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ripen Academy

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ripen has built the Resilience of thousands of people around the globe. Its courses are known for their life changing impacts on peoples wellbeing, and the practical Resilience skills and tools they provide. ripen founder and CEO Matt Hughes shares lessons, gained from years of delivering Resilience training across 25+ countries, about what Resilience is, where it comes from, and the habits and tools for anyone to become more Resilient. Each episode is delivered in 5 minutes or less, providing sound bites you can fit into even the busiest days...
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Interview with Matt Hughes... Measuring Your Resilience
"How do I know if I am a Resilient one?" - This was a question posed to Matt Hughes in a 2022 interview for the Virgin Active Minds Podcast. In this episode and over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing some of the key insights Matt shared for cultivating Resilience to move forward confidently through life's challenges. If you can't wait or would like to hear the full interview, head to Spotify...
May 19, 2022
3 Biggest Threats in 2022! -- Cognitive Resilience
Given our Resilience training work around the globe, we’ve identified 3 consistent threats to Personal Resilience and Team Resilience that we keep hearing. We’ve come to refer to them as the ABCs of Threats faced... A – Ambiguity, B – Burnout, C – Consumption. In this episode, we briefly explore each and how cultivating Resilience plays a part in managing these and any other challenge, setback or obstacle you'll face at work, and personally... 
May 12, 2022
Facing Loss -- Social Resilience
We all face loss throughout our lives. It's part of being human. Loss can either embitter us, or ennoble us. The difference lies in whether we can find meaning in our suffering. In this episode we share the importance of applying mental agility for controlling the things you can, when everything seems out of control... 
April 05, 2022
Forming Attitudes -- Cognitive Resilience
Many of the things that happen to us in life are actually neutral – the events themselves are not positive or negative – it’s our attitude towards them that makes them seem good or bad. In this episode Matt shares insights on the importance of controlling our attitude, and a quick technique for applying mental agility to a setback or challenge faced... 
March 29, 2022
Minimising Your Relationships? -- Social Resilience
When a colleague, friend or loved one shares something difficult with us, they are most likely looking for someone to listen, not someone to inject them with positivity. Minimising is lazy empathy. There is no script for empathy, but here's some examples for how to quickly and easily show others genuine empathy, for honouring, building and maintaining trusted relationships. Which is great for your Social Resilience... 
March 23, 2022
Tragic Optimism for Tragic Times -- Cognitive Resilience
If the last few years has taught us anything it’s that life is fragile and unpredictable. There are so many books and research papers now on the power of Gratitude and the importance of counting your blessings, but that sentiment can feel like cold comfort during tough times when blessings are few and far between! Tragic Optimism refers to finding meaning in our suffering, and acknowledging that we grow in many ways from difficult times. In this episode we explore the importance of having a balanced view of what we are facing, rather than relying on "Toxic Positivity", for boosting Personal Resilience. 
March 15, 2022
The Confidence Gap -- Cognitive Resilience
Many people think of confidence as the thing they need to get started, but the opposite is true. Confidence is the thing you get from doing. The gap between the confidence we tell ourselves we 'need' and we tell ourselves we 'have', is what determines the level of Resilience we have trying anything new... we call this the confidence gap. Here's how to bridge the gap and build your confidence when trying new things...
March 08, 2022
Stop Gambling Your Time -- Biological Resilience
Smartphones and other such devices are a tool that we think we control, but the truth is they are mostly in control of us! These devices are monetised by usage, so the developers need us to be addicted to keep using them. With digital media consuming an average of 12+ hours of our precious time each day, how can we get the best from this incredible technology without gambling our time... 
March 01, 2022
Inside-out -- Cognitive Resilience
There will always be things that are outside our control. Here's 2 ways we can handle daily challenges and setbacks faced. We can be Outside-in, or Inside-out. In this episode we'll explain the difference and how applying this thinking can boost your Resilience. 
February 22, 2022
Handling PLOMs -- Social Resilience
In a previous episode we considered the term PLOM, which stands for "Poor-little-Old-Me" and is a term we refer to when practicing mindset awareness. In this episode we explore the 2 types of PLOMs, and how to handle them (and yourself) when in this state of being. 
February 16, 2022
Considering PLOMs -- Social Resilience
Anyone who has been through Resilience training with ripen will know the term PLOM. For those who haven’t, PLOM stands for ‘Poor-Little-Old-Me’. This is the affectionate label we use to consider people in a mindset that pulls themselves, or others down. The truth is, we can all be PLOMs! We can't avoid sadness, and often the only path to happiness is through sadness. Not around it...
February 14, 2022
The 40% Rule -- Biological Resilience
There's been a strong body of scientific evidence building that when our bodies tell us we are fatigued, or tired, or needing to 'stop!' pushing so hard, it's actually at a point way below our true physical limits. This is a Resilience boosting strategy used by elite professionals for facing extreme physical challenges or threats, but it's actually a strategy we can all harness... 
February 08, 2022
Thriving in 2022... The Psychology of Returning to 'Normal'
2022 is another 'new year' that hasn't felt so 'new', with the same challenges and threats from the ongoing Pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on our work and social lives. But what impact has the Pandemic had on our neurobiology, and how do we recover? Host Matt Hughes shares how the brain responds to uncertainty, and why Building Personal Resilience is essential to thriving in whatever new 'normal' we end up with 'post' COVID-19. 
January 25, 2022
Resilience fundamentals... You Prioritising You!
How good are you at prioritising your needs? Or do you consistently put others needs above your own, breaking a fundamental rule of Personal Resilience - You Prioritising You! In this episode, Host Matt Hughes shares an example of how applying this rule actually makes you better at helping others. Prioritising your needs is not vanity... it's called self-care! 
January 24, 2022
Resilience fundamentals... Think + Feel = Do!
What have thoughts, feelings and behaviours got to do with Personal Resilience? What is the connection between these things and someone's outcomes? In this episode we share a simple metaphor for understanding the connection, which is essential knowledge for tapping into and enhancing Personal Resilience! 
January 23, 2022
Resilience fundamentals... What is Mindset?
What is this thing 'Mindset' and how important is it for achieving optimal Personal Resilience? In this episode we share some evidence to backup what you probably already know - if you have a different mindset you will have a different outcome! 
January 20, 2022
Resilience fundamentals... Is it Born or Learned?
How high is your Resilience? How high is the Resilience of the people you know, work with or care for? How do you know? Here we explore the 3 environments that test someone's Resilience, and the factors that make some people more Resilient than others.  
January 19, 2022
Resilience fundamentals... 3 things to know!
A key building block to mastering Personal Resilience and enhancing Team Resilience is understanding what Resilience is, and is not! In this sound bite we demystify 3 common misconceptions about Resilience. 
January 19, 2022
Welcome! Please start here :)
Here's a quick introduction to the ripen Podcast, including the 3 building blocks we'll be covering for you to achieve optimal wellbeing and performance in work and life. This Podcast is for anyone seeking to build or cultivate their Resilience, including members of our Resilience Alumni and people completely new to ripen and their Resilience. Thanks for listening! Oh, and the cute voice at the beginning of each episode is my eldest daughter, Saskia. Saskia has helped me achieve a whole new level of Resilience since she arrived in the world, and this Podcast is dedicated to her and my son, Bodhi. Nobody escapes pain, fear and suffering - Resilience is life strategically managed :) - Matt Hughes, ripen CEO. 
January 18, 2022