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8 Billion Gifts

8 Billion Gifts

By Soheil Var
We believe that every single person on our planet has a unique gift that they can offer to make the world a better place. Everyone’s gift comes in different shapes and sizes. On this show, we talk to all kinds of people to discover their stories, their mindset, and their unique gift.
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8 Billion Gifts

Mo Ali: Training the Top Professionals in the World
Mo Ali Heydarpour is the owner of @MoAliFC , a soccer content producer & trainer. Mo travels around the world working with brands and professional soccer players to create highly engaging content for brands and companies. He has trained with soccer players at the highest clubs including: Manchester United, Paris St. Germain, Everton, Dortmund and many more. Mo also hosts & runs his podcast show ProTalk where he talks with many soccer players and athletes around the world. Connect with Mo:
July 13, 2021
The Mindset You Need to Unleash Your Potential with Fouad El Boustani
Fouad El Boustani (FLB) is the host of MentallyGreat, the #1 personal development platform in the world, aiming to bring the viewer/listener a step closer to their best version possible by interviewing the most influential, inspirational, and successful people of this world and sharing life-changing content. Growing up, Fouad's only commitment was becoming the best possible football player he can be. With this drive, he neglected areas of his life that took a big hit on his fulfillment. After coming home late one night, he realized there was something missing. This episode shares that missing piece and also explains how that led to Fouad founding MentallyGreat.  The MentallyGreat platform shares valuable ideas and practical tools that you can use to upgrade your mind. Various life lessons are taught through storytelling content. By sharing important lessons, MentallyGreat is on a mission to help you unleash your potential and reach your dreams. Connect with Fouad:
July 05, 2021
Andrew Istefanos: Revolutionizing the Physiotherapy and Wellness Industry
Andrew Istefanos is the owner and founder of Vitality Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre. The rehabilitation industry has been around for years, however, it has not progressed and evolved to keep up with patients’ needs. Vitality Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre has patient needs, quality service, and overall client experience as its core values. This is the change the industry needed. Andrew has helped many of his clients move pain-free by personalizing his treatments to each individual; working 1 on 1 to improve function. He believes in a proactive approach to treatment, combining manual therapy techniques and movement to prepare the body for the long-term. In this episode, we discuss the story behind vitality physiotherapy, the importance of building great team culture, the key behind true leadership, and much more. Connect with Andrew:
June 28, 2021
Why You Need to Bet on Yourself Now with Sydney Rey
Sydney Rey is a freelance journalist and copywriter for over 3 and a half years. On top of this, she also does modelling and brand ambassador work for several brands like Foot Locker, Nike, and Adidas. Having completed journalism school, Sydney has a strong understanding of what it takes to effectively communicate stories and make impact in people's lives.  Soon, Sydney will be launching her own website where you can get to know all of her work and services.  Connect with Sydney:
June 21, 2021
The Keys to Becoming a Great Creative Leader with Kevin Calamari
Kevin is the Director of Creative Solutions at FTF Canada, a digital media company that focuses on exposure and opportunities for Canadian soccer players. His role includes discovering and executing on creative solutions to various problems in the digital media and marketing space for everything related to Canadian soccer. Kevin's goal is to help each and every client grow and reach their specific goals via professional content and visual storytelling. In this episode, he discusses important keys to become a great leader in the space, as well as the many lessons he learned along the way.  Connect with Kevin: Follow FTF Canada:
June 14, 2021
Priya Sam: A Journalist Sharing Incredible Life Stories and Turning Points
Priya is an experienced television journalist who is now using her presentation and research skills as a solutions consultant at Hootsuite.  As a journalist, she was a reporter, anchor and co-host with a demonstrated success in broadcast media moving from a local market to the national stage in just five years. She has a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in Investigative Journalism from the University of King's College. She is also the host and producer of a podcast called Turning Point where she interviews guests about major turning points in their lives. You can subscribe to Turning Point on YouTube or your favourite podcast app. Connect with Priya:
June 07, 2021
Diego Tonatiuh: The Journey is the Destination, Living with a Life Complex
Diego Tonatiuh Garcia-Leal is a footballer/content creator based in Vancouver BC documenting his process and the adventures that come with living the life of an aspiring professional athlete. He is the host of the LiveLifeComplex podcast where he provides various perspectives on maintaining motivation, clarity on your goals, and many other self-discovery topics. Diego has experience playing in North/South America and has recently just returned from a 6 month trip to Europe which he talks about in depth on this episode. His goal is to help other athletes who share a common goal by paving an untraditional pathway for others to learn from on his Journey to Pro Football. Connect with Diego:
June 01, 2021
Just Keep Learning to Achieve your Big Dreams with Justin Nolan
Justin Nolan is an educational leader by trade, but has always viewed himself as a learner first and a teacher second. He has focused his teaching and coaching in working with Marginalized Youth which includes teaching in jails, hospitals, addictions facilities, group homes, and a centre for teen moms. Justin has a podcast called the LEARNED Podcast which is great for teens and high school students to learn how to start their own online business. On top of this, his social media platforms are geared towards learning as much as he can on a subject and then passing it on to viewers. He believes the three most important ingredients of helping people crush their big goals are dreaming big, maintaining a growth mindset, and being vulnerable. Connect with Justin:
May 24, 2021
How to Effectively Process Emotions with Dr. Lauren Cook
Dr. Lauren Cook is a therapist, speaker, and author. She has traveled the country sharing how we can cultivate a life in accordance with our values.  Lauren is passionate about bringing mental health and wellness to people of all ages as she recognizes that wellness is a lifelong journey and process.  Her academic background includes a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University, a Master’s of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy at University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Communications at University of California, Los Angeles. She integrates positive psychology, gratitude, and neuroscience into her work to inform her evidence-based teachings.  Connect with Dr. Lauren Cook:
May 18, 2021
What It Takes to Play at the Next Level with Kasy Kiarash
Kasy Kiarash is the founder of Final3rd Soccer, a platform providing professional soccer training and knowledge to all players. He is a UEFA-B Licensed and National Team coach with experience including the Guyana women's national team, Toronto FC academy, as well as being the lead assistant coach of the Ryerson Rams.  On top of his high level athletic career, Kasy holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Physical Education and Health, as well as an MBA at Ted Rogers School of Management. In this episode, Kasy shares stories from his playing and coaching career while providing valuable lessons and advice on what it takes to reach the next level of the game. Connect with Kasy:
May 11, 2021
Uncover Who You Really Are to be Happier & More Joyful with Teresa Greco
Teresa Greco is a happiness coach, the radio host of The Steps to Happiness Show,  co-author and author of 3 self-help books, editor and senior writer at two Canadian magazines, motivational speaker, educator, educational technologies consultant, and reiki master.  She is the founder of a personal development company that mentors others about embracing, honouring, loving, and celebrating their true authentic self, and achieving their own personal happiness and fulfillment. Connect with Teresa:
May 03, 2021
Emelia Dermott: Team Canada Boxer
Emelia is a Team Canada boxer, NextGen athlete, several time national champion, and a silver medalist at the youth continentals. As well as being a full time olympic-style boxer, she is also a human kinetics student at the University of Ottawa. Emelia is an advocate for mental health and actively works to create more awareness around it. Her current big goal is to earn a spot with the Canadian Olympic team to represent Canada at the 2024 Olympic Games. Connect with Emelia:
April 26, 2021
Master Your Athletic Performance with Paul Oneid
