Posts Tagged ‘Life Design’

074 From Abused Child to Fierce Ph.D. w/Carolyn Colleen, PhD

From Abused Child to Fierce PhD w/Carolyn Colleen, PhD

Dr. Carolyn Colleen is a shining example of the fierce power of the human spirit in the defiance of unthinkable abuse. Join us in this riveting conversation about her incredible journey—from surviving with food stamps to gaining her Ph.D. and becoming a celebrated author. This discussion is not only about abuse—it’s about triumph—and it will impact a lot of people’s lives.

The Past Doesn’t Define The Future

Our guest today Dr. Carolyn Colleen, has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She authored the best selling book FIERCE. On the side, she is a life and business strategist.

She is a woman who commands presence, but surprisingly has struggled so much since childhood, up until she was married.

“As my definition of love evolved, I evolved. I learned to further deepen my definition of love ⁠— how I see love in the world. I also have a deeper sense of self-love.” – Carolyn Colleen

Carolyn’s Dark Past

From the time she was four, Carolyn was sexually abused by his teenage neighbor. Unfortunately, the pattern repeated throughout her childhood, even after they relocated.

Carolyn’s mother struggled with mental health. She was a hoarder and have issues with being too trusting with strangers. Her mother provided free lodging and meal for both men and who ended up molesting both Carolyn and her sister.

“There was a time when I defined myself as being someone who was put here to be used and abused.” – Carolyn Colleen

Changing Perspective

People who have experienced trauma or who suffered PTSD may have flashbacks when exposed to a certain trigger—such as a certain sound, smell or mannerism of another person. Victims of abuse are reminded every day of their unfortunate experiences because of these triggers. 

As a victim of abuse herself, Carolyn says her perspective is different. Memories pop up daily, but what she does with it and how it affects her is different now.

She is now at peace with herself; developed a gratitude attitude and has acknowledged that her experiences made her stronger. 

“Coming from a place of trauma—physical, sexual and emotional abuse—I’ve done a lot of self-work and realize when things might trigger me and how it affects my life. As I continually grew, I realized what happened to me doesn’t define me .” – Carolyn Colleen

To hear more about the amazing journey of Carolyn, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

Carolyn Colleen holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Masters in Business with a focus in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University.

Dr. Colleen is speaker, author, and coach.

She was born and raised in the Midwestern United States. She describes herself as a FIERCE mother, daughter, sister, and friend.

Out of sheer necessity, Carolyn developed the F.I.E.R.C.E. 5 method, which helped her grow from a downtrodden, scared and ragged victim, standing in a food line at the Salvation Army, to the confident and successful person she is today, living a happy life she never realized she deserved.,

Carolyn took up the challenge of writing a book about her experiences.

Now, with her book completed, she hopes that through sharing her story she will provide others with the hope, resources, and willpower needed so that they too can live the life they deserve.

Links:

Carolyn Colleen – Website

F.I.E.R.C.E – Book

Linkedin

Instagram

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073 Why Dyslexia is a Superpower w/ Gibby Booth Jasper

Why Dyslexia is a Superpower w/ Gibby Booth Jasper

Gibby Booth Jasper, host of podcast Dyslexia is a Superpower, joins us today for a powerful dialogue about the learning difference Dyslexia. As a coach and advocate, Gibby talks about real life experiences of Dyslexics as well as the challenges and triumphs that go along with it. 

Dyslexia is a Superpower

Gibby Booth Jasper believes that the real value of being dyslexic is the power of having a different mind. Dyslexics look at problems differently. It enables different solutions and in turn develops a person’s tenacity and determination. 

Many people look at dyslexia as a disability. However, it can be noted that a learning difference is never a hindrance to achieve personal goals. Just look at famous dyslexic people such as John F. Kennedy, George Washington, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney,   Richard Branson and Steven Spielberg, to name a few.

