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Giving you every tool you need to be unapologetically successful, these episodes will share the secrets, tips, and incredible stories of of how wealthy entrepreneurs, celebrities, and people of influence have risen to the top, and what they’ve done to make this world a better place as a result of their success. Host Chris Harder pulls out the best in people, proving that when good people make good money, they do great things! As a successful entrepreneur himself, he also believes that everyone has the right to an abundant lifestyle, and the responsibility to help others have the same. Money’s most important role is that it gives options and solves problems, and there are way too many stories of successful individuals doing GREAT things with their wealth that go unreported. Chris' goal is to expose those stories, therefor giving you the permission, motivation, and the tips & tools to love and attract money, become a smashing success, and in return, empower you to live generously in your earning and your giving. For more content, check out www.fortheloveofmoney.com

Episodes

41: How to Instantly Change Your Abundance Story  

 

What’s your abundance story? Are you happy with where you’re at? Or do you operate from a place of lack? If you’re the latter, it’s time to change things up.

 

As you learned from my previous mini episode, we’re ALL entitled to abundance, but we’re not guaranteed it. That means, when it comes to your own abundance story, it’s up to YOU to make the decisions.

 

So first off, you’re the one who sets the finish line. Realize that it’s a subjective decision as to what your abundance story us. You are radically abundant right now. You just may be choosing to see your current level of abundance as a lack of abundance because of how you’re choosing to define it.

 

“Abundance is nothing more than an opinion or feeling. You determine what it is to you.”

 

For example, let’s say you make $50K a year, and you’re not feeling abundant because you feel like you’re not making a lot of money until you hit $100K. That lack of abundance you feel is on you. You’re the one who created that definition of abundance and you’re unable to recognize the abundance in the $50K that you already make. The same goes for the person making $100K who feels a lack because they’re not making half a million… See where I’m going with this?

 

“You can’t be pissed off if you don’t feel abundant, because you’re the one who set the finish line.”

 

You must recognize that you’re the one in control of how you define abundance and appreciate the abundance you already have.

 

To help, I encourage you to start a gratitude practice. Personally, every morning I start my day with a positive mantra. Mine and my wife’s is: “I am happier, healthier, wealthier, and more fit than I was yesterday.” Then, I do a quick prayer of gratitude – expressing thanks for all the big and little things in my life in that moment. After all, when you’re appreciative of what you already have and you’re feeling abundance, you’re going to attract more abundance.

 

Lastly, know that your abundance story is just that – a story. This story is nothing but ONE interpretation of the events in your life.

 

“The events aren’t fiction, but the meaning you put on them is pure fiction. Nothing has meaning other than the meaning you apply to it.”

 

So do your best to change the events, people or choices that downgrade your abundance story. Choose well! Consciously choose to see the positive over the negative.

 

“Choose a level of abundance so big that others benefit from it as well.”

 

 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

 

How to create a more rewarding abundance story Why your abundance story is really a subjective decision How to take control of and appreciate the abundance you already have Why having a gratitude practice is so important

 

Resources:

 

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

40: The Million Dollar Wedding Photographer - BRANDING EXPERT Jenna Kutcher  

After studying corporate business and graduating from college, small-town Wisconsin girl, Jenna Kutcher, landed her dream job (or at least she thought) in a large Midwest-based corporation. Unfortunately, her dreams of wearing heels and a business suit morphed into wearing khaki and red – and was far from glamorous. She knew there had to be something more in store for her.

 

Enter in the $300 Craig’s List camera. Jenna started taking pictures, enjoying the learning process and sharing her captures online. People started to notice her talent and asked if she would take pictures for them. And so it began, she booked 25 weddings without ever shooting one. A year later, she was doing so well that she was able to leave her corporate job and began photographing weddings full time.

 

Her photography soon developed into a focus and love for branding. She connected so deeply with her brides and wanted to make their personal visions come to life. This love, and let’s be honest, branding genius, quickly turned into a six-figure business. Having found such success personally, she was confused when she learned that others in wedding photography were struggling. Seeing the need, Jenna began to teach others what she’d learned.

 

Since then, her photography and branding business has skyrocketed to a seven-figure business (and growing) all based on this founding concept of generosity. From free content and blogs to merchandise and online training courses, Jenna wants everyone to find the same success she has. And she does it all from a place of authenticity, sharing the honest highs and lows of her life and business.

 

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Question Highlights:

 

How have you taken a very common industry and turned it into a seven-figure entrepreneurial endeavor?

 

How did you book 25 weddings without ever shooting one?

 

Do a lot of artists, in general, suffer from limiting money mindsets? Did you always have a strong money mindset?

 

What does it take to stand out as a wedding photographer?

 

Where did your drive and high standard of performance come from?

 

What do we need to know to build a bigger and more engaged audience on IG?

 

 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

 

How Jenna’s wedding photography (and branding expertise) began.

 

Helpful (but simple) tips that launched Jenna’s wedding photography business.

 

How to be resourceful without a ton of money.

 

About limiting money mindset beliefs.

 

That how you spend your time is just as important as the money you make.

 

Why it’s so important to first and foremost make connections with people on social media.

 

Jenna’s top tips for posting and monetizing those posts on Instagram.

 

And so much more…

 

 

Jenna’s Thoughts…

 

“I landed in the dream job – and it wasn’t a dream.”

 

“Anyone can go out and do their work for free so they have work to show for it.”

 

“I believe we should get paid to do what we love.”

 

“We try to guess what people will be willing to pay for our products or services instead of trusting that we can speak directly to the people who will see our worth and value – and pay full value.”

 

“Time is my motivator. Money is not. Money is just a measure of how I’m doing with my time.”

 

“The more vulnerable I’ve been, the more I’ve aligned myself with the right people.”

 

“People start to recognize you not just by what you do, but by who you are.”

 

“I teach the what and the why, and then I offer the how.”

 

“When you hire a team that thinks the best of you, that believes in you, that gets behind you, it’s the most incredible thing you can do for yourself, for your sanity and for your business.”

 

“Whenever my life hits the fan, my business booms!”

 

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Jenna is small-town Wisconsin photographer, painter, and educator with big dreams. Obsessed with: mac and cheese, puppies, and yoga pants. Most days, you’ll find her in yoga pants, working on the couch with a smile on her face and rescue pups in her lap – or making googly eyes at her hunky husband, Drew, from across the room. She’s a wedding photographer, podcaster, a watercolor artist, and an educator – plus, she’s always got her bags packed for her next wheels-up adventure.

 

 

Resources:

 

jennakutcher.com

IG: @jennakutcher

FB: @jennakutcher

 

Goal Digger Podcast:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/goal-digger-podcast-marketing-social-media-creative/id1178704872?mt=2

 

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For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

39: Finally UNLOCK The ABUNDANCE You Desire by Answering This Question  

Do you know why you haven’t chased down that radical wealth and abundance that you KNOW you’re entitled to and capable of earning? Get ready, it’s time for a deep-dive into your mind!

 

I can tell you from personal experience, that it’s one of the worst feelings to know that you can do something, but you’re not doing it! But the good news is that you can begin to eliminate these feelings by asking ONE question that can help unlock the answers as to why you haven’t followed through on your pursuit of this abundance wealth.

 

“Who/what is it serving by you holding back on your quest for wealth and abundance?”

 

Are your wheels turning? We’ve all been stuck before (yes, me too) because we’re serving someone or something instead of rising to the occasion, going out and getting that abundance. Stop playing SMALL! For instance, you’re not serving your business when you don’t make those sales calls that take your business to another level – you’re serving fear.

 

Same goes for people… You don’t DARE make more money than those in your group of friends, because that would make them uncomfortable, right? Guess who you’re serving? Hint, it’s not you! Take responsibility for you and get after it.

 

“You are entitled – not guaranteed – to make the choices to be abundant and wealthy.”

 

You must become unapologetic when it comes to your abundance and wealth. Until you do, you’re not going to realize what you’re capable of earning, doing or creating. Trust me, I KNOW this can be extremely uncomfortable, but it’s more uncomfortable to know that you’re capable of doing something so much bigger, but you’re anchored because you’re afraid of making someone or something different than it is today.

 

Know that you’re not the only one who feels that way, and if you have to, borrow some faith from a friend and make it into your own. I promise that once you’re able to move past this who or what isn’t serving, that’s when everything starts coming together and abundance appears. 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

 

About ridding your life of things or people that aren’t serving you

About why it’s dangerous to choose temporary safe zones over abundance

How to become unapologetic when it comes to wealth and abundance

About the importance of accepting change and getting comfortable with the uncomfortable

Entrepreneurship 

Resources:

 

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

38: How This Soul-Fueled CEO Quickly got her Business to SKYROCKET with Amber Lilyestrom  

Everyone, meet Amber Lilyestrom, a fellow entrepreneur and passionate soul who left a successful career to make a bigger impact and fulfill her soul’s higher calling, which has since allowed her to pour more of her time and soul into her family. She now enjoys pushing herself beyond her human limits and mindset roadblocks that inevitably pop up along the way – all to be the BEST version of who she was born to be. 

What I love the most about this mompreneur’s mission and story is that she’s done all of this to help others create businesses that align more with who they are. Amber wants everyone to lead the happiest and most fulfilling life through “coming home to their truth.” And she loves to facilitate that process.

“I’ve always wanted to empower people to embrace and accept themselves because I never did.” 

Of course, the above is rarely a straight path, and that’s why Amber is so transparent about the challenges she’s faced and continues to face (mostly her own limiting beliefs that made her question her personal value). Through her own experiences, she is able to whole-heartedly encourage others to take that leap and use what they have (or don’t have) to their advantage. 

“Action builds belief.”

This podcast is a must-listen for all those who feel that pull on their souls to do something bigger and more true to themselves. It is my hope that by the end of this episode that your soul is fueled, ready to make an impact in your own unique way.

“When I invest in me, it is the greatest investment I will ever make in this lifetime because it pays in dividends exponentially.”

 

Question Highlights:

 

How were you taught to view money? What actions are you taking right now to overcome challenges? When did you start your business? How did you make the transition from your existing career to your own business? What has changed since your business started that has allowed your business to grow so quickly? What has been the best investment you’ve made so far? What role has generosity played in your life/business? What are some of the BS reasons that hold other mom’s back from pursuing their calling? 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

How Amber overcame her limiting money mindset beliefs. Why there is more than enough time in your day to fulfill your soul’s purpose. Why it’s so important to teach what you’ve already went through. How the role of generosity plays in Amber’s life and business. Why you are good enough RIGHT NOW to go after your soul’s calling. How stepping into your own truth and doing the work that’s in alignment with your soul’s purpose can make the world a better place. And so much more…

 

Amber’s Thoughts…

“Our bank accounts and our bodies are really truly these beautiful mirrors for where we are at with our relationships and ourselves.”

“We must operate at a higher level and clear the space and clutter that’s not making us feel good in order to become the master visionaries, creators and leaders that we are.”

“The more I honor what I feel called to and what I am the very best at, the more abundance and goodness there is in my business, bank account, how my body feels and relationships.”

“I will always bet on myself.”

“Give people permission to be who they are.” 

“By you stepping into your truth and doing the work that’s in alignment with your soul’s purpose and calling, you are making the world a better place. When you don’t do that, and shut the door out of fear, then you shut the door on the expansion and growth of mankind.”

 

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Amber Lilyestrom is a transformational branding & business strategist, writer and speaker. She is the host of The Soul Fueled CEO™ Podcast and helps entrepreneurs turn their passions in to heart-centered brands and thriving businesses. 

From idea conception to the construction of the business and its digital landscape, Amber supports visionaries, leaders and disruptivators in changing the world and their lives.

Amber spent 10 years working in collegiate athletics marketing, managing the University of New Hampshire Wildcats brand, as well as teaching sports marketing and mentoring student interns. She was recognized as one of the top sports marketing professionals in the nation.

Resources:

Amberlilyestrom.com

IG: @amberlilyestrom

 

Soul Fueled CEO Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-soul-fueled-ceo-amber-lilyestrom/id1102196253?mt=2

You can find my interview with Amber here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chris-harder-on-when-good-people-make-good-money-they/id1102196253?i=1000389790980&mt=2 

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

37: Fuc#*ng Google It!  

 

First off, pardon my French, but I really felt the need for an emphasis, a real punch-in-the-gut phrase to drive this episode’s message home.

One of my recent pet peeves (that completely blows my mind) is when people say they don’t know how to do something or how to get started. I politely call BS!

“We live in the easiest time to start a business and thrive that there has ever been.” 

Information is abundant and it’s at our fingertips – you just have to effing Google it! If you want to learn how to launch an eCourse – Google it! You will no doubt find tons of information – videos, step-by-step tutorials – you name it. 

“There’s not a single thing you can’t learn on Google.”

Now I’m not saying all of the things you find are going to be your best answer (perhaps leave surgery for a REAL surgeon?), however it is so FREEING! You no longer have to let this notion stop you in your tracks. And let’s be honest, in this day and age, if you’re not making progress in your business because you don’t know how, you’re just letting fear win.

“You’re driving that fear train to victimhood.”

Stop being a victim and letting fear win. Don’t be afraid to take that step forward. Give up the comfort of playing the victim and asking for someone to help you. Again, I’m not saying any of this to be mean – I simply care about my listeners and want them to wake up!

Three takeaways from this episode:

Wake up and realize that you can do ANYTHING! If you didn’t know before, all of the answers are on Google. Take action. Don’t allow limiting beliefs or fear to slow you down.

Don’t live behind the shield of “I don’t know how” or “I couldn’t find the help.” Sure, it’s comfortable and that’s because most of society goes along with that mentality, but it’s NOT the truth.

The truth is if you want to do something…you can fuc#*ing Google it.

In This Episode You Will Learn:

Taking action

Finding answers on Google

Information abundance

Entrepreneur

Resources:

 

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

36: From Gang Member to Multi Millionaire with Ryan Blair  

Even though my guest today, Ryan Blair, is known for being one of the most successful entrepreneurs out there, you wouldn’t know it by his humble, surprised attitude with that title.

Ryan’s success story alone will have you believing that you too can do anything if your mind is wired right. Oh, and you’ll likely discover that you’re already a mathematician – you just don’t know it yet. 

Early on in his life, the cards were stacked against Ryan. Coming from a broken home with an abusive father, he never finished high school, and at the age of 14 he was witness to the tragic murder of the girl who gave him his first kiss. Soon after, he was forced into a gang. And while this could have been the move that led to his demise, it instead taught him the essential survival skills needed to succeed as an entrepreneur on the streets.

Some years later with a successful street career in motion, Ryan realized that he now had a choice – he could be successful either on the streets – or off. He chose to apply his entrepreneurial success off the streets. With the ability to experience both sides and looking back, he is truly grateful that he was “wired right.” Ryan attributes that to stating what he wanted and using reverse engineering (math) to get to where he is today.

“You can do your programming and wiring to get exactly where you want to be – you just have to figure it out and reverse engineer it.”

See, I told you you’d get to do some math! For example, Ryan raised money, he borrowed money, asked for investments – he did what it took to get him where he wanted to be. After listening to this podcast you’ll hear the passion in his voice when he talks about these very actions as he believes EVERYONE can become a successful entrepreneur (yes, you too) and it’s just a matter of figuring out the formula so you can use math to do it. 

“The path is the math. There is a mathematical formula. You just have to put in the work to do it.”

Ryan stresses that you always have a choice. Even if you feel like you can’t go into medicine because you’re not a doctor, you CAN! But first, make a decision and become self-aware. Then align yourself with the right people to get you there and have an appetite for learning. Absorb everything you can from the people who you want to emulate. Take their best qualities and implement them in your life. What’s even better is if you can also find the sweet spot of living your dreams and also creating wealth.

“If you have a great life-work integration, you can have a great, happy life.”

Don’t let the societal norms tell you what you can and can’t do. A software engineer by training, Ryan knows he’s not a conventionally trained mathematician, but he’s made himself into one. He personally thrives on the challenge of people telling him he can’t do things. You just need to not care what other people think. I dare you to challenge him and see what happens! ;) It’s just another example of his passion and drive to do more good things in this world through his success.

I love Ryan’s take on money as he equates it to the amount of projects he’s able to take on. The more money he makes, the more projects he can start and the more people he can help. This is the exact mentality that my podcast encourages… the more we have, the more we can GIVE to others. And that’s exactly what Ryan is setting out to do. 

He is passionate about supporting, serving and building up a family of entrepreneurs who he can do business with for the rest of his life (be sure to check out is entrepreneur in residence training at hashtagone.com). This includes all different varieties of people, businesses etc.

Ryan is out to transform billions of peoples’ lives and make a massive impact. And I have no doubt that his actions will leave a lasting legacy for years to come. 

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Ryan Blair is a New York Times bestselling author, self-made multimillionaire and serial entrepreneur who established his first company when he was twenty-one years old and has since created and actively invested in multiple start-ups. Now at age of 38, he has founded and sold numerous businesses for hundreds of millions of dollars, is the founder of global healthy lifestyle company, ViSalus, and is a venture capitalist.

 

In This Episode You Will Learn: 

Reverse engineering your way to success

Having a great life-work integration

Supporting middle class and entrepreneurs

Using math to find your path

Resources:

ryanblair.com

HashtagOne.com

Books:

Rock Bottom to Rock Star Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

35: Our Single Greatest Overhead  

 

For the last handful of years or so, I’ve had a phrase/mantra that I’ve repeated to myself over and over: 

“Ego is our greatest overhead.”

I attribute a large part of my wife and I’s financial abundance to this very phrase (it will be my next tattoo – hold me to it). There was a time not that long ago that my ego drove a lot of my decisions, in turn costing me…I don’t even want to know how much money and potential partnerships. There were so many missed opportunities because my ego sensed fear.

Yep, when we feel any type of fear – judgment, failure, not being accepted or success – ego slams on the brakes and “saves the day” before we do something really stupid and embarrass ourselves. But here’s the thing… 

“Your ego isn’t programmed to choose the types of risks and decisions that are needed to achieve massive financial abundance.”  

Speaking of finances, your ego will also encourage you to make bad decisions so you look successful instead of being successful. And who will want to help you if you already look like you know what you’re doing? 

“You’ll never get ahead while you’re pretending to be ahead.”  

So what do you do to calm your ego? Good news, it’s simple really (albeit challenging now and then). Recognize it (or often someone points it out to you). Once you’re aware, it’s just a matter of catching it in the act, recognizing it and reframing it.

Once you’re free of your ego, you’ll find that everything flows faster – relationships, income, happiness, opportunities, sales etc. And we could use a little more abundance and little less ego, right? 

In This Episode You Will Hear About:

 

How your ego is keeping you from abundance

Fear

Entrepreneurship 

Resources:

 

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

34: Getting Past FEAR: From Broke in the Desert to a $30 Million Business with Marshall Morris  

Marshall Morris – Episode 34 – Getting Past FEAR: From Broke in the Desert to a $30 Million Business

I must say that this interview is one of my favorite interviews to date because internet marketing ninja, Marshall Morris, kept surprising me with his down to earth, get-it-done attitude, generosity and life and business insights. Did I mention that when he started out, the only internet skill he knew was checking his email? More on that later… First let’s talk about how his career began.

As the son of a hard-working, humble pastor, Marshall was taught early on the value of a hard day’s work. In fact, at a young age, his father would “loan” him out for the weekend to different farmers he did business with to help out (for very little pay). This weekend help wasn’t about making money, however, his father really just wanted to instill in him the value of working hard.

And it’s with this same mentality that his dad encouraged Marshall to attend college, but also informed him that it would be his responsibility to pay his own way – as that’s the way he did it. Growing up in an impoverished family, his dad worked hard to pay for his college while attending so he’d never have to take out a loan.

Not deterred by this, Marshall joined the military so his schooling could be paid for as he went. He never thought he would be deployed, but then 9/11 happened. Obviously, while deployed Marshall couldn’t attend college so instead he read a lot of books (12 hours a night for a year) so he could continue at least some type of education.

Among those books, he found that those focused on business resonated with him the most, and upon returning from his deployment he took it from there. Admittedly having more of a sales mindset from the beginning, he dabbled in real estate but gradually got out of it when the market took a turn.

After returning from being deployed, Marshall was presented with the opportunity to help a friend of a friend with advertising sales on an automotive site that was struggling. Knowing very little about the internet, but feeling that this business could go somewhere, he offered to partner with this person. Their goal was to just make some money, make it a success and figure out the sales and marketing along the way with “Google university.” Eventually the company started doing well, and they sold it to a bigger automotive company.

It was through networking that he met his now business partner, Justin, who was in internet marketing. Having only a Facebook page, he enlisted the help of Marshall. Both found that their strengths and weaknesses balanced each other and they created the business I Heart Dogs. And the rest is history with other businesses such as I Heart Cats, I Heart Birds (and many more).

Marshall and business partner, Justin, excel at building business models and then using those models anywhere. For them and their current niche, they’ve found that the more they do, the more they find opportunity (and who wouldn’t want that?). But how did they build this brand/model to be so successful in the first place?

Marshall states that it comes down to authenticity.

“People want something that’s authentic. We crave authenticity in a world that’s so fake.”

That’s why Marshall’s business makes it a point to give back to the communities they serve. Particularly with the I Heart Dogs mission, they built a program that would help feed dogs without homes or in shelters (so far they’ve fed 8 million dogs in 24 months). They aim to be as transparent and as authentic as possible.

“We see numbers, but they’re people like us with needs and desires.”

Marshall attributes more of their success to the fact that people want to feel good about their purchases AND who they’re buying from. The more authentic you can be, the more you’re going to attract people. And when you do this you’re giving context to your conversation with your customer. To Marshall, it’s more than just selling a product, it’s about showing customers opportunities and making them feel like they’re part of a movement. When you’re talking openly and not just about revenue-oriented topics you build the communities/followers to go with it.

And when you get people to be a part of something and feel good about it becomes a part of their identity, too. 

That’s why Marshall and his business are so passionate about encouraging others to free themselves and achieve their dreams as well. Naming fear as the biggest limiter, he acknowledges that fear is always going to be around.

“You never get rid of your fear, you just battle it.”

The more complicated life and business gets, the more things come at you and the more people break down. You can’t escape it, so you need people to support you.

“Fear isn’t a fact, it’s an emotion.”

Marshall is grateful to have his wife as his rock and main support person along with his family. Often times, when things get stressful, it’s a matter of taking a few days off to reboot and spend time with them.

One crucial time in Marshall and his wife’s lives is what they like to call their “time in the desert.” He had hit rock bottom… going from making hundreds of thousands of dollars to $7 an hour building garages. He had become complacent, not understanding how to balance an abundance of money and lost control of his financial situation. While building these garages and going through this “drought,” Marshall realized he needed to be around people who were going places, growing etc. in order to change his mindset.

Having formerly undervalued his worth, he suffered from what a friend called the “poor boy mindset.” This is someone who feels bad asking for a return on the value they provide, assuming that their value isn’t as high as another. Marshall had to go through a major value SHIFT.

