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A podcast focused on learning from top experts of various industries to help listeners become better designers, creatives and giant thinkers.

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A podcast focused on learning from top experts of various industries to help listeners become better designers, creatives and giant thinkers.

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Well researched & diverse talent!

By Just Creative - Apr 23 2019
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Ram does a brilliant job with this podcast. Fresh talent with engaging conversations. Highly recommended!

Awesome!!

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I’m a graphic design student & I’ve been listening to Giant Thinkers Podcast every morning to start out my day. I’ve gained so much knowledge about design and marketing that has helped me become a better designer. Thanks Ram for such an impactful podcast for young designers like me! Also, Happy Birthday🎉

iTunes Ratings

48 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
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Well researched & diverse talent!

By Just Creative - Apr 23 2019
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Ram does a brilliant job with this podcast. Fresh talent with engaging conversations. Highly recommended!

Awesome!!

By embaiers - Apr 22 2019
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I’m a graphic design student & I’ve been listening to Giant Thinkers Podcast every morning to start out my day. I’ve gained so much knowledge about design and marketing that has helped me become a better designer. Thanks Ram for such an impactful podcast for young designers like me! Also, Happy Birthday🎉
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Giant Thinkers Podcast

Latest release on Dec 30, 2019

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A podcast focused on learning from top experts of various industries to help listeners become better designers, creatives and giant thinkers.

Rank #1: Kelly Slater, 11-time World Surfing Champion on longevity, setbacks and mental toughness

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Hello wonderful Giants, this is episode #54. Our guest today is truly one of a kind. He’s an 11-time world surfing champion. Holds the record as the youngest (at age 20) to win the title and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title as well. A living legend, an inspiration to millions of people, by far the best-known surfer on the planet and chatting with him blew me away.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His thoughts on longevity and making a career out of something you love – in his case, surfing in professional competitions for over 33 years
  • The importance of humility, respect, resilience, family and personal relationships
  • We spoke about doubt and setbacks and building mental-toughness, including his 2-3 year hiatus which was part of the 7-year gap between winning his 6th and 7th world title
  • His 10-year journey in creating the perfect man-made wave pool – what once was a dream is now a reality
  • I of course asked for his key tips for beginner-level surfers - for those that want to start, and there’s just an avalanche of quality insights in this interview – the list goes on.

So If you’re someone that’s interested in hearing the ups, the downs and everything in between – from a world champion, then this episode is for you.

I present to you … the hard-working, super humble, 11-time world champ ... Kelly Slater!

More on Kelly Slater can be found via the links below:

Kelly’s personal website

Kelly Slater Wave Company website

Kelly's menswear brand: Outerknown

Kelly’s Twitter: @kellyslater

Kelly’s Instagram: @kellyslater

Kelly on Facebook

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Dec 13 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #2: Nike+ Design Director, Ben Fullerton on interaction design, channelling your creative voice and bringing it to life

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Today we are diving into episode number 23, where I chat with the Design Director for Nike+, who has worked across the realms of digital products, physical products, services and brands. He is best known for his interaction design work, and his CV includes the likes of Samsung, Twitter and IDEO.

His work has been recognised by:

  • BAFTA (the British Academy of Film & Television Arts
  • the Spark Awards
  • the Webbys
  • the Pixel Awards
  • and the Interaction Design Association’s Awards.


Has been published by:

  • Fast Company
  • Core77.


And presented workshops at international conferences:

  • including South by Southwest!

Whether you’re an emerging or established designer, you’ll get solid insights and practical advice here.


He shares his experiences with:

  • small and large companies
  • project challenges
  • on-the-job realities
  • health-tech wearables
  • and navigating your way through curiosity.

I now present to you, one of the great minds behind arguably the world’s most iconic sporting brand... Ben Fullerton!

More on Ben can be found via the links below:

Twitter: twitter.com/BenFu
Instagram: instagram.com/BenFu
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/benfl

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Are you struggling to get a mentor?

This year (2016) I'll be releasing my second book, titled 'How To Get A Mentor As A Designer, Guaranteed.' Cut the guess work. Get the shortcuts. Succeed faster.

To be notified on the launch, head to GiantThinkers.com/Mentor

Apr 10 2016

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Rank #3: Kevin O’Leary, aka Money Expert Mr. Wonderful and Shark Tank USA Investor on succeeding as an entrepreneur

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Giants, Ram Castillo here. This is episode #68! Today’s guest is a Canadian businessman, author and TV personality from Shark Tank USA. He co-founded the technology firm SoftKey – which was later acquired for more than $4 billion dollars. He has since launched O’Leary Funds (an investment fund company), O’Leary Fine Wines – and a best-selling book series on financial literacy which covers everything you need to know about making, saving, and growing money. He’s even stepped his foot into the world of politics (which we briefly talk about).

He has a current investment portfolio of 29 companies (possibly more from when I interviewed him 2 months ago to now). He first learnt about entrepreneurship at a young age after his step-father advised him to not become a full-time photographer – a story I won’t spoil as our guest delivers it so well. And now he is on a mission to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs to truly succeed.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The common mistakes he sees people aged 20 - 35 make with their money
  • His advice for going ‘all in’ professionally in your creative craft
  • The best and worst investments he has made
  • The three common attributes all successful pitches have on Shark Tank

So if you’re thinking about making a success out of your creative craft – or are looking for ways to grow your financial freedom through running a business, then this is for you – as we uncover what truly makes an entrepreneur successful.

I present to you … the brutally honest, relentless and generous … Kevin O’Leary!

More on Kevin can be found via the links below:

KevinOleary.com

LinkedIn: Kevin O’Leary

Kevin’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @KevinOlearyTV

Instagram: @KevinOlearyTV 

Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids, and Money 

The Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women, and Money 

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Mar 24 2019

52mins

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Rank #4: Vanessa Van Edwards on the best way to open a conversation, first impressions and The Similarity Attraction Effect

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G’day to all of you beautiful listeners, we are up to episode number 13. This guest is a behavioral investigator, published author by Penguin, public speaker and body language trainer specializing in science-based people skills. She’s a Huffington Post columnist and her ground-breaking work has been featured on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Today Show and USA Today. And has written for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes.

She also the founder of the Science of People which is a human behavior research lab. Where they basically demonstrate how people work, including:

• The Science of Attraction• Human Lie Detection• Body Language Hacks• The Psychology of Jealousy• The Secrets of Persuasion

Really interesting stuff!

On this episode, our guest describes herself as a “Recovering Boring Person” and now her goal is to teach all of us how to be the most memorable person in the room.

I present, the human puzzle solving Jedi; Vanessa Van Edwards.

More on Vanessa can be found on the links below:

http://www.scienceofpeople.com

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vvanpetten

Instagram: @VvanEdwards

Twitter: @VvanEdwards

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Dec 09 2015

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Rank #5: Elle Luna on protecting your passion, interpreting your dreams and the practicality of transition periods

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It’s a pleasure to have your company on episode #42! Our guest is a formally trained designer who previously worked at IDEO and with startups including Mailbox, Medium, and Uber – then a few years ago she made a brave pivot and transitioned into spending more time painting, writing and creating. She is the author of a book many of you may have or heard of, titled; 'The Crossroads of Should and Must'.

