Ep 79 There Is Gold In Everyone | Rich Bontrager

January 18, 2019

Rich “Trigger” Bontrager believes there is gold in everyone.

A lot of people say that. Rich lives it.

Rich knows that Addiction and Recovery crosses all boundaries; race, sex, age, financial status and more.  With those that struggle with addiction there is often great shame, loss, and sense of worthlessness. From years of teaching, serving and coming along side of recovering addicts, and ex-cons Rich shares the amazing truth that, "There is still gold with you!"  Learn how to "mine" for the gold that is thought to be lost, but is only hidden.

 

Rich is a motivational speaker, sportscaster, & Pastor on a mission to help people defy the odds of life. He draws on his personal and professional experiences and works every day to make this world a better place.

Rich also knows what it’s like to face adversity. Growing up he struggled with a bad stutter, physical differences with his eye, and was bullied brutally. Later in life he fell ill, and had to put his life on hold for three years while waiting for a liver transplant.

In this episode Rich bursts the myth that “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt,” he talks about his experiences working alongside individuals and groups dealing with addiction and recovery, and his own recovery from near death.

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https://www.richbontrager.com/

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Ep 78 How To Use Non-Verbal Communication To Own The Room

January 16, 2019

Some people just seem to have the natural ability to capture a room, the moment they walk in. Do you ever wonder how they do it? Wish that you could do the same?

Rachel Cossar, is the founder and lead facilitator for Choreography For Business,  a consulting practice that focuses on embodying confidence and competence in the workplace. Ten years ago Rachel was dancing principal roles at the Boston Ballet. At one time she was also a member of Canada’s National Rhythmic Gymnastic Team.

Today she stands in front of corporate audiences and shares with them the things she learned about non-verbal communication.

Rachel’s story is fascinating on so many levels. Discussion topics include:

  • The power imbalance between men and women in the world of ballet
  • The reality that she never once experienced any kind of “Me Too” situation and why she believes that was the case
  • How anyone can use non-verbal communication to increase confidence and outcomes
  • How creative artists can use their natural abilities to create business opportunities
  • The key lessons she learned in her dance career and how she applies those lessons to business
  • How she created a life where she spends 80%+ of her time doing things she loves

Contact Rachel:

www.choreographyinbusiness.com  

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Ep 77 Your Scars Are Your Gift | Kelly Woodhouse

January 14, 2019

At the age of 2, Kelly Woodhouse was severely burned over 75% of her body.

Her life was forever changed in that moment. It led to numerous surgeries and growing up she was bullied, shunned, and avoided by people that didn’t know how to talk to her.

Her teen years were the worst because she wanted the things her girlfriends had. She could have given up.

Today Kelly is an International motivational speaker,  bestselling author x 5, and a divorced mother of three. She is the recipient of the Fierce Woman of the Year award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, and a YWCA Woman of Distinction.

In this episode Kelly:

  • Explains why she sees her scars as a gift
  • Talks about he experience as a runway model
  • Why she refused to be defined by what happened to her
  • Recalls the moment she realized that she didn’t need validation from others
  • Shares a great strategy for dealing with people that bring you down
  • Talks about some of the ignorant feedback she still gets on Social Media
  • And her new documentary “Still Beautiful” which reenacts her story and brings people hope and inspiration (her goalcast video trailer has been viewed almost 5 million times
  • And shares her favorite quote about dreams

Contact Kelly:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellyfalardeau/

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Ep 76 Why A Simple Act Of Kindness Can Save A Life | Marnie Grundman

January 11, 2019

When Marnie Grundman was 5 years old her mother deliberately dropped her out of a 2nd story window.

As a teenager she spent years living on the streets where she experienced the worst of humanity first-hand. In her darkest hours while living in an apartment complex sauna, she was sure that everyone who knew her had forgotten that she even existed. It was in those desperate hours that she decided she was paying up front for a better life that lay ahead.

Marnie’s determination to find that better life was fueled by a promise she made to her guardian angel. She swore that she would never sell her body for money and would never take drugs. She kept her promise.

Today Marnie is a mother of 3 and a tireless advocate for the missing, working to change the perception of runaway children so they might finally get the help they desperately need. Her TedX talk, titled “Nothing Bad Happens Behind Pretty Doors” dispels the myth that all runaways come from the wrong side of the tracks. The facts tell us otherwise.

There are so many lessons for us in this episode. Marnie is proof that our current circumstances do not have to define our future. We learn how a simple act of guidance by her guardian angel saved her life. It might surprise you to know her guardian angel was a prostitute.  

And perhaps most importantly Marnie challenges all of us to be kinder, to carry coins in our pocket to give to the homeless, to make eye contact. To do otherwise is to reinforce their belief that they are worthless.  

Contact Marnie:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marniegrundman/

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Ep 75 How To Get Your Dream Career | Brian Breen

January 9, 2019

Brian Breen sent in a wildcard application to run in the World Ironman Competition knowing that most people have to apply 10-15 times before they are accepted.

When he learned he had been entered in the competition he trained 25 hours a week for four months. Brian achieved his goal because he had a powerful cause. He wanted to shine the lite on Jon Blais, who the previous year completed the World Ironman event while struggling with ALS. A year later Jon was at the finish line, in a wheelchair, waiting to greet Brian. Catch the Youtube Clip here.

Brian is a Career Strategist and Mentor who has worked with hundreds, if not thousands of students. He uses his Ironman experience to explain the importance of attaching yourself to something important. When we do that, we win. Because we never quit. If what we’re chasing is attached to something monetary or tied to someone else’s expectations, when times get tough, most people quit.

This episode is full of advice for anyone questioning their direction in life. He challenges us all to look for the things in life that fill our souls, and to commit ourselves to moving forward. Always forward.

Brian knew he wanted to teach, but he didn’t want to teach math or history. He wanted to share with young people tools and knowledge they can use to take control of their own career path.

Contact Brian:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianbreen/

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Ep 74 There Is Always A Way | Yospeh Elkaim

January 7, 2019

“You’re either a Doctor, a Lawyer, or a Failure.”

And to avoid confusion, Doctor means one that can write prescriptions.

Like many children of middle eastern immigrants to the United States, this is the message that was conveyed to Yoseph Elkaim when he wa growing up..

Yoseph went the lawyer route but soon decided that business was where his heart was. So he found a way to carve out a highly successful career.

Along the way he was fortunate enough to work for Leon Panetta, who shared with him 6 secrets to success in life. Yoseph shares those secrets in this episode and so much more.

He explains why he loves to be underestimated. How some people crumble when a wall stands between them and the things they want in life. Yoseph breaks down the walls.

He recalls the time he was at a client meeting, felt a little strange, then woke up 2 days later in the hospital. When his business partner told Yoseph that he’d had a heart attack, Yoseph’s first question was “did we get the deal?” He was 38 at the time.

And he talks about how that moment changed his life. This is a riveting discussion from one of the smartest and most articulate guests I’ve has on this show.

And to think I played hard to get when Yoseph first reached out to me to be on Screw the Naysayers!

Contact Yoseph:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/yosephelkaim/

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Ep 73 You Can’t Come Back If You Don’t Get Up | Randy Brown

January 4, 2019

At the age of 21 Randy Brown set three goals; become a Div. I assistant, become a Div. I head coach, and coach in the NCAA Final Four. A nail-biting loss in the 2000 Elite Eight to Michigan State kept him from achieving his final goal. 12 NBA players have resulted from Randy’s college coaching, including Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

That’s not Randy’s story.

In 1992 Randy was dragged off the basketball court, not told why, and arrived at the hospital to be told his his 4 year old daughter died suddenly.

Six years later a second daughter (also 4) passed in the same way.

His Book is called “Rebound Forward” and in it Randy talks about a big question.

What do you do in the throes of life changing adversity?

He was lost. Didn’t know how to grieve, so he worked longer, drank a bit more (leaning towards comfort and away from grief and family) and without knowing it started a cycle of running from adversity. That path saw him spend 24 months in Federal Prison.

Today Randy is a Published author, public speaker, and Mentors Basketball Coaches.

Contact Randy:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachrb/

https://randybrown.coach/about/

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Mind Games #6 Actions Count More Than Words w/Tim Alison

January 3, 2019

This week I’m calling BS on all the adults who keep telling their kids that they can do anything they want when they grow up.

Not because the words are wrong. They’re spot on. The problem is most of these adults are guilty of telling their kids to do as they say, not as they do.

Here’s the thing. Kids aren’t stupid. And if the adults around them are part of the 87% of employees in this world who are disengaged from their work, then you can be assured the kids can tell. We’re living in a world full of actors. People that say life is great, when their actions and demeanor say something different.

In this episode of Mind Games I talk about lessons I learned from the actions of my Aunt (The first woman to reach the executive floor at Labatt’s Brewery) and my Mom (She graduated 3rd in the 1947 Business and Commerce Class for the University of Toronto. The announcement of her graduation in the local newspaper, noted that she had graduated from Business and Commerce, “a subject usually considered difficult for women.”

I grew up surrounded by adult role models who refused to let societal norms determine their career or life trajectory. It’s not something we talked about. It was just there.

Parents, if you want your kids to believe in the possibilities, then you’d best start believing too. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.

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Ep 72 For The Love Of Speaking | Corey Poirier

January 2, 2019

Corey Poirier is a multiple-time TEDx, and sought-after Keynote, Speaker. He has spoken on MoMonday’s and PMx stages, has shared the bill with everyone from John C. Maxwell to Deepak Chopra to Stephen MR Covey to General Hillier and has presented to hundreds of thousands of attendees since he began his speaking journey.

Host of the top rated ‘Conversations with PASSION’ Radio Show, For The Love Of Speaking Show, and the founder of The Speaking Program, he has been featured in multiple television specials, and he has been featured in/on CBS, CTV, NBC, ABC, and is one of the few leaders featured twice on the popular Entrepreneur on Fire show.

A columnist with Entrepreneur and Forbes, he has also interviewed over 4,000 of the world’s top leaders. In this episode Corey:

  • Explains how he went from a failed entrepreneur and afailed stand up comic to the life he lives today as one of the most in demand public speakers in North America
  • Key lessons learned from the more than 4,000 guests he’s interviewed
  • Tells us about his upcoming book
  • Gives real life advice for anyone that is interested in or pursuing a career as a paid speaker

Contact Corey:

Website: http://thatspeakerguy.com/

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What Leadership In Education Looks Like In New Zealand w/ Rich Rowley

January 1, 2019

Rich Rowley and his colleagues at the Mind Lab in Auckland, New Zealand are on a mission to revolutionize the way kids are taught. The Mind Lab is part of a unique private/public sector partnership that each year engages with more than 40,000 students (making it, in theory, the largest school in the world).

 

These elementary school age kids take Mind Lab Classes in topics such as:

3D Design & Printing
Animation
Coding
Creative
Innovative
Web & Graphic Design
Electronic Engineering
Science & Engineering
Robotics
Film Making


But Rich says these topics are just the vehicle. The real goal is to teach 21st century skills.

In this episode, Rich talks about the project and why he is so committed to it (hint: he has a school age daughter). He also opens up about his own struggles at school as a student with A.D.H.D. (undiagnosed) and the journey that lead him to one of the world’s most unique and high tech education projects.

Along the way, he shares his thoughts on the value of traditional grades, and the future value of University degrees. He doesn’t pull any punches.

You can reach Rich:

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/rowleyrich/

Website: https://themindlab.com/

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