068 : The Why’s Behind Our Creations w/ David Steele / A Quest for Magic and Steele


Joined by fellow podcaster and voice creator, David Steele from A Quest for Magic and Steele podcast, he and Nick G. figure out not only what makes us create the things we do, but what drives us to keep doing it.

We are a bit biased, but this episode’s “Are You Listening?” podcast has to go to Nick G.’s Meg & Liv on the You Be You Podcast, brand new on the interwebs. Find it on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/you-be-you-podcast-with-meg-liv/id1294958258?mt=2

Find all of the creations of David Steele @ the Steele Empire: http://steeleempire.com/main/ and SUBSCRIBE to A Quest for Magic and Steelehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/quest-for-magic-steele-dnd-dungeons-dragons-adventure/id1105934044?mt=2

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064 : Road Trip Podcast to Pittsburgh with the Family


Moving at the speed of a moving car going home from vacation, Nick G. and the rest of G. Gang take the mic on the road to podcast a family episode from the car. Nathan, Abby and the exquisite Megan talk about a weekend together, and really anything the kids can remember from the last two days in Pittsburgh.

This episode’s “Are You Listening?” segment goes to a real broadcaster, Pittsburgh’s own Kelly on 100.7 Star FM. She broadcasts from 2-7PM weekdays and you can hear her show on the web @ http://player.radio.com/listen/station/1007-star and FOLLOW her on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/kellyonstar/

Check out some spots visited during their trip to Pittsburgh for yourself:

Pamela’s Diner for breakfast –http://www.pamelasdiner.com/location/the-strip-district/

Take a ride on the Duquesne Incline – http://www.duquesneincline.org

Eat some BBQ at Pork & Beans – https://www.porkandbeanspgh.com

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063 : Canada’s view of the USA w/ Nissar Ahamed |CareerMetis.com


In this episode we officially go international! Nick G. hooks up with career development strategist and super podcaster Nissar Ahamed from the CareerMetis Podcast and a resident of Toronto, Canada. With all the craziness in politics in the states, it’s always good to get a worldly perspective of how things are shaking up. Nissar shares his perspective from the other side of the border while Nick G. wants to make sure that someday this four year “tattoo” of a president will eventually wash off.

You can find all the amazing things Nissar is creating to advance the career professional at www.CareerMetis.com and check out all of his podcast content @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/careermetis-com/id1121447733?mt=2

This episode’s “Are You Listening?” podcast comes to us from a last minute recommendation from Liz Wiley, co-host and fan of the show. If you want to know what makes this show special, you gotta ask her because it’s new to me too. Or better yet, listen @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/terrible-thanks-for-asking/id1126119288?mt=2 I THINK YOU SHOULD!

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SHARE and RATE our show!  The TDI Podcast can be downloaded and streamed on almost every podcast player out there, on both Android and iOs.

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The magic happens, then it goes away. Again.

Recently I reposted an episode I recorded pretty much two years ago when I returned from a Disney trip with my family. In July 2015 we flew to Orlando for my daughter to take part in a dance event that went from dancing a brief routine up Main Street at the Magic Kingdom, to performing with her dance team on stage, to an evening gala where we all danced and ate and were merry. Recently we tackled the same trip with some new friends, our kids two years older, and a relaxed feel with the family taking each day wherever it took us. We rode new rides (Fast Passes rock!) and tried out all the customary attractions at each park.

With all that being said, there is one thing that I never anticipated when the trip started. It was how depressed I would feel when it was all over. The trip was planned almost a year in advance and with everything going on with work, the wife and kids in school, I didn’t really get fully excited about the trip until the moment the day started when we were flying out. Being at my new job for a little over three months, things at work are great. I am acclimating well. I am earning respect and building relationships with those around me. All the bills were paid up through the trip, the house was in order and the dog was safe and secure in the kennel. I needed to make sure that all was in control the moment we took off on that plane and landed in Orlando, Florida. I was purely focussed on having no worries and getting my vacation on.

It’s taken me a very long time to learn how to simply be in the moment. Seriously, it’s still an uphill battle. I’m typing this on a plane on the way to somewhere to have a business meeting and then turn around and hop on a plane to come home. Typing this blog right now is keeping me IN the moment. If not I would be overthinking the upcoming meeting. Another reason how this podcast has changed my life. Thank you, podcast. Anyway, on this trip from the time we woke up at our Disney Resort to the time we turned the lights off at night, I was in the moment. It was amazing. I was in the moment when the kids showed me which souvenirs they wanted to buy with their birthday gift cards, to standing in line at the Haunted Mansion, to sitting by the pool with my family, I was in the moment. My mind would wonder slightly but was brought back immediately by pointing out a slightly odd looking individual to my wife (professional people watchers, we are) or after we Fast Passed a ride, we saw the stand-by line had jumped to a 60-minute wait. WIN for Us!

