Personal Growth

Coy Bowles

By Author, Education, Music, Personal Growth, PoliticsOne Comment

In This Episode:

  • The Process of Writing a Children’s Books
  • What It Takes To Make It In The Music Industry
  • How Coy Combats Music Anxiety
  • What Coy’s Dad Said To Him When He Was Thinking Of Quitting the Zac Brown Band
  • How Coy Approaches Songwriting 
  • What Coy Learned From His Wife and Why He Doesn’t Want To Be Right When They Argue
  • How Teaching and the Education System Could Be Better


“She made me cold call all these musicians and ask them how they made a living, which I don’t know if you’ve had to do anything like that, but it’s like the most uncool thing to do in your whole life.” – Coy Bowles

“You can do this. If you wanna do it if you put every ounce of energy in your heart and soul and your brain and you do everything you can, something will happen, I guarantee it. It might not be fame and fortune, but it’ll be a lot more than you ever thought was gonna happen in the first place.” – Coy Bowles

“I don’t really get anxiety about music, because I love it so much unless I’m going into a situation unprepared, so that’s why I work overtime.” – Coy Bowles

“I’m gonna die of stress before I die of getting sick.” – Coy Bowles

“I can’t believe I have two kids and I get to wake up to them every morning and they like me.” – Coy Bowles

“I feel like teaching is an important part of the human experience.” – Coy Bowles

Guest’s Bio:

Guitarist, Songwriter, Keys for 3x Grammy award-winning Zac Brown Band. Children’s book author. His new children’s album “Music for Tiny Humans” is out now!!!

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Steve Wymer

By Personal Growth, Politics, UncategorizedNo Comments

In This Episode:

  • What It’s Like Growing Up In a Logging Town
  • Why Diversity of Opinion is Important Especially with Social and Media Outlets
  • Chasing Excellence Without Being Exclusive and Self-Centered
  • How Having a Child With Down Syndrome Changed Steve’s Perspective
  • Why So Many People Have Disinformation and Why It’s So Easy To Not Be Informed Nowadays
  • The Reality of Major Issues and Why So Many Are Never Ending


“I’d never been on an airplane, I’d never had a friend in my life who was a person of color or from a traditionally marginalized background. Man, I just had such a narrow aperture for the world.” – Steve Wymer

“I once got pulled over by a police officer and he said, ‘If I ever catch you doing that again, I’m gonna tell your mother and she is going to whoop you.” – Steve Wymer

“It’s not as simple as ‘everybody has the same opportunity.’ They don’t, not everybody is starting on the same starting line.” – Steve Wymer

“Who shapes public sentiment and how much is public sentiment truly reflective of the public?” – Steve Wymer

“The most hurtful thing ever is to be misunderstood and I feel like I’ve misunderstood at different points in my life and it drives me and motivates me big time.” – Steve Wymer

“The reason that people have disinformation is because it’s easy and it’s accessible.” – Steve Wymer

“There are tons of policy items that we could bring up and bring a solution out to that almost everybody would agree with.” – Steve Wymer

Guest’s Bio:

Steve Wymer, the President, and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley is a purpose-driven leader who spent nearly two decades serving in a variety of government and technology leadership positions prior to his current work in the non-profit sector.

Passionate about connecting others and working to help solve complex problems. Throughout his career in Washington, DC, and Silicon Valley, Steve has served as a senior advisor to three U.S. Senators, was elected by colleagues to a term as President of the bipartisan U.S. Senate Press Secretaries Association in 2010, and went on to spend nearly a decade as an executive at venture-backed and public technology companies.

Steve continues to be active in a variety of alumni services roles at Washington State University where he served an unprecedented three terms as student body president as an undergraduate. For the last seven years, Steve has chaired the Finance Committee as part of his role as a member of the board of directors of Team San Jose, the entity that manages the San Jose convention center, downtown theaters, and the city’s visitors’ bureau.

Steve and his wife Michele are the proud parents of four small children and are active in their church, youth activities, and the Special Olympics of Northern California and Nevada.

