Episode 1- Welcome To The Total Life Freedom Podcast!

All right- And away we go! You are listening to the very first episode of the Total Life Freedom podcast, which was originally going to be titled the Last Podcast Ever Made because that’s what it was going to be. Because I had no plans on doing a podcast. I’d seen so many people start podcasts, start interview shows, and I said I’m not going to go down that road. It’s not something I’m going to do. So I avoided it for a really long time and then finally it kept creeping back in. So what I decided to do is- I’ve kind of always have to do something a little different. We have a mastermind community that I run called Total Life Freedom. And within there I said, okay, I could do a podcast there, I could do a podcast just for you guys. That’s what I’ve done. So it’s been a 220 episodes. 

I think at this point I’d done a daily podcast just for the mastermind group and that’s gone really well to where I feel like, okay, wait a second, we’ve got so much more that we can share outside of the group. I’ve got the format down, I’ve done this. Nobody knows about it. I’ve been doing this for a year and a half now, but nobody knows. I’m like, okay, that goes more in line with what I’m doing. So the podcast was going to have a format, it was going to have some structure to it in these different segments. And then I finally said, nope, this is the way that I liked doing it. I liked doing it in short storytelling spurts. So here’s the plan and here’s what this is. This podcast is for freelancers, entrepreneurs, people that want freedom in their life. People that want time freedom, people that want money, freedom. 

People that eventually want location freedom. They want to be able to live life on their terms. That is a lot of people talking about that. And I see it almost everyday cause I’m getting asked to be on podcast for it. What I see is a lot of people are talking about it, but honestly, a lot of people are not living it. And we’ve been living it for a really long time. We’ve been living it for 13 years. You’re gonna hear a lot of our story. If you haven’t heard our story., I wrote a book about it. It’s called Freelance To Freedom. You can literally go to our website, totallifefreedom.com/ftfbook, top right hand corner, and you can download the free audio version of it. No strings. You could download a free audio version of it so you can get a feel for what our story is. 

I’m going to be telling some of those stories on here, but what this is going to be is this is going to be for people that are in the entrepreneurial space, in the freelance space that are looking to grow. They’re looking to do more, they’re looking to get better. They’re looking to gain freedom in their life. They want to spend more time with their kids. It’s very, we’re very family based. It’s, we do this all for our kids. So you know, we homeschool. We have three boys, they’re 13, 11 and seven. I’m fortunate to be married to the best wife in the world. My wife Elizabeth, we’ve been married for 17 years. We love to travel as a family every winter. We took four months off last winter to go out west. The year before that when the book released, we took three months off in the winter and we just traveled around in 23 different states that we went to with the kids, so that’s the life that we love and we want to spread that word because it’s so possible and there’s so many people trying and wanting to do this, but they’re not able to do it. 

They don’t know where to go. They don’t know who to trust, they don’t know where to start and that’s what we’re going to do here is we’re going to do this and we’re going to just tell stories and we’re going to give lessons and it’s going to be a lot of fun. What we’re going to do is a daily podcast and it’s not going to be long and it’s not going to be something that’s exhausting for you or time consuming. You can listen to it when you want. You don’t listen when you don’t want, but what I basically do, it’s a five to 10 minute podcast daily, a story, a lesson, something that’s gone on in our life, somebody that we’re going to tell you about that’s doing great things that could be an inspiration to you. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this. 

We are going to do some giveaways. I love giving stuff away. I love giving books away from people that I trust and believe in. So we’re going to do so we’re going gonna make it fun. There is going to be randomly at times, different giveaways that you can answer a question or try to answer a question and get a book from somebody that we believe in. A little bit about me. If you don’t know who I am, if you’re listening to this and the first episode, you probably have an idea of who I am. But if you’re going back through the archives later on, I am a 47 year old guy. Like I said, married three kids, we homeschool, we run multiple businesses. I was a photographer for many years. I was a newspaper photographer along with my wife in a newspaper in Indiana sports photographer. 

I photographed professional sports for over two decades. I’ve shot everything you can imagine. World series, Super Bowl, NHL Final. Really cool stuff- like I think I photographed four United States presidents. I photographed, you know, spend the day with the Dalai Lama with my, with my job. I got to photograph Muhammad Ali’s birthday party while he was still with us. So many other crazy stories that come with that which will be tied into the lessons that we hear here. Now what I do with, it’s a wide variety of things but I run a mastermind community for high achieving entrepreneurs and freelancers. We are opening up a membership site for people that want to get their lower priced option and I run the Business of Photography Academy, which is another mastermind community strictly for photographers looking to master the business side. We’re going to be doing a conference next year in Pittsburgh. Got a couple of other things that we’re working on as well that we do, but that’s kind of an overview of it all and what is really fantastic is being able to help people get to where they want to get to and live life on their terms. 

You’re going to hear it a lot in terms of the stories that we’re going to tell. I did not come from a business background. I was a terrible student. I learned on the day before graduation from high school that I graduate in high school. I dropped out of five different majors in college. I was a very selfish, self-involved person for a good portion of my life. I learned generosity and I keep trying to learn generosity. I keep trying to battle the demons of selfishness that I have and I’ve got to learn from wonderful people like Seth Godin in terms of how to be generous, how to do so many of the things that I’ve been able to do. So I’m so fortunate. This is not something that comes easy to me because I’ll be quite honest. You know, selfishness is something that I’ve battled way in the past and I continue to, I know people like my friend Ken Hoops, who’s in our mastermind, is one of the most generous people you’ll meet. 

He said he was raised that way and that’s the way he’s always, and that wasn’t me. I was very much, you know, what can I get? How do I get this? How do I get what I need? It can be manipulative, it can be whatever it needs to do to get to what I needed to. And that was a big problem of mine because I eventually got what I wanted in a lot of ways, and I can tell you this, if you’re in that mode, when you do get there, it’s kind of empty. You get it, but you kind of didn’t do it the right way. It wasn’t that I did it, you know, and morally it all, it’s just, it was about me when I was a photographer and I’m on assignment. I needed to get the shot. I don’t really care what is going on around us. 

I need to get it because my boss needs it and I need it for myself, so now I get to kind of switch the whole thing around. I really get to do this from a level of generosity. What I’m going to teach a lot is controlling your money, not only controlling your money but thriving with your money so you gain time freedom. We have the time freedom, we’ve got the money freedom and then the location freedom and allows you to just think more about what other people need as opposed to what you need. It’s a hard place to get to when you need these things, but I can tell you that the most generous of us are the ones that get more stuff. They’re the ones that get promoted, they get talked about, they get help. People want to go out of their way for those people. 

It’s something that I needed to learn as an adult and I need to continue practicing. This is what I’m going to teach here. And when you get just the jolt of inspiration, five minutes of fury where we just kind of tell a story, give a lesson, connect people, talk about what other people are doing, and then we move on with our day where it doesn’t take a whole lot of time from you guys. So there you go. I hope you stick with us. I hope you subscribe to the podcast and you come back. If not, and you want to read the book like I mentioned, go to the website, www.totallifefreedom.com/ftfbook is on the right hand side. Go download the free book and just sign up and get the download from the free book if you’d like. I will be back with you tomorrow and I am really excited about this journey. Thank you so much for listening!

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