Side note here, I suggest you watch one of the many talks she’s done, in particular the one titled ‘The importance of doing what you love’ it’s on vimeo.com. I highly, highly recommend it. She also runs a textile venture, the Bulan Project, a collaboration between designers and master batik artists in Bali.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The job vs the career vs the calling

  • Her winding road of transition (even being denied admission from every law school she applied for)

  • How to protect your passion

  • The importance of play

  • And techniques to interpret our own dreams.

I present to you, the deeply captivating, thoughtful and tranquil … Elle Luna!

More on Elle can be found via the link below:

LinkedIn: click here

Twitter: @ElleLuna

Instagram: @ElleLuna

Personal website: ElleLuna.com

The Bulan Project: click here

Elle's book: The Crossroads of Should and Must

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Are you a designer or creative struggling to navigate your way?

If you haven’t already, I invite you to sign up for the mailing list, where you get occasional emails from me on new episodes, articles and events.

But if email isn’t your thing, add me on Instagram or snapchat, my handle is @TheGiantThinker -- it’s the fastest way to reach me and see my day-to-day activities.

Mar 08 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #6: Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters on the cross-pollination of craft and going beyond operational excellence

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Welcome to episode #39! As the first episode of 2017 it’s only fitting that I wish you all a very happy new year, and that we kick off the show with a jaw-dropping guest. She is an icon and a pioneer in the design, education and podcasting world.

Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, our guest is also an author of six books, a brand strategist – formerly the President of the design division at Sterling Brands for 20 years, and host of the podcast Design Matters; the first and longest running podcast about design. She has interviewed nearly 300 design luminaries and cultural commentators.

And when you thought it couldn’t get any more juicy, she is also the Chair and Co-founder of the Masters Program in Branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Speaking of, this was recorded in NYC in November last year and am excited to finally let this one out of the bag.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to deal with challenges and heartbreak on our career path
  • Advice to designers who are struggling to decide which discipline to focus on
  • The difference between a good designer and a great one
  • Practical tips for those wanting to start a podcast, and plenty more.

I present to you, the deeply thoughtful, wise and compassionate … Debbie Millman!

More on Debbie can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @DebbieMillmanLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deborahmillmanWebsite: Debbiemillman.comDebbie's all-time delights of NYC: Debbiemillman.com/new_york_city.htmlDesign Matters Podcast: Debbiemillman.com/designmatters

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Jan 05 2017

58mins

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Rank #7: Jules Marcoux on ‘The Drug Dealer Strategy’ and reaching #1 on Amazon in 4 months at 21 years old

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Welcome to episode number 14! In this session we have a young gun who is a marketing and entrepreneurial wiz. His recent book ‘The Marketing Blueprint – Lessons to Market and Sell Anything’ has quickly climbed to the #1 Best Seller spot in the Marketing category on Amazon, globally. He’s also an advisor and consultant to over 50 brands.

Some of the powerful insights our guest shares include:

• Taking pictures, turning them into postcards and selling them when he was a kid at his mother’s hair salon

• Writing his thoughts and rapping them, then recording it on YouTube and reaching 1 million views at 17 years old

• His advice on how to make something popular

• Using “The Drug Dealer Strategy”

• And his action steps on going to your audience and not waiting for them to come to you.

I present to you, one of the most inspiring and hardworking 21 year old entrepreneurs I’ve ever met – Jules Marcoux.

More on Jules can be found via the links below:

http://www.julesmarcoux.com

Instagram: @julesmarcoux

http://facebook.com/julesmrcoux

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Dec 27 2015

57mins

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Rank #8: Matt Eastwood on leadership behavior, the gift of creativity, overcoming struggles and being stuck on a deserted island

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Hello wonderful listeners, thank you for tuning in on the fifth episode of the Giant thinkers Podcast. Ram Castillo here and I am pumped to launch this episode.If you’ve ever wanted to hear about what it’s like to be a Global Chief Creative Officer at one of the world’s best-known marketing communications agencies and one of the oldest, then this is the podcast episode you’ve been waiting for. Now, this is a little longer than my usual podcasts but it’s for good reason. Listen to the first half an hour of it and you’ll know exactly what I mean. I cast a wide net of questions and my guest goes deep with the answers.We talk about a whole bunch of topics including: • Being deliberate in career choice• The importance of selling your ideas• How to behave as a leader• The plus side of getting fired• The gift of creativity• Grilled cheese sandwiches• Advice on how to get noticed by an employer• Feeding your curiosity• Making the world better… and the list goes on.So it’s with great pleasure to introduce to you, the unicorn himself, the inspiring and grounded Matt Eastwood, Global CCO of JWT.Catch Matt Eastwood on his twitter handle: @MattInNewYork and on his LinkedIn profile here.Plus more on JWT can be found at: https://www.jwt.comSubscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.

Aug 18 2015

1hr 9mins

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Rank #9: Candice Kumai on the Japanese practice of golden repair and celebrating our imperfections

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Giants welcome to episode #62. Today we have an internationally-renowned wellness writer, chef and content creator. She’s in fact a classically trained chef, who has cooked on the line at several restaurants. And impressively (but not surprisingly) was the youngest chef competing in the first season of Top Chef. Other accomplishments include being a former tv host, former-model-turned wellness journalist, and a five-time best-selling author. ELLE magazine describes her as “The Golden Girl of the Wellness World.” She sits on The Well+Good Council and was named one of Arianna Huffington’s “Top 20 New Role Models in 2017.” Her mother is Japanese and her father is Polish-American.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How we can harness ‘Kintsugi’ for healing and strength – which is actually the Japanese practice of golden repair – we elaborate on this in depth.
  • We also chat about core principles such as ‘Gaman’ — which infers: ‘Live with great resilience’ and ...
  • Shikata ga nai — that means: Accept what cannot be helped.

This is a rollercoaster episode – we share many laughs and many vulnerabilities … including some tears.

So if that sounds appealing and If you’re interested in the intersection of culinary arts, Japanese philosophy and wellness, then you are in for an absolute treat.

I present to you … the kind hearted, tenacious and passionate ... Candice Kumai!

More on Candice can be found via the links below:

http://candicekumai.com

Instagram: @CandiceKumai

Twitter: @CandiceKumai

Kintsugi Wellness on Amazon

LinkedIn Profile

Candice's Facebook Page

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Jul 01 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #10: The legendary Ric Grefé on listening, leadership and legacy via design to impact social change

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Our guest on episode 22 is unlike any other. His CV includes a broad range of accomplishments including working in naval intelligence during the Vietnam War, working as a journalist for the Associated Press, and contributing as a business writer for Time magazine. His most recent and significant contribution to the world of design has been his 20 year tenure as the Executive Director of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), where he was committed to advancing creative thinking from 1995 through to 2015.

