The Move Forward Anyway Podcast
Stop Sharing with the Discouragers

Stop Sharing with the Discouragers

October 19, 2021

Joel Henry Blaeser has always been a musician. After playing in bands in college, he discovered that his true passion is making electronic music on his laptop, completely on his own. Now, a solo artist and music producer and recently listed on Spotify’s Top Ten List of Indie Artists, Joel is well on his way to fulfilling his dream: living off of his music.

As someone who struggles with self-doubt, Joel acknowledges that it’s tough to know when a song is good enough to share. It can also be tough when there are people around you who may not understand or approve of a creative career path. However, with the support of his talented mentors and an amazing sense of discipline, Joel has been able to work through the obstacles preventing him from making music. As an artist, Joel wants to create work that allows him to be personal and relatable, knowing full well that music can emotionally connect to people and help them escape the difficulties of reality.

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for a freeing conversation with Jeff and Joel about letting go of artistic perfection. Learn about how Joel was able to ignore the discouragers, work through the distractions, and believe in his work enough to share it with the world.

 

Quotes 

• “My dream is to live off of the music I make and work on for other people.” (05:34-05:41 | Joel Henry Blaeser)

• “Keeping the ball rolling. I keep reminding myself that music is what I want to do with my short time on Earth. It is the main thing that fulfills me.” (16:06-16:33 | Joel Henry Blaeser)

• “People are threatened by your dream. And the best way to make sure that they feel good about themselves is to keep you from succeeding in realizing your dream. Because then they feel good about themselves, because there's someone else that didn't make it. I call them, ‘Dream crushers.’ And they come right at you face-to-face, boldly and with their arms up.”  (27:27-27:53 Jeff Meyer)

• “Music has a purpose for existing. The great artists, big artists, anyone's favorite artists, that music does something for you. I think it was the singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin, who said, ‘When we make an album, we go into a bubble, and we just think about what we would want to listen to. That's how we make something original.’ That's kind of my goal with creating is to make sure that I'm making something good enough that I would listen to. And then from an emotional standpoint, but also obviously a musical standpoint, what our favorite songs do for us, they give us new insight, they get us through hard times, they provide escapism from reality.” (41:01-42:13 | Joel Henry Blaeser)

• “I'm thinking about luxury items, like stuff that would derail my progress and music. And that was because of that external influence of being in a restaurant. And that kind of ties back into living with and living around people that aren't doing what you want to do. The extra mile. It can be a distraction.” (46:12-46:36 | Joel Henry Blaeser)

 

Links

Get in touch with Joel Henry Blaeser:

• Website: https://joelhenryblaeser.co/ 

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/henryblaeser/

• Instagram: https://instagram.com/henryblaeser?utm_medium=copy_link

• Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1LwyTuT7925K1zT4UwrK5x?si=JcJ6_pGqTaiXZPmfcsIxPg&utm_source=copy-link&dl_branch=1

• Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/blaeserhenry?lang=en

• SoundCloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/user-174827138

 

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

www.jeffmeyer.org

• Schedule a Discovery Call with Jeff: https://go.oncehub.com/DreamAcceleratorDiscoveryCall

 

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Take Your Obsession and Make it Your Profession

Take Your Obsession and Make it Your Profession

October 5, 2021

Ever since high school, Paul Copeland has had a passion for cigars. From watching his dad smoke a cigar while riding the tractor around the farm to creating a cigar club in both high school and college, Paul has always had a cigar-based social life. On today’s episode of Move Forward Anyway, Paul explains how you can turn your everyday passion into a storefront reality. 

As an avid cigar connoisseur, Paul always knew he wanted to turn his passion into a business. He then met Country superstar Luke Bryan through cigar clubs, and they began to ponder the idea of opening a cigar shop. Together, they opened Shore Thing Cigars in Florida, close to Luke Bryan’s vacation home. Not only do Paul and Luke communicate well as friends, but they also share a deep-rooted trust as business partners. 

When it comes to running his store, Paul explains the importance of always putting your staff first. Paul has a staff made up of all women, and he gushes about what these women have taught him about his marriage, life and how to be a more understanding person.

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for an insightful conversation with Jeff and Paul about following your dreams. Learn more about the importance of compassion when it comes to owning a small business and how Paul’s childhood passion has allowed him to turn his obsession into a profession.

 

Quotes

• “Let’s take my obsession and make it a profession.” (07:58-08:01) 

• “The brand and the staff comes first, then the customer. The customer is not first in my book. I do all the things for my staff, and they will represent me to the customers. My staff is most important.” (20:21-16) 

• “Shore Things Cigars is a place that has changed my life” (17:35-17:40) 

• “A boss is someone who cares how you do at work. A leader is someone who cares how you do outside of work.” (22:40-22:48) 

• “We are giving people an area where people can feel like they are on stage and they are the stars of the show. We give them an area where they feel great and they share, but not so much that they lock down.” (26:30- 27:01) 

• “The fear was am I doing something wrong because I am following my dream, following my passion? I’m not doing a ‘real job.’ Thank the Lord there is income coming in as well.” 

• “Look at it as surgery. If we go through surgery, the reason we are going through surgery is we have something that needs to be fixed to make it work better. There are risks, and after surgery, you’re not going to feel 100% better, and you have to strengthen yourself. But, you have to understand the surgery was done to fix something. After that therapy wears out, you have the strength and you’re able to move on.” (45:25-45:34) 

 

Get in touch with Paul Copeland:

• Phone Number: (850) 213-3750

• Email: room319@shorethingcigars.com

• Address: The Hub 30A, 37 Hub Lane Watersound Beach, Florida, 32461

• We’re located between Rosemary Beach and Seaside on the beach side of 30A

 

• Website: https://shorethingcigars.com/

• IG - https://www.instagram.com/shorethingcigars/

• FB - https://www.facebook.com/shorethingcigars

• Twitter - https://twitter.com/shorethingcigar

• LinkedIn: https://linkin.bio/shorethingcigars

 

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

www.jeffmeyer.org

• Schedule a Discovery Call with Jeff: https://go.oncehub.com/DreamAcceleratorDiscoveryCall

 

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To Move Forward Anyway Is to Remember Christ

To Move Forward Anyway Is to Remember Christ

September 21, 2021

Adam Griffin never intended to start his own church. After serving many years in the same church, he found himself complacent in his role as right-hand man. It wasn’t until the Lord put him at a crossroads that Adam realized his own insecurities were preventing him from achieving his true calling. Four years later, Adam and his wife planted their church, Eastside Dallas, where he currently serves his community as head pastor.

As a people pleaser, Adam has always been risk averse. Any time he would confront the possibility of leading a church, he would immediately shut the idea down in fear of disappointing his people. Adam had to come to the realization that all his fears were rooted in the idea that the church was built on him, and not the Lord; it wasn’t until he accepted that the church belonged to the Lord that he saw his fears as irrational. Taking a leap of faith has allowed Adam to pursue a passion he never dreamt of while bringing him closer to God. Even though he is consistently plagued by pessimism regarding his strengths, remembering who Christ is, what He’s called him to do, and the support of his loved ones is what motivates him to move forward anyway. 

Sometimes your true callings are the dreams that you have been resisting. Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for a humble conversation with Jeff and Adam about overcoming insecurity. Learn more about how God used Adam’s uncertainties to transform him into the passionate pastor he is today. 

 

Quotes

• “Being a father, husband and pastor is what I love to do. It's what gets me up in the morning and gets me fired up all day long.”(01:06-01:13)

• “The Lord waking me up to realize no matter what I do, I am not responsible. Whether it's my kids' hearts and salvation or whether it's the people that I'm discipling, it’s the Lord's work. And so, I feel set free from that burden to recognize that's not what the Lord asked me to do.” (06:58-07:12)

• “Sometimes the dream comes from an unexpected place where you maybe even resisted the thought before.” (10:32-10:41)

• “I get to give full credit to God because this has not been something that has been a strategic pros and cons list plan that I've had since childbirth, it's something the Lord has continued to just flower and just blossom in my life.” (13:28-13:40)

