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




Richard Kuo on the Importance of Keeping Your Commitments

February 15, 2017

This week’s guest on the Focus on the Good podcast is Richard Kuo from Infinite Mastery on the Importance of Keeping Commitments to Yourself. Richard is an inspirational speaker, a YouTuber, and the founder of Infinite Mastery - an online community dedicated to helping teens and young adults master their self-esteem and master their lives through content, conversation, and community. He has been featured by TEDx and has reached over 300,000 teens and young-adults on and offline on the importance of building self-esteem.
Utilizing his own story of overcoming negative self-talk and making bold life-changing decisions, such as quitting his 9-5 job to pursue his dreams, Richard now dedicates his life to empowering teens and young adults to realize on their own that everything they need to be successful is inside of them; not outside of them.  
In this episode we discuss:

  • The importance of keeping commitments to yourself
  • How to keep your commitments
  • How to build self esteem
  • How to overcome challenges
  • How to see challenges as “opportunities for growth”
  • Infinite Mastery
  • How to take advantage of the short time you have

Connect with Richard:

Thanks for listening 
​Jake Ballentine


Live Your Dream With David Edward Garcia

February 9, 2017

This week’s guest on the “Focus on the Good” podcast is my long time friend and mentor David Edward Garcia. David is an internationally known Motivational Comedian that speaks 5 languages. This week is the official release of David’s “Live the Dream Tour” documentary chronicling his school tour on the Texas / Mexico border where he inspires 13,000+ students at 15 performances and  travels 1,254 miles, 105 hours in 5 days.

You can watch the “Live the Dream Tour” documentary for FREE at:


In our conversation we discuss:

  • Why he decided to do this tour and make the documentary
  • The biggest thing he learned from this experience
  • How to live YOUR dream
  • His experience growing up on the Texas / Mexico border
  • How to find your calling in life even if you don't have a “passion”
  • How necessity helped David find his passion
  • And how what you think are your disadvantages can actually be your biggest advantages

My favorite quote from our conversation:

“Positivity is aggressive! positivity is running uphill with a backpack on saying I am not going to stop until I reach the top. It is very easy to go with the flow and throw in the towel; but it takes a man or woman with character and fortitude to say “I am committed, I am in it to win it, I am not going to let up until it’s done! And that is positivity!” ~ David Edward Garcia


David’s professional Bio:


David is the only 5-language-speaking-motivational-comedian on the planet! David empathizes with diverse students who face challenges because he was once considered an "at-risk student" himself before defying the odds and graduating with a bachelor's degree and then earning his Master’s Degree. He has motivated children and mature adults in some of the greatest metropolitan cities of the world: Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo, Paris, and London.

His upbringing facilitated his multi-culturalism/ multi-lingualism which make it easy to relate to diverse audiences. While his native languages are English, and Spanish, David's has also presented in French, and Portuguese in his international tours. (He also speaks Italian, bringing his language total to five—for now.) He was voted North America’s #1 Youth Motivational Comedian by Top Youth Speakers of America in 2013. After he is done speaking, you won’t know if he’s a comedian with an amazing message, or the most hilarious speaker you have ever heard.


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Thanks for listening!


Jake Ballentine



Aaron Walker on How to Live a Successful and Significant Life

February 3, 2017

Businessman and Life Coach, Aaron T. Walker, has inspired many through his leadership, mentorship, and consistent pursuit of excellence. He enjoys helping others and believes experience is a great teacher. 35 years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of experience. Aaron continues to reach new heights and broaden his perspective of the terrain by examining his experiences and growing from them.

Aaron’s interview on Entrepreneur on Fire is in John Lee Dumas’ top 10 most popular episodes! He is one of only 20 guests who were invited back for a second appearance.

In this episode we discuss:

• How to live a successful and significant life.
• How Aaron assists men to reach their full potential and discover their identity.
• How grit and determination has paid of for Aaron
• The Power of Masterminds and Community
• The Power of priorities. 

Get Aaron's "Personal Assessment" document, his "What Do I want" worksheet and the "Steps to a Productive Day" checklist at:  http://www.viewfromthetop.com/focus

Thanks for listening!

Jake Ballentine

​Remember, what's wrong is always available but so is what's right!


What I Learned From Steve Holloway

January 26, 2017

Last week my Father In-Law Steve Holloway died from brain cancer. He was an incredible father to my wife and her siblings. He was an amazing husband to his sweet wife Catherine and he was the best father in law I could ever ask for. 

So many people complain about their in laws but my father in law Steve Holloway was one of my best friends! He was one of the smartest, strongest, most faithful, loving people I have ever met.

I had an episode planned for this week but I thought the best thing I could do was to have an episode dedicated to him. This episode is about 3 things I learned from him. There are so many things that I have learned from him but these are three things that stick out to me right now. 
The three things are:

  1. Treat all people like they matter
  2. Live your faith 
  3. and there is nothing more valuable than your integrity. 

This has been a huge shock to everyone and it is a reminder to me that life is precious and how important it is to love more, live fully, and to be your best self. 

Thanks for listening!

Jake Ballentine