“They say everybody has a mountain to climb, but with dyslexia, your mountain has lava flowing, it has wild boars and all these obstacles. When you finally get to the top, you are able to accomplish so much more.” – Gibby Booth Jasper

Dyslexics Daily Struggle

Gibby believes dyslexics can connect the dots and solve problems differently. However, society has put on a standard on activities like writing, reading, and solving Math—which makes it hard for dyslexics to cope. Other than that, they do have spatial awareness problems, which is the difficulty of differentiating the left and the right. 

Gibby and Christopher exchanged personal experiences, as both are dyslexic themselves. Gibby recounter how traumatized she is with gas stations, as she cannot figure out moving forward and backward with her car. Christopher also shared some experiences, especially in self-check out counters in grocery stores and with tipping and counting money.

“Spatial problems, self-checkout counters, counting money. Those are the kind of things that can be normally linked to dyslexia, so if you do see someone struggling, that might be it. Go help that someone” – Gibby Booth Jasper

Empowering Dyslexics

In dealing with dyslexia, Gibby stated the importance of informing their child that they are unique and different in a good way. Parents must reassure their children that nothing is wrong with them and assist them in building self-confidence. 

“I think being able to look at it as ‘letting go of things because I can’t control them.’ Just have a sense of humor, because, in the grand scheme of life, it doesn’t matter” – Gibby Booth Jasper on struggles in doing daily activities

The real challenge for a dyslexic lies on their ability to play out strengths and to empower themselves while dealing with the existing society.

We hope you enjoyed Gibby Booth Jasper on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!

BIO:

Gibby Booth Jasper

Links:

Gibby Booth Jasper – Website

Steven Spielberg

070 Alternative Investing w/ Eric Satz

Alternative Investing w/ Eric Satz

Eric Satz, CEO of Alto IRA and retirement planning advocate, joins us in today’s episode. He is on a mission to enable everyone to invest their retirement money in alternative investments⁠. He actively campaigns for drastic information dissemination among retirees to save them from potential poverty in the future.

Diversifying Investments

Regular listeners might remember the teachings of prior guests like David Osborne or Pat Hiban or Dorie Clark. These smart people recommend a diverse investment strategy that creates multiple income streams over time. Such a strategy will help investors achieve the amazing goal of having investments pay for all expenses.

Eric Satz also promulgates diversifying investments, especially for retirees. He acknowledges the importance of various platforms today, where resources can be easily uploaded and disseminated. Eric and his team from Alto IRA provide information on alternative investments such as private startups, growth companies, real estate, loans, and digital assets and currencies.

“The idea is to open up areas of investment that have the potential to generate higher returns, higher yield and greater levels of current income⁠—so that we are all in a better position to retire.” – Eric Satz

Alarming Truths About Retirement

Eric started his mission with straightforward and entrepreneurial motivation. There is a huge market opportunity of 30 trillion US dollars, sitting in retirement savings. However, only 1% of this amount is invested in alternative assets, instead of around 10 or 20%.

“Investing is proactive, saving is passive. If we don’t change the way we invest, 25 million Americans—elderly Americans—basically will be living in poverty.” – Eric Satz

Eric wanted to fight the conventional wisdom of financial advisors. He considers America to be under a retirement crisis up until 2050. He promotes diversification in investing in businesses commonly considered by upper-middle-class and the elites, like real estate.

Save and Invest

Further, into this episode, Lochhead mentions the importance of having investments while saving on the side.

He further says that retirees should take the opportunity to invest aggressively because of the changing of public-market-private-market dynamics. With a projected 46% increase in capital gains annually, an avid saver can plot his or her retirement early.

To hear more about alternative investing and more relevant information from Eric, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

Eric Satz, Founder/CEO Alto IRA

An entrepreneur and former investment banker, Eric worked for DLJ/Credit Suisse First Boston before co-founding Currenex, Plumgood Food, and Tennessee Community Ventures, a VC firm.

Eric served on the Board of the TVA from 2015-January 2019, and he teaches an entrepreneurship class to high school students.

A Miami native and diehard ‘Canes and Dolphins fan, Eric went to Amherst College.

After years in NYC and then San Francisco, he and his wife moved to Nashville, her hometown, to raise their kids.

When he’s not breathing life into startup companies, Eric loves to ski, play soccer, and practice yoga.

Links:

Altoira

Eric Satz – Linkedin

Alto Ira Raises Seed Round – Hypepotamus

Will Wall Street be able to earn the trust of younger investors

Book: Rescuing Retirement: A Plan to Guarantee Retirement Security for All Americans

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069 Trust w/ Christian Anschuetz & Bob Evans

069 Trust with Christian Anschuetz & Bob Evans

In this episode, former Marine and Entrepreneur Christian Anschuetz and Bob Evans, host of “Cloud Wars Live” podcast, joins us for a conversation about the connection between trust and happiness. They explore the dichotomy of why trust has never mattered more but remains so low in major institutions.

Trust is Collapsing

The conversation starts about personal definitions of trust and how trust and love coincide. The guests share anecdotes on their personal lives and ultimately, how trust adds to overall happiness in any relationship. Given the background of the guests, the discussion took a quick turn in discussing the trust issues of consumers to institutions.

“Whether it’s on a corporate level or a personal level, who we are, on a large part, is the promise or commitment that we make and whether or not we keep those promises or commitment.” – Christian Anscheutz

According to PR Firm Edleman⁠, only 48% of people trust the government and 47% trust the media. Moreover, The Atlantic says, “Trust Is Collapsing in America.” Major corporations are not exempt from this discussion.

Breaking Promises

At a fundamental level, businesses are expected to have a set of commitments and promises around a product and service. These things make customers come back to the product/brand. However, we live at a time where a lot of major institutions have broken a lot of major promises to consumers, resulting in a massive takedown of trust.

“Trust is being eroded and trust is being created and both seem to be happening on a rocket speed today.” – Bob Evans

Christian and Bob observed that as big companies rise, failure in internal leadership, model setting, and problem recognition also results. It may be an advanced world now. However,  these companies have no clue in keeping their customers’ trust.

Overriding Policies

Internally, policies guide management decisions, while externally, policies help the company lead in new markets. However, policies don’t square well most of the time, especially in terms of bridging the gap between the consumer and the company. No matter how much employees want to help consumers, their hands are tied because of certain company policies.

“How do companies fail to see this and how do they fail to act? It’s not a matter of doing stuff a little better or being more efficient. This is survival and death.” -Bob Evans

To further enhance personalization with consumers, Christian and Bob suggest that companies should explore Artificial Intelligence in customer service. AI can understand a consumer’s profile and history. It can contextualize an appropriate response without causing risks for the company.

To hear more about trust from Christian and Bob, download and listen to the episode.

Bios:

Christian Anscheutz

Chief Digital Officer, UL

Christian Anschuetz is the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for UL (formerly known as Underwriters Laboratories) where he is responsible for identifying, prioritizing and embedding technology innovation and digital trends into the vision, strategy, and operating models required to sustain and accelerate the company’s growth. Before assuming the role of CDO, he served as UL’s global Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Before joining UL, Christian was the CIO for Publicis Groupe, the 3rd largest communication company in the world.

In addition to holding several other executive positions, Christian also founded a technology services boutique focused on providing cybersecurity services to firms as early as 1998.

Christian holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Stayer University. He is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the founder of the innovative nonprofit startup, Project RELO.

Bob Evans

Bob grew up outside of Pittsburg, with hard-working parents and his 6 siblings. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 and entered the business world, flowing his passion for information technology and writing.

He rose to become the editor of Information Week, one of the top two publications in technology at the time. Later on, he became the SVP and Content Director for Information Week’s parent company TechWeb/CMP

After thirty years in the media business, he left to join the world of software vendors, after a quick stop at ERP vendor SAP, Bob was recruited by the world 5th richest person, a legendary category designer and entrepreneur –Larry Ellison the founder of Oracle.

At Oracle Bob served as SVP and Chief Communications Officer for Larry.

Today Bob runs his own strategic communications firm, is a prolific writer, a tech industry commentator, public speaker, and a legendary guy.

He hosts the widely popular Cloud Wars Live Podcast.

Links:

Christian Anscheutz – Linkedin

TEDx Talk

Cloud Wars Podcast

Bob Evans – Twitter

Bob Evans – Linkedin

The Atlantic

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068 Can Women & Men Work Together? w/ Shelly Witzke

Can Women & Men Work Together? w/ Shelly Witzke

In this episode, Shelly Witzke joins us to discuss her work relationship with men and with Lochhead in particular. They both have worked together as software salespeople and have developed a close but very professional connection. They talk about how men and women behave in the workplace pre-MeToo movement, establishing common respect for the opposite sex and the subjectivity of interpreting words and actions.    

#MeToo Movement 

In 2017, the #MeToo Movement went viral as social media users attempted to demonstrate the prevalence of sexual harassment. Different people felt strongly about the event. It gave rise to a common point of discussion in the workplace⁠—can men and women still work together?

“I feel that the common reaction of male to the #MeToo movement is, ‘Don’t even.’” – Shelly Witzke

In this interview, Shelly shares valuable insights such as: how men think differently from women; how women can protect themselves by intuitively deciphering a person’s character and how reputation and patterns of behavior towards other people are important in dealing with the opposite sex.

Respect Begets Respect

Shelly Witzke has her fair share of #MeToo stories. She says that men have also been protective of themselves in the workplace. Men nowadays consider working with women risky, even more so if work requires traveling with the opposite sex. The stories of today differ from her personal and professional stories with Lochhead, as they used to spend loads of time together. There was never a time where Shelly felt she needed to evaluate her work relationship with Christopher. He was clearly respectful of all his colleagues.

“It was obvious from your actions and words that you have utmost respect to human beings and women, no different. Perhaps that’s partly where the trust factor [came from]. Maybe it starts there, maybe it’s built there.”  – Shelly Witzke on Christopher Lochhead

Context Is Everything

Aside from a person’s reliability, one can note that the feeling of threat is highly dependent on each person. A man can utter profanity and be very vocal about his opinions. However,  because of his respectful character, he may not offend the opposite sex.

“From that perspective, it never crossed my mind that I had to guard myself or be careful. I think that’s a big part of our relationship, my feeling of safety.” – Shelly Witzke

A man and a woman can have a peaceful working relationship, just like what Shelly and Christopher have. This can be achieved if the feeling of “safety” is established from the beginning of the relationship. To hear more about how men and women can work effectively together and more relevant information from Shelly, download and listen to the episode. 

Bio:

A software rep in the ‘90’s working with accounting firms and family businesses, Shelly made a bold choice to retire at the height of her career at the age of 33.

Unwilling to continue her life as it was, she forged into the unknown frontier of being a stay at home mom to let her with business degree languish in the idyllic green hills north of Toronto. 

Humbled by parenting, she began to appreciate other moms, and now believes that parenthood forces our hand at leadership skills when we are least prepared. 

Shelly holds an honors bachelor of commerce degree from Lakehead University, and today teaches bread baking in her kitchen and in unique online experiences to bring the smell of fresh bread into every kitchen. 

Spending time with this warm hearted woman, you will crave feeling the blissful softness of proofing dough, delight in the intoxicating smell of homemade bread and learn to listen for the faint crackling of a hot crust as it starts to cool. She hopes that craving will be the beginning of a love affair with your kitchen and your life.


Links:

InsideYourCupboards.com

Linkedin.com/Shelly-Witzke

Instagram.com/insideyourcupboards

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067 CEO Whisperer Jerry Colonna Reboot

CEO Whisperer Jerry Colonna Reboot Follow Your Different™ Podcast

WIRED calls Jerry Colonna the CEO Whisperer. He believes better human beings make better leaders. Today, he joins Lochhead in a fun and deep adult conversation about his new book, Reboot, and about growing up, what it takes to become a warrior leader and a lot more.

Writing a Book He Would Read

Jerry shares that Reboot is the only book he could write. Anything else would have been complete and utter bullshit. After all, he has had too many scars to bullshit his way through life.

He didn’t even know what he wanted to write when he received his agent’s offer. But soon he realized that they wanted him to be himself and show up. And the experience, coupled with his readers’ reactions, could easily reduce him to tears.

“I wrote the book that I needed to read 20 years ago.” – Jerry Colonna

Words Coming from Life

Towards the beginning of his book, Jerry ran by some of the many hardships people could go through. A co-founder quitting, investors pulling funding, spouses giving up, and many more. Every one of these instances is not some theoretical experience and can happen to anyone.

Such are the moments to stare deeply into our own experience and ask ourselves some important questions. What are we made out of, what have we chosen? But more broadly, in what ways have we been complicit in creating conditions we don’t want?

“It’s much easier to look at the world and say, ‘Why are you doing this to me? Why is this happening to me?’ But that’s uninteresting.” – Jerry Colonna

Complicit Versus Responsible

In writing his book, Jerry used the word “complicit” purposefully. He says that it differs from “responsible”, in that being complicit is like “going along with” and also unconscious. And like Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung said, until we make the unconscious conscious, it will direct our lives and we will call it fate.

We can realize how we become complicit in creating such conditions by answering the question of how they have served us. After all, that which persists does so because it delivers something.

“We might maintain structures not in our best interest because they serve this sort of larger wish for love, safety and belonging.” – Jerry Colonna

To hear more about Reboot, warrior leaders with open hearts and more life-altering nuggets from Jerry, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

The founder and CEO of Reboot.IO, Inc. Colonna is a certified professional coach.

Colonna draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction.

He established his coaching practice in 2007. Prior to this work, Colonna was a venture capitalist focused on investing in early-stage technology-related startups.

In 2002, Colonna became a partner with J.P. Morgan Partners (JPMP), the private-equity arm of J.P. Morgan Chase where he led the firm’s investments in companies such as ProfitLogic, Inc.

Colonna served as a director at ProfitLogic until its purchase by Oracle, Inc.

During his time at JPMP, his commitment to the non-profit sector increased significantly. In the fall of 2001, he worked with The Partnership for the City of New York to help launch the Financial Recovery Fund, a $10 million-plus program that made recoverable grants to small businesses impacted by the attacks on the World Trade Center.

He was named co-Executive Director of NYC2012 in January 2002, the organization designed to secure the City’s designation as the representation in the competition to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

In that year, he helped raise more than $6 million to further those efforts.

He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners.

With his partner, Fred Wilson, Colonna launched Flatiron in August 1996. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early-stage investment programs.

During his tenure with Flatiron, Colonna was responsible for the firm’s investments in companies such as Geocities Inc. and Gamesville Inc. Colonna joined his first venture firm, CMG@Ventures L.P. in February 1995 as a founding partner.

CMG@Ventures was the first “Internet-specific” venture firm.

Prior to joining @Ventures, Colonna worked for ten years for CMP Media, Inc.

From 1985 to 1993, he served in a variety of roles at InformationWeek, including a three-year stint as its Editor.

Colonna also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Naropa University. Naropa University comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies.

It is the only accredited Buddhist-inspired university in North America.

He also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Tibetan Village Project, a not-for-profit, non-political organization dedicated to creating sustainable livelihoods for Tibetans through social entrepreneurship and educational opportunities.

He is also a director at the Good Work Institute, whose mission is to educate and connect a network of local community members and actively support their collaborative efforts to regenerate their places.

The recipient of numerous awards and a compelling speaker on topics ranging from leadership to starting businesses, Colonna has been named to Forbes ASAP’s list of the best VCs and Worth’s list of the 25 most generous young Americans.

A graduate of Queens College, Colonna lives in Boulder, Colo.

Links:

WIRED – This Man Makes Founders Cry

Wikipedia – Jerry Colonna

Reboot.io – Book

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061 Happy Money w/ Ken Honda 8 Million Bestselling Author

Happy Money w/ Ken Honda 8 Million Bestselling Author Follow Your Different™ Podcast

Ken Honda has authored over 50 books and sold over 8 million of them. Today, he joins Lochhead in a riveting conversation about his latest book, Happy Money and how you can have a powerful relationship with it.

“Next time you have a hard time feeling happy about writing checks, just say, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me the opportunity to bless people with my money.’” – Ken Honda

Happy Money Defined

Ken exemplifies happy money through the news he watched prior to coming on the call with Lochhead. Someone delivered a speech about taking care of all the student loans of hundreds of college graduates. Without getting anything out of it, the person was lifting this particular burden, which kills lots of people, off of these graduates’ shoulders.

“Happy money is money that makes you smile when you receive it. And also, it gives you joy when you spend it.” – Ken Honda

This is a fascinating way of thinking about money. After all, most people and authors espouse how-tos of making, saving, budgeting and other money mechanics.

Money Healer Ken Honda

Often called the money healer, Ken not only teaches financial independence. His focus also lies on how to heal one’s relationship with money. People tend to worry about it too much that they cannot have a healthy life.

We have become so restricted because of money issues. Ken took up the mission to help people be free of these constraints.

Everyone Has Money Wounds

In Happy Money, Ken writes about money wounds. This less than positive relationship with money stems from the simple truth that we all are frustrated with money in one way or another. And by all, he means not just the financially challenged people who have a hard time making ends meet.

Middle class people manage to make ends meet, but barely. Meanwhile, those in upper middle class feel disadvantaged and feel the need to work hard to graduate, land a job and pay back their loans. And the wealthy people feel some kind of guilt about sitting at the top.

“If you can somehow heal your money wounds and transform your relationship with money, you can then be happy forever. It takes a little practice, but not too much.” – Ken Honda

To hear more about bettering your relationship with money from Ken, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

Ken Honda is a bestselling author of self-development books in Japan, where he has sold more than eight million books since 2001.

While his financial expertise comes from owning and managing several businesses, his writings bridge the topics of finance and self-help, focusing on creating and generating personal wealth and happiness through deeper self-honesty.

He is the first person from Japan to be voted into the Transformational Leadership Council.

Fluent in Japanese and English, he has lived in Boston and currently resides in Tokyo.

Links:

KenHonda.com

Simon and Shuster – Happy Money

Goodreads – Happy Money

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059 Bill Walton NBA Legend, The Power of A Positive Life

Bill Walton NBA Legend, The Power of A Positive Life Follow Your Different™ Podcast

In celebration of the NBA finals, we’re releasing a special re-issue of an episode with the legendary Bill Walton. Originally aired in February 2018, let us revisit this conversation full of Bill’s enthusiastic view of life through its many ups and downs.

“When you wanna get someplace, you have to have the dream. And then you have to have a teacher, somebody who has been where you wanna go because the surest way to find out how get there first is to talk to somebody who’s on their way back.” – Bill Walton

More Failures than Greatness

A lot of life’s greatest lessons come mostly from failures, Bill says. Sure, he has lived more than 60 years and has been part of some true greatness. Even then, he still felt cursed with his lifelong speech impediment and eventual injury.

“My life has been defined by meteoric rises to the top from [when I was] really young and then incredible crashes to the bottom all caused by orthopedic health crises.” – Bill Walton

In the course of those 60 and some years, Bill has completely changed as a human being.

Enjoying Life Including Change

After reading Lochhead’s Play Bigger, he came to realize the importance of willingness to embrace change. It is, after all, one of the things that athletics prepares you for. In life, things go wrong and things collapse and we need to get ready when they do.

To aid in his positivity-driven life, Bill lives by Coach John Wooden’s 2 sets of 3. Never lie, never cheat, never steal; don’t whine, don’t complain, don’t make excuses. Embracing change means embracing and working around what life serves you.

“When I see these guys whining, when I see these guys complaining and making excuses, I always tell them, ‘Look, I’ll listen to your problems one time. But from here on out, I wanna hear a plan on your path forward.’” – Bill Walton

Secrets to Get Someplace

Bill shares that he always tries to be a dreamer to get somewhere in life. He has learned to keep dreaming from the greatest influences in his life. In a world that tries to send him in other directions, he always turns to those who love to read, who dare to dream.

The second key ingredient? A teacher who can show him the way.

To hear more about Bill’s secrets to positivity and its fruits, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

In 1997, Bill Walton was selected as one of the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players of all Time.

He’s an Emmy award-winning broadcaster and Forbes calls him one of the top 10 pundits in America.

In 2009, Walton was named one of the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association.

In June 21, 2001, Bill was named as the inaugural inductee into the Grateful Dead Hall of Honor.

Bill is the bestselling author of “Back From The Dead” and a highly entertaining and engaging keynote speaker.

Links:

BillWalton.com

Twitter

Instagram

NBA Profile

ESPN Biography

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058 1 Life Fully Lived w/ Tim Rhode

1 Life Fully Lived w/ Tim Rhode Follow Your Different™ Podcast

Tim Rhode, founder of the non-profit 1 Life Fully Lived, has helped thousands of people turn their lives around. On this episode, this favorite buddy of Lochhead’s talks about life design, going from entrepreneur to non-profit founder and more.

“Are you living in what we call the one life fulfillment triangle? Where do your passions meet your talents where there’s opportunity in the marketplace?” – Tim Rhode

Transitioning from Entrepreneurship to Non-Profit

Tim did not get a ton of non-profit experience prior to founding 1 Life Fully Lived. He was like any realtor who eventually became a mini-tycoon and founded the organization in a most unconventional way. He did not merely dump his cash in a foundation but was actually very involved in it.

The transition has been an amazing journey. Tim says that he owes it to the many talented people who know who they are and believe in 1 Life Fully Lived. With them, he is able to live every day in a state of flow, always seeking improvement.

“The journey has been getting to know who could most use all of this and how can we best serve—and what’s the real estate term—the highest and best use of 1 Life Fully Lived to help make a difference in a world that can certainly use a 1 Life movement now.” – Tim Rhode

Why People Struggle

Tim points out some of the reasons why people are constantly struggling on top of the economic uncertainties that bog them down.

“They’re struggling because they’re basically being taught to struggle by people who are struggling, not having quite figured it out themselves.” – Tim Rhode

This ecosystem knows nothing but struggle and people can get used to being part of it. Christopher concurs with this. When you grow up in such an environment, it is all you are going to think life is about.

Designing a Best Life

To overcome the ceaseless struggle, people need to be exposed to new ideas, thought processes and good role models. These models will then spark the question of what-could-be in those who are stuck and have yet to find their footing.

Most schools teach us that getting a degree and doing well on SATs is the only way to become successful in life. However, 1 Life Fully Lived seeks to shake up that system and teach people valuable entrepreneurial skills. And in so doing, they hope these people would have not only financial freedom by the time they’re old and gray but also the health and vitality to still “get the goods in the woods.”

To hear about people doing great things alongside with Tim and how to create a diverse, mission-driven network of people, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

Tim Rhode sold over 2,500 homes when from 1986 to 2000. He bought and sold over 100 properties and coached more than 200 investing students for foreclosures.com.

Today, Tim is the founder of non-profit, 1 Life Fully Lived and co-founder of men’s mastermind group GoBundance where he helps thousands live their best lives.

Links:

1LifeFullyLived.org

Facebook

GoBundance.com

LinkedIn

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