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The Ikonn Experience is about CREATING and LIVING your DREAM LIFE. Join Alex and Mimi Ikonn as they discuss life and business insights for creating a life of your dreams. Covering topics such as life purpose, building a life that you love, relationships, entrepreneurship, spirituality, health, parenting and much more. Gather unique INSPIRATION from Alex and Mimi’s life, also hear from successful and established thinkers, then CREATE your own dream life.
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Overcoming Your Entitlement for Success
After 8 years of receiving employment applications throughout all of Alex and Mimi’s businesses, by far the most common unattractive trait that fails most applicants is ENTITLEMENT.   “The fact of having a right to something. The amount to which a person has a right. The belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.” - Dictionary   It seems like it’s becoming more and more common these days, it’s certainly known as being a millennial thing...and even more known as a generation Z thing. Maybe it’s the glitz and glamour portrayed so easily and available on social media, maybe we’ve been told too many times in the self-help community that we DESERVE it and maybe our parents fostered that ideal from an early age a little too much.   Well, we explore what entitlement means to us and why it turns us off when we see it in people.   “Instead of talking about how amazing you are - nobody cares about that, talk about what you’re going to bring to the table, how are you going to take the position to the next level and be specific” - Mimi Ikonn [14:05]   So why do some people deserve special treatment? We certainly see it a lot living in London. We are on the doorstep of royalty, people with born privilege and born into wealth. There is certainly a lot of aristocracy with quite important titles that can be highly demanding and ooze entitlement, it can be sad to see especially when they value themselves higher without putting in the real work to really deserve it.   Actions speak louder than words, if you want to known for something, first you have to do the work. - Mimi Ikonn [33:40]   Alex shares about working in a company, where at the time he felt he deserved an equity share. His over entitlement led to him losing that opportunity, had he just played the long game and continued giving instead of asking, he may have very well earned it eventually. But faith and trust was displaced through that entitlement issue.   We also get into:   How social media acts like a portal to someone else’s reality Believing anything is possible comes with very strict guidelines Realising the hard work instead discussing the vacation time Being humbled by your beliefs rather than being demanding How being mindful and hard working and having gratitude, are the cure Avoiding bragging and learn from others “Dreamers who don’t work hard and hard workers who don’t dream don’t get anything in life, but dreamers who have both, with faith can do anything they set their minds to” - Unknown   Show notes: https://www.ikonns.com/podcast/episode23
Healing Health Journey with Yalda Alaoui
In today’s episode we are talking with our friend Yalda Alaoui from EatBurnSleep.com. We chat about the incredible journey she’s been on and how she healed her body into remission after suffering from a near terminal immunity condition. She shares her challenges and paves a path for other to follow by optimising these 3 simple things:   Eating right Sleeping right Exercising right   “Yeah..we’ve heard it all before a 1000 times”, BUT Yalda’s story is living proof of how drastic life can become when you don’t take these 3 things into consideration.   “It’s only when we are at our worst that we look for problems to the solution, I’m teaching people that prevention is a much better approach” - Yalda - [38:45]   Born to both Morocan and Iranian Parents, Yalda moved to France when she was 12 and immediately started having dietary issues, the junk food that she was now regularly eating, was a stark difference from what she’d grown up with back in Morocco.   At 15 years of age she found an interest in economics, finding a subject and a lens through which she could understand and see the world with. This led her to studying at the London School of Economics and EDHEC Business School. And was soon followed by a very stressful job working on a trading floor in capital marketing. The unhealthy eating and a stressful job, along with a failed pregnancy then signaled to her immune system to finally shut down. In 2007 she developed two life threatening auto-immune diseases:   Ulcerative Colitis Auto-Immune Haemolytic Anemia   The latter causing her hemoglobin measurement to fall to 4 (usually reserved only for patients in a coma). After being admitted to hospital, countless blood transfusions later, the doctors struggled to get to the bottom of the underlying cause. This pushed Yalda into extensively researching health for herself. A ten-year recovery lead her to sharing her knowledge, making a full career change and a full recovery. She eventually got to the route corse while searching for ways to ease her chronic inflammation, by cutting out all foods and starting again like a baby. She Added 1 food at a time, narrowing her eating options to only foods that didn’t cause her problems. This was only the start… Here’s what we get into on this episode:   What is your microbiome and how to avoid destroying your gut health? 