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46 minutes | Jul 22, 2019
Hidden Smarts 020: Making Money And Friends With Empathy
Sometimes, we think we can reason our ways into connecting with others or convincing them to trust us but that's usually not how human nature works. In this episode, the founder of Crescendo Ice Cream, Cindy shared her insight on connecting with strangers and giving them a good reason to return for more ice cream in her business establishment.
63 minutes | Jul 15, 2019
Hidden Smarts 019: How A Long Term Romantic Relationship Can Change You
Change is the only constant in this world and this applies to our romantic relationship. It is common to see yourself evolve to a different person when you go through life with a significant other. Slowly but surely, you'll start speaking and behaving like your significant other. Find out what it feels like to merge your life with another person you really care about. Tune into this episode to personally hear how Jonathan and Mikayla transformed individually and together as a couple after being together for more than 6 years.
66 minutes | Jul 8, 2019
Hidden Smarts 018: What Makes A Healthy Romantic Relationship
To the ones that have a significant other, have you ever stop and evaluate how your romantic relationship is doing? To the ones that are still looking for a partner, what realistic expectations do you have in your search? Join us in this episode to have an idea of what it means to be in a healthy romantic relationship. We explored the idea of "compatibility" and shared some tools that could help in the romance department.
66 minutes | Jul 1, 2019
Hidden Smarts 017: Photography, More Than Just A Hobby
Sometimes you'll meet people who make practical choices in their career path and sometimes you'll meet people like Jayse who is absolutely obsessed with photography. Like most creatives who want to make their craft to be more than just a hobby, Jayse is on her personal journey to turn photography into a viable career. In this episode, we'll talk about what counts as creative work, common struggles in the pursuit of artistic careers and better understanding the mind of a passionate photographer.
57 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
Hidden Smarts 016: One Of The Most Sought After Jobs Globally (Management Consulting)
Have you ever wondered what career could offer you a fast career track, prestige, immense learning and money? The answer is management consulting. It is no surprise that many job candidates apply for the role. I had the opportunity to chat with Justine, a recent UCLA grad that is entering one of the top management consulting firm in the world, Boston Consulting Group. Tune in and find out more about this career. We covered the what's, why's and how's of this prestigious field.
11 minutes | Jun 21, 2019
Hidden Smarts 015: A More Practical Graduation Message
Graduation season has arrived once again and I am personally invested into it this year because my girlfriend just graduated from university. It has been a long and tiring journey for her to get that degree, now she has finally crossed the finish line. I am very proud of her! So I wish to dedicate this graduation speech to her and everyone who is graduating in 2019. This message is not your typical motivational speech. Rather it contains a core message that anyone can apply immediately if they are willing. It's not limited to fresh graduates only.Anyone can gain something from this message. Tune in to find out how!
69 minutes | Jun 17, 2019
Hidden Smarts 014: What's It Like Being Gay
I was raised in Malaysia, a conservative country and we are not exposed to the LGBTQ culture because it is strictly prohibited. Needless to say, most Malaysians remain ignorant about the issue and I was no different. Things started changing when I moved to California, I interacted with many more people from the LGBTQ community and my curiosity grew. So I invited a friend who is openly gay to have a conversation about what's it like being gay and finally overcoming my ignorance towards the LGBTQ community.
17 minutes | Jun 13, 2019
Hidden Smarts 013: Behavioral Biases That Influence What We Buy
Have you ever wonder how companies are taking advantage of our behavior to purchase more of their products or services? I just completed the book "The Choice Factory" and it helped me understand how some marketers are positioning their messages to influence our purchasing decisions. In this episode, I will be sharing what I found valuable from the book for consumers to be aware of so we can be smarter about our purchases. Us consumers gotta stick together ya' know?
65 minutes | Jun 10, 2019
Hidden Smarts 012: I Am Angry, Now What
Have you ever regretted doing something out of anger? Welp, most people probably made that mistake. I know I did. More times than I want to remember. In this episode, we started out talking about self-awareness and the importance of it. Our conversation then led us to explore how being aware of our anger could help us avoid some of our most regrettable actions. There are some really helpful lessons everybody can takeaway in this episode to better respond to boiling anger. You don't want to miss this!
