205 episodes

Slo Mo is a series of conversations hosted by bestselling author and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat Mo Gawdat

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Slo Mo is a series of conversations hosted by bestselling author and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.

    Alya Mooro - How to Free Yourself from Shame as a Woman and Rebrand Love and Sex

    Alya Mooro - How to Free Yourself from Shame as a Woman and Rebrand Love and Sex

    We are recording again out of Farm Girl, this time with Alya Mooro (and my daughter Aya present). Alya approached me on Instagram with a thank you from one Egyptian to another. I read a bit about her and realized the great value she’s bringing into the world.
    The fact is, history has been unfair to women and that continues to this day. As a Middle Easterner, I want to dive into that fact from a cultural perspective familiar to me.
    Alya Mooro is an Egyptian born, London raised writer and author of the bestselling 2019 book The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes. Alya has written for New York Magazine, The Telegraph, Refinery29 and maintains a monthly newsletter titled The Greater Conversation, continuing the themes of her bestseller. She is also host and producer of the podcast Talk of Shame, where she speaks with groundbreaking fellow Middle Eastern women to explore the meaning and impact shame has on our lives, attempting to decipher how we can best stop letting it run our lives and start living our most authentic selves. 

    Listen as we discuss:
    Alya’s multicultural upbringing.The theme of being othered.In the Middle East, your friends are your family.The immense value of open dialogue between parents and kids.At a point in time, you need to stop parenting.Middle Eastern stereotypes of women and how they influence the women too.What is a feminist?The shame around sex  and rebranding it.These days, whoever cares less, wins.You are what you eat on social media.Lean into your femininity.The difference between childless and child-free.Why marriage doesn’t feel worth it for Alya.The failure of second wave feminism.Alya’s definition of happiness:  when what you do and what you want are in harmony.YouTube: @mogawdatofficial (full video episodes here)
    Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Alya Mooro on Instagram @alyamooro, Twitter @alyamooro, and her website, alyamooro.com

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Vicki Anstey - How to Never Reach Your Limits and What It Took to Row Across the Pacific Ocean

    Vicki Anstey - How to Never Reach Your Limits and What It Took to Row Across the Pacific Ocean

    For the next few weeks, we'll be coming to you with conversations I had at one of my favorite cafes, Farm Girl in South Kensington, London.

    This week's guest is Vicki Anstey, an almost overwhelmingly inspiring woman. Vicki is a world record holder, adventurer, award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and athlete. After 20 years in a relationship that limited and stifled her and a successful career as an advertising professional, Vicki became a fitness pioneer and later one of the first ever women to participate (at age 41) in Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins, reaching the final stages after 11 days in extreme conditions at an altitude of 3,000ft in Chile. 
    In 2021, exactly a year before this episode was published,  she and 2 other women, the Girls Who Dare, set a new World Record for rowing unaided across the Pacific Ocean, confronting her fear of deep, open water to do so. It took 60 days, 17 hours and 6 minutes. Her latest endeavor was a 5 day race in the Arctic, covering a distance of over 230km in temperatures of -35 degrees, carrying everything she needed to survive In 2023, she plans to participate in the World’s Toughest Bike Race, the Race Across America (RAAM), covering 3,000 miles across 17 states in just 7 days. 
    Listen as we discuss:
    How Vicki realized her extraordinary potential at age 40.Her memories from SAS Who Dares Wins (video here) and surviving interrogation.Pushing your limits and learning how to get through them is the only way to evolve.Why Women adapt better to calorie and sleep deprivation.How her ongoing divorce became a useful comparison for tolerating present suffering.Rowing the Pacific Ocean dealing with fear, storms, and talking to the moon.When you're already in the arena, fear becomes less of a concern.Vicki was in her past life.What should you do if you're not reaching your potential? Start in 5, 4, 3...Some of her techniques for moving toward your potential.Her next journey racing across America.Vicky's top secret for happiness? Discover your capabilities.YouTube: @mogawdatofficial (full episodes on video here)
    Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Vicki Anstey on Instagram @vickianstey and her website, vickianstey.co.uk

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Baptist de Pape - A Reflection on the Proven Power of Following Your Heart

    Baptist de Pape - A Reflection on the Proven Power of Following Your Heart

    I spent a month in the Netherlands and spoke with some of the wisest minds in the country. For the next several weeks, we'll be bringing you episodes from my Tour of Holland.

    Baptist de Pape, is a spiritual explorer, author, and filmmaker. After graduating from Tilburg University Law School in The Netherlands, he traveled the globe to interview the world’s greatest teachers for the film and book, The Power of the Heart. I cannot express how profoundly important this work is to me because it exposes what we've known all along: that our heart is our compass, our guide to exactly who we are meant to be.

