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jumbleThink tells the stories of dreamers, makers, innovators, and influencers who are impacting culture and changing the world around them. We interview leading actors, entrepreneurs, authors, athletes, and taught leaders to hear their stories of chasing big dreams. Along the way, we share tips on how you can turn your own dreams into reality too. Our host, Michael Woodward, has worked with hundreds of businesses to help them refine their ideas and create their big dream.
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Life doesn't always give you lemons. Sometimes you have to overcome the impossible situations of life. In today's episode, we chat with Matt Sweetwood who has just done that. Throughout his life, he has chosen to rise above the obstacles that would hold many from reaching the dreams and ideas they were created to live. Matt has had to navigate the complexities of family, business, and reinvention only to swing big and achieve success over and over again. Now he shares insights on how we can all choose to live the unexpected life and live our dreams.About Matt SweetwoodMatt Sweetwood is the CEO of Luxnow. He is also a successful serial entrepreneur, business consultant, award-winning marketer, social media influencer, personal branding expert, and photography instructor. Matt was the U.S. CEO of beBee, Inc., a professional social network that helps people build successful personal brands. He served as President of Unique Photo®, NJ’s premiere camera store for 28 years. Nationally known in the photography industry as an innovator, he has helped acquire over fifty U.S. and International Trademarks for both language and design, and he founded and ran the Ozzie Award-winning publication Photo Insider®. Matt has been credited with the reinvention of the modern camera store, as well as the country’s largest in-store education program, the Unique University®. Unique Photo was named 2008 and “2013 Dealer of the Year” by Digital Imaging Reporter magazine. Matt was named the Photo Industry’s, “2016 Person of the Year” by the PMDA.However, by far, his greatest achievement is having raised five successful children to adulthood as a single dad. Matt was awarded full custody of their five children, ages 18 months to 8 years old. In the 25+ years since, he has raised his kids into happy, successful and kind-hearted adults. He has a #1 best-selling book, “Leader of the Pack: How a single dad of five led his kids, his business and himself from disaster to success.” In it he details his journey to success as a father and as a entrepreneur.Matt has appeared as a regular contributor on Fox News, NBC Today Show, CBS TV, News 12 NJ, PIX11, and other high-profile programs. He has also spoken publicly for organizations like Panasonic, UPS, PMDA, Microsoft, NJ Devils Hockey and the BMW CCA, and was a member of the prestigious CMO Club, where he won the President’s Award in 2014.Matt’s past charitable endeavors include having served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at both The Aish Center, a spiritual/educational non-profit and The Josephine Herrick Project, a nonprofit that uses photography to enhance the lives of the under-served. Matt was honored by The Aish Center with its 2014 Continuity Award.Proving his contention that single dads can lead exciting, balanced lives, Matt is a die-hard NJ Devils’ hockey fan, an advanced auto racer with the BMW Club, and of course, an avid photographer. He was sponsored by Panasonic® in his photographic endeavors as a Lumix Luminary but is most known for his spectacular smartphone photography and as a photography expert on TV. He received his BA in mathematics from Rutgers University and MA in theoretical mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in computer science from Warnborough College in Ireland.Follow Matt on Twitter @msweetwood or Instagram @msweetwooodLearn more about Matt at
Everyone is creating content. There are vloggers, podcasters, bloggers, social media influencers, and authors creating content every day. They are saturating platforms with a unique point of view, stories, and sometimes not so great content. With the ease of creating content you can get your story and passion stories told, but how do you stand out when there is so much noise? Today's guest Zachary Slingsby is helping individuals and brands create better videos and video ads. The kind of content that goes 'viral' and is shared around the world. In this episode, he shares how you can find the right message for your audience and start standing out with both ads and everyday posts. We also dive deep into the craft of storytelling.About Zachary SlingsbyZachary Slingsby is the founder and creative director of Human Factor Media, a New York-based creative production agency that believes brands should make videos people actually want to watch. Zack’s background is not in digital or film but in creative and technical writing. He graduated Fordham University as an English major, got a Master of Fine Arts from the New School, and his work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Second Hand Stories, Into the Void, JuxtaProse, JumbelBook, Glimmertrain and some other publications, and he has a finished novel he expects to see on bookshelves soon. He is also the host of the forthcoming web-series and podcast, "Why Aren't You Famous?" (Debut, Fall 2019)Human Factor Media is a collection of literary, comic and film talents trying to displace digital ads with branded videos of true entertainment value. Our digital team then uses the best modern media strategies to find the right audience at the right time and in the right place. We think there is clear evidence that society has become exhausted by self-promotional brand strategies and that buckets of money are wasted in the endeavor every minute. We’d like American commerce to give art a chance. We think the powers that be will be pleasantly surprised by the market’s reaction.
