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Fight For Brilliance with Justin Keller

Challenge yourself to rebel against complacency and conformity and fight for brilliance in every area of your life. This weekly podcast combines my personal journey, as well as the stories of my guests, to look at what it takes to fight for brilliance in everything we do.

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Brightside Chats: Phoebe Cornog on removing pressure and defining optimism

In this episode, I sat down with Phoebe Cornog. Phoebe is the co-founder of Pandr Design Co. where she is a graphic designer and muralist. Pandr has been commissioned by brands like Target, Minnesota Vikings, Visa, Lululemon, and more. She discusses what this is like for her as a younger small business navigating all of the changes with Covid-19. She talks about how she defines optimism and she shares why she's enjoying creating without pressure. Pandr specializes in custom art pieces and murals that boost engagement, and social impressions. They work in a wide variety of mediums and methods help tailor our work to any brand strategy, and accurately tell your company’s story. Phoebe is also the co-host of a podcast for creatives called, Drunk on Lettering.Connect with Phoebe: pandrdesignco.com | instagram.com/phoebecornog | podcastConnect with Justin: instagram.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | brightsidechats.com/kellerthinks | Circlefifty.com | Text "BRILLIANT" to the number 33777 to sign up for the weekly Fight For Brilliance email.

18mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Kayla Stoecklein: Running to grief and learning to dream again

In this episode, Kayla opens up about the journey she has been on after losing her husband, Andrew, to suicide in 2018. We talk about how what the first anniversary was like for her, how she is running to her grief, and how she's learning to dream again.Kayla is honoring Andrew by carrying out her mission to bring hope to as many people as possible through a nonprofit called God's Got This (www.godsgotthis.org). She has had the chance to speak on stages like Catalyst and is using her tragedy to bring hope to others who have had to face loss and the battle with grief. You can follow her story as it continues to unfold as she and her three sons are learning to dream again and live a happy, beautiful life.Connect with Kayla: Instagram.com/kaylastoecklein | www.godsgotthis.org \National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Fight For Brilliance Newsletter: Text "BRILLIANT" TO 33777Connect with Justin: instagram.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks

1hr 5mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Brightside Chats: Brent Gallagher on how to approach fitness through Covid-19

As gyms were forced to close, many trainers and gym owners had to reimagine and redesign the way they did business. But it wasn't just gym owners who had to rethink the way they were doing things. Millions of people had to reconsider the way they approached fitness as they were left without the critical connection point with their trainers and gyms that they relied on for their training.In this episode, Co-founder and Performance Coach at Avenu fitness & Lifestyle, Brent Gallagher, talks about how he and his team were able to redesign the way they did business in just a few short days. He talks about how he's bringing the same personal connection that they had face-to-face, now to people digitally right in their homes. He also gives us three practical things that we can do to use this time to establish a sustainable fitness foundation.You can access training tips and ideas by connecting with Brent across social media. Connect with Brent: instagram.com/brentfit | fb.com/avenufit | instagram.com/avenufit | avenufit.com Connect with Justin: instagram.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | text "BRILLIANT" to the number 33777 to sign up for the Fight For Brilliance weekly email 

21mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Brightside Chats: Jessica Pass-Haskell on curiosity and hope

Jessica Pass-Haskell is a licensed therapist and founder of Heights Haven, and co-founder of Truth Tribe. She sat down with me to talk about how she is navigating the different emotions and circumstances right now through the Covid-19 Pandemic. We talk about being human through all of this, expecting breakdowns, and just how vital curiosity and hope are right now as many of us are pivoting our lives and businesses.Jessica's mission is to connect people who want more fulfillment to resources that will unlock your gifts and remove limiting beliefs and patterns that hold you back. She believes in everyone’s potential to succeed and helps you rewrite your past struggles into stories of triumph.Connect with Jessica: Instagram.com/heightshaven | heightshaven.com Connect with Justin: Instagram.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | brightsidechats.com | text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 to subscribe to the weekly Fight For Brilliance Newsletter.

