where we talk about the power of language, mindset and personal development. Each week I bring you an interesting and inspiring guest to bring you the questions and tools you need to create a life you love.
Ed is a start up and business mentor and coach. He helps people to grow themselves and their businesses to multi million dollar profit. Ed has built companies to $1m+ profits in Sydney, Delhi, London and Bali.
He is the podcast host of Human Impact where he interviews change makers and leaders around the world bringing humanity to work and life.
His passion is people and human behaviour and to develop a positive mindset and heartiest to thrive.
On this episode we talk about what happens in the tech world when we lose a connection with our heart and soul, the key lessons Ed learned from setting up businesses around the world and how Ed overcame the failure of a business and cancer.
Human Impact Podcast
The Human Consultancy
[0:15] Can you tell us about the work you do today with people?
[2:50] Do you see people struggling more with the mindset or technical side of things or a bit of both?
[6:34] When we lose connection with our hearts and souls what sort of problems are we seeing arise in technology?
[7:59] Where do we start when it comes to self-awareness?
[10:38] Is that an Australian thing, to be more accepting of how we express ourselves, or is it because you are coming from a different country and you might not know anyone?
[12:56] How did you manage to find your own way when it comes to combining spirituality with the tech and corporate world?
[15:18] How did you make the shift from a legal career in your 20’s to where you are today?
[24:40] So we need to cut through the negative thought pattern before we can make real progress?
[30:10] What was the biggest lesson you learned from living in and setting up businesses around the world in places like Bail, India, Australia and the UK?
[32:54] How important is adaptability in business?
[34:11] Do you think there are opportunities for generalists in the world today?
[36:33] Do you see freelancing expanding in the future?
[40:00] What has been the hardest lesson you have had to learn that has made you a better human being for learning it?
[42:42] Do you think it was a good thing that you didn’t have time to dwell on it?
[43:59] Do you think there is a stigma to having cancer?
[46:55] Do you think by changing the language we will also be able to change how we think about mental health?
[49:19] Do you think that it is possible for people to think of ‘mental health’ in a good way or is it better to use a different word?
[50:37] When does being a human being mean to you?
[52:09] Where would these guys find you?
Silke is a coach and psychologist for executives and entrepreneurs with over 15-years of experience in counselling and coaching.
She has a master’s degree in psychology and trained with a broad range of international experts such as the world-renowned therapist and pioneering hypnotherapist Marisa Peer (Rapid Transformation Therapy Practitioner®), Rori Raye (Relationship Coaching), and Prof. Dr. Justin Kennedy (Applied Neuroscience Coaching).
Silke is also a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Systemic Work Coach, and a Theta Healer, elevating her sessions at the intersection of therapy, coaching and healing.
Silke has worked with many accomplished entrepreneurs and executives who were struggling with habits, thoughts and feelings they couldn't control.
Today we talk about the brain, how it makes sense of our reality through pattern recognition, how cognitive biases affect our decision making, how to become more resilient and recover from stress faster, what the SNEAZE method is all about and how to transform your life with RTT.
[1:37] What do you do and how do you help people?
[2:09] How did you get into this line of work?
[3:06] You have a background In neuroscience too?
[3:45] What have you started to learn about the brain from neuroscience and the other fields you are in?
[6:18] Do our assumptions about life come from these patterns?
[7:40] What is a cognitive bias and how does it affect our day to day decision making and what we see in the world?
[10:12] Is that how we get stuck in the pattern of making the same types of decisions?
[11:05] How do we know when to think slower and when we can trust our fast thinking?
[12:44] Do you see AI playing a big role in the way we make decisions because there is no emotion within an algorithm?
[13:13] What is the benefit of AI making more of our decisions, will It free us up to do more creative things?
[14:35] Can you talk about the Sleep.Nutrition.Emotions.Activity.Social.Enthusiasm (SNEAZE) method?
[15:55] What are the main things within the SNEAZE method that we should be aware of for our day to day living?
[17:33] Is there any brain science to why inventors like Thomas Edison would hand over a question to the subconscious mind before they went to bed?
[24:23] Is mindfulness to you about taking some time out and checking in with your body?
[28:10] When you change your state by checking in with your body and coming back to the present moment does that change the quality of your thinking?
[30:34] Is coming back to the present moment in essence breaking the pattern of your analytical mind?
[34:39] Is the fact that we panic in situations where there is no real threat linked to the subconscious mind not knowing the difference between what is real and what is imagined?
[37:04] Why is HIIT good for our brain?
[38:44] Why is living from your values important on a brain level?
[39:53] When our expectation aren’t being met what chemicals are in the brain?
[40:39] How do we start doing things that are in our best interest but they feel uncomfortable to begin with?
[45:24] What is Rapid Transformational Therapy and how does it help people?
[48:22] Once you see the pattern how does it dissolve?
[50:18] Does the person get to consciously choose the auto suggestion they want to reprogram their mind with?
