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The Impact Entrepreneur | How Modern Entrepreneurs Are Making An Impact In the Lives of Others

Your host Mike Flynn takes you behind closed doors and invites you into his conversations with game changing entrepreneurs. These conversations go beyond success and failure, beyond product or service or platform, to uncover what is really behind the decisions these entrepreneurs make and what IMPACT they hope to have in the world.
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Aug 21, 2017

Cole Hatter is an entrepreneur and the creator of Thrive: Make Money Matter, the conference for entrepreneurs and business professionals who want to discover practical income-growing business strategies, create a positive impact in the world, and leave a lasting legacy.

We explore Cole’s story, what you can expect from Thrive 2017, and how he uses his platform to have a game-changing impact in the lives of others.

Finding Your Community & Making an Impact

At a young age, Cole’s family and community exposed him to a life of giving, making an impact, and living a life of purpose. This made a big imprint on his life, and it’s guided his career course.

Even if you didn’t grow up in a supporting community or don’t have one now, it’s not too late to find a group of people that share your core values and wants to make a difference in the world. It’s just a matter of plugging in and finding those communities.

We all have habits, hobbies, passions, and careers, so it’s just a matter of identifying what those things are and finding people to share them with you. You have to take a quick survey of who you are to find connecting points.

Turning Adversity into Impact

When Cole was young, he had two car accidents in two months that left him physically broken, and he was emotionally broken after losing two friends. Cole knew he couldn’t waste the rest of his life feeling sorry for surviving, so now he lives life big enough to honor all three of them.

Thrive: Make Money Matter

Cole’s life is dedicated to changing the world, and he saw that there were a lot of other people who also wanted to own businesses that do the same. So he decided to start an event, called it Thrive, and tried to fill a room with entrepreneurs who want to make money AND make their money matter.

Cole started the first Thrive because he wanted to share this message with the world, and he put $500,000 of his own money on the line to make it happen.

The event gets awesome speakers – previous speakers include Gary Vaynerchuk, Jack Canfield, John Lee Dumas, Grant Cardone, Lewis Howes, and more  – but, surprisingly (and appropriately), attendees say that their favorite part is the community of like-minded individuals who want to change the world.

If you want to attend Thrive 2017 from September 29th to October 1st in Las Vegas, head over to AttendThrive.com to reserve your spot!

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Aug 14, 2017

How does a volunteer english teacher from Oregon end up starting one of the world’s most premium leather bag companies, in Mexico of all places?

It all starts with the spirit of adventure and optimism that was instilled in our guest, Dave Munson, CEO of Saddleback Leather Co., at a young age.

You’ll notice throughout this conversation that Dave raises his hand and says “Yes!” a lot.

Dave’s first introduction to tough leather was on the back of a bull, during a bullfight… while he was fighting the bull. Then he relocated to be closer to his fledgling bag business, and soon found himself in an encounter with a corrupt Federale, who quickly became a friendly (but still corrupt) Federale.

At every step of his incredible journey, Dave’s confidence and willingness to accept new challenges led him to new opportunities. He believes that trying new and unfamiliar things is one of the keys to success in every area of life.

“It’s kinda weird when I see someone being self-centered. You’re really missing out, buddy!”

Saddleback Leather started as just Dave and his dad fulfilling orders together, but now it’s a thriving company with 70 employees and a factory in Mexico. Of course, he can’t pilot that ship alone. Dave understands the value of keeping wise counsel, asking great questions, and letting the sailors sail the ship.

Following his passion for producing the perfect leather bag did come at a cost – he had to stop working directly with youths, and he felt like helping children was his mission in life.

As it turns out, Saddleback Leather supports a much larger ministry than Dave was ever able to alone. Instead of Dave around a campfire with 30 kids, he can financially support dozens of campfires surrounded by kids. On top of that, he’s able to provide free daycare for employees in his factory, offer classes to employees internationally, and support a vocational training program in Rwanda.

“The more you step out and try things, the easier it is to say yes.”

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Aug 7, 2017

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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Jul 31, 2017

John Berardi, PhD, CSCS, Co-Founder of Precision Nutrition, is back for round 2! In the last episode, we discussed the importance of mentorship and how John uses Precision Nutrition as a vehicle to help others find the relationships they need to make meaningful changes in their lives.

This week we’re digging into what John and his team have learned about mastering behavior change, and applying that to industries outside of the fitness and nutrition space.

You Can Lead a Horse to Water...

When John is talking about behavior change, he likes to use the old adage, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Essentially, that adage means that, unless someone wants to drink the water, unless they want to change, nothing else can have an impact.

But John disagrees. You can’t make the horse drink – but you can make it very, very thirsty.

