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#28: Leveling Up Your Life with Ken Brokaw

This week I had the pleasure of spending some time on the mic with my friend Ken Brokaw. Ken is an author, entrepreneur, and the founder of Leveling Up Your Life. A few of my favorite moments: Creating a profitable side hustle before quitting your job: Use that fear as motivation. If you're in a current job...I would keep that job and make sure you build up the side hustle accordingly. Build the systems and processes in place to be able to replace that side job. Don't cut off your main...

Duration: 00:41:25

#27: Matt Andersen on Bringing a Unique Vision to an Old Industry

This week I had the pleasure of spending some time on the mic with my friend Matt Andersen. Matt is a CPA and the founder of MD Andersen CPA, a public accounting firm in South Charlotte that prides itself on empowering entrepreneurs with nerdy CPA skills. We covered some serious ground in this episode and Matt destroyed the stereotype of the boring bean counter. Yet another killer episode that I know you're going to find immense value in. You can listen to this episode above. After you...

Duration: 00:54:53

#26: Kevin Giriunas of Advent Coworking on Risking It All to Do Something That Matters

This week I got on the mic with Kevin Giriunas, the founder of Advent Coworking in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte. I didn’t plan it this way, but this interview couldn’t have been a more perfect follow up to the episode with Court Creeden. Kevin spent the bulk of his life chasing a version of success that wasn’t his own, earning a Master’s Degree in structural engineering and working as an IT project manager for four years. On paper, Kevin was living the life of his dreams....

Duration: 00:45:04

#25: Court Creeden on the Life Changing Power of Being Yourself

This week I had a candid conversation with Court Creeden, the founder of Parent Financial and the author of the hot new personal development book, Blue Goat. I like to dig deep into the story with people and Court didn’t hesitate to go there with me. Do you feel like there’s more to life? Do you feel like you’re destined to do more than just live for the weekends? Are you ready to make a difference by living your truth? If any of this applies to you, then Court Creeden is the Red Pill...

Duration: 01:06:02

#24: David Herring on Finding Happiness Through Being His Authentic Self

David Herring is an architect, attorney, and one seriously woke dude. In this episode, we cover some deeply personal topics and often venture into the existential. I feel like we barely scratched the surface, so I look forward to having David back in the studio again soon. One of my favorite moments: On making the difficult decision to walk away from his job without a safety net or a plan rather than continue to be unhappy: "I was constantly anxious, stressed out, unhappy. And, I just...

Duration: 01:01:00

#23: William Wilson — Lessons on Entrepreneurship & Life from a Custom Clothier

William Wilson is the founder of Charlotte-based William Wilson Clothing, a private men’s custom clothing company. Before he was designing custom clothing, William was in the construction business. Today, William specializes in high profile clients, and his client list includes professional athletes, celebrities, CEOs, and business executives. William Wilson Clothing only accepts three new clients per month and routinely has a waiting list. In addition to being a nationally respected...

Duration: 01:19:45

#22: How Exit Strategy Is Leading the Way in Innovative Escape Rooms

Escape rooms are gaining in popularity throughout the world and Exit Strategy is leading the charge in innovative and exciting escape room experiences in Charlotte. Last week, me and two friends visited Exit Strategy and played their newest room, Ruins. In this episode, I chat with Exit Strategy General Manager Rob Staton about our experience escaping the room and Rob gives us the scoop on the history of escape rooms and what other unique experiences Exit Strategy has to offer. You can...

Duration: 00:44:06

#21: Mike Simmons on Inventing the Person You Want to Be

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." Simply put, if you want success you have to step outside your comfort zone and ruthlessly pursue it. You have to constantly position yourself to be in the right place to seize opportunities when they appear. In the first five minutes of this episode, it's clear Mike Simmons has taken these lessons to heart. Mike is the founder, CEO, and driving force behind the marketing and business development firm...

Duration: 01:02:35

#20: Harrison Lord — Networking, Finding Your Niche, and the Power of Just Being Nice

Finding your niche is about more than just following your passion. While following your passion is all the rage, the truth is, if your passion doesn’t intersect with a viable need people are willing to part with their money for, your passion is going to bankrupt you. For better results, identify an existing problem in the market that pertains to your passion and then solve it. That’s how you can follow your passion to immeasurable wealth – or at least a successful business that gives you...

Duration: 01:18:49

#19: Chung Winner — Filmmaking, Personal Development, and Winning the Day With a Cold Shower

This week I had the pleasure of spending some time with filmmaker Chung Winner. It was evident after talking for just a few minutes with Chung that he is a man on a mission. We covered topics from winning the day by starting with an ice cold shower to consciously manipulating his mind and body to serve his will. A director and editor by trade, Chung's behind the scenes credits include: Vanity Fair, The Travel Channel, short films, music videos, the #1 television show in the Democratic...

Duration: 00:48:35

#18: How This Entrepreneur Turns Trash Into Cash — East Coasters

Jason Mailot is the founder of East Coasters, a company dedicated to making unique and functional products from discarded rubber that was destined for the landfill. Check out the full post at Jason is an old friend and one of the most charismatic people I know, so it was an absolute joy to have him in the studio this week. Jason is the embodiment of achieving success through shear force of will. After leaving college with a degree, a mountain of debt,...

Duration: 00:55:18

#17: The Guy Making the EpiPen Affordable Again — Blake Anderson

Link to the Blog Post The Epipen is back in the news, but for all the wrong reasons. This week, only a few short months since the consumer and congressional outrage over a 500% price increase on Mylan's EpiPen, Pharmaceutical company Kaleo released their answer to the anti-allergy giant in the form of Auvi-Q. Touted as an affordable alternative, the product was originally released in 2013 with a similar price tag to the EpiPen. However, the drug was later recalled due to manufacturing...

Duration: 00:58:38

#16: 6 Reasons Evernote is Your New Favorite App

(Get a FREE month of Evernote Premium HERE) It's possible to be organized and unproductive, but it's impossible to maximize your productivity without organization. Organizing our thoughts and priorities has likely been around since we first began having thoughts and prioritizing them. For the bulk of those years the primary tools where pen and pad. But, over the last 15 years the public has become increasingly reliant on digital means to organize their personal and professional lives. (I...

Duration: 00:18:42

#15: John Azar: Private Equity Commercial Real Estate Investor

This week I sat down with John Azar of MACC Venture Partners, a private equity commercial real estate firm in Gastonia, North Carolina. John has a compelling story and it was a privilege to have him in the studio this week. John was born in Aleppo, Syria, into an upper-middle class family. Despite this, John's father insisted on instilling the value of hard work in his son, getting John his first job as a carpenter's assistant. Then, at sixteen years old, John's life was upended. During a...

Duration: 01:24:05

#14: Vic The Chili Man

This week I sat down with one of my favorite chefs and the owner of Charlotte's #1 rated restaurant on YELP, Vic "The Chili Man" Werany. He's a man that marches to the beat of his own drum, consistently finds the funny in every situation, and is truly one of my all-around favorite humans. You may recognize him from his viral Panthers playoff videos, his cameos in Super Bowl commercials, and the Johnny Knoxville movie Bad Grandpa, but his legendary culinary creations are what he's truly...

Duration: 01:17:35

#13: Annemarie Pantazis: I Did It My Way

This week I sat down with Charlotte's own Annemarie Pantazis. This interview is particulary special to me, not only because Annemarie has been a great friend and mentor to me, but because she is the perfect example of someone that made the difficult decisions everyday to put their future self first. Long before she was an acclaimed workers' compensation attorney, at the tender age of seventeen she was cutting her teeth in a small law firm in her hometown. It was then that she decided that...

Duration: 00:55:40

#12: The Blueprint for Getting High-Value Mentors

Behind every successful businessperson or entrepreneur you're all but guaranteed to find a laundry list of high-value mentors that supported them on their journey. By now it's common knowledge that mentors are one of the fundamental building blocks of success, so why aren't we making the acquisition of mentors a priority? This week we’re going to break down my step-by-step strategies for discovering, developing, and retaining high-value mentors. (Because acquiring mentors and networking...

Duration: 00:24:00

#11: Letter From My Future Self

Hi, Future Self Friends! Thanks for following us to our new home here at! We're still working hard behind the scenes to create the best website experience possible for you, so expect some significant functional and aesthetic updates in the coming weeks. However, none of that is going to stop us from pumping out fresh and valuable episodes of the Future Self Podcast every Friday. I had planned on discussing mentorship this week, but this post felt more appropriate on the...

Duration: 00:16:48

#10: Podcast Moving Day!

It was a short week and it’s going to be a short episode. We do have a big announcement this week though! Beginning next Friday, September 16, 2016, the Future Self Podcast will be permanently relocating to a new home. Initially my goal for this show was to create a resource for clients to find clear and concise answers to their estate planning questions. But, I also wanted to create an equally valuable resource that addressed the very real day-to-day concerns of my average client; a...

Duration: 00:09:33

#9: Ten Tips Networking Ninjas Know

It's no secret that having a large social group, or network, is a valuable resource. So, why are so few people actively engaged in building their network? In this post I'm going to answer that question and give you strategies to start expanding your own network today. Can you answer YES to any of these questions? You're not alone. Perhaps the most pervasive stigma networking faces is the perception that it's all about getting something in return. Far from it. It's about getting out...

Duration: 00:36:57

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