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The purpose of the progress-not-perfection podcast is to discover the habits of highly successful people so that listeners can apply those same techniques to reach their own life goals. I will interview guests who are "masters of their craft" to understand their stories of how they became successful, the challenges they faced, and the things they continually did to remain motivated. I'll be interviewing everyone from freelance journalists to financial advisors and everything in between. Join me at www.progress-not-perfection.com for recaps of every interview, blog posts, book recommendations and more.

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The purpose of the progress-not-perfection podcast is to discover the habits of highly successful people so that listeners can apply those same techniques to reach their own life goals. I will interview guests who are "masters of their craft" to understand their stories of how they became successful, the challenges they faced, and the things they continually did to remain motivated. I'll be interviewing everyone from freelance journalists to financial advisors and everything in between. Join me at www.progress-not-perfection.com for recaps of every interview, blog posts, book recommendations and more.

    34: Julian Marchese | The 20-yr old Hedge Fund Manager

    34: Julian Marchese | The 20-yr old Hedge Fund Manager

    Julian Marchese is the Founder, CEO & Portfolio Manager of Marchese Investments. The 20-year-old who recently dropped out of New York University to start his own hedge fund has already raised $5 million. Born in 1996, Julian Marchese has been interested in the global financial marketplace since he was 8 years old. He educated himself in investing, speculation, technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and economics.
    Developing his first quantitative trading system at the age of 14, Julian has recognized the preeminence and dominance of quantitative systems trading, and the statistical advantages of alternative beta strategies.
    In 2014, at age 18, while a freshman at NYU, Julian founded Marchese Investments to capitalize on these strategies by generating consistent risk-adjusted returns for his investors.
    At age 20, he dropped out of school to focus on his hedge fund, and currently manages upwards of $5 million.
    He is a contributor to CNBC, BloombergTV, & Fox Business. He has also been named one of the most powerful people in finance by Business Insider.
    Website: www.marchesefinancial.com
    Email: julian.marchese@marcheseinvest.com
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    • 45 min
    33: John Lee Dumas | Take the Entrepreneurial Leap

    33: John Lee Dumas | Take the Entrepreneurial Leap

    John Lee Dumas is the Founder and Host of EntrepreneurOnFire, an award winning Podcast revealing the journey of today's most inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week.
    EntrepreneurOnFire generates over $250,000 a month in revenue & offers a free 15-day course on Podcasting at FreePodcastCourse.com. With over 1 million unique listens a month, EntrepreneurOnFire has inspired Fire Nation to take control of their life and take the Entrepreneurial leap.

    EOFire was awarded Best Of iTunes because of its commitment to help guide listeners on their Entrepreneurial journey by sharing insights from today’s most successful Entrepreneurs.

    In this interview, I ask John about his biggest FAILURE, what he LEARNED, as well as his HABITS for SUCCESS. We also discuss the IMPOSTER SYNDROME and how the FEAR of FAILURE holds us back from unleashing our true potential.

    Website: http://www.eofire.com/

    Podcast: http://www.eofire.com/podcast/

    Guests have included:


    Jack Canfield
    Barbara Corcoran
    Tim Ferris
    Pat Flynn
    Seth Godin
    Guy Kawasaki
    Gary Vaynerchuk

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    • 25 min
    32: Shawn Stevenson | How to Sleep Smarter

    32: Shawn Stevenson | How to Sleep Smarter

    Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast in the world on iTunes. 

    With a university background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides wellness services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. 

    He is the author of the best-selling book "How to Sleep Smarter."

    Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities, and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews. 

    To learn more about Shawn, visit TheShawnStevensonModel.com

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    31: David Hamilton | Letting Go of Meaning

    31: David Hamilton | Letting Go of Meaning

    David Hamilton is the founder and CEO of Everlution, a premiere coaching program designed to help you take your life to the next level. David focuses on manipulating your perception and thinking patterns to live a more fulfilling, connected and present life.

    A key realization in every man’s life is that his reality is based almost entirely out of his thoughts and his state of “being.” Nothing that happens to you, good or bad, truly affects you until you make it so in your mind.

