#040: How to Thrive In a Turbulent Economy [Podcast]

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When it seems the economy around you is in turmoil and chaos, is it still possible to thrive? If so, how do you do that?

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In this weeks podcast episode we will cover:

  • The results of “asking the listeners”. Changes you can expect in the podcast.
  • Stu McLaren: “Doing the work up front”.
  • Is God the source of evil?
  • Plus, “How to Thrive In a Turbulent Economy”

That’s all coming up on today’s episode…

Tip Of The Week

A couple of episodes ago, I advised you to ask your customers what they really want. I proposed using a survey-which is exactly what I did. Here are the results of my survey about how you think I could improve this show. The suggestions were:

  • Add more listener participation and questions.
  • Change the ending music to match the beginning music.
  • Share  concrete copywriting tactics.
  • Get more specific about dollars.
  • Make the show tighter.

Those are the top suggestions we are implementing, starting with this episode. I hope you like what you hear.

Lifestyle Business With Stu McLaren

Stu McLaren explains why it’s worth doing the work up front, and doing it well.

Spiritual Foundations

Recently, I inadvertently started a bit of a tiff on Facebook. I posted the following:

If you think you are sick because God has some purpose in it… reconsider. Sickness does not come from God. According to John 10:10, evil is the work of the enemy, who “comes only to steal and kill and destroy”. Jesus, on the other hand, comes so that we “may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). He also came to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).

It’s simple. God is good. The enemy is bad. Good things come from God, and evil things do not. It’s helpful if we keep the difference in mind – it’ll help us not attribute the work of the enemy to God!

The reason this is important, is because when Jesus rose from the grave and conquered sin and death, he ushered in a new and better covenant for all of us who follow him. We no longer live under fear of punishment, for Jesus has taken the punishment on our behalf. He has covered us in his grace-literally, “unmerited favor.”

God does not send evil into your life-not to teach you a lesson, not to improve your character, and certainly not to punish you. If you follow Jesus, you believe in him, you confessed to measure Lord and Savior… you are unpunishable.

Feature Segment: How to Thrive In a Turbulent Economy

Yes, there is chaos in the marketplace. The economy can be described as turbulent.  But that doesn’t matter. There is no reason for you, my entrepreneurial friend, to fear the storm. Bedrock principles will keep you on course. Here are seven keys to thriving even in a turbulent economy…

  1. Faith. You will receive what you believe. Carefully guard where you are placing your faith. It makes a difference.
  2. Foundations. Most people crumble when their core values are challenged-because they never made those values a conscious decision.  Most of us simply inherit our values and beliefs from our family and friends. Make yours a choice. Don’t just know what you believe, know why you believe it.
  3. Family. After your connection to your Creator, the most important link to your ultimate success is your family. Even if you have no family, as it is traditionally understood. I explain what to do if you don’t have any family living, or none that you are connected with, in the podcast audio. So make sure you listen to the show itself.
  4. Friends. How you relate to friends-even how you define that word-is of vital importance to how effective you will be in the world. Especially in the world of business.
  5. Focus. What you focus on expands. If your constant focus is on the negativity and the chaos of the environment around you, expect to see more of the same. Take responsibility for what goes on inside your head.
  6. Finances. Business is a game won (or lost) by the numbers. The rules are simple: make money, save money, spend as little as possible.
  7. Fun. Make it a goal to be more joyful than all of your companions. Joy is magnetic, and draws people to you. It has the added benefit of drawing cheerful people to you, helping eliminate the “Eeyore Factor” from your life.

Listener Questions

  1. Martin Hurley
  2. Jeff Davis
  3. Beaumont Miles
  4. Jim Siverts

Special Announcements

  1. I’m attending the Platform Conference in Nashville. If you do business online, you MUST attend this conference that helps you “get noticed in a noisy world.” It’s being put on by Michael Hyatt and Ken Davis. My friends Stu McLaren and Carrie Wilkerson are speaking. I’m also looking forward to meeting  Jeff Goins, Cliff Ravenscraft, Pat FlynnJohn Saddington, Michele Cushatt, and Andrew Buckman. Unlike most conferences, there’s not a single speaker I’m not excited to hear and to meet. Get a ticket while you can!
  2. Our exclusive Las Vegas workshop is more than half-full. If you’re interested in participating, you will need to contact my office immediately.
  3. My next podcast will be on the topic of “How to Make the New Year Your Best Year Ever”. If you have a question about that, please leave me a voicemail message. This is a good way for you to promote your own website, because I will be happy to link to your site in return for you asking a question.

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Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • http://www.toddliles.com Todd Lilea

    Ray,

    Another great podcast. Thanks for the heavy lifting you did to make this happen.

  • http://rayedwards.com Ray Edwards

    It is my pleasure, Todd. Thank you for your support.

    • http://www.toddliles.com Todd Liles

      Thank you. Love your work.

  • http://www.toddliles.com Todd Liles

    Ray,

    I have a question I would love for you to answer in one of your podcast:

    “What are you using to make your podcast sound so good? How much did it cost?”

    In 2013, I’m going to treat blogging and podcasting as 1 of my top 3 forms of marketing. I want to do it it right! This will be for my company at http://www.serviceexcellecncetraining.com. I will also use the same tech for my personal site at http://www.toddliles.com

    I have gotten a few great guest on my personal site (Randy Phillips, Dan Rockwell) and they did a great job. In the future I want to make sure future guest love the sound of their voice on the podcast.

    I have taken your advice, and I’m building the new SET site on wordpress.

    I’m doing this, because I have seen a wild boost in business sales, because of my personal blog.

    It has become obvious that WordPress and Blogging works.

    I would love to listen to your answer on podcast!

    • http://rayedwards.com Ray Edwards

      I will answer this in my next podcast!

      • http://www.toddliles.com Todd Liles

        Fantastic! Thank you!