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Happen to Your Career with Scott Anthony Barlow : DOJO 034

In this episode, I interview Scott Anthony Barlow of Happen To Your Career. I was so pumped to have Scott on the show because we have been friends for a while now and I love the growth that I have seen in him.

What would you tell your younger self?

You need to have more patience. I was so focused on the next step without knowing WHY

What do you think the Scott of 10 years from now wants to tell you?

Don’t lose focus on why

Other questions Scott and I address:

  • What steps should someone do to happen to his/her career
  • How to build expectations for your job
  • How to help your boss help you
  • How to transition into your DREAM career

Item’s Mentioned

  • Get a Raise Guide – Scott Anthony Barlow

  • Crack the Code – Farnoosh Brock

  • Happen To Your Career – One Stop

 

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In this episode,

John Corcoran

  • Writer in the Office of Presidential Letters and Messages during the Clinton White House

  • Speechwriter to the Governor of California

  • boutique law firm in the heart of Sillicon Valley, right across the street from eBay

  • Podcaster and Entrepreneur who serves other entrepreneurs!

Wisdom that defines this interview:

[Tweet ” All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal – Mark Cubin @JohnCorcoran”]

What would you tell your younger self?

I wish I started earlier

What do you think the John of 10 years from now wants to tell you?

Spend more time with his son. Enjoy this time as much as you can

Other questions John and I address:

  • Tell us how you started your leadership path. Can you trace back your journey to a moment or a challenge?
  • Now you lead other entrepreneurs to a “Smart Business Revolution”. What is a smart business revolution?
  • You are the network expert. What does it mean to network and why does it have a bad connotation?
  • How has creating your network launched you into a successful career?
  • What are some practical tips to expand your network?
  • What is one mistake you witness leaders making more frequently than others when networking?

Items Mentioned in this podcast

Bill Clinton Guide to Networking Blog Post
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The Start of Happiness with Brendan Baker: Dojo 52

Being rich does not always mean success, and success does not always mean happiness. But in a world where the common yard stick of success is money, it can be difficult to pursue what truly makes you happy especially when it means lesser income.  We have been wired with this mindset that it takes courage to break free and pursue happiness.

Our guest for today is Brendan Baker, author at The Start of Happiness, and he shares to us today not only how to find out what will make us happy but how to pursue happiness as well.

Here are the highlights of my discussion with Brendan:

  • The first step in discovering what makes you happy,
  • Understanding and ranking what you value and turning this knowledge into an actionable plan,
  • Fear of breaking free, fear of being open, fear of being authentically you, fear of rejection and the common barriers in being happy,
  • Taking small steps towards your goals and other advice on how you can go over barriers and obstacles to make you happy, and
  • Finding out where Brendan is happier: a successful blog making less money, or a corporate job with higher income.

Brendan also shares to us his answers to our popular questions:

What would you tell the Brendan who never knew Start of Happiness?

Do the things you love early on. Do not worry so much about your financial future.

What do you think the Brendan of 10 years from now wants to tell you?

Don’t be afraid to spend time growing something slowly. Don’t forget your family and friends.

We have also shared a story about an emergency room physician who courageously pursued his love of being a truck driver despite of the different expectations the world has set upon him.  Doing what you love every single day will ultimately lead you to the true definition of success…are you ready to break free and take that first step?

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Become a Blogger: Start a Blog, Change the World with Leslie Samuel : Dojo 51

A well-known quote from Henry Ford goes, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”The moment you decide that you can accomplish something, consider that as done.  But if in the onset, you already have this fixed notion that an endeavor is not for you, consider that as lost as well.  You have the power to steer your destiny to the direction you want it to go. Amazing feats can be done if you believe you are capable…this is the same senzu bean wisdom that our guest will share today.

For this episode, we have Leslie Samuel, a podcaster, an assistant professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Andrews University and the man who is changing the world one blog at a time.

Here are the highlights of my conversation with Leslie:

  • The turning point on when he decided to become an entrepreneur and a leader and what the book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad had done to change his life,
  • Jumping in and investing his college tuition in the stock market without thorough education and the things he learned because of this failure,
  • The negative effects of his leadership, how this weighed down other facets of his life and what triggered him to take action and bring back the balance in his life,
  • As a leader, he shared his biggest challenges, the most important decisions he had made and the things that had challenged his integrity,
  • His advice for people who are starting their own blogs as well as the hindrances he has encountered doing his own blogs, and
  • How he manages his time and how his typical day looks like.

Leslie also shares to you his answers to our popular questions:

What would you tell your younger self?

Read. I hated reading and I never read so I wish now that I started sooner.

What do you think the Leslie of 10 years from now wants to tell you?

Keep moving forward. Do not neglect your family.

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The Power of Starting Something Stupid with Richie Norton : DOJO 50

An exciting, wild idea can sometimes be stuck with being a mere idea because of our fears. People have the tendency to view the unconventional as something stupid and we become influenced by their mindset that we do not take the leap to action.

In this episode, we have Richie Norton, author of the book, The Power of Starting Something Stupid, to talk to us about getting over our fears of lions, tigers and bears for us to initiate the action needed towards our trek to the road to success.

Here are the highlights of my talk with Richie:

  • A background on his journey: starting businesses as wild as cashmere companies in Mongolia, being involved in the military in Hawaiiup to helping  people start and run small businesses through writing, coaching and consulting,
  • A touching story about his young brother-in-law’s passing and everything else which inspired him to write his book,
  • Lessons we can take from a big wave surfer on how to overcome fear incrementally,
  • The importance of setting standards and believing in yourself,and
  • The things you need to do to start something:
    • S – serve
    • T – think
    • A –ask
    • R – receive
    • T – Trust 

Richie also shares to us his answers to our popular questions:

What would you tell the Richie who was scared to start something stupid?

Stop worrying, it’s going to be okay. It’s a misuse of your imagination to worry.

What do you think the Richie of 10 years from now wants to tell you?

[Tweet “Don’t take yourself too seriously. Live fully and don’t get too bugged down on the details.”]

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Start With Why with David Mead : DOJO 49

There is more to our jobs than simply getting a pay check and filling out our job descriptions. We should be able to look beyond our daily routines and uncover why we are placed where are and learn how to bloom from there. No matter what our situations are, we have the power and the opportunity to turn it into a positive contribution to the people around us.

Our guest for this episode is David Mead, the founder of Propel, Inc., and he is here today to spin us to a direction where we will realize our purpose.

Here are the highlights of my talk with David:

  • Being inspired by Simon Sinek, the author best known for popularizing the concept of “The Golden Circle” and to “Start with Why”, meeting him and how their relationship blossomed,
  • The importance of understanding our ‘why’ when we are going through our daily jobs and how the average person can figure out the ‘why’ of what they do,
  • The everyday actions that we can take when we feel defeat,
  • Receiving backlashes regarding his idea and how he managed them, and
  • Maintaining the balance between the why, how and what. 

David also shares to us his answers to our popular questions:

What would you tell the younger David who is just starting out in the business world?

To be myself: fess up to the things I suck at, be confident about the things I was good at and not try to put up any front or be somebody I’m not.

What do you think the David of 10 years from now wants to tell you?

Quit thinking so small.

Before we end this episode, I want to throw a great, big shout out to my good friend Levi Anderson, the host of the podcast Audio Café, the coffee podcast of baristas. Check out his podcast here: http://audiocafepodcast.com/

As we learned in this episode, if you want to join someone’s movement, selflessly apply what you learned from them and don’t expect anything in return.  The question should now be: what can you do today to take action and inspire others?

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Missing Cutlery and Team Leadership with Kevin Allen : DOJO 48

Everyone messes up — your company CEO, the President of the United States and even the King David! It will be a ‘march of the unqualified’ if we focus on the mistakes of our great leaders rather than highlighting how these lessons propelled them to their eventual success.

