Category: Interviews (page 1 of 2)

S02-INT12: Glenn R. Fox: How Gratitude is the Game-Changer


“The word is out… gratitude has incredible benefits.” ~Glenn Fox

In this entertaining interview, Glenn covers his journey toward graduate school and beyond. Citing stories of getting his top-level mechanics degree and his love of cars and, how being a mechanic served much of his mindfulness development.

His eclectic background combined with an element of chance ultimately leads Glenn to find a great mentor who recommendeds that he study an emerging field, “affective neuroscience”.

Glenn shares wonderful insights and studies related to neuroscience and gratitude and how for him he must “win the home field” — a great metaphor to help him remember it’s really about having healthy, quality relationships —that foster success.

Glenn R. Fox earned his PhD from USC’s Neuroscience Graduate Program and his extensive research regarding gratitude is widely published.

Just some of what Martin and Glenn cover:

-How across nearly all religions and philosophies Glenn has noticed that gratitude is a fundamental theme
-How mindfulness and gratitude are practices
-How emotion can help us to narrow the range of options
-How the brain process emotion

-How emotion influences our decisions and behaviors
-How we might better understand the value of emotions to make better decisions
-His influences like Antonio Damasio and Pema Chodron
even,
-Why Glenn sees envy as a positive emotion
And much more…

The point is emotion narrows the decisions we can make so we’re not just frozen… it’s useful and helps us make decisions — it probably exists for a reason.

 

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Resources

Glenn’s Book list:
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Glenn’s Blog: http://glennrfox.com/TheEmpiricistBlog/ .

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S02-INT11: Henry Evans: The Hour A Day Entrepreneur


“At the end of the day, I’m in the business of helping as many entrepreneurs as I can. So, if I can reach more people outside of San Diego with the messaging that I have then it’s a win/win all around.” ~Henry Evans

As a VP of a software sales company, Henry Evans found himself,as he describes it, “caught up in the rat race”. When excessive travel finally became too plus the day he realized he was going to miss his daughter’s kindergarten recital it became too much.

Henry believed that if he could just dedicate an hour a day to his other passion pursuits / a new company a new career could evolve.

Since then Henry has gone on to build a successful career and helps (locally) hundreds of San Diego entrepreneurs who drive from near and far to attend his entrepreneur-marketing workshops. 

Recently, Henry started to “live-feed” these meeting to share the lessons to entrepreneurs anywhere in the world eager to learn!

Martin and Henry discuss:
-the birth of Hour a Day Entrepreneur
-Henry’s bestselling book on Amazon, The Hour A Day Entrepreneur: Escape the Rat Race and Achieve Entrepreneurial Freedom With Only One Focused Hour ADay (90% 5 Star reviews!)
– the wise use of time to pave the way to a new career and freedom.HINT: see the MBM prior episode “The Great Eight that Separate”
-Review PARR Methodology
-FREE copy of his Book – Visit: http://www.houradayentrepreneur.com/
– His last meeting focused on Video marketing – best steps to get most out of video for your business
-recommends a couple great examples videos: Poopourrie and dollar shave club
-A recent success story from Henry’s entrepreneur group.The importance of marketing to a niche
-More marketing insights!
-Definition of success
-Some of his best habits
-importance of an accountability partner
-THE POWER OF ONE
-the importance of failure and a great story

“As long as you’re on the journey that to me means you are already a success even if the money and stuff haven’t caught up yet!”

 

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Resources

Henry’s Book list:
The Trickto Money Is Having Some

Think & Grow Rich

The Bible

App’s recommended:

PC Users: Active Words
Mac Users: TextExpander

REV – APP (for transcribing)

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The Habit Factor book

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S02-INT10: Andrew Ferebee: The Evolution of Knowledge For Men

“I was just doing it for myself. I was coming out of a break up and I had just quit my job and I was in a place of pain… it was a broken-hearted pain and a lost pain… I didn’t know what I was doing…”

If you know a young man ages 20- 45ish… Andrew Ferebee is the guy he should know and Knowledge For Men is the blog and podcast he should subscribe to!

That “pain” was the impetus that launched Knowledge For Men. Andrew Ferebee was grappling with extreme personal challenges and at the age of twenty-four began his blog as a way to help him sort out his issues, vent, pose some big life questions and at the same time share his journey.

Andrew became an avid personal development student, devouring hundreds of self help books, going to events and as he wrote about and shared what he learned his blog grew rapidly in popularity! Less than a year into his endeavor he had 700,000 views per month and recognized his struggle was resonating with thousands of young men around the world.

Today, his podcast, Knowledge For Men has over 2.4 Million downloads.

In this “in the studio”, in-person interview Martin and Andrew’s cover:

-The struggle, pain and confusion that launched the blog and podcast
-How he felt “lost” without purpose and direction
-How KFM was not about a business but about him sorting through his challenges
-His constant push and challenge to keep growing and push outside the comfort zone – example his weekend event that just wrapped up!
-What success is— how he defines it
– Why action is so important
– The perfect thing to say to the opposite sex and in even in public environments
– Three powerful and important habits he’s developed
– Some of his favorite/transformational books (below)

“I buy books like candy… I go into Amazon and I’m like a kid in a candy store…”

“If I didn’t hit my goal I would still count myself as a success because I still did it and the next time I do it I will be that much better.”

“I can learn whatever I need to learn to get where ever I want to get… that is what dating taught me and that is what a lot of these personal development books taught me.”
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Andrew’s Books:

The Dating Playbook A proven 7 Step System to go from single to the woman of your dreams

The Breakup Manual For Men:  How to recover from a serious breakup, become stronger and get back into life

The Porn Pandemic – A simple guide to understanding and ending pornography addiction for men

Book’s recommended by Andrew

Courage: The Joy Of Living Dangerously— OSHO

50th Law– Robert Greene and Fifty — Cent

Awaken The Giant Within — Tony Robbins

His favorite apps/tech tools

Asana.com + Dropbox.com

Upwork for short term projects

OTHER RESOURCES:

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

S02-INT09: Eric Kaufmann: The Making of the Hero’s Journey

“Really, what moved me to write this is, what does it take to exist within a well-lived life?”

Eric Kaufmann has coached and counseled executives since 1999. He has identified common themes and patterns that underlie what he’s identified as “Leadership as a Hero’s Journey.” The essential four traits that he’s written extensively about include:

1) FOCUS
2) COURAGE
3) GRIT
4) FAITH

“Focus is what am I creating… what I create is somewhat related to my focus and somewhat related to ‘stuff’…”

In this engaging interview, Martin and Eric discuss the philosophy that underlies much of Eric’s thinking and writing these days—particularly the four virtues as outlined in his book. The two kick things off as they exchange some fun anecdotes about family life with two daughters of the same ages (13 and 15).

Eric’s book is being re-released by a new publisher under a slightly different name, “The Four Virtues of a Leader.”

In this episode, Eric covers:

  • How he defines a HERO
  • The three things each hero is called to do
  • Who a hero really is and the essential traits
  • How he defines each of the FOUR essential virtues
  • Where to put your attention and focus
  • What co-creation really is
  • The essence of responsibility
  • Why leaving the comfort zone is essential
  • The 3 things, according to EK, that everyone fears
  • The highest form of maturity and why a leader is always one who relies on allies
  • The essence of GRIT and what constitutes GRIT
  • The fundamental impermanence of life
  • The significance of shedding past traits, habits and identities to make room for new roles and identities
  • How he defines “success” (Here’s a hint, see Earl Nightengale)
  • His most important habits
  • How he coaches and cultivates his personal mindset during “tough days”
  • The great Hebrew saying, “When you change your spot you change your perspective”
  • Why ephemerality could be the theme of the episode
  • The ability to shed old habits, skills and identities and why it’s critical for growth
  • And so much more!

“If I am buying into my boss is a jerk, then I am now participating in that narrative.”

“Real leaders work with and through others.”

Eric’s diverse and varied life is a commitment to understanding and teaching wisdom. The crucible of Eric’s journey contains 13 years of leadership consulting, management at Fortune 100 firms, degrees in business and psychology, a quarter century of Zen practice, living in Israel and South Africa, teaching as a Master Scuba Diving instructor, and working as a certified hypnotherapist. Connect with Eric Kaufmann on LinkedIn.

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Resources

Eric’s new Book! The Four Virtues of a Leader

Sagatica, Helping Leaders Lead Brilliantly. Eric’s company

Great Video Resources from Eric

 

 

OTHER RESOURCES:

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

S02-INT08: Jeremy Pound, Internet Marketing Insights & Strategies

“Don’t just talk about your service, break it down. What kinds of problems will you be solving at the end of the day? Can you start to give away answers so people can test drive how you think and how you solve a problem?”

According to Jeremy Pound, his journey to becoming co-founder of JuicyResults, as well as a well-known creative entrepreneur within the South Florida community, is easily traced to his enrollment (as a high school sophomore) in a brand-new Art magnet school that opened in a nearby neighborhood.

