finding inner peace

Kira Leskew – Taking a Step Back to See the Big Picture: Finding Inner Peace in a World of Chronic Hustle and Burnout (AoL 199)

A couple of books I’ve been reading recently are essentially about finding inner peace as a business owner. One is called Key Person of Influence, and the other is called OverSubscribed both by Daniel Priestley. One’s about becoming someone who creates opportunities in life through relationships while the other is about making you and your brand something so desired that there’s a waiting list. How are they about inner peace? Well, both of them are books essentially about anti-hustle. They’re books about working smarter, not harder. (They’re also both available on Scribed).

So many of us are used to working harder in our lives that we forget the price that we pay to do so.

I know I have. And I’ve realized that pushing the capacity of myself wasn’t really getting me further along. In fact, it was ruining not only my relationships but also my own physical wellbeing.

I first started on this path of discovery when I met this session’s guest, Kira Leskew in the summer of 2020. And while I was still trying to figure out what my next steps were, I was also trying to carry on all the other things that I was already doing.

After working with her for a few months to learn about Pranayama last fall, I have continued to use it and other tools to get the weight of the world off my shoulders.

I’ve realized (and I continue to realize) people who get to where many of us want to be – they don’t overwork themselves. In fact, according to Key Person of Influence, they do just the opposite.

In this episode, and as we close out season 5, I wanted to have Kira on to share with you some of the insight I’ve learned during this Pandemic stricken year. It really did allow me to slow down so I could speed up.

Listen in as she shares with us some of her thoughts on anti-hustle, being present, and keeping yourself from burning out.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • How did Kira get into teaching others about meditation? 14:03
  • What was the critical moment that made Kira consider meditation? 15:32
  • How did she realize that others would be interested in the same realizations she’s had? 20:25
  • A lot of times, business owners find themselves in the weeds of the business. How can they raise themselves up to see the bigger picture more frequently? 27:31
  • For people who have problems actually getting into meditation, what would Kira recommend to people to finally make it happen? 30:37
  • How is she addressing all the burnout that’s going on due to the pandemic? 36:01
  • How can business leaders who feel pulled in many directions be able to reset themselves? 39:30
  • What’s Kira excited about in the coming year? 47:31
  • Who are three influencers who helped Kira get to where she’s at today? 49:18
  • If she could ask anyone living or dead a question, who and what would it be? 50:09
  • What’s something Kira thinks is going to affect entrepreneurship in the future she’s excited about? 51:08
  • In the last 5 years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved Kira’s life? 51:35
  • What’s it mean to live a life of abundance? 53:43

ITEMS and PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Kira Online: Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube
Cohost: Veronica Kirin
Powered By: Groove Digital
Brushfire Marketing
Tim Cook announces Apple’s focus on Wellness
Maria Gonzales
Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona
Prahamahansa Yogananda

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Maria Gonzalez Interviews Kira:

Midlife Crisis Paradigm Changing:

Pranayama – Breathing to Calm (Neutralize energy)

Determine if you have Burnout in 2 Minutes


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living your dream

Jerome Myers – Discovering Your True Self: How To Allow Yourself to Start Living Your Dream (AoL 198)

One of the things I’ve learned in the last 10 years (and even more so since the start of the pandemic) is many of us, including myself at times, ask if we’re worthy enough to level up and start living our dream. Scratch that – OUR DREAMS.

See, here’s the thing. Society has told us what’s important and that’s the magic dollar bill. How you get it is secondary to actually getting it. Because so many people focus on the end destination (which, hint… there is no end destination), it really doesn’t matter how you get the result.

However, what I’ve learned along the way is that if you can tap into your true self and do work that has meaning to you and/or you finding fascinating, then the sky’s the limit.

That was true for this session’s guest, Jerome Myers.

As he tells it in this chat, while he was in college he realized that there are easier ways to earn income than trading time for money. In particular, he learned that multi-family housing can be particularly lucrative.

More so, he realized that when he “figured it out” that others need to know how to get free from the Matrix and live their dreams as well.

