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If you’re an entrepreneur, leader or a globe-changer... DREAM. THINK. DO. is for you.

D.T.D. is a podcast that will get YOU the stories, science and strategies you need to DREAM bigger, THINK better and DO more!

Whether you’re a lifestyle entrepreneur wanting to grow your business or you’re a big thinker who’s wanting to live a more epic life… this podcast will help you to do it! With guests like Brendon Burchard, John Lee Dumas, Michael Port, Carrie Wilkerson, Chandler Bolt, Bob Burg, Lewis Howes and Good Morning America’s Sara Haines, as well as deep dives from D.T.D.’s creator Mitch Matthews, you’ll be inspired and equipped to take your business, your leadership and your life to new levels.

Mitch Matthews has been spreading the DREAM. THINK. DO. message for years from corporations to college campuses. He is now bringing that message directly to you with this weekly podcast. Hear stories and tactical advice from people who are living their dreams. Through his Big Dream Gatherings, his keynotes and his coaching, Mitch has helped thousands of people to not only discover but to go after their dreams.

If you are ready to do more of what you dreamed click subscribe for a new episode every Thursday!

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My guest today is David Osborn. David is a best selling author, successful entrepreneur and real estate investor based in Austin, Texas. He’s going to bring 3 keys to building a millionaire mindset as well as breaking free from a scarcity mindset!Now… Dream Think Doer... I know you’ll appreciate David’s story because although he’s wildly successful NOW, he wasn’t just handed all of this. He had to work at it. In fact, at the age of 26, he was broke, unemployed and he was fresh off a low-budget trip around the world.But he got intentional and things started to change… big time. 26, David decided to test his entrepreneurial theories… as well as lean on the wisdom and values he’d learned from his parents and from his global travels He started to partner with his mom (who was a real estate agent) and he started to experiment with real estate sales. It wasn’t a good fit initially, but David started to be intentional about who he was spending time with and who he was learning from.Within 10 years, he was running one of the top real estate brokerages in the world.Since then… he’s gone on to help launch over 50 companies.I was introduced to David by my friend and past DREAM THINK DO guest Rock Thomas. You probably remember Rock from episode 219 ( He brought pure gold. So when he suggested having David on the show… I was all in.Although I’ve been impressed with his achievements… the more I dug into his story, I’ve been blown away by how everyone talks about him. They've said that he’s a BEAST at getting things done and being passionate and fully present wherever he goes. So THAT got me curious.I wanted to get in his head to hear about his strategies for dreaming bigger, thinking better and doing more!Plus… I have to say I really respect that with all of his business achievements, David points to his marriage to his talented wife, Traci, and their 3 awesome kiddos as his biggest priority and greatest accomplishment. I am totally on board with that!He’s living the DREAM THINK DO life… and it’s going to be a great interview!Be sure to leave your comments below. I want to hear from YOU! Quick Episode Summary: 0.02 What to expect today 1.05 The opportunity you don't want to miss 2:55 Meet Davi6:11 What drives David 7:23 When David got into real estate 13:12 How to become Superman in your business 18:14 Being purposeful 19:00 Setting and achieving goals 26:00 Putting yourself in a position to win 28:59 How to connect with David 29:17 Mitch's biggest takeaways Listen to Mitch Mattews Top Podcast here
My guest is David Hauser. David’s a serial entrepreneur and the author of “Unstoppable: 4 Steps to Transform Your Life.” He’s perhaps best known for co-founding and managing notable tech startups like Grasshopper and Chargify. (BTW… Grasshopper sold to Citrix for $170M in 2015) David is known as a true optimizer. In the last few years, he’s taken his approach to business (constant and intentional trial and error) and applied it to his health.Listen To The Podcast:  RESOURCES:David’s book:www.unstoppablebook.comToday, David has shifted his optimization focus to health & fitness, sharing his journey of personal transformation in “Unstoppable.”In the book, David documents the radical shifts he made in diet and exercise, as well as what he learned from taking nearly every test imaginable (blood tests, stool tests, sleep tests, DNA tests, etc.). David and the book have been featured in the New York Times, FastCompany, Business Insider, Forbes and CNN… just to name a few.He’s now on a mission to bust long-standing myths around fad dieting, trendy workouts, and quick fixes, specifically calling out the health sacrifices that entrepreneurs are likely to make while pursuing lofty business goals.“Unstoppable” is a testament to the power of micro-adjustments in driving huge, lasting changes for a healthier, more successful life.In fact,’s founder, Noah Kagen said:[Tweet ""That he doesn’t know anyone who has spent more time, money or effort on health optimization than David Hauser. Now we’re going to be able to learn from his findings.""] Today we’re going to talk about some of the most important lessons he’s learned along the way, as well as dig into specific lifestyle changes we can ALL make to achieve optimal health.Quick Episode Summary: 0:02 What to expect today 3:18 Welcome, David to the show! 3:40 Why David became passionate about health 6:36 How to get a better night sleep 9:12 Preparing for a good night sleep 12:34 The best thing to do to lose weight 15:34 Eating whole foods 17:56 How the body is designed to consume things 18:45 The blood test we should take every year 22:53 Wisdom of the week 23:23 Mitch's biggest takeawaysListen to Mitch Mattews Top Podcast here
Today my guest is Jess Ekstrom. Jess is the founder and CEO of “Headbands of Hope,” which is a company she started as a junior at North Carolina State University. For every headband Jess sells... a headband is given to a child with cancer. Today, “Headbands of Hope” is in over 2,000 stores across the United States and Canada. Plus, Jess has been featured on the TODAY Show and Good Morning America, as well as in Forbes, Seventeen, Vanity Fair, and People Magazine.Listen To The Podcast:  RESOURCES: Jess on Instagram Jess on Facebook Jess on Twitter MORE ABOUT JESS:Jess will be quick to say her biggest accomplishment has been donating hundreds of thousands of headbands reaching every children's hospital in the United States and across 15 countries.Jess has a new book coming out early next month called, “Chasing the Bright Side”  and we talk about that. You’re going to want to grab a copy for yourself… and grab a few for your friends too.Oh… and I have to mention two more things that’ll make you love Jess even more:ONE… She launched her entrepreneurial endeavors at 12… when she auctioned off all of her toys on eBay.And… TWO... Jess currently lives in an Airstream with her husband Jake… and their dog Ollie.Let us know what stood out to you from the interview by leaving a comment below! I can’t wait to hear from YOU!Quick Episode Summary: 0:02 What to expect today 1:31 Welcome, Jess! 4:38 The beginning of Jess's entrepreneurial journey 9:00 The power of giving back 10:45 How Jess got branded with no budget 13:35 The biggest struggle Jess had to overcome 18:48 What most entrepreneurs have in common 20:59 Why Jess wrote her book 22:43 Jess's favorite chapter in her book 25:10 The thing that doesn't come naturally to Jess 29:00 How to connect with Jess 29:42 Wisdom of the week 31:04 Mitch's biggest takeawaysListen to Mitch Mattews Top Podcast here
3 Keys to Beating a Mid-Career SlumpMy guest is Antonio Neves. Antonio is an expert on Career Success and he’s an internationally recognized speaker, coach and author. He’s become a great friend over the years and one of the things I’ve learned about him is that he helps successful people to become even more successful. He helps them to take things to the next level and break out of those slumps and plateaus that can happen to the best of us.Listen To The Podcast:  RESOURCES:Antonio’s website: www.theantonioneves.comAntonio’s books on Amazon: Click hereMORE ABOUT ANTONIO & THE EPISODE:You can read Antonio’s unique and powerful career advice on,, and… to name just a few. Plus, his two most recent books are a “one-two punch of raw career wisdom.”Antonio’s also an award-winning journalist. In fact, he worked in the television industry for over 10 years in New York City as a business correspondent, host, and producer with top networks including NBC, PBS, BET Networks and Nickelodeon.Antonio earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and now lives with his beautiful family in Los Angeles, California.He’s been on DREAM THINK DO twice and you can go back and check those episodes too: Episode 004: Episode 077:“True ‘Allies’ provide ‘good friction.’ They hold you accountable andsupport you in doing what you say you’re going to do!”- Antonio NevesHere’s some of what we talk about:The BIG question: “How do you know you’re in a mid-career slump?” You just do "good enough" work Getting promoted seems more like a burden than a reward You've stopped building relationships You've stopped taking action on your ideas You've stopped learningThe BIGGER and MORE IMPORTANT question: “What can we do about it?”Start learning againRegularly finish somethingSurround yourself with alliesQuick Episode Summary: 0.02 What to expect today! 1:18 The opportunity you don't want to miss 1:48 Get to know Antonio Neves 3:47 How Mitch and Antonio met 6:21 The professional journey 7:59 What Mitch loves about Antonio's writing 11:08 Learning how to never settle 13:15 The importance of learning 15:49 How to work your way out of a slump 19:13 Breakthrough comes in small steps 21:13 Finishing something for you 25:04 The importance of community 27:22 What happens when we support others 29:06 Wisdom of the week 32:25 Mitch's biggest takeaways
