Distinction Agency is a full-service marketing agency specializing in athlete & influencer marketing, brand partnerships, public relations and social media marketing. Representing the finest content creators in entertainment, food, lifestyle, sports and travel, Distinction excels in strategic partnerships with brands around the world.
I have discussed various topics with co-founders Jonathan Lubic and Alexander Onaindia, including their personal and business journey, mindset, influencer marketing, real-life challenges and tips&tricks for new entrepreneurs.
Their clients have been featured in major media outlets including Forbes, Enrepreneur, Bloomberg, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal and Inc.
Find out more at: https://www.distinctionagency.com/
How to influence and persuade with words? Patrick M. Powers is the Founder of The World's 2nd biggest business meetup with 27,500+ members. His expertise is Pitching, Presentation, Lead generation, Copywriting and Sales Funnel conversion.
Patrick shared his concepts, methods and tools for maximizing entrepreneurs' profits in every single step of the sales funnel.
+ Find out more about his business growth and journey, his mindset and tips&tricks how to succeed as an entrepreneur.
"I get you connected to anyone, anywhere... even VIP’s. I both teach the science of doing this and I also make introductions through my meetup group of 26,000+ Entrepreneurs who are mainly in London/UK and through www.Vipdinners.com "
Bryan Clayton is the CEO and co-founder of GreenPal, an online marketplace that connects homeowners with local lawn care professionals. GreenPal has been called the “Uber for lawn care” by Entrepreneur magazine and has over 100,000 active users completing thousands of transactions per day.
In the 21CE podcast episode Bryan talks about: work-life balance⎪use the (market) feedback wisely to grow & be successful⎪balance of theory and practice⎪every (life/business) level is going to require different sets of skills⎪how do you look matters⎪power vs force⎪ups & downs in the life⎪when to divorce from the business⎪(...)
Before starting GreenPal, Bryan Clayton founded Peachtree Inc., one of the largest landscaping companies in the state of Tennessee growing it to over $10 million a year in annual revenue before it was acquired by Lusa holdings in 2013.
Bryan‘s interest and expertise are related to entrepreneurialism, small business growth, marketing and bootstrapping businesses from zero revenue to profitability and exit.
Bryan's website: https://www.yourgreenpal.com/
Spencer is Serial Entrepreneur, International Keynote Speaker, Best-selling Author of Entreprenumbers book. He has a unique background with over 15 years as an entrepreneur combined with extensive financial experience as a CPA, CA and investment banker. He is the Founder and CEO of Shift Financial Insights, providing ridiculously simple accounting and financial insights for business on the rise.
Find out more about his personal development and business journey + concepts, models, routines and exercises.
Spencer has previously owned businesses in manufacturing, construction, cold storage and Real Estate. He has been recognized as winner of the Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 awards and finalist for the Surrey Business Excellence Awards. Spencer is an instructor for the Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C. and guest speaker at the University of British Columbia. He is a hyperactive member (since 2005) of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) since service as current Finance Expert for Canada and Past President of EO Vancouver.
Spencer is passionate about endurance sport and has completed several marathons, several more ultra-marathons (as far as 162 km), Iron man, distance cycling events, and most recently he completed his first marathon distance swim. Not surprisingly. both endurance sports and building a business require a ton of blood, sweat and tears.
About Shift Financial Insights
We believe accounting doesn't have to suck for entrepreneurs. We are an outsourced bookkeeping, accounting and financial insights company. We’re like a CFO and controller for your business, except we don’t need a corner office, a company car, or a bold annual salary. We do it all: day-to-day bookkeeping, monthly and annual reporting, and everyday number analytics and advising to help you reach your business goals.
Spencer about the #21CE episode:
"This is one of my favourite interviews"
Siddharth Rajsekar is a musician turned 'digital geek’.
As an acclaimed lifestyle entrepreneur and international speaker, Sidz has trained over 50,000+ professionals and 700+ brands across 4 countries.
Recognised as one of India's leading and sought-after
“info-marketing” specialists, Siddharth has been featured in leading newspapers across the country and worked on projects involved with people like Robert Kiyosaki, T Harv Eker, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy & Jack Canfield - just to name a few.
After running many multi-million dollar online campaigns for companies and helping people make money online in the last 7 years, Siddharth has now developed and perfected the “Freedom Business Model” which is helping more than 15000 people become digital coaches - which focuses on how to build a super-profitable & automated digital business without any office or employees.
Wearing multiple hats, Sidz also is a husband of a loving wife, a father, minimalist, futurist, spiritualist, an avid blogger, video marketer, as well as a podcast host!
His mission is to build an army of Digital Leaders, built on core principles of humanity & simplicity - by improving ones' social skills, happiness, productivity, and awesomeness.
We discussed his way of thinking (epistemology), business model, daily routine, and tips & tricks for being a successful entrepreneur.
Siddharth website: https://siddharthrajsekar.com/
Kris is the award-winning Ardor SEO company founder focusing on Reputation Engineering, Authority Marketing and SEO.
We spoke about his success story, business model, yoga practising, and much more. Btw, Kris gives you an irresistible offer during the episode.
His Ardor SEO offers high-end services across the globe. Mostly for clients in Australia, USA and the United Kingdom, but for Kris' team, it doesn’t matter where you are, they will look after you like the VIP you are.
Being the coolest guy and being on the first page of Google is what every website wants but with obscure terms, it’s easier now than ever to rank for them. The way this is done is through a series of steps that allow you naturally to be at the top of Google‘s searches which can vary from ensuring your metadata is perfect to getting someone to do it all for you.
Steven Gans PhD announces the inauguration of the Council of Mentors
Steven is a visionary, compassionate and thoughtful leader and mentor. He is a Philosopher, Psychoanalyst, Entrepreneur and Funding Source.
“Steven's DNA is to be a guide for others and to bring out their greatness!”
Who mentors the mentor Gans asks?
There is a gap, he believes in the social and business space for a place mentors can go to be mentored.
The Council of Mentors, located on the In the Tribe platform meets this need.
Mentors are the trusted advisers to their clients who are for the most part leaders in their fields and companies. In these turbulent times, when there is disruption coming from all sides; public health, financial and technological, who do mentors go to for their own mentoring? The Council of Mentors has been established as a platform for peer to peer, group and community mentoring.
Find out how George Turned Mistakes into Profitable Business Models.
The McGehrin Group specializes in working with startups to major organizations throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America focusing on the successful permanent placement of C-level executives to managerial talent in a multitude of industries.
Find out about George's journey, including - the trigger, the hardest part, being the optimist, daily routine, time management, driving force and much more.
+ Tips & Exercises for the listeners!
The McGehrin Group website: https://www.mcgehringroup.com/
This is a lifelong journey. The feelings of fear, anxiety, worry, they will never go away. But the goal is to shorten the amount of time that you're in that space. That's how you measure your progress.
I would ask people, what would you do? Who would you be if you weren't afraid? Okay. And then the answer that comes up to that is the best version of yourself.
(Pablo J. Rosario)
Pablo has a B.A. in Psychology and completed over 100 hours at the official coaching training school of Tony Robbins, and he is the NLP Practitioner.
Pablo has spent the last 5+ years working as the Program Director of an international personal development company where he has designed conferences for CEO's, entrepreneurs, executives and business owners on the topics of leadership, communication, confidence, dating and relationships, overcoming inner conflict as well as redefining meaning in life.
Jake is an American from St. Louis living and developing his companies from Bucharest, sharing with us his successful +$1MM business model working just 20 hours per week.
Find out more about proven methods for starting your own business, choosing and managing your international team, Jake's daily routine and the problem-solving solutions for being a successful entrepreneur.
https://www.leadcookie.com/ "Guaranteed leads in 30 days or your money back"
https://contentallies.com/ "We help consulting firms become thought leaders through content marketing."
Jan Vermeiren was the founder of Networking Coach - the first LinkedIn certified training partner worldwide. Networking Coach helped organisations to become more successful by embracing the power of LinkedIn, social selling & social recruiting.
His current position is The Compassionate Leader founder. This organization's mission is: creating the space for an inspiring vibe.
He translates high-in-the-sky concepts into down-to-earth practical and easy-to-apply tips.
We discussed a few of his famous models, including the Four different vibes, and their implications on the individual and group level.
During the interview, Jan reveals a LinkedIn secret for lead generation.
Jan has worked for more than 450 organizations all over the world including large multinational companies like Alcatel, Deloitte, IBM, ING, Nike, Orange, Philips, Rabobank, Siemens and local companies.
If you are a leader, coach, trainer or facilitator you are most welcome in the free Compassionate Leaders Community:
BONUS: Jeffrey's interview with George Rogers (Assistant Executive Director of International Coach Federation) - the basics that you should know about ICF certification and coach credentialing
Jeffrey helps new and developing coaches with coaching skills and client acquisition by training and mentoring them in good coaching, sales, and marketing best practices.
Jeffrey is a Dean at Master Coach University, a global school of 81,746 coaches, leaders, authors, speakers, trainers, consultants, and change-makers. Master Coach University’s students learn breakthrough methods to support their clients’ life and business reinventions, impacting the most prestigious institutions in the world.WEBINAR - HOW TO START AN ONLINE COACHING BUSINESS
MASTER COACH UNIVERSITY
https://mastercoachuniversity.com Other resources from the interview: The Monk And The Riddle: https://www.amazon.com/Monk-Riddle-Creating-Making-Living/dp/1578516447 Video - How to plan a strategic vision retreat: https://youtu.be/djKaLA6NSHo?t=229
Richard thinks deeply about the future of humanity if humanity is to have a future - using that thinking to inspire enduring second and third-order change through the creation of adaptive and resilient futures for greater numbers of people.
He is best known for his work as an anticipatory foresight practitioner. He is a keynote speaker, mentor, philosopher-activist and knowledge designer. In these capacities, he helps others consciously co-design the evolution of our world-system - its communities, institutions, organizations, and practices.
He is the founding Executive Director of the Centre for the Future - an Earth-scale experiment aimed at developing society's capacity to evolve more consciously by reinventing life-critical systems that are currently failing humanity or are in a state of collapse.https://thehamesreport.typepad.com/richard_hames/ https://sage.fm/richard_hames_mentor https://www.hamesmcgregor.com
Co-host: Dr. Steven Gans - Steven is a Philosopher, Psychotherapist, Coach, and Entrepreneur. His DNA is to bring out the best in others.
"Richard has a mind that is impossible to leap over", Peter Flavel CEO Private Wealth Management, J.P.Morgon⎪"Richard’s compelling summary of the issues facing the world today and his clear view of the dynamics of change is so sharp that it penetrates the fog of the dominant economic paradigm", Ian Adam Director of External Affairs, BP⎪"Undoubtedly one of the smartest people on the planet – capable of transcending ideology and history in a single leap", Forbes Asia Magazine
If you are wanting to make a career shift into blockchain coding, are seeking to understand how to use smart contracts to improve your business flow or just want to connect with others who are learning and growing their experience base in blockchain and cryptocurrencies together, the Blockchain Chamber of Commerce is there to help and connect you on a global platform.
Linda Goetze is the CEO of the Blockchain Chamber of Commerce - the organization that brings collaborative connectivity throughout the Blockchain ECOsystem in order to raise awareness, facilitate adoption and inspire advocacy for commerce, consumers and professionals building careers in blockchain technology.
You can get a lot of value from their website blockchainecosystem.io where you can find almost everything you need to get started and even participate in various groups and initiatives.
I was asking Linda various questions from the blockchain/bitcoin rookie position, and she was very patient and shared a lot from her rich experience and amazing professional network perspective.
" [Blockchain] is a technology that has such a powerful impact on individuals' lives that individuals everywhere are saying 'I want to be involved. I want to use this technology. I want to take advantage of the options and opportunities that it gives me.' And so on an individual basis, I'm seeing amazing collaboration and connectivity around the world." Linda Goetze
(From the interview)
You can get a pop star or somebody being an INFLUENCER and they're not necessarily a THOUGHT LEADER.
You must ACHIEVE these four things, otherwise, it's unlikely you'll be a thought leader:
Unless you push and push and push yourself and challenge yourself and keep yourself to a VERY HIGH STANDARD, you're not going to get to that real gem of an idea.
An article or a blog is not thought leadership unless it's truly INTERESTING, EXCITING, DIFFERENT, ORIGINAL, DISRUPTIVE and you know, making heads turn.
Thought Leaders / Entrepreneurs ENERGY >>
"They don't settle for the obvious answer or the first idea that comes to mind. They don't settle for boring ideas. Ideas that offer nothing new. They don't settle because they know that they've been cold to share truly innovative ideas. And unless you push and push and push yourself and challenge yourself and keep yourself to a very high standard, you're not going to get to that real gem of an idea.
Yes, we've helped people write books, but the really exciting bit is to come up with the gem that, you know - at the center of the eye of the book is the IDEA and where it REALLY SHINES, where it's REALLY SAYING SOMETHING NEW, you know, it because of the market response."
Brian Friedman is a millennial entrepreneur who went from a blank sheet of paper to a successful multimillion-dollar exit in less than three years.
During this time, he secured over $2.5 million in angel and venture capital financing, hired more than ten employees, opened offices in San Francisco and Taiwan, and sold global brands like Intel, Cisco, Castrol, and Box.
His ideas about analytics and business practices have been quoted in TechCrunch, Yahoo!, Forbes, and other leading publications. He started the largest Wearable Technology Startup meetup in the US and now serves as VP of digital innovation on the executive team at Aventri, a leading enterprise cloud-based, event management software company.
In Takeaways: Secret Truths from Leading a Startup, Brian gives you the tools to make the right decisions quickly in your business. This pocket companion covers the entire lifecycle of a startup, from growth and culture to operations and exit strategies. No matter how long you’ve been in business, Brian’s advice can help point you in the right direction.
Jeremy Redman - entrepreneur, speaker, and author: "I built multiple 6-figure companies by 30 and I’m trying to make them 7-figure. Somehow I got all the way from the trailer park to Sunset Blvd."
"4 years ago I was told I was going to have a hard time being a tech entrepreneur. I did not have a cofounder (on at least 12 different occasions people wanted to be my cofounder and then abandoned me when things got tough – but I didn’t let that stop me), I could not code and I didn’t have much money. But I wasn’t going to let people tell me I couldn’t be an entrepreneur. It’s all I ever wanted to be. I remember when I was first called an entrepreneur and I remember how it felt. I was 7. I also remember being called that when I actually knew what it meant. And I have been chasing that feeling ever since. I want as many people to feel that same feeling and I want to help get them there. It’s not easy, but V/One sure definitely makes it easier than ever before."
Not Boring Business
"I started a brand called Not Boring Business: the go-to resource for pivoters, freelancers, solopreneurs and side-hustlers. Be sure to check out the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher."
"What if I told you that if you are brave enough to follow your dreams and you do what you know is right you will always win, no matter what the outcome is, and no matter if everyone else thinks you are crazy?
My dear invisible friend, I want to share with you a story. I want to show you how Quantum Psychology can change everything you take for granted in the world as we know it. I'm offering you to be part of my personal journey, raising questions that will challenge your own perceptions.
The moment is here and now, but the concepts of time and space can be elusive, as we will learn... Because this is a story about time, space and true interpersonal connections, and how the 3 of them, which we take for granted, can be deceiving even when an alternative truth lays in front of you.
This is a dairy, a window to perceive the world from a different perspective than we have been biologically designed to. If you expect me to inspire or guide you, stop reading now; because I am determined to prove that the power to write destiny lies within each one of us.
This will not be a comfortable or easy quest, filled with frustration and defeat. But remember that failure doesn't come from defeat; failure only comes from not trying or giving up on what you know as true.
Are you ready to endeavor this journey with me?
Our path to change the world starts here, it is all your choice..."
Entrepreneurship seems like a thrilling, lucrative adventure—until things go horribly wrong. As crisis after crisis hits, even the most seasoned founder can get disoriented. Whether you’re in the throes of business woes or just getting into the game, E. Keller Fitzsimmons has written a field guide outlining the terrain to help you avoid getting Lost in Startuplandia.
Keller has been there, done that, starting six businesses over twenty years. In this honest, personal guide, she draws on her trials and triumphs, as well as those of fellow entrepreneurs, to share their most valuable lessons for surviving startup failure. From staying self-aware to redefining success to prioritizing relationships, Keller illuminates the pitfalls that can make or break even the most resilient entrepreneur.
Startuplandia can be as exhilarating and rewarding as you dreamed—as long as you’re ready to navigate the inevitable crevasses and quicksand along the way.
E. Keller Fitzsimmons is a serial tech entrepreneur, artist, and mother of two. She is the cofounder of Custom Reality Services, a virtual reality (VR) production company whose first two projects, Across the Line (2016) and Ashe ’68 (2019), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Keller is the recipient of the Silvertip PwC Entrepreneurship Award and Speech Technology’s Luminary Award. Her work has been published by Network Computing, InformationWeek, and Inc. An active angel investor, she serves on the technology committee for BELLE USA, a venture fund that invests in women-led startups. Originally trained as a classical archaeologist, Keller holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.
- Chris Cooper has founded the largest mentorship program in the world in the fitness business, and recently wrote his third book "Founder, Farmer, Thinker, Thief."
There he shows you the clear path forward by breaking your entrepreneurial journey into four distinct phases. He lays out the top priorities for each phase and shows you, step by step, what to do – and what to avoid – whether you’ve been in business twenty years or are just getting started.
I have got a lot of value from his lessons shared in the book. Chris learned them from the trenches of mentoring 2k+ business owners worldwide.At the end of the episode, Chris shares a few helpful exercises that he has learned over the last 15 years being an entrepreneur.