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A show hosted by two South African buddies, Craig and Gareth. Both have fantastic faces for Podcasting 🙂Each episode the hosts have conversations with guests who are recognised in their community as people who provide inspiration, motivation and hope. We explore their lives and background stories in fascinating and intriguing chats. We unpack how adversity or their sheer determination and mindset has been used to create a positive and meaningful impact in their and other people's lives. The themes of wellness, business, spirituality and fun are traversed to educate, inspire and stoke your curiosity.

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A show hosted by two South African buddies, Craig and Gareth. Both have fantastic faces for Podcasting 🙂Each episode the hosts have conversations with guests who are recognised in their community as people who provide inspiration, motivation and hope. We explore their lives and background stories in fascinating and intriguing chats. We unpack how adversity or their sheer determination and mindset has been used to create a positive and meaningful impact in their and other people's lives. The themes of wellness, business, spirituality and fun are traversed to educate, inspire and stoke your curiosity.

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The stories they bring you will move you

By bdizzlefizzle - Jul 04 2019
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Gareth and Craig are so genuine, and that helps them draw out the best of their guests and their stories. I've loved so many of these episodes, and found how my life is impacted by what the guests share. Fantastic show!

Alexis Ray

By S.J. Facenda - Jul 03 2019
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Listening to this interview was, legit, an experience; I spent this amazing hour and a half nodding away, touching my heart, smiling, laughing, closing my eyes somberly for her pain; past and present. I have this strong feeling of being very honored to know these things about Alexis and her life. This was a flag in the ground moment in life that one doesn’t likely forget, and that the soul never forgets.

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The stories they bring you will move you

By bdizzlefizzle - Jul 04 2019
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Gareth and Craig are so genuine, and that helps them draw out the best of their guests and their stories. I've loved so many of these episodes, and found how my life is impacted by what the guests share. Fantastic show!

Alexis Ray

By S.J. Facenda - Jul 03 2019
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Listening to this interview was, legit, an experience; I spent this amazing hour and a half nodding away, touching my heart, smiling, laughing, closing my eyes somberly for her pain; past and present. I have this strong feeling of being very honored to know these things about Alexis and her life. This was a flag in the ground moment in life that one doesn’t likely forget, and that the soul never forgets.
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The Ridiculously Human Podcast

Latest release on Jun 17, 2020

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Rank #1: Superhumanship#5 - Inner-critic and Adventure - For New Age Micro-Leaders and Micro-Influencers

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Superhumanship, is a bonus podcast series which we run, that is all geared towards authentic leadership. Each week we try to disseminate the wisdom shared by our guests and provide our two cents too.

We believe that in this day and age, we are all leaders and all people of influence. New age leadership, is upon us. So therefore, we need to adapt and all realise we have this amazing opportunity to contribute to this shift in micro-leadership and micro-influence.

This week we spoke about…

  • Learning difficulties / being split up into different learning groups in school / different learning styles that people have
  • Being told you are constantly wrong and how that can kill creativity
  • Carrying things throughout our lives and never dealing with them
  • Inner critics / little gremlins / self-worth
  • Reframing the fear that you feel
  • Starting a project or business with the basics
  • Fitness and mindset / Gut health
  • Healing is non linear - invest time, money and effort into your health
  • Foot prisons - walking barefoot
  • Don’t rush the recovery! Rest is part of performance
  • There will be a day when you can’t do something
  • Energy levels / energy management / being present
  • Adding more good “Holy shit moments” - to our lives
  • Minimalism
  • Adventure - there is so much adventure to be had and playfulness is part of our humanness!

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Jul 17 2019

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Rank #2: RHP#099. Lani Cooper, Australian Businesswoman, Stand-up Comedian,  Adorkable SmartAss EcoWarrior, Founder and CEO of MOBOT

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Australian Businesswoman. Role Model. Stand-up Comedian. Adorkable SmartAss. EcoWarrior. Brain Injury Survivor. Yoga Teacher. Therapist. Founder and CEO of MOBOT.

Life can sometimes seem like a road of endless speed bumps, or a game of continuous curve balls. It’s your outlook and the way that you handle and deal with those challenges, that ultimately dictate how you act out your life. 

Our guest this week, Lani Cooper, is a lady who has had to deal with her fair share of trials and tribulations. However, she also has a lot to thank for those tough times. They conjured up the grit and determination to make a difference in the world and to help her build a world class brand.

Lani, was born into an extended family of men! Her Dad got sick when she was young and they ended up losing everything. She became more introverted because she was getting bullied at school, for being slightly overweight and also being a Jehovah's Witness. 

As a youngster, Lani was definitely confused that to be accepted she had to be like the boys, instead of being herself and owning her feminine power. So it all went internal and she honestly didn't know, but it led to an eating disorder and then eventually to drug addiction. It was ultimately yoga and hydration that saved her life. 

She always had an entrepreneurial flair and spark in her and all these experiences were manifesting into something. Then one day, it struck her like a lightning bolt. A product people could use which combined all the things she was passionate about and had experience in… SMR (Self myofascial release or trigger point therapy), hydration, plastic pollution, and community building. Within 9 months of the lightning bolt moment, she had a prototype and patent for MOBOT. MOBOT is the original foam roller water bottle. 

‘Courage’ should be Lani’s middle name. She moved over from Australia to the US in 2014, with two suitcases and only knowing two people. While playing touch rugby on the beach a guy took the game too seriously and ran straight into her, which ended up resulting in a serious brain injury. 

She couldn’t understand voice tones, facial recognition, and would lose clarity. She had no sense of taste or smell, and couldn’t remember what food she liked, and had no filter when speaking. She also became very isolated, angry, and aggressive. To top it off, she almost lost her company and a lot of friends too. Her recovery involved a ton of meditation and other tools like hertz music, acupuncture, essential oils, water and of course SMR.

This is a lady who can definitely play with the big boys now, if she so chooses. Her story is one of resilience, aptitude, community, reflection and determination. Her smile and giggle are infectious and her desire to make this world a better place and bring people closer together are second-to-none.

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Lani Cooper, to be Ridiculously Human. 

