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jumbleThink tells the stories of dreamers, makers, innovators, and influencers who are impacting culture and changing the world around them. We interview leading actors, entrepreneurs, authors, athletes, and taught leaders to hear their stories of chasing big dreams. Along the way, we share tips on how you can turn your own dreams into reality too. Our host, Michael Woodward, has worked with hundreds of businesses to help them refine their ideas and create their big dream.
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Have you ever had what you thought was 'the next big idea?' Maybe you have been mulling over a dream that has stuck with you for years but never chased it. There are many reasons we hack our dreams and set ourselves up for failure.Kary Oberbrunner set out to find an 'Unhackable' method for closing the gap between dreaming and doing. It become his mission for over 6 years to discover if humans could become Unhackable. He explored neurobiology, art, science, technology, education, athletics, the military, and business. At the end of his exploration he emerged with an answer. In today's conversation we dive deep into the lessons he learned along his journey to discovery. We talk about boon, decision making, claiming the promise, and how you can take 30 days to rewire your life to create an Unhackable way forward for your dreams.Book: https://amzn.to/2Ke8S6sWebsite: https://karyoberbrunner.com
Many people would expect an NFL Player's passion to be fulfilled in football. Playing, watching, and talking about the game. But just like any other job, it's often not the driving factor for a player. But along the way, it's easy to forget who you are and what you stand for. Ultimately wearing a 'mask' and playing the part you think others expect from you.Sam Acho faced these fears and the pressure to perform the expected way. While at the peak as a professional football player, he struggled to let others see the true person he was. Not only did this impact him, but it also impacted those around him. As he finishes his football career, he now addresses the lessons he has learned along the way in his new book 'Let the World See You' In the book, Sam helps you break free from society’s perceived limits and embrace the freedom of living as the genuine you. By sharing lessons and interactions with others throughout his life, Acho reveals how you can overcome your fears and discover the freedom of living as the genuine you.Throughout the conversation Sam shares stories on how football and faith have impacted his life. And while football was his career, it was his faith that helped him find himself and filled him with the passion and purpose that fulfills everyday life.Sam is an NFL player, writer, public speaker, and humanitarian. A linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he speaks widely at colleges, events, conferences, and churches, and also co-hosted the podcast, Relevant Is Doing a Sports Podcast. The founder and president of Athletes for Justice, he is a vice president of the NFL players association and a graduate of the University of Texas and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.Linkshttps://www.thomasnelson.com/p/let-the-world-see-you/
Christmas to many is the most wonderful time of the year. As the song goes, 'There'll be much mistltoeing, And hearts will be glowing, When loved ones are near, It's the most wonderful time of the year.' But one of the staples in every holiday rotation is the Christmas Movie. There are even a few major TV networks that have defined their brand by the seasonal movies they play, almost year-round.Today's guest Lauren Swickard not only stars in a new Christmas Movie on Netflix, but she also created, wrote, and produced it. Her real-life husband and “General Hospital” star Josh Swickard stars opposite her in the movie. 'A California Christmas' is coming to Netflix on December 14th. The movie was also one of the first feature films to be produced during the Covid-19 pandemic.Lauren has quickly established herself as a powerful woman in film. She has written and sold multiple original screenplays throughout her short but impressive professional career. Lauren’s next endeavor is her role as lead writer and producer for “Casa Grande” - an episodic series she created that is scheduled for distribution in early 2021. The hour-long serial narrative drama follows an ensemble cast through the intertwining lives of various families in the farmland of Northern California. In today's conversation, we learn about Lauren's indirect route to becoming a writer and actress, the art of writing screenplays, how to find inspiration in story, the importance of story to communicate humanity, and much more.LinksA California Christmas: https://www.netflix.com/title/81344378Lauren's Instagram: http://instagram.com/laurenswickard/
When you think of women's sports you might think of soccer, figure skating, basketball, track and field, or gymnastics. But when was the last time you thought about professional women's football? If you are like me, most likely never. But there is a growing movement of women playing elite football. Adrienne is one of the women but her journey is so much deeper. She's bringing together sports, education, and entertainment to create something special. As a football player, she has won multiple national championships. As an entertainer, she has acted in shows like 'Orange Is the New Black.' And in education, she has used her entrepreneurial skills to launch 'Blitz Champz.'In the conversation today, Adrienne shares her story of how she went to Columbia for an MBA only to discover that there was a place for her to pursue football. We talk about the state of women's football and how it is maturing into something pretty special. Later in the conversation, we talk about her passion for entrepreneurship and how education drives the mission of the businesses she builds. Amazing brands like Blitz Champz, Gridiron Queendom, and Harlem Hip-Hop Tours.Join us as we cover a lot of ground and get inspired by the life of Adrienne Smith.LinksWebsite: http://www.adriennethe10.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/adriennethe10Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adriennethe10/
If you have ever traveled or live in a city you most likely have used a rideshare app like Uber or Lyft. They are convenient, affordable, and easy to use. Most of the time it's a great experience that is beneficial to both the rider and the driver. However, one question comes over time and time again. How safe are rideshare apps and what are companies like Uber and Lyft doing to create a safe space for everyone that uses these tools?Syed Gilani and the team at Safr felt like they could answer this question and build a better App for women and others who don't feel safe using the existing tools. In today's conversation, we chat with Syed about how their approach to rideshare is creating the safest, most secure riding experience in the industry. He answers the question 'Why truly reliable and safe transportation for women is so hard to find?' He also shares the complexity the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the rideshare space.Later in the conversation, we discuss the world of startups, app development, startup funding, entrepreneurship, and more.Linkshttps://www.gosafr.comToday's episode is sponsored by Flocksy. Flocksy is your source for graphic design, web development, and video editing all in a monthly subscription. Visit http://flocksy.com/jumblethink/ to get 10% off your first month.
Often our lives lead to places we never imagine. It could be an unexpected opportunity, a class that we took that sparks a new interest, an accident that leads to a different path, or a million other little things that open a new door. Ben Milliken has had that kind of unexpected journey that has led to success in acting. Ben Milliken was raised on the northern beaches outside Sydney Australia. Ben had planned a career as a boxer and was an amateur boxer for 10 years. After studying the world of TV and Film at On Camera Studio, he stepped into the world of acting. In 2008 Ben starred in the independent feature film, Newcastle which debuted at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. He then moved to Los Angeles to continue his pursuit of acting and began landing roles in multiple films and television projects including Blue Crush 2. More recently Ben stared in Amazon’s hit show ‘Bosch.’ He also was in ‘Mighty Oak’ playing the character ‘Darby.’ LinksBen's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ben.milliken/?hl=enMighty Oak: https://mightyoakthemovie.comToday's episode is sponsored by Flocksy. Flocksy is your source for graphic design, web development, and video editing all in a monthly subscription. Visit http://flocksy.com/jumblethink/ to get 10% off your first month.
Often we live life hiding from the dreams and ideas we have. Most of the time it's because we don't really know who we are. Our identity can often be masked by insecurities and failures. In today's episode, Josh Cary shares how he went from hiding to an entrepreneur helping others find their true self. When we answer the question of identity we can find true confidence and a place of belonging. By finding your true voice you can step into the fullness of how you can impact the world.LinksJosh's Website: https://joshcary.com/PodMAX: https://podmax.coJosh Cary spent 40 years in hiding! That’s right. He was hiding every aspect of himself and showing up with a ‘mask’ on in all areas of life trying to gain the approval of everyone else.At 19, he changed his name and entered into, what would become, a 15-year career as a professional actor and filmmaker. The applause and external accolades didn’t completely heal his feelings of anxiety and insecurities and he found himself more isolated than ever.Today, Josh is the co-founder of PodMAX (an On Air Brands company), a podcast production and media company that provides training and events catered to entrepreneurs who have a meaningful message to share.Josh is also an accomplished podcast host of two shows with over 200 combined episodes.
Somewhere along the way, we lost our sense of story. We traded it in for better models, systems, and data. But the world is longing for story again. People are looking for the stories that pass on gathered wisdom, reveal our identity, convey responsibility, instill values, and uncover the truth.Robert Fergusson has a passion for story. It's the method in which he communicates messages which help to bring clarity and impact into the lives of those he teaches. In his new book 'Are You Getting This', Robert shares 20 techniques to help you rediscover the power of story in your own life. He teaches how you can begin to incorporate the craft of storytelling back into your own life.In today's conversation, we discuss the importance of story in our culture today and how the rediscovery of the art of story is something that is needed more than ever. It helps us to explore and share ideas that matter and ultimately helps us to spark changes in our thoughts and actions. Join us as we ask the question 'What story are you telling yourself?'LinksBook: Are You Getting This - https://hillsongstore.com/aygt/About Robert FergussonRobert Fergusson has been part of the teaching team at Hillsong Church for the last 30 years. He is English by birth, Australian by choice, and European by taste. He has seven growing grandchildren, three married children, and one patient wife. He is a biologist by training but dislikes the color green. He is a teacher by calling but hates marking. He loves traveling, reading, photography, and coffee. For over 40 years, he has taught people how to live in order to please God. He and his wife currently live in the parrot-filled suburbs of Sydney.
Finding your purpose can seem like an impossible task. Yet there is this internally calling that each of us feels in which we believe were we created for something. But how do we go from 'a feeling' to a roadmap to step into our full purpose? In today's show, Mark Delaney shares how we no longer need to wonder if we will stumble into our purpose. Instead, we can clearly know it and have a path forward. This purpose leads us to find impact in our lives and in the lives of those around us. It takes vulnerability, being confident in ourselves, overcoming the false answer of pride, knowing what to trust, and ultimately the willingness to step out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. It's time to live a life that matters.Mark and his wife Adena are on a mission. Their belief is that "We all have a great purpose. We can know it clearly and be set free to pursue it boldly!" They created a program called The Purpose Mastermind. This is a 4-week program that enables people to clarify their major life purpose and be set free from any mindsets that hold them back from boldly pursuing it. In the last couple of years, they have become empty-nesters and they are committed to spending the rest of their lives empowering others to live a life of purpose. LinksMark Delaney's Website: https://markdelaney.meToday's episode is sponsored by Flocksy. Flocksy is your source for graphic design, web development, and video editing all in a monthly subscription. Visit http://flocksy.com/jumblethink/ to get 10% off your first month.
Design is much more than how something looks or functions. It's the process of bringing the analytical and creative together to innovate and create. Robert Niemiec and Twisthink are helping some of the leading brands to find a new approach to their process by incorporating a 'human-centered' sense of design. Their approach brings together design, technology, and strategy to help design a better future not only for the brand but also for the people it serves. 'Innovation is not an event, it's a process. It's a process that needs to be woven culturally into every organization.' - Bob NiemiecRobert Niemiec is Managing Partner at Twisthink, a digital innovation partner working to help companies bring their new products or services to life. Through hands-on partnerships fueled by strategic insight, human-centered design, and advanced technology, Twisthink empowers each of their clients to imagine, develop, and launch exciting new user experiences that “their” customers will love!For nearly 2 decades the Twisthink team has consistently unlocked game-changing opportunities for clients in a broad range of markets including residential, industrial, healthcare, automotive, manufacturing, and many things in between. Because at Twisthink, they’re not tethered to industry paradigms or mired by the day-to-day constraints of those industries. They flow between industries and can spot consumer, design, and technology trends that affect them all. They’re entirely devoted to creating the ideal user experience, which allows their customers to become leaders in their industries and accelerate growth.LinksTwisthink: https://twisthink.com
In the last several generations there have been shows that have defined and informed the culture around us. One of those shows was 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.' In today's conversation, Daphne Maxwell Reid joins us to share what it was like to be 'Aunt Viv' on the show. We chat about the upcoming 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: 30 Years Later' reunion coming to HBO Max on Thanksgiving weekend. We also talk about her career as an actor working on shows including Hill Street Blues, The Love Boat, and The A-Team.Later in the conversation, we dive deep into Race, Religion, photography, finding joy in life, using your giftings, fashion, and more.LinksDaphne's Website: https://www.daphnemaxwellreid.comToday's show was sponsored by Flocksy. Flocksy provides unlimited projects by a vetted creative team for a flat monthly rate. Video editing, graphic design, writing, web design, and more. Visit https://flocksy.com/jumblethink/ to get 10% off your first month with a 14-day money-back guarantee.About Daphne Maxwell ReidPeople know her as "Aunt Vivian" from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". But she is also a photographic artist, author, and designer. In sharing her photographic art she hopes to inspire a childhood sense of wonder and curiosity with her four published books of doors from around the world. She has also published a mini-memoir in the form of a cookbook, entitled Grace, Soul & Motherwit.
Investing in real estate can be overwhelming and feel like it's unattainable. But what if there was a way that you could find an 'Infinite Bank' to help you reach your dreams? In today's episode, Christopher Larsen shares his story of how he found financial independence through education and investment. It's time to make money 'work for you' instead of you working for your money. In his book 'Next-Level Income: How to make, keep, and grow your money using the 'Holy Grail of Real Estate' to achieve financial independence' we learn how we can all take control of our lives, our money, and our dreams simply by learning about opportunities that we never knew existed. Chris shares his very personal story of how loss propelled him to a better way of living and gave him a reason to live an intentional life. It's time to stop waiting for one day. It's time to start investing in the life you want to build.Christopher Larsen is the founder and Managing Partner of Next-Level Income, through which he helps investors become financially independent through education and investment opportunities. Chris has been investing in and managing real estate for over 20 years. While completing his degree in Biomechanical Engineering and M.B.A. in Finance at Virginia Tech, he bought his first single-family rental at age 21. During his subsequent career in the medical device industry, Chris expanded into development, private-lending, buying distressed debt as well as commercial office, and ultimately syndicating multifamily properties. He began syndicating deals in 2016 and has been actively involved in over $150M of real estate acquisitions. In addition to real estate, Chris has invested in equities, oil & gas, and small business lending, as well as being active in Venture South, one of the nation’s Top 10 Angel Investing groups. Chris lives with his wife and two boys in Asheville, NC where he loves spending time with them in the outdoors and enjoying the food and culture that the region has to offer.Link: https://www.nextlevelincome.com
When founders typically start a business they feel like they have to do everything in the business themselves. Sometimes it's control and other times it's all about the budget. Nate Hirsch faced the same challenges when he built Free Up. But instead of doing it all on his own or hiring really expensive employees, he built his own way using virtual teams to help build his business. He quickly grew Free Up to a multimillion-dollar business and now he has done what many dream of doing by selling the business that continues to grow and do well today.In a Covid world, most businesses are now having to rethink how they approach staffing and staying safe. Nate shares some powerful tips on how you can build your business all while doing it remotely. He also shares some tips on how you can approach staffing in unique ways.Later in the episode, he shares what he is doing today as he builds Outsource School.LinksOutsource School: https://www.outsourceschool.comFree Up: https://freeup.net
What is it like to be a Broadway star at a young age? What is it like to be featured in a major movie as a kid? We sat down with Tommy Ragen and Gianna Harris to learn how they got into acting and music at such a young age. They share stories from their time working on the National Broadway Tour of 'The School of Rock' along with what it's really like working on a major Broadway production. They also give us a glimpse behind the scenes of their new movie 'Mighty Oak.' About Tommy RagenTommy Ragen makes his film debut as Oak Scoggins. This musical prodigy lights up the screen with his innocence and honesty. At 9 years old Ragen was in the Broadway first national tour for School of Rock. Now, at just 11 years old, Tommy has released three studio albums and the soundtrack features many of Ragen's original songs.About Gianna HarrisGianna "GiGi" Harris is a singer, stage and screen actress born and raised in NJ. Gigi is most notably known for her work in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway and Touring Production's "School of Rock the Musical." She neared 800 performances prior to her "graduation" from Horace Green. Other works include; "Working in Theater", "I Have A Voice", Sesame Street, "The O Clocks",Good Morning America and the 70th Annual Tony Awards.Gigi is very passionate about mental health awareness.LinksMighty Oak the Movie: https://mightyoakthemovie.comTommy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tommyragen/Gianna on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thegiannaharris/
Do we return to the status quo for education after the Covid-19 Pandemic or do we revision a new future of what education can look like for the future? Many around the country feel like our system is outdated and doesn't set up students for a modern future. In today's episode, we sit down with Nadav Zeimer to learn how as a Principal at a Harlem High School he has helped rethink how we teach our children. But he isn't done yet. He is looking at new ways to bridge the gap between the world of education and industry in all fields. Known as 'Principal Z; he works at the intersection of technology and education. His book 'Education in the Digital Age' is a guide for the future of education. Nadav excelled as a software engineer in Silicon Valley prior to becoming an award-winning physics/robotics teacher, turnaround principal, and public speaker. The transition from software to education started when Zeimer founded a nonprofit focused on hyper-local radio production. As a teacher, Mr. Z integrated podcasting into his curriculum and was selected to lead a school design team. Seven consecutive years of breakthrough student outcomes followed, along with widespread recognition for his digital media-centered approach to school reform. Zeimer promises to end standardized testing in NYC high schools by 2040. Based on nearly two decades of experience, he has launched an open-source, blockchain ledger of "gold standard" high school credits. The Zeimer Family adopted their eldest child from Japan and currently serve as foster parents to a medically fragile child in Harlem.It's time to democratize and decentralized education, bring back freethinking, and foster a new future of innovation and ideas.Linkshttps://www.principalz.orghttps://nadavzeimer.orghttps://nadavzeimer.net
In today's episode, our host Michael Woodward answers 8 questions from listeners and Quora. 1) Why are physical reminders (statues, monuments, buildings, ect.) important for understanding history?2) What early-stage business decisions are the most vital for an entrepreneur to build a strong business?3) Why do we need web designers/developers when we have website building tools like Squarespace, WordPress, Wixx, OpenCart, Shopify, and the likes?4) Are you actually planning a tech startup? If so, how are you dealing with the frustration and the feeling that you are spinning your wheels?5) How do I start a podcast for free?6) How do you prepare for an appearance on a podcast?7) What are your 3-5 podcasts for 2020?8) What are some of the best ways to think up ideas for a startup?Later in the episode, Michael gives you an update on jumbleThink, answers so questions listeners ask about him, and a challenge to help you chase your own ideas.
Alex Pappas is one of Hillsong’s worship leaders and songwriters based in Sydney. He has co-written songs such as ‘Alive’, ‘Wake’ and ‘End Of Days’ and considers himself blessed to be a part of the Young & Free team and to travel the globe leading worship on their tours.Young & Free have a brand new album 'All Of My Best Friends' out today! “ALL OF MY BEST FRIENDS” features 13 live performance tracks and seven studio recordings, including previously released 2020 singles “Uncomplicated,” “As I Am,” “World Outside Your Window,” “Lord Send Revival,” “Best Friends,” and current radio track “Never Have I Ever.” In the episode today, I sit down with Alex Pappas to learn more about the new album, talk about creating worship for a new generation of youth, finding and following God's leading in your life, Hillsong Church, and the journey of chasing your dreams.LinksHillsong Young & Free: https://hillsong.com/youngandfree/Instagram: www.instagram.com/hillsongyoungandfreeFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/HillsongYoungAndFree/Twitter: www.twitter.com/youngandfreeWebsite: https://hillsong.com/youngandfree/
Eric and Eliza Roberts are Hollywood Royalty. Eric has over 500 credits to his career spanning from his start in 'King of the Gypsies' and 'The Pope of Greenwich Village' to being the Master on Doctor Who and Sal Maroni on The Dark Knight. Eliza is a well-respected casting director and has been a successful actress in Doctor Who, National Lampoon's Animal House, and beyond. Eric and Eliza both grew up around the world of acting and turned that experience into their own careers.In today's conversation, we take a journey through topics ranging from addiction to politics and beliefs, marriage in Hollywood, building the legacy you want, dealing with critics, finding the director's vision, what it means to be a 'working actor', and the change in how movies and TV shows are made over the last 40 years. As we wind through various topics you will get behind the scene look at the reality of what it's like to be an actor and a family in modern Hollywood.LinksWebsite: https://www.ericrobertsactor.com
Fear is the secret enemy that many of us face. It's often an unspoken and shame-filled journey. Nik Wallenda has risen to fame for his daredevil life. He's walked the highwire over Times Square, Niagra Falls, The Grand Canyon, and even an active volcano. He's carried the legacy of seven generations of pushing the boundaries of what is possible. So what happens when the unexpected happens and it cracks the door to fear? That's the journey Nik has been on for the last several years after an accident shook his foundation of safety on the high wire. In today's conversation, we discuss Nik's career, his journey to step back out in faith, walking towards healing, and taking fresh steps of faith to resurrect your dreams.“Facing Fear: Step out in faith and rise above what’s holding you back” will release on September 15, 2020. PREORDER available now athttps://nikwallenda.com.LinksWebsite: https://nikwallenda.comToday's episode is sponsored by SendInBlue. Sendinblue is an all-in-one marketing solution that lets you create beautiful email campaigns. They are offering one month free on their premium plan to the first 100 jumbleThink Listeners who sign up. Sign Up today at http://go.thoughtleaders.io/1898120200821
Sometimes the best ideas don't come from what you know, but what you don't know. Creating a safe place to innovate and cultivate ideas is critical to the process of creating. In today's episode, Chris Vance shares the story of Playground Sessions. Prior to starting Playground Sessions, Chris didn't know how to play the piano. Instead, he used himself as a test case to see if the platform could effectively be used to learn the art of music. Then he pitched music great Quincy Jones to come and partner with them. Knowing all the answers isn't always the solution but many times it is what holds us back from starting or moving forward.In the conversation today Chris shares about his career ranging from being Brand Manager for Proctor & Gamble to working in finance for Goldman Sachs and Arthur Andersen and then becoming the Managing Director for ZAG, a brand invention company as well as being a Brand Inventor for Qui Tequila. It was at Zag that Playground Sessions was born. Throughout the conversation we chat about brand management and building, finding and building opportunities, picking good ideas, the world of startups, and creating a workplace for innovation.LinksPlayground Sessions: https://www.playgroundsessions.comYou Raise Me Up Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uKH8FfHcE4Today's episode is sponsored by SendInBlue. Sendinblue is an all-in-one marketing solution that lets you create beautiful email campaigns. They are offering one month free on their premium plan to the first 100 jumbleThink Listeners who sign up. Sign Up today at http://go.thoughtleaders.io/1898220200819
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