Listen in as he shares with us some of his thoughts on steps to finding our true selves and how we can make sure we don’t live a nightmare of constantly trying to do it with little luck.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • How was Jerome given the “permission” to seek something other than a traditional day job? 14:14
  • Where did Jerome get the idea that he even wanted to get into real estate investing? 16:34
  • What makes the red pill easy to swallow for some people, while other people get choked? 21:21
  • Are there a couple of signs someone can look for when it comes to pursuing their dream full time? 23:50
  • What are three things that Jerome suggests that a dreamcatcher can do to make sure their dream doesn’t become a nightmare? 26:57
  • Why does Jerome have multiple podcasts as opposed to bringing in a video element? 28:33
  • Does Jerome have any success stories of where he’s been able to help others take the red pill? 34:20
  • When it comes to the Hero’s journey, does Jerome feel like society is preventing people from living their own? 42:21
  • What are a handful of concepts people should consider before they leave a successful 9 to 5 career to go do their own thing? 44:39
  • How does someone make their job making revenue streams for their family? 50:11
  • What future dream does Jerome want to pursue himself? 53:26
  • Who were Jerome’s top 3 influencers who helped him get to where he’s at today? 55:01
  • What’s the best advice he’s ever received? 56:46
  • Is there something he’s become good at saying no to? 57:20
  • What’s the piece of advice he likes to give others? 57:50
  • What does it mean to live a life of abundance? 58:16

ITEMS and PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Jerome Online: Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube
Cohost: Andy Dix
Powered By: Uncover Your Personal Mission
12 Stages of the Hero’s Journey

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Jerome on Forgiveness:

Being You with James Bryant:

Your Network is Your Net Worth with nicole Stohler

Jerome is interviewed by Ryan Hamrick on the RPOA Real Estate Investor Podcast


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top stock picks

Sean Tepper – The Magic of Compound Interest in Trading: Using SaaS to find Top Stock Picks and Invest Confidently (AoL 197)

Often when we think about making millions of dollars, they think of three things. Primarily those things include building a business to a particular revenue level, creating a portfolio of real estate, or getting lucky in the stock market. That last one has always been something that I’ve struggled to believe – that you had to have luck to find the right top stock picks.

Back in session 182, we learned from Jason Brown that it’s possible to create a predictable revenue stream from stocks. So after hearing that, I did a bit of research. What I came up with was a subscription the Rich Dad Newsletter… but unfortunately, it was simply a way for his publishing company to make $250 off of me while upselling other solutions.

It was frustrating to the say the least.

However, it wasn’t much longer before I met today’s guest, Sean Tepper, and my paradigm started to shift.

In today’s chat, Sean shares with us how he created a platform called TYKR out of a need to develop his own passive income stream. In it we learn that being an angel investor isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. And we also hear how, with the use of the platform itself, how we can all build passive income through the magic of compound interest.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • When Sean was developing a means to create passive income, why did he go with the stock market vs going the real estate route? 13:46
  • How does playing the stock market actually yield passive income? 16:17
  • What’s some advice Sean has heard in the entrepreneurial space that he believes doesn’t work for everyone? 17:57
  • What are the key features of TYKR? 19:15
  • How did the journey go for Sean as he was creating the platform? 23:26
  • How does Sean find great guests for his show? 27:18
  • Sean has posts about certain stocks on his blog. How much are these posts Sean’s insights vs the data that comes from TYKR? 28:59
  • How much money is a good amount of money to use TYKR effectively at first? 33:01
  • Why does Sean feel TYKR is a wise move for the novice investor? 33:41
  • How can entrepreneurs keep themselves from getting hooked on the gambling aspect of playing the market as opposed to a tool for growing lasting wealth? 36:35
  • What are some of things that TYKR’s users can expect to hear from Sean when they first get started? 37:47
  • What is he looking forward to in his journey through 2021 and beyond? 42:20
  • What are Sean’s top three influential podcasts? 44:05
  • In the last five years, which behavior or habit has had the most impact on his life? 44:42
  • If Sean could put any ad out into the world, what would it be? 46:24
  • What is something most people don’t realize is a huge waste of money? 48:25
  • What’s the secret to achieving personal freedom? 49:18

ITEMS and PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Sean Online: Tykr.pro, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube
Cohost: Andy Dix
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AoL Interview with Jason Brown
Andy’s “How to Have a Conversation with Anybody”
Gamestop / Wallstreetbets
Sean’s podcast “Payback Time”
Rule #1 and Payback Time by Phil Town (Amazon Links)
Motley Fool Money
Masters of Scale – Reid Hoffman
SmartLess Jason Bateman, Sean Haynes, and Will Arnett
The Social Dilemma

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

More on the TYKR Backstory:

TYKR Demo:

Interview with Brian Vee

Interview with Giuseppe Grammatico


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using zoom

Rich “Trigger” Bontrager – Using Zoom Like a Pro: Embracing the World Stage as a Business Owner (AoL 194)

In 2020, using Zoom has become commonplace for businesses and schools alike. Since so many people have become familiar with the platform, it only makes sense that there are ways we should or shouldn’t use the platform. Whether you’re a business leader, a member of a nonprofit, or a teacher, no one wants to attend a zoom meeting where the presenters aren’t engaging.

