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Dec 31, 2015

Jesse Tevelow grew up in a small suburb outside of Washington DC. After surviving the public schooling system, he attended the University of Michigan, graduating four years later with a heap of debt and a flimsy certificate saying he wasn’t dumb. Life after college was painfully dull. Two years after graduation, he was bored to death, working at a consulting firm in New York City. So, he quit his job and co-founded a startup, which went on to generate millions of dollars. he worked there for seven years, but he was eventually fired for being (admittedly) combative and generally useless. Battling intense fear and self-doubt, I picked myself back up again and decided to write this book.

Writing The Connection Algorithm has been an incredible journey for Jesse. Without a publisher, an editor, or a marketing budget, he somehow still managed to write a book that consistently ranks among the top business books on Amazon. It has reached a #1 ranking in Entrepreneurship, Management, Knowledge Capital, and Personal Success, ranking as high as #867 out of roughly 12 million books available. That means his book is in the top 0.01%, ranking higher than 99.99% of all other books. He never could have imagined this outcome. The irony is that it perfectly supports my book's message: that taking great risks introduces the possibility of great success, regardless of your resources or background.


Jesse Tevelow's Favorite Quote:
"The only reason to be alive is to enjoy it." – Rita May Brown


Jesse's Favorite Book:
The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)


Links's from Today's Show:
Jesse's Thunderclap Campaign
The Connection Algorithm: Take Risks, Defy the Status Quo, and Live Your Passions

Dec 30, 2015

Pat Flynn started as an architect, but found out early in his career that the only real security is in yourself and your own skill set. He was informed of he impending laying off three months ahead of time, right about the time that he discovered that a site he created for himself and his co-workers was doing extremely well. From there, Pat ventured into the world of affiliate marketing and left he job to go right into a new income source.

To help others learn from his experience, Pat created, which quickly become a leader in the niche of internet business. He wants to share his success and the freedom that he has created with others though his platform.

In this episode, Pat teaches us how to start affiliate marketing and the simple methods that will help you to crush it as an affiliate marketer. Be sure not to miss any of Pat Flynn's valuable teaching on how to start earning your first dollar online.


Pat's Favorite Quote:
"Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right."
-Henry Ford


Pat's Favorite Book:
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less


Links From Today's Show:

Pretty Links

Cornelius Fitchner Interview

Dec 28, 2015

Brandon Epstein is a former college football player and professional fitness model turned serial entrepreneur, Brandon now invests his time unlocking the secrets of ultimate peak performance for entrepreneurs. That includes hosting top rated health podcast Zen Dude Fitness Podcast and working with some of the best high performance psychologists, nutritionists and exercise physiologists in the world.

Brandon's entrepreneurial exploits started in the creation of Entrepreneur fitness, in which he developed apps the help individuals achieve peak performance. He applies what he learned in his own self-development journey in not only his app business but also in his life-transforming coaching. He transformed his own body and mind through dedicating himself to really being the best he can be. He left Texas earlier this year, and now runs Zen Dude Fitness with his Partner, Dan Witmer, from Columbia.


Brandon Epstein's Favorite Quote:
"We’re all going to experience two types of pain in life, the pain of rergret or the pain of discipline. The pain of regreat weighs tons where as the pain of discipline weighs only ounces."
-Jim Rohn


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


Links From Today's Show:

Dec 24, 2015

Rob Cubbon was born in Kent, England. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of East London in Cultural Studies and afterwards started working, doing picture research, editing, writing, photography and design for various magazines and national newspapers.

He has been a graphic designer and creative director for print and web since 1995 working in publishing, marketing and advertising design studios. Rob started his own company, the imaginatively titled Rob Cubbon Ltd, in 2006 to provide design and marketing services to promote products, businesses and services.

More recently he has been creating e-books and video courses on the subjects of running a web design business, online promotion, web design and passive income.

Rob, inspired by the Four Hour Work Week, is living locationally free, as his business travels wherever he does. In This episode, Rob Cubbon comes to us from Thailand, where he has set up his internet marketing home base.


Rob Cubbon's Favorite Quote:
"Try not to become a man of success, rather try to become a man of value."
-Albert Einstein


Rob's Favorite Book:
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)


Links From Today's Show:


Dec 23, 2015

Joe Pulizzi is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, podcaster, father and lover of all things orange. He’s the founder of multiple startups, including the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), the leading content marketing educational resource for enterprise brands, recognized as the fastest growing business media company by Inc. magazine in 2014. CMI is responsible for producing Content Marketing World, the largest content marketing event in the world, as well as the leading content marketing magazine, Chief Content Officer. He began using the term “content marketing” back in 2001. CMI also offers advisory services for innovative organizations such as HP, AT&T, Petco, LinkedIn, SAP, the Gates Foundation and many others.

