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How To Write Your Own Success Story

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #76 with AJ Adams

How to Write Your Own Success Story

You’re not a passive character in your success story, you’re the author!

I came across AJ’s work on Instagram and knew instantly that he was going to be a perfect guest for the show…

Impacted so deeply by the tragedy at Columbine, AJ was literally shocked into action. Working humbly as a janitor and struggling to put food on the table AJ tapped into the passion for helping people, that he started a public speaking career that now has him traveling the world.

For many of us, change is difficult, so much so that it becomes paralyzing. One of the things that AJ talks about is how important it is to take action now. The longer you wait, the harder it will become to chase down your dreams. Once you lock onto that big dream, you can begin to take action and embrace change in your life one day at a time.

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Awarded “Best of 2015” and ranked in the Top 3 of motivational speakers in his home city of Phoenix, AZ, AJ will shed a bright light of the often overlooked principles that build success and significance. He will teach your audience about The Other Half of Success. AJ takes you beyond the cliche’ one-liners or dreaming big and setting lofty goals, and teaches you what it really takes to achieve the success you deserve. The Other Half of Success is a message packed with inspiring stories and practical principles to help you take action NOW! On and off stage, AJ delivers the “Aha!” moments that inspire audience members to take action. Meeting planners only wish they had hired AJ for past events!

AJ will teach your people how to:

  • Shift from passive workers, students, and staff in the organization to becoming active contributors to its success
  • Take ownership of their individual success and performanceWork with greater sense of passion and purpose
  • Position themselves to achieve greater success and produce greater results, thus adding greater value to their organization

How to connect with AJ Adams:

AJ Adams on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast #76

  • Instagram: @imajadams
  • Snap: imajadams
  • Bonus Material:
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How Focusing on Value Can Triple (3x) Your Business

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #75

How Focusing on Value Can Triple (3x) Your Business with Jen Berson, Founder of JenerationPR

Success meant being able to control my own time

The hardest part of starting a business is finding customers. The second hardest part of a business is parting ways with a client.

This past year, JenerationPR tripled their business, yes 3x, and Jen Berson attributes that success by parting ways with her first, and longest standing client. For most people, that would sound absolutely insane. Yet, when you take a deep honest look at your life and your business, you need to get clear about what’s holding you back and where you can deliver value.

Throughout this episode, Jen shares how the focus on value helped her scale her business. What was unique about Jen’s perspective on value, is it was not limited to the value she provides to her clients, but also to the people on her team and how she can add value to their lives by giving them flexibility in their daily lives.

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

  • Why you might need to fire your client
  • How to change your mindset to scale your business
  • The important of the value chain (internally and externally)

How to connect with Jen Berson:


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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 build an online business from scratch

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #70 with John Lagoudakis

The knowledge you need is everywhere around you…

Imagine building a business so you could be home with your kids, have time freedom, and a decent predictable income…then one day in a single email and it is all gone! That’s what happened to this episode’s guest!

John Lagoudakis is constantly seeking opportunity. In 1999 he built an IT business to help companies with Y2K. Following that business, he built an affiliate marketing business so he could spend more time with his family, at least until catastrophic changes in Google’s ad platform literally killed the business overnight.

Today, John is one of Australia’s leading Internet marketers. He has been awarded a Top 100 Clickbank Affiliate and has been featured on CNN Money, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Newsweek and the Today Show.

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

  • How to start your own online business
  • The reason you MUST start reading immediately
  • John’s favorite books
  • The biggest lessons from entrepreneurial failures

How to connect with John Lagoudakis:

John Lagoudakis on Happiness of Pursuit #70

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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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How a trip into the jungle completely changed Jacqui Greene’s life

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #56

How a trip into the jungle completely changed Jacqui Greene’s life

Find someone in your life that is going to keep you accountable and stop procrastinating

There’s a recurring theme amongst my show guests about taking action and when Jacqui Greene met a crossroads in her life she decided to take a trip into the jungle to find out who she really was.

In her introduction, Jacqui shares what led to her decision, but more importantly how choosing to take that trip – even though it was dangerous – led to an awakening and inspired her to write her first book; “Fast Track Your Success: The 23 Fundamentals of Network Marketing” which is being followed up by “90 Days of Meditation ~ A journey of self-discovery.”

