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From Caregiver to Productivity and Stress Management Coach Part 2

From Caregiver to Productivity and Stress Management Coach Part 2

[0:00] Alignment. Resiliency. Making space for what matters. Reframing quitting, and you as the key ingredient in your life and business. These are just a few of the topics we dive into with today’s guest. Lisa Zawrotny of Positively Productive Systems. Once you’ve listened, come on over to today’s show notes and share your biggest takeaways, and connect with Lisa at www.YongPratt.com/307. 

Meet Lisa Zawrotny

Lisa Zawrotnyis all about simplification and efficiency, two qualities I adore! She’s a certified stress and management and productivity coach. She’s the founder of Positively Productive Systems, and is the host of the Positively Living Podcast.

[2:48] Lisa’s journey from caregiver to productivity and stress management coach

[5:55] “Resiliency can be increased when we find meaning in what we do.” – Lisa Zawrotny

[7:47] Value-based decluttering and personalized systems and habit design 

[9:53] Alignment and showing up as your awesome self 

[11:00] Lisa’s advice that for anyone seeking alignment, trying to figure out the pieces trying to get to their real selves

[15:01] “There are a ton of people out there who talk about productivity and organizing, but only one of them does it my way. Because it’s me and how I connect and what words I use.” – Lisa Zawrotny

[17:41] How Lisa creates content that matches her values and how she shares it with other people in a way that resonates

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[19:24]  “If you’re an introvert, don’t try to run an extroverts’ business.” – Lisa Zawrotny

[22:38]  Using frameworks, customizations, and filters

[24:38]  Connect with Lisa

Website: www.PositivelyProductive.com

Instagram: @positively_lisa 

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Yong Pratt 0:00
Alignment. Resiliency. Making space for what matters. Reframing quitting, and you as the key ingredient in your life and business. These are just a few of the topics we dive into with today's guest. Lisa Zawrotny of Positively Productive Systems. Once you've listened, come on over to today's show notes and share your biggest takeaways, and connect with Lisa at www.YongPratt.com/307.

Have you ever felt like there was something missing in your business? Something holding you back from the success that you're seeking? If so, you are not alone. For nearly 20 years, that's exactly how I felt as a business owner. It wasn't until I discovered human design that it all became clear. And it turns out that I was the missing piece in my own business. Join me on this journey of discovering the real need and hear stories from other business owners building businesses around all of their awesomeness. I'm Yong Pratt, and it's time my friend to amplify your awesome.

Hey, everyone, welcome back to the Amplify Your Awesome™ Podcast. I am so excited to introduce you to today's guest because she's all about simplification and efficiency. And you all know how much I love those things in business in particular. Our guest today is Lisa Zawrotny. Now, Lisa has an amazing background. She's a certified stress and management and productivity coach. She's the founder of Positively Productive Systems, and is the host of the Positively Living Podcast. Lisa, it's been a long time coming. I'm so glad we're finally conducting and doing this interview. Thanks for being here.

Lisa Zawrotny 1:52
Oh, thank you for having me. You're right. It's been a long time coming. But the timing is so perfect. I'm so excited to talk to you about this topic in particular.

Yong Pratt 2:02
Yeah, such a good topic. Because I think sometimes in business in particular, it's so easy to start going down that road where you add more complication thinking it's going to actually make things easier. And at the end of the day, you kind of step back and say, What have I done? What do I built? It's so hard, and then you have to start over again.

Lisa Zawrotny 2:21
So true. And that's exactly what I help people declutter. So yeah, I with you all the way.

Yong Pratt 2:27
I love this. Decluttering is always at the top of my list. I feel like I'm doing a lot. So I may need to reach out and say, Okay, how do I fix these things because they keep coming up. So but that's a conversation for another time. Lisa, I would love to go back to before you started your business. What were you doing and how did you get into doing this work?

Lisa Zawrotny 2:48
How much time do we have? Really, I I talked about it in in like the simplest overarching way of saying I went from caregiver to coach. And I think that there are actually a lot of similarities. I've always been a nurturer and a guide for people. I always love to mentor people. And my M.O. tends to be when I figure something out, I want to share it with others. So let's head back to 2007. I was pregnant with my son, and we moved my mom in with us. And we found out we knew something was going on. And we found out that she had Alzheimer's. And I was a caregiver for her. I had my son and then my daughter. And it was nearly five years that I cared for her plus an infant and a toddler. And it was an incredibly overwhelming time. It's still hard for me to describe. Because on the one hand, I'm a positive person. I can see the blessings and the lessons and that's why I'm here today talking to you. And on the other hand, I want to acknowledge how difficult it was. And for those who are in survival mode who've been through it, or coming into it, you know, my heart goes out to you because I understand that overwhelm.

So I went through this time. I did the very best I could using all my resources and tools. My tendency to be organized. Lots of notebooks and things like that. And when she passed away, and I was facing the what's next, it's something you said before about how we love to add things on, right? And I thought, Oh, well, do I need to get a job now? Or what do I need to do? And something in me, it's like a voice inside me said, You need to stop and reflect and clear the way because there were papers piled up and bins and things that had been neglected because when you have to be in survival mode, you have to let go of non essentials and sometimes some essentials too. And I let go of so much. And then I had to deal with it. And I had to clear it out. And it was a big life lesson for me because then I realized, oh, all of this. Why did I have all of this? Why did it matter at the time it doesn't matter. Now, what matters is that I'm with my family. What matters is that we have this quality time together, what matters is I have a second chance at so many things. And I can get healthy again and I can make a difference. What can I do now? Well, I can clear a path. And that's what I did inside and out. And the more that I did this, the more I knew I had to help others do the same.

Yong Pratt 5:22
What an inspiring story. And I'm sure there are lots of listeners out there who are going through something similar. It may not be a family member that they're caring for, but where they've reached a point where it just, you're in survival mode, because you have so many balls in the air, and so much is happening. And it's so easy to lose track of what is truly important. I love that you stopped and reflected. And you were willing to say, okay, I've been through this, I've learned these things. And now I'm going to show others how to do this themselves. And what a gift that is, thank you.

Lisa Zawrotny 5:55
Thank you, you know, something I've reflected on recently is how our resiliency can be increased when we find meaning in what we do. And to me, being able to help others provides incredible meaning to all that I went through. And it allows me to appreciate it and even find gratitude for it. Because I know that all those trials and the darker times I can use now to help others maybe even catch it before then maybe even be more proactive. I was very reactive. And we all are I mean, that's a human human trait when we don't we don't know what we don't know. And so my hope is to share and to inspire and to encourage and to provide hope that you can get through it. And there are some things you can do to make it even better. And that's the case in both, you know, caregiving and in creating your own business. So we're, you know, any, I think, any creative quest, if you will.

