Socks & Soul

Kelly Ditto

Lessons learned from the inspiring stories of people who took their ideas from socks to reality by dreaming big and never giving up.

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John Bryant grew up in a very small town and is the product of very modest & very hard working parents and grandparents.  His family history is an incredibly important part of his identity and the identity of his well-known brewery, No-Li in Spokane, Washington.When John tells his story it is not about the money or growth- he does not seem to measure success by his profit and loss statement- he is soundly focused on making Spokane the epicenter for craft beer.  He talks about culture and people and winning customers by bringing the experience to them.He is obsessed with the mastery of beer and delights in the challenge.  As a result, No-Li Brewhouse has won multiple international competitions and continues to see great success.No-Li Brewhouse1003 E Trent Ave #170Spokane, WA 99202(509) 242-2739Nolibrewhouse.comSocks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Mar 11

55 min 51 sec

Michael Brown grew up in a very busy house as one of 15 kids. His dad wasn't around and his older brothers were in an out of prison. His mother worked hard to take care of her kids- Michael remembers staying up late with her on many occasions to clean the house- no small task with their very busy house.Despite his very poor upbringing & tough neighborhood he remembers feeling God in his life from a young age. On Sundays his mother would arrange to have the local pastor come by and pick him up for Church and Sunday School.Michael founded his non-profit, Spokane Eastside Reunion Association (SERA) as a way to connect people in his community. It started as a facebook group to let people know they were having a neighborhood reunion. They were going to meet at a local park, play basketball and have a BBQ. To Michael's astonishment 3,500 people showed up and totally overwhelmed the event.He started to realize the power of his community and the importance of unity. One of his first events after forming the non-profit was starting a basketball camp. His first camp had 10 kids and was done at a local community center. He wanted to be able to offer the camp to kids who couldn't afford to come so he started a scholarship program accepting local donations.He later decided to put his years in the restaurant industry to work and open a comfort food restaurant where he would teach local youth life and work skills. He especially saw God's hand as he worked to turn the building into a restaurant.The restaurant follows a 16 week program to teach kids about finances, entrepreneurship, time management, work skills and most importantly about their relationship with God. With a certificate from SERA in hand, they graduate from the program with work experience and life training.He has blessed the lives of so many youth and continues to pour his whole soul into his program.Connect with Michael on Facebook@SpokaneeastsidereunionASSOCSocks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Mar 3

1 hr

I met Mark a few years ago while filming my friends Ragnar Relay team (These are relay races done over a 24 hour period usually covering over 200 miles).  He was the senior member of the 6-man ultra team (most teams have 12 members).One of Mark's experiences is particularly interesting to me.  When his kids were younger, he and his wife took them sailing for 17 months straight.  Before their voyage began He did not know how to sail, he didn't own a sailboat & no, he was not (is not) independently wealthy.His motto is "Live fearlessly into the dreams uniquely written upon your heart”.  Years prior (before he had any kids) he make a 'bucket list' of things he wanted to do in life.  On this list was to sail with his family for a year.  Despite some major hurdles, they found a way to make it happen.Blog about Mark & Sue's Sailing adventure4wheelersailing.blogspot.comBook'Born to Run' by Christopher McdougallSocks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Feb 24

1 hr 2 min

2nd Chance Ranch & Rescue is a non-profit Joy has been running for over 30 years.  She juggles hundreds of animals & dozens of volunteers.  She has great respect for the healing power of animals which helped her survive an abusive marriage.  In this emotional interview Joy shares her journey and goodness.Connect with Joy & 2nd Chance Ranch and Petting Zoomy2ndchanceranch@yahoo.comFacebook- 2nd Chance Ranch Spokane Wa Mobile Petting Zoo. Rescue & EducationSocks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Feb 3

53 min 29 sec

She escaped death in her mid 20s, but her life was never the same after that.  She was told by doctors she would never run again.  Not only did she run again, but she ran in the Boston Marathon and the Ironman.  She thrives on authenticity and believes in the power to choose your story.Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Jan 20

56 min 22 sec

She competed in her first lumbersport event after only being on the team for a few weeks- since then she's never looked back.  Today she is a world champion and owns a small business.  She chooses to do things she enjoys and talks about finding that In her life.Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Jan 13

47 min 8 sec

Juggling the everyday is tricky- Work, family, kids & stress.  The Roloffs had to fight for their business and make some serious compromises along the way.  As a couple they own a fast growing business in the technology sector all while raising their four adorable kids.  https://oloffdf.com/Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Jan 6

