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A Passport for Freedom: How to Travel the World Sustainably



Why do we do the things we do? Why do we put ourselves in a position of saving as much as we can and living life when we retire? Today I have a very special guest. Meet Matt Javit, a world traveler and a blogger, here to change the way you think about your life.

On today’s podcast:

  • Always try to get better
  • The freedom of fewer things
  • Leverage technology
  • The world is kind and inviting

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Always try to get better

Matt was working consistent 60-hour weeks for an international IT services company. He worked really hard and had a lot of success.

He believes that if you have skills that are valuable in the market and you continue to improve every day, there is always going to be a role for you to produce in some capacity.

If you’re always trying to get better, you’ll have opportunities at your door when you decide to bring in more income.

The freedom of fewer things

Together with his wife, Matt took the leap of faith and went on an amazing journey traveling the world. They knew that there were a lot of risks involved but they felt that the rewards were ultimately greater than the risks.

Before they left for their travels, they made sure to leave everything in order.

They both realized that they didn’t need many of the things they thought they needed. It was extremely freeing.

Leverage technology

We live in a time where it’s never been easier to attempt to do what Matt and his wife are doing. They’ve leveraged technology in the greatest way.

They are taking full advantage of everything that’s out there in order to keep their costs down but also keep their cultural experiences at the highest level.

Their travels have changed their philosophies on so many levels.

The world is kind and inviting

Matt and his wife were pleasantly surprised to see that the English language is used in many parts of the world. Even when someone didn’t speak English, they could still understand each other using sign language or Google Translate.

Overall people wanted to do them right. Matt feels that the world is extremely kind and inviting.

He believes that what he is doing is going to become a lot more common in the future.


How to Master the Skill of Active Listening



My guest today is author and coach Denise Dudley, here to share with us her expertise on the art of active listening. It’s important that we all become aware of the fact that by fully listening to what someone has to say we honor that person. Active listening sounds like a tough job, but once we commit to it, we will almost instantly improve our relationships on a noticeable scale.

On today’s podcast:

  • Always watch for cues to make sure your listeners are still there
  • Commit to actively listen
  • Listen without formulating a response in your head
  • Paraphrase more

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Always watch for cues to make sure your listeners are still there

Listening seems to us like a very passive activity. Research has shown that when you’re truly listening, many parts of your brain lighten up. There is a lot going on, but physically it feels like we’re just sitting there.

Part of your job as a speaker is to always be listening and watching for feedback in your listener(s). Watch for cues to make sure your listeners are still with you and they haven’t become bored.

Sometimes it’s important to sit still when we’re listening so that we can send the message of “I’m with you, I’m not thinking about anything else.”

Commit to actively listen

If you are going to really listen to someone, go to a quieter, neutral room. Make sure you also avoid distractions.

We try to have our most important conversations in person, because we get to have these visual cues.

The first step in any journey towards becoming better at whatever it is you’re interested in is to actually make a commitment.

Listen without formulating a response in your head

Sometimes people may have different views. It’s hard to suspend your immediate judgment, but it’s really important to do it if you really want to listen to what that person is saying.

Suspending your immediate judgment has to do with listening without formulating a response just yet and staying open enough.

It’s important to make a commitment not to interrupt. Wait because people need to feel that they are heard. Only interrupt someone if they’re being offensive or abusive.

Paraphrase more

Paraphrasing is really the best first thing that you can say once you’ve been listening to a segment of someone’s story.

When you hit it right, you see the other person lighten up. If you hit it wrong, you get a red light.

It’s also important to “listen” to nonverbal communication.

Brains don’t really love to multitask. Many people actually resist multitasking. You are multitasking if you’re listening and considering what you’re going to say next. Wait until the person is finished and then formulate your response.


How to Launch Your Own Video Show



My guest today is video marketing strategist Sheryl Plouffe. Sheryl shares with us her expertise on how to create your own video show from scratch. Tune in and if you launch your show anytime soon, make sure to let us know!

On today’s podcast:

  • The benefits of creating your own show
  • Live vs recorded
  • Tools you might want to use
  • How to promote your show

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The benefits of creating your own show

One of the benefits of having your own show is that it keeps you on track. As entrepreneurs, we need to be creating content.

