Gap to Great

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“Do it. If you’re thinking about it and you’ve probably taken some steps, then just jump in and do it. The first step is the hardest one but once you start, the momentum of starting is so powerful.”  Chris Ruggiero hosts a one man variety show
"I don't think the goal for us is to live an easy life.” A few years ago, Paul Kortman and his wife had a radical idea. What if they sold their house in Michigan, packed up their family and became nomadic? While a lot of people probably have th
"There's a responsibility any historian has to history: you have to get it right.” Rien Fertel is a historian and author originally from Lafayette, LA. In 2012, he hit the road with photographer Denny Culbert to capture the essence of BBQ in t
Abria Mattina and Dan Fachin live in Ottawa, Ontario, and for the last year, they’ve taken some great strides to make their dreams come true. After realizing that the schedule around their corporate jobs wasn’t going to allow them to write and
Abby Falik is the founder of Global Citizen Year, a company with lofty goals to build the next generation of global leaders through their innovative bridge year program. Abby says she’s had the idea for Global Citizen Year since high school, bu
Alexander Harik left the corporate finance world to become a food entrepreneur. His product, Zesty Z, a zaa’tar spread and condiment is just starting to make traction in the NYC market. (And it’s freaking delicious.)  In this show, we talk abo
Declan Wilson started his writing career in college when he and his now-wife launched a cooking blog for students. Though the cooking blog fizzled out, his love for writing didn’t, and he’s spent his post-college life balancing his drive to be
After getting let go from a corporate job, Julia Wojnar did some soul-searching before launching her company, Unleash Your Presence. Now, she puts her years of experience in theater to use teaching entrepreneurs how to become better public spea
Ben Huh is an entrepreneur and world traveler. He calls himself an Internet Content Connoisseur and from 2007 - 2015, he was CEO of The Cheezburger Network, which includes the popular blogs I Can Has Cheezburger, FAIL Blog and Know Your Meme am
Gesche Haas learned quickly how to form new friendships. She was born in Africa, attended high school in Beijing and went to college in Hong Kong. Now, Gesche lives in New York City and uses the friendship-building skills she acquired in her c
Chris Guillebeau became an entrepreneur because - in his own words - “He wasn't good at anything.” After traveling to every country in the world before the age of 35, publishing a number of inspirational books and starting a successful annual e
Andrew Griffiths is Australia's number one small business and entrepreneurial author, but despite what many initially think, he didn’t have a cushy childhood or a solid support system to get him to where he is today. Instead, he was abandoned
Harper Spero is a New York City-based lifestyle and career coach who left the corporate world after nearly 10 years working with brands like Johnson & Johnson, Disney and Ann Taylor.    In her work with clients now, she helps busy men and w
Emily Chen was born in China and moved with her family to Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 3. After college, she transitioned to the fast pace of New York City, working in the health sector and later at a handful of startups, including Squarespac
"The world may not be perfect and you may not be perfect, but just wait a minute and it'll change." Lurlene McDaniel is an acclaimed author, who's written over 50 novels dealing with terminal illness and matters of the heart. Lurlene started wr
"Don't die wondering.” At 33, having spent most of his working life in broadcasting, Gary Bertwistle evaluated his time and realized that his ideal life no longer had anything to do with what he was doing. Rather than dwelling on the problem, G
"There's a difference between the things that we can do and the things that we should do."   Sarah Hahn has taken a winding path through life, and by doing so, she has shown all of us that you don't need to immediately know what you want to b
"I want to empower people to be themselves, all of the time"   Janne Robinson is a modern day poet and writer who splits her time between Vancouver, BC and Costa Rica. Janne was born in Canada but lived a nomadic life before her mother found lo
"I never touch my food or my knife if I’m not in the right space to create food with love.”  Wanitha Tanasingam is a familiar face in the Sydney food scene. Originally from Malaysia, Wanitha traveled the world before landing in Sydney where she
“We were living the 80s lifestyle that you read about a lot, but we were doing it. We were totally doing it.” Born in the 1950s, Victor Pisapia is an international chef who’s owned numerous restaurants, including the iconic Back Porch Cafe in R
Light Watkins is a former model and yoga teacher who’s spent the last 10 years teaching Transcendental Meditation to busy professionals--myself included--around the world. He’s also the author of The Inner Gym: A 30-Day Workout for Strengthenin
Alex Tague (Boy Alex) and Alex Enko (Girl Alex) are a married couple in their early 30s who recently left successful corporate careers in New York City to travel the world in search of happiness. Over a few Bloody Marys and the "Napkin of Choic
“I did not used to go with the flow. That is new Jill.” [15:01] If you're wondering how the hell to find your passion or the courage to take the leap into a new career, give this one a listen. Jill Ozovek is the founder of Jill Ozovek Coaching,
Aaron Miller is an Australian in his mid-20s who decided to leave his steady sales job and head out on the road less traveled. I caught up with him in Cambodia at the beginning of his trip to talk about how he's financing his journey, what he h
If you're thinking about someday starting a company, or are concerned about jumping ship from your current spot in life, this one is for you. Jenna Tanenbaum co-founded GreenBlender, a smoothie delivery company that started in New York City. Af
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