    Listen as we discuss:
    Communication from heart to heart is simply different.Why humanity has become like zombies.Studies show that the heart knows what's happening before the eyes do.The story of Anita Moorjani.When you are yourself, everything falls into place.Your soul sabotages you when you ignore it.Why does life exist as it is? Why not?How playing Halo was the first flow moment I can remember.Fear is what we are not.Living from the heart is courage.The incredible power of forgiveness.Case studies we can learn from.YouTube: @mogawdatofficial (full episodes on video here)
    Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Baptist de Pape on Instagram @baptistdepapeofficial, Facebook @BaptistdePape  and his website, thepoweroftheheart.com

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy

    • 59 min
    Dr. Juriaan Galavazi - How to Take Charge of Life and Know the Price You're Willing to Pay

    Dr. Juriaan Galavazi - How to Take Charge of Life and Know the Price You're Willing to Pay

    I spent a month in the Netherlands and spoke with some of the wisest minds in the country. For the next several weeks, we'll be bringing you episodes from my Tour of Holland.

    Dr. Juriaan Galavazi is a trendsetting doctor with a new vision on health and vitality. He is the author of Van klacht naar kans and Jij bent de Liefde.

    Years ago, Juriaan completely changed course in his general practice after experiencing burnout himself. The key takeaway: the body and mind are inextricably linked.  As he has noticed in his years of practice, stress and a head full of thoughts can make you physically sick. Where you can no longer say no with your head, your body will do it for you.

    What is the price you're willing to pay?  
    Listen as we discuss:
    Why pain is a good thing for us.We may not know where to go, but we do know when we're going wrong.You're not obligated to give value to the lives of others.Being 100% yourself is the foolproof way to happiness.We all have the opportunity to be in charge of our lives.Do not make your wellbeing dependent on the outcome of your achievements.What is the price you're willing to pay?Dokter Juriaan's top tip: build a kind relationship with yourself.YouTube: @mogawdatofficial (full episodes on video here)
    Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Dr. Juriaan Galavazi on Instagram @dokterjuriaan, Facebook @dokterjuriaan.nl,  and his website, dokterjuriaan.nl

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy

    • 46 min
    Yasmine Ouirhrane - How to Fight for Your Right to Belong and Put an End to Othering

    Yasmine Ouirhrane - How to Fight for Your Right to Belong and Put an End to Othering

    This week, I chat with Yasmine Ouirhrane on a topic that's close to my heart: that of being "othered", even in your home country, and what it means to belong. My son Ali lived this identity crisis and often wrote and spoke of it. Discovering that there are incredible young women out there like Yasmine who are fighting for social inclusion has made my heart happy, and this is a message we all urgently need to heed.

    Yasmine is the co-founder of We Belong, a platform and podcast that amplifies the voice of the New Daughters of Europe. She has been an advocate for Social and Gender Justice in Europe, working with the oppressed and underprivileged, since the age of 16. Yasmine has served as an expert on Peace & Security for the European Union, African Union,  and some of the top supranational institutions and social justice foundations around the globe. She was named Young European of the Year 2019 by the Schwarzkopf Foundation and EDD Young Leader by the European Commission.

    Listen as we discuss:
    My son Ali's identity crisis.What does it take to become Young European of the Year?Micro-aggressions and the feeling of being othered.How Yasmine got a seat at the table. Spirituality and how it made Yasmine a better student.Why she chose to wear a headscarf and why she eventually removed it.Whatever and wherever you want to be, you belong.How a fear of a standing out leads to a [tragic] desire for anonymity. Freedom comes on both sides: the choice to wear or not wear.Why she sued Marine Le Pen, who used her image to spread hate.Europe is a project, not a blood.What is We Belong Europe?My personal experience as the only non-white, non-American top executive at Google.Yasmine's secret to happiness? Knowing why you do what you do.YouTube: @mogawdatofficial (full episodes on video here)
    Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Yasmine Ouirhrane on Instagram @yasmineouir, Twitter @yasmineouir, and webelongeurope.com

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy

    • 55 min
    Slo Mo X That Little Voice In Your Head - Shahroo Izadi on How to Transform Yourself the Kind Way

    Slo Mo X That Little Voice In Your Head - Shahroo Izadi on How to Transform Yourself the Kind Way

    Today's episode (number 200, can you believe it?) is part of a mini-series of interviews done in the context of the topics of my new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, available now: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

    Shahroo Izadi is an award-winning Behavioral Change Specialist.  She proposes evidence-based strategies for habit-change and personal development inspired by her experience of working across the UK addiction treatment sector. Her work empowers people to create entire lifestyles to accommodate their healthier habits and build the fundamental self-compassion, self-belief and self-awareness required to make lasting and meaningful changes over and over again independently.

    Shahroo is the bestselling author of The Kindness Method and The Last Diet. 

    Listen as we discuss:
    How Shahroo lost 60kg and was actually able to keep it off.Why we mistreat ourselves, and how to start being kind instead.The value of a Personal Development CV.Closing the gap between how you treat those you love and yourself.The origin of addictions and why they persist.It's okay to respect what you actually want and do it your way (forget tough love)The dangers of diet thinking.The value of rebellion and how to do it right.The Kindness MethodYouTube: @mogawdatofficial (full episodes on video here)
    Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Shahroo Izadi on Instagram @shahroo_izadi and her website, shahrooizadi.co.uk

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy

    • 55 min

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