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36 - Stop riding the fence with Shahara Wright
Sahara Wright, CEO of The CEO Effect, graduated from law school and went to work in family law.  After she discovered she hated it, she tried to look for a job in business law.  But after not being able to land a job in that area, she decided to make her own way and started her own law firm.  Today, she helps small business owners think more strategically about their businesses.
35 - Use your past as motivation to keep going with Rueben Wood
Rueben Wood is a celebrity journalist, media icon, and chef.  He graduated from high school and got a taste of the music industry, but through a series of events brought on by bad management, he found himself homeless on the streets of Atlanta.  He had a vision to start a media magazine for independent artists and launched the idea with no money in his pocket.  Today, only four years later, he is fully supporting himself through his business ventures.
33 - Work on your game or someone will pass you with Dre Baldwin
Dre Baldwin, an athlete, entrepreneur, author, publisher, speaker, and marketing and branding expert, played basketball for a division III school, but had a goal of playing professionally.  He became an accidental entrepreneur after posting a tryout video on YouTube and people started commenting and asking him questions.  Today, he has over 4000 videos posted and a strong fanbase that he has been successful monetizing.
07 - Creating a vision and ideology with Mayer Dahan
Mayer Dahan, owner of Dahan Properties and Prime Five Homes talks discusses seizing an opportunity to build eco-friendly homes before other builders and why it's important to make a big impact more than big profits.
19 - Starting a business is much simpler than you think with Rachna Jain
Rachna Jain is the owner of considers herself an accidental entrepreneur after helping build a psychology practice, asking for and receiving a raise, and four weeks later having that raise retroactively rescinded.  That happened on a Thursday and by Monday she had her own practice.
12 - The difference between learning and knowing with Joe Nicassio
Joe Nicassio is a marketing expert and mentor for startup business owners.  He was building a promising career in technology, but it never sit well with him that the company could get rid of him at any time. He found a mentor and pursued his passion in marketing.
10 - The comparison monster gets everyone in every way with Michael McManus
Michael McManus talks about turning his passion into a successful photography business after nearly hitting rock bottom financially. Through the kindness of his in-laws during this time, it inspired and motivated him to start Gethrr whose mission is to improve, inspire, and impact positive change in the world.
38 - Let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth with Eric Tivers
In honor of ADHD awareness month, Eric Tivers, the owner of Tivers Clinical Specialties, shares his journey of launching into entrepreneurship despite being diagnosed with ADD in college.  He was able to overcome that as an obstacle and launch a successful business helping those with ADHD and with high-functioning Autism.
BONUS 01 - Establishing authority and conquering social media
After receiving advice after a recent interview with Allen Vaysberg, he got me thinking about what it means to establish authority.  Also, how I'm using an unlikely social media strategy to grow my audience.
11 - You cannot climb a mountain alone with Brad Raney
Brad Raney, the CEO of Personal Performance Partnership discusses the struggles he had prior to nailing down his personal brand and how he took the seven habitual characteristics he developed as a way to encourage his coworkers and turned it into a book and business.
27 - You're not selling a product, you're selling yourself with Allen Vaysberg
Allen Vaysberg, owner of Amiveris Entreprises, Inc, started his career in IT to go after the money, but quickly realized his passion was in marketing and working with people.  He founded an IT company that collapsed after 9/11 and left him in $300K in personal debt.  He picked himself up and started a second business that was very successful, but he still hadn't found his calling.  Today he has launched a business that is very much in line with who he is as a person.
18 - Money is a by-product of your passion and need for freedom with Naresh Vissa
Naresh is a young entrepreneur and author that started in the corporate world after getting a solid education.  He ran into some serious struggles early on, including a nasty lawsuit, and persevered after re-thinking being an entrepreneur.
05 – Getting through the black years with Guthrie Chamberlain
Guthrie Chamberlain grew up on an apple orchard in Ohio, but today is the owner of the Venture Consulting Group and has started his own podcast dispensing wisdom.
