VULNERABLE, HONEST STORIES TO INSPIRE YOU TO EMBRACE YOUR “MESS” & LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE.I’ll be honest. I didn’t always think that “speaking your truth” was empowering. For most of my life, I did what most people do (before they shift their beliefs). I let my ego dictate my decisions and how I showed up in the world. And, it wasn’t until I spoke my own vulnerable, honest truth that I was able to embrace my “messy” journey in life … and turn it into my message.This podcast was created to provide me with a platform to have REAL conversation with people that have influenced and inspired me on my journey. And, my hope is that it will provide you with an enlightened perspective to shift your own limiting beliefs to become the greatest version of yourself and live your best life. Be Grateful. Be Curious. Be Brave.
[EP9] Do Givers Finish First Or Last? | Michael Graham
In this episode I’m joined by Michael Graham. Michael has been a friend of mine for 10 years now and is someone that has a massive heart and is truly a “giver”. If you’ve ever read the book “Give & Take” by Adam Grant, you’ll know what I mean by this. :)
Michael and I had a great conversation about his childhood where he was adopted at the age of 2 and how that has impacted his life, family and relationships over the last 50 years. We also spoke about the idea of “selfishness” and whether or not it is the most “selfless” thing we can do to be the greatest versions of ourselves and be of service to others.
6:29 | Michael’s journey from being adopted at the age of 2 to finding his birth parents
10:00 | How he landed in the hospitality industry and made Whistler his home
11:42 | How his childhood experiences impacted his future relationships and what he’s learned
25:40 | Why being “selfish” can be the most “selfless” thing you can do to be of serve to others
34:36 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that has been most influential in your life (all time)
35:54 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that is the most influential in your life (right now)
36:38 | What is the ONE philanthropic cause that means the most to you and why?
39:06 | What is the ONE thing you are most grateful for in your life right now?
41:11 | What is the ONE thing that you are most curious about right now and wanting to explore deeper?
42:23 | What is the ONE thing that scares you right now that you know you must meet with bravery?
45:02 | Where can people find out more about you and connect with you online?
“Going from one relationship to another only delays the inevitable. Until you can take the time and look at yourself, you will continue to repeat the negative patterns” - Michael Graham
“Vulnerability can be your greatest strength if you allow it to be” - Trevor Turnbull
“When you are selfish about your commitment to being the greatest version of yourself, that’s the most selfless thing you can do to be of serve to others” - Trevor Turnbull
“I realized that trying to impose my journey on my partner(s) was selfish on my part. It’s their journey and they need to experience it on their own terms and timeline” - Michael Graham
“In raising our kids, I can tell them what to do, but if they see me being the example it is going to land 10x more for them” - Trevor Turnbull
“Someone asked me the other day - “what’s your dream job” - I have 2. I want to do a TEDtalk to bring awareness to these topics we are discussing and I want to be a photographer for National Geographic. Both of those things will enable me to fulfill my passions - travel, people and serving” - Michael Graham
Dr. Joe DiSpenza
Sadhguru / Mathew Mccounegy interview
Selfish vs Selfless (definition)
[EP8] How To Invent A World Of Unlimited Possibilities! | Chris Hawker
In this episode I’m joined by Chris Hawker, Co-Founder - Next Level Trainings. Chris and I met at an experiential leadership program in Los Angeles back in 2014. At that time, I witness Chris experience an “unlock” in the way he saw the world and his purpose in life, and the rest as they say is history.
We spoke about the moment that he realized he wanted to commit his life to helping people “invent” the life of their dreams. Chris also opened up about the struggles he faced on his own journey from being a self proclaimed “nerd” to leading others to create unlimited possibilities.
6:48 | How the self proclaimed “nerd” turned seasoned entrepreneur fought for his life
17:09 | The origin story and inspiration behind Next Level Trainings
31:46 | How creating goals can help you move forward and change your course
36:35 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that has been most influential in your life (all time)
38:55 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that is the most influential in your life (right now)
41:12 | What is the ONE philanthropic cause that means the most you and why?
43:25 | What is the ONE thing you are most grateful for in your life right now?
44:53 | What is the ONE thing that you are most curious about right now and wanting to explore deeper?
47:18 | What is the ONE thing that scares you right now that you know you must meet with bravery
53:15 | Where can people find out more about you and connect with you online?
“As a trainer, my job is to see possibilities before they occur. No different than inventing, my job is to discover possibilities and make them a reality” - Chris Hawker
“My degree in comparative religion taught me how rigorously see the world through the eyes of others in a non-judgmental way” - Chris Hawker
“Relating to people for me was a learned skill. I was so awkward with humans until I realized no one is judging me, I’m judging me” - Chris Hawker
“People are like,’We’re all on the same boat’, and I’m like, ‘no, no we’re in the same weather but we’re all in different boats.” - Chris Hawker
“Developing yourself is what many people put aside when they have finished their formal schooling. But there are a number of dimensions to continue improving yourself” - Chris Hawker
“The whole point of goals is to cause you to journey. Having the goal gets you moving. And once you are moving you can change your course.” - Chris Hawker
“At the end of the day, you don’t even have to understand how transformation works. If you do the work, it works. It’s like, you don’t have to understand how push ups make you stronger” - Chris Hawker
Lindsay Jones Memoriam (Professor - Comparative Studies - Ohio State)
Dr. Joe Dispenza
Motherful - Support & Empowerment for Single Mothers
Michael Pollan (BOOK - How to change your mind)
[EP7] Why Every Level Up Brings The Devil Up | Dr. Nima Rahmany
In this episode I’m joined by Dr. Nima Rahmany. Nima is a very special person who came into my life in February 2018 when everything was seemingly crashing around me. He helped my wife (Sharmila) and I through a tough time when I had gone all in on my business (financially) and little did we know, our 2nd son (Bodhi) was about to be born a month later (4 months early).
