ReLaunch - NEVER GIVE UP on Your Possibilities

It was an incredible defining moment for her - Wrapped in a Mink coat once belonging to her step mom, and clutching a bottle her roommate had left behind, she drank herself down to a tear-soaked crawl. Lonely, desperate, and in pain, she managed to wipe away the sobs of people, experiences, and opportunities missed, found her footing, and chose to stand on a new perspective; one in which she would no longer hide-out, play small, or not go all-out. Her new way of thinking has paid off for her BIG time - she's gone from assistant, to VP, to business owner, to bestselling author. The gracious and courageous Libby Gill joins us to share an empowering and practical ReLaunch! idea for knowing what to do next. 

Two incredible books by Libby

You Unstuck: Mastering the new rules of risk-taking in work and life and Traveling Hopefully: How to lose your family baggage and jumpstart your life

Five ReLaunch! ideas she expands on

  • Clarify the vision (Use 18 months as a timeframe).
  • Choose love over fear.
  • Give yourself permission to have a sloppy first draft.
  • Be brave.
  • Keep your life as simple as you can.

Listen to Libby's first appearance on ReLaunch! - Resilient and Resourceful

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It was an intense, high-stakes, stare-down, when they first locked eyes. She caught his gaze and refused to look away as armed guards ushered Saddam into the courtroom. He was the first to break the silence, yelling out a guttural, death-sentence command, that was answered with only laughter, as his words no longer had meaning or consequences attached to them. (He used to have people killed for staring at him.)

Colonel Jill Morgenthaler (RET) joins us on the show to share how she was able to keep the faith, stay confident, and transition from high-alerts and split-second timing, to Ted Talks and paid speaking engagements. 

By the way, after her military and government career ended, she was pretty much an unemployable, entrepreneurial, 50ish, new recruit.

Colonel Jill shares her first steps as a new speaker:

  • What she did to improve her stage presence;
  • How she handled the naysayers;
  • To whom she reached out;
  • Where her confidence and first gigs came from.

Front-line managers and trail-blazers, this book will help you find The Courage to take Command.

Advice she would give her younger self

  • Stand up for yourself and hang in there, you'll be fine.

Jill's complimentary, downloadable resource: Two articles in one - "How to be Decisive" and "How to have Thick Skin".

Follow Colonel Jill on Facebook and visit her site.

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13 years ago, in just a quick few seconds, Dr. Wolf's life was turned on its head. A go-kart accident left him paralyzed from the waist down and as he explains on the show, took him from "the top of the mountain, to the bottom of the valley". He had a beautiful wife, ambitious kids, and one of the busiest OB/GYN practices in southeastern Michigan. Like many people who lose the ability or the opportunity to do the work they cherish, he felt like his identity had been removed. Author David Wolf joins us on the show to share the life-changing message of "The Gift is You" and to help us understand why he wouldn't change a thing.

Three of Dr. Wolf's AHA! moments

  • Your occupation does not define who you are.
  • People remember the little things you do. (He received 1,700 cards, letters, and stories during his hospital stay.
  • Your fight, can be the difference-maker for others.

Know someone who's searching for meaning or recovering from a tragic life event? Send them The Gift is You.

Visit Dr. Wolf on FacebookTwitter, and visit his site.

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His first big audition wasn't just a no-go, as he explains on the show, he "failed so miserably". Still, because he was clear on what he wanted, he learned through his own trials, trips, and tense moments, how to turn them into game-changing, learning opportunities. And learn he did. In fact, he learned his way all the way from the local band scene to international stages and venues. He's played the skins for Tina Turner, Pink, and is currently on tour with the one and only Cher. A trifecta of entertainment within himself, the amazing Mark Schulman joins us and shares three essentials for top performers.

Need some new tricks for your sticks? Check out Mark's how-to-do-it guide - A Day in the Recording Studio

Two A-HA! moments Mark Schulman shares on the show

  • How you experience the "now" is how you control the future.
  • How to turn a double negative into a one positive goal. 

The advice he would give to his younger self

Don't just hear. Listen. 

Follow Mark Schulman on FacebookTwitter, and visit his site.

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Working in the restaurant, co-owned with her husband, things moved so fast, she didn't have time to think. Not realizing she had grown addicted to the stress of constant knee-jerk reaction and motion. Once she left the business, she found herself spiritually restless, uneasy, and ready to reconnect with herself. Not knowing any better (no formal training or advanced  degree), she picked up her first paintbrush at age 40. And, since that time, she has not only found her own inner artist, she has helped many others find theirs. As she explains on the show, she doesn't teach people how to paint, she helps people experience their own artistic awakening. Artist and author Dorsey McHugh joins us to talk about self discovery, fears, and all things artsy. Also, she talks about the wonderful and insightful book ,she co-authored with Joanne Miller: the recently released, Be your Finest Art.

An important part of the conversation, that needs to be mentioned, is that Dorsey never said to herself: "I want to be an art teacher. Therefore I must ..." She simply expressed herself fully and unapologetically. The students and opportunities came as a by-product of her expression.  

Dorsey's world changed when she picked up the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.

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Can a diagnosis of cancer be a blessing? Listen to the show and decide for yourself.

Carolyn's back story >>> She was fully engaged - living in San Francisco on a fast-paced, entrepreneurial ride to success. Then, when her father fell ill, she moved across the country to care for her aging parents. Two years after the move, she would receive a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. Now, in a less familiar location, with a west coast business that didn't work in the east, she faced a variety of ReLaunches! Serial entrepreneur Carolyn Akel joins us on the show to share how she was able to change careers, start a new business, slow down her life and lifestyle, and focus on family, health, and relationships. She also gives three solid ideas for how to do it. 

Two Big Drawbacks

As she shares on the show, for a long time, she was stuck in her head;

She was resentful and resisted the cross-country transition.

One of her biggest entrepreneurial and personal challenges (Isn't it true for all of us?)

Understanding who she really is and then recreating herself. 

One of the important lessons learned during her sickness and recovery

Things that once appeared important, are petty.

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After retiring early from the Army, like a lot of corporate veterans, he simply didn't know what he should do next. After all, he had been following orders for just about all of his working life. After testing the health, weight loss, and self-improvement waters, he decided to chart his entrepreneurial course for opportunities in that direction. Transplanting his family to a new town, he put together two key pieces of the business-building puzzle that helped him to not only sell-out his first live event, it put him on the map. Founder of The Prescott Adventure Boot Camp for Women, fitness coach Sgt. Steve Rosen (the go-to guy for helping women take control of their health), joins us on the show to explain how he was able to ramp-up his influence and expertise to get fast business traction.

Tired of your own excuses? Get a blueprint for dropping weight and getting in shape? Get a copy of Sgt. Steve's book - Operation Motivation.

How he decided on the focus for his business

He asked himself what he would do for free. 

Entrepreneurial AHA! moments he talks about

In the Army, he was responsible for creating the outcome. As an entrepreneur, he had to learn how to release the outcome, knowing that he had done his best.

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Every dumb thing I've ever done has made me into who I am today. 

Two game-winning moves he made in his new town

  • He started developing business relationships.
  • He told everyone he met what he was planning to do.

Books that were very helpful for Steve - The Yes Attitude by Jeffrey Gitomer, No More Mondays by Dan Miller, and   Shut up, stop whining, and Get a Life by Larry Winget. 

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She had a hard time wrapping her head around the idea of turning her "passion for fashion" into anything more than a fantasy. So, for the first part of her working life, she choose the safer route, and made her living as a seamstress. The idea of getting paid to shop, was just not part of her everyday thinking. As one girlfriend trip to the mall led to another, it was obvious to many that she had an eye for detail and a flair for style. Her companions would often say to her, “You can really charge for that.” On the show, fashion consultant Lori Wynne joins the conversation to share how she was able to walk away from what she knew, plan for the life she wanted, and step into what she lovedFashion with Flair is now in its 10th year.

Books that made a remarkable difference in her transition: The Bible and The Secret.

Her entrepreneurial turning point: When she realized that she wasn’t just a mom and had value to offer.

Biggest entrepreneurial challenge: She had to learn how to market and network effectively.

If she could go back and talk to the 20-year old Lori: “Have confidence in yourself!”

Lori’s best ideas for marketing, networking, and how to work a room: Talk about your passion to everyone. People are drawn to people who are passionate. You never know from where your next opportunity will come.

Visit Lori’s site and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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She had the victim mentality down pat. She was convinced that she was dealt a bad hand, spiraling into a web of self-pity and poor decision making that left her tangled-up, homeless, and unemployable. While she was reading good books and had a coach that flat-out told her - "Your attitude sucks," it took a shift in her own belief system, before it "struck home". Recently having celebrated her 60th birthday, and showing zero signs of slowing down, the no-nonsense, common sense, business coach, Kathleen Gage, joins the conversation to share how she systematized her business, made a lot of money, helped countless people, and carved out time for friends, family, and fun.

Here's a simple way to get started. Get Kathleen's Kindle book and go - Power up for Profits: The smart woman's guide to online marketing

Just had to mention this: After giving him one "but" after another, Kathleen's coach finally said to her - The only "but" you need is the one you sit on. 

Four pieces of advice Kathleen would give her younger self

  • Live large and go after the dreams.
  • Realize that falling down is part of the process.
  • Surround yourself with the people you want to become.
  • Be kind, pay it forward and when you are given the opportunity, take it.

The book that started it all for her - The Magic of Believing

Follow Katheleen on Twitter, Facebook, and visit her site - Power up for Profits.

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It's amazing how fortune favors the brave. After an uninspiring day of trying to rally interest in their book, they had one final copy left. As a last-ditch effort, at least for this book conference, they handed-off the last copy to a stranger. After a quick read of the bullets and main points, he told Andrea and her husband - If you'll change the cover, I'll take 5,000. That one-more-try commitment, and go-for-broke mentality, started an incredible chain reaction that shaped the husband-and-wife team into powerhouse presenters. One-half of the Go for No team, Andrea Waltz joins us on the show to share the key ingredient that can jump-start solopreneur start-ups and revitalize brick and mortar businesses.

Andrea and her husband's book is a MUST for entrepreneurs and sales pros - Go for No!

A courageous decision with tremendous results

When they decided to move forward with the new biz strategy, marketing to old clients was over. Period. It was new business from here on out.

Two AHA! moments to take with you

  • Done is better than perfect;
  • Be open and willing to refine your message. 

A book that was very helpful for her The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Advice she would give to her younger self

Don't worry. You'll be more confident as time goes by. 

Follow Andrea on Twitter , Facebook, and visit her site

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