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The Expansion Project with Fat Tony

Welcome to the Expansion Project Podcast, thank you for stopping by. In this show I have casual yet deep conversations with professional athletes, entrepreneurs, coaches, investors, and other successful people in hopes of expanding my mind and yours while motivating and inspiring people along the way. Topics include: Business, BMX, CrossFit, Investing, Real Estate, Lifestyle Design, Traveling, Nutrition, and more... -Fat Tony
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Oct 19, 2017

This episode is little different than most… Every once in a while I get emails, DMs, or Facebook messages from people that want advice or to talk to me about my experience in a certain area. I always do my best to respond to them and be as helpful as possible. And every once in a while I feel like there are enough other people out there with similar questions that it would be worth sharing the conversation so other people can benefit from it. This is one of those instances…

Recently a friend named Avery Stumm reached out to me regarding getting started in real estate photography. I started shooting real estate photography in 2014 after I began to make the transition away from the BMX industry, so I have a lot of experience in the area, and I have a lot of other experiences that play off real estate photography to give me a pretty well-rounded perspective.

My Real Estate Photography:
http://www.adamtaylorphotos.com
http://www.instagram.com/adamtaylorphotos

 

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Oct 17, 2017

My guest today is a woman named Barrett Perlman who is a former professional wake boarder turned TV producer and film maker. She’s currently working on a full-length documentary called Life After X where action sports stars such as skateboarding’s Tony Hawk, motocross’ Travis Pastrana, and BMX’s Chad Kagy open up about what it’s like to make the transition from superstars in their sport to a relatively ordinary person who is no longer in the limelight.

During our conversation I opened up about what it was like for me to make the transition out of action sports, and Barrett talks about her personal journey from champion wakeboarder to filmmaker, which on the surface sounds pretty straightforward, but there’s actually a lot of emotion involved with making a huge life shift like that.

We also discussed some of what she has been through both physically and emotionally while making the documentary—and I’ll tell you right now, she definitely had some rough moments.

We end the interview with our Quick Hits section where Barrett tells about the most influential people in her life and the newest gadget that has most enhanced her day to day activities.


LINKS:
Website - https://www.barrettperlman.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/barrettperlman/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/barrettkicksass
Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/barrettperlman/

Life After X
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lifeafterx/

 

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Oct 13, 2017

Welcome to the first episode of season two of The Expansion Project! Thank you all so much for tuning back in and re-joining me for this ride! On this podcast I have casual, yet deep conversations with professional athletes, entrepreneurs, lifestyle designers, authors, investors, and other people that I find fascinating. The hope is that through these conversations I will expand my mind, and yours, while motivating and inspiring people along the way.

Season two is starting with a bang! In this first episode I interviewed Stephen Murray. Stephen was born in Newcastle, England, and moved to the U.S. to follow his dream of becoming a professional BMX rider. Stephen eventually made his dream a reality and won two X Games gold medals for dirt jumping. At one point he was on top of the world and living an incredible life as a BMX superstar.

However, on June 22, 2007, Stephen crashed trying a double backflip at a competition in Baltimore, Maryland. The fall was so severe it caused him to flat-line twice and left him paralyzed from the shoulders down, ending his career as a professional BMX rider. This was the first time in the history of the sport that a top competitor had a life changing and career ending crash like that, and it really shook up the BMX community, but at the same time brought them closer together.

Stephen has had some rough times over the past decade adjusting to his new life, but has always remained positive and has learned, among many other things, how to be patient.

Now Stephen is living back in England where he is closer to his family and raising his two sons.

This interview flew by… We were only able to scratch the surface of what I wanted to talk about, but we started with his current health and rehabilitation process and talked about where he’s been and where he’s at mentally with his injury. Then we moved on to talking about the BMX company he owns, Stay Strong, which of course is a message that grew out of his accident that everyone can relate to. And we wrapped up by talking about his newly published autobiography.

Stephen’s story is so much deeper than I was able to get during this interview, so after listening to this, make sure to get a copy of his book—I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Now, welcome back to The Expansion Project… Here is the Stephen Murray interview. Please enjoy.


LINKS:
Stay Strong - http://www.stysrg.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/staystrongbmx/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/staystrongbmx
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/stephen.murray.378
Staying Strong - Stephen Murray Autobiography
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation - https://www.christopherreeve.org/

 

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Oct 13, 2017

After taking a two year hiatus, The Expansion Project is finally back and ready to deliver some great new interviews!

Why did the podcast disappear for two years? How did Fat’s life change in that time? Where is the podcast heading? Find out as Fat tells all in this intro episode…


LINKS:
Lindsay Matush
Fat’s Viral Video Resume
Arto Brick

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Oct 13, 2015

My guest today is Joshua Solorio, founder of the RX Action Agency, which is an athlete management company that represents CrossFit Games and other functional fitness athletes like Kenny Leverich, Jon Pera, and former NFL player James Townsend.

Josh has owned a hand of different companies and businesses over the years in several different industries, but what I really wanted to dig into the most was his talent agency.

After listening to his episode I think you guys will have a much better understanding of some of the inner workings of the business of being a professional athlete in the function fitness community.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

RX Action Agency

Joshua Solorio on Instagram

Joshua Solorio on Facebook

 

 

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Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Oct 6, 2015

Our guest today is Chad Wesley Smith, the founder of the world-famous Juggernaut Training System.

In addition to being the extremely successful coach and business owner behind Juggernaut, Chad is an incredible athlete and ridiculously strong human. Chad has the 10th highest powerlifting total of all time in any weight class. He earned this by squatting 959lbs, bench pressing 551lbs, and deadlifting 804lbs. Chad is also a two-time national champion in shot put, and has earned pro status as a Strongman competitor.

On this episode we asked Chad about the origins and early days of his business and how taking things online really helped him reach more people—and in turn reach higher profits, creating an extremely positive cycle that keeps on giving.

We also discussed some of Chad’s marketing strategies and the path he had to take to get his company to the status it is at today.

At just 29 years old Chad has done a lot, and you’ll learn in this interview that he’s just getting started.

Resource Links & Show Notes:

Juggernaut Training System

Juggernaut on Instagram

Juggernaut on Twitter

Juggernaut on Facebook

An Open Letter to USA Weightlifting (blog post by Chad)

Greg Connolly on The Expansion Project

Dancing pull up girl from Ellen show

 

 

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Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Sep 29, 2015

Our guest today is Christmass Abbot. Christmas is a social media queen and author of the newly published book, “The Badass Body Diet”. She is also an event announcer and host and an entrepreneur that runs her own seminars and owns a CrossFit affiliate. And of course, she’s a kickass CrossFit and weightlifting athlete.

On this episode Christmas started off by talking about the business of social media and how it helped her career. Christmas gave us a really great analogy, comparing her internal drive to succeed in to a car.

We got to ask Christmas about her book, “The Badass Body Diet” and what the process was like as she wrote and published her first book.

It’s easy to get distracted by Christmas’ killer body and beautiful face, but underneath all that is an incredibly sweet girl with an amazing entrepreneurial mindset that we can all learn a lot from.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

Christmas Abbott on Instagram

Christmas Abbott on Twitter

Christmas Abbott on Facebook

The Badass Body Diet (book by Christmas Abbott)

The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All (book by Julie Clow)

 

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please tell a friend about it or share it on your social networks!

Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Sep 22, 2015

My guest today is Luke Swab, a BMX rider from Michigan that I randomly met at a skatepark a few years ago. Luke has a vey fascinating story. He works five weeks out of the year as a fisherman in Alaska and then spends the rest of the year traveling the world on crazy adventures like driving a motorcycle from the southern most tip of Africa to the northern most point of Europe. He also invests in Real Estate to help secure his current lifestyle and prepare for his future.

During our impromptu conversation Luke told me about his journey as an Alaskan fisherman, starting as a hired hand making only $100 to owning his own boat and earning $100,000.

He also told me about his current real estate investing strategies and explained how he designed a life that has allowed him to take dozens of wild international vacations.

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Luke Swab on Instagram

- LukeAndNick.com (Blog from the trip from South Africa to Northern Europe)

- Alaska: Battle on the Bay (Animal Planet TV Show)

Other Podcasts that Luke Listens To:
- Planet Money
- Bigger Pockets
- Freakanomics
- Star Talk

Sep 15, 2015

The guest for this week is Ed Bauer who is widely considered to be the poster boy for vegan CrossFit.

