The Happy Mindset Show

#7 Keeping It Real with Gabriela Maldonado-Montano

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]







#6 Man on Form with Micheal Hilton

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



#5 The Good Life Movement with Grayson Hart

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] 



#4 The Learner’s Toolkit with Micheal Reilly

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]




#3 Rugby from the Inside Out with Adam Ashe

In Episode #3 I speak with Adam Ashe of the Glasgow Warriors about how an understanding of state of Mind has improved his experience of playing rugby and led to an overall richer experience of life. In this episode Adam explains how he came to this understanding and we discuss how 100% of our feelings are coming from our own thinking. I ask Adam how he now deals with injury, taking on constructive feedback from his coaches at Glasgow Warriors, thinking about errors in games and what are the most important attributes he notices in a teammate.

Episode Links

The Little Book of Clarity

The Path of No Resistance: Why Overcoming is Simpler Than You Think

Inside Performance (podcast also available on iTunes, Stitcher & CastBox)


Show Notes

Can you tell us who you are and how you got to an understanding of the Mind that you are sharing today? [00:25]

How did it start making sense to stop doing things that you didn't necessarily want to be doing all the time? [07:30]

How do you find the balance between wanting to win, being OK with this desire, yet realising that you are OK as a person no matter what the result? [13:10]

How do you strike the balance between analysing the game and letting it flow? [20:05]

If you have a bad performance, how are you now able to deal with other people who are potentially thinking about you and talking about you? [23:40]

How do you deal with injury now? [27:10]

Do you find yourself not thinking about errors made during the game as much? [31:00]

What are the most important attributes you see in a team player? [33:22]

How easy is it to seperate your off field life from your on field game? [35:33]

Do you enjoy reading now and if so what is your favourite book? [39:10]

What are you up to these days and how can someone contact you? [41:00]






#2 Believe in the Process with Rafeh Qazi

In Episode #2 I talk to Rafeh Qazi about how believing in the process has helped him get to where he is today. Qazi is the creator of Clever Programmer a business which has grown from 0 to 50,000 students and over 100,000 YouTube subscribers within 1 year. Clever Programmer teaches students the techincal skills they need to get into software development and start building real world projects, students also learn about the soft skills necessary to interact more effectively with other people. In this episode Qazi shares his insights around his tolerance for ambiguity, perserverance, breaking a new skill into a process, collaboration, money, mentors and failure. 

Episode Links



The Ten Times Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success


Show Notes

Who are you and what do you do? [00:49]

How did you overcome the procrasination and lack of self belief to start? [02:20] 

What was your experience with habits? [04:50]

How important is being a generalist to become a really good specialist? [07:00]

How do you deal with facing the unknown as an entrepreneur? [10:00]

How did you deal with your business Chesstastic failing? [16:00]

What is your view on money, mentors and paying mentors? [17:45]

Did you ever fear public speaking at any stage? [19:06]

How important are mentors and what is your view on money? [20:38]

How did you start finding mentors? [22:10]

Could you explain how you use reverse engineering in the context of learning a programming language like Python? [25:15]

How important is learning with other students and how can I find these students when I feel like nobody in my area is interested in what I want to learn? [29:00]

How can I create a learning system? [31:20]

What is your experience with the learning acceleration curve? [35:30]

What is the current vision for Clever Programmer moving forward? [38:25]

What is your opinion on boot camps and the conventional computer science degree? [41:20]

What is your favourite book and why? [42:50]



#1 Staying in My Own Lane with Ankush Jain

In Episode #1 of The Happy Mindset Show I talk with Ankush Jain around being 'selfish', contributing to the world and serving others. Ankush is a life coach, trainer, public speaker and budding author. Ankush helps people to experience transformations in their businesses and in their personal lives. In this episode Ankush shares his understanding of risk and how leveraging this allowed him to listen to his heart and move into the coaching world. We talk about why forcing change on others never works and the key misunderstanding we don't see when we give in to this urge. We talk about feeling like a 'special little snowflake' and how the truth of the matter is often that the more personal a probem feels the more universal it actually is. Throughout the episode we draw upon underlying truths that affect our daily experience of life, things such as perception, personal thinking and separate realities.


Episode Links

The Little Book of Clarity

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Disruptive - How to Disrupt Your Industry Through Selfless Service

 Ankush Jain Ltd 

Show Notes

Who is Ankush and what does he do? [01:02]

How does me being 'selfish' contribute to the world? [02:01]

How do you view risk now compared to when you were making the transition into coaching? [07:00]

How can I help somebody when they are not listening to me? [13:10]

I am a person who is struggling and I want to learn something new or see something different, is there anything I am not seeing here and what would be your advice to someone like this? [19:00]

I want to learn a new skill e.g. Spanish and I feel insecure and that people are laughing at me when I make mistakes, how can I see start seeing the fact that I am creating this experience myself? [30:00]

If I have had a fight with a friend or broken up with a girlfriend how can I stay focused on the task at hand even when I feel affected by it? [34:45]

How important is imagination in learning, creating and moving forward in life? [37:45]

What is your favourite book and why? [40:00]

How can people contact you? [42:49]