Author: Nate Haber

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.

 

Climbing the Mountain

Climbing the mountain ain’t easy. There are peaks and valleys, ditches and holes, loose gravel and falling rocks, uncertainty at almost every move. To conquer requires immense focus, brute strength, and the will to succeed. To fail requires only the slightest lapse in attention and concentration. Concession equals doom.

The same can be said about life. In order to achieve success we are constantly on the climb. We takes steps each and every day; some steps forward and quite often many back. We try our hardest to avoid the pitfalls (i.e. ditches and falling rocks) in life :: getting stuck in a rut; getting out-hustled by a competitor; getting denied by someone we’ve pursued. In order to win, we must always stay focused, hungry and in passionate pursuit of our dreams and convictions. “Only the strong survive” is a motto that resonates because it’s true. Those who have the will and drive to climb will do so. Those who concede will not.

I hope everyone reading this continues to pursue their dreams each and every day. Don’t let the naysayers’ loose gravel cause you to slip. And if it does, pick yourself back up and march on forward. Go for it. Or else you will find yourself back at the bottom. And while the top of the mountain may never truly be a place any of us reach – as we can always do better and always improve – I’d rather be looking down at the beautiful landscape below than looking up at the overwhelming terrain above.

Ep. 11 Recap – Kelli Carson

Beautiful, smart, compassionate, insightful :: just a few of many adjectives that can be used to describe Kelli Carson.  A woman who always knew creating a career for herself would be important, Kelli was able to marry that entrepreneurial drive with her immense passion for helping people.  And these are not just any people.  These are people struck by severe diseases/disabilities such as autism.  People who are “non-verbal” and do not have the ability to care for themselves.

As All Hearts Home Health Care approaches its 13th anniversary, I was honored to have Kelli on the show to discuss her professional path.  It is extremely impressive to see her now employing approximately 100 people who care for anywhere between 50-60 clients throughout various counties in Northern Ohio.  As her reach continues to spread and her company continues to grow, we will undoubtedly see Kelli having an even greater impact throughout our community.  Her pending children’s facility – due to open May of this year – is just one example of likely many more to come.

What I really love about sitting down with my guests is the ability to pick their brains and find out what makes them tick.  Each person has a unique perspective of the world and they all bring their own flare to the game.  While Kelli’s passion remains in health care, she is always on the look out for new business ventures outside of the medical industry.  It is that type of entrepreneurial spirit that keeps the wheels of our economy in motion.  And while the future is unquestionably bright for Kelli, the future for her clients and patients remains even brighter so long as she and her company(ies) are involved.

Ep. 10 Recap – Greg McNeil

Greg McNeil has lived through one of the most horrific events any of us could ever imagine :: the loss of a son/daughter.  Greg’s son, Sam, became addicted to opioids back in 2008 after suffering severe facial injuries in a fight.  When the pain pills were no longer available to him, he turned to the streets and found a less expensive option – heroin.  It was not until 2010 – some two years after his heroin use began – that his parents discovered he had been using.  It was at this very moment that the McNeil’s world would change forever.

The family began the recovery process and did all they could for Sam, sending him to treatment facilities in Akron, Ohio and then years later in Boca Raton, Florida.  While the process is riddled with ups-and-downs – and the likely potential for relapses throughout – the family stayed strong and offered as much support to Sam as they possibly could.  By early 2015, things were slowly looking up as Sam continued to create a life for himself in Florida.  He was working in aerospace sales and had met the love of his life, a woman with whom he’d move in with in the coming months.

Fast forward to October of that same year when life, for the McNeil’s, would take an abrupt turn for the ultimate worst.  It was early October when Sam had found out his girlfriend was pregnant.  He could not have been more ecstatic, calling his parents with the good news.  While the McNeil’s were a little apprehensive at first, they shared in Sam’s joy knowing how happy he was.  Unfortunately, that joy would be short-lived.

On Friday, October 23, 2015, Sam’s battle with heroin – and his life – would come to an end.  It was believed that Sam hooked up with an old friend who provided him the heroin that day.  Sadly enough, the heroin was laced with fentanyl, leaving Sam no hope of surviving.  He was 28 years old.

The McNeil’s story is regrettably not uncommon :: a New York Times study found that approximately 60,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2016.  And evidence seems to suggest that number will come back even larger for 2017 once the final results are in.  To hopefully mitigate that number in future years, Greg McNeil has launched the non-profit organization, Cover2 Resources, in honor of his son.  Cover2 seeks to offer preventative solutions to help reduce the risk of opioid addiction.

I want to extend a warm ‘thank you’ once more to Greg for coming on the podcast and sharing his painful and emotional story with all of us.  We can only hope that Greg’s mission continues to expand so that other families achieve a different outcome than the one faced by the McNeil’s.