SEO Expert (with Britney Muller)

SEO.  Search. Engine. Optimization.  Not exactly the three sexiest words in the English language.  In fact, I’d be willing to bet that if you checked your own internal ‘search engine’ those words are barely registering as something that you want to learn about.  However, you might be, like me, saying to yourself, “It is a really big part of the world though, so maybe I should at least learn about it, as boring as that will be.”  All I can say is, you’ve taken the first right step, and you are in AMAZING hands with today’s guest, Britney Muller.  I can assure that what Britney has to say is far from boring, and it might even have you messing with the internet by the end of the episode.  It’s time we take SEO from geek to chic.

Structural Engineer (with Jaclyn Lee)

Buildings (and all sorts of other structures) can be pretty darn cool.  The Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, The Sydney Opera House, the list of incredible buildings goes on and on.  Usually we praise these buildings for their aesthetics, like a bunch of shallow people whose moms never told them that beauty is on the inside.  Today’s guest is here to remind us that without the inside, there would be no outside.  She makes sure that the value of a building is more than skin deep, and helps save plenty of lives in the process.

Animation Story Artist & Director (with Leo Matsuda)

I don’t know about you, but I sure do love animated movies.  The worlds that the artists and directors create are so full of wonder and magic.  Animation is also the modern day home of the allegorical tale.  Many live-action movies have forgone having a moral or some deeper story to tell, in favor of just being a straight shot of ‘action’ or ‘romance’.  Somehow, movies for “children” have become the best place for complex, deep stories that are deeply profound no matter your age.  Today’s guest, Leo Matsuda, is a director of one such very deep and profound Disney short, Inner Workings.  He has also worked as a story artist on many other big name films.  We’ll discuss the animation industry, the magic of Disney, and the philosophical messages in Inner Workings.

Talk Show Host Assistant (with Katie)

I don’t know about you, but I sure want to have a job that I love.  Isn’t that a pretty universal goal in life?  To be one of those lucky people who says, “It doesn’t even feel like work to me”.  Until you get that job you just pretty much hate people like that, but you really, really want to be one of them.  Today’s guest thought she found that job.  It’s an amazing job, and you’ll hear all about it.  You might even decide that it’s your dream job.  For her it turned out to be fool’s gold.  She’ll explain why and how she went about fixing it…and she’ll tell us some pretty good celebrity stories too.

Neuro-linguistic Programming Expert (with Mike Bundrant)

Most of us do not achieve all the things that we want to in life.  We see this as a given, that’s life.  But if we sit down and really analyze the things we fall short on, we might start to understand more about ourselves and what it is that is holding us back from what we want.  How do we talk to ourselves about losing weight?  How do we see ourselves when we have achieved the success we are going after?  How do we feel when we think about our life being completely different than it is right now?  Neuro-linguistic Programming is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy that aims to know these things.  Unlike many forms of therapy, NLP doesn’t need to know WHY you have problems with your mother, NLP just wants to know HOW you think about your mother and will help you reshape that thought.  For this reason it has made quite a splash in the personal development / self help scene.  Today we speak with a true expert on the topic, founder of iNLP, Mike Bundrant.

Repurposed Food Producer (with Dan Kurzrock)

We’ve gotten to a point as a species where we are pretty damn wasteful.  Gone are the harmonious days of us living and working in conjunction with nature.  Today we get massive portions of food and then throw away our leftovers.  We fill landfills with packaging and the byproducts of manufacturing.  There is no circle of life, there is simply waste.  Luckily, some amazing new companies have been created that aim to tackle this problem.  Today’s guest repurposes used beer grain from urban breweries to make delicious and nutritious grain bars.  As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Boutique Shop Owner (with Lauren Danuser)

Today’s business landscape is a lot different than the one our parents grew up with.  It’s seems more and more business are launching online and having a physical space is simply not needed.  Why spend the time and effort of opening your own store when you could just put everything online and not have to worry about the same overhead?  I’ll tell you why.  It’s romantic.  It’s a way to connect with where you live.  And for lack of a bigger vocabulary, it’s really awesome.  Picture waking up in the morning, making yourself a cup of coffee and then diving to your shop, the shop that you own.  You put the keys in the door, and walk in.  It’s quiet and peaceful, but you know that in a few hours people will be coming and going and you will meet a lot of them.  You look around your beautiful little store and think, I belong here.  Sometimes owning the largest liquor distributor online is cool.  Sometimes owning the little bar from Cheers, where everyone knows your name, is even cooler.  Today’s guest, Lauren Danuser, explains the trails, tribulations, and wonderfulness of owning your own brick and mortar store.

Navy Diver (with Steve Hentze)

When most of us think about the military we think of guns, combat, and camo.  There are, however, many different branches of the military.  While all are fully trained for combat, some are a far cry from the default image that we conjure up in our heads.  Today’s guest spent a good portion of his life with the Seabees, a smaller group of an already small group of naval divers.  The Seabees, a heterograph of C.B., are members of the naval construction battalion, and they help to ensure that fixed underwater structures are kept in working condition.  They also get to blow stuff up.

America's Fittest Trucker (with Siphiwe Baleka)

Living a healthy life can be hard.  It can be really hard.  It’s the whole lifestyle part that gets in the way.  It’s easy enough to eat healthy when you’re quarantined at home and surrounded by healthy food that you bought, no alcohol, and lots of motivation, but it can be really hard the moment we step out our front door.  It’s not so easy to be healthy and fit when we sit at a desk for 9 hours a day.  It’s also not so easy to be healthy and fit when it seems like we are surrounded by over-processed, high sugar, high carbohydrate food.  When you’re on the go, what are you supposed to do?  Today’s guest, Siphiwe Baleka, learned just how intense this issue could be when he decided to become a truck driver.  Out on the road with no schedule, clean food, or gym nearby Siphiwe gained over 10% of his body weight in his very first 2 months.  Rather than resign himself to the fact that that was just going to be his new life, Siphiwe decided to do something about it.  Over time, he developed a plan to make himself the fittest trucker in America, and now he helps truckers across the country follow in his footsteps.

Networker (with Emily Merrell)

They say that with age comes wisdom, and while I’m not sure if that’s true, I have definitely picked up on a few things over the course of my time on this Earth.  One thing I’ve noticed is that many cliché sayings are far more than just cliché.  They are as true as true can get.  They are wisdom in a tiny, bite-sized morsel.  A great example of this is, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.  Every one of us has benefited in some way from knowing someone at some time in our lives.  Maybe it was as small as getting a discount at a local business.  Maybe it was as large as getting an interview for a job that ended up cascading into your lifelong career.  Maybe it was someone introducing you to the love of your life.  No amount of interview prep or reading ‘Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus’ could get you in front of the right people at the right time.  This begs the question, why do we not focus more time on trying to get out there and meet more people?  Why do we not build our networks to allow more of these wonderful things to happen in our lives?  Today’s guest is a networking natural and decided to start a matchmaking/networking business.  Emily helps people build their networks with like-minded, amazing people that just might be able to help move the needle in their lives.

Land Investor (with Mark Podolsky, The Land Geek)

Money.  It’s one of those things that most of us spend a little too much time thinking about and could probably use a little more of.  Today’s guest, Mark Podolsky, was very much like the rest of us until one day a friend introduced him to the concept of land investing.  Rather than flipping real estate, just buying raw land and turning around and selling it for a quick profit.  A massive, quick profit.  Mark thought his friend was making it sound too good to be true, but sure enough, his first piece of land he sold for close to 10x what he bought it for.  Now, many years later, Mark has built a 7 figure business buying and selling land, and he now educates people on how they can do the same.  Over three episodes Mark will explain the basics of the process to us and defend his claim that land investing is the best passive income model around.

Veterinary Surgical Oncologist (with Dr. Sarah Boston)

Most of us, at some point in our lives, have a pet that is one of our best friends.  I, for one, am a dog person.  I absolutely love it whenever I’m out and about and I get to meet a new dog.  I also own two dogs who, next to my wife, make me laugh and smile and fill me up with good emotions more than anybody else in my life.  They call dogs ‘Man’s best friend’, and to me that sounds about right, but I definitely believe that any pet can fill that best friend role.  It makes sense then that we would treat our pets with the same level of love and care that we treat anyone else when they get sick.  Today’s guest, Dr. Sarah Boston, is one of 50 fellowship trained surgical vet oncologists in the world.  If your dog or cat gets cancer, she is the amazing person you would want to treat them.

Audiologist (with Lauren Keller)

The amount of things we take for granted in any given moment are astronomical.  Right now, you can read this, for instance.  In a moment you’re about to listen to this episode.  That means that someone created language.  It was passed down to you.  You didn’t have any inherent learning disabilities that kept you from assimilating the language or learning how to read.  Someone taught that language to you.  The list goes on and on.  At the very top of that list, and yet somehow often overlooked, are our senses.  You can read this because you were born with the ability to see, and you still have that ability today.  You can listen to this podcast and all of the beautiful, wonderful noises in the world because you have the ability to hear.  What would you do if that ability started slipping away, or went away completely?  Or if you had a child that was not born with hearing the way that you were?  You would go and see an intelligent, caring audiologist like today’s guest, Lauren Keller.

Fashion Accessory Start Up (with Ibs Hyder & Bish Khella)

When most of us are in school we don’t know exactly what we want to be when we grow up.  Yet, we know that we’re going to work for someone.  We put a lot of effort into learning as much as possible, grooming ourselves to be good employees for our future employers.  Then, we go through the rigors of career fairs, mock interviews, and finally the real thing.  Somehow, it never occurs to us, most of us, that we could spend this time and effort trying to find a way to work for ourselves.  Trying to do our own thing.  Today’s guests had this epiphany during their senior year of college in the midst of their own get-a-job hunt.  At the end of the year they were both offered jobs, which they later rethought and rejected, due to a budding fashion accessory company they launched.  A year later and they’re doing just fine having never worked a day for anyone but themselves.

Immigration Lawyer (with Shane Ellison)

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” These are the words of the Statue of Liberty. Back when the statue was placed in New York, and even more true before it was ever erected, these were not hollow words. Many people you ask in America can trace back their lineage to a poor family in another part of the world that was looking for a new start. Men and women looking for a chance to give their children, and their children’s children, a better life. However, since the statue was placed in New York in 1886, the U.S. and world population have increased 6 fold and 7 fold, respectively. A lot has changed since America was a young country, and it unfortunately does not look like we can lift quite as bright a lamp beside our golden door as we did for our ancestors when they made the journey. Today we speak with an immigration attorney to learn about the what life looks like for immigrants that want to come to America, and how that picture becomes murkier with the governance of the new administration.

Film Score Composer (with Chris Ferreira)

When I was a kid my sister and I used to play video games together while listening to music.  The games weren’t too particularly complicated back then, so it was perfect to turn the sound to the game on and turn some music on instead.  Since we were kids we didn’t have too many games, or too big of a music selection, so to this day I can still remember every single album tied to every single game we would play it with.  Some games I don’t even remember the title, but I sure do know what we listened to with it.  Samurai Showdown and TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool.  Some cartoony Mario Cart-esque snowboarding game and The Wedding Singer soundtrack.  I have countless memories like this from my life where I can remember exactly what song was playing with what memory.  Music is a pretty powerful thing!  Today’s guest knows all about the power the music and its tie to emotion and memory.  Chris is a composer and specifically he regularly composes music for movies.  Some pieces that are out in the forefront, and some pieces that stay back and subtly influence a scene.  He’ll tell us all about both and the music writing process.

Dairy Cattle Nutritionist (with Nick Jenkins)

I have a confession to make.  I am a long time milk-aholic.  In my youth I drank it straight, in high-school and college I would go through a gallon a week absolutely drowning bowls of cereal multiple times a day, and now that I’ve given up straight dairy and things like cereal, I’ve replaced liquid milk with it’s solid butter and cheese cousins.  Who doesn’t love a salty gruyere or a creamy brie?  Who doesn’t love butter on…everything?  Yep all of my life I’ve owed a huge debt to our good friend, the dairy cow.  Today we learn about how our amazing friends are fed and what impacts the finished product that we love.

Industrial Designer (with Jimmy Huynh)

Do you consider yourself a pretty discerning customer? Do you like having cool stuff instead of having lame stuff?  Well, the whole reason that people like us are even allowed to be discerning and have nice things is thanks to people like today’s guest, Jimmy Huynh.  Jimmy is an industrial designer which means it’s his job to make products look nice and function well.  Apple would be the primary example of a company that has considered industrial design a top priority.  Jimmy will break down the fun and difficulties of working in the industrial design world.