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Actor Matthew Del Negro (The Sopranos, The West Wing, Scandal) describes his career as being told "No" for a living. Here, he gets up close and personal with top-shelf folks from all walks of life about the 10,000 "No" s they've had to endure and struggles they've had to overcome on their journey to where they are today. Inspiring, raw, honest and funny, this podcast will help you see that the people you think have "got it made" put their pants on one leg at a time, just like you. See acast. ...
 
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If ever there were someone who turned Failure into Opportunity, it was Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, to honor him, we've brought back guest Aldis Hodge to talk about faith, apologizing for just being (and how to overcome that), how success is measured by the imprint you leave on the world and the importance of having the humility to let tho…
 
Lorraine Bracco has been nominated for an Academy Award as well as multiple Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. She was a major force in one of the greatest films of all time, Goodfellas and one of the greatest TV shows of all time, The Sopranos. She has won multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards and even has her own show on HGTV, the hilarious and heartfe…
 
Playing Freshman football at John Jay Jr. High meant having this phrase seared into your brain and soul by Coach John Hurley. It is still used by me present day, to myself and my kids, as a reminder to never do the bare minimum. Can you cut corners and get away with it? Sure. But, you know who will see it every time? You. Ask yourself, "Is it worth…
 
When Lisa Marie Riley found out her husband had an aggressive 8lb tumor in his stomach after complaining of a stomach ache, her sister and friends set up an Instagram account for her and told her that, instead of texting them on their group chat (which she hated), she could just post videos to Instagram for them to see. One subsequent TikTok video …
 
As 2021 kicks off, are you exactly where you want to be? If, instead of spending so much time complaining about where we're not, we focus on what we love and what we claim to want, we will be a lot further along and a lot better at what we do by 2022. Maintaining the fierce discipline necessary to be at the top of your industry and keeping distract…
 
Couldn't help myself. No fancy opening music. No fancy closing music. Just little old me... and a mic. If you're out walking the dog, or running to the store for milk and you could use a 5 min pep talk to kick off your 2021... I'm your man. Enter at your own risk. Oh. And Happy New Year. How good does it feel to be out of 2020? It is not the critic…
 
When we released this inspiring conversation with Mark O'Brien back on August 16, 2019, he wasn't an Academy Award Winner. Now, he is... kind of. They call it the Canadian Screen Award, but it's the equivalent of our Academy Award and he won Best Actor for his performance in 2019's Goalie. 10,000 NOs was not shocked by this news because this is a p…
 
Henry Winkler, who burst onto the scene as the Fonz, has been a part of our American pop culture for so long I can't remember a time when he wasn't omnipresent on my TV. Despite severe dyslexia, which caused extreme challenges for him in school, Henry figured out a way to dominate show business and last the test of time (his current role on Barry w…
 
Are you exactly where you want to be in life? If not, is it because the world hasn't accepted you? Or because you have some deep-seeded belief that you are not worthy and the only way you'll receive any grace in your life is if you pay for it through hard work and suffering? Hard work and consistency are necessary components, sure, but we also have…
 
Heath Evans played fullback in the NFL for 10 seasons and has a Superbowl Ring to show for it, from his time with the New Orleans Saints. Four of those seasons were with the New England Patriots and football royalty Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, for whom he has tremendous amounts of respect and many lessons on leadership. So it's no wonder that he …
 
While nothing is perfect (ie.the COVID Thanksgiving we just experienced with loved ones joining us remotely on a computer screen, IF we were fortunate enough to have that technology), but how you frame your obstacles determines whether they really are obstacles or just opportunities in disguise. With an updated intro for present day, this rerelease…
 
Opera singer Jennifer Finn had an idea: how can musicians and singers get more live practice of their craft while simultaneously bringing joy to underserved New Yorkers? What followed is the creation of the not-for-profit organization Concerts in Motion, which had NY1 naming Finn their “New Yorker of the Week”. In classic “10,000 NOs Failure is Opp…
 
Matt introduces this re-release of a solo episode from May of 2019, weighing in on why now was the time to bring you an episode where he riffs on the idea that what you do when no one is watching is what gets rewarded later in public. Revealing a guest request made by the staff of an Acting Coach to Oscar Winners and Nominees (now-past guest, Terry…
 
If you missed Aldis Hodge's classic 10,000 NOs origin story episode from last week, you can listen to it here. Today’s episode was unplanned. When Matt and Aldis sat down, one of the first questions Matt asked was “what’s the biggest ‘no’, literal or proverbial, that you’ve had to overcome?” This led to what we deemed to be a stand-alone conversati…
 
