As Told By Nomads


577: Embracing Uncertainty and Navigating Tomorrow’s World with Jordan Gross

Season 1, Ep. 577

In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Jordan Gross, as we talk about the four distinct mindsets during uncertainties and how behaviors help people cultivate opportunities by navigating change. Jordan shares how development is better taught through parables and fables as someone who leverages the relatability of creative storytelling. From there, he also speaks on his new book “What Happens in Tomorrow World?” and its arcade-like approach to representing the future and life’s uncertainties. There’s a lot to take notes from in this episode, so make sure to tune in to Jordan.

Personal Development Through Story Telling 

Instead of a prescriptive approach, Jordan uses a different manner to teaching development through storytelling. He shares that fun and adventure are a must in his life. Which is the reason why stories with zig-zaggy and non-linear flows always resonate with Jordan. For him, this particular nature of parables and fables, if used creatively, can also be a potent tool for teaching lessons and morals, as proven precisely in his latest book. With the emotional appeal of stories that draw people in, readers find it easier to pay attention to details and find themselves in the levels of every character. Storytelling can teach lessons by leaving people with the opportunity to make their own decisions and assessment after the story. Jordan sees this differently from the ‘do this do that’ type of teaching that often lacks relatability. Because stories take a more creative and stimulating approach to connecting with the reader’s mind, people are then allowed to learn different messages from stories using their own imaginations without losing their autonomy.

Outline of the episode:

  • [04:03] On embracing the uncertainties of life.
  • [07:00] The 4 Common Mindsets That Arise During Uncertainties.
  • [11:01] Personal development through creative storytelling.
  • [12:45] Over-optimism can exist too; Is optimism always the answer?
  • [15:05] Toxic positivity and genuine positivity.  
  • [16:55] How can you turn your passion into sustainable business opportunities?
  • [22:59] “Opportunity precedes passion.”
  • [26:51] Is there a correlation between solitude and opportunity?
  • [28:52] What is Tomorrow World?
  • [31:51] Have something you can call “yours only” that can make a difference.



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594: The Next Phase of FOMO with Patrick J. McGinnis

Ep. 594
In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, we welcome Patrick J. McGinnis once again to talk about the next phase of FOMO, also known as the “Fear Of Missing Out.” Patrick is a venture capitalist, a speaker, a writer, and the creator and host of the hit podcast FOMO Sapiens, which has surpassed 3 million downloads. He coined the term FOMO and the related term FOBO or “Fear Of a Better Option” in a 2004 article in the student newspaper of Harvard Business School. FOMO has since been added to the dictionary, and FOBO has become an increasingly popular framework to describe choice paralysis. Today, Patrick also shares his experiences on how FOMO has evolved during the pandemic and how you can make decisions right now, given the new normal we have today. There’s a lot to unpack, so stay tuned and enjoy the show!Be Comfortable with Missing OutDecision-making has become a big focus in Patrick’s framework to dealing with FOMO. After all, the Fear of Missing Out is, at its core, a decision-making problem. We make tons of decisions every day, but not every decision leads to the life we want. And with the world today, we are spoiled for choice so much that we often get overwhelmed by them. As a result, we end up making decisions based on fear rather than actual logic. Even when we get into analysis paralysis, choosing nothing is still a decision based on fear. And so, in a world of overwhelming choice, we all need practical decision-making. Luckily, in Patrick’s new book Fear Of Missing Out, he teaches us how to get rid of all the noise and tune in to what is truly important to us. Then again, choosing what we want is one thing, but moving on to avoid getting stuck in a cycle of regret is another. It will be difficult, sing most people struggle with letting go of what could be. But in the end, being comfortable with missing out and choosing what feels right to you and no one else will always lead to what should be.Outline of the episode:[01:56] Looking back at the episode where Patrick first appeared.[04:04] How FOMO never left but instead evolved during the pandemic.[06:37] Underestimating COVID’s impact and dealing with the trauma.[08:03] What Patrick found to be the most helpful to come out of the pandemic.[11:37] Why diversifying our investments is essential now more than ever.[14:02] How to find a decisive way to make the right choices amid the new normal.[18:36] A framework on decision-making to help us decide, let go, and move on.[21:26] How FOMO and getting out of it can be applied to any aspect of life.[26:31] Vaccine passports and the divide among the vaccinated and unvaccinated.[38:42] How crises like the pandemic often show what our society is at its core.[45:00] Why society should have a shared set of values and encourage critical thinking.Resources:Website: with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Personal Website: https://tayorockson.comUYD Management: Collective:

593: Build an Intentional Business with Deana Jean

Ep. 593
In today's episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and Deana Jean as we speak about how one can be limitless in a life that is limited. Before, Deana was contented with staying on the frontlines of sales. But after a mentor made her realize how she could use her ability to connect to influence the development of others, Deana transitioned to consulting and coaching as a business. Today, she shares her opinions on why anybody can use a coach, the practical steps to transforming your life, why introspection and self-awareness are important, and why there is power in taking action no matter what your fear is.Young Deana At The Job FairDuring the exchange, Deana recalled an experience she had in a job fair during her senior year in college. In that job fair, things were unfolding in her favor. Deana described herself as the type that is always ready to out-hustle anyone. She knew she had the will and the intention. As she moved around, she came across this management trainee position at SCORE! Educational Centers. By this time, Deana already bagged an offer from Freddie Mac. The offer will pay her a salary of $60-70k a year. However, the position at SCORE's only offered $30k annually. It was the early 2000s; comparing the two in terms of benefits would've been a no-brainer to most. But Deana took into consideration a different factor. For one, she knew that what SCORE! does wasn't only close to her heart but also to her mother. Knowing herself, she also knew she'd land this management position. Because the job was a management role, Deana saw a path. In her mind, Deana pictured that she would've already moved close to a salary that's at the same range as FreddieMac's offer in two to three years. To some, the choice would've easily been FreddieMac. But for Deana, it's not all about that. In her words, "I am betting on myself and my abilities to make anything happen when I am working in my zone of genius and when I'm passionate about what I'm doing."Outline of the episode:[03:30] Deana Jean – what I thought I was going to become…[04:55] The ability to convince people to do things and advocate for themselves.[08:01] A leap that not a lot of people are ready to take.[11:47] Where do you start when figuring out your passion points?[16:35] You are the person you're trying to serve.[21:03] "The person who cannot identify what their transformation is worth is not my ideal client."[25:12] Does the client have an abundance mindset or a lack mindset?[27:32] The best athletes in the world all have coaches![32:42] Is it the job that pays $30k/year or the job that pays $70k/year?[39:25] The opposite of fear is action.Resources:Facebook Page: with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Personal Website: https://tayorockson.comUYD Management:

592: How Flexible Funding and Decolonizing Development Works with Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins

Ep. 592
In today's episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins as we talk about why flexible funding is imperative to movement making and advocacies. As a third-culture kid, Nabeeha shares how her lived experiences of multi-culturalism helped her to grow up resilient and with an open mind. Now, as the President and CEO of PAI, Nabeeha helps us understand the colonization mindset in development as a whole, the problems that hinder easy access to quality women's reproductive healthcare, and how flexibility can be achieved in funding developmental projects and policies.A Tough Talk About DifferenceIn the early 70s, being an immigrant in America wasn't as talked about as it is now. For Nabeeha's parents, preparing her for how the setting would probably differ was essential. Even though she didn't have any significant negative experiences, Nabeeha understood so many things about her difference early. For example, Nabeeha understood that she'd probably be the only brown child in her circle. She'll also probably be the only immigrant and Muslim among her friends. Because she couldn't eat pork, Nabeeha was also made to understand that there is a possibility that she would not be catered to like other kids at school. But to prepare her for all of these, Nabeeha's mom made sure that she had everything she needed. Because they don't fit with the norm, Nabeeha's mom clarified how she couldn't always expect the world to meet her needs and meet her where she is... Yes, these all sound terrible to say to a child. But for Nabeeha, that upbringing gave her the resilience and open mind that she now leads with.Outline of the episode:●[03:20] Nabeeha's early years●[06:06] Growing up in a multi-cultural household…●[08:00] A parent's role is critical when raising third-culture kids●[13:29] How did Nabeeha navigate through her field of career?●[16:10] Following your curiosities can attract the right opportunities.●[18:11] What is PAI?●[20:11] The cross-cutting effects of accessible quality health care and advanced education on sexual and reproductive rights to young women●[24:35] What are some of the biggest barriers that hinder the advancement of better reproductive health care for young women?●[29:04] The colonization mindset in development●[32:20] We need to be flexible when it comes to fundings! ●[35:07] Where do accountability, awareness, and mechanism come in?Resources:Website: with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Personal Website: https://tayorockson.comUYD Management: Collective: