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The Impact Entrepreneur

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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Dec 26, 2016

Over the past several months, we’ve had incredible conversations with New York Times best-selling authors, world champion athletes, award-winning entrepreneurs, Navy SEALs, leadership experts and a variety of other entrepreneurs.

Each and every one of them has provided incredible takeaways and lessons that each and every one of us can apply to our mission to have a game-changing impact in the lives of others.

I created a special episode that features the key lessons from the top 10 interviews and conversations from 2016.

 

Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #10 – The most important question you can ask

 

Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #9 – The importance of humility & not letting your career define you

 

Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #8 – The difference between those who succeed and those who don't

 

Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #7 – Facing and overcoming challenges using the Champion’s Mindset

 

Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #6 – Steps to supercharge your Vision and Focus

 

Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #5 – The favorite and most-used tool for getting unstuck

 

Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #4 – Living Forward: The power and importance of a life plan

 

Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #3 – Set yourself up to learn from other industries’ best practices & how to apply them to have a game-changing impact in your business and life

 

Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #2 – How to stay relevant in a crowded marketplace

 

Impact Entrepreneur Lesson #1 – Commander’s intent & the #1 tool needed to adapt to different personalities

 

Thank you all for being such an important part of The Impact Entrepreneur Show. Without each of you listeners, this show would not happen. I am incredibly grateful and humbled by your participation.

I want to hear how this show and how my guests have impacted you, so please email me at info (at) theimpactentrepreneur.net to share with me your stories about the game-changing impact these guests have had in your life.

Don’t forget: go make an impact!

 

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Dec 19, 2016

We’re changing things up in today’s episode. Justis Earle – innovator, entrepreneur and guest of Ep. 31 – is turning the microphone onto Mike “The Impact Entrepreneur” Flynn.

“We all crave knowledge.
We all recognize that we have greatness within us.
We were born to do great things.
We were not born to be mediocre people.”

The core purpose of The Impact Entrepreneur show is to draw out why entrepreneurs are doing what they are doing and to find out how they are using their platform to have an impact on the world.

Through the process of interviewing these entrepreneurs, Mike hopes that others are equipped with the knowledge to overcome struggle and take the next best step towards realizing their full potential.

“When I have a goal, I’m a bulldog and I don’t stop.”

Mike was inspired to have a greater impact years ago, but he didn’t do anything to pursue that until he participated in Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever program and started setting goals.

After deciding on a goal and setting a deadline, Mike began taking action steps to make it happen.

There were about 12 hours between when Mike said to his wife he wanted to try podcasting and when Mike said to his wife he was going to start podcasting – because he is a bulldog. Mike’s wife is a big fan of the show now, and listening to the podcast has actually helped them both learn and grow together.

Mike craves vulnerable, authentic relationships because they allow you to have an impact on someone – and for someone to have an impact on you.

Throughout the podcast, Mike has developed new relationships with guests, and with you listening. All of you have impacted him so much, and he’s learned a lot.

  • He identifies with being an impatient optimist.
  • We have to be oriented towards others because that’s where we’re going to have the biggest impact.
  • Words have an incredible impact. People don’t always understand the power of the words they speak to others or the words they speak to themselves.
  • We need to address our limiting beliefs.
    • We can overcome our limiting beliefs by setting goals, taking small steps and building a tribe of trusted advisors.

“The impact of your kind words today – you have no idea the butterfly effect they could have tomorrow.”

If you’ve learned anything from the podcast or Mike has had an impact on your life over the past 39 episodes, then please share those stories on Facebook, on Twitter, on the website, or by leaving a review on iTunes.

 

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Dec 12, 2016

Welcome to the last episode of the Champion’s Mindset series on The Impact Entrepreneur Show. Today’s guest, Dr. Jim Afremow, is a much sought-after mental game coach and the author of two great books about being a champion: The Champion’s Mind & The Champion’s Comeback.

“No one is born with a Champion’s Mind gene, but there’s nothing preventing us from thinking, feeling and acting like them – to be our best, and I think that’s the ultimate gold medal.”

Body language plays an important role in reaching peak performance and developing a champion’s mindset. Your body language affects your mood, so it’s not just fake it ‘til you make it – it’s also fake it ‘til you feel it.

Changing your attitude and body language isn’t just for show. Your testosterone goes up and your stress hormones go down, so the result is that you will actually be more confident and more focused.

“If you sit up straight and put a big smile on your face, it’s not going to make everything perfect – but it’s certainly going to help.”