Ed is has been vegan and straightedge for the majority of his life and is the owner of PlantFit Strength and Conditioning in Oakland, California. Ed is also a champion bodybuilder, Crossfit coach, fitness model, powerlifter, certified fitness nutrition coach, and in his words he is constantly showing that strength through compassion makes a better world for all.

In this conversation we tackled the basics about Ed’s background with veganism, his straightedge lifestyle, and interest in fitness, and of course he answered the question about where he gets his protein.

I had the chance to ask Ed about running his business, specific ways he markets himself and his company, and how he keeps a healthy balance in his busy life.

I also uncovered the reason why Ed is purposely trying to get as fat as possible right now.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Ed Bauer on Instagram

- Ed Bauer on Twitter

- Ed Bauer on Facebook

- PlantFit Strength and Conditioning (Ed’s Gym)

- Plant Built Team

- Beyond Meat

- VeganProteins.com

- Ed Bauer on Strongest Hearts, ep. 12
(Strongest Hearts is a video series by Matt Ruscigno, who I interviewed on episode 21 of The Expansion Project.)

- Barbell Shrugged / Barbell Business Podcasts

- Fit Quick (Vegan Protein Waffles)

- Rise and Resist Podcast

 

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Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Sep 8, 2015

This week’s guest is Scott Mcgee, the co-host of one of my favorite podcasts, the Wodcast Podcast. In addition to being on the show, Scott is an avid CrossFitter, a police officer and member of the SWAT team, and a very dedicated husband and father.

I was a big fan of Scott before I talked to him, and after this conversation I’m an even bigger fan. He has such an incredible heart, and a great perspective on life, family, and relationships.

I talked to Scott about his background in sports and fitness as well as his career in law enforcement, and I got to hear a lot about what goes on behind the scenes at Wodcast Podcast. Scott also opened up about the recent struggles his family faced with the health complications of his newborn son and how he found the resilience to push on through the difficult time.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Scott Mcgee on Instagram

- Scott Mcgee on Twitter

- Scott Mcgee on Facebook

- Wodcast Podcast

- Pat Croche (author)

- Sisu (Finnish Word)

- Unbeatable Mind (Book by Mark Devine)

- Mark Devine’s Box Breathing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZzhk9jEkkI

- Ted Talk About Headspace Meditation App
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzR62JJCMBQ

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please tell a friend about it or share it on your social networks!

Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Sep 1, 2015

My guest today is Ben Bergeron, one of the most influential and successful CrossFit coaches in the industry. Ben has taken athletes to the top of the podium of the CrossFit Games and has one of the most sought after online training programs in the community. He is also the owner of CrossFit New England, and a driving force behind several companies in the functional fitness industry including Kill Cliff, No Bull, and Fuel for Fire.

During our conversation Ben had me hanging on every word… He’s super well spoken and has an incredible amount of knowledge to share.

I asked him all about the different businesses he’s involved in, how he manages his time, and balances his life with so much going on all the time.

We also discussed the economics behind being an elite level coach for some of the best CrossFit athletes in the sport.

Ben even shared his thoughts on some of the common mistakes gym owners and coaches make when it comes to their business and brand.

I kind of feel like I say this all the time, but I really do think this is one of the best interviews I’ve ever done on the podcast!

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Ben on Instagram

- Ben on Twitter

- Ben on Facebook

- Competitor’s Training

- Business of Excellence

- Fuel For Fire

- No Bull Shoes

- The Box HQ

- CrossFit New England

- CrossFit Tilt

- East Coast Championships (CrossFit Competition)

- How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life
(Book by Dr. Bob Rotella)

- The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive
(Book by Jim Afremow)

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please tell a friend about it or share it on your social networks!

Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Aug 25, 2015

My guest today is one of the most influential BMX riders of all time and entrepreneur extraordinaire Chad DeGroot. He is one of those people who has had so much going on for so long that picking and choosing what to cover in a one hour interview was super difficult.

On the entrepreneurial side, he’s owned two different skateparks that had a huge impact on the BMX scene in Florida. He’s put on numerous events and competitions, and currently owns a BMX company and bike shop.

On top of all that, he is a husband and father of two kids. The list goes on and on. If you’re a fan of BMX, you definitely do not want to miss this episode, and if you’re not into BMX, I think you’ll still get plenty out of it, so check it out!

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Chad DeGroot on Instagram

- Chad DeGroot on Facebook

- Deco BMX

- Mr. B’s Bikes & Boards

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please tell a friend about it or share it on your social networks!

Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Aug 18, 2015

My guest today is Noah Ohlsen, a professional CrossFit athlete who finished 8th at the CrossFit Games in 2014 and 2015. He is also on the Los Angeles Reign National Pro Grid League team.

Noah was also recently on a team that won the “World Champion” title and $100,000 in a fitness competition called F45 Playoffs, which we discuss early on in the show.

On this episode Noah will talk about his recent CrossFit Games experience and get him to give us a play by play of the foot race seen around the world between him and Chad Mackay in the first event of the CrossFit Games.

I also asked him about his mental game and coaching.

We also discussed his recent move from Miami to Southern California.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Noah on Instagram

- Noah on Twitter

- Noah on Facebook

- Fitmoo

- Max on Instagram (Noah’s Dog)

- TED Talk about Oxytocin

- The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive
(Book by Jim Afremow)

- Noah Ohlsen vs Chad Mackay Foot Race at the 2015 CrossFit Games

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please tell a friend about it or share it on your social networks!

Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Aug 11, 2015

My guest today is the winner of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games and the newly crowned Fittest Woman on Earth, Katrin Davidsdottir.

I got to talk to Katrin about her recent win at the CrossFit Games and dug into her champion mindset to see what she’s doing that other athletes aren’t.

I also asked her about the business behind being a top level CrossFit athlete to uncover some insight into the industry that rarely gets talked about among people in the functional fitness community.

 

Show Notes & Resource Links:

- Katrin Davidsdottir on Instagram

- Katrin Davidsdottir on Facebook

- Katrin Davidsdottir on Twitter

- Ben Bergeron’s Coaching

- The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive (Book by Jim Afremow)

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please tell a friend about it or share it on your social networks!

Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Aug 4, 2015

My guest today is Jerry Lamigo, founder and CEO of WODshop.com. After working for companies like Adobe and Apple, Jerry left behind the 9-5 world in 2010 to fill a void in an industry that he was passionate about and create a one-stop-shop for all the best functional fitness products.

Jerry and I talked about personal development and shaping your mind for success. I asked him about different seminars and master mind groups that he attends to help keep him on the up and up, and we found out that we have a lot more in common than we originally thought.

I also picked his brain about his online retail business. I asked him about his company’s core values, marketing strategies, and competitors. I even asked Jerry who his biggest CrossFit crush is. By the time this airs Jerry will have gotten married to his long time girlfriend, but I think you will get a laugh out of his answer to the question.

I was really excited to do this interview and get to know Jerry a better, and I’m pumped to share the conversation with you guys.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- WODshop.com

- Jerry Lamigo on LinkedIn

- Jerry Lamigo on Instagram

- Jerry Lamigo on Facebook

- Jerry Lamigo on Twitter

- How Two Books Changed My Life (Podcast Episode and Blog Post)

- Titanium Success Seminars

- The Game (Book, by Neil Strauss)

- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (Book, by T. Harv Eker)

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please tell a friend about it or share it on your social networks!

Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

 
Jul 28, 2015

My guest today is Greg Connolly—founder and CEO of Amara, a raw fruit sports energy drink. Greg is also the founder of NutritionWOD.com and another company called Trifecta that will launch right around the time this episode airs.

Greg is a really fascinating guy with a super interesting story. I have to be honest…he’s actually a little intimidating because he is completely a next level entrepreneur from anything I’m use to. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone drop so many acronyms and so much business jargon in a conversation, and at times it was difficult to keep up with him! I don’t mean this in a pejorative way though…it was completely motivating and inspiring. Greg talks with a ton of energy and passion, which is really contagious.

We started the interview talking about Greg’s background in school and business and Greg told me all about launching and selling a company that helped him live what many would call “the good life”.

Then we talked all about his core business, Amara beverage company. I got to pick his brain about marketing strategies, bigger visions and goals within the company, and how he feels like his brand can help contribute to fixing obesity in America and the global issue of cleaner oceans.

Greg even told the story about how the company almost failed in the beginning under a different name and brand identity.

If you want to be slapped in the face with some legit business talk, then give this one a listen!

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Amara - Raw Fruit Sports Energy Drink

- NutritionWOD.com

- Trifecta (Meal Delivery Service)

- Greg Connolly’s Entrepreneur Posts

- Greg Connolly on LinkedIn

- Greg Connolly on Instagram

- Greg Connolly on Facebook

- Greg Connolly on Twitter

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please tell a friend about it or share it on your social networks!

Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Jul 21, 2015

For this week’s episode I got on Skype with Joshua Dorkin, founder and CEO of BiggerPockets.com, which is an online community for real estate investors. I talked to Josh both about investing in real estate, and about running an online business.

Josh started out as a real estate agent in the Los Angeles area then began investing in real estate himself when he realized that the information he was looking for about how to invest wasn’t out there.

At the time he created BiggerPockets.com as a place to find the information he was seeking out he was a high school teacher, but soon left behind the employee position to run his business full-time.

Bigger Pockets stared in 2004 and now has an extensive forum board for real estate investors, a very informative blog that’s updated on a regular basis, and a podcast under the umbrella as well that is the highest ranked real estate podcast on iTunes. Bigger Pockets gives away a ton of valuable content for free, and you can pay for an upgraded membership to have access to things like a marketplace where you can find and analyze investment opportunities.

Josh currently lives in Denver, Colorado. His site has grown to more than 320,000 active users and the company has gotten so large that he manages a staff of 19 people.

I got to ask Josh about his background in real estate investing and pick his brain about some of my current struggles with investing. I also asked him about his online business—what his goals are, what the process of hiring a staff was like, and obstacles he has faced with the company.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- BiggerPockets.com

- Bigger Pockets Podcast

- Bigger Pockets Books on Amazon

- Joshua Dorkin’s Bigger Pockets Profile

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please tell a friend about it or share it on your social networks!

Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Jul 14, 2015

My guest today is part of the Greatest Show On Earth… Kenny Short is a BMX rider from Minneapolis who is currently working full-time as a performer in the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Kenny took a year off after graduating high school to figure out his direction in life, but eventually went to college and started on a traditional career path. After a while he started finding different ways to turn his passion for BMX into paychecks and eventually left behind the 9-5 world to live as a traveling circus act.

We talked about how Kenny got involved with the circus and what it’s like living on a mile-and-a-half long train. I asked him how he mentally prepares for his performances, and how his personal riding has been affected now that he’s riding for a living.

I think what you’re going to take away from this episode is some inspiration on how you can look at your passions and career path a little differently if you’re willing to explore some unusual opportunities.

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Kenny Short on Instagram

- Kenny Short on Facebook

- Ringling Brothers Circus Web Site

BMX at Ringling Brothers Circus

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please tell a friend about it or share it on your social networks!

Also, it would really mean a lot to me if you took just a minute to click on the iTunes page and give the show a five star rating and leave a review. I love seeing the feedback, and the reviews and ratings help other people discover the show as well.

Another way you can help out the show is to visit TheExpansionProjectPodcast.com and order things through the affiliate links on the right side of the page.

Thanks for listening!

Jul 7, 2015

My guest today is Jim Matush who is very special and dear to my heart and someone I consider to be my personal financial mentor.

If you’ve ever wished you could sit down with an older, wiser, richer man and listen to him talk about life and money, this episode is for you.

Jim’s son Jamie died in a rock climbing accident in 2000 at the age of 15. After his son’s death Jim started a non-profit organization that eventually merged with a company called The Bridge. If you are a BMX rider, you may remember that The Bridge is where the annual JoMoPro contest was held for many years.

Jim is a traveler and adventurer who likes to hang-glide, paraglide, scuba dive, snorkel, hike, and ski…he just loves to explore the world with high adrenaline.

