25 episodes

You go against the grain and you want to make a difference, but you struggle to stay on course in a world full of norms and noise.
It’s hard to change the world when it touches you deeply, but that sensitivity can be a superpower.
You’re a sensitive rebel…and this podcast is for you.

The Sensitive Rebel Steve McCready

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

You go against the grain and you want to make a difference, but you struggle to stay on course in a world full of norms and noise.
It’s hard to change the world when it touches you deeply, but that sensitivity can be a superpower.
You’re a sensitive rebel…and this podcast is for you.

    Exploring The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship and The Perfect Day With Darren Joe

    Exploring The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship and The Perfect Day With Darren Joe

    Darren Joe is an entrepreneur, writer, and podcast host. In 2012, he started Touch MBA, which has helped thousands of applicants worldwide get into the world’s top business schools. He hosts the Touch MBA Admissions Podcast, one of the top-ranked MBA podcasts. As well as ASE, a podcast which explores how self-employed creators and entrepreneurs manage their well-being and do their best work. In April 2021, he published his first book, The Fail-Safe Solopreneur: 6 Essential practices to manage your well-being working for yourself.

    A graduate of Princeton University, he resides in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A former Division 1 tennis player, Darren enjoys salsa dancing and playing Cataan to relax.

    I had a great time talking to Darren and really appreciate how genuine he is and the perspective he brings to entrepreneurship and life.

    Some of the topics we discussed:
    * The power of mastermind groups and importance of how they’re facilitated
    * The power of small groups vs. large ones
    * The importance of connecting with others on a similar path
    * The importance and power of ranking your day
    * The concept of the perfect day & what makes a perfect day
    * The importance of looking both at the ups and the downs / the light and the dark side of business
    * The danger (and opportunity) in comparison
    * How Darren's parents responded to his book
    * Darren’s big challenge going forward

    Connect with Darren:
    Web - https://upstartist.tv
    Podcast -  https://upstartist.tv/ase
    Instagram - https://instagram.com/freeyourinnerguru
    The Fail-Safe Solopreneur: https://upstartist.tv/the-fail-safe-solopreneur/
    Amazon/Audible link for The Fail-Safe Solopreneur: https://amzn.to/3ghY6bf

    Connect with Steve:
    Email - steve@sensitiverebel.com
    Web - https://sensitiverebel.com
    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk7zd5kba1SQZOyM5sKKiVA
    Instagram - https://instagram.com/thesensitiverebel

    P.S. One note I want to make is that this interview was recorded a couple of months prior to publication, so Darren’s comments about the COVID-related restrictions in Vietnam do not reflect the current environment there.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Laura Tucker Helps Steve Free His Inner Guru

    Laura Tucker Helps Steve Free His Inner Guru

    Laura Tucker is a writer, photographer, podcaster, and recovering coach. She and I connected a while back, and in discussing our ideas about personal growth, coaching, gurus, and more, came up with the idea of a podcast swap … and then took it to another level by swapping the guest & host roles. So, in this episode, Laura took the host chair and interviewed me!

    Here’s some of what we talked about: 
    How I accidentally became a professional artistMy journey from IT to therapy and coaching Differences between therapy and coachingWhat I’m rebelling against The ‘big why’ behind my coaching work What’s a Sensitive rebel, anyway?What’s an HSP?How sensitivity can be a strength. My Instagram ‘strategy’Why I started a podcast, and some of my favorite ones to listen toThe power of music, and some of my favorite music. The importance of one’s physical environment
    Definitely check out Laura’s Free Your Inner Guru podcast … a good place to start would be the ‘companion’ interview to this one - my interview of her, which is episode 93 of the Free Your Inner Guru podcast. We had a great conversation about her story, her experience with James Arthur Ray, and how the Sedona sweat lodge incident in 2009 which she was a part of affected her and informed her journey.

    Connect with Laura:
    Web - https://lauratucker.com
    Podcast- https://freeyourinnerguru.com
    Instagram -  https://instagram.com/freeyourinnerguru (podcast)
    Instagram - https://instagram.com/thatlauratucker (photography)

    Connect with Steve:
    Email - steve@sensitiverebel.com
    Web - https://sensitiverebel.com
    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk7zd5kba1SQZOyM5sKKiVA
    Instagram - https://instagram.com/thesensitiverebel

    • 59 min
    Don't Settle, Adapt - with Author Daniel Arthur Smith

    Don't Settle, Adapt - with Author Daniel Arthur Smith

    Daniel Arthur Smith is a USA Today & Wall Street Journal best selling author, who’s titles include Spectral Shift, Hugh Howey Lives, The Cathari Treasure and The Somali Deception, among others.

    He also curates the short fiction series Tales From The Canyons of The Damned.

    Daniel was raised in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University where he studied philosophy. Along his career journey he’s worked as a bartender, barista, poetry house proprietor, teacher, and technologist for Fortune 100 companies across America & Europe.

    Whether or not you’ve read one of Daniel’s works, you probably have made use of a technology he helped develop during his IT career, which is one of the many subjects we cover in our conversation.

    Here’s some of the other topics we discussed:
    The role of books in Daniel’s childhoodThe power and importance of perspectiveThe unique experience of growing up in Michigan in the 80’s and how  it shaped Daniel and his career pathThe problems with ‘settling’How Daniel got stuck in his IT career for longer than he wanted toThe important role writing plays in his life beyond a career
    Connect with Daniel:
    Email: daniel@danielsarthursmith.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielArthurSmith
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielsmi

    Connect with Steve:
    Email: steve@sensitiverebel.com
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/thesensitiverebel

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn Goes Beyond Rehabilitation

    Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn Goes Beyond Rehabilitation

    Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn is a Professor in the School of Nursing at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). She received her Doctor of Education from St. Mary’s College and Masters of Science in Nursing at CSUS, focusing on trauma-informed care with an emphasis on building resilience and post-traumatic growth (PTG).

    She developed the word Metahabilitation, to describe a more optimistic and productive outcome in the aftermath of trauma, and her research provided a strengths-based clinical pathway guiding individuals toward PTG. Her post-doctoral research focused on how traumatic experiences also build resilience and bring forth Post-Traumatic Growth  in secondary and vicarious trauma survivors as well as communities.

    Along with the course she created at CSUS, Traumatology. An Introduction to Post-traumatic Growth, she continues to research, lecture and directly apply Metahabilitation in a variety of rehabilitation and recovery settings.

    Her second book on the subject, Anatomy of a Survivor. Building Resilience Grit and Growth After Trauma, was released in April 2021.

    Topics discussed include:
    Dr. Mikal-Flynn’s own traumatic event and recovery from itWhat ‘Metahabilitation’ is and how it worksThe importance of support system in any recovery processReframing challenges and struggles as starting points vs. end points The power and importance of permission and control in recovery
    Get in Touch with Dr. Joyce:
    Web - https://metahab.com
    Instagram - https://instagram.com/dr.jmf

    Get in Touch with Steve:
    Email: steve@sensitiverebel.com
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/thesensitiverebel

    • 1 hr 7 min
    How Joe Perrone Went From Burnout to Time Freedom

    How Joe Perrone Went From Burnout to Time Freedom

    Joe Perrone is an executive consultant who helps business owners and professionals find freedom from stress & overwhelm. He is an expert in creating free time and eliminating burnout.

    Topics covered in this episode:
    Joe’s professional journey and eventual burnout.
    His recovery and pivot from auto repair to consulting & coaching.
    The importance of coaches having coaches
    Why a service mindset is critical for success
    The power of a smile
    Ripple effects
    The concept of a ‘day-tight’ compartment for staying present and focused on now.
    Using the past to create a better future
    Keys to creating more time and time freedom in your life.

    Books mentioned:
    Stop Worrying & Start Living - Dale Carnegie
    Atomic Habits - James Clear
    The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg
    The Strangest Secret - Earl Nightingale
    Start with Why - Simon Sinek
    Essentialism - Greg McKeon

    Get in Touch with Joe:
    Web: https://joeperrone.biz
    LInkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeon34/
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/joeperrone.biz

    Get in Touch with Steve:
    Email: steve@sensitiverebel.com
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/thesensitiverebel

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Kim Chernecki is Helping People Transform Their Relationship With 'The Man'

    Kim Chernecki is Helping People Transform Their Relationship With 'The Man'

    My guest today is Kim Chernecki, CEO and Founder of Freedom Street. Kim is Canada’s leading expert on helping high-performing freelance executives, consultants, coaches and other experts to land lucrative corporate contracts. She is the creator of the Land Corporate Contracts Fast-Track System, and is a top-rated sales performance executive, facilitator, coach, advisor, speaker and strategist.
    She has worked 'shoulder-to-shoulder’ with over 1400 Executives and Small Business Owners to grow their businesses and close Millions of dollars in corporate contracts, started up and helped grow 10 businesses and business divisions ,and personally built 7-figure book of business with corporate clients with 40% year-over-year growth 6 years in a row.

    Topics explored in our conversation include:
    * Why working ‘for the man’ didn’t work for Kim.
    * Her 'dark night of the soul' and how it changed things for her.
    * The powerful reframe that was transformative in helping her respond differently to her challenges.
    * How Kim deals with challenges and stresses in her work.
    * Kim’s ‘Trojan Horse’ method of selling & serving her clients.
    * The AI company Kim’s building and how she sees it changing the task of prospecting for business.

    You can connect with Kim and learn more about her services at: https://www.freedomstreetinc.com/

    • 49 min

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RedSeventy5 ,

So incredibly moving!

Steve McCready was born to be an interviewer. His thoughtful reflections about what his guests are saying indicate real listening—which feels rare. He keeps the conversations moving and probes deeply for insights that will really move you. His episode with Tom Garcia had me in tears. I am a listener for life!

Counselor Bob ,

Compassionately Potent!

Want to expand your options for who you will be in six months? Want to remember what is important to you now? Want to find hope for humankind? Want to find your next great read? Steve regularly delivers possibilities for us to answer these questions and more. I feel invited into a special conversation in each episode. There's room for you too.

Tzeli Triantafillou ,

Absolutely fabulous podcast!

Binge worthy mind blowing conversations that really inspire different ways of thinking. Fabulous guests offering perspectives that both stimulate minds inspiring the listeners and yet allow us to find refuge in the recognition of our common humanity and vulnerability. Its good to finally feel cool for being a “sensitive rebel”😁! Thank you Steve🙏🏼.

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