Fueled By Progress

Fueled By Progress

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Welcome to Fueled By Progress, hosted by entrepreneur, investor, and personal development enthusiast, Mark Joseph Szymanski. On this podcast, you’ll find a blend of information related to entrepreneurship, personal finance, and personal development. I speak about personal experiences in my life and how I’ve grown because of them in the hope that you, the listener, will find your fuel!


#51: Jesse Stechly
Aug 5 • 110 min
Jesse Stechly is a rising senior at Robert Morris University studying Cybersecurity and is also pursuing his own entrepreneurial ventures. He discusses how he found his love for technology, his views on privacy vs convenience, why people should take…
#50: Burhan Ahmed
Jul 29 • 124 min
Burhan Ahmed is an entrepreneur, a licensed insurance agent, an avid gamer, a ball hockey player, and a huge sports fan. He discusses the story of how he immigrated to the US, the role ball hockey has played in his life, his experience with religion, how…
#49: Dave “TheWulfeman” Cupp
Jul 22 • 193 min
Dave “TheWulfeman” Cupp is an avid gamer, Twitch streamer, content creator, and armchair philosopher. He discusses his views and perspectives on mental health, collectivism vs individualism, COVID-19, the US political system, and more. Follow Dave…
#48: Pete Mullins
Jul 15 • 108 min
Pete Mullins works 100% remotely as a full-time mobile app developer and also has a true passion for and a vested interest in US politics. He gives us some insight and perspective into his views on equality, COVID-19, the 2-party political system, and…
#47: Amanda Lynn Masters
Jul 8 • 55 min
Amanda Lynn Masters is a full-time toddler teacher, Apparel Designer at Fueled By Progress, and Co-Host of AM In The PM. Follow Amanda on Instagram @amandaamasters Follow AM In The PM on Instagram @aminthepmpodcast ————— Thank you for listening! Our…
#46: The Dawn Of A New Era
Jul 2 • 6 min
We are so excited about what’s to come and we want all of you to be a part of it! Our format is changing, but our mission is not. We’re lining up some incredible guests and can’t wait to get started. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT! Our Website:…
#45: Update & What’s Come To Come
Mar 31 • 11 min
Lots to do and a ton of fun on the horizon! MJS YouTube Channel Fueled By Progress AM In The PM —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
#44: Slight Panic Attack
Feb 2 • 14 min
I just took a big, scary step. It’s starting to hit me a little bit. I’m overthinking about what could go wrong, but I’m anxious to get started. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
#43: This Is The Beginning
Jan 31 • 21 min
It’s over and this is the beginning. I am officially on my own. From now on, I will be building up my own business empire, MJS Industries. This is going to take a lot of hard work and self-discipline. I’m ready to get out of life what I put into it. I’d…
#42: My Last Day
Jan 31 • 17 min
A bittersweet day, for sure. Today is my last day at my full-time gig as a Marketing Director. It’s difficult to move away from a situation that you’ve become comfortable in. For me though, the thought of regretting not pursuing my goals is much worse. I…
#41: Tips To Success
Jan 30 • 38 min
Some things I’ve learned: Always be grateful for the opportunities that people give you. Never burn any bridges. Build up your network with people by providing genuine value and actually helping. Focus on building things into your life that are productive…
#40: It’s Going To Happen
Jan 29 • 27 min
We’re almost at the end of this chapter. I only have a couple of days left at my full-time job. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. One thing that I am focusing on moving forward is dealing with clients and partners. Sales skills are very important…
#39: My 23rd Year Recap
Jan 28 • 23 min
Today is my 24th birthday. I don’t like to make a big deal about the day, but I do think it’s very important to reflect on the previous year and look ahead to the next. A lot has changed in my 23rd year. I established 5 LLCs and have been focused on…
#38: Will I Run Out Of Money?
Jan 26 • 17 min
This is a tough topic for me. I go back and forth on it a lot. I’m kinda concerned that I am about to quit my job with having a full income replacement. However, I fully believe that this is the best time ever to do so. I have a lot of confidence in my…
#37: Just Do It
Jan 25 • 20 min
A plan and a mindset to grow will keep you moving forward throughout your life. This will help more than you could ever imagine. Give it a shot and see where it takes you and how you start to feel. I am a real example of this. I am about to embark on a…
#36: Goal Setting & Moving Forward
Jan 21 • 17 min
I never really believed it, but you truly are the average of the 5 people you are around the most. Because of this, I make it a priority to associate with people that push me to do better and become more every single day. You have to do what you love. If…
#35: Selling All My Stuff
Jan 18 • 36 min
Don’t make excuses when you have the ability to solve the problems you’re faced with. You’re only going to hurt yourself in the long run. I am a huge proponent of minimalism. I frequently look around my room and ask myself what I could live without. Then,…
#34: Feel. Assess. Move.
Jan 15 • 19 min
Always be yourself. No matter where you’re at: school, work, etc. I love getting to know people for who they really are and I try to always show my true colors to other people. By the same token, always trust yourself. When you feel something, don’t…
#33: Don’t Sell Yourself Short
Jan 15 • 21 min
As you go through life, you’ll meet and intereact with a lot of people. Sometimes, you will disagree with what your partners, clients or friends have to say about a topic. These times, though they may be frustrating, will help you grow. The more you deal…
#32: TSLA & I
Jan 14 • 20 min
Sign up for Robinhood here! My relationship with Tesla has been a roller coaster. I truly believe in the company and Elon Musk. The mission that they are on is world-changing in magnitude and just cool overall. I’ve been in and out of the stock a few…
#31: I Need More Time
Jan 11 • 25 min
I’m getting impatient. I want the time to do whatever I want. I want to focus on the things that I have created and continue to build them. I’m just not there yet. Even at the time, I want to maximize my efficiency. I love to educate people and I need to…
#30: What’s Next?
Jan 7 • 20 min
When you are gracious and care about what you do, you’ll get rewarded. Given my performance and experience, I was offered an opportunity to do some contract work for my previous company during my transition to complete independence. In addition to that, I…
#29: I Did It
Dec 26, 2019 • 16 min
In life, sometimes you have to have difficult conversations. I just had one. I have officially planned my resignation from my 9-5 gig for January 31, 2020. This is extremely exciting for me. I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while and I have come to…
#28: In A Tough Spot
Dec 26, 2019 • 10 min
My current spot in life has me torn a couple of different ways. I’m not happy going to work every day and I have been working towards building up alternative means of income. I have several business ventures that I want to move forward with and I need…
#27: Death Is Heavy
Dec 24, 2019 • 11 min
I’ve been fortunate in 24 years that I haven’t had to deal with many deaths in my family. Like everyone, I will have to experience it someday. Any time someone in my sphere dies, I try to be optimistic about the situation. If they were sick, I trust that…
#26: I’ve Made Up My Mind
Dec 24, 2019 • 27 min
I’ve done a ton of self-introspection and have realized that I’m in need of a change. My 10-6 gig is no longer providing me with the level of fulfillment and happiness that I require. I want to live my best life and that relies solely on me doing what I…
#25: Approaching Enlightenment
Dec 23, 2019 • 17 min
Complaining never solves anything. Sometimes, I find myself falling into that trap. I don’t want that to be a part of my life. If you situation is not making you happy, then change it! I have done a lot of evolving over the past 2 years and I am getting…
#24: Put Down The Crutch
Dec 21, 2019 • 24 min
Alcohol, again. I’ve never had a drop of alcohol in my life. A little extreme, maybe. It’s not for me, but I don’t judge people that drink (used to, not anymore). That being said, I know there are better ways to escape from whatever you’re feeling at that…
#23: Time To Make A Change
Dec 20, 2019 • 11 min
I constantly audit how happy and fulfilled I am in my life. Whether it’s my career, family, friends, health, etc, I’m always thinking about how I can make things better and more enjoyable. Bottom line: I know a lot of people that are not happy with their…
#22: The Saddest I’ve Ever Felt
Dec 6, 2019 • 22 min
I witnessed some things that made me extremely sad. There are many good people in our world on paths to lives filled with depression and addiction. Specifically, I’m talking about alcohol abuse. I want to do my best to help those in need of it, but I need…
#21: Keeping Relationships Intact
Dec 2, 2019 • 15 min
My goal is to try to make a positive impact on people’s lives. The tough part will always be maintaining the relationships that you have as you grow. At the end of the day, you have to be the captain of your own ship. Learn and gain experience from others…
#20: One Thing At A Time
Dec 2, 2019 • 21 min
You can’t spread yourself too thin or cut corners. Building a business is no easy task. There are so many things to think about as you form the foundation and begin to scale. There’s no secret formula, just a lot of hard work. —- This episode is sponsored…
#19: Eliminate Distractions
Dec 2, 2019 • 27 min
This episode topic was inspired by this video by Alex Becker. It’s so important to love and get fulfillment from what you do every day. One of the easiest ways to achieve happiness is to cut out the things that don’t bring you joy. Eliminating the…
#18: A Right Way To Start A Business
Nov 26, 2019 • 22 min
I have 5 LLCs in the state of Pennsylvania. I filed each of them myself, so I know what it takes to develop a foundation for your business. Throughout the process of building awareness for what I’m doing, I have received questions about what it takes to…
#17: Focus
Nov 25, 2019 • 17 min
You have to take a focused approach to life. Speed is absolutely important, especially in a business setting. However, if tasks are done too fast or there is too much going on at one time, it can collapse a whole system. There has to be a process in place…
#16: Be Compassionate & Proactive
Nov 24, 2019 • 23 min
I saw the movie “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” and it got me thinking. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Rogers was pretty close to home and the show had a good deal of relatability. The documentary of Fred Rogers’ life, as well as the…
#15: Role Reversal
Nov 24, 2019 • 20 min
Over the past couple of years, I have started to pay more attention to my surroundings and my normal environment. During that time, I have become much more ambitious in pursuing my goals, personally and professionally. In that same time, I have witnessed…
#14: Don’t Fall Into The Trap
Nov 22, 2019 • 29 min
Are you doing things that make you happy and bring you fulfillment? Or are you just going through the motions? I strongly encourage everyone I meet to adopt this mindset and don’t fall into the trap of complacency. There will be obstacles as you try to…
#13: Tesla Critics Make Me Laugh
Nov 22, 2019 • 21 min
I watched Elon Musk and the Tesla team unveil the Cybertruck last night and wanted to give my thoughts on the event, but more so the innovation giant on the whole. The company is revolutionizing the transportation and energy industries right in front of…
#12: Build A Genuine Brand
Nov 21, 2019 • 19 min
I had a great conversation with a colleague in the mortgage industry and wanted to reflect on what we talked about. We spoke a lot about finance, marketing, and building strong relationships. We agreed that the best way to establish a legendary brand is…
#11: Are You Scared?
Nov 20, 2019 • 17 min
I strive every day to deepen my level of thinking, expand my knowledge base, and extend my comfort zone. There is so much information available online today. Go out and find what you’re looking for! As it relates to business, I always try to steer my…
#10: Easy Steps To Personal Finance Success
Nov 18, 2019 • 22 min
Over the past 2 years, I have acquired a ton of knowledge in the personal finance niche. I have implemented the tips and tricks into my own life, but now, I want to share what I know with others. I am working on a personal finance crash course that I will…
#9: Every Weekend For 10 Years
Nov 16, 2019 • 16 min
I’m always doing something. For the last 10+ years, I haven’t had many days off. Weekdays have been spent at school or a full-time job and my weekends have been spent at my Grandma’s diner. There are many pros and cons to this lifestyle, but overall I…
#8: Diet & Nutrition
Nov 13, 2019 • 24 min
Diet and nutrition have been a part of a roller coaster ride for me throughout my life. I was an overweight kid in grade school and I have since transitioned into a much more average build in my 20s. I have some thoughts and goals that I like to share…
#7: Slow & Steady - Hiring & Scaling
Nov 12, 2019 • 19 min
If you’re a business owner looking to expand your team, be conscientious about how you hire new people and scale your business. While speed is important in the micro, it can hurt you on a macro level if you don’t have the right mindset. Get to know and…
#6: Give Personal Finance A Try
Nov 11, 2019 • 19 min
How much of a handle do you have on your personal finances right now? If the answer is very little, I implore you to devote even the smallest amount of effort towards it. By following the steps that I have developed and having some self-discipline, you…
#5: You’ll Figure It Out
Nov 11, 2019 • 17 min
A little glimpse at what my typical weekend is like and how packed my day-to-day is. However, something special happened this past weekend that gave me the confidence and hope that I needed. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
#4: Right Now & What’s Next
Nov 8, 2019 • 44 min
I’m in a place of wanting to do much more and need to keep moving forward. My job is okay, but is very draining and not where I want to be. I have the idea in my head that I want to implement my ideal day and I’m slowly getting to that point. —- This…
#3: Ideal Day
Nov 7, 2019 • 14 min
Have you ever thought about what your ideal day would look like? Are you currently living it? I know I’m not. Here’s what my ideal day would be like and what I’m moving towards. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
#2: FIRE
Nov 6, 2019 • 19 min
Have you heard of the FIRE movement? It stands for “Financial Independence, Retire Early.” These are some of my thoughts on it inspired by Ryan Scribner’s video. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
#1: It Ain’t That Bad
Nov 6, 2019 • 23 min
This episode is about my thoughts on how people are reacting to Google’s new device, the Pixel 4. I have the Pixel 4 XL and the press has blown the drawbacks out of proportion. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Fueled By Progress (Trailer)
Nov 5, 2019 • 0 min