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Our society puts pressures on us all the time. We are told that if we don’t have a wife and children by a certain age we aren’t normal. We are told if we suffer from depression we aren’t normal.

The truth is that the most influential people in history weren’t “normal”. In fact they went against the norm, and were outcasts of society. Today we celebrate theirs lives, accomplishments, and attributes to the world.

People like Galileo, Van Gogh, Isaac Newton. They all had a certain personality type that wasn’t what society wanted, but what the world needed.

On this episode of the James Swanwick Show we are joined by Alex Charfen, host of the Momentum Podcast and author of Entrepreneurial Personality Type. He explains what personality type is required to be a successful entrepreneur and what you need to do to get the momentum you need to finally fill fulfilled.

Download this episode of the James Swanwick show right now to learn if you’re really meant to be the entrepreneur you think you are, and if so how to take action.

Key Points

  • Caretakers feel like helping someone with changing a bed pan can be fulfilling.
  • Communicators like to have small talk.
    • Communicators will talk about anything.
  • Coordinators love rules, fine print, and regulations.
  • Evolutionary hunters create a new future reality and look for change.
  • Someone has shown up in the world with in a much worse circumstance than you and still managed to change the world.
  • Entrepreneurs live for momentum.
  • Trust that a net will appear when you step off the cliff.
  • ETPs become depressed when they are constrained.
  • When you are diagnosed with something, that’s a badge of honor.
  • Society pressures aren’t always right.
  • Anyone who changed the world didn’t give in to society’s pressures.


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Alcohol is a strong substance that can lead to a fun night with friends and help you relax, but a lot of people don’t know when to stop. There are a lot of people out there who wouldn’t identify themselves as an alcoholic because they don’t have a need to drink, but once they start they just can’t stop.

Moderation is a fine idea, yet so many people can’t drink in moderation. There are many of us out there that have a sip of wine and it turns into two bottles. A glass of beer can quickly turn into pitchers, and for people like that moderation isn’t an option.

There’s a saying that alcohol can lead to a good time, but being sober can lead to a great time.

You don’t need an excuse to have fun with your friends, and in the end memories can only happen if you remember what happened.

I also feel I have to mention all of the negative effects of alcohol. Not only does it cause problems to your organs, like liver problems and heart disease, but it also can cause weight problems.

Doctors say four glasses of beer is equal to eating a Big Mac. When you’re at a bar, you typically eat fried food. So in the end you’re basically eating garbage and washing it down with even more.

On this episode of the James Swanwick show we are joined by fellow Australian Peter FitzSimons, who shares his experience in quitting drinking. His life massively transformed once he put down the bottle. His relationship with his family improved, his productivity in work went way up, and he lost nearly 100 lbs!

Download this episode of the James Swanwick show today to hear about how quitting Alcohol can improve every aspect of life.

Key Points

  • Most people celebrate by drinking.
  • People who drink too much forget what it’s like to wake up clear headed.
  • One bottle of wine, or four beers, is equal to a big mac.
  • When you give up drinking, the hardest part is the first few weeks.
  • You can live a happier and healthier life if you give up on drinking.
  • Moderation doesn’t work for some people.
  • Peter lost 94 pounds just by giving up alcohol.
  • Alcohol affects your emotional reasoning.
  • It doesn’t take long for your body to get back to normal.

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As cliche as it sounds, life really is short. Anything you want to do, you have to do now. If you wait to do something you’ll miss your chance, and end up regretting it.

If you want to start a business, start a business. If you want to move somewhere, move there. Don’t let anything hold you back, especially not fear. Nothing ever goes perfectly smooth in the beginning, but you need to keep trying.

On this episode of the James Swanwick Show, James records on his birthday from New York City. We receive an update on what’s been moving along, and James reflects on how much life has changed over the last ten year.

Download this episode of the James Swanwick show today to learn about James’ adventure and what he’s been learning along the way.

Key Points

  • A company reached out to James that works with QVC.
  • When James met with them, they instantly wanted his glasses.
  • James was no longer pitching, the agents he met with started pitching him.
  • If James doesn’t go directly to QVC he will make less, but has to work harder to get on the channel.
  • Swanwick is debating on taking a net 45 deal.
  • Worst case scenario, James only sells 500 units.
  • Best case scenario QVC buys tens of thousands of units and turns Swannies into a much larger company, gives them a lot of exposure and connections.
  • James is planning on focusing on PR.
  • In 2004-2010 James was a film journalist and often went to the Toronto FIlm Festival.
  • When you aren’t healthy you won’t be as happy as you could be.
  • The best time to do anything is now.
  • The breakthrough happens after you pick yourself up and start again.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff, because everything is the small stuff.

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There are only two guarantees in life: life and death. Everything in the middle is uncertain, yet we ignore this thing we all have to experience. Death is something we turn a blind eye to and people generally shy away from the topic.

Ultimately we should embrace it. We should be ready for it. Not just our own death, but the death of loved ones around us. Watching those we love pass on isn’t a pleasant experience, and it’s often a slow process we should be a part of.

On this episode of Thai Neave discusses the recent loss of his mother, who passed away from breast cancer recently. He tells his story of how he dropped everything in his life and shifted gears in order to help his mother during her final time of need.

Download this episode of the James Swanwick show to get an inside glimpse of what it’s like to take care of someone you love that is slowly dying.

Key Points

  • James’ friend Thai recently lost his mother to breast cancer.
  • Our culture shoves death aside.
  • Many people ignore their instincts because they are too busy.
  • Thai went back to Sydney and ended up losing two people very dear to him.
  • Stage four is the highest grading of cancer and has spread.
  • There’s no cure for stage 4, and no way to beat it.
  • Cancer is like a boa constrictor slowly consuming its prey.
  • People with cancer typically get lethargic and lose weight.
  • When people see someone with a shaved head, they define them as a cancer patient.
  • Cancer is ugly, but people’s spirits are where true beauty lies.
  • Taking care of someone is not putting your life on hold.
  • To give feels so good.
  • At the end of the day, how we feel is all that matters.
  • One way or another you’re going to have a story to tell.
  • Hope can be a prison, as you’re not facing the future.
  • We can always give more.
  • Being selfless is the greatest gift we can give ourselves.
  • You can do sets and reps with your intuition.
  • The entire world will always continue to move on.
  • It’s important to embrace your feelings when dealing with death.
  • The more fluid you are, the less suffering you will have.
  • Don’t give people words, give them actions.
  • True courage requires exposure, and exposure requires vulnerability.


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New York is known as the city that never sleeps. As it turns out it’s also the city of proper planning. James and his friends spent the night of the Mayweather-Mcgregor fight searching around the city for a place to watch this year’s biggest sporting event.

James had some quick thinking, and used the power of the internet in order to land a great sport to watch the fight - just in time.

On this episode of the James Swanwick show James records from the streets of New York to tell you all about his adventures. He reflects on time out with his friends, and his history in the city - including the time he met his all time here (Jon Bon Jovi) on his birthday!

Download this episode of the James Swanwick show to hear more about how James’ adventures are going and what his next steps are as he searches for his new home in the world.

Key Points

  • It’s possible to save money using credit card reward points when you travel.
    • James’ goal is to not spend a dollar on hotels this year.
  • There was a long journey to watch the fight in New York.
  • When James is bored, he does a google search on Bon Jovi news.
    • James interviewed Bon Jovi on his birthday in 2010.
  • Changing temperature from hot to cold can help reduce inflammation and waste products.
  • Suffer in silence.
  • Men have to do an activity in order to catch up.
  • Women can catch up by sitting and talking.
  • Take the time to focus on one thing, and don’t be distracted by your phone or internet.

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James joins us live again from the road. This time he’s recording from the San Francisco airport, and annoying the people around him just to bring us this episode.

Recently James has been doing a lot of traveling, and being recognized all along the way. He seems to be well known in the city of Austin, even being recognized while enjoying dinner with friends.

This episode James reflects on his travels, where is company will go, and looks forward to the future of the Swanny Sleep business.

Download this episode of the James Swanwick show to hear more about James’ adventures and see how it can equate to your life and where you want to be.

Key Points

  • James was recognized a lot more in Austin than in most place.
  • Austin is less spread out than LA, so it’s more likely he would be noticed.
  • Eating at healthier restaurants also increased the chances that he would be noticed by a fan.
  • Proximity is power.
  • Force yourself to be around the kind of people you want to be.
  • James was recently in San Diego visiting a friend, Jeremy.
  • James is considering carrying even more sleep products.
  • You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, James met someone in sandals and a hoodie that just sold a company for over $200 million.
  • When you’re around someone of importance you have to find a balance of being curious, but not looking too ignorant.
  • Facebook has a setting to see what friends are near you.
  • Are you a spontaneous person, or do you need to plan things out?
  • Always be aware of your surroundings, and be courteous to others nearby.
  • You can use credit cards for your business and get a lot more points and perks.
  • It can be a great experience to be a guest in someone’s home.
  • Some people need a home base, others have wanderlust and are more productive when they keep moving.

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When you’re traveling, it’s easy to be taken advantage of and ripped off. People spot a tourist and know ways to get an extra buck out of them. For example, James was in Las Vegas and a local taxi could tell he wasn’t from around there and took him the “long way”. A $15 taxi ride quickly turned into $35, and James was unaware until the next day.

The good news is that traveling can also be amazing! James has been continuing his adventure as he travels and grows his company: Swannies. He went from a networking event in Tampa to a mattress convention in Las Vegas.

It’s amazing how learning about something new can go from interesting to tedious in a couple of days, but the good news is you may soon be able to get a new mattress from Swannies that will help you sleep better each night!

James continued his journey to Austin, where we find him in this episode. He’s been sharing great times with his friends, and planning where his journey will take him next.

Download this episode of the James Swanwick show to hear fascinating tales of travel, and insider tips on growing a business from someone in the process of expanding.

Key Points

  • When you go to Las Vegas, make sure they don’t take you the long way.
  • You get what you pay for, if you buy a cheap room it’s not going to be a pleasant stay.
  • It’s important to do your due diligence, or else customers will turn away from your brand.
  • James is going to be on the Home Shopping Network for Swannies.
  • It’s important to have some friends in the same field as your business.
  • You can use a selfie stick to make new friends.
  • It’s important to take breaks when working so you don’t burn out.
  • If you’re in business try to get customers on recurring payments, and subscriptions to products.

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There’s an old expression: “It takes money to make money.” It’s absolutely true.

Over the last few weeks James has been traveling to various conventions and networking events in order to make progress in his Swannies business. James has spent thousands upon thousands of dollars to attend these events - and it’s paid off.

In this time James has gotten amazing advice from some of the biggest people in the industry. He’s had feedback the most successful marketers and biggest resale companies in the world. It wouldn’t have happened if James hadn’t done two things.

1) Invest in himself

Most people would look at spending thousands of dollars just to hear people talk and meet a few strangers as a waste. If James hadn’t spent the money on airlines, hotels, and tickets to events he wouldn’t have had face to face conversations with people from companies like Bed Bath & Beyond and CVS.

Making one sale with these companies would easily pay for all of his expenses, and grow the company massively. It’s important to look at the long term investment. So many people shy away from the short term investment and end up losing so much money in the long run.

2) Being humble

We all have a moment to shine. We will all get out chance to brag, but that should never stand in the way of getting advice. James saw an opportunity to not look like a big shot in exchange for feedback from the event attendees. He was invited to tell marketers at one of the world’s largest events all about the problems in his company. Most people would be afraid to let their guard down, and James was nervous, but felt the need to do it.

It paid off. James was able to spend one minute telling about his pitfalls and opening up to a large audience. From this he received 28 suggestions on how to make his company better. He also no longer had to network one by one, hunting people down and explaining himself and his business a thousand times. People were now hunting down James, desperately looking to give him advice.

Download this episode of the James Swanwick show to hear about James’ adventures and learn what growing a business is really all about.

Key Points

  • ClickBank is where the world’s most successful online marketers sell their products.
    • You can also become an affiliate and get a commision on other people’s products.
  • Affiliate programs are great ways to make money without creating your own products.
  • If you sell your products with an affiliate, you have to give them a cut but you gain more customers for future sales.
  • All-inclusive resorts means you don’t have to pay at restaurants.
    • You just show up, order, eat, and leave.
  • Sightseeing can be a great way to bond with other business people.
  • If you make a good connection and people speak well of you, it can have a positive influence in your life even years later.
  • Don’t be afraid to welcome constructive criticism, it can help you more that you could ever imagine.
  • One minute of opening up to problems lead to 28 suggestions for improvements in James’ company.
  • Everyone gets shy and nervous about speaking, you can’t let it hold you back.
  • When you have the microphone, you have the power - seize the opportunity.
  • Try to create goodwill and introduce people who can help each other.
  • Rejection can give you the best feedback, don’t get disheartened.
    • Don’t be afraid to fail.
  • It’s always best to make a connection through your network rather than cold contact someone.
  • All it takes is one yes to be off to the races.
  • You need to enjoy the grind and look forward to the bigger picture at the end.
  • You have to handle your mistakes in a professional manner, no matter what your business is.
  • Make a point to thank people when they do a good job and provide good service.
  • James is testing a Social Media hiatus, hear how it goes on the next episode!


