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Join Mark Whittle (@markwhittle_tf), as he shines the spotlight on the UK's greatest success stories.
Listen to conversations with some of the highest achievers, from entrepreneurs and elite athletes, to adventurers and all round hustlers. Expect raw, actionable advice that you can incorporate into your own life, to drive you closer to your goals.
If you are a high achiever and love taking inspiration from others, or are aspiring to be greater and want some motivation to help you get there, this podcast is for you. We talk mindset, overcoming obstacles, book suggestions and more.
Episodes will be released on Sunday evening in preparation for your Monday Morning Motivation.
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#099 - Ollie Ollerton - If You Want To Perform Don't Conform
Ollie is a former military man, initially a royal marine commando. After 5 years service he was recommended for SAS selection - the grueling 6 month selection process finished with Ollie as one of only 5 from 250 to pass and be inducted into the special forces as part of the SBS, the special boat service.
During his 6 years in the special forces he undertook countless high profile missions including hostage rescue, counter narcotics, counter terrorism, homeland security and counter insurgency.
On leaving the SBS Ollie worked as private security both in Iraq and Southeast Asia.
Ollie is arguably most recognised for his part os one of the founders of the incredibly popular TV show SAS.WDW - which documents recruits going through a simulated SAS selection. Ollie is the CEO of break point, an organisation for both public and corporate which focuses on shifting people’s limiting beliefs. He’s a speaker and a writer too. His books ‘Break point’ and 'Battle Ready' where both Sunday times best sellers - and he now has a new book ‘Scar tissue’, which unlike his others is a fiction which has just dropped.
He also recently launched battle ready 360. A gym in a box that can be taken anywhere to train anytime.
This conversation blew me away. We discuss Ollie career development and his desire to be himself and not conform and how that’s impacted him. We talk about his incredibly specific and powerful morning routine and what each practice does for him. He opens up about how last year a trip to Costa Rica which involved an psychedelic ceremony (ayahuasca) allowed him to finally get over the trauma he experienced as a 10 year old boy, when a 50kilo chimp attacked him, with Ollie narrowly missing death. This was a crazy story!
Plus we talk how to use visualisation to achieve anything we want! We also go into what the ‘system’ is designed to push us into a life that lacks meaning. We essentially put the world to rights in this one!
I’m so proud to share this one with you today. Without further ado, please enjoy episode 99 with former special forces solider, entrepreneur, speaker, author and legend - Ollie Ollerton.
Scar Tissue : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scar-Tissue-Thriller-Bestselling-Author/dp/1788703804
Breakpoint : https://break-point.co.uk/#/?playlistId=0&videoId=0
BattleReady360 : https://battleready360.co.uk/
Ollie : https://champions-speakers.co.uk/speaker-agent/ollie-ollerton
#098 - Cecilia Harris - Passion Is A SuperPower (The RWL Story)
Cecilia is the co-founder of RWL ( https://www.resultswellnesslifestyle.com/ ) along side business partner Lucy Mecklenburgh, a celebrity personal trainer and huge inspiration to so many.
Born in Paris, Cecilia grew up in Tunisia, New York and Miami before coming to London in the 1990's, and finally settling in Essex. Cecilia’s younger years were spent in hospitality working in restaurants, chalets and managing hotels.
Her pivot into the world of fitness happened as a result of a huge personal challenge in her mid-thirties. Cecilia suffered from postnatal depression following the birth of her son Fabio and found that whilst antidepressants made her less depressed, she felt ‘less’ of everything else; less happy, less energetic and less joyous.
After being on medication for 6 months and desperate to find a different solution, Cecilia turned to exercise and started training with one of Miami’s top personal trainers. Her life changed and she quickly came off Medication and found her natural high using exercise as a therapeutic method and form of meditation.
Cecilia felt inspired to promote the power of exercise to other women, and upon moving back to the U.K become a Personal Trainer herself and opened her first Boutique PT studio in 2008. A second studio soon followed, where she met fellow co-founder Lucy Mecklenburgh and they started what would become a multi-million pound business.
In 2013 Lucy and Cecilia’s fitness brand launched to become the first of its kind online Fitness Platform in the U.K, first as Results with Lucy and now rebranded for 2020, as Results Wellness Lifestyle, with a community of 500,000 followers across social media.
As Cecilia approaches 5 million paid for workout sessions from her client base, Cecilia is almost certainly now the U.K's No.1 Personal Trainer. She brings a level of energy, love and passion to her unique brand of fitness, that radiates through to those following along and i certainly felt that energy speaking with her and I’m so pleased I’m able to share her story with you today.
What I would ask you to think about during this conversation is this. Are you over complicated things? We have a tendency to over complete and I’m guilty more than most here. Consider whether you are over complicating things and also ask your self with this challenge that you are facing right now what ever it is.... what are you choosing not to see? There’s often some gold in all challenge we face if we’re willing to see and hear them.
If you enjoyed this episode you may enjoy this episode with Esme Gummer, celebrity trainer and SAS.WDW contestant : https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/028-esmee-gummer-overcoming-paralysis-smashing-sas/id1339336927?i=1000430033436
#097 - Spencer Matthews - Clean Living, Sobriety & Global Domination (The Clean Co Story)
Spencer is an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Clean Co and Eden Rocks Jewelry and a television personality.
