EP89: Chet Sandhu - Becoming Alpha

EP89: Chet Sandhu - Becoming Alpha

March 24, 2020

Chet Sandhu is a former international drug smuggler, author, renowned podcast guest and founder of Alpha CBD+

In November 1999 he was arrested at gunpoint in Alicante Airport and subsequently charged with smuggling the largest haul of black market steroids in Spanish history, valued at more than half a million dollars.

Sentenced to four and a half years in prison, his book ‘From King of Karachi to Lockdown in the Costa Del Crime’ chronicles his life and drug smuggling operation, and tells the story of how he rose to the top of the hierarchy inside Fontcalent, one of Europe's toughest prisons, famed for its brutal conditions and high-profile inmates.

Today he spends his time growing his company Alpha CBD+, one of the newest and fastest growing independent retailers of premium cannabidiol products. His ultimate aim is to provide the UK and European market with the best quality CBD products at the most competitive prices.

Now committed to making a positive difference, he’s given emotional and financial support to orphans, people in poverty and the homeless, he’s carer to four snakes, two Argentine tegu and two tortoises, and his podcast episodes with past Inspired Edinburgh guests James English and Shaun Attwood have been seen nearly a million times.


00:00 Trailer

00:30 Introduction

03:50 How have things changed since Chet’s first podcast with James English?

06:30 How can Chet convince others he has changed?

07:00 Chet on his popularity

09:00 The interest in true crime today

10:40 What is it like in prison?

15:10 Chet on his early life

18:50 Chet growing up

25:30 How much has Chet healed from the trauma of his early life?

28:20 Chet on his relationship with his parents

30:20 Chet on thinking about the past and his future outlook

31:50 Chet’s early aspirations

33:00 Chet on strict parenting

34:30 Chet on Sikh culture

36:30 Chet on the caste system and being a Jat

42:00 Chet on Indian laws

45:30 Would Chet live in India?

45:50 Chet and the chip shop incident

48:00 Chet on his first crime

49:10 Did Chet think he would get caught for smuggling steroids?

50:20 What did he think would happen if he got caught?

51:10 Getting caught and the aftermath

52:20 When did Chet first take steroids?

53:30 Chet on his steroid cycles

54:20 How did Chet feel on steroids?

55:00 How did Chet manage the aggression/energy?

56:40 The classification of steroids

58:40 Chet’s training and diet

1:05:10 Dealing with confrontation and street fighting

1:07:40 How does Chet think others perceive him?

1:09:10 How did Alpha CBD+ come about?

1:12:20 The potential benefits of CBD oil

1:14:30 Chet’s thoughts on ‘Alpha’

1:15:30 Chet’s pets

1:18:30 Chet’s thoughts on zoos

1:21:10 Chet’s thoughts on death and God

1:23:10 How has Chet evolved throughout his life?

1:24:50 Chet’s caring side

1:25:30 Being happier in jail

1:27:20 Chet on purpose

1:30:00 Chet on his legacy

1:31:50 Chet on success

1:33:10 Why Chet helps other children

1:35:50 Best piece of advice

1:38:50 Dealing with haters

1:39:50 Speaking to 20 year old self

1:45:00 Changing the world


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EP88: Dr David Hamilton - Using Science To Inspire

EP88: Dr David Hamilton - Using Science To Inspire

March 4, 2020

Dr David Hamilton is a bestselling author, international speaker, award winning columnist and educator.

With a PhD in organic chemistry and background in the pharmaceutical industry, he became inspired by the placebo effect and left to write books and teach people how to harness their mind and emotions to improve their health.

He’s since written 10 books including, ‘The Little Book of Kindness’, ‘How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body’, ‘I Heart Me’ and the Amazon bestseller, ‘The Five Side Effects of Kindness’. 

In addition to writing a regular blog on his website and blogs for the US Huffington Post, he is the ‘Kindness Tsar’ for Psychologies Magazine; monthly columnist for Soul & Spirit Magazine and in 2016, he was voted ‘Best writer’ by readers of Kindred Spirit Magazine.

