“You have to do the biggest thing you can to help the world in the biggest way.” – @_michaelsanders
“When you really try to help as many people as possible then things will work out for you.” @_michaelsanders

Michael Sanders joins us on the coffee chat today to share his story and the evolution of his latest project, Ayahuasca: An Executive’s Enlightenment.

We’ll also dive into Michael’s tips to unlock your full potential and find enlightenment. We may also talk about Michael’s serious dancing skills as well.

A bit more about Michael: He is a partner and Vice President in renewable energy and technology startup SunMoon Energy and the Vice President at ClearMedia.tv advertising agency.

You can preorder a copy of his book here and help him crowd fund to life! (non-affiliate link)

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On this Coffee Chat:

  • Why Ayahuasca is referred to as a female entity 
  • Michael gives a shout out to Sunmoon Energy
  • Michael shares his experience w/ Ayahuasca
  • Michael gives a shout out to Pulse Adventure Tours
  • How Ayahuasca differs from LSD, the psychedelic Steve Jobs said was one of the most important experiences in his life
  • How to decide if an experience w/ Ayahuasca is for you
  • How Ayahuasca has helped Michael have more impact in his work
  • Why Michael is using crowd-funding to kickstart his memoir
  • How meditation enhanced Michael’s confidence
  • Ayahuasca: What it is and why it empowered Michael
  • Why Michael is crowdfunding the publication

(Psst: Email me a screenshot of you leaving an iTunes review of the podcast and I’ll send you a copy of Michael’s book. Ends June 1st)

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“You end up graduating not knowing what to do because you never had the chance to really explore your passions.”

Jerry Mintz joins us on the coffee chat today to share his remarkable journey of transforming education. Jerry is the founder of AERO: Alternative Education Resource Organization which aims to celebrate and embrace a better future in education. Jerry pulls together education transformers from all over the world to share their successes and empower each other to redesign the education system. 

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On this Coffee Chat:

  • Why Jerry Mintz decided to spend his career transforming education
  • How the school design is a failed system
  • How to inspire employees with organic curriculum
  • Jerry’s thoughts on entrepreneurship
  • Why entrepreneurs should homeschool their kids
  • Homeschool = Building Entrepreneurship Skills 
  • Class Dismissed: Learning Outside the Classroom

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I stared bleary-eyed at the mile marker 10 as Lake Seneca glistened in the periphery. My legs felt like bricks and sweat stung my eyes like battery acid.

Energy depleted. Exhausted. Spent.

I whispered my race mantra, “This is Water….ebb and flow,” over and over as my legs continued to somehow pump up and down and maintain proper running form.

Three miles later I crossed the finish line for my first Half-Ironman race, beating my race goal by ten minutes with a smooth time of 4:50:26 and quickly found my way to the nearby ice bath.

For my athlete friends out there, you know what I’m talking about here. We’ve all had moments when our bodies said, “Nope, You’re Done. Stop Moving.” But, when our bodies tells our minds that we’re done, it’s possible to breakthrough to a whole new level.

When I used to coach triathlon, I had my all of my athletes share their mantra with me before a race. I’d either have the mantra on a sign or yell it at them when they would pass by.

When they saw it, it was like a match sparked new fire in their eyes.

You don’t need to race an Ironman to benefit from a mantra. A mantra is meant to help whenever you’re going through a mentally or physically challenging time. Take it figuratively and I’m sure we all feel like we’re racing an Ironman at some point during our lives.

A mantra is a quick and meaningful saying that motivates the soul to push the body.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I seriously thought about quitting The Traveling Cup. I felt exhausted with balancing my full-time teaching job, being a good husband to my wife who is struggling with Lyme Disease, taking care of my mother who was just diagnosed with breast cancer, and also continuing to grow The Traveling Cup.

And then, as if some sort of miracle, the listenership for the show nearly doubled and a listener reached out to me to thank me for my writing and running the podcast.

It was just the affirmation that I needed to know that what I’m creating matters.

I’m a Capricorn: a silly mountain goat that bounces up the mountain side and charges forward. In Ayurveda, I’m a Pita, which means I have tremendous yang energy or fire inside (in the West we’d call that drive).

I’ve always been good at following through and committing till the end and have been a terrible quitter my whole life. But now I see more value in quitting than ever before. Quitting can open doors and bring in fresh air. Quitting can be the next page in living your story.

“Don’t tell people about your brand. Live it.”

Today with me for a second time on The Traveling Cup to share the story of her new journey is Dorie Clark. I first had Dorie on the show all the way back on Ep. 23. Make sure you check it out here.  There we talked about how millennials can reinvent themselves to launch a whole new career. 

Now, she’s here to talk about how to find your breakthrough idea, build a following, and STAND OUT.

Dorie’s latest book, Stand Out, is my latest read. It’s chocked full of stories of entrepreneurs and regular ol’ Joes building a unique niche following and building their entrepreneurial legacy. 

Doris’s one of my favorite writers. Why? Because she doesn’t lecture. She lets her stories stand for her evidence and establishes her claim with anecdotal evidence. 

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On this Coffee Chat:

  • Why standing out is no longer optional
  • How to find your breakthrough idea and build a following around it
  • Why Dorie loves Tacos
  • Developing you expert niche w/ @DorieClark 
  • Why you need to and how to do your own research
  • Creating a framework for your idea
  • Community…I mean a real community 
  • Putting thought leadership into practice

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With the housing crash and the crippling student debt, millennials around the world are redefining The American Dream.

The new American Dream is where a person finds their calling in life to create the most epic legacy — one that creates a better tomorrow and has incredible impact in the world.

Now, you have the ability to share your message with anyone in the world with the same effect of a Super Bowl ad, but without having to spend that kind of money.

We’re living in the world of abundance where a kid in the slums of India could learn anything he wants and see the world from a laptop.

The new American Dream has less to do with money or a home and more to do with living a purpose-driven life.

“Some things just don’t work and it’s okay to say ‘you know…that’s not for me’ and move on.” 

On the call with me today is Matt Giovanisci. Matt is a Website wizard, podcast producer, music maker, video veteran, and fanboy of alliteration who is currently working on a coffee brand called Roasty. He helps people create “cool s***” that matters using his recipe called Passion Mashin. 

Matt just returned from a road trip to Colorado and sits down at a coffee shop in Washington D.C. for our chat. The new trip inspired Matt for his new venture which he shares for the first-time on this interview. 

Side note: Something happens on this episode that has never happened before in The Traveling Cup history. I hope it never happens again, but it was certainly a memory to remember. 

On this coffee chat:

- From pool care to coffee site: How Matt creates niche sites

- Creating epic video content

- Tips to be authentic and stay true to your personality 

- How to move beyond failure

- The story behind Roasty 

- What happens to Matt in an alley in D.C. 

- Building a lifestyle business 

- Matt’s new thoughts on travel

The Alley Shot

The Alley Shot


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“Whether it’s a microphone or whatever, you have the ability to get your voice out there.”
David Ralph joins us on the coffee chat today to share his journey of connecting the dots. David runs the highly successful British podcast, Join Up Dots, where he decided to ditch the status quo of getting a regular job and construct a studio in his backyard garden to build his business.
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On this Coffee Chat:
  • How Parkinson’s Law influences your time
  • Own back your time w/ David Ralph’s time- management skill
  • What the finance world taught David
  • Why David started Podcaster’s Mastery
  • Working smarter, not harder
  • How Steve Jobs and Oprah connected the dots
  • Plan less, take action more
  • Joinupdots.com
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“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” — Steve Jobs

It’s a brisk spring morning here in New York and I’ve just poured my first full cup of coffee in a while. And…dang — caffeine really works when the body hasn’t used it in a while.

This has been an interesting week and I’ve been thinking a lot about the Steve Jobs quote above. For millennials who are entering into their life’s work or are reinventing themselves, it’s terrifying to take a leap of faith or follow your gut.

Trust me, I feel the same way. The Traveling Cup has grown so much in the past few months and it’s been incredible. But I still love my full-time teaching job. It’s rewarding for one because my students inspire me to be more and do more, and the job security really helps when my family depends on me.

This week David Ralph interviewed me on his British podcast called Join Up Dots and we spent a lot of time talking about connecting the dots. On the show, I had the unique opportunity to go back in time and offer advice to my former teenage self. It was fun and here’s what I said,

“Hey dude — right now, you’re probably sitting there in class staring out at the trees wondering how the heck this high school class lesson is going to help you in your life. Well, here’s the truth…it’s probably not. Your intuition is right. The school design is entirely outdated. Learn to listen to your intuition, but focus more on your mindset. Sure, that class isn’t really helping you, but staring out at the trees isn’t either. Be present. If you’re in a class be in the class. If you’re walking out in the woods, be in nature. Commit 100% to what it is that you’re doing. Mindset is everything.”

Side Note: I’ve been re-reading my wife’s novel and her ninja fantasy fiction writing skills just had me imagining…what if I really could pass a note through time to my former self? How would that alter the space time continuum!?

“Take the adventure you always dreamed about.” – Leon Logothetis

Leon Logothetis joins us on the podcast today to share his remarkable story behind The Kindness Diaries — his memoir of traveling the world on a vintage motorcycle with no money. How did Leon go all the way around the world? With the kindness of others. People were not allowed to give him money, though he relied on the kindness of others to offer him a place to stay, a meal to eat, and clothes for when the weather shifted to colder temperatures. 

Check out his memoir here and stay connected with Leon here. 

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On this Coffee Chat:

  • How a conversation with an educator inspired Leon 
  • The need for connection
  • Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer 
  • Kindness can fuel an extraordinary life
  • From loneliness to world traveler, writer, and guest on The Today Show
  • “What’s the point of living my life if I’m not helping someone else?”
  • The economics behind Leon’s vagabonding world travel


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