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E4: How to Focus on What Matters in Your Life


In this episode, I interview Patrick Fitzgibbons of the CJevolution Podcast. We discuss cutting out the BS to determine your purpose and build a life that matters.

Patrick is a retired law enforcement officer with approximately 23 years of experience. He holds an MBA in business and an MA in organizational leadership and is a lifelong learner. Patrick is a part-time professor in higher education and is dedicated to coaching and mentoring the next generation of law enforcement professionals.

Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and their children, outdoor activities and of course, being the host of CJEvolution.

Topics Discussed with Patrick Fitzgibbons: 

  • Patrick’s background and experience as a Police Officer
  • The importance of finding your life purpose
  • What is Patrick’s life purpose today
  • Focusing on the things that matter
  • The importance of mindfulness
  • Envisioning your future and success
  • Focusing on the things that matter and changing what you are in control of

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E3: How to Free Your Money Using Non-traditional Strategies

E3: How to Free Your Money Using Non-traditional Strategies

In this episode, I interview Richard Rosso of RIA Advisors, a financial planning firm that uses non-traditional techniques to help people meet their financial needs now and long-term.

Richard has been in the financial services industry for 26 years. He is a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Investment Management Analyst. Richard has helped individuals and families make holistic financial decisions working for companies like Dreyfus and Charles Schwab.

He has been part of the RIA Advisors family since November 2012. Richard is a featured writer for MarketWatch and a contributor to Money Magazine,, Nerdwallet, Christian Science Monitor and USA Today. He is featured regularly on Houston television and radio, including Fox, KPRC, KHOU and 740AM KTRH. He has been quoted in and interviewed for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and New Yorker Magazine. Richard is a personal finance manager and senior investment advisor for RIA Advisors. Richard M. Rosso, MS, CFP, CIMA Senior Financial Advisor RIA Advisors, LLC.

Topics Discussed with Richard Rosso:

  • A little about Richard
  • How we met
  • The disarray of today’s financial world
  • Why your house is not an investment
  • How life long debt is killing the American Dream

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E2: How Best-selling Author AC Fuller Lives a Simple Life

How Best-selling Author AC Fuller Lives a Simple Life

In this episode, I introduce you to Amazon Best-selling Thriller Author AC (Adam) Fuller. Adam was a journalist in New York, he now writes fiction at the intersection of media, politics, and technology. Before he began writing full time, he was an adjunct professor of journalism at NYU and an English teacher at Northwest Indian College. 

He is also the creator of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, which ran from 2014 to 2016 and was consistently one of the top independent writing podcasts in the country.

In addition to NYU, A.C. has taught writing for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the Write in the Harbor Conference, the Royal City Literary Arts Society, the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, and many local libraries. He lives with his wife, two children, and two dogs near Seattle.

Topics Discussed with Author AC Fuller: 

  • A little about Adam
  • How we met
  • Our new and exciting thriller series project
  • How Adam lives the simple life to be an efficient writer

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E1:Introduction to Your Better Life Podcast

Your Better Life Podcast Episode 1

In this episode, I introduce you to my brand-new spanking podcast Your Better Life: Make it Simple Stupid.

No, I’m not calling you stupid… well, yet, just kidding. Obviously, this is a play on words from the well-known saying – “Keep It Simple Stupid” which was often spoken during my career in the military and federal law enforcement. Unlike, my time in the federal government, I actually mean it. Yes, the irony was the KISS principle was thrown around all the time, and yet nothing was ever simple during my career, quite the opposite… just imagine filling out a pointless timesheet (I was on salary) that had to be filled out in three different places!

Your Better Life Topics Discussed: 

  • What is the podcast about
  • Who am I
  • The rules
  • Types of guests and topics

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Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned And A Quick Update

Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned And A Quick Update

Recently, it has been a whirlwind around here, but I wanted to share a quick update with some big takeaways and announcements…

As some of you know from my previous post, I have been running an experiment by working on my business for a year straight. No vacations, no playing video games (I don’t do that anyway) or any funny business that doesn’t relate to or focuses on me improving as an entrepreneur.

While doing this experiment I have learned three valuable lessons:

1) Doing what you love, while even working more hours than ever before, is far easier than doing something you hate.

2) At some point, you will come to a critical crossroads in your business – do you stop growing and focus on maintaining what you have, or do you take it to another level. I have chosen to take it to the next level! The trick is to invest in the right next steps and be open to change.

3) Don’t force your model and projects. There’s a time and place for each one. I have been asked by my readers and friends to do my own podcast for years. Well, guess what? Now the time is right – see below for the details.

The results of this year’s hard work to date:

  • A new book is coming soonThe Simple Life Guide To Financial Freedom (Book 4 in The Simple Life series). Digital and print will be out on September 5th. Audio will trail a little behind because of the way that works, but I’ll keep you in the loop about both. If you want to get on the Advance Reader Team, go here.
  • A new podcast called: Your Better Life – Make it Simple Stupid (launching September 9th). In my typical fashion, this will be a different type of podcast, such as an open forum of topics. What do I mean by that? As long as the episode/guest has something we can learn from that is all that counts. And noooooooooo politics! There will be a spattering of things time to t that could be considered political, but that will not be the focus…. Ever.
  • A new Thriller book series: The Crime Beat – a total of 9 novellas (short action-packed books) that I consulted and co-wrote with author AC Fuller. I will have a future update and podcast discussing this project further. Three books are releasing a few days a part — August 30th, September 6th, September 13th.
  • A new and improved website is coming very soon. In fact, it’s in the works as I write this. I’m hoping to make it more user-friendly with all kinds of great information relating to helping you live The Simple Life.
  • More speaking engagements are coming in 2020. My team and I are working diligently to get even more speaking engagements to help spread the word far and wide. So far, I have seven events scheduled all across the country. Stay tuned for the locations, dates, and times.

While we are on the topic of speaking engagements below is my next set of events for the Mother Earth News Fair.

This will take place in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, September 13th, 14th,15th.

The schedule is not completely set, but it appears I will be speaking and having book signings on all three days. I will be covering the following topics:

  • Off-grid living
  • Primal/Paleo health
  • Primal living
  • Decluttering your life
  • The Simple Life principles
  • Finding your life purpose

Click HERE or on the image above to purchase tickets

Wooow. I know that was a lot to take in, but like is said… things are happening fast around here.


P.S. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks. I’m going to keep you informed as the new book and podcast come out. The email flow will be a little heavier than I’d normally like, but all good stuff as always.

P.P.S. As part of the Advance Reader Team for the new book, you’ll get an advance copy of the book and other surprises. If you want to get on the Advance Reader Team, join here now.

P.P.P.S. One last thing I want everyone to realize, living and teaching The Simple Life is my life purpose.

That being said, to my surprise, The Simple Life is quickly evolving and becoming a movement. So you are not a follower, you are part of the leading edge of a movement and involved in something bigger than ourselves… pretty cool!