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Fueled By Progress

Welcome to Fueled By Progress, hosted by entrepreneur, investor, and personal development enthusiast, Mark Joseph Szymanski. On this podcast, you’ll find a blend of information related to entrepreneurship, personal finance, and personal development. I speak about personal experiences in my life and how I’ve grown because of them in the hope that you, the listener, will find your fuel!

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Jeff Fieldhouse is a Pittsburgh native with a passion for comedy and a love for all types of creative art. He is a stand-up comedian the host of The BabyFace Assassin Podcast. Alongside his girlfriend and producer Danielle Bernick, he has spent the past 2 years building up the…
CT Kaupp is a Wisconsin native that has a true passion for web design and entrepreneurship. He is the owner of CT Kaupp, LLC, a full-service web design firm, and the host of the Business In Boardshorts Podcast. His approach to web design emphasizes developing strong relationships with his…
Benjamin Cartwright is a U.S. Military veteran and entrepreneur that has lived up and down the east coast of the United States. He’s also a certified sous-chef and has worked at many top-notch establishments in the past. Benjamin’s new venture, Stonebridge Security Consultants, is set to launch in 2021…
Liam Carlin is a Pittsburgh native currently working full-time at a logistics company. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2019 with a Masters in Business Administration and has plans to work for himself in the future. In mid-2020, Liam launched his first business, Carlin Fitness Systems….
Josh Santiago is a freelance video editor and YouTuber with over 3,000 subscribers. He recently moved back to Wisconsin after living out in Oregon for a short time. Josh started to focus on building his video editing business, Thrive Media Productions, after he lost his day job due to…
We’ve got big things planned for 2021! Podcast improvements, bringing the apparel line to life, and expanding the FBP community are just the beginning! Thank you all for your support! Stay Fueled By Progress & Let’s Keep Going! FBP Clips Channel: YouTube Follow Fueled By Progress: Facebook – Instagram…
Max Novak is a Director, VFX Artist, and YouTuber with over 240,000 subscribers. He is a Pittsburgh native that recently returned from living out in Los Angeles, California. Max attended CCAC for two years before transferring to Slippery Rock University (SRU). At the time, he was studying Cybersecurity but…
Cal Tarasi is a Mail Carrier at The United States Postal Service. He is a Pittsburgh native that relocated to Yakima, Washington in June 2020 for a change of scenery. Prior to USPS, Cal studied Music at California University of Pennsylvania. After completing his core courses, he auditioned and…
Ryan Praskovich is a Cyber Threat Intelligence Consultant at Nationwide. He is a Pittsburgh native that relocated to Columbus, Ohio after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in information science/networks and security. Over the past few years, Ryan has developed a passion for personal finance…
Lucas Brennan is a Long Island, New York native and is currently working as a Full Stack Developer at BlueMatrix based in New York City. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in just 3.5 years. Lucas has a passion for gaming…
Alex Connor is a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute working towards his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. His current research focuses on the genetic design, recombinant production, and characterization of silk-inspired proteins produced in a variety of microorganisms. He also has a passion for learning about nutritional…
Brian Carothers is a real estate agent with RE/MAX Select Realty in Moon Township, PA. He loves the real estate transaction process and enjoys helping people through one of the biggest purchases of their lives. Since social media’s conception, Brian has learned to leverage it in a way not…
Cory Herschk is a 3rd Grade Math Teacher at Dilworth Elementary School, Director of Hockey Operations at USA Ball Hockey, and the Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Gods. The sport of ball hockey has grown exponentially over the past 10+ years and Cory has been one of the driving…
Andrew Flowers is a student at Grand Canyon University (GCU) in Phoenix, Arizona with a great deal of ambition and experience at a young age. He co-founded a digital marketing agency at 18 and has been able to leverage the knowledge he gained from it over the past couple…
Nick DiSanti & Jimmy Farbo are Penn State University engineering graduates, investment partners, and great friends. They’ve both developed a burning passion for fitness and have been motivating each other since they met back in Happy Valley. Today, Nick works as a Sales and Operations Engineer at Carnegie Robotics…
Izaz Ahmed is a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and currently works as an Army Recruiter. He has a passion for service and has relished his time in the military thus far. He is also pursuing a degree in Aerospace Science and wants to work at a company like…