1 hr 1 min

She finished her bachelor's degree and after 5 years of work decided to go back to school to be a nurse.  She took a massive pay cut but knew it was right.  Mary describes what it was like to go through the decision making process of leaving her career to start school again.Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Dec 2020

49 min 2 sec

The Last time he ran away as a teenager he ended up over 1,000 miles from home.  He has spent his life learning to deal with the loss, frustration and anger he absorbed growing up.  Carlos has a tragic past, but instead of letting it consume and ruin him, he used it to hone in on what he really wanted out of life.  Today he has a highly successful Leadership Coaching business he loves and continues to learn and grow everyday.Connect with Carlos-Transformationpath@gmail.comSocks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Dec 2020

1 hr 3 min

I have had quite a few guests on the show who are natural born entrepreneurs.  You know the guy who built an empire selling candy on the playground or grew up being taught by parents who were successful business owners.  For the first half of his career Andy Niska went a pretty traditional route- he graduated from college and worked in his industry and was very good at it.  In his 40s he decided to change gears, so he started his business.  I think there are a lot of people out there in this situation- maybe you have been working the same job or in the same industry for 10 or 20 years and the thought of doing that same thing for another 20 years makes your heard spin but at the same time you feel a little trapped because you are good at it or you make good money doing it, whatever the case you feel secure and safe and comfortable.  Maybe it is time to consider your alternatives-  Wherever you may be, this is a great story and there is so much to learn from it. Love In Home Senior Carehttps://www.loveinhomeseniorcare.com/  Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Nov 2020

1 hr 2 min

Entrepreneurism or just generally thinking outside the box comes naturally some people- For most though, it is a learned skill.  I don't care if my kids own their own businesses someday, but I do want them to have the kind of mindset that comes along with being an entrepreneur.  Sam Workman has this in his DNA-  His great-grandfather got into welding and manufacturing which eventually led to the family business he grew up in.  All the lessons that were taught to him over the years he is now passing along to his kids.  Our families are connected through the small town in Oregon where we grew up and his family's business employed me and three of my brothers growing up.  They are an awesome family, lifelong friends, you're going to love today's show. Connect with Samhttps://agents.allstate.com/sam-workman-oregon-city-or.htmlhttps://zvawellness.com/  Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Nov 2020

58 min 20 sec

Imagine taking a hard look at your life and your dreams and then totally committing to them.  Being willing and patient enough to remove the obstacles that stand in your way.  What would that look like for you?  Well for Nick Peterson that meant quitting jobs, eliminating a mortgage, living in a crappy old trailer and starting several businesses, some of which did not succeed as planned.  Today's guest has the coolest story- it is a story about starting a thriving business in an industry he is passionate about- but that wasn't his dream, his dream was freedom, he wanted to be able to spend more time with his wife and kids, he wanted to live debt free- This story is about being willing to do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true. Follow Nick on Instagram@livinlightlyCheck out his stoveshttps://www.tinywoodstove.com/Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Nov 2020

56 min 46 sec

Beards, Carpets, Advertising & entrepreneur competitions- some people are just wired to run businesses.  Jeremy is the guy who on his second day of college knew it was not for him- so he split off and started his first business.  Since then he has started several more businesses and continues to thrive. Jeremy's Businesses-Zerorez Spokane- https://www.zerorezspokane.com/Beardbrand- https://www.beardbrand.com/The Woodshop- https://www.thewoodshopnw.com/Connect with JeremyInstagram- https://www.instagram.com/jeremyemcgee/ Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Nov 2020

49 min 51 sec

We live in an era where we have unlimited access to information right in our pocket.  We can easily bypass the wisdom and connection of talking to those who have been through the struggle.  Sheldon has been in business for decades and his biggest regret was not finding a good mentor early on to help him navigate the obvious pitfalls.  Today he mentors business students at Gonzaga University and talks about how to be excited everyday with your work.Connect with Sheldon!Sheldon@revamppanels.comsheldon@selkirkdev.com  https://selkirkdev.com/https://revamppanels.com/Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Oct 2020

59 min 14 sec

One kind act has the power to change the trajectory of someone's life.  As a homeless teenager, a pizza shop owner showed Mike grace which taught him a valuable lesson about the power of kindness.  Today he gives former inmates a second chance at life by hiring them in his business and the results are amazing.  You're going to love today's guest.Mike's Glass Shop in Seattle- Quality Auto GlassMike's one day adventure with random youtubers (@TheZacandJayShow)Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Oct 2020

57 min 5 sec

We cannot entirely control what life may throw at us- we can only choose what we do with it and who we will become.  Today's guest miraculously survived a horrific car accident- she talks about the physical and emotional challenges she faced, and how she found happiness in her new reality. Lindi's Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/lindi.marcusen/The Alchemist (Lindi's Favorite Book)https://amzn.to/3iB8ha4Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Oct 2020

1 hr 8 min

As an 8-year boy he built a playhouse out of old mining crates that was larger than his family's home.  This creativity spawned a love for writing which he shared with a childhood friend, and when tragedy struck he dove deeper into that passion.  In today's episode he shares about being an author and learning the importance hard work and proper education play in finding success in a very competitive field.Saul's website-https://saulrip.com/Saul's book- My Friend, Merlinhttps://amzn.to/2GllvdtThis is the song his grandma had him sing every morning to help him instill confidence in himselfMac Davis - It's Hard To Be HumbleSocks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Sep 2020

1 hr 2 min

Mike Bresson founded Active4Youth, a non-profit, to save elementary school athletic programs after budget cuts eliminated them.  Following numerous failed attempts to fund the non-profit he finally got a break.  Today it has over 6,000 participants and hundreds of volunteers.  In our interview he shares why he stuck with it and the source of his inspiration.Show Notes:Active4Youth.orgVideos referenced (links)First video made of the All City MeetFirst collaboration between Active4Youth & DittoFilm MediaAll City Meet 2016'Fab Five' Story of Lewis & Clark High School Girls Cross Country team members who started their running career with Active4Youth and went on to win the state titleSocks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Sep 2020

1 hr 8 min

She was blindsided by multiple life altering health issues that forced a lifestyle change.  Through Instagram she discovered a passion for decorating cookies and in my opinion has become one of the best in the business.  She has built a great little business and in today's episode she shares her journey.Check out Amber's Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/flourandfrostingspokane/Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Sep 2020

51 min 39 sec

Do you feel like your life is stuck in cruise control?  Is your current future something you are excited about? My guest today was an accountant in a big city at a big firm.  He lived in a great neighborhood, he could see his whole future ahead of him and it did not excite him.  He made a drastic change and overcame serious anxiety.  He figured out how preparation and ingesting good content were the keys to his success and talks about how he was able to do it.  Connect with Jason-Facebook @jason.munckBooks Referenced in the Show-The greatest salesman in the world- Og MandinoThe Richest Man in BabylonSocks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Sep 2020

1 hr 7 min

Jethro Jones had a terrible educational experience growing up- he bounced around to many different schools eager to be done.  Despite his lousy experience in education he always felt the pull to teach and educate.  After teaching and being a principal for over a decade he started a podcast which now has over 350 episodes ,is a speaker, wrote a book and works with educators from all over to achieve his dream to positively impact the lives of 100 million kids.How to find Jethro-jethrojones.comTransformative Principal PodcastVideo referred to in Podcast of kids leading kids- https://youtu.be/OfWiLKO2KpQSocks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Sep 2020

1 hr 3 min

Sandy is the first mom to complete the American Ninja Warrior Course (NBC) in it's 11 season history.  She has overcome childhood abuse, major injuries and devastating setbacks but will not let her dream fade.  In our emotional discussion together Sandy implores us to listen to the voice encouraging us to keep going and believe in greatness.Follow Sandy on Instagram @zimmpossibleor online at sandyzimmermanninja.com/Socks & Soul Contact InformationFacebook- @socksandsoulpodcastOnline- socksandsoul.comEmail- host@socksandsoul.com

Aug 2020

1 hr 6 min

Ideas are like seeds- they are small and fragile but have amazing potential.   Tim Cobb grew up on a farm and discusses what it takes to cultivate a good idea and make it into a great company.

Aug 2020

1 hr 5 min

There is little to no training on how to own and run a business when you are in dental school.  Putting together the pieces of a successful dental practice takes time, good mentors and the right opportunity.  Logan Ditto from Riverstone Dental shares how patience and timing played a critical role in business ownership.

Aug 2020

49 min 6 sec

Third generation business owner Jason Hainsworth from the Hainsworth Laundry Company talks about his place in his family's business.  His greatest success came from his greatest failure.  Never stop learning, growing and innovating.Check out Jason's business at https://hainsworthlaundry.com/Socks and Soul is a DittoFilm Media production- dittofilm.com

Aug 2020

55 min 22 sec

Since 2008 I've been interviewing entrepreneurs and business owners about their stories of failure and success.  Why are their stories important and what can we learn from them?  Be inspired, entertained and amazed at what they have to share.  Welcome to the show!

Aug 2020

21 min

Rodger Pickett took a small auto glass company from two stores to 14 stores and over 80 employees.  His secret?  Listen to your people first- your employees will treat your customers the way you treat your employees.

Aug 2020

35 min 20 sec