Posts Tagged ‘Higher Health’

HH059: Travis Chappell – Build Your Network


“People can get caught up in personal development and not put that information into action.” – Joe

“You always want to be the one adding at least 51% of value in each relationship you’re a part of.”

“Sometimes you gotta pay to play.”

Key Takeaways: Entrepreneur Travis Chappell speaks about his background and how entrepreneurship was always in his blood. Check out his thoughts on the importance of networking and the importance of constantly learning.

  • Travis’ background – how entrepreneurship was a combination of wanting to make money and the “inability to listen to authority”
  • How his first high school job in landscaping was an eye-opening experience into the value of selling and making deals
  • 6:30 Leveraging the power of other people’s work is all about working smarter, not harder
  • Why Travis Chappell took a break off of work and took 8-9 months off
  • “Personal development is about developing into the person you need to become in order to make the decisions you need to make.”
  • You have to alternate between learning and implement phases
  • How Travis got into the podcasting sphere and how he decided on his niche of networking
  • Networking was a big thing for him; when he looked at the year he was most successful, he credits his success to hanging out with people who were better than him and learning from them
  • “The money and the network is the cherry on top.” – How podcasting started with materialistic intentions and now has developed into something that Travis really enjoys
  • Give and Take – Adam Grant – recommended book
  • Travis Chappell’s podcast – Build Your Network podcast
  • Instead of always thinking “what can you do for me?” start thinking about “what can I do for you?”
  • Find ways to add value to people in your life.
  • Investments take time. You have to look long term and see what the future is going to look like. You can’t expect an overnight ROI.


HH052: Adam Schafer – Mind Pump Media


“I had reached a point financially where I thought I’d be set but I wasn’t happy. I didn’t like how I looked or how I felt.”

“There’s a lot of bullshit out there. I’m gonna come out and be transparent and honest with people.”

“I’m confident but I’m not cocky.”

“I’m always pushing the limits. I wanted the shock and awe approach.”

“You’ve been sold to. You’ve been marketed to. You’ve been manipulated to buy things, so there’s certain mistakes you’re going to make because of how the industry has manipulated you.”

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Adam Schafer of Mind Pump Media is known for his raw, unfiltered approach to his commentary on health and fitness. While he does aim to push the limits, Adam ultimately wants to get people talking and challenging ideas. Hear how he built his business, stays inspired, and inspires others.


  • “We love to hate Adam.” – Learn about why Adam had this motto for quite some time
  • Learn about how MindPump came to be
  • Hear about how Taylor inspired MindPump and how his sneaker flipping business provided him with the knowledge to inspire Adam to start his own business
  • When you build an online business, it’s going to feel like you’re talking to yourself for a while (on an online community). You have to be willing to go through those times of an “empty” audience before traction happens and people start catching on.
  • Adam was able to take time off of his medical marijuana job and entered back into the world of fitness. It took about 8 or 9 months, but he reached 7% body fat.
  • []18:00 ** “Chasing followers is not the answer to building a social media business whatsoever. It’s building value to the couple people who are paying attention.”
  • Adam’s insight onto how to build a legitimate business (hint: It doesn’t involve having as many social media followers as possible)
  • Book recommendation: Irresistible by Adam Alter
  • Adam’s thoughts and opinions on how technology consumerism will move towards digital streaming.
  • Hear about podcast strategy and why they decided on taking a very raw, unfiltered approach
  • What they saw wrong about the fitness industry: division. We glorify one modality over others and put other ones down. That’s the worst thing you could do. There’s so much benefit to all of them.
  • When it came down to writing plans for exercise, there were certain things they wanted to avoid: Overuse of intensity. Everyone was trying to kill it at the gym and that wasn’t necessary.
  • []52:30 “There is a lot of things that people don’t realize when they get this success from a diet, from a program, is to learn to unpack it and point out why it worked, and it takes time….,we wanted to help connect those dots for people, and know how to figure out what’s working for your body and WHY it’s working for your body, and to not marry that one idea. “
  • []1:00:19 “What I know, when it’s all said and done, the tribe of people that we built won’t go anywhere because we have literally changed their lives.”