    One of the traps many people fall into is associating too strongly with anyone one group, idea or characteristic. It is very easy to base our identity out of our experiences, religious and political beliefs and goals, instead of realizing that our identity is us, and we are evolving constantly.

    The truth is, fulfillment comes from within, nothing external will give it to you. Learn to accept and embrace this and work on building an inner world that can flow and adapt with the changing environment yet remain completely fulfilled.

    David struggled with shyness and social anxiety to the point where it interfered his life and self-confidence so much that it was a constant source of pain and frustration.

    Now that David has cracked the code and overcome it to create the life he wants, he has since become a “social introvert” and has learned from the inside-out how to be confident and connect with people in many different types of social situations. David now helps others do the same, so they can have more success in their profession, make more money, have better relationships with friends, family and the opposite sex.

    Website: everlution.co

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    • 32 min
    30: Jake Nawrocki | Operation Self Reset

    30: Jake Nawrocki | Operation Self Reset

    Jake Nawrocki is a motivational keynote presentations speaker who captivates audiences and helps audiences overcome fears, excuses, an overwhelmed life, and teaches people to make life-changing actions in their life.

    Some difficult people believe that motivation wears off after a few hours. Jake agrees but so does deodorant that is why he suggests you use it daily and sometimes you should reapply it. 

    Jake has spoken to and helped over 800,000 people reach greatness in there personal lives.  He accomplished this with presenting his message through his highly ranked podcast, Operation Self Reset. Operation Self Reset was ranked #1 in iTunes in self-help and #3 in Health. This podcast is designed to help anyone wanting to change the person they are to the person they know they should become.

    Jake speaks on the subjects of 


    Self Confidence
    Goal Setting
    Self-esteem
    Accountability
    Reaching Success in personal and business life (Soon to be released book called, "Handful of Success")
    Developing Leadership within
    Staying inspired and motivated when you just don't feel like it

    Most importantly he is a father of two children, lieutenant for a full time fire department, real-estate owner, Inventor, Author, and on a mission to build self-confidence in 100 million people. 

    Jake believes that the only person who is holding you back from success is yourself. Once you get out of your own way unbelievable things will happen.

    Email: jake@operationselfreset.com

    Website: www.operationselfreset.com

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    • 36 min
    29: Candice Coke | Making it as a Hollywood Actress

    29: Candice Coke | Making it as a Hollywood Actress

    Candice Coke always wanted to be challenged. Her friends are the greatest people and inspirations in her world. She is an Actor and an Artist, but first a human being.  

    If you ask her, she will tell you the truth. Lazy doesn't exist in her vocabulary. Dyslexia is a curse and a blessing. Candice Coke hails from New York, where she studied Educational Theater at NYU while on a scholarship for spring board diving. She started her career dancing for icons like Michael Jackson, Prince, and many others in the States and internationally. Eventually she made the transition to Los Angeles where she has been successfully working in Film and Television. She is also studying with Debra Aquila in her Master Scene Study program.   

    IMDb: Candice Coke

    Website: http://www.candicecoke326.com/

    Instagram: @candycoke

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Customer Reviews

Dr. Ndew ,

Eclectic guests with one purpose, progress

I sort of stumbled on this podcast, and well I'm glad I did. There are a variety of guests coming from different walks of life, sharing their difficulties and how they pursued on to reach their goals/dreams. I am a math teacher/part-time artist, and well any episode can relate to any career/job/student/and person! The dynamic between Zaid and his guests, is what makes this podcast easy to listen to.

AZuaiter ,

A Must-Hear

The episodes are so uplifting and full of valuable clues that would literally support you to chase your goals, pursue happiness and obtain fulfillment. The conversation is powerful and the follow up questions make me feel as if Zaid is reading my mind …

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Great Guests, Great Host

Great interviews about succesful entrepreneurs from all industries on not just why they think they are successful, but discussing the challenges they faced and give great advice on how to overcome and prepare for those hurdles. Zaid is a fantastic host and is able to get great information out of each guest!

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