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60 minutes | 4 days ago
Geraldine Schmidt : Active Communication
Geraldine Schmidt is the founder of The Story Weavers. An online service that connects children from around the world through monthly collaborative writing projects. It's all about nurturing kids' active communication skills. Geraldine says that… "Everything previous to this was preparation for what I am doing now." In this conversation we discover how an early passion for communicating with horses and building a successful career wasn’t enough to alleviate her debilitating self doubt. The turning point came when she discovered a book that showed her the way to inner peace and the discovery that success is not a measure of how well you are doing in the world. It is a feeling that comes from within. Since then her mission has been to support children to face life's challenges with confidence and handle conflict in a way that builds relationships rather than breaks them. Full Show Details, Guest’s Website and Social Links are all available at: www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/geraldine-schmidt-active-communication-skills Life Passion & Business is dedicated to exploring what it takes to be Extraordinary; to face challenges and rejoice in the opportunities they bring; and expand our vision into new ways of thinking and living. There is a lot to gain from listening to other people’s stories, however the real work begins by taking action in your own life. For full details of our Events and Resources visit: www.lifepassionandbusiness.com Your Support Is Appreciated: Running a podcast is fun, but it takes time and dedication. Whenever you enjoy a podcast please share your appreciation with comments, likes, shares and reviews. Not only does it support the Content Creators and their Guests, it also helps other Listeners find good content. Another way you can support the Life Passion & Business podcast is with small donations: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
15 minutes | 7 days ago
The Gap Between Learning & Doing
Prompted by an interesting comment on LinkedIn, this week’s conversation is about the gap between learning and doing. The comment, posted with a tongue in cheek smile is by Susan Payton asking: “Are there any courses out there on how to stop buying courses?” There are naturally some fun flippant answers including my own. But it did get me thinking, because this is a common problem a lot of us come upon. Chasing the Shiny Object The reason many of us jump from one course to another is about chasing the elusive shiny object. This is a trap entrepreneurs often fall into. It regularly occurs when we are following a course with a strategy and hit against something that stops us moving forward. Then along comes another course that catches our attention and promises a better solution. It may offer a simple shortcut that enables us to bypass the thing we are avoiding. So we follow that direction for a while until we hit against something else we’d rather avoid. Another aspect of chasing courses is due to ‘imposter syndrome’. This is that niggling feeling that we are not good enough or we are missing a vital piece of information that will give us the confidence to believe what others see in us. In other words, by doing this ‘new course’ we will have all the answers and will be able to own our authority on the subject. Chasing courses in this way is just the busyness of feeling we are making progress. When what is actually happening is we are standing still. The chances are, that if we are willing to be really honest with ourselves we know what needs doing to move forward, we just don’t want to face it. What is often lacking is the support and motivation to get us passed the blocks and into new territory. Sometimes all we need is the right incentive, like the one I had to get my tax done. Or the one my mentor came up with that involved burning money to get his book written on time. Solutions For Success The LinkedIn post started the conversation with my wife about resistance and what gets in the way. It got us thinking about the coaching solutions that support people to move forward. From there the conversation transitioned into the value of rewards and celebrating successes, and resulted in the creation of four new Life Passion & Business Focus Coaching packages. Focus Coaching bridges the gap between learning and doing by driving you through the challenges. We have added an incentive to celebrate the successes that take you closer to your goal, and rewards for meeting targets on time. You can discover more about this on the Focus Coaching page. It’s under the Resources tab on the Life Passion & Business website: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/ Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interview with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer. Life Passion & Business quick links: Free eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions New Event: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/people-planet-progress Support The Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
43 minutes | 11 days ago
Terry Tucker : Cancer Warrior
My guest this week is Terry Tucker, an extraordinary man and cancer warrior who has chosen to live a healthy and fulfilling life even in the face of imminent death. A Passion for Law Enforcement After graduating from college with a Business Administration degree, Terry began work in the corporate headquarters of Wendy’s, the International Hamburger Chain. From there he progressed into Hospital Administration, but none of that was his passion. He really longed to work in law enforcement. Terry’s grandfather had been a Chicago Cop in the 1920’s to 1950’s, so Terry’s dad had first hand experience of the dangers that life choice involved. He did not want that for his son and diametrically opposed Terry’s decision. Instead he guided Terry towards the safer route of college and a business career. At the time, Terry’s dad had cancer, so out of respect and a desire not to cause him more pain, Terry acquiesced. After his father’s death, Terry had a second chance at his dream career when he came across an advert to train as a reserve police officer. After discussing it with his wife, he enrolled and followed through with joining the reserve force. From there he progressed into working full time as a police officer and shares some of his stories as a rookie cop facing gun fire and as an undercover narcotics investigator. But the life threatening experiences Terry faced in the police force, are insignificant compared to the daily battle he now endures. What