Socialization also has a significant effect on developing a champion’s mindset. We’re taught to be confident, but not cocky, and conflicting messages from society can negatively reinforce successful behaviors. In a team environment, the person with the best attitude who is working hardest might be negatively singled out.

“When we start to change in different ways, or go outside the norm, and do things bigger and better than before, we get held back a little bit. Socialization really, really affects us much more than we think it does.”

We start to separate ourselves from average when we work to master the things we are most passionate about. This can be in a sport, a business or something else entirely, but at the end of the day peak performance is peak performance. You’ll never maximize your potential by working for the weekend.

When we’re pursuing peak performance, we don’t receive a lot of positive feedback. It’s important to realize that, when you are being tested a lot, you are on the right track.

“Life is supposed to test you, it’s not supposed to praise you.”

In The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Reignite, Jim explores the powerful experience of a comeback and how it relates to being reborn. Entertainment and social media can give us a skewed perspective on a champion’s peak performance, but this book reveals the disappointments and struggles that go along with achieving peak performance.

You can be a champion in anything you are passionate about, but it requires effort. Start acting and thinking like a champion, don’t stop when you’re tested and work hard every day.

 

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This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society.

To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web.

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Dec 5, 2016

It’s week five of the Champion’s Mindset series and I am talking to Erin Cafaro MacKenzie. She is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing and she has podiumed at every World Championship rowing competition that she has competed in – a total of six World Championship Gold Medals and two Bronze Medals. Erin and her husband currently run Power Speed Endurance, a sports-specific training program dedicated to improving skill, performance, fitness and overall potential.

Erin’s definition of the Champion’s Mindset has evolved over the years. At first, it was related to an indomitable spirit – the “X factor” of just going. While that may be a common definition, Erin believes the Champion’s Mindset is something that is more at peace, as opposed to forceful.

“A champion is someone who is doing it not to beat someone else – it’s for them.”

At Power Speed Endurance, Erin and her husband are trying to figure out an equation for each sport to use speed as a monitor for skill. In most monostructural (or endurance) sports – like running, rowing and even skateboarding – the athlete’s balance of friction and connection dictates the speed at which they can perform tasks, and the ability to perform those tasks relates directly to an athlete's skill.

We’ve discussed Grit a lot during the Champion’s Mindset series, and it’s an idea that Erin has been exploring as well. Angela Duckworth has a fantastic TED Talk and book on the subject, but there is also a downside to Grit. Too much friction prevents us from realizing our fullest potential, but just the right amount of friction can propel us to amazing heights.

It’s rare for someone to make the Olympics once, let alone twice, and it’s even more difficult than you might imagine when you consider the adversity and setbacks an intensive athlete can experience. In 2011, a month before the World Championships, Erin broke two ribs; one on the right and one on the left. It was hard for her to stay sane at the time, but, in hindsight, the break gave her perspective on what it means to be a champion.

“If everything was going great and came easily, I probably wouldn’t take as much interest in it.”

After the 2012 Olympics, Erin had to develop a different perspective on fulfillment. Her whole adult life leading up to that was devoted to training and pursuing the win, and then she thoroughly accomplished that. Experiencing depression after a period of great accomplishment or during a big transition is common, and this is a good time to turn to your tribe for support.

“Pain is one of our greatest teachers”

Erin’s ability to endure struggle actually became an obstacle at times, because having a high pain threshold also means having a low ability to evolve and to change. “When it comes to everyday life and you have painful thoughts, and you’re just sitting on them versus actually dealing with them or doing something different so that they don’t reoccur, then that’s when it’s pretty un-functional.”

The greatest lesson that Erin has learned as an athlete is that being a champion is not about being the superstar – it’s about being able to get the best out of your teammates. She is trying to apply this lesson by creating a platform for Power Speed Endurance coaches to share their strengths, reach more athletes and thrive.

I appreciate Erin’s vulnerability and authenticity on this week’s episode, because it shows that even the greatest champions experience struggle and need help picking themselves back up. Communities and adversity can be really powerful tools to help us grow.

 

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Resources:

 

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This episode is brought to you by SY Partners and Unstuck, helping you make a change by identifying the things holding you up. Their new program “Life Courses” are based on decades of learning about what inspires people to change. It is created by SYPartners, a transformation company that helps individuals, teams, and organizations become the best version of themselves, so they can create massive positive impact in business and society.

To start making your change, visit Life Courses by Unstuck on the web.

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We are also brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group. A full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your web site, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs.

Visit LawtonMG.com for more info.

 
 

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