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We all have dreams of being successful and achieving excellence in our lives. But we inevitably experience resistance, challenges, and obstacles in the pursuit of our dreams. In Search of Excellence provides us with the inspiration we need to overcome these obstacles and accomplish our goals. In Search of Excellence takes us through the stories, routes, and strategies of people from hundreds of different backgrounds who have achieved excellence in both their professional and personal lives. Guest features include Sharon Stone, Kevin O'Leary, Sammy Hagar, Lara Logan, Sam Zell, and many more.

In Search Of Excellence Randall Kaplan

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We all have dreams of being successful and achieving excellence in our lives. But we inevitably experience resistance, challenges, and obstacles in the pursuit of our dreams. In Search of Excellence provides us with the inspiration we need to overcome these obstacles and accomplish our goals. In Search of Excellence takes us through the stories, routes, and strategies of people from hundreds of different backgrounds who have achieved excellence in both their professional and personal lives. Guest features include Sharon Stone, Kevin O'Leary, Sammy Hagar, Lara Logan, Sam Zell, and many more.

    Luc Robitaille: Playing With Wayne Gretzky And Lifting The Stanley Cup | E90

    Luc Robitaille: Playing With Wayne Gretzky And Lifting The Stanley Cup | E90

    Welcome to part 2 of In Search of Excellence episode with a good friend of mine, Luc Robitaille! Luke is an NHL Hall of Famer and the highest-scoring left winger in NHL history, with 668 goals over his 19-season career.
    In his first year in the league, Luc won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year and then went on to become the only left wing in NHL history to record 8 consecutive 40-goal seasons.
    Luc played 8 all-star games, won a Stanley Cup as a player with the awesome Detroit Red Wings in 2002, and 2 more Stanley Cups as an executive with the Los Angeles Kings.
    He is giving back to his community through his Echoes of Hope Foundation.

    Time stamps:

    11:29 Becoming a Stanley Cup Champion
    A hard trophy to winAs a free agent, went to the Detroit Red WingsLuc’s feelings during the game and after winning the cup18:39 Giving away his best memorabilia
    A great party after winning the cupA poker night theme with giveawaysGave away the stuff he collected during his career22:42 The NHL Hall of Fame
    It was very emotionalLuc’s inspiring speechThe reaction of his parents26:28 The fear of failing makes you great
    If you're willing to push yourself, you're going to have successWhat do you do when no one's looking?28:25 The importance of extreme preparation
    Luc was very disciplinedHad to be sure he was prepared for every gameHe likes having a plan and sticking to itPicking the right marketing agency34:10 How important is passion to our success?
    Passion is the most important thingVery few lucky people do a job that they're passionate about36:34 Is luck an important ingredient of our success?
    You bring your luck through preparationSomeone can open the door for you, but you have to prove yourselfWork ethic and constant improvement41:51 Being humble and kind
    Luke grew up in a humble familyThe lesson from his uncleHow important is being kind and humble for our success?Very successful people are usually extremely humbleNever forget where you came from47:13 How important are coaches in hockey?
    Coaches in hockey are very importantA coach has to make sure every player is involved49:52 Giving back to the community
    It’s important to give back – money or timeHelped numerous foundationsStarted a charity with his wifeStarted working with foster kidsHelping them to stand on their feet56:20 Fill in the blanks for excellence
    The biggest lesson I've learned in my lifeNever give upMy biggest regret isNot spending enough time with familyAnd more
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    • 1 hr
    Luc Robitaille: From "Too Slow" To NHL Hall Of Fame | E89

    Luc Robitaille: From "Too Slow" To NHL Hall Of Fame | E89

    Welcome to another episode of In Search for Excellence! My guest today is my good friend Luc Robitaille! Luc is an NHL Hall of Famer who as a 19-year-old teenager went from being drafted in the 9th round (171st overall) to becoming the highest-scoring left winger in NHL history, with 668 goals over his 19-season career.
    In his first year in the league, Luc won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year and then went on to become the only left wing in NHL history to record 8 consecutive 40-goal seasons. Luc played 8 all-star games, won a Stanley Cup as a player with the awesome Detroit Red Wings in 2002, and two more Stanley Cups as an executive with the Los Angeles Kings. He is giving back to his community through his Echoes of Hope Foundation.

    Time stamps:
    01:23 Luc Robitaille’s family and background
    He had a great life but not a lot of moneyWorked at his dad’s scrap yardThe value of manual labor07:44 Earliest memories playing hockey
    A tennis ball was goldMade their own equipment for hockeyHis first memory holding a stick11:13 The difference from other kids
    Practicing all the time to be betterHis mentality was all about hard workSense of a game is hard to teach14:57 Goals, dreams, and hard work
    Wanted to play Junior MajorThat was what they could afford to watchHe was up at 4:30 am to go to practiceNo one needed to ever push him for the next practice19:50 Getting into the World Junior Championship
    Only 40 players were invited to make the teamHe wasn’t calledOne of the players got injured and he got inThat changed his life permanently22:35 Getting drafted by the LA Kings
    NHL draftProjected to be a late-round draft pickThe scouts said he was too small, didn't skate well, lacked hand-eye coordinationHe became the 171st pickThe story about the draft and the pin29:38 Moving to LA
    He wanted to focus on playing hockey onlyStayed in the boarding house with Marcel DionneDid nothing except trainingThe nickname Lucky35:18 The first game
    Wanted to be a part of making the LA Kings greatRecalling the first game experienceThe excitement of his first score39:17 The Rookie of the Year
    How did it feel to receive the award?Didn’t think he was going to winHe was overwhelmed but moved on41:18 A special bond with Jimmy Carson
    Jimmy came from a different backgroundThey had a special bond and practiced all the timeThe secret signal helped them score 15-20 goalsStaying in the middle of the bench45:30 Playing with Wayne Gretzky
    As a kid, he admired Wayne GretzkyWanted to impress him more than to winWhen he came to the Kings, it was hard because he was his heroThe coach took him from Wayne’s line because he was distracted
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    • 46 min
    Amberly Lago: Turning Pain into Purpose by Helping Others Heal | E88

    Amberly Lago: Turning Pain into Purpose by Helping Others Heal | E88

    Welcome to part 2 of our amazing conversation with Amberly Lago. Amberly is a peak performance coach, TEDx speaker, top 1% podcast host, motivational speaker, and a leading expert in the field of resilience, transformation, and health and wellness. She is also the bestselling author of the book True Grit and Grace, and the founder of Unstoppable Life Mastermind.
    Amberly has an incredible life story and she is sharing pure gold advice on how to overcome life challenges, how to deal with trauma, and become resilient and successful.

    Time stamps:
    00:54 Randall’s emotional story about his heart attack
    Life-threatening situation and a traumatic experienceFinding he had myocarditisDeath of a close friendAsked by doctors if he was taking cocaineGrateful for being aliveThe power of endorphins10:30 Hitting a rock bottom and suicidal thoughts
    Amberly was always a high achieverThe pain became unbearableAlcohol numbed the painIt worked until it didn’tBecame addicted to alcohol and went to rehabDidn’t want to live but had to endure because of her daughters15:15 The importance of resilience
    We have to decide to take action and thriveShifting perspective to gratitudeFocusing on what you can do, not what you can’tAcceptance and being aware of who you areConnecting to a community – Success is built on relationshipsResting is essential for resilience21:08 The power of writing down our goals
    There is power in writing things downThe story of Amberly’s bookRandall’s thoughts on writing things down24:36 Put yourself on the to-do list
    Amberly likes helping people and meeting their needs firstIt’s important to take care of yourself as well28:33 Surround yourself with the right people
    Get rid of the doggie downers and stick with the puppy uppersSurround yourself with people who are passionate and go-gettersAvoid energy vampires21:28 We are all superheroes
    We all have superpowers and resilience in usIt’s hard to become aware of thatFocus on what brings you joyGratitude practice and Amberly’s gratitude groupA sense of purpose and giving serviceAsk people what your superpower is37:25 Sexual abuse and its consequences
    Amberly was sexually abused by her stepfatherTakes a lot of courage to tell someoneTold her dad but he didn’t do anythingAt 23, she told that to her abusive husbandDealing with triggering situationWriting about the sexual abuse was very catharticThe importance of therapy1:01:28 The importance of extreme preparation
    She was an athlete and a dancerAlways worked very hardPreparing for a TEDx talkPreparation gives you confidence51:16 What are the key ingredients for success?
    Know your WhyHave a strong communitySeek council not opinionStick to your non-negotiables54:28 Why do motorcyclists take so much risk?
    There’s nothing like a feeling of freedom while ridingYou are fully in the presentAmberly’s husband stopped
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Amberly Lago: Triumph Over Trauma | E87

    Amberly Lago: Triumph Over Trauma | E87

    Welcome to another episode of In Search of Excellence! My guest today is the incredible Amberly Lago. When Amber was 38 years old, she was hit by an SUV while riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
    When she woke up from a coma, she learned that she had a 1% chance of saving her leg from being amputated. After the accident, she was diagnosed with an incurable nerve disease, lost her business, fell into a deep depression, and became an alcoholic.

