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I’ve been a big fan of Front Office Sports and its newsletter almost since its debut, as it delivers daily content covering the convergence of sports and technology, along with other sports-related articles and excerpts. I was happy to capture an hour for my #MakeYourMark podcast with Russ Wilde, the very busy COO of Front Office Sports, and schoolmate of founder Adam White.

“Like any sport or activity, once there's enough eyeballs and sponsorship dollars, it just opens up the floodgates, and the only ceiling is how many people will watch this stuff, which seemingly continues to grow.”

What I appreciate about the strategy that Russ and Adam are following is how they are looking past the horizon, realizing that some of the big fish they are starting to catch now will only lead to a bigger bounty in the very near future. Russ and I had a very lively chat, covering a variety of topics including the Kentucky Derby controversy, why millennials might continue to attend baseball games, and the dramatic growth of FOS.

“I think going to a game is still an experience that people want to have. It is becoming more corporate, and a family of 5 or 6 going to baseball game costs a lot of money. Millennials spend money on experiences. I just went last week to to a ballgame with a few of my friends. So I don't think that's necessarily going away, but I think what is going to go away is you'll have less fans buying tickets for personal use. It's no longer a family of four buying season tickets, it's Wells Fargo or Morgan Stanley or a law firm. So that's the one thing that I think is changing the most.”

At 26, Russ has a super bright future ahead of him, and the direction he’s helping steer Front Office Sports will impress you. Give this a listen, you’ll see how natural of a guest Russ is!

Happy Listening!

“For us the biggest thing is our newsletter because we feel that’s one of our best products, and it’s a way for us to have one to one relationship with our audience. A lot of media companies want to have an app, and there are benefits to that, including the data perspective. One of the main reasons why you build an app, outside the data, is to be able to push content to people. So for us when we draw people to our newsletter, typically they stick, and that’s a way for us to keep in the news feed every day with that platform.”

 

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction - 0:50
  • College life and sports in Miami - 5:20
  • The Creation of Front Office Sports  - 9:58
  • Morning Brew style - 11:26
  • Kentucky Derby controversy - 13:36
  • Betting in sports! - 15.35
  • Brands diving in - 17:10
  • Streaming or Live sports? - 17:63
  • A smart way to save money - 21:10
  • It is not just about selling out! - 23:10
  • Crawling before you walk - 24:67
  • Two Passion Points: Sports and Business - 28:22
  • Sponsoring and Media Companies - 29:25
  • The Only Competition is Ourselves - 30:13
  • FOS Production - 32:54
  • Growing the audience - 33:41
  • Target Market - 35:30
  • Living your dream - 36.43
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 38:15

How to get involved

  • Be sure to connect with me on Social Media @MarkMoyerCoach and go to my website, www.markmoyer.com to get access to the tips and strategies that my coaching clients get directly.
  • If you’re looking for ways to Make Your Mark, send me an email Mark@MarkMoyer.com and I’ll get you going right away.

If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave me a quick review on iTunes. Your reviews and ratings will help me reach more people with ways to make their mark in life, business and career!

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Whenever I think I have a plate that is completely full, I have a guest like Otis “Hoop” Hooper on my #MakeYourMark podcast to remind me how accomplished some people can truly be! Hoop not only has served our country for almost 20 years as a pilot, but has some many other accomplishments under his belt, and wait until you hear about being on American Ninja Warrior! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg...

 

I had no desire to be a pilot, but what I did enjoy was leading and inspiring others, affecting change. So while I was there over the 4 years we listened to many different leaders, learned about the military history, and what I observed was those in the Air Force who would affect change the most were the leaders of the organizations, they were pilots, so I figured out that for me the fastest way to affect change and to lead was to be a pilot, and so that’s why I decided to become a pilot.

 

What really stands out about Hoop in my mind is his ability to focus, to put a beacon on what he wants to achieve, and once he’s set his mind to it, it gets done. Just imagine not wanting to necessarily become a USAF pilot, but doing so in order to lead. Think about how hard it is to swim with 3000 other swimmers starting an Ironman Triathlon, and hear how Hoop got through it.

 

While I was deployed I had my first son in 2003, and so during that period I realized I was not the kind of father I wanted to be, just absent all the time, so I decided to make a shift from active duty to National Guard, I didn’t know anything about the guard, it was on of the best kept secrets in the military, so I started talking to some guard guys and they explained me how it works. I found a Guard Unit in D.C. that also flew airplanes, had a similar mision, so I transferred and applied for an instructed pilot position. They had a VIP mission, so I started doing that and I really enjoyed it, and starting in 2005 I flew those for 12 years.

