Since this is the last episode of TGM until mid-summer, I wanted to give you a preview of what's coming.
Thank you so much for listening and supporting TGM during what I’m now calling “Season 1”. If you don’t know yet, I’m taking a break from the show to get my new show and course off the ground. As well as record some more conversations for Season 2 of TGM.
It’s really great that I wanted to talk about systems and processes, because there’s no one better with whom to have that conversation than Amy Porterfield.
She’s created a very successful business teaching people about online marketing and we spent a lot of time talking about the ins and outs of that.
This is definitely an atypical episode because I really wanted to dig into some tactics, given that I’m going through my own product launch at the moment.
Nevertheless, we did touch on some of the bigger issues, such as burnout, the pursuit of freedom and the bigger purpose behind what we do.
Paul Jarvis is one of those guys who frustratingly always seems to have everything in balance.
He knows how to work hard, but how to take breaks and have fun as well. He seems happy and content with his work and is able to change it up when he needs/wants to.
Basically the opposite of everything I did when I was a full-time freelancer.
In all seriousness, though, Paul and I talk on a fairly regular basis and it’s great when we’re able to record a conversation like this—about meaning, happiness, what we like, what we don’t, what we wish were different.
This is my favorite kind of TGM episode.
How do you interview someone you’ve known your whole life?
Nate is a Grammy-nominated musician, whom I met when I was 12. We started one band together when we were teens and then later in my mid-20s I joined his current band as the drummer.
After one album and a couple years of touring I ended up leaving the band, but Nate has stuck with it and continues to put out music that just gets better and better.
Besides being one of my best friends, Nate’s story is a perfect example of sticking with a dream even when it practically kills you. Lots of ups and downs both financial and personal, but he’s stuck with it and I admire him for that.
I’ve never had someone on the show that I have this much history with or known for so long, so, honestly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go.
But I’m glad we did it because it turned out great. Despite all my curmudgeonly attempts to not be inspirational, this one definitely veers into that territory. He may not admit it, but I think Nate is an optimist, and like he says, you really can do whatever it is you want to do with your live—if you’re willing to put in the required effort and stick with it.
Dan Haseltine is the lead vocalist and founding member of one of my favorite bands, Jars of Clay.
Our conversation was one of the first in-person interviews I recorded and certainly the first with an artist that has had such a huge impact on my life.
I’ve been listening to Jars of Clay since their first album was released in 1995 and can attach specific songs to specific experiences as a teenager, college student and, later, husband and father.
It was truly amazing to get to sit down with him in Sputnik Studios in Nashville for an hour and talk about the history of the band and his personal evolution as a person and musician.
In Part 2 of my conversation with Omar, we dig into many of the various businesses and projects he’s launched and what it is that's kept him consistently trying new thing without burning out.
Omar is an incredibly hard worker, that much is clear. But, as I said in part 1, I was continually struck by his perseverance. He’s the kind of guy who keeps working, long after many of us would have quit.
I’ve listened through this conversation several times now and I keep coming away amazed at Omar's willingness to take chances.
That’s why I titled it The Power of Self-Discovery, because there’s something to the idea of continually re-inventing oneself.
Omar currently runs The $100 MBA and WebinarNinja, but he’s spent many years trying (and often succeeding) at many other things as well.
As someone who has often missed opportunities because of various fears and self-doubts, it was incredibly encouraging to hear the story of someone who has made those leaps and found that the other side isn’t so bad after all.
Allan Branch is the Ron Swanson of the internet. And not just because they share a fondness for manly facial hair.
In all seriousness, Allan is a really funny and interesting guy who also happens to co-own the best accounting software in the world, Less Accounting.
He’s one of those guys who can instantly raise my spirits no matter what’s going on. And I’ve always admired him for his ability to let work be work and enjoy having fun and spending time with his family.
As someone who has let all my hobbies fall to the wayside, I love how much energy Allan puts into his own non-work pursuits. He’s not driven by nor obsessed with his work. I want to be more like that.
If you’ve never met or talked to Allan, then settle in for a fun conversation about writing, building a software business, go-carts, hypothetical beer brewing and bees. Yes, bees.
Natalie Sisson is the self-described "Suitcase Entrepreneur", because she's figured out how to travel the world and live out of her suitcase while running her successful online business.
We talked about all the stuff I hope TGM has become known for by now–happiness, meaning, purpose and how we find those things in our lives and work.
Good thing for me, these are topics that Natalie is not just passionate about, but helps other people figure out as well.