#46 - The 100-day comfort zone challenge - Hayley Ablott & Edward Simberg

We often hear that growth happens when you step outside your comfort zone and I couldn’t agree more.

Hayley & Edward recently finished a 100 day challenge where they did something outside their comfort zone every day and it changed her life. 

They now coach people who want to go past their fears and limiting beliefs.  Here are the questions I asked:
1- How did you get the idea of this challenge?
2- What were the most uncomfortable things you’ve done through the challenge?
3- What are the main things you have learn?
4- What results do you see for the people you coach? Why do you do it?

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#44 - Going Deep - Champion Freediver Adam Stern

At 30, Adam Stern is a champion freediver. He holds the Australian record of free immersion, going to 99m with one breath. I encourage you to follow his insightful & fun Youtube channel.

He is one of the freedivers that inspired me to get my level 1 certificate a few weeks ago and I found a new passion. Freediving requires a unique combination of fitness, dedication and relaxation, which can be hard to combine. The feeling of peace down there is incredible.

I'll ask him about:
- His story. How you got into competitive freediving
- How it feels when you go that deep?
- How he pushes his body & mind through competitive freediving.
- What it takes to be a good freediver. Pushing yourself vs relaxing.
- Little practical tips to hold your breath longer.

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#43 - Breathe more, Move more - Qi Gong teacher Dan Anthony

I met Dan at Awake Sydney, a conscious party, where he was teaching Qi Gong. I was amazed at the peacefulness both of the practice and the teacher. Dan has experimented with different breathing techniques. We will show you some qi gong techniques at the end.

Here are the questions I asked:
1. How did you get into Qi Gong?
2. What are the benefits?
3. What made you prefer Qi Gong over other breathwork techniques?
4. Why have you always been so interesting in working with the body?
5. A little Qi Gong demonstration.

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#42 - Fighting fear - MMA fighter & big wave surfer Richie Vaculik

Richie Vaculik grew up in Maroubra, a rather tough suburb in Australia. He is an iconic Bra boy, MMA fighter and Big Wave surfer, so no need to precise that he is one of the most badass guys on this planet.

I'm always interested in how people overcome their fears, and this is clearly something Richie has been doing well.

Here are the questions I plan to ask:

1. What is your story and how did you become a MMA fighter?

2. What are some of the scariest things you've done and how did you manage them?

3. Why do you put yourself in those extreme situations?

4. Practical tips on overcoming fear

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#41 - Wim hof instructor - Johannes Egberts

I've been practicing Wim Hof breathing and taking cold showers regularly for about a year now and loving it. Johannes is a certified instructor so I’m so excited to have him on the show. Also a freediving instructor, he is someone who likes to push the limits of his body & mind.

Here are the questions I asked:

1. His story and the benefits he experienced doing the method

2. Why he became an instructor

3. The science behind the Wim Hof method

4. Explaining the technique

We finished the interview in an ice bath 😱😱😱

Follow him on Instagram @chill_with_johannes

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#40 - Selling on Amazon - Judith Williams

I met Judith at Date with Destiny. Judith set up as a seller on Amazon, which allowed her to life her dream life. She works from her laptop and travels from country to country.

Here are the questions I asked:

1- Your story. How did you get the confidence to start your business?

2- The main challenges setting up your online business

3- Advice to someone starting their online business Today

4- The importance of personal growth

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#39 - Hacking health & nutrition - Zac Deane

From liver cleanses to meal replacement shakes, from fasting to drinking kangan water, health coach Zac is always keen to try new and unconventional ways to be healthier.

He has tried so many different nutrition tricks to feel strong & energised, live longer and be mentally clear.

Here is what we covered:

1. His story getting into nutrition and following his passion.
2. How he created a successful Youtube channel about nutrition hacks.
3. The power of fasting
4. We then go through supplements, gut health, liver cleanses
5. What is the importance of communities in your life?

Follow @rawcave on Instagram and Raw Cave on Youtube

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#38 - Neuro-Linguistic Programming - Brittany Onorato

I met Brittany at an UNLOCKT event and I was impressed with how confident she was.

Brittany has just finished her training as a NLP coach. NLP is a powerful tool to change your behaviours.

Here are a few questions I have for her, but come with yours:
1. How did she get into coaching and mindset?
2. What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?
3. What motivated her to become a NLP coach?
4. Practical demonstration of NLP
5. What is her life's vision?

You can follow her on Instagram @brittanyonorato

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#37 - My 10-day Vipassana silent retreat - Alex Lamber

Meditation is an important foundation of my growth and I wanted to explore more techniques.

Vipassana is the technique that was taught by the Buddha 2,500 years ago. It is quite an intense technique and requires a 10-day silent retreat to learn it, where you meditate about 10 hours a day.

Vipassana has been celebrated by some of the brightest people like Sam Harris or Yuval Noah Harari.

As I'm just back from the retreat and many people asked for my feedback, I wanted to do a podcast about it. Spoiler alert: It was amazing!

I discussed:
1. What motivated me to do it?
2. What it is and how it felt during the retreat
3. What I've leaned
4. How do I apply the learning as I got back
5. Vipassana vs Transcendental meditation
6. Q&A

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#36 - Meditation for our busy world - Tom Cronin

Tom spent 26 years as a broker in finance trading inflation swaps and bonds for the banks. He walked away from the industry at the height of his career to become a meditation teacher.

More and more high-performance corporations, from Google to the NAVY Seals, from top athletes to CEOs, use meditation to increase performance.

Tom will discuss why a meditation practice makes even more sense in our busy world and in high-performance environments.

Here are a few questions I planned to ask but come with yours:

1. Your story. How you went from finance to meditation

2. Why we need meditation more than ever is our busy world

3. How meditation increases performance

4. Is meditation becoming mainstream and how it can change the world

More info, visit https://stillnessproject.com/

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#35 – Tantra & Conscious Sexuality – Zena Rose

Zena is a yoga teacher and a Tantra practitioner.

Sexuality is still very taboo in our societies. We will explore why and see how tantra can reconnect us with our sensual and sexual identity.

Here are the main questions I asked:

1. What exactly is tantra?

2. Zena's story and how she got into tantra

3. Why is sexuality so taboo? Especially women's sexuality

4. Practical tips to be more at ease with our sexuality?

For more info about Zena and her work, check http://www.zenarose.com.au/

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#34 – Plant-based inspiration – Kate Levins

The science clearly points to diets mainly based on plant-based whole foods as the healthiest options for most people. However, it can be hard to change our habits of eating processed and sugary foods and too much animal product.

During a few years, I worked in the same company as vegan nutritionist Kate Levins. At the time, I wasn’t really aware of how much the food I eat was impacting my health, mood and performance. I am eternally grateful to her as good nutrition has been a cornerstone of my personal growth.

Here are the things we discussed:

1- How she got into nutrition and promoting a whole food plant-based diet

2- Why should your diet be mainly whole food & plant-based?

3- How to actually implement this in our everyday life?

4- The vegan lifestyle is more than simply a health choice

To follow her, check @nourishingclub on Instagram

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#33 - Build a strong mindset - Ben Abstacker

I met Ben at a sauna session at Bondi Beach and I was truly amazed at how positive he was. I have recently listened to his interview on the Plant Proof podcast and his story is very inspiring.

Ben has put up systems in place to develop a super strong mindset, which made him an Australian champion fitness model and inspiring speaker & coach.

Here are the topics we discussed:

1. His story and how he became the Abstacker

2. The systems he put in place to show up every single day

3. The importance of being positive

4. Getting your energy from the ego vs from contribution

5. Tips on how you can also develop your strong mindset

To follow Ben on Instagram, check @abstacker

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#32 - Breatharianism & the limits of consciousness - Issa Millot

I met Issa in Ubud as he was organising an amazing workshop combining yoga, meditation, holotropic breathwork and ecstatic dance.

Aurelien is very grounded in the world, with a successful business in textile, but he is also pushing the limits of consciousness and experimenting with himself. He spent 21 days without food, which I didn't even think was possible.

Here are the questions I asked:

1. Your story and how you got into your spiritual practice

2. Breatharianism and fasting: why and what is the limit?

3. Why do you like exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness?

4. What is the impact you want to have in the world?

For more info, go to https://shambali.com/

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#31 - Doing & Being - Lucy Prebble

I met Lucy here in Bali and I was amazed at how present and intuitive she is. As she could identify me very quickly as a doer, and she used to be a lot in the doing side of things with her marketing agency, we discussed also the importance of simply being.

Here are the questions I had in mind:

1- Her story and background as a high-achiever

2- What's the risk of being too much in doing?

3- When did she realise the importance of being?

