Joseph Michael - Scrivener Coach

096 – Joseph Michael – The Worlds Greatest Scrivener Coach (@ScrivenerCoach & @ryanrhoten)


Joseph Michael

In this Stave the Doubts episode, Jared Easley together with Ryan Rhoten, interviews Joseph Michael of Joseph is an author, blogger, video producer, and course creator. He is also the guy behind Joseph has been featured on Entrepreneurs on Fire, Lifehacker, The Oh So Pinteresting, The Social Strategy Podcast, and The Creative Penn among others. Joseph’s greatest joys are spending time with his family and inspiring people to be better in their careers.

In this episode, you will learn about:

Items mentioned:

  • How to focus when writing a blog
  • Key on improving your work is to constantly learn
  • Start small and take that first step
  • Joseph’s big switch to Scrivener
  • Scrivener is Microsoft Word in steroids
  • Creating a course for Scrivener
  • Creating videos for a course
  • Keeping a video run for 2-3 minutes
  • Finding time for doing lots of things
  • Figuring out what the market wants
  • Get feedback before you create it, see if there is a demand for it
  • Joseph’s doubts and how he did to overcome them
  • Pricing the product
  • Crucial needs of every brands’ visual plan
  • When you are designing a website, you have to think of functionality more, rather than design
  • Stop spending a lot of time on your logo
Joseph Michael & Family

Joseph Michael & Family

Video: Teach Your Child to Tie Shoes in 5 Minutes


“Scrivener is Microsoft Word in steroids!” ~ Joseph Michael


“Usually, the time that you are closest to breakthrough is right before you quit.” ~ Joseph Michael


“Nothing is too big if it’s broken down to small pieces.” ~ Joseph Michael


“There’s no greater time I think in the history of business to get started online. Start hustling, start meeting people to make connections, and start creating stuff.” ~ Joseph Michael

Jenny Blake - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

095 – Jenny Blake – Courage Cookies (@jennyblake & @meganjphoto)


Jenny Blake

In this Starve the Doubts episode, Jared Easley co-hosts the show with Megan Pangan of‎, as they interview the inspiring Jenny Blake, author of the bestselling book, Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want.  Her career started out when she created the blog Life After College back in 2005.  She then worked at Google for 5 years, serving as a Career Development Program Manager and internal coach.

Jenny has such a fiery passion for exploring systems at the intersection of the mind, body, and business, that she not only became a full-time solopreneur, but she has also completed teacher training courses for Yoga and Thai massage.

Undoubtedly, Jenny Blake is an emerging leader you definitely should look out for among the flock of female online entrepreneurs of our world today, as she continues on her goal to help bring focus on people’s lives, sharing an ocean of soulful tips in achieving efficiency, happiness, and fulfillment in your career and personal life.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • How to become the CEO of your life and career
  • How fear is inevitable but it shouldn’t get in the way for you to take action
  • How to wake up and live big by taking tiny, baby steps
  • Building the confidence muscle
  • Keeping health as your priority everyday and the value of rest
  • How to actually find your passion
  • Building first, before you get the “courage cookie”

Items mentioned:

  • You need to be the CEO of your own career.
  • You need to be proactive about building marketable skills.
  • Best advice for female entrepreneurs: Do things your own way.  Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, and just trust your gut.
  • Women have a very strong intuition and gut instinct.  Go with it even if it’s counter to other advice you see out there on the Internet.
  • Jenny’s favorite organization tool is Evernote. It helps her organize business ideas, book ideas, writing projects, etc.
  • The Power Trio that Jenny uses everyday: Dropbox, Google Docs, Evernote
  • Opposite to what most people perceive her to be, she actually considers herself as a very introverted person and she cherishes being alone.
  • Her best “alone spot” is waking up and reading a book in the morning with a cup of tea or taking long walks on the streets of New York.
  • Fear – we all have it; but the discomfort of not taking action will start to outweigh it.
  • When people have a whisper in their gut that it’s time for change or that they’ve hit a ceiling, then it can be uncomfortable and very disconcerting and fear-inducing; but the way to wake up and live big is to start taking very tiny baby steps.
  • Her personal motto: To do one small brave thing each day.
  • You don’t need to move mountains. Action is the antidote to despair.
  • You’re not going to gain confidence just by sitting around thinking about it.  It just happens from taking action day after day.
  • A concrete example of a small baby step: Set up a 20-30 min. phone call or coffee date with someone who’s doing what you want to do.
  • Sometimes people fear rejection and it is a brave step to reach out to someone you don’t know very well or you don’t know at all and say, “I love what you’re doing. I would love to get your advice.  Do you have 20 mins. to spare?”
  • That will start to build up the confidence muscle, you get good tips, and grow your network in the process.
  • On transitioning from your existing role to something new: Get your body right!
  • Don’t even bother troubleshooting a bad mood if you haven’t slept enough, you’re not eating well, or you’re hungover.
  • Last year was a year of reinvention for her and it was not comfortable for a single day.  What kept her sane was doubling down on her wellness practices – Yoga, meditation every morning, eating well, cutting out alcohol.
  • Setting a strong physical foundation can help generate creativity, ideas, and resilience when things get kinda crazy.
  • Advice to entrepreneurs who struggle to keep their health as a priority: Pick one or two non-negotiable things that completely replenish your energy stores. Schedule them in and make them non-negotiable.
  • Optimize for your best energy windows.  When are you the most creative? What is the most important thing on your plate that would move the business forward the farthest that you can slot into those times?
  • Jenny has been asked to contribute a post on the Fit Bits Spring Clean series and she talked about Clutter Cleanse as a way to achieve mental fitness.
  • She is building a meditation app called Lucent, with two business partners.  The idea is to change your lives in just 5 mins.a day by clearing clutter and feeling more focused.  They will launch a pilot late April or May; you can sign up to be a part of the very early test crew.  Simply go to
  • Take more rest than you think you need and don’t beat yourself up when you need it.
  • Don’t see rest as a detractor from your business but as an additive factor. Take a rest when your body is screaming; it’s not trying to sabotage you, you’re not lazy, and rest is the best thing you can do.
  • Finding your passion through exploration.
  • Instead of searching for your passion, start building skills and you’ll eventually become so good they can’t ignore you.
  • Be a scientist in your own life. Run a little experiment.  What can you do in one hour a week that is going to test a skill area? See if this thing is giving you energy and if it is, ramp it up to two hours and then three.
  • On launching a new product or service: It’s always terrifying and easy to put pressure on that but have an open mind.
  • If something doesn’t sell, then you’ve learned some valuable lessons.  Then you may need to adjust the marketing, sales copy, or the product itself.
  • Take any launch as successful or not as data.  It’s not personal if it doesn’t sell well; but data about your business strategy.  It might be informing you about some blind spots that you need to work on in terms of skill building.
  • On how to be more courageous: Build first, courage second.
  • The universe doesn’t give you a “courage cookie” until you do something.
  • Drop the expectation that you’re supposed to have some level of courage or lack of fear before you can do what it is that you want to do.
  • On life after college: Have a great time! Build skills and you never know when those skills will come handy.
  • On relationships: Keep trusting your gut.  Fear of leaving the relationship could be so intense but you’re not alone. Know that you will find the strength.  Know that you are so much more resilient than you give ourselves credit for and surround yourself with people who love and support you.
Lucent Meditation App

Lucent Meditation App

  • “Rock on! You’re a rockstar! You don’t need anything else. You don’t even need to listen to any other expert. None of us have it all figured out.” ~ Jenny Blake
  • “It is okay to be afraid! None of us is perfect. None of us is on a pedestal. Everyday is like a roller coaster and it’s just the fun and terrifying excitement of it all. So keep going!” ~ Jenny Blake

Video: The Career in the Age of the App: Jenny Blake at TEDxCMU 

Kate Erickson - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

094 – Kate Erickson – Fire Nation (@katelerickson & @bluegeno)


Kate Erickson

In this Starve the Doubts episode, Jared Easley, along with fellow podcaster Chris Cerrone, interviews Kate Erickson, the woman behind the big success of Entrepreneur on Fire podcast, where Kate serves as the Content Creator and Community Manager.

Using her expertise in branding and marketing, Kate has helped business partner and boyfriend, John Lee Dumas, in growing the business.  She takes charge of creating insightful blogs on the site as well as leading the Podcasters’ Paradise, a growing mastermind community with the aim to provide podcasters and podcasters-in-the-making with the necessary tools, resources, and all the support they need in creating and growing their business.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The power of building your brand and tips in starting your own product
  • The power of asking for help
  • The power of building a community
  • The power of networking
  • Giving the best product and value with your customers in mind
Kate & John

Kate & John

Items mentioned:

  • Don’t give up.  Don’t get frustrated.
  • Don’t let fear and doubt and all these false feelings get in your way.  Kate gets scared all the time but this doesn’t stop her.
  • The Fire Path series: where Kate will take you on a wild journey with the best business tips and a weekly email series you’ve ever signed up for.
  • Branding is more than just a logo.  A lot of brand recognition does come from your logo BUT that recognition is never gonna come unless they know you as more than just a logo.
  • Customers have to resonate with your message, they have to connect with you, and they have to find value in what you’re providing.
  • Branding is what defines what customers think and feel when they:
  • ○        see your name
  • ○        hear your name
  • ○        visit your website
  • ○        see your logo
  • Branding comes from the feeling that they get from what you give them and not just what they see from your logo.
  • Branding is built through – content, communication, and building relationships with your audience.
  • How Podcasters’ Paradise came about – it initially started as a product called Six Figure Podcasting, which was only a shipped product, until they realized the power of a community where they can talk with other podcasters and learn and get support from.
  • Podcasters’ Paradise is a combination of the six figure podcasting product and the success they saw from the Elite Mastermind List.
  • At first, they had the vision and the idea but did not have the membership site built and campaigns in place.
  • They had 100 people in the community before they even launched.
  • John reached out to a ton of mentors and looked for input from others.  They asked for help.  They reached out.  They got good advice from great people.
  • They were selling lifetime memberships from $197 to $1,197
  • Kate got scared of how fast everything went.  It only took two months between emailing the list and the launch.
  • They had the ideas for the foundation but they still reached out and asked for others’ input and asked what would be the things they’d like to see.
  • They got very active in the Fire Nation Elite asking masterminds and members’ advice and they gave great input as well.
  • How Kate’s previous work at the trucking company helped her a lot in finding out different ways to market and advertise.
  • She realized how important it is to think out of the box.
  • The power of networking to help them grow the business: Kate was always behind the scenes but coming into EOF, she got to be on the forefront, meeting people and networking. She got scared at first but loved it eventually.
  • Getting out there and meeting people show the audience that truth for them is not just what they talk about.  They are REAL. They want to be a part of it.  They want ot be in the process.
  • Balancing work and personal life is tough but they are getting a lot better with that.
  • Take a step back.  Make sure you’re creating something for your audience and not just for you to make an “x” amount of money.
  • Building a product is really about providing something to your audience that is going to help them. Goals are important but focus on the fact that your product should be for your audience and not for yourself.
  • Make sure you provide the best value for consumer and money will follow.
  • Make the audience a part of your business too.
  • How you can bring your clients in so they can be a part of your company.
  • Check out the blog – that’s where she creates magic!

Jairek Robbins - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

093 – Jairek Robbins – Learn It, Live It, Give It (@JairekRobbins & @TomMartinMedia1)


Jairek Robbins

In this Starve the Doubts episode, Jared Easley is joined by Tom Martin of Tom Martin Media to interview Jairek Robbins. Jairek is a performance coach, public speaker, trainer, and lifestyle entrepreneur. He was awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal from the United State Congress at the age of 23. When he turned 25, he wowed the world by developing a revolutionary approach to accelerating businesses in different industries. Jairek’s mission is to “assist people in rapidly achieving their goals so they are able to live the life of their dreams.”

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • How travel and living an adventure can change your life
  • How a speaker prepares for an out of town conference
  • Handling and caring for mean people on your site

Items mentioned:

  • Jairek as a traveller
  • Whenever you are going for something, you will have opponents
  • Your greatest opponent is you
  • If you’re a speaker traveling the world, research about the place and the event you are going to
  • Do your research, do your homework so you can connect
  • Jairek grew up dreaming to have the bling, car, and all that expensive stuff
  • His eyes were opened when he visited Uganda and went home depressed
  • He realized how much waste people make
  • Talk to people, care about them
  • Care about not only the people who are nice to you but also those who are blasting comments at you
  • Jairek was inspired by his Dad, how he touched million of lives around the world
  • Jairek’s upcoming book Live It
Jairek Robbins quote

Jairek Robbins quote

Video: A Simple Formula to Inspire the World to Live Their Dreams Tedx Talks

Ryan Avery - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

092 – Ryan Avery – Speaker Leader Champion (@averytoday & @thenewwifestyle)


Ryan Avery

In this Starve the Doubts episode, Jared Easley & Co-host Chelsea Avery from The New Wifestyle interview Ryan Avery.  Ryan is a World Champion of Public Speaking. He is the co-author of the new book Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking. Ryan is also pursuing a World Record as a part of the new book launch!

Ryan Avery on Entrepreneur Showdown

Ryan Avery on Entrepreneur Showdown

In this episode, you will learn about:

Items mentioned:

Ryan and Chelsea holding the new book

Ryan and Chelsea holding the new book

Video: the World Record with Ryan Avery

Leah Darrow - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

091 – Leah Darrow – The Real Meaning of Beauty (@leahdarrow)


Leah Darrow

In this Starve the Doubts episode, Jared Easley interviews Leah Darrow. Leah is a speaker that dares people around the world to change their views about beauty and live a life after Jesus Christ. But before that, Leah was a professional model and she was part of the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model. She has a degree in Psychology and is now pursing her masters in Theology. Leah has been all around radio programs, numerous TV shows, and conferences to share her testimony as an inspiration to young people. She will be releasing her first book in the next few months. It’s entitled Descent Exposure, a guide for women who is searching for true beauty and love in their life.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The real meaning of beauty
  • The importance of reaching out to others
  • Giving a message of hope to those who need it

Leah Darrow Speaker

Items mentioned:

  • In order to inspire youth, you have to be vulnerable, honest, and have compassion
  • Importance of prayer life
  • To spend some time in silence with our Creator
  • Standing up against bullying
  • How Leah define real beauty
  • Messages that we are getting about perfect (fake) beauty
  • Beauty is not a talent, it’s a gift
  • Mother Theresa as a truly beautiful person
  • Beauty industry is all about perfectionism
  • Leah in America’s Next Top Model
  • There’s nothing real in reality TV
  • There are perks, but the experience is terrifying
  • They are forced to build drama
  • Modesty is not a priority for them (there’s no shower curtain or bedroom doors)
  • Leah then moved to New York to become a professional model
  • She realized that everything God has given to her, she is using for herself
  • She walked out the photo shoot and decided to turn her life upside down
  • Leah as a public speaker
  • They are not being transformed by Leah Darrow, they are transformed by Christ
Leah Darrow - Descent Exposure Book

Leah Darrow – Descent Exposure Book

Video: Leah Darrow – Search for Significance | Discovering Your True Worth


Mike Loomis - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

090 – Mike Loomis – Branding without Buzzwords (@mikeloomis & @jodymaberry)


Mike Loomis

In this Starve the Doubts episode, Jared Easley together with Jody Maberry, interviews Mike Loomis. Mike is a strategic partner to bestselling authors, businesses, global nonprofits, publishers, and a lot of start-ups. He is a manager and literary agent based in Colorado. Mike helps people launch and grow their dream projects. He’s a Senior Advisor at The Eastco Group, Senior Team Leader at Vaughn Street, and owner at Banner Literary Services, LLC.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Tips for aspiring writers
  • Developing/enhancing your writing voice
  • Social media posting tips
  • Personal branding and marketing your book

Items mentioned:

  • You should not follow all grammar rules – Mike
  • Focus on the message and focus on the readers
  • Starting your blog
  • Developing writing voice
  • Write and practice
  • Get a personalized feedback about your writing
  • The written word is different from spoken word, make sure there is no disconnect
  • Learning to write as compared to learning a new a new language
  • Strategic social media posts
  • Personal branding, marketing your book
  • You owe it to your readers to get your message across.
  • In everything you do, think of your readers
  • What does it mean to architect a book
  • Think of your book like building a house – you need to have a blueprint, a plan
  • How you can build influence
  • Tips for aspiring writers
  • Income and profit concern for those who want to go fulltime in writing
Mike Loomis

Mike Loomis

Branding E-Book - Mike Loomis

Branding E-Book – Mike Loomis

Bonus: Mike’s interview with Seth Godin

Video: Girls First Ski Jump

Jared Easley and Steve Stewart - April Fools Episode

089 – Jared Easley – April Fools (@jaredeasley & @moneyplansos)


Jared Easley

Jared Easley is a trainer, speaker, and host of Starve the Doubts podcast. He is based in South Florida, together with his lovely wife and a beautiful daughter. Jared interviews entrepreneurs & high achievers. He asks about their experiences—good and bad, and how they became successful in what they do.  The show focuses on the guests’ contribution to their community or the world—big or small. Starve the Doubts is an outlet for individuals who have starved the doubts, moved into self confidence, and made their dreams, business, and passion a reality! Jared is the co-owner of & is also the co-founder of the Podcast Movement Conference in Dallas, TX (August 16 – 17, 2014).

This episode is a bit different though. As an April Fool’s Day treat, instead of Jared doing the interview, he will be the one interviewed by good friend Steve Stewart from! Yes, he will be a guest on his own show. How crazy is that? Well, we hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed it. J

In this episode, you will find out how Jared answered these questions:

  • Quitter or start?
  • Podcaster or Project Manager?
  • Hand delivered invitation or bouncy ball?
  • Seth Godin - Rubber Ball Story

    Seth Godin – Rubber Ball Story

  • YouVersion or leather-bound KJV with a box of highlighters
  • Chinese dinner with Chris Brogan or Ryan Rhoten
  • Karaoke or ukulele?
  • You’ve been asked to give a Keynote speech at a big conference. One time slot has you speaking at the same time as Michael Hyatt and the other, Pat Flynn. There is no virtual pass. Which one do you go head-to-head with and which one would you go see speak?
  • What is Starve The Doubts about?
  • How do you select the guests who come on your show?
  • Is there an ideal position or job opportunity you are looking at rolling into?
  • Who’s doing something that interests you?
  • If there was one thing you want your listener to walk away with from this episode, what would it be?
VA Gameplan

VA Gameplan

Podcast Movement

Podcast Movement

Video: Jared sings with his daughter Lana