value to add. “The reality is you have value to give, you just have to figure out how to give value to those people.” Learn new skills and meet new people to increase the value you have to offer. Geoff is learning the value of leverage. He can only contribute time towards things that align with and further his goals, but he still wants to add value to the people who approach him. He is learning to create systems and hire a person to manage those systems, which in turn creates opportunity for people in his community. Geoff has advice for how you can find the best mentors, available in a free guide. He provided a great overview: The mentor-mentee relationship is something that happens over time. “For you to walk up to a successful persona and ask them to be your mentor … is the same as men walking into a bar, seeing a hot woman, dropping down to one knee before you’ve said anything to her and saying, ‘Will you marry me?’” You don’t even realize the value you bring to the table Being in the position of the mentee is the most powerful position you can be in Successful people look for up-and-comers who are hungry Geoff provided an extra tip not in his guide: drop your ego and speak from the heart. I can’t thank Geoff enough for being so authentic and vulnerable with us. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out The Mentee Podcast.     SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: How has Geoff been able to connect people to create awesome things? What doors have opened for Geoff because he has the courage to act? What filters can entrepreneurs apply so that they don’t lose sight on the impact and the value they want to have in the world? What are opportunities Geoff has had to turn down because he would not be adding value? Can Geoff share his approach to building the mentor-mentee relationship in the right way? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: The power of adding value to other people’s lives Why success follows entrepreneurs who have the courage to act Geoff Wood’s approach to building a mentor-mentee relationship in the right way Plus much more… DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Geoff: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | LinkedIn Listen and Subscribe to The Mentee Podcast: Website | iTunes ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: The ONE Thing by Gary W. Keller & Jay Papasan Expert’s Academy com Geoff’s Mastermind group: The Inner Circle
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Today’s conversation with Bob Burg is packed full of authenticity, empathy and value. He is author of The Go-Giver, a business parable about consistently providing values to others, and he has made a career out of helping others. “I choose to be in business for myself. I have a much better feeling of freedom and liberty that way. I have a better feeling about myself, and quite frankly I think I can help a lot more people by being an entrepreneur than I can working in someone else’s organization.” Bob’s entrepreneurial success is driven by an innate sense of empathy. “Empathy can be developed, but I think the first step is understanding why it is important.” Empathy is a major aspect of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is understanding both your own and another person’s feelings, or at least understanding that they have feelings about something, and being able to regulate those feelings. By being able to act in such a way because of, or in spite of, those feelings, you are able to bring the most value to other people. “The single greatest people skill is simply a highly developed and authentic interest in the other person.” Bob’s book, The Go-Giver, is a business parable that collects aspects of many true stories into the fictional story of Joe. In the story, Joe learns a very valuable lesson: shifting one’s focus from getting to giving, by which Bob means constantly and consistently providing value to others, isn’t just a pleasant way to live, but a profitable way to live as well. For example, Joe asks a mentor if a product will make money. Joe’s mentor tells him that it’s not a bad question; in fact, it’s a great question. It’s just a bad first question. If your first thought is to ask if something will make money, then you’re not thinking about the marketplace itself. A better question to ask is “Will it serve?” or “Does it add value?” The Go-Giver also provides five laws to guide the way Bob believes we should live our lives: Value – Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment. We have to understand the profound difference between price and value. Price is a dollar figure, and it’s finite. Value, on the other hand, is the desirability of an end product. Compensation – Your income is determined by how many people you serve, and how well you serve them. It’s not just value; it’s also how many lives you impact. Your compensation is directly under your control, and there’s no limit to your compensation because you always have more people to serve. Understand that success is a mindset, you can do it, and that building relationships is a skillset. Influence – Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interest first. Don’t be a doormat or sacrificial, but make your success about other people’s success. The essence of influence is pull, as opposed to push. Great influencers attract people. Authenticity – The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself. All of the skills in the world are for naught if you don’t come at everything from your true, authentic core. Receptivity – The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving. We breathe out, and we must also breathe in. All of the giving in the world is for naught if you do not make yourself available to receive in like measure. “This is why we say that money is simply an echo of value.” “The Golden Rule of Business is that, all things being equal, people will do business with and refer business to the people they know, like and trust.“ There is no faster, more powerful or more effective way to elicit those feelings towards you from others than by making your win about the other person’s win. It’s moving from an “I” or “Me” focus to an “Other” focus. Bob’s book emphasizes the role of focus and intention for entrepreneurs. “You have to be very focused on accomplishing what you know you want to accomplish every day, every week, every month, every year. Intention comes right along with that. You have an intention to do a certain thing, and you don’t stop until it happens.” Entrepreneurs need to be flexible with strategy and tactics in order to accomplish what they intend to do. Bob’s passion for helping others is palpable in this interview. I’m grateful that he took the time to share his thought process and some stories about The Go-Giver. He definitely has a lot of value to offer.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: What are some ways that entrepreneurs can develop empathy and apply it in our daily lives? What is the premise of The Go-Giver? A character in Bob’s book says, “‘Does it make money?’ is not a bad question, it’s a great question. It’s just a bad first question.” What does he mean by that? How should entrepreneurs think about focus and intention? In Bob’s book, the Law of Compensation says that your compensation is directly under your control, and there’s no limit to your compensation because you always have more people to serve. How can entrepreneurs operate under this mindset and live out this law? How does a go-giver create influence, both personally and in business, and how does that directly relate to new business, or even leadership? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: A greater understanding of what makes empathy an important aspect of a successful business and personal life Why The Go-Giver is a valuable business parable for entrepreneurs The Golden Rule of Business The value of focus and intention How giving can create influence Plus much more…   DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Bob: Website | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube Read The Go-Giver by Bob Burg Listen to The Go-Giver Podcast ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman The Purple Cow by Seth Godin
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Today I have a delightful and authentic conversation with Honoree Corder. She is an entrepreneur, coach, speaker and prolific author. Currently, she is writing her 20th book, You Must Write a Book, for professionals who absolutely should write a book as a differentiator. She calls writing a book “the new business card.” Honoree was raised with an entrepreneurial spirit. “Being an entrepreneur means you get to eat what you kill.” Your effort is returned to you, and only to you. Entrepreneurs are punished or rewarded based on how much time and effort they put into their businesses. “Go ahead and start the business, instead of having it as an idea that’s marinating. If it’s been marinating, it’s marinated.” If you start, your business will, over time, take on a life of its own. If you’re currently an employee with the hunger for entrepreneurship, turn your idea into a side hustle. “Keep going. Be patient. Some day your side hustle will be your main hustle.” Carve out time to do the thing that you really want to do. That will fuel you, feed you and tide you over. If you’re waiting to jump from one situation to the next, you’re missing out on an opportunity for your passion to grow and be nurtured. Honoree wrote her first book because she had a 15 second mentor. She met Mark Victor Hansen at a conference, and he said to her, “Everybody is a coach and a speaker, you need a book.” She took her most popular presentation and turned it into a book. Honoree wrote the amazing book Vision to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long Term Maximum Results. In order to get from where you are now to your dreams, there are certain steps that have to be taken. You have to take short-term, massive action that will compound, and it will lead to long-term massive results. Four things precede a successful new reality: Think – If you don’t think you can achieve your vision, you want get to the next step. Believe – If you don’t believe your vision is possible for you, it will not be possible. Deserve – If you don’t believe you deserve your vision, you will reach an upper limit to success. Commit – Finally, you have to commit yourself mentally, and commit your time, to your vision. Be authentically yourself. Authenticity is so powerful because people want to know that others are imperfect, and that others are vulnerable. Those are strengths, not weaknesses. Honoree invents the word “authentistic” during the interview to describe the act of being authentic and fantastic. You mess up, you have struggles, you are human, and it’s okay. If you want something, you have to give it away: this can be anything from money to love to authenticity. As an author, Honoree wants good reviews. So, one day she decides to review The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod on Goodreads. Now, she and Hal have a partnership to create The Miracle Morning book series. “I think that people have the perception that successful people, in whatever they do, are somehow special people, and the only difference between successful people and people who aren’t as successful as they want to be … is that they have done a little bit more a little bit longer.” Honoree truly exudes authenticity and positivity in the advice and stories she offers during this episode. I had a lot of fun talking to her, and I hope you got something great from it too.