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Robert Dawson: 360 Your Life, Relationships and Business | 174

Robert Dawson: 360 Your Life, Relationships and Business | 174

No matter where you come from or what your past may look like, anything is possible with faith and a determination to win.

Our featured guest today is Robert Dawson.

High-Performance Entrepreneur, Dynamic Speaker & Business Consultant, Rob Dawson is internationally known for teaching people how to build successful businesses and bridge the gap between their dreams and their reality. His mission is to motivate, educate, and inspire over 1 BILLION people worldwide to live out their dreams and grow a business that matters.

He is a husband, father, and award-winning sales and marketing executive with over 15 years of experience as a top performer with multiple Fortune 500 companies. Since leaving a six-figure salary job to launch and grow his digital marketing company, 360 Your Business in 2015, Rob and his team have become highly sought after by various companies, non-profits, and industries. He has personally met with and consulted over 4,000 business owners and national brands; such as the Four Seasons Hotel and Porsche.

His passions are helping people live their best life and experience the freedom of entrepreneurship; volunteering at his local church; and spending quality time with his wife Evelena and daughter Victoria.

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KEY POINTS FROM ROB:

  • I am grateful for my wife.  Family is near and dear to me, and I would not be where I am today without her.  You’re a team with your spouse/significant other.  Teamwork makes the dream work!
  • I’m grateful for having a bed to sleep on every night.  Oftentimes we get so far beyond where we came from, that we tend to forget where we came from.
  • Take a moment to reflect on where you’ve come from and how far you’ve been removed from that place that you were.
  • A lot of people see the exterior that we have today; and they look at the cover of the book, but they don’t know the whole story.
  • That’s why I fight so hard to give my daughter a better life than what I had.
  • At 18 years old, I was sleeping on the floor on pillows off of a pull-out couch in a one-room studio apartment with my dad who was on drugs, and I felt like I had no purpose.
  • Exposure and environment is so important.  Hang around people that are where you want to be.  Put yourself around people that will stretch you.
  • “If you’re in the top of your class, you’re in the wrong class,” John Maxwell.
  • The  turnaround for me was taking myself out of the equation and getting the focus off of me and putting my focus on God and serving other people.
  • I began to take my focus off me and my situation and I began to serve others.
  • As a result, God continued to elevate my life, and eventually I got to the place where I was able to forgive my father.
  • I was able to get beyond my past circumstances and move into my future.
  • When your life begins to weigh down on you and you begin to focus on your problems and that weight that you’re carrying in business, let’s re-shift, let’s re-focus on serving other people and the mission, vision, and our why.  This will get us back on course!
  • No matter where you are, you’ve got to see beyond where you are today.
  • I was only making $30K per year, but in my mind I saw myself as an entrepreneur and CEO before I ever was one.
  • Your confession — what you say out of your mouth and how you see yourself is so important to your future and your life.
  • Our company, @360YourBusiness, offers digital marketing services that help companies to evolve and innovate with their marketing and stay ahead of their competition and continue to grow.
  • As a business you will either evolve or dissolve; you will continue to innovate or you will go away.
  • Get started! Faith is taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase.
  • Wondering which move to make next? Consider this:  What’s the next thing that you can do to move your dream or your business forward?
  • Tell stories to make the most impact marketing with videos.
  • Leading with a story gets people connected with who you are, and they’ll want to know more.
  • Keep it short and sweet so it’s more digestible for people who are watching and listening.
  • People buy you before they buy your product or your services.
  • Continue to believe for the ridiculous.  If you believe for the ridiculous and expect the ridiculous, you’ll get the ridiculous in your life.
  • Believe and expect stuff that most people are afraid to believe for.

 

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Andrea Evans: Blaze your Trail and Protect It! | 173

Andrea Evans: Blaze your Trail and Protect It! | 173

Understand the different types of intellectual property and their options.

Our featured guest today is Andrea Evans.

Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. is the founder of an intellectual property law practice, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans. Attorney Evans career path is unique since she worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for approximately 5 years as both a patent examiner and a trademark examining attorney after graduating from law school.

Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. is a 2002 graduate of The George Washington Law School in Washington, DC. While attending law school, she took advantage of the school’s world renowned intellectual property curriculum. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelors of Civil Engineering, respectively.

Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. is a member of the Texas bar. She is also a registered Patent Attorney. She is a member of the US Supreme Court Bar. The Firm currently represents independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small, medium, and Fortune 100 clients in multiple states and multiple countries with patent, trademark and copyright issues. She is also the owner of a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, KidGINEER, LLC. She is the author of All About Inventing, Everything You Need to Know About Patents from a Former USPTO Patent Examiner & Patent Attorney. She is also a Patent Attorney on the PBS television show, MAKE48.

