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Love, forgiveness and purpose: how to magnify your impact – Maggie Miller and Hannah Nokes

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Joining Michael for episode 100 are Maggie Miller and Hannah Nokes, founders of Magnify Impact, putting the power of purpose to work by helping companies supercharge their profitability through social impact. In a world of abundant resources, Maggie and Hannah ask: ‘why can’t these be used for the good of all to create shared value in the world?’ And it’s this question and more that the pair are answering in a new book: Magnify Your Impact: Powering Profit with Purpose.

Maggie Miller and Hannah Nokes, Founders, Magnify Impact

Maggie Miller has developed social impact solutions alongside hundreds of company leaders. Previously, she founded an international microcredit nonprofit in rural Peru serving indigenous women. A former Division I soccer player, Maggie enjoys watching fútbol with her husband―especially in their second home, Barcelona. Maggie is Chief Troublemaker for Magnify Impact.

Hannah Nokes was inspired to help business leaders turn “love into action” while leading corporate social impact for global corporations. She founded an impact collaborative of over ninety companies in Austin, Texas, and strives to model generosity for her three young daughters. Hannah is Chief Optimist for Magnify Impact.

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

Maggie: As a young 20-something, way back in the day:), a book that set me on a trajectory for the way I wanted to live was Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. It was inspirational and spiritual and gave me a roadmap for a life of meditation, mindfulness, compassion, and acceptance.

Hannah: The Bible and “Love Does” by Bob Goff

What are you watching at the moment?

Maggie: Ted Lasso on Netflix. This is an absolutely heart-warming comedy! Ted heads to the U.K. to manage a struggling London fútbol team in the topflight of English fùtbol without having any previous experience. His character is EXACTLY the kind of joy, honesty, and humanity we all need in this intensely difficult time where we’ve had to be disconnected. Being a global fútbol fan and former player (and voting member of FC Barcelona, yes, my heart was broken over Messi), it is so funny to see this American man try to lead this team. I’ve been to many Premier League games myself and they are amongst the most intense extraordinary fans, and it is just comical to watch Ted win the hearts of the team, the fans, and beyond.

Hannah: The Serpent, on Netflix, and The Chosen, available free online.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Maggie: My hubby Hector is my best friend and a great inspirer. He pushes me to value myself, to work hard, and to strive to grow. He protects and loves people really well. He is candid when I need to get up and put one foot in front of the other but embraces me when I need it.

Hannah: I am inspired by the women in my life—all dealing with their own challenges, heartbreak, and joy. They have taught me to get up again every time I fall.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Maggie: My Dad recently passed away and I feel the compassion I’ve grown from this grief is a new and better side of me. Throughout COVID lockdown, and some long COVID issues myself, I kept thinking how life is so precious and I want to live my best version of life now, not wait for some day in the future. Hector and I moved half of the year to Barcelona to run on the beach and enjoy long Spanish lunches and siestas. We jump back to the USA to pick up the speed and to see family. I feel so grateful for taking the chance and just “making it happen” as my Dad would have said. I truly work remotely, and gratefully, it works for my life.

Hannah: My new normal isn’t necessarily slower (at all) but it’s a lot more deliberate than it was pre-pandemic. I just try to waste less time doing things that aren’t additive or deplete my energy. I can’t believe how much time I used to spend in the car driving to business meetings and lunches! Now I am more careful what I say yes to because my business and my family need me, and I want to be more present for the important moments.

 

What is your best tip for life?

Maggie: Don’t forget love and forgiveness. Never forget your true inheritance: you are loved. An open heart is the most fearless heart. To live is to see awe in each other every day. To taste love is our function. Follow the compass of your heart. Love will always blaze its own pathway. When we love, we are using the greatest power in the World. Remember that gratitude is a healing sustainer. Life Rocks. You should play your Song.

Forgiveness is everything. Forgiveness is a process that is constant, it is a muscle and must be “worked on” every day, it must be exercised. It is the grail for a blissful Life. Forgive again, and again, and again. Forgive the desire to really despise the idea of even forgiving. Watch the sharp edges wash away. And watch this forgiveness give rise to Unalterable Love. Otherwise, lack of forgiveness is a slow demise.

Hannah: Don’t strive for an easy life, devoid of problems. Life inherently is full of challenges. When we embrace that, it takes a lot of the pressure off. The book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck,” by Mark Manson is must-read.

A quote for life?

Maggie: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  (Mahatma Gandhi)

I’ve heard many people scoff at the phrase “be the change” as if it is unobtainable. I didn’t and still don’t see it that way. We have the opportunity to change this world every day. Changing the world is possible and easy for all of us—it means you follow your bliss by giving your greatest strengths to the world moment by moment. When you do this, others do everything in their power to help you succeed because they are magnetically drawn to you. This means you inspire everyone you know to do the same, as they want this same feeling for themselves. Then they create their own paths and draw people to them. All of this equates to affecting countless people who are just like us. We change the world together. Trusting this vision has framed my life with transformative and positive power. There is a famine of encouragement and hope in this world right now. I truly believe peace comes through purpose.

Hannah: “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family” (Mother Theresa)

What five tracks would make up your lockdown soundtrack?

Maggie

  • Dare to Live – Vivere, Andrea Bocelli + Laura Pausini
  • Rayando El Sol – Maná, Pablo Alborán
  • The Blessing – Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship
  • Africa – Toto (was my Dad’s favorite)
  • My Shot from Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Hannah:

  • I Like It Like That – Pete Rodriguez
  • Can’t Hold Us – Macklamore & Ryan Lewis
  • Bambeléo – Gipsy Kings
  • The Stable Song – Gregory Alan Isakov
  • No One But You – Elevation Worship

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