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Austin Belcak Shares His Best Strategies For Landing Your Dream Job [Podcast Ep. #18]

Austin Belcak joins me on this episode of the podcast to discuss unconventional methods for landing your dream job. Austin and I both believe that the current system for finding and landing jobs is broken (both for hiring managers and those seeking jobs). There is a lot of noise and not enough signal. Early sidetracks (or missteps) in one’s career or education also can be seemingly insurmountable barriers to overcome when trying to level-up in a career or make a radical change in vocation. What can we do about it?

Austin was forced to think creatively when it came to landing his job at Microsoft. With a 2.5 GPA and a modest amount of work experience, he discovered a variety of methods and strategies for finding ways to add real value to employers and convince decision-makers to bet on him.

Listen to this episode where we cover:

  • How Austin landed a great job at Microsoft, without a stellar GPA or prior career experience.
  • What motivated Austin to start a side business while working full-time.
  • The most viciously misleading advice most job seekers blindly follow.
  • How to start a career in a new field, with no connections.
  • Why applying to jobs online is ineffective, and what to do about it.
  • …and much more!

Free Bonus: Austin’s Best Job Search Strategies

As a special bonus to listeners of this podcast, Austin has pulled together a few freebies for you, including (1) a guidebook with 5 strategies his students have used to land job offers at Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and Facebook without applying online and (2) free access to his “Resume Revamp” course. Visit https://cultivatedculture.com/motivatedlife/ get your free stuff!

Connect with Austin Belcak here:

Website: https://cultivatedculture.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abelcak
Medium: https://medium.com/@austin.belcak

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Frans Johansson On Seizing Opportunity In An Unpredictable World [Podcast Ep. #17]

Frans Johansson joins me on this episode of the Motivated Life podcast. Frans is a thought leader in the realms of innovation and diversity, a captivating keynote speaker and founder of The Medici Group, a consulting firm that helps organization harness the power of diversity-driven innovation. His two books, The Medici Effect and The Click Moment are groundbreaking in their profound yet straightforward messages about how to ride the powerful waves of randomness and serendipity while unlocking innovative potential.

This conversation is super relevant to anyone who is looking to innovate or disrupt when it comes to business evolution, career navigation or lifestyle design. The principles we dive into fly in the face of the conventional wisdom about what it takes to build a something remarkable in the world. You’ll find the ideas provocative, fascinating and immediately useful.

Listen to this episode where we cover:

  • The limits of hard work and “10,000-hour rule” based thinking.
  • How the human brain reacts to luck, randomness, and serendipity.
  • Why we should all learn to spot and take advantage of “Click Moments.”
  • The chance encounter that propelled Microsoft to success in the 1990s.
  • Pfizer’s serendipitous moment of insight, leading to a blockbuster drug.
  • What we all can do to seize opportunities in an unpredictable world.
  • …and much more!

Check out Frans Johansson’s books:

Connect with Frans here:

Website

LinkedIn

Twitter

Facebook

Listen to the Podcast in your favorite app:

Apple iTunes

Google Play

Stitcher Radio

Andy Scantland On Being Your Best At Work [Podcast Ep. #16]

Andy Scantland, Executive and Leadership Coach, joins me to discuss how to elevate your performance and be your best at work. Andy has coached leaders in the technology, hospitality, communications, financial, education, and development industries. His goal is to drive improved organizational effectiveness through individual and team performance improvement, increased engagement, and values-driven leadership.

Listen to the podcast as we discuss:
Why Andy left a promising career to pursue coaching full-time
How to be your best at work by leveraging your strengths
The single biggest factor for improving team performance
…and much more!

Connect with Andy and his coaching practice at Upside Partners.

The Power of Simplicity as a Catalyst For Growth [Podcast Ep. #15]

Being simple isn’t easy, it’s often harder, at least in the beginning. The benefits, however, are worth the initial effort. In this podcast, I share a simple concept that might change how you think about your business, your health, your relationships and living your life in general. This idea is all about going way beyond Pareto’s “80/20 Rule” and seeing that in life, we can get MUCH MORE out of less.

 

Here’s Why Making A Radical Career Change Is So Darn Tough [Podcast Ep. #14]

In this episode, your host (Ravi Raman) shares his thoughts about why making a radical career change is so darn tough. Expanding on the ideas in this blog post, Ravi goes into what it’s like to “swim against the current” and make a career change later in life. He also describes three “safe havens” that tend to pull people back towards their old ways and old jobs. When we become aware of these safe havens – it can be easier to resist their pull.

Gregg Levoy On Discovering And Following Your Passion For Work And Life [Podcast Ep. #13]

Gregg Levoy joins me to discuss the art of discovering and following one’s passion for life and work. Greg is a journalist, writer, and coach who has helped people all over the world to find their calling and design their work and lifestyle around it. In particular, we discuss the big ideas featured in his book, Vital Signs. This book is one of the few I give a “five out of five stars” rating. It’s a very entertaining and engaging look at the role of passion and purpose in life.

Listen to the podcast as we discuss:

  • What our obsession with Zombies tells us about the state of the American workforce!
  • What passion really is….and it’s connection to suffering.
  • Why it matters that we are fully engaged at work and in life.
  • Why Cal Newport is mistaken, following your passion is NOT terrible advice!
  • What to do if you feel stuck at work.

…and much more!

Check out Gregg’s Website for helpful links, articles, and videos on the art of discovering your calling and cultivating a meaningful and passionate life.

Get the book:
Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life

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Benjamin Spall And The Magic Of A Morning Routine [Podcast Ep. #12]

Benjamin Spall joins me to discuss the magic of a morning routine. Benjamin is the co-founder of MyMorningRoutine.com, a site dedicated to the art and science of crafting the perfect start to your day. What started as a passion project, to catalogue the morning routines of the world’s most successful people, has resulted in a book deal with a major publisher. My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired is available starting May 2018!

The book features insights gleaned from hundreds of interviews with successful people about how they start their day. As part of the book project, dozens of more interviews were conducted, with CEOs, an Army General, Fitness Experts, Entrepreneurs and countless other people worth learning from. You will even see a quote from yours truly in the section about meditation!

Listen to the podcast as we discuss:

  • Why morning routines are so important
  • How a passion project resulted in a book deal with a major publisher
  • The crazy morning routine of a retired US Army General
  • Meditation as a life hack that more people should embrace
  • …and much more!

Visit MyMorningRoutine for hundreds of examples of the morning routines success people. You can also see my morning routine on the website! Check it out.

Get the book:
My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired

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How To Optimize Long-Term Health and Performance With Debbie Potts [Podcast Ep. #11]

Debbie Potts joins me to discuss how to optimize health and improve performance for life, work and sports. Most importantly, we dive deep into the crucial role of rest and recovery in achieving peak wellness. After all, according to Debbie, “life is not a race, it’s a journey!” What good are we if we sleepwalk and struggle our way through life, overtrained and exhausted?

 

Debbie is speaking from experience, as a 15-time Ironman triathlete, ultra-marathoner and business owner, operating a boutique fitness training facility in Bellevue, WA. After hitting the proverbial “wall,” and experiencing chronic fatigue and exhaustion, Debbie has discovered a multidimensional approach to supporting the body’s capacity to heal and recover. It’s called, The Wholestic Method. This method works not only for her, but for her clients, including elite-level athletes and corporate executives. If you are looking to unlock your best and most energetic self at work and in life, this episode is not to be missed.

 

Listen to the podcast as we discuss:
Why peak wellness is about WAY more than nutrition and fitness
How to overcome breakdown and burnout
The magic of doing less, the risks of doing too much
The role of sleep, gut health and mindset on wellness
…and much more!

 

 
Connect with Debbie Potts:
Check out Debbie’s weekly podcast called The WHOLE Athlete
 
Debbie’s books:

Manoj Vasudevan: 2017 World Champion of Public Speaking [Podcast Ep. #10]

Manoj Vasudevan joins me to discuss his experiences as a professional speaker and coach, fresh off his 2017 win at the World Championships of Public Speaking. We review the essential qualities of a successful speech, and how to ensure that your next talk will inspire and captivate your audience. Hint: it’s all about taking time to reflect on your audience and the messages that will resonate most with them.

Listen to the podcast as we discuss:

  • Why empathy is the most critical success factor for a speaker
  • How to be funny (like Jerry Seinfeld) by “glowing in the dark
  • The role of emotions in stirring audiences to action
  • Three questions to answer as you prepare a presentation (before working on slides!)
  • Why introverts are the best public speakers
    …and much more!

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View Manoj’s winning presentation at the 2017 World Championships of Public Speaking: “Pull Less, Bend More” on the power of being flexible in relationships.

Connect with Manoj:
Website
Facebook
LinkedIn
Instagram
Twitter
Youtube

More About Manoj:
Manoj Vasudevan is a renowned Next Level Leadership Expert, Management Consultant and Author who helps executives and professionals to get to the next level of their career and life. He has more than two decades of leadership experience with major multinational companies around the world.

He is the author of the international bestseller “Mastering Leadership The Mousetrap Way”. He is an MBA from Imperial College London and has coached C-level executives, celebrities, U.N. diplomats, entrepreneurs and professionals from 27 nationalities.

In 2012, he was among the Top 25 Stand-up comedians at the International Comedy Festival in Hong Kong.

In 2017, he was listed among the Top-50 professional speakers in the World by International Speakers Summit.

During the 2017 World Championship of Public Speaking held in Canada, he competed against 35,000 speakers from 142 countries and was crowned the World Champion of Public Speaking.

Jim Posner: A Journey From Wall Street Trader to Mindfulness Teacher [Podcast Ep. #9]

Jim Posner, Wall Street Trader turned Mindfulness Meditation Teacher joins me to discuss the value of meditation and his journey from a life of anxiety and stress to one of wellness and contribution. We speak about the benefits of meditation. We also go into his decision to transition from a stressful career on Wall Street to a meaningful career as a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher.

