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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.

Ep. 15 – Dr. Adam Hedaya, pain management specialist

Dr. Adam Hedaya is a medical doctor who specializes in pain management.  He is the founder of Cleveland Pain Care, a practice that provides treatment and services to people who experience chronic pain.

In this episode, we talk about the various pain treatment services that Adam’s practice provides.  We dive into a discussion on opioid addiction and the alternative solutions that Adam offers his patients.  We also rap about stem cell therapy, parenthood, exercise and various random everyday life topics.  We end with a discussion about the importance of self, internal happiness and hear about Cleveland Pain Care’s continued growth trajectory.

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.

 

Ep. 14 – Nate’s Weekend Wrap

Nate sits down to recap and reflect on the last two episodes with Justin Nyce (Ep. 12) and Andy Simms (Ep. 13).

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Ep. 13 – Andy Simms, NFL sports agent

Andy Simms is an NFL sports agent who heads up the football division at Lil Wayne’s Young Money APAA Sports.  After founding PlayersRep Sports Management in 1997 – and growing his firm into one of the premier NFL agencies in the industry – he sold PlayersRep to Young Money APAA in 2017.

In this episode, Andy and I discuss the cutthroat, competitive nature of the sports agent industry.  We talk about what it takes to succeed in the business and why so many agents fizzle out.  We take a walk down memory lane and provide insight into our many crazy, fun and compelling recruiting stories from the road.  We end with Andy’s continued plans for growth and what he expects from himself and his firm in the coming years.

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Ep. 12 – Justin Nyce, nightclub DJ

Justin Nyce is one of the resident DJ’s at FWD Day + Nightclub and Magnolia Cleveland.  His energy, creativity and strong background in percussion are the recipe behind his diverse multi-genre sets.

In this episode, we hear about Justin’s path from disengaged college student to committed nightclub DJ.  We hear about how Justin pursued his dreams in the electronic dance music/DJ world, working small bars from the time he was a teenager to now the largest nightclubs Cleveland has to offer.  We hear about the constant grind that the most successful DJ’s endure and how treating this as a business (and not pleasure) above everything else is critical to success.  We hear about Justin’s strong affiliation with FWD Hospitality Group and how they have continued to grow together as one tight-knit family.  We end with a discussion about Justin’s future plans and his outlook on the entire dance music industry.

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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. 11 – Kelli Carson, home health care owner and entrepreneur

Kelli Carson is the founder of All Hearts Home Health Care, a home health care service provider to people with mental and physical disabilities.

In this episode, we hear about how Kelli’s entrepreneurial journey began at the ripe age of ten.  We hear about her path from sales to real estate, and how she knew she needed more emotional fulfillment from her career.  We hear about how she ultimately found that fulfillment by combining her passion for helping people with her passion for growing a business.  We get insight into the emotional tolls that the home health care industry can take on the providers and hear about some of the challenges these remarkable people face every day.  We end with a discussion on Kelli’s plans for the future, her love for her clients and employees, and other business ventures that are of interest to her.

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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.

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