Episode 116

Published on:

29th Oct 2019

116. David Tao- Your Passion and Finding Focus on Your Aspirations

In this episode, we meet David Tao, the Co-Founder of Barbend, Partner at Jakk Media, and proudly a “Forbes Under 30” awardee.  David joins us in sharing his experiences in his journey to where he has found himself today.  David expresses his passion of CrossFit and how it’s status in the fitness industry has evolved, and how it led to him co-founding his fitness and strength sports news site, Barbend. We explore David’s insight of discussing how to find your inner passion and why having a focus in life is a helpful foundation in life.  Being a fitness enthusiast, David passionately shares his thoughts on nutrition and dietary science in a modern age.


David answered, “It's completely okay to hit a dead end. The first step is recognizing that they exist, and they exist for everyone at some point in life.”                                                                                                                                                                                                      



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University of Adversity
Welcome to University of Adversity, a podcast where we explore the human experience of overcoming obstacles and achieving personal growth through real-life stories of accomplished individuals. From professional athletes to NY Times bestselling authors, celebrities, spiritual leaders, doctors, scientists, and billionaires, we bring you a diverse range of perspectives on the challenges and triumphs of adversity. Each episode is designed to provide listeners with inspiration, motivation, and practical tools to help them navigate through difficult times. We cover a wide range of topics related to mental health, personal development, self-improvement and resilience building, offering expert insights and actionable advice. Join us as we discover how to overcome adversity, cope with stress, and achieve your goals on this journey of self-discovery and personal growth, highlighting the stories of the everyday heroes among us.

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Lance Essihos

As an experienced veteran with adversity, Lance has faced some of life's most difficult challenges. Grinding his way through the hockey ranks to traveling the world as a bartender. Through his personal battle with drugs and alcohol for well over a decade, the tragic loss of his brother to suicide followed by the great loss of his father to cancer only a year later, Lance realized he had hit rock bottom. In the darkest of days, he made a promise to himself that he would create a new life, one that would make an impact and inspire the masses, leaving the world in a better place than he found it. Lance has made it his mission to facilitate the message of positive change through adversity and encourage people to see the light through the darkness of life's worst moments.