The Art of Awesome

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By: Nick Troutman

Welcome to the Art of Awesome, where we dive deep into uncovering the the difference between the average and the awesome. We interview thought leaders, top business minds, health and fitness professionals, and world class athletes as we hope to inspire you to achieve awesome results in your everyday life.

Dealing with Defeat
#167
Last Friday at 9:37 AM

Today's Friday Fire I talk about dealing with defeat. I am at the 2022 World Championships in Nottingham England, and didn't make it past the quarter finals. So I thought this would be an ideal time to talk about dealing with defeat. Here are some of my best tips:

I think remembering that it is all just a game, and we are playing because we like the game. Don't let a judge determine your self worth or skill in any area of life. Be a good winner when you win, and a great loser when you lose. Five years...


The Flying Frenchman & Reigning World Champion - Tom Dollé
#166
Last Monday at 6:45 AM

"I just want to have some flow, have fun on the water, I don't what to put too much pressure but I just want to have fun at this Worlds."

Today I get to sit down and talk with reigning C1 World Champion, Tom Dollé, while we are here live at the 2022 Freestyle Kayak World Championships in Nottingham England. Tom shares his story of getting into the sport of kayaking, transitioning from freestyle to creek boating to racing and more. We also dive into the mentality of competition and who are some of the Tom's biggest competition.


The Matrix Mentality
#165
06/24/2022

Today's Friday Fire I talk about "The Matrix Mentality" which dives into the concept from the movie The Matrix, where Neo is told "Stop trying to hit me, and hit me already." The idea being that we need to stop trying to do things in life and decide to simply go and do them.

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Change the Way You Look at Things and the Things You Look at Change
#164
05/27/2022

Today's Friday Fire I talk about how it is all about your perspective on life that creates the results. We can both have the same scenario though different outlooks. If we simply change the way we look at things the things we look at change as well.

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Skateboarding to Business and Building Financial Freedom with Pro Skateboarder, Mikey Taylor
#163
05/23/2022

“You will always have problems and you’ll always have to find solutions to problems no matter how much money you make."

Today I am pulling out an interview from our archives from the conversation with professional skater, serial entrepreneur, real estate investor, and the absolute legend that is Mikey Taylor. Mikey Taylor explains his journey through becoming a pro athlete straight out of high school, then transitioning into entrepreneurship, starting his own businesses and eventually retiring from skateboarding professionally and getting into fund management and using his social platforms to help teaching about money and financial lite...


Finding the Intangibles with Coach Evan Burk
#161
05/11/2022

‚ÄúHumble Enough to prepare and confident enough to preform.‚ÄĚ

Today I have the opportunity to learn and discuss the intangibles in athletics, coaching, parenting and life with Coach Evan Burk. Evan was the special teams coach in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins and shares his incredible story about coaching 4th grade football to coaching in the NFL only 6 years later. Coach Even Burk shares some incredible insight on what makes the best athletes and team and how we can use these these intangibles in our everyday life. I personally gained a ton of insight and I'm exci...


With a Big Enough WHY you Can Overcome Any HOW
#161
05/06/2022

Today's Friday Fire I talk about how with a big enough 'Why' any you can overcome any 'How'. So figure out your 'Why' in life and you can overcome any obstacles, doubt or disbelief.

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Thanks for listening,

Nick Troutman


Using Crypto Assets to Buy Real Estate with Josh Rhodes
#160
05/03/2022

"He must increase and I must decrease."

Today I am stoked to sit down and and talk assets and wealth building strategies with Josh Rhodes. Josh shares his story of reading Rich Dad Poor Dad and starting his investing journey buying his first house before the housing market crash of 2008. We also dove deep into the crypto world and discuss digital assets as well as how Josh is leveraging his crypto to buy more real estate. This is a truly thought provoking conversation and I am excited to share as I too learned so much from our...


Housing Market Crash or Is Now the Time to Buy? - Dave Meyer
#159
04/26/2022

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." - Helen Keller

Today I am stoked to sit down and discuss the current housing market with Dave Meyer. Dave is well versed in the current markets as he is constantly studying the markets as the VP of Data and Analytics from Bigger Pockets. Dave tells us his thoughts on whether or not we will see a housing market crash as well as how he is investing in this current market. Dave also sharing his best tips for anyone wanting to buy their first house, along with...


What is the Point of the Archer without a Target?
#158
04/22/2022

Today's Friday Fire I discuss the idea behind our why. Why we do anything in life, whether it be eat healthy, work hard, wake up early or anything else. The point of an archer is to hit the target, so without a target to hit it becomes harder to sharpen the skills of the archer. Use this episode as a reminder to figure out your own why and what your target is in life.

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Scenario Thinking with Ursula Eysin
#157
04/18/2022

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

Today I discuss the process of scenario thinking with Ursula Eysin. Ursula is a creative strategist and has worked with many high level organizations including governments like Austrian Defense ministry and Kenyan government. Though her current focus is helping entrepreneurs, start-uppers, and ministries to turn uncertainty into a competitive advantage using the scenario thinking method and her consultancy company, Red Swam.

Book Reference- Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Book Reference- See Your New Normal by Woody Wade

LinkedIn- Ursula Eysin 


Ambition and the Eagle Raised by Chickens
#156
04/15/2022

Today's Friday Fire I tell a fable of an eagle raised by chickens. The eagle has desires to fly high, but told to not try and chase those impossible dreams. It is a reminder to not worry about the negativity around you that others might say. Instead, stay true to you; your dreams, desires and goals.

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Do Hard Things with Will Richardson
#155
04/11/2022

Today I get to sit down and talk with another incredible friend who has taken back his life in the battle against cancer and turned his body into the athletic machine he always wanted. Will shares his story of being the "fat kid" in school, which lead to the internalization of that and an unhealthy lifestyle. Though it all changed after he was shocked with the news of cancer. Will has endless advice, motivation, and tips for us all on taking on hard challenges, building success habits and fulfilling our best life. I'm sure there is something for everyone...


Analysis Paralysis & Dealing with Fear
#154
04/08/2022

On today's Friday Fire I share a story of dealing with fear and analysis paralysis. When dealing with fear our natural response is fight, flight or freeze. Though only after a deeper thought do I recognize how both fight and flight are action steps, while freezing is actually simple analysis paralysis and by definition a lack of action. I discuss ideas for dealing with this over analysis that can lead to paralysis and no action in any direction.

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Using Hypnosis to Reach Peak Performance with Nic Aguirre
#153
04/04/2022

Today I get to sit down and talk with hypnotist and mind coach Nic Agruire. We dive into the idea that arguably every successful person has done either self hypnosis, guided meditation or visualization which Nic considers all a bit of one and the same. Nic uses hypnosis and mind programming to overcome obstacles and tap into our peak performance.

Book Reference- Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

https://www.apexmindcoaching.com/

Instagram- @nicnosis

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Confidence and the Cookie Jar
#152
04/02/2022

On today's Friday Fire I share some advice for building confidence and overcoming fears and doubt with an easy mental tactic called 'The Cookie Jar'. The idea is when in doubt or a lack of confidence to think about all the accomplishments and proud moments in life to build back up that confidence and keep moving forward.

David Goggins Cookie Jar Speech 

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Trusting your Intuition with Sunil Godse
#151
03/28/2022

"When you take care of the Inputs the Outputs will take care of themselves."

Today I got to speak with intuition expert, author and founder of Intuitive Branding, Sunil Godse. Sunil shares his story of learning to trust his intuition and how it has lead to his business success as well as how avoiding his intuition has lead to business failure. Sunil also shares his four types of intuition and how we each have one of the four which is our natural strength and tips for strengthening the other three. This episode gives tons of great insight...


The Acorns Potential to be the Mighty Oak Tree
#150
03/26/2022

On today's Friday Fire I share the story of the acorn and the mighty oak tree as a representation of the massive potential that is in each and everyone of us. We can all be, do and have anything we want in life if we never give up chasing that dream and turn a dream into action which forms reality.

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How to be Competitive Without being Comparative - Anna Bruno
#149
03/25/2022

"If you are a fish don't try to be a giraffe."

On todays episode I get to sit down and talk with Anna Bruno and hear her story of getting into the world of paddle sports as well as how Anna deals with overcoming fear and anxiety within sports and life. We also dive into the discussion on comparison and how we can all probably focus on our own goals and how to be competitive without being comparative.

Book Reference- The Power of One by John C. Maxwell

Instagram- @bruyess

Anna's...


