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Business with Purpose takes you “behind the scenes” with some of the world’s most generous entrepreneurs with host Molly Stillman of "still being molly blog - stillbeingmolly.com." From the CEOs of mission-driven brands, to directors of small, community non-profits, and everything in between, Molly is sitting down with men and women who believe in changing the world through not only their personal lives, but also their professional careers. We believe that every person was created with a purpose, for a purpose and this podcast gives inspiration for how we can all make an impact by supporting businesses with purpose.

Business with Purpose Molly Stillman - Blogger, Speaker, Believer, and Social Change Agent

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Business with Purpose takes you “behind the scenes” with some of the world’s most generous entrepreneurs with host Molly Stillman of "still being molly blog - stillbeingmolly.com." From the CEOs of mission-driven brands, to directors of small, community non-profits, and everything in between, Molly is sitting down with men and women who believe in changing the world through not only their personal lives, but also their professional careers. We believe that every person was created with a purpose, for a purpose and this podcast gives inspiration for how we can all make an impact by supporting businesses with purpose.

    How to Take Back Your Time | Christy Wright

    How to Take Back Your Time | Christy Wright

    My guest this week is Christy Wright, a #1 national best-selling author, personal development expert and host of The Christy Wright Show. Since 2009, she has worked at Ramsey Solutions. Her new book, Take Back Your Time: The Guilt-Free Guide to Life Balance, is being released Sept. 14. It’s a guilt-free guide to life balance.
    3:50 – Christy 101 For the past 10 years, Christy has helped women start small businesses. She has been expanding beyond business and helping people in personal development. She’s also a mom to three kids – 6, 4 and 1. 6:45 – Entrepreneurship Christy was raised by a single mom who was an entrepreneur, and Christy started her own businesses. An influx of people started online businesses, but they didn’t have any business background, so Christy began helping them. Eventually, she wanted to teach about more than just business. 13:20 – Work-life balance In 11 years of being a public speaker, the number one question she’s asked is about work-life balance. She began trying to find solutions to the work-life balance question people asked. What we really need is different than what we think we need. 19:03 – A different definition Christy says she defines balance in the book but says it’s not a warm, fuzzy thing. It’s about doing the right things at the right time. She defines the path to balance. 21:32 – Root causes of imbalance Four things keep us from doing the right things at the right time – doing too many things, not doing enough things, doing the wrong things, and not doing the right things. 25:33 – Losing yourself You don’t lose yourself overnight. It’s a little at a time. Life gets busy. You’ve got kids who need snacks. Ask yourself: What is important to you? This can differ depending on the season you’re in. Christy wants to help people get their time back and get back to who they are in the process. 34:59 – The path to balance Step 1: Figure out what matters Step 2: Stop doing what doesn’t matter Step 3: Create a calendar that reflects what matters Step 4: Protect what matters Step 5: Be present for what matters 41:35 – Feel like you’re failing? Women often say they feel like they’re failing, but they’re not, they’re just always focused on the place where they’re not. 47:19 – Dangerous messages There are two somewhat dangerous messages out there. One, in the faith world, is the dangerous message of submission. Two, in the personal development world, is the dangerous message that women should focus only on themselves. 52:17 – Get to know you Her hype song? Anything by Black Eyed Peas Unusual talent? She can say the alphabet backwards FEATURED QUOTES
    What if balance isn’t something you do, what if it’s something you create?
    I wrote the book I needed.
    I started having a desire to teach on more than just business.
    You don’t lose yourself overnight. It’s a little at a time. Life gets busy. You’ve got kids who need snacks.
    I want to help people get their time back and get back to who they are in the process.
    LINKS:
    https://www.ramseysolutions.com/christy-wright THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS: 
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    A Drink Supporting People in Recovery from Alcohol & Drug Addiction | Wes Hurt, CLEAN Cause

    A Drink Supporting People in Recovery from Alcohol & Drug Addiction | Wes Hurt, CLEAN Cause

