59: “Three degrees of inspiration.” - My Interview with Founder and Host of the Top Ranked Entrepreneur on Fire podcast, John Lee Dumas

May 31, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview founder and host of the top-ranked podcast Entrepreneurs On FIRE, John Lee Dumas.

 

How does a person find enough energy and drive to interview the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs every single day of the week? For the answer to that, we can turn to none other than the founder and host of the Entrepreneurs on FIRE podcast, John Lee Dumas. By allowing his vision and passion to pull him ever forward, JLD rises above and is able to go beyond what was ever thought possible: creating fresh and uplifting audio content 7 days a week.
 
Utilizing the discipline and mental fortitude instilled within him as an officer in the US Army, JLD knows how to relentlessly pursue his aspirations, no matter the obstacles that lie ahead, which, inadvertently prepared him for his future entrepreneurial journey. He completed a 13-month tour in Iraq as an Armor Platoon Leader and a total of 8 years in the Army and then set off to find a job in the corporate world.
 
He briefly attended law school, worked at John Hancock in Boston, then at a tech startup in New York City, and eventually found himself in San Diego in the Real Estate market. Spending the majority of the day in his car travelling, JLD searched for something to fill his time, and he stumbled upon podcasts. Enamored with the content he heard day in and day out, JLD realized that the shows he listened to only occurred once a week, leaving him content-less once he exhausted all the episodes he downloaded for the day. He wanted more, and he determined to fill that very void he found in the podcasting world.
 
Rather than a weekly show, JLD decided to create a daily show, interviewing today’s top entrepreneurs in pursuit of his ultimate goal: to inspire millions, which he successfully does every day.
 
Having the opportunity to speak with one of the world’s top podcasters and a US veteran was an honor. I hope that you enjoy my discussion with the one and only, John Lee Dumas.
 
If you would like to see more of him, visit https://www.eofire.com/, subscribe to EO Fire on iTunes, and follow JLD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @JohnLeeDumas, and like the EOFire Facebook page. If you are looking for even more content to fire up the entrepreneur in you, you can purchase The Freedom Journal and The Mastery Journal to help you take the first step towards your goals 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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58: “Do what you love.” - My interview with Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of RingoFire, and Creator of the Bucket List Mister, Brian Stearns

May 24, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview entrepreneur, co-founder of RingoFire Digital, and creator of the Bucket Top Mister, Brian Stearns.
 
“You just have to do what you love.” Recently leaving the corporate world and plunging full-time into the realm of entrepreneurship, Brain Stearns truly understands the pull you feel to pursue what you love and then what it actually takes to move forward and take on your passion full force. Brian is the co-founder of RingoFire Digital, which has grown immensely in the past few months and specializes in supporting developing businesses in all industries with marketing, advertising, product innovation, content creation, and public relations efforts.
 
In addition, Brian is the creator of and patent holder for the Bucket Top Mister, which today is sold nationwide at all Home Depot stores.
 
Brian understands firsthand the importance of community when pursuing these goals, and how essential it is to surround yourself with those who love and believe in you, because you simply can’t do it alone. So I hope that you gain as much insight as I did from digital marketing leader, social media strategist, and entrepreneur, Brian Stearns.
 
If you would like to learn more about Brian, RingoFire, and all of his pursuits, visit http://ringofiredigital.com/, and follow on Facebook and Instagram @RingoFireDigital and on Twitter @RingoFireMedia. To follow Brian directly, you can do so on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @BrianJStearns.
 
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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57: “Give yourself a chance.” - My Interview with Former Boston Celtic and Founder of The Herren Project, Chris Herren

May 17, 2017

In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview former professional basketball player, recovering addict, and founder of The Herren Project, Chris Herren.

 

“Oftentimes we want to focus on the worst day when we need to focus on the first day.” Chris Herren, a man who almost died because of his substance abuse issues knows full well the importance of just focusing on that very first day. From the outside looking in, it seemed that he had it all. A professional basketball career playing for the illustrious Boston Celtics, a loving family...nothing could stop him. But to even function on a daily basis, Chris needed a combination of various drugs and alcohol. He justified that so long as he could play basketball, he was okay and that he had everything under control. But his lifestyle caught up with him in an earth shattering moment in 2008 where he almost lost his life, and he knew that he had to change for the sake of himself and the sake of his family.

