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Michael Redd, former NBA All-Star turned world-class investor, unpacks the stories of successful entrepreneurs and athletes who risked everything to get where they are today. Betting On Yourself explores how these incredible successes built their legacies by taking their success into their own hands.

Betting On Yourself Michael Redd

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 43 Ratings

Michael Redd, former NBA All-Star turned world-class investor, unpacks the stories of successful entrepreneurs and athletes who risked everything to get where they are today. Betting On Yourself explores how these incredible successes built their legacies by taking their success into their own hands.

    Dan Cnossen: Choose Your Perspective

    Dan Cnossen: Choose Your Perspective

    You can't control what happens to you in life, but you can control how you choose to respond. Today, we are joined by a true American hero who knows this all too well: former US Navy SEAL Commander Dan Cnossen. Thanks to his sheer mental resilience, Dan overcame the monumental setback of losing both of his legs in combat in Afghanistan in 2009, going on to become a seven-time Paralympic medalist, a three-time Paralympian, and the Best Male Athlete of the 2018 Paralympic Games. During our conversation, Dan shares his story and highlights the critical role that goal setting has played in his life. Tuning in, you'll find out how the intensity of his Navy SEAL training taught Dan to incorporate short-term goals and keep the fire of motivation alive, as well as how it prepared him for the challenges of turning his life around post-injury. We also discuss the powerful sense of agency that comes with choosing how you respond to events beyond your control, the importance of doing what you love, and so much more! Make sure you don't miss this inspiring interview with a man who bet on himself, put in the work, and proved to all of us that anything is possible.
    Key Points From This Episode:
    What it means to Dan to bet on himself: having faith in himself and trusting the process.The strong values and work ethic his family instilled in him from a young age.A reflection on what inspired Dan’s decision to serve his country as a Navy SEAL.Find out how goal-setting has been a source of motivation for Dan.Dan speaks candidly about the moment he lost both his legs to an IED in Afghanistan.Unpacking the grit and resilience it took for him to overcome this monumental setback.How pain forced him to narrow his focus, shift his perspective, and create momentum.The power that can come from choosing how you respond to events beyond your control.What drew Dan to the cross-country skiing and marksmanship of the biathlon.Crossovers between his Navy SEAL training and training for the Paralympics.Insight into the attitude that Dan adopted when he received the Purple Heart medal. What’s next for Dan as he retires from the biathlon to focus on telling his story.The advice he would give his 16-year-old self: do what you love!Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Dan Cnossen
    Dan Cnossen on LinkedIn
    Michael Redd
    22 Ventures

    • 33 min
    Corey Arvinger: Lead Through Your Actions, Not Your Words

    Corey Arvinger: Lead Through Your Actions, Not Your Words

    "If you don't believe in yourself, who else will?" Inspired by his hardworking single mom, Corey Avinger has been betting on himself since day one, whether in school, sports, or business. After constantly being in the minority before college, the impact that attending an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) had on Corey drove him to found an apparel company called Support Black Colleges. The company's mission is to uplift, support, and encourage others to attend HBCUs, and in the past two years, the phrase 'support Black colleges' has been Googled more than ever before (a fact that Corey is very proud of and rightly so!). Tune in today to hear about how Corey and his company have contributed to the HBCU community and the ups and downs he has experienced along the journey to get to where he is today! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Why we shouldn't look outside of ourselves for approval. How Corey's fundraising campaign to get back into college took off. Corey shares how his mom inspired him to bet on himself.The gift that Corey has for connecting with people. Origins of Support Black Colleges, Corey's apparel company.Some of the goals that Corey has achieved in the past few years. An example of the positive mindset with which Corey approaches a challenge.The importance of influencer marketing to Support Black Colleges.How attending Howard University (an HBCU) impacted Corey's life.A Google statistic that Corey is very proud of.The value of connecting with people face-to-face.Corey's definition of leadership. Why entrepreneurship isn't for everyone. Corey shares what keeps him motivated. Advice from Corey to his 16-year-old self. The importance of practicing self-care. 

    Links Mentioned in Today's Episode:
    Support Black Colleges
    Support Black Colleges on Instagram
    Corey Arvinger 
    Corey Arvinger on Instagram
    Teyana Taylor
    Michael Redd
    22 Ventures

    • 39 min
    Doug Ulman: Anything Is Possible

    Doug Ulman: Anything Is Possible

    Welcome back to Betting on Yourself! Today’s guest, Doug Ulman, who has survived cancer, not once, but three times, has used his unique experience to make a profoundly positive impact on the world by making a career out of fighting cancer. Doug is the former CEO of Livestrong, a founder of the Ulman Foundation, and the current CEO of Pelotonia. During today’s conversation, he tells his own story, inspiring listeners to believe that anything is possible. We hear about his work as a leader within Pelotonia, and the unlikely experiences he had climbing Kilimanjaro, meeting Dan Rather, and coming to understand the incredible value of self-care. Doug believes that if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t function effectively, and you definitely can’t lead! Sometimes you learn this lesson the hard way, but it’s not selfish to take time for yourself, and if you don’t, you end up in a downward spiral.  Join us to hear more from today’s amazing guest!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    An introduction to today’s guest: three-time Cancer survivor, former CEO of Livestrong, a founder of the Ulman Foundation, and the current CEO of Pelotonia, Doug Ulman. What betting on yourself has meant to Doug in his life: anything is possible! How being diagnosed with cancer has brought an incredible long-term benefit into his life.Why it is impossible not to ask the question of ‘why me?’ when you are diagnosed with cancer.Why it is beneficial to overcome this phase quickly: you may never know!The debt of gratitude he owes his parents for teaching him the values of service and gratitude.How having had cancer has altered his relationship with fear.Why the shock of being diagnosed with cancer showed him that anything is possible.His experience of being on a team while playing sports and how it made him an optimist.Choosing to be transparent with his audience as the CEO of Pelotonia.The platform that Pelotonia provides for people to share stories and make a difference.The privilege of being a leader within Pelotonia.His predictions for the future of nonprofits and why the separation between businesses is not sustainable.The importance of self-care in all the work that he is doing and how he came to realize that it isn’t selfish.The phrase ‘walk if you can, run if you must’ from soccer, and how it has inspired him.Doug shares the Dan Rather story.Climbing Kilimanjaro and how team spirit helps us to move forward.Advice he would give to himself: know that challenges you face seem much bigger at the time than before you overcome them.How exercise acts as a way to escape the chaos of the world for Doug.Where to find Doug Ulman online.If you're a fan of the show don’t forget to follow to hear new episodes and Rate or Review us wherever you tune in!
    To ask a question, read the transcript, or learn more, visit MichaelRedd.com.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Dan Rather
    Ulman Foundation
    Livestrong
    Pelotonia
    Doug Ulman on Twitter
    Michael Redd
    22 Ventures

    • 32 min
    Don Yaeger: Cultivating Curiosity

    Don Yaeger: Cultivating Curiosity

    Our guest today is none other than Don Yaeger, the multiple New York Times bestselling author, inspirational keynote speaker, executive coach, and so much more! In this episode, Don shares his journey of accidentally falling into journalism and going on to work his dream job as the Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated, before making a risky career pivot at age 45. You’ll learn about the challenges of his transition, the importance of being coachable, and what makes consistency the hallmark of greatness. Don has encountered some extraordinary people in his life, and he shares his remarkable experience of being mentored by the legendary Coach John Wooden, as well as the profound advice he received from Walter Payton in the last few weeks of his life. You’ll also hear a detailed account of the time he scored on Michael Jordan, plus so much more! Make sure not to miss this inspiring conversation about curiosity, humility, legacy, and everything in between!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Don Yaeger’s approach to bettering himself through curiosity.His inspiring story of betting on himself and making a career pivot at age 45.How he accidentally fell into a career in journalism and how it shaped him as a risk-taker.Don’s transitional experience of stepping out of his dream job.The value of coaching and the importance of being coachable.A common trait possessed by great athletes and coaches: the ability to manage adversity.Don’s perspective on leadership in these tumultuous times.His experience of being mentored by the legendary Coach John Wooden.What makes consistency the hallmark of greatness.The challenge of building a routine in today’s world.Invaluable advice Don received from Walter Payton in the last few weeks of his life.Don’s thoughtful approach to meeting and interviewing extraordinary people.Don recounts the time he scored on Michael Jordan.What ‘legacy’ means to him, both personally and professionally.His advice for his 16-year-old self: slow down!If you're a fan of the show don’t forget to follow to hear new episodes and Rate or Review us wherever you tune in!
    To ask a question, read the transcript, or learn more, visit MichaelRedd.com.
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Don Yaeger
    Don Yaeger on LinkedIn
    Don Yaeger on Instagram
    Don Yaeger on Twitter
    Michael Redd
    22 Ventures