After realising that where I was in life, was not where I wanted to continue to be I took the steps to change my life around and I am now living the life of my dreams; helping and inspiring people to find their inner confidence, that spark inside to enable them to confidently take the steps they need to, to turn their life around or move forwards on their own journeys.

Jacqui also hosts a number of international retreats to help you reach your full potential. You can find the details for these retreats at

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

  • The importance of taking action
  • How to stop procrastinating by finding a mentor
  • The need for accountability

How to connect with Jacqui Greene:

Jacqui Greene on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast



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How to earn a living reading for audible

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #54

How BJ Harrison makes his living by reading books he loves for Audible

[ctt template=”1″ link=”jw6g9″ via=”no” ]”You don’t need permission to be who you are” BJ Harrison on #HOP Podcast w. @douglasjfoley[/ctt]

When I was doing my research for this interview I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

The story that BJ Harrison shared with me during this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit podcast, really surprised me. It is one of the most unexpecting professions you could possibly think of when it comes to the world of online business. BJ Harrison mastered by simply taking his love for classic literature took his love for classic literature and turned it into a podcast called “Classic Tales,”

BJ Harrison created the “Classic Tales” podcast as a way of sharing his love for classic literature with the world – what he didn’t expect was that simple decision to take action would lead to a full-time business reading for Audible!

His path to success was something you would hear out of the best entrepreneurial stories (read the full story here);

I borrowed a computer from my stepbrother Dane. My good friend Dave loaned me his old recording equipment, and showed me how to make a podcast using free software. I started with 3 stories: The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, The Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Barbara of the House of Grebe, Part 1, by Thomas Hardy. It cost $10 to host the podcast and submit it to iTunes.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The importance of taking action
  • How to be who you are without seeking permission
  • Why you need to stop limiting yourself (borrow what you can’t buy)
  • How to build a business around what you love

[ctt template=”1″ link=”f8XYM” via=”no” ]”If I can read and record classic literature and make a living anything is possible.” – BJ Harrison on #HOP Podcast w. @douglasjfoley[/ctt]

How to connect with BJ Harrison:



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The most epic podcast of all time with @averagejoemoney

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #53 with Joe Saul-Sehy, Host of Stacking Benjamins

The Most Epic Podcast of All Time

Feel the fear and do it anyways

I have a big confession to make…

Before recording this episode, I was really struggling with what was next with The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, do I continue, do I pack it in, do I take some time off?

Fortunately, I interviewed Joe Saul-Sehy, and was instantly motivated by his story.

“At age 40 I sold my successful business…even though things were going really well. I was inspired by a mentor who was actually younger than me who said, “I have other mountains to climb.” He then literally went and climbed Everest twice. I decided to become a school teacher, which morphed into a financial blogger, which led to the podcast. A year ago I dumped ALL the other stuff to focus on the podcast and it’s been a fantastic move.”

What I surprised me in this interview, was the fact that Joe created another podcast with every intention to “kill it.” He knew that he had no idea what he was doing when it came to launching a podcast, so instead of letting fear hold him back – he jumped right in and learned quickly. The lessons he learned from TAKING ACTION enabled him to create an award winning podcast in “Hosting Benjamins Podcast,” which won the 2014 Plutus Award, given by the financial blogging community, for best money podcast.

The fail fast mentality wasn’t the only reason Joe succeeded. He borrowed another great principal from “Austin Kleon’s”  book; “Steal Like an Artist.” He applied this principle of identifying the all of the things he liked and what worked with other podcasts to create “Hosting Benjamins Podcast.” This also allowed Joe to build something that he loved to do.

Finally, one of the more fun stories Joe shared was the complete and epic failure Walt Disney had when he opened his amusement parks. Apparently, it was just awful – but the investors and everyone involved were so committed (financially) that they had no choice to continue to fund Walt’s dream otherwise they would have lost everything. Failure wasn’t an option.

If you’re struggling with finding direction, or feel like quitting, this episode will help you turn things around. It’s a great story about how Joe built an entirely new business at the age of 40 and is having the time of his life.

Big lessons from this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • How to acknowledge fear, and move forward
  • How to “Steal like an artist”
  • Why it’s ok to start a new business at 40
  • How to create a career you will love

How to connect with Joe Saul-Sehy:

Episode #53 w. Joe Saul-Sehy


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