Today’s interview is with Gary Anich of Aunt Mae’s Sweet Tooth in Bakersfield, Ca
Welcome to season three of the LeaderQuest Podcast! This season we are focusing on small business leaders who have had to pivot or transition during the 2020 Covid Economy.
Each interview was structured around three main questions:
How did your business pivot during 2020?
What does the future (2021) look like for your business?
What is a current problem or question that your facing?
During each interview, you’ll hear real stories from real business owners. They will share their highs and lows, along with important lessons learned along the way. You’ll be able to take their knowledge and turn it into wisdom.
Today is Gary Anich of Aunt Mae’s Sweet Tooth in Bakersfield, Ca.
About Gary and Aunt Mae’s
Gary is a co-owner and partner of Aunt Mae’s which opened its first brick-and-mortar shop shortly before COVID hit. He was able to take a side family business and turn it into a full-time opportunity, even in the midst of COVID.
Listen to Gary’s interview and hear an inspiring story of overcoming the odds and the necessity for a positive mindset.
Visit Aunt Mae’s
If you live in or around the Bakersfield area, you can visit Aunt Mae’s and give their fantastic products a try.
I got my start as a small business owner somewhere around age 10. I wish I would’ve known then how much I loved it. My mom’s boss needed help around his yard and I became his yard person. Every Saturday I’d rake leaves, mow the lawn, chop wood, and clean up debris.
My next small business came working at a tractor salvage yard working alongside my dad. From age 15 to 21 I worked every summer and most weekends helping farmers get their equipment running.
I’ve also spent time in franchise-owned small businesses, nursing home facilities, and owning my own LLC. My entire career has been in and around small businesses and their owners. Their commitment to not just meet a need for their family, but their community has always inspired me.
Recently, was having a conversation with a small business owner around some of their plans for future growth and expansion. The ingenuity, creativity, and innovation from the heart of this individual energized me. The world needs more of this, especially now.
Which is why 2020 has hurt so many people.
Planning for Quarter Four
There are, at the time of publication, 100 days left in 2020. Many of us, if not all of us, have had the craziest year we’ve ever imagined.
Celebrate! You have survived more than you ever thought possible.
Rejoice! You have found a new level of creativity, clarity, and calling.
Commend yourself! You have discovered grit, tenacity, and mental toughness much greater than you originally gave yourself credit for.
And I want to encourage you to keep going.
The world needs you, your voice, your passion, your experience, your expertise, your product, and your smile.
With the next 100 days, you have a choice.
Quit now, with all you’ve already gone through.
Push through and find extraordinary success.
Two weeks ago, one of my clients recently made a goal for 2020: to grow their business by 25%. They are clear and focused. We identified necessary tasks, potential obstacles, and the daily habits that would be necessary to make this happen.
Last week, when we checked in on that goal, they had already made significant progress.
Plant + Preparation = Success
A plan, plus the proper preparation, equals success.
Will you reach all of your goals in 100 days? Probably not. In fact, I hope not. Otherwise, your goals are too small.
But what could you accomplish in 100 days?
To lose one pound of fat a week (seven days), you must be in a calory deficit of 500 calories per day. This means that in 100 days you could lose more than 14 pounds. How much more energy would you have without 14 unnecessary pounds weighing you down?
If you sent three email requests for an introduction, in 100 days you could have up to 300 new contacts on your phone.
If you woke up thirty minutes early to read a challenging book, in 100 days you would spend an extra 50 hours in personal growth.
Each of these on their own would speed up your path to success. Combine some, or complete them all, and 100 days from now you will hardly recognize your current self.
If you’re already on that plan, stay the course. Voices will start to creep in telling you to slow down, veer off course, or distract yourself with the next shiny object. Ignore those voices. Use them as fuel and motivation that you’re on the right path.
Welcome to the Leaderquest Podcast. This season will consist of interviews conducted for the Building With Purpose Conference I held back in May. This is Episode 16 – Interview with Michael Roberts.
If you failed to register for the full course, stay tuned for the rest of season two! I’ve got interviews coming up with each of the contributors. You’ll be able to glean wisdom from them and apply them in ways to grow yourself and your business.
For the conference, I assembled a diverse team of business professionals to examine the stay at home order and how we can achieve maximum productivity and success while in quarantine. The conference focused on the front of a newly issued stay-at-home order. Now, four months later, it seems all the more timely as the economy is looking to reopen.
This is Episode 16 – Interview with Michael Roberts.
My Interview with Michael Roberts
In this episode, I’m having a conversation with Michael Roberts. He is a podcast host extraordinaire, and a business coach. He owns Small Business Celebration, a leading podcast for local business owners in Kern County, California. To find out more, visit him here.
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What’s one takeaway you have from Episode 16 and my interview with Michael Roberts from the Building With Purpose Conference? How will you take control of your business’s future?
I’m amazed at the knowledge he brings to the table. His steps to growing, expanding, and reimaging the way our businesses work is inspiring. In the midst of COVID, many businesses are struggling. One recent report estimated that small business revenue has dropped 52% during the pandemic. Michael’s advice should inspire you to keep going and pursue your ultimate self-employment dreams.
stimulus checks and is rereleased here, as the government is now debating a second round. Many of us need help effectively using our money.
There is one big difference maker to extraordinary business growth. As shops open back up, our favorite eateries allow for a dine-in option, and mom and pop shops across the country emerge from COVID, there is no doubt that the world has changed.
We’re all asking questions like, “Who’s left?” And, “Who can I trust?” In a world that has gone crazy quickly, much of 2020 feels like a blur.
High-Achievers and performers know how to adapt and overcome. Small business owners looking to pivot need to capture one vital truth: things will never be the same. So what are we all to do?
There is one big difference maker that will propel us to greater growth.
I made this video to help you understand the concept.
One Big Difference Maker
I titled the video How To Grow Your Business In Any Economy and it’s a truthful video. But the truth applies to more than just business growth.
Lead your family.
Give back to your community.
Engage in your own development.
Volunteer at your place of worship.
It doesn’t matter where you invest your time, this truth still applies: developing people is the greatest thing you can do with your time.
Developing others shows concern for those being invested in. However, it also enhances the customer experience and gives the developer a feeling of joy. When we invest in others, everyone wins.
Zig Ziglar once said, “The only thing worse than training an employee and having them leave is not to train them and have them stay.” And despite how much people may complain about more training or education at work, studies reveal that they actually enjoy it.
Because we all know that given the choice between staying the same (and losing our joy) or growing (and finding life) we will all choose growth. We all desire to know, do, be, and become more.
In all my years and experience of coaching and consulting, I’ve never once known a person who regretted getting better. We make a commitment. Then we see growth. Finally we see progress.
One way I’ve changed my vocabulary is how I see time. I’ve given up on the phrase, “I don’t have time.” Why? Because I’ve noticed that if it’s really important to me, it seems to happen. Instead, I ask a question like, “Am I willing to make the time to fit this into my calendar?” If it is, I schedule it. However, if I’m unwilling, then I just admit it. “I can’t do that at this time, I’m unwilling to make the time commitment needed.” I’ve found it’s actually very freeing and people are generally understanding.
If we wait for employee development, engaged parenting, committed volunteering, or any other format of self and other development to happen “until we have time,” it will never happen.
Instead, choose to make time. Give back. Love generously. Develop consistently. It’s the greatest thing you can do with your time and the one skill you need for continued success.