Jim is a very wealthy guy and owns a mansion overlooking the river outside of St. Louis, Missouri that is on the National Register of Historic Places that is complete with a tennis court, gazebo, and swimming pool.

Jim accumulated his wealth through investments and was a founding partner in a wealth advisory company called Trinity Wealth Advisors that started in 1997. His firm’s clientele are some of the biggest players in the St. Louis area.

From 1992-1996 Jim hosted a weekly radio program called “More Money with Matush”, but unfortunately we didn’t have time to discuss that on this episode.

Jim is also very active in his local community and church and is a dedicated husband and father. His daughter Lindsay is one of my closest friends that I’ve traveled the world with.

On this episode Jim drops knowledge and inspiration all about money and how it relates to our lives. I got to talk to him about his wealth advisory business and I got to ask him what he thinks about the old cliche of “money is the root of all evil.”

Most of what we ended up talking about was finding balance in your life, a direction for you life, and learning to be generous.

This episode is absolutely packed with valuable content from a very experienced and wise investor and I think you guys will get a lot out of it.

 

Some Questions I Asked:
- How did you get into the financial world?
- How did you begin making money and accumulating wealth?
- What is your take on the cliche, “money is the root of all evil”?
- Why did you decide to work with me as a mentor?
- What is it about me that gives you confidence in my path to success?
- How can people learn to not be emotional about money?
- How do you use your money to help others?

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Trinity Wealth Advisors

- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (Book by T. Harv Eker)

 

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Jun 30, 2015

On this week’s show I got on Skype with Colton Satterfield—a 25 year old professional BMX rider from Utah. Colton popped onto the BMX scene in 2009 after qualifying for his first major pro contest, but now only six years later he has already won two gold medals at X Games.

Colton is currently best known for riding the Mega Ramp, but can also hang on dirt, park, and vert with the best of them.

On this episode we talked a lot about positivity and following your dreams, and I asked him all about the people who have inspired him along his journey. I also asked him about his goals within BMX and how his mindset and outlook has changed since winning the two gold medals.

What you’ll learn from this show is a lot about the mindset of someone who has really a big vision of where he feels like he’s supposed to be in life.

Resource Links & Show Notes:
- Colton Satterfield on Instagram

- Colton Satterfield on Twitter

- Colton Satterfield’s Interview About 2015 X Games Gold Medal

- Colton Satterfield’s 2015 X Games BMX Big Air Gold Medal Winning Run
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAuhSTrQn3E

- Colton Satterfield’s 2014 X Games BMX Big Air Gold Medal Winning Run
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbs-yWfj2aQ

 

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Jun 23, 2015

My guest this week is Matt Ruscigno. Matt and I got connected through a mutual friend on Instagram (thanks @xcrament), but it turns out we have a lot of overlap because he grew up on the East Coast as a BMX rider and we know a lot of the same people from the BMX world.

Matt has an extensive education in nutrition, including:
- MPH RD (master of public health with registered dietitian training)
- Nutritional Science degree from Pennsylvania State University
- Public Health Nutrition degree from Loma Linda University
- Certification as a Registered Dietitian (one of the only professional nutrition credentials available)

With that said, Matt knows a ton about food and nutrition from a scientific standpoint, and he is vegan.

His web site is TrueLoveHealth.com, which is a personal site and blog where he offers plant-based nutrition consulting and markets his services through speaking engagements and lectures.

On his athletic side, Matt rode BMX as a kid but accidentally transitioned into endurance sports in college. (Accidentally? I know…weird, right?) He now does marathons, Ironman triathlons, 24-hour races, and 200+ mile cycling events, including multiple races more than 500 miles each. Matt has ridden his bike from California to New York, and from California to Belize on different tours and has a huge list of other races, events, and trips listed on his Web site as well.

Matt is an writer who co-authored the popular vegan books No Meat Athlete and Appetite for Reduction.

Matt co-created and hosts a video series called Strongest Hearts where he travels the country documenting the lives of interesting vegans in the community. He has even featured CrossFit coach Ed Bauer and BMX photographer Rob Dolecki through the project.

On this episode I got to ask Matt a few questions about my personal diet and we touched on some of his endurance sport background, then I attempted to dissect how he designs his lifestyle to be able to make a living doing the things he loves to make a positive impact on the world.