    Today Amberly is a peak performance coach, TEDx speaker, top 1% podcast host, motivational speaker, and a leading expert in the field of resilience, transformation, and health and wellness. She is also the bestselling author of the book True Grit and Grace, and the founder of Unstoppable Life Mastermind.

    Time stamps:
    02:05 Amberly Lago’s background
    A strict Texas mom and dancing classesThe importance of instilling resilience in our childrenIt’s OK to ask for help05:00 High school experience and Amberly’s kids
    Parents’ divorce and physical and sexual abuseChildren need an outletDancing and drill teamsAmberley's high school jobs09:47 The importance of mentors in our lives
    Amberly had a mentor for everything she did in lifeThe importance of doing research and finding a counsel, not an opinionNot having a mentor is a waste of moneyPushing you to pass your limitsRandall’s mentoring experienceUnstoppable Life Mastermind for womenHaving the right mentor is life-changing16:37 What is a mastermind according to Amberly?
    A small group of like-minded people who help brainstorm, collaborate, and guide each otherNot expensive events with hundreds of different peopleVery profitable gatherings where hosts over-promise but don’t deliverAmberly’s Unstoppable Life MastermindThe launch of the mastermind while the world was shutting down25:07 How important is it to be in good shape?
    Amberly’s entire identity was in physicalityA knee injury and self-helpWent to school and became a certified trainerStarted a course to help people become trainers28:55 The horrible motorcycle accident
    Got very seriously injuredThe first thought was how to save her business1% chance to save the legOur health is the most important thingHad 34 surgeries in totalYou have a shovel in your hand, you can lean on it, pray for a hole, or you can start digging37:09 The Story of a Good Samaritan
    An unknown person saved Amberly’s lifeShe doesn’t remember him but would like to know who he was39:31 Chronic regional pain syndrome
    After the accident, suffered from chronic painComplex Regional Pain Syndrome – CRPSPredicted to be in pain and paralyzed foreverDecided to work hard to recoverTried every kind of medical treatmentHad to change everything in her lifeOnly when she is teaching, she feels no painWorking on a healthy sleeping pattern and other healthy stuffResources Mentioned:
    TrueGritAndGrace.com
    AmberlyLago.com

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    • 46 min
    Mat Ishbia: Dream Big Then Make It Happen | E86

    Mat Ishbia: Dream Big Then Make It Happen | E86

    Welcome to In Search of Excellence! This is part 2 of our fascinating conversation with Mat Ishbia!

    Mat is the Chairman and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage, the largest wholesale mortgage lender in the United States, which had a $931.9 million net income in 2022. Mat owns 71% of the company shares that are worth $5.9 billion, which places Mat at 156 on the Forbes 400 in early 2023.

    Mat and his brother Justin bought a majority stake in the NBA, Phoenix Suns and WNBA, Phoenix Mercury. Mat was a member of the Michigan State Spartans basketball team that went to three Final Fours and won the NCAA championship in 2000. He is the author of the book “Running the corporate office: Lessons in Effective Leadership from the Bench to the Boardroom”, and is a very generous philanthropist who has given away more than $50 million.

    1:10 What does Mat look for in a new hire at UWM?


    Mat doesn’t care about the diplomaHe looks for someone with a heart, work ethic, attitude, and drive to be greatKnowledge is a commodityBe a human being, be engaged and energetic 


    4:56 The Importance of little things for success


    Mat is looking for difference-makersIntangibles are much more important than the tangibles 


    10:23 Advice to people who have dreams


    Randall’s meeting with Bill DavidsonThink crazy big and then work towards itPut the work in and be the best 


    14:05 No meeting Thursdays


    Mat responds to every emailNo meetings on Thursday – talking and checking with peopleYou have to be in the weeds of your business to be successful 


    15:55 Advice to people who are not working as hard as they should


    Work ethic and attitude are the biggest determinators of successGo to places that provide opportunityYou have to sacrifice to be the bestMat is sacrificing for his kids and his business 


    19:14 The importance of extreme preparation


    Game plan and role playPreparation leads to successEverything is about preparation 


    21:40 Owning an NBA basketball team


    Managing a team is much fun in all areasMaking a positive impact on team members, fans, and the communityCoaching his childrenTeaching life, skills, personality, the importance of supporting your teammates 


    24:35 How important is giving back to our success?


