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Only Human Podcast

Author: Jack Kavanagh

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In 2012 I suffered a life changing spinal cord injury leaving me with 15% muscle function but an open mind, asking new questions and igniting a newfound perspective, passion for life, health, relationships and meaningful work. As a life and wellbeing coach, speaker and pharmacist I am motivated to help others live more purposeful, courageous, fulfilling lives. Join me as I explore the journeys of people finding the magic in the messiness, everyday heroes and leaders they share insights, perspectives, beliefs, habits to inspire us to take action, be more present and to live fully.
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Dr. Colman Noctor is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist. He has worked across a range of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services both in Ireland and abroad and he has a wealth of national and international clinical experience. Colman specialises in the treatment of all emotional disorders and has a keen interest in the effects of contemporary media on child development and mental health and frequently contributes to national media on this topic. Colman is the resident Psychotherapist on The Ray Darcy Show on RTE Radio One and he is a frequent contributor to both the national broadsheet press (Irish Times, Irish Independent) and Broadcast media. He is the author of "Cop On. What it is and why your child needs it to thrive and survive in today’s world” was published in March 2015. Colman has worked in Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin and the Lucena Child Mental Health Services and St Patricks Mental Health Service. He is currently an Associate Professor in University College Dublin. He also has a small private practice in the Basin Street Centre in Naas. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe 🎤 Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ✌️ #onlyhuman #onlyhumanpodcast
A father of three, married to Annette, Declan Coyle is a Director of Andec Communications and one of Ireland’s most internationally experienced leadership training and development consultants. He is also much sought after as a conference keynote speaker. Declan has lived life on many levels, all of which have helped form his revolutionary Green Platform principles and thinking which form the bedrock for all the Development Programmes and Keynote addresses Declan delivers to Blue Chip companies, Government Departments, Sports Teams and Individuals. After school he joined the Columban Fathers who worked in many of the world’s poorest slums. His postgrad studies led him to Ottawa. After being awarded two Masters Degrees he was sent to work in the slums of the Philippines. His experience in burying thousands of babies who had died of malnutrition related diseases proved a powerful catalyst for his belief that even in bad situations we need to identify and work towards positive change. During this time he set up the Philippines Human Development Fund which for the past 35 years has been supporting sustainable food, income and educational help to the poorest families in the Philippines and later in Taiwan. He later returned to Ireland, married and pursued a path of developing teams, individuals and organisations towards empowered lives personally and professionally by showing them their freedom to choose the red or green platform in life. www.thegreenplatform.com Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe 🎤 Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ✌️ #onlyhuman #onlyhumanpodcast
Former Showtime Networks exec, Mark Shapiro, is a relationship building  expert and the founder of the LoveBomb app - the 1st ever relationship  management system and social wellness tool that brings together the  power of technology and the best of our human hearts to help you deepen  your connections, keep in touch consistently, and show up when it  matters most. From sending over 10,000 appreciation videos,  creating a simple system that helps him keep in touch with over 3,000  people per year, and giving the premiere TEDx talk on human connection  in the digital age, Mark is at the forefront of social innovation  demonstrating not only how kindness makes human sense but also business  sense. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe @evbalfe Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ️ #onlyhuman #onlyhcumanpodcast
As an Inspirational Speaker, Writer & Filmmaker Philip works  with entrepreneurs and business leaders all over the world. When people  are seeking clarity about their future or want to move through  roadblocks, seen and unseen, they call Philip. As a speaker, he has  inspired and challenged the Canadian Olympic Team and The Pentagon to  name a few. He is also the founder of the One Last Talk™ movement. He helps people get clear on who they are and  where they need to go. What separates Philip from a lot of coaches,  speakers and gurus is originality. He brings new conversations to the  table and spends an obscene amount of time thinking and challenging the  status quo, instead of simply repackaging business & life hacking  strategies. With a knack of getting into all sorts of scenarios – he’s  caddied in golf for the President of Ireland, been chased and nearly  killed by a bull elephant in Nigeria and made wine in Australia. He has  traveled to 80 countries around the globe, built an orphanage in Peru,  written 5 books despite being dyslexic and created his first documentary  film called Give & Grow. The film explores how the gift of giving  makes us feel more worthy and alive. It also explores the science behind  the impact of giving on our emotional well being, our mental health,  our physiology, and our businesses. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe @evbalfe Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ️ #onlyhuman #onlyhumanpodcast
Damien is a Counselling Psychologist  and Corporate Wellbeing Expert. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin  with a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (2015 – 2018). With previous  experience in the Corporate World myself (H&K International 2006 –  2011) he has in more recent times become the Founder and CEO of Zeminar;  the world's largest health and well-being conference for teenagers. He  is currently working with Central Remedial Clinic which is a  non-residential national centre established for the care, treatment and  development of children and adults with physical disabilities. Since  July 2019 he has worked with Spectrum Life, Spectrum Mental Health and  Laya Health. Damien is passionate about the wellbeing of workers in  Ireland with a particular interest in the stresses of high pressure  corporate life and how we go about getting a greater work-life balance. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe @evbalfe Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ️ #onlyhuman #onlyhumanpodcast
Gary McGowan is a 25-year old health & fitness enthusiast, the co-owner of Triage Method, and a current medical student. With various practical qualifications in personal training, nutrition and strength & conditioning, as well as a BSc in Physiotherapy, Gary is interested in how individuals can live their lives in the most healthful way possible. Beyond exercise, nutrition, and the behaviours we typically associate with "health", he also has a keen interest in philosophy and psychology as it relates to the pursuit of a good life. All in all, Gary's interests all convene on a common theme: "how to live well". Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe 🎤 Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ✌️ #onlyhuman #onlyhumanpodcast
Following a Spinal Cord Injury aged 23 Kirk Williams is a  C6/7 Quadriplegic. This has not dampened his spirit. Kirk makes a  living as an adventure photographer and commercial drone pilot and he  lives his life exploring the world as an adaptive vanlifer. Kirk  found freedom through building a custom camper van (the freedom pod)  and has just returned from an 8 month trip around South America. As  a world traveler, Kirk is using photography and storytelling show  people what is possible with the right attitude and help provide  wheelchairs to those people who can't acquire them on their own  otherwise. For more, follow @Impact.Overland or visit www.ImpactOverland.com Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe @evbalfe Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ️ #onlyhuman #onlyhumanpodcast
EP27 - Fiona Lennon - Fiona Lennon (Fí) hails from Mullingar. Coming from a musical town Fí is her artist name. She  began writing music at 18 and has since accumulated hundreds of songs,  only a few which she allowed to grace the airwaves. She spent time  working with Grammy nominated songwriters and has played big stages like  Electric Picnic, Whelans and Cyprus Avenue. Alongside  this, Fiona worked as a primary school teacher for many years until  completing a masters in Business and moving into a different space in a  career which can bring more variety to grow and travel. She has learned  over the years through hard times in her youth and experience of  anorexia the importance of self-love and self-development. Fí is an  advocate for fitness, reading, writing and through exploring and  expressing herself in different ways in life she has been able to  conquer the challenges of her teenage years. Her life has been coloured by a desire not to fit in one box, but to sample  and explore many areas of life by relaxing expectations and trusting  her gut to guide her.  Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe - @evbalfe  Until next time, stay well, stay curious.  Jack ️  #onlyhuman #onlyhumanpodcast
When you leave the extremes of private equity and hedge-funds for Buddhism, you can expect some exciting outcomes. After losing his son 10 years ago Justin Caffrey turned to Eastern Psychology, Philosophy & Neuroscience. A proven Multi-Business Entrepreneur in differing sectors and countries, Justin built and sold companies with seven figure exits. More recently he has turned his attention and has become an All Ireland All Star Thought Leader in Personal Development in 2019 & 2020. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by @evbalfe 🎤 Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ✌️ #onlyhuman #onlyhumanpodcast
Katie Geaney, although most commonly known in the Instagram realm as Natural Born Optimist, shares the twists and turns of her journey to becoming a High Risk Youth, Social Worker - a job her 16 year old self would be so proud of her for achieving. Katie speaks honestly about the highs and lows that came with working in front line homeless services in Dublin, and shares the powerful learnings that she gained from listening attentively to the clients who graced the service where she worked. In the midst of the current pandemic, Katie is tucked away and masked up in Melbourne. She speaks about recently turning 30 and her (not so commonly chosen) goal of spending the first year of her new decade getting comfortable with being uncomfortable in her own company. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by @evbalfe 🎤 Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ✌️ #onlyhuman #onlyhumanpodcast  #naturalbornoptimist
Shane Finn from Dingle in County Kerry is  a 28-year-old Ultra Endurance Athlete & Charity Fundraiser. Since  starting running almost 10 years ago, Shane & his team have raised over €300,000 for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, a charity very close to his own heart! Shane has  turned his passion for fitness, health, endurance & helping people  into a business now too and works full time as an Online Coach to people  from all around the world. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Castbox, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe. Until next time, stay well, stay curious, Jack :)
On October 8 2013, Brian Pennie experienced his first day clean after 15 years of chronic heroin addiction. Instead of perceiving his addiction as a failure, however, he embraced a second chance at life and went to university to study the intricacies of human behaviour. Since then, he has become a keynote speaker, a PhD student, a lecturer in Trinity College and University College Dublin, a life change-strategist, a radio presenter, and author of his recently published memoir, Bonus Time. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by @evbalfe 🎤 Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ✌️ #onlyhuman #onlyhumanpodcast  #changeispossible
Pat is an author, speaker and high performance coach who is passionate about helping people reach new levels of purpose, passion and fulfilment through movement and mindset. Setting up Pat Divilly Fitness in May of 2012 as a small fitness class on Silverstand beach Barna Co. Galway, Pat's philosophy centred around belief and belonging- instilling increased levels of self belief in clients whilst making them feel a part of a supportive community of like minded people. The philosophy resonated and within a year his cliental had grown to 500 clients at which point he brought out his first book '21 Day Jump Start' and opened his gym. At this point Pat was one of the first Irish trainers to implement 'online training' for clients around the world. Between 2012 and 2017 over 20,000 clients went through Pat's online training courses. He brought out two more books 'Naked Paleo' and 'Upgrade Your Life' and organized groups who raised over €250,000 for local charities. In more recent years Pat has emerged as one of Ireland's top speakers in the area of personal development. He regularly speaks at his own one day workshops and three day retreats as well as providing trainings in leadership, self awareness and wellness for some of Ireland's leading corporations. Outside of this work Pat is passionate about travel, mountaineering and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has scaled the highest mountains in Europe, Africa and South America. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe 🎤 Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ✌️
In many ways it's crazy to think the Only Human Podcast has reached 20 episodes. In this episode we welcome Evan Balfe, the producer, onto the mic. We explore watch the first 20 episodes has taught us, sharing our insights from each guest and what only human means to us. The Only Human Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castbox, etc. and is produced by Evan Balfe. Until next time,  Stay well, stay curious, Jack
It is hard to believe we are at the point of releasing our twentieth episode. It just goes to show what can happen in a short space of time when people come together around a mission that is bigger than them and commit. Todays episode is perhaps the most important we have released to date. Only Human Podcast is about everyday human beings, the magic each person has within and the struggles each goes through on their journey through life. We learn from everyday people who are on the journey of becoming themselves and contributing to the world. Each person shares their insight, expertise and experiences. Today's guest, Dr Hannah McCormack, is uniquely positioned to speak to some of the most important movements and topics of our time - mental health and racism. Hannah, a Sports Psychologist, is the Campaign Manager for Tackle Your Feelings, a mental well-being campaign run by Rugby Players Ireland in partnership with Zurich. We explore mental "health" through the lens of being "mentally fit" as opposed to the common connotations of speaking of mental health as being only a negative mental health topic. We explore practices for self care, flourishing and for bouncing back that bit quicker when we face struggle or burnout - all through the lens of sports, of building your team to help you get across the line and perform well in life - I love it! Hannah is Irish, living in Ireland full time aged 7 she is fully immersed in the sports, culture and life. Unfortunately Hannah and her family have been exposed to discrimination, micro aggressions and outright racism on many occasions. This is an important conversation. It is uncomfortable and that is why it is necessary. I am so grateful to Hannah for her openness and sharing her journey on for allowing us as listeners into her perspective and experience. Having conversations like this and listening from a place of openness is the beginning of the journey of taking action towards a more inclusive, understanding, respectful and fair country and world. TYF app is on the app store and playstore and is available at www.tackleyourfeelings.com Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Castbox, etc. and is produced by Evan Balfe. Until next time, stay well, stay curious, Jack
Rian Doris is the Chief Growth Director at The Flow Research Collective. Rian holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy & Economics from Trinity College Dublin and is enrolled in an MSc in Applied Neuroscience at King's College London. Rian has worked with multiple Fortune 100 companies implementing peak performance strategies in a consulting capacity. He has also led a number of research initiatives with Dr. Dan Siegel, Prof. of Psychiatry at UCLA, Imperial College London. University of Southern California, University of Zurich and Claremont Graduate University. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc and is produced by Evan Balfe 🎤 Until next time, stay well, stay curious. Jack ✌️
Rebecca Winckworth is a professional singer who has toured across the world as a soloist with shows such as Anúna, Celtic Nights, Ragús and Titanic Dance. She represented Ireland in the World Festival of Music in China 2015. She was also a special guest on Celtic Woman's project "Destiny" which was nominated for a Grammy in 2017. She is also a businesswoman and a Co-Founder of White & Green, an organic and ethical bedding and homewares brand. Having graduated with a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, she is particularly passionate about sustainability and promoting equality through the way that we consume. Rebecca has recently founded "Citizens of Song", a non-profit on a mission to unite people around the world through music. You can tune in to the first in a series of free concerts run by Citizens of Song featuring some of Ireland's finest musicians on May 31st at 8pm Irish time. For more, visit Rebecca's social channels. Website- rebeccawinckworth.com.  Twitter: @RWinckworth  Instagram: @winckworth  Facebook: RebeccaWinckworthMusic  OHP is available on Spotify, ApplePodcast, Castbox etc and is produced by the wonderful Evan Balfe Until next time, stay well, stay curious, Jack :) 
When it comes to the breath so much attention goes on the first and last breath, but what about the breaths in between. The first and last act of our lives is to breathe in and finally to breath out one last time. Returning to the breath in our day to day is a powerful anchor for checking in with ourselves. `It teaches us to be more present in our lives, more responsive over reactive and increases our awareness and objectivity.  In a world where it can be hard to catch a breath this episode explores a simple breath can teach us. Enjoy.  Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Castbox, etc. and is produced by Evan Balfe.  Until next time, stay well, stay curious,  Jack :)
A 28 year old ultra runner from Cork, Conor O'Keeffe says it as it is.  He doesn't pull any punches in how he lives his life with remarkable honesty and commitment. Formerly a Mai Tai boxer, in May of last year he won the Enduroman 200 Mile Ultra Race 2019, becoming the youngest person to finish the race. A race which hadn't had a finisher since 2016. He hasn't stopped there with a list of endurance and fighting feats to his name, most recently  raising over €30k for Pieta House by running around his patio for 24 hours. He is passionate about being an authentic example of questioning the mental demons that catch us all at times, speaking openly about both struggle, failure and triumph. Much of this episode is about his martial arts career and what shines strongest is his his spirit. But most of all Conor is one of the most decent human beings I know. He has a massive heart full of compassion and is a leader in times where many feel lost.  Enjoy. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Castbox, etc. and is produced by Evan Balfe Until next time, stay well, stay curious, Jack 
This episode explores a fresh perspective - What is beginner’s mind? It involves dropping our expectations and preconceived ideas about something, and seeing things with an open mind, fresh eyes, just like a beginner. If you’ve ever learned something new, you can remember what that’s like: you’re probably confused, because you don’t know how to do whatever you’re learning, but you’re also looking at everything as if it’s brand new, perhaps with curiosity and wonder. That’s beginner’s mind. It’s not just something you practice when you’re learning something — though dropping the “expert’s mind” and seeing the learning as a beginner is an important practice in learning. It’s something you can practice every single moment of the day (if you can remember to do so). Credit goes to ZenHabits.net and Shunryu Suzuki’s "Zen Mind, Beginner's mind" for the idea and insight. Only Human Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Castbox, etc. It is produced by Evan Balfe  Until next time, stay well, stay curious, Jack :)
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