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Life’s Tough…you can be tougher, with Host Dustin Plantholt is a podcast about personal stories of strength and perseverance. Along with Dustin, guests and listeners will share their real and vulnerable life stories of overcoming unique challenges and struggles to inspire and motivate each other towards personal fortitude, healing, growth and empowerment. The Life’s Tough Podcast is inspired by the life story and journey of Host Dustin PlantHolt. The Podcast is geared toward men and women ages 18 and older.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7, 12 Ratings

Life’s Tough…you can be tougher, with Host Dustin Plantholt is a podcast about personal stories of strength and perseverance. Along with Dustin, guests and listeners will share their real and vulnerable life stories of overcoming unique challenges and struggles to inspire and motivate each other towards personal fortitude, healing, growth and empowerment. The Life’s Tough Podcast is inspired by the life story and journey of Host Dustin PlantHolt. The Podcast is geared toward men and women ages 18 and older.

    Life’s Tough (and Fast), But Mary Wilson (The Supremes) Knows It’s Often Best to ‘Stop, In the Name of Love’

    Life’s Tough (and Fast), But Mary Wilson (The Supremes) Knows It’s Often Best to ‘Stop, In the Name of Love’

    This episode of Dustin Plantholt’s “Life’s Tough, You Can Be Tougher” podcast will feature Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of The Supremes, the illustrious Motown singing group that rocketed to the top of the pop music charts during the 1960s.
    Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, were the three teens from the projects in Detroit who became known in Motown circles as “the girls,” the trio that made up the Supremes.
    By 1970, after the Supremes were at the vanguard of contemporary music – often going head-to-head in the charts with the British invasion bands – Diana and Flo had moved on from the group. Mary, however, with a revolving cast of other singers, stayed on as the lone original member of the Supremes until the group ended its trailblazing run in 1977.
    Over the better part of two decades, the Supremes generated a dozen no. 1 hits and 20 tunes that reached the top 10. In 1988, the original Supremes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as part of a class that included the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Drifters and Bob Dylan.
    Mary, now 76, has completed several books that are narratives of her life with the Supremes. “Supreme Glamour,” which came out in September 2019, is the most recent. In addition to being a retrospective of the group – both on- and off-stage – the book features more than 400 photos. Several dozen photos, taken at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles of an exhibit of outfits worn by the Supremes, depict the group’s penchant for sleek, beaded and sequins gowns.
    “Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme” (1986) and “Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together” (1990) also recount Mary’s perspective of the journey of the Supremes, from their modest beginnings to mega-stardom.
    Mary has continued to tour and perform around the world as a solo artist. Additionally, last fall, she tapped into the choreographic skills she used as a member of the Supremes to compete on ABC-TV’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
     
    And, less than two years ago, Mary was part of a successful music-industry effort to eliminate a loophole in copyright law that denied compensation to musical artists who recorded their songs before Feb. 15, 1972. The Music Modernization Act received bipartisan Congressional approval and was signed into law in the fall of 2018.
    Mary has retained a prominent role in advancing global humanitarian causes, such as ending hunger and promoting HIV/AIDS awareness. Colin Powell, as secretary of State during the George W. Bush administration, appointed her to be a cultural ambassador for the United States. She has also nurtured a keen interest in advocacy issues for children.
    Today, Mary has a daughter and a son, and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lost another son in a 1994 car accident.
    Life’s tough – you can be tougher, like Mary Wilson, a legendary performer and the epitome of vibrancy, resiliency and grace.

    • 22 min
    Life’s Tough – Jerry Springer is Tougher, confronting critics with humility and becoming one of the most “talked-about” hosts of our time.

    Life’s Tough – Jerry Springer is Tougher, confronting critics with humility and becoming one of the most “talked-about” hosts of our time.

    Dustin Plantholt’s “Life’s Tough—You Can Be Tougher” podcast this week is sponsored by Mint Home Loans and features Jerry Springer, renowned American television host, politician, news presenter, actor, producer, musician, and former lawyer. Springer revolutionized daytime TV with his ultra-popular show, The Jerry Springer Show, a daytime talk show featuring controversial topics and outrageous guest behavior. Springer currently hosts a courtroom show called Judge Jerry where he presides over actual legal disputes.
    Gerald Norman “Jerry” Springer was born on February 13, 1944 in London, England to Jewish refugees—Margot Kallmann, a bank clerk and Richard Springer, owner of a shoe shop—who escaped Nazi Germany to avoid persecution. Other family members, including his paternal grandmother, were not as fortunate as they perished in concentration camps during the holocaust. In January 1949, Jerry’s family immigrated to the United States, settling in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. He attended Forest Hills High School and later earned a B.A. degree from Tulane University in 1965, majoring in political science; and subsequently earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago in 1968. One of his earliest memories about current and political events was when he was 12 and watching the 1956 Democratic National Convention on television where he saw and was impressed by John F. Kennedy. That interest in politics led him to work on the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy, after graduating law school. After Kennedy’s assassination, he joined the Cincinnati law firm of Frost & Jacobs (now Frost Brown Todd) and then became a partner in the law firm of Grinker, Sudman & Springer (from 1973 to 1985).
    In the early 1970s Jerry embarked on his own political career in Ohio, serving on Cincinnati’s city council. Not without some career lows, he was forced to resign from the council over a controversial issue, although he regained his seat at the next election. Despite being a liberal in relatively conservative Cincinnati, he was elected mayor of the city in 1977 (served 1977–78). After a failed bid in the early 1980’s for the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio he decided to pursue television journalism and began work as a reporter at a local television station. He later became anchor and was the recipient of seven Emmy Awards for commentaries during his tenure.
    In 1991 he branched out into talk shows with the debut of The Jerry Springer Show. Initially centered on political issues—guests included Oliver North and Jesse Jackson, and topics included homelessness and gun politics—the program struggled in its first few seasons. In early 1994, the show underwent a complete overhaul as Springer and his new producer, Richard Dominick, revamped the show’s format to garner higher ratings. Guests were everyday people confronted on a television stage by controversial situations that often promoted shouting or violence on stage. Although criticized by some as being staged and condemned by many political and community leaders as “trash TV,” it proved immensely popular with television viewers and received substantial ratings and much attention. By 1998, it was beating The Oprah Winfrey Show in many cities, and was reaching more than 6.7 million viewers. The show even inspired an opera—debuting in London in 2003—which won a Laurence Olivier Award for best new musical; and was subsequently staged in various U.S. cities.
    Other career highlights include being named “One of the 10 Most Fascinating People” in 1998; an appearance on the popular show Dancing With the Stars in 2006; Winner, 2008 Fox Reality Channel Really Award for “Favorite Host” for America’s Got Talent; playing Billy Flynn in the Broadway theatrical production of “Chicago;” host of the 2008 Miss Universe P

    • 32 min
    Life’s Tough – Joe de Sena is Tougher, transforming lives through Spartan—the world’s fastest growing sports movement and lifestyle!

    Life’s Tough – Joe de Sena is Tougher, transforming lives through Spartan—the world’s fastest growing sports movement and lifestyle!

    Life’s Tough – Joe de Sena is Tougher, transforming lives through Spartan—the world’s fastest growing sports movement and lifestyle!
    Dustin Plantholt’s “Life’s Tough—You Can Be Tougher” podcast this week features Joe de Sena, Founder & CEO of Spartan, serial entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and highly sought-after keynote speaker. Spartan is one of the fastest growing sports movements and world’s leading endurance brand —with more than one million annual global participants at more than 270 events spanning across 45 countries.
    Joe De Sena, born on January 2, 1969, grew up in Howard Beach, Queens, with his mother Jean, a yoga aficionado, and his father, Ralph, a business owner. Demonstrating his entrepreneurial drive at a very young age, Joe—by his pre-teens—built a small business around selling fireworks, and then a t-shirt sales business. Later, as a teenager, he began a pool cleaning business, where he earned 750 customers in his local area. He then built a multimillion-dollar pool and construction business in college. After college he began a career on Wall Street, working at a brokerage firm as an equities and derivatives trader. During this time he engaged in various outdoor activities ranging from multiple Ironman races, to the Iditarod by foot. Joe competed in any extreme sports adventure he could find, testing his mental and physical endurance against nature. His racing resume is the stuff of legend—over 50 ultra-events overall and 14 Ironman events in one year alone.
    Following his successful career on Wall Street, Joe moved his family to Pittsfield, Vermont to operate an organic farm, a bed and breakfast, and a general store for hikers. It was here his passion for ultramarathons, adventure races, and endurance events grew even greater and thus sparked the idea for Spartan. Determined and steadfast, he set his sights on ripping 100 million people off their couches by creating the Spartan movement and lifestyle. With more than one million annual global participants at more than 270 obstacle course and Trail Running events across more than 45 countries, Spartan offers heats for all fitness levels and ages, from beginner to elite and kids as young as four years old. The brand has transformed more than seven million lives since it was founded in 2010—and as Joe puts it “he has 93 million more to go.”
    In addition to race events, the Spartan lifestyle encompasses all the tools one needs to transform their lives including training, nutrition plans and content, an Spartan Edge, an online learning platform and an extensive line of training and racing merchandise footwear, apparel and equipment.
    Amongst being a contributor to publications including Entrepreneur and the host of the Spartan Up! Podcast—on which he interviews various public figures on their achievements—Joe is also a New York Times Best Selling Author of “Spartan Up” and “Spartan Fit,” and recently released his third book, “The Spartan Way.” As a popular keynote speaker, he has parlayed the teachings of his Spartan Principals into the SpartanX Leadership Forum, a series of events in which participants collaborate to solve challenges alongside business leaders while learning to overcome mental and physical obstacles.
    Join Dustin and Joe for a stirring conversation on Joe’s journey and hear how de developed Spartan and the Spartan philosophy. Joe says, “Humans are meant to jump, run, crawl, and climb. The Spartan philosophy is simple: push harder, do more with less, be healthy. Sweat. It’s just about being comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

    • 31 min
    Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) is Tougher, creating not only a revolutionary workout but a lifestyle and inspiring others to “Own Your Life”!

    Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) is Tougher, creating not only a revolutionary workout but a lifestyle and inspiring others to “Own Your Life”!

    Dustin Plantholt’s “Life’s Tough—You Can Be Tougher” podcast this week features Diamond Dallas Page (DDP), an American semi-retired professional wrestler, fitness instructor, motivational speaker, and actor. DDP’s unrelenting drive and ambition would lead him on an inspirational journey from three-time world wrestling champion—for WCW, WWF (now WWE), TNA and AEW—to his current endeavor of inspiring others to “Own Your Life” through his life-altering DDPYoga—a cutting-edge workout that incorporates the basic principles of yoga blended with elements of strength conditioning, Pilates and mixed martial arts.
    Born Page Joseph Falkinburg, on April 5, 1956 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, DDP was the eldest of three children and the son of Sylvia and Page Falkinburg, Sr. At age three his parents divorced and DDP being raised by his father till the age of eight, whereby his father took him to live with his grandmother, who then raised him. DDP was an energetic kid, who would barrel through his grandma’s kitchen on his tricycle, swing from chandeliers, and cannonball pool parties. Growing up dyslexic, he also faced many challenges throughout his childhood and educational years.
    His steadfastness and determination helped him reach several athletic goals during his twenties and early thirties. But that did not stop him from striving for the unattainable. DDP decided that he could and would do something that had never been done before… in any sport. Approaching 36, he became the oldest rookie in history and started wrestling at an age at which most athletes reflect on their careers. DDP put in all on the line and on the mat to stay healthy enough to climb from the bottom of the ladder to the main event. His incredible work ethic, training regimen and preventative maintenance along with unmatched personal focus and determination enabled him to battle the hands of time and stay healthy enough to wrestle with men half his age for years to come. His uncanny ability to create his character along with story lines that fans could relate to propelled him to national notoriety and made him one of the hottest merchandising commodities in professional wrestling.
    During his fourteen-year career, he captivated audiences and became a three-time world wrestling champion. Highly publicized and financially successful pay-per view and network feuds with wrestling giants such as Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Hulk Hogan and Bill Goldberg became legendary for hardcore wrestling fans, but DDP also was able to bridge the gap between sports entertainment wrestling and mainstream entertainment. As networks, actors and professional athletes became more interested in the fan base and ratings that professional wrestling was attracting, DDP became the unlikely tag team partner of late-night talk show host Jay Leno, basketball icon Karl Malone and movie star David Arquette. Those pay-per-view and charity match appearances versus Hollywood Hulk Hogan and perennial “bad boy” Dennis Rodman are memorable to both fans and non-fans alike. To cap off an illustrious career, on March 31, 2017, DDP was officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2017.
    Along with the championship titles and main events came pain and injury in the form of torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders, and a torn meniscus in his left knee. While performing wrestling stunt sequences during the making of the movie “Ready To Rumble”, DDP severely damaged his back when he suffered ruptures of his L4 and L5 discs. Now in his mid-forties, it seemed that he should listen to all those who suggested that either surgery or retirement would ease the pain and be the best solution to the loss of mobility his injuries had caused. Knowing that his positive attitude was equal to the challenge of rehabilitation, DDP decided to search for a better answer. Along

