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Build Your Utopia is a podcast made for you. If you have lofty ambitions in corporate or entrepreneur settings, this is the show that delivers quality episodes to inspire and arm you to achieve your goals. One of the biggest challenges that you are faced with is juggling work-life balance. Our guests, such as Honoree Corder, Hal Elrod, Jason Snell, Darieth Chisolm, John Lee Dumas, Kate Erickson, Ray Higdon, and many others, all provide plenty of honest feedback on how you can tackle this consistent challenge successfully. Every episode with guests promises takeaways that you can apply right away. Join Josh Marsden and Ben Thompson so you can Build Your Utopia while maintaining your sanity!

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Build Your Utopia is a podcast made for you. If you have lofty ambitions in corporate or entrepreneur settings, this is the show that delivers quality episodes to inspire and arm you to achieve your goals. One of the biggest challenges that you are faced with is juggling work-life balance. Our guests, such as Honoree Corder, Hal Elrod, Jason Snell, Darieth Chisolm, John Lee Dumas, Kate Erickson, Ray Higdon, and many others, all provide plenty of honest feedback on how you can tackle this consistent challenge successfully. Every episode with guests promises takeaways that you can apply right away. Join Josh Marsden and Ben Thompson so you can Build Your Utopia while maintaining your sanity!

    107: Interview Part 2 with Chris Plough

    107: Interview Part 2 with Chris Plough

    We are very excited to bring you part 2 of our conversation with Chris Plough, Entrepreneur, Storyteller, and Adventurer.

    We jump right back into the conversation with Ben asking Chris Plough to help explain how to find your True North.  Chris has a very specific way that he works through his ideas to help keep him on the path and he shares that with us.

    Besides jumping into a Wraith and driving around Europe, Chris Plough takes us through the methods he uses to make time for himself and gives his mind a place to work and bubble up ideas.

    We then get on another tangent by Josh and Chris Plough encouraging Ben to share his own motorcycle story.  Ben shares the story of his bike wreck which includes totaling the bike, road rash, and an overpass.  While Josh and Chris enjoyed the story, it wasn't the one Josh wanted to hear and prompts Ben again for the story of a mustang, the center stripe on a two lane highway, two semi-trucks, and 130 miles per hour.

    We bring things back to business with Chris Plough sharing how he makes time in his day for both business and time for himself.  Chris's method is key to making his day feel like a win and the things he gets done feeling like icing on the cake.

    Finally, Chris Plough drops his Value Bombs on us:


    You have to be vulnerable at least with yourself
    Your network is your net worth
    Question everything



    Links for the show:



    ChrisPlough.com
    Twitter

    As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

    • 33 min
    106: Interview Part 1 with Chris Plough

    106: Interview Part 1 with Chris Plough

    We are very excited to bring you part 1 of our conversation with Chris Plough, Entrepreneur, Storyteller, and Adventurer.

    Chris Plough starts of the show by sharing some of his 'reset' adventures including driving an ambulance across Europe, riding a motorcycle and side car in the arctic, and racing a Rolls Royce Wraith in Europe.

    Next, Chris Plough takes some time to walk us through his history. He has worked for small startups, for large companies (that acquired the small startup), started his own business, purchased ambulances (yes, more than one), the loss of his parents and how he handled that, his vision of Utopia and if he is there.

    Links for the show:


    ChrisPlough.com
    Twitter

    As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

    • 33 min
    105: Interview Part 2 with Ryan Deiss

    105: Interview Part 2 with Ryan Deiss

    We are excited to bring you part 2 of our conversation with Ryan Deiss, CEO of Digital Marketer, co-founder of Idea Incubator LP, speaker, loving husband, and father of four.

    We jump right back into the show by learning how to ask your audience what they want and you do that by offering them a product.  Offers are great because you can drive the conversation with your offers and if your audience like it, they will vote for it with their pocketbook.

    Ryan Deiss shares a couple stories about oscillating between making money and being broke.  Google made a change to their algorhythms and his business stopped.  He got better by running up $250,000 in credit card debt.  He fixed that only to find out he owed a ton in back taxes to the government.  His experience is a great lesson we should all learn and keep in mind.

    Ryan Deiss drops some value bombs on us!