“The whole point of building anything is to create value and capitalize on it. Period. Whatever that looks like. And you’ve got to be able to ask for as much as you create.”

So, Marshall started to rebuild, and a large part of that was again surrounding himself with good people who were going somewhere and who helped him survive and grow. But that was only one part of it. He still had to make the effort to make the connections. Whatever you build manifests outside of you.

“What’s down in the well will come up in the bucket.”

If you’re having trouble finding these people, Marshall suggests to keep things simple. Don’t overcomplicate it – just ask someone to have a cup of coffee with you. Have 3-4 really good questions ready. And then, make it a part of your weekly schedule. You may be investing $5 in a cup of coffee, but he guarantees that you’re receiving a heck of a lot more in value.

I love that Marshall offers this simple advice. It’s just one more way that he GIVES back. And likely it’s because he’s always been motivated to solve a problem and loves a challenge (he’s a bit competitive). ;) Both Marshall and his wife both love being able to do things for people as well… They’ve been through so many similar situations and because of this, they can feel the emotions and have soft spots for anyone experiencing the same or something similar.

“The world needs more generous people with money.”

Marshall is committed to building more profitable businesses that make an impact. He loves seeing businesses that have mastered the balance between giving and business. And it’s amazing when a business can be both genuine and generous while changing people’s lives. 

After all, Marshall clarifies… it’s not about him or his company. It’s a mission to GIVE back, and if you give, that value will come back to you. For example, when Marshall and his wife have felt called to give, every time they have received MORE back. It was never the plan, but that’s what tends to happen.

Marshall goes on to say that he believes money is a great tool when it’s used genuinely to make positive change in the world.

“The world needs people who are ruthlessly unafraid to step out and do what it takes to make change where they feel like they need to make change.”  

We all make impacts and help in different ways whether you’re a craftsman, a musician etc. – so own it! Even if that skillset is making and managing money. 

“If you’re in a place where you’re genuine about what you do and how you operate, there’s no reason to apologize for that skillset.”

You’ve been put on this earth with a set of unique gifts, so PLEASE follow Marshall’s advice and don’t let anyone keep you from YOUR vision. Money is a GOOD thing there’s good intention behind its use. Never, never apologize for the gifts you were born with.

In This Episode You Will Learn: 

Internet marketing

Acknowledging and battling fear

Authenticity

Hitting rock bottom and coming back from it

Following your passion

Entrepreneurship

Resources:

Email: mm@homelifemedia.com

iheartdogs.com

 

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

33: COMFORTABLE is the CRACK to which we are ADDICTED  

 

The title kind of makes you think, doesn’t it? Maybe you think I’ve completely lost it, but it makes perfect sense. Often times our desire to stay comfortable is why we haven’t reached goals or the abundance we long for. So many of us are addicted to that feeling that place of being comfortable and it keeps us treading water in the same spot. 

“That comfort drives every single decision we make…or don’t make.”

Think about that… The comfort that you think is so great is keeping you at a certain level. As the famous saying goes from Jim Collins goes, “Good is the enemy of great.” How often do we just do things to “get by?” Or if we are taking massive action, it’s usually to avoid pain.

But how often does that drive to do more last once that threat of that pain is gone? (Hint: not long!) Take your workouts… How often are you pushing yourself when you’ve already put in a “good enough” workout? How about your pay? Are you making enough to just pay the bills, but not so much to create an abundance? You’ve likely hit the comfort zone. You’re not taking risks because there’s fear you may fail, lose money or injure yourself. They’re all excuses that you’ve fooled yourself into believing. But I’ve got news for you…

“If you work hard to protect what you currently have, then that’s all you’ll ever get.”

Ask most successful people and you’ll find that they gave up the “good enough” mentality long ago. They’ve failed time and time again, but they continued on. They worked when they didn’t feel like it. They invested when they didn’t have the money to invest. They sold their “comforts” so they could achieve their dreams and they constantly walk that fine line between success and failure. There are no guarantees, but we all have to make our peace with that.

So how do you change this mindset? Simply put, change what you consider to be comfortable. Don’t seek comfort in the same places. If that means associating with different people do it. If you know certain people are going to sabotage your efforts, steer clear. But never doubt your capacity for abundance. When the pain is too great, you will choose to seek a different destination of comfortable.

“You were put here with a certain set of gifts to do something incredible enough to be abundantly wealthy.”

Never forget it. You never know who needs those gifts. 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

Abundance

How comfort is keeping you from abundance

Changing your mindset

Entrepreneur 

Resources:

 

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32: How to Become a SOCIAL MEDIA CELEBRITY by GIVING with Amanda Bucci  

 

It’s not often that you hear of successful entrepreneurs who never actually planned to be an entrepreneur. And that’s just one of the reasons why I’m so excited to share with you my conversation with YouTube star and “accidental entrepreneur,” Amanda Bucci.

It all began as Amanda was finishing up her nursing degree in college. With an ongoing interest and passion for fitness, she decided to track her fitness progress by creating an Instagram account. Without any expectations of a following, out of nowhere she had 15,000 followers. So how did she attract these people? Through GIVING!

As many of you know, when you post progress pictures, your workout routine, your thoughts etc., you’re going to get questions about how you were able to achieve your results. And with her spirit of generosity, Amanda felt called to respond back (paragraphs at a time) because she genuinely wanted to help. There was no money being made at this point, but that soon changed.

Building a reputation as a coach, Amanda soon started taking one-on-one clients in addition to waitressing. Add studying for nursing exams and Amanda was maxed out. To free up time, Amanda decided to ditch the waitressing and create and sell an ebook. There wasn’t a plan, just a vision and the desire to help others (and help herself as well if she could). Her first ebook, The Ins and Outs of Tracking Your Macros was a huge success and she found in addition to her coaching clients, she was making enough money to cover her living expenses with a little extra.

With a nursing career still in sight, Amanda struggled. She didn’t have the desire or extra time to study. Her passion for nursing had transitioned to fitness. Nonetheless, Amanda followed through, took the registered nurse exams and…didn’t pass. A common occurrence, Amanda scheduled to take the test again, but when the time came take it again, she decided against it. It was time to take her fitness career to the next level (at this point she had already made $50,000 in just six short months!).

Amanda took on more clients, started providing more content and kept sharing on Instagram and YouTube. So how did she do it in a world FULL of social media fitness stars?

Amanda advises to not get discouraged by the amount of people who are doing something similar. There are so many people who need YOUR special message and guidance.

“People want to connect with people. It’s not just the information that people are seeking.”

Amanda feels that people buy things because they like the person they’re buying a particular product/program from. 

“You can still shine your personality through your content in a way that makes you stand out and makes you unique.”  

If someone else is doing something similar…great! But know that you have the power to make it better, different and MORE valuable. A game-changer for Amanda has been her practice of being transparent in so many areas of her life. It’s about giving people a first-hand look into your life… Share your struggles, what you’re feeling and what you’re doing. The more you share, the more successful your community/following will be. 

Being so new to entrepreneurship, throughout her recent experiences, Amanda had never really thought about her long-term financial and impact goals. 

“I was focused on growth. I was focused on being better every single day and providing valuable content.”

Realizing she needed to seek outside help for her business, she joined Lewis Howe’s Mastermind group (where we actually first met). Amanda has learned so much from him and other fellow entrepreneurs about what she wants the future of her business to look like. And one thing that was inevitable, she needed to offer more products and unapologetically charge for them.

While this was difficult at first, Amanda realized that charging someone often guarantees more success, because people are held more accountable. She also reflects that it’s refreshing to know the value of what you’re offering. For example, her new high-ticket coaching services are offered at a higher price point than she’s ever done before. And while fear and doubt creep, in she had the a-ha moment of: 

“I was able to give so much more because I didn’t feel resentful toward the price that I charged.”

