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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 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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How saying yes led to a dream career wrestling and studying sharks

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #41

How Saying Yes Led to a Dream Career Wrestling Sharks with Conservationist, Captain and Angler Elliot Sudal

I originally reached out to Elliot after seeing a photo of him catching a massive 500 lbs shark from the beach…

What I learned next absolutely shocked me.

Elliot has some of the most insane stories I have ever heard, from spending 8 days at sea in a raft, to being headbutted by a 10 foot Tiger shark.

A photo posted by Elliot Sudal (@acksharks) on

If his mouth was open instead of shut, I wouldn’t be here today…

In this episode Elliot shares a ton of great stories that all come back to the core lesson of finding your passion, taking action and saying “yes” – in a short sentence, “Just Do It.”   

How to connect with Elliot Sudal:

 

Setting sandbars at sunset 🔥 #dragscreamer #Sanibel #sharks video @ram_fish A video posted by Elliot Sudal (@acksharks) on

Instagram: @acksharks

 

Happiness of Pursuit Podcast w Elliot Sudal

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How to find the right mindset with Nikki B

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #40

How to make your passion your career with the right mindset with Nikki B

One of the most common questions I get when someone new I meet learns that I played Division I Golf in College is “Why didn’t I pursue a career in golf?”

A little over 10 years has gone by – and now I finally have the answer!

I didn’t have the right mindset. Fortunately over the last 10 years, through a lot of trial and erros, I have been able to get a better understanding of the basics around what is needed to be success in every aspect of my life.

Today’s guest has mastered that at such an early point in her career and is going to set the golf industry on fire! Nikki B is a recent graduate and fellow collegiate golfer. Surprisingly we didn’t get into too much golf talk, although I’m sure we could have killed an hour or two doing that – instead, we dove right into why Nikki decided to start her own business pursuing the thing she loves the most – the game of golf!

What’s most impressive about what she has accomplished is the trail she is blazing for future female golfers with the “Women Who Drive” community. Having a young daughter, it’s great to know there are women like Nikki setting the example for her.

In just over a year she has built an incredible following, and started to work closely with Kia at LPGA events, which led to her meeting LPGA sensation Michelle Wei.

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

  • Find the thing you are most passionate about it – and never letting go
  • Surrounding yourself with the right people, and limiting contact with the wrong ones
  • How vulnerability led to amazing opportunities
  • Why you need to start NOW, and stop procrastinating

How to connect with Nikki B:

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast Episode #39 with Nikki B

Website: http://www.nikkibgolf.com/
Featured: http://golf.clickon.co/featured/these-9-women-are-transforming-golf-forever/
Social: #teamWWD, @NikkiBGolf for SnapChat, Twitter and Instagram
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nikkibgolfreviews

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How to turn your passion into a wildly successful business

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #36

How to Turn Your Passion into a Wildly Successful Business with Nutrition RX founder Jennifer Broxterman

This episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast is probably one of the best yet!

If you decide you can, or you decide you can’t – you’re right!

Personally, I got to re-connect with an old friend, who helped me survive physics and economics and for all of you, she shares some business secrets that you can implement immediately to not only make your businesses successful but help you find happiness.

One of my favourite things about this podcast is having the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, and in today’s episode, I have the privilege of interviewing Jennifer Broxterman, who is a Registered Dietitian, entrepreneur, and owner of NutritionRx, as well as a Foods and Nutrition professor at the University of Western Ontario.

I had always known Jennifer was going to be successful, but to hear her story in this episode blew me away. Not only has she built a thriving business, she is having fun and is incredibly happy while doing it!

One of the things that surprised me the most, was how dedicated Jennifer was to fulfilling her mission of starting a business in health in nutrition that she changed schools – this part of the story is incredible (about 12 minutes in).

