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The Impact Entrepreneur

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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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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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Never Disappoints

By JMerrickw - Aug 19 2019
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I’ve been listening to Mike’s podcast for over a year and it never disappoints. The guest he has on the podcast continue to inspire and motivate me to be a better version of myself. Mike’s interviewing techniques continually improve when he speaks to his guest I feel like I’m listening to too long friends share their experiences. It’s personal and he finds a way with each guest to make it real and relevant. I’d also recommend Mike’s book Master the Key. It’s a great fictional story that will open your mind to achieving your goals!

Mike Flynn and Rapping Dad Derek Clark Bring it!

By Mspcyouknowwhatitis - May 15 2018
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That was a great podcast with Rapping Dad! Mike Flynn is making greatness contagious!

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122 Ratings
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120
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Never Disappoints

By JMerrickw - Aug 19 2019
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I’ve been listening to Mike’s podcast for over a year and it never disappoints. The guest he has on the podcast continue to inspire and motivate me to be a better version of myself. Mike’s interviewing techniques continually improve when he speaks to his guest I feel like I’m listening to too long friends share their experiences. It’s personal and he finds a way with each guest to make it real and relevant. I’d also recommend Mike’s book Master the Key. It’s a great fictional story that will open your mind to achieving your goals!

Mike Flynn and Rapping Dad Derek Clark Bring it!

By Mspcyouknowwhatitis - May 15 2018
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That was a great podcast with Rapping Dad! Mike Flynn is making greatness contagious!

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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.

Ep. 21 - Get Unstuck & Get Your Momentum - with Jason & Jodi Womack

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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:

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Monitor – You will know what to look for if you have clear milestones. “What is noticed is repeated. What is negatively noticed is repeated.”
  5. 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:
    1. Automate
    2. Delegate
    3. 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

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Ep. 181 - You Can’t Grow Without Failure - with Remi Adeleke

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Remi Adeleke’s life changed abruptly when his father died—when his family went from being royalty in Nigeria to struggling to feed themselves in the Bronx.

The public education system was so poorly resourced and Remi was exposed to precious few role models in his early life. As a result, he didn’t feel that there was an expectation for him to even graduate high school; it seemed the only path available was stealing, selling drugs, and running scams. 

But when Remi hit rock bottom at 26 and realized, he needed something bigger than himself. That’s when Remi met Tiana Reyes, a military recruiter who helped him find his true path. Tiana was also from the Bronx, so she was passionate about helping to give young people from the neighborhood an opportunity to establish a career and explore the world—because she knew that not many other people would give them the chance.

Tiana attended multiple court hearings to advocate for him and helped him fill out the paperwork to get Remi into the Navy. Once in Navy boot camp, Remi was exposed to all the different programs and set his heart on becoming a Navy SEAL. 

But it wasn’t a slam dunk. He didn’t pass the academic test on his first attempt and, even if he had, he wouldn’t have passed the physical test because he didn’t know how to swim. But Remi’s mother always taught him to persevere, and he drew on that to train and study in the time outside of his role as a medic. The hard work paid off and Remi was accepted into Navy SEAL training.

In addition to fulfilling his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL, Remi is an actor, entrepreneur, writer, husband, and father. He has written a memoir about his life called Transformed and volunteers as a mentor for kids in similar situations that he was in. 

He believes that the past does not have to be a template for our future, that there is always hope and that you can help a person so much that you’re actually hurting them because you're enabling them to keep doing what they’re doing. 

As for all the hardships, setbacks and failures in his life, Remi says they made him who he is today because “you can't grow without failure.”

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Ep. 132 - Everything is Better as a Team: From SEAL Teams to the Business World - with Flynn Cochran

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Shakespeare said, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” And our guest, Flynn Cochran, is definitely someone who achieved greatness (although he was born with a great name).

Flynn is a former U.S. Navy SEAL Officer, a former McKinsey & Co. Engagement Manager, and a graduate of Harvard Business School. Today he is the Chief Strategy Officer at Echelon Front, where he shares the exceptional leadership experience and insight he learned from both the SEAL Teams and business world. He had the benefit of experiencing leadership lessons from the likes of Leif Babin and Jocko Willink (a previous guest on the show: Ep. 25 – Navy SEAL & Leadership Expert Jocko Willink: Taking Extreme Ownership), and he saw the power of Extreme Ownership firsthand.

When I look back at Flynn’s impressive resume, I see a throughline of intensity, from football to ROTC to the Navy SEALS to Harvard to Echelon Front. So I wanted to know, what drives this?

In many ways, it goes back to growing up as the sixth of eight kids. Growing up in a large family taught Flynn two huge lessons: you have to do something exceptional to get attention, be it good or bad, and everything is better as a team.

“Individual achievements are just that – individual. They don’t bring up the rest of the team.”

Think of the business world today, where disengagement is rising and, ultimately, costing industry $500B annually. If that had happened in the SEAL Teams, missions would fail and lives would be lost – but they didn’t show up disengaged because they knew what was at stake.

This is an element missing in business today, as well as in our own individual lives; we don’t have a clear idea of what’s at stake, what matters, and why we should take action on it.

Flynn warns us that it certainly isn’t easy to create an organization where everyone believes in a single, unified Why, but what worth doing is ever easy?

Going back to the idea of team unity, as opposed to the pursuit of individual achievement, is a great place to start. Building meaningful relationships with the people around you will allow you to stay more engaged because you care about how your work impacts them, and the same lesson can be applied to your life at home.

Again, everything is better as a team – and all great teams need an exceptional leader.

“Leaders who take the blinders off take their organizations to heights they haven’t seen, and they realize that their influence, their actions, can have a massive impact on where it goes.”

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Oct 01 2018

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Ep. 138 - How You Can Use the FBI’s Field-Tested Negotiation Strategies in Business - with Chris Voss

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Chris Voss is the CEO & Founder of the Black Swan Group and author of Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. But before Chris donned his entrepreneur hat, he was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the FBI’s hostage negotiation representative for the National Security Council’s Hostage Working Group.

He has used his many years of experience in international crisis and high-stakes negotiations to develop a unique program and team that applies these globally proven techniques to the business world, and today we’re going to learn some of those techniques.

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” –Zig Ziglar

In reflecting on the Zig Ziglar quote above, I found myself pondering a question: do you need to know what you want before you can help other people get what they want?

“Absolutely not,” Chris answered without hesitation. “It’s much more a question of is that the beginning of your thinking or confining your thinking.” What Chris means is that we can’t allow goal setting to narrow our focus because “whatever goal you have in mind is, at best, maybe 80% of what’s out there.”

Let’s use an FBI negotiation as an example. In any negotiation, there are two problems: being focused on a goal and being focused on how you’re going to get there.

The inherent danger in these problems – things that some might consider common course in their business or life – is that when you know exactly what you want, you can become inflexible and miss out on unexpected opportunities that come up.

“Never be so sure of what you want that you wouldn’t take something better,” Chris says. It helps the FBI get the best information, and it can help you get the most of what’s available in business and in life.

Conquering Fear

What role does fear play in negotiation, in business, and in life? “THE role.”

Chris says the hardest thing for us to do is admit that we’re afraid of anything. So how do you conquer or overcome that? There are two hacks:

  • Chris learned in his time on crisis intervention lines that if you can turn someone from grief to gratitude, regardless of what the issue is, they’ll be almost instantaneously healed.
  • The identification of the negative diminishes it, “every single time.” A study highlighted in the book The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time demonstrates that when people simply identify what they’re feeling (whether it’s sadness, disparity, fear, or something else) the electrical activity in the negative part of the brain drops. Not some of the time, but every single time.

So how do you deal with a negative feeling like fear? Self-identify it and then reorient yourself towards gratitude!

You can learn more incredible hacks like this in Chris’ “The Edge” newsletter.

“The Edge” is a free newsletter that comes out every Tuesday. It’s a short, easy read that will help you keep your negotiation skills up-to-speed.

To sign up, head over to https://blog.blackswanltd.com/the-edge or text “fbiempathy” to 22828.

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Nov 12 2018

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Ep. 118 - Recovering from Addiction & Sharing Our Stories to Empower Others - with Jason Coombs

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When I think about someone listening to this show, I imagine each guest reaching out of the phone to offer the listener something we all desperately need: the ability to believe that we are capable of accomplishing great things and creating a huge impact. And today’s guest, Jason Coombs, has a profound story that I believe will do just that.

Jason Coombs is the Founder of Brick House Recovery, a faith-based addiction treatment center in Boise, Idaho – and Jason himself is living proof that this program works.

After a car accident, Jason was offered his first Oxycontin (crushed up and in a line) and an opportunity to get his own prescription. A few months later, the FBI and DEA knocked on his door to serve him four felonies and a misdemeanor… and that wasn’t even the worst of it.

The fraudulent doctor’s office that prescribed Jason was the center of the largest Oxycontin ring in history, and after it was gone hundreds of addicts had nowhere else to go. So they went to the black market, where prices skyrocketed and Jason drained his bank account. Eventually, Jason moved on to heroin – a cheaper and more available alternative.

Jason tried to control his drug use for nearly ten years, attempting five treatment programs and failing. He was taught “what” addiction was, “where” it could lead, and “why” it was destructive to him, but something was missing. Finally, following the program he now shares with others through Brick House Recovery, Jason and his family learned how to put the disease into remission, one day at a time.

Now, clean and sober for many years, Jason passes on this faith-based approach to his clients and their families.

We all get to decide whether what we’ve been given is a gift or not. We all get to control the narrative of our own life and how we share it with others – and we can choose to use our stories to make a huge, positive impact.

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Jun 25 2018

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Ep. 93 - The Power of Play, Praise, & Purpose in Thriving Entrepreneurial Relationships - with Kelly Clements

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After a decade of coaching extremely successful individuals in their businesses, our guest Kelly Clements understands where the true power comes from: the relationship that they have with their spouse, specifically. This precious relationship is a huge driver towards success, yet it’s often the relationship that suffers most in the pursuit of excellence.

Kelly is the author of The Power of Play, Praise and Purpose: The Best Kept Secrets of Thriving Entrepreneurial Couples, in which she has created a process to not only revive these relationships, but also help these relationships THRIVE.

When shared, purpose can unite a couple – however, when it’s not shared, it will divide them. And Kelly believes that everybody has a purpose, but that purpose is only revealed when we step into our best self.

However, we can’t necessarily coach our spouses, so Kelly’s program gives each person in a relationship the opportunity to learn, grow, and focus on themselves.

When entrepreneurs are at work, they can get in a state of flow – and that can be addicting. Play at home is so powerful because it activates the same part of our brains as flow, or alcohol. Play is the only thing that recharges the batteries; “Play precedes productivity.”

How can we start incorporating more play today? Kelly suggests...

  • 15 minutes of play every day
  • One date night every week
  • A quarterly or annual getaway

Start by just saying yes, and then you can figure out the pace that is right for you.

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Jan 01 2018

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Ep. 72 - Living Life Curious, Fulfilled, & with Purpose - with Marie Forleo

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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.

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Aug 07 2017

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Ep. 41 - Understanding Human Behavior & The World’s Leading Facebook Advertising Strategies - with Nicholas Kusmich

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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.

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Jan 02 2017

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Ep. 158 - Motivation, Belief, & The Power of Words - with Kevin Hall & Lou Holtz

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We are less than 30 days away from the release of my book, Master The Key: A Story To Free Your Potential, Find Meaning and Live Life On Purpose!

So, this month, we’re going to share the wisdom of some of the people who have influenced the book and offered endorsements from the book, starting today with Kevin Hall and Lou Holtz. We’ll reflect on what these mentors have to teach us, and I’ll share what they have to say about the book.

You’ll be able to get your copy of Master the Key on April 29th, 2019, and if you want to be one of the first people to receive a copy of the book, subscribe to my newsletter at https://theimpactentrepreneur.net or text the word KEY followed by your first time to 831-607-1818.

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Apr 01 2019

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Ep. 165 - A Logical Justification for Pursuing Your Dreams - with Logan Gelbrich

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There are a lot of conversations these days around really taking hold of the narrative of your life, and not just passively reacting to life but actively responding to who you are created to be, what you’re called to, and what you’re capable of becoming – and I am all for it!

So, today, I want to add on to this conversation that society is having through my conversation with Logan Gelbrich, a man who has not just asked himself these questions but embodies his answers to them.

Logan is a former professional baseball player for the San Diego Padres, a “Functional Coach” working with DEUCE Gym, and the author of Going Right: A Logical Justification for Pursuing Your Dreams.

Logan was lucky enough to know that he wanted to be a baseball player from a very young age, and he had the drive to make it happen – but, unfortunately, professional sports careers often don’t have a very long lifespan. So, after Logan’s professional baseball career was over, he had to ask himself all of those questions again.

Luckily, baseball taught Logan to orient towards that which is in his control. So, instead of wallowing in a decision he couldn’t change, he focused on what he could do moving forward.

Finding our next best next step in life requires identifying what’s at the intersection of our curiosity and commitment, and in Logan’s book, he takes an objective and utilitarian view on this subject. He urges readers to ask themselves, “How are you most useful to yourself and your community?”

What doesn’t work, he says, is just picking what you’re going to do next arbitrarily. You can’t stay committed to an idea you just picked out of a hat, or because it was trending on Google. You probably can, however, stay committed to an idea or organization that has captured your curiosity and lit you up in the past. And through that commitment and curiosity, you can pursue a life where you are always pushing yourself to the edge of what you are capable of and constantly evolving.

But Logan says that a lot of us are intentionally avoiding difficulty, and as a result, we are losing ourselves along the way. The path most travelled is covered in complacency, so I urge you to choose the path less travelled; a path packed with curiosity, challenge, and growth.

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May 20 2019

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Ep. 85 - Lessons Learned at 45,000 Feet: The 1st Female F-14 Fighter Pilot - with Carey Lohrenz

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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.”

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Nov 06 2017

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Ep. 69 - Why Peak Performers are Driven by Purpose - with Brad Stulberg

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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.

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Jul 17 2017

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Ep. 153 - Made for More - with Leah Darrow

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Leah Darrow joins the show today to teach us all about the Made for More Mentality.

Leah is a former model and contestant on America’s Next Top Model who has a driving passion to inspire women to do something beautiful with their lives. She is an international Catholic speaker, author of The Other Side of Beauty, and host of the Do Something Beautiful podcast.

I ask Leah about her final episode of Top Model and what attracted her to modeling in the first place – with that high-stress situation as an example, in particular, it can be difficult to understand why anyone would want to do that.

However, it all comes down to one of the most basic human desires: you want to be loved and you want to be beautiful.

Unfortunately, we’ve distorted beauty so it almost exclusively pertains to the physical these days, and at the time, that’s what she was pursuing. But she got fed up with it. She didn’t want to be known as a pretty picture or a pretty girl, and she certainly didn’t want to get used to being used to sell products.

So today, Leah is concerned with the beauty of the soul; the beauty of someone who is compassionate, who is generous, who forgives, who dives deep into friendships. “That is a beauty that remains with you throughout time, and that is why people who engage in that type of a lifestyle have a lot of beauty around them and in them – and we are attracted to them!”

And Leah is on a mission to help other women tap into their God-given potential and let it shine, which is why she created Lux U, a first of its kind online learning program for Catholic women who want to be informed, inspired, and empowered in their faith.

“We need to connect on a more human level because people are not projects, people are not deadlines, people are not profit. Until we engage with the people around us, in our personal life and our business life, we will not make the impact that the world needs.”

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Feb 25 2019

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Ep. 98 - Find Your Purpose, Be a Positive Leader, & Transform the World - with Jon Gordon

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Jon Gordon is an inspiring speaker and the author of several books, including best sellers The Power of Positive Leadership and The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy. Through his speaking engagements and books, Jon is truly a positive force on the world.

But when most people hear Jon speak or read his books, they usually just see his current success; they don’t take the time to engage with his work and learn about the adversity or inner journey that helped transform him into who he is today.

Whether it was losing an election or jumping into the Dot-com bubble right before it burst, Jon’s journey was full of harsh twists, surprising turns, and new beginnings.

After almost getting whiplash from those twists and turns, Jon paused to ask himself an important question, for the first time: What is my purpose?

Jon found that his purpose, his Why, was being a famous writer and speaker – so then he just needed to find a How. “And it didn’t go well early on.”

Eventually, Jon discovered the key that changed everything: “Your purpose isn’t about you. It’s about others.”

After that point, Jon still had to put in the work – a lot of work, for years – but he was on the right path. Little by little, newsletters and blogs and speaking engagements started to build on one another to create momentum.

“When you’re on the right path, God will move Heaven and Earth to support you. You’ll face obstacles along the way, but you’ll receive that support and that knowing that you’re on the right path.”

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Feb 05 2018

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Ep. 125 - Multiplying Your Understanding of Purpose & Passion - with Cara Miller

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Like previous guest Jesse Itzler, Cara Miller, MDiv, PhD, has spent time in monasteries. One particular time, she spent the bulk of her week shelling almonds. As encouragement, she was asked to reflect on a question: What is this task doing to you? Not why are you doing this task, but what it this task doing for you?

The answers to that question, Cara realized, are infinite – and the possibility for that reflection isn’t hidden away in a monastery! Considering who you are doing a task on behalf of and why you are doing what you are doing can – and should – be an everyday practice.

This kind of reflection is what you’ll find in Cara’s work, too, as a professor, executive developmental coach, and the Founder of Inquiry Partners.

Cara draws on developmental psychology to coach people in many contexts, uses adaptive leadership theory to consult diverse organizations engaging in change efforts, and is committed to practices that support the sustainability of this integrative work.

These commitments, disciplines, and liberating structures reflect Cara’s desire to continually teach and practice an embodied form of leadership that brings alignment to her own and others’ spiritual and psychological development. Her ultimate purpose across these roles is to grow as an ongoing reflection of the deep, glorious, complex source of love – and to invite others to do the same.

And as an added bonus, Cara will be back again for part two of this enlightening conversation next week!

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Aug 13 2018

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Ep. 127 - Being Different Makes the Biggest Difference - with Christopher Lochhead

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One of the most popular pieces of advice in the entrepreneurial world is to hustle, hustle, hustle – what our guest Christopher Lochhead describes as “one of the dumbest pieces of advice of all time” – to reach a place of financial freedom and then coast.

This paradigm, then, is working hard now for the ultimate goal of not working... but I don’t think that’s really being an entrepreneur. That’s just making money.

And Christopher Lochhead – a retired three-time CMO, the co-author of both Play Bigger and Niche Down, and the host of Legends & Losers – knows a thing or two about being an entrepreneur.

Many of the leading “entrepreneurs” will teach us that success is having the freedom to sit on a beach drinking mai tais all day, but the unfortunate reality is that a lot of people are just trading comfort for aliveness.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Drinking mai tais on a beach can be a lot of fun (although I’d prefer a whiskey) – but there comes a time when doing nothing, or “trolling around in your net worth,” as Christopher describes it, is just boring.

And on a more existential level, that kind of comfort doesn’t come with a purpose or real fulfillment – because “who we are is a direct function of the difference that we make.”

The mistake almost everybody makes is that they get fooled into believing that the pathway to success is fitting in.

When in reality, “it’s the people who are different that make the difference” – and that’s true in entrepreneurship and in life.

Legendary entrepreneurs are known for the niche that they own, not their product or service. That comes later.

Too many entrepreneurs make the mistake of trying to compete with their product or company, so don’t make the same mistake – making the biggest difference comes down to being the most different.

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Aug 27 2018

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Ep. 124 - Designing Your Life: Lessons from One of Stanford’s Most Popular Classes - with Dave Evans

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Dave Evans teaches Designing Your Life, an open enrollment class at Stanford and one of the most popular electives on campus, and co-authored the New York Times bestseller Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life.

The “design thinking” methodology taught in the class and book is a process and a way of thinking about tough-to-solve problems, rooted in the principles of product design that Dave used while building products (like the original computer mouse) at companies like Apple and Electronic Arts.

Designing Your Life is a class unlike any other, and in a way that’s a shame – because there aren’t a lot of places where young people can talk about and learn about designing the life they want, but there should be.

It’s not exactly a complex philosophy, but it flies in the face of how most people solve problems, in any area of their life.

Most people tend to start with problem solving – however, in design thinking, you start with problem finding. The problem with traditional problem solving is that we tend to frame problems with an answer or a situation, and your assumed answer may be a bad answer or the situation may be entirely unavoidable (like gravity).

This is just one of the dysfunctional beliefs rampant in our society; a collection of popular Shoulds and Ought Tos that don’t actually contribute to much of anything. As Dave playfully describes, “There are really many fewer rules than they tell you. If you can stay out of addiction, jail, or trouble with the the IRS – you’re paying your bills, you’re not violating the law – the rest is actually up to you.”

It all comes down to one question: Do you live in the land of Is or the land of Should?

Designing Your Life starts with is – because the only place you can develop anything is reality.

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Aug 06 2018

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Ep. 106 - Reshape the Story of Your Life & Elevate Your Inner Hero - with Andy Janning

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Andy Janning is a photographer, storyteller, and the author of Heroes, Villains, and Drunk Old Men: A Love Story for Real Life. Using the hero’s journey as a model, the book guides readers on their own heroic journey at work and home, helping them avoid becoming the villain in their own story.

