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Get the real stories of how entrepreneurs, artists, heretics, authors, liberators, athletes, and innovators pursue their ideas and aspirations.

From TED speakers, national broadcasters, New York Times best selling authors to Ultra-marathon runners and start-up CEO’s you’re guaranteed to be encouraged to swing for the fence in your own pursuits.

Accept my invitation to:
Do your best work
Live the life you want to live
Play a lot more

    The Cost of Leadership is Self-Discipline with Executive Coach Doug Ament #191

    The Cost of Leadership is Self-Discipline with Executive Coach Doug Ament #191

    Doug Ament doesn't have all of the answers, but he asks excellent questions. In the heyday of the late '90s, he was a partner in the San Diego based most successful yacht dealerships in the World. Until it all went sideways, and they shut it down. His lessons provide us anchor points for how to navigate uncertainty when we lose sight of the shore in life and business. In this episode Doug Ament walks us through how he survived the 2008/09 professional downturn.

    • 25 min
    Finding Neverland with Songwriter Jeff Nelson #190

    Finding Neverland with Songwriter Jeff Nelson #190

    My guest today is songwriter Jeff Nelson. I discovered Jeff's earthy soul talk after reading about "LA contractor lands a Nashville recording contract. He is a family man who purchased and remodeled his grandfather’s home in San Pedro, where he currently resides with his wife and four children. He leads a humble life: coffee, family, building homes and good bourbon." And I knew I had to hear his story. Enjoy his intersecting art and labor, soul and play, unlock and duty.

    • 44 min
    The Mindsets that Drive Us with Author Ryan Gottfredson #189

    The Mindsets that Drive Us with Author Ryan Gottfredson #189

    Ryan Gottfredson PHD is a successful mindset expert. Mindsets as the lenses we wear to help us interpret and engage with the world. In our conversation, we talk about how we expand and shift mindsets limiting our experience and no longer serving us. 

    • 55 min
    Turning Lemons Into A Lemonade Life with Author Zack Friedman #188

    Turning Lemons Into A Lemonade Life with Author Zack Friedman #188

    My guest today, Zack Friedman recognized a pattern in humans. Some people create lemonade from lemons and others don't. His book, The Lemonade Life, is the playbook for how to choose a pathway that eludes many, and can lead to more fulfillment and success.

    • 36 min
    Storytelling, Markers and a Wholeheart with Creative Sunni Brown #187

    Storytelling, Markers and a Wholeheart with Creative Sunni Brown #187

    Sunni Brown is an inspiration. She helped me exercise my wierd. After many years of trading messages, I'm proud to share our conversation with you today. One of my favorite quotes from Sunni I included in my book “If you can’t change your mind, it’s very hard to change your life. Human beings that are mentally agile, those who can and will unstick—from an ongoing challenge, a mindset, a limiting belief, or a point of view—are more likely to flourish. Period.”

    • 36 min
    The Art of Getting Lost with Semi-Rad founder Brendan Leonard #186

    The Art of Getting Lost with Semi-Rad founder Brendan Leonard #186

    Brendan Leonard promises that real adventure is not out of reach. I discovered his work through The Art of Getting Lost, a get-out-there excuse removing antidote to exploring more.

    He writes, “The hardest thing is convincing yourself it’s okay. Now I know you’re important at work and at home, but trust me, the folks at work and at home can do without you for a day or a couple of days. You’d be surprised what people do when you’re unavailable for a day or two: They figure it out on their own. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut where you’re working hard for everyone else and neglecting the things you want and need-like spending the night sleeping under the stars or going for a long hike-so you have to recognize it and schedule some time out of the rut for yourself.”

    Friends, Brendan Leonard is a worthy guide to follow in the art of getting lost and doing work you love. Find his work at Semi-Rad.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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60 Ratings

60 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as someone who can translate creative energy into the impact you want to have on the world, or just getting started as a catalyst for change - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Aaron does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving enterprise and life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually walked the path. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

youniversalife ,

Life Giving

Aaron has created an excellent show that shines a light on many life-giving topics. He recognizes the importance of play and puts it into perspective. His content is inspiring and makes you wonder about your true capabilities. I'm glad I discovered his material. Keep going Aaron!

David Isenhower ,

Refreshing and Informative

Aaron creates a refreshing and informative atmosphere which is helpful without being frantic. Coming from a military perspective, I really resonate with Aaron's attitude of finding fulfillment in the job you already have.

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