28mins

4 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Brightside Chats: Kelly Stuckey on acknowledging emotions and facing grief

Kelly Stuckey is the owner of Crown Beauty Bar in Fayetteville, Arkansas. For years Kelly and Zac Stuckey put all of their efforts into their business and raising their son Everett who has Achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism. But in the Fall of 2019, Zac was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on his 41st birthday. In this episode, Kelly talks about what it's been like making some of the most difficult business decisions ever amidst Covid-19. She shares what she's learning in this time, how she's raising her son, and the power of acknowledging our emotions. You can follow Kelly here: Instagram.com/hellokellystuckey | Learn more about her business and how you can support her at www.crownbeautybar.com Connect with Justin: Instagram.com/kellerthinks | Twitter.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | Text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 to sign up for the weekly Fight For Brilliance email. 

22mins

29 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Brightside Chats: Elly and Jordan Brown on finding joy and growing stronger

Right now, many married couples are having to navigate unchartered territory in their relationship as they navigate work, parenting, and partnering with teachers to help provide virtual education to their children. The changes and complex dynamics are undeniable, but Elly and Jordan Brown talk about how they are choosing to find joy and use this season to grow stronger.Elly runs a successful blog, Uptown with Elly Brown, that focuses on encouraging and uplifting women of all walks in life. Jordan works in the oil and gas industry, and together they have four children that they are raising here in Houston, TX. 

23mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Brightside Chats: Erica Smith on the power of gratitude and being easily amazed

Mother, wife, and blogger, Erica Smith, sat down with me to talk about how she learned gratitude in her life. Erica has been alongside me in the Brightside Challenge posting something that she is grateful for each day, and so I wanted you to hear her talk about what practicing gratitude does, and what it means to her. We talk about what to do when you don't feel like being grateful, what's she remains hopeful for, and what's weighing on her through everything with Covid-19.Connect with Erica: instagram.com/tellittoyourneighbor | tellittoyourneighbor.comConnect with Justin: instagram.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | Circlefifty.com | text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 to sign up for the Fight For Brilliance weekly email.

22mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Brightside Chats: Conn McWhorter on intentionality and choosing kindness

In this episode, I sit down with a good friend of mine, Conn McWhorter. We discussed what it's been like for him learning to work from home after mostly working inside and office for 22 years. We talk about how he's creating space for conversations with his kids, how he's being intentional with his marriage, and what he's learning about himself through all of this. Conn is a pastor at Woodlands Church (WC.org) in The Woodlands, TX. He is a husband to Ashely, and together they are raising their 4 children.Connect with Conn: Instagram.com/connmcwhorterConnect with Justin: instagram.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | Text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 to sign up for the Fight For Brilliance weekly email.

18mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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Frank Bealer: Launching something that has never been done

Have you ever had an idea for something that has never been done? It can be scary to think about stepping toward that idea without a proven model that has gone before you. In this episode, you'll hear how Frank Bealer learned firsthand what it takes to bring unproven ideas to life, create buy-in, and what it looks like to go all-in on your purpose. Frank Bealer is the author of The Myth of Balance, and the CEO of Phase Family Centers, an organization dedicated to shaping the future by building community among millennial families. Prior to Phase Family Centers, Frank was the Executive Director of Family Ministry at Elevation Church (one of the fastest growing and largest churches in America). Prior to his time at Elevation, Frank was the President of a large retail insurance firm operating in 47 states. Frank and his wife, Jessica, live in Cumming, Georgia, and have four children: Micah, James, Isaac, and Layla.Connect with Frank: Instagram.com/fbealer. | https://phasefamilylearningcenter.comConnect with Justin: Instagram.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | Text "BRILLIANT" to the number 33777 to sign up for the weekly Fight For Brilliance newsletter 

52mins

4 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Brightside Chats: David LeBlanc on getting better through crisis

