economic crisis

John Miles – Virtually Assisting VA’s in Economic Crisis – How Optimate and iWorker Aid Talent in Distress (AoL 170)

With the coronavirus outbreak, working remotely is starting to become a normal trend. In fact, I’d say it’s moved the timeline up by 5 years or more until we see a lot more remote workers. However, not all virtual workers are from first world countries where being able to work remotely is considered a perk. Instead, they reside in countries where they might be in the middle of long term economic crisis. They have learned how to become virtual assistants or VA’s so that they can bring in money than they’d get paid in their home country.

To help those folks, today’s guest, John Miles, and his partners at iWorker and Optimate, have built a network of VA’s around the globe. These aren’t just any VA’s, though. They are VA’s who actually are usually more than capable to handle what us solopreneurs would throw at them. In fact, a lot of them have degrees in the work that they do.

In this interview with John, we find out why he and his partners felt they needed to start down this path and who might benefit from hiring from those in the network.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • What’s John’s history in business and as an entrepreneur before starting iWorker and Optimate? 9:48
  • What are some questions people need to consider before they bring on a VA or hire locally? 23:22
  • Due to what his various brands do as social enterprises, has John considering making them B-Corp’s? 31:19
  • Which countries are iWorker and Optimate targeting in finding VAs to work with? 35:44
  • How can people support what John and his co-founders are up to without hiring a VA? 38:09
  • Is there anything exciting for John coming up in 2020? 43:30
  • Who are three influencers he follows regularly? 44:48
  • Who would be someone John would get starstruck by interviewing? 47:19
  • What new habit has recently improved his life? 47:40
  • What costs less than $100 that has changed John’s life? 48:39
  • Is there something he believed when he was 18 but doesn’t today? 49:14
  • What’s a tip for traveling John has? 50:01
  • How can someone be a difference maker in their community? 50:40

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Chris Ducker on Hiring a VA

Chris on Why VAs aren’t a Magic Pill

John on the High-Octane Mechanics Show

John’s interviewed by Yaro Starak


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ethical issues in business

Michael Ainslie – Navigating Ethical Issues in Business – Why Doing What’s Right Ultimately Makes the Difference (AoL 169)

As we grow more successful, it can be easy for power to go to our heads. We can start to think we’re unstoppable. This is especially true on the grand scale when we see ethical issues in business headline the news.

One right now, for example, is the rehabilitation of the Boeing 737 Max line of aircraft. It has turned into an epic crisis in the last couple of years for them as they simply have not done well in addressing the issue. Nor did they really do a great job of mitigating it either. Whoever made the decision to cut corners and create the software which caused a couple flights to crash, obviously shouldn’t have cut those corners.

Another example was back in 2008 when Lehman Brothers had to file for bankruptcy. Out of all the things that went on that year, I still remember watching the news as the threat of that particular crisis grew more inevitable. When it finally did, the market plummeted… as well as the savings and lifestyles of many people who thought they had done things right.

Today’s guest, Michael Ainslie, was one of the group of people that had to make the decision to file for Chapter 11. Sure, making the decision was tough, but it was the right thing to do.

Being part of that board hasn’t been his only rodeo, however. He was also the CEO of the internationally known auction house Sotheby’s. Let’s just say they had a few things they had to deal with during his time there as well.

In his new book, A Nose for Trouble, he shares with us how he’s been able keep his head through all the adversity in his career.

In this chat, Andy and I get the chance to learn a few things you won’t hear on any other interview of his!

