37 minutes | Nov 21, 2018
S.4 Ep. 006 – How To Build A Creative Team That Never Wants To Leave, with Taylor Holiday
There s nothing better than working with a creative team of people who are the best at what they do. It brings out the best in you and enables you to reach new heights you previously only dreamed of. Imagine for a moment, what might happen if you could build a company full of those kinds of people? It s likely, the growth and innovation your team experiences would be non-stop. That s what Taylor Holiday and the team at Common Thread Collective are experiencing – and as a result, they ve grown from zero to hero in a ridiculously short period of time (3 years). You’re about to hear a revealing conversation between real friends (as opposed to colleagues, and there is a difference). You re going to hear the process of growth Taylor and his team have gone through – and are still going through – in order to be the kind of team they truly want to be, not what others expect them to be. I feel confident selling our service because worst-case, our clients break even. Common Thread Collective is dedicated to helping product sales companies drive revenue through their eCommerce websites. Their clients spend $50K to $1 million per month on marketing and advertising that generates revenue for their brands. They do it by leveraging the new media purchasing economy that operates on daily budgets. That kind of attention enables them to keep close tabs on their client s campaigns because there s always a way to stop a failing effort and do something different. But they ve added another dimension to what they do – because they care about the start-up stage entrepreneurs, who they were finding more and more difficult to serve as the company scaled. Through their new platform, YourAdMission.co they have created a membership community that equips first-stage entrepreneurs to develop the skills they need at a price they can afford. Listen to learn more. To build a creative team made up of the best in the world, the mission had to change. Taylor s company started out with a very different mission than they have today. At first, they were seeking to Be the best in the world at selling products online. But they discovered that they weren t being consistent in carrying out the mission. That realization forced the team to evaluate whether they were willing to do what the mission required – and the answer was No – from everyone on the leadership team. That began the journey of discovering a new mission that the team was truly behind, to genuinely ask themselves what they wanted for themselves. Once they discovered that mission, it made the behaviors required to attain it much easier – and nobody was left feeling guilty for not hitting a target they felt they should accomplish, but weren t fully invested in. If I m going to ask you to work for me, I have to be invested in you as well. ~ Taylor Holiday Early on, Taylor and his partners asked themselves, Why would anyone come work for our little start-up? They were located in Orange County, California so appealing, world-class companies were just outside their door. The team came to the decision that they had to care about their employees more than anyone else was willing to do. Practically, that means that the trade of salary for time wasn t enough. They had to be invested in the employee at least as much as the employee was invested in the company. They had to ask, What would it mean to help our creative team get where they want to go, personally? As a result – and because of a desire to live consistently with their mission – they spend an inordinate amount of time and budget to empower employees to accomplish their own dreams. Ironically, many of those dreams wind up revolving around Common Thread Collective. Listen to learn how it all happened and how it s playing out day to day, on this episode of Converge. When you empower your creative team to fulfill their personal dreams, you might create your own competition… What happens if you work to help a person on your team achieve their personal dreams – and those dreams turn out to be competitive to what you re doing as a company? Taylor says that prospect isn t threatening to him because his goal is to empower entrepreneurs. It doesn t matter to him if it happens because what he sets up in the process is of much greater value than the risk it creates. Taylor also sees that sort of competition as a good thing for everyone involved. It forces everyone playing the game to improve in their own skills in order to rise to the top – or else they don t stay in the game at all. You ll be encouraged by the abundant, generous attitude Taylor has about equipping his team to be their best selves, and how it s paying off. Outline of this great episode [0:22] Why Taylor s story is great for anyone who wants to learn practical ways to make a difference [1:29] The state of real friends in a world of colleagues – and what Common Thread is about [4:00] How things have shifted when it comes to using media to promote services and products [7:40] Creating an economic model that makes sense for first-stage entrepreneurs [12:23] Taylor s empathy for team members and how it impacts his team dynamics [20:55] Implementing a mission the team was actually willing to accomplish [27:39] The current marketplace and the challenge of finding the best talent [31:52] How Taylor has created a company where only one employee has ever chosen to leave [34:47] Why Taylor believes entirely that those with dreams can accomplish them Resources & Links mentioned in this episode Gary Vaynerchuk: https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/ Marissa Meyer: https://www.marissameyer.com/ Taylor Holiday s Resources Common Thread Collective: https://commonthreadco.com/ http://YourAdmission.co Taylor on Twitter: https://twitter.com/taylorholiday Taylor on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-holiday-a169b322/ Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK: http://www.podcastfasttrack.com The post S.4 Ep. 006 – How To Build A Creative Team That Never Wants To Leave, with Taylor Holiday appeared first on Fastermind.co.
42 minutes | Nov 6, 2018
S.4 Ep. 005 – How To Go From Freelance Photographer To Entrepreneur, with David Jay
Many of the people who listen to Converge are creatives – freelance photographers, artists, interior designers, and others. They know that moving from the time-for-money trade that freelancing requires to the establishment of a business as an entrepreneur is not easy. If you’re reading this, you are likely one of those people. David Jay is a guy whose journey from freelancer to business owner was very natural in terms of how he was gifted, but that doesn t mean it was easy. He s experienced many obstacles along the way, the biggest one being himself. Join Dane and David for this revealing conversation. It highlights the valleys of self-discovery we all have to walk in order to become the best version of ourselves, which in turn equips us to bring our best to the world we are meant to serve. You ll enjoy this episode. When you only have one option, you tend to find a way One of the situations that David found himself in was centered around the tension he felt while he was trying to finish up his college degree. He knew he wanted to do things outside the realm of the education he was getting, and he felt he should do them right away. He decided to drop out of college and pursue his dream of being a freelance photographer. To him, it was an intentional choice of putting his back against the wall so that he had to make his choice work. Once he did that, it didn t matter how many people criticized his decision or felt he was heading in a bad direction, the desire to prove his worth in spite of having no degree fueled him. It wasn t the best motivation, but it worked for a while. Today, even David says that at some point you want to get beyond that kind of ego-driven motivation and find something that matters more. You ll hear David s personal journey including how he came to discover his own “something more” if you take the time to listen. As a freelance photographer David tried to focus on serving people – and he always had plenty of work Once David made it past the stage of trying to prove himself to his critics, he remembered something his father said to him. If you focus on serving people, you ll always have enough work. He made the shift, centered his photography business around doing what was best for his clients, and he found a new satisfaction in what he was doing as a freelancer. But his entrepreneurial itch wasn t being scratched. He had to do something more, something bigger and aimed at serving more people. So he began creating products that could serve those who were in the same shoes he wore: freelance photographers. You ll hear about some of the amazing products he and partners have created, how those businesses are doing today, and how he discovered that the entrepreneurial road is one of the best paths to discovering who you are, warts and all. Don t be an idiot and quit your job: Let things play out as they should We ve all heard the amazing stories of people who gave up everything to pursue their dreams. But we usually only hear about the successful versions of that familiar tale. There are many who don t fare so well. David never recommends that a person with a family that is depending on their 9 to 5 paycheck should drop their job to pursue a dream. Instead, he suggests you work at your dream on the side, in increments, waiting for things to play out as they should. When you do, you ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish through small steps over time. This should be an encouragement to all of you who find yourselves stuck in a job that isn t fulfilling. It shows that you can create your own fulfillment and grow it into something larger than you can even conceive if you stick to it and put in the work required. Build your product and business around the gifts you have – happiness will follow David s journey illustrates how success without fulfillment is a very empty thing. Through his struggles and the things they revealed about his own character, he was able to discover an ongoing, repeatable cycle of growth: learn about himself, make an adjustment, and pivot toward a better direction. One of the most powerful things he learned is that he didn t have to build his business like everyone else. He didn t have to follow an entrepreneurial model that wasn t aligned with his personality or gifts. Instead, he learned to build his business and his services around the gifts and strengths he had. And guess what – he was more happy doing it. Don t miss this episode. David s honesty and humility are a refreshing antidote to the formulaic approach to the entrepreneurial path you hear these days. He’ll give you some practical, wise advice to follow. Outline of this great episode [0:22] The creative life of a freelancer and how it can morph into entrepreneurism [1:45] Dane s testimony of how David is the kind of guy you want to model your life after [3:09] David s career – college drop-out, photographer, freelancer, entrepreneur [7:36] The better motivations you can use to drive yourself forward [9:29] Service to others provides you plenty of opportunities to make a living [11:32] It took a downward spiral to put David s life into perspective for him [13:27] The slow realization that scalable products were a better path [17:25] Forcing things into existence before they are ready is a sure way to get burned [20:22] A rule of thumb for telling if an idea is ripe: listen [26:01] Learning what feedback is helpful and how to kill your baby (product idea) [28:57] How to develop the self awareness to understand what you should do [34:52] Healthier than ever in the pursuit of things – and the ripple effects that ensue [36:21] The best place to start to get your life in order: common language [38:48] The future of entrepreneurship – from David s perspective Resources & Links mentioned in this episode SPONSOR : White House Custom Color : http://whcc.com BOOK : Love Is The Killer App : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1400046831 Pictage : https://www.slrlounge.com/pictage-finally-closes-its-doors/ SmugMug : https://www.SmugMug.com/ Facetime : https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204380 http://Showit.co – a photo gallery run by one of David s former partners Giant Worldwide : https://GiantWorldwide.com/ – leadership & coaching company Myers Briggs : https://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/ David Jay s Resources Pass : https://PassGallery.com/ – David s photography gallery tool Follow David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FREEdavidjay http://Agree.com – one of the services David created http://WarmWelcome.com – One of David s services Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK: http://www.podcastfasttrack.com The post S.4 Ep. 005 – How To Go From Freelance Photographer To Entrepreneur, with David Jay appeared first on Fastermind.co.
