052: Harnessing Creativity, Riding Innovation, Episode 1: Creative Environments = Lots of Ideas

March 29, 2018

I have people ask me all the time, "Mark, how can I become a more creative person?" The answer is simple. You are already creative! People, by their very nature, are creative. The frustration comes from having so many creative ideas without a way to harness and use those ideas. In this multi-part series, I will teach you how to recognize, capture, hone, and deploy those creative ideas you have in your head. I am very excited to share this series with you because it's a topic I'm passionate about. Creativity and innovation go hand in hand. Equipped with the tools you'll hear in this podcast series, you will undoubtedly unlock the door to your creative power and expand your personal capacity to make a difference in the world. And don't worry, you don't have to be lying on a sandy beach, hiking in the beautiful mountains, or sailing across the Pacific Ocean to generate fantastic ideas. You can be creative ANYWHERE. Please share this episode with your friends, family, and co-workers. I hope it makes a difference. Thank you for listening. 

-Mark

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051: Your Personal Brand is Everything! Part 2

March 1, 2018

Your personal brand is everything! In my last podcast, Your Personal Brand is Everything!, I talked about the importance of building your personal brand and the ways in which companies and individuals successfully brand themselves. In Part 2, I want you to ask yourself some important questions. Do you have the resources and the talent to reach your goals? Do you have someone in your life who will be your mirror? What do you do if you fail? Take some time to consider these questions and answer them honestly. Awareness is a key component of moving forward toward success. Enjoy Part 2 of this podcast and reach out to me if you have questions you need answered. Building a personal brand you can be proud of requires discipline, an open mind, awareness, and a passion to succeed and follow your dreams. Remember: You are in control of building your personal brand. And if you don't take the time to build your own, you'll be working for someone else who did. Thank you for listening. 

- Mark

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050: Your Personal Brand is Everything!

February 22, 2018

How important is a personal brand? Do certain qualities come to mind when you hear Amazon, Starbucks and Apple? This is because these companies have successfully branded themselves as the best in the business. Like a corporation, you too are constantly branding yourself. Do you post your ideas and photographs on social media? With what purpose in mind? Are you not branding yourself by portraying your best, or, in some cases, your worst self to the world? What do people say about you behind your back? Are you known for being kind, punctual, generous and hard-working? Maybe you are creative and intelligent, but cranky and undisciplined? You are in control of building your personal brand. And if you don't build your own, you'll find yourself working for someone else who did. Either be "the man" or be controlled by "the man." I hope you enjoy Part 1 of this two-part series, Your Personal Brand is Everything! Stay tuned for Steps 2-5 of how to effectively build your personal brand. It might be helpful to have a pen and notepad handy to jot down some notes. Remember, becoming the brand you want to show the world is up to you!

- Mark

 

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049: Relationships: Lever Or Anchor?

February 16, 2018

I have often been asked about relationships and entrepreneurship and how the two mix. In my belief, relationships can be one of two things: a lever or an anchor. A lever is something that provides influence and allows you to use a simple amount of effort to get multiple times the value. In a similar way, an anchor creates enough hold to stop a large vessel from moving against heavy wind and current. Now consider your relationships. Are they levers, pulling you toward achievement? Or are they anchors, stopping forward movement and perhaps pulling you down? Personal relationships can have either a positive or a negative impact on your career. Do you communicate your entrepreneurial visions and desires to your partner? Do you listen to their dreams as well? Are you setting clear and reasonable expectations early in the relationship? Ponder these questions. My hope is that they help you to craft relationships that are purposefully aligned, effective, and successful. We don't have control over when relationships come into our lives but we do have control over our actions when they do. Communication is key. Thank you for listening. 

- Mark 

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048: Relationship Building with Business Phenom, Todd Thoman

February 6, 2018

Relationships are one of the most valuable and precious commodities we have in the world today. Mr. Todd Thoman is a close, personal friend and perhaps one of the finest relationship builders I've ever met. He is genuine and kind, a hard worker and a man who finds purpose in serving others with a strong desire to leave a powerful and positive impact on the world. From his early days in the entertainment industry, to his experience in the retail world of high-end fashion and luxury goods, to his cutting-edge work today in healthcare, Todd remains, at his core, a man who believes in the power of relationships built on integrity. His humble nature draws people of influence to him. Thank you, Todd, for sharing your experience and wisdom with Mind Your Business. The ride is just beginning for Mr. Thoman and retirement is out of the question. I can't wait to see what's next. Listeners, as always, I thank you for taking the time to listen and to pass on the information you find of value. I encourage you to share this podcast with those aspiring to cultivate and strengthen their business and personal relationships. 

