The Create Your Own Life Show

The best in the world compete with themselves, continually trying to be the beat their best. They shift their vision to creating success for others, and their success becomes massive. They locate the best and learn everything they can from them. They know there's not short cut, it will take more time and more effort -- it's a mission and purpose, not a career. On the Create Your Own Life Show, I interview the best in the world from NYT Bestsellers to Super Bowl Champions to Billionaires. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I interview the best, unpack in and help you to Create Your Own Life.
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Feb 29, 2016

Taylor is an entrepreneur and author of The End of Jobs . rated The End of Jobs one of the Top Three ‘Start Your Own Business’ Books of 2015 and a Top 25 Business Book of 2015. WSJ Bestselling Author and Entrepreneur James Altucher said of it:

“Entrepreneurship is not a choice you can make at your leisure. You have to jump on the train or lose your chance. Now is the time and Taylor’s book describes exactly how to do it.”

Taylor believes that the economy is changing rapidly, but when the future looks back on the 20th century, it will be an anomaly. Entrepreneurship is becoming more attainable and almost a better choice than getting a job. Its in interesting viewpoint; you build a resume so that you can beg for a job. Rather, you can truly create something for yourself, and in this new economy, we will see the true return of the craftsman economy.

A former Brazilian Super Bowl champion, Taylor has lived in Argentina, Brazil, Vietnam and Thailand.


Taylor's Favorite Quote:
The Iron Prescription: "Whenever you feel that some person or some situation is ruining your life, it is actually you that us ruing your life. Feeling like a victim is a perfectly disastrous way to go through life." I- Charlie Munger


Taylor's Favorite Book:
Man's Search for Meaning


Link's From Today's Show:
Finite and Infinite Games
The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5

Feb 26, 2016

Hung Pham seemed to have it all, he graduated college in 2004, but a bad break up set him back. He thought this girl was the one, but after 2 years realized that things were not as he thought.

To deal with the pain he turned to gambling, which turned into gambling addiction. Saturdays started at 8 AM  and ended at midnight, he gambled on everything, and it lasted over 8 years.

The money was just one part of it, the toughest part of that dealing with himself, he was too proud, never needed help; he developed thoughts of suicide. He was in a thriving career in high tech, no one knew.

Hung handled his problem but was in 50k worth of debt. It was too much to save his way out, and he had to get creative. Started online digital marketing, for dentists, took a lot courses online would sell services to implement learning how to do it, moved back home, paid off 50k in 3 years!

Hung attended a lot of events, met Patrick King, who got him into writing. He was doing events to teach lean startup to entrepreneurs, and from there developed the Culture Summit.


Hung's Favorite Quote:
"Potential and talent is useless if you don't create good habits for yourself."


Hung's Favorite Book:
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller - Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century


Links From Today's Show:
The Compound Effect

Feb 24, 2016

Patrick Valtin has been a business consultant for over 27 years. He has found time and again that finding the right people is the biggest struggle of the business owner. Mr. Valtin has an extensive experience in the fields of Management consulting, training & coaching, and this on an international basis. His specialties as a consultant extend from recruitment to sales and sales management, leadership, organization and corporate strategy.

Mr. Valtin has traveled in more than 30 countries over the last 20 years and has trained more than 85,000 people in the areas of recruitment, sales, marketing, Human Resources Development, organization and leadership.
Patrick Valtin was an International Business consultant for the Belgian Government between 1986 and 1988. Looking for an effective way to help small business owners, he then started U-MAN Belgium in 1988. The company soon became a leader in its field and remains today the biggest training company for small businesses in the country.

In the last 27 years Patrick has made clients and seminar attendees from every imaginable industry, from growing businesses to multi-national corporations (USPS, Ford Motors, GM Motors, BMW, Renault, Mercedes, Toyota, Motorola, AIG, IBM, Remax, Century 21, ATT Canon, France Telecom, Hotels Accor, etc…)

Patrick's Favorite Quote:
"A leader is one who serves others." - LRH

Patrick's Favorite Book:
The Alchemist

Links From Today's Show:
The Ultimate Question 2.0 (Revised and Expanded Edition): How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World

 No Fail Hiring 2.0: How to Attract, Select and Recruit your Best Employees in an Overly Competitive Market Place!

Feb 22, 2016

Luis Congdon has seen quite a bit in the last two years. He had a job that was not quite rite for him but, he wasn't happy. Things got better for him before they got worse. Luis ended up being homeless, living in his car and eventually ended up living on his friend's couch.

It was at his lowest point, that Luis had the moment in his life, but came out better from it. Luis' discovered podcasting and really found his passion. He made the trek for interviews to a local college where he could use the internet to have interviews.

Luis's podcast grew quickly, and he discovered that he really found his passion. From there, he decided to for the Podcaster's secret weapon and Thriving Launch community, to share his passion with this world.

Luis's Favorite Quote:
"The words that we speak become that the house that we live in."

Luis' Favorite Book:
Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationships at Midlife and Beyond

Links From Today's Show:
Podcaster's Secret Weapon

Feb 19, 2016

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.

In addition to his academic work, Newport is a writer who focuses on contrarian, evidence-based advice for building a successful and fulfilling life in school and after graduation.

His most recent book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, argues that “follow your passion” is bad advice. Since its publication, it has been selected for several best business books of the year lists, including those by Inc. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and 800-CEO-Read. Newport’s New York Times op-ed on the book became the paper’s most e-mailed article for over a week.

Newport is also the author of three books of unconventional advice for students: How to Be a High School Superstar, How to Become a Straight-A Student, and How to Win at College. The How To student series has sold over 125,000 copies since its inception, and Newport has been invited to speak on these topics at some of the country’s top universities, including Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Dartmouth and Duke.


Cal's Favorite Book:
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life


Links From Today's Show:
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love


Feb 17, 2016

Dr Dave White is your life coach. On the court, he's a Lead NCAA Men’s Basketball Referee. He controls the game. He makes big calls under pressure. He manages alpha coaches and competitive players. He's get it done.

He helps others, like you, to get the control, make the calls, manage the pressure, and seize the winning results they want. It's his honor to inspire the inspired. He champions champions.

The great Notre Dame Football Coach, Lou Holtz, said, “You have to have talent to win, but you can lose with talent, and that's where coaching can make the difference.” He trusts you’ve got the talent.

Are you ready for the personal and professional advantage that comes from being strengthened, bolstered, and resourced by a seasoned expert? As every great athlete has his coach, every workplace warrior would do well to have his too.

The facts are clear. Boxers throw more knockouts with an advocate in their corner. Powerlifters bench more weight with a spotter by their side. Fighter pilots win more battles with a wingman on their flank.


Dave's Favorite Quote:
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point is to change it." — Karl Marx


Dave's Favorite Book:
Changes That Heal


Links From Today's Show:


Feb 15, 2016

Greg Hickman, the Founder of wants to help small-to-medium sized businesses execute the same level of mobile campaigns that the big brands are using.

Greg was previously the Head of Mobile for Cabela’s, a large retailer in the US and Canada and was responsible for their mobile strategy and product development. He launched re-launched their mobile website and mobile loyalty programs that continue to grow and drive sales.

Since Greg began in mobile back in 2005, he created and managed mobile programs for The New York Jets, Florida Marlins, AT&T, Axe, Elements Massage, 300+ shopping centers across the country and many other small business.

Greg is a guest contribute on sites such as Mobile Marketer, Mobile Marketing Watch, Social Media Examiner, Copyblogger, Target Marketing Magazine and more. He frequently speaks at conferences such as Social Media Marketing World and New Media Expo.

Greg is also the host of the Zero to Scale podcast, taking you along his journey from 0 to $20k per month.


Greg's Favorite Quote:
"Great leaders find comfort in uncomfortable situations." — Lewis Howes

"The purpose of a solution is to free you to do the things you want to do." — Michael Gerber


Greg's Favorite Book:
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results


Links From Today's Show:

Feb 11, 2016

Kelly Starrett is a coach, physical therapist, author, speaker, and creator of this blog, which has revolutionized how athletes think about human movement and athletic performance.

His 2013 release, Becoming a Supple Leopard has become a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. This blog was voted #4 in Outside Magazine’s Top 10 Fitness Blogs of 2011, Breaking Muscle’s Top 10 Fitness Blogs of 2011, and Health Line’s Top 100 Health Blogs of 2011. Kelly and his work have been featured in Tim Ferris’ Four Hour Body, Competitor Magazine, Inside Triathlon, Outside Magazine, Details Magazine, Power Magazine, and the Crossfit Journal.

He teaches the wildly popular Crossfit Movement & Mobility Trainer course and has been a guest lecturer at the American Physical Therapy Association annual convention, Google, the Perform Better Summit, the Special Operations Medical Association annual conference, police departments, and elite military groups nationwide.

Coach Kelly Starrett received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California.

Before starting his own physical therapy practice at San Francisco CrossFit, one of the first 30 CrossFit affiliates, he practiced performance-based physical therapy at the world-renowned Stone Clinic. In his current practice, Kelly continues to focus on performance-based Orthopedic Sports Medicine with an emphasis on returning athletes to elite level sport and performance.

Kelly’s background as an athlete and coach includes paddling whitewater slalom canoe on the US Canoe and Kayak Teams, and leading the Men’s Whitewater Rafting Team to two national titles and competition in two World Championships.


Kelly's Favorite Quote:
"The sleeper must awaken." — Dune


Kelly's Favorite Book:
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why


Link's From Today's Show:

Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance

Feb 10, 2016

About Aaron Reed:

  • Author of The SuperNatural Lifestyle 
  • 7 Time Bodybuilding Champion he is currently the Tallest Competitive Bodybuilder in the circuit at 6’7"
  • Former WWE professional Wrestler “Lift Sawyer”
  • Boxed for King Sports Boxing Camp Briefly
  • Recently received 2nd Place at the 2015 strength camp challenge. It was his first ever attempt at something like that
  • Wrote articles for Natural Muscle Magazine
  • He has traveled to speak on behalf of The SuperNatural Lifestyle to various events including the 7th Annual Emerge Broward Leadership summit 
  • He is a Leukemia Survivor Diagnosed at age 4 chemo until age 7, relapse at age 12. Thats when God healed him. No problem since...
  • Born in San Diego
  • He grew up in the small town of Minco Oklahoma.
  • Went to College at Mesa State University Grand Junction Colorado
  • Moved to Las Vegas to become a Pro wrester at age 25
  • Moved to Tampa with my Contract to wrestle with the WWE at age 28 


Aaron's Favorite Quote:
"Don't let your circumstances mold your thoughts, but let your thoughts mold your circumstances."


Aaron's Favorite Book:
Absolutely Effortless Prosperity - Book I


Links From Today's Show:

Feb 7, 2016

Dan Margolin is a practicing podiatrist with over 27 years experience, and a practice that ranks in the top 3% in the country. Dan current practice is his second, and in comparison, wildly successful to his first. Dan learned exactly what he need to do, to build a business that would grow quickly, with little interaction from himself. This inspiration journey, proved so much so, that he felt the need to write it down, and authored Fast Tracking Your Prosperity. Dan was inspired to write fast tracking in order to give his words of wisdom to his daughter.

In addition to his current business, Dan an business partner, Justin Feinberg, started Effective Management. Their program is directed towards helping businesses train their staff to peak performance and increase their bottom line by upwards of 30%.

Dan's Favorite Quote:
"That which you will not confront, will confront you."

Dan's Favorite Book:
Dianetics — L. Ron Hubbard

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Link's From Today's Show:

Feb 7, 2016

Who is Chris Onwuasoanya? Chris is an avid entrepreneur, and founder of the company, Atlantic Waste and Power Systems. Chris was born in London, but spent a good portion of his youth in Nigeria.

After being let go from JP Morgan, Chris decided that he would never again work for someone else. He observed that Nigeria had a total lack of energy, people only surviving off of generators, 2.5 people to a generator; not an ideal scene. Chris observed that Nigeria had much garbage that it could use for energy, but after some work it proved to be too expensive.

After which, his focus became solar, the new and clean way, to power Nigeria. Chris has managed to work his way through corruption, and supplier issues, as well as learning installs himself via Youtube, to have his company still standing and growing.

Links from Today's Show:

Atlantic Waste and Power System

Feb 4, 2016

Patrick Crews has been a photographer for three years now. Yet, it was long before that when he started to think about life dreams and goals. He majored in psychology in college.

The Dream Nation Project initially started out as a research project. Shane was interested in the internal and external motivational factors behind pursuing goals. He did this by centering the project around one main question: "What is your life dream?" Hamilton Glass, a mural artist from Richmond, VA was the first person he interviewed and photographed for this project.

During the interview Hamilton explained to Shane exactly how he arrived at his specific life dream; the story behind it. He quickly realized that the story behind the dream is just as important, if not more important than the simple answer of "What is your life dream?"

Shane's own personal dream is that these stories and dreams He's documenting inspire the people that come across them to pursue their own dreams. Shane Currently does a daily video series called Mind Over Mornings, where he tosses out daily motivation to start the day out right.


Shane's Favorite Quote:
"Don't just be a business owner, but own your business."


Shane's Favorite Book:
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition)


Links From Today's Show:


Feb 2, 2016

Michael Alf is 2x#1 Best-Selling Author in the USA and Australia with "Your Firm Everywhere Now" and "The Virtual Summit Formula".

Michael is now helping clients to become a best-selling author in their field too.
Michael is also creator of "The Virtual Summit Formula" that helps businesses to creates hundreds and thousands of leads and even customers and boost their business.

After working for more than 10 years with a major consulting and IT firm in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, he decided to start his own business to leverage his experience and expertise. His focus is on specialised offerings like books and virtual summits to achieve extraordinary results with and for his clients.

In the Virtual Summit Formula, Michael finds a way around the costs of a live event and helps you to bring it to your prefect customer base. Not only curating content to enrich their lives and businesses, but also creating endless, quality leads in the process. The Virtual Summit is the wave of the future, and Michael takes you on the ride there.


Michael's Favorite Quote:
"Own your life!"


Michael's Favorite Book:
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61)


Link's From Today's Show:
The Virtual Summit Formula: How your virtual summit can attract thousands of participants, grow your email list, and boost your business.

Feb 1, 2016

Samuel Anderson is determined to make a difference in the lives of half a million people by being an example. Originally from Lynchburg, Va, he set out on a different path. While studying Business at Longwood University, he decided it was best to withdraw and embark on a new journey. A lifetime of building another's business was not in the cards.

Starting his career at the Boys and Girls Club, he invested nearly a decade in the mental health field as a community based counselor. All the while knowing, there was something greater. The entrepreneur spirit took shape at the age of twenty years old when he joined a network marketing team. Within months, Samuel learned more about business from his mentors than he did from the years spent in a lecture hall. While working in the mental health field he was often told, "we would love to promote you but you do not have the education." Often contemplating returning to college, and following through at times, something told him that this was not his path.

Eventually deciding that network marketing was not the vehicle he wanted to use to further develop his business acumen, he left the team after nearly five years of dedication. "I learned how to have an unrelenting passion for my goals and purpose in life. No matter how many times I was told no, nothing would stop me."

An opportunity to work as a Project Manager was finally given to him by one company. "They took a chance on me. Even though I did not have the experience, there was no doubt that I would work hard and develop the necessary skill set." During this two year period, it seemed that all of a sudden, Anderson created three separate businesses. Richmond Bubble Soccer, Cycul, and Anderson Consulting. Sooner than he expected, these businesses started to take off, and he came to a cross road.

Leave a "good" job with a regular salary, or to bet on himself and become what he had always wanted to be, an Entrepreneur. So began the journey. Now Anderson spends his days focused on his dreams and building the dreams of others. With his focus remaining on God, his family and helping others, he has developed a skill set as a public speaker and a developing author. When speaking at public events, he speaks on the topics of Entrepreneurship, Goal Setting, Passion, Social Media Branding and Leadership.
Success Awaits

Sam's Favorite Quote:

Sam's Favorite Book:


Links From Today's Show:
You Can't Afford Me: Building A Business While Working Full Time

The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage