Awaken The Awesome

Olivier Day

This is Awaken The Awesome - a podcast where we acknowledge that we are all in this together.

Through enlightening conversations and personal insights, your host Olivier Day, aims to connect with and introduce you to individuals, just like you, who show us how they are bringing a little bit of Awesomeness in their individual journeys.

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I'm going to say this outright even though know it'll raise a few eyebrows: Money matters. Coming from a country where the differences between the 'Haves' and the 'Have Nots' were so obvious, I was very well acquainted with the importance of setting yourself up for a proper financial future. Which is why, for this particular episode, I wanted to find someone that I believe would provide the proper vantage point as well as appropriate insight to help me drive this point home. Having emigrated from his native India to the United States with his parents when he was just 3 years old, Rocky Lalvani has seen firsthand what it looks like to build a wealthy lifestyle out of nothing through saving, investing, and spending wisely. Rocky serves as a Chief Profitability Adviser for business owners and is the founder of Profit Comes First. He teaches financial planning and growing one's wealth because that’s what he's done and he doesn't want you to make the same mistakes he's made.  Having personally experienced what it takes to achieve the American Dream, Rocky reminds us that Money is a tool. It can open countless doors if managed well. Without understanding money, he admits that his father would not have been able to sustain a family in America. His mission as a Financial Coach, simply put, is to help you build an abundant life. He is also a happily married father of two as well as the host of two successful podcasts : Richer Soul and The Profit Answer Man podcast. I really enjoyed this conversation. Simply because it was so fun to sit across from someone so incredibly knowledgeable of the topic yet with the down-to-earth demeanor as well as humility to bring some useful concepts down to a digestible level. Another exciting conversation which I do hope you'll enjoy.  You can connect with Rocky by visiting his website or following him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. & Linkedin. #StayAwesome #ATATribe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Connect with us // Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

Dec 3

48 min 26 sec

Today's guest is something of a powerhouse. Indeed, Petrona Joseph has carried numerous titles and prestigious positions to her name such as being the celebrated voice behind the SlayedItMontreal Fashion & Lifestyle blog. She also served as VP of Marketing for Montreal Caribbean Fashion Week while also being named one of Montreal’s 100 Most Influential Women. She is also a published Author and fierce Mental Health Advocate, demystifying mental illness in the Black Community. Because of the current context in which we find ourselves with the COVID-19 pandemic, border-crossing restrictions, social interactions slowly readjusting - I know that a lot of us are deal with their fair share of Mental overwhelm. Which is why I've purposely been talking a lot about Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression and related issues for a couple of episodes now. Petrona uses her influence to create an open and honest dialogue around destigmatizing mental health, making her one of the most sought-after speakers on the topic in North America. A true standout individual not just for her bright and sparkling personality but also, and most importantly, for the incredible amount of work she has done and continues to do as she chooses to use her own story of personal struggle with severe depression and anxiety to serve as a beacon of light for those of us still in the dark. I want to thank Petrona for her time and humbling vulnerability. Giving us the strength to look in the mirror - and smile...genuinely, freely and courageously. You can connect with Petrona through her various outlets around the web such as Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to grab a copy of her latest book "Stigmatized: Breaking the Silence and Demystifying Mentall Illness" available now on Amazon. Enjoy. #StayAwesome #ATATribe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Connect with us // Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3    

Nov 19

47 min 58 sec

I cannot tell a lie. Today's guest really intimidated me at first. Thing is, having been a sub-par student in a past life, I often find myself dealing with a bit of insecurity when I realize the level of accomplishment, both academic as well as professional, that many of my guests have under their belts.  Call me foolish but it's still something I find myself struggling with at times. I've done a reasonably good job of keeping this subtle Impostor Syndrome at bay. But sometimes, you get to exchange with someone who is so accomplished and a literal force to be reckoned with, you have an urge to sit up straight because you know there's going to be some serious knowledge coming your way. In that regard, I can tell you that Eloïse Gagnon did NOT disappoint. An entrepreneur for over 20 years and an international corporate lawyer for more than 15, Eloïse has worked alongside business leaders from around the world, leading her own 7 and 8 figure businesses along the way. Eloïse’s ownership approach to leadership and culture is responsible for countless clients redefining what’s possible and shattering glass ceilings. She’s been featured in some of the world’s leading publications, including Authority Magazine and Thrive Global. This conversation both moved and impacted me in so many ways. From Eloïse's incredibly warm and vulnerable sense of truth, to her resonating message of courage and ownership, this was a reminder of why we aim to bring these incredible individuals and their stories to you. On this episode, we discuss the importance of recognizing your incredible potential, defining your purpose(because we all have one), learning to get comfortable with our discomfort...and some many life-altering truths...this is one to take notes, guys - trust me. // Connect with Eloïse // Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/eloise-gagnon Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/eloisegagnonstrategist/ Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/eloisegagnon_strategist/ Website : https://eloisegagnon.com/ Also, be sure to signup for her "UNWAVERING" audio course where Eloïse's no-nonsense and result-oriented approach could be the necessary springboard to catapult you towards the next Level on your incredible journey.  Enjoy. #StayAwesome #ATATribe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - // Connect with us // Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3 #StayAwesome #ATATribe  

Nov 16

50 min 46 sec

Haven't made a episode in awhile. Felt appropriate to bring these observations to you as I had been dealing with my own fair share of mental exhaustion hence my obvious absence from the interwebs. Hope that these words find you well and that you can find them useful, however small. Enjoy. #StayAwesome #ATATribe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Connect with us // Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

Oct 19

22 min 30 sec

It's been a long time Tribe, and I hope you will forgive this necessary hiatus as I have had to handle some personal matters and take some needed time off the radar. Excited to be back in the lab, ready to bring you yet another powerful conversation with another Awesome guest. With a noticeably infectious energy and an explosive appetite to connect with his fellow human being, I could not help but just LOVE Robert Wise since our first conversation. Robert is one of those chaps that is SO full of genuine love, care and empathy, you can't it help but just be humbled and ready to reciprocate. Robert is the Founder and President of Robert Wise Coaching. As a high performing Sales & Mentor Coach, specializing Executive Coaching, Team Coaching, Sales Training and Company Wellness Workshops, he helps businesses (no matter how big or small) figure out the shortcomings of their current process and create a pragmatic action plan to help them achieve their goals. As a fellow podcaster, author and Motivational Speaker, this guy is such a gem of a human being - seriously. His passion for listening, opening up his heart and expertise to create the necessary space for just being a helping hand and welcome ear to listen to is a powerful testament to his generosity. He is also the founder of the RISE Anxiety & Depression Clinic where he and his diverse network of psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers and certified coaches provide help for anxiety, stress, depression and much more. On this episode, we touch on vulnerability, admitting and acknowledging our fears, connecting with our inner child, and a fun exchange between to avid fans of Archie comics.     You can connect with Robert through his various outlets around the web such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or his main Website. Also, be sure to tune in and Subscribe to his YouTube Channel, as well his podcast: The Wise Way To Success. Enjoy. #StayAwesome #ATATribe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Connect with us // Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3  

Sep 21

34 min 5 sec

Greetings, Awesome Tribe. No need to adjust your podcast player - this is a just a little nugget of a surprise for you all. As you may have heard, if you follow me on Social Media, I had to take a step back and pull the brakes on pretty much everything as I had been struggling with a lot. As much of a resilient person as I am, it was important to admit to myself that I may have been taking on too much...podcast included. Took some time off to recenter and it's during this period that my good friend Tanguy reached out and extended and invitation to be on his Teach Reach podcast. It was a 'leap' of sorts as I pretty much didn't know if I was even in the mood to be a guest but my dedication to showing for my friends and being the support that they need was the motivation to sit down with a fellow Awesome soul and have a conversation. What a phenomenal exchange it was. Can't tell you how thrilling it was to be sharing with such a skilled and gracious host. Have a listen. I guarantee you'll enjoy it and then some! Thanks to Tanguy for an amazing exchange. #StayAwesome

Sep 17

1 hr 9 min

  I know I say often about all of my guests, but I cannot set aside how incredibly excited I am about today's conversation. This meetup was WAY overdue as my next guest and I had connected some years ago, even before the pandemic, and he has since become an incredible source of support, wisdom, kindness and inspiration.  Christopher Salador is not just an expert Realtor with a proven track record spanning almost two decades. He also stands out as a gifted trainer, speaker, consultant and prolific content creator.  His YouTube channel, which I highly recommend you subscribe to, is a worthy resource for both beginners as seasoned investors looking to get some useful and applicable tools to further their Real Estate knowledge. On this episode, Christopher brings some energetic and powerful perspectives on the audacity to dream, embracing the uncertainty, purposely shifting one's mindset...and so much more. You can connect with Christopher via his Website, Facebook, or Instagram Also, be sure to tune in and Subscribe to his YouTube Channel for incredible insights and tips on getting your Real Estate adventure to the next level. Enjoy. #StayAwesome #ATATribe

Jul 22

44 min 11 sec

It was always my goal with this podcast to bring you people and stories reminding you that you have more in common with those that you admire than you care to give yourself credit for. In that regard, I found that the best way to do that is to introduce you to a couple of individuals, off the beaten path, whose warm generosity and powerful insights can offer just the right amount of perspective and guidance to help you along the way. In conversation with my next guest, LaToi Storr, I couldn't help but feel a great sense of respect and appreciation. As a Lifestyle Blogger, Speaker, Self-Care Queen, Anxiety Crusher and fellow Podcaster, Toi's incredible skill with sharing her story with words of sheer vulnerability and raw truth can leave some uncomfortable. Something she's well aware of. Whether we're talking about post-partum depression, where to find the time to be creative, the accountability required to own our responsibility in toxic situations,...we all have something we can learn from one another and I believe that these are the more human conversations that need to be had.  See, with all the noise and comparison that we often fall prey to, it's easy to believe that we are so messed up or damaged or unworthy, that we are the only ones going through what we're going through. If you're one of those people convinced that there is nothing that special about you, your story or your particular journey, then today's episode is for you. You can connect with Toi via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or her Blog. Be sure to listen and Subscribe to her pocast, Conversations With Toi, available on Enjoy. #StayAwesome #ATATribe Also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

Jun 29

43 min 29 sec

*This episode originally aired on August 2nd, 2018* On this episode, I setup some folding chairs and sit down (well, virtually anyway...) with the always entertaining and always exciting Stéphane Bazin, of Bazin Photography. As a successful photographer, podcaster, instructor and seasoned entrepreneur, this guy does indeed have a legitimate  sense of perspective which I wanted to tap into for this discussion. We were exchanging rather intensely about the realization that most people, despite their best intention, often seem to neglect one of the most basic elements of achieving one's goals ...and that, we both had to agree, as ridiculous as it sounds, simply boils to just DO THE WORK. Because 'The Grind' never stops. A lively and ever-so engaging exchange that was definitely a blast thanks to Stéphane's always incredible personality and impactful insight. You can connect with Stéphane via Instagram on both his personal feed and/or business page. Also on the Bazin Photography Facebook page. I do hope you enjoy this conversation as we've enjoyed bringing it to you.   #ATATribe #StayAwesome Also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

May 18

1 hr 13 min

Mel Vandersluis is one of those incredible people that crosses your path and does not fail to leave a positive impression.  We had randomly connected on a previous occasion and, even though it wasn't my initial intention, our conversation made such an impact on me, I felt compelled to extend a humble invitation to have her on the program. Mel is a truly talented travel photographer, content creator and entrepreneur based in Montreal, Canada. With a passion for sharing the beauty of the world through her amazing images, her creativity and sense of purpose have not only earned the trust of an impressive catalog of high profile clients and brands, but also seduced an equally impressive amount of followers on Instagram. Can't tell you guys how thrilled I am about this one. In this period of forced isolation and notable dependency on our devices as well as Social Media platforms, I believe Mel is definitely a knowledgeable resource as her particular vantage point can help us be more mindful of our personal wellbeing during these trying times. On this episode, Mel shares her personal insights on creating balance, the importance of journaling, embracing the chaos, digital detox and so much more... You can connect with Mel via Instagram as well as her official website. Enjoy. #StayAwesome #ATATribe Also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

Apr 25

39 min 43 sec

  When I was a kid, we watched this wonderful, iconic movie titled "Le Grand Bleu"(or "The Big Blue" in English) starring Jean Reno and Jean-Marc Barr. It's the beautiful, poetic and tragic story of the rivalry and what some would call a bond between two individuals who, through their chosen passion for free-diving, were not just competitors but also friends. I'm not gonna give you a long synopsis : if you care to see what happens when talent meets obsession, while also fuelled by the thirst to always push past your limits...just watch it. I bring this up because, for some reason, in trying to find the right words to properly introduce today's guest, I struggled. Not because the words wouldn't come, but more because of this weird comparison that I could not shake off as I truly thought this was an appropriate visual for today's particular exchange. I came across Xavier De Le Rue's truthfully incredible career as I was randomly playing a documentary on YouTube and his name got mentioned in passing. I would not have paid much mind to it had it not been for two particular details : First - he's got a really cool name. Second - ...there's just something about surviving an avalanche that I find interesting... An established icon of Extreme snowboarding, Xavier's love and skills for both powder and big mountain riding have achieved worldwide recognition. Indeed, as a 3x Freeride Champion, 4x Boarder Cross World Champion, X-Games Boarder-X Champion, he boasts an incredible career spanning over decades.  But don't let the celebrity and notoriety fool you : Xavier has also used his voice to further the efforts towards addressing the climate crisis by hosting The Sustainability Dialogues podcast with Dr. Johan Rockström and is also a dedicated family man, something we touch on in the latter part of the episode. I am not an athlete but I have an undeniable respect and appreciation for those individuals, the peak performers, who, in every sense of the word are willing to lay it all out on the line for that one moment of unmistakable passion that gets them up in the morning. On this episode, and with a generosity I am immensely grateful for, Xavier shares his incredible insight on the real dangers of the sport that are often overlooked behind the rockstar image, the passion that keeps fuelling him despite his already incredible journey, how skill and luck can coexist, trusting your gut, finding that moment of peace within our own lives...and so much more   Also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

Apr 13

49 min 57 sec

  Really excited to be back with you guys as we get to speak with an incredible individual with a truly remarkable story that stands out as a true example of both passion and purpose. From his humble New Jersey beginnings,  and by overcoming his fair share of personal struggles, Dr. Alister Martin's own sense determination and fierce conviction eventually led him to both an MD from Harvard Medical School as well as a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. He is an emergency physician who straddles the worlds of medicine, public health, and social justice. He is also faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Social Justice and Health Equity at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Martin previously served as Chief Resident at MGH/Brigham Hospital. He now leverages his background in politics, healthcare policy, and the field of behavioural economics to use the ED as a place to build programs that serve the needs of vulnerable patients. He leads programs that: transition homeless patients into permanent supportive housing, get patients struggling with addiction into recovery, and offer patients who are unregistered voters the opportunity to register to vote through a program called VotER.  His work has been written about in the Boston Globe as well as NPR. I'm honoured for Dr. Martin's generous time in being on the podcast as we discuss the selflessness of caring for our fellow human being, the importance of vision and purpose, being solution-driven when wanting to solve problems, relentless mindset...and so much more. Dr. Martin's incredible parting quote : "Lately I have come to the conclusion, and you may disagree, that pretty much every experience we have moves us either toward life or away from it. There are some things that suck the life out of you, that make you feel smaller and less human, that alienate you from yourself; they calcify your fear and carve a monument out of your emptiness. Then there are those that bring you closer to life, that grow in you the desire to create, to nurture, to see beautiful things and become them. This is the love that increases your attachment to people and animals, makes you smile at children or go outside to see the moon. Every experience is either life-affirming or life-denying. There is just one trick. It sometimes happens that to move toward love — true, active, life-affirming love — means to move toward death."   Also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

Mar 30

55 min 19 sec

*This episode originally aired on February 15th, 2018*   A rapid-fire solo episode where I take 2 seconds to look at negative self-talk in the eye. Enjoy.   #ATATribe #StayAwesome   Also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

Mar 30

5 min 10 sec

*This episode originally aired on October 22, 2019* He and I have not known each other that long, but as these things happen, when you realize that you both resonate on the same frequency, you run with it. What has since transpired is indeed a mutual respect as well as a growing friendship for which I am truly honored. Mubariz Hayat, more commonly known among familiar circles as "Moby" for short - not THAT Moby - isn't just a savy Marketer, active podcaster, daring entrepreneur, insightful storyteller and ferocious content creator, but also, throughout our various interactions, happens to be an all-around warm and spirited individual. Qualities that truly stand out in this next conversation. On this episode, one that was a long time coming, Moby shares amazing stories of his personal journey traveling from Pakistan to the United States, his patience, discipline and resilience while awaiting his green card, staying curious and trying different things along one's journey, and of course, never settling... Through curiosity, kinship and just plain whimsical human interaction, I had the opportunity to connect with a guy a who has truly nothing short of a gentleman and a treasure trove of practical tips and amazing insights. You can connect with Moby via his official Instagram page as well as Linkedin. Another terrific conversation which I do hope you'll enjoy.    #ATATribe #StayAwesome   Also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

Mar 2

1 hr 3 min

It's always refreshing to walk into an interview and not really know what will come out the other end. This was another one of those opportunities where the individual definitely lived up to the hype. Jamal Henry is a man of many talents - whether through his dynamic football career, his obvious dedication to his family as a husband and father, or as a published author, one could agree there are a few reasons why our conversation was such a thrill. But what mostly stood for me was the genuine intensity and wisdom that Jamal brought to our conversation. Indeed, I got to sit down with a man driven by a palpable sense of clarity and commitment to his goals that I believe we can all take notes from. On this episode, Jamal and I have an amazing exchange as we discuss the importance self-awareness, creating boundaries, setting a clear path for one's vision and so much more. You can connect with Jamal via Instagram & Facebook. Be sure to grab a copy of his book available on Amazon. Enjoy   #ATATribe #StayAwesome   Also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

Feb 23

1 hr 10 min

The story I thought I'd never get the courage to tell on this platform.  Everything happens in due time. With the hopes that my journey helps someone who needs to hear it. Enjoy.   #ATATribe #StayAwesome Also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3

Feb 9

1 hr 8 min

  What defines a Champion? Medals? Trophies? The Scoreboard? The endless training and practice sessions? The high-level expectations we put on ourselves? The ferocious dedication to our craft bred from a very early age through our family legacy? The clear sense of direction we've sharpened over the years? ...or is it something else? I don't have the answers. But fortunately, through a journey marked by ambition, resilience, discipline and personal struggles, my next guest, Neyssa Etienne, is firmly suited to provide a few. Having accomplished so much as trailblazer for Women's Tennis in her native Haiti, as a local Champion, as well as abroad, all the way the Sydney Olympics, a tip of the hat is certainly due. One could also say that old habits are hard to kill, as we were graced with Neyssa's dominating presence on the court as the only female player at the recent 2020 Edition of the Profin Open Tennis Championship that took place last November. Indeed, when you decide to come out of retirement after more than 10 years, making a statement is undeniable. This was a special one. As life does happen, you lose sight of people and time just passes by. But when you purposely reconnect after 20yrs, you'd be surprised how truly precious time can be. On this episode, Neyssa very candidly opens up about the critical role parents play in one's journey towards greatness, the importance of discipline, knowing your priorities, never backing down from a challenge, paving the way...and so much more. An incredible conversation, which I do hope you'll enjoy. You can connect with Neyssa via Instagram   Also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3 #StayAwesome #ATATribe

Feb 2

48 min 36 sec

  As one of the original guests of this podcast, it's always a refreshing opportunity to welcome back Emmanuelle Georges on the program. As a Certified Life Coach, established Professional Speaker and seasoned podcaster, Emmy is one of those individuals who do not shy away from owning your personal truth and leaning into your purpose. With a sense of service and a will to empower not only her clients, but also herself through her various programs, workshops and online content, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring spirit. Being such a driven and focused person, she was definitely the appropriate source to tap into for a hands-on, no BS, jam-packed conversation on setting impactful, purposeful and successful goals. On this episode, we dive into the importance of practical and efficient goal-setting, being comfortable in dealing with our uncomfortable feelings, filtering out the relationships in our lives...and so much more.  You can connect with Emmanuelle via Instagram and be sure to subscribe to her wildly impactful Nannan Podcast.   Also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3 #StayAwesome #ATATribe

Jan 26

1 hr

Solo Episode. Nobody owes you anything. What are you accepting to tolerate? Enjoy   Also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4 Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3 #StayAwesome #ATATribe

Jan 19

11 min 2 sec

  What do avocados, distributed ledger technology and purposeful dedication have in common? I struggled a lot in my last years of high school as well as throughout College. What resulted was that even though I am a strong advocate for Academia, for the longest time, I carried a strong sense of personal underachievement compared to individuals who maximised their academic potential, opportunities and endeavours in order to accomplish some pretty incredible things. This is definitely something that caught my eye when I came across an interview my next guest gave on another podcast and the level of knowledge, expertise and overall sense of purpose that she was so powerfully and eloquently sharing left me floored. Originally from Haiti, Genevieve Leveille, is the principal founder and CEO of AgriLedger, a blockchain solution which has been used to support and allow Haitian fruit farmers, customers, and families to reap the benefits of fairer prices and improved food security. An innovative entrepreneur, global speaker and technology maven, with a background in corporate and institutional banking, she has more than 25 years’ experience dealing with large corporations and banks in financial supply chain optimization. With a reputation for the delivery of disruptive technologies in large-scale projects, Genevieve is recognized as an authority in the realm of digital identity and financial transformation. Exploring the powers of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) for over three years, her work in the financial inclusion for Africa is well known. She serves as the vice-chair for the techUK Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) Working Group, an organization that provides strategic direction for all UK activities related to blockchain and DLT and is an inaugural member of the Advisory Group for the Estonian Government’s eResidency initiative for the digital identity. She has spoken on emerging technologies at numerous high-profile conferences around the world. I can't tell you how incredibly intimidated it felt to sit across such a guest with such an incredible pedigree. On this episode, I go back to school - literally - as Genevieve's wealth of information and expertise shed some light on issues that hit close to home for me, specifically the ways in which we as everyday consumers have our role to play in the global food supply chain, the new technologies ensuring fair compensation for farmers and distributors, as well her incredible example of resilience and singular purpose...this was an incredible interview to start out the year. You can connect with Genevieve via Linkedin as well as her official website   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As"   Also available on your favourite platforms :   Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX   Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B   Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4   Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3 #StayAwesome #ATATribe

Jan 12

1 hr 1 min

Just taking the time to show gratitude and celebrate that journey for how far it's come and how far it will go.   Thank you to every single one of you for the continued support.   "It's not over until I win." - Les Brown   Enjoy.   #ATATribe   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As"   Also available on your favourite platforms :   Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX   Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B   Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4   Stitcher : https://tinyurl.com/yxrfp2s3   #StayAwesome #ATATribe

Jan 5

30 min 19 sec

Every time I hit 'Publish' and an episode gets released into The Universe, I often take pause - and realize that it's still there. I'm talking about that wonderful sense of excitement, gratitude, and respect that has always characterized every one of these amazing interviews. It's a humbling thing to realize that, behind the achievements, the celebrity, the notoriety, the expertise, if one is willing to humble yourself and listen, you have the opportunity to get to know an incredible human being. Today's guest is no different. I had been a big fan of my next guest for a really long time as I greatly admired this warrior's journey. As a back-to-back CrossFit Games World Cup Champion(2012, 2013) Michael Cazayoux is no stranger to the importance of one's mindset when overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. As a Coach, being well-accustomed to the unique process of self-examination, he specializes in helping clients “get out of their own way” by identifying self-limiting beliefs and ineffective behaviors. He could certainly draw from personal experience as at the age of 17, Michael moved from a small town in Louisiana to Utah for drug rehabilitation to overcome his addiction to opiates. It was that experience that led him to fall in love with CrossFit and most importantly helping others on a personal level through coaching and mentoring. In 2014, Michael co-founded Brute Strength, a company that specializes in developing physical training programs for athletes. Over the years, he has coached A-List NFL and MLB players as well as CrossFit Games athletes in everything from power and speed development to injury prevention, nutrition and mindset.  He also started the Brute Strength Podcast(which was recently rebranded as The Michael Caz Podcast)  where he’s interviewed many of the biggest names in health and fitness and has reached nearly 5 million downloads. In 2015, Michael met his wife, Adee, founder/CEO of Working Against Gravity(WAG),an online nutrition consulting program dedicated to helping athletes and everyday people transform their lives.  Having sold Brute Strength to his business partner in 2018, Michael is now acting full-time president of WAG where he currently focuses on marketing, leadership and nutrition coaching.. On this impactful episode, Michael shares his incredible perspective on commitment, acceptance, compassion, parenting, dedication and so much more. A jam-packed episode, which I do hope you'll enjoy. You can connect with Michael via Instagram as well the WAG official website.  

Dec 2020

47 min 12 sec

I was pretty much convinced that this conversation was going to be about Fitness, Nutrition, Breath Work and healthy habits. Seeing as how my next guest's expertise revolves around these topics, you'd be forgive for assuming that it'd be an easy fit for a conversation. However, as these things do, 5mn into it...those assumptions took a Swan Dive out the window. This is why I'm always honest when I tell people I never really know where these conversations are gonna go even when I hit Record. And today's exchange can serve as yet another example as to why that's actually a good thing. As a High Performance, Breath & Strength Coach, Cam MacDougall and I had never actually met before this call. But as soon as we got into it, I was introduced to a guy with a troubled past, a colourful journey, some pretty liberating truths as well as a sense of purpose I had never experienced before. Filled with an honest, vulnerable account of his journey, wise observations, lessons learned from his 'blemishes'(not 'mistakes') and incredibly palpable Love for others...this conversation was a special one. On this episode, we talk about recognizing the signs when your environment no longer serves you, redefining masculinity, acceptance of others but most importantly yourself, and so much more. You can connect with Cam via Instagram as well as his official website.

Dec 2020

45 min 57 sec

One thing about success that we can all surely agree on is that despite the fact that you can go at it alone, it sure helps if you can rely on someone with the knowledge and experience to guide you and make your journey a bit smoother along the way. As my next guest will tell you, this is especially relevant in the realm of professional sports where so many of our youths too often find themselves blindsided by the allure of fame and glory without factoring in some other aspects that come into play such as character and accountability. Coach Raymond Ndjonok Tonye has a comprehensive and unique personal as well as professional background. From being an elite Canadian student-athlete who earned a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Northern Colorado and play NCAA Division I Football, he knows firsthand how the power of sports can influence a person's life when approached with the right plan, structure and mindset. A captivating public speaker, student-athlete, mentor, coach and strength and condition specialist certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), Coach Ray is the Founder and Managing Director of the XC10 Sports & Leadership Center, where his 20+ years of experience in a competitive sports environment as a student-athlete, coach and mentor have proven as quite essential tools in both understanding as well as catering to the goals, perspectives and reality of student-athletes and their parents alike. On this episode, Coach Ray shares his insights on navigating the delicate balance between ego and humility, his unshakeable commitment to his students-athletes, recognizing the importance of academics just as much as athletics, accountability both on and off the field, the importance of making your bed...and so much more. Enjoy.   You can connect with Coach Ray via Instagram as well as his official website.

Nov 2020

55 min 32 sec

  One of the recurring themes that has come out of this time off that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on us is that a lot of people have used this newfound free time to explore facets of their creative impulses that they otherwise wouldn't have.   It's no secret that the those in the Creative Arts have been severely affected by current events. However, as my next guest has demonstrated, one cannot restrain the creative urge, pandemic be damned.   Isaac Alvarez is a commercial photographer, director, and artist based in Los Angeles, California.   His immense love of photographing people has lead him to work with some of the top public relations firms in Beverly Hills.   Well known for his dramatic portraits that resonate emotions, his images offers viewers a powerful insight into the lives of his subjects. While his images are often on the edge of any situation, photographing the situation is not nearly as interesting as photographing the edges of human emotions.   Isaac specializes in portrait and commercial photography with a touch of fashion and editorial.  His photographs have appeared in various media including magazines, posters, commercials, billboards, catalogs, and advertising materials.   On this short, yet very candid and energetic episode, Isaac inspires us with his words of truth as he encourages us to believe in ourselves, put in the effort, relying on our team and daring to be impactful along our journey of growth and impact.  Make sure to follow and show some love for Isaac's wonderful #HearMe Movement portrait series, aimed at spreading positivity through a simple message captured on a video call.     I want to thank Isaac for his gracious time and availability as he took our call while actually on set of his on ongoing "Making A Portrait" interview/documentary series where he gives us a front-row seat to the creative and production process of making his incredible portraits - while interviewing his subjects at the same time.   Enjoy.   You can connect with Isaac via Instagram as well as his official website.   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As"

Nov 2020

19 min

How far can your journey take you when you make no apologies for what you want, own up to who you are and lean into to your own sense of purpose?   Turns out today's guest just might be able to shed some light on the topic.   Jonathan Perry - aka J.Perry - is all about that and then some. With a love for music birthed from a very young age, growing up in his native Port-au-Prince, Haiti, J's passion and exploration of various musical styles were just of a series of incredible stepping stones towards some pretty awesome heights.   With the help and support of his family as well as a host of various collaborators, from talented producers to a skillful management team, J rapidly made his mark onto the music scene not just in Haiti but abroad.   Indeed, when your song, namely "Dekole", gets chosen as the theme song for your country's National Carnival while subsequently ending up as a featured heavy-rotation on an official Zumba Fitness soundtrack, you know you're doing something right.   But since there's no stopping this relentless achiever, is it any wonder he's collaborated with musical titans the likes of Wyclef Jean, Sean Paul or Cláudia Leitte?   Or that his single, Bouje, was featured on Disney Pixar's Cars 3 soundtrack?   I'm certainly not surprised.    Say what you want about talent, opportunity or just plain luck - none of it matters without that essential seed that all achievers know will make that impactful difference : the choice to believe.   By all accounts, this conversation was a truly invaluable one, be it for its incredible depth as well as its impactful energy. And I'm grateful to J for allowing us this incredible opportunity to see the world from his singular perspective.   Enjoy.   You can connect with J.Perry via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube as well as his official website.   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As"

Oct 2020

48 min 57 sec

"Grind while they sleep"   "Don't stay in bed unless you can make money in bed"   "Sleep when you're dead"   How many of these memes, quotes or photos have you seen lately glorifying the almighty "Hustle"?   I sure have. I've even shared a couple myself. You guys know I never set aside the importance of having to put in the work and sacrifice to achieve your intended success.   Today's conversation however, gave me pause as it left me full of respect, humility and hope. Thing is, my next guest, Ian Farrar, had experienced the ups and downs of an incredible career in a way that very few people can truly understand.   As a sales professional, entrepreneur and founder of Far North Ltd and Carpeway Ltd, Ian has over 20 years in global business development roles.  With a strong, global network of influential contacts to call on, Ian has founded, scaled and exited companies in his native North East.  Ian also has impressive experience holding non-executive directorships for public sector organizations.   As a self-confessed Social Evangelist, Ian embraces relationships across many social platforms.  Founding and hosting the UK’s top-ranking business podcast Industry Angel, saw Ian nominated for a 2016 European influencer award alongside juggernauts Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Ferris.   As an accomplished keynote speaker, Ian often shares his burn out experience that landed him pushing through business meetings with beta blockers and ultimately collapsing in the hospital.     Ian subsequently fired himself from corporate life in 2015.  With a calling to share his thoughts on culture and leadership, Ian speaks passionately about the need for leaders to protect their teams from workplace stress. In addition, Ian also explains his love of personal branding through content creation and calls for his audience to begin their own projects as "no one is coming to save you".   This incredible conversation was a blessing in disguise. Ian's personal account was a welcome reminder that we have an inherent responsibility to take care of our mental health and that success, however that looks for you, should not come at the expense of your personal wellbeing.    You can connect with Ian via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube as well as his official website.   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As"

Oct 2020

45 min 11 sec

I believe there's a huge difference between collaborating with your significant other as spouses as opposed to running a business together.   Some things just do not mix. Those are my own personal reservations and I'm sure I'm not the only one in that regard.   But, there are those who subscribe to the other school of thought: with the emphasis that building and running a business with your spouse can be a welcome opportunity for creativity, team-building, resourcefulness and yes, even strengthened intimacy.   I never shy away from the opportunity to admit what I don't know and to learn a thing or two. Which is what got me pretty excited when I linked up and invited my next guests, Liz & Philippe, to be on the program.    As the founders and owners of the amazingly inspiring and aptly-named Dueling Cups Coffee & Tea, this husband & wife dynamic duo were a gem to sit down and talk to. Indeed, getting the perspective from two people who took a dream and made it their commitment to execute and materialize, come what may was pretty inspiring.   From Liz's conviction to listen to The Universe and take the Leap to Phil's initially fearful yet supportive involvement, to the two of them bringing their dream to a successful light, such a breath of energy and truth cannot be understated.   On this episode, Liz & Phil give us a firsthand look into the ups and downs of building a business from scratch, the relentless mindset, the importance of teamwork, believing in yourself as well as each other and so much more...   Enjoy.   You can connect with Liz & Philippe via Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, as well as their official website.

Oct 2020

57 min 31 sec

    *This episode originally aired on February 18th, 2020*   Entrepreneurship has its ups and downs, and among the latter is the isolation. The fact that you put in so many insane hours can get maddening at times. So when someone out there in The Universe drops a comment...sends a DM...an email...or shares a review...Believe me - a guy is quite appreciative. This is, in a nutshell, how I met and got to connect with my next guest, Erika Darbouze, and felt quite taken with her journey both as an Entrepreneur and business-owner. You guys probably think I'm joking when I tell you this but I truly do read all of your comments. And it's throughout our various exchanges, when I came to embrace a fellow achiever's Awesome journey as something that I personally considered near and dear to my heart, that I thought : "Why not have her on the podcast as well...?" Erika is the founder and CEO of Haiti's Corner, a B2B Export Marketing Firm, whose mission is aimed at introducing and promoting the Haitian Culture to the world through its impressive catalog of brands and various products. As you'll soon discover, Erika is a definite and powerful example of how one can align skill, training, resourcefulness and dedication to a righteous and noble cause. On this empowering episode, we discuss the importance of not watering down one's heritage, personal truth, dedication to the bigger picture, and how mindset is the keystone of success. When you find yourself in the fortunate position to walk a path of genuine purpose and truth, you're already ahead of the pack. Enjoy. You can connect with Erika via Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin as well the Haiti's Corner official website.   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As"   Stay up to date - Subscribe to the podcast and get the latest episodes as soon they're published. (RSS) (Apple Podcasts) (Google Podcasts) (Spotify) (TuneIn) (Stitcher)   Remember to leave a comment and let us know how we're doing. Either on the blog of via email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   #StayAwesome

Oct 2020

1 hr 4 min

Today's episode is a rather heartwarming one. Thing is, when this podcast started, I didn't know what I was getting into. I just simply ran with what I had and made the best of it. Along the journey however, of the many incredible experiences that have come forth, one that has always humbled me is the genuine friendships I've managed to build. Indeed, people who initially started out as perfect strangers, eventually, through the random yet fortunate blessings of The Universe, have become some of the most vocal supporters of this podcast. Which is why I'm particularly thrilled to welcome back my friend, Naike Saint-Pierre, to the podcast. Naike has always stood out to me as a person of amazing energy and wisdom. As a Health Coach, Entrepreneur and Mother, she has always been an example of the many possibilities that are available to us when we align our energy with our purpose. Her passion for smoothies, vegan recipes, crystals and the wonderful gifts that Nature provides have always helped me see this world around us in a different light. In these incredibly challenging times, she was definitely the person I wanted to reach out to in order to help me, and hopefully some you, perhaps make better sense of the often overwhelming sense of stress, confusion and toxic internal dialogue that we've become way too familiar with in this 'New Normal'. On this episode, Naike's calm, nurturing and wise spirit brings some much needed clarity as we discuss healthy mental health habits, protecting your space, confinement while having to take care of your kids and run your business, owning up to your truth...and so much more.   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As"   Stay up to date - Subscribe to the podcast and get the latest episodes as soon they're published. (RSS) (Apple Podcasts) (Google Podcasts) (Spotify) (TuneIn) (Stitcher)   Remember to leave a comment and let us know how we're doing. Either on the blog of via email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com

Sep 2020

52 min 22 sec

*This episode originally aired on October 22nd, 2018 * "I'm not interested in talking about your rap sheet" I told him.   Sure. It would have been easy and simple to make this a conversation layered with stories about his less precarious past. Anecdotes about his run-ins with the law, to local gangs, to friends that are not with us anymore, to pushing, to incarceration...   That, in my opinion was an easy route and consequentially a small thread in the tapestry that defines my next guest's journey.   Indeed, though his work as a poet, author, speaker, youth counselor and International Arms Dealer(not the kind you're thinking of), Svens Telemaque stood out to me as a true testament in regards to the fact that we truly are not defined by our past circumstances - but are certainly shaped by them.   This exchange was a long time coming as I'd been meaning to have Svens on the podcast for quite a long time. I'll admit he'd been added rather early to the increasingly long list of potential guests I'd been considering for this program.   What eventually transpired was a truly powerful, engaging and at times vulnerable exchange with an individual who, even having clearly connected with his sense of purpose, is still actively learning to strike the balance between his personal frailties and his mission to serve.   I'm thankful to Svens for his many lessons in courage, resilience and accountability throughout this amazing exchange.   You can connect with Svens via his Instagram page, Twitter, Facebook or official website.   Bookings and speaking engagements should forwarded directly to the following email address: booksvens@svenstelemaque.com   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As"   Stay up to date - Subscribe to the podcast and get the latest episodes as soon they're published. (RSS) (Apple Podcasts) (Google Podcasts) (Spotify) (TuneIn) (Stitcher)   Remember to leave a comment and let us know how we're doing. Either on the blog of via email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   #StayAwesome

Sep 2020

54 min 31 sec

    Samantha Kris is an international success coach, as well as a successful author and speaker. By her own account, she thrives in helping others take action. It’s what has powered her business, her book, her incredible TEDx talk, her proprietary goal setting methodology, and every opportunity that followed.   Indeed, her REAL Goals™ method of goal setting earned her five promotions in five years, enabled her to double her income in that time, and propelled her into the life of an entrepreneur. With so many achievements, one can certainly agree that her approach and ability to help people and projects realize their full potential has shaped her into a true agent for change.   Samantha is also the founder of the Bossing Up movement, a community that empowers each other to harness their hunger for more and create opportunities for themselves and others.   In these times of obvious uncertainty and questioning ourselves, it serves to be reminded by someone with such an impressive track record, that the most important step towards our most incredible goals is our relentless commitment to them.   On this episode, Samantha shares some incredible gems on seizing the opportunities that come our way, not making excuses for who we are as individuals, the power and importance of goal setting(Obviously)...and so much more.   You can connect with Samantha via Facebook, Instagram, as well as her official website.

Sep 2020

49 min 24 sec

Do you truly know the price of Success?    I want you to take a second to ponder on that one...You don't have to give me an answer...but I do expect you to at the very least think about it as we welcome my next guest who, as you'll soon get to hear, has in more ways than one not only paid the price but eventually, after some soul-searching and eventual clarity, decided to say "Enough" and call it a day.   As a producer, songwriter, keyboard virtuoso and well-rounded musical talent, Karlo Vieux is a founding member of the iconic, chart-topping Haitian Kompa band CARIMI who, along with fellow founders & bandmates Richard Cavé and Michael Guirand, burst onto the scene with a fresh, innovative sound that shook the airwaves to their core. Whether you were a seasoned or passive Kompa listener back in the day, you had to admit it: there was a new player in town.   With Karlo having penned and produced many of the group's generation-defining hits such as "Mwen Sou", "Chagrin Criminel", and of course, "Ayiti(Bang Bang)", CARIMI set itself on a 15-yr journey that saw the group rise from young upstarts to an obvious force to be reckoned with.    But, behind the accolades, recognition, awards, praise, fame and fortune...we as fans often lose sight of the fact that these are people who, as such and like us, are in now way immune from the trials and tribulations of Life.   Seeing your dream come true as a result of your incredible efforts, impressive talent, relentless commitment, and often understated sacrifice is certainly an achievement to be acknowledged. But when you realize the price tag may amount to more than you're admittedly willing to pay, you have a choice to make.   After 15yrs of giving it all to the fans, and following his own heart by staying true his values, Karlo made the difficult but clear decision to end his run with CARIMI, choosing instead to focus his time and energy on his family and personal wellbeing.   In this generously transparent account, Karlo, having long-since moved on, pulls no punches as we get a first-hand account into his incredible journey. Chronicling how his relentless work ethic, undeniable talent and willingness to lay it all out on the line eventually led to some career-defining moments...but also some pretty heart-wrenching ones.    Through his own words, we get to meet the man, the husband, the father, the entrepreneur, the stoic warrior...as he gives us his perspective on enjoying a hobby versus running a business, the traps of the Industry, the toll of fame on friends & family, listening to your heart...and so much more.   Enjoy.   You can connect with Karlo via Linkedin.

Sep 2020

1 hr 1 min

Admit it - you guys knew very well that it was only going to be a matter of time before I would have him back on the program.   From our first recording together, which you most definitely should check out(Ep. 125), Max De La Cruz and I have certainly aligned on many levels. From the warrior's mindset, to childishly getting a laugh out of the little whimsical things that occur in our everyday lives, to the undeniable demands of fatherhood, to furthering the necessary conversations about mental health among men...I can quite honestly admit I've made a new friend.   This next recording is very much the product of this mutual energy and respect. As we were candidly exchanging back and forth over DM, we eventually got to bounce off different observations in regards to another topic we were both quite versed in : Marriage & Long-Term relationships.    We realized that a lot of the stuff we were discussing could be useful to people and, as these things do, when I asked Max if he'd be up for a comeback episode to dive into this topic, he didn't flinch and graciously accepted my invitation to return on the podcast.   On this episode, Max & I take get personal and share our frank perspective about the state of long-term relationships, how one's core values have a decisive impact on your marriage, the challenges of accepting your partner's differences and needs, accepting our faults as Men...and so much more.   You can connect with Max via Facebook, Instagram, as well as YouTube.   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As" Stay up to date - Subscribe to the podcast and get the latest episodes as soon they're published. (RSS) (Apple Podcasts) (Google Podcasts) (Spotify) (TuneIn) (Stitcher)   Remember to leave a comment and let us know how we're doing. Either on our official website of via email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   #StayAwesome  

Aug 2020

1 hr 3 min

On this Solo episode, a call to action dedicated to all of you in need of that 'nudge' towards your Next Level.   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As" Stay up to date - Subscribe to the podcast and get the latest episodes as soon they're published. (RSS) (Apple Podcasts) (Google Podcasts) (Spotify) (TuneIn) (Stitcher)   Remember to leave a comment and let us know how we're doing. Either on our official website of via email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   #StayAwesome    

Aug 2020

9 min

The entrepreneurial mindset is made up of a diverse array of essential aspects. We can talk about the patience and resilience that are necessary in order to overcome the unavoidable roadblocks that will surely arise when one chooses to go after their dream. Or the importance of never losing sight of one’s vision while toiling away and trying to fit the right pieces together in order to make said dream a reality.   These details certainly did not escape my next guest, Jeff Policard, whose story I'm thrilled to share with you on the program.    Born and raised in Haiti, Jeff grew up in a traditional household with the added blessing of an emphasis on music, given that Jeff's father is an iconic Jazz pianist and composer. With a definite passion to create, Jeff eventually emigrated to US to further his education and earn his degree.   By the merit of his own incredible efforts and despite some difficult circumstances, Jeff is currently the CEO of Cool Ideas Marketing, a dynamic and energetic Marketing firm aimed at providing their clients with the most innovative ideas and concepts to help their company reach its goals and beyond.   Jeff is also a dedicated husband and father, a role that he takes tremendous pride in and, by his own words, continues to fuel his daily efforts.   On this heartwarming and fun exchange, we get to hear Jeff's incredible journey as well as the many chapters and lessons that spawned from it: from stepping out from under our parent's shadow, to the resourcefulness that one has to develop when building a company from scratch, staying true to one's self, always putting in the work...and so much more.   Enjoy.   You can connect with Jeff via Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube as well as his official website.   Also check out and subscribe to Jeff's "Getting Social" podcast available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.   You can download the MP3 for this episode by right-clicking here and choosing "Save As" Stay up to date - Subscribe to the podcast and get the latest episodes as soon they're published. (RSS) (Apple Podcasts) (Google Podcasts) (Spotify) (TuneIn) (Stitcher)   Remember to leave a comment and let us know how we're doing. Either on our official website of via email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com

Aug 2020

55 min 4 sec

  I was a College dropout when I picked up the first Personal Finance book that I can truly say opened my eyes to the importance of Financial Literacy.   Ever since then, be it as a young man living in an apartment the size of a shoebox or as a married father of two, Money and its impact on our daily lives has always been on my mind.    There's a lot to be said about the seeds to be sown early and giving our children the proper tools that will help them achieve financial independence. Which is why my next guest felt so appropriate to have on the program.   "Give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you'll feed him for a lifetime." This is certainly the motto that Guelita Pericles has proudly chosen to guide her mission as a Certified Financial Education Instructor.   From being a provider for her family at an early age to now teaching millennials how to master their finances & live the life they want through her catalogue of online courses and workshops, her journey is a testament to her amazing drive and commitment.   On this episode, Guelita shares her personal story written through pages of personal struggle but also, and most importantly with a voice that speak truth, dedication and discipline. We touch on the importance of proper financial literacy, the courage to take action, faith in the process and so much more.   Enjoy.   You can connect with Guelita via Instagram,  LinkedIn, as well as Facebook.   Stay up to date - Subscribe to the podcast and get the latest episodes as soon they're published. (RSS) (Apple Podcasts) (Google Podcasts) (Spotify) (TuneIn) (Stitcher)   Remember to leave a comment and let us know how we're doing. Either on our official website of via email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   #StayAwesome

Aug 2020

1 hr 2 min

  I have always been quite outspoken about my dedication to encourage a better conversation among Men in regards to their identity and purpose as I believe there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of both communication and mental health.    So when I got acquainted with my next guest and his similar efforts, it was only natural to extend an invitation to be a guest on the podcast.   Coach Michael Taylor is an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker and radio and TV  show host who has dedicated his life to empowering men and women to reach their full potential by transforming their lives from the inside out.   He knows first hand how to overcome adversity and build a rewarding and fulfilling life and he is sharing his knowledge and wisdom with others to support them in creating the life of their dreams.   He is the President & CEO of Creation Publishing Group - a company that specializes in creating programs and products that empower men to embrace a new paradigm of masculinity, supports them in being great husbands and fathers while also creating meaningful and rewarding lives.   On this episode, Coach Michael and I discuss the importance of vulnerability among men, the courage to accept ourselves for our strengths as well as our weaknesses, the necessary work to be done to shift the male perspective and so much more.   You can connect with Coach Michael via LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram as well as his official website.   Stay up to date - Subscribe to the podcast and get the latest episodes as soon they're published. (RSS) (Apple Podcasts) (Google Podcasts) (Spotify) (TuneIn) (Stitcher)   Remember to leave a comment and let us know how we're doing. Either on our official website of via email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   #StayAwesome

Jul 2020

53 min 13 sec

Growing up in a Third World country but having had the privilege to make a life abroad has taught me a lot about gratitude and resilience. Two very useful tools I believe are essential in anyone's arsenal along their journey.   Having also been raised by a pair of solid overachievers who did not shy away from instilling a sense of duty and strive for excellence in their children was something I also benefited from.   These are but a few of the elements that resonated with me as I took the time to read up on my next guest and her many incredible achievements.   While it is true that circumstances such as financial resources, cultural background, family upbringing all play a significant part in one's journey, I truly believe that the power of the the mind and the choice to elevate one's self beyond these challenges remains the deciding factor between Success and Complacency.   From the slums of Lagos, Nigeria, to brokering million-dollar deals for global telecom giants, Jane Egerton-Idehen is most definitely an accurate description of a storybook rags-to-riches story.    A telecommunication executive with over 17 years of experience in the Nigerian, Liberian and Ghanaian telecommunications markets, she holds an Engineering degree from the University of Nigeria and an MBA from the Warwick Business School, in the UK, as well as an Executive education from both Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management.   She is also the author of the powerful new book "Be Fearless: Give Yourself Permission To Be You" where Jane draws from her emotional journey to talk about women for women, as well as the men who love, nurture, support, and work with them whether both at home as well as the office.   On this episode, Jane and I discuss the importance of mindset, what it means to be fearless, the value of a strong education, always seeking knowledge in order to grow, never watering down your dreams fro anyone, and so much more...   It was an honour to sit down with such an amazing woman, a kind heart and a wise soul, whose warmth and smile made this a truly powerful exchange indeed.    You can connect with Jane via LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram as well as her official website.   Be sure to grab a copy of her amazing book available now     Stay up to date - Subscribe to the podcast and get the latest episodes as soon they're published. (RSS) (Apple Podcasts) (Google Podcasts) (Spotify) (TuneIn) (Stitcher)   Remember to leave a comment and let us know how we're doing. Either on our official website of via email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   #StayAwesome

Jul 2020

1 hr 3 min

  Some people cross your path in Life, you don't ask yourself why - you just open up your mind and heart and you just run with it.   If there's one thing I've learned from these amazing exchanges, it's the fact that there's something to be said for humility and personal truth.   My next guest and I haven't known each other that long but from the very first interaction and throughout  the wonderful opportunities since, I've gotten to know a truly radiating soul.   The calm yet profound sense of presence and mindfulness that Sarah Rose brings into a space is something that cannot be overlooked. Talking with her is both a privilege and experience. You get this sense of intentional clarity and generosity of time and self that encourages you to do the same and reciprocate. Come to think it, this shouldn't really come as a surprise given her background as both a Certified Life Coach, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher as well as a Master in Neurolinguistic Programming.   Through her practice and coaching programs, Sarah aims to help and empower people just like you to train their brains to transform their bodies into the healthiest and happiest they can be.   As a fellow podcaster and host of The Mind Body Academy podcast, THE weight loss podcast for entrepreneurs and business-minded people who want to overcome the struggle with their weight, Sarah aims to make health and happiness the business of how you get ahead in life.   This episode is packed with insightful perspective and genuine energy. We discuss the discomfort of having to be alone with our 'self', embracing the truth of our being with both clarity and acceptance, having the courage to question and reshape our thoughts, the stigma that comes from talking about Mental Health and so much more...   Another amazing conversation which I do hope you'll enjoy.   You can connect with Sarah via Instagram, Facebook as well as her official website.   Stay up to date - Subscribe to the podcast and get the latest episodes as soon they're published. (RSS) (Apple Podcasts) (Google Podcasts) (Spotify) (TuneIn) (Stitcher)   Remember to leave a comment and let us know how we're doing. Either on our official website of via email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   #StayAwesome

Jul 2020

50 min 30 sec

When you have the opportunity to come across someone who knows more than you do and who's willing to share their knowledge with you, take my advice and just remember to do these two very simple things : Shut Up & Listen. Otherwise, you will most likely miss out on some pretty amazing piece of truth and valuable information which, in all honesty, could definitely change your life.    This next conversation was no different.   Benoit Chalifoux is a highly sought-after international speaker with well over 500 conferences(and counting) given to various companies of all sizes spread across North America, Africa and Europe.       He serves as Deputy Director of International Affairs at the School of Management of the University of Quebec in Montreal(ESG UQAM).   As a seasoned Lecturer, his expertise covers a vast array of noteworthy topics ranging from Entrepreneurship, to Business Development and Cross-Cultural Management as well as his admittedly personal favorite: Soft Skills.   He holds an Executive Master in Business (EMBA) Degree from the Université Paris Dauphine as well as an MBA & BAA from the University of Quebec in Montreal.   Benoit is also the co-author of the recently published "Saisir Sa Chance"(Seize your chance), a book that skillfully displays the similarities and tactics that can be taken from the world of sports and be successfully applied in the the arenas of entrepreneurship and business.     On this episode, Benoit's infectious passion and genuine willingness to share his expertise forces me to take notes as we dive into the topic of Soft Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Self Actualization, Mindset Shift...and so much more.    I learned a lot on this one and hopefully so will you. Enjoy   You can connect with Benoit via LinkedIn as well as his official website.  

Jul 2020

54 min 15 sec

To say that my next guest, Max De La Cruz, and I hit it off from Day 1 is an understatement.   You guys know this: save for the initial introduction and booking process leading to recording day, the conversations I have the honor of sharing on this podcast are oftentimes the first interaction I have with the guest, .    While I will admit there is some level of risk involved in such a process, I can tell you for a fact that there's a huge and resounding takeaway when you get to connect with someone who, in all honesty, truly happens to be on the same wavelength as you on so many levels.   To keep things simple, let's draw up a checklist so you can see what I mean...   Dedicated Father - check   Loving Husband - check   Fun-loving playfulness - check   Content creator & vlogger - check   Ferocious Entrepreneur - check   Author - well, that's still an item I need to knock off my personal bucket list but you guys get the idea.   On this episode, Max and I kick back and dive into a wide array of topics near and dear to both our hearts such as leading by example given the current pandemic, the importance of being present as opposed to simply giving presents, self-awareness, Manhood, The Grind, Mental Health...suffice to say that this was indeed a jam-packed episode and another exciting conversation, which I do hope you'll enjoy.   You can connect with Max via Facebook, Instagram, as well as YouTube.

Jun 2020

59 min 14 sec

The most honest thing one can do in terms of catering to your personal growth is admitting what you don't know. Having the vulnerability to approach things with both humility as well as curiosity is a big step.   I did not know about ADHD. I'd heard about the condition and like everyone else, had my own pre-conceived notion of what it was.   Parenting is about trial and error. When our daughter started displaying some particular character traits and noticeable signs such as absent-mindedness, hyperactivity, fidgeting...I can't say I picked up on it at first glance. My wife had her concerns but I was the one to brush things off as benign childish behaviour.    I had to admit there was more to it. I felt I had a responsibility to put in the time, patience and empathy not to judge, or throw my hands up in resignation but actually shift my perspective and hopefully give myself, and my daughter the necessary tools that would help rather than hinder her.   Which is why I was thrilled when Dr. Katherine Quie graciously accepted my invitation to be a guest the podcast.    As a Texan-turned-Minnesotan, with a passion in supporting youth and families impacted by ADHD, Katherine is a licensed child and adolescent psychologist with more than 20 years of experience specializing in pediatric neuropsychological assessment and treating children with developmental disorders, such as ADHD and Autism.   As a speaker, advocate and creative spirit, Katherine is also a caring, married mother of two and the author of the touching memoir "Raising Will: Surviving the Brilliance and Blues of ADHD", where she chronicles her own, truthful journey of navigating the zigs, zags and in-betweens of parenting a child with ADHD.   I want to thank Katherine for her time and knowledgeable insight in helping this humble dad do better by his little girl. Another amazing conversation which I hope you'll enjoy.   You can connect with Katherine via Facebook, Instagram, as well as her official website.

Jun 2020

54 min 54 sec

This episode was a long time coming.   Recorded some months ago, at a time before the current pandemic threw all of us for a loop and social-political turmoil was not making such a resonating impact, I never fail to be reminded that everything happens in due time.   I have a tremendous respect for my next guest and his many achievements.    Malik Shaheed is the personification of entrepreneurship and dedication.    A local icon of sorts, having been at the forefront of pioneering & championing the Quebec Rap movement for the over a decade, his notable contribution as an artist, producer and promoter cannot be understated.   As a prominent celebrity reporter and interviewer, with a resumé featuring some of the top names in both music & entertainment the likes of Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, & Beyoncé just to name a few, you have to give it up for a young kid born in a low-income housing in Montreal's Little Burgundy.   As a TV Host and Media personality, he's helmed and hosted a gallery of programs, notable events and celebrity galas.   But a cause that remains at the forefront of his efforts and motivations is giving back to the community and especially to the youth through a variety of advocacy and mentorship programs.   Knowing how busy he is, it was an honour to pick his brain for what was indeed a short but empowering conversation. Another exciting exchange, which I hope you'll enjoy.   You can connect with Malik via Facebook, Instagram, as well as his official website.   Be sure to check out and show your support to the Youth Stars Foundation, a local Montreal non-profit committed to fostering life skills, self-esteem and strengthening interpersonal skills through a variety of youth programs and workshops.   Enjoy.  

Jun 2020

30 min 32 sec

There are no words to faithfully pinpoint the sense of appreciation I have for my next guest.   A connection that happened purely by coincidence has since evolved into a wonderful and growing friendship.   Through various exchanges, I got to know an individual whose colourful sense of vulnerability and personal truth, topped off with a personality that some might consider somewhat brash, revealed to be just some of his many endearing qualities.   But don't let the foul-mouthed, tattooed, gray-haired, unapologetic persona fool you. Dennis Gable is certainly one of the hardest workers out there. Brand Producer & Consultant, Self-Worth Strategist, Podcaster...just to name a few of his many talents.   But to me, it's even more personal - Dennis is a truly courageous and heartwarming individual. The kind whose brutal honesty is a gift rather than a nuisance. You need more people like that in your corner.   On this episode, Dennis and I exchange on vulnerability, coming to terms with your personal demons, taking ownership of your own responsibility in the process, trauma and recovery...and so much more.   Please be aware that the some of the topics and language might not be suitable for some audiences. Listener discretion is advised. You can connect with Dennis via Facebook, Instagram, as well as his official website. Be sure to check out and subscribe to the Self To Society podcast, available on all your favorite podcast platforms. Enjoy.

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May 2020

1 hr 3 min

Solo Episode. Your dreams better find you working. Less dreaming, more doing. #StayAwesome

May 2020

9 min 29 sec

I think that in this day and age where so many are trying to broadcast the most pristine image of themselves, being yourself could be regarded as act of bravery. The thing that has always stood out from all the conversations I've had with my next guest is the unwavering sense of clear authenticity that she never fails to express.  With an energy aligned with her infectious smile, Taïna Jecrois happens to be one those powerful yet humble souls you'd be foolish not to acknowledge. A fierce entrepreneur and a woman of many talents, Taïna has taken advantage of her extensive experience in the event planning industry,  as she now owns and runs TJ Events PR, a public relations firm specializing in event planning, communication and social media strategy. She is also an active blogger, published author, radio host on Montreal's 102.3FM(Radio Centre-Ville) and talented speaker. On this episode, Taïna shares her incredible insights on the importance of branding, the need for authenticity both on and offline, practical Social Media tips, staying true to your individuality...and so much more. Enjoy. You can connect with Taïna via Facebook, Instagram, as well as her official website.

Apr 2020

53 min

I have a thing for Champions. People who, on their singular journeys, do not shy away from what is often regarded as 'hard' or 'difficult'. Be it to achieve a chosen goal, or define their sense of purpose, champions know that to get the prize requires a series of processes, tactics, strategies, trials, errors and lessons to be mastered and applied. Having all the attributes of a winner, my next guest, Terrie Schauer, is no stranger to these familiar waters as her incredible resumé speaks for itself: As a successful Real Estate Investor, Terrie is an inspiring canadian success story, having spent more than half her life skillfully managing various rental properties. As a passionate Coach & Speaker, Terrie is a firm advocate that passive income brought on by the knowledgeable management of an investment property allows for security and financial stability many simply do not have. She aims to guide others on this path through a variety of educational resources from online courses, regular workshops and practical newsletters. Always about serving and paying it forward, Terrie also shares her incredible insight in her book "Mindful Landlord - How To Run Rental Property for Profit and Piece of Mind" which you should definitely check out. As if that weren't impressive enough, Terrie is also a kick-ass Martial Artist, having won the world Jiu-jitsu championship not once...but twice. It's an honor to host such an outstanding guest on the podcast. Another exciting conversation which I hope you'll enjoy. You can connect with Terrie via Facebook, Instagram, as well as her official website.

Apr 2020

42 min 53 sec

Who you choose to allow into your circle has a direct, undeniable impact on your overall process, mindset, and energy. This is still a work in progress for me as I learn to navigate around the habits, processes, and people that are instrumental to this overall mission.  In that regard, it is definitely a blessing when you can surround yourself with like-minded, talented individuals the likes of my next guest who never fail to lead by example on their own path towards achieving greatness through undeniable skill and consistent effort.  I've known Richard Lecoin for a well over 20+ yrs and even though I have yet to follow-up on my word and make it down to his sunny neck of the woods, his kindness and warm-hearted nature have made it so he doesn't hold it against me. An amazing photographer, his body work has been featured in many well-known publications, with a client-list that keeps stretching as his reputation and notoriety cannot be ignored. But don't just take my word for it - take a look at his Instagram feed to witness what happens when experience speaks with heart, curiosity and a willingness to keep pushing the creative envelope. Despite the grueling demands of the trade, Richard still finds time to be the dedicated husband and committed father that I know him to be. On this conversation, two fellow warriors get to catch up as Richard and I discuss on the importance of staying disciplined, accepting the often overlooked costs of success, creating balance and not letting the 'noise' distract you. Enjoy. You can connect with Richard via Instagram. For bookings - contact info : richardlecoinphotography@gmail.com

Apr 2020

1 hr 7 min

I admire people who make no apologies for who they are and what their core values represent. These people, in my opinion, are the ones who are vulnerable enough to sing their own song to their own tune yet have the patience and empathy to stop, look and listen to what the world has to say. Mo'Lanee Sibyl and I got connected via a mutual acquaintance over WhatsApp. From the very start, there was a special sense of connection and mutual respect that went beyond the texts and quips and bubbly quirks that made her stand out. For me at least - there was more to it. Over the course of our many conversations, I got to meet and engage with a person who, from humble, challenging and yet defining beginnings set a course from her native Nigeria to continuing her Higher Education in the US that would align with her sense of commitment, resilience, and growth. As an accomplished scholar, she holds a PhD as an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health & Sciences Center(OUHSC), with work focusing primarily  in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) area. As an avid reader, she lists books among her most prized possessions. Something else we are both very much in accordance with. As a lover of languages, she peeked my curiosity as, in preparation for this interview, I got curious and tried my luck at a few words in her native Yoruba as well as her adopted second-language, Korean. As a fellow podcaster, Mo is the host of the wonderful "More Sibyl Podcast", where she and a wonderful gallery of culture nomads get to exchange on a variety of issues related to third culture. This was a treat of an exchange. As the opportunity to sit and listen to a person which such sensibility and truth is a true privilege. You can connect with Mo via Instagram & Facebook. You can also contact Mo directly via email : talktomo@mosibyl.com Enjoy.

Mar 2020

54 min 20 sec