4- Techniques to be more established in BEING

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#30 - Being heard - Mitchell Levy

In Today's episode, I am interviewing Mitchell Levy about thought leadership and how to be heard and seen in our noisy world.

To learn more about Mitchell's work, the best place to get started is his TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwRuTKWNZyw

Here is what we discussed:

0': How leadership changed with the Internet
8': How writing a book helps you being seen as an expert
11': What is a Aha message and why they're important
17': The new role of books in our society
25': Why ghostwriting can get your message across more clearly
29': About featuring other people in your book
33': His opinion about social media
37': Preparing for a TED talk
45': How to be better in conversations and interviews

You can also check http://www.ahathat.com to see all the amazing things Mitchell Levy has been creating.

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#29 - The science of breathwork - Niraj Naik

Niraj Naik, aka The Renegade Pharmacist, is a former pharmacist who got an autoimmune condition called Ulcerative Colitis and resorted to breathwork to heal, when pharmaceutical drugs failed.

He now dedicates his life to spreading the knowledge about breathwork with his own technique, the SOMA breathwork. He makes it fun and science-based for our Western minds and often works with Mindvalley and Wim Hof.

In this interview, we discuss:

0’: How he got into breathwork. His story is fascinating
12’01: What breathwork is and different techniques
27’20: The science behind breathwork
44’56: How to integrate it as a daily practice
48’16: Holistic questions around sound healing, nutrition, alternative medicine
1’12’19: Demonstration of his breathwork technique that you can try

I did his free webinar and it's really amazing. You can check it out here: https://www.somabreath.com/

He also gives a lot of tips on his website: https://therenegadepharmacist.com/

It’s a long podcast and nothing happens on video so I recommend listening to the podcast.

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#28 - Self-Transcendence - Charles McKinley

I met Charlie at Date with Destiny by Tony Robbins a few months ago and he has a lot of experience with self-transcendence, some of which I've shared with him.

He is just backed from India where he learned to give a blessing with the Oneness Academy.

Here are the questions I was planning to ask:

1. What is self-transcendence?

2. Why does it matter? Practical implications

3. Different ways you can transcend the self

If you're interested in experiencing this meditation retreat for yourself, check https://www.oo.academy/ and feel free to reach out to him

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#27 - Train your nervous system - Dr Kaushik Ram

Summary:

0': How he got into neuroscience
4'30: What's missing when we try to explain non-cognitive experiences and truth
8'20: His workshop on survival and how working with the nervous system rather than stop at the subconscious level
11'55: Why we need to train our nervous system
18'40: How to tap into nature's intelligence
22'50: How to slow down your heart rate and why it matters
28'24: How breath helps you operating from a place of flow rather than fear

Q&A:
31': You can reverse the hijacking of your nervous system by society and how to get your best ideas
38': Can you apply it to performance and fitness

Kaushik is back on the show and we’ll discuss survival.

Kaushik wanted us to have a more fun and spontaneous conversation than last time so he wanted me not to prepare, which I'm fine with 😊 but you can be sure it’ll be super interesting.

Kaushik holds a PhD in neuroscience and wrote his book entirely in a state of flow. He also trained himself to control his stress reactions. He has a workshop coming up this weekend and will speak at TEDxSydney next year.

So no agenda, but it will be a fun interview and we will have a little audience.

For more information, visit https://drkaushikram.com

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#26 - Universal Basic Income - Gaspard Koenig

The concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) is to give citizens a sum of money every month without conditions.

Gaspard Koenig has been raising the topic of UBI for a while. That's how I got interested in it. He is a famous French philosopher and founder of the think tank GenerationLibre.

It has been getting more attention recently with experiments in Alaska, Kenya and in Finland, with proponents such as Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and US presidential candidate Andrew Yang, with more automation and with a widening rich-poor gap.

Summary:

  • 0': History and definitions of UBI

  • 6'15: UBI as a human right to abolish poverty. A right to be autonomous.

  • 9'55: What would be reasonable at the moment and how Hillary Clinton considered including UBI in her campaign

  • 13'55: Why it is not obvious that automation will lead to less jobs

  • 17'15: Universal would mean National for now, as the differences between countries are too big

  • 18'26: Why the automation threat on truck drivers is not justified

  • 25'34: The UBI experiment that was run in Sao Paulo

  • 30'45: Providing the basic income in cash vs in kind?

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