    • 55 min
    Life’s Tough – but Lou Ferrigno is Tougher, overcoming early adversity to lead and inspire others to become “Incredible”!

    Life’s Tough – but Lou Ferrigno is Tougher, overcoming early adversity to lead and inspire others to become “Incredible”!

    Dustin Plantholt’s “Life’s Tough—You Can Be Tougher” podcast this week features Lou Ferrigno, an American actor, motivational speaker, fitness trainer/consultant, and celebrated professional bodybuilder (retired). As a bodybuilder, Lou won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universetitles; and as an actor, he is best known for portraying the title role in the CBS television series, The Incredible Hulk.
    Lou was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Victoria and Matty Ferrigno—an Italian-American police lieutenant. Soon after birth, Lou suffered a series of ear infections and lost 75% of his hearing (though his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old). Wearing hearing aids since the age of five, Lou credits his hearing loss in shaping his sense of determination in his youth, saying "I think that if I wasn't hard of hearing I wouldn't be where I am now. Early on, as a youngster it was difficult, but I'm not ashamed to talk about it because many people have misconceptions about hearing loss; like who has hearing loss and what it's like not to hear, so I do talk about it. I think my hearing loss helped create a determination within me to be all that I can be—and gave me a certain strength of character too.”
    Undeterred by what many would perceive as a disadvantage, Lou threw himself into athletics (predominantly weightlifting and bodybuilding) and started weight training at age 13, citing bodybuilder and Hercules-star Steve Reeves as one of his role models. He was also a fan of the Hercules films that starred Reeves and would later himself play Hercules. Lou’s other childhood heroes included Spider-Man and the Hulk—which he would also play later on television. Throughout his early bodybuilding career Lou worked as a sheet metal worker in a Brooklyn factory. Citing dangerous work, he left after a friend and co-worker accidentally cut off his hand. Through faith in himself and unrelenting determination to be among the best in the sport, Lou won his first major bodybuilding titles in 1973 – IFBB Mr. America and IFBB Mr. Universe. Lou was only 21 when he won his first Mr. Universe title, a Guinness Book world record that stands to this day. In 1974, he came in second on his first attempt at the Mr. Olympia competition. He came in third the following year, which was documented in the now-iconic bodybuilding documentary, Pumping Iron.
    1977 was a turning point in Lou’s life with the release of Pumping Iron, which brought the attention of television producer Kenneth Johnson (Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, V, Alien Nation), who was seeking the right person to portray the larger-than-life comic book superhero, The Incredible Hulk. With his 6′ 5″, 285 lb. frame, Lou was the biggest professional bodybuilder at the time. He auditioned for and won the part, beating out fellow bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lou continued playing the Hulk role until 1981, as it was a huge ratings success that spawned several TV movies after the initial TV series completed its run. It also kept Lou busy for several years as an actor in films that included Hercules (1983), Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989) and Cage (1989).
    On May 3, 1980, Lou married psychotherapist Carla Green, who then also began serving as his manager and later became a personal trainer herself. Along with their three children, Shana, Louie and Brent, they are endearingly referred to as “The First Family of Bodybuilding”—living and promoting a fit and healthy lifestyle.
    In his admirable desire to give back to his community, in February 2006, Lou was sworn in as both a Los Angeles County, California Deputy Sheriff, as well as a San Luis Obispo County Deputy Sheriff.
    Join Dustin and Lou for an honest and lighthearted conversation on Lou’s multi-faceted career and how he overcame adversity at a young age to rise st

    • 15 min
    Life’s Tough – but Stephen & Mara Klemich are Tougher, living and leading with their hearts, and inspiring and helping others find their best versions of themselves!