60% of you neurotransmitters are in your gut? So let your belly think for you! What is leaky gut and what happens when your body tries to fight back? The importance of walking everyday. What happens when your body’s natural defense doesn’t know how to turn itself off? How stress plays a role in your immune system? The benefits of collagen powder and bone broth. Why lifting light weights are more important than the big heavy ones. Fermented foods, the most common in the healthiest longest living societies. The Vegan Myth - Why not all meats are unhealthy, just the processed ones. Why we should be choosing whole foods and dropping dairy / wheat / nightshades?   Eatburnsleep.com Instagram.com Youtube Show Notes: https://www.ikonns.com/podcast/episode22
Best Advice We've Ever Been Given - AMA with Alex and Mimi
This one of our favourite ways to interact with you, our lovely audience, today we are answering your questions that you’ve sent in to us, again.   Here are the 5 questions that were asked this week: Should I drop out of university if I’m not feeling it? [0:48] What should I do next now I’ve finished my studies? [12:19] How do I overcome resistance when creating? [21:52] How do I overcome social awkwardness while I’m developing my career? [28:15] What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? [37:35]   These are some super exciting questions that really got us thinking. Alex and Mimi discuss their thoughts and experiences around the questions you sent in. Let’s start! Should I drop out of university if I’m not feeling it?   Mimi drops out of college on 3rd semester What does school mean to employers interviewing for new positions Investing in yourself by saving yourself from huge amounts of debt Being excited about what your studying is the only way to learn Parents usually want status disguised as a college education Possibilities for the education system to embrace the changes in society Building relationships is the best thing about college   School doesn’t prepare you for a lot of things we need in life, like communication and selling yourself, these are the important things, you’re always selling yourself or an idea” - Mimi - [14:22] What should I do next now I’ve finished my studies?   Following your curiosity, let that be your guiding path Once you’ve found an idea, for results you need to commit to it There’s 1000’s of people trying for the same position, what can you do to stand out? Using your youth as time for experimentation Play risky while you have nothing to lose Entrepreneurship is sexy but not for everyone   While your in your 20’s, that’s not a time to play safe, that’s a time to be shooting for your dreams” - Alex - [18:19] How do I overcome resistance when creating?   Getting out of your own way is the only way to start creating The perfectionist myth that stops people in their tracks Are you impacting people’s lives in positive way with the content you make The people who keep going are really the only people creating the best stuff Even the best have their insecurities Create a higher purpose around your content creation Do it for yourself not validation   “It’s sort of like having a treasure, you can keep it to yourself, keep it inside, or you can share it with the world, like giving a gift” -  Mimi [25:10] How do I overcome social awkwardness as I’m developing in my career?   Going that extra mile will make people feel special Not every social situation is black and white, be intuitive with interactions Become fascinated and inquisitive with people in general Don’t take it personally when people don’t want to chat Create a vision for yourself for inspiration and how/where you want to be Be yourself and be PRESENT when talking to someone What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?   Persistence is genius in disguise for Alex Nike’s JUST DO IT is winning for Mimi Virtual mentorship, soaking up information from everywhere Don’t be delusional, but keep going, even when you don’t feel like! Small steps at a time   “It’s not because I’m smarter, it’s not because I’m better, it’s because i just do it” - Mimi [41:50]
Exploration, Curiosity and Saying YES to Life with Joann McPike, Founder of THINK Global School
