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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 24, 2019

As a child Vincent Pugliese was, in his words, a giant pain in the butt. For example on the 200th year anniversary of the United States of America in 1976 everyone at his school had to wear red, white and blue, but he insisted on wearing a green suit. This rebel streak may not have endeared him to his teachers, but it has worked in his favor in the entrepreneurial world.

 

Vincent didn’t do well at school, dropped out of college five or six times and was arrested when he was 18 years old for stealing. As a 22-year-old he was working at a convenience store and making extra money by overcharging each customer a little. After a customer called him out on it, he woke up one night in a dead sweat and knew he had to change his life. His dad suggested he become a sports photographer and Vincent threw himself into attending games, hustling his way to the front row.

 

He got a lucky break at one game and his sports photography career took off.

 

Now he runs a photography business academy and a business mastermind program while enjoying financial freedom, homeschooling his three sons and traveling with his family. His new book, Freelance to Freedom, is available for free as an audio download.  

 

Vincent’s tips for listeners are:

  • A lie is believing what happened in your former life. We base so much of our adult life on what that kid in eighth grade said on the basketball court.
  • Think, “How do I afford it?” as opposed to “I can't afford it.”
  • One of the lies we tell ourselves is, I’m not good enough.

 

Vincent’s achievements show how far being curious and generous can take you in life. His goal for his sons is for them “to constantly have a love for learning”.

 

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  • Take action: https://totallifefreedom.com
  • Email: Vincent@freelancetofreedombook.com



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Jun 17, 2019

Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, but when he was younger it wasn’t at all obvious that he was going to be successful. During this episode of the podcast he talks about growing up in North Dakota and developing an interest in running. He got into Stanford on a fluke when his coach misunderstood his race times but, in his words, squandered the opportunity. While his high-powered classmates were finishing law school and so on, he graduated with the minimum number of units and went to work as a dishwasher and a security guard. His story of how he went straight from dead-end jobs to working at Forbes magazine, and ultimately became its publisher, is the impetus behind his new book, Late Bloomers.

Late Bloomers
Late Bloomers laments the culture of obsession with SAT scores and early success and explains that finding one’s way later in life can be an advantage to long-term achievement and happiness.

 

Self doubt and the importance of self-discovery
Rich and Mike also discuss how people shouldn’t tie their self doubt to their self worth and how embracing self doubt can be a great strategy. They also talk about how early achievers can reinvent themselves in the face of job insecurity as more and more jobs are automated or taken over by artificial intelligence.

 

How harmful the culture of early success can be
Rich also tells the story of how shame around being academically average led to a spate of depression and even suicide amongst Palo Alto students in 2014 and 2015. It was discovered that the kids who were most at risk were B-plus students.

 

Rich’s tips

  • The task of a late bloomer is to get off the conventional path and become an explorer.
  • There’s no better decade than your 20s to take risks.
  • Self doubt isn’t something to run away from, it’s something to embrace.
  • Be prepared to find new friends and move to a different place if your current environment isn’t serving you.

 

One of Rich’s key teachings is that finding your purpose is everything. As he says, “When people feel pulled, they grow in amazing ways. And they surprise you.”

 

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Jun 10, 2019

Every child deserves the opportunity to feel good and feel safe – it’s a fundamental, foundational need for all humans, and when you don’t have that as a child, it can create limiting beliefs that obscure your potential.

 

That’s why Laura Mayer co-founded Clothe Our Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to providing at-risk children in Tennessee with much-needed clothing and shoes. Their goal is to help these children feel loved, cared for, and good about themselves – what they call “clothing kids with confidence” – and each bag they deliver is custom packed with quality items and with the individual needs of the child in mind.

 

Laura grew up in a loving home with support, where she was home schooled by her mother, but when she left home, she found that the rest of the world wasn’t always so supportive. She found herself in an abusive relationship, and after she escaped it, she felt lost. As a result, she put everyone else and everything else at a distance because she didn’t feel safe.

 

However, a transformative experience at church taught Laura that she had to let go of the past; she didn't know what that was going to look like, but she was done letting anyone else steal another day of her future. She couldn’t go back, she couldn’t change what happened to her, but she could choose to move forward with her head held high.

 

Laura also found inspiration and support in a wonderful book called Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, which she recommends to anyone who resonates with her story.

 

It’ll help remind you, like I hope this podcast does, that everybody is here on this Earth for a purpose. We all have God-given abilities, and we all have the ability to create an impact on the world. But before you can find your Why, you must remember and believe that you are worthy of one to begin with – and giving children the opportunity to remember that is really why Clothe Our Kids is making such a positive impact on these young lives.

 

And if you want to make a positive impact today, you can support Clothe Our Kids – or even bringing Clothe Our Kids to your community because every city needs this! You can learn more at http://www.clotheourkids.com/take-action.

 

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Jun 3, 2019

Tiffany Bluhm is a beautiful writer and speaker with an incredible story that just breathes life into everyone who encounters it – so I am humbled and excited to be able to share it with all of you today.

 

Tiffany was born in India, abandoned as a newborn in New Delhi. She was one of more than 25 million Indian children who were orphaned in the ‘80s. And for most of her life, this origin was a thorn in her side; she saw a world where everyone had baby pictures and memories passed down by family, but she had no evidence of her beginning except for a number and a name given to her by an orphanage.

 

So, at her core, she struggled with her sense of identity. Tiffany was lucky enough, however, to be adopted, and to be given the opportunity to talk about how difficult it was. “So many adoptees go underground with their feelings. It’s called invisible trauma, when you can’t make sense of the trauma that’s happened because you don’t have conscious memories of it, but you can feel it and you’re still dealing with the effects of it.”

 

But Tiffany knew that if she was here, there must be a reason – and she had to make the best of it.

 

Although we don’t always come from such humbling pasts, most of us feel like this at some point in our lives: lost, confused, and a little unsure why we’re here. And when we feel that way, we often end up letting the things that we do to define who we are.

 

However, that’s now how you live a fulfilling life that lights you up. Who you are should define what you do, how you work, what your goals are, and what your values are. When you can align all of that, you can really achieve the life that you were created for.

 

“I am not leftovers,” Tiffany says confidently. “This isn’t going to be the breaking of me, but could potentially be the making of me.”

 

You can get more inspiration and wisdom from Tiffany in her upcoming book, She Dreams, or her own incredible podcast, Why Tho?.




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