The way our kids are learning and the way that teachers are teaching, it's changed. But even though things have changed, is it possible to get better and make gains through a crisis? Teacher and coach, David LeBlanc believes so. In this episode, David shares his experience navigating this crisis as a teacher and coach. He talks about the importance of being flexible with our kids, trusting them, being flexible with them, and still challenging them to become better and make gains no matter where or how they are learning.David is a teacher, football coach, at St. Thomas More Catholic High School in Lafayette, LA. David is also a husband, a father, and he has a personal training business.Connect with David: Website | Facebook Connect with Justin: instagram.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | Circlefifty.com | BrightsideChats.com

19mins

13 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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Brightside Chats: Jennifer Zick on branding and marketing through crisis

It is not business as usual for anyone, and Jennifer Zick, Founder and CEO of Authentic Brand, talks about how your organization should approach this season through Covid-19. We discuss the right tone for your brand, the right approach, and the equal opportunity that exists for thriving and declining brands.Jennifer is from Minnesota, a wife, and mom, and business owner. With twenty years of marketing experience in innovative, entrepreneurial, and accelerated-growth companies, Jennifer brings a wealth of experience to her clients. Prior to launching Authentic Brand, Jennifer held executive Marketing roles for some of the Twin Cities’ and Bay Area’s fastest growing businesses.Connect with Jennifer: Authentic Brand | Facebook Connect with Justin: Instagram.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | Circlefifty.com | text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 to sign up for the Fight For Brilliance Community

19mins

11 Apr 2020

Rank #11

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Brightside Chats: Chris Jones on making the best of a forced change

Chris Jones is the co-founder & owner of Salon Bugatti in The Woodlands, TX. He has been cutting hair for over 20 years and is highly sought after as a trainer for stylists all across the country with the Behind The Chair team.In the second episode in this series, we we talk about how his team made decisions for the company based on ethics, and not government mandates. He shares how he's approaching the slower time for him, and we talk about how he's staying connected to people right now.Connect with Chris: Instagram.com/chrisjones_hair | Salon Bugatti: fb.com/salonbugattiConnect with Justin: Instagram.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | Text "BRILLIANT" to the number 33777 to join the Fight For Brilliance community. 

21mins

28 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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Brightside Chats: JB Barnett on doing what you love and bringing music into homes every day

JB Barnett has worked hard to be able to play music for a living, and he wasn't about to let closed venues keep him from doing what he loved still. In this episode you'll hear the story of how JB went from playing live music venues to now streaming from Facebook into households every single night. He talks about how it's stretching him, and even exciting him, as an artist. We talk about the way he's thinking about music in the future because of this and one simple thing that anyone can do to help support a local recording artist.JB Barnett is a singer/songwriter from Houston, TX. Often compared to the likes of Jack Johnson and John Mayer, JB Barnett's music is a fusion of soulful melodies with catchy, witty, and inspiring lyrics. He writes, performs, records, produces, mixes, and masters each of his own songs. Connect with JB:fb.com/jbbarnettmusic | Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/5TfWNqN9VWjl8pVttmUxUj | Instgram.com/jbbarnettmusic | jbbarnettmusic.comConnect with Justin: fb.com/kellerthinks | instagram.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 to sign up for the Fight For Brilliance Newsletter | Brightsidechats.com

19mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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Nashville Tornado: 3 Women use kindness to triumph through devastation

On March 4, 2020, a devastating tornado swept through East Nashville and surrounding areas. The storm left 25 dead and left many without homes and businesses. This episode is the story of 3 female business owners rallying together to be there for their neighbors despite their own needs. We talk about the struggle of wanting to serve others while still needing to help yourself. We discuss why people shouldn't feel the need to help right away if they can't. And we focus on just how good humanity is.Connect with Kat Wolle: Instagram.com/wildartifact | www.wildartifact.com Connect with Carrie: Instagram.com/carrielallen | thesyndicatesociety.comConnect with Courtney: Instagram.com/ingoodcompanynash | igcnashville.comConnect with Justin: instagram.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 to sign up for the Fight For Brilliant weekly email. 

55mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Brightside Chats: Mitch Roberts on creating opportunity and expanding patience

When your business is built around bringing people together to share experiences with others, you have to get creative in order to find a way to still serve people. In this episode, you're going to hear from Mitch Roberts, Founder/CEO of Evo Entertainment Group. Mitch shares how they turned closed doors into an opportunity to convert their movie theatre parking lots into a drive-in movie theatre. He talks about how he's navigating this season by expanding his patience. And he discusses his approach to making decisions through this unexpected moment in their business. Evo Entertainment Group has 6 locations throughout Texas. Evo Entertainment Group's venues include, movies, games, bowling, food, and live music. Connect with Mitch: Instagram.com/themitchroberts | evo-entertainment.comConnect with Justin: Instagram.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | Subscribe to newsletter: Text "BRILLIANT" to 33777

18mins

30 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Fighting for individuality

In this episode, I read a chapter from my new book, Human Always. The chapter is based on the principle, Fight For Individuality. I take a look at how we learn behaviors that compromise our individuality and challenge you to stop focussing on what makes you different and start owning what makes you who you are. Be sure to sign up for the Fight For Brilliance newsletter to stay connected to updates with my book and to get this chapter as a free download. Text "BRILLIANT" to the number 33777.Stay connected: Instagram.com/kellerthinks | Twitter.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks

26mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Brightside Chats: Tori Gordon on being comfortable with uncertainty

Tori Gordon, founder of Coachable, and creator and host of a Top 100 Personal Development podcast, You're Welcome Radio, sat down to talk about her approach to this season of uncertainty. We talk about how losing her sister at 20 years old, and her mom at 27 years old, have impacted her approach to life and all that's going on with Covid-19. We discuss how to shift from thinking that life is happening to you, to being to learning from what is happening in your life instead. . Tori is a Mind & Performance Coach, Speaker, and Podcaster who is helping leaders transform their lives and businesses from the inside out. Connect with Tori: Instagram | Facebook  | websiteConnect with Justin: instagram.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | fb.com/kellerthinks | Circlefifty.com | text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 to sign up to be part of the Fight For Brilliance community. 

22mins

12 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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How to overcome excuses and find another way

Our ability to overcome excuses is critical in our fight for brilliance. But the hard truth is that excuses are not as simple as getting over and thinking away. In this episode, I share with you how I feel about excuses and three practical things that I do to ensure that excuses don't have the final say in my life.If you have sidelined a dream or desire for your life or organization, this episode will give you permission to dream again and go for it.  Connect on social media: fb.com/kellerthinks | instagram.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | Text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 to sign up for the weekly Fight For Brilliance Newsletter

27mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Brightside Chats: Kathy Dixon

Episode one of this series, Brightside Chats, features Kathy Dixon, Founder of Oh Yes! Communications. In this interview, we talk about the adjustments that she has had to make in order to keep moving her business forward in this new normal. We discuss how her and her husband are teaming up with the kids and what they are doing to stay strong together.Connect with Kathy: Kathy on Instagram: Instagram.com/ohyeskathy | Kathy's company: ohmyescommunications.com Connect with Justin: Instagram.com/kellerthinks | Fb.com/kellerthinks | Twitter.com/kellerthinks | Text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 for the Fight For Brilliance weekly email

18mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Brightside Chats: Jason Caston on adapting to a new normal with grace

Jason Caston is Digital platform specialist, Quasi-coder on the front end, International Speaker, Author and Founder, and single father of two teenage daughters. In this episode Jason shares how he is navigating conversations and expectations with his daughters. He talks about how he is embracing every part of this season. And Jason talks about the grace he gives himself to go through this time at his own pace.Connect with Jason: Jasoncaston.com | instagram.com/jasoncaston | twitter.com/jasoncaston Connect with Justin: Instagram.com/kellerthinks | twitter.com/kellerthinks | text "BRILLIANT" to 33777 to join the Fight For Brilliance community.

16mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #20