Community Made






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“I’ve been doubling down on relationships for the last 4 years and I’ve never felt more fulfilled, I’ve never been in a better financial position. To me it’s the safest, wisest investment you can make.”  Jayson Gaignard Click to Tweet

Season two of the podcast - How to Grow, Nurture, and Amplify Your Business Relationships - is just a few short weeks away and I figured what better way to introduce the season than this rapid fire, actionable chat with podcasting pro Andrew Youderian. So I’m turning the tables in this Wildcard Wednesday episode of Community Made and sharing a recent interview featuring yours truly on the eCommerceFuel Podcast.

How to connect with influencers, deciding when leverage the power of your network, the rules of facilitating warm introductions for people in your inner circle, and so much more...

The perfect primer for season two, I hope enjoy this intimate, one on one!

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eCommerceFuel Community

eCommerceFuel Podcast

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

People Mentioned in this episode:

Kevin Rose

Seth Godin

Tim Ferriss

Gary Vaynerchuk

Elon Musk


Direct download: Wildcard_Wednesday_-_Strategies_for_Building_a_World_Class_Network.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

In this very special Wildcard Wednesday episode it is my privilege to sit down James Altucher and A.J. Jacobs to discuss the art of the interview. James is the host of the top rated podcast The James Altucher Show and best-selling author of over 17 books including Choose Yourself and The Power of No. He’s also a contributing writer to publications like the The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. A.J. is a contributing editor for Esquire, commentator on NPR, and the author of six books including New York Times bestseller, My Year of Living Biblically and his latest work It’s All Relative.

In this episode the three of us sit down to discuss interviewing big names like George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson, how to build instant rapport with interview guests, and what to do when your interview tanks. Ever wondered happens when you put three interviewers in a room together for over two hours? This...

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It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs

Know it All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs

Fractured Fairy Tales by A.J. Jacobs

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs

People mentioned in this episode:

Tim Ferriss

Louis CK

Jerry Seinfeld

Garry Kasparov

George Clooney

Scarlett Johansson

Adam Grant

Eva Longoria

Joe Rogan

Marc Maron

Gerard Butler

Biz Markie

Tim Kennedy

Chuck Klosterman

Bill Maher

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Shane Claiborne

Direct download: How_to_Build_Instant_Rapport.mp3
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“Being exceptional at gift giving is not rocket science, but it does require you to go the extra mile. However when you go the extra mile, it’s never crowded...” ~ Jayson Gaignard Click to Tweet

In this very special Holiday Edition of the Community Made podcast I share 3 important reasons why gift giving during the holidays is a big mistake. You’re better off spending your time, money, and energy on gifts that will leave a lasting impression.

Consider your colleagues and clients from a Biggest Fan Perspective and learn how to 10x your gift giving efforts in this episode of Community Made... 

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention

People mentioned in this episode:

Charles Duhigg

Danny Meyer

The Heath Brothers (Dan Heath & Chip Heath)

Tony Robbins

John Rouland

William Arthur Ward

Direct download: S1E10_-_Holiday_Gift_Giving_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

“If you want and need complete control, go solo... But if you’re looking for scale, and massive impact, I believe that partnership is the absolute best way to accomplish scale” Chris Plough

The idea of partnering with someone else to scale the business is a non-starter for a lot of entrepreneurs, myself included. But others absolutely swear by it. In this episode my friends Chris Plough (founding partner of MavenWire) and UJ Ramdas (co-founder of Intelligent Change) try to convince me of the many benefits partnerships can have if you’re looking to scale.

What you need to know about yourself and the person you’re thinking of partnering with, how to develop shared core values and a common vision to drive your business and your partnership forward, and the Pros and Cons of partnering to scale in this episode of Community Made.

People mentioned in this episode:

Alex Ikonn

Samuel Levin

Cameron Herold

Marshall Rosenberg

Philip Mckernan

James Wallace

Chris Hatfield 

Shaa Wasmund

Dan Martell,

James Altucher 

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The 5 Minute Journal & The Productivity Planner"

Marshall Rosenburg - Non Violent Communication:

Cameron Herold - Double Double:

Direct download: Scaling_Solo_vs._Partnerships_with_UJ_Ramdas_and_Chris_Plough.mp3
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“To scale, it’s not what you start doing, it’s what you stop doing… the only way to scale is to give things up.” - Jim Estill

In this episode my good friend Saud Juman and I have the privilege of interviewing Jim Estill, one of Canada’s most eccentric and notorious entrepreneurs. This man has invested in over 150 businesses, boasts 99 consecutive quarters of profit, and successfully scaled his first business, which he started out of the trunk of his car, from zero to $2 Billion dollars.

In the last couple of years Jim became famous for giving 1.5 Million dollars of his own money to secretly launch a resettlement program that brought 58 Syrian families into Ontario and provided them with housing, language training, and employment. He coordinated the entire program and didn’t even tell his own wife until it was ready for launch.

In this episode the three of us talk about the struggle of giving up control in order to scale a business, what to look for when you’re considering investments, understanding your company’s niche, finding your micro competitive advantages, and why Jim does not give money to his kids.

People mentioned in this episode:

  • Zig Ziglar
  • Robert B. Cialdini
  • Al Ries & Jack Trout
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Daniel Pink

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Time Leadership; Lessons from a CEO  

Think and Grow Rich 

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion 

22 Immutable Laws of Marketing 

Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference 

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us 

The Five Minute Journal


Direct download: Master_of_Scale_Jim_Estills_99_Consecutive_Quarters_of_Profit.mp3
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“It takes the same amount of time and energy to solve a small problem as it does a big one, so why not go out and attack a big one?”  - Naveen Jain Click To Tweet

Naveen grew up in a small village in India so poor that he and his family rarely had enough food to eat. Today, he’s the billionaire CEO of two game-changing companies: Moon Express, the first company permitted to mine for minerals on the moon and Viome, the health tech startup whose mission is to create a world where sickness is optional.

In this MMT archive episode of Community Made, Naveen talks about why you have to find your moonshot and take it, setting audacious goals, thinking not just outside the box but in a different box, and how he builds teams capable of changing life as we know it.

Warning: This episode will make you feel like your dreams aren’t big enough and you can do anything…

Direct download: S1E7_-_The_Billionaire_Moonshot_with_Naveen_Jain.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

“Culture is the DNA or soul of the organization. It’s how the company shows up.” - Tony Gareri 

When it comes to scale, culture is king. You can’t successfully scale a business without having established core values to help build your team, and great internal culture to keep them for the long term. Tony Gareri is the CEO of Roma Moulding (, widely considered the gold standard for incredible company culture. Matt Bertulli is right there with him, famously managing to keep 10 of the original 12 employees in his company Demac Media ( In this episode the three of us sit down and have a frank conversation about everything from seeing A-Players move on, action items for creating a great internal culture, working with family and spouses, and why they chose to scale their businesses.

Have your notebook handy because this one’s a gold mine…

Direct download: S1E6_-_Legacy_Family__Growing_the_Business.mp3
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“I’m the happiest person with cancer in the world. It’s made me really love my family, it’s really made me appreciate my kids...waking up every single day and seeing the sun, and seeing the mountains and just appreciating that has been phenomenal.” - Jordan Guernsey

This is one of my most treasured interviews. In this episode I talk with a dear friend Jordan Guernsey just weeks before he passed away. Jordan was an incredible person, father, and husband who was diagnosed with stage three melanoma cancer while in the midst of scaling his business.

In this conversation we talk about the dangers of being a tunnel-visioned entrepreneur, Jordan’s struggle to step away from the business in order to focus on his health, his perspective on life and death, his family, meditation, and his spiritual journey during that time.

To this day I am truly moved by the tenacity and hope with which Jordan dealt with his diagnosis, and the affirmation with which he chose to live out the limited time he had left.

Be prepared to question everything...

Direct download: 005CommunityMade_-_Lessons_from_the_Edge_with_Jordan_Guernsey.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

I really believe in tripling down on your strengths. I am not a big fan of working on your weaknesses… ~ Gary V.   

This episode comes straight from the MMT archives and features the most candid Q&A session Gary Vaynerchuk has ever done, in front of an audience of friends and peers. He goes deep, speaking frankly about his approach to running VaynerMedia and scaling it from 650 to 1,000 people in under a year, how emotional intelligence is his greatest strength, and what he sees as the next big retail boom: Starbucks for meditation.

This is what happens when Gary Vee goes deep...


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Category:business -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

“You don’t need to make a million dollars a year in order to live like a millionaire." - Jayson Gaignard

Entrepreneurs are the some of the only people in this world who really have the privilege of true freedom. When done right, entrepreneurship can afford you the freedom of time, the freedom of money, the freedom of relationships and the freedom of purpose. We can create a life to do what we want, when we want, with whoever we want. That is an incredible gift!

So why then do most of us live a life of packed calendars? The fact that being busy in today’s society is often celebrated truly baffles me… Always on planes… Marriage in shambles... Don’t see the kids... Sleep 4 hours a night… That’s chaos, not clarity.

It’s not something we should be proud of...

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People mentioned in this episode:

Derek Sivers

Steven Dubner

Clay Hebert

Steve Jobs  

Charlie Munger

Warren Buffet

Cameron Herald

Kelly Kelley

Andrew Wilkinson

Ben Hunt Davis  

Direct download: 003_CommunityMade_FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:10am EDT