That’s what coaching behavior change is: you can’t force or trick anyone to change, but you can put them in a position where they decide to change themselves; you can make them thirsty.

Coaching with Psychology

Most fitness and coaching programs are very prescriptive: eat this, don’t eat that, do these exercises, and do this number of reps. The coach positions themselves as an expert who tells the person being coached what to do.

It’s the easiest possible way to coach, but it’s not effective. People join programs, lose focus from other parts of their life, “fall off the wagon,” then go back to the gym... But now they’re less fit, more dejected, and their behavior hasn’t changed. It’s a vicious yo-yo.

Precision Nutrition does things differently, and they incorporate change psychology: building practices and habits that integrate with your life as it is today to develop skills that you can take with you into the future.

They want to engage with the client in a way that recognizes the realities of their life and helps them make changes that are lifestyle-based, instead of project-based.

Practice > Skills > Goals

Practice leads to skills, and skills lead to goals.

You can use Precision Nutrition’s style of coaching to achieve any goal, not just fitness goals. First you develop skills or habits, then those skills help you achieve your goals. But the development of those skills doesn’t come naturally. It comes through daily practice.

Willpower is Irrelevant in Real Behavior Change

John says that willpower is irrelevant in real behavior change because it speaks to the very thing that he wants to avoid when trying to coach change.

He doesn’t want you to white knuckle your way to any lifestyle change – he wants it to feel like a natural part of your existence.

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Jul 24, 2017

Today’s guest, John Berardi, PhD, CSCS, is Co-Founder of Precision Nutrition. His purpose is making health and fitness something that's achievable and attainable for every type of person, from every walk of life.

Mentors helped John completely change his life and start his path in nutrition, so the company is his vehicle to pay that forward and help others find the relationships they need to make meaningful changes in their lives.

Give, Give, Give, Give, Ask

Precision Nutrition’s marketing has a specific cadence and ratio for how much they want to give before they ask for anything in return. It can be summed up simply as Give, Give, Give, Give, Ask.

It’s strategic, but it also reflects the idea of giving without expectation of return on a huge scale. This changes the business at its core, and it impacts how other people perceive the business.

Be a Mentor and a Mentee

The mentor-mentee relationship is extremely important for personal and career development. Mentors have something valuable to offer people who are trying to follow a similar path, and it’s only good to share that.

Mentors also get a lot of value in seeing their mentee implement the teachings and grow, so it becomes a mutually rewarding relationship.

However, even after you have a lot of value to offer, it’s still important to look at the people farther on the path than you and find your own mentors. This will help you continue to grow, and it will help you offer the most to your own mentees.

Precision Nutrition: Give Yourself an Opportunity to Continue

The precursor to Precision Nutrition was a dial-up era website, Science Link, attempting to link regular people with the helpful information discussed in scientific research.

They weren’t selling anything but, two years later, they had 40,000 people subscribed to their newsletter, and they were building a reputation in the industry.

Precision Nutrition officially launched in late 2006. They consolidated their teachings into the Precision Nutrition System, created an online support community, and created a series of books. Their greatest success – a huge sale – quickly became their greatest weakness.

Because the fitness industry is known for scams and there are frequent chargebacks, the sudden success got flagged as a scam and their merchant company held the money. Over the course of the sale, which went on for a few months, they sold nearly half a million dollars in product without receiving a single dollar.

This taught John an important lesson: the ability to keep doing what you love doing is fragile. Even a big success can topple it so, if you love what you’re doing, you have to give yourself the opportunity to continue.

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Jul 17, 2017

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 10, 2017

This episode marks the end of the Halftime Series. Mike reflects on the biggest lessons our guests taught us about not giving up, growth, and serving others.

Halftime is over. Get ready for kick-off and remember to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission. You can start by heading over to The Impact Entrepreneur Show page on Facebook and sharing what you are going to do with the rest of your year.  

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Jul 3, 2017

It’s the middle of the year… are you still on track to meet your goals? Many of us have gotten off track but now is the perfect time to determine how the rest of the year will go. It’s time to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission with the help of these inspiring guests. Get ready: this episode is part of the Halftime Series.

Steve Sims is an international speaker and the visionary founder of Bluefish, the world’s first luxury concierge that delivers the highest level of personalized travel, transportation, and cutting-edge entertainment services to corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes, and other discerning individuals interested in living life to its fullest.

What is cutting-edge entertainment with concierge service? Well how about a 16-day trip to the International Space Station, or a submarine trip to the wreck of the Titanic. Those are the types of experiences that members of Blue Fish can look forward to.

“The perfection is in the imperfection.”

Steve grew up in a modest family from East London, and three generations of his family worked in the family construction business… but that wasn’t enough for him, and he wasn’t going to let it hold him back.

After a few stumbles, which led to Steve jobless in Hong Kong, he wanted to get a job at the bank (where the rich people were). To get that job, he started throwing exclusive parties for wealthy people – the seed that eventually grew into Bluefish.

“If you want to kill passion, work out how you can make money out of that passion.”

Steve continued to throw clandestine parties for much of the 90’s and 00’s before Bluefish was officially founded in 2008.

Every time Steve started to change, or monetize his passion, he would stumble. When he listened to his gut and remained authentic, his ability to form relationships propelled him to great success.

You have to own your story if you want other people to listen. Give them the real you – don’t give them the filter.

“There’s been no thought or intelligence that’s gone into Bluefish in the past 50 years – it’s all been gut reaction, keeping things primitive, and doing s&!% you like doing.”

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Jun 26, 2017

It’s the middle of the year… are you still on track to meet your goals? Many of us have gotten off track but now is the perfect time to determine how the rest of the year will go. It’s time to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission with the help of these inspiring guests. Get ready: this episode is part of the Halftime Series.

Today our inspiration is Ken Kannappan, Executive Vice Chair of Plantronics. He is an incredibly thoughtful leader with a wealth of insight about humble leadership, generosity, and smart working philosophy.

In a former life, Ken Kannappan was Senior Vice President of Kidder Peabody. He then took a massive pay cut and jumped into the entrepreneurial tech space. As President and CEO of Plantronics for nearly two decades, Ken helped transform the company from a manufacturer of contact center headsets with annual revenues just over $100M into a global audio communications leader with annual revenues of approximately $1B.

As G.I. Joe very nearly said, understanding is half the battle. In every area of your life, you can make better decisions and communicate more effectively when you understand what other people are saying and what they want.

If you want to understand, you have to listen – and it’s important to listen with your ears AND your eyes. People say more with nonverbal communication and tone than they do with their words.

In the workplace, understanding what other people want is one of the most valuable skills you can have, which makes collaboration and communication with others imperative. The best developer can’t sell an app if it doesn’t appeal to others and the most creative person in the world can’t create something valuable in a vacuum.

“In the real world, creativity that comes from understanding what people want is going to be very successful in the market”

A sad truth of leadership is that, as people move up the ladder, their ability to listen and understand often diminishes. This is because understanding is heavily correlated with humility.

Humble and open-minded leaders can simply do more. The more humble you are...

  • the more open you are to what other people are telling you.
  • the more you are listening and learning all the time.
  • the more likely you are to notice when things are going off target.

“Focus on your vision. Focus on what you want to accomplish. Focus on what makes you happy… then the fit’s going to become natural. You’ll wind up doing something you love and you’ll be very happy.”

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Jun 19, 2017

This episode is part of the Halftime Series. It’s the middle of the year… are you still on track to meet your goals? Many of us have gotten off track but now is the perfect time to determine how the rest of the year will go. It’s time to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission with the help of these inspiring guests.

Todd Stottlemyre grew up around Yankee Stadium in “a school of champions." His teachers were legends like Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson, and his father, Mel Stottlemyre.

Growing up in that environment inspired Todd to dream of following in his dad’s footsteps and playing in Major League Baseball, but things weren’t always easy for this high-performing family. When Todd was just 15-years-old, his brother died after an extended battle with leukemia.

This devastated Todd, but his father’s leadership helped carry the family through that adversity and the community lifted him up. He credits the experience with helping him become the man he is today: a man who has spent 15 seasons in MLB and played on three World Series Championship teams.

Todd learned some incredible lessons in the school of champions, especially from his dad, and he wants to pass them on to others. He wrote Relentless Success: 9-Point System for Major League Achievement so that other people can benefit from the school of champions and live their championship life.

Everyone’s championship life looks different, but success is always built around these same core principles.

In the spirit of Halftime, you should follow Todd on Facebook and check out his recent Facebook Live videos. He’s been talking about how 2017 is all about the endless pursuit for human potential, and the only way to discover what we can achieve as human beings is to fail miserably – you have to get out there and go for it. We have to learn in order to move forward.

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Jun 12, 2017

 

This episode is part of the Halftime Series. It’s the middle of the year… are you still on track to meet your goals? Many of us have gotten off track but now is the perfect time to determine how the rest of the year will go. It’s time to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission with the help of these inspiring guests.

Today you will be inspired by former American college football coach and sports analyst Lou Holtz. For many years, Coach Holtz has been considered among the greatest speaking legends in America. He talks about overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting your own goals and working to achieve them – the perfect person to kick off the Halftime Series.

