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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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Sep 8, 2017

Craig Ballantyne has been the Editor of Early to Rise since 2011. He’s an entrepreneurial coach at Perfect Life Workshops, author of The Perfect Day Formula and formerly a Strength & Conditioning coach in Toronto and contributing author to Men’s Health magazine. The Perfect Life Workshop is a one-day, immersive small group workshop where Craig helps attendees plot an actionable blueprint for their biggest life and career goals.

Craig’s best-selling book The Perfect Day Formula unveils the daily success and productivity rituals of the highest achievers throughout history. Craig has an advanced research background, completing a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from McMaster University.

Sep 7, 2017

John Hurd has an extensive background in rural property sales. In 1999, he was the selling agent on the sale of the Rock Creek Cattle Ranch, one of the largest ranches in western Montana, with nearly 100,000 acres or roughly 145 square miles of ranch land. John’s expertise doesn’t stop with ranches; he also handles homes with acreage or just tracts of land ranging from five acres up to tens of thousands of acres. John has established himself as one of the top selling agents in the country dealing with Mobile Home Parks.

 

John currently runs many income properties, as well as operating a property management country.  He also started a company on a bet for $1000

Sep 5, 2017

Andres Ocampo is the Co-Founder and CEO of ENTRPRNR, a brand created for the entrepreneurs of the world.

ENTRPRNR made 6 figures in the first year of production and is now worn by high-profile celebrities like Nicky Jam, Justin Quiles, FloRida, Travis Barker and many more.

You can find more about him over at www.entrprnr.co

Sep 1, 2017

Christopher J. Wirth is the Founder and President of No Quit Living. NQL is a Speaking, Coaching and Training Company that focuses on a number of topics;
-Accountability-Goals-Time Maximization-Networking
-Leadership-Sales-Personal Development -Mentoring

NQL works with individuals, families, teams and corporations to help improve accountability, effectiveness and efficiency. In today’s world there is much negativity flowing throughout social media. No Quit Living motivates and inspires their clients to never give up on themselves or their goals.

Christopher is the host of the No Quit Living Podcast which has been rated as a top 50 Business Podcast on iTunes. Christopher is a sought after Keynote Speaker. If your need is for a dynamic speaker to motivate, inspire and captivate your audience– look no further!

 

Aug 31, 2017
Dustin Mathews helps speakers to build an EMPIRE.
BUT things weren't always that way, Dustin Mathews found a loop hole that allowed him
to get out of public speaking class.
 
He found out the true power of speaking and now, he knows the formula create the most
powerful presenations possible. In fact, along with Co-Author Dan Kennedy, he's written the No-BS guide to Powerful
presentations. His unique Brand Response technology is the secret behind may of the top speakers
and coaches in the industry.
Aug 30, 2017

Dennis Franks is Native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, son of a steel worker. Played football at University of Michigan where he was a three year letterman and starter as an Offensive Center. Honors included All-Big Ten and Second team All-American.

Went into the NFL as a Free Agent, my size was questionable, considered too small at 6'2" 250 pounds but my pedigree was exceptional. He was released in my first year on the last cut, and made the Team ( Philadelphia Eagles) the following year in 1976.

Made his $1,000,000 in 1983 Through net work marketing by selling weight

Today, he remains passionate and support Market America as the Executive Vice President of Global Sales.

Aug 28, 2017

Eric Gorges is host and executive producer of “A Craftsman’s Legacy,” seen nationally on PBS stations and the Create channel. He is also the owner of custom motorcycle shop Voodoo Choppers in Detroit.

You can find him at www.craftsmanslegacy.com

Aug 25, 2017

Daniel Wallock is a marketer, heart condition survivor, and published author. Daniel’s done projects with over 50 companies including BMW i Ventures, The American Heart Association, Amazon Studios, Girl’s Inc, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Daniel has been interviewed in The Huffington Post, Forbes, TheNextWeb, and he has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Yahoo News. In the last 12 months, Daniel helped successfully market Perseus Mirrors and OneX, two crowdfunding campaigns, both of which raised over $100,000.

Aug 23, 2017

Manu “Swish” Goswami is a 20 year old TEDx speaker, venture capitalist (at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital), LinkedIn Youth Editor  and serial entrepreneur. He has won Plan Canada's Top 20 under 20, the United Nation’s Outstanding Youth Leadership award and Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

He’s also been recognized as "one of the world's most accomplished teenagers" by Future Sharks and the "Face and Future of Canadian Entrepreneurship" by UPS Canada.

Aug 21, 2017

President of X FactorMedia, Thomas F. La Vecchia, MBA has sold over $100 million and began X Factor Media to give business owners access to the best sales/digital marketing talent. In 2012 he developed a 4-Step sales process called “The X Factor Selling System,” which became an Amazon best-selling title. Shortly after La Vecchia’s successful selling system rose in popularity, X Factor Digital Marketing began; offering the best online marketing and sales training talent to its clients. X Factor Digital Marketing specializes in attracting, converting and retaining customers.

