Episode 64: Interview with Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast

February 8, 2017


Today’s interview and why it means so much to me

I wish I had known about Jack when I was in college.


Today’s Topic – Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast

Join us today as we discuss…

  • Jack’s wonky path to get where he is now
  • college as the expectation for Jack in his family growing up
  • The “big lie” that parents and high school guidance counselors sell prospective college students of a guaranteed job/career upon graduation if they do well, and suggestions for current college students in order to help them make the best of their college experience
  • Entrepreneurship, and what drives Jack not only in his various endeavors, but also why he teaches and encourages others to build their own businesses
  • “Building your brand” as a college student
  • Jack’s thoughts on mentorship, and what he’s gotten out of his mentors
  • What he would do if could go back in time, and what he’d do with his current knowledge in terms of educating yourself?
  • Thoughts on goal setting
  • Jack’s advice for college students that might be struggling to find their way right now

Learn more about Jack by visiting www.thesurvivalpodcast.com


Home Exercise this week 

  • Tackle the scariest step of your goal that’s within reach. Time to make some real progress. Be “fearless” in your pursuit of that goal.

Previous week’s home exercises

  1. Set a SMART goal with an approximate completion date of 3-4 months from now. It may help to think about your goal in terms of wellness.
  2. Complete the Personal Medicine Worksheet (link above), considering how it relates to your goal.
  3. Tell one other person about the goal you intend to achieve this semester. This accountability trick helps make the goal “real” if you’ve been holding it inside of you up until now, and also serves as a means to get started if you haven’t already.


Next Week

Part 1 of WRAP (Wellness/Recovery Action Plan) for College Students



If you have mental health issues and a success story to tell (current college student or former), I’d like to interview you about your goal achievement quest, the struggles/adversity you faced, as well the recovery strategies you learned! I’m particularly interested in interviewing student entrepreneurs and those involved in mental health advocacy, but the invitation to come on the podcast and talk about your successes, as well as strategies you learned to help manage, stands for all. Please reach out.

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Thanks to Rob Cavallo for today’s intro music. For more information about him or the music you heard today, you can email: peloquin17@yahoo.com

Thanks to moe. for today’s outro music and their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” 


You say the hill’s too steep to climb,
You say you’d like to see me try,
You pick the place and I’ll choose the time
And I’ll climb
The hill in my own way
just wait a while, for the right day
And as I rise above the treeline and the clouds
I look down hear the sound of the things you said today
Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd, smiling
Merciless, the magistrate turns ’round, frowning
and who’s the fool who wears the crown
Go down in your own way
And everyday is the right day
And as you rise above the fearlines in his frown
You look down
Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd

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