“We set a blueprint from the beginning.” — Beverly Buffini

Brian and Beverly Buffini continue the conversation from the last episode, this time turning the conversation toward their children. The second most common question they receive is “What’s the secret to raising successful children?” While they’re reluctant to offer a one-size-fits-all answer, there are a few things parents can do to ensure their children find and fulfill their purpose in life. In this episode, Brian and Beverly answer questions about children and relationships from clients and followers on social media. They share what it’s like to raise six children, the importance of sticking to the blueprint they created for their family and how they’ve motivated their children to succeed. You’ll learn about the one thing every child needs, how to prepare children for the challenges of life and why it’s essential to model the values you want your children to cultivate. Whether you’re a parent or hope to be one someday, this is an episode you’ll want to listen to again and again.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“You’ve got to remember not to put a middle-aged head on a teenaged body.” — Brian Buffini

“There’s a toughness it takes to be positive in today’s world” — Brian Buffini

“A grateful heart is an open heart.” — Brian Buffini

“Appeal to the mind, appeal to the heart and then demonstrate it.” — Brian Buffini

“The key component is to look beyond yourself and realize it’s what motivates them and what’s important to them.” — Brian Buffini

“When you don’t see them motivated or inspired by anything, just encourage them.” — Beverly Buffini

“One day if you keep showing up and doing stuff and trying stuff, you’ll find something that really lights you up.” — Brian Buffini

“Find out what is truly the interest of the kid and build that up.” — Brian Buffini

“Our goal is not to be your friend; it’s to be your parent.” —  Brian Buffini

“Once you know you can parent your children and you have the right and authority to train and equip them for life, you have the wisdom to make those decisions on a daily basis.” — Beverly Buffini

“What are the principles you’re teaching?” — Brian Buffini

“Everyone has a purpose and it’s our job as parents to help our kids fulfill that purpose. You’re building a cathedral.” — Brian Buffini

“Find out what their interest is and get involved. It’s worth it to try to motivate and inspire them.” — Beverly Buffini

“What every child craves is consistency.” — Brian Buffini

“What can you bring order to and what can you be consistent on?” — Brian Buffini

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

“Over time, do one new thing in the week that coincides with your family vision.” — Beverly Buffini

“You put one another’s interests first.” — Brian Buffini

“We grow stronger together.” — Beverly Buffini

“My life’s work is secondary to the heart of my life, which is my wife and kids.” — Brian Buffini

“Stay connected by learning and staying engaged with each other’s interests.” — Beverly Buffini

“Have the crucial conversations before they become crisis conversations.” — Brian Buffini

 

Mentioned in the podcast:
Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

 

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“If you want to live a good life, it takes work.” — Brian Buffini

One of the most common questions people ask Brian and Beverly Buffini is, “What’s the secret to a long and happy marriage?” On the surface, Brian and Beverly may seem like they come from different worlds, but their experiences and commitment to each other and their faith has made them stronger. Together, they’ve endured both success and setbacks in their personal and professional lives; but at the end of the day, they have the support of one another and their family. In this episode, Brian and Beverly discuss how they met, their experiences as an interracial couple, and what they’ve done to help them build a successful marriage over the past 26 years. You’ll learn the importance of giving of yourself in any relationship, why pride is the heart of conflict and the difference between remorse and repentance. Whether you’re going through a rough time in a relationship or you want to keep it strong, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview

“It was love at first sight for me the day I met her.” — Brian Buffini

“I grew up in a culture where we didn’t see color, so we didn’t go into our relationship looking at that. The biggest question we received was, ‘what about your children?’ and we said ‘what about our children?’ What people are asking is, ‘what about your differences?’ It’s more than color when you get married.” — Beverly Buffini

“Consider who you’re marrying and your love will grow from that if it’s meant to be.” — Beverly Buffini

“We developed our mission statement for our relationship and our family. We revisit it all the time.” — Brian Buffini

“I didn’t realize I’d have to give my life to get my life back, and that’s what I think in the ‘me’ culture, you’ll keep lists and records of wrong and what you’ve done. It’s an accounting exercise.” — Brian Buffini

“Where we’ve had major breakthroughs in our relationship is to never question one another’s motives.” — Brian Buffini

“We try our best to understand each other as opposed to be understood.” — Beverly Buffini

“There’s a great phrase: Intimacy—Into Me You See.” — Brian Buffini

“Most human beings want to love and be loved but we make it difficult to do so.” — Brian Buffini

“The biggest thing is to be intentional.” — Beverly Buffini

“If you want to live a good life, it takes work.” — Brian Buffini

“A lot of our rocky times came from pride. It’s hard to get to that point when you think you’re right. To resolve that is to be humble at times, consider and understand the other person, and it’s work because we really want to do it our way.” — Beverly Buffini

“Forgiveness is not saying you’re sorry. There’s a difference between remorse and repentance.” — Brian Buffini

“Human beings do better together. It’s harder to work through our stuff with ourselves. There’s stuff that hasn’t gone outside our relationship because of that trust.” — Brian Buffini

“We didn’t always grow at the same pace in the same way at the same time. But we were patient with one another.” —Brian Buffini

“I can’t change him. He can’t change me. We can influence one another, but not change one another.” — Beverly Buffini

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” — 1 Corinthians 13

“Don’t just read it on your wedding day; read it every morning.” — Brian Buffini

“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or a heartfelt compliment.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh answer stirs up anger. How we communicate to one another carries the day no matter what the situation.” — Beverly Buffini

“This too shall pass. No matter what state you’re in, there’s always hope.” — Beverly Buffini

 

Mentioned in the podcast:

The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
The Challenge to Succeed by Jim Rohn (audio series)

 

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“You’d like to try to leave the world a little better than when you came.”
— Neil Armstrong

On July 20, 1969, people gathered in front of their televisions around the world to watch astronaut Neil Armstrong walk on the moon and utter one of the most famous phrases in history: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” In this episode, Brian shares his interview with Neil Armstrong from the MasterMind Summit. America’s famous astronaut delves into his experience in space, what it’s like to navigate a craft into the stratosphere with a computer less powerful than today’s smartphone, and the one thing he credits with the success of their space mission. Along the way, you’ll learn why it’s important to love your work, how to create achievable goals and the wise advice he received from his colleague, Michael Collins, that allowed him to maintain a positive attitude. Buckle up and get ready to journey into space.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview

“We loved our work.” — Neil Armstrong

“Communication was substantially responsible for our success because we not only had to work together, we had to communicate over mass distances on earth as well as between earth and the spacecraft.” — Neil Armstrong

“We all depend on other people to some extent for our successes. You don’t want to be the weak link. You want to do your part so the team succeeds.”
— Neil Armstrong

“It was not as good as a laptop but a little better than a handheld.” — Neil Armstrong

“[The moon] was dark, but was illuminated by the earth. It was the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen.” — Neil Armstrong

“The only thing harder than flying to the moon would be faking it.” — Neil Armstrong

“The striking part to me is how little we know about [the earth] yet. We’ve only explored a teeny tiny portion of this place.” — Neil Armstrong

“It’s a great advantage when goals can be stated in such a way, they’re not ambiguous and you know exactly what it is you’re trying to do.” — Neil Armstrong

“You’d like to leave the world a little better than when you came.” — Neil Armstrong

“No one could fail to be impressed at the views. You’re very aware of the unique nature of our planet.” — Neil Armstrong

“Every person who’s been into space has thought of the fragility of the planet. It’s not clear just what the answers are yet but studying them is well worth the effort.” — Neil Armstrong

“My hope in this 21st century is that 1) we learn to understand the planet and 2) we learn to understand ourselves.” — Neil Armstrong

 

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“Each of us is an influencer. Everyone has a sphere of influence. Use it. Act now. Do whatever you can in whatever way you have passion for.” — Daniel Goleman

Psychologist Daniel Goleman, Ph. D. wrote the book on the role of emotional intelligence in leadership with the New York Times best-seller, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than I.Q. In this episode, Brian interviews Dr. Goleman to learn more about what makes a great leader, how to improve our leadership skills and the top technique for becoming a better listener. But, he doesn’t stop there. Dr. Goleman offers tips to help us positively influence the next generation of leaders and discusses his latest project with the Dalai Lama, A Force for Good. Want to change the world? Listen to this episode and get inspired to act.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview

“Self-awareness is the key to managing yourself.” — Daniel Goleman

“Leaders who make people feel cared about, who respect people and see them as someone who can develop further and get better, and mentor them that way and help them along, make people feel not just good about themselves, but good about the relationship.” — Daniel Goleman

“When a leader makes people feel fear, they’ll contract and play it safe. You don’t want that. You want people who will solve problems on the spot and feel empowered to do that.” — Daniel Goleman

“Articulate really clear goals and remember to let people get there their own way so they feel empowered.” — Daniel Goleman

“As a leader, you can only execute through people so you have to maintain those relationships in a healthy way.” — Daniel Goleman

“If you explode on people, you’re sabotaging yourself.” — Daniel Goleman

“A trim tab is a smaller rudder on a very big rudder of a very big ship. By turning the trim tab you turn the rudder, which turns the ship.” — Daniel Goleman

“Practice needs theory, and theory needs practice.” — Brian Buffini

“It’s how you are with people that’s the bottom line.” — Daniel Goleman

“Have a trial period that’s actually a trial period because you’ll only know the chemistry of that person with you, with your clients and everyone you interface with if they’ve been on the job a couple months.” — Daniel Goleman

“Interviews and resumes don’t give you the right information.” — Daniel Goleman

“This is learned and learnable. We can get better about paying attention.” — Daniel Goleman

“When you pay full attention, it registers a memory, so if you can bring up something spontaneously, it gives the person the message ‘you really paid attention to me,’ which has a deep emotional impact on people.” — Daniel Goleman

“The mind is a muscle and we don’t work it out.” — Daniel Goleman

“If we’re going to deal with what’s trending in society right now, and the new reality of childhood adolescence, we have to face the fact that our old education model just isn’t sufficient.” — Daniel Goleman

“Teach kids how to handle conflict and resolve disagreements.” — Daniel Goleman

“Each of us is an influencer. Everyone has a sphere of influence. Use it. Act now. Do whatever you can in whatever way you have passion for.” — Daniel Goleman

“Do the good things for the right reasons in the right way, you will get the good result.” — Brian Buffini

 

Mentioned in the episode:

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman
Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) http://www.casel.org/
A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World by Daniel Goleman
Become a Force for Good: http://www.joinaforce4good.org/

 

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“I knew I didn’t have a lot of money, but I didn’t realize I needed to change how I viewed money.” — Brian Buffini

Brian Buffini came to America with $92 in his pocket and eventually paid off crippling medical debt to achieve wealth and success. In this episode, he examines the common attitudes that prevent people from achieving financial success and outlines five ways to cultivate a high-performance mindset about money. Whether you’re struggling to eliminate debt or you want to save more and hone better money habits, this episode is sure to motivate you to take control of your finances once and for all.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast: 

“Broke was my state of account; poor was my state of mind.” — Brian Buffini

“If you want to be successful, you have to be countercultural—you can’t avoid it, you can’t worship it and you can’t believe it’ll do anything to change your status.” — Brian Buffini

“People say ‘ignorance is bliss.’ No, ignorance is bankruptcy.” — Brian Buffini

“Money frees you up from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.” —  Groucho Marx

“Money is like fire—it can heat your home and cook your food, but it can also burn down your house.” — Brian Buffini

“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” — George Latimer

“Money can buy you a bed, but it can’t buy you a good night’s sleep.” — Zig Ziglar

“Align your resources with your values.” — Brian Buffini

“If you think no one cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple car payments.” — Earl Wilson

“I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them because sooner or later, one will” — Warren Buffett

“When someone loses it all, it’s because they’re out of sequence.” — Brian Buffini

“An investment paid in knowledge pays the greatest dividends.” — Ben Franklin

Bring more value to your hours so you can be valued for your hours.” — Brian Buffini

“A bank can’t foreclose on a property it doesn’t have a mortgage on.” — Brian Buffini

 

Books mentioned in the episode:

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
The Total Money Make-Over by Dave Ramsey

 

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“Do everything with character and integrity and practice persistent consistency in everything you do.” — Tom Ziglar

One would think it’s tough to fill the shoes of world-renowned, influential motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar; however, Zig’s son, Tom has carved his own niche while honoring his late father’s legacy. In this episode, Brian interviews Tom Ziglar, leadership expert and motivational speaker. While they discuss Zig Ziglar’s legacy, they also delve into how Tom picked up the torch after his father passed as well as his tips to establish good habits. You’ll learn why it takes 66 days to replace a bad habit with a good one, why tiny changes are the key to adopting good habits, why achieving success isn’t enough and the importance of feeding your mind positive input. Prepare to be inspired!

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview

“It was the best father-son relationship you can imagine.” — Tom Ziglar

“He never once put pressure on myself or my sisters to do anything other than what we wanted to do.” — Tom Ziglar

“His influence was humility.” — Tom Ziglar

“The challenge for me wasn’t anything he created, it was my own internal mindset.” — Tom Ziglar

“Zig changed 3 or 4% of his presentation but people came away thinking, ‘That’s exactly what I needed today. He was just talking to me.’ It has to be for the drive of I want to help somebody. If you’re just doing it to make a buck, you’ll just show up and give your spiel. If it’s connected to a deeper sense of purpose or passion, you’ll do the extra little bit.” — Brian Buffini

“You could be the greatest technician in the world, but if you don’t live out the philosophy, it’s not going to work for you.” — Tom Ziglar

“A lot of organizations talk about success; we take it one step further to significance.” — Tom Ziglar

“Hurricanes and earthquakes get all of the publicity, but termites do more damage and they take such little bitty bites!” — Zig Ziglar

“You are what you are because of what’s gone into your mind. You change what you are and you change where you are by changing what goes into your mind.” — Zig Ziglar

“What you feed your mind determines your appetite.” — Tom Ziglar

 

Books mentioned in the episode:

The Power of Who: You Already Know Everyone You Need to Know by Bob Beaudine
Two Chairs by Bob Beaudine (not published yet)

 

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“If nothing else, it’s a good story later on.” — Brian Buffini

Whether it’s a listing appointment or a first date, there are times when you know early on a deal isn’t in the cards, but it’s too early to call it off. What results is often a great story, one to tell and retell for years to come. In this short episode, Brian Buffini talks about the time he and his wife tried to find a new family pet and ended up with a story they still laugh about to this day. You’ll learn why it’s important to speak the same language as your guard dog, the importance of asking questions and why it’s essential to have a laugh, even when the circumstances aren’t the greatest.

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“At the end of the day, worry less. Trust more in the process and enjoy the journey.” — Brian Buffini

“If nothing else it’s a good story later on.” — Brian Buffini

 

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“If you manage yourself, you’ll see the greatest results.” — Brian Buffini

Regardless of what we do, the most difficult person to manage is often ourselves. While we’re eager to achieve success, we often lean on excuses and passivity instead of putting in the work and making the right choices to reach our goals. In this episode, Brian Buffini shares his tips for managing the world’s most difficult person. You’ll learn why success boils down to the choices we make, how to identify and leverage your strengths and why reverse scheduling might just help you get more done each day. Plus, he lists three books that are sure to help you put his tips into action.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast: 

“Success is a choice.” — Brian Buffini

“People are looking to change their circumstances, but not themselves.” — Brian Buffini

“All permanent and lasting change starts on the inside and works its way outside.” — Lou Tice

“Habits and routines are the secret elixir of the most successful people in the world.” — Brian Buffini

“If success is a choice, any area where we’re not having success is also a choice.” — Brian Buffini

“I chose to be overweight because I never ate anything by accident.” — Zig Ziglar

“If you do what is easy, your life will be hard; but if you do what is hard, your life will be easy.” — Les Brown

“I need to manage myself.” — Brian Buffini

“If you want to have the good life, manage yourself.” — Brian Buffini

“The most honorable thing to do is face up to the strength potential inherent in your talents and then go find ways to realize it.” — Donald Clifton

Play to your strengths. “In this world, you get compensated very well when you do what you do real well.” — Brian Buffini

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say I used everything you gave me.” — Erma Bombeck

“Identify and acknowledge your weaknesses.” — Brian Buffini

“The idea that there are well-rounded people, people who have only strengths and no weaknesses, is a prescription for mediocrity if not for incompetence… Strong people always have strong weaknesses, too…where there are peaks there are valleys” — Peter Drucker

“The best leader is the one who has the sense enough to pick good people to do what needs to be done and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” — Jim Rohn

“If you make the fewest amount of decisions, you make it automatic.” — Brian Buffini

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Rohn

“Put difficult things at the top of your list because doing difficult things is kind of like eating a frog. The longer you look at it, it ain’t gonna get any prettier.” — Zig Ziglar

“The more successful you become, the less you’ll get done each day.” — Brian Buffini

 

Books mentioned in the episode:

Now Discover Your Strengths by Donald Clifton and Marcus Buckingham
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

 

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“Nils knew all about me and knew what would motivate me. He knew his craft, but he knew me and that’s a recipe for success.” — Brian Buffini

Like many successful people, Brian takes time away from his business to rest, recover and recharge. In this episode, he shares a story of taking a trip to the Comox Valley in British Columbia with his then-15-year old son to rest, think, bond and hike. At the urging of his son, they hired a guide named Nils to lead them up one of the tallest mountains in the Canadian Rockies. With Nils’ coaching and advice, Brian learned a valuable lesson that reconnected him with why he enjoys coaching in the first place. You’ll learn why mountain climbing is a lot like life, the importance of having experts on your side and what motivates Brian to coach people to succeed.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“Today you’re going to climb a mountain. You know how you’re gonna do it? One foot at a time.” — Nils

“You’re a coach, and you’re getting coached.” — Nils

“That is one of the best days I’ve ever had…inspiring. To be able to coach and help you over fears and limitations, and help you do something that many years from now you’ll be extremely proud you did, that’s why I do what I do.” — Nils

“What inspires me is people who trust – who jump across the ravine, even if it doesn’t feel good.” — Brian Buffini

“We’ve helped a lot of people get to the top of the mountain. That’s what makes me feel alive.” — Brian Buffini

“Nils knew all about me and knew what would motivate me. He knew his craft, but he knew me and that’s a recipe for success.” — Brian Buffini

“It’s like life. When you fight getting up the hill, the other side is cakewalk. A lot of times, you have momentum on your side…walking down that mountain was like a walk in the park.” — Brian Buffini

“You gotta do the hard stuff first and then the good stuff comes.” — Brian Buffini

“I seek out people who are experts at what they do. I’m not going to go over the crevasse with a handyman who does it once in a while.” — Brian Buffini

 

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“I don’t think 50% of businesses need to fail. There are principles and processes you can employ to build an unstoppable business.” — Brian Buffini

More than half of small businesses fail within five years of starting. Small business owners sacrifice a lot to build a business—time with family, exercise and their personal finances. Why do they do it? It’s simple: They love what they do. In this episode, Brian shares seven timeless tips for building an unstoppable business that apply to all industries. You’ll learn how to define what’s unique about your product or service, the importance of belief and why it’s vital to create a community of advocates for your business. Whether you lead a small business or are thinking about starting one, this episode will give you the tools you need build a lasting business.

 

Statistics from Today’s Show
50% of small businesses fail within 5 years
Source: Gallup, October 23, 2014

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“Find something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” — Brian Buffini

“I feel like I haven’t worked in a long time because I love what I do. Our mission at our company is to impact and improve the lives of people. That’s what I get to do every day—improve people’s lives.” — Brian Buffini

“I don’t love everything about what I do. Do something you love, but don’t expect to love every part of it.” — Brian Buffini

“At the end of the day, does the essence of what you do for a living float your boat?” — Brian Buffini

“Match your uniqueness with the needs of your customer.” — Brian Buffini

“Ancora Imparo—I am still learning.” — Michelangelo

“Without promotion something terrible happens—nothing.” — PT Barnum

“People follow the path of the strongest conviction.” — Brian Buffini

“Facts tell; stories sell. Tell the facts with stories.” — Brian Buffini

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.” — Sugar Ray Robinson

“I’ve never worked a day in my life without selling. When I believe in something, I sell it and I sell it hard.” — Estée Lauder

“You have to believe that if you do such a great job for your customers, they’ll tell their friends.” — Brian Buffini

“You’ll never build a phenomenal business unless your customers become your advocates and raving fans.” — Brian Buffini

“Do what you do so well they’ll want to see it again and bring their friends.” — Walt Disney

“Can you put your name to that?” — Harry Buffini

“When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.” — Victor Hugo

“Strive not to be a success but to be of value.” — Albert Einstein

“When people are consistent, you trust them.” — Brian Buffini

“Call it a client, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” — Jane Howard

 

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