Leaders Of Tomorrow Podcast
258 | Justin Georgopoulos | Top Painting Rookie

258 | Justin Georgopoulos | Top Painting Rookie

November 30, 2021

On today’s show, we interview Justin Georgopoulos, who broke the all-time rookie record, with over $450,000. To put that in perspective, the previous record was $225,000.

 

His initial exposure to the program wasn't a success, as he felt that painting was old school and he preferred to follow the online business route. However, his brother was a barber for several of the operators and he quickly came to understand how powerful the program really was.

 

Justin attributes a good portion of his success to gaining as much information as possible from books, podcasts (such as Leaders of Tomorrow) and other materials.

 

He set a goal for himself to break the rookie record by making $300,000, but ended up blasting past that number to $450,000 by the end of the season.

 

On today’s show, Justin shares some of the insights he's gained along the way, particularly around the areas of mindset and leadership. Their wide-ranging conversation covers everything from the power of networking and gaining the advice of veterans in the business to the work of Wim Hof.

 

Join Chris and Justin for this fascinating and inspiring discussion!

What You Will Learn In This Show:

  • How Justin was able to not only break the all-time rookie record but basically double it.
  • How he was able to get the help of many veteran operators already involved in the program to learn how he could have the best season possible.
  • How the work of Wim Hof inspired him, to the point where he even began using Hof's method for holding his breath to demonstrate the power of the human mind.
  • Why Justin wants to create a team of effective leaders within his business to help build his own leadership skills.
  • And so much more...

 

Resources

Student Works

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

257 | Matt Young | Patience and an Open Mind: Keys to Success

257 | Matt Young | Patience and an Open Mind: Keys to Success

November 23, 2021

In today's episode of Leaders of Tomorrow, Chris chats with Matt Young, a Queen's University graduate and rookie operator who sold over $350,000 in 2020 and who is returning this year again as an operator in the Muskoka area.

 

You'll learn how. prior to joining the program, Matt was just a "lost university student" looking to do more with his time.

 

You'll discover how to be a motivated, energetic leader, and the effect it can have on your business results.

 

You'll also learn How you can become inspired and motivated in your business, no matter what work you're doing.

 

Join Chris and Matt as they discuss these topics and much more.

 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn In This Show:

  • A little of Matt's background prior to joining the program, when he was a university student looking for something to invest his energy in.
  • How to be a motivated, energetic leader, and the effect it has on your business.
  • How you can create inspiration and motivation, no matter what your business involves.
  • And so much more...

 

Resources:

Student Works

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

256 | Victoria Landreville | The Empowerment on the Other Side of Fear

256 | Victoria Landreville | The Empowerment on the Other Side of Fear

November 16, 2021

You never know who you'll meet at a wedding. A couple of weekends ago your host, Chris Thompson attended a wedding of two former Student Works business coaches, Andrew Solomon and Audrey Chainey While there, he had a fantastic conversation with an ambitious young leader - a conversation that has led to her being this week's guest!

 

In today's episode of Leaders of Tomorrow, (https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/leaders-of-tomorrow-podcast/id1448651718) Chris chats with Victoria Landreville about her background, her experience with the College Works program, and the power of facing her fears.

 

You'll learn about Victoria's busy and ambitious early life, and how she found, even through school, the world of work was offering her few challenges.

 

You'll discover some of the challenges, hard-won but deeply valuable lessons, and amazing people she's encountered as part of the Student Works Management  program.

 

You'll also learn how she challenged herself, for one year, to create weekly YouTube videos about overcoming her fears and then develop that as a business.

 

Join Chris and Victoria as they discuss these topics and much more.

 

Enjoy!

255 | Michael Sutton | Opportunities Are Everywhere For Those Who Look

255 | Michael Sutton | Opportunities Are Everywhere For Those Who Look

November 9, 2021

It's well known that great businesses often grow out of underserved industries or sectors with little competition. The barbecue cleaning business was one such area, as today's guest discovered.

