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Long Shot Leaders with Michael Stein

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Long Shot Leaders tell the stories and secrets of leaders, Innovators, entrepreneurs, and various high achievers. We interview people of all walks of life and explore their struggles, shortcomings, challenges, and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. Hard-hitting and fast-moving, connecting people from all walks of life to learn about entrepreneurship, leadership, relationships, cruise ships, and any other kind of damn ship you can think of. We talk to leaders in culture, film, regular business, show business, monkey business, you name it! digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use. Michael Stein likes deconstructing why people do what they do and how they can be better.


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Long Shot Leaders tell the stories and secrets of leaders, Innovators, entrepreneurs, and various high achievers. We interview people of all walks of life and explore their struggles, shortcomings, challenges, and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. Hard-hitting and fast-moving, connecting people from all walks of life to learn about entrepreneurship, leadership, relationships, cruise ships, and any other kind of damn ship you can think of. We talk to leaders in culture, film, regular business, show business, monkey business, you name it! digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use. Michael Stein likes deconstructing why people do what they do and how they can be better.








A remarkable journey, tracing his path from the heartland to various entrepreneurial pursuit and the eventual hurdles culminating in personal bankruptcy, underscoring the profound growth and resilience born out of adversity, Hunter Durham.

Hunter Durham, a resilient and enterprising young individual, embodies a journey marked by the peaks and valleys of entrepreneurship. Transitioning from a tenure at Facebook to a remarkable acquisition of four businesses totaling 3.8 million dollars. Hunter faced the stark realities of watching them slip into bankruptcy. His narrative encapsulates the raw emotions of navigating stress, enduring pain, and confronting the profound loss of his entrepreneurial endeavors. Throughout his tribulations, Hunter found solace and renewed purpose in his unwavering faith, the unwavering support of his family, and the uplifting embrace of his community. His unwavering optimism and resilience shone through the darkest moments, illuminating his path to finding hope amidst adversity.


His journey into the world of photography, shedding light on his evolution from sports photography to a passionate advocate for wildlife conservation, David Chancellor.

David Chancellor is a multi award-winning documentary photographer. His work brings him across the world, from the sombre mountains of Scotland, to the tribal lands of Kenya and, more recently, the arid plains of Saudi Arabia. A regular contributor to National Geographic, he has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, exhibited in major galleries and museums, and published worldwide. Recognized by World Press Photo, the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize and Pictures of the Year International, David published the monograph ‘Hunters’ in 2012. His work continues to examine mankind’s complex relationship with the natural world. Visually reminiscent of 19th-century daguerreotypes, David’s photographs are arresting, engaging, and thought-provoking. His passion for his work allows him to consistently succeed in navigating the minefields surrounding his chosen subjects. The resulting bodies of work never fail to draw people in and create a space for a much-needed dialogue. David has won over 50 awards for his work, including Nikon Photographer of the Year multiple times, World Press Photo Award for Elephant Story, Sony World Photography Award for his project Lion, Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for Hunters, World Understanding Award, Environmental Vision Award and Best Long Form Documentary story in Pictures of the Year International for his projects Hunters, Butterflies and Warriors and A Gamekeeper’s Life. He was recently awarded the Siena International Photography Prize for best documentary story With Butterflies and Warriors – shot entirely in the northern rangelands of Kenya over a period of 13 years, the project follows a generation of Samburu warriors as they metamorphose from boys to men. David’s work appears in numerous global publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Independent, The Telegraph


She found fulfillment as a climbing guide, valuing the opportunity to share her knowledge and teaching climbing involves patience, emphasizing safety, using breathwork, and offering reassurance during climbs to ease fears, especially with beginners, Heidi

Heidi Wirtz is one of the country’s few prominent female adventure climbers. She has been climbing for over twenty years, letting her passion for adventure and exploration lead her to places such as Nepal, Morocco, Jordan, Siberia, Tasmania, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, Pakistan, South America, Canada etc. Heidi has pioneered new routes up unclimbed big walls and mountains and pushed the limits of female exploration. She is known in the United States as Heidi Almighty for her bold and technical climbing as well as speed ascents in Yosemite Valley. Heidi is also known for her philanthropic work and her passion for yoga. She is co-founder of Girls Education International (girlsed.org), an organization that helps bring education to women and girls in under-served areas throughout the world. Heidi is also co-founder of Earth Play Retreats (www.earthplayretreats.com), an adventure/yoga retreat service that empowers people to find there true potential and to connect with nature in a deeper more meaningful way.


Her courageous decision to participate in the survival TV show "Naked and Afraid" demonstrates her toughness and adaptability, Stacey Osorio.

Stacey Osorio hails from Southern California but moved to Idaho with her family. Her father's business encountered financial struggles, prompting their relocation. Her mother, a dedicated graphic designer, worked hard to support the family. Stacey's upbringing revolved around embracing outdoor pursuits such as gold panning, hunting for rattlesnakes, and camping adventures with her father. Her involvement in the TV show "Naked and Afraid" came about when Discovery Channel reached out to her workplace seeking participants. Viewing it as a chance to earn money, she enthusiastically applied. To prepare, Stacey extensively studied survival techniques and eagerly volunteered for the show. Her initial stint took place in Eastern Croatia, where a burn injury on day six forced her to exit despite her determination to persevere. Undeterred, she later took part in another episode set in South Africa's Quazulu Natal during a harsh drought. Survival became a daily challenge as food and water became scarce. Their means of sustenance included catching catfish and ingeniously managing limited resources. Facing the challenge of nudity on the show, initially discomforted by the presence of clothed production crew members, Stacey eventually adapted. She observed that the participants' shared concern for each other's safety and success eclipsed any initial awkwardness about nudity.


Unveils her journey from a car accident that altered her perspective to becoming a record-setting mountain climber, Jenn Drummond.

A car accident in 2018 left Jenn Drummond awestruck and emboldened. Rescue workers couldn’t imagine any scenario where she came out of it alive, but she did. That’s when she realized you don’t get to choose when you leave this life…but you sure can choose how you live it. Strengthened by this awareness, she set out to live in a more authentic and adventurous way. Inspired to climb a mountain for her birthday, her son raised the stakes by suggesting Mount Everest. Not one to back down from a challenge, she accepted the pursuit. During her training, her coach upped the ante and proposed that she go for a Guinness World Record and become the first woman to climb the 7 second summits. The pursuit matched her desire to live a life of significance, not just success. Today, Jenn is a world record holder who elevates others to master their own summit in life. She’s a successful business owner and Mom of 7 remarkable kids who, as you have heard, boldly inspire and brazenly challenge her. She’s also an international speaker, an author, and Host of the Seek Your Next Summit podcast, who’s focused on inspiring others to go beyond success to a life of significance.


A Journey from Gymnastics Closure to Climbing Heights, Balancing Athletics, Dreams, and Career Paths, Lisa Chulich.

Lisa Chulich, born in Olympia, WA, began as a gymnast before excelling in rock climbing and volleyball at 13. She competed nationally in both sports but chose climbing professionally, representing the USA in the World Cup Circuit from 2014-2019. Alongside competitions, she earned a BS in Biology and Math minor from the University of Portland in 2014. Starting her modeling career in 2011 in Portland, OR, Lisa signed with Sports and Lifestyle Unlimited, landing campaigns for Adidas, Nike, Ecco, and Nautilus. Balancing climbing and modeling, she expanded into commercial, film, and editorial shoots. When not climbing worldwide, Lisa enjoys beach volleyball, surfing in Hermosa Beach, CA, and exploring farmer's markets or running trails in Portland.


Understanding how to create effective customer journey maps, identifying touchpoints, pain points, and moments of interaction across various channels to optimize the overall experience, Ali Cudby.

Ally Cudby, a Washington DC native raised by a real estate agent father and a graphic designer mother, fostered a deep-seated fascination with media and entertainment early on, securing her maiden role as an intern at a public TV station. Recognizing that Hollywood wasn't aligned with her values due to its prevalent egocentric environment, she made a pivotal decision to return to academia. Despite her passion for media, she charted a course in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, heeding advice to pursue her passions while gaining practical experience. Embracing philosophy, Cudby discovered its value in honing critical thinking and writing skills. Later, she ventured into an MBA program, acquiring a distinct skill set complementary to her educational journey.


Blending teaching and photography, explores nature's tales while connecting with students, transitioning from a chalkboard to mountain peaks, Joey Starr.

Joey Starr is a a photographer and school teacher. He grew up in a low-income household near Seattle with a teacher mom and a dad who worked at Costco. His parents instilled a work ethic in him, encouraging self-improvement by aiming to be 1% better each day. Despite being a bad student who disliked school, he eventually became a teacher, a decision he initially rejected because of his mom's experience. He has an older sister who is also a teacher, though she became one after raising five children. Joey took a four-year break after high school due to family issues and lack of support for college. However, a former soccer coach and her husband, a principal, recognized his potential and offered to support him through college, a gesture he greatly appreciated. His transition from security guard to teacher, driven by the need to support and mentor children in the public school system. His interest in outdoor activities like climbing and photography began after his competitive soccer days ended. Joey fell in love with climbing, starting to document it through photography without any formal training. His Instagram journey started in late 2019, initially using a personal account before creating a new one to focus solely on outdoor content.


A tale of cultural fusion, philosophical exploration, and a passion for healthier living, Mika Shino.

Mika has a diverse background in culture, diplomacy, art, and business. She spent 15 years at UNESCO, creating World Philosophy Day and International Jazz Day. She advised notable figures like Herbie Hancock, Lady Gaga, and organizations like UNICEF and Cartier International on philanthropic efforts. Mika has held roles in music tech firms, directed UNESCO International Jazz Day, and produced artistic projects. She's a published author, painter, Le Cordon Bleu graduate, and cookbook author. Currently, she's the Founder/CEO of Issei, a food innovation company that launched Issei Mochi Gummies exclusively with Whole Foods Market in the U.S., quickly selling out in multiple stores. Issei represents the heritage of first-generation Japanese immigrants and aims for significant growth with new product lines in development.


A remarkable journey from family's entrepreneurial heritage to groundbreaking ventures in fintech, navigating through successes and setbacks, Daniel Marcos.

Daniel Marcos, CEO of Growth Institute, is a pioneering force in online education for C-level executives in fast-growing firms. As a keynote speaker and certified CEO Coach, he champions empowering 1 million entrepreneurs to scale impact and streamline operations. With affiliations in prestigious groups like YPO and EO, Daniel's expertise as a Scaling Up methodology coach stems from his experience in EO's "Birthing of Giants" CEO program. His educational background includes a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from ITESM and an MBA (cum laude) from Babson College. Recognizing CEOs as pivotal to a company's growth, Daniel, a seasoned entrepreneur, collaborated in 2012 with Verne Harnish to democratize executive training. This effort made premium training accessible globally, moving beyond the confines of exclusive niches. Under Daniel's leadership, Growth Institute has achieved four consecutive INC5000 recognitions, reflecting its rapid growth and global reach. The institute boasts a vast membership of over 70,000 individuals across 70+ countries, signifying its profound impact on aspiring business leaders worldwide.


Multifaceted ambitions merge his career goals with the vision for Terrapin Station Entertainment, aiming to reshape entertainment by embracing diversity and transcending traditional boundaries, Jonathan Shank.

Jonathan Shank has continuously forged pathways within the live entertainment industry, actively seeking out untapped territories and marginalized markets, thereby contributing to the creation of immensely successful family-oriented touring phenomena and unconventional cornerstone projects. As the CEO of Terrapin Station Entertainment, a dynamic collaboration with Sony Masterworks, Shank has firmly established himself at the innovative crossroads of artist management, event production, immersive experiences, talent cultivation, and community empowerment, all centered in Los Angeles. An ardent music enthusiast with a diverse portfolio spanning from collaborations with the Bob Marley Estate to partnering with Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead, Shank stands as a trailblazer in adapting cherished intellectual properties into captivating live stage productions. His visionary contributions, such as Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour, Peppa Pig Live!, and The Fresh Beat Band Live, have collectively grossed over $80 million in box office sales. Notably, his collaborative efforts with Mickey Hart led to the groundbreaking Grammy Award-winning album, Global Drum Project, recognized in 2009. Moreover, Shank's commitment to charitable endeavors is equally noteworthy. His production of charity events like The Homeward Bound Concert and A Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt showcases his dedication to leveraging entertainment for philanthropic causes. In recognition of his pioneering initiatives and substantial contributions to the industry, Shank was honored with the T.J. Martell Trailblazer Award in 2020.


Carving His Snowboarding Path, Influenced by Family and Fueled by Passion, Lucas Foster.

Lucas Foster, hailing from Telluride, Colorado, embodies an accomplished career as a snowboarder, showcasing his dedication and prowess in the sport. His impressive journey includes a 17th place finish in the 2022 Olympics, multiple podium finishes in the NorAm Cup, a second-place position in the U.S. championships, and numerous commendable rankings in various competitions. During his formative years, Lucas faced limited access to halfpipes in his local area, which prompted him to ski in other regions' halfpipes merely five to ten times a year. However, as his snowboarding career progressed, he immersed himself more deeply into mastering the halfpipe, dedicating extensive time to perfecting his skills in this domain. Beyond his snowboarding endeavors, Lucas maintains a strong focus on health and wellness. He attributes skateboarding as a significant influence on his snowboarding journey, highlighting its role in shaping his approach to the sport.


From Green Bay to Goals: A Journey Defying Expectations in Soccer, Lessons from the Field, and Creating 'Rise and Shine' for Holistic Learning, Jay Demerit.

Jay Demerit is an American retired soccer player who played as a center back. He played college soccer for the UIC Flames and was in the Chicago Fire Premier development squad, but after not being drafted for Major League Soccer, he moved to look for a club in England. He played for non-league sides Southall and Northwood before signing for Watford of the Championship in 2004. Demerit played 211 total games for Watford over six seasons, including one in the 2006–07 Premier League, having scored in their victory in the 2006 Football League Championship play-off final. After his release from Watford, he was the first player signed by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC for their entrance in MLS, where he played four seasons before retiring through injury. Jay was first capped for the United States in March 2007, earning 25 caps up to 2011. He was part of their squads that won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and came runners-up at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, also featuring at the 2007 Copa América and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


Pedals, Pixels, and Life's Lens: Journey Through Passion, Perseverance, and Professional Evolution is an inspiring narrative that delves into the multifaceted odyssey, Jeff Seckendorf.

Jeff Seckendorf is a life-long adventurer, filmmaker, and educator with extensive experience in various fields. He's a flight and scuba instructor, having mentored numerous aspiring film directors and conducted numerous film workshops. Jeff founded Unified Team Diving, where he authored multiple training materials and played a key role in developing certification programs. His career transitioned from stills photography to cinematography, working on diverse projects like video games and award-winning films. He spent two decades as an instructor at prestigious film institutions, later founding One On One Film Training for emerging directors and cinematographers. Jeff also managed the creation of Recify, a custom online education system for Unified Team Diving. Beyond film, Jeff is an accomplished cyclist, racer, triathlete, skier, trekker, climber, flight instructor, and aerobatic pilot. He now channels this wealth of experience into "The Training Cycle," delivering engaging keynote presentations and workshops focused on the principles of education—exploring teaching methods and learning processes.


A National Geographic Explorer Journey Behind the Lens with the Captivating Host of 'Animals Up Close' on Disney+, Bertie Gregory.

Bertie Gregory, a dynamic 30-year-old British wildlife filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer, catapulted into the realm of wildlife photography by earning the esteemed title of 'Youth Outdoor Photographer Of The Year.' Armed with a degree in Zoology from the University of Bristol, Gregory embarked on his professional journey alongside the renowned National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter. This collaboration laid the foundation for a stellar career that saw him produce and host eight compelling projects for National Geographic, with the critically acclaimed 'Resurrection Island' standing out among them. The recipient of a BAFTA for outstanding cinematography on 'Seven Worlds, One Planet,' Gregory's contributions to the field are nothing short of exceptional. His latest ventures, 'Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory' and 'Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory,' showcase his storytelling prowess and can now be experienced on the Disney+ platform. Despite his relatively brief tenure in the industry, Gregory generously imparts valuable advice for aspiring wildlife filmmakers, emphasizing the paramount importance of hands-on experience and strategic networking. His journey, fueled by a lifelong passion for the natural world that began with his triumph as Youth Outdoor Photographer of the Year at the tender age of 16, is a testament to the transformative power of dedication and skill in the realm of wildlife filmmaking. Gregory's impact on the field is not only a result of his technical expertise but is deeply rooted in his unwavering commitment to capturing and sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience.


From the Ring to Life's Toughest Battles: A powerful story of resilience and determination and his remarkable journey from the fighting ring to overcoming life's greatest challenges, Phil Dunlap.

Phil Dunlap, a martial arts legend, carries the torch of the Kachin arts from Northern Burma, a lineage steeped in tradition passed down through generations. With an impressive record of 119 professional fights across various disciplines, Phil's early career was marked by his exceptional fighting skills. However, his journey took a resilient turn when a car accident left him with a broken neck, defying the odds to make a triumphant comeback at 36. Phil's story of determination also includes a victorious battle against cancer, cementing his legacy as a fighter and teacher, with a strong commitment to sharing martial arts with all. Phil's expertise spans beyond Lethwei and Naban, extending to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) where he holds a Black Belt from Ricardo Calvalcanti. Not only has he excelled in various martial arts, but he also ensures that financial constraints don't hinder others from pursuing their passion by offering free classes to the general public through the Asylum Fight Team. With a unique journey that encompasses three distinct careers - fighting, teaching, and a triumphant return from health challenges - Phil Dunlap's life is a testament to unwavering determination and an enduring love for martial arts.


As Domain Group's Chief Revenue Officer, his journey exemplifies the power of embracing diversity and pursuing passions to achieve remarkable goals, John Foong.

John's diverse background forms the foundation of his journey. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, he bears the rich cultural blend of a Malaysian father and a mother from Hong Kong, thanks to his parents' migration to Australia in the 1970s. As he reflects on his upbringing, he recalls the invaluable role played by his grandmother from Malaysia, who helped raise him, instilling a deep sense of family and tradition. His early aspirations were rooted in a strong connection to the church and a profound desire to make a positive impact on the world. At first, he envisioned a path as a pastor or working within a nonprofit, guided by his unwavering convictions. Yet, as he matured, he recognized the vital role of leadership skills in sustaining one's mission, preventing burnout and navigating the complexities of strongly held beliefs. This realization led him to chart a course that would marry technology, business acumen, and leadership principles. In his current role as Chief Revenue Officer at Domain, a position he assumed in September 2021, John is on a mission to accelerate Domain's marketplace strategy across various sectors, including Residential, Commercial, Developer, Media, and Agent Solutions. With an eye on Go To Market, Sales Operations, and Customer Experience teams, John is committed to leveraging Domain's core ethos of 'Better Together' to empower real estate agents, enabling them to build resilient and efficient businesses. His vision revolves around providing a holistic suite of interconnected solutions, ultimately streamlining agent workflows and allowing them to accomplish their daily tasks in record time.


A seasoned digital marketing expert and the proud founder of Twibi, a top-notch digital marketing agency, with Brenton Thomas.

Brenton Thomas is a seasoned digital marketing expert with over 7 years of experience in Google Ads, Facebook Ads, LinkedIn Ads, SEO, and email marketing. During his career, he successfully collaborated with a diverse range of B2B and B2C clients, consistently boosting their brand revenue. His expertise has been recognized through speaking engagements at prestigious digital marketing conferences like BrightonSEO and Adexchanger Programmatic IO. He also been a featured guest on various podcasts, including The Live eCommerce Podcast, Talk Commerce, Thriving Entrepreneur, The Optimized Store Owner Show, The Mind of Business Success, and Joey Pinz Discipline Conversations. He is proud founder of Twibi, a top-tier digital marketing agency based in Portland, Oregon. His true passion lies in devising and executing effective digital marketing campaigns that drive revenue growth for his clients. Throughout his career, he helped numerous companies generate more than $20 million in revenue.


His inspiring journey on how to be an Emmy Award-winning producer and President of Empire Entertainment, with JB Miller.

A 40-year veteran in the entertainment, media and events industries, J. B. is more ambitious and optimistic than ever about the potential for events and experiential storytelling to drive growth, progress and change. In his view, Empire is just getting started. J. B. Miller, President & CEO of Empire Entertainment, is an Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer with over four decades of experience as a producer and representative of the interests of global corporations, not-for-profits, private individuals and governments in all areas of the entertainment industries. As an Executive Producer, Miller has created, produced and overseen production of thousands of major corporate, not-for-profit and private events on six continents for clients that include Google, Time, Microsoft, The Walt Disney Company, Dartmouth College, Goldman Sachs, Mercedes-Benz, PepsiCo, IBM, Samsung, SONY, American Express, Viacom and many of others. Miller was recognized as Producer of the Year by BizBash’s Reader’s Choice Awards and has been named among the “Top 1,000 People in the U.S. Event Industry”. Since founding Empire in 1993, Miller and the Empire team have produced major events, broadcasts, conferences, premieres, parties, launches, grand openings, festivals and awards programs including Time Magazine’s Time 100 Gala, The TriBeCa Film Festival, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers, The Webby Awards, Internet Week, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Global Citizen Awards, The Gotham Awards, Japan Society's Centennial Celebration, the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball and the Grand Opening of Atlantis, Palm Island in Dubai among many others.


Discover the three hypnosis secrets to magnetize success into your life and program your subconscious mind for more abundance, with Dom Bertoncini.

Dominique Bertoncini is a professional hypnotist. In a short period of time, Dom broke into his industry and started working with athletes in the NFL, UFC, and Olympics. With his work being mentioned on platforms like ESPN and Joe Rogan's show, the exposure has led to Dom focusing his work with CEOs, business owners, and sales people.