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From the Prison Yard to the Harvard Yard (ft. Andre Norman)From a 14-year prison stint to a life of meaning and impactOPENING QUOTE:“If you can't line it up on your tombstone, it is just something you picked up along the way. So everything that I'm doing lines up with my tombstone because when it's all said and done, that stone is going to say who you were.”—Andre NormanGUEST BIO:International speaker and change agent Andre Norman is the founder of The Academy of Hope, a program designed to reduce institutional violence in prisons by providing an intense level of intervention while also creating a positive environment for the inmate population and staff. His tenacity and passion for people are tools that he’s used to help redevelop global communities, repair families in crisis, and reduce prison re-entry. Norman’s solution-based recovery efforts have impacted regions, such as Honduras, Bahamas, Sweden, Guatemala, Liberia, and Trinidad. He has lectured on multiple TEDx stages, as well as Harvard University and London Business School. And, his innovative strategies and personal experience with gang activity and inmate manipulation has improved correctional systems across the U.S.Links:WebsiteLinkedInYouTubeInstagramFacebookTwitterCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[10:12] - Don’t Play the TapesThe messages we tell ourselves to hold us backAndre shares how each of us has a series of ‘tapes’ that play in our heads when we want to pursue something— ‘’You can’t do that. You’re not capable. You’re X, Y, and Z.” But there’s no guard at the gate but you. You’re the only one stopping yourself.[19:15] - Control vs. InfluenceControlling a paycheck isn’t influenceAndre draws the distinction between control and influence. Just because you're someone’s ‘superior’ or boss doesn’t mean you have influence over them— only control. True leadership is connecting with people, not embracing the ‘dog eat dog’ ethos that doesn’t serve anyone or anything, not even the bottom line.[27:18] - A Vision for ServiceWhere do you focus your desire to give?If you have a desire to serve and give of yourself, where do you begin? Andre advises starting with a checklist. What do you love? What are you most passionate about? Start there. In Andre’s words, “Everybody’s not for everything. We need to build something that’s going to sustain, not just fill a gap.”[38:29] - Mentors in the PagesDon’t have a personal mentor? Find one in booksOne of Andre Norman’s first mentors was James Allen, author of As a Man Thinketh. Norman estimates he read that book 50 times, going deep on the concepts within. He says that if you don’t have someone in your life that can be your in-person mentor, find a figure such as an author with a message that you connect with, then internalize that message. Let it help guide you forward.[44:44] - The TombstoneStart writing your epitaph with your actionsWant to live a life of purpose? Ask yourself what you want written on your tombstone— because there won’t be a lot of space there. Rather than trying to be everything to everyone all of your life, focus on what value you have to bring to this world, what passion you can inspire in others. Let those things guide your purpose, and let that purpose guide your actions.RESOURCES:[1:19] Academy of Hope[2:45] Domestic Violence Hotline[38:29] As a Man Thinketh, by James AllenFollow Andre Norman:WebsiteLinkedInYouTubeInstagramFacebookTwitterFollow Paul Epstein:Keynote Speaking WebsitePlaymakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNER:The WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: On Purpose podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Always Compete (ft. Jake Olson)A barrier-breaking former athlete on purpose, potential, and footballOPENING QUOTE:“Competitive environments can change, but the type of competitor you are, I think, really matters to always compete and to have that staple of knowing who you are and what competitor you want to be, in those different arenas is what's going to be that difference maker.”—Jake OlsonGUEST BIO:Jake Olson is famously known as the first completely blind college football player. He has used this experience to inspire and motivate others by speaking and authoring two books, while also creating a nonprofit to help visually impaired children and support cancer research. His story has been featured on ESPN, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The LA Times, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, and more. Meanwhile, Jake is an entrepreneur serving as co-founder and president of Engage, an online platform that digitizes the process of booking talent like himself.Show Links:WebsiteTwitterInstagramEngageCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[7:50] - Competing On & Off the FieldJake Olson on what it takes to be a competitorJake doesn’t hesitate when asked what makes a competitor in sports and life. “Someone who's willing to adapt, who can review themselves and take criticism, who can discern the change that they need to be better, who surrounds themselves with people who encourage them and who believe in them and are willing to go the extra mile with them when they want to do something crazy, and having self-belief.” There are the ingredients. Are you cultivating them in your life?[13:47] - Seeing Beyond BlindnessJake’s powerful guidance for people afraid of their future without sightJake is often approached by parents of children who are going blind. His advice? “He's going to grow up to love something, and he's going to be passionate about something. Just be there for him, willing to help him get to that place where he can do that thing." Is this easy? No. But it is simple. Be there for them, and support their passions.[24:52] - Erase Barriers. Always.If something in your control is stopping you, don’t let itJake speaks on the fears and insecurities that kept him from playing football. Eventually, he had to admit that his blindness was keeping him from enjoying the game he loved. So he found a way, and that way was the position of long snapper. What are the barriers you impose on yourself each day, and what can you do to remove them?[43:13] - Einstein & DrakeTwo very different people, two powerful messagesWhen asked if he would go back and change anything in his life if he could, Jake responds by sharing two of his favorite quotes— from two very different sources. Einstein once said, “There are two ways to look at life. One, as if though nothing is a miracle. And two, as though everything is a miracle.” Meanwhile, rapper Drake says in one of his songs, “Some nights I wish I could go back in life. Not to change things, just to feel a couple things twice.”RESOURCES:[1:02] Open Your Eyes, by Jake Olson[3:09] About Pete CarrollFollow Jake Olson:WebsiteTwitterInstagramEngageFollow Paul:Keynote Speaking WebsitePlaymakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNER:The WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at: PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: On Purpose podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Betting On Talent (ft. Dee Ann Turner)Why bestselling author and innovating executive Dee Ann Turner believes talent comes firstOPENING QUOTE:“You can bet on a lot of things; strategy, marketing plans, location, technology, but in the end, it's the talent that's the great differentiator, because all of those other things can be copied and duplicated.”—Dee Ann TurnerGUEST BIO:Dee Ann Turner was selected as Chick-fil-A’s first female officer in 2001, serving as Vice President of Talent and Vice President of Sustainability in close collaboration with founder Truett Cathy. Under her leadership, Chick-fil-A enjoyed industry-leading employee engagement scores and became known for selecting the best talent in the hospitality business, maintaining a 95% retention rate for corporate staff and franchisees.Today, Dee Ann leads her own organization and is the proud author of two bestselling books: Bet On Talent, which teaches leaders how to find and keep extraordinary talent, as well as her latest book, Crush Your Career, also the name of her podcast which teaches talent how to be extraordinary.Show Links:WebsiteLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[9:06] - Use It or Lose ItGrow your gifts or watch them fadeDee Ann believes in a ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’ approach to gifts and talents. You’ve got to put in the work, even if you have a natural gut instinct or innate talent. You have to develop your character, your experience, and all of the things that turn talent into something that gets tangible results.[13:40] - Wisdom from the FounderTruett Cathy’s most powerful advice to Dee AnnIn 2014, Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy told Dee Ann: “People decisions are the most important decisions a leader makes.” That message has come to define Dee Ann’s mission and approach, from her book Bet On Talent and beyond.[21:31] - Advice for the StuckDee Ann’s guidance for anyone looking to take the first step toward purposeIf you want to find your purpose, begin with your passion. What gets you up in the morning? What fires you up? From there, talk to the people who know you best— ask what you do best. What gifts do they see in you? Between your passions and your skills, you may just be able to find the beginnings of your path.[25:20] - Purpose in Work?Does your career need to be a central source of fulfillment?Paul asks Dee Ann whether she thinks that a purposeful career is essential to a fulfilled life. Her response? Not at first— but “you spend a lot of time working for it to not align at all with your purpose.” It’s okay to simply pay the bills for now, but you should always have your sights set on a future moment when your work is more aligned with your life’s purpose.[32:57] - The EssentialsDee Ann’s list of the most important life skillsDee Ann believes that some of life’s most important skills begin at home, in the family setting. First, a set of core values to live by. Second, preparation for the trials of life. Third, an ability to communicate effectively with the people around you. And finally, a comfort with who you are. With these four skills, you’re on a trajectory for a life full of accomplishment guided by your Why.RESOURCES:[0:50] Chick-fil-A History[1:24] Bet on Talent[1:31] Crush Your Career[30:01] High Point UniversityFollow Dee Ann Turner:WebsiteLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramFollow Paul:Keynote Speaking WebsitePlaymakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNER:The WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at: PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: On Purpose podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Ignite Your Purpose (ft. John O’Leary)How John O’Leary went from out of the fire into the hearts of millionsOPENING QUOTE:“Jack taught me four things, real quick: say yes, show up, come back, bring friends. And that's what I want to do. We want to change the world one life at a time, starting with yours.”—John O’LearyGUEST BIO:John O’Leary is a two-time national bestselling author and world-renowned thought leader who, in 1987, was burned by a massive explosion in his home that left burns on 100% of his body. He was given less than a 1% chance to live. Today, John hosts the Live Inspired Podcast, which has more than 2.5 million downloads, and speaks to over 50,000 people every single year.Links:WebsiteFacebookLinkedInInstagramTwitterYoutubeCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[2:10] - Being Awake vs. Feeling AliveThe moment John came to life was long after the fireFor two decades after the fire, John felt lost and directionless. Then he began to consider his talents, and how they could be used to create a life of purpose regardless of what had come before. Today, John speaks powerfully on the difference between simply being awake and feeling alive. We should all seek a life that makes us feel alive every day.[14:36] - A Ladder On the Wrong WallWhy relentless drive is nothing without purposeJohn describes a conversation he had with someone who obtained every material success, before succumbing to addiction and losing it all. The way he puts it, he had reached the top of the ladder— but the ladder was leaning up against the wrong wall. What are the ladders in our lives? Are we sure we’re climbing toward a destination that’s worth reaching?[21:28] - The Heroes That Make UsYou don’t have to make yourself the protagonist in your storyIn the speaking industry where both Paul and John have made a career, it’s easy for some speakers to slip into self-aggrandizing stories of their own achievements. But both our host and our guest prefer to focus on the impact of those who have touched their lives— after all, we are made by the people who shape us.[38:09] - The Power of EmpathyLove and grace through pain and sufferingAfter the fire that burned 100% of John’s body and destroyed his parents home, John expected his father to be furious. Instead, he expressed how proud he was of John for getting through this tremendous trial. John never forgot the lesson in this experience— that a little empathy toward the people we love can transform their lives and our own.RESOURCES:[1:21] On Fire and In Awe, by John O’Leary[9:07] Live Inspired Podcast[18:47] Suicide Statistics in the U.S.[28:06] Big Brother Big SisterFollow John:WebsiteFacebookLinkedInInstagramTwitterYoutubeFollow Paul:Keynote Speaking WebsitePlaymakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNER:The WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at: PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: On Purpose podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Think Like a Champion (ft. Amber Selking)An expert on winning mindsets gives us a peek at her ownOPENING QUOTE:“Ask yourself questions and sit with those questions as long as you need to, to find answers. And little by little, as you start to find answers to those, action creates traction.”—Amber SelkingGUEST BIO:Along with serving as VP of leadership and culture development at Lippert, a $4 billion global manufacturing company, Amber Selking founded the Selking Performance Group whose mission is to help individuals, sports teams, and business organizations unleash performance excellence by tapping into the power of mindset and leadership.Amber speaks with organizations around the world and has served for years as a mental performance consultant to the Notre Dame football team. She is also author of the newly released and highly acclaimed book, Winning the Mental Game: The Playbook for Building Championship Mindsets, and hosts a podcast of the same name.Links:LinkedInTwitterSelking Performance GroupCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[3:36] - Proteins & ElectricityUnderstanding thoughts and the mindsets they createAmber believes we should all approach our thoughts scientifically— they’re not vague concepts floating in the ether, they’re the result of proteins and electric signals. Thinking this way helps us develop a change mindset about our own mind— we can methodically alter those signals and proteins until we’ve created not only a mental change, but a physical one within our own brains.[6:42] - The Inside-Outside GameWinning in the locker room and on the fieldAmber stresses the importance of winning both in culture and in the bottom line. This can be represented in many ways, and in many areas. In basic terms, it boils down to feeling joy while getting the results you’re seeking. When you can align your pursuit of both those external goals with your internal ones, you’ll find a championship mindset.[17:52] - The Friend Inside the HelmetGrace is a key part of championship mindsetsFor too many people, a championship mindset means a relentless, unforgiving slog toward success where any failure or misstep is unacceptable. But true champions know that sometimes things won’t go their way, and they don’t let their confidence become derailed by these failures. [22:44] - Finding Intrinsic MotivationNothing gets you motivated like youFor all of the motivational tools and tips out there, nothing will motivate you like your own inner voice. Finding satisfaction in your own small victories, even if they’re invisible to anyone but you and don’t come with some external ‘prize’, is essential to developing your championship mindset.[31:56] - Confidence is a ChoiceMake your confidence independent of circumstancesConfidence doesn’t come from achievement. It comes from knowing what you’re capable of. For some, that knowledge is bolstered by their achievements. But you don’t have to have already found your success to have confidence— just ask athletes who have missed every shot in a game but still have the guts to take that game-winner. RESOURCES:[0:00] Paul Epstein’s Website[1:20] Winning the Mental Game[12:25] The Power of Playing Offense[14:55] About Brian Kelly[40:11] Purpose SummitFollow Amber:LinkedInTwitterSelking Performance GroupFollow Paul:Keynote Speaking WebsitePlaymakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNER:The WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: On Purpose podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
No Retreat: Spartan Up (ft. Joe De Sena)Entrepreneur, athlete, and all-around fighter Joe De Sena on moving forward no matter whatOPENING QUOTE:“What I learned early in life was that I had to put, for me personally, I had to always have a fight on my calendar. If I don't have a fight on my calendar, I'm not pushing limits.”—Joe De SenaGUEST BIO:Joe De Sena is the founder and CEO of Spartan, the world's leading endurance sports brand. From Wall Street to rural Vermont, Joe turned his passion for adventure races and endurance events into the Spartan Race— one of the most respected adventure events on earth. Now a multiple-time New York Times bestselling author and host of CNBC’s new show No Retreat: Business Bootcamp, Joe’s work has been featured in Business Insider, Men’s Health, Inc., Forbes, ESPN, and the Joe Rogan Experience. Links:WebsiteBooksTwitterInstagramLinkedInCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[2:30] - The No Retreat MindsetWhat Joe wants his viewers and listeners to knowJoe has built his life on the idea that we all can go so much further than we think we can. When we begin to feel ourselves getting pushed, we retreat. But what if we took that feeling of discomfort as a sign to push even further? What if we never retreated? Who knows what we might accomplish, individually and as a human race.[5:03] - Want Toughness? Practice It.Why toughness is like a muscleThe science agrees— mental toughness isn’t something you’re simply born with, and it’s not generational. Babies born in the 1800s were evolutionarily identical to us today. They survived without the internet, without AC or heat, without the ability to have whatever food they wanted anytime. And yet, they survived. Identify the things in your life that are causing your mental toughness to atrophy, and develop exercises that will help you strengthen it.[11:09] - Marks on the BrainThe effects of facing challenges in childrenNeuroscientists have shown that between the ages of 7 to 20 years old, kids that willingly take on hard challenges in life leave marks on their brain. These lines look like train tracks— and they’re the result of making permanent changes to the parts of your brain that determine resilience. When you practice resilience— and help young people in your life practice it— you create a generation of resilient, driven individuals.[17:22] - Put a Fight on the CalendarAdvice from legendary boxer Mickey WardMickey Ward once told Joe De Sena that while he’s always in pretty good shape, whenever there’s a fight on his calendar it inspires him to take his fitness to a whole other level. What’s the ‘fight’ you can put on your calendar to inspire you to stay resilient, stay tough, and stick to your goals and systems? [24:43] - Purpose & ResilienceTwo principles connected by gritPurpose and resilience are closely tied together. When you live your life with purpose, allowing it to drive your decisions, it strengthens your resilience because you have the confidence of knowing that the path you’re heading in is the right one for you— even if it's all uphill, through the pelting rain, with no shoes. Find your purpose and you’ll find your resilience. Develop your resilience and it will help you stick to your purpose.RESOURCES:[0:53] About Spartan[1:20] About No Retreat: Business Bootcamp[6:23] The 3,100 Mile, 1-Mile Loop[7:12] 10 Rules for Resilience[35:45] Joe’s EmailFollow Joe De Sena:WebsiteTwitterInstagramLinkedInFollow Paul:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNER:The WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: On Purpose podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Putting in the Reps (ft. Greg Scheinman)Discover an unconventional life built on simple, consistent routinesOPENING QUOTE:“But the real secret sauce is in just surrounding yourself with good people that can help you, and start doing the reps, one rep at a time.”—Greg ScheinmanGUEST BIO:Greg Scheinman is Founder and former CEO of Team Baby Entertainment, which was later acquired by Michael Eisner (former CEO of Walt Disney). Greg is now the creator of The Midlife Male, a weekly newsletter and top-rated podcast designed to help men navigate and maximize middle age to achieve a better quality of life. He also shares his message in keynote speeches around the globe, and as the soon-to-be released book, The Midlife Male.Show Links:InstagramMidlife Male WebsiteLinkedInTwitterPodcastCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[12:49] - The Gap of AuthenticityClosing the distance between who you are and who you want to beThe authenticity gap describes the difference between who you are in your personal life and who you are in your career. The more you can bring those two ‘yous’ into alignment, the more purpose and fulfillment you’ll feel. Is your work self doing things that your ‘real life’ self wouldn’t approve of? Then it may be time to make a change.[20:21] - Finding Your TribeThe people you surround yourself with define youThe tribe you surround yourself with— whether it’s at home, at work, in some recreational club, at church, or elsewhere— can mean all the difference between a life that feels stuck and a life of momentum and purpose. Help the people around you, allow them to help you, and watch how your life and career flourish in ways you never could have expected.[26:15] - Putting in the RepsWhat you do when the cameras are offGreg Scheinman has achieved an uncommonly successful life, but he’s done it by doing a few common things very, very consistently. In fitness parlance, they call it ‘putting in the reps.’ In life, these reps are the small positive habits, done day-in and day-out, that add up to monumental change over time.[35:52] - The Six FsGreg’s framework for joy and success in middle ageGreg’s message for the Midlife Male is built around the six Fs— family, fitness, finance, food, fashion, and fun. He notes that you can’t simply pursue one of these six at the abandonment of all others. It’s only by bringing the various parts of your life into harmony that you can find true joy and fulfillment— in middle age or at any age.[46:43] - The Power of One StepThere’s no perfect time to start except right now“It’s never too late to make changes,” Greg says. All it takes is for you to decide you want to be a little bit better today than yesterday. Read one more page. Walk up and down your block a few times. There’s no magic, no snap of the fingers, no secret sauce. Just small decisions that lead up to big transformations.RESOURCES:[1:31] More Info on the 6 Fs[24:56] The Power of Playing Offense, by Paul Epstein[42:56] About Kara Goldin, Founder of Hint WaterFollow Greg:InstagramMidlife Male WebsiteLinkedInTwitterPodcastFollow Paul:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNER:The WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: On Purpose podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Complacency = Death (ft. Kara Goldin)The power of momentum on the path to purposeOPENING QUOTE:“So often people sort of get stuck, I guess it's the goal. Go find your purpose, go find your mission. But sometimes in order to find that purpose and mission, you just have to start with not staying complacent.”—Kara GoldinGUEST BIO:Kara Goldin is the founder of Hint, best known for its award-winning and industry-leading Hint Water. She’s also the bestselling author of Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters. She’s been named to InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California and one of the Huffington Post’s six disruptors in business alongside the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.Links:WebsiteLinkedInTwitterInstagramFacebookWikiUndaunted, book by Kara GoldinCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[4:32] - What’s the Worst that Can Happen?A simple question with powerful implicationsTo become undaunted, you have to boldly confront the worst-case scenario and determine that it’s not enough to derail you from your path. If you ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen, then when the worst happens you are entirely unphased. [11:27] - Turning Setbacks Into MomentumHow Kara turned a devastating blow into renewed focusWhen Hint water was dropped from Starbucks stores after a new buyer switched up their strategy, Kara was devastated. But instead of languishing in frustration, she listened. She networked. She didn’t stay complacent, and she kept moving forward. Then she got an email from Amazon about a grocery business they were starting…[33:54] - Sometimes Purpose Begins with FunCan’t find what you love? Start with what you enjoyNot everyone gets a bolt-of-lightning flash of insight about their purpose when they’re still a teenager. For many, the only place to begin is with the things you enjoy. Love playing music? Follow that. Love being an entrepreneur? Go that way. You can’t know your direction until you set off toward some goal, even if it doesn’t ultimately become your destination.[44:37] - Misery Loves CompanyFeeling lost? Consider the greatsSteve Jobs felt lost. Da Vinci felt lost. Throughout history, some of the great geniuses and innovators experienced stumbles and roadblocks. When you’re feeling stuck, look to them for inspiration— not to revel in their wins, but to see that even the most worthwhile ideas and innovators have experienced bumps (or massive, inescapable craters) on their road to success.RESOURCES:[1:13] About Hint[1:23] Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters[17:36] The Power of Playing OffenseFollow Kara:WebsiteLinkedInTwitterInstagramFacebookWikiUndaunted, book by Kara GoldinFollow Paul:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNER:The WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: ON PURPOSE podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader, advisor to PurposePoint and The Why Institute, and Success Magazine's Top Global Thought Leader, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, recognized by Success Magazine as a Top Global Thought Leader, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Discovering Your Why and What Comes Next (ft. Dr. Gary Sanchez)Helping people discover their ‘why’— and take the right next step— is what this week’s guest is all aboutOPENING QUOTE:“When what you do is in line with why you do what you do, you will have passion for what you do. And passion is the fuel that gives you the energy to pursue your dreams. Without passion, you have nothing.”—Dr. Gary SanchezGUEST BIO:Dr. Gary Sanchez is the founder and CEO of the WHY Institute. After working closely with Start with Why author Simon Sinek, Gary was inspired to impact more lives by making the purpose discovery process scalable and available to everyone. Today, the WHY Institute has helped over 40,000 people get clear, stand out, and play bigger.Show Links:WHY InstituteLinkedInPodcastTwitterCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[8:29] - The Power of WhyHow a shift in messaging transformed Gary’s businessIn his years leading a dental practice, Gary long focused on the ‘what’ for his patients— what procedures he offered, what outcomes he provided. Then, he switched to ‘why’— why living a happy life is difficult without healthy teeth, and why having healthy teeth would transform people’s lives for the better. Immediately, his practice was transformed and other dentists were seeking him out for advice.[13:55] - Why vs. PurposeThe leaders in each discuss the key differences‘Your why is your being, your purpose is your action.’ This is how Dr. Gary sees the distinction between the two, and it’s a meaningful difference. Your why is what’s in you, whether it’s natural talent or developed skills. Your purpose is how you want to use that ability— your why put into action.[20:42] - ‘Why’ Makes Life Harder— and That’s a Good ThingDiscovering and following your ‘why’ complicates life in the best possible wayDiscovering your ‘why’ isn’t a prescription for making life easier— in fact, at least at first, it makes life more difficult. You’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone, but the result is that you’ll begin to fully enjoy each day and have passion for what you do. You’ll be fired up to face the challenges of each day, knowing that they’re moving you closer to fulfilling your purpose.[28:30] - When the Question is How, the Answer is WhyGary’s simple equation that applies to life and business“When the question is how, the answer is why.” That simple mantra has profound implications. Whatever your ‘how’ question— How do I find my passion? How do I know what direction to go? How do I build a culture? How do I talk about my business— it can always be answered by discovering your ‘why.’ [44:22] - Empower People to Live their StrengthPick people based on their ‘why,’ then let them follow itGary is a huge believer in hiring talented people, removing the noise from their roles, and allowing them to focus on what they do best— and ensuring that he can focus on what he does best. When everyone on your team gets to live their strength and live their why, imagine how powerful, fast, agile, and excited your company culture will become.RESOURCES:[6:19] About John Assaraf[6:59] Simon Sinek’s Iconic TED Talk[46:41] About the Great ResignationFollow GaryWHY InstituteLinkedInPodcastTwitterFollow Paul:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNER:The WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: ON PURPOSE podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Accept Yesterday. Love Today. Anticipate Tomorrow. (ft. Eva Saha)How Eva Saha made a career out of being true to herselfOPENING QUOTE“Serve others without expectation of reward or thanks, do it because it is the right thing to do. It does make you feel good, it does give you a life of purpose.”—Eva SahaGUEST BIO:Eva Saha is a professional host, MC, and moderator, interviewing the likes of Magic Johnson, Colin Powell, James Carville, Venus Williams, Michael J. Fox, and Bill Nye. Her gift for drawing out iconic peoples’ driving purpose has led her to be the host of choice for clients including Cardinal Health, the Women in IT Awards and Thomson Reuters. All this after a decorated career as TV personality on the Emmy-winning show 190 North on ABC.Show Links:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[4:05] - Yes, And…Applying a performance principle to lifeIn the field of improv comedy, the concept of ‘yes, and…’ is about building on whatever your scene partner or audience member presents to you. In life, Eva has made an effort to say ‘Yes, and…’ to the right opportunities— taking on new challenges, while adding her own unique spin based on her purpose.[9:53] - The Answers Inside UsWho we are isn’t something we can read in a bookEva shares how as a child her parents couldn’t stop her from approaching strangers and introducing herself. Today, talking to strangers is her career. She’s amplified something intrinsic to who she is and made it her purpose and her path. Is there something in your current job that you wish was more central to your work? Double-click on it, and find a way to make it more aligned with your path.[25:37] - Satisfaction and AmbitionYou don’t have to have a detailed 10-year-planWhile having a playbook for your future can be a powerful tool, Eva shares that she tries to stay in the moment. “I am so happy with this job right now. If it leads to something else I didn’t expect, like everything that has led to this point, great.” When you’re living true to your authentic self and purpose, following the habits and systems that lead you forward, new opportunities will present themselves without you losing sight of the now.[33:43] - You Can Never Be Helpless if You’re Being HelpfulWhen you’re lost, guide othersEva stresses the important role service plays in her life. By serving others without expectation of reward or thanks, we often end up pulling ourselves out of ruts along the way. It refocuses you on your purpose, brings you positive feelings, and reconnects you with the people around you.[40:13] - The Unexpected Ingredients for SuccessHow a bad experience can lead to good outcomesEva discusses how some of her most negative experiences in life— professional setbacks, an unhealthy personal relationship— have helped set her up for greater perspective and the ability to recognize the good— career satisfaction, a healthy and communicative ‘fairy tale’ relationship with her husband today. Of course we shouldn’t seek out negative experiences, but when they inevitably occur we can change our mindset and discover what they taught us about ourselves and the world.RESOURCES:[2:31] Gotham Artists[7:55] The 5 Second Rule, by Mel Robbins[42:38] About Reshma Saujani and Girls Who CodeFollow Eva:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInFollow Paul:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNERThe WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: ON PURPOSE podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: ON PURPOSE podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at: PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
The Beginnings of Purpose (ft. Davin Salvagno)The inaugural show of Season Two of Playmakers introduces our central mission: to live on purpose.OPENING QUOTE:“If each of us could see the difference and the impact we make every single day through the work that we— not have to do, but the work that we get to do— then we would never work a day in our life.”—Davin SalvagnoGUEST BIO:Davin Salvagno is the founder and CEO of PurposePoint, having previously served in leadership roles at Costco, Macy’s, and CVS Health. He is also the co-founder of the Purpose Summit, the world’s largest purpose-centric event which this year will be held in May at the University of Notre Dame football stadium. Davin is also a thought leader whose book Finding Purpose at Work is essential reading for anyone who wants a career and life filled with purpose and intention.Show Links:PurposePoint BioLinkedInInstagramFacebookBookCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[5:44] - Defining ImpactDavin gives us a clear, concise, and memorable definitionDavin defines impact as ‘when your life in some way, shape, or form enters the life of another in an indelible way.’ Indelible means your impact cannot be expunged, cannot be erased. When thought of this way, impact takes on a massive sense of responsibility.[10:31] - Be Before You DoLeaders start with who they are, not what they wantDavin says that “Great leaders be before they do.” That means that before leaders begin making requests and moving resources, they first must live their purpose, embrace their gifts and talents, and find their ‘why.’ Without that, they’re just managers— not true leaders of others or even themselves.[24:44] - Lessons from RockyLessons on moving forward from our favorite fictional boxerIn a recent installment in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky franchise, Rocky Balboa tells his son, “It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” What could we accomplish in our lives and careers if we got back up just one more time after being knocked down by circumstances or mistakes? When we find our purpose, we have the inspiration to find out.[31:10] - What Good Looks LikeA powerful North Star to followDavin Salvagno has spent his entire career on the hunt for ‘what good looks like’— so much so that he named his podcast after that search. When we look around us for true acts of goodness, whether in our personal lives or in the behavior of great organizations, we discover guiding principles we can follow to transform our lives and the lives of others for the better.[36:03] - The Purpose of Every CompanyHint: it’s not making moneyIf you want to launch or grow an organization around purpose, ask yourself these questions— how is it making a difference? How is it altering the course of people’s lives or moods in some positive way? As Patrick Lencioni says, ‘The purpose of every company is to improve the quality of human life in some way.’ If you focus on that first, other important measurements like profits, growth, and more will follow— and you and your organization’s members will be more fulfilled along the wayRESOURCES:[1:14] Purpose Point[1:22] Purpose Summit[13:54] The Power of Playing Offense[29:50] Writing of Marcus Buckingham[31:10] What Good Looks Like, Podcast by Davin SalvagnoFollow Davin:PurposePoint BioLinkedInInstagramFacebookBookFollow Paul:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW PARTNER:The WHY InstituteAre you ready to find your ‘why’? Our partners at the WHY Institute have created the single most high-impact assessment for finding your personal why in life and work. In just five minutes, discover more about who you are, how you think, and why you do what you do than any other personal assessment available.  The best part? It’s completely free for Playmakers listeners. Are you ready to find our WHY in just five minutes? Take your assessment now.FREE ASSESSMENTABOUT PLAYMAKERS: ON PURPOSE:The Playmakers: On Purpose podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
The Making (and Baking) of a Sweet Career (ft. Kelsey Moreira)How to follow your heart in life and business, and why it’s the best investment you can makeOPENING QUOTE:“Think about: what is that worst case scenario? So what? I just kept asking myself, so what? I would be able to get back, make it out, find a new path, do something else. I innately have the ability to generate wealth and provide for myself and my family and I'll find a way to do that no matter what. So what? Why not take this risk and see if I could be incredibly happy doing what I love and accomplish those ‘provide for your family’ kind of goals.”—Kelsey MoreiraGUEST BIO:Kelsey Moreira is the founder and fearless leader of Doughp, a mission-driven edible and bakeable cookie dough business that has led to Kelsey appearing on ABC's Shark Tank and being named to Forbes' 30 under 30. She’s made a career out of a business that not only does well, but does good in the world by working to reduce social stigmas around addiction recovery and mental health.Links:LinkedInInstagramTwitterDoughp WebsiteCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[4:52] - Start with Your PassionLet your career followKelsey tried a range of different career paths, but she kept coming back to her lifelong love of baking. So she combined what she loved with what she knew about entrepreneurship, and the rest is sweet, sweet history.[10:16] - Make Your Goals Serve You, Not the Other Way AroundDon’t turn your goals into a torture deviceGoalsetting can be a powerful tool in achieving our dreams, but if we’re not careful they can turn into just the newest way we make ourselves feel bad about ourselves. Set goals for your day, week, and year, but be okay with not hitting all of them and knowing that the progress comes from striving, not perfection.[21:54] - Your Most Powerful ProductEmbrace the ability to sell yourselfWe're not all going to be on Shark Tank. We don't all have an amazing product. Not every Playmaker is in the entrepreneurial space, and in fact many are not. But what we do have the ability to do is to sell ourselves, to sell a dream, to sell the best possible version of ourselves.[22:56] - The Risk of Not Taking RisksYou can stay safe or chase something worth chasingWhatever your role or function or life may be, take risks or you risk being bored forever. Ask yourself, ‘Why not?’ Why not take the risk and see if you could be incredibly happy doing what you love and accomplish your vision while providing for your family?[27:03] - A Purpose Beyond ProfitHow Kelsey made Doughp about more than balance sheetsDoughp was already an impressive company, but it wasn’t until Kelsey allowed her personal experience with mental health and sobriety to influence her customers for the better that she realized its true potential— as a business with purpose. How can you create a business that’s financially viable and ethically viable? RESOURCES:[0:39] The Power of Playing Offense[6:10] Alcoholics Anonymous[17:36] The Story of DoughpFOLLOW:Follow Kelsey:LinkedInInstagramTwitterDoughp WebsiteFollow Paul:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW SPONSOR:AudibleInterested in leveling up and lifelong learning? Then what’s better than a free audio book and 30-day free trial when you visit audible.playmakerspod.com? With over 200,000 titles to choose from, there’s no limit to what you can explore and learn on Audible. TRY AUDIBLE TODAYABOUT PLAYMAKERS: IMPACT UNLEASHED:Playmakers: Impact Unleashed is an all-access pass to the game-changers of today and the history makers of tomorrow. The show looks past the trophy cabinet and features a no-BS, inside look into the world of comeback, transformation, and impact unearthing practical tools and mindsets that we can all leverage to make a play in our own lives and careers.Take a seat at the table with leadership expert, sports industry veteran, bestselling author, personal transformation coach, purpose igniter, and your host Paul Epstein in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From stories of total defeat to the thrills of unimaginable achievement to the practices of mastering the inside game, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to unleash impact and drive success, significance, and purpose no matter your starting point.Meet Paul at the 50 and make a play together!Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOSTPaul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be. Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He’s opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy. He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes. Now, as Founder of Purpose Labs, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the Playmakers: Impact Unleashed podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comOrder Paul’s new book, The Power of Playing OffenseCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Superstars and Role Players (ft. Joel Goldberg)How every role on the roster has the power to become a leaderOPENING QUOTE:“When I have a job to do every single day, I have energy to bring every single day— whether they're on a 10-game losing streak or a 10-game winning streak and someone, and it's more than one person, even if it's 3:00 in the morning, and it's been all these rain delays. We had a game that finished at 3:14 in the morning once too, and I think I made the mistake of saying, "Is anybody even awake?" My Twitter blew up. Someone's always watching, and as long as someone's always watching, you have a chance to make an impact on their life.” —Joel GoldbergGUEST BIO:Joel Goldberg is a TV broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals, author of Small Ball, Big Results, and a highly sought-after speaker on how companies can make culture their competitive advantage. In his 25 years as a broadcaster, Joel has earned Emmy awards while covering Super Bowls, World Series, and interviewing mega stars from all walks of life, including Will Ferrell and Wayne Gretzky. Learn more about Joel Goldberg:Speaker PageTwitterLinkedInSmall Ball, Big ResultsCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[7:13] – Forget What Someone Can Do For YouDon’t start with a sales mindset, start with a people mindsetWhen Joel meets someone powerful or well-connected, they sometimes suspect that he’ll try to sell them something. But they’re surprised to discover he simply wants to have a conversation, build synergy, and get to know each other. This can be an effective way to build teammates whose value may not be apparent for months or even years. As baseball royalty Albert Pujols once said to Joel: “Everyone wants something from me. Once I trust you, I’ll do anything for you.”[23:37] – You Don’t Have to be the CEOAnyone can lead from anywhereIn sports they call them ‘role players’— the non-superstars that nonetheless have an outsized impact on the game, strategy, and culture of the team. It’s an important reminder that even if our name isn’t on the marquee or corner office, we still have the power to have a positive impact on our organization’s culture and success.[32:46] – Empathy Amidst the ChaosAsk yourself what someone else is going throughDespite all of the noise, chaos, and politics, during the pandemic we all understood that everybody was going through something, everyone was in this together. Whether we agreed with it or not, life had changed. It was a chance for all of us to refocus on empathy.[34:50] – Purpose is Not Your DreamFinding purpose helps you live your dreamJoel shares how it took him a 25-year career to realize that his career itself wasn’t his purpose, it was what the career allowed him to do. Things like broadcasting games to troops in Kuwait who wanted a little taste of home. Your purpose doesn’t have to be directly tied to your work, but your work can be the conduit that leads to your purpose. Just don’t think that it will come alongside the next promotion, the next opportunity, or the next big win.[40:47] – Learn Something New Every DayPerpetual education is the key to happinessThe more we learn, the less the world can shake us and the more we can see the beauty in every day. When we stop taking risks, we stop learning and reaching new heights. What can each of us learn about the world that we didn’t know yesterday?RESOURCES:[0:39]The Power of Playing Offense[1:57]Small Ball, Big Results[14:09]About Albert Pujols[29:39]The Infinite Game, by Simon SinekFOLLOW:We'd love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode. Feel free to DM Paul on social or shoot him an email at paul@paulepsteinspeaks.com.Want to keep making the right plays? Subscribe to Playmakers now.Check out more episodes and content on the Playmaker’s website.Learn more about Joel Goldberg:Speaker PageTwitterLinkedInSmall Ball, Big ResultsFollow Paul Epstein:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW SPONSOR:Audible: Interested in leveling up and lifelong learning? Then what’s better than a free audio book and 30-day free trial when you visit audible.playmakerspod.com? With over 200,000 titles to choose from, there’s no limit to what you can explore and learn on Audible. TRY AUDIBLE TODAYABOUT PLAYMAKERS: IMPACT UNLEASHED:Playmakers: Impact Unleashed is an all-access pass to the game-changers of today and the history makers of tomorrow. The show looks past the trophy cabinet and features a no-BS, inside look into the world of comeback, transformation, and impact unearthing practical tools and mindsets that we can all leverage to make a play in our own lives and careers.Take a seat at the table with leadership expert, sports industry veteran, bestselling author, personal transformation coach, purpose igniter, and your host Paul Epstein in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From stories of total defeat to the thrills of unimaginable achievement to the practices of mastering the inside game, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to unleash impact and drive success, significance, and purpose no matter your starting point.Meet Paul at the 50 and make a play together!Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He’s opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as Founder of Purpose Labs, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the Playmakers: Impact Unleashed podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comOrder Paul’s new bookThe Power of Playing OffenseCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
The Outsider’s Edge (ft. Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan)The things that separate us can lead us to our dreamsOPENING QUOTE:“What I realized is that if you actually explore what made you feel like an outsider, what are those things that made you feel like you're not part of the club, that could actually become your unique differentiator.”—Lakshmi GopalkrishnanGUEST BIO:Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan is a proven expert in speaking truth to power, delivering over 7,700 hours of professional coaching across 26 countries. She has 26 years of experience consulting leaders and teams at Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Hewlett Packard, the U.S. military, and more. Lakshmi was also handpicked by thought leader Brené Brown as a facilitator and speaker for her Dare to Lead program.Learn more about Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan:WebsiteLinkedInTwitterCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[5:56] – The Superpower FormulaFind your superpowers and turn them ‘on’Try Lakshmi’s ‘superpower formula’ to identify the skills that can lead you to your goals. Start by looking at the experiences in your personal and professional life where you felt that every single part of you was firing, like you were being lit up. Your brain was stretched, your capacity was expanded. Then strip away the external details of those experiences— where you were, what role you were in— and identify the core of the experiences that made you feel like you were riding lightning. For Lakshmi, it was the concept of being a transformation agent. What will it be for you?[14:45] – Superhero = Powers + ValuesOnce you know your skills, identify your valuesClarity of values is essential in identifying our path. What are those things that are most important to you? What are those non-negotiables that you view the world through? What drives my filter process of what's right, what's wrong, what's good, what's bad? Once you have those answers, you can begin putting your superpowers to work[20:27] – Become Comfortable with “For Now”You don’t have to see 10 years into the futurePeople often ask Lakshmi, “Do you see yourself doing this in five years?” Her answer: “I had no idea.” As long as you enjoy something, let it be the heart and soul of what you do. If that changes, change your path with it. [24:57] – When Being an Outsider is Your SuperpowerHow being on the ‘outside’ can be your greatest assetGrowing up in India before moving to America, Lakshmi often felt like an outsider. The feelings associated with that other-ness were negative, like she didn’t belong. Then she realized that the things that made her feel like an outsider were actually some of her most unique differentiators, the assets she had that no one else could match. What are your ‘outsider’ traits that could be your greatest assets?[33:55] – The Four SkillsA system for armoring upFirst, rumble with vulnerability. Put yourself in situations where you’re faced to confront the places where you’re most vulnerable. Second, live your values. Know what you stand for and stand for it. Third, embrace trust— in yourself and the people around you. Fourth, reset and recover. Give yourself the space to rest and recharge after challenging circumstances.RESOURCES:[0:30] -The Power of Playing Offense[2:16] -Dare to Lead[29:21] -Article on The Great Resignation[30:00] -Brené Brown[44:17] -Infinite ImpactFOLLOW:We'd love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode. Feel free to DM Paul on social or shoot him an email at paul@paulepsteinspeaks.com.Want to keep making the right plays? Subscribe to Playmakers now.Check out more episodes and content on the Playmaker’s website.Learn more about Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan:WebsiteLinkedInTwitterFollow Paul Epstein:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW SPONSOR:Audible: Interested in leveling up and lifelong learning? Then what’s better than a free audio book and 30-day free trial when you visit audible.playmakerspod.com? With over 200,000 titles to choose from, there’s no limit to what you can explore and learn on Audible. TRY AUDIBLE TODAYABOUT PLAYMAKERS: IMPACT UNLEASHED:Playmakers: Impact Unleashed is an all-access pass to the game-changers of today and the history makers of tomorrow. The show looks past the trophy cabinet and features a no-BS, inside look into the world of comeback, transformation, and impact unearthing practical tools and mindsets that we can all leverage to make a play in our own lives and careers.Take a seat at the table with leadership expert, sports industry veteran, bestselling author, personal transformation coach, purpose igniter, and your host Paul Epstein in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From stories of total defeat to the thrills of unimaginable achievement to the practices of mastering the inside game, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to unleash impact and drive success, significance, and purpose no matter your starting point.Meet Paul at the 50 and make a play together!Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He’s opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as Founder of Purpose Labs, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the Playmakers: Impact Unleashed podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comOrder Paul’s new book The Power of Playing OffenseCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Life Lessons from a Sports Industry Titan (ft. Scott O’Neil)Learning priceless lessons from a master of leadership and team buildingOPENING QUOTE:“Learn to be effective versus right. That’s the big takeaway in life, in relationships, in parenting, and management and leadership. I have a strong voice, and I come on sometimes like a freight train, and there were some things that I disagreed with, and it didn’t matter. All I had to do was be more effective.” —Scott O’NeilGUEST BIO:With more than 20 years of experience in the NBA, NHL, and NFL, Scott O’Neil has earned a reputation as a leader of leaders. Formerly serving as CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, he’s also been president of Madison Square Garden and senior vice president at the NBA league office. He has made countless 40 under 40 lists, including Adweek and Sporting News, while also being tabbed as one of the most influential people, innovative executives, and admired CEOs in America, leading to appearances on CNN, CNBC, Fox Business, and even co-hosting multiple shows on Bloomberg Television. He has a passion for company culture like none other, and genuinely puts people first as he inspires teams to live, work, play, and win.Learn more about Scott O’Neil:TwitterLinkedInBe Where Your Feet AreCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[7:43] Off the Track and Into the SandHow we react when we fall off the path is everythingThere are two ways to react when we’re stuck in life. Shove, push, heave, and grunt, or simply ask the people around us to lift us up and put us back on the path. One might make us feel strong and independent, but the other will actually get us somewhere.[10:09] Fix Your ScaffoldingWant to serve the world? Start with a strong foundation.Serving the people around us is like standing on a scaffolding to complete a project. If our own scaffolding is shaky, we can’t be as effective. Sometimes we have to take the time to improve ourselves before we can truly serve others.[16:49] Soul, Mind, and BodyAchieving balance in day-to-day lifeScott advocates for doing something for your mind, body, and soul every day. Practice gratitude. Put your phone down. Get out and exercise. The foundation of a full and fulfilling life lies in these simple building blocks.[21:17] The Platinum RuleLeveling up the Golden RuleInstead of treating others how you want to be treated, treat them how they want to be treated. Everyone is different, and this individual care is how we get from just equality to true equity.[25:43] Are You Listening or Solving?Sometimes listening is enoughWhen someone comes to you with their problems, your first question for yourself should be, “Am I listening or solving?” Our instinct is often to immediately try to solve someone’s problems. But usually what they really need is simply someone to listen, to hear them out. That alone can go a long way.[40:45] Be Effective Versus RightThe difference can change your lifeDo you want to be the person patting yourself on the back and saying, “I was right about the Titanic,” as it sinks to the bottom of the ocean? Or do you want to put aside what you think and get to work fixing things? RESOURCES:[0:35] The Power of Playing Offense[15:58] Be Where Your Feet Are, by Scott O’Neill[32:34] The Ride of a Lifetime, by Bob IgerFOLLOW:We'd love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode. Feel free to DM Paul on social or shoot him an email at paul@paulepsteinspeaks.com.Want to keep making the right plays? Subscribe to Playmakers now.Check out more episodes and content on the Playmaker’s website.Learn more about Scott O’Neil:TwitterLinkedInBe Where Your Feet AreFollow Paul Epstein:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW SPONSOR:Audible: Interested in leveling up and lifelong learning? Then what’s better than a free audio book and 30-day free trial when you visit audible.playmakerspod.com? With over 200,000 titles to choose from, there’s no limit to what you can explore and learn on Audible. TRY AUDIBLE TODAYABOUT PLAYMAKERS: IMPACT UNLEASHED:Playmakers: Impact Unleashed is an all-access pass to the game-changers of today and the history makers of tomorrow. The show looks past the trophy cabinet and features a no-BS, inside look into the world of comeback, transformation, and impact unearthing practical tools and mindsets that we can all leverage to make a play in our own lives and careers.Take a seat at the table with leadership expert, sports industry veteran, bestselling author, personal transformation coach, purpose igniter, and your host Paul Epstein in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From stories of total defeat to the thrills of unimaginable achievement to the practices of mastering the inside game, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to unleash impact and drive success, significance, and purpose no matter your starting point.Meet Paul at the 50 and make a play together!Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He’s opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as Founder of Purpose Labs, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the Playmakers: Impact Unleashed podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comOrder Paul’s new book The Power of Playing OffenseCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
One Billion Happy People (ft. David Meltzer)Sometimes the greatest purpose in life is to bring purpose to others.OPENING QUOTE:“Keep it simple. Number one, are you doing your best? Two, are you learning something? And three, are you having fun doing it?” —David MeltzerGUEST BIO:David Meltzer is a co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing, and formerly served as CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the inspiration for the movie Jerry Maguire. He's been recognized by Variety Magazine as their Sports Humanitarian of the Year and awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is also the executive producer of the Bloomberg and Amazon Prime television series, 2 Minute Drill and Office Hours. David is on a mission to empower over one billion people to be happy.Learn more about David Meltzer:WebsiteTwitterInstagramLinkedInCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[4:24] - How Do You Enjoy Persistence?Doing it every day (and enjoying it) isn’t easyOne of the biggest keys to lasting success, fulfillment, and happiness is to find joy in the things you do every single day. So much of greatness is monotony, so rather than finding joy through unique experiences, find a way to find joy in the simple, repetitive, and every day.[8:32] - Forgotten SeedsInspire Others and WaitSometimes we don’t immediately see the impact of kindness or support we give to others. Like planting a seed along a path, you won’t return to for a long time, you can’t know the kind of impact you’ve had until years later when a mighty tree stands in its place.[10:12] - To Be What One Can BeAll successful people are curious about their potentialThe one thing that all successful people have, in whatever industry or field they dominate, is that at some point they asked themselves, “What am I capable of?” And they haven’t stopped asking since.[14:47] - The Secret BasementWhen rock bottom comes before listing $100 millionLong before he lost millions of dollars and reached his financial bottom, David hit a personal bottom that many others didn’t see. It was this experience that inspired him to change who he was, not just his circumstances. Since then, he’s been on a path of kindness.[17:02] - The Jacket with No PocketsYou can’t take it with youDavid’s father once gave him a jacket that he still keeps close to this day. It’s a jacket with no pockets, reminding him always that you can’t take material things with you— that it’s the experiences we treasure that matter most.[18:54] - Living Values in Daily PracticeWe are what we do each dayWe are not the things we say we believe in, but the things we actively do day-in and day-out. It’s about how we spend our time and living the values that matter most to us is the fastest and most powerful path to fulfillment.[25:07] - Kindness is the SuperpowerEverything comes back to how you treat peopleCourage, humility, forgiveness, accountability, and gratitude all stem from kindness— kindness to others and kindness to yourself. Be kind to your future self. Do good deeds whenever you can. RESOURCES:[0:23] The Power of Playing Offense[13:34] Office Hours Podcast[16:24] Don’t Take Yes for an Answer, by Steve HerzBONUS:David’s Free Weekly Live Training: The Road to Revenue & HappinessDavid’s life’s mission is to empower OVER 1 BILLION people to be happy! This simple yet powerful mission has led him on an incredible journey to provide one thing…VALUE. In all his content, and communication that’s exactly what you’ll receive. For the past 20 years, David has been providing free weekly trainings to empower others to empower others to be happy. Register today: free.dmeltzer.com/trainingFOLLOW:We'd love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode. Feel free to DM Paul on social or shoot him an email at paul@paulepsteinspeaks.com.Want to keep making the right plays? Subscribe to Playmakers now.Check out more episodes and content on the Playmaker’s website.Learn more about David Meltzer:WebsiteTwitterInstagramLinkedInFollow Paul Epstein:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW SPONSOR:Audible: Interested in leveling up and lifelong learning? Then what’s better than a free audio book and 30-day free trial when you visit audible.playmakerspod.com? With over 200,000 titles to choose from, there’s no limit to what you can explore and learn on Audible. TRY AUDIBLE TODAYABOUT PLAYMAKERS: IMPACT UNLEASHED:Playmakers: Impact Unleashed is an all-access pass to the game-changers of today and the history makers of tomorrow. The show looks past the trophy cabinet and features a no-BS, inside look into the world of comeback, transformation, and impact unearthing practical tools and mindsets that we can all leverage to make a play in our own lives and careers.Take a seat at the table with leadership expert, sports industry veteran, bestselling author, personal transformation coach, purpose igniter, and your host Paul Epstein in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From stories of total defeat to the thrills of unimaginable achievement to the practices of mastering the inside game, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to unleash impact and drive success, significance, and purpose no matter your starting point.Meet Paul at the 50 and make a play together!Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He’s opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as Founder of Purpose Labs, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the Playmakers: Impact Unleashed podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comOrder Paul’s new book The Power of Playing OffenseCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
