Do you sometimes feel a little bit like a living dichotomy? The kind of cat who defines success as much by 'enjoying the present' as 'achieving tangible goals'? Indiana-Jones-sense-of-adventure meets Penny-from-Inspector-Gadget-strategic-thinker? Well, you're not alone. This podcast is for you. The multipotentialite with a growth mindset. Eager to explore, learn and grow, for life. The kind of individual who has come to understand a universal truth: that just about every thing that's good for us is on the other side of The Struggle and it's all about the journey. Join your host; Mike Drohan, as we explore the stories and journeys of ordinary people, just like you, doing their extraordinary things. 'Cause, if you're not truly excited about the next step, why take it? #DoingEpicStuff
Ben Vasiliou: The CEO who defied poverty and made helping disadvantaged youth good business | Ep. 34
Welcome to the Doing Epic Stuff podcast with your host Mike Drohan. Together we’ll explore the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
“What I was attempting to do was tell society what they wanted to hear. Or what I thought they wanted to hear, which was to have this Alpha Bravo male who doesn’t talk about pain. Who doesn’t talk about vulnerability and I was like ‘it’s actually killing me.’ – and it nearly did get to that point.”
There’s something very refreshing about someone in a position of power having the courage to be vulnerable.
Indeed, Ben Vasiliou, CEO of Youth Projects and a driving force behind their revolutionary Social Enterprise; The Little Social Cafe, credits that same vulnerability with being the catalyst for major positive change both in his professional and personal life.
Having navigated a life below the poverty line, identity crisis, being a young father and the trials of the top position at an organisation committed to breaking the cycle of disadvantage – Ben has an extraordinary story to share with us.
A special shoutout to Banyule City Council whom Ben credits with having the vision and resources to make the Little Social Café in Rosanna, Melbourne a reality. If you’re listening to this podcast and based in Melbourne, Australia, do make sure to swing past, grab a delicious coffee for yourself and sprinkle some kindness into someone’s day through their ‘pay-it-forward service’: purchase a drink or snack for someone experiencing homelessness or accessing Youth Projects' homelessness services.
EPIC stuff within this episode:
Even an award winning CEO can balls things up from time to time!Un-packing Youth Projects: providing support (since the 80s!) to young people and individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issuesExploring the power of vulnerability and how sharing your story can be a vehicle for goodHow to be part of the solution to 116K Australians living homeless and 1 in 8 being below the poverty line All about the Little Social Café and how it’s reaffirming a vision of young people being good-to-go in a very competitive job market whilst also providing a sustainable, financially viable business modelShow notes:
Youth Projects (Ben is CEO): https://www.youthprojects.org.au/who-we-areThe Little Social Cafe (Social Enterprise) - get down there and 'pay it forward'!: https://www.youthprojects.org.au/social-enterpriseSkills Plus: a not-for-profit which Ben was formerly the GM: https://skillsplus.com.au/ Banyule City Council “the reason why that (The Little Social) has been successful” according to Ben: https://www.banyule.vic.gov.au/About-us Digging Doing Epic Stuff? Hit your boy up:
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Rebuilding a fitness empire. Training your age. Can you even flow state?! Feat. ELITE Physical Performance Coach: Russell Jarrett
Ever had a job where, no matter how good you are at it, you can still get fired at any given moment?
Pretty stressful, right?
“I could come in and do a terrific job on a team, get them in wonderful physical shape, but if for some reason the performances don’t ensue, ‘cause it’s a win/loss outcome-based environment, you might still lose your job. So, there’s not always that job security with what I do because, at the elite level, you’ve gotta win. "
Russell Jarret has managed to sustain a career as an elite Physical Performance/Strength and Conditioning Coach for over 30 years.
That’s A LOT of early starts and burpees…
Now a proven key player behind the players, his interest in the elite fitness training profession was originally piqued by an inspiring Physical Education teacher. Russell has since worked with some of Australia’s most elite sporting organisations including the Australian Football League, Australian Institute of Sport, Cricket Australia, Women’s National Basketball League, Australian Basketball League and elite level Golf and Tennis as well as literally thousands of individual and group sessions.
Then, out of nowhere, the national personal training industry is scuttled overnight…
“Lockdown two really punched a hole in us because, when we got locked down a second time it was probably a bit longer, actually, and we’d done all of those things to remain relevant and to remain front of mind and we had no more tricks up our sleeve…"
We chat mindset and methods to navigate major change in our lives, the benefit in having a side hustle, how our physical exercise needs to adapt to complement our age AND there’s even some time to throw a couple of questions at Russell provided by Doing Epic Stuff listeners.
BTW: if you dig the episode, I’d greatly appreciate a review on your preferred podcast listening platform - the more awareness we create together the closer we get to a world where everyone has the opportunity to pursue their epic stuff.
