April 6, 2021
“No one’s gonna hit you as hard as life is,” says Craig Mellendorf, founder of SFC Estate Coaching. “But when you get the hit, get back up.” Craig knows this lesson better than most - he was let go unexpectedly after 27 years of teaching and had to find a new path. In this episode of Move Forward Anyway, Jeff talks with Craig, his former basketball coach and life-long friend, about how Craig moved forward anyway and founded a business that has helped support more than 167 charitable organizations since 2015.
When Craig was first laid off, he was side hustling. He was a personal trainer, and worked on SFC Estate Coaching, a company that connects families making estate plans with charitable organizations, on the side. Even more remarkable is the fact that, as Craig says, “I learned everything I know about business from teaching it.” He was teaching business education when he was laid off -- which he sees as part of the path God was laying for him -- and learned how to develop his own app from a startup. He has always been learning his way toward this moment, and that’s his lesson for listeners of all ages looking to start something new.
Since Craig took the leap in 2015, he has helped 750 families donate more than 75 million dollars to 167 charitable organizations. In this episode, he talks not only about the importance of his work, but also about the power of getting up again, even when life throws you a particularly nasty punch.
- "I don’t think that age is the criteria of whether you should do something or not."
- “Listen for the excuses that people are making about why they don’t want to work with you. And then figure out how to make that a positive, and in your next presentation make sure that’s addressed before they can address it.” (38:26-38:50)
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March 23, 2021
“Even if you’re a small business owner or a solopreneur, you can’t do it alone,” says Hallie Ringhand, founder of New U Today, a nutrition and coaching business centered on the emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of wellness and pain management. Hallie talks with host Jeff Meyer about how she perseveres through hardship by reminding herself of the people who drive her - both her clients, and the people who inspired her to take this leap in the first place.
Both Hallie and Jeff agree that in their business ventures, asking for help was the key to success. You are always learning as you go in business, and that means finding community that can guide you through hardship. Hallie has faced many of these challenges during her career, and wondered if she should just quit and go work for someone else again. But then she remembers the WHO that got her here: the clients she wants to help, the problems she wants to solve, and the people, like her grandmother who survived the Holocaust and her mother who raised her alone, that taught her how to move forward anyway.
Tune in this week for stories of resilience in entrepreneurship. And remember: you don’t have to go it alone.
- “In order to embrace vulnerability, you have to admit that you’re not perfect, and that you can’t do it alone.” (21:27-21:29)
- “The path that you think you're going to travel, is never the path you're going to travel.” (38:03-38:09)
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March 9, 2021
“There’s unity through our diversity,” says Paul Castiglione, the founder of Open Kitchens Project and risk taker of epic proportions. On this episode of Move Forward Anyway, host Jeff Meyer talks with Paul about his amazing project, which seeks to form communities across racial, ethnic, economic, and political lines through food. Paul talks about his organization, which coordinates pop-up dinner salon events to connect event organizers with Black and immigrant chefs to eat and facilitate conversation. Or, as their mission says: “Meet new friends, try new dishes, learn about other cultures, explore interests, network, and maybe even discover romance at an Open Kitchens event." He also shares his journey of leaving behind a $10,000 a month salary in corporate America to start this project, and how it changed his idea of what he really needs to be happy.
In this episode, Paul shares inspiring stories about “ah-ha” moments that came from Open Kitchens events. He also talks about how he is still learning to pivot in the aftermath of Covid-19, which shut down all his live events and forced him online. Paul’s story is one that can inspire anyone with a dream that is deeply valuable, but seems hard to monetize.
Learn more about Open Kitchens, community building, and what it means to really dive into a dream on this episode of Move Forward Anyway.
- “There’s unity through our diversity” (3:10-3:16)
- “How can we create other ways, other systems, new ways of finding our value, our voice, and bring it to the world.” (22:11-22:27)
February 23, 2021
“If you wait until you have all the answers, you’re never going to do it,” says Justin Rossow, author, entrepreneur, pastor, and dreamer extraordinaire. On this episode of Move Forward Anyway, host Jeff Meyer talks with Justin about his book Delight!, and the emotions he overcame to start Next Step Press and publish his first book.
What was Justin’s biggest struggle as a fledgling entrepreneur? Overcoming grief. Not the grief of losing a person, but the grief of what we “should” have done, the opportunities we believe we missed. And there were other griefs too. In order to make his dream come true, Justin had to ask his family for support. They sold their house, and his wife went back to work so the family could have health insurance and a steady income. Justin shares the ways he continues to process and let go of these griefs, so he can take the next small step forward -- a small step that has led him, so far, to a book that is receiving great critical acclaim.
Tune in this week to discover Justin’s journey, and learn more about how to practice delight in your daily discipleship.
- "The list of things I should get done becomes so burdensome, I can't get anything done." (around 16:53-17:08)
- “The discipleship journey is about loving and being loved” (37:47-37:52)
- “If you wait until you have all the answers, you’re never going to do it. If you wait until you have the perfect idea, you’re never going to act.” (39:01-39:09)
Next Step Press: https://www.findmynextstep.org/
The Next Step Community: https://community.findmynextstep.org/
Justin Rossow Amazon Author’s Page: https://amazon.com/author/justinrossow
February 9, 2021
On today’s episode of Move Forward Anyway, Jeff talks with a very special guest -- his wife, Amy Meyer. Amy is the mother of four children, a coach, a world-renowned speaker, and most recently an author of the book Snapshots and Stories.
Amy has always been a writer, but it wasn’t until she was celebrating Jeff’s book launch that her friends started asked her, “So, when are you going to finish your book?” Jeff interviews Amy about her unconventional and joy-filled writing process, and the reason that she landed on a book that combines her personal stories with journaling prompts.
For Amy, writing her story down was just the impetus to share a love of journaling with the world. She says, “I believe everybody has a story. It doesn’t have to be a dramatic big story, but it’s your story.” Amy often writes to God, but even for non-Christian readers and listeners, journaling can change your life -- from gratitude lists to naming emotions to processing hardship and celebrating joy.
Tune in this week to learn a little bit more about how you can write to remember - and how Amy’s dream of writing a book opened up new pathways in her life and work.
- “Writing slows us down.” (20:03-20:05)
- “I believe everybody has a story. It doesn’t have to be a dramatic big story, but it’s your story.” (20:45-20:53)
February 4, 2021
Fear will come. Fear will stay. Move forward anyway. Your dream must live!
Welcome to move forward anyway. This is the place to hear real conversations about what it takes for entrepreneurs, dreamers, and creatives to focus their dream, name their fear, change their mind and define their next.
I'm Jeff Meyer, author of founder of the dream accelerator and the host of the Move Forward Anyway podcast. Twice every month, you can listen to a brand new episode. I'll be covering a wealth of entrepreneurial and dream realizing topics from crystallizing your own idea to naming your fear so that you can sense your power over it. We will see how successful dreamers are changing their minds about themselves and what they can accomplish. You can change your mind about your fears so that your fear is no longer a fence that holds you back, but fuel that propels you forward.
I'll be bringing on guests to share their own dream realization journeys, where they'll share the real challenges they faced, along with the strategies they used to turn fear into fuel.
I'll also be inviting dreamers who are currently facing obstacles and barriers to join me in live coaching sessions, where I help them break through their own self-sabotaging mindsets and give them practical strategies for taking their next step and moving forward anyway.
What you can always expect on this podcast is real conversations with practical action steps to help you overcome the lie of helplessness and realize your capacity to make a positive difference in the world and to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you.
Your dream must live, so let's move forward anyway!