Despite never inheriting a winning team, Coach Holtz compiled an impressive 249-132-7 career record and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is also the only coach in the history of college football to…

  • Take six different teams to a bowl game.
  • Win five bowl games with different teams.
  • Have four different college teams ranked in the top 20 poll.

Coach Holtz doesn’t claim to have achieved any of his accomplishments because he is above average – he is intensely motivated, constantly learning, and tries to help the people around him believe in themselves.

Motivation is a critical factor for success. There’s really only two things a leader or coach can help you with: your belief in yourself and your skillset… but if you’re not motivated, nobody can help you with those two things.

Everything, especially motivation, starts with a dream; a goal.

Coach Holtz believes that only one thing determines whether you’re growing or you’re dying, and it’s not age... It’s whether you are trying to accomplish something. If you’re trying to accomplish something – if you have a goal – then you will have enthusiasm and excitement when you get up every day.

“One thing determines whether you’re growing or you’re dying: are you trying to accomplish something?”

This idea applies to any and every aspect of life. If you aren’t trying to figure out how to improve your marriage, the marriage is dying. If you aren’t trying to find new solutions for your business, your business is dying.

Even when you’re moving forward with motivation, you will still have to make some tough decisions along your path. When Coach Holtz was the head of a team, he only had two mandates: graduate and win. Every decision he made had to help his team meet one of those two mandates.

As a business leader, you also only have two mandates: satisfy the customer and make a profit. Once you understand what your mandates are and what you’re trying to accomplish, then the right thing will be more obvious and you will start making the changes that are necessary to do those two things.

“There’s no right time to do the wrong thing and there’s no wrong time to do the right thing.”

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Jun 5, 2017

This episode is the conclusion to the Comeback Series, which featured Entrepreneurs who have experienced a major setback and then successfully pivoted to something different, bigger, and more impactful.

There are few things in life that are universally true. However, regardless of race, religion, or nationality, we love to celebrate people overcoming adversity and shutting down the naysayers; we love to see people bounce back, crush obstacles, and face seemingly insurmountable obstacles head on.

Don’t just celebrate – take action.

Where is your comeback?

Here’s my challenge to you:

  1. Take a moment over the next few days to reflect on your story. What has made you who you are? What are you proud of? What are you embarrassed by? What scares you? What gets you excited?
  2. Write those things down, own it, and visualize it.
  3. Share it with your friends, family, and me. Write about it on Instagram and tag me @TheImpactMike so that I can read, comment, and share it with my community.

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May 29, 2017

This episode is part of the Comeback Series, which features Entrepreneurs who have experienced a major setback and then successfully pivoted to something different, bigger, and more impactful.

Today’s guest is Adam Eidson, an entrepreneur who left his high-paying corporate and took a 50% pay cut to pursue a more purpose-driven life. He is driven by empowering others and making them feel better about themselves so he opened his own gym, RARE Crossfit, and started hosting The Mentee podcast.

Growing up, Adam didn’t have the confidence or self-esteem he has today. There was no consistent father figure for much of his early childhood, being a smaller guy made school a challenge (he graduated high school at 118 pounds), and he was shrouded in limiting beliefs.

Ultimately, it was support from his first mentor and father figure that helped Adam realize his own abilities and grow into a more confident human being.

Later, mentorship from former guest Geoff Woods guided Adam on a transformative journey. He developed clarity about the incredible power of people, relationships, and action. To foster those relationships – and add more value to the people in his life – Adam started practicing greater transparency and vulnerability in every aspect of his life.

Like crossfit, being open and vulnerable requires a lot of strength. But we have to acknowledge our weaknesses to grow beyond them, and we have to be honest to form real connections with other people.

When we support each other, we are all capable of a major Comeback.

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May 22, 2017

This episode is part of the Comeback Series, which features Entrepreneurs who have experienced a major setback and then successfully pivoted to something different, bigger, and more impactful.

Today’s guest, Cindi Busenhart, is the Founder & CEO of MERGE4, one of the most exciting action sports sock brands in the world. Before Founding MERGE4, she was President of Sessions and Este, one of the original snowboard brands on the market.

Sessions went through a few difficulties in the ‘00s. The bulk of their snow wear started shipping on September 1st, and the events of 9/11 caused many stores to cancel their shipments. Nobody wanted to get on a plane and fly to a resort. A few years later, the global financial crisis took another toll.

While weathering these challenges, community was hugely important for Cindi and the company. Community is important when we’re thriving, but it’s critical when we’re facing adversity.

“Persistence trumps brilliance almost every time.”

When we experience these moments of adversity, it’s also important to be persistent. Even in the most difficult times, there is opportunity if you’re willing to look for it. If, on top of that, you can continue to believe in yourself and your passion, your positive outlook will reap greater opportunity.

