016: Self-Confidence & Curiosity Are Musts to Find Your Awesome with Kelsey Abbott

By on July 31, 2018


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Kelsey Abbott is a Confidence Coach & Instigator of Joy, writer, speaker and host of the Find Your Awesome podcast. She helps driven people crush self doubt so they can experience unstoppable growth with ease and freedom. To do that, she helps her clients learn to really truly love themselves, shed the shoulds, embrace their unique greatness and sparkle.

Kelsey studied at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) where she earned certifications as a Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Master Practitioner and Cor.E Performance coach. She also studied at the Applied Nueroscience Institute, earning her NeuroPositive Certificate in using neuroscience to change how the brain processes challenges.

Before becoming a Confidence Coach, Kelsey was a nationally-recognized science writer and marine biologist, working in DC, Seattle, Hawaii and Barbados, training dolphins and studying killer whales in the process. A competitive swimmer for most of her life, Kelsey transitioned to triathlons where she now competes at the national and international level.

Key Ideas in the Episode with Kelsey Abbott

  • Kelsey was an athlete, but stumbled into triathlon after a classmate in grad school asked her to do one, and she was hooked.
  • Despite her physical capability, Kelsey struggled with self-image and confidence, like so many of us. That uniquely positioned her to focus on confidence in her coaching work later in life.
  • While others might look at her and see physical capabilities, she remembers her view of herself as different and feeling like everyone else knows what they are doing and she doesn’t. Between her height (she’s nearly six feet tall), had some learning disabilities early on and was shy. Kelsey’s story is a great reminder of the importance of not judging a book by its cover. We never know what story is going on inside.
  • Through personal training and triathlon coaching, she realized people needed more than just the training, but needed boundaries and help with self-love to realize what they were capable of.
  • While she worked with teenager girls, she found that adults actually had a tougher time here, especially being able to make space for themselves and their needs. The way she puts it, the adults she worked with weren’t honoring themselves.
  • We talked about our inner critic, and Kelsey reminded us that we all have it, it can be valuable and it can be dangerous. We need to be mindful of it and learn how to control it. Take the value from the warnings and challenges it can give us without letting it become overly negative and the definition of our true selves.
  • When we think someone is making us feel bad, that is a signal that we should check ourselves and whether this even has anything to do with you. Are you taking something personally that has nothing to do with you? Even if their words have something to do with you, might it be a result of something going on with them? She shared a quote she had on her wall, “What I say is about me. What you hear is about you.”
  • She reminded us that when we face and get through a tough time, it’s a come back not a go back. We don’t have to go back to where we were with all the limitations we faced, but rather take the growth from it and seize the opportunity for growth in a new direction.

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015: The Power of Influence for Unbreakable Success with Aaron Keith Hawkins

By on July 24, 2018


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Aaron Keith Hawkins is the author of Million Dollar Influence, a keynote speaker, business and life coach, podcast host, and influence expert.

After a brush with his mortality in 2009 that we talk about in this interview, he dedicated his life to helping others increase their awareness of the thoughts and actions that are creating their experiences and results at home and work, and sharing simple but powerful skills to improve them.

Aaron’s podcast, Unbreakable Success, is full of training and interviews with some of today’s most influential thought leaders to help you achieve a lifestyle of success.

Key Points from the Interview with Aaron Keith Hawkins

  • By day, Aaron is a police captain after a long career in law enforcement, and the rest of the time, he’s a father, husband and coach focused on helping people achieve more success in their life with a focus on the influence we have on others and ourselves (most importantly).
  • He had a health scare in the middle of the night, thinking he was having a heart attack but actually was feeling the impact of a stroke, despite being younger and healthier than what you would expect for either to take place.
  • In the midst of that extreme event, he was overcome with a feeling of extreme regret, and felt himself vow to be different. Actually, he says it wasn’t a promise to be different, it was a sense that he was now different. His regret was not about what he didn’t do or have, but rather what he didn’t give of himself. He felt he was coasting, and it was impacting those he cared about and impacting himself.
  • How was going to live his life was different. He had been going about things in a ‘good enough’ way where he was thankful for what he had, but not looking to push harder for fear of the risks involved. He had more in life than he feels he was destined to have, so he was playing it safe despite all the potential he had within him. So he decided to live differently. This was the start of his transformation.
  • This triggered a desire to learn and grow, which lead him to completing his bachelor’s degree and getting deep in the self-help and growth space to make himself a better man.
  • As he got deeper into it, it was clear that he was meant to help others with exactly what he had done for himself, getting into your own values to be able to influence yourself to be better. As he says, he started to do things that scared the crap out of him before. Whatever scared him became a goal.
  • Through his years of helping people, the theme that became clearest was influence, which lead to his book, Million Dollar Influence. It’s not about influence to earn a lot of money. It’s about having real influence over yourself as the starting point, and how much that can unlock in terms of your potential in life, which can lead to achieving truly great things–including influencing others to support you in your quests.
  • Many people stop as soon as they stagnate or hit a roadblock. Take those moments as an invitation to learn more and build your skills so these things don’t stop you.

