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From growing up poor, living in apartments on government assistance to running a multi-million dollar business and meeting with some of the most successful entrepreneurs, athletes, community leaders and world class performers in life I have broad perspective and appreciation on both extremes in life.

Everyone has a story on how they ended up where they are in life. Exploring these stories is what FUEL is about. FUEL stands for Foundations, Under, Extraordinary Lives. I’m here to share the stories, thought process, best practices and struggles of extraordinary individuals to inspire you to tap into your FUEL and live a life of greatness. In a world of highlight reels fueled by social media we often never see the struggles behind the scenes or hear the stories that lead to success. I'm here to change that.

Hit subscribe if you are an entrepreneur, thought leader, athlete or just a man or woman looking to be inspired and live an extraordinary life with purpose.

FUEL with Chris Swartz Chris Swartz

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

From growing up poor, living in apartments on government assistance to running a multi-million dollar business and meeting with some of the most successful entrepreneurs, athletes, community leaders and world class performers in life I have broad perspective and appreciation on both extremes in life.

Everyone has a story on how they ended up where they are in life. Exploring these stories is what FUEL is about. FUEL stands for Foundations, Under, Extraordinary Lives. I’m here to share the stories, thought process, best practices and struggles of extraordinary individuals to inspire you to tap into your FUEL and live a life of greatness. In a world of highlight reels fueled by social media we often never see the struggles behind the scenes or hear the stories that lead to success. I'm here to change that.

Hit subscribe if you are an entrepreneur, thought leader, athlete or just a man or woman looking to be inspired and live an extraordinary life with purpose.

    Ep 38: Kerry Faix - Stop Stopping The Unstoppable In You

    Ep 38: Kerry Faix - Stop Stopping The Unstoppable In You

    How do you stand tall in the face of adversities? Learning to deal with it creates resilience. Kerry admits saying, “Adversities in my life pushed me to a new level. I probably would have grown stagnant and may not have continued to reach forward without them.”
    Kerry Faix has been unstoppable in her journey to success. Her mission to do her best in everything and her exceptional values in life culminated in what she has turned into today. An entrepreneur, a real estate investor, the CEO and Founder of Stone Bay Holdings, married to a wife, a Mom of four, and much more is a true epitome of an independent, self-motivated, badass woman.
    In this episode of the FUEL podcast, Chris delves deep into the foundational pieces that went into making an immensely successful power woman like Kerry, what practical tools she employs to keep her calm, competent and never shifts her focus from what she is bent on. Her energy is infectious, which she transmits the moment you come in her contact. So whatever you've been putting off to the sidelines and not taking action on, today is the day to do it. Giving no further excuses, tune in to this extraordinary, life-changing episode.
     
    What You Will Learn:
    What is ‘balancing in life’ according to Kerry, to keep work, ambition, family, kids, and every responsibility falls in place. How she has taught the core values in her children and what accomplishments of her kids make her overwhelmed with joy. Why it is essential to bounce back when you are knocked down at times in life, and what are the tools to do so. And much more!  
    Favorite Quote:
    “Not just young, not middle, not old, but everybody listening to this podcast has the potential to do great things. Nothing is holding you back in your life but you right now.”
    -          Kerry Faix
     
    Connect With Kerry:
    Website
    Download your Free book
    LinkedIn
     
    How to Get Involved:
    FUEL provides an opportunity to look behind the scenes into the lives of extraordinary individuals. By examining the foundation that makes up their lives, we unveil the stories that fueled their success. Our mission is to help motivate and energize people to recognize that their own life experiences can be used as fuel to help them go the distance and achieve their life’s full potential. Find out more on our website: The Fuel Story.
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, head over and visit us on Apple Podcasts - leave a review and let us know what you thought! Your feedback keeps us going. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

    • 52 min
    EP 37: Chris Duffin - Strengthen Your Roots To Weather The Storms

    EP 37: Chris Duffin - Strengthen Your Roots To Weather The Storms

    Are you strong both inside and out? Going to the gym is easy, making money is easy - the ones who will still be at the top of their game decades from now, though, are the ones who cultivate real resilience and gain a thorough understanding of who they are and where they’re headed.
     