It Takes To Be Cancer Warrior Terry’s greatest life challenge first came to light in 2012. What initially appeared as an insignificant looking callous on the base of his foot, turned out to be something far more sinister. The diagnosis was as a rare form of cancer called Acral Lentiginous Melanoma. After undergoing surgery for the tumour, Terry spent the next 5 years on weekly injections of Interferon which gave him severe flu-like symptoms for two to three days every week. He lost fifty pounds and lived with constant fatigue, nausea and body aches. It got to the point where the medicine became so toxic to his body that he ended up in an intensive care unit with a fever of 108° (usually considered incompatible with being alive). The Interferon was stopped and the cancer immediately came back which led to having his left foot amputated in 2018. In April 2020 (as the world was dealing with the initial outbreak of the Covid pandemic) Terry was back in hospital alone and afraid, facing an operation to have his leg amputated above the knee. In his written biography Terry says the one thing he has learned through all his pain and suffering is that: “You have two choices in life. You can succumb to the debilitating discomfort and misery, or you can learn to embrace it and use it to make you a stronger and better human being.“ Terry has chosen the latter. But this heroic choice and his battle with cancer is not over. Facing A Life Sentence Listening to him talk so calmly about his challenges, you could be forgiven for not realizing that Terry is currently dealing with tumours in both lungs. The treatments are no longer about curing him; the best they can do is buy him a bit more time. Terry says his passion was to work in law enforcement and because he was able to embrace and live that passion, facing the end is not so scary. In fact he is excited to see what’s on the other side of death. He tells people… “Wherever you are in life, look at the end game. What are people going to say about you at your funeral? What is your legacy going to be?“ This is an extraordinary story and undoubtedly Terry is one of the greatest cancer warrior I have met. His courage is an inspiration and I hope it brings insight and hope to others facing similar challenges. Thank you for joining me with Terry Tucker. You can learn more about Terry through his website ‘Motivational Check’ and his book Sustainable Excellence (links below). Your Support Is Appreciated: Running a podcast is fun, but it takes time and dedication. If you enjoy a podcast share your appreciation for the Content Creators with comments, likes, shares and reviews. Reviews are also a great way to support to other listeners in finding good content. Terry Tucker’s Links: Website: https://www.motivationalcheck.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/motivationalcheck LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-tucker-9b5605179/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sustainableexcellenceauthor/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/terrytucker2012 Life Passion & Business quick links: Free eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions New Event: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/people-planet-progress Support The Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
13 minutes | 14 days ago
De-commit to Commit
De-commit to Commit is a conversation about goal setting, the tools for goal setting and some important considerations about de-commitment that came out of a conversation with my accountability partner. I have a weekly commitment partnership that has been going for over 18 months. We help keep each other on track with our short term goals whilst holding the bigger perspective for our long term goal. I highly recommend it as an effective way of staying focused. Our conversation came around to Goal Mapping, a technique created and developed my Brian Mayne (see below). My accountability partner found the map they had created 18 months ago and discovered that many of the things on it had come to pass. This prompted me to reflect on the achievements with my own Goal Map. When I created my map in 2019, I said that by August 2020 I would be Podcasting full time. I also included an income figure and various other actions I said I would achieve. The interesting thing is the way it all came to pass, something I could not have predicted back then. The other interesting fact is what has been holding me back. Letting Go To Move Forward This is something that has taken me a long time to release. But it is only in doing so that I can truly commit to the new direction I want to take. In this conversation I share my experience and explore what we hold on to and why. I invite you to look what you may need to de-commit from to move forward in your own life. Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interview with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer. Brian Mayne – Goal-Mapping Brian Mayne was one of the inspiring speakers in our 2020 Spirit-duality event. He is a truly amazing man with a fascinating life journey that started in the travelling fairground business. It includes bankruptcy, working for Tony Robbins and moving on to create his own powerful transformation tool called Goal Mapping. Brian’s book is included in my Recommended Books list and you can discover more about Brian through our Spirit-duality event. Goal Mapping: https://goalmapping.com/ Spirit-duality: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/events/#spirit-duality Book List: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/books-paul-recommends/ Life Passion & Business quick links: Free eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions New Event: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/people-planet-progress Support The Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
55 minutes | 18 days ago
Paul Glover : The No B S Coach
