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NICK CRABBS

EPISODE 239: Chief Community Officer at Vynyl

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Episode 239 features Nick Crabbs, a partner and founding member of Vynyl, a product development firm that works with corporations, institutions, and investors to build unique mobile, and web, applications that are technically excellent, visually appealing, and create real & measurable business value.

Find Nick Online:

Website: https://vynyl.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-crabbs-5674a233/

Check Out Boise Entrepreneur Week, an event Nick has had a major influence on: https://www.boiseentrepreneurweek.org/

About Nick:

Nick is a partner and founding member of Vynyl, a product development firm that works with corporations, institutions, and investors to build unique mobile, and web, applications that are technically excellent, visually appealing, and create real & measurable business value.

Prior to his work with Vynyl, Nick spent nearly a decade working for some of the nation’s largest banking institutions, local municipalities, and large enterprise environments as an IT specialist and manager. Embracing his more entrepreneurial endeavors, community engagement, and tech evangelism Nick has worked with several start-ups, local community organizations, and leadership with large-scale events to leverage his knowledge and expertise in technology, management, and recruiting to judge events, offer mentorship, speak on panels, and contribute to a growing tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Nick Crabbs2022-05-24T10:03:37-04:00
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JEREMIE KUBICEK

EPISODE 190: Executive Chairman of GiANT

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Episode 190 features Jeremie Kubicek, the Executive Chairman of GiANT, a company that certifies coaches and consultants that serve companies and their employees.

Learn more about Jeremie here – https://giantcoach.com/justgetstarted

Find Jeremie Online:

Website: https://giantworldwide.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremiekubicek/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeremieKubicek

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

About Jeremie:

Jeremie Kubicek is a powerful communicator, serial entrepreneur, and content builder. He creates content used by some of the largest companies around the globe found in the books he has authored: The 100X Leader, 5 Voices, 5 Gears, and the National Bestseller, Making Your Leadership Come Alive.

Jeremie is the Executive Chairman of GiANT, a company that certifies coaches and consultants that serve companies and their employees. Jeremie has started over 20 companies while living in Oklahoma City, Moscow, Atlanta, and London.

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Jeremie Kubicek2021-10-21T15:49:02-04:00
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John Lee Dumas

EPISODE 180: Founder & Host, Entrepreneurs On Fire

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Episode 180 features John Lee Dumas (JLD), the founder & host of Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast where he interviews inspiring entrepreneurs to help YOU along your entrepreneurial journey!

Check out his book, The Common Path To Uncommon Successhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BYZ57TP/

Find JLD Online:

Website: https://www.eofire.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eofire/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnleedumas

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXfzpliAfdjParawJljHo2g

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnleedumas1

About JLD:

John Lee Dumas is the founder & host of Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast where he interviews inspiring entrepreneurs to help YOU along your entrepreneurial journey!

He’s also the author of The Common Path to Uncommon Success, your 17-step roadmap to financial freedom and fulfillment!

If you’re tired of spending 90% of your day doing things you don’t enjoy and only 10% doing things you love, then you’re in the right place. His goal with Entrepreneurs On Fire is to deliver the inspiration and strategies you need to FIRE UP your entrepreneurial journey and create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

He’s interviewed over 3,000 incredible entrepreneurs, including Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and many more.

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John Lee Dumas2021-11-13T20:14:06-04:00
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BRYAN CLAYTON

EPISODE 161: Co-Founder and CEO, GreenPal

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Episode 161 features Bryan Clayton, Co-Founder, and CEO of GreenPal, an online marketplace that connects homeowners with local lawn care professionals.

Find Bryan Online:

Website: https://www.yourgreenpal.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-clayton/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/bryanmclayton

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bryanmclayton

About Bryan:

Bryan Clayton is CEO and Co-founder of GreenPal, an online marketplace that connects homeowners with local lawn care professionals. GreenPal has been called the “Uber for lawn care” by Entrepreneur magazine and has over 200,000 active users completing thousands of transactions per day.

Before starting GreenPal Bryan Clayton founded Peachtree Inc. one of the largest landscaping companies in the state of Tennessee growing it to over $10 million a year in annual revenue before it was acquired by Lusa holdings in 2013.

Bryan‘s interest and expertise are related to entrepreneurialism, small business growth, marketing, and bootstrapping businesses from zero revenue to profitability and exit.

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Bryan Clayton2021-05-27T08:49:53-04:00
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ANTONIO NEVES

EPISODE 150: Author, Stop Living on Autopilot

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Episode 150 features Antonio Neves, Author of Four books including his new release, Stop Living On Autopilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You” (Rodale Books)

Find Antonio Online:

Website: www.theantonioneves.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nevesantonio/ 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/TheAntonioNeves

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheAntonioNeves

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpTK7vld8q0UlgFB5-YimyQ

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theantonioneves

About Antonio:

Antonio is the author of four books including, Stop Living On Autopilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You (Rodale Books). On his podcast The Best Thing, Antonio talks with leaders about the “best thing” to happen to them that would never appear on a resume. Antonio’s speaking audiences over the years have included: Google, Amazon, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Booking.com, Credit Union National Association (CUNA), Stanford University, and scores more. For over 10 years, Antonio worked as a correspondent in New York City with top television networks including NBC, PBS, and BET Networks. Antonio is a graduate of Western Michigan University and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University.

