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The Simple Life with Gary Collins

We’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health. There has to be a better way, and your host Gary Collins believes he’s figured it out by asking one question, “how can I make my life simpler?” Twice a week Navy veteran, former federal agent, and entrepreneur Gary Collins brings you fantastic guests (such as Rep. Thomas Massie, economist/actor Ben Stein, Sirius XM DJ Kristine Stone) covering topics such as financial freedom, building healthy habits, and finding your life’s purpose. If you’re ready to stop being a spectator in your own life and instead make real moves, this is the show you’ve been looking for.

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E3: How to Free Your Money Using Non-traditional Strategies

Meet Richard Rosso of RIA Advisors, a financial planning firm that uses non-traditional techniques to help people meet their financial needs now and long-term.


8 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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E4: How to Focus on What Matters in Your Life

Meet Patrick Fitzgibbons of the CJevolution Podcast. We discuss cutting out the BS to determine your purpose and build a life that matters.

1hr 31mins

16 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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E33: What You Need to Know About Surviving a Crazy World

In this episode, Justin Carroll drops back in. Justin is a former Marine, plank-owner in the elite Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC), and has worked on a contractual basis with another government agency.

1hr 43mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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E24: What is Possible to Accomplish in One Year

Ever wonder what would be the result of dedicating a year to grow your business and freedom? In this episode, Gary discusses what he learned working for one year straight on his entrepreneurial experiment to build his business.There have been a lot of lessons learned along the way some good, some bad. The biggest surprise? There was way more positive that has come out of this experiment, life-changing, that was unexpected.Topics Discussed:What is Gary’s working for a year straight experiment all about?Some of the major accomplishments during the yearLessons learnedThe importance of you being the brand in today’s crowded entrepreneur worldWhy without his physical and mental health he would not be able to do this experimentUnderstanding life purpose as an entrepreneurHow this experiment has made him even more efficient and focusedHow minimizing outside distraction is the keyUnderstanding in life your work is never done, and how his life purpose and business will remain until he can no longer do itAnd some added Gary soapbox moments along the wayWhat is in store for 2020Podcast resources and links:Visit The Simple Life WebsiteJoin The Simple Circle here now

1hr 7mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #4

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E31: How to Level Up You with The Better Dad Project

Do you want to up your game as a father? Or just be a better human being, for that matter? Gary and Larry sit down to discuss The Better Day Project.

1hr 14mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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E6: A Disturbing Behind the Scenes on Health Food

An interview with interview Marka Haack on the dirty secrets behind health food industry. Marka is an experienced natural products broker.


30 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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E28: What Happens When You Lose Weight and Gain Liberty

Gary interviews Brian Nichols about what it takes to overcome obstacles even when everything seems to be stacked against you.

1hr 19mins

2 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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E29: Sick and Tired of Political Tribalism in Your Life?

Are you focusing on things that don’t matter in your life or are out of your control? Are you getting all worked up on social media, listening to talk radio, watching the divisive commentary on TV, as it relates to politics?Well, today we are going to talk about Political Tribalism, as I interview Michael Ostrolenk host of The ORadio podcast--between the two of us we have decades of experience deep inside the federal government. We will expose the ugly truth of picking sides and why you shouldn’t do it, as it is all a game to get you distracted from the things you can to do to make positive changes in your life. He is a licensed psychotherapist. Ostrolenk completed his MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and his BA in government at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He did post-graduate training in somatic psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies and health psychology through the Health Medicine Forum. Ostrolenk is certified in Spiral Dynamics and Wade Mindsets. He graduated from SEALFIT’s 3 Week Academy and Kokoro Camp 10.Topics Discussed:What is Political TribalismWhy is Political Tribalism so damaging?Why keeping us pitting against each other is part of the Gridmasters planThe importance of focusing on the things you can changeFixing yourself before you focus time and energy on other people’s problemsThe importance of communityWhy small local businesses are the key to freedomHow to truly affect changeWhy violence is not the answerEpisode Resources:Sealfit WebsiteUnbeatable Mind AcademyMichael’s PodcastHow to be in the Simple Life Circle: https://thesimplelifenow.com/betterlifeThe Simple Life website: https://thesimplelifenow.com

1hr 29mins

9 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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E34: This is What Happens When You Do What’s Natural