Cindi tries to persistently keep a positive outlook because she believes that if you want to get something, you have to give it. This can be positivity, support, or even health.

Cindi lives this belief. When her brother was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that shut down his kidneys, she persisted to jump through every hoop put in front of her so that she would be allowed to donate a kidney. “It was hard for us, but there was never a moment that I didn’t think I could do it.”

Because of her extreme giving, Cindi got what she wanted: her brother’s health.

Cindi applies this same giving philosophy to MERGE4. In addition to fostering a positive community, they are a B Corp, which means they are a for-profit company certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. They are dedicated to providing cool socks to children, teens, and those receiving extended treatment in hospitals.

“If you want to get something, give it.”

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May 15, 2017

This episode is part of the Comeback Series, which features Entrepreneurs who have experienced a major setback and then successfully pivoted to something different, bigger, and more impactful.

Today’s guest, Nick DiNardo, had his whole world flipped upside down at age seven. Now he helps entrepreneurs perform at their very best and teaches them to overcome overwhelm… but he had to build resilience to get there.

Nick’s mother experienced her second bipolar episode when he was seven, which led to some time in a hospital, his parent’s divorce, and his father’s bankruptcy. He felt angry, ashamed, misplaced, and like everyone else had a nuclear family that he could not have.

These experiences allowed Nick to develop resilience, and he believes he has thrived off of the adversity he experienced.

But how does someone build resilience if they experience success, instead of adversity? If Nick’s son grows up under better circumstances, how will he develop an awareness of struggle?

“The difference between the high-performers and the average is the ability to identify and use adversity to your opportunity, rather than avoiding it or just letting it pass you by.”

Nick’s book, The Game of Adversity, offers eight practices that will help anyone turn difficulty into opportunity, developed through his years of experience as a practitioner of resilience.

  1. Building a Growth Mindset is the keystone habit and foundational principle of his book.
  2. Process Over Outcome is about focusing on the daily habits and practices that we need, rather than being too overly-focused on goal-setting. We shouldn’t rely too much on goal-setting.
  3. Focus on Stoicism, or what we can control, and our relationship with failure.

 

  • Building Self-Awareness
  • Focus on Goals That are Bigger Than You

 

  1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants is about perspective, and understanding history and the challenges people have gone through before you.

 

  • Preparation

 

  1. Gratitude, and appreciation over expectation.

If you have faced adversity or struggle and you haven’t built your resiliency, where should you start? Nick suggests an exercise for identifying how you naturally react to adversity so that you can review the game tape and change your processes.

  • Tim Kight, Founder of Focus3 Consulting, developed this heuristic: Event + Response = Outcome (E + R = O).
  • You can’t control the event and you can’t control the outcome, but you can control your response.
  • Brainstorm 10 specific tough times that you have experienced adversity (small to big).
  • In each of those moments, what was the outcome and how did you respond?
  • How would you respond now, knowing what you know now and what the optimal response would have been?

I appreciate Nick coming on the show and sharing his vulnerability. People don’t think of vulnerability as a strength often enough, but it is incredibly powerful – and Nick is living proof.

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May 8, 2017

This episode is part of the Comeback Series, which will feature Entrepreneurs who have experienced a major setback and then successfully pivoted to something different, bigger, and more impactful.

There is a narrative pervading our society that we have to be perfect, and we project perfection into the world – but we don’t relate to any single person through their success or their perfection.

We relate to other people through their struggle.

That’s why we’re talking to Geoff Woods, a man who has come up against adversity numerous times in his life only to overcome it, and grow stronger as a result. He’s Vice President of The ONE Thing, the company behind the best-selling book of the same name written by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan, and host of The ONE Thing podcast.

As we discussed last time Geoff was on the show, his entrepreneurial journey began with a tragedy: in just one week, his pay was dramatically slashed and a co-worked died of a heart attack.

He then went on a mission, inspired by Jim Rohn, to surround himself with new people and change his life, and he started The Mentee podcast as a vehicle for this journey. He discovered that people really connected with his struggle, “and it was at that moment that I realized the greatest power that I could possibly have, being the man behind the mic, was vulnerability.”

But he’s not just vulnerable – he’s committed to change, and courageous enough to share it with us. You can hear more of Geoff’s vulnerability on The ONE Thing podcast.

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May 1, 2017

This is the last episode in the Happiness Series. We have been taught to believe that we can not choose to be happy because happiness is something that can only be earned – that’s not true.

We can take hold of happiness any time we choose. Happiness is an attitude, and attitude is a choice.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” –Viktor Frankl

Over the past several weeks, we had leading experts from a wide array of industries share, confirm, and reiterate simple truths about happiness, fulfillment, and impact.

