The Standout Experience

John Walsh

The Standout Experience will inspire and help you to go beyond the norm and Standout in your career and in life. Each week, we bring you incredible Standout people and world-class experts who share their best ideas, top strategies, and ready-to-use tactics that will help you reach your potential and accelerate your success. The Standout Experience, which is based on the best-selling book with the same title, is hosted by John Walsh, former Disney and Madison Square Garden senior executive turned entrepreneur. Subscribe now and join us each week for the key insights that will separate you from the rest and help you live a life beyond limits.
Ep 33 From Barista to Boardroom with Christine McHugh
Some people seek out leadership. Others find themselves in it. Christine McHugh is one of those individuals who walked the walk right into the top of her industry. Her journey has had ups and downs, but her consistent character and valuing of people paved the way for her success. Christine grew up in a single-parent household. Surrounded by civil servants, it is easy to see how her deeply rooted sense of service and empathy formed. While attending a community college, she interviewed for a position as a barista at Starbucks. After a 30-year career with the company, she rounded out her time with Starbucks in an executive position, literally going from barista to the boardroom; not to mention everything in between. She is currently an entrepreneur, executive coach, author, and runner, just to name a few of the hats she wears. We often explore what makes individuals stand out. What separates them from their peers and causes them to rise? While a role may require specific skill sets, there are a few things that transcend position. Curiosity is foundational. You have to ask questions, so you can understand and discover how to move forward. Taking responsibility for yourself and building your tool belt is key. A leader goes out of their way to learn the ins and outs of how things work and what makes them do well. In the service industry, technology may have changed, but one thing has not. No matter your position, being service-oriented in every arena of life will cause you to stand out among the crowd. The human connection is what truly makes the difference. People build loyalty to a company or brand because of how they are treated.  It is not enough to be fast and efficient. Caring for the person in front of you and welcoming them, and meeting their individual need is what makes companies stand out. Being transactional is not enough. Leaders create culture. That culture is built on what they value, not just what they say. If a leader values empathy, curiosity, and relationship building, their culture will foster these values. A culture that deems these values as important will take them beyond the walls of the company. They will interact with others from this point of value, from coworkers to vendors. Never stop learning. Never stop valuing people. When you care about your people, your organization, and your culture, your vision will take care of itself. Lead with self-awareness, walk in your strength and surround yourself with individuals who can fill in the gaps. Know what you value and lead from that place of strength. If you can take anything away from Christine and apply it immediately, it is this: If you work with a team, go right now and thank them. Thank them for what they do and how they do it. Value them and help build a culture that is founded on value. Rise. Shine. Impact. Be curious, take responsibility, and value others. Resources From Barista to Boardroom: Lessons about Life and Leadership from a Career in Coffee by Christine C. McHugh Connect with Christine LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-mchugh-executive/ Website: https://www.christinemchughconsulting.com/ Website: https://www.frombaristatoboardroom.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christine.mchugh.runs/ (running) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christine.mchugh.consulting/ (consulting) Blog: https://www.christinemchughconsulting.com/blog Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Jun 28 2021
50 mins
Ep 32 Disney Leadership and Life Wisdom with Mark Rucker
Many people will have a leadership title at some point in their careers. But what sets managers apart from true, standout leaders? Mark Rucker, former Global VP of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, is here to share his years of wisdom and how you can not just glean it, but apply it. Mark Rucker is the CEO of The Golden Company, a speaker, and author. In addition to being a former Global VP for Disney, he is also a former SVP for Great Wolf Resorts. Over his 32 year career at Disney, Mark worked in over 15 different roles, spanning from an industrial engineer in parks and resorts to systems, transportation, corporate, and eventually Global Walt Disney. Leadership is a journey, and leaders aren’t born, they're made, over time and through lessons learned. There is no one specific situation that makes you a leader. There are, however, pivotal moments that set your course. Document those key moments and lessons through a journal or a drop file. This allows you to build a solid foundation along the way for your leadership. The best way to grow your understanding is to seek it out. Reach out to friends you admire and respected colleagues and ask to grab coffee with them. Don’t be shy about talking to people about things they are experts in. Taking the first step and seeking out wisdom will allow you to gain nuggets over time from others' experiences. And if there is one thing you want as a leader, it is wisdom. There is a difference between wisdom gleaned and wisdom applied. It isn’t enough to ask and take notes. Standouts take it a step further. They figure out how to apply what they learn to their lives and put it into action. The biggest lesson you can learn as a leader is that you are not an island. Whether you face a small problem or have a large endeavor, you don't have to do it alone. Those you lead are no different. Whatever stage you are at, you need to have a team around you. Not only mentors. You need a full team – at work and in life. Everyone is completely different, and how we treat each other should be different, unique, and special. If you want to be a standout leader, you have to have a leadership adoption mindset. Get to know those who you work alongside. Give them care and love and the benefit of the doubt. Make it your goal to help them grow. The greatest joy of a leader is seeing someone you have led move up and flourish. As you grow others, you must also grow yourself. Lead yourself well, and you will lead others well. Treat yourself as the first person you have to lead, develop and grow. If you can take anything away from Mark and apply it immediately, it is this: You need a board of directors for your life and career. If you take one nugget, it is to start setting up coffee chats and searching for your board of directors. Rise. Shine. Impact. Learn from others and give back. Resources Over Coffee with the Mouse: Life and Leadership Wisdom from 32 Years at Disney and Beyond by Mark Rucker (Preorder) Connect with Mark LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-rucker-golden/ Website: http://thegoldencompanyllc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mark.rucker.golden Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Jun 21 2021
1 hr 9 mins
Ep 31 Career Changes Mental Health and Being Human with Dr. Alexander Bacher
We’ve all faced the question of following a passion or a paycheck. What does a Standout follow? Does it have to be either/or? It is a fine line to walk and can be littered with potholes along the way, including mental health struggles. Stress and pressure have the potential to either refine us or break us. Dr. Alexander Bacher is here to help us understand the difference between being a human being and a human doing. Dr. Bacher is a former Wall Street Investment Banker who decided to pass on what was recommended, even on an offer from the CIA. He is a Clinical Phycologist, specializing in drugs and addiction, and has traveled to over 103 countries. He received his BA in Phycology from Georgetown before pursuing his grad studies at Pepperdine University. He is also an author, speaker, and performance and wellness coach with the goal to be a transformational change maker. It is not easy to break free of the mindset that judges success by money and possessions. Studies have shown there is a negligible increase in happiness when individuals make more than 70K, regardless of the amount. While you are discovering what you want to do, take the time to try new things. Success isn’t just what you make and have, but your ability to be authentically you. Who we are authentically is different than who we are as a result of our social, religious, and relational programming. Connecting with our inner guidance system and discovering what is best for us makes a huge difference in true success. Another potential battlefield is that of mental health. It is one of the most important and often overlooks aspects of our lives. The average individual is chasing after the “dream” of success based on money, prestige, and things; it opens the door to social comparison. It can lead to the assumption that we are less worthy of love and value if we don’t have x, y, or z. We need to focus on instilling the correct values in our core; like compassion, cooperation, community, and self-care. Self-care is paramount to leading. It is simply the intentional investment in things that are meaningful and restorative to yourself. Care for yourself first, and you can care for others. What we fill ourselves with and the inputs we receive from are important. It’s not just what we eat, but what we mentally consume. Don’t let consumer-driven agendas play on your fears and problems. Focus on what is healthy and helpful. Does it motivate you or does it paralyze you? We need community, not isolation. We have to reduce the stigma of mental health and break free of the individual culture that keeps us from the social support and community we desperately need. As individuals, you know who you are. Be true to who you are and take care of who you are. This knowing, coupled with a meaningful pursuit and managing your time effectively, and focusing on what is truly important, will help you overcome stress and mental health issues. If you can take anything away from Dr. Bacher and apply it immediately, it is this: Start being more present. Slow down. Be by yourself and reflect. Do meditation and connect with your inner guidance system. Rise. Shine. Impact. Take care of yourself so you can care for others. Resources Being Human: Reclaiming our True Power and Potential by Dr. Alexander Bacher The Morning Brew The Skimm Connect with Dr. Bacher Website: dralexanderbacher.com Website: beinghumanmovement.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dralexanderbacher/?hl=en Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Jun 14 2021
1 hr 8 mins
Ep 30 Mind Strength, Confidence and Performance with Seth Pepper
As Standouts, it is normal to question what makes a champion. How can I achieve that level? Do I need more skills? More opportunity? Just more dumb luck? Seth Pepper, a high-performance mental coach, is giving us a crash course in how to build mental strength and confidence to help launch a stand-out performance in life. Seth began his journey to greatness as a kid. At 14, he decided he wanted to be an Olympic swimmer. Seth went from training with 8-year-olds at a YMCA in Oregon to a national champion. It was the study of the power of the conscious and subconscious mind that was his edge, and now he trains athletes, execs, and influential leaders on how they can take what makes them unique and combine it with their audience's need to make a lasting impact in the world. Everyone has a dream. Often, it can seem far away or unattainable. By making your future accessible and normalizing your success in your mind, you have the ability to open doors and create access to your goal. When you view adversity as an opportunity and failure as data to help you make educated changes, you will be unstoppable. Too often, we look to the right or left and compare ourselves with those we admire. We see their success as the finish line, and that creates a gap that feels untraversable. When we knock the pedestal out from under them in our minds and see them as real people, their status becomes attainable. Rather than focusing on the variables outside of your control, focus on what is within your reach. What are the things you can control? Don’t get caught up in other people's stories. Stay neutral. It will allow you to be strategic and keep you from getting caught up with things outside of your reach. Clarity comes with time. Have a general direction and follow what calls to you and go after it. When you have a purpose, it makes pain bearable. There is never a clear path to success. But as you find your way around and through opposition and stay the course, you will arrive at the success you plan. If you can take anything away from Seth and apply it immediately, it is this: Spend a little time, each day, by yourself. Get present in your body through quiet time or meditation. Journal. Have a conversation with yourself and allow yourself to get out of your head and be present. Rise. Shine. Impact. Find your station, find your tribe. Connect with Seth Website: http://www.sethpepper.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sethpepper/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sethpepper/?hl=en Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Jun 7 2021
1 hr 2 mins
Ep 29 Storytelling and Social Capital with Rika Nakazawa
