#59 - A Lesson in CRUSHING Life - Shaun Stafford, Former WBFF Pro Champion, Owner of City Athletic Gyms and Family Man

#59 - A Lesson in CRUSHING Life - Shaun Stafford, Former WBFF Pro Champion, Owner of City Athletic Gyms and Family Man

Where do you start with Shaun Stafford?

Well you will hear it all in this episode. From Shaun going to Oxford University, through all of his WBFF Pro competition years, opening a gym (which was fascinating for me to hear) to doing something massively outside his comfort zone in running the Everest Marathon. It was an unbelievably fascinating

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#56 - Finding Your Purpose - George Bettany Co-founder of Sanctus

George Bettany, co-founder of Sanctus alongside James Routledge, has become a dear friend to me. One of the many fantastic relationships I have built off the back of this podcast. I first spoke to him on this show in October of 2017 just before I did the Wadi Rum Ultra. It was Episode 7 of The Inspiration Space and it was one I was very eager to do since starting.

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Sanctus is a company that is doing some unbelievable things in the mental health scene, The work they do in changing the perception of mental health is massive. They are doing unbelievable work within the corporate companies they work with and I hope that it continues at the rate it currently going.

George and James are also best mates who have opened a company together. George talks about the importance of communication in business and general life circumstances…. We also talk about some other more difficult reflective topics:

  • I ask George about his biggest success in 2018.

  • I ask George about his biggest learning curve in 2018.

  • I ask George about his biggest failure in 2018.

  • Where Sanctus is going in the next 12-18 months. What direction are companies going in that operate in mental health?

#55 - The Pressures of Being a Professional Athlete - Sam Billings, Professional Cricketer, Mr Kent and F45OC Chief Janitor

#55 - The Pressures of Being a Professional Athlete - Sam Billings, Professional Cricketer, Mr Kent and F45OC Chief Janitor

I’ve know Sam Billings for a long time. From the days where I watched him at school making a mockery of other teams to watching him throw on the England jersey i’ve always had a huge admiration for him. I always associated Sam with an absolutely relentless competitive drive in the sporting arena. Where that competitive drive comes from is something that I was always fascinated about.

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#54 - Let's Talk About Sex Baby - Catriona Boffard, Clinical Sex Psychologist

#54 - Let's Talk About Sex Baby - Catriona Boffard, Clinical Sex Psychologist

Catriona Boffard is an accredited Clinical Sexologist, Psychotherapist, Sex Researcher & Educator and Author.  She is a globally recognised authority on sex, and has delivered her expert advice on TV, radio, corporate and public platforms. She is an expert in the field of sexual behaviour and well-being, with a particular interest in helping couples reinvent their sexual intimacy and empowering women to embrace their sexuality. She also assists individuals in dealing with general mental health concerns, such depression or anxiety.

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#53 - Depression and Anxiety in Your Early 20's - Alex Manzi, Host of The Dreamer's Disease

#53 - Depression and Anxiety in Your Early 20's - Alex Manzi, Host of The Dreamer's Disease

Firstly, Alex Manzi is a stand-up bloke who is going to be big big news. 

Secondly our podcasts, The Inspiration Space and The Dreamers Disease, share a lot of values and have run down very similar time frames.  

Thirdly Alex and I both struggled with mental health in our 20’s and share some very similar thoughts on the topic.

And lastly, it’s the first time I’ve done a podcast when we have both been interviewing each other.  Which was a fantastic experience.  This episode was a little bit longer but it’s because we really delve into each other’s backgrounds and try and get to the bottom of some very common thoughts and mental paradigms of people in their mid 20’s.

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#51 - 7 Things I've Learnt From 2018.... Was a Big One!!!

What a year. Plenty to work on in 2019. Plenty of things to improve on…. But overall 2018 has been the best, funnest and most chaotic I’ve ever had! The relationships i’ve built, the experiences I’ve had and hopefully the positive impact i’m having on others is something I am delighted about!!

Therefore I thought i’d release a short episode on 7 things I’ve learnt about myself in 2018 and what I’d like to improve on in 2019.

1.   You can work harder than you ever thought possible.

2.   It is important to keep life perspective and always remember the big picture.

3.   The no sleep / burning candles at both ends is a pile of shit.

4.   The importance of communication.

5.   Perfection is also a pile of shit.  And not claiming to be perfect can work in your favour.

6.   In moments on huge anxiety it often means a BIG decision has to be made.

7.   I stopped learning - The balance between consumption and action.

#50 - My Father and Biggest Inspiration - Paul Elliott, World Renowned Theatre Producer

My 50th every episode of The Inspiration Space is not any normal one. I recorded this one on the stage of the Phoenix Theatre with my biggest inspiration… my father. Paul Elliott has been in show business, a notoriously cut throat industry, for over 60 years. He is best known for being a producer and has had shows all over the world and with some of the biggest stars.

