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Doug Foley is a podcast host, content marketer, and problem solver. He is also the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters, a proud father of 2, and is on a mission to help people find their passion, take action, and build the life they want to live. He frequently writes about entrepreneurship, personal development, and motivation.
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How To Afford Anything You Want

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #94 with Eric Rosenberg

From Finance Professional to Blogger to Side Hustle to Entrepreneur…

Eric Rosenberg found a way to turn his passion for personal finance into a five-figure side hustle.

In this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast you will learn:

  • How to Afford Anything
  • The Importance of Finding Out What You Want
  • How To Go For It
  • What Happens When You Try

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How To Step Up, Be Bold, and Play Big In Business

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #93 with Vanessa Shaw

From Stay-at-home mom to 7-figure entrepreneur.

When people pay more, they pay attention

I knew when I read Vanessa’s Bio, that the interview was going to align with the goal of the show to help people reach their full potential.

What I was not expecting, is how real, genuine and valuable the advice would be that followed.

After a few years as an active stay-at-home Mom, the burning desire for entrepreneurship peaked and Vanessa Shaw started a wellness benefit with 6 clients at $50/hour. As fast as the business win came, she lost the initial clients. Having to start over, she took that lesson and increased her fees. Within two years she had built a

Within two years she had built a 6-figure business after landing a large law firm. For the next 3 years, she enjoyed the success, but at the sacrifice of her happiness. Around the 5 year mark, she lost that client and nearly went bankrupt.

It was in that struggle, she rebuilt quickly only to take one of the biggest leaps of faith…

Vanessa sold their home, left Europe, and started completely from scratch in California, all while her husband continued to work overseas for 2 more years.

Most people, even those close to her, said it was insane, but her dedication, commitment, and drive have led to rebuilding a nearly 7-figure business.

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • Entrepreneurship is NOT right for everyone (learn who should be, and who shouldn’t)
  • The importance of charging what you are worth
  • How to Go Big!
  • Why you need to follow your heart to do what you really want

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How To Make Change By Believing In Yourself

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #92 with Molly Claire

Believe you can and you will

Mindset and personal awareness are two of the most powerful things you can master to become successful. In this weeks episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, Molly Claire, from Molly Claire Coaching, shares how to transform your mindset to unlocking your potential by believing in yourself.

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How To Find Happiness

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #91

Find your gift and give it to the world! – WordPlay T.Jay

I was blown away by the insight and tactical advice that WordPlay T. Jay shared in this episode. After struggling with depression, he found music. That passion grew inside of him, and he knew that he could share his gift with the world and spread happiness and a message of positivity in a genre typically filled with violence.

WordPlay T. Jay broke through after hustling his way onto MTV’s RapFix.

What surprised me in this interview, was his insight into music is a skill that anyone can learn.

If you work hard enough, anything can be learned and perfected. It is just about getting on stage.

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How To Make Failure Your Friend (A Lesson For Entrepreneurs)

Flip your “What IF” from a Negative to a Positive – Bond, The Ad Strategist

This episode is one of the rawest and most authentic interviews to date (it contains some swearing, so make sure the kids aren’t in the car). We go deep into what entrepreneurship is REALLY LIKE.

If you have been following this podcast for a while, you know how important mindset is to building a business. In today’s episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, Amanda Bond, better know as Bond, founder of The Ad Strategist, dives deep into her personal transformation, and how she allows her gut and passion to guide her business.

What was shocking to me, was the fact that after numerous failures, Bond kept going and has built one of the most reputable Facebook Ad management businesses in the space.

In the interview, Bond shares the story about how she bounced back from a $10,000 chargeback after completing 3 months of hard work (for those who are unfamiliar with a chargeback, the client basically makes a claim and their money is returned). For most people, that would have been the end of their business – they would have thrown in the towel.

Bond, shares how working on her mindset helped her embrace failure, and allowed her to survive those inevitable tough times in business.

If you want to connect with The Ad Strategist, the best place to do so is right here: https://www.facebook.com/theadstrategist/

 Bonus: 1 Crucial Buckets to Build a Business (check out their Facebook page for the full details).

  1. Pixel a Website
  2. Email
  3. Page Engagement
  4. Video Views (Bond’s current favorite)

 

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The Truth About Creating A Legacy

The Truth About Creating A Legacy

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #89 with Andy Amick, founder of Pale Spruce

If you want to create a legacy, dream big, work had, and be yourself

In just 25 minutes I learned how much we are capable of when we put our minds to it.

Andy Amick turned his love for mountain biking into one of the most interesting legacy building exercises I have heard.

As Andy’s passion for Mountain Biking grew, he discovered a race called “Tour Divide”, which is a 2,745 mile (4,418km) ride from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. After a grueling 24 days, Andy completed the race at with countless stories to share.

What was unique about Andy’s story (aside from the run in with a Mountain Lion), was that Andy found it more challenging writing and publishing a book, then riding a bike for 24 straight days.

In addition to writing a book, and completing the “Tour Divide”, Andy has built an e-commerce business selling mountain bike specific first aid kits, along with a number of other great resources (find them here).

While Andy grew up in an entrepreneurial family, he did not inherit any of these natural traits. He is a software programmer by day and runs this business on the side as a legacy business he would like to pass on to his children.

So many industry giants are recognized for building billion dollar fortunes, having a fleet of jets, yachts, mansions, etc. We often fail to recognize the passion-preneurs who have built businesses that reflect who they are and the things they life – like Andy.

He has not only preserved his story in history by publishing a book but has built a set of products to help other mountain biking enthusiasts complete their race.

We all have a unique skill and passion that can be shared with the world. We just have to be willing to take the first step.

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Until next week, I hope you find your passion, take action, and begin building the life of your dreams.

 

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Turn Your Power Into Profit

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #88 with Alex Barker

How To Turn Your Power Into Profit

From selling strollers and car seats to paying off his mortgage in 3 years, Alex Barker has mastered the side hustle…

Don’t forget family – 80% of your time with your kids will become before they are 18.

I knew from the moment Alex reached out to me on Facebook that we were going to have a great conversation.

Alex Barker is the founder of The Happy PharmD, which is a niche blog dedicated to helping pharmacists create a side hustle.

What I didn’t know about Alex, was the reason behind his businesses. Early in his pharmacy career, Alex and his wife had a burning desire to help other couples adopt. The challenge, as a pharmacist it would be very difficult for them to do this so Alex started his journey into entrepreneurship.

With very little business background, Alex started to buy and resell used baby strollers and car seats online. Realizing his limitations and wanting to help more people, Alex started his media company, began consulting, and now has created a number of courses to help pharmacists.

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • How to create your side hustle
  • The importance of taking action
  • Why self-education is the best education
  • How to turn your powerful skillset into profit

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Freedom Isn’t Free: Thank You To All Those Living A Life Of Service

I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world. – President Ronald Reagan

Freedom isn’t free…

With Memorial Day around the corner, it is always a great time of year to show gratitude to those who have committed their careers to a life of service. There is no greater sacrifice than that of those who risk their lives to provide the very freedoms we often take for granted.

Below are 5 very distinct groups of people who live a life of service that I am incredibly grateful for:

  1. Men and Women Serving in the Armed Services
  2. Men and Women Serving as Police, Fire, and Paramedics
  3. Men and Women Serving in the Medical Field (especially Nurses)
  4. Men and Women Serving in Charity, especially the new wave of Entrepreneurs building Public Benefit Corporations (like Toms, Ten Trees, Patagonia, Quest Nutrition…)
  5. Moms! (The biggest life of sacrifice, and the reason the world keeps turning)

To all those who put themselves in harm’s way and choose to live a life of service – Thank You!

 

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How Losing It All, Helped Gain Everything

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #86

Heather Ann Havenwood, CEO of Havenwood Worldwide, LLC and Chief Sexy Boss shares her entrepreneur’s journey.

Heather Ann Havenwood, CEO of Havenwood Worldwide, LLC and Chief Sexy Boss, is a serial entrepreneur and is regarded as a top authority on internet marketing, business strategies and  marketing. Since marketing her first online business in 1999, bringing together clients and personal coaches, she has played an active role in the online marketing world since before most even had a home computer.

In 2006 she started, developed and grew an online information marketing publishing company from ground zero to over $1 million in sales in less than 12 months. Starting without a list, a product, a name or an offer, Heather Ann molded her client into a successful guru now known as an expert in his field.

Heather Ann has been named by a few as an ‘Icon Creator’ or the ‘Wizard Behind the Curtain’. She has instructed, coached and promoted hundreds of entrepreneurs leading them down the path to success. She has produced and managed over 350 seminars and events and hosted tele-seminars with many top online thought leaders such as Richard Flint, John Alanis, Susan Bratton, Alicia Lyttle, Tom Antion, Alex Mandossian, Legend Joe Sugarman, Anthony Blake, David Lakhani, Robert Shemin and many others.

Heather Ann currently is the Author of…Sexy Boss: How the empowerment of women is changing the Rule Book for sex, money and success (available on Amazon click HERE!)  and The Game of Dating and How to Play it: A rule book for divorced men stepping back into the game.

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • The importance of the journey, not the destination
  • How to rebound after failure
  • Where to find opportunity
  • The importance of mindset to create success
  • How to become a Sexy Boss

Where to connect with Heather Ann Havenwood:

 

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The Secret to a Better Quality (and Quantity) Life

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #85

I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. – Steve Jobs

What is a better quality life to you? More time with loved ones, more time to do the things you love, or both?

The bottom line, is we all want more time (quantity) to do the things we love with the people we love (quality).

The challenge, so few of us make the time to do those things.

Take this past weekend for example, what did you waste time on? Did you spend the weekend doing spring cleaning, mowing the lawn, or even worse, doing your taxes?

I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time. – Stephen King

If you did manage to spend it doing what you loved, did you feel overwhelmed when you got back home that there was a mountain of “to-do’s” that had been neglected?

Here is a really simple question I want to ask you (answer it honestly…)

How much time did you waste doing the things you hated doing this weekend, and what would you have rather been doing (write down the answer in the comments below).

Now, before I explain why that is important I want to share a little story with you…

A little over three years ago, my wife and I were blessed with our firs child, and a quick 18 months later our second. To say life was hectic would be an understatement.

Like most parents with young kids, our days were somewhat the same: early morning wake-ups, preparing meals, cleaning dishes, rushing out the door for work, only to rush home to get dinner ready, do some more dishes, baths, and bedtime. We would relax for an hour or so watching Suits, House of Cards, or Homeland (which is so addictive) while catching up on some work we missed trying to get home for dinner…

Sound familiar???

So when the weekends arrived, the last thing we wanted to do was clean our house. We wanted to do something fun, but the guilt of all the “stuff we had to do” would hang over us.

While we couldn’t really afford it – we decided to hire a cleaning service. This meant we would get back at least half a day on our weekends.

So back to my original point. What’s more important to you, a quality life, or quantity? This little investment in a cleaning service gave us both the quantity and quality time we needed!

I can imagine at this point, you’re probably having the exact same reluctance we had when it came to hiring someone to clean our house and many of you would probably argue that it is a huge waste of money.

Well here’s some simple math to consider…

The big problem too many of us have, is we have little to no respect for our time.

If you make $50,000/year, that is roughly equivalent to $25/hour. If it takes you 4 hours to clean your home top to bottom and you do it twice a month, it is, in fact, costing you $200/month (and for those who have kids know that it takes twice or three times as long to do anything).

I can tell you first hand that there are thousands, if not millions of ways to make an extra $100, $10,000 and event $100,000 per year on the side that will allow you to afford to live not only a better quality life but one with more quantity of the things you enjoy.

Here are 5 things you could do today to improve your quality (and quantity) of life:

1. Stop hoarding, start selling

How long are you going to hold on to your PS2, PS3, and XBox? The baby toys? Most importantly that collection of old phones? If you are looking for a cleaning service or a lawn care company, in most places you are looking for $150-400 per month depending on your home.

If you can find a way to sell $1,200 – $2,000 of junk, you’re more than halfway to buying back your quality and quantity of life.

2. Ask for a raise

For most people, talking about money, let alone asking for it, is one of their biggest fears. Think about ways you can provide more value to your employer. Make a proposal that you would like to do “X”, and in exchange for doing so you would like “$Y”. If your employer agrees, simply over deliver. Ramit Sethi has an awesome guide, where he breaks this entire process down, click here for the details:

[Related: Ramit Sethi’s Ultimate Guide to Asking For A Raise]

3. Cut wasteful spending

I’m not going to tell you to stop drinking Starbucks, that will be short-lived.  Consider the wasteful spending like the gym membership you signed up for 6 months ago and have been to twice. Take a close look at your credit card statement (especially from iTunes) – are there recurring membership charges from “trials” that renewed. Are you actually using your Amazon Prime membership? There are countless ways to curb your spending, but be realistic when making cuts. Find the things you do not actually use or enjoy, not the things like Starbucks and going out for lunch.

4. Barter

We all have a unique skill that we can exchange with someone. Find someone who values that service and exchange quid pro quo. For example, if you are a web designer, but hate yard work. Find a local lawn maintenance company and exchange your services.

5. Start a side business doing what you love

Just like bartering, everyone reading this has some unique skill they can share and charge for. I have interviewed 75+ people who all have built unique businesses or raised significant amounts of money by combining their passion and taking action. Below is a quick graphic summarizing one of my favorite visuals for finding your “Ikigai” (your ideal business). Once you have found that, you can reach out to your friends and family to ask how you can help. It may be as simple as helping tutor the kids of friends and family members on math, or English? If you want to do some freelancing work, you can use websites like UpWork of Fiverr.

I want to be clear, and this is the reason I left this as the last point. I do not suggest this option as a means to buy back your time as something that is simple. It takes a conscious effort to build a business, however, if your goal is to make an additional $1,250 – $1,500 you will have a lot more fun making money on the side doing what you love, to afford the better quality life, than undervaluing yourself and doing the chores you hate.

Source: https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikigai

 

 

TL;DR – Here are the shortcuts to creating a better quality life:

Start valuing your time, and what it is worth. Here are 5 Things you can do to create a better quality and quantity of life:

  1. Sell your junk – use craigslist, eBay, Kijiji, or a Garage Sale – you’re goal is between $1,000 – $1,500
  2. Ask for a raise – find out how you can provide more value, over deliver, and ask for fair compensation
  3. Cut wasteful spending – get rid of unused memberships (like the gym you haven’t seen in 6 months)
  4. Barter – how can you exchange services to do more of what your life, in exchange for what you don’t (i.e. if you like woodwork, could you help someone build a deck?)
  5. Start a side business doing what you love – there are limitless opportunities to offer your own unique value to make an extra $100-200/month (tutoring, web design, photoshop, baking, etc.)

 

What’s next in creating a better quality life?

One of my favorite questions to ask guests, from billionaires to entrepreneurs just getting started is

“Do you remember the first dollar you made as an entrepreneur?”

Action Step: Write down the thing you wasted time on this weekend (or something you hate doing on a regular basis). Immediately below that, write down what you would have rather been doing.

Once you the two choices besides one another, you can make a clear choice on what you do next.

Do you invest in building a better quality of life, or do you continue to undervalue your time?

I hope this inspires your journey to earn your first dollar and being to build the life you want. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

If you need help on coming up with an idea, or figuring out which part of your life to outsource first, leave it below.

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