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Nov 17, 2017

This week I got on the mic with Kevin Giriunas, the founder of Advent Coworking in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte. I didn’t plan it this way, but this interview couldn’t have been a more perfect follow up to the episode with Court Creeden. Kevin spent the bulk of his life chasing a version of success that wasn’t his own, earning a Master’s Degree in structural engineering and working as an IT project manager for four years.

On paper, Kevin was living the life of his dreams. But, like so many others, he wasn’t fulfilled. Instead of sticking it out and hoping for the best, Kevin decided to walk away from the career he built to do something that mattered to him. Kevin and his team have created an empowering community by blending art, technology, creativity, and positive energy to change the world for the better.

You can listen to this episode above. After you listen, drop me a line and let me know how you liked it, then head on over to the iTunes Store and Subscribe, Rate, and Review the show. That’s how we keep spreading the word and bringing you even more killer content! Cheers!

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Nov 10, 2017

This week I had a candid conversation with Court Creeden, the founder of Parent Financial and the author of the hot new personal development book, Blue Goat. I like to dig deep into the story with people and Court didn’t hesitate to go there with me. Do you feel like there’s more to life? Do you feel like you’re destined to do more than just live for the weekends? Are you ready to make a difference by living your truth? If any of this applies to you, then Court Creeden is the Red Pill that’s going to wake you up.

You can listen to this episode above. After you listen, drop me a line and let me know how you liked it, then head on over to the iTunes Store and Subscribe, Rate, and Review the show. That's how we keep spreading the word and bringing you even more killer content! Cheers!

A few of my favorite moments:

On sideline critics:

In the book, I actually call them the  'couch cowards.' They're the people that are sitting on the sidelines that, no matter what, they're going to find fault with something because all too often they're the ones who aren't happy themselves. So, they're constantly looking for other things going on in the world around them. They never want to look in the mirror they only want to look at the screen.

On living your truth:

And we're worried about what people are going to think or assume or judge about us because of who we are and what we do. And, if we can say "I don't care at all about how other people think about me, as long as I'm making decisions that are honest, genuine, and because they're in line with the life I want to live, that's living your truth."

On appreciating what we have:

They have it all. They've got the house, they've got the car, they've got the job. They have all the clothes. They have a refrigerator full of food. They have everything you could ever possibly need or want, and yet they're still thinking and worrying and concerned and consumed with what they still don't have. And, we go through life year after year after year after year always worrying about what we don't have, and never actually enjoying what we have..

On living every day like it's your last:

If I die today, am I doing exactly what I want? And, I truly...I mean it when I say it, if I die today, I'll be the happiest guy you ever met. Because I live every day to make sure that whenever my last day comes I'm exactly where I want to be. And, if I'm not in that place today, then I'm going to change everything.

On the magic of being yourself:

That's the magic of being yourself and not being afraid to step out of the herd and being that Blue Goat and saying "no, I'm going to create, I'm going to do, I'm going to be myself. I'm going to be unedited. I'm going to go share whatever it is I've been given that are my gifts, and I'm going to put them out there in the world. And, if we all do that, I think there's going to be so much more creativity, there's going to be so much more beauty, there's going to be so much more love, so much more energy, than us all doing stuff we hate, things we don't like, and dealing with the crap of a life that we're just stuck living.

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten:

We're constantly just doing the same things, day after day after day, and yet we're expecting something different or great or amazing to happen. It just doesn't work out that way.

You can find Court Creeden on FacebookInstagramLinkedInwww.bluegoatlife.com & www.parent-financial.com

You can reach out to Court Creeden HERE.

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A portion of any purchase made through our affiliate links kicks back to the show to help us keep the lights on and bring you more fresh killer content. 

       

Nov 3, 2017

David Herring is an architect, attorney, and one seriously woke dude. 

In this episode, we cover some deeply personal topics and often venture into the existential. I feel like we barely scratched the surface, so I look forward to having David back in the studio again soon.

One of my favorite moments:

On making the difficult decision to walk away from his job without a safety net or a plan rather than continue to be unhappy: "I was constantly anxious, stressed out, unhappy. And, I just kind of had this awakening-if you want to call it that-where I said to myself 'I'm not doing this anymore.' If it means I have to live in a box on the street to be happy, I'm willing to do that, because being happy and content in life is worth more than anything."

You can find David Herring on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and www.davidherringlaw.com

You can reach out to David Herring HERE.

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The podcast is available for download from the iTunes StoreGoogle PlayStitcher Radio, and TuneIn. You can also download this episode from the player at the top. And, please, if you enjoy the show please hit that subscribe button and give us a 5-star rating in the iTunes store.

A portion of any purchase made through our affiliate links kicks back to the show to help us keep the lights on and bring you more fresh killer content. 

Oct 27, 2017

William Wilson is the founder of Charlotte-based William Wilson Clothing, a private men’s custom clothing company. Before he was designing custom clothing, William was in the construction business. Today, William specializes in high profile clients, and his client list includes professional athletes, celebrities, CEOs, and business executives. William Wilson Clothing only accepts three new clients per month and routinely has a waiting list.

In addition to being a nationally respected clothier, he is also a leading authority on the impact of image and personal branding in corporate America and the world of entrepreneurship.

You can find William Wilson on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn, and www.williamwilsonclothing.com

Liked what you heard? Book your appointment with William Wilson HERE.

As always, you can find me on TwitterInstagramFacebook, & LinkedIn

The podcast is available for download from the iTunes StoreGoogle PlayStitcher Radio, and TuneIn. You can also download this episode from the player at the top. And, please, if you enjoy the show please hit that subscribe button and give us a 5-star rating in the iTunes store.

A portion of any purchase made through our affiliate links kicks back to the show to help us keep the lights on and bring you more fresh killer content. 

Oct 20, 2017

Escape rooms are gaining in popularity throughout the world and Exit Strategy is leading the charge in innovative and exciting escape room experiences in Charlotte. 

Last week, me and two friends visited Exit Strategy and played their newest room, Ruins. In this episode, I chat with Exit Strategy General Manager Rob Staton about our experience escaping the room and Rob gives us the scoop on the history of escape rooms and what other unique experiences Exit Strategy has to offer. 

You can find Exit Strategy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and www.exitstrategyus.com

Book your own escape room experience HERE.

As always, you can find me on TwitterInstagramFacebook, & LinkedIn

The podcast is available for download from the iTunes StoreGoogle PlayStitcher Radio, and TuneIn. You can also download this episode from the player at the top. And, please, if you enjoy the show please hit that subscribe button and give us a 5-star rating in the iTunes store.

A portion of any purchase made through our affiliate links kicks back to the show to help us keep the lights on and bring you more fresh killer content. 

Aug 25, 2017

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." Simply put, if you want success you have to step outside your comfort zone and ruthlessly pursue it. You have to constantly position yourself to be in the right place to seize opportunities when they appear.

In the first five minutes of this episode, it's clear Mike Simmons has taken these lessons to heart. Mike is the founder, CEO, and driving force behind the marketing and business development firm WIMS, Inc., a consulting firm focused on helping entrepreneurs develop strategies to bring their passions to life.

If you're struggling to make the hard decisions, today and every day, to get from where you are to where you want to be, then you need to listen to this episode now. Not only is Mike's story compelling, it's filled with actionable advice that you can implement in your life today.

You can listen to this episode above. After you listen, drop me a line and let me know how you liked it, then head on over to the iTunes Store and Subscribe, Rate, and Review the show. That's how we keep spreading the word and bringing you even more killer content! Cheers!

A few of my favorite moments:

On the power of showing up:

I almost blew it off. It was literally the day before spring break started. I had a midterm that day, and then I was going to Vegas. But, I'm like "suck it up." I pulled an all-nighter to study for my test.  I made it at 8:30am to this interview, a little disheveled, but I pulled it off. I did great...I got the internship...and then I ended up working there full time. I was there for seven years.

That one almost monumental mistake, that I would have never even known was a mistake, worked out.

On inventing the person he wanted to be:

I was more of a shy kid growing up. It took me a while to come out of my shell. When I first started my job and I would go to networking events, I used to have to have one or two drinks to kind of get warmed up, to be social. Now, of course, I can talk to anybody, and certainly don't need the liquid courage like I used to. I PRACTICED. I went to events, as awkward as I felt. I was a twenty-two year old kid going to networking events. I was so out of my element, but I kept showing up. I practiced. I taught myself a lot of this...I invented this guy I am today.

On being accountable to yourself:

Being an entrepreneur, you have to be accountable. Even if it's just to yourself. Having a boss, sometimes it's easier...you have those 10 things you need to do that day and once you get them done you can go home. I have an infinite list at all times...always. When you're just starting out, it's overwhelming. You learn.

On delegating:

When I first started my company, for the first two years even, I did everything myself. I did all the web development myself. I did all the social media myself, content creation...I did the CRM programs, the implementation myself...because you can't really delegate unless you know...what a good job looks like.

On serving his clients better by recording their meetings:

When I do discovery calls with new prospects and clients, I've been recording it and playing them back later. We've been good about being able to capture exactly what this prospects wants, what their problems are, and making sure that we solve them. 

You lose a lot, even trying to take free-hand notes. The simple act of hitting record, and I let them know before...but...it's tremendous to make sure that I get back and that I'm solving the problem that they articulated. 

Thanks for spending some time with me today! If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment and Subscribe to the show and give us a 5-Star rating on the iTunes Store. You can then immediately bask in all that fuzzy warmth knowing that I'm going to see your review and it's going to bring a smile to my face. See you back here next week!

You can get in touch with Mike on Twitter @WIMSconsulting , FacebookLinkedInwww.wims-consulting.comwww.wimsguide.com, and msimmons@wims-consulting.com.

Aug 4, 2017

Finding your niche is about more than just following your passion. While following your passion is all the rage, the truth is, if your passion doesn’t intersect with a viable need people are willing to part with their money for, your passion is going to bankrupt you.

For better results, identify an existing problem in the market that pertains to your passion and then solve it. That’s how you can follow your passion to immeasurable wealth – or at least a successful business that gives you freedom and flexibility. 

But as anyone who’s ever tried to follow their passion into the marketplace can tell you, it isn’t easy. That’s why I’m going to continue to bring you guests that have turned that dream into a reality. The sooner your passion and your purpose intersect with a revenue stream the happier and more fulfilling your life is going to be. 

In this episode, we explore how Attorney Harrison Lord did just that. Harrison is the founder of  [ask LEGAL], a unique legal services boutique that emphasizes value over time. If you’ve ever asked a lawyer what something costs and received something short of a straight answer, you’ll appreciate Harrison’s novel and transparent approach to legal fees. 

Please drop me a line and let me know how you liked it.

A few of my favorite moments:

On his unique approach to billing:

I’m a big believer in doing things the way that I would want them done.

When you shift how your charge, and you shift things to look at it from the client perspective, I think you have a very different analysis that you go through.

On his entrepreneurial path:

It’s not so much that I had this itch I needed to scratch…as that I was sort of wandering blindly through life and found a thing that looked interesting and poked at it until it either turns out pretty good or gives me hives.

On the benefits of maintaining a friendly relationship with opposing attorneys:

If I’m an idiot I’d much rather find that out on the phone. If they have good stuff, I’d much rather know that up front than in court later.

His desperate attempts to save Blockbuster Video by writing off late fees:

These are people that have the disposable income to come into a Blockbuster on a Friday night, there’s no reason they should be angry why they’re here.

The best advice his dad ever gave him:

Show up early, stay late, work harder than everybody else there

If you enjoyed this episode please take a moment and give us a 5-Star rating on the iTunes Store. You can then bask in all that fuzzy warmth knowing that I’m going to see your review and it’s going to bring a smile to my face. See you back here next week!

You can get in touch with Harrison on Twitter @hlord & @AskLEGALNCFacebookLinkedIn, and asklegalnc.com.

As always, you can find me on TwitterInstagramFacebook, & LinkedIn

The podcast is available for download from the iTunes StoreGoogle PlayStitcher Radio, and TuneIn. You can also download this episode from the player at the top. And, please, if you enjoy the show please hit that subscribe button andgive us a 5-star rating in the iTunes store.

A portion of any purchase made through our affiliate links kicks back to the show to help us keep the lights on and bring you more fresh killer content. 

 

Apr 21, 2017

This week I had the pleasure of spending some time with filmmaker Chung Winner. It was evident after talking for just a few minutes with Chung that he is a man on a mission. We covered topics from winning the day by starting with an ice cold shower to consciously manipulating his mind and body to serve his will.

A director and editor by trade, Chung's behind the scenes credits include: Vanity Fair, The Travel Channel, short films, music videos, the #1 television show in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Penn & Teller CW show Fool Us.

Today Chung is hard at work on a new documentary series, Stories From Our Time. Each 3-6 minute episode reveals a novel account of human life, a time capsule of sorts, documenting the human experience on the planet today. The stories focus on uniquely lived lives, from a money launderer for the Chinese mafia to a political activist to an elderly couple living in a house built of mosaic tiles.

