29 episodes

A podcast about the hidden potential in unexpected twists.

Sean Loots, award-winning South African radio personality, is a parent to a child with special needs and is forever dealing with unexpected change.

Join Sean each week as he speaks with people in and out of the spotlight, who have embraced a new normal and discovered their true potential along the way.

Each episode contains powerful stories and mental tools we all need to adapt and grow when life throws us an unexpected curveball

Subscribe to Something Shifted with Sean Loots on your favorite listening platform today, so that when life twists, you’ll know how to shift.

https://somethingshifted.co.za

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A podcast about the hidden potential in unexpected twists.

Sean Loots, award-winning South African radio personality, is a parent to a child with special needs and is forever dealing with unexpected change.

Join Sean each week as he speaks with people in and out of the spotlight, who have embraced a new normal and discovered their true potential along the way.

Each episode contains powerful stories and mental tools we all need to adapt and grow when life throws us an unexpected curveball

Subscribe to Something Shifted with Sean Loots on your favorite listening platform today, so that when life twists, you’ll know how to shift.

https://somethingshifted.co.za

    Zola Nene on imposter syndrome, Gordon Ramsay, cookbooks and cooking with hippos

    Zola Nene on imposter syndrome, Gordon Ramsay, cookbooks and cooking with hippos

    Zola Nene shares her journey of leaving law to pursue a career in the culinary arts, overcoming imposter syndrome, and finding joy in her work.
    She discusses the impact of her parents on her mindset and the inspirations that shaped her. Zola also reflects on her experiences with Gordon Ramsay and the significance of her cookbooks. Tune in for a heartfelt reflection on the significance of personal satisfaction and evolution in one's life path.

    Quotes from Zola:
    "I've taken opportunities and made the best of them"
    "Seeing somebody who genuinely loved what they did, I understood what that meant, and I grew up knowing that that was possible.
    "I want to leave a legacy behind. Even long after I'm gone, the books and the recipes exist, being passed down through generations."

    https://www.zolanene.com
    https://somethingshifted.co.za
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    CHAPTERS
    Imposter Syndrome (00:00:59) Zola Nene discusses her experience with imposter syndrome and how she overcame it.

    Decision to Quit Law (00:02:30) Zola Nene reflects on her decision to quit law school and pursue a career in the culinary arts.

    Influences and Inspirations (00:03:38) Zola Nene talks about the inspirations that have shaped her, including her parents' work ethic and their support for her career change.

    Interest in Culinary Arts (00:05:27) Zola Nene shares her shift from studying law to her interest in food and cooking, leading to her decision to pursue a career in culinary arts.

    First Job in the UK (00:08:31) Zola Nene describes her first job as a commis chef in the UK and how it prepared her for her career in the culinary industry.

    On Set with Gordon Ramsay (00:10:47) Zola Nene talks about her experience working with Gordon Ramsay on Uncharted, sharing her culture and the positive connection they formed.

    Cooking with Gordon Ramsay (00:14:18) Zola Nene shares her experience of cooking with Gordon Ramsay in front of a hippo, including the potential danger and the dramatic moments on set.

    Managing Future Commitments (00:17:10) Zola Nene and Sean Loots discuss making decisions based on how they will feel in the future, and the pressure of declining social and work invitations.

    Pride in Cookbook Awards (00:22:01) Zola Nene expresses her pride in winning cookbook awards and the significance of leaving a food legacy through her recipes.

    Watching Kids Open Gifts (00:23:53) Zola Nene shares the joy of watching her niece and nephew open gifts at Christmas.

    • 26 min
    What is emotional intelligence and why does it matter?

    What is emotional intelligence and why does it matter?

    Do you think your co-workers have high or low emotional intelligence? What can we learn about EQ from someone that grew up in a communal home?
    Theran Knighton-Fitt grew up in a home filled with love, support and more people than the average preschool class.
    Theran's formative years clearly impacted how he leads his life and the work he does at Mygrow, an online employee wellness platform that drives personal growth.

    In this episode of Something Shifted, Theran explains that emotional intelligence is a set of skills that helps manage oneself and interactions with others effectively. EQ involves self-management, relationships with others, decision-making, and stress handling. Core beliefs, values and personal narratives can play a significant role in the development of emotional intelligence.
    Theran also shares his view on engaging with AI.

    Quotes from Theran Knighton-Fitt:
    "It was a complex and complicated childhood that has formed me in so many different ways."
    "Emotional intelligence is so much broader than the average understanding."
    "So much of the work we do at Mygrow is restorative, it is rehabilitation work to try and undermine some of the self-beliefs and narratives that we have of ourselves."

    https://mygrow.me

    Growing Up in a Communal Home (00:00:43) Theran's childhood experiences in a communal home in South Africa and the family's relocation plans.

    Influence of Childhood on Emotional Intelligence (00:02:12) The impact of Theran's upbringing on his life and work in emotional intelligence.

    Understanding Emotional Intelligence (00:05:06) Theran's explanation of emotional intelligence, its definition, and the broad involvement of emotions in various life areas.

    Core Beliefs and Emotional Intelligence (00:09:43) The role of core beliefs in the development of emotional intelligence and their impact on identity and narratives.

    Neuroscience and Emotional Response (00:13:25) Theran's explanation of the amygdala's role in associating past experiences with present situations and its impact on emotional responses.

    The Importance of Belief and Support (00:16:25) Theran's perspective on the importance of having someone who believes in us, as seen through the lens of being a parent.

    Restorative Work (00:20:16) Theran explains how the work at Mygrow is restorative and rehabilitative, aiming to address self-beliefs and identities developed in childhood.

    Engaging with AI (00:21:39) Theran shares his approach to engaging with artificial intelligence and emphasizes the importance of maintaining human values and behaviors.

    Emotional Sensitivity (00:24:19) Theran reflects on how exhaustion increases emotional sensitivity and the impact it has on feeling offended or misunderstood.

    Recording Songs for Children (00:26:42) Theran expresses his desire to record the songs he wrote for his children, explaining the sentimental significance and meaning behind them.

    • 30 min
    SHORT: Can Writing Help Lower Your Stress Levels? Try This Stress Less Technique with Noa Belling

    SHORT: Can Writing Help Lower Your Stress Levels? Try This Stress Less Technique with Noa Belling

    Bonus Episode: In this episode of "Something Shifted," Sean talks with Noa Belling, a psychotherapist and author of "Stress Less: Managing Anxiety in a Modern World."

    Noa shares her expertise on stress management, particularly the benefits of writing as a tool to alleviate stress. She explains how jotting down thoughts and to-do lists can help clear the mind and address underlying emotions.
    The episode serves as a practical guide for listeners to manage stress and improve mental clarity, with an invitation to explore more of Noa's stress relief strategies in her book and on the podcast.
    Noa Belling's book Stress Less is available online and in all good bookstores now.

    • 4 min
    SHORT: One Incredibly Effective Strategy for Reducing Stress and Anxiety from Psychotherapist Noa Belling

    SHORT: One Incredibly Effective Strategy for Reducing Stress and Anxiety from Psychotherapist Noa Belling

    Bonus Episode: In this episode of "Something Shifted," Sean welcomes Noa Belling, a psychotherapist and author of "Stress Less: Managing Anxiety in a Modern World."
    Noa discusses the brain's negativity bias and offers strategies to counteract it, such as focusing on positive aspects of our lives and engaging in acts of kindness. She suggests practical exercises like soaking up positive experiences and placing hands on the chest to foster positivity.
    The episode aims to provide listeners with tools to manage stress. Noa Belling's book Stress Less is available online and in all good bookstores.
    https://noabelling.com

    • 7 min
    SHORT: How Can You Shift Your Focus and Reduce Stress in Seconds? Noa Belling Shares Another Stress Less Tool

    SHORT: How Can You Shift Your Focus and Reduce Stress in Seconds? Noa Belling Shares Another Stress Less Tool

    Bonus Episode: Listen to Noa Belling, a psychotherapist and author of "Stress Less: Managing Anxiety in a Modern World" take you from anxious to calm.
    Noa shares a quick stress relief exercise focusing on present-moment awareness by engaging the senses and adjusting posture. She explains how this practice can enhance mental clarity and resourcefulness by tapping into the brain's prefrontal cortex.

    Find Noa Belling's book Stress Less online and in all good bookstores now.
    https://noabelling.com

    • 5 min
    SHORT: Can Changing Your Posture Help To Overcome Anxiety? Try This Effective Technique With Noa Belling

    SHORT: Can Changing Your Posture Help To Overcome Anxiety? Try This Effective Technique With Noa Belling

    Bonus Episode: Noa Belling, a psychotherapist and corporate consultant, discusses the link between posture and mental state, offering a tool from her book Stress Less that uses posture change to alleviate stress and anxiety. She suggests that adjusting one's posture can improve emotional well-being and clarity of thought, even if it doesn't eliminate the stressor. The episode serves as a resource for practical stress management techniques.
    Noa Belling's book Stress Less is available online and in all good bookstores.
    https://noabelling.com

    • 5 min

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