The Entrepreneur Start-Up Series Week 27

These successful entrepreneurs value the simple things in life!

Ep #137:  Jesse Cole, Find Your Yellow Tux

Ep #138:  Jason Stone, Millionaire Mentor>

Ep #139:  Gregg Clunis, Tiny Leaps Big Changes

Ep #140:  Sharon Salzberg, Meditation and Mindfulness

Ep #141:  Joe Hawley, Man Van Dog Blog

The Daily Grind Business Podcast interviews successful business owners and people in hopes to inspire the next great entrepreneur.

Welcome to Week 27 of The Daily Grind Business Podcast Weekly Summaries. Each week the interviewees impart their wisdom by sharing their experiences. Learn from them. To connect with them and to receive some free information please click on the links below.

There is a common thread with all successful entrepreneurs and that is the importance of investing in both your business and personal growth. So each week we also share with you titles of books that either these entrepreneurs have written or suggested that you read.

The people who Colin interviews didn’t just make a million dollars. They persevered. A lot of them failed; but they got back up, dusted themselves off and got back in the race. They had an undying belief that what they were doing was the right thing and would eventually take off – it just needed time and more hard work. In the process, they reached out to mentors, read books, listened to podcasts and audiobooks and attended seminars. They got rid of their egos and they learned from people who were doing exactly what they wanted to do.

We are passionate about helping entrepreneurs get started in their businesses so this is why we have compiled weekly notes from our weekly podcasts. The entrepreneurs who so graciously offered their time to be interviewed are passionate about giving back and helping others as we do.

You are not alone!

Week 27

1. Jesse Cole is the Owner of Fans First Entertainment, who owns and operates the Savannah Bananas and the Gastonia Grizzlies. Cole and his teams have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, and multiple times on ESPN. Cole is an in-demand speaker and author of “Find Your Yellow Tux- How to Be Successful by Standing Out” being released in January 2018.

The Savannah Bananas have sold out 32 straight games, broke the league attendance record, Savannah attendance record and have a waiting list in the thousands for tickets for the 2018 season. The Bananas have won Organization of the Year back to back years, Entrepreneur of the Year and were CPL Champions in their first year.

Cole believes to be successful you need to Stand Out and Be Different. He writes a blog, hosts a podcast and releases daily videos on He is passionate about creating attention, loving your customers more than your product and loving your employees more than your customers. Cole’s mantra is “Whatever’s normal, do the exact opposite.”

2. Jason Stone is widely known by celebrities and almost 2 million people around the world as @Millionaire_Mentor on Instagram. Stone has successfully launched multiple 6 and 7 figure Instagram and Internet platforms and is becoming a well known social media influencer and marketer. Known for his e-commerce success in the automotive industry in his early years with Treadstone Performance Engineering, Inc.

Jason is a mechanical engineer, real estate investor, car enthusiast, and startup investor. Jason has Co-founded the Impact Billions Movement and also created Gentlemen’s Mafia Instagram network which culminates relationships and success among the thousands of its members worldwide and utilizes his experience and passion as a motivator, mentor, teacher, and social media influencer to help others create success.

3. Gregg Clunis’ passion in life is to build solutions to problems. He loves the process of taking an idea and organizing resources around it in a way that allows for something new, unique, and interesting to be created. This passion presents itself in his various interests and experiences such as art, media production, software engineering, design, sales, and marketing.

Gregg is the host of the widely popular podcast, Tiny Leaps Big Changes, where he instills in his audience the importance of developing solid winning behaviors in your life.

Gregg focuses on the small changes, that lead to BIG results.

4. Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching.

She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and, Real Love, her latest release by Flatiron Books. Acclaimed for her humorous, down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour.

Sharon has been featured on The Tim Ferris Show and Under The Skin with Russel Brand.

5. Joe Hawley spent his entire adult life playing football in the NFL. He just retired from the NFL after 8 seasons and decided it was time for a change. So he gave everything he owned away to charity and bought a van to travel the country. He doesn’t know where the road will take him but he knows that this is the start of something special and he is so excited to have the opportunity to share it with you. He believes that success with a swath of broken relationships means you’ve failed.

Here are the key overarching takeaways from Colin’s interviews.

If anything resonates with you, click on the link and listen to the full one-half hour podcast or if you have any questions these entrepreneurs supplied you with their links so you can personally reach out to them.

