Thrive On Life Podcast
E42 How to Get to Mars with Serial Entrepreneur and App Developer Stefan Djordjevic

E42 How to Get to Mars with Serial Entrepreneur and App Developer Stefan Djordjevic

April 23, 2020

Stefan Djordjevic’s biggest dream since he was a young boy has been to go to mars.

Simple, right?

For a while, Stefan thought he would accomplish this by becoming an astronaut.

But after getting a taste for what it’s truly like working for NASA, and due to his not being the most perfect human specimen, as per the requirements to be an astronaut, Stefan resolved to get there by a different strategy.

Stefan is a pilot, ironman, breakdancer, tech start up investor, app developer, filmmaker, and is always innovating. Want to know his big “moonshot idea” to disrupt the marketplace, make millions, and get to mars?

Tune in to find out. This conversation is truly….out of this world;)

Connect with Stefan Djordjevic
Read his email newsletter: https://www.stefan.news/
Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stef_ball/

ThriveHQ is also closed for the time being, but be sure to DM us on IG at @thriveonlife if you want access to our new FREE online community, filled with resources to help you THRIVE.

E41 Pioneering the Podcast Frontier with World Traveler Dana Drahos

E41 Pioneering the Podcast Frontier with World Traveler Dana Drahos

April 16, 2020

Dana Drahos is all about pushing her boundaries and putting herself in new and uncomfortable situations in order to grow. That’s how she ended up leaving her small New Jersey farm town to go live in Vietnam, and that’s how she dove headfirst into becoming a podcast manager, without really knowing what she was doing and not having anyone to look to for guidance who’d done this before.

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It hasn’t been easy, that’s for sure, and she is still learning. You need to hear this episode if you’re just starting out in online business and are suffering from “shiny object syndrome” where you’re having trouble choosing one niche, or if you’re wanting to move abroad but thinking…”Is it really doable?”.

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We also talk about podcasting, of course! And how to know if it’s time to hire a podcast management team for your business, what the advantages are of doing so, how to get great guests on your show, and the type of mindset to have when starting a podcast.

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If you are a business owner wanting to start a podcast but feeling stuck in analysis paralysis, or you already have a podcast and don’t have the time or energy to take it to the next level, Dana and her team would love to help you with their done-for-you podcast launch and management services and consulting.

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Connect with and support Dana Drahos:
Website: https://www.danadrahos.com
Dana's podcast Creators in Saigon: https://creators-in-saigon.simplecast.com/
Instagram: @dana.drahos

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ThriveHQ is also closed for the time being, but be sure to DM us on IG at @thriveonlife if you want access to our new FREE online community, filled with resources to help you THRIVE.

E40 Staying Optimistic and Adapting in Tough Times: Erin Interviews CJ

E40 Staying Optimistic and Adapting in Tough Times: Erin Interviews CJ

April 9, 2020

Tough times don’t last, tough people do. And we must be optimistic and adapt to our circumstances to overcome the adversity that is unfortunately placed upon us.

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On this episode of the Thrive On Podcast, we're switching things up and CJ's wife Erin will take her first stab at hosting and interviewing CJ! We always strive to practice what we preach here and we want to show you we are continuing to challenge ourselves and adapt.

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Erin did an EXCELLENT job as a first-time podcast host!

Here are some things we covered:

-What this Coronavirus situation has made CJ realize about his business

-Where CJ is choosing to focus his valuable time moving forward

-What CJ's fears are and how he's morphing them into fuel to get even more focused on his mission

-What motivates CJ to thrive every single day

-How to practice a more adaptive mindset and behaviors

-The key question to ask yourself to discover your life's work

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Support and Connect with Erin:

Follow on IG: @erin.spiration

Visit her website and blog: https://geterinspired.com/about

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Support and Connect with CJ and Thrive on Life:

Follow on IG: @cj.finley and @thriveonlife

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ThriveHQ is also closed for the time being, but be sure to DM us on IG at @thriveonlife if you want access to our new FREE online community, filled with resources to help you THRIVE.

E39 Thrive On Health with Dr. Matt Delgado and Dr. Scott Mitchell, Founders of LifeSpring Chiropractic

E39 Thrive On Health with Dr. Matt Delgado and Dr. Scott Mitchell, Founders of LifeSpring Chiropractic

April 2, 2020

Dr. Matt Delgado and Dr. Scott Mitchell, Founders of LifeSpring Chiropractic, are here to *set you straight* about what it truly means to live a healthy lifestyle, and how to truly differentiate yourself in business.

