Month: March 2018

Ep. 17 Recap – Montana ‘Too Pretty’ Love

Having first stepped foot into a boxing gym at the ripe age of five, Montana ‘Too Pretty’ Love has become one of the fastest rising professional boxers in the sport over the past two years.  This after having taken approximately 180 amateur fights in his youth, teen and early 20’s.  Now at only 24 years of age, his current undefeated 10-0 professional record – coupled with his genuine swag and flashy lifestyle – have earned him over 50,000 followers on Instagram alone.

Montana, who also rocks a sombrero during his pre and post fights, is currently training with Adrien Broner and other professionals to help him get ready for some bigger fights this summer.  From fancy footwork to precision punching and a lot of smack talk in between, I look forward to seeing where Montana’s career goes next.  Can he be boxing’s next star?  Only time will tell…

Ep. 16 Recap – Mike Hudock

Swim, bike, run!  That about sums up the lifestyle of Mike Hudock, an elite triathlete who makes time to work out twice each day in between medical school classes and studies.  Having begun his triathlete journey six years ago as a freshman in college, Mike has remained disciplined in his training regimen throughout and has barely missed a week, let alone a day in that time frame.

Mike and I had an open conversation about mental health and the many benefits that exercise plays in relieving stress and anxiety.  It is unfathomable to us how anyone can choose to not exercise, especially since we have both achieved so many mental, emotional and physical rewards from it.  So many people find the excuse that they do not have the time to workout.  That’s an illegitimate excuse.

You must make the time if you want something.  Then, in turn, you’ll have the time.

If you are interested in learning more about physical fitness with an emphasis on running, in general, then I suggest you go check out Ep. 16.  I look forward to Mike’s continued ascent in the triathlete and running world.  His next major event will be the Athens Half Marathon in Athens, Ohio, on Sunday, April 15th.  Good luck, Mike!

 

Ep. 15 Recap – Dr. Adam Hedaya

Dr. Adam Hedaya is a Double Board Certified physician specializing in pain management.  His anti-opioid prescribing approach struck me as an approach that many other doctors should begin taking.  With all of the opioid addiction issues in this country – many of which lead to heroin use – the medical profession as a whole has some serious changes it must make when it comes to the prescribing of medications.  Doctors must be cognizant of the devastating affects these drugs have on their patients and should seek to avoid opioid prescriptions wherever possible so that the risk of heroin use and abuse is mitigated.  Undoubtedly, lives will be saved.

Check out Dr. Hedaya at Cleveland Pain Care if you are in need of a pain management specialist to help you achieve a more comfortable, enjoyable lifestyle.

Ep. 13 Recap – Andy Simms

Absolutely loved reconnecting with my man, Andy Simms.  Whenever you spend countless days, weeks, months and years with someone on the road, you develop a bond that lasts a lifetime.  Listening to our conversation, it is easy to see that Andy and I had a very unique dynamic and friendship that was formed through our business ventures.  When you go into battle with someone, that person becomes a brother for life.

Our battles were in the form of recruiting college players in hopes of beating out all the other agents and agencies vying for the same prize.  And quite often, we found ourselves on the winning end of those battles.  It was our energy and contagious positive attitude (I took that from my Episode 7 with Ryan Young!) that often made the difference.  It was those hard-fought, intense battles that taught me how to win in the real world; and, at the same time, taught me how to handle the brutal realities of losing.  I use those priceless experiences now on an almost daily basis in both business and in life in general.

“It ain’t about how hard you hit.  It’s about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward.” –Rocky Balboa

There’s no doubt that Andy has kept moving forward in his 20+ year career as he has now partnered up with Young Money APAA Sports – the heavy hitters in the music and entertainment industry.  I look forward to seeing what Andy does in the next five to ten years now that he has the backing of Lil’ Wayne, Mack Maine and Cortez Bryant.  And I am hoping to see him negotiate some of the most lucrative deals — “a (hundred) milli” — in NFL history.

Ep. 12 Recap – Justin Nyce

Talk about a “dream job.”  That’s what I thought of when I sat down to rap with local Cleveland DJ, Justin Nyce.  Imagine getting paid to play music at the hottest night clubs –  surrounded by beautiful women, booze and euphoria.  For Justin, there’s no imagining :: it’s reality!

Justin is proof that hard work, dedication and commitment (i.e. he hasn’t missed a Saturday set in years) leads to success.  He is also proof that in order to find success, you must chase your dreams.  Your passions.  Or else you will be stuck living a life for everyone else — unfulfilled, lost and hopeless.  This could have been Justin’s path had he not put the brakes on college and pursued his dream of becoming a staple in the electronic dance club music scene.

We spoke on the college thing quite a bit during the episode.  Again, I am not anti-college by any means.  If I came across that way, it was not my intent.  I believe that college is the stepping stone to a vast array of opportunities — lawyer, doctor, engineer, financial planner/investment banker.  It is a necessity if you have hopes of pursuing a continuing education career and using that degree toward becoming a specialist in the fields listed above (and several others not listed).  But I am somewhat anti-college if you are simply going because you have nothing else to do and decide to get a degree in communications all the while racking up student loan debt and getting fat on pizza and beer.  If you are coming out of college with no real path or direction, I have a problem with that.  Especially when you owe tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and have no real way to make it up.  And especially considering how technologies have changed the way of the world and have provided an abundance of opportunities to become successful without the college diploma.

Overall, I found my conversation with Justin to be inspirational in that here’s a local kid from Akron who is now resident DJ at some of Cleveland’s top spots.  I look forward to his continued rise in the DJ industry and hope to see him at some of the world’s hottest clubs in years to come.