Awaken The Awesome

Olivier Day

A down-to-earth approach to personal growth. Helping individuals just like you learn about tapping into their incredible potential through insightful interviews and inspiring lessons. Our mission is to encourage you to always keep pushing towards achieving your dreams and to stay awesome along the way. read less
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Ep. 210 - On Building Wealth & Living With Confidence (w. Allegra Moet Brantly)
Mar 26 2024
Ep. 210 - On Building Wealth & Living With Confidence (w. Allegra Moet Brantly)
Allegra Moet Brantly is an entrepreneur, speaker, podcaster and founder with the kind of zeroed-in focus that never fails to inspire us  always aim higher when it comes to setting goals. She remains an example of incredible drive to achieve as well as an unshakeable confidence to execute on her vision. But don't be fooled - she didn't start out that way. By her own admission, Allegra's time in her early 20s was spent more on climbing the corporate ladder and curating her LinkedIn profile than managing her finances. Then, even though she was making a great salary, she was still living paycheck-to-paycheck...and she had no real savings or investments. Not to throw in the towel, like so many do, and becoming disillusioned with the corporate world, she committed to putting in the work towards changing her ways and, slowly but surely, embarked on the painstaking and lonely overhaul of her money. She eventually grew her net worth from -$18K to $1.1M. Not too shabby. I love it when someone takes the lessons that life and circumstances taught them along the way and not only thrives as a result, but also chooses to generously pay it forward by sharing the wealth of knowledge acquired. Which is why she set her sights on a simple, focused mission: to lead 1 million women to $1 million in net worth so more women can achieve financial freedom in their lifetime. To do so, she founded Factora Wealth, an online course & community that educates and empowers women to build real wealth, together. It was a true honor connecting with an individual with such a powerful message to share and a genuine mission to conquer. And I'm here for it. On this episode, Allegra shares some wisdom from one of the most important people in her life, the importance of a solid financial education, our emotional relationship with money...and so much more. You can connect with Allegra via LinkedIn, Instagram or the Factora Wealth website. Be sure to check out and show love by listening/rating the Coffee & Coin podcast where Allegra welcomes an amazing roster of incredible and accomplished women on the same mission to empower more women towards achieving financial freedom. ----------- Thoughts on the show? We'd love to hear from you. Be sure to connect with us and leave us a comment: You can fill out our official Listener Feedback Form where you can let us know how we're doing. Or you can also reach via our various outlets... Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/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 Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 #StayAwesome
Ep. 209 - A.T. A. / Unplugged - Count Up The Cost (with Phil Saint)
Mar 22 2024
Ep. 209 - A.T. A. / Unplugged - Count Up The Cost (with Phil Saint)
On this sophomore episode of "A.T.A / Unplugged", my good friend and co-host Phil Saint and I get together to share mutual perspective on the importance of - Nurturing a wealth mindset - How the wealthy think differently - How your dreams cost money Also, on the personal front - Why you need to water your relationship with intention, dedication and commitment - It's  not always easy, but you gotta put in the work   SHOW NOTES - The Wealth Mindset: Why the Rich Think Differently and How You Can Too : https://tinyurl.com/2u6jxvzu - Wanna Build Wealth? Avoid These Money Mistakes (Feat. Naftali Horowitz) | KOSHER MONEY Episode 2 (YouTube) : https://tinyurl.com/ms9saexd - 165 Best Conversation Starters for Couples to Connect : https://tinyurl.com/bdey74b5 ----------- Thoughts on the show? We'd love to hear from you. Be sure to connect with us and leave us a comment: You can fill out our official Listener Feedback Form where you can let us know how we're doing. Or you can also reach via our various outlets... Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/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 Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 #StayAwesome
Ep. 208 - Paint slinger, Mindset slayer (w. Jodie King)
Mar 19 2024
Ep. 208 - Paint slinger, Mindset slayer (w. Jodie King)
