Steven SchusslerAuthor Steven Schussler is an amazing man.  He is an entrepreneur who has had tremendous success in the development of his Rainforest Cafe’s and other theme based restaurants.  His new book entitled ” It’s a Jungle in There-Inspiring Lessons, and Hard-Won Insights and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring” is a great book for anyone who wants to learn lessons on personal mastery.

During our interview together we discuss what Steven refers to as the five (5) P’s of successful entrepreneurship.  Those P’s are: Personality, Product, Persistence, People and Philanthropy.   Steven emphasizes that if you are going to be an entrepreneur then you have to be willing to take risk, that is just part of being in business for yourself.  He has a wonderful formula, that in his estimation is an important element, it is PASSION + AMBITION=YIELDS SUCCESS.  Steven says that without passion for your product or service you are going to be hard pressed to become successful.  Your belief in what you are doing, and your passion are going to be the elements that assist in your personal success.

Steven is someone who listens to his inner voice or intuition.  He admits that all good entrepreneurs have the ability to listen and act on their intuition.  Many of his good decisions came from listening, then having the faith to act on his intuition.  I know that many of us hear the voice within, but do we act or are we afraid?  As Steven says you can’t be afraid, you have to go for it!

Steven also emphasizes that you need to dream big to become successful.  He mentions that when you do dream big and if you are passionate about what you are doing the outcomes are much more rewarding and fulfilling.  He quotes Norman Vincent Peal “Believe It and You Can Succeed”.  That is so true, if you believe in what you are creating and in yourself you can do almost anything.

If you want to learn from a man who not only believes in his projects, and himself then  you need to listen to this podcast with author Steven Schussler the author of “It’s A Jungle In There“.  For more information about Steven Schussler and his new book please click here to be directed to his website.

Linda JoyThis was my first interview with Linda Joy, who launched Aspire Magazine in 2005. She compiled the book, A JuicyJoyful Life: Inspiration from Women Who Have Found the Sweetness in Everyday Life, to help women everywhere find their inner strength. This book is an anthology of women from all walks of life that tell their personal stories of how they overcame their own pain and trauma to make them stronger today.

Linda Joy had here own personal breakthrough, where she had a talk with God on her fears and angers of how life was for her. This breakthrough was the turning point of her life and was what inspired her to compile this book for women everywhere. During this breakthrough she had an awakening of how to see a better way of life. She found that she had a choice in all aspects of life and that who are you at your core can never be touched, no matter what trials and tribulations you may go through. She believes that if she can overcome what she has gone through in life then women everywhere can do the same. She said ‘When we release the pain and trauma is when we will discover our transformation, tuning into a higher power and wisdom within.” This is the theme over the book that is evident in every story told by these women.”Women have to find something greater then themselves.”

Linda was approached to write her own story but she was not at that point in her life. However, she wanted to use her platform to give other women their voice. A Juicy Joyful Life: Inspiration from Women Who Have Found the Sweetness in Everyday Life is an inspiring book to help women overcome struggles and make them understand their inner strengths.


If you would like to learn more about Linda Joy, her new book, and Aspire Magazine please click here.

Lisa JonesThis is certainly a special story about a very spiritual relationship that transformed our author Lisa Jones life.  In 2002  Lisa was assigned to do a story by Smithsonian magazine about a Northern Arapaho Indian man named Stanford Addison who had a reputation as a gentle horse trainer.  Little did she know at the time that this man had spiritual powers that would grip her at a soul level and transform her life forever.

Stanford Addison had been a quadriplegic for more than 20 years, but his way with the horses and all of the people that he encountered was something special to behold.  He also had the spiritual power to cure people of everything from cancer to bipolar disorder.  Probably more remarkable, he did all of this from an electric wheelchair.

Initially our author Lisa Jones had anticipated staying on the reservation for only four days to write her story for Smithsonian, but ended up staying four years (off and on) and her experience with Stanford truly shifted her life journey.

At the time Lisa was 42 years old and dating a man she deeply loved, but he was at a crossroads in his life and wanted to passionately pursue his spirituality, considering a life as a Buddhist monk.   Lisa was obviously torn and needed assistance dealing with her personal issues.  As fate would have it and as a result of Stanford’s debilitating accident leaving him a quadriplegic, Stanford’s spiritual powers become heightened and his ability to tap into the heart and souls of the people needing a dose of his wisdom and spirit were nothing short of miraculous.

Over the months that led into years, Lisa would come back again and again to seek the wisdom and guidance of Stanford Addison, and thus their personal spiritual relationship blossomed.  This book entitled, “Broken, A Love Story“, is about Lisa’s personal spiritual journey and awakening to the essence of who she was as a woman.

I encourage you to listen to this wonderful interview about a beautiful woman who finds the most important love, and that is self love.  The power to transform not only your relationship with yourself, but with everyone you love and care about as well.  Please visit Lisa website by clicking here, and learn more about Stanford Addison.

mick ukleja headshotI met author and thought leader Mick Ukleja at the Innovation and Humanities Summit that was held on the campus of Chapman University in Orange, CA.  I was certainly fascinated by his topic about “Managing the Millennials” also the title of his new book.

If you have not been following the generational differences, the millennials are the generation born between 1987 and 1996.  The curiosity for Mick’s work began a few  years ago when his consulting firm began to notice the frustration among manager and business leaders with integrating younger workers into their organizations. Activities that in the past had been relatively straightforward–like recruiting, retaining, and rewarding–now seemed more challenging than ever.  60 Minutes, the CBS television journal, even did a report about the millennial phenomena where stories portrayed reactions that ranged from amazement to incredulity to outrage.

Mick’s firm GeNext Consulting decided to so some research with both the managers who were having challenges, and those where were effective in their management of the millennials. They analyzed thousands of statements collected during interviews with both managers and Millennial employees and found a pattern of responses that they referred to as perceived orientations.  As many of us know perceptions are not necessarily reality, but perceptions acted on or unchecked often become reality and contributed to the tension between the managers and the millennials.

It is my perception after having personally worked with many people from this generation that they are one of the brightest generations to have graced our planet.  Their focus is work-life balance, reward, self-expression, attention, achievement, informality, simplicity, multitasking, and meaning.

The bottom line is that if managers want to learn how to ease the conflict and tension, which frequently are based on the biases and perceptions which as mentioned are often not reality, then they would best treat the millennials by including them, engaging their opinion and disarming them by treating them as equals.  Millennials will react much more favorably, and many of the differences will vanish.

As Mick points out there seem to be two camps with respect to perspectives about Millennials. One camp believes that Millennials are victims of ‘trend inflation”, meaning that the media has created how they are perceived and consultants are creating a niche industry as a result.  Millennials are bright, motivated and great to have around.  The other camp see millennials as free agents lacking loyalty or commitment to their organizations.  However you want to view millennials they are here to stay, and it would be best to learn how to work with them in harmony.

Mick’s new book certainly provides the reader with the knowledge and insight into how to best lead and work with the Millennials.  Please go to his website by clicking here to get more information on working with Millennials, and enjoy this great interview with Mick Ukleja.

Gary ZukavI recently had the distinct honor of interviewing Gary Zukav about his new book entitled, “Spiritual Partnership-The Journey to Authentic Power“.   I know that many of my listeners remember Gary Zukav for his previous works entitled, “The Dancing Wu Li Masters” and “The Seat of the Soul”.   This new book dives even deeper into helping us all understand what is like to live beyond our five senses and become what Gary refers to as a multi-sensory being.

In our forty-five minute interview we cover a lot of ground, so I encourage you to listen carefully.  “Spiritual Partnerships” will assist in bringing awareness to what it is like to live in a world of equality, commitment, courage, compassion and conscious communications as is outlined in the Spiritual Partnership Guidelines.  Human Consciousness has and is shifting, we can experience more than our five senses.  We will be able to sense ourselves as personalities and souls at the same time, and know things we couldn’t before–meaning, information, reasons for past events and more.

