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The Mind Field Pod

English, Health / Medicine, 1 season, 61 episodes, 2 days, 5 hours, 23 minutes
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Hello and welcome to the Mind Field Pod! We delve into people’s unique stories and how they have navigated their very own Mind Fields. We’re here to deepen the conversation around mental health, whilst having some fun along the way! We sit down with a diverse line up of fascinating guests from genuine entrepreneurs, influencers and athletes through to experts on the mind and ‘normal’ people who live with daily challenges around mental health.
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#61 | How To Transform Anxiety Into Unwavering Confidence As An Entrepreneur w. Bhaskar Goswami - Radical Transformation Mentor

Feeling overwhelmed by anxiety as a founder? In just 5 minutes, Bhaskar reveals how to transform anxiety into unwavering confidence.You’ll discover:How to differentiate between objective & subjective realities, and how this awareness can change your approach to anxietyWhy anxiety stems from unmet needs, and how to address theseWhy it’s crucial to not avoid anxiety but to lean into it, understanding it as a messenger with valuable insights for personal growthBhaskar is a guiding figure in transformative leadership and mentoring. He is a certified Master Coach Trainer with the Warrior Sage Trainings and is renowned for mentoring business leaders worldwide. As a speaker, he has led over 60 retreats and spoken at international events like the COP22 UN Climate Change Summit.Bhaskar is also my current mentor, and great friend. I’m grateful to be able to share his wisdom on the pod.WHERE TO FIND BHASKAR:Website - https://www.bhaskargoswami.com/LinkedIn - Bhaskar GoswamiPodcast - “Light Conversations with Bhaskar”Text Alexi your thoughts/feedback!- - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
5/22/20246 minutes, 34 seconds
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#60 | ‘You Are Not Your Thoughts’: Transform Your Mindset for Founder Success (Solo Ep)

Why do some thoughts weigh you down while others empower you? In this solo segment, Alexi shares a pivotal realisation: you are NOT your thoughts. This alone has the potential to revolutionise how you handle stress, decision-making, and leadership as an entrepreneur.You’ll discover:How reframing thoughts about failure can boost your resilience and drive as a founderWhy thoughts do not define your identityHow to select thoughts that positively impact your life and work, while letting go of unhelpful ones- - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
5/15/20246 minutes, 17 seconds
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#59 | Master Decision-Making: How Entrepreneurs Can Reduce Decision Fatigue (Solo Ep)

Ever felt mentally drained from making countless decisions? In this solo segment, I'll be sharing practical wisdom to help you navigate the challenges of decision-making as a founder.Tune in to learn how to preserve your mental energy and make clearer, more efficient decisions in your entrepreneurial journey. - - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
5/10/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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#58 | 4 Steps For Entrepreneurial Success: Master Your Ego, Recognise Conditioning, Find Stillness, & Surrender Control w. Kute Blackson - Transformational Speaker + Best-selling Author

Are you struggling to overcome limiting beliefs and achieve your goals?In this episode, you’ll learn the true secret to creating massive change in your life and business, as well as the pathway to success and inner peace.You’ll discover:How surrendering control in your business can empower you to scale it beyond your individual limitationsHow and why entrepreneurs MUST sit still in order to make the best business decisionsWhy we lie to ourselves in order to get the world to love us, and how this holds us backKute Blackson is a transformational speaker and national best-selling author. He has been recognized as the “Mindfulness Guru that billionaires go to for advice” and has been featured on the Larry King Now Show, Dr. Drew, NPR, Fox and Friends, and Mind Body Green, to name a few.WHERE TO FIND KUTE:Instagram - @kuteblacksonKute’s Transformational event in Bali: www.boundlessblissbali.com - - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
5/1/202457 minutes, 3 seconds
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#57 | ‘Animal Theory’: How To Master Your Emotions & Stop Living In Survival Mode So You Can Be A High-Performing Entrepreneur w. Ilana Kronick, Ph.D. - Psychologist + Author

