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11/29/2022

Episode 356 - How To Turn Play, Learning, and Work into the Same Thing with Mike Evans

Ep. 356
All our experiences, studying, learnings, and preparation are only 49% of what we need to turn an idea into a success; the other 51% is just starting.In today's episode, Mike Evans, Founder of GrubHub and Author of "Hangry," visits us to share his story of how he turned an idea into a business empire. Mike is an MIT graduate who felt getting a pizza online was too complicated, so he decided to fix that issue, and "magically," 12 years later, he sold GrubHub in a public offering. He is also the Founder of Fixer, a company that connects customers with skilled, friendly "fixers" in the Chicago area.We had a fantastic conversation about Mike's journey as a founder and entrepreneur; he took us through the 12 years process of creating GrubHub and explained why every founder must have a perfect balance of arrogance and humility.We talk about the difference between quitting and giving up, why starting failing is the only way of starting, how to connect with a great mentor and get the best of them, and more.Tune in to Episode 356 of Becoming Your Best, and learn about Mike's impressive story of transforming the will of fixing a problem into a successful business.Some Questions I Ask: Please, tell us about your background, including any turning points that had a significant impact on you (3:43) What messages do you hope readers will take away after reading your book? (6:42)In This Episode, You Will Learn: How do you define success, and why it’s important (4:19) An overnight success that took 12 years (7:47) Who the best mentors are, and what do we need to offer them (12:11) Work, play, and learning are the same thing (16:29) 51% of success resides in starting to do the thing (19:47)Resources: Mike Evans website Book: Mike Evans - Hangry: A Startup JourneyConnect with Mike: LinkedInBecoming Your Best Resources: Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: support@becomingyourbest.com  Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
11/22/2022

Episode 355 - The Power of Thanksgiving

Ep. 355
In this episode, the week of Thanksgiving, we take a couple of minutes to celebrate and appreciate how blessed we are; we take a deeper look at all the magnificent people and the things in our lives we are grateful for.We go through a quick recap from arguably the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621 between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians to the present day, where the holidays became a national festivity and an excellent excuse to practice gratitude.In addition, I suggest three simple yet powerful activities you can practice yourself and with your family or team members that will help you make the spirit of Thanksgiving meaningful in your life every day.Tune in to Episode 355 of Becoming Your Best, and let the spirit of Thanksgiving guide your actions this week and every day of your life.In This Episode, You Will Learn: The first-ever Thanksgiving celebration (2:59) Thanksgiving's second celebration, two years later (8:33) About the first annual Thanksgiving holiday established in NY (10:01) Thanksgiving is one of the celebrations that spans cultures, continents, and millennia (13:30) Three actions to make Thanksgiving's spirit meaningful every day of your life (14:43)Becoming Your Best Resources: Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: support@becomingyourbest.com  Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
11/15/2022

Episode 354 - Civility Rules that Lift, Build, and Inspire with Shelby Scarbrough

Ep. 354
In times of extreme political polarization in society, where the internet is used to spread hate and misinformation at lightspeed around the globe, taking a moment to value and cherish civility is crucial.This week, Shelby Scarbrough visits us to discuss the importance of practicing civility, instilling the plurality of voices in every political discussion, listening to learn, and learning to listen.Shelby is a Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Author of "Civility Rules!" a book that invites the reader to learn about the history and essence of civility through the lens of G. Washington's "Rules of Civility." Former U.S. Department of State protocol officer, Shelby was a Presidential Trip Coordinator in President Ronald Reagan's White House Office of Presidential Advance and coordinated several President Reagan appearances, including the 1988 Reagan–Gorbachev Summit, the Statue of Liberty's Centennial Celebration, and a meeting of the NATO Alliance in Brussels.In this episode, we delve into Shelby's unique view of civility, the oxymoron political civility has become these days, and the role civility plays in turning society more civil. Shelby gave away some golden nuggets from her book, suggested new ways of encouraging constructive discussions, and highlighted the crucial role of promoting the plurality of voices in every political debate.Tune in to Episode 354 of Becoming Your Best, and learn how to use political differences to transform and unite our society.Some Questions I Ask:Please tell us about your background, including any turning points in your life that have significantly impacted you and what you're doing today. (3:25)Why should society care about what George Washington had to say about civility? (6:57)What role does personal responsibility play in becoming more civil in our society? (9:31)In This Episode, You Will Learn:From making hamburgers to the White House. A bit of Shelby's background (3:41)Listening to learn and learning to listen (11:24)Never overestimate your importance, and never underestimate your influence (15:51)How to deal with differences in political views (21:01)Is the other side of the political aisle always the uncivil one? (26:35)Resources:Shelby Scarbrough websiteBook: Shelby Scarbrough: Civility Rules! Creating A Purposeful Practice Of CivilityConnect with Shelby:TwitterBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteEmail: support@becomingyourbest.com Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance
11/8/2022

