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Season 5 Episode 11- The Road to Self Love with Paul Fishman

July 8th, 2022

Paul Fishman is the Host of the top 100 podcast, "The Road to Self Love", and Creator of "The Self Love Diet", a six-month transformative program that teaches you how to say yes to yourself, ditch the people-pleasing, and live the life you've always wanted. His mission is simple: to empower and inspire a sense of belonging and each of us.

Today, David and Paul talk about generational trauma, hitting rock bottom a few times and how things happen for us not to us.



Season 5 Episode 10 - Authentic Accountabiity with Sam Silverstein

June 17th, 2022

Accountability & Leadership Keynote Speaker Sam Silverstein’s mission is to empower people to live accountable lives both in their personal lives and in business. He aims to transform the way they do business and thrive at extraordinary levels. By challenging leaders to shift their priorities, cultivate an organizational culture that matters, and inspire both individuals and teams to take ownership in fresh and results-producing ways. He is helping companies, Their leaders, and staff to dramatically increase productivity, profitability, and growth.

In this episode of Kickasspirational David and Sam speak extensively about the importance of accountability, what that looks like and how to implement it in an authentic way so it aligns with your beliefs. They speak about the importance of culture in business. It is the culture that inspires people to want to be their best and choose to be accountable because the leader is accountable to them first. Listen in and learn powerful insight on how to be your best self and how to thrive in both your personal and professional lives!


You can find more about Sam here





Season 5 Episode 9: Charles Hew-Len on Being Enough, Being Loved and Understanding that Our Circumstances Are a Reflection of Who We Are

June 3rd, 2022

Charles Hew-Len may be one of the most inspiring Kickasspirational podcasts of 2022. He has broken through more barriers in life than most of us will ever have to navigate.


Born into a difficult life on Oahu, Hawaii’s West Side, Charles found success earning a black belt in karate, an Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts and as a Riflery Instructor in the Marines.


Re-entering civilian life, Charles found himself in a difficult situation with a family construction business and chose to make ends meet selling narcotics that cost him eight years of his life in federal prison as well as his family and everything he owned.


In prison, Charles spent his time doing a lot of interior work, realizing that happiness didn’t come from his environment or what he had, but that he was enough, he was loved and that giving, not getting is where deep joy originates.


Borrowing $800 from his mother when we left prison, Charles has created a real estate empire in Hawaii and is investing in his West Side neighborhood to transform the schools and community.


Worthy listen for anyone working on personal and situational transformation


Connect with Charles

Voted Hawaii Business Magazine's "Top 20 Leaders to Watch"





Season 5, Epsiode 8: Grabbing the Bag, an Unusual Discussion with Rob Bell About Money, Our Mindsets about It and How it Shapes Our Lives

May 11th, 2022

Season 5, Epsiode 8: Grabbing the Bag, an Unusual Discussion with Rob Bell About Money, Our Mindsets about It and How it Shapes Our Lives

“Who are you and why are you here?” Is one of the most important and fundamental questions each person has to answer each day. Our relationships and mindsets around money tell a lot about us and how we live our values.


Best-selling author, Rob Bell, shares ancient wisdom about the necessary tensions of money in our lives, how to navigate it and why he thought it was important to generate a new audiobook about it titled, “Grabbing the Bag” in this interview with David Vanderveen,


Following are links referenced in this podcast:

Season 5, Episode 7: How a Simple Budget and Financial Plan Can Transform Your Life

April 29th, 2022

Money fuels much of our ability to function. It fuels many of our dreams. In this episode, David Vanderveen, presents a summary overview of the importance of having a financial plan, which doesn’t have to be complicated, that provides a budget, ways to get out of debt and how to prioritize resources to build the future we want.


Following are links to different resources that David Vanderveen references in this episode:


The Overview on Personal Finance, Budgets, Debt and Investing from Customize Your Life:


Best Budgeting Apps:


The Restart Roadmap with Jason Tartick and How to Find Ultimate Fulfillment

April 13th, 2022

Jason Tartick was a senior vice president in banking when he realized that despite career success, he was headed down the wrong path. After giving up his career to pursue reality television on The Bachelorette, Jason realized that he didn’t have to accept a corporate path to create the life he really wanted.


In this podcast, Jason talks about his new book, The Restart Roadmap and eight simple steps to assess, define and pursue a life that can lead to deep joy. He and David Vanderveen also talk about how to manage personal finances, debt and investing to make these major life transitions possible as well as the best advice he’s received on his podcast Trading Secrets.


Following are links referenced in this podcast:

Season 5, Episode 5: How an Obsession with Ketogenic Snacking Led Manuel Zeller to Start a Business that Created the Best Tasting Protein Bar on Earth.

March 26th, 2022

Season 5, Episode 5: How an Obsession with Ketogenic Snacking Led Manuel Zeller to Start a Business that Created the Best Tasting Protein Bar on Earth.


Manuel Zeller is an Austrian entrepreneur who built a business around his passions for eliminating sugar from modern Western diets while still satisfying his sweet-tooth cravings and snacking habits.


In this episode, David Vanderveen and Manuel explore the power of ketogenic diets, how to break through bad habits to transform what we eat and our lives with fun snacking hacks that make the experience enjoyable. Part of this discussion also covers how Manuel’s and David’s mutual obsession for sugar alternatives led them to co-create the Perform Bar for ItWorks International.


Manuel Zeller on FaceBook:


Perform Bar:



Season 5, Episode 4: Getting Out of Our Way with Dai Manuel.

March 23rd, 2022

Dai Manuel didn’t have to hit rock bottom to know that he needed to make a change in his life. What he didn’t know was that making one significant change would lead to personal transformation, like a string unwinding a sweater he didn’t want to wear anymore.

If we assume that change is certain, then Dai believes that perhaps we ought to be champions of change. The problem is that we need clarity to take action.

David Vanderveen and Dai Manuel explore the four big questions that we all must answer to follow our bliss, take the hero’s journey and start on the path of personal transformation:

  1. Can I do this?
  2. If I do this, will it work?
  3. Is it worth it?
  4. Do I have a community and mentorship to help me accomplish it?

Dai Manuel is a super dad, dating his wife, who leads by example. He is an award-winning digital thought leader and author, Distinguished keynote speaker, former partner and Chief Operating Officer of a successful retail company, and a sought-after lifestyle mentor and executive performance coach. He models his work based on five F’s: Fitness, Family, Faith, and Finances with an overarching roof of FUN. His community helps people transform their lives.







The Kickasspirational YouTube can be found here:


Season 5, Episode 3: Six Mental Muscles that Unleash the Subconscious with Sabrina Scheuerling.

March 16th, 2022

The concrete world outside our bodies is concrete, results are easy to measure and we can see, touch, smell and taste it. We often hear how the interior work inside us unleashes extraordinary exterior results, but where is this elusive and abstract “inside?”
Sabrina Scheuerling shares her remarkable story about escaping the good life, where she had all the material things but was missing purpose, missing deep joy, and how she discovered her interior mental muscles and how to use them.
The six mental muscles are:
1. Will: Learn to focus on one thing.
2. Memory: Remember the future.
3. Visualize: Make what you want real in your mind first.
4. Intuition: How inspiration finds us and why it matters.
5. Perception: The law of polarity allows us to observe a situation from whichever point of view we choose.
6. Mental Creation: Your mind can create the world you desire.
Sabrina shares how these six mental muscles, working together, can help a person create the reality, community and world that they want to inhabit rather than the options that the world offers us.

Season 5, Episode 2: Recovering from disaster with Jake Fox.

March 9th, 2022

Jake Fox is a semi professional mountain biker who was on a trajectory to making his dreams real when disaster struck and was paralysed in an accident.


A year later, Jake is riding and skiing again in the mountains of British Columbia but has had to rebuild his dreams, his skills and his life.


Rather than embracing self pity or remorse for what could have been, Jake chose gratitude and investing himself in what is possible with what he has. His recovery has surprised doctors and himself.


There is a cliché that we all die, but we don’t all live. Second chances often help us see the world through a refreshingly different lens. In golf, a second try after a failed tee shot is called a ‘mulligan.’ It is the epitomy of grace and forgiveness, of a generous universe.


When you fail, when things fall apart, how have you chosen to try again, to restart, to recover? What are you grateful for in the life you have?


This is an amazing episode with a resilient young man about focusing on what you want rather than the narratives of well-meaning experts and loved ones. What do you want and how will you make it real, despite everything else?


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You can find more about Jake Fox and his story on Instagram at:



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