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Episode 83 | Cy Smith

December 06, 2021
Did someone teach you grit, or were you just born prewired to persevere through your challenges? Lots of us just have that instinct to dig in our heels and not give up, but Cy Smith, Superintendent of Mansfield Christian Schools is seeing that quality dwindle in our younger generations. He now has to put emphasis on encouraging grit in the classroom to help prepare his students for overcoming obstacles and challenges in their life both now and in the future.

Episode 82 | Michelle Powell

November 29, 2021
Love. The one thing in life that can make us do crazy things. Even when your water is turned off and you don’t know if you’ll be able to pay your next bill, love is what makes you keep showing up. Michelle Powell has not let anything stop her from helping the children in need in her community, especially when the odds are stacked against them. Love and a lot of grit allow her to make a drastic difference to those around her.

Episode 81| Sarah Robinson

November 22, 2021
We all have problems. Men have different problems than women. Being a single working mother brings its own set of challenges and Sarah Robinson can attest to that. Luckily, with determination and keeping your goals in sight, she has proven you can accomplish your dreams without letting down your family.

Episode 80 | Marques Ogden

November 15, 2021
Imagine living more than two years without a paid job. Could you do it? Sounds crazy, right? Maybe to some. But, for former NFL athlete Marques Ogden, the grit and perseverance it takes to get through was just what he needed to pursue his passions and calling.

Episode 79 | DJ Santiago

November 08, 2021
A fluke. It can bring your biggest blessings when you least expect it, or take everything away from you in the blink of an eye. Just when he felt his life was perfect, DJ Santiago was faced with the biggest challenges of his life. Though it was hard, grit and positivity led him through his darkest moments and helped himself and others to brighter days ahead.

Episode 78 | Mark Busch

November 01, 2021
You’ve hit rock bottom when you decide to stop digging. However, Mark Busch wasn’t ready to give up or give in to his addiction. He needed a solution. After many attempts to get clean, he checked himself into a rehabilitation facility where he found the strength and determination to recover. Now, Mark leads an abundantly fulfilling life, with his wife, children and friends all thanks to his own grit.

Episode 77 | Jason Sanders

October 25, 2021
Hope is easy to lose. Especially when you are calling someone for a scholarship everyday but have to hear them tell you no for six weeks straight, or when you and your spouse battle infertility for months. When you have goals to accomplish and dreams to pursue, you can’t let roadblocks stand in your way. Jason Sanders is the perfect example of how grit and perseverance leads you to where you want to be. All you have to do is keep pushing forward.

Episode 76| Ken Guest

October 18, 2021
At the start of a recession with no other job in sight, Ken Guest made the decision to leave his family business to pursue his own dreams and visions. While it can often be scary when we don’t have an exact plan, grit and determination keep us grounded on the path to success.

Episode 75 | Gregory Brown

October 11, 2021
No matter how badly you want to, there are things in life you just can’t do alone. It takes others pitching in to gain that traction under your tires to get moving. Army veteran, Greg Brown, experienced first-hand the power of community when he struggled to find a job after military retirement. Today, as Superintendent of Medina County Home, he makes a meaningful difference and lends a hand to others who need that extra grit to keep going.

Episode 74 | Colleen Rice

October 04, 2021
In order to achieve success, you have to start with good leadership. Fortunately for Medina County, Colleen Rice provides just that. Her willingness to take a plunge into new experiences and challenges with an optimistic outlook is just what the area needs to grow and succeed.

Episode 73 | Todd Whitman and John Liebler

September 27, 2021
We can all do what we are asked to do. We just have to believe in ourselves. But, before that, someone has to believe in us. Todd Whitman was fortunate enough to find those who believed in him, like John Liebler, in order to recover from addiction through grit and perseverance and succeed as Executive Chef at Sérénité Restaurant.

Episode 72 | Ron Stollar

September 20, 2021
After an almost fatal car accident caused by an oncoming drunk driver, 18-year police veteran, Ron Stollar, was told he wouldn’t make it through the night. With grit and determination he forced himself to stay awake long enough to see the sun rise. Years later, this tragedy led him to become the Superintendent for Medina County Juvenile Detention Center, where he is now changing lives and bettering the future of troubled youth.

Episode 71 | Jeff Smith

September 13, 2021
Just like running a marathon, running a business takes grit and perseverance. Jeff Smith shared how he has set goals and overcome challenges to excel in the insurance field and inspire those around him.

