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My name is Joe Chura. I went from working on an assembly line, lost and confused, to creating and selling multiple companies, transforming my health and wellness since. I didn’t do it alone. If you think you can do more, you can—but you may be in a rut or routine like I was. You are not alone. Join me along my journey to seek knowledge and actionable advice from some of the world’s most renowned experts in entrepreneurship, alternative medicine, fitness, and overall health and wellness.

Find out more at NotAlmostThere.com

Not Almost There Joe Chura

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

My name is Joe Chura. I went from working on an assembly line, lost and confused, to creating and selling multiple companies, transforming my health and wellness since. I didn’t do it alone. If you think you can do more, you can—but you may be in a rut or routine like I was. You are not alone. Join me along my journey to seek knowledge and actionable advice from some of the world’s most renowned experts in entrepreneurship, alternative medicine, fitness, and overall health and wellness.

Find out more at NotAlmostThere.com

    Creating the Iron Cowboy with World Record Holder James Lawrence

    Creating the Iron Cowboy with World Record Holder James Lawrence

    James Lawrence, "The Iron Cowboy," and Joe sit down to discuss many topics, including a part of his story that isn't well known, Ironman training, mental toughness, and so much more. More info at
    https://www.notalmostthere.com
    https://www.gobrewing.com
    https://www.ironcowboy.com/
    https://chicagosep.com/contact-patrick-quinn/

    • 51 min
    Focus On The Process with Daniel Cnossen, Navy Seal and Olympian

    Focus On The Process with Daniel Cnossen, Navy Seal and Olympian

    Dan Cnossen is a Navy Seal, Paralympic gold Medalist, and leadership guru.  Dan became a Navy Seal in 2003. Over the next six years, Dan was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan and rose in rank to become the officer-in-charge of an 18-man SEAL platoon. In 2009, Dan was deployed to Afghanistan, into an area of heavy combat. There, on a night mission in the mountains, he stepped on an IED, losing both legs in the blast. He would later be awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor. As part of his rehab, he was introduced to the sports of cross-country skiing and biathlon. Never one to shy from a challenge, he eventually earned a spot on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team. At the 2018 Paralympic Games Dan stole the show, remarkably winning one gold, four silver and one bronze medal over a period of eight days earning the honor of Best Male Athlete of The Games. 
    IN THIS EPISODE…Dan Cnossen shares his incredibly heroic story of enduring the unthinkable while serving as a Navy Seal; stepping on a pressure plate that forever changed his life. He shares with Joe how he was able to take this seemingly insurmountable set back and pushed himself to train and become an Paralympic gold medalist as well as a public speaker and leadership guru.
    🔍 Breakdown with Dan Cnossen:Chapter 1 (0:00): Introduction
    Chapter 2 (1:53) Joining the seal team
    Chapter 3 (10:35) Learning leadership ideals from seals
    Chapter 4 (16:27) The BUDS experience
    Chapter 5 (24:55) Mental tools used to get through BUDS
    Chapter 6 (30:39) First years as a seal
    Chapter 7 (36:37) What Afghanistan was like
    Chapter 8 (41:18) The explosion
    Chapter 9 (49:45) The hard road of recovery
    Chapter 10 (57:27) Finding a future in sports
    Chapter 11 (70:10) Mindset through challenges
    Chapter 12 (77:24) Closing Remarks
    📞 Connect with Dan Cnossen→https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-cnossen-75b9181ab→https://dancnossen.com→https://www.teamusa.org/usparanordicskiing/athletes/Dan-Cnossen
    👊 To learn more about Not Almost There by visiting this link → Not Almost There http://notalmostthere.com
    Connect with Joe on social here:→https://www.instagram.com/notalmostthere→Facebook https://www.facebook.com/notalmostthere→Twitter http://twitter.com/joechura

    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Science of Motivation with Author, PhD Professor at the University of Chicago, and Past President of the Society for the Study of Motivation, Ayelet Fishbach

    The Science of Motivation with Author, PhD Professor at the University of Chicago, and Past President of the Society for the Study of Motivation, Ayelet Fishbach

    Ayelet Fishbach PhD, is the Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the past president of the Society for the Study of Motivation and the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON). She is an expert on motivation and decision making and the author of Get it Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation. Ayelet’s groundbreaking research on human motivation has won her several international awards, including the Society of Experimental Social Psychology’s Best Dissertation Award and Career Trajectory Award, and the Fulbright Educational Foundation Award.
    IN THIS EPISODE…Joe discusses with Ayelet, who has dedicated her life to the science behind motivation and most recently published a book they get into today, how to best set yourself up for success in your personal goal setting. In this conversation, you will understand how to set goals you will stick with, focus on success in the middle of the journey of your goals, as the beginning and end tend to be blissful, and of course, significant strategy and tips you can start using today.
    🔍 Breakdown with Ayelet Fishbach:Chapter 1 (0:00): IntroductionChapter 2 (3:11) Creating an environment for goalsChapter 3 (10:10) Understanding how to craft goalsChapter 4 (18:17) Empathy gapChapter 5 (23:32) Do and don’t goalsChapter 6 (31:38) Intrinsic motivationChapter 7 (40:25) Recapping identifying goalsChapter 8 (49:13) Instant gratificationChapter 9 (54:47) Planning for future successChapter 10 (63:55) Closing Remarks
    Material Referenced in this interview:→Get It Done by Ayelet Fishback→https://www.ayeletfishbach.com
    📞 Connect with Ayelet Fishbach→https://www.instagram.com/ayeletfishbach→https://www.facebook.com/ayeletfishbach.getitdone→https://twitter.com/ayeletfishbach→https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayelet-fishbach-b32a8b4
    👊 To learn more about Not Almost There by visiting this link → Not Almost There http://notalmostthere.com
    Connect with Joe on social here:→https://www.instagram.com/notalmostthere→Facebook https://www.facebook.com/notalmostthere→Twitter http://twitter.com/joechura

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Find A Way with Amy Purdy three-time World Cup para-snowboard gold medalist

    Find A Way with Amy Purdy three-time World Cup para-snowboard gold medalist

    Amy Purdy is the top-ranked female adaptive snowboarder in the U.S., a three-time World Cup para-snowboard gold medalist, the 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist, and the founder of Adaptive Action Sports, a nonprofit organization that helps youth, young adults, and wounded veterans with physical disabilities get involved with action sports. She is a professional motivational speaker who has been featured at both TEDx and Pop Tech and is also an actress, model, dancer, clothing designer, and experienced product spokesperson. Amy was the breakout star and a finalist on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. 
    IN THIS EPISODE…Amy shares with Joe her story. She found herself in a seemingly insurmountable life situation at age 19, Amy contracted a virus that lead to the amputation of both of her legs. Not only does she share her feelings and the timeline of events of this life-changing moment, but most importantly, she shares how she was not only able to overcome the obstacles in her way, but dominate every goal she set for herself.
    🔍 Breakdown with Amy Purdy:Chapter 1 (0:00): IntroductionJoe introduces Amy and sets up the episode.
    Chapter 2 (2:06) Recapping her storyAmy contracted meningitis at the age of 19 and in a 48 hour time frame she found herself fighting for her life.
    Chapter 3 (10:10) Premonition from an unlikely sourceWhile Amy shares a lot of her story, today she shared a story she hadn’t before. She was given a premonition from a massage therapist.
    Chapter 4 (20:56) Spirituality intertwined with this life-changing eventAnyone would find themselves in depression or having feelings of inability to move on, but not Amy.
    Chapter 5 (24:15) Coming to terms with amputationAmy didn’t lose her legs immediately when she was admitted to the hospital, and she shares how she received the news.
    Chapter 6 (31:51) SnowboardingSnowboarding was always something Amy had a passion for and was not going to allow her amputation or a lack of equipment to stand in her way.
    Chapter 7 (37:32) The power of being presentAmy’s mother demonstrated to Amy the power of positive thought and being present. Amy’s mother wouldn’t allow anyone with negative thoughts around her daughter.
    Chapter 8 (46:02) Dancing with the starsThis was not an easy experience, but a very rewarding one. Once again Amy found herself in a situation where she had to get creative and engineer this opportunity.
    Chapter 9 (59:34) What’s nextAmy embodies the “not almost there” mindset, and isn’t done yet. She is still setting goals and plans to crush them in 2022.
    Chapter 10 (63:55) Closing RemarksJoe wraps up the episode and shares his final thoughts
    Material Referenced in this interview:→On My Own Two Feet by Amy Purdy→https://amypurdy.com
    📞 Connect with Amy Purdy→https://www.instagram.com/amypurdygurl→https://www.facebook.com/AmyPurdyGurl→https://twitter.com/AmyPurdyGurl→https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-purdy-3055a343
    👊 To learn more about Not Almost There by visiting this link → Not Almost There http://notalmostthere.com
    Connect with Joe on social here:→https://www.instagram.com/notalmostthere→Facebook https://www.facebook.com/notalmostthere→Twitter http://twitter.com/joechura