 

Hoop and I covered a ton of ground, and offer up advice not just for servicemembers looking to transition into civilian life, but for anyone who feel like they’re in a bit of a rut. Give this episode a good listen, Hoop truly impresses!

 

Recruiting command was out in San Antonio, Texas, and they were specifically trying to increase the African-American representation at pilot training, because the statistics are not good, including women as well. So they asked me to come on board and target specific conventions, different seminars and to help the process, and the ones who were interested in flying to get into the program.

 

You’ve trained for this moment, just trust your training, and I got through it. I think a lot of those things can apply to military.  We trained for a long time, and doing what we’ve done, it is just about translating the skills that we have into where we are today, and just taking the first step.  Once you start doing that process and get into the rhythm, you just go for it. So for me the event itself was not the hard part, it was getting in my own head.

 

Afterburner is a group of what we call elite military professionals, Air Force Pilots, Navy Seals, Army Rangers, VIP pilots as myself, and what we do is we go and talk to both big and small businesses, and we just talk about the process that we use in the military to accomplish a mission. It is not complicated, but we explain how we plan in the military, how we brief the plan, we’re going to execute and most importantly at the end of that we debrief, and we debrief for the process and the purpose of accelerating future performance, and we repeat that cycle. And we talk to businesses about the importance of doing those steps in that order, to do it efficiently.

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

 

  • Introduction - 02:23
  • Born and raised in Virginia - 05:58
  • Living in a Karate School - 6:20
  • Leading, inspiring and affecting change - 8:08
  • The hard task of refuelling - 12:53
  • Being part of the 09/11 afterwards  - 15:28
  • Transition into Instructoring - 16:03
  • Flying for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - 18:25
  • Increasing African-American representation  - 21:15
  • The Challenge of Recruitment - 22:30
  • Serving the Country through the Military Life - 24:43
  • Being part of American Ninja Warrior - 26:00
  • Watching behind the scenes 29:53
  • The Ironman - 31:21
  • Training hard to execute well - 35:28
  • Beating the time - 37:68
  • Afterburners league - 40:44
  • Incorporating personal story into the speech - 44:21
  • Sky rocking it - 45:26
  • Mastering Yourself in Acting 48:31
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 51:20

How to get involved

  • Be sure to connect with me on Social Media @MarkMoyerCoach and go to my website, www.markmoyer.com to get access to the tips and strategies that my coaching clients get directly.
  • If you’re looking for ways to Make Your Mark, send me an email Mark@MarkMoyer.com and I’ll get you going right away.

 

If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave me a quick review on iTunes. Your reviews and ratings will help me reach more people with ways to make their mark in life, business and career!

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The “Get Out of Arkansas” Plan! Nothing against Arkansas, but my guest today on the #MakeYourMark podcast, Derrick Furlow Jr., made a commitment to overcome a severe injury in football, attend a top college program, and be able to provide for himself and his family for years to come. Hear about the obstacles he has overcome to become a leader in helping athletes transition out of their sport.

 

“Getting out of the operating room, I had this brace on my left leg, and when I touched it I asked, ‘Hey doc what’s this brace on my leg?’. His reply changed my life forever, ‘the brace is for your ACL’. It wasn’t even torn! In that moment I became obsolete on the football landscape; my dreams, my goals, everything I’ve been working on had been taken away. I remember one day crying, sitting on my bed, using this machine to rehab, and I heard this voice saying ‘I gave you this football stage for the glorification of my kingdom and you are using that stage for your own purposes, so I had to take it away to get your attention’, and that moment my life changed forever, because it gave me a different perspective.”

 

If you join Derrick and I in a room full of current and former athletes, we’ll show you how to leverage your athletic skill set into business success. Derrick can show you the mindset needed using his college football background experiences, and I’ll follow it up with the how to’s on getting in front of the right people in business and entrepreneurship to get you to that higher level. Make sure you give this one a listen, it’s non-stop energy and advice!

 

“The crazy thing is that I was with the number one recruiting class in the country. I had to prove why I was there.  This was not the road I thought I was going to take, there were a lot of undefined things I had to redefine. I hadn’t played a game in a year, the stadium seats 107,000 people, and I have to prove this to myself and to the coaches. I didn’t have the easy route. I knew what I had to do to get to that point, I had to do what I expected to do, and I exceeded it.”

 

Derrick is such an engaging, funny, caring and knowledgeable guy, and has lots of great advice for you, happy listening!

 

“I sat down and asked myself, ‘What made me a leader in sports? What did I do to make me one of the best of the best?’ And I thought, we learned our playbook and we studied our opponents. So we’re going to see different scenarios and we’re going to practice it, and it is going to be recorded. While we watch it we’ll make adjustments and corrections, and then we’re going to go back and practice again. So the next day we know what to say, or not to say. I started doing this on a regular basis, I became really good at selling, and I could duplicate it. Sure enough my sales started to go up, my sales team started to go up, and it became really easy.”

 

“Sports gives you the opportunity of controlling the environment. You watch it and you can take things from it. Athletes who people look up to and admire, you can take things from them and apply them directly to your life and achieve the same level of success in your life and your business.”

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

 

  • Introduction - 01:24
  • Growing up in Georgia - 03:23
  • Rapper or Sports? - 06:35
  • Rush for 2200 Yards, and Live Happily Ever After - 09:40
  • To control Freedom and Control my Happiness - 12:50
  • Junior to Senior year - 14:35
  • Obsolete on the Football Landscape - 16:38
  • A Different Perspective in Life - 17:50
  • Deciding My Future after the Injury - 20:45
  • Taking the Difficult Route - 21:54
  • Focusing on Something Bigger than Me - 26:26
  • Start Preparing Before the Moment Hits - 32:55
  • Torn ACL Leads to Uncertain Future - 36:19
  • Relevant tools, from Sales to Real Life - 38:00
  • What the Game Taught Me vs What I Gave the Game - 40:35
  • Decode Your Own Message - 44:45
  • Struggling After Sports - 47:48
  • What Athletes Bring to the Table - 49:13
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 52:24

How to get involved

  • Be sure to connect with me on Social Media @MarkMoyerCoach and go to my website, www.markmoyer.com to get access to the tips and strategies that my coaching clients get directly.
  • If you’re looking for ways to Make Your Mark, send me an email Mark@MarkMoyer.com and I’ll get you going right away.

 

If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave me a quick review on iTunes. Your reviews and ratings will help me reach more people with ways to make their mark in life, business and career!

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One hit and an awkward fall into the boards was all it took to end an NHL career. My guest today on the #MakeYourMark podcast, Jesse Winchester, had just signed a two year deal with the Colorado Avalanche, and was looking forward to a great season with his new teammates before a severe concussion in the pre-season took that all away. And I don’t think I’ve had a more grateful and appreciative guest! You’ll hear about his less traditional entry into the NHL, backyard rinks, and the year + recovery needed to rebound from his injury.

 

Because the symptoms persisted, it was a little bit depressing, but with time I got better. It sucks that I cannot play hockey anymore, but I’ve been able to transition into coaching because I still have that love for the game. I probably missed out on a year of earning potential, but I had a pretty good run. Once I got through that darkness, I have great memories, and I am healthy now, excited for what's ahead.

 

Jesse and I spoke about how a concussion leaves you injured in ways that are not visible to teammates and others, how visiting a grocery store was almost impossible, and life after the NHL. We focus on the need for further resources for retired athletes, along with the importance (and difficulties) of preparing for life after sport while you are still playing.

 

I was fortunate to receive a full scholarship from Colgate. My first year was really rough, but going into my second year, my body and my skills all came together, and I started to become an impactful player at that level and received some recognition and scouting advice from people. I realized I might be able to have the chance one day to play somewhere professionally.

 

This was a special episode as we dove deep into how an injury can be mentally and physically traumatic, and how family and friends play such a pivotal role after retirement. Please give this a listen, especially if you are a current or retired athlete, you’ll be glad you did.

 

My mentor was one of my best friends and coach at the time, and we had a real chat about whether or not I thought I could still improve at the college level, or if I was ready to embark on a professional level. I made the decision to come back to Colgate, graduated with my buddies - my teammates - and tried to focus on really preparing myself for a pro career in my senior year. After that I had pretty much pick of the litter, probably over a dozen teams to choose from, and I chose Ottawa because they were going to put me in a game right after my collegiate season was over.

 

When my buddies were finishing senior spring and I had to balance the workload there, honestly it was a fantastic experience.  I had tons of support, my teammates from college trekked on the bus and watched my first game, and it was very, very special. You know, those are memories I will have for the rest of my life, and they are also a big part of helping me to reach my goals and dreams!

