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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Aug 29, 2016

Samantha Reid is the Owner and CEO of Obstacle Warriors, a gym that is inspired by the hit television show, American Ninja Warrior. Obstacle Warriors is a place for people to challenge themselves on a variety of obstacles in an indoor and climate-controlled environment. Obstacles include the Salmon Ladder, Warped Wall, Quintuple Steps, Body Prop, Spider Jump, Rope Climb and so much more! The gym is staffed with trained professionals that have extensive knowledge and experience with a variety of fitness disciplines in addition to obstacle training. Samantha is an inspiring entrepreneur and accomplishes everything she sets her mind to. 




Topics Discussed: 

  • Samantha’s reinvention story from real estate to Obstacle Gym Mogul
  • How Samantha started the first female owned Obstacle Gym 
  • How Samantha started the Gym despite the naysayers 
  • Samantha’s philosophies on starting and growing a business 
  • Samantha’s advice for entrepreneurs and getting things done 
  • Why Samantha treats a business like a child and why you should too 
  • The power of belief and avoiding negativity 
  • The future of Obstacle Warriors 
  • How Obstacle Warriors can help you achieve your fitness goals 
  • Why YOU need to checkout Obstacle Warriors today! 

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Aug 22, 2016

Gary De Rodriguez is an internationally acclaimed expert in the science of human excellence and known as the People Mechanic, Gary de Rodriguez has over a 30 year career in designing and integrating the most effective models of psychology-based systems of success in leadership and team dynamics. 

He is the CEO of Peopleistic LLC formerly People Rich LLC, a Director of the Business Education Institute, and a Research Fellow of the Institute of Mind and Behavioural Sciences. He has trained his unique training's across the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. He is a published author on the topic of Humanistic Business and is consider an expert internationally on the subject of team engagement.

He has privately coached over 11,500 people worldwide and is internationally recognized as the go to person for professional breakthroughs. Gary has focused his career upon leadership, thinking and problem solving strategies, time management, entrepreneurial development, people intelligence, communication, and the investment in human equity. His strategies for developing leadership has been utilized by organizations such as Shell Oil, Kuwait Petroleum, Élan Pharmaceuticals, McGraw Hill Publishing, State of Nevada Board of Education, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, TDK Corporation, Pacific Care Health Systems, American Chamber of Commerce, Competitive Foods, Edith Cowen University, San Diego State University, Pharmacy 777, Briscoe Search and Consulting, MLS Inc., Memec Corporation,, Regional land Services of Western Australia, and many more. 

Topics Discussed:

  • How to find your unique purpose in life
  • 3 steps to achieving your leadership potential 
  • How to achieve peace of mind and personal fulfillment
  • How to find your joy and become an unstoppable force for good 
  • How to effectively lead yourself 
  • How to inspire and lead world class organizations 
  • Gary’s incredible transformation story 


Aug 15, 2016

Joan Dizon is the creator and CEO of The Limitless Family, where she and and her family challenge themselves and others to unlearn limiting habits through service, travel and spreading love. Joan is a military wife and mother of 3 boys. Joan loves to world-school her kids, takes thousands of photos a day, has a passion for entrepreneurship, dance and is a wanna be surfer. 

Topics Discussed

  • How Joan and the limitless family can help you maximize rewards through smart credit card usage
  • Which credit cards offer you the greatest benefits and rewards
  • How struggle and adversity can birth opportunity
  • What Joan learned about life was her husband was deployed with the military for a year
  • How to identify and rid yourself of limiting beliefs
  • How to face your fears and push past your limits 
  • The importance of authenticity to connect with and build your audience 
  • How Joan is helping to end sex slavery and trafficking through her support of MQHM.ORG
  • Secrets to her success in social media marketing - Facebook Live! 
  • What Joan learned from walking barefoot across 2,000 degree coals
  • Leadership takeaways from Unleash the Power Within


Instagram: joan_thejedimom



Aug 8, 2016

This week I interviewed Tomasz Kwiatkowski, former professional European league basketball player and NCAA division one athlete from SMU. On this episode, he shares how he leveraged his experience in high level sports to succeed in business and the corporate world. 

Today, he is a sales executive, a strategist and a seven-foot tall leader who is passionate about the intersection of people, sales and client satisfaction. 

He is a Polish native and possess a BBA and an MA from Southern Methodist University. 

Topics Discussed: 

  • Tomasz’s incredible immigrant story
  • His life as a 16 year old professional basketball player
  • What it was like to be actively recruited by American Universities for his physical gifts 
  • How he developed a champion’s mindset 
  • How he leveraged his physical attributes and champion mindset to succeed in the business world
  • His secrets to effective networking 
  • How to make sure people remember you 
  • How to conduct an effective job search without “applying” to jobs
  • The sponsorship process for international students
Aug 1, 2016

Christopher is a writer, podcaster, speaker and juggler extraordinaire! 

He shares a short story a month at and is 1/2 of the Men in Gorilla Suits podcast -- a weekly pop culture podcast that sometimes borders on philosophical. A technical writer by trade, he also blogs at and

On this episode we discuss: 

  • The Christopher Gronlund origin story!
  • How he overcame crippling shyness through juggling
  • The benefits of podcasting for building your business and personal brand
  • How to get started podcasting on a tight budget
  • The importance of story telling to build connection with your audience
  • How to craft a story that sells
  • Christopher’s writing process
  • How to create compelling content and so much more!