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Antonio Neves2021-08-20T20:14:43-04:00
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AMANDA KELLY ESPIRITU

EPISODE 141: Founder, Creative Surrender Studios

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Episode 141 features Amanda Kelly Espiritu, Artist, Executive Producer, and Community Builder and Author of the book, Creative Surrender: Embracing Artivism, Global Collaboration, & Celebration

Find Amanda Online:

Website: http://amandakespiritu.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-espiritu/

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA–TgJFKCVcPEkWIPLzqYg

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@amandakespiritu

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

Medium: https://medium.com/@amandakellyespiritu/highlights

About Amanda:

Amanda Kelly Espiritu is an Artist, Executive Producer, and Community Builder. The Founder of Creative Surrender Studios, Amanda is a Dreamer who sparks people’s curiosity and passion to create, collaborate, and celebrate together. Amanda designs and produces bespoke immersive events, workshops, retreats, global festivals, and short films that showcase supernova human beings all over the world stepping into their own power and kickstarting themselves out of whatever rut they might be in. She believes that through art, adventure, and advocacy people can make the world a more joyful and extraordinary place. You’re invited to dive in with her debut book Creative Surrender: Embracing Artivism, Global Collaboration, & Celebration.

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Amanda Kelly Espiritu2021-01-18T11:59:56-04:00
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MATT JOHNSON

EPISODE 137: Founder of Pursuing Results

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Episode 137 features Matt Johnson, Founder of Pursuing Results, a podcast launch & production agency based in San Diego.

Find Matt Online:

Website: https://pursuingresults.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pursuingresults/

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

About Matt:

Matt Johnson is a marketing agency founder, podcaster, and musician. Matt runs a podcast launch & production agency based in San Diego, an international team that helps business coaches, consultants and thought leaders use done-for-you podcasting to attract an audience, build influence & become MicroFamous.

Matt is the author of MicroFamous and currently hosts the MicroFamous podcast. He is a frequent podcast guest and event speaker to audiences around the US, Canada, and Australia.

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Matt Johnson2020-12-20T22:18:59-04:00
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LUKE COOPER

EPISODE 136: Founder & CEO of Fixt to VP of Global Growth at Assurant

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Episode 136 features Luke Cooper, Founder, and CEO of Fixt and we highlight a lot of great lessons from his journey and provide key insights to help people get started on their own.

Find Luke Online:

Website: nomudnomagic.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lukecooperbaltimore/

Twitter: @readysetgrind

Medium: https://medium.com/@Coop22/when-all-we-have-is-each-other-b0eeed3168ca

About Luke:

Coop is the Founder and CEO of Fixt, a venture capital-backed technology startup (acquired in 2020 by Assurant, AIZ:NYSE) focused on providing on-demand smartphone repair services to large enterprises. As Founder of Fixt, Cooper guided the company to 400% year-over-year growth, raised a $7 million Series A, earned enterprise clients such as Home Depot, New York Police Department, The Carlyle Group, and IBM. In 2020, the Company was purchased for 11X revenue by Assurant, a $10B Fortune 500 leader in mobility protection.

Before moving into entrepreneurship, Cooper started his career as an attorney at DLA Piper and then as In-House Counsel at State Farm. His first entrepreneurial experience was joining CTS, a cybersecurity software startup, as employee No. 1. On a single round of funding of $180,000, Cooper guided CTS to a $60 million exit to CACI within two years.

His diverse trench experience as both a leader and entrepreneur has earned him a place on the TEDCO board of directors and as a trustee of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). In addition to a JD from Syracuse University, he holds an MBA from Babson College and was a scholarship basketball player at Adelphi University.

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Luke Cooper2020-12-13T23:56:26-04:00

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RYAN MCGUIRE

EPISODE 128: Graphic Designer / Podcast Host

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Episode 128 features one of my lifelong friends, Ryan McGuire. Ryan is a talented graphic designer (creator of the Just Get Started Podcast graphics!), world traveler, and host of the new Podcast, The Pursuit of Happiness. Ryan has been a tremendous positive in my life and I am proud to see him continue to tackle new challenges and press the status quo on where he wants to take this life.

Find Ryan Online:

Website: www.ryanmcguiredesigns.com

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/rmmcguire

Instagram: @Ryan_m_mcguire

Instagram: @ThePursuitofHappinessPodcast

About Ryan:

I’m a graphic designer, own my own business with design and I am the host of the Podcast, The Pursuit of Happiness. podcast host. I love to experience new things like to travel the world and go to fun and interesting places like Iceland, Alaska, and Banff.

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Ryan McGuire2020-10-18T19:52:45-04:00
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BEN BRADBURY

EPISODE 127: Content Strategist | Podcast Host, Subject Matter

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Episode 127 features Ben Bradbury, a brilliant young entrepreneur, Podcast Host, and Content Strategist.

