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 Chase Chewning hasn’t had an easy time of it.

When he was still a teenager, he lost his father to Lou Gehrig’s disease. A few years later while he was in the army, he got seriously injured, requiring multiple surgeries, and got medically discharged.

Chase’s life was in shambles. His body was broken, his mind was muddled, and his spirit was shattered. He had no money, no job, and no purpose.

What he did have, though, was a lesson his father taught him—one he shares in our interview—that he used to emerge from this dark period and regain his physical and emotional strength, build a popular podcast and following online, and launch successful coaching and media consulting businesses that allow him to make a living doing work he loves and believes deeply in.

In this episode, Chase shares his story, including . . .

The transformative “gift” that his late father gave him
How he ended up getting discharged from the army
The experience of going “all in” on entrepreneurship and quitting a stable career
How to stand out in a saturated field like the fitness industry
How to find your passion
And more . . .

So, if you like inspiring stories and want to learn how Chase used tragedy to ignite a motivational fire under his own butt, listen to this episode.


5:33 – Why did you move to Los Angeles?

7:27 – What does Ever Forward mean and why did you choose that as your brand?

11:19 – How long ago was it when you discovered Ever Forward?

14:19 – Was your major injury the beginning of the descent?

19:49 – How did you turn that experience into where you’re at today?

23:34 – How did you start doing your podcast and brand?

39:23 – Was transitioning from coaching to podcast another leap you had to make?

49:12 – How do you find your passion? Should I turn my passion into my career?

Mentioned on The Show:

Chase Chewning’s Podcast
Chase Chewning’s Website
Chase Chewning’s Instagram

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Mike: Hello and welcome to another episode of Muscle for Life. A quarantine stream we could call it. I’m Mike Matthews. Recording this from home, actually recording this from in my infrared sauna because there aren’t many places in my house that have good acoustics, but this seems to be working pretty well.

So here we are and in this episode I interview Chase Chuning who has not had an easy time of it. I guess that’s one way of putting it. You see when Chase was a teenager he lost his dad to Lou Gehrig’s disease and as you can imagine that impacted him. Greatly, and negatively of course, and then a few years later, Chase was in the army, and during a combat exercise, a drill, he was seriously injured, he required multiple surgeries, and then he got medically discharged, and his life was in shambles, his body was broken.

He couldn’t even walk in the beginning, and his mind was muddled, his spirit was shattered, he had no money, he had no job, he had no purpose, and he did have one thing though. He had a lesson his father had taught him, and one that he shares in this interview, and Chase used that lesson to emerge. from this very dark period and not only regain his physical and his emotional strength but also build a popular podcast and a following online and then launch successful coaching and media consulting businesses that Now allow him to make a living doing work that he loves and that he believes very deeply in.

And this episode is Chase’s story. He goes into all the details, like this transformative gift that his father gave him, how he ended up getting discharged from the army, what exactly happened to him, and why he went into the army in first place. It was almost suicidal in essence why he joined up. He also talks about his experience of going all in on entrepreneurship and quitting a stable career, a well paying job that he had.

And how he has gone about standing out in a very saturated field, you know, the fitness industry, and then also the business entrepreneurial space, how he went about finding his passion and how you may be able to as well, the insights you can glean from his story to help you find more meaning in your work and in your life.

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Chase, we made it happen finally after the back and forth of, I think it was like a couple months for this to… Finally come to fruition.

Chase: Yeah, man. And it’s funny timing, you know, where you are geographically, where I am geographically, like we were neighbors for a long time and I had no idea. I lived in DC for a while, man.

And you’re just right up there north of me. Yeah. You said a year and a half ago you moved to LA. Yeah, we moved to LA. We’ll move to Southern California. September, 2018 we started off down in like Orange County Laguna and then I’ve been officially up here in Los Angeles for over a year now. But yeah, before that I was in DC for about three, almost four years.

I’m a Virginia native. So I’m East coast through and through for sure. But I just, I decided to sip the Kool Aid and move out west, man.

Mike: Now you’re in the Mecca of clown world.

Chase: A lot of Meccas out here, clown world, supposedly the Mecca of bodybuilding where they charge you thousands of dollars for a day pass.

It just gets ridiculous.

Mike: Wait, what?

Chase: I mean, well, not literally, but you know, the gold gym out here in Venice, the Mecca, right? Every time I’ve gone. Man, the day passes just keep going up. Now it’s 55 for a day pass. And if you want to film, they’ve really cracked down. You have to get like permits and apply.

And I think a filming right is like 200 bucks or some shit. It’s ridiculous. They’ve really learned what they can capitalize on.

Mike: Exploiting the influencers.

Chase: Oh my God.

Mike: Yeah, that’s funny. So why LA?

Chase: So predominantly was for my wife. She is a nurse and she was looking to further her education. And so she was looking at a couple of nurse practitioner programs.

And so we both went to undergrad at Virginia Commonwealth University there in Richmond, Virginia, and they have a great program. She was looking there, she was looking at UT Austin and then USC kind of came recruiting for her to be honest. And they just had a great offer her and I both love California.

We’d always wanted to just move out, test it out. I lived here for a little while. My first duty station in the army was Monterey up north, so I enjoyed it and it was an easy yes for me. You know, she wanted to pursue her education. She got accepted into USC and for me and what I do, you know, full time entrepreneur, self employed thing.

It was an easy yes for me, you know, being in the health and wellness space. I was like, yeah, sure. I could go to LA and, you know, tap into the network there and see what I can do.

Mike: Yeah. How has that gone?

Chase: No complaints, man. No complaints. A lot of interesting cats out here to say the least. Um, but, uh, when I really look at

Mike: by that, you mean pedophiles, I understand.

Chase: Hey, you know, whatever floats your boat, I guess.

Um, yeah

Mike: That’s that’s how it works these days. Right? Whenever it makes you happy.

Chase: Yeah. If you’re happy, I’m happy, you know, let’s just all be happy together, but just don’t touch me. Okay. But yeah, man, it’s been good. No real complaints. Um, like I said, I moved out here with the intention of just going deeper on, you know, my social media platforms, going deeper on the podcast.

And it really had a great ROI. I got tapped into a really cool network of people would meet one person, introduced me to another and just transformed my day to day living. It transformed how I do my show. Now it’s really gone to a big in person experience. And there are a lot of really fucking weirdos out here, but also just like there are a lot of really good people and it just takes, it’s taken me a little while to filter down into the good community, but it’s treated me very well, man.

I can’t complain.

Mike: That’s great. And so speaking about your podcast and your brand, so ever forward, why that, what does that mean?

Chase: Yeah, really good question. Actually kind of funny timing last week, January 22nd, you know, by the time we’re recording this, it’s the week after was the 15 year memorial of my dad passing away.

And that’s significant because it was only through that loss. He died from a terminal illness, Lou Gehrig’s disease. It was only through losing him that we really learned and embodied and kind of adopted this belief system of ever forward, ever forward. It was something that he had said and instilled in us.