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It’s important to continue learning - constantly. You can’t stop, or else you will be left behind. There will always be someone who knows more than you, new trends and technology coming into play, and you can quickly be left behind.


Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Jobs, and the Dalai Llama are all people from different walks of life who know/knew the importance of continual growth. The world will leave you behind, and it can’t be stressed enough that you need to keep educating yourself.


Recently James attended a seminar where he was a guest speaker. He was talked up by the people running the event, told what a success and great business man he is, and left the entire audience with the impression that he is some kind of business super hero. At one point in the seminar, the crowd was asked to share any problems they may be facing in their business.


Most people in James’ position would play a big shot and keep their mouth shut. James knows the importance of being humble and taking advantage of an opportunity when he has the chance, so he raised his hand to share what was going on in his business. As a result he was able to learn more from the combined minds of the entire room than he possibly could have on his own. This also lead James to new connections and a higher appreciation from his audience.


People want to see your vulnerable side, and they want to be a part of your solutions. You can’t let the ego get in the way, and you have to remember that you are never too big or successful to keep learning.


On this episode of the James Swanwick show, James shares his experiences from traveling around the world and attending various events. He gives you an inside glimpse of what it’s like to be both a mentor and a student at the same time.


Download this episode of the James Swanwick show to hear about his adventures around dozens of locations over the last few weeks.


Key Points

  • Even as a mentor and teacher it’s important to keep learning and being a student.
  • Don’t be afraid to express vulnerability.
  • It’s ok to feel like the dumbest person in the room, it means you’re growing.
  • The most successful people are those that are always learning.
  • At seminars there are always people who know more than you and are willing to share with you.
  • Change occurs in the presence of other people.
  • It can be comforting to change your life’s pace by being in a new place.
  • Double down on what makes you happy.



The Power of Habit

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So many times people make their dreams come true and then they feel lost. It’s something we see a lot with astronauts, who spend their whole life training and working toward their goals of making it to space. When they make it they are left asking themselves, “Now what?” Believe it or not, this is a problem that many entrepreneurs have to deal with. We can spend all over our energy trying to get that mansion, the sports car, and the million dollars in the bank. Then what?

The key to ongoing emotional success in your business is to make sure business has purpose and gives back to the world. That way your life and business always has purpose, and a reason to keep building. There are a few ways you can do this. The first is to give away product to a charity that aligns with your brand. A perfect example of this is the company Toms, which is known for giving away a shoe every time a shoe is purchased.

If you can’t afford to give away an entire product, you can raise your price a little bit and give that extra money you make away to a charity or organization with benefits that align with your products. Lastly, if you want to give back you can hire on people who wouldn’t normally be able to find work easily. For example, there are local grocery stores here in Los Angeles that hires the homeless to help stock and work as cashiers.

On this episode of the James Swanwick show we are joined by the incredibly successful entrepreneur, Cole Hatter. Cole shares his amazing stories about how he cheated death twice within two months and decided to dedicate his life to doing great things with the money he makes.

Download this episode of the James Swanwick show to hear how you can use your business to make a big impact on the world.

Key Points

  • Everyone’s goal is to be comfortable as quickly as possible.
  • A lot of entrepreneurs feel misplaced after a certain point.
  • It’s important to build a business that has a purpose and significance.
  • You’re only a failure if you don’t get a life lesson.
  • The most successful people are the most receptive.
  • If you can’t afford a personal mentor, mentor from people through their literature.
  • Age has nothing to do with knowledge.
  • Always be humble in your learning.
  • More and more companies build a business model that helps people.
  • You can increase your profits in order to be able to give away a product.
  • You can give away money for each sale you make.
  • Employing people who need a chances can create purpose.
  • Find a benefit that is on brand.
  • Design dream life, then build a business that supports that.
  • Create truths and morals to make a filter to what you want.


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