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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
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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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The Underdog’s Secret To Winning…

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #74

The Underdog’s Secret To Winning…

One simple word: Momentum

Regardless if you’re a fan of sports or not, what happened in Super Bowl 51 was one of the greatest comebacks in history…(well except for when the New York Giants came back to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 48, but I’m a giants fan!)

Halfway through the third quarter of Super Bowl 51, my wife said to me “This game seems pretty boring…” Without even knowing it, my reply would have nearly predicted the future, “It’s Tom Brady, all you have to do is watch the 4th quarter…”

What Tom Brady accomplished in the 4th quarter was impossible by almost any stretch of the imagination.

So was it Brady’s #GOAT (greatest of all time) ability that helped them win? Yes, but it wasn’t the only reason…like many of the historic comebacks in sports, and business, it came down to one simple scientific fact: momentum.

Momentum is the single biggest force, and when you learn how to turn it back in your favor, no matter the odds, you can, and more often than not, will win.

So the question is, how do you get momentum on your side?

First, we need to understand what momentum is and how it is created.

By definition,

Momentum is the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.

What’s more important is how momentum is created, and that is through what is called a “Moment of Inertia” – that single event of force to cause a body at rest to begin to move.

To pick up momentum, you can do one of two things, increase the speed (velocity) or the mass.

The reason that the Patriots won Super Bowl 51 was because they took over the momentum. In almost every single comeback story in sports there is a “turning point”, that moment in time, that single event, where “the tide shifted” – that right there was the moment of inertia the team needed to swing momentum in their favor.

Sure, luck might play a part in it, but the real difference in many of the comeback stories you read about for a lifetime, comes down to three crucial things: preparedness, leadership, and community.

1. Preparedness

There’s a reason that top athletes practice so hard. It’s preparation for that one opportunity, the “full count, bases loaded, bottom of the ninth,” type of moment. Michael Jordon was notorious for his work ethic, and with 6x NBA Championships, it’s hard to say that it just came down to “luck”. Look at every level of sports and take the top performers, especially the “winners” and you will see a constant effort to be prepared to seize the moment, and push momentum into their favor.

2. Leadership

In every great comeback story, you can almost pinpoint the speech, the moment when the Captain or Coach rallies the team. It’s rarely about motivation. Everybody on the bench ‘wants to win’, but few believe ‘they can win’. In Michael Strahan’s book, he shares the story about how in the second half of Super Bowl 48, he walked down the sidelines and started telling his teammates we are going to win. To some, he even told them the score. As scary as it sounds, he was right – down to the final number.  It was that firm belief in what was possible, and having put in the work to be prepared for this moment that allowed the rest of the team to rally around those words and again, change the momentum and win!

3. Community

Finally, the last piece to changing momentum and mounting a comeback comes down to the people around you. As that leader begins to share the belief that they can win, it inspires those around them. From there, they begin to spread the word even further, and before you know it the entire sideline, bench, dugout, and even the crowd begin to believe. It is that fundamental belief in what is possible that makes a comeback not only possible but probable. This groundswell of support will strike fear in your competition and tip the final scale of momentum in your favor. In almost every sport, that’s why the crowd (the 12th man in Football) is so important – they believe!

What does momentum mean for you and your business?

Whether you believe you can, or believe you can’t. You are right.

-Henry Ford

Momentum can work for and against you. How you want to use it is up to you. If you need to turn the tide, it’s going to take hard work, patience, and great leadership. Belief in your company, and in yourself, that anything is possible. Finally, it comes down to your team and your community, to rally behind that shared belief that you can conquer the world.

The choice is yours: either you can turn momentum in your favor and unlock a world of greatness, or you can allow it work against you. You own the future!


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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 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 make a living doing what you love

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #60

How to make a living doing what you love with Christien Louviere CEO of SellPersonal

Everybody has an expertise in something – now go out and monetize yours.

Forget the resume! Forget the 9-to-5! We live in a digital world and if you don’t have a personal brand you are going to be left behind…

This week’s guest, Christien Louviere, has built a business around helping people establish their personal brands and enabled them to monetize their expertise. What blew me away with Christien, was how found this journey and he himself realized that he could monetize his very own expertise.

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

  • Why you must have a personal brand
  • How to monetize your expertise
  • Where to find ideas to monetize
  • Where to get started building your personal brand

How to connect with Christien Louviere:


Twitter: @CLouvi
SnapChat: @CLouvi


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