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Ummmm... I LOVE this show!

By Betty Jean Bell - Aug 24 2019
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Jeff Smith makes me laugh SO much. I feel so uplifted after every episode! LOVE!

Great podcast!

By Beefcake - Oct 02 2015
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Full of eye opening moments and helpful advice. Two thumbs up!

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70 Ratings
Average Ratings
67
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Ummmm... I LOVE this show!

By Betty Jean Bell - Aug 24 2019
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Jeff Smith makes me laugh SO much. I feel so uplifted after every episode! LOVE!

Great podcast!

By Beefcake - Oct 02 2015
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Full of eye opening moments and helpful advice. Two thumbs up!

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Rank #1: Danni Pomplun – How Yoga saved my Life

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Danni Pomplun is a San Francisco Based E-RYT 500 Vinyasa Yoga Teacher & Teacher Trainer whose style has been described as functional, down-to-earth and fun with an edge. Each offering will connect to power and flow, infused with light-hearted spirituality where youll find the inspiration to connect with your higher self.

Danni Pomplun Vroom Vroom Veer Stories
Danni is excited about a yoga and mediation retreat he has coming up in January for New Year's in Baja California, Mexico at Todos Santos
He grew up in and around the Echo Park area of East LA...it's kinda nice and hip now, but back that is was filled with gangs all day long
Growing Danni's father was absent and his mother was an addict and a felon, in and out of prison; Danni was working on surviving his environment every day
At age 16 and left home and started living on the street and doing what he had to do to survive; some days he sold drugs; other days he would steal to eat and stay warm
How Danni's childhood trauma left him without the emotional tool set to deal said trauma; so no knowing how to process those feelings he numbed himself with alcohol and drugs
He started working at bars and night clubs which only fed into the addiction and the numbing behavior
Everyone is addicted to something and that just means we don't have a healthy way to process painful thoughts and emotions; we need normalize this so we can feel connection instead of isolation
At age 25 a partner of his pasted away; he went on a rager into his addiction and trashed his apartment; his roommate at the time told him she could be around him anymore; this led to a suicide attempt
His roommate suggested that he go to a yoga class; the community allowed him to have a space to talk about what was he was dealing with
Going to yoga helped him drink less because he had something else in his life to commit to; it also helped him quit one of his bar jobs so he could move away from booze
After he quit the bar job, he didn't have enough money to pay for yoga classes; so the studio allowed him to scrub toilet for free yoga
The studio very gently nudged him to take a teacher training class just for free yoga; he resisted at first, but realized he need to accept their gift
Danni Pomplun Connections

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May 27 2019

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Rank #2: Joe Trodden – How Asking Yourself Better Questions Can Change your Life

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Joe Trodden has been a mindset coach for nine years and with a specific focus on entrepreneurs for the last five, working with around 300 across all sectors. They come to Joe to work on the next level of their strategy growth and to develop their mindset to become effective entrepreneurial leaders.
Mindset is the single biggest factor in success for entrepreneurs. The journey is incredibly difficult at this stage and is often a tipping point as to whether the business will reach its full potential. For that to happen, it is the leader that has to accelerate their own development. 
The key challenge is that the brain employs any number of subconscious processes which have to be surfaced if an entrepreneur is to become the best version of themselves. Joe’s work is about linking the neuroscience of mindset development to practical actions that are designed to challenge the blockers and enable entrepreneurs to work through defined stages of levelling themselves up. If you don’t understand your mindset then you won’t make it.
Joe Trodden Vroom Veer Stories
Grew up in a tiny village in Scotland; spend his days running around in the countrysideAfter high school he went to law school on autopilot; didn't really like it; but he didn't want to be the guy that quit law schoolNever did practice law; veered into IT work and worked a job for about 7 years; that didn't really light him up eitherHad a veer moment and realized this is not who he wanted to be; IT guy was not who he was "supposed to be"; the next step was a psychology degree while he was still workingHe worked in a charity for a while and also started his own social enterprise where he started a shop selling crafts; this was a place for unemployed young people to find directionLearned about asking power questions the can have results that feel like magic; questions like "who am I?", "What am I?" All along the path of moving from vroom vroom autopilot to veer wake up moments, the sincere desire to accept more personal truth would lead the perfect people to show up and help him make his next move
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Jun 24 2019

55mins

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Rank #3: Joseph Hogue – Let’s Talk Money

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Joseph Hogue worked in private wealth management and venture capital for more than a decade before creating his online business. He has self-published 10 books on personal finance and investing. He also runs multiple websites and a popular YouTube channel with over 17K subscribers.

