Author Archive | Michael O'Neal

133: 1 Million Downloads

In this special episode, celebrating 1,000,000 downloads, it’s just you and me. I talk about where I was when I launched the show, go over the 8 steps to becoming a successful solopreneur, and play a bunch of listener clips. Here’s a link to the movie of me waiting for the millionth: MORE ABOUT […]

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128: Awesome Listener Questions from Facebook

Please Visit Our Sponsors For Today’s Episode: Godaddy - $1.99 Domain Names Godaddy - 28% Off Your Entire Order! Swiftly - Just $19 For Super Quick Design Work! One of my favorite shows to bring to you is today’s format: you and me and your questions. You’re the reason this show exists so it’s always a pleasure to spend an hour […]

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112: You can DO This!!! (& Listener Facebook Questions)

One of the hardest things about launching a solopreneur business is realizing that you possess the knowledge, support, and skillset to be successful.  We all have this habit of second-guessing ourselves, and then we suffer from “paralysis by analysis”, and we don’t end up doing anything. The key is learning when “enough is enough”, and […]

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97: A Gratitude Walkabout

Giving thanks is one of the most important things we can do as solopreneurs. Whether it’s being grateful for a win in our business or being grateful for our personal growth and progress, gratitude is fundamental to every aspect of our lives. In episode 97, I take time to reflect on the incredible success this […]

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84: Jolene Manuel – Making A Living From Dating

Have you ever watched the show “The Millionaire Matchmaker”? Ever wondered what it’s really like to be a matchmaker today? In a world full of Tinder, The Bachelor and eHarmony, Jolene Manuel joined the show to give us the inside scoop on connecting people in the romance department and how she’s earned her stripes as […]

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79: Product (or Service) Launch 101

In this solo Solopreneur Hour (See what I did there?) I wanted to help de-mystify the launching process…whether it was a product, a service, or an affiliate business.  I used a guide created by the Suitcase Entrepreneur herself, Natalie Sisson. You can find the guide in the Resources section at the bottom of the notes. […]

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72: How To Identify Your Business, Find Your Perfect Audience, and Nail Your Brand

Today’s episode is a culmination of questions and case studies from various coaching calls I’ve done over the last few weeks.  Some of the most common questions or problems have to do with identifying your perfect business, defining your audience, and truly nailing your brand, which will completely illuminate the correct path for you to take from […]

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64: FREE Career Advice. Find Your Swing™ 7 With Dawn Marrs (dot com)

Welcome to Find Your Swing™ Episode Number 7!!! This show and the six before it,  are devoted to giving you, the listener, free career advice. If you haven’t listened to one of our other FYS shows, here’s how it works: listeners write to myself and the effervescent Dawn Marrs (dot com) with their questions about their […]

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61: Wes Chapman on Creating Massive Success From Massive Adversity

If I handed you a script that told the true story of Wesley Chapman’s life, you’d hand it back and tell me “it’s too outlandish…no one will believe it”.    From being abandoned and abused at a young age, to becoming one of the most brilliant consultant/strategists featured on NBC, Forbes and TechCrunch (just to […]

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59: The True Key to Sales Success with Vanessa Horn

In this episode, I sit live with the lovely and talented Vanessa Horn, who shares the true secret to sales  success, no matter what your industry. One of the most intriguing things about Vanessa and her work (and why it pertains to you Soloists), is her passion for living the “hell yeah” moments of life […]

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58: The #1 Action To Propel Your Business Forward in 2014

Are you really ready to move forward in 2014? And by forward I mean make a MAJOR leap? Then I have great news for you: this episode focuses on the number one thing you can to make that happen this year. So what is it? What is the top action you can take that is […]

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56: Taking Imperfect Action, Maximizing Events, and Becoming Unemployable

In episode 56 I devote an episode to just chatting with you my Soloists.  I cover a lot of ground in this show, including maximizing the value of events like New Media Expo, the value of imperfect action and the finer points of creating a powerful and successful podcast. Attending an event like NMX is […]

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55: Live from New Media Expo with Nick Unsworth

Episode 55 is coming to you LIVE from New Media Expo! This is unlike anything else we’ve done before on The Solopreneur Hour: it’s a two-part show AND it’s live. Rejoining us is Facebook expert and business coach Nick Unsworth. In part one, Nick and I have a chat about his first visit to NMX, […]

