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The Next Level with Jeff Agostinelli

Each week we’ll bring you a new episode with an EXCEPTIONAL entrepreneur, author, thought leader, speaker or leader in their field. The goal of The Next Level Podcast is to inspire and educate by extracting key lessons from those who have already been there. Each week our special guest will gift you a download, secret, tip or strategy to help YOU get to The Next Level.
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Oct 31, 2016

Erin joined Demeter in 2013 to help “Heal the Planet through Agriculture”. Her childhood memories on her grandparent’s “philosophically organic” farm infused her with a deep passion for Horticulture. In her mid 20’s, she went from classroom to hands-on, building her first greenhouse and growing lots of food, flowers, and herbs on her heirloom nursery farm. Needing an educated market, she started her town’s first thriving farmer’s market and picked up accounts at restaurants and schools. Always a fan of brilliant minds and the intelligence of nature, she studied geniuses such as Rudolf Steiner and Viktor Schauberger. After 5 successful years farming, Erin took her work to a national level collaborating with leading organic food companies, non-profits, educational systems, thought leaders, chefs, and authors on nutrition, farming, food systems, and much more. The culmination of her work led her to partner with Demeter USA with the aligned mission to educate farmers, consumers, and retailers as the Farmer Education Coordinator and Raw Materials Matchmaker. Her other full time job includes being a mother, photographer, and social media storyteller. We dive into topics like, what got Erin started with agriculture, Erin’s beginnings of educating the marketplace, a brief history of the Biodynamic standard, what is Biodynamic?, the affects of modern agriculture, the “closed loop” concept of Biodynamic farming, the restoration of soil, the wide range of standards that exist in Organic food certification, soil science and carbon sequestration, the two main carbon sinks, being connected to the soil, nature, food, the outdoors, Victory gardens, and so much more...

Oct 24, 2016

Gillian Mandich is a happiness researcher and is currently completing her PhD at Western University in Health and Rehabilitation Science, specializing in Health Promotion. She is a yoga and Yoga Tune Up® teacher; TV host and Community Producer of “Gillian Mandich: Cooking Adventures”; co-host of Holistic Health Diary Podcast and TV show; guest health host on the Home Shopping Network (HSN); sits on the Advisory Board at Examine.com; is the creator, producer, and host of Health Science Radio on 94.9 CHRW, and writes for numerous print and online media. We dive into topics like, the unlikely path that got Gillian started as a happiness researcher, what the research says about happiness and how it affects the other areas of your life, anxiety, stress, depression, and happiness, Gillian’s favorite happiness strategy through all her years of practice and research, the correlation between gratitude and happiness, creating an environment that reduces barriers to reaching your goals, the distinction between “health care” and “sick care”, the practice side of happiness, things you can do to get back up when you are faced with challenges, how happiness and sadness are completely different constructs, how happiness looks different for each one of us, and so much more...

Oct 17, 2016

Successful author, speaker, entrepreneur, and innovator, Dallas Hartwig is a coveted influencer in the behavior change industry. Dallas’s passion is making the world better by offering people organized opportunities to make better lifestyle choices, opening new doors to human connection and self-expression. In consulting with individuals and organizations, Dallas offers a unique perspective on where to start with healthy behavior change, gives guidance on how to continually improve, and facilitates both individual independence and meaningful community. In 2009, he co-founded Whole9 and the original Whole30 program. Dallas Hartwig is the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole30 and It Starts With Food. He is a functional medicine practitioner, behavior change expert, and health consultant. In his free time, Dallas snowboards, travels for photography, and rides his motorcycles. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his son. We dive into topics like Dallas's unconventional upbringing, having a slower more connected way of living, what, Dallas' big driver was to bring a more connected way of living into the marketplace, getting back to your roots, the societal norm or getting up early, living to work, and keeping your nose to the grindstone, the danger of chronic stress, the connections between stress and food choices, the meaningful sensation of being loved and accepted and how that stabilizes the stress response, how we evolved to be social creatures and what that means for our hard wired tendencies, the difference between real connection and connecting through social media.

