Bryan Wish (Ep.28) – Growth Consultant and Marketing Strategist

October 30, 2018

Episode 28 features Bryan Wish, Growth Consultant for global-impact visionaries and the marketing strategist behind Allen Gannett’s book “The Creative Curve”.  I met Bryan serendipitously last year when setting up Allen Gannett on the Just Get Started Podcast. Unfortunately, as I tell the story, the audio didn’t record properly and the interview with Allen never launched.  However, I stayed in contact with Bryan and was appreciative for him to share his story on this latest episode.  We went into some depth around his childhood and how early challenges helped ultimately pave the way for carving out some great opportunities with some sports franchises and now some of his business endeavors.  A lot of energy and passion out of Bryan and really enjoyed his insight on business, networking, and creating your own opportunities.

About Bryan:

For years, I have used my abilities to both discover and foster growth opportunities behind professional sports franchises, global investment funds, and CEO visionaries turning their dreams into tangible results. Noticing untapped potential in ticket sales in the collegiate market for the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Braves, I created segmented marketing and sales programs that have done more than $300k in sales to date. My own vision helped curate 800+ impactful stories which have been read by more than 500,000+ readers on The Wish Dish. From 2016-2017, I helped establish a foundational community outreach system for The Kairos Society – a network of young entrepreneurs featured in Inc., Forbes, and Wired Magazine – building a fellowship of more than 500 up-and-coming entrepreneurs in 40 countries and counting. Currently based in Washington D.C., I spend my waking hours meeting, fostering, and influencing entrepreneurs to act on their most empowering visions.

Through years of reflection, I’ve developed a high-functioning growth mindset to continuously progress, despite obstacles of every kind. Time after time, I’ve transitioned one “no” into the next “how can I get there?” I can see a story, visualize its potential, and then get up and go make it happen.

Find Bryan Online:

Website: http://bryanwish.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryanwish_/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanwish/

About the Host:

It’s hard to write these things about yourself but I’m just a very curious guy that wants to learn as much as I can about the world and the people in it.  With a new found motivation many years ago to achieve certain goals and push beyond status quo, I wanted to speak with people that were breaking out of their comfort zones and try to capture how they were doing it and what insight could be shared to help others.  I hope you all will continue along on the journey with me and share any feedback you have.

If you enjoyed this episode or others please consider leaving a review on iTunes or whichever Podcast platform you listen on.

Here’s where you can find me:

Website: https://www.brianondrako.com  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianondrako/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianondrako

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast/ 

Thank you very much!

Brian

 

Week 33-37: CrossFit Journey – Triangle Invitational

October 22, 2018

I had been dogging it on my CrossFit journey posts lately due to some personal challenges on this end and only getting to the gym 2-4 times a week the last several.  But, my focus is back and I was reenergized today by spectating at the Triangle Invitational hosted by the gym I belong to, CrossFit RTP.

It was amazing to see the teamwork and camaraderie across the various events and was awesome to see our team, the RX team from CrossFit RTP bring home 1st Place!

I believe the reason I was so inspired is that it reminded me that getting in great physical shape and becoming more healthy is not a short sprint but a long journey through many obstacles.  These athletes competing didn’t just show up but they had been working toward this for many months and years.  It was a culmination of perseverance, patience, and positivity…all factors leading to success.

I’m proud to call CrossFit RTP home and it was a tremendous effort by all of the volunteers from our gym and our winning squad!  Excited to be involved some way next year…heck, maybe I’ll even compete!

Keep grindin’

Brian

Andrea Waltz (Ep.27) – Author | Go For No!

October 16, 2018

Episode 27 features Andrea Waltz, the Co-Author of one of the best selling sales books of all-time, Go For No! as well as Co-Founder of Courage Crafters.  Andrea shares her journey and a lot of the twists and turns that have led her to what she is doing now.  From trying to call George Lucas at the age of 8 to getting a Criminal Justice degree she has never used, Andrea opens up about how some unique opportunities in life have presented themselves and how she has continually looked for the learning in each situation and has used that to keep her motivated and moving forward.

I know you all will enjoy my chat with Andrea and look forward to hearing feedback!

About Andrea:

Andrea Waltz is the co-author of Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There.  Along with her husband and business partner Richard Fenton, she has made her mission to liberate people from fears of failure and rejection, sharing an entire new mindset about hearing the word NO.  They have spoken all over the US and the UK teaching the ‘Go for No’ strategies – having been embraced by people in a wide variety of industries and businesses to rave reviews and amazing results. Andrea’s book hit #1 on Amazon’s “Selling” list and has remained in the top 20 of ‘Sales’ books for over the last 8 years.

Topic: Overcoming fear of failure, rejection, and hearing No. (Ideal for: sales of any kind, small business/entrepreneurs)

Website: http://www.Goforno.com or www.Gofornokeynote.com

Social Media:

Twitter: @Goforno 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Goforno 

Instagram: @GoforNo

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/goforno

About the Host:

It’s hard to write these things about yourself but I’m just a very curious guy that wants to learn as much as I can about the world and the people in it.  With a new found motivation many years ago to achieve certain goals and push beyond status quo, I wanted to speak with people that were breaking out of their comfort zones and try to capture how they were doing it and what insight could be shared to help others.  I hope you all will continue along on the journey with me and share any feedback you have.

If you enjoyed this episode or others please consider leaving a review on iTunes or whichever Podcast platform you listen on.

Here’s where you can find me:

Website: https://www.brianondrako.com  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianondrako/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianondrako

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast/ 

Thank you very much!

Brian

Joel Runyon (Ep.26) – Ultramarathoner | Founder, ImpossibleHQ

September 27, 2018

Episode 26 was a blast!  I met Joel in August when he came to speak at our company and share the journey of the past 9 years and how this whole thing came together.  It’s an incredible story of perseverance, patience, grit, and a little luck.  We go in depth on a variety of topics and he shares a lot of great insight on his daily routines and how he prepares for these long races.

About Joel:

Joel Runyon is an athlete and entrepreneur. He is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE – a company dedicated to helping people push their limits and do impossible things.

In 2017, he became the youngest person in the world to run 7 ultra marathons on 7 continents. Along the way, he raised $192,000 for Pencils of Promise and built 7 schools.

He is very bad at saying “no” to a challenge.

Find Joel Online:

Website: https://impossiblehq.com/

Instagram (Personal): https://www.instagram.com/joelrunyon/

Instagram (ImpossibleHQ) https://www.instagram.com/impossiblehq/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/joelrunyon/

 

About the Host:

It’s hard to write these things about yourself but I’m just a very curious guy that wants to learn as much as I can about the world and the people in it.  With a new found motivation many years ago to achieve certain goals and push beyond status quo, I wanted to speak with people that were breaking out of their comfort zones and try to capture how they were doing it and what insight could be shared to help others.  I hope you all will continue along on the journey with me and share any feedback you have.

If you enjoyed this episode or others please consider leaving a review on iTunes or whichever Podcast platform you listen on.

Here’s where you can find me:

Website: https://www.brianondrako.com  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianondrako/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianondrako

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast/ 

Thank you very much!

Brian

Jeff Tippett (Ep.25) – Persuasive Communication Expert | Speaker | Author

September 19, 2018

Had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Tippett on Episode 25 of the Podcast.  Jeff lives local to me in the Carolinas and it was great to learn more about his background and some of the ways persuasive communication can be used in numerous ways throughout your life.  Jeff shares some really neat stories about how he started his own business and some helpful advice about how you can think about persuasion.

Jeff gives a shoutout to Jane Atkinson and her book – The Epic Keynote – Link to book -> https://www.amazon.com/Epic-Keynote-Presentation-Wealthy-Speaker/dp/0991751213/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537405955&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Epic+Keynote&dpID=51zav6KgThL&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch and something he recommends you read if you’d like to present more or be a speaker

App he recommends: Blinkist -> It’s like the Cliffs Notes but in an audio form!

About Jeff:

Known by audiences and fans as Mr. Persuasion, Jeff Tippett is a subject matter expert in persuasive communications. He helps people increase their effectiveness, gives them powerful tools for attaining goals and dreams, and helps them positively impact their organization—all as they learn techniques for communicating persuasively with others.

When results mattered most, renowned brands like Airbnb, The National Restaurant Association, The League of Women Voters, The League of Conservation have trusted Jeff to develop and implement communications plans to persuade elected officials, the media, and the general public. And as an expert on persuasive communications, Jeff continues to deliver results for influential clients.

Other industry experts have validated Jeff’s work through numerous awards including the prestigious The American Advertising Awards.

Jeff has impacted thousands of lives through over 500 presentations incuding keynotes and seminars. Others feature Jeff’s expertise in persuasive communications through articles, podcasts, and blogs.

Jeff’s highly anticipated second book, Unleashing Your Superpower: Why Persuasive Communications is the Only Force You Will Ever Need is scheduled for completion in late fall 2018.

Find Jeff Online

Website: https://jefftippett.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jefftippett/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefftippett/

Also, Text “Persuade” to 66866 to receive a free chapter of his upcoming book

About the Host:

It’s hard to write these things about yourself but I’m just a very curious guy that wants to learn as much as I can about the world and the people in it.  With a new found motivation many years ago to achieve certain goals and push beyond status quo, I wanted to speak with people that were breaking out of their comfort zones and try to capture how they were doing it and what insight could be shared to help others.  I hope you all will continue along on the journey with me and share any feedback you have.

If you enjoyed this episode or others please consider leaving a review on iTunes or whichever Podcast platform you listen on.

Here’s where you can find me:

Website: https://www.brianondrako.com  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianondrako/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianondrako

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast/ 

Thank you very much!

Brian

Week 32: CrossFit Journey – Be Smart!

September 16, 2018

This past week was a short week due to Hurricane Florence ripping through North Carolina and that brought about cancelled/postponed classes.  However, it did teach me an important lesson about overexerting yourself.

On Saturday, they had an open gym as the weather was starting to clear up but there was still a threat of bad storms.  I went in for a short period of time and did the prescribed WOD.

The first part was to do a 5 Rep Max of Deadlifts.  This was another milestone day for me with Deadlifts as my 1 Rep Max 10 weeks ago was 300 LBS and on Saturday I did 5 Reps at 295 LBS.  I felt good and was pumped that I was able to push that out.

However, here was my mistake I learned from.

The next series of exercises were Over the Shoulder Stone throws followed by Pull ups in a 15 x 12 x 9 breakdown.  I’ve always had problems with the Over The Shoulder Stone Throws because of my height and I tend to not always get into a full squat but cheat as I get tired by using more upper body/back.  And, I am trying to go from the 70 LBS weight to 100 LBS.  Well, I sure did something to my back after completing this because when I got home my lower back was really sore and couldn’t move it for most of the rest of the day.  Luckily, I iced it and stretched it out and by Sunday night I felt pretty good again.

Lesson learned: Proper form is the most important.  Don’t try to be a hero and lift heavy weights just because you have confidence.  Your form might suffer and that might knock you out for several days or longer if you get injured.  You can have great gains even with a lower weight and still get a tremendous workout it.  Be smart!

Until next time, keep grinding!

Brian

Christina Lecuyer (Ep.24) – Mindset Coach | Motivational Speaker | Golf Hosting Specialist

September 11, 2018

I met Christina through a recommendation of a prior guest, Tisha Abrea (Ep. 16), and was so fortunate to get a chance to hear her story and learn through some of the lessons she had to go through in her career.  I love that she refers to periods of her life as “seasons” and although she is in a busy season I was appreciative she was able to take time out of her day and share her story.

