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The Formula Podcast shares Trevor Carlson's experiments, experiences, and conversations around designing a fulfilling life. Trevor shares his own journey of designing a fulfilling life on his terms. This show is for you if you’ve ever thought there was more out there than just the pursuit of the American dream, buying a bigger home, sacrificing your personal life or health for the next promotion, or adding more zeros to your bank account.
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It's been a long time since I recorded anything.Getting ready to start dropping episodes like they are hot so get caught up on where I've been with covid-19 and my recovery.Take care and see you guys soon!theformulapodcast.comInstagram: @theformulapodcastFacebook: The Formula Podcast
Today’s episode covers loss, faith, perseverance, and giving back. Since losing his son Eli after a four-year battle with neuroblastoma and leukemia in 2008, Aaron Horn has devoted most of his life to volunteering for nonprofits fighting childhood cancer. Through his faith, blogging, and learning to “not sweat the small stuff,” Aaron persevered through one of the most difficult times that a parent could ever go through. He believes that giving back is a personal decision, but when you volunteer for something you are passionate about, it can be a rewarding and transformative experience.In this episode, Trevor and Aaron will discuss:Aaron’s storyHow did it change your perspective?Faith and blogging“Don’t sweat the small stuff”“Eh, it could be worse”What is life like in the cancer ward?Memories of EliHow do you persevere through the hardest of times?How to get involved volunteering 18:31 When a child passes away, there’s a lot of different ways people handle that situation. Some people just want absolutely nothing to do with the world of childhood cancer ever again because it brings too much pain and hurt, and then there are people who really want to continue on the fight and raise money for research and try to make sure that this doesn’t happen again to more kids. And I’ve learned that all of those reactions are okay.19:08 I’d say the biggest thing that I learned is ‘don’t sweat the small stuff.’ It’s not that big of a deal. 22:57 It is definitely normal to just lament when something bad happens to you or when something isn’t going exactly your way. I think we’re mostly just selfish people by nature… so you have to actively think when something bad happens, “Eh, it could be worse.” It’s super simple, but it’s very true.37:52 It’s hard for somebody going through something very painful to immediately say, “Well, it could be worse.” Because at the time, it doesn’t feel that way. Maybe not even just talking about small stuff, but big stuff, like people who are sick or people who have been diagnosed with cancer or lost their loved one. That is a big deal. It really just depends on a person’s situation and what they have as far as a community or group of friends. If you have anyone that you can confide in and talk to… [don’t] just keep it all in and actually share with someone that you can trust.42:04 When you’re looking at “How can I give back?” or “What can I do?”, look at the things that you’re passionate about and you care about.  VolunteerMatch - “match[ing] inspired people with inspiring causes”:https://www.volunteermatch.org/Buy merchandise to support Aaron’s non-profit, Beat Cancer Today:http://beatcancertoday.storenvy.com/products
After being given a life-changing diagnosis of stage four esophageal cancer, Matthew Manuel came to a bizarre revelation - that he didn’t have to worry about changing his career anymore. Since the diagnosis, he’s put one foot in front of the other and charged ahead, changing his career and choosing to live for himself instead of the approval of others. On this episode, Trevor and Matthew discuss:Millennials in the workplaceHow has your perspective changed about your career?Making a major career changeDo people know what makes them happy?The role stress plays in happinessGreed – “a disease worse than cancer”Living and surviving with cancerTime as currency – spend it intentionallyEmotional debt-to-income ratioWhat should your biggest goal in life be?
