How have you been able to find meaning and purpose through trauma and extraordinarily painful events in your life?
In chapter 20 of the nxtgenmvmnt, we speak to Braveheart’s Kayleen Johnston about her harrowing story of sexual abuse and the aftermath. From facing a broken system with a lack of support structures to her family’s creation of Braveheart’s which is Australia’s leading child protection advocate, we hear how this extraordinary young woman has used her story as a means to not only empower herself but to provide a beacon of light for other children that have been affected from this insidious type of abuse.
Born and raised in rural India, she fought to reconcile her traditional upbringing with her ambitions. After a lifetime of being told she was too fat, too loud and too ambitious, her world fell apart in her 30s when her arranged marriage ended. Thirty years of desperately trying to be the person everyone else wanted had resulted in loneliness, depression and confusion. While looking for purpose and meaning, Devina embarked on a journey of self-discovery that led her to start the Sexy Brilliant Global Revolution. Devina’s story really epitomises the journey from looking outwardly for fulfilment to seeking her peace, acceptance and ultimately purpose from within.
"the only time I ever ran was to the bottle shop!" Vlad Ixel, current ultramarathon champion runner with the Northface team divulges his journey from being an overweight chain-smoking alcoholic to a prolific vegan Ultramarathoner.
His tale is one of redirected focus that enabled him to use his addictive nature in a totally dynamic and positive way.
Here we deep dive with the winning Ultramarathoner about how running transformed his life and ultimately defined his purpose.
Follow Vlad's journey here:
Instagram - @vladixel
Website - vladixel.com
Swish Goswami is someone who's making waves in the social impact space as an entrepreneur. With an impressive profile of having done 3x TEDx, a sneaker deal with KSwisse, an investor, he is considered one of Toronto's youngest and influential people.
From being one of LinkedIn Locals original cofounders to being the CEO of Trufan, a platform for celebrities and Influencers to connect with their top fans, Swish certainly understands how to make an engaging community.
So, without further ado, we've got Swish with us to deep dive on his insights as our next chapter of NXT GEN MVMNT.
Follow Swish's journey below:
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/swishgoswami/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/goswish/
If the science behind creativity piques your interest, then you've probably heard of Allen Gannett. Allen who's colloquially known as a corgi father is debunking the myths of the creative genius and how we can start cultivating our creative side today in his hit-selling book 'The Creative Curve'.
He's known for co-founding Acceleprise, an international B2B startup accelerator to being the CEO of TrackMaven, an enterprise big-data analytics platform which recently merged with Skyword, one of America's industry-leading content marketing services.
Here, Allen is our next chapter of NXT GEN MVMNT, where we'll deep-dive on his insights and get under the hood on his journey.
Follow Allen's journey:
Buy his book - thecreativecurve.com
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/allengannett/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/allen/
Quentin Allums, also known as #JustQ is a force to be reckoned with in the creative community.
As a top voice with how he's built his brand around story-telling, this became the birth of Urban Misfit Ventures, a branding collective Q founded with his fellowmen that is becoming an emerging pioneer in Milwaukee and nationwide.
Where at one point, he was struggling to make rent and live by to now becoming one of the go-to people showing brands how to effectively tell their story, creating quality content and more importantly, creating a powerful and engaging community, is incredible to watch the movement from afar.
Follow Q's journey below:
Urban Misfit Ventures - https://urbanmisfitventures.com/
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/tagjustq/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tagjustq/
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/CloudofMusiQ
In the world of today where technology is prevalent at our fingertips, to utilise the accessibility for our constant learning and development.
Here we deep-dive with Toby Newman, a TEDx speaker and the L&D lead at HERE Technologies and the importance of why companies should be investing L&D into their staff.
Geoff is a visionary and pioneer of the Australian weight loss and fitness industries, having helped millions of people with his programs, gyms and educational resources. But his greatest gifts and contributions have come out of his own personal battles, demons and journey.
Jowett “had it all”. Money, fame, popularity and success, but he says at that point he was empty and lost. And his passion was gone. He forgot why he started and lost his purpose. He became an alcoholic and lost everything.
But he says "he had to lose it all to find himself and it was the best thing that ever happened" and at 42 he is “alive and awake for the first time in 10 years”. He now has a mindset coaching and weight loss community called “The Jowett Method” where he coaches members live 2x a day. He says connection kills addiction and his personal journey has been the catalyst for this movement.
Here, Zak and RJ deep-dive with Geoff to understand his insight Through his suffering and struggle he developed genuine compassion and empathy for others, knowing all too well what it feels like to be in the darkness. His mission now is to bring others out of the dark and into the light. The byproduct of that is weight loss, happiness and health.
Do you remember when Felix Baumgartner successfully jump out of the stratosphere in 2012?
It was a moment in time that changed my perspective of what human beings are capable of.
And it's an absolute pleasure to have deep-dived with one of the performance directors for Red Bull Stratos who was behind this incredible stunt.
Dr Andy Walshe is a top human performance and development consultant to sport, business, military and professional programs.
He was the head of high performance for Red Bull for 9 years and is the co-founder of Liminal Collective. Their sole mission, enabling humanity's boldest endeavours.
Watch the full chapter here on YouTube - https://youtu.be/dZl-JbiZ5vA
And listen to it on Anchor, iTunes, or Spotify.
JT McCormick shouldn't have succeeded.
He was born the mixed-race son of a drug-dealing pimp father and a orphaned, single mother on welfare.
He was raised in the slums of Dayton, Ohio, suffered incredible abuse and racism, and had multiple stints in the juvenile justice system. He barely graduated high school and has no college degree.
But succeed he did.
Starting by scrubbing toilets, JT hustled and worked his way into better opportunities, eventually finding incredible success in the banking and mortgage industry. He was on top of the world.
And then the mortgage industry fell apart. He lost his job, and literally all of his money. He had to borrow from his friends to make rent. He was nearly back to where he started: with nothing.
But this time, he had something that he did not have growing up in the slums of Dayton: the knowledge of what it takes to succeed. JT used this setback combined with what he learned as the springboard for him to reach even bigger heights--eventually becoming President of two multimillion-dollar companies.
Currently, JT is the President and CEO of Scribe Media.
What's the benefit from experiencing adversity?
The powerful insight to pass onto others that may be experiencing something similar.
Here we have RJ, Paris, Zak and Tofe sharing a few words from what we've experienced in our pasts and how's it's shaped us.
The common trend between each of us is the mindset and gratitude from the overbearing stress we battled.
Essentially, this is a great testament of how we explain it through the #PracticalResilience framework.
Curious to know what you took away from this video?
#NXTGENMVMNT #human #adversity #resilience
If you had an hour with a seasoned investor, entrepreneur, and start-up advisor, what would you ask him?
Maybe it's what he looks for when he invests in companies, or how he got to where he is.
Well, this is where RJ and Tofe go under the surface with Matthew Barbuto who's no stranger to developing successful business and building future leaders.
From growing teams at BHP to growing emerging tech start-ups to advising founding members, Matt has been an integral member in the business world.
What does it take to be an effective leader? Find out in this chapter of NXT GEN MVMNT!
If you had one question to ask Matt, what would it be?
Follow Matt's journey here:
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewjbarbuto/
KPMG's Founding Leaders program - https://bit.ly/2Ro8tR6
Imagine if you had the chance to interview Seth Godin, Ed Mylett, Neil Patel, Gretchen Rubin, and many other amazing people?
Well, that's what exactly has happened with Mark Metry which originally started as a side project to interview other humans across the world and learn what they know in their respective field on his podcast, Humans 2.0.
That I should mention has become a top 100 ranked podcast.
We recently deep-dived with Mark's story and the lessons learned for Chapter 8 of NXT GEN MVMT. He also answers community questions from Joanne Anderson (Sydney), Gunjan Yajav (Amjer, India), and Geoff Koboldt (California)
And listen to the full thing on iTunes, Spotify, and Anchor too!
Curious to know your thoughts if you were able to resonate with Mark - leave a comment below, would love to hear!
Follow Mark's journey below:
Humans 2.0 Podcast- https://www.markmetry.com/
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/mark-metry
Instagram - www.instagram.com/markmetry
Imagine if you could turn trauma into strength... 🤔
If this speaks to you, then you may have heard of the quote "I've never met a strong person with an easy past."
Which brings us to introduce Kortney Olson, who has an incredible story of how she survived severe sexual assault, an eating disorder, depression and drug and alcohol addiction all before she was 21.
This subsequently became the foundation of how she founded Kamp Konfidence and GRRRL Clothing to empower women (and men too) across the world teaching how important it is to turn trauma, pain and despair into power, strength and confidence.
Zak and Tofe recently deep-dived with Kortney's story for Chapter 7 of NXT GEN MVMT where she also answers community questions from Tony Ross (UK) after putting a post about what anyone could ask her.
Curious to know your personal thoughts on how you've turned trauma and pain in confidence and strength - leave a comment below, would love to hear!
Follow Kortney's journey below:
GRRRL Clothing - https://www.GRRRL.com/
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/allnaturalko/
Instagram - www.instagram.com/kortney_olson/
Do you have emotional mastery when sh!t hits the fan? 🧠💥
Life is a little easier when there's a mental artillery to keep us together when the going gets tough.
