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3 of The Biggest Lessons From 100 Podcast Interviews

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #99

100+ stories about people who have followed their passion to build a business, a better life, or to simply give back!

When I started this journey, I had no clue where it was going. What became inherently clear quickly after I started – was just the simple fact that we NEED TO START.

Here are three of the most common lessons I have learned from all of the great guests.

Just Start

I remember putting off starting the podcast for months! I had so many excuses – I don’t have the right equipment, I need to build a studio, I don’t even know how to get it on iTunes and the most common of all, which everyone seems to use: I don’t have time.

The honest truth, I had too much self-doubt hiding in the background that I didn’t want to start.

Fortunately, I was able to muster enough courage to do it, and I haven’t looked back. It has opened so many doors, and unique opportunities.

The biggest result from starting has been the growth. I have met so many people doing incredible things that it has pushed me to expand my own personal limits.

There is no secret sauce to success, you just need to start!

As cliche as it sounds, you can’t finish a marathon without taking the first step.

Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

One of the most common themes I hear from a guest of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast has been their agreement that you MUST get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

That discomfort means you are growing. It is just like working out.

After a good workout, you like feel some pain, maybe some fatigue. After a few weeks of doing it consistently, you feel and look amazing.

The same thing is true on the mental side of your life, yet very few of us are willing to push those boundaries.

When I first launched my podcast and listened to an episode I was horrified. I couldn’t believe how my voice sounded, and how much I stuttered. Now, after 100+ interviews, it comes a lot more natural.

What was even more surprising, was how my interviewing techniques improved and helped in other aspects of my life and business.

If you want to grow personally or professionally, you need to seek out those things that make you uncomfortable and face them head on!

Believe In Yourself

Finally, the single most important lesson I learned from my guests, and it is a hard one for most to accept – you must believe in yourself!

Everyone has a skill or talent that the world values. No matter how small, or insignificant you think that might be – TRUST ME – there is a way to share that value with the world and build a profitable business.

Just this week I met an inspiring entrepreneur who is making an amazing business selling bacon as a gift product – yes, he’s making bacon selling bacon. What was impressive about his business, is he found a way to help local meat shops reach new customers by sharing his passion for quality meats.

There’s a powerful quote that I constantly draw inspiration from;

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. – Marrianne Williamson

The moment when you begin to believe in yourself is when you will begin to unlock your true potential.

The day before something is truly a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea. – Dr. Peter Diamandis


It has been a true honor to have the privilege of sharing so many great entrepreneurial and philanthropic stories. I look forward to the next 100.

Please be sure to tune in to LIVE Episode 100 at Facebook.com/douglasjfoley on Sept 21 at 10:00am PST/ 1:00PM EST (or catch the replay at douglasjfoley.com/100).



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The Safest Way to Become an Entrepreneur

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #77 with Karem Kalin

The Safest Way to Become an Entrepreneur and The Truth About Network Marketing

You can’t get to the end without going through the middle

I had the privilege of meeting Karem Kalin at a local entrepreneur breakfast where we heard Dragon Den Host (aka Dragon) and Best-selling Author of “The Wealthy Barber,” David Chilton speak. What was more interesting after getting to know Karem, she actually pitched her business idea on Dragons Den (for my American listeners, that’s the Canadian version of Shark Tank).

What really impressed me, was Karem’s keen ability to take action.

The entire goal of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast was to inspire people to take action and pursue the life they want to live, and in doing so I believe they will find true happiness – well that is exactly what Karem did…

Ironically, the idea she pitched on Dragon’s Den (which she explains at about 5:25 in the episode), got to the point where it was too much and it led her to an opportunity with Arbonne, a Network Marketing Company. After 2 short years, Karem was able to replace her salary at her job in public health, which she had worked at for over 15 years.

Since leaving her job, Karem’s business has exploded and she now has the time and resources to pursue her true passion of traveling the globe with her family.

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

  • The truth about network marketing (and how to find the right opportunity)
  • How go jump all in
  • How to find opportunities to fulfil your dream lifestyle
  • The importance of taking action

How to connect with Karem Kalin:



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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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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 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 to break free from the 9-to-5 and find a fulfilling career

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #55 with Richard Phu, from The Ulitmate Man

How to break free from the 9-to-5 and find a fulfilling career

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When I was researching Richard Phu before this interview, I was instantly drawn to his content. The content itself is incredible, but if you want to see how to create a professional brand for yourself, it is one of the best I have seen.

Richard is an International Best-Selling Author, International Speaker, Mindset Coach and Podcast Host. He helps transform Achievers who feel behind in life to become unstoppable to reach the next level.

In this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, we discuss Richard’s journey of how he built The Ultimate Man over a 4 year period while working in an unfulfilling corporate job. This is something so many people can relate too – they played it safe, got a good job, make a decent salary, but are completely unfulfilled. Fortunately, Richard shares how he broke free and how finding a mentor helped him get to the next level.

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

  • The importance of finding a mentor
  • How to F.O.R.G.E. your future (click here for the complete video)
  • Why you need to worry less, and take more action
  • How to PUSH (Persist Until Something Happens)

Where to connect with Richard Phu:

Richard Phu on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast Episode 55

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From near suicide to complete freedom and a 6-figure business (in 3 years)

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #50

How Milena Cerin went From near suicide to complete freedom and a 6-figure business (in 3 years)

don’t die with the music still left inside you

From the moment I hit record – my jaw hit the floor…

Normally, when I interview guests, there is a typical pattern that goes something like this; they went to school, graduated from university, realized they picked the wrong career and hate the field they are in, and then quit to pursue their passion.

Today could not be further from that pattern!

Today’s guest opens with a story about finding love, or so she thought and being left to fend for herself and her children with absolutely nothing – literally begging for just enough money to be passed under the basement door – where she had been relegated too – just to eat.

This level of pain led her to an incredibly dark place, where at times she contemplated suicide just so she and her kids wouldn’t have to suffer…

That pain led to one of the biggest revelations, and what is now a 6-figure business.

Milena Cerin is a coach, speaker, and best-selling author. She has built her business on the ashes of personal tragedy and built a 6 figure business in 3 years. She believes living life on purpose is what brings happiness and success. Her message is that everyone has a voice.

I could not more thrilled than to share this as my 50th episode because it is one of the most vulnerable, heart-warming and motivating interviews to date!

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

  • How to live life on purpose
  • The reason you must embrace your childlike curiosity
  • How gratitude saved Milena’s life
  • How to discover the unique gift inside each and every one of us

How to connect with Milena Cerin:

Milena Cerin on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast
Twitter: @milenacerin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/milenahgresults
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulbusinessandlife
Website: http://hgresults.com
Website: http://training.milenacerin.com

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How to find the right mindset with Nikki B

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #40

How to make your passion your career with the right mindset with Nikki B

One of the most common questions I get when someone new I meet learns that I played Division I Golf in College is “Why didn’t I pursue a career in golf?”

A little over 10 years has gone by – and now I finally have the answer!

I didn’t have the right mindset. Fortunately over the last 10 years, through a lot of trial and erros, I have been able to get a better understanding of the basics around what is needed to be success in every aspect of my life.

Today’s guest has mastered that at such an early point in her career and is going to set the golf industry on fire! Nikki B is a recent graduate and fellow collegiate golfer. Surprisingly we didn’t get into too much golf talk, although I’m sure we could have killed an hour or two doing that – instead, we dove right into why Nikki decided to start her own business pursuing the thing she loves the most – the game of golf!

What’s most impressive about what she has accomplished is the trail she is blazing for future female golfers with the “Women Who Drive” community. Having a young daughter, it’s great to know there are women like Nikki setting the example for her.

In just over a year she has built an incredible following, and started to work closely with Kia at LPGA events, which led to her meeting LPGA sensation Michelle Wei.

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

  • Find the thing you are most passionate about it – and never letting go
  • Surrounding yourself with the right people, and limiting contact with the wrong ones
  • How vulnerability led to amazing opportunities
  • Why you need to start NOW, and stop procrastinating

How to connect with Nikki B:

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast Episode #39 with Nikki B

Website: http://www.nikkibgolf.com/
Featured: http://golf.clickon.co/featured/these-9-women-are-transforming-golf-forever/
Social: #teamWWD, @NikkiBGolf for SnapChat, Twitter and Instagram
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nikkibgolfreviews

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How to overcome rejection with NY Times Best Selling Author, Michael Port

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode 34

How to overcome rejection with NY Times Best Selling Author, Michael Port

Have you ever had a big idea that you knew would completely change your life, and years went by and you “wish” you followed through on it? You’re not alone. I have spent the last 7 years failing, or giving a half-assed effort to pursuing my dreams. It wasn’t until I committed to going all in when I launched this podcast did I finally realize the importance of taking action.

What held me back? The fear of rejection! I was afraid of what people might think of my idea, my perspective, or not even know what a podcast was.

Today’s guest mastered the fear of rejection and has made a living teaching people the art of performance.

Called “an uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe, a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal, and a “sales guru” by the Financial Times, Michael Port is a NY Times bestselling author of six books including Book Yourself Solid, The Think Big Manifesto and his hot new release, Steal the Show.

Interestingly, he is probably the only NY Times bestselling business book author to have also been a successful professional actor, guest starring on shows like Sex & The City, Law & Order, Third Watch, All My Children and in films like The Pelican Brief and Down to Earth.

These days, Michael can be seen regularly on MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS as an on-air expert in communication and business development.

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

  • How to overcome rejection
  • The importance of performance
  • How to tell stories that keep the audience on the edge of their seat
  • How to excel in any field

How to connect with Michael Port:

Michael Port on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

Website: http://www.michaelport.com/
Twitter: @MichaelPort
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelport
Blog: http://www.bookyourselfsolid.com/blog/

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How to make more money, find true love, and overcome any obstacle with @CraigBallantyne

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #33

How to make more money, find true love, and overcome any obstacle with @CraigBallantyne, Author of The Perfect Day Formula

I know it must be getting old; every week I say ‘I’m so pumped,’ or ‘excited’ and ‘honoured’ to introduce the guest…This week is no different.

I have a fellow South Ontario Native joining me on the show, Craig Ballantyne. He is the author of The Perfect Day Formula, and incredibly inspiring entrepreneur with a massive goal to change the lives of 10 million people. I was so inspired and impressed with his Perfect Day Formula I put together this unboxing video:

In this episode, we go really deep on a number of the lessons you will find in the book, including the 5 Pillars that you see in the unboxing video. This is a very tactical episode with lots of actionable content, so make sure you are ready to take some notes.

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

Craig Ballantyne on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast #33

  • 5 Pillars of Success and Transformation
  • The importance of Meditation
  • What you can learn from the Stoics (Ancient Philosophy)
  • How a clear vision can help you obtain any goal
  • How to make more money, find true love and overcome any obstacle

How to Connect with Craig Ballantyne:

Twitter: (@CraigBallantyne) www.Twitter.com/craigballantyne
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