120: Building Young Leaders through the POWER of APEX Fun Run with Jeremy Barnhart

Building Young Leaders through the POWER of APEX Fun Run with Jeremy Barnhart
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Building Young Leaders through the POWER of APEX Fun Run

Young people are like grown Soldiers. They need physically and mentally strong leaders to lead, train and mentor them. When a young person lacks leadership in their life, the go astray and get in trouble.

How do you think I know this?

If you listen to the media or the drunk jackass at the end of the bar, you might be lead believe your youth is a lost cause. I’m here to tell you it’s a lie. Our youth is so much smarter than I was when I was in my early teens.

They know so much more about the world than I did. They are certainly more in touch with technology. And they hate much less because of the global connection.

And, we have programs like APEX Fun Run and people like Jeremy Barnhart who is making a huge difference in thousands of kids lives. They are doing this be building leaders through fun runs and amazing leadership based activities.

I’m very impressed with what APEX Fun Run has done for many young people, the community, schools teachers and the their franchisees.

Meet our Feature Guest

Jeremy Barnhart is a co-owner and VP of Franchise Development at Apex Fun Run. He has a background in accounting/finance and a variety of other business ventures.

Apex Fun Run’s passion is to help teachers (10% of the funds raised go to the teacher), as well as students and schools. The company partners with schools to raise funds for equipment and other campus needs. The concept incorporates a two-week character-building and leadership program that culminates with a student “run” to raise donations for schools. Students ask people they know to pledge money for each completed lap, between 26-36. Young and enthusiastic Apex staff members lead the program, and all students get jerseys and prizes for jobs well done. Apex Fun Run raises more money for schools than any other fundraiser, averaging about $23,000.

Jeremy and his wife live in Scottsdale, Arizona with their 3 sons who keep him active and busy coaching their basketball, football, and baseball teams.

Time Stamped Show Notes

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[5:37] So, where are you at in the World?

[7:02] Attitude of Gratitude

[7:45] Let’s get Personal

[10:50] How did APEX Fun Run get started

[18:30] Good News Stories

Paying it Forward [29:02]

[31:56] Action Steps you can take today.

[33:324] What daily habits make the biggest impact in your life?

[35:30] What are you reading or listening to right now and why?

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[36:16] What do you feel holds most people back from starting a franchise?

[39:15] What does Living A Life of Abundance mean to you?

[40:00] Parting piece of guidance

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Wally’s Take Away:

As I said earlier and in the podcast, our young people need leadership just as grown people do. Being a leader is the choice of those who chose to follow. Not the other way around. If you desire to be the leader for your children, your employees or even your Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailers, you must first take control of yourself. Take control of your emotions and actions.

As for taking on APEX Fun Run as a business for yourself. I suggest you sit down with Jeremy and his team. Volunteer for one of their events or a similar event before you commit. As Jeremy sated, they are looking for people are serious. As they should be. Because you should be serious about building leaders and working with our young people.

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