Yong Pratt 7:07
Yeah, absolutely. And I love something that I read on your website. And we have this chat before we started recording this podcast about how so often as business owners, as moms, we go out there and try to seek out these answers these courses, these mentors, these things, these resources, these buckets, these tools, whenever we have we go outside of ourselves, to find solutions. And I want you to share what that because inevitably, there's always something missing in that piece. Something doesn't quite fit right with all the other things. And there's a missing piece that we're going to talk a lot about this season. Lisa, can you share because he said it so beautifully on your site? There is a missing piece? What is that missing piece?

Lisa Zawrotny 7:47
Right? When you feel like what is it I can't get organized? And I can't get these things under control? And I can't figure out what's going on? What is it that's happening? What am I missing? The answer is you. You're missing you and and the understanding it. Yeah, and it was so perfect, because that's exactly what you're talking about. And that is what I coach, I call it value-based decluttering. And then we do personalized systems and habit design because you need to get to know you. And I mean like the real you. Not that you you think you should be or that others think that you should be or saying that you are and the thing you're talking about with searching outward? Well, that's understandable. Because we look for information we have at our fingertips. It's incredible, what we can find the connections that we have, you know, the online groups, I mean, it's there's a lot of opportunity out there to connect and grow and learn. And I think it's incredible. But we need to be selective in what we choose and make sure we're always checking in with ourselves. And if we're not sure, we need to get to know ourselves better.

Yong Pratt 9:02
And I love that you use the term getting to know the real you and digging in and finding that because on this podcast, I'm going to be sharing the journey of discovering the real me because in business in particular, it took me over 20 years to get to a point where I finally feel like I'm the real me because I was trying to emulate others' successes and it was you know, it was okay. It didn't always give me the greatest results but it was already and I kept thinking must need to learn more. So the fact that on your website, that the missing piece, often that we so we just overlook because we're not really taught I think from young age to think about ourselves as our greatest resource. So I love that in your coaching and in your world, focusing on the real you is is that the core. I love that.

Lisa Zawrotny 9:53
Absolutely. And that brings in the authenticity that you're talking about and you know you talk about amplifying your awesome. Well, when you're not in alignment, when it doesn't feel right, and that will happen sometimes when we procrastinate, or we don't get something done or we don't complete a project, it's, we love to say that there's something wrong with me. Or we love to bring in the shame or think that we're just we're not efficient, or we didn't learn it properly. But sometimes it's because it's out of alignment with us. It doesn't feel right. We think we're supposed to so we're trying so very hard, but it doesn't feel right. And when it doesn't feel right, when something doesn't align, you can't show up awesome.

Yong Pratt 10:37
So true. And I want to dig into this word alignment, because I know it's tossed around in the online space in particular, but no one really talks about what that is. If there is someone listening, and they're thinking, yeah, there there's just is something missing. I'm just not sure what it is. What is some advice that you could give for someone seeking alignment, trying to figure out the pieces trying to get to their real selves?

Lisa Zawrotny 11:00
Well, along those lines, because when I say you need to get to know the real you, the first question might be well, how? So you know, one of the things that I do with clients, and I even have worksheets to help this is say, well, let's start. You know, having fun with these quizzes and taking a core values quiz. For example, when you understand some of your core values, and you start to look back, and connect the dots to times in your life when you showed up. And you were just, you know, when we use the phrase, things that make you light up, that's a great example. When you can highlight and pinpoint those moments where you just felt so completely you. When somebody maybe in a relationship with you, you felt so comfortable that you were totally you. What were you doing? How were you showing up? What were were you imparting knowledge and teaching? Or were you learning? Or were you, you know, what, what were you doing, and you can start to match up what we call core values. And it's really, that's the alignment part when what you're doing matches what you can feel inside, you're right, there's there's a bit of, you know, the buzzword thing going on, and sometimes it can feel a little woowoo. But it's more of checking in to make sure that your actions fit your beliefs. Right. And so integrity is a big one of mine. So if someone says to me, you need to be an affiliate, you know, for everything and, and be able to make income that way. I don't feel right about that. Because it's very important for me to show up for my clients to say what's best for you. And if I become an affiliate for something, then there's the chance that there's a conflict of interest there that I may be pushing a system or something that might not be right for them. And I don't, that doesn't fit for me. So that's a case of me having to make a choice in my business that feels right for me, based on my values.

Yong Pratt 12:54
Yeah, and I love that in in the conversations I've had for this new season. So many of the entrepreneurs I've talked to bring up this idea of values. And we've talked about how, sometimes, you know, we get so excited about building the thing, building the business, building the program, that we overlook the simplest things like the values, because they really are the pillars that hold up the rest of the business. And without them, yes, you can reach a certain level of success without them. If they're not there, at some point, there's going to be some big gaps. And that usually leads us into some challenges. And I know, personally, I have faced that several different times, because I wasn't clear on the values that I had. Because I was trying to base my value system off of other people's and what they valued and tried to make it fit with me. And again, the whole thing with me missing from my business, it was so true. So you're out there listening. We said that, you know, asking the questions about what is it that you love to do that lights you up, that's so easy for you the relationships you had. And you know, for me, one of the keys here is getting into that state of flow, where you start, and you sit down and you do something and before you know it, hours have passed, and it's felt like fun and play. And it didn't feel like work. When you get to a place like that. And it may take some time to discover. That's okay. We can get to that state. That's when your business starts to really be much more peaceful, much more joyful. And I'm gonna say this word and I know I get a lot of flack for this. But ease, ease, again, having things be easy because I think we're so ingrained to think, oh, business has to be hard. This has to be hard. You have to be have challenges in order to to achieve something big. It has to be really difficult. But I have found it to be exactly the opposite, that those things that are coming easy, that are joyful, that are fun. Those things in my business have produced the greatest results. What You, Lisa?