“I think every business owner should put themselves in their customer’s shoes. Ask yourself these two questions: “What frustrates you about the industry”? What frustrates you about the business from the customer’s perspective? by Jesse Cole

“Every business has a mirror moment. If you want to be innovative and create your own path you have to have this mirror moment. I had my moment in the fall of 2007. I was the new General Manager of a brand new baseball team outside Charlotte, North Carolina. I inherited a mess. For a period of 7 years there were only 200 fans that would show up to each game. The team had lost over $100,000 the previous year and there was only $268 in their bank account. They had 3 full-time employees and we had to make payroll on Friday.

There was a problem and the problem was with baseball. The game was too long and it was too slow. And it was too boring.” by Jesse Cole

“So I decided to turn it into a circus. We started having grandma beauty pageants in the ball park. We held various events and crazy promotions like: a salute to underwear night and a flatulence fun night. We trained our baseball players how to dance in the middle of the game and how to deliver roses to little girls in the crowd. People were going home and saying “Honey you won’t believe what we saw at the baseball game tonight.

Everyone starting talking and it started with this mirror moment. We now make baseball fun. When you make things fun the business will take care of itself.” by Jesse Cole


“The first thing any business should do is to build an audience. You need to get their attention before you start selling them something. Give them free value and give them free content. This is how I set up Millionaire Mentor. I gave my audience so much value.” by Jason Stone

“I promote a lot of business opportunities on my Instagram account.” by Jason Stone

“If you start a business just to make money then you will probably not make it in your business. In one of my failed businesses I did not do my market research and my market analysis. I did not factor in all of my costs so I did not sell my end product for a profit.  I failed to analyze my competitors who were already selling the same product and who were established in the business. I also failed because I wasn’t willing to put 100% of my effort into this business for it to make a profit.” by Jason Stone


“Everything in life that includes everything that you get, everything that you miss, every opportunity that you take and that you don’t take comes from the small things you do every day. So paying attention to your day to day behaviours is the most valuable thing you can do – based on what is it you want your future to look like.” by Gregg Clunis

“The best advice I can give entrepreneurs is to be patient. Recognize that passion is not the most important piece. Read Cal Newport’s book “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love and then model your career after that.”  by Gregg Clunis


“What happens is not so important. How you are with what happens is important. How much balance, how much presence, and how much kindness you are bringing forth towards this experience matters.” by Sharon Salzberg

“People have to make a reasonable commitment to meditation. It is unfair to yourself if you tried it once and it didn’t work that you now think that you were a failure at it. If you can do 3 to 10 minutes a day for a month you are making a reasonable commitment. Then evaluate after this period.” by Sharon Salzberg

“We may not find delight in our job description every day. Having some sense of meaning about our work as well as having some sort of connection with other people at work affects our happiness at work.” by Sharon Salzberg


“I am trying out the minimalism lifestyle. This is an opportunity for me to take a step back and do what I want to do – to see the country – before I start my own company. I want to start something from scratch.” by Joe Hawley

“I want to inspire other people to live a happier life without more stuff. I have a one year plan.” by Joe Hawley

I always start my day with a smoothie. I started meditating 2 years ago and today I meditate for 10 minutes per day. This practice has completely changed my life as well. It allows you to respond to the world in a calmer way. You have more control of your emotions and your thoughts rather than responding and reacting to situations that you have no control over.” by Joe Hawley



To connect with Jesse Cole: Jesse’s Email:

Jesse’s Website:

LinkedIn: jessecolebaseball

Twitter: YellowTuxJesse

Facebook: YellowTuxJesse

Jesse’s Podcast:  Business Done Differently with Jesse Cole

To connect with Jason Stone: Instagram: @millionaire_mentor and visit his Website:

To Connect With Gregg Clunis: Gregg’s Podcast: Tiny Leaps Big Changes

Twitter: Gregg Clunis

Instagram: Gregg Clunis

To connect with Sharon Salzberg visit her Website:

To connect with Joe Hawley visit: Youtube:

Joe’s Website:




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Suggested Readings:

The Carpenter: Love Serve, Care – The Three Principles of an Exceptional Success Strategy by Jon Gordon

Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family by Bob Chapman

The Five-Hour Workday: Live Differently, Unlock Productivity, and Find Happiness by Stephan Aarstol

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

 Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Need a Business Plan? Visit Plan2Profit

Suggested Readings from Week 23 and Week 24 and Week 25 and Week 26

There are also suggested readings from: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 , Week 5 and Week 6, Week 7 , Week 8 , Week 9 and Week 10 , Week 11. and Week 12

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