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The theme of his career, which can be read in his memoirs 'Keeping My Balls In The Air’, is really about never ever giving up. As he quotes in this episode ‘What separates the men from the boys is the ones who never stay down on the canvas…’

As an individual who battled with mental health for prolonged periods in my early 20’s, all I ever had to do was look at the incredible example he has set for me. His work ethic has been, and still is, exceptional. However what sets him apart in my eyes is intensity for what he does, his passion and enthusiasm is infectious. This was one of the best 45 minutes of my life because it encapsulated all of his brilliance. Also doing my 50th ever episode with the person that was heavily responsible for getting me to start it was a special feeling. It is only a small victory getting to my 50th episode but what is life you can’t celebrate the small wins.

What this episode has in store for you:

  • A brief insight into his childhood… was all this instrumental in leading you to a 60 year career in show business?

  • I ask him about his work ethic and get up and go attitude. Where on earth it came from? 

  • The timing of this episode was huge as he has just released his memoirs and had his “Retirement Party”, the latter being a complete lie. I ask him about the segment below that was in the first chapter of his memoirs. I ask him what those words mean to him….

    “My ambition was always to try as hard as I could to be an entertainer - to take an audience into a world outside of their own and to have them leave a show that I had been involved in creating, with a feel good factor and a spring in their step.”

    He talks us through the importance of this statement and why specifically that was something he always wanted to do? He explains the beauty of doing that to someone - taking them outside of their lives into a different world for a short amount of time.

  • He tells me a little bit about what the 60’s and 70’s like in show business.

  • In his memoirs he talks about one of the lowest moments he had in show business / his life - 1959 New Years Eve.  He was 26.

  • He talks about his business partner of 50 years+, Duncan Weldon. He tells us a little bit about the dynamic of their partnership and why it worked so well.  

  • About you which must be mentioned is that you have operated in show business for 60 years.  You’ve managed this with multiple technological changes and also a change of how things have been done on a day to day basis - you used to do deals with a handshake... for example.

  • One of the most amazing things about him which must be mentioned is that he has operated in show business for 60 years. He has managed to adapt along with multiple technological changes and also a change of how things have been done on a day to day basis - he used to do deals with a handshake... for example.

  • He has had some mind blowing setbacks in his 60 years yet has ended out on top!? He explains this mindset to us - how he has always managed to bounce back.

  • Who has had the biggest impact on his and why?

  • The most unbelievable performer he’s ever worked with and why?

  • The best piece of life advice he has ever been given?

  • I asked him the following question - If you could tell your 20 year old self something about life what would it be?

This is a phenomenal episode. if you would like to watch it live via my Youtube channel then please click the link below. Not one to miss.


#49 - My Darkest Day and the Build Up to My 50th Episode

#49 -  My Darkest Day and the Build Up to My 50th Episode

This is my 49th podcast episode and ahead of my 50th episode I just wanted to say big overall thank you!!

I want to thank a lot of people here quickly.  Firstly Justin Parker,  my psychotherapist who I saw regularly during the darkest year of my life. He is the person that encouraged me to start my own podcast after I went to him with an idea to start one for somebody else…. He gave me the confidence to back myself and trust my own abilities.

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#48 - Getting Cut Out Of A Deal With Conor McGregor & Battling With Apple - Alex Crockford & Fitness Freddie

#48 - Getting Cut Out Of A Deal With Conor McGregor & Battling With Apple - Alex Crockford & Fitness Freddie

Absolutely awesome episode! After nearly 6 months of working together on the Podcast we have finally got round to co-hosting one together!

In this episode myself and Haydn talk to Freddie & Alex, two friends that have been through the wringer. From Freddie about the close a huge branding deal with Conor McGregor only to have his business partner cut him completely out of the 2 year deal! To Alex battling with Apple while building his app.

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#47 - Overcoming Addiction - Lauren White, Amy Whitehouse Foundation Motivational Speaker

#47 - Overcoming Addiction - Lauren White, Amy Whitehouse Foundation Motivational Speaker

Fascinating episode with Lauren White today.  Addiction is such an interesting topic in our society and it was incredible to speak to Lauren about her journey to date.  

To hear what she went through and to see where she is now is amazing.  If you know anyone that has had addiction or is going through it currently this is an episode for you to get stuck into.  She is certainly one to watch….

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#46 - The Carnage Of 2018 & The Chaos Of 2019 To Come - Fake It Till We Make It

Welcome to our tenth Fake It Till We Make It episode - The Carnage Of 2018 & The Chaos Of 2019 To Come.

