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May 29, 2018

“As a leader, you’re the tip of the spear for change.” — Greg Lucier 

One of the most successful CEOs in the U.S., Greg Lucier has led companies including General Electric, Life Technologies (now ThermoFisher Scientific) and NuVasive to success. However, what stands out most is how he’s handled the challenges he’s faced along the way.

In this Takeover Tuesday episode, Dermot Buffini and Greg discuss success and leadership. Greg delves into his journey from the Philadelphia suburbs to Harvard Business School to his start at GE during the era of Jack Welch. He shares the three lessons he learned at GE, the biggest mistake he made during his transition to Life Technologies and the daily habits that keep him sharp and healthy.

You’ll learn the five must-have characteristics of successful leaders, why self-awareness is vital to becoming an effective leader, and the one thing parents must instill in their children in order for them to thrive. Whether you’re currently leading a business, an aspiring leader or raising future leaders, you won’t want to miss this episode.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“Culture is actually teamwork. If you have a great team, you can be in a room with white walls and no pictures and actually feel awesome.” — Greg Lucier

“As a leader, you’re the tip of the spear for change.” — Greg Lucier

“Visions are easy to come up with; achieving them is hard.” — Greg Lucier

“The ability to understand abstract concepts will become critically important.” — Greg Lucier

“Leaders have the don’t quit mentality because they believe they matter and if they pull themselves out, it’s not going to work.” — Greg Lucier

“Our goal as elders is to create a world where kids leave their house and have a good launch. If nothing else, a good sense of self confidence. If parents aren’t thinking of that one thing to launch their kids, they’ve missed it all.” — Greg Lucier

“Transitions are important in your career; but always make sure you walk out the front door.” — Greg Lucier

 

Mentioned in the episode:
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

 

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May 22, 2018

“Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill.” — Jim Rohn

Many people dream of becoming an entrepreneur, but they’re anxious and unsure of how or where to start. Brian Buffini has launched many businesses over the past few decades and understands these feelings.

In this episode, Brian breaks down the myths of success and explains three of the most common reasons half of small businesses fail within the first five years. He then outlines the three strategies to follow that will help you defeat the odds and build a business that lasts.

You’ll learn how your strengths and past successes reveal clues to business success, why it’s essential to find out what your target customers need, and why you shouldn’t imitate your idols, but study what makes them successful instead.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“Being an entrepreneur is a mindset: You’re someone who wants to bet on yourself, believe in yourself, you have a desire to bring a product or service into the marketplace in a way that’s better, different, cheaper or faster than someone else.” — Brian Buffini

“You’re not really an entrepreneur until you’ve written a personal check to make payroll.” — Brian Buffini

“It is possible to fly without motors, but it’s not without knowledge or skill.” — Wilbur Wright

“Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill.” — Jim Rohn

“You’ve got to be more competitive than what somebody can find on the internet.” — Brian Buffini

“Price is what you pay; value is what you get.” — Warren Buffett

“You can’t take it personally if people aren’t loyal to you; they’re loyal to value.” — Brian Buffini

“People burn out when they follow the dollars and not their passion.” — Brian Buffini

“Follow your passion and the dollars will come.” — Brian Buffini

“If your business depends on you, you don’t own a business, you have a job. And it’s the worst job in the world because you’re working for a lunatic.” — Michael Gerber

“Success leaves clues.” — Brian Buffini

“Be great at what you’re good at. Be a specialist, not a generalist.” — Brian Buffini

“Everyone’s a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole live believing that it’s stupid.” — Albert Einstein

“Successful businesses are founded on the needs of people.” — A.G. Gaston

“If you define a problem correctly you almost have the solution.” — Steve Jobs

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein

“Learn from the mistakes of others; you can never live long enough to make them all yourself.” — Groucho Marx

“Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?” — Voltaire

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” — Andy Rooney

“There’s nothing like building and growing a business.” — Brian Buffini

 

 

Mentioned in the episode:

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
Built to Last by Jim Collins

 

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May 15, 2018

The power of your good name is ultimately the most valuable thing you have in your business.” — Brian Buffini

John D. Rockefeller was more than the oil tycoon who became the richest man in U.S. history; he was also a notable philanthropist who gave away more than $500 million over the course of his lifetime and founded the Rockefeller Foundation, whose mission is to promote the well-being of humanity all over the world. In this episode, Brian Buffini shares the 10 principles John D. Rockefeller lived by, which hung in his office for more than 55 years. Framed as “I believe” statements, these principles are as applicable today as they were when they first graced Rockefeller’s office. You’ll learn how the son of a conman went on to become a multi-billionaire, why Rockefeller celebrated the anniversary of his first job every year, the impact these principles had on future generations of the Rockefeller family and how you can adapt these “I Believe” principles into your life and pass on to future generations.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“I often trembled when I asked myself the question, ‘What if I had not got that job?’” — John D. Rockefeller

“If every person I meet I believe is of supreme worth, it changes me, it changes my interactions and it changes how I go through my day.” — Brian Buffini

“As an immigrant, I always wanted to work hard so that my kids had the opportunity.” — Brian Buffini