This episode is stacked with compelling and actionable content, and I hope you have as much fun listening as I did recording it. Enjoy!

You can get in touch with Chung on Twitter, InstagramChungWinner.com, and the IQx Facebook page. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE BLOG POST

(Apologies to James Franco and the late Marva Collins for blanking on your names!)

You can find the Future Self Podcast on TwitterInstagramFacebook, & LinkedIn

As always, the podcast is available for download from the iTunes StoreGoogle PlayStitcher Radio, and TuneIn. You can also download the episode from the player at the top. And, please, if you enjoy the show please hit that subscribe button and give us a 5-star rating in the iTunes store.

A portion of any purchase made through our affiliate links kicks back to the show to help us keep the lights on and bring you more fresh killer content. 

Feb 24, 2017

Jason Mailot is the founder of East Coasters, a company dedicated to making unique and functional products from discarded rubber that was destined for the landfill. Check out the full post at RobertIngalls.com/18-East-Coasters

Jason is an old friend and one of the most charismatic people I know, so it was an absolute joy to have him in the studio this week.

Jason is the embodiment of achieving success through shear force of will. After leaving college with a degree, a mountain of debt, and no direction, he bounced through jobs, butted heads with bosses, and quickly discovered that he wasn’t built for a lifetime of taking orders. So, with little more than his unbridled tenacity, some maxed out credit cards, and his supportive wife Kaitlyn, Jason flung himself face first into the world of entrepreneurship founding East Coasters in 2014.

 

From the early wins to the devastating setbacks Jason maintained his trademark determination, always looking for new angles and never afraid to do the hard work himself. Clearly that persistence paid off, as East Coasters has amassed tens of thousands of loyal fans from around the world that allow him to do the job he loves every single day.

In this episode we not only dig into what Jason is up to today, we also hear the often hilarious backstory of how it all came together. Enjoy!

You can find Jason and East Coasters on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and at EastCoasters.org.

Book Recommendation: Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Feb 17, 2017

Link to the Blog Post

The Epipen is back in the news, but for all the wrong reasons. This week, only a few short months since the consumer and congressional outrage over a 500% price increase on Mylan's EpiPen, Pharmaceutical company Kaleo released their answer to the anti-allergy giant in the form of Auvi-Q. Touted as an affordable alternative, the product was originally released in 2013 with a similar price tag to the EpiPen. However, the drug was later recalled due to manufacturing problems. This time Auvi-Q hit the market with a price tag of $4,500.00, seven times the current price of the EpiPen.

Kaleo has assured consumers that the high price tag is part of a complex effort to subsidize a program aimed at making the drug affordable for everyone. However, while Kaleo executive Spencer Williamson says he is encouraged by the number of insurance plans that he believes are going to cover Auvi-Q, others in the industry are not so optimistic. Adam Fein, president of Pembroke Consulting and author of drugchannels.net, compared Kaleo to Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which is under investigation by Congress, the Justice Department, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Frankly it sounds a lot like a Valeant strategy, where you set a very high list price and you only capture the reimbursement on a very small percentage of prescriptions" Fein said. “Instead of getting a reasonable price for everything, you are going to get nothing from most of the market and a lot from a very small percentage of the market. It’s almost an outdated strategy that seems designed to invite controversy.” (Forbes)

The Great & Powerful Woz

This is where Blake Anderson and Renco Medical come in. Not only is Renco attacking the pricing structure of epinephrine pens, they're also redesigning the product. While Auvi-Q was the first to include audio instructions, the instructions were built into the disposable pen for a one-time use. Renco, in an effort to reduce consumer costs and waste, is building the instructions into an ergonomic carrying case, allowing for repeated use over the life of the product. And, a crucial element of the redesign effort is focused on making their injectors more intuitive to use, thereby reducing mistakes when seconds count.

For the initial round of funding Renco is turning to Indiegogo, launching their first campaign on February 21st. We'll update this post with the details when the campaign goes live.

In this episode we discuss not only what Blake is up to today, we also dig into his backstory, philosophy, and habits for success. Coming from a meager background, Blake has been a brilliant example of the success that can be achieved through a hard work and hustle lifestyle. It's clear from listening to him for five minutes that he truly does believe in people over profits, choosing to focus on providing value above all else.

Enjoy!

You can find Blake and Renco Medical on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and www.rencomedical.com.

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Book Recommendation: The World Is Flat

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