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51:The Importance of Loving What You Do – with Dan Norris

For episode 51, I chatted with the ever-evolving and driven Dan Norris, fellow podcaster and solopreneur. We talk Gary Vaynerchuk, Howard Stern, and Neil Patel…among many other great topics. Dan’s solopreneur background includes currently being the co-partner of WPCurve, a company that provides unlimited small fixes to your WordPress site for a small monthly fee […]

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50 : Shift Your Business, Shift Your Life In the Next 48 Days w/ Dan Miller

The milestone of episode 50 is here Soloists and I’m thrilled to share it with you. I brought on my new friend Dan Miller, owner and operator of the insightful and successful 48 Days online community and podcast.  Dan is a former radio jock turned podcaster, author and coach. He gave up hosting a very […]

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49: Ryan Skelly: Facebook Ads for THOUSANDS of Likes on your Page

What an episode this is! Soloists… get your Evernote ready for this one. My friend Ryan Skelly and I talk about what it takes to make it in business. He is in full agreement with Gary Vaynerchuk’s philosophy “You can’t scale caring.” He also reiterates something Adam Carolla said when he visited The Solopreneur Hour, […]

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48: Abel James – Business, Music, Nutrition, & Being A Renaissance Man

Food is obviously a vital part of our day. But have you considered that your eating choices could be slowing you down in your business? Abel James joins me to talk about all that and more in episode 48. He’s got a great podcast where he’s interviewed Tim Ferriss, Lewis Howes, and many more notables. […]

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47: Find Your Swing™ Episode 4, with Dawn Marrs (dot com)

It’s that time again! Another month has passed (I know, I know…sorry about that.) and we’re back with an episode of “Find Your Swing”. In these shows, you, our fearless soloists, send us your questions about how to put your talents, skills and passions to  use. Together with the talented and uber-bad ass Dawn Marrs, […]

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46: Turning Your Website Into a Sales Machine, With Alex Harris

Today a website is as necessary as a company phone number; you really don’t have a business until you have a website. Despite being so common, websites are one of the most fundamental, yet most-often underutilized tools in a solopreneur’s toolbox. Having a website that “converts” is the most important trait a website can have, and […]

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45: Rosie Tran – What Stand Up Comedy Can Teach Every Solopreneur

Just as a great Solopreneur makes their success look effortless so too does a great comic.  In episode 45 stand-up comedian and fellow podcaster Rosie Tran and I have an insightful and funny chat about the similarities in a stand-up comedian’s journey and a solopreneur’s journey to that place of making it look easy. Some […]

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44: Leslie Samuel – Cash in On Your Passion

You’ve heard it time and time again on The Solopreneur Hour (and probably other places as well): find and follow your passion, whatever it is. In episode 44 Leslie Samuel, anatomy professor and internet marketer, shares his passion and unbridled enthusiasm for teaching. Like most successful solopreneurs, Leslie loves to learn something, then share it […]

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43: Don’t Let Your Past Dictate Your Future, with Vasavi Kumar

As a solopreneur, adversity is something nearly all of us are familiar with – but what do we do with it? Do we play the blame game or do we channel it into a greater cause, a greater purpose and gift in our lives? In episode 43, Vasavi Kumar shares how she has done the […]

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42: How to Make Your Weakness Your Strength – with Mike Johnston

Despite being one of the most well-renowned drummers in the world, Mike Johnston always had a fear of doing drum solos. This fall, he was asked to do a solo in front of 1000 of the most educated and accomplished drummers in the world. Preparing for this challenge not only changed his drumming life, but […]

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40: Shane Johnston – DOMINATE Facebook Ads for Fun & Profit

Welcome to Episode 40! Visiting with us this week is Facebook advertising consultant extraordinaire Shane Johnston. Shane and I met at Nick Unsworth’s Life on Fire weekend in San Diego a few months ago. We instantly bonded over our mutual passion for helping people grow their businesses. Shane has helped some of the most successful […]

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39: Building Passive Income, 5 Bucks at a Time, with Darren Roebuck

My buddy Darren Roebuck ( and I have been playing music together for over 15 years.  We were in a band called “Bambi’s Apartment” for 5 years in 1998, he on the bass, me on the drums. We toured all over the country together, and played lots of great shows. Darren is a mega-talent, with […]

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38: You’re Probably in Sales, But Don’t Realize It

Sales. Yea, you read that right. The dreaded “S Word”. We are indoctrinated to think that, by default, being in sales is “cheesy”. It’s that kind of thinking that keeps us from achieving the goals we really want to achieve with our finances, and our overall lifestyles. In this solo show, I break down the […]

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37: Jerry Rocco – A Game Changer for Facebook Marketing with 22 Social

Jerry Rocco has followed a circuitous path to becoming a solopreneur, but he, like me, committed to the lifestyle.  Listen in as we talk mountain biking, living in Boulder CO, the reason NOT to build a regular website, and why audiobooks (Get your free audiobook at are so badass. Sololab™ Officially launching December […]

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36: John Lee Dumas Returns, and Brings Paradise With Him!

So great to have my buddy John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire back on the show, talking all things podcasting.  John has a new group “mastermind” membership out there called Podcaster’s Paradise.  In this show, we dig into PP, and why it should be part of every upcoming podcaster’s arsenal. Check out for […]

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35: Marketing on the Internet Made EASY with Brian G. Johnson

Brian G. Johnson ( is the perfect example of a modern Solopreneur.  A French-trained chef, schooled in some of the most prestigious culinary schools in the world, walked away from a 20 year career to try his hand at Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and built a super successful career as an internet marketing and affiliate […]

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34: Find Your Swing™ Episode 3, with Dawn Marrs (dot com)

Hey everyone! Dawn and I are back with “Find Your Swing™”, episode 3. Dawn and I read your questions, offer advice and direction on how you might start your own online (or offline) business with your existing skill sets. As always, have a look at http://solohourbook and submit your questions!

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33: Hanging out and talking Google Hangouts with Brandee Sweesy

Podcasting and Google Hangouts are the “IN” way to build your list and provide massive value to your audience.  And since I don’t believe in 2nd best, I had to bring on the Queen of Google Hangouts, Ms. Brandee Sweesy.  ( Don’t know what a Google Hangout is?  Don’t worry…you will by the end of […]

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32: Living Your Kickass Life with Andrea Owen

Andrea Owen ( is Kick Ass. She’s beautiful, in your face, and smart as a whip. We’ve all heard the phrase “you can’t judge a book by its cover”. This show proves that, and probes some really personal lines between beauty and boundary. We had a great chat, and covered a few things: * Was […]

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31: Amy Porterfield – Of Online Business…and Harley Davidson Tattoos

Did you ever wonder what it was like to run a 6-figure online marketing business? Well, you’ll find that out today on this episode, with Amy Porterfield (  From her beginnings at Harley Davidson, to her years writing content for Tony Robbins (Yes, THAT Tony Robbins) the the savvy online marketer she is today, Amy […]

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30: Adam Carolla – Hollywood’s Most Successful Solopreneur, Masquerading as a Comedian

At first glance, Adam Carolla (Spelled C-A-R, not C-O-R) is another funny comedian and broadcaster.  But, dig a little deeper, and you’ll see a complex character wrapped in a brilliant mind.  Beyond having one of the biggest, most successful podcasts in the world, he’s also a world-class boxing instructor, a championship-winning race car driver, and […]

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28: Facebook Expert Nick Unsworth of Life On Fire is Living the Dream!

Nick Unsworth ( has a lot of hustle. He is one of the most successful trainers and coaches in the Internet marketing world. We sat down with a couple of glasses of vodka and recorded a wonderful show today. His stories of overcoming so much adversity are truly inspirational for any solopreneur. Soloists, listen in as […]

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27: Find Your Swing™ Episode 2, with Dawn Marrs (dot com)

Hey everyone!  Dawn and I are back with “Find Your Swing™”, episode 2.  Dawn and I read your questions, offer advice and direction on how you might start your own online (or offline) business with your existing skill sets.  To submit your question, hop on over to and write me a message. Links […]

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25: Everything You Wanted to Know About Branding, But Were Afraid to Ask, with David Roth

