Maximize Your Strengths

Nearly 16.5 million people have taken the StrengthsFinder 2.0 profile, yet most think it's just a 'cool profile'. Alissa believes that leaning into and developing your innate talents and strengths is key to success in life, then this is your podcast. to discover how to apply your Strengths Finder assessment in transforming your business and relationships. Listen to guests like John Lee Dumas & Kate Erickson of Entrepreneur On Fire, Pat Flynn, Jeff Brown, Shawn Stevenson, and other top entrepreneurs, who have used their Top 5 strengths to achieve success in business and life. You'll also hear top Strengths coaches from across the globe discuss each of the individual strengths to help you understand each of YOUR Top 5.
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May 29, 2017

Michelle is one of my newest, most brilliant friends and I can't wait to share her with you. Michelle McGlade is a business strategist and mentor for future leaders in the health and wellness industry.

She helps wellness practitioners that are struggling not only with the business foundations and navigating the basics of online marketing, but also with reconnecting to their self-worth and regaining their self-confidence.

Her coaching programs combine tough love with business savvy to get her clients results…quickly.

Michelle’s unique skill set combines her corporate backstory of 15 years in sales and marketing, Master’s Degree in Business Management, entrepreneurial journey as the Founder of a holistic health clinic and Licensed Acupuncturist…and now online coaching business.

She is a best-selling author, podcast host, and the biz savvy healer for healers.

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May 22, 2017

Calvin Correli is an artist, entrepreneur, and the CEO of a holistically focused, multi-million dollar software company called Simplero. Calvin is passionate about helping online business owners do exactly what brings them most alive and is currently working on branching out to bring all of his talents -- including music, spirituality and personal growth into an exciting new service for entrepreneurs.

Calvin has an absolutely fascinating and rich background! He's artistic, passionate, and completely gifted in software design.

One really different thing about Calvin is that he's taken the StrengthsFinder profile three times. Overall, he's had eleven different themes show up. If you've had a similar experience, find out what that means, and what it says about you in today's episode.

You can find Calvin at: or

May 15, 2017

Doug Sandler and Strickland Bonner are here! If you don't already know these guys, I'm glad I get to be the one to introduce you! They are super smart, insightful, and funny as can be!

Doug Sandler has over 30 years of business experience as an entrepreneur and leader. His book, Nice Guys Finish First is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller. As a podcaster and host of The Nice Guys on Business, Doug has interviewed Gary Vaynerchuk,  Arianna Huffington, Dan Harris from Good Morning America, Ron Klain, White House Chief of Staff and dozens of celebs. He specializes in teaching others the “how-to’s” of building relationships and strengthening connections. Doug is a nationally recognized speaker and writer.

Strickland Bonner’s company Podcast Production 4 You provides audio production for 5 episodes a week of The Nice Guys on Business as well as many other podcasts. He works a 9-5 job as a Report and Data Analyst, performs 50-55 times a year playing guitar in the variety band Black Tie and has teenage triplet daughters.

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May 8, 2017

It’s our first anniversary edition!

Key Takeaways

  • Sometimes simpler is better. Remember this when looking at a shiny, new object or project.
  • Taking on a brand new platform—be it blogging or podcasting or something altogether difference—is a challenge that will lead you toward several failures, but will also teach you lessons and bring you great successes.
  • An accountability partner will work side-by-side with you and will adjust with you as your needs adjust.
  • 50% of success is just showing up!
  • Gauging success of a new undertaking means going beyond looking at profitability.

Listen in now!

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Time-Stamped Show Highlights

  • 2:30 – How Alissa and Alan met
  • 6:54 – The slippery slope of skipping “just one” episode/post/etc.

If you skip one, it’s super easy to skip the next. And any loyal following you have will think you aren’t dependable.

  • 7:52 – Challenges over the first year
  • 16:31 – How an accountability partnership works
  • 21:50 – How Alan measures success
  • 23:03 – The importance of hearing from your audience

It is human nature to want to feel needed and wanted and that you’re doing important work.

  • 25:55 – Start with your “why” and keep an eye on the long game
  • 28:15 – Capitalizing on Strengths when running a business with your spouse

As much as married couples really need to understand not only what their own Strengths are but to see the light in their spouse's Strengths, to be able to re-shift that is important to change the conversation. 

  • 31:32 – Shining the light on Alissa

Over the course of the past year, Alissa has not only released 89 podcast episodes, but also wrote and released a book!

  • 34:02 – If you’re thinking about starting something new…

If you think you just don’t have it all together yet… That time will NEVER happen! You just have to move forward.

  • 35:14 – When you feel like you just want to quit
  • 37:13 – How to handle your failures to keep moving forward

You can either be crushed by your failures or you can seek out the lesson. Pivoting is awesome, and we need to do that, quitting should never be an option.

  • 39:25 – Quitting versus a planned exit
  • 39:45 – Closing with a quote
May 1, 2017

In today’s episode, we focus on college students and recent college grads who are trying to find their way in the world. If this is you, or you know a college student or recent grad, dive in with us! Learn how to go on the entrepreneurial journey, how to confidently go forth in the world, and how to use the Miracle Morning for College Students to help you on your way.

About Natalie Janji

Natalie is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and author of "The Miracle Morning for College Students." Natalie is passionate about helping students have a meaningful college experience with personal growth. She guides students in achieving their full potential in every area of their lives. She is currently a speaker, coach, and author ready to help students all over the world achieve their dreams.

Natalie’s Top 5 StrengthsFinder Strengths

  1. Significance
  2. Communication
  3. Futuristic
  4. Maximizer
  5. Strategic

Key Takeaways

  • The StrengthsFinder profile can help you find your way and embrace who you are as you grow into your entrepreneurial
  • It takes effort to build a Strengths-based culture!
  • In recognizing your weaknesses, you can see someone else who has Strengths you do not have and honor those Strengths instead of being jealous of them.
  • To create something amazing, it takes a village. It takes collaboration. Accept who you are, and acknowledge the value that other people can bring.
  • You have the most potential, especially right out of college, because you have nothing to lose. There is so little to lose, so you can take maximum leaps!
  • Taking risks is the way! Your dreams need to scare you. You can use that fear to drive you and propel you forward.

Listen in now!

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Time-Stamped Show Highlights

  • 2:37 – The growth of the young entrepreneur
  • 4:29 – Natalie’s first encounter with Strengths
  • 6:34 – Natalie’s StrengthsQuest results from 2014


  1. Achiever
  2. Empathy
  3. Woo
  4. Includer
  5. Positivity


  • 7:31 – Natalie’s StrengthsFinder results
  • 8:01 – The benefits of unlocking all 34 results

When we unlock all of our 34, our tendency is to possibly look at our 6 through 10, but then to go to the bottom to see where we’re weakest. While we do want to identify areas of non-Strength… We want to

  • 9:05 – A healthy way to look at non-Strengths

Instead of beating your head and saying, “Why can’t I be like this person,” you can find someone who can complement you and your Strengths.

  • 11:46 – How Natalie’s Strengths show up
  • 13:36 – Natalie’s process of pursuing and creating her book

I really had to rely on my Strengths. If I were to dwell on my weaknesses during this entire process, I wouldn’t have a finished manuscript. You’ve gotta let go of the fear that you are not enough and just accept yourself for all you are!

  • 17:40 – How Natalie’s Strengths may have shifted from 2014 to 2017
  • 18:47 – About the various Strengths profiles

StrengthsExplorer is built for kids 10-14, StrengthsQuest is for 15-20, and StrengthsFinder is for 21 and up.

  • 19:15 – The value in retaking the Strengths profile
  • 20:10 – Natalie’s thoughts on intuition for college students

Use tools that will help you develop your muscle of self-awareness. Who you are is very unique! Play to your Strengths and stick to your gut.

  • 21:52 – The gift of Futuristic
  • 24:04 – Natalie’s upcoming speaking event
  • 24:41 – About the Strength of Maximizer
  • 25:31 – Strategic & Communication in tandem – Strategic Communication!
  • 26:31 – How Strengths play into deciding whether to take risks

There are some Strengths that can be somewhat risk averse, which can keep people in their comfort zone.

  • 28:12 – Natalie’s parting thoughts on risk-taking

It’s great to take risks when you are betting on your Strengths! The fire that’s inside of you to create and accomplish all that you want to do doesn’t die after one failure… You know it’s worth it!

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