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Life is good today but that wasn’t always the case for today's guest, Josh McLean. Over the past decade, Josh has overcome the crippling effect of fear and a brain injury resulting from a car accident. His success proves small actions and a strong mindset can spark powerful transformation; eliminating the feeling of being drained, conflicted, confused, and hopeless.

Josh has spent 15 years in Finance and Strategy, managing highly engaged teams and holding management positions across iconic brands including Nike, KinderCare Education, and Ameriprise Financial.

His recent book Catalyst: Ignite Your Spark Within To Achieve Powerful Transformation, brings his signature blend of humor, passion, candor, & poignant personal experiences directly to the lives of restless achieves looking to create a more fulfilling life.

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Josh’s day job is Finance Strategy at Nike, but he is also on a speaking authorship journey serving his mission to share his voice and give his audiences hope about what's possible in life. Josh is also a husband and the proud father of two girls.


In this episode, Josh shares his story of struggle that began with a traumatic experience in the 7<sup>th</sup> grade that shattered his self-confidence. You see, Josh developed a very deep voice at a young age and consequently, he was teased and humiliated that only deepened his fear and self-doubt. His insecurities eventually led him down the all-too-common path of drugs and alcohol to numb his pain, which then led to depression and suicidal thoughts. After many months of questioning his habits, he cleaned his slate and embraced a corporate identity. Playing this game for a while, he would soon find his world crashing down again, this time from a car accident, leaving him to slog through three years of intense rehab.


Josh teaches us how he made certain life decisions that have allowed him to play his current position, spreading his voice to help others shed light on possibilities, life transformations, setting goals, taking action and putting meaning into your life with healthy choices.


Make sure to listen to hear some phenomenal key offensive strategies straight from Josh’s playbook!


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  • “I realized that I had been playing a spectator sport of looking upon other people's lives and I had been too afraid to get in the game.”


  • “...most people are in this self-deception mode that I'm trying to subtly and sometimes forcibly, grab the sledgehammer and let's just take that down and have an honest conversation and say, are you actually playing the game that you say you want to?”


  • “You have to ask yourself, are you willing to do the work behind your goals or we'll use it and passively complain and let life pass you by. “


  • “…some people choose to complain or play the victim card while these are both options, my challenge to you is to get excited, embrace the idea of becoming refined by fire and what lies on the other side of adversity.”


  • “If you're finding yourself restless, it's likely because there is a decision that you are not making or you're making it, but the choices to play small, that once you decide to play big and just go all in and figure out what it is that path has, you will have more energy, more excitement.”


  • (Jeff Olson) “People who live with huge, vivid, clearly articulated dreams are pulled along towards those dreams with such force, they become practically unstoppable.”


  • (Judy Blume) “Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives.”





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