39 minutes | Oct 26, 2018
S.4 Ep. 004 – How to Pursue an Adventurous Life in the Midst of Normal with Theresa Christine
It only takes one Google search to find hundreds, maybe even thousands of people telling you to pursue an adventurous life. Many of them define that as a lifestyle that abandons the normal things of life like a career and a stable home environment in exchange for a nomadic approach to life. But what if you don t want to abandon those things, but still want adventure to be a regular part of your life? Theresa Christine can help you. It s what she does. This episode of Converge highlights the tension between the desire many of us feel to fuel your wanderlust and maintain stability at the same time. Dane chats with Theresa about why the digital nomad lifestyle is not the only option – and why it shouldn t be, as well as a host of other tangential topics aimed at helping you feed your own desire for adventure no matter where you are in life. Please take the time to listen. The options today are limitless. How do you choose the best path for yourself? The connected nature of life these days that technology provides puts an entire world of opportunities and insights at everyone s fingertips. If you want to know something or learn how to do something, it s only a screen away. In such a vast supermarket of ideas, how do you choose the ones that best fit you and actually lead to the kind of life you want? You might need a guide – and Theresa Christine has proven herself to be one worthy of consideration. In this conversation, you ll hear her story: growing up in the south, moving to the Big Apple, and finding herself drawn to a slower pace of life but still feeling the longing for a life of adventure. She began blogging about her struggle while exploring what it means to adventure, and in doing so has become an experienced fellow traveler who is a bit farther down the road that most of us – which makes her advice spot-on most of the time. You hear all the time that anyone can travel. Here s why that attitude irritates Theresa You ll hear it in the first few minutes of almost any travel blog or vlog: Anyone can travel. But Theresa says it simply isn t true. Real life often places real demands on us: we care for an elderly parent or are beset by a debilitating handicap or illness. For those of us in those shoes, it’s frustrating to listen to such sweeping claims. But even in those situations, there are still ways to experience a life of adventure, you just have to rethink what adventure really is and how it can fit into your everyday experience. This is a truth Theresa has discovered along her own path and she specializes in helping others work it out in their own lives. Listen to this conversation – perhaps you ll find a kindred spirit in Theresa. Maybe you’ll find a guide. Advice to creators: Produce things so valuable that your audience becomes your ideal client You only have to read Theresa s blog – Tremendous Times – to discover that she has a talent for providing tremendous value to a very particular audience. Anybody who loves travel but doesn t necessarily have the time or ability to travel themselves will love her recaps and highlights of the periodic trips she takes. Her writing appeals to that particular set of readers because she understands the unique place where a desire to experience the world seems to conflict with the responsibilities of everyday life. Theresa refers to these people – her target readers – as ideal clients. Her business philosophy is simple: Provide things of such amazing value to your basic reader that they will stand in line to get what you create when there is actually something for sale. It s a slow process to build on that philosophy, but one that has proven to be successful and scalable. Pursue what you want to pursue, knowing failure will be involved In a world where almost everybody publishes some form of a Facebook face or Instagram image that only highlights the good things in life, it s easy to think that you re the only one who struggles or experiences setbacks. Theresa wants you to know it s not true. Every path she s pursued has had its share of setbacks and failures. It s that way for everyone. Knowing that helps you muster up the courage to pursue what you want to pursue in spite of the difficulty because if somebody has done it before, you can too. Theresa hopes to serve her readers/ideal clients as an example of someone who’s taking the journey in spite of her failures. Outline of this great episode [0:13] Why it s important to create adventure anyplace you are – Theresa s story [3:41] Lessons-learned from her readers as she built her blog following [6:31] The search to determine the best priorities in a world of vast opportunities [8:50] How Theresa s experience has been the same as her ideal client, yet different [13:26] You don t have to go to a big city or travel extensively to be exposed to the world [18:47] Why Theresa refers to her readers as ideal clients [26:20] The Postcards to Your Future Self project [30:10] Theresa s recommended books and tools [36:56] The moral of Theresa s story: Pursue what you want to pursue, knowing failure will be involved Resources & Links mentioned in this episode Converge episode with Paco De Leon Chris Guillebeau – BOOK: The Happiness of Pursuit: http://a.co/d/hNIiiGL BOOK: Your Money or Your Life: http://a.co/d/g1ruWVX BOOK: Content Rules: http://a.co/d/j0L7ZrM BOOK: Everybody Writes: http://a.co/d/4uXibtk BOOK: Shoe Dog: http://a.co/d/a3GM3wL BOOK: You ll Grow Out Of It: http://a.co/d/d16UU1D BOOK: In Other Words: http://a.co/d/7xxjdEV TOOL: Trello: http://trello.com APP: Day One: https://dayoneapp.com/ Theresa Christine s Resources Blog: Tremendous Times Theresa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsmetheresac Theresa s Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/itsmetheresac/ Theresa on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tremendoustimes/ The Postcard To My Future Self Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/postcardtomyfutureself/ Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK: http://www.podcastfasttrack.com The post S.4 Ep. 004 – How to Pursue an Adventurous Life in the Midst of Normal with Theresa Christine appeared first on Fastermind.co.
46 minutes | Oct 9, 2018
S.4 Ep. 003 – Leveraging the Internet for Good with Taylor Jones and Eric Brown
The internet is a pervasive thing, gobbling up time as well as bandwidth. Dane s guests on this episode of Converge are co-leaders of a web design team whose primary purpose is to leverage the internet for good. Taylor Jones and Eric Brown have been fast friends of Dane s ever since he first heard about their company, Whiteboard and had his initial conversation with them. Why was their such a chemistry? Because they share a common heartbeat, a common desire to see the world become a better place through the intentionality of people who strive to make their work matter. This is a truly intriguing conversation, one that will get you thinking about the good you re doing and how you can be more intentional about it. But hopefully, you’ll also be motivated to amplify it more effectively and multiply it across your own little corner of the internet. You really should listen. There is a difference between consumerism and commerce – and it matters Taylor and Eric are definitely in business to make money, but not at the cost of their souls or those of their team members. That may sound overly dramatic but it s the kind of sentiment at the heart of how these two guys do business. They want to do the kind of work that won t keep them awake at night because their conscience is nagging them. More importantly, they deeply want the work they do to give them a sense of accomplishment because they know that their contributions made a difference. Part of that is making a clear distinction between consumerism and commerce – they want to provide services that better people s lives in real ways. Practically, that means they will reject even the most lucrative work if they believe that the services they will deliver will only fuel the rampant consumerism so common in western culture. What they do has to matter – not just fill people s homes with more stuff to make them more money. It s not easy to create a TRULY GOOD web presence That brings us to the actual services Taylor and Eric provide to their customers. They do web development, and so much more. They help companies, speakers, non-profits, and many other creators establish a web presence that is TRULY GOOD. If all you think about when you hear that phrase is logos, appealing colors and fonts, or a good UI, you don t understand what these guys really do. The team at Whiteboard helps their customers get a clear picture of who THEY are as creators and why they do what they do. It s brand consulting that puts their customers in touch with their own sense of calling. Once that s accomplished, which is no small task, they help their clients wade through the swamp of knowing what their constituents want or need and know how to deliver it effectively. Their goal: create a web presence that truly leverages the internet for good. The anatomy of a great web presence Anybody can create a website. The advent of drag and drop web building platforms makes that immediately apparent. But to create a web presence that is about more than functionality or eye-catching images is not easy at all. Taylor and Eric say that the anatomy of a great web presence, one that truly does good, begins with intentionality. The owner/website creator needs a clear vision of who they are, what they need to communicate, and how that information will positively impact their website visitors. To make that exploration into the minds of their customers more than a guessing game, they encourage their customers to do everything they can to get into the shoes of their website visitors through soliciting feedback. How they are using the website? How it could better serve them? What do they find helpful (or not)? Authentic feedback from end users is the only sure way to know how the efforts you re making with your website are positively impacting those it is intended to serve – And that’s important, because if it’s not impacting them positively, then why are you building it? A powerful company culture is the hard work that supports good work The good work that the Whiteboard team does flows out of their company culture. The founders are clearly and purposefully aimed at doing good, starting with doing good to the people on the team. In this conversation, Eric and Taylor speak about how difficult it is to stay in alignment with their deepest values of authenticity and care, and how the two of them are committed to applying it within their own team first. This stuff matters, because the best businesses are made up of people who truly care for each other, which doesn t happen by accident or through a mysterious magical synergy that happens when you get the right people in the right seats. Anywhere human beings are a part of things, it s going to get messy and it s going to be hard. But it s that hard work to create healthy relationships within the team that enables them to leverage the internet for good on behalf of their many customers. Listen to hear how the Whiteboard team continues striving toward that end. Outline of this great episode [0:22] Why do some websites WORK and others don t? [1:43] Doing good through web development: How the Whiteboard team aims at it [5:45] A handful of favorite projects the team has worked on [10:47] Why it s important to the team to be a Certified B Corp [13:28] The anatomy of a great web presence [19:25] Dealing with the danger of being unintentionally narcissistic [24:03] The power and importance of caring for the team – the heart of culture [27:28] Leveraging vulnerability to move doing good forward [34:52] Advice to a friend about creating a great life in the modern age [43:05] The feedback Taylor and Eric would love to hear from you Resources & Links mentioned in this episode The Bitcoin Foundation – https://bitcoinfoundation.org/ Purposity – Social needs platform: https://www.purposity.com/ Dean Sikes – Teen speaker about the sanctity of life: http://youmatter.us/ Patagonia – https://www.patagonia.com Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/ Warby Parker – https://www.warbyparker.com/ Black Mirror Netflix series – https://www.netflix.com/title/70264888 BOOK: Creating Powerful Brands, Vol 1 – http://a.co/d/9p3gU16 Chattanooga, Tennessee – http://www.chattanoogafun.com/ BOOK: Ready Player One – http://a.co/d/8VuIYPQ Blackrock – https://www.blackrock.com/ BOOK: The War of Art – http://a.co/d/6NzbI3P Seth Godin s Alt MBA – https://altmba.com/ BOOK: The Culture Code – http://a.co/d/iiGzYKO Taylor Jones and Eric Brown s Resources (Whiteboard) Whiteboard s website: https://whiteboard.is/ The Reformation of Internet Manners Project: http://qideas.org/articles/the-reformation-of-internet-manners/ Hello (at) whiteboard.is – Taylor (at) whiteboard.is – Eric (at) whiteboard.is Whiteboard on Twitter: https://twitter.com/whiteboardis Whiteboard on Medium: https://blog.whiteboard.is/?gi=e80ff1af24e9 Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK: http://www.podcastfasttrack.com The post S.4 Ep. 003 – Leveraging the Internet for Good with Taylor Jones and Eric Brown appeared first on Fastermind.co.
47 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
S.4 Ep. 002 – Do Great Work To Create Your Opportunity, a conversation with Josh Muccio
Your opportunity to make it big with your creative endeavors is no longer something others are in control of. You can influence your own success tremendously – primarily through doing great work and networking at the same time. Josh Muccio is a great example of a person who did make it big by being picked up by a big company in his industry, but it s not because they gave him permission – it s because they noticed the great work he was already doing. Dane invited Josh on the show a second time because his story illustrates how creatives can open the door to their own opportunities. It s a lesson we all need to learn and Josh shares a wealth of insight for those who are ready to hear it and take action. Before you reach out to the star makers in your niche, do great work Back in season two of Converge, Dane took a shot in the dark and predicted that Josh s podcast The Pitch would be picked up by a big podcasting company like Gimlet and it was. Dane wanted to hear the story of how that happened, so he invited Josh back for this conversation. The way the story unfolds is not what you might expect. Nobody came knocking on Josh s door. Nobody sent a talent scout to find the next big podcast hit and suddenly discovered him. Josh kept producing his independent podcast to a high standard, found people to help him, and reached out to people in the podcasting space who he wanted to meet. Things happened because he did great work and took action. You can hear Josh explain how it happened – how he facilitated his own opportunity, on this episode. People are your biggest resource, but they are not a commodity to be used Even if you are a solopreneur or solo founder, people are the best resource you have. Josh Muccio realized that early on in his podcasting journey, so he started reaching out to influential people in his space WHILE he continued to do great work. He wasn t looking for a handout or to be discovered, he was making his own opportunity. That is exactly how creatives in the digital age have to approach success: Do good work, make your opportunity. Jay shares why he sends cold emails to people he wants to meet every day, how he crafts those emails to be personal and appealing, and why he thinks it s an important discipline that will work for anyone seeking to build good relationships with others in their space. If you can t create a brain-trust, at least get some smart friends alongside One of the greatest benefits of becoming a part of the Gimlet media family is that a team of audio and storytelling professionals are available to help Josh make his already-great show even better. He refers to them as a brain-trust: experts who are able to look at his work, give feedback, and refine it to greater effect. Dane asked Josh if he thinks it s possible for the average, independent artist to form their own brain-trust. While he s not sure independents can pull together a team with the same level of expertise he’s blessed with at Gimlet, he s confident that having other trusted, smart individuals look at your work and give honest feedback is always going to make it better. There is always another opportunity to shoot for. Keep reaching Near the end of this conversation, Dane asked Josh to share his perspective for those at the beginning of their creative journey now that he s at the top of his industry. His podcast is a staple on the Gimlet media lineup, continues to get great reviews and is growing its listener base monthly. What advice does he have now that he s made it. Interestingly enough, Josh points out that even those he works for at Gimlet don t feel they ve made it. There s always another level to reach for, always another way to grow and become better at what you do. His advice: Your opportunity to become the best is always before you. Be aware that success doesn t change the need to do your best work, no matter what level of success you ve already attained. Outline of this great episode [0:22] Why Dane is featuring a guest for the second time: Josh Muccio [5:30] How Josh got connected with the folks at Gimlet media [12:20] Why Josh sends cold emails to people he wants to know (and how he does it) [17:14] Podcasting? Why would a person choose to do podcasting? [21:28] What Josh did to educate himself so he could do what he was doing better [24:38] How life is different today that pre-Gimlet partnership [30:02] Could the average person put together their own creative brain-trust? [35:47] Would Josh do anything differently if he could start over? [41:05] The importance of Josh s personal ultimatum [43:30] Advice from the top of the industry: There s always another top to shoot for Resources & Links mentioned in this episode Startup episode: Introducing The Pitch Original Converge episode with Josh Muccio The StartUp Podcast Gimlet Media Millennial Podcast Shark Tank This American Life Alex Bloomburg s Creative Live course BOOK: Out On The Wire Transom The Moth Podcast How Sound Podcast Radiolab Pixar Gwen Stefani Josh Muccio Resources The Pitch Podcast Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.4 Ep. 002 – Do Great Work To Create Your Opportunity, a conversation with Josh Muccio appeared first on Fastermind.co.
32 minutes | Aug 27, 2018
S.4 Ep. 001 – We Were Made For These Times with Justin Zoradi
Justin Zoradi believes with the strongest conviction that without exception, we were made for these times. That means you – and it means me. But many of us wonder how that can be true when we are saddled with self-doubt and the haunting voices of failures, abuses, and regrets from the past. Justin has a contagious and unique way of describing his belief – and you’ll enjoy hearing him explain it as he and Dane discuss the purpose every human being is intended to make in the world, on this episode of Converge. In the end, we are all our own worst enemies As human beings, it s true – we are often our own worst critics. The things we say to ourselves, in our own heads, are enough to discourage anyone regardless of background or upbringing. But Justin has discovered that when we are able to battle those voices of inner criticism and doubt effectively, a powerful force for good is unleashed on the world. That force is us. Find out how Justin has focused his efforts around this belief and the ways it s impacting the world, on this episode. Beating the comparison game: They have their story and I have mine It s been said that the tendency to compare another person s success over a long period of time with our own lack of success when just starting out, is one of the biggest mistakes we make as human beings. That idea sparked a question in Dane s mind that he was eager to ask Justin: What tools has Justin found to help him fight the comparison game effectively? Justin s answer was simple and powerful. Any time he s aware that he s beginning to compare himself to someone else, he repeats this phrase over and over as needed, They have their story and I have mine. Find out how this simple truth sets Justin free from the trap of comparison, by listening to this episode. What will it take for you to believe you are made for these times? Behind Justin s conviction that every person on the planet can make a powerful positive difference is a foundational truth: nobody was created by accident or without purpose. That means that even the timing of your birth and the place where you live are positionings that have inserted you into the world in such a way that you are able to make your unique impact. You really should hear the way Justin explains it in this conversation. It s well worth the time it will take you to listen. Ordinary is powerful. Don t listen to the voices that tell you differently As this conversation came to a close Dane asked Justin what he would say to the person who feels that they are nothing special, that they are just an ordinary person living an ordinary life. His response? Ordinary is powerful. Nobody in history who has made a significant difference started out as an above-average person. They had to fight their way up, through self-doubt and discouragement to become the powerful force they are known to be in history. The same will be true for all of us ordinary people – because we were made for these times. Outline of this great episode [0:21] How Zealots get a bad rap – and how the upset they cause leads to so much good [1:25] Why Justin Zoradi should be on your radar [4:56] How Justin struggled through personal doubts to find a purpose that matters [10:12] Beating the comparison game, even when it comes from well-meaning people [13:52] What does it mean to be made for these times? [19:13] Justin s encouragement to those who feel quite ordinary Resources & Links mentioned in this episode Fastermind LIVE – find out more Andrew Garfield Don Mclean song: Vincent BOOK: 12 Rules for Life Joseph Campbell Donald Miller The Hero s Journey George Gerbner s Mean World Syndrome BOOK: Amusing Ourselves To Death Jason Zoradi s Resources Justin s How To Start a Fire Course – it s free! Sign up to be notified when it s ready www.TheseNumbers.org BOOK: Made For These Times Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.4 Ep. 001 – We Were Made For These Times with Justin Zoradi appeared first on Fastermind.co.
