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Millennials with Machetes

Millennials with Machetes

By Jay Kiew
Machetes are used to clear paths and blaze new trails.

This is a podcast where vulnerability, grit and leadership intersect, where normal, every-day people share raw stories of stepping forward into the unknown, figuring things out as we go. Forget the success headlines; how are millennials hacking their way through the thick of life?
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Your Money or Your Life: Josue Anderson on retiring at 30
Josue Anderson recently retired at the age of 30. We kick off with a discussion on what Josue's retirement mindset looks like, drawing on lessons learned from the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) community - and then spend time digging into purpose and calling as priorities shift for our lives. 
46:25
April 21, 2021
Finding Self-Identity: Noelle Cuvos on Basketball and B-Boys Battles, Powerlifting and Poetry, Film and Faith.
As we begin to build upon our identities in our teenage years, how do the events that impact us collide with the decisions we make?  In this episode, Noelle and I dig into the various pillars of his multi-faceted journey as the youngest of 4 growing up, from basketball to b-boy battles, from poetry to powerlifting, from film to faith.
39:14
April 07, 2021
One Arm but not Unarmed
Suzan Nguyen, author of "One Arm But Not Unarmed", was featured alongside Denzel Washington and Tony Robbins on Yahoo Finance's Top 10 Most Influential People of 2020 list. At the age of 22, Suzan lost her right arm in a traumatic car accident. When one day became Suzan's day one, she took responsibility for her life and decided to be better, not bitter. In this episode, Suzan and I sit down to chat through what it was like have your life changed in an instant - and how to come back from that.
38:43
February 24, 2021
Ready to Rumble: Ryan Ventura on becoming a combat sports announcer
Are you ready to rumble? In 2018, Ryan Ventura became the youngest Licensed Combat Sports Announcer to work in the state of Nevada at 30 years old. We chat through his decade-long announcing career, how he got into announcing UFC Fight Nights - and how he lost 100+ lbs by applying micro-goals.
42:12
January 13, 2021
Sasha Tadayoni on the Art of Perseverance Post-Paralysis
Sasha Tadayoni, owner of Modern Warrior Academy of Self Defence, is currently the #1 ranked amateur kickboxer in BC. Over the past 2 years, Sasha has competed in Kyokushin Karate for Team Canada at the world stage and ranked in the top 8 globally.  But just 5 years ago, he was paralyzed from the left thigh down, to the point where he couldn't walk.  This is his story of stepping back from suicide and finding his way back through the art of perseverance.
50:04
December 30, 2020
Making Moves: Cheryl Chan on moving from Vancouver to Amsterdam and creating her own design company
After spending 6 years in marketing (brand management) at a Fortune 50 company, Cheryl Chan and her husband, Jesse, wanted to try something new. In 2019, they moved from Vancouver to Amsterdam and Cheryl launched her dream company. Cheryl Chan is the founder of Made on Sundays, a Brand Identity design co.. Cheryl shares what it was like to… ✈️ Make the decision to move from Vancouver to Amsterdam as a couple 🖋️ Start her own design company 🌱Find enablers and a female entrepreneurship tribe along the way
45:17
December 16, 2020
Finding Fresh: FreshPrep CEO Dhruv Sood on delivering 5,000,000 meals in 5 years
$7,000,000 in Series A funding. 5,000,000 meals delivered. Zero-waste by 2025. Founded in January 2015, FreshPrep is a Vancouver-based meal kit company that helps busy people like you create world-class dinners in minutes. In this episode, I sit down with FreshPrep co-CEO, Dhruv Sood to dig into their 6 year journey as a start-up.
40:22
November 25, 2020
Puppy Parenting P2: The Psychology Behind Dog Training
I'm joined by Sean McDaniel, the owner, dog trainer, and behaviour consultant of The Dog's Way.  We talk through the dynamics of the dog training industry, the facts-and-fluff spectrum of training theories in psychology, and how it's natural for dog owners to become confused in knowing who to turn to.