[53:02] Do you know what is firing on a brain level when it comes to our memories of the past?
[55:26] Does new learning and new experiences affect our memories and what we remember?
[57:25] Can you talk a little about what is happening on
In this episode I talk about some of the lessons and systems that have helped me to create my first course on Udemy this month called Mindset Hacks for Language Learners. The course is aimed at helping people to think about language learning differently and study the hacks, questions and principles that lead to accelerated learning.
Mindset Hacks for Language Learners Course:
In Episode #33 I talk to the Middle East's leading Edutainer Dr. Natalia Wiechowski. Dr. Natalia Wiechowski is a Dubai based Personal Branding Strategist and international Keynote Speaker who radically changed her life and career after a self-imposed sabbatical to follow her passion: Teaching people how to market themselves.
Natalia is a German Dr. of Philosophy and Social scientist and has over 14+ years of experience in human behavior and social relationships, She came to the conclusion that personal branding is a prerequisite to design a dreamlife(style) and career of purpose.
That is why the certified digital marketing professional and Forbes Coaches Council Member developed a tried and tested success formula to build an authentic, professional personal brand on LinkedIn. So that you’ll get more leads, increased visibility, free PR and create great content.
The "LinkedIn Marketing Unicorn" (Inc.) worked with brands like SAP, Bosch, Hult International Business School and has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, HR Revolution ME, Cosmopolitan and more. As a storyteller Dr. Natalia scored two viral posts on LinkedIn in 2016, which allowed her to build an international online community of over 149,000 followers. Her work was also featured in LinkedIn #InItTogether campaign in 2018.
In this episode we talk about edutainment, what to do when the trappings of success leave you with an empty feeling, what personal branding is really all about and how to harness the power of visualisation.
Master your Personal Brand. On LinkedIn and offline
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
What is an Edutainer and how did you become one? [2:11]
How did you start seeing that inspiring people is as important as giving them information? [4:06]
How did you know what to do when you appeared to be successful on a surface level but you felt empty inside? [5:17]
What was the biggest lesson you learned during your sabbatical year? [10:18]
How do you deal with words such as 'weird', 'crazy' or 'not normal'? [11:36]
Why did you decide to help people with personal branding? [13:55]
Did you feel like personal branding was a way to leverage your academic background in the social sciences? [17:03]
Can you talk about your blue glasses and what they represent? [18:10]
Is there any reason for the turquoise colour? [20:30]
What mask was the most difficult for you to take off but was also the most liberating? [21:27]
How do you harness the power of visualisation? [24:24]
If someone is curious about visualisation, what would be the easiest step for them to take today? [27:45]
How did you start finding the corporate language that also aligned with some of the more spiritual lessons you learned on your sabbatical? [29:03]
How do you know when you are connecting with your audience online? [32:12]
How would you know if you are living a life you could be happy with? [35:39]
What have you learned about yourself from learning languages? [38:25]
Have you a book recommendation? [40:37]
Do you have any message to share with us for 2019? [41:39]
In Episode #32 I talk to Barbara Louise Brennan. Barbara is a mental health and wellbeing speaker, coach and facilitator. She helps people understand what mental health really is, the impact of stigma, and how to live the most amazing life they can.Barbara has spoken at companies across Ireland and the UK including IBEC, Coca Cola and Boots.
In this episode we talk about getting back to the very basic principles that help us function as human beings, how to normalise conversations around mental health, how to take personal responsibility, how to use the body as a gateway to the mind and how our analytical mind keeps us stuck in endless struggle when we face mental health issues.
The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
Barbara Louise Brennan on LinkedIn
What do you do today and what is your mission and purpose? [01:01]
Where do you think we are at with personal responsibility when it comes to having conversations around mental health? [04:36]
How would somebody go about finding the language to engage in these conversations in a healthy and productive way? [7:11]
How did you start finding that balance for yourself?[9:48]
Did changing your environment help you to go from reacting to responding? [14:36]
Where do you feel we are at in Ireland now when it comes to having these conversations? [34:54]
What does a happy life look like to you? [40:03]
Is there any book that has impacted you? [41:00]
Episode #31 comes from an interview I recently gave to my friend Ramona Rotariu in her Speaking the Unspoken Series. This interview talks about what was a very sensitive topic for me for much of my 20's. It has only been relatively recently that I was able to find the words to describe the journey I went on to overcome this psychologically traumatic experience and learn the lessons I needed to learn to rebuild my life.
In this episode, I talk about how going through a period of acute psychosis in my early 20's motivated me to take a closer look at my habits and beliefs and start learning more about my brain and my mind and the influence they were having on my day to day. This led me to reading books, seeking out mentors and creating The Happy Mindset 3 years ago with the simple intention of spreading the information and knowledge I acquired in my 20's to help a wider audience to successfully navigate similar circumstances.
