This week, we have an awesome entrepreneur, and one of my first mentors, Chris Thompson. Chris Thompson is the CEO of Student Works Painting .
They recruit, train and support 150 student business owners to paint over 6,000 homes every summer.
He was the tenth student that ran a business with Student Works in 1984 and excelled to the point that he bought the company outright in 1993
In the episode, he shares his stories throughout the years of working with young students and first-time entrepreneurs. Their mistakes and what makes some of them succeed over the rest of their class.
He says running his program is like running a private school for super charged students.
Their mantra is that “Excellence is a habit” and he even goes through the 4 refer-ability habits which anyone, and I mean anyone, can take note of and apply in their lives.
Chris is one of the coolest entrepreneurs that I have had the opportunity to learn from and I am glad we recorded this to give everyone some actionable steps to achieve greatness in your life.
This episode is packed with goodies as it covers all sorts of topics surrounding lifestyle design, success, mindset and entrepreneurship.
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What you will learn
- Top mistakes made by first-time entrepreneurs
- The 4 Refer-ability habits
- How Chris ended up buying the business of Student Works
- What does the top 1% do differently than the rest
- What it takes to make it
- Great additional resources
- And much more!
Important Links To Resources and People
Do you know the 5 Factors to Success?
My guest today didn’t even make it into the 12th grade, yet he's a self-made entrepreneur with over 25 years of sales, marketing, and training experience. He also happens to be the CEO of Lightspeed VT, a world leader in interactive training and communication-based systems. He’s the host of Dropping Bombs and Bottom Line, Brad Lea.
Learn Brad’s 5 Factors to Success and other entrepreneurial gems on this week’s Inner Changemaker Podcast.
What if I told you there was a way that you can start achieving all of your goals easily and instantly?
What if you can be the most effective version of yourself based on the situation and circumstances?
Todd Herman is a coach to Olympians, successful CEO and executives at some of the largest companies around the world.
He also happens to be an expert in helping people create alter egos for themselves to achieve peak performance in the moments that matter most.
I personally have not been this excited to press publish on an episode in a while. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did interview Todd.
Imagine not being allowed to play outside as a kid. Not necessarily because your parents are strict, but because you are constantly getting bombed.
In fact, imagine that one day, you get bombed over 167 times. Never knowing when it was all going to end and always living in fear for your life.
This is the story of Patrick Bet-David, American Entrepreneur, Founder of PHP (people help people) agency, one of the top insurance firms in the United States.
He also happens to be the founder and host of the infamous YouTube channel Valuetainment, the #1 channel for entrepreneurs.
Patrick's story is no ordinary story.
From escaping Iran at a young age to being a refugee in Germany to coming to America and becoming a member of the 101st Airborne in the military. It's a story of a man, going through life's trials and tribulations and finding a way from survivor to fighting for his cause.
In this interview, we discuss his entire story, why he is such a BIG believer in capitalism, and how you can build your legacy through capitalism
Pejman was born in 1982 in the middle of a revolution in Iran, raised in France for the majority of his childhood, and eventually migrating to the United States in 1997. Raised by a single mother his entire life with very limited resources.
We are here to dive into his story of how he went from being a telemarketer, to being a VP in a bank, to being financially independent Since the age of 25
Pejman has been and has dedicated his time to bringing Secret Entourage & Secret Academy to life, a unique platform which focuses on helping motivate, educate, and improve the lives of young entrepreneurs worldwide.
And here to talk to us about his new book -R.A.D.I.U.S.: How Visionaries Engineer Empires.
Businessman and Life Coach, Aaron T. Walker, has inspired many through his leadership, mentorship, and consistent pursuit of excellence. He enjoys helping others and believes experience is a great teacher.
Aaron sold his first business to a Fortune 500 company at 27 years old and has been a serial entrepreneur ever since.
35 years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of experience to pull from as he is on a mission to help more men around the world go from success to significance.
He is also the author of View From the Top: Living a Life of Significance
From selling businesses at a young age, to fatally injuring a man, to living a life of significance. This was easily one of the most inspiring interviews we have ever had on the show.
Vanessa Van Edwards is a behavioral investigator at her human behavior research lab, the Science of People. She is a professional people watcher—speaking, researching and cracking the code of interesting behavior hacks for audiences around the world.
She has essentially spent years studying the science (research, studies, physiology, etc.) of how our body language and facial expressions tell the story of what is going on inside someone’s brain.
This includes how to create relationships, know when someone is attracted to you, how to get rid of resting bitch face, how to detect a lie, and how to be the most memorable person at an event.
And because she is such a pro, She is a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post. Her popular courses on Creative Live and Udemy have over 120,000 enrolled students
Go here to be part of the NEW show and ASK your question www.theinnerchangemaker.com/live
I am going to be hosting a NEW weekly LIVESTREAM show and you can be involved. Over the last few months, I have been receiving countless emails asking me personal questions and I have been writing and writing various responses back to changemakers around the world.
It's TIME that the rest of the world gets a chance to hear some of the answers. I can't promise you that I am going to know the answer, but I promise to share as openly as possible with you all.
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Potential topics covered:
- how to get over break ups
- how to transition out of your 9 to 5
- how to approach your passion and your purpose
- how to cultivate a winning mindset
See you soon!
Jordan Harbinger is known as an entrepreneur, talk show host and world-renowned social dynamics expert.
He is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, and has helped develop one of the leading self-development programs in the world, with a special expertise in social capital, relationship-building and authentic rapport. He is also the host of The Art of Charm Podcast, where he interviews leading entrepreneurs, celebrities, writers and experts about psychology, performance, life and success. Can you imagine how I felt when he said yes to coming on the show?
For all his work in the field, Forbes named Jordan one of the 50 best relationship-builders in the world, and Inc. Magazine recently called him “the Charlie Rose of Podcasting.”
He is a former Wall Street attorney who speaks five languages. Not bad right? He has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He has worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, led several trips through North Korea, and been kidnapped—twice. (The only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any situation.)
Philip Mckernan is an inspirational speaker, writer and filmmaker. Philip works with entrepreneurs and business leaders all over the world. When people are seeking clarity about their future or want to move through roadblocks, seen and unseen, they call Philip. As a speaker he has inspired and challenged the Canadian Olympic Team and The Pentagon to name a few.
This is the 2nd time we have featured Philip on the show and he does not disappoint.
What separates Philip from a lot of coaches, speakers and gurus is originality. He brings new conversations to the table and spends an obscene amount of time thinking and challenging the status quo, instead of simply repackaging business & life hacking strategies. Philip McKernan is a philosopher, a modern day philosopher of the human experience.