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KASEY JONES

EPISODE 381: Growth Coach and Consultant to Entrepreneurs and Startups

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Episode 381 features Kasey Jones, a Growth Coach and consultant to 100s of Entrepreneurs and Startups.

Find Kasey Online:

Website: https://abetterjones.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABetterJones

About Kasey:

Kasey Jones is a Growth Coach and consultant to 100s of Entrepreneurs and Startups.

She teaches entrepreneurs to unlock inner wisdom, build unshakeable confidence, create sustainable, scalable growth, and help turn them into profitable business leaders that dominate their industry.

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Kasey Jones2023-10-03T17:25:52-04:00

Pod Starter

I was struggling to start a Podcast for 2 years from 2015-2017.

I let self-limiting beliefs from childhood creep in when I was on the brink of starting.

I kept making excuses.

I never started.

Then, 6 years ago I had an epiphany. What if I Just Get Started ?

If I had the courage to start, maybe I could help others muster up their own to start whatever they wanted.

With that idea and a meaning to grab on to, the Just Get Started Podcast was born in November 2017.

Inspiration can hit us at any time but it’s the execution that matters.

Just Get Started and see where the magic can lead us!

Pod Starter2023-09-30T13:44:13-04:00

Outcome Goals

When people say they want to write a book what they mean is they want to publish a book.

When people say they want to run a marathon what they mean is they want to finish the marathon.

When people say they want to do something what they generally mean is they want the feeling of completing something.

There is a gap between the act of starting and the glory of finishing.

The gray area is the work.

The people who love the journey, the highs and lows, and the unknown are more likely to reach a pinnacle of achievement.

They prepare daily by showing up and putting in effort.

They realize the reward is in the opportunity to get to do the work.

Outcome goals are important but what are the daily inputs to make it a reality?

Outcome Goals2023-08-06T10:30:06-04:00

The Starting Spectrum

Where are you on the “starting spectrum”?

  • Are you feeling stuck?
  • Are you excited but fearful?
  • Are you thinking about ideas?
  • Are you trying to “find the time”?
  • Are you observing like-minded folks?
  • Are you curious about how to grow and evolve?

If you fall into one or more of these categories then you are in a great spot.

It means you are eager to make a shift in your life.

You are on the cusp of a massive change.

But, what is going to tip you over the edge?

Is there one action you can take today to give yourself a jolt forward?

Lean into that answer and trust the unknown.

It will become clearer once you start.

The Starting Spectrum2023-08-06T10:17:14-04:00

Action Packed

The action of starting ends up being a lot easier when we’ve already started in our minds.

The action is connected to the need to change.

Despite that our confidence may be low and fear is gripping at our ankles, if we have the courage to decide to choose a better path for our life, starting becomes easier.

Simple to imagine, harder to implement.

Why? Because we spend more time thinking about the things that could go wrong instead of believing that we have the chance for it to go right.

Mindset is always the appropriate first step when we are struggling to get started.

The glimmer of hope that we are worthy enough to make the attempt is all the positivity we need to take the leap.

The rest will build from there.

Action Packed2023-08-04T14:45:19-04:00

Imagine and Create It

Is the life you have today the one you want?

If not, it’s the perfect time to start creating a new one for yourself.

Thinking you have to have it all figured out is your imaginary blockade to start.

Starting anything is like venturing down a trail that hasn’t been shaped yet.

We get to create the path.

There will be thorny bushes, large gorges, and steep hills along with beautiful flat terrain that reflects beauty for miles in the distance.

There is no exact path or a perfect way to go.

There is no “if I do this then that will happen”.

It doesn’t work like that.

It’s about taking a leap and forging ahead and making decisions that align with our values and vision.

We’ll get scraps and scars.

The calluses will heal over.

We’ll build strength step by step.

We’ll have the courage to get up after we stumble instead of sitting on the ground and pouting.

And don’t worry about getting lost, that’ll happen, but we’ll also be finding ourselves each and every day.

Imagine and Create It2023-06-25T12:13:06-04:00

Popular Culture

The pop culture phenomena that we become awestruck with were made up of people just like you and me.

From a mixture of environment, observation, imagination, twisted reality, hard work, and a touch of luck these creations came into being.

Think Harry Potter or Hamilton, Mickey Mouse or Marvel, Toy Story or Transformers.

Something being adopted as “mainstream” or “popular” was once scribbled and scrutinized by its various creators.

Nobody was going to like them and it wasn’t going to work.

Until it did.

We might not have the next Harry Potter written but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t put in the effort to make the attempt.

It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do the thing we want to do and keep iterating when we feel compelled.

We may not have the next pop culture creation but our thing will be a success to us and those we surround ourselves with.