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Dr. Matt came to Austin nothing but $2k and a passion for helping people live more *in alignment* with health and wellness. He called his college mentee Dr. Scott to come to Austin, check out his humble office and discuss the vision for creating a new chiropractic experience. Despite Dr. Scott having many amazing job offers at the time, he really *had a hunch* that this was the way he could make more of an impact on the community.

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And these two *vertibros* have done just that. They are dedicated to educating the community of Austin, Texas about holistic health and encouraging people to take care of their bodies, especially now in these times of the coronavirus.

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In this episode we talk about how these guys got addicted to crack....ing peoples' backs;), answer the question of how to know what to give away for "free" in business (hint: nothing is really for free, even if there isn't a dollar amount attached to it), how to trust your gut to make decisions and stay true to yourself, and the importance of creating an experience for your customers (and how to do so).

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Dr. Matt Delgado and Dr. Scott Mitchell are looking to work with people in their twenties, thirties or even young forties who want to be healthier so they can perform better and recover better, whether you're in pain or not!

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At the time of this recording, due to coronavirus lockdown, LifeSpring Chiropractic office is currently closed, but definitely follow them on Instagram @lifespringchiro, @drscottmitchell and @drmattdelgado for updates!

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ThriveHQ is also closed for the time being, but be sure to DM us on IG at @thriveonlife if you want access to our new FREE online community, filled with resources to help you THRIVE.

E38 You Don’t HAVE to Turn Your Passion into a Full-Time Job with Nikki Zahka

E38 You Don’t HAVE to Turn Your Passion into a Full-Time Job with Nikki Zahka

March 26, 2020

Nikki Zahka has always been shy, introverted, and used to hate her body. Now, she's excelling at (and loving) her corporate sales job AND helping so many people transform their lives through her passion of fitness and wellness coaching.

This episode is perfect for the person who feels like they're too shy to put themselves out there or to be good at sales (Nikki was SUPER nervous for this interview and yet she CRUSHED IT!) This is also for you if you've been wondering..."Do I HAVE to quit my day job to be an entrepreneur? Can't I love my 9-5 corporate job AND make money doing my passion on the side?" The answer is...HELL YES.

Tune in to learn:

-Nikki's story of still loving her corporate job AND saving her passion for the side

-The most important thing you can do to achieve your fitness (or any) goals

-How to get a job that you really want but are way under-qualified for

-How to transition from working in an office to remote working

-Why CJ and Nikki are both happy they didn't major in Exercise Science in college, even though that's what they were most interested in, and instead majored in Engineering and Business

-How to be successful in sales without being pushy

Nikki is passionate about helping you get healthy and fit! She customizes every package to do what fits best in your schedule and what actually will work for you and your body. She helps you make those lifestyle changes that you can maintain for the long term. She's happy to work with clients who are between the ages of 18-50 and most often works with college students.

For full show notes: https://www.thriveonlife.com/blog/you-don-t-have-to-turn-your-passion-into-a-full-time-job-with-nikki-zahka

Follow her on Instagram at: @getfitwith_nikki

Visit her website: https://www.getfitwithnikk.com/for

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E37 How to Thrive in College with UT Student and Personal Trainer Ashlyn Knox

E37 How to Thrive in College with UT Student and Personal Trainer Ashlyn Knox

March 19, 2020

Ashlyn Knox isn't like most college students these days. Instead of working a minimum wage job for just enough to buy some alcohol for the parties, she'd actually rather wake up at 5 AM and go to her "unpaid" job.

Why?

Because she took the time to question what she ENJOYS, puts her HEALTH first, and has seen first hand the IMPACT she's made on the lives of the people she works with. Ashlyn is a full-time McCombs School of Business student at UT AND she's on the road to becoming the next household name in #atxfitness as a personal trainer!

And it is her humble "always learning" attitude, her willingness to put in the work when no one's looking and continuing to surround herself with the right people that have kept her on the fast track to greatness. This episode is perfect for you if you are a college student wondering how you can make the most out of your time in school and live your life with PURPOSE and THRIVE.

For full show notes: https://www.thriveonlife.com/blog/how-to-make-the-most-of-college-with-ut-student-and-personal-trainer-Ashlyn-knox

If you’re a female college student in Austin, Texas motivated to better yourself and improve your health but you’re feeling kind of scared to go to the gym by yourself...Ashlyn would love to work with you! Hit her up on Instagram @train_with_ash.

If you have a new idea, project or business that you're working on and you're feeling a little bit stuck, I'd love to help you or connect you with somebody that can. Hit me up at cj.finley@thriveonlife or on Instagram @thriveonlife or @cj.finley.

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E36 Thriving On Tragedy (yes really) with Claw Athletics Founder Corey Lawson

E36 Thriving On Tragedy (yes really) with Claw Athletics Founder Corey Lawson

March 12, 2020

Corey Lawson was called into the principal's office one day when he was 7 years old. He was a bit of a trouble maker and just thought he'd gotten caught this time. But when he stepped into the office, his mom was there, and she was crying. Hard. "Corey, your father collapsed. He's gone."

Meeting Corey today, you wouldn't have any idea he'd experienced such tragedy. He lights up the room with his vibrant, positive energy. But it wasn't always this way. In his darkest moments, fitness, sports, team camaraderie, and coaches were there for him.

It is in honor of his father and the other positive male influences in his life that Corey aims to help as many people as possible achieve optimal health and live their best lives, because we never know if today is our last day.

Corey is the founder of Claw Athletics, a health and fitness company that provides boot camps, social activities, 1:1 personal fitness training, and online training for millennials, by millennials.

It wasn't an easy road getting to where Corey is today, and in this episode, he shares every bump and rock bottom moment along the way.

Key Themes in this episode

-Why Corey is driving around Austin, Texas in silence nowadays

-Pivotal moments for Corey and CJ when they realized it was time to quit the corporate 9-5 and go all in on their side hustles

-What Corey's first major investment in his business was

-How Corey stuck it out when NO ONE cared about his boot camp all-in for the first YEAR

-Key mistakes Corey made early on in his business

-The one thing business owners get stuck on in the beginning that leads most people to quit within the first year

-How Corey and CJ learned to let go of control in their business and start delegating the things they're not good at so they can grow

If you are between the ages of 22 and 30, you're in a corporate position or in sales, you really care about your health, you're competitive, and you've got that social itch to be hanging out with friends, Claw Athletics is perfect for you! They have social events built into memberships. Head to clawathletics.com to learn more or follow @clawathletics or @coach_corey_fit on IG or Twitter.

If you're looking to start a business or project and don't know where to start, contact CJ Finley on IG @thriveonlife or @cj.finley

Website: https://www.thriveonlife.com

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E35 The Power of Yes with Scott Simmons and Savannah Peters

E35 The Power of Yes with Scott Simmons and Savannah Peters

March 5, 2020

"There were officers a couple feet away from us and this woman next to me is sobbing her eyes out and I'm like...Savannah, I love you too but just keep it cool 'cause I don't wanna get arrested right now." -Scott

If you would have asked Scott and Savannah years ago if they think they'd be where they are now, the answer would probably (definitely) be no.

Where they are now is the result of both of them following their intuition, leaning in even when there was fear, and taking risks.

If you want to change the world, you have to start with changing yourself first, and that means taking risks in your personal life in order to grow.

Find out how Scott went from doing a sales job he hated to starting his own video and photography business, and how Savannah pivoted from makeup sales to fitness coaching with 101K followers on Instagram, both of them by saying "yes" to multiple opportunities even when they weren't sure what would come of it.

We also talk about:

-How they met, fell in love, and ended up in Austin

-Why Savannah was crying on a bench after their first date

-The importance of following your intuition

-What is the 168 rule? And how it's helped Scott be more productive and efficient

-How the HECK does CJ work on SO MANY PROJECTS AT ONCE??