Today’s guest ‘Paul Glover calls himself the No B S ‘Work Performance’ Coach. This podcast is about how he earned that reputation. Paul’s childhood was strongly influenced by his father, a union man at GM who hated his job but strongly stood up for the rights of the workforce. This is what inspired Paul to become a Labour Lawyer. So, after military service he dedicated his attention to building his career, eventually rising to become Vice President and Labour Lawyer for the organization he worked for. “As With Every Good Story, There’s An Up and a Down” Paul’s down was his inability to resist opportunities to receive kickbacks and bribes and he had a business partner who was prone to drug and cocaine abuse. This was a lethal combination that led to some pretty dubious activities. Being found out, and having his partner testify against him, culminated in a 5½ year prison sentence. “If I had not gone to prison I would have died” Being incarcerated gave Paul plenty of time for resentment and reflection on the direction his life was heading. Boredom eventually led to studying religion and philosophy. But, coming out of prison was a rude awakening to the realities of finding a job and being snubbed by people he used to know. “They tell you, you’ve done your time and everything will be okay. It’s not going to be okay!” However, Paul did manage to turn things around and has put his life experiences to good use. Being a labour lawyer gave him definitive insights and opportunities to understand people objectively. Being a union negotiator taught him how to deal with and stand up to conflict. In prison Paul also learnt how to avoid conflict, engage people who are emotionally distraught and support people through difficult situations. “Everybody earns their scars, and you should be able to learn from them. After all, you’ve paid the pain price to get them.” These life experiences have enabled Paul to become the no b.s. coach he is today. He believes there is a lot of untapped potential in people, and his driving passion is to draw that out. Paul is not afraid to address the blind spots people don’t want to talk about. So his contribution is to help his clients see the cause of a problem and support them through the process of overcoming it. Paul says success is being relevant, interesting and memorable as someone who cares. And, the meaning of life is to fulfill your potential and be the best person you can be. For Paul, that means having a positive impact on the people he meets every day. Thank you for joining me with Paul Glover the No B.S. Coach. His links are below along with opportunities to enjoy more podcasts and other resources on the Life Passion & Business website. Support for Podcasters: If you enjoy a podcast please show your appreciation with comments, likes, shares and reviews. It supports your favourite podcasters and their guests. Paul Glover's Links: Website: paulglovercoaching.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paulglovercoaching/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulglovercoaching/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkj_nEe19_77icGFqq_jzmg Paul’s book WorkQuake: Making the Seismic Shift to a “Knowledge Economy” is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/WorkQuake-Making-Seismic-Knowledge-Economy-ebook/dp/B006894EPE Life Passion & Business links: Free eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions New Event: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/people-planet-progress Support The Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
10 minutes | 21 days ago
The Importance of Values
Today’s Shortcast explores the reason why Values are important and how to find your own core values. On talking to a podcast guest this week about values, we discussed how it leads to dissonance and discomfort when they are not being fulfilled. Our conversation was about the working environment, but it applies to every aspect of life. I know many people who have started working for an organization because it represented something for them. Then somewhere down the line the values they thought the organization represented are no longer true. This can be something discovered early on, or several years down the line. We also see this played out in the media and politics, where a company or person is found out to be doing something that goes against the values people thought they represented. Why It Is Important To Know Your Values Values are an integral part of the choices we make, in the way we live our lives and who we associate with and yet we rarely consciously list them. One advantage of clearly defining your values is that it helps you make critical choices or resolve complex issues where a decision is required. For example, when choosing a new job, partner, role or life direction. In the shortcast I offer some suggestions to help you ascertain your values and narrow them down to a set of core values that will give you a solid grounding. This is useful as a personal exercise, and is a particularly valuable resource for businesses. Ascertaining your values in business helps in choosing employees and in marketing and promoting your brand. Life Passion & Business Resources As mentioned in the Shortcast, if you would be like to help me develop the podcast and Life Passion & Business resources follow the links to the survey below. For support in building a life full of passion, purpose and meaning The Five Questions eBook and Worksheets is currently free and has a special bonus offer attached. There are also other useful resources and links on the Life Passion & Business website. Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interview with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer. Can You Help With My Podcast Research? So what are the conversations I am having about podcasts? Well, the aim is to explore how to move Life Passion & Business to the next level, and for this I need your help. There are two options… Option One: The written survey will give me valuable information on what listeners enjoy and what inspires you. It’s anonymous and just a handful of multiple choice questions with space to add comments if you wish. Survey Link: https://cutt.ly/Gxg5AiS However, there is nothing better than a good conversation and an opportunity to get to know you better. So my preference is… Option Two: To have a one to one chat on Zoom. This would be a 15 minute informal chat about your listening choices and what you think makes a good podcast. It’s quick and easy to book, and you choose a time and date that suits you. Appointment Link: https://paulharvey.as.me/research-chat I hope you can help me out. The podcast is for you, so the more conversations I have with listeners the clearer my direction will be. Life Passion & Business quick links: Free eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions New Event: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/people-planet-progress Support The Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
56 minutes | 25 days ago
Dmitry Badiarov Violins: Passion & Legacy
