The Pathways to Success with Julian Placino

Julian Placino is a professional recruiter, speaker, and entrepreneur. On the Pathways to Success Podcast, he conducts in-depth interviews with world-class performers to discover their mindsets, tactics, and behaviors. He has interviewed CEOs, New York Times bestselling authors, TEDx speakers, celebrity athletes, company founders, leading entrepreneurs, and prolific thought leaders.
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Oct 31, 2016

Brittany Hanks, also known as the Blue Ninja, was a competitor on season 8 of the hit TV show, American Ninja Warrior. She was one of the few selected from thousands of applicants because of her elite level athleticism combined with her inspiring life story. 

Brittany has been a life long athlete competing in soccer, softball, basketball, track, volleyball, gymnastics and cheerleading. 

She’s faced many adversities in life including dealing with the passing away of family members, turbulent moves at an early age and even injuries that could have ended her fitness career. 

Despite these challenges, Brittany says, “I don’t see anything as an accident. Everything happens for a reason.” 

It’s because of her mental toughness, incredible work ethic and iron will that Brittany has bounced back from adversity and now trains harder than ever before to achieve even greater heights in her fitness and professional career. 

The Blue Ninja is truly an inspiring human being and an exceptional role model to young women (and men) who are looking to do something great in life. 


What you will learn: 

- How “negative” life events make you stronger

- The Blue Ninja’s advice for young women 

- Why fear is a choice 

- Brittany’s American Ninja Warrior experience

- How to push past adversity against all odds 

- How growing up in a small town can lead to big things

- The Blue Ninja’s fitness regimen 

- Gymnastics 101 

- How to do your first handstand 

- The Blue Ninja’s surprising favorite food!

Oct 24, 2016

Shawn McBride is a corporate business Attorney, Author, CPA, CEO, Consultant and Speaker. He is the CEO and CIO at McBride For Business, LLC and the Managing Member of The R. Shawn McBride Law Firm, PLLC.

Shawn is the author of, “Business Blunders” where he talks about the 10 Dangerous Business Mistakes and how to protect your business so it can thrive. He is working on his 2nd book, 3 Laws of Empowerment which will be released in 2017.

He is also nationally sought after speaker with over 80 speaking engagements since 2014. 

What you will learn from this episode: 

  • The top 3 business blunders 
  • The differences between a Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, C-Corp, S-Corp and LLC
  • What you need to know about Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents 
  • Legal considerations when creating online content
  • What you don’t know about 1099
  • Upcoming legal trends that may significantly affect your business
  • What you need to know before you sell your company 

More about R. Shawn McBride: 


R. Shawn McBride has spoken nationwide at over 80 speaking events since 2014. R. Shawn is the CEO and Chief Innovation Officer of McBride For Business, LLC a corporate strategy company. McBride For Business, LLC was formed in response to increasing demand for R. Shawn McBride as a business visionary and consultant. He speaks to audiences and works directly with business owners on setting their companies up for success; R. Shawn helps establish systems and procedures related to the ownership of the company in order to prepare the company for future growth.


R. Shawn McBride received his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Maryland School Of Law in 2002 with honors. He also received a bachelor’s degree from Towson University in 1999, where he double majored in Accounting & Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. 


R. Shawn McBride presentation and speaking topics include: 

  • 3 Laws of Empowerment
  • Business Partnerships Are Long-Term Relationships: Are You Ready for Yours?
  • LLCs Mean Limited Liability, Right?: Things You Didn’t Think Of
  • You Signed What?: Common Issues in Agreements You’ve Signed
  • Raising Capital Through Exempt Offerings
  • Common Issues Faced by Business Owners
  • Business Partnerships and the Legal Negotiations and Accounting Implications


R. Shawn was awarded two prestigious honors this year. He is a Super Lawyers 2016 Texas Rising Star and one of D Magazine’s picks for 2016 Best Lawyer in Dallas: Corporate Law: General. 

Contact R. Shawn McBride:

Oct 17, 2016

Dr. Adrian James Tan, is the co-author of Million Dollar Muscle, a book that offers a sociological perspective on the fitness industry, discussing how it is driven both by market forces and the culture of individual consumerism.

Dr. Adrian James Tan, a Singapore-born American, is currently a lecturer at the University of North Texas and was a long time faculty member at Southern Methodist University in the Sociology Department. He teaches courses in Introduction to Sociology, Marriage and Family, Sociological Theory, and Person vs. Society. Adrian obtained a bachelor's degree majoring in English and philosophy, and master's degrees in sociology and international affairs at Ohio University. Specializing in social psychology and ethnic identity, Adrian earned a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of North Texas, submitting his dissertation on the ethnic identity of Mexican-American children.

About the Book: 

Million Dollar Muscle is a unique anthology, co-authored by a "gym rat" with a Ph.D. in Sociology and a former competitive bodybuilder, fitness expert, and entrepreneur. 

Within a capitalist system the fitness industry is driven by the need to earn profits. From a small sub-culture it has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. The market is now flooded with gyms, nutritional supplements, workout apparel, exercise equipment, and health and fitness magazines. With massive advertisements, and aided by the Hollywood culture and its emphasis on appearance, the fitness industry has grown to new dimensions, influencing individual choices and behaviors.

Million Dollar Muscle discusses this evolution, along with what motivates people to make the choices they do. The material recognizes that these choices have important social implications. By combining an academic and theoretical approach with an "in the trenches" point of view, the book is able to bridge micro-macro aspects of the industry. It provides a comprehensive exploration of the individual choices regarding fitness, and why this is an important topic for sociological consideration.

What you will learn: 

  • Market forces and the power these forces have to shape perceptions of reality
  • The mechanics of capitalism and how these have changed traditional norms and customs which previously served practical purposes
  • The danger of conforming to social norms
  • Individual choices and how they are, in reality, driven by social  forces
  • How to be a smart fitness consumer 
  • What the modern fitness industry can learn from the “old school” of fitness
  • Bodybuilding 101 
  • Sociology 101
  • The most important sociological trend that will affect businesses
Oct 10, 2016

Aaron Janx is an in-demand Business and Sales Mentor for coaches and consultants around the world in many different industries. Aaron owns and operates three businesses including a successful real estate investment company which has allowed him to become financially free to follow his passion. Aaron’s passion is mentoring coaches & consultants by teaching them lead generation and sales skills to rapidly build a strong six figure practice. Before Aaron started his businesses, he was a sales director and trainer who won many sales awards and broke sales records with a Fortune 500 company. While employed he was young, naive and lived beyond his means. Aaron quickly went through his savings and became flat broke after parting ways with that company. Humiliated, depressed and defeated, Aaron reluctantly went on food stamps just to feed his wife and four kids. Today, Aaron attributes his remarkable turnaround and success to his cutting edge sales skills, which as he describes, “took him from food stamps to freedom."

What you will learn: 

  • Framing: The ultimate selling strategy 
  • How to make money with no money
  • Cultivating the mindset of sales success
  • Proven closing techniques 
  • Why introverts can become better sales people that extroverts 
  • How to effectively deal with rejection
  • How to generate endless leads for your business
  • The most effective social media platform for generating leads
  • Why networking is for amateurs but prospecting is for pro’s
  • Why you MUST define your avatar 
  • How to define your avatar 
  • How to qualify a prospect 
  • How to make a come back from even the worst failures  
  • Why you shouldn’t say, “Thank you” (Sometimes) 

Aaron's reading recommendation: 

Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff

Learn more about Aaron Janx:

Oct 3, 2016

Patrick is an entrepreneur, the spirit and creator of the La Madeleine Country French Cafés, growing the company to 75 units across Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Georgia and Washington D.C. area.  He continues to be the soul of a concept that has been named one of the top ten bakeries in the U.S. by Bon Appétit Magazine.

Born and raised in France, Patrick earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the École Supérieure du Commerce de Paris and joined the international marketing firm of Young & Rubicam. Then he established his own marketing firm. His client base includes among them: BMW, Yoplait, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler and R.J. Reynolds.  His marketing expertise garnered him the chance to work with and for the French Government, arranging meetings for French President Giscard d’Estaing and provided marketing for then the Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac.  He also worked with the U.S. Tourism Office in Paris and had the opportunity to handle the marketing of the Tour de France à la Voile (sailing) competitions. His most memorable experience was when he organized several events during the Pope John Paul II’s official visit to Paris.

Patrick has been celebrated and honored over the years with numerous awards for his business acumen and accomplishments, as well as in recognition for his generous and tireless fundraising efforts.  In 1991 PBS presented him with their Humanitarian Award for his help in fundraising efforts in eleven U.S. cities.  In 1993 INC. Magazine named him Entrepreneur of the Year and in 1997 he was the recipient of Nation's Restaurant News Magazine’s 'Top Fifty Power Players' Award recognizing him among the nation’s most influential and successful restaurateurs. Among his most notable recognitions, in 2004, his native Republic of France awarded him the prestigious l’Ordre National du Mérite for his distinguished achievements.

Patrick is the Founder of the Essilor Vision Foundation and Kids Vision for Life Coalitions, 501©3 public charities based in Dallas with the support of Essilor USA, the leading manufacturer of optical lenses. Its mission is to correct and eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences by providing screenings, eye exams and glasses to children who could not otherwise afford them across Texas, Southern California and other states. His goal is to help the Foundation to grow to eventually serve children coast to coast by 2020.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Listen, Adapt and Surprise - A superb business strategy 
  • How Patrick built La Madeleine to a business worth hundreds of millions 
  • The importance of always giving first 
  • How women were critical to the success of La Madeleine
  • How to create your own luck 
  • How to hire the right people - 3 Personality Profiles 
  • The role of the sub conscious mind 
  • How to uncover the hidden needs of your customer
  • How to build high performing leadership teams 


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