On today's episode, I talk about my new career ventures, the company I'm potentially building and how it's all been made possible by me simply speaking my dreams into existence.
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Good morning, everyone. Welcome into another episode of The Troy Farkas Show, a podcast that is not about me. It is about all, all of us. See twenties are a crucial time in our lives and on this show, we navigate the highs and lows of early adulthood together. Thank you for joining me. Happy father's day. To all the dads out there.
I hope that you all have had a wonderful day with your dads, that you got to your dads, go out to dinner, prepare dinner for them, let them have breakfast in bed, whatever it is that you did, maybe it was some real far. You gave a nice phone call. You sent a card, a FaceTime. I don't know about you, but my parents still love receiving cards.
I'm not really a big fan of sending cards because. You just look at the card. If it's one of those funny, cheesy ones, you get a quick chuckle out of it. And then what do you do with it? Then it just sits there or you just throw it away immediately. So I'm not a fan of sending cards cause I'm like, what's the point?
I'll just give you a call instead. And that will mean more, but alas, I did end up getting my dad one of those cheesy cards and he liked it. Um, so I hope all of you have had a great father's day. I alluded on the last episode, which was an awesome episode last week, where I talked about, uh, last Thursday, I talked about Alex Cooper, getting paid about young people, disrupting the entertainment industry and also on the backend, it Tik Tok star, and Jillian Bennett joined me to talk about a whole bunch of things.
Um, And I said at the end of the episode, that I was working on a big work announcement and I'm now ready to share it because, so let's, let's backtrack here. If you listen to my episode, I think it was from mid may. It was in interview that was done where I was the guest on the getting there with God's podcast.
I put it in The Troy Farkas Show feed because I wanted it to give you all kind of a sense. What I do for a living, my timeline, why I've done the things that I've done, who I've met, all of these things, just to kind of give you a sense of where I'm at. And in that interview, I said that I left ESPN. To do my own thing that I kind of wanted to be the guy for podcasting in the mixed martial arts space.
This is a sport that I've come to love that I kind of fell into, to be honest, two to three years ago while I was working at ESPN. And I'm a person who takes advantage of any single opportunity that's given me. Other people may have viewed that opportunity as a slap in the face as a step down as just something that was just a tedious thing to do.
I saw it as an opportunity to establish myself, to put my stamp on something. And so then I took it and ran with it and got to do some amazing things with it. And I knew that when I left ESPN, I really wanted to stay in that MMA podcasting space. So I had this dream. In the month or two before the day that I said goodbye, I had this dream that I want to be the guy.
If you're a fighter, if you are someone who talks about the sport, if you are in the MMA media, I want to be the guy that you go to, that these talent go to, to get their podcast out, to get their videos out, to get their message out, whatever it is that they want to do. And it was kind of farfetched at the time.
I kind of only had one strong connection in the space, but it turns out that that strong connection who I mentioned on the show before area Hawaiian, he helped me get some really good things going. And so it was him that helps me land an opportunity that gave me a job that gave me a paycheck that gave me something.
To justify to the world around me, leaving my job and having something to look forward to. And I knew that, although I love that job, that this new one producing this podcast with this guy named Chael Sonnen and who is a former UFC championship contender. And is now big on YouTube. C H a E L space, S O N N E N.
He's hilarious. I love working with them. I work eight to 10 hours a week. And get paid pretty decently well for, but I mean, not nowhere near enough for kind of a full time, but enough to, um, enough to cover me and to cover my basic needs, which at the end of the day is all that matters. But I knew that I had more, more room just because I just wanted to work more just simply, I just want to make more of an idea.
Than just this one show, despite how much I love it. And so I just started thinking, okay, how can I, how can I get more? Where, what can I do? And I just started working my connections more and being a really good person and showing a genuine curiosity in other people's lives. Like I have mentioned several times on the show before that those are all important things that you have to do.
When you are early on in your career, and this other opportunity came up, um, with a guy named Chris Weidman. Chris Weidman is historically a better fighter than Chael Sonnen and Chris Weidman is a four time UFC middleweight champion. For those of you who that means absolutely nothing to, that just means he's a really big deal.
He was a really big deal. Uh, more so in the first half of the decade, 2011 to 16, 17 type deal is getting a little older. It hasn't been fighting that much recently over the last few years, but he made a big return fight this year in April, 2021. And I was watching the fight in Denver with a friend that Chris Weidman was fighting and he's fighting as Uriah hall on the pay-per-view event.
