A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Niajae Wallace
Have you ever come home for Christmas dinner, and your eggnog wielding uncle Tim asks, "So how's the remote control airplane hobby?"
Remote control airplanes?!? That was your junior year of high school. Over the past twenty years you've been running a seven-figure startup that refurbishes vintage furniture. You just broke up with your fiancé. You completed your 20th ultra-marathon.
But despite the person you are now, you're just a remote control airplane enthusiast to Uncle Tim.
Startup Nation, it's sad when family, friends, and colleagues only know us for our past selves. A few months back, I hosted Niajae Wallace on Your First 100k Podcast. Now a motivational speaker and entrepreneur, she has had friends say, "We can't play games with Niajae, she always cheats at cards."
Umm... that was 10 years ago.
Niajae’s one piece of life advice
Near the end of her podcast episode, I asked Niajae what one piece of advice she’d give friends and family if she could come back from the dead.
She said, “Love people as they are, not who they were.”
Startup Nation, this sentence has the power to change your life. It will transform your business, your relationships with clients, and the quality of your family life. Listen up!
“We’re all growing and evolving,” Niajae says, “and it’s important to treat people as they are: the new, improved, evolved version and not hold on to who they were.”
When I was in my teens, I sold cars for two weeks. My mom still thinks of me as a car salesman. For all my failures, successes, and growth, it’s a crime that she mostly knows me as my past self.
While you can't control how others see you, you can control how you treat others. Here are some practical action points for applying Niajae's wisdom bomb to your life.
Loving others for who they are doesn't just mean acknowledging their recent MBA degree. It means seeing them for who they are as a person. Again, "love people as they are, not who they were." We can do this in three ways:
Don’t forget to love yourself
Startup Nation, love yourself as you are, not who you were.
Entrepreneurs often forget to love themselves. We have high standards: making clients happy, hitting revenue targets, and creating innovative products. When we miss those marks, we get down on ourselves.
Then there’s our personal lives. We’ve all failed and messed up. Some of us are addicts. Some are workaholics. Some have anger issues and some have cheated on spouses. Many of my clients suffer from debilitating negative thoughts. One client used to spend the first five minutes of every day telling himself he was crap, a fraud, a wannabe, and every other possible insult.
But think about the person you were five years ago. Look at the progress! And if you’re not proud of who you are, it’s not the end of the world. You are created in the image of God. You are loved by God. It’s not something you lost in the past, and it’s not something you have to strive for in the future. You are a precious son or daughter of the universe’s creator.
You are loved. Right now. Accept and love others right where they are. Then believe in where they can go.
If you’d like to talk more about loving yourself and others or if you don’t believe that you’re loved by God (but you’d like to), then let’s schedule a Spiritual Clarity Call. It’s free. It’s 45 minutes. It could transform your life.
Startup Nation, Niajae dropped some serious business wisdom in this episode of Your First 100k. If you want tips on scaling your business and diversifying revenue streams, you have to check it out.
A Conversation with Joseph Warren, AJ Yager, and Meaghan Connell
Before starting Praxis Metrics, a very successful data analytics platform, AJ and Meaghan ran their own marketing business. As CEO, AJ was the best employee in the company. He had the most expertise. That meant he was irreplaceable.
But one night while AJ and Meaghan were vacationing in Spain, AJ’s phone rang. It was a client emergency. No one else could solve this problem, so at 10pm - instead of spending the evening sampling tapas with his wonderful fiancé - AJ was trapped on a business call.
“I really didn’t want to be on these calls this late,” AJ says. “I wanted to enjoy this time with my fiancé.”
A Conversation with Michelle Royal and Joseph Warren
Michelle Royal is a good friend of mine and a successful speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. Now that she's found serious career success in these areas, she wants to write a book. Like most of us, she wants to share her experiences and wisdom with the world. She wants to make people’s lives better!
Michelle's problem: every time she sits down to write, she can't. She doesn’t know what to say. The responsibility to speaking to thousands of people is overwhelming. The complexity of the project paralyzes her.
Behind the Curtain with Joseph Warren
Startup Nation, I want to invite you to join me on a free Spiritual Clarity Call. There are a lot of business coaches who can guide you in pitching investors or marketing your product. But few coaches address the heart-level issues that affect our business and personal lives.
The reason I’m passionate about spiritual coaching is because I get to see behind the entrepreneurship curtain. Some of my coaching clients make tens of millions in annual revenue. They own the Ferraris and the beachfront condos. From the outside, they look like they’re absolutely killing it.
But I’ll tell you looks can be deceiving. I’ve seen it firsthand. For all the money and success my friends have achieved, they’re miserable. I see the pain and sorrow so many entrepreneurs struggle with. And maybe this sounds a little too familiar.
A Conversation with Joseph Warren and Jane Deuber
I’ll admit, Startup Nation, I’m not an introvert.
I love speaking in front of crowds. I get excited to hit the pavement and make sales to scale my businesses. My purpose in life is to talk to business owners like you and help them discover God’s purpose for their lives.
But I also know many entrepreneurs who identify as introverts. If that describes you, don’t worry! I recently hosted Jane Deuber on Your First 100k Podcast and she calls herself an introvert (and has been killing it as an entrepreneur for the past 30 years). Jane Deuber is a sought-after business strategist, two-time author, international speaker, and a respected mentor to mission-driven entrepreneurs around the world.
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.
A Conversation with Steve Gordon and Joseph Warren
Steve Gordon is a bestselling author, the founder of The Unstoppable CEO, and the host of The Unstoppable CEO Podcast. He has written over 400 articles on marketing for service businesses. Through his firm, he helps service business entrepreneurs create leveraged marketing systems so they can spend less time on business development, and more time on what matters most.
For this post, I want to focus on Steve’s practical advice for building killer referral systems. Sometimes I highlight business theory or life coaching advice, but Steve’s referral system is so genius that it can stand on its own.
A Conversation with Vick Tipnes and Joseph Warren
Vick Tipnes is Founder and CEO of Blackstone Medical Serves, which has become one of the largest providers of Home Sleep Testing services in the country. Blackstone recently made the coveted Inc 5000 list in 2016 and was ranked 1276 out of 500 companies in the country based on its 345% growth.
I’m pumped for Vick’s success. It’s a big reason I invited him onto my show. But as you know, Startup Nation, I always ask about the struggles and difficulties entrepreneurs face.
At one point in his Blackstone journey, Vic was out of money, a key investor backed out, his business partner backed out, and he couldn’t make payroll. That was his reality.
A Conversation with Judy Robinett and Joseph Warren
Startup Nation, I want to share a wisdom nugget from my podcast episode with Judy Robinett. Most of us agree that first impressions are important. So much of running a successful business is about showing up right for clients, investors, and employees. Showing up, aka the way others see you, is one of the main topics I cover in my spiritual coaching sessions
As a spiritual coach, I’ve helped dozens of business owners tear down and replace negative mindsets. Most of these perspectives come from childhood wounds. To some extent, every person has internalized messages from family and friends. We also listen to lies our culture tells us about ourselves. Sometimes the lies are so pervasive that we don’t realize we’re acting out of these negative spaces.
Time and time again, I’ve seen clients wrestle with three, distinct mindsets. These mindsets hold them back in their businesses and personal lives.
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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!