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We are very excited to present part 1 of our interview with Jon Schumacher, Entrepreneur, Coach, and Fitness Guru.

Jon Schumacher starts the show off with two huge points.  First, he just left a stable success job to work full time on his passion.  Second, he puts it into perspective how much time you have in your life and how much time you have for your loved ones.

Jon Schumacher didn't really have the entrepreneur itch until 2010 when he started working on his own personal brand.  After exhausting his Facebook and Google friends, the company crashed.  He was disheartened and left that for the stock market.  He found his way back and started working on his brands again, using his vast knowledge of person fitness to educate and help people.  Also, he did all this while working a full time 'day job'.

Jon Schumacher also discusses some of the challenges to overcome when you go off on your own business.  It can be a scary decision to make, but it also offers a ton of opportunity.

Books we talked about during the show:

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki on Amazon and iTunes.

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As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

Direct download: 074_Interview_Part_1_with_Jon_Schumacher.mp3
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Happy Friday Utopians!  Today is the last Friday of the month and that means a new recap show.  Josh and Ben talk about the last 4 interviews with Joel & Pei, Eden Sunshine, Philip Beyer, and Midori Verity as well as catching up with what is happening in their lives.

Ben & Josh start the show talking about a very recent incident with Ben at his job.  The company wants to pay his cell phone bill, great news right?  The truth is, nothing is free and paying the bill also means giving out his cell number.  What to do?

Next, our hosts spend some time talking about Josh's experiences with his new motorcycle.  He also admits to being an adrenalin junkie (which may explain some of his hobbies).  They also play with the idea of starting a new show!

Josh & Ben then talk about the conversation with Joel & Pei.  Those two were a blast to talk with and they were super accommodating given some technical difficulties that happened during the show.  As it turns out, our hosts cannot pick a top value bomb!  This may be the first time that has happened on Build Your Utopia.

Then Ben & Josh move to Eden Sunshine (yes, his real name).  Ben starts off with an apology, there was something on the audio that was very difficult to remove and it is obvious that Ben's pride was bruised because he couldn't fix it.  Our hosts decide that their favorite value bomb from Eden was "learn to do the right work."

Our hosts then have a mini intermission and talk about Josh's issues with bees!

Once they get that out of their system, Josh and Ben then speak about Philip Beyer and his fantastic accent!  Something about that southern accent makes a person super easy to listen to.   Our hosts couldn't agree on a favorite value bomb from Philip.  Josh picked "sales, sales, sales" while Ben picked "organize your business through systemization."  It actually shouldn't be that surprising based on what we know about our hosts personalities.

Finally, Josh & Ben revisit this week's interview with Midori Verity.  That was a great interview as well. Josh and Midori actually have something in common, something that Ben just doesn't understand. Our hosts were able to agree on this one and chose "look at the big picture, don't get caught up with the small things."

Here are the books and movies that came up during the show:

As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

Direct download: 073_There_is_a_Bee_on_my_Shoulder.mp3
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We are very excited to share part 2 of our interview with Midori Verity, Relationship Coach, Entrepreneur, and Author.

Midori Verity shares some detail and specifics in her affirmations.  She shares the story that she is currently mentoring some young adults and invited them over to her house to create vision boards.  The vision board helps to visualize the goals and the attitudes you want to embody by making it part of something real.  Then she shares a story about communication, specifically with her husband.  She shares the Rubber Band Technique.  It is a tool to adjust your thinking from a negative space into a positive one.

Midori Verity tells us some of the things that help keep her in balance, and one of the biggest ones is working out, physical activity.  She doesn't enjoy running, but she does it every day because she knows she'll feel better once she is done.  Midori and Josh then talk about the benefits of kick boxing.  Sometimes Midori doesn't always have the time to work out, and she makes conscious, positive decisions to keep her schedule.

Midori Verity also shares her 3 take home lessons for us:

  • Gratitude, come from a place of Gratitude
  • Look at the big picture, don't get caught up with the small things
  • Take care of yourself

Here are the books we talked about in the show:

  • Secrets to a Kickass Marriage by Midori Verity Amazon.

