ST44 : Stephen interviews Alan Leung

Introverts are normally not thought of as very ambitious. They are usually generalized as computer nerds or engineers. Alan is an introvert, but he is a determined introvert.

Alan Leung was blessed to be born and raised in beautiful Sunny San Diego. H continues to reside in San Diego with his lovely wife Wendy. Alan is the owner and operator of Mobilezilla. Mobilezilla helps serve San Diego by providing two great services: 1 buy used phones, smartwatches, laptops, ipods, tablets, ipads, gopro, kindles and other electronics from the user who no longer wants them. Instead of letting it sit on your desk collecting dust, get cash for your items and you don't have to worry about them anymore. The second service Mobilezilla provides is to repair iphone screens, charge ports, cameras, batteries, sound issues and other things related to the iphones. They also give 90 day warranty on the work they do. What makes them different is they donate 10% of proceeds to benefit The Humane Society and Red Cross.
To further check out Mobilezilla and what they do, visit the website at

For listeners of this podcast mention Stegela when you get your iphone repair through mobilezilla and Alan will give you a free tempered glass upgrade for your iphone.
Mobilezilla provides a great solution to individuals who don't know, or don't want to figure out how to sell their phones and electronics. In some cases, your devices can even be cracked, damaged, water damaged or have no power.

Alan holds a B.S degree in economics as well as a minor in the Chinese Language.
Alan started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 28. He's failed forward many times and now has two profitable businesses from the lessons he's learned throughout his journey. Aside from running his own business, he's also a passive investor in real estate and business opportunities.

Alan first started in this business in 2015. Since then, he's currently doing about 12K a month in revenue with about 40% of that being profit. Prior to running his own business, Alan worked in the insurance industry for 7 years. He also has experience managing a restaurant as he has done so for many years at his families restaurant. Alan spends about 50 hours a week working in the trenches, and another 20 hours working on his craft, working on his mindset and working on ideas. Alan was inspired to get started with Mobilezilla as he knew he wanted to run his own business. He wasn't sure what type of business and accidentally fell into this when. He was shopping for second hand phones for his family, and realized that people selling the phones weren't always upfront and honest. He knew there had to be a better way to do this and to treat the people not only buying but selling these items as well.

Alan and his wife currently do not have any kids, but plan to have some in the near future. They have a lazy loveable King Charles called Au Au, which translates to cow cow.
Aside from business, Alan is passionate about fishing. He loves spending his free time kayak fishing in La Jolla. He also likes to give back by donating time or money to causes that help the enviornment, the red cross, humane societ, the and the homeless.

Alan's Pet Peeve's are when people say one thing, but do something else. He believes that you should always communicate and have the decency to let others know if there are a change of plans.

Alan is bilingual, he speaks English and Chinese. He speaks two different dialects of Chinese, Cantonese and some Mandarin.

Fun Facts about Alan include that he loves to eat, but he also believes in being healthy. His love for food usually wins over but when he's serious about his health, he's all in and doesn't budge. Alan also hates heights and roller coasters. Alan is what you would call a determined introvert.



ST43: Stephen Interviews David Di Giorgio

Davide Di Giorgio is a TEDx Speaker Coach, Founder of the Unapologetic Speakers' Membership Community, and Creator of the Speaker Experience at Sea. As a longtime theater producer, creator, educator, and audacious entrepreneur he takes an UNAPOLOGETIC approach to speaker coaching that shatters the mold of following formulas and blueprints, and has made him the go-to creative expert for on-purpose entrepreneurs and business owners who want to go from being unheard and uncertain to UNFORGETTABLE and UNSTOPPABLE speakers and leaders of their own tribe!

The Unapologetic Speakers' Community >

Everything else will be at my website:



ST42 : Stephen Interviews Ryan Coon

I have enthusiastically developed a passion for hospitality and entertainment management through invaluable job experiences with amusement parks, movie theaters, restaurants, and hotels. A majority of my past work history involves running movie theaters on the East Coast where I happily led multiple teams for over 10 years.  

With the goal of running my own business in the entertainment and hospitality field, I received my Masters degree from the University of Florida's Recreation, Parks, and Tourism program with a Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality Management.  

I am ecstatic to say I am now pursuing my lifelong passion of starting a business that focuses on providing social entertainment at fun events. Switchboard Games was created to offer unique opportunities for folks to effortlessly meet new people while playing board games or creating art on vertical surfaces.  

I am truly excited to be in a position where I have a business idea I am passionate about, the ability to follow this dream, and the privilege of becoming an entrepreneur in San Diego!



ST41 : Stephen Talks About 'Slight Edge'


            In this episode get to know Stephen a little better, as you hear some of his personal struggles.  The topic of today’s podcast is self disciplined, and sticking to your word by turning a big goal into smaller more manageable goal. A common way of dealing with your problems is to say, “I should do this”, by saying I should you are basically giving yourself permission to not follow through.  Instead we are going to say “I must”, I must go to the gym, I must save money, I must wake up early. When you say must you aren’t giving yourself a way out of your goal, but instead forcing yourself to hit that goal.

            There are two main forces that drive people to reach their goals. Either you are being pushed by pressure or stress, or you are being pulled by your goals, or passion. If you cant get yourself to commit to a goal, try forcing yourself to get it done by putting the pressure on yourself.  Give yourself a penalty if you don’t work toward your goal daily, and make it something that you really don’t want to lose. When choosing your accountability buddy make sureto choose someone who is hoping for your victory not hoping you fail and someone that is passionate about you hitting your goal.


·      Key Points

·      Make small goals that will build

·      Don’t say should

·      Driven by pressure, or being pushed

·      Vision is driving force



ST40 : Stephen Talks About Personal Brand

In this episode, Stephen Dela Cruz talk about the importance of personal branding and how to create a personal brand. Send your questions to

What is a personal brand, and how does it help your business grow? Today Stephen talks about how to build a personal brand that works for you.  When building a personal brand think beyond just a logo, your brand should invoke some emotion to anyone that sees it.  Try to think of what emotion you want people to feel when they think of your brand, what smells do you want people to remind them of your brand, what sights, what tastes? Think back to a bad experience you had at a business, even if that company employs thousands of people, do you associate that company with the employee that gave you bad service?  When you have a personal brand it helps people know, like, and trust you, which will help your endorsement, go a longer way.

            People buy for three reasons, price, the product, and the person selling or endorsing it. Imagine if you have a inferior product, and a decent price, this is where having a personal brand comes into play. If the costumer feels like they know like and trust you they will be more likely to buy that product from you.

            How do you plan on building your personal brand?  Most people think of social media i.e. Facebook, twitter, or even a blog. Some people don’t think of podcasts, or think they think podcasts don’t fit them. Podcasts are huge tool for you to use to build your personal brand, because you are talking to the audience directly. This gives people the feeling that they are getting to know you. This is so important because when people feel like they know you they start to trust you and your company more. People are more likely to listen to podcast then to sit down in front of a computer and watch videos.

            What is attraction marketing? When you are marketing is all about trying to attract people to your business, sometimes this can go wrong. Examples of not attracting people to your business would be spam marketing. When you are constantly trying to reach out to people it can annoy people. Now when people think of your brand they think of how irritated they get when you are trying to reach out to them.

            The most important thing to think about when building a personal brand is making connections, invoking feeling, and how you want your brand to be received.




ST39 : Stephen Talks About Networking



In this episode Stephen talks about the importance of networking. All ten businesses that Stephen owns has been made by networking, and although social networking nothing has made some of it beats face to face networking. The main point of face to face networking is the other person really gets a feeling for you, and it is easier to make a real relationship. A lot of people think that when you go out networking you go and just throw around your business cards and hope people come to you. Really you should be trying to form real relationships, people can tell when you aren’t being genuine. The best way to build your network is to get people to know like and trust you. The first thing you have to worry about is being know, start with something memorable, that way people will remember you. Always be true to yourself, if you don’t enjoy someone then don’t work with them, there are billions of people in the world not everyone is going to like you. Ask yourself if you can be friends with this person, and the trust aspect will follow. After you meet someone at a networking event, set up a meeting, follow up with them. Stephen then goes on to explain the four-color/ personality types. This is important because the more you understand about the person you are talking to, the easier it will be to talk to them. It is important to remember that the people you are networking with, most likely wont be your clients, but they will refer you to others, because they know like and trust you.



ST 38 : Stephen Interviews Nicholas Bayerle

In this episode Stephen Interviews Nicholas Bayerle about his EPIC upcoming event!

In this episode Stephen Interviews Nicholas Bayerle about his EPIC upcoming event!

Nicholas Bayerle is the CEO of The Billion Dollar Body, where they help men reach their ultimate state of health, power, and confidence. Nicholas is an international speaker, coach, and was rated top 30 under 30 influencers. He has coached some of the top male CEOs and is passionate about seeing men prosper is health, business and relationships. Nicholas is also a contributor to Influencive and Thrive Global. Check out his event:



ST37 : Life On Purpose

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In this episode, Stephen talks about the importance of living your life on many people live by the motto if it’s meant to be it’ll happen, but when you live like that, you give yourself an excuse for being lazy. When you are hungry you don’t say if its meant to be ill eat, you go get food, same with showering, gardening, or feeding your pets. Stephen then goes on to share the stories of KFC and formula 409, explaining that they didn’t give up after they were told no, or didn’t get what they were looking for. You should live your life as if it relies 100% on you, and have purpose with everything in your life from business, to personal. That is how you become successful, and get what you want.



ST36 : Stephen's Pity Party

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In this episode Stephen has a little pity party for himself , procrastinating his podcast is something that Stephen does sometimes. Unlike articles, Stephen cant outsource his podcast, but there is very little instant reward from the podcasts. He cant tell who is watching like his 60 seconds to success videos, those get likes and shares, so Stephen can instantly tell that those videos are getting results. Sometimes its hard to prioritize things that don’t give an instant reward, so Stephen told Casey that he owes her 100 bucks if he didn’t get this podcast out., that way It makes podcasting more of a priority. It is important to remember that even being as successful as he is, Stephen is just a person, and has doubts, fears and insecurities, just like every other person in the world.   



