Candid and inspiring stories from people who have turned adversity into advantage
Candid and inspiring stories from people who have turned adversity into advantage
EP 18: Imposter syndrome - how cancer saved me, with Sharon Lloyd Barnes
Have you ever had periods in your life when you've felt that you are not the person you want to be? An imposter, held back by an internal dialogue that was sabotaging your life?Often it takes a dramatic event -a relationship breakup, the loss of a loved one or a health issue to break the chain and for us to reassess our lives.When that event is stage 3 cancer, it must shake you to the core. But that is what happened to my guest Sharon Lloyd Barnes.On the outside, Sharon is one of the most capable, calm and collected, and together people you are ever likely to meet. It just didn't feel that way to her inside.Brought up as a child in Edinburgh Scotland Sharon's mother left the family when Sharon was a young teenage an event which was to shape her outlook on life subconsciously.A single mum of two boys, one of whom has autism and learning difficulties, Sharon had spent her life doing the right thing and putting on as she says 'a happy face'.Yet it was her battle with cancer which, fortunately, she has won, that had a transforming effect on Sharon's life. She even goes to describes it as a gift. In our conversation we talk about; * The impact her mother leaving the family when Sharon was 12 yrs old had on her outlook?* How self-doubt and anxiety drove her decision making* The role that cancer played in breaking her destructive internal dialogue* How the adversity of coming through her illness has opened a new and positive chapter in her life.* Sharon's advice for anyone facing challenges in their life. It is a tribute to Sharon's resilience and determination that she was able to come through her illness and define it as a positive part of her personal growth.For anyone struggling with feelings of self-doubt, Sharon's story inspires and gives hope that it is possible to come through serious illness and to find ones' true self. Listen and share your thoughts and observations about this episode and Sharon's story at the Turning the Tables Community on Facebook. You can find Sharon on LinkedIn Episode credits;Editor and sound engineer: Tim White email: email@example.comHost: Simon RatcliffeMusic:Broken Elegance -UnconditionallyScott Buckley - Life is & The closing of summer
EP 17 : Human stories and reflections on the Coronavirus pandemic - The people's voice
What stories will we tell our children and our grandchildren about the adversity of the coronavirus pandemic? Episode 17 of Turning the Tables started with a simple question to a group of fellow podcasters and friends for different walks of life and geographies.What have you learned through this Coronavirus pandemic lockdown?What followed was a tapestry of human stories and observations about life, priorities, hopes, and fears.The discovery of a simpler lifeThe importance of family and friendsThe rebasing of prioritiesThe fragility of lifeCollective willpowerJoyDestructionNatureNurtureConstraint Connection KindnessChaosCalmLittle things and big thingsThe question is, as we move forward out of this coronavirus pandemic, what path will we choose?What choices will we make, and what stories will we tell our children and our grandchildren about the adversity of the coronavirus pandemic. Will it be a story of how he fractured apart, or will it be about how we came together. Will we have learned or will we have forgotten, only time will tell, it's in our hands.What is your story?Listen and share your stories about what you have learned during this pandemic this episode at the Turning the Tables Community on Facebook.The podcast hosts that have contributed to the episode and links to their podcasts;1.49 Maria Xenidou - Impact Learning5.09 Howard M - Seasons of Sobriety 6.06 Richard Brown - Closer to Brands6.43 Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett - Playful Chinese7.20 David Chapple8.19 Mina Fung - 10x Vision 8.40 & 21.08 - Karena de Souza - Tilt the Future9.45 Linda Chapple11.10 Peter Algate - Peteralgate.com13.18 Tania Marien - Talaterra14.59 Catherine Lynch - Next Level Parenting15.58 David Reynolds - Lead, Learn, Change17.00 Cindy Safronoff - Dedication - A Centennial Story18.50 Leekie Tang - The Mindful Founder22.39 Diane Wyzga - Stories From Woman that Walk Episode credits;Editor and sound engineer: Tim White email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHost: Simon RatcliffeMusic:Broken Elegance -UnconditionallyScott Buckley - SnowfallAudionautix -Secondnature
EP :16 My journey to find healing, love and freedom, with lawyer turned Mountain Nomad - Marinel de Jesus
Marinel de Jesus's story is a journey of discovery. A human struggle to find herself, freedom, and true happiness.Arriving in Seattle at the age of 13 yrs as part of an immigrant family from the Philippines, in the early years, of Marinel's life was about survival. Pushed on by the expectations of her family and particularly her mother, she struggled with feelings of inadequacy. Despite the significant achievement of becoming a practicing lawyer, deep down Marinel felt empty. She might have had the trappings of success, a home, a career, and money but in her own words, she thought she had 'lost a sense of herself'. There was an emotional turmoil and search for meaning enveloping her that wouldn't shift. When Marinel's mother died, it was the last day she was a lawyer. Her death was a catalyst for Marinel to embark on a journey to find herself and to "heal."Mountain trekking provided that healing. She discovered the freedom, love, and true happiness that had been missing from her life.Nature became Marinel's nurture.What started as a journey of discovery became a new life as she built her own trekking business and established a social mission to support indigenous women in the trekking industry.In Marinel's own words;"My dream didn't start until I looked inside."Marinel now runs a social enterprise trekking business, Peak Explorations, and leads a trekking community and social mission, based around her Brown Gal Trekker website. Her mission is to empower women and promote their presence in the trekking world.She is a writer and documentary maker and her new film called; We are Nomads - charts the story of the migration of women in the Altai mountain region of Mongolia.Listen and share your thoughts and observations about this episode and Marinel's journey at the Turning the Tables Community on Facebook.You can contact Marinel through Facebook or via the brown gal website.Episode credits;Editor and sound engineer: Tim White email: email@example.comHost: Simon RatcliffeMusic:Broken Elegance -UnconditionallyScott Buckley - SnowfallAudionautix -Act Three
EP 15: How a medical nightmare propelled a business dream with Amy Woods
Amy Woods can safely be described as an achiever. A 13-year career spent working in the high-intensity, high stakes world of management consultancy gave Amy exposure to some of the world's most successful businesses.But two events were to shape Amy's world; starting a family and the terrifying experience of being told she had a life expectancy of 4-6 hours because of an acute medical issue.Fortunately, Amy survived, and this experience propelled her towards her ambition of moving away from the world of big corporate business and start her own online business that would give her the freedom to balance work with family life.That business called Content 10x has thrived, and Amy has gone on to write a book and become a regular keynote speaker at online business events.In this episode, we talk about:How her career in management consultancy equipped her with the tools to succeed in her own businessHow determination and resilience helped her through the medical nightmare.The surprising superpower which being a redhead gave her.Amy's advice and insight about building an online business from side hustle to a full-time career.Two key things that helped Amy navigate through adversity.Listen and share your thoughts and observations on this episode at the Turning the Tables Community on Facebook. You can contact Amy through her website www.content10x.com or by email firstname.lastname@example.orgHer book More content, less time, more results available through Amazon Episode credits;Editor and sound engineer: Tim White email: email@example.comHost: Simon RatcliffeMusic:Broken Elegance -UnconditionallyNew Day by Tokyo Music WalkerEverything I could never tell you by Joey Pecoraro
EP 14: Rebel with a cause - 'Teenology',parenting and following your own path with Sarah Newton
Sarah Newton in her own words is something of a maverick. A flamboyant and rebellious character, Sarah has spent a career championing the cause of young people and following her own path from working at Disney World in Florida to being a police officer to working with parents and young people to now flying the flag for creativity and self-expression.If you are a parent or someone who works with young people there is much to learn from Sarah's story.A passion for working with and writing about young people led her to become one of the first parenting coaches in the UK and publish a book on parenting - Help my teenager is an Alien. She went on to feature in a mainstream parenting TV series and working with Fortune 500 companies as an advisor on youth and change.But it hasn't been all plain sailing, a tragic event when a teenager she was working with, in the police force took his own life had a profound effect on her and shaped her subsequent career. She went on to leave her job, home, and husband all at the same time.The apparent dream of a TV series proved to be a huge challenge to her values and beliefs and led to a further pivot in her career as a writer and influencer around 'Teenology".Sarah is now pursuing a career as a social commentator, a decoder of human behaviour and cataylst for changeHer story shows us the power of conviction and navigating adversity by following your own path.You can contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org Website Listen and share your thoughts and observations with the Turning the Tables Community on Facebook.Episode referencesSuper Better -Jane McGonigalKahlil Gibram Episode credits;Editor and sound engineer: Tim White email: email@example.comMusic:Broken Elegance -Unconditionally When I'm gone -LYQWID
EP13 : Overcoming adversity - Coronavirus special - 5 strategies with Simon Ratcliffe
How to overcome adversity in times of crisis?'If it's humanly possible, you can do it' – Marcus Aurelius.In times of human crisis, how do we cope? How do we manage the physical and emotional challenges that present themselves? And perhaps most crucially how do we come out the other side better human beings?A strange reality has descended on us.At this time many of us will be at home isolating, some will be part of the army of people who are trying to keep us functioning as nations, and some, of course, will be on the frontline battling this new Coronavirus invader in hospitals and the community.One thing is for sure, and that is whichever situation you find yourself in, this worldwide crisis will challenge us mentally - our sense of self, our relationships our values and our livelihoods.But beyond this crisis, how do we overcome the challenges in our lives? What can we do to move on and learn from adversity? What are the mindsets and approaches that distinguish people who move through challenging situations to find new purpose and meaning in their lives?In this episode, I reflect on the learnings from my guests on the podcast so far, to identify 5 strategies to help overcome adversity and to turn adversity into advantage. Listen and share your thoughts and observations with the Turning the Tables Community on Facebook.Episode credits;Editor and sound engineer: Tim White email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMusic: Broken Elegance -UnconditionallyGhostrifter Official Scott BuckleyJourney HomeAudionautix
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