A personal transformation podcast aimed mainly at GenX’rs who are burned out from the revved-up mindset that has driven them to where they are—both professionally and personally—and are searching for more fulfilling, authentic and meaningful ways to move forward. The show's format is set up as lively conversations, storytelling and sharing of advice between host, Jeff Smith and his various guests—all of whom have had a unique and distinct experience of metaphorically shifting from "vrooming" to "veering" in how they've approached certain aspects of their lives.
Udo Erasmus – How to Live Lit up From Inside
Udo Erasmus is the co-founder of Udo’s Choice line, which can be found in Whole Foods and other health food stores worldwide. Udo designed the machinery for making oils with health in mind and pioneered flax oil, a billion dollar industry.
However, Udo walked a difficult path to become the man he is today. Being a child of war, Udo’s life began with intense struggle. As an adult, he got pesticide poisoning in 1980, leaving doctors at a loss regarding treatment. Deciding to take his health into his own hands, Udo began researching, and his discoveries led him to a passion for finding the answers to life’s big questions which would hopefully one day bring him and the world peace.
Today, Udo is an acclaimed speaker and author of many books, including the best-selling Fats That Heal Fats That Kill, which has sold over 250,000 copies. He teaches at events hosted by Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra, has keynoted an international brain health conference, and has traveled to over 30 countries to conduct thousands of live presentations, media interviews, and staff trainings impacting more than 25,000,000 lives with his message on oils, health, peace, nature, and human nature. Udo has an extensive education in biochemistry, genetics, biology, and nutrition, including a master’s degree in counseling psychology.
Udo Erasmus Vroom Vroom Veer Stories
* Running from the Allies and Nazi's when he was about 2 and 1/2 years old, hiding in hay carts; had to escape Poland to Germany; father was a prisoner of war; separated from his family and lived in an orphanage* After the war, was reunited with this family they immigrated to Canada; went through Quebec and was sponsored by friends in British Columbia * Married with kids and then lost to divorce; was so angry he wanted to kill something; so he took a job spraying pesticide; after three years of exposure he was very sick; the doctor could not help* Found his own cure through his own research; found what was essential to life for the body and found what was most important was Omega 3 oil from Flax* Did a road trip to sell the Flax seed oil; did the whole sales tour in a van with no A/C; slept in the van, walked into hotels to shower and do laundry (w/o paying for a room); ate nothing but fresh vegetables; didn't need to cook* Great ideas about how to find and keep your power and light no matter how dark, confusing, and chaotic the world becomes; even when you are tired and in pain* If I am in pain all the time what might be some first step to heal; the answer will surprise you!
Jim Kukral – Positive Mindset, Impact, Purpose before you die
Jim Kukral has been writing books (10), keynote speaking (150+), and building successful lifestyle businesses as a marketing entrepreneur. But the pandemic and a near-death diagnosis of colon cancer changed everything for Jim in 2020, so he threw away all his past success to start something completely different, a new brand called Life Apocalypse.
As an almost fifty-year-old successful businessman, husband, and father of two, Jim realized that he needed to spend his remaining days on this planet helping people figure out how to live a life of significance, impact, and purpose.
Jim created Life Apocalypse to help people like him who are thinking about legacy, death, lifestyle, and life purpose. Many people he has spoken to have told him that after this pandemic they want to do things differently. They want to live and think differently. They understand that the world could literally end any day now.
With the Life Apocalypse brand and the free 21-day challenge, Jim is addressing mindset, impact, and purpose and helping people live a fulfilling life.
Jim Kukral Vroom Vroom Veer Stories
* Grew up outside Cleveland Ohio in the suburbs running around in the wood; did not play kick the can* He was a solid D student in school; a guidance counselor told him to not bother applying for college and to be a garbage man* Took that counsel as a challenge, went to college and got a 4.0 in Public Relations and Communications* Had a few small jobs but pretty quickly started a internet marketing company during the early days of the internet* Had a 25 year career as an marketing entrepreneur; then in Aug 2020 got sick and his wife made him go see a doctor* He had a colonoscopy; then found a plumb size tumor; 10 days later he had surgery--after chemo and recovery he is now cancer free* Realized that life was too short to keep working in the company; so he quit and started working on his new business helping people in midlife create a positive mindset and create intentional impact and purpose.
Johnny Crowder – How to think Healthier Thoughts
Johnny Crowder is a 29-year-old suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, touring musician, mental health and sobriety advocate, and the Founder & CEO of Cope Notes, a text-based mental health platform that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries around the world.
Johnny Crowder Vroom Vroom Veer Stories
* Growing up in an abusive home, Johnny sought refuse in his bed with books, art, and writing; letting with imagine better worlds* Johnny suffered from crippling mental health issues like OCD, schizophrenia, and depression; started formal treatment in high school* OCD manifested like thinking if he stepped on a crack that blades inside the cracks would cut his feet; if he sat near a window he knew a sniper would be able to take him out* Schizophrenia for Johnny had very mundane symptoms; like knowing he had purchased a printer and telling his friends he has a printer; and then going home and finding no printer; he had to question if every little was real* Worked many odd jobs like warehouse labor; landed on copy writing and editing; worked freelance and as a job; all while touring with his band * While working on his psychology degree and volunteering in the mental health field; learned about neuroplasticity; used sticky notes around his house to provide "surprises" to remind him to think better thoughts* Over time, your brain will tune out a sticky note and you will stop noticing them; so the next evolution was sending text messages to people at random times; people responded with; "How did you know I needed that?" He didn't, but the brain filled in the blanks and the text helped them think better thoughts
Anup Desai – How to Reduce Idle Capacity (BOV)
Anup Desai is a Professor of Geography, Founder of Rentah.com, Lover, Fighter, Activist and concerned human.
Anup Desai is an activist, Professor of Geography and Political Science for the City University of New York, and the Founder of www.Rentah.com (Rent Whatever, Whenever). They are a diverse and passionate Sharing Economy Start-Up that is looking to change the way people consume their goods, promote their services and connect within their community.
Geography shows us that populations are increasing, consumption habits are increasing and money is becoming more and more unequally distributed in our society. Anup's desire to facilitate change gave birth to www.Rentah.com.
Rentah.com is a website and app that allows people to rent out and resell their goods and services. The less we buy and the more we rent the less stuff we have to take out of the good earth! It also has the added benefit of keeping our money and resources local.
Anup's mission is to reduce idle capacity - not only in goods but in the skills we hold! Be sure to check out his appearance on BBC World News discussing income inequality.
Anup Desai Vroom Veer Stories
* Grew up in Staten Island New York 1st generation immigrant family from India
* Felt like he was part of the only brown family in Staten Island
* Interned as a "brand ambassador" for rum company; went to bars; drank the rum
* Completed his Master's degree in Mexico City, classmates were an ambassador's son; and an asst to the VP of Mexico
* We know there is a lot s****y about capitalism; how do we make it better?
* One defense project might fund basic needs to millions of potential terrorists?
* Protesting is cool, but at some point you need to start doing something other than marching
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Rentah - Rent Whatever, Whenever
Tom Schwab – Inbound Marketing (BOV)
Tom Schwab is a digital marketing engineer who specializes in Inbound Marketing, a public speaker, and entrepreneur. Tom found a winning solution when he started to focus his efforts on an inbound strategy, thus turning his regional business into a national leader and now helps others discover the power of Inbound Marketing.
Tom Schwab Vroom Veer Stories
* What was more fun? Peeing in a cup, or watching others pee in a cup? hmmm.
* Did you know mostly people working on nuclear submarines are in their 20's?
* After thinking he would make the navy a career, the fall of the Soviet Union changed his mind
* Thinking he was set in career sales management, until the 2nd great depression changed his mind
* How the Navy uses the Fire (once) , aim, FIRE FIRE FIRE method of dialing in a target
* Growing a local business to a national business uses "inbound marketing"
* Being a podcast guest is WAY easier than creating a podcast yourself (amen)
* Even as a podcasters, most conversions come from an external audience, by being a guest
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Paul Maskill – Work ON your Business (BOV)
Paul Maskill Graduated from the University of Michigan with a Finance degree, Paul set out to climb the Corporate Ladder in Chicago all the way to the top. Not long into his career in Corporate America, the buzz of a finance job in the big city lost its luster and Paul was looking for more.
Sitting in a cubicle for 10-12 hours a day while staring at spreadsheets and building someone else’s business, was not Paul’s idea of a living the dream. So, he quit!
After taking two months to travel around South America, Paul decided to relocate to Raleigh, NC and start a career that was rewarding…after all, you only live once. In 2011, Paul invested in his first TGA franchise, combining his business experience with passion for sports.
TGA makes golf and tennis more accessible to students ages 3-15 through on-campus afterschool programs, summer camps, parent/child events and more. Over the next 4.5 years, Paul grew his business to four franchises, impacting 1,000’s of kids each year.
At the end of 2015, Paul was ready to make his next move. He sold his four franchises for over 6x his initial investment and 3x his net profit. Soon after, Paul was hired by the franchisor to be in charge of Business Development. Based on his business experience and ability to grow a business to over 40 employees and $400k in revenue in 4 years, Paul now works with current franchise owners to help build their business into an organization with people, processes and systems in place so that the business can thrive without relying on the owner.
Paul Maskill Vroom Veer Stories
* In High School Paul was working and involved in athletics and concerned about finance
* College was close to home and he got a degree in finance, seemed like a good idea before 2007
* His first corporate job he was disillusioned with the idea of the boring cubicle life...so he quit
* He took a trip to South America, 1st with his wife who is from Columbia and then on his own
* Moved from Chicago to Raleigh, NC and started his first of four TGA franchise businesses
* He spent about 2 years learning the business operations and working himself out of a job
* At the end of 2015, he sold his business, and took a work from home job with TGA
* Loves having a positive impact in the lives of children and providing positive activities for before/after school
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Great conversations with real-life authentic stories
The stories Jeff tells and shares from his amazing guests are so relatable. It’s an inspiring and uplifting show!
Incredible interviews full of inspiration. I love the energy Jeff and his guests bring to this podcast- a real joy to listen to!
I love this show. If you like hearing interesting stories about how people navigated life to get where they are today, this show is for you. Jeff and his guests won't disappoint!