Rank #1: 52: Former Navy SEAL, turned influencer / competitive ultrarunner - Chadd Wright
On this episode, Chadd Wright, former Navy SEAL, turned influencer, competitive ultrarunner, entrepreneur, business owner and husband, sat down and talked with us about how it’s important to “train like you fight”. To train during the times of peace and serenity so when you go into the battlefield scenario, you have the tools and knowledge you need to make the right decisions when it matters most.
Feb 11 2020
Rank #2: 2: How Becoming An Entrepreneur Changes your Outlook on Life w/ Kevin Jablon
Kevin Jablon had no choice but to become an entrepreneur. It was in his DNA.
From standing on a street corner in Philly selling pretzels, to taking the leap in starting his own flooring business 11 years ago, Kevin always knew he wanted to be his own boss.
He originally had this entrepreneur spirit because he wanted to make money. As Kevin puts it, he had champagne tastes. He wanted the newest shoes. He wanted to be at the coolest concerts. Even when Kevin started Spartan Surfaces, he did so because he wanted to increase his income.
But this all changed years later when he saw how big of an impact his business had on his employees. He saw the families it touched, and Kevin was forever changed. He could no longer be focused only on himself and the money he was making.
He needed to focus on the culture of his company and how he could do the most good for the most amount of people. Spartan Surfaces moved from a “me” culture to a “we” culture almost overnight. Kevin wants his legacy to be that of a man who has impacted a lot of lives directly - both at work and at home!
Now he’s proud to say that he’d rather have a great culture at work and a happy home life than a great P&L statement. We sat down with Kevin on this episode of the Cannonball Mindset Podcast to talk about his journey as a transformed entrepreneur.
Jun 26 2018
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Rank #3: 40: Why Culture and People Matter Most in Business w/ Peter Emmons
Peter is like the corporate Patch Adams - focused on the people in his company.
An entrepreneur from the start, he believes that creating a culture of joy and positivity makes a world of a difference. Caring for your people is what catapults your company to success.
Who are you sharing your company with? Peter, just like many business leaders, quickly realized that growth means delegation - a sharing of the creative responsibility, result ownership, and business success. This is trust, and it’s difficult to do.
But he believes It’s the small things that make you successful. Investing in your corporate culture creates an environment of growth and trust, allowing people to enter it and flourish. These are the people with whom you can share the vision for your business. They’ll load the catapult.
Peter shared his baby steps toward success on this episode of Cannonball Mindset.
May 14 2019
Rank #4: 26: How Getting Cut From His Own Father’s Baseball League Taught One Man the Value of Hard Work w/ Steve Strauss
Put yourself in this scenario: your dad is running tryouts for your town’s baseball league…
When the time comes to get picked for a team, your dad tells you that you didn’t make a team. But, he says, if you work hard enough, maybe next year there will be a spot for you.
That’s exactly what happened to Steve Strauss when he was 14 years old. He could have let that ruin his self confidence or held a grudge against his father, but that’s not the kind of household that Steve grew up in.
Instead of taking this defeat personally, he vowed to get better and make the team next year. This sort of upbringing fueled Steve to become a serial entrepreneur who is constantly challenging himself to be better every single day.
Chad and Steve have known each other for decades. Chad was over Steve’s house constantly while they were growing up and they were even roommates in adulthood.
Chad sat down with Steve for this episode of The Cannonball Mindset to talk about Steve’s family growing up, lessons learned along the way, and entrepreneurship.
Jan 08 2019
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Rank #5: 17: How To Build Your Life Resume w/ Jesse Itzler
Most people live 80% versions of themselves. They haven’t even scratched the surface of what they can accomplish.
Jesse Itzler is a New York Times Bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur, owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and the list goes on and on. He also founded Build Your Life Resume, an eight-week coaching program that will help you reach your potential. Whether you’re trying to train for a marathon, grow your business, or live a healthier version of yourself, this program will help you cross that finish line.
We sat down with Jesse to talk memorializing life moments, starting from nothing, and living your best life.
Nov 07 2018
Rank #6: 29: I Think GaryVee Is Robin Hood, So I Told Him: Here’s What He Said w/ Gary Vaynerchuk
GaryVee needs no introduction. If you don’t know who he is, just ask anyone. Or go on LinkedIn. Or Facebook, or YouTube, or your podcast player… he’s everywhere.
We interviewed him.
And we didn’t throw him any softball questions. (Who throws softballs to GaryVee?) We asked him what he’s going to do after he buys the jets, what he thinks about being the modern-day Robin Hood, and more.
This is the episode of the Cannonball Mindset you can’t miss.
Jan 29 2019
Rank #7: 16: Five Ways To Lead Like A Navy SEAL w/ Brent Gleeson
Navy Seals have always had this air of mystery to them. But they’re not as secret as they used to be.
They weren’t open and transparent about their line of work for obvious reasons. But they decided to approach their lack of public information differently when they realized it was hurting their ability to recruit new SEALs.
So what could we learn from them when they pulled the curtain back?
Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran and author of Taking Point: A Navy SEALs 10 Fail-Safe Principles For Leading Through Change. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, Brent turned his discipline and lessons from the field to the world of business. He now speaks and writes on topics ranging from leadership and building high performance teams to culture and organizational transformation.
Oct 23 2018
Rank #8: 33: Learning to Pave Your Own Streets Of Gold w/ Jesse Golden
Jesse Golden is a renowned yoga instructor, author, entrepreneur, and wellness expert. You could say she’s living the dream. But this dream wasn’t handed to her. In fact, she fought every step of the way to make it happen. The golden girl paved her own streets of gold.
Here’s her story
Jesse grew up in Chicago. Her mom ran a dance studio, so naturally, Jesse grew up training as a ballerina. Her childhood was very regimented, and was a bit rough. One day, while on a trip to Florida as a 17 year old, Jesse decided she was staying. She wasn’t going home.
Florida allowed her the freedom and independence she craved. Jesse had a tough start in Florida. She lived out of her car and cleaned houses for a living. But she didn’t care. She was happy.
Eventually, her aunt dragged her to a modeling call. Jesse signed as a model in South Beach. After living in Miami for a while, Jesse moved to L.A., after a brief pit stop in Vegas.
She was living the life. At 25, she found out she was pregnant. She proceeded to deliver and raise the child, all on her own. At 29, she figured to extend her modeling career, she would earn her yoga teaching certification, to give her a leg up with new brands like Lululemon.
That’s when her world came crashing down.
Here body shut down. Jesse was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The outlook for those with RA isn’t good - After ten years, 60% of people with RA are considered completely disabled.
Jesse didn’t walk for a year. And every other movement she made was slowly, and with pain. But instead of being the victim, she became the victor. Her illness gave her a platform to share her story. Today, she is known for being able to accomplish incredible feats of strength and flexibility. And her mind is just as strong - she’s determined to find the positive in every negative situation. Today, Jesse is a well-known yoga teacher, author, wellness expert, and influencer. But she’s got one more credit to her name - entrepreneur. Even after everything she’d been through, Jesse wasn’t done. She launched her own organic skin care line, another of her many successes.
Throughout her journey, Jesse learned a lot. Here’s a snapshot of the top lessons she learned, lessons that have impacted her life for the better.
Mar 12 2019
Rank #9: 48: From runway to brand influencer! w/ Kait LaDonne
From NY Model to branding expert to marijuana distributor, Kait LaDonne has worn every hat and excelled at all of them! Today, she’s the Founder of The Influence Academy, where she teaches students a marketing system using LinkedIn to land larger, corporate clients and monetize their thought leadership. She also owns LeDonne Branding + Marketing, where she works with companies and consultants to scale their business by creating brand messaging, images and packages that are designed to attract their ideal clients.
Oct 30 2019
Rank #10: 42: Creating Your Own Seat At The Table w/ Mollie Elkman
Fifty years ago Mollie’s dad started Group Two Advertising.
He found a category that he loved, real estate, and created an ad agency to serve that market.
After many successful years, he started winding down. He called Molly and asked if she wanted to take over the business.
Naturally, she took the plunge.
She came into the housing industry right after the market had its downfall. Everyone was going out of business. But she knew she had something new, something unique to bring to build the business back up.
And no surprise, Group Two is still thriving today.
Whenever I mention her name, people respond, “she’s the one to know.”
Mollie is a trailblazer, known for making things happen.
She’s got a great story and she came on this episode of the Cannonball Mindset podcast to share it, along with some of the great lessons she’s learned along the way.
Jun 18 2019
Rank #11: 24: Cultivating an Abundance Mindset w/ Amer Syed
There’s a large number of people young and old with detrimental mindsets. Whether it’s a focus on perceived scarcity, a sense of entitlement, or unteachability, many people fail at discovering the abundance they could.
There’s no one who understands better the failure of these mentalities and the joy of breaking out of them than Amer Syed.
Amer is a VP of Sales and Marketing in the new home industry and winner of the GHBA Rookie of the Year Award. He’s had an amazing career as a sales agent and an even more fulfilling career as a leader of teams of agents.
But what stands out most about Amer is his story of becoming a person who practices an abundance mindset and sees selflessness as the key to ultimate success and fulfillment.
Dec 27 2018
Rank #12: 4: How To Have A Sales Mindset Regardless of Your Job Title w/ Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas seems to have a conversation with everyone he meets.
Growing up, his brother would call him “The Mayor” because he’d always be talking to people… even when he was out for a run!
Jay even started buying donuts for flight crews when he noticed they didn’t have enough time between flights to get something to eat. He doesn’t do it to get something in return. He does it because he loves people!
