In this installment, Asad, known on Twitter as @AmazonFBAGuy, share the origins of his becoming an authority on FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon). He describes the winning mindset which he uses to propel his success, in addition to his own beliefs regarding depression, motivation, and discipline, which derive from lived experience and observation.
Find Him on:
🔥"Strive to create clarity in your life or you will inevitably drown in confusion."🔥
🦊Does this Tweet capture your attention? Then you'll love the bold declarations of truth delivered by Zaid Dahhaj, a Twitter power user who specializes in applied philosophy. Zaid is passionate about the establishment of incremental, small habits as a path to sustainable change. By listening to my interview with him, you'll learn his story of mental and physical development, inspired by his late father.
⚜In this episode, Zaid and I discuss:
The importance of selecting realistic steps toward larger goals
The crisis of meaning and significance which looms over western culture
Men's mental health and the unique challenges which this gender faces
The benefit of mindfulness to thoughts and behavior
Medicinal Psilocybin Mushrooms and "plant teachers"
Zaid's library (linked on his instagram page) and book suggestions for strengthening productivity and motivation
His passion for writing, and an exciting upcoming title
Answers to which 3 persons, living or dead, Zaid would meet:
✅Follow Zaid on:
❗Gumroad (for his books): https://gumroad.com/zaiderrr
Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche (by Ethan Watters): https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Like-Us-Globalization-American/dp/1416587098/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=crazy+like+us&qid=1571030154&sr=8-1
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (by James Clear): https://www.amazon.com/Atomic-Habits-Proven-Build-Break-ebook/dp/B07D23CFGR/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1571030198&sr=8-1
Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds (by David Goggins): https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Hurt-Me-Master-Your/dp/1544512279/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1571030248&sr=8-2
Clinical potential of psilocybin as a treatment for mental health conditions by Jeremy Daniel PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, and Margaret Haberman, PharmD, BCPP: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6007659/
Exporting American Mental Illness (by Ethan Watters): https://neuroanthropology.net/2010/01/10/exporting-american-mental-illness/
Ryan Stephens, a self-proclaimed "self-improvement junkie," shares his own deft insights and an impressive knowledge base, synthesized from a variety of scholarly sources. His passion for Stoic principles remind us in the Fox Den of how important a resource time is, more valuable than precious stones.
Here are some key points discussed in the episode:
His introduction to "motivational twitter"
Self-improvement tweets as reminders to live with purpose
How to retain what you read
The Horsemen of Relationship Apocalypse
What is "commonplace book" and why you should keep one
How to treat your twitter and blog as a journal for your best ideas
Factors which contribute to the significant suicide rate in males
The importance of community in an age of isolation
Sedentary lifestyle and the contemporary man
Disconnection from craftsmanship as detrimental to the psyche
Exercise and specific benefits to mental well-being
Evolutionary biology and the postmodern condition
The rise of "hate watching/listening" and the weaponization of rage
the myth of multitasking
Imperative of a "dopamine fast" to success and mental wellness
How to overcome perfectionism and the consequent "freeze" response to stress
The mental trick to overcoming perfectionism
A key factor which immunizes against trauma becoming PTSD
▶Find Ryan on
✔Masculinity Blog: https://www.dialedinmen.com/
✔Self-improvement/Reading Blog: https://ryanstephens.me/
▶Loneliness & Millennials
✔22 percent of millennials say they have “no friends”: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/8/1/20750047/millennials-poll-loneliness
✔Millennials and the Loneliness Epidemic: https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilhowe/2019/05/03/millennials-and-the-loneliness-epidemic/#92803ed7676a
✔The Solution to Millennial Loneliness: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-gen-y-guide/201704/the-solution-millennial-loneliness
⚜"The great thing about the written word is that you don't persuade clients: they persuade themselves, through your writing." - Jose Rosado (2019)
Marketing and empathy may seem like two opposing concepts, but after listening to this podcast with Jose Rosado, the skilled entrepreneur, copywriter, and business coach, you'll understand that this couldn't be further from the truth.