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: How did Honoree go from single mom to prolific author? What are some ways that employees with a hunger for entrepreneurship can take their first step? Why did Honoree write Vision to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long Term Maximum Results? How do people break through their own façade to be authentic? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: How authenticity can be a powerful force for success Why, if you want something, you have to give it away How to bring an idea from vision to reality Why you should write a book Plus much more…  DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Honoree: Website | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn Read Vision to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long Term Maximum Results by Honoree Corder  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Authenticity is the New Black – TedX by Honoree Corder You Must Write a Book by Honoree Corder (coming September 2016) Giftology by John Ruhlin The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
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I had a very open and passionate conversation with Tom Bilyeu today. He is the Co-founder and President of Quest Nutrition, a company that endeavors to transform the entire food industry by creating foods that taste as good as they are good for you. In 2014, it was named the #2 fastest-growing private company in America by Inc.com. Tom also hosts the weekly thought leadership talk show Inside Quest. Surprisingly, Tom says that he was not a born entrepreneur – he was actually inspired by The Matrix to challenge his construct of reality and change his mindset. “The Matrix really gave me the framework with which to begin thinking about my life … I think that our mindset is the real-world equivalent of The Matrix.” To get out of the matrix, you have to change the way you think. “You have to stop allowing yourself to believe things about yourself, even if they’re true, that don’t move you forward.” Changing your mindset is a battle. For Tom, the process of becoming an entrepreneur was really the process of controlling his mindset and realizing it is possible to take control of destiny – not only realizing he didn’t have to be an employee, but also realizing that financial independence was achievable. “Your mind is everything, and the narrative that you tell yourself about yourself is the most important thing in your life. If you don’t take time to construct and repeat a narrative that is empowering, you are doing yourself a disservice.” Tom’s Morpheus(es), or mentors, are the authors of books. He has a deep sense of gratitude for people who take the time to put their wisdom down in a book so that others can learn easy what they learned hard. “It’s a great tradition to write down that knowledge so that it can be passed on.” On Tom’s site, it says that companies only have a chance at greatness when driven by a mission. He also says that the mission of Quest was born out of misery. When Tom first started working with his current partners, they were working to get rich. After a lot of success, Tom was miserable. He left to embark on a life of purpose and lasting fulfillment. However, his partners agreed, and fought to keep Tom on board. They came up with a new mantra: Work on something that brings value to people Believe in what they’re working towards Work towards something they want to fight for, even if they’re falling The mission of Quest Nutrition is simple, but big: to put an end to metabolic disease. That’s what makes Quest more than just a food company. It’s a company that won’t stop innovating until global nutrition has been freed from the stranglehold of junk food. This is not a knock on money, but saying that money can come in the service of providing value to others and in service of a greater mission. “It’s about becoming something, rather than having something.” When you’re solving a real problem, people are going to pay for that value, and what you’re doing is going to matter. Our world is so interconnected that companies can be punished for either having a mission or not having a mission, and your community cares about what you’re trying to do. “All of a sudden you live in this world where people can learn the truth of why your company exists, beyond your products.” Tom demonstrates that Quest Nutrition makes decisions based on their mission and community, and people think they’re out of their mind for making some of those decisions. Recently, they switched to a different fiber source that costs a lot more than their pervious source, without changing the cost of their product. It nearly cut their profitability in half. However, the scientific community was questioning whether their previous fiber source was, in fact, a source of fiber at all, and the new fiber is much more metabolically beneficial. “If it’s really going to take us 25 years to end metabolic disease, we have to be relevant that long, we have to be trusted that long.” The Quest Belief System goes beyond core values to draw the map of how Tom evolved from financial instability to confident business leader. “In all of that, I realized there are some real truths here that anyone can apply to their life to, in my language, ‘escape The Matrix.’” Highlights of the 25 bullet points in the Quest Belief System include: Personal growth is the highest priority of all Team Quest members Mistakes are a great teacher to those who are willing to admit that they’ve made one Build your self esteem around identifying the right answer and pursuing it faster than anyone else Take the red pill Tom and his business partners at Quest Nutrition are doing some truly impressive things. Tom’s passion to end metabolic disease comes through loud and clear in this interview. We should all follow his lead, and work towards solving real problems.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: What is the story of Quest Nutrition, and what is it’s mission? What steps can entrepreneurs take to ensure their product or service passes the “soul test?” How does Quest Nutrition you use their community and mission to make decisions? Can Tom tell us how they developed the Quest Belief System? What does Tom think has stirred up this renewed interest in self-awareness and mindfulness? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: How the narrative you construct about yourself influences your success How the Quest Belief System can shape the way you think about yourself Why businesses that solve real problems often find success Why every business decision needs to reflect your mission statement and your community Plus much more… DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Tom: Inside Quest Podcast | Twitter Learn more about Quest Nutrition: Website ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: The Matrix The Quest Belief System Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
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I don’t know if I’ve ever met someone who lives more in the moment than Brian Dickinson, and he shares his incredible story in today’s interview. He is an ex-Navy rescue swimmer, a world-class mountain climber and the author of Blind Descent, the inspiring story about how he summited Mount Everest – alone – and overcame descending the mountain blind. Brian is still learning the ability to slow down and live in the moment, gathering the courage to be content. Brian’s climbs help him gain perspective on the world off of the mountain, because he experiences how slowly time can feel. It can be dangerous to start climbing alone. “Not even climbing, but everything. If you can latch onto somebody who has a clue, has made the mistakes, you’re going to learn a ton.” There’s so much in your control, if you know how to control it. Control, on the mountain and in your business, comes down to preparation. “The success is creating a lifestyle of change,” and then you will always be prepared for that next climb or business endeavor. I’ve described preparation as the bridge between expectation and reality. Sometimes, that bridge can collapse, and things will go south in spite of your preparation – like when you start to develop snow blindness at the highest point on Earth. In these situations, success can come down to willpower. Sometimes willpower means moving forward, using your training, without overthinking the situation. Motivation can pull us through the impossible, in our lives and in our businesses. Brian used his family to help him descend Mount Everest and overcome his instinct to panic. Use your motivation to focus on breaking a bad experience down to small successes, keeping a map in your mind of where you are going. For now, Brian is taking what he learned and focusing on having the courage to be content. There’s no shortage of adventures in this world, and he’s going to go on the next few with his family. We are put in situations for a reason. Usually it’s not at the top of Mount Everest, but it’s always so that we can share something of value with other people, and maybe save someone’s life, career or marriage through our stories.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: How did Brian learn the ability to slow down and live in the moment? How did Brian’s military training aid him in transitioning towards entrepreneurship and the tech industry? How important has mentorship been to Brian in his climbing endeavors? What are Brian’s thoughts on preparation and willpower? When Brian was descending Mount Everest and started going blind, how did he not give in to the harsh conditions? How did Brian overcome panic in an unpredictable situation? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: An incredible story about human strength and willpower How preparation is a lifestyle as much as an activity Why it is courageous to be content How to use motivation to overcome the worst situations Plus much more… DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Brian: Website | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook | Instagram ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest by Brian Dickinson
