New Year resolutions have been made. How do we keep from being part of the 6% of people who can’t follow through? Professional athlete turned fitness trainer and entrepreneur Joey Wolfe joins Christopher on today’s episode for some practical ideas to make fitness stick in our lives and improve our well-being.
“I was doing all these other stuff more so than putting my health first and that is completely changed, and I honestly don’t feel like it’s ever going to change again because it’s part of who I am now.” – Joey Wolfe
Coming Up with a Plan
Joey is the founder of Paradigm Sport in Santa Cruz, California, the gym Christopher personally goes to. Every beginning of the year, new faces fill the gym. Then by February, the same people disappear — a trend across the gym business.
You need to have a plan so you don’t become the person that’s done by Valentine’s Day. Everybody has good intentions at the beginning of the year, but you must be clear on what your goals are. And goals are different from results.
Important Behavioral Changes
When planning your fitness routine, you must focus on the goals and the measures you will have to take to fulfill them.
“What are the behavioral changes we need to make in order to get you to achieve those goals… what are the behavioral changes I can be making to make my goal a reality?” – Joey Wolfe
In order to make these changes, you must get into a routine. This is what most people find most troublesome since routines are difficult to establish.
Workout Buddies and Realistic Plans
Joey has never been a morning person, and it remains true until now. But he found a workout group composed of other goal-driven and like-minded entrepreneurs. They helped him ease into the routine of working out first thing in the morning.
An “accountability partner”, along with a realistic plan catered to your fitness level, will help you follow through your plan.
To hear more fitness tips from Joey Wolfe, download and listen to the episode.
Founder & CEO Paradigm Sport
A native of the Central Coast of California, his talent and passion for baseball took him to the professional level where he worked with some of the country’s best trainers. As an ACSM-certified trainer, he now shares his experience and enthusiasm with world-class athletes and fitness clients alike.
Joey has built a business with the goal of bringing the most advanced techniques and the highest levels of individualized athlete training to the Central Coast community.
- 30-minute workouts will suffice.
- Share your goals with those closest to you, or if you’re up for it share it on social media.
- Get a gym membership or outfit your garage with exercise equipment.
- Have a large visible calendar or “accountability mirror” to track your workouts in advance.
- Have workouts written in advance.
- Find a workout partner who can motivate you.
- Don’t get caught in the mental trap that “going to the gym” is the only way to workout.
With the New Year upon us, how do we make it count? Hal Elrod and Jon Berghoff touch base with Christopher for today’s episode. Together, they discuss ways to make 2019 our best year ever.
“How do I create an identity for myself that I just want to keep living into? I guess I would call that an ‘accountability’ to my image of myself.” – Jon Berghoff
A Shift in Priorities and Values
Hal has been working on two new books. The Miracle Equation comes out in April. Miracle Morning for Couples: How to Make Your Relationship Legendary One Morning at a Time is to be released on Valentine’s Day.
On top of his writing, he’s been busy being the best dad and husband, spending every possible moment with his kids and helping his wife take care of them. This showed especially when he completely forgot about a book deadline in favor of spending time with his kids and a friend’s.
“That’s a fundamental, radical subconscious shift in my priorities and in my values… While I’m still navigating the balance, it’s positive.” – Hal Elrod
The Miracle Equation
Hal has worked on The Miracle Equation long before The Miracle Morning. He has used the equation to teach people and help them exceed everything they have done before.
Two fundamental decisions make up the equation: unwavering faith and extraordinary effort. Any high achiever who has contributed anything extraordinary to this world and achieved something extraordinary in their lives make these two fundamental decisions. They maintain them to achieve those results.
Achieving Inevitable Success
One must establish unwavering faith that you can do something you’ve never done before. This is counterintuitive and defies our human nature. We tend to stick to things we’re familiar with, but it’s important that we go out.
Extraordinary effort must be put forth until results are achieved. It may take a while, even with the two decisions in play, but it’s just like everything.
“When you live your life where you approach your every day, every goal, every dream with unwavering faith and extraordinary effort, your success is inevitable. It’s only a matter of time.” – Hal Elrod
To hear more about making the most out of your year from Hal Elrod and Jon Berghoff, download and listen to the episode.
Co-Founder and President Flourishing Leadership Institute (FLI)
Under Jon’s leadership, the FLI team has designed and facilitated whole-system change efforts through large group collaborative summits for organizations that include BMW, Fathom, Boeing Corporation, Vitamix Corporation, Fortec Medical, and Fairmount Santrol. Jon previously served as the head of sales for the direct sales team at Vitamix Corporation, where revenue grew by 400% in less than 4 years, as their team grew from 175 to over 600 members.
His work in Appreciative Leadership, Emotionally Intelligent Negotiations, and Influence has brought him to Australia, Japan, the UK, and South America. Jon is in high demand, known for his authenticity and highly engaging style of creating powerful learning experiences for participants.
Hal Elrod is on a mission to elevate the consciousness of humanity, one morning at a time.
He is one of the highest-rated keynote speakers in America, creator of one of the fastest growing and most engaged online communities in existence and author of one of the highest rated, best-selling books in the world, The Miracle Morning.
Hal actually died at age 20, hit head-on by a drunk driver at 70 miles per hour. His heart stopped for 6 minutes and he broke 11 bones. Eventually, he woke from a coma to be told by doctors that he would never walk again.
Not only did Hal walk, he went on to run a (52 mile) ultra-marathon and become a hall of fame business achiever—before the age of 30.
Then, in November of 2016, Hal nearly died again. His kidneys, lungs, and heart were on the verge of failing. This led to a diagnosis of a very rare, very aggressive form of cancer (acute lymphoblastic leukemia).
Hal is now cancer-free and the Executive Producer of The Miracle Morning Movie. It’s a documentary that both shows you the morning rituals of some of the world’s most successful people, as well as takes you around the world to show you the life-changing impact that Miracle Mornings are having, globally.
Hal is also the host of the highly acclaimed Achieve Your Goals podcast, creator of the Best Year Ever Blueprint Live Experience, and bestselling author of ten  books in The Miracle Morning book series.
As one of the most inspiring, highly entertaining (we’re talking “wannabe stand-up comedian” level humor!), and one of the most in-demand keynote speakers in the world, whether you are an individual or an organization, Hal will give you the tools to Wake Up to Your Full Potential.
We hope you enjoyed Hal Elrod and Jon Berghoff on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
Today, legendary keynote speaker, barber, and poet Will Little once again joins his friend Christopher. They share an insightful conversation on redemption, forgiveness, and personal transformation.
“We are not having the conversation they need to hear.” – Will Little on young men who feel angered or disconnected
An Eye for an Eye for Most
How would you feel if someone killed your brother, Will would ask people. For most, the first response is to kill. It’s what they feel is right, that there’s no other recourse for them.
This kind of thinking presents a myriad of challenges for young people.
“They’ll have no other authority but to hear the voice of the streets, even if they’re not built by that, even if they’re not in the streets like that.” – Will Little
Voice of the Streets
Sometimes, even the unwilling are forced to take up the gun. After all, it’s what the streets say they must do. But Will has made it his life mission to make people realize that it’s not a path they need to take.
Along with others with the same mindset, Will has been sharing his story to let people know that they can be who they are. While they grew up thinking certain things were real, they can shape their own reality. Understanding all of these brings hopes of growth and learning.
Ever since he started speaking with groups of young guys, Will quickly learned the most pressing challenge in transforming the lives of others.
“A lot of them see possibility in their life. They just think they’re secluded to this four-block radius where they live at and where they’re from.” – Will Little
To hear more about how Will Little shows young people who he is so they can all make a difference, download and listen to the episode.
Growing up in a fraught environment, Will dropped out of school early. He got involved with gangs shortly afterwards, which led to a gunfight that resulted in taking another man’s life. He has since served his sentence in jail for the murder, and now Will goes around having conversations with people.
Will shares his story with youngsters going through same challenges he was in back in the day. Now a keynote speaker, he shows people the possibilities in their lives and how they can transform themselves for the better.
We hope you enjoyed Will Little on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
How does one walk out of an endeavor and successfully pick it up again somewhere along the way? Steve Olsher is an entrepreneur, CEO, author and podcaster. Today he talks about failures and successes, how to come back from losses, and how Chicago almost killed him.
“I look like I do a lot but I implement what I call strategic abandon, which is just getting a lot of things done in a very efficient and cost-effective manner.” – Steve Olsher
Three Things We Learned
Walking away from something you built
At some point in his entrepreneurial journey, Steve and his team got blinded by the dot-com light and Wall Street’s take on domains. They signed away management rights, but in March 2000, it became clear that the people working behind the project failed. Steve walked away from the domain after spending nine years building the company, a scary piece of his life.
A restart on an abandoned endeavor
When the company ended up tanking and getting buried, he walked away and got into real estate development instead to build up a portfolio of millions of dollars in product. But one day, the Wall Street Journal headline read that domain prices were approaching pre-bubble valuations. And so Steve began his search for the buyer of the domain.
Reinventing a dream
It wasn’t until Christmas Eve of 2006 when the buyer sent Steve an e-mail with detailed instructions on how to reclaim his domain. While it was bound to raise suspicions, Steve went along with the offer, sending login credentials that weren’t attached to anything. By some miracle, he got exactly what was promised in under a grand total of five minutes.
Steve received several offers to buy his domain and one in particular bailed after a couple of installments. From there, he took the site and his capital, actively seeking out people he could work with. Everything is going well, despite the inevitable moments when they don’t see eye-to-eye and the company’s happy ending that has yet to be written.
Steve Olsher is America’s Reinvention Expert and has taught thousands how to NICHETIZE!™ (nitch a tize) by identifying and monetizing their WHAT. Steve is the author of Internet Prophets: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal How to Profit Online and also of USA Book News’ Self-Help Book of the Year, Journey To You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be.
He is the creator and host of Internet Prophets LIVE!; co-star of the groundbreaking film The Keeper of the Keys with Jack Canfield, John Gray, and Marci Shimoff; and has appeared on ABC TV, FOX TV, CNBC.com, and more than 200 radio shows including national programs hosted by Lou Dobbs, Jim Bohannon, and Mancow Muller.
Steve is a successful entrepreneur who’s applied his business acumen and communication skills to a wide range of endeavors. He has also earned the rank of brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, training under the late Carlson Gracie, Sr. All of his varied, real-world experiences have contributed to the concepts found in his award-winning books.
Steve lives in Chicago with his wife Lena and their three sons Bobby, Isaiah and Xavier who remind him every day why his motto is “Let Love Rule.” Meet him and receive free NICHETIZE!™ training at SteveOlsher.com.
We hope you enjoyed Steve Olsher on this episode of Legends and Losers! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
What exactly is AI and why does everyone insist on using the term to cover a multitude of basic software? Jason DeFillippo of the Grumpy Old Geeks and The Jordan Harbinger Show joins us for today’s episode. He talks about tech trends and why the blockchain is the second coming of push.
“It’s an Excel spreadsheet that has track changes turned on that everybody has access to.” – Jason DeFillippo on the blockchain
Three Things We Learned
Grumpy Old Geeks vs The Jordan Harbinger Show
Jason is having the time of his life being part of two shows that infinitely differ but also share similarities. Grumpy Old Geeks is the show for tech veterans who have seen it all and want to get a few kicks by making fun of new tech. The Jordan Harbinger Show is a cerebral podcast that challenges its listeners and guests to think.
Marimba, PointCast, and Blockchain
Jason has seen a lot of things over his twenty-something years in the tech sphere. Among these is the quick rise and even quicker downfall of the enterprise and consumer versions of the push software: Marimba and PointCast. According to Jason, this trend is visible in today’s second coming of push: the blockchain.
AI: Fancy name for basic software
Blockchain is right on the heels of AI, the ambiguous term everyone uses to call a bunch of software that run through basic machine learning and algorithms that make it pretty difficult to enjoy the Internet. This term was coined long before actual software deserving of the moniker began to exist. And even then, the programs are pretty far off what the sci-fi novels had planted in our brains.
New tech turn up fast. But the trends are there, and they’re almost always bound to be true. If Jason’s informed guesses are correct, then it’s not too much of a stretch to claim that sooner or later, AI and blockchain will meet the same fate as their predecessors.
Jason is a full-time podcast producer and editor for The Jordan Harbinger Show. He is also the Creator and Co-host of the Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast.
