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Fueled By Progress

74 EpisodesProduced by Mark Joseph SzymanskiWebsite

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 … read more

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FBP #73: The Future Of FBP

January 14th, 2021


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 …

FBP #72: Max Novak

January 6th, 2021


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 …

FBP #71: Cal Tarasi

December 23rd, 2020


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 …

FBP #70: Ryan Praskovich

December 16th, 2020


Ryan Praskovich is a Cyber Threat Intelligence Consultant at Nationwide. He is a Pittsburgh native that relocated to Columbus, Ohio after graduating …

FBP #69: Lucas Brennan

December 10th, 2020


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 …

FBP #68: Alex Connor

December 2nd, 2020


Alex Connor is a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute working towards his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. His current …

FBP #67: Brian Carothers

November 26th, 2020


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 …

FBP #66: Cory Herschk

November 18th, 2020


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 …

FBP #65: Andrew Flowers

November 11th, 2020


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 …

FBP #64: Nick DiSanti & Jimmy Farbo

November 4th, 2020


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 …

FBP #63: Izaz Ahmed

October 28th, 2020


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 …

FBP #62: Jared Garasich

October 21st, 2020


Jared Garasich is an avid dek hockey player at North Hills Dek Hockey & Cranberry Dek Hockey and an Archeologist specializing in the U.S. …

FBP #61: Bobby Sokol

October 14th, 2020


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 …

FBP #60: Brendan Milowicki

October 7th, 2020


Brendan Milowicki is a student at Slippery Rock University studying Psychology and a fitness content creator on Instagram. He has a passion for …

FBP #59: Ryan Rust

September 30th, 2020


Ryan Rust is a full-time video producer at Guardian Protection, a freelance narrative director, and a volunteer firefighter. He graduated from The …

FBP #58: Dan Cole

September 23rd, 2020


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 …

FBP #57: Steve Gregory

September 16th, 2020


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 …

FBP #56: Jordan Smith

September 9th, 2020


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 …

FBP #55: Jesse Stechly, Alex Hirst, & Christian Rohrer

September 2nd, 2020


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. …

FBP #54: Max Mirho

August 26th, 2020


Max Mirho is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, co-founder of Moss Generation, and host of Entreprenerd. His biggest passion and source of …

FBP #53: Charles Machiko

August 19th, 2020


Charles Machiko is a member of the U.S. military, athlete (ice hockey & golf), and student at Washington & Jefferson College studying …

FBP #52: Carlo Sorco

August 12th, 2020


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 …

FBP #51: Jesse Stechly

August 5th, 2020


Jesse Stechly is a rising senior at Robert Morris University studying Cybersecurity and is also pursuing his own entrepreneurial ventures. He …

FBP #50: Burhan Ahmed

July 29th, 2020


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 …

FBP #49: Dave "TheWulfeman" Cupp

July 22nd, 2020


Dave "TheWulfeman" Cupp is an avid gamer, Twitch streamer, content creator, and armchair philosopher. He discusses his views and perspectives on …

FBP #48: Pete Mullins

July 15th, 2020


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 …

FBP #47: Amanda Lynn Masters

July 8th, 2020


Amanda Lynn Masters is a full-time toddler teacher, Apparel Designer at Fueled By Progress, and Co-Host of AM In The PM.

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FBP #46: The Dawn Of A New Era

July 3rd, 2020


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.


FBP #45: Update & What's Come To Come

March 31st, 2020


Lots to do and a ton of fun on the horizon!

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FBP #44: Slight Panic Attack

February 2nd, 2020


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.

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FBP #43: This Is The Beginning

February 1st, 2020


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 …

FBP #42: My Last Day

January 31st, 2020


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 …

FBP #41: Tips To Success

January 31st, 2020


Some things I've learned:

  1. Always be grateful for the opportunities that people give you. Never burn any bridges.
  2. Build up your network with people …

FBP #40: It's Going To Happen

January 29th, 2020


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 …

FBP #39: My 23rd Year Recap

January 28th, 2020


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 …

FBP #38: Will I Run Out Of Money?

January 26th, 2020


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 …

FBP #37: Just Do It

January 25th, 2020


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 …

FBP #36: Goal Setting & Moving Forward

January 21st, 2020


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 …

FBP #35: Selling All My Stuff

January 18th, 2020


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 …

FBP #34: Feel. Assess. Move.

January 16th, 2020


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 …

FBP #33: Don't Sell Yourself Short

January 15th, 2020


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, …

FBP #32: TSLA & I

January 14th, 2020


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 …

FBP #31: I Need More Time

January 12th, 2020


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 …

FBP #30: What's Next?

January 8th, 2020


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 …

FBP #29: I Did It

December 27th, 2019


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, …

FBP #28: In A Tough Spot

December 26th, 2019


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 …

FBP #27: Death Is Heavy

December 25th, 2019


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 …

FBP #26: I've Made Up My Mind

December 24th, 2019


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 …

FBP #25: Approaching Enlightenment

December 23rd, 2019


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 …

FBP #24: Put Down The Crutch

December 22nd, 2019


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, …

FBP #23: Time To Make A Change

December 20th, 2019


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 …

FBP #22: The Saddest I've Ever Felt

December 7th, 2019


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. …

FBP #21: Keeping Relationships Intact

December 3rd, 2019


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. …

FBP #20: One Thing At A Time

December 3rd, 2019


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 …

FBP #19: Eliminate Distractions

December 2nd, 2019


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 …

FBP #18: A Right Way To Start A Business

November 26th, 2019


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 …

FBP #17: Focus

November 25th, 2019


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 …

FBP #16: Be Compassionate & Proactive

November 25th, 2019


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 …

FBP #15: Role Reversal

November 24th, 2019


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. …

FBP #14: Don't Fall Into The Trap

November 23rd, 2019


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 …

FBP #13: Tesla Critics Make Me Laugh

November 22nd, 2019


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 …

FBP #12: Build A Genuine Brand

November 22nd, 2019


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, …

FBP #11: Are You Scared?

November 20th, 2019


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 …

FBP #10: Easy Steps To Personal Finance Success

November 19th, 2019


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 …

FBP #9: Every Weekend For 10 Years

November 16th, 2019


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 …

FBP #8: Diet & Nutrition

November 13th, 2019


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 …

FBP #7: Slow & Steady - Hiring & Scaling

November 13th, 2019


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 …

FBP #6: Give Personal Finance A Try

November 12th, 2019


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 …

FBP #5: You'll Figure It Out

November 11th, 2019


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.

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FBP #4: Right Now & What's Next

November 9th, 2019


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 …

FBP #3: Ideal Day

November 7th, 2019


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 …


November 7th, 2019


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.

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FBP #1: It Ain't That Bad

November 6th, 2019


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.

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