As well as appearances on the likes of Channel 4’s ‘Sunday Brunch’, in the UK, and ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ in the US, he starred in the award-winning documentary 'HEAL - A film about the power of the mind' featuring some of the world's most highly regarded scientists and spiritual teachers.

Today he acts as an advocate for kindness and works passionately to help inspire a kinder world.


00:00 Trailer

00:30 Introduction

02:30 David’s early life

03:20 David’s career aspirations

06:00 David on doing his Phd

07:40 Working in the pharmaceutical industry

08:30 David’s views on the pharmaceutical industry

12:00 David on the placebo effect

13:40 Did David plan to focus his efforts purely on the placebo effect?

16:00 David’s early books

18:00 How does David come up with the content for his books and blogs?

19:30 How much time does David spend researching?

21:30 Destiny vs free will

25:30 Does David think some people have difficult lives for a reason (as in the soul’s journey)?

28:30 Does David think science will ever be able to prove this?

30:00 How did kindness become part of David’s work?

32:50 Why does David focus on kindness even though he knows it is a less popular topic?

35:30 Why does David think books on kindness are less popular?

39:50 Why does David think people aren’t kinder to themselves and others?

44:00 What does David need to do in order to be the best version of himself?

46:00 How does David know when he’s out of alignment?

55:30 How did David find out his dog Oscar had bone cancer?

58:30 The experience of Oscar passing over

1:01:00 What does David think happens when we pass?

1:03:30 How did David find out he was going to be part of the Netflix documentary Heal?

1:05:00 David speaks about his Personal Development Club

1:07:00 David’s goals for his Personal Development Club

1:09:00 David’s future plans

1:10:30 David’s revelations through maths

1:12:50 Science and spirituality

1:15:30 Division in society, politics and the media

1:20:00 David on his spiritual practices

1:22:40 David on his purpose

1:30:20 David on his legacy

1:31:10 How does David define success?

1:33:50 Best piece of advice

1:34:10 Speaking to 20 year old self

1:35:10 Does David believe in the idea of a multiverse?

1:36:30 Changing the world


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EP87: James W. Jesso - Adventures Through The Mind

EP87: James W. Jesso - Adventures Through The Mind

February 7, 2020

James W. Jesso is a Canadian-born author, public speaker, educator, storyteller, podcast host and psychonaut.

His work is inspired by his healing path through depression, substance abuse, and trauma, and focuses on translating the profound insights of the psychedelic experience into a higher quality of life, for both the individual and society.

Since 2011 he’s delivered more than one hundred public speaking events spanning across eleven different countries. His two books, 'Decomposing The Shadow' and 'The True Light Of Darkness', present a model for working with the ‘magic’ psilocybin mushroom as an ally in personal transformation and developing psycho-spiritual maturity.

His articles, essays, interviews and lectures go far beyond just the psychedelic experience covering topics such as psychology, relationships, spirituality, consciousness, sexuality, nutrition and brain health.

His ‘Adventures Through The Mind’ podcast and youtube channel, is an effort to contribute to the psychedelic culture at large. Featuring interviews with luminaries in science, art, and culture across a range of disciplines, this platform expands his work into a more broad exploration of progressive social developments, and the potential role psychedelics might play within them.


00:00 Trailer

00:30 Introduction

02:20 James’ early life

03:30 James on what he was like as a child

05:50 Processing early childhood experiences

09:50 James on his aspirations

12:20 When did things in James’ life begin to change?

21:30 How would James describe a psychedelic experience to someone that’s never had one?

22:00 James’ most positive experience

24:40 How was James perceiving reality before vs after?

28:10 James on his worldview

29:05 The mainstream perception of psychedelics

36:00 In what way would the world be different if everyone had a psychedelic experience?

42:00 James’ thoughts on the term ‘God’

43:50 Advice James would give to anyone looking to self-fund their work

47:20 James on his purpose

50:20 James’ thoughts on death

54:50 James on the meaning of life

58:30 James on his legacy

1:00:00 James’ vision for his brand

1:04:00 James on his Fox News interview

1:07:10 How does James define success?