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Today I have an interview with a modern Renaissance Woman. Kelly Roach is an ex-NFL cheerleader, formerly the top sales person in a Fortune 500 company, author of Unstoppable, the loving mother of a two-year-old, and a successful entrepreneur. Kelly trains other entrepreneurs to launch, monetize and scale profitable businesses. Kelly was promoted seven times in eight years. She was the youngest Senior VP of the company and managed 17 locations. Her health was sliding to the back burner until she thought, “Every time I get promoted, every time I have success in this environment, it compromises more of who I am.” Taking some time to think is critical. After reflecting on her core values as a person, she came to the conclusion that she was not living the life she wanted. Kelly’s core values: Freedom Financial abundance Fulfillment By fulfillment, Kelly means making an impact, doing work that she feels matters, and helping people. Every time she has success in the wrong environment, she will have less freedom to pursue making a difference. She also doesn’t like making a company millions of dollars. She can make that money for herself. It can be difficult to stop your life and shift course, particularly when things are going according to plan. Kelly accomplished one of her goals when she became Senior VP, but the experience wasn’t exactly what she thought it would be. “I’m getting exactly what I set out to achieve, which means I also have the power and the control to decide where this goes next.” Take time to consider where your core skillsets intersect with what people are willing to pay for in the market. Kelly believes that, with an 80% failure rate, the people who really need her training are small business owners and entrepreneurs. Mentorship is critical. Kelly’s passion for leadership, coaching others and making others successful is a direct result of her first mentor’s advice, and they are the ingredients of her success. The prevalence of podcasting and social media makes the process of finding a mentor easier than ever. Look for people who have success in the area you wish to pursue and start following them online. You will be able to find the voice and teaching style that resonates with you and begin a relationship. Kelly’s book, Unstoppable, ties into her message on every platform. To Kelly, being unstoppable means you are so driven, focused and motivated that you have to be the best you can possibly be in any given situation, no matter what life throws at you. The human experience is full of chaos, but the book provides nine key principles that will help entrepreneurs achieve unlimited success in business and in life. Kelly is generous enough to share a couple of the principles from her book: “Stop resenting the 1% and join them.” Kelly started with this chapter because success follows a successful mindset. It comes down to how you perceive others, money, and your own self worth. You can’t attract something to your life that you perceive negatively. “Focus on something bigger than yourself.” It’s all about imperfect action, and it’s all about focusing on achieving something bigger than you. Entrepreneurship is heavily romanticized. Don’t expect success to come overnight. There is a grind that everyone goes through – most people fail, often more than once, before they succeed. Entrepreneurs need to be aware that there is nothing wrong with failure, because that’s how we find out what works. Too many entrepreneurs spend their business life planning. They wait for the perfect opportunity, the perfect product, and it never comes. “The imperfect action is the most important entrepreneurial skill,” so get out there, make an offer, create a course, and start advertising. Last year, Kelly helped her first client add over $1 million to their business. The key is to put a sales and marketing system in place. Online marketing has been romanticized in the same way as entrepreneurship – to the point that many entrepreneurs forego sales. Marketing is great, but at some point there has to be a conversion event between marketing and sales. There needs to be a system to convert potential buyers to sales. Kelly’s three-step system: Leads are generated through marketing Nurture events take place Conversion events translate prospective buyers into sales Kelly’s business has been a great vehicle for freedom and flexibility in her life, and she encourages others to pursue entrepreneurship to gain more freedom in their own lives. I hope she inspires you to reflect on your core values, and to start improving your life.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: What was the turning point that set Kelly on the entrepreneurial path? How did you think about what you wanted for your life? What process did you use to crystalize your thinking? How important is grit? How important has mentorship been for Kelly? What are some steps entrepreneurs can take to find a mentor? What was the inspiration for Kelly’s book Unstoppable? What does Kelly hope to accomplish with her book? How can people push through the grind of starting a business? Does Kelly have to overcome coaching entrepreneurs who spend too much time planning and waiting for the perfection? What shift allowed Kelly’s client to add $1 million in sales to their business? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: The importance of taking time to reflect What it means to be Unstoppable How mentorship can put you on a path to success The vital entrepreneurial skill that is imperfect action Why businesses need a system to convert sales Plus much more…  DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Kelly: Website | Facebook | Twitter Unstoppable Success Radio: Website | iTunes | YouTube ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Unstoppable: 9 Principles for Unlimited Success in Business & Life by Kelly Roach If you’re interested in additional training from Kelly, text the word “profitclass” to 44222
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My long-time friend Aaron Hinde came in for a value packed interview today. He’s a fearless risk taker who jumped into one of the toughest industries out there, the beverage industry, and has successfully grown it and now leads a team of 28 people. Aaron’s always had the unique ability of empathy which has served him well. It’s the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and understand where they’re coming from. Many people make the mistake of trying to meet somebody where they think they should be, but Aaron says empathy is about quieting your mind and listening with a non-judgmental attitude. This kind of positive attitude is also a big part of mentorship, something Aaron is a strong proponent of. All successful entrepreneurs have at least one mentor, and some are paid for and some are not. If you’re in the business of offering your own mentorship or coaching at a price, you’ve also got to have your own mentor you’re paying for, as you’ve got to do in order to be. Relationships are key in business; mentors, business partners and spouses. An understanding spouse is a necessity as it’s all but impossible to succeed without someone supportive at your side. The same thing holds true for business partners. Make sure yours is one you can bounce ideas off of, one you can trust and share a unified vision and purpose for your business with. Aaron’s a risk taker, and the ability to take risks is important for aspiring entrepreneurs. If you’re gun shy there are ways to train yourself to take the plunge, like going all-in in poker or scaling heights if you’re afraid. “Push yourself constantly in that uncomfortable zone or else you’ll never grow as an entrepreneur.” Aaron’s entrepreneurial journey hasn’t been an easy one. But he and his family were willing to endure the years of being broke and living in a tiny apartment to gain the success they now have. He started LIFEAID Beverage with the idea of creating a healthy beverage alternative that actually benefitted you (not like the sodas and energy drinks prevalent today). What drives his company is their over-arching vision of having a tangible, healthy impact on the world, and his million+ cans sold every month is a testament to that. His company not only has a great vision, but some strong BHAG’s as well (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals): To be the next BILLION dollar beverage company To have the most awesome, engaged, kick-ass workplace in Santa Cruz County with the best team surrounding that BHAG #2 is his actual focus, because a great team is essential and they’re a reflection of the brand. If you make sure the team is engaged and focused then that’ll lead to goal #1. It also helps to constantly invest in your team by making your workplace comfortable and fun, and being ultra-supportive of everyone. One tenant that Aaron really holds onto is the tried and true “Hire slow, fire fast” mentality. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is hiring quickly out of desperation as you grow. Aaron makes sure they hire great people by following some important steps in the hiring process: Look for a long history with one employer Look for a favorable review of their previous boss Have the applicant set-up a five minute interview with their previous boss Taking these steps helps him find great people with a cooperative team attitude and a good cultural fit with the company. Aaron’s empathy and his passion for entrepreneurship and his company really came through in this episode. I’m grateful that he gave us his time and shared with us much of what he knows of running a successful company.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: How has empathy been a game changer within his business? What are the steps a growing company can take to make sure their vision and values continue to lead them? How does Aaron get his employees to buy-in to his company and culture so well? How does an aspiring entrepreneur protect the business from the overwhelming inspiration behind the business?   IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: The key to success for any enterprise Why it’s important to carry a note pad with you everywhere you go How having an abundance mindset can lead to raving fans Why discussing the current needs of the business with your team can get them committed to working hard for the customer Plus much more…    DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Aaron: Instagram | Twitter LIFEAID: Website | Twitter | FITAID     ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Joe Polish and the Genius Network: Website com: Website The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin Living Forward by Michael Hyatt & Danial Harkavy