Lisa Zawrotny 15:01
Yeah, I agree 100% with this, so many things are coming to my mind as you describe this one is this idea that when it is easy in the sense that it, we approach it with ease that it feels natural, let's maybe we use that word, you know, whatever word you want to use, that that puts you in that state of flow, where you're like, this is just me being me, this is what I love to do. You show up with that energy. And it's that energy that attracts people. Yes, there are a ton of people out there who talk about productivity and organizing, but only one of them does it my way. Because it's me and how I connect and what words I use. And so it's that's that authenticity right there. And that ease. You find it when you match those two up. The other thing, I like to think I always talk in terms of decluttering. So you're using these values and what matters to you and what you love to do. And your personality is a combination of these things, as what I call filters to make the decision. Does this work? Or doesn't it and one thing that you pointed out, I think is so important is that we do try? Maybe there's something here like that sounds interesting. I kind of like that idea. Let me give it a go. But don't be afraid to say oh, no, that doesn't work. And even if someone's like, No, no, you need to stick with it. That's really what we're supposed to do it, I was so successful with it, just keep doing it. If you don't feel it, trust yourself, right? It's not quitting. See, I think we keep putting meaning on some of these choices and the trials and errors that we go through. And we talk about quitting and failure. And I think we need to let that go. It's figuring out what works and what doesn't, and it's filtering out. And in my case, as I say, decluttering.

Yong Pratt 16:47
I love that. And the idea of filtering is such an interesting one, because it's a very in my mind, it's very visual I can I can filter things through a certain lens or a certain get a certain viewpoint. And that really right now in this moment, clarifies some things for me, because I think, oh, if I look at it from that perspective, or that filter, does that make sense? Even the filter of does it resonate with my core values? I mean, even that filter alone, I think, for so many people listening, myself included, that is going to be really tremendously beneficial for them as they go out there and build these businesses. Now, when we talk about values and, and working with people and serving people and being out in the world in a big way. How are you creating content that matches your values and sharing it with other people in a way that resonates?

Lisa Zawrotny 17:41
Well, I think that segues beautifully into the sort of the other side of it, or the or an additional piece where we're talking about values and what matters. But then on the other side of what I coach is our personalities and how we like to show up. And I think part of that is exploring what works. I know right now that you and I are both podcasts, love the podcasts, right? And, right, but I can tell you also, that almost everyone told me you need to have a blog, you need to have a blog, you need to have a blog, I started a blog, and you could blow the dust off of it. Because I just wasn't, I wasn't touching the blog. Now I have a blog, that's actually my podcast episodes, that is the blog. So everybody wins, we got creative with it, you still cover your SEO, and you know, everything's good. But it's finding those things that resonate with you. And when you do that, and you do it repeatedly, and you create a habit out of it. Find your voice, you find your rhythm you find what resonates. And then I would say just keep taking notes, notes, notes, notes. Yes, that worked. Right. And you know, you're so you're trying things, you're making sure that they work for you. You're showing up in the way that feels natural. And then you're making notes as to what kind of responses you're getting. You're commenting in a Facebook group, and you're saying, well, I believe in data. And you know, someone goes all Yeah, okay. Like I talked about making space for what matters. People are like, yes, that's something that they can they can envision right now you're like, Oh, I'm not decluttering doesn't mean getting rid of things. It means making space for what matters. Oh, love that. Right. So it's that kind of thing. But I would say play with it. It's its exploration.

Yong Pratt 19:24
Yes. And I think again, society tells us, okay, you you go down a certain path, and you have to do it and see it till the end. And I know you said No, it's okay. If it doesn't work, you just go the next way. It was kind of like the lightbulb, right? How many times have you tried to make a light bulb that didn't work? And if he hadn't had done those, he wouldn't have gotten to the one that works. So don't be afraid to go out there and play and experiments. And I always feel kind of like Nancy Drew being a detective, or you know, being a scientist and doing an experiment. You know, I'll start off with a question. Well, I wonder what would happen if I did this or did this and what I'm hearing you saying is you're You're taking that playfulness, and then you're going to have conversations and connecting to another human, which I know it seems old school. But more and more, especially right now, people are creating that connection. So I love that you are creating content in the world by building beautiful connections with people.

Yeah, and that collaboration is so very strong. And I think, especially for women, business owners, and the beauty of that, and I love what you're talking about in terms of getting curious. And guess what, when you get curious, that doesn't leave room for the shame and the feelings of failure and stuff, because you're being curious, it takes the judgment out of it, which is beautiful. And then when you explore and you connect, and you have conversations, you can do it in whatever way makes you happy. One of the thoughts I had you were you were helping me reflect a bit on why does this work? And what am I looking for? And where am I going? And and what have I experienced and in being true to you one of the phrases that came to my mind, I want to be sure to share is, if you're an introvert, don't try to run an extroverts business.

So good. Yes, I think so many people overlook this one, because so much of what we see online is from extroverts. And I can bring in another layer of that, in learning my human design, there are five different types of design, you know, I'm a projector, which means, you know, I create stuff, but I'm not that person who is going, going going, always creating, always doing everything. Because if I do that, I reach exhaustion and burnout really quickly, I really need to be really smart about what I'm putting out really digging in and filtering down to my core values. And then when I do that, plus have these connections and collaborations with other people. Yes, there's just magic that happens when all those things align, and, and you can build this business that is based on you. And you alone, yes, you can learn from other people. But here's the thing, you have to take what serves you and leave the rest out. And I tell my students that all the time. Here's the way that I figured out how this works. I'm going to share this with you. But really take the parts that feel good that work for you. That makes sense. If you need to move them around cool. If you need to take things out or add things in, that's okay, too. But here is a framework that you can make yours, rather than, okay, just do this, this, this this, and you're going to build this kind of business, because I tried that for so long. And it was so frustrating to go down that pathway because it was no fun.

Lisa Zawrotny 22:38
I'm so glad you do that. I think the frameworks are so much stronger, because it does need to be customized and your students benefit far more from that I created a framework for decluttering in the same fashion because there are so many systems out there. And I'll use Marie Kondo as an example, and she says spark joy. Well, that's one filter. And it's great, because it's a starting point, there's nothing wrong with that you should try it and it may work for you. But here's the thing, if it works for you, that's splendid, and we celebrate it. But if it doesn't, then it's time to explore why. And that may be because it wasn't quite the right filter for you. And you need to you know, check back in with you and figure out different filters. So I have a framework that helps you figure out your filters. It's the same idea. And I think that's so much stronger, because you still get to fast track what you're doing. But you customize it to make it really effective.

