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Inspiring

By mmize45 - Jul 14 2014
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Wonderful and inspiring podcast. Awesome guests and looking forward to move to come!!!

Great guests

By wcb-horns - Jul 04 2014
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Really enjoying hearing from some guests that aren't just recycled from other show.

iTunes Ratings

31 Ratings
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26
3
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Inspiring

By mmize45 - Jul 14 2014
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Wonderful and inspiring podcast. Awesome guests and looking forward to move to come!!!

Great guests

By wcb-horns - Jul 04 2014
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Really enjoying hearing from some guests that aren't just recycled from other show.
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Life Stoked: Success | Startups | Lifestyle

Latest release on Feb 18, 2015

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035 – What’s Next For Life Stoked (Season 1 Finale)

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They say that if you want to change your results, then start by changing your beliefs.

If you don’t like what you’re getting in life; If you want to achieve something, but you’re stuck. If you want different results, better results, new results…

Then the place to begin is with what you believe. It starts with a change in mindset.

I started the Life Stoked Podcast with a mission of finding out exactly what’s behind the mindsets of successful people. And I found it.

But not how I expected.

When I started the Life Stoked podcast there was never a plan for Season 1 (or a Season 2). It was just a podcast that would continue indefinitely.

But as I interviewed and studied successful people week after week I slowly but surely began to change.

My beliefs started to shift at a fundamental level. Somtimes it was in a specific moment where suddenly the world was different, but most often it was slowly over time.

Listen now: 035 – What’s Next For Life Stoked (Season 1 Finale)

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The Season 1 Finale

I started trying new things as I started to change. I got the itch to try another startup (software probably). Only this time it was different. This time I had a stronger foundation of beliefs and mindst, and I believed nothing could stop me.

It sounds cheesey, but it’s true. At some point I switched from thinking I wonder if I can pull this off to How could I NOT succeed???

The Season 1 Finale today is about the top lessons and takeaways from interviewing 20+ high performers. These are the things that looking back made the biggest mind shifts for me and launched me forward into what I’m building now.

What’s next for me (and the Life Stoked Podcast)

I talk about that in the session (towards the end). In short, I’m knee deep in a bootstrapped startup idea and LOVING it. I’ve had more successes in the past three months then the previous three years.

I have a LONG way to go, but this time it’s different because I am different.So I hope you like the show

And as for what’s next for the podcast, well I’m leaving Season 2 up in the air for now. What do you want it to be? I’m considering doing an insider journey of me building this startup, but only if there’s interest.

For those just finding me

I decided to put a bow on Season 1 for one really important reason: I want you to move forward too.

There is more than enough content here to change your beliefs, your mindset, and your life. I feel like if I continue to create more and more of the same focus of content then it winds up enabeling people to continue to listen to more and more of the same content and never move forward.

So if you are new to Life Stoked Nation, then go back to Session 1. Know that by the time you get back to the Season 1 Finale you’ll be completely new.

And if you’ve been with me from the beginning, what’s next for you?

What do you want to see in Season 2 of the podcast? Would you listen to a bootstrapper’s startup story?

Feb 18 2015

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034: Where a powerful mindset can take you (with Zach Even-Esh)

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If you want to be a complete success, then you’ve got to be a complete individual.

If you climb the corporate ladder but sacrifice your marriage along the way, then I argue you are not a success. If you’re the fittest athlete at the gym but your kids never get to see you, then you are not a success.

That’s a lesson Zach Even-Esh learned the hard way on his journey to becoming the Underground Strength Coach. On his way to growing multiple successful businesses Zach sacrificed everything from family life to his health before he got it right.

Strong mind. Strong body. Strong life. That’s the mission Zach teaches coaches and athletes every day in his home grown businesses.

I’m stoked to have Zach as a guest on the Life Stoked show today to learn more about the missteps in his past, the wisdom he gained, and the driving force behind it all.

Zach talks about:
– The importance of designing his ideal day intentionally
– How fitness training leads to wins in every area of life
– How his faltering health led him to change his entire life for the better
– How a bad work environment can impact every area of your life
– The importance of getting your priorities right

Listen now: 034: Where a powerful mindset can take you (with Zach Even-Esh)

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One thing that was holding Zach back from breaking through to the next level.
Being a pessimist. Zach used to always find the negative in things.

When he learned to flip that around and found the “attitude of gratitude” then he was able to transform any obstacle into an opportunity.

One thing Zach gave up that allowed him to start making better progress.
Zach waged an all out war on the negative chatter in his head through reading and positive thinking.

One characteristic that separates Zach from the rest:
Zach’s way of thinking. He believes that anything he wants to do can be done.

“I know I’m not highly skilled in everything I want to do, but my attitude is powerful!”
– Zach Even-Esh

Book Recommendation

Awaken the Giant Withinby Tony Robbins

Zach read two pages every single night of this book even if he didn’t feel like it. Often times two pages would turn into ten. Fast forward years later and this book changed Zach’s life!

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Oct 06 2014

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033: Dealing with business failure and how to prevent it (with Barrett Brooks)

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If you’ve chosen to pursue an entrepreneurial lifestyle then one thing is certain: failure. Not every project you pour yourself into is going to succeed.

Failure is an acquired taste though, and just knowing academically that failure is good doesn’t always help to dull the blow when it does finally come your way.

I’m stoked have Barrett Brooks on the show today to help us out. Barrett is at the perfect place right now to share some wisdom about moving on from a “failed” project after he recently shut down Living For Monday after two years in business.

Barrett’s experience, lessons learned, and mindset are incredibly refreshing and will give you the encouragement and tools you need to step out yourself and begin your adventure.

Barrett shares with us:

  • What it was like when he knew it was time to pull the plug on his business.
  • The mindset that helped him sail out of that experience.
  • What he’ll do differently on his next project.

Listen now: 033: Dealing with business failure and how to prevent it (with Barrett Brooks)

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Common strengths in Barrett’s story:
Through Barrett’s corporate career, launching and running Living for Monday, and now directing member success at Fizzle, Barrett developed his strengths of teaching and encouraging others (a common theme through each of those seasons).

One thing holding him back:
Financials. He didn’t have a lot of money starting out, and that meant he was chasing the money with his services from the get go.

One thing he stopped doing to accelerate his progress:
Barrett cut back on some fun social stuff everyone else was doing in order to pour more time into his business.

One characteristic that separates him from the rest:
He showed up every day. He picked himself and set out to do what he wanted to do every day.

One belief that fuels his journey:
Barrett believes in having a growth mindset. If you put in work, if you’re curious, and you’re willing to suffer through some of the tough stuff then you’ll continue to grow, increase in skill, and eventually succeed.

Book Recommendation

If you want to be valuable to yourself, your employer, or anyone else, then this book will help you get there.
Linchpin – Are you indispensable? by Seth Godin

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Sep 09 2014

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032: Why it’s okay to suck at your calling

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Have you ever seen someone work at their craft and awesomeness just pours out of them? It’s fun to watch, right?

Now what if the craft they were amazing at was the exact thing you wish you could be doing?

That feels a little different doesn’t it.

Instead of being in awe of the artist, now it feels more like discouragement you’ll never be that good. And if you can’t be as good as ____, then what’s the use.

If you’ve ever felt like that, then I want to pass along some wisdom that will change everything for you. I know because that’s exactly what it did for me.

In today’s session you’ll learn:

  • Why you should expect, even hope, to be awful at your next endeavor.
  • The advice Jon Acuff gave me that changed everything.
  • How I’m living this out even as I record this session (an unexpected surprise).

Listen now: 032: Why it’s okay to suck at your calling

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A personal note on this session

I’ll be honest, this is a painful podcast to publish. Solo sessions have always been difficult for me even though it’s something I want to excel at one day.

With an interview I can get behind the mic with someone I greatly admire and just ask questions. But with a solo session it’s just me, and it feels pretty lonely and scary at this stage.

