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Defining Success Podcast

The Defining Success Podcast is an interview-style podcast aimed at highlighting people who are doing what they love, are helping other people and are successful.

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Episode 78: Start a Small Scale Business to Test Your Idea | Ben Alexander, Founder of Balloon Distractions

Ben Alexander is the owner of Balloon Distractions, who appeared on an episode of the Shark Tank. He didn’t get a deal with any of the Sharks, but he gained a lot of experience through the process. He talks with us about his experience on the Shark Tank as well as with his business. His advice to start with a small scale business is something that resonates with me. Ben Alexander started Balloon Distractions in the Fall of 2003, starting an adventure that continues to this day. Balloon Distractions has been a blessing in his life, and the lives of all those who have learned a new skill, income, confidence and poise.


29 Apr 2014

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Episode 112: The Entrepreneurial Work Mode | Pamela Slim

Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone according to Pamela Slim.  Entrepreneurs need to be competent in the entrepreneurial work mode.  In Episode 112, Pamela Slim and I will discuss the entrepreneurial work mode and how to become successful as an entrepreneur. Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and leader in the new world of work. She spent the first 10 years of her solo practice as a consultant to large corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of employees, managers and executives. In 2005, she started the Escape from Cubicle Nation blog, which is now one of the top career and business sites on the web. She has coached thousands of budding entrepreneurs, in businesses ranging from martial art studios to software start ups. According to Pamela, not everyone can be an entrepreneur.  There are so many components that have to work together to create a great business.


31 Dec 2014

Rank #2

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Episode 80: Networking vs Working a Room with the Mingling Maven | Susan RoAne, Author of How To Work a Room

This episode I interview the Mingling Maven, Susan RoAne. She is the author of How to Work a Room. In the interview she gives great ideas on having conversations with people, how to start those conversations, and how to feel comfortable in those scenarios. One of the things she highlighted was the difference between working a room and networking. The real key to networking is in the follow-up. Susan RoAne, or the Mingling Maven, is the best selling author of How to Work a Room.  If you’ve ever walked into a roomful of strangers and felt uncomfortable, you’re not alone.  According to research, over 90% feel the same way.  Because it’s essential, to building our businesses as well as our personal life, we must be able to comfortably attend gatherings and meet, connect and converse with people we don’t know as well as the ones we do.


7 May 2014

Rank #3

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Episode 74: A Job Can Allow You to Pursue Your Passion | Danielle Tucker from RadioGolfClub.com

Danielle Tucker’s Golf Club has been broadcasting from Hawaii since 1999.   Danielle interviews PGA, LPGA and International Golf Professionals, Young Rising Stars, Teaching Pros, Sports Shrinks, Authors, Mental Coaches, Golf Equipment Companies, Club Designers and Golf Broadcasters. Danielle Tucker is the host of Radio Golf Club. It's a radio show that takes place in Hawaii. It's live. One of the things that came up in the interview that I thought was interesting, because it's a different point of view from other guests of our podcast. She's doing this as a side job. This radio show, she does it on a saturday. She has her normal work week and then she goes in and does this podcast on a Saturday because it's something she really loves and she has the opportunity to do it.


15 Apr 2014

Rank #4

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Episode 32: You Have to Believe to Succeed | Justin Desmond from Mayfly Mafia

Justin Desmond is the owner of Mayfly Mafia, a new clothing company designed for fly-fisherman and outdoorsy characters. Although he hasn't achieved success just yet, he's passionate and I know he will become successful. I hope you enjoy the interview of someone who is at the beginning stages of success and will learn what true passion sounds like. Justin Desmond is the owner of an up and coming product line called Mayfly Mafia. Justin is passionate, eager and ready to make an impact on the fly-fishing world. In Episode 32 of the Defining Success Podcast we interview Justin Desmond from Mayfly Mafia.  Justin just started his business after meeting Willie from Duck Dynasty during his honeymoon.  He enlisted his brother, Harry, and they are working together to build a clothing line specifically for fly-fishermen.  Although they are just starting, Justin is very passionate about Mayfly Mafia and I wanted to show you all what the beginning stages of a successful business look like.  Hope you all enjoy the show!


30 Jun 2013

Rank #5

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Episode 72: The Social Golf Course | Part 2

In Episode 72 of the Defining Success Podcast we go through our book chapter by chapter and discuss the ideas presented in the book. At the end of each chapter we present a question in our book, which we encourage readers to engage with on our website, SocialGolfCourse.com. In Episode 72 of the Defining Success Podcast, Zeb Welborn and John Hakim discuss the second half of their book, The Social Golf Course.  Learn valuable insights about how to turn golf courses into social golf courses, and how to use social media to get golfers to play golf, play more often and spend more money on the golf course.


