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January 03, 2017 02:26 PM PST

Meet Fernando "Nando" Urias, a firefighter and professional roper in Southern Arizona. Like most of us, he spent decades being a self-proclaimed "class clown" and never putting 100% effort into anything from fear of failing. After being humbled by a respected mentor, he altered his mindset, threw out the lies he had been telling himself and committed to the goal regardless of the outcome. His hard work payed off and he recently made it and competed in the National Championships in 2016.

What exactly did he do and how can it help? Listen to his stories and hacks for changing your story and re-writing it to embrace the failure instead of pushing it away.

August 06, 2016 10:17 PM PDT

I wasn't sure if I should post this episode and still feel vulnerability from doing so...I'm going to take that as a sign to do it.

The other day I was staring out my window as a monsoon storm swept through Southern Arizona near Mexico and I suddenly bolted off the couch to grab my journal. I quickly wrote 5 thought patterns that were negatively affecting every aspect of my life and my entire worldview about myself. Some have been around since childhood and all of them mold the man I am and will become unless I consciously change them.

I am not sure how or why they presented themselves to me in that moment but once I wrote them down, I felt a lightness that took hold for days. This podcast is based on those limiting beliefs I harbor within myself and what I am doing to defeat them.

If it doesn't help you, remove the thought from your mind.

Please reach out to me if any of these resonate with you and let's RISE TOGETHER.

July 28, 2016 03:27 PM PDT

Some people seem to be born with a propensity to an existence not entirely controlled by their ego...how do we incorporate those traits into our lives to live a life full of real substance? A firefighter, ex-cop, family man, and my good friend "Boonie" talks with me about keeping life simple to get the most out of it.

April 12, 2016 09:31 PM PDT

CEO and Founder of greatist.com Derek Flanzraich realized that there was a need for health information that was relevant, realistic, and balanced. So he created it and now his website gets over 10 million unique visitors every month.

Listen and learn how Derek stays true to himself in a high pressure world, what he recommends doing BEFORE improving or starting any project, and what creativity means in the digital age.

Health and well-being is available to all of us, sometimes we just need the right motivation. Check out www.greatist.com for articles, videos, and tips on everything to feel like the best version of you!

March 25, 2016 06:57 PM PDT

Politics is such a loaded phrase with polarization occurring across our country and apathy taking shape in multiple platforms.

It is easy to feel let down or frustrated in the current climate, and I believe the first step towards improving our relationship with politics, the government system, and social movements is simple: the truth.

Complicated issues such as illegal immigration never have simple solutions, but looking at the facts is a great place to start.

Pamela Starr is an Associate Professor at USC of International Relations and Public Diplomacy with a specialization in US/Mexico relations. She also happens to be my aunt.

Some of the topics we cover:

1. Explain the mindset of Donald Trump voters

2. Are illegal immigrants actually taking jobs from Americans?

3. What news companies and are the best for non-bias information?

4. Does your vote matter?

5. How can an ordinary citizen make a difference in the community?

March 07, 2016 07:10 PM PST

I'm not good enough. I'm not beautiful enough. I can't do it. Once I get this, then I will be satisfied. How do we deal with the normal stream of comparisons and negative thoughts exacerbated by modern life? It starts by knowing that you aren't alone.

Rob is a soon-to-be doctor from Australia and is one of the most confident people I have ever met so I was extremely surprised when he started telling me about all the doubts and insecure thoughts he has on a daily basis. This predicament of life can be overcome through honesty with yourself and other tactics described in this episode.

February 24, 2016 05:59 AM PST

We all have vices: our phones, TV, coffee, TV, porn, sweets, and other distractions take up our time, threaten our health, and distract from our goals. Changing one part of the habit loop can change all of that and give you the ability to live the life you want instead of the one dictated by unconscious decisions. Once it becomes a new habit, it is almost effortless to maintain.

February 08, 2016 08:01 PM PST

Ever wanted to throw the work computer at a wall or have the freedom and time to work when YOU choose? Listen to learn what it takes to create your dream job and how the setbacks in work and life can lead to an exploration of possibilities.

This episode I talk about the the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship with Maggie Lau of Sam the Local. Sam the Local is a unique person-to-person platform based in Hong Kong where locals show you around based on your chosen interests. They plan to expand the concept to 3 more countries in the next year.

Check out Sam the Local on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or the website:


January 21, 2016 10:30 PM PST

It's a new generation and we are doing things a little differently then the previous ones. Maybe, if we listen hard enough, there is still something to learn from them. It was worth a shot.

You know those parents that would get kicked off the soccer field or get technicals called on them during 4th grade basketball games? Peter is one of those parents. He has the distinct privilege of being the first guest over the age of 35 so he lays down some wisdom about what it takes to live the good life in any decade.

January 12, 2016 11:01 AM PST

"Positivity is the only way you are going to get through things. Shit's going to happen and either you let it beat you and you lose, or you get through it with that positive mindset and think OK, if something else happens, I am ready to tackle it." Dave Vitullo got brain cancer at the age of 19 and credits his unwavering positive outlook and support for being able to overcome a 12% chance of survival. So much so that he would CHOOSE to get cancer again if he were to go back in time due to everything he learned from the experience.

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