It starts with Action
It starts with Action May 26, 2020
Accessing flow states and healing depression with Alex Wisch
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Feel free to reach out to Presence if you have suggestions or ideas Alex Wisch is a leading Peak Human Performance and Executive "Flow" Coach. He has worked with top industry leaders to optimize their businesses, maximize their productivity, create sustainable performance, improve their health, and elevate their leadership skills. In addition, he has helped companies turn ideas into multi-million dollar revenue-producing opportunities, along with assisting large corporations to target strategic partnerships and investors. Prior to Alex’s successes, he battled over 8 years of crippling Major Depression that left him on disability, unemployed, and penniless. Doctors told him he should accept his situation and move on because they believed there was little hope he would get better. With a lot of grit, Alex defied the odds and soared out of the ashes into a life filled with unique accomplishments. Outside of business, Alex is an outspoken mental health advocate. He does yearly fitness feats to raise awareness and money for mental health. In May 2021, Alex wore a 24 lbs vest and completed 1000 pull-ups, 2000 push-ups, and 3000 squats in 6 hours and 8 minutes, while raising $37,000. In May of 2023, Alex is planning to break the world record for most vertical feet rock climbed in 24 hours, being over 29,130 feet. Once again, his goal is to raise awareness around the stigma of mental illness and raise money for veterans' mental health.
Happy New year - The podcast is back - - updates / 2022 lessons and the future of the It starts with Action
After a really long break in navigating my career as a 20 something year old. 2022 taught me many lessons and one being how important the it starts with action philosophy is to me.
As a career focused individual, 2022 helped me realise the importance of personal life in business. Without bringing your best self to the table, you can't do your best or bring out the best in others. Taking care of yourself should be your no.1 goal if you want success. Taking care of your health, sleep. mind , habits etc learning how to make decisions, how to have a healthy love life etc THEY ARE ALL IMPORTANT - I lost sight of how until I hit another rock bottom last year which caused many reflections and realisations - many topics important to be discussed which is why I'm excited to be back with greater intention to provide more value to listeners.
Happy New year !
EP. 74 Improve your gut health with Ben Smith
In this episode, we discuss how we can improve our gut health and kick start 2022. January is usually the time everyone realizes they want to set better habits and improve their health and productivity. Well, good news! In this episode, Ben explains the importance of the gut, how we can improve our gut health, why fasting can help the gut, the importance of having a strong mindset, how to embrace failures and a lot more! Be prepared to learn new lessons and see changes when you take action!
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Hello amazing people! Just wanted to update you on everything life and podcast , excited to be back!
Episode 73 : The future of FinTech with David M. Brear
In this episode we are joined by David to discuss his journey of starting 11 :FS, how to start a startup and the future on FinTech, how to spot opportunities and more.
➢ If you do not hire, fire, train and reward on things that matter to you then your culture
becomes more or less meaningless
➢ A skill that differentiates people from the others is delivery. Can they deliver?
➔ Be action oriented
➔ About moving forward
➔ Not scared to put yourself out there
➔ You can hustle
➔ You can move things forward
➔ A growth/ positive mindset
➔ You are aware you can make change and allow things to happen
➢ The times you spend not doing anything allows you to put things into perspective
➢ “There is no point trying to fix a problem that by the time you are credible would be fixed”
01:10 - Overview
01:55 - Introduction
02:05 - How did it begin?
05:08 - What made you come up with the idea of 11:FS?
07:40 - What do you think is missing ? How do you see the future of Fintech?
11:36 - How did you find your co-worker?
13:48 - What is the hardest challenge you've faced and how did you overcome it?
16:29 - What is the most important skill/trait for aspiring entrepreneurs?
20:57 - Do you think it is harder to introduce a start -up in the fin-tech space?
23:25 - Do you have a process on how you think?
27:55 - What do you think is the biggest problem in the financial Industry?
31:18 - What does your next best version of yourself look like?
Learn more about 11:FS
Follow David on Linkedln
Episode 71 : Documenting the journey - Reflecting on my first year of university
It's the summertime already and the first year of university went by so quickly! A quick solo episode about life and my personal development and career journey. If you want to reach out to me and share how you found the episode - send me a message!
Episode 70 : How to shift into becoming better version of yourself with Anthony Trucks
Anthony Trucks is a former NFL Athlete, American Ninja Warrior on NBC, international speaker, host of the Aww Shift podcast, and the founder of Identity Shift coaching. He uses cutting edge science and psychology to upgrade how you operate so you can elevate your life and business to reach your full potential. After being given away into foster care at 3 years old, being adopted into an all white family at 14, losing his NFL career to injury and more he learned how to shift at a very young age, and now his life mission is teaching others how to Make Shift Happen in their lives.
In this episode we talked about communication and identity shifting. How to navigate hard times and shift into the 2.0 version of you!
Where you can learn more about Anthony :
Episode 69 - Documenting the journey : How to identify stories holding you back and change them
As Gary Vee suggests: document the journey.