David Roth (Episode 8) is Back to talk about branding.  And I mean…REAL branding.  Big boy branding.  David is one of the world’s premier experts on brand and brand positioning.  There’s so much relevant, useable content in this show that I couldn’t take notes fast enough. Find David at In this show we chatted […]

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24: JJ Collier – Bringing out Your Inner, Stylish Solopreneur Self

JJ Collier is a lot of things: Pro Snowboarder, Top Apparel Designer, Family Man.  He also happens to be my best friend.  Over the years, I’ve grown to understand how important it is for us to be well-presented as Solopreneurs. Opportunities in everyday life open up if you’re well-presented, and you “get it”. As someone […]

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23: Sara France – What Solopreneurs Can Learn from a Top Wedding Photographer

Sara France is a badass.  There…I said it. The wedding photographer of wedding photographers. Her weddings are featured on Apple Computers in the Apple Store. She’s flown all over the world for huge companies like United Airlines.  She travels around the world and shoots, speaks, and inspires entrepreneurs and photographers from all over the world […]

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22: Jim Palmer – The Newsletter Guru Speaketh

Jim Palmer has found an amazing niche with printed (no, that wasn’t a typo) newsletters.  There’s nothing more visceral than for someone to literally be holding your work in their hands…and think about it, NOBODY pays attention to actual printed word anymore.  Check out his templates on We had a fantastic chat…things we covered: […]

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21: Dave MacArthur – The Mechanic to Millionaire Reveals the Key to Success

Find Dave at Dave MacArthur is a dear friend, and man does this get deep! It’s a bit “woo woo” at times, but really hard to argue with success.  So much of what we do (and have) has to do with our mindset, and that’s an area that Dave has wired.  8 years ago, […]

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20: Mike Johnston – How to Scale Yourself into Massive Financial Success

One of the great things about doing this show is getting to talk to incredible, successful (and cool) and innovative Solopreneurs.  Today is no exception.  Mike Johnston of has taken one of the most common service jobs (a music teacher) and turned it into a 6 figure per month business.  Once we catch up a bit, […]

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19: How YOU Can Build a Business With Your Existing Skillset (Find Your Swing™ Episode 1)

In this inaugural episode of “FIND YOUR SWING™”, and I review 6 listener submissions, and try to help them figure out how they can build a business, scale themselves, or break out of the 9-5.  In this show, we touch on the arts and crafts world, the music industry, the programming/computer industry, and a couple […]

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18: Chris Ducker Reveals The Real Key to Solopreneur Success

Chris Ducker from  Chris is the host of multiple podcasts, including the New Business Podcast, and  This show is so incredibly packed with fabulous information and killer content, your hand will hurt from writing! Tons of great ideas, links, and resources. Working as a solopreneur, we get “superhero syndrome”…meaning we think we have […]

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17: Greg Reid – Think & Grow Rich, Part Deux

Greg Reid is one of the most inspirational thought-leaders on the speaking circuit today. He’s been personally commissioned by the Napoleon Hill Foundation to interview the most successful people in the world and find out what makes them tick. This conversation, in a HOT room in San Diego, is full of genuine wisdom. Don’t miss […]

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16: 10 NINJA Facebook Tips EVERY Solopreneur Needs to Know

Hey everyone! This is the first “Solo” show of the Solopreneur Hour.  We talk about something VERY near and dear to my heart…Facebook marketing.  You THINK you know a ton about Facebook, but did you know this? How “When Harry Met Sally” can teach you how to run a Facebook Marketing Campaign? The phrase that […]

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15: Derek Halpern and the Psychology of Sales (

Derek Halpern of is trying to bridge the gap between what science knows, and what business does.  Every relationship is a “transaction” of some sort, and the study of the psychology of why people “say yes” is fascinating and very relevant to being a Solopreneur. People will say that there’s an “art” to connecting […]

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14: Franco Gonzalez Demonstrates That Servant Leadership Equals MASSIVE Success

Today’s guest is Franco Gonzalez, who I affectionately call “The Charlie Hustle of Marketing”. (  First of all, Franco is a MACHINE.  His “motor” to provide content and great value to his students and business partners is legendary.  Born to a blue-collar family that equated callouses on their hands to “work”, his musical and sports […]

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13: Rick Mulready – Big Brand Strategies for Solopreneurs

Learn about Rick at Rick Mulready is the host of the Inside Social Media, an amazing podcast that interviews the heads of social media for the biggest brands in the world. Rick came from a corporate background working for large brands, and evolved into a Facebook Ads Expert, starting his own brand and his […]

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12: Natalie Sisson – 4 Consecutive Years of World Travel, with No End in Sight

Natalie Sisson was the co-Founder of the successful startup Fundrazr when she packed it in, and packed up and decided to travel the world. That was over 3.5 years ago, and she’s still traveling!  She’s built a mega-successful online brand and has now been traveling (with no permanent home) teaching, podcasting, and writing.  We spend […]

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11: Lisa DeMayo – The Inside Story of a Single Mom, Network Marketing Millionaire

Pop Quiz: Who’s a single mom with three kids that has made multi-million dollars in two companies, an author, and continues to inspire solopreneurs all over the world? Lisa DeMayo, that’s who.  Lisa is a top income earner at Isagenix, a network marketing company. Listen to her story of adversity and how she combated a […]

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10: The 8 Steps to Becoming a Successful Solopreneur with Dawn Marrs

Do you believe every experience teaches you something? Is there ever such a thing as success or failure? In episode 10 the delightful and intelligent Dawn Marrs Ortiz returns to The Solopreneur Hour; she and I answer these questions and we discuss the top 8 steps needed to become a successful solopreneur.  There is so […]

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9: Pat Flynn: A Few Things You Didn’t Know About The Man Behind

Founder of, Super-dad, and all around good dude Pat Flynn is on Episode 9 of The Solopreneur Hour Podcast. You’ve heard about Pat on a million other shows, so if you want to learn more about Pat, here’s his story:  Instead of covering that same information over, we dug into some different areas, […]

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8: David Roth is a Cereal and a Serial Entrepreneur

Greetings, and welcome to episode 8.  Make sure you grab your free resource guide from the form above.  Onto the guest! Find David at Check out Cereality, which David and his partner Rick created: David Roth is a serial entrepreneur.  Yes…I said entrepreneur. He starts companies and sells them. He is a brand leader […]

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7: Cliff Ravenscraft: Turning a Hobby into a SIX FIGURE INCOME

Find Cliff at Back home in sunny San Diego, I have a great chat with the podcast guru himself, Mr. Cliff Ravenscraft.  Now, before you go thinking this is going to be all about creating a podcast…think again. Cliff was a successful insurance salesman in the family business when he decided to leave the […]

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6: How to live a KICKASS LIFE, with David Wood

First things first, find David at Recording from The Kickass Life podcast studio in beautiful Kelowna, BC Canada, I get to spend (a little more than) an hour with my “Friendtor”, David Wood.  David has led an amazingly fascinating life, and we dig not only into his history, but how he’s really transformed his […]

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4: Cory Michelle inspires you to live a JUICY life!

Today I sit with great friend Cory Michelle (of who teaches her students to become a super-entrepreneur using their intuition, natural gifts, energy, magic, manifestation, co-creating their JUICY life and business with the Universe. Cory was a student athlete, and we chat about how athletics can really shape the solopreneur  mindset.  We talk about […]

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3: From Bullied Kid to Cover Model to Millionaire with Chris & Lori Harder

Today I have a great and candid conversation with Chris and Lori Harder. They are a network marketing power couple that has made over a million dollars over the last couple of years in their company.  Hear the names Lori was called when she was a pudgy kid…far removed from winning Ms. Bikini Universe and […]

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2: Choosing Your Career Path and Taking Action with Dawn Marrs.

Internet Marketing Guruette Dawn Marrs ( and Michael hang out on The Solopreneur Hour and talk about how to leave your corporate job, what path to choose for your new career after you “fire your boss”, some great resources to get you started thinking in the right way, the 5 books every solopreneur should read, […]

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1: Podcast & Marketing Mastery with John Lee Dumas

The Solopreneur Hour is an audio podcast hosted by The Kickass Life Producer Michael O’Neal that will interview (and co-host with) the best and brightest solopreneurs from all walks of life, including network marketing, internet marketing, music, fitness, actors, comedians, and more.  These people are not only standouts in their industries, but they’ve put an […]

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