Follow the Blueprint
#148
03/19/2022

On today's Friday Fire I look into the idea behind inspiring people. If we truly look into the lives of people who inspire us or that we would like to be like then we can use their actions as a blueprint to create our own personalize replication of the results. If we want to invest like Warren Buffett then follow his guidelines and investing ideals. If you want to be like a Serena Williams then put in the work, dedication, nutrition and training that she puts into her athletics. If you'd like to be like Gary Vaynerchuck then start...


What is Happening up on the Ottawa River with Joel Kowalski
#147
03/08/2022

This week I got to sit down and talk with one of my best and longest friends, Joel Kowalski, as we talk all about what is all happening up on the Ottawa River. We dive deep into the Keener Program and how it is one of the best youth development programs, as well as the new events coming this fall on the Ottawa River.

Book Reference- The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson

Book Reference- The Changing World Order by Ray Dalio

Instagram- @joelkowalski

WildernessTours.com

Canada Cup August 20...


Luck is Preparation meeting Opportunity
#146
03/04/2022

On today's Friday Fire I dive into luck and what it truly is. The definition of luck and my preferred idea of it which aligns with the quote by the Roman philosopher Seneca, “Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity."

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Thanks for...


The Formula for Happiness with author and Happiness Expert Mike Duffy
#145
02/28/2022

Love is the center point of living. - Mike Duffy

Today I got to sit down with an expert on happiness as I spoke with Mike Duffy, author of 5 different books on happiness and the founder of The Happiness Hall of Fame. Mike shares his formula of  Purpose + Progress = Happiness. I think is a great episode for everyone as Mike shares his tactical advice that we can all apply to our everyday life to live a happiness life day by day.

Happiness Hall of Fame 

MIKEDUFFYSPEAKS.com

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The Power of the Mind - The Lemon Exercise
#144
02/26/2022

On today's Friday Fire I dive into the power of the mind. The mind is our most powerful asset that we all have the ability to wield. The mind can not tell the difference imagining something or a real experience. What this does is give us the ability to imagine our dream life, which in turn builds out the perfect blueprint for our dream live. The more that we continually imagine and visualize your dream scenario the more that your mind will see that you live this and help turn it into reality.

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Paddling and living in Africa while building a Real Estate Empire in America with David Grabiner
#143
02/22/2022

This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with David Grabiner as we talk about going from the youngest paddle on the Zambezi to building a real estate empire in Chattanooga TN. David explains how he was able to live in the Congo running a hospital while simultaneously started seeking financial freedom and build a real estate portfolio thousands of miles away in Tennessee. After buying 24 units abroad David then decided to come back to Tennessee and start scaling in a large way to 200 units plus half a million square feet in commercial real estate while still managing...


On Sale Doesn't Make it a Deal
#142
02/19/2022

On today's Friday Fire I discuss the concept of price vs value and how just because something is cheap doesn't make it a steal of a deal. The contrary is just as equal, just because something is expensive doesn't make it valuable.

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T...


Turning a Passion into Side Hustle and then Career with Casey Bryant Jones
#141
02/15/2022

This week I had the pleasure of talking with a great friend and incredible photographer, Casey Bryant Jones. Casey shares his story of getting into the sport of kayaking and the ebb and flow of how he ended up following a passion into a career and now into a side hustle. Photography has always been Casey's passion and he shares his best blueprint for others to follow their passion whether it be paddling, photography or anything else.

Podcast References- Rafa Ortiz and YouTube University

Podcast References- Chris Hau and Building your Community 

Book R...


We Can all Manifest our Dream Life with Simple Steps
#140
02/11/2022

On today's Friday Fire I talk about how I have been able to manifest my dream life. Too often I think people consider the term 'manifest' as mystic or not real, though I think of it more like taking a dream, and creating an action play to turn it into reality.

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The Most Valuable Currency
#139
02/04/2022

On today's Friday Fire I discuss the most valuable currency in the world... your attitude. You attitude can change the outlook on any situation no matter how hard, difficult, simple, beautiful etc. If you have a great attitude all your days will be amazing.

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No Need to Compare, Simple Be Unique
#138
01/28/2022

On today's Friday Fire I look into how re live in a world of comparison, though that leads us into a unachievable world of blending in while trying to stand out. Instead of continually comparing, being proud of the fact that we are all made to be unique. Be you and proud to be you!