 

In today's episode of Leaders of Tomorrow, Chris chats with Michael Sutton, a young entrepreneur that saw an opportunity when his parents had a poor (and expensive) experience having their barbecue cleaned.

 

You'll discover how Michael's research revealed that there was little to no competition in his area for BBQ cleaning services, and those that did exist were either too expensive or unwilling to even provide a quote.

 

You'll learn why having a partner to share ideas with, especially in the early days of a business, can be an extremely valuable resource.

 

You'll discover how Michael and his partner developed their roles as they went along, working out their strengths and weaknesses and then focusing their efforts in the areas where they excelled.

 

You'll also learn some of the challenges BBQ Boys faced when they decided to shift from an employee business model to an independent contractor model.

 

Join Chris and Michael as they explore the factors that led to his growing business, and what this young entrepreneur has planned for the future.

 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn In This Show:

  • How Michael's BBQ Boys business began when his parents had a bad experience getting their barbecue cleaned.
  • The value of having a partner to share ideas with, especially in the early days of a business.
  • How he and his partner developed their roles as they went along, working out strengths and weaknesses.
  • The challenges that came with shifting from an employee business model to an independent contractor model.
  • And so much more...

 

 

Resources:

Student Works

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

254 | StartUp - Wilfrid Laurier University Presentation

254 | StartUp - Wilfrid Laurier University Presentation

November 2, 2021

Today's episode of Leaders of Tomorrow is a very special one. We're featuring a talk Chris did at Wilfrid Laurier University for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

 

His fascinating and wide-ranging talk covers important topics such as:

  • Understanding the "defining decade," the decade after graduates leave school and begin their path to success.
  • Creating an effective career plan.
  • The importance of understanding yourself.
  • Chris' thoughts on entrepreneurship.

 

There's even a Q&A session at the end that provides answers to many of the participant's burning questions!

 

This is a special episode you want to miss!

 

Enjoy!

What You’ll Learn in this Show:

  • The "defining decade," is the decade after graduates leave school.
  • Creating an effective career plan.
  • The importance of understanding yourself.
  • Chris' thoughts and insights on entrepreneurship.
  • And so much more...

 

Resources:

Student Works

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

253 | John Warrillow | Entrepreneurship Wisdom and Learning From Past Mistakes

253 | John Warrillow | Entrepreneurship Wisdom and Learning From Past Mistakes

October 26, 2021

On today’s show, we interview John Warrillow, Founderof The Value Builder System™ who shares with us some entrepreneurial wisdom so that you can learn from the mistakes of your peers and make strategic moves that truly take you forward.

John always had the entrepreneurial streak within him, and so he left Queens University early so that he could pursue his dreams. And he soon realized that he had to start off at the bottom of the ladder. 

And so, John started working for a radio station in Sudbury. This stint of his was cut short when his bosses did not entertain his idea about starting a show for entrepreneurs. So, like any sane person, John quit his job and decided to produce the show on his own.

Fortunately for him, this proved to be the right decision as John ended up interviewing different entrepreneurs for 3 years, and learnt a lot along the way. 

In 1997, John started the Warrillow Subscriber Network, an advisory for SME enterprises before going to become a sought-after speaker and author.

On today’s show, John shares some interesting case studies that reveal how you can avoid some common mistakes that entrepreneurs make on a routine basis.

Specifically, you will learn how to increase enterprise valuations, the importance of value over top-line, and expert negotiation strategies in today’s show.

Tune in now!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • Why I never raised money for any of my businesses to date
  • What would I do differently if I had to start all over again?
  • The secret to changing a transaction-based model into a subscription-based business model
  • How to dramatically enhance the value of your business
  • Why, as an entrepreneur, you should be selling your company, and not your product
  • Why you MUST hire a M&A professional to sell your company
  • And so much more…

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

252 | Louis Sabourin | Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

252 | Louis Sabourin | Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

October 19, 2021

On today’s show, we interview Louis Sabourin who shares with us his distilled wisdom on commitment, empathy, and building a dream team.

