Episode 065: Commitment & Seeing Things Through

Do you know what it means to commit to something? You probably have committed to things in the past like a relationship, a sport, a hobby, or school. If that is the case, what was the result at the end? You probably became very good at that thing. In fact, you might even say you were successful at that thing. What a concept!

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Have you ever had thoughts of building something huge like a business, or reaching that insane fitness goal? Then you start, and it’s easy, then it’s hard, then you quit. This is so common, unfortunately. Success in anything takes commitment, hard work and seeing the game through. Success is not handed out, it’s earned.

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The truth is that I believe anyone can build a business. The difference between someone who builds a business that is successful and the one who just builds a business (i.e. creates an LLC, opens a checking account, creates a free website) is that the person who is successful is the person who worked, and was committed to the process of working and seeing it through to the end.

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Not sure what to do? Think about the thing that you’re passionate about. Now go do it, every day, until you’re great at it. Now what? Show the world how great you are at it – start a youtube channel, a podcast, a blog, or something that allows you to share your mastery of that thing with the world. Gain followers around that passion, and eventually monetize it in a way that is genuine, authentic and allows you to use that income to create an even more awesome product for your fanbase. It is that simple.

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All of this can be done, and you can be the one to do it. What it takes is hard work, discipline, commitment and seeing the process through to the end.

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Gordon

Episode 064: Interview with Ryan Gardner of Bucked Up Supplements

I am so fired up to share this interview with you. If you’re into fitness, health, or building a company, you will appreciate this interview with Ryan Gardner.

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Ryan is a father of 4 and co-founder of DAS Labs / Bucked Up Supplements. In this interview, you will hear how Ryan helped build this company, partially on the backbone of his native skillset, which is internet marketing. Beyond having a background in internet marketing, Ryan helped produce a superior product in the fitness supplement world by exploring the ingredients that go into them and bringing in an expert that knows that material through and through. This is important because Ryan had the awareness to realize he’s not an expert in this area, so rather than wing it, he brought in someone who actually knows what they’re doing. Throughout the interview Ryan mentions working smarter and not harder…well, this is one example of just that.

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As for the product offering, DAS Labs (Deer Antler Spray Labs) primarily offered a supplement that is made up of deer antlers. If you’ve never heard of this, it was widely controversial during the Superbowl time frame in 2013. Essentially, this substance has a HGH-like effects on the human body, and since been banned by the NFL. Regardless, it’s available by DAS Labs and can be bought at GNC stores. And as Ryan will tell you in the interview, that was massive for the company getting traction.

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Beyond the product-specifics, Ryan talks about being a father and entrepreneur, and how the two intertwine in his life. He talks about the cultural “family day” in his local area in Utah, and how he approaches fitness and activity in and around the lifestyle he has crafted for his kids.

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Awesome guy, great interview with tons of insight. Whether you’re going through a fitness transformation, trying to improve your health, build a business, or get a perspective on another Dad’s approach to family/work balance, you will get a tremendous amount of value out of this episode.

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Connect with Ryan:

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Gordon

Episode 063: The Box

What is the box? The box is a place where most people end up once they become adults. The box is a situation, a lifestyle, a way of life. It’s called the box because it has walls on all sides and a lid that closes so you can’t get out.

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Here’s a couple scenarios that you might fall into:

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  1. You go to school your whole life. You eventually go off to college and get yourself a degree, then you start working a job in that field or a related one. Years go by, you buy a house and take out a 30 year mortgage. You then buy a nice car. You then get married and have kids. Now you’re stuck – you have work that job to pay your bills. If you don’t pay your bills, your life gets destroyed by the companies that loaned you money. You’re in this for the long haul now. You are in the box.

  2. You go get a job as a tradesman. While your friends are racking up debt in college you’re off working as an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter, etc. making money, partying on the weekends, buying a bunch of stuff because you’re “so loaded”. A few years ago by, you become a journeyman electrician and start working your way up the ladder even more. As you climb, you do what the guy in scenario 1 did – you buy a house, a car, have kids, etc. Next thing you know, you’re in the box just like him.

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What’s the problem with being in the box? Nothing, if that’s your thing. If you’re reading this, I have a feeling being in the box is not your idea of fun. You dread Sunday nights (except for Game of Thrones season and Sunday Night Football). You aren’t driven to really perform at your peak while at your job because there isn’t enough motivation, and your drive to work hard is directly proportional to your interest in being there, which is very low. Sounds like an awesome way to live.

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An alternative would be to identify that you are living in a box, climb out, and do your own thing. Create your own income streams. Be your own boss. Find your own clients and build the business empire you want to build. Being outside the box provides income streams, relationships, time freedom, and an up-level in thinking that will put you in a different place mentally than all the drones you previously worked with and worked for. .Happiness should be a top priority for everyone, and if that’s working a 9-5 somewhere, great. Chances are, it’s not. If working for yourself makes you happy, then that’s a win-win and you should absolutely go ALL IN on that.

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I’ll say it again – go all in on what you love.

Gordon

Episode 062: Eliminating Excuses with Nicholas Stewart & Brian Williams

A fan of the show reached out to me a while back and through a series of conversations we got to know each other quite a bit. Through that process, he informed me of his brother and the brand that his brother was building. His brother’s name is Nicholas Stewart and the brand he was building is called Excuseless.

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Fast forward some time, I was connected with Nicholas and we hit it off. He also introduced me to his business partner and friend, Brian Williams. These 2 guys are awesome! They run a brand called Excuseless, while working full time jobs and taking care of their families (spouses & kids). They’ve got a lot going on, but are able to stay focused and not lose that tunnel vision on their ultimate goal of helping rid the world of excuses.

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In this interview, I was able to speak with both Nicholas and Brian at the same time, and we dive pretty deep into family, parenting, personal development and of course, eliminating excuses from our vocabulary. For someone like me who DESPISES excuses, being lazy and negative, I found them to be great company and able to share some profound knowledge on the subject matter.

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Do yourself a favor and read up some of the blog posts on their website, digest their content and purchase a shirt to remind yourself that you don’t make excuses for anything in your life.

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Connect with Excuseless:

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Gordon

Episode 061: Excuses Do Not Lead To Success

The definition of excuse is: an attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify

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The attempt to lessen the blame. What does that mean? It’s a way of rationalizing why something went wrong, or didn’t get done, or was done poorly.

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Think of all the people in your life that have made excuses in the past or continue to do so on a regular basis. I firmly believe that excuses are a byproduct of a loser mentality. Excuses are just excuses and do absolutely no good. What might be worse than excuses are when people make claims that “there is no excuse for my action” or “there is no excuse for my poor results” but then don’t actually change moving forward.

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It’s easy to start making excuses when you aren’t successful, or when you fall short of a goal or objective…

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  • I had to take my kid to baseball practice
  • I had to work late
  • My brother really needed to talk to me and I lost track of time
  • My computer was acting up so I couldn’t send that email

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Excuses keep people from being successful, period. Success itself is a moving target and is really hard to achieve, so by piling on excuses on top of it just fosters a losing, fall short mentality.

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Have you ever been successful at anything? Truly successful – you set a goal, you worked relentlessly towards it until you achieved it. It’s hard. To be truly successful, obviously you need grit and resiliency, along with creativity and innovative thinking, etc. Beyond that, you need to understand that it’s a moving target. Successful people understand that by reaching their goals, they realize that out of that goal a new one is born and moves further away, which promotes more hustle, more grind, more push in order to climb to reach the next one. Success is that moving target, not a pot of gold at the end. You don’t get “successful” and then check the box and call it a day.

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No matter how successful you become, always stay focused on that target out on the horizon and never lose sight of it. The moment you think you’ve won, is the moment you lose.

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