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Behind the Music: Clayton Taylor

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I had so much fun with my next guest, Clayton Taylor. He currently holds the position of Digital Content Producer at Bell Media in Toronto. He’s also hilarious, animated (you’ll have to take my word for it), and his brain holds more musical knowledge than anyone I know.

I first met Clayton 12 years ago when I took a job at HMV … you know, when CDs were still a thing. He was quick to take me in and show me the ropes of working in a record store, though I don’t think we truly bonded until I awkwardly knocked over an entire display of chocolate oranges in the mall we worked in.

In this episode, Clayton and I discuss the good and bad of social media, whether or not he believes he was made for his job, the common trait he has discovered among successful artists, what happened when he got the chance to interview his favourite band, and a lesson he learned at 17 that he’ll never forget.

I have to ask in advance for your forgiveness on the audio. This was one of the first in-person interviews I recorded and that came with a bit of an equipment malfunction. We had a headset that caused some noise on one of the microphones, but I wasn’t about to hold back from publishing this interview because of it!

I should also note that this is the last episode I’ll be publishing until after New Year’s Day. I hope all of you have a wonderful break. And for those of you who struggle through the Holidays, for whatever reason, I want you to know you are not alone. I will be available from 2-4pm PST on Christmas Day to talk if you need to. Send me a message on Instagram if you want to connect 🙂

I hope you enjoy this episode!

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Made to Lead: Edwin Frondozo

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I sat down with Edwin Frondozo, host of the award-winning Business Leadership Podcast and Chief Product Officer & co-founder at Slingshot VoIP.

 

It’s safe to say that Edwin’s a busy guy. Not only is he constantly working toward achieving his personal and professional goals, he’s giving back to the entrepreneurial community by acting as an advisor at Startup Canada and facilitating the TechStars startup weekend held for 100+ participants.

 

In this episode we talk about everything from his morning routine, tips for launching and scaling a podcast, the most common traits among the greatest business leaders, why he runs without music, and more.

Books he recommends:

How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Motivational music (who doesn’t love a throwback?):

I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly

Lose Yourself by Emine

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Life Without Borders: Michael Graziano, Global Degree

I first met Michael Graziano at Flight Centre Canada‘s head office in Vancouver, BC (my former place of employment). For three years we sponsored his show, Global Degree, simply because it was one of the most inspiring and entertaining initiatives we’d seen in a long time.

What is a Global Degree?

The concept of the show is both simple and outrageously ambitious – Michael is on a mission to travel to every country in the world. His drive to achieve this goal is rooted in his desire to improve the post-secondary education experience, hence the name Global Degree.

He has already made his way to 106 countries, capturing the excitement, and most importantly, the enlightenment that travel brings each of its pursuers. I’ve watched him tear down walls of ignorance, find friends in the unlikeliest of places and fearlessly cross borders some of us wouldn’t even dream of approaching.

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If that isn’t impressive enough, Global Degree has managed to build a social media community of more than 1,000,000 followers, and their videos have a collective view count of over 70 million.

 
More Than a Milestone
 
He is also no stranger to public speaking, with international engagements under his belt that include the impressive Hostelworld Conference held in Dublin, Ireland in 2015.
 
His ability to unforgivingly forgo society’s standards for an acceptable career path is resulting in an upgrade that our outdated education system desperately needs. His mission is not only share-worthy, it’s revolutionary for today’s youth. 
 
 
 
 
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The Global Degree Academy

 
Michael Graziano’s influence extends far outside the realm of social media. He bravely took on a project most would have written off as an impossible feat and built the Global Degree Academy, making it feasible for anyone to earn a post-secondary education while traveling to every country in the world. Don’t believe me? I’ll leave it to Michael to explain…
 
 
 

 

Michael Graziano’s Book Recommendations

 
 
Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
 
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
 
Want to continue following Michael’s journey? Find him on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
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Welcome to Made for That

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What was that thing you dreamt of doing as a kid? That you still dream about now? That feels like it’s just a part of you? You know what I mean. The guitar strings that are simply an extension of your fingers. The code that gets written or the bug that gets fixed before you’ll eat, sleep, or even check the time. The voice that stops someone dead in their tracks, the 100 meters you refuse to let anyone run faster than you or the followers that would be lost without you to lead them.

I want to introduce you to the people that have found their purpose, their calling. Or a fight inside of them they didn’t know was there. I want you to hear about their achievements and their mistakes. The inevitable failures on the path to greatness, how it feels to fall hard and what it means to stand back up… what it means to try again tomorrow.

There is no story I love more than the relentless pursuit of a dream; than the story of someone who looked at something and said, “I was born for this.”

This is made for that.