129: Courage Of Unsung Heroes - Rich Rotanz

December 12, 2017

Courage Of Unsung Heroes

Rich Rotanz. Emergency Manager, Safety, and Fire Science Professional with forty years of experience in public policy, safety and mitigation, emergency management, fire protection, rescue tactics, hazardous materials incidents and planning/research for all natural, civil, and technological hazards including acts of terrorism.

 

CLICK HERE to contact Rich 

 

On today’s (Part II - repeat of episode 124) episode we discuss:

  • Lessons from Rich’s experience of 9/11
  • The importance of being aware of your surroundings
  • Stories of unsung heroes
  • Why focus is so important amidst tragedy
  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and why it was so crucial to rescue efforts
  • Moments of beauty amidst disaster
  • Incredible accounts of individuals stepping up to help out
  • The resiliency of the various rescue teams and volunteers
  • Applying lessons from major tragedies like 9/11 to your everyday life
  • Rich’s definition of courage

And so much more…

Rich's Impact: Want's to be remembered for being a dad and a husband

 

Rich's nugget of wisdom

“Courage takes on all forms”

 

Another episode of The Positivity Effect goes live in two weeks - Stay Tuned !!!

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128: Expression Through Creativity - Ryan Hunter

November 30, 2017

Expression Through Creativity

Ryan Hunter is a Long Island, NY native musician who is the lead singer for Envy On The Coast. He is also the singer/songwriter for his solo project, 1st Vows. I am a fan of Ryan's work and I'm humbled to bring him on as a Positivity Effect guest. He's an overall great guy and his contributions to the world of music speak for themselves.  

 

CLICK HERE for Ryan's band, Envy On The Coast

CLICK HERE for Ryan's solo project, 1st Vows

CLICK HERE for Ryan's Instagram

On today’s episode we discuss:

  • How/why Ryan gravitated towards music

  • Reminiscing on early musical influences

  • When Ryan realized music was the only path

  • Reflections on Ryan’s musical journey and his thoughts on hard work

  • Ryan on being open/organic to one’s journey and process through life

  • Why we all need to be aware of how we treat people and the importance of always doing the right thing

  • Sharing thoughts of gratitude on his musical support system

  • How Ryan approaches the use of a “microphone” in 2017

  • Delving into the mind of a musician and the creative process

  • The importance of showing up consistently

  • The stepping stones of life’s validation

  • Working out the patience/persistence/listening muscles

  • A tough phase in his life and how he used music to push through

  • How Ryan became the lead singer of Envy on the Coast

  • Trials/Tribulations as a vocalist

     

    And so much more…

Ryan's nuggets of wisdom

 

“I remember realizing I was a sponge for it”

 

“whatever you see your self-doing, you can use that as drive to succeed, but understand that is just a stepping stone”

 

“like Bruce Lee says, Be Like Water”

 

“we’ve tried to put our money where our mouth is and affect change via action rather than preaching because preaching has become so easy for everybody and the use of that microphone has become often empty as far as what you see and what you hear”

 

“When I sit down to write something, it’s a very personal process, I don’t like having an agenda…ultimately I don’t want to be thinking at all when I’m making things”

 

“So much of what I’ve learned is just via listening and feeling, being that sponge”

 

Another episode of The Positivity Effect goes live in two weeks - Stay Tuned !!!

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127: The Decision Makeover - Mike Whitaker

September 5, 2017

The Decision Makeover

Mike Whitaker is a featured speaker and business development specialist. He is the founder of Idea Gateway and serves as a founder and board member for RevTech, a Dallas-based technology accelerator. In addition, Mike is launching three new platforms: The Idea Filter™, WisePath® and The Institute for Self Reliance to further assist personal goal achievement and income certainty in an uncertain economy. Mike has also served as Chairman & CEO for several companies and has launched a dozen other businesses in the areas of software development, manufacturing and professional services. He received his B.S. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Kansas and his MBA from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma.