In this episode of The Cannonball Mindset, we talk with Jay about growing up, his career path, and how having a sales mentality has changed his mindset.
Jul 10 2018
Rank #13: 5: Becoming a Top Home Builder, Fast w/ Tim O'Brien
He was laid off on the cusp of the Great Recession.
His business was building houses.
It was the least hospitable environment for construction companies in decades.
But that's exactly what he started.
In 2008, Tim O'Brien launched Tim O'Brien Homes with a team consisting of himself, his sister, and a partner. They had no land and no customers. The housing industry was in shambles.
Ten years later, Tim is a top midwestern homebuilder.
We invited Tim on the Cannonball Mindsets podcast to learn how he go started, what made his company thrive, and what he believes entrepreneurs need to do to succeed in tough environments.
Jul 18 2018
Rank #14: 10: The Train Ride of Addiction (Part 1) w/ Charlie Engle
- Sometimes you jump on the train and don’t know how to get off.
In part one of a two episode series, I sat down with Charlie Engle, Author of The Running Man and ultra marathon runner, to listen to his story of addiction, recovery, and the track that led him to becoming one of the premiere long distance runners in the world.
Charlie ran across the Sahara desert, but the physical demands of ultra running were not his biggest life challenges.
Sep 11 2018
Rank #15: 25: Leadership Lessons We Can All Learn From Elite Homes President w/ Joe Pusateri
What do people like most about Joe Pusateri? Maybe it’s his firm handshake, or perhaps his business acumen. Or maybe it’s his classes on negotiation. Or maybe it’s his standup comedy.
Honestly, his sincerity captivated us the most.
Joe is the president of Elite Homes, Inc., and Chad sat down with him for an hour and a half in Louisville, Kentucky.
Inclement weather prevented their golf plans, so they remained indoors. As the snow fell outside the windows, Joe gave the backdrop of his life, sharing stories of leadership, homebuilding, and motivation.
Don’t miss this episode of the Cannonball Mindset.
Jan 02 2019
Rank #16: 28: Women in Leadership - Demonstrating Authority Without Aggression w/ Christy Rutherford
When Christy Rutherford was in college, a friend, who had recently joined the Coast Guard, came home from boot camp driving a Mitsubishi 3000GT. That was the moment Christy decided she too was going to join the Coast Guard.
Christy built a thriving career in the Coast Guard, becoming the 13th African American woman to achieve the rank of Commander in the Coast Guard’s 225 year history. This is especially astonishing, considering that her demographic made up only 0.1%.
She has also published five #1 best selling books on Amazon, graduated from Harvard Business School, and now runs her own successful executive coaching business.
How did she do it? Grit.
On our latest Cannonball Mindset podcast, Christy shared her story, along with several lessons she learned about earning your seat at the table (and then defending it).
Jan 22 2019
Rank #17: 18: Five Steps To Achieving More w/ Dan Schawbel
You’ve probably heard of Dan Schawbel in your circles. He made it onto Forbes 30 under 30 in marketing and advertising, Inc. magazine’s 30 under 30, and Business Insider’s Most Innovative People Under 40 list.
If you follow him on Instagram, you know his passion and mission in life is to help his generation (Millennials) from student to CEO. He wants to be a resource for Millennials whether they need support building their career, improving their personal lives, or somewhere in between.
As a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, Fortune 500 consultant, millennial TV personality, global keynote speaker, career and workplace expert and startup advisor, he’s got a lot to say about achieving more in your life.
Whatever that might look like for you, we talk about five ways to start today.
Nov 13 2018
Rank #18: 50: Communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist - Dr. Caroline Leaf
On this episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Dr. Caroline Leaf, a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a Masters and PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc Logopaedics, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change (neuroplasticity) with directed mind input. Dr. Leaf is also a bestselling author of several books, a teacher at academic and medical conferences and is currently conducting clinical trials to demonstrate the effectiveness of mind-directed techniques to help relieve mental ill-health problems such as anxiety, depression and intrusive thoughts.
Jan 22 2020
Rank #19: 11: The Train Ride of Addiction (Part 2) w/ Charlie Engle
Let others own the impossibility of things.
In the second part of a two part interview, I finish the interview with Charlie Engle, Author of The Running Man and ultra marathon runner.
At this point in his story, Charlie has just made the decision to fight the addiction that’s killing him and clung to running as an avenue.
Sep 18 2018
Rank #20: 7: Kid Brother’s Authentic Story with Christian Neonakis
Your authentic self is your best self and your whole story is what makes you who you are.
In this episode I was able to interview my first ever rock band lead singer. Christian Neonakis, frontman for the band Kid Brother, peeled away some of the layers of success he and the band have experienced recently to tell me his story.
Much of the music Christian writes pulls directly from his childhood experiences. Music was always a refuge for him, helping to cope with tough times. He hopes his music can be the same for others.
Aug 21 2018