To The Top: Inspirational Career Advice

To The Top: Inspirational Career Advice

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We interview authors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders to share their blueprints for success so we can apply those best practices.
#37 Ricky Williams (Part II): On Redefining Yourself
Dec 11, 2018 • 69 min
To football fans Ricky Williams is known as a Heisman Trophy Winner and two-time All American at Texas. He’s scored many touchdowns during his 12-year career in the NFL. In 2004, he retired at the peak of his career. He returned to the NFL with his…
#36 NFL All-Pro Ricky Williams (Part I): On Redefining Yourself
Dec 2, 2018 • 33 min
To football fans Ricky Williams is known as a Heisman Trophy Winner and two-time All American at Texas. He’s scored many touchdowns during his 12-year career in the NFL. In 2004, he retired at the peak of his career. He returned to the NFL with his…
#35 Karla Starr: Can You Learn To Be Lucky?
Nov 25, 2018 • 62 min
Karla Starr has written for O, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times, and appeared on CBS Sunday Morning as an expert on luck. The recipient of a Best Science/Health award from the Society of…
#34 Scott Shute: The Art of Work-Life Integration
Nov 18, 2018 • 66 min
Scott Shute is at the heart of LinkedIn’s quest to create a culture of compassionate leadership, serving as the Head of Mindfulness and Compassion Programs. The programs are in service to the employees, building characteristics like…
#33 Laura Vanderkam: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done
Nov 11, 2018 • 31 min
Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books. Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done(Portfolio, May 29, 2018) explores, through more than 900 time diaries collected on a single March day, why some…
#32 A.J. Jacobs: Finding More Happiness Through Gratitude
Nov 4, 2018 • 53 min
A.J. Jacobs is a renowned NYC author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. He is also editor at large at Esquire magazine,…
#31 Mike Grossman: High-Stakes Decisions in Silicon Valley
Oct 29, 2018 • 36 min
Mike Grossman has been a CEO in Silicon Valley for over 25 years. He’s built companies from the ground up, had successful exits, while having to make potentially compromising decisions. The stakes were high early on, Mike was in a predicament…
#30 Ron Nash: The LinkedIn Whisperer
Oct 22, 2018 • 72 min
Coach Ron Nash has worked with thousands of people to help them gain clarity and to show them the secret strategies on LinkedIn they need to land a job. He’s certified in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and has been executive recruiting for 20…
#29 Calvin Chen: Create Home Court Advantage
Oct 15, 2018 • 53 min
Calvin Chen is an executive leadership coach who specializes in emotional intelligence for high performance, leadership, and happiness. He used to work for Tony Robbins and then launched his own coaching business. Calvin is a renaissance man. He…
#28 Kirsten Newbold-Knipp: On Forging Your Own Path
Oct 7, 2018 • 37 min
Kirsten is the Chief Marketing Officer at Convey Inc. which is a supply chain software company based in Austin, TX. She was formerly a Gartner analyst where she advised marketing executives across the country. She has held executive roles at Hubspot,…
#27 Martin Kihn: Solicited Career Advice
Aug 27, 2018 • 50 min
Martin Kihn is an accomplished writer and one of the most in-demand marketing experts in the field of advertising. One of his books was titled House of Lies based on his experience as a management consultant which was turned into a TV show on Showtime…
#26 Chef Michael Mina: His Recipe for Building an Empire
Jul 29, 2018 • 62 min
Michael Mina is an award-winning chef based in San Francisco who has built an empire with over 40 restaurants around the world. He was the executive chef at AQUA from 1993-2002 and his flagship restaurant, MICHAEL MINA is a Michelin two-star…
#25 Ryan Hawk: How to Be Everyone’s Favorite Leader
Mar 22, 2018 • 101 min
Ryan Hawk is the host of The Learning Leader Show which is a world class podcast where he’s interviewed 250 of the most thoughtful leaders including Simon Sinek, Seth Godin, Adam Grant, and Kat Cole. Ryan currently heads up the Leadership…
#24 Phil Jones: Exactly What to Say
Feb 11, 2018 • 69 min
Phil Jones is a world-class sales trainer and best-selling author. He began a career in sales at a young age and eventually developed his own sales training workshop. Fast forward and he’s delivered thousands of keynote speeches and published two…
#23 Mario Lopez: Health tips, Hollywood and Career Advice
Nov 18, 2017 • 26 min
Mario Lopez is currently the host on Extra. He’s one of the top hosts in Hollywood. You know him from Saved by the Bell and he’s been on Dancing with the Stars. Mario has had a great career over an extended period of time. In this interview we…
#22 Alex Ikonn: Co-founder of Luxy Hair and The 5-Minute Journal
Nov 11, 2017 • 72 min
Alex Ikonn is an entrepreneur who co-founded Luxy Hair which provides high quality hair extensions. He helped grow the Luxy Hair YouTube channel to one of the most visited channels which has over 421 million views. Alex has the drive and creativity to…
#21 Ayesha Curry: How the MVP in the Kitchen is Building Her Empire
Aug 2, 2017 • 53 min
Ayesha Curry is literally catching on fire. The mompreneur of two has been coined the Martha Stewart for millennials. Following the recent success of her cookbook, The Seasoned Life (available on Amazon), she has a cooking show on The Food Network…
#20 Ernie Johnson: How to Embrace the Unpredictable Moments in Life
Apr 29, 2017 • 41 min
Ernie Johnson, Jr. is one of sport’s most respected and loved personalities. The three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and host of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” has helped audiences break down games and belly laugh for decades. Maybe more impressive…
#19 John Kralik: How Gratitude Changed His Life
Apr 16, 2017 • 39 min
This is a special episode where Ryan Hawk, the host of The Learning Leader Show, interviews one of my favorite authors, John Kralik. His book, A Simple Act of Gratitude, greatly impacted my life. John was going through a turbulent time in his…
#18 Scott Sonenshein: Unlock the Power of Less
Apr 3, 2017 • 56 min
A groundbreaking approach to succeeding in business and life, using the science of resourcefulness We often think the key to success and satisfaction is to get more: more money, time, and possessions; bigger budgets, job titles, and teams; and…
#17 Dany Garcia: Hollywood Producer and The Rock’s Business Manager
Mar 20, 2017 • 69 min
A mainstay in feature films and television, Dany Garcia (@DanyGarciaCo) has quickly become a powerhouse in Hollywood. As CEO and founder of The Garcia Companies, a talent and media management company, she oversees talent such as Dwayne “The Rock”…
#16 Ryan Estis: All In From Ad Exec to World Class Keynote Speaker
Mar 6, 2017 • 59 min
Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote…
#15 Stephen Chen: Landing $300K on Shark Tank & Making Healthy Living Easier for Pets
Jan 22, 2017 • 57 min
Stephen Chen (@petnostics) is the founder of Petnostics, a company that makes a line of at-home urine tests for pets to make healthy living easier for pets and their families. They’ve extended their product line to include tests for other chronic…
#14 Oren Klaff: Pitch Anything
Dec 26, 2016 • 53 min
Oren Klaff is the author of Pitch Anything which is a book that uses neuroscience to help position new ideas. Klaff is an investment banker by trade and he’s used this methodology to raise over $400 million from financial institutions. Whether you’re…
#13 Greylock’s Dan Portillo: How to Assess Your Next Career Move
Dec 5, 2016 • 72 min
Dan Portillo is a talent parter at Greylock, Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firm that manages over $2 billion in investments. He helps build the teams for the startups in their portfolio companies which include AirBnB, Facebook, and…
#12 Pat Lencioni: Intentionally Building Great Teams
Nov 7, 2016 • 81 min
Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, Inc., a specialized management-consulting firm focused on organizational health. He has been described by The One-Minute Manager’s Ken Blanchard as “fast defining the next…
#11 Keith Rabois: Be Incredibly Awesome At What You Do
Oct 16, 2016 • 61 min
Keith Rabois (@rabois) is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor. He worked early on at PayPal, Slide, Square, and LinkedIn. He’s helped build amazing companies. He now works at Khosla Ventures and he was an early investor in companies like…
#10 Ayesha Curry: Turning Her Passion Project Into A Culinary Career
Sep 24, 2016 • 59 min
Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) is a chef and entrepreneur, you may know her as the wife of NBA superstar, Stephen Curry. Ayesha has been sharing delicious recipes on Instagram and on her blog (ayeshacurry.com) over the last few years. She’s turned her…
#9 Ryan Hawk: How to Master Your Time to Achieve Sustained Success
Jul 31, 2016 • 76 min
Ryan Hawk (@RyanHawk12) is the host of The Learning Leader Show which is a world-class podcast on iTunes. After getting his MBA he was considering getting his PhD but the curriculum didn’t resonate with him, so he decided to interview the most…
#8 Simon Sinek: How Anyone Can Be The Leader They Wish They Had
May 30, 2016 • 54 min
Simon Sinek’s (@simonsinek) mission is to create a world where people are inspired to go to work. Through his speaking and writing he has helped leaders and organizations find their “why”. He has one of the top ten TED Talks titled, How Great Leaders…
#7 Spencer West: Why Asking for Help is a Sign of Courage
May 9, 2016 • 47 min
Spencer West (@spencer2thewest) is a motivational speaker for ME to WE and an ambassador for Free the Children. He travels around the globe speaking to schools and organizations about his message of redefining possible. Spencer lost his legs as a…
#6 Srinivas Rao - Lessons interviewing 600 creatives
Apr 28, 2016 • 41 min
Srinivas Rao (@UnmistakableCEO) is the founder of Unmistakable Media, a creative agency that hosts an incredible podcast where Srini has interviewed over 600 creative people. You can listen to the Unmistakable Creative podcast on their website below…
#5 How Aubrey Marcus built Onnit into a $28 million business in 5 years
Apr 5, 2016 • 56 min
Aubrey Marcus (@AubreyMarcus) is the founder of Onnit, a sports nutrition company that has gone from 0 to $28 million in 5 years. Their philosophy is “total human optimization.” Onnit also produces foods, apparel, and incredibly unique fitness…
#4 Shark Tank’s Daymond John
Feb 21, 2016 • 33 min
Daymond John (@thesharkdaymond) is known for being an investor on ABC’s Shark Tank. He was also the co-founder and CEO of the fashion clothing line, FUBU. He’s recently published a new book called The Power of Broke which is about being resourceful…
#3 Jesse Katz: The Unconventional Story of How the Roots of Fight Clothing Brand Went Viral
Jan 8, 2016 • 58 min
Jesse Katz is the co-founder of Roots of Fight, a clothing brand that’s gone viral. He’s brokered licensing deals with legendary fighters including Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and Bruce Lee. The brand shines a light on athletes who paved the way…
#2 Mike Robbins: Presence, Appreciation, and Identifying With Your Work
Dec 6, 2015 • 69 min
Mike Robbins is the author of 3 books and his latest, Nothing Changes Until You Do is a guide to self-compassion. He was a pitcher at Stanford and he went on to play for the Kansas City Royals. He suddenly injured his arm and his baseball career…
#1 Tony Horton: Achieving Your Full Potential
Oct 25, 2015 • 72 min
Creator of P90X