Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? If so, do us all a favor and go back to bed!
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“I spend my life asking people to tell me stories. As a result I get to hear stories and I get to be reminded about my own stories. So if you can just be a person who makes space for others to speak, I think that’s a beautiful thing.”
Matthew Dicks is first a father of two and a husband, followed by an elementary school teacher for 20 years, a writer and novelist, and also a storyteller. Join Kim as Matthew shares with her some pointers he teaches in his classes on storytelling, how he always makes time for his children, and how he occasionally lets his inner kid’s dreams come true.
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00:54 Father and husband first
03:44 Launching Speak Up
10:10 How to tell a better story
20:21 Cutting out the “Just give me one more minute”
29:58 Connect with strangers and cry
37:25 Ice cream for breakfast
Do you allow your team to shine or are you keeping them hidden in the background? Listen in as I discuss having a team and how they can help you blossom!
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“Remember that you are worthy. You are worthy to have, you are worthy to be, you are worthy to do whatever you want in your life. And to remember love YOU first.”
Kim Trosper, who is a Corporate Trainer and Empowerment Coach, was told when she was young that children were to be seen but not heard and that she was selfish; this stuck with her. In her 20’s she volunteered, worked with homeless, and became a foster parent. Eventually she adopted two children and had one biological child. Kim shares that after many years filled with major challenges, due to the mental health of one of her adoptive children, she had to make a very difficult decision. Listen in as Kim Trosper opens up to Kim about her incredible journey, how her work transitioned into coaching, and how she was deemed “Queen of Stinkin Thinkin”.
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01:00 Labeled as “selfish”
04:35 “You can’t give from an empty cup”
9:00 Working with a major challenge
16:31 Life after the big decision
21:58 The art of speaking up
24:57 Queen of Stinkin Thinkin
28:21 Affirming the positive is better
34:22 Teach your children about self-care and to be easy on yourself
As a mom of five and small business owner, I often find myself pulled in 18 gazillion directions. Amazingly, however, kids and clients create similar challenges. Listen to hear what I mean!
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“I wanted to inspire people with magic and teach how magicians think. The magician’s mindset is all about making the impossible possible in your own life and being productive with it.”
At the age of four Victoria Mavis had her first contact with magic. On her seventh birthday she received her first magic set and performed her first stage show. Now, a world known magician, podcast host and author, Victoria shares with Kim about the art of improvising, clearing out your mind with meditation, and the magic behind podcasting.
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00:56 It was magic at the age of four
5:04 Dreamt of having her own show
7:57 Scripts and the art of improvising
23:28 Podcasting is a magical world
32:47 Unleashing the endless possibilities of podcasting
37:45 A sense of purpose
40:53 The next ninety
I’m often asked how I “do it all.” Truth be told, I don’t. I have Team Awesome supporting me and doing most of it. Listen as I share who’s on my team and what they all do!
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“So if you go for it and you have persistence and resilience and surround yourself with a tribe of people I think that either the short term or long term you will be successful.”
Amani Robert, the Chief Musical Curator from The Amani Experience, knew for a long time that he wanted to become a DJ before actually starting his own business and pursuing his dream. In the meantime he finished school and joined Corporate America and worked for Marriott at many different locations. During his corporate journey he had the opportunity to watch and take notes on DJ’s wherever he happened to be located. After moving to California he finally took the plunge and started his business on the side and now is a full time DJ, music producer, and professor. Listen in as Amani joins Kim to discuss his biggest lesson learned, you can do a lot but you can’t do it all, and what DJing as a profession is like!
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00:52 Growing up in hotels
8:28 Favorite parts about what Amani does today and his biggest lesson learned
12:39 You can do anything you put your mind to, but you can’t do it all
22:08 Silent Discos
29:07 Love songs and dedications to a thought leader
35:24 Amani’s team
Despite all the episodes where I tell you to sleep, today I have contradictory advice… When You’re On a Roll… Rock It! Listen to hear what I mean!
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“Figure out what it is that you should be doing, that you know you’re not doing, that could make your professional or personal life just a little bit better. Find a way to make sure you do it.”
Bestselling author and CEO of People G2 and ChrisPDyer.com, Chris Patrick Dyer started his company that performs pre-employment screenings, tenant screenings, and all things people related in 2001. After realizing that the culture was broken within his company, Chris took the time to evaluate his business and decided to eliminate the water cooler chat and all typical office situations and become a 100% remote business. Tune in as Kim and Chris discuss how culture should complement your company, background checks are good for knowing your risks but also can validate accomplishments, and hiring for personality versus skills.
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00:50 Being THE leader of a company
7:44 Culture within his company
11:31 Hiring for personality VS skills
14:00 Background checks help ensure who you are hiring
27:28 Radio Show and Working Wardrobes
30:55 Action steps for hiring someone
Earlier this summer, I shared with you my 12-week summer challenge. In this episode, I’ll share how I did.
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“Your goal as a professional is to simply be a little bit better tomorrow than you are today.”
Wanting to start his own business, CJ McClanahan was introduced to a franchise broker who introduced him to the business coaching world. Now a business coach, author, and Podcaster, CJ coaches and trains executives on defining their success so that they are able to enjoy their journey. Tune is as Kim and CJ discuss how systems allow CJ to scale clients, his podcast show, and how consciously being grateful is important to practice.
