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In this episode, we speak with Oded Barak. Having identified a need in the insurance landscape, he left a promising career as an executive in leading global corporations, to co-found his startup Five Sigma. To date, they’ve raised $26 Million USD, and dozens of insurance carriers and Insurtechs use their solution. We discuss: • The motivations of stepping outside of your comfort zone and walking away from a stable career to “hunt your own food”. • Identifying a supply and demand gap and doubling down on it. • The importance of experimenting and testing ideas, embracing uncertainty, and navigating with it as a given. • The power of agility, paying attention to feedback and not sticking to a “set in stone” plan. • What you need to consider in your go-to-market strategy. • How to work your way up to tier-1 clients for your startup. • Navigating stress. • Actively seeking blind spots. • And much more! Enjoy your listen! We’re excited to collaborate with the Israeli website CTech by Calcalist, owned by Calcalist כלכליסט - Israel's leading business newspaper. CTech is the gateway of the Israeli high-tech to the tech world and vice versa. If you’re not already a regular reader, we strongly recommend you check it out and stay up to date on all high-impact stories from the Israeli tech scene.
In this episode, we speak with Alon Gilady. He is a serial entrepreneur who is currently leading Renovai - his third technology startup. He co-founded his first startup while studying for his BA in economics and philosophy. That venture was in the sports and entertainment collectibles industry. He was able to close licensing deals with brands such as FC Barcelona, NBA, and Disney, selling over 1.5M units through retailers in Europe and the USA such as Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Tesco, and more. In 2017 he co-founded a 3D-rendering studio with ten employees. The company created virtual reality experiences for architects and interior designers. Based on the knowledge and experience gained in this venture, the idea of Renovai was born with an ambitious mission: to empower online retailers with AI to make professional design and stylist services affordable and accessible for all. We discuss: • His “impossible is nothing” mindset, and how he was able to “skip the line” and close deals with some of the world’s leading sports brands and retailers, with zero experience. • His approach to achieving moonshot goals • The power of persistence • Where luck plays in • Pro tips for cold outreach • And much more! Enjoy your listen!
'If you're an entrepreneur, you need to show me evidence that you've gotten in with these customers, and these customers are just chomping at the bit to get what you have, and they can't get it elsewhere. Because these are the companies that break through. If they can get it from a lot of other sources, you're just never gonna grow really fast, you're gonna be a small - maybe if you execute really well - a medium sized company, but you're never going to take the market.' In this episode, we speak with Steve Hoffman, also known as Captain Hoff. He’s a venture investor, serial entrepreneur, award-winning author, and CEO of Founders Space - a global startup accelerator, that’s been ranked by both Forbes and Entrepreneur magazines as the #1 incubator for overseas startups. Under his many hats, he’s constantly leveraging his vast experience to mentor and empower entrepreneurs, helping them navigate the good, bad, and ugly. He’s down to earth and has his sleeves rolled up ready to share his knowledge. We discuss: • What qualities he looks for in entrepreneurs and companies he invests in • The importance of surrounding yourself with the right people (this is a clear common theme, so many of our guests emphasize this) • Where trust plays into teamwork • His unusual career path, led by identifying opportunities and following his passions and interests • The power of listening to your heart in decision making • Identifying where your talents truly lie • When it’s time to give up • How startups fail by assuming they can create demand, something that Steve says is not possible to do. Steve says truly great entrepreneurs don't focus on “just” building a product, they’re what he calls demand hunters. • Why “humans as a service” (consultancies for example) is never a truly scalable type of business • How to recruit talents • How he navigates stress and anxiety • And much more! Enjoy listening to him! We’re excited to be collaborating with the Israeli website CTech, owned by Calcalist - Israel's leading business newspaper. CTech is the gateway of the Israeli high-tech to the tech world and vice versa. If you’re not already a regular reader, we strongly recommend that you check it out and stay up to date on all high-impact stories from the Israeli tech scene. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/home/0,7340,L-5492-580237,00.html
“When you're recording a movie, there are a lot of scenes that don't get into the final movie. The same as with your life, you kind of choose what moves the plot forward. What's the next thing that I need to be putting right now that will move this plot forward. We are the editors. We are the actors, we are the players. We are the directors. We are the everything. Right?” We don’t get to speak to as many women as we’d like to on this podcast. We’re actively working to change that. We hope that from our little corner of the audio web, we’re helping some women listeners out there tap into their own superpowers and step into their full potential. We know those are big words, but for what it’s worth, we mean them. In the meantime, when we do get the opportunity to speak to women founders through this platform, those interviews have always been powerful, leaving us with a lot of food for thought. This episode is no different. In it, we speak to Meirav Harel. With over 20 years of experience in finance, technology, and creating award-winning fintech innovation, Meirav Harel is a world-known expert inTech, blockchain, digital disruption, the future of finance and investment, and trading Interfaces. She was named "1 of the 100 most inspirational women in Blockchain", by Cryptonewspoint, 1 out of 36 “top women Revolutionizing Crypto around the world” by TechRoundUK, and listed twice on the "Women in Fintech Powerlist" by Innovate Finance UK. She lectures, consults, provides management services and in-depth research, to leading international financial, regulatory, and academic institutions around the world, is an ambassador to EWPN (European Women in Payments Network), Former Head of Strategic Innovation Technologies at BDO, and the list goes on. We discuss: • Leaving a stable job, despite being valued and enjoying it, in order to do something of your own. “Am I capable of taking a challenge upon myself and building what I see in my vision of what I can bring to the world, at a larger scale?” • The power of setting goals and stepping outside of your comfort zone • What it takes to be an entrepreneur • The difference between failing and being a failure • The almost endless potential that lies in combining different disciplines with technology • Why everyone should learn to code • The evolution and future of money • How to navigate mentally and emotionally when things get rough at a personal level • How the people you surround yourself with impact your performance, and what traits Meirav looks for in the people around her • And more! Listen to her, there’s a lot to learn from this real-life superwoman. She's been through a lot and is not afraid to be vulnerable and authentic, sharing her knowledge and hoping to empower others on their journey. We’re excited to be collaborating with the Israeli website CTECH, owned by Calcalist - Israel's leading business newspaper. CTECH is the gateway of the Israeli high-tech to the tech world and vice versa. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/bjiz00mb6c If you’re not already a regular reader, we strongly recommend that you check it out and stay up to date on all high-impact stories from the Israeli tech scene.
“My big takeaway is that planning and hustling and that whole hustle culture and pivoting and you know, just cheat sheets and get my hacks and let's just work harder? That's, to me, that's all in the rearview mirror.” In this episode we speak with Tim Ash. Among many accomplishments, he’s a bestselling author and international keynote speaker on evolutionary psychology and digital marketing. He's considered one of the founding fathers of the discipline of website conversion rate optimization (CRO). He's worked with companies like Google, American Express, Nestle, and Verizon to name a few. He’s been ranked a “top 10 online marketing expert” by Forbes magazine, and “top 15 online marketing Influencer to Watch by Entrepreneur magazine, His book “Unleash Your Primal Brain: Demystifying How We Think And Why We Act” has been endorsed by renowned psychologist Dr. Robert Cialdini. But after all of his great achievements, his conclusion is the brutal honesty that the journey will end, and the journey is just that - a journey. It’s fascinating to hear a person so released from cultural norms and evaluations - on a quest to be a professional - human being. This episode is very different, you’ll hear for yourself. Resources Get in touch with Tim: https://timash.com/ Booking Tim for a speaking Engagement: https://timash.com/for-event-planners/ Tim’s Book unleash Your Primal Brain: Demystifying how we think and why we act: https://www.amazon.com/Unleash-Your-Primal-Brain-Demystifying-ebook/dp/B08BY1WYHM The mankind project: https://mankindproject.org/ The book king, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, Robert Moore, Douglas Gillette: https://www.amazon.com/King-Warrior-Magician-Lover-Rediscovering/dp/0062506064 The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Don Miguel Ruiz: https://www.amazon.com/Four-Agreements-Practical-Personal-Freedom/dp/1878424319 The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, David Brooks: https://www.amazon.com/Second-Mountain-David-Brooks/dp/0812993268 Candide, Voltaire: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19380.Candide Don't Look Up Netflix film: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Look_Up The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Sou, Sandra Maitri: https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Dimension-Enneagram-Nine-Faces/dp/1585420816/ Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator test: https://tests.enneagraminstitute.com/orders/create
In this episode we speak with Kim Walsh Phillips, founder of Powerful Professionals. We feel it’s one of those interviews that hits you in the gut. We think many entrepreneurs and business owners are sort of workaholics by default. And this self-made woman, who was once her own slave and experienced pitfalls, now sets her own rules, and it works. So much that she’s: - Running a multiple seven-figure business coaching and education company. - The backstage secret of some of the biggest names in business, including Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank, Dan Kennedy, Harley-Davidson, Hilton Hotels and High Point University. - Shared the stage with some of the world’s leading thought leaders including Tony Robbins, Barbara Corcoran, and Gary Vaynerchuk. - Named #475 in the Inc 5000. - Best-selling author of several business books, one of which was named “a must-read by those in business” by Forbes Magazine. - Doing it all and yet making significant time for her loved ones. She’s all heart, and she came ready to add value, which we’re sure anyone listening will gain. Enjoy your listen.