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • If Michael wrote a screenplay for his life, where would the opening scene be? 9:42
  • As a first hand witness, how do highly successful board members end up in a orange jumpsuit in a prison? 14:38
  • What kind of people do these types of people hire as leadership for their companies? 16:29
  • How was Michael able to keep himself from being consumed by the power he’s had in his career? 20:38
  • How does he suggest executives balance the line between the what’s right and the needs of different stakeholders? 22:04
  • What can Xennials and younger generations of entrepreneurs learn from the mistakes of leaders who have gone before them? 27:06
  • What advice does he have to a company who’s trying to rebuild their brand and reputation if they’ve been dragged through the media? 32:38
  • What’s Michael looking forward to in 2020? 34:34
  • Who are his 3 top influencers are teachers who have helped him get to where he’s at today? 39:54
  • What’s a gift he loves to give others? 40:29
  • Is there a documentary that he’d recommend people watch? 40:26
  • What’s Michael’s favorite social custom? 42:02
  • How can someone be a difference maker in their community? 42:40

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Sotheby’s
Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy
Elon Musk on Joe Rogan
Alex Heard – Chancellor at Vanderbilt U
Ron Daniel – Managing partner at McKinsey
J. Leslie Rollins and the Ohio Fellows Program
Fork Over Knives
Mort and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center

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Michael on the passing of Morton Mandel

Royal Poinciana Chapel New Garden

Michael’s interview with Bloomberg Radio

Interview with Kerry Lutz of the Financial Survival Network


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return on experience

David E. Bryant – Return on Experience and Expertise: Why Staying Humble Allows for Big Time Growth (AoL 168)

Return on Experience and Expertise, or RoEE, is something we all should realize we have. Whether you’re more street smart or climbed your way up the twin towers of formal education and the corporate world, you do have experience which can serve not only you, but those around you.

However, that said, it’s up to us to realize what expertise can truly help others. Unlike our Passion, we don’t get to choose our Purpose and where we fit with others.

However, when we can pair up our Purpose with our Passion, then we have the seeds to greatness. Add it to a unique Process, and we have a winning formula for awesome Profit!

Sound familiar? It should. I shared briefly about the 4 P’s of the Ikigai in this blog post recently.

Today’s guest, David Bryant, is a prime example of someone who’s not only found this sweet spot in his career, but also has been able to take advantage of it. How? By staying humble and learning lessons wherever or from whoever he can.

In this chat, Andy and I get the chance to learn how he’s done this over his career and some of the key things he’s learned along the way.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • What lead Dave to study sports marketing and business? 9:19
  • How did spending time and learning in the MLM industry compare to the knowledge he picked up from getting his business degree? 14:42
  • What are some of the topics that David learned in his time in LegalShield that he can share with teens and college students? 20:41
  • What does he think are some of the key foundational learnings he’s had where he can now turn around and maximize on experience or expertise? 24:43
  • Which business lessons has his faith taught him? 29:19
  • How did LegendBorne get its start? 31:24
  • What are some challenges that he’s given himself for the upcoming year? 48:41
  • What books are his top 3 favorite that he gifts or tells others about? 52:18
  • If he could ask anyone living or dead a question, who and what would it be? 52:54
  • What are three truths that Dave has learned over time that he wants others to know? 54:02
  • How can someone be a difference maker in their community? 58:05

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Why the Name LegendBorne?

Dave on why LegendBorne is Unique

LegendBorne Sportswear in the Field

Akuma vs LegendBorne – Which Jersey Should You Buy?


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marriage and family counseling

Lisa Mustard – Embracing Her Why – A Journey from Sports Marketing to Marriage and Family Counseling… and More! (AoL 167)

When it comes to marriage and family counseling, one would think that the therapist loves to do what they’re doing. Why else would they do it? It has to be a super fulfilling job in that you’re doing all this great work with couples and helping them make breakthroughs critical to the relationship’s survival.

However, just like any other health related position, working with troubled patients can take its toll. It’s so easy to take their problems home on top of the all the things that one has to cope with in their own life.

And it’s not just the health field – doing anything you love too intensely for a long time can lead to burnout.

This is certainly the truth for this session’s guest, Lisa Mustard.

And, in fact, it’s one of the reasons that she’s started her podcast, The Therapy Show.