Episode 353 - Beyond "Thank You for Your Service" with Lt. Col. Kathy Gallowitz

Ep. 353
The time and resources America dedicates to developing men and women in the armed forces make our military and retired military one of the country's greatest resources. Our soldiers are prepared and encouraged to be at their best 24/7 since there is no room for mistakes in their line of work. But what happens when those refined men and women take off their uniforms? What do we do with all that investment?In this episode, Lt. Col. Kathy Gallowitz visits us to discuss the other end of a veteran's service. She shares bits of her background, her upbringing as the daughter of an active-duty officer, and how she developed a strong sense of belonging in military environments. She explains what it means to be a veteran champion, how employers can be veteran champions, and the proper ways to recognize and thank veterans for their service.Additionally, she talks about her book, Beyond "Thank You for Your Service", what inspired her to write it, veteran hiring politics, and so much more.Tune in to Episode 353 and learn the best ways to give back to those who sacrificed a lot for the greater good.Some Questions I Ask: Please tell us about your background and any turning points in your life that have significantly impacted you. (3:48) How do you define a veteran champion? (10:13) What can everyday citizens do to be veteran champions? (12:21)In This Episode, You Will Learn: How Kathy developed a massive sense of belonging in the military (4:37) Military service shapes people beyond their tactical training (9:19) Examples of how to thank veterans and avoid empty phrases (17:17) Why unemployment among veterans is lower than ever (19:52) The three components of a Corporate Citizenship Program (22:28)Resources: Vanguard Veteran website Vanguard Veteran Facebook Book: Beyond "Thank You for Your Service:"Connect with Kathy: LinkedInBecoming Your Best Resources: Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
11/1/2022

Episode 352 - Michelle Gibbings. Bad Boss, Good Boss

Ep. 352
Have you ever felt your boss was all about themselves, perhaps self-centered and careless about how they might make you feel? Or have you worked for someone who knew they were ineffective leaders but didn't care? What about the kind of leader that, even having nothing but good intentions, was making your life at work hell because of their disorganized and dysfunctional working style? These are examples of bad bosses: the mercenary, the illusionist, and the believer.What about you? Have you ever been a bad boss?This week, Michelle Gibbings visits us to talk about bad bosses, how to deal with them, how to survive working with them, and how to be aware if we have become one ourselves. Michelle is a Workplace Expert, Speaker, Award-Winning Author, Media Commentator, and lifelong learner.We chat about her latest book, "Bad Boss: What To Do If You Work For One, Manage One, Or Are One", about Michelle's experiences with bad bosses and the challenging moment when she realized she had become one. We also discuss how to turn the workplace into a happier space in the post-pandemic scenario, what employees are looking for, and the best way to generate a genuine connection with them.Tune in to Episode 352 and learn everything you need to know to avoid becoming a bad boss.Some Questions I Ask:Please tell us about your background, including any turning points that's had a significant impact on you (3:45)What inspired you to write "Bad boss"? (6:02)If you think you have a bad boss, what do you do in that situation? (12:35)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Michelle's background and experiences in the corporate world (3:53)What defines a bad boss, and how to recognize them (7:59)What you can do if you feel you've become a bad boss (14:13)How employees want to be treated and what they're looking for at their jobs (21:47)How curiosity and maintaining a hungry-for-knowledge spirit can serve you (23:36)Resources:Michelle Gibbings websiteMichelle Gibbings booksConnect with Michelle:LinkedInInstagramTwitterYouTubeFacebookBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryBook: Becoming Your BestBook: Conquer Anxiety
10/25/2022

Episode 351 - Breaking Free from Defeat and Despair with Weldon Long

Ep. 351
On the first day of his seven-year sentence in a federal prison, the third and last time he would be in jail, our guest, Weldon Long, had a moment of clarity. His life was heading directly to make his worse fears come true: living and dying in prison, not being a good father to his three-year-old son, and ending up broke, homeless, and feeling like a total loser.He knew he had to make a radical change and that all odds were against him. In today's episode, you'll learn about Weldon's incredible story.Weldon Long is a Keynote Speaker, NYT Best-selling Author, CEO and Founder, and Mindset and Sales Expert. He transformed his life from a high school dropout and homeless three times convicted felon to a successful entrepreneur, business owner, and present and loving father.Our conversation spins around Weldon's extraordinary comeback, the habits he built over time to make a 180° change on a personal and professional level, and the experiences that inspired his books. Weldon shared several golden nuggets of wisdom he learned throughout his life, the challenges he faced and overcame, and so much more.Tune in to Episode 351 and learn about the extraordinary power of focus, commitment, consistency, and leading your life by vision.Some Questions I Ask:Could you share whatever you think is relevant about your life, including any turning points that significantly impacted you? (6:15)What are some of the critical things, realizations, or insights that were most helpful to you? (13:44)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The influence our thoughts have on what we end up becoming (3:37)What we can learn from successful people? (8:40)We can live in our imagination or our past; the choice is ours (14:44)Becoming the best version of ourselves is a daily job (20:42)It is not about what we know; it is about what we do to become successful (23:11)The Power of Consistency (25:44)Resources:Weldon Long websiteWeldon Long booksConnect with Weldon:LinkedInInstagramFacebookYouTubeBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryBook: Becoming Your BestBook: Conquer AnxietyFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
10/18/2022

