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Providing inspiring insights to help you grow your business, improve yourself, or add value to those around you, the Success is a Choice Podcast features some of the most successful people across various industries. Host Jamy Bechler is a former college basketball coach turned John Maxwell leadership trainer. He is the author of The Leadership Playbook and works with teams and organizations throughout the country. The podcast has guests ranging from professional sports coaches to actors to business executives to reality TV stars. Subscribe and listen in as the best of the best share their stories to help inspire you as you choose to maximize your potential.

Success is a Choice Jamy Bechler

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Providing inspiring insights to help you grow your business, improve yourself, or add value to those around you, the Success is a Choice Podcast features some of the most successful people across various industries. Host Jamy Bechler is a former college basketball coach turned John Maxwell leadership trainer. He is the author of The Leadership Playbook and works with teams and organizations throughout the country. The podcast has guests ranging from professional sports coaches to actors to business executives to reality TV stars. Subscribe and listen in as the best of the best share their stories to help inspire you as you choose to maximize your potential.

    Kay Salerno & Shila Morris, Entrepreneurial Sisters

    Kay Salerno & Shila Morris, Entrepreneurial Sisters

    Kay & Shi (Kay Salerno & Shila Morris) are dynamic and entertaining entrepreneurs with fascinating stories. When Kay and Shila were 10 and 17, their parents quit their careers and “bet it all” to buy a tiny breakfast restaurant in a California ski town. These sisters instantly gained a front row seat to the drama of American entrepreneurship, all while bussing tables and working the new family business on the daily. As they became adults, they joined the ownership and helped grow the business into a national brand featured on Food Network and in the New York Times. With Mom and Dad now retired, Kay and Shila lead the business as it serves millions of guests across multiple states each year. Often recognized for their unique marketing strategies and dedication to development Kay and Shila find that their love for each other fuels their drive and success.
    ​Since 2015 Kay and Shila have shared their stories and strategies as speakers and podcasts hosts, and as the marketing faculty for leadership expert and bestselling author John Maxwell’s global team of speakers, coaches and trainers. They love to serve delightful experiences with results-oriented focus and simple, actionable takeaways. Kay and Shila now channel their learnings into their daily 5 minute podcast and blog: The Mentorship Quest and add value daily through their social channels.

    In today’s episode, we discuss:






    Growing up in the restaurant business Throwing down with Bobby Flay on the Food Network Building the marketing system for the John Maxwell Team Invaluable marketing tips Thinking outside the box to help the community ... and so much more!!!
     


    Resources, Books, and Links 
    Website: KayAndShi.com Facebook: Facebook.com/KayandShi Twitter: @KayAndShi1 Instagram: @KayAndShi Mentorship Quest 5-Minute Podcast:  KayAndShi.com/Podcast MarketSmart Sales: Johnmaxwellgroup.com/marketsmart/ From Rags to Restaurant by Misty Young Articles of Interest . . . 
    Culture Beyond Parties and Perks Squeeze In Restaurant keeps it local keeps it real Shila Morris and Kay Salerno Make Room For Everyone to Squeeze In and Soar to Success Squeeze In: Our Story Past "Success is a Choice" podcast episodes of interest . . .
    Laura Gassner Otting (Author of "Limitless") - Episode 125 Melissa Agnes (Crisis Preparedness Expert) - Episode 091 Bernard Robichaud (Trailer Park Boys) - Episode 086 Ken Coleman (host of the Entre Leadership podcast) - Episode 072 Ed DeCosta (Sales Expert & former John Maxwell Faculty) - Episode 050 Kevin Harrington (original shark on "Shark Tank") - Episode 024 Betsy Butterick (communication specialist) - Episode 013 Greg & Julie Gorman (authors of "Two are Better Than One") - Episode 012 Misty Young (from Rags to Restaurant) - Episode 005 (THEIR MOM!!!)
    Kay & Shi in Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZsLioux57M
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tUsnWzKEIg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzzyTf1XtKM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmIeQbIE92Y
    https://youtu.be/XlwG7WpseuQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwpmc1qTMJ4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N53YitBq7A
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HgARXj1DUI
    https://youtu.be/u-pOFba4Q7M
    This Episode is Sponsored By Audible Today’s podcast is brought to you by audible – get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial (new subscribers only) at www.audibletrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice. Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.  Our friends at audible are offering a free download of some of our past guests including Todd Gongwer, Kevin Harrington, Lolly Daskal, Bob Burg, Amy Morin, Michael Burt, Larry Winget, Jon Gordon, and Pat Williams). Take advantage of this great deal by visiting www.AudibleTrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice.
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    • 37 min
    Chrissi Rawak, University of Delaware AD

    Chrissi Rawak, University of Delaware AD

    Chrissi Rawak is Director of Athletics at the University of Delaware. Prior to her arrival at Delaware, she spent more than a decade at the University of Michigan where she served as the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director. She was also a varsity swimmer at Michigan.
    Click here for Chrissi's complete bio.

    In today’s episode, we discuss:






    Working with the former Ford C.E.O. Transitioning to Athletic Director The student-athlete experience Raising money for athletics Delaware alum Joe Biden ... and so much more!!!
     




    Resources, Books, and Links 
    Chrissi's Twitter: @BlueHensRawak
    Delaware's Twitter: @udbluehens
    Website: BlueHens.com
    Past "Success is a Choice" podcast episodes of interest . . .
    Clark Kellogg (College Basketball Analyst) - Episode 149 Karissa Niehoff (NFHS Executive Director) - Episode 142 Adrian Griffin (Toronto Raptors assistant coach) - Episode 141 Mike Lombardi (Former NFL General Manager) - Episode 138 Patti Phillips (Women Leaders in College Sports) - Episode 127 Jon Steinbrecher (MAC Commissioner) - Episode 124 Bob Vecchione (NACDA Executive Director) - Episode 122 Jon Gordon (Best-Selling Author) - Episode 100 Sue Enquist (Hall of Fame Softball Coach) - Episode 077 Kevin Harrington (original shark on "Shark Tank") - Episode 024
    Chrissi Rawak in Action https://youtu.be/a3mff_wNUuk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2PCLxr2ypY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s3IWFiyz20
    This Episode is Sponsored By Audible Today’s podcast is brought to you by audible – get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial (new subscribers only) at www.audibletrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice. Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.  Our friends at audible are offering a free download of some of our past guests including Todd Gongwer, Kevin Harrington, Lolly Daskal, Bob Burg, Amy Morin, Michael Burt, Larry Winget, Jon Gordon, and Pat Williams). Take advantage of this great deal by visiting www.AudibleTrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice.
    Rate and Review Please consider rating the podcast with 5 stars and leaving a quick review on iTunes.  Ratings and reviews are the lifeblood of a podcast. This helps tremendously in bringing the podcast to the attention of others.
    Thanks again for listening and remember that “Success is a choice. What choice will you make today?”
     
    Jamy Bechler is the author of The Leadership Playbook, host of the Success is a Choice Podcast, professional speaker, and trains organizations on creating championship cultures. Bechler spent 20 years as a college basketball coach and administrator. He has worked with businesses and teams, including the NBA. Follow him on twitter at @CoachBechler. To connect with him via email or find out about his services, please contact speaking@CoachBechler.com. You can also subscribe to his insights on success and leadership by clicking here.

    • 40 min
    Jason Whitlock, Outkick.com

    Jason Whitlock, Outkick.com

    Jason Whitlock is a longtime TV personality on both Fox and ESPN. He is now a partner with Outkick.com. The former Ball State University football player has been a fearless journalist throughout his career in sports media. He has written for such papers as the Kansas City Star and the Ann Arbor News, where he covered the University of Michigan. 
    Click here for Jason's bio on Outkick.com

    In today’s episode, we discuss:






    The state of sports media Athletes using their platforms Joining Outkick.com Dealing with trolls online ... and so much more!!!
     


    Resources, Books, and Links 
    Twitter: @WhitlockJason
    Website: Outkick.com
    Articles of Interest . . .
    Jack Dorsey is the Most Powerful Man in Football Lebron James is Black Trump USA or NBA? That's an easy choice for me. American Sports Letting Down America Why You Should Kick Your ESPN Habit Covid-19 and BLM canceled the joy of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson BLM 101, Volume 7: The lives of Innocent Black Kids Do Not Matter Big John Thompson Proved Winning Advances the Cause of Black People More than Winning Sage Steele and the Holy War Separating Black People Can't Breathe is Making it Impossible for Kids to Live Past "Success is a Choice" podcast episodes of interest . . .
    Clark Kellogg (College Basketball Analyst) - Episode 149 Adrian Griffin (Toronto Raptors assistant coach) - Episode 141 Mike Lombardi (Former NFL General Manager) - Episode 138 Jon Steinbrecher (MAC Commissioner) - Episode 124 Kaya Jones (former Pussycat Doll singer) - Episode 115 Phil Hellmuth (15x World Champion Poker Player) - Episode 108 Nicole Arbour (Comedian & Entertainer) - Episode 088 Larry Winget (Pitbull of Personal Development) - Episode 054 Kevin Harrington (original shark on "Shark Tank") - Episode 024 Dwane Casey (2018 NBA Coach of the Year) - Episode 001
    Jason Whitlock in Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAg9ECrsHoQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiQSWfEttlY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JkZTZSsbsw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jxCF_RCho
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNfNuEfaE38
    This Episode is Sponsored By Audible Today’s podcast is brought to you by audible – get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial (new subscribers only) at www.audibletrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice. Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.  Our friends at audible are offering a free download of some of our past guests including Todd Gongwer, Kevin Harrington, Lolly Daskal, Bob Burg, Amy Morin, Michael Burt, Larry Winget, Jon Gordon, and Pat Williams). Take advantage of this great deal by visiting www.AudibleTrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice.
    Rate and Review Please consider rating the podcast with 5 stars and leaving a quick review on iTunes.  Ratings and reviews are the lifeblood of a podcast. This helps tremendously in bringing the podcast to the attention of others.
    Thanks again for listening and remember that “Success is a choice. What choice will you make today?”
     
    Jamy Bechler is the author of The Leadership Playbook, host of the Success is a Choice Podcast, professional speaker, and trains organizations on creating championship cultures. Bechler spent 20 years as a college basketball coach and administrator. He has worked with businesses and teams, including the NBA. Follow him on twitter at @CoachBechler. To connect with him via email or find out about his services, please contact speaking@CoachBechler.com. You can also subscribe to his insights on success and leadership by clicking here.

    • 14 min
    TOPGUN with Andy "Grand" Mariner

    TOPGUN with Andy "Grand" Mariner

    Captain Andy "Grand" Mariner is the Deputy Commander of the historic Carrier Air Wing 11. Previously, he was the Commanding Officer at  TOPGUN. The United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program is the preeminent training school for naval aviators.
    Click here for Captain Mariner's complete bio.

    In today’s episode, we discuss:






    Leadership principles Mentality of fighter pilots A day in the life of a TOPGUN student and instructor What the movie (Top Gun) got right or wrong ... and so much more!!!
     




    Resources, Books, and Links 
    Bio: https://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/CVW11/Pages/DCAG.aspx
    Air Wing 11 Website: https://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/CVW11/Pages/default.aspx
    Navy Website: https://www.navy.mil/
    The Fighter Pilot Podcast w/guest Andy "Grand" Mariner, TOPGUN Commanding Officer: https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/episodes/007-topgun-vs-top-gun/
    Linkedin: Linkedin.com/in/christopher-wirth-0071a3198/
    Army Navy Game Website: https://armynavygame.com/
    History of TOPGUN: https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2019/september/topgun-navys-first-center-excellence
    Past "Success is a Choice" podcast episodes of interest . . .
    Clark Kellogg (College Basketball Analyst) - Episode 149 Dr. Bhrett McCabe (world-renown Sports Psychologist) - Episode 148 Mike Lombardi (former NFL General Manager) - Episode 138 Peter Elliott (U.S. Marshal) - Episode 130 Kaya Jones (former Pussycat Doll) - Episode 115 Phil Hellmuth (Poker World Champion) - Episode 108 Jon Gordon (author of "The Energy Bus) - Episode 100 Chris Voss (former FBI Lead Hostage Negotiator) - Episode 081 Kevin Harrington (former 'Shark Tank' Shark & Inventor of the Infomercial) - Episode 021 Dwane Casey (2018 NBA Coach of the Year) - Episode 001
    Top Gun in Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00aHvkKj7Bs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4U4BQW9OEk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlpEt5ptCDs
    This Episode is Sponsored By Audible Today’s podcast is brought to you by audible – get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial (new subscribers only) at www.audibletrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice. Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.  Our friends at audible are offering a free download of some of our past guests including Todd Gongwer, Kevin Harrington, Lolly Daskal, Bob Burg, Amy Morin, Michael Burt, Larry Winget, Jon Gordon, and Pat Williams). Take advantage of this great deal by visiting www.AudibleTrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice.
    Rate and Review Please consider rating the podcast with 5 stars and leaving a quick review on iTunes.  Ratings and reviews are the lifeblood of a podcast. This helps tremendously in bringing the podcast to the attention of others.
    Thanks again for listening and remember that “Success is a choice. What choice will you make today?”
     
    Jamy Bechler is the author of The Leadership Playbook, host of the Success is a Choice Podcast, professional speaker, and trains organizations on creating championship cultures. Bechler spent 20 years as a college basketball coach and administrator. He has worked with businesses and teams, including the NBA. Follow him on twitter at @CoachBechler. To connect with him via email or find out about his services, please contact speaking@CoachBechler.com. You can also subscribe to his insights on success and leadership by clicking here.
     

    • 32 min
    No Quit Living with Christopher J. Wirth

    No Quit Living with Christopher J. Wirth

    Christopher J. Wirth is the host of the "No Quit Living" Podcast which has been rated as a top 50 Business Podcast on iTunes. Christopher is a sought after Keynote Speaker. Wirth began his coaching career as an AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Basketball Coach, Collegiate Basketball Coach, as well as High School Basketball Coach. He is also the author of "The Positivity Tribe". 

    In today’s episode, we discuss:






    His top-50 Apple Business podcast Lessons learned from Andre Agassi's career What is accountability and why it's so important ... and so much more!!!
     




    Resources, Books, and Links 
    Website: NoQuitLiving.com
    Twitter: @NoQuitLiving
    Website: Facebook.com/NoQuitLiving
    Instagram: @no.quit.living
    Linkedin: Linkedin.com/in/christopher-wirth-0071a3198/
    Email:Chris@NoQuitLiving.com
    Books that are worth checking out:
    Today Matters: 12 daily practices to guarantee tomorrow's success by John C. Maxwell 10x Rule: The only difference between success and failure by Grant Cardone The Positivity Tribe by Christopher J. Wirth and Chris Wilberding Recommended No Quit Living episodes:
    Jay Bilas (episode 248) Todd Gongwer (episode 256) Jamy Bechler (episode 284) Past "Success is a Choice" podcast episodes of interest . . .
    Clark Kellogg (College Basketball Analyst) - Episode 149 Adrian Griffin (Toronto Raptors assistant coach) - Episode 141 Mike Lombardi (former NFL General Manager) - Episode 138 Kevin Eastman (former NBA coach and executive) - Episode 121 Dan Hughes (WNBA Coach of the Year) - Episode 120 Jon Gordon (author of "The Energy Bus) - Episode 100 Alan Stein, Jr. (motivational speaker & world-class performance coach) - Episode 003 Dwane Casey (2018 NBA Coach of the Year) - Episode 001
    Chris Wirth in Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNrAEg1kcvI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyDp__-HUNU
    This Episode is Sponsored By Audible Today’s podcast is brought to you by audible – get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial (new subscribers only) at www.audibletrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice. Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.  Our friends at audible are offering a free download of some of our past guests including Todd Gongwer, Kevin Harrington, Lolly Daskal, Bob Burg, Amy Morin, Michael Burt, Larry Winget, Jon Gordon, and Pat Williams). Take advantage of this great deal by visiting www.AudibleTrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice.
    Rate and Review Please consider rating the podcast with 5 stars and leaving a quick review on iTunes.  Ratings and reviews are the lifeblood of a podcast. This helps tremendously in bringing the podcast to the attention of others.
    Thanks again for listening and remember that “Success is a choice. What choice will you make today?”
    Jamy Bechler is the author of The Leadership Playbook, host of the Success is a Choice Podcast, professional speaker, and trains organizations on creating championship cultures. Bechler spent 20 years as a college basketball coach and administrator. He has worked with businesses and teams, including the NBA. Follow him on twitter at @CoachBechler. To connect with him via email or find out about his services, please contact speaking@CoachBechler.com. You can also subscribe to his insights on success and leadership by clicking here.

