Now to Next with Nick Nanton

Nick Nanton

Fifteen-time Emmy Award Winning Director/Producer, Nick Nanton, has become known for telling stories that connect. Why? Because he focuses on the most fascinating subject in the world: PEOPLE. As co-founder of the largest personal branding agency in the world, DNA: The Dicks + Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency®, representing more than 3000 clients in 60 countries around the world, Nick learned the art of storytelling through helping his clients tell their stories in order to share their unique gifts with the world. On Now to Next, Nick sits down with specialists from all walks of life to discuss what’s happening right now in their prospective field, and where the future lies for a positive tomorrow.

Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Jay Abraham
Apr 6 2020
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Jay Abraham
Through the Lens of Jay Abraham's 10 Power PrinciplesIn the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine, host Nick Nanton speaks with his longtime collaborator (Jay Abraham). The pair break down 10 of Jay’s 21 all-important (Power Principles of Success). Nick and Jay also answer questions in hopes of helping citizens of the world thrive through pillars of value and bounce back once the pandemic has passed. Jay also touches upon the current uncertainty surrounding the real estate market, establishing your superior skillset, and uncovering the real meaning of life. Timestamps:3:00: You have greatness embedded in your DNA 5:28: Set higher goals for yourself 7:52: Becoming a category of one 12:14: The real estate Parthenon  17:29: How to get people that love what you do to recruit new clients 22:40: Developing your unique selling proposition 27:11: Seeking geometric improvements in your business — not linear ones 33:09: Cross pollination for competitive advantage 36:33: Extending the lifetime value of your customer 39:09: Revising price points with products and services 41:29: How to invest in the stock market once the economy recovers 47:55: Eliminate the prospect of fear by reversing the risk 53:09: Grow and develop top talent 57:01: Life is about appreciating the process — not all about profits Resources: (Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: The Jay Abraham Story) (Jack Canfield) Connect With Nick Nanton: (Website) (Facebook) (Twitter) (LinkedIn) (YouTube)
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Joe de Sena
Aug 19 2020
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Joe de Sena
(Joe de Sena )is CEO and founder of (Spartan Race), a New York Times best-seller, and a popular keynote speaker and podcast host. Host Nick Nanton and Joe discuss three business/life lessons that Joe got from the most unlikely of sources, the entrepreneurial mindset of serving first, and the evolution of Spartan Race. Nick and Joe also talk about the people that inspire Joe to get after it every day, work-life integration, the challenge of teaching persistence to children, and focusing on the things in life that you can control. Timestamps:3:51: How growing up in Queens shaped the early parts of Joe’s life 7:13: Proving value before expecting anything in return 9:33: Joe’s farm in Vermont — and how it came to be 15:40: Knowing when enough is enough — and when to stop being soft 19:19: Joe’s love for insane races — including “Death Race" 23:01: Embracing "the suck” 27:25: Why it’s difficult to build persistence in children 31:33: Spartan Race and the Spartan Mentality 33:01: Are Spartan Races more mental than physical? 34:22: “Spartan Up” - everyone matters  36:56: Joe’s changed business model due to COVID-19  39:48: “Spartan Way” — metabolic health  42:56: Joe’s system for time management  44:59: How to exercise your motivational muscle 46:54: Worrying too much is a time-waster 49:38: Burpees are the most efficient workout in the world Resources: ("Spartan Up") ("Spartant Fit") ("The Spartan Way") (Dan Sullivan: "Batteries Included") (Joe Polish) Connect With Nick Nanton: (Website) (Facebook) (Twitter) (LinkedIn) (YouTube)
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
Aug 31 2020
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow is the founder and CEO of (Mary’s Meals) — a global hunger charity that provides a daily meal in a place of education for more than 1.6 million of the world’s poorest children per day. Host Nick Nanton and Magnus discuss his second book — ("Give: Charity and the Art of Living Generously,”) how any genuine act of charity will always involve a risk, and learning from the people he was trying to help. Magnus also talks about founding Scottish International Relief, empowering communities to volunteer their own time to cook and grow food, and how his original business model has been replicated across 19 countries.  Timestamps:2:39: Magnus began his career as a salmon farmer 3:26: What Magnus saw on TV that altered his course 5:40: Magnus’ first trip as a child to Bosnia 8:00: Words of encouragement for those taking a challenge  12:00: What happened when Magnus came back from Bosnia 21:03: Overcoming the risk of celebrity to focus on the mission 25:31: The reason for feeding children at places of education  28:42: How are 1.6 million children fed per day? 32:10: What does Magnus say to those that mistrust charities? 35:32: Magnus’ latest documentary featuring Gerard Butler 38:51: An impactful passage from Magnus’ book 40:24: Learn more about Magnus  Resources: (2010 CNN Hero) (2015 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World) (“The Shed That Fed a Million Children” ) ("Love Reaches Everywhere") Connect With Nick Nanton: (Website) (Facebook) (Twitter) (LinkedIn) (YouTube)
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Steve Sims
Sep 17 2020
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Steve Sims
