650 - Living with Eddie Van Halen! The weird way Craig became THE "impressions" guys. Going on tour with KISS, bouncing from the worst despair, and a special visit from Christopher Walken - Craig Gass.
2 hr 48 min

Craig Gass, American actor, comedian, Voiceover artist, and impressionist is the most interesting person, and has to most interesting stories that I have ever known! He grew up around deaf parents and ended up learning an amazing impression skill! He shares the stories of how he got out of this addiction, that time he lived with the one and only Eddie Van Halen, and that time when he was touring with KISS!  Also, a special visit from Christopher Walken and a surprise visit from a celebrity baby. 

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North Star Podcast
North Star Podcast
David Perell
Nik Sharma: Building DTC Companies
My guest today is Nik Sharma, the founder of Sharma Brands and an advisor to companies like Judy and Cha Cha Matcha. Nik is one of my very best friends and my go-to person for all things commerce. Since we first met, we've spent hours exploring the future of marketing and commerce together and recorded this podcast to give you a window into what our conversations are like. We started with Nik's philosophy of launching Direct-to-Consumer brands. I particularly liked Nik's idea of "The Brag Bar" on landing pages, where you can use social proof to sell your products. We also spoke about managing relationships with influencers and finding the supply and demand equilibrium at launch. Towards the end, Nik and I talked about our process for turning conversations into articles, and the time he cold emailed Mark Cuban. Please enjoy my conversation with Nik Sharma. ____________________________ Show Notes 2:21 - Why Nik has the "world's craziest fridge" and how it helps keep him in the know on DTC brands. 6:29 - What marketing strategies Nik has found most successful for DTC brands. 13:31 - How brands can differentiate themselves in a world of emerging brands in already burgeoning markets. 19:25 - Nik's approach to launching a successful DTC brand and when to concentrate your advertising versus diversify. 30:19 - The role of A/B testing in building a brand. 35:43 - How influencers play into the big picture of marketing and why the "shaky video" effect is so successful. 42:12 - The selection and audition process of influencers in Nik's campaigns and how he chooses those he sees as the best for his brands. 45:52 - The costs and benefits of starting your brand through heavy promotion via influencers. 49:56 - How the process of rebranding Hint Water's bottle was performed and the qualitative process that got them to the bottle you see today. 57:27 - The metrics and methods Nik uses in his development of marketing strategies with his brands. 1:05:19 - What Nik looks for in a great landing page, and why all landing pages should be easy to read for everybody from a 12-year-old to a drunk person. 1:10:07 - What UGC is and why Nik thinks it is so underrated by marketing teams. 1:13:31 - The different marketing funnels and when you should use each one. 1:17:09 - Why Nik creates landing pages for fake products and makes them live on the internet. 1:22:56 - The importance of having great merch for your brand. 1:26:22 - What about internet culture makes collaborations so successful and popular. 1:34:05 - How somebody can convert a large personal following into sponsorships and meaningful collaborations. 1:35:46 - How new brands should position themselves when huge players like Amazon are in the same space. 1:44:01 - What happened when Nik cold emailed Mark Cuban and how he got an almost instant response. 1:50:46 - How David and Nik collaborate to develop, write, and publish the articles they make. 1:56:14 - Why Nik doesn't sweat the details of his personal brand that much.
2 hr 1 min
BiggerPockets Money Podcast
BiggerPockets Money Podcast
152: Reaching Financial Independence Despite a Very Late Start with Baby Boomer Super Saver
To say that Kathy from Baby Boomer Super Saver had a difficult journey ahead of her is an understatement. She was $70,000 in credit card debt, with a big mortgage, and a spouse that had a medical emergency. So how did she make her way to the millionaire retirement level? Through financial management communities like the FIRE movement, she was able to correct her spending faults, earn more, and invest most of her income into retirement accounts. Kathy put in the work to change her mindset about money as a whole, and reach for abundance instead of just survival. Now, Kathy teaches others how they can reach their retirement goals (even if they’re behind where they want to be) on her Baby Boomer Super Saver blog. Whether you’re just starting your career, or are a few years away from retirement, Kathy has some incredible tips on money management, maxing out retirement contributions, and being intentional with your money and your journey. In This Episode We Cover * How to reach your retirement goals even if you start later in life * Snowballing your debt so you can save more * Changing your financial mindset to get where you need to be * The 2 key ways to get your retirement savings up * How catchup contribution accounts like the 457b plan can accelerate your investing * Being intentional with your money while lining up your saving/investing with your values * The importance of educating yourself and not relying entirely on others for financial advice * And SO much more! Links from the Show * BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group * BiggerPockets Forums * Dave Ramsey * BiggerPockets Money Podcast 18 with Mad Fientist
1 hr 6 min
BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast
BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast
420: Finding the “Sweet Spot” in Multifamily: Scaling to 150+ Units with David Grabiner
David Grabiner takes the term “long distance investor” to the extreme. While he was a hospital administrator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he was calling real estate agents in Chattanooga, Tennessee trying to scoop up multifamily deals. David started out by partnering up with his father, buying a quadplex that helped him get his initial training in property management. He later scaled up his and his father’s investment portfolio to 24 units, and then, within 3 years, scaled up his own investments to 150+ units! This meant that David had to quit his job and go full-time into real estate investing. He did it, and he isn’t looking back! Now David is a deal-finding machine, buying directly from listing agents and becoming one of the go-to multifamily investors in Chattanooga. Whether you own one single family home, a dozen duplexes, or hundreds of apartment complexes, you’ll take something away from David’s in depth discussion on property management, landlording, and tenant screening. In This Episode We Cover: * Finding your “unfair advantage” and how it can help your investing career * Approaching different investors with different points of view * The importance of networking for off-market deals * Why you shouldn’t be scared to be “the owner”, and actually use it to market yourself to others * How to find, screen, and keep tenants in place * How you can quickly increase a property’s value (simply by being a great property manager) * Finding the “sweet spot” in multi-family deals * Setting up systems for automated property management (so you can scale!) * And SO much more! Links from the Show * BiggerPockets Forums * David's Instagram * Brandon's Instagram * BiggerPockets Podcast * Buildium * Collegedale Credit Union * BiggerPockets Podcast 362: Big Goals? Here’s How to Get Your Spouse or Partner on Board with Jay and Wendy Papasan * BiggerPockets Podcast 260: The Ultimate Guide to Negotiating (for the Negotiation-Averse) With Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Chris Voss * Rent Manager Check the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/show420
1 hr 12 min
The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk
The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk
Ryan Hawk
393: Chris Holtmann - How To Lead With Conviction (Don't Be Afraid To Pursue Growth)
Text LEARNERS to 44222 for leadership development resources Full show-notes at www.LearningLeader.com Twitter/IG: @RyanHawk12 393: Chris Holtmann - Head Basketball Coach of Ohio State University Buckeyes Notes: * Chris played his college basketball at a small Christian school called Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. For a coach named Paul Patterson. Chris said, “I think the core of who I am as a coach comes from him.” * Don’t Be Afraid To Pursue Growth - "As I debated, I realized that I couldn’t blame myself for craving stability – it was only human nature after all. We are drawn by the soft voice of consistency, the allure of a warm blanket of security in our jobs and lives. And while many of us willingly happily give in to living within the status quo, the reality is that the world around us rarely remains motionless. The sun rises and sets, the seasons pass and the world keeps moving and changing. It is only as we grow older and look back at life that we realize all that we have missed, all that we could have accomplished, had we simply pushed ourselves to break free of our fears." * "As I found myself deliberating once again, I began to think back to the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck on motivation and failure. Dweck drew a