Thank you for spending some time to learn about what I’m up to. I look forward to bringing you value and help to navigate you through the next exciting chapter of your life.
My name is Brian Ondrako and my unique story began in the small town of Endicott, New York where I learned a lot about work ethic and gratitude from my Grandparents and early jobs as a Paper Carrier, Ice Cream Scooper, and Short-Order Cook. The long snowy winters weren’t helping my golf game so I ventured down to the whispering pines of North Carolina for college and never looked back.
Upon graduating from Methodist University with a degree in Business Administration, I was sworn in as a member of the PGA of America and embarked on a new journey of teaching golf, forming Ondrako Golf Instruction, and starting a coaching business in Raleigh, North Carolina. I have always had a passion for coaching and enjoyed crafting programs that would help my players achieve their desired goals in the game of golf. From Junior Golf Camps to starting a Women’s Networking Group called BLING (Business Ladies in Golf), I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with players of all skill levels and ages and share my love for the game of golf by helping them improve theirs.
As time went on I realized I wanted to impact the world in a different way so I set out on a new career path that would provide me the skill set, experience, and network to lead me in that direction. Many of those skills were learned around sales, marketing, and leadership and I’ve been fortunate to have had some great mentors and colleagues along the way that have guided me to see my potential and where I can truly impact the world. Additionally, a renewed focus on my curiosity and imagination opened the door to what I call my “Renaissance Period” which brought me into a world of deep learning and exploration that I hadn’t fully embraced since childhood.
In 2017, that curiosity sparked the entrepreneurial fire that has always been inside me but was buried for most of my life out of the fear of success and judgment of those around me. That year I began the Just Get Started Podcast where I interview people who are overcoming their fears, venturing out of their comfort zone and trying to be fulfilled in their own lives. Each episode is an opportunity to remember that we have full control over what we make of our lives and the impact we leave on this planet.
Currently, I am continuing to grow the Just Get Started Podcast, I’m finishing up my first Children’s Book, and I’m embarking on a 12-month challenge in 2020 around discovering new experiences and becoming a beginner learner once again. When I am not focused on these projects, I enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors with my son, hitting the CrossFit gym, watching my 49ers, or seeing if I can still hit that little white ball across a manicured lawn.
My “North Star” in life is to impact our future generations by helping them navigate life through the lens of curiosity, gratitude, and healthy living and I try to use that north star to guide many of my decisions. I am always looking to connect with new people and hear about what cool adventures they are involved with. Please feel free to send me a note through my contact form or connect on Instagram & Twitter.
What They’re Saying
I’ve had some amazing guests on the Just Get Started Podcast and people seem to really enjoy the conversations. These are a few of the reviews that people have left and I’m grateful they took the time to write them.
This is my “Now” page inspired by the Tim Ferriss Show Podcast I listened to with Derek Sivers. I’ll be posting periodic updates of what’s happening in my life in case my mom needed something more real-time.
Winter / 2019
It was a great end to 2019 and excited for the beginning of 2020!
I have been continuing with my Intermittent Fasting and have tweaked my fasted period slightly to be able to extend my feed window so I can put down some more calories. My goal is to build strength over the winter so I haven’t been strict on my calorie intake and trying to eat more. This has also allowed me to extend my workouts and still feel like I have energy to perform. I had a few goals last year to benchmark where I could improve and one of them was with a WOD (Workout of the Day) call “Karen” which is simply throwing 150 walls balls up to a 10′ line in the best time. At the end of 2018, I did this with a 14 LB Wall Ball in 8:19. One New Years Day, 2020, I retested but this time I used a 20LB wall ball vs the 14 LB one. I’m happy to say I beat my prior record by 7 seconds even with the heavier ball! This type of benchmark and goal setting continues to fuel me to work hard on my fitness and mobility in order to be active as I get older.
I hit the goal that I wrote on my bathroom wall before the year began which was to reach 75 episodes and by the end of 2019 I launched episode 86 and I am well on my way to 100! Excited for some neat things happening with the Podcast in 2020 so stay tuned!
Getting close! Luke’s First Round of Golf is starting to appear like reality and we are carved out for a mid-March launch. Initially, this was going to be something end of 2019 but for a few reasons, we decided to hold off until the spring and excited to start promoting it soon.
Dozen Months of Discovery have begun:
January is a digital detox so I deleted all of my social media apps and will be off of those platforms until February. In February, I will be challenging myself to 30 straight days of stretching/mobility work for a minimum of One-Hour per day. And in March, I am learning to speak Spanish and will have a few goals in order to benchmark how much I’ve learned.
I hope you are having a great start to the new decade and figuring out ways to continue to make an impact on this world!
Until next time…