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Gary Collins – The Simple Life

Gary Collins at work

Gary Collins is my guest this week. Gary is a bestselling author of several books in his series called The Simple Life Guide. He also has background that includes military intelligence, Special Agent for the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Collins’ background and expert knowledge brings a much-needed perspective to today’s areas of simple living, health, nutrition, entrepreneurship, self-help and being more self-reliant. He holds an AS degree in Exercise Science, BS in Criminal Justice, and MS in Forensic Science.

He was raised in the High Desert at the basin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in a rural part of California. Gary now lives off-the-grid part of the year in a remote area of NE Washington State. The other part of year exploring in his travel trailer with his trusty black lab Barney.

He enjoyed, and considers himself lucky to have grown up in a very small town experiencing fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors from a very young age. Gary has been involved in organized sports, nutrition, and fitness for almost four decades. He is also an active follower and teacher of what he calls “life simplification.” He often says:

“Today we’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health… there has to be a better way!”

In addition to being a bestselling author, Gary has taught at the University College level, consulted and trained college level athletes, and been interviewed for his expertise on various subjects by CBS Sports, Coast to Coast AM, The RT Network, and FOX News to name a few.

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GARY’S PERSONAL BIO

Since I started publishing my own books years ago, people have been asking when and if I was going to do audio versions… well that day has come! The first book in audio is The Simple Life Guide To RV Living: The Road to Freedom and the Mobile Lifestyle Revolution.

My next book The Simple Life Guide To Financial Freedom will also be available in audio (see the cover below). I will try my best to get the remainder of my books in audio as soon as possible. But as a lot of you know I do a lot of the work on my books myself. That means there is no publishing company paying for everything, just me, which can delay things at times. The big upside, is it allows me to control my content and own 100% of everything I do. 

A quick update: There are a lot of exciting changes coming to The Simple Life, so make sure to sign up for my newsletter if you are reading this on the blog. The Simply Gary podcast is slated to come out in September, I’m excited to get going on that and have some really interesting guests talking about all things related to living the simple life. I want my podcast to be a place of learning new things and stretching our imaginations, as we float around on this rock in an infinite universe.

Dr. Nii Darko – A Doc outside the box

Dr Nii Darko

Dr. Nii Darko is a Board-certified General Surgeon who is pushing past the limits of the status quo. He hosts Docs Outside the Box, an Apple Podcasts Top 100 in Careers – where he highlights stories of doctors doing extraordinary things outside of medicine to inspire other doctors to think outside the box. Through his successful locum tenens business, Equal Access Health, physicians are empowered to have the lifestyle they deserve. He recently became a best-selling author with his book, 3,2,1…Podcast, that helps you build brand authority through podcasting.

“I’ve really embraced this locum tenens lifestyle as a traveling doctor”

Alongside his wife, he does yearly medical humanitarian work to the underserved in Ghana. Dr. Nii Darko holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences and a M.B.A. in Health Care Leadership from Rockhurst University. He completed his General Surgery residency at Morehouse School of Medicine. He then went on to complete a Trauma/Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the University of Miami. Dr. Nii Darko is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Visit his website www.drniidarko.com for more information on how Dr. Nii is making the world a better place.

Excerpt from his website:

“My name is Nii-Daako Darko and let me get real with you. As a kid, I always wanted to have an impact on people or be larger than life. I thought about becoming an astronaut, athlete, lawyer, or doctor. It wasn’t until the Cosby Show that I knew what I wanted to be. A successful doctor with a beautiful wife, great kids, and lives in Brooklyn… What more could a regular kid from New York City want?

After getting the degrees, credentials, and certifications, I realized that my life was far from a TV show. As a doctor, not only was I not in complete control over my life, but I also hadn’t explored other talents I knew I had. I was in a box.

After a year of doing locums work, I had met so many doctors making moves outside of traditional medicine. There were doctors who did medical humanitarian work in war-torn places of the world, others running their own businesses, and some on TV.

They were happy and passionate not just about being physicians but about being IMPACTFUL and adding VALUE to society by doing more than just medicine.

I thought to myself “If I had known some of these stories or met these people during my climb up the ladder, maybe I would have done things a bit differently.” So, I pulled my other talents off the back burner and created Docs Outside the Box podcast.