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014: Taking Responsibility for Your Life to Become a Human 2.0 with Mark Metry

By on July 19, 2018


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Mark is the host of iTunes Top Charts podcast, Humans 2.0. Mark’s show features an innovative and talented guest in every episode available on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher Radio, and iHeart Radio. On the show, Mark converses with CEO’s, entrepreneur’s, authors, and many other inspiring individuals like Jay Samit, Neil Patel, and David Meltzer to educate others to change their own lives and upgrade to the Human version 2.0 that is inside all of us.

Prior to creating the Humans 2.0 Podcast, Mark was the founder and creative director of PPMC, started in 2013, the #1 Pixelmon Minecraft server in the world. As creative director, Mark grew the company’s website to reach over 10 million users and 10,000 registered premium members. Mark managed a remote staff team of over 40 talented individuals and directed company growth programs.

Founded and operating VU Dream currently (started in Dec. 2016), a growing and innovative virtual and augmented reality marketing & advertising agency based in Boston. VU Dream has worked with dozens of startups, studios, arcades, and other VR/AR businesses to help customers imagine new future realities. VU Dream is responsible for advertising and marketing for many prominent virtual reality companies in the industry in many major cities around the world as well as posting daily content to millions of people online.

Key Points from the Show with Mark Metry

  • Mark has done a lot, and yet he’s just cresting into adulthood – he started a very successful business while a teen, started a marketing company while still in college, and has started a podcast dedicated to helping people evolve who they are to align our internal minds with our external conflicts that has been resonating with listeners in a big way.
  • Mark shares what he calls a very personal, solitary hell that he was in as he was trapped in depression, anxiety and, what I came to see from hearing his story, apathy.
  • Mark and his family moved several times as a kid, which changed his childhood from one of being very engaged to being more withdrawn, which was amplified as he went from being one of many people of different backgrounds to being one of only three non-White kids in the school.
  • In a quest to improve his diet, he discovered Bulletproof Coffee, which did two things – established a morning routine, which helped break his cycle of apathy, and introduced him to the idea that what you put in your body can impact your mind. This started him down a path to pushing himself.

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013: Finding Rebirth Out of Depression with Michael Nulty

By on July 16, 2018


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At the end of 2014, Michael Nulty left behind his highly successful corporate career of over twenty years to follow a dream. But what started as an idyllic beginning to a very new chapter in his life ended up becoming a living hell. As his life unravelled around him,  he lost himself and twenty seven years after he attempted suicide for the first time he was there in that dark place of depression, again.

Michael’s story is remarkable because, in the midst of despair he found hope and a connection that changed his entire perspective and relationship with life. Michael calls this time his awakening. He was on his knees, down and out, ready to bow out of life but, in the darkest of those days he connected with something greater than himself, in what felt like a life of darkness. He was suddenly filled with a knowing that there was something more, something better beyond where he was at that moment.

Michael Nulty’s debut book Getting Beyond What Is – Taking Back Your Lifeopenly shares the secrets and profound lessons, that, enabled him to dramatically change the course of his life. How he got beyond depression, financial ruin, homelessness and being down and out, to taking his life back and creating a wonderful new life full of possibilities, joy and laughter.

Key Points from the Show with Michael Nulty

  • After a successful corporate career of over 20 years, Michael Nulty stepped away from all of that to pursue his true dreams, tied to writing his book, Getting Beyond What Is.
  • The story of his book is one of inspiration to overcome the darkness of depression and apathy rather than succumbing to it. He knows about that struggle all too well as he has come back from two suicide attempts at different points in his life.
  • After years of seeking happiness through outside values like things or external success, Michael Nulty realized how chasing happiness through acquiring other things or achievements will always leave you hollow. It has to come from satisfaction with yourself for who you are.
  • You need to tap into self-love, and the idea that you’re better than this and there is more for you.
  • Appreciate the simple things in your life, which you can only do if you are present and mindful, which then lets happiness into your day to help brighten the darkness. This takes taking action rather than sitting back and closing in when things feel dark.
  • Michael shares his five steps to overcome the daily depression we may face. 1. Prepare yourself for what you’re trying to achieve. 2. Change your story. 3. Feel a different way. 4. Believe you can. 5. Do the work.
  • Think about bolstering your DOSE: Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins.
  • If you don’t feel you have it in you to be happier in the moment, at least be less negative. The movement toward positivity will build, so just keep reducing the negativity and you will find yourself able to be positive.