Jared Garasich is an avid dek hockey player at North Hills Dek Hockey & Cranberry Dek Hockey and an Archeologist specializing in the U.S. Northeast region. He has garnished some great stories and unique perspectives from his time on the road. When he is home on breaks, one of…
Bobby Sokol is a semi-professional hockey player on the Peoria Rivermen (SPHL) and the Port Huron Prowlers (FPHL). In the past, he played at Ringgold High School, Hobart College, and overseas in several European countries. Ball, roller, and ice hockey have been a huge part of his life since…
Brendan Milowicki is a student at Slippery Rock University studying Psychology and a fitness content creator on Instagram. He has a passion for helping others and is sharing his fitness knowledge with the world to create a positive impact. Brendan shares some keen insights on fitness, mental health, college,…
Ryan Rust is a full-time video producer at Guardian Protection, a freelance narrative director, and a volunteer firefighter. He graduated from The Pittsburgh Technical Institute in early 2015 and started his own freelance business, “Firedance Productions”, shortly after. He is also establishing his personal portfolio under the brand “Ryan…
Dan Cole is a full-time Project Engineer at FedEx and the owner of DC Hypertrophy & Strength LLC (DCHS). He has been training since 2008 and started focusing on bodybuilding specifically in 2014. He founded DCHS in June 2018 and earned his bodybuilding pro status in the OCB in…
Steve Gregory is a real estate agent with River Point Realty in Pittsburgh, PA. He truly enjoys guiding his clients through one of the biggest purchases of their lives and does so by putting an emphasis on hard work and genuineness. Another huge part of Steve’s life is ball…
Jordan Smith is the Athletics Graduate Assistant at Point Park University and a La Roche University alum. His life-long passion for sports has led him to pursue a career in sports media and public relations. We chat about finding one’s purpose, Jordan’s internship with the Pittsburgh Penguins, sports card…
This trio has known one another since kindergarten and has been making memories together since fourth grade. Their social distance has fluctuated and a lot has changed during that time, but they’re still great friends. They are a terrific example of what a lifelong friend group should be like….
Max Mirho is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, co-founder of Moss Generation, and host of Entreprenerd. His biggest passion and source of enjoyment is experimenting with #NoCode tools and teaching aspiring entrepreneurs the skills they’ll need to succeed. Max does all of this LIVE every Wednesday (12 PM-1:30…
Charles Machiko is a member of the U.S. military, athlete (ice hockey & golf), and student at Washington & Jefferson College studying psychology and philosophy. He recounts his life story and recent mindset transformation. Topics include high school and college sports, his initial experience with military training, the importance…
Carlo Sorco is a licensed Realtor®, Italian-raised, Pittsburgh native with a passion for helping and educating others. He tells the story of his indirect path into real estate, describes his go-to marketing tactics, and talks about why he loves the self-employed lifestyle. Follow Carlo: Instagram  –  Facebook  –  Zillow…
Jesse Stechly is a rising senior at Robert Morris University studying Cybersecurity and is also pursuing his own entrepreneurial ventures. He discusses how he found his love for technology, his views on privacy vs convenience,  why people should take cybersecurity more seriously, and what he’s doing to help people…
Burhan Ahmed is an entrepreneur, a licensed insurance agent, an avid gamer, a ball hockey player, and a huge sports fan. He discusses the story of how he immigrated to the US, the role ball hockey has played in his life, his experience with religion, how COVID-19 has affected…
Dave “TheWulfeman” Cupp is an avid gamer, Twitch streamer, content creator, and armchair philosopher. He discusses his views and perspectives on mental health, collectivism vs individualism, COVID-19, the US political system, and more. Follow Dave “TheWulfeman” Cupp at the links below! Twitch  –  YouTube  –  Facebook  –  Twitter ———-…
Pete Mullins works 100% remotely as a full-time mobile app developer and also has a true passion for and a vested interest in US politics. He gives us some insight and perspective into his views on equality, COVID-19, the 2-party political system, and more. Link mentioned in COVID-19 segment:…
Amanda Lynn Masters is a full-time toddler teacher, Apparel Designer at Fueled By Progress, and Co-Host of AM In The PM. Follow Amanda on Instagram @amandaamasters Follow AM In The PM on Instagram @aminthepmpodcast ———- Thank you for listening! Our Website: fueledbyprogress.com YouTube: Fueled By Progress Instagram: @fbpapparel…
We are so excited about what’s to come and we want all of you to be a part of it! Our format is changing, but our mission is not. We’re lining up some incredible guests and can’t wait to get started. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT! Our…
Lots to do and a ton of fun on the horizon! MJS YouTube Channel Fueled By Progress AM In The PM — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
I just took a big, scary step. It’s starting to hit me a little bit. I’m overthinking about what could go wrong, but I’m anxious to get started. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
It’s over and this is the beginning. I am officially on my own. From now on, I will be building up my own business empire, MJS Industries. This is going to take a lot of hard work and self-discipline. I’m ready to get out of life what I put…
A bittersweet day, for sure. Today is my last day at my full-time gig as a Marketing Director. It’s difficult to move away from a situation that you’ve become comfortable in. For me though, the thought of regretting not pursuing my goals is much worse. I am moving towards…
Some things I’ve learned: Always be grateful for the opportunities that people give you. Never burn any bridges. Build up your network with people by providing genuine value and actually helping. Focus on building things into your life that are productive and bring you fulfillment. Be genuine and authentic…
We’re almost at the end of this chapter. I only have a couple of days left at my full-time job. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. One thing that I am focusing on moving forward is dealing with clients and partners. Sales skills are very important and…
Today is my 24th birthday. I don’t like to make a big deal about the day, but I do think it’s very important to reflect on the previous year and look ahead to the next. A lot has changed in my 23rd year. I established 5 LLCs and have…
This is a tough topic for me. I go back and forth on it a lot. I’m kinda concerned that I am about to quit my job with having a full income replacement. However, I fully believe that this is the best time ever to do so. I have…
A plan and a mindset to grow will keep you moving forward throughout your life. This will help more than you could ever imagine. Give it a shot and see where it takes you and how you start to feel. I am a real example of this. I am…
I never really believed it, but you truly are the average of the 5 people you are around the most. Because of this, I make it a priority to associate with people that push me to do better and become more every single day. You have to do what…
Don’t make excuses when you have the ability to solve the problems you’re faced with. You’re only going to hurt yourself in the long run. I am a huge proponent of minimalism. I frequently look around my room and ask myself what I could live without. Then, I list…
Always be yourself. No matter where you’re at: school, work, etc. I love getting to know people for who they really are and I try to always show my true colors to other people. By the same token, always trust yourself. When you feel something, don’t ignore it. Take…
As you go through life, you’ll meet and intereact with a lot of people. Sometimes, you will disagree with what your partners, clients or friends have to say about a topic. These times, though they may be frustrating, will help you grow. The more you deal with people, the…
Sign up for Robinhood here! My relationship with Tesla has been a roller coaster. I truly believe in the company and Elon Musk. The mission that they are on is world-changing in magnitude and just cool overall. I’ve been in and out of the stock a few different times…
I’m getting impatient. I want the time to do whatever I want. I want to focus on the things that I have created and continue to build them. I’m just not there yet. Even at the time, I want to maximize my efficiency. I love to educate people and…
When you are gracious and care about what you do, you’ll get rewarded. Given my performance and experience, I was offered an opportunity to do some contract work for my previous company during my transition to complete independence. In addition to that, I will be building up FindIT Tech,…
In life, sometimes you have to have difficult conversations. I just had one. I have officially planned my resignation from my 9-5 gig for January 31, 2020. This is extremely exciting for me. I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while and I have come to the conclusion…
My current spot in life has me torn a couple of different ways. I’m not happy going to work every day and I have been working towards building up alternative means of income. I have several business ventures that I want to move forward with and I need more…
I’ve been fortunate in 24 years that I haven’t had to deal with many deaths in my family. Like everyone, I will have to experience it someday. Any time someone in my sphere dies, I try to be optimistic about the situation. If they were sick, I trust that…
I’ve done a ton of self-introspection and have realized that I’m in need of a change. My 10-6 gig is no longer providing me with the level of fulfillment and happiness that I require. I want to live my best life and that relies solely on me doing what…
Complaining never solves anything. Sometimes, I find myself falling into that trap. I don’t want that to be a part of my life. If you situation is not making you happy, then change it! I have done a lot of evolving over the past 2 years and I am…
Alcohol, again. I’ve never had a drop of alcohol in my life. A little extreme, maybe. It’s not for me, but I don’t judge people that drink (used to, not anymore). That being said, I know there are better ways to escape from whatever you’re feeling at that time….