    Chaos is okay
    Life is not about checking a bunch of stuff off a list
    Remember that you don't actually matter

    Links for the show:


    Digital Marketer
    1,000 True Fans
    Twitter

    As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

    • 29 min
    104: Interview Part 1 with Ryan Deiss

    104: Interview Part 1 with Ryan Deiss

    We are very very pleased to bring you part 1 of our conversation with Ryan Deiss, CEO of Digital Marketer, co-founder of Idea Incubator LP, speaker, loving husband, and father of four.

    We start the show by learning that while Ryan Deiss is a famous and sought after speaker, that was not his goal.  He is protective of his personal life and has learned to keep his business self and personal self separate.  He sometimes feels conflict about this as he knows the value of social media and presenting himself publicly for his professional endeavors.

    Ryan Deiss has given this a ton of thought (even wishing at times he had gone in under a pseudonym) and shares some of his thoughts on keeping his professional self separate from his personal self.  He even shares a story about a weirdo who found his home phone number and called his wife!

    After a bit of time down tangent road, we come back around and hear Ryan Deiss's thoughts on Utopia.  His vision is the ability to choose.  He has tried living the leisurely life, and after a week or two he's going crazy and needs to get back to work.  The true heart of it is being able to choose to work now, or read quietly, or attend a tennis match of his child, or meet a client.

    Links for the show:


    Digital Marketer
    1,000 True Fans
    Twitter

    As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

    • 30 min
    103: Be Excellent to Each Other

    103: Be Excellent to Each Other

    It's the last Friday of the month and that means it is time to talk about what we've learned from our stellar guests this month! Thank you to Josh Turner, Cheryl Liew Chng, Allyn & Greg Reid, and Omar Zenhom.

    Ben & Josh joke about Josh Turner starting a business with his friend Ben and how that parallels so closely with this show. Then they jump right into Josh Turner's value bombs and talk about their favorite (surprisingly, our hosts agree with each other).

    Next Josh & Ben recall how awesome Cheryl Liew Chng is because of her impact on the folks around her while being able to have time for herself and her family. Our hosts then discuss their favorite value bombs.

    Then Ben & Josh talk about Allyn & Greg Reid. Josh shares how he met Greg and both Josh & Ben talk about how the conversation with Allyn & Greg impacted their lives.  It was also great having the pair on together as a couple, and this leads Ben & Josh down memory lane and the couples who have been on the show in the past.

    Finally Josh & Ben talk about their impressions with Omar Zenhom, Ben explains how he likes talking to people he doesn't know and Josh shares his obstacle course and training simulator experience with Omar Zenhom.

    Before we close out the show, remember to get our list of Top 10 Value Bombs from our guests over the last 100 episodes!

    As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

    • 35 min
    102: Interview Part 2 with Omar Zenhom

    102: Interview Part 2 with Omar Zenhom

    We are stoked to bring you part 2 of our fun conversation with Omar Zenhom, Educator and Entrepreneur.

    Our conversation so far meanders and we finally get to hear Omar Zenhom's definition of Utopia.  Omar feels it is important to do what you feel like doing.

    Next, we learn what helps keep Omar Zenhom balanced.  He works out because he feels it is important to keep your body in a good place because it impacts your mental attitude.  We also learn that Omar spends time watching movies with Nicole (his significant other, who went to film school).  It's also critical to take time off, some of his best ideas came out when he was on vacation.

    We close out the conversation with Omar Zenhom with his 3 Value Bombs:


    Know the fundamentals and then rehearse (in business, life, and even dance)
    Completely focus on one task at a time
    Whatever you choose to do in life, want it bad

    Follow Omar Zenhom:


    The $100 MBA
    Webinar Ninja
    OMar Zenhom on Twitter

    As always, a special thank you to The Strand for our intro and outro music!

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

thechampionentrepreneur ,

Well-developed show!

A well-rounded system and matrix to be able to develop a utopia as well as keep your sanity is A big part of bing successful in today's business world. We live one life and therefore we must integrate all of the different segments in order to be successful.

Therykerdane ,

A great show that has tons of helpful topics!

A great cohost team. Thinking about building your utopia seems like a piece of cake, but you need the help of Josh and Ben to create some organization and systems to put in place that will get you on the right track! thanks

MarkDillonVO ,

Cool Format…Great Information

I really like how the hosts review the previous episodes once a month and talk about what the guests shared. Each week during the month they dive in and gather as much as they can with each guest…awesome!

Tons of value here!

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