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Dec 29, 2016

"You can have everything in life you want, as long as you just help enough other people get what they want."

This is one of the most popular quotes from legendary speaker, Zig Ziglar and it is absolutely modeled through his son Tom's life today. 

Tom Ziglar has influenced 250 million lives through his work. On today's show, Tom will  share about growing up with Zig as his father and how his dad walked the talk he shared with the world. 

Tom shares about falling in love with sales, defines what "sales" really means and early failures he endured as a young president of his father's company.

These were my main takeaways from our time together: 

  • "Did you do everything you could? If yes, then you can sleep good tonight." 
  • Zig didn't begin speaking until his late 30s; it's never too late to start a new path.
  • The best advice Zig gave Tom (after he felt he was unfairly treated): "The only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you."
  • Tom defines sales as: Listening and helping people solve their problems
  • "Truth doesn't go out of style. There isn't much 'new' under the sun; we just forget what we once knew to be true." - John O'Leary
  • Zombie Effect: showing up at work barely on time, doing minimal work, never offering his/her opinion. (The academic word is disengaged.) Gallup study shows 60% of employees are disengaged. Imagine a 10-seater bike with only 3 people pedaling. This is a life issue; not just a business issue.
    • The cause: They have no dreams.
      • The solution: Dream! Then everything you do each day is helping you get closer to it.
        • Help your employees dream; show them you care. 
  • Get Zig & Tom's book Born to Win: "You must plan to win. Prepare to win."
  • Live to Win webinar answers this question: "What's the fastest way to success?" By helping you replace bad habits with good one. Changing one a week for 52 weeks.
  • Check out Ziglar Podcast Episode #405 where I was interviewed

Tom Ziglar's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you've ever read?

The Lord of the Rings

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

Thank God for someone who lived a good, long life.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

Dad's bible. He underlined it. in fact, I have a lot of his underlined books. That is just priceless.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

Dad.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

"You are what you are and where you are because of what's gone into your mind. And you can change what you are and where you are by what goes into your mind." This is my favorite quote from dad.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

There's a lot of tempting answers! Don't start that business! It might be a Dave Ramsey thought - Pay cash for everything! I'd get more financially in-tune early on.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

He lived pure and simple by putting the right things into his mind. 

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help grow our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Dec 22, 2016

Today’s guest will help you to stop managing life and start LIVING it.

She is a bestselling author, blogger, mom, leader of the hands free revolution and my dear friend: Rachel Macy Stafford.

Every conversation I’ve had with Rachel is one of the most authentic conversations I’ve ever had - and today’s episode is no different. You'll see yourself in Rachel’s struggles, triumphs and story and you’ll be inspired by her tools to live life to the fullest.

We're nearing the end of Live Inspired Podcast Season 1 and I absolutely saved Rachel to be one of the last for a reason. Today’s conversation is going to be an inflection point for you! My favorite takeaways from our time together:

  • Stop managing life and start LIVING it.
  • Set "distraction free" time every day.
  • "Only love today."
  • Hands Free Living - [n.] leaving your phone and schedule to just be. Letting go of control and unrealistic standards.
  • Redefine what success is for YOU. What do you want to measure success by TODAY?
  • When we see each others' scars we love each other more.
  • Pre-order Rachel's new book (hits shelves March 2017) Only Love Today.
  • Connect with Rachel & The Hands Free Revolution on Facebook.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Rachel Macy Stafford's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you've ever read?

Life is a Verb. I would not be a writer today if I had not read it. She inspired me to take a leap of faith and put myself out there.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

My kids and I have been involved with Compassion International. I would like to do even more! Go over and visit them...sponsor 100's of kids!

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

My friend gave me a framed watercolor sign that her daughters' friend made for me because she said I was a "soul changer." I've never had such a beautiful compliment. I would run in and grab that!

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

I would choose my Grandma Madonna. I really miss her. She and I spent so much time playing cards, watching game shows and she would write me letters. We had a really special connection. I would just love to sit and spend some time with her today.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don't focus on numbers. Focus on lives touched.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

Don't believe that there is pressure coming at you from other people. That pressure is coming from you. It is not necessary. You can surrender. Just love and live.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

She was love. She sounded like love. She looked like love. She spread love. And all that love made all the difference in the world.

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help grow our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

 

Dec 15, 2016

Today we have on our show Pulitzer Nominated author of 25 books Don Yaeger.

From Walter Payton - one of the most prolific running backs in the history of the NFL - who wanted his book to NOT be about football, but about leaving a legacy as an organ donor…

To John Wooden, who many consider the greatest coach of all time as he led the UCLA Men’s basketball team to 10 national championships in 12 years.

You are going to hear amazing examples of individuals living inspired through Don’s LIBRARY of books he’s written and subsequently, friends he’s made. He'll also share about the lessons he’s learned as a business owner, son of a preacher, husband and father.