His entire life as kids growing up, we would hear this from our dad and just think it’s a way for our parents to be like, Hey, don’t be a fuck up. You know, here’s something you can kind of use as a guide, a family catchphrase, whatever. And he actually picked it up from his time in the army, but to unit creed, basically, and his first duty station out of the 116th infantry regiment goes all the way back to like American revolutionary days, which is really cool in my opinion was ever forward. So he picked it up from his time in the army. Instilled it in us growing up as kids. And then he truly lived it and embodied it. I mean, I don’t know if you’re familiar at all with Lou Gehrig’s disease, but it’s probably one of the cruelest diseases I’ve ever witnessed. You just literally watch a person completely wither away.

They die. They slowly and painfully, just from the inside out, they atrophy, they lose the ability to walk and talk. And the cruel part is what we know of the disease. They’re very much still there mentally and so they become a prisoner in their own body and to go through this for about 18 months. His diagnosis to when he passes by 18 months.

I never once saw that son of a gun complain or ask why me or even. Just seemed like he’s having a bad day at all, almost to the point. I’m like, why? Like, what’s wrong with you is pissing me off. Like, you know, be angry dad. Come on, man.

Mike: Especially it probably made you reflect a little bit on the stuff that maybe you complained to your wife about and you start to like,

Chase: Oh my God. Yeah.

Mike: I think your dad. And then you’re like, how does this even work? You know, I can’t find the remote and I’m already getting mad.

Chase: Yeah. The smallest. Life inconveniences turned into nothing when, you know, you look over or I would go home on leave and visit him every time I could. And I was in the army at that time myself.

And it’s just, you know, this guy, he lost the ability to walk, talk, and he was just this spitfire, this energy, just Epicenter of my hometown and he just completely lost that to an extent. I mean, you could always just see it in his eyes that he was there and he was just totally accepting of what was going on, which I don’t think is anything I will fully ever truly understand.

But that experience as shitty as it was and horrible as it was, it taught us what it meant to live a life ever forward. We truly got to witness. Firsthand, this phrase that he had just said for years and years and years. And so, you know, that sucked a lot. I buried my father at 19 years old, and then I had to go back to my contract with uncle Sam.

I enlisted for about six years and wound up actually having to get out to, which might get into my story. I got pretty significantly injured, got medically discharged. 10 years, man, just not dealing with it. Just my mental health was shot to shit. My physical health was. Shot to shit. I was learning how to walk again.

And just, I spent about 10 years ignoring this lesson that my dad had given me and my family. And then all this shit just came to a head and kind of fell to my knees in a lot of ways in my life and just had to go back and revisit that dark time and realize that there was this huge gift in it, this Message that I was just not honoring.

And once I kind of, you know, straighten myself out and paid attention to this message, this legacy, it was the most natural thing in the world to introduce it as a brand and to just make it my daily mantra, man. And how long ago was that? So it all kind of came to a pinnacle around 2015. Yeah. So about going on five years ago.

I was having a lot of relationship problems. I was really stagnant in my job. I was kind of just idling in a lot of areas in life and some things and people and sequences in my life. I began to realize that I was just really, you know, taking advantage of. We’re rather taking for granted and a lot of those things kind of fell through and I was really left alone when you think your life is going one way, but then all of a sudden life takes you another way, puts you in check really quick.

So I wound up just really going back to this belief system, going back to these 2 words and going back and trying to just recreate my life because. And a lot of areas, it just fell through. It actually started first with my brother. He introduced it as a brand ever forward apparel. Yeah, I was going to ask about first.

Yeah. So he kicked it off. It was something we had always talked about wanting to introduce and share to the world. But you know, it’s a delicate thing. Something so close to home, you know, sharing with the world. And we’re both kind of dabbling with the whole social media thing. It’s delicate. It’s personal.

And Yeah. He took the bold move of sharing it first as ever forward apparel and sharing the backstory behind it. And I was blown away at the positive feedback that his audience was giving him on. And this time he was really up and coming and YouTube and, you know, he still is, you know, YouTube fitness, lifestyle stuff is pretty much what he does now.

So I was like, wow, okay, cool. And so that was a great reminder of what I was not honoring. You know, he was doing his part to honor my father in this message. What the fuck was I doing? I was just. Just wallowing really. And so once I kind of went through my ship, fix my relationships, fix my job, fix myself, did a lot of like the self work, uh, I realized that I wanted to kind of share my experience with it.

I wanted to share the personal development. I wanted to share the gym journey, the mental health journey, and what it means to live a life ever forward, you know, in all these areas. And so I’ll never forget, man, I was leaving my apartment in DC. Driving to, I was a health coach at this time at one of our offices up in Lansdowne and that stretch of the highway sucks a minimum 45 minutes.

I’ve sat there for like two and a half hours before I stumbled across this thing called a podcast and it was health and fitness and I was like, Holy shit, man, this is amazing. I would go to my job and every client, every patient that I saw there. I could help in a better way. I could help with more immediate, tangible information, more up to date information.

And I was like, this is amazing. So I got hooked on the podcast thing. And then one day someone said, Hey, wow, you had a really good radio voice, which was something I kind of heard ever since my balls dropped and puberty hit, but radio was never really super appealing to me. But I was like, Hey, you know, what if I did this podcast thing?

I can learn, definitely keep learning by listening to a podcast, but what if I’m the one asking the questions? What if I’m the one doing the research on these people and then sharing it out? And then it was, it just manifested and snowballed into a way for me to kind of weave in my own story with these guests.

And, um, yeah, man, here we are, hell going into our fourth year on the show.

Mike: Let’s go back to when you were injured and that sounded like kind of like the beginning of the descent, so to speak. Right.

Chase: Yeah. I mean, long story short, well, I’ll say medium story. I’ll give a little bit of detail. So it makes sense.

When my dad passed away, I did not deal with it. Uh, and a lot of ways, you know, I say, I don’t know if this is an excuse or this is just what it was. I didn’t have the ability. I didn’t have the luxury to process that. I didn’t have the luxury of grief and to take time off. I was a fucking soldier. Like I had to go back to the army and continue my job, continue my training, continue my mission…

Mike: as if nothing had happened.

Chase: Exactly. Yeah. And so I was like, cool, you know, they gave me 30 days emergency leave, which I was super grateful for. I got to spend literally, I was there with my dad, you know, his last hours of being alive. But then a week later, I, you know, I’m sent back to army chase and years passed and I realized I was just stuffing it down, stuffing it down.

And my mental health suffered a lot, man. I’ll never say that I was suicidal, but I just got to a point because my father was so close to me and he meant so much to me. And this concept of continuing on military service in his honor and his father and his father and so on and so forth. I was like, what’s the point?

Like I’ve lost it all. So I tried to volunteer for some deployments because I did not want to come back alive. I was like, you know what? The army just upped their life insurance policy. It was like 400, 000. I think, you know, in my mind, my selfish coward mindset back then, I thought taking care of my family meant a big fat payday for them.

And that’s not at all what they wanted. They just lost their father chase. They just lost a brother, a son, whatever. So I tried to. Deploy I was in the intelligence field. I was a Russian linguist, actually. So I was trying any way I could to like, you know, change jobs or use my skill set in a different way and get sent over there as we call it, because that was a great opportunity for me to not come back alive.

And it didn’t happen for 1 application. Uh, what was in the right rank? So okay, cool. So if I get promoted and I’ve worked my ass off, you tell me then I have a higher chance of being deployed and higher chance of not coming back alive. Cool. So I did that. Put my nose to the grindstone. I got promoted.

Worked my ass off. Things were looking promising. I was out playing war games, getting prepared for, you know, an opportunity to deploy, you know, man plans and God laughs, right? The world, the universe, my dad, whatever you want to believe or think had. Different plans for me, they knew that that was not the right path for me.

So I was leading an ambush playing war games basically and exactly what happened is honestly a big blur. Still, I was leading an ambush with my squad and next thing I know, I hear and feel this loud pop and I go falling to the ground. I’m screaming in pain and all of a sudden, just like my entire like mid section down is just.

Is I’m like, shit, like what happened? Like, am I hit? I was like yelling out like who the fuck put a life round in here? This is supposed to be, you know, we’re not doing a live fire exercise here. You know, these are just blanks. And turns out what happened was I tore my hamstring. That was the pop that I felt and heard.

And my back, my L4 and L5 vertebrae basically decided to go one way and the rest of my body went another way and just extreme injuries to my low back and my hips and my hamstring. And so there goes my dream of being deployed. I got pulled from that roster very quickly, got completely transplanted to an entirely new base, an entirely new unit of just broken soldiers to either get healed and get sent back or you get kicked out of the army.

And so things got way worse for me, man. I actually. I wound up having both of my hips completely reconstructed. I’ve got about 12, 13 inch scars on both of my quads where they did a ephemeral reconstruction, removed my femurs, reshaped them, put them back in. I’ve got two rising pins in either hip and they would do one side and then months of rehab.

They would literally teach me how to walk again. And the second that I could, Hey, cool. Sergeant tuning. Great. You’re good enough now. We’re going to go back and do the other side. So it was just cut me open heel, cut me open heel for about a year and a half. And then my entire plan to stay in the military was completely yanked out from underneath me because like, Hey, you’re broken.

You’re not good enough to be a soldier anymore. We’re actually, we’re kicking you out. You’re medically discharged. In fact, your injuries are so bad. And you are so, this is how I kind of interpreted it. You are so physically worthless. Now we are medically retiring you. So with the wheelchair and my cane, with my wheelchair strapped to the roof of my car and my cane in the backseat, I drove off base July.

28th, 2009 and, uh, drove home to Virginia to kind of rebuild and restart my life, man.

Mike: That’s a really tough position to be in. I mean, I don’t have to tell you that, but I’m just like, wow, I’m trying to imagine if I were in that position because you were already in a bad place with your previous plan.

Obviously you look back at that, but now it was almost like a cruel joke that was played on you because now you can’t even kill yourself honorably and support your family and that’s how you’re looking at it. Then now you’re actually just a complete burden to them, I guess. I mean, who else is going to even help you or take care of you?

And now what?

Chase: Started off thinking that I was going to do this thing, this cowardly thing to take care of my family. And now, yeah, absolutely right. I, I mean, hell man, I remember when I was getting out, I think I came home to visit one time before they actually med boarded me out. I kind of wanted to go to school.

And so I was looking at VCU and I actually had to have my, I was a 23 year old kid, man. I had to have my mom meet me to go on a tour of campus because I physically couldn’t walk around myself. I was hobbling around on a cane and I had to have my mom, like, escort me around just like this broken kid. It sucked, man.

Mike: So where did it go from there? How did you turn that into an inspiration for action and something that has now led you to obviously a much better place in, in every way?

Chase: Yeah, well, I can tell you, I think one of the things that I definitely did right, whether this was intentional or We’re not a big part of the disconnect that I felt from my family when my dad was sick and stuff was literally a disconnect geographically speaking, I just wanted to be there with my family and quick kind of backstory.

I, once I found out he was sick and terminal, I actually was trying to drop paperwork because if you can prove you have a hardship back home, the military will often let you out of your contract. I was like, sweet. I can get out of this. Go home. Well, my dad true to character. Uh, he was like, fuck that shit.

He was like, hell no. With his last Days of being able to walk and talk. He flew out to California. He spent four days literally convincing me to not do this, to not stop my life before it even starts because of whatever’s going on with his. He’s like, your family will be there, but chase like ever forward, man, you can’t let my burden fall on you.

This is not fair. So you have so much to live for. So he spent about four days really just convincing me to stay in so fast forward when I was getting out. I just wanted to be with my family. And so again, intentional or not, I went home, I didn’t know what I was going to do, but being there was a great inspiration and it was right around the same time my younger brother were four years apart.

He was starting school and I think it was my mom who was like, Oh my God, it’d be so cute if my boys could like go to college together and go to graduation together and it’d be easy planning. I was like, cool. Okay. So I was going back to Richmond, Virginia anyways, and he was starting college and I had all these education benefits and I was like, you know, screw it.

Why not? I’d rather go to school now because odds are if I don’t, who knows? I maybe I never will. And I would like to continue my education. And so this was about the time. Like I said, I was still on a cane, still hobbling around when I was Getting a little bit of taste. It’s like when you’re, you know, you get those newbie gains in the gym, right?

Kind of get a small taste of like, wow, the body is really fucking cool. It’s really cool what it can do and overcome. And I was getting a little bit of sense of that. And so I actually enrolled in their exercise science program. Oddly enough, you know, this, this guy who just got completely broken physically, mentally, emotionally is now going to school for the human body.

Like what? So yeah, it was just baffling to me what was possible. And this was right around, I kind of became really, really curious of, you know, organic shit and green and health and wellness. And, you know, I had a lot of downtime on my hands, man, that last year and a half, all I did was just living on my couch and rehabbing.

So I read and I watched videos and I listened and I did what I could here and there to take care of myself as I will imagine if I actually go study it. anatomy, physiology, nutrition, all this stuff. And then I realized, I think about my second year, maybe my third year through, I actually really enjoy this more.

So just for the learning of my own body and my own self, but you can work in this industry. And so I realized that I actually wanted to do something with it. And yeah, so I graduated with my bachelor’s in exercise science, then went on to like, I mean, hell, you name it in any job in the fitness space. I mean, I’ve done it, health coach, personal trainer, ran boot camps, worked in gyms, corporate wellness, you know, up until, you know, my last real job, you know, I was the wellness director for this concierge medical practice.

I’ve been down the East coast where we would work hand in hand with patients, you know, with their primary care provider. And then we were the trainers and the exercise physiologist. We would do weight loss programs, personal training, body composition, analysis, all these different kinds of cool things, embodying.

Complementary alternative medicine, fitness and nutrition and primary care, which again was perfect for me because that was very much where I was in my own journey of recovery.

Mike: And then from there, how did you come into what you’re doing now? And what were some of the struggles? I’m sure it wasn’t just, Oh, I think I’ll do a podcast.

Oh, look at that. I can now make a living at this.

Chase: Well, yeah, yeah. It was, what are you talking about? Yeah. I just hit record and I got all the sponsors.

Mike: Oh, okay. Good. That’s a great story. That’s what people want to hear. You know, I have no idea. I just got really lucky and I said the right things, I guess.