“I went from being very disinterested in school to all of a sudden…WOW!”

Jeremy credits much of his current success to his incredible teachers and the environment that fostered his current “I can do anything” mentality.

Today, Jeremy is a sought-after Internet marketing strategist; he helps clients who typically have annual revenues between $1 million and $10 million and employs a dedicated sales staff.

In this episode, Jeremy discusses:

  • His earlier rock star dreams
  • What his grunge band taught him about dreaming big and achieving goals
  • His first entrepreneurial lesson
  • The significance of intentionality, belief and vision
  • Essential Internet Marketing Strategies
  • Why companies should focus on very specific search queries and terms
  • What most small businesses do when it comes to search keywords and why it’s not necessarily best
  • The importance of crafting solutions to the query vs. talking about your company or service
  • Why educating your prospect is among the most successful strategies
  • The essence of Google and the search query
  • How he defines “success”
  • His most important habits
  • How to get a little better every day
  • His use of triggers for habit development
  • How relationships set off certain triggers and habits
  • And so much more!

“The bigger the problem, the earlier in the morning I’ll get up!”

Jeremy Pound is the co-founder and CEO of JuicyResults, a South Florida-based Internet marketing agency. In the last decade Jeremy has helped craft and implement online marketing strategies for countless companies, ranging in size from the smallest of businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Today, he works closely with sales teams to generate ready-to-buy leads using an array of Internet marketing strategies.

He writes and speaks regularly on how businesses can best take advantage of the web and is the author of The Bootstrapper’s Guide to SEO. Jeremy is also the host of the New Customer Machine podcast, where he interviews experts and entrepreneurs about how to turn strangers into customers at scale.

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Resources

Jeremy’s Books

(FREE) Seven Habits of Scalable Sales Teams

The Bootstrapper’s Guide to SEO: A Proven Framework for Winning Top Rankings in Search Engines (Amazon)

Jeremy’s PODCAST! (iTunes) New Customer Machine

Jeremy’s Reading List:

Man’s Search For Meaning (Amazing book!) Viktor Frankl

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Michael Pollan

The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday

OTHER RESOURCES:

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

S02-INT07: Rick Sessinghaus, The Path to Peak Performance in Golf & Life

“If we’re focused, confident and relaxed we have a much better opportunity to execute what we want…”

“We know that our behaviors and our habits lead to our results…”

A former pro golfer, Rick earned his doctorate in Applied Sports Psychology. He is the author of Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game and is former editor of Golf Tips magazine.

A high school football injury directed Rick toward the sport of golf, and what he’s learned since has truly been life-altering.

In a competitive playoff for the right to join his college golf team as a walk-on, as he describes it, he “choked” under pressure. It was that “failure” that became a formative life experience and sent Rick toward the study of peak performance strategies.

Today Rick is a sought-after peak-performance coach who trains aspiring professionals and helps corporate executives apply his many strategies and insights on peak performance, leadership and teamwork.

In this episode, Rick shares:

  • How to re-write your story to serve your ambitions
  • Physiological influences of performance
  • Why and how love (passion) is a critical component for peak performance
  • His strategy for the golf-course “workshop” with executive teams!
  • How his workshop reveals so much about decision making, leadership and communication
  • How he applies The Habit Factor in his training to carry his clients beyond just the mental game, and how that was a breakthrough
  • How he defines “success”
  • How appreciating your life’s “roles” helps you create greater attention and mindfulness
  • How to get a little better every day
  • And, so much more…

“It’s the exercise and the process behind it — how did they come to the decisions as a team and what happens when someone played poorly? Did they react and judge them?”

Why could I not perform under the pressure, when it mattered most. Yet, when I put some of those mental and emotional skills and trained them, I was able to perform at a high level afterwards…”

“I’m a BIG believer that leadership starts with the individual, not with the team. You have to be able to lead yourself first before you can lead anyone else.”

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Resources

Rick Sessinghaus — Perform For Success

Rick Sessinghaus.com

Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game

The Habit Factor Certified Coaching Program

HeartMath (link)

Rick’s PODCAST! PERFORM FOR SUCCESS! (iTunes)

Books Rick Referenced:
Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself Dr. Joe Dispenza
Coherence Alan Watkins

 

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S02-INT06: Jon Carder, Super Entrepreneur: Lessons in Perseverence (Keeping the Dream Alive)

After selling his company for millions at age 26, Jon Carder briefly retires to surf the South Pacific. It turns out to be a very short “retirement” that lasts only about 3 weeks…

“I think doing a business for money is absolutely the wrong motivation and will actually lead to a lot of challenges.

