The Blue Collar Gold Podcast

#16 The Joy of Problems

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By Mark A. Stoner
Mark Stoner runs a multi million dollar service business, has written the Amazon best selling book Blue Collar Gold "How to Build a Service Business From the Dirt Up and has appeared on CNBC's Blue Collar Millionaires TV Show. This podcast will talk about the secrets to running and building any type of business focusing on service based businesses.
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#21 German Chimney Master Andreas Gaetner
Mark interviews Chimney Master Andreas Gaetner on the podcast today.  He discusses the differences in the trade and their businesses between the United States and Germany.  The education of chimney sweeps in Germany is taken much more seriously than in the United States and they discuss the strict requirements of being a chimney sweep in Germany.  
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June 21, 2019
#20 Lt. Colonel Tim Stoner
We announce our first ever Blue Collar Gold Summit August 8-9 in Nashville TN   More details and links to come!  Today the podcast has its first ever guest Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Stoner.  We talk about hiring vets (www.pwc.com/vets) and how to employe and lead them in your business   Tim also talks about leadership in military and civilian life.  We hope you enjoy  
31:01
June 14, 2019
#19 There is No There
Its a myth that there is a "THERE" that you will magically arrive at in life and then everything will be perfect.  Don't set yourself up for that let down!  Mark also annouces the first ever Blue Collar Gold Summit held in Nashville TN August 8-9!
29:29
June 8, 2019
#18 Living in the Moment
We start with a public service announcement about the alarming stats concerning Alzheimer's disease.  Mark's father is suffering from this disease and some of the lessons he has taken away from it while he watches his father go through the stages.  
29:04
June 1, 2019
#17 Not as it Appears
Have you ever made a wrong decision based on what someone told you?  This episode explores how wrong we ll can be about issues and how, as a business owner, you must get all sides of the story before acting on the information.  Mark also talks about how inaccurate eye witness testimony has been found to be in the courtroom.  
29:16
May 24, 2019
#16 The Joy of Problems
There is a joy in solving problems in business.  That's where you feel accomplishment.  That's where you become an expert.  That's were the recognition is.  Learn to embrace it and delegate through it. 
27:47
May 17, 2019
#15 Hiring
One of the biggest challenges in running a business in this booming economy is hiring people...even getting them to answer an ad or show up for an interview.  This episode shows you some tactics that will help you to fill your roster and grow your business!
30:47
May 11, 2019
#14 Nails in Fences
Do you know people that damage others with their words and actions?  Do you have employees that cause problems but they are great at saying "I'm Sorry" ?  This episode talks about the way to handle telling people the hard truth sometimes while truly caring about them.
29:01
May 3, 2019
#13 Transformational Leadership
What is transformational leadership?  It's how you lead people through transforming them into positive ambassadors for you and your brand.  Its how you bring joy and happiness to their lives through the seven core beliefs of a culture of gratitude .  People Matter, Truth Wins, Transparency Frees, Authenticity Attracts, Quality Speaks, Generosity Returns and Courage Sustains. 
30:51
April 26, 2019
#12 Money Money Money
In this episode Mark talks about pay, compensation and score keeping for employees.  He references the Profit First and Rich Dad Poor Dad books for some source material.  Mark is also giving away free copies of Blue Collar Gold so listen up!!!
28:16
April 12, 2019
#11 The Buffalo and the Cow
Leadership is the main driving force in all business and in this episode Mark talks about the leadership lessons that we can learn from Buffalos and Cows.  He also talks about hard lessons and mistakes that he has made as a leader.  He asks you to figure out what you are wrong about in your life!  
28:52
April 5, 2019
#10 Spouses and Business
In this episode Mark talks about ideas and tactics to use if you have a spouse that affects you and business.  Some spouses are there for support or sometimes the wet blanket on your entrepreneurial dreams.  Sometimes they are your business partner and can either be your biggest strength or worst nightmare!  This episode was a special request for Mark to talk about his ideas on how to navigate these waters.  
31:13
March 29, 2019
#9 Gravity Sucks
In this podcast Mark talks about the weightlessness of "Convention World" and how easy it is to get caught up in motivational speakers and events.   Then coming back to the "gravity" of the real world and problems we face every day.  Some people love convention world and do very little when they get home.  Mark talks about how to push through, stay motivated and make it happen daily for your business!
28:51
March 22, 2019
#8 Marketing 101 - What Most Businesses Miss!
In this episode Mark discusses his style and thoughts on marketing.  He will talk about the simple marketing mistake that most companies miss! Also covered are his book recommendations on marketing and simple ideas about getting your company found by potential customers.
28:36
March 15, 2019
#7 Rainbows and Unicorns
In this episode Mark talks about the studies and science behind being happy and how it affects your business.  The book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor is one of Marks favorite books and he talks about how it is  applied to business.  
28:03
March 8, 2019
#6 Habits of Success
In this episode Mark talks about some of the defining habits that he has seen or developed that can lead you to success!
31:42
March 1, 2019
#5 Going Negative!
It was a rough day for Mark and he talks about firing employees and about the pressures of business.   There is a benefit of going negative to get a positive outcome!
26:43
February 22, 2019
#4 Get Started - The Time is NOW
In this episode Mark discusses if you should start a business and what is driving your decision.  Do you have excuses? Do you have a calling?
29:15
February 15, 2019
#3 Spongebob Stonerpants
This episode is about accountability and an embarrassing nick name that Mark got by being to "spongy' as a leader.   
24:10
February 8, 2019
Episode 2 - Setting Your GPS
In this episode Mark talks about setting your direction in life through a couple of stories about a troubled employee named "Cheeto" and another one about his daughter and her lemonade stand  
27:26
January 31, 2019
#1 - Welcome to the Blue Collar Gold Podcast!
This is the introductory episode where Mark tells his story of getting into business.  He also talks about early struggles and the fall off a roof from 30ft that changed everything!
29:18
January 31, 2019
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