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Connect with Jim Posner:
Website
Twitter
YouTube

Resources discussed:
John Kabat-Zinn: Creator of MBSR (Mindful Based Stress Reduction) with an array of books worth checking out.
The Don’t Panic Project Podcast by Jim Posner. Podcast (and on YouTube) empowering people suffering from anxiety, stress, and depression. Check out interviews with Andy Weir (author of The Martian) and Navy SEAL Andy Stumpf.

Sherpa John Lacroix: Running For My Life [Podcast Ep. #7]

Today’s podcast features an Interview with Sherpa John Lacroix, a fixture of the Colorado ultramarathon running scene and founder of Human Potential Running. Not only does Sherpa John organize some of the most scenic (and toughest) trail races around, he is also an accomplished ultramarathon runner himself. He’s finished 200-mile races, over a dozen 100-mile runs and countless other adventures in addition to his most recent one: a heroic attempt to run 300+ miles to raise awareness for mental health issues in our society. As a bonus, we are joined for part of this interview with his partner in Human Potential Running (and fellow runner) Hollis Lyman to provide further insights.

 

In this episode we discuss:
  • What it’s like to try running 305 miles, from Colorado’s lowest to highest points.
  • How much of distance running is physical vs mental.
  • Why he gave up a traditional career path to literally blaze his own trail.
  • The secret to accessing more of our human potential than we could ever imagine.
…and much more!

 

Connect with Sherpa John and his Human Potential Running series:

 

Also, listen to his podcast about distance running, “Ultra Stories” (where I am interviewed on Season 1: Episode 5)

Matt Frazier: Leaving My Ph.D. To Start A Business And Build A Community [Podcast Ep. #6]

In today’s podcast, I bring you, Matt Frazier. Matt is the founder of No Meat Athlete, a thriving community of plant-based health and fitness members. Matt also happens to be a coaching client, and we have worked together throughout the past year to help Matt be his best self, and bring even more energy and enthusiasm to his business and community.

 

In this episode you will learn:
  • Why Matt left a Ph.D. program in Applied Math to pursue a career in blogging.
  • What he learned spending a week in Seth Godin’s office.
  • How he has grown No Meat Athlete into a thriving online business.
  • The truth about “Tipping Points.”
  • What he wished he knew when he first started his business.
  • …and so much more.

 

Connect with Matt Frazier:

 

Announcement: Now Enrolling for Coaching in 2018!

 

I am now opening up enrollment for 2018 Coaching clients. If you are interested in working with me one-on-one in 2018, now is the time to learn more and apply. I have 5 spots available (as of today, December 11, 2017) and expect to close enrollment by the end of January 2018. Learn more and apply herehttps://raviraman.com/work-with-me/

Doug Cunnington: Finding Success Online Building Niche Websites [Podcast Ep. #5]

A conversation with Doug Cunnington. Doug decided to respond to a layoff from a well-paying job as an IT Project Manager by creating his luck and building an online business. To boot, he relocated to Bozeman, Montana to live a lifestyle more in tune with what he and his wife enjoy. Doug’s company is all about building niche affiliate sites that make money through referrals paid by Amazon.com. It’s a business I didn’t know much about before speaking with him. Now, after having built many successful niche sites for himself, he helps others do the same. If you have dreamed of leaving a corporate job and redesigning your lifestyle, you will definitely want to listen to this episode.

Connect with Doug Cunnington here:
Niche Site Project
Doug’s Youtube Channel

Andrew Hogan: The Path of Effortless Success [Podcast Ep. #4]

A conversation with Andrew Hogan. Andrew has been a coach for leaders and entrepreneurs for over 25 years. We discuss what it takes to achieve goals and succeed at work and in business. Specifically, does working hard really work? Is there another way to get results and make progress? Andrew thinks there is…it’s a path of “effortless success.” We also discuss his location independent lifestyle, and what it’s like to travel around for the country in an Airstream (with his partner and three dogs!).

Connect with Andrew Hogan here:
http://govisioneers.com/

What I’ve Learned In Three Years of Entrepreneurship [Podcast Ep. #3]

The top lessons I’ve learned in the almost three years I’ve been in business as an entrepreneur. While I’m incredibly happy with where things are at and how life is progressing, things have not gone as planned! If you are contemplating leaving a corporate job to start a business – or are in the midst of building your business now – you will get a lot out of this episode!

Welcome to the Motivated Life [Podcast Ep. #1]

Welcome to Motivated Life, I’m Ravi Raman. On this podcast I’ll be sharing ideas and insights for advancing your career, growing your business and in general, living a great life. We can learn a lot from the paths others have taken to create a great life, and that’s the premise behind this show. In addition to my best ideas and insights, I’ll be sharing interviews with leading thinkers to learn the best of what others know and share it all with you.