We’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health. There has to be a better way, and your host Gary Collins believes he’s figured it out by asking one question, “how can I make my life simpler?”

Twice a week Navy veteran, former federal agent, and entrepreneur Gary Collins brings you fantastic guests (such as Rep. Thomas Massie, economist/actor Ben Stein, Sirius XM DJ Kristine Stone) covering topics such as financial freedom, building healthy habits, and finding your life’s purpose. If you’re ready to stop being a spectator in your own life and instead make real moves, this is the show you’ve been looking for.

We’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health. There has to be a better way, and your host Gary Collins believes he’s figured it out by asking one question, “how can I make my life simpler?”

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Ep 153: The Paleo Diet for Weight Loss and Optimal Health

Your health is the most critical aspect of your life; that is why Optimal Health is the 1st Leg of The Three-Legged Stool of The Simple Life. Here is the thing, your health is entirely in your control, as long as you have the right information. Good information–good results, bad information–bad results. Today, it seems like everyone is an internet search engine expert, especially in health. If this is true why are we getting sicker and fatter at an alarming rate? This is a complicated question, but I will break it down in this episode, so you have the correct information to find your Optimal Health today and forever! * Why is getting healthy so confusing today? * Why do most people fail to get healthy? * What is the Paleo Diet? * What can you eat on the Paleo Diet. * Why are the first 30 days so important? * Why does it work? * How you can easily incorporate The Paleo Diet into your daily life. * How you can tweak The Paleo Diet. Episode Resources: * Support The Simple Life Podcast and enjoy it ad free by being a member and subscriber at: https://thesimplelifenow.com/register/the-simple-life-membership/ Show Sponsors which helps keep this show free! *Use special promo code WATPVT15 with the link below for We The People Holsters and get 15% off your order! * Use special promo code AFFILTRX15 with the link below for TRX Training Systems and get 15% off your order! https://thesimplelifenow.com/wethepeople/ https://thesimplelifenow.com/mitoredlight/ https://thesimplelifenow.com/relaxsaunas/ https://thesimplelifenow.com/mypatriotsupply/ https://thesimplelifenow.com/trx-training/ https://thesimplelifenow.com/acre-gold/ * Or you can see all the show sponsors in one convenient place here: https://thesimplelifenow.com/sponsors * See what Gary is reading and his recommended reading list here: https://thesimplelifenow.com/reading/ * Donate to The Simple Life cause: https://thesimplelifenow.com/product-category/consulting/#donate * Where to send your questions: [email protected] * The Simple Life Rumble page: https://rumble.com/user/TheSimpleLife * The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com * Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 152: Ask Gary Anything (Round 11)

Welcome to another episode of “Ask Gary Anything.” This is where you, the audience, get to send in your questions about anything, and I will answer them. That is right, you heard it… anything, because that is how I roll! On a fairly regular basis I pick questions sent to me from my ever growing list, and answer them on this podcast. If you want to have your question(s) considered, simply fill out the contact form on my website www.thesimplelifenow.com, or better yet become a member of “The Simple Life Insider’s Circle” link is at the bottom of the show notes. Today, we have some great questions: * Some Updates and much more to come 1. (Susan F) Have you and your partners ever thought about creating a News Network based on integrity and truth? 2. (Kristy P) Any advice for planning/trying to budget in this current economic environment? For instance, gas is going up 10 cents a day and it’s hard to know how much groceries will cost (or what groceries will be available when you go shopping). I have no consumer debt other than my mortgage–which I’m trying to pay off by the end of this year. I’m using TSL journal and am on step 2 (financial independence). 3. (Patrick P) As much freedom as we are losing here in the US, are there any countries that are freer than the US? You may have already answered this in a podcast do I don’t remember your response. I really love our country and not looking to leave, but just wanted to know if there is anywhere else you think is freer. Episode Resources: Show Sponsors which helps keep this show free! *Use special promo code WATPVT15 with link below for We The People Holsters and get 15% off your order! https://thesimplelifenow.com/wethepeople/ https://thesimplelifenow.com/mitoredlight/ https://thesimplelifenow.com/relaxsaunas/ https://thesimplelifenow.com/mypatriotsupply/ * Or you can see all the show sponsors in one convenient place here: https://thesimplelifenow.com/sponsors/ * Donate to The Simple Life cause: https://thesimplelifenow.com/product-category/consulting/#donate * Where to send your questions: [email protected] * The Simple Life Rumble page: https://rumble.com/user/TheSimpleLife * The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com * Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