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Robert Counts

By Music, Personal Growth, UncategorizedNo Comments

In This Episode:

  • What Living in Franklin, Tennessee is Like
  • Robert Talks About His First Songwriting Experience
  • Why Kids Are Like Baby Trees
  • Robert Discusses His Single “Backseat Driver”
  • The Difference Between a Sellable Hit and a Self Indulgent Love As a Songwriter
  • Why Robert Thinks His Singing Voice Is So Different From His Talking Voice
  • Why Robert Doesn’t Really Write Solo In Nashville


“Nashville, especially Country music, it’s not a talent competition.” – Robert Counts

“I told Sony I wanted to run with it as my first single and they just didn’t feel like it would translate.” – Robert Counts

“It was good for me to be a little bit sheltered.” – Robert Counts

“Everybody loves talking about their Crossfit career.” – Robert Counts

“I think it’s shocking people all the time and I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing.” – Robert Counts

“You’re never gonna out write the town.” – Robert Counts

Guest’s Bio:

When Robert Counts released his self-titled, debut EP in October 2019, he was marking the end of a decade filled with career changes, life adjustments, and personal growth. Experiences like those helped inspire the five-track project and continue to guide Counts’ masterful songwriting into new creative territories. With his latest release, “What Do I Know,” Counts goes deeper than he has before, tapping into his working-class roots to deliver a rock-forward anthem purveying the values of hard work and simple living. The tune, which he co-wrote with Jake Mitchell and HARDY, marks a stylistic pivot from the smooth grooves and lighter volumes of Robert Counts, raising the energy level while maintaining the thoughtful lyric-writing of his debut.“

I wanted to explore a little different side of what I do,” Counts says of his newer music. “With ‘What Do I Know,’ I also wanted to shine a light on the sort of people I grew up around. They build something for themselves … they find success by working hard and showing up every day. ”

Counts grew up in rural Franklin, Tennessee, just 20 miles south of Nashville. He started playing guitar and singing at his church, where he led worship throughout his teens, but it wasn’t until after he graduated from Lee University with a degree in Biochemistry that he committed to a career in music.

After winning a songwriter’s round at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant in Downtown Franklin, he earned a cash price and the attention of an industry publisher who offered him his first songwriting agreement. From there, he went on to write professionally on Music Row, eventually inking a management deal with famed writer-producer Jimmy Ritchey who encouraged him to pursue a career as a performer.“

He was the one who planted that seed in my head,” Counts says of shifting from songwriting to performing. “I hadn’t even thought about it, but that’s where it happened. Long story short, we wrote some songs together, and he introduced me to people at the label.” Through Ritchey, Counts landed a meeting with Sony Music Nashville’s A&R team. After an in-office performance, he received a record deal offer on the spot. Today, the artist continues to prolifically craft new tunes, pulling fresh inspiration from his life experiences in the tradition of true country music storytelling.

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Carol Wyllie

By Author, Personal Growth, UncategorizedNo Comments

In This Episode:

  • Carol Discusses the Process of Writing Her Book “Chemo P!ssed Me Off”
  • How Having Cancer Changed Carol and What Chemotherapy and Radiation Was Like
  • Gary Shares About The Only Thing He Still Has From His Parents
  • Other Potential Cancer Treatment Options and Why Hospitals Aren’t Using Them
  • Discussions on Why Someone Can Never Judge You Into a Perfect Life


“I believe that there is a big money factor involved that makes the powers that be not want to offer these other treatments, they are making a killing on these toxic treatments.” – Carol Wyllie

“Having children completely humbled me, because I realized that these little sponges were gonna absorb anything that I was spilling–good or bad.” – Carol Wyllie

“He makes a lot of jokes, inappropriately most of the time.” – Carol Wyllie

“They have these treats laid out for you and then they’re just chatting you up like you guys are old friends and then she puts on all of her hazmat gear to come to inject you with something so deadly that she needs to look like she’s in a biohazard spill somewhere to treat you with it. It’s alarming.” – Carol Wyllie

“People can judge all they want, but they’re never going to judge and browbeat anyone into living a perfect life.” – Carol Wyllie

Guest’s Bio:

Carol Wyllie lives with her husband on an olive orchard in rural Northern California. She has been a writer all her life. With her two daughters off to college, she plans to jump into writing full-time in her empty nest years. Chemo Pissed Me Off is her first published work. While it’s not the book she thought she’d write, it became the book she needed to write.

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