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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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Jul 29, 2019

Jennifer Carroll has been a storyteller her whole life, but she believes the story she’s telling now is one that deserves to have massive impact. She wants to tell men and women that your health is the most important thing – because you can’t make an impact if you’re six feet under!

 

Jennifer grew up with loving parents who gave her the foundation of a strong, value-based upbringing, and she always had coaches and mentors in her life, beginning with her figure skating coach when she was a child. 

 

But it was her late husband, entrepreneur Phil Carroll, who taught her the most – both the good and the bad. She says he had the most positive attitude in the world and chose to live a very forward-moving, impactful life. He also lived as if he was invincible. This was his greatest attribute, but it was also part of his demise. Because Phil didn't believe in going to doctors, he ignored the early symptoms of prostate cancer and, tragically, passed away at a very young age.

 

With the support of another mentor, speaking coach Joel Weldon, Jennifer is now on a mission to share her story and encourage other people to share theirs because she knows that our stories have an impact on others. 

 

“Phil made his first million in his 20s. And he made his first widow in her 40s,” Jennifer says. “And I feel very driven to share that story to not only bring significance and meaning to Phil's life, as this incredible man and entrepreneur, but also to bring impact to his death.”

 

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Jul 22, 2019

Ken Coleman is a career expert, the best-selling author of The Proximity Principle, and the host of The Ken Coleman Show. Pulling from his own personal struggles, missed opportunities, and career successes, Coleman helps people discover what they were born to do and provides practical steps to make their dream job a reality.

 

Ken’s parents were the first to breathe life into his dreams, but two of his teachers also made a big impact – the elementary school teacher who gave him an extra jolt of self-esteem by always calling him Doc and a drama teacher who poured gasoline on his dreams by telling him he could do great things.

 

And Ken always had big dreams of becoming a national broadcaster – but, of course, big dreams also come with big obstacles. Ken experienced a lot of rejection when he tried to break into radio, and things just weren’t working out the way he had hoped. Then, one day he was sitting on his patio having a one-man pity party when he realized that nobody was sitting around thinking about how they could help Ken Coleman out. Nobody was waking up going, “Hey, this Ken Coleman guy, I think he’d be a really good broadcaster. Why don’t we give him a call today and just open every door for him?” 

 

Ken says that realization hit him like a ton of bricks. He knew he had the talent to be a great broadcaster, but that day, he realized that wasn’t enough – if he really wanted to make an impact, he had to actually pave that road, and that process was going to be long and arduous. 

 

Ken’s book, The Proximity Principle, is all about helping people pave this road for themselves by showing up and getting to know the right people who are going to help you fulfil your dreams so that the right opportunities find their way to you. Ken says that we humans want progress, and that's a good thing. But, if you obsess about the next step, you miss what you're supposed to be doing and learning in the now. He offers three pieces of advice for people working towards their dream job:

 

  • Know your role. You have to have absolute clarity on what is expected and what the win looks like.
  • Accept your role. Be grateful for the job you have now because it’s a step on the ladder to your dream job.
  • Maximize your role. Do things outside of your normal duties and demonstrate value.

 

“If you do those three things, progress will find you, the promotion will find you. You don't have to worry about it.”

 

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Jul 15, 2019

Chris Cooper is a serial entrepreneur who has seen a lot of success, so now he’s passing on what he’s learned through a mentorship company for entrepreneurs called Two-Brain Business. Chris is focused on nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship, like what are the phases people go through when developing scalable businesses and how do people move between them? To answer these questions, Chris brings together his personal business experience, incredible consistency (he’s written a blog post every day for the last 10 years), and a keen understanding of the benefits of entrepreneurship.

 

One of the macro benefits that Chris sees is that entrepreneurship makes the economy less fragile. A lot of cities and towns rely on major industrial employers – and when they close down or leave, that has a major impact on the economy of the region and almost every family in it. Chris says what these places need to bounce back is an anti-fragile approach, which is not one big industrial employer but 300 small businesses.

 

Another benefit is that when people don’t have to worry about money, they can worry about the important, impactful things – like spending time with their kids and living in alignment with their values.

 

You may think that being an entrepreneur isn’t for everybody, but Chris didn’t grow up in an entrepreneurial family or have access to a lot of extra resources. In fact, he attributes his jump into entrepreneurship to two former personal training clients who saw that personal training wasn’t paying the bills and pushed him to start his first company.

 

If it sounds like you’re in the same shoes that Chris had on back then, working for someone else but struggling to pay your bills, he has a lot of helpful tips:

  • It's super important to have both wins to motivate you and losses to keep you humble
  • Get into the habit of paying yourself at the start of your business
  • Focus on the information that applies to you and filter out the rest

 

Through his mentoring practice, Chris also identified four phases of entrepreneurship, which he wrote about them in his book Founder, Farmer, Tinker, Thief: The Four Phases of the Entrepreneur's Journey.

 

Want to know what phase of entrepreneurship you’re in? Well, you should be interested, because it can help you figure out where to go next – and you can find out at twobrain.com

 

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Jul 8, 2019

John Foley has some serious flying skills, but for him what’s truly important as a team member, leader, and mentor is connecting with people who have a deep connection to who they are and why they’re there. 

 

John had an amazing childhood, where he received both wisdom and love from his parents, who created a supportive environment for his dreams. His father was an army instructor at West Point and John wanted to be an army officer just like him - until he saw an air show and decided that he wanted to be a pilot. 

 

Of course, there were also rules in John’s family, and the self-discipline he developed as a child served him well when he went to study at the United States Naval Academy. He played college football while he was there and, after graduation, trained as a fighter pilot. Moving up the ranks, he then became an instructor pilot and later joined the Blue Angels, the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron. 

 

John’s hairy experiences in the Blue Angels included flying into Russian air space shortly after the end of the Cold War to do a show and seeing Russian fighter jets coming towards his plane. Fortunately, the Russians were also keen to make friends and John ended up waving at one of the Russians from his cockpit.

 

Flying in a squadron means that you and your teammates literally rely on each other to stay alive, and in this episode John talks about how it’s so important to hold up your end of the deal and do your job well. He explains that he sees a huge difference between being scared and being afraid. To him being scared just means, “Hey, I need to do my job. Everybody's counting on me.” Being fearful means that you go into defense mode.

 

John’s new book, Fearless Success, is about the secrets that elite performers know and practice on a daily basis. You can buy it from Amazon and other booksellers, but if you get it from his website, it comes with a free second book, Breaking Beliefs.

 

Some of John’s tips include:

  • Worry about performing well, not on the outcome. 
  • Take negative thoughts and put them in the back of your head so you can focus on what you need to do
  • The key to doing something difficult is visualization and focus

 

Another one of the secrets to success revealed in the book is that he meditates every morning. He says gratitude is so important because, “Gratefulness changes the way you see the world. And then the way the world sees you changes too.”

 

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Jul 1, 2019

Anthony Trucks has accomplished so much in his life – he played in the NFL, built two extremely successful business, wrote a best selling book, and competed as an American Ninja Warrior – but that all pales in comparison to the positive impact he’s making on every single person he interacts with. Anthony has experienced extreme ups and downs of his life, and that’s what drives him to “help others take ‘shift’ seriously in their lives to make great ‘shift’ happen.”

 

Anthony was placed in foster care at the age of three, and he stayed in the system until he was adopted at the age of 14. Anthony loved his adoptive parents and says his mom taught him unconditional love, but he still struggled with being the only black kid in a white family and the abuse and neglect he experienced in earlier homes. He says that he used his turbulent background as an excuse until he heard two girls talking about him at school and realized how stupid that excuse sounded. 

 

He played football in high school, college, and the NFL, and he attributes his capacity to withstand pain to a college coach that really pushed him.

 

When Anthony left the NFL, he opened his own gym... although he had no idea how to run a gym, or really a business at all. The problems with the gym also disrupted Anthony’s family life and his marriage ended in divorce (however, Anthony and his wife are now happily remarried).  

 

Navigating these extreme shifts in his life has been extremely difficult, but through a lot of internal work, Anthony was able to make sense of life’s expected and unexpected shifts – How he’d accomplished all the great things, how he’d encountered and endured all the bad things, and how he could’ve handled them differently. But he sees others struggling through this all the time, and that’s why he created Modifidentify, a company focused on helping people take control of their lives by understanding how these shifts impact their identities.


As he says, “I just love being a part of the process of other people's joy.”

 

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