Trav Bell and I have shared similar journeys, beginning in the fitness world and ending up in the professional speaking space. Sure, he’s younger, better looking, more charismatic and more successful than me but other than that, peas in a fucking pod. This was fun.
Trying to manage my mind is often like trying to herd cognitive cats. Painful. Pointless. Hilarious. You? If you're like me, your mind can be a source of pain and pleasure, chaos and calm, fascination and boredom, focus and distraction, and that's all before breakfast. Your mind is 'You HQ’.. your operational headquarters. It is the platform from where you view, process, interpret and understand the world around you. In this freestyle solo episode, I discuss the ever-present challenge of trying to understand, manage and optimise the human mind. Enjoy.
Tara Jarrett and I have been friends for thirty-something years. I emceed her wedding to Russ (a TYP regular), I’m Godfather to her son Mitch, I spoke at her gorgeous dad’s funeral, we owned a gym together and over the years, we have been through a lot. Which is why I’m super proud of her capacity to repeatedly dream a dream and then turn that theoretical ‘something’ into a real-world commercial success story, while simultaneously being a great mum, wife and daughter. Her latest business venture has caught fire and it looks like, by the end of 2025, there’ll be more than fifty of her unique centres, Australia wide. To find out what it is, you’ll have to tune in. Enjoy.
This episode will probably ruffle a few feathers, challenge a few beliefs, inspire a few people, confuse a few people, give hope to some, and maybe arouse some curiosity. For those of us with pre-existing thoughts, beliefs and ideas (you and me), it can be difficult to consider information, concepts and stories which don't fit in to our model of the world and how we think things work. Nonetheless, I did my best to open my mind, overcome my programming and conditioned thinking, be fully present and to respectfully and curiously consider what Dr. Eben Alexander had to share. He definitely challenged some of my thinking but to be honest, much of what he had to share resonated strongly with me. I enjoyed this chat and it left me with much to ponder. *Bio: Academic neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander III, whose career includes decades as a physician and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and revered teaching hospitals, was once staunchly committed to the materialist world view - the belief that the physical world is all that exists. His scientific belief system was altered by his 2008 transcendental near-death experience (NDE), an odyssey into another realm during a week-long coma. Despite a bleak medical prognosis, Dr. Alexander awoke to make an inexplicable return to full health. His medical case and recovery were validated in the peer-reviewed 'Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease'. Since his NDE, Dr. Alexander has been reconciling his rich spiritual experience with quantum physics, cosmology and the philosophy of mind. Dr. Alexander speaks around the world to educate about the role that consciousness plays in wellness, healing and recovery.
Effective communication and connection is dependent on getting several things right. There are numerous crucial ingredients in the 'connection and communication recipe’ and in this episode, I explore - what I believe to be - the most important component; understanding others. Not necessarily agreeing, aligning or condoning... just understanding how they think, feel and behave (and why). Understanding people who don't think (behave, live, communicate) like you, is an interpersonal superpower. l’ve never seen a relationship with poor communication and/or connection (any kind of relationship) that's healthy.
Julie Mathers is funny, super smart, down to earth, purpose-driven and although it sounds totally cliche, inspirational. It's rare that I chat with someone l've never met and instantly, it feels like we've been friends for years. Julie has that skill, that personality, that emotional intelligence and that genuine drive to connect with others. Apart from the fact that she is a highly successful and award-winning entrepreneur (she owns Flora and Fauna, Snuggle Hunny and Nourish Life), she's also a mum (of two), a wife (of one) and the lowest maintenance podcast guest of all time. Enjoy.
Dr. Scott Lyons believes I have what it takes to make it in Drag. As in, Drag Queen. I suspect there'll be some trimming, manicuring, waxing and tucking (don't picture that) before my debut but with his coaching and support, I believe I can pull it off. So to speak. Before Scott was a Psychologist, Author, Researcher and Doctor of Osteopathy (quite the combo), he performed professionally as a Drag Queen to pay his way through University (College). I love that story. This conversation went far and wide (clearly), but we did manage to have a serious and fascinating chat about the what, why, how and healing of trauma. I love my job and I love that I get the opportunity to listen, learn and laugh with brilliant, generous people like Scott.
Trying to get David Gillespie's approval (one of my many pointless pursuits), is exhausting. Just when I think I'll get the Gillespie tick, he pulls the rug out from under my optimistic feet. And while I naively thought my new choice of mayo would impress him, it didn't. Sigh. Fortunately for you, he does give us a list of healthier options. We also chat about the ten things he might actually buy from a supermarket, how the layout of supermarkets is an exercise in manipulation, the low-down on soy products, deceptive and misleading food packaging, the genesis story around RDI's (recommended daily intakes), the ever-growing list of 'milks' on the shelf and lots more. Enjoy.
Like the myriad of philosophers, psychologists, stoics, gurus, researchers and deep thinkers who have preceded him, Derek Sivers has been observing, analysing and explaining human thinking, human doing and human being, for years. He is an out-of-the-box thinker, and I loved our conversation. Derek is (and has been) a successful musician, entrepreneur, creative, author, speaker and philanthropist. Interestingly, these days Derek gives away pretty much everything he earns. Enjoy. *His best-selling book is called ‘How to Live: 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion.’
The trouble with trying to understanding consciousness (and more broadly, the mind), is that we can't see it, touch it, measure it, or quantify it. And in a field which is largely quantitatively driven (science), the science of the consciousness, is a source of great debate, disagreement, divergence and let's be honest, confusion. How can we observe, analyse and measure a non-physical thing? I loved this chat with Professor Philip Goff, who is a world-renowned philosopher, author and consciousness researcher at Durham University, UK (England's 3rd oldest university), who spends most of his time trying to work out the ultimate nature of reality and other fascinating shit (that last bit is not in his bio). Enjoy.
Dr. Hannah is back wrapping up our ten-part series on the brain. This time we talk about trying make sense of our busy brain and the ever-present challenge of trying to find some calm, clarity and focus in the middle of our overthinking mind. Enjoy.
So, not a teetotaller and not an alcoholic but you still have a propensity to do dumb things with booze and wake up regularly feeling like complete shite? Well, you might just be a grey area drinker. Yep, it's a real thing. Sarah Rusbatch is a Grey Area Drinking Coach, Author and Key-Note speaker sharing her journey to sobriety and the impact of alcohol on mental health to global audiences. She is the face behind Perth's growing Alcohol-Free Movement, a brilliant communicator and a great storyteller. Even as a life-long non-drinker, I found this chat fascinating and insightful. Enjoy.