Episode 3: How to Craft Your Dream Job | Alex Loos

Episode 3: How to Craft Your Dream Job | Alex Loos

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In this episode, we talk to furniture designer Alex Loos about his company, Hans Noble Design, what it’s like to have the freedom to do what you love, and we find out what project took 800 hours to complete.

 

From the interview…

  • What life is like as a father and entrepreneur. And the new addition that’s coming (actually just arrived :).
  • What’s special about Cleveland and the maker scene.
  • What Alex is excited about right now. New custom podium project. The challenging projects are the most fun.
  • Hans Noble Design specializes in creating custom furniture for commercial and residential use
  • 14 foot tall copper tree
  • For 8 years, Alex was working for his dad during the day and spending hours at night creating furniture and working on his craft
  • One of his biggest challenges: Finding good workers. Starting out, he never thought he’d even be able to make a business from what he was doing, so finding good employees is a good problem to have.
  • Some stresses he faces: Getting jobs done, collecting payments. But he’s OK with these, because they’re stresses he’s created.
  • Freedom isn’t freedom from hard work. It’s freedom to pursue work that you love.
  • There’s a misconception about wanting to be done with work, instead of doing work that gives us purpose
  • When did he think he wanted to do something with his hands for a living? He grew up working with his dad. One day, saw a chair in a store and wanted to learn how to make it. Dad taught him how to weld and opened a whole new world to him.
  • Where does the name Hans Noble come from? Hans from his father and grandfather. Metalworkers. Noble from mom’s side, artist. The mix of the two creates a fictional character that personifies the work he creates.
  • Did he ever think he’d be able to have his own business doing what he’s doing? He was doubtful at times, but kept pushing through.
  • He’s thankful for the support from his wife, who urged him to step out on his own and encouraged him.
  • Has it been a challenge to be a craftsman running a business? He actually has a masters in business but still feels like he’s figuring it out as he goes.
  • Are there any jobs he’s turned down? Very few, but there are still some he turns down now and then.
  • Some of his favorite projects? Large copper tree, took 800 hours. Also loves doing custom work, podiums. He loves to see a design come to fruition.
  • If he was offered a job working for someone else, would he take it? Nope. He loves the freedom of working for himself.
  • What did it mean for Alex to be ready to launch? He put in years of work on the side, honing his craft before launching out on his own.
  • Alex’s thoughts to fellow starters: Don’t give up hope. There’s always a way.

Where to find Alex online:

 

Episode 2: How to Live an Extraordinary Life | Jon Stolpe

Episode 2: How to Live an Extraordinary Life | Jon Stolpe

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In this episode, we talk to Jon Stolpe about his new book, Rooftop Reflections, his passion for helping orphans and widows and how to live an extraordinary life.

 

From the interview…

  • Some of our favorite sports memories. (Jon surely has a new one to add after the recent Eagles Super Bowl victory 🙂
  • One of Jon’s current favorite books: Play the Man by Mark Batterson. He’s using it in his men’s mastermind group, the Stretched Men Group

 

Stretched Men Group (www.stretchedmengroup.com):

  •  Jon’s passion for helping men become better fathers, husbands and leaders
  • Why Jon decided to start a mastermind group
  • How you can get help with your own passion project at www.washburnwriter.com

 

About the book and Jon’s trips to Guatemala:

  • What inspired Jon to write Rooftop Reflections. His trip to Guatemala, morning time on the roof, videos, journaling
  • Why Jon turned a missions trip into a book.
  • What Jon wants readers to get out of the book. To be challenged, catch his vision for building 100 houses in Guatemala. Find out more at www.rooftopreflections.com. Wanting people to be drawn into something extraordinary
  • “Is this all there is?”
  • Jon’s early desire for missions work.
  • His wife’s illness, how it impacted their trip and changed how he viewed future missions chances.
  • How God changed that and Jon ended up in Guatemala. Blessings of giving friends and building homes.
  • Jon’s family’s adventures and love for Guatemala.
  • What it’s like there. How Jon stands out (literally).
  • Warmth of Guatemalan people.
  • Widows’ situation and hope.
  • The challenge of coming back and sharing the vision with others.
  • Jon, Bilbo, and a great quest.
  • How to live an extraordinary life.
  • Just take the next step. Start by helping people in your community. Just launch your project. Overcoming the paralysis of analysis.
  • Find someone who can share your dream. Mastermind with others.

Links mentioned in this episode:

  • Rooftop Reflections website (www.rooftopreflections.com). Find out more about Jon and his book, as well as links to get your own copy and help build houses in Guatemala.
  • Stretched Men Group website (www.stretchedmengroup.com).  If you’re a man who wants to take the next step as a husband, father or leader, you’ll benefit greatly from what Jon provides in each Stretched Men Group mastermind. Check out the website for more information and to reach out to Jon.
  • Jon Stolpe Stretched blog (www.jonstolpe.com). This is Jon’s personal blog, where he shares great thoughts on leadership, faith, family and stretching out of your comfort zone.
  • Play the Man book by Mark Batterson.

Where else to find Jon online:

 

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Episode 1: Why the World Needs Starters Like You

Episode 1: Why the World Needs Starters Like You

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In this first episode of the Stories of Starters Podcast, we introduce the show, talk about what it means to be a Starter, and what’s to come in episodes to follow.

In this episode, we discuss:

What it Means to be a Starter

  • My definition of a Starter: someone who has a dream or passion inside and wants to make a difference in the world through that.
  • The “Starting Line” is the line that divides those who are still just thinking about doing something from those who have made the jump and are making a difference with their passion.
  • Along with having a passion that drives them, Starters have another thing in common: they want to make a difference in the world

Who Needs You to Start

  • You need you to start. If you don’t allow yourself to take the steps necessary to at least give your dream a chance, you run the risk of dying with that dream still buried inside
  • We need you to start. You have something valuable inside that needs to be shared. Your experiences, passion and story are unique. We need you to do the work and take the steps to change the world around you, to improve our lives and yours.

What Resistance Will You Face?

  • Busyness can keep you from making progress. Set a goal and get others to keep you accountable.
  • Fear can hold you captive. Fear of failure (or even success). Fear of the unknown. Fear of rejection, embarrassment, being too young or too old, not experienced enough. Filter the fear. Some may be legitimate. Count the cost but don’t be held captive.
  • Others are already doing this. Why do we need you? You will bring something unique that only you can provide to the world.
  • Haters will try to take shots at you. They may be jealous or feel challenged. Know that this wouldn’t happen if you didn’t put yourself out there. Do it anyway.

How Will This Podcast Help You Make a Difference?

  • It will Encourage you. It will give you that extra nudge to keep at it, reminding you that your work matters and we need you to push through the rough patches.
  • It will Challenge you. Maybe your dream has been sidelined for years. It’s time to pick it back up and take the next step. You’ll hear about other Starters and their stories will challenge you to keep going.
  • It will Inspire you. Dreams inspire others. And no two are the same. Each Starter’s story will inspire you with new ideas, help rekindle your passion, and imagine what is possible.

What Can You Expect From the Podcast?

  • New episodes will release every two weeks. This is meant to give you time to catch each one, interact in the community, and act on what you’ve heard
  • The episodes will be a mix of interviews and other content, all meant to Encourage, Challenge and Inspire

Links mentioned in this episode:

  • Join the STORIES OF STARTERS Facebook community here. This is a private group where we can be honest, encourage each other, share wins, and spur each other on. Join us!
  • Your Excel Tutor (www.yourexceltutor.com). This is my other website where you can learn new Excel skills as well as connect with me for help on your own projects.