In this illuminating episode of the Fox Den, Jose delves into his own past and shares the secrets which allowed him to overcome a fear of public speaking.
Jose's own passion for productivity proves contagious, as he discusses his methods for reinforcing himself for remaining "on task" throughout his workdays. If you struggle with procrastination, Rosado's firsthand experience and tested frameworks for enhancing creative output will resonate strongly.
⚠More points we discussed in the interview:
🔥Mindfulness as fuel for motivation and diligence
🔥The neuroscience of persuasion and influence
🔥Why systems and discipline are superior to goals
🔥How to beat stress
🔥The book Jose recommends for enhancing skills in influence and persuasion
🔥Persuasion and hypnosis
🔥How to ensure your relevance in a changing business climate
📺Here is the TED talk about mindfulness, referenced by Jose-
📼A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit, by Judson Brewer, MD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-moW9jvvMr4
✔on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joserosado
✔through his email list: https://rosa.do/newsletter/
☯️Beth Martens is a relationship and business coach who draws from development in both personal and professional realms. During a protracted battle with physical illness, Beth explored her own archetypal composition with the aid of "Sacred Contracts," a book by Caroline Myss. Beth reached an epiphany regarding the interaction between mental and physical health which she now considers her mission to share with others. With an impressive background in business and a love of archetypal analysis, Beth is a valuable ally to any healer.
❇️Her passion for "alchemizing" or synthesizing positive archetypes and redeeming poorly understood self-states is palpable in our interview, and this may be especially noticed in her discussion of the "Mermaid" or "Mer" archetype, which holds much in common with the "empath" personality. Beth offers tips for those with such giving orientations to avoid burnout, and let their gifts shine, without risk of bitterness.
She also addresses:
🔥Nurturer Pendulum Syndrome
🔱The extremely personal reason Beth has a passion for helping men become "King Heroes"
🔑Beth's approach to coaching
⚠️How to avoid role strain and empathy traps
(and of course)
🧜♀️Why Carl Jung was a Mermaid
▶️Find her on:
✔Mermaid Quiz: http://www.bethmartens.com/take-mermaid-archetype-assessment/
📗"Sacred Contracts" by Caroline Myss
📘"Pre-Suasion" by Robert Cialdini
Join Angelica Griffin, better known online as "Fana" and "@sourcenectar," as we discuss:
✅the origins of both these Twitter usernames
✅ her enthusiasm for somatic (physically-based) therapies for mental/spiritual health
✅the dark side of simplistic "love and light" spirituality, which neglects the complexities of existence.
✅The loneliness epidemic and the drought of authentic intimacy
✅Shame as a hurdle to psychological and spiritual development
✅the damage of the mind/body divide
✅avoiding and healing burnout
✅The essentiality of kindness as the foundation of spiritual practice, often neglected by “spiritual twitter"
✅The difference between cognitive/semantic knowledge and implicit/trait change
💓Find Fana on
▶️Her Website: https://www.sourcenectar.com/
🏨Cynthia is an NP with a passion for holistic healthcare. You may know her best for her enthusiastic support of intermittent fasting (IF) which earned her a TEDX talk (with upwards of 3 million views): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6Dkt7zyImk
In our interview, she shares the "why" and "how" of IF, detailing the health benefits of this dietary schedule in a way that both newcomers and fitness experts alike can appreciate.
We also discuss:
The enteric system and gut-brain connection.
