EP74: Peter Sage - Earth School

February 24, 2019

Peter Sage is a serial entrepreneur, international speaker, bestselling author, philosopher and teacher. 

Having cultivated a large global following, he has become one of the world's most sought after experts in human behaviour and his insights are renowned for causing profound and lasting shifts that have allowed tens of thousands of people to live with less stress and more joy.

He has delivered three incredible TED talks, has been a guest on podcasts such as Entrepreneur On Fire, The Art Of Charm, Bulletproof Radio and London Real, and has spoken on 5 continents sharing the stage with the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Kofi Annan and Former US President Bill Clinton.

He was named as one of the Greatest Leaders and Entrepreneurs of 2015 by Inspiring Leadership Now and he was awarded the distinguished 2013 Brand Laureate Award from the Asian Pacific Brands Foundation for extraordinary individuals.

His latest book, 'The Inside Track' is an inspirational guide to conquering adversity, in which he reveals how people can face any problem in their life from a place of power rather than force.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.20 Peter’s background

05.30 What was behind Peter’s motivation to earn money?

08.00 Advice from Peter’s experience in business

14.00 Challenging our own beliefs

21.00 Levels of consciousness

36.00 Self awareness and recognising ones own level of consciousness

38.00 Peter’s journey into spirituality and alternative science

44.30 Peter’s on the Mainstream Media

1.06.30 The Inside Track and Peter’s time in prison

1.16.30 Peter’s worldview and perception of adversity

1.19.20 How does Peter go about conditioning his mind?

1.28.10 Programming positivity

1.30.50 Peter on his purpose

1.35.00 What does ‘God’ mean to Peter?

1.47.20 Peter on his legacy

1.55.20 Best piece of advice

1.59.40 What would Peter say to his 20 year old self?

2.05.30 Changing the world

2.07.00 The souls journey



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EP73: Tommy Sheridan - Hope Over Fear

February 8, 2019

Tommy Sheridan is a proud father, proud socialist and a former member of Scottish Parliament.

He was a leading figure in negotiations to establish the Scottish Socialist Alliance in 1996, which then evolved into the Scottish Socialist Party in 1998. He became the convenor of the party in the same year and was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

In 2006 he became joint convenor of political party Solidarity - Scotland’s Socialist Movement, a role which he went on to serve for 10 years, and in the run-up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, he led a pro-independence campaign under the banner "Hope Over Fear".

He co-authored ‘A Time To Rage’ and ‘Imagine’, an outline of the principles of socialism for a modern era; he’s been a radio and chat show host, he has degrees in Politics, Social Research and Law, and he’s made countless television appearances and was a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother.

Most recently he’s been working as a columnist for major Russian news agency and radio broadcaster Sputnik.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

03.20 Where does Tommy’s passion come from?

12.20 How would Tommy describe his Father’s character?

17.00 Tommy’s political views

24.20 What societal changes would Tommy implement?

34.50 Redistribution of wealth and capping wages

44.00 ‘Russian media sowing division’ narrative

46.50 Why is Tommy so passionate about Scottish Independence?

47.50 What does Tommy think an Independent Scotland might look like?

53.00 Building on positives

54.00 Brexit - what does Tommy see happening?

1.01.00 Brexit deal or WTO?

1.04.50 Why wealthy people are concerned about Jeremy Corbyn

1.05.40 Reclaiming property from the wealthy

1.07.00 Champagne socialists

1.09.00 Tommy on his purpose

1.12.00 Tommy on his legacy

1.12.30 Tommy on success

1.40.40 Is Tommy fulfilled?

1.17.00 Best piece of advice

1.19.00 What would Tommy say to his 20 year old self?

1.24.00 Is Tommy glad he went into politics?

1.28.00 Changing the world



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EP72: Sam Conley - 21 Stone Dad To 14 Stone Athlete

January 22, 2019

Sam Conley is a body transformation specialist and one of Ireland’s most sought after fitness coaches.

He boasts one of the longest lists of client success stories because he understand the challenge more than most having gone from a 21 stone compulsive over eater, to a 14 stone competitive bodybuilder, winning Mr Body Transformation Ireland and Europe in the same year.

He’s a speaker, a podcaster, founder and owner of HQ Fitness Academy and through his 1-2-1 and online training programs, he helps clients and individuals transform their bodies and lives as he himself has done.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

03.20 Sam’s background

06.40 Sam’s earliest memory of being overweight

10.20 Sam’s career aspirations

14.40 What stopped Sam from losing weight in the past?

19.00 How did Sam’s career unfold?

26.00 Knowledge through experience

29.30 Sam’s prior eating habits

33.30 Reasons for Sam’s eating

38.00 When did Sam begin to change?

51.30 Why did Sam decide to compete?

57.20 Sam on his sensitive side

1.00.00 Sam’s willingness to talk about his past

1.02.30 Sam on domestic abuse

1.12.00 Advice to others

1.18.30 What would Sam say to someone struggling with their weight?

1.22.30 Sam on his purpose

1.24.30 Sam on his legacy

1.29.00 How has Sam managed to maintain his changes?

1.31.20 Sam on success

1.32.50 What would Sam say to his 20 year old self?

1.36.00 Changing the world


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EP71: Jason Auld - The People’s Biohacker

December 13, 2018

Jason Auld is a two-time record breaking extreme unicyclist and a founding member of Team Voodoo, one of the world’s first extreme unicycling display teams. The team began in 2008 to promote the esoteric sport to the masses, and to make a sustainable living out of a passion for street unicycling and self expression through urban athleticism.

He's performed internationally at high profile events such as the F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, and the London 2012 Paralympic Games; he's featured on the National Geographic channel, Blue Peter, Britain's Got Talent, The Hour and CBBC’s 'Officially Amazing'; he represented the sport in front of Prince Charles and Dame Kelly Holmes, and he's been part of marketing campaigns with global brands including, McDonald's, Pepsi, Samsung, Sky TV and Converse.

He's also appeared in the press, and on Sky News and BBC as a spokesperson, discussing his use of smart drug ‘Modafinil’, and he works regularly with schools, youth clubs and charities around the country to use the power of unicycling to promote and instil confidence, tenacity, concentration, self belief and self mastery.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.20 Jason’s background

07.30 Jason’s earliest memory of unicycling

10.40 Making unicycling a career

14.20 Working with global brands

23.40 Social media and producing content

31.00 Jason’s favourite social media platform

33.10 Jason on Modafinil

37.30 Athletes, substance use and risks

41.40 Nootropics and controversy

44.10 Jason’s experiences with Modafinil

49.30 Advice to parents

52.00 Jason’s views on Scotland

57.00 Are Scottish people reserved?

1.01.10 Jason on his purpose

1.07.10 Jason on his legacy

1.14.30 Best advice received

1.19.20 What would Jason say to his 20 year old self?

1.27.40 Changing the world


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EP70: Professor Harald Haas - Wireless Data From Every Lightbulb

November 4, 2018

Professor Harald Haas is Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, and is the initiator, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of pureLiFi Limited, as well as the Director of the LiFi Research and Development Center.

In his 2011 TED Global talk “Wireless Data from Every Light Bulb”, he first introduced and coined the term ‘Li-Fi’, a technology for wireless communication between devices using light. The talk has since been watched online more than two and a half million times.

Li-Fi was listed among the 50 best inventions in TIME Magazine and his work has since been covered in other international media such as the New York Times, BBC, MSNBC, CNN International, Wired UK, and many more.

In 2014, he was selected as one of ten RISE Leaders in the UK, in 2015 he gave a second TED Global talk, which has been viewed more than two million times, in 2016 he received the outstanding achievement award from the International Solid State Lighting Alliance, and in 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

As well as countless other awards, he holds 31 patents and has more than 30 patent pending applications; he has published 400 conference and journal papers including a paper in Science, and he has published two textbooks with Cambridge University Press. His Google Scholar h-index is currently 69, and his work has been cited more than 23,000 times.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.10 Reflecting on Professor Haas’ first TED talk

04.20 Professor Haas’ background and early life

05.10 The desire to move and travel

07.30 Professor Haas’ career aspirations

09.00 Professor Haas’ career path

10.30 Professor Haas’ earliest memory of LiFi

13.30 What is LiFi and how does it work?

16.30 What is this the equivalent of?

18.00 100 times faster than WiFi?

19.40 What are the main benefits of LiFi?

22.00 Dispelling limitations with LiFi

24.00 What impact could LiFi have on the world?

27.20 How challenging is it to roll this out globally, and how potentially disruptive could LiFi be?

31.00 The progress of LiFi so far

32.30 When does Professor Haas expect it will be fully available worldwide?

33.50 Biggest technological advances

35.00 Professor Haas’ views on artificial intelligence

37.00 Do we run the risk of making ourselves redundant?

41.00 Automation and universal basic income

43.30 Scotland as a technological ecosystem

44.40 What could we do better?

46.20 Views on investment in early stage companies?

47.40 How has Professor Haas evolved as a person throughout his life?

48.30 The biggest challenge Professor Haas faced

49.00 Professor Haas on purpose

50.30 Professor Haas on his own purpose

52.20 Professor Haas not being defined by LiFi

52.50 Professor Haas on his legacy

54.30 What drives Professor Haas?

56.20 Making the world a better place

57.50 Professor Haas on his worldview

59.40 Moving to Canada

1.00.20 Definition of success

1.02.40 Does Professor Haas feel successful?

1.03.30 Life goals

1.04.30 How much does Professor Haas work?

1.05.30 Best piece of advice

1.06.20 Whose advice was it to move away from Germany?

1.07.40 What would Professor Haas say to his 20 year old self?

1.08.50 Changing the world


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EP69: James English - Anything Goes

September 30, 2018

James English is a podcaster, documentary maker, comedian, model and former star of Glasgow based reality TV show Glow.

His ‘Anything Goes Podcast’ features the hard hitting real-life stories of Sports People, Comedians, Actors, Criminals, Porn Stars, and Politicians as he explores topics from murder, depression and suicide, to sex, love, and comedy. In a short space of time, his show has been viewed and listened to across social media more than half a million times.

His latest documentary sees him sleep on the streets, in his hometown of Glasgow, for seven days and nights, bringing to light the desperation and tragedy of being ‘Homeless at Christmas’, and shows the plight and passion of people from both sides of the problem.

An incredibly powerful and inspiring conversation that has it all: growing up in Glasgow’s Possilpark, James’ personal battles with addiction, his experience on Glow, his future plans, spiritual awakening and transformation, purpose, legacy, changing the world.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

01.30 James’ background, early life and career path

03.30 Gambling and addiction

05.00 What was Possilpark like?

06.40 Maintaining sanity

07.30 James’ career path

10.30 Hitting rock bottom

12.50 Spiritual awakening

15.10 What advice would James give to someone battling addiction?

16.00 Social media pros and cons

18.30 James’ feelings on death

20.30 James’ experience on Glow

24.30 Possibility of going into motivational speaking

28.40 James’ message resonating with others

30.30 The inspiration for starting the Anything Goes podcast

33.50 Why does James think people like his podcast?

38.15 Negative thought patterns

40.20 What is James’ vision for his podcast?

41.50 How did Homeless At Christmas come about?

47.00 Who does James think is responsible for helping homelessness?

49.00 James on his purpose

50.30 What are James’ plans over the next 5 years?

53.40 James on his legacy

59.00 James on success

1.02.00 Best advice received

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

1.08.10 Changing the world


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EP68: Garry Fraser - From The Schemes To The BAFTAS

September 13, 2018

Garry Fraser is a BAFTA award winning film director, writer, producer, rapper, social entrepreneur and the founder of Wideo Media, an independent digital media social enterprise that uses creativity as a way to engage with the most hard to reach in society.

Renowned for his gritty, real life, urban documentaries, he caught the attention of industry professionals and after Trainspotting author, Irvine Welsh introduced him to Oscar winning Director, Danny Boyle, he was chosen as second unit director in the hit film T2 Trainspotting.

He won the New Talent Scottish BAFTA in the Factual category for his documentary ‘Everybody’s Child’, his short film ‘In 4 Life’ received an MTV award, and his self funded ‘Tolerance’ received an Outstanding Achievement Award from TSB bank and The Scottish Prison Service. 

His ability to create compelling narrative using powerful visuals and language based on his personal life experience, has led to him becoming one of Scotland’s most well-respected directors.

A hard-hitting and brutally honest conversation that covers Garry’s early life, addiction, recovery and journey through the world of film - astounding, compelling, and above all, truly inspirational.


00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

01.40 Garry’s background, early life and career path

03.00 Edinburgh - the AIDS capital of Europe

08.00 Garry’s experience with heroin

13.00 What needed to happen for Garry to change?

16.00 Dealing with stress

19.30 Dr Carl Hart - heroin withdrawal is like the flu

20.00 Heroin and the war on drugs

23.00 Have areas of poverty improved?

25.50 Working class hierarchies

27.50 What would Garry say to someone battling addiction

29.50 When did Garry first discover his passion for film?

34.50 When did Garry recognise that he had a talent with film?

38.00 Garry’s creative process

42.30 T2 Transporting and working with Danny Boyle

51.00 What was a bigger highlight, working on T2 Transporting or winning a BAFTA?

52.30 What makes truly great cinema?

54.00 How does Garry feel he has evolved as a person throughout his life?

56.30 What are Garry’s career goals and aspirations?

58.20 Parallels between Garry and Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey

59.50 Garry on his purpose

1.02.30 Garry on his legacy

1.03.00 How does Garry define success?

1.03.40 How would Garry describe his mindset?

1.09.40 Best piece of advice

1.11.30 Garry’s favourite film of all time

1.14.00 What would Garry say to his 20 year old self?

1.19.15 What would Garry change about the world?


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EP67: Jo Caulfield - Killing Time

August 26, 2018

Jo Caulfield is a multi award winning stand-up comedian, comedy writer, host, actress, and crime fighter. 

