How to Feel Better About Yourself (Almost Immediately)

(*This podcast was recorded during the 2016 holiday season but released in January 2017 due to a technical snafu.  That said, the lessons we talk about apply even after the holidays.)

We are all filled with self-doubt. Sometimes it’s an occasional thing and sometimes it’s a constant in our lives. And that sucks.

Today’s episode deals with self-doubt and the penchant we have as human beings to be critical of ourselves and how to combat it.

It’s clear that confidence is one of the single biggest predicators of happiness and success in our lives. The more confident we are, the more successful & happier we usually are.

And if you want to learn how to build confidence you have to get self-doubt out of your life.

In this episode I talk about a fascinating thing that happened to me at crossfit and how one person was able to change my perspective and stop my negative self-talk in it’s tracks.

You’ll also hear some tips about surviving the holidays which can be applied any time of the year.

Links from the show:

Unni Notebook - this is the one i use now and love it. Great paper, soft cover, ink doesn't bleed through.  If you’re a notebook geek like me this puppy is awesome

Tools of Titans - I’ve highlighted or outlined so much of Tim Ferris’ new book it looks like my 9th grade history book. UNLIKE my 9th grade history book, this book is packed with tons of advice and tips that make it well worth the read.  The Schwarzenegger and Dilbert Comic parts are fantastic.

Daily Rituals - Ever write a best seller naked on top of refrigerator? Tom Wolfe has. Jean-Paul Satre drank a quart of wine a day and paired it with coffee and handfuls of barbiturates to help him write.  This book is laugh out loud funny and overall astonishing.  If you think you’re weird in any way, pick this book up.  You will not be disappointed.

Crossfit Society - This is the crossfit place I’ve been going to for the last 2 years.  Lots of lessons learned, lots of great friendships made. If you’re anywhere in SoCal it’s worth checking out.

How to Build Confidence

On the podcast today learn how to build confidence & get fit with David de las Morenas, Founder of

David is is an awesome guy doing great work helping people build confidence & get fit in the process. On the show he talks about his background and how he built his own confidence by packing on 40+ lbs of muscle in 2 years.

One of the coolest things about interviewing David is that he was so willing to be honest and transparent about his own struggles. He’s not the perfect guy who was born totally confident with 6 pack abs.

He’s had the same struggles we’ve all had and he’s refreshingly open and honest about them.

Listen in and you’ll learn:

  1. How getting fit (he calls it ‘getting jacked’) is one of the easiest ways to build confidnece
  2. His transformation from a bored software engineer to successful online entrepreneur
  3. The most common fitness myths he sees and what to do about them
  4. Why he’s passionate about helping others increase their confidence and lead happier lives

His keys to an epic life including:

  1. Listening to your gut & do things that sound exciting
  2. Go easier on yourself, don’t try to be perfect

We also talk about porn addiction, the New England Patriots, living in Spain and why road rage doesn’t bother him any more. All in all, this was one of my favorite interviews. David is really cool and I think you’re going to enjoy the show.

Links Mentioned:

  2. David’s books: Mindset Mastery; Calm, Cool, Collected; Confidence Hacks
  3. Elliot Hulse You Tube Channel
  4. My book: Hero Up: Unleash Your Inner Hero and Make Life Epic
  5. David on Facebook

Advice for Men

Blown away.

That’s exactly how I felt after having Ryan Michler as a guest on the podcast today. He’s the Founder of and his perspective on manhood and being a real man is both refreshing and inspiring.

Ryan is a husband, father, entrepreneur & war hero who lives in Utah with is family.

On the podcast we talk about what it’s like to be a man today and how men can both improve and enjoy their lives.  We talk about his journey from being a disillusioned financial planner to launching, a site that’s creating a brotherhood of men everywhere.

Talking to Ryan was incredibly inspiring and I think you’ll really dig what he had to say.

You’ll learn about The Uprising, a fantastic new men’s retreat that Ryan just launched this year.  It sounds like a blast, like Boy Scouts meets military training with fireside talks every night.

Ryan also talks about his core beliefs about being a man including: being a protector, being a provider and presiding (being a good leader).

So check out the podcast, I really think you’ll enjoy what Ryan had to say.

Where to find Ryan online

Facebook Group

Heart-Centered Lifestyle Design with Amber Zuckswert

To put it plainly, Amber Zuckswert is dope as f*ck.*

She’s one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever had the pleasure to have on the show. She’s the embodiment of someone who’s created a heart-centered life of purpose and fullfullment while living in the jungles and beautiful beaches of Costa Rica.

Amber is the Founder of Epic Living Retreats ( a wellness retreat center in Costa Rica. She is a pilates & yoga instructor, holistic plant-based nutritionist, modern/ballet dancer and all-around very cool person.

In the show today Amber talks about her life starting out in Santa Cruz, California to currently running a retreat center in Costa Rica. We get to hear about her lifelong passion for dancing and how she purposefully built a lifestyle around her passions and her commitment to service.

Amber is a great example of someone who’s designed her life around her purpose. She’s consciously chosen to live a heart-centered life where her work and the way she lives has purpose and intention behind everything she does.

Check out the show, I think you’ll dig it...

*and check out her Instagram, it’s awesome!

Links Mentioned:

  2. Instagram
  3. How to be dope as f*ck
  4. Books mentioned: 4 hour work week , Eat, Pray, Love (not affiliate links)

11 Essential Life Lessons

There are 11 not-so-common, yet very essential life lessons that are the key to a happy and successful life. In this episode of the Make Life Epic Podcast I talk about the lessons, their application and give you some examples from my own life.

My examples are either awesome (Success, I heeded the lesson!) or massive failures (I completely disregarded the lesson).  Either way I hope you learn from my examples or at least get a laugh out of them.  Trust me, my failures have been pretty amusing including dating a lesbian for 2 years when I lived in LA, convinced I could make her become attracted to me (embarrassing exercise in futility). That's just one of many, so enjoy..

In short the lessons are:

Lesson 1: Take Chances - Your level of success is directly related to the calculated risks/chances you take.

Lesson 2: Don’t be oblivious - Be aware of what’s going on around you, you do not live in a vacuum.

Lesson 3: Choose success over perfection - With success as a goal you’ll be more effective and happier

Lesson 4: Lighten Up - For a happy life don’t take anything too seriously, especially yourself.

Lesson 5: Buck Convention - Do not be afraid to go against the grain - the best people in history always have

Lesson 6: Choose to inspire - You will get your way more often if you inspire people rather than threaten them

Lesson 7: Put time limits on bad stuff - You can grind through just about anything if there is an end in sight

Lesson 8: Being scared is ok but don’t be intimidated - Fear is a natural emotion, intimidation is something someone does to you, usually a bully

Lesson 9: Embrace your crazy - Get used to being weird, we all are

Lesson 10: Shut up around experts - When someone is around who is smarter/more knowledge than you be quiet

Lesson 11: Believe in your ability to do awesome, totally epic stuff - Your belief in yourself will carry you further than anything else.

Links/People Mentioned in the show:

  2. Soul of Yoga, Encinitas, CA

Coaching Entrepreneurs and Being a Sexy Boss

Episode 43 of the Make Life Epic Podcast features Heather Havenwood – Marketing & Sales coach, and Author of the best-selling book ‘Sexy Boss’.

You will get to hear about Heather’s insightful take on marketing and entrepreneurship, her journey from bankruptcy to becoming the Sexy Boss in her life, and why you should have mature-selfishness.

Show notes:

  • What Heather does and who she works with [1:25-3:05]
  • The biggest problems that Entrepreneurs face [4:30-10:25]
  • Keeping your passion and work separate [11:50-14:45]
  • Heather’s Background [14:55-16:00]
  • How Sexy Boss came about [19:50-24:15]
  • Her experience with writing and doing an audio book [24:25-28:25]
  • Being a Sexy Boss in life [28:20-37:15]
  • Her inspiration (It’s about what you build) [37:25-46:55]
  • Her Hero [47:05-48:10]
  • 3 keys to an epic life [49:05-52:40]
  • Closing thoughts: Clarity Clarity Clarity [52:55-53:50]

Links Mentioned:

  1. Heather’s Website
  2. Sexy Boss – The Book
  3. Joe Sugarman


Achieve Optimal Health & Performance

Episode 42 of the Make Life Epic Podcast features Mike Cahill –Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, United States Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach and coach at CrossFit Society

On today’s show we talk about Mike’s transformation from an overweight kid to Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

You'll hear why sleep is so important and why you should stick to foods that don't have an ingredient list (apple anyone?).

We also talk about why 'dieting' doesn't work and why eating fat is actually really good for you.

Personally I learned a ton from Mike and think you'll really dig his insights on health, nutrition and athletic performance.

Mike's Certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • United States Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • Crossfit Level 1
  • Crossfit Olympic Weightlifting

Show notes:

  • What is the CSCS certification [0:35-3:25]
  • Background as an overweight kid [3:50-5:30]
  • The moment that sparked his transformation [5:35-6:45]
  • The Injury that changed his path [9:10-10:45]
  • Mike’s take on Nutrition and performance training [16:00-20:00]
  • 4 Core beliefs about fitness and health [20:20-36:00]
  • All about sugar [36:05-44:00]
  • How our bodies use carbohydrates [44:05-49:40]
  • 3 common misconceptions about nutrition [49:50-61:10]
  • The food Mike eats everyday [61:30-68:20]
  • Advice for vegetarians and pescatarians [73:30-77:30]
  • The one thing to maximize your health [83:20-84:35]

Links Mentioned:

  1. Mike’s Website
  2. Crossfit Society
  3. Hero Up
  4. Jason Deyo
  5. Documentary on Sugar – Fed up & That Sugar Film
  6. Jocko Podcast
  7. Stupid Easy Paleo by Steph Gaudreau
  8. Paleo Nick
  9. Gym Jones
  10. Good calories, Bad calories by Gary Taubes
  11. Why we get fat by Gary Taubes
  12. The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

Living Purposefully with Steve Rodgers

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Episode 41 of the Make Life Epic Podcast features Steve Rodgers - Author, Business & Life Coach

Steve talks about his transformational journey from being a seasoned Real Estate professional (former CEO of Prudential California Realty) to starting his own venture to help people make the most of their lives.

You will get to hear about filling your ‘Hole in the Soul’ and being committed to making a change in your life and of others.

He is one of the few coaches I’ve ever spoken with that truly walks his talk. I really enjoyed speaking with him and learned a ton. I think you’ll dig this episode.

Show notes:

  • Stephen’s early career & 20+ year career in Real Estate [0:45-2:17]
  • Transformational journey [4:30-6:05]
  • What is ‘The Alchemy Advisors’ [6:05-6:48]
  • ‘Lead to Gold’ the book [6:50-7:35]
  • Inspiration for the Book and venture [7:50-10:10]
  • Spiritual Awareness vs Spiritual Practice [15:10-15:50]
  • The ‘Body, Being, Bonds and Business’ Board [15:55-21:10]
  • Being focused on what is important [22:20-23:40]
  • 3 keys to an epic life [29:03-30:00]

Links Mentioned:

  1. Stephen’s Website - The Alchemy Advisors
  2. Stephen’s Book - ‘Lead to Gold’
  3. Books Mentioned:
    1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
    2. Johnny got his Gun by Dalton Trumbo
    3. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
    4. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
    5. Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain
    6. The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
    7. The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda
  4. Introducing the Ben Franklin’s Virtues Daily Record & Journal


How to deal with social anxiety

On Episode 40 of the Make Life Epic Podcast, we talk about social anxiety and how best to deal with it with my friend Jennifer Copyak.

She shares some great insights into how to combat social anxiety and how as a naturally introverted person she’s been able to deal with social anxiety. Very cool interview and I’m really grateful she was as open and honest about her challenges in this area as she was.

Dealing with social anxiety is something many of us face on a regular basis. Hell, I’m a pretty extroverted guy and I deal with it often as well.

Show notes:

  • Background on Jen [1:05-2:05]
  • What does social anxiety mean for Jen [2:35-6:55]
  • We are all trying to find our place everywhere we go [9:50-12:10]
  • How Jen deals with her anxiety [15:20-18:25]
  • Accepting who you are [20:40-26:10]
  • Jen’s advice to others who feel social anxiety [27:00-31:05]
  • Daily activities that trigger social anxiety [34:00-36:45]
  • Importance of doing things that fill you up [37:00-39:10]
  • Helpful books & resources for Jen [39:50-43:10]
  • Final Thoughts [50:20-52:15]

Links Mentioned:

  1. Blog mentioned:
  2. Book mentioned: Quiet by Susan Cain
  3. Podcast mentioned: Quiet by Susan Cain

Let's talk about sex: Interview with Sexologist Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus

Episode 39 of the Make Life Epic podcast features Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, nationally recognized sociologist and sexologist.

She is a frequent speaker about sexual empowerment, healthy relationships, body image, erotic play, sexual health, and mindful sex. She has presented two TEDx Talks, is a writer on sex and relationships, and a recurring intimacy expert on the San Diego morning news.

She also has over a million hits on her In the Den with Dr. Jenn YouTube video series.

Dr. Jenn was a blast to interview and I think you’ll really like this episode. You’ll see how a self-professed “good Catholic Girl” from Pennsylvania became the foremost expert in mindful sex.

Show Notes:

  • About Jenn’s work [1:25-2:20]
  • How she got into her field [2:20-2:35]
  • Her approach & style of dealing with sensitive issues like sexism and r [3:00-3:30]
  • What her practice is all about and who she works with [10:20-10:50]
  • How mis-matched desire levels is one of biggest issues people deal with [10:55-12:00]
  • How to ignite or re-ignite the passion and excitement [14:10-16:45]
  • How body image is becoming a social stigma among Americans [16:50-19:40]
  • Some of the biggest misconceptions about Sex (and how its linked to body image/shame/embarrassment) [19:50-23:00]
  • Keys to a great sex life [24:35-27:55]
  • What is Mindful sex? [28:00-30:45]
  • Advice for guys [31:05-33:05]
  • Her inspiration [33:20-35:25]
  • Her advice to her 25-year-old self [36:10-37:00]

Links Mentioned:

  1. Dr Jenn's Website
  2. Dr Jenn on Twitter & Linked-in
  3. Dr Jenn’s Youtube channel
  4. Mark Haskell Smith – Naked at Lunch [21:55-22:30]

How to lead with your heart

Episode 38 of the Make Life Epic podcast is a spontaneous, unplanned, totally unscripted podcast where I cover the 5 key steps to lead with your heart. I recorded this just as I was about to leave my office one night a few days after I was in a hit & run car accident (which taught me a lot). I wasn’t hurt but the woman who hit me still took off. This left me asking myself a lot of questions and introspecting.

An epic life of righteous awesomeness starts by leading with your heart.

Show Notes:

  • The Hit & Run [2:30-3:45]
  • Understand your true best self [8:40-9:30]
  • Recognize when you’re in your head and when you’re in your Heart [9:35-11:00]
  • Be willing to buck conventions and norms [11:25-14:25]
  • Decide with your Heart [14:45-16:15]
  • Be cool with failure if your motivation is pure [16:20-17:40]
  • The Hero’s Journey [19:40-20:10]

Links Mentioned:

  1. Tom Kelly from Soul of Yoga [5:10-5:40]
  2. Rosa Parks [11:50-12:25]
  3. Dalai Lama – Art of Happiness [16:35-17:00]

Do what you love

Episode 37 of the Make Life Epic podcast features Jennifer Taylor, author of ‘Love Incorporated – The Business of doing what you love’. Jennifer talks about her unique transformation and how she’s been able to help people really connect to their true life’s purpose.

[apologies for the tiny echo during the recording, my mic was acting a little funky.  Not Rick James funky (good), more like ‘hey this mic is not fantastic’ funky]

Show Notes:

  • What is her book about [0:55-1:40]
  • Jennifer’s journey through college into her job [1:50-4:30]
  • Discovering her Life Purpose [4:35-5:30]
  • Her life-changing decision [7:05-8:10]
  • What is Quantum Touch? [9:05-10:25]
  • Her experience with integrating her beliefs in the business-world [11:00-14:40]
  • Her inspiration [14:55-15:50]
  • Her Heroes [17:00-19:00]
  • 3 Keys to an Epic Life [21:35-22:45]
  • Her advice to her 25-year-old self [24:00-24:30]
  • Her advice to other woman [24:45-26:00]
  • Her wishes for the World [27:15-28:20]

Links Mentioned:

  1. Website of the Book: Love Incorporated – The Business of doing what you love
  2. Quantum Touch website
  3. Jennifer Taylor on Twitter
  4. Markus Rothkranz [17:20-17:55]

15 Ways to Create a Life Plan

Episode 36 of the Make Life Epic Podcast is all about the things to do to make your Epic life plan.

If you're wondering what the heck to do with your life and want to figure out your purpose, then this episode is for you. You'll learn the 15 most effective ways to figure out that Rubik's Cube of a problem we call "life". We cover everything from how to do a future self-design to determining your 'Why' to the benefits of a walk-about. You'll see the difference between your talents and skills and which one to focus on.

Show notes:

  • Find your Path: Direction & Purpose = Happiness [1:40-2:20]
  • Determine your Why [2:30-3:40]
  • Future-Self design [3:45-5:15]
  • Do a walk-about [5:25-8:50]
  • Start ruling out things you don’t want [8:55-10:25]
  • Understand your talents and find out how you can fill a need in the world with your talents [10:35-12:35]
  • What are you chasing? Money or Meaning? [12:50-13:40]
  • Find some happy people in your life and try to spend some time with them [13:45-16:10]
  • Break your own stereotypes [16:12-17:20]
  • Slow down and Observe [17:25-18:00]
  • Step out of your Bubble and try new things [18:05-20:00]
  • Volunteer as much as you can [20:05-21:10]
  • Read, Read, Read! [21:15-23:30]
  • Watch a lot of movies [23:35-25:40]
  • Travel as much as you can [25:45-26:28]
  • Ignore what society expects of you and do what you believe in [26:32-27:30]

Links Mentioned:

  1. Start with Why by Simon Sinek [3:15-3:35]
  2. Blake Bender and Eric Depaula of Crossfit Society [19:30-19:50]
  3. Books mentioned: Level up your Life, No Cape Required: 52 ways to unleash your inner hero, The Way of the Seal, No Meat Athlete [22:35- 23:15]
  4. Useful articles to check out:
    1. 7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose
    2. How to Find Your Life Purpose: An Unconventional Approach

How to Become a Better Man - The Six Keys to Manhood in 2016

Learn how to overcome the unique challenges of being a guy in 2016 and see how to become a better version of yourself. 

Being a 'man' today isn't easy- you need to be strong (yet able to share your feelings); be successful (yet have meaning & purpose in your career); look like Brad Pitt & be ripped like Jesus.

See how to cut through all the BS and focus on the six keys of true manhood:

  • Confidence
  • Loyalty
  • Honesty
  • Strength
  • Relationship Mastery
  • Assessment

Check out the podcast and get actionable advice that you can put into practice today. It's time to be a real man...

Life as a Bestselling Author: The Mark Haskell Smith Interview

Today’s podcast is with the greatest author since Ernest Hemingway, Mark Haskell Smith.  

A bold statement I know but he is that good. His latest book "Naked At Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures In The Clothing-Optional World” is a fantastic and enlightening treatment of the hidden (metaphorically) world of nudists.

What makes Mark so unique and his books so incredible is his approach and outlook on life.  He is the epitome of someone living an epic life.

In this revealing podcast we cover: the dangers of hiking in the Swiss alps nude; why no one is ever offended by cottage cheese (and why that's a bad); why replacing envy with gratitude leads to happiness; the beauty of pickles & Twitter and  why simple pleasures are underrated.  A successful playwright and author, Mark gives advice about doing your own thing and how to become a unique artist, no matter what you do.

Mark’s been a hero of mine for a while so interviewing him was the 1st time I’ve ever been nervous on the podcast.  Luckily, Mark is as good of a guy as he is an author.  He’s honest, genuine, funny as shit and just a blast to talk with.  Plus he laughed at my jokes which is always nice.  Check it out and if you haven’t read any of his books, I recommend them highly.  Check out his site:

Show Notes:

Twitter: @encurtido

Facebook: Mark Haskell Smith

Wikipedia listing

Naked at Lunch: A reluctant nudist’s adventure’s in the clothing-optional world

Nudist resort in France - Cap d'Agde

Bare Necessities Tour & Travel

Joe Orton playwright

Playwrights Horizons

Werner Herzog

**This was a hilarious podcast to record because Mark was so cool.  He didn't even say anything when I called Tom Brady gorgeous...

Advice for couples - 11 Ways to Make your Relationship Fantastic

Make your relationship better with these 11 tips for couples. See how to painlessly resolve typical relationship problems, communicate correctly & improve your love life.  Relationships can be easy and awesome if you’re willing to do the work and you have the right tools. Check out the podcast and see how to turn your relationship around and make it awesome again.


  1. Communicate and connect
    • Listen & hear
    • Think of your partner as your best friend 1st
    • Be interested vs interesting
  2. Don’t take her for granted
    • Appreciate all that they do for you
  3. Be the best spouse/boyfriend in comparison
    • How do you stack up?
    • Is there someone better than you?
    • Ok to be competitive here:)
  4. Don’t shut down during an argument
    • Ask for space if you’re shutting down
  5. It’s ok to go to to bed mad
    • Common misconception
    • End of day: tired, cranky
    • Early morning: refreshed and new outlook
  6. Don’t cheat (emotionally or physically)
    • When you cheat on your partner you’re really cheating on yourself
    • Commit to living to an ideal version of yourself
    • Leave the relationship before you cheat
  7. Keep the fights clean and the sex dirty
    • Don’t bring up past fights, problems, ex'es
    • Don’t call each other names (contempt is the biggest sigh of relationship failure)
  8. Don’t dwell on the negative
    • 2 facts of life:
      • You are awesome
      • You are far from perfect, my friend
    • Don’t dwell on everything your partner does that drives you nuts
      • Being late for ex.
    • Focus on what your partner does that’s awesome
  9. Understand the difference between understanding and acceptance
    • NFL watching example:)
  10. Admit when you’re wrong, shut up when you’re right
    • When you know you’re wrong, just admit it
    • Don’t gloat when you’re right
  11. Don’t be upset about something that won’t matter in 5 years
    • One of the keys to life is to reduce your stress levels
    • Why give a crap about something that isn’t going to matter in 5 years?

39 unconventional ways to make 2016 epic

Happy New Year!  As it is the 3rd of January you've probably heard a lot of podcasts talking about how to make this year "the best year ever!" or "how to keep your new years resolutions".  Well this isn't one of them.

This podcast gives you 39 very unconventional ways to make this year epic, no resolutions required. Everything from swearing more to choosing success over perfection to the books to read to make laugh, cry and be better at life, love & business.

You'll see why the Spark Planner rocks, Hydro Flask is the best/only water bottle you need and why Dollar Shave Club razors are the best in the world. You'll learn about 30-day awesome person challenges on Facebook, why dogs are so important and why finding a twenty in your jeans is the key to life.

The list and the links:

1- Treat every morning like you just found a twenty in your jeans

2- Spend more time with your dog/dogs or get a dog

3- Expect zero from anyone (you’ll be pleasantly surprised daily)

4- Switch to Dollar Shave Club razors

5- Read a book a week (Financial Lives of Poets, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Lottery)

6- Use a Spark Planner

7- Do a 30 day awesome person challenge on FB

8- Play in a co-ed softball league

9- Wear a Hawaiian short at least once a month

10- At work always do what you say and focus on always providing value

11- Shoot for success, not perfection

12- Do more 1-day adventures. Quick one day trips once a month, somewhere within 2 hours.  The journey is the key, not the place.

13- Eat more fish tacos (Taco Surf, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos)

14- Swear more- read more about why it's so damn healthy here

15- Be flexible on 99% of everything but stand your ground on that 1%. Dinner plans? Sure, whatever you want. Work late? yep, if you need me I’ll be there.  Miss my daughters school play?  Nope, not even in the realm of possibility.

16- Find your tribes & make some new friends. CrossFit, baseball cards, Star Wars, sewing groups, MMA, animal rights, whatever

17- Stop giving a fuck about what other people think. Observe the 33% Rule.

18- Drink more water & use my favorite water bottles - Hydro Flask

19- If you run your own business read 1000 Raving Fans

20- Get Amazon prime ( faster shipping, great movies, less hassle)

21- Use the Calcuta calculator - pretty cool

22- Read anything by Mark Haskell Smith. Total genius, impossible to be in a bad mood after reading him

23- Finish every project, every job strong

24- Get some Tasc Performance pants and bamboo shirts

25- Drink gemmaicha green tea  from Buddha Teas

26- Sleep naked

27-  Don't worry about looking stupid (you should see how bad my new goatee looks right now)

28- Network effectively- for every event know your purpose: are you there to get business, get noticed or get laid?

29- Find love/ rekindle love. Be open to it, don’t look for it. Love yourself first

30- Read The Players Tribune & Elephant Journal online

31- Drink intelligently.  Never get drunker than your boss, your best client or your top investor. Just don’t do it

32- Listen to more music, hear the lyrics of some modern day poets (RHCP, Incubus, The Lovebirds, Tupac)

33-Help a non-profit w/strategy. Look them up on GuideStar, find one and offer to help

34- Focus on focus. Read Power of Full Engagement & Focus, the hidden driver of Excellence

35- Use socially media the right way: Twitter (research/news real time), Instagram (motivation/dreaming); FB (showing off what you’re about to eat); Pinterest (recipes and DIY), Linkedin (does anyone use this anymore?)

36- Feng shui your office, your house - Get Cathleeen's book: Feng Shi That Makes Sense

37- Pick 3 words. What three words do you want to be the mantra for your year?  Chris Brogan wrote about this and it's pretty cool. Several years ago mine was Build, Believe, Grind.  This year mine are: Trust. God. Give. 

38- Quantify all of your relationships. This is a yes/no proportion: healthy/positive or NOT. Lose those that fall into the NOT category

39- Be cool with who you are and enjoy the ride.

Crossfit Awesomeness with Blake Bender and Eric-DePaula of Crossfit Society

In the podcast today I interview two gods of crossfit, Blake Bender & Eric DePaula, owners of Crossfit Society in Solana Beach, CA.  

If you’ve listened to any other of my podcasts you probably already know that I love crossfit (and not just because it’s another excuse to wear tank-tops).  

In fact, one of the single greatest changes in my life this past past year has been crossfit. I love it so I asked Eric and Blake to come on the show and tell you all about it.

In this episode you’ll learn about the biggest benefits of crossfit (probably not what you think).

Blake & Eric also dispel some common myths of crossfit and talk about their unique approach to crossfit coaching.  I’ve been going for over a year and I can honestly say I’ve never been stronger and have never gotten injured, largely due to their coaching. 

Eric & Blake have been friends since they were 5 years old so interviewing them was a lot of fun.  They’re genuinely good guys and they even helped me pronounce “militaristic” during the show since I forgot how to talk for a minute:)

So check it out to hear who swore first (wasn’t me for once), who Eric’s childhood sports hero was (complete surprise) and who got them both into crossfit first.

Some of the questions I asked them

  1. Why did you start a crossfit gym?
  2. Why do you do what you do?
  3. What are the 3 biggest benefits of doing crossfit?
  4. What are the unique benefits for women doing crossfit?
  5. How are you different (better) than other crossfit gyms out there?
  6. What are the biggest myths about crossfit?
  7. What do you like best about running this business? What are the biggest challenges? What’s it like being in business with your best friend?
  8. Who are your heroes and why?
  9. In your opinion what are the 3 biggest keys to making life epic? 

Show Notes

  1. Check out their website at CrossFit
  2. Follow them on Instagram at @crossfitsociety
  3. The competition we talked about in the beginning of the show was held 12/12 at the gym a week after we recorded this. A total of nine teams doing 3 different events.  At the end, I was completely exhausted but stoked to have been able to finish.
  4. I cut off Eric about 100 times because I was pretty enthused about what were talking about.  He’s too nice of a guy to say anything about it so I’m apologizing here.

Connecting Passion to Purpose - The Eliel Cycling story

In today's podcast I interview my friend, Derek Wiback about his experience running a start-up cycling company.  Derek epitomizes the phase "Do what you love" and he serves as a great example of someone connecting their passion to their purpose.

Listen in to hear how to connect your passion to your life's purpose and how to make a career out of it. You'll learn how to develop a team, have a healthy business partnership and how to connect your values with your career.

Derek Wiback is one of the founders of Eliel Cycling. He lives in Encinitas, Ca with his wife and two daughters (sound familiar?).  Not only is Derek a cool guy with about 3% body-fat, but he also gave me a cool Eliel hat today during our podcast.

*Derek is the guy on the right with a mohawk.

For more about his company, check out:

How to have a healthy relationship

In this podcast I interview two of my good friends, Cookie and Daveed about how they created and maintain their healthy relationship.  I have always been struck by how vibrant and positive they both are and how happy they always seem in their relationship.

So I got them on the show and asked them a ton of questions about their relationship, including:

  • What do you love most about the other person?
  • How do they support you?
  • What advice would you give to someone in a new relationship?
  • What advice would you give to someone dating?
  • What are the 3 keys to a strong relationship?

I also had them do a rapid-fire quiz about each other that turned out to be pretty funny and insightful.

And much love to La Croix seltzer water which I drink every day and what we all drank during the recording.  Love that stuff...