In this session of the show, Andy and I have the opportunity to speak with someone who has made it his mission to help others harness the power of the virtual stage.

More specifically, the Trigger, Rich Bontrager, coaches his clients to be better presenters through time proven broadcasting techniques.

In this conversion, we explore why his approach makes such a big difference when you’re trying to seperate yourself from the pack in virtual presentations.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • Even though Rich grew up with a stutter, how was he initially called into the speaking world? 10:16
  • Where many people might use bad experiences as excuses to not overcome, Trigger has used them to catapult them to the next level. How has he been able to do that? 12:09
  • What has Trigger learned from his past experiences which have made him a better communicator? 15:34
  • How did he get started in pastoring? 16:52
  • How can someone learn to regularly change of their pace a bit when it comes to speaking? 21:22
  • What are some things leaders shouldn’t hesitate to implement as we’re going forward in 2021? 23:44
  • How can someone come off as authoritative, confident, and natural on Zoom? 28:09
  • What are common blunders business leaders make when they go onto the virtual stage? 31:39
  • Where should we focus our eyes in a Zoom conversation? 33:46
  • What are some things people should be looking forward to going forward in this new world of online stages? 37:40
  • What in particular is Rich looking forward to as we move into the pandemic adjusted economy? 40:05
  • Who are three speakers who have launched Rich to where he’s at today? 42:49
  • What’s the biggest plot twist he’s experienced in day to day life? 43:15
  • What’s something every high school student must know? 43:52
  • Who gave him the best advice he’s ever received? 44:13
  • What’s it mean to live a life of abundance? 44:43

ITEMS and PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Rich Online: Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram

Cohost: Andy Dix

Powered By: Uncover Your Personal Mission.

Andy’s 31 Questions Only You Can Answer

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Green Screen Tips and Tricks

How Comics helped Rich get over his Stutter

Paco Guar interviews Rich about Ways a Podcaster or Vlogger can use the Virtual Stage

How teacher/educator Tyler Christensen uses the Virtual Stage


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George Campbell & Jim Packard – Eliminating Self Sabotaging Behavior: How the Power of Habit Is Essential to Goal Achievement (AoL 193)

Self sabotaging behavior is a common theme when it comes to personal and business development (or the lack thereof). Whether it’s the lack of willpower to get healthier, the determination it takes to go through college, or the focus it takes to build one’s business, there’s one thing that is certain when it comes to accomplishment: setting a goal is one thing – but actually achieving that goal is something completely different.

In this session of the show, Ya’el Johnson and I get to talk to two completely different kinds of individuals who have made it their passion to help others figure out how to achieve goals like this.

Through their app called the Consistency Chain, they’re helping tons of people build good habits in place of the ones that have lead them to where they are now.

In their recent book built on the same premise, The Consistency Chain for Network Marketing, authors George Campbell & Jim Packard suggest that the main reason that people don’t do well with network marketing is that they simply haven’t built the right habits to actually grow their business. Interestingly, George goes on to say that he was only successful when he realized he was the common denominator between all these opportunities.

In this conversion, we explore how they came to that conclusion and some of the concepts one should consider when trying to achieve anything in this world – let alone building a network marketing business!

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • As enthusiasts of the industry, how did George and Jim get into Network Marketing initially? 12:55
  • How do you know when you’re working with the right business when it comes to network marketing? 21:18
  • How did Jim & George realize they were on to something when they felt the 80/20 rule applies to those who are successful in network marketing? 26:24
  • How do they give themselves milestones on a regular basis to keep them going in their journey? 30:17
  • What are some of the ways that people are using the Consistency Chain app in their daily lives? 37:17
  • What are some of the things George and Jim are looking forward to moving forward in 2021? 42:10
  • Who are Jim and George’s personal influencers and teachers? 45:23
  • What’s the biggest plot twist they’ve seen in their day to day life? 48:43
  • Is there a particular gift they like giving others? 50:31
  • What is something they’ve become good at saying no to? 52:33
  • How does someone realize they’re living their own personal mission? 53:59

ITEMS and PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

George and Jim Online: Website, Facebook, LinkedIn
Cohost: Ya’el Johnson
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Marshmallow Test
Seinfeld
Jay Abraham – Getting Everything You Can Out of All You Got (Amazon Link)
Jim Rohn
Dale Carnegie

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Joe Malarkey at the United States Bowling Congress’ Event

Joe Malarkey on Customer Service

Tom Chenault interviews Jim and George (MLM Application)

Margo Lovett and Deborah Thorn interview Jim and George (Traditional Business Application)


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Desmond Clark – Creating a Standard of Winning – Key Insights for Developing Lifelong Skills for Success (AoL 192)

As we’re getting started in this second year of potentially a two or three year pandemic “clean up” plan, there’s going to be plenty of time for us to really adjust and think about where we fit in the world. It’s a great time to develop our skills for success.

