Today’s interview was a real pleasure for me. I had the opportunity to interview someone that I both admire and consider a friend, Lori Kennedy. Lori is a holistic nutritionist by background and has gone on to build an online business where she teaches other practitioners how to scale their impact and their message in the online space.
What’s remarkable to me is not necessarily the business that Lori has built, but the life she has built. Far too often we sit back and envy what other people have, but Lori has gone out and built her life on purpose.
Today’s podcast is all about how to do that for yourself, and how you can give yourself permission to take your life and your purpose to the next level.
[3:12] Lori is a writer and an empowerer of women.
[5:10] As an entrepreneur, you do the hardest work on yourself.
[7:29] How can you own and harness the power of traits that others might see as negative?
[11:26] Societal expectations can hold women back.
[17:00] Think about how you want to feel rather than what you want to do.
[22:25] Delegation can be your secret weapon.
[25:25] People are going to judge you no matter what, so you might as well live the life you want to live.
[27:23] Entrepreneurs need continuous momentum.
[30:44] What is the first step in scaling your wellness business?
[34:31] School is not always conducive to creative and entrepreneurial children.
[37:49] Lori is already living out her legacy.
[39:20] Health is consistency.
[40:22] Let’s look at Lori’s key performance indicators!
Mentioned in This Episode:
“It is my goal in life to delegate every possible domestic duty.”
“I had to filter the way that I behaved because I didn’t want to come across as a bossy bitch.”
“Not asking for help or support at home is one of the biggest ways that women hold themselves back.”
“Structure equals freedom.”
“Anytime you can reduce stress, everybody wins.”
“My legacy is walking my talk.”
MORE ABOUT LORI KENNEDY
With over 13 years of experience in the fitness and nutrition world, Lori is the founder and CEO Director of The Wellness Business Academy and the producer of The Wellness Business Summit.
Since founding the WOW! Nutrition System in 2007, Lori has transformed thousands of clients globally and sparked her 1 million mission: to improve the lives both physically and emotionally for 1 million people by 2022.
Lori transitioned out of her brick and mortar business and took her entire company online in 2011. Since producing The Wellness Business Summit and founding The Wellness Business Academy she’s trained thousands of health practitioners, healers, coaches and fitness professionals to start-up and grow their own purpose driven businesses. She goes by the motto #mylifemyterms
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Today I sat down with a friend and colleague, Dr. John Dempster, ND. Over the last several years, Dr. Dempster has developed a real passion for addressing mental health, both within his patient population and in the broader entrepreneurial world through some of his online summits.
We got into some of the things that we both feel are missing in the lives of our patients that set them up to be more at risk for inability to manage anxiety and depression on a daily basis. John goes on to talk more about how he evaluates new patients that come into his practice looking to find more stability in respect to their mental health. What we discovered as we delved deeper into our conversation is that there are significant and consistent tenets that actually set up for success when it comes to our mental health, and there are certain habits and social norms that tend to pull us down.
This interview was insightful because it was personal. There’s not a single person listening who isn’t touched by mental health problems through their patients, clients, friends or family. This is something that we can all relate to and information that we can all use.
[3:24] Dr. Dempster lost two of his uncles to chronic disease when he was very young and watching them go through conventional treatments that failed really affected him.
[4:47] Dr. Dempster realized the importance of nutrition and root cause resolution.
[6:36] What is functional medicine and how does it differ from naturopathic medicine?
[7:55] How did Dr. Dempster become passionate about mental health?
[11:42] Almost a quarter of Dr. Meghan’s patients are on antidepressants.
[13:47] Mental health is related to gut health.
[16:02] Healing doesn’t happen instantly. We need to reevaluate our environments and relationships.
[17:46] Dr. Dempster’s priorities shifted when he became a parent.
[21:02] How does Dr. Dempster manage anxiety?
[24:40] How does busyness contribute to adrenal fatigue?
[28:14] Naturopathic physicians have more tools at their disposal than MDs.
[31:05] A sense of community is really important to health.
[32:21] We need “Vitamin N.”
[33:23] Dr. Dempster hopes that he will be known as someone who really cared and who listened to his patients.
[34:28] What is health?
[36:08] Let’s look at Dr. Dempster’s key performance indicators!
Mentioned in This Episode:
“Exercise daily is really a must.”
“We have this thing in our society right now where we pride ourselves on being busy.”
“What are you doing that you love?”
MORE ABOUT DR. JOHN DEMPSTER
Dr. John Dempster is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and is the medical director/founder of The Dempster Clinic – Center for Functional Medicine, located in Toronto, Canada. He focuses on a functional medicine model to treat a variety of patients ranging from high performance individuals to those with, or wanting to prevent chronic illness. In addition he has a strong passion for helping patients embrace an Optimal Aging philosophy to help them achieve a long, healthy, vibrant and fulfilling life.
