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As Told By Nomads features interviews with changemakers, global nomads, Third Culture Kids, and entrepreneurs discussing what it takes to be better inclusive and global leaders.

As Told By Nomads Tayo Rockson

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

As Told By Nomads features interviews with changemakers, global nomads, Third Culture Kids, and entrepreneurs discussing what it takes to be better inclusive and global leaders.

    577: Embracing Uncertainty and Navigating Tomorrow’s World with Jordan Gross

    577: Embracing Uncertainty and Navigating Tomorrow’s World with Jordan Gross

    In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Jordan Gross, as we talk about the four distinct mindsets during uncertainties and how behaviors help people cultivate opportunities by navigating change. Jordan shares how development is better taught through parables and fables as someone who leverages the relatability of creative storytelling. From there, he also speaks on his new book “What Happens in Tomorrow World?” and its arcade-like approach to representing the future and life’s uncertainties. There’s a lot to take notes from in this episode, so make sure to tune in to Jordan.


    Personal Development Through Story Telling 
    Instead of a prescriptive approach, Jordan uses a different manner to teaching development through storytelling. He shares that fun and adventure are a must in his life. Which is the reason why stories with zig-zaggy and non-linear flows always resonate with Jordan. For him, this particular nature of parables and fables, if used creatively, can also be a potent tool for teaching lessons and morals, as proven precisely in his latest book. With the emotional appeal of stories that draw people in, readers find it easier to pay attention to details and find themselves in the levels of every character. Storytelling can teach lessons by leaving people with the opportunity to make their own decisions and assessment after the story. Jordan sees this differently from the ‘do this do that’ type of teaching that often lacks relatability. Because stories take a more creative and stimulating approach to connecting with the reader’s mind, people are then allowed to learn different messages from stories using their own imaginations without losing their autonomy.


    Outline of the episode:
    - [04:03] On embracing the uncertainties of life.
    - [07:00] The 4 Common Mindsets That Arise During Uncertainties.
    - [11:01] Personal development through creative storytelling.
    - [12:45] Over-optimism can exist too; Is optimism always the answer?
    - [15:05] Toxic positivity and genuine positivity.  
    - [16:55] How can you turn your passion into sustainable business opportunities?
    - [22:59] “Opportunity precedes passion.”
    - [26:51] Is there a correlation between solitude and opportunity?
    - [28:52] What is Tomorrow World?
    - [31:51] Have something you can call “yours only” that can make a difference.
    Resources:
    Website: https://jordan-gross.com/
    Grab your copy of Tomorrow World now: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/195066595X
    Also, check out The Journey to Cloud Nine: https://www.amazon.com/Journey-Cloud-Nine-Confront-Redefine-ebook/dp/B0815S6DY3
    Jordan’s Book Inspiration: https://www.amazon.com/Moved-Cheese-Spencer-Johnson-M-D/dp/0743582853
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    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TayoRockson 
    Personal Website: https://tayorockson.com 
     
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    • 34 min
    576: Technology For the Future with Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene

    576: Technology For the Future with Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene

    In today's episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene and me to talk about the experience of founding multiple businesses and her company, Popcom's technology that helps retailers skyrocket their businesses' product-market fit through brand intelligence. Growing up under business-oriented parents, she found it funny how entrepreneurship was never brought up or taught. And because the school system only teaches kids how to be workers, Dawn learned the hard way to rightly pave her path as an entrepreneur. Tune in and find out what else Dawn has to share about their technology of tomorrow in this episode!


