Ciao

Who are the most insanely legit Bada$$ humans in your life?

It’s hard to argue that Chau Mui isn’t one of those in mine.

Our friendship started almost 5 years ago through a serendipitous meeting at a conference in NYC and it’s evolved into almost weekly calls to talk about business and life.

We support one another in our endeavors.

Even though Chau has incredible experiences like:

  • traveling the globe
  • running amazing events 
  • hosting popular dumpling tours
  • building her female-owned marketing agency

She continues to be open to learning and is incredibly humble in her approach.

She’s inspired me to push the limits of what I think I can do and lean into the unknown.

What are some lessons we can learn from Chau:

  • Be open to exploring new terrain
  • Be open to learning new things
  • Positive thinking always wins

Hang around Bada$$ people as often as you can. 

Some of their magic pixie dust may just rub off on you.

Ciao2024-03-22T11:34:39-04:00

Qualified vs Certified

Qualified vs Certified 

Can you recognize the differences?

They may have:

  • Read books
  • Taken courses
  • Gotten a degree
  • Studied the “data”

But have they:

  • Stood up for themselves
  • Failed spectacularly 
  • Experimented
  • Taken risks

They may have certifications or letters next to their name but that doesn’t mean they have lived experiences. 

It doesn’t mean they understand what you are going through. 

Be careful who you are taking advice from. 

They may not be qualified to give it.

Qualified vs Certified2024-02-15T11:44:51-04:00

IRL

This year is all about meeting people in real life. “IRL”, as the kids say.

I’ve met so many amazing humans virtually in recent years but my in-person connections were stagnant.

I missed that energy.

I needed to feel it again.

So I’m completely changing that in 2024.

Here’s why you should too:

Energy – We feed off the energy of others. When we are in the presence of amazing humans it excites us, makes us feel empowered and we feel a part of something bigger. It provides the kick in our steps for future growth.

Community – People come in and out of our lives but it’s the ones that we deeply connect with that remain consistent. Why not add more of these people? Why not connect those people with others? Why not create your community?

Ideation – When we get together with others the ideas start flowing. The banter is electric and we feed off each other. Sure you can get that virtually but the energy doesn’t flow through the screen nearly as well as in person.

Raise your quality of life – if you believe you are the average of the 5 friends you hang around with the most then have you audited those folks lately and explored new people that could add value? They are out there if you’re willing to open up to new connections.

Connection is so important in an ever-isolated digital world.

I’d encourage you to get out a get around some more humans.

We are social animals after all.

IRL2024-02-11T14:32:01-04:00
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GINA BIANCHINI

EPISODE 407: CEO & Founder of Mighty Networks

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Episode 407 features Gina Bianchini, the CEO & founder of Mighty Networks, a community platform that powers people magic, and the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of, Purpose: Design a Community & Change Your Life.

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Website: https://www.mightynetworks.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginabianchini/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ginab

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0kOOsZ55RofRas1uPIEZmg

About Gina:

Gina Bianchini is the CEO & founder of Mighty Networks, a community platform that powers people magic.

People magic is advanced technology and AI that connects the most relevant and interesting people to each other in the context of community, courses, events, and paid memberships.

She’s also the author of the 2022 Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Purpose: Design a Community & Change Your Life.

Mighty is trusted by brands from TED to Tony Robbins, Mindbody, LAUNCH by Mel Robbins, Esther Perel, Matthew Hussey, Jim Kwik, BODi, and Fortune.

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Gina Bianchini2024-03-01T10:22:28-04:00

Pro Tips

How did a PGA Golf Professional become a Top-performing Sales professional?

→ Help.

I didn’t know it while going through it but humility was my ally. I didn’t know what I didn’t know and was open to learning.

→ Jonas Kleiner was my first Sales Manager and taught me about the sales process, cold calling, and “asking” for the business.

→ JT Rimbey taught me all about the power of relationships ( and, I also distinctly remember him telling me I was monotone on a demo -> which changed the entire trajectory of my career)

→ Daniel McCauley gave me insight into how to go deeper into discovery and uncover the real problem behind what the potential client may be saying.

→ Rob Munz taught me all about empathy.

Anyone who accomplishes anything has a team behind them to do it.

From a long-time mentor to a short-lived conversation, all of it molds us into the people we become.

Who has helped shape your life/career the most?

Might be a good time to send them a text and let them know.

Pro Tips2024-01-19T06:36:21-04:00

inMotion

I got laid off.

→ But it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

In 2014, after about 8 months into my first full-time sales role, the company was sold and they decided to close the Raleigh office.

It was the first time I experienced the “gut punch” that comes with being told you are no longer needed.

I was out of a job and I felt like a failure. But I was determined to use it as a stepping stone to something better.

I never could have imagined what would happen next.