When I was approached by Dmitry Badiarov, musician and luthier (violin maker), I realised that my focus on people in business has almost precluded the most passionate people on the planet! This podcast is about Violins, Passion and the Legacy Dmitry wishes to pass on to other luthiers. SCROLL DOWN FOR LINKS & SPECIAL OFFER FROM DMITRY Today we are talking about the wonder and mythology of famous instruments and of course Dmitry’s journey from violin student to master of his craft as a world renowned violin maker. Dmitry shares his passion and rediscovery of the ancient traditions and techniques of Master Makers. His legacy includes championing the return of the Violoncello da Spalla. The Birth Of A Life Long Passion Dmitry is from a small town in southern Russia and began learning violin at just 8 years old. By the age of 11 he was proficient and being tutored by a renowned professor. But try as he may, his factory made instrument was not capable of matching the beautiful sounds he was looking for. When Dmitry’s professor introduced him to the local violin maker, it turned out to be a Life Changing moment and his passion for music grew to include making and repairing violins. In the conversation we hear how Dmitry struggled to make his first violin, working the wood on his lap with makeshift tools made from nail files. He relives his experience of telephoning 300 friends and family to borrow the $1000 that would change his life. Dmitry also takes us on his journey, leaving Russia to explore the world and eventually settling in the Netherlands where he opened is first repair shop. Limitations & Legacy It has been 28 years since Dmitry opened his first workshop and he stopped repairing violins 20 years ago to focus on making instruments. In 2013 he suffered a cerebral stroke and was faced with the possibility of never playing or making another violin. After a full recovery he recognised his limit. At this point in life he is unlikely to make more than 30 more instruments. So, it is time to pass on what he has learned to other ambitious instrument makers. This way his skills and passion for the work will continue as his legacy. Today, Dmitry’s mission is to work with his students to produce the best instruments, and develop their entrepreneurial skills so they get paid for being the best in the craft. He wants his students to thrive so that together they can ensure these ancient traditions live on and continue to enrich our culture. Dmitry’s belief is… “If you are going to make instruments, leave a legacy. Make a mark the world can’t ignore or erase.” Like me, you may not be an aspiring luthier, but I do urge you to explore Dmitry’s links and channels. In researching this programme I discovered his YouTube channel and got lost watching him talk about instruments and playing the Violoncello da Spalla. There are also some duets with his wife Tomoe Badiarov – all worth watching. I hope you enjoy this rich conversation about Violins, Passion and Legacy with Dmitry Badiarov. SPECIAL OFFER FOR LUTHIERS Celebrating the launch of Dmitry’s podcast: ‘Luthiers & Legacy Show’ As a podcast listener you might want to join Dmitry for the launch of his podcast Luthiers & Legacy Show on May 1st. During the day he is offering 20 free tickets to his 7 day online LIVE training “The Old Masters T.O.N.E.S. Technique™” (normally €2953) to share the ancient system of acoustical design with luthiers. Details of this offer can be found at: https://authenticinstrumentmakersacademy.com/contest Your Support Is Appreciated Running a podcast is fun, but it takes time and dedication. If you enjoy a podcast please show your appreciation with comments, likes, shares and reviews. It supports your favourite podcasters and their guests. Dmitry Badiarov’s Links: Websites: http://badiarovviolins.com/jp/ http://authenticinstrumentmakersacademy.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dmitrybadiarov/ https://www.facebook.com/DmitryBadiarovEntrepreneur https://www.facebook.com/badiarov.violins https://www.facebook.com/AuthenticInstrumentMakersAcademy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dmitry-badiarov-mentor-violin-maker-award-winning-speaker/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvEeer6pcEQkH9j7T-5M6Ww Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BadiarovViolins/ www.LifePassionAndBusiness.com links: FREE eBook https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions/ New Event https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/people-planet-progress/ Support the Podcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion Sh
9 minutes | a month ago
Looking Back To Look Forward
Today’s shortcast is about looking back to look forward. It came about through conversations with my podcast guests. One in particular who took off and travelled about 40 years in a few moments. I realised there was a back story that I wanted to explore, so I asked ‘What did you want to do when you grew up?’ Or ‘What is it you wanted to be when you got big?’ Looking Back As Information For the Present It is this re-phrasing that conjures a bit of magic I see it land on my guests in our Zoom conversations. What did you want to be when you got big? You might find it interesting to consider how it has affected or influenced the life you now lead. Some of the interests I have carried with me from my youth are acting and sustainability. This would account for the excitement that landed in my waking moments this morning. Looking Back From The Future As I mention at the beginning of today’s shortcast, we have a new event! Like previous ones, it landed out of the blue, as morning inspiration. It comes out of something I have been struggling with for a while which is… Where are the positive narratives, stories, films and role models for the future we desire? The trend is to focus on dystopia, the things we want to avoid, but those stories end at the beginning. I want to take it further and explore how we can hold a vision of the future as a living affirmation in our current thinking. So back to this morning’s inspiration… As Scotland is hosting the next International Climate Change Conference in November, the idea of creating an event about Sustainable Living has been ruminating for a while. However, this morning it took root with an idea to set it in the future. The plan is to present the event as though we are already living in the future we desire. As though we are reflecting back on how we got there. In the same way that affirmations work by saying ‘I Am’ rather than ‘I Will or I Want’, I will be asking my speakers to rise to the challenge of presenting their ideas as though they have already achieved the outcome they desire. Be Part Of The Bigger Picture The intention behind this Event is to create a new narrative where everyone, (speakers and participants), is invited to step into a more creative exploration of what we already know is possible. What is required, is the vision and the courage to step beyond our current limiting beliefs. It will be interesting to see what comes of this. Check out the details on our EVENTS page. When you register your interest there is an opportunity to share your vision and what you would like to see included from our speakers. I look forward to sharing this exploration with you. www.LifePassionAndBusiness.com Quick Links: Free eBook https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions/ New Event https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/people-planet-progress/ Buy Me A Coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