In this episode, we speak with Noam Toister, CEO and co-founder of bookaway.com, a startup that helps travelers with everything to do with ground travel tickets (bus, ferry, train, you name it). In 2020 when the pandemic struck, the travel industry suffered the largest crisis in 100 years. bookaway crushed from significant revenue to tens of dollars a day. Some people are generals of peace, some of war. Noam is a general of war. Instead of closing shop, he and the team raised 35 million dollars and bought 3 companies. It’s a story of resilience, of pushing forward against all odds, and of how choosing the right investors can make or break your chances of success. Enjoy your listen!
Hey everyone, Would you agree that we become better people when we’re around other people, and ideally, meeting in person? Today’s guest certainly does. David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup - the largest platform in the world for finding and building a local community for people with similar interests. Meetup was acquired by WeWork in 2017, a year later David was selected by both WeWork and Meetup’s founder to succeed him as CEO. That move proved itself. Nowadays under David’s leadership Meetup flourishes with over 40 million members, 320,000 Meetup groups and facilitates, and around 12,000 Meetups around the world daily. David is also the author of a new book called Decide and Conquer: 44 Decisions that will Make or Break All Leaders, where he outlines the challenges leaders face when starting a new position, and then presents a decision framework he applied to overcome challenges in his own career. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University where he teaches strategic planning and entrepreneurship. He hosts the podcast Keep Connected, dedicated - you’ve guessed it - to the power of community. Prior to joining Meetup, David was the CEO of Investopedia where he tripled its revenue over a three-year period. He also served as the President of SeekingAlpha, a technology company focused on startups seeking financing, and as Senior Vice President for 1-800 Flowers. He's a fountain of experience, insights, and goodwill. We discuss: • The power of storytelling • The role mentors played in David’s life • The correlation between pain and growth • The difference between self-esteem and confidence • The significance of vulnerability • How he overcame the social anxiety he suffered from in his early years • The leadership advice he got from Jack Welch • The radical transparency David leads in Meetup as a trust enhancing policy • How he perceives the role of a CEO and the core KPIs he measures his performance with • The difference between being kind and being nice (and why you should opt for the former) • David’s decision-making framework • And much more! Enjoy our conversation - we sure did.
As a podcast about peak performance, we get a rare opportunity to speak with some truly remarkable people. And it’s not that we don’t believe every person is or can be remarkable, but some people stand out, making the impossible possible. And it seems they do so by first and maybe foremost being the best version of themselves and inspiring others to do the same. Such is today's guest. Henry De Sio has shifted the tectonic plates of human history. He’s one of the key players that helped get Barack Obama elected in 2008, serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the Obama presidential campaign, and then serving as Deputy Assistant to the President in the Obama White House for two and a half years. He’s spent many years with the social organization Ashoka. He is a keynote speaker, campaign strategist, and leadership advisor. He’s recently published a book called CHANGEMAKER PLAYBOOK: The New Physics of Leadership in a World of Explosive Change. He's engaged with the world’s leading social and business entrepreneurs, bringing his change-making framework to board rooms, newsrooms, community forums, university institutions, and governmental halls all over the world. He's helped global leaders cultivate in themselves and in others the qualities of the changemaker as he defines them: - an innovative mind - a service heart - an entrepreneurial spirit - and a collaborative outlook. In our conversation, we delve into all of that and more. Enjoy your listen.
In this episode, we speak with professor Ran Ginosar, co-founder and President of Ramon.Space, a space computing startup, developing the computer-in-Space technology of the future. Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/ran-ginosar-co-founder-ramon-space/ Ran founded Ramon.Space to manufacture and deliver computers that can fly to, and survive in outer space. Over the past 15 years, the company managed to build some of the world’s best Space computers and is a key player in the global Space industry We discuss: • Navigating a high stakes environment, dealing with multiple fronts on a daily basis • Future-proofing space computer technology so that it can be prepared for next generation innovations • The challenge of recruiting talent, and how much compensation is a factor (vs mission) • What it takes to become the best in what you do • How Ramon.Space came to be • Startup challenges • And more! Enjoy an interesting perspective from someone in a hands-on position, that you don't get to hear too often!
In this episode we speak with international businessman Jacques Benkoski , General Partner of U.S. Venture partners (USVP). Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/jacques-benkoski-bgeneral-partner-usvp/ For those who somehow didn’t hear of USVP it’s a very well known Silicon Valley venture firm that’s invested in more than 500 companies, including Box, Check Point, Mellanox, Epsagon, Guidewire, HeartFlow, HotelTonight, Imperva, Inspire Medical, Luminate, Medigate, Omada Health, Pluto TV, Trusteer, Yammer - the list goes on. We discuss his journey, perspective and experience in helping entrepreneurs execute their vision and grow into significant sustainable businesses. Some key topics we delved into: • The power of Karma • The profound significance of focusing on adding value, (always) doing the right thing and creating a deep positive impact on the people around you • What legacy truly means • Where money plays in • Why the CEO must be the one managing the board and not vice versa • And much more! Checkout the episode for some gems on what the top investors in the world are looking for in a startup, the passion that drives it all, and many other valuable insights.
In this episode, we speak with Nir Meganzi and Lynette Winter – two of Intel’s (Fortune 500) leadership coaches. Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/episode-43-nir-megnazi-lynette-winter-leadership-coaches-at-intel/ In late 2018 Lynette and Nir, two senior leadership coaches with extensive experience, were recruited by Intel's senior management to envision and create a leadership coaching program to invest in the company’s managers. For those unfamiliar with Intel, it’s the world's largest semiconductor chip manufacturer, ranked No. 45 in the Fortune 500 list of the largest US corporations. What do Nir and Lynette do? They coach Intel’s managers, helping them lead through empathy and become the type of leaders that people want to follow. For a large corporation such as Intel, accurate leadership is a necessity. But what applies on a large scale, is super relevant for any organization. At the end of the day, it’s all about human beings moving things, together. And how. Lynette and Nir are pros that know how to shine a light into the right areas and work through growing from them. You’ll immediately hear how passionate they are and how much they truly care about their mission. We discuss: • The power of truly seeing people, and meeting them in an empathetic way • The fundamental expectation of teams to be coached by their managers • The (humble) role of a manager with respect to coaching • The importance of not being a bottleneck and instead helping others unlock their ability to truly contribute. “If I’m leading a team, and I’m the one who’s that bottleneck for solving the real challenges, then the team is only as smart as I am. And that’s a problem, because if I have a team of 10 or 1,000, that team is infinitely more smart, creative, capable, than the one” • How to be self-critical and know when to not interfere and not try to fix what your team doesn’t need you to fix • Leveraging the opportunity of a challenge to help the team unpack what they’re capable of achieving • The fundamental human need for contribution • How to ask guiding questions that will help your team reach solutions themselves (and not assuming you know the answers more than them!) • The concept of PPC (production and production capabilities) • The importance of mindfulness and being present to receive what’s truly happening around you • How each decision shapes the company culture, what we say and what we don’t say • The four elements that inspire people to stay in an organization (contribution, meaning, belonging, agency) • ..and so much more! Anyone who wants to become more effective, when working with people, will hopefully find value in this unique episode. These guys know what they’re talking about, and are very practical and eager to share their knowledge. Enjoy your listen! P.S. you can find out more about Nir here: https://www.nirmegnazi.com/ and you can reach out to both via LinkedIn
In this episode we speak with Ory Weihs. He’s an experienced founder and investor. Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/ory-weihs-team-odeon-founder-of-xlmedia-investor/ He founded XLMedia PLC in 2003 and ran it for 16 years, growing it from a small startup to a London Stock Exchange listed leader. In 2020 he founded Team Odeon, which focuses on the higher education and vocational training sectors. I think all of us at the Real Life Superpowers community can relate to any doing that is focused on vocation and self-fulfilment. He’s super successful and as you’ll hear, very down to earth and modest. There's an underlying theme of serendipity in his life and openness to trying new things and taking chances. That seems like a good baseline to positioning for success. We discuss: • What it feels like to scale up to a company that’s listed in a stock exchange • Why you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of a CFO in your venture • The advantages and disadvantages of taking a company public • Lifestyle businesses, businesses that aren’t profitable for years, and everything in between • What he looks for when investing in a startup • And much more..! We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we enjoyed having it.
We think it’s fair to say that in order to be successful and live a fulfilled life, you need to change and grow. Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/peter-bregman-1-executive-coach-howie-jacobson-health-coach-bestselling-author/ Which makes this episode a valuable listen to anyone who wants to do just that, and to make more impact on the people around them. In the episode, we speak with Peter Bregman and Howie Jacobson, authors of YOU CAN CHANGE OTHER PEOPLE: The Four Steps to Help Your Colleagues, Employees—Even Family—Up Their Game. Peter is the #1 executive coach in the world, bestselling author of 5 books, and host of Bregman Leadership Podcast - a top 10 business podcast with over 1.5 million downloads. He coaches C-level executives in many of the world’s premier organizations. His work appears frequently in the Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, CNN, and NPR. He’s created and leads the #1 leadership development program in the world - the Bregman Leadership Intensive. He’s given four TEDx talks, regularly delivers keynotes. The list goes on.. Howie is an executive coach to leaders ranging from startup founders to Fortune 100 executives. He’s Director of Coaching at Bregman Partners, and Head Coach at the Healthy Minds Initiative. He’s also the host of the Plant Yourself Podcast and author of 4 more books. His writings have also appeared in Fast Company and Harvard Business Review. We discuss: • The process of co-writing a book • The huge misconception around the concept of feedback • The difference between feedback and coaching • The four steps to truly helping people WANT to change, and then actually changing • When to let go • And much more There’s so much to be learned from these accomplished gentlemen, check out the episode, we think it’s not an exaggeration to say it’ll probably inspire you to be better.
In this month’s episode, we speak with Hillel Fuld. He’s a one-man legend who’s very known in the tech landscape as a top influencer. Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/episode-40-hillel-fuld-israels-unofficial-tech-ambassador/ He’s a person that accomplished everything, by just doing what he loves and hoping that people will love what he does. He started off by literally just posting his musings online as a diary, which led him to work with the top tech companies in the world. He’s super active, leveraging his talent and passion in many areas, all with one common ground - empowering entrepreneurs and adding value: • Helping startups - he spends a lot of time mentoring entrepreneurs and tech founders. Helping them scale. Amazingly 95% of the time he spends on that front is with no strings attached. He doesn’t charge them any money. Where is the income from then? Some of those startups end up coming back offering Hillel to join them long term wise either as a paying consultant or for equity. Brilliant, right? • Writing - he writes for the Jerusalem Post, Inc Magazine, Mashable, TechCrunch, Business Insider, and more. He’s officially ranked among the top ten tech bloggers in the world. • Evangelism - he’s an unofficial ambassador of the Israeli tech landscape - leveraging his influence to help get Israeli tech founders become known and recognized globally • Public speaking - he hosts a podcast called Bootstrap and speaks on stages around the world • Collaborating with brand - he works with some of the top tech brands in the world as an influencer • Educating - he’s recently launched an entrepreneurship course • The list goes on.. We discuss: • His business philosophy - focusing on building trust rather than accumulating equity • The fundamental difference between sales and marketing • A MUST KNOW time-optimizing hack • The importance of content in any startups’ marketing strategy • A marketing tip that can truly help startups establish relationships with influencers in their industry, get website traffic and elevate their brand • Being intune with yourself and following your heart • The power of simplicity • Much more! Listening to Hillel you’ll quickly notice his elegance and how being an approachable human being can lead to incredible places. He’s living proof that empowering others while having impactful fun is a gateway to becoming the best version of yourself. Check it out
In this episode we speak with Paula Davis, Founder, and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, helping organizations prevent burnout, and build resilience. Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/paula-davis-founder-and-ceo-the-stress-resilience-institute/ She’s the author of Beating Burnout At Work: why teams hold the secret to well-being and resilience. The Financial Times recently included her book in its March roundup of best business books. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, and many more. She’s a contributor to Forbes, Fast Company, and Psychology Today. Her journey is one of self-awareness and empowerment. Having experienced burnout, she left a promising law career and started exploring the topic of well-being, burnout prevention, and stress management. She set forth on a mission to help individuals and organizations become more resilient. She’s since trained thousands of professionals, leaders, and teams in many industries, including many of the world's largest law firms, plus work with the military training more than 40,000 soldiers and their family members. She’s a walking testament of how when we’re attuned to ourselves we can be the best versions of ourselves and make an impact on the world while we’re at it. We discuss: • How to identify burnout • What entrepreneurs need to be extra mindful to • Job demands vs. job resources • The importance of being self-aware and deep self-reflection • The serendipitous way that led to her discovering the discipline of positive psychology and how her career shifted from that point on • The power of learning from what we go through as individuals and teams • Practicing resilience and building the “resilience muscle” (as opposed to just assuming resilience is an innate quality beyond our control) • Encouraging teams to celebrate small wins • ..and much more! In addition to being inspired by her journey, this interview can help leaders identify burnout in their teams, and gain practical tips on how to navigate it. And if you think that providing the likes of yoga classes for your team is the way to go, this will hopefully make you revisit that notion as the solution goes way deeper than that, and entails true awareness and devotion. We hope you enjoy your listen!
In this episode we speak with Ido Safruti, co-founder and CTO of PerimeterX, a company that provides digital threat protection for businesses and is valued at nearly a billion dollars. Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/ido-safruti-co-founder-and-cto-of-parameter-x/ The company was named number 49 on Deloitte’s Fast 500 Ranking Highlights with an incredible 3,637% Growth in just Three Years. We discuss: • His path to founding his own startup • The challenge of selling a solution in the realm of protection and prevention where the pain isn’t necessarily felt till it’s too late • How they gained their first customers and the POC process they went through • The concept of design partnerships with users as part of a validation process. “People are extremely happy to talk when you’re not trying to sell them a product, once you move over and say OK now I have a product and I want you to buy it, they’re more suspicious and care about their time. But I know for myself, if a founder calls and says ‘hey I have an idea, I want to get your perspective on it’ I’m always happy to share some time and provide feedback” • The importance of listening to your potential clients’ needs and challenges • The power of human relationships • Navigating team growth • The cost of a wrong hire • Much more! There’s a lot entrepreneurs and intraprenuers can learn from this guy, we hope you enjoy your listen!
In this episode we speak with Vik Harrison, who’s most known as the co-creator of Charity: Water, a nonprofit that provides drinking water to people in developing nations. Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/vik-harrison-charity-water-the-branded-startup/ Since it was founded in 2006, Charity: Water has inspired a movement of one million supporters from 100 countries and to date, they’ve helped 10 million people around the world get access to clean water. Vik is the brains behind the charity’s design and branding, she's played a major role in its success. She now has her own consulting firm - The Branded Startup, where she brings all her knowledge and experience to help purpose-driven entrepreneurs and nonprofits clarify their vision and tell their stories. We discuss: • The challenge of balancing family and a fulfilling career • Procrastination and overcoming fears by having faith in yourself and by setting a clear pubic deadline (which you’ll then be accountable for) • Choosing herself at a young age, and despite her family’s objection, leaving a promising career in the advertising world to join Charity: Water • The power of authentic storytelling and transparency • The importance of conveying trust, confidence and control as opposed to a desperate narrative when raising money (whether for a startup or a nonprofit) - people like to take part and invest in something successful that’s working • Warmth and competence - the two reasons we trust brands. Consider this, does your brand have warmth, does it feel human? And do you convey to your target audience that you are capable of helping them? • The importance of switching motives, at one point or another in life, from setting up our own life to contributing to the world in a bigger way • The difference between fear and dread • Not settling for vague company values and making sure to accompany values and with actionable examples that bring true meaning • Enneagram personalities • …and much more! If you’ve heard of Charity: Water - you probably already know why this episode is a gem. If you haven’t - you’re about to find out. And if you manage a nonprofit - this is simply a must listen.