Which is why RJ, Zak, and Tofe deep-dived with the charismatic Omozua for Chapter 6 on the NXT GEN MVMT.
Omo is a leadership executive coach that specialises in emotional mastery and has built her brand simply around teaching leaders how to be the CEO of their brain.
In this interview, she also answers community questions from Denis Murphy (Dublin) and Thomas Miller (Great Barrington, MA).
Curious to know your personal thoughts on emotional mastery - leave a comment below, would love to hear!
Follow Omozua's journey below:
Omozua's coaching services - https://www.omozua.com/
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/omozuaisiramen/
Instagram - www.instagram.com/omozua/
Facebook - www.facebook.com/omozuaisiramen/
Pinterest - www.pinterest.co.uk/omoisiramen/
Twitter - www.twitter.com/CoachOmozua
How to prevent burnout and masochism 😰🤬
If you know what it's like to build a brand or start a new venture, it can feel overwhelming.
Things can go from bad to worse with burnout and masochism towards ourselves and others if there's a lack of self-care.
Which is why RJ, Zak, and Tofe deep-dived with Thomas Miller for Chapter 5 of NXT GEN MVMT.
Thomas is a therapist, addiction and family wellness coach and entrepreneur based out of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
He also answered questions from the NGM community. Shoutout to Robert Kelly (North Carolina), Anna McAfee (Coffs Harbour), and Ahmad Imam (Sydney) for submitting questions as they've been featured in the full video.
Curious to know what questions to have about this topic that Thomas could help shed some light on?
Follow Thomas' journey below:
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-m-miller-licsw-lcsw-45447643/
Thomas' coaching services - http://www.thomasmillercoaching.com/
Diversity can be a touchy topic as the word is a trigger to some.
With how this falls under race, age, gender, mental health, and many others, it's always something worth having the discussion over as we experience different perspectives from fellow humans.
Here Ahmad Imam is Chapter 4 of NXT GEN MVMT bringing light to the topic and answering questions from Andy Storch (Orlando, FL), Melissa Arman (Birmingham, AL), Ritu Riyat (San Francisco), Thomas Miller (Great Barrington, MA), and Eric Dutton (Columbia, SC).
What was your key takeaway from this video?
Follow Ahmad's journey below:
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ahmad-imam/
Metropole Sydney - https://metropole.com.au/
Would you like to know how to grow a global recognised community like LinkedIn Local? 🌎📈
LinkedIn Local has had over 1000 events in 360+ cities and 60 countries! That is some insane growth in under two years!
With what started as a simple networking idea in Coffs Harbour has created a behemoth global community to bring online connections to deeper offline ones.
And who else to explore this other than Anna McAfee who's the co-founder of LinkedIn Local and CEO + Head of Communities of Local X.
For Chapter 3 of #NXTGENMVMT, RJ, Zak and Tofe deep-dive with Anna into the incredible growth LinkedIn Local has attained in such a short period.
We also asked the LinkedIn community what they'd like to know and have featured questions from Geoff Koboldt (California), Toby Newman (Eindhoven, Holland), Branka Injac Misac (Melbourne), Ewa Błońska (Wrocław, Poland) and Elizabeth Lim (Melbourne).
What was your key takeaway from this video?
Follow Anna's journey below:
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/annamcafee/
LinkedIn Local - https://linkednlocal.com/
Local X - https://localx.org/
ARE YOU A DAD THAT NEEDS HELP WITH MAXIMISING THEIR POTENTIAL? 👨👦💪
Luke Wharton is your guy if you incessantly want to grow as a dad.
This is someone very driven with a sole mission to help dads maximise their full potential.
When he's not doing amazing callisthenics movements or mentoring health & wellbeing to primary school students, he is inspiring fellow dads to be performing at an optimal level.
For Chapter 2 of #NXTGENMVMT, RJ and Tofe deep-dive into the incredible growth mindset he's developed over the years to be a paramount role model for his son and the students and dads around him.
What was your key takeaway from this video?
Follow Luke's journey below:
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/livefit_lw/
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/livefit-lw/
Here we deep dive with Dr. Natalia about her journey from a pivotal sabbatical into the knowledgeable personal branding genius she is today.
As well as making a massive transcendental shift in her career, she discusses the practicalities of personal branding for students, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurs.
Her genuine insights and attention-grabbing perspective have helped her amassed a social media following of over 150,000 individuals around the world.
Besides giving keynotes and workshops, Dr. Natalia also coaches top Middle East executives in personal branding, public speaking and developing a success mindset.
We also asked the LinkedIn community what they'd like to know from Dr. Natalia and she also answers a few of their questions.
Grab a copy of her FREE personal branding guide here - bit.ly/TNFreebie
Follow Natalia's journey:
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nataliawiechowski/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thinknatalia/