"If you ever see someone standing alone, go over and talk to them." Steven learned this from his grandmother and it has helped him become a great people person and networker.
"Superpowers are things that we just do that we don't realize make such a difference to others."
Steven is a certified financial planner by trade. He found two ways to utilize his skills. He could help people build their wealth or he could help them give away their wealth. Steven found so much more joy in the second.
"You've gotta put yourself into those spaces where we are uncomfortable because that's where we grow."
Being the executive director of the chamber is the first time I've been in the leader role versus an employee. This has been the hardest career change for Steven over his career.
"Why do we network? So we can build relationships with people we know, like, and trust."
"We receive about 4 – 5,000 marketing messages per day."
"If you've seen one chamber, you've seen one chamber." This is joke in the chamber world because each one is SO different.
"Not all businesses should be in the chamber. You have to have a sense of community. A chamber is a membership organization. I'm going to join because there are things I want to give and gain. Some business owners don't understand that you have to give before you get. There's not many of these types of owners. They ask 'Why would I want to do that?'"
"Generous people are happy people."
"The trick to leadership is that a good leader is helping others succeed."
"Jesus says that our heart is where our treasure is, not the other way around. We've got to put our treasure in the right place and then our heart will follow it."
"The more they have given away, the more they have been entrusted with."
"Leadership...It's all about being self-aware. Most of time is showing up, being 10 minutes early to whatever it is they are doing, and being intentional, you're on your way to being 75% of the most successful people in the United States."
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