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Ep. 64 – Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith, UFC light heavyweight title contender :: It Takes the Heart of a Lion to Embrace Adversity

Anthony Smith is currently the #3 ranked light heavyweight in the UFC.  In this episode, hear about his adversity-filled journey to get to where he is today, the people he holds responsible for helping him achieve success, and his outlook on his UFC future as he eyes a title shot in 2019. Connect with Anthony...

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Ep. 63 – Nate Haber :: No-Shave November and the fight against cancer

Join me in the fight against cancer and put down your razors for the month of November!  Each person who donates at least $25.00 to the cause through The Optimal Life podcast No-Shave November page will have a chance to win a $100.00 Giant Eagle gift card.  Winner will be announced the first week of...

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Ep. 62 – Eliot Sloan :: Blessid Union

Eliot Sloan is the lead singer from the band Blessid Union of Souls, whose hit single “I Believe” topped the charts at #1 in 1995.  In this episode, hear from Eliot on how his band exploded onto the scene in the 1990’s and get a peak into some of the intimate stories behind their music....

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Ep. 61 – Ryan Florio, founder of Inca Tea :: Welcome to the Good Life

Ryan Florio is the founder of Inca Tea, a brand formulated through purple corn blends containing powerful antioxidants that Ryan initially discovered in Peru.  Formed in 2014, Inca Tea has grown to over 800 locations worldwide. Connect with Inca Tea on Instagram | Facebook  Contact Ryan via email at ryan@incatea.com Connect with Nate on Instagram...

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Ep. 60 – Carl Sullivan, Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children director of state prosecutions and assistant prosecuting attorney with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office

Carl Sullivan is the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) director of state prosecutions and assistant prosecuting attorney with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. Connect with ICAC on Facebook Connect with Nate on Instagram www.natehaber.com

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Ep. 59 – Nathan Orchard, 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu black belt under Eddie Bravo

Nathan Orchard is a 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu black belt under Master Eddie Bravo.  Having recently married, he moved from Portland to Seattle with his wife and is set to open 10th Planet Seattle on October 1st.  In this episode, he talks about his Jiu Jitsu journey and sheds light into the martial arts way...

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Ep. 58 – Michelle Diaz, fashion, beauty and travel blogger who is headed to Hollywood to pursue her dreams

Michelle Diaz is a fashion, beauty and travel blogger who has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers across her social media platforms.  We cover a wide range of topics in this episode, including love interests, social media pros and cons, the importance of authenticity, how to handle judgment, and following your passions toward living out...

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Ep. 57 – Kerri Kasem, radio and TV host, activist and daughter of the late Casey Kasem whose mission has become to seek elder abuse legal reform throughout the country

Kerri Kasem is a radio and TV host whose mission has become to seek elder abuse legal reform after having experienced her father being abused at the end of his life.  Her father, Casey Kasem, was a famous disc jockey and radio broadcaster who became best known for his ‘American Top 40’ countdown that aired...

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Ep. 56 – Drew Manning, fitness influencer, New York Times bestselling author and founder of the nationally recognized Fit2Fat2Fit experiment

Drew Manning is a fitness influencer and New York Times bestselling author who is best known for his Fit2Fat2Fit experiment.  He’s been featured on shows such as Dr. Oz, Good Morning America and Jay Leno.  His experiment has since become a hit TV show that aired on A&E and Lifetime.  In addition to his fitness...

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Ep. 55 – Freshy Ramone, Cleveland-based rap artist whose debut album, MyFoolishPride (MFP), is now available on all streaming platforms

Freshy Ramone is a Cleveland-based rap artist whose debut album, MyFoolishPride (MFP), is now streaming on all platforms.  In this episode, hear from Freshy on how music was always a part of his life from a young age, the connections he made throughout the years to help him continue to elevate, and how he has...

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Ep. 54 – Nate Haber :: Take Ownership of Your Life

One of the saddest things so many of us do is allow the judgment and belief systems of others to control the way we live our lives.  There is absolutely no way you can live an optimal life with this type of mentality.  Take a listen carefully to this 17 minute solo podcast in which...

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Ep. 53 – Ricky Mendez, implementational speaker and business coach who preaches gratitude and implements ‘winning mindset’ cultures so that individuals can prosper and businesses can achieve explosive growth

Ricky Mendez is an implementational speaker and business coach who implements mindset, prosperity planning and utopic health programs in order to build a culture and foundation that can support explosive sales and results-driven growth.  Ricky drops a lot of knowledge, insight and inspiration regarding what it takes to train our most powerful muscle so that...

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Ep. 52 – Mel Yu, Australia-based keynote speaker spreading suicide awareness after having lost her boyfriend to suicide in 2014

Mel Yu’s life was changed one fateful evening in 2014 when she found her boyfriend, Gus, hanging in their garage.  Gus had committed suicide.  The trauma experienced by Mel from that day forward was often insurmountable.  But slowly – through spiritual healing, time, prayer and community – Mel was able to regain normalcy in her...

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Ep. 51 – Tony Grossi (2), Cleveland Browns reporter and analyst, provides rumblings on Browns preseason football and outlook for the 2018 season

Tony Grossi is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and has been covering the Cleveland Browns for 35 years.  He currently is a Browns analyst for ESPN Cleveland, 850 AM WKNR radio, and Fox Sports Ohio.  He also hosts the 100 Years Podcast available at www.thelandondemand.com. Tony rejoins me for his second...

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Own Your Sh*t

We are all dealt different hands.  Some more favorable than others.  Sounds unfair, right?  Well, it is. But you know what’s crazy?  Like, super mind-blowing?  You ready?… Life’s not fair. Just like it’s not fair when someone holds pocket Aces and you hold pocket Jacks, the same is true about every single aspect in life.  So...

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Ep. 50 – Leah Hester, aspiring philosopher and world traveler who will be attending San Diego State University beginning this fall

Leah Hester is an aspiring philosopher and world traveler who will be attending San Diego State University this fall.  In this episode, we cover a wide array of topics, including what it was like to move from Chicago to Cleveland in 8th grade, the challenges of being the new/pretty girl in town, how to handle...

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I Will Succeed

I will succeed.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I will succeed.  Not for a day.  Not for a week.  Not for a month, year or decade.  But for life.  I will forever be successful until the day I die.  I will accept nothing less. So what exactly is “success?”  Is it having a lot of...

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Ep. 49 – Brian Windhorst, sportswriter, analyst and New York Times bestselling author who covers the NBA for ESPN

Brian Windhorst is a sportswriter and analyst who covers the NBA for ESPN.  A graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary high school in Akron, Ohio, Brian began his career as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer for the Akron Beacon Journal in 2003 and went on to work for the Cleveland Plain Dealer in October 2008.  In 2010,...

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Ep. 48 – Anne S. Frankel, attorney specializing in defending hospitals and insurance companies against liability claims while still juggling her responsibilies as mother and wife

Anne S. Frankel is a Philadelphia-based attorney specializing in defending hospitals, physicians, and long-term care facilities against professional and general liability claims.  In this episode, we focus on her passion for her craft, the challenges she faces as a woman with children in the legal profession, and the “juggle” she endures on a daily basis...

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Transcript from Scott’s Bachelor Weekend ROAST

The following is a general transcript from my roast of Scott during his bachelor party weekend earlier this month. You can see the full 4 minute video at the following Instagram TV link. ### Thanks to Scott, were all thrilled and blessed to be here this weekend. It’s exactly where we all wanted to be…...

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Ep. 47 – Ryan Haber (2), designer and mental health advocate, sits down for a conversation about relationships in the social media era just days before his wedding

In Ryan’s second appearance on the podcast, we focus on relationships and life in this social media era.  We discuss the many challenges that come with and ways to avoid the always present pitfalls.  We hear about Ryan’s journey from meeting his fiance one year ago to now getting married this coming weekend and the...

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Ep. 46 – Troy L. Smith, entertainment and UFC reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com

Troy L. Smith is an entertainment reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer who also covers the UFC.  In this episode, we cover all things UFC, including talk on Cormier and Miocic, Dana White, the future of the sport and organization, and touch on some of the top fighters from each division. Connect with Troy on...

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Ep. 45 – Dr. Carly Day, sports physician at Cleveland Clinic specializing in injury treatment and prevention who is an active voice on gender pay gap in medicine

Dr. Carly Day is a sports physician at Cleveland Clinic specializing in injury treatment and prevention.  She is an active voice on the disparity in gender pay within the medical profession and seeks continued reform within the system.  In addition to practicing, Carly works as the on-field doctor for sports events at Notre Dame College...

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