The School of Self-Mastery: Business, Money, Life

The School of Self-Mastery podcast is all about business, money and life. I talk with guests who have created a RICH life for themselves, not because they’re bathing in money, (although they may be doing that too) but because they’ve defined and created success on their own terms, through their own personal successful habits. Habits are the root of simplifying your success I also appear solo two days a week to dive deeper into self-mastery topics and give actionable takeaways you can start applying today.
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Nov 30, 2015

Natalie Jill helps people across the globe reach their health, fitness, and business goals. Natalie left a very successful career in corporate America to follow her passion with health and fitness. 

As a Licensed Master Sports Nutritionist and functional fitness trainer, Natalie leveraged the power of the internet and in a short amount of time she was able to help hundreds of thousands of people worldwide get in shape and be their best selves. 

In the process, she created a globally recognized brand with almost a million social media followers worldwide and created an online business that has generated over 7-figures in revenue! Although many see Natalie Jill as a fitness and nutrition expert, she is increasingly garnering attention for her ability to help others create, define, and monetize their brand in the online space.

In health & fitness, or in business; Natalie brings out the BEST in everybody she works with and helps them GET RESULTS!

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Art of Charm Podcast - Self-Mastery Over Debt w/ Adrienne Dorison

12 Days of Giftaways

Nov 27, 2015

Nic Screws is a New York-based fashion editor, stylist & consultant. She is currently the style director at Bloomberg Media. 

Her 12-year-long career in the magazine industry started in the editorial department at Men’s Health, where her unintentional foray into fashion also began. From there, Nic went on to help launch Rodale’s high-end men’s lifestyle magazine Best Life. Jobs at Lucky & Travel + Leisure followed, books & experiences she credits with giving her a fashion education. 

In the spring of 2008 she joined Esquire as fashion market editor, a role that involved covering the menswear market, representing the brand at the seasonal fashion collections & helping to conceptualize the monthly style editorial content. She rose to the position of senior fashion market editor, spending 4 years producing and styling the monthly front-of-book style section. Beyond print, Nic also contributed greatly to Esquire’s growing online presence—lending her female perspective on men’s fashion in online features such as shopping & styling guides. 

She left the venerable brand after 6 year to accept the position as the first-ever style director at Bloomberg Media, a position she has held since August 2014. 

Nic’s long tenure at Esquire, and directorship at Bloomberg, has made her a sought after menswear expert. She has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, ABC Radio and the Daily News, among others. 

In addition to her work at Bloomberg, Nic regularly styles & consults for clients such as P&G Prestige, Dockers, J Brand, and members of the NFL and NHL, all who call upon her editorial eye to help elevate their brand & image. Among the list of professional athletes she has styled: Russell Westbrook, Tom Brady, Henrik Lundqvist, Dwayne Wade and Victor Cruz.  

Nic is a graduate of the University of Florida where she earned a bachelor of science degree in magazine journalism in 2003. In the spring of 2013, she returned to her alma mater (albeit remotely) as an adjunct professor, teaching a course entitled fashion writing & journalism. 

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Mark and their goldendoodle, Hudson.


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Nov 26, 2015

Lee is my awesome Dad who is a graduate of Johns Hopkins (BS in Engineering) and Wharton Graduate (MBA). He has held numerous senior level executive positions with firms such as W.R. Grace, Right Management Consultants and Borman Gray International. He is currently Managing Partner of CRC Search, a virtual financial services recruiting firm. He lives in Chenequa, WI with his partner Dwyn von Bereghy and their dog Gisela. He is the proud father of Adrienne, Mark and Matthew. He enjoys fishing, hunting, scuba diving and boating. He is a cancer survivor.

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Nov 25, 2015

Mark is a seasoned developer with experience developing for the web and iOS. Previous to joining Chromatic, he served as the Director of Application Development at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Some of his current and past projects include Outside Magazine,, City Notes, and FedEx. Beyond coding: Mark is a fan of college sports (Go Gators), a CrossFitter, scuba diver and dog lover.

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Nov 24, 2015

Dwyn manages a diversified investment portfolio of companies ranging from manufacturing, communications, hospitality and real estate .  Her management style is a hands on approach learning every aspect of a company by actually doing each job, from the proper way to make beds in hotels to the correct revolutions required to spin cast metal. Creating a mutually respectful environment between management and employees is at the core of her business philosophy.  Outside business, Dwyn is all about family, the outdoors, especially beaches, and her wonderful Weimaraner, Gisela!

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Nov 23, 2015

Tyler Brannon is not only my fiance, but he's an operations & project coordinator at Chromatic, a website development company. Tyler graduated from the University of Tennessee with both his bachelors and masters degree in Forestry and went on to work for a Fortune 500 company doing supply chain management. He is a Six Sigma certified Green Belt and loves all things efficiency. Beyond project management Tyler loves rock climbing, working out, our two pups, and grilling. 

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Nov 20, 2015

James Tew is an Australian entrepreneur who is making waves in the video world by helping entrepreneurs build relationships and grow the courage and confidence to build their brand with video. 

Having served over 7 years in the Australian Navy, James has extensive experience in developing people to reach new heights.

James has found his home with video and helping others eradicate unimportant distractions and achieve their goals. His show, A Dad’s Mission for Success quickly amassed over 13,000 views in the first month. With his unique style of Aussie humour and ability to make the complicated things seem simple, James has grown an audience that is not only engaged but striving for success.’s Entrepreneur Network recently picked James up as a content partner seeing his reach drastically increase throughout the world. 

When he is not drinking coffee to stay awake, James can be found dancing to music with his daughters, out exploring the natures of this world or perhaps chilling on the couch with his equally tired wife.


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Nov 19, 2015

Everyone has fear. I don’t care who you are or where you've come from.

Let me break down the most common things people are afraid of:

1. Fear of failure

2. Fear of success

3. Fear of other people’s opinions - their judgements, their criticism, their words, their opposition

4. Fear of change or the unknown

5. Fear of feeling your negative or uncomfortable feelings

6. Fear of confrontation and awkward conversations

Here’s the thing that ALL of these fears have in common in order to overcome: They require action. BIG ACTION!

All the people that are killing it out there in their careers, in their relationships, with their goals and dreams, their only secret is that they got up and did something about it. 


Episode 77 - 4 questions to move through any fear

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Nov 18, 2015

Eric Zimmer is the host of a podcast called The One You Feed.

It was named a Best of 2014 podcast by iTunes and has gotten over a million and a half downloads to date.

He's been helping build startup companies for 15 years, been involved in technology for longer than that. Recently he's even been doing e-commerce consulting for Fortune 500 companies. Eric also started a solar energy company, Tipping Point.

He has a great family and three great dogs. He loves dogs, playing guitar and has a deep interest in understanding how our minds work.

His show was recently named one of the Best Podcasts of 2014 by iTunes & named one of the Best Health Podcasts of All Time by The Huffington Post. They've also been the #1 ranked  podcast in the Health, Philosophy and Spirituality categories, respectively.

The One Your Feed Parable:

An old grandfather told his grandson: “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, and resentment. The other is good. It is joy, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and bravery.”

The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”

The old man quietly replied, The one you feed.”

It takes conscious, constant and creative effort to make a life worth living. This podcast is about how other people keep themselves moving in the right direction – how they feed their good wolf.

Nov 17, 2015

What do you suck at?

Back in 2012 or something ancient like that, Danielle LaPorte wrote her own post listing what she sucks at. She says that by listing your shortcomings, you give yourself permission to pursue your genius.

So many of us women try to be the best at everything. But, many times we just naturally suck at it, and/or loathe it all together. Let’s let go of the shame, guilt and embarrasment. Stop apologizing for it once and for all.

So, it’s my turn to list some things I absolutely suck at. Here they are:

I suck at my inbox.

I suck at asking for help.

I suck at JUST watching tv. I do 10 million things while I watch.

I’m suck at sucking up.

I such at checking voicemail and answering my phone.

I suck at slowing down. 


I suck at having compassion for people who have excuses.

I suck at house cleaning. 

I suck at keeping in touch. 

The point of this exercise is to notice where you have tension around being lame at something. The things on your “I suck at…” list are the things that have bothered you frequently or deeply for a long time. You have fought against them, felt less than because of them, and tried to cover up for them. No more of that! 

So, what do you suck at? 


Nov 16, 2015

Andrea Owen is an author, mentor, and certified life coach who helps women get what they want by letting go of perfectionism, control, and isolation and choosing to practice courage instead. She has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life.

She is the proud author of 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve, (Adams Media).

When she’s not juggling her full coaching practice and writing her second book, Andrea is busy competing in triathlons, chasing her 7 year-old son and 5 year-old daughter or making out with her husband, Jason. She is also a retired roller derby player having skated under the name “Veronica Vain”.


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Nov 13, 2015

Matt Miller spent the first 9 years of his career as an Air Force pilot, before entering the private sector to work in both the medical device and advertising industries. While a top performer in the corporate world, his long term desire was to be his own boss.

A good friend one day mentioned the gum ball machines he and his young daughters owned, and that conversation began a 10 year business quest that has brought Matt’s company, School Spirit Vending, to the cutting edge of both the vending and school fundraising industries.

Today, School Spirit Vending’s franchising program provides a proven and profitable business system for busy professionals and their families looking to develop secondary income streams with a limited time commitment.

In this episode, Matt & discuss:

  • how gum-ball machines turned into a full-time business
  • creating multi-generational businesses and why it's so important
  • why it was important for Matt to incorporate GIVING into his business model
  • how Matt teaches other ambitious individuals how to grow a lucrative side-business that gives them financial freedom

Live Your Dreams: Top 10 Reason Why You Should Start A Vending Company. Link is 

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Nov 12, 2015

In this episode I'm going to share a simple sales funnel that you can set up in your business today. 

Sales funnels are powerful to help bring potential customers through an experience that makes sense versus getting random & infrequent information from you. 

Sales funnels also save you time - set this thing up on auto-pilot and your business will be able to run without having your hands all over it all the time. 

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Nov 11, 2015

Gillian Zoe Segal is the author of Getting There: A Book of Mentors and New York Characters. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She lives in Manhattan and has spoken at Google, Lexus Nexus, Royal Bank of Canada, The Academi of Life, Enterprise Sales Meetup, Barnes & Noble, and The New York Historical Society.

Gillian spent 5 years interviewing some of the most successful people on the planet. In this episode we talk about common themes amongst these successful individuals, how she got access to interview high profile people like Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, Frank Gehry, and Jillian Michaels, and how spanx got her the interview with Warren Buffett himself. 

You can enter here to win a signed copy of Getting There: A Book of Mentors - and you can purchase a copy here on Amazon. 

Resources Mentioned:

How Spanx Got Me An Interview With Warren Buffett (It’s Not What You Think) by Gillian Zoe Segal

Warren Buffett

Frank Gehry

Sara Blakely

Michael Bloomberg

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Nov 10, 2015

Emailing ain't always easy! 

Sort of a love/hate relationship in my opinion. 

But the truth is, emailing your list is THE BEST way to consistently connect with your people. 

And if you want to sell them something, it's essential. 

But what to say? How to say it? And how to do it without flat out ANNOYING them...that's the key. 

Every email during your launch needs a purpose - and you really do want to send as many as possible (without them hitting unsubscribe of course). 

I've laid out 9 different emails you need to send to your list during a launch - and each has a real purpose! (plus examples from my own launch).

We're covering 4 of them on today's episode, and you can get the rest here:

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Nov 9, 2015

Monty G. Hooke is today's guest - a mentor and influencer, he has been through it all when it comes to entrepreneurial experiences. With a portfolio with over 300 clients, Monty wrote #Businesshacker in order to compliment his vast experience so that any entrepreneur can have access to the secrets of how to grow successful businesses as well.

In his book Monty shares his simple, yet powerful strategies that have allowed him to hack his life, and build his business in a way that allows him to live a life by design, not by default.

Through his journey in business, Monty has developed his own educational frameworks and easy-to-follow systems that allow entrepreneurs to find their path to freedom. His book #Businesshacker is written based on his own experience.

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Nov 6, 2015

Lea McLeod is today's guest, she helps people feel empowered and confident in their jobs. Whether it's taming a difficult manager, negotiating a salary or finding the next perfect job. Her work has been featured online in Forbes, LifeHacker, SmartBrief, Mashable and U.S News, among many others. She authors the bi-weekly Employee Advocate column for

She's been recognized as a thought leader in the area of job search and career. Lea is author of the award-winning The Resume Coloring Book and accompanying e-course, a simple 6-step guide to writing powerful, professional resumes in an easy to understand format.

How about this statistic: 90 percent of people who use Lea’s coloring book score the interview. DANG! 

We won’t just talk coloring book….we’ll show you how to fill out a resume well, how to set yourself apart from other interviewees, the money conversation and how to negotiate, and a great strategy to make your interview unforgettable.

Nov 5, 2015

7 Brief Lessons on Money 

  1. It doesn’t matter how much you make if you don’t know how to manage it properly. I’ve know people who make multi-six figures and are in multi six figures of debt - and I know teachers making 30K a year and have a fully funded emergency fund, no debt, and are investing in retirement. Take personal responsibility for managing your money.
  2. If you can’t afford to give right now, be honest. If you’re working through debt or struggling to pay your basic bills regularly, focus on getting your own financial house in order before you start donating extra money to someone else’s. A giving heart is great, but only if you’re not giving away your future (or your kids’ future) in the process. The next time you’re asked to hand over unbudgeted dollars, take some time to figure out what you can afford then give if—and only if—it works with your budget.
  3. Money doesn’t change people - it’s who they always were. But money doesn’t have manners. Money is just money.  
  4. Don’t resent your bills - be grateful for them. Why resent paying your bills? If you use it, you pay for it. That’s empowering. And the fact that you have the money to pay your bills is always something to be grateful for.
  5. Be legal, pay your taxes. Certainly leverage the system, but don't get "creative." Just keep it legal.
  6. More on taxes…don’t stay in debt or retrain your earning for tax breaks. If you’re holding onto debt or restraining your earning potential because you think that making more or paying it off will mean higher taxes, then stop that. Most of the time that logic is nonsensical.
  7. Understand where you’re money is going - and make sure you’re being intentional and getting the best deal, but know that *most* of the time money is never WASTED. Don't view money as being wasted. Money is never wasted - I try not to think of money as ever being wasted.
Nov 4, 2015

Sarah Kaler is today's guest and she has been developing business leaders for over 15 years across a number of industries. She's an Executive Leadership Coach, Business Mentor, and Consultant, currently working with Women Leaders building dynamic purpose-driven companies and larger progressive values-based organizations on a mission to create change in the world. 

Overcoming many health challenges early in her career while in senior leadership roles, Sarah has become a stand for health and self-care as the foundation of conscious leadership and defining success on your own terms. 

Experiencing personal breakthroughs in this area, she is passionate about supporting leaders at all levels in exploring their own unique strengths and personal success foundations. 

Sarah has tons of professional coaching and leadership experiences, but most important to Sarah is family, and she is a proud mom of a young son. She is passionate about traveling the world with her family and has made this a key element of her lifestyle.

In today's episode Sarah and I discuss: 

  • Leadership as lifestyle

  • Health being a key foundation to success

  • How Sarah overcame a health crisis to become a successful entrepreneur

  • How to lead from your genius

  • Sarah's personal practices to avoid burnout - 5 Steps to Leading Your Business Without Losing Yourself


Nov 3, 2015

Whenever I am faced with a fear or a decision, I play this question game with myself. Let me explain by just playing it here with you...

I ask myself 4 questions before making a decision to make sure I'm not acting (or not acting) out of fear or focusing on the wrong thing. Here they go:

1. What's the WORST that could happen? 

2. Am I going to DIE by doing this thing?

3. What's the BEST that could happen? 

4. Is doing this thing aligned with my goals or the results I want to create? 


Most of the time, the WORST that happens isn't really so bad. 

Most of the time, I am NOT going to die by taking action. 

Most of the time, the BEST is really mind-glowingly awesome. 

And IF I can say YES to question #4, then it's a no-brainer decision. 

Visualizing Your Success episode

I had a big article published by Business Insider about my debt freedom journey and my top 5 pieces of advice for paying down debt. 

This is a story that gets the attraction of a lot of HATERS. People don't believe in themselves enough to believe what I did is possible, so instead, they troll on me. Which is totally fine, because the reason for sharing my story isn't about me - it's about inspiring at least one person to know that they are meant for bigger and better things. 

I want people to know that their highest goals are alive and real within them, and with a bit of tenacity, they can achieve them all. 

Along with all those haters, was over 179,000 eyeballs on my story, and even a few supportive and inspired comments, and even a personal email from one person who is ready to get out of their own debt and now believes they can. 

So, why am I telling you all this, right? 

I wasn't always sure that sharing my debt freedom story was a good idea. I knew that people wouldn't believe it, I never wanted it to feel like bragging or snobbery, and have honestly never loved being the center of attention. 

BUT, when I asked myself those 4 questions about this decision to share my story publicly and many other decisions in my business - the answer was an astounding - you have to share this to INSPIRE other people. So, that other people will believe it's possible for them too, no matter what their finances look like.

The same thing is true when I talk about what's working (and not working) in my business. 

I want to share those things with you. But I want to make sure that I'm sharing with a purpose, aligned to my goals & mission, sharing to inspire you and give you real tangible tips (just like I did in the Business Insider article) so that you can create more impact in your own life & business. 

Use those questions as your filter for moving through fear!


Nov 2, 2015

Kirk Barbera is today's guest, and he founded, book summaries for business books. He has spent a career in writing, speaking and marketing books and other educational products. Today, he is excited to help busy professionals get the best ideas from great nonfiction books. He understands that you don't have time for that whole book, but you have 15 minutes for its summary.

Today Kirk and I talk about:

  • his experiences with best selling authors Ryan Holiday and Alex Epstein
  • what Kirk learned from washing a best selling authors clothes 
  • why every busy professional needs to read smarter and effective strategies to get more out of your reading
  • why the top people in any profession are good readers
  • why the only way to get more money, relationships or prestige is through reading
  • and the paradoxical problem of too much reading

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