1:09:30 Best piece of advice

1:10:20 Speaking to 20 year old self

1:10:50 Changing the world


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EP86: Konstantin Kisin - Political Correctness

EP86: Konstantin Kisin - Political Correctness

December 23, 2019

Konstantin Kisin is multi-award winning comedian, podcaster, writer and social commentator. He made international headlines in 2018 by refusing to sign a “behavioural agreement form” for a London university gig which prohibited jokes about religion, transphobia, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism as well as seven other 'isms' and insisted that all humour must be “respectful and kind”.

A proud Russian-Brit, he is the current Jewish Comedian of the Year and has played at some of the UK's biggest comedy clubs, most recently performing his fantastic debut show 'Orwell That Ends Well' at the Edinburgh Fringe.

He’s also the creator and co-host of 'TRIGGERnometry' an online video interview show creating honest conversations with fascinating people. To date they’ve produced over 60 interviews with economists, political experts, journalists and social media personalities with a diverse array of social and political attitudes.

Described as 'an objective voice from the centre of the political spectrum' he’s appeared on the likes of BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain and Tucker Carlson Tonight; he’s a regular contributor to BBC, ITV, BBC Radio 5 Live and LoveSport, and he’s written for publications including The Telegraph, The Spectator, Quillette, Daily Mail and Spiked.

He’s also a regular host at Kil-ke-nomics, the best economics and comedy festival in the world.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

03.30 Konstantin’s early life

06.30 How Konstantin determines mastery

07.30 Why did Konstantin decide to pursue comedy?

10.50 Becoming international headlines

15.00 How was Konstantin perceived on the back of this?

18.00 Political correctness and not being to say what you think

21.20 Why are certain topics so emotionally charged?

26.10 How can people cultivate a more nuanced perspective?

28.30 Feminism the real world meaning

31.30 Challenging ones own beliefs

37.50 What does being a Centrist mean today

40.20 How did TRIGGERnometry come about?

45.50 The function of the mainstream media

50.30 Konstantin’s favourite TRIGGERnometry episode

51.20 His vision for the brand

53.00 Being offensive vs free speech

54.30 Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners

55.30 Political correctness is a manifestation of low self-esteem

58.10 Should anything be illegal to say?

1.02.30 People leveraging the mainstream media for personal gain

1.05.10 Konstantin on his purpose

1.07.20 What is the truth?

1.08.50 Konstantin on his legacy

1.12.00 How does Konstantin define success?

1.12.50 Quality of content vs subscribers/viewers

1.14.50 Best piece of advice

1.16.10 What failures are Konstantin planning for?

1.19.00 Speaking to 20 year old self

1.21.20 Becoming more open minded

1.24.00 Changing the world


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EP85: Andrew Dobbie - MadeBrave

EP85: Andrew Dobbie - MadeBrave

December 6, 2019

Andrew Dobbie is the Founder and Managing Director of MadeBrave; a multi award-winning brand led creative agency based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, that makes brands bigger, bolder and stronger. 

Launched in 2012, he left his previous job with a two week old baby and just £1,000 of personal savings in the bank. Fast-forward to the present day and MadeBrave has grown to a team of 30 plus people with a client roster including the likes of Tennents, Magners, First Group, Medtronic, Vango and IBM; and partnerships with Google Digital Garage, TEDxGlasgow, Kiltwalk and Scottish EDGE.

In 2018, following the successful acquisition of Content Production Agency, Campfire, he established the BornOriginal Group, of which he’s CEO and Chairman. He also sits on the board of Park Circus, and TRC Media, he’s a Power of Youth Fellow, a Council Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, an Ambassador of The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow, and most recently he’s the Founder and Co-Host of ‘Just A Chat With’ - a video podcast talking brand and creativity with inspiring people who love and live it.

His mission is to inspire creativity in everyone, believing that branding and marketing doesn't need to be confusing, and he wants to help others bring their best ideas to life.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.20 Andrew’s early life

07.00 Andrew’s path into the creative industries

08.50 Andrew on his career vision and how it unfolded

15.20 Andrew on starting his own venture

21.00 How the name MadeBrave came about

25.00 Starting MadeBrave in 2012 as opposed to what it would be like now

27.00 Using social media and viral campaigns

31.10 Growing the business without funding

35.10 The growth and expansion of the brand

41.50 Andrew on the term ‘entrepreneur’

43.10 Starting a podcast

47.40 The biggest lesson Andrew has learned from his podcast

49.00 The one person Andrew would most like to have on his show

50.40 Andrew on his favourite brand

52.20 How to make a brand bigger, bolder and stronger

53.50 Andrew on his purpose

55.30 Andrew on his legacy

57.30 The long term plans for MadeBrave

1.02.30 Andrew on his life goals

1.06.10 Changing Scottish business culture

1.08.50 Andrew on gaining press and media coverage

1.11.30 How does Andrew define success?

1.12.10 Best piece of advice

1.13.40 Andrew on imposter syndrome

1.14.30 Why are we here?

1.17.00 Andrew on VR and augmented reality

1.19.40 Andrew on meditation

1.21.20 The pressure to scale a business

1.22.50 Speaking to 20 year old self

1.25.20 Changing the world


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EP84: Peter Hitchens - The Key To Happiness

EP84: Peter Hitchens - The Key To Happiness

November 10, 2019

Peter Hitchens is a award winning journalist, author, broadcaster and renowned conservative polemicist. Having spent in excess of 40 years in Fleet Street, he has been a specialist reporter on education, labour and industry, politics, defence and diplomacy, as well as a resident correspondent in Moscow and Washington. 

After being shortlisted in 2007 and 2009, he won the Orwell Prize in political journalism in 2010. He’s written for The Spectator and The American Conservative magazines, as well as The Guardian, Prospect, and the New Statesman. Now writing for The Mail on Sunday he has a weekly column and blog in which he debates directly with readers. 

To date he has written eight books, including The Abolition of Britain, The Rage Against God, and The War We Never Fought. His most recent book, 'The Phoney Victory' was published in August 2018 and addresses the national myth of the Second World War, which he asserts did long-term damage to Britain and its position in the world.

A regular on British radio and television, he’s appeared on Question Time, Any Questions?, This Week, The Daily Politics and The Big Questions. He’s presented several documentaries on Channel 4 and in the late 1990s, he co-presented a programme on Talk Radio UK.

He has also visited nearly 60 countries during the course of his work.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

04.00 What do people not ask Peter Hitchens that he wished they would?

04.40 What does Peter find interesting about himself?

05.40 Peter’s early life

07.30 Peter’s relationship with his parents

08.10 Peter’s thoughts on boarding school

10.30 Peter on losing his Mother

11.30 Peter on his University life

12.10 Peter’s career aspirations

13.30 Being taught what to think, not how to think

15.40 What are the things Peter says that people cannot tolerate?

17.00 How can we create a society that produces better thinkers?

21.00 Education system vs Parenting

22.10 Modern day Britain and it’s position in the world

26.00 Pessimism being the key to happiness

27.30 Peter on the why he opposes the legalisation of cannabis

36.30 Peter’s biggest regret

36.50 Peter on opposing ideas and having a conscience

38.40 How does Peter define God?

41.00 How does Peter think people perceive him?

41.40 Why does Peter think some people hate him?

42.30 How can you know if you’re right?

43.10 Peter on addiction

47.00 Spirituality and religion

47.50 Could God exist out with religion?

49.29 Peter on his purpose

51.20 Peter on open-mindedness

52.10 Peter on his legacy

52.30 What does Peter think his brother, Christopher Hitchens’ legacy is?

55.40 How does Peter define success?

55.50 Best piece of advice

56.50 Speaking to 20 year old self

57.20 Older and younger generation sharing knowledge

57.50 Changing the world


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EP83: Lisa Williams - Living With Purpose

EP83: Lisa Williams - Living With Purpose

November 1, 2019

Lisa Williams is a world renowned psychic medium, author, speaker, healer, and spiritual teacher.