    My guest this week is Wes Hurt, a father of two boys, a serial entrepreneur and a person in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. His love of business coupled with the desire to use his experiences and gifts for the greatest good resulted in the birth of CLEAN Cause.
    Wes created an Organic Sparkling Yerba Mate beverage as an alternative and organic caffeine source. Based in Austin, his business supports addiction recovery with 50% of net profits funding sober living scholarships.
    4:43 – Wes 101 Wes began experimenting with drugs and alcohol in high school. Over the next 20 years, his addiction grew. He went to six rehabs and one psych ward. He had a daily addiction to opiates and was popping 30 to 35 pills a day and added crack on top of that. 11:15 – The root cause People shared their addiction stories with Wes, and he realized how big the problem was. Society often focuses on the leaves of a tree versus the roots. The root cause of addiction is more important to understand. Addiction is just a flavor of affliction. We’ve all got something. We all use something to fix it, to cope or to medicate or to heal. 18:15 – CLEAN Cause Wes says entrepreneurship chose him, he didn’t choose it. He enjoyed starting businesses and had an inherent desire to make businesses better. Within months of getting sober, he had a flicker of inspiration to use his story to help others. 32:03 – Company with a mission His Organic Sparkling Yerba Mate beverage has low- and no-calorie options. His company provides scholarships to people who need help. 39:07 – Why a sparkling beverage? Wes loves caffeine, so he wanted to create a sparkling beverage. He wanted a drink that didn’t make him feel like crap. 41:57 – What’s next? He wants to further develop his non-profit, the CLEAN Cause Foundation. Wes is talking with a few big celebrities about promoting the brand. 47:58 – Get to know you Who would play Wes in a movie about his life? He doesn’t know, maybe Dax Shepard. His favorite meal? Pepperoni pizza FEATURED QUOTES Addiction is just my flavor of affliction. That’s it. We’ve all got something. We all use something to fix it, to cope or to medicate or to heal.
    What I believe is society often focuses on the leaves of a tree versus the roots.
    We have a spine. We’re bold. We’re not looking for handouts.
    SHOP NOW: https://cleancause.com/discount/PURPOSE (Use code PURPOSE for 30% off your first order!)
    ABOUT CLEAN CAUSE: Clean Cause is on a mission to support individuals in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction by donating 50% of profits to fund sober living scholarships.  Coined “CLEAN Kickstarts,” these are intended to bridge the critical gap between rehab & reintegration.  The CLEAN Cause product line consists of 9 amazing tasting, USDA organic certified, sparkling yerba maté beverages that come in low & zero calorie options.  Each 16-ounce can is packed with 160mgs of organic caffeine to power your everyday passions all the while supporting individuals recovering from alcohol & drug addiction.  CLEAN Cause’s 40 plus employees are dedicated to building a brand that empowers consumers to leverage their purchases that ultimately support individuals in recovery from alcohol & drug addiction.
    ABOUT WES HURT: Wes is a father of two boys, a serial entrepreneur, and a person in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. His love of business coupled with the desire to use his experiences and gifts for the greatest good resulted in the birth of CLEAN Cause. Based in Austin, Texas, CLEAN's innovative business model supports addiction recovery with 50% of net profits funding sober living scholarships. Being an avid consumer of caffeine, he created a product that he knew would fill a need he had in his everyday life - an amazing tasting organic sparkling yerba mate with low sugar & 160mg of naturall

    • 54 min
    The 7 Habits for Exponential Spiritual Growth | Justin Kendrick, Pastor of VOX Church

    The 7 Habits for Exponential Spiritual Growth | Justin Kendrick, Pastor of VOX Church