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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Sep 11 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #3: RHP#101. Grace Lee, Neuroscientist, Behaviour Expert, Change Evangelist, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Mastery Insights

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PhD Neuroscientist. Behaviour Expert. Change Evangelist. Social Entrepreneur. Career Reinvention Specialist. Life and Business Strategist. Keynote Speaker. Positive Impactor.

So many of us go through life wanting so much but actually never take any action to reach those dreams and desires. We become slaves to the story we are telling ourselves. Even though most things are probably within our grasp, there is always resistance which raises it’s little voice and finds an endless amount of reasons to justify why something cannot happen.

Our guest this week, Grace Lee, is somebody who knows all too well about the fruits of hard work, dedication and persistence. Life has thrown her many more curveballs than most, and yet she has always managed to somehow deal with these challenges and resurrect herself and her situation.

Dr Grace Lee, was always very close to her mother. She never built up a relationship, or even much rapport with her father at all. On the night of her 8th birthday, everything would change forever. Her whole family was involved in a head-on collision and she would never see her mother again. Grace spent a year in hospital recovering from severe injuries.

Grace was a tenacious and determined young lady. As a teenager, she used to waitress tables and earn $2 a day. It was one serendipitous evening of serving some repeat clients when they asked her if she needed a place to stay. These ‘strangers’ offered to take her home, invited her back to their house and so she took them up on it. She was desperate at the time, and they knew that.

This kind gesture would turn into something far greater and more beautiful than she could have ever imagined. Those two people are now her Foster parents. Her newfound security and the fact that her basic needs were being met, gave her the mental freedom to think about other things again. 

After her first university degree, she chose to move outside of her comfort zone and moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to pursue a Master’s degree in Neuroscience. With no financial aid, she gave herself one year to complete her degree before her savings ran out. 

During her career, she was introduced to keynote speaking and coaching, which she now focuses on full time. Dr Grace Lee is not your stereotypical Neuroscientist and behaviour expert. She is a change evangelist, quantum leap accelerator, and a career reinvention specialist, who is on a mission to end the separation between work and fulfilment.

Grace certainly is a very wise and special lady, who has a big place in our hearts. She tells her story with such enthusiasm and carries a big smile with great energy. It’s really hard to imagine what she has been through in her life and yet she continues to serve and help others in need because she believes that we are all designed for our own greatness. It’s discussions like these which really put things into perspective and give us hope and encouragement that where there’s a will, there’s a way. 

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Grace Lee, to be Ridiculously Human. 

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth 

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Oct 09 2019

1hr 50mins

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Rank #4: RHP#082. Bruce Lipton, Stem Cell Researcher, Developmental Biologist, Epigenetic Expert, Author, Keynote Speaker, Spiritual Scientist

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Stem Cell Researcher. Developmental Biologist. Epigenetic Expert. Scientist. Keynote Speaker. Spiritual Scientist. Believer. Author of The Biology of Belief.

There is so much in life which we are yet to discover, but thanks to technology, we are learning an extraordinary amount of new things and are privy to new science and research, each and every day, which is changing our lives and our view of the world. One of the really important and interesting discoveries, is that we now have the science to validate the traditional ways of how we have used things like meditation and beliefs systems to help with our overall wellbeing.

Our guest this week, Bruce Lipton, is a man who knows this all too well, and has spent much of his life and career researching and connecting science with the spiritual world.

Bruce was born in Mount Kisco, New York, into a family of Russian heritage. Like many of us, Bruce had family issues to deal with as a youngster. These were not his own issues, but his parents, and they would impact and programme him to be a certain way and have certain beliefs throughout his life.

Deviating from our normal storytelling Podcast, we used Bruce’s precious time to explore his vast wisdom and knowledge, to help understand what drives human behaviour and how we can better align ourselves with a life of greater meaning and purpose.

As a parent or adult it’s extremely important to understand the influence you have on the programming of children during the formative years of their lives. It’s also important as adults to go back and explore your own childhood. It will help you see and remember things which occurred to you, that ultimately forged many of your belief systems today.

Each of us has two minds, the conscious and subconscious mind. We switch between the two without even knowing about it and use them both interactively on a daily basis. Our subconscious is on autopilot, where we use the programs that were installed into us by the people around us. 95% of the day we are not acting consciously and in autopilot mode, so the subconscious mind plays an extremely important role in our lives.

The conscious mind, on the other hand, is the great creative mind that is thinking about things like our health, happiness, relationships, dreams and desires.

If we want to change the ‘program’ in our mind, then we need to re-educate and teach the subconscious mind, using techniques such as repetition, energy psychology and super learning. Once we learn the thing that we want to change, the process can be short. Also, once we learn to re-programme, it creates the freedom of being able to edit and add systems into our subconscious.

Bruce is well known for his research into Epigenetics, which is the study of cellular and physiological traits, or the external and environmental factors, that turn our genes on and off, and in turn, define how our cells actually read those genes. It works to see the true potential of the human mind, and the cells in our body. As Bruce states, Epigenetics has the potential to change your life by making you happier and healthier, with a greater sense of spiritual well-being

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Bruce Lipton, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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May 01 2019

1hr 35mins

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Rank #5: RHP#083. Bud Jeffries, Strongman, Minister, Motivational Speaker, Strength Coach, 1,000lbs Squatter, Co-Founder of An Unconventional Life

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Strongman. Minister. Author. Motivational Speaker. Massage Therapist. Strength Coach. 1,000lbs Squatter. Coin Bender. Life Enthusiast. Founder of An Unconventional Life.

Fortunately, for every bully in the world, there is the opposite too, a hero. Someone who is prepared to save the day and stand up for what is morally and ethically right. To have the backs of the people who are too timid to fight back and stand up for themselves.

Our guest this week, Bud Jeffries, is a man who refuses to let any excuses or setbacks get in the way of his life from being a success. Bud is also someone who is prepared to stand up for what is right in life and to challenge people who are intimidating others.

Bud grew up in Lakeland, Florida. He still resides on the same farm that has been in his family for over 150 years. He enjoyed a rugged outdoors upbringing that all boys should have in their developmental years.

When he was five years old, he was involved in a horrific car accident. He ran in front of a van and should never have survived. It crushed his hip and fractured his skull and put him in a full body cast for over five months. When he eventually had his cast removed, he was a bit of a fat kid.