If you’ve seen Jerry Maguire, you know what a Vulnerability Hangover is even if you’ve never heard that term. This week, Matt admits to the self-lacerating period that followed his book release on October 27th, and then discusses how he got out of it and how you can too. Taking a leap is a beautiful thing. And when it goes well, the benefits are be…
 
To say Aldis Hodge's career is heating up right now is a massive understatement. This moment, for him, can be more aptly described as "being in hyperspace". He is currently shooting season two of Showtime's City on a Hill, where he goes toe to toe with Kevin Bacon. He recently wrapped a season of his rebooted TNT series, Leverage. And he is prepari…
 
As Andy Dufresne, in The Shawshank Redemption, once said, “get busy living or get busy dying.” Change is happening all the time, whether you like it or not. You have two choices: try to resist it, or embrace it and grow. Matt riffs on change and unexpected twists of fate, from presidential election results to personal and career ups and downs, waxi…
 
In 2018, Matt sat down with Marshall Tuck after observing him speak off the cuff at a local fundraiser. Here is what he said about him back then: From Zimbabwe to South Central, Marshall Tuck has been making an impact on young people's lives through public education. If all goes well, he'll move the needle even more as California's next State Super…
 
To celebrate the launch of Matt’s book, 10,000 NOs: How to Overcome Rejection on the Way to Your YES, this past Tuesday, we decided to put him on the hot seat. Through the generosity of Peter Rinaldi, host of Filmmaker Magazine’s Back to One Podcast, we were able to acquire their recent interview of Matt for the 10,000 NOs feed. Delving into some o…
 
Do you find yourself getting jealous over the accomplishments of your friends? Or, maybe not jealous, but their success puts you in the dumps? Answering the call of a young actor, Matt suggests that a better path to success and happiness is actually to find joy in the victories of your friends, and sometimes even those of your “sworn enemies”. He a…
 
You may be familiar with Hollywood stars such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, J.K. Simmons, James Marsden, Sylvester Stallone and Zac Efron, but you may not know the trainer that helped them build their incredible physiques, Aaron Williamson. Aaron went from Marine Corps, to being a celebrity trainer, to stunt man and now actor. But his path was far …
 
Hrishikesh Hirway is a humble high achiever. He has just released his first Netflix Mini-series, Song Exploder, based on his wildly popular podcast of the same name. On it, he talks to musicians like Alicia Keys, R.E.M., Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ty Dollar Sign. To say that it is huge, is an understatement. I met Hrishikesh w…
 
Everyone wishes they could just “get there” right now. But whether it’s finding the nuances of a character you’re playing, being a better parent or being at the top of your field, if it doesn’t cost you anything (time, effort, sacrifice, etc.) the chances are that it won’t be worth much. Monday Morsels are the short-form companion to our Friday Int…
 
Hrishikesh Hirway is a humble high achiever. He has just released his first Netflix Mini-series, Song Exploder, based on his wildly popular podcast of the same name. On it, he talks to musicians like Alicia Keys, R.E.M., Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ty Dollar Sign. To say that it is huge, is an understatement. I met Hrishikesh w…
 
Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word– a rare talent of business wisdom, fiery passion for all she does and unwavering optimism. Molly spent two decades as one of the world's only female sports agents. She was nicknamed "the female Jerry Maguire" by CNN. She recruited and represented hundreds of sport’s biggest names, including…
 
Are there aspects of your profession, or your life, that you find yourself having to deal with every day? Of course there are, but that doesn't mean you have to complain about them. They are the proverbial dog hair dusting that's necessary if you want to enjoy your dog (that's not hypoallergenic) and they will bug you a lot less if you accept them …
 
I'm super psyched about this week's guest, none other than Emmy Award Winner Tom Skerritt. You might know him from his iconic roles in Top Gun, The River Runs Through It, Alien, M*A*S*H*, and Picket Fences. We chat about his humble beginnings in Detroit, to his first films with none other than Robert Redford, Sydney Pollack and Robert Altman. Tom's…
 
Do you think you have a book inside you? Or maybe not a book, but some dream that feels out of reach or insurmountable? Regardless of your line of work or life and career goals, creating the story of your life that empowers you is an unbelievably useful exercise that inevitably leads to massive growth. Slightly less than a month away from his book …
 
