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How To Network As An Introvert

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #102 with Travis Chappell

Have you ever been the awkward lonely looking guy or girl at a conference, just waiting for someone to come up and talk to you at the bar, or breakfast table?

Here’s how most conferences go for me: I grab my badge from check-in. Next, I awkwardly walk into a hall with 150+ strangers and look around for a familiar face. When I don’t recognize anyone I head to the bar or breakfast buffet.

Still not recognizing anyone, I find myself staring down at my phone as if I am messaging a friend who is “on the way…” (sigh)

For me, that’s how most large conferences go! Today, I learned a ton of valuable tips from Networking Guru, Travis Chappell.

In just over 25 minutes, he virtually helped me overcome my fears and gave me some awesome ideas on what I can do (and it’s not just “get comfortable with being uncomfortable”) – the best advice comes around the 20-minute mark.

Bonus Material from this episode:

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The Truth About Creating Wealth (and Keeping It)

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #101 with Garrett Gunderson, Founder of The Wealth Factory

There are two things that people are terrified to talk about…

Sex and Money!

Today, we are going to dive into that latter of the two and in a way that completely blew my Minda.

Garrett Gunderson is Founder and Chief Wealth Architect of Wealth Factory, and New York Times bestselling author of Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity. And he’s personally helped countless business owners create efficient wealth strategies that fit their unique strengths (learn more here)

I’ve been trying to learn more about money for the last couple of years. When I first started, most of it sounded like a foreign language, but after reading over a dozen books, I felt pretty educated…well until this interview!

In today’s interview Garrett breaks down how wealth is really created, how to keep it, and the lies we are sold on the make others rich!

Even more impressive is their companies mission:

Wealth Factory’s mission is to manufacture economic independence for 1 million entrepreneurs by 2020.

In today’s episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, you will learn:

  1. Wealth Factory’s critical components include: Cash Flow, Taxes, Estate Planning, Insurances, Investments
  2. How Wealth is Created and Passed On To Other Generations
  3. How to Create True Financial Freedom

To learn more about The Wealth Factory, head over to https://wealthfactory.com

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How To Turn Your Passion Into A Profitable Business

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #100 With Tom Bilyeu

A little over two years ago when I started The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, if you told me that I would have been filming the 100th Episode LIVE in Los Angeles on the set of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, who the very guest that inspired me to pursue this journey, I wouldn’t have believed it!

When I launched this podcast, it was at one of the most challenging times of my life…

I was adjusting to life as a new dad (my daughter was only five months old), I was commuting almost 2 hours to work every day, and I had no clue who I was going to have as a guest, or even what I was going to talk about.

I knew one simple thing – I had to start! I had to take action and learn with every interview.

That simple practice of “taking action” became the mantra for the show – “find your passion, take action, and build the life of your dreams.”

By making the simple choice to take action and start The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast; I have had the opportunity to interview over 100 amazing entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and industry titans.

The journey has now culminated with the opportunity to interview Tom Bilyeu, Co-founder of Quest Nutrition and Impact Theory.

I’m a relentless agent for change, here to see how far I can push my own potential and the potential of others. I used to think I was Morpheus or Neo, now I know I’m the White Rabbit. My job is to simply show you how deep the rabbit hole really goes. The rest will be up to you. I’ll consider mine a life well lived if we can pull people out of the Matrix by positively impacting the direction of the culture at large. I believe that’s done through two things: 1. The creation of, financing for and mentoring of mission-based businesses and entrepreneurs and 2. The creation of media properties of all types that tell empowering stories. (more here)

In our interview, Tom goes deep into how to find your passion and build your life by providing value.

Most importantly, Tom shares his insights into the Impact Theory Belief System, which you can download right here: http://info.impacttheory.com/impact-theory-belief-system/.

It has been an honor to share this platform with you and provide you with the stories, tools, and strategies to build the life you want to live.

I look forward to the next 200 episodes.

 

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Why Going All In Will Change Your Life And Business

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #95 with Tara Bradford

Why Going All In Will Change Your Life And Business

If you want to take the island, you need to burn the boats

I don’t have a single tattoo, but if I get one that might very well be the one!

It has become a mantra in our house about adopting change. It reminds me of so many stories about the enlightening moments when entrepreneurs finally let go and went all into their business.

This weeks guest, Tara Bradford, took that leap – so much so that she moved to New York City without a true plan on how she was going to pay for her apartment.

That commitment left her with only one option – to succeed.

When you take failure off the table, you leave yourself with one option, and that is finding a way to succeed.

This is the exact same reason that you hear so many rags to riches stories following “I hit rock bottom…”

When you finally have reached bottom, the only way is up!

In This Episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast You Will Learn:

  • The importance of getting started (no matter what it is)
  • How networking marketing isn’t as evil as critics say
  • Why you need to follow your passion
  • Why you need to pick a deadline and just do!

How to connect with Tara Bradford:

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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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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

How to connect with Alex Barker:

 

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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 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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