That’s all that should matter and it should be the motivation we need to start.

Popular Culture2023-06-24T20:43:37-04:00

Personal Experience

The only reason it appears to work is because others have been doing it. 

The “winners write history” as the saying goes.

But it doesn’t mean you have to do it that way. 

Take Publishing Podcast episodes, here’s how some of the best do it:

Joe Rogan = 3x / week

Tim Ferriss = 6x / month

Andrew Huberman = 5-6x / month

Dax Shepard = 4x / week

Theo Von = 1x / week

Lex Fridman = 5-6x / month

It’s good to look at those we admire but we have to make decisions that align with our vision for the future.

What’s the cadence that works best for you with your project?

If you do it long enough maybe others will think it’s the best way, too.

Personal Experience2023-06-24T11:43:18-04:00

A Billion To One

Of the 8 billion humans on this planet, less than a few dozen would know simple facts about our great-grandparents.

Of those, most could barely share but a few details about our great-great-grandparents.

Almost nobody has a clue about our great-great-great grandparents.

In a few generations, we won’t be remembered.

That could scare us into asking “What does it matter?” or it could invigorate us into asking “What do I have to lose?”

A Billion To One2023-06-23T10:59:10-04:00

Admiration

The people that inspire us were making it up as they went along.

They didn’t have it figured out either.

They were distracted.
They were depressed.
They were cruel to themselves.
They wanted to quit many times.

What inspires us is that they stuck with it through all of the shitty moments.

We don’t admire them because they did something great.

We admire them because they did something.

Admiration2023-05-21T14:50:52-04:00
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Laura Gassner Otting

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Episode 348 features Laura Gassner Otting, an Author, Catalyst, and Coach and through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo.

Her new book, “WonderHell: Why Success Doesn’t Feel Like It Should…And What To Do About It” is out now – https://www.wonderhellbook.com/

Find Laura Online:

Website: http://lauragassnerotting.com/

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/heylgo

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtrsI8y-nZ-iLizqUz_2CQ

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

About Laura:

Laura Gassner Otting helps people get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results.

Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and a catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.

Laura’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at a respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com; and founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission-driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. She is the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose, and most recently the author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life, which debuted at #2 on the Washington Post bestseller list, right behind Michelle Obama, and which Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts chose as one of her Favorite Books of 2019.

Through her own commitment to give back, Laura has helped build a local Montessori school, co-founded a women’s philanthropic initiative, advised a start-up national women’s PAC, grew a citizen-leadership development program, and completed three charity-inspired marathons—projects emblematic of her passions and values. She’s turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She’s an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like.

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Laura Gassner Otting2023-10-03T20:04:48-04:00

You Can’t Do It

“You’re not a Children’s book author”

That was a loop running in my head daily back in 2012 after I had written most of my first children’s book.

Then I shelved it for 7 years. Why?

Inadequate and self-loathing Brian joined in on the party daily.

I kept telling myself I wasn’t good enough.

I wasn’t a writer, or an author and had any business thinking so.

Looking back it is laughable how much I let the “old Brian” control the steering wheel with that negative thinking.

What wasn’t I good enough for?

It wasn’t good enough for me because I put other people on these unimaginable pedestals that they were somehow so different and I needed to “stay in my lane.”

Do you know the only difference?

They started.

They put in the work.

They reaped the benefits of failure and then would iterate and expand on it.

They had the courage to create their life, not just let it happen.

They weren’t miles ahead of me.

They were on their own path.

Their journey was totally different.

They decided to put a line in the sand and cross over to the other side.

They made commitments to themselves and stuck with it.

It was non-negotiable.

That was the difference between 2012 and 2019 when I picked back up the project and decided to complete the book, “Luke’s 1st Round of Golf”

I “burned all of the boats.”

There was no turning back now.

I was done negotiating with myself.

I was done letting an old way of thinking control me.

I was done living in fear of the unknown.

I wasn’t ready to tackle all that was ahead but that didn’t stop me from starting.

It was the only choice I allowed myself to have.

You Can’t Do It2023-05-12T19:32:14-04:00

The Golf Guy

If you asked me 15-years-ago I was going to be one of the best PGA Teaching Professionals in the country.

Golf was what I knew and it was the only thing I was highly excited about.

But we evolve and change our colors.

We don’t have to stay how we were.

One of the hardest points of my life was leaving the golf industry.

I was the “golf guy” in town and around my friend groups.

When you thought of Brian you thought about golf.

They were synonymous.

I was tied to that identity.

It was difficult to leave.

But I had to. I was being pulled in another direction.

When we become open to new ideas and expose ourselves to unique opportunities, although scarier and unknown, we can create a level of happiness we never could’ve imagined for ourselves.