38 minutes | a month ago
Tracy Lamourie : Activism & PR
Today’s guest is Tracy Lamourie and our conversation topic is Activism and International PR. Tracy always wanted to be a writer or a journalist, so began with the school newspaper. By nature Tracy has always been an activist. With striking red hair and a wicked sense of humor I can see why she is now an undeniable force in the world. Today she is an award-winning international publicist, but that wasn’t her original plan. She met her husband, Dave Parkinson through a chance meeting when she was in her early 20s. Together they explored their mutual interest in advocacy work, racism, sexism and activism. They co-hosted a radio show called Uppercut on CIUT Toronto where they explored these topics. Building A Reputation In Activism & PR Tracy and Dave became advocates for Jimmy Dennis while exploring the arena of wrongful convictions and the death penalty state side. Their campaign secured Jimmy’s release in 2015, by which time he had been on death row for 20 years. Tracy’s drive and passion to get Jimmy’s story heard is what contributed to his freedom today. Since his release Jimmy has become a recording artist. Tracy has always been passionate about human rights and giving a voice to the unrepresented. Working on the campaign for Jimmy and others enabled her to develop her skills in PR and Media relations. She has learned how to harness this power to the best advantage. “Over the years our pro bono work got our advocacy featured in media worldwide from Der Speigal in Germany to CNN to the front pages of newspapers in Florida and Texas” Tracy’s Media & PR Business Recognising this was her niche, Tracy began developing it as her business in 2015. The business is now known as Lamourie Media and her success is signified with Media and PR awards. Tracy is known as a Public Relations thought leader and is frequently quoted on Human Rights issues. She is also a regular guest on TV, Radio and Podcasts worldwide on topics of ‘Leadership, Empowerment, and Entrepreneurship’. “With my clients, I seek to amplify, elevate and celebrate.” Tracy has a lot to say. She is sharp witted and has drive, passion, which is probably the contributing factor for the reason she speaks quickly. I had to slow her down a few times to take it all in, but I hope you enjoy this fast pacing conversation with Tracy Lamourie. Thank you for joining me for Activism & PR with Tracy Lamourie. Her links are below along with opportunities to enjoy more podcasts and other resources on the Life Passion & Business website. Life Passion & Business website links: The Five Questions FREE eBook with worksheets Live This Week / Online Events Buy Me A Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Lifeandpassion Tracy Lamourie's Links: Website: www.lamouriemedia.com LinkedIn
7 minutes | a month ago
I'm So Excited
Today’s Shortcast Topic, I’m So Excited is about those magically joyful moments that remind us how to celebrate the exuberance of passion. It is prompted by a chance encounter in the supermarket this morning. Links & Resources Below Whilst shopping I noticed the in-congruence of seeing a lone adult pushing one of those child sized shopping carts loaded to capacity with groceries. It became apparent why when an exuberant 4-5 year old came running up the isle full of excitement about being bought a packet of biscuits by the other (as yet unseen) adult with them. This sheer joy over a packet of biscuits is something we rarely experience as adults. Although, it may not be a packet of biscuits that does it for us, there are still some equally joyous moments to be experienced that we often let slip by without fully appreciating. So on that note, I am sharing with you what I’m so excited about this week, the special gift my wife and I have joyfully created for you. I’m so excited to launch the newly updated Five Questions eBook and Worksheets It finally completed and ready to be shared with you, and the reason it’s so exciting is because it is our combined passion and life experiences that have been poured into it and the vision that it can support others in reconnecting with moments of passion in their life. And, as if that wasn’t enough on it’s own, the extra special offer that we are sharing to celebrate it’s launch is the gift of One Month’s Free Access to 3 event sessions from any one of our currently available Virtual Events. Follow this link for full details: www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions/ That’s it from me. I hope you enjoy our gift and that you find some equally joyous moments to celebrate this week. Can You Help With My Podcast Research? So what are the conversations I am having about podcasts? Well, the aim is to explore how to move Life Passion & Business to the next level, and for this I need your help. There are two options… Option One: The written survey will give me valuable information on what listeners enjoy and what inspires you. It’s anonymous and just a handful of multiple choice questions with space to add comments if you wish. Survey Link: https://cutt.ly/Gxg5AiS However, there is nothing better than a good conversation and an opportunity to get to know you better. So my preference is… Option Two: To have a one to one chat on Zoom. This would be a 15 minute informal chat about your listening choices and what you think makes a good podcast. It’s quick and easy to book, and you choose a time and date that suits you. Appointment Link: https://paulharvey.as.me/research-chat I hope you can help me out. The podcast is for you, so the more conversations I have with listeners the clearer my direction will be. www.LifePassionAndBusiness.com links: Follow the weekly Shortcast. Join me in Conversation with this week’s Podcast Guest. Buy Me A Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
48 minutes | a month ago
Ziad Zammer : Hummus & Hobbies
Enjoying the Podcast? Let me know or show your support… Buy Me A Coffee This week’s topic is Hummus & Hobbies with Ziad Zammer. Born in Lebanon, Ziad moved to Australia when he was 3 years old and at 10 he returned to Lebanon. He stayed there for 6 years before returning once again to Australia where he has lived ever since. His life is a fusion of both cultures. At high school in Australia, Ziad did Business Studies and hated it. Which brought him to the decision that physical work was the better option. He found work in the mines and stayed for few years, becoming became a driller. This inspired him to explore the oil and gas industry. That led him back into study, he achieved a Bachelors degree in Petroleum and Drilling Engineering. Working in the industry was good, well paid but not enough, and he longed to do more. In Arab culture, food is a big part of family life. So he decided the restaurant business was the place to fulfil his true potential. However, he had no knowledge or experience, and as it is often said, If you want to loose money, start a restaurant” My jaw dropped when Ziad said he managed the kitchen but hated cooking. But none of this stopped him. Working with his ex-wife Kaitlin Eterovich in 2016, they opened a Lebanese Arab fusion restaurant called The Hummus Club This project is an example of being willing to take on a challenge with the purpose to fulfil a bigger objective. Starting a new 100 seater restaurant business with 25 new staff, and none of them having any idea what they were doing might be considered crazy. And that’s how it looked for a while. Day one, nothing happened. Day two got better and within a few weeks, the restaurant was serving 100 plus covers a night. This is an amazing story of how a project can be successful with passion and purpose at the helm. We talk about leadership, self-awareness, the wake call and the mistakes made along the way. This is about values and failures and acceptance of who we are. My conversation with Ziad is very candid and unexpected. His main reason for doing the podcast was to talk about his Baseball Card Collecting compulsion. So along with the highs and lows of being a restaurateur, there are some deep issues in this conversation. Amongst others they include the psychology of collecting. There is one point in where he turns the tables on me and my inspiration for podcasting. Which gave me an interesting challenge. Thank you for joining me with Ziad Zammer for Hummus & Hobbies. His links are below along with opportunities to enjoy more podcasts and resources on Life Passion & Business. Guest’s Social Links: Website Instagram How would you answer the Podcast’s 5 Questions? Download the FREE worksheets HERE Go to our LIVE THIS WEEK page to find all the most recent Podcasts and Shortcasts.
11 minutes | a month ago
...And she said "Living The Dream!"
Enjoying this Shortcast? Let me know or show your support with… Buy me a Coffee Scroll down to discover more about the Life Passion & Business podcast and other projects. This week’s topic is about that well known phrase “Living the Dream” and it has come about because of a conversation with a shop assistant earlier this week. As it is always my way to open conversations, I asked this young assistant “how is your day going” and she replied with “Oh yeah, living the dream” in a sarcastic sort of way. Ignoring the sarcasm I continued with “do you genuinely mean that” and she looked at me as though I’d just done something inappropriate. As we were coming to the end of the transaction I left her by gently suggesting “maybe you need to look at that and do something about it”. But this conversation has stuck with me all week and that is why I am bringing the question up here. Podcast Research So what are the conversations I am having about podcasts. Well, the aim is to explore how to move Life Passion & Business to the next level, and for this I need your help. There are two options: Option One: The written survey will give valuable information on what you enjoy listening to and what inspires you. It’s just a handful of multiple choice questions and space for additional thoughts. Here’s the link: https://cutt.ly/Gxg5AiS However, there is nothing better than a good conversation and an opportunity to get to know you better. So my preference is… Option Two: To have a one to one chat on Zoom and the quickest, easiest way to book it is through the link below. It’s a really simple procedure. Appointment Link: https://paulharvey.as.me/?appointmentType=21323103 I hope you are up for this. The podcast is for you, so the more conversations I have the clearer the direction will be.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
Russ Avery : Eco Entrepreneur
Today’s guest is Russ Avery, Eco Entrepreneur and Specialist Marketer for Sustainable Businesses. He was brought up in Helensburgh on Scotland’s north western coast. Growing up under the influence of David Attenborough on TV, he had an outdoor childhood. Because of this he developed an early appreciation of the natural world that called him into his future career. He is a sustainability marketing consultant. Both of these are close to my own passion and interest, so we had to be careful not to get too carried away. If you have listened to my previous shows, you will know I can easily go down a rabbit hole with my guests. From Languages to Sustainability In education, Russ was a natural with languages and studied French and Spanish to an advanced level. University followed, and breaking the pattern, he chose a degree in French and Russian. However a language degree is not that vocational, and on leaving Exeter University, in 2007 his future was unclear. By 2009 he had settled on the idea of sustainability. So taking a course with the Open University opened the door to his first break in the industry. A New Career Russ’ first job was with Seaweb which is a small ocean conservation charity. They raise awareness of overfishing, sea acidification and bridging the gap between science and communications. Our conversation follows how Russ found his ikigai when he moved into the sustainability sector. This is what ultimately started his marketing consultancy to help sustainable businesses communicate well. Russ is a natural connector of people, so we had a wide-ranging chat. So we covered how social media and networking played a pivotal role in his business journey. Naturally we talked about sustainability and how business is changing. We also talked about how you can make a difference in your own life with just a straightforward change of attitude. I hope you enjoy this Life Passion & Business Podcast with Russ Avery Eco Entrepreneur. Russ Avery’s Social Links: RussAvery.com AveryAndBrown.com IAmElodie.com LinkedIn YouTube Instagam Twitter Instagram and Clubhouse = @therussavery If you enjoy the podcast, let me know.
8 minutes | 2 months ago
On The Bus With You?
Is it on the bus with you, or are you traveling towards it? What I am talking about is your passion and your happiness. Gordon Mullan is one of the people who has taken up my request to discuss podcasts (more on that below) and what makes some stand out from others. Gordon is a specialist on live events, he hosts events and trains speakers to use virtual technology so this was a very helpful conversation for me. One of the things he brought up is when people are looking outside of themselves (“I will be happy when…”) then internal contentment is difficult to find. This brings me to Gratitude. It is the key to finding that inner happiness that enables us to achieve those elusive goals with greater ease. Getting on board with gratitude brings you closer to inner happiness and reigniting your passion and purpose. On the bus with you is a conversation about this idea that when we seek what is outside of us the path to happiness will always be elusive. Podcast Research So what are the conversations I am having about podcasts. Well, the aim is to explore how to move Life Passion & Business to the next level, and for this I need your help. There are two options: Option One: The written survey will give valuable information on what you enjoy listening to and what inspires you. It’s just a handful of multiple choice questions and space for additional thoughts. Here’s the link: https://cutt.ly/Gxg5AiS However, there is nothing better than a good conversation and an opportunity to get to know you better. So my preference is… Option Two: To have a one to one chat on Zoom and the quickest, easiest way to book it is through the link below. It’s a really simple procedure. Appointment Link: https://paulharvey.as.me/?appointmentType=21323103 I hope you are up for this. The podcast is for you, so the more conversations I have the clearer the direction will be. If you enjoy the podcast, let me know...
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Angel RIBO - The CEO Confidant
Scroll down for contact details and/or links regarding this Podcast Support this Podcast My guest on the show today was born in Spain in a small town outside Barcelona. Angel Ribo, known as the CEO Confidant, heads a consultancy for international business expansion and a charity teaching entrepreneurship to kids in Latin America. Languages were an early factor in his future success, Spanish, Catalan, French, English and Portuguese. College Life He went to college in the big city of Barcelona to study Engineering and Computer Coding. College life was good; he got his degree but realised that it was not going to be his career. During college, he volunteered at the 1992 Olympic games as part of the team managing the scoring and stats for the volleyball competition. That was where he discovered the joy of working in teams as part of a bigger project. Out of college and having established software and coding were not for him, he looked for work, and the universe helped. He took on an International Relations’ role at his college, a perfect opportunity to use his language skills and travel. The big break came when Angel was headhunted by an Audiovisual Projects company in Barcelona, more project and teamwork with creative professionals. The Joy of Travel His degree was put to good use in 1999 when he moved to the UK and found work with an international company selling Software and Training. Living in the UK and working for a US company opened the door to sales, networking and lots of travel. Over the last 21 years, Angel has empowered more than 1,500 CEOs in 33 different countries. He is a Public Speaker, CEO Consultant, Board Member, Philanthropist and has lived in 8 countries. Angel Ribo Has Two Missions In Life. 1) The non-profit Wisdom for Kids . There are 81 million children living in poverty in Latin America. “Wisdom for Kids” has already supported over 1000 families and half of his coaching fee goes straight to the organisation. 2) The second mission is connected to the first, and it is to inspire CEOs’ to give back to the world. Our conversation is a journey of exploration, travel and discovery. I hope you enjoy the conversation with Angel Ribo. Website & Social Links: https://divinehumanventures.com/home https://linkedin.com/in/angelribo/ https://linkfol.io/theceoconfidant Inspiration and why we listen to Podcasts? Our Sunday show was considering how podcasts are a source of inspiration and information. It was also a recognition that I have fulfilled my original remit and I want to ensure the show continues to meet the needs of listeners. Why do you listen to podcasts, what are you looking for? I would love to hear your view, what are you looking for? Check out the survey link, 10 quick questions and no email address required. It should take 5 minutes. https://cutt.ly/Gxg5AiS
9 minutes | 2 months ago
Inspiration and why we listen to podcasts?
Today, my thoughts were on inspiration and where we find it, and then I realise it was more about why we listen to podcasts. Life Passion and business started from a desire to understand more about life, and to some extent, it has fulfilled that purpose. And it continues to open the door to fantastic conversations. But we are three years old, and we have come to a point where it fulfilled the original remit, so where do we go from here. Why do you listen to podcasts, what are you looking for? Check out the survey link, 10 quick questions and no email address required. It should take 5 minutes. https://cutt.ly/Gxg5AiS
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Marques Ogden : The Success Cycle
Scroll down for contact details and/or links regarding this Podcast Support this Podcast My guest on the show is Marques Ogden, NFL Player, Entrepreneur, and in different times Keynote Speaker. Marques had some excellent family role models in his early years and was brought up to believe anything is possible. In high school, a visiting NFL football player inspired him to work towards a dream. It was his dedication to focus and hard work that won him a scholarship and a place at Howard University in Washington DC. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, with an emphasis on construction and cost accounting. But more than that, he was the first and only young man to be drafted (while at college) to the National Football League with the Jacksonville Jaguars, playing offensive lineman. The average NFL player gets 18-24 months at the professional level. Marques stayed at the professional level for 6 years, building a solid career with the Jaguars, the Baltimore Ravens, the Buffalo Bills, and the Tennessee Titans As said, he played well beyond the average, but the body can only take so much before the injuries get serious. At 27 he hung up the helmet and padding and went to find a life as an entrepreneur. Along with his dedication to hard work and focus, this is when the degree in construction paid off. It allowed him and his business partner to create one of the fastest-growing companies in Baltimore, Maryland, for 2010. However, rapid growth can lead to a significant fall, and that fall was deep. Within 3 years he lost everything. His home, cars and his pride. “I was a Millionaire in April 2012 by April 2013 I had just $400 to my name. and that was it. ” Taking Any Job He Could Get Playing with the NFL, Marques was on $20,000 a week; after lots of searching, the only work he could find was a custodian on the graveyard shift at $8.25/ hour. Our conversation is the journey of his highs and lows. It takes time and dedication to get back on track and this is a beautiful story of financial rediscovery and contribution. Today Marques has a mission to inspire accountably within people so they discover the passion and drive to get on and achieve greatness. He is currently a Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, Best-selling Author and Marketing Leader, helping to build others’ success. I hope you enjoy the conversation with Marques Ogden. WEBSITE & SOCIAL URLS www.marquesogden.com Facebook LinkedIn Twitter YouTube
8 minutes | 2 months ago
Saying No To Move Forward
How often do you say no? We all like to be helpful, so saying no can often be difficult, especially when a friend asks a favour. However, sometimes No is a necessity, especially when someone else would be better suited to the task, and saying Yes would be just another distraction that would take us away from achieving our goals. This is a Sunday Reflection Shortcast from your podcast host Paul Harvey. Support this Podcast
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Cathy Nesbitt : Worms & Laughter
Scroll down for contact details and/or links regarding this Podcast Support this Podcast Today’s guest is Cathy Nesbitt who has has been a vermiculture champion for over 20 years (that’s worm composting to you and me). Being ‘a lady of a certain age’ her working life started with few options: Teacher, Nurse or Secretary. She chose the latter, and had a 20-year career as secretary and PA working for some prestigious companies. Whilst this work was fine, it was not her passion. The shift to something more inspiring began when volunteering at a nursing home. She became interested in Psychology and was inspired to study so joined a night school class whilst continuing to work full time at her day job. After finishing with a qualification, she looked for an opportunity to use and explore her new skills and found a place working with challenged adults. “This is why I was put on earth to be a social worker, until I met management, wow did not expect the politics.” Little actions can lead to big changes and in the 1990s, most developed countries were having problems with waste. Canada was no exception, landfills in Toronto had become full, and trash was being exported to US landfill sites. Looking to do her bit, Cathy started composting at home and encouraging others to do the same. A work injury in 2001 lead Cathy to consider new options and she decided to start her own business. That was the start of what has now been a 20-year journey with composting and worms. Throughout the years, Cathy has won over 20 green business and community support composting awards. She has published over 300 articles and has been on TV and radio both local and national. Not being one to stand still, Cathy is also a certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Teacher and Laughter Ambassador. So her life has a theme of worms, bean sprouts and laughter. Her personal mission is to promote simple solutions for today’s challenges. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Cathy Nesbitt. Cathy’s website URL & Social URLs are: http://www.cathyscomposters.com/ http://www.cathyssprouters.com/ http://www.cathysclub.com/ https://www.facebook.com/CathysCrawlyComposters https://twitter.com/Squirm https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathynesbitt/ https://www.youtube.com/user/rhgn2112
10 minutes | 2 months ago
What Are We Feeding Our Dreams?
I have been reflecting on my dreamscape. Many of us accept that our dreams are a window to the subconscious and some consider it a valuable resource, a place to connect with our deeper self and true desires. I am noticing that my latest Netflix box sets are turning up as night time action in my dreams, and whilst this is very entertaining, I have been wondering if I am giving this inner resource the best materials to work with. Am I hindering my capacity to receive messages from a higher source? How do films or novels appear in your dreams? What is the role of family and friends in dreams? And is it actually possible to read while dreaming? I would love to hear from you with your dream experiences. This is a Sunday Reflection Shortcast from your podcast host Paul Harvey. Support this Podcast
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