‘A penny for your thoughts?’ An interesting question, isn’t it? It sure doesn't place a whole lot of value on your thoughts. Our thoughts, feelings, experiences, people just don’t care that much about them. Everyone’s got their own problems and they definitely don't want to hear mine. Yet somehow, some people are paid for their thoughts, more than a penny in fact, and it’s not just famous people. Thanks to the internet regular people just like you and me are sharing their lives and finding that people value what they have to share. Today’s guest, Geraldine DeRuiter of The Everywhereist, shares her award-winning-blog-book-deal-getting journey with us.
Have you ever considered how difficult it must be to be a live stage performer? You have to brave getting up on a stage, bright lights abound, all eyes focused on you. You have to remember your lines, so many lines. Life for the actor or actress can be pretty scary. And if you’re an opera performer like today’s guest thats only the start of it. The lines that Chelsea needs to memorize are typically in a foreign language that she doesn’t know. Then, when she gets on stage, she has to sing her lines in perfect pitch, and in such a booming way that without amplification it fills the entire theatre. It takes a lot of training to be able to do what Chelsea does, and she’ll tell us all about it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Wine? Check. Travel? Check. Why do we need to complicate our lives with much more than that? Today’s guest Brent realized that he sure as hell didn’t. He left his prestigious job as an Engineer to travel the world and make (and drink) wine, and he’ll tell you how you can do the same.
I consider myself a pretty fit guy. I like to eat relatively healthy. Go to the gym from time to time. Go for daily walks with my dog and even the occasional run. Yet every time I go to the gym I am quickly reminded that there are people that are in a whole different stratosphere of fitness than I am. They are the 1%. They can be described by the same sentences I wrote above about myself, but with far less adverbs and qualifiers. They are fit, eat healthy, and go to the gym. All in all, they are really awesome, disciplined people. Today’s guest is the 1% of the 1%. She is currently the USA Weightlifting National Champion in the 63kg category. She’ll tell us all about the sport of weightlifting and explain what it takes to get to the top of the mountain.
Have you ever been cut off in traffic and felt that you now had a personal vendetta against the person in the other vehicle? Have you ever gotten in an disagreement with a family member and proceeded to think about how angry they make you for the rest of the day? Have you ever had a bad day and taken it out on someone that had nothing to do with it? It sounds like you could use some practice in emotional regulation. Today’s guest, Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona, explains how most of us could use a little work at regulating our emotional state. She’ll give us tips and advice for recognizing our emotions as they enter a heightened state, and altering them to for our benefit.
Being just fine, in perfectly normal health, is such an incredible blessing that we all too frequently take for granted. It is only when we go through aches and pains, viruses and diseases that we really really consider how lucky we usually are. Yet, even with aches and pains there is one area of our health that is still taken for granted, and that is our mental health. Many of us have the fortune of going through our lives and dealing with a little bit of anxiety here, some depression there, but all in all our brains are wired for normal mental health. Today’s guest, Will Jiang, is not so lucky. While going to college he suffered a psychotic break that later got him diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Will will tell us all about what it is like inside the mind of someone with schizophrenia, and how he was eventually able to to thrive in spite of his condition.
I have been a fan of podcasts for close to ten years now. I’ve always loved their ability to open my mind and teach me something new. Two years ago I decided to start my own. Having my own podcast has taught me even more than listening to podcasts, and has been such an incredibly fun journey. I get a lot of questions from listeners thinking about starting their own podcasts and I always recommend that they do. Today I bring on a couple that have a wonderful podcast that features small businesses in Arizona. It’s a great idea for a show that any one of you could try to replicate in your local area. We’ll discuss the ins and outs, and ups and downs of podcasting. So, if you are one of the many people that have thought about starting your own podcast, listen to today’s episode and get inspired!
Cancer. It’s probably the scariest, most feared word in the English language. It’s a word that none of us ever want to hear and yet, surprisingly, about 40-50% of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. That means that it’s a near guarantee that you or someone you are very close to will get cancer. Today’s guest, Dr. Sarah Boston, is one of the leading veterinary cancer surgeons in the world. A few years ago her professional and personal life merged when she found a lump on her neck that she had a bad feeling about. Sarah then became her own advocate on the long journey to diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” For the majority of human history these words were a great motivator, but probably not very realistic. There was a whole lot that just plain and simple could not be done. Then, with the advent of computers, that statement seemed a bit more true. Those with enough time and money could tackle all sorts of problems. More recently, with the proliferation of the internet and smartphones, it would seem that statement is darn near fact. Apple realized this fact back in 2010 and coined the phrase “There’s an app for that”. Today there are tools online that can help just about anybody program an app to do just about anything. Matt is one such anybody and in just a few short months he learned how to program apps that solved his problems.
What do you believe in? Do you only believe in what you can see and touch? Do people say that you’re the most gullible person in the world and you’ll believe anything? Are you religious, or is science your only deity? Where do you stand on the occult and mysterious? In the past people that chose to balk at religion and consider themselves married to science and logic could sleep soundly only believing in the physical world that science explained. Then came quantum physics, and with it a bunch of unnerving and miraculous observations without explanation. Suddenly being ‘logical’ and ‘scientific’ didn’t look so different from being a believer. Things in the world of mystery and science fiction were now sounding more possible and plausible in the world of actual science. Of particular interest to me, and the focus of today’s episode, is tarot. Ask a question, pick some cards, and they will help guide your future. Sound like BS? It also sounds an awful lot like the law of attraction mixed with some quantum mechanics helping to guide your life.
Cities. Suburbs. Rural country. These are three very different and distinct areas that we often categorize, subcategorize, and most importantly separate. But what if aspects of each could move and fit into each other? What if the most important and vital aspect of one could be moved into the others? Farming and growing a sustainable, real people feeding amount of agriculture is often thought of as something that can only be done out in rural land. However, people like today’s guests are using a little bit of technology and creativity to help bring agriculture to an urban setting, and from the sound of it things are going very well.
There are not many foods that are irrevocably linked to days or events in our lives. Turkey, for instance, for people in the U.S. on Thanksgiving. There are fewer foods still that share their tie with events throughout the world, across cultures. Go to a birthday party in Japan and you will find a birthday cake. Go to a wedding in Switzerland and you will certainly enjoy some wedding cake. When you really think about it, cake is in some pretty rarified air. It makes since then that some people get really into the art and craft of making truly amazing cakes. Today’s guest, Corrie Rasmussen, explains the hobby and career of cake decorating.
Do you like to exercise and consider yourself pretty fit? Let’s take a little test. Do you like swimming? How about swimming for two hours straight, nonstop? Do you like riding your bike? How about riding your bike for 112 miles, roughly the distance from Los Angeles to San Diego? Or maybe you’re more of a runner. How about running a full length marathon? I feel like I like fitness as much as the next guy, but I’m not lining up to do any of that stuff! Now, think about doing all 3 of those things, swimming for 2 hours, biking for 112 miles, and running a marathon BACK to BACK to BACK, with no stopping in between. Seems pretty inhuman. Well, it’s what today’s guest, and thousands of other people in the world do. Today we’ll learn all about the Iron Man triathlon and the crazy people that do them.
Ahhhh beer, how I love thee. Is there anything more refreshing than a Mexican beer with a lime on a hot day? Is there anything more satisfying than a dunkelweizen in the fall? Anything more perfect than a complex IPA or red ale? The answer to all of these questions is of course, no. Beer is such a wonderful beverage with so much depth to explore. Most of us undertake this exploration by heading down to our local market or bar, getting something that sounds interesting, and then imbibing. This exploration can be taken a step further however by inserting ourselves into the process earlier, and making the beer ourselves. Today’s guest, Emma Christensen (author of Brew Better Beer and True Brews) gives us a lesson on home brewing and explains how making beer can deepen our appreciation for this wonderful beverage.
Most forms of art are meant to be admired from afar. We look, we interpret. We consider how beautiful it is or how it makes us feel. However, there are entire schools of craftwork that open up art to a much greater definition. Art for practical use. Art that we can literally feel. Art meant to not just be looked at, but to be touched, and more importantly, used. Today’s guest, Josh Simpson, is one of the best in the world at one of the oldest crafts in existence, glass blowing. Josh will teach us all about the basics of glassblowing and explain the difficulties of working with such a unique medium.
Us men are a pretty basic breed. Many of us don’t fuss too much over how we look. We’re in and out of the shower, grab some (hopefully) clean clothes, take about one minute with our hair (if we have any), and that’s about it. But as most women will tell you, it can be fun to dress up. It can be fun to add something to your style that complements your outfit in some way. For women, there is a whole range of things that accomplish this. For men, we pretty much just got watches, and what a great thing to have. They can be so many things to so many people. Need a little something to pull together your outfit? Watches got you covered. Need a statement piece that lets people know how much money or how in debt you are? Some watches cost as much as houses. Need something to tell you what time it is without having to take your phone out of your pocket? Watches. It’s no wonder that so many men, and women, get really into watches. Today we talk with the two founders of Worn and Wound, one of the most popular watch blogs on the internet, about all things watches.
