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:

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


Mark Black, Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient Turned 4-Time Marathon Runner

January 17, 2017

Welcome back to the Focus on the Good podcast! I am thrilled to be back for the first episode of season 2 and to introduce you to my friend Mark Black! Mark is a Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient – turned – 4-Time Marathon Runner, Author, Coach and Speaker.

Born with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. He battled his condition and it’s limitations for twenty-two years quite successfully, but at 23 yrs old, Mark was suddenly faced with the biggest challenge of his life. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing badly and that without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant, he would not likely see his 25th birthday.

In October 2001, Mark moved thousands of kilometers from home and was put on the transplant waiting list. After just four months on the list, Mark’s condition grew worse and he was placed in the hospital where he lived, waiting for a miracle, for 6 months.

Finally, by the grace of God, on September 7th, 2002, after almost a year on the list, Mark received a second chance at life: a life-saving Heart & Double-Lung Transplant.

Since receiving his second chance at life Mark hasn’t wasted a moment. He has now impacted the lives of more than 100,000 in more than 350 presentations across North America with his truly unique story and powerful life lessons that help his audience members live life with passion and purpose.

Mark lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada where he spends as much time as possible with the most important people in his life; his wife Marise and their children Emma and Matteo.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • Mark's miraculous story from Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient to a 4-Time Marathon Runner, Author, Coach and Speaker.
  • How to overcome adversity
  • How to reach your goals
  • Using the carrot and the stick for motivation
  • Not everything is possible!
  • How to stay positive in hard times
  • How to turn your dreams into your reality
  • The power of coaching
  • the importance of "living today!"

Get Mark's free book at: 

Mark's website:

Thanks for listening!

Jake Ballentine


Brooks Gibbs on How To Build Resilience

September 29, 2016

My guest on the season finale of the “Focus On The Good” podcast is my long time friend and mentor Brooks Gibbs. Brooks is the author of “Love is Greater Than Hate” and is the nations leading expert on bullying prevention and building resilience. In this episode we get into some absolutely fascinating stuff. 

In this episode we talk about:

How you can build more resilience

The difference between the way Teddy Roosevelt we used the word "bully” and the way we use it now

The history of the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”

The solution to end bullying in schools

How to deal with bullies as an adult

The Golden Rule vs. The Platinum Rule

Download Brook’s book “Love is Greater Than Hate” at:

Thank you for listening!

Jake Ballentine


Jim “The Rookie” Morris, from high school science teacher to oldest rookie in MLB history

September 23, 2016
As a lifelong baseball fan this was one of my favorite interviews of season one of the podcast. The Cinderella story of Jim Morris serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. Jim Morris’s meteoric rise from 35 year-old high school teacher to flame-throwing major league pitcher in 3 months, made cinematic history with the release of The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid.

This heartwarming and unforgettable Disney blockbuster about chasing your dreams and keeping your promises, was nominated for a Critics Choice Award, won an ESPY for “Sports Film of the Year.” and Sports Illustrated magazine voted The Rookie one of the “five greatest baseball films ever made.”

Originally drafted in the 1st round in 1984, Jim Morris’s dream was to become a major league baseball player, but his career was derailed by a series of debilitating arm injuries before he got out of the minors in 1988. Instead, Jim got married, raised a family and got his college degree before becoming a high school science teacher and baseball coach in West Texas.
Eleven years after retiring from minor league baseball, Jim Morris was giving a speech to his high school team about the importance of dreams and hard work when his high school players challenged him to pursue his own dream of pitching in the major leagues. Jim Morris made the bet with his high school team: if they won the District Championship, he would tryout for the majors.

Jim Morris’s team fulfilled their end of the bargain, which committed him to a big league tryout. Inspired by his family and students, Jim immediately signed a professional baseball contract. His rise from obscurity became the feel-good story of 1999. After pitching for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000, Jim Morris signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and retired from baseball in 2001.

In this episode we discuss:

  • That anything is possible
  • Dreams can come true
  • How to connect with “lost cause” kids
  • That you can be nice and successful
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with the right people
  • What it was like to reach a dream that he thought was impossible

Connect with Jim:

Thanks for listening!

​Jake Ballentine


Mt Everest Climber John Beede

September 8, 2016

As we wrap up season 1 of the "Focus On The Good" podcast I am re sharing some of the most popular episodes. Here is my conversation with Mt. Everest climber, world adventurer, best selling author and motivational speaker John Beede (BD). Along with reaching his lifelong dream of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest, John has been featured dozens of prestigious media outlets such as 60 Minutes and The Weather Channel. He’s presented to over 580,000 live audience members in 46 US States and 6 countries, including TEDxCapeTown, which was attended by South Africa’s most influential thinkers and leaders.Having built, sold, and consulted for companies valued in the 10’s of millions of dollars, he’s self-funded his travels to 51 countries on all continents except for Antarctica. A life-enthusiast who lives his message of goal-setting, productivity, and high performance, John is in the constant process of architecting his life into a great adventure.

Connect With John:

 In this episode you will learn:

  • What it is like to climb Mt. Everest
  • How to climb your own mountains
  • Why you shouldn't climb Mt Everest
  • How to motivate yourself through anything
  • Why you need the right team
  • How to embrace the "idiot phase"
  • How to get started as a speaker
  • What you can do to make a difference

Thanks for listening!

Jake Ballentine