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Participating in our own rescue may be a new concept to some of you. I had never heard the concept described until Tommy Breedlove mentioned it in episode #131. Have you ever noticed that you pick up on a phrase from a conversation or from something you read and it stays with you for awhile? I’ve learned over the years that’s usually a clue I need to be paying attention to the message it’s sending. And this time is no different. What message do you need to be hearing right now? Today's show may reveal it to you!

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At one point during our conversation, today’s PYP MVP Tommy Breedlove paused and said: "I am a Picasso of screwing up. The journey never ends. When the train is running on all cylinders, the demons and the noise show up even stronger."


He then goes on to tell a story he's never told anyone, one that involves flashing blue lights and having a gun held to his head.


He also shares a story about a time when a trusted adviser asked him the following question:


“Do you want to live your life? Or do you want to live your story?”



This question stopped Tommy in his tracks and caused him to make some big changes, including doubling down on serving others. What happened next was nothing short of magical.



In fact, Tommy Breedlove proves that when you start living your life from a position of serving others -- everything changes.

 

Everything.



Tommy Breedlove is the founder of Choose Goodness, a company dedicated to helping executives and entrepreneurs focus beyond the financial bottom line. By empowering leaders, Tommy bridges the gap between humanity and profitably. He transforms organizations to attract and re-tain the best and brightest people, create a loyal customer base and promote goodwill within their communities. Choose Goodness provides both the rational and emotional perspectives to the strategic and financial decision making process.



Since beginning his career at Deloitte, Tommy has spent 20 years serving companies as a CPA and financial consultant. He still serves as Board Advisor, Chair and/or Director for multiple for-profit and civic entities.


But what he loves most these days is serving the Choose Goodness community and demonstrating that it's possible -- and never too late -- to live an authentic, satisfying life.

 

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Leadership Lift: “Our level of success rarely exceeds our level of personal development.” Jim Rohn

 

January is traditionally the month where millions set goals for how the next 12 months will be different than the previous 12. I bet you set at least one goal for the year -- how are you doing with it?

 

Don’t worry if it’s not going like you thought. Huddle up with it again for ten minutes to explore what’s working and why you could be off your game. Be sure to be crystal clear about why this one goal is important to you. Clarity often solves pesky problems.

 

In today's show, I share with you 5 ways to show up differently this year. Self leadership is grounded in several tenants including conscious decision making about all aspects of our life. Sometimes making changes we know we need to make can be overwhelming.



That's why I subscribe to the notion of making small shifts -- little things that over time add up to big things.

 

Don't be shy about sharing on social media the insights you pick up from today;s episode! Use #pyp when posting. Step into your next level of leadership and share ideas today!

 

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“No matter how skillful we are, we are always going to have blind spots. We just can’t know what we don’t know,” says today’s PYP MVP Pamela Gold. “And don’t even get me started on what phones are doing to us!” she laughs. “Our phones are messing with our minds!”

 

You will love today’s conversation with Pamela Gold. Some history: Pamela grew up on her family’s apple farm in upstate New York, graduated from Yale University, and then entered the business world in NYC where she was the point person on an IPO at the age of 24. Leaving the workforce to start a family, she co-founded West Village Parents and went on to pursue her passion for fitness and wellness. It was through this pursuit that she discovered yoga, which connected her love of philosophy, science, psychology, and wellness and eventually led her to discover her life’s work: teaching inner peace as the key to our greatest evolution and ultimately, world peace.

 

About a year and a half ago, she had a really big shift and wrote a book as a result of that shift -- it took her two weeks to write and the rest is history. It’s called Find More Strength: 5 Pillars to Unlock Unlimited Power and Happiness and it is full of tragedy to triumph personal stories, along with actionable tools to help increase power and happiness in life.

 

She jokes that all her friends read it and liked it and gave her those warm and fuzzy feelings we all love to feel from time to time. But the real mark of success for her is the outpouring of positive responses she continues to receive from strangers who tell her how much this book is changing their lives.

 

Leadership skills and insights Pam shares on today’s show include:

 

  • How do we use our phones to make life better, while minimizing the noise and clutter that threaten to take us out if we don’t develop the right skills to tackle them
  • How to use our brains to stay centered
  • What to do when we lose an important relationship
  • Why we give away our power too easily sometimes
  • When putting some of our happiness on how another person is treating us and caring about us becomes a problem
  • How to practice self compassion
  • Why it’s so hard not to take things personally

 

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Kicking off the new year with our annual highlight reel show featuring the voices of every PYP MVP from 2017. You will love their wisdom and insights as you continue planning your goals for the next 12 months and step up into new leadership roles at work, in your business and life. This episode is jam-packed with timeless reminders of how we can all show up and be our best at everything we do.

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What does it take to lead in a global marketplace? How can we become better at what we do every day in our work and our private lives? Is it possible to learn the leadership skills necessary to lead teams at a world-class level?

These are some of the questions my guest asks today on the show. Claudio Toyama returns for his second appearance on PYP to talk about his new book with the curious title, The Samurai Samba Vinci Way: How to Improve Your Executive Presence, Increase Trust and Lead Your Team at a World-Class Level. It was published in the fall of 2017 and quickly became a number one international bestseller. The book reflects the incredible work Claudio has done teaching subject matter experts over the last 10 years through his coaching and consulting practice how to become excellent leaders.

Are you more of a Samurai, a Samba or a Vinci? Learn about the power of these three personas and how they can help you improve your life in today’s episode of the PYP Podcast.

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Aren’t all business owners happy? today’s PYP MVP Tim Fulton asks. You would think they would be being out on their own, running their own show, chasing a dream, having the freedom you can’t get with a job. But the answer to this question is a surprising no, and in the show, Tim goes into detail about why that is so -- and how to fix it.

 

Tim Fulton showed up ready to play and you’re going to love his enthusiasm. The facts about him include: he is a nationally recognized small business consultant and advocate with more than 30 years experience in entrepreneurship. His purpose and passion is helping others succeed. Over the years he has worked with thousands of business start-ups and existing business entities as a catalyst for starting and growing their business enterprises.

 

Tim has also served as the assistant director of the Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University and the Director of the Family Business Institute at Florida International University. An author of a very popular, award-winning book on small business titled Small Business Matters and the follow-up book Small Business Matters and All That Jazz, Tim also publishes his own award-winning monthly newsletter, Small Business Matters.

A popular public speaker, Tim has addressed groups from the Association of Small Business Development Centers, the Cruise Line Industry Association, and the American Society for Training & Development. He has also appeared on television and radio programs as an advocate for small business and entrepreneurship.

 

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“The time you can take to care for aging parents is 10-20 years according to a survey done by MetLife,” says today’s PYP MVP Ruth Ullman. There are plenty of other sobering statistics about the wave that’s coming -- and most people are either ignoring it or denying it even exists. Our conversation goes pretty deep into what’s happening around the world today, and the trend of aging parents shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

“No one wants to think about their parents getting old,” Ruth continues. “But to pretend that’s not going to happen can cost you a lot of money, not to mention time.”

Ruth began caring for her aging parents when she was in her 40s. She had to navigate a labyrinth of financial, legal and health mazes to get answers and figure out next steps. “It wasn’t easy,” she says, reflecting on that time of her life. “And my business didn’t survive because I hadn’t set it up to work without me fully present every day.”

Because of these experiences, Ruth founded her latest business called myeldercarejourney.com which focuses on helping small businesses, entrepreneurs and consultants realign their businesses to thrive while caring for aging parents. She believes that no one should have to choose between the business they created and caring for aging loved ones.

Ruth has been featured on Fox, CBS, NBC & ABC News and lately, a lot of podcasts where she spreads her message about how to prevent catastrophe from striking when aging loved ones become front and center in our lives.

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“Why are sports growing in popularity?” today’s guest Teresa McCloy asks rhetorically. “It’s because people are longing for that connection we get when we come together for an event.”

She’s right. I see it every time I go to watch a game in person. In that stadium, for a few hours at least, those of us who have chosen to spend our time watching athletes run, tackle, hit, jump, leap, throw, pound, and slide share in something very special -- and very human. Teresa gets this, which is why she has redesigned her life around helping clients discover the habits that aren’t serving them and building new ones that do.

It’s a fast-paced world out there and any professional knows the battle isn’t with information, but rather with execution on selected information relevant to us personally. As a REALIFE Speaker & Coach, Teresa McCloy partners with her clients to stop being productive and do what matters. There’s a difference, she argues, between going, going, going just because everyone else is doing that and deliberately choosing activities and strategies that are directly aligned with what matters most to us.

A recovering workaholic who was addicted to all the latest apps, software, and bestselling books on productivity, she is now passionate about helping business leaders and entrepreneurs to assess their habits and execute a REALIFE Process to take their everyday ordinary life to something Xtra-ordinay in their REALIFE, REALWORK & REALSELF. Teresa is a founding trainer and coach with the 12 Week Year system, and uses tools such as iEnneagram© and Life Maps, serving her audience and clients through speaking, masterminds and training to discover their REALIFE Process.

As we begin to gather with loved ones and friends in the coming weeks of the Holiday Season, let's remember Teresa's message about reconnecting to what matters most. Hold close the ones who you love best and express gratitude for the blessings both big and small you have in your life right now. And if it suits you, venture out to a live game somewhere to gather with those who share the joy in spectating, cheering, and celebrating being human together.

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Nancy Martin loves the Pittsburgh Steelers. A Pennsylvania girl through and through, she gets football and what it can mean for a town, city and region. When she’s not cheering for the black and gold, she is a renowned speaker, facilitator, and best-selling author of Dance Your Way to an Empowered Self, and the creator of “Back Off” - a proprietary method of teaching women and girls how to embody confidence so they can repel potential abusers and claim their own authentic voice.  

Her mission is to reach as many women and girls as possible before they become victims of abuse so they can build a light, happy future. We met through a mutual friend and PYP MVP, Claudio Toyama. Nancy has a lot of energy and loves to laugh while cooking delicious meals from scratch. She is vibrant, dynamic and dedicated to raising her son to be thoughtful, kind and driven by his own sense of self.

In her work, she uses a specialized combination of dance, movement, and intensive coaching to show her clients how to use their bodies powerfully and make the changes needed to repel aggressors and build core confidence. As a result, they experience a quick, dramatic change in self-assurance that affects their entire being. Not only do they learn to be true to themselves in all situations, but they also realize they are enough and their choices become fully their own.

Nancy’s extensive and valuable knowledge of the body-mind connection will help you think differently about how you are physically showing up each day -- and give you even more incentive to dance in the end zone, and not just on Sunday!

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Debbie Johnston’s motto is, “If I have touched one life, it was worth the journey.” And let me tell you -- she has touched many. November is National Adoption Month and among the many pursuits Debbie has engaged in over the years, advocating for children of all ages to find permanent homes is at the top of her list.


Over the span of her successful careers, she has been recognized as the Entrepreneur of Richmond, Virginia, Philanthropist of the Year, and Woman on the Move. As founder and President of Care Advantage, Nurse Advantage, and All About Care, she has created a dynamic compassionate care company that is devoted to giving back to the community. Her former companies employ approximately 3,000 health care professionals in central Virginia and surrounding areas. Debbie's journey to the top did not start off all glitz and glam though. In fact, she had a very humble start. Debbie grew up in a small town with her biological mother's sister and her husband who adopted Debbie at a young age. She was raised on a farm with four younger sisters and one brother, working hard with farm-life chores, too busy and loved to realize her actual scarcity.

"Originally I wanted to be a secretary like my mom, but after considerable coaxing from my dad, I decided to go into nursing,” Debbie says. “My dad told me that nursing would always afford me a job in good times and bad." Somehow, her parents scraped up the three-year tuition for Debbie to attend the Johnston-Willis School of Nursing.

Following nursing school, she decided to work in the operating room where she learned a lot in a short amount of time. In her book, The School of Heart Knocks, she tells the story of watching a 14-year-old girl receive her last rites in the emergency room. It was then that she decided to become a recovery room nurse, in order to lessen the close interaction with patients and guard against such heartache. "I began to see people being discharged quicker and sicker, which prompted my curiosity about what was happening to patients once they were sent home. It was this curiosity that led me into my career of home care."

Debbie sought and accepted an offer as a salesperson for a new national home health company in the area. After one year, she took the idea of home health care to a large hospital conglomerate and became the administrator of the division. However, the chief hospital administrator spun the home health division out on its own and decided to sell it. Debbie then received a push from a friend and started her own health care company. Care Advantage, Inc. was born out of a need to help people once discharged home. This has naturally evolved from helping patients leave the hospital to holding their hand and making their last few hours the best possible.

Today, Debbie is the sole owner and president of Care Advantage, Inc., which has become a leading company for personal and companion home healthcare, with 17 offices and affiliates throughout Virginia. "I believe that one of the best things about growing a financially successful company is having the ability to give to others. We have given over a million dollars to organizations all over the community. I also started ‘Eunice's Circle of Friends,’ which is a social group for Widows and Widowers, and those individuals who have lost a loved one." In 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Debbie to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority and as the Adoption Champion for the state of Virginia and these days, she spends a lot of her time helping match deserving kids with deserving parents.

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Love is missing from the workplace. That’s what today’s PYP MVP believes. “If you can satisfy people’s emotional needs, you can produce business results you never thought possible,” says Cort Dial. He would know. Cort has been working as an executive coach for several decades and has seen every facet of human behavior you could imagine. His work has taken him to some of the toughest places on earth, from oil rigs off the coast of Texas to the deserts of the Middle East and everything in between. In fact, over the last 30 years in a variety of environments ranging from corporate skyscrapers to South American jungles, he has honed his signature method of leadership development called All-In Performance Transformation. With it, he trains and certifies business executives and rising leaders at his Heretics to Heroes Leadership Mastery Summits held throughout the year in Austin, Texas. Despite all the advances in technology we’ve experienced over the last ten years, Cort is adamant that we human beings are still the same: everyone just wants to feel a sense of belonging. Everyone wants to play a big game. Everyone wants to make a contribution in one fashion or another. “The world is lacking great leadership,” he says. But has has faith that, with a combination of the right training, some time and patience, things can change for the better. “I’m really good at asking the tough questions no one else is willing to ask,” Cort says. He believes that asking the hard questions is one of the keys to developing great leaders and that it takes a special form of leader to inspire a performance transformation within organizations. Cort calls this new breed of 21st-century hero the All-In™ Leader. He explores the roots and results of his unique All-In Leadership philosophy in his Amazon Top 10 book, Heretics to Heroes: A Memoir on Modern Leadership, named the Best Business Book of 2016 by Canada’s Globe and Mail. Cort lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and best friend Julie of more than 38 years. He has a son and a daughter and two grandsons named Max and Jake. Oh, and he’s a big Texas Longhorns fan. While it’s been a tough road for the Longhorns recently, they’re having a decent season this year. “As long as we beat Oklahoma, us fans are okay,” he chuckles.

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Thanks to PYP MVP Will Cuddy from Show #106, I had the honor of talking to Noah Schultz this week. Noah is currently on tour across the United States promoting the documentary about his life called Perception: From Prison to Purpose. We had a fantastic conversation and I was moved by his story.

Noah Schultz is a poet and a writer who was incarcerated at the age of 17 under Oregon’s Measure 11. During his time in custody, he was introduced to creative writing, and has since transformed his worldview. While in prison, he earned an Associate’s Degree and two Bachelor’s Degrees, and even created and taught a poetry curriculum to other inmates. He is an aspiring entrepreneur interested in poverty, human trafficking and environmental issues and is currently in the process of launching his own fashion line, Forgotten Culture Clothing, with his best friend.

Noah’s favorite team is the Portland Timbers and he brings a lot of positive energy to every audience he serves, and Team PYP, we are no different. Assisting others in finding their inner greatness is why he wakes up in the morning and he loves to encourage people to say to themselves, “I am qualified!”

 

You can buy a copy of his poetry book “Morse Code Kisses” on Amazon here.

One of Noah’s favorite things to say about sports is: “It’s not just a game...it’s a language that connects the world to you and me.”

We love that, too!

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Gustavo Serbia is the Corporate Director of Human Resources for Crescent Hotels & Resorts and refers to himself as an HR non-HR guy. He is also the founder of Stretch the String, a personal development movement dedicated to helping fine tune the most important instrument of your career: YOU! Gustavo has worked in hospitality, entertainment, with airlines and universities. His work has taken him around the world including places like Mexico, Hong Kong, and Europe. Fully bilingual, Gustavo speaks both English and Spanish and on a personal note, he loves baseball, has a collection of M&M branded items and considers himself a tech nerd.

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Jake Carlson is a business leader, an inspirational speaker, and a 9-5 dropout. After 11 years as a tax attorney, he chose “different”. Taking his three kids out of school for the adventure of a lifetime, the family spent a year living in 12 countries from Bagan, Myanmar to Paris, France, overcoming robbery, red-eye flights and Haggis while learning to love the rich cultures of the world. All of which he expected. What he didn’t expect was the journey of Leadership this decision would create. From the high-rises of London to the nipa huts of Malaysia, the need for strong leadership is everywhere. But where are the leaders? Jake is on a mission to help Elite Achievers become leaders by mastering the CIA of Influence: Conviction, Irresistibility & Accountability. Join us today for a lively conversation full of exciting adventure stories and insights on how to become a better leader!

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Jeff McManus grows things. As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants...he grows people...he grows ideas. Jeff is a problem-solver, understanding that doing more with less is a 21st century mandate. He developed his GROW-theory into an impactful management and professional development leadership program for his staff and has been recognized nationally for it by the Princeton Review, PGMS, Newsweek and every faculty, staff, student and visitor who has walked onto the Ole Miss Campus. His message rings true for any industry leader or manager looking to grow a high-performance and dedicated workforce.

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Like millions of people across the United States, I watched the solar eclipse. But I have a confession. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t interested in the solar eclipse. Like, at all. It wasn’t until my dad started talking about it when I was on vacation with him in Maine earlier this month that I realized my non-interest was stemming more from not liking all the hype surrounding the eclipse rather than the actual eclipse itself. Today's Bonus Audible is all about my experience getting ready for this once-in-a-lifetime event, along with some actual raw audio footage minutes before the moon nearly obscured the sun in my little part of the world in Oregon. It's a piece of living history, and the whole experience turned out far cooler than I initially imagined. Some interesting and unexpected things happened during it, so pop in those head phones and take a listen to today's episode of PYP!

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Chances are good if you’ve been on Facebook lately you have seen a chatbot. A chatbot is an automated communication sequence inside FB Messenger, on your website, or an on ecommerce site that allows the user to drive the experience while interacting with your chatbot to get questions answered, get content, make orders, etc. --  instantly and 24/7. Today’s guest knows a few things about chatbots and unpacks their potential for Team PYP. His name is Peter Lisoskie and he spends his time helping early adopters in business capitalize on new trends in tools, technologies, and marketing strategies. He’s discovered that many early adopter companies want chatbots developed for leads, inside sales, content delivery, information gathering, ecommerce, customer service and more. With Peter’s extensive background in product development he can help your company develop and deploy a chatbot strategy to support your brand and deliver a winning customer experience. Peter is a proud geek: He runs a business incubator, hangs out with neuroscientists, and has been known to write a line of code or two if it brings a product to life. Get ready for a lively conversation about the future -- it’s closer than we think!

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Mark J. Podolsky (AKA The Land Geek) is widely considered the country’s most trusted and foremost authority on buying and selling raw, undeveloped land within the United States. He has been actively investing in real estate and raw land since 2001 and has completed over 5,000 unique transactions. Mark’s company, Frontier Equity Properties, LLC, is an A+ rated BBB real estate company. Mark has achieved this level of success largely due to his core business philosophy – “Happy Customers Guaranteed.” I would add his success also comes from the fact that he chooses to use a treadmill desk. “Sitting is the new smoking!” he reminds us all. Mark is also the host of one of the top rated podcasts in the Investing Category on iTunes aptly titled “The Best Passive Income Model and The Art of Passive Income.” As if he wasn’t already busy enough, Mark hosts “The Land Geek Podcast- Work Smart. Earn More. Learn How.” You can check those out on iTunes and wherever else great listening is enjoyed.

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This week's audible title is inspired by the latest book I listened to called "The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work and Confidence with Everyday Courage" by Mel Robbins. It's a fantastic listen and I share my review of this book along with six others I recommend for your Summer 2017 reading/listening pleasure. While summer is typically a time to slow down and take some time off, we can continue feeding our minds with great stories and inspirational content so that when things ramp up again in the fall, we are empowered and powerful. Enjoy!

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Jane Jackson and I have never met in person. In fact, I "met" Jane Jackson via a video she made as part of an online course I took in June. I live in Oregon in the US and she lives in Sydney, Australia. I was so impressed with her message and presence, I reached out to her on LinkedIn and the rest is history. That's the way it works today. I often comment to my guests each week how we never would have connected were it not for this phenomenal thing called the Internet. It has literally opened the world to all of us and the looming question is: how will you leverage it today to get the ball of your life, business and/or career into the end zone? Now one thing about Jane I want to mention is she knows nothing about American football, yet was such a terrific sport throughout our conversation as I tossed out one football metaphor after another. We laughed a lot, and at one time she even called a time out!

Here's what else you will want to know about Jane Jackson -- she is a career coach, author, speaker, podcast host, image consultant and workshop leader who is committed to helping all of us live a life less ordinary. Her book, Navigating Career Crossroads: How to Thrive when Changing Direction, is a #1 Amazon bestseller and definitely worth the read. Even if you aren’t going through a career transition right now, Jane’s book has useful tips and exercises that you can use to fine tune your current position. She’s got sections on values clarification, choosing a suitable wardrobe and how to connect effectively with key decision makers on social media platforms like LinkedIn. She’s been featured in all kinds of great publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan. Mother of two beautiful daughters, Jane lives in Australia where she runs her international business and brings a lot of class to everything she does.

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One of the best parts of my conversation with Steve Robertson this week (and there were many!) was hearing his deep insights into what makes Gen Z tick. "Young people have more in common with their international peers than they do with their parents," he reflects.

Gen Z is the generation coming after the Millennials (who are now entering their 30s and beginning to settle down). What are their concerns as they come of age in a highly digitized world? What are they most eager to learn? Who do they look up to and why? For any of us working with young people, building businesses, educating, and/or simply wondering how to engage a generation that sees things very differently than their Gen X parents and Baby Boomer grandparents, today’s PYP MVP Steve Robertson will give you the goods.

Steve is an expert on youth development and education as well as understanding and adapting to youth. His experience comes full circle from being the business leader and establishing the culture of the camp to helping the students in the programs prepare for their future careers. He is currently the CEO of Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs (JKCP), an organization specializing in youth-to-adult programming that turns curiosity into passion and skill. He has been with JKCP for 18 years, and as a result, he’s really got an inside edge about a population that will one day lead the world. In this role, his primary responsibility is to cultivate a culture that results in memories lasting a lifetime for their participants and staff. Steve oversees 20-plus programs and camps ranging from cooking and sports to pre-college academics and more- attracting participants from all over the world. JKCP partners together with highly esteemed institutions such as University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Villanova University, and even the NFL!

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Andrea Jordan is a business strategist who is living a life many people dream of: seeing the world while working remotely. As a digital nomad, she is currently travelling throughout Latin America, enjoying the many sites this region of the world has to offer. She earns her living supporting creative entrepreneurs who want to live a life less ordinary, just like she’s doing. With a rare combination of expertise in corporate law and business coaching, together with a degree in accounting, this woman knows her stuff! When she’s not working with entrepreneurs, you can find her with a camera in hand capturing the beauty that she sees and volunteering at animal shelters. Be sure to follow her on Instagram to see the many spectacular photos she publishes there regularly. Ultimately, Andrea wants to live in a world where everyone looks forward to Mondays and living a creative life is the norm. I think many of us here at PYP heartily support that vision!      

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Most of us have heard a variation of the popular Vince Lombardi quote:

"Winners never quit and quitters never win."

While that meme may have worked back in the mid 20th century when the world was very different, it’s not so relevant today.

Winners actually quit all the time, and here’s seven specific ways those quitters win:

  1. Quit holding on to the past. Mistakes. Coulda-shoulda-wouldas and the like are barriers keeping you from moving forward. Let go of what has already come and gone.
  2. Quit thinking you can’t do something. I get it. These days with the prevalence of online everything, it’s easy to compare ourselves to everyone else who seems to be doing so much better than we are in every category imaginable (e.g. health, wealth, relationship, career). Believe me, everyone is struggling in one way or another. You can do things if you decide those things are what you want, even if it seems scary or impossible. Do them anyway.
  3. Quit watching so much television/Netflix/sports/porn. See #6.
  4. Quit waiting for someone to give you permission. No one is coming to rescue you. No one is coming to say, “Hey, you’re the one we desperately need!” As Jim Rohn loved to say, “For things to change, you have to change.” That includes picking yourself to be the next whatever it is you want to be.
  5. Quit putting yourself down. Negative self-talk is the bane of human existence. The sooner you quit going dark on yourself, the sooner you will experience the spoils of the winner’s circle.
  6. Quit turning to over eating/drinking/shopping/gambling to escape from facing the truth about your life. They are tempting. At every turn, something promises to take away the pain of being human. The question here is, do you want to go through life numb and dumb? Or are you willing to accept that cuts, scrapes and bruises come with achievement and excellence?
  7. Quit thinking you can do it all yourself. You can’t. No one can. Figure out what you do best and hire the rest. This can be applied at work and at home. A predominantly DIY culture grounded in two very powerful principles called self-reliance and independence makes us believe we are losers if we can’t announce at the next dinner party that we did it all ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather be handing out business cards of my caterer than rushing around trying to restock the crudite plate or refill wine glass.

Quitters win every day. You can often see them sipping champagne from their yachts as they sail yet again around the Mediterranean.

Isn’t it about time you stepped into the quitter's circle, too? Quit something today! It's amazing what can happen when you do.

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“The Internet still has a voodoo quality to me, even after all this time,” laughs today’s PYP MVP Matt Miller. Old school through and through, Matt loves the physicality of peeling a sticker off its backing and then sticking it on something, like the cover of his laptop. Matt is the first guest to make a second appearance on PYP, and we had a ball catching up on where he’s taken his franchise-based business School Spirit Vending since the last time he came on the show in 2015. If you’ve ever wondered how much a company can actually grow in 18 months, pay close attention to what Matt shares with us on today’s show. Matt Miller proves that when old school meets newschool it’s possible to not only prosper, but have a lot of fun, too.

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“I don’t like doing the same thing over and over,” says Dana Malstaff, founder of the growing brand “Boss Mom” and mother of two. “That’s probably why I wouldn’t be good at football because I’d want to play all the positions!” Dana is a mother, author, business & content strategist, coach, and podcaster whose energy is infectious. She lives with her family in San Diego and loves what she does. As the author of Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro, Dana lives by the advice she gives to other young moms looking to build their own business without guilt. As the founder of Boss Mom, she serves a community who yearns for more time and less guilt when it comes to building their business and raising their family by providing the tools they need to get more out of their content and business -- without sacrificing their family goals. She believes in “momentary mentors” as well as life long coaches, and sees the Boss Mom brand becoming a movement in the next couple of years. “People are yearning to get help solving their problems,” she says. “Boss Mom is one of many ways to get answers.” Her favorite communication book is The 5 Love Languages because “when people feel valued and loved, they will do anything for you.” There’s no question in my mind -- Dana Malstaff is one to watch!

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He’s crashed the Toronto Film Festival. Had dinner with Amy Cuddy and her family in the nicest restaurant in Boston. Imitated his favorite superhero in a bathroom stall before nailing an audition. Won multiple awards for his indie film “Linea.” Attended Oscar parties with Hollywood A-listers and acted across from Reese Witherspoon in the critically acclaimed film, “Wild” (based on fellow Portlander Cheryl Strayed’s best selling memoir). He’s also an up and coming film maker, former acapella singer, Oregon Ducks fan, and happens to be my neighbor. His name is Will Cuddy, and you are going to love his take on the future of film, how to be bold, and the truth about Millennials. Despite being next door to each other at the scheduled time, we recorded the episode in our respective houses. “I’ve never done a podcast with my guest in the same room,” I confessed. “I know there are plenty of people who do. I just don’t have the right set up yet.” Will’s warmth and playful spirit made it feel like we were sitting across from each other in a comfy living room. I think you will agree. Thanks for tuning in! And please, if you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe. I publish episodes regularly and you never know who’s going to show up and play their position.

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Too many Americans are living as prisoners in their own bodies, held captive by bad habits that have drained them of their livelihood and sentenced them to a premature death. These harsh realities are what have kept Dr. Phil Carson passionate about practicing pharmacy since 1985. After encountering many patients who were seeking answers when their needs were not met by traditional medicine, Dr. Phil founded Carson Natural Health in 2005 with the mission of helping patients find the best natural solutions to their health problems. Patients come to him with problems and leave with renewed hope that they can be healthy again. In fact, he has not only consistently improved many patients’ quality of life, but also literally saved a few of them.

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“At my lowest point, I ate 88 cent pasta and $1.88 sauce from Walmart for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It literally saved my life,” says today’s PYP MVP Rob Dial. Those days may be behind him, but Rob will never forget them. "Being an entrepreneur is like waking up and getting punched in the face every single day,”  he says. “You have to develop a CEO mindset and model your actions after the people you want to be like.” A shy kid who was bullied a lot, Rob grew up in a city whose claim to fame is being the #1 city in America where kids overdose on pills. His dad died from alcoholism when Rob was a teenager, and life in general was hard. Rob believes these tough experiences gave him the drive to become a 7-figure business builder -- twice -- all before he turned 30. No stranger to hardship or hard work, Rob has reached a point in his life today where he recognizes that experiences are far more valuable than things. “I’ve had the cars, the house, the stuff,” he says. “I’ve had it all and lost it all. I like life better now. I’m in a good place.”

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What happens when you realize you aren’t as good as you thought you were? That, after devoting over half your life to one pursuit, it didn’t work out? Today’s PYP MVP Siphiwe Baleka knows exactly what this feels like...and shares his story of personal reinvention, reclamation and redemption with us on today’s episode. Siphiwe was raised in Chicago by a single dad and went on to graduate from Yale University. He is the first African American ever named to the First Team All-Ivy League Swim Team. He missed qualifying for the 1992 Olympic Swimming Trials in the 100 freestyle by just eight tenths of a second and that one event changed his life -- and position -- forever. Currently, he is the founder of Fitness Trucking, LLC and serves as the Driver Health and Fitness Coach at Prime Inc., one of America’s largest trucking companies. His innovative, on-the-go wellness program has helped thousands of truck drivers lose weight and reclaim their health (69% of truck drivers are obese; the trucking industry is the least healthy of any industry in the country). His premise is that ANYONE with 4 minutes can get fit, and he’s written a book called 4-Minute Fit that takes readers through his simple and effective program. What works for truckers can work for any sedentary person!

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When you meet Lou Radja for the first time, most people are struck by the warmth of his smile, followed by his remarkable ability to command a room with his wonderful stories. If you hang around long enough after he’s finished speaking, you’ll be one of the lucky ones to get a hug from this incredible man. Lou was born in Boston, but spent the next 16 years of his life in the Congo when his parents moved there with him and his siblings. It was in the Congo where he developed his love of storytelling and learned how to think and speak in metaphors. Lou returned to the US when he was 17 and noticed right away the many opportunities America afforded its citizens. He has since dedicated his life to helping people live at the intersection of success and significance, that magical place where it’s possible to truly experience “uhuru:” pure freedom. Lou is an international speaker who inspires and uplifts audiences everywhere he goes. He’s also an author and coach, but perhaps most importantly, he is a proud husband and father dedicated to showing up fully as his truest, most authentic self and doing good things in the world.

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What can we learn from having a bad boss, or working with a really bad coach? Emotional Intelligence expert Dr. Tracey Adams says plenty! Tracey and I recently met via a mutual friend and PYP MVP Elizabeth Case (thanks, Elizabeth!) and we hit it off immediately. Enthusiastic is an understatement when it comes to describing this powerhouse. I learned so much from our conversation on today’s episode, and I know you will love what she shares. One of the big takeaways is this: when we allow other people to take the credit for winning, we actually win bigger. Tracey shares a great story about a time when she experienced this very situation -- along with her honest feelings about what was happening inside her mind while it was happening (many of you will relate to the story she was telling herself). When she’s not off facilitating private retreats for women so they can show up more powerfully by using emotional intelligence for better well being at work and at home, Tracey teaches emotional intelligence within organizations. In fact, her doctoral research focused on the correlations between a manager’s emotional intelligence and their team’s engagement.Tracey spends her time in Portland, Oregon raising two teenagers and igniting every room she enters with her infectious positive energy.

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100 is a nifty number. It’s many people’s favorite currency denomination (who doesn’t like having a pocket full of Benjamins). It carries a certain and enviable weight. Just saying the words “one hundred” can send currents of excitement through our brains.

Did you know, for example, that the numerology number 100 represents energy that's self-determined, independent, and has infinite potential?

That the number 100 can be seen as a practically unlimited number 1?

That it is highly self-sufficient and feels comfortable being alone doing what it prefers to do for its own reasons?

Okay, some of this may be a bit meta for Team PYP, but in celebration of my 100th episode this week, I wanted to pass along some interesting trivia about the number 100. I share some of these fascinating tidbits in the show itself. But for this part of my show description, I am passing on what I recently learned about the number 100 as it relates to numerology.

In numerology, the number 1 brings independence, leadership qualities, and the ability to work alone to the number 100. The number 0 brings openness, wholeness, comprehensiveness, and infinity to the number 100.

The two energies, 0 representing all that is and 1 representing aloneness, may appear to be incompatible. But they enhance each other when combined, making 100 a powerful and universally appealing factor (maybe that’s why number 1 is such a popular jersey number). With the influence of both the number 1 and the number 0, 100 can be seen as a virtually unlimited number 1. And that, to me, is super cool.

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If you were deathly afraid of spiders, would you deliberately spend the night in the jungles of Borneo? Today’s PYP MVP Sue Ritchie did, and said it was one of the best experiences of her life. Sue is a leadership coach who knows how to shake things up and move us out of our comfort zones so we can thrive in the new world of work and life. No stranger to taking calculated risks, Sue walks her talk and can attest to the importance of stretching ourselves so we know life in a new way. She is an expert on establishing effective leadership presence, and has pinpointed the X factor for exceptional leadership across all industries. I’m not sure if I’m ready to sleep on the floor of a jungle anytime soon, but she certainly got me thinking about ways I can show up a little bit smarter, a little bit better. I admire Sue for the way she has crafted her life, and I think you will too!

