155: Lynn Thomas | You Can Be the Change Agent

Lynn Thomas is the Founder of Thomas Consulting. She is a tax attorney-turned consultant who finds innovative and novel ways to create fiercely loyal clients and employees. As employees uncover their untapped potential, they become deeply engaged and excel at delighting customers. Consequently, these businesses achieve higher levels of profits, growth, and retention!

In this episode, Lynn talks about life in the world of COVID and how employees and employers can get along and make outstanding inventions and high innovation. Check it out!

[00:01 – 06:39] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Lynn Thomas
  • Connect with Lynn through the links below
  • Uncovering unknown superpowers
  • What is a capacity mindset?

[06:40 – 30:38] You Can Be the Change Agent

  • Seeing beyond the human eye, how Lynn gets her ideas
  • The Problem of Corporate America
  • Learning with diversity
  • How learning has changed for her over the years
  • Calling people outside a specific industry
  • The future of employment
  • Why it is too difficult to be kind and how you can do it
  • How to be a Fantastic Owner and Manager
  • Reconnecting with People despite the Presence of Social Media
  • Leveraging Social Media to Your Advantage Now
  • Do Two Uncomfortable Things Today
  • Uncomfortable is the New Norm
  • Listening to Everybody is Amazing
  • Let’s enter Lynn’s reality

[30:39 – 42:04] What to Expect from Lynn

  • What is success and how do you achieve it?
  • Seeking fun and challenge
  • VUCA: volatile, uncertain, complicated, ambiguous
  • What Lynn is working on right now
  • Actionable Items/Tips from Lynn
  • Do two things that are uncomfortable every day.
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“You can prioritize. You can discuss. It gives you much more freedom.” – Lynn Thomas

“Don’t underestimate who you are, or what you can do.” – Lynn Thomas

“There’s no playbook, there’s no, there’s no answer. So you might as well make up your future before somebody else makes it up for you.” – Lynn Thomas

Connect with Lynn Thomas through https://www.thomasconsultingwins.com/, LinkedIn, Podcast on Employee Retention, YouTube, and their Latest Newsletter.

It’s time to Stand Up, Show Up, and Level Up! Download The Success Finder on Apple and Google Play Store.

You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at brandon@thesuccessfinder.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.

154: Deana Jean | Connecting is a Unique Superpower

Deana Jean is a Success Coach, Professional Speaker & the Founder of Intentional Excellence Consulting LLC;  a personal success program for leaders and modern entrepreneurs who are motivated by transparent accountability and sustainable results. She’s also a proud Breast Cancer Survivor & Brooklyn native. After spending over 15 years serving in Sales Leadership & Training positions across the Ed Tech industry Deana decided it was time to launch a business that aligns with her true core values of service, success & integrity. Through IE, she works with entrepreneurs, leaders, and enterprise organizations in 20 states and 4 continents.

In this episode, Deana shares with us her unique superpower.  She talks about how she has created an impact on the people around her as she genuinely serves despite the challenges she has faced.  Check it out!

[00:01 – 05:01] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Deana Jean
  • Connect with Deana through the links below
  • A Bittersweet Announcement: Changing to The Success Finder
  • Deana’s Superpower

[05:02 – 27:20] Connecting is a Unique Superpower

  • The next thing you should connect to is…
  • Why we don’t honor our superpowers
  • Pulling that zone of genius, finding your success tribe
  • How learning has changed for her over the years
  • Seeing the learning in everything
  • Leaning into the process and finding opportunities to learn in every engagement
  • Deana’s coaches and masterminds
  • Her supportive family
  • “My family was my village.”
  • Everyone is a key player.
  • How masterminds helped her get unstuck
  • Collaboration
  • Actively looking for people to learn from
  • Serving others with our personal gifts
  • Listening and asking questions
  • Improving the world for her children to become a cycle
  • Women who are overachievers
  • Entering Deana’s Reality: Two Things You Need to Know

[27:21 – 37:10] What to Expect from Deana

  • Deana defines success
  • What Deana is working on right now
  • Actionable Items/Tips from Deana
  • “Focus on intentional connection.”
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“Collaboration and partnership are the easiest way for us to go further faster.” – Deana Jean

“The biggest reason is that people are not really walking in their zone of genius, because we have limiting beliefs around the things that we don’t do well, which don’t even matter.” – Deana Jean

“Just because you are serving does not mean that you have to do it for free.” – Deana Jean

Connect with Deana Jean through www.deanajean.com, Facebook, and Instagram.

