Not Almost There

Not Almost There

Why Not Almost There? I had never run a long race in my life, but here I am, in the middle of the 2015 Chicago Marathon. I’m feeling fantastic, even thinking I could go double the distance. Just being in this race was a mini-miracle. I had heart surgery and back surgery a decade earlier. I could barely stand back then, let alone run. Nonetheless, I’m fired up and feel better than ever. Then I see right in front of me— a sign that nearly stops me in my tracks, NOT ALMOST THERE. I try to brush it off but can’t stop thinking about those words. Every step seems heavier, harder, and then I start cramping up. I begin to walk and complain inside and out. I struggle the entire second half but finish (barely) with everything I have after being physically and mentally crushed. I have never stopped thinking about that sign but that’s fueled a quest to understand the power of the mind, body, and spirit. To understand how we accomplish things. To understand how we become better in the race against time and ourselves. Who am I? Southside Chicago kid. Young Father (20). Assembly line worker. Found 15 seconds between building cars to study. Graduated. Took 5 years. Created a few companies. Sold two. 800 employees. Created Refuel and Not Almost There to help others.

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April 27, 2022 63 min

Ayelet Fishbach PhD, is the Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the past president of the Society for the Study of Motivation and the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON). She is an expert on motivation and decision making and the author of Get it Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation. Ayelet’s groundbreaking research on human motivatio...

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Amy Purdy is the top-ranked female adaptive snowboarder in the U.S., a three-time World Cup para-snowboard gold medalist, the 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist, and the founder of Adaptive Action Sports, a nonprofit organization that helps youth, young adults, and wounded veterans with physical disabilities get involved with action sports. She is a professional motivational speaker who has been featured at both TEDx and Pop Tech and ...

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February 18, 2022 51 min

Dr. Wendy Wood is a best-selling author and Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California. Given her research over the past 30 years, she is widely considered the world's scientific expert on habit formation and change. She has published over 100 articles, and her research has been supported by Proctor & Gamble, National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, and the Radcliffe ...

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Alan Krashesky is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. As ABC 7's primary news anchor, he currently co-anchors three of ABC 7's top-rated weekday newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. Among Chicago's most trusted news anchors, Krashesky is well-known and respected for both his news anchoring and news reporting. Every newscast he has anchored has consistently been rated No. 1 in the Chicago market. He joined AB...

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Jocko Willink is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership, Dichotomy of Leadership, host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer, leadership instructor, speaker, and strategic advisor. Jocko spent 20 years in the SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. J...

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December 31, 2021 29 min

Tony Hawk is a professional skateboarder and actor. He started at the age of nine when he got his older brother’s blue fiberglass skateboard. He used to practice at the now-defunct Oasis Skatepark at the age of 12, performing maneuvers well beyond his age. By the time he was 16 years old, he had become a professional skateboarder. With time, he was able to start his own skateboarding company called ‘BirdHouse,’ along with compatrio...

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December 22, 2021 58 min

Richard Antoine White is an author, inspirational speaker, and professional musician. He is currently the principal tubist of the Santa Fe Symphony and is in his 10th season as principal tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic. He's also the first African American musician in the United States to earn a doctorate in tuba performance and is now a professor of tuba at the University of New Mexico. With over two decades of performin...

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December 12, 2021 47 min

Eric Deeter is an ultramarathon runner, podcaster, Mindset coach, and an advocate for running barefoot. Eric Deeter didn’t set out to run ultramarathons. He was trying to break out of the limiting beliefs that had limited his success for decades. He’d read all the self-help books. Attended mastermind seminars. Written and recited positive affirmations, but nothing worked. Then, in 2017, he learned a simple meditation that helped hi...

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Bridget Hilton is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and inspirational speaker. With 20 years of experience as a designer and marketer, Bridget has built 8-figure businesses while traveling the world giving back. She is passionate about sharing her experiences and inspiring others to live a more fulfilling life. She co-founded her company LSTN in 2012 to create the world's first inspirational electronics company which has helped ...

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Rich Diviney is a former Navy SEAL Commander, best-selling author, and a widely sought-after speaker and consultant.  Rich served over 21 years with 13 overseas deployments, 11 of which were to Iraq and Afghanistan. Throughout his career, he has achieved multiple leadership positions, including the Commanding Officer of a Navy SEAL Command. Rich was also involved in a specialized SEAL selection process, which whittled a group of hu...

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Dr. Robynne Chutkan is a gastroenterologist and the best-selling author of Gutbliss, The Microbiome Solution, and The Bloat Cure, and founded the Digestive Center for Wellness. Dr. Chutkan received her medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, where she also did her internship and residency and served as Chief Resident. She completed her fellowship in gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Ne...

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November 14, 2021 55 min

Lucas Rockwood is the founder of Absolute Yoga Academy and Yogabody Fitness. With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, ...

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November 13, 2021 65 min

Heather Parillo is the 20th woman in history to complete the Kokoro crucible; she is the CEO of IFLY Integrative Leadership and Unbeatable Mind Coach. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in the Service, Fitness, and Hospitality industries, she is a multifaceted visionary senior executive, integrator, coach, trainer, facilitator, relationship expert, and turnaround artist with a solid track record of leading individuals, teams...

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November 1, 2021 86 min

JIM KWIK is a New York Times Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur, and International Speaker. After suffering a brain injury at the age of 5, he thought he was useless and a worthless person. But one day when he met the father of a friend, he found out that he was not worthless and then he started reading what he loves and kept focusing on the concept of “how to learn something”, and he started investing his focus in learning. After y...

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Lucy Westlake is the youngest person to climb all 50 high points in the United States, she is an adventurer, explorer, endurance athlete, runner, triathlete, mountaineer, and motivational speaker; she dreams big, sets goals, and works hard to accomplish them.   Lucy has been climbing mountains since she could walk. She has a deep love for the outdoors and pushes her physical and mental limits to new heights. Lucy began her high-poi...

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Kevin Hekmat started his career working with IN-Q, Cal Fussman, and Alex Banayan to name a few. He has helped sell out theaters and produce global events. During the pandemic, even though he has a love and deep friendships with his performers, Kevin also looked inward and focused on his passion for wellness, and his ability to help others shift how we respond to stress – and bring more happiness, productivity, and communication to ...

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October 11, 2021 54 min

Jenn Lim is the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer (CHO) of Delivering Happiness (DH), a company she and Tony Hsieh co-founded to show how you can prioritize purpose, people, and profits to make an impact on the world. In 2010, Jenn led the launch and management of Tony’s first book, Delivering Happiness, which sold over 1 million copies, and hit #1 on The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. It was also voted one of the best b...

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IN THIS EPISODE… Joe sits down with his wife Heather Chura, and two of his friends, Jon Rieckmann (first-place finisher in his age division & eighth overall), and Bruce Etzcorn. These are a couple of the people from his crew that competed in the Spartan Ultra and Spartan Beast challenges in Lake Tahoe. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this event, the Spartan Ultra merges the sport of obstacle course racing along with 5...

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Kristi Hedges is a senior leadership coach with a specialty in executive communications, and the author of the Amazon bestseller The Power of Presence and The Inspiration Code. Her workshops and coaching programs have been utilized by CEOs and teams in organizations from the Fortune 10 to entrepreneurial ventures to nonprofits. She runs her own coaching practice, The Hedges Company, and is a founding partner in the leadership devel...

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Ben Mollin's story is incredible. From life-long medical impairments to dealing with depression and attempted suicide to becoming a rockstar hairdresser on a reality tv show. He has broken down every barrier put in his way, and fear is no longer in his vocabulary.

Ben Mollin is an award-winning speaker, 2-time Ironman finisher, ultramarathon runner, an internationally recognized hairdresser, and an internationally recognized l...

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