16 Dec, 2020

084 Interview with Mark Foster – How To Win At Life

I never saw (swimming) as a career because I just knew it was something I loved and enjoyed.” – Mark Foster

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Mark Foster is among the most successful British swimmers of all time. During a career spanning 23 years, he won Six times a World Champion, 10 European Champion medals, and two Commonwealth Champion medals. He has also broken eight world records during his career.

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  • you’ve got to motivate yourself
  • make it enjoyable
  • find something you do enjoy but find your tribe; find where you fit in and find we you get enjoyment
  • You enjoy finding your tribe and finding people with that same mindset as you

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083 Interview with Maxwell Ivey - The Blind Man That Can See


Pete Cohen  0:06

Happy beautiful day. It's the Mi365 podcast with me, Pete Cohen, and today we have a very special guest. A man who is known as "The Blind Blogger". Get ready to be inspired about what is possible when you really open your eyes to what is possible with curiosity. I see you after the theme tune.

Happy beautiful day. So thank you so much for joining me for this podcast today. I'm so excited. I have a super guest who's got an amazing story to tell. He's passionate about helping people get out of their own way. Stop making excuses and live life to the full. His name is Maxwell Ivey he's known as "The Blind Blogger". A really inspirational human being coming live and direct from Houston, Texas.

Maxwell, how are you, my friend?

Maxwell Ivey  1:30

I'm doing great. You, how you doing today?

Pete Cohen  1:33

I'm doing, really good but I'm doing even better because I'm getting to spend time with someone who has similar goals and dreams to myself. You know, you're all about inspiring people. Actually, let me start off by asking you, right now where you live, what is wildly important to you?

Maxwell Ivey  1:57

So, the most important thing I'm doing, and I'm blessed because it's also the thing that is supporting me the most out of the many things I do, is helping other people tell their stories. Because at this time in our world we need all the encouragement, entertainment, education inspiration, we can get. And there are just so many people who are doing amazing work in their own lives they have incredible stories. But they are just not putting themselves out into the world. And for some people it's a matter of time and energy. For others it's a matter of just not knowing the process of getting on podcasts or guest posting on blogs or being featured in magazines. But for a lot of people, it's just they don't realize the power of their story. They think that they are unimportant, and others won't want to hear their story or won't be affected or inspired by it. And, you know, that's nothing new to me because for two years I rejected the idea of myself being inspirational. Before I eventually started as "the blind blogger" and started shaping more being a "blind entrepreneur" and the struggles I have had to overcome and continued overcome to be online and to work with other people online. So just helping people, you know, putting an honest mirror in front of their faces so they can see. Wow, I've really done some amazing things in the last year, three years, five years my lifetime. And I really do need to be sharing them. That's my big passion and thankfully, it's paying the bills.

Pete Cohen  3:37

Yeah I know I can see that you do a lot of things with the job, people find their voice and I love what you said about the story because we're all in the story-making business. And it's funny really I suppose that our adversity is where our greatest stories come from. So I really know that you've got a pretty unique story. When I read it I was like, wow, this is interesting I really want to speak to you. So tell us a little bit about how you came to be in the position that you are now? And I know this is you know this is obviously a long story but feel free just to share whatever you wanted to say. How did you become "the blind blogger"?

