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Michael Colligan leads a series of unstructured conversations with a wide variety of people.

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Ep 062 - Rick Cottrell the Business Scientist

EWhat does it mean to be a straight shooter? Rick Cottrell may just have the answer. After he left the original incarnation of Salesforce, he set himself up as the sort of management consultant that hates to be called a management consultant, he tries to always work like a board member no matter what the contract calls for. In his conversation with Michael they talk about the various traps a sole proprietor can fall into, the value of mentors, ego, and how to assess when your own behaviour is becoming a liability. Going deeper on the role consultants; both agree on distrusting and devaluing the opinions of anyone that doesn’t have C title in their resume and that sometimes a corporation needs to admit that they do one thing well and that their other projects and expansions aren’t worth pursuing. The pair does discuss Rick’s current venture, Bizresults.com which he bills as an ‘entrepreneurial operating system’ running on the science of business - a suite of different metrics and forecasting tools that go beyond most market analytics. We close the episode with some hockey talk, rick’s a fan was a serious player in his youth, and Michael share how deep the cultural connection to the sport goes in Canada. Connect With Our Guest:• Webpage• LinkedIn Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

62 MIN1 weeks ago
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Ep 062 - Rick Cottrell the Business Scientist

Ep 061 - Musician - Strategic Band Promotion with Anton and Kevin of Artful Vandelays

EIn this episode we’re joined by Anton H and Kevin O’Leary of Artful Vandelays a local band that’s just reunited after breaking up in 2013. They share how they’ve grown as individuals and how they’re taking the lessons from entrepreneurship to getting the band back together. Michael gets the two of them talking about music more generally and how genre cycle toward simplicity to reach broader audiences, music finding its way into movements, and connecting with listeners. That idea of connection fuels a discussion of relationship psychology in an audience, generational zeitgeists, vinyl as an active listening tool, the difference between enjoying an activity and being happy as well as why they always seem to write sad songs. There’s an extended tangent about adversarial conversation, debate, social issues and racism before transitioning back to the band; how they named it, treating it like a product, acting as their own booking agent and arranging shows. Plus the economics of venue DJs, cover songs, and ditching the notion of being a starving artist. Connect With Our Guests:• Webpage• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

80 MIN1 weeks ago
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Ep 061 - Musician - Strategic Band Promotion with Anton and Kevin of Artful Vandelays

Ep 060 - TV Host and Producer - Travel More and Stay Informed in the Face of Bias with John Daly

EJohn Daly joins the show from his home, which is a rare thing for the Undercover Jetsetter. He starts off by sharing how he went from working in TV to becoming a fully iPhone-based travel video producer. In fact, John wrote the book on phone-vlogging, on his phone, all in the hopes of empowering content creators to get out there and work with what’s at hand. John shares his excitement about travel, food, and wine and how they seem to unify people even in the face of the apparent rise on nationalist rhetoric. While on the topic of present discourse Michael and John get into the presentation of the news over the past 15 years and how it’s changed. John shares his ROIL method for interrogating reporting, a good strategy for finding non-frustrating news sources on Twitter. Also, they get into the value of local news and how the Canadian print space is shrinking but citizen journalism from a phone camera and a 5G connection might be a better replacement in the local sphere with his Nooz TV project. We close out this episode with how loaded language is ruining political problem solving and how urbanization is changing scarcity predictions. Connect With John:• Webpage• News Blog• Youtube• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn• NoozTV Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook•Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

67 MIN2 weeks ago
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Ep 060 - TV Host and Producer - Travel More and Stay Informed in the Face of Bias with John Daly

Ep 059 - Rapper, Inspirational Speaker - Freddy Fri, Operating Within Your Gifts

EFreddy Fri is a life transformer, rapper, speaker and entrepreneur from Tulsa. In this episode, Michael goes through each of those titles in turn unpacking what they mean to each of them, as well as unpacking a whole range of ideas. Starting off with what it means to transform a life from the inside out, offering the example Mike Tyson settling down into a balanced individual. Freddy himself has he become a better father and a genuine entrepreneur after being a street hustler. Freddy doesn’t so much explain how you can offer positivity in hip-hop as he gives an example, spitting rhymes live for us, explaining how he incorporates his lyrics into his speaking engagements. He starts these talks by telling his own story and then broadens it out to to apply to anyone struggling to get ahead. Interestingly, as a young person he was always hesitant to perform, but was pushed into a talent show by a friend, and immediately found it as a source of power and confidence. Michael sees the transformative power of parenthood in Freddy’s story and explains how your net worth has 3 columns beyond finances; family, faith, and friends, and how people seem to be unwilling to trade the latter 3 for the former. Another thought about emotional health emerges as they discuss emotion as an intuitive or sublimated reasoning about the state of your life. On the business side, Freddy speaks about how he operates within his gift to give back to his community. He offers an example of his regular Wednesday motivational video “Make Every day a Winsday” and how it came from a seemingly inconsequential rhyme. The conversation moves into bigger social and political topics as Freddy shares his experience living in the ghetto. The two also talk learned behaviours and prejudice, group identification, scope and scale of racist attitudes in Americans and what that means in the current political discourse - with an aside about the structure of Canadian government. Connect With Freddy:• Webpage• Twitter• Youtube• Facebook• LinkedIn• Instagram Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook•Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

90 MIN3 weeks ago
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Ep 059 - Rapper, Inspirational Speaker - Freddy Fri, Operating Within Your Gifts

Ep 058 - Author, Counselor - David Essel and The Sponge of the Unconscious

EDavid Essel is an author, success coach, relationship counselor, and motivational speaker; he joins us in this episode of the podcast to share a lot of ideas very quickly. These ideas all stem from his notion of the unconscious mind, which acts as a sponge for all the environmental factors of your life – no matter how much you may rationally will yourself to be one way, you are your habits. But there is hope for improvement, whatever ails you is probably your fault. And when things are your fault you can fix them by building better habits over the course of a year. Your allowed and encouraged to ask for help doing that. David and Michael also come to a conclusion about the Law of Attraction: it’s bunk. At least on on one axis, anyhow. Visualizing your goals only seems to work when they're attainable. Meanwhile, the idea that projecting negativity invites more negativity does seem to hold up. There also isn’t really a wrong way to get better, in terms of addictions and negative behaviours. In the age of web-enhanced narcissism, David offers advice on navigating negativity and Michael shares his thoughts on the pressures he sees others encounter on social media. Speaking as a relationship counselor, David shares his expertise on multi-generational dysfunction and how to work through difficulties before they get too serious. He also explains how he started writing a novel that also illustrates his six lessons on true love. This episode features a frank discussion of addiction and suicide. Resources:The Power of NowCat Calloway's LetterBeyond FateAngel on a Surfboard PowerUP Your Presence Connect With David:• Webpage• Twitter• Youtube• Facebook• Marriage.com• Instagram• Pintrest Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook•Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

91 MINSEP 19
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Ep 058 - Author, Counselor - David Essel and The Sponge of the Unconscious

Ep 057 - Entrepreneur - Nine Influence Lessons with Josh Elledge

EThere’s no book on PR anymore, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t experts in the field of influence, like our guest Josh Elledge. And he dives right into sharing that knowledge with Michael. Whether we’re into online dating or not, we all run on a swipe left or swipe right mentality - Quick judgements based on what we see when we google-stalk anyone that contacts us, Josh starts by managing how that looks and feels to strangers. He recommends looking at your profile photo rankings on photofeeler.com as a start and then altering how you present yourself on any given platform. Each one has its own strengths; lean into them. While you’re building your online presence don’t be afraid to learn from others, take what you like from someone more successful and steal it for yourself. And while you’re looking at successful influencers and media personalities, keep mind they were all terrible at the start too (most of them have archives; you can check) and just keep at it. Once you start networking; think of it as giving. You have an opportunity to expand your reach and the easiest way to do it is to be generous with your offers, even if all you’re doing is giving advice in a Facebook community or leaving encouraging messages on Instagram. What you do when you have influence and authority in a field? Cash in, according to Josh that’s more than just new business partnerships and money, you should be using the power afforded by influence to further what really matters and fix problems in the world. The last tip this episode has to offer is that small commitments can build momentum over time. Don’t shoot for the stars, just shoot a little further each time you manage something small, and while you’re proceeding let the setbacks happen and let yourself off the hook once in a while, especially early in a new routine. Connect With Josh:• Webpage• Twitter• Youtube• Facebook• Podcast• Authority Confidential• Instagram Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

64 MINSEP 11
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Ep 057 - Entrepreneur - Nine Influence Lessons with Josh Elledge

Ep 056 - Spirituality - Masters of Meditation; Daniel Mitel and Agathi Christodoulidi

EDaniel Mitel’s career as the master of meditation began when he was a child. He would sit on top of an overturned washbucket, staring at nothing in particular concentrating on nothing for hours on end. He was introduced to Zen meditation in his early adolescence. As he grew he began to travel around the world to seek instruction from other masters in meditation and spiritual exercises. He is now the head of The School of the Heart. His partner, Agthi Christodoulidi was a successful lawyer who left it aside to pursue her spiritual goals and is now a Master Teacher with The School of the Heart, a HearthMath Coach, as well as co-founder of Motivate-Yourself. They, along with Luke Sellars, join this episode of Get a Grip on Life to share their stories and wisdom. After the biographical discussion ends with a coincidence of shared thought about Leonardo da Vinci the conversation flows through ideas about parenthood, the nature of children, the feminine energy pervading the world now, competition, whether the fluidity present in life is truly chaotic, and heart meditation’s role in regulating the parasympathetic nervous system. There’s a Copernican revolution coming into how we view our internal lives, and the gaps in between religion and spirituality will be resolved, according to Daniel, the future is brighter now that it ever has been. Agathi takes a turn, explaining how to show the ‘crazy’ parts of their wisdom, rather than telling. we also go into the definition of love and the difference between being in love or within love.She touches on the principles of HeartMath and how it interacts with their teachings. Too many people are living as zombies and they believe their meditation can bring about greater internal and interpersonal harmony. The episode breaks for a Heart imagery exercise, in which we seek gifts from the higher self. After that the discussion winds down with ideas related to thinking and feeling and how to be a good citizen of the spiritual realm. Meditation music by Kevin Macleod Connect With Daniel:• Webpage• Twitter• Youtube• Facebook Connect With Agathi:• Webpage• Facebook Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

87 MINSEP 5
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Ep 056 - Spirituality - Masters of Meditation; Daniel Mitel and Agathi Christodoulidi

EP 055 - Musician - Kristen Karma, the Party Hero

EKristen Karma started out as a band geek in school, before starting her own pop outfit in Vancouver. She’s always taken music seriously, but as a band leader she’s taken to threatening to punch out bandmates that show up to practice late. As the conversation with Michael gets going they discuss the difference between collaboration and direction in the creative process, working hard to work with Lady Gaga, and reflecting positivity in your work. There’s also an entrepreneurial aspect to being a creative professional, working for venues and engaging with your fans. Social media helps with a lot of that, but there’s also a case to be made for cultivating local fans. Kristin leads the conversation to its end by talking about how she created persona and costuming her whole band as well as how she works crowds for maximum party atmosphere. Connect With Kristen: WebpageTwitterYoutubeFacebookSoundcloudSpotify Connect With Get A Grip On Life: WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram Connect With Michael Colligan: TwitterInstagramLinkedIn

49 MINAUG 22
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EP 055 - Musician - Kristen Karma, the Party Hero

Ep 054 - Author - The Operating System of Society with Hannibal Tabu

EHannibal Tabu has been a journalist on the staff of a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Sentinel, MTV Online, America Online and Comic Book Resources; he’s also worked as a web designer and graphic artist for The Disney Channel, Quicken.com, and many others; he’s also published poetry, fiction, comic books, short fiction and a series of sci-fi novels. It’s that multifaceted career that kicks off our discussion. There’s a craft and discipline to being a working creator that Michael ends up likening to his own entrepreneurial habits. It doesn’t hurt that other business owners don’t seem to mind paying for things if you act like a professional. As the conversation continues, it moves away from the career and more into the motivation behind it. Hannibal has an interesting background and it informs his perspective and he uses a variety of media to express it. His views on society as software becomes a springboard for he and Michael to talk about the different of black cultures that exist in America and Canada, modern segregation, prejudice and whether societal change is possible in anything painful or insincere increments. When the discussion actually gets to the particulars of the fiction Hannibal has written - Hannibal explains the value of planning with continuity in mind, and the importance of tapping into archetypal and mythic structures in genre fiction. This one goes in unexpected directions for an interview with a guest who introduced himself as a novelist and comic book writer, but it’s a satisfying journey. Connect With Hannibal:• Webpage• Twitter• Instagram• Facebook• Publications Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

88 MINAUG 14
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Ep 054 - Author - The Operating System of Society with Hannibal Tabu

Ep 053 - Musician & Comedian - The Rhythms of Live Performance with Phil Johnson

EPhilip Johnson began his career as a musician in an 80-piece school orchestra before moving to progressively smaller groups until he started a parallel solo stand-up comedy career to avoid being labelled a "Guitar Comic" or "Novelty Songwriter." He tells Michael the secret to comedy is being comfortable being yourself on stage. Speaking your truth on the absurdities of life comes first, managing rhythms and pacing of a set are just a question practice and self-evaluation. Getting into what he does as a musician starts with limited range of interest in high school but quickly turns into a longer conversation about the modern sound, the state of the industry getting older and more sophisticated or at least more familiar with themes, the idea of a “talent window” versus a “fame window”, the way North American music festivals are failing fans, and the value of the album as a packaged good for music. Eventually the conversation shifts back to comedy, Philip explains the nuts and bolts of how he plans his act and how that act becomes a special he can sell. It can take years for him to rotate all the material out of a set, it’s why he thinks so many comedians get frustrated in the seventh year of their career - crowd energy can’t compensate for repeating yourself the way it can with music. We close out the episode with anecdotes about racially, politically, and religiously charged humour and how to navigate those spaces as a white guy. He doesn’t give away any material for free in these stories, so you’ll have to check out one of his shows. Connect With Phil:• Webpage• Twitter• Instagram• Facebook• Podcast• Youtube Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

81 MINAUG 8
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Ep 053 - Musician & Comedian - The Rhythms of Live Performance with Phil Johnson

Latest Episodes

Ep 062 - Rick Cottrell the Business Scientist

EWhat does it mean to be a straight shooter? Rick Cottrell may just have the answer. After he left the original incarnation of Salesforce, he set himself up as the sort of management consultant that hates to be called a management consultant, he tries to always work like a board member no matter what the contract calls for. In his conversation with Michael they talk about the various traps a sole proprietor can fall into, the value of mentors, ego, and how to assess when your own behaviour is becoming a liability. Going deeper on the role consultants; both agree on distrusting and devaluing the opinions of anyone that doesn’t have C title in their resume and that sometimes a corporation needs to admit that they do one thing well and that their other projects and expansions aren’t worth pursuing. The pair does discuss Rick’s current venture, Bizresults.com which he bills as an ‘entrepreneurial operating system’ running on the science of business - a suite of different metrics and forecasting tools that go beyond most market analytics. We close the episode with some hockey talk, rick’s a fan was a serious player in his youth, and Michael share how deep the cultural connection to the sport goes in Canada. Connect With Our Guest:• Webpage• LinkedIn Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

62 MIN1 weeks ago
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Ep 062 - Rick Cottrell the Business Scientist

Ep 061 - Musician - Strategic Band Promotion with Anton and Kevin of Artful Vandelays

EIn this episode we’re joined by Anton H and Kevin O’Leary of Artful Vandelays a local band that’s just reunited after breaking up in 2013. They share how they’ve grown as individuals and how they’re taking the lessons from entrepreneurship to getting the band back together. Michael gets the two of them talking about music more generally and how genre cycle toward simplicity to reach broader audiences, music finding its way into movements, and connecting with listeners. That idea of connection fuels a discussion of relationship psychology in an audience, generational zeitgeists, vinyl as an active listening tool, the difference between enjoying an activity and being happy as well as why they always seem to write sad songs. There’s an extended tangent about adversarial conversation, debate, social issues and racism before transitioning back to the band; how they named it, treating it like a product, acting as their own booking agent and arranging shows. Plus the economics of venue DJs, cover songs, and ditching the notion of being a starving artist. Connect With Our Guests:• Webpage• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

80 MIN1 weeks ago
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Ep 061 - Musician - Strategic Band Promotion with Anton and Kevin of Artful Vandelays

Ep 060 - TV Host and Producer - Travel More and Stay Informed in the Face of Bias with John Daly

EJohn Daly joins the show from his home, which is a rare thing for the Undercover Jetsetter. He starts off by sharing how he went from working in TV to becoming a fully iPhone-based travel video producer. In fact, John wrote the book on phone-vlogging, on his phone, all in the hopes of empowering content creators to get out there and work with what’s at hand. John shares his excitement about travel, food, and wine and how they seem to unify people even in the face of the apparent rise on nationalist rhetoric. While on the topic of present discourse Michael and John get into the presentation of the news over the past 15 years and how it’s changed. John shares his ROIL method for interrogating reporting, a good strategy for finding non-frustrating news sources on Twitter. Also, they get into the value of local news and how the Canadian print space is shrinking but citizen journalism from a phone camera and a 5G connection might be a better replacement in the local sphere with his Nooz TV project. We close out this episode with how loaded language is ruining political problem solving and how urbanization is changing scarcity predictions. Connect With John:• Webpage• News Blog• Youtube• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn• NoozTV Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook•Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

67 MIN2 weeks ago
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Ep 060 - TV Host and Producer - Travel More and Stay Informed in the Face of Bias with John Daly

Ep 059 - Rapper, Inspirational Speaker - Freddy Fri, Operating Within Your Gifts

EFreddy Fri is a life transformer, rapper, speaker and entrepreneur from Tulsa. In this episode, Michael goes through each of those titles in turn unpacking what they mean to each of them, as well as unpacking a whole range of ideas. Starting off with what it means to transform a life from the inside out, offering the example Mike Tyson settling down into a balanced individual. Freddy himself has he become a better father and a genuine entrepreneur after being a street hustler. Freddy doesn’t so much explain how you can offer positivity in hip-hop as he gives an example, spitting rhymes live for us, explaining how he incorporates his lyrics into his speaking engagements. He starts these talks by telling his own story and then broadens it out to to apply to anyone struggling to get ahead. Interestingly, as a young person he was always hesitant to perform, but was pushed into a talent show by a friend, and immediately found it as a source of power and confidence. Michael sees the transformative power of parenthood in Freddy’s story and explains how your net worth has 3 columns beyond finances; family, faith, and friends, and how people seem to be unwilling to trade the latter 3 for the former. Another thought about emotional health emerges as they discuss emotion as an intuitive or sublimated reasoning about the state of your life. On the business side, Freddy speaks about how he operates within his gift to give back to his community. He offers an example of his regular Wednesday motivational video “Make Every day a Winsday” and how it came from a seemingly inconsequential rhyme. The conversation moves into bigger social and political topics as Freddy shares his experience living in the ghetto. The two also talk learned behaviours and prejudice, group identification, scope and scale of racist attitudes in Americans and what that means in the current political discourse - with an aside about the structure of Canadian government. Connect With Freddy:• Webpage• Twitter• Youtube• Facebook• LinkedIn• Instagram Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook•Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

90 MIN3 weeks ago
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Ep 059 - Rapper, Inspirational Speaker - Freddy Fri, Operating Within Your Gifts

Ep 058 - Author, Counselor - David Essel and The Sponge of the Unconscious

EDavid Essel is an author, success coach, relationship counselor, and motivational speaker; he joins us in this episode of the podcast to share a lot of ideas very quickly. These ideas all stem from his notion of the unconscious mind, which acts as a sponge for all the environmental factors of your life – no matter how much you may rationally will yourself to be one way, you are your habits. But there is hope for improvement, whatever ails you is probably your fault. And when things are your fault you can fix them by building better habits over the course of a year. Your allowed and encouraged to ask for help doing that. David and Michael also come to a conclusion about the Law of Attraction: it’s bunk. At least on on one axis, anyhow. Visualizing your goals only seems to work when they're attainable. Meanwhile, the idea that projecting negativity invites more negativity does seem to hold up. There also isn’t really a wrong way to get better, in terms of addictions and negative behaviours. In the age of web-enhanced narcissism, David offers advice on navigating negativity and Michael shares his thoughts on the pressures he sees others encounter on social media. Speaking as a relationship counselor, David shares his expertise on multi-generational dysfunction and how to work through difficulties before they get too serious. He also explains how he started writing a novel that also illustrates his six lessons on true love. This episode features a frank discussion of addiction and suicide. Resources:The Power of NowCat Calloway's LetterBeyond FateAngel on a Surfboard PowerUP Your Presence Connect With David:• Webpage• Twitter• Youtube• Facebook• Marriage.com• Instagram• Pintrest Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook•Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

91 MINSEP 19
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Ep 058 - Author, Counselor - David Essel and The Sponge of the Unconscious

Ep 057 - Entrepreneur - Nine Influence Lessons with Josh Elledge

EThere’s no book on PR anymore, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t experts in the field of influence, like our guest Josh Elledge. And he dives right into sharing that knowledge with Michael. Whether we’re into online dating or not, we all run on a swipe left or swipe right mentality - Quick judgements based on what we see when we google-stalk anyone that contacts us, Josh starts by managing how that looks and feels to strangers. He recommends looking at your profile photo rankings on photofeeler.com as a start and then altering how you present yourself on any given platform. Each one has its own strengths; lean into them. While you’re building your online presence don’t be afraid to learn from others, take what you like from someone more successful and steal it for yourself. And while you’re looking at successful influencers and media personalities, keep mind they were all terrible at the start too (most of them have archives; you can check) and just keep at it. Once you start networking; think of it as giving. You have an opportunity to expand your reach and the easiest way to do it is to be generous with your offers, even if all you’re doing is giving advice in a Facebook community or leaving encouraging messages on Instagram. What you do when you have influence and authority in a field? Cash in, according to Josh that’s more than just new business partnerships and money, you should be using the power afforded by influence to further what really matters and fix problems in the world. The last tip this episode has to offer is that small commitments can build momentum over time. Don’t shoot for the stars, just shoot a little further each time you manage something small, and while you’re proceeding let the setbacks happen and let yourself off the hook once in a while, especially early in a new routine. Connect With Josh:• Webpage• Twitter• Youtube• Facebook• Podcast• Authority Confidential• Instagram Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

64 MINSEP 11
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Ep 057 - Entrepreneur - Nine Influence Lessons with Josh Elledge

Ep 056 - Spirituality - Masters of Meditation; Daniel Mitel and Agathi Christodoulidi

EDaniel Mitel’s career as the master of meditation began when he was a child. He would sit on top of an overturned washbucket, staring at nothing in particular concentrating on nothing for hours on end. He was introduced to Zen meditation in his early adolescence. As he grew he began to travel around the world to seek instruction from other masters in meditation and spiritual exercises. He is now the head of The School of the Heart. His partner, Agthi Christodoulidi was a successful lawyer who left it aside to pursue her spiritual goals and is now a Master Teacher with The School of the Heart, a HearthMath Coach, as well as co-founder of Motivate-Yourself. They, along with Luke Sellars, join this episode of Get a Grip on Life to share their stories and wisdom. After the biographical discussion ends with a coincidence of shared thought about Leonardo da Vinci the conversation flows through ideas about parenthood, the nature of children, the feminine energy pervading the world now, competition, whether the fluidity present in life is truly chaotic, and heart meditation’s role in regulating the parasympathetic nervous system. There’s a Copernican revolution coming into how we view our internal lives, and the gaps in between religion and spirituality will be resolved, according to Daniel, the future is brighter now that it ever has been. Agathi takes a turn, explaining how to show the ‘crazy’ parts of their wisdom, rather than telling. we also go into the definition of love and the difference between being in love or within love.She touches on the principles of HeartMath and how it interacts with their teachings. Too many people are living as zombies and they believe their meditation can bring about greater internal and interpersonal harmony. The episode breaks for a Heart imagery exercise, in which we seek gifts from the higher self. After that the discussion winds down with ideas related to thinking and feeling and how to be a good citizen of the spiritual realm. Meditation music by Kevin Macleod Connect With Daniel:• Webpage• Twitter• Youtube• Facebook Connect With Agathi:• Webpage• Facebook Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

87 MINSEP 5
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Ep 056 - Spirituality - Masters of Meditation; Daniel Mitel and Agathi Christodoulidi

EP 055 - Musician - Kristen Karma, the Party Hero

EKristen Karma started out as a band geek in school, before starting her own pop outfit in Vancouver. She’s always taken music seriously, but as a band leader she’s taken to threatening to punch out bandmates that show up to practice late. As the conversation with Michael gets going they discuss the difference between collaboration and direction in the creative process, working hard to work with Lady Gaga, and reflecting positivity in your work. There’s also an entrepreneurial aspect to being a creative professional, working for venues and engaging with your fans. Social media helps with a lot of that, but there’s also a case to be made for cultivating local fans. Kristin leads the conversation to its end by talking about how she created persona and costuming her whole band as well as how she works crowds for maximum party atmosphere. Connect With Kristen: WebpageTwitterYoutubeFacebookSoundcloudSpotify Connect With Get A Grip On Life: WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram Connect With Michael Colligan: TwitterInstagramLinkedIn

49 MINAUG 22
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EP 055 - Musician - Kristen Karma, the Party Hero

Ep 054 - Author - The Operating System of Society with Hannibal Tabu

EHannibal Tabu has been a journalist on the staff of a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Sentinel, MTV Online, America Online and Comic Book Resources; he’s also worked as a web designer and graphic artist for The Disney Channel, Quicken.com, and many others; he’s also published poetry, fiction, comic books, short fiction and a series of sci-fi novels. It’s that multifaceted career that kicks off our discussion. There’s a craft and discipline to being a working creator that Michael ends up likening to his own entrepreneurial habits. It doesn’t hurt that other business owners don’t seem to mind paying for things if you act like a professional. As the conversation continues, it moves away from the career and more into the motivation behind it. Hannibal has an interesting background and it informs his perspective and he uses a variety of media to express it. His views on society as software becomes a springboard for he and Michael to talk about the different of black cultures that exist in America and Canada, modern segregation, prejudice and whether societal change is possible in anything painful or insincere increments. When the discussion actually gets to the particulars of the fiction Hannibal has written - Hannibal explains the value of planning with continuity in mind, and the importance of tapping into archetypal and mythic structures in genre fiction. This one goes in unexpected directions for an interview with a guest who introduced himself as a novelist and comic book writer, but it’s a satisfying journey. Connect With Hannibal:• Webpage• Twitter• Instagram• Facebook• Publications Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

88 MINAUG 14
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Ep 053 - Musician & Comedian - The Rhythms of Live Performance with Phil Johnson

EPhilip Johnson began his career as a musician in an 80-piece school orchestra before moving to progressively smaller groups until he started a parallel solo stand-up comedy career to avoid being labelled a "Guitar Comic" or "Novelty Songwriter." He tells Michael the secret to comedy is being comfortable being yourself on stage. Speaking your truth on the absurdities of life comes first, managing rhythms and pacing of a set are just a question practice and self-evaluation. Getting into what he does as a musician starts with limited range of interest in high school but quickly turns into a longer conversation about the modern sound, the state of the industry getting older and more sophisticated or at least more familiar with themes, the idea of a “talent window” versus a “fame window”, the way North American music festivals are failing fans, and the value of the album as a packaged good for music. Eventually the conversation shifts back to comedy, Philip explains the nuts and bolts of how he plans his act and how that act becomes a special he can sell. It can take years for him to rotate all the material out of a set, it’s why he thinks so many comedians get frustrated in the seventh year of their career - crowd energy can’t compensate for repeating yourself the way it can with music. We close out the episode with anecdotes about racially, politically, and religiously charged humour and how to navigate those spaces as a white guy. He doesn’t give away any material for free in these stories, so you’ll have to check out one of his shows. Connect With Phil:• Webpage• Twitter• Instagram• Facebook• Podcast• Youtube Connect With Get A Grip On Life: • Website• Facebook• Twitter• Instagram Connect With Michael Colligan: • Twitter• Instagram• LinkedIn

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Ep 053 - Musician & Comedian - The Rhythms of Live Performance with Phil Johnson