My guest is Peter Van Stralen. He has one of the best titles of all time: “Family Adventurist.” That’s right. In 2015, Peter, his wife, and their three kids sold everything other than their jeep and set off on an Epic Family Road trip. Initially around the US… but it’s now their adventure has included trips around the globe. And they’re still going!RESOURCES: PETER’S WEBSITE: THE VAN STRALEN’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL: is an entrepreneur. In fact, he worked hard to grow a business he started in high school with his brothers into a successful franchise.But a few years ago, he participated in an employee training session. In it, the facilitator challenged attendees to write down some professional AND personal dreams. Peter is quick to admit that the professional goals came to mind quickly, but he felt a little stuck when it came to personal goals. So he took the exercise home. He wanted to talk with his wife and their three kids about some shared dreams.As they started to explore the possibilities, the idea of an epic road trip came to mind. Visit some of the National Parks. See more of the country. Do it together.They talked about it but due to Peter’s schedule… the idea didn’t get much traction. BUT the family kept coming back to the idea and it started to take root.Then in 2015, the Van Stralen’s sold everything other than their jeep and set off on something they called their, “Epic Family Road Trip.”Initially, they focused on the United States but then started to venture into Canada too. Then their daughter did a book report on New Zealand and the family started to dream of taking their trip internationally. Within a year… they had packed up their Jeep and headed down under.My conversation with Peter draws from his experiences of stepping out in this epic adventure but it also pulls from his experience of building successful businesses.In fact, he talks about how he was inspired by the following quote:“When values are clear, decisions are easy.”Roy Disney.Van Stralen’s applied this wisdom and came up with a set of family values that helped to guide them. Peter even shares a specific story where their established values helped them to make a difficult decision while in New Zealand.You can see their adventures on Youtube. As you check it out, you’ll not only see their travel “ups and downs,” but you’ll also see how they connect with and care for people… all over the planet. It’s powerful stuff.Peter and his family are truly living the DREAM THINK DO life… and they drive a JEEP while they do it… so I wanted to have him on to talk about how this all got started… and what we can all learn from it.Quick Episode Summary: 0.02 What to expect today! 1:18 The opportunity you don't want to miss 4:43 Welcome Peter to today's show 5:30 How the Epic Family Road Trip started 8:47 How long Peter's family has been on the road 10:33 What the Van Stralen's have learned about family 12:50 Peter's life lessons from the road 13:36 The Van Stralen's core values 16:44 Peter's favorite story from the road 23:02 Wisdom of the week 25:22 Where you can find Peter 25:52 Mitch's biggest takeawaysRead more blogs here
My guest is Michael Diettrich-Chastain, the founder and CEO of Arc Integrated. Michael is an international speaker and consultant who focuses on leadership, emotional intelligence and change management. His writing has been featured in Time, Money, Monster, Entrepreneur and The Washington Post. His new book is called “Changes - The Busy Professional’s Guide to Reducing Stress, Accomplishing Goals and Mastering Adaptability.”RESOURCES: Michael’s book, “Changes.” “Changes” on Amazon Arc Integrated IN THE INTERVIEW:We dig into the Four Master TIPS for NAVIGATING CHANGE.With over a decade of work with thousands of clients in the fields of organizational consulting, executive coaching and psychotherapy, Michael Diettrich-Chastain understands the need for intentional change and the stress of surprise change.In our interview, we dig into the four KEYS to dealing with change.These strategies will help you ask the right questions and focus on the right things, so stress, assumptions, pressure, and expectations won’t hijack your day and take you off course. This conversation is jam-packed with actionable strategies and tools you can start using right away.Quick Episode Summary: 0.02 What to expect today! 1:02 The opportunity you don't want to miss 2:55 Welcome Michael to the show! 4:41 Michael's relationship with change 7:30 Four tips to navigate change 10:25 Why you resist change 13:42 Asking for help 16:25 Having an unbiased input 18:28 How to manage stress  20:57 How your mindset impacts your emotions 21:46 The importance of sleep 24:35 Michael's final thoughts 26:26 Mitch's biggest takeaways Read more blogs here!
Live FREE From Your Scars

