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Episode 22: Josh Davis on Saying Yes To Your Dreams


Josh Davis is a TV producer who has worked on “What Would You Do?” and “Rossen Reports” on the Today Show. He joins me on the show to talk about how his role, and how following his dreams as young boy in a very small town has led him to where he is today. I think you’ll love his outlook on life and his positive attitude. I loved getting to talk to him about what goes on behind the scenes of creating a television show, and of course, loved hearing about his French Bulldog, Jolene.

Josh Davis on Saying Yes to Your Dreams

In this episode, Josh and I talk about:
– his big dreams as a child
– his start in small markets as a reporter, including Idaho Falls
– covering the 2008 Presidential primary in New Hampshire
– how coming from a small town has shaped him as a story teller and TV producer
– what a TV producer does
– his favorite moments when producing “What Would you Do?” with John Quiñones
– what it’s like working on Rossen Reports on the Today show
– how reality TV has changed the way we all interact with television
– taking time to appreciate his childhood dreams, and the fact that he’s met his goals and living his dreams
– our respective stories about meeting a famous Al in the elevator (Al Roker for Josh and Al Gore for me)
– how he and his husband Anthony make their relationship work, with both of them being TV producers on high profile shows (hint: being present)
– his advice on following your dreams
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Resources
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Rossen Reports
What Would You Do?
The Lemonade Swindlers Episode on What Would You Do?

Josh Davis on Saying Yes to Your Dreams

Have you said yes to your dreams, and if not, how could you start saying yes to whatever it was that you wanted to do as a child?

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  • Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    February 3, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I love this and totally want to go listen to the podcast. Sometimes I feel like my dreams are on hold so I can help my kids reach theirs.

    • Paula
      February 4, 2016 at 7:18 am

      It’s hard when we have kids, especially when they are small. Depending on what your dreams are, though, maybe there are some small baby steps you can take to start to get there? 🙂

  • Heather Lawrence
    February 3, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    My dreams as a little one were to have kids (done that) and now that they are growing up I am making new dreams! Though I kinda think being a princess is never going to fall into place. LOL!!

  • Debra
    February 3, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I love this! It is so important to go for your dreams and work towards them!

  • Ana De- Jesus
    February 3, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I want to take some time out and listen to this podcast to help me feel more confident and positive about my ability to succeed. I know I can do it!

    • Paula
      February 4, 2016 at 7:16 am

      I think Josh has a lot of good insights; it definitely takes hard work, but I know you can do it, Ana! Your blog is awesome and you are so dedicated 🙂

  • TaMara
    February 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I love this, what a great topic!! I am a BIG believer of chasing your dreams!

  • Roxanne
    February 4, 2016 at 2:49 am

    I am from a small town too! I think that experience has definitely helped me get to bigger and better in my life!

  • Eileen
    February 4, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Wonderful topics you covered. I love your podcasts. My hubs works on the Today show occassionally, I have to ask if he knows Josh

    • Paula
      February 4, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Thank you Eileen 🙂 That’s so cool about your husband – if he’s at 30 Rock, he’s probably run into Josh.

  • laura londergan
    February 4, 2016 at 6:04 am

    what a great person to have been able to interview. I actually watch a lot of the shows he has produced and they are all good

  • Beth@FrugalFroggie
    February 4, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    What a great story. Such a gret outlook.

  • Jen K
    February 4, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Josh sounds like a very interesting guy. I have always wanted a French bulldog!

  • Ana Fernandez
    February 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Thi sounds so interesting. We really need to start saying yes to all our dreams

  • Kimberly Stroh
    February 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    It can be so stressful juggling kids and family. This has definitely peaked my interest in the podcast. I’ll share it with my Mommy group.

    • Paula
      February 5, 2016 at 1:42 am

      Thank you Kimberly – I hope your Mommy group enjoys the episode! 🙂

  • Heather
    February 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I love to hear how others have realized their dreams! It is something that my husband and I are working on. We are definitely in a much better space as two of our three are out of the toddler stage 🙂

  • Kacie
    February 4, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    It’s always inspiring to hear from people that have led amazing careers. Even if they start out as small fish in very small ponds. You always interview the most interesting people!

  • MyTeenGuide
    February 5, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I love this. I love hearing about stories of other people and their successes. I should make time listening to podcasts like this.

  • Kristin @MOMentous Moms
    February 5, 2016 at 1:08 am

    This is a wonderful person to get to interview. I love finding people that you can connect with. Chasing dreams is something everyone can identify with. Cannot wait to listen tomorrow morning!

  • alexandria
    February 5, 2016 at 2:46 am

    i have never heard of him but his story sounds inspiring. i think dreaming big is key… even if you dont reach that one dream; it’ll take you somewhere else. somewhere you belong.

  • jill conyers
    February 6, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I’m saying yes to my dreams and loving it. If I could say no (or less of) to my “real” job yes to me dreams would be so much easier 🙂

  • CourtneyLynne
    February 7, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Omg love this!!!! Dreams are what keep me going most days. I won’t stop until I reach them all 😉 need to set an example to my little that anything is possible.

  • Hannah
    February 9, 2016 at 1:03 am

    This sounds like its gonna be one heck of an episode! Ill have to add it to my list for sure