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A podcast that explores education, learning and growth. They explore the notion that everyone is an educator and learning happens all the time.

Each week they tackle a new topic, and have guests on their show to share what education and learning means to them.

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A podcast that explores education, learning and growth. They explore the notion that everyone is an educator and learning happens all the time.

Each week they tackle a new topic, and have guests on their show to share what education and learning means to them.

    Ep. 53 Out of Class - Catching sunrises, Talking to strangers and Connection

    Ep. 53 Out of Class - Catching sunrises, Talking to strangers and Connection

    Gines, Matt and Ben get together again for an Out Of Class edition episode. 



    This week the fellas talk about the flow of their days, in terms of if they are morning people or late nights type of people. Interesting chat about productivity, optimism, and general mindset. 

    Ben shares the need to catch every sunrise and how it fuels him for the day. He is catching nearly every sunrise in the week and 3 to 4 of them are outdoors. Gines shares the morning sense of peace before everyone else is up. Where everything seems to a little bit slower and quieter. 

    Matt talks about his friendly skateboarder demeanour, where he will strike a conversation with anybody anywhere. He sees it as an opportunity to have a connection with another human. It is a playful character that he brings on and suggests for people to try. 

    Gines chats about the analogy of trying to strike connection and they are not hitting the ball back. Are they not hitting the ball back or did they miss it? 

    Ask the question,lean in and be genuinely curious and listen to the answer to strike the connection. The fact we noticed each other can go a long way and giving your smile to someone else. The acknowledgment can mean a lot. Especially in a time of isolation and loneliness. 


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    • 56 min
    Ep. 52 - Learning from Niro Dayalan - Fingerprint of your soul

    Ep. 52 - Learning from Niro Dayalan - Fingerprint of your soul

    Gines is joined by guest Niro Dayalan in this week's episode

    Niro is was once upon a time a CIO and led a corporate lifestyle, however realised that was not a match for him. Currently, Niro is a business owner, Freedom coach, Life strategist, speaker, and cousin to Gines.

    They chat about how Niro's company, Unkonventional came about and how the name says it all. Niro shares his story of how his own life followed an unconventional path at every turn even from a young age. At a turning point, he realised it is not about fitting  into a conventional life but rather to belong. 

    Gines explores the question of even when people are unhappy in their current situation most people choose not to do anything about it. The fact is that we are used to it. 

    Niro explains his teaching of dharma. Dharma in transcript means fingerprint of the soul. Dharma is about getting in alignment. Niro chat to us about getting into alignment. Step one -  being done with the current life experience, step two - is learning and personal development, step three - discovering your identity and do the character work, Step 4 - is while you are doing the character work you discover your gifts. Finally leads to the step five - learning why we are here and what we are here to do. 

    they also talk about the cost of decisions, not only cost of something now, but the cost of it in a week, a month, a few years from now and what does that really mean. A little 1% change now, can change your trajectory. 

    Niro is launching Unkonventional University that will be launching soon. Unkonventioal University is a personal development program that works on things that really matter. 



    "It is only those you can see the invisible, can do what seems impossible."



    To connect with Niro

    www.unkonventional.com 

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    • 56 min
    Ep. 51 Out Of Class - Defining moment, Narratives, Drifters, Plodders, Decision Makers

    Ep. 51 Out Of Class - Defining moment, Narratives, Drifters, Plodders, Decision Makers

    Matt, Gines and Ben get back together this week for another Out Of Class chat.

    They chat about segregation with age. At school, there is clear boundaries. They chat about, when you get older the gap between ages reduces.
    The separation gets less when that transition happens to adulthood. This happens quicker when you are swimming with adults. Much like learning a new skill or upskilling. You get better when you are surrounded by people around you.   

    Matt shares when he was younger he thought he knew everything. The typical 18-year-old bravado, then a switch occurred. Ben explores is it an age thing or is it a defining moment. 

    Ben talks about the time he fell out of the palm tree. Until then he felt unstoppable, where the world revolved around him. It was a saga in getting Ben to hospital in Fiji. Post fall and crushing his heel, it was a dark time. There was an identity shift as the recovery took longer than expected. The moment realising that he was not in control was devasting. 

    Gines chats about his defining moment being two fold, when his brother died in a car accident when he was 14. That experience made him grow up quite fast and realise that tomorrow is not a given. Coupled with chasing a degree for the money then realising there is another way to do life here. 

    The fellas chat about buying into a narrative. Clinical psychologists say that this needs to be driven by fear and a sense of unease in their world. Secondly, there needs to be a lack of connection to purpose. When you take lack of meaning plus fear is the perfect storm for a stronger narrative. As people, we are needing some sort of certainty to hold on to. 

    Currently, in our world, there are Drifters, Plodders and Decision-makers. We all can choose which one we want to be. But not choosing you are also choosing.

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    Ep. 50 Learning from Erik Allen - Breaking Cycles

    Ep. 50 Learning from Erik Allen - Breaking Cycles

    This week Gines is joined by international guest, Erik Allen.

    Erik Allen was raised in a broken home, battled addictions, jailed at 18, bankrupt at 21 only to turn everything around.  Erik is 16+ years sober, is a husband and father, podcaster, speaker, & now helping up and coming MMA fighters & entrepreneurs get known and noticed online.

    Gines and Erik talk about Erik’s journey growing up, his challenges with drugs and alcohol and how he used them as a coping mechanism.

    They explore the notion that the majority of society, when they are down and out, it is hard to ‘see’ opportunity. They are not open to it and often say, “It is different for me…” People get stuck in their cycles. This is strongly determined by who you surround yourself by. They are either going to pull you down and stay comfortable or make you level up.

    The level of comfortability is attractive to the majority of people. To break the cycle is to get uncomfortable. Success happens by stretching yourself and getting out of your comfort zone. Today’s society is showing a very entitled comfortable mentality.

    Erik talks about the power of consistency and putting in the work, day in and day out. As this consistency is the building blocks that not only builds success, it builds character.





    Where to find and connect with Erik

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    • 44 min
    Ep 49. Out Of Class - Simplicity and Human Connection

    Ep 49. Out Of Class - Simplicity and Human Connection

    Out of class is a new segment of the Life Long Learner podcast. Out of class is the informal conversation between Gines, Matt, and Ben.

    The fellas this week chat about what is going on in their worlds at the moment. Matt chats about making the most of the recent great weather and putting physical activity and freedom as a number one priority.

    They explore the notion of systems in business and life to free up the time to give more freedom.

    Ben talks about the challenges in ‘getting it right’ and why we make things way more complicated than it needs to be. Especially nutrition, eating has become super complicated. They asked what did, ‘they used to do in the old day…?’ Is there are a part of the ego coming out to solve a complicated problem.

    Often the answer is simple. Simplicity can distill many things for us to be able to digest. However, in today’s society simple is not sexy.

    Specialists know more and more about less and less until the ultimate specialist everything about nothing.

    Currently, Australia is currently getting pulled apart. We are forced to take sides at the moment. Unfortunately, mateship is being tested in the process. Now more than ever human connection is needed in the world.

    Mateship needs to be alive. Reach out to someone today and see how they are doing.



    Things we mentioned on the show:

    Lewis Howes - School of Greatness - Rob Drydek

    Book -Exercised: The Science of Physical Activity, Rest and Health



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    • 50 min
    Ep. 48 - Learning from John Engelander - What Matters?

    Ep. 48 - Learning from John Engelander - What Matters?

    Gines is joined by John Engelander, the founder and CEO of Planet Earth Cleaning, out of the box thinker, a piano player, a mountain bike rider, and an avid storyteller.

    Planet Earth is a cleaning company with a difference. Planet Earth CLeaning is the Australia's first Eco-Friendly commercial cleaning company.

    John shares the inception story of Planet Earth, when he stepped in to do some cleaning and realised the toxicity of the chemicals that were used.

    An important lesson he learned ‘owning the brand,’ coupled with know where the market is. Passion is one thing, but couple that with where there is a market for it. If there is no market for it, then it may not be sustainable.

    Gines and John explore why the sustainability movement is louder than ever, and why some companies are adopting this for multiple reasons.

    The current culture of consumerism and ‘keeping up with Jones’

    “Swap out,” swap things that don’t make it matter.

    “Things that matter most should not be at the mercy of things that matter least.”

    This thought-provoking episode will make you think about what matters and maybe swapping behaviours that may better serve you.

    You can get contact with John via

    Planetearthcleaning.com.au

    john@planetearthcleaning.com.au

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