 

Today, Chris is the founder of The Herren Project, aimed at providing assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety. The Herren Project offers resources including effective treatment, educational programs, and programs to increase awareness on the signs of addiction for the recovering addict as well as for their families. Through The Herren Project and his own experiences, Chris wants those trapped in their own battles to know it is okay to share their stories, and that there is always a way to make it right, so long as you give yourself a chance.

 

Speaking with Chris about his journey was an honor and I hope that you, too, are inspired by the incredible story of Chris Herren.

 

To learn more about him, you can visit http://www.theherrenproject.org/ and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ChrisHerren, @HerrenProject, @THPPurple, and @THPRuns. Furthermore, pick up a copy of his autobiography, Basketball Junkie, today, and watch the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Unguarded.

 

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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56: “The goal of sports is to inspire the next generation.” - My interview with 4x US National Cross Country Champion, Aliphine Tuliamuk

May 10, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview 4x US National Cross Country Champion, Aliphine Tuliamuk.
 
“The goal of sports is to inspire the next generation.” Leaving behind a legacy that matters for those who need it. That is the philosophy of the Kenyan-born, US cross country champion, Aliphine Tuliamuk. She determined early in life that she would use her running gift not to simply get her to a college in the United States, but to help give back to the Kenyan community from which she came. Not only are more championships on her goal’s list, but so is Tokyo 2020, as is a deep desire to become a person upon whom her home country as well as the United States can rely on. Aliphine plans to use the education she is given for the benefit of those back home, intending to become a nurse, a doctor, or start her own non-profit, so that she may help her hometown community find reprieve from their daily struggles.
 
Aliphine’s story of relentlessly pursuing her passions for the benefit of those around her is inspiring, to say the least, and will cause you to self-reflect in a way that can only bring positive changes to your life. She champions her advice “life is not meant to be easy, it is meant to be hard” as she is someone who uses those difficulties to fuel her to move forward every day. I hope that you enjoy my discussion with Aliphine Tuliamuk.
 
To keep up with this inspiring woman and her training, you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @AliphineTuliamuk and watch as she continues to win more running titles throughout the next 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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55: He is inimitable, he is the original - My Interview with Tony Award Winning Broadway Sensation, James Monroe Iglehart

May 3, 2017

In the 55th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview Tony Award winning Broadway sensation, James Monroe Iglehart.

 

From originating the role of Bobby in the Broadway hit Memphis, to winning a Tony for his rendition of the Genie in Aladdin, to today playing Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the Tony-sweeping musical, Hamilton, it would seem there is nothing James Monroe Iglehart can’t do. With his flair, incredible personality, and unrivaled stage presence and talent, it is no wonder this phenomenal performer is taking the theatrical world by storm. You might have even recognized his unique voice in his portrayal of Lance Strongbow in the new Disney Channel animated show, Tangled: The Series, which just debuted.

 

I had a lot of fun speaking with James and I know that you, too, will be enamored by his charm and wit, not to mention inspired by the lessons and advice he has to offer. So sit back and listen in to my interview with the inimitable and the original, James Monroe Iglehart.

 

If you would like to see more of James, visit http://www.jamesmonroeiglehart.webs.com/, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter, @JamesMonroeIglehart. Be sure to check him out on the Disney Channel in Tangled: The Series as well as in Hamilton on Broadway.

 

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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54: “Become the overcomer.” - My Interview with Christian Authors and Motivational Speakers, Jay and Katherine Wolf

April 26, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview husband and wife Christian authors and motivational speakers, Jay and Katherine Wolf.

 

“Become the overcomer.” On April 21st 2008, at the age of 26, with a 6-month old son, Katherine Wolf suffered a massive brainstem stroke, and miraculously lived. Both she and her husband Jay’s lives changed forever that day, but they will be the first to tell you that despite this trauma, they knew they could and would overcome their past and use their situation for good, because they know God doesn’t make mistakes. Since her stroke Katherine has had to relearn to eat, speak, and walk, all while Jay fell into the role of full-time caregiver just before finishing his final semester at Pepperdine Law School back in 2008.
 
Suffering from this upheaval of their lives at such a young age yet remaining steadfast in their faith, Jay and Katherine’s story is imbued with something they never lost and continue to maintain throughout their journey: hope. This key component in their lives inspired the writing of their book Hope Heals and has since brought about their ministry and, most recently, Hope Heals Camp, aimed at bettering the lives of the physically and mentally disabled.
 
I promise that you will leave this episode more empowered and motivated than ever before, so please enjoy my discussion with the ever-hopeful, Katherine and Jay Wolf.
 
For more on Jay and Katherine, visit http://www.hopeheals.com/ and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @HopeHeals. You can also tune into their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/hopehealsusall and read their entire story with a purchase of their book, Hope Heals. In addition, the Hope Heals Camp is already sold out for this summer, but Katherine and Jay are in search of volunteers to assist during this two-week, hope-filled journey. If you are interested in serving, visit http://www.hopehealscamp.org/ and apply today! Also, be on the lookout for the Hope Heals movie coming soon!
 
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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53: “Do it now and finish.” - My Interview with Adventurer, Conservationist, and International Sppeaker, Jonathan Ronzio

April 19, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview adventurer, conservationist, and international speaker, Jonathan Ronzio.
 
“Decide to act on your dream.” This statement rings true with everything that Jonathan Ronzio has done throughout his entire life. From he and his brother beginning their own event video production company, to Jonathan creating his documentary “Between the Peaks,” to that film growing into his adventure-philanthropy blog and expedition series, “Explore Inspired”, Jonathan simply decides what he wants to do, and goes full force until he achieves that goal.
 
While clearly an avid entrepreneur, the explorer in him evolved into a competitor in another realm, as well. A mountain climber and boarding expert, Jonathan became intrigued with obstacle course racing and today is named among the elite in this sport. He’s even competed on NBC’s Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge where he showcased his obstacle expertise to the world.
 
Being interested in so many seemingly disparate things, Jonathan finds himself wanting to pursue so many different paths, which he does, and encourages others to do the very same. He believes in letting all your worlds coexist, and lives by this mantra every day. We had a great talk together and I hope that you enjoy my discussion with adventuring entrepreneur, Jonathan Ronzio.
 
If you would like to learn more about him, visit http://jonathanronzio.com/, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @JonathanRonzio, and subscribe to his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/jonathanronzio) , his Vimeo page (https://vimeo.com/ronzio), and follow him on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/jonathanronzio). Furthermore, you can follow Explore Inspired on Facebook and Instagram @ExploreInspired and follow along as Jonathan and his team take on Denali in June 2017 at http://betweenthepeaks.com/ and on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @BetweenThePeaks.
 
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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52: The Essence of Norway - My Interview with the Founder of the Laila Company, Geir Ness

April 12, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview the Norwegian entrepreneurial sensation, Geir Ness.

52 episodes ago we embarked on a journey together that I will certainly never forget and today we celebrate one full year of aspiring to keep moving forward. From Disney blog to entrepreneurship podcast, I hope that each guest I’ve had the privilege to speak with has inspired you to continuously move forward in pursuit of your passions. I want to thank you all for sticking with me and supporting my podcast for so long; I can’t wait to see what our future has in store.

For my very first episode I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing a man who encapsulates not only the Disney spirit from which my podcast derives its name, but also a man who is the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit in its truest form. So it only seems fitting to bring us full circle and cap off this fantastic year in a follow up interview with the one and only, Geir Ness.
 
From aspiring actor to internationally acclaimed entrepreneur, public speaker, and author, there is truly nothing Geir Ness can’t do. In our first discussion, exactly one year ago, Geir goes into detail about his journey and the determination and hard work it took to get him to where he is today. Gaining his initial explosion into fame through his cosmetics company, featuring the first-ever Norwegian perfume, Laila, Geir burst onto the scene with a refusal to give up. Since he sold his first bottle up until now, so many incredible opportunities have been presented to Geir because of his relentless pursuit to turn his dream into a successful business. One such chance presented itself in the form of working with Walt Disney World. Geir travels almost 300 days a year with the majority of that time spent in the Norway Pavilion in WDW’s EPCOT Center, in Disneyland over California, and on the Disney Cruise Line promoting his many products. Which brings me to yet another reason I asked Geir back on the show: a new fragrance recently released by Geir that captures the essence of the Disney film sensation Frozen. While his life is a whirlwind of adventure, Geir says he wouldn’t want to be doing anything else, because he loves the people he gets to meet.
 
To have this incredible man on my show to wrap up one full year of hopefully inspiring you all to keep moving forward is such an honor. I’ve met him a number of times in Disney and he always greets me with a hug and as if we’ve been friends for years. Geir connects with every single person he comes in contact with and I know that you will gain incredible insight from what he has to offer. I hope that you enjoy my interview with the man who helped kick off my podcast, Geir Ness.
 
If you want to learn more about Geir, visit http://www.laila.com/, follow Geir on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @GeirNess, and take a listen to the first ever episode of Keep Moving Forward featuring his story.
 
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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51: “Nothing is an overnight success.” - My Followup Interview with Author and Entrepreneur, Deanna Novak

April 5, 2017
In this, the 51st episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview author of My Heritage Book and founder of the publishing company Kids Heritage, Inc., Deanna Novak.
 
“Nothing is an overnight success.” During the first six weeks of my budding show, I was privileged to interview Deanna Novak after seeing her at work in EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World. In 2004, she took her passion for writing and desire to share her family heritage with her daughter and turned it into a business empire. Spending a year and a half in active development, Deanna created a very unique personalized children’s heritage story in the form of My Heritage Book.
 
From there, her story is one of true entrepreneurship and taking any chance she could to spread the word of her book, for she heeds: “Your biggest regret will be not saying yes to an opportunity.” After all, walking through the doors opened to her brought her to working in Walt Disney World and spreading her knowledge of heritage and love of writing with all who ventured into EPCOT Center.
 
In my initial interview with Deanna, we go into great detail about her background and how she came up with My Heritage Book, and today, nearly a year later, I followup with her on all that she has accomplished as well as some big changes and even greater growth coming to her and Kids Heritage, Inc. For a listen to that original interview, you can listen back to episode 6.
 
I want to thank Deanna for speaking with me yet again, and I hope that you all enjoy my interview with an entrepreneur who always figures out a way to make things happen, Deanna Novak.
 
For more information on Deanna, visit http://www.myheritagebook.com/ and follow her on Facebook and Instagram @MyHeritageBook and on Twitter @KidsHeritageInc.
 
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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50: “You only regret the runs you don’t go on.” - My interview with the creators of the “How was you run today?” podcast, Bryan Gould and Peter Villa

March 29, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview creators and hosts of the “How was your run today?” podcast, Peter Villa and Bryan Gould.

 

Today I would like to thank all of my wonderful listeners for tuning in and staying with me for almost a full year! On this very exciting Wednesday, I invite you to celebrate the release of my 50th episode. To take part in this excitement with me, fellow podcasters and athletes, Peter Villa and Bryan Gould, are my featured guests. These two comedically inspiring individuals model their lives based upon the truth of their own advice: “you only regret the runs you don’t go on.”

 

Understanding the pang of remorse you feel when you don’t pursue a daily goal is something I’m sure we can all relate to, and putting it into the context of something as relatable as a run makes it even more real. Spurned by a love of running, a love of talking, and a love of talking about running, Bryan and Peter launched the “How was your run today podcast” in 2015 and never turned back. Using their own running experiences as the basis for each episode, Peter and Bryan quickly expanded to featuring other runners on their show to broaden the scope in which they relate to their audience. The reach of their message and the real enjoyment they bring to their listeners grows every week, and I am honored to have had the chance to speak with them.
 
About midway through this episode, my dog unfortunately begins barking and I had to leave my desk to put him up. My initial intention was to delete this portion of the show, however, while editing I discovered that Peter and Bryan just continued to talk while I was away, and it was too good not to leave in. So while I apologize for the yipping of my little dog, I hope that this episode’s added bonus of the banter of Peter and Bryan simply adds to your podcasting experience.

 

So lace up and listen in to my interview with the goofy and incredibly motivating dynamic running duo of Bryan Gould and Peter Villa.

 

Thank you guys for celebrating 50 weeks of continuing to move forward with me today. If you love running and are looking for some inspiration and comedic relief in your day, make sure you visit http://howwasyourruntoday.com/, subscribe to “How was your run today?” on iTunes, and follow Peter and Bryan on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @HowWasYourRunToday. I promise you won’t regret it.
 
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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