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80 minutes | Jan 3, 2015
EPISODE 6 MENTALITY PODCAST – Conor Houston
Jet lag drove me from my bed at 4 am this morning and now I sit with mug in hand overlooking Downtown Montreal. As I listen to my infuriatingly unaffected fiancee sleep in the next room, I busy myself by editing the podcast and also this video of a recent family christmas in Ireland whilst simultaneously responding to my parents delightfully banal Whatsapp messages. Truth be told I love these times, before your circadian rhythm aligns with whatever Rome you find yourself in. It gives you a sense of otherness, of perspective. It also seeks to remind me that no matter how much technology incandescently collapses physical distance, our bodies still throw their toys out of the pram as they are hurtled through time zones. the world is getting smaller, but it will always be a big place, full of possibilities. I recently had the privilege to sit down with someone who epitomises this paradigm of thinking global and acting local. Conor Houston is one of Irelands top young solicitors, but he is so much more. A raconteur, diplomat, collaborator, philanthropist, activist, and a wearer of brightly coloured socks. In our conversation Conor talked a lot in our podcast about what he calls 'the thread'. This represents for him an unbroken and unknown line of progression from one passion and endeavour to the next, and it is a concept I can resonate with. I never thought that my initial profession as a dental surgeon would lead me to learn about clinical hypnosis, which would then lead on to psychology training and a career in mental health, in addition to podcasting lecturing and writing. As Steve Jobs famously said in his Harvard acceptance speech, 'you cannot connect the dots looking forwards' As we drilled down into what an exploration of this 'thread' tends to lead to, we realised that an inevitable realisation is that you will be met with fear and uncertainty about your own future. It is possible to avoid such fear by simply not tugging at the thread. Conor could sit back at this stage and ride his current level of success, he could live a very financially comfortable and professionally satisfying life with only minor tweaking, but Conor has always thought about his contribution to the world in a more meta sense, and he lives his life in accordance with the following directive ; 'may you dedicate your life to how we as human beings might better relate' Conor has chosen currently to devote his energy to improving the society in his homeland of Northern I
41 minutes | Sep 21, 2014
PODCAST EPISODE 5 – MIKE AND DANIA PERCY
PODCAST EPISODE 5 - MINDFULNESS MEDITATION WITH MIKE AND DANIA PERCY I like to go wake-boarding occasionally. On a sunny day on the Swan river with the Perth skyline as your backdrop, it really is hard to beat. Often there is one person who has popped...
34 minutes | Aug 2, 2014
EPISODE 004 – MENtality podcast – Dr Brad Pettit, Mayor of Fremantle – How sustainable living can help you thrive.
Dr Brad Pettit was elected Mayor of the City of Fremantle in October 2009, after four years as a councillor. He has earned a reputation as an energetic and engaging leader, and has helped this amazing city to flourish and continue to become a shining example of a sustainable, inclusive and vibrant urban centre. Prior to becoming Mayor, Brad was Dean of the School of Sustainability and Associate Professor in sustainable development at Murdoch University. His research and teaching expertise include climate change, local sustainability policy, international aid policy and sustainable planning. Brad continues his involvement with Murdoch University on a part time basis. In the past Brad has also sat on numerous boards in an advisory capacity, has worked as a sustainability consultant for OXFAM in Cambodia and also with ausAID in Canberra. He cycles daily to work, is a fervent supporter of both the arts and of course the Fremantle Dockers! I had the pleasure to sit down today with Brad at the very accommodating restaurant ‘Bread in Common’ in the heart of Freo. In the context of our chat, the establishment may as well have been called ‘ideology in common’, as I had that bizarre emphatic head nod on the go which intonates to the other person that you simply couldn’t agree more with every word that comes out of their mouth. I think I said the word ‘absolutely’ at him close to forty times in the space of a half hour chat - long story short - the man speaks a lot of sense. You can listen to the full interview, as always, through the media player at the bottom of this post. Brad is a rare political creature - both pragmatic and idealist, laid back and assertive, academic and fair dinkum. Its seems to be this love of balance and longevity which underpins everything he does, and as I suspected we found major points of convergence between our two professional spheres. I am in the business of helping improve the function of peoples’ minds, and he is in the business of improving the function of the society in which those minds find themselves. Of course these two things have huge impact on each other. the two buzzwords which we seemed to overlap on again and again were; Sustainability and Community. SUSTAINABILITY I regularly see clients who are involved in unsustainable behaviours, which are often addictive in nature. For example, I will see clients who have issues with huge fluctuations in weight. They have periods of excessively exercising or st
44 minutes | Aug 2, 2014
EPISODE 003 – MENtality PODCAST – Mike Haywood, Director and founder of Livehire – On using your fear to leverage success.
