Making Waves at C-Level

Marcus Segui is the Founder of Tintico, a new luggage company. Marcus started his career in finance in New York City, then quit to take a year off to travel and learn Spanish. He settled in Bogota, Colombia and ultimately launched a real estate company there that was backed by the Colombia's largest private equity company. He's an entrepreneur well versed in international business and what it takes to launch a company abroad.

His current venture involved leaving behind 10 years of real estate to start a luggage company because, as he said, “I like travel bags, the suitcase is the hardest one, international business is fun for me, and I want to build a travel brand that inspires authentic, purposeful, boundary-pushing travelers.”

He’s starting a company on Kickstarter – – I was intrigued by the business model, and also his back story and knew he would be a great guest for the podcast.

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Over a drink with a new friend he asked "What makes you belly laugh?" and "What makes you cry?" These were not questions I expected, and I could not easily answer them.

We live in a world where most people engage in a superficial manner and we rarely ask question that get to the heart and soul. It is also hard to make friends as we get older as we are not always exposed to knowing about other people.

These questions asked by my new friend stirred my thinking. I was impressed with how open this person was to sharing his own story, which had ups and downs. His life had some hard times, and he was open about these, which allowed me to connect with him, as we all face tragic experiences in business, personal life, in our communities, etc...

In this episode I talk about my struggles to answer these questions and why that makes me wonder if I am being true to my own self and letting my human feelings inter my business dealings.

I also challenge you, the listener to ponder these questions and let me know if you quickly find the answers.

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Mark Black was born with a heart problem and had surgery while only days old. While he does not remember that, his life was full of health issues that culminated with a heart and lung transplant at age 23.

He had planned to have a career as a teacher, but after recovering from his transplant he found professional speaking and has never looked back.

Mark is the founder of The Purpose Program and CEO of Adversus Consulting, Mark Black has done a lot in 35 yrs. A professional speaker, best-selling author and success coach, Mark doesn’t just talk about overcoming
adversity, he lives it.

Mark’s experience with adversity began early in his life. By age 2 Mark
had already survived more than many deal with in a lifetime.

The lessons Mark learned in the year that followed that news he needed a transplant form the basis of his award-winning presentations, and the best-selling book “Live Life from the Heart.

Mark has inspired nearly 100,000 people across North America with his
unique brand of humor blended with a gripping life and death story.
The lessons he teaches have transformed countless lives and businesses.

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Jerome Wade is the Chief Epic Officer of The Epic Advantage, a global leadership development company that helps top tier professionals lead high performing people, teams and organizations.

His expertise is in Leadership Development, Performance, and Motivation. He is committed to helping people Unleash Greatness, Accelerate Opportunity, and Maximize Performance.

His company, The Epic Advantage provides solutions to the #1 challenge in business and organizational leadership as well as personal and professional performance.

He is a Keynote Speaker | Corporate Trainer | Executive Coach: and he leverages the power of story to deliver extraordinary results by masterfully designing moments that create leadership momentum. Jerome is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and an international conference and corporate speaker.

Jerome makes his home in Albuquerque, NM and is an adventurist who loves white water kayaking, motocross, mtn. biking, snow boarding, climbing, scuba diving, sailing, and global adventuring.

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In this episode he shares his advice from 25 years as an entrepreneur.

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Mike Domitrz was always an entrepreneur. He was the kid selling lemonade or teaching swim lessons (or break dancing lessons). He became a mobile DJ, and eventually a professional speaker and leading expert on dating and sexuality.

His company has grown over two decades from a one-man show to a larger organization with several employees. Today he continues to expand and is seeking the right people to execute the roles of running his business.

In this episode Mike Domitrz shares his experiences from his first hire (his sister), to virtual assistants, to assembling a growing staff.

This topic is important for all business professionals. How we find the right people to help us matters, and most people make mistakes. Mike made plenty of mistakes, and has lots of tips on how to avoid the same pitfalls.

After 20+ years in business, Mike knows his own strengths and weaknesses, and is now getting better at putting the right people in the right seats on his bus. This episode is a valuable resource for everyone, as even solopreneurs may one day need a VA or a full time staff.

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A conversation in the "Cool Things Project" mastermind coaching program lead to a discussion about how taking action that pushes a person out of their comfort zone can lead to "Imposter Syndrome".

Imposter Syndrome is a term coined in the 1970s that refers to high achieving individuals who are marked by the inability to internalize their accomplishments and who have a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.

Many people who chase their dreams fall prey to these feeling of not deserving their success. It is not uncommon for those who are starting to achieve new levels to question if they are legitimately qualified to be a leader in their area of expertise.

Plus in a world where "Fake it til you make it" is preached all over the place, many people are uncomfortable once they go out and start to take actions. Thom Singer is not a fan of "fake it til you make it", as that sets people up for imposter syndrome. Instead he thinks people should push their limits but be realistic (to themselves and others) about their journey.

Many mistakenly think that others will come along and verify they belong in the role they are striving to fill, but there is no magic validation fairy.