Kindled by movies like Star Wars, Andy grew up with a love for stories – a love for not only the visuals, but for the people and the journey they go through to transform into something better.

This fascination with the hero’s journey sparked an intense desire to help other people, which ultimately led Andy to an (unexpected) career in financial services. He saw an opportunity “to really make it about hearts and dreams and hopes, and what folks want for the future.”

But over the years, Andy’s love of visual storytelling reawakened and he saw a new opportunity to combine his passions – he doesn’t have to choose between photography, filmmaking, storytelling, serving others, and helping people grow.

Reshape Your Story

There are periods of time in all of our lives where we feel like everything is crumbling, but we can begin to circumvent that pain when we invite other people into our life, our stories, and we can help others in the same way.

Those are the moments that really impact our stories, or when we can impact someone else’s.

If you know the right questions to ask, you can start to reshape your own story, too. Andy released a supplementary book, 8 Questions for Every Hero: The Story of Your Journey, that identifies the eight questions every hero should answer in the process of transforming:

  1. What do you really want?
  2. Who is going to be your mentor (and hold you accountable)?
  3. How are you going to fail?
  4. How are you going to succeed?
  5. What are you going to fight for and against?
  6. What will victory (or success) look like?
  7. What are you going to give away?
  8. Where are you going to go next?

“Those questions have helped me in my journey, have helped me define where I’ve gone, and have helped other people do that as well. The times when I’ve really screwed up in my life, I’ve forgotten one or all of those eight questions. So I need these things in front of me, reminding me of where I’m going to go, and that’s really what helps me on my journey, every single day.”

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Apr 02 2018

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Ep. 100 - Celebrating Our Centennial - with a Very Special Guest

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I’m incredibly honored to have a Very Special (Secret) Guest on the podcast today, one of my biggest inspirations and supports in starting this podcast.

We start off fun, but this conversation gets raw, authentic, and real – for both of us! I I thank you all for joining me on this journey. We’re 100 episodes in, but we’re only just beginning.

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Feb 19 2018

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Ep. 97 - How to Learn from, Manage, and Take Risks - with former Navy SEAL Kevin Lacz

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Kevin Lacz is a former SEAL Team THREE sniper, breacher, and combat medic. He joins the show to chat about his experiences as a SEAL, how he’s applying those lessons in his life today, taking risks, and his book, The Last Punisher.

Being a SEAL taught Kevin important lessons about casting a vision, developing a strategy, and taking advantage of opportunity – lessons that are just as important on civilian life as they are in military life.

  • “You can’t win the game if you’re sitting on the sidelines. You need to be active and proactive.” Opportunities don’t wait for you take action.
  • Although you need to take action, you shouldn’t do so prematurely. We all want things to happen quickly, but you can’t get ahead of the ball – especially when you are working with other people.
  • Everybody has a limit. It’s okay to tactically pull back and wait for a better time, and it’s important to understand where your limits are.

Being a SEAL was an important part of Kevin’s life, but it isn’t what defines him – “I don’t want to be defined as just a SEAL. I want to be able to be a positive force in every part of my community. I think that’s necessary for my peace of mind, and as an example to my kids.”

So take these lessons to heart, get off the bench, and start making an impact in your community – and pick up a copy of The Last Punisher if you need any more inspiration. Anyone can be a force of positivity in this world.

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Jan 29 2018

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Ep. 194 - How to Have More Fun & Be More Productive - with Mike Rucker, Ph.D

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Mike Rucker, Ph.D. is a self-described fun expert who helps people have more fun and be more productive as a result. But he certainly didn’t start his career going down that path.

Mike’s first job, so to speak, was creating a fanzine for skateboarders in the seventh grade. And his willingness to put himself out there, coupled with a bit of ingenuity, got him the opportunity to interview some big musicians. 

He went on to study Communications and Filmmaking at college, and his first professional job was at Universal Studios. While he loved the work, watching his colleagues get in at 7 am, not leave till 8 am, and miss out on having significant relationships outside of work didn't appeal to him. 

He pivoted into creating advertisements and websites, making a name for himself in the technology sector. Here’s where things went too good for Mike, or so he believes. Because Mike thinks entrepreneurs that get too many wins too early can get too cocky for their own good. 

So, full of confidence, Mike decided to do something he knew nothing about — open a taco stand at Manhattan Beach near LAX. He spent all of the money that he made from his last tech exit, and then he lost it all. 

So he pivoted, again, going back to university to get a Ph.D. in Psychology. His research centered on the importance of fun and play, and that’s what Mike continues to focus on today.

Mike’s top tips for fun and productivity are:

-Stop using social media to wind down 

-Create a time log for your week and be honest about the activities that aren’t moving you forward

-Replace unproductive time with opportunities for fun, delight, wonder, and play

-Use lunch hours and weekends as actual breaks from work

-Dedicate big chunks of time to particular tasks rather than trying to grab a few minutes here and there

-Avoid multitasking, especially when you’re with your children and other loved ones

He says, “If you’re multitasking while you're also supposed to be spending time with the ones that you love, they feel that, and there's just no way to skirt around that.”

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Dec 09 2019

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Ep. 193 - Helping Others Grow - with Tim Croll

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When Tim Croll grew up, he really wanted to be a cowboy. There were a lot of adults in his life who promised a taste of that life, to take him fishing or hunting, but they didn’t come through. So Tim wanted to be self-reliant but also dependable.

In adulthood, he ended up taking on a lot of responsibility... then found himself trying to beat up a garage door that had fallen down one day. This was a turning point in Tim’s life. He felt like an idiot for acting like that in front of his wife and kids. He knew that he had to change things. 

A mentor helped Tim realize that he was totally drained. He walked away from his highly successful eCommerce businesses and started journaling and reflecting with the help of books like Master the Key and the BeFulfilled Journal

This led him to discover his true purpose — helping others grow. He now helps business owners get unstuck, whether it’s with their strategy or sales and marketing. But what he loves most about coaching is helping entrepreneurs do the important things, like spending more time with their family.

A huge part of his journey has involved giving up control and letting God take care of the results of his work. As he says, “It is definitely a test of faith.”

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Dec 02 2019

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Ep. 192 - Sound Impact: How Music Changes, Heals, & Unites - with Rebecca Jackson (Replay)

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Today I’m re-releasing this amazing episode with musician Rebecca Jackson.

Rebecca 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 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.

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Nov 25 2019

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Ep. 191 - In Pursuit of Wholeness - with Evan Herrman

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Evan Herrman recently interviewed me on his show The Whole Person Podcast and we had such a great conversation I wanted to share it here. 

Evan and I got to know each other when he reached out to me after hearing me talk on someone else’s podcast. He wanted some financial advice, but also just to connect and make friends — and I’m so happy that he did. It’s truly amazing how podcasts can help people tap into new relationships and powerful communities.

When Evan was seven years old, he wanted to be a pastor. He went to college, graduated with a degree in theology, got married the next week, and was then unemployed for nine months. So he became a real estate agent, and that felt very much like a second choice for him until he realized that fulfillment isn’t about your job. It’s about the person that you’re being. 