Dr. Nima helps people who are stuck in toxic relationships, career limbo, and emotional trauma overcome their anxiety and create powerfully aligned relationships by deepening their intimate relationship with the most important person of all: themselves.
3:37 | What does it mean to integrate your “mess” to become your “message”?
6:10 | Why you can’t have true courage without vulnerability (and the real pandemic)
11:00 | How Nima found his life’s purpose by addressing his own enmeshment trauma
21:07 | Why Nima needed to step back and “do the work” to elevate his life & business
26:30 | The moment Nima realized he needed to be a humble, servant leader
29:32 | Why “slowing down” to “speed up” is the ultimate hack to realizing your dreams
33:12 | How to integrate your “dark shadow” to receive everything you want
37:58 | How Trevor’s “story” around conflict (from his hockey days) negatively impacts his relationships & business success
42:00 | Why the “work” to level up never ends and how to get support to leap to the next level
45:30 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that has been most influential in your life? (all time)
47:07 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that is the most influential in your life? (right now)
48:06 | What is the ONE thing you are most excited about? (right now)
49:05 | What is ONE piece of advice you’d give me that would dramatically change my life today
52:40 | What is ONE thing you are most grateful for right now?
53:17 | What is the ONE thing that you are most curious about right now?
53:55 | What is the ONE thing that scares you right now that you know you must meet with bravery
56:24 | Where can people find out more about you and connect with you online?
“Every person is on a hero's journey. If you can learn to integrate your unconscious mess and clean it up, it will become your message” - Nima Rahmany
“Lord make me a hollow reed from which the pith of self have been blown so that I may become a clear channel for which your love may flow to others” - Baha’i Writings
“I realized I had an intimacy disorder. Most people have an intimacy disorder within themselves. They don’t know how to feel their emotions and it messes up all the relationships in their life” - Nima Rahmany
“There is a difference between a leader that is posting (on social) to seem like they are doing the work vs actually doing the work” - Nima Rahmany
“What would a person who truly loves themself do in this moment?” - Nima Rahmany
“When you are living and being what you are teaching, everything you want in your life & business just comes to you” - Nima Rahmany
“Every entrepreneur has to go through that journey where you start off with a dream, you go and hustle and you are driven by the fuel of fear” - Nima Rahmany
“Every level up brings the devil up” - Nima Rahmany
“Stop judging your feelings. Stop making your feelings wrong. Validate every feeling that comes up and your relationship with the universe will completely change” - Nima Rahmany
“Whatever you resist persists. If you resist your anger it persists. If you resist your shame it persists” - Nima Rahmany
Dr, John Martini
[EP6] The Power Of Sharing Your Truth To Unlock Unlimited Possibilities | Zion Kim
In this episode I was joined by Zion Kim. Zion is a friend and was a mentor of mine back in 2018 during a time when I was going through a massive transformation in my business and an unexpected challenge in my personal life when our son was born 4 months early.
Zion recently opened up about how he has faced his own fears, guilt and shame around events in his personal and business life that have helped him level up his ability to coach other high-performing entrepreneurs...leading with the truth and embracing vulnerability.
5:11 | Zion shares how working with Trevor in 2018 was inspiring for him
7:34 | The shame and guilt he felt in 2019 and what he learned from it
13:44 | What it means to acknowledge we are human - not a superhero
15:08 | Trevor and Zion talk about “self judgement” and the power of saying “So What!”
20:20 | Zion’s motivation to share his message and build his personal brand
28:49 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that has been most influential in your life (all time)
31:19 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that is the most influential in your life (right now)
33:06 | What is the ONE philanthropic cause that means the most to you and why?
36:38 | What is the ONE thing that you are most curious about right now and wanting to explore more in your life?
37:26 | What is the ONE thing that scares you right now that you know you must meet with bravery
39:22 | Where can people find out more about you and connect with you online?