After some interviews with various companies through my network, it was a random LinkedIn response from a college friend, JT, whom I was reaching out to about interviewing for a company he worked at prior.

Instead, it turned into a coffee.

That coffee was an informal interview at the company where he was the VP of Sales.

That informal interview turned into several interviews the next day with the Founders and CEO.

4 days later I had a job offer. I had found a new home.

It was a pivotal moment in my career.

I spent 4 years at inMotionNow (now Lytho)

<> The Founders, Rob & Mary Beth, become mentors

<> JT taught me more about sales than I could ever repay him for

<> I built lifelong friendships with co-workers and clients

<> I learned the importance of Teamwork and Culture

<> I gained confidence in myself and my abilities

Things always appear bad at the moment.

  • We lost a job.
  • We blew the game.
  • We broke up with someone.

Sometimes things are out of our control. Life is happening.

→ But, what is in our control?

  • Our attitude
  • Our resilience
  • Our perspective
  • Our perseverance

We have no idea what is going to happen. Most of it is random luck and serendipitous moments.

We can be prepared when the luck arrives.

We can be ready for the opportunities.

But, we must start taking control now.

Otherwise, we might be cornered into a decision that doesn’t lead us down the path we ultimately want.

(P.S. – I forgot how far advanced our phone cameras are today. This picture of Rob and me is from 2015!)

inMotion2024-01-14T10:54:28-04:00

Larry Hynes

Larry Hynes single-handedly changed the course of my life.

As a young lad with zero confidence, he pulled me aside one day while leaving public speaking class and said, “Brian, you have great pitch and tone, you should be on the radio someday.”

He had a positive, light-hearted approach to teaching and a generous way to give compliments when he saw something in us we didn’t see in ourselves.

I know I wasn’t the only one he had a positive impact on.

Who is your “Larry Hynes”?

What teacher impacted you the most?

Let them know if you can otherwise we’ll pour a little out for the ones, like Mr. Hynes, that are no longer with us.

Larry Hynes2024-01-14T10:24:31-04:00

Nudge

A “nudge” might be all we need to help push the boulder in our way to the side.

That happened to me during a CrossFit workout recently.

I had taken off several days and could feel that I hadn’t fully gotten my endurance back. This workout was exhausting for me.

With the time cap a few minutes away, I didn’t think I’d finish. I had hit a mental blockade and resigned myself to the fact that it was okay to slow down and coast into the finish.

And then one of my fellow peers stepped in who had already finished.

He pushed me from one movement to the other. He counted me down. He held me accountable.

I finished in the allotted time.

I was capable of it but I mentally exhausted the effort that I could do it.

And that’s when the support of others is crucial.

They know your best.

They know what you are capable of.

They won’t let you sell yourself short.

We can’t do it all alone. Sometimes the belief in ourselves comes from the belief that others have in us.

We must be open to that encouragement and use that energy to push us farther ahead.

It’s a slight nudge while we are on the swing.

That one small push can be exactly what we need to keep the momentum going.

Nudge2023-09-10T13:35:31-04:00

Showing Up Is Half The Battle

You won’t become great by learning a skill.

You become great by building an ecosystem that supports that skill.

It can apply to all facets of life.

When I started CrossFit I would’ve had average results if I solely focused on lifting weights.

Instead:
I had to create a Morning Routine.
I had to create a Bedtime Routine.
I had to have a beginner learner mindset.
I had to prepare for the day ahead better.
I had to change what I ate during the day.
I had to change when I ate during the day.
I had to show up on the days I didn’t feel like it.

These new foundations in my life, that never existed before, were created.

I wouldn’t be close to what I have achieved if they hadn’t been.

This applies to the skill or activity you are learning.

Have you built the ecosystem to support your endeavor?

If not, what habits can you add or eliminate today to support it?

Now is never a bad time to start.

Showing Up Is Half The Battle2023-06-23T09:39:03-04:00

Homeward Bound

Just because we’re different doesn’t mean we’re wrong.

Chances are as we are trying to live our best life we’ll be exploring new ideas and it may waiver from what we’re known for.

Keep going.

We are always going to be misunderstood early on as we adapt and change. We’ll be questioned and judged. We’ll be ridiculed.

But we’ll attract the right kind of energy from the right kind of people.

Our being different will be seen as a special gift.

We’ll be welcomed and supported.

We’ll find our home again.

Homeward Bound2022-09-10T17:30:13-04:00

Soul Mates

Surround ourselves with people who when we look in their eyes there is a fire that projects back into our soul.

It may sound hokey but we’ve all experienced it at some point in our lives. There is this energy, this aura, this force that surrounds them. We know it’s different than most people we encounter.

When we find these people we have to embrace them and bring them into our circle.

We need that energy as we can’t do life alone.

Community is a vital part of a happy life and we shouldn’t want it any other way.