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Ian and I go way back to high school, and it was great having him on the show today. He’s a lifelong entrepreneur, a creative thinker, risk taker and relationship builder, and I’m thankful he joined us for this episode. Ian’s always had a natural leader’s charisma; something unique and influential that led people to follow him. He really learned to harness his gifts through his work with ‘The Master’s Program’ with Bob Shank. Bob’s was the most authoritative voice outside of his influential father’s, and the 3-year program really grounded Ian. He believes that the key to his success is that he’s so committed to mentorship. “If you don’t follow the advice of your mentor, they are not your mentor.” With mentorship, you find somebody that’s a peer or higher than you, and you position them in such a way so that they can start speaking into your life about something or some things. Then you make a deliberate decision to not knit pick their life or how they apply what they’re telling you. A mentor’s role is not to show you how to live, their role is to declare what they know to be true. Confidence is something that Ian has always had. He admits, though, that he isn’t 100% confident, but he seems to be more confident than most. And there’s a big relationship between confidence and being risk-averse: the less risk-averse you are, the more you’re willing to take chances, so the more confidence you appear to have. One of Ian’s favorite mantras and confidence boosters is, “The wind is at my back, all I do is win.” One thing that Ian learned early in life is that high capacity people like him need to be challenged in order to avoid some of the perils that life can throw at you. If you’re not challenged, you can tend to look for immediate pleasure or a numbing of feelings in the form of drugs. For these reasons, he has lovingly pushed his children to excel in what they love to do and to help them avoid the things that derailed him early in life. As one of the co-creators who launched the software company Kukui, Ian learned some value lessons about business and relationships. He wrote about these seven lessons in a LinkedIn article called ‘7 Principles I Learned Launching Inc. 76th Fastest Growing Company.’ He broke down the seven principles for us: Don’t let your job define you Be defined by other more important values like your faith, your family or your character. Don’t let the 14 hour days and the total commitment to the company be all you’re about. Find a trustworthy partner You need someone you can trust that will look after your needs as well as have the skills to take care of the company. Just sell Sales solve everything. You don’t need a loan or startup money. Get out there and find the people who are willing to buy from you. Be your customer’s partner, not a vendor You have to be willing to sacrifice to put your client first. This goes both ways and they need to be willing to tolerate and be gracious with your mistakes. Be generous to employees with equity and bonuses Share with your team so they feel as they’re part owners, that they’re building their Recruit the right people at the right time This is the toughest thing, as many of those initial employees aren’t right for the company beyond that initial growth phase. If they’re no longer a fit, you have to part ways, but do so graciously. Live your brand Be faithful to your message and be a signboard for it. Ian shared quite a lot of powerful and inspiring words today, and I’m very grateful for this awesome interview.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: What are some historical entrepreneurial influences of Ian’s? What are some things he learned on his wayward path early in life? What are Ian’s views on mentorship? What are some questions entrepreneurs should be asking themselves daily? IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: How ‘The Master’s Program’ with Bob Shank really impacted him How his parents and lineage influence him What ways Ian and Mike Tyson are very similar How having a “safety rope” for entrepreneurs can stifle success Plus much more… DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Ian: Website | LinkedIn | Email Guerilla Branders: Website 7 Principles I Learned Launching Inc. 76th Fastest Growing Company: Article ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: ‘The Master’s Program’: Website
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  Dan Waldschmidt is a busy guy whose mission, vision and passions align with The Impact Entrepreneur show. I’m extremely grateful to have this self-challenging, ultra-hard working person (to the point of barfing) on today’s show. Speaking of challenging himself, Dan is looking forward to running a 500-mile ultra-marathon in July. Just thinking of that is fear inducing, but he welcomes the challenge. At a young age he stumbled across the formula of hard work and sacrifice equals the ability to achieve anything. With this idea in mind, he took a $150,000 business to $8 million within one year. He did this because he was extremely hungry for success, so much so that he never ate lunch. “When you’re hungry, you’re willing to do things that you wouldn’t otherwise be willing to do.” He started with the challenge of 25 calls before lunch. This led to success so he upped it to 35, then 50, 60, 70 and finally 75 calls. Eventually, he just didn’t have time for lunch at all because he was so caught up in this challenge. All of this hard work led him to being the CEO of the company at a young age, as well as becoming D.C.’s leading legal litigation strategist without even having a legal degree (or even completing college). He had dropped out of school because he was too busy making things happen to spend the time to learn. Dan created the EDGY Audit. It’s a simple 12 question multiple choice test that helps you understand your business strengths and weaknesses. Your results give you an EDGY score that’s based on: Extreme Behavior – Awesome isn’t ordinary, it’s extraordinary. If you’re not willing to be extreme (and get noticed), you won’t be successful. Disciplined Activity – You don’t know when success will strike, but you’ll be more likely to attain it if you live fit financially, spiritually, mentally and physically. “You can’t do the same things to soar as you do to crawl.” Giving Mindset – When you give more than they pay for, or over deliver, they will want to do business with you forever. Y(h)uman Strategy – People aren’t looking for the superficial. They want their needs, pains, love/loss from deep down in their souls addressed. Do this for them and for yourself and you’ll win them for life. The average score is in the 140’s, but don’t compare yourself to others. “It’s not where you’re at, it’s where you’re headed.”   Take your score and the interpretations and decide how you can go about improving these to be a more edgy and successful business person. Through the course of his work, Dan has interviewed thousands of people and not a single one of them ever said, “I quit, then all of a sudden life was good.” In fact, it was just the opposite; “I’m so glad I didn’t quit.” It was fighting through the tough times, when others criticized or outside forces conspired against them, that led to true success. Dan and I had a fun talk, and he gave us tons of great information. I’m sure you’ll get just as much out of this candid discussion as I did.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: What is Dan most looking forward to accomplishing this year? Was there a moment of impact that set him on the entrepreneurial path? Does he have any mentors that help to influence his path and mindset? How did he get past the extremely difficult initial 20 miles of his first 100-mile run?   IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: How Dan became the leading D.C. legal litigation strategist without a law degree How the EDGY Audit can give you insights into how you can push the edge more How you can spend that $125 Facebook ad budget for a bigger return Why it’s so important to practice like a champion Plus much more…   GO MAKE AN IMPACT: Take the EDGY Audit for yourself and assess the scores and interpretations. Then start making changes to turn yourself into a more edgy business person.   DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Dan: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn Edgy Conversations: Website | Book | Free Stuff The EDGY AUDIT: Website   ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Book: ‘You Can't Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar’ | Amazon