We all have a choice, we can either choose to ignore the evolutionary process taking place and live as we have in the past. Or we can embrace the incredible opportunity to live our lives in alignment with our souls, and discover what Gary states is our Authentic Power.

When we embrace our authentic power we will create spiritual partnerships,  based upon equals for the purpose of spiritual growth.  These new partnerships will be different from all previous forms of relationship and serve a different purpose. Spiritual Partnerships are vehicles that multisensory individuals use to create authentic power and support one another.  In these new types of relationships we commit to aligning our personalities with our souls with the benefit being a life that our heart longs to live,  more fulfilled, grateful, patient, fully present, meaningful, creative and living.

This wonderful new book is certainly going to bring awareness to the shifts in consciousness in our world.  The greater our awareness and willingness to embrace our own shift, and become a more conscious loving, caring, compassionate human being, the closer we will be to transforming our world into a place of cooperation vs competition.

We can live in harmony, peace and abundance with living beings—what a wonderful place this world will be when we awaken to our own authentic power and use this energy to create lasting and meaningful spiritual partnerships.  I encourage all of my listeners to read and fully understand what is happening in the evolution of our species.  It is truly a beautiful thing, and you are part of it!

If you would like more information about Gary’s new book, ” Spiritual Partnerships-The Journey to Authentic Power” please click here to be directed to his website.  There you will find videos, and down loadable information about the Spiritual Partnership Guidelines.   Pleaseclick here to be directed to information on his upcoming workshop at Mt. Hood, Ore.

Kaushal ArasI had the wonderful pleasure of  meeting author Kaushal Aras while attending the recent Hay House “I Can Do It” Conference in San Diego.  I am particularity passionate about Kaushal’s new book and e-book, because Kaushal wants to help bring about world peace.

We know this is a lofty aspiration but I love the approach that Kaushal has articulated in his new book entitled, “The Seven Symphonies of Extraordinary Love-A Blueprint for World Peace“.  Kaushal states that the objective of this book, world peace, is indeed a bold initiative.  But he strongly believes that when ordinary people do extraordinary things, anything is possible.

His goal is to demonstrate how conscious living can inspire love and tolerance.  It is through our practical choice of love and tolerance that we contribute our unique gifts to the world.  The Seven Symphonies of Extraordinary Love are the practical expression of the divinity within each of us.  When we become fully self-realized, connected with our divine, authentic self, Extraordinary Love is the natural expression. The natural state of such an authentic, self-realized being is pure bliss.

As Kaushal states, there are barriers to love, and asks the question “what gets in the way of unleashing our natural state of love?”   He believes that the ego prevents us from surrendering fully to the path of love. Ego or identity is a structure within our psyche. Ego is a poor reflection of our true self because it’s prime objective is to assess, judge, and form opinions.  We convince ourselves that the ego is an essential part of us, that the ego allows us to operate as intelligent beings.  The ego holds that we are superior over others so we can deal with the external world.

If you want to learn more about “The Seven Symphonies of Extraordinary Love” then I would recommend that you visit Kaushal’s website.  It is loaded with more information, and you can download his book for free.  To access his website just click here.

Tracey Jones

I was recently introduced to Tracey Jones the daughter of Charlie “Tremendous” Jones.  Charlie recently passed away, and Tracey has taken over the publishing business which is now called Tremendous Life Books.  It was a pleasure doing this podcast with Tracey and learning what it was like to be the daughter of such an icon in the speaking and motivation business.

If you have never read a Charlie “Tremendous” Jones book, I can highly recommend one of his greats, ” Life is Tremendous”.   In my interview with Tracey we speak about the simple yet valuable lessons that Charlie was always teaching as he would speak and meet with his audiences.  His passion for life was contagious, and he always had a way of helping one see life from a positive and different perspective.  As Charlie says in the front of his book ” Life is Tremendous! It really is.  You can be happy, involved, relevant, productive, healthy and secure in the midst of this high pressure, commercialized, automated, pill-prone society.  It’s not easy nor automatic, but it’s possible through the development of certain personal qualities which make up the traits of leadership.  And you can be a leader, because leaders are made, not born.

Tracy and I speak about the Seven Laws of Leadership that Charlie so passionately spoke about for so many years. The Seven Saws of Leadership are: 1) Learning to get Excited About Your Work 2) Use or Lose 3) Production or Perfection 4) Give or Get 5) Exposure or Experience 6) Flexible Planning 7) Motivated to Motivating.

Please enjoy my interview with Tracey as we explore her father’s work, and how the passion for what he started has transferred a generation to Tracey as she carries on the Jones legacy through Tremendous Life Books.

If you would like to learn more about the book titles that Tremendous Life Books has published please click here to access the Tremendous Life Book website.  I know you will enjoy this interview with Tracey Jones.

Arjuna ArdaghArjuna Ardagh is the author of this new book entitled, “Leap Before You Look“.  He is probably best known for his personal opus work entitled, “The Translucent Revolution“.

In his new book Arjuna provides the reader with insight and practices that help you get out of your mind and into the moment.

Arjuna writes that when we are willing to exchange our life of preoccupation with  “me” and “my needs” for a life given in the service of love itself, of that presence itself, we are faced with an interesting paradox.

On the one side of the paradox, we recognize that everything is perfect just as it is. When the chatter of the mind recedes just a little bit, when the smells, colors, and textures of the world become more immediately felt, we recognize the grace of running through it all. Even in conflict, or in the midst of what we call suffering, if we are really in touch with the pulse of life itself, we can feel the beauty of it all.

On the other side of the paradox, we realize that everything is continuously evolving.  Our human condition, as it is now, is flawed with unconscious habits, addictions, and compulsions. In seeing the gap between who we are today and who we could be, seeing the trickle of gifting that’s coming through us relative to the latent torrent that we intuit, we bow to humility.

In Arjuna’s new book the author guides the reader through practices that open up your consciousness and create an awareness of how we can really be in the world.

Our interview together is enlightening, and Arjuna actually takes me through a practice that created a breakthrough in my own life.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to slow down, create greater awareness and become awakened to the gifts that life provides us in each and every moment.

If you would like to learn more about Arjuna Ardagh and the Awakening Coaching Training please click here for more information. His website is loaded with resources for the inquisitive mind.

Albert Bernstein Ph.DHave you ever thought that you work in an insane asylum?  I know that sometimes it can seem this way.

Albert Bernstein is the  author of the new book entitled, ” Am I The Only Sane One Working Here?”

His book has great advice for surviving the crazy work-a-day world.  His new book is one of the most comprehensive guides for solving all of the problems that you may encounter at work.

Am I The Only Sane One Working Here?”  provides you with 101 solutions for surviving office insanity.  Albert points out that people who say what they mean and mean what they say are almost as rare as a spotted owl.  Business is supposed to be rational and professional.  The unfortunate truth is, most companies are totally dysfunctional.  On top of that, crazy people are getting in the way –in your way, in their way, in the way of getting the job done.  You’ll be able to cut through the craziness, protect yourself, develop secret techniques, and maybe get yourself promoted in the process.

If  you feel that you are swimming against a strong current of crazy co-workers,  you can still manage it by changing your reactions, not their actions.

Albert Bernstein’s guidance will help you go from puzzled to powerful just by changing your attitude and your understanding of office madness. You will learn:

  • Why doing a good job and succeeding are not necessarily the same thing
  • How to figure out the critical unwritten rules that no one will ever tell you
  • How to get people who never listen to listen to you
  • How to protect yourself from the lies by learning how to think like a liar
  • How to get immature and recalcitrant coworkers off their lazy butts

You will learn this and so much more in my interview with Albert Bernstein Ph.D,  an expert in conflict resolution.

I encourage you to listen to my interview and visit Albert Bernstein’s website by clicking here for more information about his book.  Enjoy this great interview with a very knowledgeable professional.