It’s time to Stand Up, Show Up, and Level Up! Download The Success Finder on Apple and Google Play Store.

You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at brandon@thesuccessfinder.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.

153: Kim Solez | How Artificial Intelligence Helps Create Legacies

Life is just starting for Dr. Kim Solez at age 75. The Edmonton-based entrepreneur, pathologist and professor just observed his 75th birthday. He’s celebrating by writing a memoir that’s documented his life’s first three-quarters of a century and applying for a grant that can fuel his passion to solve six of the world’s key problems for the decades to come.  Solez has combined his love for science and art through his work as an entrepreneur at numerous companies, including his current one – Just Machines, which explores the effects of rapidly improving technology and AI in the field of medicine – plus as Professor of Pathology at University of Alberta, where he is continually and constantly surrounded by students and graduate assistants that make him feel young.

[00:01 – 02:43] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Kim Solez
  • Connect with Kim through the links below
  • What is Kim’s superpower?

[02:44 – 22:04] How Artificial Intelligence Helps Create Legacies

  • Why Kim believes there is no limit
  • How Kim’s learning have changed
  • Computers are getting faster, smarter
  • Age, Numbers, and Instincts
  • On Naming: What’s your purpose?
  • Life is NOT extremely competitive
  • Using AI to solve the big six problems of the human race
  • Creating timeless things
  • Kim talks about leaving your impact
  • The Next Big Thing in Education and Artificial Intelligence
  • Human beings, artificial intelligence, and blockchains working together

[22:05 – 26:47] What to Expect from Kim

  • What Kim is working on right now
  • Actionable Items/Tips from Kim
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“There is no upper bound to how big you can think that the scale of your potential activities” – Kim Solez

“There really isn’t any competition, there’s only collaboration.” – Kim Solez

“Not only are humans adaptable, but life itself sort of does things that favor your future.” – Kim Solez

Know more and connect with Kim Solez through Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and https://www.justmachines.com/about.

It’s time to Stand Up, Show Up, and Level Up! Download The Success Finder on Apple and Google Play Store.

You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at brandon@thesuccessfinder.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.

152: Lynda Sunshine West | Relearning through Your Own Filter

Lynda Sunshine West is known as The Queen of Collaboration. She’s a Speaker, International #1 Bestselling Author, Executive Film Producer, Red Carpet Interviewer, and the Founder of Women Action Takers. Lynda’s mission is to empower women to write, publish, and market their book and get them on stages to AMPLIFY their voices. At age 5 she ran away and was gone an entire week. At age 51 she faced one fear every day for an entire year. In doing so, she gained an exorbitant amount of confidence and uses what she learned to fulfill her mission. She believes in cooperation and collaboration and loves connecting with like-minded people.

In this episode, Lynda talks about the seven-step process to breaking through fear, we get into how she had to relearn how to learn. And Linda talks about living life through your own filter.  Check it out!

[00:01 – 02:30] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Lynda Sunshine West
  • Connect with Lynda through the links below
  • Nothing happens without action.

[02:31 – 31:20] Relearning through Your Own Filter

  • Relearning how to learn
  • A tactile way of learning
  • See It Touch It Mentality
  • Who Lynda is currently learning from
  • Interviewing others like Hello Woofy
  • Millenial in a Boomer Body
  • Lynda shares about affiliate links and her experience with them.
  • How Masterminds helped Lynda reset and get unstuck
  • Relating family dynamics with masterminds
  • Living Life Through Your Own Filter
  • The Parallels Going Between Self Education and Standard Education
  • Businesses in the Pandemic
  • Come enter Lynda’s reality
  • Honing her listening skill
  • Hearing what people aren’t saying
  • Shortening that pain point and investing in yourself
  • Amanda’s Mastermind Success Story
  • Opening up opportunities and positive energies

[31:21 – 42:00] What to Expect from Lynda

  • Lynda defines the key attribute to being successful
  • What Lynda is working on right now
  • Actionable Items/Tips from Lynda
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“I’m always looking for something new to learn. And just to keep up on my skills, I guess.” – Lynda Sunshine West

“There are opportunities for us to make additional side income without even having any extra effort.” – Lynda Sunshine West

“No matter where you are, you can learn something if you have an open mind to learn.” – Lynda Sunshine West

Know more and connect with Lynda Sunshine West through her website, Facebook, Women Action TakersTM Facebook Group, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Clubhouse, IMDB, and Amazon Author Page.

It’s time to Stand Up, Show Up, and Level Up! Download The Success Finder on Apple and Google Play Store.

