Earlier this year, my wife and I had our first child, a beautiful baby girl named Alora. She’s brought my little family so much joy. There’s no better feeling than holding her in my arms and telling her how much I care about her. But sometimes God brings us the greatest blessings through the hardest trials.
My wife suffered in labor for over 36 hours. I mean it when I say suffered. Every few minutes I would hear her cry out as another contraction pierced her body. There I was in the waiting room, and I felt utterly helpless. My inner control freak was on high alert. I had no idea if my wife or my new daughter would make it through the birth.
These were some of the hardest hours of my life. I know what you’re thinking, “Hey Joseph, what about your wife?” True, I can’t imagine the pain she was going through. But that doesn’t change the fact that I was the most scared and helpless I’d ever been.
Grant Cardone, the high-performing, no-nonsense entrepreneur and speaker, says, "I'm going to do anything and everything, remove every boulder, every hurdle and every problem out of my way to make my dreams come true."
As a man, that quote puts a spark in my blood. When I hear talk of overcoming hurdles and problems to achieve something truly meaningful, I’m ready to go.
Try it. Picture yourself as the underdog. Your eyes are focused. You wake up early to start making cold calls to get ahead of your competition. When a top prospect says no the first time, you keep pressing. You’re confident that your product is going to solve their main problem. And you make the sale.
Business is like a battle. It’s an arena men can enter to achieve success. So many men look up to entrepreneurs like Grant Cardone because he lives out this unapologetic masculinity.
A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Mye De Leon
Mye de Leon is a mother, artist, and entrepreneur. She’s a hand-letterer by trade and has made over $100K creating for clients and training other artists to launch their own art businesses.
Do you know how long it took Mye to make $100K? Five years. It wasn’t easy. And don’t be discouraged if your own business success is taking longer than you thought. Persevere, Startup Nation.
Mye truly started her business after the birth of her son. Her son has down syndrome son, which means Mye spends a lot of her time taking him to appointments and giving him specialized attention. Even if she wanted to, she can’t work 60 hour weeks like some entrepreneurs.
Maybe you’re thinking, HOW DOES SHE DO IT? Listen up, Startup Nation. She shares her secrets here.
A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Dr. Erika Gray
Dr. Erika Gray began her entrepreneur journey by creating a protein bar for her father. She knew he was a carrier of a specific Alzheimer’s gene called APOE, and so she wanted to see what she could do about it. As a genetic scientist, she knew certain proteins could help his condition.
But as we all know, Startup Nation, an idea isn’t a business. After developing the protein bar, Erika started doing consumer surveys to find out how much people would pay.
One day, one of her colleagues who was an ER nurse came in to her little satellite office for a survey. Erika handed her a bar and asked, “How much would you pay for this bar?”
Her friend said, “I don’t know, it tasted really good, but what’s it for?”
Erika explained, “It can help support your DNA and can it might be able to make some impact as to how your DNA expresses itself.”
“Hold on! So you’re saying that what I’m eating could change the outcome of how my DNA expresses itself?”
A Conversation with Stephen Somers and Joseph Warren
Stephen Somers has made millions profiting from the rise of Amazon. He didn’t do it through an Amazon stock portfolio. He did it by creating a system for selling products to buyers across the globe. So far, he and his partner have MADE OVER $12 MILLION IN SALES.
But last year, one of Stephen’s family members became very sick. He had to take time off from his business to become a caregiver.
Looking back, Stephen is so thankful that HE CREATED A BUSINESS INSTEAD OF A JOB.
He says, “If you don’t have a business that allows you to take time off, then you don’t have a business. You have a job you can’t get out of.”
The reason Stephen was able to take this time off was because he isn’t just a master Amazon salesman. He's also scaled his business to teach his methods to others. He’s created automated courses and trainings, which means he earns passive revenue even when he’s not in the office.
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A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Dr. Dorian Williams
There are some people who just seem to have life’s Midas touch. They’ve had success in multiple careers. Their marriages are strong. Their children are excelling in school and sports. Dr. Dorian Williams, my guest on Your First $100k Podcast, is clearly one of these men.
But like 21 million other Americans, Dr. Williams was raised by a struggling, single mother.
“My mother worked graveyard shifts at convenience stores as long as I can remember,” Dr. Williams says. “I had many opportunities to watch my mother wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning and leaving before school, go to work all day long, and still cook for me and have a meal when I got home.
“For me, what really drove [me] was the want to not see my woman work like my mom did. That’s what drove me to say, 'There’s got to be a better way.'"
A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Atara Malach
Early on in her therapy business, Atara Malach was asked to speak to a group of working parents. As a parenting expert with six kids of her own, she was the perfect speaker for the event, and she was looking forward to it.
On the night of the event, Atara was prepared. She had written her lecture days in advance. She had her notes ready to go. She looked the part of successful, professional woman.
And as a loving mother, she had found a babysitter. She made sure the kids were fed. She even set out the kids’ clothes for the next day.
But as soon as she was about to leave for the lecture, her son curled up by the door and said, “Mommy, don’t leave.”
IT BROKE HER HEART.
Atara hugged him and told him things would be alright. She tried bribing him. The minutes ticked by. Eventually, she had to peel the little boy off her leg, hand him to the babysitter, and head to her talk.
When she finally stepped on stage, she couldn’t start her speech. She could only think of her son and how sad he had been as he watched his mom leave him. The guilt paralyzed her.
“I don’t know what to tell you,” she said. “I do know that I did not sign up for this, and I think that part of being stuck in my business life is feeling torn… When I am home, I’m thinking about business and when I’m at my business I’m feeling guilty that I’m not where I should be.”
Behind the Curtain with Joseph Warren
Startup Nation, today I’m going to share a story, and it’s going to be a story about Jesus. I know not all my listeners are Christian or even religious. That’s ok. But this story reveals a critical mindset that allows entrepreneurs like you to overcome tiredness, frustration, and depression.
One day Jesus was on a mountain teaching a large crowd of people. He was teaching them about how to live and about who God is. This crowd wasn’t full of professors, or priests, or billionaires. These were regular people like you and me.
Jesus understood the problems facing regular people. He knew that we worry. We worry about jobs, and food, and clothing. So, to encourage the crowd of listeners, he said, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’… But seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well.”
A Conversation with Brock Blake and Joseph Warren
Brock Blake is founder and CEO of Lendio, an online marketplace for small business loans. Lendio offers borrowers access to loan options from more lenders than any other marketplace in the industry. Blake is an Inc. 500 CEO, national keynote speaker, and Forbes columnist.
As an entrepreneur himself, Brock knows that small business owners need resources to scale their businesses. And if you’re an entrepreneur following the podcast, you know you can’t do it alone. You need a support network, partners, and funding.
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About Joseph Warren
Joseph Warren is a Christian Speaker, Podcast Host and Spiritual Coach. Joseph Warren offers Spiritual Coaching to Christian Business Owners who somehow find themselves in a spiritual rut. In just 90 days, he helps them avoid expensive divorces, break free from addiction, restore broken family relationships, and start living their Higher Purpose!