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How To Change The World One Story At A Time

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #84

How To Change The World One Story At A Time with Nikki Groom

I refuse to accept defeat

One of my favorite questions to ask my guests is “If you could go back to the beginning of your journey, what advice would you give yourself?”…

Nikki’s answer was simple, “I wouldn’t”. She values the journey so much, that she would rather relive the entrepreneurial journey. She is now known for being a “message shaper for movement makers.”

NIKKI GROOM is a digital marketer, brand strategist, and content marketing expert for business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to build a successful business while making the world a better place.

She is the host of Movement Makers, a podcast featuring in-depth conversations and unfiltered stories from business leaders and entrepreneurs who are making a difference on the planet, and founder of The 100 Stories Worth Telling Project, which seeks to amplify the voices of women entrepreneurs all over the world.

Nikki is passionate about the power of storytelling as a way for thought leaders to humanize their businesses, build relationships with the people they most want to serve, and inspire readers into action. She is also a firm believer that all businesses should lead with empathy.

Throughout the interview, Nikki shares the importance of taking action, and how in each point of her journey the lessons she learned from jumping head first, led to massive growth, both personally and professionally.

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

  • The importance of taking action
  • How to focus on your passion in order to change the world
  • How to go from your first client to a sustainable business
  • How to network, even as an introvert
  • Why you must teach what you need to learn

How to connect with Nikki Groom:

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The Secret Behind Disruptive Billion Dollar Businesses

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #83 with Jay Samit, Author of Disrupt You

There is a big difference between failure and failing.

“Jay Alan Samit is a dynamic entrepreneur and ‘intrepreneur’ who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on disruption and innovation. He launches billion dollar businesses, transforms entire industries, revamps government institutions, and for over three decades continues to be at the forefront of global trends…(read more)”

A little over a week ago, I had shared one of the lessons from Disrupt You on Instagram, when Jay Samit reached out to me to say thank you. Less than a week later, I had the opportunity to interview him on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast.

Through Disrupt You, Jay challenges readers to rethink their traditional approach to business and shatters any excuses that may be standing in your way. That advice is followed by tactical steps you can take today to being thinking like many of the billionaire entrepreneurs Jay has coached in his career.

One of the most simple, yet practical exercises he recommends is “to write down 3 problems you face every day. After a month, you have 90 ideas, and a theme will likely emerge. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity.”

What really blew me away, was the way he reframed the solution, “when you don’t know how to solve that problem, find something that does…”

Steve Jobs didn’t know how to code, and he created the largest tech company in the world.

Here is an interview with Impact Theory where Jay Samit dives deep into his book:

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

  • How to find a billion person problem (and a billion dollar solution)
  • How billion dollar businesses are built
  • The importance of hard work and patience
  • The difference between failing and failure
  • Why you should focus on the impact, not income

How to connect with Jay Samit:

More about Jay Samit:

Everyone from the Pope to the President calls on Samit to orchestrate positive change in this era of endless innovation.  Samit helped grow pre-IPO companies such as Linkedin and eBay, held senior management roles at Sony and Universal Studios, pioneered breakthrough advancements in mobile video, internet advertising, ecommerce, social networks, ebooks, and digital music that are used by billions of consumers every day.  Combining innovation with commercial success, Samit is the consummate dealmaker; his list of partners and associates reads like a who’s who list of innovators, including: Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Steve Jobs, Reid Hoffman, David Geffen, Richard Branson, Paul Allen, and Pierre Omidyar. A proven trend spotter, Samit accurately predicts the future because he is constantly working with those who create it (read more)…

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3 Keys to Scaling a Business: Money, Motivation, & Mindset

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #82

3 Keys to Scale a Business: Money, Motivation, & Mindset

I recently had an opportunity to speak at an AGM to help kick off a new business unit. During my research for the keynote, I looked how successful businesses were able to scale and the common traits behind their founders. After reviewing over 75 interviews and reading 50+ books on entrepreneurship, personal development, and motivation, I kept coming back to three simple principles: Money, Motivation, and Mindset.

Money

While there’s a constant argument over whether, or not, money can provide happiness – in business, it is essential for growth. If you look at the reasoning behind why most businesses fail, it is rarely from a bad idea. More often, it is a result of cash flow. Businesses either don’t have enough money to get started, or they grow too fast and can’t keep up – yes, they grow too fast!

So, as much as I like to talk about purpose and passion. It is fundamental to understand that in order for you to fulfill that purpose and live your passion, you need money.

Now, most will use that as an excuse to prevent them from starting a business. This is where “understanding money” becomes vital to your success as an entrepreneur. We all have access to money (or capital), here are a few examples:

  • OPM (Other People’s Money) – what companies have similar goals to you and how can you add value or partner [Suggested Reading: Disrupt You – there’s a whole chapter dedicated to this]
  • Part-Time Hustle – start your business on the side, or work a second job and keep your capital in your business [Suggested Reading: Shoe Dog – Phil Knight, Founder of Nike worked full time just to support Nike when it was getting started to keep money in the compay]
  • Grants – there are millions of dollars that go un-used. Research what grants or tax credits are available within your industry. There is a lot of funding for young entrepreneurs, women run business, minorities, and rural businesses
  • Traditional and Private Loans – there is no shortage of business loans available right now. These tend to have higher interest rates because of the inherent risks associated with a business. Make sure you talk to both a legal and fiduciary (professional money manager) before going down this road.
  • Venture Capital – if you can show a strong value proposition, there may be an opportunity to take on investors. The catch with doing so, you give up a portion of your company to gain the capital.
  • Friends and Family – This may be common in Silicon Valley, however, this is not something I would recommend. At the end of the day, family and friends are more valuable than any business.

Motivation

The majority of my posts, especially on Instagram (click here for the Daily Motivation), focus on motivation.

Motivation is the cause by two things, pain and pleasure. The more pain we experience the greater the need for change. The more gratifying the pleasure, the more we want to change. – Tony Robbins

Tony Robbin’s definition of motivation is one of the most simple and easily understood. Within the definition, he explains two subtle difference NEED and WANT. When a pain is great enough we NEED to change, however when the pleasure is great enough we WANT to change. There is a massive difference between a want and a need.

This is why, in order to scale a business, you need to understand the motivation, both for yourself and for your potential customers.

When you are solving a true “pain point” for a customer, the greater the pain, the greater the value of your solution and likely the greater the customer is willing to pay. However, when you are dealing with a “want”, your business will require significantly more money to create demand.

For example, in order to survive we NEED clean water to drink, however, we may WANT a $7 Blonde Vanilla Latte (with a teething child I might argue we need the caffeine to survive some days).

When you get really clear about the problem you are solving, it becomes much easier to acquire customers when your focus aligns with a true need. It will also empower you to continue and survive the difficult times (even when money seems scarce), which lead to the third principle, mindset.

Mindset

This year has been filled with underdog stories; Donald Trump winning the election, New England Patriot’s Heroic comeback win at the Super Bowl, and most recently Sergio Garcia’s win at The Masters.

One thing they all have in common: a belief they would win.

[Also Read: The Underdog’s Secret To Winning]

There is a mountain of research that supports positive thinking, and I have personally experienced the power a positive mindset has had. This past year alone, adopting a positive mindset led to interviews with three billionaire entrepreneurs and industry icons, which I previously would have never thought possible.

The hardest part about succeeding in any business is the leadership that is required in the hardest of times. The times when money is tight and the team is deflated. This is the time when your business will need that ‘Al Pacino, Any Given Sunday’ type pep-talk.

Motivation will become irrelevant, and money won’t matter if you don’t have the right mindset. The way you think is the difference between you succeeding and failing, “between winning and losing…” [in my best Al Pacino voice].

 No matter if you think you can or think you can’t you are right. – Henry Ford

I wish you all the best of luck in your entrepreneurial journey as you try to master money, motivation, and mindset.

Free Course: 7 Day Platform Playbook (How to turn your passion into your paycheck

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The Greatest Lessons in Entrepreneurship from Sergio Garcia’s Masters Win

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #81 Sergio Garcia’s Masters Win

The Greatest Lessons in Entrepreneurship from Sergio Garcia’s Masters Win

In an 18 year professional career, marked by four runner-up finishes, two of which were decided by playoffs, and years of criticism and personal struggle; Sergio Garcia finally won his first major at The Masters.

What was astounding about his win, wasn’t the years of heartbreak, or even the underdog story in itself, he was actually a favorite in most odds. It was the fact that Sergio Garcia never gave up, and not just in this tournament, but in his pursuit of a major championship.

Here is a quick snapshot of Sergio Garcia’s near Major Championship Wins:

Sergio Garcia Green Jacket

Sergio Garcia wearing The Green Jacket, 2017 Masters. Photo Credit, REUTERS/Brian Snyder

 

  • 1999 PGA Championship – finished second to Tiger Woods, but was made famous when he hit a miraculous blind shot with his eyes closed followed by a sprint and scissor kick to see where the ball had landed
  • 2007 Open Championship – led after all three rounds, made bogey on 18 to eventually lose to Pádraig Harrington in a 4-hole playoff
  • 2008 Tour Championship – after leading again in the final round, Pádraig Harrington came from behind to win by two, leaving Sergio Garcia in second again
  • 2014 Open Championship – finished second to a red-hot Rory McIlroy
  • 2017 Masters – won in a playoff over Justin Rose

Why was Sergio Garcia’s win at The Masters so important?

He proved two very important lessons for success: 1. You have to be in it for the long game, and 2. Never, ever give up.

Why you have to be in it for the long game

While life may seem “short” at times, we have an abundance of opportunity. No matter what your career may be, or what goals you have in life, there is actually a lot of time and ways to get there. Sergio Garcia has played in 73 Major PGA Tournaments and in 4 different times finished second.

There are two ways to look at this, either Sergio is cursed, or at some point, he is bound to win.

Phil Mickelson went through a similar criticism before he eventually won The Masters.

The fact of the matter is simple, the more times you put yourself in a position to win, the more likely you will succeed. For Sergio, he believed it was a matter of time, and at The 2017 Masters, he was right.

For you, regardless of your career, or business, you need to find ways to put yourself in the position to win. You won’t win all the time, and you’ll even lose some heartbreaking deals, but more often than not you will finish on top.

Why you should never, ever give up.

On the 13th hole at Augusta, Sergio Garcia hit his ball left of the creek into the trees. He was forced to take a drop and a penalty stroke. At that point in time, Justin Rose had a two-stroke lead, and by most odds, would likely be stretched to four-strokes after this hold.

Remarkably, Garcia made par and Rose three-putted for par. Garcia went on to birdie 14, and eagle 15. The momentum had switched.

Related: The Underdogs Secret To Winning

When you are patient and consistent, success is inevitable. The moment that you decide you are not worthy, or that the feat is impossible, you are right! When you grind, no matter the circumstances, eventually you will come out on top.

After 4 runner-up finishes, 37 major tournaments, and countless setbacks, Sergio Garcia finally won his major.

You too can win. The recipe is simple: be patient, consistent, and never give up, EVER!

 

 

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How To Rewire Your Brain For Success

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #80 with Colette Streicher

How To Rewire Your Brain For Success

Happiness is undervalued in our lives…we value hardwork, and success, but none of those are possible without happiness

I recently finished reading “Stealing Fire” by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal. The book is about “Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high-performance upside down.”

Within minutes of talking to Colette Streicher, I saw an instant connection to how high performers are using a heightened state of consciousness to up their game to a new level.

Colette Streicher moved to the United States from France in 1995. In 2001, she graduated from the University of Houston with a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in family therapy.  Colette currently operates a successful international practice as Peak Performance Coach.

For more than 20 years, Colette continually studied many different therapies stemming from the field of Energy Psychology.  These studies include EFT with Gary Craig, Thought Field Therapy, Matrix Energetics, Bodytalk, Quantum techniques, Seemorg Matrix as well as many others.

In 2013 Colette co-founded a new method in the field of psychology (Manifesting All Possibilities(TM), MAP for short.

Through the use of MAP, practitioners are able to create extraordinary results. The method was proven effective to rewire the brain through the use of QEEG technology. MAP is a revolution in the field of psychology as it gets instantaneous results without the use of tapping or even talking.

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

  • 7 Steps To High-Performance
  • The importance of happiness in becoming successful
  • Why top athletes and entrepreneurs NEED a business coach
  • How to create happiness and reach your goals at lightning speed

How to connect with Colette Streicher:

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How To Write Your Own Success Story

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #79

How To Write Your Own Success Story with Marie Wiese, Founder of Marketing CoPilot

I knew this podcast episode was going to be great…

A Canadian, Content Marketer, Best Selling Author, and Entrepreneur – that’s a recipe for a perfect guest and Marie Wiese didn’t disappoint!

In this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, Marie Wiese talks about her entrepreneurial journey and how she was able to literally write her own success story. After being gifted a typewriter when she was a little girl by her grandmother, that gift for storytelling, led to a career in PR. That career quickly led down an entrepreneurial path with a startup, which, like many other dot-com businesses in the mid-2000’s, unfortunately, led to a financial collapse.

Marie bounced back and started consulting. After reflecting on how she helped the business grow to 100+ employees and raised over $25 million in funding, she knew she could repeat that process. Years later, Marie continues to run Marketing CoPilot and “help companies build digital marketing programs that make a difference. We deliver strategic guidance and tactical execution so companies can jump-start their digital marketing efforts to be more engaging, customer-centric and competitive.”

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

  • How to overcome fear
  • The importance of asking for help
  • What Marie’s next book will be about
  • The value of storytelling

How to connect with Marie Wiese:

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How to get more out of life, push harder, and become a beast

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #78 with Lonnie Gordon Ogulnick

Learn how to get more out of life, push harder, and become a beast.

If you’re not happy with your life, take a look at the people you’re hanging out with.

One of my favorite questions to ask guests is; “what is the advice you would give your younger self before getting started?”…

This week’s guest wrote an entire book distilling that information. Lonnie Gordon Ogulnick is the founder of Gordon Wealth Management and author of ‘The Heart of the Beast.‘ His book “teaches you the strategies to find and unleash the beast inside of you—on every level, from the physical to the social to the spiritual.”

They’re the people around you who live life to their fullest potential. The people who are in the zone from the moment they wake up in the morning to the moment they fall asleep. The people who attack life with energy and aim at the impossible.

Not everyone has it in them to become a beast—too many of us settle for mediocrity. But for those of us who don’t, entering beast mode is a matter of putting in the work, investing in ourselves, and pushing ourselves to live life purposefully and powerfully.

As the economy transforms around us—leaving us with less security and less certainty, but with staggering rewards for winners—pushing ourselves to become beasts is less and less optional.

It’s becoming a requirement for survival.

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

  • How to create a powerful network
  • How to unleash the beast inside you
  • What you need to do to live up to your full potential

How to connect with Lonnie Gordon Ogulnick:

HOP 78 with Lonnie Gordon Ogulnick

 

 

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The Safest Way to Become an Entrepreneur

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #77 with Karem Kalin

The Safest Way to Become an Entrepreneur and The Truth About Network Marketing

You can’t get to the end without going through the middle

I had the privilege of meeting Karem Kalin at a local entrepreneur breakfast where we heard Dragon Den Host (aka Dragon) and Best-selling Author of “The Wealthy Barber,” David Chilton speak. What was more interesting after getting to know Karem, she actually pitched her business idea on Dragons Den (for my American listeners, that’s the Canadian version of Shark Tank).

What really impressed me, was Karem’s keen ability to take action.

The entire goal of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast was to inspire people to take action and pursue the life they want to live, and in doing so I believe they will find true happiness – well that is exactly what Karem did…

Ironically, the idea she pitched on Dragon’s Den (which she explains at about 5:25 in the episode), got to the point where it was too much and it led her to an opportunity with Arbonne, a Network Marketing Company. After 2 short years, Karem was able to replace her salary at her job in public health, which she had worked at for over 15 years.

Since leaving her job, Karem’s business has exploded and she now has the time and resources to pursue her true passion of traveling the globe with her family.

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

  • The truth about network marketing (and how to find the right opportunity)
  • How go jump all in
  • How to find opportunities to fulfil your dream lifestyle
  • The importance of taking action

How to connect with Karem Kalin:

 

 

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How To Write Your Own Success Story

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #76 with AJ Adams

How to Write Your Own Success Story

You’re not a passive character in your success story, you’re the author!

I came across AJ’s work on Instagram and knew instantly that he was going to be a perfect guest for the show…

Impacted so deeply by the tragedy at Columbine, AJ was literally shocked into action. Working humbly as a janitor and struggling to put food on the table AJ tapped into the passion for helping people, that he started a public speaking career that now has him traveling the world.

For many of us, change is difficult, so much so that it becomes paralyzing. One of the things that AJ talks about is how important it is to take action now. The longer you wait, the harder it will become to chase down your dreams. Once you lock onto that big dream, you can begin to take action and embrace change in your life one day at a time.

More about AJ Adams (http://www.ajadamsonline.com/bio)

Awarded “Best of 2015” and ranked in the Top 3 of motivational speakers in his home city of Phoenix, AZ, AJ will shed a bright light of the often overlooked principles that build success and significance. He will teach your audience about The Other Half of Success. AJ takes you beyond the cliche’ one-liners or dreaming big and setting lofty goals, and teaches you what it really takes to achieve the success you deserve. The Other Half of Success is a message packed with inspiring stories and practical principles to help you take action NOW! On and off stage, AJ delivers the “Aha!” moments that inspire audience members to take action. Meeting planners only wish they had hired AJ for past events!

AJ will teach your people how to:

  • Shift from passive workers, students, and staff in the organization to becoming active contributors to its success
  • Take ownership of their individual success and performanceWork with greater sense of passion and purpose
  • Position themselves to achieve greater success and produce greater results, thus adding greater value to their organization

How to connect with AJ Adams:

AJ Adams on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast #76

  • Instagram: @imajadams
  • Snap: imajadams
  • Bonus Material: http://www.ajadamsonline.com/ig-masterclass-replay
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How Focusing on Value Can Triple (3x) Your Business

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #75

How Focusing on Value Can Triple (3x) Your Business with Jen Berson, Founder of JenerationPR

Success meant being able to control my own time

The hardest part of starting a business is finding customers. The second hardest part of a business is parting ways with a client.

This past year, JenerationPR tripled their business, yes 3x, and Jen Berson attributes that success by parting ways with her first, and longest standing client. For most people, that would sound absolutely insane. Yet, when you take a deep honest look at your life and your business, you need to get clear about what’s holding you back and where you can deliver value.

Throughout this episode, Jen shares how the focus on value helped her scale her business. What was unique about Jen’s perspective on value, is it was not limited to the value she provides to her clients, but also to the people on her team and how she can add value to their lives by giving them flexibility in their daily lives.

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

  • Why you might need to fire your client
  • How to change your mindset to scale your business
  • The important of the value chain (internally and externally)

How to connect with Jen Berson:

 

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