The art of sales often feels mysterious. Why do some people seem to close every lead? How do some people seem to have the magic touch clients just flock to them? In today's episode, we chat with Charles Muhlbauer about the world of sales. He shares how many of us don't really know how to use the discovery call to qualify our leads and build the right relationships. Charles and his team help individuals and businesses craft their sales process allowing them to build a better business not only for themselves but also for their customers.About Charles MuhlbauerCharles has been a top sales performer in the tech industry, breaking multiple sales records over the last 7 years. During that time, his passion for helping his teammates sell even better drove him to start SalesShare, sharing best practices he found to be most effective. As part of his experience, he has found that the discovery call is the best time to create the most urgency with one’s prospect. He decided it was worth specializing in this area, and sharing it with the masses.
How do we find real justice? What is the difference between legally right and morally right? In today's episode, we chat with Cory Zajdel about his journey into fighting for the little guy to find real justice. We also talk about his unusual journey into law, the art of learning, big business vs consumers, and more. Today's episode was recorded live at Podcast Row hosted by Standup NY. Helpful LinksCory Zajdel: suethem.comPodcast Row:​About Cory ZajdelCory L. Zajdel serves as the principal attorney at Z Law, LLC and specializes in complex litigation representing individuals and groups of individuals in class actions and mass actions in state courts and in arbitration against businesses harming consumers. Since Cory opened Z Law, LLC in 2009, he has represented more than 2,500,000 consumers and recovered more than one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) in judgments and settlements. Cory has appeared before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of consumers that were accusing a national back of unlawful debt collection practices.In 2019, Cory created, a first of its kind legal technology platform in an effort to represent massive amounts of consumers across the country and to correct economic injustices inflicted by big business.
In life it is easy to get locked into a routine and buy into the 'status quo', but what happens when you choose to move past the chosen path and into the unknown. Kirat Anand has lived that journey. He left a job that many would die to have to create a new path in the world of fashion. He has run the whole cycle of this startup from foundation, to growth, to exit through the sale of his business. Now he is on another new journey to start something new. In today's episode,​ we dive into the journey of the unknown path and recreating his life through the businesses he creates.Kirat on Twitter: Kirat AnandKirat Anand is the founder and CEO of KAS New York, a B2B lifestyle womenswear brand, prior to selling the business he led a team of 200+ employees, coordinating multiple offices in different countries, and oversaw various departments which included – GTM strategy, customer acquisition, product innovation + design, digital marketing, business development, supply chain management, logistics, and finance. He is currently serving as a board or council member for: NYU Leonard Stern School of Business’s Fashion & Luxury MBA Council, Virgin Innovation Lab, Stern Venture Fellows, W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs, NUMA New York, and Marici – Take Her Back. Prior to being an entrepreneur, he was an investment banker at JPMorgan in the leveraged finance group focused in technology, media, and telecom. Kirat graduated cum laude from NYU Leonard Stern School of Business with a double major in finance and information systems, where he was a walk-on for the university baseball team.
Many people dream of one day having their own farm. But how do you go from no farm to home farm to commercial farm? Brandon Youst set out to answer that question for himself and is now helping others find their own path to building their farm. In today's episode, Brandon shares his story of moving from the world of finance and into building his own farm. Then he shares how others can do it too.LinksUrban Farm Academy: https://urbanfarmacademy.comCraven Local Food Market: https://cravenlocalfoodmarket.comBootstrap Farming: https://www.bootstrapfarmer.comAbout Brandon YoustBrandon Youst is an entrepreneur and founder of Craven Local Food Market, Bootstrap Farmer and the Urban Farm Academy. He is also the author of the book, The Bootstrap Farmer Guide to Farming the Future, which discusses the process of recreating your life by getting into food and agriculture.Since leaving corporate finance 4 years ago, Brandon's mission has been to localize the national food supply through the proliferation of hyperlocal business models, and has been doing this through the Craven Local Food Market, a meal subscription service where Brandon and his team grow, harvest, cook and deliver fully prepared meals to a local client base on a weekly basis.This business model, among others, is​ featured in the Urban Farm Academy, which is an online platform teaching hyperlocal business model frameworks and workforce development for people looking to create within local food and agriculture.
Many people believe that you should find the 'one' thing you are meant to do. But what happens when you marry two ideas or dreams to make one new one? That is what Elizabeth Lewis has done with her company Brand, Style & Bloom! She is taking her passion for fashion and branding and turning it into something new. Elizabeth Lewis is the Founder and CEO of Brand, Style & Bloom! by Elizabeth Danielle. Through personal branding and personal styling, she helps people to reveal the best versions of themselves to reach their goals in life. She was raised in Atlanta, GA and has always had a passion for fashion. At the age of 4, She made shoes out of construction paper and walked around the house in them! Knowing that she eventually wanted to help others achieve their styling goals, she completed a personal styling certification with the Los Angeles-based School of Style.She also has a passion for branding, having worked as brand manager at Colgate-Palmolive Company for five years managing top brands such as Optic White, Palmolive and Irish Spring. In addition to Colgate, she led and assisted with branding projects while working at Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau and LaPlaca Cohen, an agency that offers strategic and creative solutions for the cultural world. She has dreamed of marrying these two loves over the past several years and is now so excited to have the opportunity to pursue those dreams and improve the lives of others while doing so. Elizabeth holds a Masters in Business Administration from the NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.
Regret can stifle your dreams and ideas. Often it holds us back from the future we desire to create without us ever knowing. Why does regret hold us back and how can we not only cope but actually overcome the regret that is ruining our dreams? In this episode we discuss:- Regret vs Failure (1:56)- Mike's personal story of regret (3:11)- What regret looks like (8:31)- Dealing with Regret, Coping VS Overcoming (16:19)- How to overcome Regret (17:56)- Where do you go from here (22:44)
How often have you been chasing a dream or idea and found that you were nowhere near where what you set out to create? Maybe it was a bucket list item, a career choice, or starting your own thing? It's often in the journey that we lose sight of what matters along the way. In today's show we are talking all about making the long journey of chasing dreams and ideas a little easier by remembering what matters.Intro (1:37)- Things we forget when chasing dreams- How not to chase a dream10 Things to Remember: Part One- The people around you (9:12)- Remember who you are isn't what you do (13:36)- Why you are chasing your dream and why your dream matters (16:26)- What you stand for (19:56)- Faith (23:38)10 Things to Remember: Part Two- Sleep (27.48)- Eat (32:01)- Have fun (34:01)- You are in this for the long haul (37:30)- Things will be ok (39:30)Final thoughts and challenge (45:44)
What do energy, blockchain, and technology have to do with each other? Blaise Pepitone set out to rethink the three and how he could bring the three together to redefine and industry. It's the marriage of 'the old' and 'the new' that have helped him create success in his business. In today's episode, we dive deep into how you can evolve in entrepreneurship by seeing the opportunities others miss.Today's show is sponsored by Penji:Penji is your source for unlimited graphic design at a low monthly rate. Use code 'JUMBLE' to get 15% off your first month at penji.coLinks to Blaise: BlaiseBlaise Pepitone is Amerex Energy Services’ newest energy consultant, joining in 2018. Blaise has a passion for the deregulated energy industry and looks forward to growing with Amerex. Blaise is responsible for engaging with clients for consulting services including energy procurement, energy management, and most importantly managing his client relationships. Prior to joining Amerex Mr. Pepitone has extensive experience in account management and business development. Mr. Pepitone managed 100+ employees, grew on-site locations revenue by 85%+ for three years and achieved many sales awards including top ten area manager in the country for his former employer.Born in NJ, Blaise graduated in 2009 from Arcadia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. When Blaise is outside the office he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, playing basketball, reading, playing 7 instruments and watching his children grow up.
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