“It’s important that at the end of the day we get to stay in our humanity. We get to be in the dirtiness of our humanity. We have emotions. We have feelings.” - Zion Kim
“What if you already had the answers? What if we could just tap into your mastery? What if we could just really cultivate your resourcefulness? And that’s the work that we really did together was a reminder of who you already were.” - Zion Kim
“You either sold someone on the vision of what they do and the bigness of who they can become, or they sold you on their limitations, their fears, their excuses, and their smallness.” - Zion Kim
"Your network today is going to be your network 10 years from now. What do you want people to say about you when you are not in the room?" - Zion Kim
[VIDEO] Zion Kim’s Story (Facebook Video)
[BOOK] The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Guest Contact Info
Connect with Zion on Facebook
[EP5] - The Impact Of Vulnerability In Fatherhood, Leadership & Content Marketing | Ron Tite
In this episode I was joined by Ron Tite. Ron is a speaker, author and founder of Church+State (an agency that helps brands navigate the unified worlds of advertising and content by creating stuff that people want to see, not stuff they have to see.)
We discussed a recent LinkedIn post that he shared talking about why you don’t need to be a “father” to play a “fatherly” role in someone’s life.
Ron is an incredible storyteller that is able to weave humor into his content in a way that really lands and resonates. And, this interview was no exception as Ron shared numerous stories about his own experiences with his Dad (and step-dad) and how they shaped him as a leader and how he chooses to show up as a Dad to his 2 young kids.
6:24 | How his experience with his Dad has impacted him as a Dad
12:34 | Why he believes everyone can (and should) be a leader in a company
15:26 | How being vulnerable with his team brought them closer together
17:30 | How much is “too much” when it comes to being vulnerable (and honest) when sharing content online (personally and as a company)
22:03 | The blurred line between great content and advertising (to capture the attention of your audience)
23:24 | The “dark” story that he told about his Dad to close his presentation at The Art of Leadership conference
32:45 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that has been most influential in your life (all time)
33:45 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that is the most influential in your life (right now)
34:59 | What is the ONE philanthropic cause that means the most you and why?
36:49 | What is the ONE thing you are most grateful for in your life right now?
38:28 | What is the ONE thing that you are most curious about right now and wanting to explore more in your life?
40:31 | What is the ONE thing that scares you right now that you know you must meet with bravery
42:20 | Where can people find out more about you and connect with you online?
“I think your title (in a company) should be an acknowledgement of what you’ve already done…not for what you will do” - Ron Tite
“People used to vote with their wallets and now they vote with their time. So, how do we win that battle for time?” - Ron Tite
“When you lead people through your whole career, will people speak glowingly about you or not?” - Ron Tite
Episode Resources Mentioned
Church & State (Ron’s Agency)
The Title of “Father” (LinkedIn Post)
The Million Reasons Run
Guest Contact Info
Ron’s Personal Website
Watch Ron’s speaker reel
Connect with Ron on LinkedIn
Follow Ron on Facebook
Follow Ron on Instagram
Follow Ron on Twitter
[EP4] Let Your Journey To ONENESS Begin Here | Danielle Grant
In this episode, I was joined by Danielle Grant. Danielle is Your Mindset Mentor, podcaster, speaker, and spiritual gangster. She is also the host of the Mind Vibe Podcast and a passionate paraglider.
We discussed the experiences in her life that led her to become a mindset mentor, discover meditation, why everything is energy, how to face imposter syndrome, and much more!
A college & corporate dropout, Danielle spent the last 18 years obsessively studying personal growth, buddhism, and the mental mind. An expert on mindset, she now shows other Entrepreneurs how to attain peak mindset performance & make stepping into their next level business and personal goals easier than ever before.
5:23 | Why she chose to “go live” 100 days in a row on Facebook
9:36 | The impact her childhood had on her journey as a “Mindset Mentor”
14:00 | Why she believes that everything is based on “frequency” & “energy”
18:45 | How her teenage years led her into a dark place (and what she learned)
26:36 | What her beliefs are on the meaning of “life is suffering”
29:08 | How she has dealt with “impostor syndrome”
31:47 | How her “3 Step Mindset Framework” can help shift your beliefs
37:13 | How meditation has helped her and her clients create a new reality
43:39 | Why she created the “Focus & Productivity Report”
47:06 | Who is the ONE person/mentor that has been the most influential in your life to date?
49:14 | Who is the ONE person/mentor who is the most influential in your life right now?
49:33 | What is the ONE thing that you are most excited about right now?
51:20 | What is ONE philanthropic cause that means the most to you and why?
54:47 | What is ONE thing that you are most grateful for right now?
55:20 | What is ONE thing that you are most curious about right now?
56:42 | What is ONE thing that you are facing with bravery right now?
56:58 | What do you believe is one thing that's holding you back from living your greatest life right now?
57:27 | What is ONE piece of advice you would give me to be able to live my best life?
58:05 | Where can you find out more about Danielle Grant?
“You always know the answer and the first time you ask, the answer is never going to be right there. So you have to give yourself some grace and some space.” - Danielle Grant
“Become obsessively curious to understanding oneness.” - Danielle Grant
“Someone was bold enough to call me out at a vulnerable stage in my life and it changed my life. And now I have no problem doing it for other people because i know that it’s the thing they need to hear to actually get them to shift” - Danielle Grant
“We are here to suffer, and the whole point of it is for us to awaken that we don’t have to suffer. And, when we figure that out we are on the path of enlightenment.” - Danielle Grant
Episode Resources Mentioned
The Children’s Hospital
Guest Contact Info
The Mind Vibe Podcast