Joseph Hogue Vroom Veer Stories
What was your experience growing up in Iowa?  Jeff grew up in rural northern Michigan
What did you get out of serving in the Marine Corps?
Went to college at IOWA and went immediately into a corporate job in Finance; was really bored in a cubical
Escaped to Columbia to a work as a consultant while still single; found a wife but not enough income...yet
Moved back to IOWA and worked a government job for 5 years while working on his side hustles; websites and freelancing
Learned that early retirement is not really what we should be aiming for; because the classic version of retirement is boring to the nth degree
Basic investment approach is to have 70-80 percent of your money in boring low fee index funds; and if you want to; explore riskier ideas with the remaining 20-30 percent
The riskier ideas fill the emotional desire to "be doing something" and scratches some sort of itch that can be fun
Joseph Hogue Connections

Here I detail that core-satellite strategy I talked about
A post I talk more about that first money mistake and how it's more important to set realistic goals
My Work from Home blog
Peer Finance 101
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Oct 15 2018

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Rank #4: Karen Briscoe – Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day

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Karen Briscoe is principal owner of the Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group (HBC) with Keller Williams. The HBC Group has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 250 Top Realtor® teams in the United States. Further the team has ranked in the top 100 teams with Keller Williams International every year since 2009, the year the group joined KW. The team consists of Karen, her business partner Lizzy Conroy, a managing director, staff of four and seven associate agents.

Since 1977, HBC Group has sold over 1,500 homes valued at over $1.5 billion. They consistently sell over 100 residential properties annually ranging from multi-million dollar luxury estates to condominiums and town homes. Primary markets areas includes Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and Washington, DC.

Karen Briscoe Vroom Veer Stories
Wanted to write a book for years; never had the time/money to do it
Challenged at a coaching event to work say why she couldn't write the book
The thing holding her back was her; got up an hour early for 9-months to write the book
Connected with Hal Elrod who loved the idea and immediately endorsed her book
Ideas comes to us and give us a time limit to execute them before they move on (Big Magic, Melissa Gilbert)
The book really took off; Karen asked the book what it wanted for it's birthday?  A Podcast!
She immediately executed the podcast and started in October; It exploded!
Karen Briscoe Connections

Website: www.5minutesuccess.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/5minutesuccess

Twitter: www.twitter.com/5minutesuccess

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Real-Estate-Success-Minutes-Day/dp/193696127X

Jan 08 2018

41mins

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Rank #5: Deeannah Seymour – Overcoming Fear Through Faith

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Deeannah Seymour developed the #1 Best-Selling, doctor recommended product, pH-D® Feminine Health as an alternative to traditional options for vaginal odor and imbalance. Her experience in healthcare and working in an unhealthy corporate environment, led her to having the courage to leave her job and start her own company.
Deeannah Seymour Vroom Veer Stories
Had a great job in a pharmaceutical company; had her whole life mapped out to retirement; until a veer came alongOne big veer came when she was called by God to become a kidney donor for a friend's 4-year old boy; amazing story about how that became a reality over timeThe donor experience woke her up to feelings that had been rumbling inside her about doing something new; the idea for the pH-D Feminine HealthAnother strange alignment; her friend had a business making health products; they developed the product together and starting selling it on Amazon where it quickly rose to #1 selling productAnother tap from God came when she changed departments at work and starting working for a toxic boss; this was the final nudge she needed to take the leap of faith and start her own business and work it full timeLearned the hard way to deal the low points in business; she printed a label with an error that was printed on 10K units; had to spend more money on a recallLearned how to deal with the snotty room mate in her head; started seeing herself as her 4-8 year old version and ask; would you talk to yourself like that if you were that age? Probably not
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Feb 18 2019

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Rank #6: Sunday Burquest – Buckle up Butter-cup!, you’ve Got this

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Sunday Burquest is a professional keynote speaker, author, breast cancer survivor, and a competitor on the reality TV show Survivor - she is the ultimate Grit Girl. With her dynamic and engaging personality, she empowers audiences to discover their strength by breaking down the true meaning of G.R.I.T. Sunday delivers hope

Grit Girl Story in Brief

Sunday’s life changed forever the day she heard the words, “We have your test results and we’re sorry to tell you that you have invasive ductal carcinoma.” At the young age of 40 with four children, she made the decision she would fight the cancer with every ounce of strength she could muster. After enduring multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and even a bout with depression, she earned the title breast cancer survivor. Through the process, Sunday discovered she was much stronger than she’d imagined and was braver than she ever thought possible, she found grit.

Just two years later she also survived 35 grueling days on the Emmy award-winning reality TV series Survivor Millennials vs Gen-x. Sunday’s story didn’t start there though, like most women she’s survived much more, from heartache and depression to loss and confusion, she’s experienced it all. Relatable and authentic, Sunday believes every woman possess grit and she is passionate about leading her audience on a journey to discover that grit for themselves.

Sunday delivers a powerful message of hope and transformation with her unique style of speaking. Audience members trapped by their setbacks are empowered with the tools to shift to a positive mindset and their newfound confidence will position them for success, both personally and professionally. Sunday's quirky personality and authenticity never fails to connect to audiences having them both laughing and crying but most importantly knowing they possess the inner strength to overcome anything!

Sunday is a wife and mother of four with over 25 years of full-time ministry experience. She is also the author of, “Grit Girl Power to Survive, Inspired by Grace”, walking the reader through her journey to finding grit while providing a path for them to do the same.

