Richie Vaculik grew up in Maroubra, a rather tough suburb in Australia. He is an iconic Bra boy, MMA fighter and Big Wave surfer, so no need to precise that he is one of the most badass guys on this planet.
I'm always interested in how people overcome their fears, and this is clearly something Richie has been doing well.
Here are the questions I plan to ask:
1. What is your story and how did you become a MMA fighter?
2. What are some of the scariest things you've done and how did you manage them?
3. Why do you put yourself in those extreme situations?
4. Practical tips on overcoming fear.
I've been practicing Wim Hof breathing and taking cold showers regularly for about a year now and loving it. Johannes is a certified instructor so I’m so excited to have him on the show. Also a freediving instructor, he is someone who likes to push the limits of his body & mind.
Here are the questions I asked:
1. His story and the benefits he experienced doing the method
2. Why he became an instructor
3. The science behind the Wim Hof method
4. Explaining the technique
We finished the interview in an ice bath 😱😱😱
I met Judith at Date with Destiny. Judith set up as a seller on Amazon, which allowed her to life her dream life. She works from her laptop and travels from country to country.
Here are the questions I asked:
1- Your story. How did you get the confidence to start your business?
2- The main challenges setting up your online business
3- Advice to someone starting their online business Today
4- The importance of personal growth
For more episode, check the podcast Dreamers & doers on www.unlockt.me/podcast
From liver cleanses to meal replacement shakes, from fasting to drinking kangan water, health coach Zac is always keen to try new and unconventional ways to be healthier.
He has tried so many different nutrition tricks to feel strong & energised, live longer and be mentally clear.
Here is what we covered:
1. His story getting into nutrition and following his passion.
2. How he created a successful Youtube channel about nutrition hacks.
3. The power of fasting
4. We then go through supplements, gut health, liver cleanses
5. What is the importance of communities in your life?
Follow @rawcave on Instagram and Raw Cave on Youtube
I met Brittany at an UNLOCKT event and I was impressed with how confident she was.
Brittany has just finished her training as a NLP coach. NLP is a powerful tool to change your behaviours.
Here are a few questions I have for her, but come with yours:
1. How did she get into coaching and mindset?
2. What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?
3. What motivated her to become a NLP coach?
4. Practical demonstration of NLP
5. What is her life's vision?
You can follow her on Instagram @brittanyonorato
Meditation is an important foundation of my growth and I wanted to explore more techniques.
Vipassana is the technique that was taught by the Buddha 2,500 years ago. It is quite an intense technique and requires a 10-day silent retreat to learn it, where you meditate about 10 hours a day.
Vipassana has been celebrated by some of the brightest people like Sam Harris or Yuval Noah Harari.
As I'm just back from the retreat and many people asked for my feedback, I wanted to do a podcast about it. Spoiler alert: It was amazing!
1. What motivated me to do it?
2. What it is and how it felt during the retreat
3. What I've leaned
4. How do I apply the learning as I got back
5. Vipassana vs Transcendental meditation
Tom spent 26 years as a broker in finance trading inflation swaps and bonds for the banks. He walked away from the industry at the height of his career to become a meditation teacher.
More and more high-performance corporations, from Google to the NAVY Seals, from top athletes to CEOs, use meditation to increase performance.
Tom will discuss why a meditation practice makes even more sense in our busy world and in high-performance environments.
Here are a few questions I planned to ask but come with yours:
1. Your story. How you went from finance to meditation
2. Why we need meditation more than ever is our busy world
3. How meditation increases performance
4. Is meditation becoming mainstream and how it can change the world
More info, visit https://stillnessproject.com/
Zena is a yoga teacher and a Tantra practitioner.
Sexuality is still very taboo in our societies. We will explore why and see how tantra can reconnect us with our sensual and sexual identity.
Here are the main questions I asked:
1. What exactly is tantra?
2. Zena's story and how she got into tantra
3. Why is sexuality so taboo? Especially women's sexuality
4. Practical tips to be more at ease with our sexuality?
For more info about Zena and her work, check http://www.zenarose.com.au/
The science clearly points to diets mainly based on plant-based whole foods as the healthiest options for most people. However, it can be hard to change our habits of eating processed and sugary foods and too much animal product.
During a few years, I worked in the same company as vegan nutritionist Kate Levins. At the time, I wasn’t really aware of how much the food I eat was impacting my health, mood and performance. I am eternally grateful to her as good nutrition has been a cornerstone of my personal growth.
Here are the things we discussed:
1- How she got into nutrition and promoting a whole food plant-based diet
2- Why should your diet be mainly whole food & plant-based?