Ben’s 5 step process to start leveraging Empathetic Communication – https://www.benbradbury.com/blog/empathetic-communication

Find Ben Online:

Website: https://www.benbradbury.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benbradbury/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/benbradbury_

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHj9v7pZPU5tAYWVodvlqqA

About Ben:

Ben Bradbury is obsessed with empowering Founders to connect with their customers through empathetic communication. He’s worked with public company CEOs, venture-backed startups, and Amazon-bestselling book launch to create astute messages that connect with the audience’s hearts and heads. Ben was previously Head of Operations at Glisser, leading the team’s New York Office to their first-ever profitable quarter. He’s currently based in the UK after living in Bali for most of 2019 and has a degree in History from the University of Sheffield.

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Ben Bradbury2020-10-11T20:37:04-04:00
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TISHA MARIE PELLETIER

EPISODE 126: Chief Experience Officer, Tisha Marie Enterprises, LLC

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Episode 126 features Tisha Marie Pelletier who is the Chief Experience Officer of Tisha Marie Enterprises inspiring entrepreneurs to get out of their own headspace and make their vision happen through business mentoring, professional speaking, personal brand building, her online course the Startup Entrepreneur Academy, a Startup Business Grant, and her live events.

Check out her Personal Brand Building Course -> Sign up here – http://personalbrandbuilderchallenge.com/ 

Find Tisha Online:

Website: http://tishamarie.com

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/tishamariepelletier

Instagram: http://instagram.com/tishamarieofficial

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRXCeuuIM5vTHPEpzMrbXhw

Facebook: http://facebook.com/tishamarieenterprises

About Tisha:

Tisha Marie Pelletier is best known as the authentic girl with a touch of badass by her peers. She is the chief experience officer of Tisha Marie Enterprises inspiring entrepreneurs to get out of their own headspace and make their vision happen through business mentoring, professional speaking, personal brand building, her online course the Startup Entrepreneur Academy, a Startup Business Grant, and her live events. Tisha is also the host of The Success over Struggle Podcast and an author. Her latest book What Are the Odds? A mom shares her good, bad, and what the f*ck moments can be found on Amazon and Audible. Meet Tisha at tishamarie.com to learn more, catch up on her weekly rule of life lessons on her blog, and to schedule a virtual latte.

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Tisha Marie Pelletier2020-10-05T19:16:24-04:00
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ADAM MENDLER

EPISODE 124: Chief Executive Officer of The Veloz Group

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Episode 124 features Adam Mendler, the CEO of the Veloz Group and the host of the Thirty Minute Mentors Podcast.

Find Adam Online:

Website: www.adammendler.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adammendler/

Instagram: @adammendler

Twitter: @adammendler

About Adam:

Adam Mendler is the CEO of The Veloz Group, where he co-founded and oversees ventures across a wide variety of industries: Beverly Hills Chairs, the leading seller of refurbished Herman Miller Aeron chairs in the country; Custom Tobacco, a one-of-a-kind e-commerce platform where customers can create fully customized, private-label cigars in real-time; and Veloz Solutions, a technology consulting and software development practice. Adam is also a nationally acclaimed thought leader, writer and speaker on topics including leadership, entrepreneurship and management. Adam is the creator and host of the podcast Thirty Minute Mentors, where each week he goes one on one with one of the most successful people in the country on how they got to the top and how listeners can too.

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Adam Mendler2020-09-20T21:20:16-04:00
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BRANDON GREEN

EPISODE 123: Advisor | Investor | Entrepreneur

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Episode 123 features Advisor, Investor, & Speaker, Brandon Green. Brandon is an entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the Keller Williams Capital Properties real estate organization in 2006 and together with his partners built it into a regional network of several offices and $2 billion in annual sales.

Find Brandon Online:

Website: www.brandongreen.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandongreen/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brandongreennow

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

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

About Brandon:

Brandon is an entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the Keller Williams Capital Properties real estate organization in 2006 and together with his partners built it into a regional network of several offices and $2 billion in annual sales.

Brandon is now focused on rebuilding small businesses in America by investing in and advising entrepreneurs. He believes by embracing the challenges that have been accelerated as a result of the pandemic we can create a productive and prosperous path forward.

Brandon is a member of YPO.org, a global leadership organization where he is the Learning Officer in the US Capital region for 2020/2021. He serves on several non-profit boards including the Washington Master Chorale, Washington’s premier classical chorale  arts organization. Brandon lives in Washington, DC with his husband who is also a business owner.

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Brandon Green2020-09-13T20:01:43-04:00
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ALEXA CURTIS

EPISODE 122: Founder & CEO, Life Unfiltered with Alexa

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Episode 122 features Alexa Curtis, Founder & CEO of Life Unfiltered with Alexa and the Founder of the Be Fearless Summit.

Find Alexa Online:

Website: https://www.lifeunfilteredwithalexa.com/

Personal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexa_curtis/

Be Fearless Summit Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/befearlesssummit/

About Alexa

Born and raised in small-town Mansfield, Connecticut, Alexa Curtis knew she was different. She didn’t fit into the “normal social mold.” When she entered middle school, all the bullying she endured led her to need an outlet to escape. In 2011, at just 12 years old, she started a fashion blog; A Life in the Fashion Lane. It became a platform for her to express her feelings around everything relating to teens, body image, and mental health.

As Curtis evolved as a person, her blog naturally shifted from fashion to discussing sensitive topics that teens and young adults face every day.  A Life in the Fashion Lane was changed to Life Unfiltered with Alexa Curtis and became a lifestyle website and podcast for teens & parents discussing topics such as social media and mental health. Not only did Curtis turn her little fashion blog into a full-time lifestyle platform for teens, through cold-pitching, but she also managed to get sponsored by brands like British Airways, T-Mobile, Lands’ End, and more.