He recently took his Digital Marketing and Sales Skills to launch www.NewTheory.com which focusing on "mature millennial" topics as he's recently launched a podcast.  He had some great guests on such as Perez Hilton, Dr. Miami, Nathan Latka and even a mob boss who was making $5 million a week who later turned a Christian Speaker (Michael Franzese) and of course Jeremy Slate.

Aug 17, 2017

Like most other successful entrepreneurs, Michael Marcial carved his own path to success. However, his path may not have been as linear as others. Michael hit a few bumps in the road and ended up living out of his car. After reflecting and figuring out his purpose and what fuels his life, Michael quickly turned it around and make 5k in 1 week!

He followed up that success with much of the same. Using his background and unique story to become an expert in developing and executing online courses.He has helped countless others develop their own courses, to make monetizing part of the journey and not just the end goal. Hope you enjoy this weeks episode, and hope you are taking steps to create life on YOUR terms!

Aug 15, 2017

Justin Lafazan may be young, but he has already been able make his mark on the entrepreneurial community. He started by creating Students4Students College Advisory, a higher education consulting firm and full-service digital marketing company.

He now focuses his time the Next Gen Summit. Next Gen is a global community and conference for the brightest young entrepreneurs worldwide to connect and collaborate, and get access to the resources necessary for personal and professional growth.

In December of 2015, he launched my best-selling book - What Wakes You Up? and has been featured in publications such as ForbesUSA TodayInc. Magazine.

Aug 13, 2017

Michael O'Neal started his journey into entrepreneurship as a web designer. However after a few brief stints working for other people, he found myself to be truly unemployable around 2005, and have been on the entrepreneurial track ever since. 

After a few turbulent years, Michael found his footing and path in internet marketing. Just a couple of short years later he started a Podcast called The Solopreneur Hour - Job Security for the Unemployable.  It's aim is to show the other unemployable people of the world the correct path to business success on their own terms.

Aug 10, 2017

Brian Wallace is the President of NowSourcing, one of the nation's top infographic agencies based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH. and works with companies that range from small business to Fortune 500.

Brian also runs a regional event to make the Louisville / Cincinnati corridor a more competitive region (#thinkbig) and has been named a 2017 Google Small Business Advisor.

Aug 8, 2017

Jesse Krieger sits squarely at the intersection of publishing and promotion – having signed two publishing deals on two different continents and navigated the world of becoming a best-selling author twice. It has been his honor to work with 100+ authors from around the world to achieve their dreams of writing and publishing a book.

With constant exposure to books, trends in publishing and the latest marketing techniques for authors, Jesse has a superpower to see the meaning between the lines and create compelling titles, book covers and marketing language.

In addition to being featured on over 50 media outlets for his best-selling book Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Jesse has been an entrepreneur his entire adult life and holds degrees from University of California, Berkeley, as well as National Taiwan University and Beijing Normal University.

Aug 6, 2017

If you have heard of all of these terms that have to do with new currency, cryptocurrency or digital money of any sort; this is going to be the episode for you! We are going to take it back down to the most basic level. I know for me, there were so many terms having to deal with this stuff I just didn't understand it in the slightest. The best thing about this recording, is that afterwards I totally got it and understand it!

Our guest today is Dr. Julian Hosp, an expert in all things having to do with digital currency. He is going to break it all down and make it super easy to understand! So if you have been looking to learn more, be sure to check out the interview!

At the age of 16, Dr. Hosp moved away from home in hopes of becoming a professional basketball player in the NBA. After realizing that basketball may not be his best bet, he shifted his focus on going to medical school and becoming a doctor. During this time he missed the freedom and thrill of playing sports, so he decided to become a professional kite surfer... along with going to medical school. You can imagine this kept him very busy.

After school he made another tough decision and moved to Asia to start a business instead of practicing medicine. He is now co-founder of TenX, a company that specializes in blockchain/bitcoin. Dr. Hosp is now considered a blockchain expert and breaks down the basics in this episode to help you understand the world of blockchain. Enjoy!

Aug 3, 2017

Paul Colligan is passionate about helping others leverage technology to grow their businesses. His goal is to expand your reach and revenue, with reduced stress and no drama. His lifestyle and business strategies are designed to tackle the challenges and opportunities of today’s ever-changing information economy.

Paul has played a key role in the launch of dozens of successful internet products that have garnered tens of millions of visitors in traffic and revenue. He’s been the secret weapon behind dozens of best-selling authors on Amazon, number one podcasts on Itunes, and millions of views on YouTube. Previous projects have included work with StoryBrand, The U.S. State Department, Traffic Geyser, Rubicon International, Piranha Marketing, Microsoft, Pearson Education and more.

He is also a popular speaker on technology topics and has presented at events around the world including BlogWorld and New Media Expo, The European Business Podcasting Summit, Google Tech Talks, MacWorld, Social Media Success Summit, Inbound Marketing Summit, Social Media Marketing World and Microsoft TechEd. Paul is the CEO of the Podcast Partnership, creator of The Podcast Industry Report and has authored eleven books including current Amazon bestsellers How To Stream Video 2016, How to Podcast 2016 and YouTube Strategies 2016.

Paul lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughters and enjoys theater, music, great food and travel. If you are interested in his latest projects and his thoughts on the world of new media, visit http://PaulColligan.com.

Aug 1, 2017

Melinda is a serial entrepreneur, award-winning journalist and visionary innovator.

Founder and CEO of the predictive social intelligence platform Verifeed, she has pioneered an algorithmic way to get a growing and measurable Return on Authenticity™ from all those posts, tweets and shares. The ROA™ app is used by a growing number of aspiring thought leaders to boost their influence and impact via social media.

Melinda's grandmother was the first to spot her budding entrepreneurial career: "Your disruptive", she told the 5-year-old Melinda after she earned her first $100 selling door-to-door with her black lab.

At 22, she joined the Times of London as a media and financial correspondent, before moving to the Financial Times to launch and host daily TV business shows for CNBC in Europe and Asia. Her TV career spanned the BBC, ABC News and NBC.  Melinda is also a single mom with two great kids. A meditation and yoga devotee, she believes personal growth and lifelong learning is vital to succeed in entrepreneurship.

Jul 30, 2017

Aaron Orendorff is the founder of iconiContent and a content Marketer at Shopify Plus — the enterprise arm of Shopify. He's also a regular contributor at Mashable, Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, Fast Company, Business Insider and more.

Forbes Top 25 Influencer to Watch 2017

Grew his freelance content marketing business from zero to six-figures in a year and a half

Wrote the biggest articles of year at Unbounce (twice), Copyblogger (twice), Content Marketing Institute, and GetResponse

Voted both the top copywriting and top blogging articles "of all time" by Inbound.org and Ahrefs

Jul 27, 2017

Jared Kleinert is an entrepreneur, TED and keynote speaker, and award-winning author. He’s become a sought after Millennial thought leader after identifying and connecting hundreds of the world’s smartest and most talented members of his generation, and sharing his research with as many influential individuals and corporations as possible (more at jaredkleinert.com).

Jared’s first book “2 Billion Under 20” was released in July 2015 and voted the “#1 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Book” for the year by the Axiom Business Book Awards. He is currently working on his next book “3 Billion Under 30”, to be released in Q1 of 2017 featuring stories from the world’s smartest and most talented 21-30 year olds, including pro athletes, actors, entrepreneurs running multi-million and billion dollar businesses, social media influencers on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, politicians, and many other inspiring profiles (more at 2billionunder20.com).

As a globally in-demand keynote speaker, Jared has spoken to audiences of 20 to 1000+ around the world, from TED and TEDx stages to the National Speakers Associations’ main stage, Fortune 500 boardrooms, major conferences, and futuristic associations (more at jaredkleinert.com/speaking).

As a go-to marketing and biz dev consultant, Jared has helped influence the messaging and business development strategy for everyone from #1 NYT Bestselling authors to Olympians, founders of billion dollar brands, and various Fortune 500 companies (more at jaredkleinert.com/consulting).

Jared has additionally been named a “Champion For Humanity” by the United Nations, and was a U.S. delegate to President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Malaysia in 2013.

Jul 25, 2017

Joseph is a serial tech and marketing entrepreneur with several SaaS companies under his belt.

He also is working on a unique technique that may soon see every day civilians being able to affordably both experience and access near space altitudes of up to 140,000ft within the next 12-24 months.

Jul 23, 2017

Jay Wong is a serial entrepreneur, business advisor, real estate investor and host of The Inner Changemaker; rated #1 Self-Help Podcast on iTunes.

Jay’s mission is a merging of two journeys;

(1) to create, discover and do everything possible to embody the ethos of being a Changemaker in his life

(2) to create empowering media that summarizes all of these great lessons and those of other successful Changemakers, in hopes that these combined journeys will help business owners grow their business through online marketing.

With interviews from game-changing entrepreneurs such as Bob Proctor (The Secret (movie)) Sean Stephenson (American Therapist and top Motivational Speaker) Grant Cardone (Multi-millionaire and real estate mogul) and many other prominent names around the world, it's no surprise that his podcast has risen on top of the podcasting charts and is actively listened to in 119 countries.

In October 2016, his podcast was even featured at Toronto Downtown’s busiest intersection, Yonge and Dundas square, highlighting the message of what can happen when you begin to tackle the seemingly impossible in life.

Personally driven to help people develop the skills they will need to improve themselves and the world, Jay’s expectation is to use commerce to support entrepreneurs in finding their message and voice in the marketplace.

Jay regularly inspires audiences of entrepreneurs, change makers, and thought leaders at some of the most prestigious conferences and seminars around the world.

Jul 21, 2017

Ben didn’t accidentally end up in this profession. Better said, he grew up in it. Both sets of his grandparents were cutting-edge entrepreneurs. His father, Peter, still remains a highly sought-after marketing and franchising consultant after having spent years in professional sports where he was recognized as a master promoter and corporate partnership genius. His Mom is an award-winning author, a former film critic, a veteran of professional theater and currently, a writing professor at an acclaimed East Coast University. His brother is the man behind Popular Demand, a street-wear success story, inspired by L.A. and worn throughout the world. Ben credits his family for his 24/7/365 work ethic, his unwillingness to say no to what others would simply consider too challenging and his ability to bring all kinds of people together to ensure the success of any project.

Ben began working in pro sports locker rooms at the age of 14. By 16, he was helping his buddies launch a rock band that signed a major record deal with Elektra records before Ben was out of high school.

In college, besides being a performer himself, Ben was quickly charged with bringing concerts and other acts to his university. His later stint in professional media sales helped him to further develop his sales and marketing acumen and his deep foray into the national music scene as a successful music manager and promoter helped him build his astonishing network of decision-makers and cultural icons.

Ben hasn’t made a name for himself just by thinking outside the box. Rather he’s known for ignoring ‘the box’ all together. He says it best. “It’s all about understanding where the end zone is and figuring out how to get there no matter what it takes.” Because of that, Ben, Times10 and their wide array of clients continue to score touchdowns at a record clip.

Jul 18, 2017

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold almost three million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft; they’ve been called the “Click and Clack of podcasters.” Her podcast was named in iTunes’s lists of “Best Podcasts of 2015” and was named in the Academy of Podcasters “Best Podcasts of 2016.” BuzzFeed listed Happier in 10 Life-Changing Things to Try in June and the New Yorker said, “Their voices remind you that life is a human project that we’re all experimenting with.” The podcast consistently ranks in the iTunes Top Charts. Fast Company named Gretchen Rubin to its list of Most Creative People in Business, and she’s a member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100.

She’s been interviewed by Oprah, eaten dinner with Daniel Kahneman, and walked arm-in-arm with the Dalai Lama.

Gretchen Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Jul 18, 2017


Today, there is too little courage in the world of business, education, the arts, entertainment and life in general.

Dependence on anything is a weakness, not a source of power.

One dictionary defines courage as, “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.”

Some define the word as being brave in spite of fear or danger while others define courage as “bold and brave, unafraid to face tough challenges.”

Whether you’re afraid or not, courage comes down what we choose to do.

NY Times bestselling author Grant Cardone wrote, "It’s been said that FEAR stands for False Events Appearing Real, which aptly implies that most of what you’re afraid of doesn’t ever come to pass. Fear, for the most part, is provoked by emotions, not rational thinking. And in my humble estimation, emotions are wildly overrated – and the scapegoat many people use for their failure to act."

And this thing called courage is the what comprises the best of us. We see it in:

the best artists, 
the best writers, 
the best entrepreneurs,
the best leaders, and
the best innovators.
Why?

It comes down to:

The courage of our convictions.
The courage to stand up against compromise.
The courage to say no when it’s easier to say yes.
The courage to challenge being satisfied with one’s achievements in light of even bigger future goals.
And the world progresses in direct ratio to the amount of courage we collectively display and act upon.

These were the thoughts and ideas I was engaged in last year after seeing more people feeling “entitled” and less people displaying the courage to take a stand, do something possibly uncomfortable and withstand any oppostition.

Like the great Muhammad Ali said, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

Courage, Success and Action

NY Times bestselling author and serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk said, “You aren’t entitled to success.”

Fact is none of us are.

Unless we demand more of ourselves. And our colleagues. And business partners. And wake up the next day all ready to do it all over again.

Bringing so much value to every interaction that it redefines our every gesture professionally and in business.

My Most Personal Video

And that’s what inspired me to write, narrate and edit this video.

It’s the most personal one I’ve ever created. (Thankfully, my "What is Branding" and "What is innovation?" videos have collectively exceeded over 400K views on YouTube. This is the newest in the "What is..." series of videos.) 

It took some courage to even put the words down on paper.

Because this message is very raw.

Authentic.

Real.

And hopefully inspiring to you—to raise your level of courage in everything you do.

No matter what you do: business person, artist, entrepreneur, writer, entertainer or musician.

If this video had any impact on you, share it around.

The world needs courage more now than ever.

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