How to Be a Fighter Jet (ft. Bedros Keuilian)Bedros Keuilian is the definition of grit. But put grit and focus together, and you get something truly special.OPENING QUOTE:“We are all born as fighter jets, where we know what we want, we scream and fight to get it. And we’re curious about exploring. That’s all a fighter jet is, someone who was definitive in their purpose.” —Bedros KeuilianGUEST BIO:Bedros Keuilian is a self-made entrepreneur who escaped communism, came to the United States, ate out of dumpsters, and has since built several multi-million dollar brands and businesses, leading him to be a four-time Inc 500 CEO and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of ‘Man Up.’ Odds are you’ve seen his international franchise Fit Body Boot Camp or his clients on TV shows and at the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.Learn more about Bedros Keuilian:WebsiteLinkedInTwitterInstagramFacebookCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[07:34] - Mountains On Top of MountainsStrive for the next level, not the moment of rest at the topImagine that every goal has another level, like reaching the peak of a mountain only to discover another, higher mountain behind it. When COVID-19 hit, Bedros’ international fitness franchise was significantly challenged— but he simply saw that challenge as the next mountain to climb.[14:11] - Connecting Through TraumaThe struggles we’ve faced can bridge us to othersBedros experienced horrible abuse at one point as a young boy, but today he sees this trauma as an opportunity to connect with other people who have experienced similar experiences. Through healing, we identify opportunities for connection.[17:35] - Blame, Blame, BlameChoose healing and progress over blameAs Bedros says, when things go wrong it’s easy to identify ten different sources of blame— the leader, CEO, politician, etc. Sometimes, things just suck. That’s outside of our control. But what is inside of our control is the choice to stop blaming and start moving forward.[21:14] - A Ceiling on LoveWhy do we limit ourselves?When we experience trauma, disappointment, or shame, we often put a limit on how much love, success, or wealth we think we deserve. These toxic belief systems limit us and keep us from achieving our goals. When we can break through that ceiling, we’re able to fix our health, our mindset, our relationship, anything at all.[36:11] - Don’t Suffer in SilenceDon’t keep your mouth shut. Open it and watch your life change.We all suffer in silence to some extent, boiling in our grief or shame and thinking that no one wants to hear about it. But the truth is that we have to share what we’re feeling, what we’re experiencing with the people we love and trust. The result? We come out the other side with a better understanding of ourselves and a greater sense of peace moving forward.[42:21] - Start a Fighter Jet, Stay a Fighter JetThink like a baby, achieve your wildest dreamsEach one of us is born a fighter jet. Think of a newborn. In each moment, they have exactly one goal that they scream and cry and claw for— whether it’s food, sleep, or some toy. But over time, our passions get diluted. If we can return to that state of desperate focus on the things we desire, there’s no limit to what we can do.RESOURCES:[00:24] The Power of Playing Offense[2:00] Man Up[2:05] Fit Body Boot Camp[21:54] The Body Keeps the Score[21:54] Outwitting the Devil[21:54] How to Do the WorkFOLLOW:We'd love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode. Feel free to DM Paul on social or shoot him an email at paul@paulepsteinspeaks.com.Want to keep making the right plays? Subscribe to Playmakers now.Check out more episodes and content on the Playmaker’s website.Learn more about Bedros Keuilian:WebsiteLinkedInTwitterInstagramFacebookFollow Paul Epstein:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW SPONSOR:Audible: Interested in leveling up and lifelong learning? Then what’s better than a free audio book and 30-day free trial when you visit audible.playmakerspod.com? With over 200,000 titles to choose from, there’s no limit to what you can explore and learn on Audible. TRY AUDIBLE TODAYABOUT PLAYMAKERS: IMPACT UNLEASHED:Playmakers: Impact Unleashed is an all-access pass to the game-changers of today and the history makers of tomorrow. The show looks past the trophy cabinet and features a no-BS, inside look into the world of comeback, transformation, and impact unearthing practical tools and mindsets that we can all leverage to make a play in our own lives and careers.Take a seat at the table with leadership expert, sports industry veteran, bestselling author, personal transformation coach, purpose igniter, and your host Paul Epstein in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From stories of total defeat to the thrills of unimaginable achievement to the practices of mastering the inside game, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to unleash impact and drive success, significance, and purpose no matter your starting point.Meet Paul at the 50 and make a play together!Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He’s opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as Founder of Purpose Labs, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the Playmakers: Impact Unleashed podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comOrder Paul’s new book The Power of Playing OffenseCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
OPENING QUOTE:“I want to be very clear for all of the Playmakers here. The future of work is a journey, not a destination. It's every step that we take now, it's the small changes that we make to ensure that we can keep and attract the best talent, build a strong culture to improve our leadership practices and our soft skills. It is everything that we're doing to build a better, more resilient organization for tomorrow.” — Eric TermuendeGUEST BIO:Eric Termuende is a global keynote speaker and author of the best-selling book, Rethink Work. Having been on hundreds of stages and worked with and studied the greatest places to work in the world, he knows exactly what it takes to build incredible teams that are resilient, innovative, and ready for the future of work. A former world economic forum global shaper and recognized as one of the top 100 emerging innovators under 35 by American Express, his ideas have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, and the Huffington Post.Learn more about Eric Termuende:WebsiteTwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebookCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[7:08] - There’s No ‘Best’ CultureBe who you are, don’t be who you’re notMagazines and websites can try to rate the ‘best’ company culture, but the truth is that there’s only the best company culture for you. Quirky company atmospheres like the ones at Zappos may not be for everyone, but they are so firmly who they are that they attract lines of qualified applicants around the block.[20:53] - Don’t Be Netflix. Be YouStop looking to other organizations as ‘perfect’ examplesEveryone wants to be the ‘next’ Google or Netflix. But the truth is that you don’t really want to be like them, you want the happiness, satisfaction, and success they have. Find out what the process of obtaining those things looks like for your organization. It may be the same in some cases, but in others it may be dramatically different.[25:27] - The Power of Psychological SafetyWhen people are empowered to be themselves, amazing things happenListening sessions are a powerful tool that can help team members feel safe, heard, and empowered. How available are you to hear ideas? How safe do the people around you feel sharing their ideas? [29:01] - People Hate Change, and They Hate Standing StillThe power of a difference of a few degreesNever underestimate the power of incremental changes. People and organizations can react negatively to massive sea changes, but the essence of a one-degree shift is that it’s the smallest viable change, like one degree on a compass, and it can eventually lead an organization to completely transform. [33:40] - Trust Requires PresenceDoing two things at once means doing neither thing wellOn average, we’re doing two things at once for 42% of our day. We’re texting while we’re on a phone call, we’re finalizing a report while we’re watching a movie with someone. But you can’t build trust when you’re multitasking. Trust requires attention, presence, and focus. You just have to be willing to give it.[48:40] - Deeply Consider Where You Invest Your LifeWhether it’s 10,000 hours or 100,000 hours, make it matterIf you’re going to invest your life’s work into something, make it count. Make it matter. Do something that gives you energy instead of depleting you of energy. It takes commitment and dedication and sacrifice to achieve something, so make it something worth achieving. RESOURCES:[0:36] The Power of Playing Offense, by Paul Epstein[29:24] Dave Brailsford BioFOLLOW: We'd love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode. Feel free to DM Paul on social or shoot him an email at paul@paulepsteinspeaks.com.Want to keep making the right plays? Subscribe to Playmakers now.Check out more episodes and content on the Playmaker’s website.Learn more about Eric Termuende:WebsiteTwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebookFollow Paul Epstein:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW SPONSOR:Audible: Interested in leveling up and lifelong learning? Then what’s better than a free audio book and 30-day free trial when you visit audible.playmakerspod.com? With over 200,000 titles to choose from, there’s no limit to what you can explore and learn on Audible. TRY AUDIBLE TODAYABOUT PLAYMAKERS: IMPACT UNLEASHED:Playmakers: Impact Unleashed is an all-access pass to the game-changers of today and the history makers of tomorrow. The show looks past the trophy cabinet and features a no-BS, inside look into the world of comeback, transformation, and impact unearthing practical tools and mindsets that we can all leverage to make a play in our own lives and careers.Take a seat at the table with leadership expert, sports industry veteran, bestselling author, personal transformation coach, purpose igniter, and your host Paul Epstein in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From stories of total defeat to the thrills of unimaginable achievement to the practices of mastering the inside game, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to unleash impact and drive success, significance, and purpose no matter your starting point.Meet Paul at the 50 and make a play together!Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He’s opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as Founder of Purpose Labs, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the Playmakers: Impact Unleashed podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comOrder Paul’s new bookThe Power of Playing OffenseCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Be Where Your Feet Are (ft. Sue Izzo)How Sue Izzo discovered the balance between future-focus and presence in the presentOPENING QUOTE:“I’ll be happy when I get this deal. I'll be happy when my athlete wins the Olympic medal. I'll be happy when we get this entertainment project. And it was one day in the office when one of my employees turned to me and she said, "You realize you always say that and you're never happy." And it was like a ton of bricks. I was like, "Oh my stars." She was so right. I was living my whole existence on the next, ‘I'll be happy when.’” —Sue IzzoGUEST BIO:Sue Izzo is a well-known sports agent and manager sometimes known as the ‘female Jerry Maguire.’ She owned a successful sports management agency for 17 years, where she represented Olympic athletes, X-Games gold medalists, world champion surfers, and TV personalities. She has also been an executive producer of entertainment properties for ESPN, ABC, Apple TV, and NBC. She has since stepped into the space of business coaching, focused on marketing and brand positioning to allow for more freedom in the business world.Learn more about Sue IzzoWebsiteLinkedInFacebookInstagramTwitterCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[13:53] - “I’ll Be Happy When…”The trap of pinning your happiness on some future accomplishmentSue shares how she found herself caught up in the trap of thinking that her happiness and fulfilment were just one accomplishment or achieved goal away. But the truth is that happiness has far less to do with our achievements and successes and a whole lot more to do with your mindset. Decide to have joy today, not wait on it tomorrow.[18:31] - Little ThingsJoy doesn’t come from big wins, but from small momentsWe always think that joy in life comes from the monumental moments, but in reality, it comes from all of the tiny events that make us human— a kind interaction at the grocery store, a phone call from a loved one, a beautiful spring morning. Don’t miss out on those moments with your head fixated on future massive events. [26:30] - Excitement on the CalendarIf nothing in your schedule excites you, it’s time to make a changeEvery day, Paul wakes up and looks at his calendar for the day. If there’s nothing on it that excites him, he doesn’t get up from his journal session until there is something that excites him. [36:31] - The Changing ToolboxYour ‘life tools’ change depending on your stage of lifeThe kinds of ‘tools’ we need to get through life’s challenges may change at various stages in our lives. Sometimes we’ll lean heavily on our close family members, sometimes our friends, and sometimes our sense of purpose in the work we’re doing. Always be aware of what and where your life toolbox is at a given stage of your journey.[40:18] - Fixed Mindset vs. Growth MindsetIn order to change, you must first believe in your ability to changeOne of the most effective indicators of whether a person can achieve personal success is whether they have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. If you have a fixed mindset, you believe that all of your abilities are innate and can’t be added to or improved upon. If you have a growth mindset, you believe in the power to move beyond your current skills and circumstances to learn, achieve, and do more.RESOURCES:[0:42] The Power of Playing Offense[06:47] Burton Snowboards[32:18] The X-Games[40:18] Mindset, by Carol DweckFOLLOW:We'd love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode. Feel free to DM Paul on social or shoot him an email at paul@paulepsteinspeaks.com.Want to keep making the right plays? Subscribe to Playmakers now.Check out more episodes and content on the Playmaker’s website.Learn more about Sue Izzo:WebsiteLinkedInFacebookInstagramTwitterFollow Paul Epstein:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW SPONSOR:Audible: Interested in leveling up and lifelong learning? Then what’s better than a free audio book and 30-day free trial when you visit audible.playmakerspod.com? With over 200,000 titles to choose from, there’s no limit to what you can explore and learn on Audible. TRY AUDIBLE TODAYABOUT PLAYMAKERS: IMPACT UNLEASHED:Playmakers: Impact Unleashed is an all-access pass to the game-changers of today and the history makers of tomorrow. The show looks past the trophy cabinet and features a no-BS, inside look into the world of comeback, transformation, and impact unearthing practical tools and mindsets that we can all leverage to make a play in our own lives and careers.Take a seat at the table with leadership expert, sports industry veteran, bestselling author, personal transformation coach, purpose igniter, and your host Paul Epstein in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From stories of total defeat to the thrills of unimaginable achievement to the practices of mastering the inside game, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to unleash impact and drive success, significance, and purpose no matter your starting point.Meet Paul at the 50 and make a play together!Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael JacksonAs a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He’s opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as Founder of Purpose Labs, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the Playmakers: Impact Unleashed podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comOrder Paul’s new book The Power of Playing OffensCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
Going for Gold (ft. Joe Delagrave)How an athlete turned a horrible tragedy into his greatest achievements.OPENING QUOTE:“In that split second, life changed. I go from the boat to the rescue boat, to the ambulance, to the local hospital. They med flight me up to a bigger hospital. And that’s when I learned that I had a spinal cord injury, that I had broken my neck, and that I’d probably never walk again.” —Joe DelagraveGUEST BIO:Joe Delagrave is a Paralympic athlete for Team USA, a journey that introduced him to the sport of wheelchair rugby. After a casual boating accident that would have derailed most people’s lives and shattered their dreams, Joe’s story becomes one of purpose, passion, courage, comeback, grit, resilience, and transformation.Learn more about Joe Delagrave:Team USA BioInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsiteCORE TOPICS + DETAILS:[07:34] - Where Victory is MadeIt’s not just on the field, track, or courtJoe recognizes that if he and his teammates land gold at the Paralympic Games, it won’t just be the result of their work in Tokyo. It will be the 13 years of preparation, the sacrifices from players and their families and more. Many different paths must be taken to reach that destination.[10:37] - The Event that Changed EverythingAnd what came next...In 2004, Joe Delagrave was in a boat that struck the bottom of the river and sent him flying backwards in the boat, breaking his neck at vertebrae C6 and C7. His initial response was feelings of frustration and depression, but he then realized that he was wired to push through anything. So, he did.[24:28] - From ‘How Do I Get Out’ to ‘How Do I Excel Where I Am’A shift of mindset transformed Joe’s lifeAt first, Joe Delagrave wanted only one thing— to get out of his wheelchair. He felt that was the only way his life could begin again. Then, he pivoted, realizing— there are avenues for success while living with disability. That’s when a true transformation took place, and he began to reach for his ultimate potential.[28:14] - The Power of ChoiceWhen it feels like your agency is taken away, you always have a choiceJoe could have turned to blame, to bitterness, and to a feeling of helplessness. Instead, he inspires himself and others every day to remember that you always have a choice in how you respond to tragedy or roadblocks. If you can break free from blame, you can find incredible success on the other side.[34:54] - The Danger of Identifying Yourself with Your SuccessHow Joe almost let his competitive spirit get the better of himWhen Joe began chasing gold medals in the Paralympic games, he began to think that obtaining that dream would validate him as a husband, father, leader, and community member. But he soon realized that it wouldn’t do any of those things. Just as he would have to earn his victories in wheelchair rugby, he would also have to earn his victories in other areas of his life.[42:39] - You vs. Them: A Whole New MeaningWhose opinion matters to you?Joe likes to ask everyone he meets, “Are you more worried about what other people think of you, or are you more worried about actually living out your purpose?’ The people who choose the latter are the ones who ultimately end up achieving even their wildest dreams.RESOURCES:[0:34] The Power of Playing Offense[1:56] About the Paralympics[21:10] MurderballFOLLOW:We'd love to hear your thoughts on today’s episode. Feel free to DM Paul on social or shoot him an email at paul@paulepsteinspeaks.com.Want to keep making the right plays? Subscribe to Playmakers now.Check out more episodes and content on the Playmaker’s website.Learn more about Joe Delagrave:Team USA BioInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsiteFollow Paul Epstein:Playmakers PodcastThe Power of Playing OffenseLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutubeSHOW SPONSOR:Audible: Interested in leveling up and lifelong learning? Then what’s better than a free audio book and 30-day free trial when you visit audible.playmakerspod.com? With over 200,000 titles to choose from, there’s no limit to what you can explore and learn on Audible. TRY AUDIBLE TODAYABOUT PLAYMAKERS: IMPACT UNLEASHED:Playmakers: Impact Unleashed is an all-access pass to the game-changers of today and the history makers of tomorrow. The show looks past the trophy cabinet and features a no-BS, inside look into the world of comeback, transformation, and impact unearthing practical tools and mindsets that we can all leverage to make a play in our own lives and careers.Take a seat at the table with leadership expert, sports industry veteran, bestselling author, personal transformation coach, purpose igniter, and your host Paul Epstein in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. From stories of total defeat to the thrills of unimaginable achievement to the practices of mastering the inside game, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to unleash impact and drive success, significance, and purpose no matter your starting point.Meet Paul at the 50 and make a play together!Learn more at: PlaymakersPod.comABOUT DETROIT PODCAST STUDIOS:In Detroit, history was made when Barry Gordy opened Motown Records back in 1960. More than just discovering great talent, Gordy built a systematic approach to launching superstars. His rigorous processes, technology, and development methods were the secret sauce behind legendary acts such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.As a nod to the past, Detroit Podcast Studios leverages modern versions of Motown’s processes to launch today’s most compelling podcasts. What Motown was to musical artists, Detroit Podcast Studios is to podcast artists today. With over 75 combined years of experience in content development, audio production, music scoring, storytelling, and digital marketing, Detroit Podcast Studios provides full-service development, training, and production capabilities to take podcasts from messy ideas to finely tuned hits. Here’s to making (podcast) history together.Learn more at: DetroitPodcastStudios.comABOUT THE HOST:Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He’s opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.Now, as Founder of Purpose Labs, keynote speaker, bestselling author, and host of the Playmakers: Impact Unleashed podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.Learn more about Paul at PaulEpsteinSpeaks.comOrder Paul’s new book The Power of Playing OffenseCREDITS:Paul Epstein: Host | paul@paulepsteinspeaks.comConnor Trombley: Executive Producer | connor@detroitpodcaststudios.com
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