54 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
Hidden Smarts 011: Is Being An Introvert/Extrovert Better
Too often we hear people highlighting that extroverts are more confident and perceived to be more successful. While introverts could be perceived as more anti-social and quiet. Feel free to join this conversation between 2 introverts and 1 extrovert about what it feels like to be an extrovert or introvert. Are you team introvert or team extrovert?
59 minutes | May 29, 2019
Hidden Smarts 010: How To Let Go Of The Past
Do you feel burdened by your past because you find it difficult to let go of a significant part of your life? We have all been there at one point or another. Maybe some of us are still struggling to find a way to make peace with something or someone that we once held so dear. Learn how Charles, Stella and Darren let go of their pasts. We talked about the loss of a family member, giving up on one's dream profession and losing grip of treasured relationships.
15 minutes | May 21, 2019
Hidden Smarts 009: What Are Your Emotions Telling You
Have you ever been in a situation where you tried suppressing your emotions with good intent but it ended up hurting you anyway? Learn from Charles's mistake on interpreting emotions. In this episode, you'll learn how to view emotions more healthily and not ruin your opportunities to influence a better outcome.
45 minutes | May 16, 2019
Special Episode: How We Look Forward in Life
This podcast episode is special because we are engaging with another group of Malaysian podcaster, The Ming brothers. Their podcast is called The Takeaway Table Podcast and they recently released an episode titled " What Do You Look Forward to in Life". We have been following their work for many years and we appreciate how they have impacted others in their own special way. We feel strongly about emotional health and their recent podcast episode really caught our attention so we thought it would be a fun idea to respond to their parting question in their latest podcast episode: "Are we looking forward to the right things?". Tune in and find out what happens.
51 minutes | May 13, 2019
Hidden Smarts 007: Rich or Wealthy
Money matters in this world. We can't live without it and we are constantly finding smarter ways to pursue what some define as financial freedom. In this episode, I am joined by an industrial real estate agent to talk about how his definition of prosperity, wealth and riches evolved as he interact with multi-million dollar deals.
55 minutes | May 9, 2019
Hidden Smarts 006: Why Being a Nice Person is Not Enough
You've probably heard the phrase "Nice guys finish last" but have you ever wonder why that is? In this episode, I've invited Matthew Chin who is widely known as the "nice guy" in his social groups to talk about setbacks nice people typically experience and to answer the question why being a nice person is not enough to thrive in your personal and professional life.
59 minutes | May 6, 2019
Hidden Smarts 005: Complicated Relationship with Youtube
It is hard to deny that Youtube is a big part of people's lives. Some users have admirable self control over it. While some users would find themselves stuck in what feels like an endless video pit that they struggle to get out of. Join Charles and Darren in a conversation about how they navigate through their complicated relationship with Youtube.
57 minutes | May 1, 2019
Hidden Smarts 004: Conversation about Conversations
Do you remember the last time you had a deep conversation with another human being? In this episode, we are looking deeper into what makes conversations meaningful. A few questions we are exploring, are all deep conversations the same? Can we actually prepare for a deep conversation? What typically occurs in deep conversations?
55 minutes | May 1, 2019
Hidden Smarts 003: Bias Towards Action
Have you been thinking of accomplishing something more in life? Like most people, we explore the idea of our goals enthusiastically, spend hours planning for it but nothing seems to happen after. In this conversation, you'll learn how to better approach common obstacles between you and your goals. And no... we're not just going to tell you "Just do it".
52 minutes | Apr 25, 2019
Hidden Smarts 002: Soft Skills Do Matter
Soft skills may be the hidden solution you're looking for to succeed in your personal and professional life. Charles and Darren will share how their views toward soft skills evolve after moving from Malaysia to America. You may have little appreciation for soft skills but after listening to this episode, you might think otherwise.
30 minutes | Apr 25, 2019
Hidden Smarts 001: Adapting to Life in America
Change is never easy. That is especially true for two Malaysian friends that spent most of their lives in their comfort zones. Their journey in America has taught them valuable lessons in navigating through new environments.
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