Risk Without Regret: Stories from Risk Takers, Inspiring Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners

Based out of Dayton, Ohio, Randy Johnson hosts a weekly podcast titled Risk Without Regret. The main goal of this show is to inspire and motivate you to follow your dreams, take more risks, build a business around your passions, and have no regrets along the way. Some episodes, I'll discuss a quote I came across and really dig in deeper for 10-20 minutes. Quotes that mean something to me, and I think deserve to be expanded upon to make you think about them more and how they can relate to you. The rest of the episodes will be more of an interview format. I'll bring guests onto the show that have an inspiring story to share about their journey. These might range from 30-90 minutes, and some may even pass the 2 hour mark. These amazing people will come from all walks of life and they bring insane amounts of wisdom to the table. I refer to all of my guests as risk takers. Individuals who didn't follow the typical path, they paved their own. They enlighten us all about how they started their business, or travel the world, or work from their laptop on a beach, or make 7-figures, or even just how their life experiences shaped them into who they are today. Some are more successful than others, but they all share the same mindset of taking risks, doing what they love, helping others, and living life to the fullest. Enjoy!
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Jan 29, 2016

I love it when people reach out to me about being on the podcast, which is exactly what this episode's featured guest did. Fat Tony is a 33 year old freelance photographer and entrepreneur from Long Beach, California. As soon as the call started, I could tell this was gonna be a super exciting and entertaining episode to be a part of. As well as the type of episode I couldn't wait to share with you, so here we are!

He's been to 35 countries, he landed his dream job right out of college at one of the top magazines in the world, and everything seemed to be going just as he planned. But then he just wasn't feeling it anymore, he was searching for new dreams. With no plan B or safety net, most people would be terrified. Not this guy. Hhe quit his job and went straight back to traveling around the globe like a badass!

Well I don't wanna give too much away, so hit that play button below and get to know Fat Tony's story and what he's currently working on. This is an episode you won't stop listening to, so get comfy or turn the cruise control on in your car, and enjoy!

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<strong>Show notes:</strong>

[04:45] Tell us who you are...

[05:50] Did you go to college for photo/video?

<blockquote>I realized that the designer sits at a computer all day and a photographer travels the world and does a bunch of cool shit.</blockquote>

[07:05] Did you do freelance work while you had a fulltime job?

<blockquote>I got a taste of this lifestyle, of this freedom, and world travel, and adventure. That was really what made me think, eventually I want to have a life more like this.</blockquote>

[09:55] Seems like you have the world traveler life for sure now. Do you?

<blockquote>I definitely got bit by the travel bug when I was at the job because I was getting paid to do the traveling.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You can have a great time in a shitty place or you can have a shitty time in a great place, depending on who you're with and your experiences while you're there.</blockquote>

[15:15] How did you get into the vegan lifestyle?

<blockquote>If you don't know what the ingredients are, don't put it in your body.</blockquote>

[18:40] Have you always been a person that goes to the gym?

[23:00] Talk about the 5th grade family trip in NYC and how you fell in love with photography...

<blockquote>I love that feeling of looking through a viewfinder, finding a composition, taking the image, getting it back, and being able to share that with people.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If I put my mind to something, I was going to do it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you set goals and work towards them, it's gonna happen.</blockquote>

[25:25] Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur?

[27:00] How did you get into video?

<blockquote>I basically learned on the job which was great because I was getting paid to hone in my skills and become better at this.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Everybody watches YouTube videos and now I'm just one of the people who makes them.</blockquote>

[31:25] What did that feel like on your last day of your job to quit and go on your own?

<blockquote>I don't want to change these things about myself. This is who I am. I'm proud of this. This is what I think is right for me.</blockquote>

[37:45] Did you go straight into freelance right after you quit?

<blockquote>When you're pretty good at a lot of things, it's hard to release some control and trust other people.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I needed to work with people on a more regular basis than just sitting in my condo by myself.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Having a partner not only helps keep me sane, it helps me push myself further, and it gives me another creative eye to help look at the stuff that I might oversee. It also gives me more ideas, plus it's a lot more fun to work with somebody than alone all the time.</blockquote>

[42:30] Talk about the podcast you started...

