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Alone with Peter is a podcast for entrepreneurs, artists, digital nomads, and people seeking personal growth.

Each episode tells a specific chapter of our guest's journey, helping us understand what motivates them, where they are now, and how they’ve developed their talents over time. As we round out their interviews they share actionable, practical tips for you if you decide to take a similar leap of faith.

No matter where you are on the journey, thanks for spending some quality time Alone with Peter.

Alone With Peter Peter Kersting

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Alone with Peter is a podcast for entrepreneurs, artists, digital nomads, and people seeking personal growth.

Each episode tells a specific chapter of our guest's journey, helping us understand what motivates them, where they are now, and how they’ve developed their talents over time. As we round out their interviews they share actionable, practical tips for you if you decide to take a similar leap of faith.

No matter where you are on the journey, thanks for spending some quality time Alone with Peter.

    Work Smarter, Be Happier, Live Better - Actionable Advice from John's Crazy Socks

    Work Smarter, Be Happier, Live Better - Actionable Advice from John's Crazy Socks

    Welcome back to part three of our interview with John and Mark Cronin of John's Crazy Socks. In part three, we're getting actionable and practical tips so that you can aspire to take a similar leap of faith to these two sock tycoons. We're gonna get a lot of good advice in this episode. So I hope you stay tuned. And if you are enjoying Alone Peter, in these interviews, please rate, review and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts because this show cannot exist without your support.



    Let's dive in with John and Mark Cronin of John's Crazy Socks




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    Sagebrush is an online coffee roastery with a wide variety of single-origin coffees you can order from the comfort of your home knowing that your coffee is so fresh, it isn’t roasted until after you order.



    If you’re interested in learning more about the world of coffee, Sagebrush is a great place to start. You can find their website online at Sagebrushcoffee.com and for a limited time from now until August, you can save 10% on your next order of coffee beans by visiting sagebrushcoffee.com/awp10 or by using the promo code awp10 at checkout.



    39 Creating a platform for positive change... with John's Crazy Socks



    If you want to explore the previous episode or others in the archive, head on over to peterkersting.com/podcast/39. You can check out transcripts for different episodes, links to content mentioned and guests featured in the podcast, as well as stream episodes in their entirety. 



    In this episode, John and Mark share actionable, practical advice if you aspire to take a similar leap of faith. There's some real gold here for business owners, leaders, and those looking to be more conscientious with their buying power.



    Don't miss our giveaway with John's Crazy Socks. Follow AWP on Instagram!



    Be sure to follow Alone with Peter on Instagram for highlight clips of the latest episodes, previews of upcoming guests, and other goodies. Follow along, and send me a DM to let me know what you think of the show!



    Get 10% off your next sock order with promo code PETER22



    Looking for your daily dose of happiness? Follow John's Crazy Socks on social media and get 10% off your next order of crazy socks using our promo code PETER22.



    Website: https://johnscrazysocks.com/



    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnscrazysocks



    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnsCrazySocks



    LinkedIn: MXC  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mxcronin/



    LinkedIn: JCS: https://www.linkedin.com/company/11171456/admin/



    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnscrazysocks/



    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Johnscrazysocks/



    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@johnscrazysocks







    Enjoy part 3 of our interview with John and Mark Cronin of John's Crazy Socks



    *Transcripts may contain a few typos. With interviews ranging from 1-2 hours, it can be difficult to catch minor errors.



    40 Work Smarter, Be Happier, Live Better - Actionable Advice from John's Crazy Socks



    Peter Kersting: Welcome to Alone with Peter. I'm your host. And on this podcast, you're going to hear interviews with entrepreneurs, artists, digital nomads, and people seeking personal growth. We'll dive deep into what set them on their journey, where they are now and how their story can impact you, including any helpful insights. If you aspire to take a similar leap of faith, no matter where you are on the journey. Thank you for spending some quality time Alone. With Peter.



    This episode of Alone with Peter is brought to you by Sagebrush coffee roastery. There's nothing quite like a good cup of coffee. That's why I've always made it a point when traveling to try out the local cuisine and find the best coffee shops from the Instagrammable co

    • 57 min
    Creating a platform for positive change... with John's Crazy Socks

    Creating a platform for positive change... with John's Crazy Socks

    Welcome back for part two of our podcast interview with father-son duo John and Mark Cronin. In the previous episode, we explored the origin story of John’s Crazy Socks a multi-million dollar social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness. We talked about the incredible emotional response people have had to their business and we started to see how selling socks has become a platform for change. 




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    This episode of Alone with Peter is brought to you by Sagebrush Coffee



    Sagebrush is an online coffee roastery with a wide variety of single-origin coffees you can order from the comfort of your home knowing that your coffee is so fresh, it isn’t roasted until after you order.



    If you’re interested in learning more about the world of coffee, Sagebrush is a great place to start. You can find their website online at Sagebrushcoffee.com and for a limited time from now until August, you can save 10% on your next order of coffee beans by visiting sagebrushcoffee.com/awp10 or by using the promo code awp10 at checkout.



    38 Spreading Happiness: The Origin Story of John's Crazy Socks



    If you want to explore the previous episode or others in the archive, head on over to peterkersting.com/podcast/38. You can check out transcripts for different episodes, links to content mentioned and guests featured in the podcast, as well as stream episodes in their entirety. 



    In today’s episode, we’re continuing the conversation around business as a force for good. We’ll explore how John’s Crazy Socks has used their platform to testify before congress, educate other businesses on the benefits of hiring the differently-abled and so much more. 



    Don't miss our giveaway with John's Crazy Socks. Follow AWP on Instagram!



    Be sure to follow Alone with Peter on Instagram for highlight clips of the latest episodes, previews of upcoming guests, and other goodies. Follow along, and send me a DM to let me know what you think of the show!



    Get 10% off your next sock order with promo code PETER22



    Looking for your daily dose of happiness? Follow John's Crazy Socks on social media and get 10% off your next order of crazy socks using our promo code PETER22.



    Website: https://johnscrazysocks.com/



    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnscrazysocks



    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnsCrazySocks



    LinkedIn: MXC  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mxcronin/



    LinkedIn: JCS: https://www.linkedin.com/company/11171456/admin/



    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnscrazysocks/



    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Johnscrazysocks/



    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@johnscrazysocks







    Enjoy part 2 of our interview with John and Mark Cronin of John's Crazy Socks



    *Transcripts may contain a few typos. With interviews ranging from 1-2 hours, it can be difficult to catch minor errors.



    39 Creating a platform for positive change... with John's Crazy Socks



    Peter Kersting: Welcome to Alone With Peter. I'm your host, and on this podcast, you're going to hear interviews with entrepreneurs, artists, digital nomads, and people seeking personal growth. We'll dive deep into what set them on their journey, where they are now, and how their story can impact you, including any helpful insights if you aspire to take a similar leap of faith, no matter where you are on the journey. Thank you for spending some quality time Alone With Peter.



    Peter Kersting: This episode of Alone With Peter is brought to you by Sagebrush Coffee Roastery. There's nothing quite like a good cup of coffee. That's why I've always made it a point when traveling to try out the local cuisine and find the best coffee shops. From the Instagrammable coffee of East Asia to the classic cafes of Western Europe, I've tried a lot of coffee, and let me tell you something.

    • 45 min
    Spreading Happiness: The Origin Story of John's Crazy Socks

    Spreading Happiness: The Origin Story of John's Crazy Socks

    Today on Alone with Peter, I am joined by two very special guests, John and Mark Cronin of John's crazy socks. John and his dad, Mark Cronin are the co-founders of John's crazy socks, a social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness.




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    Sagebrush is an online coffee roastery with a wide variety of single-origin coffees you can order from the comfort of your home knowing that your coffee is so fresh, it isn’t roasted until after you order.



    If you’re interested in learning more about the world of coffee, Sagebrush is a great place to start. You can find their website online at Sagebrushcoffee.com and for a limited time from now until August, you can save 10% on your next order of coffee beans by visiting sagebrushcoffee.com/awp10 or by using the promo code awp10 at checkout.



    John's Crazy Socks



    John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and a wacky fashion sense. In five years, they bootstrapped their business into the world's largest sock store with multimillion-dollar sales in 88 different nations. 



    John and Mark remain fierce advocates for the rights of the differently-abled with more than half of their employees having differing abilities. They’ve been able to raise over $475,000 for charity partners like the Special Olympics, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Autism Society of America. And they’ve used their platform to instigate change in legislature, testifying twice before US Congress, speaking at the United Nations, and recording two TEDx talks.




    I’m so excited to have these two on Alone with Peter today to talk about their origin story and entrepreneurial journey. In part 1 of this three-part interview we discuss: 



    John and Mark’s father-son bond and how their relationship shapes their businessAnecdotes of John’s problem-solving ability, his adventurous spirit, and natural entrepreneurialism The origin story of John’s Crazy Socks. A multi-billion-dollar social enterprise based on spreading happiness.Being born with down syndrome: John’s medical issues and an unfortunate point of viewHow life becomes so much easier when you just accepted that you’re an idiot Why start a business and why socks? Recognizing the limited opportunities people of differing abilities face and shifting the culture.Authenticity in business: Embracing who you are, doing what you love, and reaping the rewardsThe surprising emotional response to John’s Crazy SocksEmbracing imperfection and experimenting with your business: How overplanning kills productivity and efficiencyThe biggest secret to success: starting small and learning as you go.Why socks?Why Down Syndrome doesn't define John or others with differing abilities.. John’s fashion style, why he and Mark could never be classmates, and how John reacts to being noticed on the street.The beauty of social enterprise: Using John’s Crazy Socks as a platform for change



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    Get 10% off your next sock order with promo code PETER22



    Looking for a daily dose of happiness? Follow John's Crazy Socks on social media and get 10% off your next order of crazy socks using our promo code PETER22.



    Website: https://johnscrazysocks.com/



    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnscrazysocks



    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnsCrazySocks



    LinkedIn: MXC  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mxcronin/



    LinkedIn: JCS: https://www.linkedin.com/company/11171456/admin/



    Instagram: https://www.instag

    • 36 min
    Moving Abroad -Tips for Nomads and Expats with David McNeill

    Moving Abroad -Tips for Nomads and Expats with David McNeill

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    Feeling at Home in the Netherlands and South Korea with Peter Kersting | Expat Empire Podcast 46



    I actually had the privilege of being on David's podcast Expat Empire a few months ago to talk about my time living abroad. You can check that out here!







    David McNeill Founder of Expat Empire



    If you want to get in touch with David McNeill or learn more about what Expat Empire has to offer your move abroad check out the links below.



    Website: https://expatempire.com



    Podcast: https://expatempire.com/podcast-overview/



    Facebook: https://facebook.com/expatempire



    Instagram: https://instagram.com/expatempire



    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/expatempire/



    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ExpatEmpire







    Please enjoy part 3 of our interview with David McNeill, Founder of Expat Empire



    *Transcripts may contain a few typos. With interviews ranging from 1-2 hours, it can be difficult to catch minor errors.



    Peter Kersting: Welcome to Alone with Peter. I'm your host. And on this podcast, you're going to hear interviews with entrepreneurs, artists, digital nomads, and people seeking personal growth. We'll dive deep into what set them on their journey, where they are now, and how their story can impact you, including any helpful insights if you feel inspired to take a similar leap of faith. No matter where you are on the journey, thank you for spending some quality time Alone with Peter.