    My guest today is Justin Kendrick, the lead pastor of Vox Church, which he founded in 2011 with a small group of friends on the doorstep of Yale University. Since then, Vox has grown to multiple locations across New England. Justin’s newest book, “Bury Your Ordinary: Practical Habits of a Heart Fully Alive,” walks you through seven different habits to live the life that you were created to live.
    3:30 – Justin 101 Justin is 38 and lives in the northeast. He grew up in a typical home and had an encounter with God as a teenager that changed his life. His dad dragged him to an urban, inner city church, and it was the first time he heard about God’s grace. The whole direction of his life changed. In 2008-09, he and his wife dreamed about starting a church. Vox Church turns 10 this September. 10:11 – Bury Your Ordinary Justin heard the voice of the Holy Spirit in his heart. You need to ask yourself what your plan is for spiritual growth. It’s growth in love, and that can seem ambiguous. It’s not how many Bible verses you know. It’s about habits. Justin’s book helps people grow in their love for God. 20:40 – Spend time with God You need to spend time alone with God regularly. Try spending the first hour alone with Him. Jesus is not at the center for a lot of us, and we need to keep him there. You don’t do these habits so God likes you more. You do them so you can learn to love God more. 30:40 – Most difficult habit Habit 6, a weekly Sabbath, was the most difficult. Everybody in Justin’s area walks, talks, drives and moves fast. Taking a break to pause and pray felt very unnatural. That time to rest is so important for your soul. There are seasons for harvest, and there are seasons for rest. 43:05 – The idea of grace No matter what religion you practice, grace is so important. God deeply loves you. Don’t obey God to be accepted. You are fully accepted, so that should make you want to obey God. 46:54 – Get to know you What would Justin want to win an Olympic medal in? Basketball Best vacation ever? Mexico with his wife FEATURED QUOTES
    We had always seen church as a profoundly boring and irrelevant part of the culture of New England. So we started dreaming about what it would look like to start a church for our friends.
    I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit in my heart.
    If you don't have a plan for spiritual growth, it really won’t grow.
    LINKS:
    https://voxchurch.org/home https://amzn.to/2Yf27YD About Justin Kendrick: 
    Justin Kendrick is the lead pastor of Vox Church, which he founded in 2011 with a small group of friends on the doorstep of Yale University. Since then, Vox has grown to multiple locations across New England. The dream of Vox Church is to see the least-churched region of the U.S. become the most spiritually vibrant place on earth. Justin and his wife live outside New Haven, Connecticut with their four children.
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    Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com
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    Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I’d like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands’? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to

    • 53 min
    WORKSHOP: How (and WHY!) to Get Started Wholesaling with Emily Grey of The Flourish Market

    WORKSHOP: How (and WHY!) to Get Started Wholesaling with Emily Grey of The Flourish Market

    Today we have a special guest, Emily Grey of The Flourish Market. She is one of my nearest and dearest friends and was one of the first guests on this show. Today she’s sharing her expertise in wholesaling and how to thrive with your business, even during a pandemic.
    If you are a brand owner, this is your episode. If you are a consumer, I think you might be fascinated by our discussion. Today we’re talking about how to get started wholesaling and why it matters.
    8:38 – From fashion truck to brick and mortar Five years ago, Emily had a fashion truck. She was a one-woman show, packing the orders and shipping. She now has a team of 16 and has scaled her business with no loans. When the pandemic hit, she closed her shop and leaned into her investment banking background. She stepped up as a retail consultant. 13:17 – Changing retail landscape There’s a lot of bad advice on the Internet, for businesses especially. The biggest thing that’s changed in the retail landscape is they are only asking themselves one question – Will this sell? 17:23 – Smaller, smarter buying decisions Retailers are now making smaller, smarter and more frequent purchases and ordering every 3 to 4 weeks instead of every 3 to 4 months. If you’re already wholesaling, lower your opening order to $150 instead of $500 to $1,000. 20:42 – Ship quickly and use online shopping Businesses are now ordering first from brands that can ship quickly. Online shopping and curbside deliveries are more popular than ever. Make your pictures better than ever. Consumers associate the nicety of your product with the nicety of your images. 25:40 – Shopping values Consumers are focusing on shopping their values when it comes to themselves and when they’re gifting. Made in the USA, black-owned, female-owned and ethically made are just some of the things people look for when shopping. 31:49 – Product innovation Retailers want to discover something new and are looking for innovation. Do 4 to 6 mini collection launches per year instead of just fall and spring. 41:41 – Pitch mistakes to avoid Reach out to businesses and pitch them. But there are some mistakes to avoid. Don’t copy and paste mass messages. Don’t make it about you, your brand and your brand story. It should be about the retailer. 1:03:33 – Full circle moment Emily has been successful by surrounding herself with women and coaches who support her. It matters who you spend your time with and who you give your ear to. There is an absolute need to be around people who say, “I believe in you.” FEATURED QUOTES I think it matters who you spend your time with and who you give your ear to. – Emily
    That is an absolute need to be around people who say, “I believe in you.” – Emily
    Consumers associate the nicety of your product with the nicety of your images. – Emily
    I’m known for an inspirational kick in the pants. – Emily
    LINKS https://emilygreyco.com/ https://www.theflourishmarket.com/ https://thewholesaleway.com/businesswithpurpose THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS: 
    Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com
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    Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I’d like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains m