CLICK HERE for Mike's website

CLICK HERE for Mike's book, "The Decision Makeover"

On today’s episode we discuss:

  • Why we all need a decision makeover

  • How can we be happy and successful

  • Overcoming the “this isn’t where I thought I’d be” thoughts

  • The power of a “reset”

  • Goals in life and the power of setting prime goals

  • Fulfilling the “deposits” of life

  • How successful people analyze decisions

  • Fail fast & fix fast

  • Perspective on our success path: freedom

  • Applying Mike’s system of success

  • How to become a “Decisionator”

And so much more…

Mike's Impact: Wants people to feel for a long time his tough love, the fierce loyalty he holds for what they want to achieve in life.

Mike's nuggets of wisdom

“We get what we decide”

“Define your own success”

“Decisions make life easier when you make them right”

Another episode of The Positivity Effect goes live next Tuesday - Stay Tuned !!!

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126: The Tree Metaphor - Stephen TrueLove

August 15, 2017

The Tree Metaphor

Stephen TrueLove utilizes coaching techniques that include a range of therapies and holistic practices. He has helped his clients overcome a variety of issues for over fifteen years; from bereavement to self-confidence, depression & anxiety to smoking cessation or weight loss, and much more.  Each client is looked at on a deep individual level where he helps them identify the issue and help them move past their limiting beliefs by creating the right mindset that allows them to be the person they were meant to be.

CLICK HERE for Stephen's website

CLICK HERE for Stephen's book, "Journey of Self Discovery and Learning"

  

On today’s episode we discuss:

  • drilling down into your life’s purpose

  • POBS - patterns of behavior (conditioning)

           A POB from Stephen’s life and when he discovered it

  • The tree metaphor

  • Helping ourselves and others discover "light bulb" moments

  • What happened to Stephen at the age of 34 that changed everything

  •  Who is Steven Gilligan?

  • How Stephen worked through deeply rooted fears in his life

  • What is NLP? Neuro-Linguistic Programming

  • Stephens book 

And so much more…

 

Stephen's impact: Wants to be remembered as someone who made an impact and who helped assist people to be the best version of themselves, to enjoy life, laugh more, and have open arms to welcome things into their lives, albeit good or bad.

 

Stephen's nuggets of wisdom

“The most empowering thing you can do for a person is allowing them the opportunity to see something for themselves because then they have the resources to make the changes that work best for them”

“We’re all on a journey”

 

Another episode of The Positivity Effect goes live next Tuesday - Stay Tuned !!!

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125: The Champions Mindset - Chris Romulo

July 11, 2017

The Champions Mindset

Chris Romulo is a Queens, New York native who always yearned for growth. In his early twenties, he transformed himself from a street kid into a Muay Thai Champion with over 40 fights and 5 titles under his belt. Today, he’s a coach at his gym CROM Physical Culture and mindset speaker to both youth and adults. Chris has taken what he’s learned in the ring and turned it into a practical curriculum, U.P.R.I.S.E. The curriculum shows you how to tap into your natural abilities and become the champion of your life.  In May of 2017, Chris co-authored and published his memoir, Champions Uprising, which displays his unwavering mindset of determination, grit, and perseverance of spirit.

CLICK HERE for Chris' website

CLICK HERE for Chris' book, "Champions Uprising"

  

On today’s episode we discuss:

  • Chris’s tip on how he drives himself out of bed in the morning
  • How Chris overcame fear and self-doubt that he carried through childhood
  • When Chris realized Muy Thai and martial arts was going to be the path for his life
  • The importance of getting the right people on your “bus”
    • The crabs in a barrel metaphor
  • The importance of accepting other people's behavior for what it is and moving on to improve yourself
  • Applying the principles of May Thai fighting to your life
  • Chris’s Acronym: C.H.A.M.P.S
  • The power of pushing outside of your comfort zone
  • Having a champion mindset at home
  • A lesson from a Muy Thai fighter
  • Chris' book

And so much more…

Chris' Impact: Wants to know that he inspired someone to be better and that he can be a reminder for someone that life can be beautiful and they can pick themselves up and dust themselves off and keep fighting and start that champions uprising when they feel like they’re down and out.

 

Chris' nugget of wisdom

“You want to make sure you’re attracting other champions to you. Not being stuck with the people who aren’t moving you forward… you want to be with the people who are on the same mission as you”

“We’re all victims of happenstance. We react to what happens in our life. instead of saying, “let me take control, let me know that my mind and my mindset is going to be the most powerful tool I can use when things are going great and maybe when things maybe aren’t going so great”

 

Another episode of The Positivity Effect goes live next Tuesday - Stay Tuned !!!