48 - Right idea at the right time with Kim Kaupe
Kim Kaupe, the co-founder of ZinePak, was a naturally curious, outgoing, and gregarious child that had no intentions of becoming an entrepreneur.  She met her co-founder right as she was becoming disillusioned with corporate life and they began to innovate in the physical products space as CD sales were declining rapidly.  Today, she is more confident than ever as her company is experiencing strong and consistent growth.
47 - Life is why we do this with Brian Clark
Brian Clark, the founder of Copyblogger and Rainmaker Digital, was in law school when he already started thinking of an exit strategy.  After spending a few years as a lawyer, the emergence of the Internet sparked his curiosity and he began spotting opportunities for making money.  He quit being a lawyer and pursued entrepreneurship full-time.  Today, he has started nine businesses with eight of them being successful while learning to become well rounded in all aspects of his life.
03 – Why you should burn your bridges with Dr. Taylor Clark
Dr. Taylor Clark developed a severe skin rash that kept him from being a full time dentist and able to support his business and family. He siezed the opportunity and opened a weekend dental school.
42 - Get closer to your authentic self with Lea Pica
Lea Pica, an analytics, data visualizations, and presentations consultant, always found herself as an unconventional round peg trying to fit herself in a square corporate hole.  After having her first child and returning to the corporate world, she couldn't ignore the feeling that time spent away from her family should be towards something meaningful.  She started presenting on data visualizations and it was an instant hit even if a bit controversial.  Things began to progress from there and today she continues to present and train companies and individuals.  Listen to Lea's podcast, The Present Beyond Measure Podcast, at
43 - There's no problem too big with Peter Mehit
Peter Merit, the owner of Custom Business Planning and Solutions, worked in the corporate world for decades, traveling all over the world and constantly on the road.  After an unreasonable travel request was made right around Thanksgiving, his wife told him to quit.  So he did and he's never looked back.
23 - It is your birthright to gather as much of the good life as you can with Gene Robinson
Gene Robinson is an author and the owner of Positive Concepts Publishing Company.  After growing up being told he would never amount to anything and struggling with obesity for the better part of his life, he took control. changed his thoughts, and wrote a book to help others do the same.
26 - Be yourself in every part of your business and life with Nicole K. Lundy
Nicole K. Lundy is a money making brand strategist and lifestyle entrepreneur who worked on Wall Street before being put on disability for anxiety and depression.  She decided to make a change and launch into business for herself instead of keep going down that path.
28 - It's all about the relationships with Janelle & Rob Alex
Janelle and Rob Alex, Relationship and Intimacy Experts, both started at a young age down the entrepreneurial path.  After getting married, they bought a business that all they owned was tied to. The recession hit and they lost everything including their home.  They clawed their way back and took all they learned in their marriage and today have found success in the relationship and intimacy arena.
30 - Let go of the nonsense and excuses with Kelly McCausey
Kelly Mccauley, the owner of Solo Smarts, was a broke, single mother doing desktop publishing for her church office.  Her need to make extra money and pay her bills was the beginning of what turned into a successful business around meeting the needs of solopreneurs.
44 - It's about living the life you love with Jason Treu
Jason Treu, an author and business and executive coach, was in law school when he observed that most lawyers were not happy with their career choice.  He decided to pivot and pursue the life that he loved, but was faced with the death of his father and a girlfriend that tried to commit suicide.  In the midst of these obstacles, he persevered and grew a business that today allows him to be authentic and generous and help VPs get unstuck and find their purpose.
46 - You can make a living doing what you love with Lindsay White
Lindsay White, the owner and designer of Lot801, got a 9-to-5 job right out of college and worked her way up in the company.  After her boss told her that he was going to retire soon and would like to pass the business down to a few employees including her, she ultimately came to terms with the fact that she hated what she was doing.  When she was looking for non-gender specific items for her daughter and couldn't find any, the light bulb went on.  A year and a half later and she has been able to quit her job and pursue what she loves full-time.
08 - You don't have to be something special to be successful with Stephen Owens
Stephen Owens left his promising career at a CPA firm right after obtaining his masters degree to start, and change the perception of, a bail bonds business.
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Jul 3rd, 2015
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Dec 21st, 2015
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