Sunday Burquest Vroom Veer Stories
Father was an alcoholic, but nice and not abusive; got into recovery after he was in a motorcycle accident; father later got a very rare form of cancer and passed away
Her brothers were running wild and getting trouble with the police; mother wanted to kick them out when before they were 18
Brother was addicted to heroine and took a long time to get into recovery; doing well now and will be in recovery for the rest of his life
Husband was blessed with two miracles and two emergency open-heart surgeries
Not long after she recovered from nearly losing her husband (twice!); she found a lump on her breast
Sunday talks about the most surprising emotions and feelings she experienced when she was told she "Might have cancer" and when told "you do have cancer"
Delayed chemotherapy for 8 days so she could go to Mexico for a church mission; needed time and a "vacation" from her problems
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Jul 01 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #7: 002 – Steve Pavlina Embracing the Path with the Heart

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Steve's mission is:
to explore, clarify, and elegantly codify conscious growth
to challenge the status quo, to take intelligent risks, and to experiment
to strengthen our global society's alignment with truth, love, and power
to advance conscious growth ambitiously, tenaciously, and sustainably
to balance inspired innovation, co-creative teamwork, and disciplined execution
to progressively embrace the highest standards of excellence and mastery
and to lead and inspire with authority, audacity, playfulness, and love
In short, his mission is to help you discover your truth, explore your desires, and develop your power.

What's new with Steve Pavlina?
Conscious Heart Workshop, May 29-31, 2015 Las Vegas
No pre-planned structure, just going with the flow for 3-days
Family upbringing focused on mental performance
His parents and family were very focused on all things mental and intellectual.
Steve is not interested in having a "sexy" body, but being able to do new fun things.
All through high school, he was vrooming not interested in anything athletic or related to using his body.
In college he veered...deciding to study martial arts.  He focused on creating new psychical abilities like braking boards and learning to spar, and do amazing kicks.
In the 90's Steve ran the LA marathon.
He exercised everyday for 25 minutes for 1 year...he didn't miss one day.
His diet also evolved from Standard American Diet to vegetarian to vegan.
Steve finds it more effective to set "FUN" fitness goals instead of boring fitness goals.
The benefits of improving your body also improve your mental performance and your emotional health.
Great book called "Spark"
Cool Sleep app for the iPhone and Android called Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Vrooming with a Fear of public speaking
Starting in the 1st grade he was terrified to speak in front of people.
He had a good friend who was not afraid, but very calm speaking in front of people.
He faced his fears.  He took opportunities to speak while working in the computer game community.
He found it more fun to speak about topics he wanted to talk about, and it was less frightening.
There was a real reward, when people thanked him for sharing his knowledge.
Labeled an introvert as a small child
Before high school he was labeled a shy kid, and an introvert.
He went to a high school that was focused on academics, so being smart made you a cool kid.
Because Steve was smart and a high achiever, he started to become more of an extrovert in High School
Steve eventually joined Toastmaster's and was a member for about 5 and 1/2 years.
He eventually joined that National Speakers Associations for a while.
Vrooming with a fear of touch
Grew up very much touch adverse.
His family didn't hug much out of affection.
Friendly and affectionate touch was something that was alien to him as a child.
In High School he remembers seeing girls greet boys with a hug, and that seemed very strange to him.
People would never do that with Steve.
Steve figures now that people can get a sense of whether someone is open to hugs and affection.
In college, while studying with a woman friend, his friend began to stroke his forearm.
Steve freaked out and made and excuse to leave and it was awkward.
Steve avoided her for the rest of the semester.
His veer was very gradual, he realized he was bad and accepting touch.
He started pushing himself to touch more.
Steve was like the therapist in the movie 50/50.
Once he started he wanted to veer to master touch and enjoy touching.
Steve tells the story of Daan Buckinx who learned to hug more during Steve's workshops.
He was getting strangers to hug him in less one second.
In 2010 he got cancer, but still came to Steve's Workshop.

May 01 2015

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Rank #8: Prady Tewarie – Get Sh*t Done

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Prady Tewarie has never been somebody to slow down. At 28, he has founded and sold more than two dozen businesses, is the current CEO of AZOTH and the Tewarie Group, with over $100 million in real estate holdings. He founded AZOTH because, while getting his JD and competing as a professional bodybuilder, he found it difficult to achieve the kind of productivity that he was looking for, and so turned to the science of nootropics, nutritional supplements that target specific areas of concern for the user. After learning firsthand about their efficacy, Prady partnered with a manufacturer in order to bring nootropics to people all over the world. To date, AZOTH has sold over 50,000+ units worldwide and is set to be the fastest growing nootropic company on the market.
Currently, Prady is on a mission to teach entrepreneurs about the opportunities that exist all around them, and that it’s ok to be a small businessperson. Specifically, that not every business needs to collect a billion in capital before they can get started, or that they need to change the world. Instead, entrepreneurs can start small and begin by turning their own neighborhoods round and, most importantly, that they can still be considered an inspiration and a success for doing so.
Prady Tewarie Vroom Veer Stories
Grew up in the Netherlands near Amsterdam; dreamed of getting to the USCame to the US and attended college in Boston; started his first business while in schoolHad a hard time getting body building supplements on campus on time for his competitions; so he called the distributors and set up a business to delivery on campusHad a chance to go to law school, but already had a very full plateHit a wall one day and just passed out; he need to solve another problem or take something off his plateHis body could not keep up with the business, body building and full time law school; until he found nootropicsDeveloped Azoth to create more time in order to Get Sh*t done; it's not for everybody; but it just might work for you
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Jun 03 2019