Docs Outside the Box podcast brings stories of ordinary doctors doing extraordinary things to inspire other docs to think outside the box. My guests are living proof that doctors can break free from the exam room.”

3, 2, 1 PODCAST: The Beginner's Guide To Building Brand Authority Through Podcasting

Dennis Franks – Getting The Last Laugh

Dennis Franks

On today’s The Travel Wins podcast is Dennis Franks. Dennis is retired NFL player, playing with the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions, and now an author, business owner and motivational speaker.

He recently co-authored his first book “The Last Laugh: Vision to Victory” with his friend and teammate Vince Papale. In addition to traveling for the release of the book, Dennis has over 2 million miles in the air while traveling thru out the US and several countries for his business and speaking engagements. He talks about the importance of fitness and good eating habits being essential for all travelers.

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Dennis played professional football as a center and on special teams for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978 and for the Detroit Lions in 1979. He also played college football at the University of Michigan from 1972 to 1974. He was the starting center in all 11 games for the 1974 Michigan Wolverines football team that began its season with ten consecutive wins before losing to Ohio State by a 12-10 score in the final game of the season. Franks was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten Conference center in 1974.

Franks attended the University of Michigan on a football scholarship. As a freshman in 1971, he played on the all-freshman team. As a sophomore, he was the backup for starting center Bill Hart. As a junior, Franks started 5 of 11 games at center for the undefeated 1973 Michigan Wolverines football team.

As a senior, Franks started all 11 games at center for the 1974 Michigan team that began its season with ten consecutive wins before losing to Ohio State by a 12-10 score in the final game of the season. Franks was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten Conference player 1974. Head coach Bo Schembechler said of Franks: “He’s the best center I’ve seen around so far. He may be a little better than Guy Murdock — a little better and a little quicker. He’s consistent”

While playing football at Michigan, Franks drew press attention for his hobby of figure skating. His mother had been a figure skating champion in Germany, and he noted: “The figure skating is a great help for me in developing agility, versatility, quickness, and strength in my legs.”

Franks was not selected in the 1975 NFL Draft. Franks later recalled, “The computers said I was too small. I just didn’t believe the computers.” He tried out with the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders in 1975, but both teams cut him during training camp. He tried out with the Eagles again in 1976 and made the team. As a rookie, he appeared in 14 games for the Eagles as a special teams player. During the 1977 season, Franks was given the opportunity to play at the center position. Following an injury to the team’s starting center Guy Morriss, Franks played one game as the Eagles’ starting center.

Franks was waived by the Eagles in August 1979. He had played for the Eagles for three years from 1976 to 1978, appearing in a total of 44 games. The Philadelphia Inquirer later summarized Franks’ career as follows: “For the Eagles, Dennis Franks was a bit player who made himself important to the team by sheer force of personality. He was gung-ho, articulate and hard-working. Whatever coach Dick Vermeil wanted him to do, whether it was to fill in at an unusual position or work out year after year just to sit on the bench, Franks never lost his enthusiasm for the game or the team. His attitude may have been his most important team contribution.

In September 1979, Franks signed to play for the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced that they would use him as the center on punts and on special teams. Franks appeared in 13 games for the Lions during the 1979 NFL season.

The Last Laugh - Dennis Franks and Vince Papale

Chris Castellano – Fit For Travel

Chris Castellano Fit For Travel

On the podcast today is Chris Castellano. Chris is a Iraq war veteran, New York City firefighter, travel fitness specialist and the founder of Fittest Travel.

He has spent years training himself and others in functional fitness, bodyweight training, calisthenics, and Crossfit and started Fittest Travel to help travelers stay fit and healthy while on the road.

He has served in the United States Army and Army Reserve since 2007 and deployed with a reconnaissance platoon to Iraq from 2008 to 2009. Chris worked on Wall Street for two years before becoming an FDNY firefighter in 2016. Also working as a paid contributor to Oplens.com where he provides national security and military commentary.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Briarcliffe College and attended graduate school at Boston University. Chris currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

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Chris’s listening choice while traveling for work is:

  • Podcast – Tim Ferris podcast
  • Podcast – James Altucher podcast

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