Proactive, preventive approaches to health, rather than reactive, post-hoc healthcare
Nutrition secrets which contradict traditional folk wisdom
Evolutionary psychology and nutrition
The impact of stress on eating and nutrition
“Junk light,” and the influence of electronics upon circadian rhythms
Influence of light upon hormone secretion
The significance Cynthia attributes to the 35th year of life
What causes the “wired and tired” state of alertness
Vagus nerve stimulation for “mood hacking,” i.e. activating calm focus and resolve
The breakfast beverage Cynthia avoids at all costs
How to “be comfortable with being uncomfortable"
Risks for developing autoimmune disorders
Signs and symptoms of autoimmune disorders
Inflammatory foods that are best eliminated from our diet
Foods best for gut health
Gut health supplements
The standard American diet: what it is, and how it influences our health
The importance of mental health and psychotherapy
“Processed” forms of communication vs. authentic intimacy
🔥Follow Cynthia on
▶️Podcast: "Everyday Wellness: Cynthia Thurlow, NP & Dr. Kelly Donahue, PhD" https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/everyday-wellness/id1435214303
▶️Facebook Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/CHTWellness/
🦊Bill Masur is a motivational speaker and author who doesn’t simply rail against the isolation and malaise of contemporary culture; he chooses to focus upon a vision of community and self-development. He is especially passionate for men's mental health and self-development.
🔥In this landmark episode, the Fox Den and Bill’s own Men of Character podcast unite for a power hour of discussions regarding psychology, sociology, and spirituality. We introduce ourselves, with our respective credentials, and launch directly into conversation.
Here is a sampling of what we address:
The role Bill sees for himself as a Twitter influencer
My inspiration for addressing the psychology effects of social media
How to overcome the introjected (internalized) parental critic
The origins of “Imposter Syndrome"
Narrative Therapy (enhancing positive self-stories)
Anxiety Reappraisal Therapy
Life-hack to superpower your productivity
The two types of narcissism, the reason for their rise, and how they may be alleviated.
Overcoming ego limitations
Authentic vs. narcissistic confidence
The tempering of acceptance and accountability
Acceptance vs. resignation
The perils of learned helplessness
The two main concerns facing contemporary society
A brief introduction to Existential Therapy
The significance of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale (ACES)
The crucial importance of mental AND physical nutrition
“The Book of Uncomfortable Truths,” by Bill Masur https://gumroad.com/l/YoAIw
“Letting Go” by David Hawkins, MD PhD
“Self-Compassion: the Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself,” by Kristin Neff, PhD
“The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It," by Kelly McGonigal, PhD
“Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Viktor E. Frankl
“The 48 Laws of Power,” by Robert Greene
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❗Steph Feels, a domestic violence advocate, joins us in the Fox Den to dialogue about the crucial need for authenticity in mental health and the helping professions.
✔provides a metaphysical explanation of personality disorders.
🔥stresses the Importance of recognizing and honoring all emotions, not just the "pretty" or acceptable ones. ☣addresses the cultural epidemic of shame (which is the core of self-deception), and how we can address it through trauma-informed care
🚫names some relationship "red flags"
😈explores weaponized pity and sympathy as tactics used against empaths 💔reveals the value of healing "original wounds"
👌explains the role of validation in improving mental health.
🎆Find Steph on: ✔Twitter: @steph_feels ✔Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CosmicFeels
Cindy joins us all the way from London, and provides a healthy assortment of spiritual and relational wisdom. She discusses the importance of balance among Divine Masculine and Feminine forces, offering relevant, applicable examples of these essences in action.
We also address the difference between semantic knowledge and the implementation of wisdom, as well as how the former may be transformed into the latter. If you're interested in the helping professions and the different pitfalls entailed therein, this is a crucial podcast. By listening to Cindy and me, you'll learn what professional behaviors/stances are helpful in reaching clients, and conversely, how a surplus of either order or empathy can negatively influence clients.
As a bonus, she tells us her favorite Black Mirror episode.
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🦊Philosophase, a YouTuber known for sharing deep insights and enlightening perspectives, enters the Fox Den to share the movies and television that inspire his thoughtful videos. Learn what particular storylines and ideas spur his creativity, as we discuss the following:
Memes as archetypes/Greek gods
Philosophase’s favorite category of meme
His predictions for the next great social networking platform
Favorite episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience
The "Truth Contest” and winner “Michael Smith,” whose book “The Present” influenced Philosophase
Evolution and reincarnation as mutually reinforcing/related concepts, as posited by Michael Smith
Aldous Huxley’s view of the future “Brave New World” vs. 1984” (George Orwell)
The shared cultural inheritance of Juul/vaping and smoke signals
The congruence in language and expression between premodernism and postmodernism
Niels joins me in discussing commonalties between his modality of choice (hypnosis) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). The latter is my therapeutic specialty, and was greatly inspired by the principles of hypnosis, including "ego state psychology" etc.
❗️If you've ever been curious about hypnosis from an insider's perspective, this is the podcast episode for you! Niels is generous in sharing his knowledge of the field, and wisdom of this level usually isn't found for free.
🦊Along with the above, Neils and I address:
Fundament principles of argument and debate, on a neurobiological level (limbic system vs. prefrontal cortex)
The American godfather of propaganda who "invented" 🥓breakfast.
The rogue academic who destroyed his own unpublished works, rather than allow them to survive in the wake of his passing
the ethical pitfalls to consider, in the therapeutic profession
Rachel Bock joins us in the Den to provide an academic perspective on genetics, diet, and health.
She also offers a glimpse into her own faith and ideology.
Come into the Fox Den and learn more about Rachel Bock, including:
Her academic credentials in biology
and spiritual journey
How to avoid bitterness following negative romantic relationship
Post traumatic stress vs growth
The importance of self-improvement/development
Female empowerment, and how to avoid the overbearing burden of being “superwoman” i.e. the expectation to be both professionally AND personally perfect
Why both emotions AND logic are crucial to wisdom
The foundation for relationship success
Online dating as hazardous to relationship expectations and outlook.
Why both emotions AND logic are crucial to individuation/differentiation as a person
Trauma as a memetic, viral contaminant
Genetics and Epigenetics
Alli visits the Den, sharing her experience as both a graduate in counseling psychology and personal trainer.
Her passion for physical health is only paralleled by her enthusiasm for financial and mental empowerment. While discussing the latter topic, Alli and I address the hotbed topic of gender relations and the increasing, pervasive drain on empathy which emotional abuse exerts.
on Twitter: @allicovington
at her company site: bodcompany.com
You find yourself in a humid, dimly lit southern bayou, the sounds of crickets and the sights of fireflies suffusing the air. There is a menacing feeling weighing upon you as you venture deeper into the swamp.
Suddenly, a frightening totem and a wise Fox appear, to whisk you toward safety in this wetland.
The Swamp Dweller welcomes us with his Southern hospitality, and we discuss:
Mental illness stigma and acceptance
Activism for lost persons/cold cases from state parks
Mental health concerns and missing persons
Psychiatric illness as more pressing a consideration than Bigfoot
Why NOT to include "Murder" in your YouTube video title
The Dweller's favorite videos to read/narrative AND to favorite videos to MAKE.
The Skunk Ape, the Bunyip, and their historical plausibility
►join the swamp dwellers!
►Subscribe to his channel: https://t.co/AW6e5oFYVG
►Join him on twitter: https://twitter.com/iSwampDweller
Jeff Putnam, the proprietor of Rugged Legacy Grooming Supply Co., joins me to discuss:
Mentorship as essential to growth and development
Entrepreneurship and the secrets of business success
The all-natural ingredients included in his men's grooming products
The distinctiveness of South Carolina (a state from which we both originated) and southern culture in general
The importance of family, whether or not they are blood relatives
Favorite southern cuisine
A secret about Jeff that no one would guess!
Please find him at:
Rugged Legacy Grooming Supply Co. https://www.ruggedlegacygrooming.com/
"Not to assume it's impossible because you find it hard. But to recognize that if it's humanly possible, you can do it too."
Providing the above, poignant quote, Paul Domenick reminds us that he has dedicated significant time to the study of stoicism, particularly the words of Marcus Aurelius and Seneca. Join Paul and I as we explore the merits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the "communication crisis" facing culture, and how to access our "inner wise selves."
