6 episodes

Success is a broad term that carries only arbitrary meaning. In Western cultures, we often attribute it to money, fame, and power. But money without joy, peace, love, spirituality, and health doesn't equate to a great life. Often, it equates to a miserable one...

Hi, I'm Alex Terranova, a Business & Life Performance Alchemist & Coach who's coached hundreds of successful people. I have learned the secret to a great life is about creating a life that you love the experience of living. It's not about how much money you make, how big your company is, how many abs you can count, the boat you own, the models you've slept with, or the trips you've taken. 

A great successful life feels good. It results from choosing your purpose and living with commitment, integrity, love, play, and faith. 

I will sit down with one successful person each week on Playing with Problems. They might be successful in money, love, leadership, health, spirituality, or thriving in various areas. And we'll explore who they are and what they've accomplished. 

But every podcast does that. 

This podcast is unique because we'll also dive into and play with a current problem they are experiencing. A cultural myth makes us believe that once people are successful, they don't have problems. We all have problems, and it takes a courageous person to share theirs. 

This show isn't about listening to a problem that's been solved. Our guests will bring a vulnerable issue they are currently challenged by, and we'll work and play together to get clarity, answers, new perspectives, ideas, and maybe even a solution. 

I invite you to experience these conversations as if they are about you. If you listen and watch through yourself, your relationships, finances, fears, challenges, successes, and problems, these conversations could change your life.

Welcome to Playing with Problems

Playing with Problems Alex Terranova

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Success is a broad term that carries only arbitrary meaning. In Western cultures, we often attribute it to money, fame, and power. But money without joy, peace, love, spirituality, and health doesn't equate to a great life. Often, it equates to a miserable one...

Hi, I'm Alex Terranova, a Business & Life Performance Alchemist & Coach who's coached hundreds of successful people. I have learned the secret to a great life is about creating a life that you love the experience of living. It's not about how much money you make, how big your company is, how many abs you can count, the boat you own, the models you've slept with, or the trips you've taken. 

A great successful life feels good. It results from choosing your purpose and living with commitment, integrity, love, play, and faith. 

I will sit down with one successful person each week on Playing with Problems. They might be successful in money, love, leadership, health, spirituality, or thriving in various areas. And we'll explore who they are and what they've accomplished. 

But every podcast does that. 

This podcast is unique because we'll also dive into and play with a current problem they are experiencing. A cultural myth makes us believe that once people are successful, they don't have problems. We all have problems, and it takes a courageous person to share theirs. 

This show isn't about listening to a problem that's been solved. Our guests will bring a vulnerable issue they are currently challenged by, and we'll work and play together to get clarity, answers, new perspectives, ideas, and maybe even a solution. 

I invite you to experience these conversations as if they are about you. If you listen and watch through yourself, your relationships, finances, fears, challenges, successes, and problems, these conversations could change your life.

Welcome to Playing with Problems

    How Challenges Create Opportunity with Super Bowl Champion Chukky Okobi

    How Challenges Create Opportunity with Super Bowl Champion Chukky Okobi

    Episode 5: How Challenges Create Opportunity with Super Bowl Champion Chukky Okobi

    In this episode, Super Bowl Champion, Motivational Speaker, NLP Master Practitioner & Trainer explore the challenges we face when trying to get our message out into the world. Chukky is extraordinary, successful, disciplined, and very clear on his goals. Yet, he, like so many of us, encounter the difficult obstacles of getting people to hear our message, buy into our vision, and open their hearts and minds up to new possibilities. Chukky and I dive deep into his journey, success, and challenges and explore what might be holding him back from conquering his second mountain!