Speaking the Unspoken Interview Series
The Happy Mindset
What started your psychosis? [5:25]
How did your loved ones take all this, did you have any support? [10:15]
Would you say that it was ultimately you who had to choose the right path for yourself that got you out of this situation? [12:11]
How did you feel during all this? [14:13]
Was there a moment when you said to yourself that you wanted to get better? [15:56]
How did this episode of your life help you to start The Happy Mindset? [18:17]
Why do you think that people who go through some form of mental illness find it so hard to find a way out? [23:29]
What would your advice be to someone going through psychosis, depression or social anxiety? [29:53]
How hard was it to accept your condition? [35:22]
What is The Happy Mindset all about? [36:28]
Is The Happy Mindset still one of your main focuses? [38:31]
If someone wants to work with you, where can they find you? [40:09]
In Episode #30 I speak with Daniel Bruce Levin. At an early age, Levin walked away from an opportunity to run a nationally known business. Instead, he chose to begin his global journey in search of happiness and inner peace. He studied to be ordained as a Rabbi and lived for ten years in a monastery. Levin played a key role in the growth of Hay House, the New Thought publishing firm founded by beloved author Louise Hay, whose bestselling authors include Wayne Dyer and other internationally known thought leaders. As the publishing firm’s Director of Business Development, Levin took the company from $3 million in annual revenue to major success in the publishing world, with revenues of $100 million per year.
Levin, a connectivity expert and business leader, works with governmental organizations, corporations and businesses to improve how people treat themselves and each other. Sharing a message of unification, he is a popular speaker for groups whose focus is on problem-solving, innovation and conflict resolution.
In this episode we take about how unlike minds can connect, his book the Mosaic, conflict resolution and the 4 practices.
What inspired you to write The Mosaic and what does it mean to you? [2:02]
When did you start seeing that you were treating yourself differently to how you were treating others? [11:58]
How do people breakthrough? [12:33]
What is the Change Blueprint? [13:22]
Can you talk to us about the Beast character in The Mosaic? [23:28]
How do we let the Beast out? [29:05]
What would you say to people who give in to habits that don't serve them? [42:02]
What is the last practice in the 4 step practice? [46:25]
What is the process to creating a fable? [52:10]
Where would someone find you to have a conversation with you? [57:50]
In Episode #29 I talk to Brandon Clift. Brandon is a transformational coach who works with men on their mindset, emotions and mental resilience.
Brandon's mission is to create a world of emotionally responsible, mentally resilient and fiercely accountable men of integrity who understand how to live a life of purpose.
In this episode, we talk about Brandon's story, the lessons he has learned in the dark times, the work he is doing with men and how to live a life aligned with your purpose and vision.
Man Kind Project
Brandon Clift Website
What was your motivation for getting into men's work? [0:45]
Were you aware of the Man Kind Project between the ages of 8 to 23 or did you just become more aware of it at 23? [3:55]
In what way has your life changed from being involved in men's work? [5:19]
When did you realise that it was self-honesty that was a key part of creating a community and having a message? [6:30]
What was your life like at that time? [7:34]
What stopped you from doing it? [9:25]
When you started turning things around what did some of your action steps look like? [12:42]
Why do you think the group of men is so powerful? [14:31]
What were the type of narratives that were getting in the way of you leading a simple and clear life? [17:56]
How has your relationship with failure evolved? [21:15]
How did you muster the courage to sell your gym when it was at its peak and travel the world? [22:47]
What was the key thing you learned from your journey around South America? [25:16]
How does self-love manifest itself in men? [26:56]
With the clarity of vision, how far into the future do you need to be clear on? [28:16]
Can you talk a little more about what you do on The Path of The Warrior? [30:07]
How have you gone with comparison? [35:10]
Do you feel like you are doing more of the things you want to do v's the things you need to do? [36:32]
What is the next 6 months looking like for you? [37:52]
How can people send letters to you? [40:51]
How can people contact you? [43:11]
In this episode, I talk about the catalyst event in my life that gave me the desire and motivation to create The Happy Mindset.
I talk about the key lessons I have learned from my guests over the last year of podcasting. I also share some insights into how you can start a podcast and what you actually need to just do it.
Blue Yeti Microphone
In Episode #27 I talk to Loren Trlin. Loren is a business coach, a human behavioural specialist an ex-lawyer and a Life Purpose Alchemist. Her personal mission in life is to give people the tools to change their mindset and raise their consciousness.
In this episode, we talk about how she knew her legal path wasn't the path for her. How someone else's perspective and language helped her to move through her darkest moments. How everyone is a genius deep down and how the zone of genius differs from the zone of competence. We also talk about personal brands and how to create a personal brand you can be proud of.