And now I’m rich. I don’t know. I mean, whatever.

Chase: Far, far from it, man.

Mike: I get asked fairly often from people who either are considering getting into the fitness industry or are in it and are just asking for advice and it is highly competitive. It’s very hard to stand out. I think that’s more true now than Um, Uh, ever before, probably at least in the life I’ve been in this bracket for, I don’t know, seven years now, seven or eight years.

And I would say a bit of my success is definitely, I would attribute it to timing, which you could say is, you know, just a matter of luck getting in a little bit early before things got very noisy. And so you though are newer, newer to this. So I’m curious, how did that process go?

Chase: Yeah. Well, first and foremost, I just want to.

Give you a shout out, man. I can tell you when I was back in my mom’s bedroom right after I got out of the army, I’m back a student and dependent upon my family in a lot of ways. One of the books that I read in my journey, my curious journey of the health and fitness world was bigger, leaner, stronger man.

It’s so wild now that here we are talking to each other. So to that, I say, thank you. Because without you even knowing it, you were a part of my journey. You were a part of me stopping, feeling sorry for myself and really just realizing the human potential. So that’s on you, man. I appreciate you for that.

Mike: That’s cool, man. I appreciate that.

Chase: Yeah. Yeah.

Mike: That’s what. Inspired me to write the book in the first place, that first edition. And now I’ve gone through quite a few iterations and I recently kind of rewrote it from scratch actually, and released a new third edition, but it’s pretty cool what you can do with, it’s not just books, but it could be articles.

It could be podcasts with content that lives on and it really just kind of take on a life of its own. And I really liked that about this line of work. I’m sure you do too.

Chase: Oh, absolutely. And kind of to answer your question before was, you know, when we’re doing something, we’re creating the things that are perennial, the content that is perennial, the people that are going to be here forever are the ones that do things, you know, and again, to your point of, you know, getting constantly asked people wanting to get started in the space, the number one thing I can tell you is, you know, especially for me making it a business is the more time you spend on getting clarity around who you are creating.

Thank you. And why, who you’re creating this content for, you know, your ideal client, your ideal audience member, you will be a lot more successful. And in my experience, personally, professionally, and how I help others as well is it’s, in my opinion, it’s always been a former version of myself. It’s always, I need to write this.

I need to film this. I need to record this. I need to do whatever because chase six months ago, six years ago. He needed to hear this. He needed this message. And I guarantee you right now, there is someone else that is in the exact same place. I was that if I can help just lighten the load, if I can help educate and empower in the smallest way, I have to be a part of that.

And so in kind of keeping in mind of this concept of legacy and carrying on my father’s message and just tethering myself to a belief system to help pull me along, I needed that I recognized that, okay, in my job, I want to get better. How can I get better? Well, I can’t go to conferences and expos every weekend.

I can’t do all of these things right now, but I can learn, right? I can read a book. I can listen to an audio book. I can listen to a podcast. And so I absorb and then, like I said, I wanted to do more. So I decided to create my own and I had no intention. I didn’t even know that podcasting was like a full time thing.

I only saw a few people. This is back, you know, 2015, 16, doing it full time. And I had no intention of ever doing it. To the scale that I am now. It was just a way for me to get better at my job. It was a way for me to help make better the lives of the people that I was showing up for every day. And then when I was in school, just learning the human body, I really, really enjoyed it.

And it became this passion. It became this thing that I didn’t. Need to do what I had to do that. I wanted to do and it gave me so much fulfillment. And then, you know, and I give total recognition, you know, where, where I was in this time and age, you know, when my brother, when his social media was growing, when I was kind of dabbling with youtube and all this stuff and the whole social media content creator thing was very, very new.

It was a very, very small net community then. And luckily, yeah. We were tapped into that. So hell, my very first guest on the show was Christian Guzman. And if anyone knows, I mean, he’s like the king YouTube fitness guy and you know, millions of followers and subscribers and all this shit. And so I had access to a lot of people that were already my friends.

And I, well, first of all, I had to convince them, Hey, will you come on my podcast? And they’re like, what the hell is a podcast? I was like, well, it’s like a YouTube video, but we’re just going to do audio only. Okay, cool. Cool. Cool. So I had access to some really, cool, unique people. And then honestly, I just would reach out, I would contact authors and New York times, bestsellers and YouTubers and all of these people and just say, Hey, this is how you have helped me.

Here’s how I want to take this message, really get down to a finite point and just share your story and hopefully share and you know, help others and everybody was on board. And then it just grew organically and steam began to develop and it made me better at my job. Then I realized a couple of years into it.

With a lot of other red tape bullshit at my last job, you know, my fulfillment was quickly being pulled out of that because of like the business side of things and the job side of things. It was pulling away my fulfillment, my passion for showing up for the people that needed it most, my patients, my clients.

And I was like, this isn’t fair. This isn’t right. And so I really just took a hard look in the mirror. Of what do I want to do? What do I want to do that’s going to keep making me happy? And it all came back to Everford. It all came back to look at this gift that I was given, that my family was given. Look at the feedback that people are telling us.

And this is just dipping one toe in. Imagine if I fucking dove head first. And it was the scariest decision of my life. It was a decision that my… My wife didn’t take too well when I told her, Hey, uh, I gave him my notice.

Mike: I’m going to be an influencer. Like you’ll be hearing from my lawyer.

Chase: She’s like, you fucking what?

Yeah, it didn’t go over quite that well because in total honesty, we’d agree like, Hey, let’s take it much more seriously for like six months. Let’s see what you can do with it. Well, after about 60 days. I reached my financial goals. I reached all these goals of, you know, whatever, and I just couldn’t do the job anymore.

So December 2017, I gave my notice. I was like, I’m out guys. Sorry. And then officially, yeah, I’d already launched a podcast at that point. So January 22nd, 2017. The memorial of my dad’s passing, we try to do everything with meaning here was, you know, a year in with that and we were growing one episode a week.

Then I did two episodes a week and we were getting, you know, all these downloads and all the, all this awareness. And I just realized that, Hey, I, again, have been given a gift. That it would be the biggest slap in the face to my father would be the biggest disgrace to my own potential to not go deeper here when people are telling me they need and want more in the same way that it fulfilled me in the same way that it cured and healed and was therapy for my brain and my body and my soul.

It was the same thing for so many other people, man. So I just, I took that on. I took that next mission army chase stepping up to the plate again. Hey, what are my orders? What do I need to do? How do I need to execute it? And I just went all in, man. And yeah, here we are about three years later, almost not homeless yet.

Knock on wood. You’re in the land of the homeless though. So, you know, well in LA I play this game where I’m out in public and I ask myself, okay, are they homeless or multimillionaire homeless or multimillionaire? Cause honestly it’s hard to tell the difference here.

Mike: It depends where fashion trends are at any given point, you know.

Chase: Seriously. Yeah. What’s trending right now? What’s in.

Mike: Yeah.

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This is a useful exercise I go through sometimes, particularly when I’m looking at, at this point, I’m not taking on, I’m not trying to start any new businesses, but it’d be more. Projects like, okay, that are going to be significant writing a new book or some big marketing initiative, significant in terms of time or money or both.