Maxwell Ivey  4:17

Alright, right. So, I grew up in East Texas in a family of Carnival owners. All I ever really wanted to do was to be in the business and either has my own Carnival midway or help run the families. I also grew up from say eight or nine years old, knowing that eventually, I was going to lose most of all of my vision. So finding ways for me to participate in the business, and also to do things like go to school. Those were all going to be challenges going forward. But one of the great things about growing up in a family of Carnival owners is, they are very solutions-oriented. You grow up with this mindset that nobody cares anything about you, what's going on in your life. You know, you could have just lost a truck, you could have had a generator explode, they don't. All they want to know is, can I ride the Ferris wheel? or to tilt the world? can I buy a pancake or cotton candy on Friday night? So you grow up not a lot of time for self-pity or feeling sorry for yourself, and my family. So I grew up with great examples. Spend a lot of time around people who were doers and problem solvers. And my dad always said I could, I could do pretty much anything I wanted to as long as I was willing to put the work in. And willing to do things other people weren't willing to do in order to accomplish that goal and. And he was, for the most part, right. As I started to lose my vision by junior high school, I was legally blind and using a white cane and having to learn how to cross streets and ride buses and find my way through stores and malls. At that time which was really cool because two or three days a week I got to get out of school early and go with the orientation of instructors. Those other kids were actually jealous of me. Some of the time that was cool. I graduated from a traditional high school. In college, I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in a trip for Boy Scouts here in a new scenario for us boys who are visually impaired. I helped in the business until my dad passed away in 2003. By 2007, we were out of the carnival business, all we had left was a food trailer and one kid's game. We were working at my uncle's carnival. I could see pretty clearly that there was no future for me on his way and really not in the business anymore. So I said, What else can I do? It has to be something. And the only thing I thought I knew anything about was selling used rides. I had had to help my dad sell our rides. Because the only way we could ever buy anything newer was to sell something old. So I thought I could do that. I started online. I didn't have the first clue what that was going to be why I didn't. When I filed for the domain name of MidwayMarketplace.com. I didn't know what a website or HTML was, and would eventually have to learn how to hand-code HTML just to get my website online. I learned how to recruit clients and set fees and write copy and manage media and so many other things that people just. As social media came along and I started sharing some of the equipment for sale and some of the problems I was having and getting help online. People said you know Max you're very inspiring. We love how you take on these difficult challenges. You do it with joy is like, you know, just like you just do the next thing in front of you and want you to share more about that. And so I finally agreed. I started theblindblogger.net where I share more about the personal side of being an entrepreneur who happens to be blind. And back to what I said about people's stories. I actually fought my friends for two years over this before I started the new website and agree. You know began just this like the fourth or fifth part of my journey. I kept telling them, Look, I am nobody special I'm just a guy who works his butt off, shows up every day trying to build a business to help support the family. And eventually, my friend, Adrian Smith, who I almost never miss a chance to mention her name. I consider her my blogging Mama. She taught me everything I know about relationship building online and relationship marketing, and she said Max here's the thing, You have a built-in excuse. If you wanted to sit on the couch watch TV and eat junk food nobody could say word one about it to you. But the fact that you have an excuse and don't take it, while other people have no excuses and still find ways not to go after their goals and dreams and that's what makes you compelling. That's why you're inspirational and that's why you have to share your story. And so having to have, you know, multiple people tell me about the power of my story. I truly understand it when other people doubt, the power of the work they have done, or are doing.

Pete Cohen  9:11

Yeah. You know, what's so interesting when you talk is one of the things that comes to my mind is, You're not blind, you know, in terms of, you know, something obvious. In terms of what you see, because you see the possibility. And I think most people who are not blind are blind because they don't see what is possible. You know, and this is one of the things I was very encouraged to do. So I mentioned before we came on here. I was the sports psychologist to the England blind cricket team. And I turn up on the day of working with them and I'm thinking to myself, hold on a second I don't know anything about blind people, because I've never really had got a proper conversation. I'm thinking, what are they just holding the bat and just hoping that they hit the ball, or is there something else going on. From asking the right questions. It was very apparent very quickly that the ball made a noise and from the noise and made they made a visual representation of where the ball was and some of the better players had more confidence around the social there. So, spatial awareness. So I was just, I didn't know and then I realized that because they see that you see right i mean you see possibility I mean I want to talk about this in terms of.

