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The Ever Evolving Life of Dreams and Ideas with Michael Woodward

The Ever Evolving Life of Dreams and Ideas with Michael Woodward

Update: 2018-11-16
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Have you ever chased a dream or idea and it didn't turn out like you expected? The picture in your mind didn't measure up to the reality of life? Dreams and ideas like people grow and change. Maybe it's time to evolve your dream. Today in the episode we go deep into 8 ways you can evolve your dreams and ideas and live a life a purpose.


  1. Set realistic expectations
  2. Talk to people
  3. Expect less but set lofty goals (push goals / Stretch goals)
  4. Assess, Assess, Assess
  5. Ask for help and outside perspective
  6. Keep learning
  7. Celebrate the victories
  8. Don’t be ridged
  9. Be agile - pivot into some even better
  10. Have fun


Today's episode is sponsored by

Flocksy: https://flocksy.com/

Opportunity in China: https://opportunityinchina.com/

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Today on the podcast we are talking about Having FUN!!!If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, or simply alive (Little secret: if you are listening I can guarantee that you are alive) we are going to chat about why having fun is so important to live a fulfilled life.It’s easy to live life and get stuck in the grind, business, responsibilities or the tasks you have to do. You get buried in life and all of a sudden you are responding to it without purpose or direction…you start to lose your joy, happiness, or drive to keep going? Sound familiar?I want you to think back to your childhood, your teens, or even college years. Those years without the stress of responsibility or expectations…. Can you remember just having fun? Maybe playing video games, playing outside, hanging with friends, that crazy road trip. It wasn’t that life was always easy….but can you remember what it was like?For me I can think back a few years when I first got married (to the best woman ever) and we had so much fun. We traveled, did crazy cool stuff, even had season passes to Disneyland. Our friends even would say that we were the fun ones (for some of you that might be hard to imagine). But it’s true. Fun was built into our lives….it was part of who we are.So how does fun impact your life? Are you having fun any more? What crazy cool thing have you done lately?I know for me things have gotten busier and busier. More and more responsibilities and in the grind of things I started to lose the power of having fun. Sometimes it happens quickly, but often life happens and we just forget to be intentional about how we live life. So how intentional are you about building the life you want to live? My guess is that you might be stuck in the flow of letting life happen to you and responding to every day situations.Well today I want to challenge you to rethink what you are doing. Kill the grind and start living an intentional life that builds fun into it. If you are feeling stuck…introduce fun. If you are feeling burnt out, step back and get rest (and listen to last weeks episode about rest) and start to bring fun back into life too. 6 reasons fun at the office is the future of work | Article on Ciphr (https://www.ciphr.com/advice/fun-in-the-office/)Happy employees are healthier and more productive – so don’t overlook the importance of having fun in the workplace1. Happy employees are healthier2. Having fun improves communication and collaboration3. Fun breeds creativity4. Promoting fun attracts an audience5. Having fun makes employees more productive6. Having fun encourages advocacyHaving fun looks different to everyone. So you need to step back and really think about what fun looks like for you. As an entrepreneur or business owner, you get to paint that picture and create that culture.What can fun look like?-Travel-Learning-Play-Charging environment-The people you are around, your family -Rest-Watching movies / tv / playing games (entertainment)-Getting outdoors (hiking, camping)-Exercise (running, crossfire)-Creative projects.-And so much more.So take a moment and think back… I want you to ask yourself these questions..Are you having fun?How are you different when you are having fun?How do you view life when you are having fun?When was the last time you had fun? At work, at home, in community?What’s holding you back from having fun? How can you change that?What are you doing to be intentional to build fun into your life?We are going into the holiday season…Canadian Thanksgiving (well that one already passed), Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years…. For many this is a sad season, but why not use it as your ‘micro experiment’ to find fun again. What’s going on around you (in your town, city)? How can you connect with others during this season and do fun things? What’s something new you can learn (maybe crafty, historical). Now it’s up to you to start making the change…becoming intentional about fun. See how it impacts you, sparks creativity, makes you more motivated, fills you with happiness and joy. Get out there, make it happen and start sparking more fun in your life again!Today’s Episode is Sponsored by Opportunity In China: https://opportunityinchina.comArticle Link: https://www.ciphr.com/advice/fun-in-the-office/Cool Thing Entrepreneurs Do Interview: https://thomsinger.com/uncategorized/jumblethink-ceo-michael-woodward/Build a Website in a Day Virtual Workshop: https://jumblethink.com/teachme
Building Your Business Tribe with Ronan Leonard
Do you ever feel like you are leading but no one is following? It’s time for you to find and build your tribe. Our society is starting to remember why tribe is so important. It can help you can use to to connect in deeper ways with your peers and lead at a new level. In today’s episode Ronan Leonard shares on the importance of tribe for our business life. He also shares how a good mastermind group can help unlock your journey into finding your tribe. In today's episode Ronan shares on:Overcoming DisasterIf not you, then who?Finding & creating your tribeWhy you need accountabilityWhy a mastermind?Taking ownership and responsibilityFinding the context to contentHow to leverage in your businessRonan’s Recommended ReadingSapiens: A Brief History of HumankindRonan Leonard connects small business owners to support groups through the innovative concept of virtual Masterminds. Without a co-founder or a business coach solopreneurs are often overwhelmed with to-do lists. They need impartial advice to get the right support to help them achieve clarity and better results.Ronan believes we’ve lost our connection to a “tribe“ A community that will help you solve your problems and accelerate your learning. He believes that there is more value in making real peer-to-peer connections than paying external contractors who have no vested interest in your success. Passionate about helping others he is committed to giving away 1 in 6 spots on the platform to social enterprises and entrepreneurs from developing countries to create a truly global community. Ronan loves seeing the benefits that Mastermind groups have on each person who participates and has helped 100’s of business owners increase clarity, confidence and productivity by creating the support network for them to achieve their true potential. 9 Million YouTube Views! Ronan was just 23 he helped rescue passengers and fellow staff when the cruise ship he worked on sank off the wild coast of South Africa. https://youtu.be/MjTuAV036yY For 9 years he continued to work on cruise ships sailing the world as a casino manager. His 1st business (a casino party company) grew from just 2 casino tables to over 50 and the largest gaming events company in Australia.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Ronan: 1:11 minuteGoing Deeper into the Topics: 17:01 minutesRapid Fire Questions: 50:22 minutesFree Resource:How to Create Your WhyWebsite:  https://www.eccountability.io/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronan-leonard/Today's episode is sponsored by Opportunity in China - https://opportunityinchina.com/'Build a website in a day' Virtual Workshop by jumbleThink - https://www.jumblethink.com/squarespace-training
Building a Passion Based Business | Anik Singal
