Episode 060: Interview with Dan Martell

In this interview, I talk to Dan Martell, one person who I’ve been following and interested in talking to for a long time now!

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Dan is a father of 2 (Mighty Max and Noble Noah), a husband, and also a highly successful entrepreneur, investor, speaker, business coach (SaaS companies), and all around awesome guy. Some examples of his successes are being an investor in: Udemy, Intercom, Unbounce, Foodspotting, and he is also the former founder of Clarity. In addition to all of this, Dan was diagnosed with ADHD at 8 years old and uses that “superpower” in a positive way to propel himself forward in life and business.

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In this interview, you’ll hear how Dan deals with all the trials and tests that come with being not just a father who’s an entrepreneur, but an extremely successful entrepreneur at that. He talks about his travel schedule, how work impacts life at home and vice versa, and also what things are looking like going forward.

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One of Dan’s favorite perspectives around work/life is the perspective of the “role of two CEOs”, which he learned from a speaker named Esther Perel at a TED talk. He dives into the importance of this perspective in the interview, as well as another amazing concept (which I share in practice) which is the Family Board Meeting (as taught by author Jim Sheils).

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All of this and tons of other awesome content took place on this episode.

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Share this episode with someone in your life, and please subscribe and rate us on iTunes today.

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Get in Touch with Dan:

Youtube

Dan’s Website

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Some other cool things cited in this episode:

Jim Sheils: The Family Board Meeting (Book)

Udemy

Unbounce

Foodspotting

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Gordon

 

Episode 059: Can vs. Will

In this episode, I present two frames of mind that I think everyone can relate to, whether they know it or not. What are these two frames of mind?

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-The belief that you CAN do something

-The belief that you WILL do something

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This basically comes down to two principles – trying vs. doing, however in this case, since we are discussing the mental component, I’m referring to the belief systems of CAN and WILL.

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Do you remember being told as a kid sometimes that “you can do anything you want” or “you can do anything you put your mind to”? Well what if you altered that statement to “you WILL do anything you want” or “you WILL do anything you put your mind to”? It’s a subtle, yet MASSIVE difference in perspective. The difference between these two belief systems is so great that I think changing that one word from “can” to “will” has the ability to completely alter the outcome of someones life. Let me explain…

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Take the thing you want to build/start/earn/gain the most and envision yourself in that position. Really envision it. Every single detail. The color of your clothes, the weather, the faces of the people around you when you achieve that thing, etc. Every detail. Do this every day now for 5-10 minutes at night before bed. I promise you if you do this, you will begin executing towards it because it’s engrained in your head. Of course, if you execute towards that thing as a result of envisioning it and believing you will accomplish it, you will accomplish it.

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Alternatively, if you simply tell yourself that you CAN do something, and you don’t take the extra steps to believe that you will, and see it in your mind, and fully commit to the thought that doing that thing is part of your journey, then your chances of doing it are significantly lower because deep down your subconscious doesn’t necessarily act towards it the same way as if you told yourself that you WOULD do that thing.

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Take a minute and really let this digest and sink in, because with this tool, you are unstoppable.

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As always, don’t forget to share with a friend and also rate/subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher today!

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Gordon

Episode 058: Interview with Jim Carreira of CrossFit 1620

In this episode, I brought in a good friend of mine to interview and share some perspectives for you guys. His name is Jim Carreira, he’s a father of 2, married, works full time and also is the co-owner of CrossFit 1620 in Plymouth, MA.

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I’ve known Jim for a few years, and we met and got to know each other through our sons who play hockey together. As I’ve gotten to know him more and more, I learned that he’s a true entrepreneur deep down. He currently works a full time job, but in 2015 he began planning the opening of a new CrossFit gym in southeast Massachusetts. In July of 2016, his gym (box) officially opened. The response was phenomenal, and his community of members and friends of the brand has been growing month in and month out ever since. The reason? Jim’s outlook on why he does what he does provides the community and environment that keep bringing people back, as well as causing them to become viral about the positive experiences they had inside the gym.

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One thing Jim and I share is our perspectives on positivity, optimism, and gratitude. In this episode, we dive into what some of this really means from the angle of being a parent, running a business, and trying to maintain a strong relationship with your spouse.

