041: The Independence Continuum

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 - 9:34am

I recorded this MINDSET ZONE episode, on the Fourth of July, Independence Day, in the US.

We commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. This was when the American colonies declared themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, no longer part of the British Empire.

Independence can be seen as self-government, self-determination, self-sufficiency, autonomy, and freedom.

These are certainly inspiring values to live for.

For my father, who passed away 6 years ago, independence was one of his core values. He raised me and always reminded me about the value of being independent.

I’m grateful for this. Without doubt, being independent has been one guidepost I hold dear.

Yet, I have to admit that when I hold this value above everything else, I limit my possibilities.

Why?

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040:  Mindset Shifts in Productivity, Balance and Entrepreneurship (with Monique Y. Wells)

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Jun 26, 2015 - 5:25pm

In this episode, I had the pleasure to interview Monique Y. Wells. Monique is a productivity expert, and loves to coach women entrepreneurs who want their businesses to support their ideal lifestyles.

Monique writes regularly for the Huffington Post. There she published recently a three-article series where she interviewed several entrepreneurs in the “expert arena” – coaches, consultants, authors, speakers, online marketers – about their experiences of six or seven figure business growth.

This interview focused on mindset shifts around productivity, balance and entrepreneurship (namely what usually happen for the solo-preneurs to be able to survive the start-up phase, and grow their business to the six or seven figure mark.) (more…)

029: The Second Arrow – Stories We Tell Ourselves (with Eric Zimmer)

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Apr 10, 2015 - 11:10pm

In this Episode, I interviewed Eric Zimmer the host of the podcast “The One You Feed.”

“The One You Feed” podcast was named Best of 2014 by iTunes, and it’s an amazing collection of open minded discussions of habits, wisdom, psychology, philosophy, and motivation.

Eric starts his episodes with a short story that explains the title of his podcast:

An old grandfather told his grandson:

“My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, and resentment. The other is good. It is joy, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and bravery.”

The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”

The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

In this conversation Eric and I discuss: (more…)

028: Do You Have A Sandbox?

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 - 3:30pm

For many of you, last week’s episode was very conceptual with no practical application.

I want to celebrate that 🙂

It’s essential to have activities that don’t seem to have practical applications, or use business language, with no tangible Return Of Investment – ROI.

We know that children need to play to learn new skills and develop as people.

Yet, as adults we forget that we also need to keep playing in order to better ourselves. (more…)

017: The Four Agreements and Mindset Blind-Spots

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 - 11:35pm

At the beginning of the year, I like to re-read books that impacted me in the past.

This year, I decided to read again The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

It’s a beautifully written short book that calls our attention to the many self-limiting beliefs we hold in our lives.

The author, Don Miguel Ruiz, calls these beliefs agreements.

I like to call them Mindset Blind-Spots, because we are not aware that we hold them, yet we filter our experiences through them. (more…)

015: Think BIG MindSet (with Michael Port)

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes, Success Mindset | Friday, Jan 2, 2015 - 12:00am
Think Big Mindset

During this episode, I interviewed my mentor Michael Port about the Think BIG MindSet.

Michael Port has been called an “uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe, and a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal. He has written 5 bestselling books including Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, The Contrarian Effect, the New York Times Bestseller, The Think Big Manifesto, and Book Yourself Solid Illustrated Edition.

He is also known as “The guy to call when you are tired of thinking small.”

In fact, everything he does is inspired by thinking big about who you are and what you offer the world. Thus Michael is the ideal person to speak about this topic.

In this interview we speak about: (more…)

014: The Power of YET – A Growth Mindset Secret

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes, Success Mindset | Friday, Dec 26, 2014 - 12:00am

The idea behind this podcast is that our mindsets determine the way we see the world. And, because it’s so easy to stay stuck in Fixed Mindsets, that prevents us from learning new things, it’s vital to intentionally cultivate Growth Mindsets.

These concepts of Fixed and Growth Mindsets are based on the work of Carol Dweck, a Stanford University psychologist.

In her book–Mindset: The New Psychology of Success–she describes decades of research about why people succeed or fail, and how the Fixed and Growth Mindsets play a role in this process.

Dr. Dweck’s 10-minute TED Talk, “The Power Of Believing That You Can Improve”, gives a powerful introduction to these concepts.

One of my favorite golden nuggets from her presentation is how she explains the Power of YET. (more…)

013: How to Overcome the Fear of Running Out of Money (with Sarah Thompson)

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 - 10:56pm

I had a thought provoking conversation with Sarah Thompson, a financial expert, on how to overcome the fear of running out of money.

I invited Sarah, because she has a well of experiences, from working on the corporate world, to her own personal struggles with debt, finances, and success. (more…)

012: Age is an Advantage

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Dec 12, 2014 - 1:25am

If you are trying to make a difference – with whatever you are doing at this moment in your life – do you see age as an advantage or a disadvantage?

Today, in our western society, a common belief is that as we age, our opportunities to make a difference diminish.

Often we rationalize our inertia. We feel we are too old to make a deep impact in the world. We want to make a difference, but can we really make it happen?

We listen to the amazing stories of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. They started working in their garages as teenagers and changed the way we live, with companies they founded before they reached their thirties.

If we are over thirty, it’s easy to think that we missed our chance.

Many of us still keep trying to make a difference – yet, we “shrink” our goals, because we think that it’s too late to aim higher. (more…)

011: How to Increase Your Positivity

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Nov 28, 2014 - 4:52pm

Take a minute to do this awareness exercise:

Look around the room and count how many red objects you see.

Write that number down. (more…)