What do I mean by that?

Well, it’s a forced transition period for all of us. What might have been our identity in the past, might not work in the PAE.

That said, one group of individuals who all have to go through this major life change sometime in their career are professional athletes. Like our guest, Desmond “Dez” Clark says, if your identity was wrapped up into your job (as an athlete), you’re going to have issues when you can’t do that job anymore.

Luckily for Dez, he knew who he was before his career as a professional athlete. So when he finished up, yes, there was a transition period, but he was the same Dez who used the game as a means to get what he wanted.

In this chat with him, Ya’el and I learn a little bit of what he’s learned over the years through these transitions and how he’s been able to stay the course during his life using those experiences.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • Where did Desmond’s early leadership mentality come from? 8:46
  • How did he develop a vision for his athletic life and able to stick to it? 12:11
  • When did Dez realize it was time to transition into a new life/identity? 17:07
  • Why does he believe his success wasn’t a coincidence? 20:50
  • How did Dez start realizing that failures aren’t necessarily endings but just learning opportunities no matter the cost? 25:00
  • How does he actively build relationships to help him and those around him get to the next level? 28:11
  • Is there a secret to gauging if a conversation is a winning conversation? 29:43
  • What’s a bad day look like to Dez? 38:25
  • What is he looking forward to in 2021? 41:06
  • Which teachers have helped him get to where he’s at today? 42:53
  • If he could ask anyone living a dead a question, who and what would he ask? 43:11
  • Which issue should be discussed more today, yet hardly anyone does? 44:01
  • What advice does he hear adults give children which he’d like to call BS on? 44:21
  • What’s the secret to achieving personal freedom? 45:02

ITEMS and PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Desmond Online: Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
Cohost: Ya’el Johnson
Powered By: FREE GUIDE: Uncover Your Personal Mission

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Highlights from Dez’s NFL Career

Dez shares discusses his role as President of the NFL Alumni Chicago Chapter

Kevin Hicks interviews Dez

Tim Schumm interviews Dez


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building companies

Marek Zmyslowski – Building Companies Abroad: Key Do’s and Don’ts when Investing In Businesses Outside the First World (AoL 191)

Welcome to 2021, everyone. What an interesting ride it’s been… and we’re not out of woods yet. However, if you’re interested in building companies (and who isn’t these days?), I’m really feeling hope in the air. Hope of a fresh start.

If anyone knows about fresh starts, it’s this session’s guest Marek Zmyslowski. He’s had a couple in his career – but one he’s most notable for is the one he had to go through as he was writing his book Chasing Black Unicorns.

In his book, Marek shares with us the story of why and how he built the Amazon of Africa… but then how selecting a bad business partner eventually got him in hot water with Interpol… and what he learned from the whole ordeal.

In our conversation with Marek, new co-host Ya’el and I explore some of the items Marek has learned you want to do or don’t do when you’re building companies in up and coming countries.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • What was Marek’s first business? 10:08
  • What were some of the key steps he took to get some of his first ventures started? 14:23
  • How did Marek come to the decision to buy out his business partner when things started going south? 17:54
  • How was Marek able to move past the drama with Interpol and his business partner? 23:19
  • In which ways has Marek been able to leverage his experience into positives today? 29:12
  • What has Marek done for his own pandemic pivot? 32:04
  • Who are three influencers or teachers which have helped him get to where he’s at today? 35:47
  • What’s been the biggest plot twist he’s seen in his day to day life? 37:56
  • What’s something he feels is going to change entrepreneurship in the future, and what specifically is he excited about? 39:15
  • Which message in the world is a disservice to youth? 43:49
  • How can someone be a difference maker in their community? 47:13

ITEMS and PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Marek Online: Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
Cohost: Ya’el Johnson
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Tony Robbins
Tim Ferriss
Joe Rogan’s podcast

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Introduction of Chasing Black Unicorns

Marek’s TEDx on becoming Interpol’s most wanted criminal

Marek’s talk on the LetsDoHumans Podcast

Marek Chatting with Candice Horbacz


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