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… But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.  Daniel 11:32
We all want to do great things and make our lives count!  But, what is the foundation of our lives?  It is knowing God.  The “great exploits” overflow from relationship with God.  Not the other way around.  You learn to know your God by living in relationship with Him through the good times… and more importantly… the difficult times.

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53: 5 Benefits of Community for the Entrepreneur

Podcast – Show Notes

53: 5 Benefits of Community for the EntrepreneurHave you ever felt alone in the fight?  As Entrepreneurs, it is easy to get so busy and focused on our goals that we don’t cultivate relationship.
The result is a lonely, vulnerable place.  If you choose to stay in that place, you will find your success and impact limited.
[Tweet “”You find your calling when you find your family” – @caleb_campbell“]
However, you have a choice.  You can take action, invest in relationships and change your destiny.
Here is what Solomon had to say about community.
“This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

5 Benefits of Community to the Entrepreneur

  1. Someone to share success with
  2. Help when you fall
  3. Keep your hope in face of opposition
  4. Conquer the enemy
  5. Makes you stronger

Complete Show Notes with Clickable Links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr53

You Can't Manage Time!


I know you want your life to count and make an impact for the Kingdom of God!
Therefore, how you use your time matters.  We all have the same amount of time in every day.  Over the course of our lives, we don’t know exactly how much time we will have, and once we waste our time it is gone…
Daily we face the competing demands of those who would like to dictate how we spend our time… we try to balance all the things we want to do with our time… and we find ourselves spending time on things that do not really matter.
When we think about this struggle we inevitably come to the subject of time management.  For years I thought I could manage time.  I read books on this subject, I worked on my schedule… and yet I was still frustrated.
Then, I read a book that changed my thinking on this subject completely, “The Power of Full Engagement.”  This book challenged me to think about how I was managing my energy not my time.  You see, the legacy we leave and the impact we make with our lives is a result of the significant actions that we take.  
[Tweet “Our legacy is the result of the significant actions that we take.”]
These significant actions are a result of being fully engaged with a high level of energy.  Then… and only then do we take actions that get results.  Trying to maximize every minute of the day without being mindful of our energy levels is a dead end game. We just wear ourselves out and then we are not productive… we are just busy.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”  – Solomon (Prov. 17:22)

Here are 5 Ways to keep Your Energy Level High

  1. Fully Engage & Fully Disengage – Every elite athlete has times of intense exertion and times of complete rest.  We are only able to achieve this if we engage and disengage.  Therefore, focus on the people or task in front of you.   Eliminate distractions, and be “all in!”
  2. Exercise – Our mental energy for the work that we do is closely tied to the physical energy of our body.  So often, rather than taking care of our body, we abuse it.  Exercise, not only strengthens our body, but it allows us to think and clear our heads.  For me, exercise is like a mental “reset” button.  If I am getting discouraged or mentally struggling, Exercise is the quickest way to bring my mind back to a good place.
  3. Feed Your Mind –  Numerous studies have shown that we are not getting proper nutrition from our diets, even if we eat healthy food.  Through year of mass food production, the nutrients in the soil have been depleted and with it the nutrition content of our fruits and vegetables.  Therefore, we need to supplement our diet with nutrition.  I specifically supplement my diet with nutrition designed to give me energy and mental focus.  This has been life transforming for me.  I can now work through the afternoon without a mental crash.  You can learn more about the products I use by clicking here.
  4. Enjoy Life – Many times in our pursuit of our goals we forget to enjoy life.  Solomon said repeatedly in the book of Ecclesiastes that our toil (work) is meaningless unless we receive the gift of God to enjoy it.  When we enjoy our lives, we gain energy.  I have activities in my life that “energize me” even though they are hard work.  I know you have the same types of activities in your life.  Make sure they are a regular part of your life.
  5. Create Margin – Nothing is designed to operate long term at max capacity.  Whether it is your vehicle engine, stereo speakers, or the hard drive on your computer… these things will fail if they are operated long term at max capacity.  So why do we think we can max out our lives and not fail under the pressure?  Start creating space.  Don’t book your day full.   Practice the Sabbath.  Take time off to rest.  It is time to simplify and create margin in our lives.

The journey to freedom from the time management “rat race” begins with a mindset and focus shift.  From there we move into the hard work of changing our habits.  Don’t get discouraged, you can do this.  You will fall back, but keep moving forward.
You now have a choice… What are you going to do with what you have learned?  You can stay on the same frustrating track of trying to manage your time or you can take action to increase your energy.  I want to help you take action and change your life.  Therefore, I have included a short list of resources to help you maintain a high level of energy in your life.

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Resources

  • “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy not Time is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal.” – Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
  • AdvoCare Spark® is a unique multi-nutrient system that was developed as a nutritional source of energy and enhanced mental focus. It’s a sugar-free with more than 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work synergistically to provide a healthy, balanced and effective source of energy that won’t overburden or over stimulate your body. This amazing product serves as an all-in-one solution that gives you a quick boost of energy that lasts for hours. (From the Advocare Website)
  • AdvoCare Slam® is a powerful, portable energy supplement in a tiny, two-ounce bottle. Its unique combination of energy-producing nutrients and support for neural processes makes it a perfect fit for the person on the go. Portions are easy to control with Slam, so you can drink the whole bottle or half if you prefer. It’s also quick and easy to consume in five amazing flavors. Slam is the perfect choice when quick, convenient results and sustained energy are a must. And unlike many other energy supplements you may find at retail stores, Slam actually tastes great! (From the Advocare Website)
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes by Solomon.  This book of the Bible is the wisdom and reflections on life of Solomon.  Solomon was one of the wealthiest men to every live.  His wisdom and influence was known far and wide, and he was sought out as a consultant by other kings and queens.
  • The Simplified Life.  Our lives are increasingly becoming more complicated and full everyday.  It takes intentional focus to simplify our lives and focus on what really matters

49: Small Business Revival Podcast Update

DSC_6691All of life has seasons…

For the last 3 1/2 months I have been in a season of working very hard to publish the Small Business Revival Podcast 3 times a week.
It is time for a season of rest, evaluation and reflection.  Therefore, over the next few weeks I am not going to publish the regular episodes.
Instead, I am going to share with you updates as I go on this journey.  These updates will be more impromptu and recorded on my iPhone as I have time.  I am also going to focus on investing energy in the needs of my family during this time of relocating.
Thank you so much for your listener-ship.  I truly appreciate your support.  During this season I would love to hear from you.  My desire is to serve you.  If you have suggestions, questions, or feedback on the show please email me by clicking here.

“For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.”
Solomon  (Ecclesiates 3:1-8)

 
To get the complete update on the Small Business Revival Podcast, listen to today’s episode below.

40: Town Hall – 5 Ways to Manage Business Stress

EP. 40Biblical Entrepreneurship

“But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:16-18

Key Takeaways

  • Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. We don’t have to live under bondage.
  • There are practical things that we can do to manage the stress in our lives and live in freedom.
  • We don’t want to suppress our emotions. We want to harness and empower our emotions.

5 Ways to Handle Business Stress

  1. Harness your emotions.
  2. Manage your energy.
  3. Engage Relationships.
  4. Strengthen your spirit.
  5. Grow your skills.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. We don’t have to live under bondage.”]
  • [Tweet “There are practical things that we can do to manage the stress in our lives and live in freedom.”]
  • [Tweet “We don’t want to suppress our emotions. We want to harness and empower our emotions.”]

 Resources

YouTube Videos

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR40

19: Town Hall – Simplifying Life & Business w/ Victoria Mininger

EP. 19In today’s Town Hall meeting, we are doing something different.  My guest is, my beautiful wife, Victoria.  And, we are taking you “behind the scenes” to include you in some of our conversations about life, business and where we are going as a family.  Hopefully, you will be encouraged by our journey as ordinary people, making challenging decisions.

Key Takeaways

  • Simplifying Life allows us to focus on what really matters.
  • Simplifying schedules involves our work as well as our family schedules.
  • Leaning into the discomfort helps you push through it.
  • To move into the best things, sometimes we have to let go of good things.
  • Our personal lives spill over and affect our businesses.
  • We need to run our business, not let our business run us.

Tweets

[Tweet “Lean into the discomfort and push through @vmininger”]
[Tweet “Simplify to focus on what really matters @vmininger”]
[Tweet “Run your business, don’t let it run you! @vmininger”]

 Resources

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For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR19
 
 
 
 
 

You Don't Have to Leave Your Family to Go to Work!

How is that possible you ask?

