039: Josh Shipp, Challenges Build Muscles or Wounds

September 21, 2017

Josh Shipp is an author, global youth empowerment expert, and acclaimed speaker. He is a former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, He is the author of the the national bestseller “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination“, and his brand new book The Grown‑Up's Guide to Teenage Humans.

His work has appeared on CNN, good morning america, lifetime, the New York times, 20/20 and Oprah.

If you work with teens, have a teen or have ever seen a teen you are going to want to listen to this episode.

On a personal note, Josh has been a mentor of mine for the last 5 years so it is an honor to have him on the Focus on the good podcast.

Get your copy of Josh’s new book The Grown‑Up's Guide to Teenage Humans here:

Get Josh’s free video series for parents and educators.

Get Josh’s FREE video series on the art and business of speaking here.


Thank you so much for listening!


Jake Ballentine



038: Steve Soelberg on What Makes Something Funny

June 1, 2017

Today’s guest is Comedian Steve Soelberg.

Steve has performed as a stand-up comedian and professional emcee for hundreds of thousands all across the US and Canada. Winner of a Funny or Die competition he won the honor to open at the Oddball comedy festival where had the privilege to open for Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Sara Silverman, as well as some of his personal favorites Ryan Hamilton and Dimitri Martin! He is from Seattle and lives in Salt Lake City, loves dogs and might be part dog as he is also easily distracted by squirrels.

Steve also recently released a comedy special on Vidangel called “We Say Bim”

It is hilarious and you should definitely check it out!


In this conversation we talk about what makes something funny how to Build confidence and the importance of finding your unique style! 

Thanks for listening!

Jake Ballentine



037: Solo Round: Unlimited Potential

May 25, 2017

You have unlimited potential!


8 Weeks ago we had our first child, Jacob Oliver Ballentine Jr. 


The other night I was holding Jacob and as he slept in my arms I started thinking about his potential in life. At this point in his life his potential is limitless. He can do ANYTHING. his whole life is ahead of him. At the same time I started thinking that everyone was once a little infant in someone's arms. Just like our little boy, you have unlimited potential too. 


Maybe you are not where you want to be or maybe you haven't accomplished the things you think you should have by now, but that doesn't mean that you can't do those things moving forward. 


Your past is not your potential!


Thanks for listening!


Jake Ballentine




036: What Jeremy Rochford Learned From Losing 200 LBS

May 18, 2017

Jeremy Rochford has lost 200 LBS and more importantly kept it off for 14 years. Jeremy is the author of "The Gospel According to Chubby," and award winning athlete and health and fitness coach.  

In this interview we talk about what Jeremy learned from losing 200 LBS, we talk about the 5 things you need to reach any goal of any size and we have a lot of laughs as well!

If you are thinking that this episode isn't for you because you don't have a weight issue,  DO NOT SKIP THIS EPISODE! Jeremy drops some gold in this interview and the info is for anyone with any goal. 

I am very proud of this interview, and I think you are going to get a lot of value out of it!

Check out Jeremy's Ted X Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hEPXNBFD5Y

Thanks for listening / watching!

Jake Ballentine

P.S. If you are interested in the coaching program I mentioned in the beginning of the interview get your free book at http://www.yournumberonegoal.com and send me an email jake@jakeballentine.com. 


035: How to Find Strength in Your Struggle

May 11, 2017

My guest on this episode of the Focus on The Good podcast is Mark Goblowsky. Mark is the host of the  "Strength Through The Struggle" Podcast and is the author of the soon to be released book by the same title. Mark has lived an amazing life and persevered through major trials from his tumultuous upbringing to his 3 year old son's hit and run accident that left him with traumatic brain damage. Through all of it Mark has found strength from his struggle and he is on a mission to help other people find strength through their struggles.

"I can focus on the storm or I can focus on what's on the other side of the storm!" ~Mark Goblowsky

On this episode you will learn:

  • How to find strength in your struggle
  • Why hope is the key to perseverance
  • How to see challenges as an opportunity
  • How Mark handles "down days"
  • How to focus on the other side of the storm
  • The difference between what is true and truth
  • The importance of taking care of yourself

Get a free chapter from Mark's book Strength Through the Struggle at http://markgoblowsky.com/focus/


    • Thank you for listening!
    • Jake Ballentine




034: Putting Yourself First with Tatiana Amico

April 14, 2017

This week's guest is Tatiana Amico. Tatiana is a self proclaimed yo-yo dieter turned fitness and mindset guru.  Her passion is helping busy moms realize that they deserve to be healthy and happy and how to start taking care of themselves.

She spent years as a professional dieter with no clue what she was doing and constantly making excuses. she finally realized what she needed to learn and start doing in order to get healthy and happy.

Now, she  helps others achieve their goals. Through education and actionable steps. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The importance of putting yourself first
  • How being laid off was the best thing that could have happened for her
  • How personal development and a shift in mindset transformed her life
  • How to "Shine"
  • Why you deserve health and happiness
  • How to get off of the dieting treadmill and "just live"

Connect with Tatiana: http://tatianaamico.com/


Thank you for listening!

Jake Ballentine



033: Brian Williams, Producer of “Inspire Hope”

April 6, 2017

After a few weeks off because of the birth of my son I am back to drop a weekly dose of practical positivity! My guest this week is the founder of Think Kindness, the producer of the "Inspire Hope" documentary, and is a Kindness Ninja!

Brian is a motivational speaker that is truly making a difference not just in the schools he visits but around the world. His "Think Kindness"  organization has donated more than 300,000 shoes to kids in third world countries. He inspires kids to do random acts of kindness and make the world around them a better place. 

He recently released a new documentary film called "Inspire Hope." It is an incredibly inspiring film about his trips to Africa delivering the shoes to orphans in need. You MUST watch this movie. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this film. You can watch it on Amazon Prime. 

I hope that you enjoy this episode and that it inspires you to do a random act of kindness!


Click here to watch Inspire Hope!

Think Kindness


Thank you for listening!

​Jake Ballentine



Preston Pugmire on the Power of Core Beliefs

March 9, 2017

Preston is a Speaker, Keynote Artist, a personal development coach who uses music to share stories and principles of communication and self improvement. He lives in Idaho with his wife and two kids. Aside from his family, his greatest achievement is attending Wrestlemania 32 last year and witnessing Shane McMahon Vs The Undertaker in person.


In this conversation we discuss:

  • The power of core beliefs
  • How to change your core beliefs
  • How to get out of a funk
  • How to create real connections
  • The connection between your identity and your success
  • The masks we all wear
  • Living a "Next Level Life"
  • The importance of authenticity
  • And much more!

Connect with Preston: https://www.prestonpugmire.com/

Thank you for listening!

Jake Ballentine




The #1 Thing You Can Do To Set Yourself Up For Success!

March 2, 2017

This week’s episode is a solo round about the #1 thing you can do to set yourself up for success. Lately I have been in a funk, I started analyzing my life trying to figure out why I haven’t been at the top of my game.) I have been stressed, I have been negative, I have been moody, I just haven’t been myself.) I started looking for what was different and what was missing. I realized that over the last month I have been neglecting my morning routine. I know that sounds like a small thing but it is HUGE! This is the biggest thing that effects my daily life. I can look back on the past two years and see that when I am feeling great and doing well with my goals I am doing my morning routine. When I am not 100% I am not doing my morning routine.


In this episode I tell you exactly what my morning routine looks like and what I do to set myself up for success every day. Positivity takes work! And this is what I do every day to stay positive. When I started doing this morning routine I was 270 LBS and I believe that this was the number one thing that helped me reach my goal.


Thanks for listening!

Jake Ballentine


Positivity is the Most Practical Advice I Can Give

February 22, 2017

Positivity is the Most Practical Advice I Can Give!


The other day I sat on a flight next to a guy who told me he wasn't into this positivity stuff and that he was more of a "realist." After I talked with him I realized that positivity is the most practical advice I can give!


Thanks for listening!


Jake Ballentine