What does true success look like as an entrepreneur? We must first redefine success and entrepreneurship to be able to find true entrepreneurial success. Anik Singal was able to find success early but it took economic collapse to find passion and purpose. In today's episode Anik shares on:Passion based businessEducation and Self-EducationRedefining entrepreneurshipGiving backFinding joy and happiness in workOvercoming failureAdjusting your dreamAnik’s Recommended ReadingThink and Grow RichRich Dad Poor DadeSCAPEAnik Singal is the founder and CEO of Lurn, Inc. He is widely considered, by the industry, as one of today’s most successful online marketers. His specialties include profit-generating product launches and evergreen funnels, building backends and funnels, article marketing, search engine optimization, affiliate marketing and business management consulting.BusinessWeek recognized him in the Top 3 of the Best U.S. Entrepreneurs Under 25. He’s an Inc500 CEO, listed 2-times among the Fastest Growing Companies in America. While in college at the University of Maryland, he was awarded Company of the Year from MTech and named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Hinman CEOs.His online marketing businesses generate over $20 Million per year in sales; and he has helped contribute to over $120 Million in online publishing sales. Today, Anik teaches people how to create their own online passion-based businesses. He then guides them through his step-by-step process to maximize profit and grow revenue. He has trained over 250,000 students around the world, many have gone on to become incredibly successful and true industry-leading experts.Anik is also incredibly passionate about giving back. For nearly two decades, he has devoted his life to building schools around the world. He dreams of providing education to those who are not currently receiving that birth-right! As of today, Anik has been a key driver in helping build four schools in India. He plans to scale his mission globally, all through his non-profit organization, For All Our Good.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Anik: 1:19 minuteGoing Deeper into the Topics: 27:23 minutesRapid Fire Questions: 57:59 minutesWebsite:  https://escapebook.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnikSingalcom/
Redefining Virtual Work for Entrepreneurs | Sandra Lewis
Going from Solopreneur to a team can be overwhelming. Sandra Lewis spent years in the corporate world but wanted to create her own freedom. She started a remote staffing agency to help others as they grow their business and reclaim their lives. Now she is redefining how we think and work with virtual assistants. This is creating a new philosophy of work today and how we can grow our businesses.In today's episode Sandra shares on:Virtual StaffingGrowing your teamFinding the right staff for your company cultureMoving past solopreneurGoing from Employee to EntrepreneurCreating work with purposeSandra’s Recommended ReadingRaising the Bar by Gary EricksonSandra Lewis is the Founder and CEO of Worldwide101, a premium subscription staffing company connecting demanding founders and executives with ridiculously talented remote staff.Sandra believes flexible, remote work is the way of the future and that it creates an unparalleled win-win for businesses and talent alike.Sandra has worked with hundreds of the world's top CEOs, Founders and Executives to help them win-back their time by grow their businesses by delegating key tasks to ridiculously talented remote staff. The unique model of Worldwide101 has been recognized by some of the most respected publications across the country including Forbes and Inc. magazines, as well as being named one of the "Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America" By Entrepreneur Magazine.Setting an example of the efficiencies gained working virtually, Sandra manages her entire team on a virtual basis.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Sandra: 1:38 minuteGoing Deeper into the Topics: 19:07 minutesRapid Fire Questions: 46:36 minutesEpisode Sponsor: Opportunity In ChinaWebsite:  https://worldwide101.com/jumblethink/
Entrepreneurial Financial Freedom | Grant Sabatier
It seams like most of us are struggling to live financial free every day. This is especially true from entrepreneurs. Grant Sabatier lived the life of scrapping by and decided it was time for a change. Through entrepreneurship, side hustling and investing Grant was able to go from broke to financial freedom.In today's episode Grant shares on:How to look at moneyRedefining successMaking learning easy through curiosityFinding creative business opportunitiesMeaning & Mindfulness to MoneyBurnoutUsing failure to drive successMoving past ‘trading time for money’Measuring your net worthGeneralist vs NicheA passion to teach othersGrant’s Recommended ReadingBlue Ocean StrategyGrant Sabatier is the creator of Millennial Money and author of Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need.Dubbed "The Millennial Millionaire" by CNBC, Grant Sabatier went from $2.26 to $1 million in 5 years through entrepreneurship, side hustling and investing. After reaching financial independence at the age of 30, Grant Founded MillennialMoney.com, where he writes about making and investing money and co-hosts the Millennial Money Minutes podcast. Since launching in 2015, Grant has reached over 10 million readers and listeners through his blog and podcast.Grant has been featured in over 200 international media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, ABC Nightline, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, The Sydney Morning Herald, and many others.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Grant: 1:00 minuteGoing Deeper into the Topics: 26:49 minutesRapid Fire Questions: 54:21 minutesWebsite:  https://millennialmoney.com/Twitter: @millennialmoneyBook: https://financialfreedombook.com/LinkedIn: @gsabatierToday's episode is sponsored by https://opportunityinchina.com/
Can Holistic Health beat Big Pharma? | John McGarvey
What does it take to have 'good' health? Big Pharma doesn't seem to be making us any healthier. While in Tibet, John McGarvey (Co-founder and CEO of Dao Labs) discovered ancient Chinese medicine. This journey made him rethink health and solving modern problems with old approaches. He is now on a journey to share products that nurture positive health into our lives.  In today's episode John shares on:Authenticity in businessUnexpected journey of entrepreneurshipHolistic HealthHolistic health vs Big PharmaChinese medicineOld approaches to solve modern problemsFinding better healthJohn's Recommended ReadingShoe Dog by Phil Knight John McGarvey is a Minneapolis-based entrepreneur and a seasoned executive in the natural food industry. John took a frozen food company from nearly zero to over 10,000 points of sales distribution across the United States. Most recently, John co-founded DAO Labs, a supplement and lifestyle company. DAO Labs is changing the way western consumers approach health, by embracing the 2,500 year-old formulas and practices of Chinese medicine in sustainable, easy-to-understand formats. John earned his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and holds a B.A. from Northwestern University. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two kids.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to John: 1:11 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 17:12 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 44:13 minutesWebsite:  https://mydaolabs.com/Blog:  https://mydaolabs.com/blogs/the-wayInstagram: @daolabsEpisode SponsorToday's episode is sponsored by Opportunity In China. Have you been looking for a way to change your career or social prospects? Do you see the world around you changing, and haven’t quite figured out what path to take? You’re not alone in seeking opportunity. Visit opportunityinchina.com for access to scholarships to attend university in China, or if you have a bachelor’s degree already, opportunityinchina.com provides access to jobs in the education sector all across China. Working in China is not only often well-paid, but it will place you among 1/5 of the worlds population, boosting your social network, bringing you more deeply into the story of globalization, opening doors you never knew existed. Seize your opportunity now: visit our website now for more information at opportunityinchina.com By the way, they have a podcast too, search for opportunity in china podcast on your app to learn more.
