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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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Jun 25, 2018

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 18, 2018

Armando Cruz is the bestselling author of The Legacy Code and the creator of The R.I.C.H. Man Experience. He helps growth-minded married men show up powerfully in their relationship with their wife, kids, health, and business to live out a legacy they can be proud of.

 

But just a few years ago, Armando felt dissatisfied, at the lowest point in his life. It was a prison of his own making, and it was made worse because, from the outside, everything looked great. He had a successful business, he was helping people, he was healthy, his family was growing, they went on vacations – so who was he not to be happy with that?

 

Armando just wanted something more, which is a feeling I think a lot of entrepreneurs, in particular, can relate to.

 

Armando says he was “tanking the business,” and there was fear – he couldn’t keep living that way. That’s when an influential coach and mentor reached out to Armando about a retreat that could help him.

 

Although they couldn’t afford this retreat, Armando’s wife offered one of the courageous acts of love he has ever experienced: she said he had to go, not for himself but for his family.

 

Armando found clarity on that retreat, and created the R.I.C.H. Man Experience.

 

R.I.C.H. is a redefinition of Rich, and living the R.I.C.H. Man life is about showing up Respected, Inspired, Connected, and Happy – “It’s an acronym for a value system that we use as a compass to help you make sure that you’re showing up as the best version of yourself, in every decision and every situation.”

 

The Legacy Code

 

In The Legacy Code, Armando breaks down the five steps anyone has to take to create a legacy that inspires:

 

  1. Awareness
  2. Vision
  3. Purpose
  4. Process
  5. Implementation

 

“Whenever you feel like you’re not moving fast enough, very often it’s directly related to a lack of clarity. So if you want to move quicker, get more clarity.”

 

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Jun 11, 2018

Jesse Itzler is a former rapper, an entrepreneur, and the author of New York Times bestseller Living with a Seal: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet. It might seem like an odd resume to some, but Jesse doesn’t fit in anyone else’s box or allow anyone else to write his script – he’s here to write the script of his own life.

 

When Jesse started in the music business, he had no experience and no connections. When he got into private aviation, he had no airplanes.

 

But that didn't stop him from getting on the Billboard 100 or writing the New York Knicks theme song. That didn’t stop him from co-founding Marquis Jet, the world’s largest private jet card company, which he has since sold to Berkshire Hataway/NetJets.

 

Jesse says you shouldn’t wait for the right time to try something, and you shouldn’t wait until you have enough experience – “Get your foot in the door and figure it out after.”

 

Jesse took a similar “just do it” approach to writing his books Living with a SEAL and Living with the Monks. The former helped him hone his physical body, by jumping feet first into one of the most intense training regimens on the planet. The latter helped him explore the spiritual side of his life.

 

It felt like a struggle at first but by the end, “it reinforced that I want to live by putting as many experiences on my plate as I could.”

 

Want to live life full blast like Jesse? Well, he challenges all of you to put one thing on your calendars that seems so hard that the benefit of the challenge will last the entire year. There should be a challenge or a struggle (not necessarily a physical one) because those are the things that make you feel most alive and offer the most valuable lessons.

 

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Jun 4, 2018

Zach Obront is the Co-Founder of Book in a Box, which helps innovators and entrepreneurs turn their ideas into a book in just 6 months. At this point, Book in a Box has helped write, publish, and market about 900 books, and they have reached tens of thousands of people.

 

Zach’s co-founder was Tucker Max, a four-time New York Times bestseller, serial entrepreneur, and “reformed bad boy.” As you might expect, Zach first reached out to Tucker Max for a completely normal reason: to learn more about Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud’s nephew who is sometimes referred to as “the father of public relations.”

 

Just what you expected, right? Well, the info about Bernays was questionable online, save for a great article by Tucker. Zach was nervous about potentially taking a leap to reach out, but he did anyway – it’s just an email, what’s the worst that can happen?

 

Within an hour, Tucker sent back a really thoughtful answer, and they stayed in touch. Eventually, they connected over a shared passion for publishing, created a new model for writing and publishing books, and started Book in a Box.

 

Zach teaches us that being an impactful entrepreneur doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be able to think outside of the box – it’s often better to be able to identify a potential problem and have the willingness to try creating a solution.

 

And while identifying the problem is certainly important, it’s that willingness to take a risk that really separates the extraordinary from the rest of the pack. The best ideas don’t do anything without action.

 

“My deep discomfort and fear comes from the feeling that I might be boring and not take a risk – the thought of taking a risk doesn’t feel risky to me.”

 

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

 

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The Impact Entrepreneur Show is produced by Podcast Masters

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