Michele McPhee is an author, former talk radio host, screenwriter, five-time Emmy nominated investigative journalist (The Boston Globe, New York Daily News among others) and overall badass. And more recently a writer/producer on Showtime's City on a Hill. Michele has uncovered some of the highest profile cases & criminals in the United States. You'…
 
When's the last time you did an assessment to see how close your life is to the dreams you had when you were younger? Have your goals changed? If so, have you taken steps to get closer to your new goals and dreams? While writing down your goals may not make your dreams happen overnight, like in the movies, it will do a lot to take something from an…
 
FDNY hero and Ironman Matt Long came back to a thriving life after doctors told his family he had a one to five percent chance to live. If you're feeling knocked down, and almost out, by life right now, this is the interview you need to hear. You will walk away feeling that the impossible is doable and that miracles can happen. You will also be rem…
 
Sue Hollis has every reason to be arrogant and obnoxious: she was a powerhouse corporate warrior for both British Airways and Qantas before realizing she wanted to make a bigger impact with her work. That's when she stepped down and co-founded TravelEdge, a corporate travel management company now valued over $250 Million, 20 years ago, making her o…
 
Do you slip back into your old patterns when you're around certain groups? While those old habits, procedures, stances may have helped you survive until now, they may not be what you need to thrive moving forward. Monday Morsels are the short-form companion to our Friday Interviews of 10,000 "No"s... brief riffs on the show's central topics & theme…
 
"You can lose your Twitter account, you can lose your website, you can lose your email list but if you have your relationships, you're gonna be just fine. Even though you don't necessarily believe it." Jordan Harbinger is the former creator/host of the wildly popular podcast, The Jordan Harbinger Show, which has grown to become a monster podcast wi…
 
Does fear have a grip on you? Metaphorically and literally, whatever it is that you're doing, if you're a human being on this earth, you are potentially in danger of being killed by some unknown force at ANY time: car accident, bad diagnosis, natural disaster, financial disaster, terrorism, the list goes on... While it's true that danger exists, it…
 
Sarah Shahi is beautiful. But despite having graced the covers of countless magazines, it would be wrong to call that her defining quality. To sit down with her is to discover that she has humor, strength and grit that exceeds the average person. Perhaps her steel was forged in the fires of growing up one of the few Iranian immigrants in Texas, or …
 
If you died tomorrow, how would people honestly talk about you at your funeral? What would be on your tombstone, if you had one? Each day is a choice. Which self do you want to represent? The one that springs out of bed, grateful for another day on earth? Or the one that rolls over, hits the snooze button and then bitches throughout the day about a…
 
I got to sit down with New York Times Best Selling Author (“On the Edge - The Art of High Impact Leadership") and Captain of America’s First Female Everest Expedition, Alison Levine. Alison is also a highly sought after corporate speaker and has even served as a consultant to the US Military. Even the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, appointed he…
 
Do you always wait for others to give you permission before starting a new venture? Are you always wondering, "what would have happened if I had just tried..."? If you want permission to give a new venture a shot, from something tiny like a backyard project to as big as writing a book, listen to Matt's short story about trimming trees behind his ho…
 
Siri Lindley is a World Champion triathlete and one of the sport's most accomplished coaches. Siri was the No. 1 ranked triathlete in the ITU World Cup Series in 2001 & 2002 and won the 2001 World Championship. She has coached her athletes, including Ironman champion Miranda Carfrae, to Olympic medals and World Championships in both long - and shor…
 
This is a re-release of an earlier Monday Morsel...After 15 interviews with uber-successful and articulate guests, I riff solo on what I've learned, what listeners are responding to, and where I plan to take 10,000 "No"s in the future. My conversation (with myself) includes: How my guests' courage to be vulnerable has helped many listeners with the…
 
Mark Duplass is a man who wears many hats. He is an Actor, Writer, Director, Producer and Author along with his brother Jay Duplass. Mark managed to bridge the gap from Indies to a major Hollywood player. He's just been nominated for an Emmy for his role in the uber successful "The Morning Show" with Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon. Mark an…
 
Networking, it's one of those terms we toss around without fully understanding. This episode is a snippet of my producer and me talking about emails we received into the podcast. I hope that this episode gives you a little insight into the best way to approach any email, message or meeting with someone you'd like to build a professional relationshi…
 
Sitting down with Jon Gordon, it became immediately apparent why he is trusted by Major League managers and players, asked to speak to NFL teams and sit down one on one with entire rosters of Pros to ensure that their minds are focused on the daunting tasks their jobs require. He is a force of positivity who doesn't just motivate but encourages wit…
 
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