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
Power vs. Force by David Hawkins
Where did your journey begin? [0:39]
What were the steps you took after your big realisation? [1:58]
In what way did going to a therapist change your life? [2:56]
What did the words give you to help you shift internally? [3:29]
Was that the first time you realised that you were writing the story to your life? [4:31]
Did it take long for your life circumstances to start changing after this realisation? [4:53]
Once you decided that you were going to become who you really wanted to be was it still difficult to get to it? [6:07]
When you started following your own path did you feel like the people around you needed to buy into it? [7:11]
What was the harshest truth you had to uncover? [8:07]
Was there a time where you needed to start creating a vision for your life and was this difficult to do? [8:43]
What was timeline like for all this happening? [9:42]
Aside from the inner work, what were the practical steps you started to take to set you up for the life you are living now? [10:37]
Was it difficult to get clear on your values and mission at the beginning? [11:57]
What was the process like for uncovering your highest values? [12:22]
What is the zone of genius? [12:46]
How did you know the legal career wasn't the right path for you? [15:58]
What were the transferable skills from your legal career to what you are doing now? [16:45]
Do you see a difference between working harder and working smarter? [17:25]
What was the biggest mistake you made that you learned from? [19:12]
Are you able to differentiate between what your brain is saying and what your gut is saying quite easily nowadays or do you still often get tricked? [19:51]
How do you find the balance, as a personal brand, between being true to yourself and connecting with other people? [20:33]
What would be your advice for someone who hasn't do much inner work yet and wants to create a strong personal brand they can be proud of? [21:27]
How do you think about comfort zones? [23:27]
Do you have an example of a mini challenge we can set ourselves? [23:03]
How do you think about happiness and purpose? [24:45]
Would you recommend any books? [25:24]
How do you see the difference between power & force? [26:00]
Do you take your feelings seriously when it comes to taking action? [29:49]
How would someone get in contact with you or find out more about you? [31:53]
Any last bit of advice? [32:29]
In Episode #26 I speak to ultra marathon runner, speaker and author Tofe Evans. He is also a thought leader on resilience.
In this episode, we talk about how Tofe went from someone living with severe anxiety and depression to finding running and becoming an ultra marathon runner. We talk about egocentric paradigms, the six-pack mindset, habit formation, cognitive biases and why he chooses to put himself through purposeful suffering.
In Episode #25 I speak with Dr Jack Pransky. Jack is a Three Principles author, trainer, speaker and a coaches coach. Jack has worked in the field of prevention and community organising since 1968.
In this episode we talk about Jack’s understanding of the 3 principles, how we can learn from our blindspots and when is the right time to write a book.
In Episode #24 I speak with anti cult campaigner Claire Ashman. Claire is a survivor of 2 cults. Claire recently gave her 4th Tedx talk. She is known for her strength, courage, and determination in pushing through difficult obstacles in order to create a life of freedom for her and her 9 children.
Her recently released book, Lessons From A Cult Survivor, aims to changes our perception of cults as a thing of the past to noticing that there are 3,000 cults today in Australia alone. Cults affect us all in some way. She wants cult members to know they can leave safely and re-enter a friendly and accepting society.
The cult-like mindset isn’t limited by fences, it spills into modern societal culture through social media, corporate culture and exploitation.
In this episode Claire talks about how she was able to navigate her emotions and ask introspective questions that helped her and her family escape from the cult, make sense of her story and wind up on the Ted stage
In Episode #23 I talk to Tara Prendergast of Bite the Biscuit. At the age of 19 Tara was running her own restaurant. 4 years later, after turning the restaurant into a success, she found herself asking herself about her purpose. She decided she didn't want to purely pursue money so she went travelling for 2 years. Fast forward to today and she runs Bite the Biscuit and the Biscuit Factory - the #1 community in Ireland for creative people. She also has an inspiring Tedx Talk called the Creative Revolution.
In this episode we talk about running a team, making money as a creative person and building a brand and a community.
In Episode #22 I speak with Jonny Cooper of Jonny Hates Marketing about his new book. Jonny is a business coach to transformational coaches, trainers and therapists. As an entrepreneur he has grown multiple businesses in the past including an 8 figure business.
In this episode we take a closer look at what marketing is, how to do work you find fulfilling and also pays you well. We also look at some nuggets of wisdom from his book such as his distinction between rules and standards and his banana and orange metaphor for attracting clients.
Jonny Hates Marketing Book
In Episode #20 I speak with Peyton Holland North Carolina Executive Director of Skills USA. Peyton is a passionate and motivated professional with an extensive background in working with education, industry and the community. He has dedicated his career to helping bridge these groups together so that your schools and colleges are preparing the next generation of leadership in the workforce. Check out his inspirational Tedx Talk Skills that Pay the Bills and Redefine Success.
In Episode #19 Jamie Smart is back to talk to us about his latest book The Little Book of Results. Jamie is a Sunday Times Best Selling author, international speaker and transformative coach. Jamie has been interviewed on Sky News and Dave Asprey's Bulletproof podcast. Jamie helps his clients to get out of their own way and to live a life more in alignment with who they really are.
