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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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APlanForLiving
Twitter: https://twitter.com/APlanForLiving
Website: www.aplanforliving.com

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How breaking the rules will unlock your full potential

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #51

It’s time to man up and own your future with Charlene Gilman

But you are gaining weight at the same time, feeling low on energy, and you know in the back of your mind this “love” for eating is going to have to change.

Instead of facing the truth, you decide to eat more, buy larger size clothing, and fall under a list of new health issues that are coming your way (click here to listen to this Episode of ‘My Time is Now with Charlene Gilman).

“Charlene Gilman is a Business Executive Sage, Author, Speaker, and Podcaster dedicated to helping executives, business owners, entrepreneurs and organizations around the country to create an evolving roadmap to achieving their business goals! Read more about her elite organization here: Executive Edgeworks.”

I was excited to interview Charlene as soon as I read the title of our recent book, “Wake Up, Break the Rules. It’s time to man up and live your destined life.

The fact that the title was so bold, I knew we were going to have a powerful conversation, and we did!

Charlene went deep into how important it is to build a relationship with yourself first before you embark on a journey to build a better life. The way she broke down how to get there was so simple and logical I know that you will get a lot from the episode.

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

  • How to build a relationship with yourself
  • Is an MBA really worth it?
  • How breaking the rules will unlock your true potential

How to connect with Charlene Gilman:

Charlene Gilman on Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

Website: Exec Edgeworks (http://www.execedgeworks.com/)
Podcast: My Time is Now (https://mytimeisnow.co)
Book: Wake Up! Break Rules! (http://www.wakeupbreakrules.com/)

Social:
https://www.facebook.com/executiveedgeworks
https://twitter.com/Execedgellc

 

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How childlike curiosity led to a career in startups with Zvi Band

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode 28

How childlike curiosity led to a career in startups with Zvi Band, co-founder of Contactually.

When I was young, I would switch career paths based on whatever cool thing I had seen recently. I started out at 3 wanting to be a garbage man, mostly because the trucks were cool. At 5, I wanted to be a pilot after flying to Disney, and at 10, I wanted to be a marine biologist after a trip to an aquarium. Now, at 33, I have finally realized that I love to create, something I shared with this week’s guest; Zvi Band, co-founder of Contactually and two DC Meet-ups.

Zvi’s journey started with a Lego room that he had in his childhood home and his entrepreneurial journey started not too long after, and what became a career in startups.

When I was in high school, I ran Skeevis Windows/Internet Newsletter, a weekly newsletter with Windows tips, tricks, and funny jokes. It grew to over 3,000 subscribers. I loved it.

Zvi considers himself a Founder, a Hacker, and a Community Builder. In this episode we talk about how all three of those characteristics led to him co-founding Contactually (which I am a huge fan of), and two DC Meet-ups; Proudly Made In DC and DC Tech Meetup.

I believe strongly in the power of personal associations and connections, so send me an email. I respond to every one. Unless you’re the son of the deposed kind of Nigeria, or are trying to sell me home security systems or happy pills. Here’s my emial: zvi@zviband.com

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

  • The importance of childhood curiosity
  • How to find the things you are most passionate about
  • What to do when you are in a funk, and how to get out of it
  • Why networking is crucial in your career and business
  • How to network like a pro

More about Zvi Band:

Zvi Band on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast
Website (Personal): http://zviband.com/about/
Website (Business): https://www.contactually.com/
Twitter: @skeevis
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zviband
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zviband

 

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How to become a social networking master with John Corcoran

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #24

How to become a social networking master with John Corcoran founder of SmartBusinessRevolution.com and Smart Business Revolution Podcast.

Have you ever been at an event and you see that guy in the room who seems to know everyone? Well, fortunately, that person can be you and today’s guest John Corcoran is the expert on social networking to help make that happen. I have personally used his free material to grow my network, which helped me to find my dream job and find so many of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast guests.

What really amazed me about John was his optimism and how he tells his story about how he started his journey. John didn’t come from a wealthy family, or start out with any unique connections. He worked extremely hard to land his dream job at 23 working at the White House under Bill Clinton as a staff writer. From there he went on to Law School and founded SmartBusinessRevolution.com.

Listen to this episode to become a social networking expert and visit the resources below for links to John’s tips!

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

  • How big the entrepreneurial opportunity is, and why to start now
  • How social networking skyrocketed John’s career
  • The roadmap you can use to connect with influential people right now
  • The exact email scripts John used to grow his network
  • What entrepreneur communities will help you get started?
  • John’s #1 Tools for growing his email list (webinars)

How to connect with John Corcoran:

Website: http://www.smartbusinessrevolution.com
Webinar Training: http://www.webinar1k.com
Twitter: @JohnCorcoran
Instagram: @JohnHCorcoran

Happiness of Pursuit Podcast Guest: John Corcoran Social Networking Expert

Additional resources John mentioned:

Fizzle – entrepreneur community (click here)

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis

Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Thing by Peter Diamandis

 

 

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How to become a rockstar #mompreneur with Ashley Welch

Ashley Welch on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

Happiness of Pursuit – Episode #23

How to become a rockstar #mompreneur with Ashley Welch, founder of Flutter App

I absolutely loved this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast with Ashley Welch the rockstar mompreneur and founder of Flutter App. She took a big risk to create an app to help “recreate the magic of seeing someone in real life for the first time.” The app taps into emotion provoking video to create connections.

What really impressed me with Ashley was her candidness and honesty about the entrepreneurial journey, and the various stages of personal and business growth that she went through.

 

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

  • The importance of being vulnerable
  • How to surround yourself with great people who share a common goal
  • How to succeed as a mompreneur
  • Why it’s ok to change careers to pursue something you’re passionate about

How to connect with Ashley Welch:

Website: Flutter App
Twitter: @goflutter
Instagram: @goflutter

Ashley Welch on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

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HOP #21: How to follow your passion and start a new career with Matchmaker, Kate Edwards

Kate Edwards - The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast - Episode #21

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode 21

How to follow your passion and start a new career with Matchmaker and Entrepreneur –  Kate Edwards

Before I can begin to introduce this week’s guest you need to go check out her LinkedIn profile (click here) – you will notice one of the most creative and well-written summary’s I have ever seen with a focus on five things:

1. I meet the coolest people
2. I do the coolest things
3. I hear the coolest stories
4. I make people happy
5. I do what I love, not what I’m supposed to

How would you like that as your “Job Summary”? That is exactly why I was so excited to share her story on this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast.

 

Kate talks about her life in pursuit of the American dream – an ivy league education, Internship at Facebook and MBA from UCLA, multiple VP Roles. It’s the type of resume you see in future TECH CEO’s, with one big exception. Kate chose to leave the ‘typical’ path to pursue something she was passionate about and not only joined a start up, but founded one of her own, Textpert, with previous HOP guest, Ray Christan.

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

  • How to find your passion
  • How to change careers to pursue what you love
  • The importance of discipline when bootstrapping a startup
  • How to build a business while working full time
  • The importance of having fun

More about Kate:

Kate Edwards on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast - Episode #20

Kate Edwards Matchmaker and Entrepreneur

Originally from the east coast, Kate attended Brown University and later received her MBA from UCLA Anderson. She worked with large companies like Procter & Gamble and Facebook before quitting her corporate career to focus on her passion – helping people find love as a matchmaker and dating expert at innovative matchmaking startup Three Day Rule. She has been featured on numerous podcasts, panels, and tv shows as a “dating data” expert, and has met with over 800 Los Angeles singles in the past year alone. In 2015, Kate co-founded the Textpert app, which provides on-demand, crowdsourced advice for what to text back. She is thrilled to be able to follow her heart and help people find love every day.

How to connect with Kate Edwards:

Twitter/Instagram: @k8eddie @threedayrule @textpert_app @greatlovedebate
App Store: appstore.com/textpert
Matchmaking Website: threedayrule.com

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Sam Payrovi shares how to build a business by solving a common travel problem

Happiness of Pursuit Podcast Episode 20 with Sam Payrovi founder of Saintly Bags

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #20

Sam Payrovi shares how to build a business by solving a common travel problem

I was introduced to Sam Payrovi, by previous show guest, Maggie Oldham from Episode #12. I am always grateful for introductions, and this week I am exceptionally grateful because the insight Sam shared into how he created an authentically NYC & American Made product is incredible.

One of the most interesting moments of the show (around the 8-minute mark) came when Sam shared his story about how and why he chooses to manufacture his weekender bags in New York. When he decided to make a customized bag, manufacturers, family and friends all told him that it couldn’t be done – well he sure proved them wrong. Not only is he doing it, but received an A+ rating from Men’s Journal in the process.

Sam also talks about how starting Saintly, has lead to a new endeavor, “Custom Consortium,” which is going to be a game changer!

He gives away so many gold nuggets for entrepreneurs throughout the show.

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

  • How to build a business and defy the odds (and your critics) by believing in your dream
  • The importance of aligning your passion with a business in that field
  • How to make a massive career shift (from Investment Banker to Manufacturer and eCommerce Entrepreneur)
  • The importance of ‘wearing many hats’ when you first start your business
SAM PAYROVI on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

One of the many popular bags from Saintly Bags on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

More about Sam Payvori and Saintly:

As an avid traveler, for both business and pleasure, I could never find the perfect piece of luggage. I would search stores throughout my trips, airline magazines on flights, SkyMall, and every other place I could think of. What I realized is that we all travel differently. We take different length trips, go to different places, and need to bring along different items.

Our luggage should reflect how we travel, working to simplify our adventures, instead of complicating them by forcing what we can and can’t take. The trip that I personally found to be the most difficult to travel for was the weekend trip, especially when I needed to take my laptop with me. Who wants to take an rolling carry-on and a laptop, just for a quick weekend?

I founded Saintly so that we can all customize a bag that is unique to our individual journeys.

How to Connect with Sam Payrovi:

Website: http://saintlybags.com/
Instagram: @saintlybags and @customconsortium

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HOP #19: How to overcome life’s biggest challenges using visualization with Andrew Sawyer

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast with Andrew Sawyer

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #19

How to overcome life’s biggest challenges using visualization with Conversion Fuel founder, Andrew Sawyer

In this week’s episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, I chatted with the founder of Conversion Fuel; Andrew Sawyer. What blew me away in our conversation was Andrew’s vulnerability to share how he was able to bounce back from his battle with alcoholism and turn his life around.

At about he 25 minute mark Andrew shares a vivid example of an exercise he completed while in rehab and how it reshaped his mindset and continues to inspire his journey today. The story was told so perfectly, it still gives me chills while I am writing this.

If you are looking for help in life, or in business, connect with Andrew. He’s on a mission to help as many people as he can.

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

  • The importance of mindset and personal growth
  • How to bounce back from anything life throws at you
  • How to visualize you challenges and “build your bridge to success one plank at a time”

How to connect with Andrew Sawyer:

Andrew Sawyer - Episode 19 of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

Andrew Sawyer – on how to overcome life’s biggest challenges

Instagram: @ItsAndrewSawyer
Website: http://www.conversionfuel.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theandrewsawyer

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