How do you create an invention? How do you take an idea, build a prototype, convey it to a manufacturer or engineer, get funding, and ultimately bring it all together to bring your idea to life? Well, we cover a lot of that in this episode on the Forge Your Potential Podcast. It’s our pleasure this week to introduce John Hobbs. A runner, an inventor, an entrepreneur, and one tenacious human being.
John shares with us step by step his story, and how he came up with a genius design for a water bottle for runners. We talk about how he took his idea from a thought, to the drawing board, to a prototype, and on to a fully developed product. We touch on the importance of planning ahead in whatever venture you aim to launch and being able to not only handle slow company growth, but also being able to handle rapid growth. Seriously, how ridiculous would it feel to launch a company or a product and end up burning it to the ground because it took off too fast and you couldn’t keep up with the growth? Unfortunately, this does happen. We also talk about how he approached investors and acquired capital for the launch of his idea. We hit a bit on building relationships for the long term and its importance, how to reground yourself through negativity, the direct correlation of physical health and success in life, and more.
Hang out with us and the one and only John Hobbs right now on the Forge Your Potential Podcast.
Today is the day.
Visit John's Website at: http://bhs.rocks/thome/free/
“What are you grateful for today?”
It’s easy for a lot of us to constantly remind ourselves of what we don’t have. That dream home, that perfect relationship, those paychecks with a long line of zeros. On top of that, it’s easy for a lot of us to get carried away in pursuit of our goals and aspirations. It’s a great thing to consume ourselves with our dreams and actions to take every day to get there. The thing is, we have to remind ourselves every now and then to stop and take a look around at what we already have.
It’s interesting how this has to become a practice. It’s not something most of us are ingrained with for what ever reason. But it’s something we have to learn to focus on along with our pursuits. What’s truly incredible is once this becomes habit, how much we realize we’ve been missing. Take this for example. There’s a high probability that in the past week you’ve walked outside. What did the sun feel like the moment you walked out your door? Chances are, if it was sunny, you have no idea. Or when was the last time you sent a heartfelt text instead of a quick one word response or phrase? When was the last time you drew in a deep breath just to remind yourself what it feels like to be alive? These are things we overlook each and every day. These are things we all like to take for granted. It’s funny, those small things we take for granted are things we miss the most when they’re gone. What if we all took nothing for granted today? What a day that would be.
Take your significant other in your arms and tell them that you love them. Thank them for working their ass off and for all the hard work they do to live life and keep your relationship strong. Enjoy the sun on your face, the sound of your children playing, and the presence of those you love. Take today to stop, to look around, and to be truly grateful for what you have right here in this moment. Moments are infinite, but none of them will ever happen twice.
Today is the day.
“Don’t dwell on the past, but don’t neglect to reflect.”
Looking back at the past can be a trip. A lot of times it feels like an entirely different world and even an entirely different life. In a lot of ways, it was. Our goals were different, our perspectives, what we found important in that moment in time, all of it for the most part was most likely a bit different than what we have and see in front of us today. The past can be beautiful, but it can prove dangerous for those who choose to dwell there. Knowing us though, in this Motivational Minute, we’re going to focus the positive aspects of looking back.
Most of our adult lives we’re told that looking back is wrong. Looking back is weak. If you’re looking backward, you’ll never be able to see forward. Here’s the deal, as with most things in life, moderation and the reason why you’re doing something is key. The past shouldn’t be lived in, no more than the future should be. The present is where we need to live, but past and future is where we need to look from time to time. Again, look back in moderation. Revisit the good, the bad, and apply it to what you’re facing today. And there you have the why. Look back to enjoy and relish those moments that are past that will never do so again. Look back to learn how to be better today and tomorrow. Look back because you can, that’s one of the incredible things about being a human, the memories we hold and pass on to others. Not to mention the importance of such. So next time when we feel like preaching to someone about the dangers of looking back, we’ll remember the benefits of doing so.
No matter what it holds, don’t be afraid to visit the past, but sure as hell don’t get lost there. Like an orchid in the rainforest to a fly, it can be a beautiful trap. Enjoy it and simply pass by just to say hello.
Today is the day.
“Nothing will happen today that you can’t handle.”
Depending on what you’ve been through or what you’re going through, this quote might inspire you and solidify the fact, or it might even piss you off, because how in the hell could you ever be ok with what you’re going through? The thing is, you don’t have to be. Sometimes the only thing we can do is keep breathing. Let this saying sink in, that nothing will face you today that you cannot overcome. Perhaps it’s not even overcoming what needs to be done, it’s simply being ok with what is.
No matter what difficulty you might face today, whether it’s physical or mental, you have the capacity to be at peace with it. Because the reality is, we have to be at peace with what we have in our lives, to be able to live and pursue any kind of life at all. How incredible of a thing is it that we can work towards and realize this idea that nothing can touch us, that nothing can phase us? We might have bad days, rough roads, and perfect storms throughout our lives, but we’ll always have the ability to choose to be at peace. It’s cliche and even annoying sometimes these ideas that we have the ability to choose how we want to feel, as opposed to thinking life is simply happening to us and that is the only way we can feel.
The physical, the mental, it’s all a decision. Decide to handle something today, to overcome it, to be at peace with it. Decide that you will, that you can, that nothing can stand in your way from becoming or accomplishing anything you have your sights set on.
Today is the day.
In this wildly entertaining episode, we all hangout from across the globe again. As many of you already know, Steven is currently visiting Belgium. As many of you also know, that doesn't stop us from producing the podcast! Nothing can! Nothing will! So sit back, relax, and enjoy our lighthearted and fun conversation.
“Sometimes all it takes is a little push from someone or something to reveal to us our true potentials.”
It’s so easy for us to fall into our set ways. As adults, we hardly ever stop and question the way we think, act, and react to things in our lives. We see things for how they are (how we think or want them to be), and that’s the end of it. We fall into patterns of comfort, suddenly finding ourselves years later in the very same place we were years ago. It’s not comfortable to think differently, to actually consider what we never thought possible. If we stay within the walls of comfort, the true possibilities for our lives will never be revealed. That’s where life comes in.
Throughout life, we meet people and situations that will change our lives for ever. Life forces us to grow. However, it’s not always a conscious decision, but you’ll notice the changes within yourself in time. Say you meet the person of your dreams, then come to find out, your dreams didn’t even compare and you’ve literally found your heaven on earth. The moments you spend together feel like dreams, afraid that you’re both going to wake up at some point. The way they completely and totally captivate you without doing a thing. You suddenly find yourself giving this person your all, and much much more. You find yourself giving to this person pieces of your soul you never thought even existed. You start to see things differently. Red is no longer a color, it is her favorite color. Hearing the laughter of a child is no longer just someone’s kid you happen to be around, you hear and see the laughter of your own child as it reminds you of them. All this beautiful journey took was taking a chance to fall in love, to let go and trust the other to catch you. All it took was someone coming into your life to show you just what kind of love existed and what kind of love you were capable of. The same can happen in situations we’re faced with in life. We never know what we’re capable of until we have no choice. Whether that’s making ends meet for the family, or overcoming an addiction, or riding ourselves from toxic relationships. Sometimes all it takes is a little push and suddenly we’re awake, seeing what we’ve never seen before. And what a beautiful thought that is.
Let this remind us that there is beauty and possibility out there, some we didn’t even know existed. Let us take chances today, hold on for a moment longer today, and to recognize that sometimes, it is the people in our lives and the situations that we’re faced with, that will be the greatest gifts we’ve ever had. Your dreams could be just the beginning of something much more incredible.
Today is the day.