“I learned that people’s opinions of me didn’t matter and that wasn’t a reflection of who I was.” @iwearyourshirt

“You don’t get what you don’t ask for.” @iwearyourshirt

“Define your own metrics of success.” @iwearyourshirt

 

On the show with me today is Jason Zook. You may know him better as Jason Sadler, Jason Headsetsdotcom and Jason SurfrApp.

Jason is the founder of iwearyourshirt.com and honestly, one of the most creative people that I’ve met when it comes to making money outside the typical 9-5. In fact, having to work the 9-5 is one of Jason’s greatest fears, I’ve learned.

What I love most about Jason is that he decided early on his life that instead of trying to fit in, he would embrace and unleash the fact that he thinks differently. And the truth is, most people struggle so hard to fit in and in doing so, repress themselves to live under someone else’s definition of normal.

He’s a big fan of Skittles, a car junkie and has a platonic crush on Elon Musk, which, for those of you who have been listening for a while, you know I do too.

Jason Zook

 

On this Coffee Chat:

  • Embracing your inner weirdo
  • “Identify the things that you don’t want to be doing and remove them.”
  • BuyMyFuture.com
  • Boost creativity by disconnecting from social media
  • Give yourself space
  • Write every day – even when what you’re writing doesn’t make sense
  • Control, freedom and flexibility
  • Not being attached to money
  • Having conversations with like-minded folks and not having conversations with people who are self-limiting
  • Making money in an unconventional way
  • Crushing on Elon Musk

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 “Don’t go necessarily for big media; go for your readers.” @RyanBiddulph

“When you’re doing something for a sustained period of time, then it feels crappy, where you don’t feel energized, you’re doing it wrong.” @RyanBiddulph

 

My friend Shannon introduced me to this guy months ago and I’ve been reading his work; I even did a little bit of traveling because of him and he helped guide me in the surfing adventure I was looking for.

On the show today we have Ryan Biddulph. He is the brilliant man behind Blogging From Paradise. Ryan helps people retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging, and I’m really excited to talk about smart blogging because it’s something that I’ve been working on my strategy as well.

We’re going to dive deep into the jungle of blogging. We’re going to explore Ryan’s writing strategies, and of course, we’re going to learn how Ryan has connected the dots between school, his passion and of course, what the world needs.

Ryan Biddulph

 

On this Coffee Chat:

  • Mentorship with Darren Rowse, ProBlogger
  • Going towards the most freeing, fulfilling direction
  • Blogging tip: Just keep churning out content
  • Putting all your energy into giving
  • Why blog and how to cut through the noise
  • Blogging tip: Be authentic.
  • Blogging for large media sites vs having a personal blog
  • “Don’t go necessarily for big media; go for your readers.”
  • Creating – no matter what. Form that creative habit.
  • Learning about what you’re capable of

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 “Coconut oil is medicine.”

On the show with me today is a good friend of mine, Tyson Adams. This is Tyson’s second time coming on The Traveling Cup. On Episode 33, we dove into everything about his amazing philanthropic startup, Jhai Coffee House. It’s one of my favorite episodes because it talks about one of my obsessions – coffee.

He started the world’s first coffee shop in Laos that gives back 100% to its community. So far, they’ve constructed 9 clean water wells, sent 4,000 kids in 35 schools and gave access to clean water and hygiene education.

They’ve built a café that acts as a social business which educates the farmers in the community about specialty coffee, and a coffee warehouse which has been wonderful in providing infrastructure for the farmers to basically maximize the earning potential of their coffee.

Tyson is here with me today to talk about his latest venture with Zuddha Coconut Oil, and this is a unique turn in Tyson’s entrepreneurial path, and I’m really excited to talk about how Tyson connected these dots.

Tyson Adams

On this Coffee Chat:

  • Tyson’s journey from Jhai Coffee House to Zuddha Coconut Oil
  • Benefits of coconut oil
  • What makes Zuddha Coconut Oil different?
  • Is it truly virgin?
  • What do you use coconut oil for?
  • Oil pulling
  • Coconut oil and breastfeeding
  • MCT oils
  • Crowdfunding tip: Keep your video short!
  • Giving back to the community

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 “How do you live within these massive limitations? How do you live when you don’t know how much energy you have from one day to the next?”

“Monetize your mission, monetize your passion, and then take those steps forward.”

“If you can extract wisdom from each and every situation, then it’s not a negative thing – it’s an empowering thing.”

On the show with me today I have Sarah and Aaron Sanchez, two really special guests whom my wife and I had the honor of meeting at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

You guys have heard me talk about my stay at Omega Institute for the Living Well With Lyme Disease Conference already, but you’re going to get an insider’s look here with two very special people that I’ve met there.

