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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.

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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 negative ramifications that come with

*mental health and finding happiness

*personal and professional growth and development

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Own the Weekend!

It’s Friday.  A day of great anticipation for the majority of Americans.  It’s a day that we yearn for almost every other day of the week and, now, it is finally here!  So what are you going to do about it?  How are you going to bless it?  How are you going to make it count?  Make it special?  Make it memorable?  Simply put, how are you going to own it?!

Keep these thoughts at the forefront today, tonight and throughout your weekend.  When you start complaining about the weather, the food, the kids, the laundry, the gym crowd, the dinner plans you now wish you never made, the neighbors’ loud dog, the sourpuss at the dry cleaners, the rude customer service representative, and a million other things that you can bitch about… then stop and pause and remind yourself that you have been praying for the weekend to come since last weekend ended.  And with that comes the responsibility to make the weekend positive.  Energetic.  Enjoyable.  Thrilling.  Riveting.  You catch my drift?

Life is about taking ownership of each and every day.  Making good days great, great days epic, and finding the silver linings within the days we consider bad or mundane.  So this weekend – when the rain is pouring, the party is underwhelming, and the beer served is Miller High Life instead of Stella Artois – remind yourself that you’re grateful to be alive; that you’re appreciative of the company; and that you’re going to make the day one to remember so that those who didn’t do the same will be jealous of your ownership.

Honor Life this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is upon us.  It is a day to pay tribute to those who have died in active military service.  It is a day to say ‘thank you’ to the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives in order to allow us Americans to be free.  A right that we as Americans too often take for granted.  A right that but for our heroes’ sacrifice, would only be a dream.  A right for which we must stand.

Take time this weekend to not only honor our fallen friends, but to honor our own lives as well.  Life is fragile.  Each day we awake is a day that we should celebrate.  Another chance to spend time with family and with friends.  Another chance to taste the sugars of life’s subtle rewards.  Another chance to change the world.

Kiss your spouse.  Kiss your kids.  Let the sun fill you with energy that sets your soul on fire.  Go for a run.  Workout.  Play an instrument.  Hit the pool, lake or beach.  Be present.  Be grateful.  Be.

 

Ep. 18 Recap – Will Hardy

Will Hardy is one of Cleveland’s top up-and-coming personal fitness trainers. What inspired me was his dedication to his six-days-a-week training program! This is a man who eats, breathes and sleeps fitness. He makes sure to be at the gym every morning by 5 or 6 AM. Meaning he is finishing his workout as us mere mortals are beginning to get out of bed…  Now that’s dedication!

I look forward to seeing Will’s continued climb within the fitness industry not only here in Cleveland but on a regional and hopefully national level down the road.

 

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. 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. 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. 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.