3- How to actually implement this in our everyday life?
4- The vegan lifestyle is more than simply a health choice
To follow her, check @nourishingclub on Instagram
I met Ben at a sauna session at Bondi Beach and I was truly amazed at how positive he was. I have recently listened to his interview on the Plant Proof podcast and his story is very inspiring.
Ben has put up systems in place to develop a super strong mindset, which made him an Australian champion fitness model and inspiring speaker & coach.
Here are the topics we discussed:
1. His story and how he became the Abstacker
2. The systems he put in place to show up every single day
3. The importance of being positive
4. Getting your energy from the ego vs from contribution
5. Tips on how you can also develop your strong mindset
To follow Ben on Instagram, check @abstacker
I met Issa in Ubud as he was organising an amazing workshop combining yoga, meditation, holotropic breathwork and ecstatic dance.
Issa is very grounded in the world, with a successful business in textile, but he is also pushing the limits of consciousness and experimenting with himself. He spent 21 days without food, which I didn't even think was possible.
Here are the questions I asked:
1. Your story and how you got into your spiritual practice
2. Breatharianism and fasting: why and what is the limit?
3. Why do you like exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness?
4. What is the impact you want to have in the world?
For more info, go to https://shambali.com/
I met Lucy here in Bali and I was amazed at how present and intuitive she is. As she could identify me very quickly as a doer, and she used to be a lot in the doing side of things with her marketing agency, we discussed also the importance of simply being.
Here are the questions I asked:
1- Her story and background as a high-achiever
2- What's the risk of being too much in doing?
3- When did she realise the importance of being?
4- Techniques to be more established in BEING
In Today's episode, I am interviewing Mitchell Levy about thought leadership and how to be heard and seen in our noisy world.
To learn more about Mitchell's work, the best place to get started is his TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwRuTKWNZyw
Here is what we discussed:
0': How leadership changed with the Internet
8': How writing a book helps you being seen as an expert
11': What is a Aha message and why they're important
17': The new role of books in our society
25': Why ghostwriting can get your message across more clearly
29': About featuring other people in your book
33': His opinion about social media
37': Preparing for a TED talk
45': How to be better in conversations and interviews
You can also check http://www.ahathat.com to see all the amazing things Mitchell Levy has been creating.
Niraj Naik, aka The Renegade Pharmacist, is a former pharmacist who got an autoimmune condition called Ulcerative Colitis and resorted to breathwork to heal, when pharmaceutical drugs failed.
He now dedicates his life to spreading the knowledge about breathwork with his own technique, the SOMA breathwork. He makes it fun and science-based for our Western minds and often works with Mindvalley and Wim Hof.
In this interview, we discuss:
0’: How he got into breathwork. His story is fascinating
12’01: What breathwork is and different techniques
27’20: The science behind breathwork
44’56: How to integrate it as a daily practice
48’16: Holistic questions around sound healing, nutrition, alternative medicine
1’12’19: Demonstration of his breathwork technique that you can try
I did his free webinar and it's really amazing. You can check it out here: https://www.somabreath.com/
He also gives a lot of tips on his website: https://therenegadepharmacist.com/
I met Charlie at Date with Destiny by Tony Robbins a few months ago and he has a lot of experience with self-transcendence, some of which I've shared with him.
He is just backed from India where he learned to give a blessing with the Oneness Academy.
Here are the questions I was planning to ask:
1. What is self-transcendence?
2. Why does it matter? Practical implications
3. Different ways you can transcend the self
If you're interested in experiencing this meditation retreat for yourself, check www.oo.academy and feel free to reach out to him
0': How he got into neuroscience
4'30: What's missing when we try to explain non-cognitive experiences and truth
8'20: His workshop on survival and how working with the nervous system rather than stop at the subconscious level
11'55: Why we need to train our nervous system
18'40: How to tap into nature's intelligence
22'50: How to slow down your heart rate and why it matters
28'24: How breath helps you operating from a place of flow rather than fear
31': You can reverse the hijacking of your nervous system by society and how to get your best ideas
38': Can you apply it to performance and fitness
Kaushik is back on the show and we’ll discuss survival.
Kaushik wanted us to have a more fun and spontaneous conversation than last time so he wanted me not to prepare, which I'm fine with 😊 but you can be sure it’ll be super interesting.
Kaushik holds a PhD in neuroscience and wrote his book entirely in a state of flow. He also trained himself to control his stress reactions. He has a workshop coming up this weekend and will speak at TEDxSydney next year.
So no agenda, but it will be a fun interview and we will have a little audience.
For more information, visit https://drkaushikram.com
For more info on the podcast, visit http://unlockt.me/podcast
The concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) is to give citizens a sum of money every month without conditions.