    David McNeill: We're back for the third and well, hopefully not final, but the last interview for now with David McNeill, the founder of Expat Empire. Previously on Alone with Peter, we talked about David's Japanese fluency, ad nauseam, and its fascinating stuff. Linguistics always gets me going. And I think for anybody who's interested in moving to another country, especially a country with a very different language and culture, you can learn a lot from that episode and from David himself.



    David McNeill: So don't forget to go back and check out that first and second interview if you have not already, but right now we're going to talk about Expat Empire. We're gonna talk about what that is, who that applies to, and how David's attitude of saying yes to opportunity and being open to pivoting has led to his success in this business opportunity.



    David McNeill: You're not gonna wanna miss out. At the end of this episode, we're going to be giving you some actionable, practical tips if you're interested in living abroad, working abroad, being out there, and seeing what the world has to offer. So stay tuned for that. All right, David are you ready, man? How's it going?



    David McNeill: It's going very well. Yeah, I'm definitely ready. Love to talk about all these topics. It's near and dear to my heart, obviously, and share as much insight, knowledge, and advice as I can.



    David McNeill: Yes, yes, yes. Okay. So first I'm gonna start with this question. How important has it been for you to learn to pivot and just take the lemons life gives you?



    David McNeill: Unbelievably important. And I think it's probably, I would venture that listeners of this, or viewers of this episode and these past episodes would maybe look at my experience or the things that I've done and say, wow, everything worked out great or you know, this or that.



    David McNeill: I'm very fortunate that it has in the big picture, but, I have gone over quite a tough road over the years. You know, my plan, as we talked about last time was to stay in Japan. At least initially, that was wh

    • 42 min
    So you wanna learn Japanese? Language tips and adapting to change with David McNeill

    So you wanna learn Japanese? Language tips and adapting to change with David McNeill

    So you wanna learn Japanese, huh? It's a daunting task, but one David McNeill of Expat Empire tackled quite effectively. If you're looking for language learning resources specifically for Japanese, this episode of Alone with Peter is chalk full of them.



    On season 2, episode 19 of Alone with Peter David McNeill of Expat Empire talks about his journey towards mastering the Japanese language, how he moved to Japan, and some of the struggles he encountered living in a foreign culture as an expat.








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    David McNeill Founder of Expat Empire



    If you want to get in touch with David McNeill or learn more about what Expat Empire has to offer your move abroad check out the links below.



    Website: https://expatempire.com



    Podcast: https://expatempire.com/podcast-overview/



    Facebook: https://facebook.com/expatempire



    Instagram: https://instagram.com/expatempire



    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/expatempire/



    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ExpatEmpire



    Japanese Language Resources Mentioned in this episode



    Here are some Japanese resources mentioned in the podcast episode. Happy language learning!



    Genki - https://genki.japantimes.co.jp/index_en



    Japanese Pod 101 - https://www.japanesepod101.com/



    Anki - https://apps.ankiweb.net/



    A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar - https://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Basic-Japanese-Grammar/dp/4789004546



    A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar - https://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Intermediate-Japanese-Grammar/dp/4789007758



    A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar - https://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Advanced-Japanese-Grammar-English/dp/4789012956



    Please enjoy part 2 of our interview with David McNeill, Founder of Expat Empire



    *Transcripts may contain a few typos. With interviews ranging from 1-2 hours, it can be difficult to catch minor errors.



    Peter Kersting: Welcome to Alone with Peter, a podcast for entrepreneurs, artists, digital nomads, and people seeking personal growth. We're back for part two of our interview with David McNeil, the founder of Expat Empire. What is Expat Empire? Well, you'll have to stay tuned to find out.



    Peter Kersting: Right now. We're talking with David about Japan because surprise, surprise. David is fluent in Japanese, and if you looking at him, you would never guess it because he is the wightest Mofo I've ever seen he's from the Bay Area, fluent in Japanese. So tell me about that. How did that get started for you because obviously in the previous episode, if you wanna hear about it, you guys go back. David has family who have had interesting ties to Japan and it's kind of sparked an interest for you, but how did the study of the language start? That is a whole other ball of yarn.



