Want to learn about the photography business? What about a creative foundation aimed at empowering women and sharing impactful stories? Meet John Craig.
John has been a photographer for over 25 years and has photographed everything from weddings and portraits to landscape photography and corporate gigs. John likes to keep tons of side projects going to keep the machine oiled and as such has an incredible "Pittsburgh at Night" collection that has been on display in several gallery shows throughout the 'Burgh. Also pretty savvy with the film side of a camera, John has a pretty impressive portfolio of films for local events, small business commercials, special interest projects and random awesome people (like his wife).
John started The Beauty Within Foundation with his wife Elizabeth. The foundation’s mission is to inspire and empower women to not only recognize their outer beauty through photography but also their beauty within through storytelling. The project aims to reach women that have survived, achieved or triumphed over difficult circumstances that challenged their self-confidence, their sense of self or their power and are utilizing those experiences to inspire and empower other individuals or communities.
Their site is a collection of these stories and photos that can be viewed, shared and used as a resource of strength and inspiration with the hope that women from all around the world will read these stories, see these photos and realize, no matter what they are going through, they are not alone.
John’s Challenge; Go on a walk and take 5 pictures of things that go unnoticed
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Scott Wolovich started New Sun Rising to help incubate social enterprises and artists in the greater Pittsburgh area. The organization’s mission is to empower creative projects in the Pittsburgh region through fiscal sponsorship, mentoring, and community building.
New Sun Rising ignites, launches, and grows impact throughout the social innovation ecosystem. Their programs operate at the intersection of people + place + innovation. They also help non-profits and for profits build, test, and implement plans that funders love.
We discussed non-profits v. for-profit organizations, courting investors and much more.
Scott’s Challenge; Carry a notebook to get ideas out of your head and into the world.
The Do Something Principle - Mark Manson
“Ah, so you run a lifestyle business?” - Happy Startup School
Social Enterprise: An Idea Whose Time Has Come - British Council
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Alan shared an hour of his time to explain how he was able to retire at 35 and lays out the principles by which he lived.
Alan’s three core principles
Alan discusses the merits of going back to school to get a graduate degree. He also explains why living in a low-cost city like Pittsburgh was a boon and how he lost more than 100 lbs after he retired.
THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED ON SEPTEMBER 30TH, INTERNATIONAL PODCASTING DAY, at the EPICAST NETWORK STUDIOS.
Alan’s Challenge; Keep a journal of all your expenses for one week and reflect on necessary vs. discretionary purchases. By investing savings in securities generating an average of 10%/year (i.e. total stock market funds), in 20 years, each dollar saved could turn into $7. If you’d rather have the $7, automate your savings.
Reading Suggestion; BogleHeads
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Mark is a partner at a public relations and advertising agency based in Pittsburgh. He helps clients achieve results in a multitude of difficult environments. In episode 30, he talks about running a boutique advertising and public affairs firm that specializes in political campaigns and issue advocacy.
His company was named to on of Inc.’s 1000 fastest growing companies in the country by helping candidates, causes, and corporations achieve their goals through television, radio, print, digital, grassroots, and earned media.
On Advertising by David Ogilvy
Confessions of an Ad Man by David Ogilvy
Mark’s Challenge; Take someone that you haven’t seen in awhile out to lunch.
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Erik Kulick is the owner, founder and chief instructor of the True North Wilderness Survival School. He drew upon his passion for the outdoors and his almost thirty years of teaching experience to found True North in 2011. Growing up as a backpacker and paddler, Erik has taught for regional and national outdoor programs, including the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School. He has spent the last ten years focusing his training on wilderness survival in various programs and has studied under Byron Kerns, a former US Air Force SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) instructor.
Erik also works in emergency medicine as a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician, a Wilderness EMT, and a Pennsylvania certified EMS Instructor. He is also a Wilderness Emergency Care Instructor for American Safety & Health Institute, and a BLS Instructor for the American Heart Association. Erik teaches at the Center for Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He runs a series of programs which trains EMS providers, physicians, and law enforcement in wilderness medicine and survival skills. Erik is a member of the National Association of EMTs and the Wilderness Medical Society, where he is also a candidate for Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). Erik also actively serves in the Allegheny County EMS system helping the residents of various communities.
With a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Business from Duquesne University, Erik draws upon his experience from the corporate world to help individuals and organizations maximize their potential. Erik is a registered Merit Badge Counselor with the Boy Scouts of America serving the Laurel Highlands and Westmoreland-Fayette Councils.