45:04
November 11, 2020
Do What U Luv: Bridging the Creativity Gap in Education
Remember how you spent your time in elementary and high school? I bet it's a lot different from what kids are exposed to today, given that funding for extra-curricular activities and after-school programs have significantly dropped.  Enter Tong Guan, Executive Director of the Do What U Luv Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides kids with access to extra-curricular programs, ranging from the classics like arts, dance and music to robotics, computer coding and yoga. In this episode, Tong and I chat through key gaps in the public education system and what it's like to lead a non-profit through 6 years of operations - from inception and beyond.
26:17
October 28, 2020
Speaking Up for the Right Reasons, with Jessica Lin
Warning: This episode contains mature content related to experiencing sexual assault (~15:00 onwards). Jessica Lin shares her riveting personal story on quitting her job for the right reasons, how she chooses to empowers others through her work, and navigating life and love after being sexually assaulted.
34:60
October 14, 2020
Buying 3 Properties in San Francisco Before 30
What's the real estate market in San Francisco like? We've talked about Vancouver, but now we're machete-ing our way across the border. Jeff Hsieh and his wife Anne own 3 properties (valued at $730,000, $290,000 and $1.01M respectively) - and Jeff is only 29 years old.
01:09:34
September 30, 2020
Surviving the Loss of Sisterhood
When Maddie Millsip found out that her sister, Rachel, died by suicide, her world was torn upside down. Grasping to work through grief, this is Maddie and Rachel's story. *Warning: Listener discretion is strongly advised.*
50:01
September 16, 2020
Sprouting Superpowers: Henry Yeh on the Plant-Based Lifestyle
Awareness for the Plant-Based Lifestyle blew up last year. Beyond Meat went public and the Game Changers documentary sparked controversy about whether the plant-based lifestyle for athletes was merely hype - or if it actually helped athletic performance. Not wanting to be misguided by media, I simply dialed a friend, Henry Yeh. Henry is the founder of Sproutans, a non-profit community that advocates and enrolls others into exploring a plant-based lifestyle.
34:52
September 02, 2020
The Clash of Cultural Dynamics: Growing up as an Asian American
Does being Chinese limit us at home or in the workplace? Vivian Tran, A. Director at Columbia University, talks through what it's like to grow up as an Asian American and how these dynamics constantly clashed throughout Vivian's childhood. Armed with not only her recollections, but also her PhD in business psychology, Vivian walks us through how different cultural dynamics (indulgence, restraint, individualism, collectivism) play a role shaping limiting or enabling beliefs.
27:48
August 19, 2020
Puppy Parenting Pt 1: Building a quality relationship when things go horribly wrong
We've had Brooklyn, our Shiba Inu, for 12 weeks. There were so many points of failure that I thought to myself "Do I just suck at being a dog owner?" I'm joined by Nikki Ivey, leading educator in dog behaviour and owner of DogSpeak. Based out of Nashville, TN, Nikki has trained dogs for the past 25 years. We talk through puppy relationship dynamics of leading and following, building and eroding trust and what to do when you don't know what to do. 
30:27
August 05, 2020
Discovering the right balance to achieve optimal health
What's the right balance to achieve optimal health? Lindsay Tong (@livewellwithlindsay) and I chat through her weight loss journey, the 3 pieces of the physical health puzzle - and what's missing from the picture.
37:34
July 22, 2020
From Launching Missiles to Launching LinkedIn Content
It's not every day you meet a rocket scientist, let alone get to interview him. Stephen Lu (M.Eng) has been at Lockheed Martin for the past 5 years, launching everything from submarine missiles to satellites. In an effort to develop himself, he has spent the last 3 years publishing 120 videos on LinkedIn, becoming one of the first people to pilot LinkedIn's Live Streams feature. In this episode, we dig into how he failed to get accepted into Lockheed's Leadership Development Program, and how he saw that as an opportunity to grow. 
44:20
July 08, 2020
Champion by Choice: William Hung on life after American Idol
In 2004, William Hung became a worldwide phenomenon after getting roasted by American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. He quickly amassed a fan-base, signed a record deal and hit the Billboard charts with his album 'Inspiration'. But then Will disappeared. What happened to him? Technical Crime Analyst. Professional Poker Player. Keynote Speaker. In this interview, Will and I catch up on his life after American Idol - and how he turned failure into success. 
