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Author: Donnie Boivin

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I believe we are all on a journey. Everything we do, our wins-losses, successes, and failures are all part of the adventure. These are the life lessons the shape us into who we become as we teach the world through our stories.

Donnie's Success Champions are Ordinary People, Entrepreneurs, Veterans, First Responders, Business Owners and visionaries that have a story to tell. These champions are pure badasses plain and simple. Enjoy their stories and we all continue on our journey.
190 Episodes
EP:187 Phillip Stutts Marketing Genius Shares His Story of Triumph and Battling and Incurable Disease
Phillip Stutts is fighting a rare, incurable disease. Diagnosed in 2012 with the esophageal disease, Achalasia, he spent five years ignoring it. Frankly, he put his head in the sand, taking medications that did more harm than good, and waiting for the inevitable. Then he woke up and said no more. His mission today is to find a cure and pursue a life of constant growth and giving. And he’s making progress. Phillip is also the author of Fire Them Now: The 7 Lies Digital Marketers Sell…, an Amazon bestseller, and one of the masterminds behind the curtain of political marketing. With more than 20 years of political and marketing experience, Stutts has worked with multiple Fortune 200 companies, has over two decades of experience working on campaigns with billions of dollars in political ad spend, and contributed to over 1,200 election victories, including hundreds of U.S. House campaigns, dozens of U.S. Senate campaigns, and even three U.S. Presidential victories. He is the founder and executive chairman of Go BIG Media (a political media firm) and the founder and CEO of Win BIG Media (a corporate marketing agency). Together, these companies have won more than 30 national awards for marketing and creative content, including Pollies, Reeds, and Goldies.  Stutts has made more than 200 national TV appearances including ESPN, FOX NEWS, FOX BUSINESS, MSNBC, and CNN. He has also appeared on some of the world’s most popular podcasts including Gary Vaynerchuk’s The DailyVee, The James Altucher Show, The Adam Carolla Show, The Dr. Drew Podcast, and Jay Abraham’s The Ultimate Entrepreneur.   He has been lauded as a “marketing genius” by FOX BUSINESS, “the political guru” by ESPN, and “The Michael Jordan of Political Marketing…” by Mike Dillard.   “I love [Phillip’s] vibe!” — Gary Vaynerchuk   “I want [Phillip] to take a look at my business and help me digitally.” — James Altucher   “[Phillip’s] story intrigued me. I’m fascinated by it still.”  — Dr. Drew Pinsky   “I like where [Phillip’s] mind is at!” — Adam Carolla  
EP:186 Charlynda Scales is Taking a Family Recipe to the World
Charlynda Scales is a dynamic motivational speaker, brand ambassador, Air Force Veteran, social media influencer, and the founder and CEO of Mutt’s Sauce, LLC, a company that makes “the sauce for every meal.” Mutt's Sauce was the Grand Prize Winner of Bob Evan's Farms' 2017 Heroes to CEOs Contest. She is a Clemson University graduate, with a degree in Aerospace Science and Business Management. She also holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership. She started the company Mutt’s Sauce, LLC while she was still serving on active duty in the military. She is currently still serving in the United States Air Force Reserves as a Contingency Planner. Charlynda holds several positions locally and nationally, to include: 2016 Ms. Veteran America, 2nd Runner Up; National Ambassador, Final Salute, Inc.; Committee Member, Ohio Board of Women Veterans; VIP Brand Ambassador for Daymond John; CEO, OH Taste Marketing, LLC; Gold Award Winner, Girl Scouts of the USA. Charlynda has been featured in,, CBS News, Black Enterprise Magazine,,, and Air Force Association Magazine. Charlynda was also selected for the March 2018 cover of MilitarySpouse magazine. If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Want to start a podcast? Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here
EP:185 How To Turn Off Your Employee Mindset and Go For it
If you don't embrace life and move forward and get very explicitly focused on you and your journey, then you're going to choose to let life bring you down. I believe this. If my life sucks, if my company sucks, if my world sucks, or my marriage sucks, that's all my fault because it's on me to create the life that I want to create. If something tragic happens in my life, and it hits me harder than it should is because I didn't do the things before to make sure that whenever that tragedy struck that I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t mentally ready to handle the aftermath. I'm not telling you that if your life sucks that you suck, I'm telling you that the choices I make in my life that that's what I embrace. But I do think the world is selfish. I think the world's a little vain I believe, people are sitting around waiting for life to happen to them and they're not putting any effort they're not going for it. They're not trying to find themselves and shaking things up trying to create a better life for themselves. They are stuck in an employee mindset. The employee mindset means you show up to your job when you when you're supposed to, you go home at the end of the day. You clock out and collect a paycheck. Then you do this every day. There’s nothing wrong with that lifestyle. But that lifestyle is going to keep people exactly where they are. When you start over internalizing that, you're not where you want to be in life, and that you should have it, that life should just come to you that you should, already be accomplishing these significant things. Especially when you haven't done the work, you're selfish; you're vain. You know, the world is not going to hand it to you. You've got to go through the things and do those things that will help you get your life to the level you want it A lot of people are often looking at the world with, rose-colored glasses on. Everything is sunshine and rainbows, and they’re envisioning themselves to these great and awesome places then they’re still sitting, they're doing absolutely nothing. Then they are expecting all kinds of results; life doesn't work that way. If you want a great life, then you have to create it and embrace it. You've got to, to build it, which means you got to do the things that you need to be doing to grow yourself. Then to grow your business, expand your job, and enhance yourself and upgrading to the next level. You level up and evolve when you embrace life.
EP:184 Sean Lake Is A Case Study in How to Turn Your Passion into a Profession
Sean Lake is a case study in how to turn your passion into a profession. A former college dropout turned professional snowboarder, Sean has followed his passions to extreme heights (literally)—from helping a young Shaun White with his homework as the team manager for Burton Snowboards to managing tours for Tony Hawk.  Sean figured out early on that if something made his heart race, he could find a way to monetize it. As the Director of Sports Marketing for DC Shoes, Sean launched the brand’s first snowboarding division, and jobs like consulting for the X Games have allowed him to stay close to the sport he loves.  A seasoned marketing pro, having worked with major brands like Converse and consulted on events ranging from SXSW to Art Basel, Sean has found another way to spike his heart rate in recent years—and his new company is the perfect supplement.   Today, Sean is the co-founder of BUBS Naturals, the maker of industry-leading collagen protein powder and MCT oil powder products. The body and brain benefits that drive these high-quality supplements have been especially handy for Sean, who these days is more likely to be found banging out burpees than bombing black diamonds. But not all of the heavy lifting is done in the CrossFit gym. Sean, along with BUBS Naturals co-founder TJ Ferrara, didn’t just want to start another company—they wanted to do something unprecedented.    They’d researched the best-in-class certified B corporations like Patagonia and other charitable-minded companies like Toms—and they figured they could do better. Not long after that, BUBS Naturals was born, with 10% of every sale donated to the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit that helps special operations professionals from all branches of the military succeed in civilian life.    There’s a reason they chose the GDMF. Glen Doherty was Sean’s closest friend, a Navy SEAL (call sign “BUB”), and one of the four Americans killed in the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The foundation serves to help U.S. vets find support in society and rely less on the same kind of military contracting jobs that lured Glen back into the field. Sean and TJ named BUBS Naturals in Glen’s honor and run the company around a strict moral code modeled on Glen’s own—starting with a relentless commitment to self improvement and helping others.   That doesn’t make it any easier to grow a startup, especially one that donates 10% of each sale to charity. Furthermore, each year BUBS Naturals donates 100% of all Veterans Day sales to the GDMF. It’s an extraordinary feat that can only be accomplished with extraordinary effort and an extraordinary source of motivation. If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Want to start a podcast? Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here
EP:183 Kathleen Reily Uses Her Story to Help Others
