42 episodes

My guests are Entrepreneurs, Executives, Olympians, Artists, and Creatives. Some famous names and some hidden gems. We discuss what success means to each one of them and decode the best parts of their mindset. It is a search for the common threads, principles, and patterns that we can apply to our own lives to become healthier, wealthier, happier, and wiser.

Playing The Inner Game Michael Campion

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

My guests are Entrepreneurs, Executives, Olympians, Artists, and Creatives. Some famous names and some hidden gems. We discuss what success means to each one of them and decode the best parts of their mindset. It is a search for the common threads, principles, and patterns that we can apply to our own lives to become healthier, wealthier, happier, and wiser.

    #40 Vishal Tolani - Watch Industry Insider on Storytelling, Honesty, and Finding Inspiration in the Quotidian

    #40 Vishal Tolani - Watch Industry Insider on Storytelling, Honesty, and Finding Inspiration in the Quotidian

    My guest is Vishal Tolani, CEO of Dartmouth Brands. He’s helped bring multiple watch brands into the world under the Dartmouth umbrella such as Spinnaker, Avi-8 and Earnshaw. As well as playing in the world of brands, he’s also deeply embedded in the watch industry as a second-generation manufacturer.

    Vishal and I talk about what it means to be made in Hong Kong, what keeps him up at night as the custodian of the family business, and how he hopes it will one day live on without him. We discuss what goes into creating that beautiful combination of art and engineering that resides on your wrist, and in a time when (thanks to mobile phones) the idea of timekeeping is more emotional than essential, we discuss the primacy of storytelling and brand-building in order to infuse a product with real heart.

    We also talk about the positive side-effects of the advancing years, the peace that comes with it, as well as how he finds inspiration in the people all around him. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
    Links:
    https://www.dartmouthbrands.co.uk/
    vishaltolani@gmail.com

    Home of the podcast:
    Coach & Speaker Profile: www.michaelxcampion.com
    LinkedIn: @michaelxcampion
    IG: @michaelxcampion

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Inbetweenisode #2: Talent Is Practice In Disguise

    Inbetweenisode #2: Talent Is Practice In Disguise

    I'll continue to share these shorter soundbites, in-between regular guest episodes, in the hope that some of you find them valuable.

    - The true value of a career break / sabbatical / gap year
    - The struggle and what gives life meaning
    - Consequential environments
    - Living a self-authorised life
    - What to teach children

    Home of the podcast:
    Coaching & Speaker Profile: www.michaelxcampion.com
    LinkedIn: @michaelxcampion
    IG: @michaelxcampion

    • 18 min
    #39 Sean Carter - Award Winning Graphic Designer for Ambitious Brands That Refuse To Blend In

    #39 Sean Carter - Award Winning Graphic Designer for Ambitious Brands That Refuse To Blend In

    Sean Carter is the founder and Design Director at Carter Hales Design Lab. Sean’s an extremely talented graphic designer that’s been in the agency game for 30 years now and someone whose creativity and eye for detail that I really respect. Full disclosure, there will always be a part of me that is heavily indebted to Sean because he is the beating heart of the team that helped us create Four Fox Saké when it was still embryonic. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time at the design lab in Vancouver, and we also stood side by side on stage in Shanghai as we collected the award for “Best Luxury Alcohol Packaging Design in the World” back in 2016. This is a conversation I’ve been wanting to have for a long time, life got in the way, but I’m very happy that we got there in the end.

    If you work in the fields of design, branding and marketing then the benefits of tuning in are obvious, but even if you aren’t involved in these worlds, there’s plenty in here to chew on with regards to creativity, self-expression, the relationship between commercial growth and personal growth, the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship (he is after all someone who has been eating what he kills ever since he left university), and why it’s imperative to take some risks, and stay out of the safe and mushy middle.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

    Links:
    https://carterhales.com/ 
    LinkedIn: @sean-carter

    Home of the podcast:
    Coach & Speaker Profile: www.michaelxcampion.com
    LinkedIn: @michaelxcampion
    IG: @michaelxcampion

    Mentions:
    Four Fox Saké
    The Wickaninnish Inn 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    #38 Andrew Cox - Health & Fitness Expert on Stress, Biohacking and Obeying What It Means To Be Human

    #38 Andrew Cox - Health & Fitness Expert on Stress, Biohacking and Obeying What It Means To Be Human

    My guest today is the inimitable Andrew Cox. He and I have known each other for a little while now and I’ve always admired his energy, enthusiasm, and zest for life which is also backed up with a great breadth and depth of knowledge, especially when it comes to the realm of health and fitness.

    He is a director and co-founder of Joint Dynamics, a multidisciplinary studio that provides a bespoke approach to injury prevention, combining personal training, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and psychology with intelligent movement at its core.

    We discuss the secret to his energy levels and what allows him to motivate his clients, some biohacking tips for better physical and mental health, the magic of reciprocity and what he calls ‘selfish benevolence’, the importance of playing to your strengths, of surrounding yourself with good people, principles for business and negotiation, and as you’ve just heard, why we all need a healthy amount of stress in our lives.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

    Links:
    https://www.jointdynamics.com.hk/
    Facebook: @jointdynamicshongkong
    IG: Andrew Cox Movement Medicine

    Home of the podcast:
    Coach & Speaker Profile: www.michaelxcampion.com
    LinkedIn: @michaelxcampion
    IG: @michaelxcampion

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Inbetweenisode #1: Finding Your "Why" & 3 Hacks to Become a Better Storyteller

    Inbetweenisode #1: Finding Your "Why" & 3 Hacks to Become a Better Storyteller

    I was recently invited to speak by the social entrepreneurship platform  Impact Circles on the topic of storytelling. How can we become more persuasive storytellers? How do we adapt the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves? Why is finding your 'WHY' so important?

    As Dr Jim Loehr so eloquently put it: "The power broker in your life is the voice that no one hears. How well you revisit the tone and content of your private voice is what determines the quality of your life. It is the master storyteller, and the stories we tell ourselves are our reality."

    I'll continue to share these shorter soundbites, in-between regular guest episodes, in the hope that some of you find them helpful. 

    Home of the podcast:
    Coaching & Speaker Profile: www.michaelxcampion.com
    LinkedIn: @michaelxcampion
    IG: @michaelxcampion

    • 9 min
    #37 Justin Fornal - International Explorer, Cultural Detective, Seeker of Lost Rituals & Talismans, Writer, Filmmaker & Extreme Athlete

    #37 Justin Fornal - International Explorer, Cultural Detective, Seeker of Lost Rituals & Talismans, Writer, Filmmaker & Extreme Athlete

    "Don't sell your soul because you can't buy it back. Selling out is something I just can't do."

    My guest this week is Justin Fornal and I’m incredibly lucky to have him. He’s someone who has lived and continues to live such an exciting and technicolour life that he very much resists categorisation. To describe Justin as an international explorer, cultural detective, award winning writer, filmmaker, culinary celebrity, and extreme athlete is about as close to the mark as you’ll get. In 2018 Men’s Journal simply ranked him as the #3 most adventurous person in the world.

    As a cultural detective, in search of secret societies, lost rituals and ancient talismans, he has travelled to the far corners of the earth, living with hunter-gatherer tribes, meeting with witch doctors who (still to this day) believe in human sacrifice, and taking part in ritual exorcisms, so just be aware that some parts of our conversation are not for the squeamish or faint-hearted.   

    Everywhere Justin goes, he always sets off with a deep respect for each culture that he interacts with, and sharing whatever he finds with integrity and a real commitment to the truth of a place, not adherence to institutional narrative. He is the Co-Founder of the History, Arts, & Science Action Network (HASAN) a non-profit organization that focuses on relic repatriation, historic justice, and documenting vanishing cultures. He’s also the co-host of TV show UNEXPLAINED AND UNEXPLORED, alongside one of my previous guests Emiliano Ruprah, a show that has been airing on the Discovery Channel and Science Channel since 2019.

    Justin has also written extensively for National Geographic, VICE, The Explorers Journal, and Parts Unknown. I strongly recommend you read some of his articles which I’ve linked to below.

    He is also an extreme open water swimmer and having swum 100 miles around the Whisky Island of Islay on Scotland’s freezing West Coast, he is currently planning the longest unassisted swim in history for Summer 2022.  The GREAT ARCTIC SWIM will be the first attempt to swim from Canada to Greenland across the Nares Strait.

    Truth is, unless there’s a documentary made about his life, I’m not sure one CAN do Justin Fornal justice. The sheer depth and breadth of his experience makes keeping pace with him an impossible, yet very very enjoyable and joyous task. He truly is larger than life and a real polymath in every sense of the word. We start the conversation with him lighting up one of his rare pipes collected on his travels, before journeying through his culinary, cultural, and sporting adventures in that order. I hope that you find this conversation as interesting as I did.

    Links:
    https://justinfornal.com/articles
    IG: @justin_fornal
    https://greatarcticswim.com/
    Weird Homes, Atlas Obscura

    Home of the podcast:
    Coaching & Speaker Profile: www.michaelxcampion.com
    LinkedIn: @michaelxcampion
    IG: @michaelxcampion

    • 1 hr 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

jeffcanhk ,

So good!

More people need to hear Michael’s voice! Outstanding work!!

jumbohongkong ,

Thoughtful and Genuine

Michael is a very natural and thoughtful interviewer, he has an amazing ability to get through the veneer and pull out what makes his guests tick - pulling out some amazing life lessons, tips and tricks in the process. A pleasure to listen to, strongly recommend.

lillx10 ,

Inspiring and motivating!

It’s refreshing to hear genuine experiences, useful insight and realistic account of success. Michael creates a vibe, flow and conversation that scratches below the surface of the accomplishment we see. Can’t wait for more.

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