As an avid seeker in integrative and evidence based medicine, he has furthered his studies by completing an advanced fellowship in Functional, Regenerative, and Anti-aging medicine. In addition to his busy practice, he writes regularly for a number of publications and speaks to corporations on a variety of health & wellness topics. In addition, he is also featured frequently on national television, radio, newspapers and magazines.
Aside from treating patients and teaching those how to improve their health and lifestyle, Dr. Dempster prioritizes living a balanced life. He is extremely passionate about the outdoors and is an avid downhill skier, fly fisherman, and white water canoeist paddling throughout Canada’s arctic. Dr. Dempster and his wife, recently welcomed the birth of their daughter, of whom he enjoys spending all of his free time with.
For more information on Dr. Dempster you can visit his website www.thedempsterclinic.com.
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This week's call to action is all about self care. It's time to ditch the badge of busyness and take some time for yourself. How do you plan on taking care of your number one asset (aka- YOU)? Share your commitment on the Entrepology Facebook Page. Because when you are accountable, you are helpable.
Alex Charfen first became an entrepreneur during his teenage years and learned some very important lessons about business through early failures. At his peak of his financial success, he found himself incredibly unhealthy and stressed out. Understanding he needed to change, he created a wildly successful real estate business with his wife and began living life on his own terms.
Finally, when Alex was ready to sit down and write his own book to help entrepreneurs, he had to take a step back and ask himself, who exactly, is an entrepreneur? What makes someone want to even become an entrepreneur? This is how his book, Entrepreneurial Personality Type, came to be. He realized through all the years of working with entrepreneurs and wildly successful business people, they all had one thing in common. They were outliers. They were risk takers, and society thought they were just strange.
On this week’s episode, Alex discusses his book, why entrepreneurs are wired differently, and their beneficial purpose to society, and how entrepreneurs can use this knowledge to prosper in their own professional and personal lives.
[2:25] Alex has spent his career trying to figure out what makes entrepreneurs tick and, through that, he’s found that there are key entrepreneurial personality types that make us who we are.
[3:20] How did Alex first get started as an entrepreneur?
[6:15] When you read books about successful people, there are very clear distinct patterns for why these people became successful.
[9:55] Life sometimes throws you curveballs. At 22 years old, Alex became a fortune 500 consultant.
[11:25] At 32 years old, Alex was unhealthy and he had to make a shift in his lifestyle. He ended up opening a real estate business with his wife.
[13:00] One day, Alex decided to sit down and write a book about all the things he’s learned about business over the years, but when he sat down to write his target audience, aka entrepreneurs, he couldn’t figure out who they really were. This shocked him. He’s worked with entrepreneurs and highly successful people all his life, how could he not know who they were?
[14:30] So, instead of writing about the book he had initially intended to, he wrote Entrepreneurial Personality Type.
[17:00] What is the Entrepreneurial Personality Type book about?
[18:00] Personality type one: The Caretakers.
[19:20] Personality type two: The Communicator.
[20:35] Personality type three: The Coordinators.
[22:35] Personality type four: The Hunters.
[23:55] The hunter group is the smallest group out of those four. The hunters are entrepreneurs. They are the trendsetters, but they’re also seen as intimidating and scary.
[27:25] What kinds of differences has Alex noticed between male and female entrepreneurs?
[38:45] Alex mentioned at the height of his financial success, he was at his unhealthiest. What has his health journey been like over the years?
[42:05] If you’re not optimizing yourself, then you’re not optimizing your business.
[46:25] What does Alex want his legacy to be?
[50:50] Let’s look at Alex’s key performance indicators!
Mentioned in This Episode:
“We are the smallest part of the human species. The Hunters make up the smallest group, and the rest of the world simply doesn’t understand us.”
“They call us risk takers, intimidating, frightening, and scary. We do things that just don’t make sense and are illogical.”
“We’re fundamentally different from the rest of the world. We get up everyday and demand that the world improve.”
MORE ABOUT ALEX CHARFEN
Alex has studied greatness for decades and here is what he has found: All of the notable entrepreneurs down through history have a great deal in common with each other, and, quite frankly, very little in common with the rest of the world. They share The Entrepreneurial Personality Type (EPT) with all of its quirks and idiosyncrasies. They are a restless bunch with an intrinsic need to move and build and strive. His own remarkable entrepreneurial journey reflects that.
