Soles for Souls Former Chief Wayne Elsey Quick Hits

Wayne Elsey is the founder of Soles4Souls, a shoe charity aimed at adults and children in need. Currently he is the head coach at branding and communications agency Wayne Elsey Enterprises to be launched this fall. Wayne authored the book "Almost Isn't Good Enough."

Sam’s Dream Blog: How did your prior work at Soles4Souls and in the footwear industry prepare you for what you are doing now?

Wayne Elsey: PEOPLE are searching for direction and HOPE. My experience, both in the for-profit world and nonprofit world, has enabled me to bundle the knowledge, drive and ambition to make a larger footprint in the world. At Soles4Souls, I founded, started and put a lot of energy in getting it to the point it is today, financially strong with an incredible team! Therefore, why not build a bigger tribe of people who want to make a difference and just need a nudge or the direction to do it? People need to realize that they matter. YOU MATTER, your cause matters. It all starts with that.

SDB: Why is now the right time for your new venture?

Wayne Elsey: It was the right time for me personally. Focusing on ME, health and what I really want to accomplish motivated me to resign [from Soles4Souls] and move forward with a vision that has been in my head for over a year. PEOPLE are looking for direction; I want to offer that to them. They are looking for HOPE, and again, I want to offer that to them.

SDB: How have your dreams and goals changed?

Wayne Elsey: They haven’t - they have increased in size as I clearly have seen the hurting people right here in America and around the world. We are better than that, to turn our head or offer them a handout. I am all about handups, not handouts!

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John Maxwell Quick Hits

John Maxwell is the world’s foremost authority on leadership and has authored more than 60 books. Maxwell gives Sam’s Dream Blog readers his advice on going further than you ever thought you could on your dream journey.

Sam’s Dream Blog: Talk about how, by being diligent in pursuit of a dream, you will not only achieve that dream, but will go way beyond it. How have your dreams exceeded your original dream?

John Maxwell: When I started EQUIP, I had a strong sense that I wanted to train leaders internationally. But I didn’t have a strong sense of specific goals. Only by starting and doing the training were we able to discover the goal -- of training a million leaders worldwide. Once we focused on that, we not only reached it but exceeded it. Today we’ve trained over five million leaders in more than 150 countries.

SDB: On "Minute with Maxwell," you made the point that authority is earned rather than a title. How does someone become an authority on a subject, like you have with leadership?

John Maxwell: When I said that, I was speaking in the context of influence, not expertise. One gains authority in that context by progressing up the five levels of leadership. Position is just the starting point. To increase your influence, you go to level two and develop relationships. Once you’ve done that, you move up to level three, production, to help the team succeed. Once you’ve accomplished that, you focus on developing people, which is level four. If you continue to do that, you have the chance of someday reaching level five [the pinnacle of respect.]

Now when it comes to being an authority on a subject, spend one hour a day, five days a week, for five years. Earl Nightingale says that by doing that, you can become an expert on any subject, and I’ve found that to be true.

SDB: What’s a big lesson you have learned in regard to pursuing dreams?

John Maxwell: Don’t sell yourself too short. Coming out of college, my "lifetime" goals really were the goals for the next five years, but I didn’t know it. You have to dream big, based on the reality of your strengths and situation.

John Maxwell is hosting a special webinar about dreams on Thursday, March 1.  Don’t miss it!

Natalie MacNeil, EMMY Award Winner Quick Hits

Natalie MacNeil is an EMMY Award-winning media entrepreneur. MacNeil founded the women’s entrepreneurship blog "She Takes On The World." "She Takes On The World" earned a spot on Forbes’ list, "Top 10 Entrepreneurial Sites for Women" and on the ForbesWoman list, "Top 100 Websites for Women."

Dreaming Made Simple: I read that you were recognized as Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  As a twenties-something, how does someone get his or her ideas to be taken seriously by much older decision makers?

Natalie MacNeil: Being taken seriously as a young go-getter requires unwavering confidence. There are people who judge me based on age -usually before they see my resume -but I don't let that bother me anymore. You have to look inwards and know that age does not limit what you can achieve. I truly believe that the only limits you will face are the limits you put on yourself.

Dreaming Made Simple: The name "She Takes On The World" sounds pretty ambitious.  How does someone decide whether his or her dream is too big, and how do you go after the really big one?

Natalie MacNeil: There is no such thing as dreaming "too big." You just have to remember that anything big you're going to accomplish will take time. When I set out to achieve a BHAG (big hairy audacious goal), I start with 5 milestones or strategic actions that will be necessary to reach the goal. Then I work backwards to determine how to schedule those milestones into my calendar so that I have a timeline laid out for achieving my BHAG (big hairy audacious goal). My last piece of advice for reaching those big dreams would be to surround yourself with a strong support system. The people you surround yourself with can make all the difference!

Keep your eyes on Natalie MacNeil's blog to learn more about women changing the world