Still, on the topic of currency, we are taking a slightly different direction into the world of social capital. What is that, you might ask? Rika Nakazawa is sharing all about it and why it is important to your future. Rika understands how much life is a string of chance coming together to form a glorious story. Born to a German mother and a Japanese father, Rika grew up in the middle of inborn multicultural diversity. After growing up in Japan, Rika moved to the US to become a Princeton Tiger. She has worked for many large international corporations, including Sony and American Express. She is an author, speaker, CEO, and founder of Board Seat Meet Inc. Over the years, just as tech has transitioned from the waterfall methodology to agile, the mindsets of individuals when it comes to their professional future has also evolved. We no longer see work as a linear start to finish culminating in a gold watch at retirement. We now iterate our carriers, learning and growing in short sprints, working to become the best iteration of ourselves. We aren’t looking to put a corvette out as our first iteration. We are ok going from skateboard to bike to beater car to high octane efficiency. With this focus on learning and improving, more doors are opening to those in underrepresented groups. No matter the group we belong to, we all have a default station hardwired in us. Our job is to learn what we can uniquely tune into and find others on the same frequency. We discover this by being exposed to others and their experiences. Our ability to sympathize or empathize with someone else has the potential to connect us, both personally and professionally. As we uncover our story and the tribe we are best able to share it with, we find that our arc, our journey, can inspire those around us and pave the way for others. As a leader, you are expanding your connections and your influence, understanding the importance of social capital can help pave the road for your journey and those who will follow after you. The professional relationships that you reinforce socially allow you to grow a network of advocates and those you can advocate for. In the digital age, new avenues for cultivating social capital are springing up. To stand out, you have to know what makes you different and what you have to offer in any setting, personally or professionally. When you have the opportunity to be heard, take it. Self-expression is key. It doesn’t have to be perfect – each opportunity is a new chance to iterate and become who you are going to be. If you can take anything away from Rika and apply it immediately, it is this: Practice is important. Think of a person who has been an idol in your life, maybe a leader or an author. Find them on LinkedIn and request to connect. Be specific in why you want to connect and how you are already connected to them. Practice reaching out to stand out. Rise. Shine. Impact. Find your station, find your tribe. Resources Board Seat Meet Dear Chairwomam,: Letters from Today’s Trailblazing Women Board Leaders to the Fearless Directors of Tomorrow By Rika Nakazawa Connect with Rika Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rikanakazawa/ Email: rika@boardseatmeet.com Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
May 31 2021
1 hr 9 mins
Ep 28 The Six Simple Steps to Financial Freedom with Brooke Tomasetti
We are talking about money again. In the last episode, we took a look at our relationship with money. Today, Brook Tomasetti is helping us take a strategic look at how we handle the money we have.  Brooke grew up in a typical middle-class family, with a dual-income family. Her parents provided well for Brooke and her sisters, but they also instilled a strong work ethic. Brooke started investing by 18 and worked her way through college, finishing with minimal debt. In addition to her “normal” job, Brook also works in her passion, helping you get organized with your money. People are often trying to live out the values of others, rather than discovering and building a life around what is truly important to them. How you spend your life and your time is 100% your responsibility. When you know what is important to you, it is easier to keep yourself focused on those things.  When it comes to managing money, there are six steps that every individual needs to know and embrace. Take control. Understand you are in control of what you do with your time and your money.Know your values. You will spend your money and your time on what you value. Take some time to discover what you value. Journal. Dream of your ideal life and write that down. Get specific. Discover your purpose. Don’t feel pressured to put yourself in a box. Purpose helps to eliminate the noise so you can focus on what matters.Adjust your money mindset. Recognize “wealth” for what it is and make the connection between finances and freedom. Being Rich is simply being able to spend your time on what matters to you with the people that matter to you.Get real with your numbers and make a plan. Don’t just hope and pray – know where you are and where you want to go.Have the discipline to walk it out. Make the trade-off and the necessary sacrifices to accomplish what matters to you. If you take these six steps, utilize a budget, and pay yourself first, you can experience a full and satisfying life.  If you can take anything away from Brooke and apply it immediately, it is this: Sometimes you just have to try things. Don’t be afraid to explore, especially as you are finding your values. Rise. Shine. Impact. Relax and follow your value. Resources Free Expense Tracker Work with Brook Connect with Brooke Website: Moneylifementor.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moneylifementor/ Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
May 24 2021
55 mins
Ep 27 Transform Your Relationship with Money with Sarah McCrum
There is a topic that no one can escape. Money. Whether you are an employee, an entrepreneur, or are independently wealthy, we all have thoughts and mindsets surrounding money. Sarah McCrum joins us to unpack the difference between our mindset and our relationship with money. Sarah grew up in Great Britain, in a culture that avoided talking about money, no matter the cost. After finding traditional studies void of the answers she sought, Sarah trained in energy under two different masters, exploring the interconnecting vibrations that connect us all. In that study, she found herself channeling money and learning what it truly is. That led to a deeper understanding of the nature of our relationship with money. Sarah now lives in Australia and is putting her own energy into the world, helping others come to a place of peace with money. Sarah’s book, Love Money, Money Loves You is literally a book from money to you. It explores the true purpose of money and how our energy intertwines with our lives. Money is about value; how we use it is a reflection of how we invest our most valuable assets. Our time. Our energy. Our money. As we better understand our relationship with money, we can then tap into the infinite possibility that it is, rather than view it as a limited, transactional resource. Those who have a good relationship with money appreciate what they are doing; they are present with where they are and are not striving for more. They recognize that spending money is reallocating value and do not view it intrinsically as a loss. They understand that releasing money in one area is bringing value to themselves in another form; by making room for more money to come in. Those who have a bad relationship with money operate in a state of discomfort, as they strive for the next thing and feel a constant pressure to prove and assert themselves. No matter how much they earn, they have no confidence in where they are, fearing the potential loss just on the horizon. You don’t shift your money mindset by doing what you are doing now – that is only going to get you what you already have. View money as an opportunity for more rather than a lack of enough. Money is not a linear resource. Putting money out is not taking away, but opening you to receive more. It isn’t in and out but attracting and creating space for more. The daily transactions may be linear, but overall, it is dynamic and not scarcity. If you can take anything away from Sarah and apply it immediately, it is this: Relax about money. It’s ok. Just relax. Rise. Shine. Impact. Relax and follow your value. Resources Money Score Card Love Money Money Loves You by Sarah McCrum Connect with Sarah Website: https://sarahmccrum.com Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahmccrum/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahMcCrum1/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarah_mccrum_blog Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
May 17 2021
55 mins
Ep 26 From Burnout to Unstoppable with Claudia Taboada
We have been talking about resilience lately, and now we are taking it to the next step: How to go from a breaking point to a full life. Claudia Taboada is here to share some of her expertise in the practice of self-care and how it really can make a difference during tough times. Claudia Taboada is an author, motivational speaker, burnout prevention and stress resilience expert, and women’s empowerment coach. She is also an entrepreneur, digital course creator, and the founder of the brand ''Unstoppable You Wellness'' with the mission to empower burned out and overwhelmed women, including busy professional moms and caregivers, reclaim their health, rediscover their spark and become UNSTOPPABLE. Claudia will soon be launching the “Unstoppable You Wellness Academy'' in order to offer digital courses, online live training as well as a variety of digital products to help busy women make self-care a non-negotiable priority in their lives. Claudia's most precious role is being a mom to her two boys - Nico and Alex. Nico is severely autistic and for close to 9 years, Claudia was his full-time caregiver. In 2003, Claudia learned firsthand how a temporary pivot can set an entirely new life course. After her son was diagnosed with Autism, Claudia took what was meant to be a short-term sabbatical to focus on his care. Two years turned into 18, and in the course of providing the care he needed, Claudia lost herself. It was not an epiphany that led to life change but making a small commitment to walk her dog every day that evolved into running marathons over the world.  It is not a life-altering event, but the little changes that create a difference in our lives. By having a goal or a plan, even a small one, we can set micro-goals every day, which give us micro accomplishments and keep us going. To be successful, you have to know your why.  There are six non-negotiables when it comes to self-care. Move your Body. Mindfulness. Mindset. Focus. Growth Mindset. Positive Mindset. Self-Love. Being intentional in these six areas allows you to reconnect with yourself and helps you to focus on the things that will add to your life, not take from it. Some specific practices that help with these areas are journaling, connection, and passion. Every second in life counts. Do not waste your precious time regretting the past or worrying about the future. Just keep moving where you are.  If you can take anything away from Claudia and apply it immediately, it is this: For the next seven days, write down 1-6 on a page in your journal. Intentionally chose one thing in each of the following areas: Move your Body. Mindfulness. Mindset. Focus. Growth Mindset. Positive Mindset. Self-Love. Set your micro goals and see the micro accomplishments add up in a big way.  Rise. Shine. Impact. Do what you can to help those around you by being your best you. Resources Burnout to Unstoppable: An Autism Mom’s Memoir About Prioritizing Self-Care, Become Stress Resilient and Unleashing Her Inner Badass by Claudia Taboada Top 5 Wellness Tips Connect with Claudia Website: https://claudiataboada.com/ Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/claudia-taboada-216a901bb Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theunstoppablemomproject/ Facebook Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudiaTaboadaTheUnstoppableMom Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/badassautismmoma Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
May 10 2021
57 mins
Ep 25 Rise From the Ashes Stories of Trauma, Resilience and Growth with Payton Lynch
Grief and trauma are not things we choose, but they are things we have to walk through during our life. Some may seem greater or more impactful, but as Payton Lynch shares with us, grief isn’t discriminant and, regardless of the magnitude, we experience it in similar ways. All grief is valid.  Payton Lynch is an amazing young lady who is currently traversing a few parallel paths. She works for Disney Cruise Lines as a Sr. Product Manager for the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. Payton also serves as a Traditions Assistant. While working for Disney has always been her passion and goal, she discovered that it is possible to be multi-passionate and pursue those things in tandem.  Life is full of learning. Some learning is done in a classroom, while some is done on the job. It is this experiential learning in the field that will help you identify what you want to do. Or in some cases, what you don’t want to do. It is our job to be open to the things that are out there. Sometimes, this requires a pivot; that is ok. People continue to reinvent themselves every day. Every path is an opportunity to fill up your toolbox and find ways that those tools translate in the future. In addition to her work with Disney, Payton is preparing to experience the culmination of her passion project. Her book, Rise from the Ashes: Stories of Trauma, Resilience, and Growth from the Children of 9/11 releases this August. It documents the stories of family survivors of those lost in the September 11th, 2001 tragedy. This is a topic close to home, as this journey started with her husband, who lost his father on September 11th at the age of 13.  Beyond simply sharing stories, she shares themes of grief and the healing that emerges from these narratives. The importance of family and a solid support system. It is critical to have people in our corner who can advocate and help us get the help we need. Another key is actively practicing an attitude of gratitude and choosing to focus on the things you are grateful for, no matter how small. It is also important to assess where you are and how you feel and be ok with it at that moment. What is one thing you can see, taste, smell, or feel? Learning to focus and be present and feel in the moment is paramount to healing. If you can take anything away from Payton and apply it immediately, it is this: If you are in the middle of a challenging time or feel like you are in hell right now, keep going Take baby steps. Get out of bed. Make your bed. Acknowledge birds are chirping. Just keep going and don’t stop. Rise. Shine. Impact. Practice gratitude and be present with where you are right now. Resources Rise from the Ashes: Stories of Trauma, Resilience and Growth from the Children of 9/11 by Payton Lynch Connect with Payton Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/paytonmeetsworld/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paytonsherry/ Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