The Business of International Learning | MC Miller
So you went to college, you owe thousands in student loans, and now you can't find a job in the competitive job market. What do you do next? Why not think outside the box and do something different? MC Miller and his team is on a mission to help others think outside the normal solution by placing them in well paying jobs throughout Asia. This could be a short term or long term placement. By thinking outside the traditional or normal way of living he has helped many find the true freedom they in their own lives.  In today's episode MC shares on:Teaching in ChinaLiving and working in AsiaThe international industry of educationUnderstanding different culturesThe impact politics in global educationTravelUnderstanding a global communitySlow traveling by teachingEntrepreneurship in AsiaMC's Recommended Books80/20 Sales and MarketingGetting Things DoneMC Miller has years of experience in international higher education cooperation development, international academic exchange program development, student and faculty recruiting for all grade levels. Professionally capable in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. MC is the founder and CEO of Opportunity in China. Opportunity in China is a foreign talent placement service not only recruits professionals to educational, technical, and other professional roles throughout China, but they also guide you through the process of understanding in greater depth your potential in interaction within the Chinese market and society. They match individuals with a career-starting job, tailored to their preferences and aspirations, in virtually any major Chinese city, all while supporting the journey as it progresses with their professional network, free media products, and other services. Frequently, they also offer exclusive scholarship and other study opportunities in China. Whether the goal is to begin a career in China or to sign-up for a one-year travel and cultural experience, their team can open doors and equip individuals for whatever journey they decide.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to MC: 0:44 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 20:03 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 45:17 minutesWebsite:  https://opportunityinchina.com/Podcast on iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/opportunity-in-china-podcast/id1330500492?mt=2YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9igxGdLi-uiCynZJ_cENlg
Your Business Needs Video | Jason Hsiao
The online world of social media is reinventing how we market and advertise our business. On all the platforms video is king. But how do you create your videos if you don't have a massive budget, time to get videos created, or the expertise to creator your own? This was the question that Jason Hsiao and Animoto set out to answer.  Jason, his other co-founders, and their team has spent years building an online application to make the video creation process easy for the average small business owner but powerful enough for big corporations to use too. He also gives us insights into what it truly looks like to create an innovative start-up.In today's episode Jason shares on:Why your business needs videoCreating a Start-up cultureBeing best at one thingBelieving in your ideasThe builder paradigmAnimotoEmpowering others to createHow to get started as a start-upEntrepreneurship as a teamCreating great contentJason's Recommended BooksDelivering Happiness by Tony HsiehRadical Candor by Kim ScottThe Advantage by Patrick M. LencioniJason Hsiao is the co-founder and Chief Video Officer of Animoto, an award-winning online video maker that makes it easy for anyone to create professional-quality marketing videos, even if they have no technical skills and have never created a video before. With the mission of empowering everyone to create powerful videos regardless of age or experience, Jason founded Animoto with his high school and Dartmouth College friends back in 2006. Animoto’s certified partnerships with Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and the Small Business Administration give it unique insight into the changing social media and business landscape -- which may be why more than 1-million businesses around the world are already using Animoto to create marketing videos. Prior to founding Animoto, Jason was a producer for MTV Networks and Comedy Central.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Jason: 0:45 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 29:20 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 50:34 minutesAnimoto:  https://animoto.com/jumblethink
The Business of Graphic Design | Johnathan Grzybowski
Starting and building a business is an evolutionary process. Johnathan Grzybowski took his marketing agency and morphed it into a on-demand graphic design business. This transformation was fueled through travel, collaboration, a culture of fun, and feedback from clients. Johnathan shares how you can harness this power to transform your own entrepreneurial journey into a stronger business.In today's episode Johnathan shares on:Graphic DesignEmpowering a new generationCommunity and EducationFinding FulfillmentTravel to fuel innovationBreaking routine to grownPenjiBeing aware and hyper focusedFocus on serving - 'It's not about you, it's about helping others'Using your weaknesses to find your strengthsJohnathan Grzybowski, is rogue risk taker turned entrepreneur and national thought leader in digital marketing and branding spaces. He is the Cofounder of Penji, an on-demand graphic design membership platform without limitations. Penji helps you achieve more with unlimited graphic design, unlimited revisions, at one flat monthly rate. All powered on their easy-to-use platform. Johnathan is also the host of the #1 business podcast, The Blind Entrepreneur Podcast. Where he helps business professionals that are temporarily blind in business to help them execute their vision.His goal is to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs through education and community building.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Johnathan: 1:21 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 19:10 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 44:39 minutesPenji:  https://penji.co/Podcast:  http://tbeshow.com/
The Ten Percent Entrepreneur | Patrick McGinnis
You have a job but you are looking for more. You aren't ready to give up that job, so what do you do? Patrick McGinnis shares how you can be a 10% entrepreneur and create a diversified career. He shares the 5 types of entrepreneurs and gives you some steps to making your dreams and the dreams others a reality. It's time to move past the fear and start building the life of your dreams.In today's episode Patrick shares on:Side HustlesBeing a 10% EntrepreneurCreating a diversified careerBeing an explorer of lifeBreaking routine to make life decisionsHis new podcast: Fomosapiens5 Types of Entrepreneurs: Angels, Advisors, Founders, Aficionados, and the 110% Entrepreneur Starting projects outside your day jobCreating your 10% planInvesting time vs Investing moneyRules of investingPatrick's Book - The 10% EntrepreneurRecommended Book: The Lean StartupPatrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, to provide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast growing businesses. He is also the author of the international bestseller The 10% Entrepreneur, a guide to becoming an entrepreneur without quitting your day job, (Penguin Portfolio 2016). The book has been featured by The Financial Times, the BBC, MSNBC, CNN en Espańol, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, and many other media outlets worldwide. It has also been translated into more than ten languages including Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Mongolian. Patrick is credited by Boston Magazine with coining the term “FOMO” or “fear of missing out,” a term made popular by Millennials and digital junkies that was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013.A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School, Patrick is an avid traveler, writer, and speaker, and has visited more 80 countries. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Patrick: 1:00 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 17:10 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 42:54 minutesWebsite:  patrickmcginnis.comBuild Your 10% Guide: patrickmcginnis.com/buildyour10Fomosapiens Podcast: patrickmcginnis.com/all-episodes
Pushing the Limits of Creativity | Troy Christoper Plota
How can you push the boundaries of creativity past their limits? Why does collaboration beat competition? What is the future of Photography? Troy Christopher Plota is a leader in photography and his company Plotaverse is using technology to reinvent community, collaboration, and the future of creativity. In today's episode Troy shares on:Creating a Tech StartupManagers, Artists, and PiratesCreating with your passionWorking with CelebritiesWhat comes after you reach your dreams and ideas?Digital versus Film photography and the future of photographyBuilding community in a digital worldSacrificing for your dreams and ideas An new generation of thinkingMotion ArtLearning through collaborationMonetizing creativity and your passionsBeing patient in chasing dreamsPlotaverse founder, Troy Christopher Plota, has been an award winning Professional Photographer for over 30 years. His work has appeared in top magazines including Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone, and many more. His Advertising work has also appeared on dozens of billboards in New York's Times Square, as well as on the Vegas strip. Troy’s entrepreneurship roots deeply in his childhood. His father immigrated to the U.S. from Europe. As a first generation American, Troy carries the name, Plota, with pride. His grandparents had fearlessly risked their lives to create new opportunities for him and his family. Entrepreneurship runs in Troy’s blood. At the age of 13, Troy picked up his first camera and started shooting. Finally, at the age of 21, he opened the doors to his own studio. Being a Tech entrepreneur turned out to be much different in nature than running a Photography Studio. Plunging into the App business, Troy quickly realized that his 30 year experience as a professional Photographer gave him a vital edge over his competition, excelling him to the forefront of Technology. Troy's latest creation is the Digital Sharing platform, "Plotaverse", which also features his award winning Photo Animation App, "Plotagraph." It became the only App featured in the Apple Store for the release of the iPhone X. In 2013 Troy gave a Ted Talk titled "The Future of Photography.” Troy is on a mission to share his knowledge with the Industry and push boundaries with his unique, first to market software creation. He believes that Plotaverse not only brings something new to the trade, but it gives Artists a raised caliber of tools to which only professionals had access to. The range of Plotaverse’s dynamic apps enables artists to express their creativity with never seen before techniques, and helps monetize their passions for Motion Art and Photography.  Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Troy: 1:19 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 21:09 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 45:24 minutesWebsite:  plotaverse.comPlotaverse Apps: plotaverseapps.comTwitter: @PlotaverseFacebook: facebook.com/PlotagraphInstagram: @plotagraph
From Music Industry Leader to Marketing Guru | Claude Zdanow
Claude Zdanow has chased his dreams since he was a child. He has built successful recording studios working with people like Drake, Eminem, Yo Yo Ma, The Chainsmokers, and the Chicago Symphony. He is now on a new journey as he builds the Stadiumred Group.In today's episode Claude and I also discuss marketing, the changing music industry, building a business as you learn, building a lifestyle brand, evolving your business, see the future in business, perseverance in hard times, believing in your mission, the tools of marketing, the truth about niches, tools versus offerings, and much more.Claude is a musician, engineer, inventor, producer, and entrepreneur -a jack of many trades. He founded StadiumRed Group, a media and entertainment conglomerate in NYC and has worked with Drake, Eminem, and Jeremy Carr. Let's just say Americas favorite DJ duo, comprised of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, also known as The Chainsmokers, would not be who are they today without him! He's been featured in Bloomberg TV, Rolling Stones and MSN as well as a speaker at industry events such as The Recording Academy, Grammy Camp and Winter Music Conference & Amsterdam Dance Event.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Claude: 1:06 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 25:44 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 56:12 minutesWebsite:  https://www.stadiumred.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claudezdanow/Twitter: @stadiumredFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/stadiumredInstagram: @stadiumredlife
Don't Outsource Your Ideas | Jarl Jensen
Jarl Jensen is a specialist in inventing and innovating many medical devices. He has issued patents having retail sales of over $500 million dollars. Jarl shares how you need to own your idea and build a team around you. Being hands on with your ideas is the key to making them reach their full potential.In today's episode Jarl and I also discuss his new book 'Optimizing America', creating a cultural economic change, making economics cool, how understanding economics can help you create your own personal ecosystem, the importance of innovative leaders, evolving your idea, writing and selling books, and much more.Jarl Jensen is the inventor of many medical devices with issued patents having retail sales of over $500 million dollars. As an astute “idea guy”, Jarl has applied his out of the box thinking to America’s economy in the book, ‘Optimizing America’. As an experience executive of several companies, he as a track record of success. As an author his ideas can do more then heal the sick, they can change the world. His ambitious ideas gives hope to us all.His goals in life are to make the world a better place by applying better ideas. As a father of three kids his home life always takes priority. He believes that ideas have a life of their own and as such they need nurturing just like his family.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Jarl: 1:06 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 9:02 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 40:30 minutesWebsite:  https://optimizingamerica.com/Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jarl-Jensen/e/B0781XQV4C/Twitter: @OptimumAmericaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimizingAmerica/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optimizingamerica/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC--smLl33wW5TceKBbI7bRA/featured
The Maker Manifesto | Chad Frey
Chad Frey is at the bleeding edge of the Maker Movement. Chad shares how entrepreneurs and makers are changing education through S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M. By bringing the maker movement directly into schools we are able to shape the next generation of innovators and influencers to think outside the box and bring new solutions to the problems they face.  In today's episode Chad and I also discuss education, co-working, makerspaces, diversity, the social responsibility of entrepreneurs, the importance of the arts, a maker manifesto, finding the right vocation, having informed conversations, and much more.Chad Frey is the President and Founder of Partnership Planners, LLC, a consulting & software development company that specializes in community engagement, social innovation, and entrepreneurship. Out of Planners, Chad started the Foundry Makerspace as a social enterprise initiative to build the capacity of schools for 21st Century life and work. As president, Chad leads a professional learning community of Maker Fellows and has other responsibilities that range from consulting on international documentary film projects to giving oversight to software accounts that engage thousands of users in community engagement. Chad also serves at the Community Engagement Liaison at Messiah College where he advises senior administration on strategic community engagement programs and partnerships. He has several years of teaching experience in course topics that span topics like service, missions and social change. For over a decade, Chad has facilitated international service-learning experiences in N. Ireland. He previously served as the Director of the Agape Center for Curricular Service-Learning and has received national recognition by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Programs, U.S. Department of Education and Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) for a variety of community engagement initiatives that implemented collective impact principals for K-12 student achievement. Chad has managed numerous grants including a $2,000,000.00 P.T.E.V. grant from the Lilly Endowment.Chad received his B.A. from Messiah College in Biblical Religious Studies where he majored in Christian Education. He earned a M.A. in Higher Education from Geneva College with a concentration in religion and philosophy. Chad has also completed several seminary courses at Ashland Theological Seminary as well as his comprehensive exams in pursuit of an Ed.D. of Adult Education at Penn State University. He currently volunteers on several boards and committees. Chad was born in Lancaster County but currently lives in downtown Harrisburg, PA. Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Chad: 0:46 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 20:23 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 51:50 minutesFoundry Makerspace:  https://www.foundrymakerspace.com/Maker Shift / Maker Manifesto: https://www.makershift.io/Twitter: @FoundryMkrspaceFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThefoundrymakerspaceInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/foundrymakerspace/
The Kindness Diaries | Leon Logothetis
Leon Logothetis chose to give up a life of comfort for a life of fulfillment. This took him from being a stock broker in London to traveling the world through the kindness of strangers. His journeys are documented in the Netflix series 'The Kindness Diaries'.  In today's episode Leon and I also discuss The Kindness Diaries, living your best life, kindness, tv production, chasing your dreams, division versus unity, living in the unknown, finding fulfillment and purpose, and much more.Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn’t always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries.The days of living and working behind his ‘slab of wood’ (or desk to the layman) are well and truly over. His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play.The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours. And anything you dream of is possible. Anything. And that the fuel for all this delicious potential is simple: Kindness and harnessing the power of human connection. And. Doing it all with a smile on your face and a spring in your step! Leon has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent. He is the host of the TV series Amazing Adventures Of A Nobody, which is broadcast across the world by National Geographic International and, over the course of three seasons, sees Leon cross America, the United Kingdom and Europe on just 5 dollars, 5 pounds, and 5 euros a day, respectively.Leon is no stranger to adventure. He teamed up with First Book® & drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also drove a vintage London taxi across America, giving free cab rides to the needy and working with Classwish to bring hope back to the schools of America.Leon has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Good, Psychology Today, and The New York Times.His show The Kindness Diaries is streaming on Netflix! His books, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, The Kindness Diaries and Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler a Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live, published by Readers Digest, are in stores now.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Leon: 1:17 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 9:22 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 31:03 minutesWebsite:  http://www.leonlogothetis.com/Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80156137Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leonlogothetisTwitter: https://twitter.com/leonlogothetisPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/leonlogothetis/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/llogothetis/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/leonlogothetis
A Disciplined Hustle | Michael Levitt
Everyone is talking about hustling, but the hustle is often unsustainable. Michael Levitt shares how you can create a healthy hustle and prevent burnout in today's episode. He tells us how a disciplined hustle is the key to reaching your full potential and goals.In today's episode Michael and I also discuss overcoming loss and catastrophic events, hustle vs a paced journey, setting boundaries in business, keeping work at work, scheduling your life to be more productive, essentialism, creating the life you want to live, health, and much more.Michael Levitt brings people back to life. He is the CEO & Boundaries Advisor for Breakfast Leadership, Inc. Focused on helping individuals and leaders within corporations (Re)Learn BOUNDARIES in their work and personal lives – So that they can accomplish more, by doing less, which will save their careers and possibly their lives.Michael lost his health, his job, his car, and his home all in 369 days. Michael teaches people on how that happened to him, so that they can make the crucial changes in their lives to prevent those losses from happening to them.Michael is a Thought Leader, and Author of 369 Days: How To Survive A Year of Worst-Case Scenarios.  Michael has over 30 years experience career in leadership, healthcare, finance and information technology. He has led community engagement, fund raising, and government engagement, which led to thousands of patients getting access to primary healthcare, reducing emergency room visits. Michael studied accounting and management at Walsh College, and is a certified crisis intervention trainer, from the Canadian Training Institute.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Michael: 1:17 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 15:08 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 42:38 minutesWebsite:  https://www.breakfastleadership.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfastleadershipInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/bfastleadership/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bfastleadership/
The Influencer Economy | Ryan Williams
Ryan Williams is an expert into the world of influence. He literally wrote the book on it, 'The Influencer Economy'. On today's episode he shares how you can use storytelling and emotion to begin to influence others with messages of significance.In today's episode Ryan and I also discuss being curious, standup comedy, purpose versus passion, collaboration, being unintentionally rich, making your greatest hits, understanding value, depression, and much more.Ryan is a storyteller, marketing/branding strategist, speaker, and author. His podcast and writing have been featured in such major media outlets as Inc., Success, Business Insider, and USA Today. Ryan has keynoted and taught at Google, SXSW, Vanderbilt University, and USC. He has also interviewed a number of prominent thought leaders like Seth Godin, Kevin Kelly, and Troy Carter (Spotify) for his podcast.Ryan's superpower is helping successful companies tell their stories in a compelling and authentic way that resonates deeply with their audience. He has an innate understanding of the "influencer" space and how to position yourself for success as a thought leader/brand.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Ryan: 1:03 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 12:21 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 39:44 minutesWebsite:  http://www.influencereconomy.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanjwillInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryanjwill/
Somebody Feed Phil | Phil Rosenthal
Phil Rosenthal created Everybody Loves Raymond and now he's on a new adventure creating and staring in the hit Netflix show 'Somebody Feed Phil'. In today's episode Phil shares how he got his start, writing a hit TV show, turning your passions and dreams into a vocation, why everyone should travel, the importance of celebrating diversity, family and friendship, never waiting for one day, planning your trip, living beyond expectations, and more.From the Emmy-Award winning creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal, come new episodes of the critically- acclaimed Somebody Feed Phil: The Second Course, a Netflix original documentary series which combines Phil’s joyful approach to food and travel with his signature sense of humorIn the new episodes, Phil takes viewers on a goodwill eating tour of the world as friends and family join him in traveling to Venice, Dublin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Capetown and New York. While exploring each city, Phil and his guests peel back the layers, showcasing an inside look of the food, the people, the beauty, and the history -- from herding steer in Buenos Aires to meeting with Mandela’s grandchildren in Capetown and learning how the city’s vibrant locals help outshine its troubled past.About Phil Rosenthal: James Beard Award-Winning director and writer Phil Rosenthal is the creator and host of “Somebody Feed Phil.” Rosenthal’s first travel food series, “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” premiered on PBS in fall 2015 and received two Taste Awards as well as the winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Television Program, on Location.Prior to his foray into food and travel TV, Rosenthal created the hit CBS comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and served as the Showrunner/Executive Producer for all nine years of the show's very successful run. During its original run, “Everybody Loves Raymond” was nominated for over 70 Emmy awards, and won 15 awards, including two for Best Comedy Series in 2003 and 2005. Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Television Writing for his “Everybody Loves Raymond” script, “Italy.”Rosenthal also co-wrote “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks in September 2001, for which he won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing. His early writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and “Coach."Rosenthal was born and raised in New York. He attended Hofstra University on Long Island, where he majored in theater. He began his career as an actor, writer and director in New York City before relocating to Los Angeles where he currently resides with his wife, actress Monica Horan (who played Amy on “Everybody Loves Raymond”), and their two children.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.An Intro to Phil: 1:09 minutesGoing Deeper into the Topics: 19:45 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 39:44 minutesPhil Rosenthal World:  https://philrosenthalworld.com/Somebody Feed Phil: http://netflix.com/somebodyfeedphilTwitter: https://twitter.com/PhilRosenthalFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/philrosenthalofficial/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phil.rosenthal/
The Innovation of Robotics | C.J. Windisch
Innovation in technology is rapidly evolving. One of the hot and growing industries in technology is robotics. But how do you make robotics easy to use and affordable for every day life? C.J. Windisch is on a journey to bring robotics to the masses.In today's episode C.J. and I discuss robotics, using technology to make life better, software vs hardware, building machines, learning by doing, innovation, why tech founders should know foundational code, the maker movement, focused work, social responsibility in robotics, staying motivated, entrepreneurship, and much more.Christopher Windisch, CEO and founder of Robotika, is a successful Roboticist, Maker, and Thought Leader. Known for his extensive experience in the software engineering space, Windisch has made a major impact in the Maker movement and Robotics field. He has co-founded various companies, including Slash8. After years of experience as a software engineer at companies such as Box and Microsoft, Windisch decided to take his passion for Robotics and transition into that field. In 2017, he founded Robotika, a Robotics company that is spearheading a new wave of robotics products that are not only practical, but also affordable. His ultimate goal is to create robotics products for the masses. In addition to his enthusiasm for robotics engineering, Windisch has a gift for community building. He has worked with partners to grow and develop multiple tech communities, primarily in the Los Angeles area, including LA Tech Happy Hour and LA Tech Rise, with plans to expand globally.With the Tinker & Build YouTube channel, Windisch has taken the intricate practices of robotics engineering and made them accessible to a wider audience. His goals are to create a platform to publish content, via their YouTube channel, that is not only comprehensible to the budding Makers, but also digestible for anyone and everyone interested in learning about robotics.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.C.J.'s Story: 1:10 minutesThe Topics: 10:18 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 38:23 minutesWebsite:  www.robotikarobotics.comTwitter: twitter.com/cj_windischYouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCXRkG_PB-qAR67_LBMLONcALinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cjwindischInstagram:  www.instagram.com/cj_windisch/
New Technology for Old Problems | Sam Rusani
New technology is being used to solve old problems. Sam Rusani is on the bleeding edge of using new technologies to innovate in industries that go back thousands of years. Sam is the Chief Revenue Officer at ShipChain. ShipChain is reinventing how we manage shipping on a global level. Their technology is built on Blockchain and allows businesses and individuals to track the source and history of their individual items. Fair Trade coffee is a great example of knowing the story behind your products. Think of it as being able to track the coffee bean back to the exact farm that grew it then being able to track it through the shipping process to your own bag of coffee. It's like that but for any type of project. By using blockchain technology their company is able to keep tabs on products from source to final delivery. How does this help? Currently products shipped around the world have a $30 Billion loss due to theft. Using this new technology will allow companies to know where the loss is happening.In today's episode we also dive deep into the world of global shipping, blockchain as currency versus as a function/service, using technology to solve complex problems, revolutionizing industry, truly knowing your product and it's story, conscience consumerism, regulation and innovation, the sustainability of blockchain, privacy and security, responsible innovation, and much more.Sami Rusani is the Chief Revenue Officer at ShipChain, a blockchain based solution provider for the transport and logistics industry. After a successful $30 million raise in a week, they are now building a platform that will disrupt the multi trillion-dollar industry. As a serial entrepreneur, blockchain advocate/investor, and talent manager, Sam has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, such as Sony, Fender, Virgin, Universal Music, Ogilvy, Heineken, VISA and Mercedes.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.Sam's Story: 1:07 minutesThe Topics: 13:13 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 41:44 minutesWebsite:  shipchain.ioTwitter: twitter.com/samrusaniInstagram: instagram.com/sam6ft9/LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/samirusani/
Jazz, Jesus, and the Business of Music | Eric Reed
Eric Reed is a piano player well know in jazz circles. He has played with some of the great musicians of our time. In today's episode Eric shares the keys to success on how to navigate the business of music for the next generation. We also dive deep into creating your signature sound as a musician. Being a musician is balancing the art with the industry of music. Eric's passion for music is rooted deeply in family and faith. He shares how these two elements build his success in music and how it impact his humanity.In today's episode we also dive deep into the plans of God, faith as an action, creating music with message, getting to the other side of pain, wrestling with depression, where to find your validation, lessons from our dads, learning from those living, the politics of music, being patient in your career, diversification, hustling, goal setting, working smarter not harder , and much more.“I don’t view art as contemporary, modern, traditional, old or new,” says pianist-composer Eric Reed. “Nor do I endorse cliques or camps. I promulgate integrity in all things.”Through more than a quarter-century as a first-caller on the jazz scene, Reed has articulated this inclusive conception as a leader of numerous ensembles, solo performer, composer, producer, educator, and sideman with numerous artists, including extended stints with Buster Williams, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis. Whatever the context, whatever the style, he consistently animates the flow with fresh ideas, virtuosic chops, intellectual clarity and an unwavering will to groove.On a remarkable series of recent recordings, Reed illuminates his aesthetic scope, navigating diverse terrain with intense focus and sagely concision. Consider, for example, one of Reed’s most recent releases, The Adventurous Monk, a 2014 date on which he offers idiomatic yet personalized, loose yet cohesive interpretations of ten works by the genius pianist-composer Thelonious Monk. It’s Reed’s third Monk project since 2009, when he made The Dancing Monk, followed in 2011 by The Baddest Monk, on which he addresses the iconic songs with just the right admixture of maverick recklessness and natural command. “I imbibed heavily on Monk’s music as I became more immersed in composition and my journey as an artist,” Reed remarks. “The rhythmic, harmonic and melodic variety in his pieces inspire, allow and compel me to embrace the challenge of trying to convey messages in a non-verbal manner.”A similar spirit of grounded exploration infuses Reed’s most recent release and first live recording, Groovewise, on which he navigates mainly original music on the bandstand. The spontaneity of live performance comes through on Stand!, a jubilant-to-introspective 2009 studio date on which Reed presents 11 pieces inspired by biblical themes. On two other in-studio trios—Something Beautiful from 2011 and Here, a 2006 session —Reed coalesces his own pieces with repertoire from popular songs, less-traveled jazz classics and gospel, deploying a wide range of moods and dynamics in the manner of a live set. Different in ambiance but equally impromptu is Reed’s Reflections Of A Grateful Heart, a contemplative, subdued solo recital of hymns, spirituals and gospel songs from his pen and, among others, Edwin and Walter Hawkins, Richard Smallwood and Billy Taylor.“The older I get, the more I start to see my musical, spiritual and personal influences as all one stream of consciousness,” Reed says. “When I was younger, I was exposed to music in my house, my neighborhood or in school; I didn’t care about what it was labeled. When I became a professional musician in my teens, the lines between the different styles were drawn in big red marker. Now, I’m not concerned about highlighting and the imposed differences. The musical experiences are all tied together.”Reed developed the core principles of his musical sensibility almost from the time he began to speak. “Before I could even reach the pedals,” he recalls, he was playing for and enhancing worship services for the congregants in the small Baptist storefront church in West Philadelphia where his father, a quartet singer, sang and preached. “My earliest experiences in the Holiness church were colored with charisma; people were moved largely by emotion,” he says of that functional setting. “Music played a major role in manipulating these emotions, even inciting people to dance. I developed my ear in an extraordinary way; if someone started to sing, I could quickly find their key and begin to accompany them.”Noting their son’s exceptional talent, Reed’s parents signed him up for private piano lessons at age 5, which continued at South Philly’s prestigious Settlement Music School. In the meantime, his aunt and uncle scoured flea markets for records. “They found these records by Horace Silver, Art Blakey and Dave Brubeck. Additionally, in our home, all kinds of music could be heard on the stereo and the radio because my parents and older siblings were into gospel and popular forms of music.” Reed recalls. “I listened to everything.”When Reed was 11, his family migrated to Huntington Park, California, a suburb near Los Angeles with a well-stocked neighborhood library where he continued to self-educate, reading various biographies, theory books and absorbing records. Soon, he enrolled in The Community School of Performing Arts (now The Colburn School), where his mentor Jeff Lavner, introduced him to even more recordings. In 1986, Wynton Marsalis conducted a master class there and took immediate notice of Reed. Marsalis connected the school to tenor saxophonist-educator-arranger Harold Battiste Jr., who was asked to develop an improvisational workshop. Eric reminisces, “Mr. Battiste was a soulful and lovely human being. He was patient and loving with me, taking me to clubs all around L.A. to check out music.”Wynton recalls, “Eric had great ears and already had formed his musical personality. He had a phenomenal level of talent for his age; I’ve only met four or five musicians with that extreme ability. He’s intelligent and curious; you don’t have to spend a lot of time explaining stuff to him. And there’s his pedigree: he grew up in the church, so he had direct exposure to the vernacular.” By his late teens, Reed, who had won several local music competitions judged by the likes of Horace Silver, Billy Higgins and Ernie Andrews, began to work professionally with tenor saxophone legends Teddy Edwards and Buddy Collette, Gerald Wilson, The Clayton Brothers and Clora Bryant. After matriculating at California State University, Northridge, Reed officially assumed the piano chair with Marsalis in June 1990 — and moved to New York City.Except for an 18-month return to Los Angeles in 1994-95, when he apprenticed with Benny Carter, Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson, New York remained Reed’s base of operations for the next decade-plus. From the jump, Reed became deeply entrenched in New York’s hardcore jazz scene, entering the rotation at Bradley’s, the legendary New York piano saloon, where masters bonded with students, providing a platform for Reed and his peers to cut their teeth. He documented seminal and now classic works on a series of trio and combo albums, It’s All Right To Swing, The Swing and I, Musicale, Pure Imagination and Manhattan Melodies.“In the heyday of the ‘90s, we were all devoutly and intensely devoted to the idea of what we thought Jazz was supposed to be,” Reed remarks. “Integrity has always been part of my essence, presenting a wide variety of music in a relevant fashion. Wherever the music goes, I want to go there and be present in that moment, not just a stylist.”After initial forays at applying this dictum on recordings, Reed curated concerts and produced studio dates for other artists, notably in a series called Jazz Composer Portraits for Manhattan’s Miller Theater from 2001-03, eliciting creative, unified performances of music by pianists Elmo Hope and Donald Brown, drummer James Black, alto saxophonist Eric Dolphy, bassist Ben Wolfe and the legendary Billy Strayhorn.“I like taking on the challenge of trying to make something my own, while attempting to honor the composer’s intentions,” Reed says. “I’ve embraced the songbooks of many composers and being able to draw from these different sources has helped me to find my own compositional voice. Some people find their voice early; some find it later. Earlier on, composing was more something that I did by default because I had a studio date coming up. On It’s All Right To Swing and Musicale, it was about the arrangement and presentation of the piece. Now, I incorporate more of my improvisational ideas into the way I write. I trust the musicians to interpret it and whatever happens, happens.”Throughout the ‘00s, Reed provided artistic direction for singers Paula West and Mary Stallings, for whom he produced 2013’s But Beautiful. “The art of accompanying singers has been ingrained in me since I was a child playing in church,” he remarks. Reed also began to teach privately under the auspices of Juilliard School of Music, the New School and Manhattan School of Music, helping to direct young luminaries like Aaron Diehl and Kris Bowers towards paths that “might help enhance what they were already doing and get them to become more developed musicians. This is why I don’t call myself a teacher, but a mentor.”