Joe is the winner of the 2014 John Caldwell Lifetime Achievement Award from the Content Council. Joe’s third book, Epic Content Marketing: How to Tell a Different Story, Break through the Clutter, and Win More Customers by Marketing Less was named one of “Five Must Read Business Books of the Year” by Fortune Magazine. His fourth book, Content Inc., was just released September 2015. Joe has also co-authored two other books, Get Content Get Customers and Managing Content Marketing. Joe has spoken at more than 400 locations in 14 countries advancing the practice of content marketing. He’s delivered keynote speeches for events and organizations including SXSW, NAMM, Fortune Magazine’s Leadership Summit, Oracle Eloqua, DuPont, SAP, HP and Dell.


Joe Pulizzi's Favorite Book:
Stranger in a Strange Land (Remembering Tomorrow)
The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller - Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

Joe's Favorite Quote:
"If you have tried something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you have tried nothing and succeeded." - Anonymous

Links From Today's Show:
Content Inc - Free Chapter
Epic Content Marketing - Free Chapter

Dec 21, 2015

Andrea D'Agostini is an artist in the true sense of the word. He approaches marketing from the viewpoint of being the space, rather than competing in it.

Andrea is the founder of Ady Productions (2010) a company created to unite technology and communication philosophy with the purpose to create connected experiences and vision. Since 2010 he's been working for brands such as Sweet Years and Sephora for which he's created the Sephora BeauTv and other great formats.

By age 17, Andrea was the european lead role for the Olivetti AirJet campaign. At 19 he enrolled in university. In the same year he co-starred in the television series Casa Famiglia 2, then Amiche then Carabinieri 3 and many other programs and ads. Host and author for various programs for RAI Innovation and Product hosting and writing more than 300 shows exploring cross media and participative TV.

With Rising Crowd (the music label Co-Founded with James Makan in 2012) he is now working with some of the best producers and professioanls in the industry.

At 27 he was one of the youngest independent producers and in '08 he explored the concept of network, mixing online and offline as part of the same media. Then he launched the social media strategy for Sephora, Pandora, Lacoste, Sperry and consulting several other brands on vision, innovation and creativity.


Andrea's Favorite Books:
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Confessions of an Advertising Man


Links From Today's Show:


Dec 18, 2015

Scott Voelker is a serial entrepreneur. It all started worked for his father's construction company, which the two built to over a million dollars annually. From there, Scott made the leap into photography, because freedom and security meant so much to his family. Business was great, but it turned out to be another job. From there, he went into the online space where he built courses along with some selling on Ebay; he was beginning his journey into freedom.

Scott learned about selling on Amazon, and saw it as the next best option to digital products; in the FBA model, Amazon handled most of the heavy lifting. His vision of freedom was booming much more real.

His first year in business on Amazon is more than the average American would see in ten. From there, he started the Amazing Seller podcast, in an effort to reach out to higher level seller. However, it turned out to be so much more of a teaching experience, allowing Scott to touch so many lives. Check out his story...


Scott's Favorite Quote: 
"Take Action!"


Scott's Favorite Book:
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion


Links From Today's Show:
Amazon Selling Blueprint - How to Find and Launch Your First Private-Label Product on Amazon in 90 Days or Less


Dec 16, 2015

Jim Mathers wants you to be a millionaire! After receiving his Nuclear Engineering degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983, Jim served as a Nuclear Engineering Officer aboard U.S. fast attack submarines until 1988. He was licensed as a Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland in 1989. Jim worked for Booz-Allen as a Nuclear Engineering Consultant and then the US Government Naval Sea Systems Command managing the US Navy’s Trident Submarine new construction program until the end of 1990.

Jim Co-Founded CASA, Inc & Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc (CES) in 1999 and helped build one of the most respected and successful energy consulting companies with over two hundred thousand commercial energy customers across the United States and Canada. On July 1, 2014, Jim acquired sole ownership of CASA, Inc. Today, CASA, d.b.a. North American Energy Advisory (NAEA), and its team of outstanding commercial energy consultants are known as one of the top energy-consulting firms in North America. NAEA’s Retail Energy Suppliers include Direct Energy, Constellation New Energy, Suez Energy, Liberty Power, Hudson Energy and other fortune 500 retail energy corporations.

Jim is an accomplished speaker and travels world, inspiring and helping others! He wants to help create 100 millionaires, and has a vision to change the world.


Jim's Favorite Quote:
"What is personal integrity? Personal integrity is knowing what you know. What you know is what you know and to have the courage to know and say what you have observed. And that is integrity and there is no other integrity." -LRH


Jim's Favorite Book:
Dianetics - L. Ron Hubbard


Links from Today's Show:


Dec 14, 2015

Josh Delaney is a serial entrepreneur to the furthest extent of the word. One of the hardest issues I had with Josh, is that there is no real category to put him in; he is a full-time hustler. Josh broke into the business world at 18 years old starting his career as a professional network marketer & sales professional. Shortly after with his newly founded time freedom and success he went on to experiment with his health and fitness in his spare time and went from geek to fitness freak in less than 60 days.

In 2013, he co-founded the revolutionary non-profit,, making it no longer an issue of money that people could not participate int charity; it created true people power. As if that was not enough, Josh later went on and purchased multiple Anytime Fitness franchises in a very short time, and with his sales & marketing skills he quickly transformed their culture.

He currently is working on making sales something more easily workable for the every day person.


Josh' Favorite Quote:
"Always happy, never satisfied."
-Bruce Lee

Josh's Favorite Books:
The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition)

The Thank You Economy

Links from Today's Show:

Dec 11, 2015

-Goal: What is your goal? Its your broad idea of why your doing something; it can't be money, your team needs to be able to get behind it.

-Purpose: breaking down the goal in to smaller goals

-My Story: I was life-long student, got a bachelors in Religion and a master's in history. I spent some time in between at Oxford University studying literature. I slipped into teaching without a real goal, which is a great career if it is your purpose , but I had no purpose. Then, my mom had a stroke and I learned my goal was enhancing health.


Quotes from Today's Show:
“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. ... The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”

― SenecaOn the Shortness of Life

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”

― Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Links from Today's Show:
Lewis Howes - Perfect Day

Dec 9, 2015

Ray Higdon had it all in real estate, always the entrepreneur, always pushing hard. But when the economy shifted, his business saw a massive shift. Ray had been in several network marketing companies over the years, but never really stuck. With his back against the wall, he made it work, he won. Ray then went on to not only be the biggest earner in his company, but to pioneer a new way. Ray went on to create online network marketing.

Though it wasn't his his attention, Ray was so good at what he did, that he went on to create a whole new business. Since then, he has been one of the most successful online marketers and coaches. He has taught hundreds of people how to create the lives they dream of through his online platform; transcending network marketing.


Ray Higdon's Favorite Quote:
"Pain pushes you until a vision pulls you."
-Michael Bequeath

Ray Higdon's Favorite Book:
Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
Ready, Fire, Aim. - Michael Masterson


Links from Today's Show:


Dec 7, 2015

Wayne Root has been branded by media across the globe as “the Capitalist Evangelist.” A former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, Wayne is a fierce, enthusiastic and relentless defender of Reagan conservatism, Libertarianism, economic freedom and capitalism.

He is known for his fiery personality and unmatched levels of energy. On the political side, Wayne is a lifelong Republican-conservative firebrand, Fox News regular, and political commentator on hundreds of conservative talk radio stations.

He is also one of the most popular syndicated columnists in the conservative world- with millions of readers at sites like FoxNews, TheBlaze, TownHall, Breitbart, PersonalLiberty and DailyCaller. His columns often appear at The Washington Times.

On the business side, Wayne is one of a kind. Most businessmen go by the standard titles “Chairman, CEO or President.” Wayne prefers “CRPE”- standing for Chief Rainmaker and Pitchman Extraordinaire…“CE” standing for Capitalist Evangelist…and “HEB” standing for Human Energizer Bunny.

Wayne Root’s Favorite Quote:
"Attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind."
-Jack Harbaugh

Wayne Root’s Favorite Book:
Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill


Link’s From Today’s Show:
The Power of Relentless: 7 Secrets to Achieving Mega-Success, Financial Freedom, and the Life of Your Dreams

Dec 4, 2015

Why Build a Blog:
-Create a brand
-Become an Opinion leader


Blog Types: this is a free platform, but you will need somewhere to host it, but if you are really building a brand, its what you need. its free, and better than nothing. If you eventually plan on going to, then this is the best place to start because content can easily be commuted. its owned by Google, and thats the end to the positives. I haven't used it, but its been recommended to me. I Lacks the ability to add a lot of SEO, which is the real downside to it.


