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Why you need to enjoy the journey, not the destination

It wasn’t until I was alone, with the gun on the table when I realized I had hit bottom…

-Wilson Horrell

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #72 with Wilson Horrell

It’s hard for me not to start every single episode with “I was blown away by this guest…”

Podcasting has been one of the most powerful gifts when it comes to my personal development. I have the opportunity to share some of the most powerful and vulnerable stories that are beyond inspiring.

When I started The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, I wanted to inspire people to find happiness in the pursuit of their dreams by taking action. In this episode, we not only talk about the power of action but more importantly how taking action saved Wilson’s life.

Wilson Horrell was a hard working, successful business owner. During a trip to Las Vegas, he hit the jackpot, literally, and won over $2 Million. Following that win, Wilson went on a wild ride with drugs and alcohol which led to him losing everything, including his family. While his story is a sad and common one amongst lottery winners, what Wilson did after is amazing.

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • The importance of finding a community
  • The necessity of taking action immediately
  • Why you need to enjoy the journey, not the destination

How to connect with Wilson Horrell:

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast - Episode #72 with Wilson Horrell

More about Wilson Horrell:

Wilson Horrell is a 40-year-old father of two children, and a husband of a beautiful wife named Amanda. In the December of 2002, Wilson won $2.3 million on a $.025 slot machine in Las Vegas. By 2011, he had a $300 a day pill addiction and was not seen after 6am without a drink in his hand. After reaching rock bottom and waking up with a gun next to him in bed, he decided to get help. Through rehab, community, and 12-step fellowship, Wilson was able to get sober and has been sober since July of 2011.

About one year into recovery he found Olive Branch CrossFit and a crew of wonderful people. Somewhere along his fitness journey, he found the love of trail running and set his sights on the Lift Heavy Run Long 50mile/400deadlift club.

He has since become a partner in Lift Heavy Run Long and believes it is his mission to try and support and encourage people to be active and enjoy their lives. Wilson has no stance on the different varieties of exercise, but is confident that activity, of any type, will enrich people’s life.

Wilson started the Lift Heavy Run Long Podcast in an effort to build community and help people to feel comfortable about sticking their toe into the intimidating world of fitness and activity.
Wilson has a weekly blog on www.liftheavyrunlong and writes under the nickname of “Beefcake”.

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5 Easy Questions To Find Your Passion

When you look at the people who have climbed to the top they all have a bunch of elements in common… which is a triangulation and intersection of the three things:
1. The thing you’re best at.
2. The thing you love doing.
3. Something the world values.
If these three things are in place that’s when the odds of success go up exponentially.

-Jeff Hoffman

This past year I had the incredible opportunity to interview Jeff Hoffman, founder of on Episode #42 on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast. It was a conversation that would change my life and helped me understand what is possible when you find your passion and take action.

When I asked Jeff; “why he chose to become an entrepreneur and what he was most passionate about?” His answer shocked me.

Jeff always had a dream to visit every country in the world. One day while at his office, he was on the elevator headed to the 4th floor where he worked. One of his friends and colleagues got onto the elevator and proceeded to push the 6th floor. When Jeff got to his desk, he realized he had yet to visit the 6th floor of the building to see his friend.

If I can’t even get to the 6th floor to see my friend, how am I going to see the world?

Jeff was so determined to see the world and so passionate about accomplishing that goal, it became the centerpiece of so many businesses. If you pull back the covers of what he has done, you can see how travel is at the core:

  • Founded
  • Invented the technology that allows you to print boarding passes at the airport
  • Founded “Unreasonable At Sea” – a philanthropic mission to solve the world’s problems by taking a cruise ship of millennials around the globe to witness and solve the challenges they observed

Jeff was able to build a life around what he loved – and is changing the world in the process.

How can you find your passion and start to change the world on your own terms?

Here are 5 simple questions that you can ask yourself to help you find your passion:

  1. What do you read?
  2. What do you watch?
  3. What do you talk about?
  4. What do you write about?
  5. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

How to find your passion [infographic]

How To Find Your Passion

When you find your passion, you will begin to unlock a world of potential.


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How To Get Out Of A Rut

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

Episode #69 with Barbara Siemen, Founder of The Chick Wire

Stop the excuses…go do what you love! I just signed up for an adult dance class, and I suck at dancing

Imagine building a blog, a social media following, and a highly engaged audience – and then receiving a letter from a Fortune 100 business telling you to shut it all down…

That is exactly what happened to Barara Siemen, and her first blog “Farm Barbie”. Her original blog shared her life “on the farm” and her name was “Barbara”, so “Farm Barbie” was a perfect fit – unless your Mattel!

After a tough legal battle, Barbra had no choice but to shut everything down. For most people, that would be the end of blogging. Driven by a purpose to create a stronger generation of women (especially for her daughter) she dusted herself off and reemerged as The Chick Wire.

Now, Barbra shares stories of empowering women from students to a firefighter.

Howdy folks! I’m Barbara, Founder of The Chick Wire (formerly Farm Barbie). I grew up a city chick but now I live on a farm in Michigan with my husband, Darrin, and children, Elliott, Adrienne, and Riley. We have milk cows, beef cattle, and grow corn, wheat, sugar beets and hay in Huron and Sanilac counties…

After a traumatic encounter with an older boyfriend at barely 18 years old, I was broken, afraid, and suspicious of everyone. Then, in college, I met an adorable farmer with big muscles and he promised to always love me, never hurt me, and take me places. I fell in love with him, his occupation, and his community.

Through all the years we’ve been together, I’ve been broken and repaired many times. I’ve had many surgeries, injuries, and lived in extraordinary and unexplainable pain. I found respite in connecting with consumers and other farmers through blogging.
However, in early 2016, blogging as Farm Barbie ended due to a legal dispute with Mattel, and I was broken again. After months of struggling with depression, feelings of inferiority, and lack of purpose, I realized I didn’t even know my true authentic self. I had completely immersed myself in the farming lifestyle, while raising children, being a good wife, and trying to forget my painful past. But, I had never developed ME as a woman.

The Chick Wire is my journey of discovering myself through connecting with you. I think everyone is interesting, and has a story to tell. I’ve hidden my story for too long, and the shame of it has stolen my sparkle for 20 years. But that record is getting broken now, too. Slowly, my pieces are coming back together.

What you will learn in this podcast:

  • How to rebound by taking action
  • The crucial role vulnerability plays in your personal growth
  • Why you should start a podcast
  • How “listening” will open new doors, and build better relationships

How to connect with Barbara Siemen:




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How to Start a Business by Accident with Kris Reid

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #68 with Kris Reid, “The Coolest Guy in SEO” and Founder of Ardor Media Factory.

There’s a theme amongst many of this show’s guests that starts something like this…

“Well after I lost my job in 2008…”

Like millions of others, I lost my job in 2008 as a result of the economy downturn. I was fortunate to find another job quickly, but part of me wonders if I had taken the leap into entrepreneurship sooner what life would look like today?

Fortunately, this episode’s guest took that leap and has built an incredibly successful SEO business that operates primarily online. Here’s some background to give some context:

My name is Kris Reid. I am a Software Engineer, originally from Brisbane where I graduated from the Queensland University of Technology (A university for the real world).

I was backpacking around the world a few years ago and because of my love for software development, I built an online game. As the completion day came near for the game I made, I thought that I should learn how to market if anyone else is ever going to play with it. So, I started studying how Google works and learned about Search Engine Optimisation. I quickly discovered how important backlinks are – not just any backlinks, but only quality backlinks with relevant and compelling content on powerful industry-specific websites.

Then, I set out to build the perfect service to provide just that – high-quality backlinks with compelling content on industry-specific websites.

Fast forward a few years later, I now have a permanent office based here in Davao City, Philippines. It’s a quiet beach-side city that gives me access to virtually-unlimited skilled writers, editors, and content marketers to provide essentially limitless amounts of super high-quality powerful backlinks.

What I loved about Kris’ story, was the simple fact that his business came from taking action. He had followed a passion in building a game, however, he needed to find a way to bring it to market and in doing so found a great business opportunity.

That is yet another example of why I encourage listeners to simply take action! That simple choice will lead to so many opportunities for you in business, in your relationships and in life.

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • The importance of taking action
  • Why you need to pursue your passion, despite the critics
  • How to start a business by solving a problem
  • The importance of learning from the past (lessons from Stoicism)

How to connect with Kris Reid:

Kris Reid on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast



Books we discussed in the show:

  • Ego is The Enemy, Ryan Holiday
  • The Obstacle Is The Way, Ryan Holiday
  • 10% Happier, Dan Harris
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How To Make Your New Years Resolution Stick

Make New Years Resolutions Stick

It’s that time of year again…

Everyone is excited about a “new year, new me”. The gyms are full, people are positive, and productivity is at an all-time high…at least until Friday.