Jason has been building websites since the early days in 1994 for clients that range from small businesses to million dollar websites for blockbuster films to his own start-ups.
In 1994, he created the groundbreaking website Spewww which was nominated for a Webby in the first year the awards were held in 1998.
In 1995, a new media company in Santa Monica moved him out to Los Angeles to build the first website for Epson America.
Since then, Jason has launched over 250 websites for major corporations like Paramount Pictures, Sony, Warner Brothers, and Disney.
He also created the two time SXSW Weblog Award winning Blogrolling service as well as co-founded the global blog network Metroblogging.
He has worked at several startups in San Francisco including Technorati and 8020 Media, the publishers of JPGMagazine.com, and statistical aggregator Metricly.
We hope you enjoyed Jason DeFillippo on this episode of Legends and Losers! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
What considerations should you make to become a legendary CEO? On this episode of Questions and Cocktails, Christopher Lochhead answers this question and offers his real-life perspective on designing a legendary career.
“I have learned more by being on a few winning teams than I ever learned from being on losing teams.” – Christopher Lochhead
Sorting Out One’s Priorities
How do you find the right job given a specific goal of becoming a CEO? Christopher says that this conversation has been a constant over the years. Just how do you pick the next opportunity to ensure your success?
It seems that many people make career decisions in the complete opposite manner he personally would. A lot of the people he would talk to usually pick salary first, then title, the actual job, and lastly, the potential of the company they will be part of. And while this thinking is understandable, it often isn’t the right way to go.
Team Potential is Important
Christopher would suggest inverting this list, that is, to put potential first before anything else. When making a career decision, ask yourself if you see a company’s potential for growth and its category potential. Mull over the possibility of the company becoming a category king or queen, or if they already are, whether there is a new category opportunity they will prosecute or expand.
It is better to ride on the bench for one of the greatest teams of all times than be a starter on the team that sucks. And it is also important to stumble a few times to learn what you ought not to do. But you should also be able to taste true success and you can only do that by becoming part of a team that will offer you the right opportunities.
Other Things to Consider
The job comes second, then the title. And while money matters, the economics will take care of themselves once everything else is in place.
To hear Christopher expound on these points, download and listen to the episode!
What is the ultimate importance of music and the arts in life? On today’s episode, legendary baseball player and jazz guitarist Bernie Williams joins us. He talks about how it was growing up in Puerto Rico, playing for the New York Yankees his entire career, and why he wants kids to love music, too.
“Not everybody’s gonna be a virtuoso musician but to use music as instrument for education, I think, is vital for every culture.” – Bernie Williams
Three Things We Learned
Making life connections through music
Bernie believes exposing kids to music and the arts helps them make a connection with the world. There is actual scientific evidence that supports the importance of music and the arts to make children well-rounded. He wishes to contribute in having every kid get this opportunity in their lives.
Importance of music and art education
All thriving cultures around the world with great public education systems have their core music, arts and athletics in the forefront. Indeed, mathematics and literature, among other subjects, are important. But there is also the fact that exposure to music and the arts gives better understanding and opportunity to utilize parts of the brain otherwise not used.
A successful life through music, the arts and sports
People often say that a successful life is all about good timing. The same can be said for music and sports: music is about hitting the right note at the right time. Then there is baseball, which is about hitting the ball at the right place at the right time.
At a young age, Bernie was able to make connections with life through music and the arts. In a society where people give the sciences and maths much more importance and leverage, we should also remember that music and the arts feed the heart and soul.
Growing up in Puerto Rico, Bernie Williams discovered his love for baseball and music at roughly the same time. At the age of eight, he fell in love with the sounds of a flamenco guitar his merchant-marine father brought home from Spain. He also felt the same exhilaration when he first picked up a baseball bat.
The young student-athlete quickly excelled in both pursuits, going on to attend the special performance arts school Escuela Libre de Musica at the age of thirteen. He became one of the most noted young athletes on the island.
When Williams signed a contract with the New York Yankees at age 17, he brought his love of music with him. In his 16 year career patrolling centerfield for the New York Yankees, Bernie Williams was a four-time World Series Champion and a five-time All Star.
Throughout Williams’ years with The Yankees, his passion for music never waned. The sound of a guitar would often be heard emanating from the clubhouse or during team flights.
Whether acoustic or electric, a guitar was a constant presence in the star’s locker or equipment bag. In 2003, he demonstrated how serious his musical pursuit was with the release of his first album, The Journey Within.
The record featured fusions of jazz, rock and the tropical rhythms of Williams’ heritage. It was met with both strong critical praise and instant chart success- reaching #3 on Billboard’s “Contemporary Jazz Chart.”
Bernie also co-authored a book in 2011 published by Hal Leonard Books titled, Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Music and Athletic Performance. The book examines the symbiotic relationship between musical artistry and athletic performance through the eyes of a man who has mastered both.
We hope you enjoyed Bernie Williams on this episode of Legends and Losers! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
Why should medical professionals put a lot more effort to improve end-of-life care? On today’s episode, internist Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider discusses her life’s mission and why bedside manner is of utmost importance.
“Patients and families deserve better. We have to do a better job at communicating.” – Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider
Three Things We Learned
Patients must be included in the bigger picture
Dr. Shoshana realized a lot of things when she did her ICU residency. None of their palliative measures, complex studying of cases, and wading through data would change the inevitable course of a patient’s journey. But there has always been the need to look at cases in the context of the patient’s entire life and if they had a sense of what was happening around them.
Many doctors aren’t trained to hold conversations
A recent study in the Journal of American Medical Association reported that most doctors don’t have training to converse effectively. This completely blew Dr. Shoshana’s mind. As a hospital-based doctor holding a lot of difficult conversations on goals and progress with patients and their families, this was telling of a public health problem.
Lackluster bedside manners are a public health concern
Indeed, there are more pressing and challenging public health issues in the country. But no patient or family must feel like they have to interrogate medical professionals to get a better understanding of where they stand. Practitioners owe it to people they have sworn to care for, even if only palliative, to tell them everything that they need to know.
Empowerment of patients and families is an ongoing struggle for the medical community. The concern will remain stagnant unless properly addressed. In the end, the patients suffer, and it is disappointing that even in their last stretch, they don’t get the kind of care they deserve.
Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider is a physician, founder, philanthropist and speaker. She works as an internist practicing hospital medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
Shoshana started the Ungerleider Palliative Care Education Fund. This supports innovative programs that further palliative care education at every level.
She funded Extremis, a short documentary about end of life decision making in the intensive care unit by Academy Award nominated director, Dan Krauss. The film won Best Documentary Short at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016 and was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award and for 2 Emmy Awards.
She also executive produced End Game. It is a short documentary on hospice and palliative care by Academy Award winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The documentary premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year and was acquired by Netflix.
Shoshana founded End Well, a first of its kind media platform and annual symposium on human-centered design and innovation to improve the end of life experience.
We hope you enjoyed Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider on this episode of Legends and Losers! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!
On Episode 211, Christopher Lochhead got on with Praxis students for an up close and personal Q&A session. Today, the second part of this conversation continues, teeming with business stories and learnings that ultimately culminated in realizing the importance of niching down.
“Nobody makes it alone. Other people make you successful.” – Christopher Lochhead to Praxis students
Three Things We Learned
‘Extraordinary’ isn’t for everyone
Most people want to become legends in their own right, and some of them equate this to being extraordinary. The thing is, some people don’t necessarily want to be extraordinary as long as their business is profitable. The pitfall of this line of thinking, however, is that category violence happens all the time and so paying attention to everything is a must.
Cultivating relationships is key to success
It has been an ongoing experience in Christopher’s life how much other people make him successful. In a community where everyone strives to differentiate themselves through the careers they want to launch, finding someone to resonate with is a blessing. This results in a collective spirit of wanting your contemporaries to do extremely well alongside you.
To extend a hand is powerful
You don’t have to help everybody within a five-foot radius of you. But it’s always a powerful thing to extend a hand to somebody else. When we go out of our way to contribute our strengths that are someone else’s weaknesses, we create something powerful.
Christopher gets asked around a lot why he’s friends with so many CEOs. The truth of the matter is that when he first met them, they weren’t the successful people that they are now, but people who were on the verge with him. With the inspiration brought by his peers, he was able to rise up and take his game up several notches to become his present self.
We hope you enjoyed this second installment of Legends and Losers Q&A episode with Praxis students! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!