Maxwell Ivey  10:26

Right, I just want to make one comment about blind spots and blind cricket and the beep baseball. One of the things I played beep baseball for a couple of years when I had a "real job" in the early 90s. And the thing that really impressed me about it was the fact that, yeah all my teammates are blind. There are some sided coaches and spotters, but the passion they had for the game was no different than the passion you see from people who play bat. And the thing that really convinced me that beep baseball was the same as regular baseball just with different equipment was when there was a disagreement during one of the games and there was actually a fight. I'm like, Okay,

Pete Cohen  11:08


Maxwell Ivey  11:09

This is, this isn't blind people's baseball This is beep baseball and they're taking seriously and the ultimate goal was to win the game, you know that's. And that was one of the things, even as a blind person growing up, who had been exposed to be beep baseball in high school, a little bit. It was like, it really just, it changed my thinking about baseball and I was fine. So not surprised if you were, you know that you were affected by blind cricket

Pete Cohen  11:39

Yeah I so made me stupid enough to think well what are people doing holding a stick or white stick and they're just tapping the stick on the ground for no reason at all, are they building up some sort of visual representation of what is around them. And obviously, that's what you do. But I'm less interested. In becoming more interested in talking about, what do you see in terms of possibilities and what do you see why didn't. Why do you think so many people struggle to see the only thing that seems to really exist in the universe which is possible.

Maxwell Ivey  12:15

Right. Well, I like, I have an expression. And I'm actually starting to use it as a sort of a truth-teller or a Rorschach test as I tell people this about myself and I'm trying to help others. Some people take it well. Some people are you know they just sit there and they kind of cringe. I have come to think of this about myself, that I have just not smart enough to be scared. And, you know, what I've tried. What I mean is that we overwhelm ourselves. You know, we see all of the obstacles and the requirements instead of seeing the benefits and the achievement. And, you know, a lot of things I've done and at the time I did them I didn't think about I was, I mean, I learned to hand-code HTML. And those people who have ever had to do it, they'll know they'll go yeah that was something big. I have, I was a few blind Eagle Scouts you know that's, that was a big deal. But all of these things that I've done over the years, it's usually been well what am I doing today, you know, what did I do yesterday. Honestly, a lot of times when I do stuff I'm just not really thinking about how hard it is I'm just doing. I think a lot of that is curiosity. I think a lot of it is just the fact that I've been through so many challenges in my life that at this point, not much really, really fazes me. And I mean like my first public speaking event I traveled 1500 miles by train by myself to Philadelphia from Houston to give a talk. I didn't think the first thing about that trip until I'm sitting in the audience after my talk, and the other speakers are talking about how impressed and inspired they were that I did that. So a lot of it, I think you're I think you know you might be onto something. This idea that I'm blind to the challenges that I'm blind to the difficulties, and that I only choose to see the possibilities man. I think you, think you may have given me something I can use in future talks or future podcast interviews because I have really been struggling with an answer and, you know, some questions there isn't an answer or if there is it's not something that can be communicated easily from one person to another. But I think he may be onto something I'm just glad.

Pete Cohen  14:41

That, that's good you know I'm looking down actually at. I gave a talk recently, and it was called "Think Differently" and that was the name of the conference. And they sent me like you know a coaster. You know what you put your drink on the right, coasters in America.

Maxwell Ivey  14:58

Yes, we call them coasters.

Pete Cohen  15:00

Okay, so they, I was just looking at when you said it and I think one of the great things about podcasts is where two people come together and they just start talking and who knows what happens as a result of that, but when you started speaking, and you were telling me about, you know, growing up, it sounded like you were also around people who, who also would only ever see possibilities I would imagine if you were working on you know a carnival. You have to see things working out, you have to make things work you don't, you can't. It's just a mentality that if you don't have that mentality, you won't be in business.