I want this year to be the year that you not only keep that New Years Resolution – but start with one big enough to make meaningful change in your life that will carry you beyond 2017. Here are three simple tips to help.

How to make your New Years Resolution Stick.


We are so bound by this tie to a ‘New Year, New Me,’ that we rarely seek to understand the rationale behind what it takes to change a habit, nor do we look deep enough to prepare ourselves to make lasting and meaningful changes in your life.

If New Years is a catalyst, or tipping point, or a motivator for you to make progress; use that as the initial motivator; however you’re going to need to connect to something bigger and understand the basics of motivation.It is controlled by two forces, PAIN or PLEASURE. You are either going to run from the

Simply put, motivation is derived from two forces, PAIN or PLEASURE. You are either going to run from the PAIN or RUN towards PLEASURE. The challenge most people face when it comes to setting longstanding goals is either the pain is not severe enough, nor is the pleasure great enough for people for the consequences of attaining the goals.

For example, if your New Years resolution is losing 10 lbs, it is unlikely that those 10 lbs are making life painful, nor will losing them provide enough pleasure to have an impact to make you stick to your New Years Resolution! Now if you said I want to lose 25 lbs to help run my first marathon – that’s got a chance of sticking.

BONUS TIP: If you really want to make it stick – GO REGISTER for a marathon right now! Don’t wait for a friend, just do it (literally RIGHT NOW)!


The whole premise of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast is to inspire people to find their passion, take action, and build the life they want. In doing so, listeners will find the happiness that comes with the pursuit of attaining that goal, versus trying to find happiness.

When you align your goals and activities with what your passionate about, you are more likely to be able to survive the tough days – the days when you feel like skipping a workout or eating the candy.

To emphasize this point, here’s a great story from Jeff Hoffman about how Evander Holyfield committed to working out, and how he stays true to his commitment to excellence (click here – skip to 39:30).


Regardless of whether or not we talk about a bucket list, or a new years resolution, the single choice to intentionally take action to chase your dreams will be the difference between a fulfilling life, and a life of regret.

There is no life-hack or simple tip I can share when it comes to making your New Years Resolution stick. All you need to do is TAKE ACTION – JUST DO IT!

As you begin your journey in 2017, I want to leave you with one simple quote:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Take a step every single day in the direction of your dreams. Every day that you do that, you move closer to whatever dream you have. If it’s running that marathon, try to run a little further every day.

You have a ton of greatness within you, and no matter how big your dream is – YOU CAN DO IT!

May this year be the year you start to pursue the big things and may happiness follow you in that journey.

If there is ANYTHING I can do to help you in you please connect with me here. I look forward to sharing in your journey.

Happy New Year!


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The best way to beat procrastination

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #66 with Jonathan Bowles

The Best Way to Beat Procrastination

The Slingshot Show is a challenge to think differently, live adventurously & join an ever-growing network of friends that are fearlessly pursuing their dreams. It will awaken you spiritually and help you find your tribe. Jonathan Bowles is a spiritual pirate and professional encourager. He is a speaker, a coach, and loves to start new things.

For those of you who have been following the show for a while, you know that taking action, is one of the core principals we explore. In this episode, Jonathan explores how he beats procrastination, by living fearlessly.

We share a lot of the same vision of inspiring listeners to pursue their dreams and get very tactical on the shift in mindset that is required for you to start living the life you want.

Everyone of us has a great story to tell that the world will value!

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • How to beat procrastination
  • The need to share your own personal story
  • Why learning to be fearless will accelerate your growth

How to connect with Jonathan Bowles:

HOP 66 with Jonathan Bowles


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How to bounce back from anything (even the darkest of days)

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #65

How to bounce back from anything (even the darkest of days) with Michael Weinberger, founder of A Plan for Living

It takes such little effort to have such a profound affect on your own life…

Every once in a while you come across someone who completely blows your mind – this interview was one of those times!

In this episode, I interview Michael Weinberger, who took his life struggle with bipolar, suicide and addiction and turned it into a business, A Plan for Living, that helps people make the progress they need to turn their life around.

A Plan for Living was developed by Michael Weinberger a software engineer who put his own life back on track using these strategies and decided to create a website application to make A Plan for Living available to everyone.

Michael was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 17 and for many years lived with instability, out of control emotions and upheaval as a result of his condition. “I either self-medicated or didn’t take my prescribed medication,” he says, “I gained and lost and gained 150 pounds. I was expelled from college, arrested, married, divorced, started a business and lost clients. My life was filled with ups and downs and erratic behavior.”

At a low point at age 32 in the wake of a divorce, a failed business, relocation and another big weight gain, he took an intentional overdose of medication, which landed him in the hospital and on suicide watch.

Just reading Michael’s bio, I knew I was going to be in for an interesting interview, but Michael blew me away with his perspective and some really simple exercises that anyone can do to help reframe their state of mind – and refocus on the great things in their life to begin to make progress.

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • The Happiness Formula
  • How to have a phenomenal life
  • How to come back from ANYTHING
  • The importance of building a mindfulness routine

How to connect with Michael Weinberger:

HOP #65 with Michael Weinberger, Happiness of Pursuit Podcast


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How to beat burnout and defeat depression

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #64

How to beat burnout and defeat depression with Victoria Klein, ‘VK the VA”

Always follow your curiosity – follow the excitement

First and foremost, I have an incredible amount of respect for all of the brave men and women in uniform who serve to protect our freedoms every day. Even more important, are the men and women who support them at home – and today’s guest is a military life who found a way to beat the burnout and defeat depression.

VK helps ambitious entrepreneurs organize, prioritize, + delegate seamlessly so they can regain their freedom to take a real, non-working vacation anytime they want to. She accomplishes this with the Behind the Boss Mask podcast, personalized OBM support, + Burnout Busting mentoring.

With 12+ years of entrepreneurial experience, Victoria started her 5th business (VK the VA) in August 2015. Within 3 months, had a full client roster earning nearly $5,000 per month. After 12 months of dedicated client work, she combined her professional + personal knowledge to transition from Virtual Assistant to Online Business Manager, Burnout Busting Mentor, Speaker, and Guest Expert.

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • Where burnout comes from
  • How to beat the burnout
  • Why you need to understand “Hustle and Hard work” and “Working Smart”
  • The importance of curiosity
  • 5 Q.U.I.C.K. Steps to finding the perfect VA

How to connect with VK the VA (Victoria Klein):




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How decluttering your life will lead to big wins

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #63 with Julie Coraccio

How decluttering your life will lead to big wins

Follow your heart and you will unlock amazing possibilities

I have to make a confession…

I had never heard of a CPO before, yet when Julie Coraccio shared her perspective on why she chose to the title of “Chief Possibility Officer” it all came together.

Julie is an award-winning professional organizer, author and certified life coach in Raleigh, NC. She is passionate about supporting people in creating the life they choose, deserve and desire. She also hosts the popular weekly podcast “Clearing the Clutter Inside & Out.

Julie is passionate about supporting you in getting organized and clearing clutter so you can share your gifts with the world.

What really blew me away with Julie’s story was how she took a career as a nanny to hosting a TV show and now as an entrepreneur. Every story she shares provides inspiration to those who are stuck trying to understand how they make the leap into building a better life.

What will you learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • How decluttering will open up opportunity in all areas of your life
  • Why you need to declutter your mind and body (not just get rid of your stuff)
  • How Julie went from Nanny to Entrepreneur

How to connect with Julie Coraccio:

Julie Caraccio on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

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How to turn fear into your friend (and create a business from it)

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #62 with Kaitlyn Hatch

How to Turn Fear into Your Friend (and create a business from it)

I apply everything I’ve done, to what I’m going to do next!

I have a big confession to make…

Before I interviewed Kaitlyn, I had no idea what a “Creative Polymath” was! After understanding her wide range of experiences, skills and knowledge it is probably one of the most fitting terms I have ever heard (to find out, listen in around the 1:30 mark).

Throughout the interview, Kaitlyn shared how each one of her seemingly odd jobs and education prepared her for the next step in love. That willingness to learn, grow and embrace fear was a huge part of her finishing her first crowdfunded fiction book; “The Strangers We Haven’t Met” (get it here).

What will you learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • What a “Creative Polymath” is
  • How to embrace fear (and accept it as a part of life)
  • The importance of life-long learning
  • Why you MUST enjoy the process as much the end result

How to connect with Kaitlyn Hatch:

Kaitlyn Hatch - Episode #62 of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

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