He started his podcast out of a desire to learn and grow, and he has been thrilled with the guests he’s been able to interview so far, including David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, and leadership mentor Michael Hyatt.

Before he started podcasting, one of the stories he was telling himself was that he didn’t have anything value-wise to give to people because he was hurt and broken. He had this idea that he needed to come from a place of almost perfection to speak to people and give them advice to grow and develop.

Then he thought, what if I don't come at my life from the perspective of having it together, but instead from the perspective of being a broken individual who's in the pursuit of wholeness? 

This new story enabled him to get the podcast started, but also to see himself with more love. 

In this conversation, we talk about the six bridges that are fundamental to self-worth and fulfillment - faith, family, finances, friendship, fitness, and fun. We also discuss how traditional measures of status and achievement can be taken away in the blink of an eye and how important it is to be vulnerable, humble, and open to the plan that God has for us. 

As Evan shares about his experience, “As soon as I abandoned my thoughts of what I was supposed to be, God naturally brought things together into something that I wasn't expecting.”

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Nov 18 2019

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Ep. 190 - Find Your Worth

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We've all heard it a thousand times: “If you want to be happy in life, follow your passion.” But is that true?

Let's take a closer look. The word ‘passion’ comes from the Latin-rooted word pati,  which means to suffer. So when someone tells you to follow your passion, they're actually saying you should do something that you're willing to suffer for.

In today's entrepreneurial landscape, the word passion has been hijacked and saddled with a new meaning tied to a financial outcome. But passion has nothing to do with earning a 10x return or building a seven-figure business. 

Here's the question to ask yourself to see if you're passionate about what you're doing: “Am I willing to put in the work and never see the fruit?” If the answer is no, I hate to break it to you, but that's not your passion.

Another reason people feel excited about following their passion is that their potential is not being realized at work. A Gallup study revealed that 85% of employees are not engaged, and it's costing us $7 trillion annually in lost productivity. And an estimated 37% of Americans have a side hustle, which is a chance for them to make extra money but also pursue something they’re more passionate about than their jobs.

Adding to that, about half of new businesses fail to make it past the five-year mark. If passion is tied to achieving a certain financial outcome and your business is one of the ones that fail, your self-worth will take a big hit. 

So, let me suggest that you find your worth before you find your why.

In order to see yourself as worthy, you need to answer the question, who am I? Here are three ways I recommend doing that:

-Do something that challenges you physically and mentally. For me, that was CrossFit because it required my full focus, attention, and awareness. As a result of successfully completing those challenging workouts, I discovered new neural pathways that fired off all kinds of creativity.

-Make time for reflection and visualization, preferably shortly after you've completed the physically demanding activity. 

-Create “I am” statements. The great Lou Holtz once told me that the most important word in the English vocabulary is the word choice. The next two most important words are ‘I’ and ‘am.’

About a decade ago, I was nearly broke. We had to short-sell our first home and I was diagnosed with postpartum depression after the birth of our fourth child. In every way, I saw myself as a failure. As I worked through this process, I discovered new things about myself. I rebuilt my sense of self-worth. I found a new Why, which turned out to be helping people find the truth that dwells within them. Instead of focusing on outcome, I am focused on using my gifts to help as many people as I can, and I'm willing to suffer for that.

Lastly, I’d like to talk about the power of reflection. Go back in time and shine a light on the challenges that you've experienced in your life. Insert hope there and carry that forward into tomorrow.

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Nov 11 2019

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Ep. 189 - When Corporate Life Ain’t For You - with Hamilton Chan

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Hamilton Chan’s parents told him he could be a doctor or a lawyer. His “tiger mom” even had a mini breakdown when he deferred law school for a year to work for JPMorgan Investment Banking. He promised her he’d go back to law school after the year was up, and that’s what he did. 

Years later, his investment banking friends were making millions of dollars a year while he was slogging away doing due diligence as a corporate transactional attorney... and his mom asked him why he didn’t stick with investment banking. But Hamilton tells us you can’t blame anyone but yourself for your life decisions.

And Hamilton did experience outstanding success as a lawyer — he graduated from Harvard Law School, worked at a prestigious law firm in Los Angeles, represented Kobe Bryant, and worked at MGM Studios. But, ultimately, his legal career hit a dead end. He realized that he had taken what he was good at and polished it to such a point that it became something he no longer enjoyed. At one point, he was skimming hundreds of pages of documentation and writing about 15 pages of memos every day, without any time leftover to even pick up a magazine or read a book on the weekend.

Entrepreneurship was calling.

Hamilton wanted to be able to pursue creative endeavors, practice strategic thinking, and get out of corporate life. He told his family that he was very unhappy as an attorney, and his sister suggested he be a salesman at the family business, Charlie Chan Printing. After his whole family erupted in laughter, his mom and my dad said they could actually use some help. Although he had no experience in sales, he thought he could figure it out. Plus, he’d get to make business decisions and be involved in an enterprise that carried a lot of meaning and history for him.

After working in the family business, Hamilton went on to launch a tech startup. Then Loyola Law School approached him to start an executive education program, now called LLX. Hamilton was responsible for co-creating the vision behind it and coding a brand new interactive platform to host it on. He also teaches a six week class on negotiating, and really considers his role at Loyola Law School to be the culmination of his life experience and a true labor of love.

Hamilton’s tips from his off-the-beaten-path career are: 

-Learn to negotiate. You can leave a tremendous amount on the table if you are not skilled at negotiating. 

-Satisfy your curiosity and try new things.

-Realize that the business world is at least 90% networking. Hamilton used to see the world as super meritocratic and believed that, if you just produced the best work, everything would work out perfectly. Now he says that might be true for K-12, but not for the rest of your life.

-Make conscious choices to do the things that we should. The brain does such a phenomenal job of making sense of the world that it constantly discards contradictory information. And that's what helps us stay in a bad relationship, job, or situation.

-Craft the life that you want. Hamilton loves being able to spend time with his two daughters and his wife plus, have time for recreation, and work on projects that he finds meaningful and interesting. 

As for Hamilton’s view on the meaning of it all, he says, “The end purpose of life is love. And that that's why I value relationships so much.”

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-llx.lls.edu

-Twitter: @hamiltonchan

-Read: Delivering Happiness

-Get your copy of Master the Key: A Story to Free Your Potential, Find Meaning and Live Life on Purpose


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Nov 04 2019

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Ep. 188 - Living Life Curious, Fulfilled, & with Purpose – with Marie Forleo (Replay)

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Marie Forleo is a wildly successful coach and multi-passionate entrepreneur. Her new book Everything Is Figureoutable is out now, and to celebrate, I’m re-releasing this podcast episode with Marie (originally ep. 72).

Marie’s entrepreneurial journey started in a flurry on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. She’d recently graduated with a degree in finance and picked the mayhem of the Stock Exchange over a job in a cubicle. However she learnt very quickly that she hated the idea of having to go to the same place day in and day out every single day for the majority of the year. Her intuition was screaming at her to get out, so she did, leaving the Stock Exchange for a variety of jobs including bartending. 

How Intuition Drives Marie’s Business

Marie says that intuition is a core part of everything she does in her business, especially important things like marketing, hiring, pricing and product development. Growing up, her mom always taught her that if someone tried to talk to her and she felt uncomfortable, to trust that small little voice inside that says run or don't talk to this person or whatever it is. 

