SPIN IT: Business & Crisis Management with Stephynie Malik
#36 Taking Ownership of Your Life with Lance Essihos

#36 Taking Ownership of Your Life with Lance Essihos

April 25, 2022

On today's episode, Stephynie speaks with one of the highest rated podcast hosts, Lance Essihos. Lance's podcast, University of Adversity, has dominated the podcast arena and is ranked Top 50 on iTunes worldwide. True to the title of the show, Lance is no stranger to adversity. He has faced some of the most difficult challenges. He battled addiction for decades, lost his brother to suicide, and lost his father to cancer. In his quest to help others, Lance created the podcast for guests to share their stories of personal hardships and battles with adversity, ultimately inspiring change for those who are struggling. 

Today we're getting an intimate and raw look into Lance's journey and hearing how he himself was finally able to overcome  his battle with adversity and spin life in his direction, enabling him to carry out his mission to facilitate the message of positive change  through adversity and encouraging people to see the light through the darkness of life's worst moments.


2:34 — Lance's Calling

8:00 — Mastering Adversity

17:15 — Protecting Your Time & Operating At A High Level

19:30 — Choosing to Have the Right Attitude

21:30 — Reteaching Old Lessons

28:30 — Lance's Lifestyle

34:00 — "Just Take One Step..."

39:40 — Podcasting Is Such A Powerful Tool

42:00 — The Most Angry He's Ever Been

44:40 — Happiest He's Ever Been

47:30 — Lance's Positivity Retreat

49:55 — 'Don't Create Shame Around Yourself"

50:25 — How to Not Feel the Negativity

55:30 — Overcoming Lance's Obstacles

57:25 — Your Habits Create Confidence


Mentioned In The Episode:

University of Adversity — https://lanceessihos.com/podcast/

Mastering Adversity Book — https://lanceessihos.com/book/

Spin It! on Sports #7: From the Gridiron to Entrepreneurship with Chris Gronkowski

Spin It! on Sports #7: From the Gridiron to Entrepreneurship with Chris Gronkowski

April 18, 2022

This week on Spin It! On Sports Stephynie is speaking with former NFL Football player turned serial entrepreneur, Chris Gronkowski. 

Chris is no stranger to hard work and perseverance. After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL draft, he was not only signed by the Dallas Cowboys but also made the 53 man roster. In addition to the Cowboys, Chris went on to play for Colts, Broncos and Chargers during his NFL career.

As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens and that was the case for Chris when he found himself a former professional athlete turned entrepreneur. 

From the NFL to doing a deal with Mark Cuban and Alex Rodriguez on Shark Tank, Chris has truly made a name for himself in the Entrepreneurship arena.

On this Episode of SPIN IT On Sports, they take an intimate look at Chris’s journey and how he made the successful transition into Entrepreneurship. They also will also dive into the obstacles and challenges he faced along the way and his secrets to spinning life in his direction after the game of football.



00:00 - Spin It! On Sports Intro

00:48 - Chris Gronkowski Intro 

02:05 - Chris’ Childhood with 4 brothers

06:38 - Chris Views on the 2010 NFL Draft

08:56 - Putting in Hard Work

13:54 - Building trust

17:10 - Having an Identity after Football

22:19 - Chris’ Experience on Shark Tank

27:56 - Branding Chris’ Shaker Bottle

30:00 - Chris’ Family Life

30:40 - Keeping it All Together

35:30 - TikTok 

37:23 - The Biggest Mistakes Chris Made in Entrepreneurship

42:00 - Best Piece of Advice for Someone Starting a Business

46:00 - Chris’ Parenting Style

51:06 - Social Media & Important Links

51:37 - Spin It! On Sports Outro


Social Media & Important Links

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrisgronkowski/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-gronkowski-053374124/

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@chrisgronkowski?lang=en 

Website: https://www.iceshaker.com/


#35: Start Before You Are Ready with Roger Brooks

#35: Start Before You Are Ready with Roger Brooks

April 11, 2022

This week on Spin it! Stephynie had the privilege of speaking with Roger Brooks. Roger is the CEO of American Real Media & Publishing, a 3X Bestselling Author and one of LinkedIn’s top 50 MOST IMPACTFUL PEOPLE.

In this episode, they dive into Roger's Entrepreneurial journey and the obstacles he faced within that journey. You will learn how he became an author and Roger's outstanding...not one, not two, not three but FOUR books.

They explore Rogers core values including spreading awareness, empathy, authenticity, kindness, transparency, accountability and gratitude through an abundance mindset. 



:36 — Roger Brooks Intro

1:40 — Roger's Passion for Writing

3:36 — Pursuing the Passion

5:30 — Did Roger Always Know He'd Be An Entrepreneur? 

