Episode 19 of The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers features a conversation with Scott Paciocco, a high-producing Financial Advisor with SP Financial Services of MassMutual. Scott doubles as a little league & AAU baseball coach in addition to his full-time career and his love for the game and the lessons it has taught him have carried over into his business. Listen in to hear Ben & Scott discuss 10 ways that their experience in sports have impacted their respective businesses.
Episode 18 of The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers features an interview with Brennan Marion, Offensive Coordinator for the Bison football team at Howard University. Despite multiple challenges & setbacks like changing schools every year growing up, friends getting shot, a mother getting arrested, being homeless, and season-ending knee injuries, Coach Marion has bounced back from it all. After setting NCAA records at Tulsa University as a wide receiver, Brennan had a 2-year stint in the NFL before beginning his coaching career. When asked what pieces of advice he'd give someone who says they're sick of living a life of mediocrity, Brennan says "The first thing I'm going to ask them is 'Are you doing what you love to do?' The next thing I'll ask is 'What do you want to do?' The third thing I'm going to tell them is to put all your energy into what you want to do. And then fourth and final, is to make a goal...and then have somebody that is going to hold you accountable to those goals".
Episode 17 of The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers features an interview with Joy Pfister, founder and owner of Studio FBJ. Studio FBJ has many moving parts including professional photography for multiple different occasions, hair & makeup, and boudoir. When asked to give the listeners 3 keys to starting and growing a business, Joy says to find your passion, be prepared to work harder than everyone else, and put your blinders on to ignore any negativity that surrounds you. Listen to hear more about Joy, her vision to start her business in 2009 after 13 hard-working years as a physical therapist, and for tips on how to become a successful business owner and live a quality life!
Episode 16 of The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers features an interview with Ellis Wiltshire, Owner of Rock Creek Innovations. A Landscape Contracting business, Rock Creek is your one-stop shop for hardscaping, landscaping, low voltage lighting, and drainage solutions. When asked what he thinks of when he hears the phrase 'small business owner', Ellis says: "hard working, dedicated, and a willingness to sacrifice". Listen to hear more about Ellis and the business he started in college and grew from nothing but a truck and some lawn equipment to one of Richmond's premier Hardscaping & Landscaping companies only 13 short years later.
Episode 15 of The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers features an interview with William Thompson, General Manger and Partner at The Fancy Biscuit, one of Richmond’s fastest growing restaurants. When asked how he would define the word success, Will says: “For me, success is having a great service. Every dish went out to the guests perfectly. Garnished correctly, cooked perfectly. That to me is success. Those daily successes will lead to an end goal of success to anybody. It’s the daily battles that you have to win to be successful.”
Episode 14 of The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers features a conversation with Jake Just, a head football coach at Laurel Highlands High School in Uniontown, PA. In this episode, 6 guidelines to goal setting are discussed, and Ben & Jake each present the listeners with goals of their own & New Year's resolutions for 2018.
Episode 13 of The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers features an interview with Deane Cheatham IV, an assistant football coach at Marshall University. Coach Cheatham is truly on the "front line". Although his current job title is Assistant Coach at a Division 1 football program, what you'll find is that it's not always as pretty as it seems. Told from someone who is currently living in the process, you'll see that there is no magic pill, and success will not be given. According to Deane, “The most difficult part of coaching is when you lose and you’re trying to find the answers within those losses…you can’t judge success off of the end result. We can watch the tape of a win and ignore all of the bad plays. We can ignore all of our mental errors, our mistakes. Or you can go through and look at it critically. Ignoring the end result (win or lose) is one of the hardest things to do, but it’s one of the most important things to do."
Episode 12 of The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers. Featuring an interview with Josh Just, a lifelong high school teacher, administrator, and football coach, discussion topics of this episode include commitment, discipline, and respect. Listen to hear more about Coach Just's upbringing, how he built a football program from 0-10 to region champs, and how he believes that low expectations equals low achievements. “As coaches, we have to make sure that we hold our values to make better people. We can bend and be flexible, but that’s not really helping you. Any time we bend and lower our expectations, all we’re doing is lowering the achievement of that student-athlete.”
Episode 11 of The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers. The focus of this episode is on what I refer to as the 5th C to Success, and that is Consistency. I’m not sure who said it, but I read a quote one time that said “Losers have goals; winners have systems”. No – I don’t think you’re a loser if you have goals, but I do believe that winners have systems to accomplish their goals. Spend 20 minutes and listen to how the 3 driving forces of consistency (habits, systems, and expectations) have enabled me to stay in control of my schedule and my life…while everyone else is just too “busy”.
Episode 10 of The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers. Featuring an interview with Naureen Hyder, the 4th "C" to Success is discussed in detail (Care). Naureen is the Founding Attorney of Hyder Immigration Law, which she opened in her early 30s. Listen to hear more about how Naureen's commitment to care enabled her to start her own law practice at such a young age, about Naureen's passion for helping others, and about her definition of success. After listening, ask yourself two questions: 1) What am I doing today to be remarkable? 2) Am I worried about my one battle today, or am I prepared for the war?