Our wonderful guest today is straight-talking, fun-loving, rule-breaking, mess-making, sometimes cussing but always enjoyable spirit, Jodie King, On top of being an incredibly talented and established artist, with a career spanning over 20 years, Jodie is also a professional educator, speaker, entrepreneur, podcaster and mother with her work having been featured in notable publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur magazine and Vogue. Jodie is a bonafide creative badass. A true avalanche of incredible energy and thoughtful wisdom when it comes to tapping into our inner creative and shamelessly letting it out. She is all too familiar with the weird feeling you get with as a day-to-day number-cruncher who has that itch to paint, sing, write, make pottery...but backs away from it thinking it's not for them. To put in her own words "It takes a special kind of courage to turn ourselves inside out and show it to the world." Jodie's approach with helping her clients create what she calls "Honest Art" is very well aligned with her conviction that the “starving artist” idea is complete nonsense. She believes artists can grow in their creative field of choice and have their passion become a profitable, sustainable business. I had such a fun sharing space with Jodie and getting to know more about her work and vision. This conversation did hit a really honest nerve where I am clearly reminded of the importance of staying true to your authentic self. And while she does not negate the fact that even though this does take some work on yourself, you should feel safe in realizing that it is not that complicated should you choose to accept the individual singular talent that lies within you.  On this episode, Jodie dishes out the importance of recognizing your creative urges and fueling the, as they happen, not backing down on your authentic self, how knowing yourself is a keystone to your success and so much more. You can connect with Jodie via her official website: www.jodieking.com as well as Instagram(@jodie_king_), Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/jodie.g.king) or YouTube. Be sure to subscribe and listen to the Honest Art podcast - available on all your favourite platforms.   ----------- Thoughts on the show? We'd love to hear from you. Be sure to connect with us and leave us a comment: You can fill out our official Listener Feedback Form where you can let us know how we're doing. Or you can also reach via our various outlets... Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/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 Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 #StayAwesome
Ep. 206 - Let Empathy Be Your Compass (w. Anita Nowak, PhD)
Feb 13 2024
Ep. 206 - Let Empathy Be Your Compass (w. Anita Nowak, PhD)
Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. I came across my next guest's content and mission through a wonderful podcast interview she gave on the topic.  Anita Nowak is an empathy expert, author, award-winning educator, international speaker, podcaster and certified coach. Her extensive work revolves around fostering empathy in individuals and organizations, recognizing that true understanding and connection require more than just feeling emotions; it involves cognitive empathy, which allows us to understand how others think and feel. She has committed herself towards serving values-driven organizations dedicated to social impact and her incredible resume will attest to that. She is the founder of Purposeful Empathy by Design, a global advisory firm that helps purpose-driven organizations create cultures of empathy and social impact. In April 2023, she published the incredibly impactful book, Purposeful Empathy: Tapping Our Hidden Superpower for Personal, Organizational, and Social Change, which you should definitely check out. She also the host of the wildly successful Purposeful Empathy podcast, available on all major podcast platforms. Given her incredibly accomplished career and thought-provoking insights on the matter, I loved how approachable and down-to-earth she boiled down something that she emphasizes should be a guiding compass for us all, not just as leaders or organizations, but as a people. On this episode, Anita teaches us about the importance of being truly intentional when choosing to empathize with others, brings us much needed clarity in differentiating sympathy versus empathy, how to be more empathetic leaders...and so much more.  You can connect with Anita via her official website: http://www.anitanowak.com and also Linkedin Instagram Facebook Any particular inquires can also be directed to: purposefulempathy@gmail.com #StayAwesome ----------- Thoughts on the show? We'd love to hear from you. Be sure to connect with us and leave us a comment: You can fill out our official Listener Feedback Form where you can let us know how we're doing. Or you can also reach via our various outlets... Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/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 Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 #StayAwesome
Ep. 205 - Tomorrow is not owed. Pay your dues. (w. Pedro Meneses)
Dec 5 2023
Ep. 205 - Tomorrow is not owed. Pay your dues. (w. Pedro Meneses)
Sometimes you just need a good dose of solid ass-kicking to get you going.  In case you haven't heard me say it enough or maybe you might be new here, here's a reminder : this thing called life is not for the lazy, the weak or fans of excuses. Simply put, if you want to really succeed, you are going to have to get used to the fact that whatever you want is going to require you to put in an incredible amount of hard work, consistency, focus and intent. If do those few simple things, it's impossible for you not to execute on your goals. These are but a few of the many lessons my next guest has learned and applied given his incredible and courageous journey. Pedro Meneses was born and raised in Guatemala City. From a very young age, he always showed signs of independence, leadership, and great ambition. 
 Thirsty for answers to his deepest desires and goals, when he turned 25, he decided to leave his native country, his family, and everything he knew to pursue a greater dream, purpose, and career as an entrepreneur. Pedro is a natural-born leader, driven by passion, and always committed to delivering excellence to everyone he helps and surrounds himself with. He is best known for being someone bold in his actions and always speaking and leading with the truth.  Beyond his love for helping others, he also runs a successful Real Estate Business in Dallas, Texas, alongside his beautiful wife, Kayla, where they dedicate themselves to helping others build wealth through Real Estate. He is also the owner and founder of The Way Of The Modern Beast, a movement and online store to help men go from good to great through self-care and self-mastery. He is also the host of the Top-Rated Podcast for Entrepreneurs, Chronicles Of A Modern Beast, which you should definitely go check out and have a listen. On this impactful episode, which I purposely delayed releasing, due to a personal news that he was not ready to share at the time of recording, Pedro pulls no punches and knocks us upside the head with his frank, heartfelt and authentic message on why we owe it to our unborn children to be the best version of ourselves, how you have to have a relentless faith in yourself in order to succeed, how the toxic people in our lives are robbing us of our purpose ... and some much more.  This episode is a wake-up call. Don't get comfortable, and get ready to take notes. You can connect with Pedro via His Contact page : https://pedromeneses.online/ Instagram : @modernbeast_ His podcast : Chronicles Of A Modern Beast #StayAwesome ----------- Thoughts on the show? We'd love to hear from you. Be sure to connect with us and leave us a comment: You can fill out our official Listener Feedback Form where you can let us know how we're doing. Or you can also reach via our various outlets... Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4   #StayAwesome
Ep. 204 - Lead With Love & Empathy (w. Aaron Machbitz)
Nov 22 2023
Ep. 204 - Lead With Love & Empathy (w. Aaron Machbitz)
My conversation with Aaron Machbitz was something out of a storybook. I had started listening to his podcast and after the first 2 or 3 episodes, I was hooked. Simply because I felt through his words, passion, empathy and heart that this incredible gentleman had really tapped into what we so often seek to find - which is our individual sense of personal truth and purpose. Aaron is a dedicated soul with a passion for helping and bringing smiles to people. A former Division 1 Baseball Player and Professional Wrestler in his own right, Aaron has never been one to shy away from taking in new experiences and reinventing himself in the process. However, in his own words, Mental Health is very much at the core of everything he does as he has made it his mission to facilitate deeper connections within ourselves while integrating different communities and facilitating real genuine connection. Aaron has a deeply rooted sense of the human experience. His many travels and interactions coupled with a host of personal circumstances, some quite tragic, have shaped an individual with laser-focused duty to lift as many people  up as he can though his message and will to serve. He is the host of amazing Something For Everybody podcast where, having gone on a lifesaving journey to learn everything about mental health, well-being and realizing our true potential, he made his goal through his show to make those who listen feel more loved and connected through sharing stories. He is also the founder of You Are Loved, a non-profit mental health organization dedicated to spreading awareness, breaking the stigma, presenting hope and being a beacon of love to all people living with mental health conditions. On this episode, Aaron schools me on why baseball is such a big deal to him, getting back when your entire world comes crashing down, not letting the darkness take over you, being a source for good, loving ourselves and so much more. I am honoured to have this amazing individual on the program.  You can connect with Aaron via His official website : https://aaronmachbitz.com/ as well as Instagram : @aaronmachbitz #StayAwesome ----------- Thoughts on the show? We'd love to hear from you. Be sure to connect with us and leave us a comment: You can fill out our official Listener Feedback Form where you can let us know how we're doing. Or you can also reach via our various outlets... Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4   #StayAwesome
Ep. 203 - Telling Your Captivating Story (w. Gerry Tam)
Nov 14 2023
Ep. 203 - Telling Your Captivating Story (w. Gerry Tam)
In an age where everyone is seemingly trying to stand out given the onslaught of trends, memes and clickbait that most of us are more than used to, how exactly does one manage to make themselves known in the sea of noise and distraction? Marketing and self-promotion are not a bad thing. What we need to remember is that there are tactics and strategies that one can adopt which can effectively serve both your business as well as your personal brand. Gerard Tam is the visionary founder and talented director of Gerard Media, a truly kick-ass video production and digital marketing strategy firm specializing in bold and impactful storytelling that truly gives business owners an unfair advantage over the competition. It took a fateful event during his early years growing up in Hong Kong on a random day fueling his love of skateboarding that Gerry would find that initial spark. A spark that would not only leave a lasting impression, he'll tell you the story himself, but would anchor his belief that there is great responsibility in capturing a moment of video, however fleeting.  We all have a story. Stories are meant to be told. And Gerry has made it his mission and purpose to tell these in a way that is not only authentic but resonating beyond just talking about one's product or service. As a creator, storyteller and educator, his long-time expertise collaborating with a gallery of established brands has given him the knowledgeable insight to share his many lessons learned along the way. On this episode, Gerry shares his origin story on how video made a lasting impact on his life, the power of a story, figuring out your guiding compass, Social Media Dos and Donts and so much more. You can connect with Gerry via Instagram : @gerard.media or his official website : www.gerardmedia.io  Enjoy. #StayAwesome ----------- Connect with us // Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4