ST35 : Stephen Interviews Melanie Deziel

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Melanie Deziel is an award-winning branded content strategist and consultant, and the founder of The Overlap League native ad newsletter. She is on the board of the Native Advertising Institute and travels the world teaching branded content strategy, best practices, and growth strategies to content creators, marketers and brands. Melanie was the first editor of branded content at The New York Times where she wrote the “Women Inmates” piece for Netflix, which won the OMMA for Best Native Advertising in 2014, and the "Grit & Grace" piece for Cole Haan that won the same award in 2015. She has also done content strategy work for Time Inc's 35+ US magazines, the Huffington Post, and a number of other publishers and brands. As an Expert in Residence with BRaVe Ventures, she offered content strategy consulting, training and advisory to Turner, Viacom, and other major media companies. Learn more about Melanie at

The Overlap League: It's a biweekly dispatch of the latest news, recent branded content examples, resources and open jobs designed to help those working in brand storytelling stay informed.



In this episode Stephen interviews Melanie Deziel, founder of The Overlap League native add newsletter. Melanie started out getting her masters in journalism, and moved to being a branded content educator. She not only helps educate, but also works with content directly, and helps content creators produce better content. She works with every kind of business, mostly bigger ones from insurance companies to jewelry companies, to start ups. The goal of a branded content strategist is to give the content a native feel, instead of interrupting the consumer’s life.  After Melanie got her masters in journalism she found there weren’t a lot of jobs out there, so she looked for something that she could use her journalism skills in. First she went to the Huffington post, then the New York Times, and in February 2016 she branched out on her own. Not only does she run her Brand content company, she also runs the native add news letter, writes a column for Ink, and is a professor at Syracuse university. Although she doesn’t know where she will be in 10-20 years from now she intends on just listening and adapting to what the world of brand content needs. Getting into contact with Melanie is as easy as going to her website, where she loves to receive, and share new stories, and even occasionally help out.




ST34 : Stephen Interviews Dave DiVerniero

In this episode Stephen interviews Dave DiVerniero.

Dave has been a producer and editor of TV, Film and Video for over a decade. He has worked on doc style TV (No Reservations, Hell's Kitchen, Mythbusters, etc), award winning films (Paramos: Water for Life, To Dad, Field Chronicles: Chingaza) as well as broadcast ads and promotional materials for some of the biggest brands in the world (Audi, Long and Foster, Facebook, etc). He is currently the Executive Producer of Black Chip Collective, which provides video staffing services nationally as well as fully managed productions in SoCal.


Black Chip Collective is the staffing service:

and Black Chip Studios is the production division: 

-       Summary

In todays episode, Stephen interviews Dave DiVerniero, the executive producer of Black Chip Collective. Working in D.C.  as a freelancer he explains that even with a steady stream of work, it is often feast or famine. Similar to a staffing agency, the main difference is someone with field experience is vetting the staff, the idea behind this is it is easier for them to spot talent, and place staff with jobs that suit their talents. In the beginning as a freelancer, Dave did consider himself an entrepreneur; it wasn’t till around a year ago he started Black Chip Collective, that he realized what that actually meant. Different ways that they find their staff, is by going to popular places where freelance artists hang out, not always in person, but also online. It may have taken a bit for him to feel comfortable with the stability of the Black Chip Collective, but after a year Dave says he is finally feeling comfortable. Originally the idea was to just create a network of freelancers, but he began to see the value in contracting the freelancers out.  Ashe grows his company Dave hopes to move into graphic design, and web development. He also hopes to bring his services national, currently he Black Chip Collective does video in San Diego, D.C., and L.A. If you would like to become part of the Black Chip Collective, feel free to send in a resume, but don’t be offended when it takes a long time to get back to you, because Dave has a very big backlog of resumes. 



ST33 : Stephen Interviews Pam Covarrubias

In todays podcast Stephen interviews Pam Covarrubias.

Notes from this episode:


            In this episode Stephen Dela Cruz interviews Pam Covarrubias, founder of spread ideas, move people. Starting out in the corporate world she discovered her passion in life was to inspire people through stories. Having an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, moving away from the corporate world was a natural change for her. Although scared Pam decided to follow her passion through her podcast series. Pam has been recruited multiple times by companies, and still has decided to stick with her passion. Though friends and family want her to take the jobs, this is something Pam has decided to do for herself, and others.  Originally Pam started this series to tell her own story, but she has ended up sharing other peoples stories more often. In the future she plans to focus more on her own story, and her t-shirt line. With every story Pam learns something new and exciting.  Her clothing line plays off the fact that she grew up bi-lingual, and how often bi-lingual people think and speak in both languages. Her best advice to those looking to leave corporate America is, take a breath, have a plan, and don’t give up. Being an entrepreneur, is all about finding what is needed, and finding a way to make happen.


Key Points


-Don’t give up

-follow your passion

-don’t be afraid to move laterally

-follow your passion

-learn from your experiences



ST32 : Stephen Interviews Ryan McMunn

In this episode Stephen interviews Ryan McMunn.

Ryan McMunn
Founder & CEO | BRIC Language Systems

Ryan McMunn is Founder and CEO of BRIC Language Systems, an innovative web-based language acquisition program. As the former President of Asian Operations at a leading U.S. manufacturing firm, McMunn has long understood the importance of learning the native language of his Chinese colleagues.

Over the course of several years, he attempted numerous times to learn Mandarin. His attempts included private tutoring sessions, group classes, and virtually every other language training method available. He eventually found success with a program, taught by Kassey Wong, in Shanghai that utilized a unique teaching method specific to Mandarin.

Recognizing that the use of language-specific learning techniques is essential to grasping any new language, McMunn along with Kassey Wong, founded BRIC Language Systems to teach Mandarin in 2011 and have since developed Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish courses taught by teachers in Brazil and Mexico.

“It’s quite simple actually,” Ryan stated. “The mechanics of learning Mandarin Chinese are completely different from the way you should learn Brazilian Portuguese, for example. If you apply the same teaching methods to both, you are almost certain to fail.”

The BRIC Language Method is based on three key components: cultural immersion with native speaking teachers in location, exclusively developed interactive learning content, and customization to each students interests. McMunn and Wong ascertained that not every teaching approach should be built upon the European language model (as most other programs are), and with that, they designed a technology-based program that facilitates an interactive method proven to effectively harness both teacher and student.

The BRIC Language method encompasses cross-cultural training, personal and business applications and real-life social exercises, along with live online teachers accessible from anywhere in the world.

“Without the proper language skills, performing quality control and partaking in social and environmental aspects of my job were difficult at best. I never would have been promoted beyond my entry-level position in China had I not learned the native language,” stated McMunn, who was only 29 when he became GM of China Operations at his company.

With plans to add new languages to the blackboard including Russian, Japanese, and Arabic, McMunn has already more than cut the learning curve in half for those looking to advance their language skills and cultural knowledge of China and Brazil, two of the world’s fastest growing economies. 




            In this episode Stephen Dela Cruz interviews Ryan McMunn, funder of Briclanguage.  Ryan started out stocking shelves from 2002-2004, when suddenly his company was expanding to china. He was the young experienced professional they want to manage the two new offices. Being twenty-five and unattached he gladly jumped on the chance to move to china. For three years he tried to learn Mandarin, but nothing worked for him. Soon his girlfriend at the time introduced him to Casey Wong, who successfully taught him Mandarin. After finally learning the language within a year he was making multimillion-dollar deals fully in Mandarin. Aside from his professional life skyrocketing his personal relationships in china also started to improve. When it came time for Ryan to move back to New York, Casey approached him wanting to use her methods to build an online language school. Even though Ryan already had many responsibilities, he agreed. McMunn wanted the school to be more then one language, and wanted to do the company right from the begging.

            It wasn’t all easy sailing for Briclanguage though; Ryan really didn’t have to much online marketing skills in the begging, despite bragging about his marketing skills in china. Around six month they still only had a single student, depressed and embarrassed, Ryan didn’t give up. Some advice for new business owners is to always do background checks or at the very least Google the people you employ, a lesson McMunn learned the hard way. Today Briclanguage is working with the Chinese government to bring English teachers to overseas, and starting the processes of adding Russian, Japanese, and Arabic to hos curriculum. The number one piece of advice Ryan McMunn gives is keep up with networking. Although it’s no ones favorite, Ryan says he has made more deals through networking then any other method.  Remember to always take the others business card don’t just give yours, and remember you will either impress someone, or never see them again.


Key notes

-       always network

-       don’t give up

-       don’t fall into self medication

-       use personal experiences to build your company



ST31 : Stephen Interviews Daniel Dowling

In this episode Stephen interviews Daniel Dowling.

Daniel, "I'm a journalist who got his start from a broken heart. When my last relationship ended in suicidal thoughts, I knew I had to change. So I studied love, channelled my sexual desire into self-improvement, and shared my journey on sites around the web--which led to my career. Today I make a living through my purpose, and I coach others to do the same. "

Notes from this episode:

            In todays episode Stephen Dela Cruz interviews Dan Dowling a twenty seven year old writer based out of Albuquerque New Mexico. Dan’s is the current head writer of a state project aimed at finding, and keeping talented entrepreneurs in New Mexico. Dowling’s story starts in 2012 after a crushing heart break, recently out of the military and no tin college yet, he is dating rich older women to try and fill his purpose. After a few years of wallowing, he started to look at how his behavior in, and outside of relationships was affecting his life in a negative way. With Zig Ziglar as an inspiration he began to write about his journey, and how he started to turn his life around. Thinking of how he could take his life to the next level, he began writing more seriously, keeping a journal, and focusing on bettering himself.

            Today he considers himself an accountability coach, helping motivate, and keep people on the path to success. By working with people to set goals, motivating them to reach those goals, and hold his clients accountable, Dan hopes for full self accountability within three months. So what would Dan Dowling tell himself four years ago to get himself on the path he is on today? Set goals and keep yourself on task every single day, when you have a purpose you begin to build momentum, and start to feel better about yourself. As you begin to focus on the path you have set for yourself, time starts to pass more quickly, and before you know it you have become a completely different person.



-       set clear goals

-       change your circle of influence

-       work on yourself

-       personal development is the key to business development

-       hold yourself accountable.



ST30 : Stephen Interviews Tim Denning

In this episode Stephen interviews Tim Denning:

Tim Denning
Entrepreneur, Blogger, Writer, Coach

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on the Entrepreneurship and Personal Development website Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and he has written multiple viral posts on social media all around success, personal development, motivation, and entrepreneurship. During the day Tim works with the most iconic tech companies in the world, as an adviser, to assist them in expanding into Australia. By night, Tim coaches his students on the principles of personal development and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Tim's biggest inspiration is Tony Robbins and his goal in life is to show people that anybody can achieve the impossible!


Tim Denning’s family has always pushed him and his brother towards entrepreneurship and always said, “Don’t work for anyone.” Starting at the age of 16, he and his brother started seven businesses, which all of them failed. While still having a career in finance, he felt he was at a low point in his life and was disappointed that his life wasn’t going anywhere, which led his to discover Tony Robbins. His life was completely changed from that point forward. Working through his limiting beliefs about his writing skills, Tim now writes for and has articles that have over over 100 thousand shares. Join us as Tim shares his 10 year vision for himself, advice for those at a low point in their lives, and his FREE eBook to grow yourself, mindset, business, and personal brand. Grab a pen and paper, because you definitely will want to take notes.



- From Australia

- 30 years old. 

- Started entrepreneurship at 16 years old. 

- Started several businesses that failed and found something that worked for him that lasted for five years

- Worked with his brother and realized he didn’t like it. 

- Found a career in finance

- Now assists companies who are looking to work closely with the government.

- Main hobby is blogging, for and and a few others. All on personal development and entreprenerushuop

- Used to be a negative person and thought he wasn’t going to achieve much

- Five years ago was at his low point and then discovered Tony Robbins which changed his life. Then discovered addicted2success. com and then met Joel Brown.

- Prior to Joel he didn’t think he was very good of a writer. then Joel challenged him. His article had over 80 thousand shares and still gets thousands of shares today 

- “Am I good enough to actually do this?” “Im a little fearful but lets have a crack at it. and then it just got better and better.”

- "Don’t worry if you’re not amazing. Just get started and have a go at it. You’ll be surprised how quickly you pick it up.”

- “The 14 ways that I completely changed my life” - BLOG (

- Growth and contribution is essential to growing

*10 years from now

- Still doing what he is doing now, but on a much bigger scale. 

- Member of toast masters in Australia.

- Book deals

- Courses and videos

- Inspire the world through entrepreneurship and personal development

*For someone who is at their lowest point towards suicide, his message to that person would be:

- “A Message to Those Who Are Struggling” - BLOG (

- You can’t be successful unless you fix your inner world

- Really being honest with yourself and figure out whats holding you back

- You need to take a good look at your friends and get people around you who are going to bring you up and give you the tools that you need.

- If you are in a remote area or an introvert, use books to educate yourself and build you up and those are the tools needed.

- Get momentum in your knowledge and head

- Big follower of Tony Robbins

- youtube videos

- Find materials that are telling you the opposite of your limited thinking

- Went to meet ups and met other entrepreneurs. Which gets you out of the thoughts of being a failure.

- Making the decision to make a change starts with a vision

- Say to yourself for 15 minutes “I love myself” and it gets embedded into your head and being


- Started exploring public speaking and speaking engagements

- You can’t stay behind the computer your entire life. 

- You have to get out there and do public speaking, make some videos, put yourself out there and be vulnerable

- Yes it will be hard, nobody is perfect. 

- Video Advice - Don’t worry about editing it or anything.

- Its not about being perfect. Its about being you and being raw. 

- She people think they’re not good enough and not worthy. Pretend you’re already there. Its all a matter of how you think. 

- Dont wait for something to happen, go out and make it happen yourself. Believe you’re an amazing public speaker even if you’re not. During that process because you have the belief, you will start two build your skills and confidence

*Advice to self knowing what he knows now

- Compromise and sacrifice

- Many times people have a list of things that they want and say, “That’s it, if I don’t get what I want, then I am not going to get involved or not gonna do it."

- You have to ask yourself the question: “Are you prepared to sacrifice or do you just want to be comfortable and hang out with your friends or do you want to be disciplined and actually try and not always have things the way you want it. With those two concepts, you can achieve anything.” 

*eBook (Free eBook)

- “How to Become a Game Changing Influencer Online and Inspire Millions.” 

- Message to everybody who wants impact and success

- To inspire others

- How he got on addicted 2 success and met Joel Brown

- Many people think they don’t have any value to share, but they really do, so he helps them discover that. 

- What is your passion and create a brand or website around that

- How to set up a website and the things you’ll need to get yourself out there and how to utilize social media.

- Don’t Talking about personal brand and networking because it sounds like its all about you

- People wanna know what is in it for them



Connect with Tim Denning and get free eBook (

Find Tim Denning on Youtube (

BLOG - “14 Ways I Completely Changed my Life, and So Can You” (Over 80 thousand shares) (

BLOG - “A Message to Those Who Are Struggling” (



ST29 : Stephen - Success Is A Mindset

Success is a Mindset

Stephen dela Cruz is a truly successful and driven mentor. He is the founder of Stegela Success Mastery, a mastermind group that focuses its’ values on helping others to live successful and flourishing lives. In this episode Stephen talks about Success being a Mindset. Stephen talks about what it truly takes to be an entrepreneur and how to get past the doubts and fears of lack of growth in your business. Most importantly, he talks about, “Success is not a destination. It is a journey. Love the process. Love the journey."


- Stephen runs his mastermind group even other Tuesday

- Members are business people who want to make a change and gain massive success

- Name is Stegela Success Mastery Success Circle

- Currently 31 people in the group and family oriented

- People sometimes go through depression and their family is trying to kill their dream. Everyone is doubting them

- Stephen and Angela have felt feelings of doubt and have questioned themselves and their capabilities

- Everyone see the success and nice things, but doesn’t see the journey

- Stephen and Angela have felt the same way and even came close to divorce because of the struggles

- Everyone sees them as a power couple, but there is always a struggle

- Entrepreneurship is an up and down roller coaster and people start to question if they are meant to do what they are doing

- People think entrepreneurship is sexy and full of freedom right form the start, until reality kicks in and the bills start coming in

- Entrepreneurship is more than a fantasy of lavish life and time freedom

- We don’t sleep in. We sleep later and wake up earlier just so we can get back on the grind to achieve our goals and dreams

- Success is not automatic.

- Entrepreneurship is the same with everyone; “I’m not this, not that, I’m not moving fast enough.” 

- Entrepreneurship requires you to recognize insanity. “Doing something over and over again expecting different results.”

- Sometimes you need to change things around and find what works best. That’s when coaching comes into play.

- There is also a level of patience and endurance sometimes

- Sometimes people aren’t working on right activities, not trusting the process, and not listening to coaching advice

- Being unwilling to learn more and be humble and face reality, you will never grow as truly reach success. 

- If you have shoes, an iPod, etc you are apart of the top 1% Richest people in the world.

- Success is a mindset. It’s a decision you make in your mind. “You know what, I am successful.”

- What process are you going through?

- What journey are you going through? 

- Get wise council about your business/idea and adjustments must be made sometimes.

- You and I have to have the mentality of success so we are ready and able to take advice, to keep on fighting, and to not give up.


- “We become entrepreneurs to stop working 40 hours for someone else, just so we can work 90 hours working for ourselves. Our own dreams.”

- “Entrepreneurs jump off the cliff and build the plane on the way down.”

- "You can’t call yourself and entrepreneur unless you are ready to take risks.”

- “Entrepreneurship is not a destination. It is a journey. A process. True entrepreneurs Constantly growing and always want more. Not greediness, but more of the abundance thinking.”

- “If the business is not building you, then you are not building a business.”

- "Entrepreneurship and success is all about personal development and growing you as a person.”

- "If you an entrepreneur, understand. It is not a destination of success. It is a journey of success. You must love the journey. You must love the process.”

- “I’m going to hustle hard, get mentorship from wise council, etc in the mindset of success."

- “When you make the ‘I am successful’ commitment, you start to see things with a whole new mindset.”



ST28 : Stephen Interviews Andria Shultz

In this episode Stephen interviews Andria Schultz:

Andria Schultz is the CEO/Founder of Network Smart where she is interviewing Celebrities, executives, and professionals behind the scenes teaching Millennials how to get into the Entertainment Industry. She has worked for the following Television shows:Your Family Matters, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Real Daytime, and Disney Channel’s: Bizaardvark. Being a woman in the Entertainment Industry has been one of the most challenging adventures she’s ever encountered, but it has made her who she is today. Andria’s goal is to inspire people of all ages to go for their dreams and not be afraid of rejection.

Andria is the Co-Author of a #1 best seller on Amazon called Passionista’s: Tales, Tips, & Tweetables, which has been featured on Huffington Post. She was recently interviewed on the Women of Influence Podcast with host Erika De La Cruz & She has recently been on SUE Talk where she talked about how she utilized her Confidence to get into the Entertainment Industry.

Summary: Andria Schultz has had a passion for the entertainment industry since she was 8 years old when she approached Sherry Lansing (Extreme Makeover) who would become her mentor two years later. From that point forward, Andria has pushed her passion and career upwards with multiple opportunities working with Disney, Paramount Pictures, Fox, NCIS, and many more. Now Andria teaches millennials how to break into the entertainment industry and how to build a network that has value and purpose to your passion. Join us as Andria shares her story on how she became one of the most influential women in the entertainment industry and how she can help you! 


- Andria is outside the box thinking in the education realm

- Goal to be CO of Disney

- Helps entrepreneurs break into the entertainment industry

- Quote: "If you don’t know what you want to become, how are people going to take you seriously"

- Been fascinated with the entertainment industry since 8 years old.

- Age 8 went to the church and met Constance Ramos (Extreme Makeover) and learned rejection at an early age from her. “Come back in a few years"

- When someone says no, “comeback with fire.”

- 2 years later went up to the same person and was taken in as a mentee. “Now you are ready."

- Learned how to build her network and find the right mentor and find the right jobs because of Constance Ramos

- Worked with multiple companies including Americas Funniest Home Videos, NCIS, Warner bros, Disney Channel, etc because of her mentor. 

- Received a great deal of experience on the business side working within the film industry. 

- Program called “Network Smart with Andria Schultz"

- Wake up call was while working for Disney. “If I became the CO of Disney, would I be completely satisfied. Took a vacation to Canada to rediscover herself and what she wanted to truly do."

- That’s when she discovered her passion for helping people. 

- Why not teach others how to talk to celebrities and professionals the way she does

- Helps people figure out what they want to do and then help with them get there.

- Grew up with an entrepreneur mindset since 8. Would go door knocking and hand out business pamphlets to teach kids to type on computers

- Had her own tv show “Your Family Matters” at 21 years old

- Wanted to emulate Sherry Lansing CEO of Paramount Pictures and Fox

- Always been in love with the movie making process

- Tom Bergeron, one of her mentors. Pushed her to be more in front of the camera to host. Now she is interviewing celebrities and professionals behind the scenes.

- If you know and understand every job in production, you are much more valuable to the industry

- Learned more networking skills from Constance Ramos that “All you gotta do is ask.” 

- Bold enough to ask for a job at Disney. Ended up going on sets and learned how to communicate effectively with other people. 

- Learned how to build relationships and bring value to the relationships.

- Sometimes life carries you on a path you weren’t expecting to take. Sometimes there's a lesson in there that's needed to be learned though.

- Biggest Tip: “Don’t be afraid of rejection.”

- In hollywood youre gonna get rejected a lot. Ask them specifically “what do you want?” And they will tell you.


Contact Info: If you are looking to get into the entertainment industry and build your OWN network, She can help. 

Personal Website


Interview with We Rule



ST27 : Stephen Interviews Terry Josiah Sharpe

Stephen interviews "The Gratitude Guy", Terry Josiah Sharpe:

Combat Veteran & CEO dedicates his life to one thing: inspiring the creation of social change in our world.

In 2014, TerryJosiah founded the Creative Agency MusicLifeChange to cultivate social revolutions through the Music, Education (Life), & Philanthropy (Change) – through the foundation and values of gratitude.

Born into an unstable family life, he quickly learned balance in a chaotic world; writing became paramount and music became an essential piece of his joy. He cultivated both; applying them to reach, connect and inspire like‐minded individuals.

At 18 years old, TerryJosiah turned his desire to create change into action when he enlisted into the United States Army six days after the terror attacks on 9/11. He served two tours in Iraq and was an integral member in the Battle of Fallujah.

After an honorable discharge in 2007, he attended UTEP where he studied music and creative writing. In 2010 he won College Songwriter of the Year (TX) and was the first college student to repeat the award in 2011. As recognition grew, multiple independent record labels approached him and he ultimately chose to sign with Above The Notes – where he was able to focus on writing and music creation behind the scenes.

He received his BA in both Music History and Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2012, and within two years founded MusicLifeChange. As a millennial visionary, he understands the need for spreading a positive message through new and innovative ways.

Show Notes

At 32 years old, becoming homeless was the last thing Terry would worry about, until it happened. That moment in his life where he was sleeping on couches or in his car, there was a mind shift. Rather than thinking that life was shitting on him and blaming others or moping, he found gratitude. At least he had a car to sleep in. At least he had a couch to sleep on. At least he was still  ALIVE! Terry’s complete mind shift has changed his life forever and now he shares his insight on living a life of gratitude, including some action steps you can start today! He is dedicated to helping others change their life through his Gratitude Ambassador Program, which will completely shift your perception forever. 



- How he became “The Gratitude Guy"

- At 32 years old he lost his house and was homeless for about three weeks. He was upset. In his car, bothers couch, or girlfriends parents house. He has kids and it was rough for him. 

- Gratitude showed him “how many homeless actually have a couch or car to sleep in?” 32 years old was the day he became the gratitude guy. Complete perspective shift. 

-We don’t recognize how many self inflicted wounds we create. 

- Everything that happens, either we learn from it or get upset from it. 

- Whatever is going wrong, he takes three deep breathes. Then thinks about losing it. Now he feels the optimism of having it. Does this three times a day with three different objects. 5 minutes each / 15 minutes a day

- You have to change your mindset and really look at the good things regardless of situation

- Gratitude is a decision you are going to have to make.

- As a person of gratitude, you are not immune to shit going wrong in your life. If you use gratitude as your foundation, then when life throws you a curve ball and tries to knock you down, you’re balanced.

- Quote: “If it’s not gonna effect you in five years, don’t spend more than five minutes on it.”

- Quote: “Gratitude is the trampoline that bounces you into happiness.”

- Quotes: "If I do something for me and someone recognizes it, its infectious"

- Quote: “Gratitude is the virtue that sustains the temperature of our happiness.”


Promotions ——> The gratitude revolution. 

- Launching gratitude ambassador program April 28th 

- 60 day program to get on the track of “Finding Happiness."

- Turn your gratitude on autopilot

- Scholarship Opportunities 

- "Gratitude Song", translated in multiple languages. 

- Gratitude guy/gal shirts

- Upcoming event to help 50 under privileged males learn entrepreneurship and business





ST26 : Stephen Interviews Brandon T. Adams

In this episode Stephen interviews Brandon T. Adams.

Brandon T. Adams is the co-host and one of two executive producers of Ambitious Adventures,

a reality television program focused on the compelling stories of young entrepreneurs.

In addition to his television work, Brandon is a best-selling author and an entrepreneur through

and through. He currently owns a stake in a number of businesses including Live to Grind, the

Young Entrepreneur Convention, Accelerant Crowdfunding Consulting, Accelerant Public

Relations, Arctic Stick, and an ice distributorship that serves three states.


As founder and host of the Live to Grind podcast, a twice weekly program that shines the light

on successful entrepreneurs, Brandon regularly delivers his unique brand of passionate

motivation in his quest to impact 1 billion lives by the time he reaches 40 years old.

His work on the Live to Grind podcast inspired him to join with a group of other young, motivated

professionals to form the Young Entrepreneur Convention. In its first year, the event drew nearly

500 attendees and featured speakers including Kevin Harrington of TV’s “Shark Tank” and co-founder Jeff Hoffman.


Brandon has also earned the moniker of “King of Crowdfunding” for his work in establishing his

business Accelerant Crowdfunding Consulting (formerly Keys to the Crowd), a firm that consults

with clients launching products and services on crowdfunding platforms. Brandon and his

Accelerant Crowdfunding Consulting team have worked with high-profile clients like Harrington,

John Lee Dumas, Think Rich Films, and others to gain funding using the emerging method of

crowdfunding. Among the most notable raises steered by the team are a Top 10 all-time

crowdfunding for a book on Kickstarter (The Freedom Journal) and the top all-time docudrama

raise on Indiegogo (Think: The Legacy of Thing and Grow Rich).

Notes from this episode:

  • Met through snapchat (Find his snapchat)
  • Accelerator program (Research this) Which has boosted up Stegela. Three month program
  • Involved with Twins network marketing
  • Brandon got him to do Facebook lives and videos
  • They both know the Maddix’s
  • Grew up in a small town with 750 people
  • Father had an ice business in 1986
  • Watched his dad conduct business and go through the ups and downs and dealing with customers
  • Saw all the headaches of business
  • “One day I would take over that business”
  • “Im gonna buy my dad’s ice business.” as a kid
  • Bought the business three years ago and his dad manages it
  • Can sell ice to an eskimo
  • Read think and grow rich in college and that changed everything
  • His past didn’t matter
  • If I want anything in life, if I work my ass off I could get it
  • Make the decision to get what you want in life and surround yourself with genius’s (your mastermind group)
  • (Light bulb idea while delivering ice on a hot day. Gatorade got hot after 10 minutes. Putting ice in it is time consuming. Wanted something that lasts longer and gives more drink mix options) Arctic Stick (Research) didn’t make him a millionaire, no more than $100k. Learned everything from this. Marketing, bootstrap, and what not to do. Taught him so much that allowed him to make more money in other businesses. 
  • 2014 raised did a Kickstarter campaign and raised over $26g in 33 days. Realized how hard crowdfunding was a problem and was hard. Waned to solve that problem.
  • 2015 traveling and interviewing people for his podcast and writing a book on crowdfunding.
  • Helped John Lee Dumas raise 1/2 Million for his freedom journal.
  • Worked with Kevin Harrington and helped crowdfunding his book.
  • Crowdfunding “Think the Legacy” the docudrama of entrepreneurs that live their life from Think and grow rich
  • Raised $362k in a couple months. Largest crowdfunding campaign in history for a docudrama
  • $1.5 Million in the past year of crowdfunding
  • Kept going and connected with influencers. Help them make money. Help them first. If you wanna connect with billionaires, add value and work for them for free, make them money, and now you will eventually know their network
  • Become an influencer in your field. Become a person of value. 
  • Now they became a media company. “Ambitious Adventures” (Research)
  • Become your own media company. Become your own. 
  • If you don’t have a tribe, you need to create one. 
  • Accelerant magazine (Research) Accelerant PR now
  • Everything you do is about publicity.
  • You get to choose who you want to work with, and who you get paid
  • Mentors for him are Kevin Harrington, learned a lot from him
  • Kevin works his ass off and you NEED to become a person of influence. Previously built up other peoples brand
  • Opportunity only comes to influencers
  • John Lee Dumas is his mentor
  • Jeff Hoffman is his mentor
  • Accelerator Mastermind Program (Research) help people become influencers in their industry
  • Turning into seven figure business this year
  • Problem is people want it perfect. “if its gonna be perfect, you’re never gonna do it.”
  • THINK (Event) Research
  • Live to grind. live to grind dot com (book) (Audible)
  • You need to enjoy the journey
  • Best way to get ahold of Brandon is snapchat BTAdams
  • Entrepreneurs fail at building teams and not on the right boat
  • Look at your inner circle. Can you go to battle with them? Can you trust them with a million dollar deal? 
  • To become successful you need to build a team and focus on what I do know. whatever you can’t do, your team can do it. If you work in perfect harmony with a common goal, you can achieve anything





ST25 : Table Talks - Network Marketing

In this episode we do this a little different, we have a "table talk" about network marketing. Join Stephen Dela Cruz, Dave "Shades" Evans, Steve Meim, and Casey Nicole Fox for this conversation!

Summary of this episode

            In today episode guests, Casey Nicole Fox, Dave “Shades” Evans, and Steve Meim talk about the benefits and the downfalls of network marketing. Casey Nicole Fox was introduced to network marketing around two years ago, and believes if you’re going to be successful you at least need to be passionate about the product. Steve Meim Has had a couple of different experiences with network marketing, one was basically illegal, and the second was in financial services. Both companies he didn’t feel any passion for. Dave Evans had joined Amway Corp. at nineteen years old, bought all the education, books and training, but never applied the knowledge.

            Understanding that network marketing is more of a stepping-stone, instead of being a full fledge business plan is a key point to this episode. Stephen Dela Cruz believes there is nothing wrong with network marketing, other then the fact people with so much potential get stuck making money for others. A great way to think of network marketing is to think of the gold rush. The people who made the most money, were the ones who sold the tools to the miners. In the same way network-marketing companies sell you the tools to become a good entrepreneur, while you still make money for their company. Although network marketing may be exciting promising you control of your own destiny, remember you are only a sales person. Even if you are very motivated, and a wonderful sales person, you have to consider after the warm market runs out you have to commit to digging for the cold market as well.  That’s why so many people either fall off of their network marketing, or jump from marketing company to marketing company.

            Networking comes from generosity, while network marketing throws generosity in your face.



-       network marketing is not business ownership

-       if you want to be successful network marketing wont get you there easily

-       most people fall off network marketing

-       network marketing is used in correctly

-       just because the big wigs agree with it doesn’t mean they are involved

-       is it really smart to pick up the scraps of money that you made someone else?