47 episodes

Too often we naturally see people who achieve and reach their goals as overnight successes, yet those overnight successes have most likely spent years sharpening their skills and honing in on what it is that drives them.

I've decided to meet people from all walks of life and listen to their stories and take learn from their journeys. Each season will be fueled by a mix of my interests and what areas listeners you would like to hear more about. I want to learn what goes on behind the scenes, what goes on in their mind, I want to give us all a chance to find out
'What makes them tick'

What Makes You Tick‪?‬ Stephen Bradshaw

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Too often we naturally see people who achieve and reach their goals as overnight successes, yet those overnight successes have most likely spent years sharpening their skills and honing in on what it is that drives them.

I've decided to meet people from all walks of life and listen to their stories and take learn from their journeys. Each season will be fueled by a mix of my interests and what areas listeners you would like to hear more about. I want to learn what goes on behind the scenes, what goes on in their mind, I want to give us all a chance to find out
'What makes them tick'

    Toby Flood: Don't be scared to fail

    Toby Flood: Don't be scared to fail

    Toby Flood is arguably one of the greatest out halves England and the world has ever seen. On this latest episode I speak to Toby about his career, what it was like competing against the world's greatest player ever Johnny Wilkconsin, injuries and setbacks along the way.

    Toby opens up about his current mindset as he transitions from the world of professional rugby to the corporate world and the challenges that move presents.

    Toby also opens up about his personal life and wonderful three children, however, he describes a traumatic time he and his wife Sally's life when they lost two children prematurely. They took a flight to Kuala Lumpur which was due to be their last holiday before the babies arrived, and when they landed, they found out the babies had passed away. Toby describes his emotion and how he and his wife managed through that horrific time.

    Now with three wonderful kids, Toby's story gives people hope especially when they are trying their best to conceive. Toby leads with a very important message regarding the importance of opening up and sharing because it helps so many and surprisingly you'll find out that you're not alone in the struggles you'r facing.

    On a lighter note Toby shares his predictions for this years Six Nations and being a World Cup year the opportunities.

    If you enjoyed this episode I would be grateful if you could share it or like and subscribe to the podcast and spread the word.

    To find out more about Tommy's charity please head to https://www.tommys.org

    • 52 min
    Damian Browne: Keep Striving for more from yourself

    Damian Browne: Keep Striving for more from yourself

    Damian Browne is a unique human being. He has chosen to spend his life taking on some of the worlds toughest challenges. This is Damians third time on the podcast and this episode is unique, the first was after he rowed for the first time across the Atlantic Ocean, and the second was the very first interview for Project Empower We met in Damian's native home town Galway on the west coast of Ireland in the Dew Drop Inn and thanks to Galway Bay Brewery for organising some space for us and we spoke about everything, from his emotional experience over the 112 days on the ocean to the challenge of losing his rowing partner on day 13 and he speaks openly and honestly as always. 

    I ask Damian about the life of an adventurer and how people may perceive it to be a selfish lifestyle especially with a young family and we delve into the emotions of that and what it means to him and his wonderful partner and child. 

    Damian is a man who meets challenge head on while accepting the importance of showing vulnerability and emotion. He see this as a massive strength and something we can all work on developing. Damian also believes that the mind can push the body through far more struggle than we realise and he taps into some of the times on the ocean when he needed to. 

    We speak about his hallucinations, dealing with loss, the crew and people in the background that took the brunt of his frustrations in their stride and we regaled the funny story around the moment he tried to pull away from New York harbour and instead rowed towards it. 

    This is episode is long, but fruitful. It is two friends sharing a beer, exploring a world that so many of us will never experience, yet for Damian Browne, he has conquered the ocean twice and earned time now to take a breath and reap some of the rewards from his gallant efforts. This episode is full of emption, honesty and without a doubt a deep insight into the mind of Ireland's ultimate adventurer - @AuldStock - Damian Browne.

    Thanks once again to ProCoffeDrinks for partnering with me on this season and for all the support they provide. If you are looking to balance your caffeine love and get the protein you need to rebuild and strengthen your body, head to https://procoffeedrinks.com and enter in WMYT10 for a 10% discount. 

    • 2 hrs 18 min
    Hika Elliot: The kind heart of a warrior

    Hika Elliot: The kind heart of a warrior

    Hika Elliot is a family man, a former All Black and an inspiring human given the battles he's faced throughout life. From Hastings, New Zealand born into a large family in a disadvantaged area in New Zealand Hika grew up in a world where gangs, drugs and fighting every day was a way of life. It was all he knew for nearly 20 years.

    Hika shares his story with me, how rugby helped save his life, and how he found strength in asking for help at a time when he was dealing with the loss of a great friend, he was battling demons in his head while trying to hang onto a world of professional rugby.

    Hika's story is an inspirational one. He is a human I'm lucky to know and thankful he's shared a story of heart ache, of fear, of hope and ultimately of peace. Hika's reason for existing is the love he receives and gives to his wonderful young family and his joy of playing a sport that gives him the ability to provide the opportunities to his kids, which he never had.