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Apr 24, 2017

This episode is part of the Happiness Series. We have been taught to believe that we can not choose to be happy because happiness is something that can only be earned – that’s not true, and I hope these amazing entrepreneurs will help you choose to find happiness. Doing so will give you an advantage in business, relationships, and life in general.

Jason Kotecki is an artist, author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur. He and his wife founded Escape Adulthood in 2000 (and later The Cure Adultitis Institute) with one goal: annihilate Adultitis.

Jason and his wife envisioned an ideal version of adulthood, but the “real world” didn’t live up to it. Bitterness and cynicism are rampant – excitement and enthusiasm are elusive.

Why?

They realized that most of us lose something in the transition from childhood to adulthood: curiosity, delight, and the ability to dream big.

However, the most successful entrepreneurs – the Musks and Jobs of the world – never lose these super powers.

Escaping Adulthood isn’t about ditching responsibilities to rediscover fun. It’s about remembering what we once knew as kids so that we can improve our lives, our relationships, and our businesses.

  • How do you bring more fun into the workplace in a productive way, without being branded the crazy misfit?
  • How do you become a more fun parent and raise your children with discipline?
  • How do you find time for yourself when you’re a caregiver?

Don’t get caught living a paint-by-numbers life – we are made for more. The beauty of adulthood is freedom and choice, so live freely and make your own choices!

If you want a crash course in productive fun, you can attend the 2017 Escape Adulthood Summit.

You can also join their free community of insiders and find a ton of awesome escape tools, and so much more, over on EscapeAdulthood.com.

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Apr 17, 2017

This episode is part of the Happiness Series. We have been taught to believe that we can not choose to be happy because happiness is something that can only be earned – that’s not true, and I hope these amazing entrepreneurs will help you choose to find happiness. Doing so will give you an advantage in business, relationships, and life in general.

Today’s guest, Doug Kisgen, is the author of Rethink Happy: An Entrepreneur’s Journey Toward Finding Authentic Joy.

One of the key tenets in Rethink Happy is the importance of living a life of virtue. We often focus on the hustle, the monetary success, aesthetics, and independence… but we try to hide the adversity, the struggle, or the heartache we experience along the way.

If we live a life of virtue – which doesn’t mean we have to stop hustling – we can fill the holes that we try to cover up.

So what does living a life of virtue mean? Doug breaks it down to six parts…

  • Love
  • Wisdom
  • Temperance
  • Courage
  • Justice
  • Transcendence

We can see these virtues brought up throughout history by great minds such as Aristotle and Benjamin Franklin, but we also seem to have forgotten them – and we aren’t actively or intentionally trying to bring them into our lives.

If you want to challenge yourself to embrace these virtues, don’t take on too much at once. We often fail to create lasting change in ourselves because we try to make too many changes at one time.

You have a finite amount of willpower, so don’t wear it out.

You can start living a life of greater virtue and make the most out of your willpower by taking baby steps. Committing to small changes can lead to big results. Ask yourself: What’s a small win that I can get on a daily basis, and that I can keep track of?

Learn more about living a life of virtue in Rethink Happy: An Entrepreneur’s Journey Toward Finding Authentic Joy.

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Apr 10, 2017

JP Sears is back for round two!

If you haven’t checked out last week’s interview with JP, you should go back and listen to it. It’s a fun conversation and he shares some wonderful stories. Today we really dig into what happiness is, why people tend to look for happiness in the wrong places, and how to cultivate your own greatness.

This episode is part of the Happiness Series. We have been taught to believe that we can not choose to be happy because happiness is something that can only be earned – that’s not true, and I hope these amazing entrepreneurs will help you choose to find happiness. Doing so will give you an advantage in business, relationships, and life in general.

JP’s entrepreneurial journey didn’t begin until he started believing in himself, and using that belief productively. There are millions of people who believe in themselves, but it’s much more difficult to cultivate that belief.

Start by doing things you’ve never done before. Put yourself in a situation where you are required to give yourself more support and more belief than ever before. You won’t enhance your self-belief unless you give yourself a good reason.

For a big wave surfer, the 30-foot wave is a good reason. It’s a high-pressure environment that allows the surfer to become extra present and enter a flow state, which they may not be able to access without that environment.

You need to create a big wave for yourself – we are incredibly resourceful beings, but we can’t mine deeper resources unless we put ourselves in a situation where more resources are required.

Similarly, you need to have the right mindset and set yourself up to find happiness. Too often, people look for happiness in all the wrong places: what we do, what we have, what we own, material possessions, status, etc.