He was first brought into our lives as the central figure in tv series Made In Chelsea. Since, he has done some much in tv as a presenter, but also as a contestant winning the Jump in 2017, reaching the final of celebrity master chef in 2018 and even winning a BAFTA as part of the made in Chelsea cast in 2011.
Spencer also has his own show with wife vogue Williams - Spencer, Vogue and baby too. Which was so popular it came back for a second season the same year. I actually loved watching both too!
But, what I was most interested to hear about was Spencer’s life as an entrepreneur and how he built Clean Co and transformed his life through sobriety.
Clean co is truthfully what I have been crying out for. An extremely low alcohol replacement to traditional alcoholic drinks. Clean co launched a clean gin and a clean rum to start with and I was fascinated to hear all about Spencer’s vision of broadening their product offering beyond liquor and essentially striving for world domination in this market! I was so impressed by his mindset, his desire to help people and the clarity of his vision.
Clean co just secured a further £7million investment on top of the 2mil investment they had at the beginning of the year, so a massive congrats to the team. I’ll raise a clean gin to that.
We talk all about entrepreneurship, family life, body transformation, jujitsu and the power of clean and optimal living. A truly powerful conversation that I'm extremely grateful we had.
To find out more about Clean co, go to https://clean.co/ - ENJOY!
#096 - Adrian 'Mapps' Mariappa - The Power of Self Belief & The Art of Perseverance
This episode is with professional footballer, and former Watford FC & Jamaica Captain, Adrian Mariappa.
Adrian, or Mapps as best better known, has had a 15 year professional career spending 10 of those years in the best footballing league in the world, the English premier league. He’s made over 400 appearances for club, most of them for His boyhood club Watford and 50 appearances Internationally for Jamaica. Name any footballer of notoriety and Mapps has played against them and likely held his own. Cristiano Ronaldo, yes. Messi, yes. Suarez, Hazard, Henry, yes. He’s reached two FA cup finals narrowly missing out on winning both and as a natural born leader was the captain of his club and country.
But it’s not all been smooth sailing. At 15 he was told he would be released by Watford. We hear all about how he turned to basketball and athletics at this time to improve his jump height and speed. We hear about the many times he’s been at clubs, including Crystal Palace, where he’s had a change in manager who has dropped him, so time and time again he’s had to fight to get his place back. At one time being the 7th choice centre back.
This conversation was incredibly eye opening and highlights the importance of perseverance and persistence as we strive to achieve our goals. I hope you enjoy!
#095 - Thomas Robson-Kanu - Living Life Without Ego (REPOST)
Thomas is a professional footballer for West Brom & Wales - and the Founder & CEO of The Turmeric Co.
His career started as a youth player at arsenal and then reading and in 2007 he made the reading first team going immediately out on loan for two seasons before going back to reading where he had great success - including being part of their 2011-2012 championship winning season. He made his premier League debut in 2012 !
In 2016 he signed for West Brom where he still plays today and is currently having his most prolific season of his career as he settles into his new number 9 role under manager Slaven Bilic. Thomas currently has 336 professional appearances for club with 51 goals. And 42 appearances internationally for wales with 5 goals - including most notably his unbelievable goal against Belgium in the 2016 euros - perhaps his most career defining moment to date.
Beyond this, in 2018 Thomas founded the turmeric co . Having experienced 2 potentially career ending injuries he began researching dietary supplements that would help manage his pain, inflammation and immune system - his 15 years of research and developed finally led to the best in class selection of turmeric, ginger and beetroot shots they bought to market.
Thomas is such an incredibly impressive individual. So intelligent and so articulate - his outlook on life and understanding of the internal world vs the external world and how we can best navigate these in order to live a happy fulfilled life is some of the best advice we have ever had on this podcast. We talk all about the power of gratitude and what he believes allowed him to achieve what he’s done so far - and it’s only the beginning.
This episode is brought to you by The Turmeric Co - https://theturmeric.co/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzfzdzPmN6gIVMYBQBh2Rrw5kEAAYASAAEgLinvD_BwE
#094 - George Groves - Confrontation, Near Death & Fierce Self Belief (Becoming Champion of The World)
George is a former World Champion boxer, who fought for professionally for 10 years!
George held the WBA super-middleweight title from 2017 to 2018, and previously the European, British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles between 2010 and 2014. As an amateur, He won the ABA middleweight title twice in 2007 and again 2008.
I’m 2013, He famously fought Carl Froch in a hugely controversial fight that was stopped in favor of Carl, after George won the first 7 rounds! It led to the rematch Froch groves 2 in Wembley in front of 80,000 people.
George had 4 title fights and finally won in 2017 - in the episode he talks all about his journey of becoming World Champion, building a championship mindset and how it was his lifetimes work - how he nearly killed Eduard Gutknecht months before his retirement and the impact thats had on him - how we can all deal with confrontation with a positive outcome, plus so much more. George is an absolute gent. I hope you enjoy!
Twitter : https://twitter.com/StGeorgeGroves?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
This episode is sponsored by The Turmeric Co : https://theturmeric.co/
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