In this conversation we cover some topics from his book such linear thinking, exponential insights, the strategy equation, the transformation economy and how the mindset of employees affects the customer experience.
The Little Book of Results
In Episode #18 I talk to Amir Karkouti. Amir is a coach, an author, a speaker and an owner of a chain of restaurants in San Diego. Amir runs a popular Facebook group called What the F**k are the Three Principles. He has spent over ten years as an adviser, mentor, and coach to Fortune 500 CEO's, military men/women, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books include Lessons from my Coach and Do Nothing and Do Nothing... To Get Everything
In this episode we explore what it actually means to be a coach, the power we have to ignore insecure thinking and how to just start writing.
In Episode #17 I talk to funny man Jason Goldberg. Jason is an award-winning entrepreneur, a coach and a speaker. Jason mixes humour and light heartedness into the work does. In his Tedx Talk he speaks about manufacturing fascination.
In this episode we take a look at the prisoner and self-leader mindset. We look at the fascination state, how to shift from heavy and low feeling states and how the problem solving mindset can interfere with our personal growth.
FREE Copy of Prison Break for The Happy Mindset Listeners
The Jason Goldberg website
In Episode #16 I speak with Shirley Liu. Shirley is the Vice President of Marketing & Digital at L'Oréal. A multi-cultural and modern day global citizen, Shirley holds British and Taiwanese dual citizenships, grew up in Thailand, is UK- and US- educated and a Parisienne at heart. In addition to her corporate role, Shirley devotes significant time as a motivational speaker, empowering Millennial professionals to contemplate the alignment of their passion, career and personal calling early in life.
In this episode we explore how Shirley saw through the trappings of success and decided to go on her own path towards inner beauty. Shirley talks about how she uses her core values to anchor her when she is challenged by her environment. She also talks about the importance of self-love, self-compassion and self-esteem and how you set up an environment that you can thrive in.
In Episode #15 I speak with Cathy Garner. Cathy is an Artist Coach. Cathy is a relationship coach and portrait artist. She invented Vision PortraitsTM, coaching people to express their dreams, visions and purpose for their personal, professional and love lives, and etching their words into the lines and shadows of their faces. Cathy speaks about the power of portraits to transform the relationships we have with ourselves and others. She teaches that love is both an art and a science and that everyone who finds their vision and discovers the skills to bring it to life, can enjoy thriving relationships.
In this episode we talk about her journey to becoming an artist coach. She talks about how for so long she was held back by the idea that her art would only ever be a pastime, what she did when she noticed as a Strategic Leader that the words she spoke didn't fully align with her and how her travels and adventures helped her to uncover profound realisations.
In Episode #14 the tables are turned with an interview I gave to Peter and Mira Griffiths of the Mind Takeaway. In this episode I talk about the learning process and my own learning journey so far.
Throughout this episode we talk about accelerated learning, gaining clarity around why to learn a new skill and we share some insights we have had along our journey's so far.
The Mind Takeaway Facebook Group
In Episode #13 I speak with Soness Stevens. Soness is a TED Global & 3-time TEDx speaker. She is the founder of Your Speaking Journey where she is a coach to over 115 TED & TEDx speakers. She is a published academic in 3 peer reviewed journals, a communications researcher and practitioner. She is the author of Japan’s first multi-media textbooks used in the university system and she practices zazen meditation in her local temple. She also has a Communications TV show on NHK TV and FOX TV and she is the official English voice of Hello Kitty.
In this episode we talk about autonomous learning, her journey to Japan to learn Japanese to get into Harvard Business School, her life as a speaker coach and how she has managed to pursue multiple disciplines by being herself and not trying to fit in.
In Episode #12 I speak with Michael Neill. Michael is an internationally renowned transformative coach and the best-selling author of six books including Creating the Impossible, The Inside-Out Revolution and The Space Within. He has spent over 25 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books have been translated into 18 languages, and his public talks, retreats, seminars, and online programs have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and in over 60 countries and on six continents around the world. His TEDx talk, ‘Why Aren’t We Awesomer?’, has been viewed by over 200,000 people. Michael’s weekly radio show, Living from the Inside Out, has been a listener favorite on Hay House Radio for over a decade. His weekly blog and podcast, Caffeine for the Soul, is now in its 18th year and going strong.
In Episode #11 I speak with Lisa Hughes of Arena Coaching. Lisa is an Executive Coach, a Facilitator and a Mindfulness teacher. Lisa has done work with startups as well as in more established companies such as The Irish Times and Facebook. In this episode we talk about Lisa's transition from the corporate world into the coaching world. We talk about travel, corporate life and the problem with rewarding 'busyness'. Throughout the episode she alludes to the window of space and time that can be accessed when we take the time to stop and pause.