As the trip drew to a close, things started to switch. I started thinking about the bills we have to pay. I realized that I’ll have to go back to doing chores around the house, walking the dog, waking up early for work, checking emails again, watching the news. Ugh! Even though all of this was completely normal and routine prior the vacation, it was extremely daunting for me and pulled me out of the moment towards the end. Suddenly the last two days of the trip I was in two places. I was in line at Splash Mountain a while I was wondering if the sprinklers were working or how long it will take to do all our laundry when we get back. I was burning the candle, mentally, at both ends.

What I have come to realize is finding true balance is difficult. Maybe that’s why so many people live with so much drama and no control in their lives. It is a lot of work to not to. I don’t think moving from one side of a spectrum to the other brings you balance, though. That mental journey from one side to the other can do you in. The whole vacation and mostly everything I talk about on my show leads to self-reflection. Looking back I am so appreciative that I was able to get away with my family and close friends to enjoy ourselves at the most magical place on earth. I am also very thankful that I am able to have a career, do my job well, and earn a living that can afford the occasional trip from time to time. The irony is I can’t have one without the other. Just like I can’t have the joy of a family dog without the responsibility of having to take him for a walk twice a day. I need to understand the reward of being able to put food on the table and pay the bills while at the same time spending precious time dancing with my adorable daughter on the dance floor at a gala in Epcot. You may not always like where you are but you are where you are because that’s where your supposed to be. So if you are where you are supposed to be, take a deep breath, stand in line, and point out that guy wearing jeans in the Florida humidity and have a chuckle with your spouse. That’s a moment to be in, right there.

What does it all mean? (maybe at this moment, atleast).

In the midst of the Memorial Day weekend and between beers and outdoor parties, we are going to fire up the new studio in the basement and my son and I are gonna tape a MiniSode. I’ve started the day, making my bed (cause that’s what I do) and reflected a bit. What does it all mean? We ask ourselves this question from time to time throughout our lives. We usually come up with an answer to get us through the thought. Once we have it, we forget it until another moment presents itself to ask ourselves the same question.

I’m tired of asking this question and getting a different answer. I believe that in my life, for every moment is an opportunity for legacy. I make meaningful connections in my professional life and now, most importantly, in my personal and podcasting life. Every interaction, first impression, conversation, relationship and heartbreak leaves an imprint on the world. It leaves an imprint on us. It’s a power that we all have that most take for granted. Life is finite but memories and stories last a long time. That’s what my podcast has taught me. It’s what my grandmother taught. It’s what books and movies have taught me.

With all that power to leave a lasting imprint on the world, first make it positive. Make a commitment to yourself to make at least one. Give others the gift of remembering you. Taping a show every week is a great hobby (and becoming expensive too) and it is an investment. I’ve learned that there is a return for that investment until I stop investing. Putting a little bit of myself out there to see what happens. My biggest fear in death is that I will be forgotten. I want to be remembered. I want to leave a legacy behind for my wife and children and everyone I come in contact with. Even if it’s for a brief moment or during a one hour podcast.

I don’t really listen to the shows we put out there. I post the shows faster than I can take the time to hear what we recorded. It’s not just the audio, it’s the memory I get to keep. That’s what I hold on to and seek to create. This weekend we memorialize those that have died in battle, fighting to leave an imprint on the world through courage and bravery. I will never compete with that. I’m not built that way. But as long as I have breath in my lungs and the world around me, I’ll continue to build my legacy. I dare you to do the same.

About Episode 56: My wife is one hell of a podcaster.


Since I met my wife nearly 20 years and she has witnessed me trying a number of creative outlets and hobbies. At one point I immersed myself in model painting. I even tried teaching myself to play piano, buying book after book. Then the next time it was starting a youth lacrosse program in our home town. For my entire life I’ve hyper focused on so many things and she’s been beside me every step of the way. I can’t speak for her but I do know that for most of my ventures she definitely rolled her eyes or dropped subtle hints that I was not being reasonable with my time. That time has become a hot commodity as we’ve grown in our careers and the kids have gotten older and more involved in activities.

My wife has participated in a bunch of podcasts with me and this month she joined me on another podcast with Jess Branas, host of the Drinks With Jess Podcast. You can find a link to her show on the “Are You Listening?” page of this site. I’ve been on a few shows so far but this was Megan’s first guest spot and she nailed it. I did not ask her if she was nervous about it and she would never tell me. I definitely would have been. Most of us look for ourselves in our lifemate, trying to find all the traits that we have. Birds of a feather flock together but truthfully, opposites attract. Megan has been by my side for so many successes and failures for the past 20 years. Anything she has said has always been honest (brutally sometimes) and sincere in helping me be my best. It is a gift I have been given and after almost two and half years of this podcast craziness, she still supports me and the show. It’s her never waivering confidence that I find most attractive.

I ask anyone who has taken the time to read this, to take a step back. Look closely to your partner and whether it makes sense to you or not, try to understand where their passions are. Personal fulfillment almost was lost before I started this podcast. I lost sight of my creative passion after having kids. Don’t let your partner lose sight of themselves and I ask you to do the same. We choose to live our life together, sometimes giving up too much of ourselves to live it. You will never be able to give your all to someone unless you give the most to yourself. Some say that is selfishness. I say its balance in this rocky world of us. Love you Meg. You are one hell of a podcaster.