12: YP Perspective – Politics + Working Towards Change

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William Timmons joins us for an Uphill Conversation on his journey as a prosecutor, entrepreneur, and South Carolina State Senator. At 33 years of age, he is committed to fixing what’s broken in Columbia, SC.

Show Notes:

  • William’s entrepreneurial endeavors: Swamp Rabbit Crossfit + Soul Yoga
  • William’s journey to become a Senator at 32 years old
  • Frustrated by inaction in the Senate, William decided to run for office to try and fix it – “Everything I do in my life, I go all in.”
  • Shocked by the ineffectiveness of the legislation in South Carolina
  • Desire to discuss issues that are most important and relevant – those that affect to peoples’ lives
  • Issues in Washington can impact peoples’ lives – freedom and safety
  • Problem is that the loudest voices are heard and often repeated
  • Need to stop thinking in terms of right and left, but need to think about how we move the country forward
  • Benefits of having a self-funded campaign – ability to do what he thinks is the right thing without conflict of interest
  • Surprising moments in his first year as Senator: how people have forgotten the difference between right and wrong
  • Stay grounded by remembering why you’re doing what you’re doing and that it’s for the right reasons
  • Make better use of your time by creating processes that streamline your life – proximity
  • Remember to slow down and be intentional in how you live your life

Connect with William: 

Guest Bio – William Timmons is a Republican State Senator who works as an attorney and entrepreneur in Greenville. William previously served as a prosecutor in the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s office. He currently owns and operates Swamp Rabbit CrossFit, Soul Yoga, and Timmons & Company. While in the Senate, William focuses his time on economic development, ethics reform, and term limits. Learn more at votetimmons.com. 

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61: Chris Breen – Selling it all to Build Your Future

Interview with Chris Breen

Chris Breen joins us and shares his journey of self discovery and entrepreneurship. He greatly values continuous learning and realizes the power of investing in oneself.

Chris and his wife Amy have been successful entrepreneurs for 20 years.  They currently operate 2 construction companies, a construction management firm and coach other entrepreneurial couples like themselves. Chris is a Certified Trainer in Training with Wake Up Warrior and has a passion for men to live up to their purposes. They live in upstate South Carolina with their 3 children.

Show Notes: 

  • Being happily “unemployable”
  • Raised with entrepreneurial spirit and encouraged to build something
  • Chris’s journey from a landscaping company at 14 years old to now owning a construction management firm and operating two companies
  • Value of supporting and feeling “called” to mission work
  • Sold first business, their home and almost all of their belongings to travel across country with their three children for five months
  • Discovered that “you can be serving and kingdom-minded within an industry”
  • “Instead out of doing something out of my desire, I felt it was my obedience to my calling”
  • Tendency to move in the direction of what you want to do – what gives you pleasure – rather than following your calling + purpose
  • Stepping away from something can provide incredible perspective on your gifts and purpose
  • Beginning with core values and a clear vision in building a business – being intentional
  • You can’t do it on your own – must surround yourself with great people to free yourself up empower others
  • You must learn to lead yourself before you can lead others
  • Creating space and opportunities to truly connect + be present with your loved ones
  • Importance of investing in yourself – it can be contagious to those around you + ROI is what YOU do with it
  • Chris’s advice for younger generations: “Develop a routine that’s going to put you in a place of power every day.”
  • Coaching provides an opportunity for perspective you can’t gain on your own + challenging you to see things differently

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):
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Straight Drive (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
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60: Bud Torcom – Authentic Connection in a Digital World

Interview with Bud Torcom

In this episode, we have an Uphill Conversation with young professional, entrepreneur and business owner Bud Torcom on authentic connection, relationships and values in an increasingly automated and digital world.

Bud Torcom is the CEO and co-founder of Mazama Media, a digital marketing agency that offers high-quality social and digital media solutions for businesses. Mazama Media focuses on the individual needs and personalities of clients to create unique and engaging social media content, and the company is part of the prestigious Facebook Small Business Council. In addition, Bud is a member of the Forbes Agency Council, which has recognized him as an industry leader among advertising and media strategy firms.

