Category: Podcast

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Building Stuff With Manu (Swish) Goswami

Manu (Swish) Goswami, 21, has built a multi-hyphenate career. He is a serial tech entrepreneur (CEO & Founder of Trufan), LinkedIn Youth Editor, TEDx speaker, Fortune 500 consultant (for Google and American Express), venture capitalist and UN Youth Ambassador.

This human is impressive with a very inspiring mindset to life. You’ll see why the Toronto Raptors were reaching out to Swish in the middle of this Podcast 😉

Follow Manu’s journey on Linked InInstagramTwitter
More information about Trufan 👉🏻

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Adding An Extra Zero To Your Life with Gary Daly

Gary Daly is a senior sales professional for one of the largest technology companies in the world – Cisco Meraki. From ice baths with The Iceman himself (Wim Hof) to mental resilience training with Grant Cardone, prioritizing the development of his mind has been crucial in Gary’s success.

Follow Gary’s journey on Linked In

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Managing Your Energy With Monica Gold

Monica Gold is the founder of Find Your Fierce – A dance & Fitness Company that aims to build confidence and inspire via dance.

Monica provides a great angle to balancing the energy required for you, your business and the people around you. She IS the definition of awesome energy!

Follow Monica’s journey 👉🏻 @monicagold1
For more information about FIND YOUR FIERCE 👉🏻

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Creating Space For Your Mind With Mikael Cho

Mikael Cho is a prolific entrepreneur and the CEO of Unsplash, named by Forbes as one of the world’s leading and most active photo sharing sites. 

Mikael believes that his self is best defined as “under construction” – that he (and perhaps all of us) have a core identity which is constantly in progress, constantly learning, and constantly curious. When Mikael started Unsplash, about five years ago, he had the impetus to, or rather, the opportunity to finally tap into his mindset – to truly question why he does what he does. You’ll find out that now, with all hands on deck, Mikael and by extension, the Unsplash purpose, is strongly defined. 

Coming from an educational background in psychology, Mikael relates starting a business to one big human psychology experiment; an almost perfect parallel against the basic methodologies in business. When constructing his vision and choosing which best practices to implement, Mikael didn’t only look at the success stories out there. He tapped into the very human basis of his team and his customers, took ownership himself, and went from there.

Unsplash is what Mikael calls a “Wikipedia for photos”; a beautiful collection of images that people can use and create with. Mikael started his career by working at a design agency where he immediately encountered issues deriving elements to create with; in particular, images to create with. Effective stock photos were hard to come by and creative licensing fees could be up to thousands of dollars. 

After doing their own photo shoots, Mikael decided, on a whim, put up the photos that his professional team took to share with the public domain. The first iteration took 3 hours; subsequently, they would put up 10 photos every 10 days, and they called it Unsplash. The domain they purchased cost less then $10, they went into 1st place on Hacker news on day one, and it’s been a rocket ship since. 

Last year, Unsplash was spun out and Mikael dedicated himself full time to it. The team now has 6 billion photo requests a month, with a 500,000+ (and growing) image library at present – and remember, they started with only 10 photos. 

They’ve also developed an Unsplash Chrome Extension, Mac Desktop App, iOS App and thousands of third party integrations to make great photography accessible to the world. This is all an extension of a project Mikael has created because he wants to push the positive impact of photography as far as possible; he wants people to be able to enjoy the creativity of artists, the world afar. 

How does Mikael and his team pace themselves:


“We’ve added multiple pauses throughout the year”


Defining Breaks

Mikael and his team work on a 6 week roadmap, then they take a week to pause and reflect upon that previous period’s progress. 

Seeing checkmarks and items crossed off a list, in Mikael’s words, can be fantastic for a team’s mentality and for their spirits. 

The feeling of being able to cross tasks off, during these regular sessions, and also and to go from there. 

Looking at the business based on a 3 month reflection and yearly recap also allows the team to focus on the long term, providing a counterweight to the day-day. 


“Feels like a pitstop, like when you’re going around a racetrack”



The approach is to move from discovery, ideation and then execution. During the first week, Mikael and his team re-centers. They ask why they are focusing on their current priorities and then filter through.

Everyone contributes during this progress. They write into a common, shared document. They dissect, debate, and discern priorities as a result, through ample, week long conversation. 

People are able to take the time to truly align themselves with team priorities, then as a team, extending into early days of the second week, achieve that forward momentum needed to be successful. 


“You may be doing the right thing, but it’s just to get certain…when you get certain, it’s just a whole different feeling”


Taking the Reins 

If you ever find yourself on autopilot, mindlessly typing into a document, inputting into a process, then you should question if whatever you are doing, whatever you think you’re “focused” on, is really what you should be focused on. 

You must aim to establish certainty, to ground yourself, mentally, in a task and your role in executing that task. 

If you establish certainty then when you move into the execution stage, you can be clear minded and posed. 

Individuals as part of a team, independently doing this is important. But so is creating and maintaining a team environment that promotes open, honest discussion and discourse, which is dynamic and has the conversation move along as the tasks move along – this is exactly the space Mikael has established.


Mikael’s Questions for Kyō:

  1. What do I feel is the purpose of life?
  2. How do I achieve my purpose?
  3. In 10 years what does a successful life looks like?


For the FULL conversation and more insights into Mikael’s mental fitness routines, have a listen to the PODCAST!


Photo by Mikael Cho on Unsplash

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Auditing Your Inner Circle with Aaron Spivak

A serial entrepreneur, at 18 years old Aaron co-founded Revitasize, an organic cold pressed juice kitchen serving high quality juices, smoothies, acai bowls and a variety of vegan options.

In 3.5 years Revitasize has expanded to 7 locations throughout Toronto and the GTA.
Aaron also co-founded and recently launched Hush Blankets designed to help with sleep anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and more.

We dive into mental health, entrepreneurship and how to audit your friends so you’re surrounded and supported by the best people at all times. 

Follow Aaron’s journey @ehspiv

Revitasize >
Hush Blankets >

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Breaking Down “The Perfect Life” With Catie Fenn

Catie Fenn is soul coach, speaker, and transformational retreat leader. Her mission is to help others become the most vibrant, confident versions of themselves and live their best lives on their own terms by redefining success and learning to cultivate happiness from the inside out by tapping into their own inner wisdom.

Her background as a busy litigator gives her an unique perspective on how to incorporate mindfulness and presence into a demanding life. She created and leads the Circle, a community of women supporting and celebrating one another to step into their highest potential, and is an advocate for women’s empowerment and feminine leadership

Follow Catie’s journey @catiefenn
For her blog, retreats and more resources head over to :

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Going Beyond The Pose With Jenay Rose

Jenay Rose is a yoga teacher, thought coach, wellness influencer and mindfulness advocate. She spends her time bringing accent practices or the concept of mindful living into the modern world.

Jenay opens up on navigating career changes, mental health struggles and the world of wellness. We also go behind the scenes getting real about Yoga and how the stunning Instagram poses we all see are only a fraction of the practice.

Follow Jenay’s journey @namastejenay

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Indie Pop Artist Kirbanu on Creating From Within

Kirbanu is a world traveller, internal explorer and an Australian Indie Pop Artist weaving human experiences from despair to euphoria, into beautifully uncomfortable songs.

Through her music, Kirbanu takes people on honest journeys of self-inquiry exploring inner struggles, existential questions, change making, as well as celebrating this perfectly imperfect life.

Follow Kirbanu’s journey @kirbanu
For upcoming concert dates visit

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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The Power Of Energy With Jill Wintersteen

Jill Wintersteen is the beautiful mind behind the quickly growing Venice based brand, Spirit Daughter. She was introduced to astrology and yoga as a teenager, and they have served as the foundation of her life for 20 plus years. Though she was drawn to these artistic expressions of wellness, Jill ended up following a more traditional path to become a neuroscientist due to her interest in the study of consciousness. While studying at John Hopkins, the opportunity presented itself for Jill to move to Venice Beach to study Chinese medicine, and that is when she returned to her true calling and began a practice of helping others to find grounding, peace, and their true path.

More great resources over at Spirit Daughter
Follow Jill’s journey @spiritdaughter

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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It All Starts With Empathy – Michael Ventura

How can we innovate, connect and grow through empathy?

Michael Ventura is an entrepreneur and the CEO of an award-winning strategy and design studio called Sub Rosa.

He has served as a board member and advisor to a variety of organizations including Behance, The Burning Man Project, The Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and the U.N.’s Tribal Link Foundation.

A dynamic writer and lecturer, Michael is frequently engaged as an advisor to entrepreneurs and leaders of some of the largest corporations across the globe. He is also an adjunct professor at Princeton University where he teaches design thinking and how to integrate empathy into the creative process.

Make sure to check out Michael’s new book “Applied Empathy – The New Language of Leadership”.

Follow Michael’s journey @themichaelventura
Applied Empathy Podcast:
Sub Rosa :

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Creating Anything You Want With Laina Caltagirone

How can you create anything you want simply by re-wiring your mind?

Laina Caltagirone is an entrepreneur working to modernize the world of personal + spiritual growth by bringing people simple and practical tools to live their best life.

She’s an attorney, a certified life coach, a meditator, wellness lifestyle lover, manifestation expert, and co-creator of the international spiritual wellness retreat, Soulcation.

Follow Laina’s journey @laina_caltagirone

For more information around Laina’s work visit


Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Connecting The Mind & Body With Carla DiMattina

Carla DiMattina is a holistic physiotherapist with over 15 years of experience transforming the lives of others through Align Movement. We chat about the mind/body connection, her first celebrity clients (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) and a few easy practices we can do right now to improve our alignment and energy.

Align Movement – A proven methodology to re establish connection to the natural state of equilibrium, stability and power, while simultaneously engendering empowerment—physically and emotionally. Align Movement is informed by both eastern and western medicine and philosophy. –

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Building A Billion Dollar Mindset with Radek Sali

Radek Sali opens up on what it takes to build a strong mind, company and team culture.

As the former CEO of SWISSE, a company that was acquired for $1.67 billion and now the Chairman of Light Warrior Group, a team investing in businesses with positive societal impact, Radek offers a truly inspiring perspective on life, business and the people who surround him.

For more information on Light Warrior Group:

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud

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Navigating Change With Ultra-Athlete & Mum Samantha Gash

Samantha Gash provides a beautiful look into the mindset required to handle extreme conditions and change. Whether that be related to completing the Four Desserts Grand Slam (4 x 250km ultra marathons) or preparing for the arrival of her first baby. Sam’s mind is impressive.


  • Achieving a supreme sense of awareness
  • Accepting and managing your reaction to insecurities
  • Ultra endurance races / adventure racing
  • Keeping up the fundamentals when times are tasking (Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise)
  • Going the extra mile to appreciate the details
  • The concept of “unlimited time” with friends
  • Motherhood, fatherhood and parenting

Follow Samantha’s journey @samanthagash

Music: Waves – Joakim Karud



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Following The Signs With Kane Sarhan

Kane Sarhan is Vice President of Brand at SH Group, Starwood Capital Group’s hotel brand management company that oversees the development and management of the Firm’s two luxury lifestyle hotel and residence brands, 1 Hotels & Homes and Baccarat Hotels & Residences.

He also co-founded and leads the creative at THE WELL. A modern membership based wellness club designed for busy urban professionals in the heart of New York City. THE WELL recognizes both the benefits of Western medicine and the wisdom of Eastern healing modalities and have built a science-backed ecosystem for wellness.

Follow Kane’s journey at:
THE WELL: @thewell
1 Hotels: @1hotels

Music by Joakim Karud