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Nir Bashan on Unlocking Creativity for Success, Fulfilment, and Using Failure to Grow (#020)

Nir Bashan on Unlocking Creativity for Success, Fulfilment, and Using Failure to Grow (#020)

July 30, 2020

On this episode of the Pocket Mastermind Podcast I speak with world-renowned creativity expert and author of The Creator Mindset, Nir Bashan.

 

Nir shares why creativity is essential to our growth and the success of any business. Recent history is littered with examples of large companies that failed to embrace creativity beyond a certain point which resulted in their extinction; Kodak, Nokia and Blockbuster to name a few.

 

We're all born creative but in many cases it gets lost. It's time to rediscover our creativity.

 

Nir's new book, The Creator Mindset, is out on 4th August 2020. In the book Nir talks about HOW we can learn to be more creative. Many other books written on the topic of creativity cover the WHY, but many of us want practical guidance for HOW we can rediscover our creativity. If you're looking to take yourself or your business to the next level, this is the book for you!

Lianne Johnson on Switching Corporate Sales for Entrepreneurship, Building Apps for Small Businesses and Giving to Receive (#019)

Lianne Johnson on Switching Corporate Sales for Entrepreneurship, Building Apps for Small Businesses and Giving to Receive (#019)

July 23, 2020

After starting a family, Lianne partnered with her father to start tech company Element6 Applications to provide affordable app solutions for small businesses.

 

Listen to Lianne share her journey into the new world of entrepreneurship and app development. Lianne talks about the lessons they've learned along the way, the importance of networking and how important it is to give if you want to receive.

 

Element6 is focussed on developing affordable mobile applications that allow all types and sizes of businesses to compete on a level playing field with the major brands. Utilising progressive web-based app technology, Element6 are able to provide apps for small business who don't usually have the budgets required for traditional apps.

Mike Jones on Joining the Army, Going to War, PTSD, Leadership & Having a Never Quit Mindset (#018)

Mike Jones on Joining the Army, Going to War, PTSD, Leadership & Having a Never Quit Mindset (#018)

July 16, 2020

In this episode of the Pocket Mastermind Podcast I spoke with Mike Jones. Mike is a former British Army Soldier and founder of Leadership By Inspiration.

Mike has an incredible story which starts with him being told he was too fat to join the British Army. He didn't accept that and following a four-month diet and exercise routine he successfully enrolled and became part of the British invasion force that crossed the border on day one of the Iraq War in 2003. He then moved into a role working for the British Government that saw him on constant operational duty for a number of years. His passion for leadership developed and he subsequently held two training positions. The first was training new recruits at ATC Pirbright and the second was training new Officers at the world-famous Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

When the Sandhurst assignment came to an end, life became challenging for Mike. The army had changed and he wanted more. Mike had developed an interest for psychology and wanted to pursue it further. He'd been reading and teaching himself but he wanted to go and study at University. However, leaving school with few qualifications, and with army politics, that wasn't going to be easy. Throw PTSD into the mix and you get an incredible story of vulnerability and determination.

Eventually the symptoms of PTSD became too much and after a number of appeal for help, Mike was discharged from the Army on medical grounds. Everything he knew was gone. It was time to start again.

Mike's incredible character shone through again an in the past two years he has growth his business that he start with a few hundred pounds to working with national a multi-national organisations where he helps develop their leadership and culture. 

Strap yourself in for this incredible story. Thank you to Mike for being so open.

Matt Penny on Personal Development, Mindset & Digital Marketing (#017)

Matt Penny on Personal Development, Mindset & Digital Marketing (#017)

July 9, 2020

Matt Penny is a young entrepreneur and founder of Passionfruit Media digital marketing agency.

On this episode of The Pocket Mastermind Podcast I spoke to Matt about his early entrepreneurial experience of developing apps as a teenager that led him to make the decision not to go to university after leaving school in favour of pursuing a career. Early on in his career, Matt realised he wanted to pivot and develop skills in the marketing field and set out on a path of self education and development leveraging YouTube and online courses to gain the knowledge required before setting up his own digital marketing agency.

Matt has successfully grown his business over the past couple of years and has just recently launched a new online membership product called Super Growth Marketing aimed at small business owners, entrepreneurs, or sole-traders who have a great product or service and want to reach more people, generate more leads and drive more sales but that don't have the budget to pay an agency to help them.

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