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"Are you Victimized or Trained by Hardship?"

HardshipThis past Sunday, I had the opportunity to Worship in Birmingham, AL with Grace & Truth Fellowship.  This was a “trip back in time” as I was a part of this church 20 years ago.
Pastor, Steve Longenecker’s message that morning really challenged me.  He talked about being trained by hardship and asked the question, “Are you victimized or trained by hardship?”
Here are my thoughts as I have been reflecting on this question…

As I reflected on this question, I decided to write out a list of ways I have been trained by hardship…  Here is the beginning of my list.

  1. To listen to God
  2. To listen to wise counsel
  3. Humility
  4. Endurance
  5. Wisdom
  6. Practice the presence of God
  7. Thankfulness
  8. Serving others
  9. Loving others
  10. To Love my wife
  11. To listen to my kids
  12. ……

 

52: The Parable of the Sower

Harvest 2Do you want to do something great and make a difference with your life?
If you do… then you need to understand the lessons of the Parable of the Sower.  The potential for the impact that we want to have with our lives is contained in the “seed.”  That seed is our message.
Whether you are a non-profit leader, sales professional or small business owner, you have a message to get out.  Often times we get discouraged about the lack of results we see from sowing our seed.
However, if we will understand the Truth contained in the Parable of the Sower, we will have the tools necessary to be successful even when we face struggle.
Then, You will be able to reap a mighty harvest!
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39: Starting a Business from 1 Gumball Machine w/ Matt Miller

EP. 39Today’s guest is Matt Miller of School Spirit Vending.
“The School Spirit Vending concept was developed in July of 2007 by Matt Miller of Kingwood, TX.
As a father of three, with years of expertise in both print media and vending, Matt was able to see school fundraising from a unique, outsider’s perspective.
One day, after a child in the neighborhood came by the house selling items for his school’s fundraiser, Matt decided to create a business that would help schools and their clubs or organizations raise money more simply.
Year-round, hassle-free fundraising with School Spirit Vending was born!
The School Spirit Vending concept and its simplicity has caught on so quickly that schools all over the country are already benefitting from the program with great results!!”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost…”  ~ 2 Corinthians
Rely on Him and not on your own strength.

Key Takeaways

  • Social Media IS very important. If you don’t understand it do some research and ask questions.
  • God has a plan. You must be willing to go through the rough times to come out victorious.
  • Businesses do have tough moments. Embrace them because they will make your business stronger in the end.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Rely on Him and not on your own strength.”]
  • [Tweet “Social Media IS very important. If you don’t understand it do some research and ask questions.”]
  • [Tweet “God has a plan. You must be willing to go through the rough times to come out victorious.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR39

34: Town Hall – Finding Great Team Members

EP. 34We’re gonna talk about finding good help and some strategies you can use to inspire your great help to greatness.
Managing and finding employees is at the heart of loving well. It is not impossible to find good employees.
If it’s impossible than how come other businesses do it? How do they grow? It’s not about the employees its not yourself. It’s about you and who you will you become.
Will you be the kind of leader others will want to work for?
If you don’t lead them well they will not perform well. 
Leadership is influence nothing less. You can’t empower somebody, people empower themselves. Create an environment for them to empower themselves. You need to look for people who have that drive and motivation.

5 Strategies You Can Use to Build Your Team:

  1. Clearly define the position and what you need.
  2. Utilize your network to source your potential team members.
  3. Always be open to hiring quality people when they come along.
  4. Clearly write out the advantages of working for your company.
  5. Grow yourself as a leader. People follow leaders that are ahead of them.

It IS possible to find great team members.

You either have to modify your dreams or increase your skills.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Grow yourself as a leader. People follow leaders that are ahead of them.”]
  • [Tweet “Always be open to hiring quality people when they come along.”]
  • [Tweet “If you don’t lead them well they will not perform well.”]
  • [Tweet “It is not impossible to find good employees.”]
  • [Tweet “You can’t empower somebody, people empower themselves.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR34

27: How to Transition From Employee to Business Owner w/ Mark Henson

EP. 27Today’s guest is Mark Henson. He is an entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience creating unusual and rare customer service experiences. Mark is the founder of Sparkspace, the most inspirational team retreat center on the planet.
Mark is the visionary leader of sparkspace, creating workshops, videos, and writing with an unusually creative approach and always focused on practical application.
His blog, www.sparknewthinking.com is read by thousands of people each week. You can also find Mark’s writing and videos clips on his site at www.markbhenson.com