Domenick describes his own journey with stoicism, illustrating that he practices the philosophy which he preaches.
Further, Paul articulates the merits of personal journaling, an art with which your correspondent is professionally familiar. Paul shares excerpts from his journaling curriculum, co-written by Aion Media Co's own @Pathtomanliness, Ryan Felman.
Listen for these 4 tips from Paul, toward the end of the podcast, and fill in the answers!
1. Try to start being more ___ and ___see the task as an end itself, not just a means.
2. Start pushing past your perceived___. Write an extra page or paragraph that you normally wouldn't.
3. Question ___ that you have throughout the day.
4. Visualize yourself ___ before you expect to see external results. Ask yourself '___?' Challenge the meanings you attach to events!
"The Path to Journaling" Course: https://gumroad.com/l/journaling
The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower--and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald Robertson
Articles Discussing Therapeutic Usage of Journaling:
Pennebaker, J. W., Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., & Glaser, R. (1988). Disclosure of traumas and immune function: health implications for psychotherapy. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 56(2), 239.
Smyth, J. M., Johnson, J. A., Auer, B. J., Lehman, E., Talamo, G., & Sciamanna, C. N. (2018). Online Positive Affect Journaling in the Improvement of Mental Distress and Well-Being in General Medical Patients With Elevated Anxiety Symptoms: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR mental health, 5(4), e11290.
Ullrich, P. M., & Lutgendorf, S. K. (2002). Journaling about stressful events: Effects of cognitive processing and emotional expression. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 24(3), 244-250.
"A metamodern social media user might deliberately misuse a social media platform on the theory that being authentically oneself in a way that is ostentatious and perhaps even a bit annoying is more likely to be an effective form of communication and activism than making oneself smaller by playing by the rules.” -Seth Abramson
Benjamin "Benji" George, a lead contributor and the email archivest of Aion Media Co, joins me today and reminds us: "Twitter is the index, not the book," regarding important ideas, and that development of the self is a process not easily captured by cynical soundbites. This is reminiscent of Alfred Korzybski's quote: "The map is not the territory."
The concept of "metamodernity" captures Benji's mercurial satirization of "quick fix" online self-help culture.
Benji discloses his own quest against cynicism and dismissive prescriptions to personal development. Instant "fixes" are unsustainable, but continued diligence and small actions gain traction as the foundations of positive change.
By referencing "Sapiens," Yuval Harrari's masterwork, Benji informs us that narratives and stories are woven into the fabric of our species, and should be afforded the respect they deserve.
We also explore the origins of the "Alpaca Male," a spectacularly absurd joke that evolved into a "meta-meme" in it's own right.
Email List: https://mailchi.mp/fd7c8fd91b31/benjamingjw
On Metamodernism- Seth Abramson- Medium
Sapiens by Yuval Harrari
"Remember that food is not only fuel, but also medicine."
"Honor, courage, and commitment": these were the values instilled in Ingri Pauline through her training in the US Navy Spec Ops, as an Ordnance Disposal Specialist.
After an unexpected medical condition resulted in early retirement from the armed forces, Ingri turned her dedication to personal development toward exercise kinesiology and nutrition.
She lives by the creed, “I believe in being physically strong and capable, because not everyone can be."
During the course of my podcast, you'll learn what energizes Ingri in her quest to share sustainable fitness and nutritional information. Her story of resilience and personal development will inspire you to see the virtue in diligence and steady behavioral change.
Ingri assists women in optimizing their exercise according to physiology and feminine-specific factors, a mission unique and neglected in culture today.
Be sure to listen through the entirety of the podcast, as Ingri provides some indispensable dietary wisdom and shares her dream for one million women to study exercise science!
Follow Ingri through her:
Twitter account: @IngriPauline
Email List: https://tumblr.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=f5ec736f55b705a14a2dba800&id=28aaa1d81a
Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Shanahan M.D., Catherine
Tyrannical Minds: Psychological Profiling, Narcissism, and Dictatorship by Dean A. Haycock
The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Bueno de Mesquita, Bruce and Alastair Smith
The title isn't an error. This is an interview with Jade of @girluntitled (her Twitter handle). In this episode, we discuss the importance of self-care, intuition, and the power of small habits to enact major change. We also address therapy “do’s” and “dont’s.”
