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If you’re of a curious disposition, have a positive outlook, are devoted to, or even have a passing interest in making yourself a little bit better (let’s set the bar low and aim for 1%) then I’m very hopeful you’ll enjoy listening to my podcast.

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1% Better Season 3 Best Bits - Part 2! EP152

Hi all,I’ve been delighted with the response from ‘the best bits part 1’ and have seen an increase in downloads on the selected episodes from last week as a result. Now, just to reiterate, you should listen to every episode from Season 3 (and 2 and 1)….not just these 10. Over the week, I was changing ones that should make this list but it’s a thankless task. Every person I chatted to have a story to share and a lesson learned that you will take something from. I mean that. My reason behind this --- Pretty much before approaching any guest I ask myself – why do I want to talk to this person? If I can’t easily answer that….I don’t go further. If it’s not authentic and you can’t tell that I’m interested, then you’re not going to like listening. That’s my #1 rule. It hugely helps when compiling the questions too. Anyway, here are the next & final 5 clips from season 3. 1.First up is psychologist and author Barry Schwartz 138. Author of ‘The Paradox of Choice’. Barry Schwartz is an American psychologist, professor, author, speaker and researcher. Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. Schwartz’s research addresses morality, decision-making and the inter-relationships between science and society. Barry Schwartz studies the link between economics and psychology, offering startling insights into modern life. Barry has millions of views of his Ted talks online.The clip touches on a few reasons on why there is a bigger focus now more on purposeful and meaningful work? Working for purpose, not just to get paid! This is a very unstable attitude. Link to the show - https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/barryschwartz-ep138/2.Rosanna Arquette from episode 124. If you want to find out about her relationship with Madonna or other standard movie questions from her acting career, this is probably not the interview for you!The 864 aims to understand a little bit more about the person, what they value, how they have been successful, deal with life challenges and other obstacles that get in the way and we stayed close to these topics in this conversation with Rosanna.In the clip, Rosanna talks about Staying in Gratitude and not being in fear Link to the show: https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/rosannaarquette-ep124/3.Brock Lewin 117Brock Lewin is the found of very successful Coffee Roasting Business Badger & Dodo. Since his first shot of coffee in 1993, he’s been involved one or another in this business.He set up Badger & Dodo in July 2008 in his in-law’s farm in Fermoy, Co. Cork and since then he’s been building up the business and brand across Ireland and beyond.I’ve been very interested in the coffee explosion in Ireland over the last few years so was really looking forward to chatting with Brock about his learnings and experience in this world and having the chance to deep dive into Coffee, Business, Entrepreneurship, lessons learned, and lots more that might make for interesting listening.In the clip, Brock talks about starting out in 2008 at the start of the downturn – this was a great chat with Brock on Coffee – making fresh starts and feeling like he had freedom to start out! – Good Coffee is recession proof!Link: https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/brocklewin-ep117/4.Nirbhasa Magee 133 I recently found an article on the BBC website about a 3100 mile race that happens every year. It’s called a run to self-transcendence and as someone that is very intrigued in self-development, I wanted to learn...

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1% Better Season 3 Best Bits - Part 2! EP152

1% Better Season 3 Best Bits - Part 1! EP151

Hi all,As I bring the curtain down on season 3 of 1% Better, a season that included over 50 shows, and has been running for 11 months, I thought it would be a good idea to pull out some of clips from some of the stand out shows of the season. This wasn’t easy and in the end I practically picked them at random. I’ve decided to go for 10 clips over 2 short episodes. I hope you enjoy it. Below has a short summary of each guest/interview and a link to the full episode on the site. Thanks for support in season 3. Season 4 is already underway recording wise and deep in planning. Here are the five from today’s show1.Ma Anand Sheela episode 100Ma Anand Sheela. Sheela came to prominence recently from the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country. That’s when I learned about her. However many of you listening might have first heard of her back in the early 1980s when she was the secretary of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, latterly known as Osho.The documentary blew my mind and I was struck by Sheela’s personality, devotion for Bhagwan, and then her own seemingly unending quest for power. When I watched the show, I thought how cool it would be to talk with her for the podcast. To learn more about her values, upbringing, what drove her motivations, and of course what life is like for her since the commune broke up and after her time in prison. When I managed to connect with her, tell her about the podcast, and invite her to be a guest, I was delighted when she agreed.Episode Link https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/maanandsheela-freedomgoalsacceptinglife-ep100/2.Sir Steve Timothy episode 125Steve Timothy is a comedian, online sensation, soon to be Author, Rapper, Satirist, and other titles. He calls himself a chancer and professional Tom-fool. Whatever you want to call him, he’s making a mark.We connected a couple of weeks back, shortly after his sell out show in Cork, to talk about his career, struggles with anxiety, dealing with trolls, disability, love for Everton Football Club, creativity, business, Conor McGregor, and of course the character he and his partner, Sinead, are best known for, Farmer Michael and Kathleen!Episode link https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/sirstevotimothy-ep125/3.Susan Winter – Episode 101This is the first episode I’ve done that focuses primarily on relationships and, I can safely say, Susan is a guru and thought leader in this every changing space.About Susan. She’s been a guest on Oprah, has a list of media credits that covers about every News show, magazine and paper that I’ve ever heard of, is a best-selling author (Allowing Magnificence and Older Women/Younger Men), she specializes in evolutionary forms of loving partnership and higher thinking, and is in high demand.She’s just had over 10 millions view on YouTube where she posts short informative videos on relationship challenges and how to improve in your loving partnerships.During the hour, we talk about everything on relationships from online dating, cultural challenges, and new terms like Bread Crumbing, Catfishing, and of course Ghosting! I’ve shared links to Susan site, and social platforms at the bottom of these notes.I really enjoyed this one as you’ll probably detect from it and I learned a lot. I’m sure you’ll take something from it too that will make your relationships more than 1% Better. Episode Link - https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/susanwinter-relationships-onepercentbetter-ep101/ 4.Motty Varghese – How to Sleep Better – Episode 114

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1% Better Season 3 Best Bits - Part 1! EP151

Mel Parker – Leadership Force Multipliers, the Trifecta of Hope, & Chasing the Fire! - EP150

Mel Parker is CEO of Take the Limits off. He’s also an ex-Airborne Ranger in the US military and has been facing his fears all his lifeI had the pleasure of meeting Mel in person last year as he delivered a day’s training on Emotional Intelligence. I knew straight away that he would be a great guest to have on the podcast to talk about his leadership journey. His book, The Parker Principles, 10 Leadership Force Multipliers, is full of useful interesting insights from his experiences over the years. We talk about many of these in this episode. Here is a summary of the topics covered in our conversation•Mel’s background in leadership •Growing up on a pig and tobacco farming•Raised by a single mother and a very close connection with his grandmother•Being ‘resource challenged’ and considered below the poverty link•Having a grandmother with a tremendous amount of Faith!•With enough hard work and education, opportunities could exist for anyone!•Always believing there will be a better tomorrow – if you put in the time and efforts•The role leadership has played in Me’s life•Where did his grandmothers positivity come from – no clear but seemed to be inbuilt in her! •She was wordily, full of common sense and could read people •She was a veracious reader and taking this from her•Dealing with fear from a young age and the relationship with this •Always having danger growing up – he could get into trouble growing up and had situations where people didn’t know which way things would go•Dealing with anxiety•Reading books and getting motivated and inspired from this work•Trifecta of hopeo1) Science Fiction as one – always a hero – leadership mentality o2) Comic books – giving Mel a level of resilience – had to overcome great tragedy – teaching him that the pain and difficulty are just part of his ‘becoming’ o3) Faith of his grandmother•Taking action from an early age – getting a public library card to read for free! •Catching the fire and loving to learn•Juxtaposition of Education & Leadership = Opportunity – this gave Mel focus all the way through •Bicycle – Education = back wheel & leadership = front wheel •Starting to conceptualize the leader idea or role from a young age – this become something he wanted to follow•Getting into sports which allowed Mel his first taste or real leadership •This led to it becoming a rhythm •How taking on this role felt? Pressure but excitement and responsibility instead of fear! •Developing a mentality to solve problems….this is what he’s at! •Being in a crisis situation and thriving v being in a comfortzone and not being happy! •Looking back and thinking about what I could have done differently? •Always chasing the fire….this was part of his way! •Leadership is universal and these fires can be put out in any industry? •Moving his family 15 times in his career – this was due to promotions and bigger fires…•Looking forward or back more? At the age of 50 this changed! •Questioning is there more than the next big job? •Mel’s mission changed after his 50th birthday…•Becoming aware you have less life in front of you than you have behind you? •Have Mel’s values changed overtime and what ones did? •Oct 2016 as a big turning point when Mel’s grandmother passed •His grandmother challenged Mel to stop living in fear on her death bed! •Being challenged to write his book and start his own company! •Facing fear and stepping away from his corporate pay cheque •Starting to trust himself and moving forward! •This pushed Mel to move and he started his company and started the book! •Working harder and being happier now than anytime in his career•Having control now and being able to say NO! •Having a focus on...

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Mel Parker – Leadership Force Multipliers, the Trifecta of Hope, & Chasing the Fire! - EP150

Alexander Baburin - Becoming Grandmaster, Talent v Hard Work, & Planning as a Key to Success! EP149

In this week’s episode I talk with Alexander Baburin, Ireland’s only Chess Grandmaster currently. I’ve always had an interest in Chess – playing badly but the strategy, the history, and the focus required be a great chess player!The podcast gives me a wonderful opportunity to talk with experts in their fields and I was delighted when Alexander agreed to come on and talk about the world of chess and his career. Here is a summary of the topics we discussed during the episode. I hope you enjoy!Summary Topics:•The 10,000 hour rule and the Grandmaster •Hard work v Talent •Bounce, Matthew Zayed and deliberate practice•Playing the Polgar sisters – 2 making grandmasters and 1 international master•Women Grandmaster titles and full Grandmasters •Growing up in Russia (Gorky) •Discovering Chess at the age of 7 and being taught the rules by his dad •Joining a Chess club in school and quickly realising this was something he really liked •3-4 years later, becoming seriously hooked and starting to play 10+ hours per week•Early practice was more just friendly games and less structured study and play •Having a coach and getting play more structured •What is the best use of your time when playing Chess seriously? •What to do before the games and after the games•Creating a Plan to help develop his game – similar to studying for an exam •There are many topics to focus on to study in chess •The coach can help very much with this work •Studying Chess and the impact it had on academic life •Schools being supportive of Chess and seeing this as a positive hobby/passion•Chess teaching planning and discipline leading to better schooling•Having Swimming and Basketball as passions in early years •Tapping into the desire to win and do your best •Getting into the ‘Zone’ when playing and everything else fades away •Living his life and playing for years before realizing it would be a career •At the age of 20, Alexander had to make a decision where to go next and this time was when Chess became an option as a career – a couple of years later, the boarders opening up, this helped Alexander pursue Chess as an option •By 22-23, chess became something he would do for the foreseeable future.•How Chess ranking works and the difference between National, International Masters and Grandmasters, getting a ‘rating’ and moving up and down rankings •The big gap between IM and GM and reaching the GM level taking 5 year…•How international competitions work and how to achieve a ‘norm’•The Swiss System in Chess•How quickly can someone achieve GM status? •Looking at the speed at which kids have reached GM at the age of 14-15 •Getting to GM level in 7-8 years and aligns with the 10k hours rule •Common traits with Grandmasters – coming all forms and shapes•One common trait – Hates to Lose! •Every loss is a ‘little death’ – psychologically very difficult •Driven by the desire not to lose more than the desire to win! •Developing resilience and dealing with frustrations…•The role of luck or is it pure skill in Chess? •Luck playing a role in his career and providing opportunities •Controlling Emotions during a Game and approaches to keep them in check•Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat •How the style of play develops and changes over time •Playing against ‘pieces’ or against ‘players? •Chess players peaking at the age of 35 but now it seems to be younger – at 27/28•The Indian summer is noticeable in many players – even up to the age of 60•Alexander stopped growing as a player 20 years ago due to making a conscious decision to diversify – write books, coaching, etc •The general level of play is increasing now compared to 20 years ago – at the club...

68 MINJAN 24
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Alexander Baburin - Becoming Grandmaster, Talent v Hard Work, & Planning as a Key to Success! EP149

Shane McCarthy - Marketing Psychology, SEO Strategies & Prioritising Self-Care! – EP148

*Excuse Typos – I tend to write show notes during editing*Shane McCarthy is chief marketing officer for military social media platform Sandboxx. He is originally from Kerry but is now based in the US. I first met Shane in 2011/12 when he was running a student board for IT@Cork and knew he was destined for big things. We connected in late 2019 and talked about Shane’s career and journey so far and to dive into some marketing advice, insights and tips that could be useful to you in your own business. I know I’ve taken away some good stuff from it. Hopefully you do to.A summary of key points covered is below:•Setting up a student board for IT@Cork•The value of volunteering •Studying BIS in UCC – a mix between Business & IT •Finding a passion for social media and how to use it for business value from an early stage •The Psychology of Marketing•Setting up Twitter Hour back in 2012 for IT@Cork•Experimenting with Blogging during College to build his own personal branding•Trial and Error leading to better understanding of what works and what doesn’t•How to make a blog post discoverable – back then & now! •The importance of SEO in blogging – creating good content•Creating a SEO strategy and having an SEO checklist before posting•The value of Google Analytics to identify what to post about•Looking to get ways on other blogs – this helps get clarity on the topic•If you can write it or teach it, then you know it! This is key•The power of feedback and taking onboard to help get better•Moving from Engineering to Marketing shortly after leaving University •Getting the opportunity to join a start-up with a focus on marketing •Making the decision to leave a permanent role to join a start-up – how? •Being able to juggle final year in college and working full-time for Sandboxx in 2014/15•Working as Chief Marketing Officer for Sandboxx and what Sandoxx offers to members of the military •Starting off initially with a letters service and then building on this •Growing to 1.5 million customers and going from 0-50+ employees•Reflecting back on the 5+ years with Sandboxx and major lessons learned •Working 18-hour days and going from doing everything to being more strategic •Building out relationships with government and brands •Getting up to speed on military vocabulary and acronyms •App Based Marketing requiring softer skills•A standout mistake that provided a great learningoGiving up on experiments too soon – not staying the course •Learning from mistakes •Using data and trusting your gut more when making decisions•Being Irish brings an advantage when building relationships with customers•The Psychology around marketing & how you can use this to your advantage with user personals •Looking into User Personas and Empathy Maps to identify and understand customer preferences and choices •The Elmer Framework & emotion logic •The WIIFM concept – if you can explain the value and benefits to the customer, you’re onto a big benefit •Paid advertising v Free Advertising – what to pick? •Don’t be afraid to set aside a decent amount of money of your budget! •Spend money and test out ideas yourself instead of paying it to an agency •Be active and ask others for feedback and input to help with the early stages of what a customer wants•Facebook and Google Online Tours and How To guides for analytics and using better tools•Learn how to walk before you can run when marketing and test small first!•Personal Development and Growth – how to find the balance •Self-care as a priority •Professional growth with key mentors and groups sharing in the space of marketing•Personal growth – spending time meditating and taking time out daily basis •Prioritizing...

58 MINJAN 17
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Shane McCarthy - Marketing Psychology, SEO Strategies & Prioritising Self-Care! – EP148

Ray Ortega – Creativity v Execution, Battling Perfectionism, & Professional Podcasting! EP147

Welcome to 1% Better.For those of you that have an interest in podcast production, creating video and audio content of high quality, you might have checked out one of Ray Ortega’s super helpful videos on his YouTube channel over the years. That’s how I found Ray and have been following and learning from him ever since. He is also the host of the Podcaster Studio & Podcasters Roundtable shows that go deeper in the world and industry of podcasting.I was very happy to have him on the podcast to talk about his work, the creative flair, strengths and areas not so strong and share some great practice tips on how to be better at a number of areas. It’s not only about podcasting, however. The message coming loud and clear from this is you can achieve great things if you’re willing to put the time and focus into it! We covered the following:•A passion for an Audio & Video Production •Can a podcast be video? •Setting up a Mix-Minus on a podcast! •Starting out podcasting and having a desire of how to create a podcast •Always share what you learn, as it helps with the learning!•What makes a good podcast? Make sure it’s a real interest for you!!•You will find an audience if you drill down into your area of deep interest•If it’s not your hobby, then it’s not worth starting a podcast about•If it comes from a true place of interest of passion•The most important ingredient is you’re interested in•Hearing about a ‘Podcast’ for the first time in 2005 •Listening to a show on apple’s platform which was the first podcast listened too•The word ‘podcasting’ and where it came from?•Big breakthrough moments in the podcast industry!•Podcast growth – incremental v big moments •Making a living from podcasting •1 million download per podcast v niche shows •Passions growing up – Video & Video Editing!!•Creativity and Self-Expression through podcasting•Balancing Creativity and Execution is a challenge •Being a Professional Podcast Producer for a Corporation •Work styles & being productive •Balancing family life and passion projects •The importance of taking time off•Always having content to edit will keep things moving•Consistency v High Quality Content •Being aware of a streak….you can’t break the streak! •Set yourself free! •The key to staying podcasting is to keep podcasting and give yourself a break once a while•Taking advice of not letting perfection overtake good enough •Being a recovering perfectionist •The host of a podcast is usually the worst person to be a producer of it•Find the compromise between too much time editing v polishing•Most important part of the production process•Getting the recording right at the source – saving so much time on the other side•Time is Money! •Be willing to invest some $ at the start if possible •Focus on baby steps when starting out!•How to focus on discoverability and marketing!•Tips for marketing!oSocial Media is a fast-moving river – share the same content multiple times and give it a unique post or keyword every timeoResurface old content – just make it new context!!! •Overcast Podcast – do some paid ads here and it would get more contents!•What are biggest misuses of time and mistakes new podcaster make?oCheck out Auphonic.com for some postproduction clean upoThe Show Notes part of a podcast – make it work with SEO •When releasing a podcast, be sure to prioritize links back to your site – this is key! Want to know more about Ray Ortega - www.rayortega.com Find him on @podcasthelper on Twitter & Instagram

63 MINJAN 10
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Ray Ortega – Creativity v Execution, Battling Perfectionism, & Professional Podcasting! EP147

Mindfulness - Practical Examples & The Emperor's Three Questions! EP146

Folks,Final bonus episode of the holidays. A focus on some practical examples of how you can be more mindful.Readings taken from the book 'The Miracle of Mindfulness' by Thich Nhat Hanh.One of the best short books I've read on Mindfulness. Makes is very simple and some great stories.You can get the book hereI hope it helps you in your mindfulness journey.Anything jump out? Get in touch rob@robofthegreen.ie

27 MINJAN 3
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Mindfulness - Practical Examples & The Emperor's Three Questions! EP146

Aoife O’Brien – Empowering Others, Limiting Self-Beliefs, & Being Happier at Work – EP145

Welcome to 1% Better and this episode’s conversation with Aoife O’Brien. Before launching her own business, Empowerment Coaching, Aoife had a successful 17 years in the corporate world, working with global companies to solve marketing problems. She is passionate about empowering people to be happier at work, whether it’s a transition to self-employment, helping start-ups get clear and confident on where they are going, or working with organisations to ensure they hire and retain the right staff. She has lived and worked in Dublin, London, Perth and Sydney and is currently studying for a MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour.In her spare time she loves to travel – she has been to all 7 continents, and has travelled solo through most of the world, with camera in hand. She enjoys connecting with new people and trying new things, and keeps fit by doing yoga, and running.In today’s episode, Aoife talks about making a career change, working on her core values, setting up a busines...

49 MINJAN 1
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Aoife O’Brien – Empowering Others, Limiting Self-Beliefs, & Being Happier at Work – EP145

Emotional Intelligence & the 1% Better Mindset - Bonus Episode! EP144

This is a bonus episode of 1% Better, kinda!A few weeks back, I was a guest on the Follow My Lead Podcast with host John Eades. I thought it would be worth sharing out on 1% Better as a bonus episode. I talk about Emotional Intelligence and how important it is in leadership. John’s been on my show twice and when he invited me on to his, to talk about some of the work that’s in my focus currently, was one I took with both hands.Check out the episode and if you’re interested in what John does, you might like his first book – Building the Best – worth checking out on this site - https://learnloft.com/organizations/Let me know if you enjoyed it? Especially around the Emotional Intelligence content.Thanks,Rob

30 MIN2019 DEC 27
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Emotional Intelligence & the 1% Better Mindset - Bonus Episode! EP144

Books that made me Better 2019 - Part 2! EP143

What a great response to part 1 of this last Friday. Books really do have such an impact on people. So, I’m delighted to share this part 2 in both blog & podcast form today.This blog just touches briefly on 5 books I read this year that had (and continue to have) a positive impact on me. And I’ll briefly outline why. The podcast episode goes a little deeper as I read an extract from each of the books. I hope you’ll enjoy both/either. All of the books will be linked to here or on my site.So, taking up where we left off, here are the final 5 that make up the list. Let’s dive straight into them.Shoe Dog – Phil Knight (link to book on Amazon here)This is actually the only biography in the top 10 this year. Well the next one is a practical biography I guess but this fact tells you something about my reading preferences perhaps.Phil Knight is the founder of Nike. And this book tracks his journey from the very start in 1962 right up to the early 1990s.In truth this book is more than a autobiography. It’s content can help you learn so much about running a business, the challenges faced every day, hiring the best people, trust, relationships, and so much more. He combined his passion for running with business and tells this story year by year in the bookBounce – Matthew Syed (link to book on Amazon here)When it comes to talent and mastery, the then thousand-hour rule is something that has been talked about for a while and covered in a few many books and articles.In this book, released a few years ago, Syed provides a mountain a lot of evidence to back up the hypothesis. He himself made it to the Olympics representing Great Britain at Table Tennis and is living proof that hard work can get you to the top.It’s more than just hard work. There are a number of factors that need to be considered when putting in the 3 hours per day for 10 years, but it’s very possible.As I have very high hopes for my 1 year old son, this book has given me a lot to think about. Jake - no pressure at all!I’m looking forward to reading more of Matthew’s work in 2020.The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg (link here)I mentioned in part 1 that the top 10 list is not really ordered in best to least good! However, I did indicate the paradox of choice would in the top 3. Another one that makes the top 3 is this masterpiece on habits from Charles Duhigg.This book kept popping up over last couple of years and having a fascination around habits, I was keen to dive into it. It didn’t disappoint.The story telling combined with science and experimental truths make this one a compelling read and one I took a crazy amount of notes and learnings from that I have been using in my own coaching work and daily habit analysis and formation.It, like many of the ones on this list, help me understand the why and how of every day life that bit better.The little book of Ikigai – Ken Mogi (link here)This is one of the most recent books I read so might be a benefactor of a recency bias. Through my own coaching journey, finding my purpose, values and knowing myself better has made life and how I live it so much more fulfilling. In many ways the message of ikigai and the pillars covered in detail in the book through stories made me realise I was finding my own ikigai through a different approach but very similar outcomes.It’s a nice read and worth checking out. One that might hold some real value for you if you’re struggling with the existential question of ‘Who am I?’. A guest on the podcast recently, James Mofatt (link to episode here) found ikigai at a time when he needed it most. Worth a listen for sure.Smarter Faster Better – Charles Duhigg (link here)The only author with 2 in the top 10 so you could say it’s been a big year for Duhigg’s...