There were so many segments in this session I deleted, re-recorded, and fumbled through I almost scrapped the whole thing.

But I didn’t.

Because I believe in the message. Even if the delivery needs some work, and even if it wasn’t my best day for whatever reason, I believe the potential for this message to encourage someone else to start their life’s work.

So in the spirit of today’s message – here it is. And if you listen to the end you’ll get a special secret challenge from me to you (and I hope you take it).

Aug 22 2014

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031: Finding your way to success in business and life (with Corbett Barr)

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When you stray off the path into the thick, wild jungle things get really tough really fast. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to move just a few feet at times, and there’s the constant question of whether you’re even heading in the right direction.

That’s what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.

Many of us turn back after just a little time in the jungle and never make the progress we dreamed of.

Whether your jungle is starting your own business, launching a new product, or trying anything new, Corbett Barr has some awesome wisdom to share with us to help you power through that transition.

Corbett shares with us:

  • The challenges of making the jump from corporate world to entrepreneur
  • What he did after his startup failed that led straight to what he’s doing now
  • The mindset that fueled it all

Listen now: 031: Finding your way to success in business and life (with Corbett Barr)

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One thing holding him back from reaching the next level:
Worrying about what other people thought about what he was doing instead of just focusing on solving problems.

One thing he gave up to start making better progress:
Embraced minimalism so that he could live frugally enough to make his runway longer so he’d have more time to build a business.

One characteristic that separates Corbett from the rest:
Relentlessly focusing on listening to his audience and asking them how he can serve them.

Book Recommendation

The Wisdom of Insecurity – by Allan Watts

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Aug 19 2014

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030: What I’ve learned helping 1,000+ people pursue self-employment (with Kevin Miller)

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I have too many responsibilities to chase my dream. I have to put food on the table. I have to keep the lights.

My only real option is to just keep going on the path that I’m on (even if I don’t love it).

Have you ever thought something like that? I know I have.

I’m fired up to have Kevin Miller on the show today who’s filled with incredible wisdom from battling, and winning, these same questions with over a thousand other business owners.

Kevin shares:

  • the often overlooked aspect of self-employment that holds people back (including himself)
  • the most important thing his dad, Dan Miller, taught him growing up
  • why finding fulfilling work is a responsibility, not a luxury

Listen now: 030: What I’ve learned helping 1,000+ people pursue self-employment (with Kevin Miller)

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One thing that was holding Kevin back:
Consistency. Kevin’s spontaneous nature can lack the consistency of actions required to build a brand and a business.

One thing Kevin gave up to become more successful:
Resisting the rigidity of scheduling and structure to his week. He’s still spontaneous and still enjoys the freedom of being a Free Agent, but accepting scheduling, routine, and rhythm allows him to be more consistent and reach more people.

One characteristic that sets Kevin apart:
Kevin believes finding fulfilling work is a responsibility, not a luxury.

Men, you need to provide more for your family than money. When you work at something you’re inspired in then you bring that fullness of heart home. When you’re slogging away for a paycheck then you’re robbing your family of that fullness.

(Kevin talks about this subject a ton over at Free Agent Uprising. Head on over if this hit you over the head too)

One belief that Kevin developed along the way:
You don’t have to accept what’s offered.

There is a strong pull in our culture to choose from what’s offered. Anytime you step outside that flow and choose your own path it’s lonely and scary, but it’s also the most rewarding thing you can do.

Book Recommendation

I’m going to preface this with Kevin’s testimony because it’s so powerful:

No other book that I know has changed so many peoples’ lives. Not just that they were inspired or motivated by it, but people are actually reading this and making real, lasting change in their life

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller.

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Aug 12 2014

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029: You don’t have to be the smartest, you just need THIS… (with Jordan Harbinger)

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Asking one simple question completely changed the trajectory of Jordan Harbingers life.

When Jordan was just an intern still attending law school he went to coffee with the top partner at his law firm. This particular lawyer had a reputation for never being in the office. But despite spending all his time playing golf and schmoozing clients, he still somehow made more money than all the other partners.

Jordan couldn’t resist the urge to find out what made this guy so special that he could make his own rules. So he asks him flat out:

“How come everyone says you make more money, but you’re never in the office?”

The lawyer explained, What I do is more important than everyone else. I’m playing golf, attending charity events, and buying dinner. What I’m really doing though is bringing in business, and I bring in more than anyone else.

That’s when Jordan had the lightbulb moment: All the work that goes into mastering the technical skills of becoming a lawyer are really secondary to learning people skills that ultimately determine your success level.

That lesson (among many others) fueled Jordan’s interest in non-verbal communication and starting The Art of Charm.

Hear Jordan talk about that and much, much more in this weeks session of the Life Stoked show: Jordan tells us:

  • The pivotal advice he learned from the top lawyer in his company
  • Why your “primary skill set” is really secondary to your ultimate success (or lack of)
  • How your beliefs are sabotaging you (and how to change them)

Listen now: 029: You don’t have to be the smartest, you just need THIS… (with Jordan Harbinger)

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Jordan co-founder The Art of Charm which teaches guys to master non-verbal communication. As you well know in business and in life, people buy YOU, and the way you sit, stand, walk and talk can go a long way in gaining people’s trust in order to make that sale.

Rapid Fire Questions

One thing Jordan gave up to start making better progress:
Making excuses, believing those excuses, and accepting them as fact (it’s all mindset guys!)

One habit that contributes to your continued success:
Follow your calendar RELIGIOUSLY!

Book Recommendation

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane

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Aug 05 2014

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028: The Power of Story – how to craft an amazing adventure for yourself

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It’s funny how the things we most crave are the things that hold us back the most.

It’s like that with almost everything if you think about it. We crave chocolate, but want to lose weight. We want to be a sports star, but prefer to sit on the couch.

And we want to live an amazing story, but we’re making all the wrong choices.

I know. I’ve been there. In fact it’s still something I fight every day. But now that I know the basics of what makes a story worth living I’m able to write better stories with my life. As a result I’m able to live more inspired, more fulfilled, and more free than ever.

Listen to this session of Life Stoked to hear me talk about:
– Powerful elements that must be a part of your life story
– Things you might think are important, but really don’t matter at all
– A story from my own life that was influenced by these lessons

Listen now: 028: The Power of Story – how to craft an amazing adventure for yourself

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Aug 01 2014

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027: Making the leap from Corporate America to online entrepreneur (with Caleb Wojcik)

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Caleb was on the fast track to success.

He dedicated his collegiate career to building a glowing resume complete with internships, grades, and extracurricular involvement. He parlayed that momentum into a secure job at a multinational American company (Boeing). From there he worked hard to earn his MBA on the side.

All signs point straight to the top for Caleb.

But then the bottom fell out of the economy in 2008. For the next three years Caleb watched his secure company lay perfectly good people off from jobs they depended on.

Suddenly even his MBA didn’t make him feel secure about the ladder he was climbing (or the building it was leaning on).

How Caleb’s rewrote his story and created his own success

Caleb’s story up until now has been relatively common. But what Caleb did next is what sets him apart from the pack.

Caleb decided to take his success and his future into his own hands and build a lifestyle business. He got to work right away making connections, helping people, and delivering amazing content on his newly minted blog.

Hear the rest of Caleb’s story in this awesome behind the scenes interview with a guy who’s successfully made that jump from Corperate America to online entrepreneur.

Listen now: 027: Making the leap from Corporate America to online entrepreneur (with Caleb Wojcik)

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There are so many amazing takeaways from Caleb’s story, but I want to call out one big one for me here.


Be strategic, but also be moving – constantly.

Caleb points out that you must take the time to know and understand yourself, but then you must start experimenting right away. Just because you can’t clearly see the end of the road doesn’t mean the first few steps are wasted. How many times have we seen this amazing scenario unfold right here on the Life Stoked podcast, right? So inspiring!

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Have you ever taken the first step and been WOWed by where it led?

Jul 29 2014

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026: Three Apps I Use To Fuel My Success

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You know when you’re walking down the street to lunch and BAM, there’s that insight you’ve been hoping for. Isn’t that an awesome moment of revaluation?

And isn’t it equally annoying when it’s gone before you can find a way to jot it down?

Deep moments of insight into who we are and the problems we’re solving don’t strike when we’re sitting at our desk. They strike when we’re out in the world living our lives. If you don’t have a system for capturing, organizing, and using these pieces then they’ll just go to waste!

In this podcast I share my personal system that helps me catalogue inspiration and insight as it happens so I can sift through it later. You’ll learn:

  • Three apps that make up my complete system (and how I use them)
  • How having all my personal insights in one place helps me make better decisions
  • The exact process I use to capture limiting beliefs

Listen now: 026: Three Apps I Use To Fuel My Success

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There’s a lot of pieces to put into place to build a strong foundation for a Life Stoked: beliefs, core values, dreams, visions, goals. It’s a lot!

Getting all of that information into a single place where you can step back and look at it thoughtfully makes all the difference in the world.

Apps I Use

Jul 25 2014

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025: Timeless success wisdom from a prolific entrepreneur (with John Saddington)

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Do you know what the secret to life is? One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean $#!7.

That’s the wisdom Curly passes on in the movie City Slickers, and it’s the wisdom so many of us feel like we’re chasing.

We want to find the one thing that’s going to make us happy. We want to find the one thing that will transform us into a success story. We want to find the one thing that will make our business soar.

We look at guys like John Saddington (our guest on the show today) and think, “Wow, John’s got it all figured out. John found his one thing.”

After all, John was the youngest executive in the history of a Fortune 50 company. He holds two masters degrees. He’s started and successfully exited numerous software startups. All this and he’s in his early thirties, so he must have found his “one thing,” right?

Wrong. In fact, I was shocked when John told me, “I have no f-ing idea what I want to do with my life.”

In John’s eyes his story is just beginning. He may have some skins on the wall, but he knows there is still so much to learn and so far to go before he could ever consider himself experienced.

Starting and selling a successful business is just a single bullet point in the story John is creating with his life. That’s a powerful reminder for what we’re all really after – stories, not ‘w’s.

I’m thrilled to have John share that wisdom and so much more in our session today.

John shares with us:
– The moment when he realized what was really important in life.
– The powerful limiting belief he had to overcome to become a successful entrepreneur.
– Priceless advice for getting your next business idea off on the right foot.

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Success Quote

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

Rapid Fire Questions

One thing holding John back:
John’s dad spent 47 years climbing the corporate ladder. Because of this model John had a great deal of guilt, shame, and fear of letting his dad down by choosing to throw that away to become an entrepreneur (he was a Fortune 50 executive at the time).

John’s advice: Own up to who you are and be true to it (even if it makes things harder).

One thing John gave up:
Spending time and effort working in areas where he wasn’t strong. By focusing exclusively on his strengths (and getting help with the rest) John is able to do his best work. (nudge The same goes for you)

One characteristic that sets John apart as a high performer:
I love John’s answer when I asked him this, “Not much.”

According to John, he’s just been at it longer and has more experience. John believes that entrepreneurship is not a skill, talent, or gift – it’s a muscle. You have to put in reps to get stronger.

Book Recommendation

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

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Jul 22 2014

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024: The real reason your goals didn’t work

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People have long said that goals are the most basic building block for success. Without goals you’re just a ship without a rudder.

But there’s more to the story, and if you just jump in and start setting goals you’re going to set yourself up for disappointment.

I’ve done this myself, it’s how I know the feeling of teeing up a big audacious goal and striking out. It’s enough to make you give up on goal setting altogether!

Which is what a lot of people did.

A couple years back there was a big “no goals” movement amongst personal development blogs. Some really successful people came out and said, “Goal setting isn’t the way to achievement anymore.”

Scores of people followed suit and renounced goal setting as an effective achievement method. While I wasn’t one of them myself, I eventually experimented with a “no goals” year (albeit inadvertently).

What I learned during that year and the year following (where I course corrected) is what I want to share with you today.

Too many people have given up goals because they didn’t hit a home run in their first at bat. Too many people have decided that goals don’t work because they let themselves down.

Goals aren’t the problem, it’s the foundation the goals were built on that’s the problem.

Listen to this session to hear:
– The real reason behind the “no goals” movement
– Why you need to build your goals on a dream and a vision to succeed
– How this all fits into the bigger achievement picture.

Listen now: 024: The real reason your goals didn’t work

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Do you have a dream and a vision for where you want to go? Does it motivate you?

Jul 18 2014

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023: Bringing Your Vision To Life (with James Woosley)

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If I just had the resources Jon has then I’d be succeeding. If I had the fans that Cliff had then I could make it work. If people

It’s easy to put other people on a pedestal who are farther down the road from you. Their advantages are clear, their efforts are fruitful.

But none of that will get you where you need to go (probably not news to you is it).

James Woosley has been there just like me, just like you, and just like everyone else who goes down the road of building their own thing. Only James has one big difference that sets him apart – he’s learned how to execute in the face of those challenges.

At the most fundamental level James’s gift is helping people bring their visions to life. James can see the picture in your mind and help you plot the path on the map that will get you there.

In today’s session James talks about some of the key pieces to getting this to work, and he also shares some really great personal insights about his own journey putting these pieces together.

Listen to this interview to learn:
– Why James’s coach called him the biggest underachiever ever, and what James did about it.
– The tools that James put in place so he could discover his best work.
– Why 80% of the journey is looking inward, not outward.

Listen now: 023: Bringing Your Vision To Life (with James Woosley)

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One thing holding James back:
Procrastination and fear of failure.

One thing James gave up to start making better progress:
Watching TV. He still watches TV, but not nearly as much as he used to.

One characteristic that makes James a high performer:
James has a commitment to excellence and takes action consistently.

On habit that helps James continue to be a high performer:
James makes a plan, clearly sees the details that make it work, and then takes the actions that bring that plan to life.

Book Recommendation

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James has prepared a special gift for Life Stoked Nation to help you Conquer Your Kryptonite. It’s time to step into your greatness.

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Other links
Woosley Coaching
Conquer Your Kryptonite Book
– James on Twitter

Jul 16 2014

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022: Starting Your Story (with Justin Lukasavige)

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How do you know where to start? How do you know the very first thing to do? Where do you begin?

These questions can stop you dead in your tracks before you ever take a single step towards your new vision. Getting passed this stage can be one of the most difficult parts of your story.

Justin Lukasavige has done it. Over and over. He’s done it so many times I can hardly keep up with his career path (forget hobbies and personal pursuits). Justin’s story started out as a commercial airline pilot. From there he became a financial coach, then someone who helps financial coaches, and eventually found himself helping startups with their marketing.

That’s a far cry from airline pilot!

Justin has some incredible wisdom and encouragement to share with us today in this interview about how we can become starters ourselves – even when we might not be totally sure what to start yet.

Listen now: 022: Starting Your Story (with Justin Lukasavige)

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Justin shares with us:
– Why he doesn’t consider any of his projects “failures” (and what he calls them instead)
– The best way to discover your passion
– What you need to do to start your own amazing story

Rapid Fire Questions

One thing holding Justin back:
Fear and making excuses. He was standing in his own way.

One thing he gave up that allowed him to start making better progress:
Wasting downtime.

One characteristic that separates Justin from someone who’s stuck:
He’s stubborn. He doesn’t’ give in. He persists until he’s reached where he wanted to go.

Book Recommendation

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

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Jul 14 2014

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021: Real success starts HERE (or pay the price!)

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Successful people set goals, you know that already. But if you want to be successful and happy, then you’d better get the foundation right.

As I learned the hard way, achieving a big goal doesn’t always produce the results you want. You can reach a milestone only to be filled with tension and angst instead of fulfillment and satisfaction.

And that’s no way to live (and certainly not a Life Stoked).

That’s why it’s so important to discover your core values. These values act as a filter in your life for decisions big and small, and once you know them you’ll be able move forward with greater confidence, ease, and happiness.

Listen to this audio to learn:
– How reaching my goal of working for a web startup wasn’t as awesome as I’d hoped.
– The key foundation I was missing for future achievement.
– How to calibrate your ‘GPS’ to make tough decisions crystal clear.

Listen now: 021: Real success starts HERE (or pay the price!)

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Jul 11 2014

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020: How to build relationships that build your success (with John Corcoran)

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Richard Branson is widely known for his bold stunts. He’s attempted to break world records circumnavigating the Earth in a balloon, crossing the English Channel, and crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

I’ve always assumed it was Branson’s boldness and taste for risk that made him an incredible entrepreneur (his Virgin Group now owns over 400 companies).

That is, until I met John Corcoran.

John notes that Branson credits his success to his ability to build relationships with others. Wow! What? I didn’t see that coming.

In this podcast John shares some incredibly valuable insight into exactly what it is that propels some of our favorite entrepreneurs, and also how we can build the same skills that helped them succeed.

Listen now: 020: How to build relationships that build your success (with John Corcoran)

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One thing that held John back:
Not knowing the right people and not associating with the right people.

One thing John gave up to start making better progress:
Listening to sports radio. He replaced that time with audiobooks and podcast and now gets through one to two books every month.

One habit that helps John succeed:
Planning and setting goals – especially around networking. For example, he sets goals to introduce people within his network each week.

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Jul 09 2014

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019: The real keys to success from a serial entrepreneur (with Jason Cohen)

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Jason Cohen has done something few others have succeeded at: He’s bootstrapped a business. He knows what it takes to go from fledgling idea to seven figures in revenue.

And he’s done it four times.

While most aspiring entrepreneurs dream of being where Jason is today, he’s quick to point out that focusing on the goal of “success” (whatever that means) will ultimately lead to failure and heartache.

In this interview Jason shares:
– one incredibly valuable skill for any leader to have (and how to develop it).
– how to make sure you’re focus is in the right place to succeed.
– the characteristic that sets Jason apart.

Whether your dream is to be a serial entrepreneur like Jason, or a much different path, Jason’s wisdom, experience, and insights into what it really takes to be successful will be an asset to your journey.

Listen now: 019: The real keys to success from a serial entrepreneur (with Jason Cohen)

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“Go ahead. Faith will follow.”
– D’Alembert

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One thing that held Jason back:
Not delegating enough. This is difficult for entrepreneurs, and especially difficult for solo entrepreneurs who, by definition, love doing everything themselves.

One characteristic that separates Jason from the pack:
Jason is quick to point out that for every characteristic you see that a successful person has, you can also find that exact opposite characteristic succeeding. So don’t put too much stock in whether you have or don’t have certain attributes.

That said, Jason’s single minded determination to solve problems sets him apart. When he wakes up he’s thinking about a problem. When he goes to sleep he’s thinking about the same problem. And every moment in between he is thinking about the same problem.

That mindset helps him succeed because you have to be that passionate about your problem to get through the challenges of being an entrepreneur.

One habit that helps Jason succeed:
Inbox zero. If you’re leaving messages in your inbox you’re just lying to yourself. By cleaning them out I’m being intentional about which ones I’m taking action on and which ones I’m not.

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Jul 07 2014

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018: I’m too tired to #HUSTLE

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You know the deal, if you want to build something amazing you’re going to have to HUSTLE, and probably 24/7.

Without hustle you’re just regular. Without hustle you’ll never beat the other guy.

If you spend any time at all on Twitter following entrepreneurs then you’ll see it everywhere. It’s a part of our culture. We glorify the hustlers.

There’s a certain amount of truth to that too. I’ve had plenty of high performers on the show already who attest to the hard work they put in when their friends were hanging out and relaxing.

As true as that is and as helpful as it is, you can’t hustle 24/7. You need to rest too. And you need to feel okay about resting.