    David McNeill: Yeah, absolutely. I got interested as we talked about through, honestly at least on a personal level, obviously there was the, there was the, you know, family elements and things like that that were always in the background, but also just getting into the Japanese culture through the anime, the manga, the video games, the stuff that's been popular over the years. And at least for me, the gateway, the entry was, Dragonball Z which I think was popular for a lot of kids of my generation. And I think what it was though was that I saw it and I was like, this is so cool. And I love this, but then it also was me in the back of my mind thinking, you know, it'd be really way cooler would be to watch this without subtitles or to watch it in Japanese.



    David Mc

    • 48 min
    Embracing Culture and Mastering Japanese with David McNeill of Expat Empire

    Embracing Culture and Mastering Japanese with David McNeill of Expat Empire

    Moving abroad is exciting but also overwhelming. What do I pack? How do I find a place to live overseas. Will my job sponsor my visa? The questions go on and on and it can be hard to find the right answers.



    David McNeill of Expat Empire has been there. He knows what it's like to need stability in a new environment and he's on a mission to help others with their move abroad. In Season 2 episode 18 of Alone with Peter we talk about David's childhood, his attitude surrounding travel and cultural exchange, his move to Japan, and how he became fluent in Japanese,




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    Feeling at Home in the Netherlands and South Korea with Peter Kersting | Expat Empire Podcast 46



    I actually had the privilege of being on David's podcast Expat Empire a few months ago to talk about my time living abroad. You can check that out here!







    David McNeill Founder of Expat Empire



    If you want to get in touch with David McNeill or learn more about what Expat Empire has to offer your move abroad check out the links below.



    Website: https://expatempire.com



    Podcast: https://expatempire.com/podcast-overview/



    Facebook: https://facebook.com/expatempire



    Instagram: https://instagram.com/expatempire



    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/expatempire/



    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ExpatEmpire







    Please enjoy part 1 of our interview with David McNeill, Founder of Expat Empire



    *Transcripts may contain a few typos. With interviews ranging from 1-2 hours, it can be difficult to catch minor errors.



    Peter Kersting: Welcome to Alone with Peter. I'm your host, and on this podcast, you're going to hear interviews with entrepreneurs, artists, digital nomads and people seeking personal growth. We'll dive deep into what set them on their journey, where they are now and how their story can impact you, including any helpful insights if you aspire to take a similar leap of faith. No matter where you are on the journey, thank you for spending some quality time Alone with Peter. Today, we're talking to someone who crosses a lot of those lines. I'm excited to have David McNeill on the show for a few reasons. David is the founder of Expat Empire, a business designed to inspire you to move abroad, giving you the tools you need to make that plunge swimmingly. We'll talk about how he got started and what Expat Empire has to offer you and your international journey.



    Peter Kersting: David is also a podcaster, traveler, and I call him a digital nomad, but we'll get into what that term even means. He's lived in Tokyo, Berlin, and now Porto, Portugal, and he's fluent in Japanese. We'll focus quite a bit on David's experience with Japan as it's an integral part of his story and something I'm personally invested in. In part one, we're talking about David's childhood, travel, cultural exchange and Japanese studies. Stick around because this is going to be a really fun three part interview, concluding with some helpful tips for you if you're interested in doing something similar. So without further ado, let's get into our interview with David McNeill of Expat Empire. Well, David, that's kind of a weird tease, but I want to get started by saying how the heck are you, man?



    David McNeill: I'm good. I'm good. Thanks so much for having me on the show. It's a pleasure to be here and talk about my story, and I know we've talked about yours as well. So a lot of things that we have in common, and I'm sure past that we'll cross, hopefully physically one of these days, but definitely at leas

    • 33 min

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