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Rank #9: Cody Byrns – Breaking Free from Yesterday’s Troubles

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Cody Byrns is an internationally recognized speaker, a number one best- selling author and the founder of The Cody Byrns Foundation for Burn Survivors. In May 2013, Cody’s life was changed drastically after he was rear-ended by a box-truck whilst stopped at a red light on the highway. He was considered dead until first responders saw his hand move. He received many injuries that day, including severe burns to almost 40% of his body. After years of countless surgeries and rehabilitation, Cody has chosen to not allow his scars to keep him bound in bitterness and defeat. Instead, he uses his story to uplift others.

His vision is to help people live free from the bonds of scars (physical and emotional), equipping others with the proper steps to walk out of their past hurt and defeat, and run toward their full potential. As a thought leader, he speaks worldwide to provide relevant, applicable, and thought- provoking messages. Be prepared to have an experience that will motivate you to move out of bondage into a life of freedom!

Cody Byrns Vroom Veer Stories
Grew up in the middle of a corn field near the Kentucky/Indiana border; had the attention wanting gene and sought to entertain people
Honed his entertainment skills to the point of working as an entertainer; may have worked in a traveling show; but veered a different way
Attended ministry school and started his career as a children's pastor; used his entertainment background to connect to children
Has no memory of the accident, his last memory is of driving and then waking up from a coma 3 weeks later; check out the video to see pictures of the accident on his website
He was assumed dead in the vehicle; thankful someone noticed him moving his hand on the steering wheel; miracle #2 of many more to follow
Spent two and half months in the burn unit fighting to stay alive; when he realized he had a catheter; he tried to get up and realized he couldn't stand yet
Recovery and rehab took about three years; he battled surprising emotions such as anger that he lived to suffer and depression where he wasn't sure he was thankful to be alive
A mentor was asked "Why did God allow you to be burned?"  The answer was "God knew you could handle the scars"
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Jul 08 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #10: 003 Chris Brogan – Belonging, Content and Community

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Chris Brogan explores how people use content and community to build marketplaces around areas of belonging. He is CEO of Owner Media Group, a sought after public speaker, and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and working on his ninth, Belong: A Framework for Embracing Community, Driving the Economy and Building the Future. Learn more about him at chrisbrogan.com.

 How did you become a buddhist
Chris went to an event with his better half Jacq Shambala event.
Jacq broke all the rules and became BFFs with Pema Chodron
Chris does his Buddhism on his own by reading and meditating.
Can you run your life at 40% and get a business going?
YES!
Chris see many people starting out running around being busy because they don't know what they are supposed to do...he get's that.
Figure out where you belong instead of where you fit in...then things start getting smarter, quicker, faster.
Chris serves people who are trying to figure how to:

Create Content that
Nurtures a community
and perhaps earn the opportunity to create a marketplace
You can run at 40% when you stop chasing "everything" and you start serving those people you have the pleasure and opportunity to serve.
If you don't know where you belong, it's takes some internal work to figure out where you are supposed to be.
Life at 40% allows one to build an energy reserve
Being sleep deprived doesn't serve anybody...should be for emergency (non business) use only...such as life and death situations.
Chris build his life with plenty of blank space on his calendar to serve his people.
Chris never has burnout
He puts his mask on first he serves himself and his higher power
2nd circle are the people he loves the most...not all his loved ones...those he loves the most.
3rd are mentors and people he mentors
4th are customers
Many people put customers first, but those are the people who gain/lose weight, or get sick and loose time.
Belonging, Content, and Community
People are throwing out content without knowing "WHY" they are doing it.
There's a lot of box checking going on in the Platform space....somebody said I need a podcast...here's a podcast....CHECK!
It makes Chris weepy.
He wants the whole "content marketing" community to work better
Content has to serve 1) the content marketer is served by creating a possibility for an opportunity to sell 2) serve the community as useful, entertaining and informative.
Belong to the Community you want to serve...like if you want to serve the Spartan Race crowd...run the Spartan race...or partner with them.
You need to listen to what the community wants and needs and nurture your belonging relationship within the community.
Then you can earn the opportunity to sell within that community.
The reason people have a hard time selling is they are pushing against a space wherein they have not earned the opportunity to sell...that's what Chris is trying to fix.
You don't need to create a community you just need to belong and start serving to earn an opportunity to sell.
Are "Quotes" content marketing?
No.
A quote of Chris's is loaded into a robot that tweets 100 everyday and they all have @chrisbrogan.  This screws up his tweeter feed.
Those are robots talking to robots...nobody cares about your quotes.
Chris did 45 tweets everyday...the same tweets...nobody complained.
Sharing other people's stuff is pretty cool.
The powerful shares are natural and organic within the community that contains cleverly embedded branding.
Like the Spartan Race Community loves to snap instagram pics of people all muddy jumping over fire...that's powerful content.
Quoting a bunch of crap because you think you are supposed to be making noise is just making noise.
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Chris Brogan Current Blog & Weekly Newsletter Sign-Up:  http://www.