In 2018, Alexa founded the Be Fearless Summit, which is a pop-up summit that appeared at Drexel University on March 15th, 2020. The next summit was slated for April 1, 2020, at UC Berkeley. Sponsors include Headspace, Shake Shack, and Morphe. 

Curtis has spoken at numerous colleges; Northeastern, UConn, Eastern Connecticut, Rutgers along with high schools – discussing how to be fearless as well as mental health and social media. In October 2018, Curtis spoke alongside Amal Clooney and Serena Williams at Penn Women and in Sept 2018, Curtis added ‘host’ to her arsenal as she launched her own radio show on Radio Disney called “Fearless Every Day” with Alexa Curtis. “Fearless Every Day” was the first of its kind and broke new ground for the Radio Disney brand. Alexa interviewed various guests who shared their journey of overcoming obstacles/challenges and chasing after their dreams. 

When Curtis is not hard at work, she meditates frequently and makes time for hobbies like cooking and exercising to keep herself grounded. Although she is based in Los Angeles, she spends part of her time on the east coast.

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Alexa Curtis2020-09-06T20:17:08-04:00
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ROB VOLPE

EPISODE 121: Founder & CEO, Ignite 360

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Episode 121 features Founder & CEO of Ignite 360, Rob Volpe, who shares his winding journey from wanting to be an Executive in Television to Founding a company built around Empathy and helping organizations around their consumer strategy.

Find Rob Online:

Website: www.ignite-360.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rmvolpe/ 

Instagram: @i360sparks

About Rob:

Rob founded Ignite 360 to deliver actionable strategy, grounded in meaningful consumer insights, presented through story and creative ways that drive results. As CEO, he leads a team of insights, strategy, and creative professionals serving the world’s leading brands across a range of industries.

Rob is recognized as a thought leader in the role of empathy in marketing and the workplace. He frequently talks on the topic, is cited in media, and writes about building and applying empathy. He’s finishing his first book, everyday Americans, which explores his own journey to an empathetic understanding of Americans through his ethnographic work. Rob lives in San Francisco with his husband and 3 cats.

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Rob Volpe2020-08-29T14:11:59-04:00
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JOHN COLANERI

EPISODE 120: Talent, Designer, Developer

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Episode 120 features John Colaneri, a Designer, Developer, Children’s Book Author, and One of the Cousins on HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, Cousins On Call, and Cousins Undercover as well as becoming regular special guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Rachael Ray Show.

Find John Online:

Website: www.johncolaneri.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-colaneri-72a6b413/

Twitter: @colanerijohn

Instagram: @colanerijohn

Facebook: @johncolaneriTV

About John:

In addition to being one of The Cousins on HGTV, John Colaneri stands out as a dynamic business maven in his own right. You’ve already seen the New Jersey native beef up and bolster homes across the U.S. with his cousin and best bud Anthony Carrino on their multiple hit shows on HGTV. Now their latest endeavors are with the Ellen DeGeneres Digital team in launching original shows. John’s journey has seen him build an extraordinary professional acumen along the way.

Graduating from Penn State in 2003, he immediately entered the corporate world at Fortune 500 company Fisher Scientific. Within a year, he joined international entity Faital S.P.A. as the United States Operation Manager. From spearheading organization to accounting, he proved instrumental to this OEM speaker manufacturer. John worked for his family construction business starting in 2007 as a senior project manager managing projects that would range from $2 million-$7 million.

HGTV came calling in 2011 and offered The Cousins their first show. Over the course of Kitchen Cousins, Cousins On Call, and Cousins Undercover, this powerful and precise pair saved countless homes with John remaining instrumental to the vision. They moved into the online realm with the funny and fiery cooking show Chill & Grill and a guide to being a guy—MANuscript. In 2015 the duo debuted their much-anticipated show, America’s Most Desperate Kitchens. Along the way, they became regular special guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Rachael Ray Show. This led to their first original project with the Ellen Digital team, Grand Design where they surprised viewers by re-creating a room for 1,000 dollars! With the success of their first show the Ellen digital team came calling again and this time it was for an even larger show called The Build Up! The first season debut was in Jan 2019 and the show was a success from the start and has currently over 35 million views across the Ellen digital platforms to become one of their most successful shows of 2019!

In 2019 John launched is own development company Lilyshea Development LLC that will focus on high-end residential design and custom spec homes that he is developing and designing in the New Jersey area.

The Cousins launched their first children’s book What Can You Do With A Toolbox in September 2018 and from the start it was a #1 seller for Amazon! The book is published by Simon and Schuster and illustrated by Maple Lam. The Cousins are depicted as themselves in the book and hope this will be the first of the series to follow.

Beyond these endeavors, John is a highly devoted family man. He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters and live in North Jersey. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, he also hosts his own exercise and wellness channel on YouTube, Colaneri Extreme Fitness.

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John Colaneri2021-11-13T20:14:57-04:00
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EPISODE 118: TEDx Speaker and Author of Honest to Greatness

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Episode 118 features Tedx Speaker and Author of Honest to Greatness, Peter Kozodoy.

Check out the honesty quiz: https://peterkozodoy.com/honesty

Find Peter Online:

Website: https://peterkozodoy.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterkozodoy/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peterkozodoy

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCysN6a0DZJEuWW6Ix-9qc-g

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

Medium: https://medium.com/@PeterKozodoy

About Peter:

Peter Kozodoy is an Inc. 5000 serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and business coach who works with organizations and their leaders to help them overcome self-limiting bullsh*t and use honesty to achieve greatness. His articles on leadership and entrepreneurship have appeared in Forbes, Inc., HuffPost, PR Daily, and more. He holds a BA in economics from Brandeis University and an MBA from Columbia Business School and lives outside New York City with his wife and their spoiled dog. To strike up an honest conversation, visit PeterKozodoy.com.

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Peter Kozodoy2020-08-09T20:24:27-04:00
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EPISODE 117: Co-Founder & CEO, SweatPack

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Episode 117 features Co-Founder and CEO of SweatPack, Umama Kibria. I came across Umama on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and I was excited to have her come on the Podcast to share her journey in both fitness and entrepreneurship, two of my favorite things to speak about!

Find Umama Online:

Website: www.sweatpack.co

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/umamakibria/

Twitter: twitter.co/smallstrongfit

Instagram: instagram.com/smallandstrong.fit

Youtube: youtube.com/smallandstrongfit

TikTok: @smallandstrong.fit

Facebook: facebook.com/sweatpack.co

About Umama:

Umama Kibria is passionate about connecting people through fitness. After working out at 400+ gyms and connecting with 100k+ people on social media, she founded SweatPack. SweatPack is a marketplace that connects people to group workouts and sports leagues. As a proud Forbes 30 Under 30 leader, she’s building brand loyalty, traction, and impact.

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Umama Kibria2020-08-05T07:35:57-04:00
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EPISODE 114: Naturopathic Medical Doctor

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Episode 114 features Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Erin Ellis and we speak with her about how getting and beating cancer sparked her drive to become a Naturopathic Medical Doctor and help others think differently about their health and wellness choices.

Connect with Dr. Ellis Online:

Website: www.drerinellis.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drerinellis/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.erinellis/

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

About Dr. Ellis

My pre-doctor work-life consisted of restaurant management, bartending, and serving for nearly 20 years, but life quickly changed in my early 30s.

In 2010 I was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 31. I never thought in a million years I would have been diagnosed with cancer at such a young age, but it was the turning point in my life. To say I was scared was an understatement, but it honestly was the defining moment in my life. I always wanted to be a doctor, but gave up on those dreams because I was sick of being in school, and instead worked in the bar and restaurants, but always knew I could do and be more. After 6 rounds of chemotherapy, a positive attitude with a side of determination, and sass I became a survivor.

Receiving this diagnosis and kicking its butt gave me the drive, the motivation and determination to get out of my own way and become that doctor that I always wanted to be. Not only did it give me my defining purpose in life, but I learned a lot about myself and really how strong I truly was. Having had a cancer diagnosis at such a young age, my mission and passion now is to empower those to take control of their health now before it is too late. This diagnosis proved to me that life is too short to feel sub-optimal and given the right tools, your body has the innate ability to heal itself.

After graduation from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2017, I worked at a naturopathic urgent care in N. Scottsdale seeing medical cases ranging from acute to chronic and seen in pediatrics to geriatrics. After 2.5 years, I decided to branch out on my own and spread the modalities of Naturopathic Medicine to the East Valley where I find my passion to be helping those boss women, those boss moms or highly ambitious, goal-driven women and addressing the root cause of why they are constantly running on empty, have a hormone imbalance or can’t lose weight despite exercising and eating clean.

When I’m not empowering others to become the best versions of themselves, I spend my time helping my community, spending time with my dogs, enjoying game nights with family and friends, and making new memories with my Fireman.

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Dr. Erin Ellis2020-11-01T13:14:39-04:00
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EPISODE 113: Host, Creating Confidence Podcast

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Episode 113 features Heather Monahan, a best-selling author, keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, Founder of Boss In Heels, and the host of the Creating Confidence Podcast.

Find Heather Online:

Website: www.heathermonahan.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theheathermonahan

Twitter: www.twitter.com/_heathermonahan

Instagram: http://instagram.com/heathermonahan

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRMW8O4r97IhsGqGTo0dCpg

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

About Heather:

Heather Monahan is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, and founder of Boss In Heels. Having successfully climbed the corporate ladder for nearly 20 years, Heather Monahan is one of the few women to break the glass ceiling and claim her spot in the C-suite.

As a Chief Revenue Officer in Media, Heather Monahan is a Glass Ceiling Award winner, named one of the Most Influential Women in Radio in 2017 and Thrive Global named her a Limit Breaking Female Founder in 2018.

Heather’s new book Confidence Creator shot to #1 on Amazon’s Business Biographies and Business Motivation lists the first week it debuted on Amazon.

Heather’s new show, Creating Confidence, debuted on the Top 200 shows on Apple podcast. Her guests include Sara Blakely, Gary Vaynerchuck, Ryan Serhant, Kaitlyn Bristowe among many other noteworthy celebrities and entrepreneurs.

