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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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Ep. 44 – Stuart Cooper, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, MMA film maker, and current BJJ head coach at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket

Stuart Cooper is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and current BJJ head coach at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand.  After beginning his BJJ journey ten years ago, he stumbled upon creating short films and documentaries of BJJ fighters during a time where he was injured and had no choice but to observe from...

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Ep. 29 Recap – Joe Triscaro

Joe Triscaro is the principal of the law firm Triscaro & Associates, a firm specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice and business litigation. Highlights from this episode include: *Joe’s experiences arguing in front of The Supreme Court of Ohio *the highs and lows of litigation *the lengthy trial process and array of claims and filings issued...

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Ep. 28 Recap – Yana Haber

I sat down with my wife, Yana, to discuss a variety of every day life topics, including parenthood, marriage, living your truth, being vulnerable and putting yourself out there, tuning out the negativity from the outside world and hopes and aspirations we seek to achieve in life. Connect with Yana on Instagram Connect with Nate on Instagram

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Ep. 27 Recap – Eric Synenberg

Eric Synenberg is a criminal defense and estate planning attorney, city councilman, and half marathon runner. Highlights from this episode include: *Eric’s path from college to law school to legal counsel at State of Ohio Treasurer’s office and ultimately to now criminal lawyer and city councilman *Becoming a parent and the nerve-wrecking realities of leaving...

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Ep. 26 Recap – Jim Krivanek

Jim Krivanek is a commercial real estate agent at one of the largest brokerages in the nation, Cushman & Wakefield. Highlights from this episode include: *Jim’s experiences as a former nightclub promoter and manager, including the grueling lifestyle and tolls the industry can take *how parenthood changes you in all aspects of life, with a focus...

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Ep. 25 Recap – Tony Grossi

Tony Grossi is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and has been covering the Cleveland Browns for almost 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. Highlights from this episode include:...

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Ep. 24 Recap – Scott Weingold

Scott Weingold is an entrepreneur and partner at the firm, College Planning Network, a company that helps families successfully navigate the college admissions and financial aid planning process so their children can attend the college of their choice − regardless of the cost. Highlights from this episode include: *college admissions and financial aid planning process and...

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Ep. 23 Recap – Ryan Haber

I sat down with my brother, Ryan, to discuss a variety of everyday life topics and issues. Highlights include: *high school basketball versus LeBron *Ryan Haber Collection women’s footwear *how society has changed in terms of college and the unrealistic expectations we put on today’s youth *our personal experiences and challenges *social media and the...

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Ep. 43 – Rachel Kaufman, Atlanta-based criminal defense and trial lawyer specializing in murder cases

Rachel Kaufman is the principal at Rachel Kaufman Law, a criminal defense law firm in Atlanta, Georgia that specializes in representation of people accused of murder.  Through exhaustive investigation, aggressive advocacy and creative lawyering, Rachel ensures that her clients receive the most optimal representation so that the most favorable outcomes are achieved in the often complex, high...

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Ep. 42 – Vinny Vibe, resident DJ at SHRINE Foxwoods who brings party vibe to every venue he plays at

Vinny Vibe is a resident DJ at SHRINE Foxwoods, the club where he launched his career after booking Avicii on a random Tuesday night ten years ago.  Ever since, Vinny has been making a name for himself in the EDM industry, playing at venues from Boston to Cancun.  His high energy sets and party-themed approach...

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Ep. 41 – Will Harris, award winning cinematographer who has catapulted into the MMA scene through his ‘Anatomy of a Fighter’ documentaries

Will Harris is the founder of Will Harris Productions, an award winning cinematography company focusing on documentaries, feature films, short films and weddings.  His popular documentary series, “Anatomy of a Fighter,” has catapulted him onto the MMA scene.  He is responsible for the footage of the infamous Conor McGregor bus attack incident and also recently...

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Ep. 40 – Connie and Neil Waxman, fighting pancreatic cancer and beating the odds :: from given one year to live in January 2014 to being here to share their remarkable, ‘never give up’ story four-and-a-half years later

Connie Waxman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January of 2014.  Her doctors gave her one year to live.  She and her husband, Neil, had other plans.  A story of courage, hope, persistence and never giving up, Connie and Neil have become experts on ways to fight this deadly disease and provide a vast array...

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Ep. 39 – Roy Hall, former OHST Buckeye and NFL wide receiver promoting perseverance and fostering hope for at-risk youth and families in need

Roy Hall is a former NFL wide receiver who attended college at The Ohio State University.  After his NFL career concluded, he founded Driven Foundation to promote perseverance and hope for at-risk youth and families in need.  Through motivational speaking, mentorship programs, events and podcasting, Roy Hall looks to leave behind a legacy of positivity, hope and...

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Ep. 38 – Ollie Gabriel, LA-based soul artist (and Army vet) whose hit motivational single, “Running Man,” continues to climb the charts

Ollie Gabriel is an L.A.-based soul artist whose hit motivational single, “Running Man,” released a couple years ago in Europe and now finds its way to the U.S. as it continues to climb the charts.  Hear about Ollie’s journey from small town Louisiana to the U.S. Army and finally to the bright lights of Los...

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Ep. 37 – Mike Garafolo, reporter at NFL Network

Mike Garafolo is a reporter at NFL Network who covers all things NFL.  A prior reporter for the New York Giants, Mike found himself covering the Super Bowl champion, Philadelphia Eagles, for the vast majority of 2017.  He joined The Optimal Life to discuss his professional endeavors over the previous few years and provided insight...

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Ep. 36 – Mike Reiss, sports journalist covering the New England Patriots for ESPN NFL Nation and ESPN Boston

Mike Reiss is a sports journalist who has covered the New England Patriots since 1997.  Since then, he has climbed the media ranks and has become one of the main media faces for Patriots football.  In 2015, Mike also authored a book with Patriots Hall of Fame receiver, Troy Brown, titled “Patriot Pride: My Life...

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