EP65: Mark Beaumont - Around The World In 80 Days

July 20, 2018

Mark Beaumont is a record-breaking long-distance cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster, documentary maker and author.

At the age of 12 he cycled across Scotland, and by the time he was 15, he had pedalled his way from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

His first major expedition was a decade ago and it was a circumnavigation World Record cycle. The cycle was unsupported and took 82 days off the previous best time, in a journey that was captured for the BBC and in the book ‘The Man who Cycled the World.’

Since then he's continued to make history by: cycling and climbing the Americas; rowing the Arctic; attempting to break the mid Atlantic rowing World Record and surviving a life threatening capsize; leading the BBC coverage ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and setting a World Record for the fastest sole ride of Africa.

Most recently, inspired by the story by Jules Verne, he undertook an utterly astonishing 'Around the World in 80 Days Challenge' which concluded on the 18th of September 2017, ahead of schedule, completing it in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes - setting two World Records and shattering the previous record by 44 days.

In so doing he raised funds for Orkidstudio, an organisation which aims to benefit communities around the world by providing innovative infrastructure, and he received a British Empire Medal in recognition of his efforts.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

02.30 The past couple of years

04.30 Mark’s view on his achievements and accolades

13.00 When did Mark first consider the Around The World In 80 Days cycle?

22.40 What was the biggest challenge?

25.30 Mark’s thoughts on discipline

29.40 How close did Mark come to quitting?

33.50 Had Mark been unsuccessful, would he have tried again?

38.40 The Around The World In 80 Days book

43.20 Mark on his purpose

48.30 What would Mark like his legacy to be?

49.30 Best advice received

51.50 What does Mark wish people would ask him?

53.20 What would Mark put on a billboard?

54.50 What would Mark change in the world?

 

You can find Mark at:

https://markbeaumontonline.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MarkBeaumontAdventures

https://twitter.com/mrmarkbeaumont

https://www.instagram.com/mrmarkbeaumont

 

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EP64: Ben Coomber - How To Be Awesome

July 1, 2018

Ben Coomber is a UK leading performance nutritionist, coach, educator, speaker, writer and multiple business owner.

Through his videos, blogs, social media channels, books and seminars, he inspires people to take charge of their health and nutrition, and empowers them with information to make that change. 

He’s the host of the UK’s number one rated health and fitness podcast, which is also top 10 in the world, and has interviewed the likes of Ben Greenfield, CT Fletcher, Elliott Hulse, Rhonda Patrick, Mike Dolce and James Haskell to name but a few.

He teaches personal trainers and coaches how to be the best coach possible via his online nutrition education program, Body Type Nutrition Academy, and he’s also the founder of Awesome Supplements, an innovative supplement brand that brings clarity to the confusing world of supplements. 

He’s written for major industry publications such as Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Train, MMA Uncaged and TSN, he speaks at major UK events such as Body Power, iFit, Fit Living UK, Be:Fit, SFN, BP Trade Show and MeFitPro, and has consulted and spoken for Sky TV, Twinings Tea, O2, multiple universities, independent and national gyms and numerous health brands.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

01.30 Ben’s early life and background

05.40 How did Ben maintain changes in his life?

08.00 What were Ben’s original ambitions and where is he now relative to this?

10.00 Juggling priorities

14.00 Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within experience

19.50 How does Ben feel about himself

20.40 Compared to his absolute best self, where is Ben at at the moment?

22.50 What does Ben do to manage or be aware of his ego?

26.10 Why is obesity such problem and what should be done to tackle it?

30.10 Where does the responsibility lie in terms of improving the situation?

32.30 What are some of the habits that have helped Ben get to where he is?

34.10 The hardest year of Ben’s life

38.20 Why did Ben choose to share this?

41.20 What does Ben do on bad days to lift himself up?

44.50 What does Ben’s training and diet look like?

48.00 Ben on his life purpose

49.10 What would Ben want his legacy to be?

49.40 What does Ben see himself doing in five years?

52.40 Best piece of advice

53.20 How does Ben define success?

55.00 If Ben could master any skill or habit, what would it be?

56.30 What would Ben say to his 20 year old self?

58.50 If Ben could have anyone’s physique, who’s would it be?

59.50 What would Ben change about the world?

 

You can find Ben at:

https://bencoomber.com/

https://www.facebook.com/theofficialbencoomberpage

https://twitter.com/bencoomber

https://www.youtube.com/user/BenCoomberTV

https://www.instagram.com/bencoomber/

 

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EP63: Shaun Vlog - Adventure Everything

June 11, 2018

Shaun is one of Scotland's leading vloggers having built a personal brand across multiple platforms.

His YouTube videos alone have had well in excess of 4 million views and his content has more than 100,000 monthly engagements. He vlogs about travel, adventure and lifestyle and has recently launched his own brand named in line with his ethos: 'Adventure Everything'.

He's also a social media marketer, copyrighter, content creator and strategist; working with brands to create content and develop a content strategy across channels including Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Additionally, Shaun recently won a JCI Scotland Outstanding Young Person Of the Year award in the Culture category, and will be working with as an Ambassador with VisitScotland.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

01.30 Shaun’s background

02.50 Shaun as a youngster

03.50 Shaun’s career path

07.00 Moving into journalism

14.15 Starting vlogging

16.50 Idea generation for new content

18.20 The vlogging creation process

20.30 Fitting vlogging into a day

23.00 Monetisation and Patreon

25.50 Why do young people want to become vloggers?

27.50 What advice would Shaun give to someone looking to start vlogging?

28.50 What’s the closest Shaun has come to quitting?

33.50 Adventure Everything

37.10 What is the vision for Adventure Everything

38.20 What is Shaun’s favourite social media platform?

40.00 If Shaun was to start from scratch today, what would he do?

41.15 Future trends on social media

43.30 What are so many people interested in the Scottish accent?

45.20 Shaun’s views on Scotland

47.30 What could we do better?

52.20 How has Shaun evolved throughout his life?

53.30 Shaun’s biggest perceived failure

56.00 Shaun on his purpose

57.50 What would Shaun like his legacy to be?

59.00 Shaun on success

1.01.20 What is Shaun most grateful for?

1.03.15 Best piece of advice

1.07.15 What would Shaun say to his 20 year old self?

1.09.20 What would Shaun change about the world?

 

You can find Shaun at:

https://adventureeverything.club/

https://www.patreon.com/shaunvlog

https://www.youtube.com/shaunvlog

https://www.facebook.com/ShaunVlog

https://twitter.com/ShaunAlex87

https://www.instagram.com/shaunvlog

 

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EP62: Mike Stevenson - Thinktastic

May 18, 2018

Mike Stevenson is the founder and Managing Director of Thinktastic, Scotland’s motivational communications agency that helps move organisations from 'we can't do it' to 'we can do anything'.

He is a multi award winning entrepreneur and one of the UK’s most sought after inspirational speakers and creative thinkers with an exceptional record of transforming organisational fortunes.

With more than 30 years' top-level experience working with clients such as the NHS, Sky, Standard Life UK, University of Leeds, and The Scottish Government, his aim is to set the world alight with new ideas and fresh approaches that will lift people and make home, work and community life more fun, more inventive, and more productive.

'Homeless to fearless', 'This man changes lives'.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

01.30 Mike’s background

07.20 Choosing to look at the positive

11.00 Mike’s career path

17.40 What does Thinktastic mean?

22.30 How can we create an environment where people want to go to work?

28.40 What is the vision for Thinktastic?

29.20 Does Mike advocate getting rid of job descriptions?

30.30 Mike’s views on Scotland

35.00 What makes a great speaker?

45.00 How has Mike evolved as a person throughout his life?

49.00 Mike on his purpose

52.40 What would Mike like his legacy to be?

53.20 Best piece of advice

55.00 What is Mike most grateful for?

56.30 Technicolour to monochrome

1.05.20 What would Mike say to his 20 year old self

1.08.40 Changing the world

 

You can find Mike at:

http://mikestevenson.net/

http://www.thinktastic.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/Thinktastic

https://www.facebook.com/Thinktastic

 

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EP61: John Mckenzie - UK’s Biggest Community Crowdfunding Campaign

April 30, 2018

Our latest Inspired Edinburgh guest is John Mckenzie.

