DB 027: Spartan Race Founder Joe De Sena On The Growth That Comes From Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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TODAY’S GUEST

Eva and Olga are thrilled to welcome Joe De Sena to the Dream Big podcast.  Joe has been a lifelong entrepreneur, from selling fireworks at age eight, to starting a t-shirt business in high school, to building a multimillion-dollar pool business in college, to creating a Wall Street trading firm. His latest venture and passion is Spartan Race, a brand that he and his team have grown to become the world’s leading obstacle racing company with over 170 events in 25+ countries and 1 million-plus global participants.  He is also the New York Times bestselling author of SPARTAN UP! A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life and SPARTAN FIT! 30 Days. Transform Your Mind. Transform Your Body. Commit to Grit.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • What it means to be an entrepreneur.
  • How he fell in love with entrepreneurship as a young boy.
  • How he has motivated himself when he encountered obstacles in his businesses.
  • What Spartan Race is and what inspired him to found the company.
  • The difference between the Spartan Code and the Spartan Mission.
  • How kids can be Spartans too!
  • How it’s better to choose the hard way instead of the easy way to be more grateful in life.
  • Joe’s biggest accomplishment in life.
  • Joe’s daily rituals.
  • Joes Big Dream!

RESOURCES

In this episode, Joe emphasized the importance of pushing yourself and getting outside of your comfort zone, and how it is in the moments that you grow and improve.  One exercise that involves the whole body and can really push you to your limits is the burpee!  Joe is famous for doing 4000 burpees in a row!  We are challenging you Big Dreamers to see how many burpees you can do in a single session.  And then each day for the rest of the week, see if you can get beat your personal record from the previous day.   We even created this fun artwork which gives you instructions on the correct form.  As always, our Dream Big Podcast downloads can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download.  Click here to claim you free download.

If you participate in this Burpee challenge, please let Olga know by emailing her at Olga@DreamBigPodcast.com. You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card and 1-month free membership in Post Pal Club. Winners are selected monthly and contacted by email (as well as announced on our show!).

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DB 026: Humanitarian Mindie Kniss On Making Your “Impossible” Dreams “Possible”

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We are thrilled to have Mindie Kniss on the podcast sharing her wisdom this week.  Mindie Kniss is a professional coach and speaker with a diverse work experience including being an adventure trip guide and working at a Fortune 100 company. In 2006, Mindie was awarded a Global Health Fellowship in Nairobi, Kenya based on her work with women and children in developing countries. She served as associate nonfiction editor of Silk Road Literary Review and is editor in chief of Awaken Consciousness Magazine.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Mindie’s fascination with Kenya since childhood.
  • Mindie’s experiences visiting and living in Kenya.
  • What obstacles she encountered when she was planning to go to Kenya and what she did to overcome them.
  • Mindie’s advice for people who are afraid to risk doing what they really want to do.
  • What is heart intelligence and what kind of heart meditation people can practice to feel better.
  • Mindie’s best tips for battling the fear of public speaking.
  • What she does when she forgets a part of her talk/speech.
  • Mindie’s most embarrassing moment.

RESOURCES

In this episode, Mindie discussed the benefits of heart meditation and shared an exercise where you close your eyes, visualize your heart, and think about the breath coming in and out through your heart. Mindie explained how focusing on your heart will allow you to let go of the busy thoughts in your head and focus on love and gratitude which comes from the heart. We tried doing the meditation as a family and it really made us feel so wonderful we wanted to encourage all you Big Dreamers to try as well.We created this artwork which we hope will inspire you to take action and give it a try. As always, our Dream Big Podcast downloads can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download. Click here to claim you free download 

If you print out the download and do a heart meditation, please let Olga know by emailing her at Olga@DreamBigPodcast.com. You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card. Winners are selected monthly and contacted by email (as well as announced on our show!).

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Thanks again for all of your amazing support.

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DB 025: Billionaire Entrepreneur Naveen Jain On Leaving A Legacy And Our Multi-Planetary Future

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In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain. He is the founder of several successful companies including Moon Express, BlueDot, Viome, Intelius, Talent Wise and InfoSpace.  

Over his career, Naveen has been awarded countless honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including the Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Silicon India’s “Most Admired Serial Entrepreneur,” and the “Albert Einstein Technology Medal.”   He believes the world’s biggest problems can be solved through technological innovation and is the true embodiment of dreaming big.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How it was like for him growing up in India.
  • The mission of his current endeavor, Moon Express.
  • How he started his meteorite collection.
  • How taking care of our gut can help us prevent 90% of diseases.
  • What his daily routines are and how he thinks that you should have your own routine to be successful.
  • How he inspired and helped his children started their own companies.
  • What it means to be successful.
  • How he motivates himself to be successful.
  • The source of his inspiration.
  • His big dream for the future.

RESOURCES

In this episode, Naveen emphasized the importance of big and bold ideas, and why he builds companies that will make a true impact. Since his latest venture is Moon Express, we thought the great saying “Shoot For The Moon, Even If You Miss You’ll Be Among The Stars” was appropriate for this week’s inspirational artwork.  As always, our Dream Big Podcast downloads can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download. Click here to claim you free download  

If you print out this illustration, tape it somewhere you can see, and commit to “shoot for the moon” by dreaming big bold ideas, please let Olga know by emailing her at Olga@DreamBigPodcast.com.  You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card and 1-month free membership in Post Pal Club.  Winners are selected monthly and contacted by email (as well as announced on our show!).

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If you received value from our podcast, we would greatly appreciate if you could take a minute to leave us a review on iTunes review on iTunes here. This helps us get more exposure for the podcast and in turn allows us to inspire more people to dream big. We read each and every review and are so grateful to our listeners who have taken the time to write us one. For a limited time only, as a way to say thank you for taking the time to leave an honest review, we will mail you 48 free personalized stickers!  Follow the instructions at DreamBigPodcast.com/bonus to get your free stickers!

Thanks again for all of your amazing support.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR, POSTPALCLUB.COM

The sponsor of Dream Big is PostPalClub.com — a monthly membership club that includes 4 personalized postcards, pre-stamped and ready-to-send to friends and family. For a limited time only, we are offering the 1st month of the Post Pal Club for only $1. That’s just 25 cents each for 4 postcards and it already includes the stamps as well!! To take advantage of this offer while it is still available use the code DREAMBIG at checkout.  You can learn more at PostPalClub.com!

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