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Risk Without Regret: Stories from Risk Takers, Inspiring Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners

Based out of Dayton, Ohio, Randy Johnson hosts a weekly podcast titled Risk Without Regret. The main goal of this show is to inspire and motivate you to follow your dreams, take more risks, build a business around your passions, and have no regrets along the way. Some episodes, I'll discuss a quote I came across and really dig in deeper for 10-20 minutes. Quotes that mean something to me, and I think deserve to be expanded upon to make you think about them more and how they can relate to you. The rest of the episodes will be more of an interview format. I'll bring guests onto the show that have an inspiring story to share about their journey. These might range from 30-90 minutes, and some may even pass the 2 hour mark. These amazing people will come from all walks of life and they bring insane amounts of wisdom to the table. I refer to all of my guests as risk takers. Individuals who didn't follow the typical path, they paved their own. They enlighten us all about how they started their business, or travel the world, or work from their laptop on a beach, or make 7-figures, or even just how their life experiences shaped them into who they are today. Some are more successful than others, but they all share the same mindset of taking risks, doing what they love, helping others, and living life to the fullest. Enjoy!
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Jan 30, 2017

I read somewhere that the average adult makes around 35,000 decisions a day. Think how stressed out you'd be if you were indecisive about all of those!

I'm a very indecisive person, and sometimes I just have to force myself to make a decision and move on. In most cases, even if it turns out to be the wrong choice, it's not the end of the world.

In this episode, I dig into this quote: "Be decisive. A wrong decision is generally less disastrous than indecision." -Bernhard Langer

These days, there are so many options for everything. We are all overwhelmed. But if you treat decision-making like a skill, one that you can constantly practice and get better at, you're gonna reduce your stress level drastically.

The last thing you want to do is get stuck in the over-analysis paralysis mode!

Hit play and listen to this short episode all about taking action and moving on. Stop wasting your time worrying about every little detail. Make a few mistakes and learn from your real-word experiences. Enjoy!

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Jan 26, 2017

On today's episode, I have RJ Hodges joining us. RJ is an inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and certified life coach.

He is also a bestselling co-author of the book Mission Unstoppable, as well as the author of You Can’t Practice At The Game, The Art of Mastering You, Volume One. He says his philosophy of mastering yourself applies to bettering your overall relationships, self esteem, business, the way one perceives, and many other issues we all face daily.

The common strategy is to perfect those things that are external, but oftentimes it’s the internal relationship with ourselves that either hinders or allows us to thrive. In many instances our internal conflicts will stop us from going after our dreams and goals.

In this episode, RJ also explains the #1 thing about entrepreneurship that if neglected will kill you and your business. This conversation will definitely provide some insight to all entrepreneurs, even the aspiring entrepreneurs, or those with huge goals who are looking to take the next big step.

Plus if you listen all the way to the end, RJ has a bonus offer for everyone listening. Enjoy!

I hope you loved this episode, and if you did, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a quick review!

 

Connect with RJ

Website: rjhodgesspeaks.com
Facebook: facebook.com/rjhodgesspeaks
Twitter: @rjhodgesspeaks
Instagram: @rjhodgesspeaks
Email: rjhodgesspeaks@gmail.com

 

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Bonus Offer

Just for being a loyal Risk Without Regret listener, RJ is giving you a free 20-minute coaching session when you purchase one of his books from him website! All you have to do is buy one of his books and mention this offer. Enjoy!

 

Best quotes from this episode

When you're young, nothing is about purpose. Nothing is about passion. Everything is about "how much money can I make?"
The 1-on-1 coaching, it allows me to be personable. I get the chance to give you the exact thing that you need.
Writing allows me to express not just messages that I want to get to other people, but it allows me to express the messages that I feel that are kind of going off in my head. It allows me to get those things out.
There's an inner voice that's always talking to us, that's trying to lead and direct our path. We're not always hearing that voice. But writing allows me to kind of just really sit down and pay attention to that voice and just kind of pour some things out and some expressions that a lot of times I think they're for me, they just happen to touch the other people as well.
It's something about you being you, that's what the world is looking for.
I don't have a problem with you modeling other people, but you can't model another person to the point where you become not authentically you.
I don't try to give you something that I haven't done. Everything that I talk about, everything that I teach is something that I've personally gone through.
How bad do you really want what you say you want?
There's a price behind everything that you want.
Everything that we ask for, we're not really prepared to do what's behind it in order to get there.
You've been in these particular conditions in your life simply because you're a direct contradiction to what you say you want.
If you look at most of us, we want one thing, but everything else about us (mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally) is the direct opposite of the thing that we want.
I don't believe in wasting time.
If I can't change the way you see it, we probably can't change the way it is.
Results are results. You can't argue with results.
If you're going to do anything that a lot of people are doing, you need to first and foremost find your voice. How do you do this different? What particular problem or issue can you solve and for who?
Take what is and make it better.
Google gives me a window to the world.
I'm really big on maintaining a level of peace within myself.
I think the best entrepreneurs in the world are those that can remain mentally, spiritually, and emotionally peaceful even in the midst of chaos.
There's nothing like seeing a person transform.
There have been other people I've not had the privilege to meet personally that I consider mentors.
A principle is only as good as the person that it comes into contact with.
If I don't learn to take care of me, then I am of no good for anybody else. I can never give what I don't have.
Before we can get you to where you're going, we first gotta locate where you are.
If I told you that you weren't going to make money for the next two years, would you still pursue this?
When you stop chasing money and you start chasing passion and purpose, the money just seems to chase you.
I'm going to do it because I love it and because it's the only thing that moves me.
Once I got introduced to the world of entrepreneurship, I've never been the same since.
It's funny how randomly losing your job motivates you. Everything that you don't think you can do, you figure out a way to do it.
When I think about "Risk Without Regret," I think about life and how we play life so safe sometimes.
Sometimes we play life so safe that when we look back we ask ourselves, "why didn't I do that?"
You're not getting out of this thing alive. You're not going to get a second chance at this life.
Calculated risks are very important in life.
There's no way that you can keep talking about a thing and you don't finally at some point take action on it. Because when you have a deep-rooted desire, it will not let you rest.
The reason most people don't act on a desire is because it's too big for them at the moment. Not understanding that you only see a vision from its end result.
I may not be able to fulfill this entire vision today, but what can I do today.
When you initiate, direction comes.
Sometimes we neglect the baby steps and the growth process.
I think the entrepreneur life has some sacrifices. There are some things that you're gonna have to do that the next person is not willing to do.
The reward is going to feel so much greater than what I feel right now.
Win at life, don't just survive.
If it's not going exactly the way you want it to go right now, don't quit. Don't give up because every great person that has reached anything, they have a dark story somewhere.
I have not found one extremely successful person to where I couldn't dig somewhere in their past and find something that they went through.
The beautiful thing about when you come out of something and it's great and you get everything that you ever desired, you don't even remember how painful it was before.
I remember that feeling of not knowing what's next. And sometimes I take myself there because I never want to put myself in that position to where somebody else is able to dictate my life in that way. And that keeps me pushing every single day.
It's a little bit difficult in the beginning, but if you fully turn this page, there's always something better coming.
Any doors that have ever closed in my life, no matter how hard they were, the next door that opened was so much better. It was 20 times better.

 

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Jan 15, 2017

Do you have goals? Sure you do. Is everything you're doing getting you closer to those goals? Probably not.

"Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow."

Listen to this episode where I dig into this quote and explain how it pertains to me. I give a few personal examples and as well as some tips to help you with the things you're working on.

When it comes to a task, it comes down to either doing it, delegating it, or dropping it. And there are plenty of things that you CAN be doing, but SHOULD you be doing them all? Hit play and give this one a listen.

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Best quotes from this episode

Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
Show me where you spend your time and money, and I'll tell you what your priorities are.

 

Everything else I talked about

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Jan 6, 2017

Today's guest sure has her hands full. PJ Jonas is married with eight children in rural Indiana. For almost ten years, the entire family has been running a business called Goat Milk Stuff.

When I first heard about the company, I was like, someone is making things out of goat milk? So obviously I had to check it out since my curiosity couldn't take it anymore.

