Success Road

This week, Jared Latigo is joining me. I met him on and he has also been on Kent Sanders' podcast (Kent was also on episode #009 of this podcast). You can go to his site or connect with him on Twitter.

Making Connections

Jared has published his own book: "The Connection Brand." He is offering some bonuses if you purchase the book by July 15. Here's a snippet of what the book is about:

In this connection economy, the companies that will succeed now and in the future are the ones that build connection with us. They are the brands that have developed advocates to market for them and actually care about what the public thinks and says.

We can build those brands as well. Whether you are one person, 25 or 500, the core principles that brands like Apple, Michael Hyatt, Dave Ramsey and Jeff Goins have used are applicable to you. The deeper we can go with our connections, the better off we’ll be in the long run as we continue into this new economy.

Book Launch Place

Reading and writing is one of the greatest privileges that we have. In today's society and with today's technology, there are limitless possibilities. "Ordinary" people now have the opportunity to bypass the traditional publishers and get their own books out into the marketplace. One of the largest and most popular places for this is Amazon with their CreateSpace and Kindle publishing. With all of these new books, there are many of them that are offering specials and bonuses during their launch period.

The problem: how do you find all of these new book launches? As an author, where is a great place to advertise your own book launch?

The Jared has put together this site to become the place for book launches. The tagline is "All launches. One place." Jared talks about this in more detail in the episode.

Work You Love

In 2009, Jared quit his traditional job to pursue his own work. In the episode, he shares his missteps while doing this. You'll want to listen to this story and get his advice.

Coming up in the next several episodes, we will be having an emphasis on doing or creating work you love. In episode 11, I was able to interview Dan Miller and discuss some of his advice about pursuing work you love. We'll have an interview with Jon Acuff next episode. In future weeks, we should have interviews with Pat Flynn of Smart Passive IncomeJohn Dumas of Entreprenuer on Fire, and Scott Barlow with Happen to Your Career. These are going to be some great interviews that you will not want to miss!

Questions: What do you think about the Book Launch Place? What about connection branding?

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Category:Self-help -- posted at: 1:19pm CST

I asked people a while ago about something that helps them to have a better quality of life. Several people answered that reading blogs, listening to podcasts, and writing were some things that helped to improve their quality of life. I agree with this, so I'll share some things about blogging and podcasting.

Click to see some blogs and podcasts I follow (note: these are previous post, and some of these may have changed; but these are very good lists).

Benefits of blogging and/or podcasting:

  • You can train yourself to write regularly
  • You can start to be viewed as an expert in your field
  • You can start to create connections with people
  • These benefits can help your business
  • It can help you write a book

Benefits of reading blogs and listening to podcasts:

  • Connect with other bloggers/podcasters
  • Connect with their audience
  • Part of continuing education and growth

How to start blogging:

  • Pick a topic (or a couple of closely related topics) that you can write about consistently
  • Choose a name, title, and sub-title
  • Choose the right domain name
  • Setup either a account or install a self-hosted blog (see below for video and link to Michael Hyatt's tutorial)
  • Write!
  • Try to be consistent - people are creatures of habit
  • Include a picture with each post - be careful about copyrights (Flickrr and iStockPhoto are two options)

How to start podcasting:

  • Similar to starting a blog: topic, name/title, etc.
  • Consistency is important here as well
  • Strive for the best audio quality you can

Some basic equipment/software:

Sources of help with podcasting:

Do you have any thing to add to these benefits or steps?

See more from Michael Hyatt's tutorial

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Category:Self-help -- posted at: 3:40pm CST

Mark Sieverkropp and family
Mark Sieverkropp and family

This is part 2 of my discussion with Mark Sieverkropp. If you missed the first part, you can listen to it here. Mark Sieverkropp also joined me on episode 3 when we talked about purpose. You can find him on his websiteTwitterFacebook, and Linkedin.

Apps to use:

Here's the links mentioned in the show:

Question: What kind of exercise program do you use or plan to use?

RoadTrip 2013
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Category:Self-help -- posted at: 10:52am CST

Two of my struggles: dieting and exercising. And we talk about both of these on this episode. This is actually going to be part 1 of 2 - the discussion went longer than planned, so we're splitting it up.

