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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Jun 18, 2016

On today's episode, I talk with Andrew Norelli. Andrew is a standup comedian and has been doing comedy for the past 18 years.

He talks about working a boring sales job for a few years that eventually helped push him into comedy.

From open mic nights where nobody would show up to several years later performing on all the popular late night shows, we'll go through his whole journey from the beginning. We also talk about what it takes to be a comedian these days, the type of dedication that is needed, and how all of this can relate to you if you're thinking about going down a path that's different than the typical 9-5. Which most of you hopefully are.

I hope you enjoy this episode and be sure to subscribe to the podcast here!

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Everything we mentioned

Bones (Andrew's latest album)
Jim Gaffigan
Jerry Seinfeld
Stryper concert
George Carlin
Tibbits Opera House
Laughs Comedy Club
The Improv at Harrah's

Connect with Andrew

Twitter: @andrewnorelli

Best quotes from this episode

You gotta be willing to work. You gotta be very self-disciplined when you're self-employed. And when you're carving your own path, that's probably one of the hardest parts.
I think part of success in any alternative career path is to start as early as you can.
The risk part comes when you're basically doing something and you're making no money.
I think that's another mistake people make, they start then stop. They start and they stop like five or six times.
Accept that life happens and don't let things side-track you.
I think you have to have hustle and work hard, I don't care how funny you are. You can't just be funny.
If you don't have fear, then you don't know what you're doing. What's wrong with you if you don't have fear? You should have some fear or you're not paying attention to life or to your career. There has to be some level of fear that's at least driving you and making you better at the very least. Definitely some self-doubt too. That's how you get better.
Nobody's stuff is perfect.
If I feel like I did everything that I could've done and had planned on doing and it didn't work, no, that's perfectly ok. That does not bother me. Not at all. You'll drive yourself crazy if it does.
If you start trying to please everybody all at once, whether it be industry people or crowd-members, then you're probably gonna end up pleasing either no one or you're gonna end up pleasing people and it's not gonna matter.
All art and entertainment needs to have segments that are completely uncensored and totally free. It's proven in every society to be important. An important part for people to express themselves, to challenge conventional thinking, and to fight the establishment & people with power.
People pay a little closer attention to a message in their inbox, as long as it's from someone they know.
Why do we have words when we have cleavage?
I think that's maybe why I kept going in comedy. I've had a lot of little moments where I was so glad that I didn't stop trying and that I never quit. And that keeps me going.
You appreciate it more when it's a long process and you have to learn everything along the way.
If you don't know whether to say yes or no, then just say yes.
It's a balancing act, because there are times when it actually is in your benefit to say no. Hopefully when you say no, you do something else constructive.


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Jun 3, 2016

So many people struggle trying to start a business because they think they have to know everything. And if there's something they don't know, they think they have to figure it out on there own.

Search around on the internet and you can literally find the answers to every single question you could possibly have. But a lot of times, it makes sense to seek out advice from others. The problem lies in who you ask though.

If you're trying to start a food truck, you shouldn't get getting advice from a lawyer. True, the lawyer might be successful, but you should be reaching out to people that are doing exactly what you're trying to do. And those people better be successful at it and be a couple steps further than you are.

Hopefully this episode makes you realize that a lot of people out there are willing to help you. You just have to build up your confidence to ask them for help or to pick their brain for an hour. Remember, if you want to get something you've never had, you're gonna have to do things you've never done. Get out of your comfort zone, that's where the magic happens!

Thanks again for listening and reading the show notes. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast here and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon! And feel free to leave a comment below with your feedback and any questions you have.

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