The American Dream has always been classified as an aspiration to own your own piece of real estate.” Brian Buffini


Homeownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream. In this episode, Brian explains why real estate has been the making of him in his career, as a provider for his family and as a primary source of investment. Topics discussed include why people’s homes were their refuge during the COVID-19 pandemic, why owning is better than renting and why, for many people, the mortgage interest write-off could be the difference between being a renter and being an owner.

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  • Why homeownership increases personal wealth and well-being.
  • Why homeownership promotes stronger families and neighborhoods.
  • Why homeownership is good for the economy.



Episode 124,Getting the Mortgage Monkey Off Your Back



“Food, shelter and clothing are the three predominant needs of humanity and owning a home answers one of those.” Brian Buffini

“The house of everyone is to him as his castle and fortress.” Edward Coke

“Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are all loved, and where we can love.” Marvin J. Ashton

“As an immigrant, I didn’t feel like I belonged in America until I owned a home.” Brian Buffini

“A house is made with walls and beams. A home is made with love and dreams.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Having a home and buying real estate, even buying investment real estate, is a phenomenal goal to set your mind on, and a great set of goals to have as the end to which all your efforts are directed.” Brian Buffini

“There’s something permanent, and something extremely profound in owning a home.” Kenny Guinn

“90 percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.” Andrew Carnegie

“Buy real estate; they stopped making it.” Mark Twain

“Can a home buy you happiness? No, it can’t. But can it contribute to your happiness? Absolutely.” Brian Buffini

“Owning a home is a keystone of wealth both financial affluence and emotional security.” Suze Orman

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” Confucius

“Buy real estate, hold it and then buy some more.” Brian Buffini

“If you don’t own a home, buy one. If you own a home, buy another one. And if you own two homes, buy a third, and lend your relatives the money to buy a home.” John Paulson

“Owning a home is a magical thing. And it’s the magic I hope that you currently are participating in.” Brian Buffini

“Real estate has provided me with the income to go pursue the gifts God’s given me to go help as many people as I can. I owe that to real estate.” Brian Buffini

“As we heal our soul, from there, everything else starts to work a whole lot better.” Jon Gordon


With world events causing so much stress and anxiety, we must remember to take some time to feed our soul. In this episode, Brian interviews positivity master and eight-time bestselling author Jon Gordon about his new spiritual fable, “The Garden.” Different from Jon’s past writings, “The Garden” follows two teenagers struggling with mental health and an elderly neighbor who teaches them to overcome fear, stress and anxiety through his beautiful garden. Jon explains the Five D’s that hold us back and the strategies you need to counter each one to find peace and joy.  They also discuss the key to staying positive during tough times.



  • The role faith plays in beating stress and anxiety.
  • How to overcome the Five D’s that hold us back.
  • How to stay positive during tough times.


“The Garden,” by Jon Gordon

“Training Camp,” by Jon Gordon



“I’m sharing a framework and tips and strategies to overcome the anxiety, the fear the stress that can actually paralyze you, debilitate you and really sabotage you.” – Jon Gordon

“When I lost my job and almost went bankrupt, I found my faith through that time and it prepared me for this time right now to be a light for others.” – Jon Gordon

“When you have clarity, that drives focused action.” – Jon Gordon

“Stars shine the brightest in the dark. Positive people shine the most in adversity.” — Brian Buffini

“We need spiritual answers to matters of the heart and matters of the soul.” – Brian Buffini

“I’ve learned to talk to myself, instead of listen to myself.” — Dr. James Gills

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

“How do you know if someone needs encouragement? If they are breathing.” – Truett Cathy

Making sure we’re really intentional about who we give our energy to and who we don’t is key.” Molly Fletcher


In this fast-paced and pressured world, it can be difficult to know how to achieve your best and feel energized and focused. In this episode, Brian interviews trailblazing former sports agent Molly Fletcher, hailed as the female Jerry Maguire, about her innovative new book, “The Energy Clock.” Molly describes why the best athletes in the world are intentional about where they put their energy and outlines practical tools for you to properly prioritize time, give more of yourself to what’s most important and waste less of your time and resources on what’s not.



  • How to audit your energy.
  • How to seek the important.
  • How to set your energy clock.



The Energy Clock,” by Molly Fletcher

The Power of Full Engagement,” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz



“I thought – what if I could take some of the mindset, behaviors and even a methodology that I saw great athletes and coaches use and lift it up and apply it into the world of business for business people to use so that they could not use time really as their central indicator, but rather energy, and could that, in fact, increase performance?” – Molly Fletcher

“I find, for myself, I cannot handle the volume of demand if I just manage time. It just doesn’t work. It’s all about managing energy.” – Brian Buffini

“I believe whatever you chase chases you back.” – Brian Buffini

“You better be better than your problems.” – Tom Izzo, basketball coach at Michigan State

“Relationships are integral to our business success. It’s everything. Are you putting energy in and investing in the right relationships?” – Molly Fletcher

“Relationships don’t do well without energy.” – Brian Buffini

“We can’t lead, we can’t serve, we can’t solve problems if we don’t have enough energy.” – Molly Fletcher

“If we can get really, really clear on what matters most, then what we have to have is really the discipline and the courage, at times, to say no to the things that don’t align with what matters most.” – Molly Fletcher

“Along the way, just be gentle on yourself. We have a lot of people that pull on us and we won’t get it right all the time but, the more we get it right, the more we show up as our best selves.” – Molly Fletcher

At the end of the day, I think, as dads, we have to just connect with who they are.” – Brian Buffini


With Father’s Day around the corner, dads everywhere are reflecting on what fatherhood means to them. In this episode, Brian and Joe Niego talk about their own experiences of fatherhood and what they have learned from parenting their kids – a total of 11 between them. Topics discussed include why kids must take ownership of their own decisions and learn to think critically, as well as advice for new parents and those who do not see their children every day.



  • Why it’s important to say no.
  • Why children should experience competition and adversity.
  • Why it’s vital to really connect with your kids.



“I think there’s a difference between being a father and being a friend.” – Joe Niego

“I think competition is good. I think it introduces failure. It introduces disappointment. It introduces teamwork.” – Brian Buffini

“Let’s not overly protect our children. Let them compete. Let them experience all the good and the bad that comes as a result of competing in the classroom, competing on the athletic field, competing in the music arena. Let them compete in life because it brings out the best in them when a parent isn’t there to save the day.” – Joe Niego

“There’s no such thing as failure. There’s only feedback.” – Joe Niego

“You’ve got to establish a culture for yourself and your own family.” – Brian Buffini

“The number one thing I know I do is we make sure we take time to talk.” – Brian Buffini

“In the short time I’ve been fathering, I see the whole idea of encouraging your kids to figure things out – critically think – pays huge dividends.” – Joe Niego

“When we deny the ownership, we deny the opportunity.” – Brian Buffini

“I think ownership implies responsibility. And we live in a culture where, you know, the parents take the responsibility, as opposed to the kids taking responsibility.” – Joe Niego

“I want them (my kids) to be owners of their own destiny.” – Joe Niego

“Don’t parent out of fear.” – Brian Buffini

“It’s all about effort.” – Joe Niego

“The greatest thing we can do is love our neighbor as ourselves.” — Miles McPherson


In this episode, Brian interviews Miles McPherson about his book, “The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation,” in which he explains that we must learn to see people not by the color of their skin, but as humans created in the image of God. Miles also talks about his time in the NFL, how he overcame his drug addiction and how he went on to found the Rock Church in San Diego.



  • How Miles has navigated his faith journey.
  • How he built his organization.
  • His top three tips for honoring somebody.



The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation,” by Miles McPherson

How to Read a Book,” by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

The Rock Church San Diego



“I think the secret sauce for me was being real. I mean, I talk about my sins all the time.” — Miles McPherson

“As a church, we’re trying to bring hope to every person we can, loving people where they’re at.” — Miles McPherson

“Whenever you’re going through a trial and you wonder where God is, just remember that during the test the teacher is always silent.” — Anonymous

“Be a servant. And understand what service you are providing to your customer.” — Miles McPherson

“This book is about honoring what we have in common.” — Miles McPherson

“We’re all made in the image of God. We’re all made for the purpose and with the ability to have loving relationships with each other.” — Miles McPherson

“This book is going to teach us how to recognize the blind spots that we have; how to get over the fear that we have, the ignorance that we have; how to understand, how to love correctly. It’s going to give us tools to honor one another and develop stronger relationships with each other, no matter what we look like.” — Miles McPherson

“When people think about having a race conversation, they always think about, well, I would assume, a race confrontation. Really, it should be a race consultation.” — Miles McPherson

“Speak to people with a posture of learning and not assuming.” — Miles McPherson

“In our country, we’re looking at people, we’re thinking everybody’s a monster. But really, we’re just brothers.” – Miles McPherson

Kids expect beauty all day long. They just expect greatness. They expect today is going to be Christmas again.” John O’Leary


As kids, we see the world with excitement and believe anything is possible. As we grow older, however, many of us lose that sense of delight. We become jaded and disconnected, no longer eagerly jumping into new experiences, but simply enduring every day. In this episode, Brian interviews John O’Leary about his new book, “In Awe.” John explains how to again tap into our childlike sense of wonder and become more engaged, successful and fulfilled in our lives.





  • Five senses children innately possess that we’ve lost touch with as we age.
  • Inspirational stories that show how to reclaim childlike joy.
  • Why seeing through a child’s eyes changes how we interact with the world.



Episode 002, An Interview with John O’Leary

In Awe,” by John O’Leary

Cardinals Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck’s post 9/11 speech

Boys & Girls Clubs of America



“Write down what you’re grateful for. In taking inventory of what you have, you’re more likely to multiply the very things that matter most.” – John O’Leary

“Expect great things in your life and in the lives of those you serve and you love. Just don’t be surprised when you actually move in the direction of making it so.” – John O’Leary

“I love how you say in the book, ‘kids bring their baseball glove to the game.’ And even though there’s thousands of people in the stands, they actually expect they’re going to catch a ball. And here’s the point: Are we even bringing our glove to the game?”  – Brian Buffini

“When you’re at work, work like a dog. When you’re at home, play like a puppy.” – John O’Leary

“The way a child sees life is the way we must again see the reflection in the mirror.” – John O’Leary

“For me, freedom is being available to show up and be fully present to those in your life that matter.” – John O’Leary

“If we keep the principles, there’s blessings. If we break the principles, there’s penalties.” Brian Buffini


In these uncertain times, the classic principles of success are more important than ever. In this episode, recorded live at the Buffini & Company MasterMind Summit, Brian explores some of the lessons in Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich.” He explains why the timeless principles of the past hold the keys to our future and why love and relationships are vitally important for personal growth and development.





  • The five major symptoms of not thinking.
  • The key principles of success.
  • The penalties for breaking these principles and the blessings of following them.



Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill

How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie

Love Is,” by Les and Leslie Parrott

Buffini & Company MasterMind Summit 




“‘What do I constantly have in mind?’ That’s the question you want to ask yourself.” – Brian Buffini

“The secret behind this book is about having a definite major purpose.” – Brian Buffini

“He (Napoleon Hill) said, ‘First of all, take possession of your own mind and direct it to whatever ends you desire.’” – Brian Buffini

“Second, what your mind feeds upon is what your mind attracts.” – Brian Buffini

“Rich does not make you a jerk. Jerk makes you a jerk. Rich just exposes it more.” – Brian Buffini

“We need to take possession of our own minds. That’s what we’ve been gifted by the Creator; our minds.” – Brian Buffini

“The truth of the matter is, you don’t pursue significance, significance develops. You live a rich life; you’ll leave a very significant legacy. It’s just a by-product.” – Brian Buffini

“There is no labor of love that doesn’t have pain attached to it.” – Brian Buffini

It’s an ‘all hands on deck’ approach.” – Aaron Ford

 In these difficult times, it’s reassuring to know that there are people watching out for us and ready and willing to help. In this episode, Brian interviews Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford to learn how he and his team are working to serve the citizens and businesses of Nevada and how all Americans can best help and protect themselves during this global pandemic. Topics discussed include the rise of fraud and scam attempts, the revamping of the Home Again Nevada Homeowner Relief Program and the establishment of the United Way emergency rental assistance fund.





  • What people should do if they encounter a fraudulent product or service.
  • How Las Vegas is preparing to come back from COVID-19 challenges.
  • How public-private partnerships are helping those in most need.



Bureau of Consumer Protection Hotline: 888-434-9989

Home Again Nevada Homeowner Relief Program

Home Again Hotline: 1-855-457-4638

United Way of Southern Nevada and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra

Episode 203, A Home for the Brave – an Interview with Dr. Ben Carson and Brian D. Montgomery

Episode 207, REALTORS® Make a Stand on Capitol Hill an Interview with Shannon McGahn



“I think that one of the lessons that we take away from the last crisis is that, although it will take time, we will recover.” – Aaron Ford

“It has been inspiring to see the real-estate community just stepping up. We’re not just focused on making sales but on serving and giving back and being there, a voice of value, and connecting people.” – Brian Buffini

“If I can pass on a message to every Nevadan out there, every American, every individual and family out there that’s struggling with their health or struggling with their finances or struggling in general through this uncertainty. I would say that our communities are working hard each day doing everything in our power to get us through this.” – Aaron Ford

“We all need to understand that we’re going through this together. Be nice to each other. There’s no need for us to compound the issues that we are experiencing right now by being nasty toward one another.” – Aaron Ford

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We need to be patient. We need to be kind. We’re all in this together.” – Brian Buffini

“All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.” – James Allen


Part of the Buffini & Company 5 Circle Fit Challenge is reading “As a Man Thinketh,” by James Allen, a book that has had a profound impact on Brian’s thinking and habits. In this episode, Brian goes through the book chapter by chapter, reflecting on quotes he holds on to, explaining how its teachings have helped and challenged him and outlining how the same principles of success and personal growth and development contained in this 1903 thought classic still hold true today.



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  • Why character is central to personal growth and development.
  • Why a definite, major purpose is vital to success.
  • Why you must sacrifice if you want to achieve.



Episode 200, As a Man Thinketh

Episode 166, Discipline Equals Freedom with Jocko Willink

How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie

Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill

Episode 061, The Strangest Secret – by Earl Nightingale

The Energy Bus,” by Jon Gordon



“A man is literally what he thinks; his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.” James Allen

“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” – James Allen

“We are in control of our thought life.” – Brian Buffini

“We are in charge of what we watch and listen to. We are in charge of what we connect to, what we hold on to and what we let go.” – Brian Buffini

“The body is the servant of the mind.” – James Allen

“Until thought is linked with purpose, there is no intelligent accomplishment.” – James Allen

“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.” – James Allen

“Dream lofty dreams and, as you dream, so shall you become.” – James Allen

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good.” – James Allen

Customer service is your job, but sales and marketing is your business.”
– Brian Buffini

Part of the Buffini & Company 5 Circle Fit Challenge is reading Brian and Joe Niego’s book, “Takin’ Care of Business: The Big Idea for Small Business.” In this episode, a replay of one of Brian’s best podcasts, he dives deeper into the content of the book. He shares what he has learned from the business mistakes he has made in the past, explains which fundamental principles you should use to build a lasting and successful business and teaches how completing your must-do activities every day will help you to win the year.

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  • Top ten mistakes people make when starting and building a small business.
  • Why a successful business is like a three-legged stool.
  • How doing the small things every day is crucial to growing a thriving business.



Takin’ Care of Business: The Big Idea for Small Business,” by Brian Buffini and Joe Niego

Buffini & Company 5 Circle Fit



“There’s a lot to be learned from the shared experience of people who’ve made a few mistakes and learned from it.” — Brian Buffini

“When you do your forecast, double your expenses, halve your projected income and double the amount of time everything is going to take.” — Brian Buffini

“Usually the things you did in your past help launch your future.” — Brian Buffini

“Failure is not a person, it’s an event.” — Zig Ziglar

“It’s okay to make mistakes; you just don’t want to make the fatal ones.” — Brian Buffini

“All three legs of the stool are vital, but they’re not all equally weighted.” — Brian Buffini

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison

“If you want to make your business big, you have to make your focus small.” — Brian Buffini