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Not Almost There

By: Joe Chura
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  • Why Not Almost There? I had never run a long race in my life, but here I am, in the middle of the 2015 Chicago Marathon. I’m feeling fantastic, even thinking I could go double the distance. Just being in this race was a mini-miracle. I had heart surgery and back surgery a decade earlier. I could barely stand back then, let alone run. Nonetheless, I’m fired up and feel better than ever. Then I see right in front of me— a sign that nearly stops me in my tracks, NOT ALMOST THERE. I try to brush it off but can’t stop thinking about those words. Every step seems heavier, harder, and then I start cramping up. I begin to walk and complain inside and out. I struggle the entire second half but finish (barely) with everything I have after being physically and mentally crushed. I have never stopped thinking about that sign but that’s fueled a quest to understand the power of the mind, body, and spirit. To understand how we accomplish things. To understand how we become better in the race against time and ourselves. Who am I? Southside Chicago kid. Young Father (20). Assembly line worker. Found 15 seconds between building cars to study. Graduated. Took 5 years. Created a few companies. Sold two. 800 employees. Created Refuel and Not Almost There to help others.
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Episodes
  • Creating the Iron Cowboy with World Record Holder James Lawrence
    Nov 23 2022

    James Lawrence, "The Iron Cowboy," and Joe sit down to discuss many topics, including a part of his story that isn't well known, Ironman training, mental toughness, and so much more. More info at

    • https://www.notalmostthere.com
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    • https://www.ironcowboy.com/
    • https://chicagosep.com/contact-patrick-quinn/
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    52 mins
  • Focus On The Process with Daniel Cnossen, Navy Seal and Olympian
    Aug 8 2022

    Dan Cnossen is a Navy Seal, Paralympic gold Medalist, and leadership guru. Dan became a Navy Seal in 2003. Over the next six years, Dan was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan and rose in rank to become the officer-in-charge of an 18-man SEAL platoon. In 2009, Dan was deployed to Afghanistan, into an area of heavy combat. There, on a night mission in the mountains, he stepped on an IED, losing both legs in the blast. He would later be awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor. As part of his rehab, he was introduced to the sports of cross-country skiing and biathlon. Never one to shy from a challenge, he eventually earned a spot on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team. At the 2018 Paralympic Games Dan stole the show, remarkably winning one gold, four silver and one bronze medal over a period of eight days earning the honor of Best Male Athlete of The Games.

    IN THIS EPISODE…Dan Cnossen shares his incredibly heroic story of enduring the unthinkable while serving as a Navy Seal; stepping on a pressure plate that forever changed his life. He shares with Joe how he was able to take this seemingly insurmountable set back and pushed himself to train and become an Paralympic gold medalist as well as a public speaker and leadership guru.

    🔍 Breakdown with Dan Cnossen: Chapter 1 (0:00): Introduction

    Chapter 2 (1:53) Joining the seal team

    Chapter 3 (10:35) Learning leadership ideals from seals

    Chapter 4 (16:27) The BUDS experience

    Chapter 5 (24:55) Mental tools used to get through BUDS

    Chapter 6 (30:39) First years as a seal

    Chapter 7 (36:37) What Afghanistan was like

    Chapter 8 (41:18) The explosion

    Chapter 9 (49:45) The hard road of recovery

    Chapter 10 (57:27) Finding a future in sports

    Chapter 11 (70:10) Mindset through challenges

    Chapter 12 (77:24) Closing Remarks

    📞 Connect with Dan Cnossen →https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-cnossen-75b9181ab →https://dancnossen.com →https://www.teamusa.org/usparanordicskiing/athletes/Dan-Cnossen

    👊 To learn more about Not Almost There by visiting this link → Not Almost There http://notalmostthere.com

    Connect with Joe on social here: →https://www.instagram.com/notalmostthere →Facebook https://www.facebook.com/notalmostthere →Twitter http://twitter.com/joechura

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    1 hr and 20 mins
  • The Science of Motivation with Author, PhD Professor at the University of Chicago, and Past President of the Society for the Study of Motivation, Ayelet Fishbach
    Apr 27 2022

    Ayelet Fishbach PhD, is the Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the past president of the Society for the Study of Motivation and the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON). She is an expert on motivation and decision making and the author of Get it Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation. Ayelet’s groundbreaking research on human motivation has won her several international awards, including the Society of Experimental Social Psychology’s Best Dissertation Award and Career Trajectory Award, and the Fulbright Educational Foundation Award.

    IN THIS EPISODE…Joe discusses with Ayelet, who has dedicated her life to the science behind motivation and most recently published a book they get into today, how to best set yourself up for success in your personal goal setting. In this conversation, you will understand how to set goals you will stick with, focus on success in the middle of the journey of your goals, as the beginning and end tend to be blissful, and of course, significant strategy and tips you can start using today.

    🔍 Breakdown with Ayelet Fishbach: Chapter 1 (0:00): Introduction Chapter 2 (3:11) Creating an environment for goals Chapter 3 (10:10) Understanding how to craft goals Chapter 4 (18:17) Empathy gap Chapter 5 (23:32) Do and don’t goals Chapter 6 (31:38) Intrinsic motivation Chapter 7 (40:25) Recapping identifying goals Chapter 8 (49:13) Instant gratification Chapter 9 (54:47) Planning for future success Chapter 10 (63:55) Closing Remarks

    Material Referenced in this interview: →Get It Done by Ayelet Fishback →https://www.ayeletfishbach.com

    📞 Connect with Ayelet Fishbach →https://www.instagram.com/ayeletfishbach →https://www.facebook.com/ayeletfishbach.getitdone →https://twitter.com/ayeletfishbach →https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayelet-fishbach-b32a8b4

    👊 To learn more about Not Almost There by visiting this link → Not Almost There http://notalmostthere.com

    Connect with Joe on social here: →https://www.instagram.com/notalmostthere →Facebook https://www.facebook.com/notalmostthere →Twitter http://twitter.com/joechura

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    1 hr and 4 mins

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