    Going For It Anyway 
    Before accumulating 20 years in entrepreneurship, Dawn had to start by learning her way in. Even though she was a daughter to parents who were into business. "It wasn't a word we talk about," she even said. Growing up in her family, they were taught to only focus on getting into college, finding a corporate job, and retire from that job. For Dawn, it wasn't encouraging at all. In a school system where kids are generally taught the knowledge and skills on how to be workers and not CEOs, Dawn grew this innate solid feeling of wanting to be freer and be more of her own. She wants to call the shots. Eventually, Dawn did just that. In 2001, she founded Urban Star—an online entertainment social platform before social media was even a thing back in the early days. Urban Star focused on listing events, restaurants, concerts, and everything hot and current in central Ohio. They were recognized for featuring local artists and music on their site and did really well by making money from email marketing and hosting online ads. If we think of it, Dawn was a real starter. By the time this episode comes out, she is already the founder of her 5th brand.


    Outline of the episode:
    - [03:50] "Entrepreneurship wasn't a word we talk about..."
    - [05:02] Businesses built on experience and the need to solve personal problems.
    - [08:16] What a business, from 20 years ago, teaches you.
    - [10:34] What Popcom does for businesses and the people.
    - [12:48] How did the pandemic affect Popcom?
    - [18:09] On extending Popcom's mission to international markets.
    - [20:06] What is brand intelligence?
    - [21:46] Basically, anyone can invest in Popcom!
    - [25:27] On building a community of investors that network and invest in each other.
    - [28:35] "No one else's success is going to affect mine."


    Resources:
    Website: https://www.popcom.shop/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawndickson/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/THEDawnDickson/
    Popcom’s Crowdfunding: https://www.startengine.com/popcom
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    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TayoRockson 
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    • 30 min
    575: How to Change Your Work and Your World from the Inside Out with Scott Shute

    575: How to Change Your Work and Your World from the Inside Out with Scott Shute

    In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Scott Shute, as we talk about what happiness and compassion are, the redefinition of success, and the importance of mindfulness in gaining insight into the body and mind. For Scott, compassion has proven to go a long way not only for people – but also for corporate structures. Just as much as he believes that success grows not only within matters of work and career, he believes that a successful company not only heed its shareholders but its stakeholders as well. As LinkedIn’s Head of Mindfulness and Compassion, allow your mind to open as Scott breaks down how compassion is an awareness of others, having the mindset of wishing the best for them, the courage to take action, and many more.


    Next Lesson: Happiness
    In this episode, Scott explains to the listeners how happiness isn’t always all about what happens, as opposed to what others believe. Happiness is in the reaction – for Scott. Let’s take, for example, good and bad days. If you keep close notice, there are days where you wake up, and you absolutely just feel like a winner. That no matter what goes on, you’ll face it all. And then there are days wherein you feel heavy, and down that, you can’t even get out of bed so much so that it confuses you. For Scott, the difference goes back to what happens inside your head. In a striking statement, Scott speaks: “happiness is an inside job!” Often, we are all aware of what that happiness means to us. Imagine how at times, through conversations, our bodies naturally react to what we talk about. When we talk about something that makes us nervous, our bodies tense, jitters, and grows cold. While if we talk about topics that we are passionate about, the body fills with energy, we talk faster, and the ideas come rushing naturally. Using this example tells of a strong message that Scott agrees with. Our body knows what can make it happy. And by learning that, meditating on that, and shaping your life into more of those things that make you feel good –you gain more view into what happiness truly means to you.


    Outline of the episode:
    [03:20] What does it mean to change your world from the inside out?
    [05:13] Four parts to learning optimism and happiness.
    [08:12] On finding contentment despite suppression and hurt.
    [12:22] How can we discover what is important to us?
    [15:56] A successful company is…
    [20:45] Where does genuine compassion start?
    [24:55] Compassion as a strategic advantage.
    [29:26] Success can also happen outside of work.
    [33:06] The journey of becoming LinkedIn’s Head of Mindfulness and Compassion.
    [36:01] Find the environment that cultivates you fully! 