My Key Takeaways: 

  • You'll never out perform your inner circle. Surround yourself with excellence and that's what you'll become.
  • "Make it your goal to have every person be better for having spent time with you."
  • Be present because tomorrow is promised to no one.
  • Write your spouse a love letter often - because you can.
  • In relationships we often look for things that drive us crazy. Instead, look for things you LOVE. It will change the way you relate to each other.
  • Order Don's book, the biography of "the best coach of all time" John Wooden, A Game Plan for Life
  • Get a free chapter from Don's newest book Great Teams: 16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Don Yaeger's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

I don't read much fiction, but Nicholas Sparks wrote The Notebook and I've read it over and over again. My mom suffered from Alzheimer's. He is such a gifted wordsmith.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

I wouldn't stop working that's for sure. I'm on the national board for Make-A-Wish, so I'd help grant lots of wishes.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

It's a picture of my wife and I from our wedding day; the outside part of the frame was signed by all of our wedding guests.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

One more conversation with John Wood. I just loved being in his presence. The last time I saw him I said "Every time I leave you I feel like a better man than when I arrived." "John looked me and said: Don, I hope you make that your standard."

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

If you want to be better, always improve you inner circle.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

Slow down. I wanted everything way too fast for way too long.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

He inspired many by telling the stories of others.

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help grow our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Dec 8, 2016

Today's guest is a comedian, author, speaker, huge over-comer and a new, dear friend of mine.

She has been through more challenges and misadventures than most, but exemplifies more grace, forgiveness, courage and perseverance than anyone I have ever met.

You've likely never heard of her but after our time together, I am certain you will never forget her! Kathy Buckley will share her story in such a way that you will be ready to live more inspired than ever before!

My favorite takeaways from our time together:

  • Nobody is in this world with nothing to give. We all have something to give.
  • You can learn more about someone by being fully present with them than by listening to the words they are speaking (she's learned this truth through her lifelong hearing loss).
  • Appreciate who you are and forget about being defined by others.

These truths were also shared in her book, If You Could See What I Hear. I loved this book and absolutely devoured it.

  • Order Kathy's book If You Could See What I Hear here.
  • Check out Kathy on the comedy stage here

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared "rapid fire" and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest's answers and YOUR answers... and excited to apply ideas from today's show to help you live an inspired life. 

Kathy Buckley's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you ever read?

Your book! ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

I don't need much. My needs are covered and my wants are few, so to me money is to provide for others. I volunteer with deaf and hard-of-hearing children through a theater program. I would expand this program to help give a better understanding to more communities.  

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

Everybody is out of my house? An item. I'm not attached to anything! I guess my insurance paperwork. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

Jesus. I would ask him how could he was so committed. How could he have had that faith. Faith is a powerful thing to bless yourself with and I just have such admiration for him. He was there for those who were less fortunate. 

5. What is the best advice you've ever received?

My uncle: fear knocked upon my door, faith answered it and no one was there.

Which means fear and anxiety are human created, but when you have faith: you can trust and believe that all good things are there for you to receive.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

I'm sorry I didn't love you like I should have loved you. I probably would just put my arms around her and let her know she was loved. 

7. It's been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

Kathy loved unconditionally, anyone who crossed her path.

 

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help me spread the word about our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Dec 1, 2016

Today’s guest started his first business at 12 years old after asking his dad for money for an icee. His dad responded, "You don’t need money, you need a job!" He promptly started mowing lawns and has been a business owner since.

This one-time lawn-mower is now a nationally syndicated radio shows host, #1 national bestselling author, personal finance guru and my friend, Dave Ramsey.

Dave's show is aired on 578 stations, is the third largest talk radio show in the nation and enjoys nearly 13 million listeners a week. But, Dave's life hasn’t always been so bright.

Today, Dave will share about what it was like building his first real estate business at 18, making $250k by 26 and going bankrupt at 28. He’ll share how his failures led in part to his successes in faith, marriage and gratitude today.

You don't want to miss the amazing, simple insights from Dave on how to better manage your money, life and business. Most of all: Dave is so used to being on the other side of the microphone, you are going to love hearing from him as my guest.

Here are my key takeaways: 

  • The difference between failing and experimenting: in failing you quit. When experimenting you keep moving until you figure it out.
  • When you pay for something, you pay more attention to it and you appreciate it more. How many free books have you read?
  • There are 3 things you can do with money: enjoy it, give it, invest it.
  • Assess the psychological income for what you are doing (how is this helping people?) when you focus on this, you'll never work another day in your life because you’ll enjoy the work you do.
  • Order Dave's #1 New York Time's bestseller Total Money Makeover.
  • Tune into Dave's Radio Show episode when he interviewed John.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Dave Ramsey's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

I'm a veracious reader. Here's the first that come to mind: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud. Way back when I was a teenager Daddy made me read How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale CarnegieI’ve read everything from Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell, Ziglar. I look for authors that are good thinkers.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

There are only three things you can do with money. Enjoy it. Give it. Invest it. I would do some of each.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

I have my grandmother’s grandfather’s bible from 1878 he was a Methodist preacher. The notes in it are classic.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

This week it would be Winston Churchill. His perseverance was amazing and he was a great speaker. There may be a cigar involved when we’re on the bench!

5. What is the best advice you've ever received?

The first pastor that led me to God taught me: Love people.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

You are not nearly as important as you think you are! If you are going to be successful it is going to be a whole lot harder than you thought it was.

7. It's been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

He was better than he deserved.


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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help grow our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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