The Hastings Harvest
By Cole Hastings
The Hastings HarvestNov 18, 2020
#36: Eric Wei - A Harvard Graduate And $30M Startup Founder Explains Why Success Makes You Miserable
Eric Wei ( @erictway ) is the Co Founder of Karat Financial, A company that helps creators and influencers with their very own credit card, taxes, and bookkeeping. The company has raised over $30M from from Union Square Ventures and Y Combinator, and previous founders/CEOs from Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube. Before Founding Karat, he worked at Instagram and Facebook, and graduated from Harvard University. In this podcast, we go over why formal education (and a perfect SAT score) doesn't translate well to the real world, how his competitiveness formed due to a lack of validation, learning to untie your self worth to external accomplishments, improving communication skills and making friends, and why he started his financial company.
#35: How To Beast - The Problems With The Manosphere, How To Improve Social Skills, and YouTube Growth Strategies
David de las Morenas ( @howtobeast ) is an entrepreneur and YouTuber with over 1.2 million subscribers. He is the founder of the "EDGE" clothing line, the Beastly Fitness App, and now, GAINS CLUB fitness supplements. In this podcast, we go over his early days with Computer Science (and what that taught him), the importance of building wealth slowly, keeping your passion going even after you reach success, tips for improving on YouTube, losing relatability, the pros and cons of self improvement's new popularity, traditional Masculinity vs modern Masculinity, and much more...
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#34: Amir Odom - The Death Of Critical Thinking, Being Politically Homeless, and Handling Criticism Online
Amir Odom (@amirxodom) is a public speaker committed to providing objective truth, and giving people the tools they need to rationally share their opinion. He initially started to gain traction for his more conservative takes on his instagram, which eventually led to him meeting President Trump, and participating in a Prager U video on YouTube that now has over a million views, which might surprise many of you since he is both black and gay. But only a couple years ago, Amir was the complete opposite. He was a very left leaning, BLM supporter who had his world shaken up after just a few instances in his life.
Today, I talk to him about:
His upbringing and how his failed suicide attempts changed him
What made him start leaning more towards the conservative side of the political spectrum
How he has handled criticism throughout his life
Why critical thinking is dying
Why I disagree with some of his political beliefs
My New Podcast YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@thehastingsharvest
#33: Matt Vs Japan - Learning Fluent Japanese Through Watching Anime, How Language Shapes Our Perception, and Staying Disciplined
Matt Vs Japan is a YouTuber and Cofounder of the Refold website, a language learning roadmap that teaches people how to make language fluency straightforward, fast and fun. His YouTube channel consists of interviews and tutorials on how to master learning any language, but specifically as his name might suggest, the japanese language. He has now achieved near native level fluency in Japanese using his teaching methods, one of which includes simply just watching anime.
In this podcast, we talk about:
- Matt’s rough experience living in Japan for the first time (and how it changed him)
- How language shapes your perception of the world
- The “refold” strategy to learning any language effectively
- How he stays disciplined and what keeps him motivated to learn more
#32: TheTalentlessWriter - Dropping Out Of College, Having Faith In God, and Pursuing YouTube Full Time
TheTalentlessWriter is an animation YouTuber with over 345,000 subscribers. He has been making animation videos for 6 years on his channel, where he makes short storytime/trending comedy related videos.
In this podcast, we talk about:
- His journey with self help
- Why he dropped out of college and tried to become a game developer
- The keys to his success on YouTube
- How he created a cult of bird profile pictures on YouTube
Follow Dimitri here:
#31: Hamza Ahmed - The Downfall of Masculinity, Benefits of Weightlifting, and Identifying as a Cult Leader
Hamza Ahmed (@hamza97x) is a YouTuber, Entrepreneur and self-proclaimed Cult Leader who has amassed over 385,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. His story of self improvement and getting into YouTube is strikingly similar to mine, but the way in which he conducts his teachings can be described as….polarizing.
In this podcast, we go over:
- His degenerate days
- If he’s considered going vegan
- His 3 most impactful self help habits
- Why I don’t like the fact that he calls his channel a “cult”
#30: R.C. Waldun - Why Waking Up At 5AM is Stupid, Becoming Better Through Heartbreak, and Storytelling Tips
R.C. Waldun is a writer and YouTuber with 195,000+ subscribers. In his videos, he shares insights on storytelling, creativity, reading and writing. I stumbled upon his videos one day through YouTube recommended, and decided to reach out to him to join me in a podcast episode. In this episode, we go over:
- His beef with waking up at 5am
- The disconnect between YouTubers and their audience
- Journaling tactics to improve your storytelling
- Why getting your heart broken is one of the best things you can do
Find R.C. here:
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#29: Pat McAuley - Why Most People Will Never See Success, Owning A Vegan Pub, and How A Plant Based Diet Changed His Life
Pat McAuley is a vegan triathlete and entrepreneur based in Boston, Massachusetts. He is most commonly known for his ted talk titled “A Plant Based Diet Changed My Life”, which has been viewed over 1 million times on YouTube. He now runs an all vegan pub in Boston called "Plant Pub" which is designed around the casual, laid back vibes of a pub, but with a vegan spin (which you rarely ever see), and hosts a podcast called the “Eat Green Make Green” podcast. In this podcast, we talk about
- How a plant based diet cured his asthma and arthritis (and what his diet looked like before)
- How to educate/influence people to adopt a plant based diet
- His favorite smoothie recipe
- His early entrepreneurial fails
- The best way to start/succeed on your entrepreneurial journey
Follow Pat: @eatgreenmakegreen
Best website to educate yourself on veganism: https://nutritionfacts.org/
#28: Jordan Welch - Becoming a Millionaire at 23, Going Plant Based, and Building a Legacy
Jordan Welch is a 23 year old entrepreneur, digital marketer, and YouTuber. He has built many dropshipping businesses over the years and now makes over $100,000 a month. Jordan also documents his dropshipping/entrepreneurial journey on his YouTube channel, where he has many helpful videos for those looking to get started with this type of business.
In this podcast, we go over:
- His first entrepreneurial ventures as a 12 year old
- Why he started his YouTube
- His daily routine
- How lifting weights relates to business (and why he’s plant based)
- The core principles of standing out in dropshipping
#27: Adam Kellerman - Quitting Your Job and Going All In On Entrepreneurship
Adam Kellerman is a digital artist, entrepreneur, videographer, photographer, and creative. He is someone who I met through Nick Ciavarella who has already been on this podcast. Adam owns the sneakershop the cellar in Buffalo NY and also runs his own studio called project 816 which he rents out to people looking to do videography and photography work.
In this podcast, we go over:
- His early entrepreneurial failures
- The effect never graduating high school had on him
- How to get good at (pretty much) anything
- How to deal with stress
- Why you might want to quit your job to go full time into entrepreneurship
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#26: Nikhil Pandey (aka Captain Sinbad) - NoFap, YouTube as a Job, Veganism, and Masculinity
Nikhil Pandey, also known as “Captain Sinbad” online, is an actor, YouTuber, and cinematographer. Nikhil is a man I’ve looked up to for a very long time in the self help YouTube space, and has been the source of a lot of inspiration for me. His channel boasts 400,000+ subscribers and has some of the best cinematography work not just in the self help niche, but all of YouTube. Nikhil makes both comedy skits, as well as more serious personal development videos.
In this podcast, we talk about:
- The future of his YouTube channel and acting career
- Why he no longer makes NoFap related content (and what we think of NoFap)
- His opinion on veganism/vegetarianism
- The difficulties of doing creative work as a job
- What it means to be “masculine”
Follow Nikhil here:
#25: Brian Turner - My Mentor/Internet Father on Vegan Bodybuilding, Building an Online Presence, and The Law Of Attraction
Brian Turner is a vegan bodybuilder, YouTuber, and my internet "father". He is someone I've looked up to since the very start of my content creation journey, and he's been there to support me even when my brand was very small. Finally, I was able to meet with him in person when we stayed in an Airbnb together in his hometown of San Diego, California, and it was an incredible time. This is part 1 of a two part podcast. Part 2 can only be accessed on my Patreon (https://patreon.com/colehastings), a platform where I'm putting out exclusive content that can't be found anywhere else, as well as giving 1 on 1 advice.
In part 1 of this podcast, we go over:
- Why he went vegan, what he eats and why he tends to stay away from fats
- What skinny fat people should do to build muscle and lose fat
- The optimal training split
- Social media advice for beginners
- How the law of attraction ACTUALLY works
#24: Ferdinand Beck - The Jacked Vegan Content Creator Who Escaped Death
It's very rare for me to be able to get the chance to talk with someone with a near death experience. On today's podcast, I was fortunate enough to do just that. Ferdinand Beck is a vegan content creator who is one of the OG's in the field. He's one of the first people I followed on Instagram when I was getting into the social media game. This podcasts features loads of valuable topics, including:
- How German vegan bodybuilders 7 years ago got him into veganism
- His completely transparent experience with Psychedelics (you'll see what I mean when you listen)
- His near death experience when he ruptured his appendix and the incredible story that took place to barely stay alive
- His current outlook on social media and "following his highest excitement"
Follow Ferdinand here: Instagram: @vegainstrength, @vegains, @vegainsfood
#23: Elijah Tyson - Semen Retention and Quitting Porn, Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset, and Realizing Your Worth
In this episode we talk about:
His early business failures (and why we dont consider them
Developing the right mindset to attract success
Why every man should quit porn and try semen retention
Ways to build a business online
Why taking care of your body has been undermined in today's society
#22: Marie Rachelle - How To Make $50,000 Online And Work From Anywhere
In this podcast we go over:
The best sites for freelancers to use
How to get started freelancing
How much to ask for your freelance work
The benefit of going through painful experiences
and a lot more...
#21: Alexander Harold and Michael James: Ending Racism In America, How To Get Over Social Anxiety, and Finding Your Calling
Today features a "two guests in one" podcast with Alexander Harold (@creativeconnect)
and Michael James (@ogmichealjames). Alexander is a videographer and photographer
who runs his own visual art business, and Michael James runs a men's fashion
brand called "organic gentlemen". They also co founded "Hike and meditate",
a brand dedicated to helping others connect with nature and recenter themselves through (as the name
suggests) hiking and meditating. This podcast includes many extremely important topics, including:
How to network and get over social anxiety
How Alexander and Michael started their brands and businesses
The power of meditation and becoming more spiritual
What white privilege looks like (and what we can do to reduce the amount of hate
in America towards African Americans).
#20: Austin "Hooly" Barker - How to Attract the Right Tribe, Change Your Mindset And Become Limitless
Today features an in person podcast with a friend of mine, Austin Barker. He is a rapper/singer who is part of the hip hop group "Spacebound", which started here in Buffalo, NY. In this podcast, we talk about how his childhood and family influenced him to become a rapper, how he's developed his craft over time, how he developed a mindset that let's him achieve anything, and other topics on personal development.
Listen to Hooly:
#19: Stefan Gerbl - Conquering Lyme Disease Through a Plant Based Diet, Trusting Your Intuition, and Building a Business Online
Today's podcast features Stefan Gerbl (@satisforest on instagram). Stefan is a content creator, entrepreneur, and naturopathy advocate who coaches people through optimizing both their body and mind. His focus on holistic and vegan practices separates him from a lot of other "fitness coaches" and his approach is very unique, which makes him one of the best.
In this podcast, we talk about his battle with lyme disease (and how he overcame it), his self help journey, and how he maintains his online business.