 

I was that kind of guy just driven to compete and play, and there was the frustration of not getting better on my time. Being around the guys and trying to not feel like you're hiding something, and you look like you´re fine, but you´re not. I think it’s important to have a solid network of family and friends. I wasn't able to connect with my teammates, they were on the road and I had to stay back. But the sun comes up in Denver, and that’s where we enjoyed exploring the mountains. I tried my best to get back to playing, and made the best decision ultimately.  I don´t wanna go through that again, but it is part of my journey, and minus that year, I have pretty nice memories of hockey to look back on, and that what I choose to focus on now.

 

I was never super secure, I was replaceable in the NHL. Looking back probably I wish I could have spent more time looking ahead, but I don't know how that would have worked out for me. There are guys who are super established, they are going anywhere they want, and are able to develop other interests.  I would have loved to recognize that sooner, but I don't know if I would have been able to change it because I was so focused on skating. The opportunity is there.

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

 

  • Introduction - 0:40
  • Getting into hockey - 2:50
  • It might lead to something - 6:20
  • Colgate University and Scholarship - 7:50
  • Getting the balance in a young age - 10:40
  • Wanted to play professionally - 14:00
  • Finland-bound - 18:20
  • Coming back to the NHL - 20:10
  • Contract with Colorado - 22:10
  • Suffering a severe concussion - 23:00
  • What the symptoms were - 25:45
  • Facing the symptoms - 27:20
  • Advice for other concussion sufferers - 28:50
  • What's next - 32:25
  • What the NHL offers for career planning? - 35:40
  • Resources from the Player’s Association - 41:40
  • What athletes bring to a business - 48:25
  • LinkedIn as a networking tool - 50:25
  • Hit Your Mark - 55:20
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 56:40

How to get involved

  • Be sure to connect with me on Social Media @MarkMoyerCoach and go to my website, www.markmoyer.com to get access to the tips and strategies that my coaching clients get directly.
  • If you’re looking for ways to Make Your Mark, send me an email Mark@MarkMoyer.com and I’ll get you going right away.

 

If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave me a quick review on iTunes. Your reviews and ratings will help me reach more people with ways to make their mark in life, business and career!

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Running my business for nearly a decade now, I can certainly attest to its challenges. My guest today on the #MakeYourMark podcast, Darrah Brustein, makes it so much easier to navigate those entrepreneurial waters. Her attitude is so positive, energetic, infectious, engaging, and she’s hitting her stride big time. Oh, should I mention that one of her free guides has been downloaded over 1.2 million times! You really need to listen to our conversation - it’s chock full of knowledge!

 

“We all want to buy stuff, but we don’t want to feel sold to. If you’re just coming out of the gate launching some BS at me, I’m already on the defense, and I have no interest in furthering this conversation. So if you can come in and be introduced by someone whom I trust, or you can come to an event I’m throwing, or you can start following me online and start contributing to what I am doing, and demonstrate to me that you’re someone who actually cares, then I might be interested.”

 

Darrah and I really got on a roll, offering one piece of advice and wisdom after another, and you will hear how our chat was a continuous stream of ideas, guidance and helpful tips that will help everyone who tunes in. We all have a tendency to admire and yearn to be like those we see on social media, and yet Darrah preaches the notion of creating the life that you love, of living your life by design, not by default. Amen!

 

“I realized, if I can take some of this stuff that I’ve been accumulating, and this knowledge base that I’ve been collecting, maybe this could be helpful to people,  So about a year ago I set into motion this passion project to write a new book, and create a ton of free resources and content for people who want to intentionally design their lives and build businesses to fund, and networks to support it.”

 

This was an episode that absolutely flew by, and as you listen, you won’t be able to hit the pause button...I like t pull a few quotes from my guests, and honestly, there were way too many here to transcribe. Thanks Darrah!

 

“I didn't grow up thinking I’m going to start a business, and the first one is going to be credit card processing, and then I didn’t think two years into building this business, where we’re super heads down, that I'm going to start this other business, and then I didn’t think ‘Hey I'm going to write a children's book’ - I don't even have children! There were things that just evolved because I felt like the current was taking me that direction.”