Russell's website incl. his online courses: http://www.russelljarrett.com.au/All kinds of interesting stuff on his Insta: https://www.instagram.com/russell_jarrett1/If you enjoyed this episode of the DES podcast or are onboard with my mission of empowering more people to find and follow their extraordinary, more of the time, please consider subscribing to the fortnightly eNewsletter. It features some snackable epic content, the latest DES developments and a heads-up on upcoming episodes: https://mailchimp.doingepicstuff.com/subscribe
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Dave Walker is CHANGING THE WORLD with Warhammer, Puppets, Paints, Passion and YouTube
Ever flirted with the idea of turning your favourite hobby, passion or side-hustle into your career?
Dave Walker knows a thing or two about it and, as anyone who has bravely ditched the grind to pursue the glory of a passion led career would know, it doesn't always pan out exactly how you'd envisaged...
“You just chew it out in three hours, they don’t like it, so you do another one. I was like… ‘I think I might be dead inside?!’”
More than a little obsessed with collecting 90s nostalgia memorabilia, Dave is the kind of dude who imports entire seasons of obscure-sci-fi-dramas-on-lazer-disk-from Japan.
As American rapper ‘Dom Kennedy’ would affirm: “This is My Type of Party”…
His endless love for the table top game; Warhammer 40,000, or 40K to the less-filthy casual, is the primary subject matter for his wildly entertaining and unexpected hit YouTube channel: MS_Paints which I happened to stumbled across one Sunday whilst DEEP down a lockdown DIY margarita session/YouTube algorithm fuelled content rabbit hole.
As it would turn out the show’s title had far heavier connotations than just a tongue-in-cheek reference to a Microsoft painting tool; The main impetus behind Dave creating the channel being his unexpected diagnosis of bastard degenerative autoimmune disease: Multiple Sclerosis or M.S.
MS_Paints is his way of dealing with that particular S-O-A-B whilst also championing positive values in a ofttimes male-toxic wargaming community, changing the perception of disabilities and the pursuit of hobbies that require fine motor skills, with a disability.
The MS_Paints YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaUQbazFa3BDEu_6I84s1ZgDave’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=30912887Dave’s Insta (where you can see some of the MS_Paints characters incl. ‘Health and Safety’ Frog and his miniature-hungry cat): https://www.instagram.com/ms_paints_/If you enjoyed this episode of the DES podcast/want to get onboard with my mission of empowering more people to find and follow their extraordinary, more of the time, please consider subscribing to the fortnightly eNewsletter. It features some snackable content, latest DES developments and a heads-up on upcoming episodes: https://mailchimp.doingepicstuff.com/subscribe
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LONGEVITY QUEST feat. Dr Elizabeth Yurth incl. tips to live Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger & Longer!
“Maybe 17 years ago, as I was doing orthopaedics, I just started to feel like ‘oh my god, these people, much like myself with my injuries, never really get better’ right? You kind of get them sort of better – you have a broken leg, you can fix a broken leg and come back (to normal) but most injuries just end up being ongoing, nagging problems.”
Dr Elizabeth Yurth is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Boulder Longevity Institute, Colorado.
She’s been providing Tomorrow’s Medicine Today since 2006.
What does that actually mean?!
Literally regenerating people.
Think 1985 science-fiction comedy-drama film ‘Cocoon’ but in real life!
She’s the most extensive professionally accredited individual I’ve ever had on the Doing Epic Stuff podcast. Seriously, she has multiple paragraphs of medical industry certifications. It’s actually a little bit intimidating!
An avid skier since childhood, plagued by repeated debilitating injuries, @dryurth, now THE authority on regenerative/longevity medicine and co-founder of @boulderlongevityinstitute , initially sought to break the repeat injury cycle by seriously leaning into a career in orthopaedics: surgery concerned with the musculoskeletal system.
Eventually, stonewalled by those very same frustrations (patients returning with repeat injusries) and a system which appeared to be counterintuitive to long-term patient rehabilitation, she went maverick! Doubling down on epigenetics and other innovative regenerative treatments in combination with a holistic approach to wellness that is at the sharpest part of the cutting edge of this medicine.
This is a seriously valuable conversation for anyone interested in living longer and better, improving lifestyle or just optimising your you. I even manage to sneak in a Keto diet question from past DES podcast guest: @sylviemuay aka Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu, the Muay Thai legend with 268 professional fights and no signs of slowing down. EPIC!
Community and its effect on your longevity
Epigenetics (modifying our genes)
Why you should NEVER stop pumping iron
The best cardio format for longevity (hint; it isn’t running)
Where does Pilates fit in the longevity puzzle?
Powernaps: Good? Bad? Ugly?
The importance of restoring and maintaining your circadian rhythm and how to do it.
Fasting: why it’s good for us and recommended methods for optimal results
Sex: is ‘getting busy’ killing us?!