    An 8-year veteran of the National Football League and a Super Bowl winner with his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, today Chukky Okobi is an emotional intelligence specialist and integrative psychology professional. Using his psychology expertise not only as a Keynote & Motivational speaker, he mainly serves as an executive mindset coach for former pro athletes, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, and other high-level performing professionals. Through his own professional journey in business and sports, Chukky shares his personal experience to guide other ambitious professionals to take full control of their mental faculties, develop greater emotional discipline, and access their untapped inherent talents to elevate their abilities in their careers and life overall. His passion is helping professionals realize that Success is Simple...if you know the Basic Instructions of Mind Mastery.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    -NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and how discovering a book on the subject completely changed his life
    -Having the courage to explore outside of your comfort zone
    -His fundamental principles of success
    -How one of his biggest challenges became his most incredible opportunity
    -Why the world is inside of us, not outside of us
    -Understanding the human emotional experience
    -The cost of misinterpreting emotions
    -The challenge of getting people to listen
    -What's in your blindspot
    -The Pono Lesson
    -Finding your way, your path, and sticking to it

    You can connect with Chukky Okobi here:
    www.BasicInstructions.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/chukkybasics/
    https://www.facebook.com/chukky.okobi


    You can connect with Alex Terranova here:
    Instagram: @InspirationalAlex
    Website: www.TheDreamMason.com
    Email: Alex@TheDreamMason.com

    Alex Terranova, PCC, is one of the world's top and most sought-after Performance & Success Alchemists and Coaches. He's an Author, Men's Retreat Leader, & International Speaker who was dubbed "The Anti-Excuses Coach" by Yahoo Finance. As the Founder of DreamMason Inc., Co-Creator of Your Love Adventure, and the docile tones behind hundreds of podcasts, he's coached and transformed hundreds of lives into better relationships, financial abundance, and increased achievement with less stress, drama, and difficulty. 

    Since 2015 Alex has coached hundreds of successful and powerful individuals & businesses to thrive financially, enjoy better relationships, and achieve more, all with less stress, drama, and difficulty. 

    Alex is the author of Fictional Authenticity and the forthcoming book How Dreams Are Built. He has hosted & appeared in over 400 podcasts, including top-rated shows such as The University of Adversity, The Primal BluePrint, and Success Unleashed. He has been featured on NBC, FOX, Yahoo Finance, Disrupt Magazine, Thrive Global, and Elephant Journal. Alex has worked with athletes, entertainers, executives, & leaders in; MLB, LinkedIn, Million Dollar Sellers, Shutterfly, Godiva, Chase, and Coldwell Banker. 

    Alex supports people in creating real results, integrity, enjoyment, and peace so they can succeed in what deeply matters to them and build their legacy.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Imposter Syndrome to becoming Unreasonable with Brianna Jackson

    Imposter Syndrome to becoming Unreasonable with Brianna Jackson

    Episode 4: Imposter Syndrome to becoming Unreasonable with Brianna Jackson

    In this episode, Brianna and I explore the impact of imposter syndrome. Studies have shown over 65% of professional people suffer and struggle with this limiting mindset. As we see through Brianna, who has a history of success in the Navy, as a Business Owner and a Mother of four children, even the successful can be hindered by imposter syndrome. 

    Brianna Jackson, CEO of Sonas LLC, is a management professional with 20 years of experience in the federal government. Holding numerous senior and executive-level roles within the Department of Defense, she has led, trained, and managed a broad spectrum of diverse teams to maximize coordination and efficiency across interdisciplinary departments, clients, and contractors. Dedicated to process improvement, from developing policy and procedures to training and leading teams with a mix of military, civilians, and contractors, she is driven towards shifting the culture to achieve a more inclusive and resilient world. She has developed various pieces of training promoting diversity and Inclusion and champions the dialogue essential to attaining true Inclusion.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    -The importance of having an impact
    -Gender equality and Inclusion in the military
    -How policy without culture misses the mark
    -Exploring imposter syndrome
    -Why there are and will always be good reasons to stop you
    -Success can be found in becoming unreasonable
    -Creating practices and accountability for success

    You can connect with Brianna Jackson here:
    LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/sonasllc/

    You can connect with Alex Terranova here:
    Instagram: @InspirationalAlex
    Website: www.TheDreamMason.com
    Email: Alex@TheDreamMason.com

    Alex Terranova, PCC, is one of the world's top and most sought-after Performance & Success Alchemists and Coaches. He's an Author, Men's Retreat Leader, & International Speaker who was dubbed "The Anti-Excuses Coach" by Yahoo Finance. As the Founder of DreamMason Inc., Co-Creator of Your Love Adventure, and the docile tones behind hundreds of podcasts, he's coached and transformed hundreds of lives into better relationships, financial abundance, and increased achievement with less stress, drama, and difficulty. 

    Since 2015 Alex has coached hundreds of successful and powerful individuals & businesses to thrive financially, enjoy better relationships, and achieve more, all with less stress, drama, and difficulty. 

    Alex is the author of Fictional Authenticity and the forthcoming book How Dreams Are Built. He has hosted & appeared in over 400 podcasts, including top-rated shows such as The University of Adversity, The Primal BluePrint, and Success Unleashed. He has been featured on NBC, FOX, Yahoo Finance, Disrupt Magazine, Thrive Global, and Elephant Journal. Alex has worked with athletes, entertainers, executives, & leaders in; MLB, LinkedIn, Million Dollar Sellers, Shutterfly, Godiva, Chase, and Coldwell Banker. 

    Alex supports people in creating real results, integrity, enjoyment, and peace so they can succeed in what deeply matters to them and build their legacy.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    When Fear is in the Way with Lianna Hunt

    When Fear is in the Way with Lianna Hunt

    Episode 3: When Fear is in the Way with Lianna Hunt

    In this episode, Lianna and I explore learning from one's mistakes, knowing when to rest and push yourself, allowing childlike wonder to help you flourish, and using fear as motivation versus desire as motivation.

    Lianna Hunt and Intuitive Chiropractic create a space for health, well-being, and healing through mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Hunt's passion is helping others heal through nervous system-based and energetically-focused techniques. She offers lifestyle guidance in sleep, nutrition, energetics, meditation, the nervous system, essential oils, and family & pediatric care. Her intention and focus are on the individual's potential to unlock patterns and energy to bring a deeper awareness to life. This care is designed for anyone at any age.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    -Learning about winning and success in gymnastics
    -What does success mean
    -Fear as access to success
    -Healing yourself
    -What happens when you lose excitement and passion
    -Fear as motivation versus desire as motivation
    -Doing what sources you first
    -Allowing childlike wonder to flourish and help you feel alive

    You can connect with Lianna Hunt here:
    Website: www.drliannahunt.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drliannahunt/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/drliannahunt
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drliannahunt/

    You can connect with Alex Terranova here:
    Instagram: @InspirationalAlex
    Website: www.TheDreamMason.com
    Email: Alex@TheDreamMason.com

    Alex Terranova, PCC, is one of the world's top and most sought-after Performance & Success Alchemists and Coaches. He's an Author, Men's Retreat Leader, & International Speaker who was dubbed "The Anti-Excuses Coach" by Yahoo Finance. As the Founder of DreamMason Inc., Co-Creator of Your Love Adventure, and the docile tones behind hundreds of podcasts, he's coached and transformed hundreds of lives into better relationships, financial abundance, and increased achievement with less stress, drama, and difficulty. 

    Since 2015 Alex has coached hundreds of successful and powerful individuals & businesses to thrive financially, enjoy better relationships, and achieve more, all with less stress, drama, and difficulty. 

    Alex is the author of Fictional Authenticity and the forthcoming book How Dreams Are Built. He has hosted & appeared in over 400 podcasts, including top-rated shows such as The University of Adversity, The Primal BluePrint, and Success Unleashed. He has been featured on NBC, FOX, Yahoo Finance, Disrupt Magazine, Thrive Global, and Elephant Journal. Alex has worked with athletes, entertainers, executives, & leaders in; MLB, LinkedIn, Million Dollar Sellers, Shutterfly, Godiva, Chase, and Coldwell Banker. 

    Alex supports people in creating real results, integrity, enjoyment, and peace so they can succeed in what deeply matters to them and build their legacy.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    When a 30-Year Relationship Ends with Jim Lomot

    When a 30-Year Relationship Ends with Jim Lomot

    Episode 2: When a 30-Year Relationship Ends with Jim Lomot

    In this episode, Jim and I explore relationships, success, anger, sadness, and building a supportive community. Jim opens up and shares his wins and his heart with us as he discusses the impact and loss that comes with the ending of a 30-year marriage.

    Jim and his team look to help Leaders and Entrepreneurs to "Simplify Their Lives More Successfully." After a successful 20 years in financial sales, Jim became a full-time caregiver. During this time, he realized his ladder was up against the wrong wall and decided to start a Hero's Journey toward the purpose he was created for. Jim loves to talk about his flaws and how he created an intentional global online social circle that saved his life.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    -Creating a life around supporting and helping others
    -Success is subjective
    -Decision exhaustion
    -Aptitude over apps
    -Tending to your garden
    -Feeling like a slave to life
    -What happens when your 30-year relationship ends
    -Men and emotions, anger and sadness
    -Creating a supportive community

    You can connect with Jim Lomot here:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jimlomot/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jim.lomot
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimlomot/

    You can connect with Alex Terranova here:
    Instagram: @InspirationalAlex
    Website: www.TheDreamMason.com
    Email: Alex@TheDreamMason.com

    Alex Terranova, PCC, is one of the world's top and most sought-after Performance & Success Alchemists and Coaches. He's an Author, Men's Retreat Leader, & International Speaker who was dubbed "The Anti-Excuses Coach" by Yahoo Finance. As the Founder of DreamMason Inc., Co-Creator of Your Love Adventure, and the docile tones behind hundreds of podcasts, he's coached and transformed hundreds of lives into better relationships, financial abundance, and increased achievement with less stress, drama, and difficulty. 

    Since 2015 Alex has coached hundreds of successful and powerful individuals & businesses to thrive financially, enjoy better relationships, and achieve more, all with less stress, drama, and difficulty. 

    Alex is the author of Fictional Authenticity and the forthcoming book How Dreams Are Built. He has hosted & appeared in over 400 podcasts, including top-rated shows such as The University of Adversity, The Primal BluePrint, and Success Unleashed. He has been featured on NBC, FOX, Yahoo Finance, Disrupt Magazine, Thrive Global, and Elephant Journal. Alex has worked with athletes, entertainers, executives, & leaders in; MLB, LinkedIn, Million Dollar Sellers, Shutterfly, Godiva, Chase, and Coldwell Banker. 

    Alex supports people in creating real results, integrity, enjoyment, and peace so they can succeed in what deeply matters to them and build their legacy.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Listening to Your Light with Meghan Smith

    Listening to Your Light with Meghan Smith

    Episode 1: Listening to Your Light with Meghan Smith

    I am excited to bring you episode number one of the Playing with Problems podcast! I'm extraordinarily grateful to my guest Meghan Smith for being the brave, vulnerable, wise, and fun human that dared to join me on this first adventure. This episode was eye-opening and powerful, and I know it can and will help many people.

    In this episode, Meghan and I go deep, we laugh, it gets emotional, and we create powerful awareness and breakthroughs that left Meghan "feeling a buzz all day" (which she shared later).

    Meghan is a spiritual teacher, leader, and coach. She is a former lawyer who graduated top of her class and left her success behind in choosing a life and work that makes her happy and fulfilled. She is also the Host of The Skeptic's Guide to a Spiritual Life podcast, a wife, and a mother of two amazing kids. As a coach, she supports high-achieving women to heal from dysregulated nervous systems, co-dependency, and addictive behaviors. Through a combination of ontological coaching and spiritual teaching, Meghan leads women through the transformational process of learning to surrender, allowing them to create highly satisfying, spacious, and prosperous lives.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    - Meghan's "successful life" as a lawyer, trustworthy, dependable, executed, intelligent, and at the top of their class, yet behind the scenes, was miserable
    -We define success (primarily outward or societal focused) and something we coined as "evolved success," which would include being happy and fulfilled 
    -Her Rock Bottom
    -What gave her the ability to walk away, to change and transform her life
    -Her addiction to food and chaos, working the 12 steps and losing 120lbs
    -What is she currently struggling with? Her marriage is a place where she feels she keeps hitting her head against the wall. Her avoidant attachment style keeps her distant and disconnected, and she often feels like the worst wife and mother
    -We dig into separating her "dark" thoughts from her "light" thoughts and hear Meghan speak from each
    -Creating awareness around true self-acceptance, surrender, getting her needs met as a person, and mother, realizing she needs more structures to take care of herself

    You can connect with Meghan Smith here:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coachmeghansmith/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meghansmithcoach
    Website: www.meghansmithcoaching.com

    You can connect with Alex Terranova here:
    Instagram: @InspirationalAlex
    Website: www.TheDreamMason.com
    Email: Alex@TheDreamMason.com

    Alex Terranova, PCC, is one of the world's top and most sought-after Performance & Success Alchemists and Coaches. He's an Author, Men's Retreat Leader, & International Speaker who was dubbed "The Anti-Excuses Coach" by Yahoo Finance. As the Founder of DreamMason Inc., Co-Creator of Your Love Adventure, and the docile tones behind hundreds of podcasts, he's coached and transformed hundreds of lives into better relationships, financial abundance, and increased achievement with less stress, drama, and difficulty. 

    Since 2015 Alex has coached hundreds of successful and powerful individuals & businesses to thrive financially, enjoy better relationships, and achieve more, all with less stress, drama, and difficulty. 

    Alex is the author of Fictional Authenticity and the forthcoming book How Dreams Are Built. He has hosted & appeared in over 400 podcasts, including top-rated shows such as The University of Adversity, The Primal BluePrint, and Success Unleashed. He has been featured on NBC, FOX, Yahoo Finance, Disrupt Magazine, Thrive Global, and Elephant Journal. Alex has worked with athletes, entertainers, executives, & leaders in; MLB, LinkedIn, Million Dollar Sellers, Shutterfly, Godiva, Chase, and Coldwell Banker. 

    Alex supports people in creating real results, integrity, enjoyment, and peace so they can succeed in what deeply matters to them and build their legacy.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Welcome to Playing with Problems with Alex Terranova

    Welcome to Playing with Problems with Alex Terranova

    We are accepting guests for future episodes and we would love to hear from you!

    Are you successful in love, business, money, happiness, family, health, or something else?  And are you brave enough to share and get supported around a current challenge, struggle, or area of stuckness you are currently facing on a podcast by one of the world's Top Professional & Personal Performance Coaches and Alchemists? 

    Too often, too many of us think that successful people have no problems, aren't struggling or challenged by anything, and that false belief isn't helping anyone.  Or goal, you get empowered in this area and create massive value for the listeners who likely are dealing with a similar problem, struggle, or challenge.

    If this sounds like it might be fun or a brave adventure for you, we'd love to hear from you!  

    Please email: Alex@TheDreamMason.com and mention Playing with Problems

    Alex Terranova is one of the world's Top Performance & Success Coaches & Alchemist, Author, a Breaker of Limiting Mental Beliefs, a recovering asshole, a lover of Philosophy, Personal Growth, and Mezcal. He is the docile tone behind hundreds of podcasts. Legend has it a former reality tv show villain and was dubbed "The Anti-Excuses Coach" by Yahoo Finance. Since 2015, he has coached hundreds of successful & influential individuals & businesses to thrive financially, enjoy better relationships, and achieve their stretch goals and deepest desires, all with less stress, drama, and difficulty.

    As a Professional Certified Coach & the Founder of DreamMason Inc., He has uniquely combined raw, direct, and bold masculine tactics with a magnetic, playful, and spiritual feminine ease. For his clients as well as himself, He is passionate about and believe Integrity, Commitment, Vulnerability, Trust, and Faith make up the core of Authenticity, which provides access to living an exceptional life of abundance, love, & joy.

    Alex Terranova is the author of Fictional Authenticity, the coauthor of the bestselling book Redefining Masculinity, and the forthcoming book How Dreams Are Built. He has hosted & appeared in over 400 podcasts including top-rated shows such as The University of Adversity, The Primal BluePrint, Success Unleashed, and have interviewed hundreds of the world's highest-performing, wise, and successful leaders on The DreamMason Podcast. I have been featured on NBC, FOX, Yahoo Finance, Disrupt Magazine, Thrive Global, and Elephant Journal.

    • 2 min

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