Inspirational People

Andy Johnson: How Innovation Flows From Pain & Struggle

Andy Johnson — Why Scrappy Problem-Solving Conquers Big Challenges

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People!

I get the opportunity to introduce you to and chat with Andy Johnson, the co-founder of Harpoon, a cloud-based billing tool for freelancers and agencies to plan, forecast, and invoice.

In 2017, I switched over to Harpoon after I recognized how much the tool coincidentally integrated ideas and insights I wrote about in my freelancing book. I also highlighted Harpoon in my most recent book for small business owners, The Jump because of how the tool is designed to help you accomplish your goals, not just for doing tasks. After using it over the years, I've also become an affiliate partner and gladly recommend every freelancer start using it today.

In this discussion, we talk about how innovation often comes from our personal struggle and how effort and perseverance take us further than being propped up by abundant resources.

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Olga Kirshenbaum

Money Whisperer, Olga Kirshenbaum, Unwraps Money Mindset Effects During Challenging Times

Welcome to this episode of Inspirational People, with Olga Kirshenbaum, the Money Whisperer.

Like my connection with Nancy Kleppel, we were recently connected through Trupo and the Freelancer's Union. 

Olga, the Money Whisperer, is an author and a financial literacy advocate and the owner of Rags to Riches Consulting. She is equipping and liberating creative folks who find money issues stressful through her coaching and podcast. 

Because of the nature of this Coronavirus crisis and the impact on money, talking with Olga was an essential interview!

In this episode, we talk about the Coronvairus crisis, and how we can wisely navigate it financially. We also explore how situations like this have a way of illuminating our underlying personal problems and what we can do about it to endure and emerge stronger.

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Chris Green: Humility & Respect For Our Limitations Matters Now More Than Ever

Chris Green: Humility & Respect For Our Limitations Matters Now More Than Ever

Welcome to another episode of inspirational people.

Today, I get to introduce you to Chris Green. Chris is a co-founder and partner at Arch + Tower, a company that helps business leaders transform frustrated customers and disengaged employees into vocal advocates and loyal ambassadors under operational excellence. Arch + Tower is also a part of Frazier & Deeter, an award-winning accounting and advisory firm focused on investing in relationships.

I recently interviewed Arch + Tower's co-founder John Hightower, a connection facilitated by Jessica Lalley International. You can check out that discussion here.

In this discussion, we explore the people who influenced us, how we can professionally and personally navigate the Coronavirus crisis, how tragic life experiences can shape us for many years, and why having humility during a time of uncertainty is so important for facing the challenges that are flowing our way.

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Nancy Kleppel: How People & Generosity Matter Most During Disasters

Nancy Kleppel: People & Generosity Matter Most During Disasters

Welcome to another episode of inspirational people with Nancy Kleppel. We originally got connected through a recent Freelancers Union event via Trupo, which she has been a member for almost 20 years. 

Nancy is an Architect by training with thirty plus years collectively in the industry, with various incarnations. She's now a consultant to creative entrepreneurs and professionals who work at some capacity with Built Environments, including architects and engineers.

Nancy is also a co-founder, leader, and collaborator of a one-hundred-plus member relational oriented community, Brick & Wonder. They're helping individuals and organizations who develop and participate in projects that address the built environment better position to be prepared for the unexpected (highly relevant now!).

In this discussion, we talk about how the crisis is affecting us and what we can do to respond. In addition to exploring cultural systems, we also dive into how this pandemic has forced us to reconcile our priorities and why generosity and relationships matter most. My favorite part of the interview is the final section of our discussion.

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John Hightower portrait

John Hightower Discusses The Importance of Empathy When Facing The Unknown

Welcome to another episode of inspirational people. 

I'd like to introduce you to John Hightower, CEO, and co-founder of Arch + Tower, a company that helps business leaders transform frustrated customers and disengaged employees into vocal advocates and loyal ambassadors under operational excellence. Arch + Tower is also a part of Frazier & Deeter, an award-winning accounting and advisory firm focused on investing in relationships.