29:02
June 24, 2020
Pursuing Purpose: The management consultant who survived cancer to pick up a microphone
Where does grit and drive come from - nature or nurture? How do we find purpose? In this intimate interview, we turn the tables and place the spotlight on our host, Jay Kiew. Unable to shake off this inexplicable desire to aspire for more, Jay opens up on his journey of fighting cancer, losing loved ones - and his calling to change the world. 
45:30
June 10, 2020
Swimming through the Digital Dating Sea
Ghosts. Hungover Tuna. The desensitization of conversation. Swimming through the dating sea is harder than you might imagine. Enter Abbey and Parker, two heterosexual, millennial females, who have spent the last 3 years wading through the waters in Toronto. As working professionals in an environment where everybody makes great first impressions, but is also quick to jump to conclusions, how are they wading through the currents to find love? In episode 8, we discuss streamlining the dating cycle to avoid dating fatigue, triggers and deal-breakers, and expectations vs. reality in dating outside your ideal profile.
42:46
May 27, 2020
Newlyweds. New place. Should we get a dog?
As a newly-wedded couple that recently moved into a new place, my wife and I were trying to decide whether we should get a dog. Enter America's Canine Educator, Tom Davis. Tom runs the Upstate Canine Academy in New York, which has over 165,000 YouTube subscribers, 76,000 Instagram followers and over the past 12 years, Tom has worked with over 8,500 dogs! He is also the host of the No Bad Dogs podcast, which was voted #1 by BlogFeed. Because my wife and I are two working professionals who live in a small apartment, I wanted to get Tom's thoughts on the critical factors to think through whether we were ready for a dog - or not. What did we need consider? Were there factors that people often overlooked?
32:08
May 20, 2020
Marriage & Miscarriage: The Moments That Matter
Miscarriages happen all the time, but we don't really talk about it. In this episode, we journey down to Columbia, Missouri to spend time with an old friend, 29-year old Daniel Burke-Aguero (aka DBA). He opens up on miscarriage and the life-changing moments that changed the course of his life… in a taco shop a few blocks from home, on a stage playing music, and on a vacation in Yosemite.
42:44
May 12, 2020
Finding the Magic in Traveling Solo
Would you travel without data? Enter a stranger's house in Sri Lanka? Use Google to make decisions on where to eat? In this episode, Sara Be and I geek out over finding the magic in traveling solo, having cumulatively traveled to over 65 countries. We swap personal stories (from Myanmar to Budapest), share lessons learned, and explore how social media has changed travel (for better or worse).
36:18
April 29, 2020
From Immigrant to Instagram Influencer: How Leo Chan shifted from Finance to Fashion
@LevitateStyle, Leo Chan's style blog, has 118,000 followers. As an Instagramer Influencer, Leo has partnered with some of the biggest brands in the world, such as Audi, Ferrari, Marriott Bonvoy, Tiffany and Hugo Boss. In this episode, we discuss how Leo pursued his passion of fashion to end up in  GQ and Forbes, the rise of Asian representation in the media, and what it's like behind-the-scenes of Instagram content creation.
43:39
April 15, 2020
Baking a Brand: How This Donut Princess Fills LA With Flavor
I wanted to hear firsthand how small business owners are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. In this podcast episode, I find myself with the Donut Princess of LA, Mayly Tao👸🏻 We explore... 🌥 how Mayly has adapted her business to face the coronavirus 🍩 what she did to innovate a long standing, multi-generational family business 👩🏻 the rise of anti-Asian sentiment in these times
35:04
April 01, 2020
Bob Wang: Trailblazing a Legacy
What’s it like to quit your job, launch a company and sell it for $1.8M? How does making an impact tie into that? Bob Wang and I dive into everything from his start-up to starting a family, from marriage and mission.
44:29
March 18, 2020
Leveling up: Blake’s Video Game Design Journey
Video games were a huge part of my childhood, from Super Smash to Starcraft to Halo. I often wondered, ‘What would it be like to design my own video game?’ Enter Blake McDermott, who spent that past 6 years diving into doing exactly that.
47:38
March 04, 2020
Swinging the Real Estate Jungle: How Jeff bought a house on a single income
In 2018, Canadian housing affordability was at its worst levels in nearly 30 years. Is it possible to buy a house in Vancouver on a single income? In this episode, Jeff Pena, civil engineer, shares how he leveraged some key principles of FIRE to purchase his first house by the age of 24.
44:09
February 14, 2020