In this session I kick off the July 4th holiday weekend with a short message about exactly that. So don’t miss this session, and when it’s over turn off your phone and go jump in a pool.

See you Monday hustlers.

Listen now: 018: I’m too tired to #HUSTLE

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Jul 04 2014

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017: Building a 7 figure gym out of $500 (with Jeremy Thiel)

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Vision is much bigger than a business plan. That’s what Jeremy Thiel believes and what he’s living out every day as he builds his fitness empire.

When Jeremy moved to Austin, TX when he was 20 years old his vision was the only thing he had. He believed

Jeremy always believed he would do something BIG. When he moved to Austin, TX at 20 years old with a dream of impacting peoples’ lives through fitness, it was his belief that motivated him.

Starting something from scratch is tough! So what is it that makes some people succeed while other people struggle?

Jeremy Thiel is on the show today and clearly lives out two keys to success better than anyone.

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Belief

From a young age Jeremy has always believed he was destined for something BIG. This belief fueled a relentless pursuit of greatness and carried him over any obstacles that came his way.

Vision

Throughout this interview there’s an underlying thread of Jeremy’s crystal clear vision for what he’s building. Listen for it in between the lines of how he handled challenges, his perspective on business and life, and the actions that he took.

“Vision is much bigger than a business plan. It’s crucial, and it allows people to grab hold of something that propels them into the future.”
– Jeremy Thiel

Business

Jeremy is the founder of CrossFit Central (3 locations) and Relentless Bootcamps (13 locations) in Austin, TX

A Challenge

When Jeremy moved to Austin, TX at 20 years old he didn’t know anyone. With advice he learned in a John Maxwell book he quickly set out to build a powerful network that launched his fitness business.

Rapid Fire Questions

One thing holding him back:
Overthinking things.

Key success characteristic:
He kept showing up. Even when he didn’t want to or he wasn’t clear on his vision he kept showing up

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Jul 02 2014

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016: Where taking permission can take you (with Andy Traub)

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Most people aren’t natural born high performers. They start out just like us. They go to the same schools, learn the same things, and probably even start a traditional career.

But at some point they wake up and realize they don’t want to be just like everyone else. They want a Life Stoked.

I love asking these people about what they see when they look back at that moment. What was something holding you back at the time that you let go of?

Andy Traub shares some incredible wisdom with us today from years of experience, practice, and growth. For Andy the thing holding him back was taking permission. When Andy learned to quit raising his hand to use the bathroom a whole new world of opportunities opened up for him.

On today’s show Andy shares with us some practical steps you can use to take permission and start building your own Life Stoked.

Listen now: 016: Where taking permission can take you (with Andy Traub)

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Success Quote

“Take permission!”
– unknown

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Andy is an author, podcaster, writer, blogger, and speaker at TakePermission.com. He also works with other brands to help them maximize their platforms.

Rapid Fire Questions

One thing holding him back.
Asking permission to “go to the bathroom” (so to speak). Stop waiting to be picked.

One thing he gave up.
Staying up late. Andy believes you can’t fail if you wake up early and go about the business of doing work that matters. Oh, and if you want to get better at waking up early, check out his book The Early to Rise Experience

One characteristic that separates him from average.
I believe I will be awesome. I may not be awesome the first time, but I sincerely believe I can become awesome through practice.

Book Recommendation

We ran out of time with Andy so I had to cut a couple of the rapid fire questions short. So I’m going to fill this one in for him.

Andy’s book The Early to Rise Experience is brilliant. It’s a practical guide to help you successfully develop the habit of waking up early. Oh, and Andy really isn’t a morning person naturally by the way.

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What are you doing to take permission? Let Andy and I know on Twitter or in the comments below.

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Inspiring

By mmize45 - Jul 14 2014
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Wonderful and inspiring podcast. Awesome guests and looking forward to move to come!!!

Great guests

By wcb-horns - Jul 04 2014
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Really enjoying hearing from some guests that aren't just recycled from other show.