Juliana Fetherman (Ep.83) – Founder, Making Authentic Friendships

December 9, 2019

Episode 83 features Entrepreneur and Founder of Making Authentic Friendships, Juliana Fetherman. Making Authentic Friendships is a responsive web-based application that helps individuals with special needs (age 13+) find friends at home or on the go, based on their geolocation, diagnosis, age, and interests. We talk with Juliana about the high and lows of creating this business and some of the thoughtfulness that needed to go into the business strategy, development, etc.

Find Juliana Online:

Website: http://www.makingauthenticfriendships.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makingauthenticfriendships/

About Juliana:

I am 23 years old and have a 21-year-old brother with ADHD and Autism. His name is Michael. Making Authentic Friendships (MAF) is also my brother’s initials. He inspired this initiative. He is very lonely due to his lack of social skills and the ability to make friends.

I just recently finished my MBA at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, but reside on Long Island. I am passionate about bettering the lives of those with autism and other special needs and plan to dedicate my entire life to doing so.

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Nate Bailey (Ep.82) – Speaker | Author | Coach

December 2, 2019

Episode 82 features Speaker, Author, Coach, Podcaster, etc Nate Bailey. Nate shares his journey from his time in the military to start businesses, to becoming an endurance athlete and much more.

Find Nate Online:

Website: http://www.natebaileyspeaks.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nate-bailey-805b31b/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coachnatebailey/

About Nate:

Nate is a natural leader and a speaker who knows how to impact and reach an audience.

He is a best selling author with three books as well as an entrepreneur. He has built multiple successful businesses in the areas of Insurance and Real Estate. He recently fulfilled his long-time dream of selling his insurance agency to follow his dream of being a full-time coach.

Nate was a Lieutenant, serving our country in the United States Army. As a Platoon Leader during the Operation Iraqi Freedom, Nate was charged with the safety and leadership of 42 soldiers as they served our country in Kuwait.

Nate has a simple philosophy on life – “live you what you teach.” Nate sees what needs to be done and he does it. He pushes his teams to the max and he makes sure he’s always leading from the front by pushing himself one step beyond.

In his quest to expand his physical limits, Nate has completed Ironman AZ, Sealfit Kokoro 45, a 100 mile solo run and is currently training to complete GoRuck Selection in 2019. Most recently (April 2018) Nate was a member of a 6 man team (Wheels4Water.org) that rode their bicycles across American to raise awareness and over $300,000 in donations for a non-profit, Lifewater, to provide clean water and sanitary bathrooms for 11schools and help over 11,000 kids in Ethiopia

Nate’s mission in life to impact men and women who are ready to truly have the life they have always desired. 

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Megan Chen (Ep.81) – Founder, The Urban Garden Initiative

November 25, 2019

On Episode 81, I speak with a 16-year old entrepreneur and Founder of The Urban Garden Initiative, Megan Chen and we discuss her non-profit and how she is looking to make a positive impact on the world through gardening-based programs.

Find Megan Online:

Website: www.theurbangardeninitiative.org

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theurbangardeninitiative/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theurbangardeninitiative

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-urban-garden-initiative

About Megan:

Megan Chen is a 16-year-old author, activist, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Executive Director at The Urban Garden Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to inspire and empower youth to achieve urban sustainability through a gardening based program. She is also the author of Finding Tiger, a children’s book that aims to teach students about implicit bias and stereotyping. She is very passionate about reforming youth education and currently serves on the Youth Leadership Board for Griptape, a youth-driven nonprofit centered around project-based learning.  

Thanks again and please let me know if you need anything else or need me to edit anything. By the way, I have attached two dif. headshots, feel free to use either one.

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Austin Rief (Ep.80) – Co-Founder, Morning Brew

November 18, 2019

Episode 80 features the Co-Founder and COO at Morning Brew, Austin Rief. Morning Brew is a free daily newsletter brought right to your inbox every morning and shares a digest of the latest business news in a very conversational and witty tone. They have over 1.6 million subscribers to date and have expanded to other newsletters for Retail, Technology, and Politics that you can also sign up for free to receive.

It was awesome to get to hear Austin’s story of how he got involved with Morning Brew and all of the great things they are doing to grow the business.

For those that haven’t subscribed yet, I recommend you do. It’s free!

You can get there through my referral link and easily sign up by entering your email address – MorningBrew.com

Find Austin Online:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/austin-rief/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/austin_rief

Website: https://www.morningbrew.com/

Business Casual Podcast: https://www.morningbrew.com/business-casual-podcast

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Jordan Paris (Ep.79) – Host/Creator, Growth Mindset University

November 11, 2019

Episode 79 welcomes Author and Creator/Host of Growth Mindset University, Jordan Paris. It was fun to connect with Jordan and learn more about his journey around creating the Growth Mindset University and ultimately designing the life that he wants.

Find Jordan Online:

Website: https://jordanparis.com

Growth Mindset University Podcast: https://jordanparis.com/category/growth-mindset-university-podcast/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/J_Paris_/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JordanTParis 

Growth Mindset University Book – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1732307903/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1732307903&linkCode=as2&tag=jordanparis-20&linkId=9bccbcc15aaff868227060db12a0b743

The Podcast Playbook: Launching January 2020

About Jordan:

Jordan Paris is a 21-year-old author, podcast host, and former college athlete seen in Men’s Health, Yahoo Finance, and NASDAQ.

Jordan’s podcast, Growth Mindset University, was ranked #3 in Apple’s Training category and is consistently in the top ten. In Education, one of Apple’s most competitive categories, the show was ranked #15. On the show, he interviews young up-and-comers and the most successful people on planet earth like James Altucher, Kevin Rudolf, Mark Manson, Rachel Starr, and Dan Lok.

Jordan is also the founder of The WordPress Rocketeer, where he focuses on developing engaging websites to launch his clients’ dreams to infinity and beyond.

His approach to life and business is simple yet powerful: Don’t make a living, design a life. With this creator’s mentality, Jordan has been able to produce outstanding results for himself and challenge others to rise above circumstances and take control of their lives.

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Nathan Hirsch (Ep.78) – Founder, Freeeup.com

November 4, 2019

Episode 78 features the Founder of Freeeup.com, Nathan Hirsch. Nathan has a neat story of seeing a gap in the textbook re-selling market and growing an Amazon business and then deciding to use a problem he saw with hiring freelances for that business to create a freelancer marketplace called Freeeup.com

As a special gift to the listeners, Go to Freeeup.com and create an account and mention the Just Get Started Podcast. That will get you a $25 credit to try them out!

Find Nathan Online:

About Nathan:

My name is Nathan Hirsch and I am the Founder and CEO of FreeeUp, a marketplace connecting business owners with the top 1% of virtual assistants, freelancers and agencies in eCommerce, digital marketing, web development, and much more.

Interested in being a client or partner? Lets talk! https://calendly.com/freeeup-nathan

Join my Facebook group Outsourcing Masters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/outsourcingmasters/

Want to learn more about me? Checkout my article in Thrive: https://u.nu/hrive

In 2006, I founded my first online venture out of my college dorm room, selling and buying student textbooks. I rapidly scaled my e-commerce business, bootstrapping from a $20 student – cause initiative to a multi-million dollar e-tailer clocking in revenues in excess of $25 million on Amazon across a 6 year period while serving over 10,000 customers. But I always had one problem. It took me way too long to find talent.

I built FreeeUp to address the frustrations I had. FreeeUp receives hundreds of freelancer applicants each week to join the marketplace. We interview and vet them, take the top 1% (based on skill, attitude and communication), and make them available to our clients quickly whenever they need them. On the backend, we have 24/7 support to make sure people have a good experience. Lastly, we have a no turnover guarantee covering replacement costs if the freelancer ever quits. We work with thousands of business all over the world.

Honesty, integrity, ethics and superlative customer experience have always been the four professional cornerstones of my success.

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Courtney Swan (Ep.77) – Founder, Realfoodology

October 28, 2019

Episode 77 features the creator of Realfoodology.com, Courtney Swan. Had an awesome time talking to Courtney about all things nutrition and peeling the layers back on several “hot button” food topics.

Some items we discuss:

  • Growing up in a healthy household
  • Why some fats are good for you
  • Factory Farming
  • Instagram and growing a following
  • Gut Health
  • and much more

Find Courtney Online:

Website: https://www.realfoodology.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realfoodology/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/realfoodology

About Courtney:

Food activists come from all walks of life, but there is generally one common theme among all of us: frustration with the current food system. Courtney is an integrative nutritionist (MS) and “real foodist” on a mission to make eating easier and normalize mental health & taboos. She received her masters of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health. On a mission to help people, Courtney has built quite the following on social media. She posts daily about the real food and organic movement on her Instagram account Realfoodology. She aims to educate on the dirty practices of the food industry, normalize stigmas and shows how to eat healthy, with real food! She doesn’t believe in diets and promotes a real food approach to eating. Courtney spent the last 4 years touring full time with international pop star Tove Lo, but now resides in LA full time where she is spreading her message, for the health of it!

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Scott Young (Ep.76) – Author, ULTRALEARNING

October 21, 2019

Had a fun time talking with Scott Young on Episode 76 of the Just Get Started Podcast about his journey to starting a blog and writing his book, ULTRALEARNING, along with some great insight to better help people learn more effectively.

Find Scott Online:

Website: https://www.scotthyoung.com/ 

ULTRALEARNING Book: https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/ultralearning/

WDS Keynote Video: https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2019/10/07/wds-talk/

About Scott Young

I started writing this blog just before my 18th birthday, so in many ways, it has mirrored my own life as an adult. The blog started when I was very interested in behavior change, and you can see many articles about this obsession. Later I left for university and began considering socializing and productivity as topics to explore. Learning became an important topic, and eventually created the foundation for a full-time business I could run, selling courses to learners about the methods I’d uncovered. Finally, as I left school, the idea of continued self-mastery and career development interested me.Beyond writing, entrepreneurship and life philosophy, my interests include programming, travel, cooking and teaching myself anything I can.