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Building Good Habits with Wendy Wood

    Building Good Habits with Wendy Wood

    Dr. Wendy Wood is a best-selling author and Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California. Given her research over the past 30 years, she is widely considered the world's scientific expert on habit formation and change. She has published over 100 articles, and her research has been supported by Proctor & Gamble, National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute. She is the author of Good Habits, Bad Habits. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, on radio shows like Freakanomics, and in podcasts like the People’s Pharmacy. A 2008 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, and 2018 Distinguished Chair of Behavioral Science at the Sorbonne/INSEAD in Paris, Wood has advised the World Bank, the Centers for Disease Control, and industries such as Proctor & Gamble and Lever Bros. In 2018, she gave the inaugural address in Paris for the Sorbonne-INSEAD Distinguished Chair in Behavioral Science. 
    IN THIS EPISODE…Wendy and Joe talk about her research and ideas in her book, Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick. Wendy Wood describes the “what the hell” effect when it comes to dieting and so many more case studies she shares with us. The best part of today’s episode is you will take away so many actionable tips you can start using today.
    🔍 Breakdown with Wendy Wood:Chapter 1 (0:00): IntroductionJoe introduces Wendy and sets up the episode.
    Chapter 2 (2:54) Relationship with resolutonsNew Year's resolutions have a tendency to fail and Wendy explains to Joe why and the science behind it.
    Chapter 3 (5:09) Making new habits stickYou need to create habits that are not just occasional practices, but ones that will become second nature.
    Chapter 4 (9:23) Instant gratificationWe are a society of instant gratification and instant results. Habits take time to form and that is important to understand.
    Chapter 5 (15:30) Time for a habit to stickThere are many conflicting anecdotal thoughts on how long it takes a habit to stick, however, Wendy has significant research to answer this question.
    Chapter 6 (26:08) Eliminate frictionWhen creating a new habit, one of the most important aspects is to remove friction. Understanding your environment and removing obstacles is best.
    Chapter 7 (34:47) Consistency and bad habitsYou need to stick with it. Consistency will help you with your new good habits but can also keep you stuck in bad habits.
    Chapter 8 (42:29) Vietnam studyThere is an incredible study around drug use and soldiers from Vietnam. The research shows the importance of the environment.
    Chapter 9 (46:56) Influences around usSocial media can be a major influence and habit in our lives. It can be so important to make sure we are putting up boundaries.
    Chapter 10 (50:11) Closing RemarksJoe wraps up the episode and shares his final thoughts
    Material Referenced in this interview:→Good Habits Bad Habits by Wendy Wood→https://goodhabitsbadhabits.com
    📞 Connect with Wendy Wood→https://www.instagram.com/profwendywood→https://www.facebook.com/GoodHabitsBadHabits→https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-wood-15180a15→https://twitter.com/ProfWendyWood
    👊 To learn more about Not Almost There by visiting this link → Not Almost There http://notalmostthere.com
    Connect with Joe on social here:→https://www.instagram.com/notalmostthere→Facebook https://www.facebook.com/notalmostthere→Twitter http://twitter.com/joechura

    • 51 min
    Not Done Yet with Emmy Award Winner Alan Krashesky

    Not Done Yet with Emmy Award Winner Alan Krashesky

    Alan Krashesky is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. As ABC 7's primary news anchor, he currently co-anchors three of ABC 7's top-rated weekday newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. Among Chicago's most trusted news anchors, Krashesky is well-known and respected for both his news anchoring and news reporting. Every newscast he has anchored has consistently been rated No. 1 in the Chicago market. He joined ABC 7 as a general assignment reporter in 1982. Krashesky's reporting in Chicago and abroad has earned high praise. He has earned numerous Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards and a Chicago Headline Club Peter Lisagor Award. He is considered one of the top reporters in the market to cover major domestic and international stories. He gained his first broadcasting experience in college when he was a news anchor on WICB-FM radio in Ithaca, New York. In addition to his career accomplishments, Krashesky has a long and outstanding history of volunteering his personal time for community service. He serves as a mentor for students interested in broadcast journalism and is a local spokesperson for Alzheimer's disease. He is also a member of the Chicago Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Society of Professional Journalists. Krashesky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but attended the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a residential school for children with financial and social needs. 
    IN THIS EPISODE…Joe and Alan talk about his impressive career, Alan has been a news anchor for almost 40 years. While the news, its content, and digging into the idea of truth in media is a part of the conversation, Alan’s personal story is also incredibly important. Alan talks about his upbringing and how a horrible tragedy led to a life path, while may seem unorthodox, ultimately gave him the stability he needed to become the successful person he is today. Alan advocates for forward progress over perfection. Goals are important, but things can happen along the way that can take you down a different path. 
     
    🔍 Breakdown with Alan Krashesky:Chapter 1 (0:00): IntroductionJoe introduces Alan and sets up the episode.
    Chapter 2 (2:00) Alan’s early lifeAlan’s father was taken from him too soon. His mother could not handle taking care of her children alone, so Alan was sent to an all boys school
    Chapter 3 (22:29) Letter to his wifeWhile a young man, Alan met his now wife at a time where there was no social media and they corresponded with hand written letters.
    Chapter 4 (24:36) Decisions pave the wayYou often cannot connect the dots by looking forward, only by looking back. You may not know why an event is happening in your life until it has passed you.
    Chapter 5 (33:55) Crime and media coverageAlan was a victim of a terrible crime and therefore is able to bring his empathy and compassion to the stories he tells.
    Chapter 6 (60:12) How to process live informationBeing on air and gettinig information live can be stressful, but Alan explains how he is able to manage and recover from any mistakes.
    Chapter 7 (65:41) Leadership and finding the we vs meYou are only as good as the team around you. Make sure you are finding the right people to surround yourself with.
    Chapter 8 (65:41) Finding truth in the newsThe most important point to keep in mind, is your source of truth. Also you need to keep in mind affiliations surrounding your media.
    Chapter 9 (70:52) Critics of the world Developing thick skin is important and to learn the importance of not giving attention to negativity.
    Chapter 10 (77:59) Closing RemarksJoe wraps up the episode and shares his final thoughts
    Material Referenced in this interview:→Channel 7 News→https://www.mhskids.org/
    📞 Connect with Alan Krashesky→https://www.instagram.com/alan_krashesky→https://www.facebook.com/krashesky→https://www.linkedin.com/in/alan-krashesky-4714368→https://twitter.com/KrasheskyABC7
    👊 To learn more about Not Almost

    • 1 hr 21 min

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I find myself re-listening for the…

Lessons. To ingrain them. Many listens later, and my original review stands strong:
Give it listen. So, good answers come from good questions, yeah? And great answers… etc. Anyways, even if you don’t feel like learning a crap-ton of relevant goodies in an entertaining way, just tune in for the intro music…totally pumps me up!!!

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Joe

You have been a extremely inspirational person in my life . This series has been extremely rewarding and inspiring. Thank you for always giving back ! You and your wife have changed life for so many. I’m proud to know you .

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