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A growth mindset is the belief that you can do anything if you work for it.
Your host Sam Harris finds remarkable individuals doing extraordinary things and breaks the processes down to show how anyone can achieve anything.

Sam has launched several businesses, travelled the world, and nearly died a few times, all in the spirit of curiosity and adventure. Some highlights include touring North Korea to hitch-hiking across Kazakhstan. He brings his insatiable appetite for learning to the podcast and challenges his guests with unusual questions to bring listeners unique insights.

Growth Mindset Podcast Sam Harris

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A growth mindset is the belief that you can do anything if you work for it.
Your host Sam Harris finds remarkable individuals doing extraordinary things and breaks the processes down to show how anyone can achieve anything.

Sam has launched several businesses, travelled the world, and nearly died a few times, all in the spirit of curiosity and adventure. Some highlights include touring North Korea to hitch-hiking across Kazakhstan. He brings his insatiable appetite for learning to the podcast and challenges his guests with unusual questions to bring listeners unique insights.

    97: Better Copy for Better Business - Maggie Tuczapska

    97: Better Copy for Better Business - Maggie Tuczapska

    "Great content will always beat even the best marketing strategy"



    Maggie Tuczapska has been selling online since 2007 and she knows what it takes to make an online business thrive. Having spent 8 years in running ecommerce businesses, Maggie has gained valuable knowledge of SEO and social marketing.


    Today, Maggie helps clients how to drive relevant traffic with the right keywords, how to design highly converting pages, how to write Google snippets and more during your project.


    Maggie has evolved her SEO strategy with Google as she recently reached Google page #1 with a single blog post and no marketing within a matter of days. She now runs a free workshop on how it was implemented in her Facebook group.





    Maggie and Rock Paper Copy

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    ABOUT THE HOST

    My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.


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    Top Tips:

    Blogging is a Powerful Tool

    Every time you write a blog post, it's one more indexed page on your website, which means it's one more opportunity for you to show up in search engines and drive traffic to your website in organic search.


    Just like every blog post you write is another indexed page, each post is a new opportunity to generate new leads. The way this works is really simple: Just add a lead-generating call-to-action to every blog post. Often, these calls-to-action lead to any content asset for which someone would be willing to exchange their information.


    Blogging also helps you get discovered via social media. Every time you write a blog post, you're creating content that people can share on social networks - Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest - which helps expose your business to a new audience that may not know you yet.


    Organic Marketing will be the Future

    Organic marketing is any marketing piece you create that is not promoted on an advertising medium - blogs, videos, whitepapers, social media posts, slide shares, etc.


    Organic marketing is best used to develop brand voice, enable authentic interactions with customers, educate and convert blog readers, and drive traffic to landing pages, your website, and other online assets.


    It differs from Advertising because you do not pay to be on a medium. With organic marketing you can reach 5 people up to 3 billion. It really is unlimited. And no guidlines needed for you conent. Just make sure to not damage your brand with over-the-top content.


    Never Give Up

    Life is ever evolving; circumstances keep changing – sometimes very good, at times average and other times very harsh and difficult.


    It is impossible to reach success without first failing a few times, so don’t let anything stop you from persisting. Nobody is programmed to be successful at the first try, that is why failure is a normal process in life. Failure is not the end but just a feedback to you suggesting that you change the method or the direction.


    We all know of failure to success stories or the rise to fame lives of celebrities. Though these stories may looks like an overnight success but in reality success is always preceded by years of struggle, persistence and hard work. Instant success is a myth. Ask yourself, does it make sense to give up ?


    Success does not come easily to people. To achieve such worthwhile and precious things require positive thoughts, self-control, deep commitment, regular action, high level of self-sacrifice, and a wil

    • 37 min
    96: Incurable Entrepreneurs - Heather Thorkelson, Author, Explorer, Entrepreneur

    96: Incurable Entrepreneurs - Heather Thorkelson, Author, Explorer, Entrepreneur

    Heather Thorkelson is a Canadian dual business owner living in rural Sweden. She runs a business consulting practice that helps small-to-medium business owners grow their bottom line without adding busy-work. She also runs a bespoke polar expedition company that takes discerning travelers on once-in-a-lifetime expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. But more than anything, Heather is an incurable entrepreneur.


    She feels deeply that our traditional work environment (the 9-5) goes against what humans need to be mentally healthy


    Heather Thorkelson is a successful serial entrepreneur, lifestyle business coach and consultant, founder of the Republic Of Freedom, and co-founder of Twin Tracks Expedition, a polar expedition company. She specializes in creating standout experiences where her clients embrace new adventures and become a better human being.





    After meeting her Swedish husband in Antarctica while on another project, they established a home base in Sweden and run their companies from wherever they choose to be.


    Suffice to say that Heather has had the opportunity to see the world through a different lens.




    ABOUT THE HOST

    My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.


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    Top Tips:

    Having help does wonders




    Asking for help can be difficult. It can chip away at our pride, make us question our own abilities, sometimes create paralyzing anxiety, and yes, sometimes, to some people, make us appear weak. But it doesn’t have to. Because asking for help can also do something else — it can help us create better results.


    Confident people often ask others for help, not only because they’re secure enough to let it be known they need help but they know that trying to do everything themselves is not always the best use of their time, skills or energy and that it can leave them feeling overwhelmed and stressed and then they can’t do things properly.


    Confident people find someone who’s good at what they need to learn or get done and then ask for their help and guidance. They know that asking, ‘Can you help me?’ shows respect for the other person’s knowledge and abilities. Otherwise, they wouldn’t ask.


    Refusing to ask for help is counter-productive; you’re more likely to berate yourself when you can’t get it done well or on time, which only serves to knock your self-esteem and confidence further.


    Build a network




    Active networking is vital to career growth. Networking is all about building long-term relationships and a good reputation over time. It involves meeting and getting to know people who you can assist and who can potentially help you in return. Your network includes everyone from friends and family to work colleagues and members of groups to which you belong.


    The most obvious benefit of networking is to meet potential clients and/or generate referrals which you can then follow up on to hopefully add to your client base. Networking can also help you identify opportunities for partnerships, joint ventures, or new areas of expansion for your business.


    In addition to the potential of increasing your business you can often find solutions to your own business problems or needs by networking.


    Live life to the fullest




    No matter who a person is, what they are currently doing, how much money they have in the bank, and so on, everyone can start living life to the fullest.


    You just never know w

    • 51 min
    95: Will it Make the Boat Go Faster? - Ben Hunt-Davis, Gold Medal Olympian, Author, Entrepreneur

    95: Will it Make the Boat Go Faster? - Ben Hunt-Davis, Gold Medal Olympian, Author, Entrepreneur

    "An Olympic gold medal is a crazy thing to want, and a crazy thing to work towards. The odds - even if you are a world-class athlete - are stacked against you. I discovered that the only way to reach our crazy goal was with concrete, everyday habits." Ben Hunt-Davis



    Ben Hunt-Davis MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is a performance expert, coach, facilitator and keynote speaker. He is also Co-author of “Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?”, the story of how the Great Britain’s men’s eight crew won an Olympic Gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.


    Ben has spent the last 16 years specialising in leadership and team development and in 2012 he co-founded Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?, a performance consultancy which seeks to transform organisational performance through the adoption of elite sport principles and strategies.





    Ben and his team have a highly practical approach which focuses heavily focused on the application of performance habits, mindsets and beliefs. Their aim is to ensure that participants genuinely apply new ways of working and behave differently to achieve greater results.


    Insights


    Create actionable goals that inspire and excite you
    Bounce back from setbacks to come out stronger
    Controlling the controllable
    Sacrifice is a choice
    We learn things when we are ready to learn it
    Analyse your strengths and weaknesses to better evaluate yourself
    Use your passion as your emotional rocket fuel
    Turn your "bullshit filters" on to focus better achieving your goal


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    ABOUT THE HOST

    My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.


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    Episode Summary

    Ben had a hard time with ball sports which led him to try out rowing. He fancied the sport and grew to love it.


    at school I rowed simply because I couldn't catch a cricket ball or hit one. So I rowed, cause I just hated ball sports cause I was rubbish


    Our guest went to school but found himself choosing the sport he loves than completing a college degree.


    **I started civil engineering. The next year I started a different degree. I started time planning cause I failed my first year civil engineering and people told me to, planning was easy at about six weeks in, they wanted me to hand some work in which clearly I hadn't done on.


    The head coach was saying, right, you've got a chance again to the Olympics. Do you want to study or do you want to row? So that was perfect.


    Back in the day, there was not much money with rowing or sports in general. Ben was challenged to come up with money to support his financial needs as an athlete.


    Those days, most people rode for a kind of limited amount of time because you got to get on with life and there's no money in it. in 97 John major started the national lottery with the aim that a lot of the money went to sport and then it changed


    Ben was able to share his training regimen as a rower and how his diet was.


    We trained seven days a week and we were doing between 15 and 21 training sessions a week. Training sessions varied from two hours to an hour, probably


    ate about 7,000 calories a day.


    Ben talks about how he views sacrifices as a choice, Explaining how he chose to train for his goal rather than spending his time partying, getting drunk, which would cost him a training session.


    I'm not sur

    • 52 min
    98: Coaching your Little Inner Voice - Jason Mueller, CEO LIV, Radiohost

    98: Coaching your Little Inner Voice - Jason Mueller, CEO LIV, Radiohost

    Growing up, Jason was diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder - tourette syndrome. Jason always had to inform his class about his condition to allow his peers and teachers to better understand where he is coming from.


    Realizing that public speaking was a strong suit of his, Jason did broadcasting as a radio dj in Minnesota. Jason got married and had a family. Understanding that he needed to provide more for his family, Jason became a salesperson, selling planners to schools that talked about productivity.


    At the age of 30, Jason had a freak infection that nearly killed him. The night I was rushed by ambulance to a hospital, a doctor told me, “You might die tonight”.


    The biggest epiphany Jason had during his recovery was understanding the source of his problems. To Jason, It was the three aspects of his little inner voice that played a major role for him to reconsider everything in his life:


    The Little Inner Bureaucrat was enforcing the rules of his life – telling him he had to be the best. He had to “win” or not play.


    The Little Inner Critic was gnawing away at his confidence – making him afraid to take a chance and risk failure.


    The Little Inner Ally was off hiding in the corner of his mind. Without it, he didn’t have the ambition or confidence I needed to test my limits.


    Jason realized he had to bring those different pieces of my little inner voice into balance to move forward. He has used this framework to help aspiring entrepreneurs from every walk of life stop dreaming and start doing.


    Jason and the Little Inner Voice (LIV)

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    ABOUT THE HOST

    My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.


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    TOP TIPS

    Acknowledge Your Strengths and Accept your Weaknesses




    Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses gives you a better understanding of yourself and how you function. It can be of tremendous value for your life and career. This awareness is invaluable because it will help you focus on the right things in an optimal way


    Acknowledging your strengths will help you to become more resourceful during difficult moments of your life. You will be in an optimal position to take advantage of critical opportunities that only become available when you’re focused on the right kinds of things.


    On the other hand, acceptingding your weaknesses will allow you to garner the necessary support you need in pivotal areas where you require most assistance. You can, therefore, turn these weaknesses into strengths by acquiring the necessary support and resources you need to accomplish your goal.


    Make Every Moment Count




    Don’t count the days; rather count the moments of your life. Make every moment of your life counts, to make a significant change in your life.


    Our life is what we create. You also attract into your life, what you are and not some mysterious thing happening to you all the time. We never observe our life closely and thus miss to see the actual truth of life.


    Life throws opportunities every now and then. For that, it’s important that you stay present at the moment. When you are present at the moment, you can see the opportunities of life and make most out of it.


    It’s the present moment that brings all that you want in life.


    Listen and Trust Yourself More




    Think of something important in your life right now – a decision you’ve been on the fence about because you

    • 51 min
    94: Pushing the Boundaries of Machine Translation - Spence Green, CEO of Lilt A.I.

    94: Pushing the Boundaries of Machine Translation - Spence Green, CEO of Lilt A.I.

    Spence Green is the co-founder and CEO at Lilt, a San Francisco-based startup that builds intelligent software to automate translation for businesses.


    Spence and his partner, John DeNero, started Lilt because they believed that a person’s native language shouldn’t limit their ability to learn, grow, and support themselves. Social problems such as social inequity - resources in a given society are distributed unevenly - rarely have satisfactory technical solutions.





    Steady advances in computational linguistics have brought us to a time at which universal information access is not just a dream.


    Insights


    Why an automated translator is important for the corporate world?
    A CEO’s job and how he influences the organizational culture.
    Bringing people from stabilized occupations to take the risk to join a start-up.
    How automated translators are going to increase the efficiency of multilingual content publishing and marketing.
    Two books that inspire and guide the CEO of Lilt.
    The importance of a manager in an organization.


