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Meet Leslie Griffin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie Griffin.

Leslie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Marriage Champs was birthed out of a personal desire to improve my own marriage. Long story short, Fall of 2012, I realized that my husband and I had not been doing well for some time and that if we didn’t do something drastically different, our relationship would continue to deteriorate. That year, my husband had been a part of a fantasy football league and every Sunday, he would have his laptop computer sitting next to him on the couch, his cell phone in one hand and the remote control in the other. From about noon to 10 pm he stayed in the same general location flipping back and forth between games, yelling at the players, constantly checking his laptop, taking phone calls from his competitors/friends, negotiating trades, bragging on his victories and making excuses for his losses, all with great enthusiasm! I remember thinking, if I could take the same passion he has for fantasy football and dump it into our marriage, we would be just fine. At that moment, the idea that I needed to connect with the athlete inside of him made perfect sense. That was the very beginning of what is now Marriage Champs.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been an easy road at all! Aside from the typical financial challenges that all startup companies face, my greatest struggle was trying to figure out how to marry consciousness and capitalism. I knew that I wanted to build a purposeful business, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to make money AND make an impact. It took me a while to realize that I could do both.

I also struggled with fear and self-doubt. I recall thinking that there are so many counselors and coaches in the world and so many organizations that serve couples, nobody will even know I exist. I would ask myself, what if people don’t like what you have to say? What if people don’t want your products and services? What if this doesn’t work? What if, what if, what if? It wasn’t until my mentor Terri Maxwell came along and taught me to “What if up!” Meaning, what if it does work? What if people do want to hear what you have to say? What if they do like what you have to offer? What if you change the world? That simple shift in thinking made all the difference for me!

Tell us more about the business.
Marriage Champs is an international training academy for couples. Our mission is simple. It is to help couples sustain fulfilling relationships long-term. We do that by creating products and providing services that target five critical areas: spiritual growth, passion, intimacy, teamwork and commitment. These five areas make up our conceptual framework for understanding marriages that thrive and those that don’t survive.

We are known for hosting amazing live events (which we call Skills & Drills Clinics), facilitating premarital groups and providing one-on-one coaching. We recently launched a virtual service (WINsday Nite Huddles®) that seems to be gaining interest. We are also beta testing a mobile application and designing a program for training Skills & Drills Coaches.

What sets us apart is that we make cultivating relationships simple, easy and fun! We invite couples to invest in themselves so that they can experience the love they desire. I am most proud of the relationships that have been forged as a result of the work that we do. The people we serve are more than customers/clients. They are family. How many companies can say that and mean it? Not many and for that, I am grateful!

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in good or bad luck! Nothing happens by accident or coincidence. The Lord divinely orders every step that I take. I know that everything that happens in my life and business is a part of God’s plan for me. The good, the bad and the ugly will all, in the end, work out for my good and for the good of the business.

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