John, also known as The Flying Farmer, is a helicopter pilot, farmer and green energy advocate.

An ex-Army Air Corps helicopter pilot, he's flown on military and commercial operations worldwide for over 20 years and has more than 8,000 hours flying experience.

His flying has also included aerial filming of events such as the Great North Run, the Great Scottish Swim, the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup as well as television programmes including Monarch of the Glen, Monty Hall Great Escape, Bear Grylls Born Survivor and 3 Men in a Boat, and in 2015 he was Nicola Sturgeon's pilot during her general election campaign.

Most recently he's founded GlenWyvis Distillery, built on history - powered by nature. In the biggest ever community crowdfunding campaign in UK history, GlenWyvis is the world's first 100 percent community owned distillery, entirely powered by renewable energy, which will produce high quality craft scottish whisky and craft gin.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

01.45 John’s early life

02.45 Dingwall and The Scottish Highlands

04.25 John’s career path

06.50 John’s experiences in the Army

10.25 Commercial flying compared to military flying

11.30 Some of the people John has worked with

13.30 How does John manage pressure?

15.30 Green energy

22.50 The genesis of Glenwyvis

26.50 Why has the crowdfund been such a success?

29.00 Buying into the vision

30.30 Fake it till you make it

32.00 Official bottling date

33.00 Rejuvenating Dingwall and The Highlands

35.00 Prioritising time

36.30 What does a typical day look like?

39.00 How has John evolved as a person throughout his life?

41.00 The function of alcohol

43.30 Is there anything John would have done differently?

45.20 John on his purpose

48.30 John on his legacy

50.20 John on success

52.30 Dealing with failure

54.15 Should national service be mandatory?

54.40 Best piece of advice

56.10 What would John say to his 20 year old self?

58.40 Changing the world

1.00.00 Travel and its impact on John

 

You can find John at:

https://flyingfarmer.co/

https://glenwyvis.com/

https://www.facebook.com/GlenWyvis

https://twitter.com/glenwyvis

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-glenwyvis-open-share-offer

 

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EP60: Colin McLean - The Art of Investing

April 9, 2018

Our latest Inspired Edinburgh guest is Colin McLean.

Colin is founder and CEO of SVM Asset Management, an independent Edinburgh-based fund management group. He has more than 35 years' investment experience and is widely regarded as one of the UK's top stock-picking analysts.

He was elected to the Board of Governors of the CFA Institute in 2012 and he is a past chairman and board member of CFA UK. He’s also a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a chartered fellow of the CISI.

He’s an honorary professor at Heriot-Watt University, a regular contributor to financial publications, has been a guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, BBC TV and Radio and he frequently speaks at conferences on the topics of investment, hedge funds and behavioural finance.

A fascinating insight into Colin's background, his career journey, the evolution of the Asset Management industry and his passion for investing. 

 

00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

01.30 Colin’s early life

02.40 Colin’s initial interest in investing

06.50 Colin’s aspirations and career path

09.50 The decision to start SVM Asset Management

12.45 The biggest challenges in setting up a business

14.00 Colin’s investment approach and philosophy

18.20 Investing in Tech

20.30 The types of businesses Colin invests in

24.00 What makes a great investor?

26.00 Managing emotions and avoiding complacency

31.00 Colin’s views on CEO remuneration

35.40 Why is capitalism good?

38.40 How has the investment industry changed over the years?

42.30 How might the Asset Management industry be disrupted over the coming years?

46.30 Colin’s best advice for wealth creation

50.30 Colin on his life purpose

53.20 Is there anything Colin would have done differently?

56.30 How has travel impacted Colin’s worldview?

59.00 What would Colin like his legacy to be?

1.01.10 Best piece of advice

1.03.30 How does Colin define success?

1.05.30 What would Colin say to his 20 year old self?

1.07.10 Changing the world

 

 

You can find Colin at:

http://www.svmonline.co.uk

http://www.thevaluekey.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/colinmclean

https://www.linkedin.com/company/svm-asset-management-limited

 

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EP59: Mark Asquith - Excellence Expected

March 23, 2018

Our latest Inspired Edinburgh guest is Mark Asquith

Mark is a serial entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, UK’s number one business podcaster, and a millennial influencer.