    • 34 min
    Nick Potts: Some Level of Almost Arrogance

    Nick Potts: Some Level of Almost Arrogance

    Nick Potts was financially stable and working in a job that he loved when he got the itch to start his own thing. Armed with valuable experience from working in the healthcare sector and driven by his desire to have a meaningful impact on people’s lives, Nick emptied out his savings, moved into a trailer in his parent's backyard, and founded his first company, ScriptDrop. Taking the lessons that he learned from starting his first company two years ago, Nick went on to found a second startup, Gifthealth! In today’s episode, Nick explains how his two companies are transforming the healthcare industry by alleviating the pain points that prevent people from accessing the medication that they need. Nick also shares how his mindset has allowed him to get as far as he has, why fear is not a part of his vocabulary, the value that he places on building relationships, and the benefits of having “some level of almost arrogance” as an entrepreneur! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Nick shares what it means to him to bet on himself.The massive bet that Nick took on himself a few years ago.Valuable lessons about hard work that Nick learned from his mom and dad.Why Nick moved from Nashville to Ohio, and the first job he got after moving.The necessary amount of arrogance is required to be a successful entrepreneur. What excites Nick most about what he has created.How Nick’s experience at CoverMyMeds inspired him to found ScriptDrop.Lessons that Nick learned through the founding of ScriptDrop.Where Nick’s relationship with his co-founder began.The benefits of working with people who you enjoy spending time with.Statistics that highlight the scale of the medication distribution problem.The mission behind Gifthealth.Examples of the points of friction that prevent people from accessing the medication they need and how Gifthealth eliminates these points of friction.What drives Nick to do the work he does.Why raising funding for Gifthealth was so much easier than it was for ScriptDrop.How Gifthealth has grown since its founding.Nick’s approach to raising capital. A message from Nick to his younger self.Plans that Nick has for the future of Gifthealth.How the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Columbus has evolved since Nick moved there. If you're a fan of the show don’t forget to follow to hear new episodes and Rate or Review us wherever you tune in!
    To ask a question, read the transcript, or learn more, visit MichaelRedd.com.
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Nicholas Potts on LinkedIn
    Nicholas Potts on Instagram
    Gifthealth
    Gifthealth on Instagram
    ScriptDrop
    Michael Redd
    22 Ventures

    • 34 min
    Lacey Picazo: Setting Your Own Table

    Lacey Picazo: Setting Your Own Table

    Joining us in conversation today is Lacey Picazo, award-winning creative and Founder of ZoCo Design. In this episode, Lacey fills us in on why we need to set our own table and approach entrepreneurship with humility. We discuss the implications of planning too far ahead and touch on how to manage fear when building a business. Lacey also guides us through the practical aspects of hiring and prioritizing culture, while balancing work life with home life. Lacey is someone who truly understands the human aspect of both design and business, with a focus on user experience, and who has a refreshing openness about challenges and values. If you’re wondering how to maintain valuable connections with both clients and employees while prioritizing what’s meaningful to you and avoiding overworking, this episode is for you. 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    An introduction to today’s guest, Lacey Picazo, founder of ZoCo Design.What ‘betting on yourself’ means to Lacey: realizing your own power.How wanting to do things differently motivated her to start her business.Why it is so important to be humble and ask for help.Managing fear and choosing not to focus on what could go wrong. The difference between UX and UI. The founding principles of ZoCO: human-centered design.Why she believes that experience is one of the number one drivers towards business and technology. The many hats you have to wear in the beginning phases of your business.How, as the business grows, you need to learn how to delegate and share responsibility.Hiring people who are smarter than you in order to make delegation easier.Why she would rather be a thought partner than constantly resolve problems. How she goes about intentional hiring, and what happens when you trade on your values.The value they place on growing the skillsets of their team members through training, round tables, and design assemble, as well as bringing experts in.Reinforcing values through human storytelling within ZoCo. Their target client: head of product at a customer-centric software company.Supporting female leadership within the workforce.Parenting, entrepreneurship, and business ownership. The role of peer feedback in supporting work-life balance and gaining perspective.Advice she would give to her 16-year-old self: ask yourself, is this something only I can do, is this something I want to do, and is this something that has to be done? ZoCo’s goal to work with amazing people seeking to solve problems. Lacey’s aim to be a visionary and to wear fewer hats within ZoCo, in order to find balance.If you're a fan of the show don’t forget to follow to hear new episodes and Rate or Review us wherever you tune in!
    To ask a question, read the transcript, or learn more, visit MichaelRedd.com.
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    ZoCo Design
    Lacey Picazo on Instagram
    Lacey Picazo on Twitter
    Lacey Picazo on LinkedIn
    Michael Redd
    22 Ventures

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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43 Ratings

Nesorneb ,

Heartfelt & Helpful

The episode with Coach Day is an especially excellent example of Michael’s approach to this podcast. Coach Day expresses courage and compassion as he discusses leadership, character, and love in a very real and down to earth manner.

The episode with Coss Marte of CONBODY is also inspirational & encouraging. Mr. Marte demonstrates what life looks like when one doesn’t merely survive but, instead, demonstrates the strength, resilience & humility needed to thrive in life - especially & including a changed life.

from Michael Redd ,

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Thanks for all the support!

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Amazing Podcast!!

Love to listen to your Podcast while running. Your podcast is a winner. The topics and questions you ask your experts are very helpful. They quality of experts you have invited are 5stars!!!

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