Our guest for this episode is Kevin Allen, founder and chairman of a business transformation company called Planet Jockey.  Kevin is a Growth Professional expert and he will walk us through the steps on how to turn things around when circumstances blow up in our face.

Here are the highlights of my conversation with Kevin:

  • His background: The BBC news-inspired kid who grew upin the wrong side of the tracksbut who eventually built an impressive career in advertising and is now helping people find what they seek,
  • What led him to write the bookThe Case of the Missing Cutlery: A Leadership Course For The Rising Starwhich covers topics on how to create a following and how to deal with resistance,
  • His advice to people who have desires to be leaders but lack the opportunity to take action,
  • The power of being you and showing your vulnerabilities as one of the recipes for leading people,
  • Practicing the skill of communicating, how our language impacts others’ action and how it leads to cultural permission, and
  • Learning how to take A.C.T.I.O.N.when dealing with failures in life. 

Kevin also shares to us his answers to our popular questions:

What would you tell the younger Kevin, a leader who is just starting out?

People are not standing there waiting for you to fail. They want to be led, they want to be inspired.

What do you think the Kevin of 10 years from now wants to tell you?

Don’t be afraid.

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Becoming a Life Long Learner with Scott Britton : DOJO 047

Change is often not a thing that people would embrace freely as majority of us want stability, security and permanence despite the knowledge that change is only thing permanent in this world.   Our guest for today though had taken transitions head on and even triggered most of the change that happened in his life.

For this episode, we have Scott Britton, a lifestyle entrepreneur, a writer of the website life-longlearner.com and a part of a leadership team which sold a company for $100M.

Here are the highlights of my discussion with Scott:

  • How he snuck his way into college by playing football, getting an internship with Jerry Magguirein mind  and the realizations which followed after,
  • Moving on to build a software company without relevant experience and the lessons which came out of it,
  • What triggered him to make these shifts and how having a utopian mindset aids him during these transitions,
  • How he builds his network and how his desire to get a mentor became pivotal in leading him to become a part of one of the most successful companies, and
  • Making relevant introductions, providing value before asking and other advice in reaching out to people. 

Scott also shares to us his answers to our popular questions:

What would you tell the younger Scott to do differently?

Go and find the biggest bad ass of whatever you want to become and go work for him.

What do you think the Scott of 10 years from now wants to tell you?

Aim bigger.

Scott also shares how he maintains his eyes on his goals through the aid of visualization exercises, guided meditations and reflection practices that you may find valuable to help you in dream big and aim high.

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Engaged Marriage and 15-Minute Marriage Make Overs with Dustin Reichmann: DOJO 46

So there you both are, starry-eyed, full of dreams, completely infatuated and convinced that nothing will ever go wrong. But after living with each other for a couple of years, the reality that marriage takes a lot of work is finally beginning to set in. And so love, which came naturally before began to form in a verb that needs effort to be maintained. When this chapter of your marriage life begins, when the magic begins to wear off and is slowly beginning to be replaced by resentment, how do you make a conscious decision to choose to continue loving your partner?

Our guest for this episode is Dustin Reichmann, writer of the Engaged Marriage blog and the author of 15-Minute Marriage Make Over, and he is here to share to us his personal journey on this thing called marriage.

Here are the highlights of my discussion with Dustin:

  • Keeping the fire alive and a background on the Engaged Marriage blog,
  • Battling complacency and choosing to make your marriage as your number one priority,
  • Influences from his own parents and how it molded his perspective on his own marriage,
  • Fifteen-minute conversations and the things we can do to not take our wives for granted,
  • How to make time for daily doses of communications and the profits you reap from these little investments, and
  • Seasons in his life when he was not able to adhere to this commitment and the greatest challenges he had in his marriage.

Dustin also shares to us his answers to our popular questions:

What would you wish that the younger Dustin knew before he got married?

Marriage is a lot of work.

What do you think the married Dustin of 10 years from now wants to tell you?

Slow down, enjoy your kids while they are young.

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