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Kelsey Humphreys is a perfect fit for our audience: enthusiastic, encouraging and freely shares her expertise in moving in the right direction as a driven entrepreneur. We were very fortunate to have her on the podcast. If Kelsey could choose a super power, it would be super speed. But, even though that’s not possible, there are ways that we as entrepreneurs can apply the essence of super speed to our lives. What she recommends is getting organized right from the start of your journey. Organization early on allows for outsourcing your work sooner, which is the real-life way of multiplying yourself and getting more done. When Kelsey started her entrepreneurial journey, her passion allowed her to accomplish a lot, but the lack of direction meant she didn’t attain any great success. She knows first-hand that many entrepreneurs go through multiple course corrections before finally understanding their true passion and using that to guide them. Kelsey’s book, ‘Go Solo’ is all about how to start your own small business while you keep your day job. Anybody can do it, all you need is an Instagram or a blog where you curate the content you’re interested in. As you do so, she recommends curating your content to where you want to go. That’s how she built up her fan base on her business success blog KelseyHumphreys.com. If you’re going to be a successful entrepreneur, one of the skills she recommends you build is your “figure it out” skillset. She was first introduced to this by her entrepreneurial father, an actual Church Growth Consultant back when you had to travel around to do that (pre-internet). He always had the attitude of “figure it out” and “make it happen.” If you don’t have this for yourself, it’s actually a muscle you can build. Every time you’re confronted with a situation where you want to shut down, stop yourself and say, “Alright, this is part of delivering my message, so I’ve got to figure it out.” The more you do this, the easier it becomes and the sooner it turns into a healthy habit. Kelsey’s “Success for the Rest of Us” mantra is all about avoiding overwhelm in business and making success possible through 2 doable, short and digestible steps:   Figure out what needs to change first. What’s holding you back from success? What’s the first baby step you can take to fix this? Don’t overthink or overcomplicate this step. What’s a small thing you can do to set you on the right path? This is the message she sends through her podcast The Pursuit and through her YouTube video channel. She gives one tip through each episode, something that the average Joe or Jane can take and run with to move them forward. This was a fun, impactful and interesting interview with Kelsey, and I’m sure after listening to this you’ll be a fan of hers if you aren’t already.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: How can entrepreneurs take the essence of the power of super speed and apply it to their daily professional and personal lives? What did your life look like before you overcame your driven but directionless nature? How can somebody start their entrepreneurial journey while still employed? What can the audience take away from your mantra “Success for the rest of us”? How do you tackle the fear of feedback?   IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: How you can avoid frustration at not having a clear goal for your business Why execution is the name of the game. How you can practice entrepreneurship at your own job, whatever it is right now. How to deal with a fear of feedback when putting yourself out there for the world to see. Plus much more…   GO MAKE AN IMPACT: Put yourself on the path to success. Wake up every Monday and ask yourself: How can I be my best self? How can I put out my best work?   DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Kelsey: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube The Pursuit.tv: Website The Pursuit Podcast: iTunes Success for the Rest of Us Podcast: iTunes Kelsey’s book ‘Go Solo: How to Quit the Job You Hate and Start a Small Business You Love’: Amazon   ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Brendon Burchard Interview on The Pursuit.tv: View
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Jon Vroman is a super passionate speaker and coach and he was a blast on the podcast. He believes in giving big of himself and his expertise, and has incredible passion for helping others live a present and meaningful life. Jon started out as your average corporate employee until he encountered what he calls “the trifecta” that led him to entrepreneurship: Attended a life changing Tony Robbins conference At a Jason Mraz concert he sat in the back row and saw the people in the front row were having the time of their lives while he wasn’t Decided to run a 52-mile ultramarathon These three events opened his eyes to who he really was and his passions in life. He discovered his “why” through these three events, and after this he couldn’t not pursue this journey. So, he left the corporate gig to pursue speaking, coaching and running the charity he created called The Front Row Foundation. Jon credits his habit of getting “silent” to helping him find direction and to accomplish so much with his foundation. When you find ways to change your environment and get away from the distractions, it frees your mind to envision your future and to get focused on what you can do now to lead you to your goals. Jon’s true passion in life is the foundation. He started it back in ’05 with the intent of giving people facing critical health challenges a front row experience at the event of their dreams. This foundation combined his greatest fear with this passion: dying early and living your best experiences. Starting a foundation is surprisingly simple, but it’s keeping it strong that’s the real challenge. You start with passion and dedicated supporters and that can build momentum and some early wins. But it’s tough to keep up this momentum over time. Donations start to dry up as do volunteers and community support. There are two things that Jon recommends to get you past this: Have a clear mission and purpose for the foundation. Share the vision with supporters and the community. Surround yourself with the right team. Be selective in your own front row as this is critical in long-term success for any endeavor. You need to have people in your corner who you can discuss, share and co-create with you. Jon developed a powerful acronym out of the FRONT ROW: Follow your heart – live and work from a sense of passion Rise to the occasion – stand up for what you believe Open your mind – look around and experience it all. Don’t miss the forest for the trees. Never back down – don’t let anything stand in your way Throw your hands up – use your body for full expression, act your way into the feelings you desire Redefine reality – use the ability to attach new meanings to something Own the moment – be present and experience the now Win the Day – focus on winning the day, the months and years take care of themselves This was a fun, insightful and impactful podcast with Jon that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: What was the impactful moment that set Jon on his entrepreneurial path? How important is mentorship to him? What were some of the early challenges he faced in raising money for the foundation? How do people overcome a lack of skills when creating their own business? What are the 2 or 3 things that are holding people back in entrepreneurship and what steps can they take to move through these?   IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: Which mentors Jon credits with changing his life. How taking massive action can lead to success. The crucial wins he first booked when raising money for his foundation. The power of choosing your peer group. Plus much more…   GO MAKE AN IMPACT: Make a list of your 10 closest friends with their biggest goals and ask yourself every day, “What am I doing to help my best friends to hit their #1 goals?”   DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about John and the Front Row Factor: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn The Front Row Foundation: Website The Front Row Factor Podcast: iTunes
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It was lovely having Susie Miller on the podcast. She’s a successful entrepreneur, podcaster, author and a Huffington Post contributing writer. Susie’s super power is her willingness to discuss openly and honestly any topic. She feels that when people share and talk openly about what they’re feeling it builds collaboration and community, benefitting everyone. She knows first-hand how hard it is to have a spouse and run your own business at the same time. “Entrespouse” is a term gaining in popularity and is something that Susie speaks to quite a bit. Often a spouse can feel like they’re competing with the business for the attention of the entrepreneur in the couple. This can really hurt the relationship. In her work over the years with entrepreneurs, she found that “A lot of people were bankrupting their relationships in pursuit of success.” Because of this issue, she found a way to tag the entrepreneur’s natural concern for profits to their personal life. This lead Susie to the P.R.O.F.I.T. Method. Priorities – We have plans for business or work, but not for our relationships. The things that are important to our spouses should be important to us. Every entrepreneur needs to understand how their actions communicate to their spouse. Rekindle – Over the years relationships can go from romance to roommates. We often get consumed with all we do for our businesses and we neglect our spouse. Rekindling the romance in the relationship has long-term benefits for the marriage. Open-up – Communication skills are of utmost importance in business and in maintaining important relationships. Having conversations, whether serious or fun and silly, are important as long as what’s being discussed is meaningful to both of you. Be aware of sharing too much or too little. Focus – Being present is an important part of business success, and it’s also a major part of relational success. When you’re at work, be there 100%. When you’re in your relationship, be there 100%. You also need to learn how to get back to the present moment when something pulls you away temporarily. Intentional Interactions – Be intentional in your interactions, and you can even utilize the technology you use daily in your business to bring you closer to your spouse. Tenacity – It takes hard work for a relationship to stay strong over time. You have to be tenacious and be willing to work hard on it. Be honest with your spouse in what will make your relationship be a lasting one. Susie said something that will strike home with many entrepreneurs: “Entrepreneurship is like a high-wire solo act, and marriage is about sharing and stability and two becoming one. They are so diametrically opposite that you really have to pause and think about it.” Susie was a delight to speak with and she’s so insightful and experienced when it comes to helping entrepreneurs develop and maintain their relationships outside of the businesses they run. I learned so much from her and I’m sure you will as well.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: Why is Susie an entrepreneur? Was there a personal moment that led to her discovering the entrepreneur lifestyle? Was there a mentor or somebody who has really impacted her life and guided her? Does she have any stories about rock star couples who have turned their relationships around due to her help? What are some questions that entrepreneurs can ask themselves to engage their thinking and build up their relationships?   IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: About the mentors that Susie has drawn much wisdom from Some stories from successful couples that she has coached Some questions that entrepreneurs can ask themselves to keep them on the right relational paths The type of legacy that Susie wants to leave the world with Plus much more…   GO MAKE AN IMPACT: Regarding your own relationships, ask yourself: Am I really listening to what my spouse is saying and communicating? What can I learn and embrace about my spouse today? How does my spouse show love, and how do they want love expressed to them?   DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Susie: Website The Better Relationship Podcast: iTunes Susie’s book ‘Listen, Learn, Love: How to Dramatically Improve Your Relationships in 30 Days or Less!’: Amazon   ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever: Website Dan Miller of 48 Days: Website
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I was fortunate to have Anthony Iannarino on the podcast this week. He’s a successful blogger, podcaster, public speaker and writer. He shares with us his wisdom regarding success, nurturing relationships, mindset, using your time wisely, and having an “other-oriented” sales outlook. Anthony’s entrepreneurial journey is all about helping people by doing meaningful and purposeful work. He first found success in blogging with his ‘The Sales Blog’ website through consistently putting out great content related to sales and nurturing relationships with your clientele. Now Hhe’s also putting his message out through his podcast ‘In the Arena’ where he interviews successful people in the sales and entrepreneurial world. While success is different for everybody, Anthony thinks there are a few key questions to guide you on your path: What do you love to do? What will make your life meaningful? If you’re not doing this now, what would be meaningful work to you? Entrepreneurship is about finding an area where you can make a difference and a contribution, one in which you can use your passions to fuel your work When it comes to helping sales people, Anthony knows firsthand the pain associated with not achieving the outcomes you desire. He suggests that you avoid emotional attachment to outcomes by being flexible and detached from sales process. Maybe you envisioned things going one way, but the client said “no.” It’s time to pivot and find another angle to approach the problem from. You can accept temporary defeat but choose to stick with it; play the long game and win later. Anthony wrote a great article about this called “Why Fast Is Slow.” It’s about slowing down the sales process and working at a relational level with the client. Human relationships are built on trust, and moving fast doesn’t build trust; it takes time. There are two levels of selling: Commodity – this is a transactional approach (think Amazon or Walmart) Relational – this is a people approach, taking the time to build relationships. People are willing to pay premiums for this relationship (think mom and pop or “Cheers” where everybody knows your name) One huge downfall of the sales process that Anthony discusses is the self-oriented way salespeople often approach their clients. “The more self-oriented you are, the less other-oriented you are. The more other-oriented you are, the greater the benefits accrue to you and the faster you get the things you want.” This idea has been around for a long time, and it rings true even more today than ever before. The more you help and support others, the more you’ll receive. Another thing that Anthony is passionate about is controlling what he spends his time doing. We all have the same amount of time and your choices are your own. You have the time to get stuff done provided you can ignore the distractions. Instead of one hour on Facebook, spending that time more productively can produce tremendous results: Prospecting for clients Making cold calls to clients and nurturing those relationships Taking your team out to lunch to deepen that relationship “I don’t have the time” means you’re saying yes to small things but no to the big things. Being consistent and doing a little bit everyday will get you there. “500 words per day will get you a book in 90 days.” Anthony put this idea to work in creating his upcoming book, ‘The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need’ coming out October 11th, 2016. It’s about what you need to do now to sell well. The first half of the book is personal development and “Me Management.” The second half is full of workable sales strategies organized by “pick your weakness” chapters. I truly enjoyed my talk with Anthony and learned a lot from it, as I’m sure you will as well.   SOME QUESTIONS I ASK: What moment launched Anthony on this trajectory? How have his mentors helped him? How does he avoid emotional attachments to outcomes? How does he know his sales presentation isn’t self-oriented? How did he overcome the adversities he hit early in life?   IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: How you know you’re on the right path How Anthony defines and pursues success How being other-orientated in the sales process will lead to more sales About the fallacy in believing you’re too busy Plus much more…   GO MAKE AN IMPACT: Spend one hour taking your team out to lunch to deepen that relationship   DON’T STOP HERE… Learn more about Anthony: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter   ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: “Why Fast Is Slow” Article: Read “7 Ways You Prove That You Are Self-Oriented” Article: Read ‘In The Arena Podcast’: iTunes | Website ‘The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need’ available October 11th, 2016: Amazon Pre-order  
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Cameron Herold has taken 20 years of experience operating some of the biggest business success stories in North America and turned it into a flourishing career as both a motivational speaker and management consultant. Cameron is a business coach and mentor to several companies, and a CEO coach to large corporations globally. He is also the best-selling author of Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less.   If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it? I’d pick the one my oldest son has and it’s his smile. Every time he smiles, the whole world stops.   Was there an impact moment that led you on this journey to being an entrepreneur? I was groomed by my father to be an entrepreneur, but the real moment that showed me that being an entrepreneur was where I wanted to be was one day my dad took me to a golf course in the middle of the day. He pointed out to me all the people who were playing golf at twelve o’clock, and what company they owned. His lesson was, the people who could play golf in the middle of the day are the ones who control their free time, and the way they control their free time is by controlling the way they make their money which is by running their own company.   How has mentorship impacted you and influenced your outlook? The mentoring for me comes in various forms. The first is focusing where I’m going, the second is having a mentor board of advisors that I could always learn from, and the third is surrounding myself with others in masterminds who are learning in the same focused area.   Entrepreneurs are wired differently than the rest of society: Most have the following traits: Are often filled with energy Are flooded with ideas Are driven Are restless Are unable to keep still Works on little sleep Get euphoric Get easily irritated by minor obstacles Gets burnt out periodically Acts out sexually / flirting Feels persecuted by those who do not accept their vision   Those aren’t necessarily traits that describe entrepreneurs. They are actually clinically diagnosed traits for bi-polar disorder. Most entrepreneurs have the traits of manic depression. We also have a lot of the signs of attention deficit disorder.   According to the medical community, we’re disasters. We should be medicated. The reality is we are sane. We’re wired exactly the way we’re supposed to be wired. They should not be medicating us. We should learn how to actually leverage those strengths and not call them weaknesses anymore because they’re absolutely strengths that we have.   What we need is for the entrepreneurs to rise up and say, “Stop medicating our kids. Stop saying there’s something wrong with them. Maybe they’re wired exactly as they’re supposed to be. Maybe this is how they’re supposed to think.”, and starting to show the education system they can actually function in high functional ways if they would try to accommodate for those styles.   How can entrepreneurs get supercharged focus? Write down what your company looks like in 3 years, described in vivid detail on a 3-4 document. Then share it with all of your employees so that everyone is on the same page. Continually surround yourself with people that are stronger than you in the areas that you’re not strong in. Focus your effort around the stuff that you’re great at. Start delegating everything else except genius. Make sure that you’re setting the right goals: annual, quarterly, monthly, weekly & daily. Get an accountability partner. Every day, set your daily top 3 business goals and send them to each other using the CommitTo3 When you commit your goals to someone in writing, there’s a higher chance that they’re actually going to get done. Recognize you need breaks in your day. Only schedule 60-70% of your calendar during the day and leaving the rest as open, free time or project work. Allow yourself to sit in different parts of your home or business. Use a Pomodoro app. Focus in bursts. Stop beating yourself up for not being focused for 12 hours a day day or 5 days a week.   