Yong Pratt 23:33
So good. And I look, I'll have to reach out afterwards and ask you more about your framework, because I think that all of us need this framework. Because Yeah, figuring out the things that work for you diving into the reasons why they do work. Or maybe there's maybe there's some sort of block somewhere like, Oh, I didn't realize I felt like this about this thing. When it goes to the right filter, then things start to really make sense. So Lisa def, you're definitely somebody that we all need in our lives. Because when it comes to simplification, decluttering and having systems because systems I think are also one of those words people don't want to talk about they don't want to create them because they think it's going to he all encompassing take away creativity. That was me long ago. I'm a huge convert now, because I know how systems have have saved me so much time and my students so much time, but at least I want to make sure that people who are listening can absolutely reach out to you and find out where they can listen to the podcast, where is the best place for them to go to connect with you.

Lisa Zawrotny 24:38
I think my website positively productive.com you'll find my podcasts there you'll find ways to reach out maybe set up a connection call if you want to chat. And as a bonus, if you're hanging out on Instagram and you just want to have some fun with me. I'm at positively underscore Lisa so you can find me there.

Yong Pratt 24:55
And Lisa's Instagram feed is so much fun. I know that whenever I see it, it's going to bring a smile to my face, it's gonna make me laugh. It's gonna make me think about something. So definitely connect with her as well there, I will be sure to include your website in today's show notes so that people can connect directly with you. Because, yeah, it's all about being positive and being productive and doing all the work you're doing. You're serving the world in such a huge way. And I want to make sure people are connecting with you. And I want to give you a great big shout out and celebrate you and your podcast. I know you reached a huge milestone. Kudos to you. I'm so proud of you for going out there sharing your positivity with the world because right now in particular, the world needs more positivity. And the more people who can connect with you, I think the happier we are going to all them. So thank you so much.

Lisa Zawrotny 25:46
Thank you.

Yong Pratt 25:48
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From Marine Corps and Corporate to Entrepreneur and Coach Part 2

From Marine Corps and Corporate to Entrepreneur and Coach Part 2

Today on episode #303 of the Amplify Your Awesome Podcast, you’ll hear the full-length episode with Todd Ross.

 

Todd was our first guest for the Season 5 launch. You’ll learn the full story of how Todd went from Marine Corps to Corporate to Entrepreneur and how he’s amplifying his awesome!

 

Come share your biggest takeaways, ahas, and connect directly with Todd 👇

 

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Yong Pratt 0:00
You're listening to Episode 303 of the Amplify Your Awesome™ podcast. Today you're going to hear the full length episode from Todd Ross. Now we first met Todd on episode one of the season five launch just last week, and he shared his little tip on how to Amplify Your Awesome™. If you missed that episode, definitely head back and listen to that. It's episode number 295. Now today, in this full length episode, you're going to hear the story of how Todd went from Marine Corps, to corporate to entrepreneur, and how he is now helping people leave corporate to create businesses of their dreams. Is that exciting or what? I cannot wait for you to hear this episode. So without further ado, here is Todd Ross.

Have you ever felt like there was something missing in your business, something holding you back from the success that you're seeking? If so, you are not alone? For nearly 20 years, that's exactly how I felt as a business owner. It wasn't until I discovered Human Design, that it all became clear. And it turns out that I was the missing piece in my own business. joining me on this journey of discovering the real me and hear stories from other business owners building businesses around all of their awesomeness. I'm Yong Pratt, and it's time my friend to Amplify Your Awesome™.

Hey, everyone, welcome back to the Amplify Your Awesome™ Podcast. I am so excited for you to be here today because today's guest is going to knock your socks off. Now this is somebody that I knew actually in a former life. When I was still running my performing arts school, he and his beautiful family came to the school and I got to teach his lovely daughters. And here we are, we've connected lots of years later. And he now is an entrepreneur and doing amazing things in the world. Todd Ross is our guest today. He has been working in the IT industry for over two decades now. He started his business in April of 2019. And I'm so excited to dive in and have a conversation. Welcome to the show, Todd.

Todd Ross 2:19
Oh my gosh, thank you so much. That was quite an intro. I love it. I'm like, I'm like all flushed in the face now.

Yong Pratt 2:26
You're very welcome. And, and so deserved. And I just want to say it's it's so interesting how the internet has made it possible for us to reconnect, because we had lost touch for a number of years. And literally within the past couple months. You know, we saw each other in a mutual Facebook group. And we've connected and now I get to have you on this podcast, how fun.

Todd Ross 2:46
I know that is incredible. You know, it's so funny how, how people reconnect after just going through. You know, we went through the same program together, which was like life changing. And then all of a sudden, now we're reconnecting and we, I mean, you, you've helped my kids grow up, which is awesome. I just thank you so much.

Yong Pratt 3:08
Oh, my pleasure. And I am so excited for our conversation today. Because you've literally gone from corporate employee for multiple decades to now shifting into running your own business. Can you take us through and walk us through the decision making process of how you decided to go from leaving your corporate job to being an entrepreneur full time?

Todd Ross 3:28
Well, you know, it's been several years that I have wanted to become an entrepreneur. And at one time, I did I started my own business. I, I got an I got involved with a friend of mine that I was in high school with. And we we started up our own business together. This was actually before right before I moved to Nevada to see you guys. And but it didn't, it just didn't. It didn't take. It wasn't what I was looking for in a business. So we ended up going our separate ways. Then we moved to Nevada. Last year is when I finally took this step again to say okay, I have got to get right back into this because I had a 10 year plan. And my 10 year plan did not include working for a corporation any longer. So I took the steps that I needed to, to to make sure that my plan was realized. And actually I did it a year ahead of time, a year ahead of schedule. It was it was very, very scary for me. But I felt that this was where my calling was

Yong Pratt 4:35
So much goodness in that and I think a lot of people who are listening who are business owners are thinking, Oh yeah, I had those feelings. I was really scared. So Todd, when you were at the moment when you were just really scared and you weren't sure what was going to happen with this new business you're doing now? How did you overcome that feeling of fear and just take that next step.

Todd Ross 4:58
It was really self-education. I knew that I that I had a calling. I knew that I didn't want to stay in the corporate life for the rest of my life, because I just knew that, that I wasn't going to be happy. I was I needed to serve people. I needed to be in a capacity where I wasn't seeing someone else's dream come true. I was realizing my own dream. And that took that took a lot of you've heard the term, right? If you want to take the island, you got to burn the boats. Yeah, well, for a long time, I didn't burn the boats. And I and I tried to take the island several times. And I failed because I always had a way to come back. Because I didn't burn the boats. So that analogy was really, really important to me. And then I remember Tony Robbins saying something about, you know, the word fear, mm hmm, F-E-A-R: f everything and run, right. And so I thought, No, I'm not going to be that guy. I've got to burn the boats, I've got to take the island, I've got to give up that fear. Because if I didn't, I knew I would never get any further in life. And I would just, I would still be right back where I was.

Yong Pratt 6:08
And that idea of burning a boat is so scary. And I know, for a lot of years, I did the same thing to where I would have a plan B. I had a business. And you know, it was going well and was thriving, but it wasn't fulfilling me 100% . Like I love parts of it but there were other parts. I was like, I just don't know, I don't know, I don't like this part as much. And so the idea of burning the boats. I know, for everyone listening, if you've ever done that, and that moment, when you realize you know what, screw it, I'm just going to do it my way, I'm going to make this happen, and nothing can stop me. And I think it's that moment of realization for so many people that get them over the edge and say, Yep, today is the day, I'm going to start building the business, I have no idea what it's gonna look like. But today is the day because I've made that choice.

Todd Ross 6:56
Oh, yeah. And it really comes back to you know, having faith in yourself. Feeling that confidence in yourself that you know that you can do it. If you have a job, what's the difference between having a job and doing all of those things every day? Or having your own business where now you get to control what you do. You get to serve people at the highest possible opportunity you get to you get to take something and create something that you feel inside of you. For me, I had to do that I just I couldn't keep realizing someone else's dream. And I use this phrase quite often. And you'll probably hear me say it a lot. a paycheck is a bribe that corporations give to their employees to help them forget their dreams. And so I yeah, and I was like no way.

Yong Pratt 7:49
That is so powerful. And I've never heard that particular phrase, but hearing you say it, I mean, I'm getting goosebumps thinking, that is so true. So true.

Todd Ross 8:01
And I certainly don't want to, you know, put down corporations. Everybody has a calling. Everybody knows where they're supposed to be in the life that they're in. Corporations have a purpose. They just didn't have the purpose that I was looking for. For my own life. There are many people that are happy in their jobs. They're, you know, they're they're doing okay. However, the vast majority aren't, the vast majority don't enjoy doing what they're doing. They don't wake up with purpose every morning. They don't, they don't go to work thinking oh my gosh, I get to go to work today. That just doesn't happen. Being an entrepreneur, when I get up in the morning, I have purpose. I wake up excited, ready to go. I don't even like going to bed at night. Because I don't you know, I've got so much stuff going through my head that I'm thinking okay, tomorrow, I'm gonna create this tomorrow, I'm gonna create that. And when I was working at a job, I didn't have that passion. I didn't have that that feeling of waking up with purpose every morning. Yeah, I got to go and hang out with my buddies. And I got to go there and be you know, micromanaged by my boss. But it's for some people. That's okay. They got to have that. For me. It just that wasn't what I was looking for.

Yong Pratt 9:19
Yeah, and I think so many people can relate, because there are probably some listeners out there right now who are still doing the corporate thing. And that's totally fine. Keep doing that. But if there's something in your heart that is calling to you and pulling you in a direction that is different than you're doing now. It's okay to do that. We just need to give ourselves permission because I think we wait for permission for so many things, because that's how we were raised permission to go to the bathroom permission to work with a friend permission to do this permission to do that. So when it comes to being our own bosses and running our businesses, we are sometimes waiting a little bit too long for someone else to give us permission. So if you're listening and that is you, permission is granted. You can grant your own permission to go out there and create the life you want to live the life you want. And if that includes building a business, you definitely want to connect with Todd because he is helping entrepreneurs do just this. Now, Todd, can you share with everyone what it is you're doing now and how you're serving the world?

Todd Ross 10:18
Oh, absolutely. And this is, this is like my favorite part. I love doing this, because I just love helping people. Right now I've got three programs, I've got a high performance coaching for businesses that are already established. And they just need that extra help to get them kind of over that hump to help them move the needle in their business. The other one is masterminds. I do masterminds now, I had started doing them last year. But now I do them in a more structured capacity, where I bring groups of 10 to 12 people together that have businesses that are like minded, that have similar businesses that have similar challenges. And they get to get in a room together every quarter and talk about the challenges that they're dealing with. And then share their experience. Having all that spirit that that experience in the same room is priceless.

You know, as well, as I know, because we both went through that program, the mastermind program is that masterminds are the quickest way to move a needle in a business, because you have all that experience.

The third is a new product that I'm getting ready to launch called the 30-Day Entrepreneur. It takes you from day one to day 30, building clarity, understanding what your superpower is, knowing who your ideal customer is, and then building your website, your funnel, everything that you would need to do a successful launch in 30 days and be making money. I came up with this one because I was I spent so many years in the corporate world that I that I needed to find a way to reach people that want to step into entrepreneurship, but they're just too afraid, or they're not sure how to do it. So I provide the blueprint for people to be able to do that without leaving their jobs right away. They just spend, you know, one to two hours of time per day, on their business. And by the end of the 30 days, they've got a product launched. They've got people in their pipeline, they they're building their email list, they're building their customer list. And they can in that 30 days step away from the job if they really wanted to.

Yong Pratt 12:30
Holy smokes! 30 days to becoming an entrepreneur. I so wished that I had your program, Todd, years ago when I was first jumping into entrepreneurship. Because, you know, I loved dancing, and I love teaching dance. And that's what I loved to do. But the business part was really hard for me because I didn't have anyone to model that. So it took me a long time to find some mentors to help me in that process. But here you are now, helping people go from zero to entrepreneur in 30 days, and you know that I love the quick wins and the fast results. So 30 days to start this business. So as you're listening, that's definitely something you may want to consider. If you've been thinking about the idea of entrepreneurship, or you have a business, maybe you're not getting the results you want, you know, this could be a step in the right direction to help you getting there. Now, Todd, earlier you said when you started your business before, it wasn't the right business? How did you know the business you're building now was the right one for you.

Todd Ross 13:30
When I first started out, I was worried because I was a real estate agent. I got my license to help support my wife. And so I thought, you know what, I've got a huge group of real estate agents that I can reach out to. And that was more of kind of a necessity, like a market necessity than it was where my actual true desire was. I had to refocus. I had to pivot on that earlier this year at the very beginning of this year and start thinking about Okay, what truly makes me happy? What do I want to do? Who do I want to serve? And what it really came down to was I spent so many years in the corporate environment, unhappy? How can I reach those people? How can I help those people and that's when I came up with the 30 Entrepreneur program. And I think, you know, Yong, you would agree with me that starting a business, you can do that in five minutes. Anybody can start a business in five minutes. It's being able to sustain it, and continuously build on it and innovate and, and you know, create, that's the part that takes time and effort. And if you want to create something you love, you have to spend the time and the effort on it.

