Why Not

Why Not

Why not is a mindset that moves you towards your vision and gives you an opportunity to reach that goal, meet that person, or learn that skill. The podcast studies the mind of entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, authors, podcast hosts, community leaders, founders of nonprofits, and so much more. Success leaves clues. Listen to those who have done it before and use their methodologies to achieve your goals.

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October 23, 2020 58 min
Dean Mannix isn’t a good, but a great coach. As the co-founder and CEO of SalesITV, he has delivered sales performance projects in over 25 countries. He’s recognized as one of Australia’s leading sales performance coaches, advising, coaching, and training senior executives from many of the world’s leading corporations, like Goldman Sachs, Oracle, Canon, News Corp, and plenty of other companies you see in Forbes.
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Welcome to another edition of Summa Sessions! This week, we’re talking habits. Johnny led us off with the 8 easy steps to start a new habit, such as taking baby steps and not committing yourself to too many new habits. Ryan then talked about how all of our actions are based in habits we formed and that we should shoot to be 1% better each day. This led to a quote from Danae, “Get in the habit of asking yourself ‘does this support t...
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On July 1st, 2012, Jared Ward was riding his motorcycle when he got into a major accident. He hit two bumps in the road and skidded across two lanes. It seemed to happen in slow motion. Life flashed before his eyes. When he snapped back to reality, he realized he was in trouble. He had a dislocated clavicle, broken wrist, and cracked ribs. 50% to 60% of his body was covered in road rash. He ended up spending 19 days in a level one ...
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Today is the 4th Summa Session about communication! Johnny led us off with how not to apologize, which is to bring up excuses of why the mistake was made and instead own up to it and hopefully provide a solution. Next up, Chris talked about the difference between extroverts and introverts, and how you need to understand who you’re talking to and how they communicate. Ryan then discussed a pet peeve that many of us share, which is t...
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September 30, 2020 23 min
On today’s hump day Summa Session, we’re talking communication. Johnny led us off with some horror stories about communication failures at hospitals, which were extreme examples of the importance of communication. Ryan then discussed a very relevant quote, “Assume the person speaking knows something you don’t.” Our team is constantly talking to experts in their field, so every conversation should be treated as a learning opportunit...
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September 29, 2020 23 min
On today’s Summa Session, we’re still talking about communicating! Johnny led us off with a Forbes article on using storytelling in your business to connect emotionally to your clients, which’ll help retain them for longer. Danae then came in with a quote from the book Boundaries, which talked about responding instead of reacting. When you react, the control is with the other person, while responding keeps you in control. Chris the...
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September 28, 2020 22 min
On Monday’s edition of Summa Sessions, we’ve got a new topic for the week: communication. Johnny led us off with the top 5 reasons that communication is a must for a small business, a fitting topic for our team. Danae then discussed the positive benefits you get when you have open communication, such as improved mental health and greater work and personal relationships. Chris brought in the questions for launching a product - who, ...
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September 23, 2020 16 min
On today’s Wednesday edition of Summa Sessions, we’re still winning. Johnny kicked us off with a story of Gene Hammett, a man who lost $3 million dollars and his business in one day and had to learn the lessons from his loss to start winning again. This led to Chris talking about a favorite saying around here, “Win the day!” Chip Kelly brought it to Oregon when he became the football coach of the Ducks and brought the total mindset...
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September 22, 2020 14 min
On today’s Summa Session, we’re continuing our talk about wins. Johnny started us off with a WikiHow article about how to win at everything. There were 9 steps, and we discussed each one. Danae then brought a quote that said, “Being Positive in a negative situation isn’t naïve, it’s leadership.” This led to Ryan’s quote from Pat Summit about winning being fun but not the point, the point is not giving up. This sports analogy got Ch...
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September 21, 2020 13 min
On this week’s Monday edition of Summa Sessions, we’re talking about wins. Johnny kicked off the topic by talking about the power of small wins, which was illustrated in a study by the Harvard Business Review that discussed the progress principle. Danae brought in a quote that followed up the small wins topic, “When you focus on the good, the good gets better.” We talked about appreciating the small victories, which helps you get c...
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September 18, 2020 12 min
On today’s fifth and final day of goal setting, Johnny led us off with continuing his theme of the week and wrote down 10 goals that he’d like to accomplish for the year, from getting clients for Summa to learning a song on the piano. Danae then talked about the 10 rules confident people live by, and we discussed the final one, which was surrounding yourself with people that believe in you. This got Ryan talking about a list of 10 ...
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September 17, 2020 22 min
On Thursday’s edition of Summa Sessions, we continued our goal setting conversation by first talking about Bruce Lee’s letter to himself from 1969, which stated that he’d be the most famous Asian movie star, a goal which he achieved in just 4 years before he died. We moved on to a quote from Danae that said, “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, not the goal”, which is a good segue into Ryan’s topic which was to keep the end ...
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September 16, 2020 30 min
On today’s Summa Session, we continued the goal setting conversation. Johnny started us off with a quote from Michael Jordan about taking each goal step by step- if you want to be a doctor and are getting a C in biology, your first goal should be getting a B. Danae then touched on the 3 goals for balance and harmony- the what (business, career, financial), the why (family, friends, health), and the how (where the growth comes in) a...
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September 15, 2020 15 min
On today’s Summa Session, we continue our talk on setting goals. Johnny led us off talking about Octavia Butler, who wrote on the inside of her notebook her goals of becoming a best-selling author and turned those dreams into a reality. That led to Danae talking about a podcast she listened to where they discussed setting their goals in the present tense- not “I will” but “I am”- and crossing them off once achieved to start a new g...
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September 14, 2020 17 min
On this Monday’s edition of Summa Sessions, we are on to the topic of goal setting. Our founder, Nick, just hit the insane goal of running 100 miles, so we decided this would be a fun one for this week. We started off talking about Morolake Akinosun, the US Olympian runner who called her shot on Twitter. She tweeted that in 5 years she would be graduating from college and going to the Olympics and followed it up with confirmation t...
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September 10, 2020 15 min
On today’s Summa Session, we continue the dive into the world of problem solving. It started with a talk about the famous quote, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” and the mindset of someone in a problem vs someone who has conquered and is looking back at a problem. This led to another quote, “Problem solving leaders have one thing in common: a faith that there is always a better way,” and how we apply this thought to our ...
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September 9, 2020 21 min
Our team spends the first 20-30 minutes of the day with a brainstorming session. We pick a weekly topic to focus on. From there, each of us shares our thoughts and perspective. Our first week is covering problem solving.
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Paul Pendergast has been on a journey of advocacy and advancing of LGBTQ businesses since 1992. Doors started opening when leaders of big businesses in San Francisco such as Bank of America and Gap realized that, to be successful advocates for business at large, they’d have to make sure that all groups were benefiting from their actions, and that included LGBTQ ones. Suddenly, Paul found himself sitting next to these CEOs at the ta...
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With $300 to her name, Lorena Cantarovici came to the states without knowing a word of English. Since then, she became the Founder of Maria Empanada with five locations in the Denver area, won 2017 Colorado Small Business Person of the Year, and earned a spot with Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
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August 11, 2020 51 min
Our next guest, Fran Roman AKA “The King”, has built a financial and family empire. Fran has always been an extraordinary athlete. In high school, he won the state championship in basketball and led his school to their only undefeated season in football. At the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Fran’s success in sports earned him the honor of being inducted into the 1980 Hall of Fame for football and baseball. Fran has been ...
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