Since quitting his real job in 2005, he's gone on to found award winning global design agency Hacksaw, media company and podcast Excellence Expected, with guests such as Chris Ducker, Amy Landino, Guy Kawasaki, Rand Fishkin and John Lee Dumas; with whom he also co-founded website design business, Podcast Websites.

Mark has cultivated a personal brand that has created an audience of worldwide fans and he speaks across the world at tech, business and media events, particularly in the United States.

He has a straight talking, no bullshit style, he spends all of his speaking fees on hot dogs and beard products, and he once heckled Rick Astley enough to upset him!

00.00 Trailer
00.18 Introduction
02.00 The Hot Dog story and Mark’s Why
11.00 Mark’s early life and becoming an adult
22.50 Becoming an entrepreneur
28.30 Mark’s highs and lows
39.30 Getting into podcasting
44.45 What makes a great podcast?
49.00 Mark’s favourite tools and life hacks
52.30 A day in the life of Mark Asquith
54.50 Where does Mark see himself in 5 years?
58.30 Mark on his purpose
1.01.20 Why vs purpose
1.04.20 What would Mark like his legacy to be?
1.05.30 Mark’s definition of success
1.06.50 Mark’s life philosophy
1.09.00 Excellence expected - how did the name come about?
1.11.30 Best piece of advice
1.14.30 What would Mark say to his 20 year old self?
1.16.00 Mark on personal brand
1.21.50 Changing the world

You can find Mark at:

https://www.excellence-expected.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mrasquith/
https://twitter.com/mrasquith
https://www.instagram.com/mrasquith/

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EP58: Jenny Tough - Go Find An Adventure

March 11, 2018

Our latest Inspired Edinburgh guest is Jenny Tough.

Jenny is an adventurer, endurance challenger, author, film maker, speaker and world traveller.

She’s travelled six continents solo, cycled around Europe, paddled through the South American jungle, ran marathons on four continents, hiked throughout Asia, trekked in Patagonia, dived with sharks, surfed in the North Sea, competed in numerous adventure races, and lived in five countries!

In 2016 she wrote her first book, ‘Keep The Sea To The Right’ which tells the tale of her solo 3,800-kilometre circumnavigation cycle of the Baltic Sea coastline and most recently she became the first person to run across Kyrgyzstan, an expedition which involved 25 days of running with a 12 kilogram rucksack, accessing ancient nomad trails high up in the Tien Shan mountains.

Her goal in sharing her adventures is to inspire people to go find their own adventure!

 

00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

01.50 When did Jenny start adventuring?

03.00 Living on a boat

04.00 Jenny’s career path

05.00 Why Jenny left the 9-5

06.20 Jenny’s lifestyle and diet

07.30 Jenny’s first big challenge

09.30 What did Jenny learn from this?

13.30 Not making emotional decisions

14.30 What does Jenny’s training look like now?

17.00 What does Jenny carry?

18.00 Jenny’s relationship with material possessions

19.30 What has been Jenny’s favourite challenge?

20.50 How does Jenny manage her mind?

22.20 Jenny’s view of ‘failure’

24.00 Jenny on her biggest failure

26.50 Women in endurance sport

29.20 Jenny on film making

31.10 How has travelling the world impacted Jenny’s worldview

32.10 What does a day in the life of Jenny look like?

33.30 Edinburgh and the access to nature

34.20 Where would Jenny like to live?

35.50 How has Jenny evolved as a person throughout her life?

38.40 Is it more common for people to follow their passion?

39.20 Is there anything Jenny would have done differently?

40.40 Jenny on her life purpose

41.30 Jenny on her legacy

42.40 What irritates Jenny?

44.15 Jenny’s life philosophy

45.00 What is Jenny most grateful for?

46.00 If Jenny could master any skill or habit, what would it be?

47.20 Jenny’s definition of success

49.50 Who inspires Jenny?

50.50 Jenny’s life goals

52.10 Jenny’s favourite podcasts

54.00 Who has had the greatest influence on Jenny?

56.00 Best piece of advice

57.00 Jenny’s views on social media

58.30 What would Jenny say to her 20 year old self?

1.00.00 Jenny’s core values

1.01.00 Changing the world

 

You can find Jenny at:

http://www.jennytough.com

https://twitter.com/jennytough

https://www.instagram.com/jennytough

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz19OCvmBVPT9m5kIm6hbYA

 

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EP57: Dan Pena - The 50 Billion Dollar Man

February 23, 2018

This week on Inspired Edinburgh we have the man, the myth, the legend - Dan Pena.

Dan, also known as The 50 Billion Dollar Man, is an American born entrepreneur, philanthropist and the world's most successful high performance business success coach. 

In 1982 he founded Great Western Resources with $820 dollars and during an 8 year period in a bear market he grew it into a $450 million dollar business.

For the past 20 plus years he’s been running his eight-day Castle Seminar from his home Guthrie Castle in Scotland; teaching students his Quantum Leap Advantage (QLA) methodology and has created to date somewhere in the region of 800 billion dollars in equity value amongst his mentees and devotees.

He’s the author of several books, most notably 'Your First Hundred Million, he is the recipient of countless awards and recognitions, and he was appointed by her majesty the Queen as member of the 'Order of Saint John'.

Dan pulls no punches as we discuss the influences and events that shaped him, what makes him an effective mentor, his life goals and legacy, and even the ghosts of Guthrie Castle!

This is not for the faint of heart.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

01.45 Dan’s early life and background

09.45 Dan’s parents and work ethic

22.40 How can people develop self esteem?

28.30 The changes in Brian Rose of London Real

34.00 What makes Dan an effective coach?

47.30 If Dan woke up with no money whatsoever, what’s the first thing he would do?

50.20 Dan on his biggest failure

58.40 Dan on his purpose

1.07.20 How does Dan define success?

1.08.25 How important is money to Dan?

1.11.00 Why does Dan live in Scotland?

1.12.30 The best piece of advice Dan has ever received

1.15.40 What would Dan’s 5 year old self think of him now?

1.20.00 Was Dan’s dad proud of him?

1.21.00 How do we evolve from where we are?

1.22.00 Dan on Guthrie Castle and it’s history

1.26.50 How does Dan account for ghosts?

1.28.30 What does Dan think will happen when he passes?

1.35.10 What would Dan change in the world?

 

You can find Dan at:

http://www.danpena.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/CastleSeminar/

https://twitter.com/danspena

https://www.instagram.com/danspena/

https://www.youtube.com/c/DanPe%C3%B1aThe50BillionDollarMan

https://www.linkedin.com/in/danpena/

 

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EP56: Col Gray - Rock Your Brand

February 12, 2018

This week on Inspired Edinburgh we have Col Gray.

One of Scotland's most respected graphic and brand designers, Col is owner and head honcho of Pixels Ink, a comic book geek, a speaker and a YouTuber.

He has a passion for branding that is as big as his beard!

With 20 years' experience under his signature baseball cap, he helps people rock their brand. By creating strong visual branding, combined with a solid brand strategy that has personality and vision, he helps Clark Kent's become Supermen and Lois Lane's become Superwomen!

We go deep on Col's background and journey, branding and content marketing, as well as his thoughts on purpose, success and legacy.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

01.10 Col’s favourite superhero

02.00 Col’s early life and background

08.45 Col’s career path

11.30 What is branding?

17.00 Good logo design

20.00 The process from Clark Kent to Superman

27.30 Dealing with perfectionism

35.00 Fiverr and Upwork disrupting logo design industry

45.30 The importance of content marketing

58.00 Speaking on camera

1.00.50 Col on his purpose

1.05.00 What would Col like his legacy to be?

1.06.40 How does Col define success?

1.11.00 Best piece of advice

1.14.40 What would Col say to his 20 year old self?

1.17.30 Col on his personal values

1.22.30 What would Col change in the world?

1.25.30 What superpower would Col have?

 

You can find Col at:

https://www.youtube.com/c/pixelsink

https://www.facebook.com/PixelsInkDesign

https://twitter.com/pixelscol

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pixelscol/

 

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