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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Are you setting your course, are you taking that first step?  

My guest on the show is an example of someone living a good life by design a man who came from humble beginnings.  

Rocky Lalvani was born in India, when he was two years old, the family emigrated to the US, and while it was a great opportunity, the family had to start at the bottom. 

It was a tough beginning, but they worked hard as immigrant families do, the American dream inspired them, and they built their wealth.

During Rocky’s early life, there were lots of success and money conversations with other ex-pat communities.  While listening to these family chats, he learned the importance of negotiation and how to hustle. 

Starting with his paper route, he discovers how good service leads to good tips. At college, he was buying and selling stuff until he secured a real-estate licence to sell properties.

After finishing high school and going to college, he did a degree in Economics and went out into the world to work.

He did many jobs and eventually built a solid business creating operational and management spreadsheets for small businesses.

Rocky’s challenge was that he found it almost impossible to take the first steps and move his life forward. Our conversation is not about the work he did but the wisdom he developed. We touch on mentors, health, fitness, food and more. All of the steps that help him move forward and build the life he wanted.

Today Rocky calls himself the Chief Profitability Adviser for business owners. He teaches them how to ensure they get paid and that they make pro

 

 

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

https://www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/rocky-lalvani-taking-the-first-step

 

 

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

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In this show, I am exploring the destiny of luck and exploring how you could bring more luck in your direction. 

Does it needle you when you hear about someone getting crowned with success or life's prizes? Do you see other people as just lucky?

I was thinking about this after a conversation with a guest AJ Lawrence; he told the story of an intern who left his company and became employee no five at eBay.

I can only imagine what those stock options must have been like for early investors.

Was that guy just lucky to find that role? I am sure millions of people became interns at companies that went nowhere.  We only hear about the ones that made it.

But what if you could create your luck?

I think you can check out the show and explore that idea with me; listen to the end, and there are some resources to help you on that road.   


 

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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While Sunday is usually the day for shortcasts, this show is about money and will not be short..

I am sharing a recording with Sarah McCrum from our Spirit-duality event as part of the celebration for the relaunch of her book (on the 19th April 2022).

Love Money, Money Loves You: A Conversation With The Energy Of Money

In this conversation Sarah covers her story and gives you a deeper understanding of her work and how you can improve your relationship with money. It is brilliant, but there is more. There is a Part 2 for this conversation where Sarah takes my wife Cheryl and I through some practical exercises for speaking with money – it’s powerful stuff.

Both of these conversations are normally behind the paywall on the Spirit-duality event pages. As part of our support for Sarah’s book launch, I am sharing Part 1 here and giving free access to Part 2 to anyone who purchases Sarah’s book. 

Love Money, Money Loves You: A Conversation With The Energy Of Money

Send a copy of your book receipt to: Paul@LifePassionandBusiness.com  and I will send you access to Part 2 of this conversation.

 

 

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

https://www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/sarah-mccrum-lets-talk-about-money

 

 

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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Tom Libelt's story expresses the impact that a hard upbringing can have on a young man, how he experienced the realities of a corrupt communist country and the struggle as immigrants coming to America. 

Tom was never going to follow the working path of his parents. His journey to wealth and freedom started with music, but he has owned a coffee shop, a retail store, a record label, created and filmed a documentary, and released two albums with five hits on top ten Polish radio. Today he has a thriving business in online course creation.  

 

As I am on a break from editing, this show is a re-release. It was popular when it came out, and as it highlights the challenges many people face escaping communist rule, it seem pertinent to share it with you again today.

 

 

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

https://www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/tom-libelt-music-business-life

 

 

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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Today’s shortcast explores the relationship between sacrifice and commitment to goals, and how to avoid the pitfalls and dangers that this union brings. 

 

Be it work, home, relationships or possessions we all make commitments in some form or other. The greater the goal or desire, the more we are likely to sacrifice to achieve or maintain it. These sacrifices usually put a strain on time, energy, finances or health, but what happens when the price becomes too high.

For as long as we can remember humans have made sacrifices in return for the promise of something better. Why is it we are prepared to do this?

Early in human existence, it would most likely have been connected to some sort of religious rituals or rites of passage, often in some form of payment to a deity in return for good fortune and may have included the sacrifice of a highly priced animal, a companion or even a child.

 

Thankfully we have mostly moved away from the blood sacrifice of a loved one, but we have not given up the idea of commitment and obligations in return for the hope of something better.

When the sacrifices made have become all-consuming or unhealthy, at what point do we make the decision that enough is enough?

 

 


 

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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Following a life transition in 2015, today’s guest Rael Bricker, turned an early passion into a way of speaking for success that supports others.

Born in South Africa during apartheid, Rael was not politically active, but from an early age he was conscious that he did not fit the standard model expected of him. He developed a way of bucking authority whilst still being respectful and this has paved the way for what he does today.

 

 

Full Text for this post along with my Rael’s website, social links and a free download of his book 'DIVE IN' are all available at:

http://www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/rael-bricker-speaking-for-success

 

 

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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This week's conversation with Shaahin Cheyene is a classic true life Rags to Riches story. From poor beginnings, Shaahin made more money before he was 20 than most of us could make in many lifetimes. So, although this podcast isn't about building financial wealth, I was intrigued to find out what motivates someone to get out of bed each morning when they don't need to.

Faking his ID, Shaahin found work and lived rough in abandoned buildings or cars. That is where he discovered the Rave Scene and loved it. It fitted his life style, plus there were people making lots of money. This was the era of MDMA or Ecstasy and it was the drug dealers who ran the scene and accumulated wealth.

A life of crime was not what he was looking for, but it did get him thinking about the possibility of making something like Ecstasy that was not illegal.

