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Taste For Tenacity

Following your pull and doing work you love is one pathway to happiness. Frugality is the entry fee. Join Ben as he interviews entrepreneurs, marketers, executives, and everyone in between and learns what it takes to build a successful (and happy) career.

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021. Quit Like A Millionaire with Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

This week on the show I am joined by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung. They are bloggers, and the founders of Millennial Revolution and the authors of Quit Like a Millionaire. We chat about financial independence and how to follow your passion while still paying your bills.


19 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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007. Ambition, Financial FREEDOM, and House Hacking with Scott Trench.

This week on the show, I'm thrilled to welcome Scott Trench. Scott is the author of Set for Life, host of the BiggerPockets Money podcast, and the CEO of BiggerPockets. We talk about ambition, the Four Pillars of Personal Finance, and the power of house hacking. Scott was my first introduction into the world of personal finance, and his method has stuck with me. He doesn't focus on trimming the smaller expenses that we get the most joy out of. Instead, he uses house hacking to wipe out the largest expense we have: housing.  Four Pillars of Personal Finance: 1 - Minimize your spending 2 - Maximize your income 3 - Invest your savings 4 - Build assets/businesses Resources: How to Hack Your Housing and Get Paid to Life for Free Set for Life Mr. Money Mustache BiggerPockets


30 May 2019

Rank #2

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014. SURVIVE with Jay Adams.

Taste For Tenacity - Show 014. In this week's show, I chat with Jay Adams. Jay is an artist turned creative director. We cover his transition from audio engineer to artist, his move into branding, and how he SURVIVEd.  Resources: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron Write a Pain Letter Shut Up and Do the Work by Stephanie Synclair Jessica Kobeissi

1hr 26mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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027. Let's Talk Money, Honey with Rachel Richards

In Taste For Tenacity - Show 027, we hear from Rachel Richards, the author of Money Honey. Rachel talks through her pursuit of financial independence, her motivation, and some practical steps to taking control of our financial lives.


31 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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030. Storytelling and Creating Communities with Amanda Lewan

This week on Taste For Tenacity, we hear from Amanda Lewan. Amanda is a storyteller, writer, and the co-founder of Bamboo, a Detroit-based coworking community. Amanda walks us through her transition into entrepreneurship, and even shares some pointers for the storytellers out there.


21 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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006. Building an Audience and Balancing Your Side Hustle with Lauren Brady

In this week's show, I'm joined by Lauren Brady. Lauren is a marketer for a large commercial real estate firm based in Chicago and does marketing for influencers and companies in her free time. Our conversation goes in depth on what's important while building an audience and offers some specific tactical advice.  Resources: Gary Vaynerchuk  Shortcut Your Startup Upwork.com


23 May 2019

Rank #6

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009. Listening to Your Pull with Lisa Barbour, CPA.

This week on the show, I'm joined by Lisa Barbour, CPA. Lisa is an accountant that has cycled through a number of different roles. While with PwC, she worked in audit and eventually spent time building training curricula within the firm. She eventually moved to Rock Ventures, where she worked to build transparency through financial reporting. Lisa left Rock Ventures and is building her own consulting practice. Lisa discusses entering the workforce during the financial crisis, her experience in accounting, and the importance of listening to your pull.  Contact Lisa: LMBAdvisors@gmail.com


13 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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023. Shorten Your Learning Cycle and Obey Your DNA with Bill Hamway

On this week's episode of Taste For Tenacity, I chat with Bill Hamway. Bill has been both an intrapreneur and an entrepreneur, and he emphasizes the importance of putting your people first. He struggled with reforming a founder's vision, and he would ultimately launch his own photo booth company.

1hr 1min

3 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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010. Litigation, Venture Capital, and the WWE with Gabe Karp.

This week on the show, I chat with Gabe Karp. Gabe started his career as a trial lawyer before eventually stepping into an operational role with a startup. He stayed with that company throughout its growth and exited when it was acquired by a private equity firm. He and a few other players in the Detroit area then launched Detroit Venture Partners, where Gabe is currently a partner. In this show, we chat about his experience as a lawyer and how it translated throughout his career. Gabe emphasizes the importance of knowing how to deal with people and emotions. Key takeaways: Learn how to develop relationships and interact with people. Leverage your flexibility and time when you're just starting your career. Being responsibly aggressive in entrepreneurship.


20 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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004. From Intern to Director of Accounting with Matthew Roling

TFT Show 004. In this show, I'm joined by Matthew Roling, who is the director of the accounting program at Wayne State University. We discuss entrepreneurship, tips for young professionals, and surrounding yourself with the right people. Music: She Ready by Chris Porter Resources: Gary Vaynerchuk  Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind Contact Matt: matthew.roling@wayne.edu


9 May 2019

Rank #10

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016. Quit Quickly with Alan Donegan.

In Taste For Tenacity, Show 016, I chat with Alan Donegan. Alan's an entrepreneur, blogger, and the co-founder of the PopUp Business School. We chat about the importance of quitting quickly, investing in your education, and what people actually remember about you. This is an action packed show, and Alan does a great job of sharing his experiences.  Resources: PopUp Business School. Alan's Website. Notes from a Friend by Tony Robbins. Toastmasters.


15 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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011. Q&A with Ben Trela.

This week, we're changing things up a little. Rather than a traditional interview (where I interview myself), I wanted to share more about my background using a Q&A format. We hear questions from those close to me (family, friends, former coworkers). 


4 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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028. From $2.26 to Millennial Millionaire with Grant Sabatier

This week on Taste For Tenacity, we hear from personal finance legend Grant Sabatier. Grant walks us through his story from philosophy major to millionaire. He shares some practical tips on how to build your financial future.


7 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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031. Having a "No Matter What" with Michael Brennan

This week on Taste For Tenacity, we hear from Michael Brennan, CEO and cofounder of Civilla. Michael shows us why you should always have a "no matter what", and he dissects the mentor-mentee relationship.


28 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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011R. Philmont Recap with Ben Trela.

This week's show is a follow up to last week where I first introduced myself. I share some of the things I learned while on the trail at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM.  Our regular interviews kick back off next week, and we have an action-packed show waiting for you!


11 Jul 2019

Rank #15