Gen X Amplified with Adrion Porter

Gen X Amplified is the premier podcast dedicated to the powerful generation between the boomers and millennials. The podcast features valuable insights and conversations with Gen X leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs including: Jon Fortt, Lindsey Pollak, Tara Jaye Frank, Carmine Gallo, Ada Calhoun, Melissa Proctor, and many others.
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Oct 27, 2015

For many of us, maintaining good habits can be both rewarding and challenging. Also, as we approach the end of one year and the start of another - living a happier and more successful life is without a doubt one our biggest goals.

On this episode of Gen X Amplified, we have someone who is perhaps considered the "queen of habits and happiness", New York Times bestselling author, Gretchen Rubin. She is here to discuss her latest book, aptly titled Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Everyday Life, and to share some awesome insights on the steps we can take to change and conquer our habits.

Gretchen Rubin is definitely a content creator phenomenon. She is a blogger, podcaster, speaker, and bestselling author of many books, including The Happiness Project, which really sparked her overall happiness movement.

Then she "happily" put pen to paper again to write Happier at Home, which was Gretchen's personal account of what she implemented to create more happiness in the things that mattered to her at home - such as marriage, family treasured possessions, neighborhood, and parenthood.

Now Gretchen's latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, is all about how to maintain and increase the good habits in your life - and how to break the bad ones that are keeping you from reaching your goals.

She has also recently launched a weekly podcast called Happier with Gretchen Rubin that she co-hosts with her sister, where they discuss good habits and happiness.

Gretchen has a passionate following both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide in more than thirty languages. She also makes frequent TV appearances on shows like The Today Show, and others.

As our featured guest on today's episode of Gen X Amplified, Gretchen speaks directly to the challenges and even the great opportunities that Gen-Xers have when it comes to creating better habits, especially during this "rush hour" of life as she calls it.

Key Takeaways From This Episode:

  • Why Gretchen made the decision to leave the practice of law to start her journey as a published author.
  • What is one of Gretchen's themes in all of her writings on happiness.
  • Why the biggest "happiness" challenge that most people face actually deals with habits.
  • The most important thing to think about when changing habits is focusing on strategies that are right for us - and not others.
  • What are the (4) Four Tendencies/personality traits that Gretchen created to identify how people respond to expectations. Also, there is a quiz you can take to find out yours!
  • Why being very specific and concrete is the best approach when setting New Years resolutions, habits, and goal setting.
  • And so much more!

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Thank you for listening!

Oct 23, 2015

Are you starting to think about your goals for next year? Have you thought about what your life should be like 5-years from now? Well, now is the time to really start planning, not just your goals for next year, but also your life and business in five years. What is your 2020 vision?

To help dive more into this topic, I am introducing the very first solo episode of Gen X Amplified! This time, it's just me having a conversation with you on this very important and relevant topic, especially for Gen Xers. And, I will also provide more insights on the overall mission of this podcast.

So are you ready? Let's do it!

Too often, we find ourselves waiting until the beginning of the year to set our goals. Also, many times we only think short-term, and focus on the current or upcoming year.

To really make the most of establishing our goals, we should look ahead - and then reverse engineer. Where is it that we want to be in the long-run? What are the key steps we need to take in order to get there. I recommend focusing a long-term vision of five years, and then working back from there. In five years, it will be the year 2020. Do YOU have 2020 vision?

Also, at the beginning of this episode, I discuss a little about my background, and why I decided to launch this podcast/movement - particularly for the Gen X community.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why thinking "long-term" FIRST, is very effective when it comes to goal setting.
  • Why you should absolutely write down your goals.
  • The importance of having an "accountability partner" to help you reach your goals.
  • Why goals should be actionable and measurable.
  • The five main categories of long-term goals that are relevant to Gen Xers.
  • Why NOW is the best time to start your own business (even as a side hustle) to help you achieve your financial goals.
  • And so much more!

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Thank you for listening!


Oct 20, 2015

How do you really set yourself apart this noisy and crowded world? And how do you do work that is truly remarkable? The key is to develop an authentic voice.

To help us better understand to power of developing your unique voice - we are thrilled to have speaker, author, and podcaster, Todd Henry here on Gen X Amplified to discuss his latest best-selling book, Louder Than Words: Harness the Power of your Authentic Voice.


Todd Henry spends his time teaching leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance.

He is the author of three awesome books - which include: The Accidental Creative and Die Empty - which was named by as one of the best books of 2013.

Todd's latest book, Louder Than Words, is about how to develop an authentic voice that resonates and creates impact. Bestselling author Tom Rath called it “…one of the best guides to living a meaningful life I have ever read.”

He is the host of the top-ranked podcast also called “The Accidental Creative."

Besides writing and podcasting, Todd also speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

For this episode of Gen X Amplified, Todd discusses the main premise behind his highly acclaimed book, Louder Than Words and inspires Gen Xers to create a body of work that you can be proud of.


Key Takeaways:

  • What are the 3 elements of the voice Engine?
  • Why you should consider writing a personal “manifesto”?
  • The benefit of having a set of consistent daily practices to help you develop mastery.
  • Why you should consider picking a specific person as your target audience for your content and marketing message.
  • Why you should form a collective of peers to not only motivate you, but also speak unvarnished truth.
  • Why Gen Xers should ask the question of why? - and not just what we do in life.
  • And so much more!

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Thank you for listening!


Oct 13, 2015

Are you hoping to become a better public speaker, or motivate and persuade others more effectively as a leader? Then get ready for a "master class" about performance - not on stage or the screen. But how to perform on the stage of "life".

That's because NY Times best-selling author, personal branding expert, and former professional actor Michael Port is joining us on Gen X Amplified to discuss his latest and greatest book - Steal The Show.

Michael Port is absolutely a force to be reckoned with, especially when it comes to public speaking, coaching, and personal branding. He is called “an uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe, a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal, and a “sales guru” by the Financial Times.

Michael is a NY Times best-selling author of six books including Book Yourself Solid, The Think Big Manifesto, and now his brand new release, Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches - How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life. This is actually the performance book not for actors, but for the everyday person who is looking to become a better public speaker and give more effective presentations.

He is also probably the only NY Times best-selling business book author to have also been a successful professional actor, guest starring on shows like Sex & The City, Law & Order, Third Watch, All My Children, and in films like The Pelican Brief and Down to Earth.

These days, Michael can be seen regularly on MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS as an on air expert in communication and business development.

On this exciting episode of Gen X Amplified, Michael pulls back the curtain on his personal story and we dig into the public speaking, performance, and leadership principles from his new book - Steal the Show. So listen, be empowered, and get ready to own the moment in business and life!

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Key Takeaways:

  • How did Michael transition from being an actor to a marketing guru and in-demand speaker/trainer?
  • Why amplifying different parts of our unique personality can be essential for great leadership.
  • Why you should not play the role of both a performer and a critic?
  • What “Steal the Show” lesson can be learned from Herb Brooks, the coach of the United States 1980 Olympics hockey team?
  • How Gen-Xers are in "prime" position as a generation to have significant influence and impact in this new media age.
  • Why in “goal setting” we should focus on WHO we want to be, instead of what we want to have.
  • And so much more!

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Thank you for listening!


Oct 9, 2015

Do you want to live a life of time freedom, location freedom, and financial freedom? Then you will be excited for this episode of Gen X Amplified, and our featured guest Michael O'Neal, the Founder and Host of the very successful podcast, The Solopreneur Hour.


My featured guest is someone who has definitely bounced back from challenges in his life, but is now CRUSHING it as an entrepreneur.

Michael O'Neal is the founder and host of the award-winning and much acclaimed business and entertainment podcast, The Solopreneur Hour. His podcast has already has more than 6 million downloads and monetized to over 200k dollars. The Solopreneur Hour features lively and engaging conversations with his guests, who share remarkable stories, advice and practical tips for an audience that badges itself as “proudly unemployable”.

Michael has an extensive background and education in social media, branding, web and print design, network marketing, and internet marketing,

To make things even more fascinating - he is also a professional drummer, car racer, competitive racquetball player, and former expert mountain bike racer and loves stand up comedy.