In this chat, Veronica and I get the chance to learn how she’s been able to package up her own life experiences in two hugely different arenas into what she’s doing today. Not only that, but we also discuss the importance of self care regardless of our position.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • After getting started in the sports marketing arena, how did Lisa end up as a therapist? 12:27
  • How has she been able to repackage her skill set as a therapist to being a coach? 17:45
  • Are there any similarities with her therapy patients vs those that she coaches? 22:36
  • What sparked Lisa’s interest in starting a podcast for therapists? 25:36
  • When it comes to building a new business, does Lisa think we should build on the side of our day job or build a runway first? 33:55
  • Why does it take burnout for us to realize how to be happy? 39:12
  • How does she feel like her work is helping others not fall down the stress rabbit hole? 42:37
  • What has Lisa excited for 2020? 48:58
  • What are three of Lisa’s favorite influential podcasts? 51:05
  • Which three books are her favorite to gift or tell others about? 51:38
  • Which message out there is a disservice to youth? 53:21
  • What is something that would be found in a Creative Handbook for Entrepreneurs? 54:22
  • What’s Lisa’s secret to achieving personal freedom? 54:24

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Be More Productive with Facebook in Less Time

The Future of Social Media with AI

Coping with Deployments over the Holidays

Better Communication in Romantic Relationships


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finding your passion & purpose in life

Tommy Breedlove – Legendary By Choice: Why Finding Your Passion & Purpose in Life is the Secret to Long Term Significance (AoL 166)

I can’t tell you how many times in college I heard fellow students use the phrase “I’m going to take a nap and wait patiently for death” as a joke. And in reality, for many, life is simply something that has to be endured. However, I fully believe that finding your passion & purpose in life is a huge part of getting out of that life of quiet mediocrity.

Since college, and especially after starting this podcast, I’ve come to the realization that individuals who have this figured out have overall a lot less stress in their life. Not only that, but they usually have a higher chance of being fulfilled by the work they’re doing.

This session’s guest, Tommy Breedlove, has gone through it all. From being incarcerated early in life, to working at the C-suite level, to realizing that the more he wrote his own story, the less others controlled it. Today he helps others not only realize that fact for themselves, but helps them find their next level.

In this chat, Andy and I get the chance to learn how he made that realization for himself, how he helps other men find their own way, and some pointers we can all use to start moving the dial a little bit more today.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • What kind of legacy does Tommy want to leave? 7:47
  • What was the defining moment which lead Tommy to his current path? 8:39
  • Can something be said to someone who has fallen into a contentment coma to help them get out? 17:35
  • What’s the current state of men in America, and why did he focus to work them specifically? 20:49
  • Is there a difference between boys, dudes, and men? 24:52
  • According to Tommy, how do you start finding your passion & purpose in life and build a life of legacy? 28:17
  • Does he have any recommendations for someone do to build a financial fortress and build a legacy? 32:12
  • What are 3 favorite books he likes to give or tell others about? 42:36
  • Is there anything he recently says no to? How did he come to that realization? 42:59
  • Who’s the most awe inspiring person he’s met and why? 43:56
  • What’s something he’d like to do in his lifetime that no one knows about? 45:09
  • What’s it mean to live a life of abundance? 45:50

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

12 Minute Conversation with Engel Jones

Tommy on the Brandon Smith Show

Brandon Labella Interviews Tommy

Tommy via Purpose on Tap


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political satire

Andrew Heaton – Creating Opportunities through Political Satire: Using Your Unique Talents, Interests, and Experiences to Fulfill Your Mission (AoL 165)

In general, politics is a topic that people are really engaged in or they want to keep away from it with a 10 foot pole. Personally for me, I’m a bit of a junkie. And in fact, the shows that I tend to listen to engage in political satire. They don’t take themselves too seriously.

I love that because it’s such a break from the norm. Because when you think of politics today, you often think of this side vs that side. One side is right while the other side is wrong. One side is Trump and on the other side you have the Pelosi lead Democrats.

This wasn’t always the case.

