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How Do You Define "Freedom" as a Business Owner?
May 10, 2022
In the summer of 1776, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were tasked by the Continental Congress with not only crafting a "Declaration of Independence" from England, but also with designing an emblem or national coat of arms for the new nation.
#023 Rejuvenation - Guest interview with Ben Weiss
May 5, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be joined by a special guest, Ben Weiss. Ben took a very special nine-week long road trip with his family, beginning exactly one year ago today in April, to see the United States.
The Real Reasons Small Business Owner's Start Their Business (Hint: It's Not Money!)
May 3, 2022
Tom clearly remembers the early days when he started his own small business, providing architectural design services for new and remodeled commercial office buildings.
#022 Winning the "Great Resignation"
April 21, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a troublesome employment issue that was brought to light by a management professor at Texas A&M University in the Spring of 2021.
Winning the "Great Resignation"
April 12, 2022
In the Spring of 2021, Texas A&M professor of management Anthony Klotz noticed a major trend in employment data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. In April of that year, for the first time in history, over 4 million workers in the United States voluntarily quit their jobs....in a single month!
A Simple but Essential Ingredient to Freedom Focused!
March 29, 2022
Lisa shared a story with me that is all too common for small business owners. As a single mother looking for a way to earn a living and support her family, she discovered that popcorn, cotton candy, and peanuts were the answer.
#020 Maximizing Freedom with a Well Organized Team
March 24, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a simple business management tool, that’s been around for a long time, but many small business owners don’t take advantage of.
Clarity Rather Than Chaos with A Well Organized Team
March 15, 2022
Throughout my entrepreneurial career, I've made a point to learn and implement as many best practices as possible for running a business.
#018 Have You Reached the Pinnacle of Freedom?
February 24, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a couple ways to think about the highest level of personal and professional freedom for small business owners.
The Pinnacle of Freedom
February 16, 2022
People operating at the pinnacle of Abraham's hierarchy are experiencing the greatest fulfillment in their lives, the greatest satisfaction with who they are and what they are doing (personally and professionally) and enjoying true freedom.
#017 Employee Reviews You and Your Team Will Look Forward To
February 10, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about one of the biggest missed opportunities small business owners have to create much greater employee buy-in, engagement, and happiness.
A Missed Opportunity for Increased Employee Engagement!
February 01, 2022
Most people are familiar with the Gallop Organization for the regular polling they do to determine the public's sentiment on issues in the news, like the state of the economy, the favorability of a particular government policy, or the popularity of political issues, office holders, or candidates.
#016 How to "Never work another day in your life!"
January 27, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about how to make work more like “play” by working as much as possible on activities that fall within your “unique ability”.
How to "Never work another day in your life!"
January 18, 2022
In past articles I've established the importance of discovering your organization's core values and a clear vision for the future in order to create a "dream team" of employees that are enthusiastic, engaged, and motivated to help you build a truly high-performance organization.
#015 Productivity Secrets with Ben Weiss
January 13, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be interviewing Ben Weiss as a guest for our “Productivity Secrets” podcast series. Ben has been the top sales person at his company for the past two decades and is the all-time leading sales person in his company’s 43-year history.
Eudaimonia for the New Year!
January 04, 2022
Several years ago my youngest daughter shared with me a new word she had learned and studied in her English class that really intrigued her: eudaimonia
#014 The Fastest Way Forward is to Slow Down...and Think
December 30, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about taking time out of your daily routine for quality time to think.
The Fastest Way Forward is to Slow Down...and Think
December 21, 2021
In the middle of World War II, when Britain was at a breaking point in its ability to fight back the onslaught of attacks from Hitler's Germany, President Franklin Roosevelt took a fishing trip to Lake Huron for six days....
#013 Quiescence - The Secret to Recharging Your Batteries
December 16, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about Rejuvenation. What it takes to truly unplug, relax, and recharge your batteries.
Quiescence - The Secret to Recharging Your Batteries
December 08, 2021
As I sat waist deep in the clear, warm waters of the Caribbean on a beach in Cancun, Mexico, the gentle waves washed the sand I was creating first up towards the beach, then out towards the open ocean....
How to Be Truly THANKFUL at Thanksgiving
November 23, 2021
Thanksgiving is celebrated as a time for family, food and depending on the activities you include, a little, or a lot of fun. Many of us had considerably less, or none, of all three types of celebration in 2020 as the world coped with the corona virus pandemic. This year, I hope that the celeb...
#011 Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
November 18, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be bringing together all that he's talked about in the past several episodes (i.e. core values, vision, pre-employment quizzes) to show you how, collectively, everything works together to help you to hire exceptional people for your organization.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
November 10, 2021
How do you sort through all the possible people you might hire to create your own "dream team" of employees? In today's tough job market, employers are struggling to bring on enough people to fill the jobs they have available. This inevitably leads many employer...