Right. And look at what’s the worst case scenario. Just am I okay with that? Because oftentimes if that is not. Clearly delineated. And then also looking at what’s the probability of a worst case scenario. And should I even worry about it? If it’s very, very unlikely, then I think of a thinking fast and slow by economy talks about this.

And it’s true. We tend to catastrophize. We tend to. Take low probabilities, very bad things happening and blow them up into more than they really are in our minds. So I’ll often make sure that I’ve considered what’s the worst case scenario of whatever it is I’m about to do. And that often makes decisions pretty easy to make.

So if it’s a, with my supplement company, Legion, if we’re, we want to try a new marketing endeavor, a new promotional endeavor, what’s the worst case scenario? I lose 50 grand straight up zero sales, 50 grand. Am I okay with that? Yeah, because I think it’s very unlikely and even if it happens, my life goes on, it doesn’t really matter.

I’m not happy, but it doesn’t change anything in terms of the day to day operations. And then what is more likely to happen? I think based on all this other experience that I have, I think that it’s most likely to do all right. And it just, that type of thinking often helps me not even get on the fence in the first place and not stick on.

This disaster that almost certainly will not happen. And if even if it were to happen, it’s not really a disaster. Does that resonate with you at all?

Chase: Yeah, yeah, for sure. I mean, I’ll tell you, I knew I wanted to do this, but the, the scary part of going all in on yourself is that, you know, Hey, am I going to burn the boats or am I going to build a safety net as well?

And where I was in my profession, you know, I had. Years of experience. I got my master’s the certification. I was this director level. And so I knew on paper. Okay, cool. Chase. If you fail, if you suck really, really bad, you can’t make this happen.

Mike: Your radio voice just doesn’t cut it. It’s not enough.

Chase: Yes. Like no one cares chase. Just shut up and eat the microphone. You know, I had kind of done all these things on the back end that on paper professionally, I felt confident that, all right, cool chase. All right, you sucked. You tried not going to happen, you know, especially not as a married man. So I was like, if I need to, I could go get a job.

I’m very, very qualified. I’ve got great experience and I didn’t leave my job, you know. Burning every bridge and it was a little bit of friction here and there, but.

Mike: Yeah, I’ve had that happen over the years. A couple guys leave, not because there were any problems, it’s just they found something else they really wanted to do and they’re still doing it.

And I totally understood and I was totally supportive of that because ultimately I want to see people do well. I want to see people flourish and if they. Really feel strongly drawn towards something else where they go, you know what, this is really going to be for me. I get it because if I were them, I would do the same thing.

Chase: Oh, sure. Absolutely. I think we would be the most selfish assholes in the world if we ever kept people from their fulfillment, uh, especially in the health and fitness and wellness space. I mean, that’s what we’re all after, right? We want to feel our best, look our best, do our best, you know, be our best every way shape and form.

So you have to support those people when they’re in pursuit of their fulfillment. I agree. So, yeah, I kind of felt like. If I crash and burn, at least I, you know, on the backend, I have a great resume. I could definitely go out and get a job. And honestly, you know, actually at the time, man, the podcast wasn’t even the thing that I was going in on the most.

So I, we launched ever Ford radio and about that summer, I started doing. Online coaching. I started training people in my apartment buildings in DC. And like I said, some outdoor bootcamp stuff and being able to take on some online clients. And so I created ever forward coach, how we even came out with our own like coaching app and health tracker system.

And that was what I actually pivoted into. First, I started taking on all these new clients and started, Oh hell, actually started charging people, started charging people for the first time and charging more step one, step one, make money. Exactly. Know your value for damn sure. And that’s what. The big pivot was for me.

I gave myself, like I said, my wife and I were talking six months. I did it after 60 days because I just tried to take on the world. And I was like, Chase, don’t touch your salary. You can only live off of what you make on your side hustle. And so my coaching business did well, it did that actually.

Surpassed my salary and I was like, screw it. I’m going all in. So I decided to double down on the podcast, do two episodes a week. That did well. I had just that year started taking on a sponsor, working into like, I think two sponsors at that time, which was honestly less than a thousand dollars a month total, like salary commission, all that stuff.

It was really in its ancy stage, which is great Side hustle money. I’m, I mean, I’m knocking it, but you try living in DC off a thousand dollars a month, you can’t. And so my coaching business took off the ever Ford coach, and that’s what I did predominantly for. All the 2018, uh, and then I realized again, you know, going into where I am being pulled versus where I feel like I’m trying to just push myself.

The podcast was it for me, you know, I was going from in person to online and I just realized the best way for me to help people. Is to keep going deeper on the podcast because I can share one episode, whether it’s an interview or solo and it can now reach tens of thousands of people, there’s no way in hell I can do that with one hour of my time on a coaching call that is just not possible.

So, I mean, ever forward coach is still a thing. We no longer do just one on one health coaching. It’s all just like B to B stuff. I do some coaching consulting for people, you know, in person online. But yeah, so that’s what I do. And then the podcast really just took off, especially when I moved to LA, turned it into a full blown show.

We have a videographer that we use, you know, it’s a all in person experience. And it has just been, it’s the thing that if I had to do every day and wouldn’t get paid, I would still keep doing it. So that’s where my happiness is, man. And that’s where, that’s where life in the business has taken me. And that’s wherever Ford radio is today, really.

Mike: And it was that transition from coaching and the podcast, another leap that you had to make. I would think it would be right.

Chase: Yeah. In a way. And this is, you know,

Mike: I mean, even if nothing else, but financially, because I mean, you’re, you’re making your money from coaching and unless your podcast already replaced that income, but it sounds like that wasn’t the case.

Chase: We’re pretty neck and neck in terms of what. Oh yeah. And in terms of what like sponsorships and things like that we’re bringing in versus my coaching clients. And then honestly, man, welcome to the wonderful world of on today’s episode of being self employed last year, I began to be that person that people came to, Hey, how do you do this?

What Mike should I get? I’m thinking about starting a podcast. How did you get this guest? How did you get a sponsor? And just over and over and over and over again. And I flat out had one person ask. Oh, wow. Okay, cool. Well, if I just wanted you to do it, like how much do you charge? I was like, well, what do you mean?

Well, if I wanted you to make my show, if I wanted you to, you know, launch my podcast and do it and all this stuff, I was like, oh shit. I didn’t even think about that. Cha ching light bulb. He’s like, Hey, here’s another revenue stream. So then it shifted into kind of like. Podcast coaching, podcast consulting, just being years ahead of other people in anything.

If you’re one step in front of someone, they’re going to have a question about how you got there. So I began to be the person that people came to with questions and then I just realized that I could monetize it. And so last year we launched a full blown production and consulting company. So we had now have about.

I believe seven or eight shows that we either completely launched from scratch or we just stepped in, you know, Hey, let’s just optimize things here and there. Or we just do consulting, whether it’s, you know, some strategic guest referrals, introduction of sponsors, making your show better. You know, how do you align a podcast with the current business model?

How do you make it a new business model? And just, how do you make it the best damn audio experience possible while staying true to your ideal audience? Remember your ideal client? Yeah, that was a big new endeavor last year for sure.