And some of you, I have seen this cause it went viral. It was one of those gruesome leg breaks that, you know, you see a guy's legs flopping around a guy's bones are completely out of place sticking out like absolutely gross. Chris Wyman snapped his leg in half, essentially in a fight in a very gruesome way.
And a couple of weeks go by and he's like, you know what, uh, after he's out of his surgeries and is just at home just wanting to do things, he's like, I have a story to tell and I want to tell it, so we start to YouTube channel and he wants to start a podcast. He seeks out someone to help him with his podcast.
And that's someone ended up being me through various connections. And Chris and I have been working behind the scenes over the last month. I'd say starting to put together the pieces to come up with a show, to come up with a theme, to come up with what we want it to be about. And I've been working closely with him and his sports agency VaynerMedia.
Uh, VaynerSports, actually. And if you know anything about Vayner sports, Vayner media, it is the group owned by Gary Vaynerchuk. Or as some of you may know him as Gary Vee who I've mentioned on the show, who is the reason why I'm in the cryptocurrency and not. So this whole thing, this whole dream come true because I am now working.
With Chris Weidman, who is represented by Gary Vee's sports agency. And this is an absolute dream come true for me because I'm getting, I now have a second fighter that I'm doing a podcast for. And I am now working with a guy's company, Gary V that I really admire. And so as I go forward here, I'm just going to keep trying to just do more and more and more and see if Gary Vee and his crew need help, because that's what it's, that's what it's all about.
That this is what I want to do. And basically what I'm saying. All of this is for, is that dream big speak things into existence? I can't tell you how many times I've spoken things into existence. The last year, this year has gone perfectly. According to plan, when I was with my friend, Kelsey, I mentioned this on the pod before, when I was with her January 15th ish.
In Chipotle way, writing down my plans for my life on a napkin. As I'm sitting there, freaking out, moving away from Connecticut in 10 days, not sure where I'm going, what am I going to do for work? I'm going to quit my job soon. What am I doing? What am I doing? What am I doing? I was freaking out and I was distraught.
And she, and I wrote out all these different options about where to go, where to work worst case scenarios, best case scenarios. The best case scenario option was this stay working at ESPN through February, go to Boston for February. Did those things quit ESPN at the end of February? Did it go to Colorado for a couple months?
See how I like it. See if it's somewhere that I want to live. Long-term did it. Oh, by the way, in the meantime. Can I produce podcasts for a fighter or two or three, in addition to doing my own show, can I make an income while doing that? Or if I go out to Colorado, can I work at a coffee shop? That was the option B of being out in Colorado.
And then after those three months, I was going to come back to the Northeast and. See how I feel about living in Colorado versus the Northeast. Every single one of those things has happened. I left ESPN. I left Connecticut, found a job, found another job, uh, lost that job, found another job. And another job I'm also working for a company called blue wire right now, blue wire podcast, as more of a talent Booker type deal.
Just another side thing, another revenue stream. And I think it's important in this day and age to have multiple. Income streams. And so everything that has happened that I said, I want it to happen has happened. And it is just a Testament to, if you're a good person, if you have a strong work ethic, if you make good impressions on people, if you be nice, if you stay focused, if you stay disciplined, if you express some patience, Things will work out for you and to speak things into existence, whatever it is that is scaring you right now, whatever thing that you don't think you can do, you can just look at me.
All of these things have happened. It's part luck. It's part who I know it's part work ethic. You can do this, whatever it is that you want to do, you can do it. Speaking into existence, put in the work research. Be uncomfortable for a little while. You're going to have to get out of your comfort zone. Maybe you won't have to, maybe you can't live to the standard that you are used to.
Maybe you have to move in with a friend or sleep on a couch. Maybe you have to ask people for some favors. Maybe you have to ask your family for some help, ask a friend for some help as someone to take you under their wing for the time being. And you can get it done. I've essentially started my own company here.
And now I'm wondering how ambitious do I want to be? I've got two fighters. I've got a strong feeling that something else is going to materialize later this summer and something else could happen in between then. And then after that. And after that, and after that, how ambitious do I want to be? I'm an ambitious person.
But I also have to keep in mind that I left ESPN because I was overworked and tired and didn't have control of my life. Other people controlled me. I had no say in what I was doing. And I was just an unhealthy, under slept mess of a human being. And I don't want to get back to that by having too many jobs, you know, the money, the money would be great.