Aaron and Sarah are the hosts of the podcast, LymeVoice, where they focus on the path from Lyme Disease to wellness.

For those who have been following The Traveling Cup for a while, you know that I’ve talked a bit about my wife’s struggle with Lyme Disease, so this is an especially meaningful conversation that we’re going to have with Aaron and Sarah, and I’m really honored to have them in this episode.

Aaron Sarah Sanchez

On this Coffee Chat:

  • Learning financial intelligence
  • What is Lyme Disease?
  • Lyme Disease symptoms
  • Incorporating Lyme into their life’s work
  • How to stay positive and empowered – be intentional
  • Surrounding oneself with positivity
  • How to support your partner through chronic illness
  • Redefining success
  • “It’s okay to struggle. It means you’re IN the fight.”
  • “Turn your crap into fertilizer.”

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 “When you follow your dream, when you follow your passion, really nothing can stop you.” @DreamNipotence

“As you start to become aware of what it is that you value most…you can start to use that as a measuring stick for making your decisions.” @DreamNipotence

On the show with me today is Jo Caragh. After 17 years as a communications operator for 911 for the Toronto Police, Jo left to follow her gut feeling, which is I think something that everyone listening to this podcast could relate to.

And there was something more that she wanted to be doing. At 911, she honed her skills as an expert communicator, developing the tools to effectively connect with people to achieve the best possible outcome. She brings her experiences as a trainer, a mentor supervisor and creator of an award-winning communications program.

Check out ChooseDreams.ca to learn more about Jo and her work and her concept of Dream Nipotence.

Jo Caragh

On this Coffee Chat:

  • A shoutout to Jennifer Hough
  • How mentors can help you step into something bigger and figuring out your path
  • Jo’s definition of “Intelligence of the Heart”
  • Do you feel like you need to give some service back to the world?
  • What is Dream Nipotence?
  • Tapping into the intelligence of the heart
  • Starting a dream journal
  • How self-aware are you?
  • How do you choose the right path?
  • There is no right or wrong choice

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“Don’t ever give up hope. Continue to fight, because you never know what’s going to happen in front of you; you never know what plan is meant for you.” @JhansonSteel
“No – don’t accept the negative statistics…you fight until you can’t fight anymore.” @JhansonSteel
“With anything in life, if you are truly passionate about it, you’re gonna give it every bit of energy that you have to see this goes forward.” @JhansonSteel

On the show with me today I have the real man of steel, JJ Hanson, joining us. Now JJ’s story is one you will never forget, and I’m really excited to dig into his new line of work, with his new nonprofit, or helping the nonprofit Voices Against Brain Cancer.

JJ’s a US Marine and brain cancer survivor who advocates for policy changes on behalf of patients. He recently approached the New York State Department of Health to officially declare May 27th as New York State Gray Day, where people wear the color gray to help promote brain cancer awareness.

And this is awesome – he just completed a Spartan race. In short, I’m super excited to have JJ join us today.

JJ Hanson

On this Coffee Chat:

  • JJ’s Spartan race experience
  • Lessons and virtues JJ learned from his family
  • “When people see you do that and they see you working harder to try and make something happen, then they’re going to build off of that strength, and it makes you feel better when you see them resulting in a positive way from what you just did.”
  • JJ’s battle against cancer
  • Keeping the right perspective in the midst of challenges
  • “There are so many great things in this world for you to do; there are so many great things in this world for you to see and be a part of. Why wait?”
  • How JJ started working with Voices Against Brain Cancer
  • ADVICE: Just reach out.
  • Using video to create a conversation around your advocacy
  • Other initiatives JJ is working on
  • Focusing on priorities

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“We have to realize that we have many of the solutions in our hands.” @thelongestswim

“Looking at the bigger picture and what we are doing for the next generation, I think, is the most important thing.” @thelongestswim

“It’s not the big things that make the world change; I think it’s the little things that you aggregate and the power of numbers.” @thelongestswim

 

On the show with me today is Ben Lecomte. For those of you who have been listening for a while, you know that I’ve devoted my life’s work to have real, meaningful impact and to live my life intentionally. For that reason, Ben is a huge role model for anyone who wants to go big and make huge impact.

Ben is a long-distance swimmer who will be swimming across the Pacific Ocean, from Tokyo to San Francisco. It’s actually not just to go for a swim – it’s part of this incredible global movement, a global effort to re-think sustainability.

This is the perfect example of how someone can take their passion and apply it to have incredible impact in the world.

So what can we do as individuals and as a collective to make our world and our oceans as healthy as they can be for our children and future generations?

Check out Ben’s herculean work over at TheLongestSwim.com and his Indiegogo campaign, which just launched so that we could help send him off on his swim from Tokyo to San Francisco.

Ben Lecomte

On this Coffee Chat:

  • What Ben learned from his mentors – his father, and adventurer Gerard d’Aboville
  • Pushing limits and not being afraid of taking big risks
  • Using one’s passion to make a difference
  • Bringing attention to sustainability
  • “We have problems right now with our environment…but at the same time, we have to realize that we have many of the solutions in our hands.”
  • The Longest Swim
  • Being mindful of how much waste we create and recycle
  • Small things you can do that can have worldwide impact
  • How Ben trained for The Longest Swim

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 “When you want to be extraordinary, that’s within the confines of being normal.” @bhaesa

“I’ve always believed that no matter what situation you find yourself in, until you learn something from it, you can’t escape it.” @bhaesa

Let’s go over the pond to England, where Bhavani Esapathi helps people find their purpose through adversities that come in their life.

She founded what’s called Chronically Driven, which is a digital social innovation hub that empowers those with chronically debilitating illnesses, helping them connect and share their story with the world.

Bhavani

On this Coffee Chat:

  • Learning from a mentor: respecting other people’s beliefs and opinions.
  • Success isn’t dictated by your educational background
  • Successful entrepreneurs desire to learn more
  • How Chronically Driven brings invisible disabilities to the forefront of mainstream media
  • Positively affecting others’ lives through your work
  • ADVICE: Be persistent in the good work that you’re doing, even if you don’t ‘see’ anything happening.
  • Finding work that suits you and your lifestyle
  • Managing your energy – what you spend time on
  • Pro tip: Make a list of tasks that only take 5 minutes to complete

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 “You got to do what you love.” @JeffreySlayter

“You only have so much life, so whatever you can do to create your own thing, get out and do it.” @JeffreySlayter

“That’s what it’s like as an entrepreneur – you have no idea if it’s going to work out and just put yourself out there and trust.” @JeffreySlayter

 

Let’s fly all the way over to Australia where Jeffrey Slayter now calls home. Jeffrey’s got a really unique background. Born in Hawaii into a family of entrepreneurs, Jeffrey eats, breathes and sleeps entrepreneurship, especially when he’s not surfing.

There’s so much I can say about this guy, but in short, he started up a bunch of businesses that have not only done a whole lot of good in the world – kudos to that – but also made quite a bit of money as well – double kudos to that.

His purpose-driven mission has brought him on the stage with Sir Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins – I mean, there’s so much that we could talk about today on the show.

Let’s have fun and dive into what’s got Jeffrey fired up lately.

It’s time to get real and vulnerable with Jeffrey Slayter – unplugged.

To learn about Jeffrey’s latest project, head over to http://www.thegrandinitiative.com/

Jeffrey Slayter

On this Coffee Chat:

  • “No matter what, persistence, in the end, will win.”
  • Creating something out of nothing
  • Ideas are a dime a dozen, but execution is everything.
  • Anyone can become an entrepreneur
  • Finding what you’re here to do, not what the world is telling you to do
  • Having a daily routine – eating healthy food, listening to podcasts
  • Jeffrey’s Ayahuasca experience
  • What Ayahuasca can do for your business (and your personal life)
  • The future of conscious enterprise
  • “I’ve learned how little I actually know, and I’m okay with it.”

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 “The most important thing that I learned is that luck plays a huge factor in everything.” @rogerwu99

“Being humble is probably the most important characteristic – whether you’re an employee, whether you’re an entrepreneur, whether you’re a rockstar – whoever you are.” @rogerwu99

 

Let’s meander between New York and California where Roger Wu divides his time. Roger is an entrepreneur and the founder of Cooperatize – an advertising platform that guarantees placements and at the same time will save publishing.

Roger’s special talent? Using story to captivate and make lasting impressions.

You may also recognize Roger as the bodyguard for the Prime Minister of Micronesia in the movie Zoolander.

Roger Wu

On this Coffee Chat:

  • A shoutout to Roger’s father, who was also an entrepreneur
  • Preparation is everything
  • How he ended up in Zoolander
  • Making viral YouTube videos
  • Roger’s vlogging tip: Do something different
  • “Nothing really can truly go viral from one guy sitting in a room, unless he has help doing it.”
  • What form of advertising best suits your product
  • Content marketing
  • When to use storytelling in ads
  • What Roger is learning right now

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