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Welcome to University of Adversity, a podcast where we explore the human experience of overcoming obstacles and achieving personal growth through real-life stories of accomplished individuals. From professional athletes to NY Times bestselling authors, celebrities, spiritual leaders, doctors, scientists, and billionaires, we bring you a diverse range of perspectives on the challenges and triumphs of adversity. Each episode is designed to provide listeners with inspiration, motivation, and practical tools to help them navigate through difficult times. We cover a wide range of topics related to mental health, personal development, self-improvement and resilience building, offering expert insights and actionable advice. Join us as we discover how to overcome adversity, cope with stress, and achieve your goals on this journey of self-discovery and personal growth, highlighting the stories of the everyday heroes among us.

University of Adversity Lance W Essihos

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 82 Ratings

Welcome to University of Adversity, a podcast where we explore the human experience of overcoming obstacles and achieving personal growth through real-life stories of accomplished individuals. From professional athletes to NY Times bestselling authors, celebrities, spiritual leaders, doctors, scientists, and billionaires, we bring you a diverse range of perspectives on the challenges and triumphs of adversity. Each episode is designed to provide listeners with inspiration, motivation, and practical tools to help them navigate through difficult times. We cover a wide range of topics related to mental health, personal development, self-improvement and resilience building, offering expert insights and actionable advice. Join us as we discover how to overcome adversity, cope with stress, and achieve your goals on this journey of self-discovery and personal growth, highlighting the stories of the everyday heroes among us.

    Transformative Travels - Cultivating Resilience and Self-Discovery in a Crazy World With Lance

    Transformative Travels - Cultivating Resilience and Self-Discovery in a Crazy World With Lance

    Episode Summary
    In this episode, I share my perspectives on how immersing in different cultures and stepping out of one's comfort zone can foster invaluable life lessons and personal growth. I explore my own experiences, such as participating in the Temezcal ceremony and reconnecting with my creative passions upon returning back to Canada, to highlight the importance of trusting the unknown, adapting to new situations, and continuously seeking out new experiences to cultivate resilience and self-discovery.
    1. Growth Through Cultural Exploration and Resilience (00:04:15)
    - Traveling abroad as a profound journey into personal growth, resilience, and adaptability
    - Importance of stepping out of one's comfort zone and immersing in different cultures

    2. Embracing Challenges Through Global Exploration (00:06:20)
    - Experiences that have fostered invaluable life lessons for me
    - Developing the skills of trusting the unknown and adapting to new situations

    3. Temezcal Ceremony: A Transformative Sweat Lodge Journey (00:12:23)
    - Participating in intense spiritual practices like the Temezcal ceremony
    - Insights I've gained from embracing the unknown and unfamiliar

    4. Rediscovering Creativity (00:16:40)
    - Reconnecting with my creative passions upon returning to a familiar environment
    - The value of balance between exploration and finding comfort

    5. Embracing Personal Growth Through Daily Effort (00:19:42)
    - My continuous pursuit of new experiences to foster growth and self-improvement
    - Importance of resilience and adaptability in thriving beyond comfort zones

    Connect with Lance:
    * Grab a copy Mastering Adversity Book: https://a.co/d/c8HXL6j *
    * Tired of being the best kept secret? Do you have a powerful mission? Then you need to be getting booked on podcasts:
    Book a call with the Mic-Up Media Team today and take advantage of our special promotion: https://lanceessihos.com/micup/
    - Instagram: www.instagram.com/lance.essihos/ 
    - Facebook: www.facebook.com/universityofadversity
    - Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/lance-w-essihos 
    - Website: lanceessihos.com 
    - Email: lance@lancewessihos.com

    • 22 min
    From Trauma to Transformation: A Former Paramedic's Journey into the Healing Powers of Psychedelics with Tara Portelli

    From Trauma to Transformation: A Former Paramedic's Journey into the Healing Powers of Psychedelics with Tara Portelli

    Tara Portelli is a former paramedic who has transitioned her focus to mental health and psychedelics. Drawing from her background in emergency services and experiences with medicinal mushrooms, Portelli is on a mission to support first responders and others in high-stress professions through proactive mental health strategies.
    In this episode, Tara Portelli shares her personal journey from the high-pressure world of emergency services to her current work in mental health and psychedelic advocacy. She candidly discusses the immense emotional toll that first responders often face, and the need for effective coping mechanisms to process trauma and difficult experiences.
    Portelli emphasizes the transformative power of practices like meditation, breathwork, and even psilocybin-assisted therapy. She recounts a life-changing psychedelic journey in Tulum, Mexico, and the profound insights it provided for her own healing and personal growth.
    With a unique blend of emergency services expertise and mental health advocacy, Portelli aims to destigmatize psychedelics and highlight their therapeutic potential. She also explores the benefits of plant-based microdosing and the use of hypnosis for subconscious neural reprogramming.
    Ultimately, Portelli's story underscores the importance of proactive, holistic approaches to mental health - particularly for those in high-stress professions. Her mission is to empower first responders and others to harness the transformative power of psychedelics and alternative healing modalities.
    Time Stamps:
    (00:07:01) Emotional Toll on First Responders in Emergency Services
    (00:12:04) Impact of Traumatic Events on First Responders' Mental Health
    (00:19:10) Mental Health Support in Emergency Services
    (00:23:20) Resilience through Mindfulness Practice in High-Stress Environments
    (00:30:37) Psilocybin's Transformational Empowerment and Trust Journey
    (00:45:10) Transformative Potential: Overcoming Psychedelic Stigma
    (00:54:27) Plant-Based Microdosing for Mental Health Benefits
    (00:59:31) Harnessing Internal Power for Healing Transformation
    (01:01:39) Harnessing Hypnosis for Subconscious Neural Reprogramming
    Connect with Tara:
    - Website: www.taraportelli.com
    - Retreat Website www.arcadiahealing.ca
    - Grab Tara's book: NUDE: Saying a Beautiful Goodbye to Who You Thought You Were and Stepping into Who You Truly Are.
    https://www.balboapress.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/843926-nude
    https://www.amazon.ca/NUDE-Beautiful-Goodbye-stepping-empowerment/dp/B0BNLNMSZS
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nudemushroom/
    Connect with Lance:
    * Grab a copy Mastering Adversity Book: https://a.co/d/c8HXL6j *
    * Tired of being the best kept secret? Do you have a powerful mission? Then you need to be getting booked on podcasts:
    Book a call with the Mic-Up Media Team today and take advantage of our special promotion: https://lanceessihos.com/micup/
    - Instagram: a href="https://www.instagram.com/lance.essihos/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 1 hr 8 min
    How to Create a New Identity and Why It's Important

    How to Create a New Identity and Why It's Important

    Identity transformation, a fascinating concept that pertains to the process of consciously reshaping one's personal beliefs, habits, and environment for self-development, plays a pivotal role in personal growth. Lance Essihos, an advocate of this intriguing concept, suggests that our identity is sculpted by our everyday habits, actions, and past experiences. With an unwavering belief in the potential for personal metamorphosis, Essihos emphasizes the capacity to alter one's identity by cultivating new habits and taking distinct actions. He underlines the importance of crafting a lucid vision of the individual you aspire to be, aligning your actions with this vision to revolutionize your identity. According to Essihos, confronting discomfort and stretching beyond one's comfort zone are crucial steps in creating a fresh identity, as adherence to old habits can result in stagnation. Ultimately, he inspires individuals to observe and emulate those they admire as an effective strategy to evolve into the person they wish to be.
    Time Stamps:
    (00:03:26) Habitual Shift: Crafting a New Identity
    (00:06:55) Embracing Personal Transformation: Shedding Past Identities
    (00:08:53) Embracing Discomfort for Personal Transformation
    (00:13:57) "Daily Action Steps for Personal Growth"
    Connect with Lance:
    * Grab a copy Mastering Adversity Book: https://a.co/d/c8HXL6j *
    Tired of being the best kept secret? Do you have a powerful mission? Then you need to be getting booked on podcasts:
    Book a call with the Mic-Up Media Team today and take advantage of our special promotion: https://lanceessihos.com/micup/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/lance.essihos/ 
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/universityofadversity
    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/lance-w-essihos 
    Website: lanceessihos.com 
    Email: lance@lancewessihos.com

    • 19 min
    Are You Using Social Media or Is Social Media Using You? The Dangers of Social Media and Why I'm Taking a Break from It

    Are You Using Social Media or Is Social Media Using You? The Dangers of Social Media and Why I'm Taking a Break from It

    In the digital age, the concept of a social media detox is growing in popularity as a way to combat the negative effects of constant online presence. Lance Essihos, a firm advocate for this concept, believes that excessive use of social media can lead to a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and feelings of inadequacy. From his perspective, taking regular breaks from social media is essential for mental health and overall well-being, as it allows individuals to reconnect with themselves, reduce stress, and improve their quality of life. This perspective is shaped by Essihos' emphasis on the importance of self-care and mental wellness in our digitally dominated world.
    Connect with Lance:
    * Grab a copy Mastering Adversity Book: https://a.co/d/c8HXL6j *
    Tired of being the best kept secret? Do you have a powerful mission? Then you need to be getting booked on podcasts:
    Book a call with the Mic-Up Media Team today and take advantage of our special promotion: https://lanceessihos.com/micup/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/lance.essihos/ 
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/universityofadversity
    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/lance-w-essihos 
    Website: lanceessihos.com 
    Email: lance@lancewessihos.com

    • 22 min
    How to Awaken the Healer Within with Sharon Land

    How to Awaken the Healer Within with Sharon Land

    Sharon Land, a seasoned professional with a diverse background in health and well-being, helps high performers, athletes, and professionals in stress management and optimized health practices.
    Sharon Land's perspective on healing from diseases and illnesses is deeply rooted in her personal journey of overcoming physical, emotional, and professional challenges. She emphasizes the importance of following one's own soul's direction and calling, and not conforming to societal norms or cultural beliefs. Sharon believes in addressing underlying issues and traumas that may contribute to disease and illness, advocating for a holistic approach to wellness and prevention. Using her own experiences and spiritual gifts, she strives to inspire others to awaken their healing potential and embrace their true selves.
    Time stamps:
    (00:01:26) Transformative Healing: Defying Medical Expectations
    (00:16:14) The Transformative Power of Heart's Wisdom
    (00:24:32) Navigating Ambiguity for Personal Growth Transformation
    (00:32:27) Embracing Femininity for Healing and Growth
    (00:48:02) Healing Trauma for Mental Health Well-Being
    (00:49:19) Trauma's Influence on Coping Mechanisms and Mental Health
    (00:50:06) Survival Response Transition: Mobilization to Dorsal Vagal
    (00:54:52) Awakening Healing Potential Through Intuition
    (01:06:50) Transforming Adversity into Self-Love and Growth
    Connect with Sharon:
    Grab Sharon's Book " The Healers Journey: Discovering the Healer Within You"
    https://www.amazon.com/Healers-Journey-Discovering-Healer-Within/dp/1959955098
    Podcast: Thrive with Sharon
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/thrive-with-sharon-podcast/id1624997295
    Website: https://www.sharonjeanland.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharonjeanland/
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sharonjeanland
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrahcaGw55Gg9_W_QxsdNkg
    Website: https://www.sharonjeanland.com/
    Connect with Lance:
    * Grab a copy Mastering Adversity Book: https://a.co/d/c8HXL6j *
    Tired of being the best kept secret? Do you have a powerful mission? Then you need to be getting booked on podcasts:
    Book a call with the Mic-Up Media Team today and take advantage of our special promotion: https://lanceessihos.com/micup/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/lance.essihos/ 
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/universityofadversity
    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/lance-w-essihos 
    Website:a href="https://lanceessihos.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Alchemy of Emotion From Grief to Spiritual Awakening with Nicole Sciacca

    The Alchemy of Emotion From Grief to Spiritual Awakening with Nicole Sciacca

    Nicole Sciacca is a yoga teacher, FRCms practitioner, professional dancer, and mother to her son, Beau. Currently based in Los Angeles, she trains a diverse clientele including working moms, entrepreneurs, former athletes, and A-list celebrities. Her expertise has earned her features on The Doctors TV, E! Online, and in The New York Times.
    Drawing from her personal experience with the loss of her partner, Nicole offers a unique perspective on dealing with grief and societal expectations. She highlights the burden of conforming to societal norms during the grieving process and the importance of honoring one's individual emotions without succumbing to external pressures. Despite feeling both supported and observed by her community, Nicole underscores the significance of freeing oneself from perceived judgments, advocating for the freedom to grieve in one's unique way.
    Time Stamps:
    (00:00:24) Exploring Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Afterlife
    (00:02:18) Navigating societal expectations during the grieving process
    (00:11:12) Navigating Personal Grief with Individual Differences
    (00:13:30) Navigating Grief with Humor and Authenticity
    (00:29:10) Breakthrough Moments Through Stepping Out Comfort
    (00:37:44) Navigating Online Interactions with Positive Energy
    (00:41:18) Graceful Conflict Resolution in Relationships
    (00:45:08) Prioritizing Positivity: Impact of Negative Energy
    (00:50:12) Morning Productivity: Preparing for a Smooth Day
    (01:07:24) Embracing Hardships for Personal Growth Journey
    Connect with Nicole:
    MAY FIT 2024 virtual group strength training( plus mobility and yoga too). Its a community of brilliant, supportive, fun women ages 35-65. You train 4 days a week but all classes LIVE on demand.
    SIGN UP FOR MAY FIT 2024 NOW! Use code LANCE at checkout for 20% off.
    👉🏼 https://www.sweatandstillness.com/monthlygroups
    Podcast: Shock & Y'all https://open.spotify.com/show/1KYIrPoL80pkTvGLI8TMyD?si=057f6d8c56bc4f57
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thenicolesciacca
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicolesciacca/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicolesciaccayoga
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nshocka/videos
    Website: https://www.sweatandstillness.com/
    Connect with Lance:
    * Grab a copy Mastering Adversity Book: https://a.co/d/c8HXL6j *
    Tired of being the best kept secret? Do you have a powerful mission? Then you need to be getting booked on podcasts:
    Book a call with the Mic-Up Media Team today and take advantage of our special promotion: https://lanceessihos.com/micup/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/lance.essihos/ 
    Facebook: a href="https://www.facebook.com/universityofadversity" rel="noopener

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Chelsea Husum ,

Such a fantastic podcast!!!

I love this podcast so much!!! Lance is an incredible host who really connects with his guests and listeners. He shares his authentic journey and how he has gone through adversity, and dives into how other people have overcome obstacles in life and still thrive. Thank you for putting such powerful stories out into the world!!

CourtneyJacqueline ,

Inspirational—A Must-Hear Podcast!

I’m so thankful for discovering Lance’s University of Adversity podcast. I find every episode to be enlightening and encouraging, and I always learn something new!

BrEpicBreen ,

Greatness

Lance understands the entrepreneurial brain at a high level … he provides great input for leaders and thinks big on a global level

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