39 minutes | Feb 5, 2018
S.3 Ep. 013 – How a Clear Storybrand Multiplies Impact and Profits with Donald Miller
There are few things we humans enjoy as much as a good story. Doesn’t it make sense that brands should make use of that fact? This episode of Converge features Donald Miller, the brilliant mind behind the idea of creating a Storybrand. The insights he has gleaned from years as a writer and publisher about the power of story and the impact stories have on the human psyche are something he has powerfully brought to the marketplace through what he teaches about being a Storybrand. In this conversation you are going to hear Donald’s insight into a number of things related to the Storybrand approach, including the vital nature of clarity, sales being about relationships, taking advantage of things people can’t help but pay attention to, and what it means to invite your prospects into a story. Don’t miss this one, it’s full of jewels. If you confuse, you lose. Entrepreneurs make that mistake all the time ~ Donald Miller There are many brands that create an image of themselves that is cute and clever. Their slogans are ambiguous and their websites are trendy. But a customer has to jump through too many hoops to even make a purchase – and the brand missed out. According to Donald Miller, cute and clever cost a business lots of money. That’s because they obscure the message rather than clarify it and don’t invite people into a story, which is the one thing their customers cannot resist. Join Donald and Dane as they talk about what it means to be a Storybrand and how you can make use of the concepts Donald has discovered to improve the appeal of your business almost overnight. It’s a big promise, but one that he delivers on every day. Storybrands effectively ask story questions of their prospects – and they reap incredible benefits In every great story, there is a sense of intrigue that pulls the reader or viewer along. Questions remain unanswered, tension remains unresolved, and the hero’s destiny is far from certain. Becoming a Storybrand is about making your customer the hero of their own story. The role of your company is that of a guide, the one who comes alongside them to help them on their journey and get them to the place they’re really wanting to go. If your brand is going to be that for your customers you have to know how to effectively ask story questions that pull your customers along, just like the intrigue of a good story. Donald Miller is on the Converge podcast this episode to discuss the concept of Storybranding and to provide some great resources that you can use for free to amplify your message to the very people you’re trying to reach. How can we use things that people can t stop paying attention to in order to move our businesses forward? In this conversation, Donald Miller tells a story about himself and his cousin in two different ways. The first way is pretty bland, includes a lot of details about who his cousin is and what he does for a living, and doesn’t provide much appeal to the listener. But the second way introduces elements of excitement, surprise, and intrigue almost immediately. It’s impossible to walk away from the second story indifferent. You want to know what happens. A good story is one of the few things people can’t stop paying attention to and it’s that reality that Donald Miller taps into as he helps brands learn what it means to be a Storybrand that significantly impact its customers in beneficial ways. Don’t miss this episode, Donald delivers some incredible insights that seem to be common sense after you hear them, but that you probably haven’t thought of before. Stop telling your story and start inviting people into a story of their own One of the basic principles of marketing and sales is that the customer or prospect is interested in one thing, their own needs, wants, and desires. Since that’s the case, why do so many brands make the mistake of telling their own story instead of inviting their prospects into a story of their own? By asking that question, Donald Miller has come to discover that crafting a brand message around a story that makes the customer the hero is a powerful way to advance the profitability and success of any business. In this conversation, you will hear how Donald has come to understand these things, the benefits he’s been able to provide to brands large and small through applying them, and a little bit of how his principles have empowered us to do a better job at communicating our message here at Fastermind.co. Outline of this great episode [0:22] The moment of truth for any product or service: when you go to market [2:15] The journey from a conservative Christian background to memoirist and business consultant [8:23] The most common marketing mistakes and what it costs entrepreneurs [12:20] Donald s account of cleverness and cuteness campaigns that actually work [18:39] What is the storybrand framework? 7 critical paradigm shifts [30:07] The ancillary benefits of becoming clear on your storybrand This podcast is sponsored by White House Custom Colour. Guest Name Resources Donald s website: www.StoryBrand.com BOOK: Building A Storybrand Donald s storytelling creation software: www.MyStorybrand.com Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 013 – How a Clear Storybrand Multiplies Impact and Profits with Donald Miller appeared first on Fastermind.co.
29 minutes | Dec 21, 2017
S.3 Ep. 012 – The Power of Mindset in the Pursuit of Freedom – with Vincent Pugliese
Are you sacrificing your dream to make money? Does your job leave you little time to do what you love? Does time freedom seem forever out of reach? Vincent Pugliese the guest on this episode of Converge would have answered YES to all three of these questions. He was working a full time job that barely paid the bills. He desperately wanted to pursue his passion for photography but was held back by financial stress. In this episode of Converge Dane dives deep into the mindset and choices that took Vincent from a struggling amateur photographer to a successful entrepreneur who runs his own business and controls his schedule. To find out how he did it and how you can start moving towards freedom in your own life, listen to this episode of Converge. When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose Vincent Pugliese was your typical lazy high school student. By the time graduation came around he had no aspirations for college and had built no opportunities for himself. Having nothing to lose he jumped into photography knowing that he would have to work hard in order to succeed. Somethings all it takes is to ignore the risks and jump into your passions. On this episode of Converge, you will hear how having nothing to lose enabled Vincent to take advantage of rare opportunities. The power of truly wanting something Life wasn t easy for Vincent. The Job, wife, and Kids all demanded his time leaving him little room to pursue his dreams. Yet, he knew he wanted to be a photographer and provide through that line of work, so he never gave up. When you truly want something, you find ways to make it happen instead of letting life get in the way. Listen to this episode of Converge to hear how Vincent made time for his passion. Is humility required when building a business Life is tough, no one can argue that fact. Building a business can be even tougher. When everything seems to be against you it can help to have some humility. Coming to a place of accepting that you don t have all the answers and may need to ask for help can enable you to break through into success. In this episode of Converge Dane dives into the struggles of building a business and how humility helped Vincent Pugliese succeed. If you are not where you want to be, it s probably your fault It is easy to look ahead and long for what is to come. That raise, that vacation, that place of freedom where you can pursue your passions. Often times looking ahead can distract us from what needs to be done now in order to get to that desired place. If you re not where you want to be, it s probably your fault. In this episode of Converge Vincent Pugliese shares his struggle to attain freedom and how he came to grips with the fact that the only one holding him back was himself. Outline of this great episode [0:20] There are so many tools available to us [0:50] Dane s guest today is Vincent Pugliese [3:00] Vincent s background [4:00] Vincent was a slacker through high school [4:30] The ingredients that helped Vincent gain traction at the beginning of his business [6:20] The power of truly wanting something [7:00] When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose [8:00] Building his dream from scratch enabled him to be free to take advantage of opportunities [9:00] Is humility required to build your own success? [11:00] Vincent works the jobs he wants and passes up those he doesn t [12:50] Freedom does not equal wealth but wealth can bring freedom [14:00] Freedom is not about getting rich quick [14:25] It s about living the life you want while doing the thing you want [18:45] The 5 stages of Freelance to Freedom [20:00] If you re not where you want to be, it s probably your fault [23:10] Success is a lifestyle [26:00] If Vincent can do it, so can you! This podcast is sponsored by White House Custom Color GUESTS RESOURCES Get Vincent s Book Freelance to Freedom Mindset: The New Psychology of Success www.VincentPugliese.com Download Vincent’s “The top 10 tips to build a life of money, time and location freedom“ Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 012 – The Power of Mindset in the Pursuit of Freedom – with Vincent Pugliese appeared first on Fastermind.co.
33 minutes | Dec 5, 2017
S.3 Ep. 011 - The Power of a Virtual Assistant With Bryan and Shannon Miles
Do you feel swamped with your business? Are you wearing too many hats and can t seem to focus on what is important, the things only you can do? This episode of Converge might offer a solution. Your host Dane Sanders interviews Bryan and Shannon Miles of Belay Solutions. Bryan and Shannon specialize in connecting you with the perfect Virtual Assistant to meet your needs. And the best part is, they are US based. No more language barrier or communication deficit. Only the best virtual Assistants can make it into the Belay Solutions program so you are guaranteed to find an awesome person. Listen to this episode to hear the best tips and trick for finding a VA and why you need one. Our world becomes more virtual every day, maybe you should too In our modern world, it is not uncommon to turn to virtual channels for all of your needs. You might book your hotels online, order your food online, and even pay your landscaper online. With more and more business being born online the virtual world is stronger than ever. Maybe it s time you look into offloading some of that crushing mundane work you have been carrying around. What better place to send it than the virtual world. It s easy and could save you a lot of money. Listen to this episode of Converge to hear how hiring a VA can transform your business. You are not the only person who can it right You ve heard the saying, If you want something done right, do it yourself. Is that true? Bryan and Shannon, the guests on this episode of Converge, argue that it is not. They say that hiring a VA and giving them freedom to work in a manner fitting to them will bring you the results you are hoping for and possibly better results than you could get yourself. Make sure you listen to this episode to learn why. Communication is vital to a good Virtual relationship Business relationships are hard. Setting the proper expectation all the while giving your employee the freedom to be creative and work in their element can be tough. Communication is essential if you hope to succeed. The relationship with a Virtual Assistant can be even more challenging. Not only do you face the same challenges as with a staff member, you also have the added struggle of not being face to face. How can you work around this? Is it even possible? Bryan and Shannon Miles believe it is and they have proved it. Their VA business has systems in place to help you along the journey to reach optimal communication. You won t have to go it alone. Listen to this episode to find out more. Your Virtual Assistant is an extension of you A Virtual Assistant can be a powerful tool for your business. Not only can they help take excess work off of your plate, they can also be an extension of you. You can now have the ability to have your hands in more aspects of your business through your VA. Listen to this episode to learn why this can do beneficial. Outline of this great episode [0:22] Do you feel overwhelmed in your business? [1:20] Have you ever considered using a Virtual Assistant? [1:51] Intro to Bryan and Shannon Miles [4:30] Our world is migrating online [6:00] Hiring a Virtual Assistants from the Philippines can offer challenges that the average business owner may not be willing to face [7:00] Bryan and Shannon provide VA services based in the USA [13:00] You are not the only one who can do the work you do [13:20] If you max out your working capacity your business will suffer [18:00] Your VA is an extension of you [19:00] Communication is the key to a good VA relationship [25:30] The future of technology [28:00] The personal connection in business will never go away [29:00] Bryan and Shannon are coming to GO summit Resources & Links mentioned in this episode The 4 Hour Work Week GUESTS RESOURCES Check out what Bryan and Shannon can do for you by checking out Belay Solutions Click here to get the free “The Culture Cure” eGuide from Belay Solutions Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders This episode is brought to you by White House Custom Colour Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 011 – The Power of a Virtual Assistant With Bryan and Shannon Miles appeared first on Fastermind.co.