“I was Foolish enough to not know I could fail”

That naive faith did the trick and Shaahin was successful in developing the first legal Herbal Ecstasy. With equal blind faith, he managed to persuade the drug dealers to believe in him and within just a few years the product was available in 30,000 stores across the USA. Shaahin was not even 20 years old when his company hit $1Billion in sales.

Shaahin Cheyene's story is about making it big early in life and not stopping there. He went on to create more world-changing inventions; the first mind-enhancing Nootropics and early work with Vaping systems. He holds patents on numerous ideas and inventions and has also written 4 books. His latest entitled ‘Billion’ came out last month.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy this lively exchange with Shaahin Cheyene and that you find inspiration from his story.

The ‘Amazon Mastery’ course is available via his website and there is a video on his home page where you can access the course by clicking the orange button in the top right corner. 

His new book ‘Billion’ covers the full story of his amazing life journey and he has a YouTube channel and his own podcast ‘Hack and Grow Rich”.

All these links, along with other useful links and the full text for this podcast are available at:-

http://www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/shaahin-cheyene-rags-to-riches

 

 

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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My guest on the show today is Israeli born, diamond expert Isaac Mostovicz.

We begin his story at the age of 26 when he was offered a senior role with diamond manufacturer Muller & Sons. A life-changing opportunity for him and his family which meant relocating to Antwerp, Belgium.

In the 1980’s business was booming and it was an exciting time for diamond manufacturers. Isaac was eager and inspired to be in the luxury diamond market where he pioneered new styles of cutting and polishing precious stones.

His passion and dedication turned the factory into one of the very best in the industry. He achieved that success by giving his production team the freedom and encouragement to express their personality as true artisans through diamond polishing.

Success brought rewards and he became the CEO of the company, earning him both respect and reputation within the industry. Sales were good, so money was good, but Isaac could see the industry was flawed and he had questions.

The company’s success opened the door to conversations with some of the biggest names in the diamond industry. In every meeting, Isaac asked the same question, “Why do people buy diamonds?”

Isaac was troubled with the answers he received, and it led him on a quest to find the truth for himself. He threw himself into study, completing his MBA and a PhD in luxury marketing and consumer behaviour. He achieved all of this whilst still running his successful business, which gave him a distinct advantage for selling into luxury markets.

However, like many luxury markets, the diamond business was a house of cards that collapsed with the 2008 financial crash. After 40 years, Isaac was out of work.

This conversation takes us on a journey through the history of diamonds, covering the rise and fall of the business through the eyes of someone who lived and saw the crash coming. It continues with Isaac’s recovery and reinvention and expresses the importance of engaging the heart to impassion the journey of business development.

Today Isaac works with C-suite decision-makers and founders to emotionally reconnect them to their business. He has researched and coached C-suite decision-makers on leadership, ethics, (corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.

 

If you enjoy this conversation with Isaac Mostovicz, please support the podcast..

 


 

If you are inspired to reach out to Isaac you can find him at:
www.IsaacMostovicz.com

And on social media:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isaacmostovicz/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IsaacMosto

 

 

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Networking has always been a natural human desire, and while there are some exceptions, most successful people like Matt Clark the Linkedin Rainmaker are those with expansive networks and connections.

To connect is part of the human condition; however, 2020 has been the year that redefined what it means to network, particularly in business.

As a long term user of social media channels, I have watched the pattern change over the last few months. At the beginning of the lockdown, many of the channels went quiet. However, since it became clear that COVID is going nowhere, my Linkedin channel has exploded with people looking to replace their networking options using this online tool. 

Full marks for action but is it the right action when what they want is sales?

Sales for many people is a dirty word but the fact remains that everything we do in life is as the result of a sale of some sort. This week’s podcast is very relevant in a post COVID world as making sales will be key for many businesses returning to life after lockdown. So if you need to make sales and not be sleazy, this is worth a listen.  

The Linkedin Rainmaker

My guest on the show is Matt Clark, known to many as the LinkedIn Rainmaker, he discovered from an early age that he loves to sell.

As a young 18 year old from South Africa living in the UK, he landed a door to door sales job. He was knocking on doors selling gas and electricity, but he had the spark and the zest for it, and was good at meeting the targets. 

Regularly earning close to £1000 per week he knew he had found his role in life. It was big money for a young man, particularly as he came from a poor background; this job opened the opportunity for travel and discovery. 

Are you familiar with Maslow and his hierarchy of needs? Once our basic needs are met, most people look towards self-improvement. Matt was no exception, he used his resources well. 

Fast forward a few years and back in South Africa, he co-founded a telecom sales company at age 23 and grew that to more than 6M in sales in year 3. You guessed it; they did this with door to door sales. 

But here is the thing, instead of enjoying this success he ended up completely burnt out. That business could not function without him; he was the sales kingpin, and they had built this business using a physical paper system, not a computer in sight..

The Linkedin Rain-MakerKelly Clark, Wesley Longueira, Matt Clark and Arthie Moore

He stopped knocking on the physical doors and worked out how he could do it virtually. This is the story of his journey into sales automation using online systems and networking skills.  While it is about making sales, it is also about connecting with people and creating real relationships. 

It is the story of how Matt went on to co-develop a flagship programme with his business partner, Wesley Longueira. Together they form the LinkedIn Rainmaker and have helped thousands of businesses in 26 countries grow exponentially.

They are now on a mission to reach 10k businesses worldwide and build a vibrant community of Rainmakers!

I hope you enjoy the conversation with Matt Clark.

 

If you would like to connect with Matt you can find him on Linkedin.
Send him a DM message to let him know that you heard him on this podcast. 

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