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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:

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LinkedIn

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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.