Episode 70| Nate Eppink

September 06, 2021
After facing failure after failure trying to accelerate his career, Nate Eppink was ready to throw in the towel in the Parks and Recreation field. Listen to how he overcame these challenges and found the place he feels he is meant to be.

Episode 69 | Dr. Radiah Blanton

August 31, 2021
Dr. Radiah Blanton has always had a passion for people. Now as the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts for Cuyahoga Community College, she has the opportunity to impact individuals, families, and the community. Listen to how Blanton has used her unique work experience to get where she is today.

Episode 68 | Steven Walbolt

August 24, 2021
Having entered corporate America at the young age of 18, Steven Walbolt found a passion for innovating successful businesses. Listen to how the president of MDG Flooring America learned how to get out of his own way and reach his full potential.

Episode 67 | Andy Felter

August 17, 2021
Having started as an intern, Andy Felter had a vision for what the future of Webster Industries could look like. Listen to how this President and CEO made changes to grow a sustainable and successful company.

Episode 66 | Andy Stephey

August 10, 2021
Andy Stephey did not want to work in an environment where there was a ceiling. Instead, he strives everyday to set new benchmarks for sales and revenue. Listen to how he used grit and determination to become one of the leading salespeople for UIS Insurance & Investments.

Episode 65 | Jay Goyal

August 03, 2021
One of the biggest motivators for former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Jay Goyal, was to make an impact. Listen to how he went from knocking on doors to solving economic problems all at the age of 25.

Episode 64 | Kathy Breitenbucher

July 27, 2021
Economic developer, Kathy Breitenbucher, has tried to work against her nature in the past. Now, she is motivated by challenge and plays a key role in problem solving for her county. Listen to how Breitenbucher has cultivated her passion to bring in new business.

Episode 63 | Sam Livingston

July 20, 2021
Owner and founder of Marathon Real Estate Group, Sam Livingston, has found success through consistency and the willingness to take risks. Listen to how he has continued to adapt to changes and become a strong leader.

Episode 62 | Kelly Horter

July 13, 2021
What has kept top-rated crêpe maker, Kelly Horter, in business for 11 years? The willingness to adapt and prove her doubters wrong. Listen to how she overcame the pandemic and lives everyday differently.

Episode 61 | Debbie Kiley

July 06, 2021
From volunteering to being a regular at her crossfit gym, Debbie Kiley had to build up an emotional toughness to lead her to where she is today. Listen to how Kiley pushed self doubt aside and gained the confidence to lead 106 employees.

Episode 60 | Greg Nickoli

June 29, 2021
As the superintendent of the fifth largest career center in the state of Ohio, Greg Nickoli, has found his purpose in motivating young students to find their light at the end of the tunnel. Listen to how Nickoli has used his own childhood experience to guide future workers.

Episode 59 | Mike Bucher

June 22, 2021
Pastor, drag racer, and father of 14 children are just some of the ways to describe Mike Bucher. Listen to how he has spread the word of God and became a beacon of light for the Hope Over Heroin movement.

Episode 58 | Mary Kay Ziniewicz

June 15, 2021
Female business owner, Mary Kay Ziniewicz, saw a need to help strong women like herself: moms. Listen to how she created a workforce marketplace that believes in the intelligence and perseverance of moms.

Episode 57 | Peter Graham Dunn

June 08, 2021
An unlikely entrepreneur, Peter Graham Dunn, has learned a lot about owning a business over the years. As he faced bankruptcy and starting from scratch, Dunn never lost his entrepreneurial spirit. Listen to how he overcame the obstacles in his career.

Episode 56 | Victoria Langer

June 01, 2021
Overcoming loss and illness, Victoria Langer is a woman who has not quit, and will not quit. Listen to how this medical entrepreneur has improved the lives of many with her international, woman-owned business of 26 years.

Episode 55 | Charlie Epstein

May 25, 2021
With a focus on turning the volume down on negativity, financial guru of 41 years, Charlie Epstein, has learned how to prioritize his true desires. Listen to how he overcame a rocky divorce and turned his life around by daring to be bold everyday.

Episode 54 | Phil Truax

May 18, 2021
While a corporate world and entrepreneurial world may seem different, attorney Phil Truax has juggled both in his career. After deciding to change his law specialty a week before the pandemic began, Truax learned how to adjust to change and never give up. Listen to how Truax continues to follow his passion.