    • 28 min
    Intentional Performance with Brian Levenson

    Intentional Performance with Brian Levenson

    Brian Levenson is the founder of Strong Skills, which provides executive coaching and mental performance coaching, speaking and consulting to elite organizations, performers and leaders. He also has a weekly podcast, Intentional Performers, where he interviews a diverse group of elite high performers. His new book, Shift Your Mind, is scheduled to be released in October of 2020.
    Click here for Brian Levenson's complete bio

    In today’s episode, we discuss:






    Lessons learned from his Intentional Performance podcast His new book Shift Your Mind Why playing with joy matters How to get your athletes focused Thinking like a pro and playing like a kid ... and so much more!!!
     


    Resources, Books, and Links 
    Twitter: @BrianLevenson
    Website: StrongSkills.co
    Email: brian@strongskills.co
    Shift Your Mind: 9 Mental Shifts to Thrive in Preparation and Performance by Brian Levenson
    Recommended Intentional Performers episodes:
    Rais Bhuiyan - working with enemies Megan Phelps Roper - finding empathy Elton Brand - whatever it takes Candace Parker - fear and growth Jamy Bechler - power of influence Articles of Interest . . .
    Brian Levenson Believes Mental Strength Athlete Potential Mental Performance Coach Works to Assist Athletes Past "Success is a Choice" podcast episodes of interest . . .
    Clark Kellogg (College Basketball Analyst) - Episode 149 Joanna Bernabei-McNamee (2020 ACC WBB coach of the year) - Episode 145 Adrian Griffin (Toronto Raptors assistant coach) - Episode 141 Mike Lombardi (former NFL General Manager) - Episode 138 Kevin Eastman (former NBA coach and executive) - Episode 121 Dan Hughes (WNBA Coach of the Year) - Episode 120 Jon Gordon (author of "The Energy Bus) - Episode 100 Alan Stein, Jr. (motivational speaker & world-class performance coach) - Episode 003 Dwane Casey (2018 NBA Coach of the Year) - Episode 001
    Brian Levenson in Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3GHWL0vj_U
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H03qsr_N6SU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXYhUNawYMU
    This Episode is Sponsored By Audible Today’s podcast is brought to you by audible – get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial (new subscribers only) at www.audibletrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice. Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.  Our friends at audible are offering a free download of some of our past guests including Todd Gongwer, Kevin Harrington, Lolly Daskal, Bob Burg, Amy Morin, Michael Burt, Larry Winget, Jon Gordon, and Pat Williams). Take advantage of this great deal by visiting www.AudibleTrial.com/SuccessIsAChoice.
    Rate and Review Please consider rating the podcast with 5 stars and leaving a quick review on iTunes.  Ratings and reviews are the lifeblood of a podcast. This helps tremendously in bringing the podcast to the attention of others.
    Thanks again for listening and remember that “Success is a choice. What choice will you make today?”

     
    Jamy Bechler is the author of The Leadership Playbook, host of the Success is a Choice Podcast, professional speaker, and trains organizations on creating championship cultures. Bechler spent 20 years as a college basketball coach and administrator. He has worked with businesses and teams, including the NBA. Follow him on twitter at @CoachBechler. To connect with him via email or find out about his services, please contact speaking@CoachBechler.com. You can also subscribe to his insights on success and leadership by clicking here.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Clarisse Gomez ,

Awesome Podcast!!!

Jamy, host of the Success is a Choice podcast, highlights all aspects of business, success and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

DPFootball ,

Just Listen

There are a zillion podcasts out there. Jamy is one you should subscribe to. 5 stars for sure. I find myself re-listening to his episodes and sharing with others.

CrieveHall26 ,

Surprising find

I was expecting a podcast where Jamy told stories from his life. I was surprised to hear so many talented and well known leaders in all areas of life. Jamy does a great job of asking questions in order to help me learn from these guests. As a young leader, this podcast has given me access and insights into many people I have looked up to. A great listen and I’m excited to hear more!

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