Paul Oneid is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Exercise Physiologist and Certified Olympic Weightlifting Coach who holds Master of Science Degrees in both Exercise Science and Sports Management. With 14 years of experience as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in varying capacities from youth to professional athletics, Paul has an extensive understanding of what it takes to reach the highest levels of performance.  He is also the Co-Founder of 1-Life Inc. and the MetriLife app – A mobile app that helps you live healthier, live happier and live stronger. As a competitive powerlifter, his best lifts in competition are an 805lbs Squat, 430lbs Bench Press, a 725lbs Deadlift, and a 1960lbs total. Connect with Paul: Sponsors:
April 19, 2021
Lindsay Mitrosilis: LinkedIn Coach & Strategist
Lindsay Mitrosilis is a LinkedIn Coach + Strategist. She supports entrepreneurs and business owners leverage the power of LinkedIn to connect with qualified leads and win their dream clients. Through her various products and services, Lindsay helps small business owners go from confused and bored to confident and excited to use the platform in their content + sales strategy. Connect with Lindsay: LinkedIn Free Guide:
April 12, 2021
Succeed in Family and Work Life with Jeff Lopes
As a proud father of two, Jeff has built an impressive resume with over 24 years as an Entrepreneur. His passion for brand building has led to globally known brands like Kimurawear from his home basement to a multi-million dollar corporation that has sold well over a quarter million pairs of boxing gloves worldwide. Jeff prioritizes his family life to create success in business where he has launched a growing platform around father entrepreneurs. Connect with Jeff:
April 05, 2021
Discover the Science to Happiness with Dr. Gillian Mandich
Dr. Gillian Mandich is a happiness researcher who has a PhD from Western University in Health Science, with her primary areas of research being happiness and health. She is the founder of The International Happiness Institute of Health Science Research; The co-lead investigator of The Canadian Happiness At Work Study; She is part of the Meant2Prevent research team at SickKids; Dr. Gillian Mandich appears regularly in the media on shows such as The Social, Marilyn Denis, Breakfast Television, The Morning Show, and CBC; And she is a top-rated keynote and TEDx speaker. Connect with Dr. Gillian Mandich:
March 29, 2021
Natalie Allport: Former Team Canada Snowboarder and Lifelong Entrepreneur
Natalie Allport is a former national team snowboarder, athlete, and lifelong entrepreneur. She runs a marketing agency called 93 Agency, and has over a decade of experience in social media marketing and personal branding in the athlete, sports, and active brand space. Connect with Natalie:
March 22, 2021
Brain Hacks to Become More Productive while Avoiding Burnout with Alex Lianne Carter
Alex Lianne Carter is a Master Certified NeuroCoach, Productivity Coach, and Business Mentor, with 10 years of extensive classroom and online teaching experience. She works with ambitious women to help them fulfill their true passion, purpose, and potential, while not ending up over-stressed, overwhelmed, and burnt out, trying to do it all. Connect with Alex:
March 15, 2021
Human Behaviour Strategies with Brian Bogert
Brian Bogert is a passionate human behavior and performance coach, speaker, business strategist, top sales professional and philanthropic leader. Brian’s revolutionary strategy—embrace pain to avoid suffering—has helped individuals and companies break beyond their normal to achieve the success in life and business that they’ve always wanted. Connect with Brian:
March 08, 2021
Build Healthy Habits to Feel Stronger, Happier & Confident with Tara Laferrara
Tara Laferrara is a fitness & health coach as well as the owner of the TL method, a fitness platform that provides the efficiency and accountability of personal training in a virtual space. She is the co-owner of multiple gyms where she helps people reach their fitness and health goals. On her socials, Tara has a following of over 100,000 people where she shares inspiring content to empower women along their fitness journey. Connect with Tara:
March 01, 2021
Shift Your Paradigm and Discover 100 Million Possibilities with Marc Jospitre
Marc Jospitre is a Success Coach from Quebec City, Canada, who is living in Los Cabos, Mexico. He is mentored and trained by the legendary Bob Proctor from the hit movie "The Secret.” With more than 15 years of experience in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry,  Marc has collected the understanding of the specifics and challenges of the field. The mastery of productivity and efficiency has made Marc one of the best consultants creating ROI for the Hospitality Industry. Connect with Marc:
February 23, 2021
Create a Life You Love with Tori Ganahl
Tori Ganahl is the co-founder of SheFactor, a brand that inspires young women to live life with greater authenticity, empowerment, and joy.  She is also the host of the SheFactor podcast where she encourages women to live their best life. With her team at SheFactor, her goal is to give women the tools, mentorship, community, and empowerment to succeed. Connect with Tori:
February 15, 2021
Marcus Smith: That Motivated Kid
Marcus Smith is a content creator and motivator who is all about living life with happiness and energy. He’s known as That Motivated Kid and consistently provides content to help uplift your mood and get you on track to achieving your goals.  On his podcast Lost + Found, he helps redirect your compass to align with your core values and to make sure you’re moving forward in the right direction. Marcus is committed to providing your with energy and motivation to tackle your day. Connect with Marcus:
February 08, 2021
Jamey Lee: Travelling to Every Country in the World
Having already visited 30 countries across 6 continents, Jamey's ultimate goal is to visit every single country in the world. He is the owner of Better Abroad Media, the co-founder of Deep Social Brands, and a content creator who loves travelling the world. With over 30,000 followers on all social media platforms, Jamey showcases some of the most engaging and breathtaking views. Connect with Jamey: YouTube channel - NOMADS
February 01, 2021
Find Long-Term Happiness with Dr. Shannon Connery
Shannon is a professional psychologist who has a private practice based in Denver, Colorado. Her goal is to treat adults suffering from issues that range from PTSD and depression, to anxiety, obesity, and marital problems.  After a huge turn of events in her life, she discovered the true process of sustaining long-term happiness. Shannon's goal is to share that process and help you take control of the pleasure, accomplishment, connection, and exercise, in your life. Connect with Shannon:
January 25, 2021
Taylor Grewe: Unreasonable Enthusiasm for Life
Taylor Grewe is digital media consultant, human design reader, and podcast host.  In 2019, she started Unreasonable Enthusiasm which is a podcast that is centered around the idea that we should all be embracing enthusiasm.  Through human design, Taylor helps people tune into their unique gifts. She believes life is more fun when you're an enthusiast, no matter what you decide to be enthusiastic about. Connect with Taylor: Unreasonable Enthusiasm on Spotify and Apple Podcasts
January 18, 2021
Alleviate Pain & Move Better with Dr. Tom Walters
Dr. Tom Walters is a board-certified orthopedic physical therapist and kinesiology professor in Santa Barbara, California. He has an informative online platform with over 600 thousand followers called Rehab Science, where he shares musculoskeletal rehab resources based on research.  His goal is to help you live a pain-free life by providing the best rehab tools to optimize your movements and physical body health. Connect with Dr. Tom Walters:
January 11, 2021
Rita Houkayem: Diversify Your Life and Make Impact
Rita is on a mission to make the world a better place by promoting diversity and inclusion while making global impact. She has worked for the United Nations and is currently working for Global Affairs Canada on human rights and gender equality issues. Rita is a correspondent on CTV Morning Live, has won various pageant titles, and is a Global Ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages. Connect with Rita: SOS Children's Villages:
January 05, 2021
Brian Gatewood: Happiness Through Creativity
Growing up in El Paso has inspired Brian to be on a mission to make impact in his community.   Brian is a Photographer, Creative, Graphic Designer and Peer Mentor based out of El Paso, Texas.  He is on a mission to spread creativity, inspiration and freedom of expression, through surrealistic imagery, composite imagery and photography while breaking the norms and limits set in a dense Hispanic community. Connect with Brian:
December 29, 2020
Evolve your Diet and Transform your Health with Linnaea Kiwala
Linnaea Kiwala is a licensed nutritionist and personal coach who enjoys helping people transform into their healthiest version. Her goal is to optimize key areas of life like your thoughts, your nutrition and your movement routines to result in a healthier body and mind. Linnaea has had her own personal transformation and is now on a mission to share those tools with the world. Connect with Linnaea:
December 22, 2020
Jesse Marsch: Most Successful American Coach in Europe
Before coaching, Jesse had a 14 year MLS career and won 3 league titles along with 4 US Open Cup titles. He also capped for the US Men's national team. Jesse then started his coaching career at the New York Red Bulls where he was named MLS Coach of the Year.  His next challenge was Europe where he became the assistant coach of RB Leipzig in Germany. Jesse is currently coaching a very successful FC Red Bull Salzburg, a team that has been at the top of Austrian football and has been competing in the Champions league and Europa League.