I'm Presence, a 20 year old student and host of the podcast, over the years I've changed a lot and since starting the podcast, I've learnt so much more about myself- more importantly, the blocks holding me back. I wanted to document the journey of life so that I can listen back in a couple of years but also to be real and honest with who and where I am at to my listeners - if it helps someone think more about life, feel less alone, or gain some insight then please consider following along my journey through following on Spotify and Apple podcasts as well as leave a review! Thank you!
Episode 68 - It starts with Action : How to set a powerful morning routine with Matt Gagnon
Matt Gagnon is a professional Co-Active coach certified by the Coaches Training Institute, credentialed by the International Coach Federation, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, keynote speaker, best selling author, and brings 15 years of corporate sales and leadership experience
- If you were not rescued would you stay down would you make sure you get back up?
- You should want a healthy routine that you can adapt alongside implementing in case something ever happens (things don't go your way) you can adapt,adjust and still fill your cup
- The ability to follow intuition ties into trusting yourself and feeling as if you are enough
- If you can't trust yourself you end up relying on other people to make sure you are doing the right thing
- You should choose who gets your energy, it is a privilege for someone on this earth to get your energy and you choose who should get it.
- Never stop dreaming bigger.
00:42 - How did it all start?
05:44 - Was one of your biggest turning points because you were burning out?
09:56 - What were the mindset challenges that you had to overcome to start your business?
17:20 - What kind of routines really helped you? And why is it so important
31:01 - What is the difference between the people who stick to their routine and those who stick to it and then get off track?
36:20 - DO you have any tips on how to start truly believing in yourself?
43:05 - How do you know when it is logic and when it is fear (limiting beliefs)
47:59 - How do you encourage other people to unearth the truth?
51:37 - What do you think makes a coach a great coach?
57:39 - In terms of values, what are your values ?
61:54 - What does your next best version of yourself look like? And, how do you plan to get there?
Episode 67 - It starts with Action : Design your life with Dr. Alexander Heyne
Key takeaways :
- Design your life: write out exactly how it looks like and what YOU want
- Follow your gut for 100 days
- Anxiety and Depression comes from the body - get outside and move
- build confidence and self esteem with stretch goals
Episode 66 - It starts with Action : How to face uncertainity and develop courage with John Stapleton
John has created and grown a few successful consumer-led businesses over the last 35 years, both in the UK and the USA. He has learned hugely from both successes and failures and talks passionately and honestly about both. Having exited his third business, John now actively manages an Investor/Non-Executive Director portfolio, delivering value-added business growth advice, guidance and mentoring to businesses in early-stage and scale-up phase.
06:24 - What were the childhood experiences that shaped you to be the person you are
11:42 - From your principles, what one stands out for you?
19:17 - For young entrepreneurs, what advice would you have for them?
31:16 - How can someone work on developing self-confidence to execute what they
33:50 - How do you get to the point that you have the courage of your convictions and
have self belief when everyone is telling you is wrong
36:54 - What does your next best version of yourself look
41:38 - What action would you like the listeners to take?
Episode 65 - It starts with Action : Building a $500M Empire using intuition with Suzy Batiz
Transformation is the common thread that runs throughout founder and creator Suzy Batiz’s life and her companies. Whether transforming the bathroom into a pleasant-smelling experience with Poo~Pourri, the household cleaning industry from toxicity to aromatherapeutic magic with supernatural or people’s lives with her growing portfolio of ALIVE OS™ courses, Suzy is a revolutionary explorer of infinite potential in the playground of life. She loves to inspire others and bring them along for the ride, with energy being her native tongue.
Suzy experienced some of life’s lowest lows — poverty, sexual and domestic abuse, depression, two bankruptcies and a suicide attempt — leading to what she calls the luxury of losing everything. Through her journey of liberation from a lifetime of oppression, convention and conformity, she discovered the power of pattern-breaking thinking and curated a radical “Trinity of Transformation.” Harnessing the energy of intuition and transformation, Suzy built her businesses from the ground up without ever taking a dollar of outside investment, building ALIVE IDEAS into a nine-figure empire.
As creator of each brand, Suzy currently serves as Chief Visionary Officer and Chairwoman of Poo~Pourri, CEO of supernatural and Chief Explorer of ALIVE OS™. She continues to build her brands using the transformative principles that she now shares with the world through ALIVE OS™, embodying her belief that our external world is simply a reflection of our internal state of being.
Suzy has been featured by leading publications including The New Yorker, Forbes, TODAY, People, CNBC, Fast Company and Entrepreneur. She has been named one of Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women in America (2019, 2020), EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year (2017), Conscious Company’s World Changing Women (2019), EarthX’s Community Leader of the Year (2019) and is WBENC (Women Owned) certified business owner. Suzy has also been interviewed for Leaders Create Leaders, Modern Hero & Marie Forleo’s Marie TV and has given presentations for Conscious Capitalism, Google, HustleCon, SXSW, Create & Cultivate & the In goop Health summit.
● 1:14 - How Important it is to follow your intuitoin
● 6:36 - How do you go from not trusting yourself enough to going with the flow
● 9:07 - For all the young people feeling limited but unable to get therapy what do you
● 13:10 - When did you realize the importance of the subconscious mind?
● 14:53 - How does someone come to notice the alive idea?
● 18:43 - How can someone get out of the mindset of poverty?