“The bandstand is where the real education is,” Reed says. “The only way musicians truly learn what’s valuable is by being in the trenches. I thank God that so many of the old guard embraced me. I was truly and wonderfully blessed.”In 2008, Eric moved back to his beloved Los Angeles, jumping feet first into the local scene as musical director for Regina Taylor’s critically acclaimed musical Crowns, which ran for the entire summer at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and the Pasadena Playhouse. From 2010-2012, Reed was back in familiar territory – the church. Fondly, he states, “It was almost like reliving a part of my childhood. I played for a while with the Los Angeles Gospel Messengers, the last group formed by the legendary James Cleveland. I also served at a church as a Minister of Music and was working with other groups around the city. L.A. is a place where I feel at my freest; the geography and the climate encourage a certain openness and peaceful existence. This move is the beginning of what will be a challenging and exciting chapter of my life. It has also allowed me to revive and deepen my spiritual connection to God.”After a brief respite from recording, opting to regroup and revamp, Eric coalesced an ensemble of fiery young talents that include drummer McClenty Hunter Jr. and saxophonist Tim Green (and later bassist Michael Gurrola), releasing A Light in Darkness for WJ3 Records, explaining this latest as “My most challenging recorded project yet. The past couple of years have been emotionally, personally, and spiritually tumultuous, culminating in the music heard on this recording. I’m glad I suffered those setbacks because my growth has been monumental. He goes on to explain, “My evolution as a spiritual being is even more essential than as an artist; one is always listening to and embracing what’s happening in the world – expressing and creating. These elements fuse with your humanity. It’s taken me my whole career to realize what I’m actually supposed to be doing, which extends beyond performing – which is everything! I desire to share all of that with young artists who are looking down the road, offering as much access as possible to those who desire to manifest their innermost self through music.”Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.Eric's Story: 1:16 minutesThe Topics: 35:33 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 1:31:13 minutesWebsite:  ericreed.netFacebook: www.facebook.com/EricScottReedInstagram: www.instagram.com/poppareedpiano/YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ericscottreed/videosiTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/artist/eric-reed/Amazon: amazon.com
Creating Global Reach with Technology | Tom Poland
Is your business generating prospects but not highly qualified leads? How can you identify your perfect customer and have them reaching out to you? Tom Poland is a lead generating guru. He shares the keys to building effective lead generation systems to make your business filled with perfect customers.In today's episode we dive deep into lead generation, scaling online, using technology to reach a global customer, listening to your team, building a team where everyone is using their strengths, being effective with your marketing message, starting with the question: 'Can you help them?', finding the right message and getting in front of the right people, the lost quote exercise, choosing entrepreneurship, and much more.Tom Poland is a Marketing Mentor who started his first business at age 24 and has gone on to start and sell four others, taking two of them international. In that time he’s managed teams of over 100 people and annual revenue of more than 20 million.These days Tom’s thing is “Leadsology: The Science of Being in Demand” which is a blended learning program that gives professional advisors a model for generating a flow of high-quality, inbound, new client enquiries into their businesses almost every week of the year.Over 2000 business owners across 193 different industries and 4 continents have been through his programs and many have gone on to add millions to their earnings and their testimonials are available on his websiteTom’s work has been published in 27 countries and he’s also shared international speaking platforms with the likes of Michael Gerber of E-Myth fame, Richard Koch from the 80-20 Principle, Brian Tracy and many others.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.Intro / About Tom: 0:59 minutesInterview: 5:13 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 40:44 minutesWebsite:  https://www.leadsology.guru/Talk with Tom:  http://bookachatwithtom.com/
Business Authority and How You Get It | Michael Greenberg
Do you feel like no one is listening? Maybe you don't feel like you have the authority should should with your business. Michael Greenberg shares how you can start building credibility using content. He says that it's not what you know or who you know, but it's who knows what you know. We also dive deep into networking and building influence in the episode.In the episode Michael shares about why we need to change business schools, the power of apprenticeships, getting into business without a business degree, building relationships with decision makers, giving people freedom to learn, using mentorship to multiply yourself, content marketing, building credibility, using podcasting to grow your network, positioning yourself as the expert, living a lifestyle of entrepreneurship, and much more!Michael Greenberg is the founder of Gentleman Of Technology LLC, a B2B venture creation and strategy consulting firm. Patrick Gusman, entrepreneur and former CIO for the National Urban League, has called him “A positioning guru extraordinaire and is one of those rare young geniuses,” and Alex Nichols referred to him as “A horse whisperer for marketers, business thinkers, business owners, and is a bit of a renaissance man; a jack-of-all-trades, master of many. Whether its emerging tech, community building, short and long-term strategy, or content building, I know that I can trust Michael's research and experience.”Michael recently launched a new content marketing venture, and has just written a book entitled Authority Marketing Playbook. This recent publication focuses on helping small business owners, consultants, and executive coaches to position themselves with content. The Authority Marketing Playbook helps them find their voice and grow their businesses using a variety of tactics and strategies Michael has developed over his distinguished career.Michael launched his newest venture under the GOT banner, Call For Content, in January of 2017 after almost two years of market research and process development and currently serves as Chief Strategist and Interviewer. Understanding that his knowledge and content development processes are unparalleled, he provides unique insight into growing businesses of all types. His expert proficiency has propelled both he and his clients by setting a new value standard in content marketing.Michael is exceptionally adept at increasing process efficiency, analysis, strategy and building up businesses. He offers a diversified set of skills in analytics and data, project management, client management and how to position new content for maximum impact.Professional highlights include:Entrepreneur, Author, Strategist, and Advisor.Increasing business visibility, revenue velocity, and ROI.Reducing expenses for dozens of businesses while growing profits using technology-enabled solutions.An industry-leader in both B2B and tech for product development, marketing, and strategyHonored by Business RadioX to join the company as a studio owner to make a more significant impact and help build a new playbook for studio launches.After spending the last five years working in high-level management and consulting roles for small to large brands and startups, Michael knows what truly drives conversations, new business leads, brands and new product launches that produce business growth.“As a result of working with Call For Content, I now have pages and pages of shareable content that further establishes my expertise, deepens my trust and connection with current and potential clients, and keeps me top of mind as a business resource. This has helped make their decision to work with me easier.” Art Snarzyk III, Owner, InnerView Advisors, Inc.Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.Intro / About Michael: 1:01 minutesInterview: 4:03 minutesRapid Rire Questions: 36:58 minutesWebsite:  https://www.callforcontent.com/Book:  https://www.callforcontent.com/ampTwitter:  https://twitter.com/gentoftechLinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelggreenberg/
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The Ever Evolving Life of Dreams and Ideas with Michael Woodward

The Ever Evolving Life of Dreams and Ideas with Michael Woodward