For years, I did not think it was possible either.  I, just like most Americans, had been programmed to believe that the only way to earn a living was to get up everyday and “leave for work.”
Therefore, I did what I knew to do… I got a job and went to work.  Then I started my own business and functioned very much the same way. My work expanded to fit the “allotted work week” and my expenses expanded to meet what I could earn in that period of time.  The result, was a stretched thin life with no margin that resulted in me responding “busy” to anyone that asked “How are you doing?”
Family Business
I bet you have been there.  Most of us still are there.  However, this is a recent phenomenon.  For most of the history of the world people did not function this way.  They and their families worked together in “family businesses.”  Then, the industrial revolution needed people to work in the factories…  Schools were structured to prepare people for factory work and our routine changed.
In yesterday’s podcast, Tommy and I talked about Family Business, Homeschooling, and lifestyle.  As Tommy put it, “The Family is under attack!”  I believe it is possible to get off the rat-race and live differently.  Our family has committed to living simply, and working together to earn our living.  This lifestyle will provide us the margin to invest time and money in the things that really matter to us…. our relationships and making a difference in our community.
Making this a reality is not easy… even for us.  We recently made the hard decision for Victoria to put in her notice at Liberty University.  She is transitioning to join me in the business and build her own business The Simplified Office.   These decisions are hard, we prayed a lot, had peace about the decision, and have a plan… but there is still fear.
What if the business doesn’t grow?  What if the revenue doesn’t come in?  Were we crazy?   We have asked all these questions… but at the end of the day, we just know that it is worth it.
It is possible for you too.  Maybe your discouraged.  I pray that today you will see a spark of possibility that motivates you to move toward a better future.  It isn’t easy… but it is possible.  Others have done it before.
If you know someone else who needs this encouragement, please forward them this message and share the episode on social media.
Here’s to your Success!
Brian

09: Creating Products & Services People Want to Buy w/ Rick Coplin

EP. 09Today’s guest is Rick Coplin who works with small business owners, particularly in the technology field, through the organization ‘Tech Columbus.’
“My mission is to help leaders develop clarity, leverage their existing skills and passions, focus on intentional personal growth, and develop a passion for impact through influence. ”

Key Takeaways

  • You’ve got to be close to your customers, you must try your best to understand what they are looking for and what they may need.
  • Constant communication is key when creating a product. Make it clear to your customers that you need and truly want their feedback. Then, later on in the process, make sure to display that you are taking their thoughts and ideas into account when developing the product.
  • Evaluate everything that comes at you with your core priorities and decide whether they are truly necessary.
  • “The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity of life.” ~ Billy Graham

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”Talking to your customer matters.” @RickCoplin”]
  • [Tweet “”I can say no to good things and say yes to the best things.” @RickCoplin”]
  • [Tweet “”The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity of life.” ~ Billy Graham @RickCoplin”]

Resuorces

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR09

08: Stop Managing Time w/ Jon Giganti

Episode 08 - Jon GigantiToday’s Guest is John Giganti of ‘The Catalyst Project.’
“I’m a catalyst – a storyteller that helps facilitate the growth in others. Through writing, speaking, coaching and training, my mission is to help you jumpstart your work, ignite your life and leave your ultimate legacy…
The Mission of The Catalyst Project is simple – We want to plant seeds and watch them grow.  There’s no greater measure of success than facilitating the growth of others.  I’m here to tell you that no matter your situation or circumstances, you can make a difference.  All it takes is a change in mindset and the willingness to give of yourself.  I challenge you to stop playing small.  It’s time to make your impact on the world.”

Key Takeaways

  • Focus on adding value to the other person. When you do this, in turn, you may receive something for yourself that was not expected.
  • Value your time. Value every second you have and use it to make a difference and reach out to others.
  • Manage your priorities. Energy, Focus, and Stress, are some key concepts to manage and be aware of while pursuing your business. If you regulate these aspects of your life, you will be able to be more productive and save a lot of time and energy.
  • Work on managing your energy, not your time. This will help you immensely as you are reaching out to others and taking on many different tasks.
  • Make sure to leverage the relationships that you have already built. Value these relationships and continue to invest in them.
  • “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” ~Arthur Ashe

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”Manage energy, not time.” @JonGiganti”]
  • [Tweet “”You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” ~Arthur Ashe @JonGiganti”]

Resources

To get complete show notes with clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR08

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