16 episodes

The Venture Life podcast pulls back the curtain on what it's really like to pursue your passion. From founders and freelancers, to creatives and adventurers, you'll hear all about the ups and downs of chasing your dreams, through vulnerable stories and with practical advice. Host Riley McGhee speaks with artists, travelers, consultants, entrepreneurs, and yes, even 9-5'ers to better understand what it means to be successful and how to live life like a story worth sharing.

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The Venture Life podcast pulls back the curtain on what it's really like to pursue your passion. From founders and freelancers, to creatives and adventurers, you'll hear all about the ups and downs of chasing your dreams, through vulnerable stories and with practical advice. Host Riley McGhee speaks with artists, travelers, consultants, entrepreneurs, and yes, even 9-5'ers to better understand what it means to be successful and how to live life like a story worth sharing.

    #16 How traveling solo will change your mindset with Tara Donnino

    #16 How traveling solo will change your mindset with Tara Donnino

    Tara’s story is both inspiring and educational... and potentially terrifying if you’re not big on taking risks.

    We talk about how she went from playing pool nearly every night of the week, with the hopes of perhaps even playing professionally, to contemplating a move to an entirely different country with no plans for a return flight back home.

    In that time span we cover  relationship crossroads, how to manage the logistics of traveling solo, pushing against “The American Dream”, safety concerns as a female and even what you’ll probably be thinking about when you’re 80 years old.

    SHOW NOTES:
    rileymcghee.com/16

    CONNECT:
    Website: www.theventurelife.com
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    MUSIC:
    “Just the Other Day” by Kevin Cox

    • 52 min
    #15 Why investing in yourself is good for business with Shyam "Snad" Anand

    #15 Why investing in yourself is good for business with Shyam "Snad" Anand

    If you’ve ever given any thought to a career in the music industry, you know that despite your dreams of making it big in the music business, it’s downright hard.

    In fact, you might actually have a better chance winning the lottery, but that ultimately depends on what your definition of “making it” looks like.

    Is it lots of money? Fancy cars? Traveling the world? Living your passion?

    If it’s money and cars you might be fighting an uphill battle. But if it’s the latter, you could be closer to the limelight than you think.

    DJ Snad shares the truth about your “big break” and how you can weave together passion and practicality to support a lifestyle you can be proud of.

    SHOW NOTES:
    rileymcghee.com/15

    CONNECT:
    Website: www.theventurelife.com
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/theventurelife
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/theventurelife

    MUSIC:
    “Just the Other Day” by Kevin Cox

    • 51 min
    #14 Why you should remember your inspiration with Charles Catchings

    #14 Why you should remember your inspiration with Charles Catchings

    If you’ve always known exactly what you’re supposed to do in life, then there’s a really good chance that you haven’t tried to do it yet.

    Most of us tend to stumble through life, jobs, and unforeseen circumstances that push us around until our paths eventually begin to take shape and make sense.

    Addictions counselor and founder, Charles Catchings, knows this better than most as his personal experience with abuse, drugs and alcohol, and mental illness could have derailed him from the path he’s on now.

    Instead, rather than a crystal clear and detailed plan for life, Charles has more of a compass that he uses to navigate the twists and turns that come along with building a business, raising a family, and living dare I say, a Venture Life.

    SHOW NOTES:
    rileymcghee.com/14

    CONNECT:
    Website: www.theventurelife.com
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/theventurelife
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/theventurelife

    MUSIC:
    “Just the Other Day” by Kevin Cox

    • 56 min
    #13 How to build something bigger than yourself with John Allen

    #13 How to build something bigger than yourself with John Allen

    Former Navy SEAL John Allen credits much of his success (and his life) to having the help and support of a strong and capable team around him, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing.

    From barely getting into college to taking a grenade in combat, it’s fair to say John has had his share of road bumps.

    After being injured fighting in Afghanistan, John was unexpectedly medically retired and left desperately searching for what his next steps might be.

    A chance encounter with the future co-founder of Elite Meet led to scaling a single networking event into an organization that has provided hundreds of other Veterans with new career opportunities, connecting them with high level potential employers.

    But it’s actually what John doesn’t do that may be the biggest reason he’s found success.

    SHOW NOTES:
    rileymcghee.com/13

    WHERE TO FIND US:
    Website: www.theventurelife.com
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/theventurelife
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/theventurelife

    MUSIC:
    “Just the Other Day” by Kevin Cox

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #12 Turn your pain into your passion with Brittany Mitchell

    #12 Turn your pain into your passion with Brittany Mitchell

    Have you ever wondered what your purpose is? Who you’re meant to be? Etc?

    Those kinds of questions can get pretty deep pretty quick and they’re not so easy for everyone to answer.

    But founder and coach Brittany Mitchell shares how her purpose came from her personal experience and the pain that she went through at an early age, along with her faith that she has a gift - and it’s her responsibility not to waste it.

    Brittany has a masters degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in sport psych from Cal State Fullerton and is currently working towards certification through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. In this episode we talk about dealing with discouragement, managing social media, and what it’s like to juggle work, school, and growing a business.

    You’ll even learn which mental skill you can start using right away to improve your mindset and performance.

    SHOW NOTES:
    rileymcghee.com/episode/12

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    MUSIC:
    “Just the Other Day” by Kevin Cox

    • 53 min
    #11 Don't be scared to make the scary choices with Blaine DeLuca

    #11 Don't be scared to make the scary choices with Blaine DeLuca

    It was a big decision to leave behind a solid career in corporate, but Blaine decided to take the leap anyway.

    What WAS he really thinking? Well, Blaine shares his perspective and thought process before, during, and after taking the leap. Throughout our conversation we discuss his values, his passions, and some of his highlights from what wound up being a 319 day trip traveling around the world.

    Whether it's taking a hard look in the mirror or helping monks carry their groceries, there are plenty of lessons to be learned from Blaine's travels and his outlook on life.

    Share this episode with a friend or share your own thoughts/comments with us over on Instagram or Facebook at @theventurelife.

    SHOW NOTES:
    rileymcghee.com/episode/11

    SAY HELLO:
    Website: www.rileymcghee.com
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/mcghee.riley
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    MUSIC:
    “Just the Other Day” by Kevin Cox

    • 59 min

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