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KEY POINTS FROM ANDREA:

  • I am most grateful for the support and love that I am getting from everyone on Social Media.  Everyday I’m getting about 5 to 10 referrals without asking.
  • My target audience is everyday people.  I primarily work with individual small business owners and entrepreneurs.
  • Everyday these small business owners are posting something on social media about their businesses, essentially giving it away, and someone will advise them to protect their IP and they tag me.
  • Here’s the 411 on Intellectual Property (IP) from @EvansIPLaw.  IP is divided into 3 types — patents, trademarks and copyrights.
  • To protect your IP you would patent an invention, trademark the name of that invention, and copyright its written materials.
  • Everyone has some type of intellectual property, whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, or just taking notes and listening to this podcast, those notes can be copyrighted.
  • Did you know you can build legacy and generational wealth with intellectual property? @EvansIPLaw tells us how on today’s episode.
  • If you think about legacy building, intellectual property is something that can generate and create wealth.
  • Whatever you can do with real property, like your house, you can do with intellectual property.
  • @EvansIPLaw says: Your IP is extremely valuable — you can license it; you can assign it; you can sell it; you can will it.  It’s extremely valuable.
  • To have something that is patentable you need more than an idea or a general concept. A real invention needs to be described in a way that someone can use it.
  • Does your invention meet the criteria?  Is it useful and does it solve a problem?  Is it novel or new? Would it be obvious to one of ordinary skill in the art to take what’s out there and combine it to make your invention?
  • You want your invention to be useful, novel and non-obvious to make it patentable.
  • The patent rules are executed on a first-to-file basis.  You need to be the first to file and get it in.  The filing date can make or break you.
  • Stop sitting on your inventions and burying them in your backyards and being scared to talk to someone about them.
  • Take the necessary steps and action to see if you have something patentable and protect it.
  • Software can be patented. With software you don’t actually patent the code, you patent the method – the steps that you take to go from A to B.
  • You don’t have to have your product or invention made to patent it, as long as you can describe it.
  • Once you get your patent, you can licence it or sell it.
  • If you’re an inventor, you need to schedule a consultation and be able to describe your invention in a way that somebody can use it.
  • If you’re not quite sure or clear on your invention, you can file a provisional patent to hold your date for a year.  When you come back to complete the process you can file a non-provisional patent.
  • @EvansIPLaw says: Don’t think no one else has your idea. A lot of people have patents and never go to the store, so you need to do your research.
  • Trademarks never expire, as long as you use them.
  • As your business grows the value of your brand grows.

 

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Troy Rackley: Water Restoration by Design. What’s in YOUR water? | 172

Troy Rackley: Water Restoration by Design. What’s in YOUR water? | 172

There is a difference between purified water vs restored water. “Just because it's clear doesn't mean it's clean”.

Our featured guest today is Troy Rackley.

Troy Rackley graduated from Ohio University in Industrial Engineering and received his MBA in Australia.  He served 20 years hard time with Nestle, Coke, Pepsi, Campbells Soup and Sherwin Williams.  
 
In 2008, he began his entrepreneurial journey by starting his own company beginning with Executive Coaching and Manufacturing operations consulting. Through a few consulting projects he re-engineered some water technology that would eventually evolve into his core business.  NLP Aqua Solutions was born, and this business aligned with his passion for helping people. 
 
His business has expanded to healthcare, Agriculture, Aqua Culture, Hospitality as well as residential.  NLP Aqua Solutions is a global business with projects in Canada, Amsterdam, Sweden, Europe and all over the USA.
 
Troy lived in Australia for 7 years and now has dual citizenship. Having a love for football, he achieved a full Scholarship to play in college and has a goal of owning the Oakland Raiders.  Troy is looking forward to Restoring water for all.  