Eric Engelmann is the founder of Geonetric Executive Director of the New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo), and the Iowa Startup Accelerator in Cedar Rapids, IA. He also recently returned from a long-term travel excursion with his wife and two children. In today’s show, Eric shares his thoughts about how his trip affected him and his family, how to combine your passion with your work, and how to determine if entrepreneurship is the right choice for you.Today we will discuss:Challenges of adapting to long-term travel with othersWhat were you most surprised about during your travels?Professional observations abroadEntrepreneurship around the globeHow did you change from your experiences?How to ‘find your passion’Who should NOT be an entrepreneurAdvice for entrepreneursWhat drives you?Quotes6:13 As we traveled, the feeling of safety that I had originally feared never came back again. I never felt unsafe anywhere once we had dealt with the fact that we were gone from home.9:53 [At home] you have your routines, you have your places, you have your favorite easy chair, you have the TV show you know that’s coming on that you like to watch, and it dominates. But when you’re in [another] country... in a good way, it ruins the dynamic that you have at home and makes you interact in different ways that I think are very powerful.22:30 Americans have a tendency to believe that they’ve automatically got the answer, that they’re the best, and that everybody else aspires to be just like the US. It’s a national arrogance thing - we grew up with it... and then you go travel and realize that nobody does. There are ways that people do things in other countries that are as good or better than what we do, and they’re not pining to be like us at all.27:06 When we came back, I noticed that [my kids] were very proud that they were Americans, but I felt like they were also suddenly, clearly aware of where America was not everything it needed to be and there were places where it could be better. That was one of the reasons we took the kids on this trip at all.32:04 Picture a Venn diagram of what you’re passionate about, what you can do to provide for your family, and the lifestyle you want. Some people are going to have them very closely overlapped... others will be less fortunate. But I think there are options to move where there’s overlap... and to the extent that you can find it, I absolutely think you should.35:20 The idea that you can get started on something and start down a path and find opportunity along the way is more important than the plan that takes you there... you bump into it, you try something and then keep going.48:08 The most important thing that I tell almost every entrepreneur is the ability to step away from what you think the answer is and let data drive your decision making. This is one of those things that’s the equivalent of “eat less and exercise more to be healthy.” Everyone hears it, but nobody knows how to make it a normal thing to do.57:08 Learn how to trust people. As an entrepreneur, it’s often a lonely game... you’ve trained your mind to think that inertia and movement are because of you when it’s really not. In the beginning, it’s about backing an individual. But when it gets any movement at all, it’s about backing a company - and a company means that there’s many people trying to accomplish the same goal.1:02:50 Leave with a question. Go on a trip with a question that you’d like to come back with the answer to. You’ll wrestle with it while you’re awake and asleep thinking about how to do it.
Feedback. How do you ask for it? Who do you solicit feedback from? Personally, I consult my good friend and mentor Dr. Árpád Rózsás, a civil engineer I met in the Netherlands last fall. He believes that learning to process feedback in the right way can help you grow more than you thought possible. In our conversation, Dr. Rózsás also gives advice on how to live more rationally.In this episode, we will discuss:Dr. Rózsás’ natural way of providing feedbackHow do you give feedback in a helpful way?Listening to the receiverPutting on a persona vs. Being true to yourselfDo you take pleasure in delivering harsh feedback?How to respond to harsh criticism“Unsolicited Advice”How taking feedback has changed TrevorTurning feedback into action itemsLiving rationally/life goalsQuotes5:39 “My natural way of giving feedback is solely focusing on the negative things. Basically, starting from the assumption that you are probably aware of the positive components and you are probably unaware of the negative ones - otherwise you would have changed it.”14:29 “After the feedback part, I think it’s a crucial component to listen to the receiver because [they] want to know why.”22:09 “Just do it as objectively as possible and do it as clearly as possible, without focusing on the particular person but instead focusing on the content.”25:45 “The caring component is there, but the strongest component is to say, ‘This is [how] I would expect others to behave towards me...’ And if I expect this for myself, I will give this to others as well.”30:00 Express your appreciation [for harsh feedback]. It is a sign of caring. It is always going to be obvious if that feedback, even if it’s harsh, is thorough and well-thought-through... take your time and try to understand why that person is writing that thing and analyze whether the person is right or wrong... and ask questions.”36:05 It’s going to be shameful in the beginning because “I was not good enough to do it correctly” or “I messed it up.” However, [you can] look at it from a [different] perspective - “Now I have the opportunity to do it better, rather than keep going on with the incorrect way of doing it.”58:58 “If you base your actions and goals on things that you cannot fully convince yourself are true... then you will give up on those things. If you are critical about what you do, then it will only be reason and rationality which can guide you.”59:42 “Goals should be set based on something else that’s subjective, based on yourself and your personal desires. But how to achieve those things and how to decide what should be the next step cannot be based on anything else but reason - otherwise, you are risking potentially wasting your life.”1:02:27 “What are the typical desires and aspirations in your community and how do they compare to another community on the other side of the globe?”
If you’ve ever lost a pair of headphones, you know the feeling - a short burst of frustration followed by the realization that you won’t be able to block out distractions anymore. In the Netherlands, I lost my headphones. But it didn’t bring me down - it raised up my creativity. Sometimes, in order to achieve clarity and true productivity, we need to lose our headphones or our biggest distraction. In today’s world, it’s easy to become a workaholic and pursue that #grind - but does that help us create a more fulfilling life?  Today, I’ll be sharing a brief story about the things I learned from the time I lost my headphones while crashing in the Netherlands.Quotes2:04 [Losing my headphones,] I felt very present - I felt like I was actually there, instead of my face being in my phone or my mind wandering to other places as I heard someone talking aboutthe latest marketing hacks or travel hacks.”3:28 You and I live in this world where we have constant bombardment of what I’ve heard called productivity porn’ - videos and articles glorifying working to the point of killing yourself; addictive learning... and then it’s like the 24-hour consumption of Netflix, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and on and on... and things that tap into [our] precious time.4:27 Spending all this time constantly learning, constantly thinking, constantly on - it really becomes counterproductive.4:47 Losing my headphones and being brought back to reality was a nice reminder of how easy it is to fall into the workaholic trap. It becomes a way to feel important when you have to say, “Man, I’d really love to, but I’m working.” Or posting on Instagram #LivetoGrind.5:14 To increase focus and create space for my work, [I]: 1. I take breaks, 2. I take space to think things through and process things, 3. I step away for a while on non-productive things, 4. I recognize when I need to recharge or call it a day when it becomes counterproductive to keep working6:18 I know you want to be the next GaryVee or whoever the productivity ‘flavor of the week’ is, but why should you sacrifice being you and the relationships you have, and really just your health in the process? Our hobbies and extracurricular activities define us as much as our hustle.
Maggie Doyne of BlinkNow is called a hero by many, but in her eyes, she’s just a compassionate, normal person looking to improve the world, one person at a time. Before co-founding BlinkNow, an organization that supports children in rural Nepal, Maggie chose to take a gap year - forgoing college - to travel the world and learn more about herself. In Nepal’s Kopila Valley, she found her calling. And in Maggie’s words, “it felt easier to stay and do something than to turn around and go home.”Today we will discuss:Maggie’s journeyQuestioning ‘the system’What pushed you?Dare to be differentWhy Nepal?What motivates you?Your inner guideMaking change (as a “normal” person)What’s next?LINK TO DONATE TO BLINKNOW!>>>>>https://my.blinknow.org/give/145473/#!/donation/checkout <<<<<Quotes:9:12 “I started to question the system - this system that had been ingrained and shoved down my throat from the time I was 7, 8, 9 years old that to be successful you had to go to college. And when you really dig into that in US culture - look at college prices. They’re hundreds of thousands of dollars. We’re sending young people to go on this journey of self-discovery that costs so much money... and I just started to look at it and be like, ‘What? That’s going to help me?’”10:02 “I remember when I started to talk about the idea of traveling and taking off for a year, my guidance counselor called me down to the office and told me I was making a huge mistake. She was like, ‘This is a mistake, you should go to college.’ And right when she said that... it just made me question it even more.”12:21 “We’re afraid in [our] culture of doing anything different. And I think that the first step for me, as an 18-year-old, was saying, “No - I’m going to take a step aside for a second.” That was the gap year, and at the time, I think it was really brave.”17:16 “I looked across a riverbed and saw a few dozen children breaking rocks... [and] I just locked eyes with this little girl... She smiled at me and she said, ‘Namaste didi,’ and it just stopped me in my tracks... to see a baby, a five-year-old whose entire day consists of taking rocks from a riverbed and breaking them with hopes to sell them for a dollar to survive. That was it. At that point, it felt easier to stay and do something than to turn around and go home.”23:20 “We can’t just see things [like] violence and children suffering and turn the other way. That’s the issue right now in the world - there is so much... and I think what guided me in those early years was intuition and this feeling inside of myself that said, ‘This is it.’”25:07 “Listen to [your] inner guide. Where is that connection happening? Where is the synergy? And then go for it. It doesn’t have to be this big step... [the world] needs everybody where they are, little-by-little, step-by-step, digging into these issues, being a voice, being an advocate.”30:42 “People look at me and they think that I grew up in a teepee and was going and doing all of these special things and Mother Teresa was my idol, and all of these assumptions. [But] the number one thing that people say when they meet me is, ‘You’re so normal.’ And I love that. There’s so much room for those of us who are normal.”32:41 “[You can be] donating your time, serving on a board, giving your skill, donating goods, finding 10 nonprofits in the area that you’re passionate about... There’s a place for everyone and the most important thing is just to realize that you matter.”39:53 “I feel that we consume and buy more and get jobs to survive and to protect our own and put up fences to protect what we choose to care about and control what we can control. And it’s hurt us. And it’s been to th
