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3 of The Biggest Lessons From 100 Podcast Interviews

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #99

100+ stories about people who have followed their passion to build a business, a better life, or to simply give back!

When I started this journey, I had no clue where it was going. What became inherently clear quickly after I started – was just the simple fact that we NEED TO START.

Here are three of the most common lessons I have learned from all of the great guests.

Just Start

I remember putting off starting the podcast for months! I had so many excuses – I don’t have the right equipment, I need to build a studio, I don’t even know how to get it on iTunes and the most common of all, which everyone seems to use: I don’t have time.

The honest truth, I had too much self-doubt hiding in the background that I didn’t want to start.

Fortunately, I was able to muster enough courage to do it, and I haven’t looked back. It has opened so many doors, and unique opportunities.

The biggest result from starting has been the growth. I have met so many people doing incredible things that it has pushed me to expand my own personal limits.

There is no secret sauce to success, you just need to start!

As cliche as it sounds, you can’t finish a marathon without taking the first step.

Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

One of the most common themes I hear from a guest of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast has been their agreement that you MUST get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

That discomfort means you are growing. It is just like working out.

After a good workout, you like feel some pain, maybe some fatigue. After a few weeks of doing it consistently, you feel and look amazing.

The same thing is true on the mental side of your life, yet very few of us are willing to push those boundaries.

When I first launched my podcast and listened to an episode I was horrified. I couldn’t believe how my voice sounded, and how much I stuttered. Now, after 100+ interviews, it comes a lot more natural.

What was even more surprising, was how my interviewing techniques improved and helped in other aspects of my life and business.

If you want to grow personally or professionally, you need to seek out those things that make you uncomfortable and face them head on!

Believe In Yourself

Finally, the single most important lesson I learned from my guests, and it is a hard one for most to accept – you must believe in yourself!

Everyone has a skill or talent that the world values. No matter how small, or insignificant you think that might be – TRUST ME – there is a way to share that value with the world and build a profitable business.

Just this week I met an inspiring entrepreneur who is making an amazing business selling bacon as a gift product – yes, he’s making bacon selling bacon. What was impressive about his business, is he found a way to help local meat shops reach new customers by sharing his passion for quality meats.

There’s a powerful quote that I constantly draw inspiration from;

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. – Marrianne Williamson

The moment when you begin to believe in yourself is when you will begin to unlock your true potential.

The day before something is truly a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea. – Dr. Peter Diamandis

 

It has been a true honor to have the privilege of sharing so many great entrepreneurial and philanthropic stories. I look forward to the next 100.

Please be sure to tune in to LIVE Episode 100 at Facebook.com/douglasjfoley on Sept 21 at 10:00am PST/ 1:00PM EST (or catch the replay at douglasjfoley.com/100).

 

 

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How To Beat Unemployment By Building A Business

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #97 with Keith F. Shovlin, founder of AOIS Media

We have all heard the story…

“In 2008, when the economy tanked I lost my job…”

Starring a 10-year high school reunion in the face, Keith F. Shovlin, knew he had a few things he wanted to check off his list and becoming an author was on it!

He had a book idea, but no luck finding a publisher.

Instead of throwing in the towel, he decided to publish the book himself, and in taking action realized that he wasn’t the only one struggling to find a publisher.

That lead to the creating of AOIS, which has now evolved into AOIS Media.

aois21 media is a cloud-based publishing and production service for creators and consumers everywhere, providing a marketing infrastructure to support self-publishers, the tools and guidance to new authors and performers starting out, and titles and programs that span all genres and generations.

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

  • The importance of taking action
  • Why you need to find a job you love
  • How to prevent your own unemployment

How to connect with Keith F. Shovlin:

HOP 97 Keith F Shovlin

  • Facebook.com/aois21
  • twitter.com/aois21
  • www.aois21.com
  • media.aois21.com
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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 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

How To Connect With Eric Rosenberg:

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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 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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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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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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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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