On this episode of Gen X Amplified, Michael is here to share with us his passions, insights, and plenty of valuable tips. And we get to hear him promote the life of time freedom, location freedom, and financial freedom: which are the core tenets of being a solopreneur.

Key Takeaways:

  • What famous Pittsburgh Steeler is Michael getting ready to work directly with?
  • How Michael came up with a new business idea, and created a website and built an email list - all within 7 hours?
  • That moment when Michael became truly unemployable.
  • What makes his podcast different from other entrepreneur focused podcasts?
  • How Michael really defines what exactly is a solopreneur.
  • How can gen Xers find their swing and embrace becoming a solopreneur?
  • And so much more!

Awesome Resources from this Episode:

Thank you for listening!


Oct 6, 2015

Are you struggling with multitasking and prioritizing your most important projects - especially when it seems there are so many things to get done? Then you need to stop and focus on this particular episode, and our featured guest Jay Papasan, the co-author of The ONE Thing.

Jay Papasan, is the Vice President of publishing and Executive Editor at KellerINK, the publishing arm of Keller Williams Realty. He is best known for co-writing with his mentor, Gary Keller, a few best-selling books, including The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, which became a New York Times best-seller.

But their most recent book, titled The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, has been a nothing short of a “game-changer.” It is a New York Times best-seller and has also reached #1 on the Wall Street Journal business best-seller list.

In the book, Jay and Gary outline in great detail why everyone should identify that area of your life where you want to be extraordinary (that one thing), and FOCUS on it - before you simultaneously take on other tasks.

To me, this is such a groundbreaking book. I actually put it in the same category as other watershed publications such as Good to Great by Jim Collins, Tribes by Seth Godin, and Simon Sinek's Start With Why.

During this value-packed episode of Gen X Amplified, Jay and I discuss his overall journey to becoming an author, the importance of "focus" as a leader, and why The ONE Thing is resonating with so many, even outside of the business world. This is book is definitely a must-read, especially for Gen Xers with all of the opportunities and obligations we have during this power phase of our lives.

Key Takeaways:

  • That pivotal moment when Jay decided to become an author.
  • How the lack of focus can be your worst enemy for productivity.
  • What is that "domino effect" you can experience when you identify your ONE thing.
  • Why extraordinary people enjoy the overall journey in seeking mastery
  • What is the 80/20 principle when it applies to the ONE Thing?
  • Why saying NO can actually bring you better results.
  • What is Jay's ONE Thing, both personally and professionally?
  • Why the process of "goal setting" should start with the end in mind (e.g., 5 years from now), then work backwards from there.
  • And so much more!

Awesome Resources from this Episode:

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Oct 2, 2015

What do you get when you combine the ingredients of a prolific photographer, passionate podcaster, public speaker, and a magnificent mom? You get Lucrecer Braxton. And I'm absolutely thrilled to feature her as our guest on this episode of Gen X Amplified.

Lucrecer Braxton is an award-winning photographer, vlogger, and "mixed-media" artist. She has been a photographer for over 15 years and has had plenty of photos and original art published in books and magazines.

As an experienced speaker, Lucrecer has graced the stage at many conferences, and has led workshops on relationship building, photography, blogging, and building communities online.

Recently, Lucrecer has launched an amazing podcast called Hello Friend - that features candid conversations weekly with guests, giving a glimpse into how they live their life, what they are reading, and why they are simple awesome.

On this episode, Lucrecer and I discuss her fascinating journey, her passion for photography, the motivation for her podcast launch, and why being true to yourself while providing value to others is the path to success.

Key Takeaways:

  • How did Lucrecer developed her passion for photography and storytelling?
  • The importance of focusing on building relationships vs. the amount of followers you have.
  • Why you should focus on helping and serving others.
  • Why "mix tapes" was Lucrecer's topic of her Podcast Movement speech.
  • What makes her podcast different from others in her niche?
  • Why "taking action" silences fear, doubters, and haters.
  • And so much more!

Awesome Resources from this Episode:

Thank you for listening!