I had the pleasure of sitting down today with Michael Haywood. Mike is a director and co-founder of the very successful livehire.com. Mike is an honours graduate from the University of Western Australia, and has a PhD in engineering. He describes himself as a 'serial start up guy', who likes to focus on innovation in the marketplace. In the past he has founded very successful companies in the booming Australian Oil and Gas sector, but now he is on to bigger things. His latest project is a recruitment resource, but with a twist. LiveHire is the world’s best live, on-line labour exchange. They are industry disrupters, redefining how workers take control of their careers, using web-optimized profiles, and how companies search, filter and connect with new available talent. The salary information at the time of writing was in the tens of millions, and the livehire platform is currently being used by companies like amazon and Telstra, to name but a few. Mike isn't however lost to this world of business, and manages to maintain a very busy social life and some pretty full on hobbies -which I think is key to feeling fulfilled. We went for a longboard/skate around Kings park, and after that we grabbed a coffee outside Frasers restaurant overlooking the Perth skyline under a blue sky! The first question I asked Mike was 'do you identify with the term entrepreneur? ' and this was one which I had erroneously thought to be rhetorical. I was therefore surprised to hear Mike say no - in fact his decision to be a guy who always ran his own show to speak, was one more borne of fear than anything else. ' But young gun entrepreneurs are fearless types!' I hear you scream - 'they are bold risk takers above all else!' Well I suppose it depends how you define fear and risk. Mike went on to say that he fears the prospect of working for the man, in much the same way as he gathers most people fear going it alone. It is simply an inversion of that fear. He thinks it's more risky to project your professional life forward to an end point of a corporate retirement party, with an oversized greetings card and a head full of 'what ifs?', than it is to give your own plan a shot. As I said, it all depends on your definition of such terms like risk and fear of failure. In 2008 J.K. Rowling was conferred an honorary degree by Harvard University. Her commencement speech is a muse on fear of failure, and if you have 20 minutes spare I suggest you watch it. ( I hav
52 minutes | Aug 1, 2014
EPISODE 002 – MENtality Podcast – Dr Colin Coward gives us some mental health gold nuggets!
I was joined in this episode by Dr Colin Coward, a Perth based G.P. with a special interest in mental health. We put the mountain bikes on the back of the 4X4 and headed up to Jarrahdale for a ride. After a very dusty spin, we grabbed a coffee and a spot of lunch and I got a chance to pick Colin's brains on a variety of mental health topics. We had originally intended to discuss transcendental meditation and the growing body of scientific evidence which supports its use, but we ended up discussing what i would describe as 'the patient journey' in the context of depression. So what is the patient journey? I was first introduced to this concept in my private dental practice, when a marketing consultant asked me this question; "What time does your next appointment start at tomorrow?""9 am" I replied, whilst starting to worry that maybe this guy wasn't worth the extortionate fee he was charging."It starts at 9 am for you, but the actual patient journey started when the dental issue first happened for your client - that could have been some time ago. It then continued with all your marketing that she was exposed to, with the discussion she had with her friend (who is also your client) that led to the referral, the steps she had to go through to book the actual appointment, and will proceed tomorrow morning as the reception staff deal with her. Your time with her is just one step on the staircase to her getting what she wants" The paradigm that this practice management consultant proceeded to lay out totally changed the way I think of how people successfully improve their well-being. In a way this school of thought partly led to this podcast. I want to make in depth discussions about mental health accessible to as many people as possible, because it is a very useful step on your way to feeling better. Colin seems to sing off the same hymn sheet, and one topic in particular were very much in agreement. If you suspect that you are suffering from depression, knowing your options in terms of accessing subsidised psychotherapy through medicare, potential medications and also online mental health resources can make all the difference. In the podcast Colin outlines how to first approach your GP for help, and other steps you can take to become, as he so eloquently puts it, 'a more confident thinker'. We discuss the Medicare mental health care plan, http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/mental-ba-fact-pat and we also touch upon a
31 minutes | Aug 1, 2014
EPISODE 001 – Welcome to the MENtality blog and podcast!
Welcome to the MENtality blog and podcast! My name is Dr Niall Campbell, and I’m a certified clinical hypnotherapist, and founder of primehypnosis.com This blog is in support of the MENtality podcast - the show that helps the modern man achieve success, from the inside out. I’ll be chatting to thought leaders, entrepreneurs and health professionals to find out how tending to their mental health helps them achieve real world, objective success. So why did I decide to start this podcast and blog? I can answer that question with one word… compulsion. I feel compelled to do this. As a mental health professional, I have come to know the breadth and depth of how human beings can suffer inside their own minds. As a society I think we are only beginning to realise the extent of the prevalence of mental health issues that we are collectively facing. By the year 2020, The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that depression will be the number 2 cause of ‘lost years of healthy life’ worldwide. In his very accessible book called The Happiness Trap, Dr Russ Harris outlines some fairly shocking data which took me a while to wrap my head around. I would advise you to read this, imagine the figures panning out within your circle of friends and family, and then read it again. “The statistics are staggering: In any given year almost 30 per cent of the adult population will suffer from a recognised psychiatric disorder. In any given week, one-tenth of the adult population is suffering from clinical depression, and one in five people will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. Furthermore, one in four adults, at some stage in their life, will suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, which is why there are now over twenty million alcoholics in the United States of America alone! But more startling and more sobering than all those statistics is that almost one in two people will go through a stage in life when they seriously consider suicide and will struggle with it for a period of two weeks or more. Scarier still, one in ten people will at some point actually attempt to kill themselves.” So as I said, I feel compelled to do something, no matter how big or small. This blog and accompanying podcast is for everyone, but I am particularly interested in reaching out to the modern man; because I feel they tend to carry possibly the heaviest mental burdens, but of course are the least likely to talk about it and seek help. If you are reading this an
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