8: YP Perspective – Willingness to Change Direction and Chart a New Course

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Young professional Yasha Patel joins us for an Uphill Conversation on her move from public defender to entrepreneur. How her drive and work ethic helped her vision become a reality.

Show Notes: 

  • Yasha’s journey from public defender to renovating and opening a new event space in Greenville, SC
  • Importance of investing back into one’s community
  • Courage, bravery and self-belief
  • Pride and finding fuel in your heritage and upbringing
  • Be open to learn and be inspired by others’ stories
  • Utilizing mentors and asking powerful questions
  • Entrepreneurship as a Young Professional
  • Working towards balance at work and at home
  • Lessons learned and advice for YPs

Guest Bio:

From her work as a public defender to her role as owner and operator of The Rutherford event venue, Yasha has always thrived on a fast-paced environment, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to exemplary client service. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and her law degree at Florida A & M. She practiced law in South Carolina and then served as a public defender for 3 years representing all types of cases from juvenile cases to serious felony cases.  In 2016, Yasha’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired her to change course and renovate an old building, creating a new venue space in an area of Greenville that is historically under-served. Her vision is to be on the forefront of an urban revitalization project in a part of the city that hasn’t yet seen such a transformation by growing The Rutherford into one of Greenville’s premier event venues and catalyze growth in the area by inspiring other entrepreneurs to open up businesses in this same area.

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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):
© 2017 UCYP Theme written and arranged by Luke Pecoraro all rights reserved.

© 2017 UCYP (Uphill Conversations Young Professionals) (UCYP is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production)

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53: Brian Knox – Uphill Accountability Partner

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Brian Knox joins us as we continue to celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary. Find out how Brian was instrumental as an accountability partner in the launch of this podcast and how he inspires and helps others in his daily life.

Brian is a guy determined to focus on the good things in life. He’s 38-years-old, has been married for 15 years, and is the father to two daughters (8 and 5). He’s worked at Habitat for a little over a year and it is the exact place that he needs to be. After 17 years in corporate America, Brian is finally in a role that engages his talents, skills, and passions while making the world a better place for others.

Show Notes

  • Connecting over John Lee Dumas and The Freedom Journal
  • Value in finding true accountability partners
  • Taking the first steps towards your entrepreneurial dreams
  • Moving beyond the “curse of being capable”
  • Podcasts as a treasure trove of information for personal growth
  • Importance of asking powerful questions and challenging others’ thinking to help give perspective and recognize blind spots
  • Podcast “turn-offs”
  • There’s no quantum leap – it takes time – consistent small efforts day over day to be successful
  • Habits to reduce stress and maintain momentum: get enough sleep,  be mindful of feelings and emotions
  • Having a servant heart, second chances and seeing the best in others
  • Being intentional in engaging others before and throughout conversations and interactions
  • Keeping yourself open to hear and understand others’ opinions, beliefs, and perspectives
  • Tim and Megan’s go to resources for information and their love of people
  • How each of us would spend our days if we were financially free
  • How are you leaving a legacy?

Quote correction: “In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Resources 

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Dreams Groove (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Straight Drive (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
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52: Jon McConnell + Nathan Gamble – Meet our Ride-along Partners

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Live from the Exchange Co. Coffee bar and bake shop in Simpsonville, SC, Tim and Megan chat and laugh a LOT with two of our friends, loyal listeners and ride-along partners Jon McConnell and Nathan Gamble.

Show Notes:

  • Brief history of our interconnecting and different relationships
  • How Jon and Nathan help pre- and post-show, audio testing, fun and great feedback and ideas
  • Keeping the office environment productive and fun
  • Podcasting experience and tricky interview moments
  • Importance of being able to be open to others’ views and beliefs
  • Random questions, favorite guests, and memorable quotes
  • OODA loop – observe, orient, decide, act
  • Jon and Nathan’s random and hilarious Uphill situations
  • Suggestions for Megan and Tim for the coming year – interviews, workshops, coaching and growing the Uphill Strategies business
  • Never be ashamed of what inspires you
  • Be thoughtful on who you allow to speak into your life
  • Others can help you recognize your blind spots

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References / Resources:

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

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7: YP Perspective – Co-Work & Collaboration

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Young Professionals Harold Hughes and Ben Moore join us for an Uphill Conversation on startup culture, collaboration and co-work space.

Show Notes:

  • Helicopter parents in the workplace
  • Building and protecting community
  • Taking ideas to execution – risk, evidence, confidence
  • Establish credibility by sharing your idea and build your tribe
  • “It makes more sense to lose my shirt today than my house tomorrow”
  • Know your goals and drive towards them: be flexible, but keep your eyes on your “North Star” (your focus and mission)
  • Misconceptions on startup culture
  • Supporting innovation and the startup community in Greenville, SC
  • Benefits and challenges of co-work space and finding your niche
  • Importance of building both a diverse and inclusive co-work community
  • Be prepared for obstacles, the unexpected, and the “dips”
  • Predictability is overrated, learn from yours and others’ failures
  • It’s limiting to think and live on “what-ifs”, you need to focus on “blooming where you’re planted”
  • Value of perseverance and hard work

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Guest Bios: 

  • Harold Hughes is the Founder & CEO of BANDWAGON – an online marketplace and fan community designed to improve the game day experience for sports fans everywhere. As a leader in the growing startup community in Greenville, South Carolina, he is the Co-Managing Director of Collective: a coworking space for small teams and entrepreneurs, Director of the Founder Institute Greenville chapter, and is a member of NEXT, and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Harold is actively involved in the community with ventures like, Rebuild Upstate, TEDx and Hands On Greenville. As a strong believer in mentorship, he makes time to speak with youth and his fellow peers about his journey to entrepreneurship and how he has found success along the way.
  • Ben Moore is the Founder & CEO of tForm – an advanced manufacturing company for the packaging industry and Co-Founder & CEO of parmetric – a technology and manufacturing company built for designers and engineers.  Continuing his passion for engineering, design, and manufacturing Ben is actively involved and sits on the board for Technology Schools and Career Centers around the Upstate.  As a leader in the growing startup community in Greenville, South Carolina, he is the Co-Managing Director of Collective: a coworking space for small teams and entrepreneurs and Director of the Founder Institute Greenville chapter.

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51: Tim Pecoraro – People, Leadership + Growth

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After a year of podcasting, we are celebrating our One Year Anniversary! In this episode, we turn the mic around and interview Co-host Tim Pecoraro. He talks about his love of people, leadership, and growth through adversity.

Show Notes: 

  • What has changed in Tim’s world since the very first episode
  • Tim’s joy in helping and uplifting others
  • Doing the right thing is subjective
  • It takes hard work to change your circumstances
  • Behavior follows belief and self-belief is incredibly important
  • What drew Tim to Coaching and Leadership
  • Coaching and mentoring are not synonymous
  • Value of time, ideas, and expertise
  • Importance of finding your own “sacred space” to be still and think deeply to discover your own clarity
  • How influential mentors and faith impacted Tim’s life and happiness
  • Genuine connection and engaged communication
  • Tim’s optimism about continuing to get compelling guests on our two podcasts, building Uphill Strategies and completing his book

References:

INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):

Dreams Groove (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)

Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production

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