Key Takeaways

  • Create a life that is simple, not busy.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. It’s okay to put everything aside for awhile so that you can reevaluate your priorities.
  • Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older, because they will be gone soon. You want to spend as much time as you can with them.
  • Focus on what your really good at. Your unique ability. Embrace the things your good at and let go of the things your not.
  • Events are a great way to get your product/ service out. Bring the people through the door.
  • “Think big, act fast, delegate first.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Create a life that is simple, not busy. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “”Think big, act fast, delegate first.” @markbhenson”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR27

17: Raising Up the Next Generation w/ Dan Keiser

EP. 17Today’s Guest is Dan Keiser, architect of the Keiser Design Group located in Columbus Ohio. 
My desire to become an Architect began at age 10, when asked by a friend of the family, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Without hesitation, I said I want to be an Architect.  After experimenting with many Lego structures, I was accepted to study Architecture at Kent State University. 
Another childhood dream from an early age was to start my own firm, which was realized in 1995. I love what I do and cannot imagine ever having to get a real job and going to work every day. Along with running KDG, I am a husband and father of three children. Being a Husband and Father is what brings me joy and satisfaction, but in my spare time I enjoy coaching, golfing, running, hunting and fishing.” – Dan Keiser

Key Takeaways

  • Be focused on the individual. What are their ideas, dreams, perspectives, and thoughts?
  • Surround yourself with people that will elevate you and your company.
  • Invite interaction as you work on projects. Welcome comments and feedback.
  • Focus. Have a clear vision and direction of where your headed. It will make all the difference.
  • “It’s critical to treat people correctly, even if they don’t treat you correctly.” 
  • “If the dream is big enough the details really don’t matter.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”Surround yourself with people that will elevate you and your company.” @dankeiser “]
  • [Tweet “”Be focused on the individual. What are their ideas, dreams, perspectives, and thoughts?” @dankeiser”]
  • [Tweet “”It’s critical to treat people correctly, even if they don’t treat you correctly.” @dankeiser”]
  • [Tweet “”If the dream is big enough the details really don’t matter.” @dankeiser”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR17

12: Managing the Mobile Service Business w/ Bryan Orr

EP. 12Today’s Guest is Bryan Orr who is host of the ‘WOW Small Business Podcast’ and owner and manager of a family owned HVAC company in Florida.
“Bryan Orr is the Co-Owner of Kalos Services Inc. an Orlando area HVAC contracting business as well as the Co-Founder of MentionTribe.com a social web startup. Bryan is the Father of 8 children and husband of a Jedi Princess. In his spare time Bryan doesn’t have spare time. Regarding hosting the WOW Small business podcast Bryan Orr said “WOW” and then fell asleep. Read More Here…

Key Takeaways

  • You must hire people for their integrity and character, but don’t rush the process. Allow them to reveal who they are through their conversation and actions.
  • “As much as you can productize your service, the better.”
  • Make sure your in a position where you can over-deliver and under-promise.
  • “You have to communicate as best as you can with your team and your customers that you are not selling ‘putting together furniture.’ Your selling trust.”
  • Trust is established when you deliver on what you said. If you want to build a brand that is going to last you must build others trust.
  • Make the right decisions right away. Make sure that you are hiring the right people.
  • “You HAVE to learn and know your numbers.”
  • “You HAVE to be willing to say no.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”You really have to hire people for their integrity and character. ” @bryanjorr”]
  • [Tweet “”As much as you can productize your service the better.” @bryanjorr”]
  • [Tweet “”You HAVE to be willing to say no.” @bryanjorr”]
  • [Tweet “”You have to learn and know your numbers.” @bryanjorr”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR12

11: The View From The Top w/ Aaron T Walker

EP. 11Today’s Guest is Aaron T. Walker of ViewFromTheTop.com
“Businessman and Life Coach, Aaron T. Walker, has inspired many through his leadership, mentorship, and consistent pursuit of excellence. He enjoys helping others and believes experience is a great teacher. 35 years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of experience. Aaron continues to reach new heights and broaden his perspective of the terrain by examining his experiences and growing from them.”