What you see is what you get with (Steve Sims). London-native Steve Sims is a massively successful serial entrepreneur and author that tells it likes it is but is still compassionate in his approach. Host Nick Nanton and Steve discuss the true and positive meaning of being a "hustler," imagining what you could achieve if you weren't afraid of trying, and how entrepreneurs are able to tweak a bad situation into a diamond situation. Nick and Steve also talk about learning the art of negotiating from (Steve's days working in clubs), the reasons you should always ask “why" three times within a conversation, and how to become so valuable that famous people want to engage with you.  Timestamps:3:05: The experience of starting a career as a brick-layer — and as a “hustler." 7:44: Leaving school at 15-years-old — and what it led to. 12:43: The purse story from Steve’s book, “Blue Fishing.”  18:19: Getting into the finance led Steve overseas where he became a club bouncer.  25:51: There’s a password for every party, you just have to listen for it. 32:04: When talking to someone, ask “why,” three times. 38:27: How to gain and cultivate relationships with super-talented people. 43:53: The value is far greater in experiences and feelings than it is in dollars. 50:23: Going above and beyond to get noticed. 52:41: The Chug Test Resources: (Steve's Website) (Steve on Twitter) (Steve on Facebook) ("Blue Fishing”) Connect With Nick Nanton: (Website) (Facebook) (Twitter) (LinkedIn) (YouTube)
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Arlan Hamilton
Sep 28 2020
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Arlan Hamilton
Arlan Hamilton is a venture capitalist, author, managing partner of (Backstage Capital) and the first Black woman to appear on the cover of (Fast Company) — that isn’t an athlete or entertainer. Backstage Capital has raised more than $30 million and invested in more than 130 companies led by underestimated founders. Host Nick Nanton and Arlan discuss the types of educational companies she loves currently being created, how sitting front row at a Janet Jackson concert inspired her ideals and future career path, and what drove Arlan to start a fund to invest in the companies that were being overlooked. Nick and Arlan also talk about building Backstage Capital for three years before receiving any funding, her book, “It’s About Damn Time” which shares the principles of entrepreneurship, and the benefits of backing syndicate members via Backstage Crowd.  Timestamps:3:06: Growing up in Texas 5:28: Why Arlan wore six watches as a kid 8:55: “Cool” happenings in disruptive education  12:24: What got Arlan into the music business 15:30: Where should people turn for positive influence if they aren’t getting it at home? 19:28: How Arlan got into investing 25:52: The background of flying to San Francisco on a one-way ticket 31:27: What Arlan looks for when she’s investing in a business 37:00: Diversifying is key 39:00: “Sometimes you have to write the invitations to the parties you don’t get invited to.” 42:36: Including self-care in the hustle and grind 46:24: Getting Black women on the cover of magazines to become the norm Resources: (“It’s About Damn Time”) (“Your First Million") (“Bootstrapped VC”) (Backstage Crowd) Connect With Nick Nanton: (Website) (Facebook) (Twitter) (LinkedIn) (YouTube)
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Quan Huynh
Oct 2 2020
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Quan Huynh
Quan Huynh is the post-release program manager for (Defy Ventures) — a non-profit that provides opportunities to men and women with criminal histories. Host Nick Nanton and Quan talk about his new book, (“Sparrow and the Razor Wire,”) which begins when Quan received a sentence of 15 years-to-life for killing a man in a gang-related incident. Nick and Quan also discuss how he discovered a new path while being incarcerated that led to self-reflection and the ability to help those that may feel “stuck,” how joining and creating groups that do good in prison made Quan feel the best he ever had, and what he did during his final 150 days behind bars to officially move on.  Timestamps:3:02: Moving from Vietnam to Utah and facing racism  4:37: The family then moved to California because of Quan’s father’s leukemia 7:57: How to help someone when you aren't quite sure how 10:23: Quan began hanging around the wrong crowd 14:06: Where Quan was sent after being arrested for attempted murder at 17 14:56: The day-to-day happenings in jail 16:23: What happened after Quan was released on parole in 1993 20:08: There was no one to help transition to life on the outside 21:30: Not getting a promotion at Gallup negatively affected Quan 23:52: The night Quan committed murder 26:59: What gets you to the point of actually shooting someone? 27:56: The period of time between the shooting and being arrested 29:23: Lying on trial and his subsequent conviction 31:33: Life at Pelican Bay 34:34: 10 years in — Quan had a moment that made him reexamine his life 38:37: How Quan was looked at following his transformation and the parlay racket he passed on 42:40: Cell phones in prison? 44:39: Getting in front of the parole board 50:05: Defy Ventures Resources: (Quan's Website) ("Sparrow and the Razor Wire: Finding Freedom from Within While Serving a Life Sentence") (Defy Ventures)  Connect With Nick Nanton: (Website) (Facebook) (Twitter) (LinkedIn) (YouTube)
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. James Altucher
Nov 16 2020
Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. James Altucher
James Altucher is an American hedge-fund manager, author, podcaster and entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded over 20 companies. In this episode, he dives into his “Choose Yourself” mentality and what that means in terms of finding your own passions, forging your own path, and his daily practice with what he calls the four bodies (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual). James also discusses the reaction he faced (the good and the bad) after his “New York City is Dead Forever" article went viral during the pandemic. We talk reviews from the 8-part docuseries about James on Amazon Prime video that I directed, and finally James gives some insights on his new book, "Skip The Line." Timestamps:2:00: The "Choose Yourself" mentality.  5:29: James explains the four steps in The Daily Practice 8:04: James gives an example of The Daily Practice working in his own life 11:49: James discusses his "New York City is Dead Forever" article 14:58: James discusses his writing style, cognitive dissonance, and writing a viral article. 23:36: James discusses how he chooses his topics and his search for the truth 28:22: James and Nick discuss feedback from their Amazon documentary series "Choose Yourself" 35:04: James discusses how his constant flow of new ideas create abundance. 40:11: A summary of James's new book, "Skip The Line". Resources: (jamesaltucher.com) (James on Instagram) (James on Twitter) Connect With Nick Nanton: (Website) (Facebook) (Twitter) (LinkedIn) (YouTube)