ReLaunch - NEVER GIVE UP on Your Possibilities

This is the second half of the conversation I had with Darren.

In this segment, he begins by answering one of our listener’s questions about his early-morning success habits.

Don't read this book, STUDY IT!!!  The Compound Effect

Other questions he responds to:

  1. You take a pretty radical approach when it comes to your consumption of media. Why is it so important to you to limit your exposure to television and/or radio and how has that decision impacted your life?
  2. What is the greatest challenge people face in making The Compound Effect work?
  3. You talk about how, by using the principles found in the book, you not only strengthened your own marriage, you also helped a buddy completely turn his around. Would you share how that happened?
  4. You talk a lot about your mentor, Jim Rohn, and the importance of mentors and peak-performance partners. Why is having a mentor so important and what is the best way to find one.

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While he may not have appreciated it at the time, those early-morning wake-up calls by his football-coach dad, were setting him up for something big - a six-figure income in his own business, by the time he was 18 and the creation of a $50 million business, by age 27.

DO NOT read this book! STUDY IT!!! – The Compound Effect

Publisher of Success magazine, New York Times bestselling author of The Compound Effect, husband, and humanitarian, Darren Hardy, joins us on the show.

In this two-part podcast series, he talks about, among other things –  mentors, success routines, habits, momentum, media exposure, marriage, and of course, the magic of the compound effect.

Here are some of the questions Darren expands upon:

  • How do you define the Compound Effect?
  • Why did you write The Compound Effect? And why now?
  • You talk about how significant success stems from very small changes. How does that work?
  • In the book, you mention that consistency is critical for the Compound Effect – how so? Talk about consistency as related to habits and building momentum.
  • You discuss the power of establishing success routines. Talk to us about why that is important and what are some of your routines?

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On the show, this guy is one of the most versatile, talented and funniest entertainers I’ve ever seen.His wit, humor, and genius has dazzled audiences in all the familiar hot spots - Showtime, HBO, the White House, and the famous Apollo Theatre. The performer has shared stages with Aretha Franklin and James Brown. He’s also joined Jennifer Aniston and Dana Carvey on the big screen. Originally one of my first guests (years ago), comedian, actor, humanitarian, and philanthropist, James Stephens III, joins us on the show.

James’ backstory >>> (Academically trained as an attorney, funny man James Stephens III had to follow his passion to create a better way for at-risk students.)

Comparing his early years to a scene from the hit movie "The Blind Side", he was born the youngest of seven children, adopted out around the age of 8 and raised by a loving family, outside of his race.

Through the spiritual and emotional blend of God’s grace and his parents’ loving embrace, he not only made it through secondary school but went on to attend Georgetown University, earned his law degree and then went on to clerk for three years.

With an impressive educational pedigree in the background and a bright law career in the foreground, today's guest chose to walk away from the legal world to follow his heart and live out who he truly is: an entertainer.

By trusting his own intuition and gifts, James achieved notoriety and has appeared on a number of television shows and comedy specials, which included performances at the White House, the famous Apollo Theatre and Carnegie Hall.

While success on the stage didn't happen overnight, God’s hands were at work in the comedian's life; revealing, something bigger than he could ever imagine.  

By harnessing his talents on stage and being true to his passions for entertainment, ministry and kids, he aligned himself with the greater need of at-risk students. The James Stephens III Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.

By following his VOICE, James is able to speak into the lives of millions of people; millions he would have missed, had he settled for the corner office.

Follow James on Facebook, check out his You Tube and donate to the James Stephens III Foundation.

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Entrenched in a worn-out plan, he did what was expected - he went from high school, to college, to corporate, to misery. And, like you and me, the sparks that filled his dreams and kept him awake during his teen years, flickered in his twenties, smoldered in his thirties, and were all but forgotten by the time he reached his 40th birthday. 

Bruce 's bestselling book - You Can Go  the Distance 

Miserable by the life he was watching go by, he was battered by many of life's punches - two bankruptcies, a spousal mental meltdown, and cancer. As he explains on the show, for him, a good day was "a day I could get through". Bestselling author, life coach, speaker, and Marathon runner, Bruce Van Horn joins us on the show today to share three solid action-steps for taking control of your healthsanity, and life

Three game-changer books in Bruce's Recovery - The War of Art,  Man's Search for Meaning, and The Alchemist.


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With only nine bucks in his pocket, he left his homeland of India in search of another dream on a different continent. Taking a sales job, he absorbed the culture, closed deals, and quickly climbed the rungs. Through a wonderful series of events and divine intervention sprinkled all along the way, he ended up with a ticket that would change the course of his life - an event ticket to see the legendary Zig Ziglar speak. From that ordained encounter, the young man from across the world, worked his way up from entry-level telemarketer, to VP of Global Ops.