Through Jessica Lalley International, John and I were both recently reconnected only to discover that we both participated in the same Lifework Leadership program in 2014!

In this discussion, we talk about why employee empathy matters right now, how EQ (Emotional Quotient) gives us an individual and collective advantage, and how business leaders can effectively navigate this season of uncertainty to take care of their people, their customers, and their business operations.

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Cheryl Mobley Discusses How We Can Stay Calm & Lead Effectively During A Pandemic

Cheryl Mobley Discusses How We Can Stay Calm & Lead Effectively During A Pandemic

Welcome to another episode of inspirational people. Today I get the great opportunity to introduce you to and chat with speaker, entrepreneur, and executive consultant, Cheryl Mobley. Cheryl and I were recently connected by a mutual friend, Jessica Lalley (who works with virtual speakers to get their message to a larger audience).

Cheryl has a unique and relevant background to the current Coronavirus crisis we're facing across the globe because of her work leading a hospital during the Ebola pandemic as well as her more recent efforts consulting with executives to make wise decisions. She's someone with experience we can all glean from during this time of uncertainty.

In our discussion, we talk about what it takes to lead effectively and stay calm when we don't feel that calm inside. We also explore decision making (good and bad), theory versus experience, working remotely, and the structure we all need to thrive in life (especially in crisis situations).

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Duff Tucker: How To Stay Anchored & Live Intentionally When Facing Life's Uncertainties

Duff Tucker: How To Stay Anchored & Live Intentionally When Facing Life's Uncertainties

In this excellent episode of Inspirational People, I'm interviewing my friend and LDG (Leadership Development Group) leader Duff Tucker.

We recently met in the fall of 2019 through this LDG development group I'm participating in through Gwinnett Church, our community home. Duff is co-leading, giving us both the opportunity to connect in our monthly meetings, in-person meals before the crisis, and an off-site retreat. Duff also publishes podcast episode on his show, Winning @ Manhood.

In this interview, Duff Tucker and I discuss what living intentionally looks like and how a solid foundation anchors us in life and when storms come unexpectedly crashing in on us (like the current Coronavirus crisis). It is the hard work of building on bedrock, as opposed to sandy foundations, that sustain us during the hardest times of our life. 

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Denise-Renee Phinn Interview: How To Respond & Adapt When Life Throws Your Curve Balls

Denise Renee Interview: How To Respond & Adapt When Life Throws You Curve Balls

In this episode of Inspirational People, I interview long-time friend Denise Renee. In 2010, I attended one of her events, and in 2017 she attended my Path of the Freelancer book launch event. In between those events and since 2017, we've stayed connected over social media as we've both pursued our entrepreneurial paths.

After seeing how awesome she has responded to the entrepreneur community in the midst of the Coronavirus, I invited her to interview to share her insights and inspiration on how to respond and adapt when life gets hard and you don't know what to do next.

Listen to what she has to share below.

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Don Neder in cryotherapy

My Interview With Don Neder Where We Talk About Ice Baths, The Wim Hof Breathing Method, and Stewarding Our Body Well

Yeah, that photo is Don Neder in his first Cryotherapy session.

In the following interview with Don, you'll get a first-hand account of what cold therapy is all about and why he has sold his business to launch a new one around health and wellness.

Don and I originally met over a decade ago through the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. We became clients of each other, and eventually good friends. When I took a group of business leaders through the Island Story experience, Don Neder was one of the people who participated in the weekly session. It contributed to a process in Don's life where he eventually got serious about his health, began a new trajectory from his found purpose to eventually selling his promotional printing company to launch a new business called Flowgevity, which equips people to live the best life possible (mental and physical).

In my following interview with Don Neder, we talk about his entrepreneurship and technology background, selling his business to pursue the construction of a new company around the Wim Hof Method, Cold Therapy, and other science-backed wellness approaches to living better.

Click to listen or watch this interview with Don Neder about Wim Hof, Cold Therapy and Mental Toughness

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