Oct 10, 2016

Aaron Anastasi is a SoCal native who graduated with a master’s degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He’s also a serial entrepreneur with online businesses such Superior Singing Method, an online singing program that grosses seven-figures annually. Aaron has the #1 singing/life lesson channel on YouTube, over 11.5 million organic views and over 130 thousand subscribers total on his three channels. Along with being an LA based actor and filmmaker, Aaron is a prominent success coach. His new book, The Voice of Your Dreams, released in April, 2016, and reached Amazon's top 100 best sellers within the first week of release. We dive into topics like, how Aaron honed is singing, the birth of The Superior Singing Method, the practice of being AND doing, the magic of shifting your way of being 3-5 minutes at a time, how to get the ball rolling on any project, getting over the hump of getting started, how Aaron combines his life and business, bringing your WHY into everything you do, how shifting into contribution and service can ignite your success, what being stuck actually means, and so much more...

Oct 3, 2016

Charlie Hoehn is a marketing strategist and keynote speaker. After a virtual internship with Seth Godin, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and prolific entrepreneurs. He worked alongside Tim Ferris for years as his Director of Special Projects, whom he helped edit and launch the #1 New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Body. Charlie’s book Play It Away — which Tony Robbins called “The cure to your stress!” — sold thousands of copies, and is the #1 Google search result for “cure anxiety.” He has spoken at the Pentagon, and has been featured on NPR’s TED Radio Hour, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and many others. He lives in Austin, Texas. If you’ve never had to google cure anxiety, you may not know the that our guest today was the guy who wrote those top articles We dive into topics like falling into the trap of working around the clock, taking work too seriously, Charlie's shift away from conventional jobs into working with best selling authors like Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferris, working to the point of complete exhaustion, how Charlie tried everything to overcome anxiety, how play is actually a survival mechanism, letting kids develop through play, starting to prioritize play, the key elements of worry free play, some steps to alleviate panic attacks, not taking your thoughts too seriously - this is a big one, one key practice for combating ruminating, and so much more...

Sep 26, 2016

We all know that on some level, if we don't master and understand our emotions, they stick around to haunt us on some level. Building emotional strength and Emotional GRIT is vital for you total health, happiness and longevity. My guest today is Neeta Bhushan, an international speaker, advocate for emotional confidence, author, socially-conscious entrepreneur, and Author of the book, Emotional GRIT - 8 Steps to Master Your Emotions, Transform Your Thoughts, and Change Your World. Her mission is to build a global community of progressive thinkers, doers, forward driving movers-and-shakers who are committed to integrating empathy-based solutions in their lives – at home, in the office, and beyond. Today, we unpack her new book Emotional GRIT, the birth of GRIT, and how to start building your own Emotional GRIT. We dive into topics like, the number one thing that changed Neeta's course in her life Neeta's seasons of adversity that led to what Emotional GRIT is today, the idea of living within your past story, life doesn't happen to you, it happens for you, moving through major divorce and career transition, compassion and forgiveness, building out your Emotional GRIT toolkit, understanding what makes you come alive, utilizing movement, music, binaural beats, gratitude and more..., what are low energy and high energy states, developing self-awareness, understanding where our stress, anxiety and other emotions come from, and more...

Sep 19, 2016

Shawn Stevenson is the bestselling author of Sleep Smarter and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast on iTunes. A graduate of The University of Missouri – St. Louis with a background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides Wellness Services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities, and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews. We dive into topics like, how Shawn navigated his way to the health industry, shawn's super inspiring story of how healed from degenerative bone and spinal disease, the power of making a decision to get well, how proper sleep is the key to healing, staying the course and making progress, the thought process behind how Shawn balances his life and business, the myth of work/life balance and what it REALLY looks like, how to learn from the right people who have achieved what you want to achieve, the importance of play and celebration, the seasons of life, work, family, and relationship, progress is power, and so much more.

Sep 12, 2016

Josh Trent is a podcast host and wellness coach at WellnessForce.com. His vision is to empower greater wellness in over one million lives through technology and emotion. We dive into topics like, emotional intelligence and getting out of our own way, monitoring and tracking habits, behaviors, and health stats with technology, how tracking your progress can get you more excited to stick with healthy habits, quantified self technologies, what types of people do well with devices that measure and track progress, the benefits of tracking sleep, navigating our emotions How emotional intelligence is built over the course of time, what apps and technology to use to boost your emotional intelligence, the difference between human emotion and technology, the practice of behavior change, moving through the seasons of life, and so much more.