You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at brandon@thesuccessfinder.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.

151: Manuel Astruc | Transforming Your Stress into Success

Manuel Astruc is an experienced psychiatrist. His own struggles with burnout, addiction and depression inspired him to start Your Next Act, his coaching program for high performing entrepreneurs suffering from stress and burnout. Dr. Astruc takes what he’s learned working in the field, his work as an entrepreneur, and his own life experiences and brings it to entrepreneurs to help them feel their best and perform their best at home and in their business. He helps others recognize how focusing on their mental fitness translates into greater success, both in life and in business.

In this episode, Manuel talks about how you get to choose, so we should focus on the fact that we have a choice in what we do. He also explains how stress and burnout and the entrepreneurial world is something that can be overcome and lets us know how he helps his clients find the boundaries of time and resources between work and home life. Check it out!

[00:01 – 02:16 Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Manuel Astruc
  • Checkout the Success Finder App
  • Check the links below
  • Connect with Manuel through the links below

[02:17 –12:22] Manuel and His Experience with Self-Education

  • How learning has changed for him over the years
  • Listening to podcasts has a huge impact
  • Manuel’s coaches and masterminds
  • Learning from Strategic Coach and Entrepreneur’s Organization
  • Being surrounded by result leaders
  • How masterminds helped him get unstuck
  • Investing in coaches and masterminds to accelerate business growth
  • Parallels between standard and self education
  • School is a great place to learn how to collaborate and network
  • Self education helps with how quickly information comes out

[12:22 – 30:56] What to Expect from Manuel

  • A success story when working with Manuel
  • What Manuel is working on right now
  • Actionable Items/Tips from Manuel
  • Focusing on the fact that you can choose
  • Practicing gratitude
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“My ability to have a deep knowledge of how people function really helps to get people pass stress and success, which we know on many levels, keeps people from performing their best and feeling the best in their lives.” – Manuel Astruc

Connect with Manuel Astruc through his website at www.manuelastruc.com!

It’s time to Stand Up, Show Up, and Level Up! Download The Success Finder on Apple and Google Play Store.

You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at brandon@thesuccessfinder.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.

150: Brandon Hakim | Giving You The Education You’ll Never Get In School

Brandon Hakim, Founder of InsiderSchool.com, is On A Quest To Give You The Education You’ll Never Get In School. When he was in college, he went into the dean’s office and said “I feel like we’re getting an outdated education.” She said…they’re working on it. He walked out that day, and swore he’d teach himself the things he should have learned in school. He’s since read over 1,000 books, and realized that everyone who’s excelled in any area of life knew things were never taught in school. They were Insiders. He’s now helped over 500,000 people through his online courses read more books, learn better — and download the wisdom from thousands of pages of books in their brains through short, actionable videos.

In this episode, Brandon gets into how there’s no such thing as succeeding by yourself. We also get into how self and standard education share a common flaw, and why you need to plan before it happens. Check it out!

[00:01 – 03:55] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Brandon Hakim
  • Checkout the Success Finder App
  • Check the links below
  • Connect with Brandon Hakim through the links below
  • Brandon’s superpower: taking a lot of information and being able to condense it into a very short and actionable form

[03:56 –14:29] Brandon and His Experience with Self-Education

  • How learning has changed for him over the years
  • First shift came from reading books
  • Getting the best grade with the least amount of work possible
  • Brandon’s coaches and masterminds
  • Finding ways to make learnings actionable
  • Parallels between standard and self education
  • Self education: having to decide what and how to learn
  • Standard education: sticking to a curriculum that does not work for your
  • They share a fundamental flaw

[14:30 – 30:56] What to Expect from Brandon

  • A success story when working with Brandon
  • What Brandon is working on right now
  • Actionable Items/Tips from Brandon
  • Planning, reading books, looking at emotional reactivity
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“ So I think the biggest thing is just the mindset shift of all of your learning should lead to action.”  – Brandon Hakim

“Our emotional reactivity equals your threshold of control equals the size of your arena in life.” -Brandon Hakim

Connect with Brandon through Instagram and YouTube or send him an email at brandon.hakim@gmail.com.

It’s time to Stand Up, Show Up, and Level Up! Download The Success Finder on Apple and Google Play Store.

You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at brandon@thesuccessfinder.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.

149: Becky Morrison | “Untangling Happiness”

Becky Morrison is the Founder of Butterfly Society. She is a lawyer turned leadership and happiness coach on a mission to spread joy by helping people discover what they need to live happier, lead happier and build happy businesses. Beck reached a point in her life where she “had it all” and still felt like there was something missing after having done everything that the world told her that she “should do.” So she spent the next several decades untangling her own happiness and started uncovering what would actually make her happy.