And guess what, the coaching services were a success! This doesn’t mean you’re not going to have nay-sayers who accuse you of manipulating or “scamming” people, but at the heart of your business, you know what you’re providing. And don’t forget, there’s always the block and delete buttons, which Amanda has become more comfortable using. ;)

As long as you’re providing (aka giving!) value to your audience (and some free content, too), you have just as good of a chance as anyone to build a successful business.

In This Episode You Will Learn: 

Transparency

Giving free but valuable content

Following your passion

Entrepreneurship

Resources: 

FB: facebook.com/AmandaBucciFit

IG: @amandabuccifit

YouTube: AmandaBucciFit

Website: AmandaBucci.com

Podcast: Bucci Radio 

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31: Abundance Hack - Are You Confusing the Universe  

My Two Cents – Ep. 31 – Abundance Hack – Are You Confusing the Universe?

Have you ever wanted something, thought about it incessantly, only to proclaim at a later time that you don’t? What if I told you that that action alone could be preventing you from multiple things – from a car to a successful business?

“Everything you do, say and think is manifesting something physical. It’s creating a result.”

Any hands up in agreement? I’m guessing I have a few skeptics. So before you think I’m getting all “woo-woo” on you, let me frame it from two different perspectives.

No. 1 – If you’re a believer in the Law of Attraction, you understand and likely support this theory. Your energy attracts other like energy.

No. 2 – You either don’t believe in this theory or you’re just unsure of it – and that’s OK! What I have to say will still resonate because what you think and say directly affects your subconscious and what you do (and how it affects your financial results).

When your thoughts and statements are contradicting one another – you are ultimately holding yourself back. Let me give you an example… In your heart, you like nice things, but when you’re talking to your friends, you tell them that you don’t. Or you would love a new luxurious car, but again, you downplay it by saying it doesn’t matter, you just want to have a car that “gets you from point A to point B.”

If this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone! Everyone, at one time or another, has done this very thing. We do it to fit in or justify where we’re at in life in this very moment. But ultimately, your mixed messages are confusing the hell out of the Universe.

“When you tell these little lies to feel happy for 30 seconds, they’re actually robbing you of lasting happiness for years to come.”

And you may be turning away future success, too. I mean, what successful person is going to want to partner or help someone who doesn’t welcome/attract success themselves?

It’s not until we start to live more unapologetically and make a habit of being honest with ourselves (and those around us) that we will start manifesting what we want in our financial picture. 

Let’s start getting you what you really want by giving the Universe a clear message. 

 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

Abundance

Law of Attraction

Financial Success

Thinking one thing, doing another

Living unapologetically

  

Resources:

 

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30: Everything You've Wanted to Know About LEADERSHIP with Steve Farber  

One would never know that the highly successful leadership expert and author, Steve Farber once dreamed of becoming a musician – playing guitar, writing songs – the whole bit. 

Those dreams, however, were put to the side when he soon realized that supporting a family and music didn’t mesh well together at the time. So, he gave up the idea of a career in music and began his search for a job. Fortunately, he had a friend who had an investment business and he offered to take him on and show him the ropes.

A few successful years later, Steve opened his own company – and found that he had become an entrepreneur. He soon realized though that despite running a thriving business, he hated it. Witnessing people inevitably lose money took a toll on his heart, because he genuinely cared about people – he wanted to help them.

Realizing he could do more, he got out. Instead, Steve decided to take his business background, along with his passion for human beings, and combine them to start doing training, facilitation and consulting work. Along the way, Steve also discovered that he was also passionate about leadership. He made it his mission to help people grow into their own extreme leadership.

While an expert in the field of leadership, Steve still has his checks and balances when it comes to either speaking at events or other training courses. Years ago, an attendee at one of his events about authenticity questioned if Steve was actually modeling what he was speaking about. That hit him hard. Was he truly speaking from his heart or just doing all the “right” things? Reeling from this comment, he sought out the advice from a mentor, Terry Pierce, and he had some simple but valuable advice. First, you’re never going to connect with everybody. But specifically with the man who questioned Steve’s authenticity, it was important to 

“Assume he was right and go from there.”

Take a moment to see if there’s some truth. Whatever the answer, know that you can only learn and grow into a better leader.

So what makes a great leader? Steve strongly feels that leadership has nothing to do with your position or title. It’s not just about looking out for yourself and stepping on other people as you go.

“The greatest leaders are the ones who invest themselves in other people’s success. There’s a generosity of spirit and in what they give.”

Not limited to money, this includes sharing time, energy, contacts and so much more. Extreme leaders, as Steve likes to call them, do it because it’s the right thing to do. It’s about implementing a spirit of inclusiveness in addition to the structure of it. You can still have that hierarchy within a company and still function in an inclusive way. Real leaders are committed to changing at least their piece of the world for the better and making radical leaps (not coincidentally the name of one of his books) in love, energy, audacity and proof.

As you likely guessed, this isn’t the status quo way of thinking (but Steve and I would love it to be). So what do you do when there’s opposition? What if you’re the minority in a situation? Steve coaches that it’s all about finding your center of gravity. What do you love about the work you’re doing? Where’s your heart in this? Your values? 

“If your heart’s not in it, you’re not likely to take a stand.”


Whether you’re against the status quo or right alongside it, Steve advises that you must make the decision to LEAD. Keep in mind that it’s OK to say no. It’s perfectly acceptable as long as you’re making the decision consciously and being aware of the “oh shit! moments (OS!M).

“If the only reason you’re not doing something is because the idea scares you, that’s the reason to do it.”

Let fear be your guide. Sometimes that fear actual means, “I should proceed, not retreat.”

Pretty soon, you’ll be seeking out those OS!Ms, and that’s ideal because it means you’re always growing! Because sometimes,

“It’s the love that gets us to step up and take action, and the OS!M is often the experience of taking the action.”

Steve acknowledges that there are several different types of leaders/entrepreneurs out there and along with that different works styles. Some people work the standard 40+ hours a week and others boast a 4-hour workday. His take on it? “To each their own.” At the end of the day, if you’re creating and accomplishing what YOU intend to do, it doesn’t matter how you do it. On the flip side, however, if you’re not reaching your goals, you may have to adjust.

When it comes to “work” in general, be it as an entrepreneur or in corporate America, Steve believes that all of it’s good. Not everyone is wired to be an entrepreneur, just like not everyone is wired to work for someone else. To Steve, the problem lies in the work atmosphere.

“We should be changing the nature of what it means to go to work – wherever it is.”

Even if it’s mundane work, if you love the people and the company you work for, why shouldn’t it be a joyful experience? 

Extending on that point a bit further, Steve firmly believes that it’s not unreasonable to make money, be happy and change the world – simultaneously.

“You don’t have to be an ass to make money. You don’t have to sacrifice money for joy. And you don’t have to be a martyr to change the world.”  

“Be totally unapologetic for the money you’re making. Be totally unapologetic for the joy your achieving in your life. Be totally unapologetic for how you’re having an impact to change the world for the better.”

With words like that, it’s no wonder that Steve has such a generous and giving spirit. His natural impulse is to figure out a way, no matter the situation to help. It’s not to say it always works out, but just the intent ensures that when he needs help, he’ll have a line out the door offering to help. With an unapologetic personality like that, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking, “thank goodness his music career didn’t work out.”

In This Episode You Will Learn: 

Leadership

Authenticity

The link between leadership and generosity

Entrepreneurship 

Resources:

FB: facebook.com/stevefarber

IG: @stevefarber

SteveFarber.com

Free audio training series, videos and blogs

Extreme Leadership Workshop – Aug. 16, 2017, San Diego

stevefarber.com/workshops-training/

Books:

The Radical Leap

The Radical Edge

Greater than Yourself

All can be found at stevefarber.com/books/

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29: Dealing With NAYSAYERS... Jake Paul's Advice  

My Two Cents – Ep. 29 – Dealing with Naysayers... Jake Paul's Advice. 

This past weekend at a mastermind event, I asked one of the younger (but very wise and successful) attendees, Jake Paul, how he deals with resistance or other people who are out to criticize what he does. His simple answer:

“Don’t let a few dirty dishes in the sink ruin the rest of the home.” 

Boom! Enough said. It really is that simple, isn’t it? I mean, why would we ever let something so small disrupt such a large structure? You wouldn’t! The same goes for your life’s work/mission. It’s pretty much guaranteed that when you answer your calling (your mission), the nay-sayers start showing up. But are you going to let a few people convince you to quit what you’re doing? No, of course not!

But it’s not always so easy to turn the other cheek and take the high road. That’s why I’ve come up with three tips that will help you when people start to speak out against what you’re working toward. 

Keep them in perspective. This goes along with the dirty dishes quote above, but don’t let a few people cloud all the good you’re doing. They are a TINY minority in a LOVING majority.  See them with LOVE immediately. This is a tough one, but such a game-changer. When we can consider where the other person is coming from (different beliefs, different upbringing etc.), we have to believe that what they’re saying is truth to them.

“Someone’s perspective is always their reality – you can’t change that.”

And obviously, they loved you enough to share their perspective – right or wrong. Sometimes, it’s simply just that they wish they were doing what you’re doing, but they didn’t want to put the work in. After all, it’s easier to do nothing than it is to do something, right?

Have a ZERO-engagement policy. I know sometimes you’re going to want to defend yourself, but it only takes one screenshot of a message to send you and your mission on a downward spiral. Your safest bet? Don’t waste your energy…or your time.

“No energy should be wasted on anything that isn’t strategically moving your goals forward.”

If you can implement these key tips when resistance shows up, you will achieve your mission faster and with less stress. 

In This Episode You Will Learn: 

Focusing on your mission

Tips to fight resistance

Nay-sayers

Entrepreneur 

Resources:

 

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28: Starting an EIGHT FIGURE Business on CREDIT CARDS with Dr. Mike DiMarco  

Like a lot of us, Dr. Michael DiMarco started his career in jobs that didn’t serve him (or the people he was supposedly serving). Looking back, he’s now grateful that being fired from those jobs was just one of the things that needed to happen for him to start pursuing his own dreams.

“Everything is a little nudge pushing you to where you’re supposed to be.”

With an ongoing interesting in both body building and lifestyle health, Michael took charge and started to create the life he wanted. And because he had a passion for helping others in the body building arena (especially those who were the victim of crappy supplement sponsorships), he also co-founded the thriving supplement company, Shredz. The company passionately believes in selling quality products in addition to providing educational information on lifestyle.

Let’s back up a sec here though… Did I mention that Shredz was originally started on a $15,000 credit card? While for some this would lead down a road of disaster, Mike’s upbringing taught him to be responsible and he made it work. He and his found started out with the basics – finding a manufacturer and starting small so they didn’t go further into debt. And over time it’s become a success story – now an eight-figure company and growing.

But even with Michael’s wild success, he truly believes that his success has never been about the money.

“Money isn’t the goal. Put yourself in the consumers’ shoes and think about if you’re adding value their lives.”

Sure, if your short-term goal is to make a lot money, you can deceive and tell people want they want to hear with zero follow-through. However, if you want to make money and an impact for the long term you need to add value and do the things that fill your cup.

“If you want to have a great life and be fulfilled, you have to do the things that make you happy and feed your mission or purpose in life.”

So what advice does Michael have for budding entrepreneurs? He encourages others to build a brand that everyone can identify with.

“You have to create a brand that connects.”

Don’t create a business just so you can see your name. Help as many people as you can, whether it’s with that business or your day-to-day actions. It’s not worth as much if the business is just about you.

“If you attach a purpose to your business or your business already has a purpose, that to me is the way to make an impact.”

Whether through his own chiropractor practice or his company that helps people get healthy, Michael uses his wealth to do just that. 

“Money and success allow you to amplify the impact you can make.”

Message received loud and clear. If that doesn’t inspire you to DO more, I don’t know what will.

 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

 

Adding value to consumers’ lives

Creating a brand that connects

Entrepreneurship

Purpose

Making an impact

Lifestyle 

Resources: 

FB: facebook.com/drdimarco

IG: @drdimarco

SoulAbility.com

SoulAbility Podcast:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/soulability-podcast/id1242562932?mt=2

  

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27: Is It OK to PUBLICLY Share Your Random ACTS of GENEROSITY?  

 

For some, My Two Cents topic today may be quite controversial, but we’re going to talk about it anyway.

(Check out my upcoming challenge at Fortheloveofmoney.com/challenge)

When doing a good deed or a random act of kindness, is it acceptable to share on social media (or anywhere else) – be it with videos, pictures or posts? Some would argue that if someone shares their generous act that it automatically becomes a selfish one. But does it?

I say a resounding hell no! With all the negativity in the world right now – more than ever – what if we saw more posts about generosity and giving? In my opinion,

“The more random acts of generosity shown the better.”

Compared to seeing posts of people tearing each other down (politically, personally etc.), messages that share someone doing something GENEROUS makes people hopeful. Maybe it even makes them feel guilty (in a good way) and causes a person to ask themselves, “When did I last do something nice for someone?” Of course there will always be those people who think you’re an a**hole for gaining attention for a “selfless” act, but who cares?!

“The real person who should be questioned is the person doing the judging, not the giving.”

Besides, even if there’s an ulterior motive – it’s still helping someone and doesn’t take the good out of the good deed. Don’t be afraid of what any naysayers will say about it!

“Share the damn deed with pride! Be unapologetic. Set an example. Be the light. Start a ripple effect of generosity that someone else was too afraid to do.”

So here comes the exciting part. I believe in this practice so much that I wanted to start a challenge around it.

“I want to walk the walk and get as many people unapologetically doing and sharing random acts of generosity.”

So starting on May 12, I’m kicking off a 7 Day Generosity Challenge. That’s seven days of generosity and sharing it with the masses.

“Every single act – big or small – truly matters. And together we can make the biggest difference you’ve ever imagined.”

Get creative – it can be anything. Buying someone’s coffee. Donating clothes to someone in need. Ordering a pizza for a business who you think would enjoy it. Leave a few five dollar bills in random places where you know someone could use them. The options are limitless.

“No act is too small.”

If each of us does our part, we can set a new standard. We can create a new ripple of generosity. And I’ll be doing this right along with you! Be sure to follow me @chriswharder as I give away $2,000 worth of prizes to those who participate throughout the 7 days.

For official rules of the 7 Days of Generosity Challenge, visit fortheloveofmoney.com/challenge.

And while I’m not typically a person who likes to ask for things, I would LOVE for you to please share this episode with your friends. Sure, this is a contest, but I’m interested in making this a MOVEMENT.

Thank you so much for helping me make this a reality. I can’t wait to see the ripple effect at the end of the 7 days. Let’s go be generous!

 

In This Episode You Will Hear About:

The 7 Day Generosity Challenge

Sharing random acts of generosity

Shifting a Money Mindset

Creating a Ripple Effect

Starting a Movement 

Resources: 

Fortheloveofmoney.com/challenge

 

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26: What does THIS PREACHER think about gaining MASSIVE WEALTH? (and HOW to do so!) with Joshua Feuerstein  

Joshua Feuerstein – Episode 26 – What does THIS preacher think about gaining massive wealth?

From very humble beginnings and a terrible speech disability, Joshua Feuerstein’s story is not one you want to miss. His experiences and stories are jaw-dropping, and while you may not get why I have a preacher on this podcast, you will by the end as he drops some invaluable social media knowledge bombs that will blow your mind.