7 Apr 2014

Rank #6

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Episode 31: Everyone Has a Success Story | Rey Ybarra Author of Conversations with Shark Tank Winners

In Episode 31 of the Defining Success Podcast Rey Ybarra shares the stories of numerous Shark Tank entrepreneurs and how Shark Tank has impacted their lives and their businesses.  Rey has been able to share the stories of these entrepreneurs through all of their failures and successes to show how the entrepreneurs who have appeared on Shark Tank have thrived following their appearance on the show. Rey Ybarra is the author of Conversations with Shark Tank Winners featuring entrepreneurs from the hit ABC TV reality show Shark Tank.  As a multimedia book author he is producing audio and video interviews focusing on helping entrepreneurs, small business owners and for those who have dreams and a sincere desire to work their dreams. Conversations with Shark Tank Winners is a multi-media book by Rey Ybarra.  In Episode 31 of the Defining Success Podcast, we talk with Rey about the Shark Tank Effect and how the entrepreneurs who have appeared on Shark Tank have thrived.  The stories Rey has encountered while interviewing entrepreneurs who have appeared on Shark Tank is truly remarkable.  Each of these entrepreneurs have shared their successes and failures with Rey to create a compelling new book.


25 Jun 2013

Rank #7

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Episode 113: The Three Ways You Can Make Money Online | Nick Loper

In Episode 113 Nick Loper discusses the three ways to make money online by selling advertising, products or services.  Learn more from Nick Loper and how to make money online in this episode of the Defining Success Podcast. Nick is an author, entrepreneur, and a lifelong student in the game of business.  His latest role is as Chief Side Hustler at SideHustleNation.com, a growing community and resource for aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs.


13 Jan 2015

Rank #8

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Episode 114: Follow Through on Your Promises | Jaime De La Torre

In Episode 114, our 99th interview on the Defining Success Podcast, Jaime De La Torre shares his thoughts on business, success and how important it is to follow through on your promises.  Jaime owns two successful nurseries in Southern California and knows what it takes to build a successful business. Jaime De La Torre is the owner of DLT Growers founded in 1987 and Monte Vista Farms. After having worked 8 years for different groundcover nurseries, he decided to try his luck and start his own groundcover nursery. It soon became a family business, as many of Jimmy's family members joined the company. Even though they started off small, they slowly grew and became one of the largest groundcover businesses in southern California. Jaime De La Torre grew up in Guadalajara at 9 years old.  He went to the local farmers market and help build his uncles business.  Before 9 years old he had an entrepreneurial spirit by selling gum on the street and by helping carry groceries from their local grocery store.


27 Jan 2015

Rank #9

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Episode 115: Hit the Ball as Hard as You Can | Larry Welborn

Larry Welborn recently retired after a 43-year career as the legal affairs reporter for the Orange County Register, in which he covered many high-profile cases but showed a high level of enthusiasm and dedication in every story he covered. Since 1981, Welborn has also been the chairman and president of CSPA, which is preparing for its 64th-annual high school journalism workshop on the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In anticipation of this interview I was eager to see what my dad would when I asked him what piece of advice he would give to his children and here's what he said: "Hit the ball as hard as you can."


10 Feb 2015

Rank #10

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Episode 111: Time Management Tips and Tactics | Tom Dowd, Author of Time Management Manifesto

Tom Dowd is the author of Time Management Manifesto.  In Episode 111 of the Defining Success Podcast, Tom Dowd shares his time management tips and tactics with us.  Learn how to manage your time better in this episode of the Defining Success Podcast. Time management is a disciplined mindset to be able to live in the moment while working toward the future. It is all mental—it’s an attitude.  Having control in your life is about commitment, routines, flexibility, adjustments, and planning.  We create our own self-limitations.  We say we’ll do tomorrow what we really want to do today.  Eliminate what’s holding you back.  “Time Management Manifesto” offers specific actions that will teach subscribers the following themes: Manage your time, don’t let it manage you Time management is required of all levels, in all positions  The benefits of managing professional time effectively spill into your personal space


17 Dec 2014

Rank #11

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Episode 110: Feed a Starving Crowd | Author Robert Coorey, MBA

Robert Coorey is the author of Feed a Starving Crowd, More than 200 Hot and Fresh Marketing Strategies to Help you Find Hungry Customers.  The book covers more than 200 ways businesses have become successful marketing their products or services in today's economy.  Learn how to feed a starving crowd in Episode 110 of the Defining Success Podcast. Robert Coorey, MBA, is a #1 best-selling author and wildly successful marketer. Currently, he's Director of Global Business at E-Web Marketing, Australia's top online marketing agency. He's obsessed with helping others achieve unheard of results through innovative strategies to feed starving crowds of buyers.


4 Dec 2014

Rank #12

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Episode 109: The Value of a Social Share | Olga Mizrahi Author of Sell Local, Think Global

Olga Mizrahi is the author of Sell Local, Think Global: 50 Innovative Ways to Make a Chunk of Change and Grow Your Business.  In Episode 109 of the Defining Success Podcast, Olga and I discuss the value of a social share and how impactful it can be to businesses everywhere.  On this Happy Thanksgiving week, let's be appreciative to all of those people who take the time, effort, and energy to share our stuff! Olga Mizrahi is a mother.  She likes to bike, ski, and blown glass.  She operates firmly between the right and left brain.  She loves fantastic design, but she loves measurable results even more. She’s been working with small and medium-sized businesses for more than 15 years, both online and off.  In her blog, she works to help move your business forward and allow you to cash in on your own chunk of change and not immobilize you because that change is so big. She’s also the author of Sell Local, Think Global:  50 Innovative Ways to Make a Chunk of Change and Grow Your Business.


