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Start Winning with Money – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

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Donnie Masters

Donnie Masters’ Start Winning with Money is a helpful educational guide that teaches readers how to better manage their finances. In it, Masters debunks some popular misconceptions about debt, investment, and money, then sets the record straight. He provides useful tips for budgeting, saving, and spending hard-earned money in productive ways. Masters’ knowledgeable advice will give readers the methods and wisdom they need to start winning with their own money – and keep doing so.

There were some instances in Start Winning with Money where the narration seemed a bit distracted; Donnie Masters seemed to keep going slightly off track before springing back to the subject at hand. Also, perhaps Masters relied a bit too heavily on personal opinion in some places, such as when he discussed Dave Ramsey or public education. This didn’t necessarily harm the book, but sticking solely to more factual evidence would probably have been more effective in these cases.

What makes Start Winning with Money so great, though, is that it’s genuine; this isn’t a book full of fluff by someone who has never lived what they’re preaching to readers. Early in the book, Donnie Masters shares how he, at one point, lost his job, marriage, and house all in the span of three weeks, then had to rebuild his life from the ground up. He learned a lot during his ascent, and passes it on to his readers in this book. So, aside from good advice, there’s an extra layer of real-life experience woven into Start Winning with Money that makes it all the more trustworthy. It’s also written in a casual, friendly tone that makes it easier to absorb and understand the information presented. At its core, though, Start Winning with Money is about the reader taking initiative in their own lives. As Donnie Masters wrote, “It’s up to you, and only you, to choose to live a better financial life.” Start Winning with Money is an invaluable tool to help you do just that.

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[Author Interview] J.S. Menefee | The Professional Ghostwriter’s Handbook

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JS Menefee

J.S. (Jeremy Menefee)

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Jeremy: I’m originally from Virginia, but spent my adolescence in California. I was writing and editing in the tech industry before I graduated high school. I was just lucky and knew some people who knew people. I joined the Marines after I graduated, but got injured (this was before 9/11, by the way) and was forced out with an honorable discharge. I’ve wandered around quite a bit since then, professionally, before coming back to my real love, writing and editing.

I love elephants. I think they’re about the greatest thing ever, and I have little ellies on my writing desk. I’ve also studied permaculture and sustainable agriculture, intensively, for years. I dream about having a homestead, or a cabin in the woods–so long as I can also have WiFi, of course!

In my mid-20s, I adopted a toddler with Cerebral Palsy, which is probably the best thing I ever did. He’ll be 21 this year! He changed my life as much as I did his. I highly recommend adopting, if possible, because you change both your lives forever.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Jeremy: Since I was 16. Earlier, really, but that was when I first got paid to do it. My dad was a journalist and a tech writer, so I grew up reading his articles. He figured that if I understood it at nine, then so would his audience. And he always took my suggestions seriously, which was cool. He’d accept a surprising number of suggestions, or explain why he didn’t.

Even the other careers I’ve had–Public Relations and managing a small private security company–mostly involved content writing, press releases, white papers, case studies… and a boatload of copywriting.

I added fiction ghostwriting in early 2015. I stumbled into fiction almost on accident, but I’ve been doing more and more of it ever since. This year, I started writing under my own name, going as J.S. Menefee.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Jeremy: My last book is nonfiction and was published in early July. The Professional Ghostwriter’s Handbook came out on Kindle first, then paperback, and now at the Apple bookstore, Kobo, Google Books, and more.

The subtitle says it all: “Launch your own successful writing career by writing books for others.” It would help anyone to start a writing business, but I had to pick a focus. I decided to help aspiring writers to not only earn an income, but also develop their writing skills. I don’t know of anyone else who has written a similar book. It also has all my secret tools and sites, hyperlinked, and it’s probably worth the price just for that.

I think my favorite line from the Handbook is, Get paid to learn. Learn to write. And write for money—which you can then use to publish your own novels.” It’s the perfect summary of the book.