For more info on this episode and others: https://seasonedtofu.com/podcast
#18: Miles Kasiri: From Professional Tennis Prodigy To Vegan Nutritionist (How He Completely Changed His Identity)
Today's episode with Miles Kasiri (aka @healthycrazycool on Instagram and YouTube) is one of the most moving and inspirational stories we've had on this podcast so far. Miles started his life as a tennis prodigy, training alongside people like Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova. He was then forced to give up tennis entirely due to a terrible shoulder injury. His whole identity was shattered. In this podcast, we go over how he got through this dark time and how he completely reinvented himself by becoming a vegan nutritionist and starting on online brand.
#17: Daniel "Neftali" Bonilla - Building A Local Hip Hop Community, Going Twitter Viral, and Why COVID-19 Was Secretly A Blessing
Today is a very special episode. Today I am joined by Daniel Bonilla, otherwise known as "Neftali" in the rap group "Freak The Miighty". Freak The Miighty is a 4-man Hip Hop/RnB group consisting of Neftali, SusKingBrad, KarmaBeads, and Namic. It was formed a couple years back in my hometown of Buffalo NY, and I've been friends with all the guys in the group for years now. In this podcast Daniel and I go over how the group was formed, their process for performing at venues, viral twitter videos, and why COVID and lockdown has been a blessing for creatives. The video version of this interview is available at https://youtube.com/colehastings .
Listen To Freak The Miighty:
Follow Freak The Miighty:
Twitter and Instagram: @Freakthemiighty
#16: Luis Camejo - How To Make A Living Off Of Content Creation
Today I'm joined by Biz Bros Co-Founder, Luis Camejo. Him and his brother (also named Luis) started Biz Bros with the intent to escape the 9-5 and instead work for themselves while doing what they love. What they currently do is take businesses and brand's videos or podcasts and repurpose it so that it's optimized for each social media platform. So obviously, I have a lot to learn from him! In this podcast, we talk about his entrepreneurial journey thus far, the tactics one can use to increase engagement and reach on social media, and how to get someone to buy a certain product from a social media post.
#15: Miguel Yiallourides - How To Have An Effective Home Workout During COVID-19 (And Social Media Business Tips)
Today, Miguel The Vegan (@miguelthevegan) joins us on the podcast. He is a vegan social media influencer who runs his brand primarily through Instagram, and creates some amazing infographics. In this podcast, we talk about his experience transitioning to veganism, how to make home workouts effective during this pandemic, and how he runs his business through social media.
#14: Sammy Frith - From Skinny Cyclist To JACKED Vegan (And How He Built A Vegan Business Online)
Today I am joined by Sammy Frith (@jacked.on.plants and @mrs.jackedonplants) who is an online vegan coach, entrepreneur, and graphic designer. After selling a skiing business, Sammy decided to move to Thailand with his wife, adopt a plant based diet, and start trying to build muscle. 20 pounds and 45,000 followers later, Sammy now runs a vegan coaching business with his wife in an effort to help all vegans build muscle. In this podcast, we talk about his rough journey to move to Thailand, how he makes his IG infographics, and how he converts leads into customers and runs ads.
#13: Q&A Special: Optimal Protein Intake, My Relationship With Weed, And Business Advice
Today is a bit of a different podcast. I recently asked my YouTube subscribers to ask me questions in a YouTube post, so in this episode I answer those questions. I answer many of my most frequently asked questions, including:
What is the lowest protein intake one can have while in a caloric deficit?
My relationship with weed and how its changed over time
Do you think plant based keto is good?
Best business advice
And a lot more. If this episode ends up doing well, I'll definitely be making more.
#12: Sharon Cryan - Quitting Commerical Real Estate To Create A Vegan Food Startup
Sharon Cryan is the founder and owner of Food Nerd Inc, a fully raw vegan snack and breakfast company. Sharon obtained her law degree from Touro College and was working a commercial real estate job when she dropped everything for her passion for making delicious vegan food.
Food Nerd is a local startup based here in Buffalo NY, disguising raw sprouted fruits and vegetables and probiotics into snack form. I've been to their facility a few times, and when I'm there i always try something new Sharon is experimenting with. They always taste exactly like the snack or breakfast they're trying to mimic. To check out their snacks, cereals, and breakfast kits, head over to https://foodnerdinc.com .