Ep 151: From Covid Pariah to Congress – Ian Smith of Atilis Gym

Ian is the co-owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr New Jersey, who became famous for keeping his gym open during the draconian Covid lockdowns under New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, racking up over a million dollars in fines. Ian became a lighting rod in the media (To include Tucker Carlson) for his rational questioning of the Covid lockdowns and staying open and fighting the good fight. Now he is running for Congress in his district and putting his money where his mouth is.

Topics Discussed:

  • How Ian and his gym became a target during the Covid lockdowns under Governor Phil Murphy.
  • How Ian became a new gym owner and then Covid changed everything.
  • How Ian and his business partner did everything they could do to follow the rules.
  • Why there was no logical explanation given for shutting down gyms but keeping liquor stores open.
  • How Ian’s customers rallied together and kept the gym open.
  • How the forces against him played dirty tricks that had nothing to do with health and wellness.
  • How big gov and big corporations have used Covid to wage a war on small businesses.
  • How he became the lightening rod for us freedom fighters.
  • Why fighting for our rights and freedom is so important.
  • How he came to his decision to run for Congress.

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Ep 150: Economist Ben Stein – Understanding Stagflation

Today, I have a great friend and fighter for individual freedom, Mr. Ben Stein. I wanted to mix it up a little bit and record a short QA with someone who is an expert in the topic I’m covering. You know me never groundhog day, and I will be doing more of these in the future. Yes, it is a shorty, but jam-packed with valuable information on inflation and personal finances.
Remember, the second leg of the Three-Legged Stool of The Simple Life is Financial Freedom. I don’t just cover this to fill space; shoring up and running your finances like a pro is a huge part of living the life you want.
Ben Stein is the most famous economics teacher in America. His comedic role as the droning economics teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is by far the most widely viewed scene of economics teaching in economics history and has been ranked as one of the fifty most famous scenes in movie history.
But in real life, Ben Stein is a powerful speaker on economics, politics, education and history and motivation–and like his father, Herbert Stein, considered one of the great humorists on political economy and how life works in this nation.
Stein in real life has a bachelor’s with honors in economics from Columbia, studied econ at the graduate level at Yale, is a graduate of Yale Law School ( valedictorian of his class by election of his classmates in 1970), and has as diverse a resume as any man in America.
Much more important, Ben Stein is morally committed to making your meeting a success and bringing his extensive background to bring out the most powerful and funniest trends in current history.
That background includes…poverty lawyer for poor people in New Haven, trade regulation lawyer for the FTC, speech writer for Presidents Nixon and Ford. ( He did NOT write the line, “I am not a crook….”), columnist and editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, teacher about law and economics at UC, Santa Cruz ( undergrads ) and Pepperdine( law school and undergrads).
He has written or co-written roughly 30 books, mostly about investing, with his brilliant colleague, Phil DeMuth, many of them New York Times bestsellers. His and Dr. DeMuth’s book, “Yes, You Can Time The Market” has become a landmark of using price theory for securities market analysis.
He wrote a column about economics for The New York Times for several years, roughly 2004-2009.
He was the co-host, along with Jimmy Kimmel, of the pathbreaking Comedy Central game show, “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” which won seven Emmies, including ones for Ben and Jimmy for best game show host. ( Surely making him the only well known economist to win an Emmy….). Presently, he writes a column for The American Spectator and for NewsMax, and is a regular commentator on Fox News and on CBS Sunday Morning, as well as a frequent commentator on CNN.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 45 years, Alexandra, two dogs and six cats.
He loves people and loves to meet new people and hang out with them. He’s a party guy, albeit an extremely serious economist and a decades long critic of excessively loose fiscal policy and unhelpful regulation in finance.
Topics Discussed:

* What is Stagflation.
* Where did the term Stagflation come from.
* What is the difference between Inflation and Stagflation
* How does it affect the economy
* How you can hedge against Stagflation
* Ben gives you some advice and where to park your money
* What you can do about Stagflation

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Ep 149: The War on Small Business – Best-Selling Author Carol Roth

About Carol Roth:
Carol Roth is a content creator, “recovering” investment banker, author of The War on Small Business, entrepreneur, TV pundit and host, and New York Times bestselling author of The Entrepreneur Equation.
She has worked in a variety of capacities across industries, including currently as an outsourced CCO, as a director on public and private company boards and as a strategic advisor. She advocates for small business, small government and big hair.
Carol Roth’s experience overlaps content creation, on-camera and in-person hosting, finance, business, economics, pop culture and even comedy.
On the content side, Carol is a national media personality, with more than a dozen years of on-camera expertise. Formerly, she has been a judge on the Mark Burnett-produced technology competition series, America’s Greatest Makers, on TBS and the Host of Microsoft’s Office Small Business Academy show, as well as a panelist on Fox Business’s Bulls & Bears and CNBC’s Closing Bell.

Topics Discussed:

* What was the motivation for Carol to write “The War on Small Business.”
* What is the difference between capitalism and crony capitalism.
* Why small businesses are the backbone of the US and the world economies.
* When did the war on small business start and what caused it.
* How Covid-19 was the perfect opportunity for the federal gov to pic winners and losers.
* How it was possible for the biggest companies to grow at record rates even while the economy was struggling during Covid-19.
* Why the fed gov detests small businesses.
* What/where is Davos, and why it is so important to the super rich and elite in the world.
* Why we sent our critical med supplies to China during Covid-19.
* Why almost none of the stimulus (CARES Act) money went to small businesses.
* What is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and why did 75% of it go to big biz.
* Why have interest rates been low for so long and the damage that is doing to long-term economy.
* How BlackRock has profited big time through crony capitalism.
* What are Zombie Companies and how do they inhibit start-ups.
* How big biz and the fed gov are deep inside the pocket of China.

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* Purchase Carol’s Best Selling Book as discussed on this show “The War on Small Business” here: The War on Small Business
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Ep 148: Let Them Drive Electric Cars! – The Truth About The Oil Industry

Today, we are hearing a lot about what is causing sky-high oil and gas prices; Putin, Covid, your cat… but what is really the truth? Politicians and media pundits have gone from Covid experts to oil experts. Hey, just go out and buy a $60,000 electric car, they say. They are full of a lot of things, but mainly bullsh*t! Today, I do this crazy thing and bring on an actual expert in the oil and gas industry, as in he actually works in it. I know a foreign concept these days. We get to the bottom of the high price of oil and gas today, exploration, production, and dispel all the false information being floated around by people who don’t know their head from you know what.

Topics Discussed:

* Bill’s background in the oil and gas industry.
* How the industry actually works from exploration to your gas tank.
* Why 9,000 private leases not being used by oil companies is a lie.
* Why are gas prices so high right now and why they are going to go higher.
* Why getting our energy from our enemies is a pretty bad idea at any time, not just right now.
* How oil shortages in the US contribute to inflation.
* Why a group of politicians in Washington seem so hell bent on destroying our country.
* Why energy independence is crucial for the security of this country.
* Why green energy sounds great, but it is not the answer at this time.

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Ep 147: Why We Have Blood On Our Hands – John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting

Today, I have a very special guest, and fighter for freedom Grammy nominated musician John Ondrasik. John recently wrote and recorded a video for his smash hit “Blood on My Hands” highlighting the travesty still playing out in Afghanistan. John isn’t a political hack, or ultra-woke celebrity; he is a rational thinking human who loves his country. We dig deep into his song “Blood on My Hands,” which was originally banned on YouTube, and then from pressure from his fans and some 1st Amendment supporting politicians, it was re-instated. We also discuss how we have hope that there is still some fight left in this country, and we just need to keep fighting the good fight. We dig into what keeps him motivated, how his music career didn’t take off until much later in life, and why he has a Mathematics degree from UCLA. I promise you this is a great interview, and you will leave inspired and motivated by John.

About John Ondrasik:
The only way for a story to progress is to turn the page. John Ondrasik— the songwriter and performer known as the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, Five For Fighting—knows this well. In the two decades since his first major single, “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” hit the stratosphere, the artist has both evolved and come back ‘round full circle. Creativity, if nothing else, is paradoxical.
To date, Five For Fighting, has released six studio LPs, including the platinum certified America Town and The Battle for Everything; and the top-10 charting Two Lights, along with an EP and live albums.
Ondrasik has penned major hits, including the chart-topping “100 Years,” “The Riddle,” “Chances,” “World,” and “Easy Tonight,” which have earned tens of millions of streams and place him as a top-10 Hot Adult Contemporary artist for the 2000s. The reflective “100 Years” has joined “Superman (It’s Not Easy)“ as part of the American Songbook and continues to stand the test of time at weddings, birthdays, graduations, memorials, and many a home video. Five For Fighting’s music has also been featured in more than 350 films, television shows, and commercials, including the Oscar-winning The Blind Side, Hawaii Five-O, The Sopranos and the CBS drama, Code Black.
Referencing Fight For Fighting’s success in the 2000s, AllMusic called Ondrasik “one of the decade’s leading balladeers.” But perhaps his biggest achievement is performing “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” at the 2001 Concert for New York, a benefit show at Madison Square Garden that honored first responders and the fallen about a month after the tragic September 11th attacks. Ondrasik performed alongside other big-name artists like Paul McCartney, The Who, Elton John, Billy Joel, and dozens more.
Says Ondrasik, “It was a surreal experience. I was honored and blessed to pay tribute to the heroes who ran into those buildings at ground zero, and hopefully, through a song, provide a little solace to family members who’d lost loved ones.”
Now, though, what once was a dream is a reality. Buoyed by his unique falsetto voice and his prowess on the piano—a skill bestowed to him by his piano teacher mother—Ondrasik has made a solid reputation for himself in the world of songwriting and performance, selling upwards of three million albums over his career. Not only does he tour with his popular string quartet and play solo and rock band gigs, but he is also a high demand keynote speaker in which he combines themes of creativity and innovation with his business acumen. Along with his father, he has managed the family business throughout his musical career. As Ondrasik happily puts it, his company, Precision Wire Products, “makes the best shopping cart in the world!”
He’s presented at TEDx, The Salk Institute, American Cancer Society, and dozens more. Perhaps being the son of an astrophysicist dad and having a degree in mathematics from UCLA has something to do with it.
“Math was the Plan-B to get a real job when the music thing imploded,” says Ondrasik, with a chuckle.
But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t always a student at heart. As he wrote songs in his late teens and early 20s, the Los Angeles-born Ondrasik studied his favorite rock vocalists. Finding out that singers like Freddie Mercury and Steve Perry studied classical voice, he did too, even seeking out some of those icons’ former teachers. No stone unturned.
Most recently, his song with the biggest sticking power is the powerful, “Blood on My Hands,” a protest song that takes a non-political, moral stance against the 2021 United States chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
While he’s well-versed in politics, he isn’t of a bickering mindset. For Ondrasik, it’s about the conversation. “Blood on My Hands,” the track, accompanying acoustic version, and docu-music video, “Blood on My Hands (White House Version),” has had millions of streams to date (despite little-to-no radio play). Like other protest songs of the past— “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young or “The Times They Are a-Changin’” by Bob Dylan—Ondrasik aimed to point out a problem. While it’s critical of President Biden’s administration, he says that if a Republican were President, the song would remain the same, only the names would change.
Thanks to the song, Ondrasik is now working with evacuation groups that strive to help the American citizens left behind in Afghanistan by the U.S. government, as well as the Afghan people who remain there largely under the threat of terrorism. It’s a difficult, and at times a polarizing subject, but it’s one Ondrasik is not shying away from. Not because of any politics or partisan pats on the back, but simply because he knows it’s the right thing to do.
Ondrasik notes, “There has been a tradition of musicians speaking truth to power. In the current tribal culture, our freedom of expression has never been more critical.”
Throughout his multi-decade career, which began when music publisher Carla Berkowitz (now his wife of 25 years) discerned him in a dive bar, Ondrasik has been involved in multiple charity efforts. Along with supporting the troops via multiple USO tours, Ondrasik created “The CD For the Troops” project with song and comedy compilations featuring artists like Billy Joel, Melissa Ethridge, Chris Rock, and others, gifting more than one million CDs to veterans and military families. John has also been deeply involved with the ALS charity “Augie’s Quest.”
While he may not be as obsessive as he once was—writing upwards of dozens of songs per month, Ondrasik is more focused today. He knows who he is, as an artist and as a human being. His is a career molded by light and darkness. At one point, he’d been looked over by every publishing house and label out there. At another, he had one of the biggest songs in the world. Those extremes give a person perspective.
“I’ve been incredibly blessed,” he says. “I still pinch myself.”
As Five For Fighting, which is a professional hockey term designating a five-minute penalty for fisticuffs on the ice, Ondrasik has also developed a close relationship within the world of sports. He was a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated as well as for his beloved Los Angeles Kings. Five For Fighting was one of the first musical artists to perform on ESPN’s SportsCenter, and has played The Daytona 500, Monday Night Football, The Heritage Classic, the L.A. Kings outdoor hockey game, and more.
“Singing from home plate at Dodger stadium,” Ondrasik says, “where, as a five-year-old boy, my dad and I would catch bleacher bombs during batting practice—that was a dream.”
Today, Ondrasik spends his time writing music, touring, working at the family business, and enjoying life with his wife, two children, and dog Ender.
Through “What Kind of World Do You Want,” Ondrasik’s charity driven website – WhatKindofWorldDoYouWant.com – he is currently raising funds for Afghan evacuation organizations, refugees and veteran mental wellness charities. The singer also launched his new episodic web docu-series titled “Meet the Heroes,” which features Ondrasik interviewing heroic Americans who are involved in rescuing and evacuating American citizens, Afghan allies, and persons of high risk from Afghanistan.
What motivates him musically now? He wants to promote dialogue. He’s set to speak his mind. In song, with the piano.
Ondrasik doesn’t shy away from nuance. He embraces it and seeks it – just as he does the next chorus, the next verse. It’s what artists and freethinkers do, after all.
It’s his gift to share.
His decided obligation, too.

Topics Discussed:

* What was the motivation/inspiration for John’s recent massive hit “Blood on My Hands”.
* Why the song was originally banned on YouTube
* How difficult was it to get permission to film the video for “Blood on My Hands” in front of the White House?
* What has pushed John into being more vocal politically in recent years?
* Is the music business just as woke as Hollywood today?
* When did John first begin playing music and when did he decide he wanted to make it his career?
* How surprised was John when his song “Superman” (It’s Not Easy) became a massive hit that took him from obscurity to superstar?
* John tells a funny, but good story about my favorite band RUSH
* John’s roots helping run his family’s business building shopping carts (he still helps run it even today).
* Who is John’s music manager and how they first met.
* How important it is to John for playing on USO tours and when he started doing them.
* Why did John start his “What Kind of World Do You Want,” charity and what do they do?
* How did John become involved in THE MIRACULOUS LOVE KIDS charity and what does it do?

Episode Resources:

* John’s main website for Five For Fighting: https://fiveforfighting.com/
* John’s Americans for Afghans Charity Website: https://www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com/
* Charity for teaching Afghan children music: THE MIRACULOUS LOVE KIDS WEBSITE: miraculouslovekids.org/
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