If you struggle with this, or know someone who does, join in and listen to this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do".

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Thom Singer turns 50 and in the episode he shares why that is a great thing.

He covers several of the topics he wrote about on his blog in a post called "50 Things I Learned by 50"

50. There is nothing wrong with getting older. It happens no matter what, so just enjoy the stacking of experiences. We live in a youth oriented culture, but don't believe that the best years are in the past.
49. You are responsible for the choices you made in the past. Don't be embarrassed by failure, it is part of the road to success
48. Sadness and depression happen, but we rarely talk about it. Be honest with yourself and don't hide from your own feelings.
47. Treat yourself to something special on a semi-regular basis.
46. Don't hide behind "busy". Everyone is busy and it need not be your badge of honor.
45. Everyone wants to feel significant, but you can never achieve significance alone in a field. You need other people. Help them find significance and they will return the favor. Don't and you will be alone.
44. Social media is not a fad. You must have a LinkedIn profile if you are a grown up with a job. But do not mistake the number of contacts with the number of people how know, like, trust, respect, and understand who you are in your soul.
43. Read the Wall Street Journal. The economy (good or bad) does impact your career... no matter your company, industry, job title, etc... Do not stick your head in the sand.
42. Embrace Change.
41. Don't worry too much about what others think about you.
40. Everyone has an ego. Tread lightly as to not bruise them.
39. Nothing produces results as much as taking action. Be a person of action.
38. Don't gossip. What you say will always find its way back to the person.
37. People do business with people they know, like, and trust. In our social media crazy world this is more true than ever.
36. Jealous and petty people are just part of life.
35. Say "please" and "thank you". It will make you stand out from the crowd.
34. When you need help, ask someone.
33. Having written goals is an important step you achieving your dreams and remain focused.
32. Over using credit cards will stall your financial future.
31. A supportive spouse is so important. Be one and honor the one you have.
30. A true friend is excited for you about any event that makes you happy. Show that high level of excitement when those around you have positive events.
29. True friends are rare and should be cherished. Those people who are "Forever Friends" (the ones that never judge you too harshly or fire you over minor things) are worth their weight in gold.
28. No job is secure. Have a "plan B" and don't be surprised if you have to pivot.
27. Always find the best in other people. Do not focus on their flaws. Everyone has flaws, so what.
26. You are not what you drive or what you wear. Do not judge others by their cars, clothes or zip code.
25. You are a "brand". No matter what you do it impacts your reputation.
24. Luck does not happen by accident.
23. Start saving money when you are young. 10% of your income should always go to your 401K. I didn't do this, but envy my friends who were disciplined in this area.
22. Dedicate time to think about your future. Know what success looks like so that you will recognize it when it happens.
21. You cannot love your kids too much! And they grow up too fast.
20. Treat everyone with respect. You never know when they might circle back into your life.
19. If you are not knowledgeable about wine...Don't fake it.
18. Be-friend your competitors. Many of them are great people who will help you be more successful.
17. Regardless of your political beliefs - attend a presidential inauguration once in your lifetime. The whole thing is very cool.
16. Find a mentor. The right guide makes the journey easier.
15. Be a mentor. Few things are as wonderful as helping others avoid the same pitfalls that held you back
14. Staying physically fit gets harder as you get older. But do it anyway.
13. You do not have to be smart to be successful. Tenacity trumps intelligence.
12. Having a strong network of professional contacts is the best career safety net. But you have to work on it always, as out of sight is out of mind.
11. Read a lot of books, magazines, websites, blogs and newspapers. Knowledge is power.
10. Writing a book is hard work. Promoting a book is harder work.
9. Develop your public speaking skills. Join a Toastmasters group and participate actively for two years.
8. There is no substitute for integrity.
7. Have friends who challenge you to be a better person.
6. If you know someone who wrote a book, read it. The biggest compliment you can give an author is to read what they wrote.
5. Helping others always comes back to benefit you. Make others a priority and people will notice (and vice versa).
4. Find a good lawyer, accountant and banker before you need them.
3. Learn to cook. Life is better when you have good food.
2. Opportunities exist. You just have to look for them. Don't whine, go make success happen.


#1 - Those who have achieved REAL success in life (financially, emotionally and spiritually) will never criticize your dreams and aspirations. Instead they will look for ways to share their own experiences to help lift you up to higher levels. Successful people are rarely jealous and welcome the achievements of others.


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Danny O'Connell is a partner at Benefits Resources Group (BRG) in Texas. Serving businesses and individuals with regard to their benefit, insurance, and personal planning needs, he has had a successful career for more than 10 years.

One of his new ventures is in major fund-raising for organizations such as universities and other organizations. They have developed several niche programs which can save small and medium size companies tremendously while maintaining their benefits.

One of the most important pieces of his job is educating those he works with and keeping his clients abreast of changes in the laws and policies. Danny is dedicated member of many associations in his industry, including Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).

He is a husband, father, and active member of his community.

Download this episode to hear Danny O'Connell's career journey and his advice for others who want to have a successful career in insurance (or any industry).

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