The Right Questions

4/13/2021

Can I Really Have IT All?

Ep. 13
We each have a definition of success that is unique and dynamic; how success looks to us today could be different from how it looks in a month. And we know, achieving that success is virtually always the making of one person, ourselves. We tend to tell ourselves that we don't deserve what we want, we are not worthy, nor good enough. We rarely stop to think that to succeed, there must be alignment in our lives; there must be joy, love, self-compassion, integrity, good health, and not simply a seven figure bank account.In this episode, we chat with Kalika Yap, the ideal guest to answer today's question, Can I Really Have IT All? Kalika is a serial entrepreneur, author, podcast host of two different shows, speaker, inventor, and mom. She is also the CEO of the award-winning brand agency Citrus Studios, CEO & Founder of Orange & Bergamot, CEO of Luxe Link, Founder of the Waxing Company, MyCommerce investor, and Board of Trustee at Seven Arrows Elementary School.Kalika is one of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) Los Angeles Chapter leaders, currently serving on the EO Global Communications Committee. She is the host of The Juicery Podcast and EO Wonder Podcast.The daughter of immigrants who struggled to make their way in the United States, Kalika earned her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of New York. She worked as a journalist at CNBC and Bloomberg, getting several minutes 'on-air' -- her definition of success at the time. But an unexpected shift in her life would leave her homeless, far from her friends and relatives, and with no other choice than to embrace the process of radical acceptance and allow herself to pursue the joy and adventure of thriving in uncertainty.Kalika kindly shares her vision of success, happiness, acceptance, courage, integrity, openness, and much more in this enlightening conversation.To learn more, tune in to Episode 13 of The Right Questions!In This Episode, You Will Learn:Doing our best is within our power (10:56)Mastering the art of letting go of our expectations (15:06)Our "lows" don't define who we are (26:18)Branding is a feeling (34:13)We have to lift others as we rise (45:05)Resources:Kalika Yap WebsiteKalika's PodcastsCitrus Studios WebsiteOrange & Bergamot WebsiteThe Waxing Co. WebsiteLuxe Link WebsiteBook: Kalika Yap - Little Brand BookBook: Bob Nease - The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive ResultsConnect with Kalika:LinkedInInstagramFacebookPinterestConnect With Bridget Sampson:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInConnect With Todd Parker:InstagramLinkedInSampson Coaching and Consulting:Sampson Coaching and ConsultingThe Right Questions Podcast on YouTubeSampson Coaching and Consulting Videos on YouTubeTED TalkInstagramFacebook
3/30/2021

How Can You Practice Mindful Productivity?

Ep. 12
Nowadays, companies are filled with overachievers. We see ambitious, passionate, and well-meaning people who turn the work environment into a super productive space. This infectious atmosphere encourages people to push themselves, improve, and grow constantly. While this work ethic propels companies to achieve extraordinary levels of profit and productivity, some workers pay a high price in the form of exhaustion, frustration, depression, or even burnout.In this episode, speaker, writer, facilitator, and coach, Connor Swenson, enlightens all of us by answering today's question, how can you practice mindful productivity? Connor has a deep commitment to helping us rethink our definition of productivity to create happier and healthier organizations. In his 7 years of experience as a Googler, Connor taught internal programs on productivity, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence, including the highly regarded Search Inside Yourself course. Connor now shares that knowledge with businesses and entrepreneurs around the world.We talked about mindful productivity and how it can help people in their workspace and personal lives. Connor shared some techniques we can add immediately to our routines to have outstanding results in both the short and long term. We also talked about a manager's role in helping their employees to have healthy experiences at work.To learn more, tune in to Episode 12 of The Right Questions!In This Episode, You Will Learn:The prize we get and the price we pay when we say yes to everything that falls in our laps (6:58)The VUCA world we live in. Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (13:50)Starting with ourselves when looking for a change (21:32)Mindfulness, productivity, and how can we combine both concepts (25:57)Making time for what is really important, putting time aside to do it, and protect it (28:38)The rule of the thirds. Accepting and embracing every moment in our daily routine (41:39)Resources:Connor Swenson websiteConnor's newsletter - One Percent WisdomBook: John Zeratsky, Jake Knapp - Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every DayBook: Alexi Pappas - Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big IdeasConnect with Connor:LinkedInTwitterEmail: connor@connorswenson.comConnect With Bridget Sampson:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInConnect With Todd Parker:InstagramLinkedInSampson Coaching and Consulting:Sampson Coaching and ConsultingThe Right Questions Podcast on YouTubeSampson Coaching and Consulting Videos on YouTubeTED TalkInstagramFacebook
3/16/2021

How Can You Build Your Change Resilience?

Ep. 11
Change is not only a constant in our lives, it also tends to be charged with many emotions. Nearly all change can be unsettling. This mixed bag of emotions can be difficult to navigate. The challenge becomes even greater when we experience negative changes, or changes caused by an unexpected event. What makes it so hard is the feeling of loss that comes with change and the fear of losing friends, access to places, moments, and much more.In today's episode, we explore how to build change resilience. We propose reflecting to evaluate what changes affected us recently and how we managed our responses to these life shifts. We’ll also talk about Bill Bridges' fantastic tool, The Transition Model, and how it can help us be resilient in change. Using this tool, we’ll identify which one of the three stages of change we are in, giving us more clarity on what we can do now and what to expect in the future.To learn more, tune in to Episode 11 of The Right Questions!In This Episode, You Will Learn:How to react to a world that seems to be going back to normal (3:02)the value of taking time to look at the recent changes we have faced (4:24)Bill Bridges' transition model (7:49)The sense of loss attached to change (10:53)The importance of getting some perspective by looking at ourselves and our issues from a certain distance (18:23)Our challenge to you (24:44)Resources:Book: William Bridges, Susan Bridges - Managing Transitions: Making the Most of ChangeWilliam Bridges websiteConnect With Bridget Sampson:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInConnect With Todd Parker:InstagramLinkedInSampson Coaching and Consulting:Sampson Coaching and ConsultingThe Right Questions Podcast on YouTubeSampson Coaching and Consulting Videos on YouTubeTED TalkInstagramFacebook
3/2/2021

Why Do I Work Myself To Death?

Ep. 10
Whether we’re stuck in the 9-5 grind or hustling in entrepreneurship, how often do we ask ourselves, “Why do I do what I do, and what would happen if I didn’t do it?”Joining us today is Quan Gan, Founder and Owner of Gantom Lighting & Controls, as well as Creator and Chief Engineer of ZTAG. You would never guess that Quan started out as a haunted house actor! He got hooked, abandoned his corporate job and made a leap of faith. He leaned on his robotics background, his experience with haunted houses, and his wife's design expertise to create Shanghai Nightmare, China's first Halloween Haunted Attraction! This was Quan's first step into the world of entrepreneurship.Quan is a visionary entrepreneur who approaches his projects from a customer experience perspective, enhancing his ability to understand and solve problems. His current social-entrepreneurial venture, ZTAG, is a real-life game designed to take kids into the playground, away from their devices. He feels the need to nurture children's physical, social, and mental health in a world that gets more digital every day.In this episode, Quan will help us answer today's question, why do I work myself to death? We talk about his life experience and what questions led him to decide to start his own business and deal with the cultural and family mandates against his decision. We also spoke about his experience in the corporate world, why he decided to quit, his identity crisis when he first moved to the US, and his commitment to working on his own personal growth.To learn more, tune in to Episode 10 of The Right Questions!Some Questions We Ask:Can you tell us just a little bit about what launched you into what you do today? (5:01)What was the question that made you take the massive risk of departing from what you had known and gave you the courage to change your life? (9:58)Are profound personal growth and transcending materialism to do something much bigger, deeper and spiritually aligned, important to you? (19:12)This idea of being a workaholic leads to a poor balance with the things that are important in our lives. What did this knowledge do to you? Did it release you? (21:39)What would you say to folks who feel compelled by what you're sharing but maybe feel stuck? (25:45)In This Episode, You Will Learn:Quan's first wake up moment (6:21)Asking ourselves what makes us really happy (10:24)The importance of achieving internal goals (15:40)Focus on the present and stop thinking about the next goal (22:30)The how and what won't let us think about the why (26:03)Why we must put hours into working on ourselves (30:59)Resources:Book: Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson - The Wisdom of The EnneagramZTAG websiteGantom Lighting & Controls websiteConnect with Quan:LinkedInConnect With Bridget Sampson:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInConnect With Todd Parker:InstagramLinkedInSampson Coaching and Consulting:Sampson Coaching and ConsultingThe Right Questions Podcast on YouTubeSampson Coaching and Consulting Videos on YouTubeTED TalkInstagramFacebook
2/16/2021

What Makes Love Last?

Ep. 9
There must be as many theories about the secrets to lasting love as there are couples in the world. But we’re all different, what works for some might not work for others. Still, couples who’ve stood the test of time know there are some fundamental principles that increase the likelihood of a stable and enduring love story.In this episode, we chat with Neal Thornhill, owner of Thornhill & Associates Inc. - a company that handles claims investigations for insurance companies - and who also happens to be Bridget’s spouse. We do our best to answer the perplexing question, What Makes Love Last? by exploring some of the behaviors and secrets that have helped Neal and Bridget’s 31+ year relationship thrive. We bring to light the importance of avoiding dependency, how working on ourselves enhances the relationship, some healthy rituals we have adopted, how we manage differences in parenting styles, and much more.To learn more, tune in to Episode 9 of The Right Questions!In This Episode, You Will Learn:Two versions of the same story - how Neal and Bridget met (2:31)Perseverance and hard work goes a long way (12:53)Asking ourselves if we did everything possible to make it work (14:30)Turning unrealistic expectations into fulfilling our own needs (17:31)Depend on each other without generating dependency (18:01)The full tank analogy (19:56)How having rituals as a couple can help (23:59)Connect with Neal Thornhill:LinkedInInstagramFacebookConnect With Bridget Sampson:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInSampson Coaching and Consulting:Sampson Coaching and ConsultingThe Right Questions Podcast on YouTubeSampson Coaching and Consulting Videos on YouTubeTED TalkInstagramFacebook
2/2/2021

Parenting, Professionalism & The Pandemic: How Am I Managing?

Ep. 8
At the moment, many of us are juggling working at home and making sure our kids (and we) get the most out of distance learning - not an easy task! We weren't really prepared for this, and while some adjusted faster, many of us are still trying to find that harmony and balance.If you're in the second category, give yourself some grace! Have patience! And, know that there are ways to shift your deeply ingrained habits, little by little.In today's episode, we talk with the show's first guest, Jana Parker, about balancing parenting, distance learning, and being a successful professional through this pandemic. Jana is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP), Board Certified School Neuropsychologist (ABSNP), and a certified ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP)… She's also a parent. We have a spirited chat about the parents we want to be, the best way to change what we don't like about ourselves, and the consequences of not making those changes.To learn more, tune in to Episode 8 of The Right Questions!In This Episode, You Will Learn:The effects of distance learning on our kids (7:05)What kind of parent do I want to be? (9:30)Self-control is easier when we can see the consequences at the other end (13:25)Changing little by little is the right way to reach our desired self (14:50)Picking the right thing to change about us (21:00)Embodying the traits of the person we want to be (26:40)Connect with Jana:WebsiteLinkedInYouTubeFacebookPodcast: EduSwitchboardConnect With Todd Parker:Todd Parker - InstagramLinkedInSampson Coaching and Consulting:Sampson Coaching and ConsultingThe Right Questions Podcast on YouTubeSampson Coaching and Consulting Videos on YouTubeTED TalkInstagramFacebookResources:Book: James Clear - Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad OnesEpisode 4: What Mini Habits Will Lead You To Big Results?!
1/19/2021

The Secrets to Being More Confident: Moving From Your Comfort Zone To Your Courage Zone

Ep. 7
Where does confidence come from? Does it stem from being showered in praise and compliments? Or is it something that's deeply rooted in each of us?Well, good news, friends! Confidence doesn't depend on external factors… it is developed and nurtured in the mind and comes from the beliefs you have about yourself! That means, we can work on building it, like any muscle. And, if an eight-year-old can do it (yes, we have a surprise guest for you today), then you too can step out of your comfort zone, and into your courage arena.Today, we do our best to answer questions about confidence: where it comes from, how we can boost it, its connection to courage, and why accomplished people don’t always appear confident. We also talk about public speaking confidence and what we can find on the other side of our fears.To learn more, tune in to Episode 7 of The Right Questions!Resources:The Man in The Arena - Theodore RooseveltCure For The Common Life Podcast with With Joseph McClendon IIIIn This Episode, You Will Learn:Question of the Day - How can I be more confident? (1:56)Where does confidence come from? (3:31)Core values and confidence, how are they related? (6:12)The man in the arena analogy (8:57)The step from the comfort zone into the courage zone (16:00)Why and how to retrain the primitive part of the brain (20:20)Unboxing our fears of public speaking (31:30)Connect With Bridget Sampson:Bridget SampsonBridget Sampson - InstagramBridget Sampson - LinkedInConnect With Todd Parker:Todd Parker - InstagramTodd Parker - LinkedInSampson Coaching and Consulting:Sampson Coaching and ConsultingThe Right Questions Podcast on YouTubeSampson Coaching and Consulting Videos on YouTubeTED TalkInstagramFacebook
12/22/2020

Why Is It So Hard To Just… Be?

Ep. 5
We know you’re bombarded with messages reminding you to ‘be in the moment.’ We also know that it’s a lot easier said than done! In our hyper-connected and fast-paced world, many of us are operating on auto-pilot and running on fumes… feeling the need to constantly do, do, do, and then ‘do’ more, with no time left to just… ‘be.’ You know, to just ‘be’ with your partner, your kids, your pets, your food, your hike, your work, your hobbies, even… yourself! This exhausting rhythm isn't sustainable in the long run, and you know it!Today’s episode invites you to intentionally carve out the time and space necessary for you to unplug, recharge, and gain some perspective on what’s most important. In other words, making time to reconnect with ‘being!’ Join Todd and Bridget as they talk about their own struggles with doing vs. being and the lessons they’ve learned over the years about how to find balance in this tension. They also offer some helpful, concrete tips on how you can integrate mindful practices into your daily routine.Tune in to Episode 5 of The Right Questions to hear more!In This Episode You Will Learn:Question of the Day — Am I a human being or am I a human doing? (1:56)The differences between being and doing (3:26)Bridget’s relationship with these two concepts & her perspective on why we have a stronger connection with doing (6:01)Lessons Todd has learned from his children in regards to being (9:59)How Bridget and Todd have learned to appreciate being in the moment with people (14:23)Why ‘doing mode’ hindered Bridget during the delivery of her first child (19:25)Ways we can improve our relationships with being and doing (22:02)Why Bridget is a huge proponent for self-love (36:55)Connect With Bridget Sampson:Bridget SampsonBridget Sampson - InstagramConnect With Todd Parker:Todd Parker - InstagramSampson Coaching and Consulting:Sampson Coaching and ConsultingThe Right Questions Podcast on YouTubeSampson Coaching and Consulting Videos on YouTubeTED TalkInstagramFacebookResources:Book: The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself - Author, Michael A. SingerBook: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment - Author, Echkhrdt Tolle