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57 minutes | 4 years ago
Willy Walker: Real-World Risk-Taker
William “Willy” Walker is the chairman, president and CEO of Walker & Dunlop, a 76-year-old company that is the tenth largest commercial mortgage lender in the United States. The company was co-founded by his grandfather in 1937. For most people, joining the family business right after college would have been the automatic choice. But when Willy received his MBA from Harvard, he took a daring, unexpected detour. In true entrepreneurial fashion, Willy by-passed apprenticeship, refused great offers from several top American firms, and instead flew south: first to Chile to work for a venture capital firm, then to Argentina, where he drafted a plan for a startup airline – knowing very little about aviation. The advice given to him by a mentor was a guiding principle: “Accumulate as many scars as quickly as possible.” In conversation with ENTREPRENEURradio, Willy illustrates the advantages of taking risks and confronting failure early on. His experiences in South America (where cultural differences sometimes led him into tough spots) taught him how to balance his idealism with the realities of being out in the field. He says: “You need to be prepared to accept failure, and you need to understand that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Put your head down and keep pushing forward.” The ability to push forward served him well when, after more than ten years in Latin America Europe, he returned to Washington to lead Walker & Dunlop through the difficult 2008 real estate crisis. The risks he took- and the triumphs he achieved- earned him the 2011 Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for his category in the Washington area. How willing are you to take risks as you navigate the realities of business? Download this podcast at ENTREPRENEURradio.org for more.
59 minutes | 5 years ago
Trina Sargalski: Cooking up a Path to a New Career
Just because a job or position doesn’t exist where you currently work doesn’t mean you can’t do it… Aspiring writers, musicians, photographers and producers are no longer beholden to “the studios” to provide the equipment, produce and finance a project. That technology is available on your personal computer, iPad—even on your telephone. Trina Sargalski grew up in Miami. She transitioned from a career in education to a career as a freelance writer and radio producer/reporter. She shares with us the personal career path she’s developed that incorporates her passions for “good food and good stories.” Today, she’s creating audio stories about South Florida for Under the Sun on WLRN 91.3 FM, South Florida’s NPR station. She also writes and produces media for Miami Dish, a website about “everything edible and local in Miami.” She demonstrates that you can create the job you want, once you understand what it’s possible to do.
59 minutes | 5 years ago
Danny Scheurer and Kurt Walchle on Livelihood Show
Danny Scheurer founded Save-A-Vet after returning home to Illinois with disabilities sustained while serving in Iraq. Save-A-Vet helps dogs injured on military or law enforcement duty by hiring veterans to care for and manage them. The group, says Danny, has three objectives: “Create facilities in every state for our K-9 partners; hire retired, injured or disabled law enforcement and military veterans to live and work in the facilities; and lobby to have the dogs classified as veterans rather than equipment.” Kurt Walchele founded Survival Straps on a camping trip. What do you do when your watchband breaks? If you’re Kurt Walchle you find a way to fix the problem, launch a business and create a product whose potential for doing good is unlimited. His product, Survival Straps, creates watchbands woven from a dozen feet of super strong military spec paracord which you can unravel, in an emergency, to give you a rope that will hold, tie, fasten, connect and secure just about anything.
29 minutes | 5 years ago
Miami International Bookfair: Author MJ Rose
Our guest is PR expert MJ Rose, who left advertising to become a novelist– only to find that the key to her success as a successful writer would draw upon the corporate skills she thought she was leaving behind. Have you ever been blown off with the criticism “That’s not how we do things around here!.” The ability to know when to use commonly accepted wisdom, and when best practices from other environments can provide a breath of fresh air, is the essence of successful innovation. These thoughts fall in line with MJ Rose’ marketing philosophy. MJ’s new book Seduction is now out! Get yours today, here.
62 minutes | 6 years ago
Dr. Gaby Cora: Well-Being Psychiatrist and Wellness Coach
Leading under pressure—is there any other kind of leadership? Livelihood guest Dr. Gaby Cora believes that people can avoid burn out by anticipating stress and building daily reserves by continually recharging our energy. Doing work you love can be dangerous to your work-life balance. When you love what you do, it’s hard to shift gears away from work. Think of the Prius hybrid electric car: it’s a “charge sustaining” hybrid vehicle. This means that it recharges itself while its operates (using the power from acceleration from the small gasoline engine); it also recovers and stores energy created during coasting and braking. Join our conversation with Dr. Gaby Cora as she describes ways in which you can avoid burnout and increase your energy. In today’s demanding environment, stress and pressure can translate to well-being—if you know how to manage it.
56 minutes | 6 years ago
Michelle Villalobos and the “Uh Oh” Experience
Today’s guest, Michelle Villalobos, rewires the uh oh experience. In her world, those moments of dismay can serve as early signals. They let you know that the path you’re on will no longer take you where you hope to go. Uh oh is the sound of waking up, and realizing that something unexpected is happening. It’s not really welcome, and not wholly unexpected. Opportunity doesn’t just knock- it blows down doors. Michelle Villalobos is a Personal Branding Strategist who helps individuals develop and design their unique Identity, establish Influence and turn that influence into Income. She is the founder of The Women’s Success Summit, Miami’s largest conference for entrepreneurial women, which draws hundreds of women from South Florida and beyond every November. If you’re ready to welcome the unexpected, she can help you turn it into opportunity. http://www.mivistaconsulting.com/
59 minutes | 6 years ago
Dorie Clark: Strategic Communications
If you can imagine your future, you can create it. Dorie Clark, who writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review, describes the essential elements for this process: insightful self-inventory; awareness of your unique and essential values; crafting a new narrative. Dorie Clark is President of Clark Strategic Communication, a marketing and communications firm doing brand development work with clients as diverse as Google; Yale University; and the National Park Service. Clark served as the New Hampshire Communications Director for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, and as the Press Secretary for former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s campaign for Governor of Massachusettes. She teaches campaign management, media studies, and government at Emerson College, Tufts University, and Suffolk University and is a media trainer for the grassroots advocacy group Democracy for America.
59 minutes | 7 years ago
Dr. Dan Lobovits: Finding inspiration and optimism from trauma, illness and ageing
Psychologist Dan Lobovits wasn’t seeking change. He had a satisfying career helping people and communities deal with the emotional impact of trauma. An accomplished marathoner, his Twitter profile describes him as “ loving my work wife, kids, dog, gardening, bread making, beachwalks, and of course, yoga”. As his parents and their generation encountered the ageing process, his experience and sensitivity helped him re-envision aging as a life stage with its own unique stage of life, rather than as a trauma or a condition of illness. He utilized a unique set of personal resources-a sense of optimism steeped in his admiration for the survivors of trauma, and an entrepreneurial inclination that defines unmet needs as opportunities rather than problems. He shifted his professional practice to create a business called LifeSpan Health Services to develop products and services to promote health and well-being to help our aging population master the art of growing older while healthier, and with grace and wisdom. And who could have imagined that this mid-career marathoner who has logged 40,000 miles of running would become a poster boy for the best practices of his new organization? Our greatest opportunities emerge at the intersection of our expertise, purpose and marketplace opportunities. Get inspired and find ideas, resources and insights to help you navigate your personal career path. Livelihood: Create What’s Next On Your Personal Career Path with host Marcy Rosenbaum: Thursday January 12, 2012 7:00 pm EST on Radio Ear Network Dr. Dan Lobovits is Founder/CEO LifeSpan Health Services, LLC. whose mission is to help people live well longer and age gradefully. They provide brain health assessment and training, individual and group counseling and community lectures. They are actively building a network of strategic partnerships with clients and families, academia and private healthcare providers. In 2011, he received the Outstanding scholarship Award, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California. Here’s link to reach Dr. Dan Lobovits http://lifespanhealthservices.com/ Lifespan Health Services has made a corporate decision to deepen its commitment to brain health research. Each month a portion of Lifespan’s profit goes to the Michael J. Fox Foundation so it can continue its vital work. Dan says, “As we help you, you help the cause of conquering brain disease.”
63 minutes | 7 years ago
Trisha Torrey - Patient Advocate*
Trisha Torrey identified a need for a new role in health care. Some call it a navigator; some call it a patient advocate. Tricia is a pathfinder in the emerging field of professional health care advocacy. When a medical crisis happens to us, to or to someone we love, we find ourselves literally in a fight for our lives with little time for preparation or negotiation. We struggle to come up to speed on a disturbing new vocabulary, a complex set of decisions with unpredictable outcomes, decisions about the costs of health care that can bankrupt a family. Trisha Torrey realized that we need trusted advocates for health care issues just as we do for issues related to financial planning and legal issues. Health care advocates, she says, “are knowledgeable about medical issues, and health care rules and regulations; their role is to help extend the quality and the quantity of life by helping a patient and their family ask the right questions.” Professionals in health care advocacy demonstrate a deep body of knowledge about medical conditions, treatments, protocols and resources—not as medical experts but as an experienced guide in this unwanted journey. They balance skills of empathy and objectivity to help patients understand the new world of medical information; understand the choices available; and how to approach decision making from a perspective of personal values and priorities. Trisha Torrey wasn’t a health care provider when she began this journey- she was a patient, struggling for survival. She learned, the hard way, that knowing the right questions makes all the difference. She leveraged her skills as an educator and a marketing specialist to help establish a new professional identity not only for herself, but for hundreds of people who see people as more than patients, but as educated and knowledgeable consumers and partners in the health care process.
50 minutes | 7 years ago
Paul Tieger Shows Us How to ‘Do What You Are’
How do you make your Livelihood decisions? It’s a decision that affects everything in our future, not just how we spend 50 weeks a year, but often the neighborhood in which we choose to live, how much money we’ll get to make and who our friends are going to be. Career planning is often delegated to guidance counselor offices and other resources, and we are limited to choosing from what they have to offer. Today’s guest Paul Tieger, wrote a book called, Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type, that could be considered the declaration of independence on passive career planning to active career planning to owning a new career. It’s designed to help you find a perfect career for you based on your unique personality style and interests. So how well suited are you for the work you currently do?
53 minutes | 7 years ago
Jodi Johnson Action Coach!
Here’s how today’s guest Jody Johnson, caught my attention: she sent me a marketing email which reads: Have you planned your summer vacation yet? Why not? Is it because business is keeping you busy? Being a business owner is more than owning your own business. It’s having the freedom to go on vacation with your family and having your business run without you. Jody Johnson is Founder and Co-Owner of Action Coach, a business coaching program designed to help smaller businesses achieve significant growth by understanding and managing people, strategy, execution and cash flow. By helping businesses identify these points of leverage, clients routinely double or triple their revenues – even during economic downturns. Together with her partner, Douglas Barra, Jody has a vision for her organization– to transform the economic landscape of Florida by helping small businesses succeed – and dedicates her time, energy, and passion to helping business owners prosper. Do you have the freedom to go on vacation and have your business run without you? Jody has some ideas…
60 minutes | 7 years ago
Victoria Cerrone with Ports of Cause
When most people think of sustainable or “green” design, we imagine solar energy and rain water harvesting. We usually don’t think of mega-yachts and Monte Carlo –yet there is a natural and unexplored opportunity. Victoria Cerrone is co-founder of Ports of Cause, a not-for-profit organization which leverages the power and reach of the yachting industry to champion ocean advocacy and promote sustainable luxury. Their mission is to unify and motivate the yachting industry under the “SMART YACHTING” initiative which drives a global awareness, education and innovation campaign around clean oceans and sustainability. An attorney by training, she shifted away from the world of litigation, and built a portfolio of expertise in leading and advising business start-ups in the luxury brand market, and the art and cultural industries. In 2012, as a participant in Startup Weekend Orlando 2012, Victoria and her team came in 2nd place out of 44 with their idea for an online platform for artists to engage buyers, showcase and sell their work. Today, she describes her role as creative strategist—the art of finding the shared interests among different but complementary worlds. The glittery world of megayachts; the urgency of ocean environment sustainability. Together: smarter yachts; cleaner oceans, an unexpected alliance that gives Victoria Cerrone a most remarkable work environment.
59 minutes | 7 years ago
Barbara Beach and the RadioActive Broadcasting Network
Have you heard the expression: what doesn't kill me makes me stronger? I think that’s what Barbara Beach had in mind when she launched RadioActive Broadcasting Network . For some, radioactive means break down and decay- a deadly uncontrollable force. But when harnessed and channeled, it kills cancer cells and stop them from spreading. Indie rock group Imagine Dragons had a hit song in 2013 called Radioactive in which it represents becoming empowered and rising above anxiety and depression-- overcoming something that is supposed to oppress you. RadioActive Broadcasting Network Barbara’s Livelihood story demonstrates that your experiences can make you better, and stronger and more successful. Although her career path in journalism, radio and marketing helped her make record break breaking accomplishments she learned the hard way accomplishments are no guarantee of long term security. She blends media savvy with an admiration for technology . She utilizes her insights about community building to create collaborative communities for joint marketing (called affinity marketing) and customer engagement through events and user groups. She’s building a media empire—Radioactive Broadcasting Network- that integrates internet, radio, print, social media and community platforms. And recently the American Health Journal, nationally syndicated on Public Television, has announced the addition of Barbara Beach to their production team! It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t take no for a
59 minutes | 7 years ago
Ellen Bristol: Fundraising Guru
An artist is a person who creates, practices or demonstrates their creative talent through performance. Realists, says the Urban Dictionary, are the people who understand what needs to be done, and who do it to make the world a better place. Think about your personal career path. When were you an artist, with your talent in the lead? When were you a realist, doing what needed to be done and applying your talents to the task at hand? Today’s guest is Ellen Bristol, who took her talent for language and the performing arts and applied it to the work of selling main frame computers. When that industry shifted, she applied what she learned about sales to create a best-selling program for managing successful sales and fundraising campaigns. Ellen Bristol believes that asking people for money is an art; getting people to give you money is a talent. Find out the key elements behind this art and talent on this weeks Livelihood Show episode! Be sure to take a look at Ellen Bristol’s latest publications here.
54 minutes | 7 years ago
Nina Kaufman with the Million Dollar Road Map!
What happens when you realize that you're the bottleneck inhibiting your business's growth and profitability? Nina Kaufman is a business attorney and small business champion who caught my attention with her Checklist for Small Business Owners. Here are the first few questions: Ever feel like you can take time off even one day a week seems unrealistic Ever miss time from a family vacation because you were back in the office fighting fires Are you fed up not making the kind of money that can support the life you want to lead Are you working way too hard for way too little money to show for it Do you feel constrained and frustrated by your inability to make a greater impact in the world If your business is based on your knowledge and expertise, you're a professional services business. And the trap that many professional services businesses fall into, says Nina, is you can only sell the number of hours you have available to give to clients. Suddenly you're a slave to your own business, and the vision of being your own boss is distressingly like working for a terrible boss. When Nina found herself in that trap, in your small law practice, she took it as a challenge: what are the essential elements for building a million dollar road map where you leverage, rather than sell, your expertise. When Nina Kaufman asks: when would it be a good time to think about redesigning your business model so that it's more self-sustaining and less dependent on you? She's really wondering : When would the answer be it be NOW? Nina L. Kaufman, Esq., owner of Ask The Business Lawyer, is an award-winning small business attorney, speaker, and Entrepreneur Magazine online contributor. Nina has a personal mission of offering straight-talk legal to bolster your business. Companies in the consulting, creative, and professional services arena save time, money, and aggravation with the foundation of contracts, agreements they need for success. — the legal bedrock they need to build self-sustaining companies. Her creative approaches to serving the small business community garnered her the SBA's 2011 regional Women in Business Champion of the Year Award. Her multi-faceted business model, developed from over 15 years of small business legal experience guides knowledge economy firms through the legal issues they face in starting and running their own companies. Her humorous, practical understanding of the issues that cause deer-in-the-headlights paralysis is reflected in the titles of some of her programs: What is the solution to small business slavery? How do we choose business partners who won't [BLEEP] us? How can we train our clients to pay us? Do you know where you intellectual property is tonight? and she has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Crain's NY, Forbes.com, SmallBusinessComputing.com, PINK magazine, The New York Law Journal, the American Bar Association Journal, and Entrepreneur magazine and has appeared on MSNBC and Fox Channel 5's Good Day NY program. Nina is an educator at heart, which is reflected in her approach to legal services and pricing models, her writing, her professional speaking, and the online resources she has created for entrepreneurs at askthebusinesslawyer.com. I'm taking her up on her offer to Livelihood listeners for her Million Dollar Map program.
58 minutes | 7 years ago
Do you believe that life is (a) a set of circumstances one makes the best of, or (b) that life is a result of choices one has made? Today’s guest, Rhonni Dubose asks this question to every person she interviews. She is a Festival Professional, who has crafted a career as an entrepreneur within the world of outdoor theme parks known as Renaissance Festivals.
59 minutes | 7 years ago
Catharine Bramkamp – Are You A Role Model?
Everyone in life has a purpose,…even if it’s to serve as a bad example. In the burgeoning world of coaches, consultants and mentors, what should we look for when we assess the value of our role models?
58 minutes | 7 years ago
Diana Robinson of Graebel and C.R.E.W Atlanta
Diana Robinson, lived in 8 places between the ages of 6 and 14 as she was growing up as a child in a military family. She’s had 18 address, so far, she says. “I am like the “Morton Salt of moving” she tells me.. “ when it rains, it pours!”
52 minutes | 7 years ago
Darell Hammond of Kaboom
In August 1995, shortly after moving to Washington, D.C., 24-year-old Darell Hammond read a story in the Washington Post about two local children who suffocated while playing in an abandoned car because they didn’t have anywhere else to play. Darell realized this tragedy could have been prevented. The passion was born, the idea was conceived. After attending community college and Ripon College, he helped lead the start-up of City Year Chicago. Under Darell’s leadership, 600 City Year volunteers built two playgrounds and more than 500 community volunteers joined the incredible day of service.
56 minutes | 7 years ago
Livelihood Presents: Jennifer Bradley
Jennifer Bradley is a fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and the co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013). The book, and her work in general, explain the critical role of metropolitan areas in the country’s economy, society, and politics. Jennifer has written for The New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly, and Democracy.
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