It doesn’t mean you have to leave your career, friends, or spouse.

It doesn’t mean you have to do anything.

But if you are questioning where you are at at this moment in your life it’s not a bad thing to expose yourself to the question of “what if?”

What if I was willing to step into the unknown because it felt right?

What if I made better choices for what I wanted?

What if I learned new skills that interested me?

The next phase of our life may not look like our current one but we must make choices about what we want and choose a path leading in that direction.

Otherwise, we may waste years living an identity that doesn’t suit us any longer.

The Golf Guy2023-05-12T19:24:56-04:00

Starter Jacket

Let’s acknowledge all of the “Starters” and not just the Entrepreneurs.

A lot of things posted on social media categorize the people “doing things” only as entrepreneurs.

That’s a small minority.

Here’s to all of the people who recently:

  • Started that garden
  • Dedicated time to reading
  • Added a walking meeting
  • Asked out a person they liked
  • Put healthier options in their shopping cart
  • Pondered what was giving them anxiety
  • Started to learn an instrument
  • Put in time on an idea they had

If you’re starting something then I want to give you a big virtual high five.

You’ve crested a hill many are unwilling to climb.

Keep up the great work and keep going!

Starter Jacket2023-04-22T13:06:48-04:00

Fresh Start

Nothing happens until you start.

No experience.

No learning.

No failure.

No nothing.

If we keep it up in our heads or push it aside for one more day it only eats at us like a dead carcass rotting in the road.

Slowly and painfully until we hate ourselves for it.

Regret creeps in and it adds stress to our lives.

We have to do ourselves a favor and start.

It doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect.

It just has to be what we want to do.

Fresh Start2023-04-07T14:56:15-04:00
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Episode 341 features Ben Miller, Founder of ChroniFI, and someone who is passionate about personal finance and reallocating human capital to its highest and best use.

Find Ben Online:

Website: https://www.chronifi.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-miller-chronifi/

ChroniFi Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/chronifi-podcast/id1597816029

About Ben:

Ben is the Founder of ChroniFI, passionate about personal finance and reallocating human capital to its highest and best use. He built a system to solve his own problem and figure out when he could move on from trading derivatives to building his own company. He is now using that same system to help others make decisions that are better aligned with their goals and values by understanding their money in terms of time.

ChroniFI helps people simplify their finances by understanding their finances in terms of time. With that simplicity in hand, users are empowered to confidently make better decisions that actually align with their values and goals. People have real and personal questions, like “Do I have enough?” “When will I have enough?,” or “Can I afford to do the work that I love?” ChroniFI helps a user understand these answers within the context of his or her own life, and then zero in on the behaviors that can help that person make progress toward that ideal life while enjoying every step along the way.

Ben’s oldest daughter (then 2 years old, now 6 years old) told Ben her favorite thing to do was to walk on the grass. ChroniFI grew out of Ben’s quest to give her some grass on which to walk.

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Ben Miller2023-04-06T20:08:45-04:00

Just Do It

Nothing that is going to be worth it, in the long run, will be easy to start today.

So if you’re wondering if should you do it or not, the answer is an emphatic YES!

Because here’s the thing, what’s the worse that could happen?

Most likely it will end up less painful than the regret you’ll feel from not making the attempt.

Just Do It2023-04-07T14:01:53-04:00
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Episode 336 features Mike Lewis, Author of “When To Jump: When The Job You Have Isn’t The Life You Want”

Find Mike Online:

Website: http://whentojump.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/whentojump

Twitter: https://twitter.com/whentojump

Facebook: http://fb.com/whentojump

Mike’s Story:

Technically, this project started when I was 24. Only I didn’t know it then. What I did know was that I was at a crossroads.

​I was sitting at my desk in Boston, thinking about my longtime dream: take a break from corporate America and play the professional squash tour. I wanted someone to tell me when to go, but no one was gonna say, “Mike, it’s now July 1, time to go chase your dream, remember?” I could feel it slipping away.

Before letting that fear totally take over, I realized I couldn’t be the first and only person to be in this position. So I boiled it down to a simple question: should I stay the course in something comfortable, or take a risk to chase my passion? This seemed like a simple enough question. I wondered what others had done.

So I asked. I tracked down anyone who left something safe, whatever that was: a job in consulting or social work, in teaching or engineering. Through these conversations, I began collecting stories, with the common thread being that each person left something comfortable to pursue a passion. I stumbled into people from all over: ex-bankers, electricians, scientists, journalists–people from all walks of life who left the safe inertia of their own circumstances to try and do what they really wanted to be doing.

So I boiled it down to a simple question: should I stay the course in something comfortable, or take a risk to chase my passion?

After a while, it became clear that this was interesting stuff. I was compelled to share. I began passing these stories along to friends and family, bus passengers and bartenders—others who were at their own crossroads. The stories caught on. They were helpful and inspiring. I thought of a better way to get them out.

So that is what I am doing now. This project is about jumping. Sharing the amazing stories and ideas of those who have jumped into the unknown. Without them, I wouldn’t have been encouraged to jump. These stories enriched my life and I hope they enrich yours too.

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Mike Lewis2023-04-11T19:52:05-04:00

How To Eat An Elephant

We don’t read a whole book in one sitting.

It’s done Paragraph by paragraph.
Chapter by chapter.
Word by word.

That’s how any meaningful work is completed.

Small actions compound into big results.

If you’re struggling to start, what one action has to happen to get you going forward?

Forget step #2 right now. It doesn’t matter.

What’s the first step?

Do it today!

Start building that compounding effect our future selves will be grateful for.

How To Eat An Elephant2023-02-12T10:04:03-04:00
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Episode 328 features Sarah Panus, a brand storytelling strategist, podcast host of Marketing With Empathy®, and owner of Kindred Speak® consulting.

Find Sarah Online:

Website: www.kindredspeak.com

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

Marketing With Empathy Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/marketing-with-empathy-podcast/id1535789654

About Sarah:

Sarah Panus is a brand storytelling strategist, podcast host of Marketing With Empathy®, and owner of Kindred Speak® consulting.

Pulling from 20 years of experience helping billion-dollar brands drive leading ROI through editorial brand storytelling, she helps content marketers & brands more confidently navigate the world of brand storytelling. Previous clients include Sleep Number, Christos Bridal, Nestle Waters, Starbucks, PetSafe, and the American Heart Association. Sarah works with clients by either doing the work for them through her agency services; OR, coaching them to think like Editorial Directors in one of her online courses. Visit www.kindredspeak.com to learn more.

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Sarah Panus2023-01-24T22:03:35-04:00

Brave The Elements

Starting is the hardest part.

There’s no denying that.

Whether starting something brand new or beginning from the starting line again.

Starting is unknown. And that scares us.

We have to venture out into a wilderness not seen before, take big risks, and deal with the harsh emotions that come with it.

As much as it’s a daunting task, what should scare us more is the complacency that comes from sheltering in place, barricading the walls, and covering the windows.

With being okay with the status quo.

When we are afraid to start we have to imagine what the regret might feel like if we don’t.

That premonition might be all the nudge we need to kickstart us on our journey forward.

Brave The Elements2022-12-13T21:19:38-04:00

Started From The Bottom

Starting back from the beginning is one of the hardest parts of life.

We question whether the investment was worth it.

But are we really starting over? Is this the same starting point?

We fail by not acknowledging all of the work we put in.
The mental and physical energy.
The struggle and sacrifice.
The commitment.
The learning.

Whether we succeed or fail is only how we define those terms.

What is a success, really, but an opportunity to pursue a fulfilling life?

Then why is trying a failure?

We have to see what’s there.
We have to see what can be accomplished.
We have to see what’s even worth it.

We’ve tried countless times in life and have failed spectacularly.

It doesn’t mean it hurts any less but it was necessary for our growth.

We should pick ourselves back up. Dust off. And get back to the next attempt.

Because we should consider ourselves lucky to even have one.

Started From The Bottom2022-12-10T17:07:37-04:00
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Episode 314 features Ben Knegendorf, the Co-Founder of Dropship Breakthru, where they help you build an ecommerce business in the next 30 days

Find Ben Online:

Personal Website: BenKnegendorf.com

Business Website: DropshipBreakthru.com

Podcast: https://DropshipPodcast.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/longjr7

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/benknegendorf

YouTube: DropshipBreakthru.com/youtube

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

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@dropshipbreakthru

About Ben:

I was 29 when I realized that if I kept driving a Walmart distribution center forklift for another year, I was gonna blow my brains out. It was May 5, 2014. I stole an extra bathroom break (risking — gasp! — a disciplinary write-up) and tapped out a note on my phone. That wasn’t the first time I’d had to kick my own ass. (And it definitely wasn’t the last.)

Since that day, I’ve:

Bought & flipped random estate-sale crap on eBay
Dropshipped pellet grills & accessories
Eliminated $40,000+ of personal debt
Rebuilt (and sold) an online 3D printer store from the ground up
Exited an adult coloring book business via Amazon FBA
Sold tiny house products
Become a partner in a high-tech standing desk business
Created more courses & podcasts than I can count
More recently, I founded a pet health company and exited a business that I helped take from $1 to $11M in annual revenue within just 2.5 years.

Take that, forklift.

Now I help driven eCommerce entrepreneurs as they get to the next level of their business — whatever that looks like
Look, I’m not the first person to say this — but if you have a good idea, you treat people well, and you’re willing, to be honest with yourself and your customers, then you can build something massively successful.

I also believe that virtually all businesses can scale. So there’s no limit on the size of the impact you can make.

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Ben Knegendorf2022-11-02T20:40:38-04:00

First In Line

We all experience the first-day jitters.

First time speaking in front of an audience.
First day of a new school year.
First time getting in the game.
First date.

The first day of anything new can make us feel all the things.

We’re not different than anyone else. We’re human.

Embrace being nervous and get excited about what could come of it.

Nothing great happens until we experience it firsthand.

First In Line2022-10-17T20:00:04-04:00

Blinders On

The cataclysmic discovery that can change the course of our life is the realization that almost nobody is thinking about us almost all of the time.

At first, it appears devastating until we realize that this is the same for everyone.

When this “aha” moment appears it begins to free us of the shackles that hold us into place and don’t allow us to start.

Don’t worry, there will be plenty of judgment, critiques, and snickers. We’ll get an earful from time to time for being different.

But it’s short-lived. Those people have other things that will distract them soon enough.

So press on. Move forward. Do you.

Forget what the naysayers are spouting.

They’re barely paying attention in the first place.

Blinders On2022-08-18T19:05:06-04:00
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Episode 272 features Vickie Leuenberger, a freelance mindset coach who works in multidisciplinary teams.

Find Vickie Online:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vickie-leuenberger-156b2b1b4/

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vickie.leuenberger/

Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/5OpZbzbRpxFS9a4E4Fz4k4?si=f18c7d683b99402a

About Vickie:

Vickie is a freelance mindset coach who works in multidisciplinary teams.

She comes from a background of high-level sports coaching and now transfers her knowledge of teamwork, leadership and motivation into the business world.

She is also NLP trained and is constantly learning new things on the human behaviour and mind.

In 2022, she started hosting wellness retreats and team building workshops.

2022 is also the year where she reaches her biggest goal of the decade, moving on a sailboat to start a nomad lifestyle.

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Vickie Leuenberger2022-08-19T16:07:41-04:00

Sitting Idle

What did we fail at today?

Failing means that we tried something uncomfortable or difficult and pushed ourselves a tad into a world of discomfort.

Acknowledging we failed shows us that we can accept our failures and it might give us the courage to try and fail again.

If we’re stuck, maybe the answer isn’t sitting idle and moping but getting out there and trying some new shit.

It’s just an idea we might want to ponder today.

Sitting Idle2022-08-11T19:58:26-04:00

Footsteps

If we get caught up comparing ourselves to others, we must remember this…

They are not a mile ahead of us. They are only just a few feet.

The difference is that they decided to start and hyperdrive their output.

That’s it.

They are no more uniquely qualified than us. We all have something special that could be leveraged if we wanted to.

We could forge our own path.

The hardest choice is whether we begin walking down it or not.

Footsteps2022-07-09T13:47:25-04:00
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Episode 224 features Clint Davis, Co-Founder, and CEO of Capsll App

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Website: https://www.capsll.app/

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capsll.app/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxHW3v_y_auxcjmui_dXK5g

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

About Clint:

People used to save their histories in books, memoirs, or photo albums; but we have failed to find comparable ways to preserve stories and share them with ease in our digital world. At best, memories are scattered across social media — if they’re recorded at all. Indeed, fewer people today are posting to the sites they once trusted with their memories. There just isn’t an effective platform for creating, storing and passing on first-person accounts in multiple media formats.

Enter Clint Davis: An entrepreneur with a passion for storytelling and preserving the past. As the CEO and Founder of Capsll App, Clint empowers others to save their histories and pass on their legacies.

Clint’s love for the stories that make each individual unique stems from his own remarkable life experiences and his 17-year career in radio and television broadcasting on four continents. Now, with Capsll App, Clint is encouraging others to preserve their special memories. With Capsll App, users can gather their once-scattered memories into digital time capsules that can be shared privately with full user control, or on an optional public feed to inspire others. Capsll App also provides users with coached storytelling, drawn from Clint’s broadcasting expertise. Unlike many platforms, Capsll captures no user data, has zero advertising, and allows users complete ownership of their content.

A cancer survivor who lost two siblings at a young age, Clint has always had a keen awareness of the importance of remembering the past, while also making the most of the present moment. He was born in South Africa, and witnessed the transition from the Apartheid system to democracy before moving to Dubai, and then, to Gold Coast Australia. Along the way, he embraced adventure — including skydiving and playing with lions — worked as a high-performance driving instructor, became a DJ at a top radio station, earned a theology degree, appeared on reality TV, and ran a podcast. A decades-long dream of living in the USA was realized when Clint won the green card lottery at a 0.73% chance. He and his wife moved to Los Angeles, and eventually settled in Austin, Texas.

In Clint’s words, “Always remember, there is a plan and a purpose for your life. You are valuable, and your story matters!” For more information, please visit https://www.capsll.app/.

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Clint Davis2022-04-04T20:38:42-04:00
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JERREMY ALEXANDER NEWSOME

EPISODE 220: Author, Advisor, Investing Guru

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Episode 220 features Jerremy Alexander Newsome, Founder of Real Life Trading.

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Website: https://www.jerremynewsome.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerremy-newsome-99850847/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/newsomenuggets

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jerremy.Newsome

About Jerremy:

In November 2014, Jerremy Alexander Newsome launched Real Life Trading, a company designed to make trading accessible to everyone. This starting point has allowed him to assist and enrich tens of thousands of lives while also growing the company organically to a seven-figure business. Jerremy started his love for business and growth at the age of seven, after watching the movie Forrest Gump with his family. Do you remember the scene, where Forrest said, “Lt Dan invested in some fruit company and now we don’t have to worry about money anymore?”

Growing up dirt poor, the thought of never having to worry about money seemed appealing. He asked his father to explain investing and his father taught him about Apple Computers. He begged him to invest. Finally, his father agreed to match his deposit, dollar for dollar. He saved $1,500 picking blackberries and selling them door to door. They bought $3,000 worth of AAPL shares back in 1995. To date, they would be worth $14,000,000

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Jerremy Alexander Newsome2022-03-13T15:23:05-04:00
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Episode 217 features Jake Aronskind, CEO and Co-Founder of Pepper.

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Website: https://linqapp.com/jakearonskind

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-aronskind/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jakearonskind

About Jake:

New Jersey-born living in New York City! I graduated from Vanderbilt University and worked as a prop trader until realizing I loved learning about the companies I was trading more than actually trading them. I am also an avid collector.

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Jake Aronskind2022-03-05T15:48:14-04:00
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Episode 215 features Andrew Bowker, a Senior Product Manager at IBM. Andrew shares his experiences with aspiring product managers on Linkedin about how to build side products to break into the same.

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-bowker/

About Andrew:

After graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Andrew went straight into…. you guessed it….not mechanical engineering.

Instead, he joined a nonprofit org where he learned a ton about frugality, leadership, trust, and what it means to be a team player. He’d then go on to join startups in RDU before going back to school for technology commercialization. While in school, he tried and failed to launch 3 different products but leveraged his experience to break into the competitive field of Product Management in Big Tech. Now Andrew shares his experiences with aspiring product managers on Linkedin about how to build side products to break into the same.

On the weekends, you’ll catch Andrew at the park with his dog and daughter, at the with his wife, or at the NC State football tailgate.

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Andrew Bowker2022-03-04T15:01:00-04:00
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Episode 212 features Dustin Brady a Middle-Grade Children’s Book Author widely known for his Trapped In A Video Game and Escape From A Video Game series.

His new book in his Escape From A Video Game series launches in April 2022. Pre-Order here

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Website: dustinbradybooks.com

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

About Dustin:

Dustin Brady writes funny, action-packed books for kids who think they hate reading. Although he regularly gets locked out of his own accounts for forgetting passwords, Dustin still remembers the Super Mario Bros. 3 Game Genie code for infinite lives. It’s SLXPLOVS. Dustin lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, kids, and a small dog named Nugget. His Trapped in a Video Game series has sold over one million copies.

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Dustin Brady2022-01-29T17:38:16-04:00

Perfect Game

Perfect doesn’t exist.

We’ll make mistakes. We’ll fail. We’ll embarrass ourselves.

Something is bound to go wrong.

But shouldn’t we expect that?

Nothing is ever perfect, and if something appeared to be, wouldn’t it feel manufactured and fake?

Embrace the stumbling and staggering and blindly wandering into the dark woods ahead.

Embrace not knowing the exact way.

You’re not alone, nobody else does either.

Perfect Game2022-06-28T19:41:53-04:00

The Secret Ingredient

When we are devouring some dessert in the aftermath of the Thanksgiving feast this year let that give us some perspective and a metaphor we can use for our lives. 

The dessert didn’t make itself. 

There were ingredients that were necessary to make that specific recipe and they didn’t peel, mix, whisk, or bake themselves. 

They needed the human touch. They needed our interpretation of a recipe and the work that goes in to see it through to completion. 

Life is like that. 

There are many opportunities that come into our life but nothing happens until we put our special touch on it. We have to be the ones to advance the cause because otherwise, that opportunity spoils. 

Certainly, we can’t see the alternative path had we taken it, but if it’s one we believe in deep down in our core then maybe it’s one we should consider advancing and seeing how it goes. 

Maybe we should start looking for those opportunities and acting on them today. Because with our unique perspective and view of the situation, we have the chance to turn it into a masterpiece.

The Secret Ingredient2021-11-21T21:22:10-04:00

Morevember

Inevitably, the holidays will come here soon and distractions upon distractions will once again give us the excuse to “just relax” until the new year. 

But, we’ve fallen into that trap far too often. We know that once the new year hits we’ll face more challenges that continue to push us away from what we really want to be doing. 

So Start now. Start to put a plan together today and start acting on it. 

Use November to be Morevember (corny, yes) but if it helps then let’s use it. 

What have you wanted to start in 2021 that you haven’t yet?

  • Reading a certain book
  • A home project
  • A business idea

Use this time before the holidays get ramped up to start. Block just 30 minutes this week to plan out how you are going to work on this through the holidays or tackle this project when it gets “busy”. What do the next few weeks look like until the New Year? 

Some ideas:

  • Every Weds morning you wake up 30 minutes earlier to put time toward it. 
  • Each day you block 10 minutes off at lunch to focus on the project 
  • Get a friend to join and have an accountability partner to go get coffee once a week to focus on it. 

Figure out something. It doesn’t matter. 

Thanksgiving will be here in a matter of days (or has already passed depending on when you read this) and then once December hits we can forget about it. We kick the can down the road another month. January is here before we know it.  

New Years’ resolution time! We make these resolutions that never stick. 

They don’t stick because we haven’t built the habit and routine into our day. 

Start that process now and when January rolls around we’ll already have momentum because we’ve put a plan in place. 

I’m almost certain this year’s New Years’ resolution will stick. 

This year will be different because you are different. 

You’ve made a commitment to change. 

Not because of some arbitrary date change on a calendar but you’ve changed your mindset to start putting time into what you want and what you think is important. 

That’s when real change starts to happen.

That’s when we start to pile up the progress.

That’s how habits start to stick.

Morevember2021-11-02T19:54:04-04:00
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Episode 183 features Jim Kukral, Founder of LifeApoc.com. As an almost fifty-year-old successful businessman, husband, and father of two, Jim realized that he needed to spend his remaining days on this planet helping people figure out how to live a life of significance, impact, and purpose.

Find Jim Online:

Life Apocalypse Website: https://www.lifeapoc.com

Personal Website: https://www.jimkukral.com

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

About Jim:

For 25-years Jim Kukral has been writing books (10), keynote speaking (150+), and building successful lifestyle businesses as a marketing entrepreneur. But the pandemic and a near-death diagnosis of colon cancer changed everything for Jim in 2020, so he threw away all his past success to start something completely different, a new brand called Life Apocalypse. As an almost fifty-year-old successful businessman, husband, and father of two, Jim realized that he needed to spend his remaining days on this planet helping people figure out how to live a life of significance, impact, and purpose.

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Jim Kukral2021-09-28T10:09:48-04:00

Compounding Efforts

Similar to yesterday, the earth made a full rotation. We didn’t feel it but we know it happened. We are back to the same spot where we started.

But are we?

The sun may be hanging in the sky but it’s in a slightly different position. Incremental but different. The weather is too. And so is that tree you might be looking up at. 

It’s all changed. But it’s so small we don’t even see it. 

Warren Buffet once said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a seed a long time ago”. 

That’s how growth looks. It’s small, almost microscopic, that we don’t realize it’s happening at the moment. But it’s happening to us and around us. 

The book we’re reading might inspire us to start something new and magical which leads us to become happier. 

The garden we wanted to start might soon become a banquet of nourishment for a local shelter. 

The person we mentored might go on to create something important that impacts the world positively. 

Our actions today can create a better world tomorrow for ourselves and the others around us. 

We must be willing to plant the seed and keep watering it every day. We may not be able to see it grow quickly but we know the work we are doing is generous and necessary and will produce fruitful results, one way or another. 

We don’t always know what those results will be but we’ll never have the chance to find out if we don’t start today.

Compounding Efforts2021-09-21T11:34:21-04:00
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Episode 175 features Eliot Popkin, an award-winning singer-songwriter, a business and personal development coach, and the author of Circle: Letters to My Younger Self.

His new book Circle is available at www.thecircleletter.com and listeners of the Just Get Started Podcast can use promo code Circle20 for 20% off.

Find Eliot Online:

Website: www.thecircleletter.com

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

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eliotpopkin

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecircleletter

About Eliot:

Eliot Popkin is an award-winning singer-songwriter, a business and personal development coach, and the author of Circle: Letters to My Younger Self. In addition to his own songs, he has written music for film, television, commercials, and other artists. However, despite this success, life hasn’t always been easy for Eliot. As a survivor of child abuse, he had to overcome a great deal and rediscover himself several times in order to become the man he is today.

Now, Eliot is channeling the wisdom he has gained into his memoir, Circle. Eliot takes readers on a journey from his boyhood as an abused, unhappy, frightened child to adulthood, where he learned to recognize, honor, and trust all the gifts life has bestowed on him. A beautiful memoir that inspires readers on their journey of self-discovery, growth, and forgiveness, Circle is for everyone who has a dream, anyone who ever felt too afraid to step out on faith and execute a passion in life, and anyone who was too reserved to share their gifts with the world.

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Eliot Popkin2021-08-24T16:50:31-04:00

Just Do The Thing

Blocking out the noise and going to do what we feel compelled to do sounds easier said than done at times. We often hear the opinions of others and let that in some way give us a false start and second guess the endeavors or ideas we want to go tackle.

Think about all the times people told us “You can’t do that” and then we proved them right. In those moments, trusting what we believe is best for us might have been the better decision. 

How come we took their thoughts as gospel and neglected our own?

You rarely see this with kids and I think we should all strive to be like nine-year-olds again where we listen to what other people are telling us we should do and then we go do the thing we want to do instead.

We are going to gain some valuable lessons and experiences anyways, they might as well be on our own terms.

Just Do The Thing2022-04-22T19:49:49-04:00

A Little Goes A Long Way

Starting anything can be intense and overwhelming. We’ve been great at other things and are comfortable in those environments now. It’d make sense to keep doing those things.

It’s sort of weird being the novice and having no clue what most of anything means. But that’s where the growing happens!

In times like these, it often helps to pull from your past experiences and remember how you started before. To be great at anything there had to be moments when you weren’t.

When we learned to ride a bike, it was the act of getting the helmet on that was the first big feeling, not riding down a hill at top speed with no hands.

When we learned to swim, it was just getting into a new body of water that felt different, it wasn’t doing cannonballs off the deep-end diving board.

We psych ourselves out from starting because of the fear of the unknown but generally the unknowns we truly fear are way down the road. If we started small, incremental, and took baby steps we’d develop knowledge as we moved along and the fear would subside as we built confidence.

We shouldn’t try to bite off more than we can chew at the beginning. A little movement in the right direction can go a long way to finding something that challenges us, inspires us, and fills us with happiness. That’s the whole point of starting in the first place.

A Little Goes A Long Way2021-08-01T20:31:47-04:00
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Episode 171 features Chris Michael Harris (CMH), the founder of StartupU, an interactive, online learning platform that teaches entrepreneurs how to take an idea or an existing business and turn it into a highly successful + profitable company.

Find Chris Online:

Website: http://chrismichaelharris.com

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

Instagram: https://instagram.com/HeyCMH

Twitter: https://twitter.com/heycmh

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/StartupU

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

About Chris:

Chris Michael Harris (CMH) is the founder of StartupU, an interactive, online learning platform that teaches entrepreneurs how to take an idea or an existing business and turn it into a highly successful + profitable company.

Having founded, bootstrapped, and scaled multiple startups to 7+ Figures in his mid-to-late twenties, Chris excels in taking concepts from the idea stage to traction and growth in extremely rapid succession.

Chris is the Entrepreneur in Residence for Silicon Valley-based Accelerator Program, Founder Institute

Chris is also the host of Entrepreneur Hour, a podcast that has trended as high as Top 5 worldwide on iTunes under Business, Health, and Education.

The show has featured many mainstream guests such as Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Guy Kawasaki, Dr Josh Axe, Marie Forleo, in addition to over 40+ NYT’s Best Selling Authors and Thought Leaders in their respective space.

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Chris Michael Harris2021-07-26T19:18:22-04:00
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Episode 168 features Mike Petrakis, a former D1 runner, entrepreneur, and the Co-Founder, and CEO of Bach. He previously bootstrapped e-commerce businesses in NYC. That scrappy entrepreneurial spirit led him to start BACH, the world’s leading platform to plan and book a bachelor/bachelorette party.

Find Mike Online:

Website: thebach.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-petrakis-a3445453/ 

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

About Mike:

Mike Petrakis is a former D1 runner, entrepreneur, and the Co-Founder, and CEO of Bach. He previously bootstrapped e-commerce businesses in NYC. That scrappy entrepreneurial spirit led him to start BACH, the world’s leading platform to plan and book a bachelor/bachelorette party.

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