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46 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Gelie Akhenblit - Getting out of Your Comfort Zone and Challenging Yourself Every Day
Gelie Akhenblit is probably best known as the founder of largest Networking Community in Phoenix, NetworkingPhoenix.com. After starting with nothing, Gelie has built this network to close to 43,000 members. A fighter in every sense of the word, Gelie is someone who is always intent on rewiring her own mind while helping others in rewiring theirs as well. Through the massive network of professionals and the close relationships that she has built with people over the years, Gelie is interested serving. She has learned that one of the ways she can help is by offering connectedness and a sense of community to those who may otherwise struggle to find these things. Her road has not been a simple one. From quitting her job and launching her own business to almost losing that business after a divorce - Gelie is the epitome of a fighter and someone who knows how to battle to achieve success. With every step, she displays confidence and perseverance that she will reach her goals no matter the obstacle. You can listen to her TedX talk here and visit her website here. Gelie makes a reference to her blog post here. Find her LinkedIn page here.
50 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Gary Robinson: From Prison to Believing in Your Genius
Gary Robinson is an author and speaker whose search for purpose after being arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Ultimately he made changes that led him to inspire others to believe in themselves and the genius that they have inside. Gary talked about being arrested at age 20 for armed robbery and his “rewired moment” when he was sitting in his jail cell and realized that he needed to change. The way he'd handled things up until that point didn’t work. He prayed not to leave jail as the same type of person he was when he came in. He spoke about his childhood - watching his mom get arrested and being raised by his great-grandmother. He was surprised to find himself put in a Bible study group in prison by a relative he knew from his youth; reuniting with his cousin and how that experience helped him get out of the fixed mindset he was in. During that time he also met Lester Young. Among a few others, Lester was a tremendous influence. If you haven't heard my interview with Lester, you should. The inspiration and wisdom shared between these two gentlemen is incredible, and the fact that Lester's intervention in Gary's life was so profound will come as no surprise. Hitting rock bottom and recognizing that you need help can be a treacherous journey, and Gary's experiences are truly the epitome of that. He recounts Robin Sharma's quote, “Delete the energy vampires from your life, clean out all complexity, build a team around you that frees you to fly, remove anything toxic, and cherish simplicity, because that’s where genius lives.” His approach to life now is simple - figure out your purpose and be great at it. You can buy a copy of his book Mining the Diamond in You: A Journey of Reinvention and Transformation here.
43 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Kirk Nurmi: From Public Scrutiny and Cancer to Happiness
When people go to describe this guest on Rewired Mind, they may want to say attorney, speaker, author etc. but Kirk Nurmi would just like to simply be known as a human being. The quote “no one wants to die with music still left inside them” by Dr. Wayne Dyer has been an inspiration for Kirk. He famously was the defense attorney in the Jodi Arias trial, which lasted from January 2013- April 2015. During this 2 ½ year period, he faced threats and public scrutiny, leading him to step away from law and even getting diagnosed with cancer as a result of the pressure from the trial. As a result of the cancer, Kirk changed his focus to make his happiness a priority, something he had not done in the years prior to the diagnosis. The biggest question that he had to answer was “Am I Happy?” This forced him to examine areas of his life and make decisions based on how he answered that question. A book he would recommend is I Can See Clearly Now by Wayne Dyer. You can buy his book Defend Your Greatness here.
50 minutes | May 24, 2021
Candice Liozu - Foster360 and Making Decisions for Herself
Candice Liozu is the Director of an amazing non-profit called Foster360. This organization focuses on assisting young adults who are aging out of the foster care system. Candice shares her journey of working at the highest levels in the corporate world to now being the Director of a non-profit. She worked for what she envisioned as being akin to the “American Dream” when working for SAP after moving here from Europe and had her in the mindset of being a “shark” in an industry that is full of highly motivated, competitive people and leaders. Her rewired moment: came one evening at dinner. She heard a voice that led her to believe, finally, that she should be making decisions for herself rather than others to do so on her behalf. She’d been allowing others to make decisions for her for years. This experience led her to work with Mesa United Way and the creation of Foster360. You can learn more and donate to Foster 360 by going to Foster360az.com Some things that Candice mentioned were helpful to her were the books Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza, Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch, Willpower Doesn’t Work by Ben Hardy and the music of Ottmar Liebert.
