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SFS Minute 68: The Canary App

Canary App makes helping employees easier w Rachel Schneider

SFS Minute 67: Risk is NOT acting

Ben Leonard is an eCommerce Broker and discusses Risk

SFS Minute 66: High Ticket Sales

Stacey Hall and Selling from your Comfort Zone

SFS Minute 65: Better Leather

Stephanie Downs and Bioleather

SFS Minute 64: Geofencing Marketing

Justin Croxton explains geofencing marketing

SFS Minute 63: What To Do When Fired

Steven Sack, author of ”Fired!,” explains how to get a better deal when you are fired.

SFS Minute 62: Legal Lemonade

Connor Boyack of Libertas fights for the little guy.

SFS Minute 61: Hack the Bureaucracy

Marina Nitze and Nick Sinai are authors of Hack the Bureaucracy.

SFS Minute 60: Bootstrap the Lawn

Bryan Clayton built Your Green Pal to $30 million in sales and bootstrapped it!

SFS Minute 59: New Products Come From ….

Bob Moetsa has developed 3500 products and explains how.

SFS Minute 58:  Uses your Gifts from God

Being Grateful is a Key to Happiness – From my list of things we should be Thankful for….

SFS Minute 57: Failure OK

Being Grateful is a Key to Happiness – From my list of things we should be Thankful for….

SFS Minute 56:  I Control

Being Grateful is a Key to Happiness – From my list of things we should be Thankful for….

SFS Minute 55: The World is Better Everyday

Being Grateful is a Key to Happiness – From my list of things we should be Thankful for….

SFS Minute 54:  ExtraOrdinary Wealth

Being Grateful is a Key to Happiness – From my list of things we should be Thankful for….

SFS Minute 53: Female Entrepreneurship In Africa

Sarah Dusek founded a Hotel + Leisure #1 Hotel in the World. She is now working with women in Africa to change a continent.

SFS Minute 52: Travel and the Environment

#1 hotel in the World founder Sarah Dusak on the impact of travel on the environment.

SFS Minute 51: Following your Passion – or Not?

Tom Lewis, one of the top builders in the US, addresses the idea of following your passion.

SFS Minute 50: Being a Great Parent

Builder Tom Lewis on being a great parent.

SFS Minute 49: Mindfulness as Good as Lexapro

A new study reported by JAMA says that mindfulness as Good as Lexapro for anxiety.

SFS Minute 48: The Most Important Habit

Sean Covey, son of author Stephen Covey, explains the most important of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

SFS Minute 47: Activity vs. Productivity

Tough Love Juliet Funt Advisor explains the difference between activity and productivity, which is better, and how to get it.

SFS Minute 46: Helping Others Better

Devora Zack, CEO of Only Connect Consulting, Inc. and author of The Cactus and Snowflake at Work: How the Logical and Sensitive Can Thrive Side by Side, on the best way to help others.

SFS Minute 45: Better than Repeat Customers

Wayne Mullins of Ugly Mug Marketing explains that having a repeat customer is not enough. There is another step!

SFS Minute 44: Better LinkedIn Practices

Susan McPherson, Author of The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Relationships, describes the biggest mistake people make on LinkedIn.

SFS Minute 43:  Millions of Risk Covered by Who?

Raghu Kilambi started a hydrogen auto fueling station company in California. Millions of startup expenses and that risk were covered by Carbon Credits guaranteed by the state.

SFS Minute 42: A Better Goal than Selling Lots of Books

David Hancock of Morgan James explains that selling a lot of books is great, but something else is better!

SFS Minute 41: Writing the Book Is the Easy Part

David Hancock, owner of Morgan James Publishing, explains that writing is 10% and marketing the book is 110%!

SFS Minute 40: The Importance of Systems

Joe Sanok of Thursday is the New Friday discusses how owner must have systems.

SFS Minute 39: Xbox Builders Favorite Game

Robbie Bach, the former President of Microsoft and the guy behind the Xbox, shares his surprising gaming habits.

SFS Minute 38: A Risk Free, Zero Creativity Business

John Wilker of explains how pallet flipping can be a great business that costs nothing to start.

SFS Minute 37: Leadership from Biz Book of the Year

Faisel Hoque won the Globee Award for best business book of the year. This is his advice on leadership.

SFS Minute 36: Adversity Leads to Opportunity

Faisel Hoque won the Globee Award for best business book of the year. This is his advice on opportunity.

Episode 35: Cloud Computing Replaced by the Edge

Rafael Umann explains how edge computing is better than the cloud. and why.

Episode 34: Learning to Deal with the Snowflakes

Chris de Santis just released a book called, ”Why I Find You Irritating: Navigating Generational Friction at Work.” In it, he explains how to keep Millennial employees happy.

Episode 33: The Trick to Finding a Job

Amy Feind Reeves gives the best job search advice ever.

Episode 32: Frank O’Connell on Motorcycles and Entrepreneurship

Frank O’Connell was president of HBO and Reebok and CEO of Indian Motorcycles.

Episode 31: Transparent Sales and Leaders

In the Transparent Sales Leader, Todd Caponi argues for transparency in all.

Episode 30: Amazon and Small Business

Leslie Hensell of Riverbend Consulting explains the role of small business in Amazon’s success.

Episode 29: Solutions for Overwork

John Jonas built to allow entrepreneurs to hire from the Philippines for as little as $450 a month.

Episode 28: Riches in the Niches

Hollywood Super Agent Marc Guss explains how the expression ”There is riches in the niches” applies to his career.

Episode 27: Thousands of Small Biz Deductions Not Used’s Doug Ludlow talks about the amazing number of federal, state and local tax deductions designed for small business.

Episode 26: Split the Pie Win-Win Negotiations

Dr. Barry Nalebuff of Yale and a co-founder of Honest Tea explains how negotiation rules can produce a Win-Win.

Episode 25: Just How Hard Is the Startup?

Les McKeown, author of Predictable Success, started 42 businesses and explains how hard the first stage of a startup really is.

Episode 24: The Elevator Pitch Is Dead

Pitch expert John Livesay explains why the elevator pitch is dead and what will replace it.

Episode 23: How to Improve your Emotional Intelligence

Carolyn Stern talks about emotional intelligence and making friends with our emotions. What can we do to control our feelings?

Episode 22: Ken Blanchard of the One Minute Manager talks about servant leadership.

One of the top 25 selling authors of all time, Ken Blanchard explains the two parts of servant leadership, vision and goals and then turning the pyramid upside down.

Episode 21: Redfin Founder: Anyone can be an entrepreneur!

David Selinger, the founder of real estate site Redfin, said I was right! He agreed with our show thesis that anyone can be an entrepreneur!

Episode 20: Getting a Second Opinion after Bad News from the Doctor

VC Susan Choi says that 95% of medical diagnoses are changed on second opinion!

Episode 19: Jackie Reses on Creating a Company Culture

Company culture expert and former Square C level exec Jackie Reses says it is never too early to start designing the type of culture you want.

Episode 18: Goodwill Providing Job Skills Training

Goodwill is a great place to donate used items. But, now they are also providing training programs to help customers get better jobs, explains CEO Steve Preston.

Episode 17: Covey’s New Leadership Style

NYTimes best selling author Stephen Covey explains the trust and inspire leadership style.

Episode 16: Lori Garver from NASA on What is Cool

Lori Garver was Deputy Administrator of NASA for just under a decade. She knows cool and I asked what is the coolest thing she saw…..

Episode 15: Failure Can Be Key to Success

We all hate to fail, but if you choose to learn from it, it can be the best thing to happen to you. Norman Bacal, an entertainment Super Lawyer and Author of Take Charge: Rewire your mind for success, speaks about failure leading to success in his life.

Episode 14: Sales After the Pandemic

Everything, including sales, changed due to the pandemic. Ryan Dohrn, Emmy winner and sales strategist, explains that emotion is replacing knowledge in purchasing decisions.

Episode 13: Diversity Leads to More Sales

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are leading to better sales presentations and more sales. Donald Thompson of The Diversity Movement shares that diverse teams close 15% more deals.

Episode 12: Low Code Programming Easy and Cheap

Programming careers are safe and lucrative, but it can take decades to learn the skills. A new programming platform called Low Code by Appian changes all of that. It allows fast, easy development of applications and can be learned much faster than other languages. It uses visual, point and click elements to standardize many application pieces. Most apps need a sign-in feature, so it was standardized. Just grab it on the screen and throw it into your app.

Episode 11: Can Entrepreneurs Save the World?

We all want a clean environment. Peter Fiekowsky writes in his new book ‘Climate Restoration’ that existing technology can restore CO2 levels to pre-industrial levels! He describes 3 businesses already making money by cleaning the environment! Very exciting.

Episode 10: How Much Does It Cost to Start a Business?

You may think you need to double mortgage your house to start a business. In fact, most entrepreneurs spend a lot less than you think!

Episode 9: Where New Business Ideas Come From

Did you ever wonder where a business owner got their great idea? According to the London School of Economics, 93% of new businesses get their idea by copying someone’s idea. They copy, borrow, and steal!

Episode 8: The Why Myth

Is your WHY import? What if you don’t know what your WHY is?

Episode 7: The Landscaper and Risk

Getting a job at a Fortune 500 company would seem like a great, safe, risk free life. It would certainly be safer than starting something risky like a landscaping company, right? In this Minute, we discuss the risk associated with two paths: entrepreneurship and the safety of a big time job.

Episode 6: The Cars of Millionaires

You assume that millionaires would drive only the best cars! Well, they do drive the best….. trucks! The most popular car for American millionaires is the Ford F150 Pickup! And 37% drive used cars.

Episode 5: The Passion Myth

There is nothing more important than passion! If you don’t live and breathe your why, you will never succeed! This is all wrong! Passion is great for your family and religion. But, maybe just liking your business is enough! You can be passionate about your process, the freedom that comes from not working for the man, and the opportunity to control your own life.

Episode 4: The Risk Myth

Entrepreneurs don’t like risk! They work aggressively to reduce it or to offset it entirely! Why take risk when someone else will?

Episode 3: The Creativity Myth

Where do new business ideas come from? The truth will shock you!

Episode 2: When is the best time to start a business? NOW is!

Many say that the best time to start a business is when the economy is strong. This may be true, but during a recession like now, it can be a great time to start a business. If you are successful during bad times, you know you will be incredibly successful when the economy improves. Your pitch must be perfect to sell in bad times. If you are successful in boom times, you don’t know if the success is because of you or because the macro economy is strong.


Episode 1: How the Rich Became Rich

There only 11 ways to become rich! You can inherit money, marry money, divorce for money, become a sports star, become a movie star, etc. Listen to this Minute to hear the list of all 11, and learn how most (86%) of the millionaires and billionaires became rich!

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