The Pathways to Success with Julian Placino

Julian Placino is a professional recruiter, career coach, speaker and entrepreneur who has conducted thousands of interviews and has helped hundreds of people find their dream job and advance their career. The purpose of the Pathways to Success is to deconstruct the excellence of high performing individuals in various disciplines and share their inspiring stories to help you achieve your maximum potential.
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Jul 25, 2016

In grade school Tara was known as the “Questioning Queen."  Being dyslexic, she had to find alternative ways to gain a deeper understanding of the subject at hand. Which meant asking “Why,” “How” and “What if” until the point of exhaustion. She owes these experiences to the reason why she values the importance of intellectual curiosity and encourages others to engage in this way of thinking. 

In 2015, Tara graced the TEDx stage with her talk, Curiosity Saves the Cat

Tara graduated from Oklahoma State University where she got her degree in Advertising and Strategic Communication. At her time at OSU she held a variety of leadership positions including Social Chair for her sorority, President of the Advertising Club and was the Account lead for the National Student Advertising Competition. Upon graduation she spent the first four years of her career at Tracylocke working on amazing brands like Pizza Hut, Samsung and Cattle Barons Ball. Tara has recently joined Bottle Rocket Studios, a mobile app development first that has created some of the highest quality apps in the world, as their newest Client Executive. 

On this episode we discuss: 

  • What Dyslexia is and how it affects the brain’s ability to process information
  • How Tara adapted her learning style to cope with Dyslexia 
  • How Tara turned a learning “disability” into a superpower 
  • The importance of intellectual curiosity 
  • The TEDx application process and her full TEDx experience 
  • Important takeaways from Unleash the Power Within - Anthony Robbins Seminar
  • What she learned from walking barefoot across 2,000 degree coals
Jul 18, 2016

Thomas Doweidt is an American Ninja Warrior Season 8 competitor. Out of 75,000 applicants, he was one of the few who were selected for their incredible athleticism, multitude of fitness accomplishments and compelling life story. 

Tom was successful in completing the qualifiers which landed him at the OKC finals which will be aired on August 1st on NBC. 

In addition to his physical gifts and many fitness accomplishments, Tom has a great outlook on life and is a very inspirational young man. 


On this episode we discuss:

- Tom's background and origin story

- The American Ninja Warrior application process and keys to getting noticed

- Insights into Tom's training regimen, nutrition, recovery and mindset 

- Play by play of his run at the qualifiers 

- What’s in store for Tom’s future and much much more! 


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Instagram: @home_bwah


Jul 11, 2016

Jason Osburn is the accomplished founder of Design Unto Others (DUO), an experience design consultancy that works with clients to uncover their core value and craft a great digital experience around it. Prior to DUO he's designed brand identities, digital platforms, award-winning apps, founded a successful TV Everywhere platform and leads an innovative consumer mobile app startup. Whether designing brand identities, apps, digital businesses or multidisciplinary teams he keeps a constant eye toward positive experiences that generate results. He’s been recognized for both his graphic and digital design work which has appeared in Print, Communication Arts, Wired, as an Apple launch partner and featured multiple times in the app store, its hall of fame as well as on Google Play.

On this episode, we discuss Jason’s top 3 considerations to building world class digital user experiences. 

  1. Product Vs Project
  2. Designing for a moment
  3. The three C’s when building a product (capability, communication, convenience) 




Jul 4, 2016

Bob McDaniel is a Certified Spartan SGX Coach and Spartan Obstacle Specialist. He’s achieved more than 12 first place finishes in his age group. 

On this episode, we discuss preparation techniques to successfully conquer the Spartan Beast which I will be doing this October. 

The Spartan Beast is the most difficult of the three races in the Spartan trifecta. The Beast is 12-14 miles with an average completion time of 4-5 hours. 

We get much deeper into the technical aspects of preparation and training than Bob’s last appearance on episode 9 -


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