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Shoot for the Stars as You Might end up Winning the Worlds with Mason Hargrove
#137
01/24/2022

This week I had the opportunity to sit down with the Jr. Freestyle Kayak World Champion, Mason Hargrove. Mason shares his story of how he got into kayaking and the journey that brought him to the the World Championships in Spain. We also dive into his competition mindset and why he loves competing so much. Mason also shares a ton of great advice for young athletes that want to chase their dream no matter what that might be.

Podcast References- Jerry Lynch & The Competitive Buddha 

Book Reference- Thinking Body Dancing Mind by Jerry Lynch


What Kind of Emotional Energy do YOU bring to the World?
#136
01/21/2022

On today's Friday Fire I discuss the whole idea being emotional energy and how we all portray our emotional energy to the world. This is why when we smile the world smiles back at us. People are emotional creatures and pick up on what energy you put out there. So take a listen and think what kind of energy do you bring to the world?

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Living within Your Passion with Professional Artist - Rachel Rickert
#135
01/17/2022

"My definition of awesome is definitely living within your passion. So for me it's painting and it's laughing and I like to do both a lot." - Rachel Rickert

Today I had the absolute blast of sitting down and speaking with a phenomenal artist Rachel Rickert as we discuss her journey and how she followed her dreams and encourages us all to get uncomfortable and follow and find our own passions. Rachel also lays out a blueprint for how an upcoming artist or anyone truly, can take a passion and turn it into a profession. This was...


Live Life in the Moment
#134
01/14/2022

On today's Friday Fire I talk about the fact that live is short and we have no idea how long we will be here on this planet. So take time to focus on what is important and live in the moment.

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Thanks f...


Race Winning Strategies, Expeditions, & Facing Fear with Dane Jackson
#133
01/10/2022

This week I had the pleasure to sit down and talk in person with arguably the Worlds greatest kayaker, Dane Jackson. We talk all about what Dane has been up to lately with his recent expedition to Kenya, as well as some of his race winning strategies for North Fork Championships, Green Race and the Oetz Trophy. We also did something new for this episode as I took questions from listeners via Instagram to ask what you all would like to know including how Dane deals with fear. This was a super fun conversation and tons of value as...


All You Can Do is All You Can Do!
#132
01/07/2022

On todays Friday Fire I discuss the idea behind the quote - "all you can do is all you can do." It is a simple quote and thought, though is also spurns the inner response question, "am I doing all I can?" It is a great moment to stop and self analyze can I do more? 

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99% Practice 1% Theory with Maegan Adams & White Pine Yoga
#131
01/04/2022

Today I had the pleasure to speak with and interview Maegan Adams with White Pine Yoga in the Ottawa Valley. Maegan shares her journey into yoga as well as how she took the leap of faith to escape the security of a career to chase her dreams. We talk about how yoga bring both the aspects of flexibly and the calmness and connection with yourself. This is a must listen for all athletes or anyone how has doubted the idea of yoga in the past.

Book Reference: The Light on Life 

White Pine Yoga 

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Moving into 2022 and Turning Problems into Projects
#130
12/31/2021

Happy New Years. During todays Friday Fire I read a piece from Earl Nightingale Essence of Success. The whole idea it to use this new year to reframe your mindset turning problems into projects. 

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Thanks for listening,

Nick Troutman


Persevering through Hell with a World Champion Mentality - Jason Craig
#129
12/27/2021

If you’re going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill

Today I had the pleasure to speak with and interview one of my close friends and a truly magnificent paddler, Jason Craig. We discuss his story of how he got into paddling, winning his Freestyle Kayak World Champion title, and then a careen altering accident with a severe broken back. We also dive deep into what Jason is up to know with his PHD in geology and studying geothermal energy and the Brooks range in Alaska. This was a phenomenal conversation as Jason shares some truly powerful in...


The Giving Spirit
#128
12/24/2021

During todays Friday Fire it is Christmas eve, and I encourage us all to get into the Giving Spirit. So whatever Holiday you may be celebrating, get into the giving spirit. It could be a meal or gift for those in need, or as simple as giving a hug, or an ear to listen, let us all give a little to those in need. 

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