The thing that astounds me is the profoundly unique way that he observes the world we live in. I guarantee that you will view design, and your ability to impact the world, in a whole new dimension. It’s an exciting and deep episode, so I won’t give too much away.

I present to you, the complex and poetic mind of the incredible Mr Ric Grefé.

More on Ric can be found via the links below:

Email: grefe@me.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ric-grefé-023237
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ricgrefe

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Mar 28 2016

54mins

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Rank #11: Chase Jarvis, Founder of CreativeLive and world-renowned photographer on human connection

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Strap yourself in and have some snacks handy. This is a long one, but for good reason. It's partly deep, partly entertaining and 100% real. This man needs no introduction, but if by chance you haven't heard of him, he is a world-renowned photographer, CEO and Founder of CreativeLive. It’s none other than, Chase Jarvis.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Studying medicine for years before ultimately following his calling towards photography
  • Creating ‘Best Camera’, the first app to introduce filters and allow direct sharing to social media (pre-Instagram)
  • The humble beginnings of CreativeLive in a tiny south Seattle warehouse with his co-founder Craig Swanson
  • And the importance of writing your own script in life.

More on Chase can be found via the links below:

Instagram: @ChaseJarvisTwitter: @ChaseJarvisWebsite: chasejarvis.comBlog: blog.chasejarvis.com/blogFacebook: facebook.com/chasejarvis Youtube: youtube.com/chasejarvis

Creative Live: creativelive.com28 to Make: creativelive.com/courses/28-to-make 

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Feb 16 2016

1hr 34mins

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Rank #12: Dennis Yu, CTO of Blitzmetrics on Facebook marketing, personal branding and reaching almost anyone for $1 a day

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On episode #32 – I spoke with the Chief Technology Officer of BlitzMetrics, who is an internationally recognised expert lecturer in the world of Facebook marketing. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, TechCrunch, Fox News, and CBS. He has previously held leadership positions at Yahoo! and American Airlines. His colleague Logan Young also joined to share some insights and stories. 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • 6 specific phases of Personal Branding to get noticed and maximise opportunities
  • How to leverage the $1 a day method of Facebook targeted marketing
  • His advice for designers on how to network in a meaningful way
  • And why mentorship, more than anything else, will guide you to your version of success.


I present to you … the super intelligent Facebook ‘mathematician’ and online marketing wiz, Dennis Yu!

More on Dennis and Logan can be found via the links below:

Website: https://blitzmetrics.com
Emails: Dennis@BlitzMetrics.com  /  Logan@BlitzMetrics.com 
LinkedIn: Dennis: http://bit.ly/2caKVYV  /  Logan: http://bit.ly/2bINKUA

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Sep 14 2016

1hr 18mins

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Rank #13: Aaryn Longmore, Founder & CEO of NLP Academy Australia on using Neuro-Linguistic Programming for designers and creatives

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This guest is the Founder and CEO of NLP Academy Australia. For those that haven’t heard of NLP before, it stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and it’s a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience; neurology, language and programming. NLP methods include ‘modeling’ and ‘adopting’ the skills and behaviors of exceptional people, then using that to acquire your own goals and objectives.

Some of the topics we chat about include:

  • Four NLP action steps we can apply immediately
  • Behavioural integration
  • Understanding rapport and how to use it effectively
  • The definition of ‘anchoring’ and how to use it appropriately
  • And reframing the mind with a powerful technique to help us shift to excitement as opposed to negativity.

I present to you, the NLP master himself, Aaryn Longmore!

More on Aaryn can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @AarynLongmore
Instagram: @Aaryn_Longmore
Website: nlpacademyaustralia.com.au
Facebook: facebook.com/NLPacademyAustralia


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Mar 02 2016

59mins

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Rank #14: Kevin Lee, Global Vice President and Head of Design at VISA on designing experiences

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What better way to enter the double digits, episode #10, than to bring on the Global Vice President and Head of Design at Visa. He was previously the Global Director, Head of Product Strategy & UX Design at Samsung, Head of Design at Paypal, Senior Manager of UX Design at eBay, and has even had long stints at Whirlpool and GE. On this episode you will walk away with your mind blown. Seriously.The topics we talk about all revolve around user experience in so much depth, I usually dot point key learning outcomes, but I felt for this particular episode, dot points wouldn’t do it justice. You just have to listen to this man’s story and insights. The way he thinks is on another level and I truly I believe that anyone that listens to this will benefit from it.I present to you, the man behind the epic resume, Kevin Lee.More on Kevin Lee can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinleeSubscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.--Get 25% OFF any CreativeLive design class!CreativeLive is the world’s largest live online education website. Head to CreativeLive.com/GiantThinkers to see what they have to offer and my top picks. Enter the coupon code GiantThinkers3 at the checkout for 25% off any CreativeLive design class. This code is valid until the 30th of November, 2015.

Nov 05 2015

1hr 17mins

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Rank #15: Cesar Santos, Cuban-American portrait painter on making a living as an artist

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Giants, this is episode #67! Today’s guest is a contemporary Cuban-American artist and portrait painter, best known for his ‘Syncretism’, a term he coined in 2011 to describe paintings where he presents two or more art tendencies in aesthetic balance. His work harmonises both classical and modern interpretations juxtaposed within each painting.

When he moved to America with his family aged 12, he got the real taste for the American Dream: “The worst thing that could happen in America was always a luxury in comparison to the Cuban lifestyle” (where he’s originally from).

He studied at the Miami Dade College, then attended the New World School of the Arts for a period of time and even relocated to Florence for further painting education. The artist has received numerous accolades around the world, including the Grand Prize and People's Choice Award at the Academy of Realist Art Boston, First Prize at the Grand Central Academy Portrait Competition, The Hall of Fame Award at Miami Dade College and First Place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Advice for people wanting to make a living as an artist
  • How his physical activity feeds in with his life as a painter
  • The role of an artist in the age of technology
  • And the business side of being a painter.

So if you’re thinking about becoming a full-time artist, or looking for ways to channel your creativity, then this is for you – as we uncover what makes an artist thrive.

I present to you … the always curious, open-minded, grounded … Cesar Santos!

More on Cesar can be found via the links below:

SantoCesar.comCesar’s YouTube Channel Instagram: @santocesartTwitter: @SantocesArt

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It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.

It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

Feb 28 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #16: Dominic Walsh, Managing Director at Landor on better leadership and business meeting creativity

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G’day Giants you are listening to episode number 36 – as I’m recording this I’m about one-third through my 2-month USA speaking tour. So far have covered Las Vegas, LA, San Fran, Jacksonville, Orlando and even a side trip to Mexico. I still have New York, South Carolina, Kansas, West Michigan and Seattle to visit. All part of launching my second book; How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed. The full list of my tour can be seen on GettingaMentor.com click the events page and if I’m my visiting your city or am nearby – please come along, I’d really love to see you there.