It was originally going to be published by a small-press publisher, who contacted me and asked me to write a book on ghostwriting, but they went out of business. I decided to self-publish it, instead going through that again.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Jeremy: It’s hard to pick just one thing! The freedom of being able to work where and when I want is probably the top of the list, but I could make an argument for creative freedom–the ability to write what excites me. Or for having no pointy-haired boss to deal with, and no office politics. Those are pretty high on my list, too.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Jeremy: Even though I work from home and make my own schedule, I still have a hard time balancing work and home life. It really takes discipline to avoid writing from the time I wake up until I pass out from exhaustion. Then there’s the opposite challenge–turning off Facebook and the TV so I can get my daily word counts done. The struggle is real!

There’s also the issue of people who don’t consider writing a “real job.” Sure, some people are excited to meet someone who writes for a living, but a lot of people just don’t get it. That can be frustrating, certainly.

A distant third place for Most Challenging Writing Problems is the isolation. I’m a bit of a homebody by nature, and working from home makes it very easy to isolate myself. I think it’s important to have real interaction with real people. Friends and family need some attention, too, after all. Writers have to make time for other people, for their own well-being.

When it comes to drafting novels, my biggest challenge is romance. I don’t write romance novels, but some do have a romantic subplot. I struggle with those scenes, no kidding. I feel silly writing romantic interactions between characters, developing their relationships on a romantic level. I try not to make such things important to the main plot because I know my weaknesses. As a ghostwriter, that’s not always an option, so I have improved a lot, but I still struggle with it.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Jeremy: I think a lot of writers have more ideas than time. Watching a TV show, it’ll just hit me–what if the characters were on another planet, instead of another town? What if they were fighting over the last foodbar instead of the last cupcake? And what if there were aliens chasing them while that was going on?

I think most of my ideas jump out at me from a simple “What if?” The plot and details come later, but the core of my stories always seems to come from one of those what-if ideas. Usually out of the blue, and usually when I don’t have a pen handy, hehe.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Jeremy: My process always seems to start out by asking a simple “what if” question. Ha! Big surprise, right? Then I expand on that by just sitting with the what-if in my mind and waiting for the ideas to come. That’s how I decide whether it’s going to be a fantasy story, science fiction, or modern, and if it wants to be a thriller, a mystery, an action story, etc. That’s my premise. Then, I add a plot. By the time I’m done brainstorming that (or “staring off into space,” as my wife calls it), I have a few sentences that also make a good start on the back blurb, later.

I turn those 4-5 sentences into four paragraphs that neatly encapsulate the beginning, early middle, late middle, and climax.

Next, I make a list of the characters I know I’ll need, starting with the main character. Once I have him or her roughed out, I daydream until I have an antagonist concept that will make sense given the main character’s goals and traits, as well as the plotline. I firmly believe a good antagonist isn’t just in the hero’s way–they have a personal trait that makes them the hero’s enemy. Sometimes that’s complicated and indirect, other times it’s as simple as opposing ideologies, but there’s always a personal conflict on top of the plot conflict.

Once I have all the characters roughed out a bit, I often revise the 4-paragraph summary. From there, I either begin writing, or I outline further. It depends on how complicated it will be. (I’ve gotten a quarter way through the story and then decided I needed to outline the rest, so maybe it’s not a perfect system, hehe.)

ATAI: You write fiction and non-fiction, so this is a two-part question. Do your characters ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own? With non-fiction, has your message ever seemed to take over and go in a direction you didn’t expect?

Jeremy: Characters often have a life of their own. I can’t tell you how many incidental characters decided they wanted to be main characters, too. I think a lot of that comes from leaving some room for development when creating the character writeup; then, while writing, they aren’t shoe-horned into a certain action/reaction and things get interesting. Many of the times I’ve had to revise an outline, it was because of that more often than because of a great plot idea, because I tend to have the series of main events pretty well in mind before I start writing.

With nonfiction, it doesn’t happen as often. I think that’s because it isn’t a purely creative process–there’s a lot of logic and planning ahead of time. Still, the message can take the book in unexpected directions.

For example, the Ghostwriting Handbook was supposed to be a guidebook for taking a ghostwriter to the next level of their career, shortly after they figured out all the basics.

Early on, however, I realized that it would be a more compelling book if I wrote it for people new to writing fiction. It’s how it worked for me, after all–I took a novel ghostwriting job on a lark and discovered a whole new passion. Ghostwriting has absolutely made a huge difference in my fiction skill level, before I ever wrote something with my own name on it.

The message took over, too, when I was ghostwriting a book on AGILE Program Management. It was supposed to be a book on mastering AGILE, but in working with the client, we realized that book really wanted to be an introduction to it, instead. Fortunately, the client agreed and because of that, it was a much stronger final product. You have to listen to where the book wants to go, in nonfiction almost as much as in fiction.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Jeremy: I’ve already mentioned my favorite part of the ghostwriting book, but in the novel I’m writing (book 1 of the Rephaim: Bloodlines series), there is a scene that takes place in a restaurant that I really love. Restaurant scenes are usually a sign of laziness. I mean, is that really the best place for the scene? Probably not, but it was necessary in context. I turned that scene on its ear and ended up turning a boring monologue into an exciting, character-developing, world building.

There’s a tip for you–if you’re bored, so will your readers be. Go nuts! That crazy idea you have, which starts out with the same attitude as stomping through your brother’s Lego village like Godzilla, might just be an opportunity for some brilliance to shine through. Run with it.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Jeremy: I’m still doing ghostwriting and freelance writing/editing, so there are always those projects going on. Under my own byline, however, I’ll be working on Rephaim: Bloodlines II and wrapping up the latest R:B short story. I expect to have at least a dozen shorts, 6-7,o0o words each, published before I release the trilogy.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Jeremy: My author site is jsmenefee.wordpress.com.

I’m on Facebook at /AuthorJSMenefee, and I’m on Twitter at @AuthorJSMenefee.

I have a newsletter with some member-only giveaways and so on —

 http://smarturl.it/JSMAuthorNews.

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Jeremy: Thanks for having me! I appreciate the chance to talk with you. It has been fun, and an honor.


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How to Start a Successful Business That’s Right for You and Your Family

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Next: How to Start a Successful Business That’s Right for You and Your Family

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In NEXT, best-selling author, recovering lawyer, and professional life + business coach Caroline Greene lays out 10 NEXT steps to make it happen. Written from the perspective of a regular mom building her own business – not an established business expert – this short, easy-to-read guide provides busy moms with the tools they need to transform their business ideas into serious income in under a year, without giving up being the mother (and whole person) they want to be.


Caroline Greene

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Caroline Greene is a recovering lawyer, chronic overachiever, and the Amazon best-selling author of MATTER: How to Find Meaningful Work That’s Right for You and Your Family and NEXT: How to Start a Successful Business That’s Right for You and Your Family. As a life and business coach, Caroline helps highly- motivated, determined moms start businesses and build lives that truly matter to them.

In her former life, Caroline was a prosecutor and white-collar criminal defense attorney. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale College, and the University of Virginia School of Law, she currently lives in Washington, D.C., with her two smart and strong daughters, her diabetic cat, an adorable mostly-deaf dog, and her saint of a husband.


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The Devil’s Advocate Guide to Planning Your Business Website

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The Devil’s Advocate Guide to Planning Your

Business Website

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Save yourself time, money and aggravation.
Do you need to build a business website, but don’t know where to start? Should you build it yourself or hire outside help? What information should your website contain? Who will be your target audiences? Will you sell products online? Blog? How do you choose a domain name and a host (and what are they?) The Devil’s Advocate’s Guide to Planning Your Business Website takes you from start to finish on creating your business website. It serves up a hearty helping of needs assessment questions, a side of advice and a soupçon of snarky anecdotes.

– Free is never free – there’s always a catch.
– Read and understand what you are agreeing to BEFORE you sign a contract
– Do research on a company before hiring or signing up with them.
– Always keep your hosting and registration information up to date, or you can loose control of your site.
– Have a clear idea of your target audience before building a site.
– How will you differentiate yourself?
– Be professional on your site
– Be realistic about your skills, budget and time you can devote to a site
– Have a basic grasp of terms so you understand who you need and what you are signing up for
– Retain control of your site
– Know what proprietary sites are and how they can cost you in the long run.
– Always look at samples of a web design companies’ work before you sign on

Elaine Meszaros

 

Elaine Meszaros started designing websites back in the day when they could only have 256 colors and had to be hand-coded in HTML, uphill both ways, in a snowstormwith wolves nipping at her heels! Elaine’s clients include authors, artists, manufacturers, unions, retail shops, therapists, speakers and everyone in-between. 99% of her clients are lovely, organized people who pay their bills on time and would never dream of asking her to reschedule her honeymoon for a meeting. The other 1% provided the anecdotes for this book.  Learn more at EMGraphics.net.


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Why Leadership Sucks

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Why Leadership Sucks

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Book Description:

What is ethical leadership? Is there a difference between leadership vs management? What is strategic leadership? What is the most effective leadership philosophy? Do you wish your company had leadership coaching and leadership courses, or are you frustrated with executive leadership? Do you long for more participative leadership? You are not alone.

So why does leadership suck?

It sucks because real leadership is hard, requires selfless service, and because the buck stops here. Servant leadership or Level 5 leadership is uncomfortable, humbling, self-denying, painful, and counterintuitive; nonetheless, participative leadership is the only kind of leadership that brings lasting results, genuine happiness, and true self-fulfillment.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • Part 1: To serve or not to serve. Educational leadership requires servant leadership.
  • Part 2: Do what’s best for your organization. Discusses various aspects of organizational leadership and culture
  • Part 3: Humility 101. Leadership principles of self-examination, apologies, authenticity, controlling and displaying emotions, and handling adversity are examined.
  • Part 4: Specific management situations, focusing on business leadership competencies.

Here is the leadership training and leadership coaching you will learn from Miles and experience in Why Leadership Sucks?

  1. Why servant leadership is a superior leadership philosophy and a better long-term strategy.
  2. Develop executive leadership skills with practical action steps.
  3. Learn from real world examples from the author’s educational leadership experience.
  4. Quotes on leadership help highlight and introduce sections within each chapter.

To discover why ethical leadership is frustrating and learn strategic leadership principles for your


Miles Anthony Smith

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Miles Anthony Smith, an ambivert and serial specialist, has held senior, executive leadership positions for businesses and nonprofits over 15 years. He currently works for Rawhide Boys Ranch as Director of Vehicle Donations & Digital Marketing, earning a Bachelor of Music Composition degree and a Master’s in Business Administration. Miles is the author of Why Leadership Sucks™  and Becoming Generation Flux. He and his wife Carolyn live with their three children in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Learn more at http://www.milesanthonysmith.com/blog.

 


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Adventures in Manifesting: Conscious Business

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Adventures in Manifesting: Conscious Business

Susan Scotts

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Embrace your entrepreneurial spirit and tune into the essence of success. Whether you re at the start-up level, wish to escape the nine-to-five grind, or looking for a dose of inspiration to create a life you love, then this book will help strengthen your mission and will remind you of all the elements required to create a conscious and sustainable enterprise that makes a difference in the world. Adventures in Manifesting: Conscious Business contains stories from more than 30 authors, luminaries, and inspired entrepreneurs (including Vishen Lakhiani, Scott deMoulin, and Chris Farrell) who are actively bringing consciousness to the business development landscape and inspiring others to live with passion and purpose. Starting from zero to generating millions, losing it all to completely rebuilding, or taking massive leaps of faith to fine tuning your purpose . . . these are just a few of the stories that will take you on a journey into the realm of limitless possibilities.


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See Jack Canfield interview Susan by clicking here: http://consciousmanifestor.com.

The Conscious Manifestor App was created to empower to achieve your personal and business dreams and goals by conscious manifesting.  This unique blend of the targeted power of energy and spirituality is designed to foster a new way of abundant thinking. 


The Mastermind behind Adventures in Manifesting: Conscious Business:

Susan Scotts

Susan Scotts empowers others to achieve their personal and business dreams and goals by conscious manifesting. She is also the founder of GLEE LLC (Gilded Lily Empowerment Enterprises), a successful business coaching company that offers business coaching and training enlightening entrepreneurs in the art of Business ownership through franchising. Susan has been working in the areas of business and personal growth, as well as training and development, for over twenty years. Her unique blend of spirituality and the targeted power of energy is designed to foster a new way of thinking in business and life.

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The Art of Running Red Lights

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The Art of Running Red Lights

Pamela Gockley

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Book Description:

Branding drives the bus for most businesses, and is exclusive. Branding tells you what is supposed to happen. In Reputation, the customers drive the bus, and they say what actually happened. The starting point has changed. The typical Branding campaign starts with Marketing and takes over a year, from its conception, development, and implementation, to produce any meaningful benefits. In Reputation, we start with customers, not a creative director. Today, the modern holistic inclusive approach is, Customer Service, flowing into Sales when it is proven creditable, then lastly Marketing. The Reputation philosophy is nimble and builds on itself. It changes with the customers’ needs, and builds on itself without having to start over from scratch. We focus on Customer Service, Sales, and Marketing because these areas have a direct impact and connection with customers.

We have all seen advertising campaigns that have built a brand using tried and true branding methods. They have developed fabulous brands, but when we experience their products or services, we found they were disappointing, and not as good as their claims of greatness. It was shocking and damaging to find the perception was much more impressive than the actual experience. Branding tells us how fabulous the company is; Reputation is the real quality of the company. Successful businesses have one thing in common: they understand and have focused on building and maintaining an excellent reputation. But know this: unlike branding, you have to be able to live up to the reputation you create. It doesn’t take long to lose a good reputation by using Branding.


The Mastermind behind THE ART OF RUNNING RED LIGHTS: Business Innovation with Reputation:

Pamela S Gockley

In 1996, Pamela S Gockley co-founded a small technology company in rural Pennsylvania. Grumpy Graphics’ main focus was graphic design and website development. Over the years, Pam was able to spot trends in the industry by being deeply immersed in technology. Another even more important factor, Pam was able to identify trends in consumer buying behaviors. Her expertise in technology and consumer behaviors proved to be a winning combination.

By 2000, Grumpy Graphics blossomed into an award-winning, multi-service company, and was renamed Vigilant Corporation, headed by Pam as President, CEO, and Chairman.

In having her thumb on the pulse of technology and consumer behaviors, she started Gockley Associates (GA) in 2004. GA focused on content and design based on consumers buying behaviors. By 2009, after the world economy crash, its mission was to transition businesses from a traditional business-centric branding strategy to the modern, customer-centric reputation-based strategy.

The Reputation strategy became so successful she wrote a book outlining her method in 2012. The Reputation Factor™: Repositioning to Succeed was followed by The Art of Running Red Lights: Business Innovation with Reputation in 2015.

Today, Pam maintains a wide range of business commitments, from the Vigilant and Gockley Associates family of businesses, to her active role as a leader in many business women’s organizations. She focuses on transitioning businesses in Customer Service, Sales, and Marketing, teaching her trademarked Reputation Factor™ strategy. She is a sought-after keynote speaker for business groups, corporations, colleges and non-profit organizations.

Awards: In 2004 Pam was selected as one of the Best 50 Outstanding Business Women in Pennsylvania, honored for her years of success in owning and operating Vigilant. In 2005, she received the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award from Kutztown University’s Small Business Development Center. In 2014, she was selected as one of Lehigh Valley Business’ 25 Women of Influence.

Learn more at http://www.gockleyassociates.com/.


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Small Business Big Pressure: Faith-based Business Book

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Small Business Big Pressure:

Faith-based Business Book

Darryl

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Book Description:

Small Business is what makes our country great. However, the challenges facing the entrepreneur are overwhelming. Business schools don’t prepare an owner for the real world. Every single entrepreneur will experience an extreme amount of worry, pressure, and confusion. It is a matter of time before the entrepreneur suffers a breakdown. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Small Business Big Pressure is a collision of wisdom and knowledge designed for the 20 year veteran or the soon-to-be entrepreneur. When the business owner aligns all facets of his company with God, something special happens.

In the context of aligning with God’s will, with Small Business Big Pressure you will be able:

  • How to build a mission and vision statement
  • How to accomplish personal and professional goals
  • Understand how to read and use financial statements
  • Understand how to properly hire, train, and fire employees
  • How to build a company identity and inspire the team

Not only will this book give you solid principles, it teaches you from a real tested-in-the trenches entrepreneur how to put these principles in practice today! You will be compelled to keep the book close by through your entire career as a unique reference source and a source of inspiration!


Notes: 

“Darryl Lyons is a rock star in the financial world, and he’s built an incredible team and business that’s helping a lot of people. This book is the playbook for how he did it–and how you can do it, too.”

– Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host

“Darryl Lyons is a rock-star business leader that successfully blends the values of his faith with the pressures of running a business.”

– Roger P. Whitney, The Retirement Answer Man

 

Janelle’s Review:

A powerful, practical and profound book, Darryl Lyons’ Small Business Big Pressure: A Faith-Based Approach to Guide the Ambitious Entrepreneur, is a must have.  Small business owners often become overwhelmed and confused as they try to balance building their company, managing their employees, loving their family and embracing their spirituality.  Though many business speakers, coaches and books remove or leave out the spiritual perspectives in work and business Lyons has done the complete opposite.  Interwoven throughout the four main parts to Small Business Big Pressure, prayer and God’s support will be discovered by readers in their destination, their dollars, their dialogue and their overall personal and business identity.    

Darryl Lyons’ faith in his religion and Christian beliefs is brilliantly evident in his book.  At the end of each section, Lyons shares an action item that correlates to the practical and enlightening business advice explained in that segment.  Included as a part of the action item, readers will find a prayer to help them successfully take said action.  Small Business Big Pressure lays out Earthly and practical components to build and captain a fantastic entrepreneurial ship while fully embracing the reader’s faith and dependence on God.  Yet, Lyons expresses that the prayers are not meant to be “God, Help me!” prayers, but instead are “designed for the entrepreneur to be completely dependent on the almighty Creator as the Source.”  Small Business Big Pressure will undoubtedly help you reveal your destination, embrace the spiritual aspects of money, develop beautiful and powerful communication throughout your company, and craft an identity that you, your employees and your clients will deeply love. 

The Mastermind behind Small Business Big Pressure:

Darryl Lyons

Author of Small Business Big Pressure.  Endorsed by 2 NY Times bestselling authors (Dave Ramsey & Dan Miller), an NBA Hall of Famer, and 16 successful business owners.  His business is considered one of the best places to work in San Antonio and one of the fastest growing companies in the city (SA Business Journal). Top 100 John Maxwell Leadership Award Winner. He has been a contributor for the Good Men Project and the San Antonio Express News.  Darryl was recognized as one of the top 40 business people under 40 and the mayor of San Antonio named a park, the Darryl W Lyons Park, after his work helping to redevelop part of the city.

Learn more at www.SmallBusinessBigPressure.com


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The Story of You Transforming Adversity

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The Story of YOU:

Transforming Adversity into Adventure and

Taking Your Dreams to the Next Level and Beyond

Mark

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Book Description:

We are all put on this earth for a reason, and it’s to be the best YOU! The Story of You is for the Doers of the Dreams who are ready to escape from the land of mediocrity once and for all. On this exciting journey, Mark Minard shares his own story of early heartache and bad decisions―and how those experiences left him trapped in anger, fear, and mediocrity. But his continued search for answers and solutions also led to his discovery that he was not trapped―he had a choice. The Story of You dives deep into Mark’s adventures into the unknown in an adventure about discovering and living out your big WHY! In it Mark shares his personal playbook of how he elevated his mindset with faith-building thoughts, and manifested his dreams to the next level and beyond. This is not a theoretical doctrine; rather, this book gives you real-life applications from within the trenches describing how Mark has formed his own principles of success:

  • It’s okay to be terrible on the way to being great.
  • At the root of indecision is fear.
  • A little bit of insanity + incredible faith = great entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Your ”limitations” are your best weapons.
  • Failure is a necessary step on the way to success.
  • Change your mindset, and your circumstances will follow.
  • Knowledge + understanding + application = power

Are you ready to take your dreams, your leadership, and your life to the next level and beyond? It’s time to set sail into the uncharted waters of the unknown, and discover. . .The Story of You!