Up until 13 years old he was bullied, but when he began playing football, it gave him a sense of power and helped him to learn how to protect himself. Being subjected to bullying gave him a lot of empathy toward people that suffer or have suffered bullying.

It was when he ventured into Strongman competitions that his true calling was found. He actually made his living as an old style strong man by performing to crowds. Among his many accomplishments and awards, he holds the coveted trophy of squatting 1,000lbs, can tear a pack of cards in quarters while wearing oven gloves, bend a coin, juggle a burning kettlebell while doing the splits and many other superhuman feats!

Bud suffered the worst tragedy any parent could in their life. His son, Noah, was tragically killed at the age of 21 in a bike accident. Bud explains that it is a perspective change beyond comprehension. You really find out what matters and what doesn't. What matters, is the people you care about and what you do about them. Everything else means nothing compared to what you do for the people you love.

At least four people are alive today because of Noah’s decision to be an organ donor at 16. Bud has subsequently met the man who has his heart and who has had a chance to see his 7th grandson born! Sheriff Grady Judd, swore Noah in posthumously as a Polk County Deputy!

The real impact and powerful part of Bud, is not only his story, but the way he sees the world and the message of positivity and hope which he continues to spread. You will be enthralled by this man’s enthusiasm for the world and the value he provides. 

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Bud Jeffries, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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May 08 2019

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Rank #6: RHP#080. Craig Haywood, Chiropractor, Science Enthusiast, Networking Machine, Smiler, Host of The Ridiculously Human Podcast

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Doctor of Chiropractic. Science Enthusiast. Networking Machine. Smiler. Deep Thinker. Rock Solid Buddy. Truth Seeker. Pragmatist. Host of The Ridiculously Human Podcast

One thing our Podcast has taught us, is that we don’t necessarily know people half as well as we should know them. Especially, those who are close to us. We can guarantee that there are so many things you will not know about your parents, siblings and best friends. Things which will help you understand them better and you’ll likely form closer relationships and bonds with them as a result.

Our guest this week is Craig Haywood. Well, you say ‘guest’ but it’s actually the better-looking half of the Podcast hosting team!

Craig was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, known as the friendly and windy city! He struggled a bit as a youngster with self-esteem issues. At times, he sometimes felt disconnected with his parents, he blamed himself for their fighting and would use food as a coping mechanism, and ate a lot!!

Hid Grandad, played a big influence in his life and ‘their thing’ was to go fishing together. Besides being a great storyteller, his Grandad would also teach all the grandkids how to drive from a very young age, as well as, how to do the Waltz!

When Craig was 17 years old, something would happen that would take him on a new life trajectory. Their little family sausage dog, Jackie, was in extreme pain and had lost the use of her back legs. The vet could not help Jackie, so he sent them to see a Chiropractor. The Chiropractor, adjusted her spine and the lame legs she went in on, she managed to walk out on….!! A year later, he was living in his sister's garage in Johannesburg, to begin his studies to become a Chiropractor.

Craig suffered a severe setback when he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, an autoimmune condition. It started with inflammation in his eye, and his pupils would not dilate. He then experienced inflammation in his knees and hips, which really impacted his mobility, and being a Chiropractor, that was a rather scary prospect. Through hours of learning and searching and implementing changes in his diet and mindset, he has never been healthier and has no signs of ever having anything.

Once qualified, a rather serendipitous scenario led him to accept a job in the Netherlands. It was a bit of a shock moving to somewhere he had never been, had no friends, didn’t understand the culture and never spoke the language either!! Talk about throwing yourself in the deep end.

Craig is a master of many things, two which stand out are, excelling in his profession as a Chiropractor and his likeability factor. He makes a huge effort to network and make others feel comfortable.

He likes adventure and to take calculated risks, and now resides with his wife, Chantelle, in Australia. He gets to see his brother often, lives near the beach, enjoys the great weather, has a thriving practise and Chantelle has a highly successful business too! Craig now feels he has a greater sense of self-awareness and realises his purpose in life!

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Craig Haywood, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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Apr 17 2019

1hr 44mins

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Rank #7: RHP#102. Gareth Cliff, Podcast and Radio Host, Curiosity Seeker, Ex-Idols Judge, Master Debater, Founder of Cliff Central

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Podcast and Radio Host. Curiosity Seeker. Ex-Idols Judge. Master Debater. Conversation Starter. Tightrope Walker. History Aficionado. Chemistry Geek. Founder of Cliff Central.

In a world where we are generally free to express our thoughts and minds, why is it that so many of us fear speaking out? Is it because finding a safe environment in our online and anonymous world, is difficult with so many strong and conflicting opinions? 

Our guest this week, Gareth Cliff, has never been one to shy away from saying what he thinks. If anyone is walking a tightrope when it comes to creating discussions around sometimes taboo, but mostly important topics, it is him. Generally, he can debate himself out of any straw-man argument and steelman his way through other tough conversations.

Gareth was always a curious kid, who would try and read up and find out as much as he could about many subjects. His school trips as a teenager were spent listening to the radio when his Mom would drive him and his siblings to school. Little did he know at the time as to what sort of subconscious programming that was doing to him, and that most of his career would be spent as a radio and podcast host.

In February 1998, Gareth and his friend, John Kuhn, Launched GAL (Get a Life). It was the first-ever student portal and website exclusively aimed at the South African student community. John, sadly died, and the first tech bubble burst, before they could really turn GAL into the monster they had envisioned together. This was pre-dating Facebook, so it had the potential to change the world...

At 23 years old, Gareth became the youngest commercial radio morning show host in South African history. For 10 years, he also hosted the biggest commercial morning show in 5FM history, and one of two of the biggest radio morning shows in terms of revenue and ratings in South Africa at the time.

People in the world like Gareth, are important because they put their neck on the line to talk about certain topics where others would never venture. He opens up the dialogue and is happy to see where it goes.

His whole life he has been interested in researching many things. He has a deep fascination for history which helps him put life into perspective. Some might think it’s slightly mad, but we think it’s super cool that he has his own chemistry laboratory in his house where he can play for days and days, experimenting with different concoctions from all the elements he has available! 

In 2014, he launched CliffCentral.com, an online radio station. The stream is uncensored, unscripted and unradio. He hosts a show every single morning together with many other Podcasts too. 

Gareth, as Rich Mulholland puts it, “Knows a lot of sh*t, about a lot of sh*t!” It’s impossible to be bored with this man in the room. Our conversation was rich and engaging and it was an absolute honour and privilege to have him on our Podcast. 

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Gareth Cliff, to be Ridiculously Human. 

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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Oct 23 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #8: RHP#105. Frank Solomon, Pro Big Wave Surfer, Lifesaver, Adventurer, Nomadic Explorer, Environmental Ocean Activist

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Pro Big Wave Surfer. Lifesaver. Adventurer. Spear Fisherman. Professional Travelling Surfer. Nomadic Explorer. Environmental Ocean Activist. 

Travelling is probably one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself in terms of your understanding of the world, and where and how you fit in. It really provides a perspective you would otherwise struggle to find in any other teachings you receive.

Our guest this week has been to many corners of the globe, that others would never venture to. Often doing things at the drop of a hat, with little to no plans and very little cash. It is this adventurous spirit that has provided him with endless tales of exploration, that he can keep telling for the rest of his life. 

Frank Solomon was born and grew up in Hout Bay, South Africa. Since he can remember he has been a water baby and now has a special connection with the ocean and is almost at one with it.

Frank's introduction to big waves was as a result of his curiosity and cheekiness getting the better of him when he was a young 20 year old. There was a big surf competition in his ‘backyard’ at a place called Dungeons, in Cape Town. He was warned that he was too much of a novice to participate and should seek advice from the organisers for how to get involved in future years. Knowing much better than the rock-solid advice that was given to him, he walked over a mountain and paddled out to where the surfers were competing. As he explains, the waves were way bigger than he imagined and he ended up getting smoked, although he did make it back to shore safely. Back safe, he was hooked and two years later he would be competing in that exact competition!

2011 was a big year for Frank. He travelled for 7 months backpacking, using his Dad’s old Army backpack. It started off with an epic sailing trip for 68 days from South Africa to Thailand. It was also the year he also started competing in the Big Wave World Tour. To top it off, he appeared on the cover of the ZigZag surfing magazine in South Africa, which is a rather big deal in the surfing community. 

In 2014, while surfing Rileys in Ireland, he fractured his L2 vertebra, and that really put things into perspective for him. 

‘Let’s Be Frank’, a movie about his life premiered in LA 3 years after the idea was thought up. That same year, 2016, Frank also got to surf the mother of all waves called Jaws, in Hawaii. An experience that not many can say they have attempted or even come close too. A good description for people that get to surf that wave is “Big Cahoonas!”

While Frank continues to travel the world and surf whenever the opportunity arises, he has in recent years started an organisation called Sentinel Ocean Alliance. They currently have 100 underprivileged kids a week coming through their programme in South Africa. 

Frank is an environmental and ocean activist by accident. In his way, he campaigns and raises awareness around how we can all contribute in our own little way to use less plastic, to be conscious of and take responsibility for our actions, so we can all make this world a better and cleaner place to live. 

Frank is a free spirit, with a very humble and holistic approach to life. He enjoys the open road, the empty beaches, the unseen perspectives and unknown waves. And…..life keeps getting more interesting along the way. 

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Frank Solomon, to be Ridiculously Human. 

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

SHOW NOTES

Background, Context & Reference

Other relevant points discussed and mentioned:  

People Discussed

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Dec 04 2019

1hr 48mins

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Rank #9: RHP#076. Michael Bungay Stanier, Author, Coach, Speaker, Rhodes Scholar, Founder and CEO of Box Of Crayons

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Curious Communicator. Author. Coach. Listener. Keynote Speaker. Podcaster. Rhodes Scholar. Bookworm. Founder and CEO of Box Of Crayons.

Probably the most important ingredient of any relationship in the world is communication. You would think that everyone in the world would be an absolute expert at communicating well, if you follow the 10,000-hour philosophy that is. However, sadly, that is not the case and poor communication, and lack thereof, seems to be the catalyst to the downfall of most things.

Our guest this week, Michael Bungay Stanier, knows this all too well after spending 1,000’s of hours teaching people how to be better at managing their employees, by being curious for longer and holding back to offer advice

Michael grew up in Canberra, Australia, where he flourished as a child. He was born with a cleft lip and slight speech impediment, but that didn’t phase him in the slightest as he had so much else going for him.

He enjoyed playing sport but was also a massive bookworm. He was able to read rather quickly which allowed him to become a well-read and intelligent young man. He was also grounded with good morals and ethics early on, by working as a milkman for four years.

Michael remembers a few incidents which left him feeling powerless, frustrated and made him start questioning what power means and the responsibility which comes with it. Those incidents instilled values in him which are focused around fairness and not abusing your power.

After school, he studied English and Law in Australia, before moving over to the UK where he studied Modern Literature at Oxford University. Oxford was also where he met his wife, Marcella!

After a few years of working in the corporate world while living in London and Boston, he and Marcella moved to Toronto. That’s where Michael set up his business, Box of Crayons. Box of Crayons, is a training company which champions coaching as a force for manager excellence, leadership development and cultural change.

Michael is also recognised as one of the worlds top coaches. He has written many books, his most well-known being, The Coaching Habit. Although one book he wrote which is close to his heart called, End Malaria, raised $400,000 for the charity organisation, Malaria No More.

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Michael Bungay Stanier, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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Mar 20 2019

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Rank #10: RHP#084. Dr John Demartini, Human Behaviour Specialist, Researcher, Educator, Author, Founder of Demartini Institute

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Human Behaviour Specialist. Researcher. Educator. Author. Personal Development Expert. Founder of Demartini Institute. Surfer. Yogi. Master Sage. Bookworm of 32,000 Read Books.

Life is and always has been about making the most of every opportunity that you have. However, the choice is yours with how you decide to use those opportunities. Only you, can decide with how to react and respond in those tough and challenging moments. It’s how you choose to respond which ultimately moulds and grows you as a person.

Our guest this week, Dr John Demartini, is no stranger to dealing with tough times and taking responsibility for all his choices and actions. He is certainly someone who is making the absolute most of every opportunity on this planet and living a life that is in accordance with his values and intentions.

Dr Demartini was born in Houston, Texas. From an early age, he wore hand and leg braces to correct a birth defect. A teacher made him sit with a cone-shaped ‘dunce’ hat on his head in class and told his parents that he would amount to nothing. However, once he had his leg braces removed he could run like the wind and was also a very handy baseball player.

At the age of 13, he left home and school and started living on the streets. At 15, he moved to Hawaii and stayed there for 3 years surfing. A near-death experience, as a result of strychnine poisoning, would be the beginning of a huge turning point in his life.

After hearing an inspiring talk, John thought that maybe he could overcome his learning problems and maybe he could learn to read and become intelligent. That night he made a decision, he saw a vision of what he wanted to do and that vision is painted in his office today.

When he was 18 he returned home. He got out a dictionary and started at the very beginning of it, by memorising 30 words a day. For the next couple of years, he basically memorised most of that dictionary, his vocabulary grew, he started passing school and then he started excelling and even started reading encyclopedias. He read eight complete sets of encyclopedias and everything else he could get his hands on.

Dr John Demartini, graduated with honours and received his Doctorate in 1982, and came top of his class with Magna Cum Laude. In 1982, he also founded the Demartini Institute.

He lives on a ship called, The World, and when he is not there, he is in a hotel room sleeping, or teaching others. His Breakthrough Experience, is a world-renowned program that he’s been teaching for over 30 years now. It helps people break through whatever is in their way, and to turn it on the way. To transform any emotions they may have that is baggage and turn it into fuel, to be able to get clear about what their mission is, and what their highest value is.

Dr John Demartini, is a next level fascinating, wise and inspiring man. In this Podcast, we got to learn so much about him, his philosophies and the impact he is making on this world.

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Dr John Demartini, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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May 15 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #11: RHP#090. Alexis Ray, Author, Radio and Podcast Host, Storyteller, Creator of Promotional Angles

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Radio and Podcast Host. Brand Mother. Celestial Spirit. Storyteller. Adventure Mentor. Co-Author. Underdog Cheerleader. Promotional Marketing Expert. Podcast Guest Coach.

How we enter this world and our early childhood years are certainly luck of the draw. If there is literally one thing that we don’t have a choice on, it’s who our parents are and the way that they bring us up. Parenting is a massive responsibility which must never be taken lightly. As soon as that incredible little creation enters this world, you need to have your A-game on. 

Our guest this week, Alexis Ray, was born in West Palm, Florida, and was the eldest of four siblings. She, in fact, did not know that her ‘Dad’ was not her real Dad until she was a young child.

Life up until the age of 7, was fairly normal, barring her real Dad trying to kill her when she was 2 years old. Her twin brothers were born (to different fathers) when she was seven, and that’s around the age that her step-dad started abusing her. It was a dysfunctional family setup on steroids. 

Alexis was a seriously insecure little girl, as you can imagine. She felt that nobody was in her corner or accepting her for who she was. Every day, she’d come home from school and put her hand on the doorknob and fear would run from her tailbone to her head. She never knew what she going to walk into. It was like that :(

While babysitting at 31 years old, sitting in front of a firepit, she had not heard from her parents again for another birthday...It was a rather profound moment in her life because she decided to figuratively divorce herself from her parents. She also decided to change her name to Alexis Ray after reading a book called, Mutant Message Down Under.

A lot of Alexis’ time and life has been spent on re-inventing herself from the inside. However, she also spent decades depressed and was an energy vampire who sucked the air out of the room and life out of her friends. The financial crisis in 2008, killed jobs and it was hard to survive. She was living in Denver, in and out of women and homeless shelters, lifestyling as a crackhead.

In 2009, a call from Australia was the answer to a prayer and she ended up living in Australia for the next 3 years, helping her friend and various other people with branding and marketing to grow their businesses.

Her life is all about sliding doors and pivotal moments. With more than 35 years training, experience and focus on reinventing one's life from the inside-out, her level of spiritual awareness, awakens in others the memory of who they really are...she is living proof that you can truly turn your life around.

It is without a doubt that you will take a massive amount of value from Alexis’ story and her openness to say it how it is.

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Alexis Ray, to be Ridiculously Human. 

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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Jun 26 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #12: RHP#103. Jared Easley, Author, Entrepreneur, Community Builder, Podcast Host, and Co-Founder of Podcast Movement

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Community Builder. Author. Entrepreneur. Podcast Host. Musician. ex-Naval Officer. Dad. Storyteller. Motivator. King of One-Liners. Co-Founder of Podcast Movement.

There is a difficulty in turning goals or ideas into reality. We create hurdles and barriers, then become overwhelmed and often never get out of the starting blocks. We forget our ABCs - Action Brings Clarity.

Our Podcast guest this week, Jared Easley, lost his Dad when he was young. In their short time together his Dad had a major influence on him and left a great legacy behind. Jared recalls his Dad being a person of utmost integrity who always treated people well. He treated people with kindness and would never say anything bad about anyone. All great lessons that Jared would carry with him throughout life.

As a youngster, Jared, was a fine musician and always dreamed of a career on stage and performing some day. Alas, it was not to be and sadly, fear and self-doubt starved him of that dream. 

Joining the Navy provided him with many more lessons, ideas, experiences and friendships that he could have hoped for. Working as an electronics technician played out nicely and being stationed in Pearl Harbor was a highlight.

Being based in Hawaii, he met a lot of Filipino people and fell in love with them and their culture. Jared’s wife now, Rachel, is a lady of Filipino descent. He was quite a shy guy, and after he moved to Florida, he decided to put himself out there and went to an event at a club and lo and behold there she was at the party, and the rest is now sweet history :) 

Jared joined the corporate world for around 10 years. However, at some point along that timeline he started to get itchy feet and wanted to do something else, something a little more fulfilling and that gave him purpose. 

In 2013, Jared started his Podcast called ‘Starve The Doubts’ - the name being quite synonymous to his own journey as it took him about 9 extra months to start his Podcast because he had to overcome certain doubts he was having!

Jared also did his fair share of attending various conferences and through doing that, to his dismay, he found out that there was not a specific ‘Podcast only’ conference. After some exploratory work and getting in touch with other people who had run large conferences, Jared and his co-founder, Dan Franks, launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised $10,000 in one day. They ended up raising $30k, which was the cash and recognition they needed to create Podcast Movement.

In 2018, after effectively working two full-time jobs for a few years, they went all in on Podcast Movement. He had a 6-month runway of cash, and today they can proudly say that they run the largest Podcast conference in the world and have also created a business and small team around the Podcast. 

Jared, to us, is one special man who is incredibly humble. He is a master in building and nurturing communities. He has extremely high values and ethics and is the frontman for diversity and inclusion in all that he does. He is charming and sees the world in an optimistic light, which is so refreshing. Besides having an incredible story, he has a vast amount of knowledge and wisdom that he shares with us around life, podcasting, community building and being a good person. To top it off, he has a sweet sounding Alabamian accent to make you just want to listen to more.

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Jared Easley, to be Ridiculously Human. 

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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Nov 06 2019

1hr 44mins

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Rank #13: RHP#087. Carl Amery, Former Sergeant Major and Combat Engineer, Coach, Director of Sales at Clients in Abundance

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Former Sergeant Major and Combat Engineer. Coach. Rugby Enthusiast. Welshman. Salesman. Entrepreneur. Dad. Mindset Master. Disciplined Dude. Speaker. Mentor.

Every single day there are men and women who are doing one of the noblest things in the world. They are serving their country and putting their lives at risk by going into war zones. It’s something quite difficult for normal civilians like us to comprehend or fathom!

Our guest this week, Carl Amery, is a man who knows this all too well. He served in the British Army for 18 years. He had dedicated over half his life to the Army, before deciding that there was more in life for him to accomplish.

Carl was born in Ely, Cardiff. Growing up on a council estate provided Carl with everything he needed as a kid. Admittedly it was basic, but everyone in the community knew and helped each other out. The simplicity provided duality though. He never knew what mayonnaise or spinach was until he left home, they never went on family holidays either. So he was both frustrated and longed for better things in life, which he was missing out on.

At 14, he started running because he wanted to join the army, and to be accepted, one of the requirements was that they needed to run a mile and a half in under 8 minutes. The discipline, routines and habits started early for him, and are a true testament to what has helped guide him throughout life.

Carl speaks highly and fondly of his time in the Army. He made many lifelong friends, honed his disciplinary skills, visited many places around the world and developed a work ethic and mindset which are second to none. It was one of his posts in Iraq when he began to question what he was doing. He was lying on his belly, in the dust, with a metal prong in his hand, prodding around for landmines because he needed to clear the lane for vehicles to get passed. Thoughts like, “What if I die now? What about my family? Will anyone even know? How will I be remembered? Why am I even doing this?! Were things that were going through his mind...

Two years ago, he was faced with what seemed like an easy decision. Stay in the Army for a few more years, lock in a full pension, receive a lump sum payment for his services and have a high paying salary guaranteed for the rest of his life too. That was not the option he decided to take though. He hobbled into his office, he had a broken leg at the time, forced his way onto a computer, and a few clicks later he had resigned after 18 years of service. Now to tell his wife and figure out what to do….

These days, he helps coaches scale their coaching businesses. His forte is getting people to believe in themselves and providing them with the confidence and ability to think that anything is possible with the correct attitude and mindset. What you put in, is what you get out!

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Carl Amery, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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Jun 05 2019

1hr 58mins

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Rank #14: RHP#089. Kate Swoboda, Author, Coach, Habit Queen, Kate Courageous, Founder of Your Courageous Life

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Author. Coach. Bookworm. Habit Queen. Professor. Kate Courageous. Nerd. Mom. Entrepreneur. Triathlete. Researcher. Smiler. Founder of Your Courageous Life.

Perhaps you think you are not a courageous person? The truth be told, is that you certainly are! For you to have gotten to where you are in life, no matter what your situation, has taken courage on some sort of level. We must not forget what we have overcome, to get to where we are today in life.

Our Podcast guest this week, Kate Swoboda, is a lady who has devoted much of her time to understanding and researching this ‘phenomenon of courage’, which some of us have in abundance and others really struggle to find much of.

Kate, grew up in the midwest of America, in Missouri. Her family structure had it’s issues, with her folks divorcing early on and money being a scarce commodity. She loved to immerse herself in reading and poetry too. She’d spend hours in the library because it was one way to escape the stifling afternoon heat of the Midwest!

Growing up, she felt a confusing mix of being both highly sensitive and doggedly tenacious, she was extremely introverted and also ferociously opinionated. It was difficult to neatly categorise all of those contradictions, which often left her feeling isolated and out of place in social groups.

High school was a depressing time and it infiltrated itself into her college experience too. Her depression manifested itself as, extreme isolation, crying, eating disorders, cutting, and being borderline suicidal. Often thinking “I wish I could just go to sleep and not wake up.”

Growing up in a poor environment taught her to spend money wisely, and how to be respectful of it. She also learnt a strong work ethic and spent 4 years working two jobs, which allowed her to save up enough money to go and spend a month in her beloved Italy.

When she returned, she realised it had all boiled down to choice. You chose to make it happen, you chose to realise your dreams despite your fears and doubts. Kate knew the courage it took for her to do so, and wanted to share that with others.

These days, Kate is the founder and creator of the Courageous Living Coach Certification and creator of the Coaching Blueprint. Her book, The Courage Habit, explores how we create courageous habits using; her 4-step habit realisations:

Realisation #1: Habit-formation goes much deeper than isolated actions.

Realisation #2: Habits are trip-wired by cues that are often unconscious and somatic.

Realisation #3: Habits run on a loop of cue-routine-reward.

Realisation #4: Often, we don’t look beyond “lessening of anxiety.”

and her courage building process:

1 - Access the body

2 - Listen without attachment

3 - Reframe limiting Stories

4 - Create community

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Kate Swoboda, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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Jun 19 2019

1hr 41mins

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Rank #15: RHP#086. Claude Silver, Marketing and Advertising Guru, Outdoors Fanatic, People’s Person, Music Lover, Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia

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Marketing and Advertising Guru. Outdoors Fanatic. People’s Person. Music Lover. Mom. LGBTQ Advocate. Smiler. Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia.

Imagine a CEO says that she/he works for the 700 people who fall under them in their organisation. Say What??! Working for your employees and not the other way around? Funnily enough, by taking full responsibility for how your staff perform and operate, and ultimately doing your best to ensure that they are happy, fulfilled and appreciated in their positions, is something that will differentiate your business in this era.

This week's Podcast guest, Claude Silver, is a lady who operates by that exact ethos, and is literally obsessed with changing how large organisations operate. In her role, at one of the world’s leading advertising, marketing and design agencies, she gets to spend a large portion of her time, meeting, greeting, speaking and listening to the people that she works for i.e. the 700 staff reporting into her.

Claude is a native of New York City. She was never the most academic of children, even though her family was a very smart bunch of people. However, the other family traits of being altruistic, creative and generous, are ones which she took on in abundance.

Claude allowed her intuition to guide her for much of her life, which meant that she also enjoyed living an experimental and experiential life. She started dabbling in recreational drugs in her teenage years, which ended her chance of truly fulfilling her potential as a highly skilled tennis player.

Sadly and unintentionally, she replaced the drugs and tennis with a highly abusive relationship. It was her first relationship with another lady, so there were also those added pressures. The physical abuse and beatings she experienced, deeply impacted her.

After years of running her own business and holding senior leadership positions at prestigious advertising and marketing Agencies in San Francisco and London, her life would take an incredible turn. In 2013, her best friend introduced her via email, to a rather renowned man. A month later, Claude flew to New York, and within five minutes, pretty much fell ‘in-love’ with her future manager, Gary Vaynerchuk, the CEO of VaynerMedia.

Claude is now the Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia. Her primary objective is to scale Gary Vaynerchuk, together with overseeing anything and everything that has to do with their people.

We think you’ll agree that Claude is one exceptional lady, who leads from the front, with open arms and an open heart. She provides light and comfort in the corporate world when it can often seem more doom and gloom than anything else. Between herself, Gary, and the people that they work for, they are changing the shape of how we work and how companies treat and respect their employees. We encourage you to take a step into their lanes and do the same thing!

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Claude Silver, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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May 29 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #16: Superhumanship#13 - Determination and Randomness - For New Age Micro-Leaders and Micro-Influencers

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Superhumanship, is a bonus podcast series which we run, that is all geared towards authentic leadership. Each week we try to disseminate the wisdom shared by our guests and provide our two cents too.

We believe that in this day and age, we are all leaders and all people of influence. New age leadership, is upon us. So therefore, we need to adapt and all realise we have this amazing opportunity to contribute to this shift in micro-leadership and micro-influence.

This week we spoke about…

Life-changing moments:

  • History, why we need to understand it
  • Life really is about luck and randomness a lot of the time
  • How lucky and fortunate we are to be living now
  • Counterfactual scenarios
  • Is radical honesty the best way forward
  • Adding humour and empathy to rehabilitation
  • Not taking life too seriously
  • Chance encounters and serendipity
  • Taking opportunities when they come your way
  • Trust takes time
  • Actions speak louder than words

Parenting:

  • Having a cheerleader or being a cheerleader for someone goes a long way
  • Emulating people you look up to
  • Responsibility as a parent. Not to shy away from what we get ourselves into
  • There is always somebody out there who cares for you

Personal Development / Reflection / Philosophy:

  • Receiving love, can provide bandwidth to think of a brighter future
  • Words are very powerful, you can empower yourself and you can disempower yourself in one word
  • You’ve got to become who you need to be, in order to have the ability to do what you need to do
  • Before we can position ourselves externally, we have to position ourselves internally
  • A basis for self-awareness - the four pockets of what we know and don’t know

Education / Work Ethic / Challenge:

  • Chronological / Biological Age vs Mental / Intellectual Age
  • If you really want something, there is a way! Do the grunt work
  • Going above and beyond what is required
  • Taking action on your wants and needs
  • You can’t just talk, you have to take action
  • Do a variety of things, go all in, but you can change often, success can be the change
  • It’s honourable to be honest with yourself

Business / Career:

  • Why are you working? Is it just to pay the bills?
  • How, what success looks like, changes throughout life

Health / Life:

  • How to improve your brain health
  • Don’t just play things safe!
  • Dying with regrets
  • Our ability as humans to choose

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Oct 16 2019

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Rank #17: RHP#085. Erik Bergman, Entrepreneur, Ex-Poker Player, Modern Swedish Viking, Philanthropist, Podcast Host, Founder of Great.Com

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Entrepreneur. Ex-Poker Player. Modern Slick Swedish Viking. Philanthropist. Podcast Host. Money Maker. Smiler. Creative Guru. Communication Solver. Founder of Great.Com

For many people in life, money is the be-all and end-all, and something that provides status. While we cannot deny that money is essential to almost every human on the planet, it’s important to remember that it’s a human invention, which we have allowed to indoctrinate us and which we are all a servant to.

Our guest this week, Erik Bergman, is no stranger to money and has, for a time in his life, used it’s status to fill a void and deal with insecurities he had. Coming from humble beginnings, to having too much cash that he didn’t know what to do with, he shares his treasure chasing journey and experience with us.

Erik, was born and grew up in idyllic Sweden. From a young age, his entrepreneurial flair kicked in. He and his older brother would go around to all the houses in their village, knock on the doors and sing Christmas Carols for a few extra Swedish Krona to fill their stockings.

He was however, a very lonely kid from the ages of 7 to 12 years old. When he turned 13, his family moved towns. He attended a school predominantly for wealthy families, even though his folks weren’t wealthy. Moving there added to his insecurities, but he somehow, all of a sudden, changed and started making friends and finding ways to fit in with the rich kids.

When he was 18, he started to play online poker and became rich very quickly. He was earning up to $10,000 per month, way too much for any 18 year old to really know what to do with. He spent it all on things to make him stand out and look impressive in front of his peer group, like cars, champagne, clothes, TV’s and an apartment! In less than 2 years he would not be able to afford this lavish lifestyle and would be living back with his parents.

Erik and his best friend at the time, Emil, started dabbling in building businesses. By 2012, they had taken on a Venture Capital firm to fund and grow their business. The following year was immensely stressful, both emotionally and physically, they began acquiring companies, 20-25 in total, and Erik was still only 24 years old!

In 2017, his company IPO’d and listed on the stock exchange. He made enough money in that single day to never have to work a day again in his life. All problems sorted, right? Not at all….he still had relationship troubles, had lost his friendship to his best friend and business partner, his health hadn’t improved and the euphoric feeling of selling his business had quickly disappeared…

This was to be the start of an internal journey of finding, healing and accepting himself. He was also trying to find what his next pursuit would be, as well as how to re-kindle the love and sex in his relationship. It was a time to get honest and man-up.

He donated $13,000 to build a school in Ghana, and then after going there first hand to teach and share in the experience, Erik decided he wanted to change the way that charities around the world worked and also how they are perceived. So he acquired the website www.great.com for $900,000 and is now on a mission to make a global impact and re-shape an industry.

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Erik Bergman, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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May 22 2019

1hr 53mins

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Rank #18: Superhumanship#15 - Networks and Humility - For New Age Micro-Leaders and Micro-Influencers

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Superhumanship, is a bonus podcast series which we run, that is all geared towards authentic leadership. Each week we try to disseminate the wisdom shared by our guests and provide our two cents too.

We believe that in this day and age, we are all leaders and all people of influence. New age leadership, is upon us. So therefore, we need to adapt and all realise we have this amazing opportunity to contribute to this shift in micro-leadership and micro-influence.

This week we spoke about…

Childhood:

  • The Civil Rights Movement. Have we moved on enough since that all took place?
  • How the place you grew up has influenced you as a person
  • Ripples of good actions reach further than you can imagine
  • Be wary of gossip, it only creates negativity in the long run
  • What do we miss out on when our folks die early?
  • Adding value where you can in life
  • Learning lessons from others
  • A learning mindset changes the way you listen

Life Lessons:

  • “If I knew then what I know now” - we can’t live that way
  • Joining the Military provides structure and discipline
  • Planning for what you want
  • Putting yourself out there to go and meet a potential partner

Podcasting:

  • Podcasting can transform your life
  • Podcast to leverage your business
  • Speaking to experts for personal and professional growth

Starting a business:

  • Procrastination is your enemy
  • Getting too caught up in the details before launching
  • Imposter syndrome and self sabotaging thoughts 
  • Validating your idea
  • Align with people that compliment your skills
  • Identifying your skillsets
  • Reaching out to your network
  • Asking for help
  • Action brings clarity
  • The best teacher is doing!
  • Putting in the effort to find out what you like by listening to Podcasts, reading books, going on courses
  • Creating on a shoe-string budget
  • You are never too old to start

People / Community:

  • Building networks by putting on events
  • When creating a community, make it about the people in the community. Not about yourself!
  • How to grow a solid network
  • Delaying gratification for the benefit of growth
  • Creating rapport is usually reciprocated down the track

Moving Forward:

  • Timing is everything in life
  • Being honest with yourself and learning from your mistakes
  • Documenting your families stories
  • Being humble is a super power
  • Give more than you receive

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Nov 13 2019

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Rank #19: RHP - Best of 2019 - Part 1

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Hosting and running a Podcast, really is a life changing experience. Each guest that we spoke to in 2019 had something unique and special to share with us. Each one of them has also taught us something and left us with ideas to ponder and reflect on. For that, it is our duty to honour them and look back on certain highlights throughout those conversations.

We have put together a “Best of 2019” compilation, to remember and say thanks to our guests for all their time and for sharing their incredible stories with us. The lessons and reminders cover a diverse spectrum of what it means to be human. We hope these various clips will make you laugh, make you excited, make you cry, but most of all make you remember what a privilege it is to be alive and that we need to make the most of our time on this beautiful planet together.

Wishing you a fulfilling and fun time over this festive period. Enjoy the office parties, enjoy the get togethers, enjoy laughing and celebrating with those who have helped shape and influence your 2019.

We hope you enjoy this compilation as much as we did putting it together. This is week 1 of week 3, for the “Best of 2019 Series”

Click here to find out what it means for Simon McCartney, Keegan Smith, Jody Calitz, Lilia Tarawa, Richard Mulholland, Ryan Hawell, Arno Carstens, Margo Aaron, Gavin Aung Than, Damara Ryder, Donovan Marsh, Michael Bungay Stanier, Camille Knowles, and Alex Moore, to be Ridiculously Human. 

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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Dec 18 2019

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Rank #20: Superhumanship#9 - Having Fun and Patience - For New Age Micro-Leaders and Micro-Influencers

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Superhumanship, is a bonus podcast series which we run, that is all geared towards authentic leadership. Each week we try to disseminate the wisdom shared by our guests and provide our two cents too. 

We believe that in this day and age, we are all leaders and all people of influence. New age leadership, is upon us. So therefore, we need to adapt and all realise we have this amazing opportunity to contribute to this shift in micro-leadership and micro-influence.

This week we spoke about…

Childhood / Parenting / Relationships

  • Single Parent upbringing
  • Only meeting your Dad at 17. Instant forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Saying I love you more
  • Talking about our emotions
  • Not letting people offend you too easily
  • Everyone and every interaction is a teacher
  • Tough times can motivate.

Business

  • Being a victim of the big companies unethical practises
  • Understanding contracts you sign
  • Re-branding timing
  • Patience and perseverance and life goals
  • Not forcefully chasing progression
  • How some things are manifested over time
  • Making the most of an opportunity
  • What happens when you reach the goal

Influence

  • Helping and changing people through other means, not just financially
  • Yard stick - what you measure you’re life, success and worth by
  • Giving back and charity - being transparent on costs and earnings

Life Lessons / Learning

  • Are you enjoying what you are doing
  • The difficulty of self-promotion
  • The importance of getting the fundamentals right
  • How intelligent musicians are
  • Innocent rock stars
  • Adulation - the truths
  • Living minimalistically
  • Having fun and laughing more
  • Fun and laughter are the secret ingredient to longevity

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Aug 21 2019

36mins

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