For those who may not know, Joshua Feuerstein is a viral conservative social media personality, speaker, evangelist and political commentator with over two million daily Facebook followers. His bold perspective, cutting-edge presentation and resonating message have fueled several of his videos to break the coveted 100 million view mark. With between 30-50 million people viewing, reading and interacting with his posts on a weekly basis, he remains one of the leading social media voices in the Christian conservative movement. 

But this wasn’t always the case for Joshua. In the early part of his life, he had a terrible stutter. He was bullied and teased (which he’s now thankful for as it gave him some thick skin), but he had a loving home and an especially generous father. His father went out of his way to be kind to others – literally taking groceries from their home (when they had very little to give) to help those who were in need of them more.

Witnessing such generosity, at the age of 17, Joshua felt called to give some of his things to a local church as well. After doing so and later attending a service at the church, he had a miraculous encounter with God. His stutter completely disappeared. Nothing gradual about it. It was gone.

From this point, things starting looking up for Joshua. At the age of 19, he was speaking at several speaking engagements at churches and other large events. He even had an offer to become an NFL broadcaster.

Things were going well, up until five or six years ago though, when his fiancée at the time broke his heart. Suffering from deep depression, it was one of the lowest points of his life, so much so that he pictured himself pulling the trigger on his own life. It was then that he had an epiphany where he recalled God’s story about the five loaves and two fish…while as a whole it couldn’t feed many, by breaking it into pieces it could feed thousands. Similarly, Joshua thought,

“God could actually use my broken-ness to bless other people.”

And so it began… He started sharing his true, authentic self and the struggles that came along with it. People loved his transparency and as a result several of his videos went viral (some reaching more than 100 million views).

Now an in-demand social media consultant, Joshua shares the “secrets” behind creating a viral video and gaining a loyal social media following for your brand.

“If you say something that other people agree with, but don’t know how to articulate it, they will share it.” 

“If you say something that other people agree with, but they’re afraid to say it – they share it.”

Your success is largely dependent on your authenticity. When it comes down to it, you want people to CONNECT with you and everything that you are. So let people see your flaws.

“People want to see the real YOU – they don’t want a façade.” 

Furthermore, make sure you’re being authentic to YOU and finding the niche around that. Make it something your passionate about.

“Find who you are and build a brand around that – and invest in branding yourself.”

Know your audience. If you desire to be extremely neutral, you’re not going to develop as loyal of a brand. Joshua admittedly uses a radical approach. Keep in mind that your biggest enemies can be your biggest evangelists…

Being as conservative as he is, he’s aware that there’s always going to be some kickback. But to him it’s one of the highest honors.

“You’re going to irritate some people. And if you’re not, you’re probably not doing it right.”

“Don’t be afraid to tap into your opposition marketing and sometimes let your haters share your stuff, too – or at least talk about it.”

And don’t take it personally… The haters don’t necessarily hate you, they just don’t like what you stand for (love that this relates to my last podcast!).

So now that you’ve found your audience, how do you keep them?

This is one of my favorite parts, because like me, Joshua also feels that generosity is key. He suggests consistently giving people VALUE. Don’t try to monetize your following immediately or they’ll likely end up mistrusting you.

“Give people around 80% of your best stuff and then charge them for the last 20%.”

Also, be sure to let people see how you’re doing good in the world. This doesn’t mean you need to be boastful and showy, but when you lead by example, you’re also inspiring others to do the same.

As a preacher, Joshua believes that wealth can be a great thing.

“Money isn’t evil. It’s if you simply love money to the point that it owns you, instead of you owning it.”

He also believes in the “sow and reap” concept from the Bible.

“If you sow, you reap. Period." 

For example, one day at a local coffee shop, he paid for a man’s coffee and Danish. It was a pure act of kindness and one that he enjoyed doing frequently for random individuals. This particular time led to a conversation with the CFO of large company, which later on helped land him a multi-million-dollar contract.

“Real generosity has zero stipulations attached.” 

When it comes down to it, wealth is only what you make of it. Joshua likes to think of money as just one of the tools we were all provided with to fulfill our purposes here on this earth. But there has to be a purpose behind it… Whether it’s driving a nice car to keep up with the expectations of a wealthy client or buying luxurious watches so you can later give it to someone who needs it for the money, we must always keep it in perspective.

“Money does not change you. It only magnifies who you already exist as.” 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

 

How to Grow a Social Media Following

Social Media Consulting

Generosity and How It Relates to Wealth/Business

Giving

Entrepreneurship

Millionaires

Purpose 

Resources:

FB: @joshua.feuerstein.5 (look for the verified blue checkmark) 

 

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

25: A MIDDLE FINGER to SUCCESS!  

Well, that got your attention, didn’t it? It got mine, too. Let me explain…

The other morning, my wife, Lori, and I were on our way to Soul Cycle, one of our weekly workout outings. It was a good day and we were chatting back and forth. We had been driving for only 10 blocks when out of nowhere a guy who looked like he was ready to go to work, gave us the middle finger.

This was no ordinary execution of flipping the bird though… This was a high-flying, fully extended middle finger that tracked us as we drove by. I give the man an A+ for effort. We hadn’t done anything to set him off – we were driving under the speed limit, no loud music etc. The only thing left was that we were driving a Ferrari and obviously he had a problem with what it represented – wealth.

Was I angry? Of course I was – the guy had just put a dark cloud to the start of my day. But that anger quickly turned into compassion as I realized just how much pain something must have caused him to trigger such an act. And this is just one of the reasons I started this podcast – I want to shift people’s perspectives around money.

“You’ll never be able to change your current situation if you have any hatred toward the people who are in the situation where you’d rather be.”

Have you ever judged someone by their bag, their car or the clothes they wear? We all have at some point. But ultimately,

“You can’t hate wealth and have it at the same time – it just doesn’t work.”

I realize that this goes both ways… I mean, I had no more of an idea what that man’s story was than he had about mine. But what if we all knew or asked what a person’s story was behind their wealth? What if they donate a large part of their wealth to charity? What if they donate their time? What if… And sure there’s always bound to be that stereotypical jackass, but again that doesn’t mean that all wealthy people are the same.

I challenge you to think this through the next time you encounter wealth – whether it’s in abundance or lack. Let’s work on shifting our money mindsets so we’re able to,

“Let everyone thrive so we can ALL make a difference.”

In This Episode You Will Learn:

Wealth

Shifting Money Mindset

Stereotypes

Success

Perspective

Entrepreneur

Appreciation 

Resources:

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

24: From Kitchen Table to $50 MILLION Per Year with Evan Tardy  

 

It will probably not come as a surprise that today’s guest, Evan Tardy, was born with entrepreneurship blood running through his veins. His grandfather took the risk years ago to walk away from the already-in-place family farm and started a company, which is now run by his own father. Both men played a pivotal role in instilling a strong worth ethic in Evan, and further supporting those roles with phrases like,

“You make your money at 4:00 on a Friday afternoon.”

With this in mind, it was inevitable that Evan started his own entrepreneurial career at the ripe age of 16 when he created his own mobile car wash service. Of course, hours upon hours in the sun washing cars gets tiring after a couple years, so with a successful run he sold the business to a friend to pursue other adventures on his entrepreneurial path.

While there were moments of discouragement (and still some today), he just kept hustling and getting things done with the mentality that you “learn in your 20s and earn in your 30s” thanks to the idea from author Keith Ferrazzi.

So after trying a lot of different things, volunteering and learning about various areas, he ended up meeting a dentist who was moving to town. Seeing the need for some marketing help, Evan offered to help him at no cost (it was the perfect opportunity for him to cut his teeth on the new things he’d learned). Not only was he successful, he increased the dentist’s monthly income by more than three times than when he began. Evan also helped another friend with his marketing at no cost and had similar results.

Did he need to give his work away for free? Certainly not, but for him,

“The benefit of being able to help someone in some way or another and approach every challenge or thing I wanted to learn has come back to pay dividends in many, many multiples.”

After all, why would you not practice/hone your skills with a smaller (safe) audience before you have to do it for a much larger group?

“Create a safe space for you to experiment. Try stuff, learn and fail when you only have an audience of two or three or when there’s very little on the line.”

Fast forward to Evan’s raging success as the President of Dr. Axe, the 2nd largest natural health website in the world. Now in a leadership role, he focuses on bringing the right people onto their team and ensuring that everyone is bringing their best selves and creative problem-solving skills to work each day.

But what else contributes to the fact that Dr. Axe has been recognized as one of Inc. 5000's fastest-growing companies?

“We’re serving people with a mission that’s a lot greater than ourselves.”

And while that mission is super important, he also knows that money, personal growth and friends play a factor, in addition to reinvesting in their employees, hiring more great people and focusing on the same things. There’s really no “secret sauce.”

“By really choosing to focus on a few key pieces of the puzzle for us, we’re able to reinvest profits to get better and better.”

Evan is a shining example of what it means to be a true entrepreneur – both in work ethic and generosity. And he feels that we’re all here to aspire to some amount of greatness. Whether you make millions or just get by, he truly believes we should all just,

“Enjoy the journey and OWN that we are all striving for greatness.”

And what a great lesson for us all. 

In This Episode You Will Learn: 

eCommerce

Digitial Marketing

Giving

Entrepreneurship

Creative Problem-Solving

Millionaires

Purpose 

Resources:

DrAxe.com

FB: @evantardy

Digitalmarketer.com 

Book & Author recommendations:

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi Essentialism by Greg McKeown The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Russel Brunson Ryan Deiss 

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

23: An Entrepreneur's HACK Guaranteed to BOOST Your INCOME  

My Two Cents – Ep. 23 – An Entrepreneur's Hack Guaranteed to Boost Your Income 

Here it is, the business hack you’ve been waiting for… Delegation.

Ok, so this isn’t a new concept, but stick with me because I’m going to share my “formula” and rules that make this a game-changer for your business and life. While the idea of delegation is quite basic, it’s often not used to its full potential – if at all.

Just my two cents, but “You simply cannot and should not be doing everything yourself.”

I understand that it’s hard either giving up power or money, but this is exactly the reason you SHOULD. You’re not being efficient, it slows you down and you could end up potentially losing money as well.

“You should only be doing income-producing activities or activities that you love. That’s it. Nothing else.”

So how do you know if delegation is right for you? The following two rules will help you determine if you can afford to delegate or if your business is at a point to delegate tasks.

If you can hire out the task for less than you currently value your time at, then do it! Even if you have to hire it out for the same value as what you value your time at (or slightly more), and if it is delegating a non-income-producing activity, then do it.

Here’s how to estimate the hourly value of your time:

Take your gross revenue (or your estimated gross revenue) and divide it by the number of hours you put into your business. This is typically 2,080 hours a year (52 weeks x 40 hours a week). Example, if you made $80,000, your hourly rate would be about $39/hour.

If delegating a task would be less than this – do it! And keep in mind that even if it’s a higher rate, it will likely still save you time (which is ultimately more money).

And don’t forget, when you delegate you’re putting more jobs out into the economy as well. Not to mention you’ll likely be passing over duties that frustrate you. In turn you’ll likely feel a weight lifted – and be a happier person! I can tell you from experience that when you’re happier, you attract more customers/business.

“A happier entrepreneur is a more effective entrepreneur.”

I encourage you to start before you’re ready. Stop doing the things you hate. And spend time doing more of what you love – growing your business and having more fun with it.

To help you see where some of your inefficiencies are at (whether you’re an entrepreneur or business leader), be sure to make this list:

What’s your hourly value? List every activity that you currently do to grow your business that somebody else could be doing that falls under your hourly value. List things that cost the same as (or a little more than) your hourly rate that you’re currently doing, but would save you hours. Add anything else that you could delegate ­– get creative!

What were your results? I would love to hear! Be sure to tag me on Facebook or IG!

Now, go get delegating!

 

In This Episode You Will Learn About: 

Delegation

A Business Hack

Income

Wealth

Mindset

Business

Success

Entrepreneur 

Resources:

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

22: The EXPERT in How to MONETIZE YOUR PASSION Online with Melyssa Griffin  

I am so excited (like geeking-out excited) for you to hear my conversation with Melyssa Griffin. She truly exemplifies the meaning of true entrepreneurship and giving, and I can’t wait for you listen. (This podcast is a must for anyone who has a passion and wants to make a living by doing just that.)

For those who may not know, Melyssa is a rockstar at teaching online courses and live workshops for entrepreneurs and bloggers who want to turn their after-work hobbies into full-time businesses. A few of her specialties include list-building, webinars, using Pinterest to get organic traffic, and content marketing. She also leads an active Facebook group of 60,000 members and helps almost 150,000 entrepreneurs with her weekly emails.

Early on, Melyssa actually had nothing to do with the blogging/online world. After college, she started out as an English teacher in Japan, but after some time just never felt like it was her true purpose, so she started to pursue more creative avenues. She wasn’t looking to start a business, she just really wanted to build an online community/blog that could help people become their best selves and be more creative.

Well, once her blogging began, it spiraled into so many different areas. Melyssa opened a small web studio and focused her blogging on her experiences with growing her business. And wouldn’t you know, people were really interested in what she learned and what she had to say.

It was during this time that Melyssa discovered that while she enjoyed the creative work she was doing and learning new things each day, she actually was having more fun (and fulfilling her purpose more) by teaching others what she was learning along the way and helping them find the freedom in their lives like she did. And so began helping as many people as possible,

“Monetize their passion.”

Ok, ok, easier said than done… Or is it? I know for many, this seems like a long shot. Can your passion really make you money? You’d be surprised. Melyssa’s clients range from yoga teaching to art lessons with a unique type of marker (seriously).

“People don’t realize that there are all these sub-niches out there with people who are willing to spend money to learn what you already have in your head.”

But you have to be willing to put in the work and put the information out there. Time is always a factor, but in this day in age, it’s easier than ever. Melyssa estimates that in 90 days and for less than $500, you can create a profitable business. Clearly, it won’t happen overnight, but you don’t need a HUGE audience. You just need to focus and be willing to forego a leisure activity or two. You can make it happen.

“The time often exists if we make space for it. It’s just a matter of are we willing to make that sacrifice in the vision of something bigger that’s out there for our lives.”

Melyssa goes on to talk about her fears and practices to help break through them. She also shares with us her money mindset struggle and why she feels it’s so important to be transparent and real when it comes to sharing her experiences (she shares her income and expenses on a monthly basis on her website). 

Melyssa is truly an entrepreneur who just keeps giving and giving…and giving. Whether it’s the Pinterest knowledge she drops on this podcast, a free workshop/online course or helping to raise money for Pencils of Promise, it’s so obvious that everything she does has others in mind.

Money is great, but at the end of the day, it’s about caring for people and finding a way to help each other. After all, Melyssa truly believes and practices what she says,

“The biggest thing you can give is your heart." 

And I couldn’t agree more.

In This Episode You Will Hear About:

Money Pinterest Entrepreneurship Blogging Online training Kindness Tribe Wealth Millionaires Purpose The Pursuit 

Resources:

MelyssaGriffin.com Pinterest e-Course: PinfiniteGrowth.com Free Pinterest Class: WorkshopsByMel.com/pinterest New Podcast, “Pursuit of Purpose” releases June 27. Go to MelyssaGriffin.com/pursuit and sign up to be the first to know! 

For more stories and tips on becoming unapologetically wealthy, follow me @Chriswharder on Instagram and check out fortheloveofmoney.com.

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