26: Building a Full-Time Network Marketing Business w/ Amy Davenport

EP. 26Today’s Guest is Amy Davenport, an independent distributor built off of 31 Gifts.
“Amy Davenport began  her career with Thirty-One Gifts in March of 2010.  She was honored by Thirty-One Gifts with 2 of the top five categories for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 fiscal year. She was recognized for being in the top 25 dream building (recruiting) for 2011, as well as top in consistency of sales for 2012. As a result of her success, Amy was a member of the 2012 Leadership Council.
 Since joining the company in 2010, Amy has built a team of over 185 consultants nationwide. She enjoys coaching and mentoring the women on her team  to reach their goals and change their lives. She has also earned the Leadership Incentive Trip two years running, and enjoyed taking her husband, Tony, to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico twice!
Amy is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in History and holds a Masters in Education from George Mason University as well. She worked as middle and high school teacher for 6 years before moving into grant management for 3 years. Thirty-One has allowed Amy to work from home since 2011.  She resides in Waynesboro, VA with her husband Tony, son, Anthony, and  identical twin daughters, Brooke and Brittany.”

Key Takeaways

  • Share your story with others. Your story can inspire and influence others.
  • Building relationships and customer service are extremely important.
  • Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.
  • You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.
  • It is okay to take a break from your work.
  • Proverbs 31:16-18

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Share your story with others.”]
  • [Tweet “Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.”]
  • [Tweet “You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.”]
  • [Tweet “It is okay to take a break from your work.”]


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16: Town Hall – What I Learned About Rebounding From Failure

Town HallIn today’s podcast I am going to share what I learned about myself… and the recovery process of overcoming failure.  I am going to dive into my own personal journey.  This is not easy for me, but I think it is important.  We don’t talk about failure, and therefore many people suffer in silence.
I believe that through sharing my story, others who are struggling can find hope.  Maybe that person is you.  Maybe that person is a friend or family member.  (If so share this with them)  I want you to know that you are not alone.
After my construction business failed in bankruptcy in 2009, I really struggled.  I was stuck in the failure and the past and unable to move forward.  I had to learn how to start over…  but I was a wreck.  Everything I had poured myself into, and all of my hopes and dreams were dashed.  My self confidence was shot, my “good name” ruined and I was depressed.
I wondered if anyone would ever need me and if I could ever make a positive contibution again.  I wondered if I could ever provide for my family.
These were dark days.  I tried to help small businesses then, but I wasn’t in any shape to be able to do that.

Looking back, These are the three things I did to get Unstuck.

  • I paid attention to what was going on inside of me emotionally
  • I shared with friends and family who were close to me
  • I started doing something productive.  (Almost by accident)

Doing something productive got me going in a forward motion… the worst thing was sitting at home, filling out applications, and collecting unemployment. For my own morale, I needed to contribute.
This past spring I had a similar experience… I had left my job to start my own business doing construction work, so that I could figure out my path.
Then I got hurt, and we lost our income for a month and a half and it was a slow road back.  During that time, I figured out that I wanted to help people and not continue in construction.  I tried to launch an organic farm ititiative, but was unsuccessful and I had to keep searching.   But this time, I got moving much faster, I went to work with a landscape company and built from there.
We all experience failure.  Don’t quit.  The sun comes up tomorrow.  Grow as a person.  Have courage and don’t give up on your dreams.
[Tweet “Don’t quit. The sun comes up tomorrow.” @brianmininger”]
[Tweet “Have courage and don’t give up on your dreams.” @brianmininger”]

[Tweet “To get un-stuck, you have to start moving.” @brianmininger”]

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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 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”]


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What is Patience?

This is a big question for me.  It is one that is always a challenge for me.  In order to live a balanced, enjoyable healthy life, we must understand patience.  There is a season for everything.  A time to press forward, and a time to wait patiently.  If we are always pressing forward, we will miss opportunities that are right under our nose.  If we are always waiting, we will never take advantage of those opportunities.

As a recovering over driven perfectionist, I have a hard time knowing where the balance is between moving forward confidently and waiting patiently for doors to open.  I know there are times to wait and times to press forward… But how do I know the difference?
Somehow, in the depths of my heart I know that the difference is not so much my actions, but it is an attitude of the heart.  That is where we need to focus.  This attitude will then affect our actions.  But, it has to start with the heart.


What does patience look like? Here are some questions to ask yourself.
  • Peace & Calm – In difficult circumstances is my heart marked by restlessness or peace?
  • Confidence – Insecurity undermines patience.  It is impossible to wait if I don’t have confidence in a good outcome.
  • Trust – Ultimately I have to trust that things will work out for the best and there are opportunities for me.
  • Stillness – This is the opposite of striving… Am I able to practice stillness in my actions, heart and mind.
It takes effort discern the difference between impatience and patience in your life.  Life has seasons of difficulty and challenge.  To live with patience you must embrace the challenge and move forward at the right time.  Today, choose to have a heart filled with peace, calm, confidence, trust and stillness.

How have you come to understand patience in your life?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

– Brian