Mike: That’s smart. It also gives you opportunities for cross promotion. Just naturally.

Chase: Yeah. Yeah. And honestly, I’ve been doing it, like I said, all of 2019 and it took me a year to really, really take a step back and detach and look at the big, big picture here. And I’m even more excited for what’s possible with, with my show and every show under our umbrella and production and consulting services, because we’re all going to succeed.

This rising tide is coming in and all of these ships are going out, man. I like it.

Mike: You know, just talking with you makes me think of just stuck in my head as a useful piece of information. That is that every problem has a solution. Every problem, especially, especially the problems that we run into in our little lives that we lead.

And I don’t mean that derogatorily toward you or listeners. I include myself in that, like in the scheme of things we do what we do, but the problems that we run into every single one has a solution. Everything is figureoutable. We’re not. It trying to figure out how to tap into the cosmic rays of the universe that Tesla

alluded to, we’re just trying to figure out how to live better lives.

You know what I mean?

Chase: Space blows my mind. That’s a whole other hobby we’ll get. Well, that’s, that’s another show.

Mike: But my point is everything is figureoutable and sometimes the solution isn’t what we want. Sometimes we don’t like the solution, but it is a solution. It really comes down to, are we going to.

Do what it takes to solve the problem or not. I just thought of that just where you’re talking about starting a production company where Whether income was a quote unquote problem or not. You always need to grow it and you need to grow your business And okay, so you’re thinking i’m gonna scale down my coaching.

I don’t want to just lose that revenue All right. How do I solve this? Oh, look, here’s an opportunity that is in one way. You can look at it. You can go Oh, yeah, that kind of fell in your lap. No, I don’t agree with that because there are opportunities Opportunities everywhere All the time in everyone’s lives.

It’s, can you spot them or not? Can you see that it’s an opportunity? In this case, it was kind of a whisper. This wasn’t, in my opinion, something that stood out as like, here, chase, have a bunch of free money. How about that?

Chase: You know what I mean? Like, yeah, I’m still waiting for that free money, man.

Mike: Don’t worry, dude.

Bernie’s coming, man. You’re going to get it.

Chase: That’s spot on, man. I mean, I can tell you that exactly in like the entrepreneur space. That’s exactly right. And just being a human, that’s exactly right. And that’s a big part of,

Mike: I mean, life is an IQ test. In many ways, life is a never ending string of problems that you need to solve.

And, and I really do think that starting with that assumption, no matter what you’re facing, and I haven’t gone through hardships like you have, so I can’t pretend that I have, but

Chase: you’ve had your own for sure. No doubt, man.

Mike: I’ve had to figure out problems. And my initial assumption with any problem I’m faced with is immediately this can be solved.

There is a way to fix it. I just have to find it. And there’s Not just one way. Often there are many ways to fix problems. I have to find one that I think will work well and I have to do it even if I don’t like doing it, even if it is, it involves more work and then maybe I’d want to put into it or more money or whatever.

But the point is the problem can be solved. So I’m not going to. Pretend like it can’t be solved, you know?

Chase: Absolutely. And that what you just described, Mike, is exactly the process that I had to finally go through to find, find my calling, find my fulfillment, but ultimately face my demons. And I’m sure someone listening right now is like.

Yeah, that’s great. You know, how do I go about solving my problem? Here’s my advice to you. If you’re struggling to find the gift in it, to find the solution in your problem, to find your way out, rather your way through, stop trying to figure out the problem first. Just sit down and stare at the fuck in the face and decide to not leave the room until you both are comfortable with each other.

If I did not do that, I probably would still be living in fear. I would still be getting panic attacks and anxiety attacks every time I would see in a movie, someone would die and that sheet would go over their head. I became, Mike, I became unsafe behind the wheel, man. I would listen, I would hear musics come on the radio, musics, well, good words, Chase.

I would hear music come on the radio and the musical flashback and I would swerve and I would have these out of body experiences, diagnosed PTSD. And I was just, I’m running from my problem. You think that you can just stuff it down, but it’s a beach ball. You were just holding underwater and it is going to rise to the top one day.

And so. When that happened and I faced my loss and I faced my grief and I faced God and I faced my inner demons and all of these things of, you know, why me poor me having my little pity party, I realized I just sat down and face my problems and face my loss. It was the greatest thing. And Don’t get this twisted.

I love my father and my whole family in the world, which is he was still here, but that was the greatest gift that I have ever received in my entire life. And it took me a long time to realize that him passing him being okay with this miserable existence for 18 months was the ultimate sacrifice that he had to give his family.

He had to give his sons his daughter so that they could live the most fulfilled life. Mike, when I tell you I wake up every day and I am just, Beyond thrilled that I get to hop on a call with a client that I get to get behind the microphone with people like yourself and I get to live in a place like downtown Los Angeles.

I am so beyond grateful my life. It sickens me sometimes of what’s going on in my world. Like, how is this a life? How is this a job? It is only because of, I decided to stop throwing the pity party and stop just complaining about the problem and just come face to face with my fears and my problem and find the solution.

Find the gift in there, man. And living a life ever forward is not just our catchphrase. It is not just what I say. It is not just whatever it is. The most intimate belief system I have ever felt. And it is something that has now been received by millions of people all over the world, and it fills me with pride to know that it’s not all for nothing that, you know, dad, you’re living on through through the airwaves, man, through the YouTubes, through the Instagram, through everything.

Um, and that only. It was possible because of that hard work of staring down that darkness.

Mike: You know, this reminds me of a Chinese fable that I’ve written about called, we’ll see. And I’ll just share it. I think you’ll like it. And I think listeners like is right along these lines. So it goes like this. So a farmer had a horse.

One day the horse runs away, his neighbors come and console him. Oh yeah. I’m so sorry. This is terrible. You must be so upset. And the guy just says, we’ll see. Right. So then a few days later. His horse comes back with 20 wild horses and the guy, he gets his son and they corral them all and his neighbors celebrate.

Congratulations. Such good news. You must be so happy. And the guy says, we’ll see a few weeks later, one of the stallions kicks the guy’s son breaks his leg, right? And the neighbors are like, Oh my God, that’s so terrible. Such bad news. I’m so sorry. You must be so upset. The guy, of course, just says, we’ll see.

A month goes by, and then the, the farmer’s country goes to war, and starts drafting a bunch of able bodied young men to go and fight, and it’s a bloody war, and casualties are high, but the guy’s son, who didn’t get drafted because of his leg, is obviously okay. Wow. And the neighbors, you know, they can’t believe it.

The guy’s, you know, so lucky. Congratulations. You must be so happy. And of course he just says, we’ll see. I like the message in that story. And I think it’s very relevant.

Chase: Yeah. Yeah. Talking about here. That’s so pertinent. I mean, yeah. Just whether you think it’s a blessing or you think it’s a curse, just wait and see for sure.

And what are you going to turn it into?

Mike: Yes. Yeah. I think that’s worth, uh, worth mentioning. Absolutely, man. But one other question I wanted to ask you, I get asked about passion fairly often when people are asking about the business related stuff and particularly getting into the fitness industry. Right.

