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Mark Pattison is a former NFL player, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mountaineer who is now climbing the Seven Summits. Through his life’s journey, business, sports & charity work, Mark has been fortunate to meet some of the world’s most incredible people who share their stories of how they overcame obstacles to succeed and what their driving force was.

Mark Pattison is a former NFL player, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mountaineer who is now climbing the Seven Summits. Through his life’s journey, business, sports & charity work, Mark has been fortunate to meet some of the world’s most incredible people who share their stories of how they overcame obstacles to succeed and what their driving force was.


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Mark Pattison is a former NFL player, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mountaineer who is now climbing the Seven Summits. Through his life’s journey, business, sports & charity work, Mark has been fortunate to meet some of the world’s most incredible people who share their stories of how they overcame obstacles to succeed and what their driving force was.




Mike Schauch: Hear an amazing story about a guy who followed his heart to find the right karma in Nepal and pay it forward. Incredible tale....

187: Mike Schauch: Mountaineer and author talks about how he was able to overcome not climbing a mountain in the Himalayas and how it led to connecting with a little girl in Nepal that he and his wife assisted in getting an education. Mike Schauch When did Mike Schauch begin to get attracted to the Nepal region? “Since I was about 15 I had wanted to go to Nepal. I don’t know what it is about Nepal. But it is just the people, the culture, the mountains of course. Something just drew me,...


Steve Porino: As a member of the US Ski Team to being the lead announcer for downhill racing on NBC plus calling the Tour De France, Steve has lived quite the life

186: Steve Porino: NBC Sports Broadcaster and Alpine Ski Racer discusses what it was like for him to go from being among the best ski racers in the midwest, to then becoming a television broadcaster and attending the Olympics on multiple occasions. Steve Porino How did Steve Porino get introduced to skiing? “My dad is European. His father was Italian. His mother was Swiss. He grew up between Italy and Switzerland. It was during the war. So the name comes from the Aosta region of Italy...


Don Dow: My former teammate from the University of Washington describes how he had to make a pivot during Covid and adjust his Event Planning company to position for success in the future...

185: Don Dow: Former NFL player and founder of Dow Events talks about the football lessons he has brought with him to business and how he and his company are overcoming the challenges of COVID. Don Dow What does Don want people to understand about his accomplishments? “We both played in the NFL, we both got drafted. And the thing that people need to understand is those things don’t just happen magically. Hard things are hard, right? They’re hard. Starting a business is hard. Sustaining...


As a child, Dung Duong fled Vietnam, lived in refugee camps, was jailed, and found himself homeless before immigrating to the United States and finding success as an entrepreneur and investor

184: Dung Duong: Entrepreneur and Author of Shifting Optics: Life in Perspective talks about experiencing being jailed at 5-years-old and homelessness before immigrating to the United States and transitioning into becoming an entrepreneur. Dung Duong How did Dung Duong develop his positive attitude and ability to see life from the bright side? “I think in life, it is one of those things where having gone through the things that I’ve gone through, you build up a little bit of...


Brian Von Herbulis: 17 years as a special opps leader in the Marines, this all star now empowers people to unleash their potential through outdoor adventures. Prepare to get optimized...

183: Brian Von Herbulis: Retired U.S. Marine and Chief Executive Officer at Ultra Solutions discusses how he overcame getting kicked out of college to then earn his MBA degree, serving in the U.S. Marines, and living up to his personal mission statement to be an honorable man and enrich the lives of others. Brian Von Herbulis How did Brian Von Herbulis arrive at his mission statement, ‘To be an honorable man, enrich the lives of others’? “I heard somebody once mention their personal...


Benjamin Alexander: From being an international DJ to trying to make the Jamaica Olympic Ski Team. What are the odds?

182: Benjamin Alexander: Soon-to-be Olympic Alpine Skier representing Jamaica and former International DJ discusses his journey from being a financial analyst to traveling all over the world as a DJ and his current pursuit to represent Jamaica in the 2022 Winter Olympics. Benjamin Alexader What is Benjamin Alexander’s connection to the Jamaican Olympic team? “I’m half English, half Jamaican. My father was born on the south side of the island. that’s actually why this whole thing came...


Kevin Sorbo is an American Actor who has appeared in over 65 movies plus numerous TV shows including playing Hercules which lasted 6 years

181: Kevin Sorbo: Actor, Director, Producer, Author who has been in 64 films discusses what it took to rise up from Mound, Minnesota to become internationally known for his television role as Hercules to having to overcome strokes that surged down into his brain. Kevin Sorbo Kevin Sorbo discusses his early background and the moment that he knew he wanted to become an actor. “I grew up in a really small town called Mound, Minnesota on the western shore of beautiful Lake Minnetonka,...


Kevin Richardson is a former Husky Football player who had aspirations of playing in the NFL but never happen and took him 33 years to move past it. Inspiring...

180: Kevin Richardson: Book Author at Morgan James Publishing, and former University of Washington Husky football player had aspirations of playing professionally in the NFL. When this dream didn’t materialize, it took him 33 years to move past it. Kevin Richardson shares his inspiring story of overcoming thoughts of suicide and depression and evolving into a writer. Kevin Richardson Kevin Richardson discusses where his early football journey began, before he was recruited to play for...


Mike Marolt adventurer, has climbed and skied down multiple 8 Meter Peaks on over 40 expeditions including the crown jewel, Mt Everest

181: Mike Marolt: Ski Mountaineer and Author of the book Progression: A Lifetime of Skiing the World’s Greatest Ranges talks about how he went from being the son of a father who was an Olympic athlete to blazing his own trail as a ski mountaineer who hit the heights of Mt. Everest. Mike Marolt Mike Marolt talks about his dad being in the 1960 Olympics and where Mike’s inspiration came from. “I was really fortunate. I had a dad that was not only a really good dad, but was a world-class...


Hilaree Nelson is a world class adventurer, mountaineer & high altitude ski who has been the first woman to climb Mt Everest + Lhotse within 24 hours

178: Hilaree Nelson: Professional Ski Mountaineer for North Face, National Geographic Live Speaker, and TNF Athlete Team Captain who has had over 40 expeditions and has been voted National Geographic person of the decade discusses how she evolved from someone who enjoyed mountaineering to making it the focal point of her professional life. Hilaree Nelson Hilaree Nelson talks about her hometown of Seattle and how it informed her appreciation of being outdoors. “Ironically, it took me...


Former Heisman Trophy winner, Danny Wuerffel was not only an amazing quarterback for Florida back in the day but has taken that same drive and energy & made helping others his life's mission. He is the executive director of Desire Street Ministries and t

178: Danny Wuerffel: Former Heisman Trophy Winner and Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries shares his path to going from being an amazing quarterback in Florida and transformed that energetic drive and desire into making a meaningful impact in the lives of those less fortunate. Danny Wuerffel also is the force behind the Wuerffel Trophy which recognizes the top college player in the United States who is also involved in community service efforts. Danny Wuerffel Danny Wuerffel...


Derek Abby is the CEO and President of Project Recover. He is a badass Marine who combined his service with education to get his PhD in leadership. He since has gone onto help recover MIA's around the world and bring back our vets who were lost in war..

176: Derek Abby: Former U.S. Marine with three deployments to Iraq and one deployment to Afghanistan and the President and CEO of Project Recover talks about making the transition from being a young military member at age 18 to the role that education has played in his current work in locating missing military members. Derek Abby How did Derek Abby deal with his parents divorcing early on in his life and his mother dying when he was only 13? “As a 13-year-old, you don’t usually deal...


Never Give Up, Never Quit... Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was sure that he would become another statistic when, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was caught in an IED blast, four days before his twenty-fifth birthday

175: Travis Mills: Former U.S Army Staff Sergeant, President of Travis Mills Group, Travis Mills Foundation, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Veterans Advocate, and Public Speaker discusses his triumphant recovery and successful life after becoming an amputee during combat. Travis Mills Did today’s guest Travis Mills grow up with his glass-is-half-full positive mentality? “Yeah, I’m pretty sure my parents called it stubbornness. It got me in trouble a lot. But I’ve always been the...


Josh Pelland is a former British Marine Commando and Special Opps who lived a life of adventure until he took a 65 foot fall, became paralyzed and has had to fight his way back. His tenacity, grit and shear will have got him back into the lane of life.

174: Josh Pelland: Professional Speaker and previously a Climber, Adventurer, ParaAthlete, and in Britain’s Elite Royal Marine Commando and Special Ops talks about what life has been like overcoming the struggles in becoming a commando and then overcoming a life-altering 65-foot fall. Josh Pelland How did Josh Pelland end up in Britain’s Elite Royal Marine Commando and Special Ops? “I grew up in Canada, lived all over Canada. Eighteen I went across and just took a big bite out of...


Butch is a former 11 year Army Apache helicopter pilot who helped to protect the ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He went from the Battlefield to the Backcountry in co-founding Kryptek, an outdoor apparel company. This guy is the real deal!!

173: Butch Whiting: CEO of Kryptek Outdoor Group, talks about he evolved from his childhood interest in the military, to leading soldiers in Afghanistan, to starting his own business and how all of these experiences connect. Butch Whiting Why was it that pushed today’s guest butch Whiting to go into the military at a young age? “I was inspired to go into the military by my grandfather on my dad’s side. He was the first sergeant in the 81st Airborne in World War II. So, from the age of...


Tom Arnold is an American actor with over 100+ movies and TV shows in addition to working with the USO whom Bob Hope exposed him to years ago plus a host of the Best Damn Sports Show years ago. He keeps reinventing himself and was a super interesting and

172: Tom Arnold: Actor and Comedian talks about how his humble beginnings in rural Iowa transformed into a celebrity life in Hollywood and overcoming family issues along the way. Tom Arnold What was it like for actor Tom Arnold growing? “I did grow up in a small farming town and the oldest of seven kids. When you are a kid from Ottumwa, Iowa, you have dreams. You watch the TV. You go to the movies. But you work in the field. You mail hay. You detach the cord. You rope beets. It is...


Joe is a former NFL player that after 8 years decided to retire, give away all this stuff, buy a Van, get a dog named Freedom and got hit the road for 8 months. Talk about self discovery of driving around the US, meeting new people and getting outside hi

171: Joe Hawley: Former NFL Football Player with the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Founder The Hart Collective and Man Van Dog Blog talks about bouncing back after his football career ended and reemerging in a van with his dog Freedom to the benefit of former professional athletes. Joe Hawley Joe Hawley discusses his choice to take his college football efforts to UNLV as a California guy. “I really wanted to go to UCLA but they said my grades weren’t good enough, which I knew...


MJ was one of the first venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. What a resilient story of overcoming the odds of being a woman in a men-dominated space to, in part, fund some of the most dynamic companies of this generation

170: MJ Elmore: Angel Investor at Broadway Angels, Advisor, Limited Partner, and Former General Partner at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), and Fellow at Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute talks about rising up to excellence as a woman in the overwhelming male investment industry. MJ Elmore MJ Elmore discusses how growing up, her older sister, who also attended Purdue University, was an early mentor figure for her. “In my family, we were five kids. My dad was a school...


Andrew Hughes has been chasing mountains around the world in his attempt to climb the Seven Summits. Despite being pushed back on a few of his climbs, he continues to show his resiliency by coming back, not giving up and staying the course

169: Andrew Hughes: Mountain Climber, Explorer, Writer, and Speaker talks about overcoming the loss of his marriage and a complete career shift away from law towards focusing on his passion for the outdoors. Andrew Hughes What was the whole idea behind the 5683 steps personal training challenge that Andrew Hughes did after the pandemic? “Like you, we were both supposed to be in Nepal this last season climbing, and when that all of a sudden changed because the world changed around us, it...


168: John Foley is an original. Full of positive energy, he is not only GLAD TO BE HERE but talks about bringing greatness to teams. He would know being the lead pilot as a Blue Angel!

168: John Foley: Former Blue Angel Pilot, Keynote Speaker, High Performance Expert, Glad To Be Here Mindset, and Founder of John Foley Inc. talks about what it took for him to earn his place among the Blue Angels and flying a jet in the movie Top Gun, as well as what Glad To be Here is all about. John Foley How exactly did guest John Foley become a Blue Angel and what was his motivation? “Blue Angels are Navy fighter pilots. So, we come from the instructor ranks usually. Bottomline is,...