These midweek episodes are about us chatting through ideas and experiences that we've had while setting up our businesses. By no means do we think we have all the answers. Our experiences may help you... they may not. 

In short, we are a few 20 something's trying to figure out what the hell going on. 

This week's episode:

We talk about how people deal with the start of a new year. Do you see it as a new start or just another day in the diary?  

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#45 - Building a Community to End Human Trafficking - TRIBE Co-founder, Guy Hacking

In 2013, a trio of three men ran 39 marathons in 30 days — raising close to $300,000 (£241,000) for a charity aiming to bring an end to child trafficking. The epic journey took them from Ukraine to Croatia, taking in nine countries in Eastern Europe along the way. Roughly 250 people joined them at various stages of the journey but Martineau, Hacking, and Stancliffe were the only ones to complete the whole run.

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During the 1,000 mile (1,600km) run — known as Run for Love — the ex-corporates noticed that many runners, including themselves, were consuming vast quantities of synthetic supplements. And they weren't always going down well.

So what started as a life changing run for an unbelievable cause turned into a fully fledged business. A business that provides 100% natural performance nutrition on a large scale. The three Co-founders Guy, Rob and Tom all left corporate jobs to chase what they felt was important and their story is truly inspiring.

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TRIBE is a business that has a mission to fight modern slavery and end human trafficking. And that vision has been driving the business since it’s inception. The community they have built is exceptional and they just carry on giving…. In the summer of 2017, 250+ runners took part in TRIBE Run for Love II. The aim was to run and ride across Europe, from Sarajevo to London, in just 14 days. 2,000 brutal km. 6 days running – 35 miles every day. 8 days biking – up to 136 miles every day. Sheer mountain passes in the Austrian Alps. 50+ degree heat. Unimaginable pain. Pushing the limits of human endurance. The Run for Love Team fundraised over £95,000 for the TRIBE Freedom Foundation. On the 1st January 2018, the Prime Minister awarded the Run for Love Team a “Points of Light” award in acknowledgment of their inspiring work, coordinating and completing Run for Love II.

Today’s episode is sponsored by SKOOT. Over the past 3 month of opening the gym I have spent an absolute fortune on Uber’s. mainly due to the tube not being open when I wake up to open the gym. I needed to find a solution.

When I go about finding a solution for something the solution must either : make my life easier, save me some money or make my life funner.

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SKOOT has enabled me to do ALL three. As Europe’s leading supplier of electric scooters you can be fully charged and ready to go within five days of ordering, if you order one to anywhere in the UK. Living in London my electric scooter enables me to get anywhere faster than anywhere before and I am honestly saying myself some serious time and money. I have generously been given a discount code to share with anybody who wants one of these bad boys - OCSKOOT10 - simply type this in at checkout and save yourself some more cashish!!

The website is - www.skoot.me - or if you want to just click the link on my episode notes… it will take you straight through to greatness!

#44 - Brute Force & Calculated Effort - Fake It Till We Make IT

Welcome to our ninth Fake It Till We Make It episode - Brute Force or Calculated Effort.

These midweek episodes are about us chatting through ideas and experiences that we've had while setting up our businesses. By no means do we think we have all the answers. Our experiences may help you... they may not. 

In short, we are a few 20 something's trying to figure out what the hell going on. 

This week's episode:

We talk about the different ways people approach building a business or dealing with a huge task. 

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#42 - Sleep Texting & DM Sliding - Fake It Till We Make It

Welcome to our eighth Fake It Till We Make It episode - Sleep Texting & DM Sliding.

These midweek episodes are about us chatting through ideas and experiences that we've had while setting up our businesses. By no means do we think we have all the answers. Our experiences may help you... they may not. 

In short, we are a few 20 something's trying to figure out what the hell going on. 

This week's episode:

We talk about not being able to switch off, how important it is to have some downtime and what weird things we have done because of stress!

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#41 - Saving the Planet and 10 Days of Silence - William Brown, Founder of The Active Vegans and Environmental Public Speaker

#41 - Saving the Planet and 10 Days of Silence - William Brown, Founder of The Active Vegans and Environmental Public Speaker

I had met Will a few times at the point of recording this and got a very good feeling from him from the off.  He just seemed very self aware of everything and everyone around him. It showed through even more after recorded this episode.  Some of the talks he is doing on Veganism and Climate change awareness are extremely insightful and inspirational and I think the next few years for him are going to be huge.

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#40 - Tattoos & Paying A Ransom

Welcome to our seventh Fake It Till We Make It episode - Tattoos & Paying A Ransom

These midweek episodes are about us chatting through ideas and experiences that we've had while setting up our businesses. By no means do we think we have all the answers. Our experiences may help you... they may not. 

In short, we are a few 20 something's trying to figure out what the hell going on. 

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