Rewired Mind is about helping you realize that everyone has a different path to success and a very different way to operate in business. Allen Plunkett, host of Rewired Mind Podcast sits down with real industry leaders to talk about how they rewired their thinking and adopted their different way - and how they built (or rebuilt) their organizations around those concepts and beliefs.
Gelie Akhenblit - Getting out of Your Comfort Zone and Challenging Yourself Every Day
Gelie Akhenblit is probably best known as the founder of largest Networking Community in Phoenix, NetworkingPhoenix.com. After starting with nothing, Gelie has built this network to close to 43,000 members. A fighter in every sense of the word, Gelie is someone who is always intent on rewiring her own mind while helping others in rewiring theirs as well.
Through the massive network of professionals and the close relationships that she has built with people over the years, Gelie is interested serving. She has learned that one of the ways she can help is by offering connectedness and a sense of community to those who may otherwise struggle to find these things.
Her road has not been a simple one. From quitting her job and launching her own business to almost losing that business after a divorce - Gelie is the epitome of a fighter and someone who knows how to battle to achieve success. With every step, she displays confidence and perseverance that she will reach her goals no matter the obstacle.
You can listen to her TedX talk here and visit her website here.
Gelie makes a reference to her blog post here.
Find her LinkedIn page here.
Gary Robinson: From Prison to Believing in Your Genius
Gary Robinson is an author and speaker whose search for purpose after being arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Ultimately he made changes that led him to inspire others to believe in themselves and the genius that they have inside.
Gary talked about being arrested at age 20 for armed robbery and his “rewired moment” when he was sitting in his jail cell and realized that he needed to change. The way he'd handled things up until that point didn’t work. He prayed not to leave jail as the same type of person he was when he came in.
He spoke about his childhood - watching his mom get arrested and being raised by his great-grandmother. He was surprised to find himself put in a Bible study group in prison by a relative he knew from his youth; reuniting with his cousin and how that experience helped him get out of the fixed mindset he was in. During that time he also met Lester Young. Among a few others, Lester was a tremendous influence. If you haven't heard my interview with Lester, you should. The inspiration and wisdom shared between these two gentlemen is incredible, and the fact that Lester's intervention in Gary's life was so profound will come as no surprise.
Hitting rock bottom and recognizing that you need help can be a treacherous journey, and Gary's experiences are truly the epitome of that.
He recounts Robin Sharma's quote, “Delete the energy vampires from your life, clean out all complexity, build a team around you that frees you to fly, remove anything toxic, and cherish simplicity, because that’s where genius lives.” His approach to life now is simple - figure out your purpose and be great at it.
You can buy a copy of his book Mining the Diamond in You: A Journey of Reinvention and Transformation here.
Kirk Nurmi: From Public Scruitny and Cancer to Happiness
When people go to describe this guest on Rewired Mind, they may want to say attorney, speaker, author etc. but Kirk Nurmi would just like to simply be known as a human being. The quote “no one wants to die with music still left inside them” by Dr. Wayne Dyer has been an inspiration for Kirk.
He famously was the defense attorney in the Jodi Arias trial, which lasted from January 2013- April 2015. During this 2 ½ year period, he faced threats and public scrutiny, leading him to step away from law and even getting diagnosed with cancer as a result of the pressure from the trial.
As a result of the cancer, Kirk changed his focus to make his happiness a priority, something he had not done in the years prior to the diagnosis. The biggest question that he had to answer was “Am I Happy?” This forced him to examine areas of his life and make decisions based on how he answered that question.
A book he would recommend is I Can See Clearly Now by Wayne Dyer.
You can buy his book Defend Your Greatness here.
Candice Liozu - Foster360 and Making Decisions for Herself
Candice Liozu is the Director of an amazing non-profit called Foster360. This organization focuses on assisting young adults who are aging out of the foster care system.
Candice shares her journey of working at the highest levels in the corporate world to now being the Director of a non-profit. She worked for what she envisioned as being akin to the “American Dream” when working for SAP after moving here from Europe and had her in the mindset of being a “shark” in an industry that is full of highly motivated, competitive people and leaders.
Her rewired moment: came one evening at dinner. She heard a voice that led her to believe, finally, that she should be making decisions for herself rather than others to do so on her behalf. She’d been allowing others to make decisions for her for years.
This experience led her to work with Mesa United Way and the creation of Foster360.
You can learn more and donate to Foster 360 by going to Foster360az.com
Some things that Candice mentioned were helpful to her were the books Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza, Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch, Willpower Doesn’t Work by Ben Hardy and the music of Ottmar Liebert.
“Whatever pain you experience can be power to create the life you want”. This quote fits the story of Luke Kayyem, a performance life coach, corporate leadership consultant and keynote speaker. He shifted his focus to specific things after having a fixed mindset for most of his life. He got into reading and starting to widen his mindset in 2017 and was influenced by author David Deida, after going to an event where he was a guest speaker.
We chat about his childhood and how being raised by a single mom impacted him. He was on a path of self-destruction when he started drinking and partying.
Luke has worked hard to change his mindset from fixed to one focused on searching and seeking. Recognizing that he was throwing so much away due to his addiction, he now aims to help other men on their own journey of life. Through his program called Fathers of the Future, Luke helps men live their legacy despite their own set of bad circumstances. You can learn more about it here.
You can get in touch with Luke by going to https://www.lukekayyem.com/
Books that Luke recommends: The Way of the Superior Man, David Deida and Mindset, Carol Dweck
Jessie Shedden: From Cult Escapee to Powerful Woman
Jessie Shedden is an author and a mindset/confidence coach.
She grew up as a member of what is considered by many to be a cult, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. The church rejects all claims that they are a cult and describes themselves as a “mainstream Christian Church”, but as we speak to Jessie, you can make your own determination as to their structure.
As a 4th generation member Jessie shares some of the things that occurred while a part of the church and how she helped her dad with some the businesses he looked to launch as a member as well as what her life was like up to the point she decided to leave.
Jessie recently lost her mother and the relationships that she once had with other family members, including her father are now tumultuous or non-existent.
Her focus has shifted to seeing herself as a powerful, strong, blessed and wealthy woman, coming from a situation where everything was run by men and women were viewed as subservient, meek and quiet.
Books she would recommend are Take the Risk by Ben Carson and The 6 Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden.
You can buy her books about her own experiences, Tomorrow’s Not Promised: Mistress of her own Destiny here and Those Boots are Made for Walking: One Woman’s Quest for Freedom here.
No matter your station in life, or the size of the mountain you may be climbing, the stories shared on Rewired Mind are sure to inspire a new lens through which to view and experience life. Every episode will reveal an impactful takeaway. Keep ‘em coming!
This content is incredibly relatable. I found myself experiencing every emotion imaginable during the podcasts. Thank you for sharing these nuggets of advice that allow us to always find the silver lining! You and your guests are phenomenal! Thank you!
Inspiring stories and great conversations!!