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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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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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