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1:05 Introduced to the coaching world
7:20 Systematized just about everything
12:39 Professional speaking and Success 2.0
19:23 The dilemma of over achievers
25:46 Practicing gratitude
30:34 Two Rule Pledge
In the six years I have been in business, I have engaged in several barter agreements. Listen as I share the pros and cons, and how you can make a barter more favorable for both parties!
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“Personal development is not the most important thing, it’s the only thing that matters in terms of being able to grow your life and grow your business.”
Jack Gibson knew at a young age that the normal life of going to school, getting a job, and working to have security wasn’t what he wanted. He started his first business (which has been a success) in college and was running a million dollar company from his dorm room. Now, the Cofounder of High Return Real Estate, purchases distressed properties and flips them. Listen in as Kim and Jack discuss their similar upbringings, how hindsight is always 20/20, and Jack’s journey into real estate.
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1:38 Jack’s background
8:19 The entrepreneurs in them: products of the family and lifestyle they grew up in?
16:43 Lessons learned along the way
20:44 Jack’s journey into real estate
25:15 Cryptocurrency, a safe investment?
36:17 What High Return Real Estate does
44:01 The ideal client/investor
Are your respecting and protecting your time? To maximize our productivity on any given day, we need to stop being afraid to determine and verbalize our hard stops. Listen as I explain!
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“People can give us their opinions and their advice but for me the biggest guidance is what comes from the divine within us.”
After not feeling fulfilled with a college degree, great job, health, and vitality, Christy Whitman sought a deeper meaning in life and once she made that her intention she found it. Now she is a New York Times bestselling author, coach, and founder of Quantum Success Coaching Academy and feeling like she is living her dream life. Listen in as Kim and Christy talk about how every mistake is an opportunity to grow, words that would be best to eliminate from your vocabulary, and how Christy has no “have to’s” in life.
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00:43 Having it all but not feeling fulfilled
09:44 Returning clients back to themselves
16:30 Procrastination is a behavior rooted in lack
21:13 Do only the things you love to do and bring yourself joy
36:11 “Big Girl Book”
43:02 That moment where Christy knew what she wanted to do
46:02 Teaching your children to choose their attitudes and thoughts
Today’s episode was inspired by a conversation with a team member where we joked about the land mines (aka toys) our kids leave lying around. Taking it a step further, however, I want you to think about the landmines you have or still drop in your business.
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“Money is the byproduct of the effort you put in.”
From a young child wanting to work on a paper route, to a technician, and now business owner helping other companies develop successful systems and solutions of their own, Terry Ogburn from Ogburn’s Business Solutions, shares his journey and the steps that got him to where he is now. Giving free time and how we can build from it, turning your organizational chart upside down, and four areas that you need to be disciplined in your life and business are some key topics that Kim and Terry discuss.
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1:08 From working his own paper route to business owner
4:42 Four areas you need to be disciplined in
11:30 Listen to your customer, you will make better decisions
16:23 A free gift
28:39 Introduce your team members to your culture
38:38 Practice learning
Sometimes, the simplest contraptions in our life or business can make a HUGE difference in our quality of life or work. Listen to hear how a $2 purchase has made all the difference for me!
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“Everybody thinks real estate is about finding good deals. I argue that good deals are made, not found.”
Eddie Lorin, the founder of Impact Housing REIT, tends to the under dogs, as he is one himself. By putting himself through UCLA and becoming successful in real estate he has the ability to transform neglected apartment communities into affordable treasures. Eddie shares with Kim that his goal is to make sure that all people have the opportunity to make a difference, your net worth is not your self-worth, and how he is able to manage 3-4,000 units that he owns.
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00:48 An underdog at heart
5:20 How Eddie began his business
10:47 The stigma with income based rental communities
17:42 Eddie’s goals
20:25 Anyone can invest now- not just the wealthy
23:08 The management of over 3,000 units
Have you ever looked for a resource or product you felt you needed to reach a goal, couldn’t find it, and then gave up as a result? Listen to hear a story about how I took my search into my own hands and made my product myself!
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“Focus on what you want to create and not what you fear.”
Yvonne was a health and wellness coach when a personal health scare showed her that her own health and wellness needs weren’t being addressed. Listen as Yvonne shares how she shifted her own patterns and wrote her book, “Breaking Up With Busy” and as we discuss the shoulds vs. coulds, giving ourselves permission, and the sometimes not-so-simple practice of slowing down.
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00:58 Yvonne’s journey
4:59 Give yourself permission
8:24 Be the example for healthy boundaries and self-care for your children
17:59 Creating the perfect balance
24:34 Gratitude is the road to happiness
33:01 Good stress/bad stress
46:10 Slooow down
Are you cussing or using Faith based expletives in your public facing communication? If so, listen to hear my thoughts and why you may want to consider alternative patterns of speech.
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“Don’t rush life.”
Jonathan was a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney who realized after the birth of his first child that his life path needed a shift. Listen as we discuss the journey Jonathan has been on since having children, our parenting styles, our idea generation and collection quirks, our reading styles and so much more!
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1:12 What is a polymath?
8:47 The journey is how he got to where he is now
12:42 Biggest Values
22:56 The next 90 days
33:42 There is always time for reading
40:11 Don’t do what you don’t want to do
48:13 How the bills get paid
52:57 Authenticity is a must
Are you stuck in the hustle and bustle of entrepreneurship and neglecting your sleep? Tune in to hear how moving to Ohio and a select sport shaped my weekend sleep schedule :-)
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