jumbleThink tells the stories of dreamers, makers, innovators, and influencers who are impacting culture and changing the world around them. We interview leading actors, entrepreneurs, authors, athletes, and taught leaders to hear their stories of chasing big dreams. Along the way, we share tips on how you can turn your own dreams into reality too. Our host, Michael Woodward, has worked with hundreds of businesses to help them refine their ideas and create their big dream.
Building Your Dream Ideas with Jeffrey Madoff
We all have the 'dream' career. The one that seems just a little too impossible to become reality. But what if your ideas could be the foundation for the dream job? What if you could make a living off your ideas? Jeffrey Madoff believes it is possible to turn make a living off your ideas. He recently released a new book 'Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas' to explore that idea. By weaving the stories of successful creatives and lessons in his own life, he helps to teach us how ideas can be the foundation for the life of your dreams.
In today's conversation we talk about the power of wonder, creativity, living a fulfilled life, and how you too can create your ideas.
Quote: In business, a brand is a story well told. ‘ Jeffrey Madoff.
Jeffrey Madoff is the founder of Madoff Productions, based in New York City. Jeff is considered a storyteller and incisive interviewer. He has used those talents to help position major brands such as Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Radio City Music Hall, and the Harvard School for Public Health.
Jeff began his career as a fashion designer. He was chosen one of the top 10 designers in the U.S. then switched careers to film and video production. He has since expanded his reach to include teaching, book and playwriting, and theatrical producing.
He is an adjunct professor at Parsons School for Design, teaching a course he developed called “Creativity: Making a Living with Your Ideas”. Every week Madoff has a conversation with a guest from a wide variety of fields, from artists and entrepreneurs to venture capitalists and business leaders. A book about his class, entitled “Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas”, was published by Hachette.
Jeff has been a featured speaker at Wharton School, NYU Steinhardt, North Carolina State, SXSW Brazil, Google Next and many others.
He has written and is producing a play based on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, Lloyd Price. Its world premiere will be at People’s Light Theater.
Jeff graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in philosophy & psychology. Madoff was also on the wrestling team, which combined with his academic studies prepared him for a life in the film and theater business.
Madoff Productions: https://madoffproductions.com/
How You Can Own a Private Jet with Nick Tarascio
Have you ever seen posts about the 'Jet-Setting Lifestyle' and thought to yourself, that looks amazing but I could never do that? Traveling around the world in private jets, staying in the best hotels, freedom at your fingertips. It sounds like luxury and lifestyle only found in your dreams.
But more and more business owners, top executives, and families are seeing as more that a luxury, it's about safety. How we travel, where we travel, and how to make that business and vacation travel safe and reliable is at the top of everyone's minds. What once was about is now about safety and convenience.
Private aviation is finding a new uptick in a Covid and Post-Covid world. We sat down with Nick Tarascio, the second generation CEO of New York based Ventura Air Services and a license jet pilot to learn how individuals are both using charter services for travel and even taking it a step further and purchasing their own private planes.
After seeing a decline in business at the start of Covid, he and the Ventura team are now seeing a rapid growth of private air travel. And while private air travel might not be in everyones reach, it's surprising just how affordable and attainable it can be to take a chartered flight or even make that dream of owing your own plane a reality.
For Nick air travel is more than just a lifestyle, being a pilot has taught him how to be a better person. He has taken the lessons he learned and applies what he calls a 'Pilot Mindset' to the aviation, business, and personal world.
In today's conversation we talk about travel in the age of Covid, the business of owning a jet (or even a fleet of jets), entrepreneurship, how to have laser focus, and how it's more affordable to own a plane than you could ever imagine.
Ventura Air Services: https://ventura.aero
Losing Religion and Finding Faith with Lecrae
We all go through seasons where we question what we believe. Many things can trigger these questions of faith and convictions. Some completely loose their belief structures. Others make a rediscovery into a deeper faith. All who go through this journey struggle with the pain, doubt, depression, and loss that is felt through the process.
But what happens when your faith is public and part of your career? What happens when it's a pillar of your message? We sat down with Grammy Award winning rapper Lecrae to hear about the deconstruction of his religion and how he rediscovered a faith in Jesus through the brokenness.
Lecrae also shares this journey in his new book 'I Am Restored: How I lost my religion but found my faith' along with documenting his rediscovery journey in his documentary 'The Road to Restoration.'
Throughout the episode we weave through his journey covering topics including music, faith, Christianity, race, rediscovery, depression and mental health, and how we can build a better community within our churches across the country.
Lecrae has collaborated with John Legend, Tori Kelly, YK Osiris, Hulvey, and countless others. He has won two Grammy Awards and eight Dove Awards. In 2015 he became the first rapper to win the BET Award for Best Gospel Artist. Beyond music, Lecrae is a social activist asking hard questions about race, fatherhood, and homelessness.
Lecrae's Website: https://lecrae.com
Lecrae's Book 'I Am Restored' https://amzn.to/3l9xFq3
Comedy in the Covid Age with Dani Zoldan
Small businesses across the country are struggling through the pandemic. New York City may have been hit harder than any other city in the United States. While certain industries have survived this season of shut downs, the world of entertainment has been especially hit hard.
Dani Zoldan is the co-owner of Stand Up NY, a comedy club in Manhattan. But they aren't sitting by just hoping that one day someone will rescue them. Instead the team at Stand Up NY has been creating unique solutions to the shut down. From pop up shows on the back of pick up trucks to shows in Central Park to shows on subway cars, they are helping the mental health of individuals all throughout the city while giving comics an outlet to share their gifts.
But Dani hasn't stopped there. He has been a voice for small business sharing his story and the story of other businesses on media both locally and in the US. Beyond being a voice for small business and comedy he has also helped to bring resources to comics in the city. Most recently he is helping comedians find health care for their needs with a partnership with Kamin Health.
In today's episode we talk about small business, health care, comedy, government, and navigating the complex times of Covid-19.
Stand Up NY: https://www.standupny.com
Dani on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dzoldan
People Over Projects with Michael Woodward
Recently I started to reassess what I believe. What I believe in business and my personal life. One revelation was that I believe in People over Projects. As a dreamer and idea maker it's easy to lose my way and forget why I chase those ideas and dreams. In business it's easy to get hyper focused on a client project and website I'm building and loose sight of who I'm building it for so that I can get the project wrapped and get paid.
In today's episode I explore what it means to be People over Project base. Early in the conversation I talk about my personal experience with people based versus project based organizations. We continue to explore how this plays out in business by looking at objective/tasks and how that impacts our view of those working within a project.
Later in the episode I give 7 reasons by people over projects are important for dreamers and idea makers and how it changes the process creating our ideas and dreams.
Depression, Anxiety, and Other Things with Ryan Waller
Over the past few years the topic of Mental Health has been intensified because of the Covid and Opioid Pandemic. Many who never struggled with depression or anxiety have been overwhelmed by emotions that are overtaking their lives every day.
Community of faith are now wrestling what this means within their churches and synagogues. Everyone knows someone who suffers from anxiety, depression, or another form of mental illness, but a stigma around mental health remains--especially in the church. As a pastor and licensed psychotherapist Ryan Casey Waller has taken on the relationship of mental health and faith while addressing the role of self-care, compassion, and restoration.
Ryan isn't just looking as this from a clinical and professional point of view. He is also a co-sufferer in the journey of finding health not only for others but also for himself. In today's conversation we look at the realities facing Depression and Anxiety and how the faith community can help bring hope and help for those struggling.
The book: https://www.thomasnelson.com/p/depression-anxiety-and-other-things-we-dont-want-to-talk-about
Ryan's Website: https://www.ryancaseywaller.com
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Michael does a great job of introducing ideas that might not be mainstream to his audience. I also enjoy his style and structure of the show!
Great interview style!
As an interviewer of well known personalities myself, I can truly appreciate Michael’s interviewing skills. Whether he is interviewing Levar Burton, Eric Roberts or Nik Wallenda, what stands out is Michael’s mastery of each guests subject matter. Entertaining and educational...a double bonus for listening! — Eli Marcus, host of The Motivation Show podcast.
Cheers on your podcast!! Looking forward to your next episodes!