“I Want to Train People to Look For Light Switches, Not Just Open Doors”

Success Doesn’t Happen When You Get the Opportunity” 

Author, speaker, and ambassador for the Ziglar family of companies, Krish Dhanam, joins us on the show to share priceless nuggets about art and science of belonginghumilitycompetitionplanningpreparation, and careers; gems learned from Zig himself. (If you didn't know, he is one of only two people trained personally by the master of motivation.) Read Krish's amazing book - The American Dream - From an Indian heart

More from Krish's library - From Abstracts to Absolutes and The Immigrant Attitude

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Ziglar’s golden words to Krishna “All I did was opening one door, but I train you so well that you ran looking for light switches. Today is not about the opportunity I gave you, it’s about you taking that opportunity”.

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The Boston Globe called this guy “an uncommonly honest author”. The Wall Street Journal called him a “marketing guru”. And, as far as I know, he is the only professional actor that is also a New York Times bestselling, business author. To his credit, he has only fallen off the stage, into the orchestra pit, once… (According to my sources.)

The incredible Michael Port joins us on the show to share a personal struggle with food and weight loss, and the ReLaunch that not only helped rescue his health, it strengthened his business and beefed up his bottom line.

What you'll hear in this episode - honesty, humility, and humor.

"The Cornerstone of All Performance is Improv, be Adaptable" 

"You can’t take anything away from me. I am who I am. But when you hide something, then you feel like people can take things from you."

Michael's incredible library of resources - Book yourself SolidBeyond Booked SolidBook yourself Solid IllustratedThe Contrarian Effect, and The Think Big Manifesto.

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Author of the incredible book, So Long Inner Critic – Hello Inner Champion, nationally known speaker, trainer, and performance coach, Marcie Stern joins us on the show.

Marcie's backstory >>> While she originally followed a career path that seemed to be well laid-out – a graduate degree and then a career in hospital administration, she knew that “something was missing”, and there had to be “more out there”. By her own admission – She was a gerbil trapped in the wheel of status quo expectations and experiences.

Realizing she wasn’t making the contribution she knew she was capable of, she still had lingering doubts as to her own value; the question she would often ask herself – “Am I good enough?”

Despite the self-doubt, she held strong to her convictions and stepped into the unknown entrepreneurial world.

Her turning point: “This is my opportunity to be heard!”

Beliefs and heavy questions she had to remove from her thinking: “How can you leave something that’s successful?” “Are you really contributing to your family?”

Marcie's recommended reads: Finding your Own North Star by Martha Beck, What to Say When you Talk to Yourself by Dr. Shad Helmsetter, There Must be More than This by Dr. Judith Wright.

Free resource and report from Marcie: 10 Tips to Say “No” Gracefully

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Going into immediate survival mode, her life as a new mother changed in an terror-filled flash when Samantha, her 18-month-old daughter, almost died before finally being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. As she openly talks about on the show, she became desperate, angry, and physically unhealthy as she did everything she could to raise an insulin dependent child. It took 13 years for today's guest to realize that, while busy saving her daughter, she forgot to save herself.

Inspirational speaker, strong mom, and author of the upcoming book, "Saving Her, Saving Me", Bonita Lehmann, joins us on the show to share how she took control of her life back, stayed accountable, and got her game on.

Our ReLaunch! eBook gift to you - 7 Days of Self Care

 Bonita's turning point

After ignoring years of signs and signals that were trying to get her attention, she awoke early one morning with the imaginary realness of being choked into submission. She then heard (maybe felt) an inner voice assuring her that today was the day for a change in plans.

One of the best parts of her entire journey

Her daughters grew to respect her and became her biggest fans and cheerleaders. 

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Our guest, G. Brian Benson, is an actor, multiple award winning self-help author, filmmaker, speaker, radio personality, musician, inspirational poet, children’s author, finisher of over 50 triathlons (including 4 Ironman distance races), cross-country bicyclist, and someone that believes in YOU! On the show he shares his best ideas and tips for how to believe and trust in yourself, even if no one else does.

Need ideas on how to live a healthy, fun, and balanced life? Check out G. Brian's books - Finding your Voice and Brian's List 

G. Brian's backstory >>> After about twelve years in the family business (a golf center), he was burned out and ready for more than just a change; he was ready for a new beginning. Allowing himself the room to stretch, grow, and understand, he kept open to possibilities and on the lookout for exciting opportunities. And, while he's already accomplished a life's worth of work (in my opinion anyway), in real-time, all of this is still showroom-fresh for him. 

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Taking a break from their studies, he and a few college friends were hoofing-it to a nearby party when he decided to short-cut through a wooded area. Making his way off the beaten-path, he found himself perched on-top of a towering train trestle, 40-feet above the rushing currents of the local river. The fall took from him the mobility he had in his legs and as he explains on the show, was an "unbelievable setback" that stacked-up to two months of rehabilitation. In the beginning of his very personal ReLaunch! he had to relearn many activities that were once second nature to him.

Keynote speaker and author of the upcoming book F.E.A.R. N.O.T. - Embrace Life's Journey, Dale Spencer joins us on the show to share the two main ingredients that have steeped his courage, accelerated his professional growth and helped him achieve his goals.

An empowering AHA! observation Dale shares

"I am not obsessed with the journey behind me."

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