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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

How to connect with Vanessa Shaw:

 

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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.

Read More about Andy Amick…

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

How to connect with Alex Barker:

 

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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 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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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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The Underdog’s Secret To Winning…

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #74

The Underdog’s Secret To Winning…

One simple word: Momentum

Regardless if you’re a fan of sports or not, what happened in Super Bowl 51 was one of the greatest comebacks in history…(well except for when the New York Giants came back to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 48, but I’m a giants fan!)

Halfway through the third quarter of Super Bowl 51, my wife said to me “This game seems pretty boring…” Without even knowing it, my reply would have nearly predicted the future, “It’s Tom Brady, all you have to do is watch the 4th quarter…”

What Tom Brady accomplished in the 4th quarter was impossible by almost any stretch of the imagination.

So was it Brady’s #GOAT (greatest of all time) ability that helped them win? Yes, but it wasn’t the only reason…like many of the historic comebacks in sports, and business, it came down to one simple scientific fact: momentum.

Momentum is the single biggest force, and when you learn how to turn it back in your favor, no matter the odds, you can, and more often than not, will win.

So the question is, how do you get momentum on your side?

First, we need to understand what momentum is and how it is created.

By definition,

Momentum is the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.

What’s more important is how momentum is created, and that is through what is called a “Moment of Inertia” – that single event of force to cause a body at rest to begin to move.

To pick up momentum, you can do one of two things, increase the speed (velocity) or the mass.

The reason that the Patriots won Super Bowl 51 was because they took over the momentum. In almost every single comeback story in sports there is a “turning point”, that moment in time, that single event, where “the tide shifted” – that right there was the moment of inertia the team needed to swing momentum in their favor.

Sure, luck might play a part in it, but the real difference in many of the comeback stories you read about for a lifetime, comes down to three crucial things: preparedness, leadership, and community.

1. Preparedness

There’s a reason that top athletes practice so hard. It’s preparation for that one opportunity, the “full count, bases loaded, bottom of the ninth,” type of moment. Michael Jordon was notorious for his work ethic, and with 6x NBA Championships, it’s hard to say that it just came down to “luck”. Look at every level of sports and take the top performers, especially the “winners” and you will see a constant effort to be prepared to seize the moment, and push momentum into their favor.

2. Leadership

In every great comeback story, you can almost pinpoint the speech, the moment when the Captain or Coach rallies the team. It’s rarely about motivation. Everybody on the bench ‘wants to win’, but few believe ‘they can win’. In Michael Strahan’s book, he shares the story about how in the second half of Super Bowl 48, he walked down the sidelines and started telling his teammates we are going to win. To some, he even told them the score. As scary as it sounds, he was right – down to the final number.  It was that firm belief in what was possible, and having put in the work to be prepared for this moment that allowed the rest of the team to rally around those words and again, change the momentum and win!

3. Community

Finally, the last piece to changing momentum and mounting a comeback comes down to the people around you. As that leader begins to share the belief that they can win, it inspires those around them. From there, they begin to spread the word even further, and before you know it the entire sideline, bench, dugout, and even the crowd begin to believe. It is that fundamental belief in what is possible that makes a comeback not only possible but probable. This groundswell of support will strike fear in your competition and tip the final scale of momentum in your favor. In almost every sport, that’s why the crowd (the 12th man in Football) is so important – they believe!

What does momentum mean for you and your business?

Whether you believe you can, or believe you can’t. You are right.

-Henry Ford

Momentum can work for and against you. How you want to use it is up to you. If you need to turn the tide, it’s going to take hard work, patience, and great leadership. Belief in your company, and in yourself, that anything is possible. Finally, it comes down to your team and your community, to rally behind that shared belief that you can conquer the world.

The choice is yours: either you can turn momentum in your favor and unlock a world of greatness, or you can allow it work against you. You own the future!

 

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