Notes: Janelle’s Review

Wowza! I think I may need a second highlighter; mine’s almost all used up marking so much wonderful insight from Mark Minard in his new book, The Story of YOU: Transforming Adversity Into Adventure, Taking Your Dreams To The Next Level and Beyond. This is not just another self-help book. In fact, Mark Minard beautifully and fluidly interweaves his journey and struggles into the deep well of wisdom he shares with you. His inspiration and strength not only come from numerous personal growth leaders, but from God. Reading The Story of YOU, you’ll quickly come to realize that Mark didn’t start from a place of promise and hope. He started from a youth and young adulthood filled with alcohol and exceptional anxiety. Even though he had very loving parents, he express how his choices put them through very difficult times. Picking up a book by Stephen King – of all people – opened the floodgates for Mark to take charge of his life, reveal promise and hope, and go after his dreams.

The Story of YOU is broken into easy bite-sized chunks, so that anyone can grasp the concepts of what Minard is sharing. You’ll also encounter very simple, yet exceptionally powerful, stick-figure drawings that coincide with the guidance to create your own personal transformation. Mr. Solid Dude, Mr. Negative Face, Mr. Mediocracy Face, and Mr. Perspective are all there to clearly show you what, where, why and how. To top it all off, Mark Minard shares the easiest and likely the most profound business plan that I’ve ever seen. In two steps, you’ll be on your way – to personal transformation and to taking your dreams to the next level. If you want to uncover the real story of YOU, then Mark Minard’s The Story of YOU is a must read…and a must do! As Mark says, “Knowledge + understanding + application = power.”


The Mastermind behind The Story of YOU:

Mark Minard

Who is this Mark Minard Guy!? Mark Minard is a husband, and father of 5. He is the Owner and Co-Founder of Dreamshine, which proudly serves individuals with special needs. He’s the Co-Owner/Founder & Co-Host of Elevating Beyond Podcast. He’s just an ordinary dude, with an extraordinary faith, believing all things are possible.


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Rob and Janelle

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The Invisible Organization

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The Invisible Organization

Mitch Russo

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Book Description:

Not too long ago, I ran a 300 person company, generating nearly $30M in sales from my spare bedroom. As the CEO of Business Breakthroughs, Int’l, a Tony Robbins and Chet Holmes Company. We generated nearly 100% growth several years running, smoothly and easily. Why, because we had perfected the art of being Invisible.

Companies all over the world could greatly benefit from moving part of even all their staff to work from home. Using the techniques and strategies inside The Invisible Organization, all that is possible, quickly and efficiently.

Inside the book I tackle the key element of what stops CEO’s from being effective at making the transition, I address the management issues and provide a manifesto for moving the whole company forward. My book is not necessarily a technology book, yet I cover the technology I use and recommend.

Instead, it’s a handbook on managing the whole process, from changing your mindset as the CEO, to getting buy-in from your entire team. Then designing and implementing a management and technology plan to eliminate the soul-sucking, money wasting commute of many of your daily staff.

If your company needs to jumpstart morale, growth and profits by shedding overhead and thrilling staff, this book is a must read.

Visit www.TheInvisibleOrganization.com and get involved in a movement that’s sweeping the country as Ingenious CEO see for themselves how they too can change the game by going Invisible!

Jay Abraham says: “Mitch Russo provides a rather refreshing new slant on growing a business to double, redouble, maybe even double again and again – without heavy fixed investment in people, equipment and costs. Mitch’s strategy delivers a serious read and even more serious reflection by any CEO who is stuck in a no-growth mode or delaying with limited resources.”


The Mastermind behind The Invisible Organization:

Mitch Russo

Mitch Russo – business coach, entrepreneur and bestselling author of author of The Invisible Organization, How Ingenious CEOs are Creating Thriving, Virtual Companies. 

Mitch is the former CEO of Tony Robbins and Chet Holmes Business Breakthroughs, International, Russosuccessfully scaled the company with nearly 100% growth per year, and about 300 remote staff, owning no infrastructure. Now he’s coaching clients and helping them create the leadership management strategy outlined in his book, ultimately advising CEOs to go “virtual” with confidence.

Learn more at http://www.mitchrusso.com.


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