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Learn in this episode why Jim currently continues to work full time outside of running CrossFit 1620, and what he sees in the future going forward as far as growing and scaling the brand into what he has envisioned for long-term achievements.

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I hope you guys enjoy this interview, there’s tons of value in this one so listen up!

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Please subscribe & review on iTunes and of course, SHARE WITH A FRIEND!

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Thanks so much

Gordon

Episode 057: What It Really Takes To Succeed

This episode is straight up the “secret” to moving forward to be successful.

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The secret? Action. Listen closely, I provide some RELATABLE examples that everyone can resonate with.

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What’s your goal? Fitness? Starting a business? Writing a book? Writing an album? Making a film? Learning a new skill? The best way to do that is to take action on it daily. Trust in the process that practice makes perfect, and reps lead to memory which leads to habit which leads to success.

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Listen, absorb, and go out there and kill it.

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Subscribe and rate me on iTunes, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Gordon

Episode 056: Interview with Peter Gasca

In this episode, I get to sit down and chat with Peter Gasca – father, husband, beer enthusiast and author of One Million Frogs, writer at Inc and Entrepreneur, professor at Coastal Carolina University.

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More importantly, Peter is a great guy with a lot of experience and insight on entrepreneurship, parenting, and what it takes to be successful.

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Leading up to the financial economic downturn in 2007/2008, Peter started working on a business called Wild Creations, which was focused heavily on aquariums with frogs. This product, eventually picked up by Brookstone, was a huge seller and led them to a lot of success. During the interview, Peter explains how challenging the business was to get started, keep afloat at times, and then ultimately sell the business.

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Peter also shares his insights on parenting, teaching entrepreneurship, and what separates a successful winner entrepreneur from someone who gives up, quits, or loses.

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Get in touch with Peter:

One Million Frogs

Peter Gasca’s Website

Twitter

Instagram

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Gordon

 

Episode 055: Believing Leads to Achieving

Have you ever believed in something so strongly that after a while, it started to become reality? Did it ever seem that after believing in something that all of the sudden you saw and felt that energy everywhere, every single day? This is real, and I’ve encountered it way too many times in my life for it to be coincidence, or an accident, or even just complete nonsense. Here are 4 things that I firmly believe can help anyone get from where they are now to achieving whatever ultimate goal they want:

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-Define the goal. Say it out loud, make sure it’s clear and that it is lofty (but not obviously impossible – you will never find a unicorn in your backyard)

-Believe the goal. Truly believe it. Force yourself to believe it if you have to. You want to lose 100 lbs? Believe that you will, don’t pretend, actually believe that you will.

-Envision succeeding at the goal. Literally picture in your mind what it looks like when you achieve that goal.

-“Will” the goal to happen. Force your energy into the environment to make that goal happen.

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As you go through this over and over again, you will find that you will start to think about your goal constantly. Every minute of every day you will have this goal in the back of your mind. What happens when you have something on your mind that much? You inherently, instinctively take action towards it. You will find yourself only acting towards succeeding in that goal. Is your goal to lose weight? You will find yourself constantly thinking about not eating garbage, and working out every day. Is your goal to pay off your car early? You will find yourself saving every nickel and instead of buying a Starbucks coffee every day, you will set aside $5 every day towards that goal. The more it’s on your mind, and the more you believe it will happen, then the higher the chances that it will happen – in fact, I would argue with anyone that if you follow this mindset, and execute on it, you will achieve it.

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We tell our kids they can be anything, and do anything they put their mind to. Why isn’t that true for adults? Guess what, it is.

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Please subscribe on iTunes and share this podcast with a friend.

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Go do something amazing today. I believe in you. 🙂

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Gordon

Episode 054: Building A Legacy with Tommy Giles Rogers of Between The Buried and Me

This interview with Tommy Giles Rogers was insane! He is the lead singer, keyboardist, and core piece of the songwriting in the band “Between The Buried and Me”. Throughout the interview I learned so much about him personally, but also about what entrepreneurship in the music industry looks like.