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012: How One Man Rose Up to Change a Culture with Josh LaJaunie

By on July 13, 2018


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Josh LaJaunie was born and raised in South Louisiana hunting, fishing, drinking, eating, playing football and getting fat. Ultimately, he found himself tipping the scales at over 400 pounds, and trapped in a culture that celebrated big eating. Since breaking 400 pounds, Josh has changed dramatically.

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He has lost over 200 pounds, developed a love for running, and is now exclusively plant-based, plant-powered and an aspiring athlete who has completed not just a lot of running races, but many ultra-endurance races – a feat that never would have even been in consideration for the old Josh.

He has since dedicated himself to helping others get control of their health and has literally inspired tens of thousands of people. He has been on The Rich Roll Podcast (RRP #63 and RRP #152), Live Today with Megan Kelly, Plant Yourself, and Runners World (both their podcast and the cover of the magazine).

Josh shares his amazing journey with all the Day Doers out there in episode 11 of the podcast.

Key Points from the Show with Josh LaJaunie

  • Josh LaJaunie, having grown up in the deep South, was merely going along with the culture–including all of the food choices within it–that he was surrounded by. Doing that made him fit in, but also meant he was dangerously obese and headed faster and faster toward health threats as his weight continued to increase.
  • As he started to have successes in his life with the pursuit of more education, he found himself contrasting his pride in his accomplishments with a desire to be equally proud of himself physically. He decided to draw a line in the sand and invest in making a physical commitment to match his academic commitment, and started exercising with purpose and intensity.
  • Through the physical journey, he started to realize that the food choices of the culture he was so engrained in were working against him and those he loved, and found himself waking up to the need for greater change.
  • He adopted a plant-based diet, took up running, and started to see real change, eventually losing over 200 pounds. It was hard for those around him not to take notice, and for his love for them to allow him to sit idly by and not try to help them, too. That’s where Josh LaJaunie, the man on a health mission, came into being.
  • Josh has not only lost and kept off a tremendous amount of weight–he’s lost more weight than most adult males weigh themselves–but has become a prolific running, having conquered short distance events right up through the ultramarathon distance events he finds he enjoys most. This from a man who, by all accounts, probably would not be alive today, or at least would be staring death in the face. Instead, he’s thriving.
  • Today, Josh is committed to helping others learn the simple power of plants and running so they can save their lives, too, and works across a number of methods and channels to give people the tools they need to do just that.

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011: Finding The Empowerment of Resilience with Elizabeth McCourt

By on July 11, 2018


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Elizabeth McCourtThe Do a Day PodcastMy guest on this episode is Elizabeth McCourt, President and Founder of McCourt Leadership Group. She helps people embrace their whole self and get real with who they are, so they can parlay that into leadership and business success. She is also a coach with the World Economic Forum and volunteers to coach with the UN Leadership Program. Before starting her own company, Elizabeth was a  top-ranked executive recruiter in financial services for Fortune 100 companies. Before that, she was a trial lawyer where she worked on the plaintiff’s side for product liability and class actions in both federal and state court, including working on the class action against Big Tobacco.

Sin in the Big EasyI had her on the show for two reasons. One is to share the brilliant insights about resilience and mindset, which is how I discovered her after watching her excellent TEDx talk entitled, “Why You Should Spill Your Secrets.” She had some amazing wisdom to share from her expertise in this area that I know everyone will value.

The second reason is that Elizabeth McCourt is also an author of fiction, her novel, Sin in the Big Easy, getting published in March 2018. Anytime someone achieves something as big as publishing a book when it’s outside their core career. There is always a story of perseverance and overcoming in situations like that, which Elizabeth shared in this episode.

Elizabeth McCourtFor fun she is an avid triathlete, longtime yogi and writes and publishes essays and fiction. In March, 2018, her novel Sin in the Big Easy will be published by Post Hill Press.

Key Points from the Show with Elizabeth McCourt

  • Elizabeth McCourt had a successful career as an attorney, and then as a headhunter. Despite financial reward, she wasn’t feeling personal reward.
  • She stresses the value of the non-linear path to success. Things aren’t perfect, and we will have struggles and ups and downs. Allowing for that allows us the freedom to try things, take risks, and potentially discover the biggest wins of our lives. But if we fear any rockiness, we may shy away from the things that allow us to grow the most and achieve the greatest goals we seek.
  • We spent a lot of time on the idea of resilience. It’s a big part of Elizabeth’s backstory, having struggled as a kid with fitting in, bullying and being shy and reserved. Resilience, she feels, is something that is in her genes, but is also something we can all learn and build, regardless of the level of resilience we’ve had or not had in the past, or whether we think we ‘inherited’ it (whether through genetics or our experiences as we grew up). Ultimately, it can be a choice to be resilient, even if it is a hard one, where you can choose in any tough moment to pick yourself up and move forward instead of letting the event shut you down from any future possibility. In the non-linear path to success, this is a key input into not letting any failure keep you from moving from failure to success.
  • One of the ways to build resilience is to build a supportive community around you. Aligning with people who support your strength, and see you as resilient, capable and full of opportunity means you will have the right values around you when you need them the most.
  • When you have a community like this around you, it’s important to be vulnerable and open with it so that those around you can see who you really are, understand what you’re seeking for yourself, and truly stand with you.

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010: Why Finding Your Heart is the Key to Leadership with Claude Silver

By on July 9, 2018


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The Do a Day PodcastClaude SilverI am so excited to bring you Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer of VaynerMedia and close colleague of Gary Vaynerchuk.

Claude Silver has made it her mission to humanise workplaces and is passionate about creating work environments where people thrive and grow.  She is the perfect person to leader VaynerMedia’s ‘people first’ ethos as she walks her talk and leads with huge amounts of heart.

Claude’s message is around humanizing workplaces by recognizing everyone as a key contributor who has experiences, values and perspectives to share. She also has a backstory that built her into the values-first leader she is today, which she shares openly and vulnerably in this episode.

Key Points from the Show with Claude Silver

  • Claude Silver’s current story is one focused on people, supporting them, and helping draw out their true potential as individuals and as a group.
  • Her backstory is key to her present story, as she herself saw much success (in a career as a young, nationally-ranked tennis star) and much distress and destruction through choices that worked against her, including a struggle with addiction and ending up in an abusive relationship.
  • In the midst of her pain, someone took the time to “see her”, meaning to see the real person within and the values and heart at her core. Giving her the validation and space to acknowledge what really mattered to her gave her the pause to turn inward and understand herself in a way that has been pivotal in her growth and achievement since then. It’s also part of why her message and approach has resonated so strongly with so many people.
  • Through her own pain, she learned first hand why being in touch with your values and valuing yourself, and having the support of those around you to be in touch with those things can be a defining difference between the most successful people, and those who struggle.
  • She hits on the difference between speed and hustle. Hustle is something that’s ingrained in our veins, and we may not be able to teach it. It’s about values, not just effort and production. Speed, on the other hand, is more of a skill that we can learn and build, but perhaps lacks some of the personality and determination that hustle includes. It’s the difference between being good and being a legend.
  • We also talk about burnout, and how self-awareness and self-empathy can be important to battle burnout in our lives. Know how hard you’re burning, and have the space to allow yourself to pull back or make priority calls to protect yourself.

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009: How Joining Up The Dots Creates a Path to Goals with David Ralph

By on July 6, 2018


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David RalphDavid Ralph is an extremely attractive (his words) host of the top-ranked online show Join Up Dots, where in each episode he takes his guests on a journey of discovery following the words of the late Steve Jobs. David launched his podcast Join Up Dots in April 2014. His show is now listened to in 182 countries around the world, with over 5 Million downloads and over 900 episodes so far (mine was episode 721).

From birth to today and back again, David Ralph joins up the dots of his guests lives, highlighting their failures and successes (with more than a few laughs in between) as he leads them to the time travel section “The Sermon On The Mic” where they have the chance to speak to their younger selves and share the advice they have gained.

This is a hugely powerful and inspirational show that has gained a massive audience in over 160 countries, and with its fun and quirky style is one that is fresh, unique and inspiring. David Ralph has done over 1,000 episodes (mine was episode 721), and his show has been downloaded over 5 Million times as of publishing this interview.

Join Up DotsDavid Ralph is an ex-corporate trainer, with a wife, five kids, a grandson, a cat, and a snail (that might actually be dead already…who can tell?). He’s also very funny, if you can’t tell. His entire business is a result of his podcast and as the UK’s #1 podcaster, he’s regularly asked to speak at places like Pod Fest. He’s most recently put everything he knows about podcasting into his new training program for podcasters, Podcasters Mastery, so you can get the results you’re looking for and have a successful podcast that fuels your business.

Key Points from the Show with David Ralph

  • David’s journey included a past a corporate trainer that was increasingly less and less aligned with his interests
  • He’s always been a bit of a broadcaster and interviewer, having recorded interviews with various people form a young age, so it was a bit inevitable that David would become a podcaster focused on interviewing interesting people with stories of different key points in their lives that join up together like a connect-the-dots picture
  • David’s focus is on helping people see the path in their story, and finding where they should head and why given how those dots join up. He sees how important it is to find what the story of your path is so you can understand where you should be spending your energy.
  • As he’s interviewed over 1,000 guests now, he’s learned lessons (the hard way) about balance, priorities and protecting his own wellness or he would burnout and not be able to keep pursuing what he cares most about. A lesson all of us (including me!) can learn from.
  • Being interested in other people, even more than in yourself at times, can help you see different options, approaches and opportunities you might find yourself drawn to pursue.

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008: Never Quitting on Living The Life You Deserve with Chris Wirth

By on July 5, 2018


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The Do a Day PodcastChris WirthChristopher J. Wirth is the Founder and President of No Quit Living. No Quit Living is a Speaking, Coaching and Training Company that focuses on a number of topics like accountability and goals, time management, leadership, personal development and more.

No Quit Living works with individuals, families, teams and corporations to help improve accountability, effectiveness and efficiency. In today’s world there is much negativity flowing throughout social media. No Quit Living motivates and inspires their clients to never give up on themselves or their goals.

Christopher is the host of the No Quit Living Podcast which has been rated as a top 50 Business Podcast on iTunes. Christopher is a sought after Keynote Speaker. If your need is for a dynamic speaker to motivate, inspire and captivate your audience– look no further!

Christopher began his coaching career as an AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Basketball Coach, Collegiate Basketball Coach, as well as High School Basketball Coach.

Christopher lives in Greenwich, CT with his three children – Zachary, Emily and Mason. In addition to building and growing No Quit Living – Christopher also enjoys spending time playing sports, traveling, reading, and working out.

Key Points from the Show with Chris Wirth

  • In order to move forward, you need to be sure you have the right people on the journey with you. If you have the wrong people, they will hold you back, and you won’t make the progress you could make.
  • Don’t over-analyze or over-think the idea of moving forward, making change or doing the tough work. That can keep you where you are because you will focus on the tough work ahead. When you know you need to push forward, just push yourself forward.
  • Chris shared a quote from Buddha about the need to use positivity to solve problems rather than negativity and attacking. He shared, “Never in this world can hatred be stifled by hatred. It will be stifled by non-hatred. That is the law eternal.”

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007: How to Trust When Your Own Body Betrays You with Anne Sugar

By on July 3, 2018


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Anne SugarThe Do a Day PodcastAnne Sugar is an executive coach and speaker who has advised top leaders at companies including TripAdvisor, Sanofi Genzyme, and Havas. Anne serves as an executive coach for Harvard Business School Executive Education and has guest lectured at MIT. Prior to becoming an executive coach more than a decade ago, Anne served as a senior leader in the advertising industry, where she oversaw a team of 75 employees as SVP of Media at Digitas. She managed media planning for Fortune 500 clients including General Motors, Federal Express, and Delta. She draws on her extensive management experience, as well as her in-depth training in coaching methodology to advise senior executives and high performers transitioning into leadership roles.

In facing Cancer, Anne Sugar learned first hand what happens when your body – the thing you are closest to and need to trust the most – feels like it can’t be trusted. And the growth she went through in the process forms the basis of the inspiration she shares in this episode of the Do a Day Podcast.

Key Points from the Show with Anne Sugar

  • Anne Sugar build a successful career coaching people on leadership
  • Just as her business was thriving, she was diagnosed with Cancer
  • Not only did she learn about the battle with Cancer, and how it feels when your body–the thing you need to trust most–is working against you, but she also learned about what that means as a solopreneur to not be able to work and how to manage clients and their expectations during a personal and private battle
  • We all face struggles and want to push ahead, but sometimes those struggles–especially the silent ones–that can make it harder, so how do we make progress regardless?
  • When we face something like Cancer, how we handle the outside world needs to be in a way that aligns with our values and preferences. Some people are very open about it, while some people want to stay private. Both are right as long as it is what they want.
  • For Anne, when she was going through this, the thing that helped her was to make sure she did something daily to keep her moving, whether that was working out, reading, meditating or something else. But choosing not to sit still and crumble was important. There were days when that was hard, but she kept moving forward.
  • As an employer of someone who has to go out for something like Cancer (or some other driver of a leave of absence), there are things you can do to support them and your business. It focuses around delegation of tasks while the person is out and a return-to-work plan, but it also includes empathy and openness. A key to staying successful for both the individual and the company is that there is good communication about what’s needed, what everyone’s expectations are, what’s non-negotiable and how to solve for all of that

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