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124: Courage amidst tragedy - Rich Rotanz

July 4, 2017

Courage amidst tragedy

Rich Rotanz. Emergency Manager, Safety, and Fire Science Professional with forty years of experience in public policy, safety and mitigation, emergency management, fire protection, rescue tactics, hazardous materials incidents and planning/research for all natural, civil, and technological hazards including acts of terrorism.

CLICK HERE to contact Rich

 

On today’s (Part II) episode we discuss:

  • Lessons from Rich’s experience of 9/11
  • The importance of being aware of your surroundings
  • Stories of unsung heroes
  • Why focus is so important amidst tragedy
  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and why it was so crucial to rescue efforts
  • Moments of beauty amidst disaster
  • Incredible accounts of individuals stepping up to help out
  • The resiliency of the various rescue teams and volunteers
  • Applying lessons from major tragedies like 9/11 to your everyday life
  • Rich’s definition of courage

And so much more…

Rich's Impact: Want's to be remembered for being a dad and a husband

 

Rich's nugget of wisdom

“Courage takes on all forms”

 

Another episode of The Positivity Effect goes live next Tuesday - Stay Tuned !!!

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123: Enrichment Through Service - Rich Rotanz

June 27, 2017

Enrichment Through Service

Rich Rotanz. Emergency Manager, Safety, and Fire Science Professional with forty years of experience in public policy, safety and mitigation, emergency management, fire protection, rescue tactics, hazardous materials incidents and planning/research for all natural, civil, and technological hazards including acts of terrorism.

CLICK HERE to contact Rich

 

On today’s episode we discuss:

  • How Rich became so involved with the NYC Fire Department
  • Building a life of enrichment and character through service
  • Gratitude for opportunity and relationships
  • Proving your value through hard work
  • How Rich approaches sensitive communication in his line of work
  • Having a team mentality
  • Communication starts at home
  • The simple power of volunteer work

And so much more…

Rich's nuggets of wisdom

"You want to have integrity, you want to have endurance, and you want to have the desire to really go forward and also the courage to say, you know what, “I have to take this on?” OR “alright I failed” and even if you failed, you bounce right back up and keep trying"

“There’s no I in team”

 

Part 2 with Rich goes live next Tuesday – stay tuned!!

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122: Connection And Purpose Through Transformation - Luis Congdon

June 13, 2017

Connection And Purpose Through Transformation

This week is a re-run of one of my most popular episodes with Luis Congdon, The co-founder of Thriving Launch an online business resource and podcast to help business owners map out clear and practical tips that are essential to thrive in today's economy. Luis also hosts a podcast with his girlfriend called Lasting Love Connection where they interview the top relationship experts to help couples and singles keep their love passionate and strong and enduring. Luis lives a life of gratitude and transparency. He has a heart of giving and an incredible drive for entrepreneurship, I’m honored that he joined us on the Positivity Effect.

 

Luis’ story

  • Born in Columbia during the height of the cocaine cartel
  • Never knew his birth father and he lost his mother at the age of 5 years old
  • Was adopted to the United States and simultaneously felt loved and confused when that relationship ended in divorce
  • Through everything he had been through in life, he developed a drive to end human suffering around the age of 15
  • His journey led him to practice Buddhism for almost a decade
  • After many years of practicing Buddhism, he realized he was missing human connection
  • He fell in love with someone but she fell out of love with him and left.
  • He used that experience to springboard himself to be a successful marriage coach in the non-profit arena
  • Together, he and his now girlfriend Kamala developed two powerhouse internet resources:

Thought on becoming a monk: He was striving for perfection and realized he didn’t have to be.

Luis’ thoughts on having an online business

  • Took a long time to become okay with accepting payment
  • Through deep reflection of the value he provides, he can internally accept what he charges for an hourly rate
  • Recants on how it can be difficult sometimes to find that balance of generosity
  • We have to learn to be okay with what we desire (in his case income from an online business)

 

“Learn how to take care of yourself as an entrepreneur”

 

Thoughts on life

  • Why we need coaching/mentorship: “There are so many things we don’t know that we don’t know”
  • At birth: we are safe and 100% provided for
  • After birth: We begin the universal journey of learning to obtain what we want in life through tears, demands, & fighting.
  • We learn “no”
  • Everything is the highest order (i.e. our physical relationships and our spiritual relationships)
  • Happiness is magnified when we can share it with someone

 

Soul Food

  • God gives regardless. “Be like God” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • “Does the sun ever say to the flowers you owe me?” – Hafiz (Imagine what a love like that could do for the world)
  • “Love is how we feel about ourselves and how we relate to ourselves” – Don Miguel Ruiz
  • “Everything is energy” – Albert Einstein
  • Luis believes we add our own meaning to the world

 

Gratitude

  • “Every time we take a breath, that’s the last time we breathe that breath in that moment”

 

Book recommendation

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121: The Crystal Staircase - Jaret Grossman

June 6, 2017

The Crystal Staircase

Jaret Grossman is the co-founder of a popular fitness brand, Muscle Prodigy. Jaret's mission in creating this brand and product was to help debunk fitness myths that have existed for decades and help millions of people change their bodies naturally like he was able to without deprivation. Jaret was 96 pounds his freshman year of high school and was able to more than double his body weight, get down to 6% body fat, and become a 3x All-American wrestler. 

 

CLICK HERE for Jaret's personal blog

CLICK HERE for Muscle Prodigy

CLICK HERE for Jaret's Youtube channel

CLICK HERE for Jaret's book "Cracking The Code"

On today’s episode we discuss:

  • How fitness shifted his internal self-image
  • What is true "work ethic" and why it's so crucial to success
  • The importance of defining your vision and defining "deep reasons"
  • Breaking down Jaret's motivational audio track, "The Crystal Staircase"
    • Take action!
  • Why Jaret put a video out on youtube every single day for a year
  • Breaking down Jaret's motivational audio track, "time is so precious"
    • Productivity
  • Controlling what events/things mean to you
  • The power of being in a peak state and how Jaret applies this concept

And so much more…

Jaret's nuggets of wisdom

“It's out of my need, essentially to solve problems. Mainly that starts with trying to solve your own problems. You eventually gain some golden nuggets, and wisdom and insight, and that becomes valuable for other people”

“It'ss the middle ground of, well I'm not sure if this isn’t going to work, and we just hesitate. It’s this perpetual hesitation in a way. What’s really holding us back is some element of fear”

"If you can help as many people as possible, not only will it come back you, you will also experience more pleasure and the world will experience more pleasure"

Jaret's Impact: Wants to be remembered as someone who was a force for good and who always put out pure energy into the world

 

Another episode of the Positivity Effect goes live next Tuesday – stay tuned!!

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120: The Fingerprint Metaphor - Jim Rees

May 30, 2017

The Fingerprint Metaphor

 

Jim Rees is an Ultra Cyclist, Ironman Triathlete, Author and Executive Coach. Co-founder of The Long And The Short Of It, Jim and his business partner Mark Foster combine the experiences of two very different athletic styles: sprint and endurance. With that, they join as one mind to help their clients understand the required cognitive and emotional discipline for competition how that translates into specific behaviors for success and reaching high-performance targets. 

 

CLICK HERE for Jim's Website

CLICK HERE for Jim's book "A Quick Guide To Emotional Intelligence"

 

On today’s episode we discuss:

  • Applying a "weekend warrior" Ultra Cyclist mentality to everyday life
  • The meditative properties of cycling
  • The power of pushing through repetitive tasks
  • How mastering the skill of "choice" can help grow any area of your life
  • Pain/pleasure decisions
  • The power of taking personal responsibility
  • Tuning into your internal dialogue

And so much more... 

Jim's nuggets of wisdom

“Every decision we make is based on pain and pleasure”

The importance of dialing in our awareness to our pain/pleasure trigger points

“We have a feeling which then drives our thinking. Actually, it's the feeling-thinking trap that we get caught up in as human beings. As opposed to what really it should be is, thinking feeling”

 

Another episode of the Positivity Effect goes live next Tuesday – stay tuned!!

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