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

How to Connect with Jennifer Broxterman:

JENNIFER BROXTERMAN on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast
Social Media Accounts:
Facebook: NutritionRxCrossFit London and here’s my personal page:
Twitter: @Nutrition_Rx 
Nutrition Nibbles: I also have a free nutrition newsletter that I send out every so often called Nutrition Nibbles, and you can sign up for it on the yellow sidebar of my website: http://www.nutritionrx.ca
Website: www.nutritionrx.ca
About Me: http://www.nutritionrx.ca/about-us/our-team/
Services & Rates: http://www.nutritionrx.ca/services-rates/nutrition-packages-rates/
And you should definitely check out Zen Habits. Here’s my all-time favourite blog post: http://zenhabits.net/simple-living-manifesto-72-ideas-to-simplify-your-life/
10 Surprising Ways My Life Changed When I Quit Competitive CrossFit: http://www.nutritionrx.ca/10-surprising-ways-my-life-changed-when-i-quit-competitive-crossfit/
Why I’m Not Doing the 2015 CrossFit Open: http://www.nutritionrx.ca/why-im-not-doing-the-2015-crossfit-open/

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How To Make a Career Change to Something You Love

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #26

How to Make a Career Change to Something You Love with Scott Barlow from HappenToYourCareer.com.

BONUS #1: Scott is giving away his 8 Day Video Course (click here)

BONUS #2: Attend Scott’s WEBINAR on January 11th @ 9PM EST (click here to register)

There are a lot of experts when it comes to “Career Advice”, fortunately, I had the opportunity to connect with Scott Barlow who has made a career our of making career changes. On today’s episode, we talk a lot about the numerous career changes Scott made, eventually leading up to his new business “Happen To Your Career,” We help You figure out what you want and make it happen in your career!

We help You figure out what you want and make it happen in your career!

On today’s episode, we talk a lot about how Scott made a career out of career change. He started out as an entrepreneur in college, which led to a pretty good business, but like many others after graduation thought it was time “to get a real job.”

Like many entrepreneurs, Scott eventually realized that no “job” would ever fulfill the entrepreneurial desire and it was time for him to make a career change back to entrepreneurship.

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

  • How to make a career change at any age
  • The importance of finding a passion or purpose
  • Some of the struggles you can anticipate as an entrepreneur
  • How to make a career change, or start a business, the right way by including your spouse early in the process (this was a big one for me!)

How to connect with Scott Barlow:

Happiness of Pursuit Podcast - Episode 26: How to Change Careers with Scott Barlow

Website: http://happentoyourcareer.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottabarlow
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happentoyourcareer
Twitter: @ScottBarlow

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How golf taught me to go big in life and in my career

Go Big

Golf has been the driving force behind my career (pardon pun). It has taught me so many life lessons, and below I’ll share the most character defining moments that helped me to go big in life and in my career.

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. – Arnold Palmer

I have been fortunate to have started the game at the young age of 9 and went on to Captain the FDU Knights in College. Golf has taught me so many life lessons that have carried over to a successful career – mostly how go big in life. Below are some of the most valuable life lessons I have taken from the game and how you can apply them to help you grow in your life and in your career.

How to Go Big in Life and In Your Career

Humility

Golf is a humbling game, probably more so than any other sport on this planet. It is one of the only sports where you are in complete control of the outcome.

There are no excuses. You play the same course as everyone else in the field. You choose what equipment to play. You choose which club to hit (unless you have a caddy, but I would argue you choose to hire and listen to your caddy). You are the final say in what decisions you make and the outcomes that come along with them.

How someone chooses to accept the results of their decisions is often a great reflection of their character. It wasn’t until late in my golf career that I finally realized how humbling this game was and how humility would be in my professional career and in life.

I can think of a number of times when I was growing up when I had thrown clubs, swore, and sadly even broken a club. It’s embarrassing to admit, but part of growing up.

In my early college career, I struggled. I would blame my coaches and look for excuses. The honest answer is I wasn’t putting in the work I needed to in order to succeed, I was more focused on complaining than growing.

As I came into the Spring of my senior year at FDU I began to appreciate how amazing an experience I had, and the privilege it was to play NCAA golf. Our team went to play a quad match (a small one-day tournament against local schools) in early March. The wind was blowing 25 mph, with a mix of sleet, snow and rain. The old me would have complained, but those feelings of gratitude had set in – I had been humbled. I ended up shooting 73 on the day and went on to win by a shot.

That lesson is something I carried with me into my professional career. I limit my complaining and look to find solutions, not problems. I challenge myself to learn new things daily and put in the right work. I have a greater respect for those around me, especially those willing to share their life lessons with me.

Resilience

Psychological resilience is defined as an individual’s ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity (thanks Wikipedia).

Anyone who has played golf certainly understand the stress and adversity golf can inflict on someone’s mental state. The game is constantly putting you in situations where you are under pressure and looking to see how you will respond.

As I mentioned above, I see a direct correlation to my golf game as I do in my own personal development. Earlier in my life I would get frustrated early in rounds if I struggled early, or did not get off to a great start. Now, I embrace those ‘rough starts’ and look at them as challenges to overcome.

Just last summer I was playing in a match play tournament (for those who are not golfers, that means you play by hole, not total score). I was down 4 holes with only 7 holes. That meant that for my opponent all he would have to do is tie me on three more holes and he would win. However, for me, I had to win 5 of 7 holes to win the match. I’m sure you can tell where this story is going by the nature of the article.

On the 12th tee I hit the ball in the fairway and I said to myself, “Ok, I need to win 2 out of the next 3 holes to have a chance, then do that one more time to force a playoff. I can do that.” I made birdie on the 12th to win and get myself back in the game. I had changed my mental state and was now incredibly focused.

I went on to win the next 4 holes to take the lead. On 17 I made bogey and we went into the 18th hole tied. I had been here before, not just today, but many times before. This time was different. I had been humbled and knew that I had come back from being 4 shots down. I was confident I could win the match and I did. I had hit my approach shot close to the hole and after my opponent missed his par putt he conceded the match.

I know I took the long way to get to the point, but that lesson was one of the most profound examples I had personally about resilience.

[Must Read: Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life]

[Audio Version: Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life]

No matter the situation, you keep fighting until the battle is over. I knew how to break down the challenge into smaller, more manageable chunks that made what was a daunting comeback into something more achievable. I had found a way to adapt to the stress by minimizing it.

This same practice is how I overcome any challenge in life. Simply break it down into manageable chunks. Once you master this, anything is possible.

How to ‘Go Big’

Tin Cup is one of the greatest golf movies, maybe the best sports movie, for sharing how to “Go Big.” Roy McAvoy (played by Kevin Costner) is tied for the lead at the US Open and decides instead of making a par, he wanted to “Go for it” and make an eagle to finish at -20. He hits his ball in the water, followed by his next shot and finally on his 4th, and final attempt, he not only hits it over the water, he hits it in the hole for a 12. He lost the US Open, while hitting one of the most memorable shots in history.

Five years from now, nobody is going to remember who won the open, but they will remember your 12!

While the outcome in this story is not ideal, the story behind going for it is. Most people are so concerned with playing it safe that they never go for it. Those that do reap massive rewards. There’s a long list of people who went for it, but here’s a few that stand out to me:

  • Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple
  • Elon Musk, Co-founder of Pay Pal, Tesla (and others)
  • Richard Branson, Found of Virgin
  • Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft
  • Jeff Bazos, Founder of Amazon

Every single one of these entrepreneurs went for it. Elon Musk risked everything he had made from selling Pay Pal to keep Tesla afloat.

How do you Go Big?

There will be times in your life when you miss that shot. Learn from those missed opportunities and apply that knowledge the next time you step in the tee.

You will face stress and adversity. Learn how to manage that by breaking it down into manageable chunks – you will bounce back

Finally, there’s always a chance that you might hit the ball in the water, but I can guarantee that if you don’t try to hit the shot you’ll never make it.

The biggest successes often come for the most difficult shots. Take your shot! Go Big.

 

 

 

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