We need to give ourselves a little bit of a break and allow ourselves to hyperfocus for maybe 8 hours a week, do some buffer work for 16-20 hours a week, and then have lots of free time & breaks scheduled in between just to recharge our brains.   How can entrepreneurs and leaders approach leading teams that consists of four different generations? We need to understand how each generation works & leverage their strengths, and also teach each other. Traditionalists and baby boomers can learn a ton from Gen X, Gen Y & Gen Z on leveraging technology. Gen X, Y & Z can learn a ton on business processes, planning, and leveraging networking the old fashion way & truly building deep relationships.   How did you enroll “the dream manager” into 1-800-GOT-JUNK? On day one, get your employees to write down their bucket list. Your role is to help coach people and connect them to people, and get them to start crossing things off their bucket list.   Imagine you could start getting people on your team to achieve the things they want to do before they die, and how much more engaged they’d be in the company.   In your book, you talk about the 5 stages of the rollercoaster ride of entrepreneurship. How can entrepreneurs approach that Crisis of Meaning (questioning the meaning of life) stage, and what are the steps they should follow to get to the Hopeful Realization stage? You need to relax your brain and take disconnect times from work or you’ll never be recharged enough to hit the ground running.   Why is important to take time and reflect on the past? Instead of being busy and learning from everybody else, it’s important to dig deep and ask, “What have I learned from me?”. Instead of reading a book of someone else’s experience, why don’t we tap into our own experiences.   I am probably the best mentor I can have for myself if I will allow myself to be introspective and look at my contributions to my successes and failures.   How will you measure your life? Right now it’s on my ability to raise good kids. Our role is to raise nice young adults, and to raise happy, healthy children so they can leave the nest.   Last words of wisdom At the end of the day, let’s not take ourselves so seriously. Can we just wake up in the morning and start having fun with what we do? Let’s leave others that we touch every day with a sense of our smile, our fun and our healthy enjoyment of life cause at the end of the day none of us are getting out of this alive. We might as well have fun along the way.    Show Links Cameron’s Website - CameronHerold.com Meetings Suck, Cameron’s newest book on Amazon Double Double on Amazon “Let’s Raise Kids to Be Entrepreneurs” Tedx Talk Commit To 3 App - CommitTo3.com FocusTime (Pomodoro app) - FocusTimeapp.com
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If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it? I would choose the ability to read people’s minds and I would use it know what people were thinking at all times.   Why are you an entrepreneur? Was there an impact moment that led you to this path? It was our sponsored wedding that got us thinking we could build businesses, but I’ve always had some entrepreneurial thinking. What I teach my kids now is to think about solving problems creatively and if you can figure out how to do that, you can probably solve other people’s problems and build a business doing that.   What do you want readers to take away from reading The Art of People?  “Everything you get out of life is a result of your interactions with other people.”  What The Art of People is all about is how can you live your life in a way that is going to make people want to do things for you, and position yourself to be the person people think about when they want to help someone. The number one thread is the power of listening, and listening better than you do today. Most people aren’t listening, they’re waiting to talk. If you’re waiting to talk, you can’t possibly be listening for meaning and understanding, and that’s where you can get to the heart of connecting with other people. If you want to become a better listener, it comes with intention and practice.   What’s the most important question they should ask in order to stand out, and what should they do to stay top of mind with their colleagues and customers? Ask them “How can I help you?” with sincerity Share content that people like on social media   What are some quick tips people can execute immediately to change their social media strategy to stay in front of people? Find out what your keywords are for when people talk about you or the problem you solve.   How is tapping through someone’s stories on Snapchat going to be a gamechanger?  It represents how people communicate with each other. It’s more like the real world where if you say something, it doesn’t last forever. Real life is just random moments.   What is the most underrated key in networking? Build your own personal brand. Make your own distinction on your outfit. What can you do that makes yourself stand out a little bit and helps brand you over time?   How will you measure your life? I will measure it by the impact that I have on others and my family through my business, books, speaking and everything else to come.   Show Links Take the People Assessment - ArtofPeopleQuiz.com Dave’s company Likeable Media - Likeable.com Likeable Local - LikeableLocal.com Dave’s website - davekerpen.ceo Follow Dave on Snapchat - @DaveKerpen Email Dave at dave@likeable.com
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If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it? If I had to pick a superpower it'd have to be healing, the ultimate physician and healer. I can't think of a more powerful and impactful superpower. If I could touch anybody and all of a sudden ailment and disease are taken away, I think that wins.   What was the impact moment that launched you on the path of entrepreneurship? The idea of Building Champions came to me after taking a sabbatical from the mortgage banking world. What fueled my passion for this business was that I loved the coaching piece of my last job. I really excelled at management and my style of management was to work with really talented, hungry, humble people and help go further, faster. Something that really excited me was owning my own company. I was surrounded by entrepreneurs from my grandparents to aunts and uncles. They were all startup kind of folks. I saw that as really real and possible.   Can you tell us a story of a mentor in your life who impacted your mindset and influenced outlook on your life and business? I'm always comfortable with asking people for help. I will always people for a cup of coffee. I will always ask people for 30 minutes. I always pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone. Therefore it enabled me to meet with a bunch a people that other people might be intimidated by.   You co-authored Living Forward with Michael Hyatt, but you were the first one to introduce him to the concept? I started coaching Michael and walked him through the Life Planning process which is one of the things we outlined in Living Forward. It made a profound impact on him, his thinking, his beliefs, his behaviors, and he's grown immensely since then. He loved Life Planning. He began sharing it. He wrote an ebook off our process, and then a couple years later approached me and said, "Hey, would you like to write this book with me?" and I said, "Dude I'm going to write it, so let's give it a go together." I'm really grateful we came together and created the Living Forward piece.   What is a Life Plan, and why do we need it? This Life Plan has your vision, your purpose, your primary role, and then it has specific actions that you can implement on a daily and weekly basis, so that every time you do you’re mindful of increasing net worth in all those areas. So it helps you to see what’s really important to you, and how you can strategically close the gap from current reality to that future state. A Life Plan is a dynamic tool that you plan from. It helps you to make more intentional decisions. You need one because most of us drift through life. Most of us will not tend to what matters most today. We buy a lie that we can get to it tomorrow. You need one so you don’t amass great net worth in certain accounts in your life, and go bankrupt in some others that are really important.   “How you lead life, impacts how you lead others. People don’t leave companies, they leave leaders.”   What are the main questions we need to be asking ourselves as we approach completing our Life Plan  Am I ready to fill my days with more intentionality? Am I at a place where I don’t want to feel like I’m out of control anymore? Am I at a place in my life where I know no matter what, I’m not going to get it all done, but I need to get the right things done?   What would you tell a 21-year old who looks at the word “legacy” and doesn’t think it applies to them? The sooner you come to grips with your mortality, and the opportunity you have today to make a difference - regardless of how young you are - you can make a huge difference today, but you’ve got to be crystal clear on what matters most to you. This world today doesn’t need a bunch of people to just say yes and go along with the trend. What we need is people who stand for something.   What impact can we expect to see from completing the Life Plan? You’re going to see impact everywhere. I’m not saying if you do it you’re going to have this perfect life. What is does is position to be filling your days and reacting to whatever life throws your way in ways that enable you to make proactive and intentional decisions. You’re in control more than you think so there’s peace in that. At the end of the day, when you look at your life 30 years from now, if you do this, you’re going to have a much high probability of living a regret-free life.   How will you measure your life? What fans my flames is how I impact others. My life’s going to be measured by how I live out my gifts, my callings, my passions, my purpose so I make a positive and lasting difference in the life of everybody I come into contact with.    Show Links Daniel’s Coaching Company - buildingchampions.com Living Forward book - livingforwardbook.com Living Forward Life Assesment - livingforwardassessment.com Facebook/Twitter - @DanielHarkavy