Key Takeaways

  • “As leaders we don’t need to empower people. We need to create an environment for others to empower themselves.”  Charles Weathers
  • Have a mastermind/accountability group to encourage and lift you up in good and bad times.
  • “Embrace the tension, because it’s not going to go away.”
  • When you are struggling, go to the Scripture, pray, or get people around you that can lift you up and provide help.
  •  “We are the sum total of the people we hang out with and the books we read.”
  • Be careful who you ask for advice from.
  • Intentionally build relationships everyday. Build long-term relationships and more relationships more often.
  • Take plenty of time to pick and hire a new team member.
  • “Cant couldn’t do it and could did it all.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet ” “We are the sum total of the people we hang out with and the books we read.” @vtfcoach”]
  • [Tweet “”Embrace the tension, because it’s not going to go away.” @vtfcoach”]
  • [Tweet “”As leaders we don’t need to empower people. We need to create an environment for others to empower themselves.” @charlesweathers“]
  • [Tweet “”Can’t couldn’t do it and could did it all.” @vtfcoach”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR11

07: Grow Your Business Through Networking – Town Hall w/ Matt McWilliams

EP. 07In today’s Town Hall Meeting, we are talking about Networking.  Our guest is Matt McWilliams who is a business consultant from small businesses to large businesses. He mainly works with affiliate marking but also provides his services in areas such as social network marketing and customer retention.
I am a world changer. And so are you. 
My goal here is to help you become the world changer that you were born to be. Sometimes that means helping you to shift your mindset. Sometimes it means giving you the tools you need in life, in business, or in relationships to change the world. Sometimes it means some good old fashioned motivation and inspiration… To be clear, I will not make you a world changer. You already are. My goal is to help you find that person inside of you.” 

Key Takeaways

  • When it comes to networking your mindset is key. You must believe that you have the strength and ability to connect with people. You DO have the ability, it’s whether or not you believe in that capability that makes all the difference.
  • When you believe in your skills and strengths it shows through your network. Not just in your network but also in your interactions, ideas, and relationships.
  • “You don’t want people to know more about your business than they know about you.”
  • Practice the Birthday phone call habit to build your network.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”It’s not who you know, but how well you know them.” @MattMcWilliams2″]
  • [Tweet “”Networking starts with taking initiative” @MattMcWilliams2″]
  • [Tweet “”You don’t want people to know more about your business than they know about you.” @MattMcWilliams2″]

Resources

Register for the 2 hour online training, ‘Networking With a Purpose’ here…
www.MattMcWilliams.com/revival —-> Discount Code: revival25
You can get the complete show notes and clickable links at www.BrianMininger.com/SBR07
 

05: Growing Inspite of Economic Challenges w/ Charles Hendricks

Podcast cover Template Charles HendricksToday’s Guest is Charles Hendricks architect at ‘The Gaines Group.”
“My name is Charles Hendricks and I am an architect, dad, and husband living in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. I design projects of all types and styles (residential, multi-family, office, commercial, industrial, new construction, renovation, modern, traditional, contemporary) for a variety of clients. There is no project too small or too large, if you value design, I am thrilled to help.
In 2008, my firm was named “best green designers” by Virginia Sustainable Building Network through our work on sustainable, LEED Certified, EarthCraftCertified, and Energy Star projects in the residential, commercial, and industrial segments. We have been fortunate over the last 16 years, that I have been with the firm, to have clients that wanted to create buildings, businesses, and homes that are healthy, energy-efficient, and durable.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Work Ethic is Important.
  • It is best to put your family first, before your business. It will have a greater impact on your life in the long run.
  • Expand your business as others are contacting theirs.
  • Make lists. This helps you to maintain what needs to get done.
  • Building trust is the most important thing.
  • Social Networks are helpful for others to get to know you a little better and contact you in a variety of ways.
  • Designing and living in a way that doesn’t deplete resources and abilities of future generations so that they can live that same way, with the same quality of life.

 

Tweetable Quotes

[Tweet “”Work ethic is important.” @thegainesgroup”]
[Tweet “”Building trust is the most important thing.” @thegainesgroup”]
[Tweet “”Make lists. This helps you to maintain what needs to get done.” @thegainesgroup”]

Resources

Complete Show Notes with Clickable Links at www.brianmininger.com/sbr05