25 MIN2019 DEC 23
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Books that made me Better 2019 - Part 2! EP143

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1% Better Season 3 Best Bits - Part 2! EP152

Hi all,I’ve been delighted with the response from ‘the best bits part 1’ and have seen an increase in downloads on the selected episodes from last week as a result. Now, just to reiterate, you should listen to every episode from Season 3 (and 2 and 1)….not just these 10. Over the week, I was changing ones that should make this list but it’s a thankless task. Every person I chatted to have a story to share and a lesson learned that you will take something from. I mean that. My reason behind this --- Pretty much before approaching any guest I ask myself – why do I want to talk to this person? If I can’t easily answer that….I don’t go further. If it’s not authentic and you can’t tell that I’m interested, then you’re not going to like listening. That’s my #1 rule. It hugely helps when compiling the questions too. Anyway, here are the next & final 5 clips from season 3. 1.First up is psychologist and author Barry Schwartz 138. Author of ‘The Paradox of Choice’. Barry Schwartz is an American psychologist, professor, author, speaker and researcher. Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. Schwartz’s research addresses morality, decision-making and the inter-relationships between science and society. Barry Schwartz studies the link between economics and psychology, offering startling insights into modern life. Barry has millions of views of his Ted talks online.The clip touches on a few reasons on why there is a bigger focus now more on purposeful and meaningful work? Working for purpose, not just to get paid! This is a very unstable attitude. Link to the show - https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/barryschwartz-ep138/2.Rosanna Arquette from episode 124. If you want to find out about her relationship with Madonna or other standard movie questions from her acting career, this is probably not the interview for you!The 864 aims to understand a little bit more about the person, what they value, how they have been successful, deal with life challenges and other obstacles that get in the way and we stayed close to these topics in this conversation with Rosanna.In the clip, Rosanna talks about Staying in Gratitude and not being in fear Link to the show: https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/rosannaarquette-ep124/3.Brock Lewin 117Brock Lewin is the found of very successful Coffee Roasting Business Badger & Dodo. Since his first shot of coffee in 1993, he’s been involved one or another in this business.He set up Badger & Dodo in July 2008 in his in-law’s farm in Fermoy, Co. Cork and since then he’s been building up the business and brand across Ireland and beyond.I’ve been very interested in the coffee explosion in Ireland over the last few years so was really looking forward to chatting with Brock about his learnings and experience in this world and having the chance to deep dive into Coffee, Business, Entrepreneurship, lessons learned, and lots more that might make for interesting listening.In the clip, Brock talks about starting out in 2008 at the start of the downturn – this was a great chat with Brock on Coffee – making fresh starts and feeling like he had freedom to start out! – Good Coffee is recession proof!Link: https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/brocklewin-ep117/4.Nirbhasa Magee 133 I recently found an article on the BBC website about a 3100 mile race that happens every year. It’s called a run to self-transcendence and as someone that is very intrigued in self-development, I wanted to learn...

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1% Better Season 3 Best Bits - Part 2! EP152

1% Better Season 3 Best Bits - Part 1! EP151

Hi all,As I bring the curtain down on season 3 of 1% Better, a season that included over 50 shows, and has been running for 11 months, I thought it would be a good idea to pull out some of clips from some of the stand out shows of the season. This wasn’t easy and in the end I practically picked them at random. I’ve decided to go for 10 clips over 2 short episodes. I hope you enjoy it. Below has a short summary of each guest/interview and a link to the full episode on the site. Thanks for support in season 3. Season 4 is already underway recording wise and deep in planning. Here are the five from today’s show1.Ma Anand Sheela episode 100Ma Anand Sheela. Sheela came to prominence recently from the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country. That’s when I learned about her. However many of you listening might have first heard of her back in the early 1980s when she was the secretary of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, latterly known as Osho.The documentary blew my mind and I was struck by Sheela’s personality, devotion for Bhagwan, and then her own seemingly unending quest for power. When I watched the show, I thought how cool it would be to talk with her for the podcast. To learn more about her values, upbringing, what drove her motivations, and of course what life is like for her since the commune broke up and after her time in prison. When I managed to connect with her, tell her about the podcast, and invite her to be a guest, I was delighted when she agreed.Episode Link https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/maanandsheela-freedomgoalsacceptinglife-ep100/2.Sir Steve Timothy episode 125Steve Timothy is a comedian, online sensation, soon to be Author, Rapper, Satirist, and other titles. He calls himself a chancer and professional Tom-fool. Whatever you want to call him, he’s making a mark.We connected a couple of weeks back, shortly after his sell out show in Cork, to talk about his career, struggles with anxiety, dealing with trolls, disability, love for Everton Football Club, creativity, business, Conor McGregor, and of course the character he and his partner, Sinead, are best known for, Farmer Michael and Kathleen!Episode link https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/sirstevotimothy-ep125/3.Susan Winter – Episode 101This is the first episode I’ve done that focuses primarily on relationships and, I can safely say, Susan is a guru and thought leader in this every changing space.About Susan. She’s been a guest on Oprah, has a list of media credits that covers about every News show, magazine and paper that I’ve ever heard of, is a best-selling author (Allowing Magnificence and Older Women/Younger Men), she specializes in evolutionary forms of loving partnership and higher thinking, and is in high demand.She’s just had over 10 millions view on YouTube where she posts short informative videos on relationship challenges and how to improve in your loving partnerships.During the hour, we talk about everything on relationships from online dating, cultural challenges, and new terms like Bread Crumbing, Catfishing, and of course Ghosting! I’ve shared links to Susan site, and social platforms at the bottom of these notes.I really enjoyed this one as you’ll probably detect from it and I learned a lot. I’m sure you’ll take something from it too that will make your relationships more than 1% Better. Episode Link - https://robofthegreen.ie/episodes/susanwinter-relationships-onepercentbetter-ep101/ 4.Motty Varghese – How to Sleep Better – Episode 114

26 MIN2 w ago
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1% Better Season 3 Best Bits - Part 1! EP151

Mel Parker – Leadership Force Multipliers, the Trifecta of Hope, & Chasing the Fire! - EP150

