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'
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
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
Be in the moment
Today is a very exciting episode, where I sit down and chat to a super friend and confidant of mine Gareth Logan who is an entrepreneur owner of Taxifair.ie.
What's so interesting about this episode is how Gareth aka Logi opens up about his challenges with dyslexia growing up, how he found at 13 he was going to experience the toughest time in his life following the loss of his Dad. In a moment, he had to grow up.
Life for everyone is challenging and while there are hard times in our lives, remember that people care for you and he's blessed to now have a family with four fantastic kids who help him appreciate every day.
What I learned from this even more so is how lucky I am with the friendship circle I have and how I take inspiration from those who are closest to me.
To find Gareth online head to @garethtlogan and he's open to sharing his experiences or even answer questions you may have.
Cian Tormey - Just Say Yes
Todays guest is the first person in Ireland to own the look and feel of iconic comic hero Superman. Cian Tormey speaks to me about his journey from Art Director in a creative agency to comic artist and living in a world where he loves his job.
Cian shares learnings along the way, the challenges he faced when a close friend of his died while Cian was finding his way through college and life. He speaks about the lack of support he received from those who's role is to look after and support young adults.
Cian has a beautiful outlook on life now that he has gotten to understand himself and what he wants, who we surrounds himself with and facing challenges head on. Cian loves helping others and sharing his experiences with others, especially those who are young and in fairly informative times of their lives.
The big learning from this conversation is to work on opening yourself to opportunities because they may lead you on a journey of brilliant possibilities.
Cian is happy to share his knowledge of being a comic artist, equally to speak about how he manages his mental health and can be reached on all social channels @ciantormey
Work to live, don't live to work
Hannah Saunders is a remarkable person, entrepreneur, influencer, business woman, daughter, wife and someone I am happy to call friend.
On this episode Hannah speaks about her path into the PR industry and her determination to pave her own path in a world she fell in love with as young girl.
Influenced by her father's work ethic, Hannah made a decision to enter into the PR world, starting as an office manager and working her way up, patiently and steadily. Hannah gained international experience during her time in New York and finally moved to London where nobody knew her name or her relationship with her father.
It was in London where Hannah found out how cruel the professional world can be to people. How some businesses treat people as numbers and value them only by the invoices that have beside their names.
Hannah learned the hard way, while traversing through the trials and tribulations of her own life, the haunting memories of experiences past, she needed an employer who had empathy and understanding, not ignorance and disrespect.
With Hannah's work ethic and commitment to her career she gained the respect of her clients, she built a network of professional contacts who admired her passion and focus.
To help Hannah through dark times she found courage and spoke to a therapist who guided her and supported her as she gained further understanding about the reasons she was having constant panic attacks and sleepless nights.
Hannah is an inspiring person, see's the brightness even in dark times, she is motivated by family and friendships, she leads a business that is founded on empathy, honesty and understanding. Hannah is a refreshing voice who genuinely sees the best in people.
To some, Hannah is an influencer who seems to have it all sorted and a perfect life. Hannah's substance is far deeper than what people see on Instagram. In our conversation you can hear that Hannah is more like you and me than is perceived. She too has her worries, her fears and uncertainties like us all. Her strength is that she doesn't sweep those emotions under the rug, Hannah has learned to take those feelings and turn them into strengths that fuel her purpose which seems to be the best leader, wife, friend and daughter she can possibly be to those she loves dearly.
Hannah supports Ireland charity One in Four provide professional counselling to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. For anyone who has suffered and wants to know more or requires support visit oneinfour.ie
Also if you wish to reach out to Hannah if her story has resonated with you, her instagram handle is @hannahsaunderspr
Caelan Doris - Using therapy as an extra support
Caelan Doris is the present and future of Irish Rugby. At 23 years old he is wise beyond his years, yet commands a warmth and understanding that is unexpected for such a young man in the prime of his life.
Caelan spoke to me about his how he found his way into rugby and what life was like growing up. He shares some keen insights of life in the west of Ireland as son of parents who are qualified therapists.
After bursting onto the scenes for Leinster at an early age, Caelan was propelled into the Irish squad and made his anticipated debut against Scotland. A debut that lasted 4 minutes as a result of a knock to the head which left Caelan concussed. little did we know that concussions would become prevalent in the coming year or so. Caelan's main concern was his long term health and if he was causing some longstanding damage.
In a year where he was a strong favourite to play for the British and Irish Lions, Caelan made a very mature decision to take a step back from rugby and do whatever it took to ensure his brain and body were healthy and able to play the game he loves. With an undergrad in psychology from UCD and considering his experience with his family along with the latest documentation of previous world cup winners diagnosed wtih dementia Caelan knows all too well how important it is to protect his brain.
This discussion is a reminder of how important it is to do what is right for you and your life. What's more, to share any issues or worries you may have with others, and to remember that a problem shared is a problem halved.
Caelan is working closely with Childline and looking ahead to an awareness campaign in the coming months.
An inspiration to all, this is Caelan Doris story
When you lose faith, listening to the honest interviews in this podcast shows you everyone has struggles that they find a way to overcome. Now it’s down to you. Great podcast!! Plus it’s Irish which makes me feel at home. Bravo!!
Always a great listen!