Maxwell Ivey  15:36

You know you can't spend all winter calling people up and booking events you can't spend two sometimes three days getting everything ready. Unless you believe people are going to show up, even if it may be doesn't look like from outward signs when you get to town that they will. You still have to. You have to believe as the old line from, from the movie "Dumbo goes (wild)" you know I mean. So yeah, I think you're, you're right I was exposed to really good people. A lot of people only see the positive or only saw the positive. And then I was also. I also got the pleasure to spend a lot of time around my dad who was great when things didn't go so well. And so I, you know if something happened and since I was blind they really didn't want me helping with the setup and take down to the rides. But when necessity recorded I get just as crazy as the rest of them. But in order to try to do that, I would ride with my dad in case he needed help changing a tire or anything else that just required muscle. I'll also keep him company and sometimes I would learn from him and one of the things he taught me over the years is that "We could do you can do pretty much anything if you tell yourself, or if you convince yourself that you don't have a choice". So quite often after a bad experience it would be we have to get the next week somehow how are we going to do it and I can't tell you how many times, and him would get to that a lot, which is what we call the locations where we get to the lot with the last load and we have stuff tied on and hanging on and people would go, Max How did you all do that. And he would always just look at him and smile and go. What if we have a choice.

Pete Cohen  17:20

Yeah, I think that's so important, isn't it? That nowadays the world we live in because there are so many choices that many of us get distracted. But when you've obviously got this incredible ability to say, this is what we're going to do. And as my dad always used to say you know you "find a way or you make a way". It doesn't matter you just keep going until you get the result that you want, right? And why do you think, why do you think most people, the majority of people struggle to, you know, think in a positive way and decide to go out and do something and follow through until they actually make it happen. Why do you think that is?

Maxwell Ivey  18:02

I think most people struggle with this because they don't realize how much effort. How much work it takes to be the person who just does it who expect it to work out I mean that takes it takes effort it takes a decision that, and you have to decide that over years, or at least over weeks and months. One of the thing I think I get really mad at gurus when they talk about affirmations, the law of attraction, visions words, whatever it is, and then they don't take the time to go, "Oh, by the way, this isn't going to work day one, or week one, or month for. This is something you're going to have to do every day if not consciously think about minute to minute when you first start doing it, you know that's. And that's the thing about as you mentioned, I grew up with people who were very positive work something somewhere, we're going to make this work kind of people. I experienced doing that myself along with them for years so then as I get into business for myself and I get to the point where okay, the only way I could have a website is to learn how to code, a website. And that's what I did. So, it takes to practice it takes effort it takes a long history of doing it, you know. Quite frankly, most people only start looking around at things like the law of attraction or affirmations, when they're in the foxhole. When they're in the moment of stress and need, as opposed to making it something that's part of their regular routine. When people ask for example when people ask me "Max how are you able to stay so positive?" or always seem to find positives in very, very difficult times for yourself and I tell them. I've spent a lot of time on my ass looking up at the sky. Or at least, where the sky should be. Literally, both literally and metaphorically so I have a lot of practice of, you know, I could have, I could have chosen to see the negative and states the crackers chose them to see the positive and try to figure a way to the next thing that I was going to do. And so I have a long history of deciding to find a positive and then looking around till I find something to hang my head on and say well, it was horrible but this was good.

Pete Cohen  20:17

Yeah, I think, you know, it's so interesting to kind of reflect on. On what life is really all about. And I suppose ultimately you know the meaning of life is the meaning that we choose to give it and you chose and to give you a life meaning. Where you're looking to still grow and advance and make a difference and contribute and be there for other people. And that to me is a fulfilling life right. That's where you know it's is that the meaning of your life, you know, what is your life all about right now. What is it that you're looking to do?

Maxwell Ivey  20:50

Well, I'm gonna answer this in two parts. One when hosts asked me what I may need to do going forward. I always tell them that I don't know what that is because I try not to put limits on God. He often has had bigger dreams for me than I could imagine for myself. But the other part of it is if the center. I just enjoy helping other people, whether that's helping small business owners. Sell used to carnivals or amusement park equipment so that they can retire or help you people share their stories, or giving a talk, selling, you know, writing books, and basically just living my life because as, as I think I mentioned, I didn't start off planning to be the inspiration I just did what Max does and found out that that is inspirational so I'm, I'm just really trying to find new ways, wherever I can to help other people. And if, and you know if that supports me financially then that's a very, I try to take the approach of a most of the most of the top homerun hitters in baseball in the US and I think I'll call it rounders over there. Most of them have said you don't try to hit home runs, you just try to hit the ball hard and let it find its way out of the bar, so I just try to find ways to share my story to help other people. And so far that's been good enough to provide for all my needs.