Today’s guest, Andrew Heaton, is someone I started listening to sometime last year in his last podcast called There’s Something Off with Andrew Heaton. That particular show concluded this past summer and since then he’s been busy building his own show entitled The Political Orphanage. (He also has a new show called Alienating the Audience , Sci-Fi based show, which we’ll talk a bit about in the interview.)

Listen in as Andy and I get a chance to find out from Andrew what his process has been as he’s been building his new platform. And what he can share with other creators in regards to getting on the national stage.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • How does Andrew connect at a different level with his audience than most political commentators? 10:38
  • Are politicians in DC the same people behind the scenes versus what we see in the news and media? 14:11
  • What’s Andrew’s advice for a student to set themself up to work in Washington DC? 17:08
  • What are some action steps he recommends to creatives, such as podcasters, who are in the hunt to get on a larger stage? 23:11
  • How does he go about getting guests on his podcasts? 35:49
  • Is there a certain way Andrew recommends to grow a contact list? 41:01
  • What business lessons has he learned through his experiences as a standup comic? 56:50
  • How has “always saying yes” affected him as a podcaster? 59:37
  • What’s Andrew looking forward to in the New Year? 1:02:12
  • Which book, film, and song would Andrew add to the National Curriculum? 1:04:47
  • What’s Andrew do when he becomes overwhelmed or unfocused? 1:07:32
  • What’s a topic that would be found in a handbook for entrepreneurs if Andrew wrote it? 1:10:33
  • Is there something he wished was still a thing? 1:12:12
  • What’s the secret to achieving personal freedom? 1:12:45

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Uberdunger Cologne for Men

Game of Thrones: Libertarian Edition

Star Wars: Libertarian Edition

Baby Yoda for President


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personal financial management

Tess Wicks – Perspectives on Income: Understanding Money Mindset and Personal Financial Management Strategies (AoL 164)

Personal financial management is a topic that many people really don’t want to touch with a ten foot pole. A lot of the time, the reason for this is that as a society, we’re just not taught how to manage our own money. For those of us who are lucky to have extra to invest, we feel that we need to hire a financial advisor or investor to do the work for us.

While that might be helpful, it’s not a great plan to simply give up the responsibility for our own portfolio. Since the world runs on money, we all should have a good fundamental knowledge of how the game works.

In this session, Veronica and I speak with Tess Wicks. Like many others, Tess didn’t grow up really thinking about money. In fact, the only reason she started learning about the subject was through necessity due to her major and future career.

However, that career didn’t last long. After realizing she wasn’t cut out of the 9 to 5 world and could help others with their knowledge of money, she set out on a mission to educate.

In our chat, we learn about the illusion of job security, her unique digital nomad lifestyle, and why it’s important to set goals in our finances as entrepreneurs.

Having a healthy lifestyle is something that is brought up time and again in pop culture. However, with all the temptations of fast food, taking it easy, and dealing with stress, many people just simply struggle to do what’s best for them.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • How did Tess get her start in the financial world? 11:07
  • Where did she find her first client as an independent advisor? 15:15
  • What made her focus on helping self employed clients with personal financial management? 15:56
  • How has Tess been able to get around the illusion of job security for herself and with her clients? 19:01
  • What’s the traditional “Digital Nomad” or “World Citizen” lifestyle look like for Tess? 27:16
  • What are some things that someone needs to consider before they travel the world while working? 31:09
  • How does setting goals and “paying yourself first” help her clients with their finances? 35:22
  • What’s Tess excited about in 2020? 42:04
  • Who are three influencers or teachers that have launched her to where she’s at today? 43:31
  • What’s a gift she likes giving others? 46:48
  • What advice does she regularly hear adults giving children that she’d called BS on? 47:13
  • What’s her favorite social custom? 48:08
  • What’s the secret to achieving personal freedom? 48:45

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Investing for Online Coaches

Five People to have on your Coaching Team

Video 1 of the 12 Days of Money Mindset

Change Your World with NLP


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