● 21:12 - What does the next best version of yourself look like and how you plan to get there
● 25:12 - What tips do you have for those in struggling times?
● 27:40 - How do you want to be remembered?
● 32:25 - Are there any other trained forms that you still have to work on?
● 34:29 - What challenge do you have for listeners
Episode 64 - It starts with Action : Build momentum with Dylan Gambardella
Dylan Gambardella is a Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and startup investor. Dylan is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Next Gen HQ, a hub empowering entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to win at business and life. He works with leading brands including AMEX, Target, and Capital One to help them stand out and reach the next generation. Dylan has been featured in Forbes (30 Under 30 - Education), Inc, Adweek, Entrepreneur, and USA Today for his work leading a venture-backed, scaling startup. A graduate of Duke University (‘17), Dylan has spoken in front of tens of thousands on global stages.
➔ 1:57 - How does the idea momentum arise?
➔ 4:32 - How did you start NexGen EQ
➔ 8:21 - How do you grow a community with so much momentum
➔ 11:09 - What type of challenges did you face and how did you deal with them
➔ 13:09 - At an example of a challenge when creating NexGen EQ
➔ 17:05 - Advice for an entrepreneur who lacks belief
➔ 19:20 - Have you ever thought of giving up?
➔ 21:15 - Key lessons learnt
➔ 22:46 - What does your next best version look like?
➔ 24:22 - Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years
➔ 26:45 - What is your idea of an entrepreneur's mindset of an entrepreneur?
➔ 28:32 - What does action mean to you?
➔ 29:46 - What lesson do you wish you had learnt earlier?
★ Aimed to just solve a problem (After one thing leading to another we were able to
★ It all starts with giving!
★ If you give without expecting some return, it always comes back 100 times over
★ When trying to build a community, aim to just help people
★ Find your unique way of giving value while having fun and just do it and you’ll feel better
Are you an entrepreneur? Get the MOMENTUM to win at business and life: nextgenhq.com/getmomentum
Want more action - check out www.itstartswithaction.com
Episode 63 - It starts with Action : What does it take to win? How to achieve your ambitious goals
With 23 years of experience in the Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial space, Jeff has the real-world experience to help growing companies develop leaders to their fullest potential.
In this episode Jeff talks about his journey from poverty to being a top leadership coach and tells you exactly how you can achieve the goals you desire.
00:06:13 - WHat are your principles of success leading to your accomplishments
00:09:43 - What was it that motivated you to stay accountable
00:13:30 - What has been your hardest challenge?
00:17:15 - Trainer story
00:19:15 - Who were your mentors? And how would you recommend a mentor is found
00:22:44 - What encouraged you to take that leap from a full time job to entrepreneurship
00:25:46 - What would you tell Gen-Z to maximise their leadership potential in the long run
00:34:19 - ItstartswithAction question - What’s your vision of a better version of yourself
00:36:17 - What challenge would you encourage listeners to do
Episode 62 - It starts with Action : How to enjoy the process and be happy during hard times
From time to time I like to share my thoughts and experience to listeners. Having heard from a few friends who haven't been so happy I thought why not do a quick episode on the topic. Happiness is a choice and we can all choose to be happy and generate it from within. The journey to getting to where you want to be isn't always easy so how do we find joy in the process? Let's chat!
Episode 61 - It starts with Action : Master the art of networking with Christopher McDonald
With almost two decades of experience, Christopher brings to the table an extensive network of connections and opportunities. It’s not just his network, but the actual relationships he builds. Going beyond merely booking talent, Chris has worked with everyone from high profile billionaires to celebrities to small businesses to identify, strategize, and build bridges that develop not just into relationships but new ventures never before imagined.
With a strong familiarity with traditional media, and having booked an array of top talent from the world of entertainment, sports, business, science, tech, and politics. Christopher launched Connections First in order to bring opportunities never before seen by many small businesses. He is also the Director of Talent Relations for "Impact Theory"
00:00:37 - 00:03:54 - Christopher’s Introduction and life overview
- Value of taking action points
00:04:40 - 00:09:57 How did you establish your preference for building connections
00:10:20 - 00:15:43 What tips do you have for genZ people who want to network yet do not know how?
00:17:20 - 00:25:22 You have expressed your interest in researching popularity in the past. What further insight have you added in?
00:29:45 - 00:44:25 How did you go about reinventing yourself? As well as any tips for people who want to reinvent themselves
00:45:44 - 00:49:07 What does the next best version of yourself look like? And how do you plan to get there
00:49:11 - 00:51:14 How did having a child drive you or did you have an alternative stimulant?
00:51:20 - 00:57:44 Connection First Insight
00:57:55 01:02:18 - What key lessons have you learnt through networking? What insights may influence those you aren’t doing this
01:02:23 - 01:05:56 WIth an expanding network how do you stay in touch with so many people
01:06:00 - The value of loyalty as a friend
Episode 60 - It starts with Action : Imposter syndrome and getting work done
Life is about experimenting and making an impact even when you don't feel ready. I love interviewing guests and it's great to share their stories and learn from their experience but I still feel like I want to use the podcast to make a bigger difference. I like following people's journey and see them grow but I felt like I need more experience to start sharing my thoughts.
Imposter syndrome :)
I believe clarity will come after action so I'm going to add-in at least 2 solo podcasts a month about all sorts of topics related to taking action and personal development.
I was going to do some proper planning and structuring before but I found it just delaying the action. And oftentimes momentum starts from just doing it and then improving later.
Quick episode on my thoughts and experience of imposter syndrome as well as getting work done. I've talked to many people who have been struggling to do work during the lockdown including myself with certain university modules.
Episode 59 - It starts with Action : Lead with questions with Billy Samoa Saleebey
Billy is the Co-Founder & CEO at Podify , Creator and Host of For the Love of Podcast and Insight Out ,Filmmaker ,Speaker and Coach
_______ leads to action
Want to know what it is? You'll have to check out the recent episode where I got to interview Billy Samoa Saleebey. I'm very grateful to have met him and when I was editing the episode I found that we naturally touched upon Awareness, Intention, Openness, and tenacity! ( This was filmed before I thought of the values and it goes to show that action takers do indeed live by ACTION - Awareness/Confidence/Intention/Openness/Now(Present)
Billy shared a lot of amazing tips from his idea of SHINE to how to be a leader in large companies, lessons he learned from working at Tesla, and seeing how Elon asks questions to tips on how to get a job at your dream company and how the law of attraction helped with his proposal.
A key insight I gained is to increase your self-awareness the best thing you can do is have people in your life who help you become more self-aware. Couldn't agree more!
A key insight I gained is to increase your self-awareness the best thing you can do is have people in your life who help you become more self-aware. Couldn't agree more!
It starts with action podcast trailer
Let me ask you a Q, Are you taking action towards being the person you want to be and achieving the life you want to live, or do you find yourself delaying the action because of fear, lack of self-belief, discipline? My name is Presence and I'm really curious about the topic of ACTION. For everyone, there is something in life that they would like to do: a dream they want to achieve, a goal they want to reach. However, they aren't taking action. It starts with Action is a podcast all about picking the brains of action takers. People doing extraordinary things and living extraordinary lives. It's also about being real and having deep conversations with people who aren't taking action, understanding why, and finding the solution. It starts with action is also more than a podcast but a way of living. To me, action means living a life of awareness, confidence, tenacity, intention, openness, and now - i.e present. Whether you're looking to hear from inspiring leaders for tips or motivation, or someone who is stuck with the same problem you have and want to see how we find a solution together, or you like to listen to a 20-year-old share everything she knows and learns about living a life with of action, then this podcast is for you. I would really appreciate it if you share this podcast to people you know who will benefit, give a review on apple podcasts and follow me on Linkedin and Instagram for more inspiration. Remeber, whatever you're goal is - it starts with action.
Episode 58 - It starts with Action : Mission behind It Starts With Action / lessons learnt in 2020
- feel free to skip to @26 mins if you want to skip my story.
Thank you, everyone, for the amazing year, this episode is about the lessons Presence, the host of the podcast learned in 2020, her story and her WHY for the podcast.
Episode 57 - It starts with Action : Understand money with money coach Neil Doig
Neil is a Money coach, finance speaker, and author of the Book Millennial Money Mindset, Founder of Money Tipps, Creator of Football Formation Asset Allocation card game.
About Money Tipps :
We educate, inspire, and coach better investing. Money Tipps empower you to make better decisions with your money.
By offering a unique new solution, we can save you £1000s from your pocket from avoiding paying expensive financial advice fees, saves you time in your day by following our simple five-step method, and reduces stress from your life by knowing where you are heading financially.
Money Tipps has created interactive learning experiences to make investing simple, fun, and achievable.
Episode 56 : How to work and network more effectively with Oliver Rutherford
Oliver studied 6 subjects at university and made the Dean’s List for academic performance, before securing offers from several top management consultancies. He turned these offers down to become a teacher at a challenging inner-city London school, where he began his career helping students get into top universities. Since then, he’s lectured at UCL, been invited to the prestigious World Education Connection Board, and currently works as a Global University Advisor to leading universities around the world.
In this episode, we talked about his journey of starting Unirise, how he balances his time and works productively, how to network as a student, macro-level gratitude and micro-level gratitude. Happiness and productivity come from self-awareness.
Episode 55 : It starts with Action - Action comes from staying Inquisitive
Susan has over 35 years in banking and financial services, especially as a Bank Executive. She has extensive experience in the financial sector, specifically with all facets of the credit card business; leading a $100B online deposit business, including P&L management, operations, customer relations, digital banking, internet marketing, fraud countermeasures and advanced strategies, vendor management, credit card fulfillment, card personalization, PCI data security and AI/Machine Learning. Effective and increasing leadership over the years within companies and teams of all sizes across multiple locations, both domestic and living/working internationally.
Susan also opened her own Executive Consulting firm so that, assisting with projects for large and small financial institutions, participating in RFPs, business development, project planning, solving business challenges and executive mentoring. In addition, Susan has been working with several FinTech’s, which is extremely rewarding, including, banking applications, auto industry focused, online products and working with a fintech from the Czech Republic to assist in their planning, business development and launch in the US.
Episode 54 : It starts with Action - Rich Cardona : Lessons from the Marine Corps and entreprenuership
Rich is a LinkedIn Video Strategist for Executives / Media Company Owner / Podcast Host / Youtuber, he is the founder of Rich Cardona Media and an Ex-Marine Corps Group Level Legal Advisor.
In this episode, we talk about his journey, the key lessons he learned, and advice for early entrepreneurs.
Episode 53 : It starts with Action - Jay Menez : The 8 Mental Habits of Highly Successful People
Connect with Jay:
Hollywood Real | http://hollywoodreal.com
Instagram | http://instagram.com/jaymeneztv
LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaymenez
Website | https://jaymenez.com
Spark on Amazon | https://amzn.to/3g03BtQ
Episode 52 : It starts with Action - Arnone Barnes What it really takes to be successful
Arnone Barnes started his first business at age 11 and built and sold his first multi-million euro company by the age of 28!
He is an explosive international speaker, author, investor and one of Europe’s leading and most exciting business mentors.
Over the past 7 years, Arnon has personally trained and coached more than 90 000 people from well over 65 different countries from all over the world! He has also coached a world champion and one of the finalists from the famous tv show Master Chef Australia!
Arnon has had the privilege to share the stage with other thought-leaders in the arena of Personal and Business Development including, Robert Kiyosaki - the author of Rich dad Poor dad, Les Brown, T. Harv Eker and Jordan Belford who was played by Leonardo Di Caprio in the Wolf of Wall Street and Chris Gardner who was played by Will Smith in the movie Pursuit of Happyness to name a few.
A very inspiring podcast where we talk about what it really takes to achieve greatness and advice for young people.
Episode 51 : It starts with Action - Age is only an Int with Michael Matias
The worst thing that would happen is you learn something new along the way - Michael Matias
Absolutely love that phrase. Very grateful to have gotten to speak to Micheal on the podcast, it was great to learn about his journey and his book: Age is only an int – book, Matias encourages readers to believe that age should not be measured in the number of years lived but in the capacity to learn and grow from every opportunity and challenge.
We talked about the lessons he learned as a young entrepreneur, his key insights from interviewing leaders on his 20 Minute Leaders podcast, time management, and what work-life balance would look like to him.
We also talked about whether everyone should be developing technical skills at this time. Why learning how to code isn't just for programmers and a lot more!!
About Micheal :
Micheal is an engineer and entrepreneur at heart, deeply motivated by people and products that make a positive impact on the world. Currently a Senior Associate at J-Ventures (early-stage Venture Capital fund) and a Software Engineer at Hippo Insurance (unicorn) while studying Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University. Graduated from 8200 Cybersecurity Unit in the IDF as an Officer (First Lieutenant), where he founded an led a machine learning research team. A Forbes `30 Under 30` and Forbes `18 Under 18` honoree, TEDx speaker, Birthright Excel alumni, founder of Hacking Generation Y and AnyMeal and host of the `20 Minute Leaders` talk show.
Episode 49 : It starts with Action - Ignite your inner tenacity with Adam Posner
Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich
If you want to know what I'm talking about then you have to give Ep. 49 of the It starts with Action podcast a listen.
Super grateful to get to learn from Adam, we talked about his journey from working for Gary Vee at VaynerMedia to being the founder of NHP Talent Group, he also has an awesome podcast called ThePOZcast where her shares how you can harness your inner tenacity to drive your life and career forward through interviewing guests.
So many great takeaways from this episode, we talked about the quality that drives successful people, the power of self-awareness, having NO backup plan, advice to people in their 20s, and lessons from David about gratitude.
Adam Posner is the Founder and Managing Director at NHP Talent Group- a boutique NY-based talent consultancy, specializing in talent acquisition for Senior-level roles within: Digital Marketing, Media, Ecommerce, Product and Content Creation at Start-ups, Creative Agencies and Brands. He is also the host of the popular podcast, ThePOZcast- showcasing experts to help you harness your inner tenacity to drive your life and career forward.
Prior to pivoting into the world of recruiting, Adam spent 15 years working within the NYC advertising and marketing industry. He has led account management and digital strategy at American Express, SIRIUS XM and digital ad agencies in NYC like VaynerMedia and EP+Co for major Clients like Verizon, Pepsi and British Airways. This has instilled him with a unique perspective when working with candidates to truly understand their Career DNA and ensure a good fit on both sides of the recruiting equation. In addition, he brings expert advisory around the Talent Acquisition process, employer branding and recruitment operations.
He has built a strong reputation by always putting relationships first, while balancing his Clients business needs and Candidates career goals. Adam is truly a power connector. He identifies opportunities, synergies and connects the dots.
Adam's Story w/ Gary Vee: http://bit.ly/2pzfhh
Episode 48 : It starts with Action -THE ZERO IN FORMULA : Building a Disruptive and Sustainable Business through Customer-Centric Innovation withDennis Geelen
Dennis Geelen, is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Zero In. He has spent the past 20 plus years helping several companies in various industries change, grow, and prosper. Dennis brings a strong background in strategic planning, innovation, and customer experience, combined with his passion for helping companies and giving back to communities. Author of 3 business books and creator of the Zero In CCI Assessment tool and innovation board game, Mr. Geelen enjoys helping companies disrupt their industry through Customer Centric Innovation (CCI) through consulting engagements and various workshops and webinars. Dennis also gives back to the community by volunteering his time in several capacities. From coaching youth sports, to volunteering at the afterschool program in the local Boys and Girls Club, to his current role as Past-President of the Kawartha Lakes Food Source, Dennis is very community-minded and has a passion for non-profit organizations
Episode 47 : It starts with Action - Approaching leadership as an Artist with Zulum Elumogo
Zulum is the former General Secretary (President) and Chairman of the London School of Economics Students’ Union (2018-2020), making him the first black man to hold the position in the LSE’s 125-year history. He is currently a board member of the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of educators, business and social enterprises working towards a country where no child’s success in education is limited by their socio-economic background. He is also a board member of the Barbican Centre, Europe’s largest multi-arts venue, becoming their youngest-ever trustee at 24 years old. In this podcast we talk about his time at LSE, getting the most out of university (and life), approaching leadership in a creative and artistic way, his passion for dance and choreography and more.
Feel free to connect with Zulum and Presence
Episode 46 : It starts with Action - Starting school after COVID with Vidisha
A conversation between a year 12 and year 13 ~~ Time for a new chapter !
Episode 45 : It starts with Action - Stuttering : passing through the vocal barrier with James Sweeney
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be someone who stutters?
Everyone goes through different challenges and I'm always inspired after listening to someone's story about the challenge they faced or are facing yet choose to use it to empower them to move forwards.
So when people choose to make fun of those who are going through something they perhaps have no control over which both James and I understand deeply, it hurts. But ... it lets us be ahead of others because we learned how to be resilient and just be ourselves without letting others affect how we see ourselves ( it's an up and down journey )
A more chilled and educational episode with James who has an amazing blog and his ' what is success' series is an interesting one that everyone should check out and support, we talked about his experience of stuttering, how it affected his confidence and how he plans to take action to gain it back.
Episode 44 : It starts with Action - How to talk about yourself and money / starting a business with Jordan Harry
You need to find a why that's big enough so the how becomes small - Jordan Harry
Another great episode on the It Starts with Action podcast. Very insightful and we talked about many topics from starting a business to seeking support and money mindset.
When you start a business you may often call yourself a ' start-up' ... what does that make you think of? New, less experience, small team, etc... why not just call yourself a business off the bat instead? How we talk about ourselves is really important and something I try to work on every day. How's your self talk doing recently?
Money is also not talked about in schools, especially the mindset about money. There's nothing wrong with wanting money and this episode was a great lesson on how we should think and talk about it.
Students may want to check out Jordan's online platform which helps students learn and read faster. The weekly calls have been very insightful so recommend students to get in touch!
Episode 43 : It starts with Action - Fear is an illusion with Imisi Adefala
You fear heights but want to travel. It's likely you'll still get on that plane and get through the journey because you know the destination and travel experience would be worth it.
Grateful to have met Imisi who was my buddy on the Aleto Foundation leadership program, his entrepreneurship journey started when he was in year 3 - charging kids to play basketball with him ( interesting one ) to now growing his baby IAMEDIA.
His journey was insightful, it's not easy to have your work torn and be told that it sucks - he could have decided to give up but instead cherished the feedback and worked hard to improve. His view of appreciating the fact that people use their energy to criticize you as a sign that they care is a great mindset to have and what really inspires me.
Listen to his story and valuable advice - link in comments
Episode 42 : It starts with Action - Learn to be still with Lindsay Lapaquette
Suck it up buttercup - a phrase Lindsay Lapaquette would hear regularly and is what I'm guilty of doing most times.
It was great to talk to Lindsay about this topic. We bottle things up and we try to keep ourselves busy 24/7. Is it just me or wouldn't you agree this is a recipe for disaster?
Sometimes we need to learn to be still with yourself and just let yourself feel all the emotions within. Often times it takes us to the breaking point or an accident before we slow down. It was inspiring to hear Lindsay's story of opening a business and deciding to shut it down and start over.
We also talked about many other topics, one including taking on more opportunities when you have more responsibility such as family. I found it insightful because I always hear Gary Vee preach the idea of taking more risks during your 20s when you don't have responsibilities.
Connect with Lindsay :
Episode 41 : It starts with Action - Action starts from believing with Tesse Akpeki , founder of the Wellbeing and Resilience Leadership Initiative
How do you shift from saying you believe in yourself to actually believing in yourself?
Have you ever felt like you say you believe in something and you really wish you did believe it but at the same time in your heart you don't 100% believe in it? And other times when you 100% believe in something you just know and you feel a burning desire to take action to achieve what you believe in?
It was a really interesting topic Tesse Akpeki and I discussed on the most recent episode.
Another topic I loved was the power of being comfortable alone. It was during the conversation I remembered that I spent 6 months off school and I spent 99% of my time alone ( had no friends so I didn't even text anyone other than family ) ... the experience made me learn how to enjoy my own company and develop more self-love as well as become my own best friend.
Another question Tesse asked which I'd love to know your answer - How is your weakness/challenge that you went through a gift? Comment your answer would love to know it :) I believe every struggle is a gift and a blessing because without it you wouldn't be who you are today.
I'm also open to doing calls with anyone who have goals but are struggling to take action on them. If that's you send me a dm would love to chat :)
Episode 40 : It starts with Action - Never stop learning with Sam Lister
Fear drives action and action leads to direction and focus so fear can actually help us focus.
It was great to hear Sam's story of how he started his entrepreneurship journey, from cutting grass when he was 14 to now having a thriving business at 20. We also talked about how entrepreneurship is a great personal development journey. His story showed to me that when you let yourself have no other option and never stop learning. You will find something that works.
I've always heard the phrase ' not going to uni will be a risk ' so when I hear Sam flip that and say ' going to university was a risk' it really got me thinking.
It was a great episode, we also talked about how success in life has a lot to do with how many people do you know and how many people know you. Networking really is important :)
Episode 39 : It starts with Action - it's never too late to take action with Kam Taj / Founder of Exam Success Academy
This podcast episode is one I believe all year 12s should check out ( and year 13s and university students and everyone XD because why not )
I met Kam Taj last year where he shared his story and tips when applying to Oxbridge. I really admired his genuine passion for helping students succeed and were also interested in the concept of coaching so we connected and this year I'm grateful to have him as my mentor as I navigate the coaching field.
In the episode, Kam went really deep and shared how he went from struggling with academia to studying at Cambridge and feeling like he didn't belong. We talked about so many topics from studying to meditation, walks in nature, sleep, hustle culture, and happiness.
One exercise Kam suggested that helped him make the decision to transfer from consulting to coaching was looking himself in the mirror and asking the question :
Is my younger self proud of who I am becoming?
My answer is a HELL YES. And I'll be keeping this question in mind for the future always. Comment your answer and be honest :)
Really is a great one for year 12s and 13s worried about applying to Uni/results day
Episode 38 : It starts with Action - Accept the imposter syndrome and take action anyway
Make friends with the imposter.
Imposter syndrome. It's real and many highly established entrepreneurs still deal with it. It was great to talk to Caleb Dykema about this topic, we both have the same goal of helping people turn ideas into reality through taking action and we are both experiencing Imposter syndrome at this current moment.
Is the imposter going to stop us? No.
Is it going to stop you?
No? Great ~~ Join the SWAG community, would love you to share your wisdom on how you deal with it.
Yes? Great ~~ you aren't alone, check out the episode and turn the Yes to a No. And join SWAG.
We also talked about other topics such as whether you need to have money to start a business :) nice one for entreprenuers~~
Episode 37 : It starts with Action - Direction leads to Action, find your purpose with Ola Sanni
Everyone has a gift and a tremendous amount of potential, those who think they don't just lack direction. Once they find it then they'll soar!
Ola Sanni talked about how he found his direction and once he did he was able to focus and work hard towards achieving it. Ola also co-founded The Widening Access Network (W.A.N) to help young people discover what their direction is and what they are truly capable of.
A question I assume everyone would have thought of at least once is - what's my purpose? Why am I even here?
I don't know the exact answer but I can hint that it involves taking action :)
Check out WAN : https://www.wideningaccess.org.uk/join-the-network
Episode 36 : It starts with Action - Linkedin strategies and accountability with Joe Gannon
Joe Gannon dropped 2 very creative tips about how to use Linkedin which you'll have to listen to the podcast to find out ;)
we also talked a lot about 🌟accountability and how to use it to help take consistent action. One simple example is just setting the scene before doing anything. I know when I wear workout clothes and listen to music... naturally, I would want to go for a jog or move. ( the SWAG community was also created with the intention of keeping each other accountable so if you're ambitious and seeking growth than do join )
🔥Comfort challenges are also good ways to prove to yourself that in the end, everything is ok and not as scary as you think :) Ask for a 10% discount on your meal or say no to everything for a day or two. Challenges like these help train the muscle in doing other things that you fear.
👀👀Joe has some special stuff coming soon, his youtube and content here are very helpful for Linkedin fans so check him out!
Episode 35 : It starts with Action - Vision boards and apprenticeships with Shola West
Real story - At the beginning of 2020 I put a treadmill on my vision board. Why? Because it's something I wish I had at home but also I knew there was a 0% chance because I didn't really need it and I only buy things that are absolutely necessary.
COVID came. Wasn't allowed out for months and woke up 1 day with a surprise from my mum - a small treadmill ( although it nearly burst into flames 2 weeks later and got a refund, didn't end up replacing it )
Vision boards are not only fun but quite powerful when you look back and realize that some things actually came true so when Shola West mentioned vision boards on the podcast I was all hyped up and it was great speaking to her about it.
We also talked about apprenticeships and not going down the university pathway. Whatever route you choose you will succeed as long as you choose to and have the right mindset and take the right action.
Episode 34 : It starts with Action - Building a personal brand with Ash Borland
The biggest question that always bothered me when I was 15 was why a white T-shirt with a logo costed 10 times more than one without; how did a workout video with no music and filmed with a phone get 7 million views while another with great lighting and music do worse.
It was only this year that I paid a lot more attention to the topic of personal branding and its power. It is definitely a super interesting subject and I enjoyed talking to Ash Borland 🎬 about it on the podcast.
It's no longer about the product, it's about the brand behind it.
Ash's story was really interesting and has proved that we really can't predict where we'll end up in life. It can change and that's ok! Enjoy the journey and see where it takes you
Episode 33 : It starts with Action - Being vulnerable is a sign of strength not weakness with Sorochi
Vulnerability the key to courage.
I used to be ridiculously scared about showing my vulnerabilities, I would never tell people about what was going on in my life and just bottled everything up to the point I broke.
This was one of the topics Sorochi Eze-Uzomaka and I talked about in the latest episode. Why do we shy away from sharing the vulnerable side? Is it because of the view that vulnerability is courage in you and inadequacy in me? When we share what''s going on we may think we are showing up as being weak but when others talk about theirs we think they are strong and courageous.
No one should shy away from sharing what's on their mind. If you have something bottled up, say it. You are not weak, you're showing a sign of strength.
Connect with Sorochi and check out her business:
Twitter and Instagram @nebulalondon
Episode 32 : It starts with Action - Design a life with Jordan Paris / host of Growth Mindset University Podcast
Set principles for yourself
As an overthinker (overcoming it), I think this is a genius idea. To set yourself a few key criteria to help you decide whether you should take action on something or not as well as avoid doing things that don't really serve your short and long term goals.
On the podcast, I couldn't think of the 4th but now I think I would add " Is it a seek discomfort challenge that will lead to growth " If yes then I'll do it ... What're your criteria?
It was great to get to speak to Jordan Paris, we talked about getting out of our shell, from being the quiet awkward kid to developing an interest in what constitutes good communication and questions.
Oh, and of course, the education system :) Jordan's podcast Growth mindset university is all about teaching you what school doesn't. I always learn something new and recommend everyone to check it out if you haven't already!
Check out Jordan Paris and his podcast :
Episode 31 : It starts with Action - Work Lessons 101 / What they Don't Teach You in School with Sabrina Woodworth
Sabrina Woodworth, P.Eng, has worked in the corporate environment for over 14 years. She started her career as an entry-level process engineer in training and quickly rose to prominent leadership roles. Her career has included multiple industries and business groups, comprised of numerous positions and leadership roles, demonstrating her ability to adjust to change and furthering her well-versed foundation in corporate operations. Her career has taken her overseas to Mongolia, to several major cities, including her Canadian corporate headquarters in Calgary, Alberta. Now, as a Project Manager and Founder of Work Lessons 101, Sabrina’s career has a proven track record of strategizing, maneuvering, and being promoted through the hurdles of the corporate world. Sabrina has spoken to both Universities and Corporations on the foundations of building successful careers and has built a large following on her social media platforms (40,000+), which receive over 3 million views each month. You can learn more about Work Lessons 101 and their services on their website: www.WorkLessons101.com. Follow Work Lessons 101 on their social media platforms: • Instagram: @worklessons101 • LinkedIn: Sabrina Woodworth, www.linkedin.com/in/sabrinawoodworth/ • YouTube: WorkLessons101
Her upcoming book, Work Lessons 101 - What they Don't Teach in School comes out July 22. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CDHC1Z8/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
Episode 30 : It starts with Action - Unleash your leadership potential with Erico Biscaro
I never thought I had any potential to be a " leader " ... but I really like the idea of coaching and being a coach... and from my training, I realized coaching is the same as being a leader.
I love asking questions and learning what makes good questions so when Enrico Biscaro, MBA mentioned being a leader is about talking less, listening more and when you speak you ask questions I realized... actually maybe I do want to be a leader and it's something I've been reading more about lately.
Reach out to Enrico :
Episode 29 : It starts with Action - Action over perfection with Ryan and Josh - hosts of The 2% podcast
Action over perfection 🌟
As I learn to become more self-aware, I find one of the biggest reasons for my procrastination is wanting to do tasks to the point of perfection. I would think of a task and expect that it will be " perfect", feel overwhelmed and end up not starting at all. As I've learned to embrace failure and not having to be right all the time I've actually got a lot more things done and perfected the task over time.
Episode 28 : It starts with Action - Go for what you want with Neha Bogati
Episode 27 : It starts with Action - When the host becomes the guest ( Chat & the story of my life ) with Ejaz Uddin
I was worried about missing my grades ... hopped on LSE's Q&A call... made a comment in the chatbox, Ejaz saw it, he could relate, found me on LinkedIn and our friendship began! The intention was to have him as a guest on the podcast but it seemed like he ended up as the host for this one.
we went from talking about coding to prisoners to creating impact VS money, the stereotype of an LSE student, losing your identity, being alone, my life of uncertainty, my struggle of making friends, why we will never look down on anyone, etc... basically my life in raw form + Ejaz's perspective on the lessons from it
It was a bit emotional but mostly full of laughter, jokes, and inspiration :)
From jack's ( Ep 26 ) episode, we talked about owning your story and Ejaz gave me the opportunity to do so, thank you both!