Gaspard Koenig has been raising the topic of UBI for a while. That's how I got interested in it. He is a famous French philosopher and founder of the think tank GenerationLibre
It has been getting more attention recently with experiments in Alaska, Kenya and in Finland, with proponents such as Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and US presidential candidate Andrew Yang, with more automation and with a widening rich-poor gap.
0': History and definitions of UBI
6'15: UBI as a human right to abolish poverty. A right to be autonomous.
9'55: What would be reasonable at the moment and how Hillary Clinton considered including UBI in her campaign
13'55: Why it is not obvious that automation will lead to less jobs
17'15: Universal would mean National for now, as the differences between countries are too big
18'26: Why the automation threat on truck drivers is not justified
25'34: The UBI experiment that was run in Sao Paulo
30'45: Providing the basic income in cash vs in kind?
#25 - What is hypnosis about? - Laurent Crémadeils
Hypnosis isn't new, but hypnotherapy has become popular lately, especially to deal with addictions.
3 weeks ago, in the North of France, surgeons even performed heart surgery with no anaesthesia but only hypnosis!
Hypnosis is interesting to understand how consciousness and our minds work.
I met Laurent at a festival and wanted to interview him:
1- What is hypnosis and how it works?
2- How did you get into hypnosis?
3- How can it be useful?
4- Live demo! Laurent will hypnotise me live
5- Q&A (if I'm still able to run it 😛)
As usual, come with your questions and feel free to ask in the comments in advance.
To see more episodes, check our website https://www.unlockt.me/podcast
Stoked to have again Hadelin on the podcast.
After creating best-selling online courses, Hadelin has been working on the most advanced AI applications. He is flying on the next day to California for the DataScienceGO Conference 2018
We hear a lot about AI and it’ll be very interesting to see where the technology’s at and the impact it will have in the short term.
Here are some questions I had in mind, but come with yours:
1- What do you think was the impact of the courses you created?
2- What are you working on right now and where is AI at?
3- How do you think it will transform the world in the next 10 years?
To check his online courses go to https://www.udemy.com/user/hadelin-de-ponteves/
To watch more interviews or listen to the podcast, go to www.unlockt.me/podcast
Do you know that you can mesmerize yourself? Don't believe us? Well time to change your mind !!
Antoine Gerlier is the founder of the French meditation app Namatata.
After a short experience in finance, Antoine decided to travel the world and to dedicate his life to have a positive and meaningful impact.
Here are the questions I intend to ask:
1- How did you get into meditation?
2- Why did you create an app and can you meditate well with an app?
3- Is meditation becoming mainstream?
4- What do you think is the impact of meditation on the world?
As usual, feel free to ask your questions during the interview.
For more info, visit www.namatata.com
Can you high by breathing nothing else than oxygen?
I've met Marja as she was my Yoga teacher at Dharma Shala. She is also a reiki master and now raves about breathwork.
Breathwork is something I haven't explored much yet but from Eastern philosophy to the Wim Hof method it is proven to show breathtaking results! (haha!)
Some people even say her breathwork was as powerful as an Ayahuasca trip... I'm really excited about this interview!
Questions I thought of asking, but come with yours!
1- What is your journey through healing and mindfulness?
2- What got you into breathwork and why do you find it so powerful?
3- Why did you want to teach it?
4- Simple exercises people can practice?
For more info visit https://www.yogawithmarja.com/
Willing to do meditation but finding it too hard? Georgia got you a solution.
Georgia is a Vedic Meditation teacher. Vedic Meditation, similar to Transcendental Meditation (TM), is one the most popular forms of meditation, thanks to an effortless technique.
(FYI TM is the technique used by Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Tim Ferriss, Ray Dalio,...)
Here are my questions, but come with yours!
1- What is your journey towards meditation?
2- How did you make the decision to become a teacher?
3- What are the common myths about meditation and what are the effects?
4- What are the advantages of the Vedic Meditation practice in particular?
For more info, check www.gvmeditation.com
Can you combine performance with a hippie lifestyle? Brent definitely does.
I met Brent recently at an UNLOCKT acro-yoga event. Brent has been questioning everything about life and is designing his ideal life.
Here are the questions I’ll ask:
1- Your background? Why did you want to question life?
2- The pros and cons of minimalism and the van life?
3- What’s your morning routine tips?
4- The impact of psychedelics on your personal growth?
5- What's next for you?
He’ll also be at Burning Man every year. If you're going, come and say hi.
I met Olivia at an ecstatic dance party and she has a lot of great stories to share.
Olivia is a Life & Wellness Mentor, Yoga Coach, Yoga Teacher and the only Siddha Yoga practitioner in Australia. She spent some time with the Dalai Lama back in the 90s. She used her yoga and Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice to meet and forgive the person who murdered her father 😯
Here are the questions I plan to ask:
1- How did you get into Yoga?
2- Why did u want to forgive the murderer of your father?
3- How did you do it and how did it feel?
4- What is Siddha Yoga?
5- What’s next for you?
It will be super interesting and as usual, come with your questions!
For more information check out her website www.oliviashanti.com
Will you go to South America without a phone?
Paddy just done it during three months.
Paddy is a great friend and was a very early supporter of Unlockt. He did the early version of the challenge and the time management program.
He decided to go for a 3-month trip to South America, because why not. On top of it, he wanted to do the whole experience without a phone and with a very limited access to tech. He just came back a few days ago.
We live in an over-connected world, which has a lot of benefits but also comes with its share of risks.
We will discuss:
1- Why he wanted to travel without a phone?
2- Some of the experiences and human interactions he had there
3- The pros and cons of disconnecting
4- How he is going to integrate this experience in his everyday life
Do you want to beat your fear ??
I met Frank at his wellness centre in Sydney called PIVOT. When it comes to Peak Performance and Flow Science, Frank Cuiuli is a leading practitioner. What he does is pretty unique so hard to categorise.
► About Frank Cuiuli
Frank has been tested in combat and business. Having competed as a professional martial artist at elite levels, and building companies in the competitive High Tech sector, Frank brings 20+ years of acquired wisdom and successes.
As a NeuroPhysics Therapist, Frank works with individuals to resolve issues, both Physical and Emotional that are getting in the way of peoples success.
Are you suck into a corporate job and live the 9 to 5 city life? Do you feel that doesn't make much sense?
Sigrid was also in this position.
I met Sigrid recently at a meditation gathering by Matt Ringrose and she is amazing.
She started her mindfulness journey as a yoga and meditation teacher and was quickly receiving requests for self-empowering coaching. Sigrid mainly helps other women to love and empowers themselves.
Come with your questions and here are a few things we intend to discuss:
1. Her journey towards coaching self-empowerment
2. The impact of meditation and yoga in her journey
3. What prevents people from loving themselves?
4. Especially, what holds women back in our societies?
5. Tips & technique for self-love
I met James McDonald in the plane to go to Date With Destiny Cairns, Australia 2018. Was it random? Probably not.
James is a beast! He works for #tonyrobbins and has his side business as a network marketer. He took full ownership of his life and we'll talk law of attraction, meditation and mindset. It'll be a pretty amazing chat.
He actually inspired me to start Isagenix.
Here are the topics, we'll cover a lot:
1. His journey. How he got to work for Tony Robbins?
2. On his road towards financial freedom with Isagenix
3. Serving yourself to serve others
4. How he uses the law of attraction
5. His meditation and other rituals
Knowing James, expect it to be quite a freestyle.
For the 14th episode of the podcast, I'm interviewing Kietah Martens-Shaw that I met through OneWave
Kietah is the founder of B.OKideas, which is a movement to promote happiness and offers a box with little things that you can offer to the people you care about. Really cool concept.
Kietah has a really interesting story and we are going to discuss:
1. Your journey and how you came to create the B.OK Buddy Community?
2. What is your conception of happiness?
3. Practical tips to be a little bit happier?
|||About Kietah Martens-Shaw |||
Keitah is the founder of B.OKideas and living in Sydney, Australia. She is an advocate for Mental Health, Happiness and Social Brands and I practise what she preaches with her love for the outdoors, surfing and growing/learning. Check out B.OKideas website for more information about the gifting movement and how you can get on board with the trend of helping others :)
Feeling like you want to try Outsourcing to improve your work efficiency? We got Andrew Lewis to help you with it.
With remote work made easier and easier, this is something you may consider and that became incredibly popular, but there is a right way to do it.
If you know me a bit, you know I'm the biggest groupie of Tim Ferriss and one thing I tried lately was outsourcing. Hence I want you guys to know more about the experience.
Andrew is also a transcendental meditator and we did a great intuition workshop together led by Kirsty Carr, so there'll be plenty of personal growth topics to explore on top of it. He was also one of the earliest members of Unlockt
1.In which case do you recommend outsourcing?
2. How to make it work?
3. Pros and cons of outsourcing
4. The importance of a good lifestyle. We'll talk transcendental meditation
5. Intuition and changing how you operate, in reference to our workshop with Kirsty
At 28, Bertrand is already a serial entrepreneur. He founded a company called Touch Payments, that allowed people to buy online with a credit.
He got acquired and is now part of the management team of the company that bought them, Harmoney.
Bertrand also loves adventure and has been working for a few months while going around Australia on his motorbike.
Here is what we'll discuss, but as usual come with your questions!
1. How did you get into entrepreneurship?
2. Was it hard? The pros & cons
3. Pursuing your passion vs being opportunistic?
4. Why did you decide to sell?
5. The importance of adventure and travels and how it affected your work
6. What's the big plan?
|||About Bertrand De Oliveira|||
Bertrand is an Adventure seeker passionate about solving meaningful problems with technology. He is not afraid to aim big and is ready to enjoy any extreme adventure that comes his way. He is currently building an efficient banking platform to empower people financially.
I'm so excited to have Kaushik on the show. He is one of the most interesting persons I ever met. Don't miss out and some with your questions!
He has a PhD in neuroscience, trained his nervous system to not react to stress and wrote his book in a state of flow while staying 3 months in a cave.
5:02 How did Kaushik went to neuroscience?
12:56 How did you train your neural system to respond appropriately to stress?
17:12 what do you think about the wim hof ?
29:02 Can we tell us more about the reptile brain?
Santina is an Instagram influencer and has been a real inspiration for me to start using social networks.
At a time when many people try to build a following on social media, we'll talk about what it's like to be an Instagram influencer. The good point sand the struggles that people may not always see.
In Today's society, we feel like we have to show we are successful and share our awesome lives on social media.
It sometimes comes to the expense of our mental health and people tend to be more depressive or anxious than ever.
5 years ago, Grant Trebilco launched a movement called OneWave that is now is several cities in Australia. The concept is to gather in the morning once a week and exchange about our struggles in a beautiful, loving and non-judgemental environment, and then go for a surf.
I've recently opened up more about my emotions and struggles and it can feel like a liberation. It's a super interesting subject.
Here are a few questions I'll ask but come with yours:
1. How and why did you start the OneWave movement?
2. Why do you think we suffer that much from anxiety and depression in Today's society?
3. What can we do about it?
I met Kirsty a few months ago. She helped me to stop overthinking decisions and use my inner ability to trust my intuition to become more creative, through coaching sessions and workshops. These were cool activities, sometimes trying to reconnect with the child within. I'm really honoured to have her on Dreamers & doers - Live Interviews. Here are a few topics we talked about: 1. How did you get interested in intuition and creativity? Have you always been into these topics? 2. If not, did you have any breakthrough experiences that put you on this path? 3. Do you think we repress our creativity and intuition? 4. Why should we use more our intuition? 5. What can we do to improve our use of intuition and creativity? Then the next part was the Q & A session.
I interviewed Karen P'ng, digital nomad who quitted her job 2 years ago and became a freelance social media consultant. She is now working mainly from Sydney and sometimes from Asia.
Here are the questions I have prepared for the first 15 min.
We spoke about the pros and cons as I know some people who hesitate to take the leap, with no bullsh*t!
1. When did you decide to quit your job and do your thing? why?
2. What do you love about being a digital nomad?
3. Did you have moments of doubts, struggle?
4. When do you think is the right time?
Then we did a 10-min Q&A and asked her anything.
Anyone interested in Vipassana Meditation? (10-day silent retreat)
Interview with Jess Lipss, 20-year old Vipassana meditator, who has also been serving there 4 times.
15 min questions about:
What is Vipassana meditation?
How she got into it?
What is it like? How hard is it? Does she recommend it?
Can meditation make the World more peaceful? And about the rise of meditation among young people (Jess is 20)
Then 10 min Q&A so feel free to ask any questions.
I interviewed Gaspard Koenig, famous French libertarian philosopher, author of many books and founder of the think tank Generation Libre.
Gaspard and his think tank now have a big influence on French politics.
In this podcast, we discuss some of the self-organised societies he has been visiting and studying, from open prisons to micro credit, from blockchain to universal basic income. We also discuss the rise of decentralised networks.
I have been following Gaspard for more than 4 years and love his work. He is quite famous in France, often invited on radio and TV shows, and thought it would be great to interview him in English in order to have his ideas heard by a wider population.
To subscribe to the podcast Dreamers & doers, click here: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/dreamers-doers/id1352724499
Hadelin de Ponteves is an Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur. Aged 28, he has already provided online courses in artificial intelligence to hundreds of thousands of people around the World. Hadelin has always been thinking and doing things outside the box, trusting his intuition, which set him up for his current success.
I'm very honoured to interview him as he is also my best mate from middle school, so I could follow pretty closely his path to success.