Prologue Profiles

"Do you want to tell your kid 'Do what you love because I gave up my dream so that you could have yours?' or 'Follow your dream in the same way that I followed mine.'?" - Jullien Gordon

Note: This is the last episode of 2012. I'm grateful for your attention and interest in what my guests and I have created together and I'm excited about what's to come in 2013! Now onto the episode!...

While in college two traumatic life experiences led Jullien to decide his purpose was to help others find theirsHe is now The Innerviewer, helping companies and professionals reach their highest potential.

I first heard of Jullien after watching one of his TEDx talks and thought he'd be great for the show, a few weeks later I was at an event organized by Jason Womack and sitting across the room from me was Jullien himself.

You'll hear Jullien discuss his path to becoming The Innerviewer, the silent danger of underemployment, and how following your dreams starts with you.

Direct download: 030__Jullien_Gordon__High_Performance_Consultant.mp3
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"I love that I'm creating my dream and it feels good to be working this hard for something that I want, that I'm creating." - Fabiola Arias

In the ninth grade Fabiola decided she would become a fashion designer.

She launched her line while still a student at Parsons and at 25 years old she now sells her eveningwear collection of cocktail dresses and gowns at Neiman Marcus Couture Salons across the country.

Fabiola played a key role in Episode 025 as she helped inspire me to create Prologue Profiles. We're also a couple. (Shucks)

You'll hear Fab discuss how she got her collection off the ground and onto the racks of Neiman Marcus, how fragile our dreams can be, and how the path to success is a whole lot of hard work

Direct download: 029__Fabiola_Arias__Fashion_Designer.mp3
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"Make it. That's it. It's not gonna happen the first time you do it and you cannot become discouraged that it didn't work because all it is is just, 'Do it again.'" - Jeff Laub

After college Jeff wanted out from his law job. Jeff took action and in 2009 co-founded the Blind Barber, a bar/barbershop in the East Village of New York City.

Earlier this year the Blind Barber opened its second location in Culver City LA.

You'll hear Jeff discuss how he took the Blind Barber from an idea on his mom's couch to opening its doors on 10th st and avenue B, the contagiousness of confidence, and how hearing 'No' just means your work isn't done.

Direct download: 028__Jeff_Laub__Hospitality_Entrepreneur.mp3
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"Being realistic is a silly thing. You should swing for the fences and go for the bigger or better thing." - Shane Snow

Shane Snow has a really cool name. He also has a really cool story.

After college, Shane moved to New York to become a tech journalist. Without any credible experience to build on, Shane's goal was to be published in Wired within a year. By using his technique of non-traditional ladder climbing he made it happen in 8 months, and now is regularly published in Wired magazine.

Shane's also the co-founder of Contently a tech startup which has figured out how to create a marketplace to match the growing number of freelance journalists looking for work with the growing number of companies looking to hire them.

You'll hear Shane discuss his effective use of non-traditional ladder climbing, the precious role of integrity and how going for what's bigger or better is always one step away.

Direct download: 027__Shane_Snow__Journalism_Entrepreneur.mp3
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"If we're always chasing the pot at the end of the rainbow, we forget we're riding rainbows all day." - Bassam Tarazi

Prologue Profiles was created to inspire you. It's no accident that I've asked Bassam (@BassamTarazi) to be on this show.

In 2007 Bassam found himself unemployed and without any direction in life. Bassam switched his perspective and became effectively diligent in finding employment.

He realized he could teach others to be accountable to themselves and earlier this year he decided to become a full-time life coach and author.

You'll hear how Bassam took control of his life and found his purpose along the waywhy we shouldn't feel guilty for the opportunities we have and how you don't know what's on the other side of the door until you walk through it.

Direct download: 026__Bassam_Tarazi__Life_Coach_and_Author.mp3
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“I don’t want to make you feel small. I want to make you feel like you can do whatever you want to do, because people like you are doing it. - Dan Feld

People have been asking me to do an episode on my story and how Prologue Profiles came to be, but I’ve been holding off. I still felt too close to my massive failure last year of quitting my market research job in New York City to become a teacher in Mississipi. 

Six months and 024 episodes in, I’m ready and excited to share my story with you.

Leading the interview is Stuart Blake, the guest of the very first Prologue Profiles.

You’ll hear me discuss what sparked me to quit my job and move to Mississippihow I recovered from the biggest failure of my life, and how the best way to do something, is to do it.

Direct download: 025__Dan_Feld__Podcaster.mp3
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"Don't be the guy that sits there and goes 'Oh I have this great idea, but if, or maybe...' It doesn't matter. Just go out and try. It might take you 20 tries, but it will work as long as you're ambitious and you have that element of perseverance." - David Goldberg

David has always wanted to sell.

Out of college David worked at CNET where he honed his ad sales skills but became eager to leave corporate America.

His chance to build a company would come in 2009, when David, his brother Ari and business partner Albert co-founded StyleCaster an online fashion platform which now attracts over 5.5 million visits each month.

In this episode David hints that StyleCaster was finalizing something big. It was announced last week that StyleCaster has acquired Daily Makeover, the #1 beauty technology in digital media.

You'll hear David discuss what he thinks has been the key to StyleCaster's success, being openly motivated by money and that the hardest sale to close is the one to yourself.

Direct download: 024__David_Goldberg__Salesman.mp3
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"I think I've always had the bug—Growing up wanting to do something on my own and create something." - Kriti Sehgal

After college, Kriti held a medical research job and was on the path to med school, but what she wanted to do was start a business.

In her spare time, she co-founded a frozen yogurt shop, which didn't work out and left Kriti with little to show for her efforts.

Kriti learned from her experience and is now a co-owner of Pure Fare (@PureFare), a brand of health-conscious fast casual restaurants she opened with her twin brother, Kunal, in the spring of 2011.

Pure Fare has won the award for best guilt-free lunch by Philadelphia Magazine and this summer already opened a second location.

Part of the Pure Fare brand is My Fare, a proprietary online tracking tool which allows you to keep track of what you eat throughout the day to help set and achieve personal nutrition goals.

You'll hear Kriti discuss the importance of feeling connected with your creation, how to keep your fears on the sidelines, and that sacrifice is not a dirty word.

Direct download: 023__Kriti_Sehgal__Restauranteur.mp3
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"If you said, 'Where do you want to be in 10 years?' I could say things that I really like to do, but I still can't tell you how I want to get there, because I'm O.K. taking a diversion." - Lucas Kavner

After college, Lucas (@LucasKavner) knew he wanted to write and perform. He moved to NYC and took random jobs to support himself as he auditioned for gigs.

Lucas'  artistic pursuits are gaining momentum: he's landing parts in commercials, was recently casted in the Stephen King/John Cougar Melloncamp musical and has received a grant to write a play of his own, all the while now working full-time as a Culture Reporter at the Huffington Post.

You'll hear Lucas' hazy yet fond relationship with his path ahead, handling rejection, and the incomparable benefits from just not stopping.

Direct download: 022__Lucas_Kavner__Writer_and_Performer.mp3
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"For the first time in my life, I'm giving credence to all those guys who showed up at my high school when the teachers were hungover, telling us to do what we love and the money will follow." - Brian Trunzo

Brian (@nytbro) is a lawyer who wanted out. Last summer, he started a fashion blog called The blog caught the attention of the fashion world and he soon found himself flying to Italy for trade shows.

Less than two years after launching his blog, Brian will be leaving his law job to open Carson Street Clothiers, a menswear retail shop in New York City he co-owns with his law school friend/business partner.

You'll hear Brian discuss his journey from law depression to fashion obsession, the benefits of fearing failure, and how there may be more to yourself than you know.

Direct download: 021__Brian_Trunzo__Menswear_Retailer.mp3
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