distinction between performance orientation and learning orientation. Children that believe that their intelligence is fixed almost always give up on problems quickly, whereas those that believe their intelligence is malleable, conversely, stick with problems longer. Adults are no different. Those who are performance oriented are dissuaded by failure - they favor stability. Whereas those of who are learning oriented embrace opportunity and eschew the status quo." * Head Coaches To Lead Their Teams To 5 Straight 1st Round Tourney Wins: Chris Holtmann, Mike Krzyzewski, Jay Wright, Mark Few, Bill Self, Roy Williams, John Calipari * Article: David Brooks - Thick versus Think organizations -- "How To Leave A Mark On People" * Focus on the process... "Do today well." * "Don't compare yourself to others." * Why is Brad Stevens one of the most effective coaches in the world? * "He's an extremely curious learner. He has tremendous EQ and understands how to connect with people." * Chris got promoted to be the interim head coach at Butler shortly after accepting the job to be an assistant... * His boss (athletic director) told him, "You'll be evaluated daily." He came to every practice to watch Chris coach. * "It was hard to hear, but it was the reality. I couldn't listen to critiques. I had to coach to my convictions." * Living your values: You must make a commitment to your values and live them daily. * The values of the Ohio State basketball team: * Truth * Humility * Respect * Toughness - "Grit is imperative in successful people. Your response to challenging moments says everything to success." Coach Tony Bennett is tremendously tough. "Calm is contagious." * Your response to difficult circumstances is what toughness is all about. * Accountability * Thankful * "He who would be calm must first put on the appearance of being calm." * How does one develop composure? * "You need people around you to give you honest feedback. We don't realize how reactionary we can be." * "Any time you feel upset with a player, wait to talk about it until you can process it. Think it through..." * Excellence = * Consistency * Discipline * "Your habits need to match your dreams." * Be convicted in what you believe * What Chris looks for in a player: * Toughness -- "What's the most challenging thing you've been through? How did you respond?" * Selfless * "What's your body language on the bench when you aren't playing?" * "What's your response to a teammates success?" * Honesty * Advice to leaders: * You can't skip steps in the process of being a leader * Value the beginning stages * Eliminate comparison to others as much as possible * Be committed to growing professionally and personally. It's about your daily habits. Your character is put on display. * "We write our stories one decision at a time."
1 hr 4 min
Invest Like the Best
Invest Like the Best
Patrick O'Shaughnessy
Emmett Shear - The New Language of the Internet – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP.9]
My guest today is Emmett Shear, founder and CEO of Twitch. Twitch is the world's leading live streaming platform for gamers, which was acquired by Amazon in 2014. We talk about how Twitch empowers streamers to monetize their audience, the necessity of picking a customer early in a business, and the lessons Emmett learned scaling Twitch from an online reality TV show to a global brand inside Amazon. We also discuss how Twitch has helped create a new language in the internet age with emotes, a topic I am fascinated by. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Emmett Shear. This episode is brought to you by Microsoft for Startups. Microsoft for Startups is a global program dedicated to helping “enterprise-ready” B2B startups successfully scale their companies. If you’re a founder running a B2B company targeting the enterprise, you should definitely check them out. This episode is also brought to you by Solo Stove. There's simply no better way to create good moments this holiday season than around a fire with a Solo Stove Bonfire. Complete with 30-day return policy and a lifetime warranty, the unit is made entirely of stainless steel, and at just 20 pounds, the Solo Stove Bonfire is easy to transport for a perfect evening in the backyard, at the campground, or on the beach. Get $5 off with code Patrick5 before December 31st 2020. For more episodes go to InvestorFieldGuide.com/podcast. Sign up for the book club and new email newsletter called “Inside the Episode” at InvestorFieldGuide.com/bookclub. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag Show Notes (2:52) – (First question) – History of interactive entertainment (4:10) – Interactivity from the clubs in Vienna and what he learned from that (5:16) – Origins of Justin.TV and when gaming became the focus for Twitch (8:59) – What he enjoyed about video streaming games early on (10:21) – Interactive experience between creators and community (12:28) – Emotes on twitch and how they came to be (14:45) – Business of emotes and the affiliates (16:27) – How these features are proliferating out on the internet and changing it (17:21) – How far we are in the streamer-influencer phenomenon (20:00) – Building an effective platform for fans (23:07) – Evolution of the just chatting piece of Twitch (24:58) – Favorite parts of Twitch from followers: Chess (26:45) – Running a business within a larger business (28:09) – Most interesting trend in the market today (30:40) – Effective ways for recruiting the team (31:35) – Most curious about what is happening on the internet today (33:06) – Advice from the early days of Twitch (35:55) – Ira Glass video taste and making things (36:34) – Focus on strategic mission (38:06) – Identifying the customer (40:40) – Starting small (41:45) – Investors focus on potential market size (43:00) – Most common reasons talented people fail (43:47) – Kindest thing anyone has done for him Learn More For more episodes go to InvestorFieldGuide.com/podcast. Sign up for the book club and new email newsletter called “Inside the Episode” at InvestorFieldGuide.com/bookclub. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag
51 min
Flow Research Collective Radio
Flow Research Collective Radio
Flow Research Collective
Why Sleep Is A Crucial Component Of Performance — Dr. Wendy Troxel | Flow Research Collective Radio
Join our flagship cognitive performance training. 👉 Zero to Dangerous helps you accomplish your wildest professional goals while reclaiming time, space, and freedom in your personal life. More than 35% of adults aren’t getting enough sleep (according to stats by the CDC.) This is a concerning stat. Sleep deprivation affects mental and physical health in many ways. So, in this episode, we talk about sleep science. We love talking about flow and peak performance but flow is actually more than a moment of peak experience. It is a cycle. The 4 steps of the flow cycle are struggle, release, flow, and recovery. And today, we want to focus on recovery and sleep and how to factor them in as crucial components of performance. We kick off this episode by talking about the most common misconceptions that people have about sleep. Our guest is great. Dr. Wendy Troxel is a Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist at RAND and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral treatments for insomnia and other sleep disorders across the lifespan. Her research is funded by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Troxel's research focuses on the interface between sleep, social environment, and health, as well as the implications for public policy. She is considered the leading authority on how sleep affects and is affected by close relationships. In this episode, you will learn why sleep is considered an overnight therapy and why you should not skip it. ABOUT THE EPISODE In this episode, you will learn about: * Misconceptions about sleep (0:27) * Sleep & memory consolidation (1:41) * Specific stages of sleep (3:15) * Sleep from an evolutionary perspective (6:29) * Norepinephrine & Sleep (9:37) * The importance of fundamental social connection(10:39) * Restoring quality sleep (12:17) * Reframing and visualization (15:46) * The content of dreams (17:06) * The positive things about sleep treatments (18:54) * Active recovery protocols (21:10) * Sleep & Cognition (22:23) * What to do to improve your sleep (24:09) * The first night effect (30:17) OUR FLOW TRAINING We are currently accepting new participants in our flagship flow training: 👉 Zero to Dangerous. Our science-backed peak performance training is for entrepreneurs and knowledge workers like you wanting to accomplish their wildest professional goals while reclaiming time, space, and freedom in their personal life. In Zero to Dangerous, * You’ll work one on one with our Ph.D. level peak performance coaches. They’ll help you implement flow practices and push you to where you want to go—and far beyond * You’ll master the maps and models of peak performance through our online video course. * You will get lifetime access to weekly calls with our community of peak performing business leaders who provide you with accountability, support, and feedback. After the training, you will be able to access flow states on-demand, so you can spend your entire workday in that hyper-focused zone and say goodbye to the distractions of politics, colleagues, and trivial nonsense. To apply for Zero to Dangerous, go to 👉 getmoreflow.com/ to book a call with our team who will help you assess if it is a good fit for you. Rooting for you!
45 min
Financial Independence Podcast
Financial Independence Podcast
The Mad Fientist
8 Key Lessons from the Ultralearning Experiment
Last year, I conducted an experiment in Ultralearning that I hoped would help me achieve a lifelong dream of mine of writing and releasing an album. I’m happy to say it was far more successful than I ever imagined it would be! As I mentioned in the initial Ultralearning podcast episode, the hope for the 3-month experiment was that it would accelerate my progress towards my goal and make the process more enjoyable. Well, it did all that and more… I ended up finishing a song during that 3-month experiment and I can’t believe it but I just released that single today! Not only did I write a song during the experiment, I continued writing music since then and I now have enough material for an album! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this experiment would help me make so much progress but it has! In today’s podcast episode, I go through everything I learned and explain why the Ultralearning Experiment helped me push past the self-doubt and self-destructive habits that have plagued me in the past. I also describe the new routines the experiment helped me develop and why those new habits have allowed me accomplish more than I ever have before! Highlights * How to get your brain ready (and why it’s essential for making progress) * The best way to make developing new habits easier * What you should focus on and why * How to be original and creative * Why you should make your project “real” (even if it makes you feel silly) * When it’s worth spending more money instead of less * Why you should expect to encounter the “gap” and how to get over it
39 min
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