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Mindful Leadership

with Dr. Eric Holsapple



In this episode of the Making Bank podcast, we welcome guest Dr. Eric Holsapple, a successful developer, and entrepreneur. He has used mindfulness to transform his life and business and helped many others do the same. Eric has been a real estate CEO and developer for nearly 40 years. He also has a Ph.D. in Economics and has lectured on real estate at Colorado State University for 20 years. Eric has been practicing yoga and meditation for 30 years and has developed a unique perspective on how merging business and mindfulness can be a catalyst in changing lives. Dr. Eric Holsapple is the Founder and Lead Facilitator of Living In The Gap. Through his popular workshops, he has been able to teach countless CEOs and professionals a different way to operate mindfully while improving their bottom line.

This week on the podcast, Eric talks about his entrepreneurial journey and why he believes mindfulness is essential for your life as an entrepreneur. He explains mindfulness and breaks down his process of becoming a mindful leader.

Listen to Josh and Eric discuss mindfulness:

(3:21) Eric’s Start As An Entrepreneur
Even from a young age, Eric had a knack for business. So by the time he finished college and went out to work, he was almost immediately successful. However, he wasn’t doing too well on the personal side of things — he had completely let go of himself. Finally, his decision to diet and get in shape helped him find meditation and yoga. Once he noticed the benefits of being mindful, he was able to start Living In The Gap and developed a nine-month program that showed people how to merge mindfulness and business.

(6:22) Finding Where Your Passion And Abilities Meet
Eric credits some of his success to being lucky, but the majority of his success comes from the fact that he was able to find out what he wanted to do. Eric was able to identify what he didn’t want to do with his life and capitalized on what he was good at. To succeed, you have to find your element — where your passion meets your abilities. Find that intersection where your capabilities allow you to do what you’re passionate about, and then you’ll be able to live with more purpose and peace of mind.

(10:51) Defining Mindfulness
Mindfulness isn’t necessarily meditation; instead, meditation is just one of the methods of being mindful. Mindfulness is the process of slowing down and letting your mind quiet down. Today almost everything in our lives promotes keeping our minds active. However, science says that most people feel joy and peace once they’ve quieted down their minds. To be mindful, you don’t need to spend hours meditating, just find anything that allows you to switch your mind off for a few minutes at a time.

(15:31) The Process Of Mindful Leadership
The first step to being mindful is slowing down and clearing the clutter. Start by giving your mind a few minutes to quiet down and then gradually increase that over time. The next step is to plant seeds of what you want to do. Once you’ve cleared your mind, you’ll be more aware of the direction you want to go in life. Spend your time envisioning what you really want to do with your life and find a purpose worth living for.

(18:39) Narrowing Down Your Vision
Our visions tend to be quite extensive, and there’s never enough time or resources to act on all of them. That’s why we need to narrow down our visions to something more attainable. It’s good to know where you want to be in 10 or 15 years, but it’s more important to know your plan for the next year. Focus on smaller and more achievable objectives and work on transforming your life more meaningfully and intentionally.

(21:51) Eric’s Book: Profit With Presence
Eric has been working on a book called Profit With Presence that will share the story of his journey and the 12 pillars of mindful leadership with the business community. The book will be available for preorder around November this year and will release in the first quarter of 2023. So stay tuned!

Links mentioned:
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