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I first met Karen Lopez McWilliams in the lobby of a Hilton Hotel in Southlake, Texas. It was late June 2015 and she arrived with all the materials she’d agreed to bring for our two day strategy session together on her passion project: big post-it paper, colored markers, legal pads, pens. For the next 48 hours, we hashed out the game plan she would use to create her book, The Ones Who Believed: True Inspirational Stories Honoring Everyday People Who Took a Chance, Shaped a Life and Made a Difference. All those proverbial Xs and Os made sense and showed us something incredible was unfolding before us. At that point I did not yet know my role in the project would extend beyond the planning stage into the subsequent 18 months of full-time writing, revising, designing, publishing and ultimate launching and promoting the book right alongside Karen. What I did know was she had an incredible concept on her hands that no one else had explored the way she wanted to. Writing a book is no easy feat and it takes a team of committed visionaries to make it come to life. This is why the Acknowledgement section in most books is quite dense. Many hands go into producing a book of substance. OWB was no different. Comprised of 25 true stories, it flips on its head the conventional approach to exploring success, with storytellers honoring the one(s) who believed in them to showcase their personal triumphs and breakthroughs rather than simply telling their own story. By making the honoree the central character of each tale, each story encourages readers to remember and reflect about their own one(s) who believed in them and then pass on their gratitude for the wisdom and positive impact they experienced because someone took a chance on them without any expectation of gain. How many times have we watched athletes upon winning the big game make mention of special people who believed in them? How many Oscar winners make a point of sharing with the world the names of those special ones whose belief made their accomplishment possible? If ever a time in human history was right for a book like The Ones Who Believed, now is that time. More than ever we need to find a way to connect with each other and build something great together. OWB is one way of doing that. When we’re willing to hit the pause button on our busy lives and take the time to honor someone else with sincere and genuine gratitude, nothing short of miracles can happen.

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I love the Super Bowl. I was not happy with the outcome on Sunday as I wanted the Falcons to win. But hats off to Tom Brady and the Patriots for pulling out of their tailspin and coming back to win the game. History making event.

But enough about football. Ha! Today I want to talk about the halftime show because it was out of this world and I couldn’t help myself...I was enjoying it not just for the entertainment value, but also for the business value...looking at Lady Gaga as the epitome of an artist entrepreneur who plays her position to a tee.

I’ve been a distant fan of Lady Gaga for years, with a few of her big hits on my playlist. She is an icon of my daughter’s generation more than one of mine. But I gained an entirely new level of respect for her after Super Bowl 51’s halftime show.

Here are three things that stood out to me about Lady Gaga’s performance at Super Bowl 51:

  1. When you show up as yourself, you win. I can’t think of another performer today who is as much herself as Lady Gaga, and the halftime show she put on demonstrated that exponentially. Her glittery costume and matching boots. Her hair, the mask over her eyes. She was confident. She was bold. She was authentic.
  2. When you serve others through playing your position, you win. Lady Gaga is all about her fans who she calls her “Little Monsters” for those listening today who don’t know much about her. Notice how she didn’t use the enormous viewing stage that comes with a halftime show to play a song she’s been working on that no one knows, or rant about her views on some issue. I have seen performers do this when they get the spotlight. They make it all about them instead of giving the audience what it wants. In Lady Gaga’s case, what her audience wants to hear are her big hits like “Poker Face” “Born This Way” and “The Edge of Glory.” And she delivered big time. Her one nod to the highly charged political climate was starting the set with “America the Beautiful.” Her message? We are all one big team here. We may not always see eye to eye but we can work together to keep this thing called Democracy we love going as red white and blue lights lit up behind her in the shape of the American flag. Brilliant..
  3. When you want to play your position at the highest level, you build a great team around you. Even though she is the name of her brand, the center of the Lady Gaga brand, she surrounds herself with the best -- the best dancers, the best musicians, the best sound team, the best choreographers… Lady Gaga is incredibly smart about her business and she holds herself accountable to the highest standards. She takes responsibility for what happens. Even in her pregame interview with Michael Strahan, she was cool under pressure, confident about who she was and what she was going to deliver. Like anyone about to launch a product into the world, she knew her performance had risk in it. But she went for it anyway and took it all the way into the end zone.

The experience was extraordinary from the opening aerial stunt when she came flying down from the fake sky to the conclusion when she dropped the mic and caught the football as she leaped off the stage into the abyss. It took my breath away when I watched it live and it’s taking my breath away now as I recall it.

For me, that was the biggest win of the day.

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When I was in my twenties, I loved buying expensive shoes at Nordstrom. While I’m not nearly as obsessed with fancy shoes as I was in those days, I still enjoy splurging once in awhile on a great pair of kicks. In fact, I know plenty of women whose appetites for shoes and other fashion accessories have only increased over the years. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what people decide to spend their money on because it’s a personal decision. Some women like shoes. Some men like motorcycles. Most people at some point or another ask asks themselves the following question: How can I play my position better? As much as we’d like a one-size-fits-all answer, no such thing exists. A vacation to Maui every spring is the answer a friend of mine offers. More naps is the answer of another. And I’m not joking. Figuring out who we are, what we stand for and what we want in this life are universal themes we will encounter. Some meet these questions early and get them all dialed in. Others spend a lifetime trying to unravel the knots of expectation thrust upon them in childhood before they had a voice of their own.  I have always known who I am and have two incredible parents to thank for allowing me and my brother to be who we were growing up rather than trying to fit us into some kind of mold that wasn’t aligned with our core. Playing our position is tough enough without having to battle external forces for the right position. Life is fundamentally about the paradox of embracing and accepting being who we are while figuring out how to do that better each day throughout our lives -- in the face of enormous and inevitable change and social pressure to conform to someone else’s ideal of who we should be. Thank goodness Nordstrom is still around for those times when nothing but a new pair of shoes will do the trick. #pyp

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In the second half of my conversation with Thor Conklin, Thor gets into the details of how to execute on the plans we make for our lives, our businesses, our careers. Think that’s easy? It’s actually not. For the last 16 years, Thor has been obsessed with finding out what makes the difference between the people who succeed wildly in life and the ones who say they want to succeed wildly -- but never do. With the same energy and enthusiasm as he put forth in the first half, Thor doesn’t skimp on the value he freely shares with Team PYP. It’s practically impossible not to want to run out and get stuff done after listening to him walk through the parts of his Ultimate Success Map. This is an episode you will want to listen to again with pen and paper so you can catch more details of Thor’s Ultimate Success Map the second time through and apply them to your life.

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It’s fun listening to Thor Conklin. He is full of energy, insights and passion for helping people achieve peak performance. What I noticed right away about Thor was his conviction: what he shares with us in the first half of our conversation in today’s episode is nothing less than spectacular -- and totally doable. That’s another quality I admire in Thor. He breaks down big ideas that may at first seem too far out reach to someone just getting started or in a place of confusion. There is a reason, after all, why Thor is a successful business owner, author, executive coach and content-driven podcaster. Gritty, experienced and accessible, Thor brings to bear what holds people back from realizing their full potential. Through his latest venture, Peak Performance Nation, he teaches the tools, tips, tricks and strategies necessary to be a Peak Performer  no matter what you do for a living. He qualifies the psychology of success in one word: Execution. His mantra is, “Nothing you’ve learned matters – unless you can EXECUTE!” We hear you, Thor! Game on!

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Being the Best. I’ve been reading Seth Godin’s book The Dip this week. If you haven’t read this book, I recommend it. In a nutshell, The Dip is a book about helping readers figure out when to keep going, when to quit and “having the guts to do one or the other.” Sounds simple enough, but it really isn’t. A Short Book with a Long Punch. The Dip is a short book, but it packs a long-lasting punch. It gets you thinking about what you’re doing, and whether or not what you’re doing is worth it. It tells you that it’s easy to start things, and not so easy to hang in there until you’ve achieved mastery. One of the themes of the book is being the best at something. How do you know if you’re the best? What does being the best really mean? Why aren’t more people the best at something? These are but a handful of the many questions he asks.

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“The best professionals I’ve ever met are always improving. They are never stuck in one place.” Claudio Toyoma, PYP #62


The end of one year and the beginning of a new one is always a great time to reflect, ruminate, and recharge. What better way than to showcase the best and brightest insights from the 2016 roster of PYP MVPs than with a highlight reel? Today’s episode continues the spirit of compiling key plays from each guest’s playbook to inspire you to kick off 2017 with energy, excitement and enthusiasm for what’s next. I’ve decided 2017 is going to be extraordinary and look forward to having more conversations with fascinating people who will show up and bring their A game to us. My gratitude extends to my loyal listeners of PYP and to the 2016 PYP MVPs: Asa Mathat, Dana Corey, Dr. Cynthia Boccara, Giovanna Rossi, Claudio Toyoma, Dr. Carol Parker Walsh, Matt Heinz, Rob Barisoff, Dan Kimble, Elizabeth Case, Jane Leslie, Jeany Park, David Taylor, Brandon Gaille, Kelley McElreath, Kris Miller, Paul Maskill, Marina Darlow, Nellie Akalp, Tanner Gers, Nate Osborn, Dave Sanderson, Jo Miller, Jeremy Barnhart, Ally Machate, Britney Gardner. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Personal branding is all the rage today and it’s one of the most difficult concepts to grasp, let alone get right. But for people who work with today’s PYP MVP, Britney Gardner, things fall into place with their brands and they get results. As a brand strategist, Britney Gardner translates what it feels like to work with you into messaging you will use to build a business (or career) full of the best clients for you. Creator of The Badass Brand and host of the The Know, Like & Trust Show podcast, Britney empowers entrepreneurs (and some professionals) who are ready to level up to the premium clients they’ve been waiting for. She’s got some terrific ideas about branding she shares with Team PYP on today’s show. If you’re thinking about starting the new year off with a bang in your brand, or if you’re ready for some updating and reinvention of an existing brand, Britney will inspire you to take action in the right direction and finally feel good about the Brand Called You.

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It's almost 2017 and the publishing industry has been turned upside down in the last few years by tech giants like Amazon who allow anyone to publish anything, anywhere, anytime. Given our highly digital world, a big question on book lovers' minds everywhere is -- do books still matter in a Snapchat world? Today's PYP MVP Ally Machate has a unique perspective on the state of books today. She is the founder of The Writer’s Ally, an award-winning business that offers expert writing and editorial services to business professionals, publishers, agents, and authors. Ally is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge of the publishing industry and wealth of experience to lead serious authors toward publishing success. Since 1999, she has supported authors on their publishing journey and takes pride in serving as their books’ best ally. We had a great time geeking out about books on today's show, and you will too!

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Kids today are experiencing greater health challenges than any generation in our history. From too much time sitting in front of screens to highly processed diets, our children need alternatives to developing healthy habits for life. Today's PYP MVP, Jeremy Barnhart, is a co-owner and VP of Franchise Development at Apex Fun Run and is providing a terrific solution to this problem. Apex Fun Run helps schools raise funds for equipment and other campus needs through a two week character building and leadership development program that culminates with a student “run” to raise donations for schools. Jeremy has a background in accounting and other business ventures, and he currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and three sons, who keep him very active with their various involvement in sports. People like Jeremy exemplify the power of doing good while making a great living serving people who are looking for solutions.

 

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The Chicago Cubs just won the World Series after 108 years of dashed hopes, high expectations, faith, belief, doubt, and generations of fans wondering if it would ever happen. One week later, on November 8, 2016, America will elect a new president, and we will witness a new round of dashed hopes, high expectations, faith, belief, doubt and generations of citizens wondering what just happened. Regardless of who wins on Tuesday, it's Election Season 2016 and the stakes are high...or are they? In today's bonus PYP audible, I explore the different sides of winning and losing...and what they mean to us in the grand scheme of things.

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Jo Miller is Founding Editor of BeLeaderly.com, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc., and the creator of the Women’s Leadership Coaching® system, a roadmap for women who want to break into leadership positions in business. Used successfully by thousands of women worldwide, the system identifies the key steps women must take to advance into positions of influence and leadership—especially in industries long considered “a man’s world,” such as technology, finance, and energy. Jo is an internationally sought-after speaker who delivers more than 60 presentations per year to audiences of up to 1,200 for women’s conferences, women’s professional associations, and Fortune 1000 corporate women’s initiatives.

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Dave Sanderson is an inspirational survivor, speaker, and author. When US Airways Flight 1549, or "The Miracle on the Hudson," ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.
 
Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others that day and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. That experience profoundly changed his life and today he travels the globe sharing his inspirational and motivational leadership messages to help people make a difference in how they do business and live their lives.
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Just saw the movie “Sully” starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood. It tells the story of what happened on January 15, 2009 when US Airways flight 1549 landed in the Hudson River six minutes after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. Given the circumstances, Captain Sully with the assistance of his co-pilot made decisions that ended up saving the lives of all 155 passengers on board the plane that day. Yet...almost immediately, government authorities questioned whether or not he could have actually gotten the plane to an airport and landed safely rather than land it in the Hudson River. This conflict between what the authorities want to tell him could have happened vs what he saw was the only thing that could happen, is the central theme of the movie, and raises questions for each of us about how do we reconcile within ourselves decisions we make based on playing our position the best we can in that moment... that are later scrutinized and possibly determined to be faulty? How do we come to terms with decisions made in moments?

 

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Nate Osborn is a partner with the law firm Montgomery Little & Soran in Denver, Colorado.  He specializes in real estate law, but also frequently helps entrepreneurs and small business owners with various legal issues including business formation, contracts, and business disputes. When Nate isn't practicing law, he's writing for BoyCave Books, a brand he recently launched that publishes books specifically tailored to the interests of boys like his own. His first book, The Disgusting & Inappropriate ABC Book (That You Can't Tell Your Mom About), was published on Amazon at the end of August and is receiving rave reviews from readers.  

 

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An All-American kid growing up, Tanner Gers (Pronounced "Gears") is a man who's been forced to reinvent himself over and over again throughout his life, but the biggest reinvention he had was moving forward and learning how to thrive after waking up in the hospital totally blind.

Since that day, Tanner has influenced the world as the host of The Creative Success Show, his health and fitness blog, ABSolutelyLean.com, a professional speaker, and as a Paralympian. Tanner finds the fuel to achieve more and do more as long as he's fulfilling his big mission in life, which is to help people across the world achieve their potential in every aspect of life, regardless of circumstance.

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These days, podcasts and books crop up as fast as dandelions in the spring. Sometimes it's hard to differentiate one from another. That's why I always appreciate getting a referral from someone I like and trust about a great source of information, inspiration, or education. Books and podcasts remain some of the best places to get high quality content. I called this week's audible for that very reason...to pass along 2 high quality podcasts and 1 excellent book recommendation to you, Team PYP. There's good stuff out there if you know where to find it. Let me know what strikes a cord with you. Tweet your insight using #PYP and tag me @maryloukayser
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Hello Team PYP. Today is September 11, 2016 and for today’s show I’m calling a special audible in remembrance of the events that unfolded 15 years ago. Like most people who are old enough to remember where they were on that fateful day in 2001, I have an ache in my heart for the victims of that terrible tragedy we now call 9/11. I invite you to join me in honoring those who served that day and those who continue to serve now to protect our freedom to show up and be ourselves in life and work.

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Nellie Akalp is a serial entrepreneur, small business advocate, speaker and author. Through the various "Do-It- Yourself" and "Business-Startup" services she has founded since 1997, she has formed over 200,000 corporations and LLCs for small business owners. Her last company was acquired by Intuit in 2005. Today, she and her husband, Phil, operate CorpNet.com where they help entrepreneurs start and maintain a business in compliance with state filing requirements for a new or existing business.

 Nellie shares her expert tips with readers at Forbes, Entrepreneur and Mashable and is a regular guest expert on the Fox Small Business Center. She has presented a workshop at Small Biz Expo and sat down with members of Girls in Tech, General Assembly and more to inspire and motivate others to make their business dreams a reality.

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Marina Darlow is a systems pro and productivity expert. She sees her job as helping impact-driven entrepreneurs get 10-20 more productive hours a week, stop leaking money, and prevent stress-fuel breakdowns. An engineer by training, Marina came to a realization a couple years ago: working for a conglomerate is not as inspiring as she wants her life work to be. The quest for inspiration brought her to found Vision Framework, a company that builds small, purpose-driven businesses from the inside, helping entrepreneurs run their companies with ease by putting effective, easy-to-use, and fun (yep!) systems in place.

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Go inside the world of franchising with today's PYP MVP, Paul Maskill. Sitting in a cubicle for 12 hours a day while building someone else’s business was not Paul’s idea of a living the dream. So, he quit! In 2011 he invested in his first TGA franchise, combining his business experience with passion for sports. TGA brings golf and tennis to students through afterschool programs, summer camps and family events. Paul grew his business to four franchises, impacting 1,000’s of kids, with $420k in annual revenue. In 2015, Paul sold his franchises for 6x initial investment and 3x profit. Paul was then hired by TGA and is in charge of Business Development.

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Brandon Gaille gets over 2 Million visitors to his blog every month -- yet he’s only been blogging since 2013. How is this possible? Brandon’s approach to everything comes from a process of reverse engineering what works, so he can make what he does that much better. In today’s show, Brandon talks openly about systems he uses to grow his audience and business, all while staying true to himself and playing his position.

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How can you play your position at peak performance and give it what it really needs every day? Listen in as the Founder of Mobius Nutrition, David Taylor, shares insights about optimizing your nutrition profile for excellence throughout your day. A detour during college into eating mostly junk food was enough to show David how important proper nutrition is to enjoying a fantastic and productive life. His company is already changing lives and is set up for great success for years to come.

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Hello Team PYP! Happy summer. It’s been a great summer here at PYP Headquarters. Gearing up for the start of the 3rd official season of Play Your Position. I've got a fantastic fall line up in store for you with amazing guests. So exciting!

Here's a shout out to the Rio Summer Olympics which are set to begin soon. And a special hello to all my faithful listeners down in Brazil… Ola! Que os jogos comecem!

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Kris Miller is a woman on a mission: she wants to live in a world where people celebrate their lives when they retire, not scrimp and worry if their money is going to last. She’s advised over 6,000 families over the last 25 years and has never lost a single penny of their money.