Today I work as a Chronic Anxiety Coach, teaching people how to rewire constant worry, fear, and anxiety in the brain. I would like to start from the beginning. I was born with a cleft lip and palate and went through more than seventeen corrective and cosmetic surgeries as a result. Throughout my early childhood, I went through more than eight operations before the age of ten. In the nineties, we knew so little about early childhood hospital trauma, and how damaging it can be. When a young child goes into surgery without any understanding of what is really happening, the child will be put under while in a state of panic and fear. While the body is unable to escape the danger, all of this trauma stays locked the body’s memory. Later this trauma can manifests in his or her twenties as severe anxiety and panic. This was my story.    In addition to being seen by others as abnormal, different, sometimes deformed because of my cleft lip and palate. I also had visual tracking challenges as well, which created significant issues not only in the classroom but also in terms of my communication with others as I got older. Eventually, I treated my strabismus by having corrective surgery and going through years of behavioral optometry. Through neuroplasticity, I had retrained my brain to process information from the eye that had turned inward when I two and a half years old. After doing so I corrected my visual tracking challenges and began to excel in the classroom. While I was recovering from my vision surgery I had to be i the dark for several days. As a result, I went inward, and that is when I decided I would use my knowledge of neural plasticity and begin healing my trauma and chronic anxiety. The process was so effective, I decided to go through a few certification programs, and designed an eight-week course that I now teach to others. This program is incredibly effective and has rewired many highly anxious and fearful minds. Website: If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Want to start a podcast? Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here
EP:182 Lenka and Alexander Keehnen  Power Couple That Lives and Breathes Personal Development.
Lenka is yin and Alexander is yang. Lenka's all about energy. Alexander is very systematic. Together they're a power couple that lives and breathes personal development. As International Speakers and Executive Coaches Lenka and Alexander Keehnen help stressed corporate managers become influential leaders.  They believe that every person is destined for greatness, but most people never learned how to deal with today's constant time pressure, information overload, and expectations. Their purpose is to provide world-class education to leaders so that they can live their most beautiful life and make a bigger impact. With their transformational course "How to Work Stress-Free" they show people step-by-step how to apply the principles of Stephen Covey, Napoleon Hill and Tony Robbins in a corporate work environment. And of course, Lenka and Alexander use these principles themselves to create the life of their dreams. Personal development their our passion: they love exploring every part of life, experiencing new things and connecting with new people every day. They read books, travel the world and connect with inspirational leaders. They learn from the best... and we pass on everything they learn. If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Want to start a podcast? Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here
EP:181 Terri Rose knows how Transformative the Aftermath of Divorce, Loss, Breakups and Starting Over Can Be
Terri Rose is a Love & Lifestyle Coach and Transformational Speaker committed to serving those in major life transitions such as separation, divorce, and empty nesting. Terri encompasses the qualities of Love and Service to others. After leaving her 13-year marriage, she has walked the emotionally challenging path of divorce. With a strong and passionate desire to serve and empower others, she brings unique insight and inspiration from her own life experiences. Terri knows how transformative the aftermath of Divorce, loss, breakups and starting over can be. Emerging free and independent as a single mother of two, she recognized the potential to help hundreds of people transform their heartbreak and grief into clarity, vision, and self-love. Her wisdom, intuition and genuine love for others inspire one to shift out of limiting unconscious beliefs and step into personal strength and empowerment. With her coaching methods, you will move through the sea of emotions and awaken to deep abiding self-love and experience the inner joy that comes from truly loving yourself. Through her own unique experience, Terri approaches everyone she meets with extraordinary compassion and brings deep listening and an open, welcoming heart to each client. Clients experience a deeper understanding of their emotions, compassion, and self-love in even just one session, and over a series of sessions, they are able to stand in their own power, asking the universe fearlessly for the love and lives they truly desire, arms and heart open, ready to receive. If you enjoyed this episode, please Comment Share and leave a review... Want to start a podcast? Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group Success Champions Each Sunday we send out an email with the 5 episodes that aired along with this interview Sign Up Here  
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