074 How To Succeed With Shark-Proof Gumption

Lori-Cheek-cheekd-shark-tank-go-for-it-show-entrepreneur-success-datingMy next guest on the Go For It Show Podcast is an architect turned entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Cheekd– a mobile dating app that makes missed connections obsolete.

She was recently listed as one of AlleyWatch’s 20 most awesome people to know in the NYC tech scene. She even found her way onto ABC’s Shark Tank last February, where the Sharks told her to quit her dream, and this is what I love about her….she decided to push harder.

Please welcome Lori Cheek to the show!

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • About overcoming insurmountable odds
  • Never giving up
  • Failure after failure before success
  • Arttitude

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073 Living Happy Inside Out

Maura-Sweeney-living-happy-go-for-it-show-podcast-entrepreneur-publisher-writer-happiness-success-changeMaura Sweeney, of  Maura4U: Live Happy – Inside Out, joins the Go For It Show to share her thoughtful insights that inspire others to discover their own personal happiness and authentic living. Her personal story of finding her own happiness, despite external expectations and social pressures holds motivational value for all of us.
“Going for it doesn’t have to be, ‘the world said to do it this way’.  There are so many ways to find yourself doing what you want to do and pursuing what you really love…Nothing will really happen if you don’t go for it.”
A few gems from the show include:
  • Guidance on motivation.  -Find what makes you happy, find what it is that makes you want to jump out of the bed in the morning and do because it fires you up on the inside
  • How to let your desire to be happy exceed your fear of failure.
  • Insights into happiness as a value.  – So many people have personal wealth just waiting to be discovered, but we undervalue ourselves.

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Behind the Scenes at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 15

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan and myself

Twice a year I turn my interviewing and stage skills to my geek side. It is a total blast to have the opportunity to help out with Salt Lake Comic Con. Just this past weekend was FanX – a smaller, more intimate version of the Con that focuses on celebrity interaction and artists.

This time I got to interview Karen Gillan, as well as spearhead a social media campaign. Both were fantastic experiences that showcase exactly why I love Comic Con.

With Karen Gillan, I got to meet and chat with a brilliant and delightful actor, while the social media fun enabled me to interact with the interesting and varied people attending the con. Since anyone who knows me knows that I love people, (which is a major reason why I host an interview show) both of these outcomes are a huge high for me.



I got to meet great people from Washington, Colorado, and Idaho as well as locals. From cosplayers to authors and artists, to “celebrity collectors,” (whatever that means – they’re the ones who said it, not me!) the people who come to Salt Lake Comic Con are among the best people anywhere.



So, what is it like backstage? Chaos, basically. Everyone coming and going, sound guys, video guys, tech guys…celebrities, their agents…fans, crazy fans, shy fans, uber-fans. Three days of exhausting and exhilarating fun.


Back Stage Control


There are always moments when everything looks like it’s falling apart, then miraculously comes back together – always thanks to how dedicated everyone behind the scenes is to providing the best possible experience for fans.

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Luckily, I’ve never found myself getting star-struck or tongue-tied. I’ve had lots of people ask me about that – do I get stage fright? Am I intimidated by celebrities? The answer to both is no, not really –and the reason is the same. I am freakishly, childishly curious about everything. Every moment I’m so involved with the adventure, sucked into what’s going on, that I forget to be self-aware until it is over. THEN I often turn things over in my mind. I get more nervous ten minutes after an interview or an emcee moment in front of thousands of people, than during. And honestly, I feel very at home on a stage because it just feels like I’m hanging out with friends. Lots of friends.

As for my biggest interview this Con, here is a short clip of how it went. I only knew Karen Gillan as Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy, actually. But I did some quick research, courtesy of my wife who is a huge Dr. Who fan – who crammed me full of critical story lines and selected for me pivotal episodes to watch. (mental high-five when I was able to laugh at a joke Karen made about the Silence.) Karen is a fabulous interview because she’s such a good sport, has such a great attitude, and is a quick wit.

072 Productivity Hacks and Self-Publishing

Chanlder-Bolt-author-self-publishing-productivity-hacks-productive-person-book-launch-entrepreneur-go-for-it-show-podcastMy next guest is a young hustling entrepreneur who ran $320k in businesses by age 20. He’s written & published 3 bestselling books and now he helps others write, market & publish their first book.

lease welcome Chandler Bolt to the Go For It Show!

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Angus-PhilWell, here we are, halfway through January. How are those New Year’s Resolutions looking? According to statisticbrain.com, right now is the time we’re all starting to hit a rough patch.  During the first week of the year, 75% of resolutions are being maintained.  But somewhere between the second week and the end of the month, an entire 10% go back to old habits.

By six months, just over half are still focused on their goals. And according to Quartz.com, “a Marist poll predicted that 44% of us would make a resolution for 2015, but research from the University of Scranton says only 8% of people actually achieve their goals.”

So now is the time to buoy up that sagging determination, and figure out how to make sure THIS year we end up in the successful column.

Last month I shared on Facebook an article that disputes the concept that sharing goals publicly increases the probability of success.  I found it fascinating. One of the central points is that when we share goals with others, personally or via social media, we get a positive, uplifting response that feels good – so good we don’t actually need to complete the goal because we’ve already achieved a fulfilling result.

While this, and the other concepts related in the study, makes sense on a personal basis, I think that if sharing goals and progress doesn’t prop up our own determination, it can inspire others.  Seeing other people succeed in their struggles and resolve creates a community of not being alone in facing challenges.  We re-commit to our own journey when we see others on the same path.

So the question then becomes, is there a way to do both?

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071 Finding Power and Balance

Rudy-Mettia-yoga-warrior-365-yogi-motivation-inspiration-go-for-it-show-podcastMy next guest on Go For It Show Podcast was an orphan at nine years old, he spent his childhood in countless foster homes as a ward of the state of North Carolina.

He found solace and release in physical activity and became an accomplished athlete. He served six years in the United States Marine Corps and has since had a host of unusual “career” opportunities from policeman, bartender, personal trainer, and even a bouncer in Hollywood.

Through it all he’s learned both wisdom and humility. The life lessons and challenges he faced have aided in his his current position as a world class yogi with over 10,000 classroom teaching hours.

He is the creator of Yoga Warrior 365. Please welcome Mr. Rudy Mattia to the show.

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