Got a big idea for a future guest, show feedback of just like to chat? Holler at your boy, Mike: https://twitter.com/BehindEpicStuffSign-up for a fortnightly dose of inbox delivered, snackable EPIC content delights: https://mailchimp.doingepicstuff.com/subscribeHQ: doingepicstuff.com Show notes
Lumosity the brain training mobile app I personally use to prep for a podcast/stave off laziness/punish myself for a hangover and combat cognitive degeneration. https://www.lumosity.com/en/Action Bronson (aka my favourite rapper living) who has successfully transformed from blunt smoking, extravagant eating, behemoth to fitness obsessed, extravagant eating in smaller portions, fit-behemoth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qumFCN1yLOALearn about Blue Zones: places around the globe where people are living longer, happier lives: https://www.bluezones.com/Not sure where to begin on your own Longevity Quest? Check out Dr Yurth’s ‘What to fix first’ course:&am
Abandon anxiety through present awareness?! Feat. mind-blowing Master of Improv: David Razowsky
“So, one of the greatest things that my students can do is not follow my direction. I love it. ‘Wow! you just came up with another way for me to teach this!’”
David Razowsky is the improviser’s improviser.
He’s also exceptionally good at cognitively reframing: turning the negative into the positive - a no-doubt valuable asset for one who has dedicated their life to performing completely unscripted.
Balls to the wall, no safety net, improvisational acting.
The kind of performing that, when it goes disastrously wrong, can make for great YouTube content; ‘oh my god, this person is dying on stage’ kind of stuff…
Having held the Artistic Director position at the prestigious Second City Centre, Los Angeles and performed alongside the likes of Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin and Amy Sedaris, this is a man who knows a thing or two about The Art of Winging It.
The ability to improvise Is something I’ve personally held a lifelong fascination for, no doubt inspired by the Golden Era Hip Hop I grew up listening to; Big L, Tupac, Biggie, Method Man – rappers from an era when the ability to freestyle was tantamount to the size of your reputation and your record contract.
As a podcast host; the ability to be fully engaged with my guest whilst steering toward (or away!) from certain topics is one of the most challenging aspects of the game.
That balancing act between being in the moment and being in control – or as David would likely suggest; relinquishing control.
David is a master of this dance. He’s considered a bit of a maverick, in the improvisation world, as his ‘present awareness’ improvisation method, really demands that practitioners forget all of their preconceptions about why, how and what improvisation is and completely drop their ego. As you can imagine; this has not been positively received by all members of the performing arts community…
“A major revelation I had is that everybody’s opinion of me is none of my business and that was just one of those great things (to learn): ‘Oh… Oh, I don’t care what you think! It’s not my business! I don’t spend any time thinking about you.’”
David’s website: https://www.davidrazowsky.com/Old town ale house: best Dive Bar in Chicago – the drinking hole where David and fellow Second City teachers and students would hang out after class: http://www.theoldtownalehouse.com/California Summer arts festival, care of California State University, whom David works with: https://www.calstate.edu/SummerArts/Festival/Pages/default.aspxThe book about meditation David mentions: https://www.amazon.com/Buddhism-Not-What-You-Think/dp/0060730579If you enjoyed this episode of the DES podcast or are onboard with my mission of empowering more people to find and follow their extraordinary, more of the time, please consider subscribing to the fortnightly eNewsletter. It features some snackable epic content, the latest DES developments and a heads-up on upcoming episodes: https://mailchimp.doingepicstuff.com/subscribe
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The ASTOUNDING story of The Last Tech Conference Before Lockdown feat. The Indomitable Marco Rosano
“To give you an indication, it was like 8 o’clock in the morning or 8:30 in the morning, the doors were pretty close to opening, and I’m sitting there with the AV (audio visual) guys, trying to work out how to get video in and, audio out...”
That’s Marco Rosano, co-founder of the NO/BS ‘Digital Reality Check’ digital/tech/design conference that almost wasn’t...
The disconcerting situation which Marco found himself (on opening morning!) was a ripple effect from a global pandemic that was only just being felt in Australia.
A number of high-profile speakers booked for the conference had pulled out at the 11th hour, leaving Marco and team in a mad scramble to try and deliver a hybrid live/remote solution, to a paying audience, on a completely unrehearsed digital platform.
Having heard rumblings of a major health issue back in December 2019, Marco, like the vast majority of Australian’s had no way of knowing the magnitude of what was soon to follow.
“I remember saying to Jay (Marco’s business partner and co-founder of the conference) 'don’t worry, it’ll probably blow over by the time the conference rolls around!'"
As it would turn out, the NO/BS digital conference would literally be the last public event before the party was officially over until further notice.
“We were on a bar across the road there on Russell st, with some of the speakers, maybe ten or twenty of the attendees as well having a good drink we finished up about one in the morning. 7 in the morning the Grand Prix was cancelled."
Find out what it took to get this boot-strapped, purpose led digital/design/tech conference off the ground, against the odds and the grain in this episode of The Doing Epic Stuff Podcast.
All about past and future NO/BS events: https://nobs.events/The Digital Advertising Agency of which Marco is a co-founder/partner: https://soulandwolf.com.au/If you enjoyed this episode of the DES podcast or are onboard with our mission of empowering more people to find and follow their extraordinary, more of the time, please consider subscribing to the fortnightly eNewsletter. It features some snackable epic content, the latest DES developments and a heads-up on upcoming episodes: https://mailchimp.doingepicstuff.com/subscribe
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