Better Relationship Podcast Episode #040

Humor & Humility Yield Success w/ Butch Bellah

Show Notes: (by R. Pumphrey)

Butch Bellah, of  My Biz Coach,  loves life and laughter. He shares how a sense of humor and embracing humility make you more relatable, create better communication and thus yield success in life and in business. Butch gives some terrific tips about  juggling marriage, kids and business to create a successful and fulfilling life.

Butch’s Bio

  • Butch is the founder of My Biz Coach, a site offering online business resources.
  • From his first corporate job at 21, it took Butch just 9 years to move up to VP of Sales.
  • Butch also acquired a company at just 35 years old that had local annual sales of $35 million
  • During his rise to the top, Butch also spent 10 years as a stand-up comedian.
  • In 2009, at 43 years old, Butch ran his first 5K –only 190 days after triple bypass heart surgery.
  • Since then, Butch has run several more races, including 2 half-marathons.
  • Butch is the author of 2 books: The 10 Essential Habits of Sales Superstars and Sales Management for Dummies. 
  • Butch has been married to his high school sweetheart, Angie, for 30 years.
  • They have 3 adult children, 3 grand-dogs and are enjoying ‘empty-nesting’ with their 2 dogs.

Keeping Family Strong While Building a Business

  • Butch admits it wasn’t always easy juggling marriage and business, but Angie has been his biggest cheerleader and supporter.
  • Angie believed in him even when he didn’t believe in himself.
  • His first boss became a mentor and advised Butch not to miss the things you just can’t replicate.
  • Butch and Angie made a conscious decision for her not to work outside of the home.
  • Together, they were intentional about the quality of the time they spent with their children.
  • Butch doesn’t believe he and Angie ever got past the honeymoon stage.
  • He calls or texts her 2-3 times a day and intentionally invests in their relationship.
  • Angie has always known how to keep him pumped up and what he needs emotionally.

Building Successful Business Relationships

  • The ability to navigate different personalities within an organization is essential to success.
  • A successful way to navigate differences in personalities and skill sets is to be a mirror.
  • Ask questions to find out what others want to talk about.
  • You don’t have to know everything and you can’t be afraid to hire to your weaknesses.
  • You need to surround yourself with people who can bring different perspectives.
  • “Spend time around people that make your head better not bigger”.
  • Hiring only those who will inflate your ego and think just like you will doom an organization.
  • One of the traits of a great manager is to take more blame and less credit than you deserve.
  • Let people shine and be intentional about celebrating the successes of others.
  • People will remember they felt valued and they want to make you proud of them.
  • You have to have a growth mindset and be secure enough to admit shortcomings.
  • Don’t be afraid of getting outside of your comfort zone-that’s where true growth takes place.

For the Laughs

  • Butch’s sense of humor is an inherited trait that has helped him greatly in his life.
  • Butch is never been afraid to crack a joke, even in a tense staff meeting.
  • Because of his personality, it’s not seen as unprofessional, but as a stress de-fuser.
  • Butch has a humorous, ‘can do’ attitude that he’s imparted to his children.
  • Too many people wake up on Monday begging for Friday and then dreading Monday again.- Butch has a different view.
  • If you’re so unhappy that you’re always complaining, it’s time to make a change in your life.
  • More than anything, he loves to laugh with his family!

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