I’m also doing my best to document my day to day journey via Snapchat and Instagram stories, so if you’d like a sneak peek into my travels, you can add me on my handle: @TheGiantThinker

Now, to introduce today’s guest, he is the Managing Director of Landor, Australia. He’s had over 20 years experience in marketing, branding, and communications. He started his career in advertising with Clemenger BBDO, then McCann-Erickson where his clients included Unilever, Nestle, and Bacardi. He’s also held leadership positions at Blue Marlin and Interbrand.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Advice on becoming a great leader
  • Tips on managing staff
  • How to better commercialise innovative ideas
  • And how brands can be more agile

I present to you … the highly proficient and modest, Dominic Walsh!

More on Dominic can be found via the links below:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominic-walsh-aa06354Landor: http://landor.com/offices/sydney

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Nov 12 2016

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Rank #17: Steve Babcock, VaynerMedia’s Chief Creative Officer on ideation, intuition and decision making

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Giants, welcome to episode #38! I’m officially back home in Sydney, Australia, after a whirlwind 2-month USA tour as part of launching my second book; how to get a mentor as a designer. I couldn’t of done it without the AIGA chapters that hosted me and of course all of you that participated. In short, I visited 15 cities, delivered 20 talks and met over 1500 attendees. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it was truly an honor – do checkout my instagram for all the pictures of that journey, my handle is @TheGiantThinker.

Today’s guest is the Chief Creative Officer of VaynerMedia – an advertising, social-media led marketing and communications agency founded by Gary Vaynerchuk with over 800 employees and counting. We know a lot about Gary, but to hear from the CCO of VaynerMedia is a rare gem, so rare in fact that this guest has never been interviewed on any podcast, ever. I’m truly grateful to be the first and I know you’re going to find this both informative and entertaining.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Advice on how to generate better ideas faster
  • Tips on which area of design or creativity to specialise in
  • Insights on becoming a creative director
  • How to improve our intuition
  • And what it’s like working for the hustle king himself, Gary Vee.

I present to you, the man leading VaynerMedia’s creative team of titanic proportions … Steve Babcock!

More on Steve can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @stevehappensSnapchat: @babcosnapsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevehappensWebsite: SteveHappens.com

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Dec 20 2016

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Rank #18: Dr. Carmel Harrington, sleep specialist for over 20 years on how to achieve better sleep

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Welcome to episode #45! Our guest is a former lawyer and educator who has a PHD in Sleep Medicine from Sydney University and consults with companies and educational institutions all over the world on sleep health. She’s an internationally recognised Doctor that has been working in the world of sleep for nearly 20 years.

She’s the Managing Director of Sleep for Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Children's Hospital Westmead. She’s also a founding member of the Sleep Health Foundation and a member of the Australasian Sleep Association. On top of that, she’s written two books ‘The Sleep Diet’ and ‘The Complete Guide To A Good Night's Sleep’.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The stages of a complete sleep cycle and how each affect our mind and bodies
  • How much sleep we actually need and why
  • The differences of sleep requirements for males versus females
  • How to naturally achieve better sleep
  • How to create a sleep plan
  • Her thoughts around power naps
  • What it means for those who snore, sleep talk, sleep walk or jolt suddenly, and plenty more.

I present to you … the warm, generous and intelligent ...  Dr. Carmel Harrington!

More on Dr. Carmel Harrington can be found via the links below:

Dr. Carmel’s website: sleepforhealth.net.au

Dr. Carmel’s LinedIn: click here

Blog post by Dr. Carmel: Are you getting enough sleep?

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Jun 07 2017

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Rank #19: Taj Pabari on being a 16 year old Founder and CEO of tech empire Fiftysix Creations

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Giants, welcome to Episode #27, where we chat to the 16 year old Founder and CEO of tech empire Fiftysix Creations; also known as the Lego of the 21st Century. 

Coined by some as “the next Steve Jobs”, he was exposed to his first school laptop in Grade 4, and started his first blog and entrepreneurial journey at the age of 11. He’s currently still a full-time high school student who runs his business by waking up at 4am every morning to connect with his team throughout Australia, the US and London.

Some of the things we spoke about include:

  • How he balances his double life as a CEO and Grade 12 student
  • Why it’s important to educate third-world countries about technology
  • How to up-skill with life fundamentals that aren’t taught in school
  • And insights on the jobs of the future


I present, the teenage entrepreneurial whiz shaking up the tech industry, Taj Pabari! 

More on Taj can be found via the links below:

Website: http://www.tajpabari.com
Fiftysix Creations: https://hellofiftysix.com
Taj’s LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/1NH55JN
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tajpmahal

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Jun 13 2016

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Rank #20: John Wayne Parr, 10-time World Muay Thai Champion on having a winners mindset

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G’day Giants, welcome to episode #66! Our guest today is a 10-time World Muay Thai Champion. He’s also a former Australian middleweight boxing champion, professional Kickboxer and Owner of Boonchu gym located in the Gold Coast, Queensland. He was the runner up on The Contender Asia, and the first Australian to fight at the Thai King’s birthday.

For extra context, he started Taekwondo at the age of 11 before moving onto Muay Thai at the age of 13. He’s grown a career from this passion, travels the world competing in professional matches, and all while running his Gym. . Now aged 42, “the passion has never worn off” – and he still fights professionally today.

His mindset is to “concentrate on your own strength, not your opponent’s strength” . Having fought in front of 100,000 spectators, received 335 stitches to his face to date and fought in 145 career fights – this man’s drive is intoxicating . We learn how much of his outer strength comes from inner strength.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • What he believes is the Winner’s Mindset
  • The importance of creativity in competition fighting
  • How to stay focused in a high-pressured environment
  • And his secret to his longevity of being an athlete.

So if you’re chasing your dreams, need a reminder of what’s at stake, and want to grow your self belief, your discipline and your winners mindset – then this is for you.

Alrighty, let’s dive straight in.

I present to you … the always smiling, dedicated and humble … John Wayne Parr.

More on John can be found via the links below:

JPW’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @johnwayneparr

Instagram: @johnwayneparr

Boonchu Gym

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Jan 25 2019

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Kristina Karlsson, Founder of kikki.K, supporting one hundred and one million people to live their dream life

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Giants, this is episode #76! Today’s guest is an enormous inspiration. She’s the Founder and Creative Director of kikki.K, the award winning, global Swedish design and stationery business that offers stylish gifts, seasonal collections, stationery (of course) and functional organising tools – all to inspire and empower people to live their best life. Currently, kikki.K has 102 stores, they are stocked in another 250, and sold online in over 147 countries worldwide..

Needless to say the growth of this brand is staggeringly impressive. What makes it so, is how kikki.K all started. Our guest wrote on a piece of paper – all her dreams at 3am one morning when she couldn’t sleep, she was 22 years old. That was the seed. And in this episode we uncover the entire origin story, which is a testament to the power of staying true to our own dreams.

Speaking of, since she emigrated to Australia from Sweden a couple of decades ago, it’s been her ambition to spread the power of dreaming big to the masses. So much so, she has set herself a target to inspire one hundred and one million people to write down three specific dreams, and to go chase after them.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Where she gets her inspiration to create the products that she releases
  • What factors have influenced her level of scale
  • Her self-care practices, including her 5am “holy hour”
  • What she’s learnt from being coached 1:1 by Robin Sharma.

So if you’re someone who also has big, bold ambitions but don’t know where to start, or perhaps there’s a voice inside you, nudging you that there’s something lacking, then this episode will be right up your alley.

I present to you … the endless dreamer and powerhouse doer … Kristina Karlsson!

More on Kristina Karlsson and kikki.K can be found via the links below:

Kikki-k.com

LinkedIn: Kristina Karlsson

kikki.K’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @kikkiK

Instagram: @kikki.k

Instagram: @kristinakikkik

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Dec 30 2019

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James Victore on fecking perfuction, living bravely and creating boldly

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Hello Giants, Ram here. This is episode #75! I’m so excited to introduce to you a creative thought leader who I’ve not only admired for the past decade, but is someone I’ve learned a lot from in the space of living bravely and creating boldly. He is a Designer, Author and Teacher, his philosophy is to “begin before your ready”. It’s helped him work for global brands like Adobe, MailChimp, Time, Moet & Chandon and The City of New York. To him, braveness is the key to creativity – and we unpack a lot of that in the interview.

His work has been exhibited twice at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is represented in permanent museum collections worldwide including the Louvre in Paris. Awards to his name include an Emmy, a gold and silver medal from the Art Directors Club, and a Grand Prix from the Brno Biennale.

It’s now his mission to teach people like you and I how to illuminate our individual gifts in order to find clarity and purpose.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • What to do when you’re in a creative slump
  • Ways to address any fears that hold you back
  • How to be your unapologetic self
  • And the need for more people to push and challenge.

So if you’re in a creative block, or looking to amplify what you’ve created, then this is for you – as we uncover what it takes to live a creative and fulfilling life.

I present to you … the wildly creative, thought-provoking and experimental… James Victore!

More on James Victore can be found via the links below:

JamesVictore.com

Twitter: @JamesVictore

Instagram: @JamesVictore

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Dec 10 2019

1hr 8mins

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Tyler Babin, former Creative for Gary Vaynerchuk and current Adobe Creative Resident on ‘the climb’

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Giants, this is episode #74! We’ve got a good friend of mine on the show. He and I live halfway across the world from each other. He’s based in New York, I’m in Sydney. We did this interview in LA. I’d describe him as an incredibly dedicated, super talented young gun. Currently aged 25, he’s already been a Creative for Gary Vaynerchuk, for Gary’s personal brand and numerous VaynerMedia projects. He worked side-by-side with Gary for over 3 years – specialising in videography, editing, art direction and design.

This year however, he received acceptance into the highly sought-after 2019 Adobe Creative Residency program. It’s an enormously rare opportunity. Allowing him to spend a year, full-time on a personal creative project, while sharing his experience and process with the entire global creative community.

We unpack his journey to date, which is a testament to the power of going all in on your passion. Including how he landed his dream job with Gary, his humble beginnings, and what he’s up to now.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The one item he can’t travel without
  • Practical advice on having mentors around you like Gary Vee
  • The tactics he practises to overcome imposter syndrome
  • How the Adobe Creative Residency program defines creative success, and plenty more.

So if you’re unsure where to take your career, or if you’re facing a creative block, then this is for you – as we uncover what it takes to go after your creative pursuits.

I present to you … the always moving, hyper-curious, creative storyteller … Tyler Babin!

More on Tyler Babin can be found via the links below:

TylerBabin.comThe Adobe Creative ResidencyGaryVaynerchuk.comLinkedIn: Tyler BabinTwitter: @Tyler_BabinInstagram: @babinYouTube: @babin

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Sep 20 2019

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Chris Zumwalt, CEO of BridgeClimb Sydney, on being a Servant Leader

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Giants, this is episode #73! Today we have the CEO of BridgeClimb Sydney, which is the #1 ranked experience in Australia. To date, over 4 million people from more than 140 countries have climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge since 1998, including Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman and Jamie Oliver. Previously, our guest was the CEO of Scenic World Blue Mountains where he served a 10-year tenure.

His formal studies include a Bachelor's degree in Business, Management and Marketing – plus a Master’s in Information and Communication Sciences – both at Ball State University, Indiana.

He is a man of many layers, including being a servant leader that specialises in creating world-class cultures and building exceptional iconic experiences. He believes the heart of all business is people and that his role is to create a space where people can be the best version of themselves.

One of the things that really got me was when he said that “in order to truly know and lead a person you have to know their pain”. Personally, the conversation we had reminded me that – excelling in our careers and reaching ambitious goals, takes a tonne of inner-work – and requires showing up with an open heart and open mind when working with others.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The most unexpected thing that’s happened on the bridge during a climb
  • Setting up people in your company to be the best version of themselves
  • What ‘building exceptional iconic experiences’ means to him
  • What servant leadership is, and what we can learn from it.

So if you’d like to improve your leadership skills, or hear answers to some of the bigger questions, then this is for you – as we uncover what makes an empathic, courageous leader.

I present to you … the high-climbing, multi-layered, truth-seeker … Chris Zumwalt!

More on Chris can be found via the links below:

LinkedIn: Chris Zumwalt

BridgeClimb Sydney

Scenic World

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Aug 30 2019

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Stephanie Rice, 3 x Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 x World Record Holder unpacks the champion’s mindset

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Welcome to episode #72! Today’s guest is a household name. She’s a 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 time World Record Holder. She’s even been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. When she was a full-time competitor, her rigorous training involved over 5 hours a day, 6 days a week, swimming 3,000 km a year – so we have front row seats to hearing from an elite athlete about physical fitness and mental toughness.Now as a retired athlete, she dedicates her time in entrepreneurship, mentorship, speaking engagements and supporting other swimmers through her courses and programs.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Her top 5 vegan ingredient staples
  • Her self-talk prior to big races like the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Tools and systems that kept her accountable for high-level training
  • Her tips for breathing, strokes and leg kicks for non-confident swimmers — and we chat about plenty more.

So if you’re interested in having the mindset of a pro athlete and keen to implement that into your career — or your own brand or business, then this is for you, as we uncover what it takes to succeed like an Olympic Champion.

I present to you … the super friendly, humble and determined … Stephanie Rice!

More on Stephanie can be found via the links below:

StephanieRice.com.au

Stephanie’s Swim Squad Programs

LinkedIn: Stephanie Rice

Stephanie’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @ItsStephRice

Instagram: @itsstephrice

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Jul 28 2019

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Reynold Poernomo, former top 4 MasterChef Australia contestant and Chef on running a creative food empire

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Today, we have someone super special. He’s been a top 4 contestant on MasterChef Australia’s Season 7 (in 2015 – where at the time he was only 20 years old) and he’s the Co-Founder of multiple family-run restaurants – including KOI Dessert Bar & Dining and Monkey’s Corner. He’s often been referred to as Sydney’s "dessert king" but his abilities span well beyond sweets and into the savoury. He’s been featured multiple times in the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Good Food, News.com.au and Vogue Australia. If you’ve ever tried his creations you’ll feel his passion for taking people on a journey through taste, texture and visual theatre.