But happiness is found in what you are, not not what you do or what you have. If you cultivate your greatness, you will likely find happiness growing too.

“Bet on your authenticity and risk discovering it.”

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Apr 3, 2017

Today’s guest is JP Sears. You may be familiar with his Ultra Spiritual comedy series from YouTube or Facebook, but he is also an emotional healing coach and a curious student of life. We share powerful stories about our journey, explore the (often overlooked) importance of our feelings, and have a lot of fun.

This episode is part of the Happiness Series. We have been taught to believe that we can not choose to be happy because happiness is something that can only be earned – that’s not true, and I hope these amazing entrepreneurs will help you choose to find happiness. Doing so will give you an advantage in business, relationships, and life in general.

JP is known by many as his comedy persona, easily identified by the headband and flowers in his hair, but that doesn’t excite him anymore. The last time he donned the flowers was in January 2017, and he knew he needed to make a change.

JP knew this because he listened to his feelings. Carl Jung once said that our feelings are the language of our soul, and JP adds that “if we pretend that we have even half a clue of what a soul is, then maybe we can pretend that our soul is a wiser source than our intellectual brain.”

Our feelings are difficult to comprehend – they don’t seem to be communicated through a human language – but maybe that is because they contain so much wisdom.

Did you enjoy this episode? Then you’re in luck! JP Sears will be back next week for Part 2 of this interview. In the meantime, you can get your fix at AwakenWithJP.com.

 

 

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Mar 27, 2017

Sheryl O’Loughlin is an eager entrepreneur who leverages passion and purpose to create a happy life and a huge impact. She is a huge proponent of bringing love and happiness into your work, and into your work culture.

She previously served as the CEO of Clif Bar, where she introduced the world to Luna bars (and grew the bars into a $70M business in just three years); she was the cofounder and CEO of Plum Organics; and she is currently CEO of REBBL super herb beverages.

Sheryl is also the author of KILLING IT!: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart.

KILLING IT! was sparked by a study conducted by Dr. Michael A. Freeman, which found a correlation between entrepreneurs and illness such as ADHD, bipolar disease, depression, and drug abuse. He found these were present in about 72% of the entrepreneurial population, compared to about 40% of the general population.

Sheryl was experiencing this dark side of entrepreneurship, and she realized the need for a change in entrepreneurial culture. We need to start talking about the the dark side of killing it every day, and how we can avoid the big pitfalls.

“99% of business don’t make it, and entrepreneurs are going through this hardship alone because they think they’re the only ones. I want to change the culture of that so people don’t feel like they’re alone!”

Love and time helped Sheryl out of the darkness.

She fell in love with REBBL, a super herb elixir business created in collaboration with the nonprofit Not For Sale.

The nonprofit’s goal is to stop human trafficking. REBBL helps them achieve that goal because they source ingredients from affected indigenous communities, and the income helps support their livelihood so that they are no longer vulnerable to trafficking. A portion of the net profits also helps fund Not For Sale’s rehabilitation efforts.

“It’s a joy to go to work when you know you’re doing something with so much meaning.”

Social Mission Companies like REBBL, companies that intentionally pursue a greater purpose than pure profit, are able to create a powerful and sustainable impact that other support organizations don’t have the resources to accomplish. As an added benefit, the social mission creates an environment where people love to work because something truly meaningful drives every individual's actions.

Entrepreneurs, be wary of the hustle and the grind. Remember that the dark side is part of our nature, and that we can forge a path through the darkness and back to the light with support, love, and purpose.

“People are talking about how they’re killing it, but it could be killing you.”

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Mar 20, 2017

This episode marks the one-year anniversary for The Impact Entrepreneur Show, and I want to thank you for tuning in every week and inviting me into your lives. It’s an awesome gift, and I take this privilege very seriously. Today I want to offer you a couple gifts…

  • The Clarity of Purpose Scorecard will help you measure and guide your progress in 10 critical areas: developing your superpower, your spirituality, your emotional strength, your intellectual capacity, your physical strength, your recreational capacity, your ability to volunteer, your romantic strength, your social strength, and your professional strength. Click here to head over to TheImpactEntrepreneur.net/scorecard and get your copy for FREE.
  • 6 Bridges to Wellbeing and Personal Growth is a bonus tool I will send you after you pick up your scorecard. This is based on a template that my wife and I have used for the last couple of years to help us focus in on our goals and objectives.

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This episode is part of the disruption series. We’re going to discover how incredible people disrupt their lives, their industries, and the world to create a powerful impact.

We’re chatting with return guest Cameron Herold. He is a best-selling author, coach, and speaker who strives to simplify business problems and guide business leaders to previously unimagined success.

