Dominance Within – New Podcast Episode

I had a ton of fun building the content for my latest podcast – “Dominance Within”

If you have yet to listen to the show – this is a great place to start.

I cover 3 parts in under 25 minutes. 

Part 1: A CrossFit athlete that shot chills down my spine (VIDEO) and why this culture fascinates me

Part 2: A look at Andre Agassi in the aftermath of one of his last matches ever played – holding hands with his opponent as they fight the pain. 

Part 3: My personal path to fitness optimization that I am calling “My Road to Sparta.” 



Pocket Casts:

All Others:

Enough was enough

The “Dad Bod” had to go

I was sick of eating poison

Of being tired

Of being moody

Of being full of excuses

I was sick of having no flexibility

Poor range of motion

Restricted mobility

I was sick of dwelling on the good old days

The raging rapids and fear of natures savage & unrelenting power

The days where we chased a high on life

I had enough of living within the confines of mediocrity

Enough of being a quitter

Of saying “it’s too hard”

Of being a sheep living in fear

It was time to sweat

To sweat more than I stressed

It was time for rebirth

For vitality

It was time to find a warrior – somewhere within

Time to take control

To own my destiny

To set down a path

To build a road

It was 9 months ago and it was time for change

This blog series will capture the whole journey

From lethargic mediocre dad bod

To enough is ENOUGH

“The Insanity”

If you’re where I was, the first step is making the decision to change.

Deciding that Vitality is more important than your current levels of COMFORT

That life happens when we move, not wait.

You hold the key to your future



The Dad Bod (Road to Sparta Series #1)

Rachel Beckwith

A 9 year old inspired me beyond belief this week. And, then she brought me to tears.

I decided to forego the podcast I was working on, and to do one on her story instead.

I don’t care if you listen to the podcast.

And, I’m not going to try to write something here that will grab your attention.

I just hope that you’ll take 5 minutes to watch this video.

Jeff Bezos | Centi-Billionaire | Business Strategy

Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, wealthiest in modern history, and first centi-billionaire provided great insight on where to focus business strategy in an Amazon Web Services Live audience in 2012:

“What’s going to change in the next ten years?” And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question: “What’s not going to change in the next ten years?”….They [Customers] want fast delivery; they want vast selection. It’s impossible to imagine a future ten years from now where a customer comes up and says, “Jeff, I love Amazon; I just wish the prices were a little higher” or ” I love Amazon; I just wish you’d deliver a little more slowly.” Impossible. And so the effort we put into those things, spinning those things up, we know the energy we put into it today will still be paying off dividends for our customers ten years from now. When you have something that you know is true, even over the long term, you can afford to put a lot of energy into it.

In my last podcast (links below), I changed the context from business to life and asked both of these two very important questions. What will change-how to prepare and What will not change-how to invest heavily.



Pocket Casts:

All Others:

The Gift of Death

My new podcast episode is up! It’s an exploration of truly living, dying, and the miracle of fulfillment in between.

Here are some highlights:

  • A deep dive into “Tuesday’s with Morrie” – A memoir that sold 14 million copies and changed lives around the world.
  • A side note on people who chase outcomes vs. falling in love with the process.

This episode generated some amazing actions took and then wrote to tell me about.

If you are looking for a reminder on the simple things in life that drive true fulfillment, this episode is for you.

It’s completely free. I build the material for my own development and then share with the world.

The show in general is targeted towards those who are working to optimize and elevate EVERY area of life that mean the most to them. Career, family, relationships, etc.

Not ONE area. EVERY area.

I personally desire this type of multi-level, 360 degree, absolute improvement.

I don’t want to be a billionaire on a yacht who is too out of shape to shoot hoops with my kids.

I want to be a better son, brother, friend, father, lover, etc.

Not better than you, him, or her. Better than me. Than what I was yesterday.

I want to figure out how to get better and better at work, my crafts, my hobbies, my relationships.

How to live a life of vitality.

If you work 80 hours a week and make hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, but you’re too out of shape to chase your kids around or too busy to make beautiful love to your partner, then you’re losing out on true fulfillment. True Happiness.

The kind that can only come with true optimization in every area of life.

Step into the game and out of the dream.


Have you seen the Billionaire manual?

It’s everywhere and it’s free. It’s also insanely stupid.

Of course money is great, but we all need something far greater in power than money.

We need absolute optimization.

We need vitality. We need love. We need to feel needed.

We need to gain the right insights to unlock the chains that are wrapped around our potential.

Money is just one outcome.

If you have all the money in the world, but are too out of shape to shoot hoops with your kid or too busy to make love to your partner, you’re not going to be fulfilled.

And you’re losing in life.

We need great sex. We need great friendship. We need something to give to physically and financially.

We need hobbies and outlets for our interest. We need to continue challenging our minds, our assumptions, and our processes for living.

We need fulfillment and then money.

The latter without the former is just gas on a fire that will eventually burn down your life.

But fulfillment first, will light the fire you need and will help bring the outcomes…like money.

If you’re out of shape, or eating like crap, or uninspired, or bored at your job, or feeling lost….buying a “Free” billionaire booklet is not going to solve the problem.

Stop chasing the weight loss or the 6 pack. Those are outcomes.

The process will get you there – when you follow it and fall in love with it.

What does that mean?

Until you fall in love with eating healthy and exercising daily, you’ll never reach the outcome that you desire.

That’s everything. If you don’t love the work you have to put in, the outcome will always suffer.

And the work, the hard work, is the joy of life. The journey travelled is the joy of life.

That’s where fulfillment is found.

Find that, and money is just one thing that you can pick up along the way – if you still even care that much about it.

Build Your Foundation -> Establish Your Presence -> Execute with Excellence

Check out my latest podcast where I tough on this topic along with Google’s 8 Innovation Principles…

Apple/iTunes or Search “The Chad Shipley Show” within any podcast platform



Google Innovation and The Need for Great Sex

The new podcast is up and can be found on all Podcast Platforms. Search for “The Chad Shipley Show”

This show was an exploration of the book Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World – which highlights Google’s 8 Innovation Principles. A quick overview of the authors Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler as well as YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. And some quick ranting and raving on why Great Sex is better than being a billionaire.

Oh and how I got into a fist fight with a MULE in Moscow and how they always win the good fight!

Check it out here:

The Chad Shipley Show

The Chad Shipley Show is up and running. I’ve done 4 short podcast episodes thus far and am having a blast doing it. They range from 7-15 minutes and are focused on critical insights that I have pulled from amazing content / thought leaders, or developed myself.

If you do not have iOS, you can search “The Chad Shipley” show in any podcast app and it should appear.

The last episode “Restraint is Power” was so much fun it’s hard to describe. I am a super goofy person by nature and let my wild side loose a little during this recording.

Synthesizing insights from great content is something that I love to do, and this blog and podcast are amazing mechanisms for me to do that and to share it with the world.

If you enjoy, please leave me a good rating. If you do not, please just send me an email and let me know ( I cannot afford to get bad ratings this early in the game. I really love doing these and am improving with every episode.

Thanks to any and all who listen and share!

You have 1 last chance

Imaging that you are in the latest stages of life and lying still on your deathbed – essentially waiting for the last breath. Your fight is over and the joy of life is nothing but a memory.

You get to come back to the present for 1 day. What do you do?

“Open” – The Aftermath of a Savage Battle

People either loved him or hated him, but in the end, they all cheered.

Andre Agassi spent his entire life playing a sport that he despised. Working relentlessly to become the world’s best, and to go down in history as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

He was often criticized for his appearance and was seemingly misunderstood. He didn’t fit in with the tennis crowd. He was just a punk interrupting traditional norms.

But in the end, they all rose to their feet and cheered loudly in celebration of his career, his journey, and his performance in, arguably, one of the greatest matches that he ever played.

“Open” is the powerful and riveting autobiography of Andre Agassi.

“One of the best sports autobiographies of all time…One of the better memoirs out there, period.”

– Time

I fell in love with this book the instant that I picked it up. I was deeply inspired and endlessly entertained.

It’s one thing to read unknown details of the people who live in the eyes of the world, amongst the Gods. It’s another to be exposed to how human they really are.

I revisited various sections of this book last week and found myself, again, mesmerized by the stories that make up his extraordinary life. All of the emotions came rushing back as I bounced from one section to the next.

Below, is a part that holds a special place in my heart. It brought back all of the goods so I wanted to share with you here.

Context: This comes at the very end of the first chapter,  entitled “The End”. It is the immediate aftermath of a match against Marco Baghdatis in the 2006 U.S. Open – Andre Agassi’s last Open ever. His last tournament ever.


I don’t dare stop. Must keep moving. I stagger through the tunnel, my bag slung over my left shoulder, feeling as if it’s slung over my right shoulder, because my whole body is twisted. By the time I reach the locker room I’m unable to walk. I’m unable to stand. I’m sinking to the floor. I’m on the ground. Darren and Gil arrive, slip my bag off my shoulder and lift me onto a table. Baghdatis’s (opponent) people deposit him on the table next to me…

A Kaleidoscope of faces appears above me. Gil, squeezing my arm, handing me a recovery drink. I love you, Gil. Stefani (Graff), kissing me on the forehead and smiling – happy or nervous, I can’t tell. Oh, yes, of course, that’s where I’ve seen that smile before. A trainer, telling me the doctors are on the way. He turns on the TV above the table. Something to do while you wait, he says.

I try to watch. I hear moans to my left. I turn my head slowly and see Baghdatis on the next table. His team is working on him. They stretch his quad, his hamstring cramps. He tries to lie flat, his groin cramps. He curls into a ball and begs them to leave him be. Everyone clears out of the locker room. It’s just the two of us. I turn back to the TV.

Moments later something makes me turn back to Baghdatis. He’s smiling at me. Happy or nervous? Maybe both. I smile back. I hear my name coming from the TV. I turn my head. Highlights from the match. The first two sets, so misleadingly easy. The third, Baghdatis starting to believe. The fourth, a knife fight. The fifth, the never-ending ninth game. Some of the best tennis I’ve ever played. Some of the best I’ve ever seen. The commentator calls it a classic. In my peripheral vision I detect slight movement. I turn to see Baghdatis extending his hand. His face says, We did that. I reach out, take his hand, and we remain this way, holding hands, as the TV flickers with scenes of our savage battle.

At last, I let my mind go where it’s wanted to go. I can’t stop it anymore. No longer asking politely, my mind is now forcibly spinning me into the past. And because my mind notes and records the slightest details, I see everything with bright, startling clarity, every setback, victory, rivalry, tantrum, paycheck, girlfriend, betrayal, reporter, wife, child, outfit, fan letter, grudge match, and crying jag. As if a second TV above me were showing highlights from the last twenty-nine years, it all flies past in a high-def whirl.

People often ask what it’s like, this tennis life, and I can never think how to describe it. But that word comes closest. More than anything else, it’s a wrenching, thrilling, horrible, astonishing whirl. It even exerts a faint centrifugal force, which I’ve spent three decades fighting. Now, lying on my back under Arthur Ashe Stadium, holding hands with a vanquished opponent and waiting for someone to come help us, I do the only thing I can do. I stop fighting it. I just close my eyes and watch.

*****There are multiple You Tube videos of this match. Here is one that I found under 2 minutes of just some quick highlights. LINK

I hope that you enjoyed as much as I did.