A part of his story I’m excited for you all to hear is his humble beginnings which isn’t widely known or told. He emigrated from Indonesia to Sydney with his family when he was just 4 years old. The food and restaurant empire actually started in their family garage where his mother started operations with only $300 to support them. Through his story you’ll see why he’s a firm believer in keeping a firm grip of your dreams.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His top 3 dishes under $30
  • His advice for those looking to audition for MasterChef
  • What makes a successful family-run business
  • Practical business tips he’s learned along the way
  • And his creative process

So if you’re thinking about running a creative business, or just love cooking and quality food, then this is for you.

I present to you … the always moving, hardworking, creative visionary … Reynold Poernomo!

More on Reynold can be found via the links below:

KOIDessertBar.com.au

MonkeysCorner.com.au

Reynold’s Facebook Page

Reynold’s LinkedIn

Instagram: @reynoldpoer

Links to some of Reynold’s favourite places to eat in Sydney:

Mr Crackles

Ichibandori

Gumshara

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Jun 28 2019

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Jacob Cass, Founder of JUST Creative on his design process, income through blogging and travelling the world for 3 years

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Giants, this is episode #70! Today I’m joined by one of the world’s top Graphic Designers; specialising in branding and logo design. Our guest has had over 15 years design experience, has spoken at TEDx, been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and has been awarded LinkedIn’s exclusive “Best of 2017” for graphic design. With over 50 million views across his popular design blog, JUST Creative – which doubles as his award-winning graphic design and branding firm. Our guest has also worked across the globe – in New York, Sweden, Sydney and has travelled to 86 countries.

His portfolio includes clients such as Disney, Nintendo, Coca-Cola, Jerry Seinfeld and hundreds more. Graduating from The University of Newcastle, Australia, with a Bachelor of Visual Communication; for him design is a lifelong journey of continuously honing his craft, as well as educating other fellow designers to build on theirs.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Introvert-proof ways to network
  • How to grow and generate passive income through blogging
  • How he financially sustained travelling for three years with his wife
  • What the future looks like for brand and logo design

So if you’re thinking about becoming a graphic designer, or looking at how to best position yourself in the marketplace, then this is for you – as we uncover what it takes to put yourself out there.

I present to you … the curious, humble and dedicated … Jacob Cass!

More on Jacob can be found via the links below:

JustCreative.com

JustGlobetrotting.com

LinkedIn: Jacob Cass

Jacob’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @justcreative

Instagram: @justcreative

Jacob’s Dribble

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May 21 2019

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Janine Allis, Founder of Boost Juice on building one of the biggest juice bar businesses in the world

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Giants, this is episode #69! Our guest is the Founder of Boost Juice & Retail Zoo – the parent company of Boost Juice, as well as Salsa’s Fresh Mex, CIBO Espresso and Betty’s Burgers. She’s also an Australian Shark Tank Investor, Author and mother of four children.

It all started with her vision of getting more fruit and veggies in people’s diet and – loving life along the way – which is now a reality, with over 2 million smoothies and juices sold every month. Boost Juice has more outlets in more countries than any other juice bar in the world.

She also has a long list of awards to her name including BRW naming her one of fifteen people that changed the way Australia does business in the last 35 years.

In total, her businesses span across over 650 stores worldwide, so it’s no surprise that as a Shark Tank investor, she can quickly pinpoint the difference between a good business – versus a great one. Part of her unique philosophy is that it’s not necessarily about “being better” – rather, it’s about “being different”.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Her epic “go-to” concoction that she makes each morning
  • What she learnt from backpacking for over seven years
  • The sacrifices involved when starting a business
  • Having an ‘always learning’ appetite and mindset
  • And the ‘BBQ Test’ she uses to inform and grow her business.

So if you’re looking to learn from a powerhouse businesswoman, who’s worn all the hats, has weathered many storms and has more proof in the pudding than most entrepreneurs I’ve ever met, then this is for you.

I present to you … the opportunistic, out-of-the-box thinking, power mum and business giant … Janine Allis!

More on Janine can be found via the links below:

JanineAllis.com.au

BoostJuice.com.au

RetailZoo.com.au

LinkedIn: JanineAllis

Twitter: @Janineboost

Instagram: @Janine_Allis

The Accidental Entrepreneur

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Apr 25 2019

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Kevin O’Leary, aka Money Expert Mr. Wonderful and Shark Tank USA Investor on succeeding as an entrepreneur

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Giants, Ram Castillo here. This is episode #68! Today’s guest is a Canadian businessman, author and TV personality from Shark Tank USA. He co-founded the technology firm SoftKey – which was later acquired for more than $4 billion dollars. He has since launched O’Leary Funds (an investment fund company), O’Leary Fine Wines – and a best-selling book series on financial literacy which covers everything you need to know about making, saving, and growing money. He’s even stepped his foot into the world of politics (which we briefly talk about).

He has a current investment portfolio of 29 companies (possibly more from when I interviewed him 2 months ago to now). He first learnt about entrepreneurship at a young age after his step-father advised him to not become a full-time photographer – a story I won’t spoil as our guest delivers it so well. And now he is on a mission to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs to truly succeed.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The common mistakes he sees people aged 20 - 35 make with their money
  • His advice for going ‘all in’ professionally in your creative craft
  • The best and worst investments he has made
  • The three common attributes all successful pitches have on Shark Tank

So if you’re thinking about making a success out of your creative craft – or are looking for ways to grow your financial freedom through running a business, then this is for you – as we uncover what truly makes an entrepreneur successful.

I present to you … the brutally honest, relentless and generous … Kevin O’Leary!

More on Kevin can be found via the links below:

KevinOleary.com

LinkedIn: Kevin O’Leary

Kevin’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @KevinOlearyTV

Instagram: @KevinOlearyTV 

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Mar 24 2019

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Cesar Santos, Cuban-American portrait painter on making a living as an artist

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Giants, this is episode #67! Today’s guest is a contemporary Cuban-American artist and portrait painter, best known for his ‘Syncretism’, a term he coined in 2011 to describe paintings where he presents two or more art tendencies in aesthetic balance. His work harmonises both classical and modern interpretations juxtaposed within each painting.

When he moved to America with his family aged 12, he got the real taste for the American Dream: “The worst thing that could happen in America was always a luxury in comparison to the Cuban lifestyle” (where he’s originally from).

He studied at the Miami Dade College, then attended the New World School of the Arts for a period of time and even relocated to Florence for further painting education. The artist has received numerous accolades around the world, including the Grand Prize and People's Choice Award at the Academy of Realist Art Boston, First Prize at the Grand Central Academy Portrait Competition, The Hall of Fame Award at Miami Dade College and First Place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Advice for people wanting to make a living as an artist
  • How his physical activity feeds in with his life as a painter
  • The role of an artist in the age of technology
  • And the business side of being a painter.

So if you’re thinking about becoming a full-time artist, or looking for ways to channel your creativity, then this is for you – as we uncover what makes an artist thrive.

I present to you … the always curious, open-minded, grounded … Cesar Santos!

More on Cesar can be found via the links below:

SantoCesar.comCesar’s YouTube Channel Instagram: @santocesartTwitter: @SantocesArt

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Feb 28 2019

1hr 19mins

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John Wayne Parr, 10-time World Muay Thai Champion on having a winners mindset

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G’day Giants, welcome to episode #66! Our guest today is a 10-time World Muay Thai Champion. He’s also a former Australian middleweight boxing champion, professional Kickboxer and Owner of Boonchu gym located in the Gold Coast, Queensland. He was the runner up on The Contender Asia, and the first Australian to fight at the Thai King’s birthday.

For extra context, he started Taekwondo at the age of 11 before moving onto Muay Thai at the age of 13. He’s grown a career from this passion, travels the world competing in professional matches, and all while running his Gym. . Now aged 42, “the passion has never worn off” – and he still fights professionally today.

His mindset is to “concentrate on your own strength, not your opponent’s strength” . Having fought in front of 100,000 spectators, received 335 stitches to his face to date and fought in 145 career fights – this man’s drive is intoxicating . We learn how much of his outer strength comes from inner strength.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • What he believes is the Winner’s Mindset
  • The importance of creativity in competition fighting
  • How to stay focused in a high-pressured environment
  • And his secret to his longevity of being an athlete.

So if you’re chasing your dreams, need a reminder of what’s at stake, and want to grow your self belief, your discipline and your winners mindset – then this is for you.

Alrighty, let’s dive straight in.

I present to you … the always smiling, dedicated and humble … John Wayne Parr.

More on John can be found via the links below:

JPW’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @johnwayneparr

Instagram: @johnwayneparr

Boonchu Gym

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Jan 25 2019

1hr 8mins

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Q&A on cultivating what's important, starting a podcast, managing anxiety when public speaking and the money conversation

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Giants welcome to episode #65 — a special, first ever solo Q&A episode with yours truly to end 2018. Questions submitted by you the listeners. I’ve curated the top 8 based on the most similar questions asked, and also the ones I felt would be the most widely useful or applicable.

To help you skip to the answer most relevant to you, as I know many of you are time poor, I’ll list all the questions out below.

The eight questions I’ve answered in order are:

Q1. Any recommendations for working out what is truly important to each of us?

Q2. Would you stay in a smaller job market to keep your relationship, or venture out on your own?

Q3. Any advice for starting one's own podcast?

Q4. What is your go-to breakfast?

Q5. I often get anxious when speaking in public. Do you have any advice for overcoming this?

Q6. The money conversation with clients always scares me. I’m scared if I charge what I really want, they’ll say no and I won’t get their business at all, but if I charge too low that becomes the expected fee moving forward. What can I do to break this cycle?

Q7. With the vast number of interviews you’ve been able to do, have you seen a common thread in responses from interviewees?

Q8. How do you manage pursuing creative or entrepreneurial goals while keeping up with personal commitments?

So they are the 8 questions I’ve attempted to answer. By all means take it with a grain of salt. It’s my two cents and subjective at the end of the day. But I do hope it’s helpful and if you’d like me to do more of these, let me know on Instagram via a DM to my handle: TheGiantThinker

Resources mentioned can be found via the links below:

Ep 59 – Blair Enns: Founder of Win Without Pitching on pricing creativity and how to best position our value.

Ep 7 – Andrew Hoyne: The definition of value, having the ‘money’ conversation and the importance of being future-focused.

Win Without Pitching

Pricing Creativity Book

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Dec 31 2018

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Naomi Simson, Shark Tank investor and Founder of RedBalloon on what makes a standout entrepreneur

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Giants, this is episode #64! Our guest today is one of Shark Tank Australia’s well-known investors on the hit TV show Shark Tank. She’s also the Founder of the online experience gift retailer; RedBalloon, plus Co-Founder of the parent company Big Red Group.

With only $25K in 2001 she started RedBalloon with a second-hand computer in her front room. Prior to that, she worked for massive brands including IBM, Apple and KPMG.

If you follow her you may have even read her top-selling books; ‘Live What You Love’ is one, ‘Ready To Soar’ is another – or have read her blog posts … on LinkedIn alone – where she writes a ton of high value articles, she has over 2.7 million followers.

As she continues to pioneer the gifting experiences of Australia and NZ, she stands true to her motto “if it’s meant to be, it’s up to me”. Awards to her name include 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Silver Stevie Award.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • What makes a standout pitch
  • The impact of speaking clearly, simply and directly
  • How Shark Tank spreads innovation
  • Why blockchain technology and AI will be the main digital disruptors over the next few years.

So if you’re thinking about setting up a business, or at a crossroads on your entrepreneurial journey, then this is for you as we uncover what makes a business owner truly thrive.

I present to you … the highly driven, powerful and passionate … Naomi Simson!

More on Naomi can be found via the links below:

NaomiSimson.comRedBalloon.comLinkedIn: Naomi SimsonNaomi’s Facebook PageTwitter: @NaomiSimsonInstagram: @NaomiSimsonReady to SoarLive What You Love

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Dec 04 2018

53mins

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Dale Partridge, serial entrepreneur on evaluating our purpose, seeking our truth and creating businesses you believe in

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Giants, welcome to episode #63! Today’s guest has launched over half a dozen multi-million dollar companies. From a rock-climbing gym to a conference company to a branding agency and a highly successful e-commerce business. In the last few years, he’s shifted his mission from starting companies to teaching others how to start theirs. To help people create the business and family they love. Empowering people to chase their dreams and fulfil their purpose.

He’s been featured in publications including the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine, Fox News, NBC, INC Magazine, Mashable and Forbes. Now more than ever, he’s widely known as an online thought leader on faith, family, and marriage.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His journey in creating these multi-million dollar companies such as Sevenly and StartUp Camp
  • The ups and downs of running a business
  • The importance of looking in the mirror when things go bad and looking out the window when things go good
  • Lessons on leadership
  • Constantly evaluating our purpose
  • And seeking our own truth.

This episode has a mixed bag of goodies, so if you’re interested in the intersections of capitalist philanthropy, entrepreneurship and purpose – then this is for you.

I present to you … the highly passionate, inspiring, action-taking juggernaut … Dale Partridge!

More on Dale can be found via the links below:

https://dalepartridge.com

https://relearnchurch.org

https://ultimatemarriage.com

Dale's Facebook page

Twitter: @dalepartridge

Instagram: @dalepartridge

Dale's Youtube Channel

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Nov 10 2018

54mins

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Candice Kumai on the Japanese practice of golden repair and celebrating our imperfections

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Giants welcome to episode #62. Today we have an internationally-renowned wellness writer, chef and content creator. She’s in fact a classically trained chef, who has cooked on the line at several restaurants. And impressively (but not surprisingly) was the youngest chef competing in the first season of Top Chef. Other accomplishments include being a former tv host, former-model-turned wellness journalist, and a five-time best-selling author. ELLE magazine describes her as “The Golden Girl of the Wellness World.” She sits on The Well+Good Council and was named one of Arianna Huffington’s “Top 20 New Role Models in 2017.” Her mother is Japanese and her father is Polish-American.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How we can harness ‘Kintsugi’ for healing and strength – which is actually the Japanese practice of golden repair – we elaborate on this in depth.
  • We also chat about core principles such as ‘Gaman’ — which infers: ‘Live with great resilience’ and ...
  • Shikata ga nai — that means: Accept what cannot be helped.

This is a rollercoaster episode – we share many laughs and many vulnerabilities … including some tears.

So if that sounds appealing and If you’re interested in the intersection of culinary arts, Japanese philosophy and wellness, then you are in for an absolute treat.

I present to you … the kind hearted, tenacious and passionate ... Candice Kumai!

More on Candice can be found via the links below:

http://candicekumai.com

Instagram: @CandiceKumai

Twitter: @CandiceKumai

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Jul 01 2018

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Matt Mullenweg, Creator of WordPress and Founder & CEO of Automattic on tireless tinkering

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G’day Giants, This is episode #61! Our guest today is best known for developing the free and open-source web software that is insanely popular called: WordPress – which to date, officially powers 30% of websites on the internet. Including The New York Times, The Walt Disney Company, Sony Music, Bloomberg, BBC America, TechCrunch, Wired, People Mag, even Beyonce and Katy Perry’s websites run on the Wordpress CMS platform.

Back in 2007, our guest was named #16 of the 50 most important people on the web by PC World, reportedly – the youngest on the list. In 2011, he was named one of the top 10 most influential people online for changing the face of the internet by Business Insider. In that same year, he was listed by Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social and Mobile – for the impact he has made on the blogging world through open source.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How he went from playing the jazz saxophone, to majoring in Political Science, to pursuing a job at CNET
  • How WordPress all started
  • His thoughts and approaches on validating a feature or functionality of a product
  • And his definition of good design.

If you’re someone who is interested in the journey of product design and creating a massively disruptive, global company, then this episode is for you.

I present to you … the down-to-earth, genuine and highly accomplished ... Matt Mullenweg!

More on Matt can be found via the links below:

https://ma.tt

https://matt.blog/

Twitter: @PhotoMatt

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Automattic Website

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Jun 13 2018

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Jules Lund, Founder of TRIBE and former presenter of Getaway on relentless hard work and world-class discipline

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Hello wonderful Giants, welcome to episode #60! Today we have a former host of Getaway (which is actually Australia's longest-running travel and lifestyle TV program) and he appeared on Getaway for almost 400 episodes over 8 years. He’s hosted the Logies Red Carpet, Game-shows, Reality TV, live events, celebrity interviews and plenty more. He is a highly respected Australian TV and Radio superstar. On top of that, in the digital space he is widely known as the Founder of global influencer marketing platform Tribe; which connects brands with micro-influencers.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The extreme lengths he went to in order to land a spot on Getaway
  • Advice on how to get match fit no matter what we are pursuing
  • His take on the differences between TV, Radio and Social Media and why it matters
  • Advice for those that want to branch out and expand their creative output
  • Tips on how to get from concept to first round iteration
  • And his four ingredients for staying in peak performance

If you’re someone who is interested in the intersections of broadcasting, entrepreneurship, technology and design, then this episode is for you.

I present to you … the quick thinking, fast moving and determined ... Jules Lund!

More on Jules can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @JulesLund

LinkedIn Profile

TRIBE Website

Jules' Facebook Page

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May 30 2018

1hr 19mins

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Blair Enns, Founder of Win Without Pitching on pricing creativity and how to best position our value

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Welcome to episode #59! Today we have the founder and CEO of Win Without Pitching, the sales training and coaching organization for creative professionals. He is also the author of The Win Without Pitching Manifesto and the brand new book titled Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond the Billable Hour. This man has taught me and many thousands of creative people and businesses around the world, on how to build a lucrative client base without having to pitch ideas for free.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to best position our value in order to win business
  • How to command the high ground in the client vs creative relationship
  • His approach to proposals
  • His view on retainer clients
  • Rules on pricing creativity and so much more.

If you’re someone who is interested in moving from a vendor position to an expert practitioner position, then this is absolutely for you.

I present to you … the sharp and charismatic ... Blair Enns!

More on Blair can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @BlairEnns

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Pricing Creativity Book

Win Without Pitching Website

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May 18 2018

1hr 7mins

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Ryan Carson, Founder and CEO of Treehouse on creating products from thought to reality

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Welcome to episode #58 Giants! Our guest today is a father, a husband and an inspiring entrepreneur, widely known as the Founder and CEO of Treehouse – which is an online technology school that offers beginner to advanced courses in web design, web development, mobile development and game development. I absolutely love Treehouse because their courses are hands-on in teaching people how to code for a career in the tech industry.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The many businesses that existed prior to bringing Treehouse to fruition
  • Advice for anyone wanting to create an app or online tool
  • The power of beginning with the end in mind
  • And setting boundaries to ensure time with family is protected

If you’re someone who is interested in connecting the dots between your thoughts and creating a product around those thoughts, then this is absolutely for you.

I present to you … the highly accomplished, hard-working and disciplined ... Ryan Carson!

More on Ryan can be found via the links below:

Try Treehouse for free for 7 days

Twitter: @RyanCarson

Instagram: @RyanCarson

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Apr 27 2018

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Michael Bierut from Pentagram on visual communication, career development and the big picture

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This is episode #57. Our guest today is arguably one of the graphic design industry’s most well known designers. He worked at Vignelli Associates for ten years before joining Pentagram as a partner in 1990 where he still works till this day, after 28 years and counting.

His clients at Pentagram have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Robin Hood Foundation, MIT Media Lab, Mastercard, Princeton University, the New York Jets and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As a volunteer to Hillary Clinton’s communications team, he designed the H logo that was visible everywhere throughout her 2016 presidential campaign.

Our guest also served as the national president of AIGA from 1998 to 2001. Is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art. And is also one of the founding writers of the Design Observer blog. He’s paved quite an extraordinary life and I can’t wait for you to hear this.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His favorite typographic font of all time
  • His thoughts, feelings and actions when he started out as an emerging designer
  • His interpretation of corporate identities versus branding
  • And his advice for those that feel stuck in a creative rut.

If you’re someone who is interested in the fusion of visual communication, career development and making creative impact, then this is absolutely for you.

I present to you … the highly accomplished, inspiring and level-headed ... Michael Bierut!

More on Michael can be found via the links below:

Michael’s LinkedIn profile

Twitter: @MichaelBierut

Pentagram website

2016 AIGA Medalist page

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Mar 23 2018

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Well researched & diverse talent!

By Just Creative - Apr 23 2019
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Ram does a brilliant job with this podcast. Fresh talent with engaging conversations. Highly recommended!

Awesome!!

By embaiers - Apr 22 2019
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I’m a graphic design student & I’ve been listening to Giant Thinkers Podcast every morning to start out my day. I’ve gained so much knowledge about design and marketing that has helped me become a better designer. Thanks Ram for such an impactful podcast for young designers like me! Also, Happy Birthday🎉