This month I have listened to a number of interesting podcasts, but have also spent time rereading a book and listening to a podcast, which had a huge impact on me. In fact, the book I read this month changed my life. 9 months after reading the book I went from sleeping in a friend’s spare bedroom to owning 3 properties.
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
While I have read Think and Grow rich many times, I am reading it this time with a much greater awareness of myself, the rules, how I have applied them, and the impact it has had. Rather than just reading this time, I am studying it. Truly amazing.
There is so much to take from this book, it is difficult to put the learnings into a short paragraph. You can apply the principles learned to any part of your life – improving relationships, improving health, or your wealth.
I will summarise the principles very briefly here.
Changing anything in your life starts with you – what you need:
Clarity is power. You need to know specifically what you want and to achieve it by when
Have a strong reason why.
You need to desire so strongly what you have set out to achieve as emotion creates motion.
Be honest with where you are now
What can you do right now to start?
Numi Organic Tea: Reem Hassani and Ahmed Rahim
An interesting podcast about how much resilience is needed when building a business. There is also talk about how the conditioning you received in your early years can affect your current position and the benefits of understanding that to shape a better future for yourself.
When they were in their 20s, Reem Hassani and her brother Ahmed Rahim were not the kind of people you’d expect to launch a multi-million dollar business. Reem was a California artist moonlighting as a substitute teacher, and Ahmed had been living the bohemian life of a photojournalist in Europe. But these two children of immigrants from Iraq had an idea: to introduce the dried lime tea they remembered from their childhood to the U.S. Working out of Reem’s 600-square-foot apartment in Oakland, the siblings learned all about the challenges of lining up importers, packagers, and retailers to launch a premium loose-leaf tea brand—meant to be slowly steeped and savored. More than twenty years after it’s launch in 1999, Numi Organic Tea is a privately held B Corporation that sells tens of millions of dollars of Fair Trade, organic tea every year.
Michael Pollan — This Is Your Mind on Plants
Psychedelics feature heavily in this podcast and the benefits of using them in the right environment and for the right reasons. Also discussed are the benefits of being a short-term visionary.
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Liam Payne has been subjected to the intensity of the spotlight from the age of just 14, when he found global fame following his entry in to the X Factor’s seventh series, and the dizzying rise once he exited as one fifth of the group One Direction. The band was cemented as a phenomenon overnight-their success and the surrounding hype was likened to that of a modern-day Beatles at time of their debut single release. They became the first UK group ever to have their debut album reach number one in the United States. There probably are not many who are better placed than Liam to discuss instantaneous fame and the churning of its ‘machine’. Liam has gone from a teen star to a fully-fledged solo artist who has taken ownership of his career in terms of its creative direction and elevated further with a strong signature pop/rnb style and a string of hits both here and abroad. He’s had his music streamed over a total of 2bn times. However, there is much more to him than the image of simply being a teen heartthrob or sugary popstar. The X Factor may be notorious for churning out ‘instant’ popstars but Liam clearly has a deep appreciation for music and the process behind its production. He studied as a musician prior to the start of his mainstream career and has grown as a gifted songwriter, with 40+ writing and co-writing credits to his name. He has previously said that he is accustomed to writing and recording entire albums in six weeks or less, and his evolution on personal and creative levels has no doubt been accelerated by his exposure. This conversation today isn’t your normal “reunion chat” we speak about so much in a lot of depth, everything from his relationships, his darkest times and everything in-between. Its open, its honest and its inspiring. During our conversation Liam mentioned it was one of the best chats he’d had in a while and I felt that, I hope you do too. This weeks topics: Lockdown & the gym Dealing with being famous Your relationship status Being a perfectionist Alcoholism One Direction & the costs Your NFT project Where would you be if you hadn’t gone on X-Factor. Your relationship with the rest of boys & touring I am lucky to be here, have I hit my rock bottom You made a movie? What does the next 10 years looks like for you? Your relationship with money Your son applies to X-Factor what do you say? What don’t we know about you? Social media What makes you happy? What’s your next ‘mountain’
Reggie Yates Reveals The Secret To Staying Driven & Reaching Your Potential
Reggie is someone that’s been on our screens for the best part of three decades. Making his first tv appearance on Desmond’s at the age of just eight years old. This would kick start a career in acting, tv presenting, radio DJ, singing and documentary film making. In the last decade, Reggie has become synonymous with critically acclaimed documentaries. His films include the BBC3 Extreme series including Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia, Extreme South Africa and Extreme UK which are all available to a worldwide audience on Netflix. In 2016, Reggie was awarded Best Presenter for the critically acclaimed Extreme Russia at the Royal Television Society Awards, Best Factual Programme at the Edinburgh TV Festival, and Best Multi-channel Programme at the Broadcast Awards. Reggie is a unique person, the journey he’s been on is one to be admired. I’m sure in this conversation today you’ll begin to understand what got him to where he is today, the factors that made him so driven and adaptable.