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Tommy is a father of a 5 year old little boy, husband to his wife and is all in on being there for both of them. As a touring musician, this can be difficult and during the interview we explore what it’s like to be involved in your day-to-day family life while also thinking about and live through a life of touring through major chunks of time during the year.

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Like most musicians who have been in the game for long periods of time, Tommy understands the impact that he has had and continues to have on people around the world. As a result, Tommy has been able to maintain a growth in success continuously year after year. However, the main X factor with him and his band, is that they are able to do all of this while still staying true to themselves album after album, song after song. This doesn’t mean that every album sounds exactly the same as the one before it, but what it does mean is that some very core sounds and song structures are deep rooted in all of their music while they continue to change in an evolutionary way – more specifically, maybe 10% of their writing has continued to be present in all their material, while 90% continues to grow as they continue to grow as people and a band.

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In this interview, Tommy dives into how he feels as a father, husband, band mate, and the craziness of keeping all of that together WHILE also trying to do the number one thing he has in the back of his mind at nearly all times: build, solidify and leave behind a legacy. This is powerful stuff, and I loved every second of hearing him spell it out on the podcast.

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If you are into music, art, photography or the creative spaces of the world, you will appreciate this interview and likely draw a ton of value.

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I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I enjoyed putting it together. If you did, please share this with someone and don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes.

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Get in touch with Tommy, Between the Buried and Me, and his side project Super Tired – and see BTBAM on tour this Fall 2017 for the Colors 10 year anniversary tour:

Thomas Giles Music Website

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

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Take Care

Gordon

Episode 053: What Keeps You Motivated?

How do you stay motivated through the tough times? When money isn’t flowing in the way you expect it to, and inventory isn’t moving how you think it should be? What about those times when you get a string of customer “fires” to deal with, and you feel like running away from it and not dealing with it? Well, those times happen for all of us, and it’s one of the most crucial times to go full-bore on the offense. Every successful person has had days like that, or even weeks or months where finding motivation is difficult. This is a real challenge, and it happens the most when things are bad.

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What separates the winners and achievers from the losers and non-achievers? The winners will create enough discipline to motivate themselves to push through and make it happen.

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Everyone is great at working hard when they feel like working hard. Making that extra call, or taking another spin at the design of that one small part of your product, or looking at color palates, or whatever, is always easier when you feel like doing it. Who is actually good at making themselves want to work when they don’t want to work? Winners.

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Alternatively to bad times, the good times can foster just as much reduced motivation. Why? Simple – people become complacent. Imagine for a second when things are going great, money is flowing, everyones happy, the customers love you. In that scenario, it is difficult to say “wow, I need to really go on the offense to push my business and grow it”. Well, those are the best times to do it BECAUSE you have so much time to focus on those things. Always remember, it won’t be long before the next set of fires or issues come up that need addressed, so taking advantage of the good times to really put some horsepower into growth is a great idea.

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From bootstrapping my business about 16 months ago, I’ve invested about $5k and have grown it to a point where I generate about $3k/month in sales and net about $900.00 – this might not sound like a lot to you, or it might sound high. Money is relative. I have been able to use this money to feed back into my business to grow it. I’m going all in on my new brand using what I’ve been able to raise, and continue to raise on a monthly basis. I get some flack for this because it takes away from being able to “have fun” on the nights and weekends, but what people don’t realize is that this is fun for me. Pursuing my goals and ambitions is more fun than going out drinking 2 nights a week, and playing videos games 3 nights a week for hours, etc etc.

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I started SOBAM Gear Co. to fix a major problem in the gym and fitness bag industry. Big brands produce crap gym bags that aren’t functional, are made of cheap materials, tear and rip too easily, and just aren’t practical. SOBAM bags are going to deliver the exact opposite experience. More importantly, SOBAM was created to help people the same way that I needed help in 2007/2008. We are going to help people strengthen their mind through confidence and belief in themselves, and use that energy to strengthen their body. The result of building up the mind and body changes peoples lives in a positive way, and I want to deliver that feeling and experience to as many people as possible. SOBAM Gear Co will be part of that mission, and THAT is what I use to keep myself motivated 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Remember when are you feeling un-motivated, just remember your mission and what you are chasing. If you are passionate about it, you will never go another day without being to get yourself motivated and in the zone.

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Gordon