    Spence and Lilt

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    ABOUT THE HOST

    My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.


    Sam:

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    Episode Summary

    Meet Spence Green – currently working on machine-assisted language translation as the CEO of Lilt and with a diverse professional portfolio of having worked as a research assistant at Stanford University, a software and research intern at Google, and much more. Having graduated from Stanford with a PhD in computer science back in 2014, his research area is the intersection of natural language processing and human-computer interaction.


    Learn why Spence decided on this field of technology and why he thinks that it is important for the corporate businesses across the globe who have to resort to other means of language translation. He works to remove the cross-language barriers hindering significant progress for people.


    When you’re a business, you want to translate something. You hire one of these companies from the language industry and they hire a bunch of freelancers. You give them the words and they hire these people and they translate the words and they give it back to you. And it’s slow and inefficient. And this is kind of the main reason why more stuff doesn’t get translated. It’s expensive. So, we started to build systems to make that process more efficient. And that’s what we do now. So, we build this system that institutions who these are businesses, governments and academic institutions can use to publish information across language barriers and do that in a much more efficient way.


    He explains what he does in simple words for the audience and then explains the scope that this research has in different domains.


    In our field we’re in natural language processing, which is some discipline of artificial intelligence, which is a sub discipline of computer science.


    Spence also elaborates how getting a chance to work at Google Translate was a significant and unexpected career opportunity for him – almost an adventure.


    It’s a complicated technology to build that requires in the early days we need to do level people to build the system. And they’re not that many of those people in the world and most of them work for tech companies for very large salaries.


    He shares what allowed him to convince people from different fields to take the ris

    • 44 min
    93: Adversity to Advantage - Sam's Story with Petra Velzeboer

    93: Adversity to Advantage - Sam's Story with Petra Velzeboer

    Petra Velzeboer is a therapist, facilitator and executive coach. She skilled up after a childhood with no education living in a religious cult that erased her identity and future. Through depression, anxiety, alcohol dependence and suicidal thoughts she reached her rock bottom at 25 and decided she had a choice: to learn how to truly live or to end her life now.


    Over a decade of experimenting on strategies for success and learning everything about mindset and psychology, her life is 100% different than what it might have been! Her goal is to teach others who are near their rock bottom, to help them learn the fast track for improving their lives!





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    ABOUT THE HOST

    My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.


    Sam:

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    Episode Summary

    We go deep on the topic of a growth mindset: what it means, how building a growth mindset can essentially solve all your problems and the tricky situations.


    Sam found himself in which allowed him to practice these ideas. Sam shares how he’s learned to make good out of any situation by embracing fear!


    We discuss:



    Developing a Growth Mindset
    The journey to becoming an entrepreneur
    How to get excited by your FEAR
    Showing up and coping with negative experiences
    The effect of relentless action on our mental health
    Habits & Practices to continue Growth Mindset
    Setting your mindset up for growth


    Everyone has the ability to learn any skill through hard work and perseverance, it really boils down to your mindset. Fear stops us from challenging ourselves. Crisis & trauma can sometimes be the catalyst for something better!




    Top Tips

    Don't be so Afraid of Failure




    Survive, Don't Fall Apart and Life Goes On

    Resilience. It’s the secret ingredient to success. If you can figure out how to stay the course and get back in the game after failure, you’ll go places and you’ll make the difference you were intended to make.


    If you are going places, failure is just part of the deal, but that’s ok. You can fix failure. You can’t fix the things you never tried. You can’t undo those things you never attempted in the first place.


    If you stop trying, you’ll always wonder about what could have been. That kind of regret is a heavy burden that a lot of people will bear because they played it safe, or maybe even failed a time or two and gave up.


    Bring It On


    “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.”



    Life throws many curve balls. We swing and most times we miss. The thing to remember is in the end, you will not be judged by the failures you have endured.


    Instead, people will celebrate you for the guts it took to keep swinging until you finally connected with your big dreams.


    Skill Breaks




    We are living in a time when we do most of our work using our minds. We sit in front of computers to develop ideas and create stuff with our minds. The more new things you try, the more active your brain will be.


    Even if you suck at something, the experience of learning and trying it out will still develop your mind.


    Plan to learn a new skill every year. Pick up playing an instrument every year. Spend time learning this instrument like this will be something that you’re going to play for the rest of your life.


    The next year learn to play a n

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