    Chris Duffin is an entrepreneur, author, thought leader, and innovator in the health and fitness space, as well as the co-founder and chief visionary officer of the Kabuki Strength brand. Having overcome a chaotic upbringing, Chris went on to become a record-holding powerlifter who often uses his skill set to raise money for charity. Now, he puts his engineering background to work with companies across a range of industries.
     
    On this episode of the FUEL podcast, Chris and Chris dive deep on how to build up the kind of resilience you need to get through life (and what happens if you don’t), pinpointing your values and aligning with them to become a person that relentlessly embodies those values, and how to stay focused on the future in the wake of a failure. Listen in for an episode that will get you fired up to grow stronger and more grounded in what matters most to you so you can crush every goal you set. 
     
    What You'll Learn:
     
    Why striving for and achieving the “perfect” position in life will actually be what breaks us down in the long run How your priorities will naturally fall into the right place if you can get dialed in on just the core things you’re chasing What’s next for Chris and his businesses - and the major landmarks of his overarching 10-year plan And much more!  
    Favorite Quote:
     
    "You are going to fail. We fail at things all the time, but we don't fail. And this is how you build, like, an incredible level of confidence so that you can do the things that I've done in my life: start building and stacking those wins and coming back around and knowing that no matter what happens, I can figure it out. I know a way. And that's the bigger thing."
     
    Chris Duffin  



    Connect with Chris:
     
    Kabuki Strength
     
    BuildFast Formula
     
    Bearfoot Footwear
     
    Facebook
     
    Instagram
     
    LinkedIn
     
    ChrisDuffin.com
     
    Kabuki on YouTube
     
    Kabuki on Instagram
     
    Jacqueline Duffin on Instagram



    How to Get Involved:
    FUEL provides an opportunity to look behind the scenes into the lives of extraordinary individuals. By examining the foundation that makes up their lives, we unveil the stories that fueled their success. Our mission is to help motivate and energize people to recognize that their own life experiences can be used as fuel to help them go the distance and achieve their life’s full potential. Find out more on our website: The Fuel Story.

    If you enjoyed this episode, head over and visit us on Apple Podcasts - leave a review and let us know what you thought! Your feedback keeps us going. Thanks for helping us spread the

    • 45 min
    EP 36: Chris Stevens - Success In The Long Term (There Is No “Secret Sauce”)

    EP 36: Chris Stevens - Success In The Long Term (There Is No “Secret Sauce”)

    How will you know that you’ve made it? Everyone has a different landmark for their version of success, whether it’s a new home, an entire retirement fund, or just more time with the family. Knowing what that vision and that definition of success look like to you is the first step in creating a life that will help you reach it.
    Chris Stevens is the CEO and managing partner of Keller Williams Philadelphia, through which he leads hundreds of real estate pros in multiple locations across the area. Chris’s career has taken him from the Culinary Institute of America to the insurance industry to real estate. Every stop has made him a better leader, a better businessman, and a better husband and father.
    On this episode of the FUEL podcast, Chris and Chris jam on how Chris Stevens cultivated the service-centric mindset that he practices daily within his business, nurturing the core pillars of a well-rounded life and the process of “unpacking your day” that will give you the awareness you need to keep in alignment with your purpose. Tune in for an episode that sheds some light on what true success looks like - and what it takes to maintain that success.
     
    What You'll Learn:
    What Chris Stevens learned about leadership from his time being mentored by Wolfgang Puck  How to structure every day of your life to continually and consistently move you towards the goals you set Why learning how to react appropriately to both wins and losses is essential - and why each has a necessary place in your story And much more!  
    Favorite Quote:
    “For me, wealth is not just monetary, but a lot of it is how wealthy are you in your mindset? How wealthy are you with your family or your friends? In my case, are you a good husband? Are you a good father? Are you a good leader? You know, and that's the way that I look at wealth. That's my version of it.”
     
    Chris Stevens  
    Connect with Chris Stevens:
    Chris@kwphiladelphia.com
    Reach Chris at (609) 558-9668
    LinkedIn
    Keller Williams Website
     
    How to Get Involved:
    FUEL provides an opportunity to look behind the scenes into the lives of extraordinary individuals. By examining the foundation that makes up their lives, we unveil the stories that fueled their success. Our mission is to help motivate and energize people to recognize that their own life experiences can be used as fuel to help them go the distance and achieve their life’s full potential. Find out more on our website: The Fuel Story.

    If you enjoyed this episode, head over and visit us on Apple Podcasts - leave a review and let us know what you thought! Your feedback keeps us going. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

    • 35 min
    EP 35: Samuel Smith - Conquering Business And Life, One Day At A Time

    EP 35: Samuel Smith - Conquering Business And Life, One Day At A Time

    What do you see when you walk into a room of industry legends and celebrated entrepreneurs? Wealth, success, wisdom...what you don't see, unfortunately, is what they had to overcome to get to where they are. It's time to pull back the curtain on what "success" takes to achieve.
    Samuel has always been in business, from mowing yards and delivering newspapers at age 12, to building two seven-figure companies before his mid-30’s. Poor stewardship and an unchecked addiction to alcohol saw the meltdown and total collapse of his life and marriage, leading to rock bottom and brokenness when he should have been enjoying the fruits of his labor. 
    Samuel has since been sober over 3 and a half years, and now has two companies that he has built back up into the mid six figures, this time with the proper fundamentals and stewardship to ensure long-term success. 
    When the world shut down in 2020, Samuel began to follow his natural desire to teach and lead other business owners and help them avoid the mistakes and pitfalls that he went through. He talks openly and frankly about his failures in life and in business and how sobriety and focus have turned his life around, helping other men realize that they are not alone and that they too can overcome their addictions. He lives by the fact that there are no superhumans in this world, only normal people who decide to do super things and commit to them, one step at a time. 
    On this episode of the FUEL podcast, Chris and Samuel dive deep on the truth about what hides behind the confidence and the successful facade most entrepreneurs put up (and how to put failure in context), where concerns related to your business should sit in your list of priorities, and an honest look at the details behind Samuel's continual victory over alcoholism. Tune in for an illuminating interview that will get you focused on where you are so you can blaze a path to wherever you want to go.
     
    What You'll Learn:
    How Samuel structures the days in his business to set his employees up for maximum success in every corner of their life Why no amount of cash flow will ever actually make up for your bad spending habits, and how to make seemingly small improvements that add up to big results What a difference the language you use makes if you're in the process of overcoming an addiction And much more!  
    Favorite Quote:
    You just don't realize how many people that you think have their shit together, are really just two minutes from falling off. And so when you judge your success, you see your high points and your low points, and everybody has more lows than highs. But when you judge yourself against other people, all you're seeing is that Facebook highlight reel. And you've got to know that it's okay to reach out for help because we all struggle."
     
    Samuel Smith  
     
    Connect with Sam:
    Samuel on Facebook
    Samuel on Instagram
    Live in College Station on Facebook
    Texas Media Foundry on Facebook
    The Small Business Surgeon Podcast (Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review!)
     
    How to Get Involved:
    FUEL provides an opportunity to look behind the scenes into the lives of extraordinary individuals. By examining the foundation that makes up their lives, we unveil the stories that fueled their success. Our mission is to help motivate and energize people to recognize that their own life experiences can be used as fuel to help them go the distance and achieve their life’s full potential. Find out more on our website: The Fuel Story.
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, head over and visit us on Apple Podcasts - leave a review and let us know what you thought! Your feedback keeps us going. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

    • 35 min
    EP 34: Zach Babcock - Podcasting Power Moves For Underdog Entrepreneurs

    EP 34: Zach Babcock - Podcasting Power Moves For Underdog Entrepreneurs

    How does a person go from rock-bottom - a prison cell - to outrageous success as a podcaster and entrepreneur? Put simply, that person has to have a fighting spirit and the drive that comes with being an underdog.
     
    Zach Babcock is the CEO and founder of Podcast Powertrain, a podcasting service dedicated to helping alpha entrepreneurs crush their goals, and the Underdog Empowerment Podcast host. He shares his insight and that of other legendary underdogs across countless industries and walks of life.
     
    On this episode of the FUEL podcast, Chris and Zach dig into Zach's upward spiral from prison time to a thriving company and a top-rated podcast, the incredible power of high-level relationships, and how Zach and his people are helping podcasters take impactful steps toward their goals - plus the action steps you can take to kick your podcast off the right way. Tune in for a high-energy interview that will have you excited to turn on a microphone and start sharing your message with the masses.
     
    What You'll Learn:
    What achieving bigger and bigger goals made Zach realize why he became an entrepreneur, to begin with (and the shift that followed after) How to turbo-boost your podcast's popularity, visibility, and rankings immediately after launch Why Zach would hands-down want Tom Brady with him on a deserted island And much more!  
    Favorite Quote:
    "At the end of the day, man, I'm just somebody with a big, big vision. And, you know, I stay true to my word. I live and die by my core values. They're crucial to me because none of us got this life thing figured out most of the time. We're figuring it out as we go."
     
    Zach Babcock  
    Connect with Zach:
    Check out the podcast bootstrap steps here
    UnderdogEmpowerment.com
     
    How to Get Involved:
    FUEL provides an opportunity to look behind the scenes into the lives of extraordinary individuals. By examining the foundation that makes up their lives, we unveil the stories that fueled their success. Our mission is to help motivate and energize people to recognize that their own life experiences can be used as fuel to help them go the distance and achieve their life’s full potential. Find out more on our website: The Fuel Story.
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, head over and visit us on Apple Podcasts - leave a review and let us know what you thought! Your feedback keeps us going. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

    • 42 min
    EP 33: Gene Volpe - Staying Visible In A Changing World

    EP 33: Gene Volpe - Staying Visible In A Changing World

    How does a business owner with a lot on their plate even begin to keep up with the newest social media site or the demand for constant content? From the outside, it's a paralyzing thought. But from an insider's perspective, keeping up with the times can be as simple as pushing a button.
     
    Gene Volpe is a digital architect at GVI Media, LLC and an all-around master of advertising, online media, and business development. Gene's skills in mapping out marketing provide an easy path to increased visibility and growth on the latest - and most popular - platforms, no matter the industry or level of online experience his customers are working with currently.
     
    On this episode of the FUEL podcast, Chris and Gene dig into the unique challenges marketers face at a time when people are in front of their screens more than ever, how to put out more (high quality) content that sends the right message, and the process of learning new platforms and styles of content creation by taking some action. Tune in for an interview that will help open up new avenues of getting your message out in front of the people who need to hear it.



    What You'll Learn:
     
    What cryptocurrencies like Dogecoin may mean for the future of our currency in general, and how we learn to put value behind these new "fad" currencies How to put more humanity into your content to balance out the business talk, and why doing so can expedite the processes of your business itself Why making your philanthropy public knowledge is not only not selfish or wrong, but maybe a big help to both you and the cause you care about And much more!  
    Favorite Quote:
     
    "We've crossed over into a new dimension at this point... And as a marketing guy, it's a blessing and a curse. For me, it's a blessing because guys like you who do things other than marketing realize they need somebody to help them. And so, therefore, I'm in demand. But it's a curse because I am now challenged with trying to get you in front of as many people on as many screens as I possibly can at the lowest cost. So, it's challenging to be in marketing, but it's exciting in the same way because things are constantly evolving."
     
    Gene Volpe  
     
    Connect with Gene:
     
    LinkedIn
     
    Facebook
     
    Instagram



    How to Get Involved:
    FUEL provides an opportunity to look behind the scenes into the lives of extraordinary individuals. By examining the foundation that makes up their lives, we unveil the stories that fueled their success. Our mission is to help motivate and energize people to recognize that their own life experiences can be used as fuel to help them go the distance and achieve their life’s full potential. Find out more on our website: The Fuel Story.
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, head over and visit us on Apple Podcasts - leave a review and let us know what you thought! Your feedback keeps us going. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

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