In this episode, she talks about how to avoid the rabbit holes you could go down, and gets into what it truly means to define success by figuring out what makes you happy. And she also gets into starting with the landing of where you are right now then using that as a platform to launch into a happier life. Check it out!

[00:01 – 03:35] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Becky Morrison
  • Checkout the Success Finder App
  • Check the links below
  • Connect with Becky through the links below
  • Becky’s superpower: simplifying things

[03:36 –21:29] Becky and Her Experience with Self-Education

  • How learning has changed for Becky over the years
  • Being curious about things
  • Becky’s coaches and masterminds
  • Finding masterminds through social media
  • Finding the connection between the coaches/teachers
  • Parallels between standard and self education
  • Not limiting yourself to your co-workers and organizations
  • Conversations about what you want your life to be like are happening at a younger age
  • Defining Success
  • Knowing your priority and honoring it
  • Keeping things directional

[21:30 – 23:06] What to Expect from Becky

  • A success story when working with Becky
  • What Becky is working on right now
  • Actionable Items/Tips from Becky
  • Ask yourself what makes you happy?
  • Ask yourself what about that thing makes you happy?
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“What is your top priority in this season in your life? And how are you going to know that you are honoring it? Yeah. And if we can answer that question, then we’ve defined success for this season.” – Becky Morrison

“So it starts with landing where you are right now and really figuring out reconnecting with yourself, getting half as happy as you can in your current circumstances, and then using that as a platform from which to architect and launch into your future happiness, and then having the tools to continue to allow you to fly happy.” – Becky Morrison 

Connect with Becky through her website at www.untanglehappiness.com!

It’s time to Stand Up, Show Up, and Level Up! Download The Success Finder on Apple and Google Play Store.

You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at brandon@thesuccessfinder.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.

148: Dan Rogers | Delivering Epic Experiences

Dan Rogers never expected to go from rolling burritos to becoming the CEO of his own company, Point to Point Transportation. In defying the odds and always looking to challenge the status quo, he helped to grow a quick-serve restaurant chain, tripled annual sales for an existing book of business, and pivoted his own company to navigate tremendous growth; the 2008 recession; and being listed for seven consecutive years of Inc 5000 listings. 

In this episode, Dan talks about why you should copy off the smartest kid in the class. He gets into how he was able to fire 70% of his customers and found more happiness, and he also gets into why you just have to sign up for learning. Check it out! 

[00:01 – 09:16] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Dan Rogers 
  • Checkout the Success Finder App 
  • Check the links below 
  • Connect with Dan through the links below
  • Dans shares about his background
  • From rolling burritos to getting into sales 
  • Started Point to Point
  • Coaching as a huge part of his success
  • Dan’s superpower: help people figure out what they want
  •  

[09:17 –30:48] Dan and His Experience with Self-Education

  • How learning has changed for Dan over the years
  • Copying the smartest kid in class
  • Asking help from the smartest people in the room
  • Dan’s coaches and masterminds
  • Joined Entrepreneur’s Organization
  • Importance of having networks 
  • Parallels between standard and self education 
  • Learners are earners
  • Willingness to expand your game 
  • Importance of being an avid learner 

[30:49 – 23:06] What to Expect from Dan

  • A success story when working with Dan
  • What Dan is working on right now 
  • Actionable Items/Tips from Dan
  • Don’t suffer from being a special snowflake 
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“If I’m not feeling satisfied, it just isn’t worth doing it. I mean, I’ve made a handsome living. But money doesn’t solve that stuff.” – Dan Rogers

Connect with Dan on LinkedIn and check out his website at www.p2ptransportation.com.

It’s time to Stand Up, Show Up, and Level Up! Download The Success Finder on Apple and Google Play Store.

You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at brandon@thesuccessfinder.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.

147: Eli Harris | Evolving Your Mindset in Every Stumblings and Successes

In 2016, Eli Harris co-founded his first startup — a pioneering portable energy storage company called EcoFlow. After a $25M acquisition deal fell through, Eli eventually sold his stake and was left unsure of his next move. Then, the pandemic hit.

Sensing an opportunity to save lives while revolutionizing the $20B+ infection prevention industry, he joined forces with two of his mentors to found R-Zero. Just one year later, R-Zero’s innovative technology is already in use in thousands of classrooms, restaurants, and small businesses, helping to pave the way to a new normal — one that’s healthier and safer than ever before.

In this episode, Eli will be sharing how he has been recovering and getting back ahead at the industry he’s working in. This young entrepreneur is the epitome of getting back up and running ahead, even when he hit rock bottom at one point. This informative episode would incredibly inspire and get you going. Check it out!

[00:01 – 09:58] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Eli Harris
  • Eli shows his battle scars during his start-up
  • His journey and opportunities in Beijing, China
  • Learning how to make drones and marketing it
  • Creating an eco-friendly battery system
  • Being pushed from a company you loved
  • Getting the right therapists and coaches to help out
  • Eli is back – Getting back to the arena
  • Connect with Eli through the links below

[09:59 – 26:55] How Eli Got Back Up and their Ground-breaking Projects

  • Separation – Knowing who he is from his work
  • Having the right people by his side to make opportunities possible
  • Eli’s peer mentors
  • Establishing trust and sympathy with partners and peers
  • Eli’s current business and projects during COVID
  • Infection protection through disinfection
  • Modernizing the disinfection process in the industry
  • Eli and his team are forerunners in creating real-time audit trails
  • Ground-breaking proof of high-technology disinfection concept
  • How is Eli evolving with his mindset with his current company
  • Protecting one’s self from the “rinse and repeat” and competitive mindset

[26:56 – 38:08] Interesting Things we can Learn from Eli

  • Entrepreneurship defined by Eli Harris
  • The smart kids ought to lead
  • On hitting the Rock-bottom
  • Putting yourself out there because you have the opportunity
  • Eli is still working through recovery – not yet over it
  • Consider setbacks and struggles as your fuel
  • Eli’s current business and projects during COVID
  • What to expect from Eli in the next 12 months
  • Remember: Sleep and Exercise changes everything – take care of yourself!
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“There’s nothing to trade for good family and friends who love you no matter what, but they have emotional bias, because they know you. It is nice to have that level of objectivity or clinical-ness of a therapist or a psychiatrist.” – Eli Harris

Connect with Eli through his website at  https://rzero.com/ and follow him on LinkedIn

It’s time to Stand Up, Show Up, and Level Up! Download The Success Finder on Apple and Google Play Store.

You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at brandon@thesuccessfinder.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.

146: Nicky Billou | Making the Difference You Were Born to Make

Nicky Billou is a champion for fathers and their children. A divorced father of 2, he has helped save over 60 families from divorce. He is also a champion for free enterprise and entrepreneurs. He is the #1 International Best Selling Author of the book: Finish Line Thinking™: How to Think and Win Like a Champion, and The Thought Leader’s Journey: A Fable of Life. Nicky is also an in-demand and highly inspirational speaker, an advisor and confidante to some of the most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs in Canada and the US, and host of the #1 podcast in the world on Thought Leadership, The Thought Leader Revolution, where he has interviewed over 270 of the world’s top Thought Leaders.

In this episode, Nicky gets into why leaders are readers. He talks about why getting into the niches and defining who you work with allows you to grow exponentially, and he also shares about how to help nurture and give children what they need based on where they are, whether it’s self education, or standard of education. Check it out!

[00:01 – 06:52] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Nicky Billou
  • Checkout the Success Finder App
  • Check the links below
  • Connect with Nicky through the links below
  • Nicki’s superpower: helping people see the best version of themselves
  • What people are doing wrong
  • You have to get your business right
  • Handle money right away

[06:53 –16:21] Nicky and His Experience with Self-Education

  • How learning has changed for Nicky over the years
  • Importance of reading books
  • Listen to podcasts, watch videos, and learn from experts
  • Maximize the information on social media
  • Nikcy’s coaches and masterminds
  • Learning from reading
  • Different mentors for different aspects of life
  • How coaches and masterminds helped in re-setting
  • The beauty of teaching something
  • Parallels between standard and self education
  • Having the ability to curate your own education experience

[16:22 – 23:06] What to Expect from Nicky

  • A success story when working with Nicky
  • What Nicky is working on right now
  • Actionable Items/Tips from Nicky
  • Do the 75 Hard Program by Andy Frisella
  • Final words

Resources Mentioned: 

Tweetable Quotes:

“As a child of God, we are put here on this earth to live life as the best version of ourselves.” – Nicky Billou

Connect with Nicky through his website at  www.ecircleacademy.com and listen to his podcast at www.thethoughtleaderrevolution.com.

It’s time to Stand Up, Show Up, and Level Up! Download The Success Finder on Apple and Google Play Store.

You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at brandon@thesuccessfinder.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.