I am so grateful for all the amazing things in my life. This past year has been a whirlwind of excitement and I owe a huge debt of gratitude for everyone who has supported me.
The opportunity to host my own podcast has been a liberating, challenging experience and a fantastic catalyst for growth. Many of my guests have become friends and I have learned a tremendous amount from each and every one of them. Here’s a key thing or two I learned from each one.
#1 Lee Ngo - The magic of StartUp Weekend and hurdles that Pittsburgh still has to overcome.
#2 Michael Van Ness - “Mick” has a capacity to give himself in service of others. He makes me reconsider my own actions and whether I am helping others enough.
#3 Larry Gioia - Everyone’s network has room for one more person who give, shares and connects others.
#4 Rob Dulabon - Exercise is not enough. Diet is as, if not more, important than your workouts.
#5 Charlie Eisenhood - Take the long term view. Charlie has not taken a dollar from his media business yet, despite it being 3 years old. He is focused on growth now, knowing the payoff will come later.
#6 David Vatz - No one has to settle for the status quo or what others think the right career path should look like. Do what’s right for you and find your freedom.
#7 Bobby Fry - A voracious appetite
#8 Jason Miller - You are not too busy to start a new project. He launched a fast-growing website while working a full-time job and raising a young child.
#9 Po-Shen Loh - Everyone learns differently, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do it together.
#10 Tad Wissel - Know your roots and don’t compromise your values at the first stiff wind.
#11 Will Lutz - It’s okay to forgo work-life balance to follow your dreams.
#12 Scott Rogerson - When you get knocked down, dust yourself off and keep moving. You never know where your next opportunity will arise from.
#13 Victor Jimenez - You taught me about incorporating a successful podcast into a business and how to improve the production quality of my show.
#14 David Hogan - Respecting your opponent allows you to enter competitions prepared and potentially steal their strengths.
#15 Ian Neumaier - We are not limited to workout routines and running on a track. Through games and play, we can stay in shape and actually have fun.
#16 Zach Malone - People are more important than numbers.
#17 Isaac Saul - Great pieces of writing can be completed in a few hours or over the course of many months.
#18 Melissa Witmer - Pursuing your interests can grow into a sustainable business even if that’s not the plan when you get started.
#19 Ken Kaminski - Don’t willingly cede power to those you don’t know and trust.
#20 - Monologues are harder and easier than you think.
#21 Josh Lucas - Coding is going to be the key skill for folks who want to remain/become employable.
#22 Qxhna Titcomb - Go build something to solve the problem you see. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. Also, people rally around someone with passion.
#23 Nathan Chan - Give first. Generosity creates leverage and will lead to a vibrant and powerful network of allies.
#24 Michael Batnick - A voracious reading appetite is a valuable trait to cultivate.
#25 Evan Lepler - It’s very hard to predict the future. Hard work and diligence increase the likelihood of success and stimulation.
#26 Josie Cellone - Your problem is likely someone else’s problem too. If you can figure out a solution, good things will happen.
#27 Henry Thorne - You’ll never be satisfied with your skills and accomplishments. That’s okay. Keep plugging away.
#28 Emily Levenson & Kate Stolzfus - Your partner doesn’t need to be your best friend. Having a strong relationship that is primarily work-focused allows you to maintain more of a work-life balance.
#29 Erik Kulick - Mentality and mindset trumps all. You cannot survive in a high stakes situation if you can’t manage your nerves and stay focused.
#30 Mark Harris - Smaller, nimble organizations can move quicker and provide better service, allowing them to steal business from bigger firms.
#31 Alan Charness - Exceptional planning and discipline yields rewards that few defy imagination.
#32 Jeff Snader - Selling isn’t exclusively about the numbers, the cool factor plays a huge role.
#33 Scott Wolovich - Tech isn’t the only space where startups can exist or thrive. We can’t forget the role of community in culture when we chart the future.
#34 John Craig - Take time to notice the things that go unnoticed.
#35 Barry Ritholtz - Never accept a first offer. Negotiate for deal that satisfies your needs.
#36 Sophia Berman - There are so many impactful and innovative products yet to be created. The only limits are your creativity and willingness to put in the work.
#37 Jennifer Pharr Davis - Build a life around what you love. Take pride in what you accomplish regardless of whether or not others recognize it.
#38 Dan McCoy - Hardships and obstacles will define you and force you to grow. Fear nothing and dream big.
#39 Tim DeByl - Hard work, day in and day out, breeds impressive results.
#40 Bobby Zappala - Throwing a great party can turn into running a great business. Connections are everything.
#41 Sean McComb - Humility is key. Remain humble throughout your journey through life.
#42 Matt Zieger - You can affect change from the bottom-up or the top-down. And top-down may not be the best way.
#43 Dick Zhang - Today is the day to start actively pursuing your dreams.
#44 Chris Johnson - Constraints and limitations inspire creativity and innovation.
I cannot wait to learn even more from my future guests.
P.S. - Thank you again to everyone who contributed to my Kickstarter campaign.
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