As a child, she began to realise that she had an ability to “see” things that others couldn't. This would become her gift.

In 2004 she was discovered by American television host, media mogul, and creator of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, Merv Griffin.

This led to the commissioning of her own hit US TV shows, 'Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead', and 'Voices from the Other Side' which aired on Lifetime TV, as well as 'Lisa Williams Live'. She’s since been watched across the world using her supernatural abilities, to speak with the dearly departed and send messages to the living.

She’s made countless other TV appearances and has featured on shows such as Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Studio 10.

She’s the founder of the Lisa Williams International School of Spiritual Development as well as “Soul Connections,” a network of chosen spiritual advisors. She’s also the author of several books including Life Among the Dead, The Survival of the Soul, I Speak to Dead People: Can You and Divine Wisdom.

Today, Lisa can be found online and off, on tour and in her classes, using her gift to bring comfort and healing to others.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.30 Lisa’s thoughts on Edinburgh

03.20 Lisa’s early life

06.50 Lisa’s earliest memory of her gift

10.40 How does Lisa understand her gift now?

12.30 Lisa’s career aspirations

15.40 When did being a medium become Lisa’s path?

20.00 Did Lisa ever think she would become famous?

22.00 In what way has Lisa’s work evolved?

25.00 What is Lisa meant to achieve on a spiritual level during her time Earth?

27.30 What is the Earth plane?

30.50 How does Lisa connect with other realms?

35.40 Who is Lisa’s spirit?

37.20 How can people stay in a higher state of being?

44.30 What are some of the tools to help people evolve spiritually?

50.30 What does the word ‘Spirituality’ mean to Lisa?

54.00 Lisa’s thoughts on meditation and spiritual techniques?

55.20 Lisa on being vegan

59.40 Lisa on her online courses

1.01.00 What happens when we die? 

1.04.30 Does Lisa think our exit point from this world is predetermined?

1.06.00 Lisa on her purpose 

1.06.50 Lisa on her legacy

1.07.30 How does Lisa define success?

1.09.20 Does Lisa feel successful?

1.12.00 Lisa on staying young

1.15.00 Best piece of advice

1.17.30 Speaking to 20 year old self

1.22.10 Changing the world


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EP82: Alan O’Mahony - Leaner, Fitter, Faster

EP82: Alan O’Mahony - Leaner, Fitter, Faster

October 9, 2019

Alan O’Mahony is a renowned personal trainer, fitness and fat loss expert, former professional muay thai fighter and podcaster.

He specialises in helping busy men over 30 get in shape and rediscover the joy in training.

He’s made a name for himself as one of the premier trainers in the UK, recognising early in his career that the real needs of his client's ran much deeper than training and meal plans.

Getting to the core of each of clients blockers and limiting beliefs has been the secret to his success.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

01.40 Alan on his early life

03.10 Alan on Cork and Ireland

04.10 Alan’s career plans

07.30 Dieting down to 3% body fat

09.50 Lessons from muay thai

13.00 Alan’s physical transformation

14.30 Alan on breaking his back

17.20 Alan’s physical transformation continued

19.40 Alan’s approach to training and diet

21.40 Alan’s style on working with clients

26.20 Weight loss advice

29.50 Alan’s views on the supplement industry

32.30 Alan on his 30 Day Challenge

38.20 Alan’s thought on meal prepping

39.50 What are some of the misconceptions about Alan?

42.50 Why does Alan think people hold themselves back?

46.30 Alan on addiction

47.30 Why does Alan think obesity is such a problem today?

51.30 Alan’s favourite social media platform?

54.30 Alan on his style of content

58.00 Alan on meditation, cold showers and Wim Hof method

1.03.20 Who is Alan?

1.06.00 Alan on his purpose

1.07.40 What does it mean to be a man?

1.13.10 Alan on his legacy

1.14.20 How does Alan define success?

1.17.00 What are Alan’s future plans?

1.18.50 Alan on the term ‘personal trainer’

1.20.40 Best piece of advice

1.21.20 Speaking to 20 year old self

1.23.00 What would 20 year old Alan think of Alan now?

1.25.00 Changing the world



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EP81: Stephen Jenkinson - Die Wise

EP81: Stephen Jenkinson - Die Wise

August 26, 2019

Stephen Jenkinson is a Harvard educated theologian, culture activist, educator, and creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School.