May 04 2015

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Rank #11: Lyle Haugen – Type 1 Simplified

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Lyle Haugen, RHC and RNHC, is a Type 1 diabetic and a registered nutrition health coach. He was diagnosed in 1985, a week after surviving an industrial explosion at a natural gas facility. As a result, Lyle faced a number of hardships, having to change from his trained profession in commercial diving and suffering from associated conditions, like eye problems, Crohns/Colitis, and diabetic gastroparesis.
After 20+ years experimenting with various treatments, Lyle decided to seize control of his own health. With years of diabetes experience and training as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Lyle developed a simple yet effective system for all those who live with Type 1, where balancing those sugars will net improvements in health, resolve many conditions, and help transform a new life.
Lyle Haugen Vroom Veer Stories
Amazing story about how he survives getting blown up near the arctic circle while working on a job; survives the explosion but the trauma kicked his body into type 1 diabetesLearns to live in the "prison" of type 1, trying to work out 4 four variables of diet, insulin, exercise, and avoiding fight or flight situations; he saw this a a quadratic equationHe developed all sorts of extra conditions that go along with type 1, Crohns/Colitis, eye problems and diabetic gatroparesisBetween doctors he took a job that required him to pack his food for the entire gig; he put together nuts, healthy fats and proteins and minimal carbs; learned he was on to somethingSolved for x of insulin by hitting the sweet spot of long term insulin to keep his base level where it needed to be without big spikesSolved for y by eating healthy whole foods; z was walking and pickle ball which everyone should check outThe final variable of fight or flight he didn't "fix"; but manages with meditation; breathing techniques and other ways to stay calm in stressful situations
Lyle Haugen Connections
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Feb 25 2019

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Rank #12: Caleb Breakey – Write Your Book, Establish your Platform

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Caleb Breakey is the CEO of SpeakItToBook.com, the premier ghostwriting agency for thought leaders. He has collaborated on books and writing projects with 6-, 7-, and 8-figure earners and aims to broadcast his client's message to the world, and double their revenue in less than 24-hours of their time. Caleb is a craftsman of the written word and believes in excellence, protecting his clients time, and capturing their unique voice on the page. His agency has grown 100 percent in revenue every year for the last three years.

Caleb Breakey Vroom Veer Stories
Worked as a sports journalist and loved it; the travel wasn't working for him
Got a job in the home town as a sports journalist; he topped out quickly
Out of the blue phone call from a friends leads to an interesting job offer
His faith was tested; asked God to give him the job before he quit; nope
He took a leap of faith; quit the job first; then got the retirement home job; and a literary agent
Worked night shift at retirement home; more time to write while at work and during the day
Wrote two non fiction books; they didn't explode--even pounding the pavement
Took off 4 years from writing to learning about internet marketing; figured it out
Started sermontobook.com as a way to help pastors convert their sermons into more value
People started asking: "Do you only do this for pastors?"; the answer was speakittobook.com
Caleb Breakey Connections

Website:  speakittobook.com, sermontobook.com

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Jan 15 2018

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Rank #13: Jessica Zimmerman – Business behind the Bloom

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Jessica Zimmerman is a leading wedding planner and floral designer. She is the founder of Zimmerman Education a floral design business education company. This biz specializes in teaching the exact systems, sales processes and other tools and techniques necessary to create their own successful six-figure floral design businesses. They also learn how to earn a living from flowers, without giving up their lives.
Named a top wedding planner by​ Southern Living​ magazine. Jessica’s wedding and floral work was featured in ​PEOPLE​ magazine, ​Once Wed​, ​Cottage Hill​ and Style Me Pretty.
After struggling to turn a profit her first few years in business, Jessica managed to turn it all around. She skyrocketed the profit in her floral design business from zero to over $70k in just one year. All while raising three small children.
Jessica shares her story to help other wedding floral designers learn how to work to live, not live to work. Jessica provides a highly-educational, behind-the-scenes look at her multiple six figure floral design business model. From sales processes to proper pricing to proposals. Inside her much-raved-about signature course and tell-all business memoir, the Business Behind the Blooms.
Jessica Zimmerman Vroom Veer Stories
Lost her sister when she was 3 years old; most people think small children are not impacted by loss at such a young age; but it has a profound impactNever really liked school; and couldn't wait to escape hometown after High SchoolDidn't really like the college experience either; she didn't like to be told when to learn and when to have funGot a job after college but was wanting to own and run her own businessEnd up buying a party rental business; without knowing how to run a business she did ok, but realized she really needed to work on the business instead of in the businessSomehow persuaded the bank to loan her $100K to cover payroll and operations long enough to invest in some business trainingLearned so much about owning a business that it completed transformed the business and her life
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Jun 10 2019

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Rank #14: Josh Cary – Unhide your Hidden Awesome Self

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Josh Cary spent 40 years in hiding! That's right. He was hiding every aspect of himself and showing up with a mask on in all areas of life trying to gain the approval of everyone else. Today, Josh Cary is a podcast host and business coach to entrepreneurs who are ready, willing, and able to say F That NOISE!

At 19, he changed his name and entered into, what would become, a 15-year career as a professional actor and filmmaker. The applause and external accolades didn’t completely heal his feelings of anxiety and insecurities and he found himself more isolated than ever.

Today, Josh Cary is a podcast host and business coach to entrepreneurs who are ready, willing, and able to say “F That NOISE!”

“F That NOISE” in their head that’s been acting as the comfortable excuse for remaining where they are.

As a digital media and creative consultant, Josh has the uncanny ability to bring the human side out of each person. Whether it’s as a guest on his show or working directly together, you quickly feel consumed by his unique natural energy, bright outlook and creative mind.

He is also a proud father and credits his adoring two young children with helping him to turn things around and embrace the mortality of life.

Josh helps his clients ‘unmask’ themselves by leading them through poignant, important, and direct questions. This approach results in a profound and honest experience that reveals aspects, desires, and philosophies within you that have been dormant for years.

On his podcast, The Hidden Entrepreneur, Josh speaks with successful entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners who were also once in the darkest of hiding places so you may rediscover your world, connect beautifully with others, and excel in all you set out to do. The podcast has been downloaded in 18 countries.

Josh Cary Vroom Veer Stories
Came to the podcast world knowing that he would really enjoy it; he was really surprised that the podcast became the core of his business
He was very close to being named Farah!  His mother really wanted a daughter, but Josh came instead; disappointed his mother at birth
His older brothers were 9 and 6 years older, so they wanted nothing to do with him; so Josh was seeking attention--no one was interested; so Josh retreated into himself
This script "nobody cares what I have to say; nobody wants me around; I don't fit in" caused Josh to hid until he was 40 years old
Josh learned that everyone feels like an akward misfit; people either try to isoloate or embrace their uniqueness
In 8th grade, Renee Stevenson (sp?) asked Josh if he was going to audition for the school play; The director noticed that Josh was acting like a clown and kids were laughing "AT" him; he was cast as the comic relief
Auditioned for the BFA program at a state university in New Jersey and he was accepted!
This BFA program required students to re-audition every year to remain in the program; Josh was NOT asked to return; but the dean did have a box of tissues on the table
Finds a 2 year musical theater program in New York City, and since he played Danny Zuko (Grease) in High School he figured he could pull it off; he is accepted!
He and his roommate from the music theater program teamed up as a comedy duo and performed in New York and on the road for seven years
The next move was he became a web designer and learned how to build web sites that rank on Google
Met someone with a dog walking business and thought; wow I like this so he made his own dog walking business; leveraged his web and SEO skills to quickly grow that business
Realized that other dog walking businesses needed help with digital marketing SEO and web design---BOOM another business
Now, he is helping podcasters create their best interviews with training programs
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Jun 17 2019

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Rank #15: Best of VVV – Brendan Ridings – Waking up to a Larger World

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Brendan Ridings is an amazing dude, as usual, and I love the fact that he created a business of helping people relieve muscle pain with corrective exercises!!!  You have to check this out if you are 40+ like me (ok I'm almost 50!)

Brendan Ridings is a Corrective Exercise Specialist, American funding arm of PLAT (protect lives of children) Haiti, Product developer in consumer and medical field. Seeing Haiti sparked my entrepreneurial venture, realizing all of my fears were self created.

Brendan Ridings Vroom Veer Stories
Was an ambassador in High School, hung out with all the groups
Started weight lifting in college, competed nationally (and won!)
After college, started working as a trainer at a gym and getting drunk on the weekends
Saw a video on YouTube (w/ a little cannabis) about the size of the universe--opened his mind
A month later,  visited Haiti and saw children dieting from Cholera...wanted to help
Came back the the states and quit his easy job and became a free lance trainer
Started working as a corrective exercise specialist to help people realign their body without surgery
Created the Posture Personal Trainer with the help of a friend and kick starter
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May 20 2019

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Rank #16: Best of VVV – Siphiwe Baleka 4-Minute Fit

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Siphiwe Baleka is the founder of Fitness Trucking, LLC and serves as the Driver Health and Fitness Coach at Prime Inc., one of America’s largest trucking companies. His innovative, on-the-go wellness program has helped thousands of truck drivers lose weight and reclaim their health (69% of truck drivers are obese; the trucking industry is the least healthy of any industry in the country). His premise is that ANYONE with 4 minutes can get fit. What works for truckers can work for any sedentary person! Formerly, Baleka served as the Driver Health Editor for both Road King magazine and The Trucking Network magazine. After being raised in Chicago by a single dad, he graduated from Yale University and is the first African American ever named to the First Team All-Ivy League Swim Team.  He missed qualifying for the 1992 Olympic Swimming Trials in the 100 freestyle by just 0.8 seconds! He is the author of 4-Minute Fit (Simon & Schuster).
Siphiwe Baleka Vroom Veer Stories

Grew up in Illinois as the first African American family in town
Raised by a single dad working hard to get him into the best schools
Afraid of the water as a young child, so his dad makes him take swimming lessons
Decides at age 12 that he is going to be in the Olympics as a swimmer
The .8 seconds that turned out to be a quantum veer in his life
15 years of "vangabondage" helps him find his real name in South Africa
Named the "World's Fittest Trucker"; wrote "4-Minute Fit" to help ANYONE get fit.

Siphiwe Baleka Links
Website:   Siphiwebaleka.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/FitnessTrucking

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

Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/siphiwe-baleka-42196535/

Instragram:  https://www.instagram.com/siphiwebaleka/

Aug 03 2020

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Rank #17: Cynthia Cummins – Real Estate Therapy

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Cynthia Cummins sells houses in San Francisco. It’s arguably the most daunting real estate market in the country, where winning a 900 sq. ft. two bedroom condo means coughing up $1.2 million in cash and doing battle with five other buyers for that dubious honor. It’s a pressure cooker where commerce and human emotions collide, and in her 30 years spent swimming in that soup, she has gained a lot of wisdom about the psychology of seeking shelter. Buying or selling property is a focus for the manifestation of every desire, neurosis, dream or value a human being can possess. And real estate is, first and foremost, about home and its deepest meaning. It’s not merely a transaction. It’s a transition. And – if you’re lucky – it offers a chance for transformation and healing. Her popular blog RealEstateTherapy.org explores the rich and complex narrative behind every home sale and reveals the ideas and guidelines that can make the experience a rewarding, life-affirming journey.
Cynthia Cummins Vroom Veer Stories
Born in San Francisco, but left when she was 1 year old, many pictures of her around SF as a babyMove to the south in Virginia and ran around in the woods until age 9Lived near DC for about 3 years until she was 13In High School here mother was a teacher and her father was the football coach; she was the "good girl" and trying to have fun without getting caughtStarted college with a year studying music; changed major to journalism; thought about attending law school, but deferred for a year or twoMoved to Idaho with her Austrian ski bum boyfriend; deferred law school againSurvived Mount St Helen's eruption; had to go back to Virginia for that summerWorked in a ski resort town as a typesetter; bartender; cocktail waitress and finally a print journalist!Moved to SF and briefly worked a corporate job but was miserable; her boyfriend got a real estate license; suggested if she's going to be miserable she might well make good moneyShe got her first sale because she really felt just positive regard for this client; fell in love with the idea of helping him find his home
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Mar 23 2020

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Rank #18: Anita Dhake – Early Retiree uses the Power of Thrift

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Anita Dhake is part of the FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) community who I found through the Mr. Money Mustache blog. I checked out her blog and was amazed by her story. Here are the cliff notes: 1) Went to law school because she was good a solving puzzles 2) decided very early that she could be "thrifty" and save enough money to 3) pay off her student loans 4) and then "retire"(!) in her 30's. Now she blogs, travels, meditates, MOVES!, and may have a part time job writing for some money. I can't wait to find out more!! :D
Anita Dhake Vroom Veer Stories
Quick story about going to law school because she did well on the LSATGot paid $70k for a year to not work in a law firm; traveled & paid off some student debtTalk about the muscle/mind connection and the joy of working out and riding ones bike to workMeditation practice and how it helps you cope with everyday lifeDownsides of early retirement include difficulty saying "what you do" and people think you are lazy; also you find yourself hanging out with people much older than you areSalad for breakfast is amazing; check out Dr. Rhonda Patrick's micro nutrient smoothieAnita changed her Six pack abs goal to 4-pack abs the last two are NOT worth the sacrifice; Jeff is happy with his pony keg absHow to change your mind depression; meditation is the long road to fixing depression; psychedelics with therapy is a short cut
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Mar 16 2020

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Rank #19: Best of VVV – Steve Pavlina – Embracing the Path with Heart

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Steve Pavlina and I shared a fun and insightful conversation covering a wide range of growth stories and a ton of laughs...instant best-of show!
Steve Pavlina Podcast:  Steve's mission is

explore, clarify, and elegantly codify conscious growth
challenge the status quo, to take intelligent risks, and to experiment
strengthen our global society's alignment with truth, love, and power
advance conscious growth ambitiously, tenaciously, and sustainably
balance inspired innovation, co-creative teamwork, and disciplined execution
progressively embrace the highest standards of excellence and mastery
lead and inspire with authority, audacity, playfulness, and love

In short, his mission is to help you discover your truth, explore your desires, and develop your power.
Steve Pavlina Podcast:  Family upbringing focused on mental performance

His parents and family were very focused on all things mental and intellectual.
Steve is not interested in having a "sexy" body, but being able to do new fun things.
All through high school, he was vrooming not interested in anything athletic or related to using his body.
In college he veered...deciding to study martial arts.  He focused on creating new psychical abilities like braking boards and learning to spar, and do amazing kicks.
In the 90's Steve ran the LA marathon.
He exercised everyday for 25 minutes for 1 year...he didn't miss one day.
His diet also evolved from Standard American Diet to vegetarian to vegan.
Steve finds it more effective to set "FUN" fitness goals instead of boring fitness goals.
The benefits of improving your body also improve your mental performance and your emotional health.
Great book called "Spark"
Cool Sleep app for the iPhone and Android called Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Steve Pavlina Podcast:  Vrooming with a Fear of public speaking

Starting in the 1st grade he was terrified to speak in front of people.
He had a good friend who was not afraid, but very calm speaking in front of people.
He faced his fears.  He took opportunities to speak while working in the computer game community.
He found it more fun to speak about topics he wanted to talk about, and it was less frightening.
There was a real reward, when people thanked him for sharing his knowledge.

Labeled an introvert as a small child

Before high school he was labeled a shy kid, and an introvert.
He went to a high school that was focused on academics, so being smart made you a cool kid.
Because Steve was smart and a high achiever, he started to become more of an extrovert in High School
Steve eventually joined Toastmaster's and was a member for about 5 and 1/2 years.
He eventually joined that National Speakers Associations for a while.

Vrooming with a fear of touch

Grew up very much touch adverse.
His family didn't hug much out of affection.
Friendly and affectionate touch was something that was alien to him as a child.
In High School he remembers seeing girls greet boys with a hug, and that seemed very strange to him.
People would never do that with Steve.
Steve figures now that people can get a sense of whether someone is open to hugs and affection.
In college, while studying with a woman friend, his friend began to stroke his forearm.
Steve freaked out and made and excuse to leave and it was awkward.
Steve avoided her for the rest of the semester.
His veer was very gradual, he realized he was bad and accepting touch.
He started pushing himself to touch more.
Steve was like the therapist in the movie 50/50.
Once he started he wanted to veer to master touch and enjoy touching.
Steve tells the story of Daan Buckinx who learned to hug more during Steve's workshops.
He was getting strangers to hug him in less one second.
In 2010 he got cancer, but still came to Steve's Workshop.
Because of Daan's example, Steve started to hugging hello to everyone when they show up to his workshop.

Feb 24 2020

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Rank #20: Best of VVV Chris Brogan Content, Community and Belonging

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Chris Brogan was very kind to be on my show at launch...this is a quick chat, but well worth a listen.  Fun, and insightful about what is right and what is wrong in the world of content creation.
Chris Brogan explores how people use content and community to build marketplaces around areas of belonging. He is CEO of Owner Media Group, a sought after public speaker, and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and working on his ninth, Belong: A Framework for Embracing Community, Driving the Economy and Building the Future. Learn more about him at chrisbrogan.com.
 How did you become a Buddhist

Chris went to an event with his better half Jacq Shambala event.
Jacq broke all the rules and became BFFs with Pema Chodron
Chris does his Buddhism on his own by reading and meditating.

Can you run your life at 40% and get a business going?

YES!
Chris see many people starting out running around being busy because they don't know what they are supposed to do...he get's that.
Figure out where you belong instead of where you fit in...then things start getting smarter, quicker, faster.
Chris serves people who are trying to figure how to:

Create Content that
Nurtures a community
and perhaps earn the opportunity to create a marketplace
You can run at 40% when you stop chasing "everything" and you start serving those people you have the pleasure and opportunity to serve.
If you don't know where you belong, it's takes some internal work to figure out where you are supposed to be.

Life at 40% allows one to build an energy reserve

Being sleep deprived doesn't serve anybody...should be for emergency (non business) use only...such as life and death situations.
Chris build his life with plenty of blank space on his calendar to serve his people.

Chris never has burnout

He puts his mask on first he serves himself and his higher power
2nd circle are the people he loves the most...not all his loved ones...those he loves the most.
3rd are mentors and people he mentors
4th are customers
Many people put customers first, but those are the people who gain/lose weight, or get sick and loose time.

Chris Brogan:  Belonging, Content, and Community

People are throwing out content without knowing "WHY" they are doing it.
There's a lot of box checking going on in the Platform space....somebody said I need a podcast...here's a podcast....CHECK!
It makes Chris weepy.
He wants the whole "content marketing" community to work better
Content has to serve 1) the content marketer is served by creating a possibility for an opportunity to sell 2) serve the community as useful, entertaining and informative.
Belong to the Community you want to serve...like if you want to serve the Spartan Race crowd...run the Spartan race...or partner with them.
You need to listen to what the community wants and needs and nurture your belonging relationship within the community.
Then you can earn the opportunity to sell within that community.
The reason people have a hard time selling is they are pushing against a space wherein they have not earned the opportunity to sell...that's what Chris is trying to fix.
You don't need to create a community you just need to belong and start serving to earn an opportunity to sell.

Are "Quotes" content marketing?

No.
A quote of Chris's is loaded into a robot that tweets 100 times everyday and they all have @chrisbrogan.  This screws up his tweeter feed.
Those are robots talking to robots...nobody cares about your quotes.
Chris did 45 tweets everyday...the same tweets...nobody complained.
Sharing other people's stuff is pretty cool.
The powerful shares are natural and organic within the community that contains cleverly embedded branding.
Like the Spartan Race Community loves to snap instagram pics of people all muddy jumping over fire...that's powerful content.
Quoting a bunch of crap because you think you are supposed to be making noise is just making noi...

Feb 10 2020

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