Am I Lonely? - #101

Am I Lonely? - #101

2019-10-1112:50

On this episode of the Formula podcast, Trevor Carlson shares his thoughts to the question, "Are You Lonely While You Travel Alone?"Tune in to hear how Trevor answers.To listen to more episodes head to theformulapodcast.comPatreon: Coming soon!Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @theformulapodcast
Episode #100 is a bit of a role-reversal, as guest interview Cat Cantrill sits down with Trevor Carlson, the dude behind The Formula Podcast. In the past two-and-a-half years creating the podcast, a lot has changed in Trevor’s life. This episode digs deeper into Trevor’s backstory, his motivations for creating the podcast, travel experiences, and what’s next for the podcast. Trevor also reveals his own personal ‘formula’ for a fulfilling life for the first time.In this episode we will discuss:Swing dancing in BangkokTaking the jump (at your own pace)What drove you to start The Formula Podcast?Trevor’s goals and future plansUnsuccessful interviews/building your personal brandWhat’s next for the podcast?Advice for aspiring world travelersHow have you changed/what were you like in high school?Trevor’s 7-part personal ‘Formula’
In this episode, Trevor sits down with Dr. Árpád Rózsás shares his thoughts and views on the art of gift-giving, more specifically giving without expecting anything in return. He has coined this practice as a “Kofola Gift,” and explains why this type of giving is to be cherished and used in our daily lives.In this episode we will discuss:The concept of giving without expecting gratitudeHow language affects our mindPracticing giving gifts forward to othersHow society shapes our behaviors and outlooksInherent traits that we are born withQuotes:“The core concept is you don’t expect as the giver any gratitude. Even more, you are offended when someone is grateful... The reason is basically when someone is telling you thank you for the gift, that person is implying that you are expecting this. And you are expecting as the giver some sort of hierarchy, you expect your gift to be thanked and you also want the other person to show that you are superior to that person.”(5:30)“It’s really hard to be taken advantage of when you have no expectations in return.”(25:24)“You can practice this Kofola gift giving with strangers, but for me it’s usually an intimate act. So I do this with someone I feel close with. So in that case, the likelihood that someone would take advantage is lower.”(25:37)“This old concept and way of giving, this way of sharing without expecting anything in return is part of human nature. More specifically it is genetically coded...it’s something within us and is not artificial.”(26:10)Links:The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm:https://www.amazon.com/Art-Loving-Erich-Fromm/dp/0061129739Sponsors:LadyBossLadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607LiquidWebLiquidWeb offers e-commerce solutions to help get your online shop up and running! Check out their website and use the promo code below to obtain your shop’s start-up discount:https://www.liquidweb.com/LiquidWeb Promo Code: Formula33
In this episode, Trevor shares previous guests advice on designing their optimal day. By maintaining good habits and sticking to a schedule, these six entrepreneurs give advice on leading a successful personal and work life.In this episode we will discuss:Habits that enable having a productive and interesting dayMaintaining a solid routine and managing our timeTaking care of our bodies by exercising and eating wellMeditating regularly and taking care of our emotional/intellectual statesPerforming at an optimal level and planning our weeks outQuotes:“Having that anticipation, having that novelty [in your routine]. It really does kind of jolt you out of any autopilot you may find yourself drifting into. I like finding myself at the end of the day knowing that I’ve done a lot... Being able to look back and remember the moments and not feeling like my day just disappeared and not knowing where it went.” –Colin Wright(4:08)“I think you really have to compartmentalize your time. I do what is called time blocks- it doesn’t matter what else is really happening. I’m going to do that activity during that time. ” –Andy Anderson(9:34)“I read excerpts from books to gain wisdom to remind me of the man I want to be...It’s really about getting ready for my morning. Taking care of the machine, the body, the mind, the intellectual state. And putting myself in the best possible situation that A. Have a great day and B. Be able to serve the communities that I want to serve. That’s how I start my day every day.” –Tommy Breedlove(11:16)“I’m very strict with my schedule. I schedule each pocket of time in the day of what needs to get done...If you just wing it each day- I used to be