    Giving money is only one part of giving backYou can give your time and care 


    25:30 Fill in the blanks to excellence


    The biggest lesson I've learned in my life isWork ethic and attitude always winMy number one professional goal isTo get better every single dayAnd more
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    • 27 min
    Mat Ishbia: From Basketball To Billion-Dollar Business | E85

    Mat Ishbia: From Basketball To Billion-Dollar Business | E85

    Welcome to In Search of Excellence! We are happy to have Mat Ishbia as our guest today!

    Mat is the Chairman and CEO of the United Wholesale Mortgage, the largest wholesale mortgage lender in the United States, which had a $931.9 million net income in 2022. Mat owns 71% of the company shares that are worth $5.9 billion, which places Mat at 156 on the Forbes 400 in early 2023.
     
    Mat and his brother Justin bought a majority stake in the NBA, Phoenix Suns, and WNBA, Phoenix Mercury. Mat was a member of the Michigan State Spartans basketball team that went to three Final Fours and won the NCAA championship in 2000.

    He is the author of the book “Running the Corporate Office: Lessons in Effective Leadership from the Bench to the Boardroom”. Mat is also a very generous philanthropist who has given away more than $50 million.

     
    01:26 Mat’s background

    - Born in Birmingham, Michigan, in a Jewish family
    - His mom was a schoolteacher and his dad lawyer and serial entrepreneur
    - From mom learned structure and accountability
    - From dad learned good work ethics and taking care of people


    04:07 Mat’s life as a kid

    - Always competitive
    - Didn’t like to lose
    - Pretty good at school, loved sports


    05:03 Sacrifices are essential for success

    - You can’t be good at everything
    - Focus and dominate one thing
    - Life’s goal should be happiness


    09:58 Figuring out what to do as a student

    - Expose yourself to as many different internships, people, and networks as possible
    - Find what you are passionate about
    - Mat has a passion for competing and winning


    14:01 How important is having a great personality and sense of humor for success?

    - Matt’s basketball career in the Michigan State team
    - The most popular guy on the team
    - It’s important to be who you are, genuine, kind, and caring
    - Every team needs camaraderie, leadership, culture, family atmosphere
    - The team is bigger than the person
    - A good team needs a balance of talent and chemistry (fit)
    - Different roles in Phoenix Suns


    19:35 Deciding to choose his future career at 23

    - Wanted to be a basketball coach
    - Decided to join his dad’s mortgage company
    - Applied his basketball experience to the mortgage business


    21:57 Is money the number onbe factor when choosing your career?

    - Opportunity to grow should be the no.1 factor
    - Also your dreams and aspirations
    - People focus too much on the money
    - Be great and successful in what you do and money will follow


    24:27 What's cool or sexy about mortgages?

    - Became the CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage in 2013
    - Two years later, UWM was the no.1 wholesale mortgage lender in the country
    - Mat loves competing, improving, winning
    - Be great today and build on that tomorrow

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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79 Ratings

Ryan O’Malley ,

My favorite podcast

For any go-getter or entrepreneurial spirit, there is gold in absolutely every episode. Randall does a phenomenal job as host asking invaluable questions and making the conversation flow seamlessly where it feels like I’m drinking my morning coffee alongside the speakers. Exceptional podcast and by far my favorite to listen to!

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Happy to listen and grow with In Search of Excellence

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Great host, key guests and insights you won’t find elsewhere

I’ve listened to quite a few episodes of “In Search of Excellence” at this point. Randall has a format and way of leading the discussion that is easy to follow and really emphasizes those key points you want to pick up on. Very grateful that this was recommended to me by a friend, and will continue to be on my weekly playlist for a while. Aside from sound business and investment advice from top tier people, having recognizable stars of our time like Mike Tyson always keeps the programming interesting.

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