Blogging steps:

  1. Get a Domain- I usually use Go Daddy, but there are plenty of places you can get them. Just make sure that its something people will be looking for, Google adwords has a free keyword tool which is a good place to start and will show how many people are searching for a certain keyword.
  2. Find a Host: I use Hostgator and I have for a long time, it comes highly recommended from me. It allows me to have email too, which a lot of hosts charge you extra for.
  3. Point name servers --> they said it way better, so I;m not going to add to it.
  4. Install Wordpress - this is super easy, pretty much two clicks
  5. Create @ Domain email
  6. Select a theme - I find Elegant themes to be easier and better for search rank; its what this site is built on.
  7. Make wordpress into a real website- basically making a static front page, but if you're using Elegant themes, then you may want to skip this step; totally up to you.
  8. Create content - Boom! Add value to as many people as you humanly can, within you niche of course.
  9. Yoast- its a free plugin, install it and thank me later.


Facebook Branding:
I'll be adding a link to get the Facebook branding pdf in a day or two


Resources from today's Show
Host Gator

Dec 2, 2015

Zach Obront is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Book in a Box. Zach stopped by the Create Your Own Life podcast to talk about history, business and of course Book in a Box. Zach has build numerous businesses over the years and imparted some of what he learned in a wide range of businesses, that even included an online high school.

He founded Book in a Box in August 2014, along with New York Times best-selling author, Tucker Max. The company looks to revolutionize the publishing industry and make book writing more attainable for anyone with a story to tell. The put a lot of focus on the writing process, in order to create a real, quality production, that everyone can be proud of; its an intriguing concept. The company has very quickly grown since its inception, and looks to change the way writing is done across the broad category of publishing.


Zach's Favorite Quotes:
"Nah, Frank Sinatra doesn't Carry Pianos." - Frank Sinatra

"To be happier with the changing of the seasons is a better state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring."


Zach's Favorite Book:
"Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman," Richard Feynman


Links from Today's Show:

Nov 30, 2015

About Monica Guzman:
The mission of Excellence by Monica Guzman is to provide coaching services which empower professionals of all backgrounds and skill level. Based on the principles of the “Wheel of Excellence” model, this approach provides a blueprint for professionals to excel in their current role or secure a position which maximizes full potential. With a focus on presentation, attitude, behavior, and affiliation.

Monica is an executive coach; she helps others to really achieve the goals that they would not achieve without push. She is the creator of the Wheel of Excellence, a unique way of helping people achieve their goals and business expansion. Look for her upcoming eBook, "Good is not Good Enough."

The Five Mistakes Women Make in Business:

  • Talking too Much
  • Dressing Correctly
  • Qualifications
  • Not Separating Emotions from Business
  • Apologizing /Asking Permission


Monica'sFavorite Book:
No Excuses, Brian Tracy


Monica's Favorite Quote:
"Good is not good enough." -Monica Guzman


Links from Today's Show:
Monica's blog on the Five Mistakes

Wheel of Excellence

Nov 27, 2015

The Minimalist Guide to Fitness:

1.) Blood Sugar + Carbohydrates
What is the Glycemic Index? There's a number attached to every carb and how it stimulates your blood sugar, be sure to know them. However helpful it is, there still is not a one size fits all option. Depending upon your ancestry, certain foods may spike you more than other people.

  1. Working out
    Its not what you think. More is not better. 20-30 minutes, 2-3 three times a week, if performed properly is all the human body needs. You'll look better than the guy spending hours in the gym.
  1. The Cheat day and the thyroid
    Learn how to carb cycle the easy way! Your body will feast on the glycogen stores that it has, and you'll be happy with the result. 6 days a week, no carbs, no fruit and for god sake, avoid the dairy, the boy wasn't made for it. If the body was made for dairy, you'd look like a cow. Well now, that explains half of society. Your meals will consist of lean protein, loads of legumes and loads of veggies. Be sure to eat enough, most people do not! If you get hungry, two table spoons of peanut butter between isn't a bad idea. On the 7th day, eat whatever you want, seriously; as much as you want. The thyroid works harder and fat loss occurs. Just be sure on the following day to go back to your lean diet.
  1. The right fats
    Is your coffee bulletproof? If your Coffee doesn't have a tablespoon of coconut oil and butter. Coconut oil, MCT and your brain, which means you will have a better morning and feel more full. Salt Free, Grass-fed Butter, not corn fed, so check your labels; even Irish butter is a good alternative.
  1. Take a Cold shower
    Benefits of taking a cold shower… Heat has really been shown to accelerate the body in burning calories; the fun part is that cold burns even more.v Michael Phelps 12,000 calories a day, not because he swims, but because the compound effect that the hot pool water has on his calorie burn. 
Nov 25, 2015

About Gigi Souritzidis:

Originally from Greece, adopted by Americans from Connecticut; a true success story. Gigi currently lives the life she dreamed of and leads others to create that same life. Her business life started as a nurse, from there, she seized the opportunity to start her own business. Gigi discusses why she decided to make the leap into being an entrepreneur and what made her so successful.


Gigi's Favorite Quote:

"Like water about to boil, the difference between success and failure is one degree."


Gigi's Recomended Reading:

The Secret's of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Ecker


Links from Today's show:

Power Profile

Nov 20, 2015

You tell others what to do in a very commanding fashion. You do no help, but demand. You do not acknowledge things going on in your team members live's and help them through. Then, you wonder why people do no respect you. This is not referring to any person in particular, but rather the archetype of what the traditional corporate world looks for in a boss.

Business leaders are beginning to learn more and more that being a good leader is about leading by example, and leading with kindness. Sound's an awful lot like Sun Tzu's 'Art of War.' It has been known for many centuries that this is the most effective way to lead, but it is not until now that corporate culture is shifting.

The 1980's are the down time for this type of image, and the inspiration for such movies as 'Office Space.' A boss like Lundberg in the film that expects his employees to work weekends while he relaxes, cracking the whip every so often to tell them to work.

Here's some traits of the new modern era leader, such a Howard Schultz:

  • The lead by example. They will not ask others to do something that they will not do themselves.
  • They believe in others more than this individuals believe in themselves.
  • They select people to work with they feel are better than themselves.
  • They acknowledge hardships in others lives and help them through.
  • They do what they say they will.
  • They build teams, not individuals. They create new leaders and are not threatened by their growth.
  • They tell others where to find information, not complete tasks for them; knowing full-well that this is how leaders are born.

If some of these traits describe you, then, well done! As a leader, you are headed in the correct direction. If it does not, then realize you need to grow and work towards being that better person that can inspire others to greatness.

Nov 18, 2015

About Stephen Baker
Stephen Baker went from a kid playing street ball in California to achieving the NFL dream/ He spent 6 years as an NFL player, all with the New York Football Giants. Stephen had an amazing experience playing in the NFL, including reaching the pinnacle of winning the Super Bowl, when the kick was ‘wide right,’ and playing for dynasty coach, Bill Parcells.


Stephen Baker's Favorite Book:
Joe Lewis biography

Nov 17, 2015
  1. Money can be made on Amazon, but it is becoming VERY saturated
  2. Seller Support, NEVER has your back. Unless you brand register…
    1. An image of your product packaging with branding visible on the packaging.
    2. An image of a product with your branding visible on the product itself.
    3. Link to an active website that displays your brand or products.


  1. Products below $20 are crowded and if you really want to make money sell a much higher volume product.
  1. Giving away product at a reduced price no longer helps your rank very much.
 Criminals… who are you communicating to
  1. Be ethical, no matter what, but a lot of sellers are not sure what that word means.
  1. In my ten months on Amazon, I had 10 hijackers and one individual copy my entire product page and create a new ASIN with in and Amazon told me there was no TOS violations. To help with Hijackers use However, hijackers still have to agree to remove the listing.
  1. If you build a REAL business on Amazon and not skirt corners, and sell a higher value product you have a better shot.
  1. Begin with a brand in mind, not just a product.


Nov 17, 2015

John Hurd is an entrepreneur in the true sense of the word. John currently runs many income properties, as well as operating a property management country. He is responsible for the largest ranch sale in Montana history. He also started a company on a bet for $1000, and ran restaurants just because he was bored.

On this episode, John reveals to us the secrets of his success and his inspiration for it. He also explains the difference between income properties and investment properties, helping you understand just what you need. John shows you just how to address your economic health!

Nov 17, 2015

Have you ever thought of creating your own life? Have you ever thought you were meant for more? Have you ever let others tell you what to do? Have you ever thought you weren't good enough. You can have the business and life that you dream of.

I learned over the last few years that others weren't going to die for me, so its best not to let them live for me too. However, we seem to let the options of others tell us what to do and dictate how we will live our lives.

This podcast seeks to be the ultimate business lifestyle podcast. It stems from a conversation that I had with my father where he talked about the typical 40 year, 9-5 and I decided I wanted to create my own life. There have been some bumps in the road, and I'll share those with you, al long with actionable information from guest that have built million dollar businesses and freedom lifestyles.

The purpose of this podcast is to inspire you with the wins and success of others and show you by their example how to create your own life. You never know what is possible, and now can create your own life. You will be inspired and create not only success for your self but an abundance you can share with others.