the one who winged it each day and I never got anything done. I was making minimal progress in a million directions when I just winged it. Once Istarted getting more intentional about scheduling the things that matter most, shit got done.” –Scotty Russell(15:57)Links:Colin Wright Blog:https://exilelifestyle.com/Colin Wright Website:https://colin.io/DJ Moods Website:https://partyflock.nl/en/artist/86164:MoodsJohn “Andy” Anderson Professor Profile:https://business.uni.edu/faculty-staff/andy-john-andersonTommy Breedlove Website:https://tommybreedlove.com/Scotty Russell Website:https://www.perspective-collective.com/Sponsors:LadyBossLadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607LiquidWebLiquidWeb offers e-commerce solutions to help get your online shop up and running! Check out their website and use the promo code below to obtain your shop’s start-up discount:https://www.liquidweb.com/LiquidWeb Promo Code: Formula33
Imposter syndrome can be described as a mental pattern of self-doubt. In this episode, Trevor explores the crippling feeling of fear when we doubt ourselves and how to avoid these negative emotions. By thinking in the long-term and considering our future selves, we can learn to make better decisions in the present that will ultimately allow us to achieve our goals.In this episode we will discuss:Imposter syndrome and underestimating ourselvesLearning to take others’ advice when neededSelf-doubt and how to address these feelings Planning for the future and thinking long-termQuotes:“I had no idea what the hell I was doing, as many of my early friends along the way would tell you, and I wasn’t the best at listening to other’s advice. I thought I needed to figure things out on my own and that thinking caused a lot of poor preparation and headaches I could’ve avoided.”(3:50)“Instead of hesitating or thinking my way into paralysis like before, I think of what my values are and the future I would like to live. Is what I am about to do going to get me closer to that or further away?”(4:34)“It truly does not matter how bad we are today, only that we think and act long-term. To put our art or skills into practice every day so we can earn the right to be great in the future.”(6:08)“It’s not easy when we struggle with imposter syndrome or whatever term that you give it. We can all use a little bit of support from those people around us who see us creating our work. At the beginning, especially when things aren’t the best, a little encouragement can go a long way.”(6:36)Links:Trevor Email:Trevor@formulapodcast.com Trevor’s Blogpost on Imposter Syndrome:https://medium.com/@trevorcarlson/am-i-good-enough-88b877f54ce2Sponsors:LadyBossLadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607 LiquidWebLiquidWeb offers e-commerce solutions to help get your online shop up and running! Check out their website and use the promo code below to obtain your shop’s start-up discount:https://www.liquidweb.com/LiquidWeb Promo Code: Formula33
In this episode, Trevor discusses his thoughts on the hospitality he experienced from locals and strangers while traveling through Albania. Although this kind of hospitality may not be common throughout every country, Trevor reflects and asks how we can practice this act of generosity in our own neighborhoods.In this episode we will discuss:Kindness and hospitality from locals while traveling abroadThe tendencies of strangers from urban versus rural areasThe difference of the levels of hospitality between different countriesPaying kindness forward and not being afraid to help strangers in needQuotes:“Hospitality is defined as the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers. Albania has been the definition of this hospitality. It feels as if most locals make it their purpose to make you feel at home while visiting their beautiful country. They don’t have much, but they’re willing to bend over backward to make sure that you’re taken care of.”(2:52)“I’ve stewed on this question the past few days and asked myself if I would show this type of hospitality to strangers too. Before I’d experienced something like this, the answer is probably not. Reasons like -fear of strangers or just being too busy to help- run through my mind, but the question I have is, how does this mindset change? How can we bring home some of this Albanian hospitality?”(4:51)“Maybe it’s going out of our way to help strangers who are lost or inviting our neighbors over for dinner and sharing a delightful meal. Or being less afraid of people we don’t know so we can share experiences with people who are likely very similar to us. Or maybe it is simply being kind to someone on a day where they just need a friend.”(5:15)“The main thing I’ve learned is that I can choose to be more hospitable wherever I go and bring a little piece of Albanian hospitality with me. Can you? What else can we do to bring hospitality back to our own neighborhoods?”(5:40)Links:Trevor Email:Trevor@formulapodcast.comTrevor’s Albanian Hospitality Blog Post:https://medium.com/@trevorcarlson/how-can-we-be-more-hospitable-6ddd866e18edSponsors:LadyBossLadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607LiquidWebLiquidWeb offers e-commerce solutions to help get your online shop up and running! Check out their website and use the promo code below to obtain your shop’s start-up discount:Formula33
