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Constantly striving to better myself physically, spiritually and emotionally, I have dedicated this blog to helping people achieve things they may have thought unimaginable. We are given only one life to live, so why not optimize yourself and make it epic? You can always grow. You can always improve. And, in the end, you can do anything that you set your mind to.

Lessons Learned from Jacob Copeland’s National Signing Day Moment

Note to parents :: Build your kids up.  Don’t break them down.  Stand by their side, support their decisions.  If their decisions are not causing harm to anyone else or to themselves, then embrace them.  Sure, you may not agree with everything, but in pivotal moments such as the one shown in the video below, it is your dutyand not your option – to show solidarity and support.  Your kids need you.  They need to feel like you’ve got their back.  Don’t dim their light, especially when that light is supposed to be shining bright as it should have for Jacob Copeland this past week.

Ep. 9 Recap – Casey Wandell

I was completely blown away by my intimate and emotional conversation with Casey Wandell.  This is a man who, just ten years ago, was on the verge of self-destruction as he tried to take his own life.  His demise centered around a broken marriage in which his wife was in a full-blown, emotional affair with another man.  A downward spiral chain of events lead Casey to the dirty carpeting of a Motel 6 room floor in which he awoke to find himself still living after a night of pills, whiskey and beer.  It was at this lowest moment of his life that he waved the white flag; calling his mom and pleading for help.

It would still take several more years until Casey’s true awakening would begin, having finally found the light he needed in Title Boxing Club — a place that would save his life and alter his course forever.  After being kicked out of his sister’s apartment after a year of heavy booze and more bad decisions, Casey found a place in the Columbus, Ohio area.  The apartment happened to be situated next to a fitness center called Title Boxing Club… and the rest is history.  Fast forward eight years and countless days/nights of therapy, self-reflection and healing :: and now Casey is one of the top franchisees in the entire country, owning and operating six locations from Cleveland to Columbus!

Casey’s comeback toward rebuilding himself emotionally, mentally and physically is a powerful reminder that, no matter how dark life gets at times, there is always a path for hope, happiness and inner peace.

The stormy clouds do not last forever so long as you make the effort to change; so long as you do not let the circumstances of your situation define your life’s path for eternity.

We can either allow other people and events outside of our control to dictate our life, or we can take control so that our own actions dictate our life instead.  I, like Casey, choose the latter.

Ep. 10 – Greg McNeil, fighting opioid addiction through charity and education

Greg McNeil founded the 501(c)(3), Cover2 Resources, after losing his son to the heroin/opioid epidemic in 2015.  His organization’s mission is to help opioid users and their loved ones find help, and to mitigate one’s chances for becoming addicted to opioids through access to premier resources, service providers and preventative educational programs.

In this episode, we hear about the path from opioid addiction to heroin addiction and the emotional toll it takes on a user’s loved ones.  We hear about how “signs and symptoms” of drug abuse are often hard to discover, and how opioids and heroin take hostage of the human brain.  We hear about ways in which families desperately seek recovery options for their loved ones and how a relapse is most often part of the recovery process.  We end with a discussion on ways in which Greg and his foundation are providing resources to users and to their families in hopes of them achieving a different outcome than the one faced by the McNeil’s.

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Ep. 9 – Casey Wandell, motivational speaker and Title Boxing Club franchisee

Casey Wandell is an owner/franchisee of Title Boxing Club, a franchise that not only changed his life, but saved his life.  He currently owns and operates six locations from Cleveland to Columbus.

In this powerful, riveting and emotional episode, we hear about Casey’s path from a college graduate with a bright future to a broken man on the verge of self-destruction.  We hear about the brutal realities that many people face in failed marriages and the emotional repercussions that come with.  We hear about how alienation of family and friends is a product of internal misery and demise.  We hear about the negative consequences of alcohol, especially when being used to mask one’s pain on a daily basis.  And we hear about the ways in which one still “finds” themselves; still finds a way to come out of the dark and face the light so that inner peace, happiness, love and hope can be achieved.  For Casey, that light was a placed called Title Boxing Club, a place that would save his life and alter his course forever.

Email Casey: casey.wandell@titleboxingclub.com

Follow Casey on Instagram: @caseywandell

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Ep. 8 Recap – Bobby Rutter

Bobby Rutter is one of the few people responsible for bringing back some amazing day and nightlife entertainment options to Northeast Ohio.  A full-time insurance attorney by day, he has been able to leverage his success in the legal world and translate that into chasing his ultimate dreams of becoming a nightlife/nightclub owner and entrepreneur.

I was fascinated by our hour-long conversation, one that provided many lessons on business and on life.  One of the greatest takeaways was that true entrepreneurs can foresee the future and have that gut instinct on when something feels right.  Bobby and his partners knew :: FWD Day + Nightclub not only could be, but would be, a success in Cleveland.  While the majority of people told Bobby he was crazy to think a full outdoor club would be sustainable in Cleveland – a city that gets about three to four months of “pool weather” per year – he and his partners/advisors knew otherwise.  Their thoughts were that Cleveland people would come out strong during the summer months since we crave the outdoors and crave the type of scene that is so often left for only the big cities.  And boy were they right!  FWD is killing the Cleveland game and is perfectly complemented by its sister club, Magnolia Cleveland, some 100 yards down the street.  While FWD is the wild, high energy, large outdoor electronic dance music mecca (think Las Vegas), Magnolia is the small, quaint, artsy underground vibe (think New York City).  While both offer completely different social experiences, they both offer the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s best music, vibes and scenes.