Show Notes:

  • Creating company policies that match your core values
  • At Mazama Media fun + continuous learning are central
  • Setting stretch goals for your organization – i.e. an anxiety free workplace
  • Benefits + pitfalls of a world increasingly conditioned for instant communication and gratification
  • Social tools like LinkedIn are incredibly powerful for connection + sharing information, but are often abused by those looking to push a product or service
  • Importance of leading by example + learning from mistakes
  • Bud believes leadership is “always looking out for the person on your left and the person on your right”
  • Coinciding need for intentionality in relationships alongside need to embrace our increasingly automated world
  • Multitasking is not truly possible “you don’t have a split screen brain”
  • Generation Y and their use of technology and social media channels
  • How online dating could impact our future generations’ ability to successfully network and interview
  • What would happen if we stopped just showing our best moments on social media – what if we “got real?” Could we help others?
  • Importance of investing in oneself through continuous learning
  • Building a relationship with your local community can be essential to small business success
  • Tips for developing, reinforcing and celebrating your company’s core values

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):
Dreams Groove (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Straight Drive (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production
© 2017 Uphill Conversations

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11: YP Perspective – Serving Others to Discover Yourself

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Chris Cloud joins us for a conversation on how he made a significant change – moving to Nepal in his early 30s – to serve others and shift the trajectory of his life. In his journey, he not only discovered his purpose, but also met his life partner and so much more.
Show Notes: 
  • Chris’s journey from tech to business development to non-profit service
  • What motivated Chris to move back to his birthplace of Nepal
  • Mentoring youth through fitness and getting active
  • How colliding events in your life can shift your perspective on what’s truly important
  • Life is a juggling act – some balls are rubber, some are glass
  • Utilizing a coach to set yourself up for success and stay accountable
  • Building community and fellowship
  • If you go with an open heart and mind to serve, it’s amazing what opens up for you
  • Being pushed, stretched and needed can lead you to realize previously undiscovered strengths
  • The problem with abundance of options – especially for millennials
  • Importance of being decisive and strong in your decisions
  • “Nobody ever built anything who was afraid to make decisions and stick with those. A decision you make today, doesn’t mean you are locked in forever.”
  • Only decision makers can call on other others to make decisions
  • Wealth means so much more than money – start with the end in mind and work backwards.
  • Difference between your vocation/calling versus your job/career

Guest Bio:

Chris Cloud is an entrepreneur who has been living and running a non-profit with his wife in Nepal over the past few years. He is passionate about helping companies and individuals identify their perceived growth ceiling, and punch through that ceiling. He is co-founder of a startup in Greenville, SC, which is building a dashboard for management teams to set up and run more effective leadership team meetings. He holds a degree in business administration, but counts his 12+ years of starting or serving in a series of fast-growing startups as his real entrepreneurial education! On a good day, you’ll find Chris running up a mountain or snowboarding down one. You can connect with him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ccloud/
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59: Josh Elledge – Serving Breeds Success

Interview with Josh Elledge

Josh Elledge joins us for an Uphill Conversation on the power of serving others and giving of oneself as a means to grow your business and achieve your dreams.

Josh Elledge is the Chief Executive Angel at SavingsAngel.com and helps consumers get discounts and upgrades on everything through his syndicated newspaper column with 1.1 million readers and on TV in 75 cities. He’s been in the media more than 1500 times. Josh now turns digital entrepreneurs into media celebrities at upendPR.com. Full bio here.

Show Notes:

  • How Josh used his journalism background, worked with local media, provided value to their audiences and SERVED
  • Spent less than $500 in advertising – “everything we do is through service and giving and providing value to audiences”
  • Feeling a moral imperative to help other business owners succeed
  • What holds you back: fear of judgment
  • Fear robs us from those things that we feel called to do
  • An early desire to join the US Navy and to be self-reliant translates to his passion to empower others to do the same
  • View money as a by-product, not as sole motivation
  • “Who do I get to serve to today?” versus “Who am I going to sell to today?”
  • Josh’s mission is to change the PR industry
  • Staying balanced/grounded means protecting yourself, saying no sometimes and surrounding yourself with great people.
  • Make investments that put you outside of your comfort zone
  • Best ways to grow your business:
    • 1. Network with influencers
    • 2. Serve large audiences
  • Not JUST serving, but INTENTIONAL serving
  • The importance of scheduling your priorities.

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):
Dreams Groove (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Straight Drive (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production
© 2017 Uphill Conversations

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