I asked Matt about his different streams of income and how he markets himself, and how he used crowdfunding to launch his video series. I also uncovered some a surprising fact about how much money he makes in a typical year that I think you will find very shocking.

 

Some Questions I Asked:
- What is your background in the BMX world?
- How did you get into endurance sports?
- What is your education background?
- What kind of “normal” jobs did you have before working for yourself?
- What was the transition like going from an employee role to working for yourself?
- How did you fund your education?
- What do you think about athletes taking creatine?
- How can a plant-based athlete raise their HDL cholesterol?
- What part of your work do you enjoy the most and dislike the most?
- What is the video series “Strongest Hearts” about?
- How do you view your personal role in the vegan movement?
- Where do your income streams come from?
- Have you had any mentors throughout your life?
- When do you get hit by ideas or inspiration?
- Do you have a favorite quote?

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- TrueLoveHealth.com

- Strongest Hearts (Video Series)

- Matt Ruscigno on Instagram

- Matt Ruscigno on Twitter

- Matt Ruscigno on Facebook

- Matt Ruscigno’s Books (Via Amazon Author Page)

- Cowspiracy (Documentary)

- Resource about water consumption by a chicken slaughterhouse…

 

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Jun 16, 2015

On this episode I got on FaceTime with one of my closest friends, Terry Adams. Terry is a professional flatland BMX rider who grew up about an hour away from me, but even though we lived so close to each other our whole lives and were both into BMX, we didn’t really connect and become friends until early 2006 after I had graduated college.

Since then I’ve done countless photo and videos shoots with Terry all around the U.S. and traveled all over the world with him to various BMX contests and events.

Terry was homeschooled and dyslexic and began competing on the professional level at the age of 16. He has since won an X Games gold medal and numerous other competitions all around the globe. He’s been featured on the cover of and in the pages of all of the major BMX magazines around the word, and has won two Number One Rider Awards (NORA Cup) from Ride BMX Magazine. He’s also had a Flick Trix toy bike that was modeled after his personal bike.

Terry is currently one of (if not the only) flatland BMX riders in the United States that is making a living off his sponsors and endorsements. He’s a self-promotion and marketing machine that has figured out a way to present himself as a “BMX rider”, and not just a “flatland rider”.

Terry has a documentary about his life called “Dreams”, which is fitting because he bases a lot of his life off of his dreams and ambitions, setting goals, and bringing them all to fruition.

In the past few years Terry has gotten really into real estate investing, and now that he has formed an investment company with a business partner they are killing it! They are acquiring properties left and right with big plans to keep expanding very quickly.

In our conversation Terry and I talked about his money mindset, his obsession with setting and achieving goals, and some of the success he’s experienced with creating the life he dreams of.

We also talked a lot about how his mindset has changed over the years and allowed him to do bigger things with his life, career, and bank account.

I wanted this to be one of my first interviews with The Expansion Project, but our busy schedules just never lined up until now. With Terry as one of my closest friends I am beyond thrilled to share this conversation with the world!

Questions I Asked:
- Where did your financial journey start?
- Why did you pick real estate to start with in your investing career?
- What were the beginning steps for you to learn about real estate?
- How do you manage your money?
- Where does your motivation come from in business and investing?
- How do you focus and put so much energy into so many different things at such a high level? (Riding, investing, your family, etc.?)
- Do you have a favorite quote, or do you have a favorite piece of advice someone has given you?

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Terry Adams on Instagram

- Terry Adams on Facebook

- Terry Adams on Twitter

- Terry Adams’ Personal Web Site

- Terry Adams’ Dreams Documentary

- Secrets of Millionaire Mind (book)
- My Synopsis of The Book (blog post)

- Dave Mirra on The Expansion Project

 

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Jun 9, 2015

On this episode I have a Skype conversation with Olly Richards who can speak eight different languages and runs a successful online business called I Will Teach You a Language.


While we discussed language a bit, that wasn’t what I was most interested in… You know I’m all about the business, so I picked Olly’s brain about how he built his business, how he grows his audience, different resources he uses to help optimize his business and time, and his specific systems for operating a successful company.

As an Internet junkie and marketer I really got a lot out of this episode. Our talk gave me a ton of ideas and resources, and I left the call absolutely fired up about working on some of my own projects.



Resource Links & Show Notes:

- I Will Teach You A Language (with Olly Richards)

- The $100 Startup (Book)

- The One Thing (Book)

- Smart Passive Income Podcast (with Patt Flynn)

- Fizzle Show Podcast

- Seed Launch by Jeff Walker

- AWeber (Email Marketing Tool)

- Fiverr.com (Outsourcing Tool)

- ELance.com (Outsourcing Tool)

- Design Crowd (Outsourcing Tool)

- 99 Designs (Outsourcing Tool)

- Toggl (Productivity App)

 

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Jun 2, 2015

On this episode I got to talk to TJ Lavin. TJ is a former professional BMX rider who has two X Games gold medals and was very influential in the BMX scene in the 90s.

In October 2010 he crashed at the Dew Tour in his hometown of Las Vegas and went into a coma. After he made it out of the coma he had to relearn a lot of the basic human functions like how to walk, talk, and count.

Even with monumental the setback he has hosted 17 seasons of MTV’s “The Challenge” (formerly “Real World Road Rules Challenge”). He’s also a very talented musician who has been playing the piano for many years, and he’s a dedicated and loving husband and father.

On top of all that he’s a savvy businessman and investor, which, if you’re familiar with this show at all, you know that’s what was most interested in talking about.

In our conversation I got to ask TJ all about his different investments over the years—which there have been a lot of. He told me about some of the good deals, and some of the bad ones, too.

One thing that surfaced during our conversation was his intense desire to help other people. TJ is actually working on becoming a firefighter, but not because he needs a job or the money—he’s doing it because he genuinely wants to help people and be a part of a community of like-minded people, which that says a lot about his character.

I was a huge TJ Lavin fan before I got to interview him, and I’m an even bigger fan now. He left a very big impression on me, and you’re going to learn a lot from this episode.

 

 

Some Questions I Asked:
- Do you still ride BMX?
- Why do you wake up so early?
- Did you ever have “regular” job?
- Were you interested in money, investing, and entrepreneurship at an early age?
- What happened to that strip club you said you were going to invest in?
- Where do your income streams come from?
- Have you had any mentors throughout your life?
- When do you get hit by ideas or inspiration?
- Do you have a favorite quote?

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- TJ Lavin on Instagram

- TJ Lavin on Twitter

- TJ Lavin on Facebook

- Forgiven (Alcohol Metabolizer)

- Torque (TJ Lavin's Clothing Company)

 

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May 26, 2015

My guest today is a new friend named Mike Doyle that I recently got connected with through Instagram. Mike is a 36 year old New Jersey native that recently did something people all around the world talk about or dream about, but never actually do—he sold 95% of his belongings, packed the rest of his stuff into his car, and hit the road.

Mike doesn’t have a full game plan right now of where he’s going or what his nomadic life will turn into, and he admits to only having about $1,000 to his name right now. However, he’s running his video animation company from the road and finding a new drive and passion through his blog paleoriot.com, and he’s truly enjoying his life while growing tremendously as a person, and to me, that is a success.

So many times we hear amazing stories of people who have changed their lives and achieved great things, but in this show we will hear from someone who is only in the very beginning of making those big life changes, which is something I think will resonate with a lot of you guys.

Mike also asked me a bunch of questions about how I travel and design my lifestyle, and while explaining how I organize my personal finances I ended up telling him what my net worth is. I ask all of my guests about their financial situations, so I thought it was only fair that I be open and transparent about this as well.

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Mike Doyle on Instagram

- Mike Doyle on Twitter

- Mike Doyle on Facebook

- PaleoRiot.com

- Drive80.com]

- Fat Tony’s Net Worth Tracking Spreadsheet Blog Post  /  Spreadsheet Direct Download

- Fat Tony’s Financial Spreadsheet Blog Post  /  Spreadsheet Direct Download

- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
(Financial self-help book that impacted my life.)

- The Secret
(Documentary about the law of attraction.)

- Your Wish is Your Command
(Audiobook that impacted Mike Doyle’s life.)

 

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