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What The Health: https://www.netflix.com/title/80174177
Follow Food Nerd here: https://instagram.com/foodnerdinc
#11: David Cleary - Creating A Full Time Online Vegan Business Through Instagram
David Cleary (@davidclearyveganpt on Instagram) is an online vegan personal trainer who has made a living creating content and selling fitness and nutrition plans online. He currently runs his own personal account, along with @veganfitnessinfo and @veganhealthhub. In this episode, we go over his journey with veganism, why he decides to do Olympic weightlifting over traditional bodybuilding, Instagram growth secrets, and how anyone can start an online business through social media.
Follow David here: https://instagram.com/davidclearyveganpt
My video on carbohydrates and muscle growth: https://youtu.be/MUVCK62HQn0
David's all in one vegan supplement: https://lovecomplement.com/pages/main
Canva graphic design software: https://canva.com
Business Wars podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/business-wars/id1335814741
Creative Rebels podcast: http://rebelscreate.com/podcast/
Generation V podcast: https://veganfitness.com/GenerationV
#10: Danny Ishay - How To Become An Effective Vegan Activist
Today I'm joined by Danny Ishay or @lifting_vegan_logic on Instagram. Danny is a college undergrad currently studying human communications, and the reason he actually took on this major is because he wanted to become a better animal rights activist. If you've seen him on Instagram, he's pretty known for his "change my mind" signs, where he usually has some type of controversial title about veganism with "change my mind" under it, so he's pretty active in terms of activism, which we get into a lot in this podcast. I have yet to really interview an activist, so this made for a very interesting talk. As far as other stuff we talk about in this podcast, we go from talking about his background in college, to why he decided to transition to veganism and his current fitness regime, because not only is he a vegan activist, but he is also a vegan bodybuilder. We also go over why he believes roadkill is vegan, why he smokes weed almost every night, and a lot more.
Follow Danny: https://instagram.com/lifting_vegan_logic
Ask Yourself: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQNmHyGAKqzOT_JsVEs4eag
Bite Sized Vegan: https://www.youtube.com/user/BiteSizeVegan
Think About This: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4to0ojhDnczNwQPS-36Rcg
Mic The Vegan: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGJq0eQZoFSwgcqgxIE9MHw
Vegan Gains: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr2eKhGzPhN5RPVk5dd5o3g
"Waking Up" By Sam Harris: https://amzn.to/2NxMxOM
"Master Yourself" By Corey Wayne: https://amzn.to/2WFqMAB
"The Best That Money Can't Buy" By Jacque Fresco https://amzn.to/2NAyvfj
#09: Daryl Hawks - Knowing Your Own Worth As A Professional Videographer (Or Any Creative)
Daryl Hawks (@dhawks2099 on twitter) is on the show today. Daryl "D Hawks" is a music video director and producer, as well as the owner of Studio 2099, a creative visuals company. Their main focus of work is music videos but they also do some photography and other videography projects, and you can check them out and see Daryls work by looking up "Studio 2099" on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms as well. He is someone who shares my love for creating and editing videos, so I was super excited to have him on to share his wisdom to me and you listerners. This podcast felt like more of a casual conversation to me, like more than just someone getting asked questions and answering them. Theres a lot of conversations that flow into each other. We talk about how he grew up right outside of Buffalo in Lockport and how that shaped him into being a more self-relient person, what made him want to start shooting videos, the up and coming Buffalo hip hop scene, how to learn how to edit videos, favorite books, and a bunch of other goodies.
