61 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

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

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'

    Damien Wildes: The Art Of Suffering

    Damien Wildes: The Art Of Suffering

    Damien Wildes is a normal guy on the surface. Married, a Dad, from a loving family background, sporty. Nothing surprising, until he talks about the water, his obsession with putting himself in the most uncomfortable situations he's known to date.



    What you don't know from the surface view is that he has prone paddle boards across the Irish see for nearly 15 hours, where he navigated through jellyfish, battle demons in his mind, felt like his shoulders were about to fall off and fuelled by Percy Pigs which ended up seizing his stomach while in the middle of the sea and no where to go.



    I spoke to Damien about his desire for adventure, what family means to him and why he enjoys placing himself in dark, tortuous to many situations, all for the opportunity to grow.



    Damien loves the water and encourages everyone on this island of Ireland to route themselves in the water, understand the benefits and enjoy the abundance we are spoiled with every day.



    The art of suffering is something that stems from the Shaolin Monks and is embodied in Damiens pursuit of purpose and adventure.



    His love for his family is undeniable, and his honesty about being a parent is refreshing.



    If you want to reach out to Damien to learn more about swimming and prone paddle boarding check him out on @flowstateswimming


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Jason Hennessy: Turning his love for a sport into a global success

    Jason Hennessy: Turning his love for a sport into a global success

    What we know about Jason Hennessy is that he has been a passionate rugby enthusiast since a young age. When he missed his preferred third-level course by just 10 points, he considered pursuing a career as a chef, influenced by some of his family members. However, Jason realized that wasn't his true calling. After experiencing some challenging moments and receiving valuable advice from his mother, he managed to transform his love for rugby into one of the most prominent rugby websites globally, known as rugbylad.ie.

    Jason is on the verge of embarking on a journey with the United Rugby Championship, and we're here to celebrate this news on the podcast. His path to this point hasn't been straightforward, but it has been filled with excitement and joy. He exudes warmth and kindness, and his zest for life is truly infectious. During our conversation, Jason opens up about his close relationship with his parents, who he considers his best friends, as well as the challenges he's faced and how he sought support through counseling, among many other topics.

    Jason's mantra is to be a good person and live by that principle every day. There's no valid reason why people shouldn't treat each other with kindness, and I wholeheartedly believe in that. This is a lighthearted conversation with plenty of insights to uncover. If you wish to connect with Jason, you can reach him at info@rugbylad.ie or find him on Instagram @rugbylad.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Shane Lennon: How Yoga Changed My Life

    Shane Lennon: How Yoga Changed My Life

    Shane Lennon has experienced more in his 40 years than some people do in two or three lifetimes.



    Shane is now a superb Yoga Instructor who have found a way to take life and everything it throws at him, and enjoy it by helping people and following a passion and love that he has through Yoga.



    At 7 years old, Shane experienced the death of his brother and never knew how to manage that loss at such a young age. He then turned to drugs early teens which eventually took a hold of him and nearly took his life. At 16 the birth of his daughter helped refocus his mind and now at the young age of 40, Shane shares his journey in life.



    This is an episode of honesty, compassion, love and hope. Never give up and never be afraid or too proud to ask for help.



    Check out Shane on IG at @ShaneMarkLenn


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Fergus Farrell: Time is all we have

    Fergus Farrell: Time is all we have

    Fergus Farrell once again joins me to discuss his next challenge. To run 206km in four days on the 23rd Oct - 26th Oct 2023 with the goal to raise money for the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin where he fought his way back having severed his spinal chord.

    To donate and support Gussie's goal of raising €250,000 for the NRH go to this link https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/ToughestTrek23



    This discussion is more than just a challenge, we speak about his battle with failure, how it hangs on to his thoughts and why his kids are the most important people in his life. We only have time to waste and best use our time with the ones we love.



    A heart worming encounter.

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    • 44 min
    10kgs in 10 Weeks : Week 1

    10kgs in 10 Weeks : Week 1

    I’ve set myself a goal to lose 10kgs in 10 weeks. When I played sport I typically played at 115/118 kgs and recently i clocked in at nearly 125kgs. So the challenge is to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way. On the journey I’ll keep you updated with an honest account of the challenge weekly. I am partnering with Whole Supp which is Irelands leading nutritional supplement company - there products are tested, 13 superfoods and 31st and of proteins. It really does taste great and can’t wait to see where this challenge can take me.

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    • 4 min
    Brent Pope Normalising the mental health conversation

    Brent Pope Normalising the mental health conversation

    Brent Pope, 6ft 3" mountain of a man who played rugby for New Zealand. For years he throw his body into some of the most physical rugby matches. He has the battle scars to prove it and throughout that time became one of the most respected rugby players and minds of a generation and to this day.

    To his teammates, friends and family he was jovial, upbeat, a character, a prankster and fun person to be around. But behind the public theatre as a young teenage, Brent was hurting, and anxious. Without anyone to talk to, to open up to he battled anxiety on his own, which eventually led to depression and suicidal thoughts. His only way out was to leave New Zealand and find another place to call home, where no one knew his name.

    Brent has taken time out of his schedule to share his story with me, to open up with the goal to help people who are unsure about their mental health, who are fighting to keep up appearances and to encourage everyone to talk. By doing so, you're creating a path to support, to understanding and to a fuller happier life.

    Brent wants to remove the labels of courage, and bravery when it comes to talking about mental health and make it a normal, welcomed topic of discussion in society.

    He has joined forces with charity The Samaritans and created a campaign known as The elephant in the room. Wherever you see this sculpture it signifies that the organisation you work in, the community you enter welcomes discussion about mental health and encourages you if you're struggling to share and take a step to help yourself.

    For more information check out https://www.elephantintheroom.ie/

    I am honoured to have a man like Brent open up and share his story with me. He is just a man with a huge heart and a desire to help people in the best way he knows how.






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    • 1 hr 1 min

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