Mike Flynn takes you behind closed doors and invites you into his conversations with game changing entrepreneurs. These conversations go beyond success and failure, beyond product or service or platform, to uncover what is really behind the decisions these entrepreneurs make and what IMPACT they hope to have in the world.
Ep. 195 - Necessary Endings and New Beginnings
In this final episode of The Impact Entrepreneur, I talk about what doing the show has meant to me and what I’m up to next.
How to Have More Fun & Be More Productive - with Mike Rucker, Ph.D
Mike Rucker, Ph.D. is a self-described fun expert who helps people have more fun and be more productive as a result. But he certainly didn’t start his career going down that path.
Helping Others Grow - with Tim Croll
When Tim Croll grew up, he really wanted to be a cowboy. There were a lot of adults in his life who promised a taste of that life, to take him fishing or hunting, but they didn’t come through. So Tim wanted to be self-reliant but also dependable.
Sound Impact: How Music Changes, Heals, & Unites - with Rebecca Jackson (Replay)
Today I’m re-releasing this amazing episode with musician Rebecca Jackson.
In Pursuit of Wholeness - with Evan Herrman
Evan Herrman and I discuss self-worth and fulfillment & how important it is to be vulnerable, humble and open to the plan that God has for us.
Find Your Worth
We've all heard it a thousand times: “If you want to be happy in life, follow your passion.” But is that true?
Let's take a closer look. The word ‘passion’ comes from the Latin-rooted word pati, which means to suffer. So when someone tells you to follow your passion, they're actually saying you should do something that you're willing to suffer for.
In today's entrepreneurial landscape, the word passion has been hijacked and saddled with a new meaning tied to a financial outcome. But passion has nothing to do with earning a 10x return or building a seven-figure business.
Here's the question to ask yourself to see if you're passionate about what you're doing: “Am I willing to put in the work and never see the fruit?” If the answer is no, I hate to break it to you, but that's not your passion.
Another reason people feel excited about following their passion is that their potential is not being realized at work. A Gallup study revealed that 85% of employees are not engaged, and it's costing us $7 trillion annually in lost productivity. And an estimated 37% of Americans have a side hustle, which is a chance for them to make extra money but also pursue something they’re more passionate about than their jobs.
Adding to that, about half of new businesses fail to make it past the five-year mark. If passion is tied to achieving a certain financial outcome and your business is one of the ones that fail, your self-worth will take a big hit.
So, let me suggest that you find your worth before you find your why.
In order to see yourself as worthy, you need to answer the question, who am I? Here are three ways I recommend doing that:
Do something that challenges you physically and mentally. For me, that was CrossFit because it required my full focus, attention, and awareness. As a result of successfully completing those challenging workouts, I discovered new neural pathways that fired off all kinds of creativity.
Make time for reflection and visualization, preferably shortly after you've completed the physically demanding activity.
Create “I am” statements. The great Lou Holtz once told me that the most important word in the English vocabulary is the word choice. The next two most important words are ‘I’ and ‘am.’
About a decade ago, I was nearly broke. We had to short-sell our first home and I was diagnosed with postpartum depression after the birth of our fourth child. In every way, I saw myself as a failure. As I worked through this process, I discovered new things about myself. I rebuilt my sense of self-worth. I found a new Why, which turned out to be helping people find the truth that dwells within them. Instead of focusing on outcome, I am focused on using my gifts to help as many people as I can, and I'm willing to suffer for that.
Lastly, I’d like to talk about the power of reflection. Go back in time and shine a light on the challenges that you've experienced in your life. Insert hope there and carry that forward into tomorrow.
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I’ve been listening to Mike’s podcast for over a year and it never disappoints. The guest he has on the podcast continue to inspire and motivate me to be a better version of myself.
Mike’s interviewing techniques continually improve when he speaks to his guest I feel like I’m listening to too long friends share their experiences. It’s personal and he finds a way with each guest to make it real and relevant.
I’d also recommend Mike’s book Master the Key. It’s a great fictional story that will open your mind to achieving your goals!
A truly impactful podcast!!
Mike Flynn has a knack for asking the right questions at the right time, and diving into areas of interest with his guests that truly makes you feel like you are listening in on a great conversation. The qulaity of his guests are top notch, and his energetic personality compliments the entire format. I highlu recommend subscribing and diving into The Impact Entrepreneur!
Solid conversations for entrepreneurs!
Mike is a great conversationalist with a knack for getting great guests on his show!
Particularly enjoyed his fresh perspective and questions for Jocko! Speaks volumes, btw to have him on the show!
Keep it up Mike!