I look forward to seeing what Bobby and Co. do next.  It sounds like this just may be the beginning of their climb in the entertainment and nightlife industry.  Stay tuned.

Ep. 8 – Bobby Rutter, nightlife entrepreneur and attorney

Bobby Rutter is a nightlife entrepreneur who owns FWD Day + Nightclub and Magnolia Cleveland.  He also practices as a full-time insurance attorney at the law firm, Rutter & Russin.

In this episode, we hear about Bobby’s path from practicing lawyer to nightlife entrepreneur.  We hear about how hospitality has always been a major part of his life and how he was able to employ his unique management style to successfully create some of Cleveland’s premier clubs.  We talk about how he has been able to attract celebrities and well-known DJ’s to perform at his venues, and end with his plans for future growth within the industry.

FWD Day + Nightclub | Magnolia Cleveland

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Ep. 7 Recap – Ryan Young

Real estate is by far one of the most exciting and opportunistic industries there is, especially for young people looking for more of a high risk-high reward career.  Ryan Young, principal of Young Team Realtors, proves that hard work, dedication and a persistent commitment toward positivity can yield some astounding results.  Five years ago, he founded his team within the Keller Williams brokerage.  It consisted of him, his parents, and an entry level assistant fresh out of college.  Five years later, it consists of 21 employees who were responsible for closing 260 Northeast Ohio residential real estate transactions in 2017!

Ryan’s passion for real estate can be easily felt during our hour-long conversation.  Listening to him dictate the course of his career, you can see why he has been able to rise to the top of this industry very quickly.  Key characteristics of successful agents are not necessarily test scores or educational background, but instead the ability to connect with people, form real/lasting relationships, and the motivation to provide unparalleled service regardless of the transaction size.  It seems like Ryan’s recipe for grooming his employees is one that should be provided on every menu across America.

I look forward to continuing to watch Ryan’s growth, both professionally and personally.  I believe that as he continues to focus his efforts on a macro level (i.e. building teams, creating far-reaching systems, etc.), he will also find more of the balance in his life that he says he has struggled with for quite some time.  Hell, it ain’t easy growing a business and still find time for your significant other, family, friends, exercise and nutrition.  That’s why Ryan will undoubtedly make time, instead.

Ep. 7 – Ryan Young, residential real estate agent and principal

Ryan Young is the principal of Young Team Realtors, a residential real estate agency/team within the Keller Williams family.  In the past five years, the Young Team has grown from just four employees to over 20 due to their ‘positive and persistent’ approach in handling both large and small transactions for their clients.

In this episode, we talk about Ryan’s path from culinary school to residential real estate.  We dig into the characteristics required to be successful in this industry and the reasons for Ryan’s meteoric rise within.  We hear some personal agent-client stories, some of which include the tough situations agents often find themselves in when dealing with unrealistic clients.  We end with Ryan’s growth plans for his company’s future and the ways in which he has shifted his focus from a micro to a macro level. 

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www.youngteamrealtors.com

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Ep. 6 Recap – Greg Gentile

Need a DUI attorney or know someone who does?  Then look no further than one of Ohio’s brightest and aggressive attorneys, Greg Gentile.  Greg specializes in OVI and drug-related criminal defense matters.  He has been working with clients in this arena for over 12 years and continues to make a name for himself in Northeast Ohio.

I am fascinated by Greg’s professional experiences and found our conversation to be insightful and informative.  There are many scenarios one may be faced with when being pulled over, especially after having consumed alcohol.  How you handle yourself in those situations may be the difference between a severe punishment or a mere slap-on-the-wrist.  What I learned from Greg is that each situation is different and that you must use your best judgment to not incriminate yourself under the circumstances.  If in doubt, always remember that the only thing you need to provide is your name/identity and also must remove yourself from your vehicle if the officer demands that you do.  Everything else from there on out allows you to practice your fifth amendment right and simply remain silent to avoid self-incrimination.

For more on Greg and his practice, visit www.gregorygentile.com.

Ep. 5 Recap – Larry Grant

Was really great getting a chance to reconnect with my former client, LG.  LG was a big part of my transition into the NFL agent business and I will forever be grateful that he gave me a chance to represent him as he clearly had many options to choose from.  It was a thrill watching him get drafted by his hometown team in San Francisco and an even bigger thrill to watch him play on Sundays.

Listening to Larry, you can see how much time and dedication is required by these players in order to have any sort of chance at making it in the League.  “Cutthroat” is exactly what the League embodies, and “NFL” often stands for “Not For Long” in many sports circles (the average NFL career last three years or less).

LG beat the odds and played for six seasons.  He showed that hard work and persistence, coupled with doing the dirty work that many players shy away from – i.e. special teams – is what allowed him to stick around and even gain a starting role for several games as a veteran.  It is often not the type of natural talent that you have when you are at the top of any major team, business or organization, but instead the mentality, mindset and attitude that you bring to your craft.

Hard work and a “can do” attitude trumps talent every day of the week… including Sundays.

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