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Nov 30, 2016

Dr. Antonio Soler earned his Medical Doctorate after 4 years as President of his class from Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico in 2008. After doing his one-year General Medicine internship and not knowing what to specialize in, he understood that the Path of Searching was the actual way, the end in itself. In his quest for truth, and for true mental, physical and spiritual well-being, he has researched, and self tested dozens of techniques, like Zen meditation, running, cycling, different diets (if not all of them), integrative medicine, etc. In a field where many people just go for the money, he went for value, to actually improve people’s lives and heal them along the way. Along his other cousin, Dr. Michael Soler, he joined to form and grow Puerto Rico’s leading Bariatric and Obesity Medicine Clinic, with the clear understanding and realization that the body, mind and spirit can heal completely, and that illness, most of the time is not something to be accepted, but challenged and overcame. Today his quest continues, and as a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, new horizons in healing appear nearby, but most importantly not for him, but for the people and patients he cares about.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Antonio’s background
  • Why it’s so important to bring enormous value
  • Antonio’s penchant for learning
  • Why your little choices add up to the big picture
  • Overcoming addictions to distractions
  • Being conscious of what you’re actually doing by tracking it
  • How to keep track of what you’re eating
  • The detox that Antonio is doing right now
  • What Antonio’s meals typically look like
  • The study from the Adventist Health Study on why the people who drank the most water were the healthiest
  • How much sleep you really need and how lack of sleep really hurts you
  • Strategies for getting sleep
  • “Forks Over Knives” -- a documentary you should watch on Netflix
  • Why Antonio would choose Gandhi to spend time with if he could
  • Antonio’s time as an ROTC

Ways to contact Antonio:

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Nov 23, 2016

Lewis Schiff is a founder of BEN Global Mentorship (poweredbyben.com), an e-learning platform that helps up-and-coming entrepreneurs build a company everyone knows about. You know those rockstar entrepreneurs you’d give your left arm for 10 minutes of their time? Poweredbyben.com gives you 8 weeks of mentoring with them. And you get to keep your arm.

Schiff is the author of The First Habit: The One Technique That Can Change Your Life, based on the single most commonly found behavior in self-made millionaires based on Schiff’s interviews with over 1,000 success stories. He has committed to sharing this book with 1,000,000 Americans. Download it for free at poweredbyben.com/1sthabit-giveaway.

Schiff is also the author of the best-selling book, Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons, which focuses on the wealth-creating behaviors and attitudes that work best in the new economy (Harper Collins 2013) and features in-depth profiles of the success philosophies of entrepreneurial greats such Richard Branson and Steve Jobs.

In 2010, Lewis Schiff founded Inc. Magazine’s Business Owners Council, a membership organization for top entrepreneurs and owners of closely-held family businesses. Recent speakers to the Council include: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Deepak Chopra and Jim McCann, founder of 1-800-Flowers, Tony Hsieh of Zappos.com and Bert Jacobs of Life is Good.

In 2016, The Council re-launched Birthing of Giants (www.birthingofgiants.com), breathing new life into a renowned learning program that leverages 15 years of research and best practices for growth-oriented entrepreneurs. Apply to be a Birthing of Giants fellow.

Schiff has co-authored two books: The Influence of Affluence: How The Rich Are Changing America (2006) charts the rise of America's growing affluent middle-class through original research and analysis. The Armchair Millionaire (2000) describes a wealth-creation system that leverages Nobel-Prize winning methodologies. Today, Schiff maintains a blog about behavioral entrepreneurship on Entrepreneur.com.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why every entrepreneur needs a mentor
  • Lewis’ mentorship programs
  • Lewis’ early entrepreneurship experiences including The Armchair Millionaire
  • What keeps the majority of people from success
  • Lewis’ books -- and which one to read first
  • The Birthing of Giants program and the four areas focused on in the curriculum
  • A quick thing you can do to have a dramatic impact in your business
  • Lewis’ book that you can get to free
  • Making your own job when what you’re good at doesn’t fit into a job
  • What Lewis learned as a beer salesman
  • Business books that Lewis recommends
  • Why Lewis is inspired by Mark Zuckerberg and why he’d love to talk to him

Ways to contact Lewis:

Nov 16, 2016

Rob Dube was fresh out of Albion College in 1991 when he and his lifelong friend, Joel Pearlman, founded imageOne, and he was more than ready for the role of co-owner and President. In fact, he had practically spent his whole life preparing for the day.

Rob’s journey began in ninth grade when he and Joel launched their first business – selling blow pop candy out of their school lockers. From blow pops they moved on to other endeavors, such as selling t-shirts and detailing cars.

Rob and his partner realized early on that their passion to deliver an extraordinary customer experience would be key to their success. It is this passion that has become the driving force behind imageOne’s success.

In 2004, imageOne was acquired by a public company; and in 2006 Rob and his partner reacquired the company. While going through the process of reacquiring imageOne, they discussed ways they could make a difference in the world. After reading the book Small Giants, by Bo Burlingham, they became obsessed with building an amazing company culture and giving back. Their mission is to change the lives of their team, their customers, and everyday people in small and big ways.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • What Rob and his business partner Joel learned from going to Zingerman’s during college
  • How they started imageOne and the initial struggles they faced
  • Books that Rob loves and has learned from
  • How Rob and Joel split up duties and how they stay on the same page
  • How Bo Burlingham’s “Small Giants” changed Rob and his business career
  • The impact Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) has had on Rob
  • Rob’s meditation strategies
  • Why Rob loves the Roadrunner (and Wile E. Coyote)
  • Why Rob would love to spend time with the Dalai Lama

Ways to contact Rob:

Nov 9, 2016

Kent Lapp is an Entrepreneur, Investor, & Optimistic Realist.

He grew up in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

His father, Sanford Lapp, unfortunately was diagnosed with cancer at age 29, passing away 7 years later at the young age of 36.  This left his mother, Barb, with 4 kids and a small business to run when Kent was 10 years old.

After graduating High School in 2002, Kent went straight into the family business that my father had started in 1983, Woodtex. After working in all areas of the company for several years, they started the process of turning the day to day management over from his mom to himself. His mom has since moved out of this company altogether, and she sold it to Kent and his brother Ben.

Woodtex currently has manufacturing & sales locations in four states, NY, SC, TX & TN, although they do sell and deliver nationwide.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Kent’s background
  • Why Kent moved his headquarters to Nashville
  • Getting clear on your core values
  • Employees vs team members
  • What gets Kent going every day
  • The value of hard work and gritting through the challenges you face as an entrepreneur
  • Why quitting is the wrong choice
  • The lessons that Kent has learned from his mentors
  • Some examples of why Woodtex has launched products and had to go away from them
  • Why your team members need to be clear on what their role is
  • Kent’s struggles with self discipline
  • Why Kent loves “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and “The ONE Thing” by Gary W. Keller
  • Why Kent would spend time with Winston Churchill if he could

Ways to contact Kent:

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