Mel Parker is CEO of Take the Limits off. He’s also an ex-Airborne Ranger in the US military and has been facing his fears all his lifeI had the pleasure of meeting Mel in person last year as he delivered a day’s training on Emotional Intelligence. I knew straight away that he would be a great guest to have on the podcast to talk about his leadership journey. His book, The Parker Principles, 10 Leadership Force Multipliers, is full of useful interesting insights from his experiences over the years. We talk about many of these in this episode. Here is a summary of the topics covered in our conversation•Mel’s background in leadership •Growing up on a pig and tobacco farming•Raised by a single mother and a very close connection with his grandmother•Being ‘resource challenged’ and considered below the poverty link•Having a grandmother with a tremendous amount of Faith!•With enough hard work and education, opportunities could exist for anyone!•Always believing there will be a better tomorrow – if you put in the time and efforts•The role leadership has played in Me’s life•Where did his grandmothers positivity come from – no clear but seemed to be inbuilt in her! •She was wordily, full of common sense and could read people •She was a veracious reader and taking this from her•Dealing with fear from a young age and the relationship with this •Always having danger growing up – he could get into trouble growing up and had situations where people didn’t know which way things would go•Dealing with anxiety•Reading books and getting motivated and inspired from this work•Trifecta of hopeo1) Science Fiction as one – always a hero – leadership mentality o2) Comic books – giving Mel a level of resilience – had to overcome great tragedy – teaching him that the pain and difficulty are just part of his ‘becoming’ o3) Faith of his grandmother•Taking action from an early age – getting a public library card to read for free! •Catching the fire and loving to learn•Juxtaposition of Education & Leadership = Opportunity – this gave Mel focus all the way through •Bicycle – Education = back wheel & leadership = front wheel •Starting to conceptualize the leader idea or role from a young age – this become something he wanted to follow•Getting into sports which allowed Mel his first taste or real leadership •This led to it becoming a rhythm •How taking on this role felt? Pressure but excitement and responsibility instead of fear! •Developing a mentality to solve problems….this is what he’s at! •Being in a crisis situation and thriving v being in a comfortzone and not being happy! •Looking back and thinking about what I could have done differently? •Always chasing the fire….this was part of his way! •Leadership is universal and these fires can be put out in any industry? •Moving his family 15 times in his career – this was due to promotions and bigger fires…•Looking forward or back more? At the age of 50 this changed! •Questioning is there more than the next big job? •Mel’s mission changed after his 50th birthday…•Becoming aware you have less life in front of you than you have behind you? •Have Mel’s values changed overtime and what ones did? •Oct 2016 as a big turning point when Mel’s grandmother passed •His grandmother challenged Mel to stop living in fear on her death bed! •Being challenged to write his book and start his own company! •Facing fear and stepping away from his corporate pay cheque •Starting to trust himself and moving forward! •This pushed Mel to move and he started his company and started the book! •Working harder and being happier now than anytime in his career•Having control now and being able to say NO! •Having a focus on...

61 MIN3 w ago
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Mel Parker – Leadership Force Multipliers, the Trifecta of Hope, & Chasing the Fire! - EP150

Alexander Baburin - Becoming Grandmaster, Talent v Hard Work, & Planning as a Key to Success! EP149

In this week’s episode I talk with Alexander Baburin, Ireland’s only Chess Grandmaster currently. I’ve always had an interest in Chess – playing badly but the strategy, the history, and the focus required be a great chess player!The podcast gives me a wonderful opportunity to talk with experts in their fields and I was delighted when Alexander agreed to come on and talk about the world of chess and his career. Here is a summary of the topics we discussed during the episode. I hope you enjoy!Summary Topics:•The 10,000 hour rule and the Grandmaster •Hard work v Talent •Bounce, Matthew Zayed and deliberate practice•Playing the Polgar sisters – 2 making grandmasters and 1 international master•Women Grandmaster titles and full Grandmasters •Growing up in Russia (Gorky) •Discovering Chess at the age of 7 and being taught the rules by his dad •Joining a Chess club in school and quickly realising this was something he really liked •3-4 years later, becoming seriously hooked and starting to play 10+ hours per week•Early practice was more just friendly games and less structured study and play •Having a coach and getting play more structured •What is the best use of your time when playing Chess seriously? •What to do before the games and after the games•Creating a Plan to help develop his game – similar to studying for an exam •There are many topics to focus on to study in chess •The coach can help very much with this work •Studying Chess and the impact it had on academic life •Schools being supportive of Chess and seeing this as a positive hobby/passion•Chess teaching planning and discipline leading to better schooling•Having Swimming and Basketball as passions in early years •Tapping into the desire to win and do your best •Getting into the ‘Zone’ when playing and everything else fades away •Living his life and playing for years before realizing it would be a career •At the age of 20, Alexander had to make a decision where to go next and this time was when Chess became an option as a career – a couple of years later, the boarders opening up, this helped Alexander pursue Chess as an option •By 22-23, chess became something he would do for the foreseeable future.•How Chess ranking works and the difference between National, International Masters and Grandmasters, getting a ‘rating’ and moving up and down rankings •The big gap between IM and GM and reaching the GM level taking 5 year…•How international competitions work and how to achieve a ‘norm’•The Swiss System in Chess•How quickly can someone achieve GM status? •Looking at the speed at which kids have reached GM at the age of 14-15 •Getting to GM level in 7-8 years and aligns with the 10k hours rule •Common traits with Grandmasters – coming all forms and shapes•One common trait – Hates to Lose! •Every loss is a ‘little death’ – psychologically very difficult •Driven by the desire not to lose more than the desire to win! •Developing resilience and dealing with frustrations…•The role of luck or is it pure skill in Chess? •Luck playing a role in his career and providing opportunities •Controlling Emotions during a Game and approaches to keep them in check•Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat •How the style of play develops and changes over time •Playing against ‘pieces’ or against ‘players? •Chess players peaking at the age of 35 but now it seems to be younger – at 27/28•The Indian summer is noticeable in many players – even up to the age of 60•Alexander stopped growing as a player 20 years ago due to making a conscious decision to diversify – write books, coaching, etc •The general level of play is increasing now compared to 20 years ago – at the club...

68 MINJAN 24
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Alexander Baburin - Becoming Grandmaster, Talent v Hard Work, & Planning as a Key to Success! EP149

Shane McCarthy - Marketing Psychology, SEO Strategies & Prioritising Self-Care! – EP148

*Excuse Typos – I tend to write show notes during editing*Shane McCarthy is chief marketing officer for military social media platform Sandboxx. He is originally from Kerry but is now based in the US. I first met Shane in 2011/12 when he was running a student board for IT@Cork and knew he was destined for big things. We connected in late 2019 and talked about Shane’s career and journey so far and to dive into some marketing advice, insights and tips that could be useful to you in your own business. I know I’ve taken away some good stuff from it. Hopefully you do to.A summary of key points covered is below:•Setting up a student board for IT@Cork•The value of volunteering •Studying BIS in UCC – a mix between Business & IT •Finding a passion for social media and how to use it for business value from an early stage •The Psychology of Marketing•Setting up Twitter Hour back in 2012 for IT@Cork•Experimenting with Blogging during College to build his own personal branding•Trial and Error leading to better understanding of what works and what doesn’t•How to make a blog post discoverable – back then & now! •The importance of SEO in blogging – creating good content•Creating a SEO strategy and having an SEO checklist before posting•The value of Google Analytics to identify what to post about•Looking to get ways on other blogs – this helps get clarity on the topic•If you can write it or teach it, then you know it! This is key•The power of feedback and taking onboard to help get better•Moving from Engineering to Marketing shortly after leaving University •Getting the opportunity to join a start-up with a focus on marketing •Making the decision to leave a permanent role to join a start-up – how? •Being able to juggle final year in college and working full-time for Sandboxx in 2014/15•Working as Chief Marketing Officer for Sandboxx and what Sandoxx offers to members of the military •Starting off initially with a letters service and then building on this •Growing to 1.5 million customers and going from 0-50+ employees•Reflecting back on the 5+ years with Sandboxx and major lessons learned •Working 18-hour days and going from doing everything to being more strategic •Building out relationships with government and brands •Getting up to speed on military vocabulary and acronyms •App Based Marketing requiring softer skills•A standout mistake that provided a great learningoGiving up on experiments too soon – not staying the course •Learning from mistakes •Using data and trusting your gut more when making decisions•Being Irish brings an advantage when building relationships with customers•The Psychology around marketing & how you can use this to your advantage with user personals •Looking into User Personas and Empathy Maps to identify and understand customer preferences and choices •The Elmer Framework & emotion logic •The WIIFM concept – if you can explain the value and benefits to the customer, you’re onto a big benefit •Paid advertising v Free Advertising – what to pick? •Don’t be afraid to set aside a decent amount of money of your budget! •Spend money and test out ideas yourself instead of paying it to an agency •Be active and ask others for feedback and input to help with the early stages of what a customer wants•Facebook and Google Online Tours and How To guides for analytics and using better tools•Learn how to walk before you can run when marketing and test small first!•Personal Development and Growth – how to find the balance •Self-care as a priority •Professional growth with key mentors and groups sharing in the space of marketing•Personal growth – spending time meditating and taking time out daily basis •Prioritizing...

58 MINJAN 17
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Shane McCarthy - Marketing Psychology, SEO Strategies & Prioritising Self-Care! – EP148

Ray Ortega – Creativity v Execution, Battling Perfectionism, & Professional Podcasting! EP147

Welcome to 1% Better.For those of you that have an interest in podcast production, creating video and audio content of high quality, you might have checked out one of Ray Ortega’s super helpful videos on his YouTube channel over the years. That’s how I found Ray and have been following and learning from him ever since. He is also the host of the Podcaster Studio & Podcasters Roundtable shows that go deeper in the world and industry of podcasting.I was very happy to have him on the podcast to talk about his work, the creative flair, strengths and areas not so strong and share some great practice tips on how to be better at a number of areas. It’s not only about podcasting, however. The message coming loud and clear from this is you can achieve great things if you’re willing to put the time and focus into it! We covered the following:•A passion for an Audio & Video Production •Can a podcast be video? •Setting up a Mix-Minus on a podcast! •Starting out podcasting and having a desire of how to create a podcast •Always share what you learn, as it helps with the learning!•What makes a good podcast? Make sure it’s a real interest for you!!•You will find an audience if you drill down into your area of deep interest•If it’s not your hobby, then it’s not worth starting a podcast about•If it comes from a true place of interest of passion•The most important ingredient is you’re interested in•Hearing about a ‘Podcast’ for the first time in 2005 •Listening to a show on apple’s platform which was the first podcast listened too•The word ‘podcasting’ and where it came from?•Big breakthrough moments in the podcast industry!•Podcast growth – incremental v big moments •Making a living from podcasting •1 million download per podcast v niche shows •Passions growing up – Video & Video Editing!!•Creativity and Self-Expression through podcasting•Balancing Creativity and Execution is a challenge •Being a Professional Podcast Producer for a Corporation •Work styles & being productive •Balancing family life and passion projects •The importance of taking time off•Always having content to edit will keep things moving•Consistency v High Quality Content •Being aware of a streak….you can’t break the streak! •Set yourself free! •The key to staying podcasting is to keep podcasting and give yourself a break once a while•Taking advice of not letting perfection overtake good enough •Being a recovering perfectionist •The host of a podcast is usually the worst person to be a producer of it•Find the compromise between too much time editing v polishing•Most important part of the production process•Getting the recording right at the source – saving so much time on the other side•Time is Money! •Be willing to invest some $ at the start if possible •Focus on baby steps when starting out!•How to focus on discoverability and marketing!•Tips for marketing!oSocial Media is a fast-moving river – share the same content multiple times and give it a unique post or keyword every timeoResurface old content – just make it new context!!! •Overcast Podcast – do some paid ads here and it would get more contents!•What are biggest misuses of time and mistakes new podcaster make?oCheck out Auphonic.com for some postproduction clean upoThe Show Notes part of a podcast – make it work with SEO •When releasing a podcast, be sure to prioritize links back to your site – this is key! Want to know more about Ray Ortega - www.rayortega.com Find him on @podcasthelper on Twitter & Instagram

63 MINJAN 10
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Ray Ortega – Creativity v Execution, Battling Perfectionism, & Professional Podcasting! EP147

Mindfulness - Practical Examples & The Emperor's Three Questions! EP146

Folks,Final bonus episode of the holidays. A focus on some practical examples of how you can be more mindful.Readings taken from the book 'The Miracle of Mindfulness' by Thich Nhat Hanh.One of the best short books I've read on Mindfulness. Makes is very simple and some great stories.You can get the book hereI hope it helps you in your mindfulness journey.Anything jump out? Get in touch rob@robofthegreen.ie

27 MINJAN 3
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Mindfulness - Practical Examples & The Emperor's Three Questions! EP146

Aoife O’Brien – Empowering Others, Limiting Self-Beliefs, & Being Happier at Work – EP145

Welcome to 1% Better and this episode’s conversation with Aoife O’Brien. Before launching her own business, Empowerment Coaching, Aoife had a successful 17 years in the corporate world, working with global companies to solve marketing problems. She is passionate about empowering people to be happier at work, whether it’s a transition to self-employment, helping start-ups get clear and confident on where they are going, or working with organisations to ensure they hire and retain the right staff. She has lived and worked in Dublin, London, Perth and Sydney and is currently studying for a MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour.In her spare time she loves to travel – she has been to all 7 continents, and has travelled solo through most of the world, with camera in hand. She enjoys connecting with new people and trying new things, and keeps fit by doing yoga, and running.In today’s episode, Aoife talks about making a career change, working on her core values, setting up a busines...

49 MINJAN 1
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Aoife O’Brien – Empowering Others, Limiting Self-Beliefs, & Being Happier at Work – EP145

Emotional Intelligence & the 1% Better Mindset - Bonus Episode! EP144

This is a bonus episode of 1% Better, kinda!A few weeks back, I was a guest on the Follow My Lead Podcast with host John Eades. I thought it would be worth sharing out on 1% Better as a bonus episode. I talk about Emotional Intelligence and how important it is in leadership. John’s been on my show twice and when he invited me on to his, to talk about some of the work that’s in my focus currently, was one I took with both hands.Check out the episode and if you’re interested in what John does, you might like his first book – Building the Best – worth checking out on this site - https://learnloft.com/organizations/Let me know if you enjoyed it? Especially around the Emotional Intelligence content.Thanks,Rob

30 MIN2019 DEC 27
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Emotional Intelligence & the 1% Better Mindset - Bonus Episode! EP144

Books that made me Better 2019 - Part 2! EP143

What a great response to part 1 of this last Friday. Books really do have such an impact on people. So, I’m delighted to share this part 2 in both blog & podcast form today.This blog just touches briefly on 5 books I read this year that had (and continue to have) a positive impact on me. And I’ll briefly outline why. The podcast episode goes a little deeper as I read an extract from each of the books. I hope you’ll enjoy both/either. All of the books will be linked to here or on my site.So, taking up where we left off, here are the final 5 that make up the list. Let’s dive straight into them.Shoe Dog – Phil Knight (link to book on Amazon here)This is actually the only biography in the top 10 this year. Well the next one is a practical biography I guess but this fact tells you something about my reading preferences perhaps.Phil Knight is the founder of Nike. And this book tracks his journey from the very start in 1962 right up to the early 1990s.In truth this book is more than a autobiography. It’s content can help you learn so much about running a business, the challenges faced every day, hiring the best people, trust, relationships, and so much more. He combined his passion for running with business and tells this story year by year in the bookBounce – Matthew Syed (link to book on Amazon here)When it comes to talent and mastery, the then thousand-hour rule is something that has been talked about for a while and covered in a few many books and articles.In this book, released a few years ago, Syed provides a mountain a lot of evidence to back up the hypothesis. He himself made it to the Olympics representing Great Britain at Table Tennis and is living proof that hard work can get you to the top.It’s more than just hard work. There are a number of factors that need to be considered when putting in the 3 hours per day for 10 years, but it’s very possible.As I have very high hopes for my 1 year old son, this book has given me a lot to think about. Jake - no pressure at all!I’m looking forward to reading more of Matthew’s work in 2020.The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg (link here)I mentioned in part 1 that the top 10 list is not really ordered in best to least good! However, I did indicate the paradox of choice would in the top 3. Another one that makes the top 3 is this masterpiece on habits from Charles Duhigg.This book kept popping up over last couple of years and having a fascination around habits, I was keen to dive into it. It didn’t disappoint.The story telling combined with science and experimental truths make this one a compelling read and one I took a crazy amount of notes and learnings from that I have been using in my own coaching work and daily habit analysis and formation.It, like many of the ones on this list, help me understand the why and how of every day life that bit better.The little book of Ikigai – Ken Mogi (link here)This is one of the most recent books I read so might be a benefactor of a recency bias. Through my own coaching journey, finding my purpose, values and knowing myself better has made life and how I live it so much more fulfilling. In many ways the message of ikigai and the pillars covered in detail in the book through stories made me realise I was finding my own ikigai through a different approach but very similar outcomes.It’s a nice read and worth checking out. One that might hold some real value for you if you’re struggling with the existential question of ‘Who am I?’. A guest on the podcast recently, James Mofatt (link to episode here) found ikigai at a time when he needed it most. Worth a listen for sure.Smarter Faster Better – Charles Duhigg (link here)The only author with 2 in the top 10 so you could say it’s been a big year for Duhigg’s...

25 MIN2019 DEC 23
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Books that made me Better 2019 - Part 2! EP143
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