Episode #309: Verne Harnish – Scaling Up: How To Grow Yourself & Your Business

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Episode #309: Verne Harnish – Scaling Up: How To Grow Yourself & Your Business Verne Harnish is the founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 14,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global …

Career/Life Advice — What I’ve Learned…

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Over the years, I’ve gathered career/life advice from many sources: My podcast, 1 on 1 conversations, books, twitter, etc… Here it is (I will update this list regularly — Please add great pieces of wisdom you’ve learned in the comments below): John Krasinski got advice from the legendary Robin Williams early in his career.  Robin told him, “You’re going to go …

7 Books To Read To Become A Better Leader

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Many podcast listeners/friends have asked me what books they should read to become a better leader. The totality of this list is in the hundreds… But for now, let’s start with seven. You’ll notice I’m more interested in reading about fascinating stories and the heroes in them than I am about “business” type books. There is so much to learn from real stories and …

The 12 Things I Wish I Knew As A College Athlete

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Over the past week, I met with two college athletes who asked me “what I wish I would have known (and done) while in college?” In order to be better prepared for those conversations, I wrote down some of my thoughts. As I did this, I realized I had a few regrets (primarily for not taking action when I had the …

Episode #281: George Raveling – Eight Decades Of Wisdom: From Dr. Martin Luther King To Michael Jordan

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Episode #281: George Raveling – Eight Decades Of Wisdom: From Dr. Martin Luther King To Michael Jordan Coach George Raveling is a national treasure. He’s the definition of a Learning Leader. He’s 81 years old and aggressively striving to get better every single day. Some notable facts about him. Possesses original copy of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech …

The Common Denominator of Success

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From Albert Gray’s book The Common Denominator of Success Several years ago I was brought face to face with the very disturbing realization that I was trying to research and explain what it took to be a success in sales, without knowing myself what the secret of success really was. And that, naturally, made me realize that regardless of what other …

Episode 229: Henry Cloud – “Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You”

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Episode 229: Henry Cloud – “Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You” Dr. Henry Cloud is a New York Times bestselling author, and his books have sold over 10 million copies. His leadership book, Integrity, was dubbed by the New York Times as “the best book in the bunch.” In 2011, Necessary Endings was called “the most important book you read all year.” …

Episode 220: Robert Greene – The Laws Of Power & Mastery

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Episode 220: Robert Greene – The Laws Of Power & Mastery Robert Greene is an American author and speaker known for his books on strategy, power and seduction. He has written five international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law and Mastery. In addition to having a strong following within …

Episode 217: JJ Redick – “You’ve Never Arrived. You’re Always Becoming.”

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Episode 217: JJ Redick – “You’ve Never Arrived. You’re Always Becoming.” JJ Redick is an iconic and legendary basketball player from Duke University. He is their all time leading scorer.  JJ was the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft (Orlando Magic).  He’s going in to his 12th NBA season.  He recently signed a 1 year, $23 million contract …

Episode 214: Jason Calacanis – How To Turn $100,000 Into $100,000,000 (Angel Investing)

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Episode 214: Jason Calacanis – How To Turn $100,000 Into $100,000,000 (Angel Investing) Jason Calacanis is a technology entrepreneur and an angel investor. The founder of a series of conferences that bring entrepreneurs together with potentials investors, he was a scout for top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and frequently appears in the media. He is the author …

Episode 210: Noah Kagan – How To Start A Business

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Episode 210: Noah Kagan – How To Start A Business Noah Kagan was the #30 employee at Facebook (started there in 2005), and the #4 employee at Mint.com.  He came up with the idea of real-time updates and executed with one engineer (Mark Slee) at Facebook.  He is now the Chief Sumo at Sumo.com (A domain in which he paid …

Episode 207: Liz Wiseman – How A Rookie Can Become A Multiplier

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Episode 207: Liz Wiseman – How A Rookie Can Become A Multiplier ** If you would like to listen to the first conversation I had with Liz, click HERE ** Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the President of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Some of …

Episode 206: Sam Walker – The Hidden Force That Creates The World’s Greatest Teams

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Episode 206: Sam Walker – The Hidden Force That Creates The World’s Greatest Teams: Captains Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise, the unit that oversees the paper’s in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former reporter, columnist, and sports editor, Walker founded the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009. He is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of …

Episode 197: Linda Rottenberg – Why Crazy Is A Compliment

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  Episode 197: Linda Rottenberg – Why Crazy Is A Compliment Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century,” Linda Rottenberg is considered among the world’s most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership. A frequent lecturer at Fortune 500 companies, Rottenberg is the subject of four case studies by Harvard …

Episode 192: Carey Lohrenz – The 1st Female F-14 Tomcat Pilot: Fearless Leadership, Top Gun, Courage

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  Episode 192: Carey Lohrenz – The 1st Female F-14 Tomcat Pilot: Fearless Leadership, Top Gun, Courage Carey Lohrenz is a dynamic communicator with an incredible story. As the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, she was a pioneer in military aviation. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat, mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in …

Episode 181: Srini Rao – How To Be Unmistakably Creative

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  Episode 181: Srini Rao – How To Be Unmistakably Creative Srini Rao is the host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative podcast where he’s conducted over 600 interviews with thought leaders and people from all walks of life. This has given him an incredibly distinctive view into branding, storytelling, and marketing. Srini has also written multiple books including the Wall Street Journal …

Episode 152: Dave Dameshek: NFL Network Star, Comedy Writer, Working With Jimmy Kimmel

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Episode 152: Dave Dameshek: NFL Network Star, Comedy Writer, Working With Jimmy Kimmel Dave Dameshek is a TV writer and TV/Podcast personality. Dameshek is currently a football analyst and writer for NFL.com, appearing on NFL Fantasy Live and hosting the Dave Dameshek Football Program. He also regularly appears on the NFL Network. His past: The Adam Carolla Show debuted in January 2006, recorded …

Episode 149: Marcus Sheridan – The Sales Lion: “They Ask, We Answer”

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Episode 149: Marcus Sheridan – The Sales Lion: “They Ask, We Answer” Marcus Sheridan has coached multiple businesses of all types from around the globe in an effort to help them achieve world-class communication in all its forms, online and offline. Specifically, he has become known for: Content Marketing, HubSpot Training, Keynote Speeches. In 2015 alone, award-winning speaker Marcus Sheridan has traveled …

Episode 143: Chad Estis – SVP For The Dallas Cowboys: Working For Jerry Jones

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Episode 143: Chad Estis – SVP For The Dallas Cowboys: Working For Jerry Jones Chad Estis serves as Executive Vice President at Legends Hospitality Management, LLC and served as its President of Legends Sales & Marketing. He is responsible for the sales strategies and client acquisitions for the Legends Division focused on selling premium seating inventory for new and renovated …

Episode 130: Ryan Holiday – What Is Your Greatest Enemy? Your Ego

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Episode 130: Ryan Holiday – What Is Your Greatest Enemy? Your Ego If you enjoyed the first conversation Ryan Holiday and I had, then you will absolutely love this one.  We went much deeper on a number of really interesting topics including: Destiny (does it choose us?), Ego, Stoicism, Risk, Metallica, Focus, Silence, and Gawker Media… I loved it. Ryan …

Episode 124: Don Wettrick – Pure Genius: Learning From The Innovation Teacher

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Episode 124: Don Wettrick – Pure Genius: Learning From The Innovation Teacher Don Wettrick has become a great friend over the last three months. I absolutely love what he is doing for the students he’s leading at Noblesville High School. It takes a dynamic and fearless leader to create and implement his idea for an Innovation factory within a high …

Episode 120: Andrew Brandt – Learning From A World Class Negotiator

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Episode 120: Andrew Brandt – Learning From A World Class Negotiator Andrew Brandt leads a fascinating life.  A great mentor of mine told me to always be on the lookout for others who have had “success in multiple life categories.” In Andrew’s case, he’s done that throughout his life: Stanford graduating Cum Laude –> Georgetown Law –> NFL Player agent …

Episode 119: Jane Atkinson – How To Launch Your Speaking Career

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Episode 119: Jane Atkinson – How To Launch Your Speaking Career If you ever plan to speak in front of a group of people, then you’ll want to listen to this episode with Jane Atkinson.  If you have a desire to speak professionally and get paid, then you’ll love this conversation.  I really enjoyed this conversation, specifically the portion of …

Episode 117: Tim Urban – Using Procrastination to Perform A Ted Talk & Befriend Elon Musk

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Episode 117: Tim Urban –  Using Procrastination to Perform A Ted Talk & Befriend Elon Musk Listen carefully to both the beginning and the end of this conversation.  Tim Urban is one of the most thoughtful leaders that I have ever met.  As a listener I found Tim to be patient and thoughtful in his responses to my questions, sometimes taking …

Episode 115: Amy Porterfield – Working With Tony Robbins, Harley Davidson, & Launching Your Own Business

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Episode 115: Amy Porterfield – Working With Tony Robbins, Harley Davidson, & Launching Your Own Business Amy Porterfield is remarkably intelligent and an absolute joy to talk to.  I love her attitude and approach to her life and business.  Sometimes you have a conversation where it just clicks and this is one of those.  Between being a world class leader/coach/trainer, …

Episode 114: Cal Newport – Deep Work Is Your Superpower

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Episode 114: Cal Newport – Deep Work Is Your Superpower Cal Newport is a remarkably intelligent leader… I am a massive fan of his writing and have been following his work for years.  It was a thrill to speak with him directly.  This conversation went deep on many levels.  The importance of doing deep work is something I’ve written about …

Episode 108: Steven Kotler – Your Flow State: What Is It? How To Get There…

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Episode 108: Steven Kotler – Your Flow State:  What Is It? How To Get There… Steven Kotler is a remarkable leader… I really appreciate that he’s actively seeking out opportunities to get to his “flow” state.  Your flow state is your optimal level of consciousness.  On this episode, I learned a great deal about being in flow and finding ways …

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

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Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why Simon Sinek is a bucket list type of a guest.  He is a hero of mine.  His TED Talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” is one of my all-time favorites.  It’s also happens to be one of the most popular TED talks of all time.  I loved learning more about …

Episode 105: David Burkus – How The Best Companies Are Breaking All The Rules

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Episode 105: David Burkus – How The Best Companies Are Breaking All The Rules David Burkus is a remarkable leader… I really appreciate that he’s actively seeking out opportunities to learn and grow.  His newest book takes an incredible look at some really interesting topics such as: getting rid of open offices, banning non-compete clauses, and making salaries transparent.  We …

Episode 102: Steve Kamb – How To Level Up Your Life

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Episode 102: Steve Kamb – How To Level Up Your Life Steve Kamb is a giving leader who has experienced immense success building his company.  On this episode, I was inspired to hear how Steve has progressed in multiple life categories.  I particularly enjoyed the part of our conversation where we discussed the specific ways all of us can “level …