    Life’s Tough – but Stephen & Mara Klemich are Tougher, living and leading with their hearts, and inspiring and helping others find their best versions of themselves!

    Dustin Plantholt’s “Life’s Tough—You Can Be Tougher” podcast this week features Stephen & Mara Klemich, founders of Heartstyles—a company that specializes in understanding human behaviors and developing strategies for individuals and organizations to alter their thinking towards making better decisions to achieve their goals quicker. Through its groundbreaking Heartstyles Indicator—an academically validated tool that measures a person’s character and behaviors—they build a Personal Development Guide, outlining the steps someone needs to take and optimize good behaviors to realize their goals. This transformative tool—now available in 25 languages—has positively impacted over 100,000 individuals around the world, from Russia to China and Romania to India, through different cultures, economies, and belief systems.
    Stephen Klemich, CEO and co-founder of Heartstyles, is a longtime leadership consultant and speaker and has worked with teams across the globe, from small companies to multinational corporations such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Unilever, AMEX, and PwC. An avid mountain climber and guide who has summitted the Matterhorn, Mount Blanc, Mt Rosa, Eiger, Monch, Jungrfau, and peaks in the Himalayas and New Zealand, in 2019 Stephen climbed 6 peaks in the Italian Alps. He has always viewed mountaineering as an important part of his own character development journey, and has incorporated lessons he has learned in the mountains into many of the Heartstyles programs.
    Mara Klemich, PhD, co-founder of Heartstyles, is a consulting psychologist, with degrees in clinical psychology and neuropsychology from the University of Sydney and the University of Paris. Her career began in hospital systems in those cities, and she spent more than ten years as a clinical neuropsychologist working in the areas of alcohol-related brain damage, neurology and neurosurgery, traumatic brain injuries, psychiatry and neuropsychiatry, eating disorders, pain management, and trauma counseling in emergency departments. She also practiced as a forensic neuropsychologist in the criminal system, working on some of the highest profile criminal cases in Australia.
    “Have you ever wondered why you continue to make the same kinds of decisions over and over again, and with the same results? Have you ever regretted how you handled something, even though you knew what the proper response should have been? Have you ever had trouble getting through to someone, or felt misunderstood yourself?” In their pioneering book, released on January 7 of this year by HarperBusiness, Stephen & Mara Klemich detail the radical new approach they created to identifying what drives human behavior—why we do the things we do—and they have harnessed those principles into a new and unique approach geared towards steering away from self-limiting fear and ego-driven behaviors that hold us back, thus unlocking our true potential.
    In ABOVE THE LINE: Living and Leading with Heart, they examine how the heart shapes our character, and they have identified four universal character principles—humility, love, pride and fear—which drive human behavior. For 30 years, Stephen and Mara have studied, coached, practiced and researched these four universal principles with the goal of helping people find the best versions of themselves in both their personal and professional life. The centerpiece of their approach is the Heartstyles Indicator that acts as a compass for life, steering us towards making better decisions using the above-the-line principles, while steering clear of undesirable, below-the-line behaviors:
    Join Dustin, Stephen & Mara for a candid conversation on the behaviors that shape our everyday thinking and lives, and on their own personal journeys. “Every book on successful habits will tell you that we always have a choice in how we react or respond,

    • 45 min

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Everyone has a story. These podcasts provide real life encouragement to move beyond the difficulties of the past and be overcomers.

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Dustin and his guests are extremely inspiring. Life’s Tough is an excellent podcast for anyone who has had a “tough” moment within their lifetime. Intriguing guests and thoughtful interviews. Highly recommend.

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