EP 23 – Mike Robbins – What The World Needs More Of… Walking in each others shoes

Guest: Mike Robbins
Age: 44
Location: Novato, CA
Bio:  Mike Robbins is the author of four books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, Nothing Changes Until You Do, and Bring Your Whole Self to Work. He delivers keynotes and seminars that empower people, leaders, and organizations to be more successful, appreciative, and authentic. Prior to his current work, Mike played baseball at Stanford and then professionally with the KC Royals. After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, he worked in the tech world, before starting his consulting business in 2001. His clients include Google, Wells Fargo, eBay, Gap, Microsoft, and others.
The world needs more:
1. Love
2. Empathy
3. Understanding
Wow Factor: I think my parents splitting up when I was 3, my pro baseball career ending, losing both of my parents and my sister, being married to my amazing wife Michelle and father to our incredible daughters all have shaped the way I think about life, relate to others, and do my work.
Favorite color: Green


[Must Read] Is Going ‘All-In’ On Your New Startup Going to Cost You Your Family and Relationships?


For the past 16 years, I have had the privilege of working with entrepreneurs on two things. First, optimizing human performance; helping them to be the happiest, healthiest, strongest and most fulfilled versions of themselves. Second, business growth strategies; assisting them in growing their revenue and profits while cutting costs and optimizing their company culture.


Over the years, I have noticed a trend that has caused many men to lose the most important parts of their life while striving to grow or scale their business. The justification was always, “If I can just invest a few more minutes, hours, days into this with 100 percent focus, I really feel like the ROI will be worth it.”


The sad part was when they finally turned off work and headed home … there was no one there waiting for them. Their partner had filed for divorce, their kids hated them and they were left unhealthy, unhappy and trying to figure out how to put their life back together.


In this article I wrote for Entrepreneur Magazine, I share four tips to make sure you don’t lose what is most important to you while starting or growing your business.


Read Full article here


To Your Success,


Jairek Robbins


EP 22 – Caleigh Haber-Takayama – What The World Needs More Of… The “Hype Man”

Guest: Caleigh Haber-Takayama
Age: 28
Location: Los Angeles
Bio: Born and raised along the California coast, Caleigh was diagnosed at birth with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes thick and sticky mucus to clog the airways in the lungs and affect many other organs in the body. Growing up, Caleigh stayed healthy through sports and social activities. She later moved to San Francisco to attend culinary school. Despite her best efforts to balance health and happiness, she found herself with end-stage lung disease, frequently hospitalized and requiring a double lung transplant to live longer. While waiting for a transplant and after receiving new lungs in October 2015, she dedicated her life to awareness and advocacy for cf, organ transplant, genetic disease and chronic illness. She went on to meet the love of her life, travel and get married. After only a year and a half post-transplant, her body went into organ rejection and again she was found fighting for her life. She was hospitalized often and in January she became so sick she was medically evacuated to Los Angeles where she lived in the hospital until receiving her second gift of life – another double lung transplant June 8, 2018. She now lives a successful life achieving new goals every day — including chronicling her journey and beginning her own legacy through her foundation Fight2Breathe.
The world needs more:
1. I believe the world needs more of the “Hype Man”.
2. People empowering other people.
Wow Factor: My WOW factor is my ability to remain optimistic. My family and friends have helped me keep hopeful through their love and support. Through their ability to make me laugh and smile. Through their reminders of past triumphs and future goals.
Favorite color: Purple


Ep 21 – Dean Jacobs – The World Needs More… Connection + Engagement + Action



Guest: Dean Jacobs

Age: 56

Location: Nebraska

Bio: Quit a successful job and sold the house to follow a dream. Everyone thought he was crazy. After exploring 58 countries, an ordinary guy from Nebraska has gained a perspective and wisdom that is helpful to others. His passion is to remind students, dreams are not for special people, they are for everyone. We are not here to go through the motions of life, but to live a life of wonder.

The World Needs More: 

1. Connection to the things that matter.

2. More attention to the things that bring us joy.

3. More action on the things that make the world better.

Wow Factor: The world is far more kind, beautiful and generous then what it is given credit for. My journeys are filled with experiences that prove this to be true. From watching the sun go down and change colors on the face of Mount Everest, to being within an arms reach of a 450 lb mountain gorilla, to having my bus fare paid by locals in Sudan. Life is filled with moments of wonder.

Favorite Color: Blue, for big open skies and horizons to go explore.


Ep 20 – Tony Pappalardo – The World Needs More… People focusing on what is RIGHT with life!




Guest: Tony Pappalardo

Age: 39 years old

Location: New York, NY

Bio: Tony figured out a way in his 20’s to minimize his time as a business owner, so that he could maximize his position as full-time husband and father in his 30’s. Having been asked to speak on stages across the globe, his passion lies in helping others do the same – breakthrough any limitations that keep them from living a truly fulfilled and authentic life focusing in on the areas that matter most.

The World Needs More:

1. People focusing on what is RIGHT with life

Wow factor: Tune in and find out.

Favorite color: Blue


The most important measurement in your business!



In business, there are so many things that we need to measure.  Sales, profitability, customer retention, turnaround time and more.


However, we found that many companies are not measuring the ONE thing that affects all of the above.


We posted an online survey and asked: “How does your company currently measure company culture?”


73.68% said that their company DID NOT currently measure company culture. 


Of the 26.32% that said their company does measure company culture here were some of the ways they said the did it:

  1.  We are an industry disruptor where culture is what’s most important to leadership. I’m not sure how it’s measured.
  2. A financial consultant
  3. We made a process called “my feelings” in our platform systems, our employees write whatever they think about, they can choose to stay anonymous
  4. We don’t have the necessary tools
  5. We measure results.
  6. N/A – but I wish it did!

…. and the list goes on.

We’ve been studying company culture for a while now and would love to show you one of the most comprehensive tools available to help measure and improve your company culture.


In a pilot study carried out by McKinsey & Company, when CTT was used in parallel with 30 structured consultant interviews, the Cultural Transformation Tools were found to provide a more comprehensive analysis and more credible results at a fraction of the cost.


This is invaluable information for any business operator to have.


If you would like to know more please visit


To You Success,


Jairek Robbins


Ep 19 – Davis Zavik – The World Needs more… Empathy & Compassion


Guest: Davis Zavik

Age: 28 years old

Location: Miami Beach, FL

Bio: New mom, wife, author of Assisted Living, Everything you Need to Know to Compassionately Care for your Elderly Parent, Residential Assisted Living Facility owner, a Sociology graduate from the University of Miami



The world needs more:

1. Compassion

2. Empathy


Wow Factor: My ability to think ahead, act in a timely manner and organize my schedule. Growing up with a younger brother, I had to think at least one step ahead if I wanted to have a say in what we were doing, where we were going etc. So I think I learned from a young age that if I didn’t think ahead, I wouldn’t get to sit next to the person I wanted to at family dinners or play with the toy of my choice instead of my brother getting to take it first. When I was younger I also sailed a tall ship around the world and I think that greatly impacted my character today. Onboard we had to be on time and if we were more than 90 seconds late we were reprimanded- the reason being that they would have to assume a man overboard drill for safety purposes. So I learned very quickly the value of being on time when that was a daily focus 24/7 for an entire year of my life. And as a new mom, I think everyone can understand the importance of schedules. Be it sleep, pumping or feeding schedules- you have to pay attention to your time. I think there’s a lot I still have to learn, but I’m really good at time, organization and thinking ahead.

Favorite color: Scarlet red although you wouldn’t know that from looking at my closet of mostly black clothes


Ep 18 – Bryan Takayama – The World Needs More… Living In The Moment


Guest: Bryan Takayama

Age: 26 years old

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio: Husband to an amazing wife with a focus on taking advantage of every second to find happiness.

The World Needs More:

1. Living in the moment

Wow Factor: Work ethic, loyalty, figuring out how things work and executing

Favorite Color: Orange


Instagram: @Mr_fight2breathe


Ep 17 – Juliana Locerda Sobral – The World Needs More… Tenderness

Guest: Juliana Locerda Sobral

Age: 34 years old

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio: Juliana has spent her professional life supporting students in higher education and as an integral collaborator on the growth of a plant-based lifestyle brand. She’s currently taking time to focus on her family’s health and wellness, to be fully devoted to her baby boy, traveling and working with her husband Murs, and dabbling in consulting projects she’s passionate about.

The World Needs More:

1. Tenderness 

2. Community, neighborhoods with neighbors who need to interact on a regular basis to increase kindness, compassion, integrity and decrease loneliness and apathy.

WOW factor: Connecting deeply with strangers! I think moving a lot, traveling, being a person who dislikes smalltalk, and certainly going through my own personal challenges have pushed me to develop this ability.

Favorite Color: GOLD!


[Interview] What are the most important lessons of the last 10 years?



What a question!


If someone sat you down and asked you to reflect on the last ten years of your life, could you pinpoint what was the most important thing you learned? I had the opportunity to dissect that in my interview with Forbes Books podcast.


If you have never heard my story, this is an awesome place to start and even if you have, there are so many new distinctions I share based on my journey.


In this interview I am sharing what inspired our book Live It!,  I share about relationships, finding my purpose, building a business and my biggest lessons of the last ten years.


Check it out below:



Thank you again to Forbes for the opportunity to dive into the last years. I’d love to hear your feedback! What has been the biggest lesson on your 10 years?


To Your Success,


Jairek Robbins


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