    Resources:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottshute/
    Website: https://www.scottshute.com/
    https://www.scottshutephotos.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottshutephotos/?hl=en
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottshute1


    The Full Body Yes: Change Your Work and Your World from the Inside Out, Book by Scott Shute


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    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TayoRockson 
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    • 40 min
    574: Emotionally Intelligent Cross-Cultural Communication with Doni Aldine

    574: Emotionally Intelligent Cross-Cultural Communication with Doni Aldine

    In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Doni Aldine, as we talk about the cross-cultural superpowers of empathy, vulnerability, and emotional intelligence in creating a sense of belonging. As someone who’s identified with 7 different cultures at the early age of 19, Doni explains the importance of adding emotional intelligence in cross-cultural communication and interaction. In this episode, she also shares about CULTURS Magazine and how the celebration of multicultural identities inculcates in everything they do through media, products, and experiences. Everything cross-culture can’t be explained any better than Doni Aldine herself, so make sure to tune in to everything she shares!


    Being Emotionally Intelligent Through Cultural Mobility 
    For Doni, people of color and multi-cultures are usually those that have the most cultural mobility. It’d only make sense. Because they move from one place to another, they adapt to the environment and culture outside of their own, or their parent’s as they grow. Aside from the culture that they’re born into, living in these in-between spaces also gives them a poly-dimensional POV of people’s background that helps them rise to meet other people’s differences better. But what if an individual hasn’t experienced that level of geographical mobility? Doni elaborates how an individual can still develop emotional intelligence in this scenario. If someone comes from a small and humble town and proceeds with his/her higher education, entering a university can already be a means for cultural mobility that aids in enhancing an individual’s emotional intelligence. As the person co-learns with thousands of individuals coming from various backgrounds in one space, his/her learned culture and emotional intelligence expand even if free from intention. 


    Outline of the episode:
    - [03:16] The Americans!
    - [05:16] On growing up with multiple varying languages.
    - [08:30] There are many dimensions to being a third-culture individual.
    - [11:31] Third-culture kids/individuals can have delayed adolescence.
    - [14:14] The superpower of most third-culture kids/individuals.
    - [16:06] People with minimal cultural mobility can still widen their emotional intelligence.
    - [20:07] CULTURS Magazine: Celebrating every cross-cultural identity!
    - [23:40] “It was less about the format and more about the reach.”
    - [24:17] The Focus on Print: Print is not dead nor dying.
    - [32:40] CULTURS is a global multicultural lifestyle network.
    - [35:03] The differences that create a sense of belonging. 


    Resources:
    Website: https://www.cultursmag.com/doni/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CultursMag
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donnyale/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donnyale
    Check out CULTURS Mag: https://www.cultursmag.com/


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    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TayoRockson 
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    • 37 min
    573: The Importance of Telling Your Story with Michael Sharkey

    573: The Importance of Telling Your Story with Michael Sharkey

    In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Michael Sharkey, as we talk about the power and importance of storytelling. Michael Sharkey is a podcaster, radio veteran, and coach with vast experience in the audio industry. Now, with the rise of podcast listenership, Michael helps entrepreneurs find their voices by confidently giving them the ability to create unique podcasts. Today, he shares his wealth of knowledge to develop the audience we want using the right tools we need. Also, if you are looking to start a podcast of your own, feel free to check out Michael’s gift in the links below!


    Sharing Your Uniqueness in Service of Others
    Podcasting is not about finding a good microphone and talking into it for hours on end. It is about finding your voice and telling your story. But it is not easy to find your voice when you are just starting. Hence, if you plan on starting a podcast yourself, the best place to start is to know what you want to talk about—and I mean, not just anything under the sun. It should be something you genuinely care about because it will help you find your voice and share a uniqueness you may have never known you had. Michael Sharkey said it best with a quote from Larry Winget, “Find your uniqueness and exploit it in service of others.” To Michael, this quote encompasses the truth of podcasts. In podcasting, everyone has an opportunity to find their uniqueness. But the best part is, when they share that uniqueness, others who identify with it will be inspired to do the same. In the end, everybody deserves a chance to share their story, and who knows, your story might just inspire someone else to share theirs.


