YOP105: The Wild Life of Michael Modzelewski

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Bio: Michael Modzelewski grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where his father played professional football with the Browns. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Journalism. On assignment with national publications and as a field-correspondent for Outdoor Life TV, Michael has visited over 30 countries, specializing in the subjects of wildlife and adventure travel. Michael is the author of ANGELES CREST, about ultramarathon running and metaphysics; NORTH THROUGH PARADISE, describing varied adventures in Alaska; and INSIDE PASSAGE: LIVING WITH KILLER WHALES, BALD EAGLES AND KWAKIUTL INDIANS, about his experiences on a northern wilderness island, was filmed for PBS-TV.

After living “date-less” on the wild island, upon returning to civilization, Michael was startled to find he was chosen Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Bachelor of The Month” and AlaskaMen Magazine’s centerfold story (keeping his parka on but getting a staple in his navel : ) After receiving 5,000 letters from women around the world, he married one of the correspondents. Michael’s latest book, WILD LIFE: THE MISS–ADVENTURES OF A COSMO BACHELOR is attracting rave reviews from everyone except this mother.

Michael’s inspiring presentations about Alaska, Wildlife Conservation, and Human Potential have received standing ovations from audiences world-wide. He was chosen “Speaker of The Year” by Sharing Ideas Magazine. Michael is a guest speaker on Princess and Crystal Cruise ships, and has been featured on many national TV shows, including two appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His action-packed life was dramatized in the New York City award-winning, long-running off-Broadway Play, LIFEGAME.

When not traveling on Assignment, Michael enjoys running marathons, kayaking, mountain climbing, and exploring his two favorite places in the world: the Fjords of Alaska and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Africa.

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YOP104: The Blind Blogger with Maxwell Ivey

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Bio: I am a 49-year-old blind gentleman who grew up in a family of carnival owners. All I ever wanted to do was to continue in my father’s and grandfather’s footsteps and be part of the family business.

As you can tell by reading this, that isn’t where I ended up. I did help in the business over the years, but couldn’t sustain it after the early death of my father (who had lung cancer). I then turned to helping people sell their amusement equipment. I do that on my other site, The Midway Marketplace.

I started blogging to promote that site and met a lot of wonderful people in the blogosphere. They told me that I had an amazing story and many commented on how I inspired them. They finally convinced me that I had a bigger purpose in store for myself.

So, I started this second blog, and in it I share more of my personal journey, struggles, and triumphs. I also got noticed by a lot of people and have appeared as a guest, an interview subject, and a motivator on many different sites. My As Seen Online page lists these places.

I do my best to help others, and do so mostly by encouraging them to take steps towards their ultimate goal, or to continue on the path they have started.

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YOP102: Dancing Out of Your Comfort Zone with Maura Sweeney

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Bio: Maura Sweeney is an author, podcaster, HuffPost Contributor and international speaker called the “Ambassador of Happiness” by the UNESCO Center for Peace. Groomed to become a New Jersey lawyer, Maura left law school mid-stream to discover her own life’s purpose. Today, she shares engaging and thought-provoking stories that inspire others to see themselves through a brighter and more purposeful lens. With her “Living Happy – Inside Out” mantra, she empowers others to convert their inner thoughts to experience a happier outward life.

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YOP101: Reality vs Perception with Pam Ferderbar

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Bio: Pam Ferderbar was born and raised in Wisconsin, the only child of two loving but quirky parents who fostered her creativity by setting a place at the table for Pam’s imaginary friend, Dokka. After graduating Marquette University with a B.S. in Journalism, Pam worked at Ferderbar Studios, the family advertising photography business where she honed her skills as a TV commercials director, and was paid to play with imaginary friends called actors.

In 1994, Ferderbar moved to Los Angeles where she directed commercials for Microsoft, Wells Fargo Bank, Bally’s, ITT and others, and in her spare time wrote screenplays such as Bob Dylan Stole My Wife,for which she is currently seeking financing for a Wisconsin-based production. In 1998 she wrote the novella Feng Shui and Charlotte Nightingale, sparking a bidding war for the movie rights. New Line Cinema purchased the rights in a record-breaking $800,000 deal, and a few months later all the executives on the project were fired and Pam’s movie was shelved. Classic #CharlotteMoment. As Charlotte would say, “It wasn’t my fault!”

After completing a novel based on the novella Feng Shui and Charlotte Nightingale, Pam returned to Wisconsin in 2013. Pam’s father Tom Ferderbar, a student of the great Ansel Adams and a master photographer himself, tutors Pam in the art of photography. Pam is working on a second Charlotte Nightingale novel and a companion book with reader’s “Charlotte moments” complimented with illustrations and Pam’s own photographs. Pam and her friend Dokka continue to play.

Pam blogs for the Huffington Post. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, and the Coalition for Photographic Arts/Milwaukee where Pam serves as Vice President and Exhibitions and Events Chair.
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YOP100: The Ultimate Success Test with Scott Hansen

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Bio: Scott Hansen is a high performance coach, speaker, author, and host of the highly acclaimed Entrepreneurial podcast found on iTunes called Success Hackers.
Having been featured on multiple radio stations and podcasts, as well as being a contributing writer for Biznews.com and Entrepreneur.com, Scott’s passion is to not only to help entrepreneurs achieve success in business, but to break free from mediocrity and live a life of significance and purpose. `

Scott’s the creator of the Ultimate Success System; a high performance coaching program teaching Entrepreneurs how to 10x their business, get more clients, and become more productive throughout their day.
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YOP099: Relax Into Uncomfortable with Beth Banning

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Bio: Beth Banning is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual catalyst who lives in California with her husband, their cat, and their six pound poodle. She has just published her new book titled, Interviewed by God, A Journey to Freedom and is also the author of numerous other books including; the Meditation for Life Series and the Marriage Guide Series.

Beth and her life-partner, Neill Gibson, have created several consciousness shifting seminars that serve as a catalyst for participants to emerge with a whole new way of relating to themselves and to their world that helps them experience greater success in the most meaningful areas of their lives.
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YOP097: Forget The Focus with Jeffrey Shaw

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Bio: It’s ironic that the guy who spent 30 years bringing life INTO focus
as one of the country’s most sought after portrait photographers is
now inspiring creative entrepreneurs to leverage their so-called
“lack of focus.”

Business coach and speaker Jeffrey Shaw encourages entrepreneurs
to use their natural creative strengths to build businesses that are
profitable and fulfilling so they can make a living doing what they
love.
He is also the host of the popular business podcast Creative
Warriors.

A contributor to the Huffington Post, Jeffrey is also the creator of the
online training program The Creative Warrior Unleashed and has
been cited in various publications and trade journals.

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YOP096: Never Be Average with Sarah & Samantha

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Bio: Sarah and Samantha are authors, life coaches, public speakers and co-founders of Never Be Average. They spent a decade climbing the corporate ladder, following the path of security, safety, and society’s definition of what it takes to have “made it”. We found immense success through our passion for the personal development of others and our drive to be the best. During that time they also faced real life challenges that include marriage, divorce, unhealthy friendships, being held at gun point, losing a career, infidelity, and betrayal. What they have learned is that life is always going to happen. What makes the difference is how you respond. They left the comfort of their corporate careers to found Never Be Average and help women unleash the power within themselves.

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