In Episode #13 I speak with Soness Stevens. Soness is a TED Global & 3-time TEDx speaker. She is the founder of Your Speaking Journey where she is a coach to over 115 TED & TEDx speakers. She is a published academic in 3 peer reviewed journals, a communications researcher and practitioner. She is the author of Japan’s first multi-media textbooks used in the university system and she practices zazen meditation in her local temple. She also has a Communications TV show on NHK TV and FOX TV and she is the official English voice of Hello Kitty.

In this episode we talk about autonomous learning, her journey to Japan to learn Japanese to get into Harvard Business School, her life as a speaker coach and how she has managed to pursue multiple disciplines by being herself and not trying to fit in.


Episode Links

Have you Ever Felt Heard? Tedx WasedaU 

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

 Your Speaking Journey


Show Notes

How did you figure out the balance between being an introvert and an extrovert? [02:54]

How did the philosophy of connecting with one person help you as you started your journey as a speaker? [04:35]

Does knowing Japanese help to learn Chinese or is it completely different? [16:34]

How do you balance giving honest feedback with being genuinely supportive? [18:00]

How did you arrive at autonomous teaching and what did your autonomous learning journey look like? [25:10]

How did you go about pursuing multiple disciplines? [37:20]

Was the decision between staying in Japan and going to Harvard Business School difficult to make? [39:52]

How did you manage to gain clarity around the fact that it was you showing up that made things happen rather than you fitting into the circumstance? [47:00]

What is your favourite book? [54:35]


In Episode #12 I speak with Michael Neill. Michael is an internationally renowned transformative coach and the best-selling author of six books including  Creating the Impossible, The Inside-Out Revolution and The Space Within. ​He has spent over 25 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books have been translated into 18 languages, and his public talks, retreats, seminars​, and online programs​ have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and​ in over 60 countries and on six continents around the world. His TEDx talk, ‘Why Aren’t We Awesomer?’, has been viewed by over 200,000 people. Michael’s weekly radio show, Living from the Inside Out, has been a listener favorite on Hay House Radio for over a decade.​ His weekly blog and podcast, Caffeine for the Soul, is now in its 18th year and going strong.

In this episode we talk about the creative process and how enjoying the process is much more fun than getting caught up on the end goal. We talk about the state of flow, analogies and stories from Creating the Impossible and setting goals that we think we have a 20% chance of achieving. 


Episode Links

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Creating the Impossible


Show Notes

Can you give us a brief introduction into where you are today and why now was a good time to write Creating the Impossible? [00:50]

What did you struggle with in the creative process of creating the book? [04:13]

So did you see that the pressure was getting in the way of creating rather than helping with you get things done? [06:03]

Did you find your approach allowed things to flow more and bring a playfullness to your writing? [09:02]

Did you enjoy the process of writing more when you weren't focused on the end goal? [09:55]

What's the logic behind setting a goal that you think you have a 20% chance of achieving? [11:46]

Do you find that when people are willing to entertain the idea of setting impossible goals that they start to make good progress? [13:18]

You mentioned in the book that when you commit then providence will move with you, can you talk about how this has shown up in your life? [17:00]

Can you talk a bit about how the creative process is seperate from the feelings we experience? [24:00]

Can you expand on the saying that it is easier to create what you want than you think you can have? [31:55]

You mentioned in the book that if it occurs to you to do something then do something but if nothing occurs to you do nothing, can you expand a little more on that? [34:25]

Can you talk about the small commitment that was highlighted in the book a sailing to Bombay story? [41:52]

What's your favourite book and why? [49:20]

Do you like reading different books together at the same time? [50:35]


In Episode #11 I speak with Lisa Hughes of Arena Coaching. Lisa is an Executive Coach, a Facilitator and a Mindfulness teacher. Lisa has done work with startups as well as in more established companies such as The Irish Times and Facebook. In this episode we talk about Lisa's transition from the corporate world into the coaching world. We talk about travel, corporate life and the problem with rewarding 'busyness'. Throughout the episode she alludes to the window of space and time that can be accessed when we take the time to stop and pause. 