Intuition led Marie in many directions, and that’s why she became a multi-passionate entrepreneur. When she started her coaching business she also had a passion for dance, fitness and for hip hop. She knew that if she split her focus, everything would grow slower and she wouldn't make as much money, but creatively she’d probably be fulfilled. That turned out to be true. Despite starting a dance career in her 20s (when some dancers are actually winding down their careers), Marie ended up choreographing hip hop for MTV and being one of the world’s first Nike Elite Dance Athletes.

Another core value that drives Marie is curiosity. 

Curiosity is Essential

Marie believes that curiosity is integral to succeeding in business and life, especially in today’s environment where everything is changing so fast. She says, “If you believe that you already know everything, you're going to fail. Whether you fail right now or you fail in six months, or you fail in three years, you are going to fall on your face.”

The Future of Entrepreneurship

Marie predicts that 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.

She also believes that we’ll continue to see an emphasis on social entrepreneurship, and that, “Business owners who are wise enough to bake social good into their business model from a very sincere and genuine place are going to thrive in the future.”

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Oct 28 2019

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Ep. 187 - Employee Engagement and Appreciation at Work - with Dr. Paul White

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Dr. Paul White grew up in a family business - his parents and grandfather designed and created point of purchase display stands. Sometimes at dinnertime his dad would lead a discussion and ask questions like, what needs do you see out there? How might those needs be met? 

Dr. White started working full-time on the factory floor the summer he was 12. He learnt a lot but declined to work at the company when he grew up, partly because he and his father didn’t always agree. 

Instead he started counseling people at his church then became a psychologist who worked with kids and families. In the ‘90s he forged a career in the corporate realm. 85% of the companies in the U.S. are family-owned so business consultant friends started asking him to help out because of his background. That led him into business succession planning and employee engagement.

One day Dr. White was working with a father and son in their business, and realized they were just not connecting. Just prior to that he and his wife and had read the book, The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. He thought it might be of value in the workplace so pursued Dr. Chapman for a year and finally got through to his assistant and set up a meeting.

Dr. Chapman had already had 20-25 people pitch him with spin-off ideas about his book but was interested in Dr. White’s proposal about an online assessment tool for workplaces. Together they developed a set of tools to translate The Five Love Languages into a workplace context including a book called The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. The materials have been translated into 20 languages and the book is selling more than a thousand copies every week.

Dr. White is passionate about showing appreciation for employees, not just the high-achievers, partly because research shows that companies that treat their employees well and pay attention to employee engagement function better than those that don't. 


He also loves helping organizations find the right way to show appreciation, depending on individual and cultural preferences. For instance, a side hug might be the way to go in the south but in the north-east a nod across the room is more common.


But it’s not all business. Dr. White is a huge proponent of empathy and treating employees well, not just because it’s good for the bottom line but because, “Employees are people. They're not just production units.”



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Oct 21 2019

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Ep. 186 - depression2extinction: Stepping Into the Good Possibilities of Your Day - with Luke Frazier

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Luke Frazier defines himself as a servant leader who is inspired by the two great men in his life. 

Firstly, his grandfather. Luke says he’s the type of person who wakes up in the morning and asks, ‘How can I help the world?’ The second person was a teacher and pastor from Luke’s high school. He went to breakfast with Luke and his friends every Friday for two years and would always tell them to be good, which Luke interpreted as doing good in the world. Luke and one of his friends even got ‘be good’ tattooed on themselves about a year after their teacher and mentor passed away.

And Luke sure has gone on to do good in the world. 

He is co-founder and executive director of depression2extinction (d2e), a nonprofit on a mission to create space for mental health awareness. While Luke doesn’t think depression can ever be completely eradicated, d2e aims to end the stigma around depression and teaches people how to prevent going to really deep, dark places where they feel there’s no one to talk to.


To understand just how important this work is, you have to understand some of the facts around depression:

  • 3.1 million adolescents aged 12-17 had at least one depressive episode last year
  • The total economic burden of depression is estimated to be $210.5 billion per year
  • ⅔ people with depression do not seek or receive proper treatment
  • 80% of those who receive treatment for depression show an improvement within 4-6 weeks



To address this problem of people not seeking the treatment that will most likely benefit them, d2e have developed a check-in tool (available on their website) so that people can easily communicate their feelings. They offer services for teens and young adults, and their program is currently in about 50 schools across the country. They are also implementing their first workplace health program with an aviation company in Austin.


Most importantly, Luke advocates a mindful approach to avoiding conflict and anger. He says that when someone does something like cutting us off in traffic, “we can take some time to consider what they might be going through, ignore the lies that tell us to react with our emotions, and step into the good possibilities of our day.”


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Oct 14 2019

55mins

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Ep. 185 - Bet On Talent - with Dee Ann Turner

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Dee Ann Turner’s mother gave up a potential career as a lawyer to make a career out of raising her family, and she did an amazing job. Dee Ann says that her mother made sure she never went hungry, made their home a loving space, and led her to a faith in Christ — and everything that Dee Ann has done in her life has been created on that foundation.

Dee Ann had a wildly successful career at Chick-fil-A, starting at the age of 21 and working her way up to vice president. However, landing an initial job at Chick-fil-A didn’t come easily. When she first applied for a marketing and advertising position, the company said they didn’t have anything for her. But then she experienced a moment of serendipity, or divine intervention: her husband helped a woman change her tire, found out that she was resigning from the advertising department of Chick-fil-A because of a family move, and suggested that Dee Ann approach them again.

Dee Ann landed the job, although she actually ended up starting out in human resources, and this ended up being a perfect fit for her because she was responsible for selecting Chick-fil-A franchisees. Her initial question to applicants was always about their first job. She wanted a true entrepreneur; someone who, like Dee Ann, was willing to create a job for themselves. Dee Ann wanted to hear a story that reminded her of her own first job selling candy and drinks to kids on their way to the neighborhood swimming pool.


But as much as she loved working at Chick-fil-A, Dee Ann came to realize she was doing the work that God gave her to do instead of the work that God made her to do. Now she is helping organizations build an extraordinary customer culture by selecting and growing extraordinary talent. Her new book Bet On Talent is based on the principle that decisions about people are the most important decisions a leader makes.


“We are always enough,” Dee Ann says. “Our Creator created us to be enough.”


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Oct 07 2019

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Ep. 184 - It’s All People - with Gustavo Fernández

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Gustavo Fernández’s first career in pharmaceutical sales was inspired by his stepfather, who was the general manager for Johnson & Johnson in the Dominican Republic. Gustavo stayed in the industry for 10 years after graduating college — until his real passion started calling to him.

Photography had been Gustavo’s hobby since college. Wherever he went, he always took a camera along with him. Then, when the internet became a massive tool for building communities, he started connecting with other photographers. Serendipitously, one of the top wedding photographers in the world lived just down the street from him. So he went to a workshop she was holding, and that changed the whole trajectory of his life.

Now, Gustavo has a career photographing people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. 

The internet and online communities continue to be hugely important to Gustavo’s photography and career, too. Because, in this era of social media, the vast majority of new business that comes to him is through word of mouth.

But you can’t just be part of a Facebook group and reap the benefits of belonging to a community — you have to create lasting, authentic relationships with people

When Gustavo is building relationships...

  • He always follows up leads and conversations (he even carries a notebook so he doesn’t forget anything!)
  • He always picks up the phone. A couple of years ago the event planner for Forbes called to ask him to photograph an event. And she told him, Thank you for picking up the phone. No-one picks up the phone anymore.
  • He gives unique, thoughtful gifts to clients and contacts. A $10 gift he sent to a contact actually resulted in $10,000 worth of business. 

Gustavo says that people sometimes comment about how different his two careers are but, at the end of the day, it’s all the same — because “it's all people.”

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Sep 30 2019

1hr 12mins

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Ep. 183 - It’s Never Just Business - with Taylor Sledge

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Colleague, friend and fellow storyteller Taylor Sledge saw the way that his parents wrote the stories of their own lives — and their constant presence, love, and support gave him the foundation he needed to tell his story, too.

Taylor’s dad was an attorney. He owned his own business in a risky area of law, so his income was up and down, but Taylor loved that he set his own schedule and never missed family events. His mom was a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. She was never afraid to talk to anyone, regardless of how different they were to her, and this made a huge impact on Taylor. 

Taylor founded the Big Small Business Story to tell the stories of entrepreneurs who are driven by purpose, character, and belief. Their trademarked slogan — “It’s never just business” — reflects his belief that your career or company is about the lives of other people, not just making money, and an understanding of psychology and the human condition are crucial to creating authentic business relationships.

It seems simple — your career is about the lives of other people — but a lot of businesspeople still don’t understand that. And it took Taylor a while to realize it, too.

When Taylor was 27, he had a business deal go upside down. He realized that he was experiencing the same gut feeling that he had when he was 10 bringing home a bad report card. There were areas in his life where he wasn't living as an adult, and this inspired him to work out where he needed to grow.

And it’s an ongoing journey. Taylor and his wife have recently experienced fertility challenges, and this forced Taylor to confront things he didn’t like about himself, including his self image, and work out what really matters in his life.

Something that really matters to Taylor is legacy. He doesn’t think that we spend enough time considering it, but believes that, “We have the responsibility of setting a trajectory for the future with every decision that we make.”

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Sep 23 2019

1hr 2mins

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Ep. 182 - Running Toward the Flames - with Heather Adams

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Growing up, Heather Adams always had her nose in a book, and her heroes spoke to her from the pages; smart and savvy women like Anne of Green Gables, Jo from Little Women, and Nancy Drew. 

Heather compares Nancy Drew’s mystery-solving adventures to her own life today — owner of a public relations agency, Choice Media & Communications — because she’s always “running toward the flames, constantly taking notes, and bringing order to the chaos.”

But, unlike Nancy Drew, Heather isn’t doing this alone, and she is passionate about building a cohesive, invested team. After the partnership with her co-founder dissolved, Heather held a strategic planning retreat for her entire team. They re-evaluated Choice’s mission and core values and Heather says this was a game-changer for their work culture — because, now, everyone has skin in the game. 

Heather also has an unusual approach to human relations, arguing that you have to throw out all the policies and love your workers as human beings first. When one of her team members is going through a hard season, she puts their responsibilities aside and taps into what they need. This human-first approach carries through to every aspect of Heather’s business and life, including her attitude towards her competition.

Before Heather started her own company she worked at Thomas Nelson, which was then the world’s largest Christian publishing house, she worked with Michael Hyatt, who eventually became the CEO and chairman. He taught her many important lessons, including to embrace the competition and look at them as someone to learn from and champion instead of someone to take down. 

Heather sees that as a crucial transformation in her life. As she says, “I have this mentality that a win for one is a win for all. And that was something I had to learn because I sucked at it.”

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Sep 16 2019

1hr 26mins

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Ep. 181 - You Can’t Grow Without Failure - with Remi Adeleke

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Remi Adeleke’s life changed abruptly when his father died—when his family went from being royalty in Nigeria to struggling to feed themselves in the Bronx.

The public education system was so poorly resourced and Remi was exposed to precious few role models in his early life. As a result, he didn’t feel that there was an expectation for him to even graduate high school; it seemed the only path available was stealing, selling drugs, and running scams. 

But when Remi hit rock bottom at 26 and realized, he needed something bigger than himself. That’s when Remi met Tiana Reyes, a military recruiter who helped him find his true path. Tiana was also from the Bronx, so she was passionate about helping to give young people from the neighborhood an opportunity to establish a career and explore the world—because she knew that not many other people would give them the chance.

Tiana attended multiple court hearings to advocate for him and helped him fill out the paperwork to get Remi into the Navy. Once in Navy boot camp, Remi was exposed to all the different programs and set his heart on becoming a Navy SEAL. 

But it wasn’t a slam dunk. He didn’t pass the academic test on his first attempt and, even if he had, he wouldn’t have passed the physical test because he didn’t know how to swim. But Remi’s mother always taught him to persevere, and he drew on that to train and study in the time outside of his role as a medic. The hard work paid off and Remi was accepted into Navy SEAL training.

In addition to fulfilling his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL, Remi is an actor, entrepreneur, writer, husband, and father. He has written a memoir about his life called Transformed and volunteers as a mentor for kids in similar situations that he was in. 

He believes that the past does not have to be a template for our future, that there is always hope and that you can help a person so much that you’re actually hurting them because you're enabling them to keep doing what they’re doing. 

As for all the hardships, setbacks and failures in his life, Remi says they made him who he is today because “you can't grow without failure.”

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Sep 09 2019

1hr 10mins

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Ep. 180 - Do What You Love - with Vicky Oliver

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Vicky Oliver’s favorite days begin when somebody writes to her and says they read her book and it helped them get a job. But Vicky didn’t start her career writing about job hunting – it took quite a few twists and turns before she stumbled into a mission that she loved.

Vicky got her start in advertising. But, after September 11, 2001, there were articles in the New York Times every single day about people switching their careers. And this wasn’t because of a downturn in the economy – it was because they were looking inwards and asking, “Am I doing what I want to be doing should I die tomorrow?” And when people were honest with themselves, they started making gigantic changes.

Vicky enjoyed writing commercials, but there was always the lingering feeling that she was making corporations rich, making millions of dollars for them, without really enriching herself. So she looked at her skill, which was writing, and asked herself: Can I do something else with this skill? Can I help people more?

Throughout her career in advertising, Vicky was constantly looking for the next job opportunity, and she was actually really good at securing the jobs she wanted. She realized that she knew quite a bit about job hunting, and that was how she could help so many others achieve their mission. She started writing some articles, and then eventually a book.

Even though Vicky made more money when she was in advertising, writing books turned out to be the thing that brings her the most satisfaction. As she says, “If you look at what you love to do, you will probably be better at it than if you just do something because you think it's going to make you a lot of money.”

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Sep 02 2019

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Ep. 179 - Sucking The Marrow Out Of Life - with Alexis Meschi

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The one thing Alexis Meschi remembers dreaming about when she was a kid was to be a mom. But something she had to learn was that most dreams don’t come true overnight – and that the dreams we have when we’re young aren’t necessarily going to be what fulfills us in the long term.

Alexis struggled with a lot of the things we’re “supposed” to do early in our lives. She never did well in school, has no idea how she got into college, and was actually asked to leave college at the end of her third year because her GPA wasn’t up to scratch. The college said she could come back if she got her GPA up, but at the time, Alexis just didn’t think she was good at anything or had any gifts. So she ended up not going back to college, married her husband, and set out to fulfill her dream of being a stay-at-home mom. 

But her dreams were always getting bigger. She didn’t just want to be a stay-at-home mom; she wanted a career of her own. Alexis started blogging about sewing clothes for her girls, and it slowly grew into a business. She was asked to apply for Project Runway twice, which returned a lot of confidence that she lost in university. And after she taught for just a day as a substitute teacher, Alexis was inspired to get her four-year teaching degree – in just two years! 

While teaching, Alexis also picked up photography. So now, in addition to teaching, Alexis photographs women that are in business. She says it can be hard to have your picture taken, especially if you're a woman, because women tell themselves false narratives all the time; there’s a lot of vulnerability and sometimes shame that comes with being photographed.

And Alexis continues to work on herself, too, on a constant mission to push herself out of her comfort zone and live her life to the fullest. She says, “I just knew that there was a mission that God had made for me and I was the only person that could fulfill that mission. And being comfortable was not going to achieve it.”

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Aug 26 2019

1hr 3mins

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Ep. 178 - Speaking Out To Save Lives - with Colin Morgan

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Colin Morgan is a former pro golfer and the founder and host of The Daily Grind Podcast, where he interviews today’s most successful people in the hopes of inspiring the next great entrepreneur. But his mission grew from a place of deep pain.

Colin actually had a lot of support when he was growing up; he cites his father and his first golf coach as the people who instilled the belief that he could be successful. It was when he reached college that he discovered that not everyone had his best interests at heart, and this is when he experienced psychological and sexual abuse.

After the abuse, he started to hate golf, but still continued on the path to being a pro player. Then, mid-tournament, he realized that he wasn’t happy. He decided to make a dramatic change. He was drinking and partying to mask his feelings, and he says that's where he really learned that how you do one thing is how you do everything. The way that he was partying trickled down into every aspect of his life, including entrepreneurship. He was always looking for a get rich quick scheme, ultimately experiencing a cycle of failure and then getting excited about the next big idea.

To create the change he needed, Colin started to incorporate habits like journaling. He wrote down things that he was grateful for and worked on a goal to move his business forward, for at least 20 minutes each day.

And it paid off. Colin found a purpose in helping to prevent and stop abuse in sports, and he really encourages other survivors to reach out for help. Colin lost a college friend who also suffered abuse to suicide and says, “The work I'm doing goes much beyond abuse. It's about saving lives.”

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Aug 19 2019

52mins

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Ep. 177 - Grab the Gold Ring - with Eddie Osterland

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Eddie Osterland lives by a piece of advice that was told to him by his father: watch for the gold ring.

Eddie’s dad used to ride a merry-go-round in Brooklyn as a child. The best part was getting an outside horse and, every once in a while, there was an arm that would drop down with cartridges of lead rings that you could grab, if you were lucky enough to be on the right horse. And if you got one of these rings, you got a free ride. But, once a week, there was a brass ring, and if you managed to get it, you got free rides for the year. 

Eddie’s dad called this the gold ring. You never know when it's going to come by. So be vigilant, reach out, grab it, and ride it wherever it takes you. It may not be the end-all, but the next gold ring you see coming along might be seven years from now. 

Eddie’s gold ring was a plane ticket from New Jersey to Honolulu. He decided to take a vacation after he got a degree in psychology, before jumping into his career. He and a friend went down to a travel agency intending to buy one-way tickets to California. The travel agent told them for another $95 they could buy tickets to Honolulu instead, so that’s what they did. 

Eddie decided to stay in Hawaii and started studying psychopharmacology at graduate school. He started working as a waiter at night, but one night the sommelier was sick so Eddie ended up filling in, which inspired him to move to France to study professional wine tasting at the University of Bordeaux, making Eddie America's first master sommelier.

Now, Eddie combines his food and wine expertise with sales psychology to create memorable events that help businesses acquire new clients.

His tips for power entertaining include:

  • Always serve wines in pairs so you have something to compare it to
  • Serve your best food and wine first 
  • If you’re entertaining at a restaurant, don't let the restaurant control your experience – make friends with the sommelier and book a quiet, private dining room
  • Never let the check come to the table – give your credit card to the restaurant beforehand and tell them to add a 25% tip

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Aug 12 2019

1hr 9mins

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Ep. 176 - Radical Honesty: The First Step - with Tommy Baker

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Tommy Baker is an author, podcaster, fitness junkie, and the founder of Resist Average Academy. His mission is to help you live a life you can’t wait to wake up for.


Tommy’s entrepreneurial career started in gyms, where he started to notice something that would eventually change the course of his life and career: one person can walk into a facility and experience transformational results while another person with a similar background and natural ability might barely scratch the surface. 

This realization turned into a fascination, so Tommy started to learn more about neuroscience, human behavior, and positive psychology. In the process, he realized that those were really the things that lit him up.

So, as Tommy combined these new insights with his fitness knowledge, he identified the one thing that we all need to be successful – we need to operate with an incredibly powerful foundation; a strong connection between mind, body, and spirit. 

Tommy recommends two techniques for reverse engineering success:

  1. Imagining what your life looks like in a decade. What would it look like if our biggest dreams were realized?
  2. Imagining your life five years from now as if nothing has changed. How does that feel?

But, above all, Tommy believes that if we continue to avoid the uncomfortable truth about our lives, then we’re going to miss out on what we want. As he says, “Radical honesty is the first step to changing anything.”

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Aug 05 2019

1hr 2mins

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Ep. 175 - You Can’t Make An Impact If You’re Six Feet Under - with Jennifer L Carroll

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Jennifer Carroll has been a storyteller her whole life, but she believes the story she’s telling now is one that deserves to have massive impact. She wants to tell men and women that your health is the most important thing – because you can’t make an impact if you’re six feet under!

Jennifer grew up with loving parents who gave her the foundation of a strong, value-based upbringing, and she always had coaches and mentors in her life, beginning with her figure skating coach when she was a child. 

But it was her late husband, entrepreneur Phil Carroll, who taught her the most – both the good and the bad. She says he had the most positive attitude in the world and chose to live a very forward-moving, impactful life. He also lived as if he was invincible. This was his greatest attribute, but it was also part of his demise. Because Phil didn't believe in going to doctors, he ignored the early symptoms of prostate cancer and, tragically, passed away at a very young age.

With the support of another mentor, speaking coach Joel Weldon, Jennifer is now on a mission to share her story and encourage other people to share theirs because she knows that our stories have an impact on others. 

“Phil made his first million in his 20s. And he made his first widow in her 40s,” Jennifer says. “And I feel very driven to share that story to not only bring significance and meaning to Phil's life, as this incredible man and entrepreneur, but also to bring impact to his death.”

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The Impact Entrepreneur Show is a production of Crate Media

Jul 29 2019

50mins

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