For years he headed the counselling team of Canada’s largest home-based palliative care programme and he was assistant professor at a prominent medical school. Working with hundreds of dying people and their families, care-givers, nurses, doctors and social workers he encountered the deep death phobia and grief illiteracy that exists in the West. This motivated him to redefine what it means to live, and die well.

He’s the author of several books including: How It All Could Be, Money and the Soul’s Desires, the award winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, and Come of Age: The Case of Elderhood in a Time of Trouble. He’s also the subject of the National Film Board of Canada documentary, Griefwalker, a lyrical, poetic portrait of his work with dying people.

Most recently, he has been performing his Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour, a rich and powerfully nuanced evening woven together by deep storytelling, wondering and music, to sold out venues across three continents


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.00 What do people never ask Stephen that he wishes they would?

03.50 Stephen on his communication

08.50 How do you communicate to someone that they are dying?

11.40 What does a good death look like?

16.30 What does the word God mean to Stephen?

19.10 Why does Stephen think age intolerance exists today?

25.20 The degradation of culture

31.20 Stephen on his ancestry

34.40 Stephen on his purpose

40.30 Stephen on his legacy

41.20 What kind of imprint has witnessing so many deaths left on Stephen’s psyche?

44.20 How does Stephen define success?

46.40 Best piece of advice

48.30 Speaking to 20 year old self

49.50 Changing the world

51.40 Being the change you want to see in the world



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EP80: Bob Keiller CBE - Inspiring Entrepreneurship

EP80: Bob Keiller CBE - Inspiring Entrepreneurship

August 22, 2019

Bob Keiller CBE is one of the most highly regarded and well respected figures in Scottish and British Business. 

He is the former Chief Executive of Wood Group, a multinational energy services company which generates in excess of $10 billion in revenue, employs more than 55 thousand people and operates in over 60 countries.

In December 2015 he assumed the role as Chairman of Scotland's national economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, a role which he served for three years, stepping down at the end of 2018. 

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2017, for services to business and entrepreneurship, and in addition to a host of previous accolades such as Entrepreneur of The Year, Scottish Businessman of the year, and being inducted into Entrepreneurial Scotland's Hall of Fame, he was named as Scotland’s “icon of the year” in the 2018 Barclays Entrepreneur Awards.

He’s a TEDx speaker, a LinkedIn Influencer with more than 155,000 followers, Chief Storytelling Officer at The Lens, and he now acts as a Business Advisor through his consultancy firm, AB15, where he works with companies, ambitious leaders and social enterprises, with the focus of inspiring others to succeed. 


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

01.50 Bob’s early life

05.30 Bob’s career path

11.50 How did Bob evolve from someone managing 2 people to managing over 40,000

13.50 How did Bob navigate his way to the position of CEO?

16.50 Who was Bob’s best boss?

18.10 Why are core values so important?

19.50 Do core values define culture?

20.30 Delineating and implementing a businesses values

23.00 Should people be dismissed if they don’t adhere to values?

24.00 How did Bob’s specialities become his specialities?

27.00 Helping people and businesses on a pro bono basis rather than taking a position on a board

28.20 Bob on not being driven by ego

29.50 How Bob became an Influencer on LinkedIn

32.40 First things a new business should do

35.00 Using technology to grow a business

36.30 Business in Scotland

39.00 Geography as a limitation to funding a startup

41.30 Bob on his personal values

43.20 Bob on his purpose

45.50 Bob’s approach to business storytelling

49.10 What does the future hold for Bob?

50.30 Bob on his legacy

51.30 How does Bob define success?

52.30 Best piece of advice

55.00 Speaking to 20 year old self

56.20 Changing the world



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