All of us have had an “ah ha” moment, a time when an idea popped into our mind and provided the insight that we immediately knew that could change our lives. For most it stays there, an idea, an unrealized thought that never becomes a reality. For John Lee Dumas, it became a multi-million dollar reality. John was working in real estate when he realized the power and potential of podcasting. He realized the need for a daily podcasting, profiling entrepreneurs and business leaders. He launched Entrepreneur on Fire and the rest is history. In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, John shares the story of how his entrepreneurial drive, determination and innovation brought him into the world of podcasting where he was able to turn his hobby into a successful business.
Mario Herger is the CEO, founder and partner of Enterprise Gamification Consultancy LLC, a strategic consulting group focused on gamification, innovation, social business, and “intrapreneurship” in the enterprise.
In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, Charlie spoke with Mario about gamification and how to make your work and life more fun, productive and engaging by applying the concepts we enjoy when we play games. Charlie and Mario define gamification and break down how it’s being used in our lives today in every area from social media to loyalty programs. They spoke about the essence of what a game is, the future of gamification and how games can be used to motivate you to grow.
Ethan Zohn is an expert at surviving. In 2002, he placed first in Survivor: Africa, the third season of the reality show, Survivor. In this episode, he shares his strategies for how he was able to win at this highly competitive game. But his real challenge came 6 years later when he was diagnosed with cancer. His open battle with cancer, not once but twice, has inspired thousands, teaching people how to overcome obstacles and how to not only survive, but to thrive, in moments of challenge.
“It’s about the journey, not the destination” is an adage that reminds me of Scot Cohen. Scot, the co-founder of the uber successful Iroquois Capital Fund, started his career with no business education, experience or money. He couldn’t even land a job. All he had was the will to succeed. That desire lead him on a journey in which he launched multiple companies, traveled around the world and stayed a few steps ahead of the competition.
In this episode, we speak about how journaling helped him in tumultuous times, how he calculates risk and manages failure, and how with the right attitude, hard work, humility and a little luck, you can accomplish amazing things.
Jamie Geller is one of the most sought after Jewish food personalities worldwide. But her career as a food personality was less than predictable as she began unable to cook. After years of hard work, dedication and devotion, she now runs Joyofkosher.com, a magazine and has published three cookbooks, all while juggling her responsibilities as a wife and mother. In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, Jamie shares insights on how to set a vision and stay focused even through adversity. She imparts advice on dealing with criticism, finding the right mentors and partnerships, and feeling the joy in everything you do. She discusses how she has been able to balance her obligations at work and at home and how her family gives her the support and energy to achieve her dreams.
In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, Saul Blinkoff shares his journey and how he became an animator for Walt Disney Studios working on the hit films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Tarzan. Since starting at Disney, Saul directed and co-directed features for MTV, Disney and multiple national commercials. Saul shares his story on how he went from a kid with a dream to landing a coveted internship at Disney. He shares insights and advice for how to succeed even if your goal seems unreachable and you feel outmatched by your competition.
Charlie spoke with Alan Weichselbaum, the CEO and co-founder of the Wexus Group, LLC, an outsource CFO company for entrepreneurs and small businesses. All companies, regardless of their size need financial knowledge and guidance as they grow. In this insightful interview, Alan reveals the two biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when they get started, how much time is business owners should realistically spend on their finances daily and the two characteristics he sees the most in successful people. This interview is a must-listen for anyone running a small business.
Charlie sat down with Seth Farbman, co-chairman of VCorp Services and discussed Seth’s incredible journey from sleeping on his couch while developing his idea for a company with his partner to ultimately building a multi-million dollar business. Seth gives advice to entrepreneurs, shares lessons he learned along the way and explains the traits he looks for when hiring people. This interview is must-listen for anyone who has an idea and is looking to start their own business.
Charlie spoke with CNBC producer Jake Novak about his journey to become the executive producer of “Power Lunch”. In this honest interview, you will hear the questions Jake asked himself to figure out his career path and the key lessons he has learned along his journey. He explains how there is no such thing as un-biased news, reveals the two things you need to be successful in broadcasting and gives practical advice to anyone looking to get started in the industry.