Growing up, Louis was extremely shy. But at the same time, he was eager to evolve and work on his personality. So, when he came across Student Works, he was quick to realize that this was the solution that he was looking for.

Student Works proved to be everything that Louis had hoped for and more. 

You will learn how he went on to be one of the top performers for two summers in this segment of the show. 

Louis talks about running a business during covid, building a dream team, and the importance of empathetic leadership.

If you are looking for a meaningful and transformational internship experience, this show will be particularly interesting to you.

Do not miss!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • What is it that top performers do differently?
  • How is the Student Works program preparing Louis for his life ahead?
  • The importance of empathetic leadership
  • Getting out of your comfort zone, and making it happen
  • And so much more…

 

Resources

Student Works 

251 | Michael Morse | How I Built My $500 Million Wealth Management Practice from Scratch

251 | Michael Morse | How I Built My $500 Million Wealth Management Practice from Scratch

October 12, 2021

On today’s show, we interview Michael Morse who shares with us his thoughts on perseverance, financial freedom, and cultivating lifelong professional relationships.

Growing up, Michael was always keen to do things on his own. So, naturally, he was excited when the Student Works opportunity came along. 

In this segment of the show, Michael shares how he made the same mistake that many people make. Many students discard the Student Works model as being too “simplistic” and “unprofessional”. Whereas, in reality, it is anything but that. 

You will learn how Student Works helped Michael build strong foundational skills that set the tone for an incredibly successful career ahead.

Upon graduation, Michael decided to join Scotia Wealth Management since it was a small firm with incredible growth opportunities. 

You will learn how Michael made 10,000 cold calls in this first year. And how he and his team have since grown their business by leaps and bounds. As of now, Michael’s firm manages $500 million for more than 200 families.

You do not want Michael’s definition of financial freedom. And the animated discussion on how to build a healthy attitude towards money.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • How I made 10,000 cold calls in my first year as a wealth manager
  • How I successfully built a $500 million private client wealth business
  • The real definition of financial freedom
  • How to cultivate a healthy attitude towards money
  • And so much more…

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

250 | The Power of Questions

250 | The Power of Questions

October 5, 2021

Today’s short but inspirational show is about the power of asking the right questions.

Student Works Painting is all set to recruit 300 operators in the coming season. And so, with the team massively growing in size, leadership and management have become more important than ever.

On today’s show, Chris shares the seven questions that we, at Student Works Painting, ask every operator during our weekly coaching conversation.

These seven questions are guaranteed to ignite a process of self-discovery so that you can tackle all the challenges preventing you from becoming the person you want to become. 

Do not miss this one! 

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • Seven powerful questions that we ask in our weekly coaching conversations
  • How to ignite self-discovery, and work to your fullest potential
  • How to understand the impact on your actions
  • And so much more…

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

249 | Broder Currie | How I Plan On Running A Half-Million Dollar Business This Year

249 | Broder Currie | How I Plan On Running A Half-Million Dollar Business This Year

September 28, 2021

On today’s show we interview our incredible intern Broder Currie who has set the goal of running a half-a-million-year dollar business in his second year.

Growing up, Broder was passionate and always interested in learning new things. So, when the Student Works opportunity came along, he was quick to sign up. 

However, admittedly, he did find the whole idea of running a business daunting initially. You will learn how a supportive peer group helped him build a strong mindset in this trying phase.

One of the main themes that we touch upon in today’s show is the importance of building a dream team and delegation. 

If you wish to grow and scale your business, you have to find the right people to back you up, and then empower them so that they can work unhindered, and to their fullest potential.

This approach helped Broder run a $200,000 business in his first year. You will learn how he plans on hitting revenues of half-a-million dollars in his second year as an owner-operator.

Do not miss this one!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • How to build and nurture a dream team
  • How a student painting internship can equip you with critical and foundational skill sets
  • How to go from being good to great
  • And so much more…

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

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