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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 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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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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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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May 27, 2019

In this episode, I talk to Rebecca Jackson and her father Dr John Jackson, authors of Arben: David Arben’s Life of Miracles and Successes. They discuss Warsaw-born Mr. Arben’s astonishing story of his survival from concentration camps during the Holocaust, his brushes with death, and subsequent achievements as a classical violinist.

 

His story is astonishing, from surviving a Nazi massacre to world acclamation for his work. We discuss how music helped Mr. Arben to carry on — and thrive— after surviving a number of close calls with death and coming face-to-face with the horror of a World War II Nazi concentration camp. The story of the Nazi guard and the camp orchestra is not to be missed.

 

What gave him the strength to survive? Dr. Jackson tells of the advice Mr. Arben received from his parents: 1) You’re a virtuoso and 2) don’t let anyone disrespect you. He never bowed or was submissive and this incredible courage and resilience was something that came directly from his parents. Others, including Dr. and Rebecca Jackson, were inspired by this strength of character.

 

Mr. Arben’s showed his strong will from an early age. Dr. Jackson tells the delightful and illuminating story of a young Arben dismissing his parents’ concerns about him taking up the violin as a career by going on a hunger strike to get music lessons.

 

After the war, he was classed as a displaced person and it was his determination to get to the U.S and play violin that, again, saved him. Eventually arriving on a converted troopship in Boston harbor in 1949, it was only a matter of weeks before he was able to secure a letter of recommendation from the acclaimed conductor Leonard Bernstein, which helped begin his musical career.

 

But how has Mr. Arben influenced Rebecca and Dr. Jackson? Rebecca shares a story of when he questioned her passion when she played. She vehemently denied this to Mr. Arben. Was he upset? No, it was this passion that he wanted to see come out of her. As her teacher, he saw her as a “connector of people.”

 

As we learn, he has strong views about what makes a great artist: “a combination of intellect and heart,” according to Dr. Jackson. A man of honour, Mr. Arben always kept his word and expected others to do the same. A man who lived in the “now,” he believed in using the gifts Nature had bestowed on him.

 

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May 20, 2019

There are a lot of conversations these days around really taking hold of the narrative of your life, and not just passively reacting to life but actively responding to who you are created to be, what you’re called to, and what you’re capable of becoming – and I am all for it!

 

So, today, I want to add on to this conversation that society is having through my conversation with Logan Gelbrich, a man who has not just asked himself these questions but embodies his answers to them.

 

Logan is a former professional baseball player for the San Diego Padres, a “Functional Coach” working with DEUCE Gym, and the author of Going Right: A Logical Justification for Pursuing Your Dreams.

 

Logan was lucky enough to know that he wanted to be a baseball player from a very young age, and he had the drive to make it happen – but, unfortunately, professional sports careers often don’t have a very long lifespan. So, after Logan’s professional baseball career was over, he had to ask himself all of those questions again.

 

Luckily, baseball taught Logan to orient towards that which is in his control. So, instead of wallowing in a decision he couldn’t change, he focused on what he could do moving forward.

 

Finding our next best next step in life requires identifying what’s at the intersection of our curiosity and commitment, and in Logan’s book, he takes an objective and utilitarian view on this subject. He urges readers to ask themselves, “How are you most useful to yourself and your community?”

 

What doesn’t work, he says, is just picking what you’re going to do next arbitrarily. You can’t stay committed to an idea you just picked out of a hat, or because it was trending on Google. You probably can, however, stay committed to an idea or organization that has captured your curiosity and lit you up in the past. And through that commitment and curiosity, you can pursue a life where you are always pushing yourself to the edge of what you are capable of and constantly evolving.

 

But Logan says that a lot of us are intentionally avoiding difficulty, and as a result, we are losing ourselves along the way. The path most travelled is covered in complacency, so I urge you to choose the path less travelled; a path packed with curiosity, challenge, and growth.

 

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May 13, 2019

Brandon T. Adams is a serial entrepreneur who owns a stake in a number of businesses, including the Accelerant Media Group, Live to Grind, Young Entrepreneur Convention, and Arctic Stick. He is also the co-host and executive producer of the reality TV series Ambitious Adventures, and the host of the business podcast Live to Grind. His most recent project is a TV series called Success in Your City.

 

Brandon is an entrepreneur who lives life on his own terms, and there’s a reason for that. In a story that is both fascinating and relatable, he talks about his own journey of working hard, though as he admits, “not smart” – and he paid the consequences. Brandon shares an incident where he had a mental and physical breakdown while driving, a sure sign his body was telling him to work for his own reward, not others. Working in real estate at the time, the moment was crucial for Brandon, for he knew it was the signal that he had to change his ways.

 

Think and Grow Rich

 

Brandon knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur at the age of 21, after he read Napoleon Hill’s acclaimed 1937 book “Think and Grow Rich.” The lesson he learned was that the famous entrepreneurs of the day — Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Andrew Carnegie — weren’t necessarily the brightest in the land. However, they all shared one goal: the “drive to achieve something,” said Brandon.

 

This drive is shown in the determination to succeed that has characterised Brandon’s life, most noticeably in his drive to release his Emmy award TV series “Success in your City.”

 

Handling pressure

 

As many entrepreneurs know, life is never easy and Brandon’s had his own share of trials and tribulations. He speaks candidly of the adverse reaction to his film proposal and tells me how he dealt with the pressure and incessant trolling on social media. Brandon says no matter how unpleasant the experience, “...you grow, you learn, and you open up doors.”

 

Brandon’s message for budding entrepreneurs is simple: Live life the way you want and always be prepared to grow and learn. Every day is precious to Brandon. As he says, we all have only “one life to give.” Let’s make the most of it.

 

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May 6, 2019

One week ago today, my first book, Master The Key: A Story To Free Your Potential, Find Meaning and Live Life On Purpose, debuted on Amazon – and you all showed up in a purposeful way!

 

Together, we made Master The Key a #1 bestseller in spiritual growth on day one, top three in the interpersonal relationships on day two, and #29 in new releases in the personal transformation category on day three. Just being ranked in that category was one of my BHAGs, and just to put that in perspective, Oprah Winfrey was #1 at the time.

 

So, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all again. I am humbled by the way you all showed up and I have nothing but gratitude for you. But we’re still just getting started, and I am so excited to see where this journey takes us.

 

And today, I want to share two more of the people who endorsed and influenced my book: Dr. Jim Afremow and Caroline Burckle.

 

Dr. Afremow is one of the world’s most sought after mental game coaches and the author of three books about being a champion, The Champion’s Mind, The Champion’s Comeback, and The Young Champion’s Mind. Caroline is an Olympic athlete-turned-entrepreneur who, In 2015, Co-Founded RISE Athletes with Rebecca Soni with an ambitious goal: creating a community for cultivating, creating, and discussing things that would uplift them, their peers, and the next generation of athletes.

 

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Apr 29, 2019

The wait is over – Master The Key: A Story To Free Your Potential, Find Meaning and Live Life On Purpose is here! I am so excited to finally be able to share this story with all of you. It’s honestly difficult to put into words.

 

So, to celebrate this momentous day, I am going to introduce you to Steve, your companion on the journey to mastering the key, by reading the first chapter of the book.

 

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Apr 22, 2019

We are exactly seven days away from April 29th, which means we’re only one week away from the launch of my first book, Master The Key: A Story To Free Your Potential, Find Meaning and Live Life On Purpose!

 

We’ve been celebrating all month by highlighting some of the people who influenced this book, and this week we’re continuing that by shining a light on two of the most powerful, incredible leaders that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know: AmyK Hutchens and Kara Goldin!

 

AmyK has become a great friend and a valuable member of my tribe through her two previous times joining the show, and she’s the author of her own phenomenal book, The Secrets Leaders Keep, which is a must-read for anyone in any kind of leadership role.

 

Kara is the founder and CEO at Hint, the creators of Hint Water. She is like a modern-day David, overcoming unlikely odds to not only heal herself but also create an awesome business in the process. She has since grown into an unstoppable force in the entrepreneurial world, also starting the Unstoppable podcast (which I will be appearing on very soon).

 

If you want to be one of the first people to receive a copy of the book, subscribe to my newsletter at https://theimpactentrepreneur.net or text the word KEY followed by your first time to 831-607-1818.

 

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Apr 15, 2019

We’re one week closer to April 29th, which means we’re one week closer to the release of Master The Key: A Story To Free Your Potential, Find Meaning and Live Life On Purpose!

 

We’re celebrating all month by highlighting some of the people who influenced this book, and we have two of the most positive people in the world this week: Greg Amundson and Jon Gordon! Greg is a former DEA special agent, the bestselling author of The Warrior and the Monk, and one of the original crossfitters (he’s also my coach here in Santa Cruz). Jon is a prolific author and speaker, the host of Positive University, the author of a number of inspiring books, and I really can’t underscore this enough – this man is Mr. Positive!

 

Jon is also hosting The Power of Positive Summit, a FREE online event, from April 22-28. You can learn more at https://www.powerofpositivesummit.com.

 

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Apr 8, 2019

We’re still on the road to releasing Master The Key: A Story To Free Your Potential, Find Meaning and Live Life On Purpose (which will be available April 29th, 2019), and to celebrate, we’re checking back in with some of the people who influenced the book.

 

Today, we’re reflecting back on the wisdom of Mel Robbins, an expert on leadership and the best-selling author of The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, and Sheryl O’Loughlin, the CEO of REBBL superherb beverages and the author of KILLING IT!: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart.

 

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Apr 1, 2019

We are less than 30 days away from the release of my book, Master The Key: A Story To Free Your Potential, Find Meaning and Live Life On Purpose!

 

So, this month, we’re going to share the wisdom of some of the people who have influenced the book and offered endorsements from the book, starting today with Kevin Hall and Lou Holtz. We’ll reflect on what these mentors have to teach us, and I’ll share what they have to say about the book.

 

You’ll be able to get your copy of Master the Key on April 29th, 2019, and if you want to be one of the first people to receive a copy of the book, subscribe to my newsletter at https://theimpactentrepreneur.net or text the word KEY followed by your first time to 831-607-1818.

 

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Mar 25, 2019

Nathan Mendelsohn is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Cláudio França, who is one of the very first black belts to bring Jiu Jitsu to California, Santa Cruz in particular, and a crucial contributor to the growth of this sport/martial art in North America. Nathan is one of the top American grapplers of his generation, but it’s not just his tremendous list of achievements that garnered him notoriety in the martial arts community – it’s also his open minded attitude towards training, often breaking strict team taboos to practice with the best in this martial art/sport.

 

Nathan was inspired by his childhood hero Rickson Gracie, a famed practitioner of Gracie jiu jitsu and the subject of the 1995 documentary, Choke. Nathan describes him as the embodiment of the modern-day samurai, and learning jiu jitsu was Nathan’s own way of chasing that childhood dream of being a real-life samurai.

 

Nathan was ranked as the #8 middleweight blackbelt in the world, positioned to move even higher up the rankings, before he hit a roadblock: a knee injury. Thanks to medical advances over the past 10 or 20 years, this wasn’t the career-ending injury it could have been, but it still lead to a number of frustrating moments during recovery and caused him to slide in the rankings.

 

But he tried not to let negativity own his life, telling us that “it’s really important to have a positive storyline happening in your head.” Instead of viewing the injury as an obstacle to his goal, he took it as an opportunity to take six months off, for the first time in his life. It was time he could use to not only let his body recover, but also hone his mindset.

 

Like a lot of what you learn when training in a martial art, I think this lesson is highly applicable to everyone’s life. In our conversation, Nathan shares a number of other lessons he’s learned over the years:

 

  • When we learn new things, we’re always focused on the little details – but it’s more just about being there, being present, and letting the situation “churn” you. If you embrace that churn, you’ll naturally get better and better. If you focus on the little details, it’s extremely easy to get overwhelmed.
  • Not drinking alcohol also had a significant impact on both Nathan’s training and mindset. He didn’t like who he was when he drank, and it negatively affected every aspect of training. It just wasn’t helping to contribute to his goals, so he took it out of his life. This isn’t easy to do in a world where drinking is present at many (if not most) social occasions, but he says it’s one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
  • After becoming a black belt, the pressure ramped up for Nathan. So one of his mentors taught him about affirmations and mantras, which he now uses before he competes. His main mantra is “I always believe in my ability to impose my game on any opponent,” and he also likes “Every fight is my first fight, my last fight, and my only fight,” for long tournaments.

 

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Mar 18, 2019

Robert Glazer, founder of Acceleration Partners and co-founder of BrandCycle, says that we all come out of the factory without our instruction manual.

 

Unfortunately, too many of us don’t figure out who we are and how we function until we’re well into our 30s and 40s – but, as leaders and entrepreneurs, we can change that. We can honor each person in our world; we can highlight and support their unique dreams, hopes, and desires.

 

And when we don’t do this, when we forget that our organizations are made up of individual people who have their own vision for their life and their own goals, the results can be disastrous. All you have to do is look at employee engagement worldwide: 85 percent of employees are not engaged or actively disengaged at work, resulting in approximately $7 trillion in lost productivity, according to Gallup.

 

That’s not because most employees don’t want to be engaged, excel, and improve. It’s because most employees don’t have anyone helping them identify their strengths or use these strengths to move the organization forward. So this isn’t on the employees – it’s on the leadership that isn’t helping their people find their instruction manuals.

 

In Robert’s businesses, this comes down to building capacity in people holistically. He needs his people to grow with the business, and that means they need to do more than just work better – the whole person needs to get better. The business sees a tangible benefit from this personal investment and the employees associate working for the business with being a better person.

 

I think every company, big and small, needs to focus on creating a culture of personal empowerment and work-life integration like this. It helps businesses succeed, but that’s not even the point – everyone deserves the opportunity to hone their strengths and contribute to something greater than themselves, and as leaders, that’s how we can truly make an impact on the world.

 

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Mar 11, 2019

When you walk through the doors of NCFIT, the first thing you’re going to be greeted by is a smiling face, then another and another – and, immediately, even a stranger will feel welcome. That’s the power of community.

 

And cultivating a passionate community is exactly what NCFIT founder Jason Khalipa wanted to do when he started what is now a small CrossFit empire; he wanted to create an environment where employees were paid to chase their passion, do what they love, and create happier, healthier communities along the way. It’s a marriage of fitness and hospitality that really makes an impact on the people who come through the doors.

 

But running NCFIT is just one of Jason’s many hats. He is also author of As Many Reps as Possible, the host of two podcasts (AMRAP Mentality and Business of Fitness), and a dedicated philanthropist who gives so much to spread awareness for pediatric cancer and provide support to families fighting that difficult fight.

 

Jason started his philanthropy work in 2016, after he and his wife were faced with a parent’s worst nightmare: their daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four. But the Khalipa family embraced Ava’s diagnosis and faced it with unyielding positivity.

 

Instead of playing it safe, they went all in. Instead of focusing on themselves, they spread support. Instead of worrying, they celebrated. Because those are the memories that Jason wants Ava to remember.

 

And no matter what is happening or where you are in your life, it’s never too late. You can overcome any adversity. You can start that business. You can write the story of your own life.

 

You are the only person who can free your potential.

 

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Mar 4, 2019

Phil White is the co-author of Waterman 2.0 (with past guest Dr. Kelly Starrett), The 17 Hour Fast (with Dr. Frank Merritt), Unplugged (with Dr. Andy Galpin and Brian Mackenzie) and Game Changer (with Fergus Connolly). He also writes for many of the leading brands in the human performance space and tells stories for Intrinsic, which helps military veterans, firefighters, police officers, and athletes overcome PTSD, TBIs, and concussions.

 

But before Phil started telling stories, he wanted to be an athlete. He moved across the pond from the UK, and then a ways further into the Midwest, to join a college soccer team in Kansas City and pursue this childhood dream.

 

Phil was an English major, though, and the more he wrote, the more his talent started to shine. After graduating, he had his first opportunity to co-write a book. This was a pivotal point in his writing career. He continued to write more and more and more – and before he knew it, he was a writer.

 

In this process, Phil learned an important lesson, and it’s one he shares with all of us in this episode: “Honor your god-given talent, in whatever you got.”

 

But Phil isn’t just a talented wordsmith, he’s also a talented collaborator; really, a master communicator by any measure. He’s exceptionally good at helping to draw ideas out of others, which he says is driven by an insatiable curiosity, and then translating those ideas into the written word.

 

Phil turns these ideas into art through his talent, but at the foundation of it all is a willingness to build relationships – which I think is probably the least taught, but most important, skill that anyone and everyone should have.

 

And here’s the thing: you don’t even need to rely on your God-given talents to form relationships! You’ll be able to create something incredible if you combine the two, but anyone and everyone CAN build healthy and strong relationships, in any area of their life, if they’re willing to put in the time and effort.

 

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Feb 25, 2019

Leah Darrow joins the show today to teach us all about the Made for More Mentality.

 

Leah is a former model and contestant on America’s Next Top Model who has a driving passion to inspire women to do something beautiful with their lives. She is an international Catholic speaker, author of The Other Side of Beauty, and host of the Do Something Beautiful podcast.

 

I ask Leah about her final episode of Top Model and what attracted her to modeling in the first place – with that high-stress situation as an example, in particular, it can be difficult to understand why anyone would want to do that.

 

However, it all comes down to one of the most basic human desires: you want to be loved and you want to be beautiful.

 

Unfortunately, we’ve distorted beauty so it almost exclusively pertains to the physical these days, and at the time, that’s what she was pursuing. But she got fed up with it. She didn’t want to be known as a pretty picture or a pretty girl, and she certainly didn’t want to get used to being used to sell products.

 

So today, Leah is concerned with the beauty of the soul; the beauty of someone who is compassionate, who is generous, who forgives, who dives deep into friendships. “That is a beauty that remains with you throughout time, and that is why people who engage in that type of a lifestyle have a lot of beauty around them and in them – and we are attracted to them!”

 

And Leah is on a mission to help other women tap into their God-given potential and let it shine, which is why she created Lux U, a first of its kind online learning program for Catholic women who want to be informed, inspired, and empowered in their faith.

 

“We need to connect on a more human level because people are not projects, people are not deadlines, people are not profit. Until we engage with the people around us, in our personal life and our business life, we will not make the impact that the world needs.”

 

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Feb 18, 2019

About a year ago, I invited my beautiful wife, Lisa, on the show for episode 100. That was one of our most popular episodes of the year so, today, she is coming back by popular demand! We each pour a glass of bourbon, sit down in front of a mic, and kick things off with our traditional toast: to us and to all of our friends, past, present, and future.

 

Then we take turns asking each other questions submitted by you, the listeners of the show, and our friends (and I may have added a couple extra questions as well). I hope you are able to take away some tips from our conversation so that you can make a greater impact on the people you love, your community, and the world.

 

I highlighted a few of my favorite questions and responses below, but there’s a lot more in the full episode.

 

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Mike: If someone wants things to go differently, wants things to go well, wants to take action, what’s the first thing they should do?

 

Lisa: You have to make forward progress every day. Every little opportunity you have to choose to have a different response and choose to make a different path for yourself or your family – that’s why we’re here. We’ve had many opportunities this past year to stop and say, no, we’re going to do something different. We’re not going to just react. We’re going to choose to respond in the way that we want and the way that we feel called to and gifted for.

 

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Ross: What did you think would be significantly easier or harder in marriage?

 

Lisa: From the beginning, I felt like we had all the building blocks for a great marriage and relationship, and that has proven to be true ... But harder, in terms of marriage, is the every single day dying to self. Every single day, I’m going to do something that I know Mike would appreciate. I’m going to say yes to our children in a loving way – the everyday part of it. ... What I mean by that is making a very intentional decision to do something that you don’t feel like doing.

 

Mike: I want to reiterate that we have the building blocks for a good marriage, and I want to share a little bit about how we do it... First of all, we both have good parents to set examples for us... And their marriages weren’t perfect, and I think we saw that, and that also helped us understand that perfection is a myth and something that will never be achieved. ... And we’re very intentional. We communicate!

 

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Mike: Why is having gifts – and using them – important to you?

 

Lisa: We all have gifts. We all have things inside of us that we were made and born to do, and if you don’t use them, that equals the worst kind of suffering.

 

Mike: We know that people struggle with the belief that they don’t have any gifts or that they don’t know what their gifts are... So if someone feels like they don’t know how to articulate it or they don’t know what their gifts are, what would you tell them to do?

 

Lisa: The first step is that you need to make a lot of room and time for silence. Because in the classroom for silence is where you will discern and know a lot of things. So you need to make room for silence first, and then you need to follow the little whisper inside of you.

 

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Feb 11, 2019

AmyK Hutchens first joined the show back way back in episode 26, which published in September 2016. We talked about her phenomenal book, The Secrets Leaders Keep, which is still a must-read for anyone in any kind of leadership role.

 

Today AmyK is back and we’re talking about her recent work focusing on the power of profitable conversations, especially tough conversations.

 

AmyK teaches us that life happens one conversation at a time – and the quality of our lives are a direct reflection of the quality of our conversations.

 

And really, it only takes a few minutes of intentional thought and preparation to assure that almost any conversation will be a high-quality conversation, whether it’s a tough conversation to have or not. We just keep lying to ourselves that we don’t have enough time when, in reality, we can’t afford not to take the time to think about the way we communicate with others.

 

Whether you’re talking to your employees in a Fortune 500 company or your daughter, immediately reacting to a conversation can lead to irresponsible communication that negatively impacts your relationship. However, if you take the time to consider the context around a conversation and how you want to be treated by others, you can approach every conversation with a strategy and tone that leads it in a positive direction.

 

Amazingly, all it takes is pausing before you respond, as opposed to reacting. It’s okay if you feel angry or have an emotional response, but you have to keep in mind that as a parent, as a boss, or as a spouse, the very first words that you say will set the entire tone, tenor, and direction for everything that follows.

 

AmyK tells us that, when we get in these tough conversations, there’s two things you can do to sustain a relationship (or not): go in for connection or go in for power. If this is a conversation with your partner, children, or friends, obviously it makes sense to go for connection. But there are other times when you have to draw a line or a boundary, and that’s when you have to go for a power play – and you have to make this choice consciously.

 

If you want to have more impactful and profitable conversations in your life, I highly recommend checking out AmyK’s new course: The Power of Profitable Conversations. After you’re done, you’ll be confidently and competently leading your toughest conversations without saying something that you regret, giving your power away, or damaging your relationships.

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Feb 4, 2019

Today’s guest served his country with honor and distinction, has been committed to his wife for over 40 years, has six kids who love each other (most of the time), has enough grandchildren to field a football team (and still have a few subs), has cultivated a dedicated and loyal community of friends, and is generous with his time and resources – and I am proud to call this man the most successful man that I know and my father.

 

All that Mike Flynn Sr. has achieved is even more impressive when you consider the fact that he didn’t necessarily grow up in a home that modeled the generosity and love that he offers his children, grandchildren, and community. His childhood home was marked with abuse and self-medication, which ultimately led to him dropping out of high school at 16 years old.

 

He was looking for an opportunity – and that’s when he found the Army. He started as a clerk, quickly moving up to infantry and then long range reconnaissance patrol (which is part of the 75th Ranger lineage). In the jungles of Vietnam, he saw a degree of safety belonging to a smaller patrol, as well as the adventure and excitement he was originally sold by military recruiters.

 

Mike Flynn Sr. left the military almost as quickly as he joined, young and confused. He had packed away his grief for the young people who fell beside him, but it all came unpacked in college. He sent a letter forgiving and apologizing to his father. He never received a reply, but it opened something in him.

 

“I let go of anger and hatred. I let go of it, in that act... I found myself back in church and I renewed my relationship with Jesus and the Catholic church, and I came into a relationship with God, and all of that confusion went away. I always said felt like I was a ship that was listing to the side and that ship was righted.”

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Jan 28, 2019

Thane Marcus Ringler recently published his first book, From Here to There: A Quarter-Life Perspective On The Path To Mastery.

 

Some people might find the idea of even writing the book, or coming on this show to share his perspective, to be audacious for a 25 year old. But I believe that there’s something to learn from everybody, whether it’s my eight-year-old son, a 74-year-old ex-Army Ranger, or a former PGA tour pro like Thane who was forced to pivot.

 

So I’m grateful Thane gave me the opportunity to learn from him, and I’m looking forward to sharing his wisdom with all of you today.

 

The Yips

 

Thane found himself at the 2015 Australian Open, his first big tour as a professional golfer. He was playing against big names like Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, and Lee Westwood. These were people he looked up to, and seeing them next to him “really solidified in my mind that the game is not the thing that’s different. It’s the experience, the mindset, the confidence, the belief, the focus. The things that are intangible in the mind.”

 

But leading up to this tour, Thane had his first experience with The Yips: an involuntary, fear-based movement of the body that gets ingrained into, generally, an athlete’s performance. It was just a week before the biggest game of his life, and he just couldn’t keep a clubface square during his wedges.

 

He went out there, every day, in a battle against The Yips, and it was his greatest battle on the golf course and, in many ways, in his own mind.

 

Thane did get to a place where he was able to compete, although he still faltered in the second round of the Australian Open. “But I was proud of myself for getting to a place where I could compete, and I could stand next to these players and recognize that mys kill and my talent was parallel, in a lot of ways.”

 

Words are cheap. Actions cost.

 

Thane teaches us that talking about things is one thing, but actually doing them is something else entirely. This is true when it comes to competition, and this is true in our daily lives.

 

But the golf can help us illustrate this because, ultimately, it’s a game against yourself. It’s so mental, individualized, and long-form that, even though there are competitors, it’s more a battle against you, your mind, and your own self-limiting beliefs.

 

“You have to take 100% ownership of what you’re doing. There’s no referees to blame, there’s no teammates – it’s all on you.” Although Thane pivoted away from golf, he still applies this mindset to everything he does.

 

We all have to take full ownership of our actions and our decisions. If we don’t, it’s going to be limiting our own growth and our own progress, in whatever we’re doing.

 

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