Self-Improvement

Exploring the creativity of the human spirit with just five simple questions. Those questions give us a window to explore the journey and life story of people that look like they have it sorted.

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Is there something that really gets you mad? Why, and have you ever unpacked it?

This show will cover where anger comes from and offer some simple techniques that you can use to deal with anger in everyday situations.

 

We all get angry from time to time; the modern world expects us to. I get riled by politics and social media and the stuff that life throws at me from time to time.

The media feeds on our anger and seeks to torment us because by feeding our righteous indignation, it creates promotes comments and continues the conversations. That means more opportunity to stoke opinions and show adverts.

But why do we get so angry?

Today's podcast is the first in the series I promised to look at Feelings and emotions last week. We start with a big one, anger, and wow, there is so much of it.


So its simplest form, we get angry because the world around us does not fit the picture we have of it. Or there is an unmet need inside of us. So anger does not come from the outside; it's generated from within you.

The exciting thing about anger is that it presents an opportunity to recognise that change needs to happen and can provide us with the fuel to make that change.

  


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life's big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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Were you aware of any strong feelings or emotions this week?

We are about to start a series of shortcast on the theme of feeling and emotion, and today I thought to explore why I have come to this. 

I realised that I could go a whole week and not be aware of my emotions. Now the reality is I have them, but they are being experienced without my awareness.

There is every possibility that I am reacting to these triggered emotions and may be acting inappropriately, given the situation.

I got onto this thinking train because I had an emotional response to a piece of music on a playlist.

We live in a world designed to trigger our emotions. We are being pushed to react our feelings are a big part of our lives, and yet we give them so little thought.


Join me in this short exploration of why it is vital that we become aware of our thoughts and feelings.

And yes, there is a little bit of homework if you want it.  ( Smile )

  


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life's big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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It is time to look at your story and see if it still fits in a changing world because try as you might ignore what is happening it will still happen.

As someone who is passionate about moving people forward, I have been doing a lot of thinking about where I'm going and what I offer, and that is making me do is re-evaluate my story.

The podcast was born out of the same impulse, looking at change and finding role models that could lead me in my change.

It worked, here we are four years later, and I have discovered what it is that makes all of the difference.  Your story, the narrative that you live and breathe.

In this show, we explore why having a living story is important and how you can develop a story, path or narrative that matters to you.   


At the end of the day, we must do the work to build our resilience and create the life we want to live. In my opinion that is the power of the five questions.

Now you can use the questions on the home page of the website or you can go to the resources tab and buy the workbook that will take you through the process. 

  


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life's big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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I had heard it said that for most people, 50% of our battles had been won before we got here. It is hard to appreciate what some people go through until you hear stories in the media or on podcasts like mine. 

Our conversation today is a story of trauma, forgiveness and healing. It has a happy ending, but wow, the journey to get there was hard.  

 

Wendy Hargett was born on a wooden fishing boat in Hawaii, the third unwanted child in a  low-income family. 

 

She was adopted within weeks, but it was an unstable relationship, and her adoptive parents divorced when she was still in nappies. Her adoptive father brought her up in a single-parent family, which were some of her happiest memories.

Her grandmother became a pivotal figure in her young life, and that relationship will become significant later. 

 

The family moved a lot for economic reasons, and while it was loving childhood, it was not happy. Her father eventually remarried when she was seven; sadly, her stepmom was abusive. Three years later, she was shipped off across the country to a religious commune, which was also abusive.  

 

Rejected by her family again, she could see no end to her mystery and tried to take her life. ( she was 10), it was the first of many times where she considered ending it all. 

 

I felt like a disposable child. I felt like gods biggest mistake when I was born

She did not believe that she was good enough for a college education and way forward.

Wendy worked in the airline industry and moved on to become a special ed teaching assistant. She was always interested in writing and became a copywriter. She had children and vowed to be the best mother she could be. 

However, her past would not go away, and she was living a life with unresolved trauma.

A copy-writing conference in Las Vegas changed it all for her. She met a soul-sister, a woman who became a dear friend and kick-started the healing journey.     

 

Our conversation is about that transformation; it is about releasing the past's fear, anger, and frustration. Moving through her pain and discovering her true I AM. 

 

 

Further details about this podcast, along with my guest's website and social links are all available at:

https://www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/wendy-lee-hargett-aligned-with-joy


 

Life Passion & Business is dedicated to exploring what it takes to be Extraordinary, to face challenges and rejoice in the opportunities they bring, and expand our vision into new ways of thinking and living.

There is a lot to gain from listening to other people's stories, however the real work begins by taking action in your own life.

For full details of Events, Resources and Services visit:
www.lifepassionandbusiness.com

 

 

Support For Podcasters:

Running a podcast is fun, but it takes time and dedication. Whenever you enjoy a podcast please share your appreciation with comments, likes, shares and reviews. It helps other listeners find good content and supports the content creators and their guests.

Another way you can support the Life Passion & Business podcast is with small donations: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion

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I was slightly triggered this week when I saw a post about happiness. Some of these things can be made to look so simple, and the reality is they are not.

The question was, is happiness a choice.

The point is that our reaction to something triggers all happiness, which can come from the inside or outside.

Most people do not make that connection because the world is set up to make you believe that it is all external. So it is not as simple as a choice, and it is about becoming conscious of what makes you happy and how you can find that on the inside.     

My point was telling someone that the choice is theirs while they have the weight of the world on their backs is unhelpful, and that is why I felt a little triggered. 

 

The truth behind that question is a journey; many people have never had the support tools or resources to discover that.

 

I have interviewed hundreds of people, and we can all find our route to the question and its answer. In this show, I will offer five tools to demonstrate that happiness comes from the inside and to cultivate more joy in life. 

  


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life's big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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Is gain without pain even possible? We've all heard those words no pain, no gain. What does not kill you makes you stronger.

 

But are they true? Is it possible to grow without trauma and discomfort?

I was on the road Friday meeting up with the wife for a weekend in the borders returning a lot later than I planned on Sunday. Five hours in the car is a lot of podcasts. 

 

One show that I have been following lately is Hidden Brain with Shankar Vedanta he is an American journalist, writer, and science correspondent

His guest was a researcher Erand  Jayawickreme, he was looking into the ideas behind the idea of post-traumatic growth and the science behind it. His experience of truma was growing up in Sri Lanka during political strife and terrorist attacks by the Tamil Tigers.

It is a good episode and makes some useful conclusions, one which was no surprise is that people who experience trauma tend to be more empathetic to those experiencing a similar fate.

You can find the full program on your podcast app, and I have posted a link to it on the web page for this podcast.  

https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/what-we-gain-from-pain/

The question for me is still outstanding can we grow without trauma and suffering?

Join me on the short cast where I will explore my thoughts around gain without pain  


  


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life's big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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Where are you in life with the big emotional bricks like shame and guilt? Do you reflect on past events or experience these feelings in current relationships? For most of us, this stuff is part of our makeup; we are unaware of it. Having listened to my guest on the show today, I became conscious of my shame and guilt for past actions and how I have used shame in my family interactions. 

My guest on the show has always been a pioneer. Lois Hollis is in her late 70s, deeply connected to God and her faith, and driven by a calling that started in childhood. Her early years were tough. With physical abuse at home, she received multiple head and neck injuries. One of these occasions led to a near-death experience where she received her calling.  At church, she was preached into guilt and shame to find her sins; the teachers at school punished her for dyslexia.

Her solace was tap dancing, she loved to tap dance, and she tells me it was tap dancing that pulled her through.  It worked because she finished high school, applied to nursing school at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a scholarship.

At college, Lois earned an RN and BSN nursing degree and went on to a job at the Jefferson hospital Philadelphia. Her creative approach to problems was recognised, and She got invited to join a programme that went on to develop the first Kidney Hemodialysis Units in the USA in 1966.

She became a pioneer of the kidney dialysis foundation and stayed in the programme for ten years, leaving it behind to have a family, and blessed with three daughters. 

Then life took a turn. Now in her 40s, she experienced headaches that became migraine that developed into a range of other life-threatening problems. It reached a point where she was told she would not live beyond her 50s.  

Those childhood traumas and physical abuse had a price it was discovered there were broken bones in her neck and back. Our conversation is one of physical, mental, and spiritual recovery and a wonderfully inspiring journey.

 

Today Lois Hollis works with shame and guilt as an independent study. She is bringing new knowledge of these misunderstood conditions. She is a filmmaker, author of 3 books, a speaker and a coach.

 


 

Further details about this podcast along with my Guest’s website and social links are all available at:

https://www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/lois-hollis-beyond-shame

 

 

Life Passion & Business is dedicated to exploring what it takes to be Extraordinary, to face challenges and rejoice in the opportunities they bring, and expand our vision into new ways of thinking and living.

There is a lot to gain from listening to other people’s stories, however the real work begins by taking action in your own life.