From 1992-1996, Bosnia suffered through a heavily armed conflict that shook the roots of the region for years to come. In this episode, we focus on the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and the effects of the Bosnian War both during and after. Our guest in this interview now goes by the name of Zero One, a code name used by Zero One’s father during the war in order to conceal his identity. As a young child, Zero One grew up in a war zone which he describes as a “full on apocalypse.” When the war ended, Zero One wanted to educate the world about the gruesome reality he and his countrymen experienced for years. By opening up the only war hostel the world has known, Zero One hopes the world will not forget about the terror that war can bring to a once peaceful society. This war hostel, a very unique and solemn project, offers a time travel back to days of the Bosnian War. Here, you are able to tour the frontlines of the battles and see the fallout that occurred. This simulation portrays a day in the life of the war, when many citizens slept on the floor, had no electricity or running water and was under constant gunfire. In this episode we will discuss:The outbreak of the Bosnian War in 1992Zero One’s inception of the war hostel to simulate warThe struggle of living during a war and the necessary adjustments The unique perspective that the war hostel offersLearning to appreciate and be grateful for post-war lifePutting our values and opinions into perspective Protecting and helping your neighbors and family in times of needAllowing yourself to do what you enjoy and never giving upQuotes:“The war was this huge conflict that kicked the city back into the Stone Age. It was a full on apocalypse. No water, no food, no internet at the time. No connection with the outer world. There was no electricity, no gas. It was just this prison that you’re living because the city is blocked and you’re getting shot at from all sides… Life came down to survival… and we managed to survive.”(4:26)“We want to leave an impression on everybody who comes here and we want to bring them closer to the story… [Because] this was our reality for four years. We had no chance to escape it.”(11:06)“Everything is a second chance. You start appreciating things, you start looking at things in a different light. It’s with a lot of respect towards life.”(20:24)“Everyone fights their own battle. Why did you come to the conclusion that certain things matter and other things don’t? Because you fought your own battle and you’ve lost, but you gained at the same time this knowledge. That’s a philosophy, that’s life. It’s growing up and part of being an adult.”(22:24)“You’ve got to suffer in life if you want to grow as a person.”(24:57)“You want everything to be exactly how you ordered it? Exactly how you pictured it to be? You seek perfection? Life is not perfect! People make mistakes. Enjoy what you have.”(28:01)“No matter how bad the day gets, a new one is coming.”(39:51)Links:War Hostel in Sarajevo:https://warhostel.com/Trevor’s War Hostel Blog Post:https://medium.com/@trevorcarlson/moments-that-define-us-8ac0e3d2334Sponsors:LadyBossLadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607
In this episode, Trevor goes into detail about his experience when staying at the war hostel in Sarajevo, Bosnia. This hostel offers an unconventional stay to the curious traveler by simulating the siege of Sarajevo, a grim conflict that took place during the 1992-1996 Bosnian War. While Sarajevo was under constant artillery and sniper fire during the Bosnian War, this hostel duplicates and echoes the sounds of gunfire that the citizens endured during the night and day. With no water at the hostel and sleeping on the floor, Trevor’s story begins and ends with reflections on his own life and encourages gratitude for all who have never experienced the horrors that war can bring to everyday life.In this episode we will discuss:Moments that shape our lives and our reactionsTrevor’s experience while staying at the Sarajevo war hostelPracticing gratitude and appreciating what life has to offerBeing brave and choosing the good during times of war and afterQuotes:“All of our stories end the same way and it is our job to write the middle. To create the crescendo that is our life, that way when we arrive at the end of our story we can look back and smile.” (5:24)“How can anyone desire war when you see the suffering in the eyes of the people who survived?” (9:58)“These moments, the good and the bad, and what we choose to do with them are what define our lives. We get to choose.” (11:08)Links:Trevor’s Blog Post, ‘Moments That Define Us’:https://medium.com/@trevorcarlson/moments-that-define-us-8ac0e3d2334Sarajevo War Hostel Website:https://warhostel.com/Cheryl Strayed’s Website:http://www.cherylstrayed.com/Cheryl Strayed’s Book “Wild”:http://www.cherylstrayed.com/wild_108676.htmSponsors:LadyBossLadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607LiquidWebLiquidWeb offers e-commerce solutions to help get your online shop up and running! Check out their website and use the promo code below to obtain your shop’s start-up discount: https://www.liquidweb.com/LiquidWeb Promo Code: Formula33