Yong Pratt 14:41
I 100% agree with that. I would have to say, you know, finding someone to help you though, is really an important step in the process as well. And for years, I resisted getting help because, you know, I just thought I could do it. I was supposed to do it myself and it was supposed to be hard and I didn't know business could look different until I started finding mentors. And just listening to them and learning what they had to say. And, you know, having some sort of blueprint or a place to ask questions was such a huge opportunity for me to learn and to grow, and did everything that I was presented in those relationships work out for me 100% No, I can say honestly that, you know, nothing will work out 100%. But as long as you take something, you internalize it, you make it yours, you make it a program or offering that is completely aligned with who you are and who you want to serve. Plus, you get that help. I think that's when the magic really starts to begin.

Todd Ross 15:40
Yeah, absolutely. We all have to have coaches, whether it's a fitness coach to help you, you know, get your meet your fitness goals, whether it's a business coach to help you move the needle in your business, a life coach, we tend to like step into things, thinking that we can do it alone, and not getting that help or that or that support. I have a business coach. I have a life coach. I have a fitness coach. My business coach has a business coach. My fitness coach has a fitness coach. My life coach has a life coach, it's the natural progression of being able to learn from the experience from somebody that can give you the guidance, and the blueprint and the motivation, help you move that needle in your life. And that's really what it's all about. It's not just business, it's life is all encompassing, right life, his life is what we do on a day to day basis, and what we're going to look like one year from now, and what we look like one year ago, and what we can tell ourselves, to help keep us motivated to keep that to keep that joy to keep that, you know, just, I don't even know how to explain it really, it's just it's a feeling of I want to be better than the person I was yesterday, today. And I want to be better than the person I was today, tomorrow. And that's really the power of coaching. And I just you can't get away from it.

Yong Pratt 17:06
Absolutely, those incremental small changes are what actually builds the momentum. Everyone thinks that we just need to do these big things all the time to move the needle. But literally, when it's when it comes to your business, it's those little small steps that even in the moment might not seem significant. But over time, they do add up. And that's where the momentum starts to build. That's where the excitement builds. And having someone there to cheer you on along the way is definitely part of that. And, Todd, you said earlier that, you know, your life and your business are kind of all one they're all intermingled. And if there's anything that I've learned in the past 20 years of being an entrepreneur is that for years, I tried to separate my personal life from my business life because I didn't want people to know things about me, I wanted to be a little bit sheltered and hidden. And it was ended up being such a disaster in the end, because when I started to reassert myself and want to do things a little bit differently, and let my personality shine through, people literally did not know what to expect for like what is happening here. And because of that, you know, things happened in my brick and mortar business. I can look back now and they're huge lessons. So if you're listening, you know, take Todd's advice, for sure, make sure that your life is full. You're You're a multi faceted person. And business is just one of those facets. So let people in let them see the real you let them see all those different parts. Let them especially see the learning and the mess ups because people can relate to people who are like them, and everyone makes mistakes.

Todd Ross 18:39
Yep, absolutely. You had you had said it best about letting people in letting people understand who you are. That builds authenticity that builds your character. It shows who you are as a person with the message you want to get out to the world. So you aren't like dead on when it comes to that.

Yong Pratt 18:58
It's taken me a lot of years and a lot of failed attempts to get to the place where I can say that now. Yeah, letting people know the real you is the magic. Because even if you offer the same service, or the same product, as the person next to you, the fact that you're you and you've walked in your shoes and you have your experiences and you've learned the skills that you have inside of you already. That's what's going to differentiate you from everybody else. So don't let that stop you if you're offering the same things. Just know that if it comes from your heart and people are getting to get to know the real you. That's really the secret sauce.

Todd Ross 19:34
Yep, absolutely could not have said better.

Yong Pratt 19:38
So Todd, when you sit down to think about how do I want to connect with the right people, and you're creating content, whether that's a blog or videos, how do you sit down and create content that stays really true to your core values and what you believe in your business.

Todd Ross 19:57
And for me, it started with education, self education. And I'm not talking about like, you know, universities and that kind of stuff. I'm talking about going online, and seeing what other people are doing the messages that they're creating, and then creating my own message out to people. Whenever I get ready to launch a course, or I'm building something. If I'm creating something, I always reach out to my audience and say, What do you guys want to see? I can, I can create almost anything that you you know, that you'll be able to absorb. But what do you want to see, I want to know how to best serve you. And when I'm creating content, that's really how I do it, I listen to my, to my ideal customer, my market, I listen to the people around me that are providing positive impact. And I take that and I've created multiple documents, like I've got a social media calendar on, you know, things that you can do in your social media every single day of the year. Things you know, topics that you can talk about, I created a video go live calendar for mindset coaches and business coaches, just by finding out exactly what it is they want, and putting it now creating something with that.

Yong Pratt 21:12
So I appreciate that the first thing you said was to go out there, first of all, and look at what, what else is out there? What are people creating? Because I think, you know, for those of us raised in a traditional school system, the idea that you should never copy or never borrow anything else, like you have to have all these original thoughts. When you get out into the real world. I mean, I don't think like there's there's no such thing as an original thought it's all been done before. It's just the spin that we put on it. So I want to thank you for saying that. And then secondly, you said, listening to your audience. And I think so many people forget this part. Because we get so wrapped up in, I have to create content, I have to blog, I have to podcast, I have to make videos, and getting into that mindset of creation, and like always creating, but when we take a step back, and we just ask people a question, because people legitimately love to give you their feedback, we just have to be brave enough to ask for it even when it's scary.

Todd Ross 22:12
That's right. And, you know, what I create is things that people can use. How many times have you gone on Facebook? And you saw like an iPhone case or something like that, that? That seems like it's great. But then you get it. And it's absolute garbage? You know, those types of things? I just it I get, I don't know, maybe go off on a tangent. But they frustrate me because it's like, why can't we create things that people can actually use in their lives. And that's really where my heart is, I don't, I would not create something that I don't think people would want to use, or wouldn't you know, benefit from? I love being an entrepreneur and being able to do that, because I believe that the word entrepreneur has taken a whole new shape. And that is being authentic, and creating, creating good stuff that people can use. I have learned a lot from other influencers like Brendon Burchard, Tony Robbins, and Dean Gaziosi. And Jeff Walker, these guys, you know, they didn't have original thoughts, either. When when they started, they, they found somebody that could teach them, Hey, this is how you do this, this is how you do that. Here's the type of message, here's the authenticity you want to provide to your, you know, to your to your audience. And that's how we do that today we did today, we're just we're in a, we're in a positive mindset, at least I am. I'm in a positive mindset, where I just want to produce and create things that encourage people to be positive. So hope that really I kind of did that roundabout way of explaining kind of where I'm coming from. But I just want to say, wow, you know that we have such a great opportunity here. And I just, I'm so grateful and honored to be a part of it.

Yong Pratt 24:09
Yes. And I love that you summed up entrepreneurship. I mean, you have a great ideas, and you share it with people, you get their feedback and share it again. I mean, it can really be as simple as that. And I know, for some of you listening, you're probably thinking, Wait, but it has to be harder than that. And it really at its most core. That's what entrepreneurs do. We're finding something that's missing, and we're giving that out into the world. And we're giving with open hearts. And then the right people automatically say, hey, I need that thing. You know, they see these things that we're creating. And that's how you build a business. It's not as hard as it used to be for sure, because we have tools, literally at our fingertips, that we can make videos, we can create podcast episodes, we can pretty much do everything from the phone these days. So like you said, the opportunity that is available right now for every one listening. Doesn't matter your age, doesn't matter, your background doesn't matter what's happened to you in the past? What do you want to do in the future? And how can you take some action today and get started?

Todd Ross 25:12
And really, you know, entrepreneurship is all about finding a problem to solve. I mean, we've got almost what a billion people in the world, I'm sure there's a few problems we can find resolved.

Yong Pratt 25:23
Maybe just a few. Just a few,

Todd Ross 25:26
just a few.

Yong Pratt 25:28
All right, so Todd, how would you ensure that you're showing up every day as your most awesome self?

Todd Ross 25:36
Oh, ah, boy, this one is tough. Because there's, there's days where you don't want to show up, and there's days that you don't want to be your awesome self. So it takes, again, a breath, big, deep breath and, and realizing what the impact you're providing to the world. Energy is not something we get from food, I learned this, because every time I go and you know, like, take Thanksgiving dinner, for instance, you go eat Thanksgiving dinner, do you feel like you just want to take on the world? Heck, no, you want to go take a nap. So you know, energy is really, in the mind.

Our being our awesome self is all about mindset. If we can change our mindset, we can be awesome, at every moment of every day, and it becomes effortless. Because we've now taken on a mindset that we are going to create, we're going to lead we're going to be power. If we if we were to rely on all of the other crap around us, that's going on the world, the pandemic, the politics, the Trump versus Biden, the, you know, whatever it is, we will always be down. So we have to figure out a way. And that's through our minds. It's the only thing that we can change in this world. We can't change everything else outside of we can't change our kids can't change our spouse, we can't change what's going on in Washington, we can influence. But we cannot change that stuff. We have to change our mindset. And that's really where it starts.

You want to be your awesome self, change your mindset, you and then commit to take massive action. That's what Tony Robbins always says to take massive action show up every single day. And I'm not perfect when it comes to that. As a matter of fact, I missed going live yesterday, even I told my audience I was going to be live. I missed going live yesterday because I had some other things come up. But I should have showed up. And I didn't. And so that's it's hard. And I don't always, I don't always do it. But I can tell you that I know that I'm in charge of my mindset, I know that I'm in charge of my energy, I know that I'm in charge of my motivation, and how I serve people. And that's so

Yong Pratt 27:57
Well said yes. So well said Sorry. I didn't mean to jump on you there. I'm just so excited. I'm fired up. Because, yes, yes, the only thing you have control over is your mindset, and you taking action towards whatever it is that you want to create. So well said, Todd, thank you for that. So Todd, before we wrap up, I want to make sure that listeners can connect with you find out what you're offering, because you have so much knowledge to share with the world. This 30 day entrepreneur program, you're offering cluster coaching, all the other things, I want to make sure they know where to find you.

Oh, absolutely. My email, not my email, my web address is www dot ToddVRoss.com Todd V Ross dot com. I made it very simple. I wanted to I wanted to make it very simple for people.

Awesome. Well thank you so much for being here. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge. I know that we'll connect again because now that we're re-connected I feel like there's so much we can do together because when we're all moving in the same direction, the momentum that gets build up is so much greater. So as you're listening to this podcast, go connect with Todd. Find out what he's offering in the world. Or find someone out there that can help you get to that next level. Todd is really, really good at mindset so connect with him. Todd, thank you so much for being here.

Todd Ross 29:24
Thank you so much for having me. I really appreciate you so much.

Yong Pratt 29:28
And thank you to everyone who is listening. This is the Amplify Your Awesome™ podcast. I'm your host, Yong Pratt, and I look forward to catching you on the next episode.

So what do you think? Did you take as many notes as I did during the episode? I know I learned so much from Todd In this episode, the way he views the world, the way he sees mindset, how he's helping other people overcome mindset issues, and how he's doing that to help them really build these amazing businesses and helping a lot of people leave quit Corporate, which in this day and age is really sort of a trend that's happening right since the beginning of this pandemic. So much has shifted. So he's out there now helping other people leave corporate and plan for these businesses that they're going to love that light them up. And that gives them purpose to wake up every morning. So I want you to stick around and make sure you hit that subscribe button because next week, we're going to hear the full length episode from Wendy Guth. Now, if you remember, Wendy went from corporate meeting planner to becoming a transformational travel coach. Now if the idea of transformational travel sounds as appealing to you, as it does to me, make sure you stay tuned because that is coming your way next week. Thank you for listening today, and I will catch you next time. Cheers.

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[0:00] Welcome to episode number 300 of the Amplify Your Awesome podcast. Today you’re going to learn Yong’s number one tip for building a business build around everything that makes you so awesome.

 

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Yong Pratt 0:00
Welcome to episode number 300 of the Amplify Your Awesome™ podcast. Today you're going to learn my number one tip for building a business build around everything that makes you Oh, so awesome.

Have you ever felt like there is something missing in your business, something holding you back from the success you're seeking? If so, you are not alone. For nearly 20 years, that's exactly how I felt as a business owner. It wasn't until I discovered Human Design, that it all became clear. And it turns out that I was the missing piece in my own business. Join me on this journey of discovering the real me and hear stories from other business owners building businesses around all of their awesomeness. I'm Yong Pratt, and it's time my friend to Amplify Your Awesome™

300. It's hard to believe that this is already the 300th episode of the podcast. On one hand, I feel like it's taken a very long time to get here and a very circuitous journey to get here. On the other hand, I feel like it has just flown by.

I started podcasting way back in 2013. And this particular podcast has taken on many iterations, and has gone many different directions. And that is the one thing that I love most about podcasting, the ability to pivot to make changes to do new things in your business are so available to you on a podcast. And I couldn't be more excited for you to join me today for this 300th episode.

Now, if we haven't met yet, let me take a moment to introduce myself. I'm Yong Pratt, host of the Amplify Your Awesome™ podcast. And I'm honored to be called Dr. content by my students and my clients. Why? Because I'm that person that can help them cure what is ailing their content, whether they are new to content creation in their business, or they even been creating content for quite some time and have an abundance of it, and are now looking to find ways to leverage to maximize and especially to amplify that content, they call upon me. And I couldn't be more excited to help them do that. Because my mission in life is to help you look good. And the way that I do that is to help you put your best foot forward out in the world of business. By creating content that you can then repurpose and reuse so that you can stop working so hard on content creation. Because I see that happen all the time. So many people fall into the content creation hamster wheel, thinking they need to churn out content daily. And they just keep going and going and going. And it gets really exhausting.

So I'm here to stop the insanity, and help you to be really smart about the ways that you can share your content because it can be so much fun. It can be so easy. And I know that almost sounds like a dirty word in business. But easy doesn't mean it's lacking challenges. It just means you're able to create things more effortlessly because they're the right things. You're connecting with the right people. So that is what I do here at Amplify Your Awesome™.

Now I wanted to slide in here to episode number 300 because I just couldn't let it go by without celebrating and commemorating because all of you have been part of this very episode. Without you listening without you going up there to rate and review and subscribe to this podcast. Without you sending messages of what you've learned on the podcast and interacting with me on social media and getting me excited about bringing more content to you every week. This episode definitely would not have happened. So I thought on this episode, what I would do is give you my advice. My number one tip on building a business that stays true to the real you and helps you to amplify all your awesome. Are you ready for it?

Here is my number one tip, get help. If you're thinking, wait. If I just ask for help everything in my business will be hunky dory. Well, that's not quite the case. However, that is the first step. Now let me give you some practical examples of how I've used this in my business. Because every time I ask for help, it moves the needle in my business even during times when I didn't feel like the business was a reflection of the real me doing this one thing with still propel my business to another level. Are you ready for it?

Okay, so back when I ran a performing arts school, which I did for 17 years, I had a ton of students in the beginning. The business kind of exploded. I didn't really have a plan for it. I just kind of hopped in and did business because all I wanted to do was share my love of dance and my experiences traveling across the globe and performing with my local students because I wasn't able to find classes for me to take. So the next best thing logically was to teach others my passions. So that's what I did.

Because the business exploded so quickly, I was teaching a lot of classes 20 to 30 classes a week, and I was getting really exhausted. So the first place I had to stop and ask for help wise in the teaching of the classes. I had to go out there and find teachers that I felt were qualified to teach the students at the level that I wanted. Once I freed up some time and was able to teach less, I actually filled that time doing administrative tasks. So I was literally trading one task for another. So that didn't really move me forward. So I had to really take an assessment of what was going on and what I needed.

And then the next logical step for me at that time, was to hire somebody to help me administratively. And at first, it looked like this person coming to my house once a week to help me catch up on paperwork. To make phone calls. To make sure people were in the right classes, to answer questions, and just be sort of the eyes and ears of the business. And that was once a week, which evolved into a full time position.

Eventually, once we had kids, I really needed to ask for help with the kids. I'm fortunate that I live in the same town as my parents. So they were able to help me out with the kids when I needed it.

And then when it came to wanting to grow my business and do more, and to really build a business and not just have this hobby, which everyone thought it was, I kind of thought it was a hobby because that's what people told me, right? Oh, must be nice to play with kids all day, they would say and I would take offense to that. So I started really digging around trying to find ways that I could learn more about being a business owner, not just a tactician, not just someone who taught classes, but someone who actually ran a business. So again, I had to ask for help.

And that looked like hiring a mentor and investing in programs that can help you learn practical skills on how to build a real business. Now, I do have to say that when you are investing in your business in this capacity, it may require some financial commitment. Because you have skin in the game, you're more apt to do the things your mentors ask you, you're more apt to follow through. So that is my number one tip for building a business that stays true to the real you go out there and ask for help. Because once you do that, once you start asking for help, it becomes a habit, which is a great thing because when you're asking for help, and you're getting help in the places that you need, you now have time to go out there and truly, truly amplify everything that makes you awesome in your business.

Stick around for the next episode, where you'll meet Tracy Brinkmann who's gone from hitting rock bottom, and so much loss in his life to now helping other entrepreneurs be seen by focusing on what is between their ears.

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From Caregiver to Productivity and Stress Management Coach Part 1

From Caregiver to Productivity and Stress Management Coach Part 1

[0:00]  Welcome back to Episode Five of Season Five. Today’s guest is Lisa Zawrontny, a caregiver turned productivity and stress management coach.

 

[1:18] How Lisa transitioned from caregiver to productivity and stress management coach

 

[3:28] Lisa’s Tips for building a business that stays true to the real you and allows all your awesome to shine through

 

[6:45] Connect with Lisa on her website, http://www.PositivelyProductive.com or on Instagram

 

[7:25] Stick around because coming up next is an episode with me as we celebrate our 300th episode of the podcast and you’ll learn my number one tip for building a business to Amplify Your Awesome.

 

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From Marine Corps and Corporate to Entrepreneur and Coach Part 1

From Marine Corps and Corporate to Entrepreneur and Coach Part 1

[0:00] Welcome to Season number five of the Amplify Your Awesome podcast! To celebrate the big day, I have eight jam-packed mini-episodes for you to feast on. Our first guest is Todd Ross, who’s gone from Marine Corps and corporate to now helping employees become entrepreneurs.

 

[1:54] Todd’s backstory and journey to entrepreneurship

 

[2:21] The 4 letter word Todd had to overcome to make the shift from employee to entrepreneur

 

[3:47] Who Todd serves helps others transform and increase joy

 

[5:00] Todd’s #1 [and #2 ] Tips for building a business that stays true to the real you and allows all your awesome to shine through

 

[6:31] Connect with Todd on his website, http://www.ToddVRoss.com

 

[7:31] Don’t miss out on the next episode, where you’ll meet Wendy Guth, who has gone from corporate meeting planner to transformational travel coach.

 

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