Sep 5, 2016

Jesse Elder is an action philosopher, a reality hacker, and someone who is absolutely intent on ushering in the disruption of the personal development industry. He speaks to the phenomenon of accelerated change that is happening on the planet. We dive into topics like, Jesse's journey of self-discovery, navigating and understanding the message behind pain, the difference between pain and suffering, our memories are as real as the last 30 days we have been telling ourselves the story, what the grieving process looks like, finding the upgraded meaning in a painful experience, growth is always present when pain is there, the emotional and spiritual evolution of pain, presence, unconditional love, and self-acceptance, developing insights and what's next, what P.A.I.N. stands for, beginning to detect pain before it happens, and so much more.

Aug 29, 2016

Mark Manson is an author, blogger and entrepreneur. He claims that he writes 'personal development that doesn't suck.' His writing has appeared in Forbes, Time, Vice, and the New York Observer, among others. His blog is read by over 2 million people each month. We dive into topics like the beginning of Mark's blogging and writing career, what would a more healthier negative form of self-help look like?, Mark's greatest influences in his work, a little bit about Mark's creative process, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, understanding personal values, the diminishing return of superficial goals, the 10 year test question Mark asked himself that woke him up to more meaningful goals, The Feedback Loop From Hell, letting go trying to control everything, and more...

Aug 22, 2016

Dorie Clark is the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she teaches at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, and Entrepreneur. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Inc., and Fortune, Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, the U.S. State Department, and the World Bank. We dive into topics like, what Dorie's path looked like before Reinventing You and Stand Out, the two big categories of why people seek Reinvention, how to navigate moving on to the next thing, what successful Reinventions look like, the evolution of the information industry, how the spread of information happens, some of the implications of the speed with which a message can carry, how to coach your inner critic, the influence of how we seek love and understanding our behavior, receiving advise from the right people, finding your breakthrough idea.... Niche down or not?, some unconventional ways to have your idea catch on, and so much More.

Aug 15, 2016

Kute quickly learned that the "outside-in" approach favored by so many in the personal development space had to become an inside-out approach. So he decided to create his own method—a process that liberates the individual and the true self at the core and then pushes those gifts outward into the universe. This helps the individual get in touch with who they really are. It is a process of breaking free—so that the individual can live, give, and share the truest expression of their self. This is what Kute calls "Liberated Living." We dive into topics like, what began Kute's quest at a very young age, how Kute eventually overcame his father's expectations, finding your connection to source and digging deep, moving into the process of surrender, balancing the process of seeking or achieving goals and allowing, what is motivating our goals is often ego and wounding, how to set authentic goals, how our goals and our dreams actually choose us, becoming and evolving into the person that is capable of achieving the vision, getting out of the way and opening to life, and so much MORE.

Aug 8, 2016

Man Coach, author and creator/host of the new show for men ‘Beyond The Beers’, Mike helps men find significance, worth and personal power. By challenging the broken model of manhood, he helps men to get out of their own way, and in doing so become their own perfect mix of James Bond, Nelson Mandela & Batman. Today we get into the newly emerging model of masculinity, and more. We dive into topics like why Mike started Beyond the Beers, why it's challenging for men, in general, to take the conversation beyond the surface, the mask of faux masculinity, the danger of comparison, the pitfalls of the current model of masculinity, defining what success means to you, cultivating Self-Intelligence, finding direction, purpose, and meaning in life, piecing together the new model of masculinity, and so much MORE.

Aug 1, 2016

Greg Rollett started his first business when he was 17. His high school let him out of class at noon everyday his senior year to start a business and Greg thought it would be really smart for a white kid from the burbs to create a hip-hop record label because he wanted to be Master P. Since then he's gone on to start and partner with multiple 6&7 figure businesses in media, marketing and PR. Greg has written Best-Selling books, helped produce Emmy Nominated Documentaries, given a talk at the United Nations, filmed a pilot for a travel show and founded Ambitious.com. We dive into topics like, how Greg started out in his professional career as a rapper, the birth of Ambitious Adventures, the (surprising) big mindset shift that really needs to take place in order to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset, what entrepreneurship has done for Greg, what it means to adopt an abundance mindset, working together and the power of collaboration, what the transition from rapper to entrepreneur looked like, how Greg brought all his skills from the music industry into the media industry, and so much MORE...

Jul 25, 2016

Jesse Gros is a Life Coach, Healer, Adventurer and Philanthropist. He’s the author of the Award winning book “Your Wild and Precious Life – Adventures in Conscious Creation” and his new book “My Life Coach Wears a Tutu.” Through his one-on- one Coaching, Breathwork healing circles and International Retreats, Jesse is a Wayshower, coaching young and mid-life professionals to create a life of meaning and purpose… We dive into topics like where Jesse's inspiration comes from for coaching, his transition from the traditional job to coaching, what it means to experience a "healthy dose of reality", the acceptance of a wide spectrum of emotions, the story behind My Life Coach Wears a Tutu, the many dimensions of success, a glimpse into the coaching industry, how 90% of coaches who are trained DON'T go on to make money in that field, and so much MORE...

Jul 18, 2016

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. We dive into topics like Understanding what's true for yourself so you can understand how to set up better habits, the difference between morning people and night people, how to shape habits to reflect your true nature, understanding there everyone has a different strategies can make you more compassionate, simplicity lovers and abundance lovers, the foundation habits that make forming any habit easier, outer order contributes to inner calm, the importance of getting better sleep, the Four Tendencies and how they work, and so much MORE...

Jul 11, 2016

Ron is a seasoned consultant with more than 30 years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50 to start-up in pursuit of transformational change. His consulting has taken him to more than 20 different countries on 4 continents. He has consulted to some of the world’s most influential CEOs and executives on issues ranging from strategy to organization to leadership. Today we dive into topics like, Ron's biggest influence that got him into the topic of leadership and leadership development, the big wake up and passing on Ron got from his mentor, what led him to write Leadership Divided, the continual obstacle of generational differences, why this is not a crisis of generations but of relationship and learning how to connect, Ron's frustration with down talking millennial and placing labels on them, the words that are often associated with millennials and many generations that are misconceptions, the danger of labels, helping them find ways to contribute, the top things that millennials want, their biggest fears, how their brains process information differently, and so much more...

Jul 4, 2016

Having a strong desire for personal development has kept Aaron in a weekly mastermind group for more than a decade with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Ken Abraham and seven other notable Nashvillians. Aaron has enjoyed a 36-year marriage with his beautiful wife, Robin. Today Aaron spends the majority of his time HELPING MEN GROW IN SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE as President and Founder of VIEW FROM THE TOP, A PREMIER life and business coaching RESOURCE. We dive into topics like, how Aaron started his first business when he was 18 years old, selling his business to a fortune 500 company at 27, how Aaron's world changed after running over a pedestrian, what led Aaron down the road to helping ordinary men become extraordinary, the one question Aaron asked himself that got him thinking about leaving a legacy, how Aaron changed his perspective to being content in his present situation, but not complacent, happiness is a choice not a trait, how motivation doesn't work, and a well thought out plan does, and so much more.

Jun 27, 2016

Zach Bush, MD is one of the few triple board certified physicians in the country, with specialties of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice and Palliative care. President of the Student body at the University of Colorado, then Chief Resident at the University of Virginia, his achievements include award-winning cell biology, clinical care, and medical education. We dive into topics like how we have been on an unsustainable journey to date, Dr. Bush's transition from academia and medicine to The Revolution Health Center, the harmful nature of the "medical toolbox", the shocking truth of the medical industry, Dr. Bush's journey through different disciplines of medicine Vitamin A as an effective cancer therapy, coming to the point where you ask "What do I know for sure?", the astonishing truth of the current state of food, an insight into "an autistic generation", a brief evolution of agriculture and soil, when a plant becomes nutrient deplete it becomes disease vulnerable and how we responded with more chemicals, and so much more.

Jun 20, 2016

Jason Treu is a top business and executive coach and sales leadership trainer. He’s a leading expert on leadership, culture, influence, and relationship building. He helps his clients get unstuck and find their purpose, put the passion back in their lives, create additional wealth, and build key skill sets to take their business and career to the highest levels. He's worked with well-known CEOs such as Steve Jobs, Mark Hurd at Hewlett Packard, and many others. He's helped his clients meet influencers such as Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and many others. Jason’s bestselling book, Social Wealth - the how-to-guide on building personal and professional relationships, has sold more than 36,000 copies and has been #1 in four business and self-help categories. We dive into topics like how he followed his next passion in technology, building a business around coaching and content, the winding road of entrepreneurial adventures and making tough decisions, overcoming the voices in our head, what really is social capital and social wealth, being interested instead of interesting, focusing on the spirit of service and lead with giving, nonverbal communication and micro-expressions, and so much more.

