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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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Apr 22, 2017

Since this is a milestone, I decided to make episode 50 a little different. I went back through all of the interviews and pulled out my favorite 2-3 quotes from each.

This will definitely be one of the episodes that I tell everyone to listen to right after they discover my podcast. The amount of inspiration that's packed into this 24 minute episode will likely have you listening to it once a week.

Anytime that I'm down, or in a funk, or having a creativity block, I read through tons of quotes that I have saved on my phone. Now I can bookmark this episode and get my motivation back anytime I can't get going. I hope it helps you out too!

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Interview episodes mentioned

Episode 3 - Brandt Fuqua
Episode 5 - Zephan Moses Blaxberg
Episode 10 - Mike Alexander
Episode 12 - Eric Zimmer
Episode 14 - Nick & Gen
Episode 16 - Trevor Gay
Episode 19 - Joshua Santos
Episode 21 - Fat Tony
Episode 23 - Michael Carbone
Episode 25 - Kolby Kolibas
Episode 27 - Kayt Sukel
Episode 29 - Geoff Woods
Episode 31 - Joshua Fields Millburn
Episode 33 - Zombie Dogz
Episode 35 - Andrew Norelli
Episode 37 - Tucker Max
Episode 39 - Jake Kelfer
Episode 41 - Andrea Lake
Episode 42 - Pete Sisco
Episode 43 - Maj Toure
Episode 45 - PJ Jonas
Episode 47 - RJ Hodges

Top 50 quotes

The business kind of led itself to the next thing at all times. I'm not some kind of genius. I think I made some smart moves along the way that made us what we are, but it kind of unfolded itself. It's like a paper airplane, you just kind of keep unfolding each wing and it keeps going. -Brandt Fuqua
Any effort you put in early I think is coming back to you tenfold later. I believe that without question. But there's always a cost. Whether it's your time, your freedom, your social life, personal possessions, monetary value, whatever. We lived like we were poor for quite a few years just so we could be able to do some of the things we've done in the recent years. Some people don't know our full story, or they forget that we struggled all that time or didn't have things, so now that we have things it's like you're an overnight success. And that does happen, but not to many people, and it didn't happen to us. -Brandt Fuqua
I don't feel guilty about sharing some of my successes in life, whether it be the equipment or the cars, or whatever, it's not a bragging thing. If it inspires even one person to go out and creates a business, even if they fail, if they give it a shot, I think that's worth it. If there aren't people out there showing you what you can do from nothing, there's not a lot of motivation for some people, they need to see the result. -Brandt Fuqua
If you're not making it happen, then you don't want it bad enough. -Zephan Moses Blaxberg
You really have to go after the things that you enjoy doing. We don't have enough time on this earth to do the things that we don't like doing. -Zephan Moses Blaxberg
With the limited time you have in each and every day, who you surround yourself with is the biggest thing you can control that makes the most difference in your life. -Mike Alexander
It's not doing what you love if you're still chained to a desk. -Mike Alexander
There are ways to do your own thing and make your life different than what it is. There's a middle ground between staying at something you hate doing and quitting everything to chase what you want. There's a lot of play between those two things that people can do, and those options don't seem to be talked about a lot. -Eric Zimmer
I don't see working for a big company as job security. Having skills that I know I can apply in a lot of different places and continuing to have connections, I see that as job security. I'm confident I can go find some way to make money with the skill set I have. I have no faith that Fortune 100 company “X” is any safer than being out on your own. -Eric Zimmer
All the monthly payments were really killing us, and to be honest, we didn't even know how much we were spending on everything. We realized what's stopping a lot of people of traveling full time, including ourselves back then, is oftentimes a belief that they don't have the money. But it's just that, it's just a belief. Or they organize their life in a certain way and now they're stuck paying every month for stuff that in the end they don't really need. They'd rather travel than have cable TV, but they have cable TV because they have a TV and it's just convenient, which is the normal thing to do. So now we second guess every financial decision we do, because we're like, do we pay for a better flight or do we spend more money on that meaningless thing. And oftentimes, we choose the better flight. So really it's just our priorities have evolved a lot. -Nick & Gen
When you do stuff differently, even though this is not what you're doing, you're questioning other people's lifestyle. They feel like you're challenging what they're doing. And they don't feel comfortable just because you're doing something different. Which doesn't make any sense because it doesn't apply to their life. This is why you sometimes get negative feedback to these kinds of decisions because people just want to feel normal and feel like they're doing the right thing. -Nick & Gen
When you get rid of a bunch of stuff, there's definitely this huge sense of freedom that you just can't get anywhere else. -Trevor Gay
Without a doubt, I think that just seeing those goals in front of you when you wake up and when you go to sleep are powerful. And it's not magic, it's just literally seeing your goals everyday and that's a simple reminder of what you're working towards. Ask yourself, “Have I done anything today to work towards that goal?” And if you say no, well, there's your motivation right there as soon as you get out of bed. -Trevor Gay
Taking care of yourself regardless of your dietary choice is probably one of the most important things you could do in life period. -Trevor Gay
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. -Joshua Santos
The ones who look weird to the world and society, those are the guys that I want to stick around with. -Joshua Santos
It's so easy to have self-doubts. But maybe that's a good thing because maybe that means you're pushing yourself. -Fat Tony
If you calculate the risk, then you're probably not gonna have many regrets. -Fat Tony
I hired someone that knew what they were doing to help me and teach me what I needed to do. Then I put in a ton of work, and I'm getting results. -Michael Carbone
When people think I'm crazy, that's when I know I'm doing something right. -Michael Carbone
Even if you have the most basic knowledge, you shouldn't take it for granted. There's always people who don't know anything about that topic or are just new to it. So you can always find an audience of people who want to learn more. -Michael Carbone
I'd rather be great at a couple things than good at everything. -Kolby Kolibas
Who you know will get you there, what you know will keep you there. -Kolby Kolibas
Risk is just being able to embrace uncertainty when you're going to make a decision. And there are very few decisions that we make that don't have some amount of uncertainty involved. -Kayt Sukel
Success to me isn't just about making money, it's about carving out a life for yourself that has wealth in all aspects of it. -Kayt Sukel
It all comes down to creating quality content and figuring out how you can get that content in front of as many people as possible (the right people) to the point where it actually makes an impact in their life first. Just give incredible value to the point where they're willing to give you an email address, they're willing to buy your stuff & do business with you, and to really scale that. -Geoff Woods
You need to figure out what you're passionate about. You need to surround yourself with people who inspire you, who are already doing what you want to be doing, what you could only hope one day to have the opportunity to do. And when you surround yourself with those types of people they end up opening your eyes and showing you ways that you can do things that you never thought you could do before. -Geoff Woods
It took getting everything I thought I wanted to realize that everything I ever wanted wasn't actually what I wanted at all. -Joshua Fields Millburn
I don't have a college degree at all and I've never taken a writing class. The reason I started teaching a writing class online was because a lot of people kept asking me a ton of questions about writing. -Joshua Fields Millburn
The path that I was on was leading me to a place that I didn't want to be. And so, the bigger risk for me would be staying. -Joshua Fields Millburn
Planning on paper is very different than implementing it in real life. -Zombie Dogz
It's a big leap and it's scary but you just gotta do it. You gotta commit, just like anything in life. -Zombie Dogz
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. -Andrew Norelli
Accept that life happens and don't let things side-track you. -Andrew Norelli
Something you love doing, something people will pay you for, and something that you're good at. Where those three areas intersect, that's where you can build a business. -Tucker Max
If you want to start a business, the easiest thing to do is find a problem that is really painful to people. Then create a solution that they will pay for. -Tucker Max
I'm young, I'm ambitious, and if I fail, and it doesn't work out, oh well, at least I tried. And now I know what doesn't work and I can learn from that. But if I never tried, I didn't want to look back ten years from now and say I wish I would have followed my heart and pursued my passions. -Jake Kelfer
A lot of people still don't understand why I'm doing what I'm doing, but that doesn't mean they're correct. That just means they don't understand yet. -Jake Kelfer
I think that for me, working on one thing solely is ineffective because I will choke it to death, I will worry about it, I'll obsess on it. Whereas, if I have multiple things going, I can work on whatever feels best in whichever company, and I don't worry as much. -Andrea Lake
If you can't make your business work with a few thousand dollars starting out, it's probably not going to work, and more money isn't the answer. -Andrea Lake
The day that you launch your website is the worst it's ever gonna look, because you're going to improve upon it from there. And then we extended that out and said, the day that you launch any business is the worst that that business is every going to be. So stop waiting until everything is perfect. -Andrea Lake
I can tell ya, when you get it working and you realize how free a person you can be, it's absolutely intoxicating. There's actually an adjustment period to get your head around the fact that you can basically do whatever you want. -Pete Sisco
I've never met anyone who doesn't have a skill, an ability, or at the very least a passion that can't be of service to somebody who would be happy to pay money for it. -Pete Sisco
If you had all the money that you ever needed, if you were 100% debt-free, and you had money in the bank that was going to last you for the rest of your life, you just didn't have to think about it, what would you do? What would you want to do every day? -Pete Sisco
The talents are natural, the skills come from repetition. But you have to do the work to get the skill. The talent is something that you're just naturally good at. But ironically, you won't figure out if you're naturally good at it until you do it. -Maj Toure
What I do on my social media is, I make little motivational videos. The general public thinks that's for them. It's not. I use it for me at times when I'm down to keep myself motivated. It's like my future self talking to my present self. -Maj Toure
We didn't realize it at the time, but the fact that we spent so many years living below our means, not having any debt except for the mortgage, and paying down the mortgage, that's what enabled us to build Goat Milk Stuff so quickly. -PJ Jonas
I wasn't going to let someone else or their experience tell me what I could and could not do. I don't let other people's reality impact my reality. -PJ Jonas
I think the best entrepreneurs in the world are those that can remain mentally, spiritually, and emotionally peaceful even in the midst of chaos. -RJ Hodges
There's no way that you can keep talking about a thing and you don't finally at some point take action on it. Because when you have a deep-rooted desire, it will not let you rest. -RJ Hodges

 

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