69: “Fail forward.” - How the Keep Moving Forward Podcast Became What it is Today

August 9, 2017

In this special episode of Keep Moving Forward I give you some insight into what I’ve been up to, where Keep Moving Forward is headed, and how excited I am to have you on this journey with me.

 

Today I want to talk to you a little bit about what has been going on with this podcast and just give you some insight on what is to come in the future. In the coming weeks, I hope you will join me as I continue to discuss the transition process into life after athletics with some incredibly accomplished individuals, all leading up to a very special and momentous 75th episode on September 20th, so you certainly won’t want to miss that. But today, I wanted to spend some one-on-one time with you and talk to you about this podcast has developed into what it is at this very moment.

 

If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.

 

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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68: “That’s what sport teaches you…to persevere; you always have an opportunity to reinvent yourself.” - My interview with former Rutgers University tennis player, and chiropractor, Dr. Adam Shafran

August 2, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview former Rutgers University tennis player, podcaster, entrepreneur, and chiropractor, Dr. Adam Shafran.
 
“That’s what sport teaches you...to persevere; you always have an opportunity to reinvent yourself.” From transitions within the sporting world itself to transitions in his professional life beyond his athletic career, Dr. Adam Shafran used what tennis taught him to continuously reinvent himself in order to adapt to every opportunity presented to him. Adam eloquently states that “there are so many opportunities that are out there if you look at your world from a different prism”, and he is living proof of that undeniable fact. Viewing his world from the lens of seizing every possibility no matter the season of life that he was in, Adam found himself on the successful professional career path that he is forging down today.
 
Adam has some incredible insight on how to best deal with life after your sport, so tune in with us as Dr. Adam Shafran reveals to you the importance of looking outside of your own little box in order to gain the right perspective.
 
If you would like to learn more about Adam, you can visit https://ihurtdoc.com/ and follow him on Facebook @AdamShafran and Twitter @DrFitness6.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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67: “You’re going to have many transitions across your lifetime. This is just the first.” - My Interview with Former NCAA DI Athlete and Founder of Athlete Career Advisors, Kansas Bayly

July 26, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview former NCAA Division I Texas Tech Soccer Star and founder of Athlete Career Advisors, Kansas Bayly.
 
“You’re going to have many transitions across your lifetime. This is just the first.” Kansas Bayly knew exactly what she was going to do once she graduated from college and her soccer career came to a close. She was determined to be a sports broadcaster, and with an offer to work with NBC Sports right out of the gate, it was difficult for Kansas to see any other path. She soon realized, though, that this path she felt called down was, in fact, not right for her. So, she transitioned. After a while, she found herself working for Carvana in it’s early start-up stages and was drawn to the world of entrepreneurship. When soccer ended for Kansas, and her sports broadcasting career did not pan out in the way she hoped, she felt lost, like so many athletes do. She felt herself searching for a way to help the student athletes just like her, who maybe did not know what to do next with respect to their professional lives.
 
Noting that “athletes are everywhere” yet seem to be, in some ways, overlooked, she saw a need to help them directly when they felt the most lost and of least amount of value: right after their sports season ended and right before they graduated. In pursuit of bettering the life of the student athlete, Kansas created Athlete Career Advisors, a online platform for the athlete in search of a post-graduate career. This resource helps the athlete search for the right job for her, and helps the employer searching for that perfect candidate to fill the role they are looking for.
 
Kansas is a champion of the student-athlete and has dedicated her life to the betterment of their professional careers. Kansas Bayly is the perfect example of a former athlete who kept moving forward into her calling, and found a way to help the student athletes just like her along the way.
 
If you are interested in learning more about Athlete Career Advisors and Kansas, visit http://www.athletecareeradvisors.com/, and follow on Facebook @KansasBayly, on Twitter @Athlete_Advisor and @KansasB12, on Instagram @AthleteCareerAdvisors and @Kansas_B and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kansas-bayly-2a295196/.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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66: “Finish what you start.” - My interview with CEO of the Run Gum Company, and retired USA Track and Field 800-meter Olympian, Nick Symmonds

July 19, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview CEO of the Run Gum Company, and retired USA Track and Field 800-meter Olympian, Nick Symmonds.
 
“Finish what you start.” A few months ago I had the privilege of speaking with Olympian Nick Symmonds about his illustrious career on the track and how his degree in biochemistry paired with his athletic background prepared him to create his own company, Run Gum. This entrepreneurial athlete recently made his exit from the world of track and field and hung up his spikes to take over the full time role of CEO of Run Gum. Nick always knew that running was going to end one day, so he intelligently prepared himself for that time before it even came. This week, I had the chance to follow back up with him and see what he is doing in his new role at Run Gum. Though Nick has retired as an 800-meter runner, he is planning one last race in Hawaii this December, though it is at a distance you might not expect. For today’s episode I will take you on a little recap of Nick’s journey, flashing back to episode 41 at the start and then concluding with mine and Nick’s most recent conversation. In so doing, I know that you will see and come to appreciate how well this incredible athlete and businessman holds true to his belief of always finishing what you start.
 
If you would like to learn more about this professional athlete turned entrepreneur, visit http://www.nicksymmonds.com/nick-symmonds/ and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NickSymmonds. To follow along with his daily marathon training, subscribe to his YouTube channel @NickSymmonds. For more information about Run Gum, check out https://rungum.com/ and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @RunGum.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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65: “Build for that better tomorrow.” - My Interview with Former DII Collegiate Basketball Player and Founder of Beast Athletics, Tuck Taylor

July 12, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview former NCAA Division II basketball player and founder of Beast Athletics, Tuck Taylor.
 
“There’s no reason to complain, you can do what you love everyday.” You have the power to find and do what you love every single day, just like Tuck Taylor did. Tuck, a former NCAA Division II basketball player from the University of West Florida decided that he would use his passion for basketball to begin his own company once he graduated from college. Though unsure the exact destination of this new journey he was on, Tuck determined that the end of his organized athletic career did not signify the end of the value he could add to the world. Instead, with the support of his family and coaches who had pushed him, Tuck found the motivation from within to seize every opportunity presented to him in his pursuit of discovering his new purpose.
 
Not surprisingly, his new passion lives in the athletic world, where he is able to help others in their own fitness pursuits. Today, Tuck is the President & CEO of Beast Athletics, the #1 performance enhancement and weight loss facility in Tampa Bay, FL. He saw a need to help everyone from the NBA player looking to perfect his game, to the “Average Joe” seeking a healthier lifestyle. Through “Beast Thinking”, Tuck has coined his very own methods of success, and we can look forward to these teachings in his new book to be released later this year.
 
Tuck lives by the philosophy of “mak[ing] things happen bigger than yourself”, which has sustained him through his journey towards personal growth and assisting others in their own journeys toward progress.
 
Tuck’s story is sure to inspire you to pursue your passions and “build for that better tomorrow.” I hope that you enjoy my discussion with athlete turned entrepreneur, Tuck Taylor.
 
For more on Tuck and Beast Athletics, visit https://www.beastathletics.com/, follow on Facebook @BeastAthletics and @TuckTaylor, on Instagram @Beast_Athletics and @TheReakTuckTaylor, and on Twitter @BeastAthletics. Furthermore, be on the lookout for Tuck’s book, “Beast Thinking” coming out later this year.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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64: “Do you have a pencil?” - My interview with collegiate athletic academic advisor, founder of 10000 Pencils, LLC, and breakout star of the Netflix Original Series, “Last Chance U”, Brittany Wagner

July 5, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview collegiate athletic academic advisor, founder of 10000 Pencils, LLC, and breakout star of the Netflix Original Series, “Last Chance U”, Brittany Wagner.
 
“When you follow your passions, doors open and you just fall into things.” Work hard every single day, walk through every door that is open to you, and seize every opportunity you can as you keep moving forward on your journey in pursuit of your passions. Brittany Wagner’s own story as well as the stories of the student athlete’s she has dedicated her life to helping, reflect this same narrative of progress. As an academic advisor at East Mississippi Community College, Brittany has helped too many student athletes realize their dreams and move onto Division I and professional programs, to count. After highlighting this university’s football program as well as Brittany’s impressive impact on the student athlete’s there in the Netflix original series, “Last Chance U”, Brittany’s fame exploded overnight.
 
Her social media presence gained so much traction that she decided to use it as a platform to help more students than she ever anticipated she could. Recently, Brittany launched her very own academic athletic counseling service, 10000 Pencils, LLC, named from her signature phrase from the show “do you have a pencil?” Brittany’s company is taking off, as is her career as a public speaker and motivator of the student athlete. I learned so much from speaking with Brittany and I am excited for you to experience all the insight she has to offer. I hope that you all enjoy my interview with a woman who fosters the guidance and support every student athlete needs, Brittany Wagner.
 
For more on Brittany, you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Brittany_MSGirl, and check out http://brittanybwagner.com/. In addition, tune into this season of “Last Chance U” starting back up on July 21st.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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63: “The heart of a lion” - My interview with former Boston College Defensive End and Current American Heavyweight Boxer, Derric “El Léon” Rossy

June 28, 2017

In this episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview former Boston College defensive end, and current American heavyweight boxer, Derric “El Léon” Rossy.

 

“Tell yourself you’re great, and that’s when you start believing.” You lose a game, you come up short, no matter what you do, victory seems to constantly elude you; in the end, though, someone happens to be there to offer a piece of advice that you need to hear, yet have difficulty stomaching. You’re told that so long as you work your hardest and lay your heart on the floor, there is nothing for you to be ashamed of...but, somehow, you can’t help but harbor frustration. You are your own toughest critic and the most difficult challenge you might ever face is gaining the strength enough to tell yourself and genuinely believe that you are, in fact, capable of greatness.

 

No one knows this feeling better than up and coming heavyweight boxer, Derric Rossy. His humble upbringing and unmatched athletic prowess prepared him to leap into the ring and command his authority there. Rossy’s purity in the sport never falters, because he is known to have, in the truest of comparisons, the heart of a lion. Through his grace, compassion, and relentless drive to never give up, “El Leon” uses the struggles of his past and his present to push him ever forward to victory, both in and out of the ring.

 

Our conversation flowed seamlessly and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this champion during our discussion. I hope that you, too, are inspired beyond words by the incredible fighter, Derric Rossy.

 

For more on Derric, you can follow him on Facebook @DerricRossy.

 

If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.

 

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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62: “You’re never really stuck unless you choose to be.” - My Interview with Former Canadian Downhill Ski Racer, Philanthropist, and Entrepreneur, Steve Podborski

June 21, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview former Canadian downhill ski racer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, CEO of Parachute, and co-founder of Personal Sport Record, Steve Podborski.
 
“You’re never really stuck unless you choose to be.”  Using the mental fortitude, team-oriented mindset, and driven personality he developed through his years as a professional downhill ski racer, Steve Podborski morphed himself into an entrepreneur, in the truest sense of the word. After founding a number of his own ski-related companies, Steve moved up in the corporate world and eventually found himself as a member of the company Parachute. Today, Steve is the President and CEO of Parachute, a charity with the mission of helping Canadians stop the clock on predictable and preventable injuries. Growing through the ranks in this organization, though, is just one of the many incredible feats Steve’s accomplished. Among other things, he is also the co-founder of Personal Sport Record, an organization in pursuit of the all around development of the youth athlete, and whose other co-founder I had the privilege of speaking with in episode 61of Keep Moving Forward.
 
