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Today, I lift my head and I see this seed that I planted over 200 weeks ago. And I didn’t just plant it and leave it. No, I  watered, nurtured and cared for this podcast (my baby) each and every week. Not a Monday morning at 5am went by that I didn’t have an episode going live for you in nearly 4 years. And today, we celebrate yet another amazing milestone in episode 200.

There are so many of you who over the years have shared a DM or a WhatsApp, a text, a post or a tweet or a 5 star review and in whatever way you did that and given me a big ups, you’ve let me know you care and that you’re listening.  And I can’t tell you just how much I value and appreciate every  last one of those notes and messages. 

My call to action today is to move from a pursuit of success to that of significance because what we are leaving, matters! What we leave will impact others … for good or bad.

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CONVERSATION AND TRIVIA:

  • What was the first date that Trailblazers went live inside of Apple Podcasts? 
  • How did you learn about the podcast? 
  • At the beginning of last year, 2018, we had six episodes to open the year talking about wealth and how we approach the wealth gap. We did it again this year, and we're working on it right now for January of next year for our third annual wealth series.  There’s an episode in that 2018 wealth series that broke down estate planning, and it’s hands down, one of my favourite conversations that I had because of the impact of that episode. Who knows the name of that guest that we featured? 
  • What was your most impactful episode that you probably think back to and you were really moved by? 
  • How do I go deeper, right? Do I even need to do more? Has this actually helped you guys to blaze your trail? 
  • The last two questions that I ask on just about every episode is about resources and about action.  Do you guys find value in those questions? Are you looking to those books? Are you taking action on what they're recommending? Do you find value in those questions? 
  • How many countries has Trailblazers been downloaded in to date?
  • What can you imagine for trailblazers.fm in the years ahead? 
  • How do we incorporate the element of community for Trailblazers.FM

 

KEY POINTS:

  • There are three levels to life:  survival, success and significance.  But neither survival nor success is going to ever give you a true sense of fulfillment in life. Only significance, the third level to life can do that.  Let's chase a life of significance.
  • Yesterday at my church, my pastor shared, that  are three levels to life. First level he described as being sort of in survival mode, right. Survival. Where you're just living day to day. The second level is where we're chasing after success in all its forms — whether it's the money, the title or prestige and power. And I love that he emphasized that success is largely an external pursuit, right? Give thought to that. It's pretty much true. Amazing takeaway from this though is that neither survival nor success is going to ever give you a true sense of fulfillment in life. Only significance, significance, which is the third level to life can do that, right. And so over the past several weeks our pastor has been pouring into me about chasing a life of significance and that, you know, it's not just what we do with our lives, but it's about what we pass on. 
  • It's not just what we do with our lives, but it's about what we pass on. It's about our impact that we have on others.
  • It's about our impact that we have on others and as a parent obviously thought of the importance of what Kristin and I are passing on to our kids. You know, we want to pass on some good things to both our children and to the next generation. And this line from our pastor hit me like a ton of bricks. He said what we are leaving mattters, what we leave will impact others for good or bad. And it really hit me. It hit me hard, right? Because you and I, we've seen a great many cases of bad passing on bad right? And if we don't have the right things in our hearts, in our minds, in our possession, we can't pass it on. If we don't have it, we can't give it. You can't give an inheritance you don't have, right? You can't pass on money to your children that's not in your bank account;, you can't gift a successful business you don't own. 
  • So it's important we recognize that what we are doing, what we are leaving matters. And so today this message really spoke to me, right? If the good Lord called me home today, I know that I'm leaving my family a financial inheritance, thanks to Art Steele on episode 103, right? There is a will and an estate plan and an insurance policy that's going to take care of the family. But beyond that, I'm happy I've given this generation and the next generation, this podcast, right? I'm blessed to hear each and every day the impact of this show and what it's done in the lives of others. From day one, it's been my heart to impact, impart the knowledge and the wisdom and the tools of the successful trailblazers of our day, knowing that it's going to help someone both today and at some point in the future that will go on to rise above and go beyond and blaze their trail in life. 
  • I'm happy that I've given this generation and the next generation, this podcast. I'm blessed to hear each and every day the impact of this show and what it's done in the lives of others.
  • From day one, it's been my heart to impact, impart the knowledge and the wisdom and the tools of the successful black trailblazers of our day, knowing that it's going to help someone both today and at some point in the future that will go on to rise above and go beyond and blaze their trail in life.
  • I look back at the seed I planted over 200 weeks ago; and I didn't just plant it and leave it right. I watered it; I nurtured it; I cared for it. I cared for this baby – my podcast – each and every week. Not a Monday morning at 5 AM went by. I didn't have an episode going live for you. Nearly four years now, and today we celebrate, we celebrate our 200th episode. We celebrate this milestone with you – our community – who I affectionately have called our Blazer Nation. And there are so many of you who listen week in and week out; and over the years many of you have shared DMs, you've shared WhatsApp messages and text messages and social media posts and tweets and five star reviews; and in whatever way you did that, you gave me are big ups. You've let me know that you care and, most importantly, you've let me know that you are listening. And for that I can't tell you how much I value, how much I appreciate every last one of those notes and messages.
  • On this our 200th episode, I just want to thank you because you are my motivational mission fuel. You're reminding me through those notes and those messages that my life is so much better when I'm pursuing this life of significance over this life of success. #grateful
  • … We hit this 200th milestone episode. Huge! We are nearing our 300,000 download. We have now been downloaded in 140 countries around the world. Those are external metrics of success and they’re great, but what's even more impactful to me is the impact we have had in each and every one of you. 
  • Listen up! Our first ever Trailblazers Listeners' chat with 16 people who I consider our champions, our Blazer Nation elite, if you will. I celebrate them and I celebrate you, and I'm so happy to share this conversation with you all.
  • My silent supporter, Kristin Hart – hardly ever listens to an episode of the podcast, but without her allowing her husband's entrepreneurial light to shine bright, this wouldn’t happen.
  • I’m grateful for my dear brother, Shawn Dove and our sponsoring partner, the campaign for black male achievement.  Shawn is a daily big brother, spiritual brother. You know, a leader, a guide.  Rarely does a week go by where I don't get a text message or an email with a video or a podcast episode or a book or something else to help me fill up my tank, so I’m able to pour out …
  • The last two people that I have to give thanks to, because they are behind the scenes, they make this engine go, week in and week out are Mike Slavish, who is the producer, and editor of the show, that makes me sound good, and Mrs. Annette Richards, who for the last two years have have been so gracious with her time on the weekends.
  • It's such a blessing, to look at some of these places I'll never go and to know that the podcast content is reaching people into spaces.

 

THIS EPISODE WAS SPONSORED BY:

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