December 15, 2020
Practice Yoga and Build Awareness with Kassandra Reinhardt
From being a student to teacher, Kassandra Reinhardt is an Ottawa-based Yoga Instructor on a mission to help others feel great with yoga.  She has built up her YouTube channel called Yoga with Kassandra to over 1 million subscribers and 90 million views. In this episode, we dive into the basics of Yoga and important mindfulness practices we can all implement.  Connect with Kassandra:
December 07, 2020
Max Klymenko: From Ukraine to Making Global Impact
Max Klymenko is an educator and entertainer. He enjoys educating people through content creation, and that has allowed him to build up a huge TikTok page with over 2 million followers. He has 4 degrees in the areas of law, economics, international business, and sociology. Max works as a consultant and runs his own creative agency. Connect with Max:
November 30, 2020
Leadership Lessons with Fahd Alhattab
Fahd Alhattab is a social entrepreneur turned keynote speaker who has spoken to and trained over 50,000 youth across the country on leadership, entrepreneurship, and social innovation.  He has founded a camp for underprivileged children and raised more than $1.2M dollars for local charities. His mission is to share empowering lessons with the next generation of resilient leaders. Connect with Fahd:
November 23, 2020
Face Everything and Rise with Naila Nazer
After a difficult childhood, Naila left home and travelled halfway across the world to chase her dreams. She learned to face her fears and that led to achieving some of her biggest goals including becoming a professional skydiver and travelling the world.  In this episode, Naila shares her biggest lessons and encourages you to reach for your dreams. Connect with Naila:
November 16, 2020
Dive into Medical School with Kinza Hussain
What is medical school like? You can find out by following Kinza's journey as she shares her experiences on her social media and blog.  Kinza is currently a second year medical student who enjoys producing content to help other students along their academic journey. Connect with Kinza:  @MedKinza
November 09, 2020
Start Your Dance Journey with Edmund Gyamfi
Born in Kumasi, Ghana, Edz was exposed to dance at an early age. His main dance foundations are Hip Hop and Dancehall. Through the years, he's worked with many world renowned Choreographers and has made features on music videos, Netflix, and commercials.  Edz is always looking to branch out and share his love of dance with anyone who seeks to learn and grow. Connect with Edz:
November 03, 2020
Maximize Your Performance with Antonios Assaad
Early in his career, Antonios signed his career away without even knowing it. That was the beginning of an 8 year long career in pro soccer with many big setbacks along the way.  In this episode, he shares many of the crazy stories he experienced and you get to hear his insight on what it takes to max out your performance. Connect with Antonios:
October 27, 2020
Aiona Santana: Empowering Others Through Music
Aiona is a Canadian artist, vocalist, dancer, and songwriter, who is on a mission to empower others through her music and humanitarian work. The second part of her album just came out and you can listen to it here: Connect with Aiona:
October 19, 2020
Jessica Long: Russian Orphan to Paralympic World Champion
Born in Siberia with fibular hemimelia, Jessica was adopted at 13 months old from a Russian orphanage and has since become one of the most decorated Paralympic athletes of all time. In this episode, you get to hear her incredible story along with what it takes to be a top performer in your field. Connect with Jessica:
October 12, 2020
Keeping a Healthy Body and Overcoming Injuries with Dr. Caleb Burgess
Being a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and a Strength and Conditioning specialist, Dr. Caleb Burgess gets to have a unique point of view on injuries, rehab, training, and other factors that play into your overall wellbeing.  In this episode, some topics we discuss include being proactive about injuries and certain areas that you can look to strengthen in the body, the process of overcoming an injury, and the complex adaptability of the human body. You also get to hear one of the most challenging injuries Dr. Caleb has had to treat. Connect with Dr. Caleb Burgess:
October 05, 2020
Emily O'Brien: Starting a Popcorn Company in Jail
What better way to get out of jail than to start a popcorn company? Listen in as Emily shares her fascinating story that got her to start comeback snacks, a popcorn company on a mission to raise awareness for second chances. Comeback snacks:
September 28, 2020
Hayden Cashion: Athlete to Artist to Business Man
Hayden is the owner of Cashion Marketing, a digital marketing agency that focuses on using paid social media to drive business results. Having transitioned between multiple career paths to live a fulfilled life, Hayden has a unique perspective on living happy and being successful.  Connect with Hayden: Hayden Cashion on LinkedIn
September 21, 2020
Nick Ciaglia: Injury to Founding a Digital Agency
Nick, a filmmaker and photographer from Toronto, Ontario, takes us through his journey to starting up Creatr, a digital agency that offers both media and design services. We touch on important qualities like high standards and client relationships, that were key in scaling his company to where it's at today.  Connect with Nick:
September 14, 2020
Unlock Your Wellness Journey with Breanna Leblanc
Bre is a Wellness Coach and Model who is passionate about helping people feel amazing in their mind, body, and life. She was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at 11 years old and after overcoming many physical and mental battles, she is now sharing her experience with the world. Her goal is to help you create a healthier, stronger and happier self! Connect with Bre:
September 07, 2020
Travel More and Fully Discover Life with Magalie Kayrouz
Magalie is a freelance content creator and a local adventure junkie. She is currently on a mission to explore unique places across Canada and take on a variety of experiences. You can follow along with the many places she's exploring by checking out her Instagram and TikTok Page. Connect with Magalie:
August 31, 2020
How to Stay Motivated and Achieve Your Goals with Steve McCollum
After realizing the severity of his concussion injuries sustained from football, Steve was heart broken to walk away from his childhood dreams of playing professionally. He decided if he could not achieve his dream, he would do everything he could to help others achieve theirs. In 2014, Steve founded TFT Fitness and has since helped hundreds of athletes achieve their goals. He is currently growing TFT Fitness and Gains Gang, as well as his motivational speaking career. Connect with Steve:
August 24, 2020
Grow Your Network and Make New Connections with Camille Mageau
Camille is a 22 year old student and influencer from Ottawa who is passionate about connecting with creative souls to create a like-minded community. Through her creative journey, she has gained a lot of experience on growing a supportive network which she shares in this episode. Camille is always open to making new connections with people! Get in touch with her on Instagram @magenta111
August 17, 2020
Create an Empowering Mindset and Make an Impact with Waheed Rahaman
Waheed is creating a new way of leaders and individuals who want to make an impact. He is currently developing his business team with Generation Rebels and looks to help others become successful in the business world.  Connect with Waheed:
August 10, 2020
Optimize Your Life with Zak Drake
Zak loves helping inspired humans conquer the variables in their lives so they can positively influence the world.  He is a pro athlete turned life coach who's returned to Toronto, Canada after living his dream of playing pro soccer around the world. Connect with Zak:
August 04, 2020
Live Pain Free and Develop a Strong Community with Dr. Kasbia
Dr. Kasbia's goals are to "get you out of pain, and back to the life you love through proper nutrition, chiropractic care, and exercise therapy." As a Chiropractor for over 20 years, she has helped thousands of people overcome injury and adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.  Connect with Dr. Virinder Kasbia:
August 03, 2020
Michael Otoo: From A 5 Day Coma to Team Defensive Player of The Year
"You can't control what happens to you but you can control how your react to it." In 2016, Michael suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and doctors told him he would never be able to play basketball again. He has since made an incredible recovery back to the basketball court, and continues to surprise everyone with his performances.  Connect with Michael on Instagram: You can watch his comeback video on his page.
August 02, 2020
8 Billion Gifts Intro
This is a quick introduction to the podcast! Here is the "Welcome To My Life" video: On this podcast, we will feature a new guest every single week. If you have any recommendations, let me know! Also, I would love to connect with anyone of you on my Instagram: Have an amazing day!
August 02, 2020