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 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 10 - A Little Escape - Tenacity


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

- [Stuart L. Morris] This is The Great Escape Podcast. Episode 10.
- [Announcer] We are Go for liftoff in T minus 30. All systems are a Go.
- [Stuart] Well actually it's the 11th episode because I started counting from zero which is a bit of a geek joke and now I feel I have to continue it because it's too difficult to change and renumber all the episodes. Last time I was interviewing Michael Cordova who left his corporate job and started Floating Point Center just outside Reading in the UK. And he and his wife Tina have built a business that they run themselves, that they're passionate about, that they enjoy, and that is meeting the needs of their family as they expect the birth of their first child. As something that struck me particularly about Michael's story last time was how he said that he had ended up basically stalking me to the car park of the organization we both worked at at...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 9 - Floating with Michael Cordova

great escape Jul 06, 2019

- [Stuart] And today I'm talking to Michael Cordova, managing director of The Floating-Point Center, a flotation centre in Reading, in the United Kingdom, and we'll find out all about what floating actually is
'cause that's probably going to be the first question I'll ask. Michael and I met in I think about 2014, just as he was beginning the process of thinking how to leave his corporate life, and go floating. Michael, welcome to the podcast.
- [Michael] Thanks, for having me on to do it.
- [Stuart] You're very welcome. Okay, well I'll ask the question, Tell us what floating is.
- [Michael] Well, floating is is a way to achieve a deep state of meditation. Um, it's a good way to de-stress and relax. Uh, for those of- for many of those I guess who haven't seen a float-tank or float-tub before, the-they're going um, there's more-more of them appearing all over-all over the world. But essentially, they're a giant pod they're about the same size as a family car. So about 7 foot long by about...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 8 - A Little Escape on planning


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

I'm on the road again today. Bright and early, glorious sunny sky. In fact, not a cloud in the sky as I crawl onto the M25, the motorway around London, which is always a bit of a car-park at this time in the morning. And today, although I've got a lot of driving to do, which gives me time in the car to listen to podcasts, and think, listen to some music, it also is a day when I'm doing what is absolutely essential to any successful project, which is thinking about that project, planning how the whole thing's gonna fit together, what we're going to do, how we're gonna make it work.

The idea of today is not to get it perfect, but just to get something down so that later on, as the project moves forward, that plan can be refined, and edited, and modified. But if there's nothing down, then I'm just making it up as I go along so there can't be any improvement. What I find really, really...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 6 - A Little Escape on fear


Alex Hannold climbed the 3000 ft vertical rock face called El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in the USA. He did it on his own without ropes or any climbing aids - a technique called Free Solo. Is he mad? Probably but he said this:

"You face your fear because your goal demands it"

If your goal isn't demanding things of you that are stretching you is your goal really worthy of the name?

I've been thinking a lot recently about a film I watched the other day by a guy called Alex Honnold who is a free solo climber.
So basically that means he climbs really, really difficult rock faces without any ropes and on his own.
It was June 3rd 2017, he climbed El Capitan which is a 3,000-foot rock face in Yosemite Park in North America.
Most people take a couple of days to climb it with ropes and help.
He climbed it in just over three hours on his own, no ropes, no safety equipment, just straight up this rock face.
Now apart from the insanity of doing such a thing and I think the film covers that quite...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 5

great escape Jun 22, 2019

Terry Lewis is an inspiring human with a great story of overcoming difficult beginnings and finding happiness. He trains professionals in the wedding industry to increase their income and build more reliable business. You can find the details of his Phoenix programme here:

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Great Escape Podcast episode 4


Sarah said to me "everything worthwhile is outside my comfort zone" and this has had me thinking. In this "Little Escape" episode I have some thoughts on fear and overcoming it.

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Great Escape Podcast episode 3

great escape Jun 14, 2019

Sarah Riley has built her life around family and outdoor interests after escaping corporate cubical hell and surviving life threatening illness. In this frank episode Sarah talks about her journey to launching her own business and how she now helps other people create thriving hospitality businesses.

You can find out more about Sarah here:

Sarah mentions Bruce Lipton. You can find his website here:

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Great Escape Podcast episode 2

great escape Jun 12, 2019

One of the biggest questions I get asked goes something like this:

I'm stuck, I can't see a way out of this, I can't leave my job because I can't afford to pay the bills if I do leave my job. I can't start my own business because I haven't got an idea, any resources or any backing. I can't leave my marriage because we can't afford two houses.

The question is always "I can't do what needs to be done" and the simplest question I reflect back at that point is this... "are you sure that what you think has to be done has to be done?" Sometimes what has to be done is nothing to change the situation but everything to change our own attitudes.

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Great Escape Podcast episode 1

great escape Jun 07, 2019

Matt worked in the complaints department of a large utilities company slowly climbing the corporate ladder and becoming frustrated with life. A chance conversation with his boss opened the route to a whole new career and freedom from corporate drudgery. was born and life changed.

Find Matt on Twitter @Socially_M

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