Another benefit is that it keeps you accountable to your audience. When you tell the world you’re launching a show and that you’re going to commit to that, this keeps you accountable.

A third benefit has to do with consistency. If you commit to a weekly show, it keeps you consistent.

Live vs recorded

If you are thinking about launching a video show on Facebook, do it. It will allow you to better connect with people.

When you put yourself out there on video you’re allowing people into your life.

If you choose a live show, it’s much more authentic. You can’t edit it. A recorded video can be an easier option.

Tools you might want to use

If you’re doing an interview-style show, you should consider using Zoom.

Another good tool is Switcher Studio. It allows you to do a show with prerecorded video. You can switch in between elements, including yourself live.

How to promote your show

There are many ways to promote your show. You can start by promoting your show to your existing email list. You can also include your show in your signature at the bottom of your email.

You can also promote it on your Facebook profile or on other social media.

Don’t forget word-of-mouth. Tell people about it.


How to Embrace Your Natural Curiosity



Today’s episode is all about curiosity. It’s important to realize that our natural curiosity changes as we grow older. There are more and more things holding us back. It’s important to acknowledge these things and be proactive. My guest today, Dr. Diane Hamilton, has some fantastic advice to share with us.

On today’s podcast:

  • There are four things holding us back
  • Recognize your fear and do something about it
  • Make yourself a little uncomfortable
  • The dangers of technology
  • Our environment can also hold us back

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There are four things holding us back

There really isn’t a good tool to measure curiosity yet. Diane discovered that there are four things that are holding people back:

  • Fear
  • Assumptions of the way things are or should be
  • Technology
  • The environment

Curiosity can be either positive or negative. Some people get into analysis paralysis, they plan and plan, and don’t get things done.

Recognize your fear and do something about it

There are always fears holding you back from many kinds of decisions. Many people don’t dip their toe in the water because it’s not cool to do so. You think you might look goofy.

Many people fear what other people will think. It’s a very hard thing for us to overcome.

It’s very important to recognize that it’s the fear that’s holding you back and do something about it. Fear really comes down to the stories we tell ourselves.

You have to ask yourself, “What is the value I’m missing because of holding back?”

Make yourself a little uncomfortable

Many people do things because they assume that they should be doing these things. They don’t open themselves up to options because that’s the way it has always been done.

We limit ourselves to this little bubble we think it’s the world. You don’t even know what you don’t know until you get out there.

It’s good to make yourself a little uncomfortable.

The dangers of technology

Technology can be intimidating. You have to learn a new trade and you can feel overwhelmed.

Another type of people feel too comfortable with technology and allow it to do everything for them.

Sometimes technology keeps you from asking the questions, because the answers are readily available. Eventually you might end up not knowing what you might be missing, because technology has already figured out all the steps along the way.

Our environment can also hold us back

The environment can also seriously hold us back. Some of our natural curiosities can be cut out at school or at home.

Our family might not even know that they are holding us back.

Now with social media, we also have a new environment of people expecting us to behave in a certain way.


How to Create More Success by Changing Our Relationship with Failure



One of the most important things we can do as leaders is to create a safe environment where our team members know that they can make mistakes. My guest today is executive coach Christine Springer, here to share with us her expertise on how to build resilience and self-compassion.

On today’s podcast:

  • Using setbacks to come back stronger
  • Feeling safe when making mistakes
  • The two biggest myths about resilience
  • Having a fixed vs a growth mindset
  • The first step to take in order to build resilience

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Using setbacks to come back stronger

Being resilient is having the ability to handle change and setbacks. You use those setbacks and failure to actually come back stronger.

Why does adversity keep us from moving forward? What are we afraid of? The number one reason why people struggle to be resilient is that we judge ourselves. We take it personally.

We sometimes mix up taking responsibility with beating ourselves up.

Feeling safe when making mistakes

When we are young, we figure out the best way to survive in our environment. Many of us grew up with teachers or parents judging us.

One of the most important things we do as adults is learning how to shift the survival strategies we adopted as kids to strategies that can actually make us thrive.

The way we can help kids and team members is to make them feel safe when they make mistakes.