Currently, the Associate Director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Laurie Watje coaches students who want to start their own business or become entrepreneurs. As a mentor and counselor, Laurie advises her students thoughtfully but ultimately encourages them to find their own way in the business world. In this episode we will discuss:Customer discovery and how to successfully establish a baseValue proposition and solving a problem with a startupCreating a business plan in the competitive entrepreneurship worldUnderstanding which decisions are worth the riskQuotes:“You better be sure that [entrepreneurship] is truly what you want to do for the rest of your life. But know when to say no- know when to quit. It’s not for everyone. If you don’t like risk or uncertainty then this is not your path. This is not what you should be doing.” (5:57)“If we didn’t have stress we wouldn’t be alive. Stress is part of life- it’s how you handle stress. And you also have to put it into perspective and say, ‘What’s the worst thing that could happen?’And if you can handle that, you’re going to be okay.” (8:06)“Don’t be afraid to be yourself...Don’t worry about pleasing other people. Be true to yourself.” (10:52)Links:Laurie Watje UNI Professor Profile: https://business.uni.edu/faculty-staff/laurie-watjeLaurie Watje Johnpappa John Profile: https://jpec.uni.edu/laurie-watje“All In Startup” book by Diana Kander: https://www.amazon.com/All-Startup-Launching-Idea-Everything-ebook/dp/B00JUUZP92Sponsors:LadyBossLadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607LiquidWebLiquidWeb offers e-commerce solutions to help get your online shop up and running! Check out their website and use the promo code below to obtain your shop’s start-up discount: https://www.liquidweb.com/LiquidWeb Promo Code: Formula33
Currently, the Associate Director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Laurie Watje assists students who want to start their own business or become entrepreneurs. As a mentor and counselor, Laurie advises her students thoughtfully but ultimately encourages them to find their own way in the business world. In this episode we will discuss:Helping students who want to be entrepreneurs or start a businessThe importance of finishing university with a degreeHow to help students while letting them find their own wayQuotes:“You are the only person that can take care of yourself.” (6:42)“What are your long term goals? Where do you see yourself 10 years from now, 20 years from now? What does that life look like and who is part of that life?...The quicker you can learn these lessons, the easier life is going to be.” (7:20)“If someone wants to be successful right off the bat, I think being about to have the initiative to go after it and make it happen but really have that teachable kind of spirit and be willing and open to receiving advice and guidance, you will probably avoid more mistakes.” (9:08)Links:Laurie Watje UNI Professor Profile: https://business.uni.edu/faculty-staff/laurie-watjeLaurie Watje Johnpappa John Profile: https://jpec.uni.edu/laurie-watjeSponsors:LadyBossLadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607LiquidWebLiquidWeb offers e-commerce solutions to help get your online shop up and running! Check out their website and use the promo code below to obtain your shop’s start-up discount: https://www.liquidweb.com/LiquidWeb Promo Code: Formula33
Swing dance instructor Amélie Barrande has been teaching Lindy Hop dancing for over seven years. As one of four teachers at the Jazzy Feet School in Paris, her passion for dance inspires her students to continue practicing their moves on the dance floor.Aside from teaching, Amélie is also an accomplished fashion designer. Her shoe company  Swivels has been operating and selling internationally for a year and a half and focuses on shoes for dancers that are stylish and efficient for dancing. In this episode we will discuss:Becoming a swing dancer and the challenges behind itThe start of Amélie’s international and successful shoe company SwivelsThe process of creating a stylish/ergonomic shoe within the fashion industryTeaching and learning methods within swing danceImproving dancing skills and connecting with your partnerThe origins of swing dance in Harlem, New York City in the 1930sQuotes:“I think if you are conscious and aware of your difficulties then you are probably going to be better than all of the people who are not aware of their difficulties. Most people assume they are good dancers so they don’t really listen to what the teacher has to say... when you are aware, then you listen. This is how you get better.”(16:41)“The most common mistake that I see is that people think they are dancing alone. This is a dance that you are supposed to dance with a partner. You’re not supposed to just lead or just follow, you have to really connect with the person you are dancing with and be aware of this person.”(17:37)“Sometimes it’s like love at first sight. You just do one step and you connect with that person right way. And this is what is absolutely magical in Lindy Hop dancing. I really love this sensation!”(20:25)“No one can honestly be bored in dancing. That is not possible, even if you are a beginner. You will always have something to practice.”(26:44)Links:Jazzy Feet Website:https://jazzy-feet.com/frJazzy Feet Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/jazzyfeet.schoolSwivells Swing Dance Shoes Website:https://swivells.com/enSwivells Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/swivells.shoesSwivels Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/swivells/Sponsors:LadyBossLadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607LiquidWebLiquidWeb offers e-commerce solutions to help get your online shop up and running! Check out their website and use the promo code below to obtain your shop’s start-up discount:https://www.liquidweb.com/LiquidWeb Promo Code: Formula33