We get into some of her struggles on the golf course during LPGA Tour Qualifying School and how she broke out of the mold that everyone else thought she she be in and ultimately flourished by following a different path with her golf hosting, mindset coaching, and motivational speaking.

About Christina:

Unlike most professional golfers, Christina was a late-comer to the sport. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Christina did not play any golf before the age of 18. However, this wasn’t due to a lack of exposure to the game. Christina’s father, Tony Lecuyer, has long been one of Alberta’s biggest names in golf. Her two younger brothers, Ryan and Steven, were also two of Canada’s best amateurs winning the 2003 Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship and 2010 Alberta Amateur Championship, respectively. Christina certainly picked up the game quickly. Christina won the first golf tournament she ever entered, the 2002 Edmonton Ladies Amateur Championship, and attracted the attention of numerous college recruiters finally landing on the University of Central Arkansas in 2003. Christina had an outstanding collegiate career, both on the golf course and in the classroom. She won five collegiate tournaments, had 24 Top Ten finishes, and was a 2-time All-American honorable mention. Christina was an even better performer in the classroom, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2007 in Business Administration. After wrapping up her collegiate career in 2007, Christina focused her attention on the professional circuit. She played various mini-tours from 2007-2010 qualifying for LPGA final stage three consecutive years. She was featured on the Golf Channel’s Big Break Series twice, coming out on the winning end on Big Break Reunion: Dominican Republic. She has also been sought after for many on-camera opportunities and most recently co-hosted Swing Clinic on Fox Sports Regional Networks. Now Christina’s focus is her love of entertaining clients at corporate and charity golf events, mentoring others, and publicly speaking. She’s sought out by world-renowned corporations and has raised millions of dollars for charity. Christina’s expertise, generosity, personality, and knowledge have put her on the map as one of the only female golfers in the world working in this capacity full-time.

Find Christina Online:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bechristina/

Website:

https://christinalecuyer.com/

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Books and Podcast Recommendations:

Chris Harder – For the Love of Money Podcast 

Jen Sincero –You are a badass at making money

Mark Groves @CreatetheLove

Joshua Medcalf – Chop Wood, Carry Water

About the Host:

It’s hard to write these things about yourself but I’m just a very curious guy that wants to learn as much as I can about the world and the people in it.  With a new found motivation many years ago to achieve certain goals and push beyond status quo, I wanted to speak with people that were breaking out of their comfort zones and try to capture how they were doing it and what insight could be shared to help others.  I hope you all will continue along on the journey with me and share any feedback you have.

If you enjoyed this episode or others please consider leaving a review on iTunes or whichever Podcast platform you listen on.

Here’s where you can find me:

Website: https://www.brianondrako.com  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianondrako/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianondrako

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast/ 

Thank you very much!

Brian

Week 31: CrossFit Journey – Back Squat PR

September 10, 2018

Well, this weeks post spilled over by a day as I wanted to share a quick story that was a big accomplishment for me.

It was only 6 weeks ago when I stopped doing squat therapy (normally squatting with plates under my feet) and was able to move to no plates and doing a normal squat.  The squat was tough for me and my 1 Rep Max for the Back Squat (with plates) was 170 LBS.

But, with continued practice AND now having the proper nutrition I have been able to crush numbers especially my squat.

Tonight we were working on Back Squats and I just went for it because I felt good and energized.  Not only did I beat my PR but crushed it by 15 LBS from 170 to 185 and with no plates to support the squat.

If you couldn’t tell I was ecstatic over the result but more importantly it gave me confidence to know that I am continuing to make smart choices outside of the gym as it relates to my overall health including sleep and nutrition.

Moral of the story: Don’t be settled with status quo and the way you have always done things.  If you feel your energy is low, for example, investigate and try to A/B test how you can improve it with changing up your routines or habits.  It will only help you in the long run and the gains you might have could be incredible to your performance and your lifestyle.

Keep grindin’!

Brian

Week 30: CrossFit Journey – Motivation

September 3, 2018

Anyone that strives for anything needs motivation.  That is certainly a blanket statement but it is important to remember.  Motivation, the cousin of Momentum, can help you excel to another level and improve your performance beyond your current capabilities.

The reason I bring this up this week is a conversation I had with a fellow CrossFitter this week.  She had been away all summer in NYC but has now returned to town to go back to school and, of course, get back into the CrossFit RTP scene again.  I had been very confident this summer with my change in nutrition and gains I knew I had but it was a simple kind gesture and comment by her that helped keep me motivated.  She said something along the lines of “You’ve really improved this summer…your deadlift has gotten much better…”.  We all strive for our own internal motivation and “chip on the shoulder” mentality but often times, if we aren’t afraid to admit it, it is the compliments of our peers that can bring about additional motivation and that extra to reinforce all of the great work we’ve been doing.

I think many of us are capable of much more but it is generally the “negative talk” that we listen to and often follow…the “You can’t do this” or “You’ll never make it” appears to have a much greater impact on us than the positive reinforcement.  What I have found through many years of listening to this negativity, often by others and my own internal doubts, is that there is no place for it.  No need for it at all.

We need to focus on the positives and present an attitude that is positive to combat the negative but also fuel the motivation that we might be given by others to ultimately help us to that next level.

To end on a funny note, a classic scene that often gets lost in a classic movie, -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAs2PBL1RsA

Keep grinding!

Brian

Morgan J. Ingram (Ep.23) – Motivational Speaker | Sales Coach | Host, The SDR Chronicles

August 30, 2018

Had an awesome time connecting with Morgan on Episode 23 of the Podcast and we covered a lot of ground in a short period of time.  Morgan provides some great insight into how he leveraged his learnings from being on 2 State Championship Basketball Teams to help him be a better coach and mentor to young sales professionals.  We also discuss how he started his SDR Chronicles show and some different ways he’s developed his chops as a sales professional which might be helpful to younger sales reps out there.  I know you all will love the energy and positivity Morgan brings to the show!

About Morgan:

Morgan Ingram is a motivational speaker who has been nominated to the final round for TEDxSBY and TEDxUGA. His clients have begun to nickname him the “Liberation Sensation” because of his powerful messages.

An avid fan of social media and communicating on-line, Morgan has been featured in the Red and Black and OnlineAthens for a previous startup company Collegiate Gaming LAN, written college articles for CampusSports, and has done sales and marketing research for a start up shoe store that Dunta Robinson started and has also done Partnerships for a start up music company which helped promote artists in Athens,GA such as Judah and the Lion and the Shadowboxers.

In addition, Morgan won two state championships in basketball during his high school years.

Morgan’s mission now is to liberate others from their negative thoughts to turn them into positive thoughts by using motivation and social media. Through his speeches Morgan teaches students how to remove negative thoughts from their head and to cleanse their environment to unlock their potential to strive for excellence as a scholar.

In Morgan’s free time, he enjoys a good book, watching The Flash or Arrow, and going on a hike.

Books He’d Recommend:

“I Got My Dream Job and So Can You” by Pete Leibman

“The Law of Success” by Napolean Hill

“15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” by John C Maxwell

Where to Find Morgan Online:

Website: https://www.morganjingram.com/ 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/morganjingram

Twitter: https://twitter.com/morganjingram

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morganjingram

SDR Chronicles: https://soundcloud.com/thesdrchronicles

 

About the Host:

It’s hard to write these things about yourself but I’m just a very curious guy that wants to learn as much as I can about the world and the people in it.  With a new found motivation many years ago to achieve certain goals and push beyond status quo, I wanted to speak with people that were breaking out of their comfort zones and try to capture how they were doing it and what insight could be shared to help others.  I hope you all will continue along on the journey with me and share any feedback you have.

If you enjoyed this episode or others please consider leaving a review on iTunes or whichever Podcast platform you listen on.

Here’s where you can find me:

Website: https://www.brianondrako.com  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianondrako/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianondrako

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/justgetstartedpodcast/ 

Thank you very much!

Brian