I'll let PJ explain the full story about how she came up with this idea, but essentially, she was tired of seeing all of the products that everyone is always using filled with harsh chemicals. So she decided to do something about it.

Initially it was just for herself and her family, but she quickly realized that this idea could help a ton of people all around the world.

It's primarily an online company, but it is constantly growing into a tourist attraction for people that want to come and check everything out in person.

Just like a lot of stories you'll hear on this show, most start off with humble beginnings before the idea really takes off. The Jonas family story is no different. In this episode, you're gonna learn about patience, hard work, taking care of your customers, creativity, and plenty other lessons in business and in life.

Plus if you listen all the way to the end, PJ has a surprise for everyone listening! So get comfy, block out all the distractions, and listen to my amazing conversation with PJ Jonas of Goat Milk Stuff. Enjoy!

I hope you loved this episode, and if you did, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a quick review!

Connect with PJ

Website: GoatMilkStuff.com
Facebook: facebook.com/GoatMilkStuff
Instagram: @GoatMilkStuff
YouTube: youtube.com/GoatMilkStuff

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Free Gift

Just for being a loyal Risk Without Regret listener, PJ is offering you a free bar of goat milk soap so you can try them out! All you have to do is visit GoatMilkStuff.com/RiskSoap. Enjoy!

Best quotes from this episode

We really understood our target market, because we were our target market.
Word of mouth at the beginning, that was really how we had most of our initial growth.
Social media is definitely been worth it for us but it's something that we definitely keep in it's perspective and do just try to keep it social.
You don't have 8 children in today's society without sacrificing a lot.
We didn't realize it at the time, but the fact that we spent so many years living below our means, not having any debt except for the mortgage, and paying down the mortgage, that's what enabled us to build Goat Milk Stuff so quickly.
If we had been on the Today Show and we were trying to make it out of the kitchen, there's no way we could have filled those orders.
It's kind of the myth of the overnight success, people think it happens so quickly, but they don't see the years and years of hard work and prep work that went into it.
It's not about having a profitable business, it's about cash flow. There are plenty of profitable businesses that go out of business because they don't have the cash flow.
It's better to grow slowly, because so many businesses will die because of growing too quickly.
For every dollar of pre-tax income you want to make, you have to sell five dollars worth of stuff.
Your expenses grow so much more the bigger your business gets.
Everyday, if you can look and save yourself two steps or save yourself one action, that's going to add up over time.
We really underestimate children in our country. They're capable of so much more than we give them credit for. And with the right support and the right tools, so many of them can do great things and I'd love to see more of that.
You need to have the work ethic. Hard work covers a multitude of sins and a multitude of weaknesses.
I've never met a problem I couldn't solve.
You're never staying at one point, you're either growing or you're shrinking.
You have to constantly be moving and adjusting and adapting.
There were businesses that started, grew, and thrived during the Great Depression. So to say it's not a good time and you can't succeed, I think it's completely false.
You always have lots of opportunities, but don't let the good distract you from what's the best.
Work hard. Be financially responsible. Have integrity.
You don't need all the best stuff to get started.
You have to put things in perspective and you have to put money into the things that are going to have a return.
If you don't live what you speak and speak what you live, that's going to come back and hurt you.
If I'm not willing to use something on my children, I am not willing to sell it.
I wasn't going to let someone else or their experience tell me what I could and could not do. I don't let other people's reality impact my reality.
I don't want to get bogged down into worrying about what my competitors are doing. I want to care about my customers, I want to give my customers what they want at the best price that I can, and I've got to believe that that's going to take care of itself in the end.
It was such a learning experience for my children, to know that what we do isn't just about making money so we can feed ourselves and pay our bills, it's about impacting the lives of others.
I tell my children all the time, we are so blessed because we are able to work together, we are able to help people, and we're able to support ourselves doing it. I can't even imagine anything better than that.
It doesn't matter what, I have to push through this. I have people counting on me to make all of this work.

 

Thanks for listening

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast here and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon! And feel free to leave a comment below with your feedback and any questions you have.

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