Soul Mates2022-09-10T15:48:42-04:00
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JEN MARR

EPISODE 251: Founder & CEO, Inspiring Comfort LLC & Author of Showing Up

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Episode 251 features Jen Marr, a Speaker, Author, and Founder and CEO of Inspiring Comfort. She has utilized her 30 years of experience in business, leadership development, and the healthcare industry to research, develop, and offer solutions to our current mental health crisis.

Check out her new book, “Showing Up” – https://www.inspiringcomfort.com/showing-up

Find Jen Online:

Website: https://www.inspiringcomfort.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenmarr/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM699PRBNV8EWtP1Is4dytg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenmarr/

About Jen:

Jen Marr is a Speaker, Author, and Founder and CEO of Inspiring Comfort. She has utilized her 30 years of experience in business, leadership development, and the healthcare industry to research, develop, and offer solutions to our current mental health crisis.

Ten years ago, Jen had a front-row seat to the Sandy Hook tragedy and to the Boston Marathon bombing. She immediately began working in crisis response and recovery efforts. She saw first-hand the need for ongoing support for those who are struggling. In doing this, she realized there is a massive gap between people who are struggling and people who want to help, but don’t know how. This is when Inspiring Comfort was born.

Since then, Jen has been immersed in trauma research and developing programs that address this gap. Her work in the field of human connection has made an indelible impact on the lives of countless people. She is passionate about furthering the science of human connection and has worked with researchers and thought leaders across the country to cultivate cultures of care through the critical life skill of comfort.

This movement is taking root in notable organizations including the White House Leadership Development Program, the National Suicide Lifeline, Georgetown University, Northeastern University, The New York Office of Mental Health, and the American Association of Suicidology.

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Jen Marr2022-06-22T21:02:19-04:00

The Sound of Support

We bring people into our lives for various reasons. As time passes and growth happens there may be people that end up not being appropriate to share our time with anymore.

Sometimes it is easy to discover the destructive ones but often times we are incapable or unwilling to see when the writing is on the wall.

As relationships progress it’s often important to ask questions about them.

Questions such as:

  • Do they reach out to me consistently or only when they are lonely or need something?
  • Can they share advice and insight in a constructive manner or are they always talking down to me?
  • Do they talk about themselves or their problems constantly and rarely ask how I am doing?
  • Are they present in my time of need or only when convenient for them?

There is only so much time to go around and spending more time with fewer people might not be a bad philosophy as support systems become more important to get us through the hard times.
Deep not wide is an approach to consider in these situations.

As the saying goes, “We are the average of the five people we spend our most time with”.

Choose people that fill up your cup and you theirs. Life is too short for the alternative.

The Sound of Support2021-07-11T20:58:34-04:00

Celebrate The Wins

This month I would be celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary. 

But we didn’t make it much past year 7. 

In a strange way, I still celebrate that day and spend time thinking about the past. 

The good times and the bad. The ups and the downs. The lessons I wish I knew then but only learned much later. 

The outcome may not have changed. Different people with different values may not have worked out if we played it back 100 different ways. 

And that’s why I reflect. 

It’s okay that it didn’t work out. 

I still cherish the time we had together. The early days were really fun. I was in love and I know she was, too. We’ll always have that time etched in the archives of our story. 

It was a big part of my journey to get where I am today. I’m more grateful than heartbroken. 

I don’t look at divorce as a failure. In fact, it could be considered a win. We both have the chance to learn and change. We both have the chance to explore new horizons we might not have ventured into. We both can use the past as a lesson to help in the future. 

The story of “us” looks different than it did 10 years ago and just because it might not have the fairytale ending doesn’t mean there can’t be a silver lining to it all. 

So, cheers to whatever you are celebrating that has been a big chapter in the story of your life!

Celebrate The Wins2022-03-13T15:27:03-04:00
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Adam & Kathryn Frazer

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Episode 132 features Adam, Kathryn, and Kona Frazer who are Full-time Travelers in a converted van and documenting their journey along the way.

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Website: https://adventuresofaplusk.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adventuresofaplusk/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/adventuresofaplusk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adventuresofaplusk/

About Adam & Kathryn Online:

We’re Adam, Kathryn, and Kona, an adventurous married couple (+ pup!) living on the road in our self-converted sprinter van! You can often find us driving all around the US and Canada, scoping out the best coffee shops, eating tacos and ice cream (we’re a 5+ taco and 2+ scoop household), and enjoying nature.

We help travelers spend less time (and stress!) planning their trip and more time enjoying it! Our detailed travel guides, YouTube videos, and travel resources share the must-visit local eats, popular and off the beaten path sights, and tons of tips to make planning your next adventure a whole lot easier.

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Adam & Kathryn Frazer2020-11-15T21:57:17-04:00
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