Great Escape Podcast episode 21 - Mike was born with Cystic Fibrosis but refuses to let this life limiting disease limit his life.

great escape Aug 17, 2019
 

- [Stuart] This is the Great Escape Podcast, Episode 21.
- [Recorded Voice] We are go for lift off in T minus 30. All systems are a go.
- [Stuart] And on this episode of the Great Escape Podcast, I'm talking to Mike McDonnell, who runs the Business on the Beach podcast, which is a good listen too. And his podcast is all about, well, working from the beach and building a business. So Mike, welcome to the podcast.
- [Mike] Thanks, Stuart. Thanks for having me on.
- [Stuart] You're very welcome. Now, tell us about your life before you decided to run your business from the beach. And I'm very jealous because Mike's in Lanzarote, and I'm guessing it's sunny.
- [Mike] It is funny. Looking out the window now, I don't think there's a cloud. But we did have a storm yesterday, so it was a bit windy, trees were blowing everywhere. I didn't leave the house because I thought I might not make it back. Because it was pretty furious outside, as we're recording this. But some back story is I wanted to...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 20 - A Little Escape on getting outside your comfort zone

 

As you know, one of the things that I do, amongst the many, is I take funerals for people who don't want a church ceremony. And I've had the opportunity, in the last few days, to explore the funeral industry in Melbourne, particularly, in Australia. And it's been a really interesting experience to meet other celebrants and people involved in the industry, to see their perspective on the way a funeral should be taken or prepared, and how the interaction with the family is interestingly different to the way that we do it, and the way we teach in the UK. And that got me thinking, once again, of something that I mentioned in last week's Little Escape, the way our brains get entrained in particular ways of doing things. And I think it's really important that sometimes we step outside our own experience of how something should be done, or our own tradition, if you like, and go and experience the way other people do it. Sometimes, the way other people do things may be really uncomfortable...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 19 - Kenny Weiss - stress is just fear and we bring most of it with us from childhood

great escape Aug 09, 2019
 

- [Stuart] In this episode, I'm talking to Kenny Weiss, who has founded The Greatness Movement, which I have to say, Kenny, is a name I just love. There's no subtlety about that. And your own story mirrors some of mine in a number of ways with struggling with mental health and addiction and various other things. So Kenny, tell us about your life before that process kicked in.
- [Kenny] Sure. First of all, thanks for having me. I'll try and give you the, I guess the CliffNotes, Readers Digest version if they have those out in England, in your part of the world. But ever since I was a kid, I've just always had this weird ability. I could walk in a room and see and feel people's trauma. I've heard people use a lot of different names for it. I don't know what it is, but I don't really care what you name it. It's just something I always had. And what really kinda changed my life is I was 10 years old. I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, opened up the door, and...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 18 - A Little Escape - Procrastination

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2019
 

Here I am, sitting in a hotel room in Melbourne, in Australia. I've got a whole mountain of things that I want to get done in the next two or three days. And I've got about one tenth of it done before all sorts of other thoughts kick in. Massive sciatica in both legs. Don't usually get it in both legs, sometimes get it in one. Suddenly very interested in going exploring the local cafes. And finding somewhere with some nice cakes to eat. And it seems that the more I try and sit down and do the things that I had set for the next few days to be done, the more, somehow my brain is desperately trying to find ways of distracting me of finding other things to do, of encouraging me to not set to with those things. And I recognize this. This happens, it's a common trope in my life that just when I want to set to and make a break through on something, somehow everything else becomes more interesting to do. And it's probably true for most of us that procrastination is a thing that...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 17 - Maura Sweeney escapes her family's plans

Uncategorized Aug 03, 2019
 

- [Stuart] This is Episode 17 of the Great Escape Podcast, this week with Maura Sweeney.
- [Male Voiceover] We are go for lift-off in T minus 30. All systems are a-go. Hit it.
- [Stuart] So Maura started her life on a track into law and a professional life down that road, and one of the things that struck me when I first met Maura was the way that she decided that wasn't the life for her. So, Maura, welcome to the podcast.
- [Maura] Stuart, thanks very much for having me on.
- [Stuart] You are so welcome. So, tell us, tell us how you began to realize that this road you were being driven down by society and all of the pressures that were, sort of, external to you as a young person, how you suddenly thought, no, this isn't where I wanna go.
- [Maura] Well, I could tell you it was a slow, laboring drain. It came to a head when I was 23 years old, literally at the mid-point of my legal studies after graduating from university when, and I think that there was something in it in that I had...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 16 - a Little Escape on planning - too much or too little?

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2019
 

The sound quality for today's going to be really quite strange 'cause I'm using my handheld recorder, standing on Pambula Beach which is on the East coast of Australia, looking out over the rising sun over the ocean. There's nothing between me and New Zealand, I think, going that way. This morning, I've had breakfast sittin next to a pair of kangaroo just nibbling by the campsite. And we've had parakeets land on our van. And it's a stunning blue sky, hardly a cloud in the sky. Really lovely day. Something that's cropped up a couple of times in messages that you've sent me, and also in Angela's interview on Saturday on the last episode was about people who were trying to make changes, over-planning, especially when trying to start a business. And something that I found when I was working at the Henley Business School teaching entrepreneurship was that there is a clear gender difference in the way people approach making change and starting businesses. And that is that men tend to get...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 15 - Angela Marshall escaping from the shadows to find herself

great escape Jul 26, 2019
 

- [Stuart] This is the Great Escape Podcast, episode 14.
- [Announcer] We are go for lift off in T minus 30. All systems are a go.
- [Stuart] And today, I'm talking to Angela Marshall and I'm gonna introduce her in her own words. She said that she resigned from 20 years in the corporate world to embrace the purpose that has pursued her throughout her life. You know what, Angela, that's a hell of an intro. Tell us about--
- [Angela] Drop the mic.
- [Stuart] Drop the mic, yeah. Tell us about your life before you made that change.
- [Angela] So, I will say this. Coming from a former NFL wife background, I was a housewife steward until I was forced, well, not gonna say forced, until I made a couple of changes in my life and needed money, basically, to take care of myself and my children and I went into the corporate world around 1999. So, I was a documentations specialist for this pharmaceutical company. And, I actually have several promotion and progression steps during that time, 'cause I...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 14 - A Little Escape on community

 

- This is the Great Escape Podcast, episode 14: "A Little Escape" with thoughts on community.
- Several of my podcast guests recently, and some that you haven't heard yet because they're in upcoming episodes, have talked about the importance of being in a community; of having friends and family who they can talk to, who they can explore ideas with, who can encourage them, who can hold them to account or even criticize them. And that's had me thinking quite a lot about when I've been happiest in my life is when I've been in relationships with people, not necessarily big, serious relationships, just relationship, friendship or whatever it is; that have been positive and uplifting, sometimes challenging. But rarely sort of blindly critical. And the times when I've felt worst, especially times where my mental health has been at its worst; have been the times when I've been incredibly alone, even in the midst of a crowd. And part of that is my own doing, when I'm feeling down I tend to...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 13 - Joel Hawbaker - blended parenting and fixing my own attitude first

 
Joel Hawbaker is a high school teacher and soccer coach in Alabama. He is also a blended/step-family coach, working with families to help them live more cooperatively and positively. He is a divorced and remarried father of two amazing daughters, and he and his family also have two rescue dogs, Butterscotch and Bruiser. Finally, he is the author of the Amazon #1 book called 'Inverted Leadership: Lead Others Better By Forgetting About Yourself.'
 
 

- On today's episode we have Joel Hawbaker whose website reallifeleading.com. As usual we'll put all websites we reference in the show notes. And Joel's story of blended family life, step parenting, creating that whole new life, really has been something of an inspiration to me considering some of my story. Joel,...
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Great Escape Podcast episode 12 - A Little Escape - generosity

Uncategorized Jul 18, 2019
 

Little Escape episodes are recorded wherever I am and usually have a lower level of audio finesse.


I was talking with a friend the other day and in our conversation, the idea or concept of generosity came up. We both talked about stories we've heard of people having their restaurant bills paid for them by some anonymous donor, somebody else in the restaurant. This has actually happened to my family and myself. We were on holiday about10 years ago in Florida, my ex-wife and our three children, sitting in a restaurant in the middle of Florida enjoying a meal, and at the end of the meal we came to pay our bill and the waitress said,
"No, you're good to go, somebody else has paid your bill."

We were deeply blessed by that and very touched, it was a random act of kindness. It was a random act of kindness that we, it was a random act of kindness that we weren't expecting, that we weren't able really to say thank you to the donor or the giver. We said to the waitress, you know,

"Please let...

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