Ever wondered why emotions can sometimes feel like they're taking over?In this episode, we delve into the core principles of 'Animal Theory' - a groundbreaking approach to understanding and managing emotions. Animal Theory challenges conventional views on emotional well-being, offering practical strategies to navigate our innate animal instincts in the modern world.You’ll discover:Why it’s dangerous to view emotions as ‘disorders’ and why society constantly pathologises peopleWhy normalising emotions is actually a way of indulging them, and how this negatively impacts usPractical strategies for recognising and managing emotional reactions in REAL-TIME, giving you the tools to cultivate emotional resilienceTune in now to gain valuable insights and practical tips for mastering your emotions and enhancing your effectiveness in any situation.WHERE TO FIND ILANA:Instagram - @animal_theory_of_emotion- - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
4/24/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds
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#56 | How To Cultivate A Growth Mindset As An Entrepreneur & How To Hire Strategically When You're A Growing Startup w. Nick Steiert - Founder + CEO

What is a growth mindset and how do you cultivate one to benefit you and your business?Entrepreneurs face the constant challenge of maintaining performance and resilience amidst the inevitable highs and lows of business ownership, and a growth mindset is key to navigating this successfully.In this episode, you’ll discover:How to cultivate a growth mindset and leverage it to fuel your entrepreneurial journeyHow to effectively hire the best talent for your startup, and why you should hire young peopleThe profound connection between personal wellness and business success, and how to nurture both for optimal performance and resilienceListen now to gain exclusive insights and practical tips from an experienced entrepreneur on how to maintain performance and resilience in the face of adversity.WHERE TO FIND NICK:LinkedIn - Nick Steiert- - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
4/17/202455 minutes, 47 seconds
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#55 | Why We Need To STOP Giving People Advice & How/Why We Must Cultivate Meaningful Connections As Entrepreneurs w. AJ - Founder + Growth & Community Consultant for Startups

Shifting from advice-giving to connection-building and embracing the power of asking for help can unlock new possibilities and help founders achieve greater fulfilment in their work.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why you should NOT give people advice & what you should do insteadPractical strategies for deepening relationships and cultivating meaningful connectionsThe power of coaching and how open-ended questions can foster a growth mindsetWhy asking for help is THE most powerful thing entrepreneurs can doReady to revolutionise your approach to entrepreneurship? Listen in to discover how reframing advice-giving, prioritising meaningful connections, and seeking help can lead to unparalleled success and fulfilment.WHERE TO FIND AJ:LinkedIn - AJ-Connections- - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
4/10/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 11 seconds
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#54 | Crazy Founder Stories: Why I Was Forced To Change My Brand Name THREE Times w. Jamie Beaumont - Founder

After battling lawsuits and corporate giants to protect his brand identity, Jamie recounts the challenges and lessons learned from being forced to rebrand his business not once, not twice, but three timesJamie Beaumont is the Founder of Playter - A VC Backed FinTech Alternative Lender. Jamie has funded over 3,000 UK businesses, and raised over $60m in equity and debt funding. He is also a 40u40 winner, and has led his current business to over £4m in revenue in just 18 months.This short segment is for entrepreneurs to share their most shocking experiences so that fellow founders don't feel so alone in their struggles. Together, we'll laugh at the inevitable quirks and mishaps of our entrepreneurial journeys, reminding ourselves that even the craziest moments have valuable lessons to teach.- - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
4/3/202410 minutes
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#53 | How To Regulate Stress As An Entrepreneur To Achieve High Performance, Increase Resilience & Avoid Burnout w. Michael Adu (aka Mr Find Your Calm) - Stress Reduction Specialist + Life Development Coach

Is stress good or bad for you? What stress is good? How should we balance stress and recovery?As entrepreneurs, we often pride ourselves on our ability to handle stress and juggle multiple tasks at once. But are we actually managing stress effectively?In this episode, you’ll discover:What % of your day should be spent in a state of Stress vs RecoveryWhy working out doesn’t reduce your stress, but instead, primes your body to regulate stress with more resilienceWhy you might not be feeling as stressed as you actually are because your baseline IS high stressListen now to learn & incorporate the most effective short, medium, and long-term interventions for regulating stress as a founder.WHERE TO FIND MICHAEL:LinkedIn - Michael Adu- - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
3/27/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 36 seconds
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Crazy Founder Stories #1 | How My Advisor Tried to Steal My Business w. Jamie Beaumont

From advisor agreements gone wrong to million-pound lawsuits, Jamie shares how he fought tooth and nail against his advisor attempt to hijack his business. Jamie Beaumont is the Founder of Playter - A VC Backed FinTech Alternative Lender. Jamie has funded over 3,000 UK businesses, and raised over $60m in equity and debt funding. He is also a 40u40 winner, and has led his current business to over £4m in revenue in just 18 months.This segment is for entrepreneurs to share their most shocking experiences so that fellow founders don't feel alone in their struggles. Together, we'll laugh at the inevitable quirks and mishaps of our entrepreneurial journeys, reminding ourselves that even the craziest moments have valuable lessons to teach.- - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
3/21/202411 minutes, 13 seconds
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#51 | Military Mindset for Entrepreneurs: How to Communicate Effectively & Develop Strategic Habits for Peak Productivity w. Antony Thompson - Entrepreneur & Ex Marine

Is your mindset your greatest ally or your most formidable foe?This episode dives into how our thoughts and attitudes shape our realities, the importance of cultivating resilience, and the art of effective communication.You'll discover:Why checking your phone first thing in the morning is as bad for your health and productivity as having a cheeseburger for breakfastWhy changing habits regularly is a non-negotiable to achieve optimal performanceWhy “move fast and break things” is the worst approach when striving to become a great entrepreneurTune in now to start harnessing the power of your mindset to create the life you desire.WHERE TO FIND ANTONY:LinkedIn - Antony ThompsonArticles - TechCrunch | The Times- - -Click here for more ways to become a master of your mind. This podcast for founders delves into topics such as high performance in entrepreneurship, burnout, effective communication, resilience, anxiety, and productivity, offering insights on overcoming challenges, achieving success, creating massive impact, and cultivating a resilient mindset in an overwhelming world.
3/14/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 39 seconds
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#50 Mind Over Matter: The Power our Thoughts Have in Creating our Lives with Alex Manzi

Alex is a human being first and foremost. Having been depressed for 8 years, Alex had a breakdown/breakthrough 10 years ago which paved the way for him to embark on a journey of self development, spirituality and rebuilding his life from the inside. After seeing how much his life turned around, Alex felt inspired to start his podcast ‘In The Moment with Alex Manzi’ to share his story and learnings as well as hearing the journey of the inspirational creatives, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs he was surrounded by. Alex’s journey has led him to become a full-time professional life coach dedicated to helping others reconnect to their inner wisdom, clarity and peace so that each person he works with can begin rebuilding their life from the inside-out.KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:Trial-and-error is needed to refine the systems we have in our livesWhy “back-to-back” culture is not for everyoneAlex’s breakdown turned breakthrough that led him to becoming a coachWhy you shouldn’t base your business on how you feelThe power of thinking - is what we think what we feel?Surrendering to life is essentialWhy do we get so caught up in our emotions?Why do we label some emotions as good/bad?Emotions as energy passing through us - and we must see it like thisAre humans just meaning making machines?Ordinary actions create extraordinary resultsMessages Alex would like to impart to the worldWHERE TO FIND ALEX:@iamalexmanzi on Instagram & TikTokAlex Manzi on Youtube- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
12/6/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 12 seconds
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#49: Co-Founder Conflict: How to Optimise Communication as a Leader & Navigate Conflict with Dr. Matthew Jones

Dr. Matthew Jones is a co-founder coach and licensed psychologist who has spent the last five years coaching startup co-founders to improve their communication, teamwork, and decision-making. He is trusted by companies backed by the biggest names in Silicon Valley, including Y Combinator, Sequoia, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Tiger Global Management, Techstars, Village Global, and more. In this episode, Matt and I explore the nuanced world of entrepreneurship and effective collaboration. Matt candidly shares his perspective on why founders may be more reluctant to work on their weaknesses, and the inherent difficulty of choosing short-term pain for long-term gain. We discuss the 10 core causes of co-founder conflict, and we explore the uncomfortable yet necessary task of getting to the root of said conflict. We also discuss the dynamics of going into business with someone you already have a relationship with, and the significance of understanding personality types in the entrepreneurial landscape. What Matt introduces can be used across all work and personal relationships, not just co-founders. This may be the longest podcast I have ever recorded, and for good reason!KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:Self-Awareness vs PresenceAre founders more reluctant to work on their weaknesses?Why Matt calls himself a co-founder coach rather than a co-founder clinical psychologist3 communication styles we have in businessGetting to the root of co-founder/team conflict is uncomfortable but necessary10 core causes of co-founder conflictGoing into business with someone you already have a relationship with? Matt shares his advicePower Over vs Power ToKnowing personality types in business can be incredibly beneficialShould one founder hold all the power?WHERE TO FIND MATT:LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-matthew-jones-7a832a37/X - https://twitter.com/Dr_MatthewJonesCofounder Clarity - https://cofounderclarity.com/Free eBook Download - https://stopcofounderconflict.com/Resource Matt Mentioned in Pod - https://bit.ly/3SHtLYy- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
11/16/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 30 seconds
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#48: Beyond the Scrubs: Medicine, Entrepreneurship & Mental Health with Dr Ally Jaffee

Dr Ally Jaffee is a multi-award winning NHS Junior Doctor, Nutritank Co-founder, Healthcare Innovator & Mental Health Campaigner. Ally is a keen entrepreneur and holds a place on the prestigious NHS Clinical Entrepreneurship Programme. She is the co-founder of Nutritank, a platform which educates Healthcare Professionals & Students in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine. Ally is extremely passionate about Mental Health and its intersecting fields - particularly The Arts & Nutrition. In the long-term, Ally hopes to pursue a career in Psychiatry and work with young people, as well as dabble in TV, writing, poetry and policy-change. In this episode, Ally opens up about her experience with debilitating panic attacks and the practical tools she's discovered for managing anxiety and depression, including Innate Health & Resilience Training. We discuss intrusive thoughts, how normal they are, and how understanding the nature of our thoughts can be transformative. The 80/20 mindset is another topic of discussion, and Ally emphasises the significance of adaptability within routines and the profound effects it can have on our wellbeing. She shares her journey as a "Dr. Preneur," and offers a unique perspective on the intersection of healthcare and innovation. We round off our discussion by exploring the critical notion that specificity is key to enacting change, a lesson that resonates deeply with Ally's work in healthcare and mental health advocacy.KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:Pressures of medical schoolExperiencing first panic attacksTools to help manage anxiety & depressionInnate Health & Resilience TrainingIntrusive thoughtsAdult teddy bears80/20 mindsetHaving adaptability with routine is keyDr. Preneur - Being a doctor and an entrepreneurWhy specificity is key to enacting changeWHERE TO FIND ALLY:Ally strongly believes in authenticity and openness and shares her own Mental Health struggles online. She hopes to normalise the conversation around Doctor’s Mental Health. Ally is on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Youtube & LinkedIn: @drallyjaffeeAlly’s Website - www.drallyjaffee.comNutritank - www.nutritank.com- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
10/17/202358 minutes, 6 seconds
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#47: Breathwork, Biohacking & Psychoactives: Their Impacts on Anxiety & Trauma, and How to Get The Best Use Out of Them with Richard L. Blake

Richard wears many hats, including being a certified breathwork instructor, a biohacker, a PhD Psychology Researcher, a holistic counsellor, and a nutritionist. In his PhD, Richard is conducting a trial to help progress the use of breathwork and entheogens (psychoactives) as a treatment for mental illness and is currently running talks & workshops educating people on the latest wellness research. Richard's writings have also garnered significant attention, including his article on 'Ayahuasca & Narcissism: Can plant medicine cure the most incurable personality disorder?' with nearly 4,000 views on Medium. He's also explored the intriguing realm of conspirituality in an article published in ‘Unedited Magazine' (links below).In this episode, Richard opens up about his personal journey, highlighting how conscious connected breathwork played a pivotal role in helping him overcome addiction and trauma. Richard shares his profound insights into trauma, expressing why he thinks the term is overused & misused, and revealing his disagreements with the esteemed Gabor Maté. We explore the fine line between anxiety and discomfort, and how understanding this distinction can impact your well-being. Richard also shares his thoughts on narcissism, biohacking, qEEG, supplements, the effects of EMF, and insights from the world of Ayahuasca.KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:Why talk therapy isn’t effective for everyoneTrauma - a term Richard believes is overused & misused in society Why Richard disagrees with Gabor MatéAnxiety vs. DiscomfortHow Conscious Connected Breathwork helped Richard overcome addiction & traumaWhy people are misusing “significance” in researchSome causes of ADHDBio-hacking, qEEG & supplementsEffects of EMF (wifi, bluetooth, AirPods etc)Richard’s tips for reducing EMF exposureNarcissism - another word Richard believes is overused & misusedHow to go about ayahuasca in a safe way and who should never try itEthics & integrity in the wellness/coaching industryWHERE TO FIND RICHARD:Richard’s Website - TheBreathGeek.comRichard’s Instagram - @thebreathgeek“Narcissism & Ayahuasca” Article- https://richard-l-blake.medium.com/narcissism-and-ayahuasca-can-plant-medicines-cure-the-most-uncurable-personality-disorder-748f2799e58aConspirituality in Unedited Magazine - https://viewer.joomag.com/unedited-issue-06/0663187001616759116?fbclid=IwAR1sn4oUPhHyC0itojCom_IJYutcq2-TBzwR0KbYfrAW8KXvGmAvF5Ry-3k&short- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
9/28/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 18 seconds
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#46: NUMA - Why We’re Creating Our First Retreat & Some Life-Changing Experiences with my Co-Founder Charlotte Bouchard

In this special episode, Charlotte and I delve into the heart of NUMA - why we created it, what sets it apart from other retreats, and some key learnings & insights we’ve encountered.We discuss what guests can expect to do at NUMA, and why we chose to have certain practices over others. We also expand on what guests can expect to get out of the weekend, and how NUMA can be a catalyst for transformation and growth on health & performance - both during the retreat and long after.WHAT IS NUMA?NUMA is a wellness retreat taking place at a beautiful glamping site in Hertfordshire (not far from London) from 15th-17th September 2023. Immersed in nature, we will learn how to get the most out of powerful tools & practices like breathwork, ice baths, qigong, and mindfulness - as well as having plenty of downtime to relax, recharge and digitally detox. NUMA is in essence a weekend to reconnect with yourself, discover more of what you want, and cultivate how to get it. It is a great opportunity to ponder big personal and business decisions after a busy summer. Whether you're seeking to escape the daily grind, reignite your passion, try new things, or simply explore a new path, NUMA has something for everyone.LEARN MORE ABOUT NUMA:Website - https://www.eventcreate.com/e/wearenumaInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/wearenuma/- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
8/24/202335 minutes, 3 seconds
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#45: Why Retreat? Transformative Insights, Mindset Shifts & the Journey of Foundership with Hector Hughes

Hector is the co-founder of Unplugged, a startup on a mission to help people live happier lives by providing digital detoxes at beautiful off-grid cabins. The idea came about when Hector burnt out from working as an executive at a tech startup. This led him to a silent retreat in the Himalayas in September 2019. He came back feeling renewed and a week later he quit his job to start Unplugged with Ben, an old friend from the tech startup. Today Unplugged has 16 cabins across the UK with big plans for further expansion.In this episode, Hector and Alexi share their transformative experiences on silent retreats and how they have shaped their personal and professional paths. They delve into the profound impact of awareness and mindset shifts on effective foundership, and how giving ourselves space to think is key. They explore the importance of embracing changing routines, showing compassion towards themselves, and channelling energy into what they're trying to do with our business, rather than what they want it to be. Alexi also shares why he is creating NUMA and the profound benefits of immersive experiences.KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:How Unplugged startedHector & Alexi’s transformative experiences on silent retreats Why awareness & mindset shifts are key to foundershipThe 2 reasons why we retreatWhy Alexi founded NUMA (wellness retreat)Why it’s important to accept and allow our routines to changeHaving compassion towards ourselves if we don’t stay “on track”Starting a business: focus on what you’re trying to do rather than what you want to beWhat brings Hector & Alexi true joyWhat’s next for UnpluggedWHERE TO FIND HECTOR:Hector’s LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/hector-hughes-10082195/Hector’s Blog - https://unplugging.substack.com/Unplugged Cabins - https://unplugged.rest/- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected] - -I’m currently running my first retreat, NUMA, in September. If you like this podcast, NUMA will be an extension of everything we discuss here - put into practice. NUMA is a wellness retreat taking place at a beautiful glamping site in Hertfordshire from 15-17 September 2023. Immersed in nature, you will learn how to get the most out of powerful practices like breathwork, ice baths, mindful movement, and more. We know the importance of downtime too, so you can expect plenty of "you time" to relax & recharge in your own way. NUMA is a weekend to reconnect with yourself, discover more of what you want, and cultivate how to get it. Check out NUMA: Website - https://www.eventcreate.com/e/wearenuma Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wearenuma/
8/14/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 3 seconds
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#44: Unearthing Foundership: A Candid Conversation on Challenges, Transparency & Culture with Mike Buonaiuto

Mike Buonaiuto is a philanthropic business leader and performance coach, who founded, scaled and exited Shape History, the award-winning social impact agency. He's currently a senior advisor; helping companies nurture their people, navigate growth and negotiate pivotal moments of transformation. He is also the recent author of Founder Therapy: 50 Lessons To Start, Scale & Sell Without Wounding Our Wellbeing, published June 2023. His TEDx talk, ‘No wonder people are quitting - business must do better’ was selected and featured by TED’s Editor picks. In this episode, Mike and I have a candid conversation about foundership. We share our lowest points as founders and how these defining experiences became the driving forces for change in our entrepreneurial endeavours. Mike expresses his views on salary transparency and its profound impact on company culture. As we delve deeper, we explore three pivotal challenges that founders commonly face – ruinous empathy, artificial urgency, and imposter syndrome. Drawing from our own experiences, we discuss the effects of these challenges on the very essence of being a founder. KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:Mike & Alexi’s lowest points as foundersWhy low moments can be the biggest catalysts for changeCreating startups within the startup - encouraging your staff to learnIs salary transparency important for company culture?Why founders find it so hard to tell the truthRuinous empathy - why being too empathetic can be detrimental to your staffArtificial urgency - why founders always feel a sense of urgencyImposter syndrome - needing validation as a founderWhy Mike believes everything you acquire is a problemWHERE TO FIND MIKE:Mike’s Website - https://www.mikebuonaiuto.com Mike’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mike_shapes/Mike’s LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-buonaiuto/- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
7/31/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 30 seconds
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#43: Building a Startup, How to Overcome Fears & Why Delegation / Prioritisation are Key to Becoming a Successful Founder with Karl Swanepoel

Karl Swanepoel is the CEO & Founder of Revolancer, a platform that aims to help independent professionals and freelancers barter skills to build their service businesses.In this episode, Karl and I delve into the many ups and downs of founder life. Karl candidly shares his experience with burnout, providing valuable insights into recognizing its signs and proactive prevention. He explains why jumping in the deep end is the most effective way to overcome major fears and how this has helped him progress in his career. We discuss hierarchies in businesses, why delegating and prioritising is a must, and Karl shares his top piece of advice for founders.Shortly after graduating with a degree in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, he secured pre-seed funding from London-based Venture Capital firm SFC Capital for Revolancer. This propelled the fledgling dorm-room project into a multi-million dollar tech startup. Since then, he has successfully raised over $700,000 in funding, including investments from renowned angel investors like sporting legend Bob Skinstad and grants from industry giants Google and Amazon.Key Topics of Discussion:The freelance revolutionKarl’s experience with burnout & learning to spot early signsWhy jumping in the deep end is the best way to overcome major fearsWork smarter not harderWhy delegation and prioritisation is key to becoming a successful founderKarl’s view on hierarchies in businessesKarl’s top piece of advice for foundersWhere to find Karl:Karl's Website - https://karlswanepoel.com/Revolancer - https://revolancer.com/- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
7/17/202357 minutes, 27 seconds
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#42: Why Awe is so Powerful, How Death Can Help You Live More Consciously, and the Pressure That Comes With Freedom: Lauren Deckelbaum

Lauren is a multi-passionate psychologist-in-training. She holds a master's in organisational and social psychology, as well as a bachelor's in psychology and behavioural science. She is currently in the process of getting her doctorate in clinical psychology. In this episode, we explore the realm of awe - what it is and the immense power that it holds. Lauren discusses the concepts of death, isolation, meaning, and freedom - often referred to as the existential givens - and their profound influence on our everyday lives. Lauren also shares why she believes more freedom = more pressure and how to navigate this. Lauren is one of my best and wisest friends, someone I’ve learnt so much from. Not only through the way she acts and shows up in life, but also through her never-ending wisdom and fascination with psychology (both new and old). Lauren brings academic insights from psychology and neuroscience to the working world by acting as a 1:1  adviser, offering evidence-based workshops to groups, and collaborating with leaders to design new strategies and interventions that promote optimal mental health at work. Key Topics of Discussion:Why some struggle more than others in their work lifeFreedom = PressureThe four existential givens of lifeHow death can help you live more consciouslyThe benefits of zooming in & zooming out What is awe & why it is so powerfulHow to cultivate more awe in your lifeThe 8 wonders of everyday lifeWhere to find Lauren:For consulting inquiries you may reach out to Lauren on LinkedIn - - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
6/26/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 59 seconds
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#41: Sexual Abuse: My Good Friend Ed Shares His Story

This is a very special episode with my good friend Ed, who I have known for 15 years. This conversation is different to most and some may find it difficult to listen to. But that's what makes it such an important episode for myself, Ed, his close friends and family, and those who may have been affected by something similar.Ed was sexually abused at the age of 13 at boarding school. He kept this a secret until two years ago (now age 29), when he finally felt compelled to seek support from family and friends. Partly due to his internal suffering, but also due to the knock on effects it was having in his life and those close to him. From abusing substances to racking up gambling debts and self harm.Since opening up, Ed has been able to better understand the psychological toll that stemmed from this traumatic event and how it has affected many areas of his life. He also shares what he's learnt, particularly since opening up and engaging in various forms of therapy.Sexual abuse is rarely talked about - almost unheard of in a public forum. But Ed felt he needed to do something to help other victims and raise awareness about an issue that is more prevalent in society than we think.How many children are sexually abused? The NCPCC published a child sexual abuse statistics briefing in March 2021. Research with 2,275 young people aged 11-17 about their experience of sexual abuse suggested around 1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused. That is a crazy statistic that I could not believe. And it is thought to be even more for various reasons.I could not be more proud of Ed for having this conversation - and I know I’m not the only one. He did not have to open up, but he wanted to. For that one person this may help, and I know it will help many more. So here's to one of the kindest and bravest people I know.Please do send over any feedback to [email protected] and I will pass on any messages to Ed.- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
5/1/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 5 seconds
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#40: Ryan Felix on Reframing Trauma, How to Follow Your Intuition & Why Discomfort is Key to a Good Life

Ryan is a founder, living as a digital nomad, with a passion for adventure and exploration. In this episode, he shares his personal journey of following his intuition (even when it goes against logical reasoning) and why he sees his trauma as a gift. As we delve deeper into the conversation, we discuss the role of discomfort in our lives and why it’s so important to be aware of the day-to-day inputs you are exposing yourself to. Ryan is the Co-Founder of Altbe which helps HR Directors understand the current and future generations of their workforce. Having lived in 10 different countries, he has learned about the way the world operates through many different lenses. Ryan shares lessons from his adventures, and shows how well travelled perspectives bring solutions to the current issues within learning and engagement in the corporate world.Key Topics of Discussion:Following his intuitionSeeing trauma as a giftWhy discomfort in our lives is keyExperiencing ecstasy moments during hardshipWhy eating high-quality food is so importantWhy we spend money on things we can’t directly measureSocial media consumption vs. real world consumptionWhere to find Ryan:Ryan LinkedInAltbe- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
4/18/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 38 seconds
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#39: How Anthony Used the Most Challenging Moments in his Life to Finally Start Living

Anthony is the CEO & Co-Founder of Stashbee and Founder Jumpstart. In this episode, he shares some of his most devastating and challenging moments. We dive into how he has used these moments to reframe his view on life and make meaningful changes. We discuss accountability versus guilt and how to strike the right balance. We also delve into the taboo topic of death, and Anthony shares how transforming his relationship with death has made him want to live life to the fullest.For years Anthony dreamt of becoming a founder. That led him to business school, then Corporate Life. He wanted to learn enough to feel "ready" to build his own company. He never reached "ready". He got stuck. Fears, limiting beliefs and practical barriers kept him there.Eventually, he ripped himself away and co-founded a company called Stashbee, now Europe’s leading marketplace for storage & parking. Founder life gave him the chance to build, learn, and lead every day. It’s also been an incredibly tough path to walk. He built Founder Jumpstart to share the tools and methods he learnt the hard way - so others don’t have to.Key Topics of Discussion:Defining moments in Anthony’s lifeAccountability vs GuiltLetting go as a founderSetting yourself up to achieve what you really wantHabit buildingChanging your relationship with deathMaking superficial conversations more meaningfulSimple habits to help navigate tough timesWhere to find Anthony:Anthony LinkedInStashBeeFounder Jumpstart- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
3/21/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 15 seconds
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#38: Matteo Grassi on The Challenges of Running a Fully Remote Startup & The Power of Vulnerability in Leadership

Matteo is an entrepreneur, breakdancer, musician, and documentary maker. In this episode, he shares some of his greatest learnings from working in the circus and how he has applied that to his life and entrepreneurial endeavors. We discuss what makes a great leader and why it is so important to be vulnerable. Matteo touches upon the loneliness that comes with working for a fully remote company, and how to keep your global/digital team as connected as possible.Matteo left his psychology degree behind to pursue his passion for the arts, including breakdancing and performing on Broadway. Later, he co-founded a natural cosmetics company and an e-commerce accelerator before realizing that the market was missing a no-code e-commerce platform that lets users control the customer journey visually. He proceeded to co-found Popup, a no-code eCommerce platform, seven direct-to-consumer brands, and an NGO/DAO. His mission in life is to help others while doing good, and he does this by supporting independent volunteers through DIDO and founding Anonhim, an anonymous community for male founders.Key Topics of Discussion:Digital nomad lifeHappiness doesn’t come from moneyLiving a remarkable lifeWhat makes a good leader?Being vulnerableHow to get the most out of social mediaBeing a founder is lonelyHow to stay connected when working in a fully remote companyRemote companies save money, but Matteo doesn’t see it as “saved money”Founders: ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing.Where to find Matteo:www.matteowastaken.comMatteo on LinkedInPopup on Instagram- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
3/1/202350 minutes, 36 seconds
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#37: Harry Stebbings on Living with Bulimia and Overcoming the Mental Challenges of Building his 20VC Empire

Today’s guest is Harry Stebbings, Founder of The Twenty Minute VC podcast which has 120 million downloads to date. Harry started his podcast with zero contacts in VC, all from his bedroom at 18 years old. At 22 years old, Harry was the youngest to make the list on the Forbes Finance 30 Under 30 in Europe. At 24 years old, Harry went on to successfully raise his own venture fund 20VC worth $140M.In this episode, Harry opens up about his struggles with eating disorders and all the mental challenges he has faced while achieving what he has at such a young age. Harry is incredibly passionate about what he does and gives away some very helpful and practical tips during this episode. For all the podcasts he’s hosted, Harry has been a guest on very few, and never one quite like this. This is not one to miss, Harry doesn’t hold back.Key Topics of Discussion:How he started the podcast and what he owes his success to?Is there a work / life balance?The line - where and when to be vulnerableLiving with bulimia / eating disorders & how to address itWhat is human happiness?How to inspire a team and create a clear visionWhat keeps Harry motivated and his ‘why’How to think about mental health in the workplace & investment worldHow to face rejection, insecurities and uncertaintiesWhat is it that keeps him going when he feels like he’s at his lowest?Where to find Harry:The 20 Minute VCHarry’s LinkedInHarry’s Twitter- - -If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the pod for release updates.You can also follow me on LinkedIn& email any enquiries to [email protected]
7/11/202256 minutes, 19 seconds