Episode 350 - 911 From Your Soul with Jeanine Thompson

Ep. 350
Have you ever felt that there is something more for you and your life, even if you can't put your finger on it? You're a successful professional and have a loving family, and yet, there is an elusive, persistent longing you can feel from within. It is a calling to reconnect with your true self, to be happy, and there is only one way to listen, to see these love notes from the universe: through stillness.Meet Jeanine Thompson, a Speaker, Author, Transformational Coach, Reiki Master, and former Fortune 50 HR Executive passionate about helping others reach and live at their highest potential. After an incredibly successful career in corporate America and almost a decade in the medical field, working as a psychotherapist, followed by several years volunteering with hospice clients, Jeanine decided to explore human's infinite potential.In this episode, we delve into Jeanine's journey, the people who inspired her and set the foundations of her life, and the turning point when she decided to notice and acknowledge those love notes the universe was sending her. We talk about her latest book, "911 From Your Soul," the discoveries she made through it, and how the book can help us explore ourselves in stillness.In addition, Jeanine explained the benefits of actively practicing stillness, how to get there, the difference between stillness and meditation, and more.Tune in to Episode 350 to learn how to achieve more and live more authentically by "doing nothing" through stillness.Some Questions I Ask: Would you tell us about your background and any turning points that have significantly impacted you? (3:15)Can you give us a little overview of 911 From Your Soul? (10:54)You're talking about stillness. What role does that play? And what are you referring to specifically? (16:34)In This Episode, You Will Learn: How we influence and are influenced by others. (3:53)How Jeanine's book came to life (7:42)The three benefits of embracing stillness (18:17)How to read universe's love notes (20:49)Nature knows what to do, and so do you (26:37)Resources: Jeanine Thompson's websiteBook: Jeanine Thompson - 911 from your SoulConnect with Jeanine: InstagramBecoming Your Best Resources: Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.comBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
10/11/2022

Episode 349 - Happiness, Joy, and Hope!

Ep. 349
With all the things happening in the world threatening peace, prosperity, and even the environment, living a happy, joyful, and hopeful life might seem a bit utopic. Still, it takes no more than a couple of minutes to realize that happiness, joy, and hope's source lies within ourselves; we are responsible for enhancing our HJH, and today, you'll learn how.In this episode, we go through the four principles you can apply to your life to generate positive outcomes and create a joyful, happy, and hopeful life. You'll learn about the E+R=O formula, the benefits of surrounding yourself with the right people and resources, and how being aware of how you respond to things can be a game-changer.In addition, we explore the benefits of focusing our energy on the things we can influence and change, three powerful ways to help us identify and take the right action, and so much more.Tune in to Episode 349 of Becoming Your Best to discover that the root of a happy, joyful, and hopeful life might be closer than you think.In This Episode, You Will Learn: A simple formula to influence your life's outcomes (4:36) You are free to choose, seize the day (7:22) From all the things that bother you, which ones can you control? (8:41) Three ways to choose the right action to take (11:37) Every time life gets you down, keep swimming (18:23) Becoming Your Best Resources: Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: support@becomingyourbest.com  Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety 
10/4/2022

Episode 348 - How to Prioritize What Matters Most

Ep. 348
Spending long hours at work to support your lifestyle becomes a paradox if you are never present to enjoy that life. The time you spend with your spouse and kids is as important, if not more, than the benefits of a wealthy lifestyle. Still, it is not a matter of choice; it is not an either-or situation. It's about organization and planning.In this episode, you'll learn why prioritizing what matters most is a life-changing decision to make. We look closely at one of the most powerful tools ever created to get the best out of every day: pre-week planning. We explain how to set it up the right way, create a powerful WHY that will work as fuel, and approach it properly from a personal and professional point of view.Tune in to Episode 348 of Becoming Your Best, commit to pre-week planning, and see your life and the life of those who matter most to you improve weekly.In This Episode, You Will Learn: Three short stories with a powerful message. (2:26) Time is your most valuable asset. Are you spending it wisely? (6:43) A couple of extra tips on how to get the best of pre-week planning. (10:17) What are you doing with "your dash"? (13:21) Four steps to get pre-week planning right. (14:35) Lead a life by design, or live a life by default. The choice is yours. (22:31)Becoming Your Best Resources: Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: support@becomingyourbest.com Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety