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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VICKIE LEUENBERGER

EPISODE 272: Mindset Coach

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Episode 272 features Vickie Leuenberger, a freelance mindset coach who works in multidisciplinary teams.

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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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CLINT DAVIS

EPISODE 224: Co-Founder and CEO of Capsll App

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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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JAKE ARONSKIND

EPISODE 217: CEO & Co-Founder of Pepper

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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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ANDREW BOWKER

EPISODE 215: Senior Product Manager @ IBM

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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.

Find Andrew Online:

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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DUSTIN BRADY

EPISODE 212: Middle-Grade Children’s Book Author

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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

Find Dustin Online:

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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JIM KUKRAL

EPISODE 183: Founder of LifeApoc.com

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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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ELIOT POPKIN

EPISODE 175: Author, Songwriter and Business Coach

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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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CHRIS MICHAEL HARRIS

EPISODE 171: CEO and Founder of StartupU

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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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MIKE PETRAKIS

EPISODE 168: Co-Founder & CEO of BACH

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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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Mike Petrakis2021-07-06T20:24:48-04:00
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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

Swinging Into Action

Starting always takes energy, lots of energy. No matter what it is.

I was watching my son on the playground swing the other day and it reminded me of this fact. When you start on the swing it is very labor-intensive, assuming you are doing it yourself. You have to work back and forth to build up the speed and intensity to keep it going.

And then, at some point, it sort of just flows. We don’t have to fight it as much.

There is a lesson somewhere hidden in there.

We put a lot of decisions and contemplation on the table when trying to start something. Maybe there is a game plan we think we need to put into place. We might even have to juggle a schedule and “find” the time. There is a lot of energy expelled.

We are constantly trying to put all of the pieces together prior to starting something that we forget that the act of starting, the sheer process of putting one foot forward, is enough.

We don’t have to figure it all out on day one nor should we want to. Things will flow more smoothly and the momentum to create will build each and every time we put practice into whatever we are trying to go after.

Of course, there will be obstacles, but we have to let those naturally come into the mix as we progress versus creating artificial blockades right out of the gate.

If we start creating great energy from the onset we’ll be in a better flow state sooner with an increased chance to keep the momentum moving us forward.

Swinging Into Action2021-05-17T15:47:32-04:00

Clear and Present Danger

If you want to accomplish anything you must set goals. We hear this all day every day and although this is sound advice it also comes with caution because goals can be a safe haven for procrastination.

They’re safe because they are in a far off distant land many moons away from us. We can put off the work today because we know that the goals will take time. We can “start” tomorrow and we won’t question it.

As much as we love setting goals we might be equally terrified in putting in the work today. 

Actually getting down into the grind and doing can be hard.

That terrifies us because it means we have to be vulnerable to creation and expose ourselves to the follies that come with creating or doing anything. We will not be perfect and that is hard for us to handle.

The only way to overcome this is to create today. Start today. Whatever it is you want to start or desire to accomplish. 

But…

We have to do it again tomorrow, too. We have to keep putting in the work. Through the good days and the bad. Through the low points and the highs.

Goals are really a culmination of consistency over an extended period of time. So the only way we actually get there is by taking action now and continuing that action on a regular basis.

Start today and your “tomorrow self” will be grateful for the momentum you’ve created.

Clear and Present Danger2021-05-17T14:33:57-04:00

The Same But Different

Today could be that day. Maybe it was yesterday or it could be tomorrow.

At some point, there is a beginning to something new.

A new relationship.
A new endeavor.
A new way of thinking.

We’ve been here before. It’s not new, just different.

So when fear creeps in to limit us from the potential of asking out that person, taking that trip, or starting on that novel we must remember that it’s not always the “fear of the unknown” that stops us but it’s forgetting that we’ve been here before even if it might have been a little while.

We all have been curious or interested or excited at various points in our life. Don’t let today’s decisions be crippling because we forgot how exhilarating it was to go down a new path.

Because we’ve experienced all of this before.

It’s just different now.

The Same But Different2021-05-09T18:49:27-04:00

Are You In The Sandbox?

Have you ever watched a kid play in the sandbox?

Some waddle in, others go full-throttle, while plenty scope out the landscape before they enter.

I’ve never seen a kid not go in when the thought of playing in one is presented to them.

Kids are not held back by self-limiting beliefs. They don’t question what could go right or wrong.

They want to play, test, taste, and then iterate.

It may not be the iteration you think of but they iterate.

They build a castle, they knock it down.

They start to dig and then stop.

They drag a rake to make a road, and then they fill it with water for a moat.

Kids instinctively have an idea in their head, baked out or otherwise, as they enter the sandbox.

Then they keep ironing it out. Over and over. attempt after attempt.

It’s not about how great their masterpiece is or isn’t. That’s not what is most important.

It’s the fact that they went into the sandbox in the first place.

Are You In The Sandbox?2021-03-19T10:41:48-04:00
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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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LEXI GODLEWSKI

EPISODE 135: Marketing Strategist & Success Coach

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Episode 135 features Lexi Godlewski, Marketing Strategist & Success Coach

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Website: www.lexigodlewski.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lexigodlewski

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

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

About Lexi:

Lexi Godlewski is a heart-centered Marketing Strategist and Success Coach who helps experts transform into Soultrepreneurs! She’s also the podcast host of “Building My Empire”, which documents her journey as she builds her business from the ground up and gives listeners the secrets to creating a profitable business while experiencing the richness of life.

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Lexi Godlewski2020-12-06T22:56:24-04:00

Seth Godin

SETH GODIN

EPISODE 130: Founder, Akimbo | Author | Speaker

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Episode 130 features Seth Godin, Author of 19 best-selling books, and his new book The Practice: Shipping Creative Work covers intentional action (a better way to discuss ‘design thinking’), writer’s block (there’s no such thing), and criticism (most of it comes from fear and should be regarded with kindness). It helps people understand genre (not at all like ‘generic’) and the trap of becoming a hack (we must not sacrifice our standards simply to be heard).

Find Seth Online:

Website: https://seths.blog/

New Book: The Practice: Shipping Creative Work – Link to buy -> https://geni.us/kD6UWdp

About Seth

Hi. I’m Seth Godin. I’m a teacher, and I do projects.

For more than thirty years, I’ve been trying to turn on lights, inspire people, and teach them how to level up. This blog has been appearing daily for more than a decade. One day, if we meet, I hope you’ll share with me your favorite posts. Even better, I’d like to hear about how a book or course helped you interact with the world differently and make a difference.

I’ve spent most of my professional life as a writer. I’ve published 19 bestselling books. These books are a great way to go deep into a concept, and I think many of them stand the test of time.

Along the way, I’ve found countless detours, interesting projects designed to inspire and entertain you as you continue to do your work.

My latest book is called THIS IS MARKETING. It’s a bestseller.

The one before that was called Your Turn. It’s illustrated and shareable and provocative. I hope you’ll invest a few minutes to see what you’ve been missing.

In 2015, I created the altMBA. It’s a life-changing 30-day workshop and it’s entirely possible it will change your life.

More than 60,000 people have taken my online courses, including The Marketing Seminar and several on Udemy.

I’m in the Guerrilla Marketing Hall of Fame, the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, and, just recently, the plain old no-modifier Marketing Hall of Fame. Which is pretty cool.

You can read my free ebooks on the placebo effect and education. And there are five TED talks.

Go, make a ruckus.

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Seth Godin2020-11-12T19:10:46-04:00

Ryan McGuire

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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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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UMAMA KIBRIA

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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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

The Bootstrappers Guide To Podcasting

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Back in 2015 when I first began thinking of starting a podcast there were a lot of ideas in my head about what to do and how to go about it. After overthinking, making excuses, and ultimately failing at starting for two years, I finally took the leap and begun. Thus, the podcast name “Just Get Started” was born.

The reason, you might ask, as to why Just Get Started stuck with me is that I know there are a lot of people out there just like me. They have an idea and want to accomplish something bigger but for some reason, they have been pinned down by naysayers, fear of the unknown, and most of all, negative self-talk that buries your confidence and clouds your judgment. I want everyone to realize they have to take a different path than the norm to get more done then they have ever imagined. To do that, you must take the first step to overcome that fear and Just Get Started.

This won’t be a novel. This isn’t rocket science. There are a ton of great resources out there about monetizing podcasts, growing a following, and doing all sorts of crazy things with them. But, none of that matters until you start and I wanted to share one perspective on how you might go about it.

So, just like with what I struggled with, I wanted to give everyone some insight into what you might want to consider thinking about when beginning a podcast and some useful questions to ask yourself along the way. I’ll share a few tools I have used that have helped but in no way are the answer to every situation. A simple Google search would give you several options that may fit just as well and I’d encourage that. But don’t hamstring yourself with overthinking it. That’s what I did. Don’t make the mistake that you have to have everything figured out on Day 1 because you don’t.

This is not the end all be all guide to podcasting. I imagine, however, most people reading this are like me. They’ve listened to podcasts and enjoy the content and have always wanted to create their own but it seems like a ton of work and a lot of money that is needed to be spent to get started. I’m here to tell you that’s not the case at all and that you can create your own very quickly and with solid quality for minimal to no money.

You can do it BUT if you are going to do it then you have to give it everything. You have to commit to it. There are a lot of people that have started podcasts that do 6 episodes and quit. If you’re going to take the time to set this up and go through the motions then I suggest setting a minimum bar for yourself. Do at least 20 episodes and call it “Season One” or something like that. Then, sit and reassess and make sure this is something you want to commit to further. If you get past that, you’re golden!

I hope you enjoy some of my insight into podcasting and what I have learned through my experience of trial and error and figuring it out along the way. The views expressed in this ebook are my own and from over two years of being in the trenches and knocking out episodes almost weekly. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of reading as I did of writing and sharing.

Let’s get it started.

To get the full eBook please go here and download for free – The Bootstrapper’s Guide To Podcasting

The Bootstrappers Guide To Podcasting2021-03-19T10:41:53-04:00

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. 

Life is too short to keep pondering. 

Let’s get started, shall we? 

I can’t thank everyone but a few quick shoutouts….

Thanks to Matt Heinz for being my first guest on the Podcast

Thanks to Gary Vaynerchuk for 9 years of being my “virtual mentor”

Thanks to Ryan McGuire for the great design work

Thanks to Rich Keller for coining my ONE Word, “The Navigator”

Thanks to Rob Munz for being the best Mentor and Friend anyone could ever ask for

…And Thanks to the Late, great Coach Larry Hynes for telling a young 18-year old that “You have incredible Pitch and Tone, You should be on the radio someday

Truly blessed. Truly Grateful.

Carpe Diem,

Brian

100+ Episodes and We’re Just Getting Started2021-03-19T10:41:54-04:00
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