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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to grow year after year experiencing more success while others remain in the same place for decades? Fortune favors the curious! In today's episode, Mary Lou shares 5 ways to outperform yourself in 2020 and beyond. 

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Remember -- the only person we should be competing against is ourselves! As you know more, you can do better. As you think bigger, your results will become bigger. Last year’s championship season is this year’s starting point. Stay hungry. Stay curious. Energy is the currency of life and is more valuable than intellect. So is cultivating massive belief in yourself. When you believe you can outperform yourself and experience different, more satisfying results, you can!

 

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Today’s episode is part of a new series here at the Play Your Position Podcast about the effects of social media on how we play our positions in life and work.

 

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The goal of this series is to advance the conversation about how social media exposure impacts us and ways we can develop the skills needed to effectively navigate life in a hyper-connected world. 

 

 

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What are some strategies and skills you've developed to help you navigate a social media world? What is your approach to interacting with bad news you read on social media? Write to us here >>> coach@pyppodcast.com

 

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We'll share some listener insights on future episodes of PYP!

 

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In today's episode, Mary Lou talks about Social Listening -- what it is, why it matters, and how you can use this technique to build your brand, grow your business, expand your network, find your next career opportunity. 


Social media can be a fantastic goldmine of connections, insights, and ideas. Mary Lou shares how she used social listening to create an info product that she now sells on Amazon. When we learn how to use it effectively and intentionally, it can open new doors for us on so many levels! 


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Happy New Year, Team PYP! Today's episode kicks off a new year and a new decade at the Play Your Position podcast with a preview of the guests who will be sharing their stories and insights in the coming weeks, as well as Mary Lou's book and movie recommendations for anyone looking to expand your reading and viewing lists.

The 2020s offer an incredible opportunity to become even more of who you are and to share your leadership with the world! Let's commit to practicing the best of who we are together as the new year unfolds.

Are you ready for kick-off? Let's go!



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Write It Down, Make It Happen

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After watching his father’s family-owned business struggle to succeed, Rich Allen made it his mission to turn failure into a legacy by asking one simple question: what makes a business work? The answer? It’s as easy as riding a bike.

A high- energy speaker, recognized author, very successful entrepreneur, and sought- after advisor to business owners, Rich has proven time and time again that his bicycle model works. With experience in both large and small companies, including growing a small manufacturing business to well over $100M in annual sales, Rich has helped hundreds of business owners harness the power of their team – giving them the freedom, flexibility, and profitability they deserve.

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Janet Kafadar is an online business coach who’s passionate about helping coaches, entrepreneurs, and experts to package their brilliance into a
sustainable, profitable online business. A busy mom and entrepreneur, Janet has personally experienced the frustration and overwhelm of feeling stuck on the path to building an online business. She’s made some mistakes along the
way, and she’ll share what she’s learned and how these lessons have shaped her perspective as an online business owner and coach working with other online business owners around the world.

Whether it’s understanding the right first steps to take to get started in creating an online business, identifying the best tools and tech to support your journey, or learning how to set the right pricing, Janet knows what works (and what doesn’t work), and she’s made it her mission to support women around the world in their online ventures.

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Rick Cesari has been a pioneer in Brand Response advertising since the early 90’s. He helped create the concept of “sell while you brand” and has been the force behind the creation of many of today’s iconic consumer brands including Sonicare, The George Foreman Grill, OxiClean, and many others. He has helped take companies like GoPro from start-up to over $1 billion in sales in just a few short years.

Rick’s newest book, Video Persuasion, puts his experience with winning companies in the hands of everyday business owners, marketers, brand managers, and more. His innovative ideas around video marketing are changing the game for brands big and small alike. Today he’s focused on video marketing as a powerful tool for increasing sales and building your business. In Video Persuasion, Rick shares his best practices for influencing
customers by creating and leveraging compelling stories on video.

When not working, Rick enjoys reading, skiing, fishing, and hiking. For his 50th birthday, he achieved one of his lifelong goals: successfully summiting Mt. McKinley. Rick resides with his wife Martha and daughter Anna in Seattle, Washington.

 

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Today’s guest is Heidi Piper. During Heidi’s three decades living in Europe and working at Fortune 50 company Procter & Gamble, she led teams to deliver innovation for some of the world's most iconic brands. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado and supports global senior leaders and their teams through transformation with her company, PhoenixRising.

Heidi Piper is committed to helping heal the world through intentional action. She is passionate about the calling for all of us to choose love, every day, and particularly in the most trying of situations, to facilitate our personal and collective healing. Above all, she is grateful for her role as the mother of two amazing young adults. Choose Love is Heidi’s first book and is already making a huge difference in readers' lives.

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson takes full responsibility for his life. He has reinvented himself several times and continues to enjoy experiences that allow him to inspire and motivate audiences around the world.

For example, Yonason Goldson has circumnavigated the globe, seen the Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Giza, and the tea plantations of Sri Lanka. He’s hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and to the tops of the Sierra Nevada. He’s jumped out of an airplane and undergone open-heart surgery (but not at the same time).

He’s studied at the University of Edinburgh, taught school in Budapest, Hungary, and seen Richard III performed in Ashland, Oregon, and Stratford-on-Avon. He’s been a professional speaker and teacher for over two decades, published five books, raised four children, and been married to the love of his life for over 30 years.

In today's conversation, he shares with us why his sense of urgency has amplified this year, why being accountable is the secret to long-term success, and how circumstances outside our control that feel heavy and bad at the time can sometimes be the best thing that happens to us. 

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Brad Mulvey is a husband, podcast host, personal development thought leader and data-driven marketing consultant. He hosts the Millennial Mastermind Podcast, a show dedicated to giving entrepreneurial millennials the tools, tactics, and inspiration to turn their dreams into reality. Each week, he interviews successful entrepreneurs, authors, thought leaders, and experts to share their stories and their advice on how to create a life worth living. Brad’s own personal development journey was born from a place of frustration and desperation. Like many of us, he found himself at a point in life where he felt he was unfulfilled, undervalued, and underpaid. Worse yet, he knew that there was a wealth of unmet potential deep inside of himself. It was at that point that he decided to take a stand and make a change. Thus was born the Millennial Mastermind Podcast. Now, he helps other young professionals ignite their potential and create a life worth living.

 

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Bob Glazer is the founder and CEO of a global performance marketing agency Acceleration Partners. Under his leadership, Acceleration Partners has become a recognized global leader in the affiliate marketing industry, receiving numerous industry and company culture awards, including Glassdoor’s Employees’ ChoiceAwards (2 years in a row), Ad Age’s Best Place to Work, Entrepreneur’s Top CompanyCulture (2 years in a row), Inc. Magazine’s Best Place to Work, Great Place to Work & Fortune’s Best Small & Medium Workplaces (3 years in a row) and Boston Globe’s Top Workplaces (2 years in a row). Bob was also named to Glassdoor’s list of Top CEOs of Small & Medium US Companies, ranking #2.

Bob is dedicated to helping others build their capacities and raise their personal and professional performance—whether that means scaling a business, strengthening their health, improving their relationships or finding their purpose in life. His inspirational Friday Forward newsletter is read by over 100,000 leaders around the world and he is a regular columnist for Inc, Forbes, and Entrepreneur. He is a sought- after speaker worldwide and is the author of the best-selling book Performance Partnerships and his new book Elevate, which will be released on October 1, 2019.

Bob’s writing and speaking are focused on capacity building, performance marketing, building world-class company cultures and changing the work-life paradigm. Bob is committed to sharing his experiences as a CEO, author, and speaker with others, giving individuals and organizations the tools they need to grow their capacity, inspire others to do the same and elevating their performance.

 

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Christopher O’Donnell is a technologist, musician and public speaker who has built dozens of web and mobile products. His product portfolio ranges from language learning products for the U.S. military to the most popular free CRM product in the world.

 

Today, Christopher serves as Senior Vice President of Hubspot Product, which he led from startup ($50M in revenue) to successful publicly-traded company ($600M in revenue). Christopher has become a staple in the product management community and was recently named one of the Best Product Leaders of 2019 (via Comparably). As an experienced leader, he is passionate about leading and supporting teams to build anything, from developing tech products to creating rock & roll records.

 

He is a highly-rated public speaker and a frequent guest lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and major global corporations, speaking on topics like leadership & team-building to audiences of over ten thousand. Outside of his day job, Christopher spends his time as songwriter and guitarist for his band The Providers, with whom he has recorded dozens of albums across a variety of musical genres.

 

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Most of us face a time when we know we need to make a move. When we know it's time to play a different position. 

In today's episode, I share with you a simple framework for when it's time to change directions with your business or career.

Think of it as Rebranding 101.

I've just gone through this process for my primary business. It was both exhilarating AND exhausting! But so worth it.

Are you thinking about taking your business or career in a new direction? Share your journey with me on social media using the hashtag #pyprebrand

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Selling is changing... but not in the ways that most people believe (and why this is important to entrepreneurs, CEOs, and sales leaders).

 

Today’s guest is the host of his own top-rated podcast called Accelerate! With Andy Paul which has more than 700 episodes produced and nearly 2 million downloads. Andy is the go-to resource for sales leaders and top sales producers. He educates and inspires sales professionals to take their expertise to the next level. 

 

Andy is #8 on LinkedIn’s list of the Top 50 global sales experts, where over 166,000 professionals follow his daily posts on sales. He is the author of two Amazon best-selling books, as well as the founder of The Sales House, the first all-in-one modern personal growth program for modern B2B sellers. 

 

On today's episode, Andy and I talk about sales education and the power of people along with 

  • Why technology and automation are having a massive impact on sales productivity -- and why, unfortunately, it’s not a good impact (yet)
  • Why the ability to be human is becoming even more valuable in sales (and will only increase in value)

 

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D. Scott Smith is known as a Motivational Listener. He is a speaker, coach, and mentor who works with businesses and individuals across the country on improving their leadership skills including listening and networking.


Business Networking is essential for business and careers these days – but what do you actually do at events? How do you connect with a stranger? 


The answers to these questions are part of what Scott teaches through a science-based method to help professionals quickly and confidently build a network of advocates. He has an online course, books, and works with individuals to learn how to become Motivational Listeners. 

 

D. Scott Smith is the author of Motivational Listener: Be Interesting by Being Interested. Practical Skills to Be Successful at Business Networking Events. Prior to becoming a full-on entrepreneur, Scott worked in large and small companies in leadership roles including CEO, COO, and General Manager. He has lived and breathed financial services, agriculture, and manufacturing for many years and understands how recent changes to the business landscape are impacting these sectors. Scott is involved with joint ventures because he believes in the power of networking. He speaks on being a Motivational Listener (business networking), Leadership, and Intentional Change.  

 

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Last week I had the opportunity to spend a day with Steven Pressfield in Nashville, Tennessee. Steven is the author of several bestselling books including The War of Art and Do the Work.

 

I moved mountains to make being in that room a reality, and in today's episode, I share with you some of the gifts Steven gave to me and the 34 other people fortunate to be in his presence. 

 

Steven Pressfield books:

 

The War of Art

Do the Work

Turning Pro

Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t

The Artist's Journey

The Authentic Swing

 

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Today’s starting quarterback has “I have a crazy obsession with automating processes in your business so you can work less and make more money.”

 

Her name is Caroline Balinska -- aka the Ecommerce Growth Specialist. She is a forward-thinking game-changer with simple solutions for Merchants to get their first 1000 sales. 

 

THE FIRST 1000 ARE THE HARDEST! Caroline's ability to change the mindset of merchants is the real trick to her skill. Her bold, creative ideas make others take notice, and she presents them in her own unique way that is easy to understand for a newbie merchant. 

 

People watch to see what Caroline will do next because she thwarts traditional boundaries. Her ability to reformulate products, processes, and business models is her distinct advantage in the ever-changing world of eCommerce. 

 

Passionate about business and marketing, Caroline mentors and speaks professionally about a multitude of business and marketing topics and often focuses around marketing pertinent to eCommerce businesses.  

 

She also decided about six years ago that she wanted to live in Europe and so, packed up her bags and did just that! 

 

What I love most about Caroline is her no-nonsense attitude about getting things done. When she sets her mind to something, it happens. That's in the true spirit of being a PYP MVP!

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We are all facing the exact same problem with social media right now, and it's a big one.

 

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Loss can be one of our greatest teachers. This summer wasn't supposed to be the way it was because last December, I sat next to my mom in a hospital room and took notes as she planned her funeral.

None of us expected her to make it to the new year. But she did, and the summer that almost wasn't became the summer that was.

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During my break this year here at the lake, I've made time to reflect about the power loss can have on our lives, how we can use it for accelerated growth, and how gratitude and grief can exist side by side in our hearts. Life is always pushing forward. It's up to each of us to decide if we will be a part of it or not.

I recorded this bonus episode while paddling my kayak on the last day of my vacation this year.

Enjoy.

 

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Happy summer, Team PYP!

I hope you are enjoying some outside time if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. If you hail from south of the equator, getting outside into the cooler, shorter days has magic, too.

 

In today's episode, I share with you details about a recent volunteer experience I had working with high school students who are interested in business, leadership, and entrepreneurship. The organization I volunteered with is called Young Entrepreneurs Business Week and you can learn more about them here.


I also review four books for your reading consideration this summer and why they matter.


Educated by Tara Westover

The Dip by Seth Godin

The Entrepreneurial Imperative by Carl J. Schramm

Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

 

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Tracy Timm is a born and raised Texas girl who has a very specific goal: to make life simple again. She does that as a quarter-life career coach and human capital advisor. Her program, The Nth Degree™ Academy, helps high-potential professionals discover their career “sweet spot” through a mix of self-discovery, tactical training, and some much-needed tough love. Tracy has a degree in behavioral psychology from Yale, a severely bruised ego from working on Wall Street, and has logged one trip around the entire globe. She believes that our unique purpose in life can be realized through our careers, and wants to help people come alive at work once again.

 

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Tracy’s early career life started in the typical 9 to 5 with benefits and stability. After making some decisions to change up her profession, she started her own business as a career coach. After about two years, Tracy found a similar pattern in the needs of the people she spoke with and that led to the creation of The Nth Degree™ Academy.

 

In this episode, we talk about the importance of getting help from coaches and mentors and how one particular coach made a major difference in Tracy’s life. This coach ultimately gave her not only a great business strategy but also time with her father whose health was failing. Tracy also shares her thoughts on how people nowadays have so much opportunity to make money in so many ways by monetizing what they love doing.

 

Tracy also shares some great insights about finding the career you want using unconventional ways because the majority of the jobs on the market are “hidden” and really only secured through networking.

 

Keep the conversation going by sharing this episode with your friends, colleagues, and on social media!

 

Thanks so much for listening. 

 

Quotes

 

  • “Doing introspection on yourself, especially if you're at a job, is stressful. You're living your life, you're trying to take care of yourself and build a name for yourself and it's like doing open heart surgery on yourself.”

 

  • “You owe it to yourself to realize that you're gonna get there faster by asking for help.”

 

  • “You don't realize that money's not the solution until you have the money and it's not the solution.”

 

  • "Coaches are everything. Every athlete knows that it's one tweak that can make the difference...seeing you from an objective third party perspective can change your swing ever so slightly or change the strategy of throwing the ball ever so slightly...it's those small tweaks from someone who's an expert in the process that really changes the game."

 

  • “We better believe successful people are getting good help and they're constantly reinvesting in coaches.”

 

  • “We have to make a fundamental shift between being victims of our lives and our circumstances and being in control.”

 

  • "The majority of the job market is fundamentally hidden."

 

LINKS

 

https://tracytimm.com/

https://tracytimm.com/pyp/

If Life Is A Game, These Are The Rules by Cherie Carter-Scott

 

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Bob Paskins is a speaker, trainer, and consultant who looks to inspire people and companies to their full potential. He lives in Oregon with his wife Danielle, and three boys under the age of 12. Yes, he drives a Minivan.

 

For 20 years Bob worked in the financial services space as a commercial insurance broker. His two primary goals were to increase his sales base by attracting new customers and to lead a customer service team in keeping his current clientele happy. Bob built his business from scratch. Along the way, he gained hundreds of clients, forged relationships with key vendors and brokers, and won several sales competitions. He was promoted to sales manager and then became a principal owner in a large commercial insurance brokerage. His customer base included distributors, wholesalers, contractors, non-profits and a Bay Area company called Yahoo!

 

Now Bob speaks to businesses around the country using storytelling, and humor as well as providing tangible takeaways. He also consults with companies looking to elevate their sales performance and sales processes. He is the creator of the GROWTH MATRIX which is a comprehensive and transformative system for unlocking the full potential salespeople, sales processes and sales performance.

 

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Bob not only likes growing as a professional, but also advocates for growing as a person as well. He looks out at his audiences and strives towards making an impact.

 

Starting out as a radio station DJ right out of college, Bob realized that although the creative lifestyle was fun, it didn’t offer him what he wanted financially. So, after gaining some insight and advice, he went into the commercial insurance industry to pursue the financial lifestyle he sought after…or so he thought!

 

In this episode, we talk about Bob’s early career days in the commercial insurance industry and how he lost interest in the position but liked the aspect of working and helping people with their business. Bob talks about how he elevates businesses and acts as the “tow truck driver” to put people on the road that is best for their success going forward.

 

Bob has great tips and real-life experiences such as feeling isolation that he wants to share with those who are looking to elevate sales processes, professionals, and performances! If that sounds like you, make sure to give this episode a listen!

 

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Thanks so much for listening. 🙂

 

Quotes

 

  • “My manager said, you will love the commercial insurance industry because in a sense you have what he called 'golden handcuffs' and you're able to put these golden handcuffs on, which to him basically meant this is the job that you were going to have for life and it can be financially rewarding and it will provide the lifestyle that you want it...but as I started going into this instead of focusing on the word 'golden' after awhile, I was starting to focus on the word handcuffs."

 

  • "What I realized was after meeting with them for 50 to 55 minutes, we had not talked about commercial insurance once. And that got to me and I realized I love what I was doing, I just didn't care for the product that I was looking to sell."

 

  • "What I am, is I am the tow truck driver that will come into those companies, I try to get them back out so they're able to have traction and be able to go the distances."

 

  • “It eroded a lot of trust that I had with my support staff and it took me a long time to rebuild that trust back with them. If I go in and share my life, because I had chosen what I would say, was life segmentation instead of life inclusion."

 

  • "It all circles around to building a relationship with them [your clients]."

 

  • "Take a look at football and people probably are even imagining some people who when they score, they make it all about them. And then others out there when they score, they celebrate with their team."

 

LINKS

 

bobpaskins.com

email: bob@bobpaskins.com

LinkedIn

 

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What's the connection between effective leadership and feedback? Turns out, plenty. That's why I've devoted an entire bonus audible to this topic so how you can tap into this powerful source of accelerated growth!

 

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Tim Bratz is the CEO and founder of CLE Turnkey Real Estate, a real estate investment company that acquires and transforms distressed commercial and apartment buildings into high-performance investment assets.

Tim began his real estate career in 2007 as a commercial broker in the competitive NYC real estate market, where he saw the true potential of real estate to transform lives. He spent time reading, attending workshops, and networking with accomplished entrepreneurs, and found that being resourceful was a cornerstone to becoming successful. Tim’s resourcefulness helped him build his first real estate company in 2009 in Charleston, SC, when he used a credit card to acquire his first property. Tim transformed a rundown duplex all on his own and turned a profit on his first deal. He reinvested those proceeds, meanwhile seeking private capital to expand his growing company. Today Tim still uses this formula for success, which all starts with being resourceful and having the right mindset. Working in real estate, Tim has learned how to build a passive business and create a residual income that allows him to live the lifestyle of his choice.

Tim now focuses on educating and empowering active and passive investors to become financially free through commercial real estate. Under Tim’s leadership, CLE Turnkey owns over 1,300 rental units across five states and operates one of the largest property management companies in greater Cleveland. Tim is a husband and proud father, organizer for CLE Captains of Industry Mastermind and Cleveland Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Meetup Group, graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and an active member of several high-performance national entrepreneur masterminds, including Collective Genius, Deal Maker Family, The Brotherhood, Multi-Family Boardroom, and Advisor’s Council.

 

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Around the age of 20, Tim moved from his hometown in Cleveland, Ohio to New York City and got a job as a commercial real estate agent, brokering leases in Manhattan. After seeing the wonders of owning rental real estate, Tim quickly decided that was the path he wanted to follow.

 

After years of being not so great at real estate and experiencing many failures, Tim built his business to a highly successful operation with a solid team of professionals and partners on his side.

 

In this episode, we talk about the difficulties Tim has managing his business and team, what success means to him, the importance of letting go of the fear that's always around money so that you can accelerate your business, the modern changes in investing in commercial real estate that weren't available last generation, some strategies for those looking at commercial real estate, and Tim’s wisdom on giving as much value you can.

 

Think the economy is in good standing? Make sure to give this episode a listen to hear Tim’s vision on the real estate market and the economy’s status for the near future!

 

 

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Thanks so much for listening. J

 

Quotes

 

  • “I’m not even the quarterback, probably more of the coach of my team.”

 

  • “It was $10,000 a month in rent with a 4% annual increase on the rental amount and a 12 year lease term, and I did the math on it and I was like, this guy's making almost 2 million bucks as the landlord over the next 12 years for doing something one point in time…and it motivated me and opened my eyes that I was on the wrong side of the coin.”

 

  • “If you don't have metrics in your business, then you cannot measure your business, right? And if you can’t measure your business, you can’t manage your business”

 

  • “Once you reach that point [success] it's more about showing people what an exceptional life can look like and really painting a picture.”

 

  • “I said I just can't do this. He goes, you need an assistant.”

 

  • “What you'll find in business and in life and success is that, there's always another level. There's always another layer and every level that you get to, guess what? There's another level of problems that comes with it that you needed them be able to push through again.

 

  • “The only people who get rich in a lawsuit or the attorneys.”

 

  • “Some of the biggest setbacks in life are actually some of the greatest setups.”

 

  • “Be your best, not the best.”

 

LINKS

 

cleturnkey.com

Tim Bratz Facebook

commercialempire.com

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary V.

 

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You have to be living under a rock not to notice the massive changes going on around us every day. Cranes are silhouetted against city skylines; technology roars forward. 

I recently returned to the states after spending two weeks in the United Kingdom and Ireland and witnessed massive change everywhere I went. From the political and economic struggles surrounding Brexit to the opportunities the digital revolution is offering us to transform our lives, the world is in flux on a much bigger scale than in previous decades.


As more of us choose to deepen our leadership practices as business owners, creatives, parents, and active global citizens, I believe we need to consider adopting the attitude around change and evolution that the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld had. I recently watched a documentary about him called “Lagerfeld Confidential” (French with English subtitles) which taught me a lot about a man I knew nothing about, to be completely honest. He epitomizes the spirit of PYP and stood for staying true to your vision even in the face of criticism and doubt.

In today's bonus audible, you will hear my insights about America as seen from being across the pond and why I have a new-found appreciation for a country that's struggling with its identity right now. You will also learn why we always have a choice about how we respond to the changes going on in the world: how hoping and wishing for things to go back to a different way of life in the past won't get us very far and how welcoming the opportunities that change offers us can bring us tremendous gifts if we open our hearts and minds to possibilities. 

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Tracy Imm has been doing the corporate dance for decades and has more degrees and certificates than you’ll ever need from top rated schools and professional associations. She won’t bore you with all of it but if you want to know more about those details, visit her LinkedIn profile.

Tracy is here to train women to be better leaders. She has been leading people since she was the President of her Girl Scout Troop at age 11. She knows what it takes to motivate and inspire people to show up and do their best work. Obsessed with learning as much as she can about the topics of leadership and influence, she is humbled and grateful to have been named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2017 and again in 2019 by The Daily Record for her body of work in the world.

Tracy is also a writer with two self-published books available on Amazon. Her podcast, Brave Girls with Tracy Imm, launched in 2018 after 2 full years of planning. She wanted to bring more positivity into the world and create a platform to showcase female leaders. She interviews the world’s most successful female leaders about their stories and what it means to be “brave.” You can access the show from iTunes, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and Stitcher as well as directly from her website and social media accounts. Tracy attributes her success to INVESTING IN HERSELF AND DOING THE WORK and fundamentally believes that until you are ready to say YES to yourself, nothing will change. She lives outside of Baltimore, MD with her husband Don.

 

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Tracy is a returning guest on the show from 2014. We hear what Tracy has been up to during our last conversation and we get to see where she is now on her playing field as a leadership coach, hosting retreats, podcasting, and more! The last five years have brought many changes to Tracy's life such as teaching at a college she was working for and working for a big government agency, as well as launching her podcast, "Brave Girls with Tracy Imm."

 

In this episode, we talk about Tracy’s personal transformation that led her to teach students how to prepare for their careers after college and give them valuable career advice. After speaking with numerous students and creating a consistent guide for students to succeed in their careers, Tracy decided to put all this content and strategy into her book, Conquer Shame and Claim Success.

 

Tracy shares with us how the idea of her book came into her universe and what process she used to make that journey happen. She talks about some of the changes she made to her attitude and mindset, along with her belief in and understanding of the Universal Law of Cause and Effect. Tracy talks about the power she has gained from taking the leap and investing in herself.

 

Want to get more out of Tracy and hear some great inspirational stories? Make sure to check out her podcast, Brave Girls with Tracy Imm!

 

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Quotes

 

  • “I gave a lot of thought to the next thing I wanted the world to know.”

 

  • “We have different points in our life where we have what I call significant emotional events that shape us.”

 

  • “It was the universe and it said you're going to write a self-help book…it was so crystal clear, I couldn’t even explain it.”

 

  • “You've got to grab people and really let them know what you're feeling.”

 

  • “All of us on this journey have things happen that we did not directly cause, but we happened to be there.”

 

  • “I want people to know that it's okay to be who you are and that you really need to do that self-development work…otherwise, you'll find yourself in the same situations over and over again.”

 

  • “My most transformational days have come when I've been the most vulnerable.”

 

  • “When you know what's important to you, life gets simpler.”

 

  • “Once you have decided to embark on the inward journey, then your life can be rapidly transformed.”

 

  • “I knew that in order for it to be a great book that was really going to bring the reader in, I needed to go deep. I needed people to see and feel the pain.”

 

 

LINKS

 

tracyimm.com

Brave Girls Podcast

Tracy Imm Instagram

http://playyourpositionpodcast.com/tracyimm/

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The Foolscap by Steven Pressfield

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

https://amzn.to/2J1SZwK : Tracy’s book on Amazon

 

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After growing one of his first PPC clients from 25 to 250 employees, today’s starting quarterback Jake Baadsgaard realized he had a gift for using pay-per-click marketing to drive dramatic business results. To help more companies succeed online, Jake founded Disruptive Advertising, a PPC and CRO management agency that has helped hundreds of companies realize unprecedented growth and profitability from the online advertising space.

In the four years since its founding, Disruptive Advertising has grown from two employees working in Jake’ s basement to a flourishing agency with more than 120 employees and a run rate of over $18 million- putting it at #145 on the 2017 Inc 500 list!

Jake's ability to assess and clearly explain complicated issues has made him a favorite in a variety of forums. Jake is a regular contributor on a variety of blogs-- including notable publications like Entrepreneur, Forbes and SearchEngine Land-- where his wit and ability to make even tedious topics engaging elicits rave reviews from his readers.

Jake’s humor, charm, and insight aren’t limited to the written word, though. He has spoken at numerous events and webinars including SMX, Kissmetrics, Create Nation, Unbounce, PRSA, Starfest, VWO and others and has a gift for both entertaining and educating his audience. Attendees usually leave comments on how much they enjoyed his sessions-- and how much he gave them to think about.

As a business owner, author, and speaker, Jacob Baadsgaard ’s witty, thoughtful and genuine approach to pay-per-click advertising makes him a compelling leader in the digital marketing arena!

 

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Jake comes from a big family, the sixth out of ten kids to be exact, so growing up he needed a way to stand out to be “different.” With a natural driven and movement-oriented personality, Jake had no problem thriving and being just that, different. With a job at only eight years old, Jake learned the value and payoff of hard work. He would later discover his greatest skill set is understanding how to collect the right data, connect the right different datasets, and make simple but impactful marketing decisions!

 

In this episode, we talk about:

-the works of Jake’s disruptive advertising and skillset for collecting data

-how he manages the people involved with his team

-a time where he handled a difficult situation pertaining to relieving a specific member on his team

-how he had a reality check with his marriage counselor and his wife about her being a partner to his business and how that affected their relationship

-how he decided to have better routines and habits in his life, and

-times of inspirational moments that were great examples of having great habits and sticking to a goal

 

Want to better the habits in your life and focus on how to be competitive, connected, self-improving, and have a vision and map to be the person you want to be? Make sure to listen to this fantastic episode to get all of Jake’s great wisdom and strategies!

 

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Thanks so much for listening. 

 

 

 

Quotes

 

  • “I don't actually have to be good at marketing. I just have to be really good at getting the right information and taking action on it.”

 

  • “The situation I keep finding myself in is hiring the wrong people and then holding on for too long and pushing off that hard conversation for too long.”

 

  • “The number one challenge that we're currently dealing with that needs to be addressed in some degree by all of us is being present and connected with ourselves and with others.”

 

  • “You’re changing the way people show up to work and think about themselves as participants in the workforce.”

 

LINKS

 

Jake Baadsgaard LinkedIn

disruptiveadvertising.com

Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute

 

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As president and CEO of On the Same Page Consulting, Michael Alan Tate works with successful executives, entrepreneurs, and technical professionals who are seeking a simple action-focused plan to effectively manage career transitions, keep teams on the same page, and prepare for positive leadership succession.

With over 20 years’ experience as an executive coach, consultant, and strategist, Mike knows that successful people want to navigate the murky waters of career transition as quickly and effectively as possible. Drawing on his own experience, Mike developed a unique consulting strategy, in which he helps each of his clients create a powerful and succinct strategic plan, incorporating prioritized actions and accountabilities set in a whole-life perspective -- all in just 24 hours.

 

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After going through a crisis of depression and being sick, Michael quit his job and went to his career counselor who would give him a personality test and suggested he be in HR. After sending out 500 resumes, Michael only got one response, sending him into a deeper depression. About three years later, Michael realized he chose the world’s worst strategy to find work and made it his calling to help other people know the way to find a life-giving career in a life-giving way.

 

In this episode, Michael talks about what a life-giving career is. He talks about some key points from his book, The White Shirt, about knowing who you are, what your skills, interests, and values are, as well as finding the key interest in your career and how to find a job before looking back to ask, “who am I and where do I fit?” Michael’s plan is to help and coach people who feel discouraged by finding “their way” and into their career. As a mentor himself, Michael talks about some of the influential people in his life who have contributed to his life-giving ways.

 

Make sure to give this episode a listen if you are stuck finding the career that is for you! Don’t just give into the grind or hanging around a job you don’t like just to end up in a dead-end career. Make the change! Hear some of the key offensive strategies Michael shares on this episode to further your career path and design a life that matters snow!

 

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Quotes

 

  • “Most people don't know what they want, but they're pretty sure they don't have it.” – Alfred E Neuman

 

  • “Two are better than one, for one falls down, there'd be another pick him up, and we all know how much easier it is to have someone when you get discouraged to talk to encourage you.”

 

  • The White Shirt is the only career book in the world that has ever been designed to be worked with a friend or a mentor.”

 

  • “A part of a survey said that 34% of millennials with PhDs are underemployed, most are working part time because they used the wrong strategy [to find work].”

 

  • “My process for my business is, first, sharpen your focus. Second, strengthen your relationships.”

 

LINK

 

thewhiteshirt.com

The White Shirt Video

Gift for Podcast Listeners!

Hope by Carol B. Amos

The White Shirt
Design a Life that Matters

 

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Forget sales & net income; focus instead on gross profit & cash flow… and here’s why. Today’s starting QB Terry Lammers grew up watching his parents run their own company in the fuel & lubricants industry, and eventually came on as a full-time employee in the early 90’s and took over as president of the company.

In just 18 years, TriCounty Petroleum had purchased 11 different companies, growing Terry’s family business from $750,000 annual sales to over $40 million when the company was sold in 2010. Today, as co-founder and managing member of Innovative Business Advisors, Terry taps into his financial expertise and hands-on business experience to advise and guide prospective business owners who are interested
in buying, as well as current business owners looking to sell their enterprises.

In his new book, You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know, Terry provides an in-depth examination of the process of buying, growing, and eventually selling a business. Through Terry’s guidance, business owners and aspiring business owners are sure to walk away with a wealth of knowledge and advice to lead them down the path to business success in every stage.

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After banking for three and half years and getting his entrepreneurial spirit back, Terry reflected back on his life and came to the realization that he enjoyed buying companies and decided to help people do the same by evaluating and advising their businesses.

 

In this episode, Terry talks about business valuations and understanding the concepts of operating systems, financials, profits, income, key ratios, and getting the biggest bang-for-your-buck when selling. Terry truly enjoys helping business owners understand their business more than they know. He shares a lot of strategies and modern techniques to manage a business, while also sharing some common misunderstandings and mistakes business owners have about the system of their own businesses.

 

Want some more ways to understand your companies’ value? Make sure to listen to Terry’s key offensive Glider Principle, as well as some of his past experiences with some of the people he’s worked with, gaining them maximum value for their business!

 

Keep the conversation going by sharing this episode with your friends, colleagues, and social media!

 

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Quotes

 

  • “I have this uncanny ability... if somebody comes to me, I'm going to help them.”

 

  • “It's not about sales and net income, it's about gross profit and cash flow.”

 

  • “Business owners aren't fully aware of their numbers and price, [too often] pricing their products or services too low.”

 

  • “If you're a seller, know the value of your company that's going to get you to the touchdown. If you're a buyer, know your ratios and know where your cash is.”

 

  • “There's a lot of advantages in acquiring companies, but if you're on the sell side get a true value of your company. Number one reason most companies don't sell as the owner has an overly high expectation of what the value of their company.”

 

  • “Don't be afraid to get help. Get a coach.”

 

 

LINKS

 

LinkedIn

www.innovativeba.com

FREE Value Build your Questionnaire

You Don't Know What You Don't Know

 

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Ari Meisel is an author, speaker, coach and the creator of Less Doing, More Living, a set of practices and principles designed to help the overwhelmed become more effective.

These practices were born out of Ari's battle with Crohn's disease. As his illness progressed, he began to optimize, automate, and outsource everything in his life so that he could completely focus on healing his body.

Inspired to help entrepreneurs and companies Ari now teaches them how to offload the majority of their activities so they can grow, prosper and spend more time doing the things that truly matter most.

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At age 23, Ari found himself in $3 million of personal debt and diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Despite all odds, Ari turned things around, overcoming his illness and eventually competing in the Iron Man.

 

Ari realized a big part of his illness was based on stress. This realization influenced him to create a new system of productivity which is Less Doing, More Living. The goal of Ari's system is to teach people how to optimize, automate and outsource as much they can to be more effective. Ari's mission is to grow this system in the form of books, speaking, coaching, consulting, and business growth methodology.

 

In this episode, we talk about ways to optimize, automate, and outsource both your life and business. Ari talks about some of his key influencers including David Bach and Dan Sullivan, some of the tools/apps he uses for his team such as Voxer, and his thoughts on today’s technology and communication.

 

Make sure to listen to get some of Ari’s key offensive strategies to help you be more effective with your time and energy!

 

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Quotes

 

“I think that there was my life before that talk and my life after that talk.”

 

“If we get intentional and we know what different tools are used for, why? When?…that becomes a lot more manageable.”

 

“who are you people and why are you hitting our API 2 million times every month?”

 

“About three weeks ago we hit $1 million in revenue and it's the first time in my life where I feel like this is my first million.”

 

“I don't want people to, in an absolute sense, do less things, but I want you to do less of the things that you don't want to do and more of the joy and the genius that you can have.”

 

“If you take the mindset that instead of putting out fires, you want to build a fireproof.”

 

“Either learn how to use it or stop using it.”

 

LINKS

 

Lessdoing.com

Ari’s Book: The Art Of Doing Less

Free Mini Course

App: Less Doing Peak Time

Voxer

Trello

Joe Polish

David Bach

Dan Sullivan

Book: The Master Mind

Social: LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

 

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A former punter in both the NFL and European football league, today’s starting quarterback on PYP is Nick J. Murphy who has reinvented himself several times since kicking a pigskin to earn a living. Today Nick is a StoryBrand Certified Guide and sought after expert in the world of work. His career highlights include award-winning tenures at CareerBuilder, Monster and Indeed where he worked to optimize the effectiveness of F500 National Accounts across industries. His candid insights have been featured in national media like USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Fox News, Inc., Reader’s Digest and more. He is the author of the recent book, Unboxed: An Unfiltered Guide to Creating a Career on Your Terms. Nick divides his time between Omaha NE and Scottsdale AZ with his wife and five children.

 

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Nick’s position and main focus is all about integration, balance, and showing up for the people in his life that need him. It’s most important for Nick that he is a good father, husband, and entrepreneur to his business ensuring its growth and helping people create careers on their terms.

 

After getting out of the NFL at 26 and doing pretty well working in a corporate setting, Nick and his buddy decided to start a video resume company to help people with nontraditional backgrounds give them a 62nd elevator pitch to supplement a text resume. It is here where Nick learned a lot about how companies hire people, the corporate world, and later taking that expertise to his career journey at CareerBuilder, Monster, and Indeed. But this wasn’t enough for Nick. He always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and so, that’s what he did! He decided to help people explore the area in between security from within a cubicle and freedom by going completely crazy and going all full entrepreneurship like he did.

 

In this episode, we talk about Nick’s journey in all the career paths he’s taken and where he’s at today. Nick talks about the importance of taking control of your career and the path and steps you take to get there. He shares key offensive strategies that are straight from his playbook about utilizing leverage to build your business or career and how it can help reduce the number of sacrifices you’ve made trying to build the greatest business or career in a corporate job. Nick also shares times of difficulty, what he did to recover, and how he uses that experience to coach and mentor others.  

 

Through his book, podcast, and course Nick is leading people on this path of success so they can take control of their entrepreneurial venture or career.

 

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Quotes

 

  • “Unlike maybe a linebacker or wide receiver or positions on the line, there's one punter on a roster, you're the starter or you're unemployed and so there are 32 jobs on the planet and I like to tell people that you have a three times better chance of being a United States senator than an NFL punter or an NFL kicker. There's a hundred of them. There's 32 of us. So I think in terms of like survival or trying to find what it is that, you're cut out to do and having to reinvent yourself and the inevitable ups and downs… I think football, particularly playing that position was a really good foray into, it's going to accelerate that whole thing. You're going to be the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, probably oftentimes within the span of months or weeks. And you better be very, very mentally tough. You better be very focused and disciplined and you better have it damn good idea of what you want to do and how you want to do it.”

 

  • “…people are operating in this false choice that you have to settle for a corporate job where you sacrifice and you expend a lot of energy and you work really hard and you try to climb the ladder and you do all the right things and maybe you get the recognition, maybe you don't. Yeah. But that job could go away tomorrow.”

 

  • “The thing that drives me the craziest is people will look at entrepreneurship or a side hustle or doing the work to expand your skillset or, look at other options to diversify your income as 'risky' when the riskiest thing you can do is stay in a job that you have no control over. When you're 100% rely on it”

 

  • “How are you putting your career to work for you, to protect you from things that are uncertain. Are you paying off your debt? Are you living below your means? Are you saving away for, for kind of rainy days?”

 

  • “Getting back up and rebuilding is actually probably one of the most fun parts, in hindsight, it doesn't feel comfortable in the moment. But looking back that reset and starting from zero and building what you want, knowing what you know, actually was a really enjoyable piece of my journey.”

 

  • “If you're not feeling hard, you're not pushing yourself hard enough. If you haven't failed, you're too comfortable and you should become 50% uncomfortable in the next thing that you do... don't go crazy, don't risk everything. But at the same time, if you're just comfortable, then you push it. You're not achieving your full potential if everything's just easy and safe and fun.”

 

  • “The one I always talk about is challenging your condition beliefs. Each and every one of them. There is no one way, there is no right way. There's no wrong way, and a lot of the things that we take either historically or that we've kind of absorbed through Osmosis in our environment or through conditioning just flat out aren't true. There is a way to have it all. Don't have to sacrifice things you're not willing to sacrifice.”

 

LINKS

 

https://www.nickmurphy.io/

https://www.nickjmurphy.com/

Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

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Looking for a dynamic, interesting, insightful, creative, and fun speaker for your next leadership training or event? Get in touch here to learn about how I can help you run your leadership ball into the End Zone! 

 

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Hey Team!

 

Today I am celebrating the 200th episode of the Play Your Position Podcast with an audible about Tiger Woods winning the Masters yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia. In it, I share my thoughts about this accomplishment, what Tiger Woods represents for Americans and some larger questions about leadership.

 

Enjoy, and thank you Team PYP for hanging in there with me for 200 episodes! You guys are seriously the best podcast listeners out there!

 

:-)

 

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Bryan and Shannon Miles are determined to help you grow your business with the help of bringing freelancers on board to achieve your goals. Bryan and Shannon Miles are determined to help you grow your business with the help of bringing freelancers on board to achieve your goals.


This power husband and wife team are today's starting QB and wide receiver and they will prove that the way we work today is just plain different than it was ten years ago.

 

Bryan Miles can’t sit still. He is an entrepreneur, backpacker, mountain climber, writer, husband, and father. In addition, he’s the CEO and Co-Founder of BELAY, a premium staffing company serving businesses all over the U.S. He and his wife, Shannon, are proud co-owners.

Creating and fostering a healthy culture has always been close to Bryan’s heart. He has written about it for years and has put all of his thoughts into his second book, Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore.

Bryan loves to mentor other entrepreneurs and small business owners to reach their full potential, sitting on the board of Radical Mentoring and two other organizations. Welcome to the show Bryan.

Shannon Miles is a master delegator. She and her husband Bryan grew a 2 person operation into a staff of 60 corporate team members by seeing where they were the strongest and delegating the rest. They lead with trust and have a thriving business built on the premise that adults are adults and can handle their business. The pair are also visionaries on the virtual workplace.

Shannon’s passion, in addition to helping others realize the freedom they receive from delegating, is to bring to light the challenges women face in the workplace. From finding the courage to ask your boss for a flexible schedule, to deciding if there is an option for you outside 100% full-time onsite office work and a 100% full-time stay at home mom. Shannon has walked the walk and is here to lead other women on the journey to find their own Third Option - which happens to be the title to her book. 

The Third Option: Why a Woman Doesn’t Have to Choose Between a Career and Family, but Can Actually Have Both and Succeed

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Bryan Miles Co-CEO role is building deeper networking relationships with strategic partners, guiding the COO and CFO.

 

Shannon Miles Co-CEO role is on the operational and empowerment sides of their business. She represents Belay in the marketplace and speaks at different events.

 

In this episode, we learn about how Tim Ferris’s book, Four-Hour Work Week brought the idea of this virtual assistants businesses to life for Bryan and Shannon. They realized no one was executing on the idea of matching virtual assistants with businesses and knew something could be improved. With Bryan’s past experience with his company using a virtual assistant, it was no brainer!

 

Bryan and Shannon talk about their lives before their business, what they were doing, and how they started the business idea that would later grow into a team of 60 corporate team members!

 

We get to hear their thoughts about what it’s like working together (husband and wife) and what challenges they face, how they’ve switched roles and positions in their company, how they gain wisdom and advice from mentors and savvy business people in Atlanta and how they formed a business based off of delegation, what their process is for gaining talent on their team, and what sort of vision they have for their business.

 

Bryan shares some details about his talent pool, such as the average hourly rate, what type of hours are expected and what is expected of them and their duties. Make sure to give this episode a listen!

 

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Quotes

  • “When a company is growing 30% year over year or more, the fastest way to continue that scale is to create a leadership pipeline internally where people can grow up with the organization versus go to the outside for that solution.”

 

  • “In a virtual environment, how you work with somebody and how you, how you really treat them as you know, is very important. And so these people that we find are really great people, we get over 2000 resumes a month. So we find the best of the best to basically represent our company and support our clients in a dedicated, or an assigned relationship.”

 

  • “…I was talking to him and I mentioned the word 'own' and he stopped me and he said, 'You don't own anything right now.' And I'm like, 'What? What are you talking about? Yes, I do.' I just, you know, I'm so offended. I said, 'Well, all right, what are you trying to tell me?' Hey said, 'You don't own the business right now. Right now, you RUN a business. The day that the business doesn't need you day-to-day is the day that you OWN the business.'"

 

  • “It's the recognition that you can't grow and scale an organization and do it all yourself. Like if you want to have something of significance, you have to enlist help and trust the team to do the work.”

 

  • “Start to discern the things that you love doing and the things that you hate doing because, what I've discovered is those things that you hate doing and you keep doing them, those are the best things for you to outsource.”

 

LINKS

 

belaysolutions.com

mythirdoption.com

 

Bryan Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Shannon Instagram, Facebook, Twitter


Life is good today but that wasn’t always the case for today's guest, Josh McLean. Over the past decade, Josh has overcome the crippling effect of fear and a brain injury resulting from a car accident. His success proves small actions and a strong mindset can spark powerful transformation; eliminating the feeling of being drained, conflicted, confused, and hopeless.

Josh has spent 15 years in Finance and Strategy, managing highly engaged teams and holding management positions across iconic brands including Nike, KinderCare Education, and Ameriprise Financial.

His recent book Catalyst: Ignite Your Spark Within To Achieve Powerful Transformation, brings his signature blend of humor, passion, candor, & poignant personal experiences directly to the lives of restless achieves looking to create a more fulfilling life.

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Josh’s day job is Finance Strategy at Nike, but he is also on a speaking authorship journey serving his mission to share his voice and give his audiences hope about what's possible in life. Josh is also a husband and the proud father of two girls.

 

In this episode, Josh shares his story of struggle that began with a traumatic experience in the 7<sup>th</sup> grade that shattered his self-confidence. You see, Josh developed a very deep voice at a young age and consequently, he was teased and humiliated that only deepened his fear and self-doubt. His insecurities eventually led him down the all-too-common path of drugs and alcohol to numb his pain, which then led to depression and suicidal thoughts. After many months of questioning his habits, he cleaned his slate and embraced a corporate identity. Playing this game for a while, he would soon find his world crashing down again, this time from a car accident, leaving him to slog through three years of intense rehab.

 

Josh teaches us how he made certain life decisions that have allowed him to play his current position, spreading his voice to help others shed light on possibilities, life transformations, setting goals, taking action and putting meaning into your life with healthy choices.

 

Make sure to listen to hear some phenomenal key offensive strategies straight from Josh’s playbook!

 

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Quotes

 

  • “I realized that I had been playing a spectator sport of looking upon other people's lives and I had been too afraid to get in the game.”

 

  • “...most people are in this self-deception mode that I'm trying to subtly and sometimes forcibly, grab the sledgehammer and let's just take that down and have an honest conversation and say, are you actually playing the game that you say you want to?”

 

  • “You have to ask yourself, are you willing to do the work behind your goals or we'll use it and passively complain and let life pass you by. “

 

  • “…some people choose to complain or play the victim card while these are both options, my challenge to you is to get excited, embrace the idea of becoming refined by fire and what lies on the other side of adversity.”

 

  • “If you're finding yourself restless, it's likely because there is a decision that you are not making or you're making it, but the choices to play small, that once you decide to play big and just go all in and figure out what it is that path has, you will have more energy, more excitement.”

 

  • (Jeff Olson) “People who live with huge, vivid, clearly articulated dreams are pulled along towards those dreams with such force, they become practically unstoppable.”

 

  • (Judy Blume) “Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives.”

 

 

 

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Catalystignite.com

Mentor Impact Model

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Today’s starting quarterback is Lee Caharer, the founder and CEO of Double Forte PR and Digital Marketing that works with beloved and up and coming consumer technology and wine brands. Lee is known for practical solutions to big problems. She is the author of two books Millennials and Management The Essential Guide to Making It Work at Work and the Boomerang Principle Inspiring Lifetime Loyalty from Employees. Her big laugh and sense of humor have gotten her out of a lot of trouble and she splits time between San Francisco and New York City where she puts her degree in medieval history to work every single day.

 

 

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Lee is in the digital marketing and national public relations world. She and her team provide companies with the tools they need to improve performance in intergenerational relationships, communication, and leadership.

 

In this episode, Lee talks about the changes in PR and digital marketing and how the industry has evolved from the ways we once communicated with each other to how we communicate today via social platforms. Times have changed drastically, so the importance of staying relevant is key to keeping up with technology and culture. Lee shares her thoughts about the roles each generational group has set for their standards and how this has created a conflict between what is right and what is relevant. She explains the benefits between different groups like Baby Boomer and Millenials and creates a positive and effective workplace when she brings the generations together. We get to hear some of the fumbles Lee has encountered through her journey as well as the winning touchdown moment she had while working at Sega.

 

We also get a glimpse into the world of San Francisco and Silicon Valley and what sustainability looks like there. Lee shares some thoughts and experiences she has had about what she's experienced in those two places. You won't want to miss that!

 

Having trouble finding something in your playbook that works for you? Try following these three key offensive strategies straight from Lee’s playbook: Listen loudly, make a decision and call the play, and decide if it’s working or not. Can you make it better and listen again and implement again? If yes, do it!

 

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Quotes

 

  • “As the Quarterback for my company, it’s really about looking long and playing short to get there.”

 

  • “You have to play really short games all the time and understand who your people are, what they're good at, and what their role can be so they can do their job to move everybody forward.”

 

  • “It’s also super important in our business, do not put all your eggs into one basket, ever.”

 

  • “How you decide what’s going to have a chance and what isn’t, is half the battle.”

 

  • “Sometimes it’s good to be up in the stands so you can see the whole field.”

 

  • Listen more loudly.”

 

 

LINKS

 

leecaraher.com

Double Forte

Millennials and Management The Essential Guide to Making It Work at Work

Boomerang Principle Inspiring Lifetime Loyalty from Employees

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 

 

 

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All right, Team! This month's pick for my book review is The Million-Dollar One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want. by Elaine Pofeldt.

 

If you or someone you know is curious about whether or not starting and building a business with one person at the helm is worth it -- meaning is it possible to generate a million dollars in revenue without hiring a bunch of employees -- then this is a great book to add to your personal library.

 

I put it in the growing category of the new world of work -- how many of us are choosing to show up and earn our livings today is profiled nicely in this book. It is well-written and a fast read. I got through it in one afternoon and that included lots of underlining and dog-earing!

 

Generating real money while keeping a business lean isn't a pipe dream anymore. Listen to the episode and leave your 5-star review of PYP in iTunes if you haven't already! I appreciate and read every single one.


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Today’s starting quarterback is Oscar Trimboli, a coach, supervisor, speaker and author of several books including Deep Listening: Impact beyond Words, The 125/400 Rule: The Art and Science of Listening and Breakthroughs: How to Confront Your Assumptions.

Through his work with chairs, boards of directors and executive teams in local, regional and global organizations, Oscar has experienced firsthand the transformational impact leaders and organizations can have when they listen beyond the words. He consults with organizations including Cisco, Google, HSBC, News Corp, PayPal, Qantas, and TripAdvisor, helping executives and their teams listen to what’s unsaid by the customers and employees. Oscar lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife Jennie where he helps first-time runners and ocean swimmers conquer their fears. He also contributes to the cure for cancer as part of Can Too, a cancer research charity.

 

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Oscar is fiercely devoted to teaching people the importance and significance of deep listening and how the brain reacts to information. He is on a quest to create 100 million deep listeners in the world by 2030 by sharing his knowledge and wisdom.

 

While growing up, Oscar recognized within himself some natural skills around having the capacity to listen well. Working at Microsoft for 11 years, Oscar asked to be part of the college graduate recruitment team where he realized they had a problem. He listened to what the graduates said about the recruiting process and eventually helped create a program that Microsoft took to 26 different countries all because Oscar took the time to listen. Around this time he felt challenged to make listening a significant part of his professional life.

 

In this episode, we talk about the life and career experiences Oscar had, who made him who is today, as well some of the influencers and mentors he had along his journey. He talks about the science of listening, the brain, the body, and ways we can reach our full potential in health, productivity, and in learning. He also shares some great tips such as how to use technology to minimize the use of our amygdala, the most primitive part of our brain that controls the fight or flight instinct.

 

Want to improve your listening skills? Listen through to the end of the episode to get three tips from Oscar on how to listen to yourself more effectively, maximize your ability to process ideas and increase your productivity.

 

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Quotes

 

  • “The minute we come into the world, we come into the world kicking and screaming and wanting to be noticed and we spend the rest of our lives speaking. If we've spent the 20th century learning how to speak, I think the productivity hack of the 21st century is learning how to listen.”

 

  • “Mark Twain said there are only two days in your life that matters. The day you were born and the day you figure out why.”

 

  • “The biggest mistake most people make that blocks them from becoming deeper listener is they don't listen to themselves…it's impossible to listen to somebody else. When you've got a story going on in your head.”

 

  • “…drink a glass of water at every meeting because a hydrated brain is a listening brain. The brain consumes 25% of the blood sugars of the body, even though it's only 4% of the physical mass of the body”

 

  • “…are you choiceful in the way you use technology or are you just defaulting in?”

 

  • “use the technology. Don’t let it use you.”

 

  • “And so the question that poses to me and for you listening, who aren't you listening to? What aren't you listening to? What's going on in all aspects of your life because you're just listening to what people are saying rather than taking the time to go a little bit further and hearing what they haven't said?”

 

 

LINKS

 

Deep Listening Podcast

https://www.oscartrimboli.com/

Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words

Breakthroughs: How to Confront Assumptions

125-400-Rule: The Art and Science of Listening Book

Cal Newport Books

  

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Andrew currently works with a non-profit called Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW), a liaison program for schools, companies, and students around Oregon. They teach business and professional skills to high schools students on a college campus over the summer, and their goal is to build the next generation of leaders and educate them, teaching things such as how to run a multimillion-dollar company, how to make their own business, invention skills, job interview skills, etiquette skills, and to make sure they have more opportunity with their future. Andrew’s job is to spread awareness of the program and to maintain relationships with the community.

 

Andrew also runs his business as a public speaking coach. He regularly coaches people who want to overcome their fear of presentations and figure out how they can engage more audiences when they present. Andrew is also the author of Tucan Play at This Game and his passion is helping people become better leaders with powerful presentation skills. Not to mention, he is the pun-master and considers himself “punnomenal.”

 

In this episode, we talk about why it’s important the YEBW program exists, the real-life experience the students get from it, and how Andrew’s past experiences played a significant role with his involvement at YEBW. Andrew also gives his perspective as a kid on the world financial crisis and how it impacted him growing up. He also shares how he learned from his moments of failure (or lightbulb moments) that have applied to the work he does today.

 

Andrew gives advice and strategies out of his playbook on ways people can set goals, manage time, get advice and mentorship, and most importantly, how to take action!

 

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Quotes

 

  • “That’s why it’s so important to be part of this program where we’re helping show people this is what the professional world is like and we want to help you thrive as much as possible.”

 

  • “I said, “You know what, I need to stop caring what people think about me.” and that’s definitely like kind of a light bulb moment for me is that when you stop caring about what people think about you, people usually like you more for that [laughs].”

 

  • “People who have constructive feedback for you, they’re the ones who actually care about you and want you to do better…versus if someone just says, “oh good job” all the time or ignores what you’re doing, then they don’t really care about your future.”

 

  • “You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

 

  • “I really encourage people to do is just constantly reach out and ask for advice and of course take action.”

 

 

LINKS

 

www.weisswisdom.com

weisswisdom@gmail.com

www.yebw.org

Tuesdays with Morrie

Joey Jankins

Will Cuddy episode

Benjamin Hardy

Sibly

Tucan Play This Game

  

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In this week’s bonus audible, I share with you my candid review of two films I recently watched on Netflix. One is a series and the other is a documentary. Coincidentally, both have to do with the fashion industry.


I also have a couple of fun announcements and a preview of who is on the roster for March. You guys are gonna love my guests this month and into April. Things are rocking and rolling here at the Play Your Position Podcast.

 

Thanks for suiting up and showing up to play with us!

 

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Today’s starting quarterback is Steven Griffith whose mission in life is to teach us how to finally have that mind-blowing relationship with time. Steven is a nationally recognized author, speaker, researcher, and performance expert, former Chicago Golden Glove Boxer Champion in Illinois Heavyweight nicknamed "The Velvet Hammer," and considered one of the leading authorities on the connection between time, productivity, and performance. Steven worked with organizations such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, the U.S. Military, LAPD, NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL!

 

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Steven is always on the field helping us get some of our time back. In his upcoming book with McGraw Hill The Time Cleanse: A Proven System to Eliminate Wasted Time, Realize Your Full Potential, and Reinvest in What Matters Most, Steven provides a strategic and effective approach to changing our relationship to time, allowing you to maximize your Energy, Focus &amp; Performance. His revolutionary 3-step performance process will accelerate your personal productivity and rebalance your work-life relationship while simultaneously improving the quality of both. Based on two decades of experience working with thousands of clients, the Time Cleanse is the world’s first “timefulness” solution that both “adds time to your life, and life to your time” while increasing performance, reducing stress, and improving mindfulness.

 

Steven crushes the common complaint, “I don’t have enough time,” pointing out that we’ve been conditioned to be overstimulated multitaskers who always feel under “time pressure.” Steven shares strategies to help us break free from this illusion.

 

Steven traveled to places such as Thailand and Japan, studying mindfulness strategies, neuroscience, and even Einstein’s theory of relativity to come up with a solution of how to change the relationship we have with time and how to perform optimally with it. One of his key messages reminds us that time comes from us, that we need to focus on that and be present for it.

 

Steven also talks about his experience growing up playing football, thinking that’s what his success was meant to be. After suffering a series of hamstring injuries, he realized he was in a blind spot and needed to change course if he was going to make a difference in the world. This is considered one of his most life-changing moments that directed him to understand and share his knowledge of time management.

 

Want to hear some of the tips, tricks, and strategies from Steven’s time management playbook? Make sure to play this episode!

 

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Quotes

 

  • “…we’re here to make a difference and how we make a difference is with our time.”
  • “We have been conditioned to use time as an excuse for not doing, having, or being.”
  • “Timefulness doesn’t replace mindfulness, it’s something that’s added to it…it’s about improving the quality experience and performance with time.”
  • [Time Cleanse] “Stopping to evaluate where your time is, shift, get rid of the containments and go for what matters the most.”
  • “Take 100% responsibility of your time and go on a time-excuse “diet.”
  • “Kick what’s most important and commit to it!”

 

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Mark J. Podolsky (AKA The Land Geek) is widely considered the country’s most trusted and foremost authority on buying and selling raw, undeveloped land within the United States. He has been actively investing in real estate and raw land since 2001 and has completed over 5,000 unique transactions. Mark’s company, Frontier Equity Properties, LLC, is an A+ rated BBB real estate company. Mark has achieved this level of success largely due to his core business philosophy – “Happy Customers Guaranteed.” I would add his success also comes from the fact that he chooses to use a treadmill desk. “Sitting is the new smoking!” he reminds us all. Mark is also the host of one of the top rated podcasts in the Investing Category on iTunes aptly titled “The Best Passive Income Model and The Art of Passive Income.” As if he wasn’t already busy enough, Mark hosts “The Land Geek Podcast- Work Smart. Earn More. Learn How.” You can check those out on iTunes and wherever else great listening is enjoyed.

 

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Mark’s brilliant and successful business model of buying and selling raw land has gained the interests in many ambitious followers to learn and follow this “sort of gateway drug to a better life style”, with passive income.

 

In this episode, Mark talks about the details of his book Dirt Rich and how the works of passive income drastically made an impact on his life. How is first ever one client (who made $350,000 on a one-time deal due to Mark’s help) sparked the beginning of his digital course, which gained the attraction to more like-minded “geeks” wanting the same success. Not to mention, Mark shares this incredibly unique model of buying and re-selling raw-land estate and reveals some of his secrets that anyone could follow!

 

With his live investor tool kit events and boot camp program, Mark teaches his students how to offer true value, how to recognize the “Head of the Long Tail”, how to find true fans and how to motivate the needle in their lives. He has a goal to help people see what’s available and to figure out if that’s what they really want to do.

 

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Quotes

 

  • “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion” - Parkinson’s Law of Time
  • “As you earn more money, your needs increase and you end up spending more money” - Parkinson’s Law of Money
  • “Can I rid the world of solo-economic dependency…if you’re not personally working, you’re not making any money.”
  • “We can always make more money, but we can’t get more time.”
  • Everyone is going to run out of money, before they run out of deal flow…”
  • Mary: “Who is this system best for?” Mark: “I think it’s best for anyone who needs to get paid!”
  • Seth Godin: “It’s not for the masses, you want to find your minimum viable audience”
  • “You need to start small, but also think bigger…to make sure you have something that is viable.”

 

 

LINKS

 

The LandGeek Toolkit

Geekpay.io

The Art of Passive income Podcast

Dirt Rich

Tim Fair Podcast

Shark Tank

Seth Godin: This is Marketing

Chris Anderson

 

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Today’s starting quarterback is Laura di Franco, a 6-time published poet and author, inspirational speaker, holistic physical therapist and a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do with over two decades of experience in healing. After checking off all the “to-do” lists that were to supposedly make her feel happy, Laura woke up one day and realized it wasn’t good enough. She had everything she could possibly want or need but wasn’t truly happy and knew that feeling had to change.

 

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Laura is a highly inspirational speaker whose mission is to help people ground themselves with healing, awareness, self-development while guiding them to live the very best life they can live. She wants to share her message out loud to inspire people to take action, align themselves, seek help such as life coaches and mentors, and practice what they’ve practiced out onto the field.

 

In this episode, Laura talks about her experience with awareness and her healing journey. How her game changed after she started to question all the negativity and realized, she had a choice. Her daily challenge is staying in the moment with an on-purpose-positive attitude while life throws its challenges and negativity. Laura has to remind herself that she is good enough and that people should follow that mindset. She says, “Brave Healing is how you show up in the world with a lot of awareness, courage and a little badassery.”

 

We also talk about a time when Laura played a foul standing up for a previous employee’s action, how she limits media entertainment to filter out toxicity, and how she stays in her lane to help focus on a positive mindset.

 

Straight out of Laura’s playbook is this powerful question: “What if there was nobody to offend, upset, or disappoint? What would you do or who would you become?”

 

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Quotes

  • [Awareness journey] “It’s a healing journey. It just means that I’m showing up for life and paying attention to what I feel, what I want, and how to go after it.”
  • [Awareness journey] “It has brought me illegal amounts of joy.”
  • “We were not trained to listen to our own deepest desires and intuition about what turns us on and what makes us happy.”
  • “You never get to a destination of perfection with anything, it’s always the journey.”
  • “Part of mastery is understanding the practice itself…mastery really is making a commitment to practice.”
  • One of her game-winning moments was when she had a man, who seemed to have speaking trouble, come up to her after her speaking event and say, “You’ve changed my life.”
  • “Life is short. What the heck you guys waiting for!”

 

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Hey team! Welcome to my newest series within the Play Your Position Podcast, the PYP Monthly Book Review. Each month moving forward, I'll share with you a review of a book I've either just read or pulled off my shelf and read again. 

 

Super excited to share with you this month's pick, Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis. If you are running a solo business or thinking about starting a side hustle, you will want to pick up a copy of this book for the insights on what makes a difference in long term sustainability and happiness and what doesn't.


I put this book in a growing category of non-fiction business books that highlight how work gets done in the 21st century. Work does not look like it did 15 years ago. We all need guidance on how to do our best work. This book offers that in a straightforward and well-documented style.

 

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Today’s starting quarterback is Rock Thomas, a best-selling author, Tony Robbins Trainer, Real Estate Mogul, the man behind the #IAmMovement and Mastermind Expert. After growing up on a farm, Rock learned the value of hard work and wanted a way to share his experiences by learning from the best and mentoring people so they can take a look at what they can do to make their lives better.

 

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Rock is the CEO to M1 March To A Million mastermind and travels worldwide to motivate people to empower their businesses. His relationship with Tony Robbins gave him a significant influence on how he plays his position and how he shares his ideologies with others. Coming straight from his strategy play book, he advises people to generates leads, to feed their mission, come from providing value and learn to earn. He believes in action and taking action.

 

In this episode, Rock talks about how he manages mentoring while managing his own life, how he utilizes social media to speak to his community and the importance to limiting your activity on social platforms, and the time he fumbled the ball by, “trying to make the plays on my own”, and what plays he made to recover. You will also hear what great wisdom Rock shares for others and what steps to take to empower yourself and your business.

 

Having trouble finding something in your playbook that works for you? Try following the “3M” formula Rock stands by; Find the mentor you admire, model them, and master what they master.

 

Keep the conversation going by sharing this episode with your friends, colleagues, and social media!

 

Thanks so much for listening. 

 

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  • Gold Cast Video Programs touched 72 million people!
  • “Some people get crushed by their circumstances and they become smaller and they hide, and they play small.”
  • “We need to start to learn how to love ourselves…”
  • “It’s important to ask questions.”
  • “In life, if you do what is difficult, life will be easy and if you do what is easy, life will be difficult.”
  • “Nothing has meaning, but the meaning we give it.”

 

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rockthomas.com

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Millions if not billions of people just like me are sandwiched between two generations -- our children, and our aging parents. Having aging parents who still live in their home can cause stress, but it's also an incredible opportunity to learn new things about ourselves. In today’s bonus audible, I explore some of the surprising gifts having aging parents grant us if we’re willing to look -- and receive them.

 

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It’s 100% certain that everyone listening to this podcast is experiencing some kind of change or transition in their life or business. How you navigate these transitions determines your ultimate success. Today’s guest is John Hinkle, an author, speaker, and personal growth coach who’s empowering men and women to navigate those changes and find their “second-half purpose.” He’s here today to share 5 practical and transformational principles from his book, Shift: Moving from Where You Are to the Life You Want, to empower you to move from your current unfulfilled status to a future of success and purpose.

 

John shares some awesome stories of how he overcame some grim odds. Anyone interested in reinvention will want to listen to what John has to share on today's episode of the Play Your Position Podcast!

 

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“Some people do cocaine; my drug of choice is helping people keep as much of their wealth as possible. It’s the greatest natural high on earth.”

 

If that doesn’t get your attention, Team, I don’t know what will. Today’s starting quarterback is Molly Grubb and she is a dynasty builder. After seeing her family’s business torn away from her parents, watching them lose their identity and then walking away with almost nothing, Molly decided she wasn’t going to let that happen to other entrepreneurs and family business owners.


Now Molly helps build, protect and maintain a family business owner’s dynasty. She is one of only 200 Certified Business Exit Consultants and less than 7% of advisors that utilize all of the fundamentals of wealth management.

We all know owning a business has value and the average business owner has the majority of their net worth tied to their business. With only 20% of businesses actually selling in the open market this makes it extremely difficult for the average owner to ever realize the wealth they built in their business, personally. In fact, 90 % of businesses fail within the first 10 years. Molly is here
to help us beat those numbers and build our dynasties.

 

What a joy to have the chance to chat with Molly Grubb and learn some of the tried and true approaches to not only building but also keeping business wealth! 

 

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John Fairclough (FAIR-clow) founded The Resicom Group to help retailers optimize the way they improve and maintain their store environment. Under his leadership, the company has evolved from a local construction company into an international provider of facility maintenance and construction services.

Naturally curious, John spends his time developing better questions to find the “uncommon sense” of a situation. By improving his questions, he’s been able to create better answers to the challenge of developing people, evolving their processes, and protecting the value delivered. John’s specialties include listening without prejudice, activating ideas, and mentoring without bias. He’s on a mission to help businesses protect their brands at all touch points throughout their physical facilities.

 

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Happy New Year, Team PYP!

 

I'm super excited about 2019 and I hope you are, too!

 

I've got another fantastic season planned for you featuring a new lineup of phenomenal guests, bonus audibles, and some fun surprises along the way. New music, new cover art, new everything will inspire you to do more of what you already do well while also challenging you to step it up and move past your comfort zone so you can score more game-winning touchdowns.

 

That sounds really great to me!

 

Be sure to connect with me on social and don't forget to subscribe to the show.

 

So Team...Are you ready for kick off? Let's go!


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Pat Rigsby is a dad, husband, business coach, entrepreneur & author. He’s built over 25 different businesses, including 2 Entrepreneur Franchise 500 award-winning franchises. Today he coaches entrepreneurs to create their Ideal Business, one that allows them to earn more, have a greater impact, and enjoy more freedom to live the lives of their dreams. He’s here today to share his insight with you to help you build the business of your dreams.

 

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Pat Rigsby is a dad, husband, business coach, entrepreneur & author. He’s built over 25 different businesses, including 2 Entrepreneur Franchise 500 award-winning franchises. Today he coaches entrepreneurs to create their Ideal Business, one that allows them to earn more, have a greater impact, and enjoy more freedom to live the lives of their dreams. He’s here today to share his insight with you to help you build the business of your dreams.

 

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The rules of the Internet are changing every day. Smart business owners enlist the help of attorneys like this week's PYP MVP Scott Reib.

Scott Reib (pronounced “Reeb”) is known as America’s Legal Coach. He’s the official Zig Ziglar Small Business Lawyer, a Ziglar Legacy Certified Trainer, and he has over 20 years of experience as an attorney. For the last two decades, Scott has been helping business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, and service providers to “shatterproof” their businesses and succeed in the professional world. Scott is a firm believer that seeking legal advice doesn’t have to be intimidating or expensive if we treat lawyers like primary care doctors instead of ER doctors. Through his subscription-based Access Plan legal service, Scott is making great strides in shifting that perspective.

 

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Imagine it’s another normal day. You're driving to work, thinking about what’s on tap for you and your business. You are 27 years old, you have worked hard for the last 14 years to build a multi-million dollar business, taking you out of poverty and into the realms of the world’s elite entrepreneurs.

 

Suddenly, you accidentally hit a pedestrian. Time stops. This day is forever frozen in your mind. You come to find out the person you hit didn't make it.

 

How different would your life be?

 

Today’s returning PYP MVP Aaron Walker, Founder of View from the Top and Iron Sharpens Iron Mastermind, knows exactly what his life would be like because this happened to him on August 1, 2001. He says it’s a day he will never forget and all these years later, it still gives him tremendous pain to tell the story.

 

Aaron recently joined me in the PYP studio for an encore conversation to catch me up on where his life has taken him since we first spoke back in July of 2015. Aaron is one of those incredible humans who exemplifies servant leadership and living his purpose. Since we last spoke, Aaron published the book he was working on when we talked three years ago, as well as grown his mastermind business that, at its core, motivates ordinary men to become extraordinary.

 

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  • Who do you know who is currently looking for a new job and continues to hit dead ends in their job search?
  • What is the secret to landing your next great job with your dream company -- without going through the hassle and frustration of online job applications?
  • How does anyone -- at any age -- find meaningful work that pays well when the job application process is fundamentally broken?

Maybe you’re like today’s PYP MVP Austin Belcak (“Bell-sack”) who found himself applying for more than 300 jobs online and getting zero responses. Sick and tired of going nowhere fast, Austin did what any awesome PYP MVP would do -- he got creative and began searching for answers from people who were doing the kind of work he dreamed about doing.

Today Austin is not only happily employed, but he’s well-compensated for the contributions he makes. AND -- it gets even better! He loves to share his process and insider tips for landing your great next opportunity no matter your age. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss!

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Austin Belcak is the founder of Cultivated Culture, where he teaches people how to use unconventional strategies to land jobs they love in today’s market -- without connections, without traditional “experience,” and without applying online.

Austin’s strategies have been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Fast Company, Inc, and more. He’s grown his community to over 10,000 job seekers who have leveraged his advice to land job offers at Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter, Goldman Sachs, ESPN, and more. Austin is ready to share his step-by-step breakdown of the process that has helped hundreds of people land amazing jobs at the world’s best companies.

 

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The rise of people marking themselves safe on social media after yet another tragedy is a growing leadership problem.

 

My central question on today’s bonus audible of the Play Your Position Podcast is:

 

What role can each of us play in solving it?

 

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For anyone who works in a diverse culture, today's episode of the Play Your Position Podcast is not to be missed.


I had the chance to talk with the authors of the popular book Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for 
Women to Succeed at Work, married lawyers Andie Kramer and Al Harris who have been speaking and writing about gender communication for more than 30 years.

 

What they understand about good communication goes beyond gender. That's one of the many takeaways I picked up after our conversation and there are plenty more that we can all apply to what we do every day in and out of the "office."


What I admire about this power couple is they bring a unique viewpoint to both women and men looking to navigate gender bias. They are frequent keynote speakers, and conduct workshops for multinational organizations to better understand the world of gender bias.

 

Today they’re helping us understand that the glass ceiling still exists and what we can do to keep moving forward while working together. Be sure to tune in and keep the conversation going by sharing this episode on social media!


Thanks so much for listening. :-)

 

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At times in our lives, circumstances will ask us to go beyond what we expected would happen. Game 3 of the 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers demonstrated this phenomenon quite literally, extending 18 innings and lasting close to seven hours. Every player, coach, manager, and fan was exhausted when the game finally ended on a solo home run.


This game got me thinking about the "extra innings" of our lives.

 

Specifically:

 

What happens at work when a project takes on a new direction and the deadline is extended (and our workload with it)? How about when a loved one gets sick or when our car doesn't start and we have a very important meeting on the other side of town? What about when we don't hit a goal we set for ourselves?

 

How are we showing up in times like these? 

 

In this week's bonus audible, I shed some light on what successful people can do in times when we are called to rise above and beyond what's expected of us and we have no choice but to play in extra innings. 

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Whether you’re single, married, happily partnered, or searching for love, you’ll be amazed at the insights shared by today’s guest, Karen Aberle.

 

Karen is the author of #1 Amazon bestseller Love’s Invisible Dance, inspired by her own juicy 30-year marriage, 3 decades of researching and teaching about relationship and the philosophy of language, and an 18-year apprenticeship with Huichol shamans of central Mexico.

 

She’s coached individuals and teams in Fortune 100 organizations including Comcast, Spectrum Reach, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on the art of building strong professional relationships using the same skills she and her husband have taught around the globe in workshops for individuals and couples seeking more love in their lives. Karen is here to share her insight on the universal dance of relationship we’ve been doing all our lives, and to help us choreograph a more graceful dance with our loved ones and colleagues in order to achieve the life we truly want.

 

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We're all carrying around a boulder on our shoulder of one type or another.

 

In this week's bonus audible, I explore some common boulders dragging people down these days and ask some tough questions about what we can do to roll those boulders off our shoulders, freeing us from their weight and relentless damage.

 

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Michael Redbord is the General Manager of the Service Hub at HubSpot. Prior to that, Michael scaled the HubSpot Customer Support team from 20 people in a single office with single-language phone support to more than 200 people powering a global, multi-lingual, multi-channel support experience. In doing so, Michael turned HubSpot’s customer support team from a cost center to a profit center and one of HubSpot’s greatest engines of growth, with an unimaginable revenue retention rate of over 100%. Essentially, the revenue the sales and marketing teams generate is worth more because of the customer success team. Michael is a noted writer, speaker, and former competitive classical pianist -- in case you’re looking for a conversation starter.

 

If you’re really good at keeping customers, you can spend more to get customers. It’s simple math. If your customer value goes up, everyone in sales and marketing gets a raise and bigger budgets to go after new ones. So if sales and marketing leaders want raises and bigger budgets, they need to be making noise in support of greater investments in customer service.

 

A noted writer, speaker, and leader, Michael is ready to share his experience at HubSpot with us to help you re-envision what success looks like for your business. Here’s a hint: It’s about the customer.

 

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Michael Redbord is the General Manager of the Service Hub at HubSpot. Prior to that, Michael scaled the HubSpot Customer Support team from 20 people in a single office with single-language phone support to more than 200 people powering a global, multi-lingual, multi-channel support experience. In doing so, Michael turned HubSpot’s customer support team from a cost center to a profit center and one of HubSpot’s greatest engines of growth, with an unimaginable revenue retention rate of over 100%. Essentially, the revenue the sales and marketing teams generate is worth more because of the customer success team. Michael is a noted writer, speaker, and former competitive classical pianist -- in case you’re looking for a conversation starter.

 

If you’re really good at keeping customers, you can spend more to get customers. It’s simple math. If your customer value goes up, everyone in sales and marketing gets a raise and bigger budgets to go after new ones. So if sales and marketing leaders want raises and bigger budgets, they need to be making noise in support of greater investments in customer service.

 

A noted writer, speaker, and leader, Michael is ready to share his experience at HubSpot with us to help you re-envision what success looks like for your business. Here’s a hint: It’s about the customer.

 

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We hear a lot about grit and determination these days when it comes to getting ahead, but what about other factors that play a role in success?

Today's MVP Jason Treu is full of ideas. His energy is infectious and you will love what he has to say about curiosity as a tool for getting ahead in your business or career. We had a terrific conversation and you won't want to miss the super cool game he gives away for free (details at the end of the show).

Enjoy!

 

Player stats on Jason Treu (in his own words):

The Professional Side

"I was a featured speaker at TEDxWilmington for my talk, How to Get CoWorkers to Like Each Other.


I've been a guest expert on more than 500+ podcasts, radio, and TV shows in the past year


I've studied and learned hands-on from the top experts in the world such as Tony Robbins, Marie Forleo, Mastin Kipp, and Brene Brown, and at leading institutions such as Harvard, University of California Berkeley and Ken Blanchard Companies


I have helped clients generate over a billion dollars in personal wealth over the past five years." (we talk about this in more detail on the show)

 

The Personal Side

"I live in Dallas, Texas (and have lived in NY, Los Angeles, San Francisco and spent one year in London, NYC, and Boston).

I have a curious and energetic 15-year-old Jack Russell Terrier.

I’m very active with charity events, cultural organizations such as Dallas Museum of Art…huge sports fan — knock the Cowboys or Mavericks and you’ll have me to deal with…and love to meet new people. I’m also running three marathons that are coming up, Chicago, Philadelphia and Phoenix (and the Dallas half-marathon).

And fine, if you’re dying to know: I love champagne and barbecue. Separately."

 

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Are you and/or your company or organization caught up in the current innovation for the sake of innovation trend? 


In today's bonus audible, I share with you some insights I picked up from attending a panel discussion recently in Portland, Oregon at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business where the topic of innovation and its role in business today was front and center. 


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Michelle Gomez is the creator of The D.A.R.I.N.G. Process and an accomplished corporate executive with over 18 years in the transportation and logistics industry. The first in her family to graduate from college, she has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a certification in Broadcast Journalism. Throughout her career, Michelle has been an advocate for women in the workforce, leading the charge in speaking forums, business articles, and networking events.



Michelle has personally mentored and coached dozens of men and women toward achieving their academic and career goals. She’s inspired others to reach for their goals with a sense of confidence and trust in their own value. Through resume reviews, mock interviews, and focus on presentation, she has helped dozens of men and women prepare and position themselves as strong candidates for the career or role they desire. Michelle has also advocated for a healthy work/life balance through her blog posts, providing insight into practical methods for creating balance and wellness in daily pursuits.



Michelle’s cultural background is of Ecuadorian and Mexican descent. She was born and raised in Southern California where she still lives with her husband and two daughters.

 

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Everyone does it in one way or another.

 

Keeping score, that is.

 

Think about this:



Facebook likes. New York Time bestseller. Who cooks, who cleans up.

All forms of keeping score.

 

In today's bonus audible, I explore the concept of keeping score from a few different perspectives. 

 

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Jim Jubelirer (JUBE-uh-leer) is a seasoned executive, coach, and public speaker. Jim’s mission is to help leaders improve their business performance and personal satisfaction. Jim speaks to a wide variety of audiences about leadership and business excellence and motivates people to achieve Breakthrough Results.

 

He has designed and delivered custom training programs and has delivered speeches, conference presentations and/or executive seminars to over 6,000 people from over 40 countries.

 


Jim’s Massively Transformative Purpose is to create an equitable and sustainable world for everyone. His Moonshot is to see the transformation to 100% renewable energy worldwide in his lifetime.

 

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Adam Capes is disrupting the fundraising and vacation travel spaces simultaneously. He is the Co-Founder and President of Getaway2Give, a company changing the way non-profits raise money and people think about vacations. Their mission is to be the best in the country at helping charities and schools raise money, and they’ve helped raise over $10M so far.

 


Adam began his journey to being a Social Entrepreneur as co-founder and president of a luxury residence fund called Equity Estates. This fund was one of many playing in the crowded destination club space and one of the few that survived the economic downturn. Adam helped raise $60M for this unique equity-based fund where members own the homes they vacation in. At one prestigious gala in Aspen, Colorado, Adam had an “Aha” moment and decided to start Getaway2Give to help change the worlds of fundraising and vacations.

 

Adam says, “At Getaway2Give, we’re incredibly passionate about two things – helping charities raise significant money and the lasting importance and memories made from meaningful vacation experiences.”

 

 

Featured in Forbes, LA Times and Travel and Leisure, Adam works closely with NFL players like Larry Fitzgerald as well as regular folks who are looking for a fun and profitable way to raise money for their school or nonprofit organization.

 

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In the snippet you are about to hear from my one-minute mindset series, I share with you three reasons why you might want to consider working with a coach. As we gear up for the fall run, and 2019 not being very far behind that, what could a coach help you accomplish that you just can’t get done on your own? Do you have a book you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while that you’d like to get into the world? Is your career going the way you’d like it to go? How are your leadership skills stacking up against the demands of your current position in a company or running a company of your own?

 

Coaching is a viable and acceptable way of moving the needle of your current life, business or project. Ask people in your life who are getting results you’d like to get and find out who they’ve worked with. Obviously, PYP is full of excellent resources for coaches in a variety of flavors from executive coaches to leadership coaches to relationship coaches and everything in between.

 

As you enjoy these longer and warmer days of summer, reflect on where in your life working with a great coach could benefit you.

 

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“If one of us is not like the other, then we have to take action.”

 

If you are at all familiar with Sesame Street, this reference by today’s MVP David Quick to the iconic children’s show will hit home.

 

David Quick is referring to how leaders can create a magnetic and compelling vision for their company so that more people will be attracted to what they are doing.  

 

You will learn quickly just like I did that David is no bull.

 

“I use the analogy all the time, I need to be compelled to go to work everyday and if and when I start to be repelled, it’s telling me something. I need to sort through that. I urge leaders to think about this magnet that compels and repels. How are you building something that compels the right people to come to your organization everyday? Do you have a compelling vision and core values in place?”

 

Father of four amazing sons, married to an incredible woman, long history of coaching, and all around great guy, Dave Quick loves helping others thrive. He’s getting ready to launch a new business with his wife that will help like minded couples who work together in business do well in both their personal and professional lives.

 

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David Quick is the go-to speaker, executive coach, and Vistage Chair expert helping business owners and CEOs learn how to work fewer hours, be significantly more successful, and build stronger professional relationships. David is a true “recovering Bull,” having worked over 20 years with companies like Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, and Roche Diagnostics. As the owner of Helping Bulls Thrive in China Shops, David has impacted over 300 CEOs nationwide, been featured on TEDx, and is a regular presenter at Vistage meetings.

David Quick is a “recovering bull in the china shop” who now uses his passion to help business leaders and their teams thrive by sharpening their focus on Vision, Values, Expectations, Engagement.



David puts executive coaching, live events, keynote presentations and group sessions all to work to help create powerful herds of high performing bulls. His no-BS communication style speaks to high performing leaders of all levels.


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Notes on the World Cup 2018



Did you watch the World Cup finale yesterday?


I will first begin by saying I am not an active soccer fan per se but if you’ve been listening to the Play Your Position podcast for a while, you know I am a bonafide sports fan. I love a good match. Could be tennis could be soccer could be croquet -- I love to watch people engage in sport because it’s one of the things that makes us fundamentally human. It’s a celebration of life.



Science has shown that animals outside of human beings do engage in play any games. But our human brains have allowed us to create these magnificent games like football like Baseball and basketball and poker and what we Americans call soccer.


I didn’t have a horse in the race for the 2018 world Cup but when I was watching matches leading up to the final I was intrigued by the name MBappe. He is my sons age. 19.



He is the next Pele.

 

I was also drawn to the rooster icon that the French team has on its uniforms. I can’t help it team I’m a big fan of branding and that rooster is just super cool. Now the checkerboard pattern of the Croatian team is also striking but side-by-side I’m going to pick the dark blue with the rooster and white font uniform over the red and white checkerboard any day of the week and twice on Sunday. It honestly has nothing to do with the country of origin. It simply has to do with the design aesthetics.



Back to MBappe for a minute. We love a superstar, though, don’t we? There’s just something about greatness that we cannot turn away from. To see a new and up-and-coming star in any sport in any field is thrilling.



It was a good match. Back-and-forth good offense good defense. The fans were really into it.



Congratulations to France. The players the staff the fans. Congratulations to Croatia, too. The players the staff the fans. It is no small feat to make it to the pen ultimate game of your chosen sport. Whether it’s the World Cup the World Series the NBA final the Super Bowl what a game.

 

What an incredible experience to witness.

 

What an incredible gift to be alive.

 

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The hardest day of his business was also the best day of his business. Today's PYP Todd Palmer talks openly on today's episode about firing himself, changing his mindset for the better and being willing to reinvent himself and his business when he realized things just weren't going to work out if he kept going the way he'd been going.

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Todd Palmer is a renowned thought leader/CEO, executive coach and author who is committed to Improving Lives. As a successful entrepreneur and business owner, he works with both individuals and companies to support corporate growth, foster business start-ups and guide leaders in the areas of talent management, workforce planning and organizational development.

 


As the CEO of a 6-time INC 5000 company, Todd knows the struggles that businesses face around the areas of people, cash, strategy & execution. Through his firm Extraordinary Advisors, Todd is able to guide leaders into programs of sustained profitability.

 

Todd Palmer is the founder and President of Diversified Industrial Staffing. Since 1997, Todd’s companies have helped over 4,300 people secure employment, improving their lives and the lives of their families. In 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013 Todd’s company, Diversified Industrial Staffing, was named by INC Magazine to the INC 5,000, as one fastest growing companies in America. In 2011 Diversified Industrial Staffing was named a Michigan 50 Company to Watch. In 2008 his company was named by CORP! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots. In 2011 CORP! Magazine named Diversified Industrial Staffing as a Best of Michigan Company and named Todd individually as an Entrepreneur of Distinction.

 

In 2013, Todd was the National Chairman for Industrial Staffing firms, on behalf of the American Staffing Association (ASA). In 2015, he launched Skilled Labor Training Centers to train the next generation of CNC machinists. Todd writes a monthly column on employment issues for Dbusiness Magazine and a bi-monthly column for Production Machining Magazine, on employment issues specifically within manufacturing. His company has been featured in INC Magazine, The Detroit News, CORP! Magazine, Crain’s Detroit & MetroMode. Todd is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and minor in Marketing.

 

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Do numbers matter?

When you log on to any of your social media platforms, do you find yourself wondering how certain people have so many fans or followers?

How bothered are you if your numbers aren't as big as other people in your field or industry?

In today's bonus audible, I explore these questions along with the concept of quality vs quantity with respect to the "in your face" social world we find ourselves in. How does knowing numbers of fans, followers and zeroes in bank accounts influence what we do, how we think about ourselves and our work?

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At the end of our conversation, I asked Albert Williams who or what is he watching on Sunday. Who is his favorite team?

 

“Well, my daughter is a Girl Scout, so this Sunday is all about selling cookies!” he laughed.

 

I asked him which kind are his favorite.

 

Without hesitation he said, “Samoas.”

 

I smiled. “Ya, it’s hard to beat that coconut chocolate caramel goodness. But I have to say -- I’m a Thin Mint girl myself.”

 

And so it goes with today’s PYP MVP Albert Williams. A million-dollar business owner, podcaster, father and Girl Scout cookie connoisseur. You will quickly discover how warm, genuine and authentic he is and I just know you will love today’s conversation on PYP.

 

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Born in Kingston, Jamaica to a single mother, Albert Williams grew up in the birthplace of Hip Hop and the home of the NY Yankees - the Bronx. Motivated by the countless hours his mother worked to create a better life for him and his siblings, Albert grew up to hold several jobs in both the public and private sectors while all at the same time owning and operating several of his own businesses. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to explore many avenues including landscaper/snow removal, restaurant menu designer and printer, computer consultant, barbershop owner, part time owner in a laundromat and part time owner in a hair salon.

 


In June 2012, Albert acquired Best Deal Private Car Service Inc., based in the North East Bronx with 19 owner-operated cars in its fleet. As President and CEO, he went on to certify the business as a Minority Business Enterprise, increased the company’s revenue to top $1.5 million, added hundreds of new drivers and created a new revenue stream by adding non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) to their line of services.

 


This serial entrepreneur with a proven ability to grow a business now teaches others through his Mastermind coaching. Albert considers it his responsibility to give back, coaching minorities with entrepreneurial aspirations to realize their dreams.

 


Albert also hosts the Plan Build Become podcast, interviewing inspiring thought leaders to further help his own minority communities.

 

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They are a fact of life, but are our smart phones, tablets and laptops taking over our lives to the detriment of actually living a life?

 

In today's bonus PYP audible, I explore this question along with some observations from a mini experiment I ran during a recent shopping experience.

 

What are your thoughts on the proliferation of digital devices in our culture today? Let me know over at PYP Podcast dot com! Would love to hear from you.


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“There’s a revolution going on in the accounting world right now,” today’s PYP MVP Ron Saharyan says. “We’re all about an algorithm away from being totally outsourced.”

 

You will discover pretty fast that Ron is not shy about sharing his enthusiasm and passion for embracing change. From his unique vantage point of working with bookkeepers, accountants and business coaches, the writing is on the wall: get with the new program or get left behind.

 

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Ron Saharyan is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Profit First Professionals, a family of the most elite accountants, bookkeepers and business coaches who help entrepreneurs make more money in their business, eliminate debt permanently and enjoy the financial freedom that they’ve always wanted.

 

He has over 15 years experience in managing organizational growth, he is a thought leader in business cash flow management and he’s also a popular speaker on the topic of small business profit. He and his business partner Mike Michalowicz host a podcast called The Profit First Podcast.

 

Ron lives in a small town called Boontown in New Jersey where he grew up and is now in a historic bank building where the world headquarters of his company operates and gives back to his community.

 

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The iconic UCLA men's college basketball coach John Wooden was known for a lot of things, including his philosophy on winning. In today's bonus PYP Audible, I highlight one of his most famous coaching approaches when things weren't going well for his team:


"It's time to go back to basics."

 

What are the basics you can go back to when things in your business, life or career go off the rails?


Today's episode will inspire you to think about what you can do when things don't go well.


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I love when PYP MVPs refer people to be guests on the show.

 

Today’s guest is one such referral, a terrific woman who comes to us via Jo Miller (PYP Episode #87). Selena Rezvani is strong, and tough, and suited up to face the biggest thrills and challenges life throws her way.

 

And to be clear: times are challenging. For women. For men. And Selena isn’t afraid to talk about “big ideas” related to these challenges because talking is where change starts.

 

As a Vice President of Consulting and Research at Be Leaderly, a community of over 270,000 aspiring women leaders and their employers, Selena architects and oversees global consulting projects focused on creating workplace cultures that better attract, retain and develop women employees. She also leads the company’s Philadelphia-based research division, which focuses on uncovering pressing trends facing professional women and creating custom research for clients. Rezvani has led numerous workplace culture research campaigns and studies on women in the C-suite, millennials, managers and negotiating habits, which have been covered by international media.

Known for her award-winning column for The Washington Post on women leaders, Selena has also written two acclaimed books, Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and The Next Generation of Women Leaders (Praeger, 2009).  Previously with Deloitte’s Greenhouse experience team and The Great Place to Work Institute (the company that produces Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work in America list), Selena Rezvani has assessed dozens of workplace cultures, helping companies pinpoint and address how they can be more inclusive and welcoming to workers.

She has been featured in the LA Times, Oprah.com, Today.com, Forbes, and dozens of other outlets. She holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and an MSW from NYU. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband Geoff and her five year old boy/girl twins.

 

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Hello Team PYP! In today’s audible, I talk about this mad crazy world we now find ourselves living in, how creating and sharing engaging content with our tribes is top of mind for a lot of us and why the pursuit of excellence never gets old. Because I am super engaged right now in helping some of my clients create their thought leadership content, I can’t make creating new content a top priority for my audible series.

 

So, what’s an effective entrepreneur to do in this situation?

 

Mine old files for content, of course!

 

And I found a gold mine sitting on one of my external hard drives that I am working up into some new content for us here at PYP. When I first created this content four years ago, I intended to launch it under the brand “One Minute Mindset with Mary Lou.” For many different reasons I won’t get into right now, that series never launched. However, creating that content served as  what I now see was a warm up to the audibles I share with you here on PYP in between the awesome conversations I have with guests.

 

As I listened through these micro audio files, I realized they fit perfectly into PYP -- why not dust them off, edit them into a new file and share them with you?

 

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing these micro episodes with you -- some are super short, like in the one to two minute range, while others are a bit longer. The average is about six minutes and in them, I tackle universal themes and challenges we all face as we go about doing what we do.

 

I got a kick out of listening back to these recordings and I think you will find them uplifting and useful!

 

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Tom Schwab completes the circle of PYP MVPs from a very special tribe known as Interview Valet. Starting with Aaron Walker, who led to Matt Miller, who led to Scott Beebe, who led to Tom Schwab...I feel like the Interview Valet team has been represented very well here at PYP.

 

That's one of the many reasons I was so excited when Tom agreed to come on the show. Interview Valet has been a strategic partner for us here at PYP -- I am grateful for the many outstanding individuals Tom and his team have put behind the mic to share their wisdom and insights with us on this podcast.

 

Some things to know about Tom Schwab:

 

He knows how to build an online business. He’s done it successfully several times, and now helps others find online success with podcast interview marketing. He is a digital marketing engineer who helps solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and small business owners harness the power of the internet with a clear actionable plan so they can quickly grow a profitable business with an automated marketing and sales machine that attracts visitors, engages prospects and delights customers.



He knows this is not just theory because he built his business from a regional player to a national leader in under 3 years with no marketing or sales department. These days, he serves by sharing what he’s learned through writing, speaking, coaching, consulting and leading mastermind groups.

 

Tom believes that marketing, at its heart, is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer. Tom helps thought leaders (coaches, authors, speakers, consultants, emerging brands) get featured on leading podcasts their ideal prospects are already listening to.

 

After having the chance to chat with Tom here on PYP, I have no doubt that what Tom says about marketing is possible!

 

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Doug Sandler has over 30 years of business experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, and leader. His book, Nice Guys Finish First, is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller. He specializes in making connections, building relationships and strengthening bonds both inside and outside organizations.

His speaking and consulting business is geared towards improving relationships and winning business through his time tested sales, service and relationship building system. Doug is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and podcaster.

Doug has been titled by a leading social media marketing company in the top “100 of Social Media Thought Influencers to Follow.”

His podcast with Strickland Bonner, The Nice Guys on Business, has over 500 episodes and more than 1 Million downloads. Now Doug is using that experience to help businesses and brands grow their audience with TurnKey Podcasting.

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Show me the money!

 

And in today's audible, it's show me some books about making money, thinking about money, keeping more of our money. To play our positions at peak levels, we have to have money. How much depends on what matters to you -- there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to money.

 

But there are some universal principles that, when applied, can mean the difference between just scraping by or living a full and abundant life.

 

I recommend 3 books in today's episode. Enjoy!

 

1. Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

 

2. Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins

 

3. You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

 

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“What changed the game for the chatbot industry is when Facebook opened up its Messenger platform to automated communication for businesses. So just like with building our email lists where we send people automated messages periodically offering more value to them, we can now do the same thing in Messenger.”

 

Today’s PYP MVP Mary Kathryn Johnson is back for an encore appearance and A LOT has changed since she last came on the show. It’s safe to say that Mary Kathryn is one of the world’s leading experts on how to use chatbot technology for building a business and she has plenty of case studies to prove it.

 

Mary Kathryn Johnson is the CEO and Founder of Messenger Funnels which helps businesses message their way to sales and ridiculous ROIs. Based out of northern California, Mary Kathryn is leading the way for how we all will be marketing in the not so distant future.

 

If you are curious about these funny little things we call chatbots, and wonder how they could make a difference to your business or company, you won’t want to miss today’s show!

 

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In this week’s Audible, I’m celebrating a big milestone here at PYP. Today’s episode marks a tremendous milestone in my podcasting journey: 150 shows in the vault! I look back over the last 149 episodes and see a lineup of phenomenal guests sprinkled in with some thought-provoking audibles to mix things up and keep it real. I’m excited about what’s coming; I’m excited about the future of PYP.

 

If you have been with me from the early days, I can’t thank you enough for taking this journey with me.

 

If you are a new listener to PYP, welcome to the family, welcome to team PYP! It’s so great to have you here.

 

To celebrate this milestone I decided I would share with you my gravel bar story, a story that harkens back to my days as a white water rafting guide on the Kenai River in Alaska.This is a story that clients and friends know well because I tell it a lot, but I’ve never shared it here on PYP and as I was thinking about what I wanted to do for this 150th episode, I decided the gravel bar story would be the centerpiece because what happened that night 30 years ago marked a milestone in my young life.

 

So if you’re ready for kick off, here we go!

 

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“A lot of people get to a point in their lives when they are so done with the 9-5,” says today’s PYP MVP Sue Monhait. “They may be 60, or 65 and ready for something else. But there’s only so many times they can work out, or play golf or tennis. A lot of people have crafts they enjoy that they can turn into a business.”

 

Sue loves the wonderful community she serves known as Gifters-Bakers-Crafters-Makers. She is known as the Gift Biz Gal and has worked in the retail and online spaces for over 25 years. After 15 years in corporate sales/marketing to both boutique shops and larger brands, she went on to open two profitable businesses of her own.

 

I mentioned how much I love Marcus Lemonis and his popular show on CNBC called “The Profit.” Sue told me he often comes to the coffee shop right below where she works. “If you’re listening to this show, Marcus, you need to stop by and say hello!” Sue laughed.


“And I’d love to have you on my show!” I added. So Marcus, if you’re listening, consider this an invitation to share your story here on PYP. :-)



Today Sue Monhait owns The Ribbon Print Company, a gold-standard business offering custom ribbon printing systems so businesses can provide product personalization right in their store or craft studio, Sue-Circle-Blue.



She has been identified as an industry leader and trendsetter. She has created her own proprietary software program, Design and Print™, and a specialty brand of ribbon, Pretty Print™ Ribbon, that is sold exclusively through The Ribbon Print Company. Other industry firsts are an online training program supporting customers worldwide as well as a membership Design Vault – again focused on the needs of their customer base.



Recently, Sue identified the need within the gifting, baking, crafting, and designing spaces, for a leader to help entrepreneurs set up their businesses to become profitable and sustainable entities. Pulling from her vast experience, she has started coaching and speaking to guide entrepreneurs who have a hobby or creative passion that they want to turn into a business. She also works with existing business owners who have gotten stuck or are looking for that one thing that’s needed for them to gain traction and move ahead.



As host of the Gift Biz Unwrapped Podcast, she provides free content weekly to assist those searching for answers on how to start and grow their business.

 

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The startup scene in San Francisco is very much alive and brimming with ideas

I recently had the opportunity to attend a pitch night in downtown SF. Think of it like a mini shark tank, minus Mr. Wonderful. :-)

The place was packed. Adult beverages and pizza were served. I arrived early to check out the scene and network and in doing so, I met some fascinating people including:

  • a woman who worked at LinkedIn for six and a half years before it was bought by Microsoft and became the BIG COMPANY it is today
  • a man who puts on events for startups and was very excited to have his first one scheduled for London this summer
  • a woman who came all the way from Ireland to pitch her idea
  • a man who has created a sensing device that will track packages from start to finish and indicate exactly where damage occurs along the journey (if any)

 

The majority of attendees were originally from other countries including India, Pakistan, Italy and Russia.

The predominant smell in the air besides pizza and beer was hunger -- hunger for closing a deal -- hunger to make it big -- with a hefty side of money.

The entire evening was fascinating to experience. If you're at all curious about what goes on at these pitch nights, today's audible will take you on the inside of one.

 

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“The things that I’ve accomplished have been amazing,” says today’s PYP MVP Vince Kramer. “I’ve held director jobs at the corporate level, my military career was way beyond what I expected, and I’ve been an entrepreneur with several different businesses. I had the big house, the beautiful wife, the big bank account and through all of that, there was still something missing in my life and I didn’t know what it was. It wasn’t until I experienced a crisis awakening that what I was missing became clear.”

 

Like so many people who reach the level of being a successful discontent, Vince asked himself some tough questions about the meaning of life. These questions led him to start a new chapter that includes writing a best selling book with Jack Canfield called “Mastering the Art of Success,” founding Imagine Miracles to
educate and train people of all walks of life on how to discover, design and create their Miracle Life, and write and produce the Your Miracle Life series of online training programs and associated workshops based on the C.R.E.AT.E.model and Your Unique Purpose Formula.

 

In a nutshell, Vince Kramer is creating miracles.

 

Yes, he comes from a stereotypical “macho” field serving in the military, and he also works as a pilot for United Airlines, but like all PYP MVPs, Vince Kramer has a huge heart and is dedicated to serving the world at a higher level so we can all have a chance of showing up as our best selves to play our positions with humility and grace.

 

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The future is here and it's called AWS.

 

I decided to attend the AWS Summit in San Francisco this week on a whim -- I am not a developer and have no intention of becoming one but as a small biz owner and leadership specialist, I believe it's important that everyone has a basic level of understanding around what this mega company known as Amazon is up to.

 

Long story short: 

 

Mind. Blown.


AWS stands for Amazon Web Services and it is true to its namesake. I had the chance to listen to Werner Vogels, Amazon dot com's CTO and Vice president speak about big things happening with AWS and my mind is still reeling from what I learned.


In today's audible, you will hear me share 10 leadership lessons I learned from going to this summit. I recorded those lessons on my iPhone in my hotel room right after getting back from the event. You will hear that I sound a bit fatigued after a full day at the Summit, but also A LOT of excitement about what's happening with this company.


If there's one thing I can stress here it's that AWS is laying the groundwork to change the way companies function. Cloud computing is here and we are just at the early stages of what's possible. As a futurist, as a business woman, as a podcaster, as a writer... what AWS is doing thrills me even if I don't understand most of the technical jargon! I hope my takeaways give you something to think about and use as you continue your journey.


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“We only get one shot at this crazy thing called life,” today’s PYP MVP Christie Garcia says. “My personal goal is to make sure you leave your legacy and maximize your impact while you are here.”

 

When she was 29, Christie was the epitome of success. She had a great apartment in San Francisco, a nice car, friends, travel opportunities, an interesting career and all the other external symbols of making it in America. But a freak accident close to Christmas one year caused Christie to reevaluate her life and ultimately make some decisions that changed the course of her life forever.


These days, Christie still has a great life; it just looks different than the one she used to have. These days, instead of selling medical devices, Christie is a Leadership Coach and founder of Mindful Choice. She works with groups and individuals to help them maximize their impact, improve their relationships and be more successful at both work and home. She believes good men can become great by making a 1% personal improvement each day.


Christie is also the organizer of The Manifesto Adventure Retreat, a life-changing adventure experience for men. These retreats challenge men mentally, physically and emotionally to make the good man great.


In today's episode, Christie tells the story of her life-changing accident along with stories of how she helps good men become great. If you've ever wondered why your relationships at work or home aren't as fantastic as you'd like them to be, Christie has some pretty awesome insights.

 

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History has its eyes on you, Team! What are you doing to make it proud?

 

For those of you who are Hamilton fans, the title of this week’s audible will be familiar. For those of you who don’t know about Hamilton, who lives who dies who tells your story are lyrics to one of the songs from the musical. This past Sunday, I sat in the audience next to my daughter and experienced all that is Hamilton for more than three glorious hours.

 

In today's audible, I unpack the story of Hamilton, drawing direct parallels between it and how it reinforces the many themes of PYP including how we seek continuous improvement in our work and private lives, pursuing the glorious, imperfect and courageous End Zone of leadership excellence.


I even go WAY outside my comfort zone and sing a line from the show! :-)


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I’m not going to lie.

 

I was really excited when Andrea Owen accepted my invitation to come on PYP and share her stories about being more vulnerable, getting sober and building a life on your own terms. I learned about her through a podcast I listen to, which led me to her podcast Your Kick A$$ Life which led me to her book (which I highly recommend.)

 

Honest, energetic and inspirational, Andrea Owen isn’t afraid to play her position full out and is winning big time because she does. On today’s show, she opens her heart and gets super real about tough topics like making amends, letting go of what we thought would happen and accepting that when life doesn’t work out the way we imagined, there may actually be something better behind our disappointment.

 

Some details about Andrea:

 

She is an author, mentor, and certified life coach who helps high-achieving women let go of perfectionism, control, and isolation and choose courage and confidence instead. She has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life.

She is the proud author of 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve, (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster) and How To Stop Feeling Like Shit: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back From Happiness (Seal Press/Hachette Books).

When she’s not juggling her full coaching practice or hosting retreats, Andrea is busy competing in triathlons, chasing her 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter or making out with her husband, Jason. She is also a retired roller derby player having skated under the name “Veronica Vain.”

 

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In this week's audible, I cut right to the chase and recommend three amazing podcasts for you to consider adding to your weekly playlist!

 

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The Aggarwal brothers like to laugh. And they are passionate about great design. We talked over Skype -- I was in Portland, Oregon and they were in India. It was morning for me and night for them. We had a great conversation about launching a business, moving through self-doubt to keep a vision alive and why customer service can be a company’s greatest competitive advantage.

 

In October 2014, brothers Rahul and Varun Aggarwal launched Designhill in an office in New Delhi, India. In the beginning, the co-founders had a small team of 4 developers and 2 designers to pioneer a new kind of marketplace for the design industry. Upon launch, Designhill quickly caught the attention of business owners around the world looking for a fast, reliable and quality alternative to the traditional design companies.

The service received an overwhelming response from around the world, allowing the company to grow rapidly to a team of more than 45 with over 48,000 registered graphic designers from around the world. Designhill now has offices in New Delhi & Gurgaon, India and a subsidiary company and office in Delaware, United States. The company also plans to set up operations in Germany and UK this year.

The Aggarwal brothers built Designhill to provide a reliable marketplace for sourcing high quality graphic designs including logo design, banner design, packaging  design,merchandise design, web design and many other designing works at extremely affordable prices. Designhill provides an interactive interface that allows the customers to give real time feedback and ratings to design works, to help the designers better understand the customer’s expectations. Rahul and Varun are entrepreneurs who scaled and grew a bootstrapped business to among the top 3 graphic design platforms in the world while helping thousands of businesses source quality designs.

 

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In this week’s audible, I share the story about my sixth grade bully and the impact getting bullied has had on how I’ve played my position over the years. I also have an exciting announcement to share with you so stay tuned for that!

 

As far as the big picture of bullying goes… We tend to think of bullying as a kid problem but it’s actually a human problem. Bullying in the workplace is on the rise and it’s impacting the bottom line of a lot of companies because people who don’t feel safe at work aren’t producing the work the companies expect them to. Every target of a bully may lose up to 200 hours of productivity annually. If that targeted employee takes sick or vacation time, it may be a total of 400 hours of lost production to the employer.

 

Here are a few 2017 stats about workplace bullying sponsored by the Workplace Bullying Institute:

 

  • 60.3 Million American workers are affected by workplace bullying
  • 70% of workplace bullies are male, 30% are female
  • Rank -- 61% comes from the boss; 33% is coworker driven and 6% from the bottom up

 

Some other things about bullying I found about come from Brandon Gaille, who is one of PYP MVP’s Epsiode #77:

 

  • 62% saw sabotaging of others’ work or reputations as the primary form of bullying in the workplace.
  • 80%. That’s the percentage of bullies who are able to have a negative effect on 5 or more co-workers.
  • 37% of the people who are targeted by bullies are considered to be “compassionate and kind” co-workers. Only 6% of the targets of workplace bullying are aggressive.



I can relate to that last set of stats -- as a compassionate and kind person, I was an easy target. There’s a growing body of work in the scientific community about the effects of trauma on our lives, the way trauma manifests in our minds and our bodies. Bullying is no small matter. Having been a victim of bullying, I understand this. If you or someone you know are experiencing workplace bullying or online bullying or any kind of bullying, check out http://stopbullying.gov  and http://operationrespect.org Both provide relevant information and resources for people experiencing bullying.

 

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Here is my exciting announcement!

 

I am gearing up to launch the PYP Leadership Academy! The PYP Leadership Academy is something I’ve been thinking about for at least two years and I will tell you that making this announcement public is terrifying me, but also exciting me because it’s time. I’m being called to expand the PYP brand and message in a greater capacity. Those if you who have listened for awhile know my background is in formal education. I have a masters degree in teaching. I’ve won numerous awards for my instructional abilities and I consistently earn the highest reviews whenever I lead workshops. As I was telling somebody the other day, for whatever reason one of my superpowers is people just feel safe when they work with me. I have a quiet, calm and powerful energy that attracts people to me and you get a lot when you work with me.

 

I’ve set up a special page for people to express your interest without committing to anything. Go over to http://pyppodcast.com/la where you can put your name and email address indicating your interest.

 

You’re not signing up for the program. This is for me to get a sense of the interest level out there.

 

The PYP Leadership Academy Beta Program will focus on what I call fundamentals of success in life, business and career. I’m going to strip things down to the bare essentials and I’m doing this because I have discovered that basic fundamentals, basic principles of success are missing in society today. People want more and gaining a deep understanding of these fundamentals is a fantastic way to help you get to the point where you can honestly say, “This is the life I have always wanted.”

 

This program will be 7 weeks. It will follow the format you hear on my show, Kick off Move the Chains and Touchdown. We will dive deep into a handful of success categories including technology, mindset, time, money and culture. I will have a curriculum that will include short reading assignments and podcast listening outside PYP -- some carefully selected episodes of shows that bring value to our coursework together.  You will have access to a playbook that you’ll get to download and use throughout the program. and probably the best thing about it will be the baked in accountability and community. This for those of you who are hungry to take your life, business and/or career to that next level. I’m limiting enrollment to 20 people so I can provide personal attention to everyone. It’s going to be awesome!

 

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On the surface, today’s PYP MVP Yigal Adato had what our culture tells men they’ve made it. The big business, the house, the car, the vacations, the beautiful wife, the family.

 

Yet…

 

Below the surface, Yigal was living a lie. He was overweight, he was addicted to porn and he was on the fast track to getting a divorce from the love of his life.

 

“I had to start telling the truth to myself,” Yigal said fairly early on in our conversation. “Doing that allowed me to become courageous and move forward with my life. It also saved my health, my primary relationships and my marriage.”

 

This kind of vulnerability took Yigal years to develop. It’s still a lot of work today for him to tell the truth. “If you want it, you have to work for it. If you want to have an epic life, you have to work for it.”

 

That’s one of the big themes from today’s conversation, which is a tough one, Team. Just preparing you for that. Yigal and I get into some pretty deep and raw territory. But like usual, the journey we go on is full of insight and wisdom.

 

Some details about Yigal: He is a leadership expert, speaker, and an executive coach to business owners and is on a mission to unlock their leadership potential. He now dedicates himself to helping business owners master self-leadership skills, make more money, stress less, and have more freedom to do what they love. Along with being the Founder of Unlock the Leader, a mastermind for businessmen, he is also the host of the new show Small Business Big Leaders.

 


Since the age of 15, Yigal has been studying and practicing leadership. He is well aware of what it takes to run a business handling the speed bumps, excuses, stresses, and how to run teams. At the age of 22 he ran a Retail/Service business with his brother that earned 50 million in 15 years.

 

His varied businesses have provided real life experiences in the trenches, achieving success in going from broke musician to selling over $50 million dollars in his business endeavors, managing hundreds of employees, raising a family, and having fun in the process. After his personal and professional successes, he courageously followed the source of his happiness to become a
mentor to business owners.

 

Yigal offers a practical approach to helping people find the truth of what makes them tick and live accordingly to their discovery. Most importantly, he is a father to his daughter Taly and husband to his wife Sharon.

 

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Hello Team PYP, welcome to this week’s Audible, Episode #138. I’m calling this audible “We’re not really sharing what’s real” because in my next show, you will hear my guest Yigal Adato go into more detail about why this is happening and what it means for us as men, women and citizens of a global community. You are not going to want to miss that episode because it is one of the most raw and emotional conversations I’ve ever had with a guest here on PYP. That episode is scheduled to drop in the next few days, so be sure to keep an eye out for it. 

 

A quick preview: Yigal talks about how he personally transformed his life from being 40 pounds overweight and addicted to porn -- to being able to speak his truth so he can work with people to help them speak theirs. He openly admits it has taken him years of doing hard work to get to where he is today, and he has to work on telling the truth every single day… but he wouldn’t trade it for the world. Doing that work saved his health, his marriage and probably his life because like a lot of people, Yigal was on the fast track to total self destruction.

 

Again, you can catch the full episode with Yigal Adato later this week, but let’s get on with today’s audible.

 

In today’s audible, I want to dive deep into something Yigal shares with us on that episode, he said:

 

“We’re not really sharing what’s real.”

 

What he’s referring to here is the proliferation of social media and how it’s directly impacting our lives. How it can really play with our heads and our emotions. Boy, did that ever hit me right between the eyes. Team, I feel like a broken record when I talk about the paradox of social media.

 

On the one hand, I love social media and use it to build my brand and my business. I also use it to maintain a professional network and to stay connected with people I love.

 

On the other hand, I suffer at times from the Highlight Reel overload, which plays with my head and can leave me feeling depressed and less-than because I haven’t yet made a million dollars or achieved the level of financial success I thought I’d have by this point in my life.

 

But I will tell you something.

 

Because of this next little hack I’m about to share with you from Yigal, I’m able to shake off those useless feelings pretty quickly, realign and refocus my time and energy on doing the things I love -- things like have amazing conversations with incredible individuals for this podcast, write books, build leadership coaching programs and deliver them to awesome professionals who are trying to figure out their path, too.

 

I can focus on what’s real and then share that with the people I serve and work with. 

 

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We are facing an unprecedented addiction epidemic in America. Deaths by overdose are growing every year; addiction is a problem millions face every single day. Today’s PYP MVP believes there’s a better way for addicts to get the help they need when they are ready for recovery. A few years ago, Megan Peterson saw how technology could bridge the gap between addicts seeking help and the therapists who want to serve this demographic.

 

With over 15 years experience in the addiction field as both a counselor and pharmaceutical representative, Megan Peterson knew there could be a better way for patients to get the help they needed. As a result, she started 2nd Chance Counseling Service, providing a cost effective and discreet solution for patients seeking drug and alcohol addiction therapy.


Megan believes that as long as patients are willing to put in the time and do the work, they deserve that 2nd, 3rd, even 10th chance at getting clean and living a full life. The creative solution at 2nd Chance Counseling provides flexibility and better options for patients wanting to change. Access to licensed counselors via video sessions and email support in all 50 states opens up opportunity to seek help without the limitations of work and family schedules for time sensitive counseling. Megan truly believes the “telemedicine” platform fits with the future of treatment and is here to stay.

 

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Welcome to this week’s audible. Last week I dropped the first part of this 2 part series exploring the question, Is self help selfish? And in that episode, I shared my initial thoughts about that question.

If you haven’t listened to that episode, if you are just tuning into PYP for the first time, welcome -- be sure to go back and listen to episode #134 but for the sake of time here’s a spoiler alert -- I concluded that self help is not selfish.

However…

What happens when we become too obsessed with knowing ourselves? What happens then?

Is all this obsession with self help making us a culture of raging narcissists who can’t get out of the weeds of our own lives and our own problems because self help can perpetuate our feelings of unease and confusion?

Do we believe we have more problems than we actually do as a consequence of immersing ourselves in personal development activities?

And, where do we draw the line between doing the self help work like journaling or talk therapy or reading books or listening to podcasts like PYP...and when do those activities become a problem in their own right and get us stuck in the self help blender?

In today’s audible I’ll explore the question:

Are we too focused on self help at the expense of things that might be better for us in the long run?

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Scott Beebe admits he’s not a good marketer.

 

He might even admit he’s a little jealous of people who are good marketers.

 

But what Scott Beebe does do well is what plenty of people wish they could do.

 

Scott Beebe is the Founder and Head Coach of MyBusinessOnPurpose.com

 

He also hosts the Business On Purpose podcast. Small business owners pay him well to help them articulate and implement intentional Vision/Mission/Values, Systems, and Processes which can liberate them from the chaos of working IN their business. Once they’ve shed the shackles, they find the freedom to work ON their business (shout out to Michael Gerber of the E-Myth!)   

 

So ya. Scott Beebe is a pretty terrific guy.


When he played football, he played a little known position called the deep snapper. The deep snapper may not get all the glory that a quarterback or star wide receiver gets, but no team can succeed without a great deep snapper. The deep snapper is a special teams specialist whose duty is to snap the football over a longer distance, typically around 15 yards during punts, and 7–8 yards during field goals and extra point attempts.


Why is this position so important?


Ask anyone who played for the New York Giants on January 5, 2003 when the deep snapper botched a snap on a field goal attempt that could have won the game for the Giants, who had led 38–14 at one point in the game. But they lost. And they were taken out of contention for the Super Bowl that year.


Scott understands that small businesses can't afford to botch any snaps if they hope to succeed long term and qualify for their own super bowls.

 

During our pre-chat, we discovered that Scott attended the high school I once taught at in Lake Oswego, Oregon (Go Lakers!) before he and his family moved to South Carolina where he lives today with his own family.


It really can be a small world.

 

Life is good like that!


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Want to improve your relationships?

Having trouble sleeping?

Feeling stuck in your career?

Coping with grief?

Looking to hone your leadership skills?

 

If you’re like many people, you’ll try to find the answers to these questions and other problems in your life by browsing Google or heading over to the self-help aisles of your favorite bookstore or let’s be honest -- cruising on Amazon. Self-improvement books now account for billions of dollars a year in the U.S. alone. Approximately one-third to one-half of adults in the U.S. have purchased a self-improvement book at least once in their lifetime. That includes yours truly! :-)

 

Most of us wish we could improve certain things about ourselves. But change that sticks around is difficult. Many of our habits are deeply ingrained, and certain core personality traits may be fixed for good. Don't let that discourage you from making changes, though -- Honestly, it's never too late to change if change is what you truly want! With effort and determination, it is possible to be the person you want to be.

 

As the great Englishwoman of letters George Eliot once said,  “It is never too late to be who you might have been.”

 

Here at PYP, we say right on to that!

 

So, is self help selfish? I don’t think so, but… tune in to hear why I reach that conclusion!

 

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“Do you guys remember Periscope or Meerkat?” today’s PYP MVP Lauren Fritsch asked during our conversation. “That was the hottest thing at SXSW a couple of years ago...and where are they now?”

 

We both chuckled about this.

 

“The world is changing at an incredible pace,” she continued. “And it’s great to be curious and it’s great to be an early adopter...but always remember it’s far more important to be super clear on why you do what you do so that when that next round of bright shiny objects comes around, you don’t get stung.”

 

Just because everyone else is doing something doesn’t mean you have to do it, too.

 

Lauren and I spoke near the end of last year just as the holidays were upon us. In fact, she was one of the last people I talked to for the show in 2017 and I've been super excited about her episode airing in this newest season of PYP since we talked.

 

Lauren Fritsch is a speaker, entrepreneur, artist and mom. Her mental model, the Joy|Money Matrix, is a simple tool that empowers creative entrepreneurs to make strategic decisions that prioritize joy and improve revenue simultaneously. She calls the movement the Joy Imperative and it's really cool!



Lauren has been an entrepreneur since the age of 23. For most of her career, she ran TCC Consulting Group, a boutique firm that focused on the specific sales and leadership needs of mid-market businesses in the United States. Now she teaches other coaches and consultants how to sell to those mid-market firms in addition to sharing the Joy Imperative.



Her life includes more time painting, wife-ing, parenting her magical 3 year old, and supporting the licensees who use her systems. She splits her time between Manhattan and the Hudson Valley but will always be a southerner.

 

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