When I sat down with Bailey and Tim to talk about gaming, I really had no idea all the complexities that go into the world they've spent so much time in. It was interesting to hear their perspectives on various topics including indie games, gender roles and all they have learned from gaming that they use in their everyday life. Whether you are a gamer or not, you will really enjoy this episode because their passion is evident during our discussion. Enjoy the episode and let us know what you think!
I know it's been a while, but take a listen to the most recent episode and I'll share a little about why I've been away for a bit. I've also got a great episode for you this week with Chris Martin. Chris is doing some really inspiring work, and I'm excited for you to hear about it.
So as you head out on a road trip, plane ride, or wherever the weekend takes you, give our newest episode a listen. If you're a new listener, you can also get caught up on the great stories we've shared!
I've been thinking for some time about sharing my own story about how I grew up and how that shaped me into who I am today. Since this is a really personal decision, I'd recorded part of it and then let it sit for a while. Then as I met with more people who shared their Bet on You stories with me, it seemed hypocritical to ask them to open up, and not be willing to do the same. That thought, in conjunction with the stories I've heard over the years as I've spoken about violence and what we hear about more and more in the news today, it seemed the right time to let you all in. This is just my story of how violence has impacted my life, the way I used that to drive me to be successful, mistakes that I've made along the way and how I've focused my work on protecting others.
a podcast with Aaron Hockley! I had a great interview with Aaron and really appreciate his passion and perspective in the world of photography. He talked about shooting with intent and also said the key to being a good photographer is only showing your best photos. I'm going to make sure and carry that message forward to all my friends and family who want me to see their 850 pictures from their weekend getaway, consider yourselves warned.
Hey, it's been a while, good to see you again! Ferris Bueller was right when he said "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.". I'm finally taking the time to get my "Bet" back on and spend some time with you fine people.
I wanted to share this interview today for a few reasons. First, because I've known Jordan Wiley for more than 10 years and have wanted to had him on the podcast since I started, but because of all the amazing work he does, he's not usually in one place for long. We had the opportunity to sit down last week and talk and I was inspired by all that MSF/Doctors Without Borders does to help those who need it, and the dedication of individuals to ensure quality medical care is available to all. Secondly, I have been reading about the ceremonies taking place today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Reading the stories of survivors and hearing about the atrocities they've faced are at times overwhelming. It's during these times of horror, when we feel like we're worlds away and can't do anything to help, that I'm reminded that we can provide support to those taking care of the victims and survivors. To hear Jordan speak about his work, his passion and empathy for those he works to help is evident. Perhaps one day, we will no longer have to use words like "conflicts" or "genocide", but until that is a reality, I am grateful that organizations like MSF/Doctors Without Borders (and people like Jordan) are available to offer assistance to people based on need, regardless of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
No, not that One Direction (I haven't completely lost it). I had the opportunity to sit down with Scott Porter who has been a mentor of mine in Emergency Management. Scott is the "go-to" when you have a question about preparedness and response and is the epitome of professionalism. While I've known Scott for almost 12 years, we'd never had the opportunity to talk about his life and all that brought him to where he is now. I've learned a lot from Scott professionally and am glad that I was able to learn more about him personally. I'm grateful to Scott for taking the time, I really enjoyed our talk and I think you will too.
Well, turns out we here at Bet On You are not unbreakable and we got hit with the sickness. We're all better now and are excited for you to listen to our newest interview with Ted Pappas of Big Bottom Whiskey. I have been a fan of Big Bottom since I was first introduced to it at a local bar. I really enjoyed talking to Ted and hearing about his experiences and how he interweaves meaningful aspects of his life into his product. I think you'll really enjoy his story, oh and if you get hit with the sick, I HIGHLY recommend the 111 proof for all that ails you.
It's that time of year again, it's all fresh and new and the possibilities are endless. As we took the time to reflect on last year and all of the broken resolutions we made, we go ahead and just pile them back on this year. That way when December comes back around and we're already stressed out about the holidays, we can reflect on the broken promises we made to ourself, so good for the self-esteem.
I thought I'd take the time and share some thoughts and experiences I've had over the years that have shaped my views. What would you do with your two weeks?
This is one of many brilliant lines from my favorite book The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham. This book is meaningful to me because the main character chooses his own path, which is something I've tried to embrace throughout my life.
I really enjoyed my interview with Justin Stanley, founder of Uprise Books, because he is so passionate about reading that it moved him to start a non-profit that will get books into the hands of teens and give them access to new stories which will enhance their own.
As we come to the end of 2013, I want to take a quick moment to thank all of you for listening, and my amazing guests for sharing their inspiring stories. I can't wait for you to hear what we've got in 2014! Have a safe and happy holiday!
Oh, and as promised, below is the list of songs sent in from listeners that inspire them, take a listen and get inspired!
We Take Care Of Our Own - Bruce Springsteen
Ready To Die - Andrew WK
Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel
Swim - Jack’s Mannequin
Living In Colour - Frightened Rabbit
Mr. November - The National
Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
Song Away - Hockey
Roots - Sepultura
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
Hall Of Fame - The Script
The Fighter - Gym Class Heroes
Keep Your Head Up - Ben Howard
Mad Life - Dishwalla
Rap Machine - DJ Format
Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues - The Eels
Heading Out To The Highway - Judas Preist
I had a really great conversation with James Hull, owner of Local Roasting Co. Not only did he share his interesting and inspired story, but he also shared his amazing coffee. If you have not yet visited James at his shop, you should definitely stop by. It's a great atmosphere, and again, the coffee...oh the delicious coffee.
Also, as we near Thanksgiving, I want to wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday and say how thankful I am for all the wonderful people I've met over the past few months since starting the podcast. I'm always grateful for all the feedback I get from listeners (positive and negative) because I enjoy hearing the impact the show is making. If you have a chance, stop by iTunes and give us some feedback or a rating so we can share Bet On You with more listeners.
John started his own company in 2009, it hasn't been an easy road but it's allowed him to meet great people and pursue his passion. Along the way he's discovered other people had their own "geronimo" moment. The Bet on You Podcast has allowed him to hear more of the stories and share them with all of you.