Pete Cohen  22:17

Yeah, it seems like you're very future-focused, you're very inspired and I actually personally I wrote a book, a couple of years ago called "Inspirators" which was all about being inspired and what I didn't really know at the beginning, what I know now is when you're inspired it really means that you're breathing life into something that is in front of you. And I realized that what motivates most people is, you know, dissatisfaction with the way things are and seeing the things can be improved. But motivation will only get you so far right. You seem to be so inspired by possibilities and inspired curiosity. You know, I'm curious how does this works, how can I make that work better. I have to tell you, the heart of who I am is. I'm a coach right I just love to figure out, you know, how is this person, thinking how are they moving through the world how did they, how have they dealt with this hand that they have given it. You know it seems pretty open it seems pretty obvious which is a word, it's like it's, it's very, I could see it with open eyes to the kind of like who you are and I think, who you are, is something other than others, we can all learn to be like that and it just seems like life is much more fulfilling. When you're able to see possibilities and yeah you also seem to be the someone who would just help people find solutions, is there's always an answer right there's always a solution.

Maxwell Ivey  23:50

Right, well I would agree, with you on two things. One yes there always is, there's always an answer. The problem is quite often those answers are things we don't want to do. And as I mentioned, more than once I've had grease all over me because the answer was my ex grabbed it onto this piece of amusement park platform, and help us carry it over there and put it with the rest of the ride so I would you know that's not something most people would want to do but it was what was required for us to get open so there are lots of solutions around. But most people are not willing to do them, and a lot of that is fear they're afraid of looking silly, they're afraid, of being a failure of trying things, and having those things not work but as I've been. As I've learned over the years, whenever you try something that doesn't work that just means you have one wrong answer closer to the right answers so. So yeah, I do believe there are loose ends all around, and in fact what you were saying about curiosity. I recently. It's been like three years ago now I found this quote in a book called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, and she's famous of course for Eat Pray Love, and she wrote in there that "Curiosity will carry you through when passion deserts you". And it's one of those I've tried to remember because it is so true motivation, inspiration passion then we carry so far. Curiosity can oftentimes get you out of the depression. Some of the strangest things will first snap on or grab on to our curiosity. And just one last comment on inspiration and motivation, I have often been asked Max, do you mind when people say that you're inspirational, or call you an inspiration. And I say no I don't mind as long as they tell me what I have inspired them to accomplish. So I like to say that inspiration without action is entertainment or is meaningless. I'm still working on how to finish that sentence because I got four different endings to it but basically inspiration without action that's useless.

Pete Cohen  25:53

So, one of the things I'm going to propose is that anyone who listens to this podcast to my sphere of influence if you've been inspired to take action, then do Maxwell the honor of contacting him to tell them why. Otherwise, what's the point. I mean, you know, this is entertaining fantastic. We're both not really interested in it entertaining. We're interested in you advancing. And you know again prior to us recording this when you told me where you were from. I went oh Houston to, that's a place I know very well thank you very much. Because Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski on the Katy Freeway, who is the doctor from Poland, came to the US in the 50s, I believe. And basically his advice saved my wife's life. And I had a coach who was in Dallas. And when my wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor I called him up, and his advice was great advice. But it meant I had to work extremely hard right. His advice was fine, well actually say, work hard, it wasn't hard work, but it was uncomfortable. He said find people that are still alive with the same brain tumor and find out why are they still here. And then he said, What is she going to do when she gets better. And I said, but Rafa she has been given 18 months, he went so what people defied the odds, all the time. So I did find a solution, but that solution cost quarter of a million dollars.

