The Momentum Podcast is for those who of us who think differently — made especially for empire builders, game-changers, trailblazers, record makers, and creators of all kinds. Those among us who can’t turn it off, and don’t know why anyone would want to. We challenge complacency, destroy apathy, and we are obsessed with creating momentum.
While the rest of the world strives for average and clings desperately to the status quo, you and I are compelled to move forward and change the world.
We are the minority, the few, who are willing to hallucinate there could be a better future. Instead of just daydreaming of what could be, we endure the vulnerability and exposure it takes to make it real. We are the evolutionary hunters. The most important people in the world because entrepreneurs are the only source of consistent, positive human evolution, and we always will be.
663 - Chaos Will Destroy Growth in Your Business
These days, if you watch most thought leaders in the entrepreneurial space, you will probably think that in order to grow a business and do well, you have to live in a world of chaos. Getting things done at the last minute, pulling all nighter's, making everyone around you work until the very last minute, seems to be the way to create success. Don't get sold on this lie.
The reality is the most successful businesses in the world, eliminate chaos, lower pressure and noise, and create a safe environment for all of their team members. Companies that are working in this level of chaos are successful in spite of it not because of it.
662 - How to Build a Legacy Business That Makes a Difference (Interview with George Bryant)
This episode of the Momentum Podcast is a mold-breaker. In this episode, we are sharing an unedited interview between George Bryant from the Mind of George podcast and Alex Charfen. This episode is longer than any other in the entire history of the Momentum Podcast, but it is also one of the most powerful. The message is simple, yet compelling. You can build a business that makes an impact on the world.
The topics discussed in this episode are things Alex has rarely been asked about, and the emotional conversation is one that will leave you with a better understanding of yourself as an entrepreneur and how you can make your greatest contribution.
661 - How to Get More Out of The Advice You Give
Sometimes as entrepreneurs, we are in such a hurry to help someone, or even correct someone, that we invalidate them without trying. Here is the scenario, someone asked you for advice, and without any clarification, you get it because you think you know the answer. You may actually have the right answer, and know exactly what they need, but if you have not clarified with them, they probably are not going to trust it.
As a CEO, and a coach, and even a father, I use the Two-Question Rule to make sure that my advice is heard, and it's actually helping.
660 - When it is Time to Cut
In 2011 we had the 21st fastest-growing company in the country. We were on the Inc. 500 List, then again in 2012 and 2013. We even won Best Places to Work awards all three years. We did so well, we sold ourselves out of an opportunity and ended up having to cut the size of our company and do layoffs.
So many companies right now are in the same situation. Where your business has shifted, numbers have gone down, and it is time to make cuts. This is one of the most difficult things we go through as entrepreneurs, and it's also one of those things we rarely talk about.
Here's how we did it, and some of the big mistakes we made that you don't have to.
659 - How to Handle Team Discomfort
I just got off my Monday morning huddle and it uncomfortable. Two of my team members are dealing with personal issues that are keeping them up at night and making them anxious. They shared with our team what is going on and how they are feeling. All of us could tell just how difficult it is for both of them.
I consider this a massive success. In most companies, when someone is uncomfortable, they may mention it and then say "I'm fine". I've seen this happen throughout my entire career. Once someone says they are fine, whatever the issue is gets swept under the rug and everyone moves on. Today one of our team members tried to say she was fine, and I reminded her that there was no way she could be and we would much rather have transparency than a veneer.
When you create a space for your team to be transparent and real, you will create a space for them to feel safe.]
658 - Two Lessons That Cost Me Control of My Business
Sometimes when I share my story with people, it sounds unbelievable. The reason is, when you are telling someone your background, you only hit the highlights. most people don't share the challenging details. As entrepreneurs, it's important that not only we are aware of the challenging details of our stories, but that we are also radically transparent about them. That's how we learn, and the people around us learn.
There are a lot of entrepreneurs out there that are afraid to share the challenging part of their background, they don't realize, is if they don't they miss sharing some of the most important lessons you’ve learned. Our biggest challenges, typically result in our biggest periods of learning and growth.
This is the mistake that drove me to learn how to use attorneys and the law to keep me safe and business.
Customer ReviewsSee All
There’s so much gold here. Just amazing.
I love Alex. I love his mind and maybe more importantly his heart.
The stories and strategies here are so fundamentally sound, and when first mentioned they may sound profound or a bit different than a textbook answer—
But in hindsight they will seem perfect.
We just interviewed someone today based on the 4Rs and that alone can revolutionize our lives by getting the right help.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Alex, Cadey and team!
How did I not learn about Charfen sooner?
Charfen Foundations client here and as somebody who’s getting a TON of value from Alex’s paid services I am pleased to write my first podcast review for the momentum podcast. There is so much gold here that when I’m not working in the Foundations program I’m charging through this podcast’s archives. Game changing program and a mindset changing podcast. Subscribe now, listen to the most recent 4-5 episodes, and then start from the beginning!
An Abundance of Wisdom
The Momentum podcast contains and abundance of wisdom, both for the entrepreneur and also for parents and families. I have benefitted from the information about reducing pressure and noise and working to reduce discomfort in my day, and have put in place new routines and goals that have helped me to become more effective. The archived podcast has been helpful to me, and I have found the current episodes to be especially important for entrepreneurs in knowing what to do in this time of covid. I definitely feel the momentum the comes from following the advice of Alex and the Charfen team. Thank you for sharing!