Here, "Armani Talks," a motivational speaker and Twitter personality, shares his inspirational story. He describes how he overcame fierce racism, anxiety, and the trauma of grief (that's just in the first 15 minutes). Follow my guest on Twitter: @armanitalks
In this episode, I interview Joel, better known to the internet as "Let's Read!," an acclaimed narrator of both YouTube and the Let'sReadOfficial Podcast. We explore his personal favorite story, of all the many tales he's recounted, and learn more of his own recent "nightmare" with technology....
🦊In this interview, I'm granted the chance to ask the "Let's Read!" narrator a variety of questions, such as:
❓What was your career before YouTube?
❓What's one of your favorite stories?
❓What's your favorite genre of tales?
LISTEN TO MY:
🦊PODCAST: ► https://anchor.fm/jeremy-fox
FOLLOW ME ON:
🦊TWITTER: ► https://twitter.com/FoxtherapyLLC
⏰01:37-which 3 figures from history would "Let's Read!" meet?
⏰05:51- "Let's Read!'s" career history
⏰08:08- Psychosis from Schizophrenia or trauma?
⏰11:26- My Depression Attracted Demons | 10 True Scary Paranormal Ghost Horror Stories (Vol. 34) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUMuMR_Fkyg
⏰25:44-"Let's Read!"'s favorite story!
⏰34:41- Disturbing psychological/abuse relationship stories
⏰37:50- "Stalker Story 5" https://www.reddit.com/r/LetsReadOfficial/comments/aa0cwk/stalker_story_5/
⏰40:29- 42:32 Borderline Personality Disorder within Let's Read stories
⏰42:35- "Unstable Almost Relationship" https://www.reddit.com/r/LetsReadOfficial/comments/bwxur1/unstable_almostrelationship/
⏰47:25- Let's Read Podcast 24: Episode 024 | Crazy Ex & Instagram Stalker Stories
⏰51:28- Let's Read Podcast Episode 24
⏰56:06- 2: Episode 002 | Glitch in the Matrix & Ex-Boyfriend Stories
⏰58:10- You Can't Always Trust Family | 10 True Scary Horror Stories From Reddit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZvLntCFc9A (1st story)
⏰01:00:04;00- Trauma and the "freeze" parasympathetic dorsal vagal response
⏰01:02:37;00- Haunted mirror https://www.reddit.com/r/LetsReadOfficial/comments/bijq63/paranormal_or_psychological/
⏰01:05:56;17- My Dentist Was A Nightmare | 10 True Scary Horror Stories From Reddit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUFSU7HUkN8
⏰01:10:50- You Can't Always Trust Family | 10 True Scary Horror Stories From Reddit (Vol. 32) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZvLntCFc9A (5th story)
⏰01:20:10- Personal favorite story genre of narrator
⏰01:24:09- Closing thoughts
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Have you ever wanted to dive into the philosophy of superheroes? This is an episode you won't want to miss: Bill shares his "3 Heroic Rules" that constitute the ethics of a hero, as well as the "6 Orders of Truth," by which you can judge the validity of an idea.
The Lord of Liberty provides a crash course in economics and Libertarian political theory, at the outset of the podcast, followed by a deep exploration of his Heroic Ethics, and the philosophical origins which gave rise to this model. Please read Bills threads regarding “the Heroic Ethic” and the 3 main strategies: the nonaggression strategy (NAS), personal actualization strategy (PAS), and Pareto optimization strategy (POS).
What do ballet, memetic, and The Joker all have in common? They're all interests belonging to our guest, AJ Cortes, affectionally known to Twitter as AJAC. Tune in for a deep dive into the mentality of this personal trainer and fitness expert.