Heather has been featured in USA Today, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company, and The Steve Harvey Show. Most recently adding Guest Professor at Harvard to her list of accomplishments. Heather and her son Dylan reside in Miami.

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Heather Monahan2020-11-12T19:11:35-04:00
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EPISODE 112: Keynote Speaker, CEO of Volentum, Founder of AMPLIFII

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Episode 112 features Rene Rodriguez, Keynote Speaker, CEO of Volentum, and Founder of AMPLIFII.

Find Rene Online:

New Video Series: Lighthouse Series: www.seerenespeak.com/lighthouse

Website: www.seerenespeak.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seerenespeak/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeeReneSpeak

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/voluntarymomentum

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeeReneSpeak/?eid=ARC0pfSFSHDc6ge-U2ThNfPl7DMPwWGUskDlZLw4PFf3DQX0gJQUoliEO1aLgWvDv_vRMcoV5crkqSj0

About Rene:

René Rodriguez is entertaining, but he is NOT an entertainer. His clients describe him as “powerful”, “thought provoking”, and “authentic”. They say things like, “you could hear a pin drop as everyone was so captivated.” Rene’s engaging speaking style, backed by his scientific approach, makes him a top-rated speaker at every event.

For the last 20 years, René has researched and applied behavioral neuroscience as a dynamic keynote speaker, leadership advisor, world-class sales expert, and renowned speaker coach. Yet, he believes that we are only scratching the surface of what is possible and that every profession can benefit from fully engaging the human mind/brain.

His company has trained more than 100,000 people in applying behavioral psychology and neuroleadership methodologies to solve some of the toughest challenges in leadership, sales and change. As an entrepreneur and CEO of multiple companies, Rene brings a practical business approach while inspiring his audiences to take action. He helps leaders create influence, transformation, and immediate results in their business and personal life. René connects company vision and strategy to fundamental and applicable neuroscience in a way that empowers anyone to engage with courage and grace.

He has been named to the 40 under 40 list for 7 years straight and has been a trusted adviser to leadership teams at Coca-Cola, 3M, Medtronic, Nestle’, Microsoft, Bank of America, and Cargill. He was featured on the Cover of the Niche Report Magazine and has authored dozens of magazine articles.

A captivating, high-energy speaker, Rene is in high demand for annual events, conventions, and keynote speeches. He has shared the stage with the likes of Tony Robbins, George W. Bush, Magic Johnson, Ken Blanchard, and Jeffery Gitomer to name a few. He can be reached at rene@volentum.com

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Rene Rodriguez2022-09-10T14:54:49-04:00
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EPISODE 111: Co-Founder & Partner, Boundless Labs

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Episode 111 welcomes in the Co-Founder & Partner of Boundless Labs, Chase Dimond. I got connected to Chase through one of their clients, CrossNet, after Co-Founder Chris Meade joined us on Episode 90 of the Just Get Started Podcast. I loved Chase’s knowledge around email marketing and how businesses can be more effective with it amongst other great topics we cover.

Here is a link to Chase’s recommendation to get some ideas for email designs/layouts – https://reallygoodemails.com/ 

Find Chase Online:

Website: https://www.boundlesslabs.io/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chasedimond/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ecomchasedimond

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chase.dimond

About Chase:

Chase Dimond is the Co-Founder of Boundless Labs, a top ecommerce email marketing agency. Since launching Boundless Labs in June of 2018, Chase has helped his clients send hundreds of millions of emails resulting in over $35 million in email attributable revenue. A few of his clients include: The Chive, IBEX, Original Grain, CrossNet and Namaste Technologies.

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Chase Dimond2020-11-01T13:12:01-04:00
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JEFF GOTHELF

EPISODE 110: Coach, Speaker, Author & Consultant

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Episode 110 features Jeff Gothelf, a Coach, Speaker, Author, and Consultant, and his new book, Forever Employable: How to Stop Looking for Work and Let Your Next Job Find You, is out now!

Book link: https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Employable-Stop-Looking-Work-ebook/dp/B086S5SJXM

Link to the article he recommends from Josh Seiden called “How To Write”

Find Jeff Online:

Website: https://jeffgothelf.com/foreveremployable/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gothelf/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jboogie

About Jeff:

Jeff helps organizations build better products and executives build the cultures that build better products. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Lean UX and the Harvard Business Review Press book Sense & Respond, and the upcoming book Forever Employable. Jeff works as a coach, consultant, and keynote speaker helping companies bridge the gaps between business agility, digital transformation, product management, and human-centered design. Most recently Jeff co-founded Sense & Respond Press, a publishing house for practical business books for busy executives.

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Jeff Gothelf2020-11-01T13:11:20-04:00
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DYLAN GAMBARDELLA

EPISODE 109: Co-Founder / Co-CEO, Next Gen HQ

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Episode 109 features the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Next Gen HQ, Dylan Gambardella. I was grateful to meet Dylan last year as I attended their Next Gen Summit in NYC and I love what him and the team at Next Gen HQ are doing to help create momentum for young entrepreneurs on their path to achieving their mission in life.

