This was a very compelling interview because of the story it opened with. James Erdt transitioned from a place of darkness and crime in his youth to a way of living that inspires entrepreneurs and everyone around him to be better. This interview is somewhat like a self-help novel, but most importantly it speaks to the truth that each of us has a story of our own, and our stories enable us to do the work we are meant to do in the world.

Key Takeaways:

[2:31] When James Erdt was just fifteen he made the decision to use drugs, which changed the course of his life forever. Fifteen years later his daughter made a comment that inspired him to turn his life around.

[6:15] Bullying was influential in James’s decision to use drugs.

[8:09] We are prone to want to abuse power. As parents, we can influence our children to use their power wisely.

[10:39] How can someone with such a dark past have such a positive energy?

[12:37] People love to be listened to.

[14:11] James’s mom inspired him to work to empower women.

[16:37] People will pay money to get out of pain.

[19:22] James works with entrepreneurs who pay it forward and know how to treat money with respect.

[24:15] James has started a ranch for at-risk teen boys to help them turn their lives around like he has.

[29:53] Get comfortable being uncomfortable. To succeed, you must be willing to fail.

[31:41] What does James do on a daily basis for his health?

[35:34] Water is crucial.

[37:16] How can you start to give back and live out your mission?

[38:01] James wants his legacy to be providing a better legacy for the youth of the world.

[40:05] Good, clean water is the best symbol of health. Balance is important.

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[42:09] Let’s look at James’s key performance indicators!

[45:24] Here’s how to follow James.

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Mentioned in This Episode:

Legacy Facebook Group

Our Emotional Guidance System, by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks

REVIVER Rejuvenation Ranch

The Dynamo Show


“When you choose to make a good choice every single moment, you can turn your life around at light speed.”

“The very best life coach is one that rarely talks.”

“This is the best time ever, in the history of the world, to be an entrepreneur.”

“Nobody is coming to save you. The only person that can save you, is you.”

“[Youth] will be inspired by what their parents are doing, not by what they are saying.”


James Erdt is a sought-after speaker, award winning author, success coach and philanthropist plus the public TV Host of  ‘The DYNAMO Show’.  He has been featured on Rogers TV, CBC, CBS, BT, City TV, Muchmusic and in the Toronto Star, Mississauga News as well as numerous fitness magazines and websites.  James is the ‘Chief Architect of WOW’ for DYNAMO Entrepreneur, which is an innovative, socially responsible organization, dedicated to guiding people of all ages, predominantly visionaries, thought-leaders and game-changers.  By creating leading edge products, popular social networks and engaging events, he consistently strives to better people and inclusively enhance the world for all. Paying it forward, James is the CHAIR of the REVIVER Rejuvenation Ranch for at-risk youth supporting teens, to make positive and proactive decisions to live healthier, safer and better lives especially for those who have lost their way. James Erdt’s mission statement is “Sustainably empowering people, prosperity and planet!”

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Part of improving your health and performance as an entrepreneur requires that you take inventory of your current state of health. To this end, we have prepared a monthly quiz related to the health and performance of entrepreneurs and go-getters.



This week’s call to action is all about taking inventory of the amazing gifts we have in this world. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. I’d like to challenge you to start a daily gratitude practice. Whether it starting a journal to give thanks or taking 5 minutes in the morning to express gratitude to your family, share your commitment to in our Entrepology Facebook page. Because when you are accountable, you are helpable.