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Leading with Excellence | Adeyinka Adegbenle

    Leading with Excellence | Adeyinka Adegbenle

    My guest today is Adeyinka “Yinka” Adegbenle. She is a former financial services professional turned author, excellence strategist and excellence coach. Her goal and life’s purpose is to equip leaders with transformational habits and systems of excellence.
    Yinka believes that excellence is choosing to rise above average or mediocrity. She is releasing a book, Joab: King David’s Top General. It’s all about leadership, personal development and character building.
    4:07 – Yinka 101 Yinka moved to the U.S. from England in 2001 so she could go to graduate school. She had a dream job lined up with one of the largest investment banks in the world. In 2009, during the Great Recession, her role was eliminated. She was pregnant with her second child and jobless. Her doctor worried about her pregnancy and the amount of anxiety and stress she was under. Yinka discovered self-development and living a life of excellence. She learned the habits of excellence. 8:51 – Habits of excellence Finances were a huge part of her learning. She wanted to be a better steward of her resources. She worked on discipline. If she said she was going to do something, she did it. 12:37 – Discipline Time management was the toughest part for Yinka. She was not good at managing her time initially. 14:46 – Time to rest You have to be intentional about time to rest. Yinka takes retreats by herself so she can recalibrate and recharge. It’s going to be hard for you to show up as the best version of yourself if you’re hustling all the time. 19:33 – Joab: King David’s Top General Joab is one of Yinka’s favorite leaders of all time. Personal development is key, and you need to take care of yourself in private so you can be better in public. 26:10 – Goals for her book Leadership is weighty and comes with huge influence. As a leader, you need to do the work so you have the right traits. 29:54 – On the horizon She wants to help clients become better in their personal lives and businesses. She also plans to write another book. 31:38 – Get to know you Something you’d never guess about her? She’s an avid baker. Signature dish? Banana bread Best vacation? Hawaii FEATURED QUOTES We’re not chasing perfection. It’s knowing who you are and then just determining that while you’re on this planet … I’m going to do my best to show up as my best version daily. – Yinka
    It was during that journey that I found my calling and got clarity in life. – Yinka
    It’s habits that make up who you are. – Yinka
    It’s going to be hard for you to show up as the best version of yourself if you’re hustling all the time. – Yinka
    CONNECT: Website LinkedIn Instagram Facebook Yinka's book "Joab, King David's Top General: Essential Lessons on Character" ABOUT YINKA: Adeyinka Adegbenle MBA, PMI-PMP, is a former financial services professional turned Author, Excellence Strategist and Excellence Coach, and mother of 3. Her goal and life's purpose are to equip leaders with transformational habits and systems of excellence. Adeyinka has spent years gaining mastery on habits and systems of excellence that continue to yield outstanding results for her. She now teaches these systems and habits to her clients and various organizations.
    Yinka’s recently released book "JOAB, KING DAVID'S TOP GENERAL" speaks about leadership, personal development, and character building.
    THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS: 
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    • 37 min
    Radical Generosity & Using Social Media for Good | Sharon McMahon, @SharonSaysSo

    Radical Generosity & Using Social Media for Good | Sharon McMahon, @SharonSaysSo

    My guest today is Sharon McMahon, of Sharon Says So. She’s a former high school government and law teacher who earned her reputation as America’s government teacher amidst the historic 2020 proceedings for her viral efforts on Instagram to educate the general public on political misinformation.
    Through a simple mission to share non-partisan information about democracy, Sharon has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers online, affectionately called the “Governerds,” who look to her for truth and logic in a society plagued by bias and conspiracy.
    4:55 – Sharon 101 Her goal is to give people education so they can make their own educated opinions and not have a viewpoint shoved down their throat. She also has fun and doesn’t take herself very seriously. 6:09 – Entrepreneurial background She did door-to-door sales as a child and sold Girl Scouts cookies. She also created her own bookmarks and sold them to neighbors when she was 10 years old and made $50 in one weekend.  9:15 – Career path Sharon went to college to be a teacher but thought about going into the medical profession. She eventually determined she was destined to be a teacher. 12:22 – Businesses and Instagram Her career path is bizarre and was not a straight-line trajectory. She got really into knitting and people started asking her for custom knitting projects, but it wasn’t profitable. A customer asked her to dye some yarn, and she realized that dyeing yarn was more profitable than knitting. She grew her hand-dyeing business into one of the largest studios in the world and eventually sold the business to one of her employees. She started taking pictures of knitting patterns and projects, and people started asking her to take their pictures. She then became a photographer and eventually started Sharon Says So. 20:18 – Hot topics in a nonpartisan way That skill of not taking a position and providing fact-based information is something she developed in the classroom. She found that the more you argue with somebody about their opinions, the more deeply they begin to hold them. 23:10 – Opinions based on emotion Most of our opinions do not exist because somebody has rationally examined all the facts and then made a determination. We mostly make a determination and then find facts to support our opinion. 28:29 – Rapid growth and challenges Sharon Says So has had such rapid growth, and she constantly feel like she’s not doing enough or helping enough people.  The amount of hate she gets is miniscule compared to the kindness people show her. 38:03 – A common bond Sharon and I have something in common – we each have a parent, my mother and her father, who were Vietnam veterans and died from Agent Orange exposure. 45:20 – Generosity She has raised millions of dollars for eliminating medical debt and helping people in need. Her dream has been to be rich like Oprah or Ellen and give away money to help people without a second thought. 57:35 – Get to know you Favorite non-living president not for political reasons? James Madison because he was fascinating and John Adams for his intelligence and principle. Favorite whale? Humpbacks FEATURED QUOTES
    Most of our opinions do not exist because somebody has rationally examined all the facts and then made a determination. We mostly make a determination and then find facts to support our opinion. – Sharon
    My goal is to give you education so that you can make your own educated opinions and not have a viewpoint shoved down your throat. – Sharon
    That skill of not taking a position and providing fact-based information is some-thing I developed in the classroom. – Sharon
    The more you argue with somebody about their opinions, the more deeply they begin to hold them. – Sharon
    CONNECT WITH SHARON:
    https://www.sharonmcmahon.com/ https://www.instagram.com/sharonsaysso/ THA

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Customer Reviews

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115 Ratings

Blessed2havetwins ,

First time listener

The episode with Christy Wright is how I found this podcast! Such an amazing interview between Molly and Christy! I feel encouraged and inspired where i have felt depleted and overwhelmed before. Can’t wait to listen to more episodes from this podcast!

Shobi! ,

An excellent excellent podcast!

You will learn a great deal from the guests Molly interviews on her podcast…and even from Molly herself. The array of topics covered is phenomenal. Caliber of guests - top notch! I have learned and gained a wealth of wisdom from this podcast.

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Growing Slow

Just introduced to your podcast through Jennifer Dukes Lee new book “Growing Slow”... I love the authenticity that you both showed while sharing about taking the valuable time to “pick rock”!
You both shared with joy and HOPE while not negating the hard and heavy! Thank you!

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