Live FREE From Your Scars


My guest is Cody Byrns. Cody is an award-winning speaker and a #1 best-selling author. He’s also the founder of The Cody Byrns Foundation for Burn Survivors. Now, he’ll be the first to tell you that this wasn’t originally what he thought he’d be doing with his life. He was a youth pastor and an award-winning juggler. But in May of 2013, Cody’s life was drastically Cody's bookWhile he was stopped at a red light on the highway, Cody was rear-ended by a box-truck that failed to stop. He was considered dead on the scene… but even though he was pinned inside a crumpled vehicle and everyone assumed no one could survive… some quick-acting first responders saw his hand move. They took action and miraculously… they were able to extract him and save his life.Cody received many injuries that day, including severe burns to almost 40% of his body.After years of countless surgeries and rehabilitation, Cody has chosen to not allow his scars to keep him bound in bitterness and defeat. Instead, he uses his story to uplift others. His vision is to help people live free from the bonds of scars (physical and emotional), equipping others with the proper steps to walk out of their past hurt and defeat and run towards their God-given potential.In the interview, we talk about: How to let go of our scars (physical and emotional)Where to focus when you’re hurtingHow to create a NEW game planHow to find mentorsHow to forgiveThat’s right. We also talk about the power of forgiveness in this podcast.And in a raw and real way… we even talk about how Cody did the unthinkable with the distracted driver who changed his life forever.It’s an episode you’re not going to want to miss!Quick Episode Summary:0.02 What to expect today1.21 Are you a coach? Don't miss this opportunity!3:06 Meet Cody!5:01 Cody's hidden talent8:29 Cody's accident10:16 When the real battle began14:02 The most powerful lessons Cody has learned16:08 How Cody let go of the past17:39 Reminding yourself of your why18:35 How Cody started to forgive23:06 Choosing to see the bright side28:17 What could be holding you back from your dream30:39 Cody's last piece of advice31:51 Mitch's biggest takeaways
Calendar Driven To-Do List

Calendar Driven To-Do List


This week we dive into a time management strategy I call “Calendar-Driven To-Do Lists.” You know I’m a huge fan of To-Do List's… and I’m guessing you are too. To-Do lists can help us focus, get more done and implement like ninjas!!! BUT there’s a dangerous side to To-Do lists too. They can work FOR you… but if they’re done wrong… they can work AGAINST you. In this episode… we dive in a 3-step process for keeping your To-Do list working FOR you… so that you can end the day feeling like you have gas left in the tank, feeling satisfied with what you have accomplished AND feeling great about tomorrow! RESOURCES MENTIONED: Reminders App Asana App  [Tweet "“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar"] So… we’re all busy… but if you’re listening to DREAM THINK DO… that also means that you’re all about going after your dreams… your goals… your passions.BUT we all have the same 24 hours in a day… whether we have 2 bucks or 2 billion… we all have 24 hours. The key is to figure out the best way to use your 24!We’re going to be using TWO tools.The calendar and the to-do list.We’re going to start with the to-do list and then we’ll talk about the calendar.NOTE: You can use a paper system… but it’s a little more challenging. I’d suggest using an electronic version… like Asana.SIDE NOTE: A key is being able to see the tasks you have accomplished AND the tasks you still need to accomplish. You gotta have the satisfaction of checking those things off the list.STEP 1:If you’re using an app… (and I highly encourage that) this is your first step.Create a “Main To-Do List.”This is where you can dump all the things you need to do in one spot.THEN… STEP 2:Now, I want you to take the next step and create some new categories (or projects… depending on your app) for each day of the week: MON TUES WED THURS FRI WEEKEND Now… you can start this process at any time… but it’s best if you can plan for tomorrow… today. So if it’s Thursday as you listen to this… you can implement right away but start by planning for Friday.So you can get the process in place for tomorrow and get ready to wake up clear and ready to go.NEXT…Start thinking about tomorrow. As you look at your “Main To-Do list,” think about what’s most important… what’s most urgent… and what needs to get done tomorrow.Move the things from your “Main List” over to your Friday list.STEP 3: THE CALENDARNOW… comes our second tool… and STEP 3: your calendar.As we look at the items on our to-do list for Friday… I want you to find a specific time on your calendar and make an appointment with yourself to get those things done.For the bigger… more important projects… block out a specific time and name it. (ie. 9 to 10 am for Project X and 11 to noon for Project Y.)Now… I know some of you don’t have total control over your calendar. So other people may be able to schedule things without your control… and/or you might have a lot of people who can see your calendar… and if so… that sucks… but it’s a reality.So if it’s not appropriate for you to name a specific task on your calendar… then you can block out time for “ADMIN” or “STRATEGY” or IMPLEMENTATION. Use whatever term would be best in your organization.BUT… if you don’t have to deal with that… your calendar is your own… then don’t worry about it.Get specific. Find a time block for each larger task.As you think about the type of project or task and ask yourself: “What’s the best time of day to do this kind of task?”For example, for me: It’s best if I do content creation (creative writing, podcast prep, training prep) in the mornings. Then I’m better with being a part of meetings in the afternoon.Also… I do “time bundling.” So, Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be for my coaching clients.
My guest is Chase Jarvis. Chase is an award-winning artist, successful entrepreneur, and one of the most influential photographers of the past decade. He’s created campaigns for Apple, Nike, Red Bull, he’s been a contributor to the Pulitzer-winning New York Times story “Snowfall,” AND he’s interviewed some of the biggest names in business, publishing, and entertainment.He’s created a wildly popular app called “Best Camera,” and he’s the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music, and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs.Chase has one of the best podcasts out there. It’s called the “Chase Jarvis LIVE Show” where he’s interviewed incredible people like Brene’ Brown, Seth Godin, and Gary Vaynerchuk.Chase’s new book called “Creative Calling” is set to be released later this month. I got to check out an advanced copy and DREAM THINK DOers… this book was written for you. So be sure to grab a copy. Click Here to check it out.Today, we’re going to talk with Chase about his journey… but we’re also going to talk about how YOU can release, reawaken or re-ignite your inner-creative… whether you’ve ever considered yourself creative… or not.Let’s do this!Guest Resources:   www.creativecalling.comwww.chasejarvis.comwww.creativelive.comQuick Episode Summary: 2:43 Welcome Chase! 4:11 Why Chase wrote his new book 6:45 The range of creativity 12:16 The first step to creativity 16:34 Giving yourself permission 17:56 The importance of mindset 22:20 Creative systems 26:35 Listening to our heart 29:13 Intuition 31:57 You just have to start 33:41 Create something everyday 34:26 Amplifying your creativity 40:53 Final thoughts from Chase 43:01 Mitch's biggest takeawaysCheck other Podcasts here:
My guest is Kindra Hall. Kindra Hall is the President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective which is a consulting firm focused on the strategic application of storytelling. Kindra believes that good storytelling is the answer to so many of today’s communication challenges.She is a speaker and trainer and she’s trusted by global brands like Facebook, Hilton Hotels, Target, Berkshire Hathaway and the Harvard Medical School. Kindra helps these organizations to better communicate the value of their company, their products, and their individuality… all through strategic storytelling. Today, Kindra’s work can be seen at, and as a contributing editor for SUCCESS Magazine.Her much-anticipated book called “STORIES THAT STICK” will be released by Harper Leadership later this month.  Get it here.In our interview… we talk about: How stories matter in everyday life How the power of “story” can be applied in branding, selling and spreading of ideas The FOUR keys to telling a good story (whether you’ve considered yourself a good storyteller in the past or not!)Most importantly… Kindra lives in Manhattan with her husband, and their two kiddos and when she is not traveling around the world speaking, Kindra can usually be found at spin class or in Central Park with her family.Quick Episode Summary: 2:03 Welcome, Kindra! 2:39 When Kindra fell in love with stories 8:57 When Kindra brought storytelling to corporate 14:28 What makes a great story 17:25 the different types of characters 19:17 The goal of storytelling 22:19 Implementing authentic emotion 26:00 Having your set of stories 28:54 The thing everyone forgets when storytelling 22:16 Wisdom of the week 35:47 Mitch's biggest takeaways Connect with Kindra: Instagram Facebook kindrahall.comConnect with Mitch! Go to or check us out on Facebook!
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