Erik’s Challenge; Push yourself beyond your boundaries and acquire a new skill, be it wilderness survival related or otherwise.
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Kate and Emily founded Propelle in 2011, with the mission of bringing together the amazing female entrepreneurs in their community and to provide the tools and resources necessary to help women grow and evolve, both personally and professionally.
Their business has grown to include a robust newsletter, in-person networking events, a members-only Facebook community, and a monthly Mastermind group. They are passionate about building a strong and supportive community of women entrepreneurs that can support each other when the going gets rough.
In the show’s first trio podcast, we discuss successful partnerships, the composition of their Mastermind program and much more.
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd
Kate and Emily’’s Challenge; Celebrate a win every day for 30 days. Take it a step further by using their challenge sheet.
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Henry Thorne serves as a Mentor at AlphaLab Gear. He founded Aethon Inc. in 1997 and served as its President. He co-founded Thorley Industries LLC in 2005 and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Henry is a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, graphic user interface designer and computer scientist. He received BS degree in 1982 and MS degree in 1984 from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Upon graduation, Henry joined General Motors Corporation. During his five years there, among his many accomplishments were the invention of the first weld path adjustment system, the invention of the first fully automatic tool center point calibration system (eliminated the single largest cause of downtime in automated arc welding); the design and implementation of the world's largest automated arc welding system (still running today with the lowest downtime in the auto industry); and the development of a spot weld controller (software installed on thousands of robotic welding machines). Further, Henry invented and patented the world's leading system for calibrating robotic tools, still licensed to ABB.
In 1990, Henry left General Motors Corporation and founded Cycle Time Corporation to design and market "Tophat," a graphic user interface for robotic welding. Under contract to ALCOA, he also invented the first system for real time arc weld quality measurement, still the best available measurement of the quality of a weld as it is being produced. He served as Director of Aethon Inc. It was here that he invented and patented three technologies that solve the “navigation riddle,” without using elaborate and expensive laser and inertial guidance systems.
He is currently the CTO for 4moms, a company he co-founded with partner Rob Daley. He is also the longest sitting board member for USA Ultimate and has remained very active in the ultimate community. He also serves as a special advisor for Ultimate Peace, a non-profit committed to using ultimate to help teach conflict resolution in Israel.
Evan Lepler is the AUDL’s lead play-by-play announcer for ESPN3. He also calls games for USA Ultimate’s Triple Crown Tour and College Championships. His goal is to introduce more casual sports fans to ultimate, and getting league games broadcast on ESPN3 is a good first step.
Lepler stumbled into ultimate in his first year at Wake Forest University. In his first week on campus, he spotted a flyer for ultimate in his dorm and headed to the quad to check it. He played barefoot for hours and was hooked. The summer between freshman and sophomore year he threw for one or two hours a day, and eventually captained the men’s squad at Wake Forest for two years.
Evan wanted to be a sports broadcaster since he was 8 or 9 years old, so after graduation, he decided not to get involved in the ultimate club scene, which would require practices on nights and weekends, in favor of working his way up the broadcast ladder. For many years, he has covered men’s and women’s college basketball, minor league baseball, and college football.
Evan’s Challenge; Share ultimate media with folks who are not familiar with the sport to spread awareness and acceptance.
Evan’s Save the Planet Team
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As Director of Research, Michael Batnick spends much of his time reading research publications and keeping abreast of the latest trends in the industry. He assists Barry Ritholtz and Joshua Brown with portfolio management and data analytics and works closely with Kris Venne on the implementation and maintenance of client investments.
Michael talks with prospective and current clients about the RWM portfolios, aiming to educate them about our how we are able to keep emotions out of our decision-making process. Michael passed the third and final CFA exam in June 2015.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and dog. He also writes a blog discussing financial markets called “The Irrelevant Investor”.
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Jesse Livermore
The Intelligent Investor by Ben Graham
Mike’s Challenge; Read outside of your comfort zone/area of expertise to get a more well-rounded understanding of the world.
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Nathan Chan is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Foundr, a digital magazine for entrepreneurs. He launched the magazine in 2013 on Apple Newsstand and the Google Play Store and quickly built it into a 6-figure business. He has interviewed top modern entrepreneurs and business leaders including Sir Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group), Barbara Corcoran (Shark Tank) and Tim Ferriss (Author, The 4 Hour Workweek).
Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, he previously worked as an IT professional in various industries such as publishing, travel, and accounting. Nathan and I discussed what it took to get his magazine off the ground and the lessons he has learned.
Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
Life in Half a Second by Matthew Michalewicz
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Qxhna Titcomb was born the youngest sibling of a family that loves the sport of ultimate. In 2006, she and her siblings created the ultimate frisbee apparel company Five Ultimate. The company’s mission? To “serve the sport of ultimate”. Over the next decade, Qxhna learned about business, event planning and the culture of her sport while traveling around the world playing ultimate and working at tournaments. She and her siblings also own and operate the AUDL’s Seattle Cascades, which she credits with teaching her to put on great single game productions.
She also has enjoyed a decorated playing career that has included;
4 years at Tufts University
Representing Team USA at Beach Worlds 2015, U23 Championships 2015, and Jr Worlds 2012
Playing for Boston Brute Squad 2015 and Seattle Riot 2015
Named Spirit Captain for Team USA at Beach Worlds
She launched the All-Star Ultimate Tour in 2015 as a way to showcase women’s ultimate and improve media coverage for the women’s game. The tour raised over $45,000 through a crowdfunding campaign in less than 2 weeks. The tour visited 9 countries, with the all-stars going 6-3. Two plays from the tour made it onto SportCenter’s prestigious Top 10 plays.
Fun Facts: Qxhna hates oranges and brownies as well as onions and mushrooms. Her favorite foods include Pop-Tarts, cereal, and mayonnaise.
Qxhna’s Challenge; Say yes to opportunities, even if they will be challenging.
Revived by Hayley Wahlroos
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All-Star Ultimate Twitter
All-Star Ultimate Facebook
All-Star Ultimate Youtube
All-Star Ultimate Website
Five Ultimate Facebook
Five Ultimate Website
Josh is the founder of Work Hard Pittsburgh formerly The Hardware Store. He is dedicated to making entrepreneurial opportunities available to underserved populations and demographics. Before starting the Work Hard Pittsburgh, Josh ran several startups including Crowdasaurus and AsOne. Josh also taught high school chemistry for over a decade.
Josh’s Challenge; Go to a neighborhood that you don’t usually visit, get dinner, and walk around.
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Episode twenty recaps the launch of the show and the lessons I have learned along the way. Thank you so much for listening! Many more episodes to come.
What I’ve learned
Just Do It
One of the hardest parts was getting started, I waited weeks to release my first episode after I had completed it
Ask the person who your are afraid to contact, they will probably say yes, and if they don’t, you’ll get over it
When you play the waiting game, you overthink things and drive yourself crazy
Networking is SO important
Put yourself out there
People are excited to help people who have passion and are prepared
The best people will introduce you to more great people.
What I have done well
What I need to work on
Advertising and Marketing the show
What you can expect in the future
More badass guests from around the country
More challenges on the blog that you can follow along with
What can you do
Ken began playing Ultimate in the summer of 2007 and found leadership opportunity in organizing his high school ultimate club. Attending Kettering University in 2009, Ken quickly worked on establishing a team, pursuing varsity status and full funding granted 2.5 years later. Ken went on to serve as a college regional director, then developmental division director for USA Ultimate and director of operations for the Detroit Mechanix.
While working as a mechanical engineer, he started Aero Ultimate as a simple outlet of his ideas like the SkyLight. Ken set out to reform Aero in late 2013 to provide meaning to Ultimate's future. Ken's talents and passion can be found in almost everything Aero produces.
Ken’s Challenge; When defining what success looks like to you, consider what you will have to do to obtain it AND what you may have to give up. If you aren’t willing to give up those things, redefine what success looks like to you.
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Melissa is an NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who, through her online business The Ultimate Athlete Project, is on a mission to improve the training techniques of folks in the ultimate frisbee community. With a background degrees in Chemistry and Kinesiology, she is uniquely suited to sort through the sea of available research to find what’s most important, effective, and applicable for developing superior athletes and teams.
The Ultimate Athlete Project was designed to give players the tools they need to train like the serious athletes they are. In addition to writing The Ultimate Athlete Handbook and starting The Ultimate Athlete Project, Melissa gives ultimate fitness clinics nationally and internationally. She has enjoyed teaching players from Ireland, Colombia, and all over Europe. When not trotting the globe playing and coaching, she enjoy reading, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
Melissa’s Challenge; Give something and ask for something every day for 30 days
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Isaac is currently an editor at A Plus, a digital media company co-founded by Ashton Kutcher. The site features stories that make a difference and create positive change that, in less than a year, has reached an audience of approximately 50 million monthly visitors by highlighting social issues, sharing breaking news, and creating original, entertaining content.
Isaac and I were teammates on the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds in 2015 and on the University of Pittsburgh’s ultimate team from 2010-2013. We co-captained the team in the 2012-13 season where we won our second national championship.
Isaac is a lifelong ultimate player whose interests extend into music, writing, sports, politics and thoughtful conversation. He is also great at talking shit and giving speeches in team huddles.
Isaac’s Challenge; Don't hesitate to do something nice for someone else. Don't let excuses stop you.
What Richard Sherman Taught Us About America
The Financial Trap of PayDay Loans
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Zach is an Associate at Draper Triangle Ventures where he helps identify and conduct due diligence on potential investments. He spends his days meeting with entrepreneurs, attending tech-community events, and developing relationships in the innovation community.
Draper Triangle is a Venture Capital Firm that partners with the Midwest’s most extraordinary entrepreneurs who set out to change the world. Founded in 1999, Draper Triangle has invested in some of the Midwest’s most successful startups including TOA Technologies, Renal Solutions, BodyMedia, CardioInsight, and Carnegie Learning. DTVC partners with early stage companies to create iconic and disruptive businesses in emerging markets including software, digital media, robotics and medical devices. Draper Triangle is a proud member of the Draper Venture Network, a robust venture collective bringing together experienced investors and innovative entrepreneurs from around the globe to share strategies, source opportunities, and create greater value. Over the last 25 years the Draper Venture Network has grown into a self-governed organization of independent venture funds on four continents who cooperate on investment diligence, marketing intelligence, corporate relationships and co-investments. Through DVN, members can leverage the collective intelligence of 100+ invested more than $3B in over 500 ventures.
Zach’s Challenge; Meet an early stage entrepreneur and help introduce them to a new potential customer. This will stoke the local economy and solidify a valuable connection
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Draper Venture Network
Victor is a recognized technical cycling expert and is co-host of the top-ranked podcast, Cycling 360. Which has a worldwide audience and downloaded by more than 40k listeners each month and over 2 million lifetime listeners. Victor also created several online video-based courses to help road cyclists and triathletes become better riders while consulting with select athletes one-on-one to help with the technical aspects of cycling.
Victor Jimenez has been a trusted advisor and enabler, helping people have fun and do what they love for nearly 30 years. A consummate entrepreneur Victor has founded many small businesses focused around his passions of fitness, cycling, business, marketing, and conversation. The one thing that has connected all of his ventures is helping people do what they love. Some have been wildly successful and some have been abysmal failures. One thing that has been common among all of his ventures, is they were based on interests and dreams. He knows what it feels like to start from scratch and also to salvage a good business that is not reaching its potential.
Victor’s Challenge; Write down your five immaterial values and post them somewhere you will see them every day so that they may guide your daily activities.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
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Scott Rogerson, Chief Executive Officer at Community Elf, specializes in strategic and business planning, data-driven decision making, process improvement, security, management, and compliance, as well as the development of custom applications for data collection and analysis.
He is also President-elect of the Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. (PCSI) Board of Directors. PCSI is the Community Action Agency of the City of Pittsburgh. The goal of PCSI is to help low income persons achieve self-sufficiency through the development of processes and activities that empower individuals and families to make life-altering changes, which can reduce the barriers and characteristics of poverty.
Prior to joining Community Elf, Scott was co-founder and Managing Director of Oakhill Equity, an operator-led private investment fund employing the search fund model. Oakhill was capitalized by a diverse mix of institutional and individual investors.
A magna cum laude graduate of Duquesne University, Scott earned a BSBA degree in Economics, Information Systems Management, and International Business. He earned an MBA at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University with concentrations in Finance, Operations, and Marketing.
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Challenge; Don't be passive in sharing the best content you find on the web and adding your opinion/perspective to people in your network.
PR Web - UpContent Launch
CIO.com - Top Startup
Easy Ways To Find High-quality Content
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Community Elf on Twitter
Po Shen Loh took an hour out of his day to sit down with the Going Deep podcast and discuss his company Expii that helps students learn difficult STEM topics.
We build the tools ordinary people need to educate one another. So far, we've designed an approachable markup language that enthusiasts have used to create thousands of lessons. We've also created a free platform to interconnect these lessons."
Po got his PHD in Mathematics from Princeton in 2010, where his thesis discussed combinatorics (the study of discrete systems) and probability theory. Prior to his work at Princeton, Po-Shen received the equivalent of a masters degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2005, where he was supported by a Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Caltech in 2004, graduating first in his class, and his undergraduate thesis later received the Honorable Mention for the 2004 AMS-MAA-SIAM Morgan Prize.
Charlie Eisenhood is the Editor and Founder of Ultiworld, "the premier media site for the sport of ultimate". Charlie started Ultiworld in 2012 after graduating cum laude from NYU with a degree in economic theory. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has worked at the Albuquerque Journal, Center for American Progress, and NYU Abu Dhabi before starting his own media site.
He has played ultimate since 2005 and captained the NYU team his senior year. He currently resides in Brooklyn and travels the country covering elite ultimate in all divisions and leagues.
From the Show
The original article that inspired Charlie to launch Ultiworld.
Charlie's challenge to the listeners; Consider what you are doing with your life and if it is really fulfilling and meaningful. Make a change if it doesn't feel right.
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A self-described ‘activator and connector,’ Larry Gioia doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet (and thinks that sleep is overrated!)
Larry, a Pittsburgh native, graduated from Gannon University in 2004 and Carnegie Mellon in 2005. At Gannon, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems. During his sophomore year, Larry began exploring his entrepreneurial interests and started GioiaDesign.net, where he worked as an independent consultant advising Erie businesses as they established their presence on the Internet.
After Gannon, Larry went on to attend the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). It was here that he earned his Master of Information Systems Management degree. While at CMU, Larry continued his passion for leadership and entrepreneurship. He was the recipient of the MISM Student Leadership Award and also helped launch COMPackage.com, the Alphabot mobile app, and advised numerous other technology start-up ventures.
Upon graduation from CMU, Larry joined Diamond Management & Technology Consultants in 2005 as a technology consultant. Diamond was later acquired by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2011. At PwC, Larry serves as a Senior Director in PwC’s Health Industries Advisory technology consulting practice. As a digital architect and thinking partner, Larry has worked alongside healthcare executives and innovators across the healthcare ecosystem – predominately in big pharma. He is passionate about the future of healthcare and how technology is disrupting the delivery and consumption of health services in the New Health Economy.
Beyond his work at PwC, Larry remains active with his alma maters and also in the Pittsburgh community. Larry is a regular guest lecturer at CMU on the topics of leadership, consulting, enterprise architecture, and technology trends, he has sponsored four IS capstone projects, serves as the lead for PwC Advisory recruiting efforts across campus, serves as an alumni mentor, and is the recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Mellon Alumni Meritorious Service Award.
Larry also proudly served Gannon as a Director on the National Alumni Board from 2011-2013, was a speaker at the inaugural Gannon Ongoing Leadership Development (GOLD) Conference in 2013, and is a recipient of the 2015 Gannon Distinguished Alumni Award.
In his community, Larry serves on the Board of Directors of two Pittsburgh-based non-profits - Find Some Flow and Paddle Without Pollution, he volunteers as a Trip Leader with Venture Outdoors, and serves on the organizing committee of PwC’s United Way Giving Campaign.
Larry still actively maintains his entrepreneurial interests as the Founder of Dynamic Paddlers – a kayaking school which specializes in kayak instruction for people with disabilities and the Co-Founder of the Pittsburgh Adaptive Sports Network (PASN) – a consortium of adaptive sports/recreation organizations from around the greater Pittsburgh area. Most recently, Larry helped launch the Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative – a global social experiment that aims to measure to the ripple effect of human kindness and ‘paying it forward.’
When not jet setting around the country on business or connecting the dots in the community, it’s a safe bet that you can find Larry in the outdoors taking advantage of the multitude of outlets we have in the region to stay active. Larry resides in Pittsburgh, PA and enjoys spending time (usually in the outdoors!) with family, friends, his better half, Maria Balestrino, and their dog, Bruna.
Larry's (2 week) Challenge: Every day for a week, meet one new person or find something new about one person you already know. In the second week, connect every one of those seven people with another one of those seven people. Always be connecting the dots!
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Follow on Twitter at @LGin412
Connect on LinkedIn
Follow on Twitter at @DynamicPaddlers
Pittsburgh Adaptive Sports Network
Follow on Twitter at @AdaptPittsburgh
Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative
Follow on Twitter at @bekindPGH
When I finally decided to start this podcast, "Mick" was the first person I asked to be on the show. He has been an amazing mentor, teammate and friend to me over the years and is always up for a great conversation.
We recorded in a shared work space that he occupies when putting in hours for Zero Six Eight.
Mike's Challenge; Put other people's problems ahead of your own. This completely typifies Mike's personal philosophy and I encourage you to make a greater effort to incorporate this into your own life.
Connect with him on Twitter @paxnobiscum