His professional career started at the tender age of eight. Economic factors forced the emergency sale of his family’s business, making it necessary for him to start working, selling things with his dad at a local flea market. He quickly found that, unlike the rest of the world he lived in, the business environment felt safe. He innately understood it. The exchange of money for goods and services made sense. He grew and continued to learn about commerce, reading voraciously about the great business minds down through the ages. In his teen years, he began to launch and build businesses of his own, sometimes failing and sometimes wildly succeeding. His high flying Florida real estate business became a victim of the 2008 downturn, but he rebounded by turning that tragedy into a thriving business built around helping others in real estate understand the world of distressed properties, of which there were many at the time. For that, homeowners and real estate experts are eternally grateful. In fact the U.S. Treasury Office has data that shows that Alex’s CDPE process shortened the recovery of the foreclosure crisis in this country by at least five years.
Now, Alex has turned his attention and resources to what is without a doubt the most important work he believes he will ever do- helping other EPT’s prosper and understand themselves so they can make the difference that they are intended to make. His book, The Entrepreneurial Personality Type, published in 2016, has become the handbook for his restless tribe around the world looking for answers. He has obviously struck a resonant chord with his findings and his continued learning and discoveries on the subject. He’s spoken on the biggest stages, appeared on TV and in print for major media outlets such as MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and AmEx OPEN Forum to provide his unique views and insights. His next book, Momentum, will publish in early 2018.
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Understanding your personality type, helps you take steps forward so you can make the world a better place. Discover your personality type and share your findings in our Entrepology Facebook Group. Because when you are accountable, you are helpable.
In today’s show, I’m switching things up a bit, and I do not have a guest to interview! Between every 10-15 guests, we’ll take a mini break from that format, and go into a solo show. So, today’s solo show is about achieving balance in your life, especially as we transition from summer into the fall.
I was watching my daughter ride her bike without training wheels the other day, and some inspiration came to how riding a bicycle is the perfect metaphor for living our real life. Oftentimes, when we are stressed, we think taking a screeching halt, and putting everything on pause is what will give us balance, but this is wrong!
As anybody who has ever ridden a bike knows, the slower you go on a bike, the more dangerous things become. In order for us to properly achieve balance, we need to learn how to coast on our bicycle, and ride on the momentum of our hard work. Find out more about achieving balance on this week’s episode!
[1:35] I don’t have a guest for this week’s episode! Let’s take a mini break to reflect as we transition from summer into fall.
[2:05] How do you achieve balance when the seasons change and get busier?
[3:40] Have questions for me? Don’t forget to join our Facebook community, Legacy, and reach out there!
[5:00] We all strive for balance in our lives. We’re searching for it every single day.
[6:00] We try to come to a screeching halt when striving for balance, but for anyone who has ever ridden a bike, they will know that the slower you go on a bike, the more dangerous it becomes for you.
[7:05] Following the riding-the-bike metaphor, instead of trying to stop suddenly, look for opportunities in your daily live to coast; ride the momentum of your hard work.
[7:35] How can we actively, and consciously, engage in a break?
[9:25] You don’t need a ten-minute break every hour, you need a minute, or even 30 seconds, to step away from your work and recharge.
[10:00] Do you experience energy crashes in the afternoon? Getting sugar or a coffee into your system is not the answer.
[11:35] Don’t have time to go to the gym? Lack of movement is another factor as to why you are struggling to achieve balance.
[12:45] Adults typically don’t play anymore, but just because you’re no longer a child, and have bills to pay, this doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to have fun. Try and incorporate more play time into your life.
[15:55] Join the Facebook community and let us know how you want to increase more of your play time this fall.
[17:35] We have a fantastic list of guests lined up for the fall, and they will be talking about how you can have more play in your life.
Mentioned in This Episode:
“What an incredible metaphor riding a bike is for living your real life.”
“When people say they don’t have enough time, usually what they mean is they don’t have enough energy.”
“Balance doesn’t come because it’s scheduled. Balance comes because it’s floating in front of you and you take it.”
MORE ABOUT DR. MEGHAN WALKER
Dr. Meghan Walker is a naturopathic doctor, serial entrepreneur and mother. She graduation from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and completed a science degree, with a focus in reproductive physiology from the University of Waterloo. As an entrepreneur, Meghan started and sold her first business while in University and went on to found the Canadian Chapter of a national Youth Engagement Organization called Millennium Kids. Millennium Kids, taught responsible social activism in schools across Canada, Australia and South Africa.
Meghan is a Co-founder and past CEO of the digital health media start-up, Bright Almond, and she has most recently launched ‘The First 18’, an online incubator for new clinician entrepreneurs and Legacy, a community of go-getters looking to optimize their health and performance. Meghan maintains a boutique practice in Downtown Toronto, catering to entrepreneurs and inspired individuals looking to maximize their body and brain. When not satisfying her entrepreneurial itch, she is hanging out with her three little girls and super supportive husband.
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