Episode Links

 The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer

Arena Coaching

Show Notes

Can you give us a brief introduction to yourself and how you got to where you are today? [00:28]

When did you start seeing the power of choice for yourself? [05:36]

Why do you think there is a tendency for people to overlook the power of the pause? [07:43]

Do you think there is a depth missing to what we are reading? [10:56]

What are your thoughts on travel and experiencing different cultures? [14:12]

Does it get easier to take the torns out over time? [22:07]

How important is intention? [23:43]

How do you find the balance between having a sense of being an autonomous person yet at the same time feeling connected and empathetic towards other people as part of a community? [29:12]

What sort of common issues are you seeing in companies that are getting in the way of a sense of connection, community and innovation? [31:30]

How can somebody contact you? [37:00]



In Episode #10 I speak with Jamie Smart, a Sunday Times Best Selling author, international speaker and creator of the Clarity brand. Jamie has been interviewed on Sky News and Dave Asprey's Bulletproof podcast. Jamie helps his clients to get out of their own way and to live a life more in alignment with who they really are. He has written numerous books including The Little Book of Clarity and Results.

In this conversation we talk about the principles behind Clarity, branding, personal growth, building a community and stepping out and doing your own thing.


Episode Links

The Missing Link by Sydney Banks


The Little Book of Clarity by Jamie Smart

Results by Jamie Smart

Results Mindset Podcast

The Profitable Coaches Podcast


Show Notes

Can you give us a brief introduction into how you came to an understanding of state of Mind and creating the Clarity brand? [00:36]

How do you find the balance between using the techniques to get your message out there while staying true to the value of the brand? [09:25]

How did you gradually understand the principles behind these social tools? [13:56]

If the message is more important than the medium and everyone has a message within them, how gain I gain more clairty around that message so I know what I want to get out there in the first place? [19:54]

 Were you always an action taker? [22:43] 

 In hindsight, how did the community you have today naturally form? [27:35]

At any stage did you feel alone when you made the decision to do more of your own thing? [29:26]

How important is personal growth for the growth of a business? [31:00]

Was it easy to let go of the Salad brand and move onto the Clarity brand? [32:15]

Did you find that your time spent in NLP helped you to articulate the principles behind Clarity better? [33:20]

Would you have one piece of advise for someone who wants to move more in alignment with their own purpose and direction in life? [34:44]

What's your favourite book and why? [36:24]




In Episode #9 I speak with William Kennedy, a self taught Ruby on Rails Developer. William has been a personal friend for a few years now. In that time I have been really impressed with his general knowledge, love of reading and writing, his specific knowledge as a software developer and his willingness to help other people.

In this conversation we talk about landing a software developer role without a computer science degree. We talk about the learning process itself and the value of books I ask him why he dropped out of his Public administration degree just before his final year. William also takes the opportunity to ask me questions around how I learned Spanish and Italian from my time as an English language assistant in France. 


Episode Links

Tiny Habits

Finisher's Formula by Ramit Sethi

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

I will Teach you to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Give and Take by Adam Grant

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley

The Little Book of Clarity by Jamie Smart

The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

William on Twitter



Show Notes

Can you give us an introduction to what you are up to? [00:00:29]

Why did you decided to get into software development and when did you make that choice? [00:01:27]

Can you talk us through why you dropped out of your Public Administration degree in 3rd year? [00:04:00]

What were you reading at the time that gave you these firm beliefs or why did the beliefs come from? [00:06:20]

How do you find the balance between being a generalist and a specialist? [00:08:35]

When did you start building a routine? [00:09:52]

Did you think you picked up the importance of thinking like a generalist from having a job in sales and doing a degree in Public Administration? [00:11:12]

What did your first step for learning to code look like? [00:13:55]

Why did you move away from Java? [00:15:56]

Did you have one eye on functionality and one eye on the market? [00:17:48]

Did you look at that period of learning Java as a waste of time or did you learn things that helped you to learn Ruby? [00:19:05]

Can you give an example of the apps you were building at the start? [00:19:57]

Where did you find the time? Is it in the time we have on our hands that we overlook? [00:22:04]

How do you get yourself to do the work everyday and does it get easier to motivate yourself over time? [00:24:18]

What's your thoughts on perfectionism and making mistakes? [00:26:47]

What has been the best course you have purchased? [00:30:36]

How do you find the balance between diet and exercise and work and how important is balance? [00:35:00]

Were you always that discipline with food or was that built up incrementally? [00:36:34]

If you had 3 tips to give to someone who wanted to self learn and change career, what would they be? [00:38:25]

Do you have a short list of recommended books for anyone who would like to self learn? [0040:12]


William questions 

How many languages do you speak? [00:49:55]

Do you think you already had the pattern of a language there? [00:51:23]

How did you practice the languages when you didn't live in Spain or Italy and would you be comfortable having a converstaion? [53:30]

Could you tell a joke in French? [00:55:55]

Would you be able to use and understand synonyms in your foreign languages? [00:58:19]

Would you be able to understand a joke in French? [00:59:55]

Have you ever mixed up a word in an embarassing way? [01:01:26]


How can people get in contact with you William? [01:03:25]







In Episode #8 I speak with Elaine Hilides, a wellness coach, author and Udemy course creator. Elaine helps people to establish a healthy relationship with food and in her book MindFullness: The No-Diet Diet Book she helps her readers to see they thinking they have around food and why diets don't work.

In this conversation we talk about the 3 principles, addiction, blindspots, our thinking around food, facing fears and separate realities.

Episode Links

MindFullness: The No-Diet Diet Book by Elaine Hilides

Modello: A Story of Hope for the Inner City and Beyond by Jack Pransky

Show Notes

Can you give us a brief introduction into how you became a wellness coach? [00:33]

What are the principles? [03:58]

How did you overcome your fear of public speaking to become an international speaker? [07:35]

How did you go about creating Udemy courses? [11:40]

What would you do different if you had to create Udemy courses again? [17:15]

When you were doing the slide shows, was that something you had done before? [18:25]

Did you find your curiosity guiding you in your self learning situations? [19:35]

How important have community and mentors been in your life? [20:37]

Do you see similar issues between people with food and other addictions such as drug addiction? [25:25]

You have written quite a few books, did you always want to be a writer or did you have information that you needed to get out and writing was a good medium for this? [33:55]

Is it possible for us to not beat ourselves up over things? [38:05]

How do you get that focus to go with one idea when you could have so many ideas in your head? [42:10]

What is your favourite book and why? [42:54]


In Episode #7 I speak with Gabriela Maldonado-Montano about how she shares an understanding of the 3 principles of Mind, Consciousness  and Thought with children. Gabriela has been sharing this understanding for over a decade now and in this time she has been a Director at the Center for Sustainable Change and True Change Consultants. Recently she co wrote a book in Spanish called Lita la frijolita which shares an understanding of the Mind in a child friendly narrative.

In this conversation we uncover how children have the capcity for deep insights and realisations, how they pick up on our intention and how as adults we can have the tendancy to under estimate their capacity to communicate effectively.

Episode Links

Lita la frijolita

The Missing Link: Reflections on Philosophy and Spirit

Seduced by Conciousness: A Life with The Three Principles


Show Notes

Can you give us a brief introduction to yourself? [00:00:37]

How did you know that you wanted to help people? [00:02:40]

How did an understanding of the 3 principles come into your life? [00:04:20]

Did this understanding start resonating with people quite quickly? [00:06:50]

Are children capable of understanding how the Mind works from analogies and pointing things out? [00:11:00]

How did you accept the experimentation and making mistakes side to sharing this understanding? [00:22:40]

Does it ever cross your Mind to give up? [00:25:36]

Do you ever think it is too late for someone to change and see something different? [00:38:45]

Can you give us a brief summary of the book you co wrote called Lita la frijolita and why you thought of creating this book? [00:42:35]

Is there any differences in the way you are able to express this understanding in Spanish or English? [00:49:10]

What is your favourite book and why? [00:56:41]







In Episode #6 I talk to Micheal Hilton. Micheal is a life coach, a podcaster and a father. In this episode I talk to Micheal about his own journey of overcoming challenges and I ask him about the kinds of issues that men are facing today. Micheal also talks about his new project The Extraordinary Father's Project.

Show Notes

Can you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what you are doing in the world today? [00:26]

Did did changes in your life start with changing habits? [03:09]

What does the power of choice mean to you? [07:53]

How did you manage to find that space and start slowing down? [12:55]

What sort of issues are you seeing men facing these days that are common across the board? [19:47]

How do you view competition and collaboration now? [33:13]

You used to be a personal trainer, do you see a link between a healthy body and a healthy mind? [35:52]

What's the goal for the Extraordinary Father's Project? [39:14]

What's your favourite book and why? [45:22]

How can people contact you? [49:13]


Show Links

The Little Book of Big Change: The No Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit by Amy Johnson

The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships and Live Their Fullest Lives by Lewis Howes

Fatherhood Is Leadership: Your Playbook for Success, Self-Leadership, and a Richer Life by Devon Bandison

Micheal Hilton

Men on Form



In Episode #5 I speak with Grayson Hart of the Ealing Trailfinders. I speak to Grayson about his an understanding of state of Mind. We speak about how he makes the transition between living in different countries, how he developed an interest in writing and how he uses analogies and metaphors within his writing. We also touch on visualisation, rugby contracts and favourite books. 

 Episode Links

Path of No Resistance

Little Book of Clarity

Impersonal Life

Inside Performance

The Good Life Movement

Show Notes

Can you give us an introduction to who you are? [00:30]

How did you transition from Glasgow to London go? [03:00]

Do you see many differences and similarities between people from different countries? [04:55]

You have a blog on your website The Good Life Movement. Do you enjoy writing and how did you start writing? [08:48]

When you know where your experience is coming from, does it make it easier to write? [12:00]

How important have been the people in your life that have helped you and do you think you would get to where you are today without them? [18:16]

How has an understanding of state of Mind affected your rugby career, do you view contracts differently now? [24:16]

What are your thoughts around visualisation? [30:30]

Do you find freedom to take action from the understanding that you are not the content of your thinking? [34:50]

How do you approach improving your rugby skills now? [36:35]

What's your favourite book and why? [43:22]

What can people expect from you in the coming months and how can they get in contact with you? [45:25] 



In Episode #4 I speak with Michael Reilly of Educated Machine. Educated Mahince is a company based in Galway. They are a mixture between an educational and a development company. They also do social media for events and run educational courses around things such as data analytics and machine learning. In this episode I talk to Michael about decision making, sleep and diet, productivity, systems, and how the End of History Illusion might be hiding a limitless future from us. I also ask him about his thoughts around incorporating computer science and an understanding of the Mind into the Irish educational system.


Episode Links

Harry Potter Box Set by J.K Rowling

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Better Angels of our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity by Steven Pinker

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama

Educated Machine

Show Notes

What is Educated Machine and what is the vision? [00:57]

Are you learning French at the moment? [02:39]

How did you get the idea to start learning French, have you have any background in languages [03:58]

Why might the End of History Illusion be hiding a limitless future for people? [09:21]

What was it like for you to make pivotal decisions towards what you wanted to do? [14:50]

How do you find the time for everything, have you any systems in place? [18:30]

How important is sleep and having a good diet? [21:15]

Did you always enjoy exercise or is it something you got into? [22:57]

How many hours work would you consider to be a productive day? [25:00]

What are your thoughts on perfection? [30:25]

What is the balance between 'safisficer' and 'maximizer' in business decisions? [32:56]

How can we incorporate computer science and an understanding of the Mind into the Irish education system? [35:20]

What is your favourite book and why? [39:00]




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