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“On the other side of fear is success.”  On this episode of The Impact Entrepreneur Show we have Amy Cosper, vice president and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine.   If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it? Having the ability to fly, and see all kinds of things, and go on all kinds of adventures. I think that having a superpower that lends itself to adventures is good for the human spirit. The ability to see things from different perspectives is good for the soul.   Who is a person whose impacted you as a leader and entrepreneur? The person who gave me sense of confidence and natural curiosity was my mother. My mother exposed me to a lot of different things which gave me a different world view and an appreciation for all things adventurous, and just having the ability to be curious.   Do you think there’s a critical thinking gap in entrepreneurship today, and what advantages do entrepreneurs that possess the ability to think critically and write well have over those who don’t possess those skills? I think there are always gaps in critical thinking. The entrepreneurs and business people who are layered up with business degrees and masters of their crafts, but they’re not always the most creative thinkers. I think that it’s a gap that’s largely brought on my academics.   What is one trait that you see in entrepreneurs that significantly enhances the probability of success? Clarity of vision. They can tell you in 3 sentences or less what their idea, company or service is. Their idea keeps them up at night. There’s a passion that comes from a gut level and drives them towards their vision.   What are some ways that entrepreneurs can measure their confidence and make sure it’s not flipping into arrogance? Staying true to your mission, and not doing things because they’re cool. Keeping the silliness in check and keeping true to yourself and your mission without all the bull s**t is how you keep arrogance out of your organization. The minute you introduce it in, it creates toxicity.   What are some steps entrepreneurs can do to make sure they stay true to their vision? Know where you’re going. Focus on the execution and look for opportunities. Know what you want to accomplish.   What are some of the trends you see happening as it relates to bootstrapping in the future? Crowdfunding and the peer-to-peer nature of business is going to increase. It’s going to increase opportunities and ideas and collaboration. The laws of crowdfunding are changing on May 19th where the platforms will be allowed to accept much larger investments. Hand in hand with that is social media. The impact and reach and power of these free platforms in business is unprecedented. You can launch an entire company on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You don’t even need a marketing department.   What are some ways small companies can break through the noise on social media? If you want to have a presence, you need to be on social media in some capacity. You need to understand your universe and you need to understand who you are trying to attract. The way to do that is to watch successful brands and how they are engaging their customers and prospects on social media. It’s never a hard sell. It’s always becoming a part of the conversation of your target area. Go out there and pick a big brand and observe. It’s not going to cost you anything. Figure out how to make those successful models work for your model.   How will you measure life? The way I measure the impact my life every day is if I can impact one person’s day with something I’ve created or written and inspire them to greatness, if I can inspire one person every single month to be great that is how I measure my career and my life.   Parting words of wisdom: Don’t let your fear paralyze your creativity. Go forth and conquer. It’s okay to have stage fright. It’s not easy, but if you want want to be an entrepreneur, if you want to succeed, you have to get to the other side of that fear barrier.   Show Links: Read Amy’s Articles via: Entrepreneur.com/author/amy-cosper Pitch Ideas to Amy via Twitter: @amyccosper
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“Authenticity is hard because it requires us knowing who we are before we can be ‘authentic.’ Develop the hell out of yourself so that you know what you want and what you don’t want.” On this episode of The Impact Entrepreneur Show we have Jordan Harbinger, founder of The Art of Charm, an iTunes Top 50 podcast, and advanced social skills training program for top performers.   If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it? Freeze time. This has so many applications. You decide, “Oh man, I’m not getting enough stuff done!” No problem; freeze time, go to sleep, wake up fully rested, keep outworking everybody.   What are you most excited about? I’m excited about is moving the show [The Art of Charm Podcast] forward, and getting better at the craft of talking to other people and creating the show. So feasibly, my goal is to become one of the best interviewers in the world where it becomes a right of passage to come on the show.   How do you decide what opportunities to pursue and what to pass on? The way that I started promoting the show was “I’m going to do every podcast, I’m going to say yes to everything”. What I found was, after a while I got sick of being interviewed poorly. So I created a focused filter of things that make me happy and things that move my business forward. I choose my opportunities like I choose my tools   How have you evolved and remained true to your vision over the years? I don’t know if we have. We’re constantly evolving what we teach and what we do. The intent is being helpful to other people and not be spammy internet marketers. We always knew that we couldn’t sleep well at night creating a crappy business and it had to be something that had longevity. We’re playing long game and so a lot of our decisions have been made in that way.   How did you overcome the obstacles you’ve faced? A lot of what we have that’s worked for us is delusional confidence in the product, as in “This is gonna work even if we have to change it a thousand times we’re probably not going to go out of business because this is so good. We have the idea. We have the technology. It’s gonna work. We’re smart. We can figure this out.” That kind of confidence.   How do you go about changing one’s mindset it 6 day span after a lifetime of bad habits? The way that we change habits in that super short amount of time is that we don’t change your habits in that short amount of time. We give you 6 months of prep before your program. You have a lot of drills and exercises. There’s pre-calls with the coach before the program. Then you come in for the week-long live component. After the program, we have an alumni network, and a follow up program. It’s just the live component part of the program that’s a week.   How will you measure your life? I really want to put as much knowledge, information, and practical stuff out there as I can. It’s like, have I really left it all out on the table? The real way I would probably measure my life is whether my kids are great productive members of society or whether they’re crappy.   Parting words of wisdom: “Legacy is greater than currency” helps you make decisions better than you normally would.   Show Links: Art of Charm: ArtofCharm.com Twitter: @theartofcharm Email: jordan@theartofcharm.com
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Impact Entrepreneur: Someone who is impacting the world or their industry with their product, service or platform.   On this episode of The Impact Entrepreneur Show we have Nancy Hawley and Sara Kalick. Both are Vice Presidents and General Managers of their respective app products at SY/Partners in New York.   Nancy spent a years in her early career doing digital content at large publishing companies like Time Inc. and Condé Nast. She was part of the Unstuck launch team and has been with SY/Partners for 5+ years. She considers herself a “maker by nature, entrepreneur by circumstance.”   Sara considers herself a “professional storyteller”. In her early career she managed nightclubs and ran bars, and also worked in fashion. She went to business school in Spain and learned about design thinking and innovation. Sara then took that knowledge and applied during her internship at SY/Partners, where she was responsible for running their strategy group. She now works on one SY/Partners newest tools, Leadfully.   SY/Partners helps leaders transform their organizations, their teams, and themselves. Their mission statement is:   “In a world that too easily settles for less, we believe that it’s worthy work to envision, believe in, and fight for greatness. That’s the work we do every day.”     What it’s like to work for SY/Partners?   Sara: SY/Partners is about all about change, and transforming to meet the needs of the world. Creates opportunity for people to be entrepreneurial within the organization.   Nancy: The company thinks differently of how everyone works together. I’ve never worked at a place that’s so collaborate, and with so little ego. There aren’t politics or hidden agendas. Everyone is together with the same purpose and everyone has a voice at the table.       If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?   Nancy: Visual design. Design is critical to the work we do. Sara: Helping people figure out who they want to be and how to get there.     What’s your favorite tool on Unstuck?                   A tool incorporated in the Unstuck app is Tell Me Why, and it helps you get to the root of why you aren’t doing something. Unstuck is designed to help you dig up the answer that you already have inside, but won’t give yourself.   Get Your Game On is a planning tool for people who don’t like to plan.   Pros vs. Pros primarily for “wafflers” or people who can’t decide. You write all the effects of all options, and then sort them by importance.   About Leadfully   Helping individual leaders at companies be their best selves. Our hope is to give people practical tools in order to start taking action and building new behaviors.     Show Links: Website: SYPartners.com Twitter: @SYPartners Unstuck App: Unstuck.com Leadfully Tool: Leadfully.com
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