9:10 — "Start Before You're Ready!"

13:05 — Becoming Vulnerable

15:05 — Touch, Impact, Inspire

17:28 — Relationships At Home

19:45 — Roger's Book

23:55 — Roger's Advice Around Writing A Book

28:05 — About American Real

32:51 — Biggest Obstacle Into Opportunity


Mentioned in the Episode:

American Real Podcast

Roger's Books on Amazon

Spin It on Sports #6: Coming Full Circle with Jared Allen

Spin It on Sports #6: Coming Full Circle with Jared Allen

April 4, 2022

On this weeks episode of Spin IT! on Sports, Stephynie is talking with 5 time Pro-Bowler and 4 time All-Pro NFL Legend Jared Allen. Most know Jared for his tenacity on the field, his relentless work ethic, his larger than life personality and of course his signature mullet….but there is so much more.

Off the field he’s gone on to be a highly successful Entrepreneur, making headlines by forming an All-Pro curling team. But that's not all, Jared's biggest impact has come in the form of helping critically-injured United States Military Veterans.

While Allen was one of the best Defensive End’s to ever do it and had an illustrious 12 season NFL career….his journey wasn’t always smooth sailing and definitely had its fair share of challenges along the way. 

On today’s episode, we’ll find out how Jared was able to overcome multiple bouts with the law and how he found a way to spin life in his direction….which ultimately led to becoming a Hall of Fame finalist, a devoted husband, father and a man that would change the lives of so many Veterans.



  • 00:00- Spin It! on Spots Intro
  • 00:47- Jared Allen’s Intro 
  • 00:50- When Jared chose to become a pro-athlete
  • 05:30- Jared’s Roots
  • 07:15- Horses = No Boys
  • 09:25- When Jared dies, he doesn't want to be just known for his football career.
  • 12:07- “Have an identity outside of whatever it is you do.”
  • 14:00- Jared’s most pivotal moments before the NFL
  • 17:25- “You either build eachother up or knock each other down.”
  • 18:24- Jared’s DUI’s and what he learned!
  • 23:30- Always make sure to surround yourself with good people
  • 25:25- “We are a society of second chances.”
  • 27:19- Don't be afraid to seek help!
  • 29:27- How Jared chose “Wounded Warriors”
  • 38:24- You have to Jump if you want to be an Entrepreneur 
  • 40:25- Faith, Family and Generosity 
  • 45:45- Jared biggest obstacle that he’s been able to turn into an opportunity 
  • 50:33- Social Media & Important Links
  • 52:37- Spin It! Outro 

Social Media & Important Linked 

#34: Grit and Grace Wins the Race with Amberly Lago

#34: Grit and Grace Wins the Race with Amberly Lago

March 28, 2022

Today, Stephynie is speaking with Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker, Podcast Host, and Health Coach Amberly Lago. 

Amberly started her speaking career after her life was deeply altered and her world was completely changed in May 2010. While riding her motorcycle in Woodland Hills, CA, she was hit by an SUV and thrown thirty feet down a busy street. Her right leg took the brunt of the impact and was crushed almost beyond repair. 

After a lengthy hospital stay and 34 surgeries, doctors were able to fuse her leg together and repair her severed femoral artery despite the one percent odds of saving it and the initial recommendation to amputate. 

Today,  Amberly is on a mission to give back and has helped people all over the world with her resiliency training that has enabled thousands to regain their lives and existence by overcoming the obstacles and challenges that were holding them hostage previously

On this episode of Spin IT, they will look at just how Amberly was able to find the inner strength and courage to battle adversity one surgery at a time and ultimately find a way to Spin life in her direction and serve as an inspiration to all.


03:12 - Amberly’s Life Before Her Accident 

09:15 - Is resiliency innate or is it learned?

11:40 - The word PACER and what that means 

13:21 - Amberly’s struggle with CRPS

17:26 - Amputation or not? How Amberly kept her leg.

20:00 - How Amberly processed the trauma from her accident

23:29 - If you need help, ASK for it!

32:17 - Walk through it, not around it

32:44 - Amberly’s New Book

35:21 - How Amberly succeeded through social media

38:20 - Amberly’s biggest obstacle that she was able to turn into an opportunity 

42:30 - Who Amberly’s book is for 


Social Media and Important Links:

Spin It! on Sports #5: Leading with Love with Anson Dorrance

Spin It! on Sports #5: Leading with Love with Anson Dorrance

March 21, 2022

Today Stephynie is speaking with Anson Dorrance.  Anson is the University of North Carolina women’s head soccer coach. He’s been coaching at UNC since 1979 and has over 1,043 NCAA wins, 22 National Titles, and over a 90 % win percentage making him one of the best coaches in all of sports.