#010 Know Thyself...and Others Too!
November 4, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a simple process for getting to know people better so that when you bring someone new into your organization, you'll have greater confidence that they'll be a good fit, hit the ground running from day one, and stick around for a while.
Know Theyself...and Others Too!
October 26, 2021
This popular maxim is said to have come from the Delphi Oracle, inscribed in the pronos (or front porch) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece. Most people spend a lifetime, and some spend a lot of money, trying to increase their knowledge of themselves. Seeking a better under...
#009 The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It!
October 21, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about one of the most powerful ways to boost morale, team cohesion, productivity, and excitement in your organization.
The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It!
October 12, 2021
This often quoted phrase is typically credited to Abraham Lincoln, but Fact Checker research debunked this attribution as false, leaving the real author unknown. Regardless of who wrote it or said it, the phrase is a powerful statement about the benefits of setting a vision for the future...
#008 The Key to Greatness Is Already in Your Hands
October 7, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about an important item of your business that many, if not most, small businesses never put in place, robbing them of a competitive advantage and a very important opportunity to achieve significantly better results, even greatness, in everything they do.
The Key to Greatness Is Already in Your Hands
September 28, 2021
Missing this one thing robs most small businesses of a competitive advantage and a very important opportunity to achieve significantly better results, even greatness, in everything they do. "I Never Noticed They Were There!" This was the response from Jennifer, the young lady behind the...
How to Be More Organized, More Productive, and More Reliable
September 14, 2021
Benjamin Franklin once said that "if you want something done, ask a busy person." The first time I heard someone say this, I thought it was completely backwards. If someone is busy, why in the world would you give them something more to do, especially if you want to make sure it...
#006 How to Be More Organized, More Productive, and More Reliable
September 9, 2021
In this episode, I will be sharing my secrets to becoming much more organized and productive both in your personal and professional life, resulting in reduced stress, anxiety, and overwhelm and increased efficiency, reliability, and freedom.
What's the #1 way to make change in your life?
August 28, 2021
It was a close call! The car coming up behind us, and one passing us in the opposite direction on the left, created for great drama and some nail biting as my daughter Sophia pulled sharply into the middle turn lane and flipped her turn signal "up", signaling a right hand turn, while we attempted...
#005 What Is the #1 Way to Make Change in Your Life?
August 26, 2021
In this episode, Daran will be talking about one of the most effective ways for small business owners to change what they are doing in order to move their business from where it is today, to where they want it to be at some point in the future...
#004 What Is the True Cost of Hiring the Wrong Person?
August 12, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about one of the biggest causes of stress for small business owners: the loss of an employee.
What's the secret ingredient to my "secret ingredient" soup?
August 10, 2021
Time to share the secret ingredient to my "secret ingredient" soup! The time has finally come! I've been talking about how to create a business that is "Freedom Focused". One that includes a "dream team" of employees who are highly engaged, enthusiastic, and motivated to help you g...
What Is the True Cost of Hiring the Wrong Person?
August 03, 2021
The news was not good. What every small business owner dreads, especially those with a very small staff of employees.My staff at D.R. Wastchak was only 12, and Justin handing in his 2-week notice to take another job was a big blow to our business. Justin had been with our company for about three ye...
Does your business operate by "oral tradition"?
July 20, 2021
For a millennia, long before the advent of written language, information was passed from person to person by the spoken word, also known as "oral tradition." Are the processes and procedures in your business passed along from current to new employees verbally or by demonstration "on the job"? If so...
How to drive a Ferrari... Making the most of your "Dream Team"
July 13, 2021
With a crystal clear vision for where your business is going, and clearly defined core values that tell your team and the world what you believe in and what you stand for, you've finally been able to build the "dream team" you've always wanted, but thought wasn't possible. Cong...
The rest of the story… Regaining lost freedom
July 06, 2021
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2015, I was at a low point in my personal and professional freedom, and not very happy.But I was determined to make changes to my business that would allow me to regain the level of freedom I had 10 years earlier, before the great recession had stolen it away...
#001 Welcome to the Freedom Focused Podcast! Let's talk about FREEDOM
July 1, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak introduces The Freedom Focused Podcast as well as himself, then shares information about personal and professional freedom for small business owners, including two free tools that will help you to know just how free you are...
How free are you? Find out, and receive a free gift while you’re at it
June 29, 2021
It was the holiday season, 2015. A time for celebration, cheer, and good spirits was, in fact, a particularly low one for me personally and professionally. My small business (D.R. Wastchak, LLC) was in its 16th year, helping home builders to build energy efficient homes for the...
Have you missed me?
June 24, 2021
Hello everyone! It's been over a year since I last sent a message to this group, and a lot has changed in the world since then, to say the least. Some things haven't changed much at all. My method for sharing a message of greater freedom and happiness for small business owners...