Follow Midori Verity here:

As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

Direct download: 072_Interview_Part_2_with_Midori_Verity.mp3
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We are very excited to share part 1 of our interview with Midori Verity, Relationship Coach, Entrepreneur, and Author.

Midori Verity shares where she came from and how far along she is in building her Utopia.  5 years ago she was in a very different place, battling depression and trying to find the strength to just get out of bed every day.  It is a truly inspirational to know where she came from and where she is now.

Midori Verity also shares some of her tips and some of her process in writing her book.  She didn't set aside time every day to write, but was driven by her passion to get the book written and the information out there.  Being married for 30 years definitely gave her a wealth of experience to draw from, but she also recognized some of her shortcomings and brought in other experts to co-write some portions of the book.

Midori Verity then talks with Josh and Ben about a concept that help her greatly once she discovered it, Neuroplasticity.  Affirmations, gratitude, and positive thinking all helped her change the way she views her life and what she knew could be possible with her life.

Here are the books we talked about in the show:

  • Secrets to a Kickass Marriage by Midori Verity Amazon.

Follow Midori Verity here:

As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

Direct download: 071_Interview_Part_1_with_Midori_Verity.mp3
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We are proud to publish part 2 of our interview with Philip Beyer, Entrepreneur, Author, and Coach.

Philip Beyer recounts a story of Steve Jobs and his return to Apple. When Jobs came back to Apple, he asked to see everything the company was working on, and after seeing the pile of products, he cut nearly everything out and left only three or four products.  This hits home for Philip, especially after his experience with the crash in 2008-2009.  It is best for the business leaders, the business, and even the market to focus your efforts on one thing.

Philip Beyer, Ben, and Josh also talked about examples of companies that have some simple systems in place.  The act of greeting your customers when they come into the store is a system designed to make the customer feel welcome and appreciated.  It's also simple to implement from a training/management point of view as well.

Finally, we recapped Philip Beyer's top three lessons:

  • Make business contacts, don't be shy to talk to people
  • Sales, Sales, Sales
  • Organize your business through systemization

Here are the books we talked about in the show:

Follow Philip Beyer here:

As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

Direct download: 070_Interview_Part_2_with_Philip_Beyer.mp3
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We are very pleased to share part one of our interview with Philip Beyer, Entrepreneur, Author, and Coach.

Philip Beyer is a proud husband and father who is very involved in his community.  His wife, kids, and daughter in law all take part in the businesses and this helps to keep him happy and grounded in what matters most.  Having the people he cares about and trusts also helps to keep away the business chaos that Philip feels is one of the biggest hurdles of modern business.

Philip Beyer hasn't always been a system driven, organized person.  He started out, in his words, as a mess.  He was even called out by one of his customers about the level of disorganization in his business.  After reading the book E-Myth by Michael Gerber, Philip really got into processes and systems.

Philip also reflects on some of the business choices in his past, both positive and negative.  His software company was doing great and he had the opportunity to sell Beyer Printing back in 2008-2009.  At the time, he decided he would just run both, after all, they were both doing really well.  Then the market crashed, and Beyer Printing took a big hit and it took years of hard work to recover.

Here are the books we talked about in the show:

Follow Philip Beyer here:

As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

Direct download: 069_Interview_Part_1_with_Philip_Beyer.mp3
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We are very pleased to present part two of our interview with Eden Sunshine.  Eden is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author.

Eden is a big proponent of developing systems.  He gave us a few tips from Level 7 Systems.  It is huge to create your business around systems that drive the goals of the company.  That way, if someone is not available, others can step in and follow the system to get constant results.

We also learn the struggles that Eden and his wife face between being entrepreneurs as well as parents.  What is the right balance between work and family?  How many clients can you take on and give them all they need without losing time with the family?  Once you find that balance, know it will change as the kids grow up.

Eden also shares with us his top three lessons, and he says it all starts with the 'decision to be excellent'

  • Have the right mindset
  • Learn to do the right work
  • Find the best way to do the right work

Follow Eden Sunshine here:

As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

Direct download: 068_Interview_Part_2_with_Eden_Sunshine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

We are very pleased to present part one of our interview with Eden Sunshine.  Eden is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author.

Eden Sunshine has suffered through every business problem an entrepreneur or small business owner could face.  He had financial issues, employee issues, regulation issues, government issues, and motivational issues.  Through those issues, he realized that work shouldn't be a four letter word, we should make work an enjoyable part of our life.  With that mindset, Eden has decided he doesn't want to retire, he wants to continue to contribute as long as he is able.

Eden Sunshine's vision of a Utopia is to live the Woo Hoo moment every day, both in business and in life.  It is important to continue to learn, grow, and move forward.  Once you accomplish your current goal, give yourself a big WooHoo and keep growing.

We also learned that both Josh and Eden work out of their homes and they love it.  Eden's worst commute in was bumping into his mother-in-law in the hallway.  Josh, on the other hand, got called out on a video call with a customer about working out of his bedroom (don't worry, he has a dedicated home office now).

Follow Eden Sunshine here:

As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

Direct download: 067_Interview_Part_1_with_Eden_Sunshine.mp3
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We're excited to share with everyone the second half of our interview with Joel and Pei of Relaunch Show!

Joel and Pei both firmly believe that taking care of yourself is a priority and must not be overlooked.  It is because of this priority that they do not find it hard to make time to be active.

Joel, much like our host Josh, is a runner.  Pei enjoys Yoga.  Sometimes Pei feels selfish with her yoga because she teaches a class and charges for her time.  This is the perfect example of making the most of a situation!  Pei enjoys Yoga, and she knows it well enough to teach.  What better way to stay motivated than by leading a class that people pay for?  Now everyone wins!  Pei's students receive instruction from a knowledgeable person while Pei is motivated to work out and earns some additional income for herself.

The Yoga conversation then leads to a surprising revelation between our hosts.  Josh, who is very physically active, is not very limber or flexible.  Ben, who is not physically active at all, can indeed touch his toes without bending his knees.

Joel and Pei also share their experiences with hiring additional staff to remove some of the burdens of their job.  Josh asks them some detailed questions to help himself and Utopians when it comes to hiring additional staff, including virtual staff.

Joel and Pei round out the show with their three important lessons:

  • Learn to Delegate
  • Quit asking for permission and do it already!
  • Focus on marketing, it is a noisy world out there

Joel and Pei also shared some of their favorite books:

  • Finding Your Voice by Joel Boggess Amazon and iTunes
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker Amazon and iTunes

Follow Joel and Pei here:

As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

Direct download: 066_Interview_Part_2_with_Joel_and_Pei.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

We are excited for today's show, this is part 1 of our interview with Joel Boggess and Dr. Pei Kang, both of which are Radio Hosts, Speakers, and Entrepreneurs.

Joel and Pei have a great definition of Utopia, it is the ability to live where you want, contributing how you want in a way that not only adds value to the greater good, but also to yourself.  Josh and Ben dive into that through the lens of Build Your Utopia and how the show started as a way to add value to Utopians, but it is also a way to add value to their own lives.

Pei also gives us a glimpse of her inner Texan by giving us an enthusiastic "YEE HAW!!"  Something she says she has never done before.  It also gives us a great transition into Joel and Pei's point of Seasons of Life and living in the moment.  Joel and Pei believe that life, just like a farmer has seasons for planting, tending, harvesting, and resting; there are seasons to life, relationships, and business.  It is best to identify what season you are in so you can best maximize that season.  They then share the example that with their current show, The Relaunch Show, is in the planting phase as they ramp up the show.

Joel and Pei share that The Relaunch Show is actually their 5th show. They have made this one successful by taking all the lessons they've learned from the previous shows to make this one the best it can be.

Joel and Pei also shared some of their favorite books:

  • Finding Your Voice by Joel Boggess Amazon and iTunes
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker Amazon and iTunes

Follow Joel and Pei here:

As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

Direct download: 065_Interview_Part_1_with_Joel_and_Pei.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

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