<blockquote>As I was listening to these a ton, it just became natural for me to want to create my own.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I just want to have interesting conversations with people that I might not normally have otherwise, record them, and share them with people. -Tim Ferriss</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you do the homework, the test is easy. -Dave Mirra</blockquote>

[49:35] What is Break Parallel?

[56:55] Has social media helped you over the years?

<blockquote>I've definitely had interactions with people that have followed my personal Instagram and have been inspired to make positive changes in their lives just because I set a good example that they can follow.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It's a no-brainer, it's 2016 now, so social media is a part of everything.</blockquote>

[59:55] Do people always tell you that you're "living the dream?"

<blockquote>Yes, this is my dream, but if you have your own dreams, then it's up to you to make it happen.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You can have everything else you need, but if you don't have the mindset to make it happen, then you're going nowhere.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If there's something ingrained in you that is holding you back, you need to do a little self-analysis on yourself to figure out why you're like that, undo that, then change that about yourself.</blockquote>

[1:02:30] What inspires you?

[1:04:10] Is there anything unique about what you do?

<blockquote>I accel at telling those stories and I accel at that quick workflow that allows me to deliver the product faster than just about anyone else.</blockquote>

[1:06:20] Were there things you had to give up early on to get to where you are now?

<blockquote>I had given up so much, and didn't even realize it, to have a full-time job.</blockquote>

[1:07:25] Any fears you had back then or now?

<blockquote>It was hard for me to give it up because it was what I knew and what I loved.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Leaving the full-time job? Not so much. But making a full transition to a different industry was a big fear.</blockquote>

<blockquote>There was definitely an ego component to it where I enjoyed having a certain status, I enjoyed people knowing who I was. And nowadays that I'm making that transition, I don't really care if people know who I am.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I want to do the work that inspires me and that energizes me and that leads me to my goals, but I don't necessarily need to be the face of the work. I'm happy enough now letting the work speak for itself.</blockquote>

[1:12:05] Any mastermind groups or mentors in your life?

<blockquote>It's so easy to have self-doubts. But maybe that's a good thing because maybe that means you're pushing yourself.</blockquote>

[1:14:40] Where did the name Fat Tony come from?

[1:16:45] Has there been a moment that stands out that really makes you proud to do what you do?

<blockquote>I think the biggest compliment you can ever get is for somebody to say that you've inspired them.</blockquote>

[1:20:45] Is being an entrepreneur easier if you're single?

<blockquote>This is cool and I'm appreciative, but even though I'm here and doing these things, I'm lonely.</blockquote>

[1:22:30] What's a big risk you've taken?

<blockquote>If you calculate the risk, then you're probably not gonna have many regrets.</blockquote>

[1:23:20] What's the best way to connect with you?

<strong>Connect with Fat Tony:</strong>

Website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Instagram: <a href="" target="_blank">@fattonybmx</a>
Twitter: <a href="" target="_blank">@fattonybmx</a>
Facebook: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Break Parallel: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
The Expansion Project Podcast: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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<a href="" target="_blank">Best Speech You Will Ever Hear - Gary Yourofsky</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Forks Over Knives</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">CrossFit</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Rob Darden</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">PurePharma</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">A Day in the Life of Brooke Ence</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">FUEL TV</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Joe Rogan</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Tim Ferriss</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Andy Hurley</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Dave Mirra</a>
<a href="" target="_blank"> Bergeron</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">John Resig</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Secrets of the Millionaire Mind</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Darlene Adamusik</a>

Thanks again for listening and reading the show notes. Be sure to <a href="" target="_blank">leave me a review on iTunes</a> and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, think less, risk more, regret nothing!

Jan 23, 2016

When it comes to being happy, you really need to do things you love. People always say, "Follow your passion." While I believe that and agree, I think there's more to it than just that. In this short episode, I break down this quote and explain how it relates to me, and how you should think about it this way... "Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative."

Thanks again for listening! Be sure to <a href="" target="_blank">leave me a review on iTunes</a> and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, think less, risk more, regret nothing!

Jan 15, 2016

A Facebook friend of mine, Jason Reaves, reached out to me about a month or so ago. He actually initiated a group message on Facebook which also included Joshua Santos, a person I was not familiar with. Jason gave the backstory and was basically the middle man, connecting Joshua and myself together.

After learning more about Joshua, I knew he was the perfect candidate to be on this podcast, so I set out to make that happen. One of the coolest things he's done recently was connecting Andy Frisella and Sean Whalen together. Both of these guys are in your face, smart business men, and have big followings. Funny thing, Joshua didn't really know either of them, and both guys thought the other knew Joshua. Turns out, he just wanted to bring them together to create magic, which is exactly what happened.

Sit back, relax, and listen to Joshua's inspiring story about building relationships and consistently adding value. Enjoy!

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<strong>Show notes:</strong>

[02:55] Tell us who you are...

<blockquote>If you're value-based and you're not trying to cheapskate your customers, then things end up turning out pretty well for you in the long run.</blockquote>

[06:15] Did you go to college?

<blockquote>I never really went to class, I just kinda dropped out.</blockquote>

<blockquote>The name of the game is showing the hustle. Showing that you really want it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Putting yourself on the line without really thinking about what your friends and family are thinking about you at the time.</blockquote>

[08:50] Explain the "concierge" title...

<blockquote>I had a knack for connecting people to other people and building these relationships.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I've been providing some value to them just as they've done to me and so many other people.</blockquote>

[10:35] Is this monetized?

<blockquote>I've never asked for any payment ever.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Provide value and you won't be able to not accept any money. -Ray Higdon</blockquote>

<blockquote>You'll dictate money the more value you provide.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It just goes to show that what I'm doing right now is paying off, not just monetarily but from a passion perspective.</blockquote>

[13:00] Did you have a regular job while you were building this up?

[14:05] How did you get connected with the MFCEO podcast?

<blockquote>Create the legacy that you want to create for your family.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Most people just wanna hit play on their laptop and hopefully the money comes out of the sky. They wanna live this laptop lifestyle and that's just not the way it is.</blockquote>

[16:35] What fears do you have?

<blockquote>My main goal is to experience fear.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If I take the foundational values that I have right now, the integrity, the hustle, the vision, I'll make it anywhere.</blockquote>

<blockquote>When you're entering in a field 100% full throttle, like taking that risk without any regret, that's when things really start happening for you.</blockquote>

[21:35] Why are you moving to California this year?

[22:55] Explain the kinds of people in your mastermind group, and masterminds in general...

<blockquote>You are the average of the five people you hang out with.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You're gonna have to cut out a lot of people in your life, and that's gonna be on a consistent basis.</blockquote>

<blockquote>A mastermind is all about having fun, learning, growing, assessing where it is that you are and where you want to be, and going out there and doing it.</blockquote>

[27:45] What have you had to give up?

<blockquote>I had to give up the time that I would sit and do nothing.</blockquote>

[30:15] Any advice you don't agree with?

<blockquote>Whatever you decide to listen to needs to be congruent with the person that you want to become.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you know there's something that you want to do—that you may have some serious fear towards, but you know you have to get over that hurdle to see what's on the other side of the hedge—then go ahead and explore it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You just need to be yourself.</blockquote>

[34:05] Talk about Mike Dillard / Self Made Man...

[34:35] Skills everyone needs...

<blockquote>Be relentless in your desire to learn, even if you don't feel like it sometimes.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Always be willing to take another person's perspective and welcome the meta-level of learning.</blockquote>

[37:50] Is hustle more important than talent or skills?

<blockquote>The person with a hustle mentality is eventually going to get good at what they do.</blockquote>

<blockquote>When [a hustler] gets good at what they do, and they still have that hustle in their blood, that person is going to have the most opportunities down the road.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Always be the first one to get there and the last one to leave so you can be ahead of the curve.</blockquote>

[40:35] Is there a specific moment that stands out that makes you proud?

<blockquote>When you're working hard, other people will notice.</blockquote>

<blockquote>At the end of the day, my main goal is to provide value.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It's because of the possibility of this really working out that makes me want to chase it even more.</blockquote>

<blockquote>One of my missions in life is to just wake people up, shake them up a little bit, and make them realize that you could be gone tomorrow. This is it. You have two decisions: become great and continue to do that, or sit on the couch and be forgotten.</blockquote>

<blockquote>The ones who look weird to the world and society, those are the guys that I want to stick around with.</blockquote>

[46:00] Any specific habits that keep you going?

[48:55] What inspires you?

<strong>Favorite Book:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles</a> by Steven Pressfield

<blockquote>Get off your ass and continue to work—continue to master your craft—because the world is begging you for it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Wherever you go, there you are.</blockquote>

<blockquote>But rest assured, if your actions are aligned with your vision, the Law of Attraction will work for you.</blockquote>

[58:00] How has social media helped you over the years?

[1:01:00] Did you ever have an "aha moment" in your journey?

<blockquote>When you truly find what you want to do, and you can do it day, night, weekend, Chirstmas, New Years... you really get to experience the full power of following your passion.</blockquote>

[1:04:00] What's a big risk you've taken?

<blockquote>When you've crossed a certain threshold in your life and you're married to your passion and the vision that you've created in your mind and you're going to do anything in the world to manifest it into reality, nothing matters anymore.</blockquote>


<strong>Connect with Joshua:</strong>

Facebook: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Twitter: <a href="" target="_blank">@joshuajsantos</a>
Instagram: <a href="" target="_blank">@jsconsultinghub</a>


<strong>People, websites, & products mentioned:</strong>

<a href="" target="_blank">Gary Vaynerchuk</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Ray Higdon</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Andy Frisella</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">The MFCEO Project - Podcast</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Sean Whalen</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Mike Dillard</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Self Made Man - Podcast</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Wesley Chapman</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Joshua Jordison</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Tai Lopez</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Mark Cuban</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">John Lee Dumas</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Steven Pressfield</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Tim Ferriss</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Order of Man - Podcast</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Joe Rogan - Podcast</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Lewis Howes</a>


Thanks again for listening and reading the show notes. Be sure to <a href="" target="_blank">leave me a review on iTunes</a> and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, think less, risk more, regret nothing!

Jan 10, 2016

On today's episode, I dig into this quote: "Everyone wants to be successful until they see what it actually takes." It's true, we all want to be successful, but in reality, only a handful of people really want to put in the work. The work that goes on behind the scenes.

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Most people just see someone's "highlight reel" and consider everything they've done an overnight success. It's almost never the case. Ever. There are early mornings, late nights, skipped meals, mood swings, working on vacation, missing parties, blood, sweat, tears, and more. But these things usually aren't published for the world to see.

People also have a bad habit of attributing success to luck, which also isn't usually the case. Unless you define luck the way I do: "Luck is where preparation meets opportunity." If you spend your life working your ass off, consistently cruising down the path towards your goals, you will undoubtedly run into some pretty amazing opportunities. When these opportunities come knocking at your door, you'll be ready and you'll accept them with open arms. You prepared for them, you were not quote unquote lucky.

So the next time you see an instagram post of someone jetsetting across Europe, or stoked about all these new clients they are booking, or how insanely happy they are to be getting paid for doing work they love, don't roll your eyes. There are years of hustling and grinding it out that they aren't posting about. But I guarantee you, if you ask them what their key to success is, they will say things like: patience, putting in the work, consistency, positive habits, exercise, research, taking action, setting huge goals,

Thanks again for listening! Be sure to <a href="" target="_blank">leave me a review on iTunes</a> and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, think less, risk more, regret nothing!

Jan 4, 2016

Today's quote is: "The trouble is, you think you have time." Everyone procrastinates from time to time, just don't make a habit of it. Don't wait until tomorrow, because tomorrow may never come. We live in a world of distractions, but if you can stay focused, you'll accomplish more things than you can imagine.

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I think we all tell ourselves what we are going to do in 5 years, or 20 years, or before we die, but we totally forget that tomorrow is not promised. Tomorrow, as in less than 24 hours from now. So with the 24 hours that you might have laid out in front of you, you should be doing everything you love in life. Work on projects that you're passionate about, travel more, spend time with people you love, start that business, write that book, record that song, whatever it is, do it, and do it now.

<blockquote>Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. -Steve Jobs</blockquote>

<blockquote>You can find out what someone's real priorities are by looking at where they spend their time.</blockquote>

The biggest illusion in this world is time. So what are you waiting for?

Thanks again for listening! Be sure to <a href="" target="_blank">leave me a review on iTunes</a> and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, think less, risk more, regret nothing!