Find Dylan Online:

Website – dylangambardella.com

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/dylangambardella/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/DylGambardella

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/dylangambardella/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DylanGambardella

About Dylan:

Dylan Gambardella is a 24-year-old entrepreneur, speaker, and investor. Dylan is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Next Gen HQ, a business hub empowering the world’s greatest entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to overcome obstacles and chase their dreams.

Dylan has helped leading brands including Target, Capital One, and Dell access, engage with, and influence the next generation. He has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Adweek, Entrepreneur, and USA Today for his work leading a venture-backed, scaling a startup. A graduate of Duke University (‘17), Dylan has spoken in front of tens of thousands on global stages including TEDx.

Check out Next Gen HQ:

Website – https://nextgenhq.com/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nextgenhq/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/NextGenHQ

Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/company/nextgenhq/

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Dylan Gambardella2020-11-01T13:07:18-04:00
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MATTY SCHAEFER

EPISODE 108: Co-Founder, Vade

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Episode 108 features a young, sharp entrepreneur named Matty Shaefer who is the Co-Founder of Vade, a company making parking more convenient by making real-time parking availability data accessible to every city and driver.

Find Matty Online:

Website: www.matty.carrd.co

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattyschaefer/ 

Twitter:https://twitter.com/mstechyt/

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

About Matty:

Matty is a 22-year-old entrepreneur that recently graduated from UNC as a Robertson Scholar and Adams Apprentice with a degree in Business Administration.

His first success was building a YouTube channel where he reviewed tech products like phones, laptops, and mechanical keyboards. Over 5 years, he grew the channel to over 500K subscribers, 70M video views, and six figures of revenue through partnerships with tech giants like Disney, Amazon, and LG. In 2018, Matty stopped creating videos to focus on ventures outside of the world of social media.

Since then, Matty co-founded Vade to make parking more convenient by making real-time parking availability data accessible to every city and driver. Vade developed patent-pending IoT camera sensors that are solar-powered, connect via LTE, and can be installed on any pole in a matter of minutes. Staying true to the mission, Vade provides these cameras to cities at no cost, and instead they monetize the data through integrations with parking vendors and wayfinding apps.

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Matty Schaefer2020-11-01T13:16:16-04:00
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EPISODE 107: Founder, Visionaria Consulting

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Episode 107 features Ashley Olafsen, Founder of Visionaria Consulting, which supports small businesses through consulting services. I met Ashley through the Next Gen HQ community and was inspired by her story to start M.O.V.E. when she was 16 and then continue on with her entrepreneurship journey in starting Visionaria Consulting.

Here is a link to the book she recommends that she always goes back to:

“When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron – https://www.amazon.com/When-Things-Fall-Apart-Difficult/dp/1611803438

Find Ashley Online:

Website: https://www.visionariaconsulting.com 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-olafsen-256108b5/

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

About Ashley:

Ashley Olafsen is a 2 time published author, TEDx speaker, and social entrepreneur who is passionate about building inspiring businesses. Ashley accidentally became an entrepreneur at the age of 16, when she gave an empowerment workshop to a group of 8th-grade girls.

After realizing her passion for helping others, Ashley co-founded MOVE, LLC, through which she has directed over 100 workshops and 6 week-long summer programs for teenage girls, focusing on self-esteem, body image, leadership, and more.

During college, Ashley created an online video series focusing on the same topics, for students. The 10-part online workshop series, titled ‘Let’s Talk About It: The Workshop Series For Students’ is implemented in wellness and guidance curricula all over New England.

Today, Ashley is the Founder and CEO of Visionaria Consulting and supports small businesses with her consulting services. She is a Vital Voices Fellow, PINK GRL PWR Project Winner, and To learn more about Ashley, visit here: http://www.ashleyolafsen.com/ or www.visionariaconsulting.com

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Ashley Olafsen2020-11-01T13:16:59-04:00

Next Gen and Chill

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I was sitting on a weekly “Community Coffee” Zoom call that the Next Gen group puts together weekly led by Rachel Gross, the Next Gen Director of Community. It’s an open forum for members to show up and have a collective discussion about almost anything. As we were having a debate around what people are doing to grow themselves, both personally and professionally, it reminded me of just how powerful a community Next Gen is. Here I was, around a mix of people of all different backgrounds, ages, and experiences but with the same common vision in mind – to surround themselves with a support system of like-minded people that are enthusiastic and inspired to change the world for the better.

I’ve been fortunate in many areas of my life for the opportunities that have come my way both as lessons learned from tough times or luck that just happened to work out in my favor.

One of those “luck” moments was the serendipitous introduction to Justin Lafazan, Co-Founder of Next Gen, to be a guest on my Just Get Started Podcast. Thanks, Bryan Wish for the intro!

Fast-Forward 18-months and the connections and life-long friends I have made from that single encounter could not be put accurately into words or probably an equivalent dollar amount.

I was able to attend their Next Gen Summit event in June of 2019, their signature event for their group of entrepreneur members, which totals in the thousands.

I’ve met countless Podcast guests through there, mentors, friends, and even have had the chance to provide guidance to members in need.

One member, in particular, Rich Keller has focused my mind on understanding who I am and the mission I have in life and has helped me discover my One Word, Navigator, which has been a key to defining that purpose.

Other members, Sean Casey and Nick Costelloe, Founders of Universal Dialect, have become fast friends and always have a couch for me to crash on when I visit NYC.