We have to find. The FDA had to agree to my wife being on this treatment. I had to find a doctor in the United Kingdom would oversee the treatment. Hurdle after hurdle, after hurdle, after hurdle, but I wasn't going to give up, I was curious enough to find something at work. But you know what I want to just tell you, just for the love of it, is that I didn't actually say to my wife, until three years after she made a recovery. I said to her Hannah, Raphael said to me, when you were in the hospital, the first time, what are you going to do when you get better. She started crying, Maxwell. And the reason she started crying was because she didn't have a future. She didn't picture a future. Because if you've been told you're going to die, most people wouldn't be confident enough to dream, I don't care what you've told me, because I could see something bigger than what I see right here right now. And I can tell you this, she did learn how to do that. I met a lady called Patti Dobrowolski done three TED talks and "Draw Your Future". In fact, I would love to connect the two of you. She's actually in Dallas, believe it or not because I think she'd be a great person for you to interview or vice versa. Amazing lady, but she's become a great friend of mine. I found her a TED talk, I watched it. I got Hannah to watch it. Hannah drew her future and the future that she drew is what we have right now in our life. And you don't have to be able to draw, to draw. Anyone can draw. You can be blind to draw.

Maxwell Ivey  28:53

This is true. There's even a device now that will let five people drawing Braille. So anything is possible. And I was, as I was listening to you that I was having an AHA moment because there's been a lot of conversation here in the US, more so than the rest of the world, of what's going to happen after COVID. You know, we're going to go back to the way things work before. Are we going to go to something new? And I think the people that have really encouraged me are the ones who are like you. COVID gives us an opportunity, sad as it is, to see the entire world, in whatever way we want to see it. As opposed to how we have always seen. I know that's scary as hell. That's part of the reason why US politics are screwed up as they are. It's because people afraid of things that they're used to being replaced with things that they're not used to. That's really all it comes. That's really all our political mess in the US comes down to is his fear of having to do stuff they've never done before. Yeah. And if you think about it a while you'll know I'm right. So, this whole idea of imagining that future. Regardless of how bad things may look at this moment is imagining that future as you mentioned in the TED Talk drawing that future. And really, I've been impressed by the number of people who in Corona have already started filling in the images on that drawing by, you know, putting themselves out in the world in a way that wouldn't have or couldn't have when they were still going to work every day. So it's, it's been great seeing a lot of people taking advantage.

Pete Cohen  30:37

Through adversity, you and things grow right. I mean this is, I don't know whether I would be talking to you if it hadn't been for Corona. I don't know, but I'm definitely gonna credit the coronavirus for me speaking to you today. And I'm very curious as to what happens on the back of this. As I said, you know, you and I could talk for hours. What I want to have happened on the back of this is I want to know what inspiration, can you take from Maxwell. That you will do something with it, that you will act upon it to make something happen. Then go back to him and tell him, this is what I did. Right.

Maxwell Ivey  31:17

And I will go on top of that for you. I will say that and if, and if this thing they have accomplished. If it was difficult or at least difficult in their eyes, great. I'm hoping that not only will we get some great stories from people who have actually taken action because of our conversation, not just because of me. Because these things don't happen what would if I just show up by myself. It doesn't happen but brother so I'm hoping we're going to get at least one new podcast guest for either or both of our shows out of this today. I'm hoping somebody is going to take that first step because they heard me talk. And they're going to start doing something, and a week or a month or three months from now they're going to be, I need to call Max, or I need to get a hold of Pete. Because they need to have me on their show. That's why I would just that would be like icing on top of the icing on top of the cake if we could get something like that.

Pete Cohen  32:15

And I think also, you know, Max. Maybe we'll do it three-way or four-way who knows we might maybe have a few people you know.