May 3 2021
55 mins
Ep 24 Dealing with Grief and Adversity with Ken Cheadle
Sometimes you meet someone and, there is a connection based on the lessons life has taught you. Ken Cheadle and I are discussing a few of those lessons, namely grief and adversity. How we engage these in our lives can make or break us. Ken Cheadle is no stranger to adversity or grief. Growing up in the urban core of Kansas City, MO, Ken grew up with many things against him. At the age of 14, he forged his birth certificate to get a job at McDonald's. After the unexpected passing of his father, Ken found himself the man of the household and felt the weight of providing for his mother and three sisters. Unable to process the grief and circumstances life was throwing at him, he found himself in and out of prison until he enlisted in the military and began to have his mindset of what was available to him challenged.  Your belief systems will keep you trapped in cycles and prevent you from breaking out and experiencing growth. Once you can break free of those limiting beliefs, you will be surprised at what you are capable of.  Whether dealing with adversity or grief, it is important to recognize and acknowledge your feelings. Embrace and explore them; don’t deny them. Figure out where you are so you can find your way past them. Our experiences have the potential to shape and grow us into something beautiful.  When it comes to processing grief, it can be easy to seek to self-medicate with substances or spending or whatever numbs the pain. But you have to ask yourself this – would those I mourn want me to spend my life copping in this way? Take time, grieve and get back to being you. Prepare now and make wise choices such as a life insurance policy and a will. Help give those who will mourn and grieve you the space to do so. There are two certainties in life. Hard and easy. Do what is hard now and make it easier for yourself in the future, or do what is easy now and endure the hardship down the road. You can't avoid the hard, but you do get to chose if you are proactive or reactive to it.  If you can take anything away from Ken and apply it immediately, it is this: Go look in the mirror and acknowledge yourself. Acknowledge the value you bring to the world and those around you. It’s not about being big-headed; it's talking stock in yourself.   Rise. Shine. Impact. Acknowledge and value yourself. Resources Millennial Takeover: A Clear Roadmap to Identifying Your Purpose, Enhancing your Skills and Building a Satisfying Career and Life by Kenneth Cheadle The Adverse Effect Podcast Connect with Ken Website: https://www.kennethcheadle.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kennethcheadle YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/KCNewMan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kennethcheadle Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kennethcheadle/ Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Apr 26 2021
59 mins
Ep 23: Determine and Live Your Values with Dr. John Demartini
This conversation with Dr. John Demartini is one of the most impactful I have had in my life. I hope it will be life-changing for you as well. Dr. Demartini shares his tremendous story of adversity, fulfillment, and empowering others to stand out in their own, authentic way. From homelessness and panhandling his way from Texas to Hawaii to surf, Dr. Demartini has seen a lot. His journey from being forced to wear a dunce cap in first grade and being told he would never read to being a teacher, speaker, and avid reader – is humbling and mind-blowing. At the core of Dr. Demartini’s message is the importance of identifying your values and living a life aligned with them. Every moment of our lives is dictated by some known or unknown values. The values we are internally driven by are those we hold most dear. Those things that take outward motivators are things we probably don’t truly value at our core. You find your congruency and core essence of who you are by living spontaneously and intrinsically what you value most.  There is an innate desire in each of us to make a difference. We can only truly fulfill that desire when we are authentically ourselves. When we spend time putting others and their opinions on a pedestal or in a pit, we lose our ability to be who we truly are. You can either be a victim of history or a master of destiny. You must decide. Dr. Demartini shares his keys to defining your values through a series of questions. And how he defines values is mind-blowing.  If you can take anything away from Dr. Demartini and apply it immediately, it is this: don’t compare yourself to others. Compare your daily actions to what you value most, so you can give yourself permission. Permission to shine, not shrink. Permission to radiate, not gravitate. Permission to make a difference standing out instead of being stuck fitting in. Rise. Shine. Impact. Live your values and love your life. Resources Determine Your Values Connect with Dr. John Demartini Website: https://drdemartini.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drjohndemartini YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2QloGx6F3YzIVZtgEXA1dQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drjohndemartini/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjohndemartini/ Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Apr 19 2021
56 mins
Ep 22: Diversity, Inclusion, and PRAIS with Charles and Shawn Kim
On the Standout Experience, we like to have entrepreneurs and movers, and shakers. We also love to feature individuals who are standing out in their communities and are making a difference. Charles Curtis Thomas and Shawn Kim fit that description perfectly. Charles and Shawn have traveled a similar path on their journey. Both understand the challenges unique to being immigrants/children of immigrants. Both have walked the walk being a Person of Color (POC) in American during one of the most racially charged seasons in modern history. Rather than giving up or becoming bitter, they are making a difference. They have channeled their experience, their past, and their challenges into an amazing non-profit: PRAIS. Both seniors at the University of Pennsylvania, Charles and Shawn are on a mission to make sure that individuals are aware of the conversations that need to take place and that those conversations are happening.  PRAIS stands for Promoting Racial Awareness in Schools. The mission: educate, evaluate and equip schools to tackle the topics necessary to progress in areas of diversity and inclusion. By being a voice for the voiceless and providing practical, specialized game plans, they hope to inform and empower students and schools alike to open necessary lines in communication and advancement.  