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Ep 156 An Accidental, Honest, Socially Conscious, Kick-Ass Entrepreneur | Flossie Hall

Ep 156 An Accidental, Honest, Socially Conscious, Kick-Ass Entrepreneur | Flossie Hall

September 18, 2019

Flossie Hall can best be described as an accidental, honest, socially conscious, kick-ass entrepreneur. 

This active military spouse started a healthy meal prep business in her kitchen and scaled it to 7-figures within the first year and sold the business in just a little over 3 years. In that short period of time Flossie and her team provided more than 500,000 healthy meals, created over 100 Military Spouse jobs representing more than $430,000 in payroll, and donated over 10k meals to homeless Veterans. 

In 2018, Flossie received the San Diego Business Journal Military Spouse-owned Business of the Year award for Healthy Momma. Flossie is known for her advocacy work on behalf of military spouses and she brings this passion and her entrepreneurial experience to bear as she leads The Rosie Network’s national Rosie Chapter initiative. She is a sought-after speaker and has appeared across local and national venues such as Fox News, NBC, CBS and PBS. Flossie is also the co-founder of Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs (AMSE), and a mother of four.

In this episode Flossie:

  • Talked about the challenges military spouses face when it comes to finding employment
  • Tells us about the time she was let go for being unreliable (missing time to deal issues with her kids) even though she was the top sales performer
  • Explains how preparing meals in her house for a few families became a 7-digit business in less than one year
  • Candidly admits that she didn’t know what she was doing
  • Explains how she set about learning what she needed to know
  • Calls out Corporate employment programs for military spouses which don’t take into account the challenges faced by military spouses
  • Talks about the impact that financial stress has on a family and spousal relationships
  • Explains how she’s managed to embrace chaos
  • And admits that she’s looking forward to her husband hitting the 20 year mark in the Navy (hint: she says then it will be her turn)

Flossie is transparent, humble, smart, and informative. Enjoy.

You can contact Flossie at:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/flossiehall/   
Website: http://therosienetwork.org/ 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.

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Ep 155 Why Vanity Metrics Can Take A Big Dump | Dan Willis

Ep 155 Why Vanity Metrics Can Take A Big Dump | Dan Willis

September 16, 2019

Dan Willis is an entrepreneur, digital media creator, a keynote speaker, and a twitter video champion. He is also a High School dropout.

The advice Dan shares comes from real, practical experience consulting major brands like FOX TV, Toyota and H&M. He’s worked with clients in France, UK, Switzerland, Canada and the US.

Dan has been featured in Databird Top 100 Keynote Speakers to Hire in 2019, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur. He’s also spoken on stages in the United States, Canada, New York and Nantes.

In this fast paced conversation Dan doesn’t hold any punches:

  • Calls out employers for focusing on game rooms and saunas that employees never have time to use.
  • Points out that daycare would have been a better investment
  • Explains why businesses need to focus on employee and customer experiences
  • Tells us that user generated content and employee generated content beats anything a business can create
  • Talks about overcoming the death of his 3 month old daughter
  • Shares the advice he gives wannabe entrepreneurs
  • Reminds us that when it comes to labels we all have a choice
  • Emphasizes the importance of building community
  • And tells us that vanity metrics can take a big dump

This episode is packed full of life and digital marketing advice. Enjoy

You can contact Dan at:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/millennialmotivator/ 
Twitter: @MLLNNLMotivator 
Website: www.millennialmotivator.ca 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.

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Podbean: https://screwthenaysayers.podbean.com/e/155-Dan-Willis/ 

The Accidental Naysayer

The Accidental Naysayer

September 13, 2019

Are you an Accidental Naysayer? In this episode of Tim Talks, Tim explains why so many of us become accidental naysayers without even realizing it. He also explains 3 actions you can take to guard against this happening to you, and challenges everyone to go at least one week consciously choosing not to be an accidental naysayer.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.
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 Ep 154 How To Build Your Ideal Lifestyle | Tom Sylvester

 Ep 154 How To Build Your Ideal Lifestyle | Tom Sylvester

September 11, 2019

Tom Sylvester is a serial entrepreneur, podcast host, author, business coach, and a self-described “renaissance man”.

Tom worked 3 jobs to get himself through high school and into college. He met his wife, and business partner, Ariana, on his first day of College. They graduated from college with $60,000 in debt, and for Tom, the thought of working away in a cubicle for the next 45 years was not appealing. That’s when he decided to set a goal to “retire” by the age of 35. Ariana thought he was crazy.

Now truth is Tom didn’t want to stop working, he just wanted to have the freedom and independence to choose when to work, where to work, who to work with, and what to work on. The entrepreneur’s dream, right? Tom learned some hard lessons along the way but did achieve his goal before his 35 birthday.

Today Tom and Ariana operate a real estate investment firm, a wine and spirits store, and two coaching and mentoring businesses.

Tom:

  • Got into the messy details about many of the lessons he learned along his entrepreneurial journey
  • Explains why he always encourages people to focus first on understanding the lifestyle they want to live
  • Points out that the low cost of entry for service based businesses takes away many of the early stage learning opportunities for new entrepreneurs
  • Explains the difference between an entrepreneur and a solopreneur
  • Shares some of the most common mistakes he sees new entrepreneurs make
  • Stresses the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people
  • Tells us that failure is not bad
  • Explains why he likes it when customers say no
  • And tells us about his soon to be released book titled Lifestyle Builders

This was a fun conversation packed with great advice.  Enjoy.

You can reach Tom at:

Website: https://tomandariana.com/ 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sylvestertom/   

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.

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Ep 153 Fierce Feminine Leadership | Eleanor Beaton 

Ep 153 Fierce Feminine Leadership | Eleanor Beaton 

September 9, 2019

Eleanor Beaton is a women’s leadership mentor and founder of Fierce Feminine Leadership, an organization that helps ambitious women develop the confidence, presence, political savvy and influence they need to take their seats at the tables where the big deals and big decisions are made. She is also an award-winning journalist and host of the Fierce Feminine Leadership podcast. And best of all she is a fellow Nova Scotian!

Eleanor has served as Chair of the Visiting Women's Executive Exchange Program at the Yale School of Management. In 2017, she won the prestigious Profiles in Diversity "Women Worth Watching" Award for her work promoting diversity and inclusion. She was also named Canada’s Leadership Coach of the Year by the 2017 Corporate Excellence Awards.

Eleanor has been privileged to serve some of the country’s most recognized women leaders, including Arlene Dickinson, star of CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den and former Canadian First Lady Margaret Trudeau.    

An international keynote speaker, Eleanor has presented at conferences whose rosters include such notables as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson and 23andMe Inc. co-founder Anne Wojcicki.

In this episode Eleanor:

  • Shares the story behind her business brand name (hint: she has Viking ancestors)
  • Explains that all along her mission has been to support women, first and foremost to be free and independent
  • Gives us her thoughts on emotional energy
  • Explains why more women need to embrace explicit ambition
  • Uses the phrase “womens tax” and explains what she means
  • Shares stats that show women owned businesses are less capitalized
  • Why sales and cash flow are Queen
  • Tells us that she who can pay the most for customer wins
  • Points out that a business needs fuel to grow and that fuel is cash
  • Argues that the idea of work/life balance is unreasonable
  • And tells us that her goal is not to produce a gentle living

It took some persistence to get onto Eleanor’s schedule. It was worth the wait. Enjoy

You can reach Eleanor at:

Website: https://eleanorbeaton.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eleanorbeaton/   

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.

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Podbean: https://screwthenaysayers.podbean.com/e/153-Eleanor-Beaton/

Ep 152 How To Live A Life of Honesty, Integrity, And Transparency | Steven Kuhn

Ep 152 How To Live A Life of Honesty, Integrity, And Transparency | Steven Kuhn

September 4, 2019

Steven Kuhn is a decorated United States Army combat veteran, speaker, author, and consultant who helps Senior Executives dramatically improve their quality of life through consistent, conscious, application of Honesty, Integrity, and Transparency.

His journey to this point in his life is nothing short of remarkable. After serving in Operation Desert Storm, Steven who got a European out. He started out working as a Doorman and ended up working for people like Mick Jagger, Olivia Newton-John and others. He spoke at European Parliaments, consulted NASDAQ and London Stock Market listed companies and then lost it all. His wife left him and he ended up homeless.

Steven started all over and once again found himself living a fast life that included dating the highest royal in Germany and standing on stage with Andrea Bocelli. In Steven’s words he  built it up again and then changed everything overnight to be with my children and wife, bought a house in a village of 2000 people in the middle of Hungary!

Steven spoke to me from Budapest and explains:

  • How a drill Sergeant taught him a lesson about mindset that he has never forgotten
  • How an NCO went from being a doorman to an advisor to the stars
  • Why he doesn’t believe in the fake it till you have it approach
  • How he crashed, not once, but twice
  • Why he chose to revel in his homelessness
  • How time spent at a monastery helped in his recovery
  • Why he decided to make big changes, including the move to a village in Hungary
  • How living a life based upon Honesty, Integrity, and Transparency frees you
  • The work he and his partner (a former Green Beret) do with their executive clients
  • Why motivating employees is not the same as inspiring them

This is a fascinating discussion with a guest who in his words is living his entire life in flow. Lots to be learned. Enjoy

You can reach Steven at:

Website: https://steven-kuhn.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevenekuhn/

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection

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Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2MF5T6g
Stitcher: https://bit.ly/2uYCsRC
Podbean: https://screwthenaysayers.podbean.com/e/152-Steven-Kuhn/

Ep 151 How To Use Patents To Protect Your Business | Shmuel Silverman

Ep 151 How To Use Patents To Protect Your Business | Shmuel Silverman

September 2, 2019

Shmuel Silverman is an inventor and patent strategist with over 165 patents & provisional publications and as an entrepreneur has co-founded and sold two companies, including one that was purchased by Intel after only 18 months in business.

Today Shmuel is the Founder and CEO of Multi-Innovation where he works with companies to develop and take advantage of having a strategic IP portfolio that protects them now, secures their space in the future and tells an effective story for investors. Shmuel also spent 11 years working for Motorola where he served as Director of Advanced Technology and Strategy.

One thing that really stands out when you speak with Shmuel is his ability to discuss complex technological topics using words and examples that just about any business person would be able to understand. There are lessons in here for any entrepreneur, but in particular those that are driven by a desire to solve important problems. 

During our conversation Shmuel explains:

  • Why discussions around patents should really be discussions about the business. 
  • The dangers of falling in love with your solution before you fully understand the problem
  • Why he is thankful that IP protection actually works
  • The mistake that Kodak made in not understanding the unaddressed customer needs
  • Why Apple has been so successful in the Smartphone market, even though they were not first to market
  • The importance and value of establishing barriers to entrance
  • Why he believes that there is no such thing as a truly original idea (and why he doesn’t care)
  • That most successful technology based innovations are based upon different combinations of existing ideas
  • The impact he sees 5G technology having on big businesses, including self driving cars (hint: he thinks car manufacturers are wasting money trying to create smart cars)
  • Why it's not fair, or advisable, to ask lawyers business questions
  • And why he’s on a mission to change the way C-level executives think about patents

We also talked about the challenges he’s faced creating a business around an idea as opposed to a specific product. Just a really fun and informative discussion. Enjoy…

You can reach Shmuel at:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shmuel-silverman/  
Website: https://multi-innovation.com/ 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.

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Podbean: https://screwthenaysayers.podbean.com/e/151-Shmuel-Silverman/   

5 Reasons Gen X Will Be The Big Winner In The New Gig Economy

5 Reasons Gen X Will Be The Big Winner In The New Gig Economy

August 30, 2019

Once jokingly referred to as “America’s neglected middle child*” Gen X is positioned to be the big winner in the move to the new gig economy. 

The strange part is hardly anyone seems to be talking about it. All the focus seems to be on Boomers (like me) who seem intent on never retiring or the Millenials who mastered the art of side gigs while still in College. Surely it is the Millenials, along with the shiny eyed Gen Zers who are already nipping at their heels, that will own the gig economy. How can those poor stuck in the middle Gen Xers hope to compete? Too young to know anything and too old to compete with the young tech entrepreneurs.

It might surprise you to know that people age 45-65 are twice as likely to be self employed than the 25-44 year olds. Now the 45-65 age group does include younger Boomers like myself, but the trend is undeniable. An increasing number of Gen Xers are self employed. Some of this results from downsizing, but it’s also true that many older workers are choosing to opt out of the corporate world. 

Today I want to share with you five reasons Gen Xers are positioned to be the big winners in the new gig economy.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.
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Ep 150 I Blame Gary Vee | Don Wettrick

Ep 150 I Blame Gary Vee | Don Wettrick

August 28, 2019

Don Wettrick is President of the StartEdUp Foundation, where he and his team are on a mission to help students 14-18 develop and nurture an entrepreneurial mindset.  

It has been anything but a direct path for this award winning middle school and high school teacher who decided to step away from the classroom after more than two decades. He puts the blame on Gary Vee, who challenged Don to see the world as his classroom. 

The origins of the STARTedUP Foundation evolved from the work Don undertook in the classroom at Noblesville High School, his book “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level,” his tireless efforts as host of the StartEdUp Podcast, and his own efforts at entrepreneurship. It’s rare to find someone with Don’s level of passion and commitment that is combined with the courage to act and step outside of his comfort zone. In this episode Don talks about:

The origins of the StartEdUp Foundation

  • How working with people like Seth Godin and J.T. McCormick attracted the attention of potential funders
  • The foundations focus on creating eco systems that support student entrepreneurship
  • Why he loves the first touch points when meeting with new students
  • Why the biggest hurdle is also around teaching young people to change their mindset
  • His love/hate relationship with organizational vision and mission statements
  • His love for shiny objects and why he is blessed to have such a great support team
  • His thoughts about the differences between GenZ and Millenials
  • And why he decided it was time to go all in with the foundation

Don was guest number 1 on Screw the Naysayers. I’m so honoured to have him back to help us celebrate episode 150. Enjoy…

You can reach Don at:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donwettrick/
Website:  https://startedupfoundation.org/  

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.

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iTunes: https://apple.co/2LkWSPV
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Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2MF5T6g
Stitcher: https://bit.ly/2uYCsRC
Podbean: https://screwthenaysayers.podbean.com/e/150-Don-Wettrick/ 

Ep 149 Why Nice Guys Finish First | Dave Kerpen

Ep 149 Why Nice Guys Finish First | Dave Kerpen

August 26, 2019

Dave Kerpen is a serial entrepreneur, a New York Times bestselling author (4 books for far including a children’s book) and much in demand global speaker. As a prolific contributor on LinkedIn Dave has amassed a pretty incredible community of 680,000+ people. 

Dave is the co-founder and co-CEO of company called Apprentice, a platform that connects entrepreneurs with bright, hard working college students. He is the Chairman of Likeable Local, a social media software company serving thousands of small businesses, and the chairman and cofounder of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and content marketing agency for big brands.

As a father of three, Dave is also an outspoken advocate for change in our public education systems. He’s putting his time where his mouth is as he is currently an elected member of his local school board. 

He has been named by Entrepreneur Magazine as a top 10 up and coming leader,  been featured on the Today Show, CNBC’s “On the Money”, BBC, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, the New York Times, and countless blogs. I have also keynoted at dozens of conferences across the globe including Singapore, Athens, Dubai, San Francisco, Cologne, Toronto, Bangkok, and Mexico City.

Dave really has it going on. He also has a relaxed confident communication style that may well have been influenced by his background as a teacher. 

In this episode Dave: 

  • Tells us how his rebellious spirit created challenges for him as a public school teacher
  • Dove deep into the rationale and framework of his latest business venture, Apprentice (hint: the co-founder at Apprentice was once a student employee of Dave’s)
  • Explains why, for now, Apprenctice only matches College students with entrepreneurs
  • Expressed pride in his daughter who is starting a business while still in High School
  • Says that of the 1100 or so people he’s hired over the years, all but 20 or so were hired strictly for their people skills
  • Why he thinks the “golden rule” should be replaced with the “platinum rule”
  • Talks about his latest book, The Art of People
  • And if you wait until the end you’ll even here this U.S. citizen break into a rendition of O’Canada (he used to work at professional sports venues)

Dave’s energy is infectious. Certainly worth a listen for entrepreneurs and parents everywhere. Enjoy.

You can reach Dave at:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davekerpen/ 
Websites: www.chooseapprentice.com (Company Website)
www.likeable.com (Company Website)
www.davekerpen.com (Personal Website)

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.

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iTunes: https://apple.co/2LkWSPV
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Stitcher: https://bit.ly/2uYCsRC
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