My Influences

Over the years, I’ve had a ton of people shape me into the person I am today. I wouldn’t be who I am if it weren’t for these people.

Entrepreneurship

Maxx Chewning

Maxx Chewning

I initially stumbled upon Maxx’s YouTube channel several years ago when I was heavily into weight-lifting, and I’ve been watching his videos ever since. He’ll probably never know this, but Maxx’s apparel company Ever Forward was the main reason I decided to start Fueled By Progress. I watched what he was able to do and wanted to make awesome clothing as well!

Podcasting

Joe Rogan Experience

Joe Rogan Experience

I probably would not have started the Fueled By Progress podcast if it weren’t for Joe Rogan. Before his infamous move to exclusively Spotify, I watched a ton of JRE episodes on YouTube. The way that Joe is able to communicate with anyone is something I try to emulate.

Mindset

Jordan B Peterson

Jordan B Peterson

JP has impacted my mindset and outlook on life more than anyone else. He breaks down fundamental psychological ideas and explains them in a manner that I have seen many few others do. His lectures on YouTube helped me come to the realization that I need to live a life of meaning and purpose if I want to have a chance at being truly fulfilled.

Finance

Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey

Back when I was very unhappily struggling through college, I had the idea to devote a lot of time and energy to improving my personal finance skills. At the time, I was buying unnecessary items and needed to reign it in. I’d heard about Dave Ramsey’s radio show years earlier from my parents and realized he was publishing the same content on YouTube. I went all in. I watched all sorts of videos on checking accounts, savings accounts, Roth IRAs, 401ks, HSAs, etc. You name it, I had probably heard of it. When it comes to teaching the fundamentals of personal finance, Dave is one of the best.

The one thing that I have to note, however, is that Dave serves a very targeted audience: undisciplined individuals. The biggest evidence of this is that preaches that credit cards are inherently bad. This is simply false. I, like many others, exclusively use credit cards for every purchase and I have never once paid a penny of interest. Plus, the amount of cashback I earn is between 2%-5% on every purchase. Moral of the story: don’t blame the tool, blame the operator.

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