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Soul Minded Business
40 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Connections & Community
Our guest in this episode of the Soul Minded Business Podcast is Jennifer Belk, the owner of Loom Coworking Space in Fort Mill, SC. Jennifer has been instrumental in helping so many businesses in the local community and her willingness to serve others shows up clearly in not just her words, but her actions. A few keys topics from this episode are: Developing members The importance of continually learning and growing Jennifer’s journey into entrepreneurship The value of coworking space Keeping your head high and overhead low Listen and enjoy!
56 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Called to Pastor & Teach
In this episode of the Soul Minded Business Podcast JD has a conversation with Don Etters. Don is the Pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Chester, SC and talks about how he was called into the ministry at the age of 55. Don and JD have a wide ranging discussion that covers Don’s journey into pursuing his calling, parenting, complacency and forgiveness. Listen and enjoy.
20 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Our episode guest is Shruti Singh. My name is Shruti Singh, I live in Fort Mill, SC with my husband and two boys. I am a stay at home mother. I have always loved crafting, my oldest memory is making a doll house with cardboards . I have always been crafty, I like to make décor items, jewelry etc. which I use to sell, had a blog and still have a Facebook page where I share my latest projects I do. After my older son’s diagnosis (he has Autism), I tried to work with him with arts and crafts and I saw that his eyes will lit up every time I give him paintbrush or glue. So I started incorporating more and more ideas to get him involved in arts and crafts by making it simple, easy and fun. So we do a lot of crafting together. During this pandemic, one of my friends asked me to do art session for other kids who have special needs and I started doing online sessions with the kids. They love every craft we did because of the simple ideas and techniques involved. I met JD 3 years back while taking my son for Taekwondo lessons and I was touched by how amazing he is with kids and I am grateful that he has provided me with this opportunity. I have 3 core principles for each of my sessions: Making it fun – Easy to follow instructions is not at all stressful to kids Learning – There is always some new techniques you will learn or enhance your existing skills Being creative and confident – Each session allows you to do things differently, not necessarily do exactly what I ask. So you can be creative and I am sure it will boost your confidence. The things which we will use will be items which you can find at home and I hope that you will love it. Stay crafty!
34 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Fitness & Nutrition
Welcome to another episode of the SoulMinded Business Podcast. This episode is with Sergio Rojas. Sergio is a personal transformation coach with 24+ years experience as a functional movement specialist, holistic nutritionist and wellness coach. He was on NBC in Chicago for 11 years doing weekly health and wellness segments; he’s been on the Today Show; the Dr. Oz Show - was a runner up for Trainer of the Year; he was appointed by the White House in 2009 as Executive Director for President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition. Sergio has taken his expertise and over the past 7 years, focused on taking his work and passion to helping companies with Culture Change, led by Awareness, Wellness and Leadership. He just finished a four year contract helping truck drivers and has launched his new consulting company, ALIVE Consulting (Awakened Leadership Inspired by Values of Excellence). Listen and enjoy! Peace
52 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
This week JD talks with entrepreneur Mac Brydon. Mac founded his own gourmet peanut company, Bear Food, with his brother Miller, who has Downs Syndrome.
20 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
“Social Entrepreneurship” is a way of doing business (and life) that has grown over the past few years in the amount of interest that it is getting. However, it is still not very well defined. JD discusses in this episode what he sees as a definition that encompasses the meaning of “social entrepreneurship”. He sees it as a two part definition: The values that we demonstrate. Methods to serve others in need. JD also briefly goes over the value that it can offer each one of us and our respective communities. Listen in and engage with us by subscribing to our newsletter or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
33 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
The Right Kind of Connections with Sarge Summers
In this episode of the SoulMinded Business JD talks with Sarge Summers. Sarge is the Founder and President of Oilfield Connections International. Sarge is an entrepreneur and loves to assist others in this area. He has served in the Oil & Gas Industry for the past 28 years and has a wide range of experience. He served on active duty in the United States Army from December 1970 until 1 January 1992. He is a Vietnam "Era" Veteran and he retired as a Sergeant First Class. Sarge and JD discuss the explosive growth of the networking/connections group that Sarge founded. They also discuss Sarge’s faith and what he sees as the secrets to success.
18 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
The Best Advice I Ever Received
In this episode JD talks about the most impactful advice that he has ever received. When the advice is applied it is a real difference maker in a career, a business, a life and the world around us. It is not easy to do ,and is not a matter of arriving, but instead of getting better each day.
36 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Faith and Martial Arts - with ALEX EVERS
Alex Evers, owner of the Stillwater, OK martial arts studio that was voted Best Martial Arts Studio, is a successful businessman, is a man of faith, and is very familiar with overcoming obstacles. Alex returns to the podcast to talk about a topic that isn’t always discussed: faith’s role in martial arts. “And at the same time we work on life skills, focus, confidence, discipline, strength, building coordination, you know, things like that. And although martial arts in itself, I don't think is inherently religious. I think it can be very spiritual.” Alex talks about the misunderstandings he’s faced from parents when they’re considering enrolling their kids in his martial arts program and how he addresses those questions. He also describes leadership, as he sees it and practices it, in the martial arts industry. JD talks to Alex about the role of servant leadership in the practice and how it shows up in day-to-day interactions. We had such a great response to Alex’s previous time on the podcast, and we are so thrilled to have him back as a guest in Season 3!
21 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Be a Huckleberry
“I am your huckleberry” is a famous line used by Val Kilmer in the movie Tombstone and is commonly used to refer to someone who will have things covered for you. Someone that you may often hear saying, “Don’t worry about it, I will handle it.” This kind of person is a gift to have in your life, but can often be situational or temporary. Cherish the “huckleberry” while they are in your life and try to be one in someone else’s life. This brief episode describes what it looks like to be a huckleberry and the value that it can add to your life.
21 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Personal Growth - With SHARMILA IQBAL
Sharmila Iqbal is the Founder and Principal Consultant at SiQ Consulting Services LLC. This practice is a result of her passion to help more companies utilize their supply chain and operations functions as competitive forces to grow, operate efficiently and exceed customer expectations. Sharmila is a Supply Chain, Logistics, and Operations consultant with 15 years of experience working in E-Commerce, Retail Store Management, Third Party Logistics, and Digital Freight Brokerage. She has deep functional expertise in building end-to-end global supply chain capabilities from the ground up, supply chain optimization, E-Commerce fulfillment and logistics; cross border logistics, and product operations. She spent 5+ years at Amazon building, launching, and managing global supply chain solutions and operations. She has built and operated B2B and B2C global supply chain/logistics solutions that challenged and changed the status quo with suppliers, carriers/providers, and customs processes. Sharmila left a comfortable role at a massive company to start her own company to push her growth limitations and put herself back in a position of discomfort to continue to challenge herself. She followed her instincts and started SiQ Consulting Services. If you’ve ever found yourself feeling too comfortable, too limited, or falling into a rut, this episode might just be what you need to hear to find a spark.
10 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Forgiveness is such a hard thing for so many of us to understand and falls into three main areas: Forgiveness of those that ask for it. How does a true request for forgiveness look and how should we respond? Forgiveness of those who don’t ask for it. What about those people that we feel have wronged us but have not asked for forgiveness or may not even feel like they have done us harm? And what might be the most important area of forgiveness is Forgiving ourselves. We can often struggle with forgiving ourselves for our past mistakes or the opportunities that we let pass us by. Not forgiving ourselves is a hindrance to future progress. This episode of the SoulMinded Business Podcast briefly covers the area of forgiveness.
35 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Ried Family - Dravet Syndrome
Ben and Misty Ried live in Fort Mill, SC with their two children, Braxton and Allie. Braxton lives with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy for which there is no cure. Since their son’s diagnosis, their mission in life is to spread awareness about Dravet syndrome, mentor parents of newly diagnosed children and help raise funds for patient assistance and research. Misty started working for the Dravet Syndrome Foundation in late 2016. The Ried family shares their time and experience, as well as what they want people to understand about their son’s not-always-obvious daily struggles. Their story is informative, heartbreaking, and a good reminder to all of us that everyone is walking around with burdens we may not be aware of - spread kindness.
18 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
What Do You Want?
37 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Associate and Customer Engagement - With Sam Perossa
This episode, JD talks with Sam Perossa, Vice President of Ogeechee Steel and a board member for the PlayToday Foundation. PlayToday is a non-profit organization working with special needs children to provide adaptive and inclusive play structures. Sam shares how servant leadership has helped him throughout his career, and how it doesn’t always end on the job. He also talked about how you can better engage your associates and your customers. He describes his approach to clearly identifying problems and opportunities and pairing that method with accountability throughout the process as a way for better results, increased satisfaction, and overall success. Sam has a wealth of knowledge collected and refined over the course of his career, and we are so grateful he was able to take some time to share that with us!
22 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Split Down the Middle
There are times in some of our lives when we decide to make a course correction in the way that we are headed, the path that our life is taking. This can cause a “gut wrenching” feeling of being lost and can be very painful. C.S. Lewis references this feeling in a chapter of his book “Day of the Dawn Treader” when one of the main characters realized that he had become someone that he did not want to be and decided to make a change. The person going through it can often feel a sense of “unmooring,” like a boat without the connection to a dock but, in time, new connections form. This podcast describes the feeling and JD's own personal experience.
21 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Age is Just a Number - With Jeffrey Wall
Join us on this episode of the SoulMinded Business Podcast as we talk to Jeffrey Wall, the founder of Golden Age Karate. Jeff is a Black Belt, and he is 15 years old. He comes from a family of social entrepreneurs. His organization travels to provide compassion and companionship for seniors in assisted living facilities. His work with seniors in care facilities centers around the practice of Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art. Throughout the pandemic, Jeff has been unable to do in-person classes due to COVID-19 facility restrictions. However, he didn’t let that stop him, and he started a YouTube channel to stay connected and keep the seniors active. Jeffrey has studied martial arts since the age of six and was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at the age of 15. A nationally-ranked fighter and grappling champion, Jeff earned his black belt at the age of 13. At the age of 14, he decided to start a nonprofit organization that travels to nursing homes to teach martial arts to seniors providing them with companionship, care, and exercise. He now offers private virtual martial arts classes to seniors and kids who are no longer getting to have exercise classes. Jeffrey has been featured on CNN, Now This, Access Hollywood as well as on the Tamron Hall Show and as a feature in O Magazine.
12 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
There are times when we find ourselves looking at a new view of life. This can be caused by a decision that we made or forced on us by a major life change. It is also a good idea from time to time to start over in an area of your life, a beginner’s mind as they say. This podcast by JD briefly covers that topic and the importance of taking a new approach to life. It is certainly uncomfortable to be in a position of starting over. It is oftentimes disorienting and can cause a feeling of embarrassment as you learn something new, but this is where the real growth occurs. Listen in as JD shares some of his own personal experiences.
11 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
This is the last podcast for Season 2. The next season will start the beginning of August and we are excited about the changes that we are making to improve. We are very grateful for our listeners, subscribers, guests and the team that work on The Soul Minded Business Podcast. Thoughts to end the season on: Search for what you were created to do. What gives you joy? Learn from those that have taken a similar path. Work hard at developing the skill set needed to succeed. Tune out the naysayers. When you set the right intentions the right people will show up to help out. Be a light. We wish you all the best. Peace
43 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
The Importance of Core Values
Raj Anand is the CEO of Southern States (https://www.southernstatesllc.com), a company that has grown significantly under his leadership based on the foundation of 6 Core Values. We will provide the best customer care in the market. We will seek new opportunities, innovate and experiment with new ideas. We will work as a team, collaborating and supporting each other for the good of Southern States. We will be open to learn and change to be more effective. We will treat each other with fairness, respect and professionalism. We will be profitable, grow the company and have fun. It is clear during the conversation on the podcast that these values are not just stated but lived by. Raj also discusses entrepreneurship, the biggest lessons coming from failures, the importance of family support and several other important points. The story of Alexander the Great that he shares brings it all together. We were fortunate to have Raj share his experiences and knowledge on our podcast. Listen and enjoy.
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