 

KEY POINTS FROM TROY:

  • Grateful for the opportunity to build a legacy in business and having a technology and opportunity that others don’t have.
  • I’m originally from Akron, OH. Attended high school with Lebron James’ mom.
  • Grow up as a chess champion and math wizard
  • I knew from the 3rd grade that I wanted to be an engineer
  • Water was always the majority of the product I was working with
  • It took me five years to vet this technology
  • When you go up against PhDs who have knowledge on various things,
  • I graduated in 1988, and I started this business in 2013
  • When I go into a room and I’m articulate, I get looked at funny. But then when I start speaking a language that some folks who are chemists/scientists speak, they begin questioning ‘how can you talk like us?'
  • I’ve been challenged on things. People say well ‘your background is engineering and my background is science’, but what I say is ‘when I’ve demonstrated something from statistical results, I don’t care what the background is, results are results.'
  • NLP Aqua Solutions customizes solutions for clean, fresh, safe water
  • Our technology goes anywhere water flows: agriculture, health care, horticulture, aquaculture. Anywhere water is being used.
  • The world is our oyster in terms of opportunity
  • Our vision and what drives me is being able to make a difference as a giver
  • We have donated systems to families in dire need
  • Our business is to make money, to see who else we can help
  • I want everyone (people, animals, and every living being) to have access to clean, fresh and safe water
  • A foundation my mother instilled in me: Never forget you’re limitless
  • When I ask people ‘Do you drink out of the tap?' and they say ‘No, I drink bottled water’ I let them know that 93% of the bottled water in the world has micro plastics in it
  • The largest organ on our body is our skin, so if you think the water you’re avoiding in your tap is any different than the water you have coming out of your shower, you’re mistaken
  • Considering that our skin is our largest organ – a 15-minute shower is equivalent to drinking 8 glasses of water.
  • NLP stands for Next Level of Performance
  • Always keep striving for better and better
  • A lot of companies focus on a cookie cutter system they put everywhere. We want to analyze your water, we want to know what’s in it, and then design a system to take everything out of it that doesn’t need to be there. We want to restore your water to what was designed by nature.
  • RE: Situation in Flint, MI. Sometimes you just have to really want to solve a problem.
  • Research shows that there are over 3,800 cities that have double the lead levels of Flint Michigan. Those aren’t in the news. But they have one thing in common in terms of the demographics of the community. So there is no sense of urgency.
  • It’s time for us to stand up and take care of this water problem ourselves
  • Our technology doesn’t require any electricity, gas or air. It’s green!
  • Figure out what’s in your water. Go to EWG.org and type in your zip code

 

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Dr. Thandeka Myeni: Be Your Own Health Advocate | 171

Dr. Thandeka Myeni: Be Your Own Health Advocate | 171

Burnout is an epidemic that is killing doctors and patients alike.

Our featured guest today is Dr. Thandeka Myeni.

Thandeka Myeni, MD, MPH, affectionately known as Dr Thandi, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with double specialty training in glaucoma, cataract surgery and LASIK. 
 
Dr. Myeni received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and later earned a master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and then completed her medical internship at Boston University Medical Center. 
 
Her ophthalmology training began with a residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. She has completed two fellowships, one in Glaucoma at the top-ranked Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, and another in Cataract and Refractive Surgery with Dr. Paul Koch who has consistently been ranked among the top cataract surgeons in the country. 
 
While Dr. Myeni was born and raised in the United States, her family is originally from Southern Africa. She spent a large part of her childhood in Swaziland. 

 

KEY POINTS FROM DR. THANDI:

  • I am child of the world. I was born in NYC, but my dad is South African and my mom is from Swaziland. I spent part of my life in Swaziland. 
  • When I went to medical school, I was always interested in women's empowerment and thought I was going to become an obstetrician gynecologist. But then, in my mid twenties I realized I needed glasses. That was the first time I realized the importance of vision and how much it impacts your life if you don't see well. I also witnessed my first LASIK surgery and saw someone go from being legally blind without glasses, to being able to see without glasses in less than 10 minutes. And that's when I decided I wanted to do ophthalmology.
  • Dr. Thandi shares a story about ‘Lisa' who had advanced stage glaucoma at the age of 34 and legally blind in one eye.
  • Lisa had gotten eye exams every year
  • One of the reasons I ran for Mrs DC America was to empower people with the information they needed
  • Glaucoma is a series of diseases, it's not just one thing
  • All these diseases cause damage to the optic nerve
  • The optic nerve is like a cable, like the one that hooks up to your tv. It goes from your eyes to your brain.
  • If you cut the cable on your tv, you don't get a signal
  • Similarly, if that cable, the optic nerve, gets damaged enough, you go blind.
  • Glaucoma is painless. It begins by impacting your peripheral vision. 
  • There are different types of eye exams and sometimes people don't realize it. There are exams where they are just checking you for glasses, but it's not a medical exam. And there are medical exams where they are checking you for diseases. 
  • It is important when you go to the eye doctor, you get a dilated eye exam.
  • Dilated means they put drops in your eyes and make your vision blurry. 
  • If you have any type of medical or eye condition, you should do that at least once a year
  • What we bring attention to, people notice 
  • Here's a mnemonic to help you remember what to ask for: 
    • Are you all SET?
    • S – Are there any signs of glaucoma?
    • E – What was my eye pressure?
    • T – Is there any testing we need to do? 
  • In everything, give thanks!
  • An attitude of gratitude got me through a challenging season
  • My suffering was not in vain. The lessons I was learning was to benefit me and others
  • I started the Happy Doctor Mom Facebook Group. Our tagline is to find joy and harmony in the midst of work and mayheim. And that's my life: motherhood, work and a whole lot of mayheim. 
  • African proverb: if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.
  • Talking to and meeting these other doctors and moms, I wanted to create a place we could share our best practices together
  • Burnout is an epidemic that is killing doctors and patients alike
  • Did you know that the number one cause of death for female physicians under 35 is suicide
  • Physicians have the highest rates of suicide of any career
  • Female physicians are 250% more likely to commit suicide than any other occupation
  • Male physicians are 70% more likely to commit suicide than any other occupation
  • Burnout is a constellation of symptoms that occur when your energy account has a negative balance over time. 
  • When you are in pain, patients stop becoming people, they become annoyances.
  • Burned out doctors provide crappy care
  • We need doctors seeking help from therapists and coaches
  • BE THANK FULL AND PLAY
  • BE – Be Still. Have a stillness practice: meditation, mindfulness, or be one with nature. 
  • THANK – gratitude. Oprah – everyday she writes down 5 things she's grateful for everyday. If you don't write it down, speak it.  
  • FULL – live a life of fulfillment. Walk in your purpose. Know why you're here. Identity why 
  • PLAY – Have fun. Do things that are fun. We are here once, we might as well live it to the full. 
  • Love yourselves and take care of yourselves

 

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Gloria Mitchell: The Art of Bouncing Back From Homelessness to Coaching Multimillionaires | 170

Gloria Mitchell: The Art of Bouncing Back From Homelessness to Coaching Multimillionaires | 170

The human spirit is incredibly resilient and we all have the ability to create the life we want. It's about making mental shifts, implementing proven mental techniques and, of course, taking action (even if you can only see the first step of the staircase).

Our featured guest today is Gloria Mitchell.

Gloria Mitchell went from being homeless to coaching multimillionaires.
 
Along her journey, Gloria overcame a difficult upbringing, an illness that left her short-term memory in the bottom 1% of the population, and a battle with homelessness that once even caused her to resort to sleeping in a Walmart dressing room!
 
For many that is where the story would have ended.
 
But not for Gloria. She went on to obtain an MBA from Stanford University and is now a highly sought-after personal crisis and performance coach who helps high-level entrepreneurs and public figures perform at their highest level and deal with the pressures that come with being at the top.
 
She has spent over 15 years studying human resiliency and her clients include top-earning entrepreneurs, professional athletes and celebrities.

My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #missionfuel

KEY POINTS FROM GLORIA:

  • 20 or 30 years ago we would not have been able to have this conversation on a podcast, so I’m grateful for having this conversation.
  • I had to put my pride aside and do what I needed to do, including cleaning toilets, to get by, until I got an opportunity as a legislative aid.
  • Because I was willing to have faith and humble myself, God did some amazing things.
  • I wrote a very detailed 5-year plan for how i was going to get from where I was, which was working full-time, going to school at night and sleeping in my car, to Stanford University.
  • My battle with lyme disease left my short-term memory in the bottom 1 percentile of the population.  I would study and then wake up with no memory of what I had studied.
  • I was worrying myself to death, but I learned to release myself from the result of my actions.
  • You are only in control of yourself and doing the work.  You are not in control of the results.
  • Do all that is within your control, but release what is not.
  • Worrying is human, but it is wasteful.
  • Worrying takes energy but gives you nothing in return.
  • When you worry you are throwing energy away. Do your best to redirect that energy to something that can help you.
  • You do yourself a disservice when you make assumptions about who you can learn from.
  • No matter what I was going through, I always had one foot in the present, working on the problem, but that other foot was always in the future.
  • I refused to see my present as my permanent.
  • People who bounce back from a crisis make a conscious decision to fight back.
  • When you make a conscious decision to fight back, you go from victim to survivor.
  • They take responsibility for getting themselves out of that situation.  They may not have been responsible for what happened to them, but they don’t wait for someone to rescue them.

 

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