Zero Excuses

Nick Smarelli

With the time demands and commitments everyone has on their plates - it’s easy to think “I can’t do it all - there just isn’t enough time.” Zero Excuses sets to prove that statement wrong. On this show, you’ll hear in-depth conversations between host Nick Smarrelli and exceptional guests and business leaders who take on ultra marathons, hike up Mt. Everest, or campaign for political office, all while running multi-million dollar companies. Business leaders featured are focused on three key demographically areas: Indianapolis, St, Louis, and Denver. read less
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Episodes

There is time for crazy ideas with Stephanie Cox, Indianapolis
Mar 17 2022
There is time for crazy ideas with Stephanie Cox, Indianapolis
“I love crazy ideas, and I love figuring out how to make crazy ideas reality, and solving unsolvable problems.” Stephanie Cox, CEO of Lumavate, never takes the easy way out, she’s the type of person who seeks out unbeatable problems to tackle and rolls with life’s punches. That’s why Stephanie wasn’t surprised or stumped when she adopted a pre-teen in the span of a few weeks, switched her high schoolers to a homeschooling program, and became CEO of Lumavate. In this episode, Stephanie talks about where she gets her ‘what’s next’ mentality. A mentality that helped her face brain surgery for both herself and her daughter. How does she maintain her eternal optimism? By embracing the Zero Excuses mentality and looking at each new challenge as an opportunity for growth. After You Listen: - Connect with Stephanie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniecox - Learn more about Lumavate: https://www.lumavate.com - Connect with Nick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smarrelli/ - Learn more about GadellNet Consulting Services: https://gadellnet.com/ Key Takeaways: - No one can look out for you like you can, be your own advocate - Prioritize your life in a way that works for you - Start looking at challenges as opportunities to solve problems Things to listen for: [04:07] Advocating for yourself [09:17] Encouraging others to use their voice [11:47] Using sass for good [12:55] Leading through stressful times [18:10] Prioritizing your life according to your needs [25:39] Solving unsolvable problems [28:51] Growth as a measure for success [31:36] Defining what it means to be ‘content’
There is time for writing your personal playbook with Gary Brackett, Indianapolis
Mar 3 2022
There is time for writing your personal playbook with Gary Brackett, Indianapolis
“Take an inventory of your life. If things aren't adding up, it's time to start subtracting.” Gary Brackett has experienced extreme highs and lows in his life— from being a part of a Superbowl-winning NFL team to filing for bankruptcy and divorce. In this episode, Gary shares how he learned just as much from failure as he has with success. Achieving what he thought he wanted—status and wealth—put things in perspective, forcing him to realize family and fulfillment are what really matter. Once Gary reset his priorities, he focused on being happy, giving back, and helping others achieve their goals. How does he keep things in focus? By embracing the Zero Excuses mentality, staying disciplined, and being intentional about staying true to himself. After You Listen: - Connect with Gary: https://garybrackett.com - Connect with Nick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smarrelli/ - Learn more about GadellNet Consulting Services: https://gadellnet.com/ Key Takeaways: - Strive for the things that fulfill you - Failure can make you more dangerous if you’re willing to learn from your mistakes - Don’t psych yourself out, things are always much worse in your head than in reality Things to listen for: [01:53] “The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack” [03:20] Leadership lessons from playing with the Colts [04:33] Having a ‘day one’ mentality [08:04] Keeping your momentum even during dark times [10:16] Going on the ‘hero’s journey’ [12:27] Gaining perspective on what really matters [15:45] The Champ Framework [20:11] Changing your mindset around the word ‘failure’
There is time for meaningful connection with Adam Vandoski, Indianapolis
Nov 11 2021
There is time for meaningful connection with Adam Vandoski, Indianapolis
So often we rush through meals but Adam Vandoski hopes to make eating a shared experience again with his company the Vine Society.  “If you’re going to eat, it might as well be delicious and with people that you love.” That’s Adam’s philosophy. He believes there's a way to eat in a way that nourishes both your body and your soul. To achieve that, his company provides good food and wine, encouraging people to be purposeful and present with their friends and family.  With that same philosophy, dinner at Adam’s house is centered around being engaged. How does he find new ways to put in that effort? By making Zero Excuses and getting creative. Listen and learn how you can, too.  Key Takeaways: Capitalize on the time you have to spend with friends and familyEven virtual gatherings can be taken to the next level with intentionalityReflect on what’s important to you and order your life around that Things to Listen For: [02:11] Adam’s unrealized dream[05:17] The story behind Vine Society[07:57] How a meal becomes more than a meal[10:04] The importance of the family dinner[13:39] The loneliness epidemic [18:10] Eating in a way that nourishes the soul[19:50] What attracted Adam to wine[23:16] Connecting when far apart with intentionality[27:49] Ordering your life around what’s most important[29:27] How to connect with Adam After You Listen: Connect with Adam: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-vandoski-a92b936Learn more about Vine Society: ​​https://vinesocietyindy.com/Connect with Nick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smarrelli/Learn more about GadellNet Consulting Services: https://gadellnet.com/
There is time to make a difference with Keith Ives, Denver
Oct 28 2021
There is time to make a difference with Keith Ives, Denver
Keith Ives is a humanitarian, empiricist, and leader with a passion for people and impact. His company, Causal Design, creates cultures of evidence and impact among those working to solve the world’s problems. Keith knows problems like poverty and hunger require more than just volunteerism, so he’s bringing an evidence-based approach to the issue, empowering his clients to do more effective work. How does he do it? By making Zero Excuses and translating academic research into practical strategies for major impact. Key Takeaways: You can blend humanitarianism with businessBarriers only exist when you can’t see another optionEvidence can be a strong motivator Things to Listen For: [01:05] Signing up for the Marine Corp[03:00] Economics plays into serving [04:38] The origin of the spirit of giving back [05:43] What is the mission of Causal Design?[06:54] Playing the middleman[08:45] Which projects Keith is excited about [11:55] Where economics meets philosophy[15:54] Minimizing economic barriers[17:59] The mentors that helped Keith get where he is today[21:21] Career specialization vs generalization [23:01] Keith’s advice for young businesspeople  After You Listen: Connect with Keith: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithives/Learn more about Casual Design: ​​https://causaldesign.com/ Connect with Nick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smarrelli/Learn more about GadellNet Consulting Services: https://gadellnet.com/