As a transformational money coach, she’s been featured on hundreds of radio and TV programs; published in magazines, and spoken on stages across the country for top financial organizations including Citibank. Kris is the author of the #1 Bestseller, “Ready For PREtirement: 3 Secrets for Safe Money and a Fabulous Future.” She can help you discover how you can protect your money, make sure it lasts and be prepared for almost anything that might cause financial hardship as you celebrate the most rewarding time of your life.

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New York pianist and composer Jane Leslie has been honored with several ASCAP Awards for her original music.  She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School and a Doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music.  Blending elements from classical and popular music, Jane Leslie has created her own signature 'crossover' style of music.  Her beautiful melodies convey a sense of peace and tranquility, with a romantic and expressive sound that can touch the heart of the listener. Her albums have been featured on the Internet and in radio broadcasts and include compositions with piano solos and duets, as well as music for voice, strings, woodwinds, percussion, and various ensembles.  With its unique style, her music is loved by a wide variety of audiences throughout the world.

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Jeany Park is the CEO and Co-Founder of Compass Rose Video. She specializes in Video Marketing for the savvy Entrepreneur and Business Owner, helping them to leverage the most important, hot new tool in Content Marketing: Video. Previously, Jeany had a 15 year career as an actress, and now gets to combine her experience being on camera talent with her life coach training, to help Entrepreneurs & Business Owners get visible, boost their confidence, and most importantly, explode their revenue!

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Have you survived a tragedy in your life? Kelley McElreath, The Survivor Coach, has suffered the loss of two children, drug and alcohol addiction, the loss of both parents, breast cancer, infidelity, divorce and an attempted suicide, to name a few. She says that when a person endures such things in their lives, other people think you are just fine when the dust settles, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, surviving the things you have survived can be just as bad as the events themselves. Today, Kelley works with people to help them develop strategies to survive survival.

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Dan Kimble is the CEO of Resonance Executive Coaching. He is a thought leader, executive coach, keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and a twenty+ year veteran of Silicon Valley. He dabbles in many things such as winning motorcycle road-races, improv theater, screenwriting, singing, and his latest addiction: playing guitar. Dan is the creator of The 80 Percent Leadership Solution™, a highly practical leadership and team coaching approach that rapidly gets to the heart of the matter and drives real business value in record time. He holds executive MBA degrees from both UC Berkeley and Columbia University, a bachelor’s degree in computer science from UC Santa Cruz, an executive coaching certificate from UC Berkeley, and is an active member of the Forbes TM Coaches Council.

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5 years ago in 2011, Elizabeth Case “drank the kool-aid” of entrepreneurship and started Yellow Dog Consulting, a marketing and sales consulting firm focused on the small business owner. Yellow Dog Consulting is designed to help growing businesses set up the foundation and building blocks of their marketing and sales efforts. She brings to her company more than 13 years of business development and sales experience with a variety of companies from retail to nonprofit management, focusing on relationship development and growing business through partnerships and referrals. Elizabeth lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with her husband, and the world’s greatest Yellow Dog, Norm.

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Rob Barisoff is co-founderof Bidsy.com and the host of Bidsy's Small BusinessSociety podcast. Rob'sjourney through personal adversity fuels his fearless approach toseizing every opportunity, both personally and professionally. He plays drums in a couple of bands and is dedicated tohealthy living through fitness and nutrition.

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Dr. Cynthia helps individuals and organizations improve their communications, be more productive and cultivate innovative thinking. She has shared her insights with organizations such as Citibank, Dell Software, Taylor Design, WITI, MPI, PMI, and is a highly sought after presenter at conferences on Executive Presence, leadership development and presentation skills. Dr. Cynthia Boccara graduated Magna Cum Laude from Los Angles College of Chiropractic. She has been in practice for over 25 years helping patients from infants to octogenarians lead happier, healthier lives. Dr. Cynthia also had the honor of being selected as the Chiropractor for the All Women’s America’s Cup team as they made history. With her extensive experience in high performance, Dr. Boccara has worked with Olympic athletes from 6 different countries to achieve gold medal outcomes. 

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Matt Heinz has more than 15 years of marketing, business development and sales experience from a variety of organizations, vertical industries and company sizes. Hi career has focused on delivering measurable results for his employers and clients in the way of greater sales, revenue growth, product success and customer loyalty. He has held various positions at companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, and The Seattle Mariners. In 2007, Matt began Heinz Marketing to help clients focus their business on market and customer opportunities, then execute a plan to scale revenue and customer growth. Married with 3 kids, Matt lives in a 100 year old farmhouse just outside of Seattle with a dog and 7 chickens.

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Claudio Toyama is an International leadership consultant specializing in building sustainable peak performance cultures. An entrepreneur for more than 10 years, Claudio spearheaded the launch of successful consulting companies in the UK and US. He has delivered projects in 113 countries, has travelled to over 40 of them and has lived in 5 different countries on four continents. His specialty is helping companies fulfill their potential through leadership development, employee engagement and customer experience. Claudio's ability to create paradigm shifts in corporate culture results in more thoughtful leadership, a staff of brand ambassadors and customers who feel the difference and embrace it. He also served as a Division E Governor for Toastmasters International, District 18 (Maryland) and is an engaged Rotarian. He is a new dad and enjoying every minute of it!

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Giovanna Rossi is the President and Owner of Collective Action Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to working with public and private sector agencies and groups to improve the health and lives of women and families through project management, strategic planning, policy development, social marketing, and training. Giovanna holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the American Public Health Association and the New Mexico Public Health Association, and is the host of the Well Woman show, a radio show on NPR affiliate KUNM 89.9 fm and also a podcast on iTunes.

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Dr. Carol Parker Walsh is an award-winning and sought-after speaker, trainer, certified image professional, and #1 best selling author specializing in developing strategies for individuals to hold a positive personal and professional self-image. She’s one of 20 licensed Fashion Feng Shui® practitioners, holds a JD in employment law and has a PhD in human development. In her business Evolve Image Consulting, Carol combines her expertise in appearance, communication, behavior, identity development, body structure and color, along with 25+ years as an executive, lawyer, and academic, to support her clients in creating a personalized style that embraces their essence and life goals. She has appeared on various radio programs, blogs, in magazines, and other print.

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Dana Corey is an international speaker, high performance business strategist and the Founder of Big Heart, Big Life where big money & big love go hand in hand.  Her passion is coaching successful women entrepreneurs to get beyond what they already know, believe and do, so they can turn their 'impossible' into "accomplished!" Dana has mentored hundreds to entrepreneurial success, facilitated personal growth seminars and trained others to do the same since her 20’s. Her clients include entrepreneurs, small business owners, and Fortune 100 and 500 executives. She is the creator of the Big Success Curriculum, which includes the Elite Business Transformation program, BS Academy and BS Society.

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Feeling stuck in the Red Zone? Looking to score that elusive touchdown in your career, business or life? In today's show I share with you a fantastic way you can achieve your goals like a PRO and play your position even bigger, bolder, & better than before!

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Today's guest, Asa Mathat, is a visionary photographer who thrives on creating a world through pictures. His work empowers and inspires all who savor his creativity. Mathat has photographed the miracle of life, couples seeking to embellish the wonder each sees in each other, powerful forces of nature at their best, life-changing events and fashion as art. He has photographed some of the world’s most meaningful people such as the Dalai Lama, Warren Buffet and Bill Clinton. At the age of 18, Mathat borrowed a friend’s camera to photograph himself in an attempt to venture into modeling. When he applied at the first agency, the response he received was telling: “You look good, kid. But, WHO took these pictures? They are fantastic!” It was then Mathat realized his passion for photography was indeed a gift. Mathat gives back to society by using his talents to empower those affected by breast cancer.

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In today's special edition of PYP, hear highlighted insights from the guests of 2015 as they inspire you to have your best year ever in 2016. Happy New Year!

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Dr. Taylor Hartman, author of The Color Code, and a very successful clinical therapist with two PhD’s after his name, will tell you that his greatest achievement in life is not those PhD’s.  His greatest achievement is helping “the one” – the individual learning to see themselves clearly for the first time, and suddenly lit up with the possibilities before them.  Internationally recognized for his pithy candor and spirited presentations, Dr. Hartman gets to the heart of what matters quickly.   During his eight years as a professor at the University of California at Long Beach, he was awarded the outstanding lecturer of the year. He has appeared on numerous television programs including the TODAY Show, The Gayle King Show and The View with Barbara Walters.  He has also been a guest on hundreds of syndicated radio shows and local TV spotlights and has penned many magazine articles. In addition to his seminar work, Dr. Hartman currently maintains a private practice for individuals seeking to improve the quality of their relationships and their personal mental health.

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Dr. Carri Drzyzga (Driz’ ga) is known internationally as ‘The Functional Medicine Doc’ – the go-to expert on finding the root causes of health problems so you can feel normal again. She is a chiropractor and naturopathic doctor, host of the popular podcast “The Functional Medicine Radio Show”, and author of the hit book Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again! Her private practice is Functional Medicine Ontario located in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Nick Onken is a photographer, podcast host, and creative entrepreneur. A former graphic designer hailing from the soggy city of Seattle, he now resides in the concrete jungle of New York. Nick has photographed personalities such as Justin Bieber, Usher, and Jessica Alba as well as print campaigns for brands such as Nike, Coca Cola and Adidas. On his podcast, he’s interviewed celebrities such as Usher and Scooter Braun and he photographs for the charity Pencils of Promise because he believes education is the root problem solver of our world.

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Victor Fernandez is a 29-year-old entrepreneur who started VictorFunding.com, a Loan Brokerage that helps business owners and entrepreneurs get $20,000 to $400,000 with 700+ credit score. He has had 20 jobs, and 10 "failed" businesses in his young life but is finally feeling "successful" and hitting revenues of $40k a month. Inspired by Tim Ferris of The 4-hour Work Week and Eric Riess of The Lean Startup, Victor has set goals to make a successful lifestyle business while at the same time help business owners/ entrepreneurs fund their companies.

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Micha Mikailian has been a serial entrepreneur for the last 22 years, with 8 companies under his belt. He most recently Co-Founded Intently, a software platform that leverages virtual real estate to transform people's experiences with technology. It is a vision boarding application that deeply connects its users with their goals and intentions by replacing advertisements with pictures from their vision board. Micha's specialties include business start-up formation and funding, venture capital, entrepreneurship, web based businesses, digital marketing, and leadership.

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Stu McLaren coaches and consults New York Times best-selling authors, top rated speakers, experts and niche celebrities on how to grow their influence, income and impact on the web.  As the former founder of the world's #1 membership platform for WordPress, WishList Member, he gained a unique insight into the nuances that worked for over 58,000+ successful online communities and membership sites that were using his software.  Today he uses that knowledge to help his clients get more exposure, increase their bottom line and give more to the causes they are passionate about.

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Matt Miller's journey has taken him from first class Air Force pilot to delivering pizzas to keep food on his family's table. Now the founder and CEO of School Spirit Vending, Matt not only offers people an opportunity to build freedom for themselves, but also gives back to schools and their communities in a big way.

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Christine Meyer has been a coach for 15 years to entrepreneurs, athletes and people in the entertainment industries who seek to powerfully elevate their perspectives on money, relationships and themselves. Through highly personalized coaching, Christine helps people to masterfully create their reality.  When she's not coaching, she's mostly being bossed around by her 6 year old daughter.

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Alessandra has been a strategist in social media and technology for over 10 years. She has worked with Fortune 500 brands and small businesses to help them grow online reach and increase engagement. In her own startup, she grew traffic to millions of monthly visitors and has been mentioned in publications such as The Wall Street Journal. She is a speaker on multiple topics such as marketing, startups, and emerging technologies.

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Dr. Jayne Gardner has a passion for coaching others using the latest discoveries in neuroscience and quantum physics to reprogram their brains in order to lead a more fulfilling life. Dr. Gardner holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in psychology and counseling and has served as a faculty member at Texas Christian University and The University of Dallas.  She is a Master Certified Coach, one of 400 coaches in the world who has achieved this designation. She has hosted her own radio show called Wired to Win and was interviewed on Good Morning Texas and CNN’s Business Unusual concerning the application of her flagship process, Mindset for Success, to the business community.  She has written two books: How to Change Other People and Divine Intelligence. Dr. Gardner is a sought after public speaker and a principal of The Gardner Institute, a training facility for coaches accredited by the International Coach Federation.

 

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In this special short edition for the Fall 2015 season of PYP, host Mary Lou Kayser looks ahead at what's in store for the fall lineup, as well as offers her special thanks to you, the listener.

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A self-proclaimed paradoxical cross between an annoyingly-alpha meathead and an uber-nerd Mensa member, Travis Steffen is a former pro MMA fighter, former pro poker player turned self-taught tech entrepreneur and growth hacker who has started and sold six companies in the past six years. He currently runs Upshare.co, one of the market leaders in viral marketing tools. Mentored by both Andrea Lake and Dan "Punkass" Caldwell, Travis attributes his phenomenal business success to a combination of hard work, good timing, and old fashioned stubbornness. 

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Dan Caldwell is the Co-Founder and President of TapouT, a brand he started in 1997 when he and a partner put what little money they had together to form the apparel company whose revenues are now in the hundreds of Millions!

Dan has been featured on CNN, FOX Business, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and even a character in a video game. He has been acting and producing movies, having worked on Lionsgate’s “Warrior”, among others, as well as the TapouT TV Series, which aired on Versus (Now NBC Sports). As a youth growing up in a poor neighborhood in San Bernardino California, Dan was disturbed that he had no real mentors to look up to. Because of this it has become both his mission, and his passion, to make an impact on students' lives.

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Mary Louise VanNatta, CAE has consulted with organizations  and nonprofit associations since 1986 as owner of VanNatta Public Relations (VPR) and more recently its sister company Spire Management.  As a popular social columnist, she writes the weekly "Out and About with Mary Louise VanNatta" for the Statesman Journal newspaper in the Capitol City of Salem, Oregon. Since 2009 she has been covering the comings and goings of those involved in nonprofit events and has also been writing a monthly business column for the Salem Business Journal since 2006. Mary Louise has been recognized with a number of awards over her career for writing, event planning and as Rotarian of the Year.  She was honored with a nomination for the Athena award for outstanding women and as one of the Statesman Journal's outstanding women in business.

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Andrea Lake is the Founder and CEO of Lessons.biz and Co-Founder of Mentor Mojo. Both are e-learning platforms to help hyper accelerate entrepreneurs on their journey to success. She has founded 14 companies since she was 18 years old, includingStickerJunkie.com and YogaJunkie, as well as Delinquent Distribution which owned the merchandise sales rights on massive brands including:  Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Walking Dead, The Hobbit, etc.  She has recently lectured at Harvard, and is passionate about teaching business to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Aaron Walker is a life coach to some of today's most successful businessmen. Drawing on his own success in business, he now teaches others how to live their best life and pursue excellence always.

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Kim Doyal -- aka "The Wordpress Chick" -- knows a thing or two about winning on the online business field. In today's episode of the Play Your Position Podcast, listen in to hear Kim's journey from barely getting by to flourishing beyond her wildest dreams with her Internet based lifestyle business. Arguably one of today's most successful female online business owners, Kim shares insights about how anyone can achieve success online and build a lifestyle business that gives them happiness, satisfaction, and freedom.

 

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Renee DiBiaso is the creator of the award-winning marriage success system called The Relationship Roadmap, and author of “The Relationship Manual: How to Overcome The Swamps and Quicksands of Couplehood.” Renee and her husband Brian are considered the “Go To Couple” for anyone who wants a legendary love and marriage filled with trust, friendship, and passion. They teach couples how to have a relationship that fulfills them in mind, body, heart, and soul. 

Renee believes that no matter what has happened to you in your life, love is a risk worth taking!

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Chris Yonker is a lifelong student of human potential who embraces a uniquely collaborative approach to professional and personal development; one that encompasses the principles of leadership, classical sales training, and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). He works with senior executives, entrepreneurs and highly motivated salespeople who aspire to top levels of performance and achievement. His gift is in helping people define their improvement initiatives, set realistic goals for executing them, and align their natural abilities with their core values to create extraordinary outcomes, both in business and in life. Listen in to catch some of Chris's insights about how to take your current goals or project to the next level.

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Meredith Berkich is no stranger to adversity and overcoming what seem like insurmountable odds to lead her teams to victory. An executive leaders in the Direct Selling Industry for years, Meredith has successfully taken companies she's worked for to multiple victories. Listen in to hear Meredith share her story and tips for getting past the blocks that confound just about everyone on the way to the championship.

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With a rich history as a successful entrepreneur and businessman, as well as an avid baseball fan, Jay B. Myers -- founder and CEO of Interactive Solutions Inc. (ISI) -- knows a thing or two about winning in today's competitive and challenging climate. While the Great Recession knocked out most companies in his category, Jay bucked the trend of failure during the tough times and GREW his technology entity ISI  from $11 Million to $25 despite the downturn in the economy. An inspiration to many and a  natural storyteller, Jay shares his journey with listeners -- the hits, the misses, and the homeruns about making it big even when times get tough.

 

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In today's episode of the Play Your Position Podcast, young entrepreneur MiMi Chau dives into the power of juicing as a business and as a way of life. MiMi's story is inspirational on many levels, so be sure to tune in and listen to her share her story about following her passion and showing up to play her best position every single day.

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What does it take to stay relevant in a crowded and noisy marketplace? How do you connect your products or services with the right audience? And what's the deal with SEO these days? Tune in to hear my conversation with Kai Davis, a leading expert in ecommerce and digital marketing, who answers these questions and more.

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