“Contracts are only as good as the person that’s behind them. The power of your good name is ultimately the most valuable thing you have in your business.” — Brian Buffini

“The best part of the self-help business is to get people off of the ‘self’ part and into the ‘serve’ part.” — Brian Buffini

“They’ve built a fortune. They’ve given away a fortune. They’ve influenced our culture.” — Brian Buffini

“A life well-lived is a life where your values are translated into those who come after you and those who come after them.” — Brian Buffini

 

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May 8, 2018

“Do what is easy and your life will be hard; but do what is hard and your life will be easy.” — Les Brown

Les Brown’s inspiring story began when he and his brother were born in an abandoned building and adopted by a hardworking domestic worker named Mamie Brown. Dubbed “the dumb twin” by his classmates, Les only began to change his vision of himself when a teacher told him, “Someone’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.”

Since then, Les has been a radio personality, a politician and worked in the music business before becoming a heavily sought-after motivational speaker. In this episode, Brian Buffini interviews Les Brown and delves into his inspiring story.

You’ll learn why it’s essential to have a “hungry” mindset, what are “OQPs” and why you should surround yourself with them, why goal achievement is located far beyond your comfort zone and how a system will help you attain lasting success.

Les also offers a list of his past talks, located for free on YouTube, to watch and learn from. This episode is packed with information; you’ll want to listen to it several times to hear all of the inspirational nuggets Les Brown has to offer.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“Judge a man or woman not by what they have accomplished but by what they had to overcome for their accomplishment.” — Booker T. Washington

“You’re never too old to learn and you’re never too young to teach.” — Les Brown

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I’m here because of two women: one gave me life, the other gave me love.” — Les Brown

“There are moments in life that can make you or break you.” — Les Brown

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou

“Living from a place of integrity is what it takes to become an entrepreneur.” — Les Brown

“You gotta be hongry.” — Les Brown

“The people who are ‘hungry’ will do the things others won’t do so they can have tomorrow the things that others won’t have.” — Les Brown

“Being average is not an option; you have to be extraordinary in order to be considered average.” — Les Brown

“I was ‘hongry’ even when I was no longer hungry.” — Brian Buffini

“You can’t read the label if you’re locked in the box.” — Les Brown

“Part of being motivated is surrounding yourself with OQP—Only Quality People.” — Les Brown

“Do what is easy and your life will be hard; but do what is hard and your life will be easy.” — Les Brown

“Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Focus on what you do have and strengthen that, develop strategic relationships and find a way.” — Mike Williams

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar

“If the end comes for you, let it find you conquering a new mountain not sliding down an old one.” — Jim Rohn

“You don’t get in life what you want. You get in life what you are.” — Earl Nightingale

“In order to do something you’ve never done, you’ve got to become someone you’ve never been.” — Les Brown

“Today you either expand or you’re expendable.” — Les Brown

“Ask for help, not because you’re weak but because you want to remain strong.” — Les Brown

“Once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over.” — Les Brown

“Do what you’re called to do.” — Les Brown

“We were not meant to work for a living, but to live our making and our making will make our living.” — Les Brown

“Life is about experimenting and finding out ‘what is your sweet spot?’” — Les Brown

“If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.” —Carter Godwin Woodson

“In life you will always be faced with a series of God-ordained opportunities, brilliantly disguised as problems and challenges.” — Charles Udall

 

Mentioned in the episode:

The Road to Your Best Stuff by Mike Williams
Head First: The Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit by Norman Cousins
The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

 

Les Brown videos to watch on YouTube:

Les Brown Speaking at the Georgia Dome
It’s not over until you win!
It’s possible
Getting Unstuck
Change your mindset

 

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May 1, 2018

“When your values are clear, your decisions are easy.” — Brian Buffini

The Brian Buffini Show celebrates its 100th episode by shining a spotlight on the timeless tips and strategies of five of the past episodes. You’ll learn more about the seven things that keep us from making it big in America, the importance of making decisions that are congruent with your values, how patience can help us build wealth, Brian and Beverly Buffini’s secret to maintaining a strong relationship with your spouse or significant other and how to pursue the best version of yourself. This is sure to help you rekindle your motivation and prompt you to revisit the episodes mentioned to delve more deeply into the topic.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses and some don’t turn up at all.” — Sam Ewing

“Inconsistent work ethic will turn up inconsistent earnings, inconsistent earnings will not avail of opportunity, not avail of opportunity will absolutely undermine any attempts to go build your own fortune and make it big in America.” — Brian Buffini

“When you catch yourself complaining, what it’s exposing is the creeping sense of entitlement.” — Brian Buffini

“The best type of real estate in the world is free and clear of any debt.” — Brian Buffini

“The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.” — Warren Buffett

“When your values are clear, your decisions are easy.” — Brian Buffini

“Be so committed to your values that when other people’s judgment of you comes, understand that’s the price you pay.” — Brian Buffini

 

Mentioned in the episode:

Episode 062: How to Make it Big in America, Part 1

Episode 025: The Power of a Made-Up Mind

Episode 036: The One Decision that Makes You a Millionaire

Episode 016: Love & Marriage with Beverly Buffini

Episode 041: Align, Unwind and Remember What Matters Most

 

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