 

“Desperation stench is real, and we can feel it, and it doesn’t work. You’ve got to treat people as people”

 

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

 

  • Introduction - 2:25
  • Talking about Atlanta and New York - 4:25
  • Highlights on current activities and plans - 5:50
  • Networking and young professionals - 6:15
  • Knowledge collecting throughout the years - 7:45
  • Darrah’s background - 8:45
  • Behind the curtains - 10:00
  • Experience as a Skier - 14:10
  • Going into corporate organizations/ Entrepreneurs - 16:00
  • Play the cards the best you know and make the best of it - 19:25
  • What is it that you want to develop? - 23:25
  • Doing online courses 28:15
  • What do you? Such a hard question - 29:25
  • The 55 questions to ask someone to get to know each other - 30:25
  • Your inner circle of friends 37:25
  • A gracious way to say someone “no” - 42:35
  • The psychology of buying - 47:25
  • Had to jump off the hamster wheel - 51:15
  • Focus on customer needs - 56:25
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 64:00

How to get involved

  • Be sure to connect with me on Social Media @MarkMoyerCoach and go to my website, www.markmoyer.com to get access to the tips and strategies that my coaching clients get directly.
  • If you’re looking for ways to Make Your Mark, send me an email Mark@MarkMoyer.com and I’ll get you going right away.

 

If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave me a quick review on iTunes. Your reviews and ratings will help me reach more people with ways to make their mark in life, business and career!

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Turning dirt to gold. That is what Brian Doyle, today’s guest on my #MakeYourMark podcast is doing. As a professional rugby player, Brian was keenly aware of the physical struggles it took to endure to be successful for so many years. But it was a serious injury years ago that created that light bulb moment that is quickly becoming the go to exercise equipment for core training and recovery.

 

“Tearing my ACL was my first introduction to a real injury, and there’s a whole mental aspect of that, but also the physical demands that you go through if you want to return to play. I was able to make it back in about 5 months, which is pretty quick for an ACL.  First you get the knee fixed, you do the repair, and then is the physical therapy. I became really tight with my physical therapist, and I had to spend time actually getting mobility back in my knee. While I was transitioning out of physical therapy into a more strength and conditioning program, I had this concept at the top of my head, and I really just wanted to build a tool that helped recreate all of these motions. This is how I ended up launching this product called Axius Core as I was transitioning out of the rugby world.”

 

Brian has combined his keen understanding of the importance of maintaining balance in your core, increasing your endurance and stamina, and developing a product that is easy to use, transport, and get used to, along with a stellar support system to create Axius Core. Just a few minutes a day using it’s wide variety of capabilities will lead to a dramatic improvement in your foundational strength and healthier joints.

 

“I think people are willing to spend money on things that are going to give them the outcome that they want, and that’s our job as a brand to help you achieve your outcome.  We are going to do whatever we can within our power to make it as easy and convenient as possible for you as my customer to accomplish your goal.”

 

Brian and I covered his switch from basketball to rugby, what brought him into the incredibly competitive world of exercise equipment, and how he hopes to have a product in the same league as Peloton and others, and I’m certain that Axius will get there. Make sure you listen to Brian’s transition from athlete to entrepreneur!

 

“I was a decent student but I fell in love with rugby. I remember the first game I played I realized how incredibly difficult it was just to feel like you’re doing anything, like I was so unfit! I remember looking at the other guys who were so impressive, how are they not so tired? So I wanted to see if I could do it. There are training elements that are necessary to play rugby well. You have to be strong, as there are contact and tackle situations, and just the fitness and the endurance required to be able to do both. There is running around like a soccer player, but having to be able to deliver contact like a football player.  It was a challenge, I started getting into the training, going to the gym, to make myself better; I think that was more the hook for me.”

“One of the cops I used to work out with all the time was a rugby player for Brockport College, he was very good. He said ‘Oh, you’re going to URI, you gotta play rugby!’ and I answered ‘I’m not gonna play rugby with you, are you nuts? It is not what I’m going to do at all!’ So he started getting in my ear about it, then I ended up going to URI, and actually the first week I was there I received a package with rugby boots and an impassioned note basically saying ‘Go to rugby practice now!’. I played basketball just for fun, but rugby got me hooked, and that was it!”

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

 

  • Introduction - 0:30
  • New York state (born and raised) - 1:09
  • Basketball background - 3:23
  • Basketball to Rugby transition - 4:27
  • First game experience - 8:30
  • The hook: Can I do it? - 9:38
  • Being part of a real team - 10:20
  • Culture of the game - 10:40
  • Still a new professional game - 15:20
  • After graduating, now what? -16:34
  • Receiving the first cap in Rugby - 18:30
  • First injury - 20:17
  • Launching the product-Axius Corp - 22:49
  • Building the product - 28:40
  • Opening up market possibilities - 31:20
  • Business development - 32:12
  • Helping people achieve their goals - 34:45
  • Creating different models of the product - 36:00
  • Explaining the “why?” instead of the “what?” - 40:35
  • Associate long-term health with Axius product - 42:00
  • Commercial Market - 43:50
  • Different outcomes - 45:00
  • Being an entrepreneur and rugby athlete - 49:26
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 53:03

How to get involved

  • Be sure to connect with me on Social Media @MarkMoyerCoach and go to my website, www.markmoyer.com to get access to the tips and strategies that my coaching clients get directly.
  • If you’re looking for ways to Make Your Mark, send me an email Mark@MarkMoyer.com and I’ll get you going right away.

 

If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave me a quick review on iTunes. Your reviews and ratings will help me reach more people with ways to make their mark in life, business and career!

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I was convinced that there must be 36 hours in a day for my guest on this week’s #MakeYourMark podcast, Santia Deck. How could anyone pack so much into 24 hours? Santia not only is trying out for the US National Rugby Team, but also plays flag football, runs her own fitness company, is a fitness model, appears on TV shows, and oh, right, has 300,000 followers on Instagram.

“I play USA Rugby, a lot of my time is training, traveling for games. I am also a business owner. My business has taken off quite a bit this last 3 months. I am traveling out of the country almost every month now, I am doing TV work, and I will possibly be on another competition show. I have a talk show that we'll be filming this month. I am doing a lot of things!”

So I was pleased when she was able to give me one of those 36 hours to record this episode! You will truly be inspired by her story of overcoming the bullies, finding her confidence, becoming a collegiate track and field athlete, and trying out for the USA Rugby team, not necessarily by accident! She is the reigning Queen of Abs, and can show you how to transform your body right away! And Santia is only getting started!

“A friend challenged me saying she would get more followers than me. So I started posting all my videos of me working out onto Instagram. People started commenting ‘You have really defined abs for a girl’! That’s when I started posting more pictures and videos of my workouts. My mom said I should start my own brand, and she asked me what I wanted to call it. I said “Princess of Abs” and she said, ‘Why would you be a Princess when you can be a Queen?’? And that’s how it became Queen of Abs!”

Santia and I cover lots of ground, with advice on being a business owner, the power and responsibility of influencing others, and so much more, give this episode a good listen!

“I ended up speaking with a company from Hawaii, and they had a shirt I really liked.  I said ‘I would love to promote your shirt on my platform’ and I had maybe 6,000 followers. They hired me, and that’s how I went from being a broke college student to getting everything for free. That's when I realized I could make a living from this!”

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction - 0:45
  • What's keeping you busy right now? 3:45
  • Growing up in Houston 6:45
  • Publishing the First book 7:20
  • What's the book about? 9:00
  • Writing in High School: 10:00
  • Life after graduation 11:30
  • Queen of abs 12:35
  • Missing the national championship 14:10
  • Getting involved in Rugby 17:00
  • First time in Vegas for the tournament 22:15
  • Traveling around the world and exposing to different cultures 24:25
  • Social Media view internationally 26:40
  • Steve Austin's challenge 27:20
  • A message to teenagers 29:25
  • Traveling to Costa Rica 33:30
  • What is something that someone can do that would  be strengthening? 36:40
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways -37:50

How to get involved

  • Be sure to connect with me on Social Media @MarkMoyerCoach and go to my website, www.markmoyer.com to get access to the tips and strategies that my coaching clients get directly.
  • If you’re looking for ways to Make Your Mark, send me an email Mark@MarkMoyer.com and I’ll get you going right away.

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Can you imagine only having enough money to afford a one-way bus ticket, and going someplace you’ve never been, with no idea if you’ll be welcomed when you get there? Today’s Mark Your Mark podcast guest, Corey Jackson, not only was in that spot, but has turned what little he had at that point twenty years ago into playing in the NFL and running a successful business. And this is one journey you’ll want to listen to!

 

“When I was working at Walmart I was miserable because I was not living the life I wanted to live. One day I was just sitting there, on this pity party where my life sucks and this thing gets on my head, "Who did this to you? Whose fault is this?”. And what I realized in that moment was that no one did it to me, but I also realized nothing was stopping me, so I did what I always did, I was creative, and made things happen.”

 

Corey has truly made the most of his opportunity, and as you will hear in this episode, he shows how focusing completely on basketball, becoming a top collegiate player, and almost by complete accident jumping into football, led him to starting his own company, Qwerkz. He has created an App that makes it easy for athletes to have access to products and service providers that can be trusted. Corey is everywhere on LinkedIn and other social media, offering inspirational messaging and advice for entrepreneurs and athletes making that transition into business.

 

“This is how the things that you struggle with actually help you. I struggled academically, I was slow, and it took me longer to understand things.  I was still behind, and because I had to come back to campus, one one of the football coaches told me I was his favorite player, but that I was playing in the wrong sport!  He told me I should be playing football. I ended up getting through the season, and one of the coaches called and told me “You need to come over here because we have 30 NFL scouts asking about you. They want to know who the basketball player is.” I just went and killed the workouts, and suddenly had agents calling me.”

 

Corey has jumped over hurdle after hurdle along the way, and you’ll really enjoy this episode filled with his uplifting story of beating the odds to get to where he is today, making him the ideal guest for the Make Your Mark podcast! Happy listening!

 

“It was overwhelming, one of the greatest feelings. You come out of this tunnel, and this is something you have watched your entire life, and all these people screaming. I am nobody, but they know me. Amazing experience walking out on that field. That was one of the most remarkable feelings that I’ve ever had. It makes you think anything is possible!”

 

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

 

  • Introduction - 0:40
  • Growing up in south carolina - 5:10
  • Going behind the scenes - 7:45
  • Losing is the hardest thing to do/learning how to lose - 8:35
  • Academic Difficulties - 9:15
  • Figuring out how to do it, and how to get things done - 12:05
  • Not living the life you want to live - 13:45
  • Applying for school - 15:00
  • How are you gonna pay for it - 17:25
  • We want you on the team-Life changing - 18:45
  • Training the whole team - 20:40
  • I became a leader - 22:00
  • You're my favorite player but you're playing the wrong sport - 23:35
  • Long story, short - 25:00
  • I'm nobody but they know me (getting out on the field) - 27:05
  • Anything is possible - 28:10
  • I took off like a rocket - 29:15
  • I'll go there and kill it - 34:15
  • Giving up the half million - 35:15
  • The transition - 36:15
  • Trying to fund my lifestyle - 38:25
  • Talking about retired athletes and how to help them - 43:15
  • Starting a new company - 44:40
  • Where do you wanna take it in the next 5-10 years? - 46:10
  • Staying on top of the game - 49:15
  • Follow on social media - 50:30
  • Hit Your Mark - 51:35

How to get involved

  • Be sure to connect with me on Social Media @MarkMoyerCoach and go to my website, www.markmoyer.com to get access to the tips and strategies that my coaching clients get directly.
  • If you’re looking for ways to Make Your Mark, send me an email Mark@MarkMoyer.com and I’ll get you going right away towards taking your business and career to a much higher level!

 

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Reaching the pinnacle in your sport or profession is an amazing achievement, but to do it in two separate ones is truly remarkable! How many former NFL athletes do YOU know who also happen to be internationally acclaimed opera singers? Well, until today, likely none. Here’s your chance to hear the incredible story of my guest today, Ta’u Pupu’a, on the Make Your Mark podcast. You will hear about the challenges, hurdles, and ultimately, successes that Ta’u went through to be where he is today.

“There are a lot of times when you’re on that stage, and you're singing with other artists but you feel alone, because in football you play as a family, as a team, but in opera what I've noticed is everyone wants to be the quarterback, everyone wants to throw that touchdown pass,  everyone wants to be in the spotlight. But luckily I’m 6’5”. In my mind I look at the opera as a family, as a unit, and I look at the conductor as the coach making sure the plays are all running smoothly.”

If you’ve been following this podcast, you know that a common thread throughout is the story of the transition from either the playing field, court, rink, or even battlefield into a venture creating a lasting and positive impact, and Ta’u fits perfectly into that mold. It took a full year of being depressed and without direction for him to answer the calling of being a singer, and taking a giant leap of faith towards NYC.

“After the injury I struggled. I made the decision to go home, and driving from Baltimore to Utah was a two day drive.  I had a lot to think about. What was I going to do? What was my life going to be? I was depressed for about a year, I couldn't watch football, couldn’t watch my teammates be out there playing while I was sitting at home. I thought about  what was my true calling in life, and I remember looking outside, and said step left, move forward, and go and sing. I thought, this is crazy, I’ve been playing football since I was 10, and now I’m going to go sing. I decided to do that, so I packed my one suitcase and moved to New York.”

Ta’u is such a positive guy, with commitment, drive, perseverance all rolled up into a 6’5” body that can belt out an aria with the best of them. You will be inspired by the his determination to succeed on two big stages, performing at the top of his game, and leaving any doubters behind. Happy listening!

“How do you meet people in the music industry? I got a job across from the Metropolitan Music Hall, the greatest opera house. I walked into this restaurant and said “Hey I’d like to work here”, and soon enough became the maitre d’! I picked that location because I knew that all the opera singers would cross the street to eat there, and Julliard was also across the street, and that's how I met my current colleagues! All these big opera singers would come into the restaurant, and I learned a lot by just watching. The same method applied to football, you learn by watching, and you go out and do it. You learn by examples - good examples.”

“For me I had to go back to God and believe that things are going to work out no matter what. And that’s when that voice popped into my head to keep going, but that we’re going to go into a different chapter in my life.”

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction - 0:40
  • The Move to America - 3:50
  • A Football Star on the Rise - 5:35
  • I just had to show up and Deliver - 8:25
  • 6’5”, 290 lb and Killing it - 9:30
  • Polynesian Pioneers - 12:10
  • A Different Kind of Treatment - 14:15
  • Behind the Curtain - 15:25
  • The Baltimore Ravens - 18:45
  • A Serious Injury - 20:00
  • A Life-Changing Decision - 20:30
  • One Suitcase and I was On My Way to New York. - 24:25
  • Hustling in the City - 25:25
  • You Learn By Watching - 26:30
  • Strong Ties Between Opera and Football - 28:30
  • Breaking The Mold - 31:00
  • What it Takes to be an Incredible Opera Singer - 34:25
  • “You have a God-given talent.” - 36:45
  • Amazing Benefits of being Bilingual - 40:00
  • For Me I’m just Ta’u from Tonga - 43:15
  • Our Body is our Instrument - 44:25
  • When Injuries Hit You in the NFL, It’s a “Tough Luck” Type of Deal - 48:30
  • Hit Your Mark - 54:10

How to get involved

  • Be sure to connect with me on Social Media @MarkMoyerCoach and go to my website, www.markmoyer.com to get access to the tips and strategies that my coaching clients get directly.
  • If you’re looking for ways to Make Your Mark, send me an email Mark@MarkMoyer.com and I’ll get you going right away on your path to success!

If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave me a quick review on iTunes. Your reviews and ratings will help me reach more people with ways to Make their Mark in life and business!

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There are so many pathways to becoming an Olympian that began in a different direction, and today’s guest, Garrett Klugh, certainly never set out to be at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He had his sights set on collegiate volleyball before realizing that his path to athletic success was rowing a boat. I am always impressed with what someone does after they leave their sport, and Garrett has continued his athlete’s mindset into entrepreneurship with great success!

“I’ve always been fascinated by people who start something from nothing, this whole idea of entrepreneurship, where it’s ‘I have this idea and it doesn’t exist that I know of and if it does I’m gonna do it better and I’m gonna take nothing and build something.’”

Garrett and I go back a ways, as we have a shared interest in helping athletes take their next steps, especially as entrepreneurs, and giving others those a-ha moments that lead them to success. Between Athens and NYC he has been a policeman in San Diego, a professor in Colorado, continued services to his fellow Olympians, all leading to his current work with Falk Ventures, and of course, the Huddle.

“Like most new business school grads, I thought ‘I’m going to go work in finance, this will be the first time I can get a stamp on my resume that says you can work for a big company that shows you can work and play well with others’ and it was a time in my life where I needed to do that, except for one thing… I was 39 years old and I was entering the workforce in a different way in New York than a 25 year old was, no one knew what to do with me.”

We include numerous tips for athlete-entrepreneurs - give this one a careful listen, and be prepared to take notes! Happy Listening!

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Where it all began - 3:45
  • Rowing wasn’t even on my mind - 7:00
  • The Spark of a Passion - 8:30
  • Gaining an advantage - 12:45
  • Rowing His Way to the Olympics - 15:00
  • Hustling for an Income - 21:00
  • Understanding the Competition - 26:30
  • How to take the Programs to the Next Level - 33:25
  • Every Day I felt like I was Putting on a Costume - 38:35
  • Nobody Knew What to do with Me - 44:25
  • How to Identify your Next Passion - 51:45
  • The Huddle - 57:10
  • Hit Your Mark - 60:40

 

How to get involved

Be sure to connect with me on Social Media @MarkMoyerCoach and go to my website, www.markmoyer.com to get access to the tips and strategies that my coaching clients get directly.

If you’re looking for ways to Make Your Mark, send me an email Mark@MarkMoyer.com and I’ll get you going right away on your path to success!

If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave me a quick review on iTunes. Your reviews and ratings will help me reach more people with ways to make their mark in life!

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