46 minutes | May 10, 2021
“Whatever pain you experience can be power to create the life you want”. This quote fits the story of Luke Kayyem, a performance life coach, corporate leadership consultant and keynote speaker. He shifted his focus to specific things after having a fixed mindset for most of his life. He got into reading and starting to widen his mindset in 2017 and was influenced by author David Deida, after going to an event where he was a guest speaker. We chat about his childhood and how being raised by a single mom impacted him. He was on a path of self-destruction when he started drinking and partying. Luke has worked hard to change his mindset from fixed to one focused on searching and seeking. Recognizing that he was throwing so much away due to his addiction, he now aims to help other men on their own journey of life. Through his program called Fathers of the Future, Luke helps men live their legacy despite their own set of bad circumstances. You can learn more about it here. You can get in touch with Luke by going to https://www.lukekayyem.com/ Books that Luke recommends: The Way of the Superior Man, David Deida and Mindset, Carol Dweck
38 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Jessie Shedden: From Cult Escapee to Powerful Woman
Jessie Shedden is an author and a mindset/confidence coach. She grew up as a member of what is considered by many to be a cult, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. The church rejects all claims that they are a cult and describes themselves as a “mainstream Christian Church”, but as we speak to Jessie, you can make your own determination as to their structure. As a 4th generation member Jessie shares some of the things that occurred while a part of the church and how she helped her dad with some the businesses he looked to launch as a member as well as what her life was like up to the point she decided to leave. Jessie recently lost her mother and the relationships that she once had with other family members, including her father are now tumultuous or non-existent. Her focus has shifted to seeing herself as a powerful, strong, blessed and wealthy woman, coming from a situation where everything was run by men and women were viewed as subservient, meek and quiet. Books she would recommend are Take the Risk by Ben Carson and The 6 Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden. You can buy her books about her own experiences, Tomorrow’s Not Promised: Mistress of her own Destiny here and Those Boots are Made for Walking: One Woman’s Quest for Freedom here.
40 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Antra Boyd: Cancer and Both Sides of the Healthcare System
A Navy veteran and registered nurse, Antra Boyd is a patient advocate and owner of Connected Care Patient Advocacy. Her entire life focused on helping people and doing for others. We talk about the battle she won against cancer and how her experience of being a patient led her to starting her own company. Such a great conversation with a very transparent and genuinely nice person. Books that she would recommend are Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood, The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande and The Three Principles by Sydney Banks.
49 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Cory Berg: Self Talk and Active Listening
A very close friend of mine – it was great to interview him on Rewired Mind to dig a little deeper into this incredibly kind and talented guy. He can describe himself as a “software guy” oftentimes (and is a very good one at that!). He’s also a writer and is very focused on helping other people improve in the workplace. A recent quote from the mind of our buddy Gary Vaynerchuk “Don’t create; document” has influenced some of Cory’s writing. We spoke on the importance of self-talk and how he believes that having an analytical mind can lead to catastrophic thinking. He shared the idea that, for him, filling the “cup” of others can help to fill your own. He also talked about how active listening – a critical thing for any software development person - is an important skill for all people to hone. You can connect with him on LinkedIn and visit his website: softwareplusplus.com His book Software++: Must Have Skills for Software Engineers is available on Amazon. A book that Cory would recommend is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
45 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Jeremy Roadruck and Kung Fu
A Kung Fu Master and Hypnotherapist, Jeremy Roadruck is also the author of Your Best Child Ever: Is This Game Worth Winning? In this interview we talk about his childhood and how he was determined to live a life of happiness, health, safety and solid communication. As importantly though, he has focused on sharing the strategies that he has learned with others. Through his book, his schools and platforms like this, that is exactly the mission he is now fulfilling. One of his basic beliefs is that “we can learn from anyone regardless of age”. He discusses the importance of self-talk and shared a moment where he was caught by one of his Kung Fu Masters saying that he hated himself and how that interaction helped him become more aware of how he was talking to himself and how he worked to correct it. If you want to connect with him, the easiest way to reach him is Facebook, You can buy his book here.
45 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
An Incredible Journey with Kip Brooks
Kip Brooks is an author, entrepreneur, speaker and breakthrough coach. For much of his youth, Kip was convinced that he wasn’t wanted. He struggled with forgiving people and trust had been an issue for sure. When he was 8 years old, Kip would pray that he wouldn’t wake up. He figured that if God was real, the prayer would be answered as all he wanted was out. Struggling with drugs and alcohol and also landing in jail led him toward getting clean and changing his life. You can get in touch with Kip by going to brooksempowermentacademy.com and follow him here: On Facebook at TheRealKipBrooks Instagram @TheRealKipBrooks LinkedIn at TheRealKipBrooks For instant access to one of Kip’s courses – follow this link https://brooksempowermentacademy.com/gifts/ Books that he would recommend are: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Laws of Thinking by Bernard Jordan and the The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday.
64 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Interview with Kara Goldin CEO of Hint, Inc.
Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc. – makers of Hint Water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. She is also the bestselling author of Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters, which was released October 2020. Kara’s career has seen her in magazine circulation for Time Magazine, Sales for CNN, and as a VP for AOL before founding Hint. Her accolades include being named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Fortune's Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink, and EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. We spoke about her book, the fact that it was released during the pandemic, how the passing of her editor at the same time, all while having 5 kids, and running her business has impacted her. Kara told us how being curious from an early age helped her with problem-solving and really helps her not only stand on good footing with her employees, but also helps motivate her every day to continue to learn and grow. Kara spent much of her childhood in Arizona, graduated from Arizona State University, and currently lives in the bay area. She shares her knowledge and experience through public speaking, mentoring, and hosting her own podcast, The Kara Goldin Show. Books that she recommends are Superman’s Not Coming by Erin Brockovich, Originals by Adam Grant, and Can’t Even by Anne Helen Peterson. You can buy her book Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters here.
45 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Karen DiMarco - Patient advocate, healthcare visionary
Karen DiMarco has been a nurse for over 22 years, she is a patient advocate and is definitely a healthcare visionary. In one of our favorite conversations we talked about her childhood, how she dealt with loneliness, and her feeling as though she needed to check certain boxes with people in order to be liked. She held onto a “red alert” sort of mindset for many years and became very self-conscious about how others viewed her. An amazing human with great stories of being herself and raising her kiddos to be confident people as well, Karen is an exceptional writer (adding tons of humor to everything she writes) and such a delight to listen to and learn from. Please read more about her at https://karendimarco.com/ and feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org A book she would recommend is Dying to be Me by Anita Moorjani.
35 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Justin Otto: From Heroin to Giving Back
Justin Otto is a former heroin addict who started his own podcast, DharmaJunkie, to help those who struggle with addiction as well to help him move on from his past. We talk about his addiction, his journey to becoming clean for the past 18 months and how his Buddhist mindset helped him with not only his recovery but also going forward. So many great insights and thoughts from someone who is a very deep thinker and looking to help others. Please listen to Justin’s podcast and feel free to contact him at Justin@dharmajunkie.com.
