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Mignon Francois: Turning $5 into $10m+ [Pon Di Replay] | 203

Mignon Francois: Turning $5 into $10m+ [Pon Di Replay] | 203

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This week's feature is a PON DI REPLAY throwback to March 2019 with past trailblazer Mignon Francois.

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

KEY POINTS FROM MIGNON:

  • There are so many women in my village:  I cant do what I do without my mother; I’m grateful for my daughters because they allow me to run my business in the way that I do; I’m grateful for my grandmother who kept her hand open, and in her unselfishness taught me so many things that I know.
  • My mother would smile at hearing me remember a woman by the name of Mrs. Fishburne.  She was a woman that knew my mother, at the time when I was 5 years old.  She extended kindness to my mother so she could feed us and make it through the week, after having given her last as her tithe.
  • Keep your hand open. Yes, things will fall out, but when you lose things, you also leave your hand open to receive from God.
  • All you get to keep is whatever you can hold in your hand.
  • What do you have in your house? Tell me what youve got, and I’ll tell you what you can do with it?
  • I turned $5 into $60 in one day; I turned $60 into $600 by the end of the week; and I turned that into over $10M in the time that my business has been in operation.
  • Little becomes much when you place it in the Masters hands.
  • Listen to that little voice on the inside that’s telling you that YOU CAN!
  • When we speak against ourselves, and we tell ourselves that we cant do things, who’s ourselves supposed to believe, if we can’t believe in us?
  • Check what you want for yourself, by speaking what you seek until you see what youve said.
  • The glass is half empty or the glass is half full; either way you see it, youre right.
  • Hunger is what inspired me.  When you are hungry you will do what it takes to eat.
  • When you are sick and tired of being tired, you will do something to change your situation.
  • All you own is now.  You only own what you choose to do with the moment that youre sitting in.
  • When you give all that you o-w-n right in the n-o-w, you will  have w-o-n.
  • Mignon’s approach to parenting:  “I nurtured very early on, my childrens ability to hear God for themselves.”
  • What we are living in preparation for has nothing to do with us but the ones that are coming behind us.
  • A good man leaves an inheritance to his childrens children.

 

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    You’re Standing On Your Own Acres of Diamonds | 202

    You’re Standing On Your Own Acres of Diamonds | 202

    Today, I’m going to share a story with you that was originally told by the founder of Temple University in Philadelphia, Dr. Russell Herman Conwell. He told this story more than 6,000 times all around the world.

    This famous inspirational lecture, Acres of Diamonds, has inspired me in so many ways and I'd like to share it with you today.

    My ask today is that you’d join our NEW Blazer Nation community on facebook.

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    KEY POINTS:

    • Ali Hafed had owned acres of diamonds but he'd sold them for practically nothing, to go in search of them elsewhere
    • Each of you is at this moment, standing in your own acres of diamonds. 
    • Before we go running off to what we think are greener pastures, let's make sure that our own is not just as green, or perhaps even greener.
    • While we are looking at other pastures, other people are looking at ours
    • Don't lose sight of the value you’ve got sitting right in front of you
    • Somewhere within the work you are doing today, is an opportunity which could bring you everything you could possibly want 
    • As you reflect in this holiday season on what’s your next move, I encourage you to find and exploit that thing that only you can bring to the world
    • Look at the work you are doing today, and find those opportunities, those diamonds, which will bring you everything you could possibly want for yourself, your career, your business and your family

     

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    Lucinda Cross: Create Your Vision Board and Action Plan [Pon Di Replay]

    Lucinda Cross: Create Your Vision Board and Action Plan [Pon Di Replay]

    Your vision wants to come to fruition for you just as much as you want to see it for yourself. But a lot of people forget to do the work. You can't just slap a picture up on the board. That's nice, but what are you going to do to get there? What are the steps that you're going to take? And a lot of it has to do with mindset over money.

    This week's feature is a PON DI REPLAY throwback to December 2016 with past trailblazer Lucinda Cross.

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

    KEY POINTS FROM LUCINDA:

    • I'm grateful for a peace of mind. I remember there was a point where there was just so much going on that I couldn't even see my way out. So I'm just grateful to have a peace of mind right now 
    • @lucindaspeaks on what it will take for us to be able to rebuild, restore, and reinvent. 
    • We hear change, and you really don't see as much movement unless something really drastic happens, or is affecting one particular individual or class. But I think when we, as a people, whether you're brown, green, yellow, orange, purple, a unicorn, what have you, mermaid — you know, everybody has a title now. No, seriously. we as a people, we have to look at all of these issues that are happening as “our issues.” It's not something that's “their issue.” It's “our issue.” And if we begin to pay attention, because everybody's into the “me” mindset; well, if this is not affecting me, you know, my family's not affected by it. 
    • Well, somebody else lost a son and there's a certain level of injustice; but there's a voice that we can lend as a mother, a brother, someone in the community, someone who just respects the fact of being that we're all human beings. 
    • Lending our voice is the beginning. Whether you are going through it, have gone through it and realizing that we are community and their problem is our problem. Our problem is their problem. It's not a me thing. No one's in this by themselves. 
    • @lucindaspeaks “Lend your voice and show up!”
    • A vision board is where you put your goals, in living color in front of your face. What does your next look like? And so, you can cut out and get yourself in the energy of already receiving the desires of your heart. 
    • A vision board also helps in terms of planning — planning for success and setting yourself up for success despite, what you are going through. 
    • The vision board — some people consider it a collage. They call it their dream board. They put their dreams up there; some people call it their passion board, their faith board or whatever you call it. This vision board allows you to place your vision, take it out of your mind, take it out of your heart and put it in live in color in front of you, so that you can see what's next for you. And it's a fun exercise. 
    • Here's the thing, you didn't work the vision board. You know, it's not a Wee-gee board. It's not the vision board that's the problem, it's the visionary.
    • Everything that we are surrounded by, … everything that you see, that you touch, started from someone's vision; whether they called it a blueprint, whether they called it a structure, the building that you're in, the house that you're living in, it all started with a vision. 
    • @lucindaspeaks says, “… it's your job as the visionary to say, okay, I put this house up on my vision board. … I want to get a house … so now what is the action steps that you need to take? … people forget about the steps and the work that's required. 
    • After you’ve created your vision board, don’t forget about the steps and the work that’s required.
    • … your dream house is calling you. The dream has chosen you more than you have chosen it.
    • Your vision wants to come to fruition for you just as much as you want to see it for yourself. But a lot of people forget to do the work. You can't just slap a picture up on the board. That's nice, but what are you going to do to get there? What are the steps that you're going to take? And a lot of it has to do with mindset over money.
    • You can have your own vision board party!  Listen as @lucindaspeaks tells us how.
    • … get some of your favorite music; get a poster board, get in a vibe; pull out your candles, incense — whatever will set you to relax.  Release the stress and the worries of the world and just put yourself in that mode. Get your supplies, markers, scissors, magazines, your favorite magazines.  
    • I always say when you're starting your first vision board, you focus on your fab five:  your faith, your family, your friends, your finances and fitness … Your fab five is a great way to get started, if you don't know where to start with the vision board, because it'll allow you to put your main goal that you want to have accomplished for the year. 
    • I had one goal this year, one goal, and it was really centered around the Trailblazers podcast. I just wanted to see this thing come to life. And it had everything to do with me pouring out into others. Right. And as a result, it's fulfilled so much in me. Right. But it's helped so many people, you know. So I challenge people to kind of really take this fab five because there is a lack of balance in just thinking of just yourself or just others.
    • Remember to slow down and smell the roses! “I became an overachiever to where I was being burnt out. And you don't want to do that because you miss the blessings and you miss the connections that you make along the way.”
    • When you start to achieve more, it's going to require greater faith, greater humility and greater gratitude.
    • Feel the fear and do it anyway! Learn to eat fear for breakfast.
    • Rejection is not bad. Take it, let your stomach hurt, feel sick about it. But you just gotta keep moving forward. 
    • Once you get frustrated enough with fear, you'll look at that thing and say, ‘hold on, let me put you on a piece of bread, fold you up and eat you real quick because I have to keep moving.'
    • You cannot tell everybody about your vision and your dream. I keep my vision board in my living room; I keep it up in my living room because I don't have strange energy in my house — meaning non-dreamers, non-believers, non-visionaries, critics and people who have the lack mindset. And so I gave myself permission to put it up so my family can see, because I need their support. And if it's just my vision board, my, my, my vision board, then I will be on my own world. But if they are able to see how I've incorporated the future of our family, it encourages them to do their own. 
    • I don't share it with everybody. I rather have the people watch me do what I do. Watch the manifestation than me tell you what's about to be manifested. 

     

    ONE ACTION

    • Start to declutter. Declutter your cell phones, declutter your closet. Pick one thing that needs decluttering, so that something else in your life can open up. Trust me, it works. Declutter something. Your cabinets, your refrigerator, your closet, your shoes, your clothes, your car, your truck, your emails, you know, even your Facebook friends, whatever. Pick one thing that you're going to declutter because I do think that we hoard so much, so many things. This will really help you to just get closer to clarity.

     

    THIS EPISODE WAS SPONSORED BY:

    The Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Join, support and invest in this movement to help improve the life outcomes of our black men and boys.

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    From Success to Significance | 200

    From Success to Significance | 200

    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.

    My ask today is that you’d join our NEW Blazer Nation community on facebook.

    JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY

    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:

    The Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Join, support and invest in this movement to help improve the life outcomes of our black men and boys.

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    Stephen A. Hart: 5 Takeaways for Building a Dynamic Podcast and Personal Brand | 199

    Stephen A. Hart: 5 Takeaways for Building a Dynamic Podcast and Personal Brand | 199

    Many of you might be online, but your website or social media profile doesn't have the right visual and verbal identity. You aren't clarifying  your purpose and mission, and no one can really make sense of who you are, who you’re serving and what you’re serving. In today's episode, we discuss the 5 elements that helped me lay the right foundation for my podcast and personal brand to overcome some of these obstacles.

    This week's featured trailblazer is yours truly, Stephen A. Hart.

    So more about me: Stephen A. Hart is the founder of Isles Media, LLC, and a Brand Alignment Strategist who guides busy heart-centered entrepreneurs and leaders through a clear and proven process to build, market and grow their amazing personal brand.  Trailblazers.FM is the #1 interview style podcast that explores stories of today’s successful black professionals. The podcast has featured more than 150 black professionals and has been heard by more than 250,000 from 140 countries around the world.

    I am a proud graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa. I reside in Maryland, married to my wife Kristin of 10 years and consider myself the #bestdadever to my daughter Layla and son Nigel.

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

    KEY POINTS FROM STEPHEN:

    • In this season of thanksgiving I’m extremely thankful for my wife, our children and all our family and friends, which includes all of you. I’m also especially grateful for good health and the happiness in our home. 
    • This year hasn’t always been smooth. We’ve certainly had our share of challenges throughout the year, but I’m feeling blessed as we near the end of this year and decade. I’m alive and healthy, and I’m ready to step into yet another opportunity to make this next chapter better than this one. 
    • You don’t need to be sick to start getting better!  I don’t know about you, but while things are for the most part good right now, I want to get better as a marketer, as a brand strategist, as an entrepreneur, as a podcaster, as a husband and a father and a brother and a son. That’s what personal development is about. You and I need to find ways to keep growing.
    • Are you considering starting a podcast?  #1 Start with your WHO, follow with your WHAT. … WHO you serve will absolutely impact WHAT you serve.
    • This is my first takeaway for a reason, because I’ve seen too few podcasters, and even entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders lead with WHO they’re serving.  Instead most people tend to  think of WHAT they think the world needs, and often those that lead with WHAT just think their podcast or product will serve everybody.. and what happens then is that the content or product is too broad in focus and so no one feels connected, and they don’t feel served by the content of your podcast. [[spp-timestamp time="06:44"] – [spp-timestamp time="07:37"]]
    • #2 Get crystal clear on the problem your WHO really needs a solution for … what’s keeping them up at night … challenging them most to their core … and what they value. 
    • And now armed with this intelligence, I’m out here in these streets trying to find the right types of people to interview, that can help provide the kind of knowledge, resources and tools that’s going to help you overcome those problems of yours.  So just remember that it’s your job and mine to put our listeners and our customers in a position to WIN.  [[spp-timestamp time="09:48"] – [spp-timestamp time="10:19"]]
    • #3 Continually develop a really great visual / verbal identity.  You want to really begin to develop a professional brand message that is easy to digest, because if you confuse you’ll lose.
    • #4 Consistency is King!  … when you launch your podcast, unless you had a prior community, you’re likely going to be met with a similar feeling — not knowing if anyone is listening. You’re going to have to have thick skin if you’re to break through the majority of people who quit before getting 10 episodes in.
    • #5 Know Your WHY!  If you’re not PASSIONATE about what you’re doing and you don’t have clarity on WHY you’re going to do this work, over the long term (I’m talking the next 3-5 years at the very least), I’m sorry to tell you that you’re likely to quit THE moment things get tough, and believe me they gonna get tough at some point.
    • Someone is Googling you right now, and the results they’ll find for you will leave them more or less inclined to do business with you, to partner with you or to hire you.
    • When I read up about many of you online, I’m not seeing a website or social media profile that’s got the right visual / verbal identities. I’m not seeing clarity of your purpose and mission, and I can’t really make sense of who you are, who you’re serving and what you’re serving.  And that’s not a good thing. No matter what you do, this is now almost 2020 and you’ve got to establish your digital footprint.
    • I created my first signature course  Brand You Academy  for busy, heart-centered leaders and entrepreneurs, who are needing to create an amazing personal brand and digital footprint, but maybe don’t have the $3,000 – 5,000 to pay a brand strategist or an agency to do it for them and wait 3+ months to design and build this all out. … with Trailblazers.FM, I learned about my audience, and their pain points, and it’s what led to my creating Brand You Academy.  I’ve been working on the course over the past 2 years, and I’m really blessed to have the feeling knowing I’m able to help busy entrepreneurs and leaders build their amazing  personal brand. 
    • For the 4 days from this Black Friday through next week’s Cyber Monday, we’ll be offering an amazing special offer for those interested in Brand You Academy. For those 4 days only, we’ll be offering a one time only 50% discount off the already low offer price.  You’ll need to hop over to my site at stephenahart.com/academy and use the coupon code TBPod50 to access the course for this one pay offer.  So it’s about this point where I know some of you might be allowing imposter syndrome to creep in.
    • Some of you will try to make an excuse and allow your age to cause doubts of you being able to build a personal brand that stands out from the crowd, but let me remind you that the loss of what you could have become is greater than any other loss you’ll experience in life.
    • The loss of what you could have become is greater than any other loss you’ll experience in life.
    • … don’t allow your past hurts and failures to derail you taking action on your future potential. Remember, when life knocks you down, try to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up. 

     

    ONE ACTION

    • A lot of times we can psyche ourselves out by trying to wait for the perfect opportunity to pursue an idea. It's never going to be a perfect time to do it. So, you just have to get out and do it.

     

    THIS EPISODE WAS SPONSORED BY:

    The Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Join, support and invest in this movement to help improve the life outcomes of our black men and boys.

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