• “The way that I move forward anyway is having people around me that remind me what's true about me and what's true about what I've been called to do.” (18:07-18:15)

 

Links

Get in touch with Adam Griffin:

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adamedwardgriffin

• Instagram: https://instagram.com/adamgriffin80?utm_medium=copy_link

• Church Website: https://www.eastsidedallas.org/

• Book: Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home through Time, Moments, and Milestones https://www.amazon.com/Family-Discipleship-Leading-Through-Milestones/dp/B08DZDMSCB 

• Podcast: @familydiscipleshippodcast

 

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

www.jeffmeyer.org

• Schedule a Discovery Call with Jeff: https://go.oncehub.com/DreamAcceleratorDiscoveryCall

 

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Trust God, Know Your Who and Your Why, and Then Ask for Help

Trust God, Know Your Who and Your Why, and Then Ask for Help

September 7, 2021

Twenty years ago, Tami Fleming worked as Host Jeff Meyer’s office manager. Since then, she’s had two daughters, undergone a divorce and joined several organizations to aid the unhoused population of Madison. Inspired to help those that are suffering in a tangible way, Tami started out by giving out cookies on State Street. A passion was ignited, and Tami began volunteering for Friends of the State Street Family Homeless Shelter and Shelter from the Storm, a transitional home for single moms. Tami also developed a business proposal for the Rapid Rehousing program, allowing recently displaced families to find apartments and settle back into their lives. More recently, Tami launched Those Flippin’ Flemings, a vintage furniture refurbishing business. It is undeniable that Tami is just getting started as her “Movement of Compassion” grows.

On today’s episode, Tami and Jeff discuss how you don’t need a Ph.D. in social work to impact people’s lives. Tami’s strength comes from trusting God and developing deep connections with the population she serves. Through listening to the needs of others, Tami has been able to effectively gain the trust of her unhoused peers to propel them forward. Tami also recognizes that no one accomplishes anything alone. By surrounding herself with a team of therapists, opportunity coaches and caseworkers, she has provided the services needed to stabilize (and save) lives. Although there’s been insecurity along the way, Tami credits God for making her dreams of helping others a reality.

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for an inspiring discussion between Tami and Jeff about listening to God when following your passion. Not everyone has a ten-year plan or everything figured out, but following simple steps and trusting the process can lead to life-changing results.

 

Quotes

• “We get those little winks from God, you know. Like, hey, you’re doing what I want you to do. Don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of what you need.”  (15:12-15:18)

• “I think what I’ve learned - first of all, trust God. Because if you’re doing what he wants you to do, he will show up. He will show up, and he will make it work. I came from a place where I thought I had to know everything and do everything by myself, and I couldn’t ask for help because that would mean I couldn’t do it. And that’s not how we’re supposed to be - we’re supposed to work with our brothers and sisters because none of us can do this alone.” (20:20-20:48)

• “You don’t have to have a Ph.D. in social work to be able to help someone in a practical way that’s experiencing homelessness. You know, you do something practical, and you just listen. You ask them questions about what they're talking about and try to understand where they’re coming from and if there’s something practical they need, be that person for them.” (31:35-31:52)

• “You don’t have to be wealthy or perfect or have a Ph.D. to be able to do something really meaningful in the world or in the life of another person.” (57:57-58:07)

 

Links

Friends of the State Street Family Homeless shelter: www.friendsofthestatestreetfamily.org 

 

Shelter from the Storm: https://sftsm.org/ 

 

Those Flippin’ Flemings:

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Those-Flippin-Flemings-103297058597828/

• Email: tamorafleming@gmail.com

 

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

www.jeffmeyer.org

• Schedule a Discovery Call with Jeff: https://go.oncehub.com/DreamAcceleratorDiscoveryCall

 

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Do What You Can With What You Have and Leave the Rest Up to God

Do What You Can With What You Have and Leave the Rest Up to God

August 24, 2021

Tommy Woodard and Eddie James, aka The Skit Guys, have been passionate about writing and producing skits since they were kids. When Eddie began getting close to God during his high school years, the duo set their sights on writing skits that represented their Christian faith. Since then, Tommy and Eddie have produced multiple viral skits and currently have dreams to further their passion in the realm of movie production. 

While the pair has found success through this work, the journey has been anything but easy. The Skit Guys share with host Jeff Meyer that there were many times when their reality was completely at odds with their dreams. Between several missed shows and depleted bank accounts, the two were forced to question whether or not they should step back and focus their attention on their youth ministries. In order to move forward, The Skit Guys had to embrace the challenges they faced and the opportunity to do what they loved. Tommy and Eddie encourage any listeners who may be undergoing similar hurdles to say yes to their dreams and to never stop talking about them with God.

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for a conversation with The Skit Guys about chasing your dreams. Learn more about the origins of their business and how their relentless pursuit of a passion paved the way for God to turn their dreams into a reality.

 

Quotes

• “We hit that sweet spot of live events, and the internet grew when it happened. And in our minds, God used that to catapult us to where our ministries have gone.” (12:35-12:45)

• “I think the church should be the best at helping people discover their dreams and use their gifts and skills and help them get to a place where they can launch that. And then we can celebrate God's work through people.” (17:15-17:30)

• “We’ve said before, do what you can with what you have, where you are and leave the results up to God. And so, all we knew to do was to keep doing what we could, where we were, and then leave the results up to Him.” (22:55-23:11)

• “The dream doesn't always look like we think that dream is going to look like. But our job is to continue to be faithful through those days, and trust that God's going to be the one to bring the dream into fruition.” (51:07- 51:18)

• “If dreams are a gift from God, then don't stop talking to Him about them.” (58:45-58:51)

 

Links

Get in touch with The Skit Guys:

• Website: https://skitguys.com/ and https://skitguys.com/sgtv

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skitguys

• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skitguys/ | https://www.instagram.com/skitguyeddie/ | https://www.instagram.com/skitguyt/

• Book: https://shor.by/smellslikebacon

• Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@skitguys?lang=en

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/skitguys

 

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

www.jeffmeyer.org

• Schedule a Discovery Call with Jeff: https://go.oncehub.com/DreamAcceleratorDiscoveryCall

 

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Take Pride in What You Do and What You Have to Offer!

Take Pride in What You Do and What You Have to Offer!

August 10, 2021

“I am a better mom when I get to do something that I am happy doing,” says Lauren Nietubicz, owner of Niet Designs, a custom woodworking company. On this week’s episode, Lauren talks with host Jeff Meyer about how she continues to find joy in her work after the devastating loss of her husband, Chris. 

 

Lauren has always been a stay-at-home mom for her children. After Chris passed away, she briefly contemplated getting a “normal” full-time job to support her family, but she quickly realized this shift wouldn't allow her to be the mother she wants to be. Lauren feels the happiest when she is able to be with her kids and share with them what she loves most: woodworking. Having her children experience her joy is an incomparable gift from God, and Lauren has placed her full trust in His plan.  

 

Lauren emphasizes the importance of surrounding yourself with supportive people regardless of what path you choose to pursue. It can be challenging to start something new, especially as an adult, and that’s when you need encouragement the most. Whenever Lauren finds herself doubting her abilities or underselling her products, her family is there to boost her confidence and remind her of her value. 

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for a conversation with Lauren about allowing yourself to harness your abilities and being proud of who God made you to be!

 

 Quotes

• “To have young kids is an easy way to keep moving forward because you can't stop. I can't just give up, I can’t not make dinner, or pay the bills, or make sure they have the right clothes for school. We have to keep going.”  (18:17-18:33) 

• “I want to have joy in whatever I do for work. I know that's not always practical, and I know it would make more sense for me to take a full-time job that has benefits, pays more, or is consistent. But I think I am a better mom when I get to do something that I am happy doing.” (25:25-25:45) 

• “I think it's really important to find pride in the things that you are able to do.” (27:10-27:18)

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Links

Get in touch with Lauren Nietubicz:

• Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/NietDesigns

• Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nietdesigns/

 

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

www.jeffmeyer.org

• Schedule a Discovery Call with Jeff: https://go.oncehub.com/DreamAcceleratorDiscoveryCall

 

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If You Want Your Story to Move Forward, You Have to Get Uncomfortable

If You Want Your Story to Move Forward, You Have to Get Uncomfortable

July 27, 2021

Laura Gallagher, CEO & Founder of The Creative Company, started her PR and marketing agency in 1989, only one year after women were legally allowed to obtain business loans. She has since survived many economic and personal hardships but has grown her business exponentially, ultimately reaching the top 2% of women-owned businesses in the country. 

When Laura first began her entrepreneurial journey, women entrepreneurs were few and far between. Even though Laura had the odds stacked against her, she showed up every day and persevered. By surrounding herself with strong female mentors and consistently putting herself in rooms with people who knew more than she did, Laura slowly but surely paved the way to her success. 

Throughout her years in business, there have been many times where Laura has been uncomfortable. Whether it be personal or professional hardships, Laura explains that getting out of your comfort zone is a necessary part of the entrepreneurial journey. According to her, if you don’t put yourself through the uncomfortable developing phases, you can never create something scalable. During especially trying times, Laura relied on her faith in God and accepted that things would happen on His time.

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for a conversation with Laura about the lessons she has gleaned throughout her entrepreneurial journey. Learn about how Laura conquered a male-dominated industry, the importance of writing things down, and how to capitalize on uncomfortable situations to grow in business and in faith.

Quotes

• “It’s about grit and surrounding yourself with the right people who will help you to move your ideas forward. And who's already done it.” (03:05-03:13) 

• “If there is one thing that I could say that has made all the difference in the world is that I’ve always tried to be around the smartest people in the room.”  (03:15- 03:20) 

• “You're more likely to accomplish something if you write it down. You are 80% more likely to accomplish it if you write it down.” (06:10- 06:17) 

• “80% of the companies in America are small businesses and employ 20 or fewer people. But if you don't go through that uncomfortable stage of developing systems and processes so that staff can come onboard, feel safe and also do the work, you aren't going to create something that is scalable, ever.” (08:17- 08:35) 

• “You’re going to be uncomfortable if you want your story to move forward.” (24:45-24:50) 

• “Being a scientist, being an explorer helps you to manage the things that go sideways.” (36:08-36:15) 

Links

Get in touch with Laura Gallagher:

• https://lauragallagher.us/

https://thecreativecompany.com/

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCreativeCompany

• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gallagherlaura/

• Buy Laura’s book Making a Difference

• Buy Laura’s book #180in120 Recharge Your Business in 120 Days

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

www.jeffmeyer.org

• Schedule a Discovery Call with Jeff: https://go.oncehub.com/DreamAcceleratorDiscoveryCall

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Just Go… Research and Figure It Out!

Just Go… Research and Figure It Out!

July 13, 2021

Micah and Emily Powers are the perfect team. While Micah’s curiosity has led him into countless creative ventures throughout the years, Emily keeps his dreams on track and in check. Although COVID brought a tough blow to their family when Micah got furloughed for seven weeks, this time off gave him the opportunity to explore a new passion: leather working. With Emily’s help, he turned this hobby into a business and launched The Swift Fox Leather Company, born out of a desire to create quality, customized products that last a lifetime.

 

When asked what fears and hesitations they have encountered throughout this entrepreneurial journey so far, Emily tells listeners she has always worried that her husband would never settle on a path. However, she explains that the visible change in Micah’s demeanor when he is working with leather is an indication that he has found a lifelong passion. On the other hand, Micah explains that he has had to embrace the steep learning curve that accompanies any new project, but with plenty of research, practice and patience, he continues to hone his craft each and every day.

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for a conversation with Micah and Emily Powers about identifying and cultivating your dreams. Learn about Micah’s wide array of hobbies (which includes everything from woodworking to board games to mushroom foraging!), the origin story behind Micah and Emily’s business name, and why starting small can help you dream even bigger down the road.

 

Quotes

• “Doubting your ability to accomplish something is a dangerous territory to be in because beginning leather working or any sort of hobby or interest or business where you’re creating something, there’s going to be a steep initial learning curve….Those first couple items for a lot of people do not turn out looking like something you would want to carry every day or show off.” (17:16-17:53)

• “I was laid off work for seven weeks in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020….Quickly over that time, with a lot of free time and space to do things, I was able to put a lot of time in working in this garage and developing that skillset and improving my craft, which was a great opportunity because had I not been forced off of work for seven weeks...I would’ve probably never taken the time to develop this into what it has become.” (18:58-19:43)

• “That’s been a great benefit to maintain [our] full-time jobs….In desperation, I don’t make the best choices long-term. I see right out in front of me, but not much past that. So being able to be in a more comfortable space regarding our financial situation has allowed us to take more risk I would say as far as investing in this than I would have been comfortable with had I just jumped into it.” (20:55-21:43)

• “[My company solves the problem of] goods that break down quickly and custom one-on-one interaction where we can personalize something to your needs….All of the things that I make and sell out of leather I offer a lifetime guarantee on the craftsmanship and the leather….I want that guarantee to never be needed. I want to create those products so that I don’t get anything back.” (27:27-28:25)

• “My fears all along this time we’ve been married have been the fear of him not settling into something. And so, it’s taken a lot of experimenting for him to settle into something, and I’ve had to move through that fear of is he just going to keep wandering in the pursuit of what he wants to do?....But I see his fear come out in not wanting to showcase or push his products and the things he can make….Are they going to be good enough for people?” (30:29-31:48)

 

Links

Get in touch with Micah and Emily Powers:

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swiftfoxleather/

• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/swiftfoxleather/

• Etsy: https://etsy.me/3ywgnJa

 

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

www.jeffmeyer.org

• Schedule a Discovery Call with Jeff: https://go.oncehub.com/DreamAcceleratorDiscoveryCall

 

Podcast production and show notes provided by FIRESIDE Marketing

No Action, No Traction

No Action, No Traction

June 29, 2021

“No action, no traction,” says Arik Johnson, Founder of Aurora WDC. “Time is the only scarce resource. What difference does your insight really make if you don’t do anything with it?” Arik Johnson started Aurora WDC at the age of 25. At the time, all he knew was that he wanted to dive deeper into the world of Competitive Intelligence (CI). So, rather than overthinking every step of the process, he simply created a website and started helping other companies achieve the insights they needed to move forward with confidence.

Seven years into his entrepreneurial journey, Arik was joined by his brother, Derek Johnson, who is now the CEO of Aurora WDC. At the time, Derek had been working in the world of finance, but was struggling to achieve the mobility he desired. He explains that he was also inspired to make this shift by the memory of his parents, who had passed away when Derek and Arik were relatively young. Derek knew that his parents would have wholeheartedly encouraged him to team up with his brother, and so he did. Now, not only do the brothers run a thriving business, but they are also constantly finding new ways to expand upon their shared goals. 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for a conversation with Arik and Derek Johnson about overcoming your fears and acting upon your dreams. Learn how Arik and Derek turn companies’ debilitating weaknesses into their largest strengths, why choosing not to decide still constitutes a choice, and how host Jeff Meyer has helped these brothers learn to play catch again, both in business and in life.   

Quotes:

• “The competitive intelligence world has always traditionally been driven by...an obsession with competitors and how to get a leg up. And that’s wrong, that’s a broad misconception…. Competitors are important, but competitors are not your enemies. Competitors make you better, competitors are an opportunity for you to elevate your own expectations of your performance so that you suck less.” (4:23-4:57)

• “Losers never figure out what their frailties are, and they end up making very, very predictable mistakes. And it’s just that nobody’s really reduced to practice and articulate what that system really looks like.” (20:16-20:28)

• “God has bigger plans for every one of us! And it’s up to us whether we seek out those plans, notice them when they are found, act on them, respond the way God is leading us to and, then when the results happen, celebrate it with those around us….That is the sequence of missionary discipline that is the true north in my life.” (24:45-25:11)

• “The thing that I love about our space is that we have the opportunity to really deliver impact if we partner with clients and our liaisons at those client organizations who understand what level of humility they need to bring into the equation in order to be able to take that level of insight and then turn it into action.” (30:50-31:18)

• "That is my one prayer: that everybody who hears this podcast will discover what God made them for." (48:49-48:55)

Links:

Get in touch with Arik and Derek Johnson:

https://aurorawdc.com/

• Phone: 1.800.924.4249

• Email: breakthrough@AuroraWDC.com

• Running Into The Fog Podcast: https://runningintothefog.podbean.com/ or on Apple Podcasts, Audible or Google Play

• Arik Johnson LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arikjohnson/

• Derek Johnson LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/derek-johnson-cfa-190893/

• Neighboring Life: http://neighboringlife.com/

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

www.jeffmeyer.org

• Schedule a Discovery Call with Jeff: https://go.oncehub.com/DreamAcceleratorDiscoveryCall

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If You Don’t Do It Now, You’ll Never Do It, and You’ll Always Wonder What Could Have Been

If You Don’t Do It Now, You’ll Never Do It, and You’ll Always Wonder What Could Have Been

June 15, 2021

Thirteen years ago, after spending his entire career in corporate, Chris Lalomia decided he had had enough. He was drained, stressed, and unable to be his authentically extraverted and present self in his corporate role. He may have had his dream home and his dream car, but he wasn’t living his dream life.

Chris didn’t know much beyond that fact that he needed to get out of his corporate job. So he started surrounding himself with successful entrepreneurs in order to conduct some hands-on research. He tried starting a community bank, buying an engineering company and going into construction development before finally settling on an entrepreneurial venture: The Trusted Toolbox. In fact, Chris actually got the idea to start a handyman service from a friend, who casually noted how much Chris loved to fix things!

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway to hear more about Chris’s entrepreneurial vision and how it continues to evolve. Learn how Chris started his business without even realizing it (his business phone wasn’t even hooked up yet!), why you don’t need to have all the details ironed out in order to get your business off the ground, and why Chris never makes major decisions on Mondays. You’ll even get a sneak preview of Chris’s book, FROM THE ZOO TO THE WILD: Your Guide to Entrepreneurial Freedom and Wealth, which you can purchase using the link below!

Quotes:

• “If you don’t do it, you’ll never do it, and you’ll always wonder if you could have done it.” (4:23-4:27)

• “Security is a very intoxicating reality that sometimes keeps us stuck in not living our full life….Fear is a powerful motivator to stay where you are.” (5:05-5:25)

• “The fear of me being 60 going, ‘I wish I could have, I wish I did’...drove me more. One of the definitions of success that I started to develop for myself was I didn’t need the big house, the country club, the fancy car. I need to know that I could use my whole brain.” (5:52-6:22)

• “Corporate America does not reward an entrepreneurial mindset. It does not reward the take-a-chance, the optimism. They always reward pessimism and rearview mirror thinking.” (7:17-7:27)

• “I remember at seventeen telling [my dad], ‘I hope one day to have a business like grandma and grandpa. And he looked at me and said, ‘Hopes and wishes are in Disney and in fairy tales. If you want to do something, you better write it down. And I did!....I had that piece of paper up until my last office move!” (9:51-10:19)

• “My why, my what was not about, ‘Hey, I’m going to be a trainer and help people’s livelihoods.’ My what was ‘I gotta fix some stuff, make some money and get going.’” (17:28-17:36)

• “Find your way to find your play because that passion is going to really work out.” (38:23-38:29)

Links:

The Trusted Toolbox

5865 Oakbrook Pkwy, Suite F

Norcross, GA 30093

Telephone No. 770-623-3097

Email: chris@thetrustedtoolbox.com

https://www.thetrustedtoolbox.com/

Order FROM THE ZOO TO THE WILD: https://www.zoo2wild.com/

Instagram: @chrislalomia and @thetrustedtoolbox

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrislalomia

www.jeffmeyer.org

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