36 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Rubina Cohen: Growing Up Fast and Neuroscience
You know how you can tell when someone is smiling when you are talking to them? That is Rubina Cohen – all the time. Someone who had to help teach and basically be mom to her younger siblings at a very young age, Rubina quickly grabbed that mantle and got to work. She became obsessed with productivity and would create spreadsheets as a very young adult showing her where she spent her time. She had a love of learning and that is what led her to become interested in neuroscience and the work of Joe Dispenza. Like many other guests, she was also influenced by Oprah and Deepak Chopra and became interested our emotional intelligence and meditation. One of the many books that both of us would recommend is Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
38 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Justin Rambo: Download Days and Turning Down the Noise in a Loud World
Justin Rambo struggled as a student. When he was in first grade, he believed that he was not as smart as the other students in his classes. He adopted a mindset that he was stupid, but later discovered that he just had a different style of learning. In 2014, he went to a talk about personal development, during this talk, he realized that there was more that he could do with his analytical style of learning and always questioning things. He feels that he understands people due to having introverted tendencies. Justin took an assessment that helped him understand his learning style and on what he calls his Download Day, how everything changed in how he approached personal interactions to how he focuses his time to make the most of it. We also talk about how he is able to live without certain distractions that seem impossible to be without in today’s connected world. You can buy his book Turn Down the Noise here and listen to his podcast, Versatile Success here.
33 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Laurie Herbers: From Innocent Bystander to Empowerment
Growing up, Laurie Herbers saw herself as an innocent bystander. We talk about her relationship that she had with her father and how the negativity left her with a mindset of never being able to measure up. Laurie talks about her rewired moment during a rainstorm after her father had passed away and how this led her to find God and completely change how she looked at life and heal from what she had gone through. Now Laurie says her goal is empowerment. Her daily habits are looking at the verse of the day in her Bible app, journaling and having gratitude for the things that she has in her life. She is the author of Second Chances: How I Turned Hate into Love and Found My Purpose and would also recommend reading the Bible, When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric Ludy and So Long Insecurities by Beth Moore. To learn more about or contact Laurie, please visit soullovelegacy.com
30 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Gillian Tietz - Being Sober in a Drinking World
We talk about how life was for her growing up and how that impacted her going forward and how it played into her alcohol addiction. She also discussed how she was able to get her masters at the age of 25 while drinking daily and how alcohol affected her home life after college. Gillian shares information about her own podcast, Sober Powered, and how she hopes to help people choose themselves over drinking, as she had to do for herself. You can contact her by going to SoberPowered.com, or listen and subscribe to her podcast, Sober Powered.
35 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Allison Dillard - Motivation through Math and Cancer
A college professor and author, Allison Dillard has spent much of her adult life helping people who struggle with math. She has had her own struggles that she discussed with us, from battling cancer to trying to navigate the insurance system. A teacher who knows how to motivate others, Allison found it difficult to motivate herself. A friend suggested she read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. After reading it and following it every day for six months, Allison was reminded that she was in control. Books she recommends are Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins, Deep Work by Cal Newport and Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. You can contact her at AllisonLovesMath.MyKajabi.com. Click each title to learn more about her books Crush Math Now and Raise Your Math Grade.
35 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Dave Kotter: Going from Greed to Profound Faith
Dave knew what he wanted from an early age - the money, the wife, the house, the cars - everything he could possibly get his hands on. Then, everything changed. We discuss how his dedication to his job negatively impacted not only life at home but also the relationships in his life. He lost his marriage, his business partner and made a conscious choice to end his own life. When he finally found Jesus, it was his faith that allowed him to not only recover to a stable state professionally, but also reconcile the relationships that he had lost due to his selfish greed. Alongside his role as CEO and president of Integrity Capital, he is also an Elder at Scottsdale Bible Church, where he has been going since 2010. He has a ministry called Aiming at True North, which is centered around evangelism to people in the marketplace. To learn more about Integrity Capital, please visit https://www.integrity-capital.com/ You can connect with Dave on LinkedIn.
47 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Interview with Author Dr. Benjamin Hardy
One of my highest recommendations for books that everyone should read is Dr. Benjamin Hardy’s Personality Isn’t Permanent, released earlier this year. We had a great conversation about his book, about why personality tests are harmful, and so many other great things. Dr. Hardy also addresses societal myths that people fall into believing and how it is your view of your future that drives you, not your view of your past. He also talks about how hope is not a passive thing but is an active thing and gives three key steps to finding hope. There are some truly great insights in this conversation. Books that he recommends are: The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch and The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk. You can buy his books Personality Isn’t Permanent here and Willpower Doesn’t Work here. You can contact him at email@example.com
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