Jun 13, 2016

Ryland Engelhart is a Co-Owner and the CIO Chief Inspiration Officer of Cafe Gratitude. He is dedicated to culturing love, community and sustainability in the work place. He also has founded a non-profit called Kiss The Ground that’s mission is to inspire educate and rebuild our soils to restore human and planetary health. He was co-creator of an award winning transformational Documentary Film, called “May I Be Frank”. As an activist, inspirational speaker, and life coach he leads workshops on sacred commerce, relationships and communication. We dive into topics like the unique environment, mission and greater purpose behind Cafe Gratitude, Ryland's role as Chief Inspiration Officer at Cafe Gratitude, How the question of the day creates the unique environment at the Cafe, cultivating mindfulness and being virtuous in the work culture, communicating through acknowledgement and appreciation, how soil is the greatest store house for carbon, how carbon farming and regenerative agriculture works, and so much MORE.

Jun 6, 2016

Corey Allan (if you want to be formal it’s Dr. Corey Allan, but he's usually pretty casual) Corey is a husband, father, author, speaker, as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Ph.D. in Family Therapy. He has a private practice in McKinney, TX and is the founder of simplemarriage.net, an online resource aimed at helping marriages not just survive, but thrive as well as Sexy Marriage Radio - a weekly show aimed at heating up the marriage bed. Love is a process, not just a feeling. It produces action. Added to this, life is a choice (so is marriage). Therefore Corey works to help people grow deeper Spiritually, keep it simple, be passionate, live in community with others (and) enjoy the ride. To sum up: Marriage is more about becoming a better human than it is about the two people being happy. So when you keep things simple, you are in a better position to experience more in marriage and in life.

May 30, 2016

My guest today was named by Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith of Agape Spiritual Center as "One of the true emerging leaders of our time." I've been tuning in to Peston over the years and he speaks from such an authentic, inspired place, and his message is heart felt and infectious. Preston Smiles is a motivational messenger who’s mission is to empower, inspire and ignite a multi-generational movement of radical growth through conscious, creative content, acts of love and living boldly. He believes we’re here to leave the planet better than we found it, and is committed to motivating others to join him on that mission, and live their best life now. Preston is the author of Love Louder - 33 Ways to Amplify Your Life, and a prolific YouTuber, Speaker, Writer, and Inspirationalist here to inspire, empower and educate billions of people all over the world to the one truth… That LOVE is all there is. We dive into topics like some of the early situations that shaped Preston, the first time Preston "dodged death" through divine guidance, how your environment and expectations shape who we become, the power of what Preston calls, God Voice or First Thought, listening to your intuition, your true freedom is that you cannot fail, how to enjoy the journey, fulfilling your "goal" before it even comes, not making your happiness contingent on something outside of the self, and so much MORE...

May 23, 2016

My guest today, Damon Moschetto, is one of the top fitness coaches in the industry known for his ability to transform and inspire beginners, executives, and athletes. He is a best selling author and coach. In his years of working with clients to achieve their goals, he finds that they have to tackle their mindset as much or more then just their physical health to see results. We dive into topics like, how Damon got started in personal training and how that has evolved, Damon's Next Level calling and how he made the leap, the interplay of habits, mindset and beliefs that were holding his clients back Some common habit and mindset shifts that were common in weight loss, your attitude is an important aspect in getting results, the power of getting honest, how Damon got over his belief of not knowing enough to get started, and so much MORE

May 16, 2016

Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the book, A Mind of Your Own and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. We dive into topics like Kelly's first wake up call while writing prescriptions, what happened when she was faced with an illness and realizing she didn't want to take medication for the rest of her life, how we only learn through lived experience, some astounding facts about the psychopharmacology industry, the abundance of available data and the many versions of the truth to choose from, the need for reinvention in medicine and science, the courtship that happens in the pharmaceutical companies, the story we are told about depression, the myth that depression needs to be "fixed" as a chemical imbalance, and so much MORE...

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