53 minutes | Nov 21, 2017
S.3 Ep. 010 – Conviction is the key to success, with Jaz Ampaw-Farr
Success is a term that is used heavily in our culture. Success is the thing that everyone works to attain, some people are born into success while others stumble upon it. You may be tempted to blame your situation or your upbringing for your lack of success. In many cases, those things appear to play a role but do they determine your potential? In this episode of Converge, Dane Sanders interviews Jaz Ampaw-Farr and she answers that question with a deafening NO. Success is not determined by your circumstances. Your conviction to attain your full potential is the driving force behind your success. Jaz says conviction is the key to success. Listen to this episode to hear Jaz s story and hear how you can overcome your situation and attain success. Suffering can drive you to succeed Jaz had a childhood full of suffering. She was raised in an abusive home, brought up in a brothel and exposed to things no child should see. She was made to feel inferior and worthless. One of her daily tasks was to steal food from local stores to feed the family. For many, this would have driven them into depression, drugs, or suicide. But not Jaz. She used her sufferings to empower and motivate her to succeed. In this episode of Converge, Jaz dives deep into the hurt of the past and how it gave her conviction for the future. You don t want to miss this one. I don t have a choice is one of the biggest lies we tell ourselves It s easy to let life happen to us. To sit by and be the victim complaining that we don t have any other choice and that we are not in control. While this may be the easy road it will not lead to success and fulfillment. On this episode of Converge, Jaz explains how giving in to this way of thinking will handicap us and ruin our potential. She gives a few tips on ways you can keep yourself from falling into the trap of self-pity. Transparency and Honesty will increase your impact on the world So many of us have a gift to share with the world. Many of us have perfected ways of doing so and are seeing results. But how transparent and honest are you about your shortcomings? In this episode, Jaz Ampaw-Farr explains how being honest and transparent exponentially increased her impact. Listen up to hear how she did it. A successful person is simply a failure who keeps getting up Being successful is the goal of so many. Yet attaining it can seem out of reach. Every situation is different and with each failure, the journey becomes harder. In this episode, Jaz Ampaw-Farr explains what 3 steps you need to take in order to start seeing results and how conviction is the secret weapon of the successful person. Listen all the way to the end of the episode to hear her tips. Outline of this great episode [0:20] Intro to Jaz Ampaw-Farr. [2:20] Jaz s story and how she ended up becoming a teacher. [3:00] Living in a Brothel. [6:00] Faking an accent to get into college. [8:00] Teachers have a unique ability to be heroes in the lives of children. [12:24] As a teacher you need to be focused on relationships with the students, not their performance. [17:00] I don t have a choice is the biggest lie we tell ourselves. [18:00] A coach is important in your life to help you see that you do have a choice. [20:00] Jaz s suffering brought her to a place of serving. [23:00] If you are not completely convicted to making things work then you will be fighting an uphill battle. [28:00] Jaz was one of the pioneers in phonics teaching. [30:00] When Jaz decided to be honest and transparent her impact on the world grew. [40:00] As the entrepreneur, you have the ability to choose your clients. [42:27] To succeed you need 3 things. An idea of what a successful you looks like, an understanding of where you are in relationship to that successful you, and an understanding of what to do next. [45:20] A success is simply a failure who keeps getting up. [46:00] Try to recognize the incremental changes you are making on your journey. [47:00] Jaz is coming to GO Summit [48:47] What Jaz hopes to accomplish at GO Summit Resources & Links mentioned in this episode Fastermind.co GUESTS RESOURCES Check out what Jaz is up to at her website. Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 010 – Conviction is the key to success, with Jaz Ampaw-Farr appeared first on Fastermind.co.
38 minutes | Nov 13, 2017
S.3 Ep. 009 – How to Build Community as a Business Growth Strategy with Jeff and Erin Youngren
Growing a business is hard work, especially if you are a new business owner. Getting used to the idea of being your own boss and having employees of your own is challenging. But when you add in the struggle of business growth while still trying to keep up with the day to day, it can seem impossible. Husband and wife business partners Jeff and Erin Youngren went from being employed in full-time jobs to managing their own business and employees in a short amount of time. They felt the same struggles you have and they made it through and grew their business exponentially utilizing community as a catalyst for business growth. Listen in as they outline their journey and strategy for growing a successful business. From Employee to Employer Both Jeff and Erin held down full-time jobs before they pivoted into their own business. The pivot to managing a team instead of just themselves was a hard transition to make. Along the way, they have learned secrets that make change easier and have prompted their business to flourish. As you listen to this conversation you ll be inspired as Erin shares how allowing herself to be creative enabled huge growth. Focusing on your vision will keep your joy from fading It is easy to get discouraged in the day-to-day grind that you face as a business owner. Joy sometimes feels like a luxury you can no longer afford. However, joy is critical in the operation and growth of a business. It gives you the strength and determination to keep going when times get hard. In this episode of Converge, Erin and Jeff Youngren explain how staying focused on your vision can help you hold on to joy. Community can help you keep your vision and grow your joy Since vision is so important in the world of business, it stands to reason that anything that helps you keep that vision is equally important. Jeff and Erin Youngren know the importance of keeping their vision and have found that community can help them hold on to it. One thing they have discovered is that community is a powerful tool. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who have your best interest in mind will help you stay focused on your goals and maintain your vision. Get more insight into this important aspect of growing a successful business – listen to this episode of Converge. How can you create a community that will help your business grow? Community building is hard. Especially if you are an introvert like Erin. On today’s episode of Converge Erin and Jeff Youngren explain how to build a community that will support you and your goals. Erin gives advice to fellow introverts who might feel overwhelmed with the prospect of being involved in close relationships and collaborative community. It s not as hard as it seems if you follow Erin s advice. Listen to this episode to hear the simple but powerful tips she s got to share. Outline of this great episode [0:22] Intro to Jeff and Erin Youngren [2:56] Jeff and Erin s journey in photography and business [5:42] Pivoting to photography full time [6:00] Going from employees to employers [8:00] Creativity can help your business flourish [12:30] Having a vision can help you find joy in the day to day grind [13:50] How community can help you keep your vision and grow your joy [16:50] Shame can kill your ability to collaborate and grow [17:50] How can you find a community that will support you on your journey of growth and vision? [19:00] Being curious will enable you to grow your business [24:50] With great risk comes great reward [27:00] Even extroverts can focus on others and build relationships [30:59] What does it take to become clear on your vision and your goals? [32:30] Jeff and Erin will be speaking at the next GO summit. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode https://fastermind.co/gosummit/ GUESTS RESOURCES https://theyoungrens.com www.theyoungrens.com/photographers https://www.instagram.com/theyoungrens/ Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 009 – How to Build Community as a Business Growth Strategy with Jeff and Erin Youngren appeared first on Fastermind.co.
37 minutes | Oct 26, 2017
S.3 Ep. 008 - What It Means to Thrive In Life and How To Do It, with Dr. Ben Houltberg
All of us want to thrive in life. Without exception. But what it takes to truly do that is the question we seem to have the most difficult time answering. Dane s guest on this episode is the leader of an organization called, The Thrive Center for Human Development. Can you imagine what it must be like to spend your life studying what it takes for human beings to thrive? Dr. Ben Houltberg has made it his life s mission and in this conversation, you ll be the beneficiary of his years of research and as a result, discover some first steps toward meaning, purpose, and thriving in your own life. Don’t miss the opportunity. Thriving is not a state, it s a path Dr. Ben Houltberg says that none of us will ever reach a point in life where we can legitimately say, Now I m thriving. He says that because he believes thriving in life is a path – the journey itself, not a destination. As he and Dane talked about what it means to thrive and the specific ways we have to orient our thinking in order to increasingly live in that place, it became evident that it s an issue tied closely to worth and it s fueled by the right kind of relationships. If you want to thrive in life, you won t want to miss this conversation. If you want to thrive in life you need adversity The word thrive intimates things like peace, joy, and contentment. While those things are often true when a person feels they are thriving we shouldn t misunderstand by thinking there s no hardship or difficulty involved in thriving. Dr. Ben Houltberg says adversity is almost a requirement for thriving. It s what strengthens the thrive-muscle, so to speak, and sets us on the path toward the experience of living fully. Find out how Dr. Houltberg s work at the Thrive Center for Human Development has led him to that conclusion and how you can take steps toward a greater sense of thriving in your own life, on this episode. Are you driven by your purpose or are you drawn by it? In his seminal book, Start With Why, Simon Sinek says that leaders and companies able to thrive in the modern climate need to have a clear sense of purpose. It s what motivates those they lead in the right ways and builds a raving fan base for what they do. The idea is even truer when we take it to an individual level. Meaning and purpose are vital to our sense of health and thriving as persons. Dr. Ben Houltberg says that while purpose is important to thriving we also need to be careful that it s drawing us rather than driving us. That distinction alone can make a difference between thriving in what we do and doing it from a deeper, darker place of insecurity. You’ll want to understand that distinction better – and you can by taking the time to listen. Why it s vital to take stock of what s truly meaningful to you Toward the end of this conversation, Dane asked Dr. Ben Houltberg to give a word of advice to listeners who want to take steps toward a greater ability to thrive in life. He said it s vital to start by honestly taking stock of what s meaningful to you, what matters in your life. If you take the time to get past the pat answers and quick responses you ll begin to touch on the truly powerful things you want your life to be about, the things that motivate you and spark a sense of passion and purpose. And you ll be on the road toward thriving like never before. Don t miss this conversation. Outline of this great episode [0:22] Getting off the treadmill: my intro of Dr. Ben Houltberg [2:04] Why is there a center for human thriving and why should people care? [3:51] Human thriving and the connection to relationships [11:02] Knowing what drives you informs how you orient your life to thrive [15:19] Flow states and flow moments are critical in sustaining us in life [18:20] How a sense of purpose serves as a compass, a true north [26:10] First steps toward rich relationships and deeper purpose [32:07] Healthy habits infused with transcendent meaning enable thriving [34:54] A final encouragement: You are worthy. You have something to offer. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode BOOK: Restoration Therapy BOOK: 5 Days to a New Self GUESTS RESOURCES The THRIVE Center for Human Development Fuller Theological Seminary The John Templeton Foundation Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 008 – What It Means to Thrive In Life and How To Do It, with Dr. Ben Houltberg appeared first on Fastermind.co.