The two biggest myths about resilience

The first biggest myth about resilience is that if you are resilient, you’re going to be immune to feeling disappointment about the setback or the failure. When we feel disappointed about that, you start beating yourself up about feeling disappointed.

The second biggest myth about resilience is the belief that you either are resilient, or you are not. Also, that if you are not resilient, that you cannot develop it. That’s not true.

You need to have the desire to build resilience and to keep practicing.

Having a fixed vs a growth mindset

It’s important to allow yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling whether it’s disappointment or frustration. You have to actually feel it. Your body will store any emotion that you don’t allow yourself to feel fully and let go of.

You need to be able to develop a personal relationship with each of your team members. Develop a plan together of what success looks like.

People with a fixed mindset tend to be less resilient because they take failure very personally. People with a growth mindset are almost kind of curious about failure. They are energized by the idea of solving a puzzle.

The first step to take in order to build resilience

The first step to take in order to build resilience is to recognize the three habits that make us not resilient: perfectionism, personalizing feedback, and persevering on mistakes.

When we’re mindful of these tendencies, we can catch ourselves before they sabotage us later on in the game.

Shift from the three Ps to the three Cs: compassion, curiosity, and confidence.


Developing a Culture of Learning Within Our Organizations



One of the most important topics that we often don’t consider is investing in our everyday learning. My guest today, leadership consultant Liz Czepiel, is the perfect person to guide us when it comes to this vital component of every organization.

On today’s podcast:

  • Creating a culture of learning is vital to our organizational success
  • Avoiding the easy approach and going for the bigger picture
  • Being very specific and strategic
  • Knowing your expectations

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Creating a culture of learning is vital to our organizational success

People are an organization’s most valuable asset. How can we get the most out of them? We have to figure out what drives and motivates them.

When we step into leadership roles, part of our responsibility is to develop our teams. A big component of that is helping our teams learn about themselves and the business.

Learning within an organization correlates with innovation. We need to challenge our employees to think bigger and broader, to be better than the competition.

Avoiding the easy approach and going for the bigger picture

When organizations take the easy approach, they invest in the wrong solutions. They should be factoring in what will support organizational goals.

When it comes to learning, we want it to be extremely practical to our employees.

When organizations think about their learning approach holistically, it’s a complete game changer.

Being very specific and strategic

It’s important to expand learning opportunities behind the classroom. Most people learn by doing. Some of the most powerful learning experiences involve practical applications of learning principles.

You also need to be very specific about the people that you are bringing on board. Make sure to bring people who want to innovate.

An organization shouldn’t look to invest in the biggest e-learning system to just check the box for their employees. You need to be really specific and strategic. More isn’t always better.

Knowing your expectations

Learning and development shouldn’t stop once you’re a director. One of the most beneficial that organizations can do is to continuously invest in their leadership.

You need to be super clear on what your expectations are when it comes to learning. Think about how you are going to incorporate them into things like your performance reviews.


How to Fast-Track Your Success



Do you want to fast-track your success and achieve great results? My guest this week, international speaker Camilita Nuttall, is here to tell you what works from her own personal experience. Tune in to find out the 12 steps to grow your business exponentially.

On today’s podcast:

  • Focus+Work*Belief-Fear=Results
  • Don’t be afraid to lose
  • Be steadfast in your efforts
  • Focus on income-generating work and have a clear customer plan
  • Always seek knowledge
  • Always reinvent yourself and find the people at the top

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Focus+Work*Belief-Fear=Results

In How to Fast-Track Your Success in 12 Simple Steps, Camilita writes that Focus+Work*Belief-Fear=Results.

Focus means forgetting everything else. Focus has to do with commitment, and commitment means the death of all other options.

First you need to focus, then you need to do the work. When everything is going wrong, that’s the time you have to believe. We all want to quit sometimes, but when we push through the fear of our own selves, that’s when we get the results.

Don’t be afraid to lose

It’s important to set goals of precision. Focus on every little detail. Also, don’t be afraid to quit. You will feel like quitting every single day.

Don’t be afraid to lose, because you will lose and that’s normal. Be willing to do extraordinary things.

Have a bulletproof mindset. That’s where you win or lose, in your own mind. Have a positive mental attitude.

Be steadfast in your efforts

Create something from nothing. If you want to grow your business, find something that everyone else is looking for, create it, and then find multiple ways to make money from it.

Be a giver, not a taker.

Be steadfast in your efforts. Keep going because life happens. You are bigger and better than that.

Focus on income-generating work and have a clear customer plan

Only focus on income-generating work. The reason why most businesses struggle or fail in the first five years is that their focus is not on income-generating work.

The size and quality of your network determine your net worth.

Learn the difference between having a clear customer plan vs a business plan. Very few people today have a customer plan. Ask yourself:

  • What is your customer looking for?
  • What do they want?
  • Is your business customer-led or business plan-led?

Always seek knowledge

Utilize the most important tip for massive growth and success: ASK (Always Seek Knowledge).

We have not because we ask not.

If you need something in business, there is someone who has the key to your next success. The more you ask, the quicker you will grow. What do you have to lose?

Always reinvent yourself and find the people at the top

Find new ways to market your brand, product, or service online or offline. When was the last time you had a launch or a relaunch? Keep people in the loop. Always reinvent yourself.

Go from the top down, not the bottom up. Always go to the decision-makers, not to the gatekeepers. Find the people at the top and ask them.


Walking the Fine Line Between Authenticity and Hypocrisy



There is a fine line between authenticity and hypocrisy. It’s important to be aware of what you are communicating in order to make sure you achieve the best results. My guest this week is Ed DeCosta, a powerful executive coach and an engaging keynote speaker here to offer some important pieces of information on how to make sure you always deliver authentic messages.

On today’s podcast:

  • The quest for authenticity
  • Always defend your point of view
  • If you permit hypocrisy, you promote it
  • Steer clear of acquiescing

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The quest for authenticity

One of the foundations of successful leadership is being authentic.

Authenticity is about being real, honest, truthful. The opposite of that is being false, dishonest. A hypocrite is someone who says one thing and does another.

One of the goals of our communications is to evoke emotion.

Sometimes your politeness can be misinterpreted. The same goes for silence.

Always defend your point of view

Situational awareness is extremely important. You should ask yourself:

  • What’s going on?
  • Where am I?
  • Who am I?
  • What is my role? What am I supposed to do?

If somebody confronts you and says, “I believe this about an issue you talk about”, this is a situation where it’s socially acceptable to share your view.

If you don’t share your opinion, and you pretend that you agree, that’s a sign of hypocrisy. You have an opportunity to defend your point of view, but you choose not to.

If you permit hypocrisy, you promote it

If someone behaves out of alignment of what they say their values are, they are perpetuating hypocrisy.

If you permit someone’s hypocrisy, you promote it as well.

Self-leadership is vital. You have to be honest with yourself. You have to realize that you’re either being honest, or you’re not.

Steer clear of acquiescing

Have values you actually believe in. Do whatever exercises you need to do to sink those values deeply into your fabric, your soul. Too many people acquiesce. They don’t say what they were thinking because they believe it wouldn’t have been appropriate. Then they’re full of regret and remorse.


Don’t Sacrifice Your Career for Your Job



Are you aware of the habits that are limiting your career advancement? If you want to have more influence and more power, it’s time to put an end to certain patterns of thinking. To help you achieve that, I’ve invited someone I truly admire: author and executive coach Marshall Goldsmith.

On today’s podcast:

  • The profile of the leader of the future
  • Don’t always add value and listen to your people
  • Don’t sacrifice your career for your job
  • Become aware of what is limiting your career and start making changes

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The profile of the leader of the future

The leader of the future has to have four attributes, according to Marshall:

  1. The ability to think globally and being able to manage people in a global setting.
  2. Cross-cultural appreciation. Diversity is not just about dealing with minorities in the US, but also about dealing with different cultures all around the world.
  3. Being tech-savvy. We can no longer hide from technology.
  4. Being able to build alliances and partnerships. Nowadays leadership is much more across, instead of being top-down.
  5. Shared leadership. In the past, leaders assumed they knew more than the people they led. Today the leader is no longer superior. Leaders of the future have to quit being the smartest person in the room.

Don’t always add value and listen to your people

In his job as an executive coach Marshall gives people a lot of feedback. His clients pick the areas in which they need to make the most changes, and he helps them with that.

He says that managers have a constant tendency of giving too much value. It’s very hard for smart, successful people not to constantly add value. Your suggestions as an executive become orders and you can end up diminishing the ideas of your employees.

Before you speak, breathe, and ask yourself, “Is it worth it? If I am not the expert on this topic, why am I speaking? Anything I say will probably end up doing more harm than good.”

Don’t sacrifice your career for your job

Marshall’s latest book, “How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job”, is a collaboration with Sally Helgesen. The idea was to create a book for any woman who is ready to advance to the next level.

One of the brilliant concepts in the book is sacrificing your career for your job. Women are much more likely to do this than men. They can get so wrapped up in doing a great job, that they don’t really invest in their career. They tend to have this naive assumption that if they do a good job, it should be the best thing to advance their career.

What you should be doing is always looking at that next job. If you’re not careful, you can become indispensable. Then you’re really stuck. Indispensable means, “We can’t get rid of her, she’s adding too much value.”

Become aware of what is limiting your career and start making changes

Women are much better than men at giving credit to others and saying we instead of I. This is generally a good thing. The only problem is that sometimes you need to get promoted.

If you want to make a bigger, more positive difference in the world, you need to have more power. You can’t influence people with no power.

If you want more power, you need to be aware of the things that stop your career. If you think, “I love my team so much, I’m ashamed to be promoted”, you ultimately limit your career and the influence you can have in the world.

We hold on to mental models too much. If we say, “That’s the way I am” with no intention of changing anything, then we will always get what we always got. We always have a choice. If we want more power and more authority, we need to change this way of thinking.


From Being an Expert to Becoming an Authority



We are all stuck with each other on this planet, so we might as well learn from each other and be willing to share our expertise. A firm believer in the power of mentorship is my guest and good friend, Simone Vincenzi. Join us as we explore the unlimited possibilities of what a good coach has to offer.

On today’s podcast:

  • Focusing on a good work-life balance
  • The difference between “rubber” and “glass” activities
  • The best ideas come to you in the most unexpected moments
  • Differences between American and European leadership development styles
  • Simone’s principles
  • Simone’s podcast and classes

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Focusing on a good work-life balance

Simone is motivated by serving his clients. He is helping experts become authorities in their fields, and this is what makes him happy.

He doesn’t want to work all the time. His solution to a good work-life balance is focusing on work when he is working, and focusing on relaxing when he is on holidays. Simone also makes sure he carves out pockets of time for his wife.

The difference between “rubber” and “glass” activities

After reading “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results”, Simone understood the importance of scheduling and prioritizing.

The book talks about different ways of scheduling your time and finding out what’s really important to you. It classifies activities as being “rubber” or “glass”.

Rubber activities can be postponed, they are not made of glass. Glass activities can break, and relationships and family belong to this category.

The best ideas come to you in the most unexpected moments

Entrepreneurs often feel that they never have enough success. Simone has also fought with this feeling for a long time, and he needs to constantly remind himself that he has enough success.

When you’re very passionate about what you do, opportunities open up everywhere. You feel like you don’t want to miss out on anything.

Sometimes you just have to stop for a moment and feel good about your work. We come up with the best ideas when we don’t actively think about solutions.

Differences between American and European leadership development styles

Simone noticed massive differences in leadership development between the US and Europe. In the US, people tend to be go-getters. In Europe, they are more relaxed, sometimes too relaxed.

He moved from Italy to London, because he finds London much more similar in terms of mentality to the US. In Italy, people love complaining, without really seeking a solution to their problems.

In the US, there is an active approach when it comes to leadership development. In Europe, the approach is more reactive. However, the trend seems to be changing nowadays.

Simone’s principles

Simone believes in a few fundamental principles:

  • If you don’t grow, you die.
  • We are in this together. Unfortunately nowadays we are getting more and more isolated. With technology, we have the false feeling that we are more connected, while in reality we are more and more disconnected. Together we can achieve greater things.

Simone’s podcast and classes

On his podcast, Explode Your Expert Biz Show, he interviews leaders and experts and asks them for tips and strategies on how to grow a business, particularly one based on personal brand. The show is full of practical, implementable steps.

If you want to learn more, you can also take one of Simone’s courses. You can find the list here