    Outline of the episode:
    - [03:25] How Michael got started and why he pursued the audio industry.
    - [05:40] The power of storytelling and the importance of critical thinking.
    - [08:29] Why he took a sabbatical after leaving radio and how it changed his life.
    - [11:25] How traveling is essential in self-discovery, learning, and development.
    - [12:30] Finding your voice amid vulnerability and exploiting in service of others.
    - [15:02] A step-by-step discussion on how to start your podcast and the value of knowing your uniqueness.
    - [19:35] How 100% of podcasts evolve and why it is okay to diverge from the initial plan.
    - [22:19] The secret to every great interviewer and why you should treat interviews like any conversation.
    - [24:33] How the only barrier to podcasting is your mindset and why everyone deserves to tell their story.
    - [26:57] Why quality still matters when starting a podcast and how your podcast can sound just like your favorites.
    - [30:47] How Michael Sharkey developed his Podcast Roadmap and why he enjoys sharing information with the world.
    - [35:41] How your podcast can take any shape you want it to be.
    - [39:26] Michael’s advice for aspiring podcasters and storytellers about being proud of your uniqueness and sharing it with the world. 
    - [42:56] How Michael uses his difference to make a difference. 


    Resources:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsharkeypodcastcoach/ 
    Website: https://www.yourpodcastcoach.com/ 
    FREE Podcast Roadmap: https://www.yourpodcastcoach.com/ 
    UYD Collective: https://tayorockson.podia.com/uydcollective


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    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast
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    • 44 min
    572: The importance of Activating Your Inner Giver with with Caroline Boudreaux

    572: The importance of Activating Your Inner Giver with with Caroline Boudreaux

    In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Caroline Boudreaux, as we talk about the need for vigilance and how to activate your inner giver. Caroline Boudreaux is a social entrepreneur and founder of Miracle Foundation, where for the past 20 years, they have empowered orphans and vulnerable children to reach their full potential. Miracle Foundation’s revolutionary Thrive Scale™ methodology is based on the UN Rights of the Child and leverages data and technology to create a family for every child in our lifetime. If you want to be part of the cause, check out their website down below!


    Activating Your Inner Giver
    We all have different privileges, and we often don’t realize them until we’re exposed to other’s lack of access. With the pandemic, people have recognized these privileges and even shared access to those who have less to none. But, how can we make sure it won’t just be a trend? Instead, how can we make this a mainstay movement where we are active participants dismantling oppressive systems? While awareness of the situation is essential, vigilance is nothing without action. Hence, we need generosity, and not just a ‘one-time’ kind of generosity but a consistent kind. In turn, by giving consistently, we get what money can never buy—gratitude, fulfillment, contentment, peace, and love. Being radically generous is always an incredible way to start, and whether it is a million or a single dollar, generosity is generosity. After all, people who are willing to give all they have are always blessed with more. As long as we focus on providing and gratitude, the virtuous cycle will go on.


    Outline of the episode:
    [02:40] Why 2000 was a pivotal year for Caroline and what she did before then.
    [07:18] What ‘passion’ truly means and other things money cannot buy.
    [09:20] How the pandemic has affected her work at the Miracle Foundation.
    [11:46] The power of privilege and recognizing ours to help others with less.
    [15:57] How to become more aware of root causes of issues in a system.
    [17:49] Why the foster care system can be harmful to a child’s development.
    [21:21] The need for vigilance and generosity, and how to activate your inner giver.
    [23:14] “Privilege, Access, Action” and how to help others with the access we often don’t realize we have.
    [27:04] Caroline’s response to pushbacks from critics of non-profit organizations.
    [29:15] How you help the Miracle Foundation and where you can reach out to them.
    [31:19] How Caroline Boudreaux uses her difference to make a difference.


    Resources:
    LinkedIn
    Website
    Twitter
    UYD Collective


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    • 33 min

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