24 minutes | Oct 5, 2017
S.3 Ep. 007 – Conquering Fear and the Limiting Beliefs Behind It with Heather Vickery
Strangely ingrained in the fabric of who we are as human beings is this thing called fear. But if you look a bit more deeply you ll see that fear always flows out of a belief we re having about ourselves or something outside us. Heather Vickery is a success coach who is incredibly insightful at helping people identify and conquer the fear that holds them back – and she does it by identifying limiting beliefs and disproving them in her client’s full view. It’s an amazing approach that makes so much sense – and it’s proven to be a game-changer for may of the people with whom she works. You ll want to hear this episode with Heather, she s an amazing woman. What s the worst thing that can happen? Next time you re afraid, ask yourself that question. If you want to conquer fear you ve got to learn how to get outside the emotion of the situation and look at the facts. The reason that s so important is because fear itself is an emotion, and it s not necessarily based in reality at all. Heather Vickery says one of the classic ways to help yourself look past the fear to examine whether it s valid is to ask yourself, What s the worst thing that can happen? The outcome you discover is not usually as bad as fear would have you believe and in most cases, it s an entirely acceptable risk to take for the sake of conquering your fear. Please take some time to hear what Heather shares on this episode. She shares strategies to address fundamental things that could set you free. Limiting beliefs are stories you tell yourself that keep you from succeeding. None of us like to admit it, but we are often our own worst enemy. We tell ourselves stories about our ability, skill, experience, and capacity that keep us from even trying – when what we should do is silence those stories and try anyway. As Dane spoke with his guest Heather Vickery about how she helps her clients discover their limiting beliefs and start to move past them, she told the story of a woman whose life and career was transformed when she realized the lies she d been telling herself for years. You won t want to miss it. Boundaries are the key that makes everything work together. Heather Vickery is one of those people who s able to see issues clearly and point out the things that nobody else notices. And what she notices when it comes to feelings of overwhelm, stress, and obligation is that healthy boundaries are often what is missing in the situation. In this conversation, Dane and Heather chat about why boundaries are important, what they enable you to accomplish in your life or work, and how to deal with the unintended impact your new boundaries might have on the people you deal with on a day to day basis. This part of the conversation is practical and powerful, so don’t miss it. Is it acceptable to you to feel how you re feeling? If not, change something. The conversation recorded for this episode of Converge is one that comes full circle. Dane and Heather begin by talking about what it takes to conquer fear and wrap things up by addressing the emotional red flags that indicate something is wrong in our lives. Heather says that though we all go through the ups and downs of life, it s not OK to stay in the downs. We have to decide what is acceptable to us in terms of how we feel, and if we re not happy with the impact an emotional state has on our lives, it s our responsibility to change it. It’s conquering fear from a different perspective. The insights Heather shares on this episode are the kind you won t hear every day, which is a sad commentary on our society. But it s also a statement about the value of this conversation. It s worth sharing. Outline of this great episode [0:22] The human state of perpetual fear – and why we all need help dealing with it. [1:42] Why Dan is so happy to have Heather on the show. [2:48] The unique way Heather guides conversations where someone has an idea but has not taken action yet. [5:34] Heather s definition of limiting beliefs and why it s important to deal with them. [9:33] Life-altering shifts Heather has seen in clients. [12:56] The healthy role boundaries play and why we need to establish them. [16:22] Setting up systems to enable you to stick to your boundaries. [19:20] Mitigating the unintended impact of setting your personal boundaries. [20:54] How Heather would advise a friend who s questioning their life direction. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode Aaron Anastasi Boomerang GUESTS RESOURCES www.VickeryandCo.com Heather on Facebook Heather on Twitter Heather on Instagram Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 007 – Conquering Fear and the Limiting Beliefs Behind It with Heather Vickery appeared first on Fastermind.co.
34 minutes | Sep 22, 2017
S.3 Ep. 006 – Running a Profitable Business, Stress-Free with Mike Michalowicz
It s not easy to run a profitable business. Stats prove it to be true. A very high percentage of businesses do not show a profit and Mike Michalowicz believes it s because business owners don t plan on profit first. Mike is on a mission to eliminate entrepreneurial poverty. He believes creatives and business owners work too hard bringing value into the world to struggle with profitability. And the stress it adds to everyday life is unacceptable. In this conversation, you ll hear Mike share his profit first strategy and you ll learn how applying it has liberated Dane in ways he never imagined possible. When sales minus expenses does not equal profit. The basic accounting formula we all intuitively know for business is this: Sales minus expenses equals profit. That s how it s supposed to work but rarely does it actually work that way. Why is that? Mike Michalowicz says it s because the formula doesn t take into account the one thing that is always going to happen but isn t quantifiable when you approach profitability that way. Can you guess what it is? Human nature. In this conversation, Dane and Mike dig into how human behavior is what truly determines whether an owner will run a profitable business or not, and outline the 30-second exercise that turns everything around. Why profit has to come first and how it forces hard decisions to happen now. Mike Michalowicz says profit has to come first in every business. Practically, that means predetermining a set percentage that is GOING to be paid to the owner, regardless. What the approach winds up doing is forcing you to look at the money left over for expenses, and make the hard decisions in that realm that will streamline your company and get rid of what Mike calls ego decisions that shouldn t be part of the equation in the first place. It s an ingenious and elegant approach that actually works if you have the guts and patience to work the process to its logical conclusion and do something about what you find. Find out more, on this episode of Converge. Most businesses can cut 10% of operating costs immediately. You probably don t realize it and you might even argue that it s not true in your case, but almost every business has expenses on the books that Mike Michalowicz would call ego expenses. They are things you chose to do because of the encouraging effect it has on your ego but that don t really serve the bottom-line necessities of what your business must do in order to serve your customers. Mike s profit first approach helps business owners and creatives build a profitable business by putting them in a position where they have to cut operating costs, by 10% or more in most cases. Learn how you can make your business more profitable on this episode. What life is like for those who make profit happen first. As you listen to this episode you ll hear Dane ask his guest, Mike Michalowicz what it looks like when a business owner adopts the profit first approach to business. What Mike describes could sound like a too good to be true result: less stress, more joy about what you do, better income, and greater profitability overall. But it s not too good to be true. Dane says Mike s approach has transformed the way he does business and the way he lives. You can hear Dane s testimony and a step by step breakdown of how Mike s approach works on this episode, so be sure you make the time to listen. It could change everything for you. Outline of this great episode [0:22] Why profit is an important topic when it comes to creatives like us. [1:42] Why Dane loves Mike s book and how Mike got to the point he could write it. [5:29] The ego explosion and personal crash Mike caused himself. [10:20] What changed for Mike beyond the money side of things. [12:18] The elegant and profound accounting formula Mike teaches. [15:50] The difference profit first makes in dealing with cash and efficiency. [20:11] The 30 second test that helps you know if you can run your business effectively. [28:13] What happens if you refuse to do what it takes to make profit happen first. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode BOOK: Ego is the Enemy GUESTS RESOURCES http://www.mikemichalowicz.com/ BOOK: Profit First Mike on Facebook Mike on Twitter Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 006 – Running a Profitable Business, Stress-Free with Mike Michalowicz appeared first on Fastermind.co.
40 minutes | Sep 6, 2017
S.3 Ep. 005 – She Laughs Without Fear of the Future: Through Grief to Creativity with Kate Merrick
It s ingrained in our culture to fix things, to try to make everyone happy and see smiles on the faces of everyone around us. But life just isn t that way all the time. In fact, life can often become very dark. Kate Merrick knows that fact all too well. At 8 ½ years old her daughter Daisy passed from this life after a prolonged fight with cancer. Cancer. In a child. Can you imagine? But Kate says she s come to the place where she laughs without fear of the future even though for a very long season during her darkest days of bitterness and grief, she couldn t laugh at all and had plenty of fear. It’s an amazing story and Kate is an inspiring woman. You ll be touched deeply by hearing her story. We are just practicing, we don t have to get it all right. One thing Kate knows from her experience of grief is that there isn t a right way to do it. It s as different as the person who is experiencing it. So when it comes to grief, we need to be careful that we allow ourselves to grieve and that we do it in a way that is honest to us. Kate says, We are just practicing, we don t have to get it all right. That applies to our times of grief as much as it applies to anything else. The honesty with which Kate shares in this episode is both startling and refreshing. She s comfortable with the darkness and struggle she had to go through to grieve over her dearly loved daughter, and she s comfortable with the fact that the sorrow over her loss will always be present. But she s come out unafraid. She s come out able to laugh again. The only way to be comfortable with someone s grief is to be uncomfortable along with them. Grief is one of those things that makes us all uncomfortable. We understand it. We know it has to happen and want others to be able to process it – but not around us. It s too uncomfortable. But it’s also uncomfortable for the one who’s experiencing it. Kate Merrick says that while she was loved very well as she traversed the darkest season of her life after her daughter died, she also grew weary of the discomfort others had about her grief. They didn t say it. But she could see it. And she felt it deep in her own soul, too. Kate has some powerful advice for friends of friends who are suffering through the pangs of grief. Please, listen to this episode to hear what she says. It will serve you and those you love well. Learning to walk through suffering through the gift of writing. Kate s family is the epitome of unplugged. They don t own a TV (never have) and only Kate has a smartphone. They simply don t want the constant barrage of communication and media in their lives, and they ve loved the disconnected pace of life that decision has made possible. But after her daughter, Daisy was diagnosed with cancer, being connected became very much a necessity for Kate. She simply didn t want to have to recount every doctor s visit, every diagnosis, every procedure, to every person who asked – so she started a blog. She didn t even know how it worked, she just typed – often while lying in bed, with one hand, on her phone. And she discovered that writing was a creative gift she d not discovered up until that point – and though it served others by keeping them updated on Daisy s progress, it also served Kate by helping her navigate her own thoughts and feelings. If you ll take the time to hear her story, you ll understand why her story is your story, only the characters are different. After the grief, she laughs without fear of the future. But she couldn t have apart from the grief. None of us want to experience the deep grief of losing a child, or spouse, or person close to us. But it s likely going to happen at least one time in our lives. The loss of her 8 ½ year old daughter was tragic, yet it brought a newfound radiance to Kate s world that was quite unexpected. She says after coming out of the darkness of bitterness and grief, the beauty of the world is brighter, the colors more vivid, the lines are sharper and more defined. And laughter is richer, more filled with joy than before. If all of that sounds strange to you, it s a sign you should hear Kate s entire story. What she s been through provides the context and contrast that makes sense of such unbelievable statements. This conversation is a treasure. Be sure to listen. Outline of this great episode [0:22] Why Kate is on the show: the issue of creativity in the midst of sorrow. [3:20] The story of Kate s daughter Daisy becoming sick and passing away. [8:11] The surprising way Kate learned about her writing talent. [14:10] What happened in Kate s darkest days and what came from it. [18:24] Why Kate chose to make her journey public when she didn t have to. [20:48] What it took for Kate to be honest about her grief (going through darkness to light). [23:15] Facing her own bitterness through rereading an ancient story. [28:55] Kate s description of her sorrow on the other side of the bitterness. [31:07] The fear tied to getting past the deepest sorrow. [36:09] What Kate advises to the friends of those who are grieving. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode Channel Island Surfboards Movie: Surf s Up (the Penguin movie) GUESTS RESOURCES Kate Merrick s website: http://kmerrick.com/ Kates book: And Still She Laughs Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 005 – She Laughs Without Fear of the Future: Through Grief to Creativity with Kate Merrick appeared first on Fastermind.co.
22 minutes | Aug 17, 2017
S.3 Ep.4 – Life as a World-Renowned Painter at 13 Years Old, with Evan Sharma
It s not every day that you get to talk at length with a world-renowned artist. Even rarer is the opportunity to speak with one who has been labeled a child prodigy. Evan Sharma didn t begin painting until he was 9 or 10 years old. He remembers seeing the Mona Lisa when his family visited the Louvre and being inspired by the fact that such a small painting has had an impact on so many people. That inspired him to try painting. Fast forward only a handful of years and his work is being praised worldwide and he s running a commercially viable business selling his work. As was said, it s not every day that you get to talk with a child prodigy. Join Evan and Dane for their conversation on this episode of Converge. How does a 13-year-old painter get such broad exposure? You may be tempted to think Evan became known via the power of social media. While he does have a thriving Instagram account, that s not what got him his first shot at fame. A family friend and fellow artist who loved Evan s work suggested he apply to be part of The Artist Project – a high-level art fair in Toronto, Canada. Within a few months, he received an acceptance letter and Evan and his Dad headed off to the fair. That s when the media came to know who Evan was because he was the youngest artist to ever display at the Artist Project. Evan shares his story with Dane and talks about his creative process, so be sure you listen. Though Evan Sharma is already a widely recognized painter, his dreams have just begun. At 13 years old, Evan Sharma has already accomplished much more with his art than many professional painters do in their entire careers. He s selling his work quite profitably and donating large amounts to his favorite charities, and even though he loves painting he thinks it is likely to be a hobby in his adult years because he wants to be a Doctor. It s uncommon to see a person as young as Evan with so much ambition, but what s more surprising is the level-headed way he approaches his dreams. His perspective is that you pursue what you want and expect the rest to fall into place as you go along. More of us adults could use a shot of that kind of attitude. Many things contribute to success in any endeavor. One of the interesting aspects of Evans success is that many things have contributed to it. Sure, he is a natural-born painter. You don’t have an eye for color, form, and composition like he does at such a young age without having natural talent. But he’s also had a unique combination of experiences and a supportive family to spur him on. The combination has set him up for great opportunities that he is taking full advantage of. But Evan believes everyone has opportunities just as exciting as the ones he has had, they just don’t always see them for what they are. You can hear more refreshing perspectives like this from Evan on this episode of Converge. How does a successful 13-year-old artist view the business side of the art business? A tension felt by many artists is the love of their creative expression through their art over against the need to make a living from their art. Dane asks Evan about his experience with that tension and his response was that he doesn’t see a reason for there to be a tension at all. He actually enjoys the business side of things and doesn’t see any reason the two need to be at odds. You can hear how Evan is running his business and the way he’s using the funds to support charities that he believes in by listening to this great conversation. Outline of this great episode [0:22] Dane s introduction of Evan Sharma, a young man ahead of his time. [2:40] How Evan became a world-renowned painter by age 13. [6:55] The response Evan has gotten to his work. [8:56] How Evan views the business part of what he does with his art. [12:53] The things Evan sees as contributions to his success. [17:33] Should more adults forget about the finances when it comes to their dreams? [18:40] Evan s advice to those who are struggling to follow their dreams. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode See University Gwen Stefani and No Doubt GUESTS RESOURCES Evan Sharma s website Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep.4 – Life as a World-Renowned Painter at 13 Years Old, with Evan Sharma appeared first on Fastermind.co.
35 minutes | Aug 7, 2017
S.3 Ep. 003 – Leaving Academia to Serve Others and Find Entrepreneurial Success, with John Fox
NOTE: DANE’S AUDIO HAD SOME GLITCHES BUT THE CONTENT WAS TOO GOOD NOT TO SHARE. Don t you love success stories? Especially the kind where the successful person bucks the conventions of the day and does something unexpected and it works? John Fox has that kind of story. He left a tenure track position in academia to develop a business designed to serve others through providing the information and resources they were looking for. It s an encouraging and dare we say it, inspiring story for anyone who wants to pursue their dreams but isn t sure if it s possible. After hearing John s story, you ll know it is. People make SEO difficult but it s simple. It s giving people what they want. There are all kinds of acronyms in the digital space, SEO being one of the biggest. It stands for Search Engine Optimization and John Fox says most people make it much more complex than it really needs to be. To him, SEO is equal to unselfish blogging. It s the process of finding out what people are searching for, what they need, and creating incredible content that gives it to them. Google rewards that kind of behavior, that kind of service. As it should. The steps John took to build his blogging business once he left the academic world are simple but powerful. Find out more of his incredible story on this episode of Converge. If you think you re smart by using free email list software, you re wrong. As John Fox began to attract a following through his website he realized that something had to be done to engage those people, to keep them coming back for more. That s where his email list came in. He tried social media and advertising but nothing gave him the direct line of communication like email. He also realized that his attempts to be frugal through using the free plan of his email list provider – Mailchimp – wasn t going to cut it. The premium features were exactly what he needed to engage with his followers on a level that mattered to them as individuals. That s why he says that anyone who thinks they are smart because they are using a free email list service is fooling themselves. John has strong opinions about the subject, but he says it in a nice way. Find out why he s so convinced and see if he can win you over. The main problem for any business is getting new clients. Period. One of the things Dane likes to do in these conversations is tap into the perspective his guests have developed once they’ve gotten to the other side of success. He wants to know how they view things differently now than they did when they started. When John Fox was asked what advice he d give to someone who is just getting started with their own business he made the point that every business succeeds because of a continual stream of clients or customers. That means you have to serve others well in ways they are looking for and then market to let them know that you do. If you can nail that aspect of the business down, it s just a matter of figuring out how to scale from there. John s insights are practical and helpful. You ll get a lot out of this conversation. Serving others and helping them fulfill their dreams leads to your own success. There s nothing mysterious about how business works. When you provide something that others deem to be valuable, they find it easy to pay you for that thing. John Fox says that put the onus on the business owner to make sure they are serving others in ways they really need, that they are helping their customers to fulfill a dream or attain a goal of some kind. When that happens, success naturally follows. You can hear the entire, abbreviated version of John s trek from the academic world to entrepreneurism, on this episode of Converge. [0:21] The kind of success story that comes from choosing your own adventure. [2:24] John s story: from academia to entrepreneurial life. [6:25] The mindset shift that propelled John into a new world. [9:41] Getting traction from learning SEO and attending the Go Summit event. [18:36] Talking to your audience in ways that are most relevant to them. [21:33] The outcome of changing the focus of of his business approach. [26:33] John s advice to people who feel stuck in their current situation. [30:00] Why serving others and fueling their dreams leads to your own success. [32:07] The common theme in John s story: Serve others and success comes. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode www.Fastermind.co/GoSummit – sign up before it fills up SEM Rush MailChimp ConvertKit (service the Fastermind team uses) Infusionsoft Ryan Holiday BOOK: Ego is the Enemy Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 003 – Leaving Academia to Serve Others and Find Entrepreneurial Success, with John Fox appeared first on Fastermind.co.
24 minutes | Jul 26, 2017
S.3 Ep. 002 – Why Learning Through Experience Leads to Greater Knowledge with Haley Robison
We all know that there are certain things you can only learn through experience. And if you don t buy that, how about this one? At the very least, there are certain aspects, certain levels of depth that only come from being immersed in a topic. Haley Robison has learned that truth THROUGH experience and she s done so intentionally. She recognized at various junctures in her educational and career path that she needed to get outside what she calls her air conditioned box and experience things first-hand. It led her to the nation s premier outdoor leadership school and eventually to become CEO of Kammok, a world-class company that s not only selling products but making a difference in communities around the world. You ll enjoy hearing the learning and leadership lessons Haley has to share on this episode of Converge. A non-intuitive approach: Experiencing freedom through commitment. When you first hear Haley Robison s story, it feels like it was perfectly scripted beforehand to land her where it did, as CEO of Kammok – but of course, that wasn t the case. Like all of us, Haley experienced it step by step, making decisions as she went along, and it all combined to bring about her current success. Haley says that part of what she s learned is that committing herself to something with a mind to get everything out of it that she can, has enabled her to experience a kind of freedom she didn t expect. It s the freedom to grow, to try new things, even to take risks. It s the kind of freedom most of us need to experience, too. You can hear Haley s story by listening to this episode. Haley Robison tries to walk a careful line as a woman CEO these days. We are in midst of a transformative time in terms of equality and increased opportunity for women. Haley Robison is acutely aware of that fact since she experiences the benefits and blessings of many of those changes herself on a daily basis. She s very excited about the opportunities that are becoming more and more available for women but realizes at the same time that the men who work on her team should not suffer at the expense of those opportunities. She believes that the world needs BOTH strong men and strong women in leadership and she does her best to walk the careful balance of supporting both in the company she leads. Find out how she attempts to walk that balance, on this episode. Getting past the mindset games when it comes to learning new skills. The experience of learning new things presents different challenges for different people. Some of us find it difficult to get past the beliefs that learning is hard, we aren t good students, or we are incapable of picking up new skills or bodies of knowledge. Haley Robison knows that challenge herself and decided that the best way for her to learn was to learn through experience, so she went all-in. She intentionally put herself into structured environments that would teach her in the areas where she felt she needed to learn most. Would it be helpful for YOU to go all-in? Haley’s story might inspire you, so don’t miss listening to it. Why experiential learning is often the best kind of learning. There is something powerful that happens in the mind when we learn through experience. Perhaps it s the combination of senses involved in the event – touch, smell, sight, hearing, etc. – or maybe it s that facts ABOUT the subject are being integrated with experiences OF the subject. Either way, it adds up to deeper, richer, more fulfilling learning. Haley Robison is leading a company that encourages life-changing adventure. They believe in living life to the fullest – and a big part of that is enabling people to get into the outdoors, enjoy it, and learn experientially as they do. Haley s words in this conversation will resonate with anyone who s seeking that kind of life, so be sure you listen. Outline of this great episode [0:22] Why Dane is convinced Kammok is one of the coolest upstart companies that fuels adventure. [1:48] How Kammok came to be – and how Haley s story led to the birth of an amazing company. [11:34] The balance Haley attempts as a woman leader who supports both men and women. [17:44] Advice about experiential learning for those who need to grow. [21:23] Why this conversation is important for creatives – and how to get a special offer. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode Patagonia SummerSearch NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) John Muir REI Outdoor Magazine GUESTS RESOURCES Kammok website – Get 25% off your order with the code “converge25” Haley on LinkedIn Haley on Twitter Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 002 – Why Learning Through Experience Leads to Greater Knowledge with Haley Robison appeared first on Fastermind.co.
26 minutes | Jul 5, 2017
S.3 Ep. 001 - Make The Difference You Were Meant To Make, with Seth Godin
Are you ready to make THE difference you were put on the planet to make? Many people answer yes but quickly discover that the best of intentions are hard to carry out in light of the discouraging conversations they have with themselves. Seth Godin has written extensively about what he calls the lizard brain or monkey mind. It s that part of us that tells us we can t, even though we really want to. This conversation with Seth is characteristically packed with insight and mindset shifts about how to do the work without getting bogged down in limiting self-talk. Listen, learn, and take action. Soft skills are not so soft. They are what enable you to make the difference in your world. The so-called soft skills – compassion, empathy, understanding, people-skills – are not something that should take a back seat to a more hard skill set. Seth Godin says the reason that’s true is that the soft skills are your true skills, the ways you truly touch human lives and make a dent in the world around you. Seth talks about how he s come to that realization in this episode and tells how he s integrated that concept into his new altMBA program, which is drawing all kinds of attention – and deservedly so. You can learn about the program and why it s causing such a buzz, on this episode. Why Seth Godin hates the idea of gurus and what he proposes instead. It must be an aspect of human nature to set others on pedestals, to think they have some kind of secret formula or higher understanding that we ordinary mortals don t have. While it s true that education happens in stages and maturity comes through a process of fits and starts, Seth Godin believes that everyone can contribute to the world in massive ways if they only learn to get out of their way. That s it. There s no hidden secret or guru-inspired formula. It s you, ignoring your self-talk, and getting to work. No more excuses. No more justifications. Just you, doing what you were put on the planet to do. That s how you will make the difference your difference. How does Seth Godin handle his own inner resistance? Whenever we see someone as prolific and successful as Seth Godin, the tendency is to think he s somehow different, somehow gifted in ways the rest of us are not. But Seth says there s one simple thing that he s learned that makes the difference between him and everyone else – and it’s something anyone can apply to their own situation: He s learned to stop listening to the voices inside that tell him he can t. In fact, he takes it as a personal challenge to prove that he can, and he simply does it. Find out how Seth approaches his own inner battle, on this episode of Converge. Are you up to the challenge of Seth Godin s new altMBA program? There are lots of amazing, big-name people who have become alumni of Seth Godin s new altMBA program. Just go to the website to see – you ll be impressed at the list of people and what they have to say about their experience. But it could also be a bit intimidating, a reason for you to think it s not for you. Seth says that is not true in the least and tells why everyday people are finding his program not only helpful, but life-changing. The altMBA program is the most effective, life-changing thing Seth has ever done. Find out why, on this episode. Outline of this great episode [0:59] Dane s introduction to Seth Godin. [3:25] Why your soft skills aren t soft at all. They are your real skills. [6:38] Seth s Alt MBA program: what it is and why he created it. [12:09] What resistance looks like for Seth in his world. [18:55] Who the altMBA program is for and how you can get connected with it. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode Seth s books BOOK: Crazy Love Kevin Kelly s article about 1000 true fans GUESTS RESOURCES www.SethGodin.com Seth Godin s altMBA (and the Ideas page Dane mentioned). Seth on Twitter Seth on Facebook Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.3 Ep. 001 – Make The Difference You Were Meant To Make, with Seth Godin appeared first on Fastermind.co.
35 minutes | Jan 2, 2017
S.2 Ep. 014 – Using Effective Email Communication To Build Relationships and Sales with Darrell Vesterfelt
Effective email communication is something of an enigma. All fo us h ave full SPAM filters and still receive plenty of emails we don’t really care to see. But there are those few email sequences we receive, the ones that truly bring value, the ones that are helpful and thoughtful and kind, that we can t wait to see pop up in our inboxes. If you re going to make money from the creative endeavors you re pursuing online you ve got to learn how to craft THAT kind of email so you can establish and maintain the kind of relationships you want and need to grow your business. This episode features Darrell Vesterfelt, a member of the ConvertKit team who is passionate about making email communication not only useful but life-changing. If you ll take the time to hear Darrell s heart and understand what he s saying about the power of email to build genuine relationships, you ll come away a believer – and better equipped to nurture the people in your community. Communicating effectively via email is not as easy as it sounds. You may think that the words on the page are all you need to communicate what you need to say to those on your email list. But considering that there is no tone of voice, no inflection, no body language, and no eye movement evident in text-based interactions, you can easily see that effective email communication requires more than simply choosing the right words. And take it a step further – say you want to build authentic relationships with the people on the other end of your email list (and you do, right?). How do you do THAT effectively? Dane s guest today has a great perspective and the right tool to help you do it, so be sure you take the time to listen and get yourself moving in the right direction with your email campaigns. How do you feel when someone offers exactly what you need? That s how your emails should make your list members feel. If you received a form letter from a person you met at a party and it was written in a way that made it sound like the relationship had gone on for years, you d be a little put-out, right? Turn the scenario the other way…. What if the letter was written with assumptions about your knowledge or place in life that were incorrect? You d feel perturbed in a different sort of way. Many of the emails we send to our email lists do one of those two things when what we really want and need is the ability to address each person who receives them according to the specifics of their situation. Is that even possible with automated email? It is, and you can find out how on this episode of Converge. You must segment your email list if you are going to authentically communicate via email. The same, generic email to everyone on your mailing list has little effect. Why? Because it doesn t touch each recipient where they are – it assumes a lot and broad-brushes the whole group. But segmenting your list according to demonstrated behaviors and simple responses to questions you pose can go a long way toward offering relevant, personalized content that actually makes a difference in the lives of those who see your email pop up in their inboxes. Darrell Vesterfelt and the team at ConvertKit love making those kinds of interactions happen and know how to help you nurture your email relationships in a way that profits both you and the recipients. Find out more on this episode. How do you get started with effective email communication? On this episode of Converge, Dane Sanders asked his guest, Darrell Vesterfelt of ConvertKit, what a person should do to begin establishing healthy and truly helpful email list building practices. His answer was priceless. #1 – Make sure you have the proper tool for the job. An email platform that cannot provide segmentation and personalized content is not going to do the job. #2 – Create a resource that is truly helpful to those who are interested in what you do and offer it to them freely. Show yourself to be helpful from the outset of the relationship. As you teach people what they need to know they become trusting of you, which is the first vital step to building lasting business relationships. Outline of this great episode [0:57] Thinking about the most important relationships in life and how it relates to business and business partners. [4:21] What is ConvertKit and why are they in the email game at all? [9:41] What it means to communicate well with people via email. [16:03] Why segmentation of an email list really matters for intimate communication. [19:33] How the segmentation functions work in a tool like ConvertKit. [23:09] Determining the prerequisites needed for someone to buy from you. [26:45] How to start getting your head around the email communication challenge. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode Seth Godin BOOK: Permission Marketing Infusionsoft Nathan Barry Pat Flynn – Smart Passive Income BOOK: Don t Sweat the Small Stuff GUESTS RESOURCES Convert Kit Connect with the Converge team: Website: www.Fastermind.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followdane/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danesanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/danesanders Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK The post S.2 Ep. 014 – Using Effective Email Communication To Build Relationships and Sales with Darrell Vesterfelt appeared first on Fastermind.co.