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Entrepreneurs Awakening | Exploring the impact plant medicine has on business leadership
65 minutes | Feb 8, 2019
S1E3: Top Photographer Warwick Saint Risked Everything to Align with his Truth
From the outside looking in, Saint had it made. He was making 7 figures, flying around the world doing what he loved most. By all accounts, he had created the life of his dreams. Best of all he had a loving wife and a 2-year-old son who he truly adored. And Yet his gut was telling him that he was off track. He knew something was off but had no idea what or why. Who’s Warwick Saint? He’s the guy Nike hires to shoot the advertising campaign for their new Lebron James shoe. He’s the guy Jennifer Lopez hired to shoot her full album package. (He’s crazy good at what he does. You can check out his work on https://thesaintstudio.com, it’s ridiculous.) Saint joined my first ayahuasca mastermind back in 2012, hoping that ayahuasca and The mastermind support would provide the perspective and insights he sought. To his surprise, his first night with ayahuasca was, quote, “the worst experience of my life.” It left him feeling shell shocked and with no discernable insights. Little did HE know that that night was the first step on an epic journey that would utterly transform every aspect of his life, for the better, forever. Only now, six years later has the journey that started that night come to completion. In this interview, Saint shares how to turn a mid-life crisis into a mid-life awakening and how to source power from your truth to stay the course even when everyone believes you are crazy. Is he crazy? Let’s dive in. Table of Contents 3:55 Saint shares how great his life was leading up to his awakening. 9:06 Saint realizes that he was living a life that others expected of him, not the one true to his nature. 9:33 How to know if you are living a life not true to yourself. (Resentment, victim mindset, incongruent behavior, double life, cheating on your partner.) “If your head, heart, and cock are not in alignment, then you are out of alignment.” 12:56 Why when living a double standard and believing that you are protecting others from being hurt you are only cheating yourself and your loved ones. 16:04 Motorboat vs sailboat metaphor to illustrate the difference between living in a flow state vs living a forced life. 19:20 Saint describes his first ayahuasca experience after sharing about his first 5-MeO-DMT experience. “It was the worst experience of my life.” 23:22 Saint shares the benefits of his experiencing 26:52 Why it’s a mistake to try to make meaning from your ayahuasca experience rather than observe what unfolds after. 29:53 “Your experience while on ayahuasca is not nearly as important as the impact on your life, and there is often no correlation. A horrible experience may have a bigger experience than a profound one.” 32:28 Saint makes his first congruent decision – to leave Peru early and go home to his wife and son. Saint describes the 6-year process of realignment which includes divorcing his wife, moving to LA from NYC, falling in love and choosing a new career direction. It culminates with his now former wife joining him and his new life partner for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Impressive especially considering that the divorce was not amicable. Saint explains how he divorced his wife and re-aligned his life and all the while kept his heart open to her and owning the impact of his actions. As a result, 6 years later, they are friends and solid co-parents. 46:00 Saint reflects on how that one ayahuasca night opened the psychological and emotional space he needed to be able to initiate and complete his life realignment with integrity. 49:00 We discuss the difference between the impact of smoked DMT and ayahuasca. 50:27 Saint describes what changed in his professional life as a result of his awakening. Saint talks about his new creative focus – intimate love story portraits for some of the most influential names in business and entertainment. He goes deep into the new intentions behind his photography and how he sees these new type of lover portraits having a positive impact on the world.
88 minutes | Feb 3, 2019
S1B3: Transitioning From “Business As Usual” With Psychedelics
In recent years, psychedelics have vastly grown in acceptance within the American business elite. Dozens of executives have come forward to share the impact psychedelics had on their development and growth. What’s less discussed, however, is how these transitions take place. Join Paul Austin, founder of The Third Wave, for a panel discussion with Michael Costuros, Tiffany Liu and Tim Sae Koo on life transitions, and the role psychedelics play for integrating our personal lives with our professional ambitions.
74 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
S1B1: First-Time Founder/CEO Exits Big, What Did Vipassana and Ayahuasca Have to Do With It?
This first-time founder CEO accomplished what most set out to do, a successful exit 5 years after founding. What’s more unusual, he credits vipassana meditation and the mindful use of psychedelics as key factors in his success.