Producer Grind Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKSMKZtme2sth4R-OcI8-QA/videos
Autobiography of Malcom X: https://amzn.to/2oSKsEw
The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene: https://amzn.to/30KZCcd
Walter Payton Autobiography: https://amzn.to/30KTIrj
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: https://amzn.to/2nk3KCa
#08: Nick Ciavarella - A Buffalo Based Hockey Streetwear Brand Getting National Attention
Nick Ciavarella (@716nick) is one of three owners of the Buffalo based hockey streetwear brand, JustDishin. Nick found me through one of my vlogs on YouTube and we've been talking about collabing ever since. In this episode, we start off talking about where he grew up and all the places he's traveled for hockey, and how that influenced him to become an entrepreneur (with his early experience coming from selling in an actual hockey shop). Then we get into more of the business side of things, such as how the company makes it's products, generates revenue, and most impressively, how they are able to network and collaborate with well established brands in Buffalo in order to rapidly grow. Along with that, there's also a lot of talk about how to make engaging social media content, and some general personal development ideas too, so if you're into making and running a business, or hearing about hockey, this is the episode for you. Hope you enjoy.
Follow Nick Here: https://instagram.com/716nick
Follow JustDishin Here: https://instagram.com/justdishin
#07: Nick Coleman - From Fat To Fit: Losing 75 Pounds And Adopting An Entrepreneurial Mindset
Nick Coleman (@realnickcoleman) is an online vegan fitness coach who offers training, as well as programs to help one establish a personal brand through Instagram (which is, of course, where we met).
This Episode features:
His insane transformation story (going from 235 pounds to 160 pounds of pure muscle)
His workout routine and current split, as well as how he manipulates his macros when he wants to get to single digit body fat percentage
His current mentor that has helped him build a personal brand online (and why everyone needs a mentor)
How to market yourself on social media and use active outreach to get new clients
Why he uses a "barking" technique to fuel his morning routine
And a whole lot more. Hope you enjoy the episode.
Follow Nick here: https://instagram.com/realnickcoleman
"Awaken The Giant Within" by Tony Robbins: https://amzn.to/2PYXFse
"The 4 Hour Workweek" By Tim Ferriss: https://amzn.to/2NSXgoA
"Higher Status" By Jason Capital: https://amzn.to/2A0R2uF
#06: Rohan Shah - Disrupting The Education Market Through Classavo
Today's guest is Rohan Shah, the CEO of the startup Classavo. I met Rohan while applying to be a UI/UX design intern for his company, and while I wasn't able to accept the offer, we still kept in contact and became friends. Now I'm sure you're wondering what Classavo is, and if I could describe it with just a sentence, it would be this. Classavo is a software, first and foremost, and a way for professors to track how and why their students are performing the way they are in the classroom by measuring different analytics such as what pages the student read, assignment completion, and other tools as well. And then for students, it's a way to save thousands of dollars a year by providing all the resources one needs for a class (more than just textbooks) right within the Classavo software. I really hope I didn't butcher that explanation and it was also longer than one sentence, but just wait until you hear what Rohan has to say about the company in the podcast and he will clear things up. In this podcast we talk about many different aspects to the company, such as how they generate revenue, how they overcome failure, and the 4 most important guidelines the Classavo culture follows. And then per usual we talk a bit about personal development, like useful books, journaling, and why people are so afraid to pursue an entrepreneurial lifestyle. Enjoy.
Check out Classavo here: https://classavo.com
"The Alchemist" By Paulo Coelho: https://amzn.to/2MHHnB7
"How To Win Friends And Influence People" By Dale Carnegie: https://amzn.to/2G4OOhA
"Can't Hurt Me" By David Goggins: https://amzn.to/33e14WL
"Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" By Yuval Noah Harari: https://amzn.to/2yzZnVL
#05: Philip Zee - Militant Vegans, Working With Vivo Life, and YouTube Growth Secrets
#04: Ian Sucharski - Uncovering Our Earliest Forms Of Diet Through Paleontology
in training", which is essentially the study of fossils. We dive really deep into what it is and how to actually become a paleontologist. This podcast, like usual, features a variety of different topics, including the process behind retrieving fossils, and why fossils are so important to understanding how we came to be where we are today. We also talk (as i wouldn't really call it a debate) about veganism and the reasons why it's the diet that makes the most sense in the present, but he has a lot to say about our early ancestors and how our brain possibly formed with the addition of meat consumption. Not gonna spoil anymore, please enjoy this talk I had with my man, Ian Sucharski.