Ep. 202 - Lift Yourself Up (w. Dr. Huguens Jean)
Nov 8 2023
Ep. 202 - Lift Yourself Up (w. Dr. Huguens Jean)
It's a pleasure to welcome today's guest, Dr. Huguens Jean, on the program. Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dr. Jean's journey is nothing short of inspiring. After attending Institution Saint-Louis de Gonzague High School in Haiti, he eventually moved Stateside and attended Howard High School. Both an exceptional athlete and academic, he has received numerous awards for his work on and off the field. He received his Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he eventually became a track and field star and Hall of Famer during his undergraduate years. As a doctoral student, he focused on applying computer vision in resource-limited environments for digitizing paper information. His thesis eventually converted to a patent that presents an approach capable of analyzing the content of digital images. Dr. Jean is by all means an accomplished researcher. He has made significant contributions in the field of artificial intelligence. His industry experience includes NASA, Gameonstream, Booz Allen Hamilton, Google, and various technology startups in Silicon Valley.  At NASA, Huguens developed an unsupervised object extraction model using a three-dimensional time-of-flight camera and an intensity camera for autonomous space docking. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian. After the devastating 2010 Haitian earthquake, he filmed 'Lift Up', an intimate documentary that captured the story of two brothers honouring their grandfather’s promise. The film has won several national and international awards, including the 2011 Amsterdam Film Festival. Currently working at Google as a machine learning engineer, his core work includes creating a hybrid video solution platform that can enable building large AI-centric video analytics applications at scale. On this episode, Huguens shares his perspective on having a dedicated vision, surrounding yourself with the right people, memories of growing up in Haiti, as well insights on the impact of technology on our lives. Enjoy. #StayAwesome ----------- Connect with us // Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4
Ep. 201 - On Faith, courage and the will to serve - w. Pastor Michael Winfrey
Oct 16 2023
Ep. 201 - On Faith, courage and the will to serve - w. Pastor Michael Winfrey
Asd transparent as I've been, I always shied away from bring up Religion on this show. Reason being it is such a hot button issue, I'd basically decided it was going to be one the few topics I would avoid bringing up. But something happened this year - been dealing with a lot of particular issues, from my personal health, to family emergencies, to professional shifts and everything in between. Overwhelm has really done a number on me on many fronts. Found myself doing a lot of soul searching of sorts and it is in conversation with my good friend Phil, that the subject of our religious upbringing came up as we were reminiscing about growing up in Haiti and how church was an non-negotiable. In my admitting that I was feeling a bit "lost" in how I, as husband and father, was leading and caring my family, he suggested and invited me to participate in the Faithful Men's Fellowship bible study group.  In a sense of vulnerability and willingness to open my heart to reconnecting with my faith, I got on the Zoom call and got acquainted with a group of well-meaning, like-minded, incredibly open-hearted men who welcomed me with respect, truth and immense compassion. As the leader and main speaker of the group, Pastor Michael Winfrey caught my eye as a no-holds barred, casual, insightful voice of wisdom and guidance that speaks to us from a place of experience and raw truth. Which is why I wanted to have him on the show, as my first impression was such a resonating one. Felt like showing some gratitude and letting you guys know a bit more about the group and mission. You can connect with Pastor Mike on Facebook or ...you're welcome to join the group for the weekly Saturday prayer call. Details below :   #StayAwesome   ----------- Connect with us // Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4
Ep. 200 - Tell The True Story (w. Tanguy Exumé)
Sep 19 2023
Ep. 200 - Tell The True Story (w. Tanguy Exumé)
Little know fact - when I started numbering these episodes, I had this grand vision that I would always use three digits to play a mind-trick on myself and aim for as many episodes as possible....999 is still quite a ways off ...but here we are...episode 200.   It is such an incredible honour to be able to share today's episode with you all. I thought it'd be a good opportunity to go back to the basics and bring on someone who is not only a good friend and avid supporter of the show, but is always a genuine treat to have on given his consistently thought-provoking insights and terrific energy.    Tanguy Exumé is an individual you are immensely fortunate to know. And if he's someone you're lucky enough to call a 'brother', you've got it made.   Indeed, his incredible heart beats to the tune of an uncommon spirit. One whose singular journey has been shaped by circumstances, adventures, discoveries, experiences, and many teachings.   A born storyteller, and a damn good one at that, Tanguy has continuously demonstrated how leaning into one's gift can reveal so much about ourselves : educator, teacher, author, spoken-word artist, poet...and more recently, a seasoned podcaster.   Through his impressive body of work, and as the host of the impactful Teach Reach podcast, a podcast exploring human connections through shared stories, Tanguy carry us through a journey of emotion and truth from which we cannot walk away unaffected. He aims to bring us into his world, through journeys of laughter, leisure, longings, and sometimes great sorrow. And we can't help but thank him for it.    On this candid and heartfelt conversation between longtime friends, Tanguy and I touch on the concepts on vulnerability and identity, finding one's place in the world, having to explore one's trauma by way of circumstance and duty, as well as trade podcasting war stories...   A solemn and singular exchange which I do hope you'll enjoy.     You can connect with Tanguy via Instagram.   Be sure to Subscribe, rate and review Tanguy's incredible Teach Reach podcast . Available on all podcast platforms.   Enjoy   ----------- Connect with us // Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4