Are you tired of being overweight and out of shape? Are you continue chasing the latest diet or health fad promising you the easy button, but never seems to work? Is it any wonder over 2/3 of Americans are overweight and considered immune-compromised. It is no secret America has a massive health problem, and it has become even more apparent during the Coronavirus pandemic. So what is the answer? It is about taking responsibility for your own health and working on the first leg of the three-legged stool of The Simple Life--optimal health. In this episode, Gary discusses some alarming health statistics, that should scare almost everyone. Better yet, he filters through all the false health information and fads, giving it to you straight. Once you have the right information and stop chasing health-fad unicorns, becoming healthy is so easy a caveman could do it! Topics Discussed:Some alarming health statisticsWhy your health is vital for living the life you wantWhy your health is your responsibilityThe difference between the popular diets; paleo, keto, carnivore, high fat, low-carb, and high proteinHow not to fall for these trendy diet fadsUnderstanding why where you come from as a hunter-gather is the key to your health successWhy national healthcare will not be the answer anytime soonWhy it is far cheaper to be healthy, counter to what the health industrial complex tells youTying all this information into a rational easy to follow solutionEpisode Resources:Get a copy of Gary’s simple to follow health book https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/your-better-life/id1479302777How to be in the Simple Life Circle: https://thesimplelifenow.com/betterlifeThe Simple Life website: https://thesimplelifenow.com

1hr 2mins

13 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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E27: The Biggest Entrepreneurial Mistakes and How to Do it Right

Are you interested in starting your own business, doing something that makes a difference and doesn’t crush your soul? Today, Gary interviews Executive Coach and Career Development expert Tammy Gooler Loeb. Together, they dig into escaping the rat race without falling on your face.

1hr 28mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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E23: How to Destroy Chronic Pain and Live A Better Life

Gary sits down with Shawna Coronado to discuss chronic inflammation and the pain it causes. What may be hurting you may be as simple as last night's dinner.

1hr 17mins

27 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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E32: Paleo and What Happens When You Challenge Your Food

In this episode, Gary interviews Trevor Connor, who is an expert in the area of the Paleo Diet, which directly relates to our former skinnier, happier selves—hunter-gatherers.

1hr 25mins

30 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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E30: Finding the Best Information from Experts on a Better Life

The Mother Earth News Fair is your passport to money-saving hacks, health-boosting remedies, and environmental strategies from leading experts and entrepreneurs around the country


16 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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E26: How to be Successful Vagabonding With Author Rolf Potts

Have you ever wanted to sell everything and just travel the world, or maybe just go exploring on a budget? Today, Gary interviews best-selling author and world traveler Rolf Potts.

1hr 3mins

17 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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E25: How to Best Prevent Your RV Pipes Freezing

Today, Gary answers some questions, and gives some advice, as it relates to dealing with RV pipes freezing during the winter. He has been getting quite a few questions relating to this topic, probably because it is winter, and a decent amount of people who live off-the-grid in an RV or are living a nomadic lifestyle, have a listen...So, this is a solo show (just good old Gary) discussing a topic or question, followers of The Simple Life are interested in. From time to time Gary will dedicate podcasts to the questions he receives. If you are an expert in one of these areas discussed feel free to send a request to be a guest on the show through his website contact form.   Topics Discussed:The biggest factor to prevent your RV pipes from freezing in the winter.What is plumbing/pipe heat tape and how to use it?Why there are many factors that you must consider when winterizing your RV.Advance steps to take when you live in an extremely cold environment.Why Gary recommends putting in property infrastructure first when living off-the-grid in an RV.Using a structure temporarily or permanently when living in an RV remotely.Podcast resources and links:The Simple Life Guide To RV LivingFreezing Pipe article mentioned in the episodeHow to be in the Simple Life CircleThe Simple Life website: https://thesimplelifenow.com


10 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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E22: How Your Brain Can Compromise Your Life and Money

Find out the connection between your brain and how it affects your success as an entrepreneur. In this episode I talk with Mike Volkin--we will be talking to him about the latest brain science and how we as entrepreneurs can take advantage of it.Mike Volkin is a serial entrepreneur, U.S. Army veteran, and author of 5 books, to include one bestseller. He has built and sold four of his own companies and worked with over 400 companies as a Fractional Chief Marketing Officer. Currently, Mike is the lead instructor of Freelancer Masterclass, which is a 9-step online course designed to help freelancers grow their business and increase their time off. Mike is a certified neuro marketer.Mike Volkin on Neuroplasticity:What exactly is neuroplasticity?What is neuromarketing? Does everyone have the same capability to change their brain?How can entrepreneurs take advantage of neuroplasticity?How Mike put these tips into action?Tips on the neuromarketing frontHe discusses his book on how to prepare for military bootcampHow you can find out more about Mike’s servicesEpisode Resources:Get Mike’s Book on AmazonMikes WebsiteMike's Course FreelancerMasterclass.comGet exclusive listener benefits by joining the Simple Life CircleThe Simple Life website: https://thesimplelifenow.com

1hr 4mins

20 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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E5: Marketing Expert Jim Kukral Shares How to Stand Out In the Crowd

Meet Jim Kukral, he travels around the world to teach brands and business owners on how they can apply his UNSKIPPABLE method to their marketing and brand mission to generate positive ROI-based outcomes and purposely attract lifetime customers.

1hr 2mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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E40: The Kristine Stone on How to Make Life Have Purpose

Are you looking to change directions in life--personally, professionally, or even both? Today’s guest, Kristine Stone of Sirius XM, joins us to share her story and strategy.

1hr 25mins

25 May 2020

Rank #18

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E39: Dr William Curtis on How to Make Being Healthy Simple

Are you curious why, as Americans, we are getting bigger and bigger, and unhealthier at an alarming rate? Well, today I have a special guest, and friend, Dr. William Curtis who is going to get to the heart of that matter.

1hr 53mins

18 May 2020

Rank #19

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E38: Donna Halper on RUSH and a Better Life

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be successful, live by your own terms, and do it with integrity? In this episode, I have a very special guest, Donna Halper, who has been credited with initially catapulting the success of the band RUSH in the United States back in the early ’70s. As some of you know, RUSH is my all-time favorite band, for many reasons, but mainly because they did it with hard work and never conforming to what the music industry wanted them to be. RUSH has taught me many lessons over my life, pretty crazy for a prog-rock band, but that is what makes them unique. Even if you are not a RUSH fan, I highly encourage you to listen to the episode, because we get into a whole host of topics about living a life of passion and integrity.Donna Halper is an author, educator, media historian, and radio consultant. Donna L. Halper, PhD is an associate professor of Communication and Media Studies at Lesley University, Cambridge MA.  She is the author of six books and many articles.  Her most recent book is a newly revised and expanded second edition of “Invisible Stars:  A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting,” published in March 2014.  She is also the author of a well-received local history, “Boston Radio 1920-2010,” which tells the story of Boston radio in words and pictures.  Dr. Halper is a frequently published and widely quoted media historian. Among her many published articles is one about early radio in Boston, “Preserving the Story of Greater Boston’s Pioneering Broadcast Stations 1XE and WGI,” which appeared in the AWA Review in 2018; and one about a priest who used radio to teach religious tolerance, “Father Michael J. Ahern: Boston’s First Radio Priest,” which appeared in Boston’s Catholic newspaper, The Pilot, in 2017. A collector of rare memorabilia related to the history of radio, she was awarded the 9th Annual Collectors’ Prize by Historic New England in 2018. Dr. Halper also writes about baseball history.  A talk she gave at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY, “Written Out of History: Women Baseball Writers, 1905–1945,” was published in 2019 in The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2017–2018, ed. William Simons. McFarland & Co. And she has provided chapters for numerous books published by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), including “Opening Fenway Park in Style:  The 1912 World Champion Red Sox,” and “The Miracle Braves of 1914.”  In addition to researching radio and baseball, Dr. Halper is a free-lance writer for numerous magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and websites.  One of her published essays, “How to Be a Skeptical News Consumer,” about the importance of fact-checking, was the #5 most-shared article of 2013 on the Skeptic Magazine website. Dr. Halper’s research on media history and popular culture has resulted in appearances on both radio and TV.  These include CBS Sunday Morning (where she was part of a segment on car radios), PBS/NewsHour, CTV News (Toronto), National Public Radio/Weekend America, History Channel, ABC Nightline, WBZ Radio and WBZ-TV (Boston), WGBH-FM and WGBH-TV (Boston), WBUR-FM (Boston), and a number of podcasts. Her appearance on the Sound Off Podcast, discussing her discovery of the rock band Rush, was the site’s most downloaded podcast of 2017. Dr. Halper attended Northeastern University in Boston, where she was the first woman announcer in the school’s history, broadcasting a nightly show on the campus radio station beginning in October 1968.  She completed a BA (English), M.Ed (Counseling), and MA (English) at Northeastern; she received her doctorate in Communication from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in May 2011, writing her dissertation on how early radio changed American society.  She has spent over four decades in broadcasting, including more than 29 years as a radio programming and management consultant in markets of all sizes,

1hr 4mins

11 May 2020

Rank #20