From Adversity to Abundance

From Adversity to Abundance

Are you an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur? Then this show is for you. Each week, we bring you impactful stories of real people, who have overcome painful, human adversity to create a life of abundance. You are not alone in your struggle. Join us, and you will experience the power of true stories--and gain practical knowledge--from founders who have turned poverty into prosperity, and weakness into wealth. This podcast will encourage you through your health, relationship, and financial challenges, so you can become the hero in your quest for freedom. Take ownership of the life you were destined to live; turn your adversity into abundance.


March 21, 2023 40 min

A few short years ago, Geoff Seow was in an 8-year haze. That’s what he calls his drug and alcohol addiction years. Today, he has 3 degrees and runs two businesses. In this episode, he shares lessons from how he transformed his life. In August 2020 he decided to turn his life around.

“ Marijuana cut a lot of ambition and drive out of my life.”


He took action to tap into his ambition and started an Instagram account called Y...

In 10 years, Anna Kelley went from $700,000 in debt to an 8-figure net worth real estate mogul. Being in tremendous debt wasn’t the first time she hit rock bottom. As a child, she grew up in households with abusive men and had to stay in women’s shelters with her mom. Her tough childhood only made her more determined to outwork all of her friends.


“I realized that if I wanted a different life than what I had as a child if I di...

With a break from the regular programming, in this episode I share parts of my story as Josh Kalinowski, former pro baseball player and now CEO, interviews me. We talk about what it’s like for me to raise an autistic son, the growth of my mortgage note business and loan servicing business, what I do to prepare myself for life’s inevitable challenges, and my goals for 2023 - all in light of some of the most important lessons I learn...

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One of the risks of being wealthy is that your children might turn out to be trust fund babies spoilt by money. Even worse, 91% of wealth transfers fail in two generations. Shawn Barberis’ technology helps families keep their money for longer. He’s one of the few people in the world who solves this problem. It took a devastating MS diagnosis for him to shift his mindset and start cracking a problem that people face.


“Prior to ...

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We’re all looking for ways to broaden our investments in a down market. We’d all like to keep profits trending upward despite a pending recession, so what are the options if adding new properties or more fix-and-flips opportunities are harder to find?


In this episode of Accelerated Real Estate Investor with Josh Cantwell, he’s being joine...

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Growing up on a dairy farm in Illinois, Gary would see bankers show up and talk to his dad every day. It was the 80s and inflation was killing people’s livelihoods. The bankers had a 21% interest rate on his family farm and they simply couldn’t keep up. This is the story of how Gary’s life unfolds from spending his childhood in poverty to having abundant wealth and agency as an adult.


Today Gary Pinkerton is a wealth strategis...

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Neil was a bit immature in his 20s. Impulse and greed were his north stars and they didn’t get him far. He married the wrong person and started charting a destructive path. After recovering from unfaithfulness and divorce, Neil met the woman of his dreams. But, not too long after they married, bankruptcy and a health crisis were waiting for him. His new wife needed medical support, and nobody was bringin...

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Wanting to show his alcoholic parents that he didn’t need them to be on top of the world, Paul Aragon found himself in prison. He spent his childhood making $40,000-80,000 weekly selling drugs and eventually ended up with 7 felonies. But it turns out that prison was the best thing that could’ve happened to him. It’s in there that he found God and started rebuilding his life. Today, he runs his own multi-million dollar roofing compa...

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By 12 years old, Steven had experienced 5 divorces in his family and changed parents several times. At 40, he now raises real estate funds north of $100 million as a Managing Partner of Integrity Holdings Group, owns 1000 units, and found God. Throughout his life, he has been battling two conflicting beliefs: that he can do what he does better than anyone else, and the thought that he’ll never ...

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At 48, Mark Livingston found himself divorced with very little money to his name and nothing saved up for his kids. It was a wake-up call that he couldn’t rely on traditional savings vehicles and Wall Street to prepare him for retirement and secure a good life for his family. Instead of letting his setbacks define him, Mark used his 35 years of experience as a corporate executive and CPA to tur...

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This episode of The Next-Level Income Show features Jamie Bateman, an experienced real estate investor and business owner who has been actively buying and selling mortgage notes since early 2018. During this time, he has acquired over 75 mortgage notes with principal balances in excess of $4M with collateral across 20 states and growing. Jamie owns several small businesses and a multi-st...

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We had over 40 book recommendations in our 40 episodes of 2022. Host Jamie Bateman recaps all the guests we had on the show this year, the adversities they overcame, and the books that helped them become the people they are today despite all the odds stacked against them.


Tune in to start curating the game-changing 2023 reading list that will help you find and create abundance in your life.


Tune in to discover the book re...

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Being born to teenage parents and working for peanuts as an X-ray technician, James Webb never dreamed he’d one day be a business titan, investor, and philanthropist worth many millions of dollars.

(26:08) “There's a recording of me in high school, and if I hadn't heard of myself, I wouldn't believe it, but they're asking questions at my church about, what are you gonna do after graduate high school? And there's this little, ti...

Matt Izzo is a transformation expert, a holistic fitness coach, and an Ironman athlete. He spent most of his life being obese and depressed. He had low self-esteem and self-limiting beliefs, which held him back from unleashing his potential. Then, he transformed himself into the positive role model he is today. He went from thinking he could run only 3 miles to losing 75 pounds and completing an Ironman.


Matt is now a true lea...

Bry Shields, an insurance sales producer at HUB International in Alabama, founded Shields Insurance Agency in 2017 before selling it to his current employer a few years later. Bry sold his company for over $1 million. Insurance was nothing new to Bry. His career has been in insurance ever since, even after he graduated from college.


It was in 2017 when he decided to build his own insurance company to pursue his dreams. He neve...

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In 2019, Justin Roethlingshoefer experienced resistance due to his principled stance and goal of creating change. A data-focused wellness coach, Justin has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a master's degree in Nutrition. He has a huge passion for helping people reach their optimal health. Justin was fired from the National Hockey League because he stood his ground on what was right and kept on finding the best soluti...

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In August of 2008, Aaron Chapman’s life was turned upside down. At that time, he was doing well in his career, and life was good. However, that all changed in an instant when Aaron was caught in a motorcycle accident that put him in a severe medical condition. Aaron went through years of rehabilitation, eventually regaining his ability to walk. Aaron has also dealt with massive financial struggles but always displayed the tenacity ...

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No one becomes successful overnight. People around us simply seem to work and work. Eventually, they succeed. Consider Brecht Palombo, the man behind the investing weekly #AltReports. In business, he has achieved great success. But his life wasn't a smooth ascent into a traje...

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    At 19 years old, Clint Fiore had a near-death experience that caused a major mindset shift in how he views the world and sees life. He says, "always tell people around you how you feel and make that a regular rhythm in your life because you don't know what day will be your last." Clint is an optimist and entrepreneur who sees small businesses as a force for good.

    In this inspiring conversation with Jamie, Clint shares the story ...

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    On Christmas Eve 2012, Bryan Chavis’ life changed forever. Bryan--a highly successful real estate business owner and author -- had a seizure at Disney World and found out he had a brain tumor on his motor cortex. Bryan has had a long, hard-fought battle involving chemo and many subsequent seizures. Through this extreme health challenge and the sacrifices involved in trying to keep his re...

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