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EP44: JJ Birden - From Oregon (Long Jump) to Montana (Joe) - Jumping, Catching and Speaking!

Make Your Mark

Release Date: 05/23/2019

EP65: Theo Fleury and Eric Kussin - Your Mental Health Post COVID show art EP65: Theo Fleury and Eric Kussin - Your Mental Health Post COVID

Make Your Mark

“The biggest epidemic of 2021 isn’t Covid. It is mental health, trauma and addiction”- Theo Fleury  I’ve had plenty of Make Your Mark podcast guests and Clubroom events that have focused on victory of bad over good, overcoming hurdles, challenges and struggles. Plenty of laughs too. But having both Theo Fleury and Eric Kussin in the Clubroom to talk about mental health issues as we continue our march through Covid was worth every second of this event. Each suffered through significant trauma, and as you listen to this podcast you will not only hear their life experiences, but also...

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EP64: Clint Malarchuk - NHL Goalie | Mental Health Advocate | Best Selling Author | Suicide Survivor show art EP64: Clint Malarchuk - NHL Goalie | Mental Health Advocate | Best Selling Author | Suicide Survivor

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Clint Malarchuk’s life can’t be summarized in a few words. But I’ll try. Very successful NHL career as a goalie. Great sense of humor. Strength, kindness, and a huge heart. Rancher. Tougher than nails. Mix in severe mental health illness, anxiety, crippling OCD, depression, alcoholism, rehab centers, and a suicide attempt.   “I’ve had a lot of surgeries, a lot of physical pain. I tell you what. The most painful thing in the world is mental illness. I’d rather have my jugular vein cut again. If God gave me the choice “Hey Clint, want to have your vein cut again and get rid of...

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EP63: Brandi Chastain and Haley Rosen - from the pitch (field) to the pitch (boardroom)! show art EP63: Brandi Chastain and Haley Rosen - from the pitch (field) to the pitch (boardroom)!

Make Your Mark

What's more impressive than two accomplished women's soccer players? How about if they are both successful entrepreneurs scoring goals in the business world! "You have to be willing to accept the information, you have to be willing to work hard. You have to be motivated to go to practice with an open mind. You have to be willing to be criticized. Only you can do those things." - Brandi Chastain Another big time coup for  and the Make Your Mark podcast to have both  AND  discuss their path from the pitch (field) to the pitch (boardroom)! Brandi and Haley each scored...

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EP62: Joe De Sena - Spartan Founder, Mobster Neighbor, and not That Pool Guy!  show art EP62: Joe De Sena - Spartan Founder, Mobster Neighbor, and not That Pool Guy!

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Obstacles are inevitable, whether you run a business, hold down a job, or simply just try to get through your day. Who would want to face them if we didn't need to? Well, I know a few people who can't wait! Founder and CEO is one of them! My Podcast guest is the true definition of a badass! “Rather than wrapping the kids up in bubble wrap like most of us parents do, you wrap them up in barbed wire. You give kids obstacles and make it harder for them. You make them take the stairs and walk to school. We’re not looking to put them in danger but we are looking for them to learn how to...

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EP61: Dale Moss - From the Gridiron to the Glossy Magazine Covers! show art EP61: Dale Moss - From the Gridiron to the Glossy Magazine Covers!

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A dramatic pivot from sport to a totally different career is what truly excites me about the potential of athlete transition, and today’s guest on my #MakeYourMark podcast, Dale Moss, has become an impressive entrepreneur, and oh, did I mention, one of the first professional athletes to become a professional model? Hundreds try to sign with world-renowned Wilhelmina Models, and Dale has made the cut!   “The biggest thing I can say to any athlete who is 100 percent into their sport and doesn’t have or has not begun the process of building outside of that, is to start building a team....

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EP60: Jesse Cole - Fans First! Running a Baseball Team in a Yellow Tuxedo! show art EP60: Jesse Cole - Fans First! Running a Baseball Team in a Yellow Tuxedo!

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Dancing grandmas? Baseball players skydiving to their positions? Just a normal day at the office for one of the most exciting, interesting, and big-picture thinking owners in sports, and my guest on the Mark Your Mark podcast, Jesse Cole. Oh, did I mention the yellow tuxedo and top hat that he wears more often than not? “I found out only 200 fans were coming to the games, and the team had been there for seven years. I made ten phone calls out to the community. The first seven phone calls no one had even heard of the team, the next two wouldn’t work with us, and the last one hung up on me....

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EP59: Jack Schram: Skating Downhill at 50 mph, and Healing Power show art EP59: Jack Schram: Skating Downhill at 50 mph, and Healing Power

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Hurtling down a mountain on ice skates at 50 mph in 35 seconds! Pitching his sport for the next Winter Olympics! Starting his own all-natural CBD company. And Jack Schram, this week’s #Make Your Mark guest, gives me advice on staying fit while sitting behind my computer screen, no easy task!   “After awhile working at what I thought was my dream job originally on Wall Street, I decided I really couldn’t see myself doing this long term. I went back to what I would’ve liked to have done as a kid and I wanted to get back into the fitness industry. I just figured life is too short to...

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EP58: Lauren Brill - From Sports Reporter to the Revolutionary 'The Unsealed' show art EP58: Lauren Brill - From Sports Reporter to the Revolutionary 'The Unsealed'

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The Quote Machine! One pearl of wisdom after the next, and my guest on today’s #Make Your Mark podcast, Lauren Brill, shows very clearly why she was such an impressive sports reporter, and why she is making such a positive impact with her new company, The Unsealed. It’s hard enough to put it out there that you have gone through a traumatic event, but she’s made it easier to make those small steps towards recovery by creating a forum and a community, and you will hear all about how she got it going and where she’s heading with it!    “Starting your own business is like being...

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EP57: Matt Stover - 19 Years, NFL Records, and Helping Charities show art EP57: Matt Stover - 19 Years, NFL Records, and Helping Charities

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Nearly 20 Years strapping on an NFL helmet. Several NFL records. A right foot that accounted for over 2000 points in his career! But today’s guest on my #MakeYourMark podcast, Matt Stover, is just getting started. He’s taken his deep interest in philanthropy and is channeling it into his company, helping charities raise money for great causes with fewer challenges. And he was ready for all of this even during his rookie year!   “Right at the very beginning I understood that I needed to start thinking about the fact that my career will come to an end one day, and I will be a young...

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EP56: TJ Galiardi - Scoring Goals in the NHL and Going Beyond Food! show art EP56: TJ Galiardi - Scoring Goals in the NHL and Going Beyond Food!

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One of the hardest things to do in sports is to shoot a puck into a net, while skating fast, wearing a bunch of equipment, all while being pursued by your opponent looking to hit you into the boards. Hockey players need to have extraordinary peripheral vision, and my guest on this #MakeYourMark podcast, TJ Galiardi, shows us how that vision has extended into his company that he co-founded once his NHL career ended.   “It’s really about walking before you run. But if you want to run, you need to have all the available pieces. You can only do so much on your own. You really want to find...

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When you think of an NFL player, it's 6’5” and 240 lbs or more. Imagine being barely 5’10”, not even 160 lbs, and playing a 9-year career! My guest on today’s #MakeYourMark podcast, JJ Birden, discusses his unexpected rise into the NFL, lessons learned from Joe Montana, and his successful sales and speaking businesses. Throw in a house full of kids, and you have quite the episode!

I was always thinking about life after football, I was always thinking about the transition, planning ahead. I graduated from Oregon, and I always thought the NFL was providing me an amazing opportunity, but also what about the network, what about the opportunities afterwards, and quite frankly I never thought I would play for 9 years. When I got to year 2, year 3, I was like let’s see if we can make it to year 4, year 5, so by the time I got to my ninth year I was thinking, here I am 5’10’ and 157, one of the smallest players in the NFL, I am relatively healthy, I can stop now and be able to live a life physically well.  At the same time I created some really nice relationships in the business world that made me ready to make the transition.

What stands out about JJ is his passion to teach his audience about the critical importance of seizing opportunities when presented, of taking the leap and going for your dreams. We’ve all heard of those who we wonder “How did that person get there, that makes no sense?!”...JJ teaches us how to become that person!

I was not the kid who was raised thinking I wanted to be an NFL football player, it never really crossed my mind, and when I got drafted by Cleveland, even then I was still thinking about getting ready for the Olympic trials. It wasn’t something I expected, I did not believe I could play for the NFL at that point.

We had a superb conversation, and JJ is one of the truly nice guys who wants the best for whoever he interacts with! You’ll get plenty of advice from both of us in this episode, happy listening!

This is probably the biggest thing I tell people about speaking: I want you to take your laptop and just start writing all of the different things that have happened in your life, the memories, the stories, because we all have content.  You have to take time to think what happened throughout your life, what were the experiences, and collect all those moments so when you figure out your messages and what your audience is, then you can start building what that signature keynote is going to be.

Not everyone is going to agree with your path, your choices and every thing that you do, it is not for them to understand your mission, your direction, your goals, it’s for you to understand it and to believe it. That’s what I’ve always focus on in different stages in my life.


Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction - 02:05
  • Born and raised in Portland - 4:15
  • The Buzzing Program - 5:35
  • Let’s try The Long Jump! 7:25
  • Embracing the opportunity - 10:35
  • Proving them wrong - 12:13
  • Getting injured - 17:30
  • Meeting Joe Montana - 20:05
  • Life After Football - 22:27
  • Being an Entrepreneur  - 24:49
  • Running my Own Business - 26:45
  • Building the Signature Key Note- 29:20
  • You’ll Do Whatever it Takes! - 32:00
  • Believing in your Mission and Journey - 35:20
  • Speaking from the Heart - 37:59
  • Getting to Know People - 44:05
  • A Family of Eight! - 46:13
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 52:05


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