And should you turn your passion into a career? Or sometimes people are saying, I don’t know what I’m passionate about. So how do I. Find that, how do I find something that I too can jump out of bed for every day? What

Chase: are your thoughts on that? Yeah, I’m with you. Definitely something that I see and read in here and get asked a lot.

How I will answer that as Chase here today, January 2020, is I think passion and the things that will make you jump out of bed and Be honored to live for and work for are probably the things that at one point in time you didn’t have or were taken away from you. I think it’s this newfound appreciation that can only be experienced through hardship, through loss, through pain, through suffering, through obstacles, through works.

Because that’s what it was for me. And I think that’s, that’s a big kind of, I’ll say it’s semi summary of my story and what we’ve been talking about today. And it was only because I know what it feels like to suffer. I know what it feels like to be in pain mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically for damn sure.

I know what it means to have relationships crumble. I know what it means to get injured in the gym and only through those sufferings. Can we know what we don’t want in life? Therefore we work so hard. To constantly go in the other direction, not out of fear, not out of whatever, but because we know that we are capable of more and we, we know that we are capable as a community and a society of us all.

Like we’re all going to make it bro. If we all just decide that darkness and the suffering. It was what it was or maybe it is what it is, but it is there to teach us and show us the way forward. And that is how I’ll answer it. And so when you realize what you don’t ever want to go back through again in life, I think that’s the thing that will help get you out of bed every morning and be excited.

Mike: That’s an interesting take. My take is I haven’t had the type of experience you guys, so I’ll come at it more from just utilitarian perspective. But what I tell people is you’re not going to find a passion by just sitting and thinking about it. You can find maybe a spark of curiosity. That’s how it starts.

And you have to follow that. And also you’re not going to be passionate about something you’re not good at. We don’t like to do things that we suck at, no matter how interesting they might seem at first, we’ve all experienced that, right? Where we think something sounds so cool. We’re so drawn to it. Then we start doing it and we’re really bad at it.

And then all of a sudden we don’t like it anymore. Right. And it, you have to be able to push through that. Again, this is my experience. And I guess what I’ve gleaned from reading a lot of other people’s stories and that if you stick with something. Long enough and you get good at it, there’s a very good chance you will start to become passionate about it.

Even if at first it just seems mildly interesting. Now, I’m not sure if my theory would work. I’d have to try it myself. Maybe see if I could at least make it work on myself. If there’s something that I have no interest in, like for example, the financial side of business, I have to be financially literate and I have to.

No certain things to run my businesses, but it’s not an area that I’m really interested in. I read maybe three or four financial books a year, whether it’s personal or business finance. I read a lot more about other things I’m interested in, but so it’d be maybe hard for me to ever become passionate about the work that the guy who handles all of my business finances, the work he does, which he loves.

He has all of his systems and he has insane spreadsheets and we’re setting up. What do they call it? ERP system. He’s all excited about. I don’t know if that could ever be me because I’ve, I have zero curiosity. Is that, I mean, I have a hard time maybe even generating curiosity about it. Cause it seems so fucking boring to me, but there are many other things that I would go, Oh, that sounds kind of interesting.

And so that’s my advice to people who are like, fuck, I don’t even know. I, how do I. I’m not anywhere even close to passionate about anything. So what do I do? And that’s usually what I say is, okay, are you at least curious about something? Okay, now go do that. And going back to your story, listen to podcasts, read books, learn, apply, start getting good at whatever this activity is.

And then see, is this, are you still just kind of in mild interest about it or are you now getting feeling some enthusiasm? Are you looking forward to it? Are you starting to think about it? You know, when you’re not doing it and that’s what you’re looking for, you’re just looking for that wave to build so you can just ride it.

Chase: Oh my God. Yeah. And I can tell you one thing I’ll kind of say to piggyback off of that when, you know, like I said, Last year, so shifted into just doing like B2B coaching kind of thing. And like you were saying earlier, it’s so saturated this day and age. It’s so hard in the, like the social media, online coaching space, whatever content creation to stand out.

We’re focusing on the wrong problem. Like, yeah, you can go on Instagram and find every fucking online coach in the world, whether that’s, you know, a shreds athlete or someone with a PhD. so. I don’t know. But what I’m saying is like. We’re focusing on the wrong problems. We’re focusing on the wrong areas and yeah, sure.

Whatever industry you’re in, you can go find a million and one other people doing the same thing and then go hiding your cave because I’m not good enough. How can I stand out? But what I tell people is if you’re struggling to find your passion, you probably. It’s probably already there, but it is so ordinary for you that it doesn’t stand out.

And so what I tell people is literally hold your audience, ask your friends, your family, ask people online, whatever. What are the gifts that others already receive from you? Because what is ordinary for you for probably a lot of people out there in the world is extraordinary to them. What you are naturally good at, what is naturally easy for you, what naturally interests you is like Mandarin Chinese to other people.

And those are the people that you can show up for. Those are the people that need your passion. And for me, that’s, that’s a big part of what it was. Hey. You got a great voice. You got a great voice. You should do, do radio. And it wasn’t just like to inflate my ego, but literally since my balls dropped my since high school, people were trying to get me into radio.

My uncle was a producer for Sirius XM radio.

Mike: You were made for this. You were born

Chase: but it never stood out to me because like, what do you mean? No, this is just how I talk. This is normal for me. And then one day because of what, like you’re saying, I was showing up, I was learning, I was being a sponge. I was figuring out things that were of interest to me.

And so when my mind was in the place where it and I were ready to receive a compliment to receive input, this person said, Hey, do you do radio? I was like, no, but you know what? I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts. I would love to do a podcast. And if it was not for that person recognizing something in me, and it was not for me doing the work necessary to just learn and figure out what was interesting me in my life and making me better, I don’t know what would happen, man.

I mean, who knows? Am I.

Mike: Story with a bigger, leaner, stronger. It’s very similar. I had gotten into really good shape and a buddy of mine who I was working out with at the time, he was like, you should just take your shirt off and sell stuff on YouTube. That’s literally what he said.

Chase: That’s how every social media person starts, man.

Mike: And his name is Adam, right? And I was like, no, I can’t, that’s just not me. I can’t, I can’t bring myself to do it. I can’t tell my parents I’m becoming an influencer. I’m sorry. And so that got me thinking. And coincidentally, right around then Amazon started promoting their self publishing platform, KDP with the story of the first dude.

I think it was actually a guy or a girl. The first person to sell a million books on their platform was this guy named John Locke. And he had kind of a cool story. He made a bunch of money in the insurance business and was done with it and wanted to do something else. He always wanted to write fiction.

So he just did it. And then it turned into this whole thing. And that then got me thinking saying, okay, I’ve, I’ve always liked. Reading. And at that time I was doing, I was creating employee training programs for businesses and it kind of specialized in healthcare businesses. So I wasn’t, I’d done a fair amount of writing a bit different, but it was similar how to, you know, breaking stuff down, teaching people jobs and whatever.

And so it started to connect those dots like, Oh, okay. That’s interesting to me. I’ll write a book. And this goes back to something you were talking about earlier about scratching your own itch, right? Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I’ll write a book that is simply the book. That I wish someone would have just given me back when I was 17 or 18 lifting weights and let’s see how it goes.