The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer
In Episode #10 I speak with Jamie Smart, a Sunday Times Best Selling author, international speaker and creator of the Clarity brand. Jamie has been interviewed on Sky News and Dave Asprey's Bulletproof podcast. Jamie helps his clients to get out of their own way and to live a life more in alignment with who they really are. He has written numerous books including The Little Book of Clarity and Results.
In this conversation we talk about the principles behind Clarity, branding, personal growth, building a community and stepping out and doing your own thing.
The Missing Link by Sydney Banks
The Little Book of Clarity by Jamie Smart
Results by Jamie Smart
Results Mindset Podcast
The Profitable Coaches Podcast
Can you give us a brief introduction into how you came to an understanding of state of Mind and creating the Clarity brand? [00:36]
How do you find the balance between using the techniques to get your message out there while staying true to the value of the brand? [09:25]
How did you gradually understand the principles behind these social tools? [13:56]
If the message is more important than the medium and everyone has a message within them, how gain I gain more clairty around that message so I know what I want to get out there in the first place? [19:54]
Were you always an action taker? [22:43]
In hindsight, how did the community you have today naturally form? [27:35]
At any stage did you feel alone when you made the decision to do more of your own thing? [29:26]
How important is personal growth for the growth of a business? [31:00]
Was it easy to let go of the Salad brand and move onto the Clarity brand? [32:15]
Did you find that your time spent in NLP helped you to articulate the principles behind Clarity better? [33:20]
Would you have one piece of advise for someone who wants to move more in alignment with their own purpose and direction in life? [34:44]
What's your favourite book and why? [36:24]
In Episode #9 I speak with William Kennedy, a self taught Ruby on Rails Developer. William has been a personal friend for a few years now. In that time I have been really impressed with his general knowledge, love of reading and writing, his specific knowledge as a software developer and his willingness to help other people.
In this conversation we talk about landing a software developer role without a computer science degree. We talk about the learning process itself and the value of books I ask him why he dropped out of his Public administration degree just before his final year. William also takes the opportunity to ask me questions around how I learned Spanish and Italian from my time as an English language assistant in France.
Finisher's Formula by Ramit Sethi
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
I will Teach you to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Give and Take by Adam Grant
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
The Little Book of Clarity by Jamie Smart
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
William on Twitter
Can you give us an introduction to what you are up to? [00:00:29]
Why did you decided to get into software development and when did you make that choice? [00:01:27]
Can you talk us through why you dropped out of your Public Administration degree in 3rd year? [00:04:00]
What were you reading at the time that gave you these firm beliefs or why did the beliefs come from? [00:06:20]
How do you find the balance between being a generalist and a specialist? [00:08:35]
When did you start building a routine? [00:09:52]
Did you think you picked up the importance of thinking like a generalist from having a job in sales and doing a degree in Public Administration? [00:11:12]
What did your first step for learning to code look like? [00:13:55]
Why did you move away from Java? [00:15:56]
Did you have one eye on functionality and one eye on the market? [00:17:48]
Did you look at that period of learning Java as a waste of time or did you learn things that helped you to learn Ruby? [00:19:05]
Can you give an example of the apps you were building at the start? [00:19:57]
Where did you find the time? Is it in the time we have on our hands that we overlook? [00:22:04]
How do you get yourself to do the work everyday and does it get easier to motivate yourself over time? [00:24:18]
What's your thoughts on perfectionism and making mistakes? [00:26:47]
What has been the best course you have purchased? [00:30:36]
How do you find the balance between diet and exercise and work and how important is balance? [00:35:00]
Were you always that discipline with food or was that built up incrementally? [00:36:34]
If you had 3 tips to give to someone who wanted to self learn and change career, what would they be? [00:38:25]
Do you have a short list of recommended books for anyone who would like to self learn? [00:40:12]
In Episode #8 I speak with Elaine Hilides, a wellness coach, author and Udemy course creator. Elaine helps people to establish a healthy relationship with food and in her book MindFullness: The No-Diet Diet Book she helps her readers to see they thinking they have around food and why diets don't work.
In this conversation we talk about the 3 principles, addiction, blindspots, our thinking around food, facing fears and separate realities.
MindFullness: The No-Diet Diet Book by Elaine Hilides
Modello: A Story of Hope for the Inner City and Beyond by Jack Pransky
Elaine Hilides Website
Can you give us a brief introduction into how you became a wellness coach? [00:33]
What are the principles? [03:58]
How did you overcome your fear of public speaking to become an international speaker? [07:35]
How did you go about creating Udemy courses? [11:40]
What would you do different if you had to create Udemy courses again? [17:15]
When you were doing the slide shows, was that something you had done before? [18:25]
Did you find your curiosity guiding you in your self learning situations? [19:35]
How important have community and mentors been in your life? [20:37]
Do you see similar issues between people with food and other addictions such as drug addiction? [25:25]
You have written quite a few books, did you always want to be a writer or did you have information that you needed to get out and writing was a good medium for this? [33:55]
Is it possible for us to not beat ourselves up over things? [38:05]
How do you get that focus to go with one idea when you could have so many ideas in your head? [42:10]
What is your favourite book and why? [42:54]
In Episode #7 I speak to Gabriela Maldonado-Montano about how she shares an understanding of the 3 principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought with children. Gabriela has been sharing this understanding for over a decade now and in this time she has been a Director at the Center for Sustainable Change and True Change Consultants. Recently she co wrote a book in Spanish called Lita la frijolita which shares an understanding of the Mind in a child friendly narrative.
In this conversation we uncover how children have the capcity for deep insights and realisations, how they pick up on our intention and how as adults we can have the tendancy to under estimate their capacity to communicate effectively.
Lita la frijolita
The Missing Link: Reflections on Philosophy and Spirit
Seduced by Conciousness: A Life with The Three Principles
Can you give us a brief introduction to yourself? [00:00:37]
How did you know that you wanted to help people? [00:02:40]
How did an understanding of the 3 principles come into your life? [00:04:20]
Did this understanding start resonating with people quite quickly? [00:06:50]
Are children capable of understanding how the Mind works from analogies and pointing things out? [00:11:00]
How did you accept the experimentation and making mistakes side to sharing this understanding? [00:22:40]
Does it ever cross your Mind to give up? [00:25:36]
Do you ever think it is too late for someone to change and see something different? [00:38:45]
Can you give us a brief summary of the book you co wrote called Lita la frijolita and why you thought of creating this book? [00:42:35]
Is there any differences in the way you are able to express this understanding in Spanish or English? [00:49:10]
What is your favourite book and why? [00:56:41]
In Episode #6 I talk to Micheal Hilton. Micheal is a life coach, a podcaster and a father. In this episode I talk to Micheal about his own journey of overcoming challenges and I ask him about the kinds of issues that men are facing today. Micheal also talks about his new project The Extraordinary Father's Project.
Can you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what you are doing in the world today? [00:26]
Did did changes in your life start with changing habits? [03:09]
What does the power of choice mean to you? [07:53]
How did you manage to find that space and start slowing down? [12:55]
What sort of issues are you seeing men facing these days that are common across the board? [19:47]
How do you view competition and collaboration now? [33:13]
You used to be a personal trainer, do you see a link between a healthy body and a healthy mind? [35:52]
What's the goal for the Extraordinary Father's Project? [39:14]
What's your favourite book and why? [45:22]
How can people contact you? [49:13]
The Little Book of Big Change: The No Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit by Amy Johnson
The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships and Live Their Fullest Lives by Lewis Howes
Fatherhood Is Leadership: Your Playbook for Success, Self-Leadership, and a Richer Life by Devon Bandison
Men on Form
In Episode #5 I speak with Grayson Hart of the Ealing Trailfinders. I speak to Grayson about his an understanding of state of Mind. We speak about how he makes the transition between living in different countries, how he developed an interest in writing and how he uses analogies and metaphors within his writing. We also touch on visualisation, rugby contracts and favourite books.
Path of No Resistance
Little Book of Clarity
The Good Life Movement
Can you give us an introduction to who you are? [00:30]
How did you transition from Glasgow to London go? [03:00]
Do you see many differences and similarities between people from different countries? [04:55]
You have a blog on your website The Good Life Movement. Do you enjoy writing and how did you start writing? [08:48]
When you know where your experience is coming from, does it make it easier to write? [12:00]
How important have been the people in your life that have helped you and do you think you would get to where you are today without them? [18:16]
How has an understanding of state of Mind affected your rugby career, do you view contracts differently now? [24:16]
What are your thoughts around visualisation? [30:30]
Do you find freedom to take action from the understanding that you are not the content of your thinking? [34:50]
How do you approach improving your rugby skills now? [36:35]
What's your favourite book and why? [43:22]
What can people expect from you in the coming months and how can they get in contact with you? [45:25]
In Episode #4 I speak with Michael Reilly of Educated Machine. Educated Machine is a company based in Galway. They are a mixture between an educational and a development company. They also do social media for events and run educational courses around things such as data analytics and machine learning. In this episode I talk to Michael about decision making, sleep and diet, productivity, systems, and how the End of History Illusion might be hiding a limitless future from us. I also ask him about his thoughts around incorporating computer science and an understanding of the Mind into the Irish educational system.
Harry Potter Box Set by J.K Rowling
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Better Angels of our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity by Steven Pinker
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama
What is Educated Machine and what is the vision? [00:57]
Are you learning French at the moment? [02:39]
How did you get the idea to start learning French, have you have any background in languages [03:58]
Why might the End of History Illusion be hiding a limitless future for people? [09:21]
What was it like for you to make pivotal decisions towards what you wanted to do? [14:50]
How do you find the time for everything, have you any systems in place? [18:30]
How important is sleep and having a good diet? [21:15]
Did you always enjoy exercise or is it something you got into? [22:57]
How many hours work would you consider to be a productive day? [25:00]
What are your thoughts on perfection? [30:25]
What is the balance between 'safisficer' and 'maximizer' in business decisions? [32:56]
How can we incorporate computer science and an understanding of the Mind into the Irish education system? [35:20]
What is your favourite book and why? [39:00]
In Episode #3 I speak with Adam Ashe of the Glasgow Warriors about how an understanding of state of Mind has improved his experience of playing rugby and led to an overall richer experience of life. In this episode Adam explains how he came to this understanding and we discuss how 100% of our feelings are coming from our own thinking. I ask Adam how he now deals with injury, taking on constructive feedback from his coaches at Glasgow Warriors, thinking about errors in games and what are the most important attributes he notices in a teammate.
The Little Book of Clarity
The Path of No Resistance: Why Overcoming is Simpler Than You Think
Inside Performance (podcast also available on iTunes, Stitcher & CastBox)
Can you tell us who you are and how you got to an understanding of the Mind that you are sharing today? [00:25]
How did it start making sense to stop doing things that you didn't necessarily want to be doing all the time? [07:30]
How do you find the balance between wanting to win, being OK with this desire, yet realising that you are OK as a person no matter what the result? [13:10]
How do you strike the balance between analysing the game and letting it flow? [20:05]
If you have a bad performance, how are you now able to deal with other people who are potentially thinking about you and talking about you? [23:40]
How do you deal with injury now? [27:10]
Do you find yourself not thinking about errors made during the game as much? [31:00]
What are the most important attributes you see in a team player? [33:22]
How easy is it to seperate your off field life from your on field game? [35:33]
Do you enjoy reading now and if so what is your favourite book? [39:10]
What are you up to these days and how can someone contact you? [41:00]
In Episode #2 I talk to Rafeh Qazi about how believing in the process has helped him get to where he is today. Qazi is the creator of Clever Programmer a business which has grown from 0 to 50,000 students and over 100,000 YouTube subscribers within 1 year. Clever Programmer teaches students the techincal skills they need to get into software development and start building real world projects, students also learn about the soft skills necessary to interact more effectively with other people. In this episode Qazi shares his insights around his tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance, breaking a new skill into a process, collaboration, money, mentors and failure.
The Ten Times Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual
Rich Dad Poor Dad
Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
Who are you and what do you do? [00:49]
How did you overcome the procrasination and lack of self belief to start? [02:20]
What was your experience with habits? [04:50]
How important is being a generalist to become a really good specialist? [07:00]
How do you deal with facing the unknown as an entrepreneur? [10:00]
How did you deal with your business Chesstastic failing? [16:00]
What is your view on money, mentors and paying mentors? [17:45]
Did you ever fear public speaking at any stage? [19:06]
How important are mentors and what is your view on money? [20:38]
How did you start finding mentors? [22:10]
Could you explain how you use reverse engineering in the context of learning a programming language like Python? [25:15]
How important is learning with other students and how can I find these students when I feel like nobody in my area is interested in what I want to learn? [29:00]
How can I create a learning system? [31:20]
What is your experience with the learning acceleration curve? [35:30]
What is the current vision for Clever Programmer moving forward? [38:25]
What is your opinion on boot camps and the conventional computer science degree? [41:20]
What is your favourite book and why? [42:50]
In Episode #1 of The Happy Mindset Show I talk with Ankush Jain around being 'selfish', contributing to the world and serving others. Ankush is a life coach, trainer, public speaker and budding author. Ankush helps people to experience transformations in their businesses and in their personal lives. In this episode Ankush shares his understanding of risk and how leveraging this allowed him to listen to his heart and move into the coaching world. We talk about why forcing change on others never works and the key misunderstanding we don't see when we give in to this urge. We talk about feeling like a 'special little snowflake' and how the truth of the matter is often that the more personal a problem feels the more universal it actually is. Throughout the episode we draw upon underlying truths that affect our daily experience of life, things such as perception, personal thinking and separate realities.
The Little Book of Clarity
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Disruptive - How to Disrupt Your Industry Through Selfless Service
Ankush Jain Ltd
Who is Ankush and what does he do? [01:02]
How does me being 'selfish' contribute to the world? [02:01]
How do you view risk now compared to when you were making the transition into coaching? [07:00]
How can I help somebody when they are not listening to me? [13:10]
I am a person who is struggling and I want to learn something new or see something different, is there anything I am not seeing here and what would be your advice to someone like this? [19:00]
I want to learn a new skill e.g. Spanish and I feel insecure and that people are laughing at me when I make mistakes, how can I see start seeing the fact that I am creating this experience myself? [30:00]
If I have had a fight with a friend or broken up with a girlfriend how can I stay focused on the task at hand even when I feel affected by it? [34:45]
How important is imagination in learning, creating and moving forward in life? [37:45]
What is your favourite book and why? [40:00]
How can people contact you? [42:49]