25 Nov 2014

Rank #13

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Episode 108: From Scarcity to Abundance | Ellory Wells

In Episode 108 of the Defining Success Podcast, Ellory Wells shares how he lost his job and took up a career in online marketing.  Learn about his transition and how he's living in a world that's  transitioning from scarcity to abundance. Ellory Wells was born and raised in north Texas. He loves technology, gadgets, cool toys, video games and movies. He often writes his blog posts while sitting on my back porch overlooking nature and the golf course. In addition to writing and coaching, he enjoys reading, watching TV and movies, playing golf and spending time with his wife. Ellory Wells has a blog, a podcast - The Empowered Podcast, he provides one-on-one coaching, he organizes a a mastermind group and wrote a best selling ebook titled, How to Start Your Professional Podcast for $200 or Less.


18 Nov 2014

Rank #14

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Episode 107: Why You Shouldn't Chase Squirrels | Matt Wilson from Under30Experiences

Entrepreneurs often spread themselves too thin and Matt Wilson shares how that was one of his biggest mistakes.  At 28 years old, Matt's been able to do some pretty remarkable things including running a successful business, traveling the globe, and interviewing Donald Trump. Matt Wilson is co-founder of Under30CEO. After two years traveling and working from his laptop, Matt's official title became Adventurer in Residence, heading up Under30Media's travel company Under30Experiences.


12 Nov 2014

Rank #15

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Episode 105: Create Moments That Matter | Andy Hayes from Plum Deluxe

Andy Hayes is the founder of Plum Deluxe.  Plum Deluxe is the website that helps you create moments that matter. We believe that the key to living a life you love is all about making time every day for great moments. From a mindful minute with yourself to special occasions shared with friends and family, Plum Deluxe has fresh ideas for living the good life. Andy's mother passed away from cancer and once she was diagnosed she decided to "live the good life."  And his website, Plum Deluxe is devoted to helping people live the good life.  Learn how Andy is helping others to create moments that matter.


28 Oct 2014

Rank #16

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Episode 104: The Travelers Guide to Wisdom | Host of the Travel Wisdom Podcast Ladan Jiracek

Ladan Jiracek is the host of the Travel Wisdom Podcast where he interviews entrepreneurs and successful people about how travel has changed their outlook on life.  He's currently living in Dresden, Germany going to school for Nanobiophysics and has traveled to more than 80 countries.  Ladan is trying to teach people that traveling can be much more than just having fun. That people can learn valuable life lessons from traveling and he's working to show others how traveling can lead to a more fulfilling and successful life. Learn how travelling can increase your wisdom in my discussion with the host of the Travel Wisdom Podcast in Episode 104 of the Defining Success Podcast.


21 Oct 2014

Rank #17

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Episode 103: Integrity and Unstoppable Success | Dr. Antipas Harris

There are so many people who want to succeed but are often discouraged or are simply uninspired. As a university professor, Dr. Antipas Harris sees this problem, often, among his students. He wrote, Unstoppable Success, 7 Ways to Flourish in Your Boundless Potential to encourage young people to maximize their boundless potential to flourish and to achieve values-based success. In this episode, Dr. Antipas and I talk about the seven traits successful people have and how important integrity is in everything you do.


14 Oct 2014

Rank #18

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Episode 101: Tribal Marketing | Daryl Urbanski

In Episode 101 of the Defining Success Podcast, Daryl Urbanski shares his entrepreneurial journey and discusses the importance of tribal marketing.  Tribal marketing is a marketing strategy that attempts to create social communities centered around a product or service. Daryl Urbanski is a #1 Bestselling Business Author, Business Coach, Martial Artist, Tribal/Database Marketer, Entrepreneur, & Student Of Life.


30 Sep 2014

Rank #19

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Episode 99: Going After Your Goals | Jake Bramante, Founder of Hike734.com and National Park Guide Creator

In the interview today Jake and I talk about going after your goals. Jake Bramante lives very close to Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park has 734 miles of hiking trails, and Jake traveled all of those in one year, 2011. He’s the only person to have done that. He shared the experience of going after his goals on his blog Hike734. What I’d like to elaborate on at the end of the interview is what it means when you cross the finish line; when you set out on a goal and you do something and what that means for you as an individual and a person and what happens when you don't. Glacier National Park, located in northwestern Montana, has 734 miles of hiking trail in it. Jake Bramante lives in Kalispell, MT which is located a few miles from the Park’s west entrance. In 2011, he hiked every trail taking 3 pairs of shoes, 5 months and 1,200 miles to accomplish this goal. He is now busy blogging about Glacier National Park, helping others have amazing trips and heading out on speaking engagements.


19 Sep 2014

Rank #20