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Kate Cousens

Season 1, Ep. 8

Kate Cousens is my guest for this episode of Serendipity Soup - the antidote to celebrity success podcasts - and the question of ambition is central to our discussion. Kate is an author, podcaster, entrepreneur and all round high achiever. But it’s that level of achievement and ambition that we spend quite a bit of time talking about. 


Kate, like all my guests, is brutally honest about what it takes out of you as a person to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. That there’s a cost to success as well as a cost of failure and that sometimes it’s not clear what the boundaries between those two things actually are.


If you're interested in any of the things Kate and I touch on in our discussion then hopefully the links below will help:

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10/1/2022

Andrew Finlay

Season 1, Ep. 18
Welcome to Serendipity Soup! The antidote to celebrity success podcasts.This month's guest is Andrew Finlay, the owner of Wildview Retreat (https://wildviewretreat.com/), an amazing wellness centre set in the middle of the hills of southern Portugal. He’s a nutritional therapist and has, at various times also been a dive master, environmental consultant and head of environmental protection for the Marshall Islands. Andrew readily admits that he has a strong need to feel that he’s doing something worthwhile with his life but that following this desire, often without thinking about the consequences, has given him both extreme highs and worrying lows. He’s a very forward-looking person. Someone who feels that life’s too short to put up with situations that don’t make you happy and that if you want to feel good about yourself you should always be ready to move onto the next chapter in your life. As you’d expect I challenge him – hopefully fairly gently! – on that. At one level it makes sense, but when is enough enough? When does making a fresh start tip into giving up because things have got a bit tricky? I think it’s fair to say that Andrew isn’t into giving up when things get tricky. You don’t buy an abandoned hilltop village in Portugal and turn it into a fully functioning retreat complete with running water and electricity if you quit at the first sign of trouble. But Andrew’s reflections on the cost of being this driven are fascinating.
7/1/2022

Jo Bradshaw

Season 1, Ep. 16
Welcome to Serendipity Soup! The antidote to celebrity success podcasts.Who are the champions of your life? The people who are there at just the right time, with just the right support, to supercharge your life and take you to whatever your next level is. This month my guest on Serendipity Soup is Jo Bradshaw: an outdoor instructor, mountain climbing expedition leader, public speaker and leadership coach. I learned a lot from my conversation with Jo, but I was particularly taken by two things she talks about. The first is the importance of every single person to the successful functioning of the teams she leads. The second is this concept of ‘champions of your life’. Jo mentions several of these people as she talks and I hope you’ve been lucky enough to have had some champions of your life too. Here are links to some of the things we talk about:Breaking The Fever S2-04 I Power dynamics in the office - with Laetita Vitaud: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/breaking-the-fever/id1621524371?i=1000565748591Bruce Tuckman’s ‘forming–storming–norming–performing’ model of group development: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuckman%27s_stages_of_group_developmentCarol Dweck and the ‘growth’ mindset: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_DweckAsthma UK: https://www.asthma.org.uk/Anthony Nolan: https://www.anthonynolan.org/Place2Be – Improving children’s mental health: https://www.place2be.org.uk/The Duke of Edinburgh’s awards: https://www.dofe.org/360 Expeditions: https://www.360-expeditions.com/Discover Adventure: https://www.discoveradventure.com/