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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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From Tragedy To Truth: A Lesson in Forgiveness and Growth

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #98 with Casey Cease

Would you ever be able to forgive someone for killing someone you loved?

When Casey was in his Junior Year of high school, Casey was battling a growing depression. After having his heart-broken, and hearing a distressing story he left a party he was hosting late at night, against the best efforts of his friends to keep him there.

As he was leaving his neighborhoodin despair, he changed his mind, turned around, and was headed home. As he was nearing his home his friend was in the middle of the road waving him, he swerved to avoid him and crashed.

When he swerved, he turned in the same direction his friend jumped. He hit him going 80 mph.

When he awoke in the hospital he was told by a State Trooper that he had killed his friend.

While he was in the hospital, the parents of his friend came to the hospital and forgave Casey!

As a parent to two young children, I can’t imagine their loss, but more mind blowing, I can’t imagine what it took for them to forgive Casey.

The challenge for Casey, he needed to find a way to forgive himself.

What Happens When You Hit Rock Bottom?

For years after the accident, Casey battled depression, and thoughts of suicide.

It wasn’t until Casey publicly shared his story that he began to heal, and realized the power of story.

In that healing process, Casey started to write a book about his experience to help others battle through their own personal tragedies.

In his writing process and publishing process, Casey saw how little support there was for those who wanted to write and publish their book. There were basically two options, approach a traditional publisher or self-publish, but there was little support in between.

He approached his mentor with the opportunity and eventually created Lucid Books, which is a Partnership Publisher.

The irony in Casey’s story, he is dyslexic.

I’m probably one of the only dyslexic publishers in the world.

When you hit rock bottom, the only direction left to go is up!

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

  • The importance of forgiveness
  • How to bounce back (from any situation)
  • The need to take action
  • How to build a business from a personal struggle

Where to connect with Casey Cease:

  • Casey’s Instagram – @caseycease
  • Casey’s Twitter – @caseycease
  • Lucid Books Instagram – @lucid_books
  • Lucid Books Twitter – @Lucid_Books
  • Website: https://www.lucidbooks.net/

 

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How To Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #96 with JJ Flizanes

You cannot find a solution in the same state of mind that created it!

Have you struggled with diets?

Let’s be honest, we all have! That’s why I was so excited to talk with someone who started an “Anti-diet movement”.

The description of JJ newest book, “The Invisible Fitness Formula: 5 Secrets to Release Weight & End Body Shame”, sums up our conversation perfectly:

If you’ve struggled with finding a deeper, healthier, and happier connection to your body, food, and lifestyle, the Invisible Fitness Formula is the answer. Recent research in mind –body medicine indicates that if we are truly going to heal the obesity epidemic that has tripled in the past fifty years, a holistic, mindful approach is key (click here to buy it on Amazon).

JJ Flizanes is an Empowerment Strategist and Host of The Fit 2 Love Podcast Show. She is the Director of Invisible Fitness, an Amazon best-selling author of Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life, and author of Knack Absolute Abs: Routines for a Fit and Firm Core, and was named Best Personal Trainer in Los Angeles by Elite Traveler Magazine. Her newest book, The Invisible Fitness Formula: 5 Secrets to Release Weight & End Body Shame debuted at #2 on Amazon’s Best Seller List and New Hot Release for Women’s Health. JJ vividly reminds us that the word ‘fitness’ is not just about the state of one’s physical body, but also the factors which determine a person’s overall well being. And, for JJ, the key components in all these areas are ‘invisible’ — balanced support structures of nutrition, emotional centeredness and health. A video expert for About.com and regular contributor for The Daily Love, JJ has been featured in many national magazines such as Shape, Fitness, Muscle and Fitness HERS, Elegant Bride, and Women’s Health as well as appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox 11 and KTLA. For her clients & followers, JJ designs customized coaching programs and unique, versatile approaches that harmonize the emotional, the mental and the spiritual (http://jjflizanes.com/about/

In This Episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, JJ Flizanes shares the following:

  • How to listen to your inner voice
  • The importance of finding clarity within yourself
  • Why you need to disconnect
  • How she overcame body shame issues and built an “anti-diet” movement

The surfer doesn’t creat the wave – Be more like the surfer, catch it, and ride it.

How to Connect with JJ Flizanes:

JJ Flizanes on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast - Episode #96

  • https://www.facebook.com/jflizanes/
  • http://invisiblefitnessformula.com
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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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