And Chau Mui, Founder of Ciaooo! Magazine has become a great friend where we can be a sounding board for one another with advice while always having the best intentions for the other in mind.

I have dozens of these examples from being a part of this group.

Throughout our lives, we come into new groups and leave old ones. We spend a little time with some and a whole bunch of time with others. We all have reasons for joining certain groups or being attracted to certain situations.

Mine was a community.

I haven’t had many great support systems in my life. Growing up as a middle child and having low self-esteem, I had a hard time fitting into a lot of groups and didn’t have a ton of friends growing up. As I got older and started to find my voice I found the best group of friends anyone could ever ask for. Guys that are still my friends 20 years later. But, as I started to venture into the entrepreneurial waters and tap into my mission in life, I was looking for a new support system, one that looked a lot different than any group I’d ever been a part of before. The Next Gen group appeared to be that fit I was looking for, even as an older Millenial like myself.

My expectations have been exceeded.

From their member-driven Facebook group, to live interviews with well-known Founders, to being one email or message away from making a warm connection to anyone, these folks have the goods.

Full Disclosure, this post was originally slated to be about great support systems, and maybe there was a flavor of that, but it’s also turned into a Next Gen Pep Rally of sorts, which I’d be leading the marching band in. The momentum behind this group, led by Founders Justin Lafazan and Dylan Gambardella, is unreal and I’m so thrilled to be a part of the next phase of Next Gen as we come out of these unprecedented times and into a “new start” filled with optimism, innovation, and gratitude; all key characteristics of the Next Gen group.

I’d encourage anyone looking for a new support system in their lives, has the drive to do great things, and has the “go-giver” mentality, to look towards Next Gen as a place for you.

Go check out their website here: https://nextgenhq.com/

Hope to see you at the next Community Coffee!

Carpe Diem,

Brian

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Next Gen and Chill2021-03-19T10:42:25-04:00

Pain + Reflection = Progress

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I’ve followed Ray Dalio for many years and this is one of his cornerstones to a successful life.

Pain + Reflection = Progress

You need to go through bouts of pain and then add the element of reflection to the mix in order to grow to the next level.

As I pondered this more, I thought about my sales career and the sales professionals I’ve been around. We were always taught, as many in sales are, to find the “pain” with the prospect. Pull out the “pain” and you’ll be able to help them realize where you can help them.

But how many times do we take our own medicine? 

A virtual show of hands… How many people have figured out where their “pain” is in their sales process or career and worked hard to improve that area?

I didn’t think so. I’ve been bad in this department as well.

What we found that “works” is solid and we continue to use it over and over. Same pitch. Same play. Same song and dance.

When have we stepped outside that comfort and got really nervous or awkward or silly in order to improve? 

Maybe an SDR is struggling to get the right messaging on prospecting calls. When was the last time you did a role play and got really uncomfortable? When was the last time you actually asked a prospect what they thought of your approach? When was the last time…(insert your own curiosity)

Maybe it is someone that gets nervous with large groups in presentations. Instead of continuing down that road, have you considered Improv classes? Toastmasters? Volunteering at an event where you are thrust into speaking in front of people? Again, insert your own question here.

We are really good at getting to the “pain” of our future clients but have an extremely difficult time putting ourselves in that painful situation to improve first. 

It sucks but it’s the only way.

My question to leave you with is this…

What one thing can you do this week to feel some pain but know that it will push you forward to new heights?

Pain + Reflection = Progress2021-03-19T10:39:35-04:00

100+ Episodes and We’re Just Getting Started

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Do you know what these numbers signify?

880 Days…5,300 hours…100 People

The numbers above equal 880 days since I started the Podcast, over 300 hours of editing, over 5,000 hours of content, and over 100 Guests….and the Just Get Started Podcast is just heating up.

I didn’t realize the amount of time I’d take to get this far when I decided to begin. And as the great Jesse Itzler says, “I didn’t come this far to only come this far”. So I sure as hell am not stopping now.

The time investment never comes across the mind of someone determined to get outside their “fear neighborhood” and start something. Until I wrote those numbers above (and used a calculator to help) I never cared about the amount of time because all along the journey to achieving my mission was the most important. 

I balked on starting the Podcast for two years out of fear of what others would say and a poor self-confidence that I could even do it. 

I worried. 

I pondered. 

I battled myself. 

…But then I acted.

I built up this confidence, not in a single day, or a week, or even year but over a long period of time of consistent reflection and glances in the “accountability mirror”. I realized that maybe I could be the voice for others that have fear in their life. Those that have a fear to take the leap.

As Brene Brown once said, “I don’t leap for the perfect landing, I leap for the feeling in the air”. I thought that maybe I can be the invisible nudge they’ve need all along to take the leap.

And that’s why I began on this quest. 

And that’s why I continue to battle the doubt that creeps in and the imposter syndrome that looms too closely in the night. 

I know I can be their rock when life is holding the scissors in the hopes that the spark inside them fuels a bigger fire that can light the path for others in the future.

The numbers are irrelevant. The only ones I care about are the people positively affected by the message.

As long as that number is >1 then we’ve succeeded.

If you’ve read this far down then you get it. You feel the burn. You realize you have something deeper inside that yearns to get out into the world. You owe it to others to let it out.