Today Alex and Mimi are welcoming their inspiring friend and founder of THINK Global school -  Joann McPike. Growing up in small town of New Zealand with an Italian mother, Joann dreamed about becoming an air hostess, to most kids of her generation, that was the only way to travel and see the world. While turning the pages of National Geography magazine she was imagining future experiences of living in other countries. Joann wanted to study photography, however, her mom pushed her to study languages. She ended up studying English, Italian, French and linguistics at university. To practice the language, she convinced her mother to let her move to her grandparents in Italy. Booking a one way ticket, her curiosity lead her towards her dream life. I wanted to explore, that has led me to where I am today, that curiosity and that desire to say yes to what other people would say no to. - Joann - [7:00]12:32 After 6 months spent in Sorrento, Joann moved to Rome where she was working as a babysitter. As a 21 years old, she got an opportunity to sell magazine subscriptions in Malta. While there, she was asked to play for a blackjack team, she naively trusted the people (cause why the hell not) and travelled to Malaga, Spain to play cards and learn some mischievous card counting strategies. Here she met her ex-husband Harry, and lived the casino life for 2 years. Along the journey she fell into some worrying situations, narrowly escaping being killed, and also struggling depression, until she found the calm and quiet that she now calls grace.   “I was pushed up against a wall, the person had my passport and was strangling me, it was in that moment I knew how strong I was and where to get my strength from.” - Joann [15:30] After journalling only at her worst moments, streaming only her anger and frustrations for several years, it was now clear for her, the importance of journaling the best moments in life instead. All the positivity, affirmations and goals, started to pour out of her onto the page and soon become reality. “Consciousness is fascinating, you get to the route of why we do what we do. Why am I being triggered? Why am I frustrated? You can make real turning points when you get to the bottom of it and figure out why” - Joann -[31:39] Joann and Harry shared the common love for travel. During travels with their son, she realized how travel can change perspectives and enhance his education. Her new goal would be to open the mindsets and give real value in development for teenagers. Inspired by her son, Joann founded ‘THINK Global’ school. Here’s what else you will learn: How fear is a part of every one Joann’s most fascinating travel experience The importance of different perspectives Why self assessment a comparing to yourself matters more than numbers The fact we are all perfect The importance of question WHY How fear and love are the base of our behavior How comparison with others can be stopped through gratitude practice The power of forgiveness and the real key to happiness Taking responsibility for your mindset Using adult coloring books to respark your childhood creativity Having the courage to say YES to things, when others would say NO Book: The artist’s way – Julia Cameron Hope you enjoyed this week’s episode with Joann McPike, you can find out more about Joann here:   Instagram Thinkglobalschool.org Twitter Find Books and resources here: The Artists Way - A spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron You can find out more about Vipassana here: 10 Day Meditation Retreats Show notes: https://www.ikonns.com/podcast/episode20
Our Observations of Living in North America Vs. Europe
Fresh off the plane, in today’s episode Alex and Mimi chat about their observations, having just spent 3 weeks in North America. What are the main differences between North America Vs. Europe.   “Americans take ice cream soooo seriously, how do you even choose?” - Mimi Ikonn - 22:00   The USA is the land of plenty, everything is BIGGER! There is more of EVERYTHING. From credit cards to what’s on your plate, either in a restaurant or baked at home in a tiny oven.   Alex chats about a friend who moved from London to California, just so his Billion Dollar dream could be recognised. Meanwhile, Mimi gets chatted up in the supermarket over what breakfast cereal does she like.   “The cities in Europe are designed in a way to get you walking, to move, to be active and mindful” - Alex Ikonn - 18:47   Having travelled to many places and lived on both sides of the Atlantic, Mimi and Alex have great insight into just how different the 2 cultures can be.  Here’s what they get into;   How people spend their money, which culture has the most consumer driven society? Do you have a billionaire mindset or are you being conservative with your cash? Where do Alex and Mimi get approached the most? Who speaks the loudest, who is most respectful? Public transport Vs owning a car. Food portions, even a salad in the US is enough to feed an entire family. What’s in your kitchen? We want some Patatas Bravas! Yum! How to notice disruptive industries when you realise something is missing in a culture? The empowerment of youth through social media.   We didn’t want this episode to be political so please, don’t take offence if you live in one of these countries. We haven’t meant to choose a favourite here, since we love both - EQUALLY! These are just some generalised observations from spending a lot of time in both places.   “I like to find differences, it gives color to life, as long as people live in peace and harmony” Mimi Ikonn - 33:30   Actually, we know there’s something for everyone in both places, but it’s not until you explore the world that you really see for yourself where YOU fit in. We really encourage you to travel and see the world for yourself, maybe your expectations and realisations will be completely different to ours but you only know if you go find out. Explore - with love and an open heart! Find resources mentioned in the show here: Greta Thunberg (Twitter) - The 16yr/o Swedish climate change activist, Pepper Pig (YouTube) - Peace and harmony for all the world.
How to Create Your Dream Business on Your Commute to Work with Nate Checketts, Founder of Rhone.
Growing up in a big family in the North-East USA, Nate Checketts always knew he wanted to create something innovative, but back then there wasn’t even a word being used for he wanted to do. He first thought he might be an inventor, but it was clear from pushing around his red-cart lemonade stand from an early age, that he also loved to sell. He’d sell anything if he could. It was inevitable he’d soon be walking the path of entrepreneurship. He tinkered around with a few failing ideas on the side of his full time job running sponsorship strategies for the NFL. One day his regular practice of journaling shed some deep understanding of what he had to do in life. While not feeling fulfilled in his role, he wrote;   “I want to lead a company that really matters, side note - that doesn’t necessarily mean I have to cure cancer”   At the same time, a Lululemon christmas present from mom - for all the family, triggered an idea; men are at a point of identity crisis right now, when it comes wearing clothes that make you feel good. This same kind of approach that was working predominantly in female branding, could be marketed at guys too. He and a few family members (having received a gift they weren’t too thrilled about) spotted the gap in the market for great quality activewear specifically for men. And NOT just a brand that is targeted purely at the athletic type, but one that could speak to every normal guy out there. The concept became even deeper when they decided to target men who want to achieve more, dads wishing to be better parents, guys open to self growth, men wishing to find purpose and work harder. Not just how good you are crossfit or how many miles you could run. They crafted something that was missing, clothes that are as comfortable as sweatpants but smart enough to wear on Wall Street.   “Everyone should feel tall, proud, and inspired, that’s when we decided to innovate, educate and inform our community that we was building. We needed to speak to the individual, other brands just weren't”   Story telling became a big part of their business startup using instagram and other social media platforms, NOT the little things like logo, name and email address, all these things that didn’t really mean much. They stood by a unique ethos; If all your clothes in the closet are clean, which ones are you picking out first - They wanted to be that brand!   Here’s what we get into on this episode. Taking the risk of dropping out of your full time job for something that is uncertain Not waiting on the idea or product being perfect before starting How two near fatal incidents nearly put the breaks on Rhone Turning what could have been a disaster into 100% commitment. The importance of focus Viewing yourself as unemployable Hiring people as crazy as yourself Getting comfortable with chaos The differences between seed investment and bootstrapping Being proud of what you do and letting the world see it   “To be successful you need have a succession of great years, To have great years you have to think about how you can have great days, you can do that with the 5-minute journal” Hope you enjoyed this week’s episode with Nate Checketts , you can find out more about him here: Rhone.com Twitter Linked in Instagram   Find books and resources mentioned here: 4-Hour Work Week - Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss Let My People Go Surfing - The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard Convertible Note  - Wikipedia description Produced by Jason Sanderson - Podcast Tech Full show notes: https://www.ikonns.com/podcast/episode18
Life of a Travel Influencer with Aggie Lal
In today’s episode Alex and Mimi are talking with a special guest Aggie Lal, AKA ‘Travel In Her Shoes’ successful Instagram and YouTube travel blogger.  Growing up in Warsaw, Poland Aggie was dreaming to travel the world, absorb different cultures and see amazing places. At 18 years old she made a life-changing step and moved to Australia alone to study English. At the same time she was working as a waitress, saving up every dollar to live out her travelling dreams. During her stay she had a major car accident, and even though it was very painful working with a broken arm, she pooled her money alongside her insurance compensation, to helped fund her journey.  After finishing her university studies, 25 years old Aggie and her ex-boyfriend found a 40 year old sailboat on eBay and bought it for $10,000. After fixing it up in Mexico, painting it blue and giving her a pretty sea name, the couple dared to sail the Pacific ocean without any previous experience. During the year of sailing, spending 185 days on the actual boat Aggie found her truth self.  “Success without fulfilment is the ultimate failure. Most people believe that when they reach a certain point in their careers, that they will instantly become fulfilled” - Tony Robbins At the beginning of this journey Aggie was driven by curiosity and ego. But this changed while on the water. Thanks to the close connection to the nature, a near-death experience and meeting people of different cultures Aggie found herself appreciating life and respecting nature more than she could have ever dreamed of.  After a year on the ocean Aggie and Chris ended their journey in front of the Sydney Opera House. Thrilled by her memories during her time on the ocean and wanting to share, Aggie started to use Instagram. Her very first posts were interviews with different women from countries she’d visited. But when she got more reaction on her outfit she had to rethink why she was there. “Creating trust with the audience is the first step before posting heavy content.” - Aggie It was 2015 she embraced the social media platforms that she’d lost touch with whilst on her travels. After a very successful video on Vine with 6 million viewers, her Instagram account started to grow to nearly 1 million followers, just by being authentic in herself and sharing her travels.  During the podcast we will also learn: Why authenticity is the key for success on social media How and why to prepare for possible failure How to start business step by step what to do if you’re staring into a wave of death Why having the right mindset is important Why living your truth self is the only way to live How keeping daily routine helps in self growth “The most attractive thing to a human being is to seeing another human in a flow state, being effortless in what they do.” - Aggie  Hope you enjoyed this today’s episode with Aggie, you can find out more about her here: Travelinhershoes.com/ Instagram YouTube Find Books and resources from this episode here: Get The Edge - Tony Robbins The Talent Code - Greatness Isn't Born, It's Grown, Here's How by Daniel Coyle Alter Ego Effect - The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life by Todd Herman The Artists Way - A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity Julia Cameron 5 minute Journal by Intelligent Change
Answering Your Questions By Alex and Mimi - [The Ikonns, EP.15]
We were happy to see you guys had sent in more great questions, Alex & Mimi give you some real deep answers… Again! We love these episodes where we get to interact with you.Here are 5 questions we were asked that we had to share our thoughts on: How do you learn to love people unconditionally, even when you don’t know them? What are you excited about when you wake up in the morning? Having gone through an internal mindset shift, how do you persevere if you’re not seeing an external change around you?   How to pick a new place to live and what about leaving my friends and family behind? How do i stop hating myself?   Wow these are all great questions, If you heard your voice on this today’s show, we appreciate your vulnerability and love you dearly for sharing.   How do you learn to love people unconditionally, even when you don’t know them?   Mimi shares her technique for seeing the best in everyone. She says “to find love in others you must find love in yourself”, “the more acceptance I find with myself, the more I can extend that to other people”. It’s possible to find love in the strangest places, even if people have done truly bad things, she says “it’s usually those people that need love the most”.   Other things mentioned that might help is meditation. Especially metta meditation, which is a practice of sending love and positive energy out to the world at moments when you feel your best.   What are you excited about when you wake up in the morning?   Alex loves this question, his morning is something that he is really passionate about, so what gets him excited? He says - “waking up… that is what gets me excited”. This is where both Alex and Mimi’s gratitude practice intersect with their morning routine. The are both thankful for life and what they have; health, eachother, Alexa and many more things. Life is precious and they celebrate their waking moments knowing that.   Having gone through an internal mindset shift, how do you persevere if you’re not seeing an external change around you?     Mimi tells us that it’s all just a matter of time. It’s like going to a gym for the first time and expecting a six-pack the next week after or planting a tree and expecting to pick an apple from it straight away. This is a lifelong adventure of developing yourself. Alex likens this to being your own inner farmer. Underneath the topsoil, there is a seed that has taken root, you can’t see it yet but something yummy is going to happen very soon. Keep watering your seeds, fertilizing your soil and be patient. Every small step is actually a big step when compounded over a huge amount of time. Remember you and the people in your environment may have already grown much more than you’re giving yourself credit for.   How to pick a new place to live and what about leaving my friends and family behind?   Most people like to stay in one place with their family and friends, that’s where it’s comfortable. Others like the idea of being global citizens. What’s more important is not to sit around wondering, or worse regret that you never expanded past your comfort bubble if this something you want to do.   The people that travel or live in different places tend to absorb culture from around them and expand the most has people. But that’s not for everyone. Make the choice for yourself and also make sure to put a process in place for keeping in touch with your family and friends.   “It’s like having a big pot of soup... living in and experiencing other cultures is like adding flavours to your soup” - Mimi Ikonn   How do i stop hating myself?   This is a deep one. The first step is being ready in yourself to make the mindset change. You can’t begin to make the change without acknowledging that this is YOUR TIME to take CONTROL over this. Reaching out and speaking to someone is the first step. So thank you Peter.   Realise that you hold the blueprint to your own happiness and feelings about yourself, now let’s start changing that negative story that you keep telling yourself. One small step at a time. A hack here is to start practicing gratitude.   Recognize the importance of being thankful for you, give respect to yourself for all the things that are going right in your life. Maybe you have your health, maybe you have a good job, a bed to sleep in at night, you’ve eaten a meal within recent hours. All these small things can be your foundation to realising things aren’t as bad as they seem, because someone out there doesn’t have these.   Yourself, you’re perfect as you are and if you want to be something better, well GREAT, that’s what we can & should all aim for. But start by loving where you’re at, not hoping that one day you might love yourself if only you could change yourself. stop comparing yourself to where you could be if you had a magic button. Love yourself now. We love you and so does other people.   Writing your thoughts down in your 5-minute journal and practicing some of our mentioned techniques, we hope, will give you a glimpse and positive motion towards an answer.   Wooohooo! We appreciate you so much. Glad we had a chance to chat with you. If you’d like to have your question in our next Q&A’s please head over to https://www.ikonns.com and press the red recording button on the home page. We can’t wait to hear from you!   Find Books and resources from this episode here: Vipassana Meditation Metta Meditation Get The Edge - Tony Robbins Bingo Theory - A revolutionary guide to love, life, and relationships by Mimi Ikonn The Charge - Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive by Brendon Burchard
A Life Changing Conversation with Jim Kwik - [The Ikonns, EP.14]
Jim Quick is one of our smartest friends and is one of the world’s leading learning experts and brain coaches. He regularly works with A-list celebrities, movie stars and learns people - how to learn more effectively.   After suffering multiple brain injuries as a child, he was named the boy with the broken brain. So he had to do one thing to fix himself, he’d become the genie of learning, instead of a wishing for more wishes, he’d grant wishes to learn how to learn.   “That boy over there is the boy with the broken brain” - Jim’s school teacher   Having suffered a second traumatic accident as he woke from a coma to einstein's face on a mug of tea, he realised that we aren’t taught how to learn, that just like a super computer we need to learn how to program it. While struggling at college, Jim found a new perspective on his broken brain when a mentor turned him onto reading a book a week. This was the moment where his poor grades at school stopped getting into the way of his education.   “If you fight for your limitations, you get to keep them” - Jim Kwik   His technique for memory development includes building a mind palace, which is a technique used by the ancient greek to remember long speeches and performances. To do this you have to implement 3 things:   Creativity - the brain learns by being an active creator, not a just consumer Imagination - making the invisible - visible, so dream big! Strategy - planning a route to get there.   Jim shares some valuable advice on why it’s important to build your memory, including; how the most successful people that get rewarded, ALWAYS remember people’s names. They know the secret; that nothing sounds sweeter to someone than hearing their own name. Try it yourself next time you’re in a coffee shop, but don’t be surprised if you end up getting a discount. People put trust in you when you use this fantastically simple technique.   Meet Jim’s M.O.M. And remember her…   Motivation - why would you want to remember anything, the importance of rewards. Observation - it’s not retention that is the problem, it’s paying attention that matters. Mechanics - The tools to remembering - diet, meditation, physical and mental exercise   Jim treats presence like giving a gift. To be present to someone’s words is like giving them a present. He says the best way to listen is to just be silent and stop thinking of how to add your own piece.   “Seek first to understand, then to be understood” Stephen Covey - 7 Habits of Highly effective People   You’ll learn Jim’s 10 key tips to super learning and high performance brain function:   Good brain diet - treat what you read and information you consume as seriously as the food you put on your plate. Killing Ants - “Auto Negative thoughts”, positive environments shape how we remember. Movement - When the body moves, the brain grooves. Brain nutrients - how eating an healthy diet can support brain function. Positive peer group - surrounding yourself with 9 smart people, you’ll become the 10th. Clean environment - a messy house = a messy mind. Sleep - Consolidate your long and short term memories allowing your brain to learn. Sleep - Clean the plaque from your brain. Clear that next day mind fog. Sleep - Dreamers are creators, the best inventions started in the land of Zzzz’s. Protect your brain - wear a helmet when riding a bike, avoid sleeping next to your phone.   Wow, Sleep snagged 3 out of 10 there, but Jim really does value sleep as a huge import role to brain health, reminding us that we dream for about 3 years of life. Imagine if you started to journal all your dreams, just how much creativity you could manifest. He shares the importance avoiding your phone for the first hour of your day, starting off small with better morning habits. He even recommends the 5-minute journal as a great way to get started in the morning.   “Technology is meant to be used, when we use technology out of habit or boredom, we have to ask which of us is being used, and who is the tool?” - Jim Kwik There’s so much here in this interview, here’s what else we get into:   Starting out your day without being wired for distraction Begin with the end in mind Speed reading tips from someone who has read a book a day for 6 years Stress management tools How consistency compounds over time Why self-love and self-care are not selfish The importance of teaching what you learn as a way to learn better Doing the difficult thing makes life easier Collective consciousness How your big life questions are probably someone else’s questions What you practice in private becomes what you’re rewarded for in public How knowledge in and of itself isn’t as life changing as you think   “If you fuel yourself on other people’s opinions, you’ll soon run out of gas” - Jim Kwik Hope you enjoyed this today’s episode with Jim Kwik, you can find out more about him here:   Jimkwik.com   Mindvalley.com   Twitter   Instagram Resources and books from this episode: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Powerful Lessons in Personal Changeby Stephen R. Covey   Power of Positive thinking - by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale   Mimi’s Morning Routine video   5 minute Journal by Intelligent Change   https://www.ikonns.com/   http://www.mimiikonn.com/   http://www.alexikonn.com/   Mimi’s Instagram Alex’s Instagram   https://www.youtube.com/mimiikonn https://www.youtube.com/alexikonn Produced by Jason Sanderson - Podcast Tech
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Comments (209)

Nikita Mulchandani

This is soo helpful ❤️

Apr 22nd
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Paula GR

I absolutely love this eyes opening podcast on improving our health! Same with brain potential podcast with Jim Kwik. thanks for spreading the knowledge and looking firward to listen to more of those podcasts :) Lots of love feom Poland💛

Apr 19th
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Bruna Medeiros

I just want to say, this episode shake me inside of my soul! Thank you for sharing to us your experience and your way to found positivity, and help us to found ours! That was really inspiring ❤️

Apr 19th
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Kamelia Sarafska

Amazing talk! Really got me to think. This quote will really stick with me 🧠❤

Apr 19th
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homebody mommy

oh my goodness I'm so happy I listened to this! I was about to approach someone and had no idea that I would be actually acting entitled. I need to reevaluate what I can bring to the table and "do the work" and then present myself. learned so much!

Apr 18th
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Abishek

Loved this podcast so much So much knowledge on a single podcast! I've always had all these questions but I never really took the time to look into the answers It's like all my health regarding questions got answered in a single podcast Thank you for inspiring me to stay more healthy :)

Apr 17th
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Natalia Żelazna

Mimi, Alex! You are bringing the greatest change to this world!

Apr 15th
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homebody mommy

"just stop thinking and start doing" I feel like this was my sign that I needed. loved it

Apr 13th
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Abishek

Another great episode :)

Apr 13th
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Tina

What was the second story he wanted to tell? hmm...

Apr 8th
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JISSELLE VIDES

great episode!

Apr 3rd
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Christine Borovkova

Спасибо большое за подкаст! Спасибо за то, что делитесь своими мыслями и опытом:) Спасибо за серию о том, как справляться со страхом. Greetings from Siberia:)

Apr 2nd
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Sam Etemad

mimi and alex you guys are amazing and I really love your podcast! please keep up the good work and thank you so much for taking the time ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Mar 31st
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Lara Fiolic

OMG, I can't express how helpful this podcast is! Honestly, all that you guys do is just incredible. My name is Lara, I live in Croatia, and I'm a psychology student. I'm a travel influencer as well, even though I prefer to say that I'm just a travel photographer. I have more than 100k followers which is not much compared to your numbers, but it was a milestone for me. The reason why I wanted to write this is the fact that this podcast made such a connection with my life! Just like Aggie I've been struggling not to think like who wants to hear or see what I do. I'm in that IG world for almost two years now; I started with it when I was 17. The reason why it was both hard and unique is the fact that I didn't use social media or even my phone before that. I had that privilege that I've been traveling with my family since I was a little kid and also though I didn't really like social media I wanted to share my adventures. Therefore, I didn't have a particular image of how it's supposed to look, and I started creating the type of content I would like to see. Now, two years I still insist on the way I want my material to be which is travel mixed with old vibes, etc. This is not that good when it comes to working with brands since most of them have similar preferences which already exist. However, I would rather be authentic than have a lot of collabs. The point was that this podcast had inspired me so much cause I can see that even someone like Aggie had similar problems. Thank you for sharing ❤❤❤

Mar 27th
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Christine Borovkova

Lara Fiolic I would love to follow you! what is your name in Instagram?

Apr 2nd
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Lanie Lenie

😊

Mar 27th
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Tejal Mumbaikar

Too good😍

Mar 25th
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Diana Kiraly

So so powerful thoughts! I am extremely happy for you guys, and for this podcast. I am exactly middle of my mental healing process. Two main strategy I follow: distressing my mind, and making daily meaning investments. ...and I am here:) Thank you for introducing an other brilliant mind to my life:)

Mar 23rd
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Katarzyna Kuzaka

Againg a great one :) Congratulations guys! I love listening you and see your points of view. I am gratefull for you putting an effort to make those podcasts. Love grom Poland, Kasia

Mar 22nd
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Maja Abazi

Todays podcast was my favorite so far.

Mar 21st
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Livia CR

loved it!!!

Mar 21st
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