Undoubtedly, the impact would be great. And my name would continue to be getting out there, but I don't want to work 60 hours a week at all hours of the day and be on call all the time. That's unhealthy. That's irresponsible, as I've said on this podcast before. So I'm curious, how ambitious should I be?
Should I be content with three fighters and call it a day or should I try to get seven, eight and then hire people? To help out with that. Cause I can't, cause I can't handle seven or eight completely on my own. That would be you're responsible. Like I said, cause I'd be overworked. Um, so let me know. What do you think I should do?
I don't know. So I did the DMS hit me up. How ambitious should I be with this little company I'm going to start? Cause I think I can run a successful podcast company where we produce podcasts, distribute podcasts, audio video. For influencers or for people in the MMA space or whatever it is, I dunno, but I think it's possible.
So let me know, let me know what you think I should do. Um, and I will keep you updated on what I'm doing. I just want to give you that, that work update of things that I'm doing, because it's really, really exciting. I mean, this, the YouTube version of the podcast that I published, that I edited, that I published.
Uh, I didn't design how it looks, but I, um, I basically instructed other people how to design it 65,000 views on YouTube. And I mean, that's, that's significant. That's something that can be monetized, not for me, but for my host, which is awesome. That's why I'm here and. No a thousand ish downloads of the podcast.
It's not on apple podcasts yet just because apple is dumb and it takes a little bit of time, but once it gets on apple, it'll get way more listens and clicks and downloads. And it's awesome to be part of. So moral of the story is dream big and, uh, you'd be amazed what can happen. So that's that, that's what I wanted to talk to you about.
Um, I've got another. Blog posts coming up this week, maybe two. Now, as I've told you are, as I mentioned on the show last week, I'm just kind of changing the, changing up the show again, to kind of go back to the original thing. Um, the original premise of the show, which was just like, this is my thing. That is an escape for me.
Truth be told in March, April, may I wasn't doing that much. I wasn't working. So I had a bunch of times to put into the show to try it. Really get some momentum behind it and get more people in on the train. But now that I've actually got a bunch of things going on now that I'm running a company and running communications for blue wire, um, I have less time.
And so I want to say to be, again, more, more of an escape for me. So take a back seat in terms of numbers of hours I spend on it, but still be something that I'm deeply passionate about and care about. So I think going forward for now, again, this is susceptible, susceptible to change. Like everything is when you're twenties, because we're so freaking all over the place all the time in our minds and our hearts, because we don't know what we want to do, where we want to be.
That is at the core. Of this very show. Um, it's just going to go back to that thing of all right. You know, like I have something to say to them. I'm just going to say it doesn't have to be on a Monday and doesn't have to be on Thursday. I'm still going to talk to guests routinely. I'm still gonna, and I'm still gonna give you my thoughts on things, but, um, it's gonna, oh, I want to make it a little more, a little more personal.
I think you guys who have been with me since the start of this thing are, are really craving to get to know me more in my thoughts. And, uh, I've got some, I've got some essays and some episodes coming up here over the next few weeks that are. Kind of personal going to get deeply personal. And, um, I know the guys that are, that are clicking play on the Troy ARCA show are probably wanting that are probably curious about some of my innermost thoughts.
So you will, you will get those, um, coming up here shortly. I want to read a review of the show that was left by a new fan of the show, by the way, if you want to leave us a rating and review, that would be awesome. Go over to apple podcasts type in this Ray Parker show. Scroll to the bottom. Super easy.
Leave us a review five stars, preferably like Mooney one who says, well, this pod, this podcast is one of the few that feels real. Troy delivers advice and words of wisdom. As if I'm talking to a friend, the guests he bring on are all super unique. And I never know who's going to host next, which keeps things interesting.
Plus he features his friends, normal pupil in their twenties, and it's a breath of fresh air amongst the millions of pods with celebrities or famous people. They don't necessarily resonate with me. Well, thank you Mooney. I really appreciate that. And I appreciate all of you who have taken time out to listen to me and my meandering thoughts and this, uh, this crazy world that we live in.
So I hope you all have a great week that you get to do something you love, that you work hard, that you speak things into existence that you get together with friends and actually getting together, um, with a listener of the show for coffee this week. Super excited about that. I hope you all can do something like that.
This week as well, have a great week. Y'all remember, live free or die.