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Universal Dialect (Ep.75) – Co-Founders, Sean Casey & Nick Costelloe

October 14, 2019

Episode 75 is live and it features two of my new friends, Sean Casey and Nick Costelloe, Co-Founders of Universal Dialect. Sometimes you meet people that are just genuinely nice human beings and are always looking out for others in their actions. These guys are exactly that. They’re two of the good guys and so thankful for them being on the podcast and their hospitality during my visit up to the NYC/Hoboken area.

Topics we cover:

  • Mission of Universal Dialect
  • How the idea originated
  • How Nick and Sean met at college
  • Their travels
  • Quitting a job to pursue this passion
  • Splitting daily duties
  • Focusing and Managing time
  • …and much more

Find Sean & Nick Online:

Universal Dialect Website: https://universaldialect.com/

Universal Dialect Instagram: https://universaldialect.com/

Universal Dialect Email: Team@UniversalDialect.com

Sean Casey: https://www.instagram.com/seanycase/

Nick Costelloe: https://www.instagram.com/nickcostelloe

What We Do:

We love soccer. In fact, it’s our single greatest passion. While we’d love to play all day, every day, the game only lasts 90 minutes.

We make activewear that you’ll love to wear while you’re taking on the rest of life’s daily adventures.

Grab Life in all that you do, and pay it forward by helping kids play The Beautiful Game through our social mission.

Our “Why?”

Through our travels, we realized that the world has a unique problem – we consistently came across communities where people loved playing soccer, but they lacked the only necessary item to play: a soccer ball.

We started Universal Dialect as a way to help get soccer balls to less-fortunate footballers around the world. We eventually created a sustainable model to fund the giving through high performance activewear.

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Dozen Months of Discovery – One Mic with Brian Ondrako

October 10, 2019

This One Mic Session is a Reboot of an idea I tried 2 years ago…but just like life, sometimes excuses clutter your vision and momentum to accomplish things. So, it’s back to stay! The Dozen Months of Discovery.

Part of the premise of the Just Get Started Podcast is to get out of your comfort zone and try to accomplish things far greater than you ever imagined. Whether it is changing your eating habits, a better fitness routine, starting a business, etc. At the micro level, everything you do has to be “started” at some point but are we truly pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones as much as possible and learning new skills or knowledge that can become valuable. Or, maybe it doesn’t become something valuable but you can say you tried it because it was interesting at the time. That’s okay, too.

That, my friends, is the whole premise of the Dozen Months of Discovery.

12 months to have 12 new adventures. This could be anything from committing to a workout plan one month to learning how to play the piano another, learning a language, or detoxing from Social Media. Whatever it is you have to invest time into it and you have to practice but more than that is your mindset and focus on accomplishing the challenge must be present everyday. We (and I certainly mean me) say over and over “I wish I could do….” Or “I wish I tried….”. As the old saying goes, “You can wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which gets filled up first”. 

Stop wishing. Why not go out and do it? I know your answer. I don’t have time. It may actually take less than you think. Malcolm Gladwell famously wrote that you need about 10,000 hours to master a skill. But I’m not asking you to master a skill, I’m asking you to try and learn a new skill and become good at it. So, how long would that take?

Well, someone already did that research for me and his name is Josh Kaufman. Now, Josh did a phenomenal Ted talk about this topic and, in short, concluded that to learn and be good at a new skill it would take about 20 hours. I highly recommend you watch the entire Ted Talk here – How to Learn Anything in 20 Hours – as it provides a lot more context.

Also, Podcast Guest (Episode 76) Scott Young and his book “Ultralearning” is a fantastic guidebook of some useful techniques and stories to speed up your learning and actually make it sticky.

So, the question I posed to myself a little while back and will pose to you right now is…How far did you advance yourself this past year? How much more could you have done that would have led to increased skill development, more fulfillment or joy in your life, new doors being open…all of it….How far did you push that needle? 

Get out of your comfort zone and try to make the next year your best year even. You certainly won’t get there by doing the same thing you are doing now. You must broaden your horizons and I think this is one way to do it.

So here’s the challenge.

Pick 12 new skills/challenges/topics you think would be cool or interesting or maybe something you always wanted to learn. If you can’t think of that many then ask your friends and family or post online and ask your larger community to throw out ideas.

Next, write them down and share with the world those 12 you are going to learn.

Finally, each month you need to pick a goal that will be the accomplishment you are trying to achieve by the end of that month. If you don’t pick a goal you can’t conclude if you truly learned anything. Don’t make it too easy but push yourself.

Now, start with the first one on the first day of the next month and do it. Learn by taking classes locally, watching videos online, syncing up with a friend skilled in that craft, whatever. Invest around 20 hours that month and see what you can accomplish. 

I’m starting this endeavor on January 1st, 2020. My first monthly challenge is to not launch one social media app (Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter) for the entire month. I’ll document each journey prior to starting and the week after I finish each month. Some other ideas I have are Stretching for 1-hour each day for a month and learning a new language over the course of a month. The list is still getting worked out and look forward to any suggestions!

If you are down to join, let me know and we can hold each other accountable. If not, we’ll catch you for the next one and I’d love to hear what you are trying to do to challenge yourself and push beyond your comfort zone.

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