As one of the teachers at the Groovy Cats swing dance studio in Prague, Czech Republic, Anastasia Feoktistova always encourages her students to be themselves and to never fear the difficulties they may encounter when starting out as a novice in swing dance. Originally from Russia, Anastasia now travels internationally to teach the art of swing dance to beginner and experienced dancers. While approaching dance as a fun activity for all who are interested, she continues to focus on and help dancers move past their perceived failures while on the dance floor. She emphasizes that we don’t need an inherent special talent to dance and instills the confidence that is needed for all her trainees go outside their comfort zone.In this episode we will discuss:Going outside your comfort zone when learning a new skillNot quitting when an activity becomes challengingUnderstanding that being an instructor is also a way to learnSeeing dance as a conversation and connecting with your dance partnerEncouraging students in their beginner stages of dancingImmersing yourself in the social culture of danceQuotes:“Swing dancing is all about fun, it’s about expressing yourself. Dancing to music which varies from the 1920s to 1950s. There is a pretty aesthetical feel. You learn a lot about culture about the way people used to have fun in the past years... It is about exchanging emotions while dancing, catching the same rhythm.” (4:24)“When I started to dance, I learned a lot of new things about myself. I started to think differently, I started to organize my life differently. I started to learn something new not only about dancing but the way I’m living, the way I’m dressing and the way I’m talking... This is actually something I started to do because I like the aesthetical component.”(11:47)“I find my own voice when I am teaching.”(13:00)“I didn’t have any special talent. I started to dance when at the age of 20 and I didn’t have any dance experience before. I had lots of failures, it didn’t make me happy but I am happy right now because I didn’t stop. I didn’t surrender. I kept doing what I did.”(18:07)“I do encourage people to believe in the fact that they are talented.”(23:46)“You will discover a beautiful world if you try!”(34:00)Links:Groovy Cats Swing Dance Club Website:http://www.groovycats.cz/Groovy Cats Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/groovycats/Groovy Cats YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/GroovyCatsClub/  Sponsors: LadyBoss LadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607 LiquidWeb LiquidWeb offers e-commerce solutions to help get your online shop up and running! Check out their website and use the promo code below to obtain your shop’s start-up discount:https://www.liquidweb.com/LiquidWeb Promo Code: Formula33 
This swing dance episode special is part one of three-part series detailing Trevor Carlson’s swing dancing experiences and classes across the world. In this episode, Trevor discusses the Lindy Hop dance, an American dance born in Harlem, New York City around 1928. Lindy Hop was and still is considered a major member of the swing dance community. Due to her improvisational dance style, Lindy’s craft evolved along with the jazz sound and lifestyle throughout the years. While traveling across the world over the past few years, Trevor has been exposed to the global swing dance culture from countries stemming in Asia all the way to Eastern and Central Europe. As a self-described beginner, his love of swing dancing and improvement grows with each class and dance.In this episode we will discuss:The openness and the kindness in the swing dance communityThe humility that comes from learning to swing danceRemembering to have fun while learning a new skillUsing dance as a global language and breaking down linguistic barriersQuotes: “Dancing boosts my mood. There’s almost never a morning where I wake up and I don’t have a smile on my face after an evening of swing dancing. I feel fantastic and it makes my overall mood even better as I go about my day. It carries over into other areas, into work and how I interact with other people. Why wouldn’t you want to feel like that? Who could ask for any better reward from a hobby?” (8:05)“Practice can be fun. Practicing a skill doesn’t have to be torture, and if you can have fun while doing it, it makes it even better. We seem to glorify the grind... torturing ourselves while practicing our craft. Is that really necessary?” (9:17)Sponsors:LadyBossLadyBoss is a premium nutrition company that provides the best weight loss supplements in the world for women. To sign up for LadyBoss or research their amazing nutrition products, head here: https://www.ladyboss.com/lean?affiliate_id=1260607LiquidWebLiquidWeb offers e-commerce solutions to help get your online shop up and running! Check out their website and use the promo code below to obtain your shop’s start-up discount:https://www.liquidweb.com/LiquidWeb Promo Code: Formula33
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