    A true warrior of life, Hika is proof that even when you feel you've been dealt the toughest hand in life, there's always a way through the darkness, don't be afraid to ask for help.

    Season 4 is a new journey for me as I am proud to include Pro Coffee who have agreed to sponsor this season. Pro Coffee is unreal. You get your fix of coffee without compromising the taste and then your hit of protein which our bodies need to recover. Packed in the product are also vitamins D and the B complex along with L-Theanine which is proven to aid concentration when combined with caffeine.

    The team at Pro Coffee are on board and I'm excited to have them. Head to https://procoffeedrinks.com and place your order today. For 10% off use the promo code WMYTPRO10 

    • 54 min
    Ronan Conway: Life is Precious

    Ronan Conway: Life is Precious

    Season 4 opener is with Ronan Conway who is a facilitator that helps people tap into their most authentic selves. Ronan has worked hand in hand with Soar a charitable foundation setup to help young people figure out ways to understand life, their emotions and their thoughts. After 8 year Ronan took his skills into the world of elite sports working with Irish Rugby, Dublin GAA and more.  

    He is a fantastic human who knows life is precious and through his vulnerability and life lessons he's shaped himself into a well rounded, honest and caring modern man. Ronan spends a lot of his time now working in the with Irish prisoners helping them reshape their lives, their mindsets and giving them another pathway by which they can focus their lives in a positive way.  Ronan has been influenced greatly by some fascinating people and has shared some of their workings for you all to enjoy.  


    Fearless Organisations, by Amy Edmundson 
    Culture Code by Daniel Coyle 
    Gabor Mate speaking about the Compassionate Enquiry Approach 

    Season 4 is a new journey for me as I am proud to include Pro Coffee who have agreed to sponsor this season. Pro Coffee is unreal. You get your fix of coffee without compromising the taste and then your hit of protein which our bodies need to recover. Packed in the product are also vitamins D and the B complex along with L-Theanine which is proven to aid concentration when combined with caffeine. 

    The team at Pro Coffee are on board and I'm excited to have them. Head to https://procoffeedrinks.com and place your order today

    • 50 min
    Hillary McGann: Know What You Don't Know

    Hillary McGann: Know What You Don't Know

    29 years old entrepreneur and founder of NewsFix Hillary McGann speaks to me about her career in journalism and how she's found a niche in the market to help inform people on the news around the world.

    Hillary is a remarkable person who faced numerous challenges in her young life with health issues popping up just as she was about to move to the next level in her career at CNN one of the worlds powerhouses in news.

    This podcast is a great reflection on a wonderful career, how NewsFix is helping so many people especially young people who find consuming news daunting. The goal of NewsFix is to give you a foundation of knowledge so you can take part in a conversation.

    Hillary shares her career with me and it is clear to see she has a passion for news, passion for life and a wonderful way with words. Hillary shares some advice and believes that it is important to know what you don't know and don't be afraid to ask questions and for help.

    For anyone interested in subscribing to NewsFix head to https://www.news-fix.com or go to the instagram page and take time to see what news fix is all about newsfix_

    Hillary's book recommendation is Tim Marshall's Prisoner of Geography

    • 1 hr
    Having a growth mindset

    Having a growth mindset

    Today's guest is Commandant Brian Cahil who is currently serving in the Irish Army and stationed in Syria as part of a UN mission. 

    Brian is a father of two young girls and married to my cousin Sarah who is a previous guest on the show. Brian speaks to me about his experience in the Irish army with over 20 years experience working through the ranks. 

    Brian's biggest challenge as a young 22 year was commanding troops on his first ever mission, where people of all ages, older and younger were looking to him for leadership and direction. The safety of his troops was in his hands and it was there he found that leaders are those who take action and responsibilities for their actions - while others follow and implement what is required of them.

    Normally on tours Brian is gone for 6 months however this tour is a 12 month stint and he found this tour the hardest, his kids are that bit older, they are more in-tune with their emotions and how to express them. 

    What's more, Brian shares his unquestionable desire to learn and grow, as you'll hear from the books and leadership quotes he recommends in the episode. 

    While he makes some fantastic points, he walks away with a few key points of note such as - looking in the mirror and asking yourself, are you proud of what you've done. That is his litmus test of his day and his approach to life.

    A wonderful friend with countless tales and unquestionable desire to learn and grow. Here are some of the links to the books and quotes he spoke about

    Invictus by William Ernest Henley

    The Mission, the men and me - Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander - Pete Blaber

    "Steel My Soldiers' Hearts: Hopeless to Harcore Transformation US Army, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry ": The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of U.S. Army, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, Vietnam. Col (Retd) David Hackworth

    About Face - Odyssey of an American Warrior. Col (Retd) David Hackworth

    Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major (Retd) Dick Winters

    Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning. Dan John

    Gates Of Fire. An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae. Steven Pressfield

    • 1 hr 7 min

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