I constantly audit how happy and fulfilled I am in my life. Whether it’s my career, family, friends, health, etc, I’m always thinking about how I can make things better and more enjoyable. Bottom line: I know a lot of people that are not happy with their lives and…
I witnessed some things that made me extremely sad. There are many good people in our world on paths to lives filled with depression and addiction.  Specifically, I’m talking about alcohol abuse. I want to do my best to help those in need of it, but I need to…
My goal is to try to make a positive impact on people’s lives. The tough part will always be maintaining the relationships that you have as you grow. At the end of the day, you have to be the captain of your own ship. Learn and gain experience from…
You can’t spread yourself too thin or cut corners. Building a business is no easy task. There are so many things to think about as you form the foundation and begin to scale. There’s no secret formula, just a lot of hard work. — This episode is sponsored by…
This episode topic was inspired by this video by Alex Becker. It’s so important to love and get fulfillment from what you do every day. One of the easiest ways to achieve happiness is to cut out the things that don’t bring you joy. Eliminating the distractions in your…
I have 5 LLCs in the state of Pennsylvania. I filed each of them myself, so I know what it takes to develop a foundation for your business. Throughout the process of building awareness for what I’m doing, I have received questions about what it takes to start a…
You have to take a focused approach to life. Speed is absolutely important, especially in a business setting. However, if tasks are done too fast or there is too much going on at one time, it can collapse a whole system. There has to be a process in place…
I saw the movie “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” and it got me thinking. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Rogers was pretty close to home and the show had a good deal of relatability.  The documentary of Fred Rogers’ life, as well as the Hollywood counterpart featuring…
Over the past couple of years, I have started to pay more attention to my surroundings and my normal environment. During that time, I have become much more ambitious in pursuing my goals, personally and professionally. In that same time, I have witnessed the opposite happen to people close…
Are you doing things that make you happy and bring you fulfillment? Or are you just going through the motions? I strongly encourage everyone I meet to adopt this mindset and don’t fall into the trap of complacency. There will be obstacles as you try to find what you…
I watched Elon Musk and the Tesla team unveil the Cybertruck last night and wanted to give my thoughts on the event, but more so the innovation giant on the whole. The company is revolutionizing the transportation and energy industries right in front of our eyes. The critics make…
I had a great conversation with a colleague in the mortgage industry and wanted to reflect on what we talked about. We spoke a lot about finance, marketing, and building strong relationships. We agreed that the best way to establish a legendary brand is to root it in genuineness…
I strive every day to deepen my level of thinking, expand my knowledge base, and extend my comfort zone. There is so much information available online today. Go out and find what you’re looking for! As it relates to business, I always try to steer my clients in the…
Over the past 2 years, I have acquired a ton of knowledge in the personal finance niche. I have implemented the tips and tricks into my own life, but now, I want to share what I know with others. I am working on a personal finance crash course that…
I’m always doing something. For the last 10+ years, I haven’t had many days off. Weekdays have been spent at school or a full-time job and my weekends have been spent at my Grandma’s diner. There are many pros and cons to this lifestyle, but overall I think it…
Diet and nutrition have been a part of a roller coaster ride for me throughout my life. I was an overweight kid in grade school and I have since transitioned into a much more average build in my 20s. I have some thoughts and goals that I like to…
If you’re a business owner looking to expand your team, be conscientious about how you hire new people and scale your business. While speed is important in the micro, it can hurt you on a macro level if you don’t have the right mindset. Get to know and truly…
How much of a handle do you have on your personal finances right now? If the answer is very little, I implore you to devote even the smallest amount of effort towards it. By following the steps that I have developed and having some self-discipline, you will be able…
A little glimpse at what my typical weekend is like and how packed my day-to-day is. However, something special happened this past weekend that gave me the confidence and hope that I needed. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
I’m in a place of wanting to do much more and need to keep moving forward. My job is okay, but is very draining and not where I want to be. I have the idea in my head that I want to implement my ideal day and I’m slowly…
Have you ever thought about what your ideal day would look like? Are you currently living it? I know I’m not. Here’s what my ideal day would be like and what I’m moving towards. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast….
Have you heard of the FIRE movement? It stands for “Financial Independence, Retire Early.” These are some of my thoughts on it inspired by Ryan Scribner’s video. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
This episode is about my thoughts on how people are reacting to Google’s new device, the Pixel 4. I have the Pixel 4 XL and the press has blown the drawbacks out of proportion. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast….