TCU Talks: Steve McCollum

This is a conversation that every athlete needs to hear…

Entrepreneur: Steve McCollum

Brand: TFT Fitness


Instagram: @TFTFitness

 Listen to Our Conversation Here

The Story…

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Behind The Come Up: A Beginners Guide to Podcasting (Video)

Take a look behind the scenes and see how we produce our podcast every week.

About a year ago, I barely knew what a podcast was.

Now, I host a weekly personal development show call The Come Up Podcast with my partner, Jimmy.

Listen to the TCU Podcast on iTunes

This week, we released our 10th episode of TCU!

In honour of this milestone, we decided to take you behind the scenes and show you how we put it all together each week.

Take a look…


Resources from this video

Laptop: MacBook Pro
Mic: Audio-Technica ATR 2100
Headphones: Sony MDR-7506
Recording Software: Garage Band (Comes with the MacBook)
File Sharing:
Production Software: Logic Pro X

Thanks for watching!

If you want to know more about how we produce our podcast, leave a message in the comments.

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The Come Up Podcast (Episode 1)

It’s Here! Listen to my new Podcast “The Come Up: Steps to Success”

With the tools that are available on the internet these days, it has never been easier to share your story.

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This year, I’m setting out to explore the world of podcasting with my man Jimmy Lawson. Together, we are launching a mini-series called “The Come Up: Steps to Success” on SoundCloudiTunes, and Google Play.

After listening to a bunch of podcasts myself, I realized that the best episodes provide useful information and helpful advice, not just small talk. So, on The Come Up, we are going to share valuable tips that you can use on your road to success.

The Come Up Podcast is all about personal development and becoming a better athlete, student, parent or professional.

Listen to our first episode on SoundCloudiTunes or Google Play right now.

This is my first time ever doing anything like this, so I’d really appreciate it if you gave me some feedback. Leave a comment on iTunes or Google Play.

For more information about The Come Up visit the Podcast Website.

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22 Books – Episode 2

Written by: Tim S. Grover

272 Pages (Paperback)

Scribner Publishing (2014)

Genre: NonFiction, Leadership, Motivation, Training

Purchase on Amazon : Download for iBooks

3 Sentence Summary

Relentless gives us a rare glimpse inside the headspace of elite level athletes and discusses the traits they share with those who achieve greatness in other walks of life. Throughout the book, Tim Grover shares gems from over two decades of experience working with the likes of MJ, Kobe and Dwayne Wade. In a lot of ways, this book is an unapologetically honest look at what it takes to become legendary.

22’s Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me feel… “normal”, in a sense (whatever that means). I think it’s because deep down inside I felt good to know that my insatiable compulsions to seek out progress were actually working in my favor, though most reasonable people might call such behaviour obsessive. Grover doesn’t waste time dressing up his ideas in academic prose or complicated metaphors. Instead, he cuts to the chase to make his point loud and clear.  This book is like the best friend you never had, who can keep it real with you and tell you exactly what you need to hear at the risk of hurting your feelings.  On the whole, this book is easy to read because it’s more of a compelling story than a long-winded lecture. The advice inspires action, which is the ultimate measure of effectiveness. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to separate themselves from the pack. It doesn’t matter if you are an athlete, a student or a career professional Relentless outlines a model of greatness that can take you from good, to great to unstoppable.

Actionable Advice

  1. Stop looking around for confirmation and support. Just focus on controllable factors. In the end, success is between you and you.
  2. Don’t just look for advice that supports your current point of view. Stay open to all kinds of feedback.
  3. Find your triggers and master them. Never let someone else push your buttons, instead, learn to channel your emotions into relentless energy.

Words From The Author

“Everything you need to be great is already inside you.” (p.5)

“Being relentless means demanding more of yourself than anyone else could ever demand of you, knowing that every time you stop, you can still do more. You must do more.” (p.5)

“Decide. Commit. Act. Succeed. Repeat.” (p.5)

“From this point, your strategy is to make everyone else get on your level; you’re not going down to theirs. You’re not competing with anyone else, ever again. They’re going to have to compete with you.” (p.8)

“If you want to be great, deliver the unexpected. If you want to be the best, deliver a miracle.” (p.19)

“You can’t claim you ran a marathon if you started at the seventeenth mile.” (p.164)

“Every dream you imagine, everything you see and hear and feel in your sleep, that’s not a fantasy, that’s your deep instinct telling you it can all be real.” (p.231)

“The greatest battles you will ever fight are with yourself, and you must always be your toughest opponent.” (p.231)

“Life can be complicated; the truth is not.” (p.232)

3 Thoughts…

  1. Everyone has different motivations for their grind. Grover suggests that “to have what you really want, you must first be who you really are.” When was the last time that you sat in silence and thought about what you would be doing with your life if money was no object?
  2. In one way or another, sacrifice always precedes achievement. What are you willing to give up in exchange for the chance to reach your biggest goals? Where do you draw the line? What sacrifices are off limits?
  3. In the words of the author, “you don’t have to love the hard work; you just have to crave the end result.” Do you agree? Is desire alone really enough to inspire life-changing action or does it take something more? What is the main thing stopping you from making your biggest goal a reality?

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Johnny Sears Jr. Interview – Giving Back

The Streets of Hamilton were a little warmer this winter thanks to Johnny Sears Jr.

A Channel 22 Exclusive Interview

I’m all about positivity. I created this site to tell my story and share my experiences with family, friends, and fans.

I want to use this platform to promote the positive initiatives that my teammates and friends support in the community. Channel 22 gives me a chance to do just that.

These are the stories of local heroes making plays outside of the lines.

I’ve always admired journalistic mastery. That being said, I’m a little new to this whole thing, so bare with me. Take it for what it is, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the message. It took a while, but I’ve finally gotten the time (and resources) to put a little something together, so without further ado – Episode 1 of my blog mini-series/podcast Channel 22. Enjoy.

Check out my 1 on 1 with pro football player Johnny Sear here…

Listen to the extended interview with 5 minutes of bonus content Here…

Recap – The Streets of Hamilton were a little warmer this winter thanks to Johnny Sears Jr.

A few weeks before Christmas 2016, seven-year pro Johnny Sears Jr. had an idea that made a lot of sense. He thought it would be cool to give away all of the socks and shoes that he had laying around his house since he no longer had any use for them.

So, he went to the grocery store, got a big cardboard box and made a sign that he could tape onto the front of the box.

Johnny put the first box at the main entrance of Tim Hortin’s Field, in Hamilton – Home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL football team. Slowly the word spread. First came the socks. Then came the shoes and boots. Then came the emails.

Soon there were two boxes, then three… Eventually, the initiative was collecting donations at over 10 locations all across the city and the surrounding area.

People couldn’t help but agree – This was a great idea.


To hear more about the amazing story of Johnny’s project…

Watch our 1 on 1 on YouTube

or listen to the extended interview on SoundCloud

If you enjoyed this story please Like, Subscribe & Share it with your friends!


Connect with Johnny on social media

Facebook: Johny Sears Jr.

IG: @Go4ThaGusto

Twitter: @jjr0


To all of the sponsors and volunteers who helped to make this event a success, Thank You!


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Taylor Moving


Joelle’s & Jeff’s Guy Shop

Auger Properties

Barry’s Jewellers

First Ontario Credit Union (Stony Creek)

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club

Overtime Football Club

The Reid Family

The Keary Family

Larry Irish

Arlene Frehs

Staff at Heritage Place Retirement Home

Juanita Stephen

J.R. Ahk

Mr. Ken

St Matthew  (School)

St Thomas the Apostle  (School)

Immaculate Conception (School)

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The Four Agreements

22 Books – Episode 1

Written by: Don Miguel Ruiz

138 Pages

Amber – Allen Publishing (1997)

Genre: NonFiction, Self Help, Spirituality

Purchase on Amazon : Download for iBooks

3 Sentence Summary

The Four Agreements is a guide to finding peace within yourself and freedom from negativity. Ruiz addresses the challenge of being yourself in a world where we live to please others. Ultimately, this book asks readers to test their reality in hopes of uncovering a new outlook on life.

22’s Review

This book is short and to the point. I read it in just a few days, and it wasn’t overly challenging to get through.  The author is somewhat mystical in his approach. He dabbles in spirituality and existential themes, but overall he keeps things grounded with concepts that pretty much anyone can grasp. There is no shortage of metaphors throughout the book. Ruiz’s style is creative, which allows him to dress up some rather simple lessons in the garb of age-old wisdom. Ultimately, this book is compelling because of the practical applications of the advice it teaches. I would recommend this to anyone who has ever felt like they just can’t get out of their own way, or for the person knee-deep in a bad situation. We all could use a positive influence on our lives, and The Four Agreements can stand in as that sound advice we needed to hear.

Actionable Advice

  1. Treat yourself better when situations don’t work out as planned. Harboring guilt and fear can only hold you back.
  2. Strive for clarity in all communication. To be right or wrong is less important than to be understood.
  3. Focus on the life you want to create. The opinions that you accept to be true determine your reality.

Words From The Author

“We keep searching and searching when everything is already within us.” p.15

“We have millions of questions that need answers because there are so many things that the reasoning mind cannot explain. It is not important if the answer is correct; just the answer itself makes us feel safe.” p.68

“Practice makes the master.” p.86

“The first step is to become aware of the fog in your mind.” p.106

3 Thoughts…

  1. What is something that you are grateful for today? What are three things you value above everything else in this world? 
  2. The author suggests that we lose track of who we are as we adopt the views of those around us.  If you never had to measure up to outside expectations from your parents and peers, what life choices might you have made differently along your journey to right now?
  3. According to Ruiz, our outlook is heavily dependent on our emotional state.  Do you have strong emotions? What are some feelings that tend to get you in trouble from time to time? (e.g., fear, jealousy, anxiety, apprehension, laziness, love, dedication, enthusiasm, empathy, etc.)

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Welcome to “Channel 22”

My name is Courtney Stephen & this is my Blog…

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Welcome to…

Channel 22

– starting Oct. 27th –

I’m going to give you an inside look into my lifestyle and my mindset.

I’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot on my journey from high school to the Canadian Football League. In a way, this is my story. These articles, videos, and pictures are the best way for me to share my experiences with You all…

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