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Work Hard! It may sound simple, but nothing happens without a ton of hard work. I’ve known so many extremely smart people who come up with wonderful ideas only see them fail. To be successful in business or any other endeavor you need to work hard — bottom line. The bigger you get the harder you will need to work. It’s easy to read stories in the media about overnight success stories but those are few and far between. The vast majority take many long nights and huge team efforts to find success.

As a part of my series about the ‘5 Important Business Lessons I Learned While Being On The Shark Tank’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicklaus Morton and Evan Mendelsohn.


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Stay humble: In the tank, things were very intense and my character was personally questioned. Because it was so intense, I could have easily gotten defensive. Instead I just took the heat. Your job in the tank is to be a great ambassador for your business and not necessarily the alpha character that is trying to make good TV.

As a part of my series about the ‘5 Important Business Lessons I Learned While Being On The Shark Tank’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Tate Stock.

Tate Stock is the founder and CEO of Chirp, a company that has helped over one million people live better through simple and effective pain relief solutions. Tate started Chirp in a barn with $400 in sewer pipe, grew it to a multimillion-dollar enterprise, and recently made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2020. He is a registered boat captain and enjoys sailing, scuba diving, and skiing.


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It sounds lame but you have to care about your people and treat them like human beings. Take an interest in their interests and figure out what gets them out of bed in the morning to help you build your dream. Every time we hire somebody, I get so excited that this person wants to use their time and talents to build Sprig. It’s really an honor.

As part of my series about “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Leading a Cannabis Business” I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Lewis, CEO and co-founder of Sprig.

Michael B. Lewis is a recognized expert within the cannabis space and the go to guy for his thought leadership.


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Check your Mindset — The biggest thing I’ve learned since being a professional and doing my own personal development is that our thoughts matter. f you are negative then your life will reflect this. We have the power to impact our own reality and I believe negativity breeds negativity. Positive thinking is powerful and it always helps. In may ways, we create our own reality. On that note, I recommend being proactive in your health and not just reactive. Don’t want for pain to overwhelm you. …


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Do not confuse angry rhetoric about “the media” or disruption of journalism-supporting revenue models with an erosion of the importance of journalism. Our First Amendment mission remains more vital now then perhaps ever before.

As a part of our series about “the 5 steps we can take to win back trust in journalism” I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Bill Gannon.

Bill Gannon is currently Vice President & Global Editor-in-Chief of Future PLC, the publisher of more than 150 successful brands in specialist consumer and B2B sectors including: technology, gaming & entertainment, music, creative & photography, and in television and media where Bill’s responsibilities include the Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News brands. Prior to joining Future, Bill was previously one of three lead executives who launched First Look Media, served as Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Weekly Digital at Time Inc, led digital media for Lucasfilm Ltd, and was the Senior Editorial Director of Yahoo Inc where he led all content strategy and operations including the programming of the Home Page. Prior to moving into management, Bill was a print journalist who specialized in conflict reporting, national politics and investigative journalism. He is the recipient of multiple national journalism awards including the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. …


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Stay Active — While relaxing and doing the things you love are important to life after retirement, it’s important to remember to stay active. Physical exercise, even moderate, can help elevate mood, keep your immune system strong and your mind sharp. It’s never too late to shake up an existing exercise routine or start a new one. Create a regular routine that fits your lifestyle and keeps you motivated.

As a part of my series about the “5 Things You Should Do to Optimize Your Wellness After Retirement” I had the pleasure of interviewing Cory Rice.

Cory graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in forensic science and then completed medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. He attended Methodist Medical Center of Dallas for his internship, residency, and chief resident year in internal medicine. Dr. Rice’s professional interests include nutrition-based chronic disease management, thyroid optimization, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, for men and women. His clinical expertise is in most areas of chronic disease and, ultimately, the treatment and reversal of some of the more commonly encountered conditions in clinical practice today. He is passionate about helping patients reach their health goals while, in many cases, helping them get off prescription medication. His practice locations are a blend of both functional medicine and lifestyle medicine. Dr. Rice is an expert in the area of advanced bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, including pellet therapy as a certified BioTE Medical provider.


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Your Feed Reflects You — Consider taking action if your feed is filled with anger, fights, and negativity. On Facebook, for example, you can unfollow a person or a page that focuses negativity. Also, realize that algorithms of social platforms learn from you because you’ve taught them what you want to see and who you wish to engage with — from here on out post and comment to promote kindness. Do this and see what happens to your feed after just a few weeks. It’s a game changer!

As a part of my interview series about the things we can each do to make social media and the internet a kinder and more tolerant place, I had the pleasure to interview Mich…


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Realize you can always get back in the working game if you like! It’s important to recognize that retirement doesn’t have to be permanent. Continuing to update your skill set after you retire will enable you to jump back in the game if that’s what you want to do, even if it’s mentoring others, volunteering or serving in an advisory role.

As a part of my series about the “5 Things You Should Do to Optimize Your Wellness After Retirement” I had the pleasure of interviewing David Duley.

David Duley is the founder and CEO of PlanGap, a product innovation company creating a new class of financial solutions — retirement insurance — a suite of “trigger-based” annuity and life insurance products that solve fundamental financial issues for retirees. The company empowers people to insure themselves against disruptions to their retirement income, providing solutions for those worried institutions have made financial promises they cannot, or will not, keep. David lives in Atlanta, where he graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.


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People spend less time thinking about your failures than you do. Learn what you need to learn from your mistakes but don’t spend too much time dwelling on what others will think about you now that you made that mistake. Chances are, they forgot.

As a part of our series about “the 5 steps we can take to win back trust in journalism” I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Alexios Mantzarlis.

Alexios Mantzarlis is the News and Information Credibility Lead at Google News Lab. He helps coordinate Google’s efforts to fight misinformation across both partnerships and product, with a particular concentration on fact-checking. Prior to joining Google, he was the founding director of the International Fact-Checking Network and Managing Director of Pagella Politica. As Director of the IFCN, he helped draft the fact-checkers’ code of principles and shepherded a seminal partnership between fact-checkers and Facebook. He has been a member of the European Union’s High Level Expert Group on fake news and online disinformation. His publications include a draft lesson plan for UNESCO, a chapter on fact-checking in the 2016 U.S. …


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Write a book or a series of books. Though we have become a visual culture, where about 80% of the social media content features videos and images, books are still considered a way to express your ideas in depth. You can only feature a small portion of your ideas through videos or films. That’s why over 1 ½ million books are published each year, about a million of them self-published.

As part of our series about how to become known as a thought leader in your industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gini Graham Scott.

Gini Graham Scott, PhD., is the head of several companies, which include Changemakers Publishing and Writing. Gini is a nationally known writer, consultant, speaker, and seminar leader, specializing in business and work relationships, professional and personal development, social trends, science, and crime. She has published over 200 books, including over 50 with major publishers, and she writes film scripts and has produced 10 feature films, documentaries, and TV series. She has worked with dozens of clients on books and book proposals on popular business, self-help, and memoirs. Besides creating her own books, films, and other creative projects, including songs and games, Gini helps others develop their own projects, get them published or produced, and promote them, so they can expand their own influence. She has been featured on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including CNN, Good Morning America, and Oprah.

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Yitzi Weiner

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

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