For full details of Events, Resources and Services visit:
www.lifepassionandbusiness.com

 

 

Support For Podcasters:

Running a podcast is fun, but it takes time and dedication. Whenever you enjoy a podcast please share your appreciation with comments, likes, shares and reviews. It helps other listeners find good content and supports the content creators and their guests.

Another way you can support the Life Passion & Business podcast is with small donations: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion

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Are you having important conversations? Are there elephants in the room?

I was privileged to be part of my wife's family reunion last week. My mother-in-law is 82 and in good health; however, it could be the last time she will see her son, who was over from the US.

We all had great conversations; they retold the best family stories and went to some of the dark places that most people avoid. It was a privilege to be a witness to the conversations; it was something that would not have happened in my family.

My conversation is not about revelling skeletons in the cupboard as there were none.  But it is about having difficult conversations from a place of love and not blaming, shaming or guilt trips. 

We are all a product of our historical experiences and the stories that we tell ourselves. We cannot change the past but can only seek or give forgiveness. 
  


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life's big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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Do you Netflicks binge, are you hooked on the news cycle or social media?

I want to explore the balance between consumption and creation on the show today.

It is easy to get hooked into following the news cycle, plugging into the media circus. But I wonder if we are losing our sense of balance in this.

A friend remarked only yesterday that she often reached for the phone as a distraction, and 30 minutes will vanish in moments.  To some extent, we are powerless to resist these distractions. The platforms have designed their systems to hook us in so that we keep viewing the adverts.

During the Lockdowns in the UK, many people found safety in the streaming services, retreating to the sofa and the latest box set. No judgement there; it was a choice, and where did it lead? 

There is no doubt that a bit of downtime is healthy, but the question is how much and how long.

When we get hooked on social media drama or the hero's journey of the latest epic, we are stepping out of our lives and putting our dreams on hold.  That means investing energy in a story or narrative that is not our own.

We could be writing, drawing, playing music or having conversations. I invite you to explore your balance between consumption and creation in this show. 

 

The question we must all consider is what feels better, watching a story unfold or creating and living our own. 


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life's big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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Last Monday, I did the test, and COVID had come to visit after two years.

To be honest, it was pretty apparent by this point. But the journey to that test was eventful, and I thought it would make for an interesting reflection. 

Before I realised it was COVID, my mind was playing tricks on me, and I thought I was started to have onset dementia, the narratives we create..

The story began the previous Wednesday; I decided to give my foot a test and do a hard effort session. For those not in the running world, a strenuous effort is running at max heart rate for a distance or time, followed by resting before going again.

I did 10 x 1 minute with 2 mins of rest. 

It was a good session and it is hard on the body so it is not unusual to feel it the day after. I felt odd, but I put it down to the strenuous efforts.

I did a good warm-up on Friday and ran my fastest timed mile at 7.14. I felt fine, but I had a chest thing going on and put it down to the running.  I did a 40-minute club efforts session and another high heart rate session on Saturday.

I went home tired, and it did not go away. I had a few naps, and it still did not go. I don't do colds; I push through, using mindfulness and bullying. Throughout the week, I was forgetful, absent-minded, daydreaming and just not present.

 Monday did a test, and it practically lit up in seconds.

So I had COVID, but only when I had permission to stop did I take the time I needed to slow down and be gentle with myself.

It did make me realise that my mindset was in a hole last week, and it was not because of all the things I was calling myself for not pushing on. It was because I was ill.

I must remember to permit myself to be; the answer is not always to push through. When do you push when perhaps you need to be kind?


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life's big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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What is sacredness? May you be are one of those people that have sacred moments in life.

This podcast explores how and why it is important to bring some sanctity back into our lives. There are some great exercises at the end for you to explore. 

Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated throughout the UK over the weekend in her platinum Jubliee. I am not a great royalist, but I can recognise the achievement of a woman who has taken on a role that has so many sacred connections and rituals attached to it.

Life was very different in 1952; the sacred was part of everyone's life, just as it was. Incredibly, a large proportion of the UK population thought the queen was directly related to God, and her Coronation was an ancient ceremony created to reinforce that myth.

Society has moved on, and we are the better for it, but we have lost a few things along the way.

Let us explore why we need to reclaim what is sacred to us and see how it just makes life better. 


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life's big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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Live life like you mean it and have absolutely no regrets.

That was a quote I saw on a friend's Facebook pages years ago.

Do you have regrets, or are you one of those who have none?

In this show, we will explore regret and how rumination of our regrets is so damaging and detrimental to our health. But also why having no regret is a lost opportunity. 

 

You will discover what regrets are and why we have them.

 

Regret is the most common emotion that we ever experience, and of course, there is that famous work about the regrets of the dying, which are mostly about the loss of connections and not taking action.

 We look at the four areas of regret and how regrets are a powerful tool for growth.


My thoughts and this conversation were prompted by the Psychology Podcast With Scott Kaufman and his interview with Dan Pink on his new book The Power of Regret.

The links the podcast and the book can be found at the website life passion and business.com 


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life's big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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Life and death are beyond our control, but we can change our reactions. My guess on the show today is here with a story of loss grief and recovery.  She is an international speaker with four books to her name. 


Carole Brody Fleet lives in Southern California and started her career in the legal profession. She met a fantastic man, a Vietnam vet and a serving police officer.  They had a daughter, and life was good.

After 15 years in the legal profession, the hours were not compatible with family life, so Carole moved into a senior position within the beauty and cosmetic industry.   

 

In the late 90s, Mike was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, an illness that was brought to prominence by the late Stephen Hawkin. He lived with the disease for years, however, Carole's husband Mike had a more aggressive form and degenerated quickly, dying within two years.

Unlike most of my guests, asking questions about passion and success is not so easy when the journey is not a choice. But this story is about rebuilding a life, at a time when most of the resources for grief were unhelpful. It was a time before the internet and social media the resources were not there to find the support she needed..
 

Carole’s had five years of widowhood and found a route to the point where she was inspired to write. What started as notes on a legal pad became the best selling book and the beginning of a new career.

The book “Widows in Stilettos” is a chronological manual to help women out of grief, it helps them to find a new story for their life. It has been republished for its second edition. That is a testament to its success. 

Carole’s mission her why is is to help those through loss and bereavement, in the process, she has created a community of supportive women around her. 


Today Carole is an accomplished writer, with four books, she is a regular contributor to Chicken Soup of the soul, the Huffington Post. She is a speaker appearing on stage  Radio, TV and on podcasts like ours.


 

 

Further details about this podcast along with my Guest’s website and social links are all available at:

https://www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/carole-brody-fleet-widows-wear-stilettos

 

 

Life Passion & Business is dedicated to exploring what it takes to be Extraordinary, to face challenges and rejoice in the opportunities they bring, and expand our vision into new ways of thinking and living.

There is a lot to gain from listening to other people’s stories, however the real work begins by taking action in your own life.

For full details of Events, Resources and Services visit:
www.lifepassionandbusiness.com

 

 

Support For Podcasters:

Running a podcast is fun, but it takes time and dedication. Whenever you enjoy a podcast please share your appreciation with comments, likes, shares and reviews. It helps other listeners find good content and supports the content creators and their guests.

Another way you can support the Life Passion & Business podcast is with small donations: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion

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Attention and Inspiration, where are you placing your attention?


There is a saying:

"Where your attention goes energy flows?"

In this podcast, I am looking at the importance of attention, where it is placed and how it can build us up or take us down.

We live in a world driven by the need to get our attention. The mass media channels and social platforms know that activating our base emotions will draw us in and hold our attention long enough to see adverts and buy stuff to make ourselves feel better.

In the show, we cover the benefits of managing your attention and how that leads to a better life for you and those around you. 


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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Are you stuck in a pattern, and does it serve?

Are your routines healthy and supportive or restrictive? 

Only you will know, and maybe they need to be broken to be able to tell the difference. 

In this show, we explore routines and why it is essential to take time out from life to break the patterns and observe the difference. Yes, even the good ones.

Some years ago, I was in a bit of a mess, the head was not in the game, and my coach suggested I take a bit of time out from everything, go somewhere new and do nothing for a few days.  


I did. It was lovely, and wow, it cleared my head, leading to lots of new thinking.

The entrepreneurial gurus tell us to have strong routines as it saves brainpower for the more critical tasks. Habits are good; they provide stability, and it is energy efficient. It is impossible to be 100% on all of the time; it is unhealthy and leads to burnout. 

Living a good life is all about balance ( IMO) and finding what we need to experience the best. Staying with what we know is comfortable, but it may not give us the best experience.

I suggest you break some patterns in the show and see what happens. 

But I am away for the weekend cycling a few mountains, never done that before, I will let you know what I discover. 


 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interviews with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer

 

 

The Five Questions eBook: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/the-five-questions
Focus Coaching: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

Support The Podcast:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lifeandpassion
Midlife Survey: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/midlife-challenge/

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