HH051: Joseph Sheehey – The Backstory


“I knew what I was doing was wrong and I felt like I was losing myself.”

“I saw the path of my life and I knew it wasn’t the right path but I couldn’t break free of it.”

“People saw a lot of me that they liked but they didn’t see the dark side of me.”

“I finally found me.”

“I’ve done everything wrong that you could possibly do.”

[31:30] “We’re all broken but until the time that you wake up to that, you’re never going to be living life for who you are.”

“Learning from your mistakes is the only way you’re going to get better.”

“I started making myself really uncomfortable and in the midst of that, I started to see myself thrive.”

Key Takeaways: Hear Joe’s backstory…from childhood to adulthood to becoming a business owner. You’ll hear the  ups, downs, struggles and successes. Joe embraces vulnerability and holds nothing back.



  • Grew up in the most amazing family environment anyone could have asked for
  • He had an idea of who his parents wanted him to be, but he wanted to create his own identity
  • When he was young (11 or 12), he asked neighbors to do random odd jobs so that he could afford to buy things he wanted and to create a sense of responsibility
  • Health and fitness was always and important part of Joe’s life; he played sports growing up and started lighting weights at a really young age
  • When Joe was younger, he wanted to be an astronaut. Since his Dad was a pilot, he was interested in how planes flew. Math and science were areas in which he excelled, and what inspired him to be an engineer.
  • Joe grew up in a bubble so college kind of smacked him in the face.
  • [22:00] “I found myself on a bridge, on the other side of the guard rail looking down at rocks ready to jump off and end my life.”
  • Joe was hospitalized; doctors asked what he had been taking and what he had been doing. When Joe saw how his parents and family crippled at his answers, it was heartbreaking and a moment he would never forget.
  • Struggles with anxiety and depression
  • Once Joe was able to be vulnerable to his social media audience, that’s when people started really reaching out and connecting and identifying with similar problems.
  • “Nobody ever wants to talk about their darkness. Everyone feels secluded in their problems. The truth is everybody is uniquely fucked up.” – Alex
  • It connects us more when we’re willing to talk to people about our areas of darkness and our struggles.
  • When you put your real self out there when you meet people, those relationships flourish
  • When you start living your life that’s true to yourself, everything changes.
  • You don’t know how simple words can affect people — a simple word, a simple hello, a simple smile


HH050: Alex McMahon – The Backstory


“You can view kids as this blank canvas and you have a large part in forming who they become in their life.”

“They weren’t doing these kids a service. These teachers weren’t setting a fire in these kids. They weren’t getting them moving and they weren’t getting them excited.”  

“There’s been certain moments in my life where I’ve had people who have come out to tell me the truth and push me in the right direction.”

“It takes a lot of courage to tell someone that they’re not doing something well, and say that they want better for you. That’s the truest form of love.”

“I saw the connection between hard work and getting what you want out of things.”

KEY TAKEAWAYS: This week, we welcome Alex McMahon as our new co-host! Tuen in to catch his backstory—from stories about his childhood to how he began his own business and what he’s learned along the way. Plus you’ll hear updates about both Higher Health and Cured Nutrition.

  • New Co-Host: Alex McMahon – the story of how he became the co-host
  • Exploration of knowledge – what ties Joe and Alex together. Whether it’s exploration of information or knowledge or ideas.


  • Was a pretty poor student during elementary school, mostly because of a learning disability that a teacher was able to detect. Nothing was really too interesting and he found out that he had ADHD which made him rambunctious.
  • During high school, he signed up for a Human Growth & Development course because he was told there were cute girls in the glass; in addition to that being true, this was the first class he actually enjoyed. Part of the course involved teaching preschool students, which opened him up to the world of education.
  • Once he got into college, Alex did what “everyone else did.” It was the first time there was tons of freedom, but he fell into bad habits.
  • His one class that was a game changer was a class that allowed him to essentially develop the entire preschool
  • Preschool was Alex’s segway into nutrition – so many of the kids had different food intolerances that he had to be mindful of and had to learn about
  • Tried a bunch of different food lifestyles (veganism, vegetarianism) but saw a lot of personal success in low card paleo-ism
  • Your day to day life can change drastically depending on what you put in your mouth
  • As Alex worked in both education and nutrition simultaneously, he helped advise both parents and kids about the diets that were personally best for them individually
  • He was coming into class hungover and tired, and his TA and teacher both told him that there was immense potential but that he wasn’t doing anything with it. They challenged him to rise to his potential.
  • Alex’s personal philosophy on successful preschool strategies especially in terms of challenging kids
  • “There’s a lot of lessons I learned as a preschool teacher that I use as a nutritional therapist.”
  • Alex was told: “You found what you’re passionate about. Get a few letters behind your name, go out there and work your ass off, and be successful.”
  • When he learned more about nutrition, he challenged himself to simplify all of these terms so that even a preschool student could understand it.
  • He was figuring out ways to get kids interested in foods that they were never interested in before.
  • Using Popeye as an example of finding a way for kids to eat their vegetables based on what they were interested in.
  • If you know what someone is interested in and you also know their goals, finding a way to connect those dots is effective because it means you as a trainer and nutritionist has listened to them.
  • When Alex decided to make the move to nutrition, he was both scared and excited. He had no real plan but he knew that’s what he was passionate about.
  • “There were people who were doing things better than me. Those were the people I wanted to reach out to be mentors.”
  • Examples of how Alex puts plans and dreams into action. That’s what it takes = ACTION.
  • “People want an answer yesterday. They want a change yesterday. They’re never going to change their lives if they continue to live that way.”
  • “You often realize how much you actually DON’T know.”
  • It’s not just about having the information. It’s about the application of that information. That’s Alex’s main goal: being able to help as many people as possible and create a large reach.
  • “We have two ears and one mouth. Listen more, talk less.”
  • You can learn a lot much more than by asking better questions. Stop pushing your agenda on other people, but be willing to listen and ask questions.



Instagram: @evolvenutritionaltherapy



HH048: Joseph Sheehey on Resisting Change


“I am really starting to see a huge desire and want for people to understand how you can just quit a job and do a 180 in your life and start doing something completely different.”

“Each day we wake up and it’s a new opportunity to progress and achieve whatever is thrown our way.”

“It wasn’t that I wanted a change in engineering. It was more than I wanted a desire to change my entire life.”   

“Being a control freak, when things don’t go as planned, I had such resistance to all of this change of what was going on and I started to get depressed.”

 “For me, my depression was the most extensive learning experience for me.”

“A lot of life is resistance to the true self. Allow yourself to become your best version.”

“The more that you try to plan, the less satisfied you are going to be.”

“If we had spent months and months actually following our business plan, we would probably be still putting that plan together.”

 “If you don’t just live and enjoy the present moment, you can look back on everything you’ve gone through and you can be extremely disappointed.”


SUMMARY: The best things in life don’t usually happen overnight and Higher Health Media’s Founder, Joseph Sheehey, can surely attest to that. Hear about some of his challenges from the last year as well as what he’s learned about change and resistance.

-Joe gives background on moving and his recent physical transitions

-Synopsis on his last year in entrepreneurship

-What does resistance to change look like?

-For Joe, resistance looked like living to a defined plan.

-Taking risks and moving new places can sometimes result in being alone (at least at first). When you move somewhere where you know no one, you have to take initiative.

-How Cured Nutrition became an idea and then a side hustle and then a fully operating business

-There’s a truth out there and it’s in yourself. There’s a voice in your head that speaks to what you want, to who you want to be and to who you really are.

-A lot of people fall victim to the battles that you can have in your head.

-Everyone is here on Earth trying to figure out what their purpose really is and what they should be doing with their life.

-Business plans = whether you’ve gone through school or business courses, you always hear about how important a business plan is. What you don’t often hear is how rarely the initial business plan is actually followed.

-How social media forces you to succumb to comparison

-Make your morning routine about yourself. Don’t log onto social media. Instead, learn to recognize thought patterns and do things in the morning that make you your best version of yourself.

-You will never ever find someone who is 100% like you so listen to who you are.