“The only thing you have to do to be successful is to be better than just about everyone else at just one thing. It’s simple but it’s not easy.” ~Jon Carder

At just 26, Jon Carder was featured on the cover of Fortune Small Business magazine (link) wearing just board shorts and holding a surfboard as the sun set with the title, “Time to Sell?” He had just sold his company for millions and was ready to “retire” and surf.

But Jon Carder isn’t your typical Southern California surf rat. He’s also been featured in Business Insider and dozens of other publications and is an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and a mentor with The Founders Institute. He has founded several multi-million-dollar companies, and along the way has raised upwards of $35 million.

While his “success” story is legendary, it’s actually his entire story— the failures, the struggles and all the hard work, agility and perseverance — that make for a very educational and entertaining interview, particularly for the aspiring entrepreneur.

In this episode, Jon recounts his unique journey from selling microwaved hot dogs in his neighborhood as a kid, to selling baby products at a swap meet in college and later selling one of his companies for millions. Today, Jon is on the precipice of changing the face of online-to-offline commerce with his innovative technology.

In this episode JC shares:

  • Why not to start any business
  • The surfing insight that led to his abundance mindset
  • How following others’ insights helped him evolve his companies
  • Why great marketing can never make up for poor customer service — there’s a funny story here
  • The critical importance of focus
  • How he picked himself up through failure and depression to start his second company— the one he ultimately sold!
  • How three months into his next company they netted over $100,000
  • How he actually applied the lessons learned from his prior company failure
  • The birthing of MojoPages, MOGL and of course, Empyr
  • His desire and passion to create a positive impact
  • Donating about 1 million meals to help feed those in need
  • The origination of his online-to-offline platform and API, a HUGE opportunity resulting from his persistence and something known as the “corridor principle”
  • The KEY mindset that carries him through the darkest of times
  • Relax HARD!
  • His key success habits these days
  • and so much more…

“What really makes me happy is following that journey, and not just for the ups and downs, but doing it for the potential positive impact…the bigger the impact the more thrilling the ride.”

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Resources

EMPYR – Empyr

Jon Carder Blog

Business Insider Article on Jon Carder

Elon Musk (book) Jon mentions

The Score Takes Care of Itself – Bill Walsh
(Correction: MG mistakenly thinks JC is talking about Bill Walton… This is a great book by the former legendary Forty-Niner Coach, Bill Walsh!)

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

S02-INT05: Frank Scarpaci: Founder Vianova, The Power of The “B” Corp

“Companies see that there is so much value that comes from doing good in the community and it adds so much business value as well.” 

“And I realized that through my many zigs and the zags I picked up experiences that really helped me to grow as a consultant.” ~Frank Scarpaci

Frank Scarpaci, a sought-after B corp and corporate social responsibility consultant, reviews a vast array of benefits related to becoming a “B” corporation (short for a “Benefit” corporation), a new type of corporation that puts social, community and environmental causes and stakeholders at equal value with corporate profits.

Today, certified “B” corps span 47 countries and more than 130 industries and encompasses a growing community of more than 1,600 businesses!

In this episode, Frank recounts his unique experience and the journey that led to him to becoming a leader in the space and a well-known consultant for aspiring businesses looking to become B corp certified.

Frank shares many smart insights in this episode, including:

  • How the B corp came about
  • The TOP well-known brands/companies that are B corps
  • How he came to be recognized by AMEX as one of only 150 employees (out of 85,000) as a team member who embodied their “Good Citizenship” Value
  • How to FIND A JOB with a B Corp
  • How to take the “B Impact Assessment” for your existing company
  • Why it’s important to share the good that you and your company provide for your community
  • For business owners: Be sure to share and talk about the causes that matter to you and your company!
  • Great places to work — a ranking of great companies to work for as well as other resources
  • How to check up on non-profits you are interested in and look under the hood
  • Frank’s best habits, favorite books and how he defines “success”

“We are in a perfect time where we are seeing this shift in the business community to start taking a look at a lot of these challenges…”

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Frank has more than 30 years experience with corporate social responsibility, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, and event management experience and helps companies connect their business success to social good.

Frank is a passionate advocate for the growing B Corp movement— simply a better way to do business. Frank’s company, VIANOVA, was one of the first companies to earn B Corp certification in 2008.

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Resources

VIANOVA – Frank’s Company

Learn More – Become a B Corp — bcorporation.net

The Habit Factor app

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The Habit Factor book

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