Best-known for her legendary one-woman shows, she is “one of the finest female comics at work”, and has worked on some of the biggest shows, and with some of the biggest names, in British comedy. 

She’s been a regular guest on Mock The Week and Have I Got News For, and has appeared on the likes of Saturday Night Live, The Comedy Store and The Stand Up Show as well as The John Bishop Show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. She’s also appeared on numerous list-type shows such as TV’s Greatest Moments, So Last Week and 100 Greatest Christmas Moments.
On radio, she’s had her own acclaimed shows, "It’s That Jo Caulfield Again", "Jo Caulfield Won’t Shut Up", and "Jo Caulfield's Speakeasy", and as a comedy writer she’s written for Ruby Wax, Joan Rivers, Anne Robinson, Denise Van Outen, Ant and Dec, and Graham Norton, who said of her, ‘I never knew I could like a woman so much’.

She’s hosted countless corporate events and Award ceremonies, is in demand at all major UK comedy clubs, has completed multiple nationwide theatre tours and has performed internationally, in cities around the globe. 


00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

02.00 Jo’s background, early life and career path

16.00 Becoming a comedian

23.20 How would Jo describe her style of comedy?

27.20 Where does Jo find the inspiration for her content?

32.00 How did Jo get into television?

43.00 Jo on the Edinburgh Fringe

51.30 What makes a great comedian?

56.50 What achievement is Jo most proud of?

59.00 How has Jo evolved as a person?

1.04.00 Jo on rebelling

1.05.20 Jo on her purpose

1.06.40 Jo on her legacy

1.09.50 Jo on success

1.11.30 Best piece of advice

1.15.20 Advice to 20 year old self

1.16.30 Changing the world

1.18.20 What angers Jo the most in life?


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EP66: Sara Sheridan - An Agent For Thought

August 6, 2018

Sara Sheridan is a bestselling writer and author most famous for the Mirabelle Bevan series, cosy crime noir mysteries set in 1950s Brighton, as well as a series of historical novels based on the real-life stories of late Georgian and early Victorian explorers.

Her first book, Truth or Dare, featured in the Sunday Times Top 50, was nominated for the Saltire Prize and was listed in the Scottish Libraries Top 100 Books, and in 2015 she was named one of The Saltire Society’s 365 most influential Scottish women, past and present.

In 2016, with her daughter, she founded REEK Perfume - a fragrance company that speaks out against the lack of female memorialisation throughout history and challenges beauty industry norms.

She's an active campaigner and feminist, a twitter evangelist and a self-confessed swot. She's appeared as a commenter on TV and radio, and has sat on a variety of committees in writing organisations as well as taking part in a plethora of writing exhibitions.

Sara is also a patron of It's Good 2 Give!, a charity run by our previous inspirational guest Lynne McNicoll OBE, which provides support for critically ill children and their families.


00.00 Trailer

00.18 Introduction

02.00 Sara’s early life

06.40 Sara’s education

08.50 Sara’s passion becoming her career

11.10 How did Sara’s career unfold?

13.40 Why did Sara decide to write her first book?

16.50 Writing a book 20 years ago vs now

18.00 What is Sara’s creative process?

21.30 What is Sara’s writing process?

25.05 What inspired Sara to write the Mirabelle Bevan series?

32.00 How does Sara research her novels?

36.20 Was the Mirabelle series planned out in full from the outset?

39.00 Does Sara prefer reading fiction or non-fiction?

40.00 REEK perfume and how it began

49.20 What does feminism mean to Sara?

51.50 Creating a more equal society

54.40 Sara on her purpose

55.50 Sara on her legacy

58.00 How does Sara define success?

59.40 Money and impact

1.00.10 Best advice received

1.01.40 Advice to 20 year old self

1.03.20 Where does Sara sit on the political spectrum?

1.04.50 Scottish independence

1.07.00 Changing the world


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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?


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