Kids these days. All they care about is themselves and their Snapchats. Too busy staring at their cellphones to even acknowledge anyone else. I mean, where will the world be headed with this next generation at the helm? Am I right?! Psych! (that’s what the kids say these days) This week’s episodes showcase how off base and misguided statements like that can be. In todays episode I speak with college student, and much smarter than me human being, Flavio Pacheco. Flavio is a true testament to where having your head on straight at a young age, in a country like America, can get you. After being born in America, Flavio spent the rest of his childhood growing up in Brazil. He moved back to America by himself at the ripe age of 17 and started attending junior college with scholarships he attained. Flavio proceeded to learn how to fluently speak English in only 2 years, graduated Summa Cum Laude from said junior college (while trying to learn to speak English), and is now on his way to a full ride scholarship at an Ivy League University. He also locked down an internship as a lab research assistant to ultimately help people with high cholesterol…at a lab that, up until Flavio persisted them into submission, did not allow anyone less than a PhD student to be a lab assistant. Again, all from a guy that didn’t even know how to speak English a couple years ago. Grab some popcorn and prepare to feel bad about yourself, but hopeful for the future.
Kids these days. All they care about is themselves and their Snapchats. Too busy staring at their cellphones to even acknowledge anyone else. I mean, where will the world be headed with this next generation at the helm? Am I right?! Psych! (that’s what the kids say these days) This week’s episodes showcase how off base and misguided statements like that can be. In this episode I speak with a 16-year-old high school student that raised and saved money for a year so that he could participate in a volunteer program that helps children in Ghana. Jack then flew to Ghana and spent three weeks teaching at a school, made bricks to help rebuild said school, and connected with formerly trafficked orphans in the community. Again, Jack is 16. Enjoy his positive mindset and let him assuage your fears about our youth.
Breakfast sure gets a lot of love. Thanks to an almost 100 year old article in Good Health, most of us were brought up to believe that it is the most important meal of the day. It’s the most appropriate meal of the day to have our daily coffee or tea. It sets the tone for our day, which means it basically sets the tone for our lives. People like breakfast so much that they had to create brunch, just to keep the breakfast train rollin. Most of us, however, would not write into a podcast to ask if we could discuss the hobby of being a breakfast enthusiast. Most of us are not today’s guest, Anya.
Human’s are at the top of the food chain, and in fact, most of us are completely removed from the food chain all together. We understand that our fruits and vegetables grown on farms, but we go to supermarkets to get them. We try to suppress the idea of where our meat comes from, or spend copious amounts of money to get it from a relatively humane source, but no matter what we do we just get it from somebody else that does any of the heavy lifting for us. Today’s guest, Stephen, likes to hunt and eats the animals that he himself kills. Some might consider hunting cruel, but Stephen explains why getting back into the food chain changes your perspective and appreciation for your food.
Video games are pretty darn popular. Americans spend about as much on games as they do on going to the movies and buying music, combined. It makes sense then that game companies are constantly trying to figure out what the next hot game will be, and how to make it (enter Pokémon Go, episode 116). However, for every great success, there are more great failures, and even more games that even got to see the light of day. Today’s guest, Joe Martin, is a gaming journalist that like to research this lonely area of gaming, the history of games that were never released. As they say, those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So what has Joe learned?
Growth takes time. Just ask an 8 year old boy who is smaller than everyone else in his class. And success, well, success doesn’t happen overnight. Just ask the founder of nearly every company imaginable. But sometimes, very rarely, very very rarely, all the stars and planets align. Sometimes you make a product that you hope people will like, and it turns out to be the product that seemingly everyone was waiting for their whole lives. Sometimes you come to the realization that people just gotta catch em’ all.
Is there anything more badass than being a ninja? They’re stealthy, they wear all black, they’re the strong silent type. However, to my amazement, there is something more badass. Today’s guest is an emergency room physician AND he’s an American Ninja Warrior. He’ll explain what it’s like to pull off the incredible feats of being a ninja warrior and tell us about his path for getting there. There is quite possibly no better role model for children and adults of all ages. If you’re growing weary of seeing advice posts on social media from people whose commitment to said advice is tenuous at best, Noah should be a nice breath of fresh air for you.