In 2009, Dorrance became the first coach in NCAA history to win 20 championships coaching a single sport and has one of the most successful coaching records in the history of athletics. 

In addition to his college coaching career, Anson also coached the U.S. Women’s National team in 1986, coaching the likes of Carin Jennings and Mia Hamm. In 1991, Anson led the U.S. to a 2-1 win over Norway to claim the first ever women’s World Cup championship. After years of success, Anson was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.

Today we get to talk with Anson about his incredible legacy, how  he and his teams continue to perform at such a high level, the challenges he’s faced along the way, and how important culture and  great leadership is when it comes to coaching both the game of soccer and life.


- 00:00 SPIN IT! Intro

- 00:49 Anson Dorrance Intro

- 02:09 What does Anson attribute his great leadership to?

- 03:29 From law student to coach

- 06:33  Trust is the most critical element in leading

- 06:55 Are people shocked when the find out Anson is an introvert?

- 10:38 Anson’s younger brother Pete

- 13:19 The secret to building remarkable teams

- 14:57 Lessons learned from the legendary Dean Smith

- 19:05 The “Competitive Cauldron”

- 20:50 What did Dean Smith mean to Anson personally?

- 26:42 “Live on a never ending ascension”

- 33:29 “I hate whiners”

- 37:47 Extraordinary character

- 40:08 Senior letters tradition

- 48:57 Playing for Kelly Muldoon

- 53:52 Nine qualities that can take you to the promise land

- 55:38 Embracing competitive women

- 58:43 Outro


Important Links: 



#33: The Act of ”Just Being” with Lisa Lampanelli

#33: The Act of ”Just Being” with Lisa Lampanelli

March 14, 2022

This week Stephynie had the pleasure of talking to Lisa Lampanelli. Lisa has been a stand-up comedian for over 30 years, performing at iconic venues like Radio City Music Hall.  

In today's episode, Stephynie and Lisa talk about the challenges she overcame throughout the pandemic and the career path that led her to her most challenging venture yet, retirement! We also learn about her current endeavors in life- coaching and her experience co-hosting the podcast “Losers with a Dream.” 


- 00:00- Spin it Intro 

- 00:31- Lisa Lampanelli Intro 

- 01:05- Introductory Comments

- 01:58- What first sparked Lisa’s interest in comedy?

- 04:19- What made Lisa choose Comedy?

- 07:25- You never make fun of your friends . . .if they are in the audience.

- 08:58- Early stages of Lisa’s career

- 10:53- How do you determine when a friend is no longer serving you?

- 15:26- Sitting in emptiness sucks but then it does populate with something good

- 16:00- Lisa’s relationship with her parents

- 21:10- Diving into retirement and the obstacle that came with it

- 27:38- There are some days of sadness

- 30:08- “Every single feeling doesn't require a response.”

- 32:04- How “Losers with a Dream” started!

- 34:13- Some of the topics that the “Loser with a Dream” podcast covers

- 37:42- Lisa’s Play “Stuffed”- discusses her history with overeating and gastric surgery as well as her past unhealthy relationships with food

- 46:39- Triggers Evolve 

- 49:06- Lisa’s view of what Social Media has done with Body Image

- 52:46- The biggest obstacle that Lisa turned into an opportunity 

- 53:30- Social Media Channels and Important Links

- 54:29- Spin It! Outro 


Social Channels and Important Links: 

- Losers with a Dream Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/losers-with-a-dream-with-lisa-lampanelli/id1534354466

- TikTok (Losers with a Dream): @loserswithadream 

- TikTok (Lisa Lampanelli’s Personal Page): @thereallisalampanelli 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisalampanelli/


#32: Futuristic Thinking with Trond Undheim

#32: Futuristic Thinking with Trond Undheim

March 7, 2022

Today, Stephynie is talking with Trond Undheim, who is a futurist, entrepreneur, and tech genius.

Trond grew up in Norway and ended up in the United States after following a girlfriend. His fascination with Legos as a kid as well as his deep want for exploration led Trond to build new companies and new technologies establishing an incredible career. Trond has been a founder of several startups, including Yeggi, a game-changing search engine, and the MIT startup Exchange connecting industry to start-up. Today, Trond hosts the 'Futurized' podcast and has also written several books looking at tech disruption.

In this episode, we get a glimpse into the mind, of a futurist.



00:00- Spin It! Intro 

00:31- Trond Undheim Intro 

01:11- Introductory Comments

01:30- Running the Boston Marathon 

03:45- Growing up in Norway 

07:29- Creating a Search Engine when Google had already taken over 

14:56- Lessons that Trond learned during his Entrepreneurship Journey 

25:00- Get as many Data Points as possible 

26:18- Knowledge and Insight is something that everyone should strive for

29:23- Don't fail fast, fail slow 

34:26- Trond’s first impression of the Silicon Valley 

38:56- Why Trond created the Futurized Podcast

44:25- Trond’s Book that dives into Health Technology

48:55- Living in a dysfunctional system

53:28- Important Social Platforms and Links 

53:50- Spin It! Outro

Trond's Social Platforms and Links: 

Website- www.Futurized.Org 

LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/undheim/

#31: Elevating your Vision with Kelly Roach

#31: Elevating your Vision with Kelly Roach

February 28, 2022

Today, Stephynie is speaking with Kelly Roach, a Global Business Strategists and hyper-growth consultant. Kelly transforms overworked entrepreneurs into seven-figure CEOs by teaching them how to leverage timeless business principles with the most powerful online marketing speed and agility strategies of today.

Before starting her own company,  Kelly spent years in corporate America rising through the ranks of a fortune 500 to become the youngest VP in the company. During her time in corporate Kelly led a team of over a hundred people with record-breaking sales, even during the economic downturn.  Kelly's multi-million dollar company, “The Unstoppable Entrepreneur” is the fastest growing coaching program on the market today. Kelly also discusses her failures with starting her own online business and how she recovered. Kelly has a new book releasing next month and is also an ongoing expert on ABC, NBC, Fox, and the CW. She hosts the Kelly Roach podcast as well.

Kelly is also highly committed to ongoing philanthropic work, with a one-on-one business model that brings clean drinking water to those who don't have access through our human family foundation. In addition to running the coaching company, Kelly is the co-founder of the ‘Courageous Brand’ designed to create a movement that would give young girls a competitive edge to rise to the top, break through those glass ceilings and make a lasting change globally.


  • 00:00- Spin It! Intro 
  • 00:33 - Kelly Roach Intro
  • 01:58- Introductory Comments 
  • 02:58- Kelly’s Journey of Growing Up in Corporate 
  • 07:31- How Kelly Started Coaching 
  • 10:32- The More Wealth you have the Bigger Impact you can ake 
  • 13:23- The Development of Women in the Workplace 
  • 14:54- When Kelly says “NO!” in her Business
  • 18:45- Creating False Ideations of what it means to be an Entrepreneur 
  • 22:25- Kelly shares her Failures
  • 28:20- Working Remote
  • 30:54- How Covid has changed Kelly’s business 
  • 32:45- Settings Executives up for success who want to become Entrepreneurs 
  • 41:09- How Kelly Hire’s for her Company 
  • 46:58- The Difference between the Women that Achieve Greatness and those that don't
  • 51:54- Kelly’s new book- "Conviction Marketing" 
  • 54:35- The Biggest Obstacle that Kelly Turned into an opportunity
  • 55:25- Important Websites and Links
  • 55:47- Spin It! Outro

Important Links: 


The Kelly Roach Show  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-kelly-roach-show/id1052353755


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kellyroachofficial/


Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellyroachint/

#30 Less is More with Jonathan Bowman-Perks

#30 Less is More with Jonathan Bowman-Perks

February 21, 2022

This week Stephynie is speaking with Jonathan Bowman-Perks. Jonathan is a talented leadership coach to hundreds of chairman, CEO's and executive boards around the globe and the Host of the 'Inspiring Leadership' Podcast.

He started to sharpen his leadership skills when he joined the British army as a young man. Even after facing challenges in life like Dyslexia and a Cancer scare Jonathan chooses to see the positive and all things. He talks to us about servant leadership, the dangers of comparison and how failures ultimately lead to success. Stay tuned to learn how you can improve your own leadership skills from one of the best leaders on the globe.



00:00- Spin It Intro

00:33- Jonathan Bowmen-Perks Intro 

01:11- Introductory Comments 

01:55- Jonathan's Early Life

08:04- Growing up and Pushing through Dyslexia 

14:00- Going Away to Boarding School 

17:27- The difference between Leading and Managing 

19:33- “People may forget what you say but will never forget how you make them feel!”

21:37- Really Good Leaders have the Best Questions 

25:12- Jonathan's Love for Assumptions

26:22- How the Cancer Scare affected Jonathan 

29:23- How Jonathan's Health Correlates with His Success 

33:01- Sorting through Trauma 

36:43- Steer Away from being Competitive and Comparative 

42:29- Development tools for the Next Generation of Kids

47:07- Jonathan's Links and Podcast Info 

47:52- Spin It Outro


Jonathan's Website and Social Links: 

Website: https://jonathanperks.com/

Podcast- Inspiring Leadership with Jonathan Bowman-Perks : https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inspiring-leadership-with-jonathan-bowman-perks-mbe/id1485102253

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanperks/?originalSubdomain=uk


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