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Profiling ordinary people living EXTRAordinary lives. I search out people I admire that have chosen a different path to live a more compelling life. I’m your host Nate G and it is my mission to share stories and experiences that makes each of us, EXTRAordinary.
Profiling ordinary people living EXTRAordinary lives. I search out people I admire that have chosen a different path to live a more compelling life. I’m your host Nate G and it is my mission to share stories and experiences that makes each of us, EXTRAordinary. << Show Less
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Preparing for Adventure with Trenter Bugg If you follow him on social media, you know him as Trenter Bugg.  But if you roll with any group in Atlanta, you will inevitably meet Parker.  Regardless of what you call him or what you know of him, once you meet him you will never forget him.  Another force of nature to be featured on this show, Parker goes harder than anyone I know.  Struggling with ADHD as a kid and still managing it to this day, you can kind of understand where his energy level comes from.  How he learned to channel both through his gift of skating is a fascinating story.  Struggling with so many of the issues we all did growing up, Parker took some time to balance his lifestyle.  It wasn’t easy and he is still working through the process.  But in that process, he has accomplished some insane feats in the world on in-line skating.  And he has used his ADHD to his advantage modifying and designing skates and accessories that will allow him to go faster, harder, and longer. I first met Parker getting ready for A2A which was a daunting feat, in itself.  He took me (like so many others) under his wing and showed me the tips and techniques on how to survive the 87-mile grind.  And as you will soon hear, that is ultimately his most admirable quality despite all his crazy accomplishments.   Parker has been able to turn his challenges into assets, and he is always prepared for adventure, as long as his friends are down for the ride.  Buckle up and strap in for my wild ride with Parker aka Trenter Bugg. https://www.instagram.com/thetrenter/ https://www.rollatl.com/ https://www.a2a.net/ Background track - Sirius Jazz by Jeremy Blake
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Preparing for Adventure with Trenter Bugg If you follow him on social media, you know him as Trenter Bugg.  But if you roll with any group in Atlanta, you will inevitably meet Parker.  Regardless of what you call him or what you know of him, once you meet him you will never forget him.  Another force of nature to be featured on this show, Parker goes harder than anyone I know.  Struggling with ADHD as a kid and still managing it to this day, you can kind of understand where his energy level comes from.  How he learned to channel both through his gift of skating is a fascinating story.  Struggling with so many of the issues we all did growing up, Parker took some time to balance his lifestyle.  It wasn’t easy and he is still working through the process.  But in that process, he has accomplished some insane feats in the world on in-line skating.  And he has used his ADHD to his advantage modifying and designing skates and accessories that will allow him to go faster, harder, and longer. I first met Parker getting ready for A2A which was a daunting feat, in itself.  He took me (like so many others) under his wing and showed me the tips and techniques on how to survive the 87-mile grind.  And as you will soon hear, that is ultimately his most admirable quality despite all his crazy accomplishments.   Parker has been able to turn his challenges into assets, and he is always prepared for adventure, as long as his friends are down for the ride.  Buckle up and strap in for my wild ride with Parker aka Trenter Bugg. https://www.instagram.com/thetrenter/ https://www.rollatl.com/ https://www.a2a.net/ Background track - Sirius Jazz by Jeremy Blake
World Domination with DC Gomez At the Extraordinary podcast, we have been blessed to have some amazing guests.  We have had a few authors with new books and amazing stories to tell.  But DC Gomez is a different breed.  Yes, she is an accomplished author, writing everything from novels to children’s books, to devotionals, but it’s her infectious energy that makes her stand out.  After our conversation, Hurricane Gomez seemed like a more fitting title.  Now she hosts a podcast and Facebook live feed every week where you can feel that energy firsthand.  DC brought that energy to our interview, and I noticed immediately.  It was so uplifting.  I even found myself smiling when I listened back to edit.  She grew up in the Dominican Republic and immigrating to the United States with her family as a teen.  Going from a tropical paradise to Salem, Mass was a shock in many ways, but it gave her this perspective on life that is so refreshing.  Learning all about service from her family, DC has found the answers to a happy life that so many of us are seeking.  And it is obvious when you hear her speak.  Her morning habit of being fearless at 5 am, has had some impressive results as well.  This amazon influencer is pumping out literature and providing service through groups like the Rotary Foundation.  Hear how she does it all and pulls in others along the way in my incredible conversation with Sil aka DC Gomez. https://dcgomez-author.com/ https://www.amazon.com/D-C-Gomez/e/B078T2RBN8?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1628617273&sr=8-1 https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation Background Track – Digital Ghosts by Unicorn Head
The War of Resistance with Steven Pressfield Resistance.  Resistance is the War every artist must face.  Resistance is the War we all face.  It is the battle that must be won to achieve success.  Overcoming resistance is what turns the amateur into the professional.  Resistance takes many forms and fashions its way into our weaknesses.  It knows exactly how to stop you.  It knows just how to make sure you fail.  Give up.  Miserable and alone.  Resistance is what keeps most people from ever realizing their full potential. Steven Pressfield spent the first part of his life losing that war to Resistance.  Failing all along the way.  Lost, aimless and hopeless at times, Resistance had his number.  The amount of pain and suffering he endured; I find unfathomable.  Why and how he was able to persevere through rejection after rejection is something I can’t understand.  But endure he did.  And in the end not only did achieve his goal of becoming a distinguished author and novelist, but he also wrote the War of Art.  His first non-fiction work was published specifically for authors and artists.   This bible for creatives has gone on to influence and shape some of the greatest writers alive today.  The impact of this and the follow-ups like “Do The Work” and “Turning Pro” have become gospels to those looking to realize their dreams and ambitions.  While he directly appeals to the artist and more specifically the writer, the message and process for overcoming resistance apply to anyone with a vision or mission.  The principles all work.  Along with his influential nonfiction, Steven’s novels also dive into a code of values through the spartan principles of ancient times.  These stories encapsulate the warrior ethos while giving great perspectives into the lives of those who endured resistance centuries ago.  The most recent novel “A Man at Arms” does a magnificent job of this.  After reading all that these ancient people had to go through, you realize the resistance and challenges we face now may not be so bad.  And maybe that’s really the point.  Perspective.  Perspective makes any resistance manageable.  Something that can be overcome.  A war that can be won.  And Steven Pressfield shows us the way.  Learn how with the man at arms, a warrior artist, Mr. Steven Pressfield. https://stevenpressfield.com/ https://blackirishbooks.com/books/ @steven_pressfield
Wise Words From Adrew Weiss Conferences and trade show events were the mainstays for virtually every major industry from cars and computers to comics and cosplay.  These expos brought together like-minded enthusiasts and curious fans to one place to connect, network, and share the latest and greatest.  I have repeatedly talked about Podfest and the impact that podcasting conference has had on this show as a perfect example.  But right as that event was concluding, Covid came along and changed everything.  It literally shut down that industry among several others.  My brother-in-law was one of many whose job vanished overnight.  Those in the networking space had to look to the virtual space as the new platform for connecting everyone.  Despite the lack of personal connection, the virtual conference was the only option at least for a while.  Thankfully that tide has turned and in-person events are officially back.  But those that navigated that digital trial are now poised to excel in this new hybrid environment. Andrew Weiss is the perfect example of that.  Leaping on board as one of the Emcees for Podfest Global Summit, he had no idea the challenges he would face as Covid arrived simultaneously.  Thinking he would be spending his time on stage, he found himself on camera.  Andrew and the Podfest team had to pivot in ways they never expected.  Hosting multiple world-record-setting events, Andrew, Chris, and their team, did what almost no one else was able to do, not just survive, but thrive.  Hear how he came on the scene and learned invaluable wisdom along the way.  Here are Some wise words from Andrew Weiss.  https://www.weisswisdom.com/
Inspiring My Audience with Justin Schenck How do you create a movement?  How do you change the world? For starters, you have to inspire your audience. If you can inspire people, you can motivate them in a new direction. A better path. While inspiration is not sustainable, it can be the spark to initiate growth.  It can be the moment that changes someone’s life.  But what inspires people? That answer is different for different types of people.  So, the only way to find out what inspires them is the try, try, and try again.  Keep trying. And through the process of figuring out what doesn’t work, we begin to find out what does work.  That has been Justin Schenck’s philosophy and key to his success.  His Growth Now Movement Podcast has inspired just that…  a movement.  It has been recognized as one of the top podcasts for entrepreneurs.  Justin interviews some of the most fascinating and successful people in the world.  He is and does what I aspire to be.  Just an ordinary guy growing up in the middle of Pennsylvania, Justin now lives an extraordinary life bouncing around the country.  He has created a live event, a mastermind, and a virtual group of the best and the brightest in their industries.  His guests are the best at what they do.  From Ed Mylett to Bert Kreischer, Hear how he connects, coaches, and counsels some extraordinary people. He’s been kind enough to come to inspire my audience, I hope you enjoy my conversation with Justin Schenck.    https://growthnowmovement.com/
Cultured Conversation with Jamison Smallwood What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light.  How we spend those twilight hours, determines our destiny.  All the practice we put in when no one is watching.  All those early mornings when everyone else is sleeping.  All those late-night hours staring at a screen.  Those efforts pay off in the long run.  While everyone else is watching Netflix, you are realizing your dreams. This podcast started and continues in that same fashion.  Recording interviews after the kids are in bed.  Early morning editing and mixing to make a deadline before exercise or starting the workday.  If you want to be extraordinary, you have to make the time.  Jamison Smallwood has been making the time for his podcast Culture and Conversations for a minute now.  While a successful software engineer by day, Jamison put in the time and effort to build a podcast and a production platform that poised him for success when Covid hit.  While it hurt his traditional job, it created a whole new set of opportunities as his church and so many others went digital.  Jamison’s love of the gospel and gift of communication gave him a new, more rewarding calling to compliment his career.  Sharing the word, his passion for good food, and a low country lifestyle we can all appreciate, Jamison is a joy to your ears.  Learn how to make fish and grits, bring together a community, and plate your food from the pride of south Georgia.  Or learn to art of podcasting from one of Georgia Southern 40 under 40, hers my conversation with Jamison Smallwood. https://www.cultureandconversations.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwkjiLi2BWuwI_nCC1zPywg Background Track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shrZ5rAPa6w
Making a Difference with Jen Gardiner “A Jack of all trades…” When we think of those who make a difference in the world, we think of people like Doctors who are out there saving lives. Working on the front lines.  But in reality, all of us have the opportunity to make an impact, with everything we do.  Even just doing little things well, each of us can make a difference to someone.  You don’t have to literally save a life to save someone’s life or make a difference in their day.  Just putting yourself out there can inspire or motivate others.  They may in turn do the same.  Jen Gardiner originally thought the best way she would make an impact was to be a pediatric physician.  But despite her best-laid plans, life had much more in store.  Turns out, Jennifer’s calling came about through cake decorating.  That entrepreneurial journey created many spin-off opportunities.  While the business was incredibly successful, it did not feel socially impactful.  But It was definitely making an impact.  It created a huge online audience and thousands of fans.    It led to writing and TV opportunities.  Which re-exposed Jen to the acting bug.  Igniting her passion from her days in theatre, Jen now has regular acting opportunities and some big roles coming up.  And now this latest career path may give her the chance to make the biggest difference so far. There’s not much this mother of 5 can’t do.  Jen explains digital marketing, SEO, how we are all “Made for More”.  Learn how to Make A Difference with Jen Gardiner.  Background Tracks by Two Feet https://jengardiner.com/ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10148023/
The Captains Life with Taylor Morgan Crafting an extraordinary life is a process.  Lifestyle design is an accumulation of small patterns of behavior that over time set the stage for great things to happen.  Putting all the right things in place and keeping track of them has a long-reaching effect that magnifies the positive results it creates.  Kind of like a flywheel, the momentum continues to pull you along the path providing solutions and opportunities as you keep moving forward.  Once again it's those little things that matter.  Like the boat captain demands a tight ship, An extraordinary life demands discipline and structure. Taylor Morgan has been the captain of his own ship and business since completing his service in the marines, as a machine gunner.  His Captain's Lifestyle teaches entrepreneurs how to improve all facets of their life to create balance, harmony, and maximum productivity.  While in the military he had two pivotal and life-changing experiences that set him on the path to create the Captain's Lifestyle.  He now shares his experiences through his podcast and program.  These eye-opening stories changed his trajectory and mindset and brought him to where he is today,  a high-performance machine with all the tricks of the trade at his disposal.  Sit back, relax and enjoy your captain speaking about living an EXTRAordinary life with Taylor Morgan.    https://www.thecaptainslifestyle.com/
Season 7 Finale - The Finish Work Finish The Work "Overnight successes always take years." The Last 5% - Attention to Detail ​                In the 4th Key (Frame Your Future) we just got started.  We started ugly.  Things didn’t have to be perfect because they couldn’t.  We were brand new to this game.  We were just figuring it out.  Winging it.  You know, fake it til you make it.  But as we continued to show up, this gave us the chance to have some work to show for our efforts.  Work that could be viewed and critiqued.  And with the 5th Key, we began to get some of that feedback.  These Initial Inspections showed our weak spots our shortcomings.  We created feedback loops from ourselves, our peers, and mentors.  We even learned how to appreciate the feedback from the true haters.  Because we need that feedback for this next step in the process.    Now on the 6th Key  (Finish The Work), We take those critiques to heart and use them to make us better.  As we put in the reps, we pay attention to the little things.  These little things will be noticed by others who are also great at what they do.  That’s what makes the little details so important.  Greatness recognizes greatness.  Greatness will always be recognized.  Not necessarily always appreciated.  But definitely recognized.  This consistent attention to detail will provide opportunities down the road.  These small details will make you known for your craft.  For what you do.    What are the little details you have been neglecting in your own life?  Personal, and professional...  Take some time to think about what needs cleaning up in your own life.  Break out the dust mop and sweep out the cobwebs and organize yourself.  Do the small things.......  Well!  This principle is drilled into new cadets in the military.  There is a reason why we make our bed.  There is a reason we take the time to shine our shoes.  ​ In my contracting days, this attention to detail would always take the form of crown molding.  Most anyone can cut and run trim around windows, doors, and baseboards.  There is not a lot of talent required in your basic trim installation process.  Don’t get me wrong there are always tools and techniques to make the job easier (as you will read shortly) but a lot of that basic trim work doesn’t take a lot of real skill.  Crown molding, however, is quite different.  I have seen many talented craftsmen who struggled to install crown molding.  Especially stain grade crown.  Every cut and flaw can be seen and any mistake is typically quite noticeable to the naked eye.  So how do we develop that skill?  How do we hone our craft? ​ Creating Systems – Refine Your Process   The only way to do this is to put in the reps.  Over time, become known for what you do.  This will provide opportunities to give your work more meaning.  More significance.    Look at Jordan Peterson.  He is so good at verbally eviscerating his liberal opponents because he understands their position better than they do.   He was a socialist at 14 he knows the literature.  So he can see the flaws.  He has come to a deeper understanding, having taken the time to think things through.  He understands all his positions.  What makes him so formidable is that he has spent so much time and effort sorting these things out.  He has spent decades just thinking. To understand the importance of the structure of reason.  Answering the why….  Answering to the subconscious. ​ As you repeat your business and hone your craft, it is critical that you not only get better but you need to document how you get better.  This is the first step in creating a system.  Taking notes and testing different ideas will create patterns that can be repeated and scaled.  Paying attention along the way regardless of the work will reveal shortcuts and systems that provide advantages to those who follow them. ​ In your business and personal life, what are some systems you can create what processes can you document to make it easier, scalable, or repeatable?    _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ ​    Specialty Tools    The right tools make the job faster, easier, more enjoyable, easily repeatable.  scalable. ​ As you master the craft –  you
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