Sun, 27 October 2013
"When I think about what's made me successful it's a willingness to say 'Let's try that and see where that goes'." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop
After college, Mayor Fulop worked in finance at Goldman Sachs which he then left after 9/11 to join the Marine Corps in Iraq.
In 2004 Mayor Fulop said yes to an opportunity to run for Congress, which he lost. However this sparked in him a passion for public service as he went on to serve for 8 years as a councilman and on May 14 2013 he was elected mayor of Jersey City at the age of 36.
In this interview conducted in city hall you'll hear Mayor Fulop discuss his path to winning mayoral office, the magnetic pull of passion, and that on the other side of uncertainty may just be what you're looking for.
Sun, 13 October 2013
"Having to pay the bills but not willing to give up the need to be creative will push you harder than you can ever imagine." - Kawehi
After her first year of college in 2002, Kawehi moved to California as a signed artist in a newly formed superband. Two months in she quit and moved back home. Unable to get any attention with her music going the traditional route and still tied to her contract, Kawehi took a 5 year break from music.
Kawehi then switched it up and with the support of her husband, Paul, created her own path in the music world, successfully supporting her career through crowdfunding on Kickstarter. She recently raised over $9,000 to fund her US tour. While growing her fan base Kawehi's also grown her musical ability as she now has incorporated looping and beatboxing into her work.
You'll hear from a musician who has figured out how to be a successfully funded independent artist on how she made it happen and that those fears that you have, they never go away...so what are you gonna do?
Sun, 29 September 2013
"I love the momentum. It's almost like a drug for me." - Nathaniel Ru
While at college Nathaniel met his future co-founders, Jonathan Nemen and Nicolas Jammet, and the 3 of them wanted to create a destination for healthy eating. In 2007, during their senior year they did just that with their launch of sweetgreen - a healthy fast food eatery in Washington DC.
Six years later sweetgreen now has 20 locations with their most recent expansion in the NoMad hotel in New York City. Along the way the trio have also created the sweetlife festival which this year had performances from Phoenix and Kendrick Lamar.
You'll hear Nathaniel discuss how they got sweetgreen and sweetlife off the ground, how to overcome having zero customers, and that if you're going into the unknown, that probably means you're on the right track.
Sun, 15 September 2013
"I'm never going to do something that doesn't matter. I have to be able to reach people and make them feel great about themselves." - Tasha Ong
In lieu of college, Tasha worked for her family's barbecue restaurant in Florida where she discovered her knack for customer service. Tasha took this newfound skill to her next gig at a spa where eventually the clientele started seeking out her styling advice.
Tasha realized the value in her style opinion and in 2007 she left the spa to create her own path as a personal lifestylist with a clientele that pays her to help them look and feel their best.
You'll hear Tasha discuss the many facets to being a lifestylist, how she went from barbecue slinging to boutique shopping, and while you'll always have fears, you'll always have yourself for support.
Sun, 1 September 2013
"I'm 27 years old and doing what I want to do every day - [it] shouldn't be like that - I should be working for the man. And that thought in the back of my head is my biggest fear and it's also what motivates me to keep being better and do what I do." - Josh Senior
After college Josh struggled to find work in his major of international relations, it was then that he decided to point his career towards his passion for video post production.
Over the next 4 years Josh went from unemployed dreamer, to company employee, to independent freelancer, to the leader of a team of freelancers, to now the founder of Senior Post, a digital post production house located in Dumbo Brooklyn with clients such as Vevo, Levi's, and Nike.
You'll hear Josh discuss how he used his passion to drive his career, the motivating effects of fear, and that success is not a one man band.
Sun, 18 August 2013
"Nothing mattered to me anymore but what I wanted." - James Dumapit
After several false starts with college and struggling to follow his passion of screenwriting, James was living with his parents in New Jersey and was unsure about his direction in life.
James switched up his situation when he turned his attention to his hobby - cooking - and created a whole new path for himself.
In 2009 James moved to Austin to attend the Texas Culinary Academy and soon began working at Uchi, a James Beard award-winning Japanese restaurant. Earlier this year James became a junior sous chef at their new restaurant, Uchiko and has had his own items featured on the menu.
In this interview conducted in Austin, you'll hear James discuss his path from career frustration to self-creation, the perils of perfection, and that if there's something you want to do, you should probably go do it.
Sun, 4 August 2013
"Being afraid is part of the job. If you're not afraid of anything then you're probably not pushing yourself all that hard." - Kathryn Minshew
After college Kathryn worked at McKinsey but she quickly knew management consulting wasn't for her and started looking for something new. Kathryn was frustrated with the available job search tools and realized she wanted to create a career resource of her own.
In September 2010 Kathryn launched her first attempt called PYP with 3 partners including Alex Cavoulacos who she had met at McKinsey. PYP didn't work out and in August 2011 Kathryn, Alex and Melissa McCreery, also from McKinsey, launched The Muse a website that gives you a look into the careers and companies you're curious about.
The Muse now reaches over 1 million users and features video profiles of companies such as Facebook, Gucci and Pinterest.
You'll hear Kathryn discuss how she turned her career confusion into a source of clarity, the importance of polite persistence, and that sometimes the best opportunities come from failure.
Sun, 21 July 2013
"If you don't take the chance you can never reap the benefits." - Justin Bridges
Originally from Atlanta Georgia, after college Justin found himself working in finance at Goldman Sachs in New York.
He soon realized he wanted to follow his passion of photography.
And so he did.
In the fall of 2010, Justin left Goldman, started up his photo blog called Tucked, and landed jobs in the fashion world.
As of this year Justin now works full-time as a photographer shooting for clients such as Giorgio Armani, Steve Madden and GQ.
You'll hear Justin discuss how he went from working behind the desk to behind the camera, the importance of practice, and that the best way to manage your fears it to drop them.
Sun, 30 June 2013
"Telling someone to 'Follow their passion' can actually get in the way of their goal to end up passionate about what they do ." - Cal Newport
Cal is a student of success.
While in college, Cal wrote his first book, How To Win At College. It was published by Random House.
For his 4th and latest book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, Cal sets his sights on the working world and claims that the idea of "following your passion" is bad advice.
Meanwhile Cal works full-time as an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown.
On this Skype interview you'll hear Cal discuss how he broke in the writing world, the problem with the passion mindset, and just because you don't love every single minute of what you're doing that doesn't mean you should give up on it.
Sun, 16 June 2013
"Deep down, if you want something to happen, you can make it happen." - Tracy Weiler
For the past 7 years Tracy has been growing her career as an actress in New York City, landing national commercial gigs and movie roles.
She's now living in LA as she's co-producing her own TV pilot called 'Hot Fail' along with Episode 002 guest Tim Drucker. (Tracy actually played a cheerleader in Tim's off-broadway musical 'Fat Camp'.)
The two successfully funded the pilot on Kickstarter which allowed them to shoot it in LA last month.
You'll hear Tracy discuss her path from landing zero gigs to creating gigs of her own, how to deal with hearing "nos" at auditions, and that if you believe in yourself, you can't even imagine what you're capable of.
Sun, 2 June 2013
"Put yourself in the position to succeed. If you want to climb to the next level, put yourself in the position to do that." - Dan Teicher
Since he first picked up a guitar in the 5th grade Dan's life has been about music.
Dan now lives as a musician full out - as a composer writing scores for documentaries and commercials and as a performer in his band The Ludlow Thieves, putting on sold out shows at the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury lounge.
You'll hear Dan discuss his path to matching his life with his love, some beautiful creations by the producer himself and how handling risk is all in how you look at it.
Sun, 19 May 2013
"If you can have this really weird life where you get paid to make people laugh it's like I don't need people to inspire me to do that. I just will do it on my own and be very grateful for it and then die within 60 years and I'm A-Ok with all of it." - Scotty Landes
While in college Scotty knew he wanted to become a comedy writer.
After scraping by for years in NYC he got his first gig with only $400 left to his name.
He's made the most of that opportunity and is now the co-executive producer of MTV's Money with Strangers and a writer for Comedy Central's Workaholics.
On this Skype interview you'll hear Scotty discuss his path to breaking into the comedy writing biz, his unusual way of interacting with his Twitter following, and how when the door opens, be ready to walk through it.
Sun, 5 May 2013
"It's the creative process to bring something that never existed before to the store — and then making it successful in that store — that's been so exciting for me." - Tom Donigan
Tom was tired of his law job and wanted to start a food business somehow.
In 2010 he called together his friends and now business partners, Matt Levey and Scott Fiesinger, for a meeting where they ended up co-creating Field Trip, an all-natural beef jerky made in upstate New York.
Field Trip is already available in Wegman's, Fresh Direct and even JetBlue planes.
You'll hear Tom discuss Field Trip's journey from initital idea to significant sales, how to successfully work with friends, and that when you understand your passions you understand your life.
Sun, 21 April 2013
I always said I didn't want to be a lawyer because I didn't want to work as hard as my Dad [Laughs] but now I realize it's not just because he's a lawyer - he works for himself - and so I'm going to be working just as hard but when you find something you love it makes it worthwhile. - Pamela Kalmus
Since she was little Pamela has wanted to do her own thing. Doing what exactly, she didn't know.
That's all changed as Pamela is the founder of Mani Diaries, a manicure management iPhone app which she launched September 2012 and now has 36,000 users!
Pamela's created Mani Diaries without any partners or any previous tech experience and while holding a full-time job.
Just a side note that I actually knew little Pamela as we were neighbors growing up in New Jersey.
You'll hear from a first-time tech entrepreneur who has funding on her mind on what it's like to be in her shoes and the courage it takes to have a dream.
Sun, 7 April 2013
I love the faces that music gives people. You know they're smilin' and their eyebrows go up a little bit and they're cheesin' and they're just like, Yeah! That's my jam! - Ezekiel Akinyemi aka DJ Zeke
Zeke (DJZeke.com) made a name for himself while DJ'ing as a student at St John's University. After college he became a DJ full-time, and has since toured with artists such as Rich Ross' Maybach Music Group and Nas.
Zeke was recently selected by Red Bull to host their Thr3estyle University Tour on college campuses across the country.
You'll hear Zeke discuss his path to becoming a professional crowd controller, the doubts that come with how to best use your gifts, and that if your plan involves achieving your dreams, you'll achieve them.
Sun, 24 March 2013
An hour from now I'll have a horrid thought about how horrible I am and how [awful] my writing is and then I'l just get back to square one. So I think it's just fighting myself, how hard will I fight myself to get things done? - The hez of Travis Tate
Travis is currently at Stage 2 on the Escalation of Actualization scale. He knows he wants to be a successful filmmaker but hasn't gotten his dreams off the ground.
The only thing in Travis' way is hez, which is hesitation as a result of being scared to take action.
Travis gives Grade A excuses like:
• I want to know my style better
• I need a mentor
• I'm not confident
• I want to change things up and move to a new city
• I don't have the right ingredients
• I hope the day comes when I'm ready
• I'm excited now but I'm going to sabotage myself later
• And the all around classic, I don't know
Sun, 10 March 2013
If you're willing to sacrifice, nothing's impossible. - Brendan Weafer
As a kid Brendan was a blackbelt in martial arts.
Brendan's now a professional fighter who's trained with Jackson MMA, one of the top team's in the world and in 2012 was casted to compete on FX's The Ultimate Fighter show, all while developing his own personal training business
You'll hear Brendan discuss how he honed his craft as a professional fighter, including some graphic play-by-plays, the importance of being present, and that the only step to take in life is the next one.
Direct download: 034__Brendan_Weafer__Professional_Fighter__Trainer.mp3
Category:Full Episodes -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT
Sun, 24 February 2013
"You Google, you freak out, you panic, you hesitate, you don't do it, you get tired of not doing it, you sleep, you YouTube...and then you do it [Laughs]. And so there comes a point in time where you get so sick of yourself that you do it!" - Ishita Gupta
After college, Ishita got accepted into med school but becoming a doctor didn't feel right.
She decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation which lead her to working side by side with marketing expert Seth Godin.
Ishita has since launched her own online magazine called fear.less and is now a life coach building her own line of personal development products.
You'll hear Ishita discuss how she worked through her confusion and fear to create a path with potential, the joy of unexpected inspiration, and that with a strong belief in yourself there's no stopping you.
Sun, 10 February 2013
"The only time I'm unhappy is when I don't have something interesting or valuable to work on." - Colin Wright
After college, Colin was running a successful branding studio, but he wanted out of the 120 hour work week he'd created for himself.
In 2009 Colin decided to travel the world full-time by having the readers of his blog, Exile Lifestyle, vote for which country he should live in every 4 months.
Along the way Colin decided to make the leap from blogger to author and now supports himself with his book sales.
On this Skype interview you'll hear Colin discuss how he matched his lifestyle up with ambitions, the victories of leaving your comfort zone, and that life is one big experiment.
Direct download: 032__Colin_Wright__Extreme_Lifestyle_Experimenter.mp3
Category:Full Episodes -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT
Sun, 27 January 2013
"Perseverance and will make all the other problems go away." - Cameron Robertson
While in college, Cameron was going down the finance route but he realized he wanted to start his own business. He met his business partner Paul Gerhardt and after two failed attempts of creating a marketable product they created Lockitron, which fits over your deadbolt to turn your smartphone into your house keys.
The first production of Lockitron is slated to ship in late May 2013.
On this Skype interview, you'll hear Cameron discuss his obstacle-ridden path to co-creating a product that people actually want, the powerful possibilities of self-crowdfunding, and that how far you go in life, is up to you.