Finding Gratitude with Georgian Benta

Ever found yourself totally down and out?  Struggling to find something, anything to be thankful for?  Well today's guest Georgian Benta has been there and he shares his journey and how he was able to bounce back from one of his darkest moments and practice gratitude and finding joy.  His journey has inspired him to start and host the Gratitude Podcast focused completely on gratitude and the practices of how others seek and focus on it.  Whether you are at an all-time high or a low point today, you will be encouraged by our conversation!

 

[2:25] - Started the Gratitude Podcast in 2016

[3:01] - Wanted to learn from people who live in a state of gratitude

[4:00] - Goal with the podcast - to help others live life with a grateful heart

[5:42] - "Everything seemed like it was going down…"

[7:00] - Decided to go out for a walk and started to pray

[9:24] - It’s not about things needing to be a certain way, but it is about me appreciating the things that are in my life

[9:46] - Nothing changed on the outside… it was on the inside

[11:16] - Started different practices related to gratitude 

[11:32] - Searched for a podcast on gratitude and couldn’t find it…

[13:41] - So many different practices related to gratitude

[14:34] - Do my best to incorporate gratitude as much as possible into everyday life

[17:27] - For those struggling with gratitude - go out in nature

[18:09] - Take a DEEP BREATH

[19:25] - You don’t need to have it all figured out, but find one thing that will shift your perspective

[23:38] - Had a lot of insecurities about starting the gratitude podcast…

[24:17] - Main struggle was overcoming my fear of putting myself out there and being honest

[27:10] - The difference between those who are doing and those who are dreaming is the doing it.    

[30:13] - I would be doing this whether it pays or not

[31:53] - Hardwiring Happiness book

[33:06] - Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel

[33:11] - Conversations with God by Neil Donald Walsh

[34:34] - Gratitude Podcast

            - GeorgianBenta.com

            - hello@georgianbenta.com

[35:30] - Launching Out is to embrace your fears, to know that you don’t know everything, to be open to the unknown and the things you can’t control.  Have the courage to take that leap and LAUNCH and see where it will lead you.

A Totally Activated Life with Nitin Chhoda

Nitin Chhoda began his launching out journey as an immigrant from India to the US in 2002.  In a post-911 world, what began as scraping by, became a story of triumph and persistence as Nitin pushed through obstacles and setbacks on his way to building the life and career he envisions.  As a licensed physical therapist and a published author, Nitin is a trusted adviser to healthcare practices across the country. He spends most of his time writing articles, speaking at conferences and consulting with clients on the phone. Constantly in pursuit of new ways to automate systems and marketing using technology, Nitin now juggles multiple roles as a writer, consultant, inventor and family guy.

 

[2:29] - physical therapist born and raised in India

[2:50] - came to the US with no money

[3:54] - past 10yrs working from home and employ 30 people who all work remotely

[4:16] - own 4 million dollar business

[4:41] - a broken immigrant…

[5:19] - initially came to US for education

[5:35] - luck that he was offered an opportunity to work in the US

[6:23] - America is the greatest country in the world…

[6:48] - Unique country in the world that offers opportunity to EVERYONE

[7:29] - Not taking anything for granted & appreciating the opportunity

[8:08] - Feel so strongly about living in America

[9:02] - Father passed away

[9:27] - Could not fly back for father’s funeral…

[11:47] - “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…"

[12:25] - Life is going to throw unexpected challenges at you NO MATTER WHAT

[12:53] - How do you RESPOND??

[14:19] - If you’re unhappy with your struggles, one day you will look back and appreciate it

[15:51] - Starting a business has two choices: start from scratch or model success

[16:57] - An entrepreneur adds more value by seeing whats out there and making it better

[18:04] - Passion: the marketing side of business

[20:17] - Our priorities change as we get older

[22:05] - What is “Total Activation?”

    [22:12] - Philosophy of combining the best of the east and the west

    [22:37 - 25:58] - EPSSI Formula

[26:38] - Contrasting the East vs the West

[28:32] - Work everyday to appreciate what we have

[30:17] - Givers vs takers

[32:36] - As you become more successful, expect unusual problems

[33:47] - Most excited about… 😃

[36:02] - No Man’s Land (book)

[37:20] - totalactivation.com

                Contact using “Brian Hosan - Message for Nitin”

[38:54] - Remember me as someone who helped them achieve more balance in their life

[39:56] - Launching out is getting in touch with the things that make you happy

                Following your dreams and improving yourself

Before The Launch with Kenny Hopkins (part 1)

Kenny Hopkins founded Aurora Cinema to focus on the art of crafting beautiful and memorable wedding films.  And he has accomplished that!  

A few months ago, Kenny and I met to discuss some next steps for his business and a little idea he had to help create awesome content for his clients and his industry.  Since that meeting, Kenny has built his idea and is just about to launch it!  BUT - theres a catch... Anytime any of us decides we are going to go for it and launch out, there are always hurdles, challenges and reasons to quit.  So I asked Kenny to join me for a special Launching Out! podcast episode just before he launches his new idea.  In this candid conversation we talk about the fears, the hurdles, and the reasons not to continue all the while knowing that Kenny is going for it no matter what.  But the fear still looms. 

So be encouraged on this one.  No matter where you are in your journey, there will always be a battle to not continue, but I hope you grab the fact that we are all in this together, so the most important thing is to take the next step!

Go check Kenny out on all his social channels and most importantly, go check out his new podcast Now You're Engaged!!

   Aurora Cinema Company - Facebook  - Instagram

   Kenny - Facebook

auroracinema.company

nowyoureengaged.com

'COS I Love You' with Jason Perkins

Jason Perkins is not easily swayed by the winds of change.  His experience launching out has taken him and his family from the Northeastern corners of the U.S. to Texas and most recently to Colorado Springs, CO.  Jason shares his wisdom on these location and career moves having worked both in business development, sales and marketing, as well as spending time in ministry and the non-profit world.  Today Jason serves as the lead pastor of Red Rock Church in Colorado Springs where he and his team are passionate about making a difference in their community.  A small idea to serve the city of Colorado Springs has blossomed into the COS I Love You movement seeing participation from over 100 area churches and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help combat homelessness in their city.  

As we discuss in the interview, the time is NOW to build new relationships.  You don't want to miss these life lessons... Read on!

 

[2:40] - Born in Australia

[3:42] - Director of business development working in marketing and sales

[4:18] - Addicted to growth

[5:05] - Currently serve at Red Rock Church

[6:15] - Internal hurdle - lack of confidence

[6:35] - Scared to death on whether i can do it or not

[7:34] - To overcome that fear…

[8:50] - Whatever your passion is, there are probably others who are equally passionate about it who are wiling to volunteer their time

[9:24] - Get creative on how you recruit

[10:15] - Building a network of relationships with likeminded people

[11:02] - Casting your vision

[11:18] - Also extend the freedom to do it in their own way

[12:13] - Have to keep going back to why we are doing this

[12:27] - It never is best for you to do everything

[12:46] - As soon as you hold on to something you will stunt the growth

[13:49] - Everything ive done is all on the shoulders of other people

[14:16] - COS I Love you backstory

[15:29] - How could we be a church known for how we well love the city of COS

[16:52] - From the beginning it was for the city and we were openhanded with the brand

[17:40] - Special easter offering to help with a solution towards homelessness 

[19:02] - Started by bouncing the idea off of key local leaders for feedback before launch

[19:32] - Never dreamt of this much unity

[19:53] - What are the first steps that I can at least take?

[21:03] - One of the early sounding board guys has become one of the biggest champions for the movement

[22:38] - Began asking the mayor, “what does the CITY need?”

[23:04] - Listen to what they say they need resonates more with people

[23:42] - Now a registered 501.c3

[25:10] - Advice received…

    [25:54] - Don’t wait to build relationships

    [26:32] - The time is NOW, give it a shot NOW

    [26:55] - Networking with likeminded people

[27:56] - In networking its not just what I can gain, its what I can GIVE

[29:05] - Most excited about…

    [30:24] - Practicing Sabbath getting some coaching (Lance Witt - Replenish)

    [30:56] - What are the things that are life-giving to you?

    [31:32] - Energized by projects

    [31:58] - Hiking solo

[33:17] - Practical tips for building in and creating REST

[33:35] - Rest is not necessarily what I always thought it was…

[33:53] - “Rest” has to be energizing

[34:30] - What are the top 3 to 5 things that are life-giving and energizing to ME?

[36:01] - I now “read” books via audiobooks

[36:15] - Try to surround myself with people who think differently than I do

[36:42] - Watch movies that are not mainstream - it expands our thinking

[36:56] - Cary Nieuwhof Podcast

[37:07] - Online Course - The High Impact Leader

[37:37] - Essentialism by Greg McKeown

[38:47] - Legacy haunted me about 5 years ago…

[39.:29] - My hope is that people say, "This guy spent his life pointing people to Jesus."

[41:02] - ONLINE @perkosplace

    - Facebook

    - Twitter

    - Instagram

    - Pinterest

Redrockchurch.org

Cosiloveyou.com

[41:52] - launching out is to take the idea (whatever it is) move on it immediately, don’t wait, then circle yourself with world class leaders and you’ll see that dream become a reality.

 

3 Key Take-a-ways:

1. Practice Sabbath - identify and engage in things that energize you!

2. Networking with likeminded people

3. The time is NOW, don't wait 

Finding Your Worth with Chris LoCurto

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Today we chat with leadership and business guru Chris LoCurto about his journey and experience as well as his most recent launching out moment.  Chris is an accomplished entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and leader of leaders helping businesses and individuals realize and maximize their personal and professional potential.

He pours his great passion for people along with decades of experience and perspective into his daily work with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and individuals. It’s this passion and insight which has led businesses to explode their revenues and helped thousands to realize their potential and live a stronger life.

Today, Chris owns and leads the Poimen Group, LLC – a life, business, and leadership coaching business dedicated to serving individuals and businesses in the U.S. and around the world. Chris and his team employ coaching vehicles which include strategic business planning, one-on-one leadership coaching, mastermind groups, life coaching, live events, and more.

 

3.00 - born in Australia

4.02 - director of business development working in marketing and sales

4.38 - addicted to growth

5.25 - currently serve at Red Rock Church

6.35 - internal hurdle - lack of confidence

6.55 - scared to death on whether i can do it or not

7.54 - to overcome that fear…

9.10 - whatever your passion is, there are probably others who are equally passionate about it who are wiling to volunteer their time

9.44 - get creative on how you recruit

10.35 - building a network of relationships with likeminded people

11.22 - casting your vision

11.38 - also extend the freedom to do it in their own way

12.33 - have to keep going back to why we are doing this

12.47 - it never is best for you to do everything

13.06 - as soon as you hold on to something you will stunt the growth

14.09 - everything ive done is all on the shoulders of other people

14.36 - COS I Love you backstory

15.49 - how could we be a church known for how we well love the city of COS

17.12 - from the beginning it was for the city and we were openhanded with the brand

18.00 - special easter offering to help with a solution towards homelessness 

19.22 - started by bouncing the idea off of key local leaders for feedback before launch

19.52 - never dreamt of this much unity

20.13 - what are the first steps that I can at least take?

21.23 - one of the early sounding board guys has become one of the biggest champions for the movement

22.58 - began asking the mayor, “what does the CITY need?”

23.24 - listen to what they say they need resonates more with people

24.02 - now a registered 501.c3

25.30 - advice received…

    26.14 - don’t wait to build relationships

    26.52 - the time is NOW, give it a shot NOW

    27.15 - networking with likeminded people

28.16 - in networking its not just what I can gain, its what I can GIVE

29.25 - most excited about…

    30.44 - practicing Sabbath getting some coaching (Lance Witt - Replenish)

    31.16 - what are the things that are life-giving to you?

    31.52 - energized by projects

    32.18 - hiking solo

33.37 - practical tips for building in and creating REST

33.55 - rest is not necessarily what I always thought it was…

34.13 - “rest” has to be energizing

34.50 - what are the top 3 to 5 things that are life-giving and energizing to ME?

36.21 - I now “read” books via audiobooks

36.35 - try to surround myself with people who think differently than I do

37.02 - watch movies that are not mainstream - it expands our thinking

37.16 - Karen neuwhoff - podcast

37.27 - Online Course - the high impact leader

37.57 - Essentialism by Greg McKeown

39.07 - Legacy haunted me about 5 years ago…

39.49 - My hope is that people say, "This guy spent his life pointing people to Jesus."

41.22 - ONLINE perkosplace perkosplace.com

Redrockchurch.org

Cosiloveyou.com

42.12 - launching out is to take the idea (whatever it is) move on it immediately, don’t wait, then circle yourself with world class leaders and you’ll see that dream become a reality.

3 Key Take-a-ways:

1. Practice Sabbath - identify and engage in things that energize you!

2. Networking with likeminded people

3. The time is NOW, don't wait 

 

Make sure you go check out this free PDF from Chris on 18 Habits of Mentally Strong People!

Free Download!  chrislocurto.com/18habits

 

Is Busy Better?


Life is busy, right? that’s what we say all the time…you pass someone at the grocery store or coffee shop or maybe the gym and they ask how things are going and you say, “good, but busy”. Or maybe you cancel appointments or commitments a lot with the excuse that “you’re just too busy, you lost track of time” etc. 

One of the things I struggle with, probably like most of you, is I like to keep my plate full! You could say it’s because I enjoy being busy but I also just love new things! I love to serve people and volunteer to help.  For example, just last week, being able to take a good part of the day and help some dear friends load their moving truck, or run to the airport and pick up their family member who was coming in to help drive that truck.  I LOVE the fact that I have the flexibility to be able to pivot and take on things like this.  I am the "1,000 ideas a minute” guy, and when I have an idea, I love to run with it, BUT I’m also a thinker so I can stew over it a while and then take the dive.  Either way, no matter what, I think we can all agree that being busy is the norm these days, and Keeping Busy can either make you effective or ineffective — the good news is you get to choose.

So before you chug on ahead into the next thing, take a moment and evaluate your priorities and decide if the things that have you so busy are actually the things you value and want most.

Don't let other people's priorities for you become your priorities by default.  This is YOUR life.  Are you who you want to be? 

The Course Inside You with Brian Dixon

Dr. Brian J. Dixon is the founder of Amplify Publishers, where he helps authors, speakers and bloggers create and launch online courses. Brian previously founded The Dixon Agency, a boutique marketing firm that helps content creators leverage their message online. From wordpress websites and online sales funnels to membership sites and retargeting campaigns.

A published author, speaker, and coach, Brian loves challenging people to think bigger and take action on their passion. His challenge to “Do Your Impossible” was featured at a TedX conference. Brian founded The Mentorship Academy, a technology-based charter high school teaching students serving underserved students in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Brian has the heart of a teacher and taught video production and website design to middle and high school students for seven years. He and his beautiful family reside in Charlotte, NC. 

[01:53] — Brian’s Journey

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[08:44] — "Seeds of your entrepreneurial journey start in your day job.” — Dr. Brian J. Dixon

[11:00] — Revenue 

[12:15] — Tipping Point

“Hustle to the Horizon! Go as far as you can with what you know right now"
"Nothing like failing to give you feedback"

[14:50] — Get to know the space 

[18:20] — Consulting to Leading

“I didn’t become a leader until I had a few failures” 
"Your launch isn’t as glamorous. Launching is awesome but after you’ve launched is the ‘dip’ of ‘do I really want to do this?’"

[21:00] — Entrepreneurial ‘ah-ha'    

[22:39] — Models and Mentors

Models: Success leaves clues 

Mentors: “Don’t think you’re by yourself” 

[23:20] — “Who” Jeff Smart

[26:55] — Going First

“With vulnerability, you always have to go first”

[29:20] — Jack Cantels Success Principles 

“If you take a risk and ask someone to join you, you’re not losing anything if they say no.”

[33:52] — Excited About 

[34:20] — Carl Young 

“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their children than the unlived life of their parent"

[37:52] — Jamie Tardy w/ Eventual Millionaire 

“The Resource you’re looking for is probably already on your hard-drive.”

[38:49] — 3-1 Rule “Less input more output”

[39:52] — 2 Timothy 4:3

[41:35] — Legacy to Leave

amplifiedmethod.com

[42:47] — Take action, face the fear and do it anyways 

[43:27] — Connect w/ Brian Dixon

Brian on Facebook

Brian on Twitter

What does it mean to Launch Out!

“Listening to that voice inside and sharing it with people.” 

3 Key Take-aways: 

  1. Seeds of your entrepreneurial journey start in your day job,
  2. Recognizing models and establishing mentors,
  3. There’s nothing like results to give you momentum in moving forward. 

 

Why Launching Out! is for EVERYONE

So heres the deal.

No matter how we learn best, it’s always 100% true that we can learn from the experiences of others. Maybe you’re not starting something new RIGHT NOW but you will one day. At some point in your life and I submit that it’s probably sooner than later, you will do something for the first time… embracing fear, taking a next step, or maybe even a leap or a big risk…. Its ALL part of that ‘doing something new' ride. 

You know, when I first had the idea for this show, it was a personal passion project that I knew I would learn and grow from, but honestly I wasn’t sure exactly how it could or would impact others.  I was obviously hopeful, but figured I would start the journey and see where it went.  The more conversations I have, and ESPECIALLY the more feedback I receive, the more passionate I am to continue this journey because it is even more invigorating to know that YOU the listeners are learning, growing, being challenged, and taking those next steps!

Your stories inspire me to keep the content coming, and to dig deeper and find more ways that I can help you overcome those hurdles and take the next step even if you’re scared, or have no clue what do to after that first step..  So I am working on a few ideas right now, but I would LOVE to know what YOU think would be helpful resources in a launching out journey!  Seriously!  So if you would, shoot me an email at brian@brianhosan.com and put “resources” or something like that in the subject line, and fire away.  I mean this.  I want to hear what your biggest struggles to launching out are and how I can help you overcome them. 

So while I’m on the topic of feedback, I thought I’d share a cool email I received a little while ago from one of our listeners: Kim.  And I hope this inspires and encourages you wherever you are in your journey.  So here’s what Kim wrote:

"As a 20-year-old college student who is very unsure about the direction my life is heading, the Launching Out podcast has been a huge encouragement to me in a variety of ways. First of all, it's inspired me. I have heard so many unique and crazy stories about how other people have pursued their dreams and passions despite all the risk and fear that is involved, and it's super inspiring to hear theses stories and it gives me hope that no matter what path I choose to follow in life, I am fully capable of reaching success. Second, it's helped me find new resources to better myself and improve daily routines in my life. Through listening to this show, I have begun to listen to other motivational and leadership podcasts that have connected me with resources and tools on how to be more productive and achieve my goals. I have learned the proper way to set my personal goals and work towards them as well as how to better plan out the use of my time and become more productive."

Seriously, that fires me up.  Kim, if you are digging into these stories and learning from others, and taking to heart the realities of taking risks, and setting goals, and increasing your personal productivity, I have no doubt that you will find your success - whatever path you choose.  You are so far ahead of most of your peers just being aware of this!  It took me most of my 20s of emotionally wrestling with what I want to do when I grow up, and then lots of reading, and listening and learning to get to the place where I was in tune to personal growth and goal setting and such.  So kudos to you, and DON’T STOP!

And if you’re listening and maybe you’re young and have lots of NEW experiences that are still on the horizon, or maybe you’re older and you’ve lived and learned a lot the hard way, maybe you’re becoming increasingly risk averse… whatever the case, wherever you are in YOUR journey, remember, its just a series of baby steps, but you’ll NEVER achieve that vision or dream if you don’t start moving towards the target.  So take that CRITICAL next step NOW.

A Mobilizing Fear

Dan Pennell is the founder and CEO of WMtek, Inc. which exclusively offers the Site Stacker, an enterprise software platform for non-profit organizations. A primary focus for Dan is consulting with NPO's to identify organizational challenges and implement solutions, especially in the area of business workflow and enterprise-wide technological deployment. With a background in sales and marketing Dan was an executive at WPTV when he took the leap of starting his own company, an ad agency, which eventually look the lead in media sales of South Florida. Eventually, Dan sought a career that served a bigger purpose and founded WMTEK. 

[02:20] — Dan’s Journey

[10:03] — THIS IS IT!

[14:51] — Unexpected Opportunity

“I literally have until the end of the day to decide if I’m doing this or not.” 

[16:15] — The struggle/excitement

[16:53] — Respond to the Risk

“You’re at the high dive and ask yourself, ‘Am I going to jump?’”

[19:40] — The Fear

"A Fear that mobilized me, didn’t paralyze me." 

[21:33] — External Hurdles

[23:45] — Advice

“Never leave the office without doing one thing that will improve your situation.” — Reese Coffman

[25:50] — One Thing for Sales TODAY! 

[28:40] — Encourage the Next Step

“Evaluate WHY! Why means more than what." 

[34:00] — Aligning Your Life & Work

“Why is more important than what, and it’s certainly more important than how much”

[38:00] — How to Keep Moving

[38:40] — Dependance and Faith

[39:34] — Turmoil and Friction

[42:15] — Fired Up!

[44:27] — Legacy  

[45:32] — Connect w/ Dan

@Pennell

WMTek.com

[46:28] — Resources

Raving Fans by William Morrow

Traction by Justin Mares

[47:50] — What does it mean to Launch Out!

“To do what God has called you to do!”

Key Take-aways:

  1. “Never leave the office without doing one thing that will improve your situation”, 
  2. If you feel called it’s worth respond to the risk,
  3. Your why is worth so much more than your what! 

 

Brian McIntire

Brian is the Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer at Think Company, an award-winning experience design firm in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. A hands-on UX designer since 1997 and an early champion of the field of User Experience Design, Brian started Think Company in 2007 with the idea that great software products result from research-driven methodology and design decisions that are always based on evidence. Brian leads a growing team of 75 researchers, designers, and developers as they create smart, beautiful design solutions for Fortune 500 clients in a wide range of industries.

[01:58] — Brian’s Journey

[06:00] — Reasons Why Not To Launch

[07:40] — BIGGEST Hurdle

[09:26] — Calculated Risks

[10:08] — Having a Business Partner

[11:00] — Advice for Support

[12:38] — 3 Key People

[13:34] — “I wish we knew…”

[15:39] — What ThinkBrownstone Does

[18:54] — Importance of “Rethinking” Your Launch Process

[21:22] — Whats Got You Fired Up 

[22:14] — Resources

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Brian's Notes for Good to Great

Mastering The Game of Money by Tony Robbins

[24:50] — Your Legacy

[26:17] — Communicate You Care

[27:12] — Find Brian McIntire

Follow Brian on Twitter

Check out ThinkCompany on Instagram

Check out ThinkCompany on Facebook

[27:35] — What Does it Mean to Launch Out!

“Take a risk and believe that you can do something that doesn’t rely on someone else giving you permission or providing the space for you to succeed. We were created to create, and the act of creating something, whether it’s art, music, or a company, is incredibly satisfying and gratifying and it’s something I think we all can do." 

Key Take-aways:

  1. It’s easier to take risks when you have someone taking risks alongside you,
  2. Organizational hierarchy is not a bad thing,
  3. 'Thank you' at work is like 'I love you' at home.