Maxwell Ivey  32:25

I like it, I like it,

Pete Cohen  32:27

You know and it's possible. And I think the other thing that I pick up from you is something I see in myself is that, let's be brutally honest here. We like to help people because we want to be a part of what they do. So, you know, that's me any way you know I want to be a part of what you do. I want you to own whatever you do, but I'd love to know enough to know you. What have you done that was difficult. What have you done that you were putting off? What have you done that you knew was the right thing to do and you've got something on the back of it, you know? Share that, I think, you know. What I've learned recently Max is one of the most amazing things that any human being is telling you do they're going to become. What are they going to do, you know. And I just admire you so much I'm so glad I've had this opportunity to speak with you today. And to share just a bit of your story. Where do people go, who want to know more about you and listen to your podcast, please tell us I'll make sure all of that information goes in our show notes. But tell us right here right now how do people follow you.

Maxwell Ivey  33:35

Right. They can go to the theblindblogger.net. That's theblindblogger.net. They can find me on Alexa and Google by just asking for me or by that name. Or they could say Alexa at Google, I want to hear "What's your excuse?", which is the name of my podcast. I'm on these my social media connections are on the website for you can find them there. I would say my most visited platform is Twitter. Because I have a problem, running off at the mouth, and so the 140, 280 character limit kind of helps me stay, stay on target. So I'm Maxwell, @maxwellivey on Twitter. I do hope that you will connect with me. I'm not one of those people who you have to have a need to hire me, booked me, or buy from me in order to connect with me and talk to me. I know there are other coaches who cringe every time I say that but it's God's honest truth. I feel like every time somebody presses send on an email to me, it's an opportunity to make a new friend. And every time you connect with somebody on an honest basis, amazing things can happen. You never really know what's going to happen. The other thing I remember whenever I checked my inbox is that the only difference between junk mail and opportunity is my attitude. So, whenever you're checking your email, always think about, am I in the right frame of mind to be checking my email. Because one of my favorite speaking events I booked, because I got an email on the face of it it was junk mail but I thought. Wait a minute, this is an email about a speaking event. Why am I not on their stage or their days. And I wrote them an email and told them that and they book me. So, but I truly do want to hear from you. I'd love it if you had some small steps that you've taken. That you can tell me about that we could that I can applaud you for or say "good job". And I really do. Just I can't say how much I look forward to those opportunities, those meetings. And also, I know how much time and effort energy and sometimes money that you put into your podcast, Pete. So I want to make sure that you know how much I appreciate this opportunity.

Pete Cohen  35:57

Listen, it's a pleasure. Listen I'm the one who's going to make the most from this. I can tell you that.

Maxwell Ivey  36:04

Well, I just want to say one more thing about that. So there really wouldn't be a blind blogger or the whole what's your thing if it wasn't for podcasters like you. So thank you very much.

Pete Cohen  36:13

Hey, listen, it's my absolute pleasure, and I can guarantee that you will be hearing from people that, you know, follow me and work with me. Because yeah that's just what we do you know. And I mean this handle my heart is you make this world a better place. Everything you stand for everything that you do is about the empowerment and the betterment of the human race. And if it wasn't for people like you, this world would have disappeared some time ago. So I applaud you. And I know we could have spoken for hours but I want people to go and find out more about you for themselves. And check out your podcast as well. Because if you want to get rid of "excusitis" which was a term that was coined in "The Magic of Thinking Big". They should come and see you. Because it's all about getting rid of those excuses.

Maxwell Ivey  37:05

Right. Exactly, yeah, we're gonna turn them from excuse finders to solution makers. So I look forward to that. I appreciate you helping, encouraging people to come to visit me. And I look forward to that. And this Corona is behind us I'm planning on taking my show out into the world and doing some in-person interviews. And I look forward to seeing you at some point. I don't know, I don't want to call it real life, but.

Pete Cohen  37:14

I'm here for life.

Maxwell Ivey  37:38

From actual Tara farmer world, let's call it, I look forward to having a pint or so with you at some traditionally English pub at some point in the future.

Pete Cohen  37:50

That will happen. And I'll see you in Houston. I have many connections there. So thank you so much. Happy beautiful day and we will see you soon.

Maxwell Ivey  37:56

It's a pleasure, you too.


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