Cameron also created the COO Alliance, an opportunity for second-in-command business leaders (or Chief Operating Officers) to connect and grow. These people are often left behind the curtains and don’t get any of the attention, events, or masterminds that CEOs and other leaders often get.

“Perfect is the enemy of good.”

Cameron has a unique (and potentially counter-intuitive) perspective on disruption: “It’s less about innovating, and it’s more about rip off and duplicate.” Momentum creates momentum, and far too often entrepreneurs try to find a newer, cooler, or better way to do something instead of taking the really great systems that already exist and just doing it.

Sometimes disruption is the result of significant momentum, not significant innovation. To build momentum, your business needs more than just a Minimally Viable Product – it needs Minimally Viable Everything: emails, meetings, software, etc. Perfect is the enemy of good.

How did Cameron train his teams to pursue momentum? It’s a simple process...

  • Set goals
  • Break the goals down into specific projects and tasks
  • Declare when to work on each task (not when the task will be completed)
  • Create time constraints for specific tasks

You can use my new tools (detailed above) to help you identify goals, hold yourself accountable, and build some momentum.

If you want to hear another conversation with Cameron Herold, check out Episode 6 – Cameron Herold on Supercharging Your Focus.

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Mar 13, 2017

This episode is part of the disruption series. We’re going to discover how incredible people disrupt their lives, their industries, and the world to create a powerful impact.

Ryan Evans is the CEO & Co-Founder of Inboard Technologies, home of the M1 Electric Skateboard. He and his team were recently featured on Shark Tank and convinced Mr. Wonderful, AKA Kevin O’Leary, to partner with them in their mission to create a massive disruption in the transportation industry.

Since then, the M1 Electric Skateboard has taken the world by storm and the company is growing at a blistering pace.

“Lightweight, portable, electric transportation that you can take with you anywhere empowers everyone. We all need to move.”

Ryan rejects the idea that things should be done one way because they’ve always been done that way. We are able to do incredible things when we think creatively about process.

People often spend too much time focusing on an end goal, but real progress is made when iterating the process.

Inboard’s end goal is to create lightweight transportation technology that flows, but Ryan understands that you’ll go out of business if you wait until a product is perfect before you launch it.

They didn’t wait. They embrace an iterative product development process, and they are able to improve their products remotely. Inboard engineers are constantly working behind the scenes so that the customer experience is constantly improving.

You have to constantly change and improve because there is no one big challenge to overcome – there are always challenges. The road to success is a constant struggle, so you need to come prepared. You need the right mindset and a support group.

You won’t create a powerful impact if you go alone.

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Mar 6, 2017

This episode is part of the disruption series. We’re going to discover how incredible people disrupt their lives, their industries, and the world to create a powerful impact.

Don Wettrick is an Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School and author of Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level. He is disrupting the education system and teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Don teaches a class called Innovation and Open-Source Learning. They explore how to network, how to collaborate with intelligent people, how to market, and so much more. Businesses have been launched from his classroom. In one year, four patents were filed.

The class has their own methodology. They call it R.O.T.H. I.R.A.

  • Realization – Related to flow states, realization often comes about through movement. They start the school day by walking and talking.
  • Open Discussion – The thoughts generated through realization will fade if they aren’t discussed.
  • Tussling – “I love a good fight.” Debate challenges people to think.
  • Homogeneous Grouping – Kids split off to collaborate on the same projects, but coming from different perspectives.
  • Ideation & Prototyping – “We jokingly call this the difference between December 31st and January 15th.” It’s fun to brainstorm, but it’s hard to actually do it.
  • Reflect – Every project is two weeks, because that gives you enough time to know whether or not you are interested in the subject.
  • Adjustment – This loops back to the ROTH for Realization #2.

 

Don started the class because he didn’t see any passion for learning – or much of anything – in his students. They were being churned through a system that destroyed their interest in learning.

Not only is the current educational paradigm passionless, it’s just old. As a culture and a society, we are moving exponentially faster outside of education.

  • What did your phone look like five years ago? Vastly different.
  • What did your public high school look like in 1980? Roughly the same.

 

“Here’s the cruel joke we’re playing on a lot of our students:

we’re preparing you for a future that used to exist in 1970.”

 

Why is education innovating so slowly?

  • We still measure success by test scores. You get into college largely based on your SAT score. They’re accepting the kids who are best at not taking risks.
  • We reward memorization far more than creativity.
  • Some teacher unions have pushed back (not all).

 

Don can’t disrupt the entire educational system on his own. If you are a parent, student, or teacher and you want to change something about your local school system, Don will help. You can head to StartEdUpInnovation.com for a podcast, consulting, teacher training, and all the core services necessary to start and strive with new educational initiatives.

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