66 minutes | Dec 14, 2018
S1B2: Three CEOs Share The Impact Ayahuasca Has Had On Their Lives
The Entrepreneurs Awakening Podcast Season 1: Bonus 2Three founder/CEO's share how ayahuasca influenced their lives. In this episode, three founder/CEO's share how ayahuasca influenced their lives and businesses. The interview takes in the Camp Mystic Theater at Burning Man 2018, which adds a layer of raw authenticity. Hear Omi, Ali Shanti, and Henrik Zillmer tell their stories. They have very different companies and each is valued at more than 10 million dollars. These founders have been transformed by ayahuasca as well as meditation practices, and discuss how the life-changing insights have changed their companies. As a bonus, you will hear Paul Austin, founder of The Third Wave.co and a leading expert on micro-dosing speak about micro-dosing, the third wave of psychedelics and how you fit into this new chapter of cultural history.It gives me great pleasure to offer you this inspiring and one of a kind information.- Michael
53 minutes | Dec 12, 2018
S1E2: 28-year-old Impact Entrepreneur Dmitriy Kozlov Shares Leadership and Life Lessons from Ayahuasca
The Entrepreneurs Awakening Podcast Season 1: Episode 228-year-old Impact Entrepreneur Dmitriy Kozlov Shares Leadership and Life Lessons from Ayahuasca It gives me great pleasure to release this podcast interview with my friend and social impact entrepreneur Dmitriy Kozlov. We spoke for over two hours and what we covered was so special that I spent a lot of time to carefully distill our conversation into an hour of potent insights, stories and “how to” advice just for you. Dmitriy has been a committed social impact entrepreneur since the start. At age 22 he co-founded a digital marketing agency focused on serving social impact businesses. At 25 he co-founded Maverick NEXT, a mastermind group for impact-driven entrepreneurs, age 25 and under, who had already built 6 or 7 figure business. These two ventures are part of his plan to lead an ecosystem of social impact companies doing a billion dollars in revenue by the time he turns 35. Dmitriy was already aligned with his mission and purpose before experiencing ayahuasca which is why he was surprised and humbled by what ayahuasca taught him about his true mission and purpose. Now 28, it’s been two years since his first experience with ayahuasca in Peru, and I want to find out what impact it has had on his master plan. A deeply vulnerable interview, we both have a few butterflies in our stomach at the thought of sharing aspects of our lives that are so close to our hearts publicly. Perhaps the most unique topic is something I had never considered doing. Dmitriy teaches me how to use love as a guiding principle for making business decisions. He also shares how ayahuasca taught him how to resolve the inner conflict between his commitment to living a life of purpose and desire for exceptional wealth. Which has me wonder, does he still want to be a billionaire by age 35? Let’s find out. References mentioned in this episode:Vision Tech TeamMaverik Next Mastermind Table of Contents000 - 4:28: Introductions and setting up the context for the topics to be discussed. 4:28 - 7:37: Dmitriy shares his most powerful ayahuasca experience and the impact it had on his personal and professional life. 7:37 - 17:00: We discuss Dmitriy’s sources of inspiration and how to take leaps of faith even in the absence of internal or external certainty. 17:00 - 21:05: Dmitriy shares his entrepreneurial backstory and why his goal is a network of companies worth a billion dollars. 21:05 - 27:00: Dmitriy talks about his first life-changing spiritual awakening and the impact it had on his life. 27:00 - 30:32: Dmitriy explains in practical terms how he leads his business with love as the guiding principle. No really, I make him explain to me how he leads from love and it actually makes sense the way he explains it. 30:32 - 35:56: We discuss how to use ayahuasca to effectively remove barriers in your path towards realizing your full potential. In Dmitriy’s case, finding resolution in his relationships with his father, who was not there for him, and the masculine/feminine as a whole. 35:56 - 40:08: Dmitriy discusses how he integrated his ayahuasca experiences in Peru after returning back to the company. He then describes a business challenge that wouldn’t have been overcome without the tools he received from his awakening in Peru. We discuss how to surrender to what needs to be done, let go of how you want it to be, and trust the flow of what is. 40:08 - 46:31: We share how to distinguish between the “what” and the “how”, and getting over the feeling of being off-course. 46:31 - 52:39: We share final insights and recommendations on ways you can take the next step on your path of awakening.
55 minutes | Apr 14, 2018
S1E1: Leadership Insights Triggered by Ayahuasca: An interview with Henrik Zillmer, Y-Combinator backed Founder/CEO of Airhelp.com
The Entrepreneurs Awakening Podcast Season 1: The Ayahuasca Mastermind Interviews Episode 1: Henrik Zillmer, Y-Combinator backed Founder/CEO of Airhelp.com An atheist’s first ayahuasca experience causes a spiritual awakening that liberates his personal life and transforms his business. Henrik Zillmer went from comedian to lieutenant in the Royal Danish Army, only to reach a dead end as a successful corporate executive. Following his call to adventure at 28, he left the corporate world behind and began his journey as a serial entrepreneur. Through Y-Combinator, he launched his most recent company, AirHelp, which for the past 4 years and with only $17 million in VC funding, has averaged 200% yearly growth. But there was a problem: Henrik’s leadership style mirrored what he had learned in the military — to command, control, and win at any cost. He relied on harsh criticism as a way to motivate his employees, which worked, up to a point. At around 250 employees, the collateral damage of Henrik’s anger and impatience was threatening the business. On top of that, though he was living his dream as a successful founder/CEO, he wasn’t actually happy. In this episode, you’ll learn how he applied his ayahuasca insights to transform his company culture and personal happiness in a matter of months.
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