- Mark

  

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047: A Transformative Talk with Stephanie Flynn of Fit Body Boot Camp

January 30, 2018

What a pleasure to sit down with Stephanie Flynn, owner and operator of Fit Body Boot Camp! Stephanie is a busy woman, running 4 FBBC locations in Tulsa, Owasso and Bixby and raising a young daughter. Her mission is to help transform the health of local women so they can discover their potential to live healthy and fulfilling lives. She believes that we all have the potential and the power within ourselves to be, do and have whatever we want in our lives. Her own story of overcoming a deadly eating disorder and almost losing her life, has equipped her with perhaps the most powerful gift she has to give...experience. Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing your incredible experience with us. I know that our listeners will find great value in the tools you use to stay motivated and to empower women to push beyond their self-imposed limits to discover the beautiful potential underneath the doubt and fear. As Stephanie shared, asking for help is key. We're all in this together and here to help each other. If you are looking to transform your life and your attitude, you won't find a better coach than Stephanie Flynn. Thank you for listening. 

- Mark 

 

ABOUT STEPHANIE FLYNN

Hi my name is Stephanie Flynn, and I started Tulsa Fit Body Boot Camp to help transform the health of local women, so they can discover their potential to live healthy and fulfilling lives. In less than one year, I completely transformed my life, and became a Bill Phillips’ Transformation Champion in 2009, and now I would like to share what I have learned to help you make the transformation you deserve! At Tulsa FBBC, we educate and empower you with the knowledge and skills to transform your health, fitness, and entire well-being. Following the less is more principle, we teach you proven, reliable ways to exercise and eat right without having to kill yourself in the gym or starve yourself with calorie restriction. We also provide you with accountability, support and friends through our group personal training classes and accountability programs. With our guidance, you will shed fat, negativity, and excess baggage to become the healthy, happy and fit person you were created to be! By being the change and teaching women basic and simple transformation tools, I plan to transform the health of 1000s of women and children in Oklahoma, one person at a time, starting with YOU!


“Empowering women to gain confidence, lose body fat, and reach their true potential in life, even if they are pressed for time, have tried everything to change and nothing else has worked, and feel they are at a point of no return.”  

Stephanie Flynn

Tulsa Fit Body Boot Camp

3131 South Yale Avenue Tulsa, OK 74135

(918)960-0872 ‎ 

 

 

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046: Resolutions: They’re Not Just For January 1st

January 22, 2018

Do you feel pressured to make New Year's Resolutions? Does the first day of each new year automatically compel you to set goals for the future? You're not alone. But it's important to realize that if the goals you set are not specific, measurable, and realistic, they won't materialize no matter how resolute you are on January 1. There are at least 364 other days that are perfectly suitable to define goals. I am a big believer in setting goals, but I don't wait for the new year to do so. The goal must be meaningful to me and I must be ready for it and willing to set parameters in order to reach it. Remember, soon is not a time. Be specific and set a date to crush that goal. Some is not a number. Write down exactly what you want to achieve. And luck is not a strategy. If it is to be, it is up to me. And you. Thank you for listening. 

- Mark

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045: The Essentials of Entrepreneurship

January 8, 2018

The term "entrepreneur" is tossed around a lot in today's business world.  Many people wish to become entrepreneurs and get out from under "the man," otherwise known as the corporate structure.  But what is a true entrepreneur and what does it take to become one?  My team had some questions about entrepreneurship so we sat down and had a chat.  I hope you find value in the questions they asked and the answers I offered.  The answers are quite simple, although oftentimes, I find that human beings get lost in unneccessary minutiae.  I like to say, "never let perfection be the enemy of accomplishment."  I hope you will listen to this podcast and hear encouragement, determination, discipline, and passion.  And I hope you will use it to push your limits and explore the creativity you have inside of you.  Thank you for listening. 

- Mark

 

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044: A 45 Minute Session with Therapist, Melanie Logan

December 21, 2017

It was an absolute joy to sit down for a 45 minute session with Melanie Logan, a licensed professional counselor. From favorite authors, potty training, and tips to using video app Marco Polo, we covered a wide spectrum of topics that will educate, inspire, and delight you. You are in for a treat! Ms. Logan is a therapist in Tulsa, Oklahoma whose mission is to help people find joy in their lives. In this podcast, Melanie shares about her path to becoming a counselor, the nudges that inspired her to open her own practice, and the passion and excitement she gets to experience as a direct result of helping others. Melanie is authentic, insightful, and truly gifted. She is a woman who absolutely insists that there is joy to be had and she is determined to help others discover it within themselves.

Melanie Logan, LPC, aptly named her private practice: Joyful Living Counseling Services LLC.  Please visit her website to learn more about her at www.joyfullivingcounseling.com

P.S. Test your self confidence by downloading the video app Marco Polo on your smart phone. It's a free download in Google Play. 

- Mark

 

 

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043: The Power of The #MeToo Movement

December 14, 2017

If you've watched TV or followed social media lately, you must certainly be aware of the #MeToo Movement. This movement is an example of incredible social evolution for which I am thrilled. I am especially proud of the courageous women who have come forth and spoken their truth. Their bravery has made it possible for still others to find their voice to speak out against such reprehensible behavior and treatment of females in the workplace. If you are a woman who has been hurt by sexual assault and/or harassment, I am deeply sorry you experienced that and I stand in staunch support of you speaking out. Thank you for your courage. Sexual assault and harassment cannot be tolerated. It took one voice to start a movement for change. It takes all of our voices to make it stick. Thank you for listening. 

- Mark

 

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