So, over here in the United States, it’s Thanksgiving and the Holiday season. It’s a time to reflect on what you are thankful for and today I wanted to say that I’m thankful for you.

I had no idea where The Traveling Cup would go when I started it almost a year ago and I really appreciate you joining me or the ride.

A bit of news on my end: On a Giving Trip with TOMS I joined a group of change-makers in the Dominican Republic to see inside the one-for-one model that TOMS founder, Blake Mycoskie, started.

Over the course of the week and with the help of a driver who could race Formula One, we zig-zagged throughout the Frogger-esque streets of Santo Domingo and worked with one of TOMS brilliant partners, Children International.

Instead of just handing out shoes, Children International (CI) provides dental and medical care, extra-curricular schooling, and a safe facility for children to play. The shoes act as one perk to continue the positive reinforcement structure CI establishes.

Here’s a bit of what I learned about the behavioral psychology behind giving back. If you just give goods away to a child because he is in need, it reinforces the mentality that acting poor means receiving goods. Instead, if you give goods as a reward for going to school and receiving medical checkups, then this helps break the poverty cycle. It reinforces positive behavior and better helps the children live the remarkable lives they are destined to live.

On my flight home the other day, I thought of this incredible little boy Dominique and the volleyball team that giggled at my attempt to join them on the court. As I drifted off into sleep, I thought of the bed they would sleep in at night. I thought of how I went on this trip thinking that I would be the teacher. And instead, I returned the student.

And here’s my big ask for this Thanksgiving season.

I’d love for you to join me in sponsoring a child. For less than a meal at a restaurant, you could provide a month of medical and dental care along with schooling that will help little children like Dominique grow into the remarkable lives they are destined to live.

Here’s the link to make it happen.

All right, let’s jump into today’s interview w/ the former comedian turned marketing genius, David Spark.

David joins us on the coffee chat today to share his journey in the social media marketing world. He is the founder of Spark Media Solutions and the author of the book “Hazardous to Your Social Media Health: 50 Previously Condoned Behaviors We No Longer Recommend”.

Pick up a free copy of his book with this link here.

So take sip of your favorite coffee brew and enjoy the episode. Afterward, come say hi on Twitter @markwguay.

Cheers!

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It’s time we talk about money. Have you ever dreamed of financial freedom so that you can have more impact and only do the work you love to do?

Then this episode is for you.

Joining us today on the coffee chat to share her story of finding purpose is Jaime Tardy — the brilliant mind behind The Eventual Millionaire. 

Jaime interviews and shares the stories of some of the most profitable people in our time, helping to deconstruct any illusion of grandeur and share with you the simple tools they use to build their wealth so that you can have more impact in your work.

She’s helped many change-makers build their American dream regardless of one’s socio-economic background and she’s here now to share her brilliance with us.

So take sip of your favorite coffee brew and enjoy the episode. Afterward, come say hi on Twitter @markwguay and check out the show notes at thetravelingcup.com.

Cheers!

P.S. Thank you for the kind emails regarding the Giving Trip to the Dominican Republic. It was a life-changing trip and I am excited to share pictures with you all once they go public. I apologize for taking a week off from the podcast and am really excited to get things rolling again.

With only $50 in his pocket, Dr. Nido Qubein emigrated to the U.S. from Jordan with nothing short of a big hairy audacious dream. Now, a lifetime later, he is the president of High Point University, Chairman of the Great Harvest Bread Company, an author, and business consultant. He joins us on the call today to share his story with you.

We talk first about how he discovered his purpose and how religion speeds his intrinsic motivation engine.

Then, we dive deep into advice for the underdog.

In Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, David and Goliath, he shares stories of where change-making underdogs throughout history have persevered and won over the Goliaths of the world.

Dr. Qubein is living evidence of this and we dissect the strategies he used to share the message with you. Of course, all of this all started with some beautiful advice from his mother: “If you want to be a great person, you must first walk hand-in-hand with great people.”

Quick Note: I will be unplugging for a week as I join TOMS on a Giving Trip to the Dominican Republic. I’m super stoked to join them in providing goods to children in need and to learn from the students.

Thank you so much for tuning in and joining me here at The Traveling Cup. I appreciate you and will be back the week after and have some incredible interviews lined up for the next few weeks.

In the words of Dr. Qubein, “As long as you’re going to think, think BIG”.

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Cheers!

Mark