And the first month it sold like 20 copies. I was excited though. I didn’t know if anyone, I was. Expecting zero copies honestly.

Chase: I was one of them because

Mike: if you were, that’s the universe, that’s serendipity right there.

Chase: When did it come out?

Mike: 2012, January.

Chase: Yeah. Like I definitely had it.

Mike: So that was the first 90 days of 2012.

That’s amazing. Cause it’s sold, dude, it’s sold maybe. A hundred copies in those first three months. So you’re one of the

Chase: absolutely. I was one of those a hundred, no doubt in my mind, man.

Mike: That is really funny. And then here we are talking. So, but yeah, so that’s, that was a scratch my own itch. And then it grew in very similar to your story.

There’s a point where I was like, you know what, this is a real opportunity. And ironically, I almost didn’t pursue it because there’s. I don’t really like the fitness scene or the industry.

Chase: Oh, no, I hate it, dude. Nowadays, uh, it irks me. It’s, uh, so gross.

Mike: I initially gonna, gonna just do a publishing company cause I really like books and I know how to not just write books, but, but sell books.

And you know, that, that seemed a lot more interesting to me and publish other people’s stuff in it, including mine. But, but then I thought about it again and. And so, okay, this is a very good opportunity here. I can pursue the fitness stuff, but I’m just going to do it my way. And my way is I just want to create a lot of really good content and just get it directly into people’s hands.

I don’t want to play the networking game. I don’t want to play the gatekeeper game. I don’t want to pretend like I like a lot of these people who do not resonate with me at all. And I. You know, I don’t care to try to get on their shows or get guest posts or any of that shit. I’ll just make my own shit and create my own platform.

And so our stories parallel each other a lot in that way.

Chase: And I mean, here’s another great example of when you do this, when you do this self work, when you pay attention and become curious and explore what interests you and what doesn’t, not only will you enjoy your life more, I promise you will. You know, become disciplined in things.

You will make progress in all areas of your life, but it will connect the dots where other people, you will have someone pull out a passion in you, but we find each other, you know, curious minds find each other, man. So I, I mean, this may be the LA we will come out of me, but

Mike: no, no, no, it’s a matter. It’s actually a matter of just pre selection.

Chase: It’s a matter of time. Absolutely.

Mike: Most people on average, the statistic is the average American reads one book a year. So now that’s the average though, meaning that it’s brought up by the people who read quite a few books and then brought down by all the people who read zero, right? The median is certainly is not going to be one.

Most people do not read one. Most people book per year and many people don’t take any time to. Educate themselves in any way. So simply the fact that we are creating educational material, maybe we’re not going to get as much traction as the butthole models, but we’re going to get the right people or any of people who are following us because they want to learn, not because they want to jerk off to our pictures.

So, you know, I see that in Legion where almost one for one, our best customers. And in many cases, these are people who have spent thousands of dollars with us since the beginning, either came from books or have read one or more books along the way. And that’s not a coincidence. Like that’s real data in terms of that we’ve done with conversion rates.

Optimization people and really like diving down into our customer data. And it doesn’t surprise me at all because those books are attracting a lot of higher caliber people. People who let’s start with are at least trying to better themselves.

Chase: They’re attracting. The you caliber of people, like we’ve said multiple times here, man, it’s do the thing, create the thing, build the platform, create the product to create the service that you need and you needed.

And I promise you, you’re not alone. There are many of us out here. And like you said, man, it’s just, it’s a matter of time before we all just connect the dots and, you know, hop on a podcast together or read this, read each other’s book.

Mike: Well, this was a great discussion, man. I actually, I really enjoyed it.

Chase: Likewise. Likewise. Thank you.

Mike: And let’s just wrap up with where people can find you. Obviously we’ve mentioned your podcast name a couple of times, but let’s just wrap up just in case anybody missed. Where can they find you and your work and is there anything new and exciting that you want people to know about?

Chase: Uh, yeah, man. I mean, seriously, Mike, first of all, thank you so much for, for your time and for having me on here. It is so. My pleasure. This world, man, it never ceases to amaze me how I can show up and like, what? This is my life. Like reading your book years ago at a time when I was so broken in many ways.

And now here we are talking and those initial podcasts that I was listening to in my horrible commute in DC. Uh, I’m so proud to now like call friends and peers and I text, it’s just wild, man. When you do anything with your life, you compound and build momentum and you cannot not be successful in whatever you’re doing.

Mike: And people do take notice. And I say that though, with the caveat of, I think it’s important to not want to be Admired by people and to not try to play to people and be someone you’re not to try to, you know, get their attention. But there’s the positive side of it is you do cool shit. People do notice and you do get to meet interesting people and you do get to reach a lot of people.

And in our case, just because of the nature of our work, you get to help. A lot of people. And when you really think about, you’ve mentioned this a number of times, the number of people that you’ve reached. And if I think about the number of people that I’ve reached and directly helped, that’s pretty cool because even if it all just burned down tomorrow, I still would have that.

I still would be able to say, Hey, I have legitimately. Help people tangibly helped hundreds of thousands of people at this point, possibly even millions. I’ve reached millions, but you know how many people have taken anything and done something with it. It very well may be in the millions and that’s pretty cool.

That just makes me feel good. Oh, I believe it. And that’s more satisfying than money or accolades or any of the side effects of that. You know what I mean?

Chase: Yeah. Financial success and all these other external definitions of success just happen to be byproducts of, of true happiness, true fulfillment, true success with the self.

So hats off to you, man. Again, thank you. And yeah, I live and breathe and hang out the most on Instagram. I’m at chase underscore tuning. A lot of people were like, wait, are you Max’s brother? But yes, yes, yes. That’s me. Tunings are very small family. It’s a very strong chance we’re related. And then, yeah, my show now 2020, we are now doing three episodes a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday on ever forward radio, um, wherever you listen to podcasts, Google, Apple, Spotify, whatever.

But yeah, I’m actually thinking back to a former version of myself. I remember wanting to get started in the podcast space and. I literally spent about four or five months just trying to figure shit out before I actually launched or did anything real. So a big part of what I’m doing now, like I said, last year, the production services kind of really took off and we’re doing, having a lot of fun there and doing well there, but I want to help more people.

And so I actually have, man, it’s, it’s a. Totally free. I call it the free ultimate beginner’s guide to podcasting. Um, everyone can just go to operation podcast. com. I think technically you have to do the www, I don’t know, maybe just be a browser. Fuck up, but operation podcast. com.

Mike: No, I have your tech guy. He can fix that.

Chase: Okay, cool. Yeah. That’s, that’s just a domain issue. He can. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t, but operation podcast, I put out this free academy. It’s just a couple of videos. If you have that. Itch, if you’re curious and I would challenge you to go deeper on talking about things and exploring things, this podcast platform has transformed my entire life.

And whether you get five people to listen to your show or 5 million, it is all worth it. It is so fulfilling to me. So operation podcast. com, we’ve got the free ultimate beginner’s guide podcasting everybody.

Mike: I love it, man. Thanks again. Thank you. All right. Well, that’s it for today’s episode. I hope. You found it interesting and helpful.

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