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The American Dream is NOT Dead

Making Waves at C-Level

Release Date: 03/26/2019

Save Your Company Money with Lance Spracklen of Schooley Mitchell show art Save Your Company Money with Lance Spracklen of Schooley Mitchell

Making Waves at C-Level

On this episode Thom Singer sits down with Lance Spracklen of Schooley Mitchell to talk about ways to save a company money. Things like credit card processing, telecommunications, waste disposal, etc... are filled with secret fees and charges.  Schooley Mitchell specializes in discovering ways to keep more money.  And they do it via 40 years of experience, and no cost to the company. 

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Has Sales Gotten Lazy?  Interview with Jake Dunlap from Skaled show art Has Sales Gotten Lazy? Interview with Jake Dunlap from Skaled

Making Waves at C-Level

On this episode of "Making Waves at C-Level" (formerly the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast), Thom Singer sits down with Jake Dunlap from Skaled to talk about business, sales, and the future.  Has sales gotten lazy?  Jake thinks at many companies they have drifted into the easy path.  Sales takes work and you cannot scale without systems and the right strategies.

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LinkedIn for Executives with Matt Scherer show art LinkedIn for Executives with Matt Scherer

Making Waves at C-Level

Thom Singer sat down for a chat with LinkedIn consultant D Matt Scherer to discuss the ins and outs of setting up a profile and using posts, likes, comments and shares as a way to get noticed in your industry and stand out as a thought leader.

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Lessons Learned at NASA with Mike Ciannilli show art Lessons Learned at NASA with Mike Ciannilli

Making Waves at C-Level

Episode 582 was originally recorded as part of the "Webinar Talk Show" that is hosted by Thom Singer and Eliz Greene.  This interview with Mike Ciannilli was so engaging, that Thom knew it had to be shared with the "Making Waves at C-Level" audience.  

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Networking and Personal Branding for C-Suite Executives show art Networking and Personal Branding for C-Suite Executives

Making Waves at C-Level

For this episode, Thom turned to his friend Marny Lifshen.  Together they co-authored "Some Assembly Required: A Networking Guide for Women", and have been friends for over 25 years.  Marny has consulted with hundreds of companies and law firms and brings hands on research to the topics of networking and personal branding.

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Why Great Sales Talent Matters show art Why Great Sales Talent Matters

Making Waves at C-Level

In episode 580 of "Making Waves at C-Level" (formerly the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast) we talk sales with Mark Hunter, The Sales Hunter.  Mark has just released a new book "A Mind for Sales" (which you can buy on Amazon).

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7 Tips To Make Waves In Your Career show art 7 Tips To Make Waves In Your Career

Making Waves at C-Level

In this episode Thom Singer talks about the best tips he has for anyone in business to make waves and succeed.  There is a lot of crazy things happening in the world, everyone can use a little motivation to make sure they are leading their team (or themselves) toward more success.

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Tips For Staying Connected show art Tips For Staying Connected

Making Waves at C-Level

What if you competitors are doing a great job of keeping in touch with clients and prospects during this crazy time of work from home, quarantine, and no in-person meetings (remember, their prospects are YOUR customers).  If they do this well, and your team is waiting for the phone to ring, then they will have the advantage for short term and long term sales.

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Networking and the Gym of Humanity with Bill Leake show art Networking and the Gym of Humanity with Bill Leake

Making Waves at C-Level

In this episode of "Making Waves at C-Level" (formerly "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do") Thom Singer sits down for a chat with his friend Bill Leake from Apogee Results.  In this interview Bill shares his journey from consulting, to software, to being the CEO of a firm that helps clients get found.  Along the way they talk about why executives should be engaged in their communities, and how to network up and down and across career levels.

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Passion Hustle and Drive with Bobby Marhamat show art Passion Hustle and Drive with Bobby Marhamat

Making Waves at C-Level

Episode 576 of "Making Waves at C-Level" (formerly "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do") is a interview with Bobby Marhamat.  He is the CEO of Radiant and an experienced business leader.  He shares his journey in business and leadership.  The tag line in the banner of his LinkedIn profile reads "If you are not making waves, you are not kicking hard enough".... so that alone makes him the perfect guest for the show.

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“The American Dream is dead” were the words said to me by a 50-year-old entrepreneur in talking about Millennials and Generation Z.  Thom Singer disagreed. In episode 444 or the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast Thom shares his opinions of what potential lies ahead for business professionals of all ages.
 
Thom chose this topic to speak about on this episode because of three conversations he had in the past week about the economy, income inequality, and the great recession. While there may be a recession coming, it is not the end of the world. We have had a depression and many recessions in the past. The one consistency is all of these dips have been followed by economic growth.
 
Thom launched his full-time business as a motivational business speaker on April 1, 2009.  He had just been laid off from his corporate marking job, and his prospects for long term employment were bleak. While many might have thought that was an impossible time to start a business, Thom had no choice.  Over the next few years his business grew year over year.
 
A Google search for American Dream showed a vast majority of negative articles. Many writers have the belief that the American Dream is dead, and there is not hope for the Middle Class in the United States.
 
Some seemed to think at there is no income mobility for the average person, and that only rich people will get ahead in the future.  This episode deals the the reality that there will be people who overcome the odds and start businesses in the next few years who grow them to amazing heights. There will be intergenerational mobility for those who started in poverty who will out-earn their parents. Thus, why not you?  If it will happen for some, Thom thinks you need to believe it can happen… and take actions accordingly.
 
Maybe Thom Singer is a Pollyanna.  Maybe he is too optimistic. But he lovers the famous quote from Henry Ford; “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t...you are right.
 
He is not saying it isn’t hard. His own career is really difficult to keep moving forward. He has made less money over the last decade than he might have earned in a salaried corporate job. And he realizes that some people have privilege and others have more obstacles.  Yet he is obsessed with “potential” and believes we all have the chance to create a new path in the world.
 
Those who find success are not just lucky. They take risks and work hard. Most successful entrepreneurs have failed at least once. The American Dream is not dead. But it is not easy.  Everyone has issues in their life that can hold them back, but many people can work around those roadblocks.
 
Thom talks about his ten tips to reach potential in the end of the episode:
 
  1. Take ownership of your own life.
  2. Set goals.
  3. Work hard, even in the face of fear.
  4. Connect with people.
  5. Ask for help
  6. Do good work
  7. Accept that change happens (and some of that change will suck).
  8. Show gratitude to the people who help you.
  9. Try New Things
  10. Believe in yourself.
 
Check out episode 444 and decide for yourself if the American Dream is dead (No, it is not).