Episode 36 - Lisa Sweetingham (author and journalist) In this episode, we speak with journalist and author Lisa Sweetingham. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Parade, Spin, Time Out New York, Health Affairs, and many other publications. Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/lisa-sweetingham-author-and-journalist/ Her track record includes the coverage of high-profile murder trials and Supreme Court nomination hearings for Court TV online. She’s super total ‫- in order to bring her first book Chemical Cowboys: The DEA's Secret Mission to Hunt Down a Notorious Ecstasy Kingpin, to life, she’s spent four years following in the footsteps of DEA agents and Ecstasy traffickers. Among other achievements, she’s also a contributor to the New York Times bestseller Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World, which she wrote with Scott Harrison the co-founder of charity water. We discuss: • Storytelling, journalism, and the search for truth • The power of doing work that’s meaningful to you • How having a clear mission and vision can help make self-conscious choices, what to allocate your time and attention towards • The danger in getting too comfortable “you stop growing” • ...and much more! In an era of information and content overload, she’s leading an impressive career as a peak performing creator, honing her craft and putting out content that’s truly impactful. There’s a lot that can be learned from her outlook on life. We hope you enjoy your listen! P.S. we had a technical issue on our end with our recording equipment, please excuse the poor sound quality from our end.
In this episode, we speak with Pat Dossett. Listen on RealLifeSuperPowers website: https://reallifesuperpowers.com/podcast/pat-dossett-navy-seal-and-co-founder-ceo-of-madefor/ Pat’s a former Navy Seal and Google exec who left Silicon Valley to start a business called Madefor - a company that helps people reach their greatest potential by forming positive habits through principles of Neuroscience, positive physiology, wellness, and health. As a podcast about peak performance with a goal of inspiring people to tap into their true potential, we think this interview can not be more relevant. Madefor believe a better world starts with a better you - what a great mission. We discuss: • What Madefor is all about, and how we actually can rewire our brain over the course of our lifetime. • The power of small consistent steps done over time. • Some of his insights from his challenges as a former navy seal (for example how the right mindset can make what appears to be impossible - possible). • The correlation between peak performance and positive psychology. • Breaking everything you do in life into small purposeful, consistent steps, and adopting a humble mindset of “crawl, walk, run”. • The idea of a growth mindset: “when we get uncomfortable, when we find ourselves stressed or when we find that we’re having to navigate a challenging circumstance, or we’re trying to work hard to unlock problem, that feeling that we get, that resistance to the progress, isn’t a sign of us being incapable of achieving the thing we want to achieve, rather it’s a sign of ‘this is what it feels like to move towards our goal, this is what it feels like to progress, to grow stronger, to get better and if you can map that effort and that resistance and make that a positive or frame that in a positive light, very quickly you understand that it’s hard because it’s a sign you’re achieving something”. • Focusing on process and not outcomes. • A mission-focused mindset - evaluate everything you do under the lens of its potential contribution to the mission at hand while recognizing you’ll never have 100% certainty. • The OODA loop - the cycle of “observe–orient–decide–act”. • The importance of continuing to learn. “The people that have done the most, that their opinions hold a lot of weight, are the ones that never stop learning, that are always trying to figure out how ‘how can I be better? what’s different? what’s changing?’. And those that are very rigid and hold on to dogmatically ‘this is the way it’s done, it’s the way it’s always been done’, are generally people that are really dangerous to have on a team”. • Much more! Hopefully, this episode will help you become a better you! Enjoy your listen!
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