Podcast

A podcast about people that realize their value and don’t wait for others to act on it.

Stacie – Turning a love for social events into an example for her daughters.

I knew I was on the right track with interviewing Stacie when, after I asked her to be on the podcast, she said, “Brian, I don’t know if I am that interesting..” Because how many of us have had that feeling, believed that thought?

See, for those of us around her, we get inspired by someone believing in themselves enough to try something different, to go out on their own (even if it’s not a full time gig), and being willing to risk a little when the excuse of “I’m too busy” would have been perfectly acceptable, and true. For Stacie, it seemed like something as simple as connecting her desire for social engagement with a product she loves, but for the rest of us, she provides an example of the type of confidence we are all looking to develop.

For her, it started from someone else being an example. Someone influential in her life showing her a different potential path and opening her eyes. And, while she does not consider herself a salesperson, perhaps she is simply the kind of salesperson we would all like to see a bit more of. Someone doing it for the right reasons and with a company they are proud to represent.

That single example allowed her to find more examples, like a friend not being afraid of failing. And even more important than that, it allows Stacie to teach her daughters that it is ok to try new things, to take risks, and to not be afraid to fail. For those of us that care to be an example for our own friends and family, Stacie is not just an interesting example, but the type of example we need more of in life. That we can be influential, inspirational, and successful by simply connecting something we like with something we like to do.

 

John – Navigating the Unknown

When I asked John to be on the pod-cast, I assumed I would be talking with someone that knew exactly what he wanted his entire life. Having been successful in just about everything he has tried, from playing professional rugby and competing in 2 world cups, to an ag startup that is now international in scope, and now starting a stellar real estate career. What I didn’t expect to hear was, like the rest of us, he was very much trying to “figure it all out.”

Having never played the game, it only makes sense that John would leave the country 18 months after being introduced to rugby, to play in Brisbane Australia. Perhaps it doesn’t make sense to everyone, but when your internal driver is fixed on exploring what the world has to offer, then it becomes the only decision that really makes sense.

And, when you are at the height of your professional career, leaving to go found a start-up makes sense when you know what is important to you at the time and are able to listen to that instead of everyone else. It’s the same voice that allows him to take on the real estate world with a tenacity that he seems to apply to everything.

As it relates to John’s consistent values, he is a “wealthy” person. He has a wealth of great friends, great experiences and a fantastic outlook on life. And it was in hearing his story that I realized my assumptions about John always knowing what he wanted was a bit off the mark. Achieving so many great things, it seems, didn’t happen because he knew what he wanted to have, but because he always knew he wanted an experience.

 

Melissa – Jill of All Trades

When I saw the Facebook post about someone that started a gym out of their garage, and were still in operation over a year and a half later, I had to interview them. Turns out, Melissa did not start it out of her garage, and it wasn’t her first business, and I was in for a wonderful conversation about confidence, determination, and a woman that loves proving the doubters wrong.

Starting as a server, Melissa learned to approach all customers as potential future clients. Learning early on from her mother that she can do anything she sets her mind to, and believing it, gave her the mindset that all clients were her clients, it would just be a matter of time.

Her focus to treat all people well has allowed her to be successful in a number of different businesses, from owning a coffee shop to a property management company and beyond. She sees change as the spice of life and listening to her positive energy as she talks makes you want to believe the same.

Ultimately, Melissa’s confidence that she will make it through with hard work and determination seem to inform everything she does. Which is good, because that confidence is the very thing her clients are looking for, and the very type of people she surrounds herself with in all of her endeavors.

Wyatt – Learning What to Pay Attention to

Can a $1000 funding constraint, a lot of rain, and a philosophy degree be the recipe for success? For Wyatt Warner and Boise Classic Movies, it turns out the answer can be yes. If you know what to look for in failure.

I started interviewing Wyatt because I was interested in learning how he came up with the idea to have a crowd-sourced theatre experience. Along the way, however, I realized he wasn’t creating another reason to go to the movies as much as creating a much more important opportunity for community, re-engaging our childhoods, and letting go of the past.

In many ways, Boise Classic Movies was born not so much of necessity, but of honesty. Coming back from a “colossal” failure is difficult for anyone yet, for Wyatt, it helped him create the perspective that allowed his next idea; acknowledge failure is possible, create the confines through which you can accept it, and push through to that point.

Interestingly enough, it was this focus, and the combination of loving movies, knowing a bit about crowd-sourcing, and separating his idea from his ego (the philosophy degree kicking in) that allowed BCM to be the success it is today. And it’s that leveraging of strengths, of focusing on what is working, that informs his movements forward, from Boise, to Idaho Falls, Portland and beyond.

While he might not “feel” successful, the impact on the communities he is having, gives the benefits of his success to all of us. And that’s worth paying attention to.

 

 

 

Kilmer – Pursuing Direct Experience (Interview and Podcast)

When Doctors, CEOs, and very wealthy people come up to a person and say “I want your life!” the first question a person might ask is, what the heck does that person do? When you figure out the person is both a Sailboat Captain and a writer the real question is, how the hell does a person make that happen? Which is exactly what I wanted to talk with David Kilmer about on his awesome Tug Boat on Lake Coeurdalene.

Maybe it was because he was born in Kenya and had a non-traditional beginning, or perhaps it was his decision to sail from California to Hawaii without any sailing experience at a young age, or maybe, as he puts it, it is simply about following a small series of decisions throughout his life. Whatever it is, Kilmer’s path has allowed him to experience some amazing things in life, like sailing through the Panama Canal and chasing the path of Hemingway, because it was less about a specific point on the horizon he was trying to reach and more about a process of answering the question, “what is life?”

As he tells it, the process never really followed a straight line and was often times scary. While he committed to a less than traditional path and believed in it, he found himself frustrated, angry and, according to his wife, led him to be selfish and superficial at times. But it was all in the pursuit of direct experience, which seemed to be a good enough excuse to do something foolish.

In the end, getting to live a life that others believe they would love to have is not easy. The process of asking, “What is Life” has lead Cappy back to where he started for the first time, it has allowed him to love humanity after being angry with it for a time, and as anyone who knows him will tell you, it has allowed him to become a person who truly lives.

“Keep your bags packed and never turn down a trip” was the advice he had for the rest of us mortals. And, as I sat on his tugboat sipping wine and looking out at the beautiful Coeur’dalene Lake, I realized that maybe it wasn’t so much that all of those other folks wanted his life, as much as they simply wanted to feel alive. A feeling that seems only available when we seek, as David does every day, those direct experiences life has to offer when we decide to look.

Check out the entire interview here…