Steve’s use of his athletic background to help propel him forward into the rest of his life is a testament to what the athlete inside us is capable of, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have heard his story. I hope that you all enjoy my interview with the man who knows how to get things done, Steve Podborski.
 
For more on Steve, you can follow him on Twitter @StevePod, visit http://www.parachutecanada.org/, and visit http://personalsportrecord.com/.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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61: “Happiness is where you can combine what you’re passionate about and what you’re good at.” - My Interview with Founder of Personal Sport Record, Matt Young

June 14, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview former collegiate athlete, entrepreneur, advocate, and founder of Personal Sport Record, Matt Young.
 
“Happiness is where you can combine what you’re passionate about and what you’re good at.” This crossroads that Matt Young expertly defines can be attained at a very young age and through a medium we all can relate to on some level: sports. Founder of Personal Sport Record, an organization in pursuit of the all around development of the youth athlete, Matt determined that there was a significant gap in the growth of young athletes and that they are not experiencing the full benefits that sports have to offer. In a world driven by sport specialization from a child’s early years onward, Matt saw the negative impact that the climate of creating such an intense and unhealthy environment for a young athlete could have, and he saw a need to remedy that. Thus, Personal Sport Record was born.
 
A former athlete himself, Matt knows firsthand that “you’re going to learn everything in sport that you need to be successful for the rest of your life,” if you go about educating that next generation on this essential journey in life in the right way. With Personal Sport Record offering resources for athletes, parents, and coaches alike, Matt is effectively pursuing new ways to best grow the next generation into a group of young people far better than the one before it, and he is doing it through the timeless vehicle of team sports.
 
Matt and I had a great conversation about the importance of athletics and how to best help kids find passion and love for the sport of their choice. I hope that you enjoy my interview with the inspiring Matt Young.
 
To learn more about Personal Sport Record, visit http://personalsportrecord.com/ and to see more of Matt, you can follow him on Twitter @MattYoung101 and on LinkedIn.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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60: “You can’t let your shortcomings keep you from going after your gift.” - My Interview with 4x Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield

June 7, 2017

In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview 4x heavyweight boxing champion of the world, author, public speaker, and founder of The HolyField Foundation, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield.

 

Grace under pressure. Those are the three words most commonly associated with the only 4x heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield. With the unrelenting support of his coaches and a mother who would never let him quit, Evander took any adversity he faced in his life and channeled it into a winning attitude. He was told on numerous occasions that he was simply too nice to be a boxer; too nice to compete in the sport he chose, the sport he loved, and the sport he excelled at. But Evander never saw it that way. He was a fighter, a contender, and a warrior, and because of the grace he received from God, Evander chose to exude that same grace in every match he ever fought in.

 

From getting his ears bitten off by Mike Tyson, to having his chances at an Olympic gold medal stripped away, to every scenario where it appeared he got the short end of the stick, Evander never used an excuse and continued forward with the utmost respect for his opponents and his sport.

 

He discovered early on what it was going to take to turn his boxing fantasies into real goals, and once he set his pursuits in motion, he never looked back. Using his passion and drive developed in the sport of boxing, paired with his desire to help those children who came from the same difficult circumstances he came from, Evander founded The Holyfield Foundation, which champions the advice that his mother instilled within him: “Love is when you want someone to be better than you.”

 

Today, Evander is dedicated to helping the next generation see all that they are capable of, and be the guide to those children that he had in his mother and his coaches.

 

In celebration of the 60th episode of Keep Moving Forward, and in honor of Evander Holyfield’s June 2017 induction into the Boxing Hall of Fame, I hope that all who listen are inspired to get up, get going, and never quit. Because, according to Evander Holyfield, the only time you ever lose is when you quit.

If you would like to learn more about Evander, you can visit http://www.evanderholyfield.com/, follow him on Facebook @TheRealDealHolyfield, on Twitter @Holyfield, and pick up a copy of his books Holyfield: The Humble Warrior, and Becoming Holyfield, today.

 

If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.

 

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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