-How Savannah transitioned from cosmetics to fitness and how her client FB group is changing lives

If you have any video, photo, design or systems needs feel free to reach out to Scott on IG at @scottsimnz or @hyperphocal

If you are interested in anything fitness related reach out to Savannah on IG at @savannah_joyyy or savannah@teammihaly.com

If you're looking to start a business or project and don't know where to start, contact CJ Finley on IG @thriveonlife or @cj.finley

Website: https://www.thriveonlife.com

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E34 Multi-passionate Entrepreneur Series with Jerica Bornstein: PhD. Candidate and Founder of Cultivating Connections

E34 Multi-passionate Entrepreneur Series with Jerica Bornstein: PhD. Candidate and Founder of Cultivating Connections

February 27, 2020

Jerica Bornstein is a PhD. candidate researching how our relationships--the people we surround ourselves with day to day--positively or negatively impact our health, wellness, mindset, and likelihood that we achieve our goals. She’s also the founder of Cultivating Connections, a monthly meet-up in Austin, TX where people can feel free to get vulnerable, connect human to human, and go way beyond the “How are you”, “I’m fine” bullsh*t. We hosted their January meetup at ThriveHQ and it was a huge success with 30+ people! I wanted to bring Jerica on because she provides a really unique perspective. Typically, I bring people on here who are working corporate jobs and starting side hustles, or are already entrepreneurs with multiple projects going on, but Jerica brings something different to the table because she is a student who is also building things that are impacting our community outside of her PhD program research. Jerica’s story is a lesson for anyone who is still a student right now, weighing multiple options, and not sure what you’ll do after school. Know that you don’t have to wait until after school or the month before you graduate to start impacting your community and fostering connections. You can do it RIGHT NOW. “Sometimes you might go into something and think it’s the right choice, and maybe it’s not in the long term. But you’ve gained skills and you can always pivot.” -Jerica Bornstein This will also help anyone who has a community project that is still small but gaining traction, and you’re wondering how to make it bigger, because I started doing some live, off the cuff business consulting with Jerica and together we brainstormed some really awesome ideas for her. She also has lots of good job opportunities in front of her and was unsure of which to choose so I gave her some coaching around how to make the choice.  Keep listening to hear more about how Jerica ended up in Austin, why she always felt like an outcast in college but how it helped her get to where she is today, what got her interested in this research topic, how she ended up starting Cultivating Connections and what impact it’s had on our community.  Click here for full show notes! If you’re interested in talking more with Jerica about her research, joining Cultivating Connections in Austin or even establishing your own CC meet up here or in a different city, reach out to Jerica on her Instagram @jericax and follow Cultivating Connections at @cultivatingconnectionsatx. If you’re looking for a space to host a meet-up or event in ATX and are curious about ThriveHQ, hit us up on Instagram @thriveonlife or head to our website https://www.thriveonlife.com 

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E33: Multi-passionate Entrepreneur Series: Put Away Your Ego with Ross Tschirn and Marcel Rosenberg

E33: Multi-passionate Entrepreneur Series: Put Away Your Ego with Ross Tschirn and Marcel Rosenberg

February 20, 2020

“Two key qualities to have when we wake up every day: optimism and gratitude, because that’s what saved our lives” -Marcel

This month on the "Thrive On Life Podcast", we're spotlighting ATX men and women who are work on/in multiple jobs/orgs/projects to help the community. They do not allow their “title” to define what they can or cannot do and they keep challenging themselves to learn new things, and help others do the same.

Wondering how to establish yourself in a brand new city after you’ve left your small town and all you know behind? If you’ve had the dream to get out of your small town but have hesitated to go all in and do it because you’re worried about how you’ll make friends and make money, this conversation will open your eyes.

Myself, Ross and Marcel totally relate on leaving our home towns to come to Austin, Texas, and how we went from knowing no one, to having a THRIVING network of strong friendships all supporting each other in our businesses. Austin truly has a certain potent energy but you’ll find this conversation useful no matter what city you’re moving to--even if you’re going all the way abroad! It’s all about two things: NETWORKING and PUTTING AWAY YOUR EGO.

A few highlights:

  • The breaking point that finally led Ross and Marcel to fly away from the nest
  • How they hustled to make money in the first six months in Austin
  • The identity crisis they experienced once they left the corporate world
  • The simple yet effective marketing strategy that led to a guy they didn't know paying them $1600
  • How two twenty-somethings ended up training the elderly
  • Their plans for scaling their business
  • How you can add more value to people

For full show notes: https://thriveonlife.com/post/episode-33-multi-passionate-entrepreneurs-series-put-away-your-ego-with-Ross-Tschirn-and-Marcel-Rosenberg

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