I'm joined by Mark Sieverkropp. He joined me on episode 3 when we talked about purpose. You can find him on his websiteTwitterFacebook, and Linkedin.

I also share a little about Dave Jackson's podcast "Logical Weight Loss." Check it out if you would like some more about weight loss.

Benefits of exercise (besides the obvious physical and health benefits):

  1. Focus better
  2. Clear thinking
  3. Self-confidence

Apps to use:

Here's the links mentioned in the show:

Questions: What struggles have you had with exercising?

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Category:Self-help -- posted at: 11:00am CST

All the different social media networks that are out there can be complex. There's Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pintrest, and dozens of others. Is there a way to simplify it all?

That's where Erik J. Fisher steps in. He specializes in social media for a living. He holds a regular spot doing a social media segment on the Podcast Answer Man show. He also has his own podcast, Beyond the To Do List. You can also find Erik on Facebook and Twitter.

Here's some of the questions we cover:

  • How can social media improve your life? (how can it improve the quality, the simplicity, etc.)
  • What are some differences between the different social media options?
  • What is the best one to use or to start with?
  • With everything that is available, how can we simplify how we use social media?

Question: Do you have any tips about simplifying social media?

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Category:Self-help -- posted at: 1:47pm CST

Back in December, I first set goals for 2013. I've shared some updates for the first couple months, but dropped the ball since March. In this episode, I review over these goals, where I am, and what I'm going to be working on.

First, in light of Memorial Day, I'd like to thank all those that have served or are still serving in our military.

Here is my Goals for 2013 - Original List and the 3 Focus Words for 2013.

You can follow the trail of my goals as I track my progress as well.

I'd like your feedback on future show topics and people to interview. Here's just a couple that I'm working on:

  • Social Media (with Erik J. Fisher of the Beyond the To Do List podcast)
  • Exercise (with Mark Sieverkropp)
  • Blogging/Podcasting
  • Your ideas....

Questions: How are your 2013 goals coming? Do you have any topics or suggestions for the show?

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 1:17pm CST

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I'm sure that most, if not all, of you have heard about the tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma and other places on May 19-20. I read reports that the tornado on May 20 that went through Moore, OK, was between 1-2 miles wide. It's wind gusts were near 200 mph at times. It ranks among the worst tornadoes ever.

If you are wanting to help give toward the relief effort, the Red Cross is a great way to do that.

Hearing different stories and reflecting on the events has caused me to think about the things that are most important to me. Yes, there are many other disasters that can cause you to think about these, but this one (literally) hit close to home.

  • Don't put too much emotion into "stuff"
  • Things can be replaced; people can't
  • Relationships are much more the most important
  • Relationship with God can't be replaced

 Question: What is important to you?

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Category:Self-help -- posted at: 11:05am CST

In this episode, I reflect on risk. We face risks all the time. Sometimes the risks are small. Sometimes they are huge. We need to learn to properly handle risk.

In Jon Acuff's book "Quitter," he has a chapter devoted to facing risk in light of pursing your dream job. Risk brings fear with it, which he also deals with in his newest book, "Start." These principles of facing risk also apply to every area of our lives.

Here are some highlights from this chapter in his book:

  • "Every dream has risk associated with it."
  • "90 percent perfect and shared with the world always changes more lives than 100 percent and stuck in your head."
  • "You have the perfect amount of time each day for the things that matter most."

Questions: Are you getting paralyzed by the risks you face? Do you have anything that helps you conquer the fear?

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 3:22pm CST

In this episode, I talk about procrastination. This is an area I struggle with, and I am working on breaking the cycle of procrastination so I can get more accomplished and improve my quality of life. You may also like to go back and listen to episode #009 where I talk with Kent Sanders about using Evernote to simplify your life.

I'm currently reading "Procratination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It NOW" by Jane b. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen. The first part of the book shares some things to help us understand why we procrastinate:

The Cycle of Procrastination

1.       “I’ll start early this time”

2.       “I’ve got to start soon.”

3.       “What if I don’t start?”

4.       “There’s still time.”

5.       “There’s something wrong with me.”

6.       The final choice: To do or not to do

7.       “I’ll never procrastinate again!”


Reasons for Procrastination:

1.       Fear of failure

2.       Fear of success

3.       Fear of losing the battle

4.       Fear of separation

5.       Fear of intimacy

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 12:20pm CST

I had a question submitted by The Iron Jen: "What drives him each day to be his best and how does he get through tough times?"

From 48 Days:

  • You talk about the fact that God has uniquely gifted you in:

1.       Skills and abilities

2.       Personality traits

3.       Values, dreams, and passions

  • The difference between vocation, career, and a job
  • Having a balance in all areas (7 parts of the Wheel of Life)
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs vs. Dan's Hierarchy of World-changers


Dan, your podcast has made a huge difference in my life over the past year and a half! My question is, I'm trying to work on thinking more creatively. What activities or exercises do you use to develop and maintain the ability to think creatively? – Mark Sieverkropp


"Wisdom Meets Passion" book : WOW! Brilliant concept, Excellent execution, & Super insightful. Thank you and Jared for this book! What advice do you have for fathers who desire this kind of relationship with their future adult sons? How do fathers nurture and encourage individualism, freedom, and confidence as their children develop? – Jeremy Carver

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 12:56pm CST

Benefits of taking action now:

  • Get Things Done
  • Stop Procrastination
  • Lower Your Stress
  • More Free Time
  • Better Accomplishments
  • Save Time & Money
  • Make Your Life Easier
  • Keeps You Alert & On Top Of Things
  • Overcome Daily Obstacles & Challenges
  • Make Yourself A More Valuable Worker

  • Opportunities


How to take action:

  • Stay Positive
  • Having The Right Attitude
  • Get Self-Motivated
  • Stop Procrastinating
  • Set Goals
  • Get Started / Take The First Step
  • Be Optimistic
  • Do Things Others Don’t Want To
  • Be Up For Challenges & Obstacles
  • Work Smart Not Hard


Action items:

  • Leave a comment about how taking action now can help you or something that helps you to take action
  • Leave a question for Dan Miller. I'll be interviewing him on Thursday, April 25, discussing doing work you love. Mostly based on his book “48 Days to the Work You Love” but also his new book “Wisdom Meets Passion”

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 3:22pm CST

This is the 9th episode of the Quality Living Made Simple podcast. I’m still preparing for the EntreLeadership 1-Day Event, so I asked Kent Sanders to help share some things about getting started with using Evernote.

Kent shared a couple things about himself:

  • Turn 39 this year!  Wow, time goes by fast!
  • Married to Melanie for 17 years this June.  Our son Ben just turned 9.
  • My background is pastoral ministry – now teach at SLCC; been there since 2004.  Main areas of teaching are music, worship, guitar, arts – also direct Chapel services and our worship leadership program.

Here’s how you can connect with him:

  • Twitter: @kentsanders
  • Podcast: The Artist’s Suitcase
  • Youtube: username is kentsanders – see Evernote tutorials

Interview topics:

·         What exactly in Evernote?

·         How do you get information and content into Evernote?

·         How do you use Evernote in your daily life?

·         How do you find your stuff in Evernote once it’s in there?

·         Any other tidbits about Evernote?

Upcoming interview: I will have the privilege to interview Dan Miller on April 25, author of the 48 Days to the Work You Love, Wisdom Meets Passion, and other books. He is also the host of the 48 Days Podcast. Do you have any questions for him?

Questions: Do you have any tips about Evernote? Do you have any other tools or systems to help keep track of things?

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 12:47pm CST

My name is Joshua Rivers, and this is the eighth episode, and we’ve been able to have some incredible episodes so far. I am so excited about the possibilities in the future as well.

Last week, I was able to speak with Chris LoCurto about preparing to attend an event or conference. He has worked with Dave Ramsey’s team for over 12 years, and has put together and spoken at dozens, or even hundreds of events. He shared some fantastic advice. I have shared a few other resources to help prepare for events. I also promised a list of action items that I planned on sharing just on the blog last week, but I decided to share them on the podcast as well. I’ll share them in just a minute.


Nothing Undone Lessons:

First, I’ll be doing a little recap and then I’ll be sharing some things about reaching for our potential. This is part of the little series I started in the first episode based out of Joshua 11:15, where it says about Joshua that “he left nothing undone.” I shared some things about priorities, purpose, principles, and preparation. Some of these were directly related to this series, some were just part of the discussions and interviews.

1. Priorities:

·                     Life is too short to do everything you’re supposed to do.

·                     That means something must be left undone.

·                     Most of us leave the important things undone and do the less important things.

·                     The reason for that is, big things never clamor for you time.

·                     So the important things must be done on purpose.


1.                   God comes first (Matt. 6:33)

2.                   Family (Eph. 5:21 - 6:4)

3.                   Church (Heb. 10:25)

4.                   Work (Gen. 3:17-19; 2 Thes. 3:12)

5.                   Others (Gal. 6:10; 1 John 3:16-19)

6.                   Self (2 John 8; Rom. 14:12)

2. Purpose:

1.                   Quote by John Maxwell in “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”:

·         “People say there are two great days in a person’s life: the day you were born and the day you discover why. I want to encourage you to seek what you were put on this earth to do. Then pursue it with all your effort.”

2.                   Purpose answers the question "Why?"

3.                   Purpose gives us reason.

4.                   Your purpose needs to be bigger than yourself.

5.                   Joshua's purpose was bigger than himself

6.                   God has a purpose and plan for each of us

7.                   If we don't fulfill our purpose, God may find someone else (Esther 4:14)

3. Personal Accountability:

1.                   We must take responsibility for ourselves

2.                   We need to start asking better questions

3.                   Avoid blame, procrastination, and victim thinking

4.                   Focus on taking action

4. Principles (Core Values):

5.                   We need to have a set of principles or values that we live by.

6.                   These are more that preferences.

7.                   These are things that we don’t negotiate on.

5. Preparation:

1.                   Know why – have a purpose

2.                   Take notes

3.                   Network by giving, not taking

4.                   Study

6. This week, I’d like to talk a minute about potential:

1.                   Our potential is always bigger than we are now

2.                   We should be striving to reach our potential

3.                   Not reaching for our potential is a waste

4.                   We have more potential than we think – God has plans for us (purpose)

a.       Share story of my stuttering and speech therapy

b.      I still need to work on my “ums” and “ahs”

c.       I normally try to edit a lot of them out because they tend to distract from the content, but I didn’t edit them on this episode on purpose for two reasons:

1)      So that my progress can be seen

2)      So that I don’t rely on the crutch of editing – higher accountability

I’m thinking about taking these lessons, adding to them, and then making it into an e-book. If that is something that you would be interested in, please leave me some feedback.


Action Items for EntreLeadership

  1. Pray:
    1. God’s wisdom
    2. Help with interacting with people – goes against my nature (introvert)
    3. To pay attention so I can learn as much as I can
  2. Identify my purpose for attending
  3. Ask others for advice
  4. Ordered business cards and other products with logos
  5. Go through the EntreLeadership book – already read, so just doing a quick scan and listening to audiobook
  6. Make sure my Social media profiles and About page are up-to-date
  7. Post something awesome on my blog – ALWAYS! J
    • Also working on improving my Dev By JR site
  1. Start making connections with attendees
    1. Sent some tweets to Dave Ramsey, Jon Acuff, Chris Hogan, and @EntreLeadership
    2. Sent some tweets and post on LinkedIn trying to find others attending – no success yet
    3. Going to do some more as the time gets closer
    4. Set up Facebook group to share ideas and resources
  2. When I go to help, plan on working!
  3. Get to the event as early as possible – waiting at the doors when it opens



Podcast Episodes:

1. Introduction to me and the show

2. Thank You Revolution with Matt McWilliams

3. Purpose with Mark Sieverkropp

4. Parenting the QBQ Way with John Miller

5. Growing Up with QBQ with Kristin Lindeen

6. Core Values with Dave Stachowiak

7. Preparing for Events with Chris LoCurto


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4.       If you’d like to connect on Twitter, I am @JoshuaWRivers.

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 12:19pm CST

I am personally preparing to attend the EntreLeadership 1-day event in Olahoma City on April 19th. I am searching and sharing ways to prepare for such an event. I have some advice that's been given so far, plus an interview with Chris LoCurto, who has helped put on dozens if not hundreds of events himself.

Lily’s advice:

1.       Stock up on business cards

2.       Update your online profiles

3.       Post something awesome on your blog

4.       Start connecting with attendees on social media and promote the event before, during, and after


Kelly’s advice:

1.       Pray – throughout the days and weeks before attending

2.       Do read the EntreLeadership book before attending

3.       Be very intentional in preparation before the event

4.       Meet and keep in touch with other attendees

Listen to the episode to hear Chris' advice!

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 4:32pm CST

Blog at:

This week, I have an interview with Dave Stachowiak, and we're talking about core values. You can find out more about Dave at

 Here are some of the questions he answers:

  1. What are core values?
  2. Why are core values important?
  3. How many core values should you have?
  4. How do  you start choosing core values?

 We also had a question submitted by Mark Sieverkropp:

Can you describe the difference between a mission statement and core values? I have a feeling that they are distinct and both have a place, but I'm curious to know how you define both and what role they play in a personal, family or organizational life.

Here are some of the links from the show:

Importance of Core Values

Coaching For Leaders Episode #20 - Your Core Values

List of Core Values (as mentioned in the show)

Questions: Have you set your core values? Would you share them below? Any other questions or comments about core values?

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 2:20pm CST

Interview with Kristin Lindeen, daughter of John Miller. Speaking about growing up in the QBQ home, lessons she learned, and how she is now able to pass it on to her own children.

You can find out more about Kristin and QBQ:

Twitter: @KristinLindeen



Here are some listener submitted questions:

What things did John do that had the most impact on kristin in changing how she asked questions? Was there a point in her life when she rememers looking at personal accountability or has it always been ingrained in her thinking. - Wade Thorson

"What are you doing to pass down the QBQ legacy that your father has passed along to you?" - Jon Stolpe

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 1:25pm CST

Today, I have John G. Miller with me. He is known for his work with QBQ! The Question Behind the Question. He has a new book about specifically for parents.

We will be talking about what QBQ is and the importance of personal accountability. We will look at the simplicity of the concept and some practical ways to implement them. A main focus is on his newest book, "Parenting the QBQ Way."

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 1:51pm CST

Today, I have Mark Sieverkropp with me. The conversation was pre-recorded, and there was some background noise and a couple times of poor connection. Regardless of a couple minor issues, it was a great conversation about the importance of purpose. Below are some of the things we talked about. You'll need to listen to get the full content.

Quote by John Maxwell in “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”:

People say there are two great days in a person’s life: the day you were born and the day you discover why. I want to encourage you to seek what you were put on this earth to do. Then pursue it with all your effort.

  • Purpose answers the question "Why?"
  • Purpose gives us reason.
  • Your purpose needs to be bigger than yourself.
  • Joshua's purpose was bigger than himself
  • God has a purpose and plan for each of us
  • If we don't fulfill our purpose, God finds someone else (Esther 4:14)

Next episode, we will have a great interview with John G. Miller - the QBQ Guy! He has a new book out called "Parenting the QBQ Way" and we'll be discussing some of the principles from it.

Please be sure to share this with your social circles and tell your friends and family.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave on the blog.

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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 1:10pm CST

My name is Joshua Rivers, and I am your host. No, I don’t have it all figured out. I’m just trying to learn to improve my life and share my findings with you.


We all want to have a quality life. We run into difficult situations all the time. The purpose of this podcast is:

  • To understand what it really means to have a quality life
  • How to build and maintain that life with simple tips, tools, and tricks.
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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 2:11pm CST

My name is Joshua Rivers, and I am your host. No, I don’t have it all figured out. I’m just trying to learn to improve my life and share my findings with you.


We all want to have a quality life. We run into difficult situations all the time. The purpose of this podcast is:

  • To understand what it really means to have a quality life
  • How to build and maintain that life with simple tips, tools, and tricks.
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Category:Family, Kids -- posted at: 11:00pm CST