By sharing their journey, their faith, and their hard-earned lessons, Charles and Shawn are opening doors for those around them. They have turned their past struggles and their present gratitude into motivating factors. Understanding that every journey is unique and using your own experiences to empathize with those around you will help you to respect your fellow man. If, as a society, we can respect and value those around us, the world will be a better place. If you can take anything away from Charles and Shawn and apply it immediately, it is this: Examine your surroundings, your networks, and the conversations that you are having. Are the necessary conversations about diversity and inclusion coming up? How can you open the conversation? Also, take time to reflect and use your own experience to empathize with those around you. Love those who have dealt poorly with you. Forgive and respect one another, regardless of background.   Rise. Shine. Impact. Be grateful and respect all... Resources Mother Teresa’s “Anyway” Poem Connect with Charles and Shawn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/praisproject/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC81CyUJGC2n8luPJkO8IKZQ Email: praisorg@gmail.com Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Apr 12 2021
46 mins
Ep 21: Pankaj Shah Finding and Living Your Life's Work
Not many guests can claim having been to over 40 countries, but this is just one of the things you should know about Pankaj Shah. He is a foodie, a music junkie, and a people connecter. Today, Pankaj shares his best practices for determining your life’s work and leaving the mark you desire to make. Pankaj is making an impact by founding Sparrows.co, a social media networking platform designed to connect people based on who they are, not just what they do. By highlighting personal details and finding common threads, Sparrows allows users to stand out amidst a crowd of college alumni or employment history. Connections made on commonality and not competition or competencies surround individuals with inspiring networks that provide inspiration and energy. Determining your “life’s work” takes time. You may not be there now, but when you look to add to the world around you rather than take, you are on the right path. When you walk into a room, do you have the mindset that asks “What can I do for you” rather than “What can you do for me?” There is no shame in transitioning to align your life and the projects you connect with. When you are in your “life’s work”, there is no such thing as work/life balance. It all intertwines; everything is fluid, life flowing from one area into another. Building meaningful relationships is key. Don’t be afraid to be the least successful person in the room. Spend time getting inspired by your network. It is a scientific fact that you are limited physiologically, physically, and emotionally when it comes to the relationships you can meaningfully maintain. Be intentional and cultivate fruitful connections, not just a large quantity. If you can take anything away from Pankaj and apply it immediately, it is this: Focus on being kind and empathetic. You never know the journey someone else is going through.  Rise. Shine. Impact. Connect, don’t compete. Connect with Pankaj Website –  https://www.sparrows.co/ Sparrows - https://www.sparrows.co/sp/pankaj LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/pankajshah2 Email -  pankaj@sparrows.co Connect with John www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Apr 5 2021
39 mins
Ep 20: Business and Life with Profit, Purpose, and Passion
In a world that is rapidly changing, you must have a clear direction. You also must have the ability to pivot while remaining true to yourself. Success isn’t just making money. It is a holistic resonance of your personal and business life aligning with what you are at your core. Michael and Kathryn Redman are the dynamic duo equipping entrepreneurs and business leaders to achieve this success. Michael and Kathryn Redman have been in the marketing and advertising business for over 18 years. They have multiple endeavors ending in 7 figure successes, even when others were tanking. Their insight is something every potential entrepreneur needs to hear. When you are creating and growing your dream, you have to remember that everything the customer sees is part of your “marketing”. Being true to your core vision and caring for people, in a genuine way, set you apart from the crowd. How you can pivot in those areas while maintaining your anchor determines your longevity. It can be tempting in a rapidly changing business environment to be distracted by the newest shiny thing. By knowing what drives you, you will be able to adapt in ways that make sense for you without spreading yourself too thin just to be an early adapter. Being successful can’t just be about the dollar signs. There is a happy medium between making money and not being crushed under the weight of growth. Determine what matters and set up boundaries to project those lines in every area of your life. To be successful in business, you need to understand the fundamentals, have a holistic perspective, focus on people-to-people interactions, and have the ability to see into the future and lead yourself so you can lead others there. Life is all about the seasons of discovery, building, and determining what it is that you MUST do. If you can take anything away from Michael and Kathryn and apply it immediately, it is this: Genuinely care for your customers. Period. Have a clear picture of what you believe and who you are and then hold the line. Find the resonance of doing you doing what you do and treat people well. Rise. Shine. Impact. Prioritize and prosper. Resources Connect with Michael and Kathryn Website – www.halfabubbleout.com Twitter - https://twitter.com/halfabubbleout Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HalfaBubbleOut Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Mar 29 2021
53 mins
Ep 19: Jennifer Hill Job Hunting with Your Heart, Intuition, Intention and Energy
One of the main goals of The Standout Experience is equipping young people to stand out in the work-place. It is a priority to give you practical steps and advice from individuals who are doing just that. This conversation with Jennifer Hill is not a simple step by step to making yourself stand out. It is the compendium: mind, body, and soul.  Jennifer Hill is an entrepreneur, talk show host, author, professional recruiter, and career coach. Not only does she have the background to speak into this arena, but she is also living proof that following your heart and trusting your intuition opens doors and leads you into positions that are for your highest and best good. It is easy to focus on how to answer questions in an interview. Or how to complete a resume. We can treat tactics as the make or break factors when applying for a job. However, there is a step that Stand-outs take before stepping into an interview or making the decision to accept or decline a job that sets them apart. They tap into the power found in trusting yourself and pausing to create space to ask if it is what you need.  By surrendering and opening ourselves to the guiding forces in our lives we align ourselves with our greatest good. We tap into our calling. We need to check the tactical boxes. But even more than that, we need to bring the energy and the heart. Prepare yourself. Get into the right mental state before stepping foot into an interview. This will help you bring the right energy. That energy is what will set you apart when all of the tactical pieces have been factored in. How do you bring the right energy? Practice your power pose, set the intention of who you want to be, affirm yourself, and align yourself with a statement of intent and daily declaration. Even if you don’t feel like you deserve it, receive it. Honor yourself first, remain in a state of receiving and savor life. If you can take anything away from Jen and apply it immediately, it is this: Bring the energy, even in virtual settings. Send energy through your eyes; look into the eye of the camera like you are looking into the eyes of the person on the other side. Listen deeply. See the words as you say them and as they are said to you, almost like your own subtitles. Be present and be amazed at what happens. Rise. Shine. Impact. Be present and powerful... Resources Stop Hoping…Start Hunting!: A Job Seeker’s Guide to Finding Their Job by Jennifer K. Hill Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill Get Yourself The Job Radio Show Connect with Jen Website - https://metabizics.com/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/jenhillspeaker Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jenhillspeaker/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jenhillspeaker Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Mar 22 2021
50 mins
Ep 18: Finding Rhythm and the Bailando Journey with Alienor Salmon
Alienor Salmon and I are exploring what it means to chase after your dream, and there is probably no one more qualified than Alienor to share their journey. She literally wrote the book on it. Alienor is a French Britt who dreamed of dance and working for the UN. Not only did she beat her goal of working for the United Nations by 30, but she was also already preparing to leave for her next grand adventure: dancing her way across Latin America.  The American dream is often boiled down to what your title and how much do you make. By achieving some preconceived level, people expect they will find happiness. Did you know there is a science to happiness? As Alienor explains, 24 character traits are needed at one time or another to experience happiness. Kindness, love of learning, appreciation of beauty, honesty, optimism, and humor are just a few character keys to unlocking true happiness. While sharing a glimpse of her journey with us, Alienor drives home the truth of being truly happy. We all have dreams, and those dreams deserve fulfillment. It takes courage and planning to give up everything you know to pursue what is in your heart. Take away the boundaries of time and money, and the possibilities are endless, not impossible. Standing out can be summed up by identifying your dream and pursuing it in a way that only you can. Stand-outs don’t ignore obstacles; they identify and overcome them.  If you can take anything away from Alienor and apply it immediately, it is this: Anything is possible as long as you take the first step – in dancing and in life. Find your rhythm and step into your destiny. Rise. Shine. Impact. Define your success, don’t let it define you. Resources Finding Rhythm: An International Dance  Journey by Alienor Salmon VIA Character Strengths Survey Connect with Alienor Website – https://bailandojourney.com/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bailandojourney/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/bailandojourney Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Mar 15 2021
52 mins
Ep 17: Chris Cherian Virtual Conferencing and Creating Strong Virtual Relationships
With the onset of Covid, every industry found it necessary to pivot; none more so than the event and conferencing space. Chris Cherian, college senior and founder of Gatherly, took the challenge as an opportunity. Chris joins me to share his experience and advice for anyone looking to Stand Out in a customer-based industry. Chris is currently a Senior at Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. As an entrepreneur, his wiring led to asking questions – what is a problem that needs to be solved? What is an obstacle others need help overcoming? Asking these kinds of questions positioned Chris to be ready when the world went on lockdown. Making a personal pivot to back burner a physical product in favor of tackling an issue many didn’t know they were about to face: how to keep humanity in virtual environments. Chris saw a solution and Gathely was born. As Stand Outs, you can take a page out of Chris’s book. While others crumble under stress and uncertainty, find a solution. Look to your potential customers and the road map will be clear. Perfection is the enemy. Don’t be afraid to iterate. If you are launching without a need for improvement, you have waited too long to launch.  In an increasingly digital age, there are a few things you can do to stand out in a virtual environment. Set the stage. Make sure you have good lighting and a presentable space. Go into every virtual conversation looking for how you can help. Listen to the pain points and take the opportunity to go beyond the transactional. Start from a place of humanity and connect in that space. If you can take anything away from Chris and apply it immediately, it is this: Don’t be afraid to start. Get feedback and iterate. Make sure your iteration is based on the customer. Focus on their problem and pain points and your roadmap will write itself. Rise. Shine. Impact. Make changes as you go. Resources https://www.gatherly.io/ Connect with Chris Website - https://www.gatherly.io/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/gatherlyio Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/gatherlyio/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophercherian/ E-mail – chris@gatherly.io Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Mar 8 2021
49 mins
Ep 16: Mark & Crystal Hansen Ask! The Bridge From Your Dreams To Your Destiny
What if I told you that the only thing keeping you from reaching your potential is asking a question? Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Dwyer Hansen are here to empower us to ask the questions that will unlock your ultimate destiny.  Mark and Crystal are authors, speakers, and thought leaders in the realm of spiritual development. Most commonly known for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Mark and Crystal understand how a challenging journey is just the starting gate for the race we all run. Their newest book, Ask! The Bridge from Your Dreams to Your Destiny is an outline to unlocking your potential and overcoming the roadblocks in your way. The secret: Asking questions. Of yourself. Of others. And of God. As children, we are born wired to ask questions about anything and everything – without shame or apology. Somewhere along the way, we stop feeling free to understand our reality with the resonance of our curiosity. Instead, we let circumstances tell us what life “is” all about. When we are willing to be curious, inquisitive, and unafraid, the questions in our hearts become the key to unlocking our destiny. Every day, ask yourself these questions: Where am I right now? Where do I want to be? What specific actions do I need to take to get there? Take time every day to spend time in mediation and prayer. Don’t look at limits. Imagine your desired end of the ninth degree of your wildest dreams. Ask yourself the tough questions: Are you doing the best you can? Or are you taking the easy way out?  On the path to destiny, there will be roadblocks. Whether it is a feeling of unworthiness, naivety, or doubt, excesses will come. Fear and pattern paralysis will seek to disconnect you from the end goal. Getting real with yourself and identifying where you are and what is standing in your way is the only way to move forward. Take adversity and turn it into an advantage…by asking. If you have the right thinking, ask the right questions, take the right actions, you will get the right results. If you can take anything away from Mark and Crystal and apply it immediately, it is this: Understand no mechanism has the ability to reveal what is hidden from you than asking. You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you ask for; so why not ask for the biggest, best, and most extravagant?  Ask the Question. Then…Rise. Shine. Impact. Resources Ask!: The Bridge from Your Dreams to Your Destiny (Hardcopy) – by Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Dwyer Hansen Ask!: The Bridge from Your Dreams to Your Destiny (Audio) – by Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Dwyer Hansen The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy The Power of Moments (Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact) by Chip Heath Ask The Book Club Connect with Mark Victor Hansen Website - http://markvictorhansen.com/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/MarkVHansen Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/markvictorhansen/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/markvhansen/ Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1WRGxfPQ5JMQL-NDa_jO8Q Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MarkVictorHansenFanPage Connect with Crystal Dwyer Hansen Website - https://crystalvisionlife.com/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/CrystalVision Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/crystaldwyerhansen/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/crystaldwyer/ Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/CrystalDwyer Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/crystaldwyerhansen/ Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Mar 1 2021
58 mins
Ep 15: Looking Back, Looking Ahead with Jody Maberry and John Walsh
As we close out the old year and embark on the new, Jody Maberry joins me to process all that 2020 was and where I see The Standout Movement going in 2021. Jody is a friend, mentor, and partner. In his past lives, Jody has been a park ranger, a Disney executive, a speaker, and so much more. Having Jody interview me today brings clarity and encouragement as I take inventory and plan for the future. 2020 was an awkward year, to say the least. Personally, Covid-19 was a catalyst for transition and starting the journey of taking The Standout Movement from idea to reality. I learned that launching a book is no joke and that being an entrepreneur is correctly compared to riding a rollercoaster. There are highs and lows. It is always hard work, and to succeed, you have to get clear about what you are trying to do. On a personal note, 2020 reinforced the importance of relationships and clarity. We all fall into four buckets where 2020 is concerned. We either spiraled down, hung on, grew, or lead. Moving into 2021, we have to understand where we are, know where we want to go, make a plan and get the help we need to get there. After that, we put one foot in front of the other and walk out the journey every single day. Going into 2021, we at the Standout Movement gained clarity, and we’ve made changes and prioritized accordingly. We know that we are a people company; we are intentional about empowering others to stand out. There are no specific traits required to be a stand-out. You stand out simply by being you and being willing to step up and break away from the herd.                                              If you can take anything away from Jody and my conversation and apply it immediately, it is this: get clarity around what it is you want to do or how you want to stand out. Set your priorities accordingly. Then make it a goal, every day, to take action toward those priorities.  Rise. Shine. Impact. Breakaway from the herd and stand out.
Feb 22 2021
46 mins
Ep 14: Finding Balance & Follow Your Dreams with Hayley Hobson
Hayley Hobson, health, wellness, and life coach, joins me to help unpack the loaded question ‘how do I follow my dream and find the balance to get everything done?’ Hayley Hobson is no stranger to chasing after a dream. A former lawyer, yoga and pilates instructor, and now entrepreneur, speaker, and author, Hayley has learned how to navigate life through the seas of others' expectations and your desires and dreams. Standing out is often tied to what you do, but it is not just about your output. You stand out by being the person only you can be. It takes vision and passion to look beyond what others desire for you and to forge your path. We are inundated by ideas and opportunities. Learning how to sift through all of the noise to uncover what is worth your investment takes discipline and self-awareness. The danger of blazing your own trail is burn out. Balance is hard to come by, but by being intentional to build your schedule around the cornerstones of your life, you will find a way to get it all done. Calendar management and surrounding yourself with strategic support are the fulcrum a balanced life hinges on. Don’t be satisfied with settling. Don’t be afraid to embrace what makes you you. People want to see that you are human. Whether it is art or entrepreneurship, find an outlet for creativity and seize the opportunities it affords you. While we live in uncertain times, as leaders, we must lean in and see how we can express ourselves in a way that adds value to our world.  If you can take anything away from Hayley and apply it immediately, it is this: You be you. See how you can express yourself and where and what you can create that others need. Download my Biz Hacks e-book (linked in the resources) and start dreaming. Rise. Shine. Impact. Leave a mark only you can make. Resources Hayley’s free Biz Hacks E-book: www.hayleyhobson.com/biz-hacks-ebook Interested in working with Hayley: www.hayleyhobson.com/habittrackers  Connect with Hayley Website – www.hayleyhobson.com Podcast – The Whole You Podcast Blog – The Whole You Blog Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hayleyhobson/?hl=en Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hayleyhobsonwholeyou Connect with John: www.standoutmovement.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr  Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout
Feb 8 2021
37 mins